Category: Caribbean News

National Park Service Opens Sites Around The Territory This Week … Since Being Closed After The Hurricanes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced the reopening of Christiansted National Historic Site and Buck Island Reef National Monument on the island of St. Croix and Trunk Bay Beach at Virgin Islands National Park on the island of St. John this week. The National Park Service is an […]

UN REPORT: Violence Against Women Is Greatest In The Caribbean And Latin America … Cites ‘Outside Relationships’ As Reason

[ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — A report launched at the regional parliament (Parlatino) with over 120 legislators by the U.N. Development Program (UNDP)-U.N. Women revealed that Latin America and the Caribbean were the most violent regions in the world for women. “In Latin America and the Caribbean, the number of countries with national women protection policies […]

ROONEY’S FIRST GAME: St. Croix Man Was Once A Top MLB Prospect For SF Giants

CHRISTIANSTED — Someday you might see Rooney Williams sitting at Seaside Market & Deli eating breakfast. Williams wears blue jeans, a white t-shirt, dark sunglasses (he needs cataract surgery) and has a little stubble on his bald head. He carries a bag with him with some spare clothes and tools — (because he does odd […]

WAPA CEO Julio Rhymer Tells Congressional Energy Committee That St. Thomas and St. Croix Hospitals Owe The Authority $36 Million

WASHINGTON — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority CEO told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday that the St. Thomas and St. Croix hospitals owe $36 million to WAPA. WAPA CEO Julio Rhymer said that because of inequities in the way federal Medicare and Medicaid are calculated in the territory and the […]

Now That The Roads Are Clear … Three-Star Army General Calling It Quits In Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN — The three-star general is leaving Puerto Rico, ending his mission of providing relief from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Troops are being pulled out, too, along with helicopters that have flown supplies and equipment to communities cut off by landslides and broken roads. Yet government statistics say power is still not on […]

BAN THE BURN! Environmental Group Based In St. John Urges Residents To Sign Petition Asking The Government Not To Burn Hurricane Debris

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CRUZ BAY – As the USVI picks up the pieces from the ravages of two back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes, Island Green Living Association said that it “urgently pleads with Gov. Kenneth Mapp and members of the Legislature to resist pressure from FEMA and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (CoE) and BAN the incineration of […]

Conference in Germany To Examine What Role Climate Change Played In This Season’s Hurricanes

BONN — A delegation from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has arrived at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Germany. While at the event, which runs until November 17, the Bank will join other regional stakeholders in reiterating the urgent need for climate action and resilient recovery in the Caribbean. Against the backdrop […]

A HURRICANE SEASON WE CAN’T FORGET: And In Many Cases Are Still Living In The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN — The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will long be remembered as one of the busiest and most destructive hurricane seasons on record. Five named storms and one tropical depression had already formed by the end of July with little fanfare or destruction, but that rapidly changed with ten consecutive hurricanes, most of which […]

Sinopec Plans Expansion of Limetree Bay Terminals In St. Croix As Part of President Trump’s Major Trade Deal With China

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHRISTIANSTED — In his bi-nightly radio address (the last for two weeks) last night, Gov. Kenneth Mapp seemed to take great pleasure in announcing that the local media had missed a major news story involving President Donald Trump, China and the Limetree Bay Terminals in St. Croix. Mapp cited a Bloomberg Politics report […]

TORRENTIAL RAIN WARNING: ‘Non-Tropical Storm’ Could Hamper Electrical Restoration Efforts in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Going Into Next Week

NOVEMBER RAIN: Although it is the rainy season in the Virgin Islands, the territory seems to have had more rain than normal after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. [ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — A large area of downpours and locally gusty thunderstorms will continue to affect our part of the region, including the Virgin Islands and […]