Category: Territorial Affairs

Governor Bryan Congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson On Her Ascension To The U.S. Supreme Court

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan issued the following statement congratulating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States: “I join the chorus of Americans in the Virgin Islands and across the nation in congratulating Judge Brown Jackson on becoming the first African American woman to become a Supreme Court […]

Governor Bryan Issues Statement About Transfer Day

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan issued the following statement in commemoration of Transfer Day on Thursday, March 31, 2022: “As we go through this transformative time of rebuilding the U.S. Virgin Islands and head into a brighter future for all Virgin Islanders, I want to remind everyone of our history as a territory and how […]

Ackley Wins Republican Caucus; Gumbs-Hecht Gets The Most Votes

Political newcomer Antoinette Gumbs-Hecht was the top vote-getter in the caucus to reconstitute the V.I. Republican Party. The St. Thomas real estate agent and mother of two bested April Newland — ironically her boss at Newland Real Estate — with 90 percent of the vote. “It is humbling and a great honor to be entrusted […]

BREAKING: National Republicans To Seat Caucus Winners; Lawyers Threaten John Canegata With Legal Action

The Republican National Committee threatened legal action against John Canegata on the eve of a territorial caucus to reconstitute the territorial Republican Party. The warning was delivered in an email message from RNC Chief Counsel Justin Riemer after Canegata announced he wouldn’t recognize the results. “The RNC hereby puts you on legal notice to preserve […]

USVI Taking Steps Towards Greater Self Determination Through A New Constitution

As project director of a U.S. Department of the Interior grant devoted toward capacity building to increase constitutional development and self-determination, I have the historic responsibility to stimulate greater awareness, civic consciousness, and political will to improve self-government. The U.S. Virgin Islands is in the throes of political transition. As attentive residents may know already, […]

BREAKING NEWS: Gordon Ackley Will Win GOP Caucus Without Opposition

The longstanding intra-party fight for the leadership of the V.I. Republican Party was settled this week without a contested election. St. Thomas businessman Gordon Ackley will assume the chairmanship after John Canegata failed to file by the March 22 deadline, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned exclusively. Canegata, who won the party chairmanship in […]

2 Private Islands Owned By Jeffrey Epstein Hit Market For $125 Million: Wall Street Journal

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two private islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands owned by late financier Jeffrey Epstein are hitting the market for $125 million.  The news was reported on Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal, which verified the listing with an attorney for the Epstein estate and the islands’ listing agents. Located off St. Thomas, Little St. […]

British Royal Couple Starts Caribbean Tour Dogged By Protest In Belize

BELIZE CITY (Reuters) — Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate arrived in Belize on Saturday for a weeklong Caribbean tour that was marred by a local protest before it even began amid growing scrutiny of the British Empire’s colonial ties to the region. The arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge coincides with […]

Start of British Royals’ Caribbean Tour Marred by Belize Protest

BELIZE CITY (Reuters) — Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate will not visit a cacao farm in an indigenous region of Belize as planned on their Caribbean tour, the Belize government said Friday, after local villagers staged a protest against their arrival. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travel to Belize on Saturday for […]

WHAT’S THE HOLDUP? Plaskett, Payne Weigh In On U.S. Attorney Confirmation Delay

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islands Senator-at-Large Steven Payne Jr. said Monday that he’d written a letter to U.S. Senator Tom Cotton “expressing outrage that partisan politics is standing in the way of the U.S. Senate confirming the first Black woman to be the U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Virgin Islands.” Payne referred to the historic […]