Category: Territorial Affairs

Hurricane Irma Recovery For St. Thomas and St. John Residents Sticking It Out: The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

PARADISE LOST: Damaged houses line a hillside Monday in Old Tutu following Hurricane Irma in St. Thomas. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CRUZ BAY — Hurricane Irma survivors on the hardest-hit islands in the Virgin Islands fear that they will be forgotten after the storm left “apocalyptic” destruction in its wake, wiping out homes and leaving many residents desperate […]

TOTAL CHAOS! Seven Days After Hurricane Irma, Old Tutu Residents Move Into ‘Survival Mode’ With No Help On The Horizon

REALITY SETS IN: With no help from the federal or local government seven days after the passing of Category 5 storm Hurricane Irma, St. Thomas residents move into “survival mode” in order to get by. WSTA-AM 1340 Lucky 13’s Addie Ottley said Monday that the bulk FEMA relief supplies had been sent to St. Croix, […]

Virgin Islands Health Department Re-Opens Health Clinics On St. Thomas Seven Days After Hurricane Irma Passed

BACK IN BUSINESS: The Virgin Islands Department of Health has re-opened health clinics in St. Thomas. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — After seven days, the USVI Department of Health said that it “is happy to announce the reopening of three of its clinics today, Tuesday, September 12, 2017, on the island of St. Thomas.” “The […]

CALL OUT THE NATIONAL GUARD: Too Late … They Are Already Here From Illinois To Preposition Equipment And Troops

HERE TO HELP: U.S. military relief crews load supplies aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Illinois National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing based in Peoria. [ad name=”HTML-68″] FREDERIKSTED — As Hurricane Irma bears down on the region, the Illinois National Guard has sent a C-130 aircraft and crew to the territory to deliver key response […]

St. Kitts Woman Who Used To Live In St. Thomas Says She’s Standing Up For Her Son’s ‘Blackness’ Over School’s Dreadlocks Ban

NATTY DREAD: Malachi Wattley [ad name=”HTML-68″] TOLEDO — An Ohio parochial school’s prohibition against dreadlocks has a a former St. Thomas resident’s hair standing on end. Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio forbids students from wearing their hair in dreadlocks. But that prohibition has sparked an intense debate over whether the policy unfairly targets […]

Puerto Rico Considers Closing Mayaguez Zoo After Puma Dies, Mulls Transferring Remaining Animals Because of Financial Crisis

[ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s governor said this week that he is evaluating whether to close the island’s only zoo as he announced that 11 animals will be transferred elsewhere following concerns for their well being amid an economic crisis. The announcement was made after a puma died over the weekend, the latest […]

Virgin Islands Team Leader Walter Hodge of Puerto Rico Dreams About Making The Final Four At The AmeriCup 2017

HIGH SCORER: Walter Hodge of Puerto Rico has been the game’s high scorer in two out three of the Virgin Islands men’s teams games at the 2017 AmeriCup Championships in Argentina. With a loss on Tuesday, the team still moves on to the semifinals and a chance to play in the Final Four. [ad name=”HTML-68″] […]

Puerto Rico Control Board Sues Gov. Ricardo Rossello For Not Imposing Mandatory Government Employee Layoffs

[ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico’s crisis-ridden finances sued the island’s governor on Monday for refusing to impose furloughs and take other measures it says are needed to save money. The lawsuit further raises tensions between Gov. Ricardo Rossello and the board, which is demanding public employee furloughs and a […]

National, Local GOP Officials Call For Equal Citizenship For American Territories, Commonwealths

[ad name=”HTML-68″] NASHVILLE — National and local GOP leaders repudiated the unequal citizenship of Americans living in the country’s territories during a meeting of the Republican National Committee this weekend in Nashville. The Republican National Committee did so with the passage of a resolution entitled “Affirming the Equal Citizenship for All Americans.” The resolution’s sponsor […]

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello Signs Pension Reform Bill Into Law … Tells New Hires To Get Social Security For Their New Pension Plans

HOW MUCH? Gov. Ricardo Rossello wants to know how much money it will take to keep his commonwealth’s pension plan solvent. New hires are being told that they must apply for U.S. social security as their new pension plan. [ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico has passed pension reforms that include making payments to […]