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Author: Sal Gagliardi

Bryan administration to focus on delivering promises, reducing debt

Last November, the United States Virgin Islands elected a new governor. Democratic Party nominee Albert Bryan Jr. and his running mate Senator Tregenza Roach won the gubernatorial runoff election on November 20 against the Independent incumbent Kenneth E. Mapp The Bryan-Roach ticket finished first, ahead of Mapp during the General Election on November 6, with roughly 38% of the vote to Mapp’s 33.6%. The runoff election was precipitated by the territories election law stating a candidate must secure 50% of the vote outright if he/she is to win the general election. Once Bryan and Mapp advanced to the runoff,...

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US Virgin Islands Senate considers loan to finance hotel construction

For islands situated in the pristine Caribbean Sea, tourism constitutes a large, if not the largest, portion of their economy. This is especially true for the United States Virgin Islands. According to one report published in 2014 by the World Travel and Tourism Council, in totality roughly 30% of the territory’s GDP is tourism-generated. And almost a quarter of the territory’s employment, both directly and indirectly, requires a thriving tourism industry. These estimates are actually on the low end, because according to another report published in 2014 by Euromonitor International at least half of the islands’ inhabitants are dependant...

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Overshadowed by Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands recover slowly from Maria

As most Americans are aware, last September 20, Hurricane Maria struck the island of Puerto Rico, packing a mighty punch and wreaking havoc on the island. However, less publicized was the storms effect on the United States Virgin Islands. This past week, the territory took time to reflect on its year-long journey. Virgin Islanders and their communities were first devastated, but have since come together in support of the relief effort, hopefully strengthening them for the better. Maria’s first hurricane force winds were recorded during the early hours of September 20 just south of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands....

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