Category: Breaking News

GUEST EDITORIAL: The Disaster of Disaster Reconstruction: Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Are Prime Examples

[ad name=”HTML-68″] By STEPHEN COHEN Columbia University’s Earth Institute NEW YORK — Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands continue to struggle in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane season, and here in New York we recently marked the fifth anniversary of “Superstorm” Sandy. Before Hurricane Maria we saw Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the […]

U.S. Mail Will Be Re-Routed Through Miami So Desperate Puerto Ricans Cannot Steal Mail Intended For Virgin Islanders

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced on Thursday that his administration is working to address the severe bottleneck in sending and receiving mail through the United States Postal Service (USPS). Mapp said his team is seeking to address the postal delays by having mail routed directly from the mainland instead of through […]

Everybody But WAPA Itself Is Restoring Electricity To Hard-Hit St. Thomas and St. John As First Wave of 500+ Workers Hits The Territory

WAPA JOKESTERS: Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) crews demonstrate the losing techniques that have left the majority of customers on each island without electricity. One lineman, Jason Julius on St. Thomas, accidentally eletrocuted himself to death after Hurricane Irma. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Weeks after the second of two Category 5 hurricanes tore through […]

St. Croix Reports Consistent Rainfall Sunday Morning … Tropical Storm Philippe Expected To Drop Heavy Rains On Central And Western Cuba

[ad name=”HTML-68″] MIAMI — Tropical storm Phillipe has formed in the Caribbean, becoming the 16th named storm of the 2017 hurricane season. It is expected to bring heavy rains to central and western Cuba, spreading northward across the Florida Keys and south Florida. In the meantime, St. Croix was reporting consistent rainfall on Sunday morning. […]

‘Pinball’ Motorist Drives Into Utility Poles And Knocks One Into The Road Blocking The East End Road All Night Long

POLE BLOCKED: A utility pole rests in the middle of the East End Road after an unidentified motorist drove into it knocking it down onto the ground. People coming from the East End could not pass as they got close to the Eastway Service Station near Tide Village. (V.I. Free Press Photo) [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHRISTIANSTED […]

USGS Biologist Starting Over After Hurricane Irma Damages Her Home, Office and Research Site

DIRT HURTS: Sediment can smother corals, but Hurricane Hole has no sediment-bearing freshwater streams. Its clear waters are habitat for an entire community of marine life, including Montastrea corals and squirrelfish. (Photo: Caroline Rogers, USGS) [ad name=”HTML-68″] CRUZ BAY — Coral reef expert Caroline Rogers was the only USGS employee in the Virgin Islands when […]

Billionaire Richard Branson Says Region Needs A Marshall Plan To Rebuild After Hurricanes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — A plan by British billionaire Richard Branson to lead a post-hurricane rebuilding effort in the Caribbean, with a focus on clean energy projects, may include debt relief negotiations mediated by the International Monetary Fund. Branson is spearheading a plan to help nations in the region recover after Hurricanes Irma and […]

Water Island Starts A Go Fund Me Page To Try To Bring Needed Help To The Territory’s Most Neglected Island

  DESERT ISLAND: On Water Island’s Honeymoon Beach, hurricanes Irma and Maria tossed boats on shore, leveled buildings, wiped away the greenery and shuttered the only two food and drinks stands on island. [ad name=”HTML-68″] WATER ISLAND — Before her husband latched the door to the concrete bunker beneath their house, Linda Gidley looked around at […]

St. Croix’s Ajani Davis Repeatedly Beats His Ex-Girlfriend, Hits Her Over The Head With A Ceramic Vase and Strips Her Naked Before Dragging Her Down A Flight of Stairs

[ad name=”HTML-68″] FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man has been charged with attempted murder after beating  a former girlfriend while she was holding her infant child in Estate Golden Rock. Ajani Davis, 37, was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder–domestic violence. He is being held without bail as per the territory’s domestic violence statute. […]

‘Power Restoration’ Is The Number One Priority For The Department of Defense … But What Is WAPA’s Number One Priority?

[ad name=”HTML-68″] WASHINGTON — Power restoration remains the No. 1 priority in Hurricane Maria-ravaged Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Defense Department spokesman Army Lt. Col Jamie Davis said Friday. DoD is responding to the islands with about 11,400 active duty and National Guard service members, he said. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is partnering with the Puerto Rico […]