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Lawsuit Claims Human Trafficking, Forced Labor in Hurricane Repair Program

Eight men allege they were victims of human trafficking and forced labor after they were recruited to perform hurricane home repairs on St. Thomas on the promise of earning $2,200 weekly, but were never paid and suffered inhumane working conditions

Department of Tourism is Livestreaming ‘1 Night, 1 Fete’ Friday

A musical celebration, "1 Night, 1 Fete," which is being held Friday at the West Indian Company Ltd. dock on St. Thomas, will be livestreamed at 7 p.m. AST.

JFL Fills Two Critical Staff Positions

The financial outlook continues to be dire for Gov. Juan Luis Hospital and the dilapidated building continues to degrade, but there was a bit of good news with the announcement of two critical new-hires during Thursday's monthly board meeting.

Man Shot to Death in Campo Rico

The V.I. Police Department is investigating the death of a man who was killed Thursday afternoon in the Campo Rico area of St. Croix. The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Cesario Carmona Cadiz Jr.
Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix. (File photo)

Lack of Funding, Antiquated Facilities and Deficient Equipment Burden Waste Management, Director Says

The V.I. Waste Management Authority has encountered numerous challenges in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which generated nearly three times as much waste as the territory typically generates in a year, Executive Director Roger Merritt Jr. said on Thursday. 

WAPA Defers Payment on Disaster Loan, FirstBank Lines of Credit

The board of directors of the V.I. Water and Power Authority voted Thursday to allow the utility to defer payments due on millions of dollars in existing lines of credit with FirstBank and its Community Disaster Loan with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Princess Cruise ship in Crown Bay (Photo by Semele A.C. George)

Cruises Likely to Resume Mid-July, CDC Says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which stopped all U.S. cruise stops in March of 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic was devastating multiple cruises, has updated its guidance and suggested cruises could resume by "mid-July."

WAPA Anticipates Up to 80 Percent of Generation Can Be Offset by Renewable Energy

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority plans to offset 60 to 80 percent of generation through renewable energy resources within the next three to five years, bringing the utility in compliance with the law.
Dream Yacht Charters will be located within the Compass Point Marina in St. Thomas. (Photo submitted by Emily Turner, Dream Yacht Charters)

Lone Flamingo Takes Up Residence on St. Thomas

A lone and unusual visitor – a pink flamingo – has taken up residence in the salt pond near the Compass Point Marina on the east end of St. Thomas.

Young V.I. Actor Kaden Hughes Will Guest Star in TV Show “Bull” This Monday

Young Virgin Islands actor Kaden Hughes is guest-starring in the CBS drama series “Bull” this Monday, May 3, at 10 p.m.

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