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Author: Sal Gagliardi

Constant power outages are disturbing life in the US Virgin Islands

The United States Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) has made large strides since the destruction of Hurricane Maria two years ago. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been enough. The territory is continuing to cope with blackouts that have crippled day-to-day life for its residents and impeded its economy from fully recovering. “It is no secret that both of WAPA’s power plants, but more so the Randolph Harley Power Plant on St. Thomas, have suffered through instability events of late, which have resulted in a number of major and district-wide service interruptions, said Lawrence J. Kupfer, the Virgin Islands WAPA’s...

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US Virgin Islands officials angered after federal government delays funds due to Puerto Rico crisis

It has been roughly 2 years since Hurricane Marie struck the islands of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, yet both continue to haggle and fight with the federal government over the much-needed federal relief aid funds to assist in their recoveries.  At the end of July, President Donald Trump announced he would delay over $8 billion in funds destined for Puerto Rico over worries of misuse, and roughly $770 million in funds destined for the US Virgin Islands due to capacity issues. “Recovery efforts in jurisdictions prepared to do their part should not be held back...

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Business is booming in the United States Virgin Islands

Throughout the month of May, newly-elected Governor of the United States Virgin Islands Albert Bryan Jr. (D) has been making his case for the territory’s resurgent economy. This coincided with the release of his first fiscal year budget proposal that was released on May 30. During May at the Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit in Miami, the Governor, who traveled to the States with some of his key cabinet and policy makers, made an enthusiastic pitch to investors that right now is the time to invest in the US Virgin Islands. “Right now we have opportunities in the...

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Carnival season kicks off in the US Virgin Islands

Carnival season is officially underway in the United States Virgin Islands. The St. Thomas Carnival, the first of three occuring on the territories three main islands, began back in early April and concluded with a jam-packed week of events, games, and music in early May. Carnival celebrations within the Caribbean date back several hundred years. The Europeans who colonized territories like the US Virgin Islands, brought with them their own kinds of Carnival celebrations and traditions. As the plantation industry began to take root on the US Virgin Islands, the slaves shipped over from Africa brought with them their...

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US Virgin Islands could benefit from rift between Carnival Cruise Line and Antigua

Carnival Cruise Line’s slogan is fairly famous: Choose Fun. However, away from all the drinks consumed, shows attended, and all-around debauchery had aboard their cruise ships, Carnival is engaged in a not-so-fun war of words with the government of Antigua. It all started after the Antiguan government agreed to a deal with Global Ports Holding, a London based private firm that touts themselves as “the largest cruise ship port operator.” This agreement is for 30 years and will see over $80 million invested into St. John, Antigua’s largest port-town. What appears a harmless, run-of-the-mill public-private investment opportunity quickly soured...

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