Category: St. John News

ANOTHER BOONDOGGLE! Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty Touts Her Department’s Participation In Upcoming National BJ Convention In New Orleans

GUARANTEED! NO MAINSTREAM NATIONAL “ORGANIC MEDIA” ATTENTION FROM BJ CONVENTION: By devoting precious tourism dollars to such a small scale, segmented, fringe audience, Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty is virtually guaranteeing that the U.S. Virgin Islands beautiful product will not come before the largest audience possible — which translates to a small-scale promotion — and less […]

FOR THE BIRDS? Mapp Went To Denver Airport To Find Ways To Reduce ‘Bird Strikes’ On Aircraft Flying To To St. Thomas And St. Croix

CHARLOTTE AMALIE –  Is this for the birds? Or not? Gov. Kenneth Mapp says that he wants to improve airport operations at the Cyril E. King International and Henry E. Rohlsen airports in St. Thomas and St. Croix. Most importantly, Mapp said that he saw a “grave danger” to aircraft flying in to the territory from […]

BIR: Mapp’s ‘Timeshare Tax’ Draws A Lawsuit About Its Legality As Territory Scrambles To Rob Peter To Pay Paul

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — With the territory banned from the bond market — it has to find a way somehow to continue to make payments on $2 billion in bond debt. To that end, Gov. Kenneth Mapp has decided to order BIR Director Marvin Pickering to slap a higher room tax rate on people who stay […]

STORM WATCH: ‘Torrential Downpours, Gusty Thunderstorms’ Forecast For The Region In The Next Five Days

AREA TO WATCH: The area highlighted in red is where a tropical depression or storm may develop during the next five days. The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico could be affected by this system. MIAMI — August is historically the beginning of the annual ramp up of hurricane season in the Atlantic, and right on cue, […]

Bulletproof 360 Collagen Protein Bars, Bites Sold In The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Are Being Recalled

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Protein bars and bites from  Bulletproof 360 are being recalled because they were made with cashew butter that may be contaminated with Listeria. The Washington state-based company said that the bars and bites were sold in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, among other places nationally and internationally. Five varieties are part […]

SPECIAL REPORT: Shunned From Bond Market, Territory Will See If It Can Float Itself Out Of Its Cash Crisis

A nurse stands next to closed toilets at the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center in Estate Diamond near the Sunny Isle Shopping Center on St Croix. (PHOTO BY: Alvin Baez/Reuters) CHRISTIANSTED — For a glimpse at the precarious financial health of St. Croix, visit its public hospital. Pipes underneath the emergency room collapsed in […]

Gov. Mapp Chooses AT&T To Interface With Public Safety, Fire Services In USVI

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The territory is leading the way to modernize communications for its public safety community, according to a statement from Government House. Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced his decision today to accept the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the territory’s public safety community, helping first responders save lives and protect communities. “The United States Virgin […]