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CARIBBEAN HOSPITALITY SCHOLARSHIPS MIAMI – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) has advised the application deadline for its scholarship program is Thursday, March 30, 2017. Scholarships are open to Caribbean students and industry professionals pursuing higher education or professional development in the hospitality and tourism field and are

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CAN’T ACHIEVE A GOAL WHEN NO GOAL IS SET: Beverly Nicholson-Doty is following the chief executive’s (Gov. Kenneth Mapp’) approach to governance with an unfocused, scattershot approach to tourism success that is not bearing significant fruit. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Building on the increase in stay-over arrivals last year, the U.S. Virgin

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    CIGNA’S Scott Evelyn BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — The Cigna Foundation today announced that $250,000 in grants are available over the next three years to non-profits in the U.S. Virgin Islands with community health workers helping those living with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic conditions. Community health

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MORENA’S BAR IN C’STED CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man told police that he was sitting outside of a Water Gut bar when he was hit by gunfire near the bus shanty after midnight today. On February 27, 2017 at approximately 12:22 a.m., 911 Emergency Call Center reported a gunshot

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  NASSAU — The U.S. Virgin Islands’ men’s beach soccer team did about as poorly as a team could do — embarrassing the territory by going 0-6 in the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships. On Sunday in consolation-round play, the USVI Team lost to Barbados 3-1, meaning that it finished

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INTERIOR’S NIKOLAO PULA WASHINGTON, D.C. — Acting Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula has approved an adjustment payment of $18,173,711 million to the Virgin Islands government for fiscal year 2016 rum excise tax actuals, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The amount has been certified by the

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The Virgin Islands Free Press spiked a Letter to the Editor by Ezril Dusky in the Sunday edition of the V.I. Freep because as an online newspaper, we do not wish to appear to be taking a stand against transgender teachers teaching in territorial public schools. The V.I. Free Press

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NOT BUCC-ING THE TREND: The two-star Elizabeth Armstrong-managed Buccaneer Hotel on St. Croix has a beach that DPNR says could present a serious health risk to humans if used by swimmers or fishermen. CHRISTIANSTED — For the second time in less than 30 days, the Department of Planning and Natural

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FAWNING OVER THE ‘FOEHN EFFECT’: The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have been unseasonably warm this February according to historical statistics and meteorologists. CHRISTIANSTED — If you think that it’s been an unseasonably hot February so far — you would be right. The first half month of February has felt

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Celeste Bermudez CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A Virgin Islands grand jury, on January 12, 2017, returned a six-count indictment against Celeste P. Bermudez, 41, of Methuen, Massachusetts, charging her with theft of federal program funds, money laundering, and making and subscribing a false income tax return, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe announced.

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