Category: Consumer News

Four Florida Electric Utilities Send Their Crews To The Virgin Islands To Work On Electrical Restoration Here

[ad name=”HTML-68″] TALLAHASSEE — Public power personnel from four Florida municipal electric utilities headed to the territory last week to assist with ongoing power restoration efforts after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) said. “After Hurricane Irma tore through nearly the whole state, Florida utilities were the grateful beneficiaries of mutual aid from […]

YET ANOTHER ST. CROIX BUSINESS CALLS IT QUITS: Orbitel Jumps Out of the Local Internet Market … Virgin Islands Powerhouse Viya Expected To Benefit From The Loss

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHRISTIANSTED — Orbitel, a local Internet service provider based on St. Croix, is going out of business for good. The company, which for years had provided high-speed fiber Internet service to commercial concerns, only recently began to offer residential service to customers. The closure of Orbitel had been the source of much speculation, […]

WEEKLY WAPA UPDATE: Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Says That It Is Doing Its Best To Re-Connect You To Electricity By Christmas … But Is It 2017 or 2018?

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHRISTIANSTED — Speaking at a news conference hosted by Acting Governor Osbert Potter this week, Executive Director Julio Rhymer, Sr. thanked WAPA’s employees, along with the on and off-island contractors, and the public who continue to support the ongoing restoration of electrical service across the territory. Rhymer reported that the build-out of primary […]

Terminex Fined $10 Million by EPA For Poisoning Delaware Family … Esmond-Devine Family To Receive $90 Million In Compensation For Toxic St. John Vacation

TOXIC RESORT: Sirenusa Resort’s Villa Capri in St. John cost thousands of dollars per day to stay there before the methyl bromide accident — now it is $150 per night. CRUZ BAY — A pest control company will pay more than $9 million in criminal fines tied to the use of a banned pesticide that sickened […]

REPORT: Whitefish Energy Billed Puerto Rico $319 Her Hour Per Linemen — Then Paid Them $63 Per Hour

SMELL TEST: Experts in the field said Whitefish significantly over-inflated its fees, almost 17 times the average salary of Puerto Rico-based linemen. [ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — The Montana energy company that was awarded a contract to repair Puerto Rico’s power grid in the wake of Hurricane Maria is facing scrutiny over the amount of money it […]

Explosion Rocks Limetree Bay Terminals About A Month After Hurricane Maria … Blast Was Not Reported To OSHA As Required By Law

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHRISTIANSTED — A faulty air compressor led to a generator explosion in the powerhouse at the Limetree Bay Terminals oil storage facility on St. Croix and to this day the incident has not been reported to the appropriate federal authorities, the Virgin Islands Free Press has confirmed. Although one person was within 50 […]

Education Is The Key To Caribbean Dive Groups Working Together to Promote, Protect Coral Reef Excursions

BRIDGETOWN — Tourists must be educated to know which are the safest times to visit the region. And also which areas are least likely to face a catastrophic storm. Dive groups are trying to assuage tourists’ fears regarding hurricanes and inclement weather to increase tourism to the region. The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) […]

OPINION BY DAVID JESSOP: Future Of Caribbean Sugar Depends On The Region’s Capacity for Cooperation

As CARICOM trade ministers meet to discuss the future of Caribbean sugar, David Jessop (Caribbean Council) argues that successful protection of the industry will require that the four exporting countries, their fractious sugar industries, and food and drink manufacturers jointly recognize the long-term benefits that could flow from integration. GEORGETOWN — Among the topics considered by Ministers and […]

FEMA Will Give You Up To $1,600 In Disaster Food Stamps (D-SNAP) If You Have Children … Even If You Never Got Food Stamps Before … APPLY NOW!

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — More than two months after Hurricane Irma rattled St. Thomas and St. John to the core, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it wants to help YOU! People the Virgin Islands Free Press exit interviewed told us that for a family of one adult and two to four children, the average payout […]

FEMA BLUE ROOF: On Cyril E. King International Airport Tells You Everything You Need To Know About The State of Recovery in the Virgin Islands

MASHED UP: The inside of the Cyril E. King International Airport after Hurricane Irma hit Sept. 6. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two months after Hurricane Irma, there’s a FEMA blue tarp covering the roof of the Cyril E. King International Airport — and airlines say that that is just not good enough. The Board […]