Category: At VIFreep

Norwegian Cruise in choppy waters as pre-pandemic occupancy still a year away

MIAMI — Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd) forecast a loss for the current quarter and revenue below estimates as occupancy rates remained stubbornly below pre-pandemic levels, sending its shares down 12 percent this week. Its second-quarter occupancy of 65 percent compared with more than 107 percent in 2019, a level the company does not expect to […]

Protect You and Your Baby: Stay Up To Date With Vaccines: VIDOH

You have the power to protect yourself and your baby each pregnancy from serious diseases like whooping cough and flu. By staying up to date with vaccines before and during pregnancy, you can pass along immunity that will help protect your baby from some diseases during the first few months after birth, the Virgin Islands […]

2nd Firefighter Dies as Cuba Controls Big Oil Facility Fire

HAVANA — Officials said that a second firefighter has died in Cuba, where crews have controlled a massive blaze that began last week at a key oil storage facility amid a deepening energy crisis. The 24-year-old firefighter identified as Elier Correa had been hospitalized in extremely critical condition, according to government news site Cubadebate. Another […]

Coast Guard Rescues 68-Year-Old Man From A Capsized Vessel Offshore Pawleys Island

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A Coast Guard Station Georgetown boat crew rescued Stacy Hicks, Thursday, after his vessel capsized nine miles offshore Pawleys Island. A good Samaritan contacted a Station Georgetown watchstander at 6:08 p.m., stating a vessel capsized and a man was in the water wearing a life jacket. The responding Coast Guard boat crew […]

A New – and Faster Way – To Request A Social Security Card

Do you need an original or replacement Social Security Number card? We now have a new – and faster – way for you to start online. When you go to our Social Security Number and Card webpage at, we now ask you a series of questions to determine whether you can: · Complete the […]

FEMA Approves Replacement of St. Thomas Hospital

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — After several years of debate and reviews, the Office of Disaster Recovery has received a final decision from FEMA approving the replacement of the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital on St. Thomas. FEMA required copious amounts of documentation to accept the territory’s position that the hospital received sufficient damage to warrant full replacement. The territory and […]

Firefighters Extinguish Fire In La Grande Princesse Wednesday

CHRISTIANSTED — Firefighters responded to a structure on fire on the north shore of St. Croix in the early morning hours Wednesday. The 911 call center dispatched the Virgin Islands Fire and Emergency Medical Services (VIFEMS) to a structure fire in La Grande Princesse at 4:09 a.m., the Office of the Governor said.Three units from […]

Schedule of Events Honoring Governor Charles W. Turnbull

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Here is the schedule of events in honor of Governor Charles W. Turnbull, whose body will lie in state at The Battery on St. John today and at Government House on St. Thomas tomorrow. A public viewing took place at Government House on St. Croix on Wednesday. There also is a candlelight service […]

Best Hacks For The Travel Apocalypse

SAN JUAN — Planning to squeeze some travel out of the rest of summer? Good luck — you will need it. Flight cancellations have already soared past last year’s total. Delays affected 890,000 flights in the first half of the year. Prices have shot up as pandemic-weary travelers are desperate to go anywhere. Luggage ‘graveyards’ […]

Record Amount of Algae Threatens Economy, Wildlife on Caribbean Coasts

SAN JUAN — Near-record amounts of algae, or water plants, are covering Caribbean coasts from Puerto Rico to Barbados. The plants are killing fish and other wildlife, producing bad smells and gases, and hurting tourism. The University of South Florida’s Optical Oceanography Lab said nearly 22 million metric tons of brown algae called sargassum appeared in the […]