Category: Consumer News

Curating A Captivating Caribbean Jewelry Collection

Caribbean jewelry has a rich history and significance, as is symbolized by an anecdote featuring a Trinidadian woman and famed Nova Scotia missionary, Sarah Morton. When Morton was taken by the beauty of the bracelets of the Trinidadian woman from Princes Town, she asked her if she could buy one. The woman answered that unless she […]

Royal Caribbean Joins Rivals In Canceling 2022 Sailings To Russia

MIAMI — Cruise operators Royal Caribbean Group and Viking Cruises canceled sailings to Russia, joining their rivals and many Western brands in suspending operations in the country after its invasion of Ukraine. Celebrity Cruises, owned by Royal Caribbean, said it was removing Russian port city St. Petersburg from upcoming itineraries, adding that it would visit […]

Norwegian Cruise Line Cancels Stops In St. Petersburg, Russia, For 2022

MIAMI — Norwegian Cruise Line says that it will alter cruise itineraries that include stops in St. Petersburg, Russia, due to the “escalated situation between Russia and Ukraine,” according to a statement from the company.  A spokesperson for Norwegian said, “the safety and security of our guests, crew and communities we visit is our top […]

FDA Warns Parents To Stop Using These Baby Formulas After 4 Infants Hospitalized

STURGIS — Abbott Laboratories said on Thursday it was recalling powdered baby formulas, including Similac, made at a Michigan facility after four consumers complained about bacterial infections in infants who consumed the products. The complaints were related to Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria or Salmonella. Newport and Abbott will also recall its Alimentum and EleCare baby formulas manufactured at […]

Search On For Handcuffed Woman Who Jumped From Carnival Cruise After Hot Tub Row

MIAMI — The United States Coast Guard is continuing to search for a woman who jumped off a Carnival cruise ship while handcuffed following a reported hot tub disturbance on Wednesday (February 16), Daily Mail reports. The incident took place on the Carnival Valor, which was located about 150 miles off the coast of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, when the […]

Truck Flips And Hits Utility Pole Near Gas Station In Glynn, Knocking Out Power To 2,000 Residents

KINGSHILL — A truck flipped and hit a utility pole near mid-island knocking out electricity to nearly 2,000 people on St. Croix last night. The crash occurred near Sam’s Gas Station in Estate Glynn about 10:40 p.m. Saturday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. “A vehicular accident in the area of Sam’s Gas Station which […]

New CEO Smith Says Brighter Future For WAPA Means Keeping The Power On For You And Me

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Andrew Smith, the new executive director and chief executive officer for the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, says he intends to bring a fresh perspective to the troubled utility, and is working with other WAPA leaders to rebuild customer trust and create a reliable, affordable power grid for the Virgin Islands. […]

CONSUMER CORNERED: $84.13 For Smoked Salmon! USVI Is King Of High Supermarket Costs

CHRISTIANSTED — Nobody has to tell anyone living in the U.S. Virgin Islands that you pay high prices at the supermarket here. But $84.13 for less than five pounds of smoked salmon? C’mon man. You’re killing us with the high prices here!. Tan Tan, who lives in Christiansted and posts on Facebook, said he found […]

Keller Williams Real Estate of Texas Expands To Beautiful, Tourist-Friendly Sint Maarten

PHILIPSBURG — Keller Williams, the world’s largest real estate technology franchise by agent count, is expanding further across the Caribbean. As momentum continues, KW has awarded a new master franchise in Sint Maarten. “We’re excited to announce KW Sint Maarten, our sixth master franchise in the Caribbean, which we expect will thrive under the leadership […]

Banco Popular Is The First Virgin Islands Bank To Offer ‘Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund’

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Banco Popular’s commitment to its customers and its community was recently recognized when its Popular Checking Account, available for Virgin Islands clients, received a certification from the prestigious non-profit entity Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund. This certification was granted after complying with the Bank On National Account Standards (2021 – 2022) for […]