Secrecy remains biggest obstacle to fighting AIDS, Health Dept. says
ST. CROIX - The number of newly diagnosed cases of HIV and AIDS in the territory dropped by approximately 32 percent in 2014 compared to the number of new cases the previous year - but that figure has fluctuated widely from year to year recently.
Events mark World AIDS Day in V.I.
Activities for World AIDS Day on Tuesday include:
March for AIDS/Candlelight Vigil in Frederiksted, with a flower petal ceremony, featuring Mary Bowman, HIV advocate, singer, writer and poet.
Approximate start times:
- 5:45 p.m. - March from p
Government silent on spending records
ST. THOMAS - The Legislature has not acknowledged receiving a public records request for financial details about a trip several senators took in August to attend a meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures in Seattle.
On Oct. 15, The Daily
39 up for parole hearings starting Tuesday
The Virgin Islands Parole Board will consider applications for parole for 39 inmates at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility, including Ronica Miller and seven individuals convicted of second-degree murder, in a four-day series of hearings beginning
2015-2016 Crucian Christmas Carnival schedule
Dec. 11 - Soca Monarch Eliminations
Dec. 12 - Christiansted J'ouvert and Mini-village
Dec. 13 - Prince and Princess Show
Dec. 20 - Queen Pageant
Dec. 26 - Village opening
Dec. 27 - Car, Boat, Motorcycle, Bikes and Bugs Show
Dec. 29 - Soca Monarch Competi
Charles B. Archibald Nov. 21, 2015 Dec. 8 Turnbull's
Scott Tsinn Nyi Nov. 9, 2015 Sunday Hurley
Giselle Berry Robinson Nov. 18, 2015 Monday Hurley
HOVENSA seeks to seal sale today
ST. CROIX - HOVENSA today will ask U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary Walrath to approve the sale of its assets on St. Croix's South Shore to ArcLight Capital Partners' Limetree Bay Holdings, which HOVENSA deemed the successful bidder in an auction earlier this
The competing bids
ArcLight Capital Partners Limetree Bay Holdings:
- Purchase price of $190 million, comprising $100 million cash to the Government of the Virgin Islands and $90 million to the HOVENSA estate, plus an additional $20 million of reimbursement in post-closing
Those who submitted bids or proposals by the Nov. 5 deadline to enter the auction for HOVENSA's assets included:
- ArcLight Capital Partners Limetree Bay Holdings, the original, stalking horse bid at $190 million for HOVENSA's oil stor
Midshipman returns home to school others on success
ST. THOMAS - Midshipman 3rd Class Portia Norkaitis returned to her home of St. Thomas this week, not to enjoy a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner, but to share with local students her gratitude of her experience at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Norkaitis, 18, a
Court: Counsel selection for indigent cases illegal
ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Supreme Court has told the V.I. Superior Court that the lower court violated the law in the way it selects private attorneys in the territory to serve criminal defendants.
The ruling came this week in cases brought by two members of
Port Authority: No more expired parking permits
The V.I. Port Authority will no longer allow former employees, officials or private citizens with expired parking permits to use the parking lots at the seaports and airports throughout the territory.
Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe said t
Diver to attempt 144-hour record in V.I. waters
ST. THOMAS - An international dive team will arrive on St. Thomas on Tuesday with hopes of shattering the world record for the longest open-water saltwater scuba dive.
The attempt, taking place in the waters off Coral World, is a fundraiser to earn $1 mi
Relocating Sea View residents 'not an option'
ST. THOMAS - Sea View Nursing Home administration and the V.I. Human Services Department addressed statements made by the Schneider Hospital board regarding the fate of Sea View residents, saying relocating the nursing home residents was never an option.
HOVENSA sale hearing set to go forward on Monday
ST. CROIX - In a surprise Thanksgiving eve twist, HOVENSA on Wednesday night filed notice with the bankruptcy court that its sale hearing will move forward on Monday - a filing which suggests that the objection to ArcLight as the winning bidder may have
Sea Tow captains honored for heroic rescue
ST. THOMAS - A Water Island sea captain has been honored for her efforts to save six people huddled in the cockpit of a sailboat that was breaking apart off the east end of St. John last November.
Sea Tow Services International Inc. honored Capt. Anne Al
The price of a Thanksgiving feast
The territory-wide average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people exceeds $65, about $15 higher than the national average calculated by the American Farm Bureau Foundation.
That amount includes a 16-ounce turkey, 14 ounces of stuffing, 3 pounds of s
Real estate investment trust buys Ritz-Carlton
ST. THOMAS - The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas is being sold for $64 million, according to an announcement from Ashford Hospitality Prime Inc., a Texas-based real estate investment trust.
The announcement said Ashford Hospitality Prime has entered into an agre
TSA offers tips for safe holiday travel
Other than turkey and all the fixings, Thanksgiving also means it's time for the busiest travel season of the year.
According to Airlines for America, airports and airlines anticipate 25.3 million air travelers nationwide during the 12-day Thanksgiving
The following is a partial list of upcoming community service events taking place this holiday season.
For inclusion in the calendar, contact Executive Editor Gerry Yandel at email@example.com.
- Catholic Charities of the V.I., 42 Kron
Officials mum on whether Potter has paid condo costs
ST. THOMAS - The Lieutenant Governor's Office won't say whether Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter has been asked to reimburse the $16,900 that the V.I. government spent to secure him a condominium.
The Daily News filed a public record request with the Lieutenant Go
Mapp, Governor's Office subpoenaed in HOVENSA case
ST. CROIX - Gov. Kenneth Mapp and the V.I. Governor's Office were served with subpoenas Friday in HOVENSA's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
The subpoenas are to provide deposition testimony and documents, including communications, related to the sale process
Mapp hopes for HOVENSA deal by next week
ST. CROIX - Gov. Kenneth Mapp said in a radio appearance Tuesday that he hopes to have a proposed operating agreement for the HOVENSA facility inked with ArcLight Capital Partners by early next week, when he plans to send it to the V.I. Legislature.
Parking restrictions announced for Thanksgiving Jump-Up
The V.I. Police Department has announced parking restrictions and street closings scheduled for the Christiansted Thanksgiving Jump-Up on Friday.
Effective from 5 p.m. Friday until the end of the event, the following parking restrictions will be in effe
Government workers warned of possible pay delays
ST. THOMAS - Government employees may see their payroll deposits delayed this week because banks are closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Government House issued a press release Tuesday evening to warn employees of the possible problem.
"As a re
Francis Bay Road repairs start Monday
The Francis Bay Road Improvement Project will begin Monday in Virgin Islands National Park on St. John.
The road improvement project is not expected to take more than 30 days to complete, and should have minimal impact on park visitors, according to a s
Hospital considers taking in displaced Sea View residents
ST. THOMAS - Members of the Schneider Regional Medical Center board on Tuesday discussed the potential of accepting Sea View Nursing Home residents as long-term care patients following the nursing home's upcoming revocation of status.
The Centers for Me
Facing $18M loss, Schneider seeks financial relief
ST. THOMAS - Financial woes continue to plague Schneider Regional Medical Center, exacerbating issues in paying vendors and hospital employees, the hospital board said at its meeting Tuesday night.
Schneider reported a loss of about $18 million for the 2
New, improved soup kitchen opens
ST. THOMAS - The Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands planned to open the doors to its new and improved soup kitchen and outreach center today, just in time for the holiday season.
The newly renovated facility, at 42 Kronprindsens Gade, features a st
The Public Works Department will host a meetiing at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at the St. Croix Education Curriculum Centre, Estate Clifton Hill, to take public comment on the improvements to the Clifton Hill Connector Road project on St. Croix, Federal Aid Project
UVI turns to bricks to raise funds
The University of the Virgin Islands has established a solid foundation to raise money - literally.
UVI has launched a "Buy a Brick" campaign that allows individuals, businesses and others to purchase an inscribed brick that will be placed in one of thre
Centerline Road work set to begin this week
The Public Works Department said construction will begin on Centerline Road in St. John as the second phase of a project to repair damage from previous tropical storms.
The "Emergency Relief Repair Project" is funded by the Federal Highway Administratio
Despite rumors, removal of trash bins not fazing Frenchtown
ST THOMAS - The V.I. Waste Management Authority has not formally received any complaints from Frenchtown residents regarding the removal of trash bins, despite rumors reportedly circulating around the community.
There have not been any calls to Waste Man
Former Property and Procurement boss charged
ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Attorney General's Office has reopened a criminal case against former Property and Procurement Department Deputy Commissioner Halvor Hart III.
Charges of embezzlement and violation of a felony corruption law were filed Monday agains
Alzheimer's patients get a room of their own
The Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged has unveiled a new multi-sensory environment room for its residents, which is designed to promote intellectual activity and encourage relaxation for patients with Alzheimer's and dementia.
The completed room, which inc
Fourth person arrested in property tax auction scheme; more pending
ST. THOMAS - Real estate developer and attorney Paul Sabers was arrested Saturday night at King Airport, accused of conspiracy in a scheme to rig a property tax auction.
"Special agents met Paul Sabers at the St. Thomas airport and took him into custody
Little change predicted for V.I. in hotels' merger Westin St. John says data breach did not affect its customers
The Westin St. John Resort was not one of the hotels affected by the data breach that allowed hackers to see credit and debit card information for guests of Starwood Hotels and Resorts properties, according to general manager Tina Cranford.
Little change predicted for V.I. in hotels' merger
It will likely be "business as usual" for the tourism industry, despite the recent acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts by Marriott International, according to Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association president Lisa Hamilton.
The merger betwee
Officers responding to gunshots find body inside burning pickup
Police on St. Croix are investigating the death of a person whose body was found Thursday night inside a burning car.
Officers were dispatched to a call of a burning vehicle about 10:30 p.m. in Estate Betty's Hope, near the former Texaco site.
Day of Caring for St. John's homeless
The second of three annual events by United Way to help the homeless - Project Homeless Connect's "Day of Caring" - took place on St. John on Friday.
The United Way and the V.I. Human Services Department conduct the annual event in conjunction with local
Rain plus flamboyant trees equals butterflies
The sudden abundance of butterflies flitting throughout the territory over the last few weeks is because of the beginning of the rainy season and the blossoming of flamboyant trees, according to Department of Planning and Natural Resources Fish and Wildl
Highlights from the V.I. Inspector General's audit
These are the major findings from the V.I. Inspector General's 2014 audit of delinquent property tax auctions conducted by the V.I. Lt. Governor's Office.
Bid manipulation scheme
- Changes to the bidding process allowed individuals to fraudulently manipu
Ag fair promises local flavors, arts and more
ST. THOMAS - The 32nd Annual St. Thomas/St. John Agriculture and Food Fair, a two-day event showcasing local produce, live entertainment, and educational displays, starts this morning at the University of the Virgin Islands Reichhold Center for the Arts.
4 charged in property tax auction scheme
ST. THOMAS - Three St. Thomas men - including a former high-ranking administrator in the Lt. Governor's Office - made their initial appearance in court Friday, charged in connection with an alleged bidding scheme that compromised the territory's propert
Judge delays HOVENSA sale
ST. CROIX - A hearing Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court during which a judge was to consider the sale of HOVENSA's assets to the best and highest bidder took an unusual twist, after allegations surfaced about the possible corruption of the auction proces
ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Port Authority has decided to "stick with the contractor" performing airport apron rehabilitation work at St. Croix's Rohlsen Airport, despite delays and the fact that the contractor is being assessed $1,000 a day in damages.
In wake of poisonings, changes to Pesticide Act
ST. THOMAS - The Department of Planning and Natural Resources has announced plans to promote natural alternatives to toxic pesticides and to draft new applications for commercial and purchase permits related to pesticide application.
The decision came We
WICO pitches $2M overhaul for Havensight Mall
ST. THOMAS - At Thursday's meeting of the Government Employees Retirement System board, the West Indian Company pitched a capital improvement project for Havensight Mall that is designed to boost customer traffic by improving accessibility and aesthetics
In unanimous vote, GERS board suspends personal loan program
ST. THOMAS - The Government Employees' Retirement System board unanimously reaffirmed its previous decision to keep the personal loan program on hiatus for "the good of the trust," and passed a motion to reclassify the suspension as "indefinite" during t
'Taste of St. John' fundraiser is Saturday
St. John Rotary will host its annual fundraiser, Flavors - A Taste of St. John, beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Westin Resort.
The evening begins with a wine-tasting and will feature food and beverages provided by the island's finest restaurants and