BVI Festival honors key supporter
TORTOLA - Just more than an hour after a small band of residents - including BVI Director of Culture Luce Hodge-Smith and Miss BVI 2014 Janeyne Jno Baptiste - entered the Patsy Lake Festiville to complete a torchlight procession from lower Road Town, the
Couple celebrates V.I.'s first gay marriage
ST. THOMAS - As the territory waited for Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter to return to the islands and co-sign the executive order regarding same-sex marriage, a St. Thomas couple decided they had waited long enough.
Rick Weinstein and Tom Eggleston, retirees livi
Students: We need teachers, schools, programs
ST. THOMAS - Island youth demanded a better education and more opportunities to thrive Monday morning during the second annual Legislative Youth Advisory Council meeting at Ottley Legislative Hall.
"We don't have enough teachers," said Christopher Jamil,
ST. THOMAS - V.I. Education Department officials announced the closing of another St. Croix school during Monday's second annual Legislative Youth Advisory Council meeting at Ottley Legislative Hall.
Charles H. Emanuel Elementary School is being shuttere
Potter voids 153 property tax sales held under DeJongh administration
ST. THOMAS - The lieutenant governor has voided the sale of 153 parcels of property that were auctioned off during 12 different property tax auctions in 2012 and 2013.
The auctions and subsequent sales were the focus of a September 2014 V.I. Inspector Ge
St. John Tourism office closed for renovations
The Department of Tourism's St. John Administrative Office in Cruz Bay is closed this week for renovations. The office will reopen Aug. 3, according to a Tourism statement.
In the interim, calls may be dire
Stabbing victim, 42, refuses to aid police inquiry
ST. CROIX - A 42-year-old man with a stab wound to his stomach was picked up at the Corner Pocket Nightclub and taken to the Luis Hospital emergency room during the weekend.
Investigators had limited in
Autopsy ordered in death of Estate Richmond infant
No foul play has been found in the death of a 2-month-old infant who died over the weekend at the John F. Kennedy housing community in Estate Richmond on St. Croix.
According to police, the mother disco
Government, Luis flout record requests
ST. THOMAS - The government of the Virgin Islands continues to ignore a variety of public record requests filed by The Daily News.
While most of the requests have been submitted in the last two months, a request filed with Luis Hospital last October se
Mapp names picks for boards and commissions
Gov. Kenneth Mapp has reappointed attorney Henry Smock to the University of the Virgin Islands board of trustees.
He has also nominated Oran Bowry, Andrew Farkas, Steven Lilly to the UVI board; Avery Challenger, to the V.I. Taxicab Commission; Bhagwand
Same-sex marriage order to be signed today
ST. THOMAS - A month after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered that the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, an executive order enabling benefits and rights for same-sex couples in the Virgin Islands is expected to finally be counter-sig
UVI promotes 3 to top posts
The University of the Virgin Islands has tapped three longtime employees to take on new roles in top positions at the university. Mitchell Neaves has been appointed UVI vice president for institutional advancement, Verna Rivers has been appointed to serv
2015 BVI Festival schedule
- Torchlight Procession
- Opening of Road Town Village
- Village entertainment
- Local Calypso Show
- Miss BVI Promo Segment, 7 p.m. at HLSCC
- Cultural Night in Festival Village
- Cultural Food Fair
Torchlight procession opens BVI Festival tonight
TORTOLA - British Virgin Islands residents will converge on Lower Water Front Drive tonight for a torchlight procession from central Road Town to start the 61st BVI August Festival activities and the opening of the Patsy Lake Festiville.
ST. THOMAS - Improving client services is at the top of the Schneider Regional Medical Center governing board's list of priorities, and vast progress is expected in coming months.
Before the end of the year, the hospital hopes to have its emergency room
Cruise ship to call on St. Croix on Sunday
Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas is expected to call on Frederiksted on Sunday.
The ship is capable of bringing 3,114 passengers and 1,180 crew members to St. Croix. Many businesses that would normally
Marshals' 'Most Wanted' nabbed on Tortola
ST. THOMAS - An armed unit with the Royal Virgin Island Police Force tracked down a U.S. Virgin Islander wanted for murder in Virginia and took him into custody early Thursday on Tortola.
J'Wa Charlery, who was added to the U.S. Marshals Service's 15 Mos
Beware calls pretending to offer computer support
ST. THOMAS - Island residents are reporting computer technical support phone scams, and that the cybercriminals are preying on children.
A St. Thomas resident said this week his niece almost fell victim to a man claiming he was with Microsoft before fam
Schneider's certification renewed for 3 years
ST. THOMAS - Accreditation and a letter of good standing are paving the way for change at Schneider Regional Medical Center.
The hospital's renewed accreditation from The Joint Commission is valid for the next three years, hospital CEO Bernard Wheatley s
Mocko jumbie goes country
ST. THOMAS - Nashville, meet mocko jumbie.
Yisrael Peterson, a popular St. Thomas mocko jumbie performer, has taken his athletic and high-altitude act onto a world stage in an appearance with the high-flying country act Little Big Town at the Country Mus
Despite heavy heart, Lovett impresses
TORONTO - Never mind the finish.
Just getting to the starting block was a victory for Eddie Lovett.
The U.S. Virgin Islands hurdler woke up and checked Facebook on race day Friday morning only to find out his younger sister had been shot and killed overn
Stadium work still stalled, still a mess
ST. CROIX - Reconstruction of the Paul E. Joseph Stadium in Frederiksted remains at a standstill after Gov. Kenneth Mapp put a freeze on demolition work in February following concerns with the contract.
The remains of the partially demolished stadium an
Drive collects 60,000 books for kids
ST. THOMAS - Thousands of books are now available free of cost to V.I. youth.
St. Thomas and St. John Rotary Club members and Virgin Islands Education Department representatives celebrated the arrival of more than 60,000 books Thursday afternoon at the S
Kenneth A. Jackson Sr.
Kenneth A. Jackson Sr., 73, passed away on July 11, 2015, at his residence on St. Thomas.
He is survived by his son, Kenneth L. Jackson Jr.; daughters, Darlene Jackson, Yvette Jackson; grandchildren, Melquan Bland, Demalia Jackson,
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Antonio P. Deleon July 16, 2015 Saturday Turnbull's
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Derek Fuertes May 29, 2015 Saturday
Inez Brathwaite Hyman July 13, 2015 Today Hurley
Kenneth A. Jackson
Services will be held Saturday at the Iglesias Cristiana el Oasis in Contant at 10 a.m. for Derek Fuertes, who passed away on May 29, 2015, in Puerto Rico after battling cancer.
He is survived by parents, Mike and Tani Fuertes; brothers,
ST. THOMAS - The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday tabled a bill that would let the government borrow now against proceeds expected from 2015 property tax revenue.
The committee voted to hold bill 31-0148, which would authorize the government to issue
Collens paints dim picture of Finance Dept.
ST. THOMAS - The Senate Finance Committee heard Finance Commissioner nominee Valdamier Collens describe a stressed department that must provide all government financial services with an 8 percent budget reduction for fiscal year 2016; morale at five to s
Citizens on both sides of whether to keep fence
ST. THOMAS - It's been a long time since a truck knocked down Rothschild Francis "Market" Square's Sanderilla Thomas Bungalow, but the aftermath is still affecting the community.
The Agriculture Commissioner nominee Carlos Robles and his team hosted a to
St. Croix farmers brace for losses in face of 'worst' drought in years
ST. CROIX - On the one island in the Virgin Islands most connected to agriculture, dry weather conditions that have prevailed across the territory with very little relief in sight, are having a big impact.
Dale Brown, owner of Sejah Farms just off Midla
Governor Mapp returns to the territory early
Gov. Kenneth Mapp was back in the territory Wednesday night after canceling a planned trip to the summer meeting of the National Governors Association in West Virginia.
Government House said he returned to th
Fertile, deep-water coral off V.I. sparks hope
ST. THOMAS - Researchers from the University of the Virgin Islands and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science have discovered that a threatened coral species that lives in deeper waters off the U.S. Virgin Islands is
Housing Authority settles $600k water bill suit
ST. THOMAS - The Virgin Islands Housing Authority received high grades from its auditor at Wednesday's monthly board meeting.
Auditor Rich Larsen of Fallon & Larsen accounting told the board that "the outlooks of the reports were very, very positive. Th
Schneider board decries lack of funding
ST. THOMAS - Uncompensated care costs, reduced appropriations from the central government and underpayment from federal health care programs are plaguing the Schneider Regional Medical Center's budget.
Chief Executive Officer Bernard Wheatley said during
Boxing hero Griffith's complex legacy
St. Thomas native and six-time world boxing champion Emile Griffith died on this day two years ago. A trailblazer, he was the U.S. Virgin Islands' first sports hero. He set the template. Many others followed in an array of sports. So, on this day, let's
$100,000 worth of streetlights set to be lost
ST. THOMAS - The Virgin Islands government has left $100,000 worth of energy efficient streetlights sitting in a warehouse in Miami for almost two years, and the manufacturer's representative says they are going to be thrown out if a final payment isn't
Federal government kicks in $500,000 for Centennial
The celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the transfer of the U.S. Virgin Islands from Denmark to the United States just got a big boost with a $500,000 grant from the federal government.
Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia'
Event to help buy St. Croix man a new and improved wheelchair
ST. CROIX - Rueben Turner is gearing up for a new and improved set of wheels.
When the sun rises Friday morning, ViVid Streaming Studios' Ana Castillo and Neighborhood Pharmacy's Dr. Kisha Christian-Butcher will be in the Sunny Isle Shopping Center parki
A midwife who regularly delivers babies in the territory says the Health Department constantly delays the issuance of birth certificates for children born at home, requiring parents to come up with unneeded notarized statements and documents.
Market Square fence to be topic of town hall meeting
ST. THOMAS - A town hall meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Bicentennial Hall at Christchurch Methodist to discuss the history and future of the fence around Rothschild Francis Square.
Officials from Public Works, Department of Planning a
Georgia official tapped to head Corrections
ST. CROIX - In a press conference Monday, Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter announced the nomination of a longtime employee of the Gwinnett County Georgia Sheriff's Department - one who has roots in the territory - to head the troubled V.I. Corrections Bureau.
Mapp: Cruise ship passengers unhappy with St. Croix
ST. THOMAS - Gov. Kenneth Mapp has outlined one of the key issues St. Croix faces in trying to attract more tourists: the expectation of cruise line customers is great, but those expectations are often unsatisfied.
The result? Visitors leave having bee
Lt. Gov. headed to Toronto
ST. THOMAS - Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter announced Monday that he will be traveling out of the territory to Canada on Wednesday to attend the Pan American Games.
As Gov. Kenneth Mapp will also be out of the territory, Potter said Finance Department Commission
Potter says he'll pay for his own pad
ST. THOMAS - Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter will personally take over the payment for the Mahogany Run condo rented for him, and he said he has not stayed a single day in the condo while it has been rented at taxpayer expense.
"This is a matter that has been bas
Savan gets to work cleaning up
ST. THOMAS - A collective vision is changing Savan.
"The people of Savan have spoken and they want the community cleaned up," said Community Action NOW (CAN) Executive Director Iffat Walker, who grew up in neighborhood that she returns to frequently from
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V.I. boxer splits judges in Pan Am loss Crowd boos decision
OSHAWA, Ontario - Once again at the Pan Am Games, Clayton Laurent Jr. did the honorable thing, holding the ropes for his opponent as he exited the ring.
But this time, he was showing respect for a fighter he feels he defeated.
Much of the Canadian crowd
WAPA report prompts call for Senate hearing
A St. Croix senator has asked for a hearing to explore the findings of an in-depth, independent evaluation of the V.I. Water and Power Authority's management and operations.
Sen. Nereida Rivera-O'Reilly said the results of the management audit of WAPA pr
Plan afoot to borrow against future taxes
ST. THOMAS - The Senate Finance Committee met unexpectedly last week to consider government's need to borrow against property tax revenue in order to pay basic general fund obligations such as payroll and vendor payments.
The move comes in order to balan
Day at the beach with taxpayer-funded car
A casual observer just passing by might not have noticed anything out of the ordinary.
A dark sports utility vehicle, a Chevrolet Captiva with license plate number TEK-482, was parked by the road at Brewers Bay beach early on a Saturday morning, along wi