Category: Territorial Affairs

American Express Agrees To $96 Million Settlement For Allegedly Discriminating Against Credit Card Customers In The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

[ad name=”HTML-68″] WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Express Co. is resolving a government watchdog’s discrimination review by agreeing to pay at least $96 million to customers in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico who were charged higher fees and interest rates than cardholders in the rest of the country. The New York-based lender must also develop a plan to […]

Mapp Tells Government Retirees That He Will Have To Drastically Slash Their Health Care Benefits If His Government Is To Survive Budget Shortfalls

SMOKE AND MIRRORS: Gov. Kenneth Mapp tells radio DJ Addie Ottley that he will have to drastically cut health care benefits to retirees in order to keep his government out of bankruptcy. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – In an effort to reduce much of the government’s cost of health insurance benefits, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said […]

America’s Biggest Unions File Suit Against Puerto Rico Government Over ‘Illegally Convened’ PROMESA Bankruptcy Board

PROMESA BOARD: Is being sued by some of the biggest unions in America. [ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court an adversary complaint against the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; the Puerto Rico […]

OPINION: Soraya Diase Coffelt Denounces ‘Yet Another’ Secret Meeting Held by Governor, Senators and Urges Elected Leaders To Observe ‘Full Transparency’

 CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Soraya Diase Coffelt said that she strongly denounces the secret meeting that the media reported took place between Gov. Kenneth Mapp and certain senators at Government House on Monday. There is no question that this meeting should have been open to the public as well as the media, Diase Coffelt said. “The […]

Virgin Islanders Invited To Watch Total Solar Eclipse From UVI Sports and Fitness Center On St. Thomas Today

ECLIPSE O’ CANE? It hasn’t happened in over 50 years but today’s total solar eclipse could coincide with a hurricane or tropical storm. Separate systems out in the Atlantic Ocean moving west or west-northwest, possibly putting at least one of them right in the path of totality of the eclipse. According to The Weather Channel, the westernmost one, […]

Puerto Rico Hopes To Take Over The Top Spot In The Caribbean Tourism From The Dominican Republic ‘Despacito’

MOST-WATCHED VIDEO ON YOUTUBE EVER: “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber. Despacito means “slowly” in Spanish. “Despacito” is the first top 20 hit song in Spanish in America in 20 years. [ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) has announced that Latin Pop-Star, Luis Fonsi, is their […]

BLACKLASH! Two Days Before A Storm Is Expected To Reach St. Croix, WAPA Plunges The Big Island Into Darkness For Six Hours … For No Reason At All!

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHRISTIANSTED — Two days before Invest 91L was expected to reach the territory, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) plunged St. Croix into darkness for nearly six hours. At least 14,000 WAPA customers were affected as a light drizzle fell on St. Croix accompanied by 19 mile-per-hour winds. Officially, the quasi-government […]

MAPP: Territory’s Schools Won’t Be ‘Perfect’ When They Open In Three Weeks … But They Will Be Clean

BIG ORDER: Gov. Kenneth Mapp (middle) and Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter (right) listen as Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum explains why the territory’s schools won’t be in “perfect order” when they open in three weeks. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The territory’s schools won’t be ready when they open in three weeks — but they will […]

Mapp: V.I. Children Of Low-Income Parents Are Now Eligible For Increased Medical Insurance Benefits From The Federal Government

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Children of low-income parents will be able to apply for increased medical insurance benefits from the federal government starting on Oct. 1. The V.I. Department of Education will play a key role in helping the local government to identify children who will be eligible for federally subsidized healthcare coverage under […]

Dominica Native Kenneth James Makes His Initial Appearance In Federal Court On Charges He Tried To Move 26 Pounds Of Cocaine In St. Thomas

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A native of Dominica was brought up on federal charges that he tried to sell at least 26 pounds of cocaine in the streets of the territory. Kenneth James, 51, of Roseau made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon after being charged in a criminal complaint […]