Category: St. John News

Fitch Ratings, One of Three Major Credit Rating Firms, Brings Territory Down Three Notches With The Promise It Will Sink Lower … Soon

[ad name=”HTML-68″] NEW YORK — Seeing few options for improvment to the territory’s finances,  Fitch Ratings took its credit rating on the Virgin Islands down all the way to triple-C from B. That’s a steep three-notch downgrade, bringing it to a level that indicates significant risk of default. Also, Fitch is maintaining a negative outlook. The problem […]

Mapp: Reports of Rapes At St. Croix’s National Guard Armory Are ‘Disturbing’

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Accompanied by local and federal officers of the United States Army National Guard, Gov. Kenneth Mapp disclosed findings in what he termed a “disturbing” report of a history of sexual assault, harassment and other inappropriate activity within the Virgin Islands National Guard (VING). The Governor said he was briefed a year ago […]

TRIPLE THREAT! National Hurricane Center Following Three Tropical Waves Headed Towards Our Region

[ad name=”HTML-68″] MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center said this morning that it is watching three tropical waves for possible storm development in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later this week. The weather pattern is called Invest 91L and was given a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next five […]

NOAA Says The Virgin Islands And Puerto Rico Can Expect More Storms In 2017 Than Originally Forecast

MIAMI — NOAA has raised the number of named storms it expects to develop in their latest 2017 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, warning that “the season has the potential to be extremely active.” In their August outlook update released Wednesday, NOAA forecasters said there is a high chance – 60 percent – of an above-average hurricane season, […]

Argument Leads To Stabbing of Man in The Left Breast On St. John … Injured Man Remains In Critical Condition At Schneider Regional Medical Center

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CRUZ BAY — A verbal argument between two men in St. John turned violent when one of the men stabbed the other in the upper chest on Saturday morning — the injured man is in critical condition and could die. Police did not release official information on the incident but the Virgin Islands […]

Tropical Wave Has Left The Virgin Islands But Is Getting More Organized As It Heads Towards Florida

[ad name=”HTML-68″] MIAMI — The tropical wave Invest 99L has passed by the Virgin Islands and was 395 miles away from St. Croix as of 10 a.m. on Friday — further away than it was Thursday morning. It is now churning across the Atlantic has become better organized and could strengthen over the weekend as […]

V.I. Freep 2017 Tropical Storm Watch Team Predicts That Invest 99L Will Pass To The North of The BVI

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHRISTIANSTED — The V.I. Freep‘s 2017 Tropical Storm Watch Team continues to monitor Invest 99L which was 282 miles away from St. Croix at 2 p.m. on Thursday. Invest 99-L is still a very disorganized cluster of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Models do keep moving the system to the northern side of the Lesser […]

Virgin Islands Tourism Kicks Off Its ‘So Nice’ Advertising Campaign Featuring Reggae Star Pressure Busspipe

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has unveiled its new advertising campaign, called “Real Nice.” In partnership with its advertising agency of record, J. Walter Thompson Atlanta (JWT), which is responsible for creative design, and local Virgin Islands company FilmVI, the popular “Virgin Islands Nice” campaign was revised to give […]

VIRGIN ISLANDS TOURISM BOON OR BUST? Nine States To Require A United States Passport to Visit Them in 2018

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — One of the selling points of the Virgin Islands current tourism campaign is to emphasize “No Passport Required.” But for nine United States that is all about to change … starting in 2018. So the question becomes: What will the impact be to tourism in the territory? Will it be a positive […]

VI Freep 2017 Storm Watch Team Projects Invest 99L To Miss The Territory To The North

WHAT TO EXPECT: The area highlighted is where a tropical depression or storm may develop during the next five days. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Free Press is projecting Invest 99L to pass well north of the territory. The disorganized, asymmetrical storm system was about 812 miles away from St. Croix at 10:30 […]