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Brian Chase sings his wining entry.

Chase Wins Second Junior Calypso King Crown

The plight of the homeless was the topic of the song that captured the Junior Calypso King competition for 16-year-old Brian Chase. Telling the story of several homeless people living on the streets of St. Croix, Chase, put on a rousing performance.

Video Crew Highlights USVI Tourism for Global Market

A six-person video crew is filming people and places throughout the territory to tell their stories for Brand USA – the marketing organization charged with bringing international tourists to the United States and the Virgin Islands.

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, Reopens

The Ritz-Carlton reopened on Nov. 23 following a $100 million renovation at the Great Bay location on St. Thomas.

A Scarlet Ibis Visits St. John

Gail Karlsson, an environmental lawyer, writer and photographer, writes about her encounter with a scarlet ibis on St. John.
The Underground Night Club, on St. Thomas. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

January Trial Set for Accused Sex Trafficker

A federal magistrate has ordered a January trial for a woman charged with transporting women from abroad to St. Thomas to employ as sex workers. The defendant, Yohanna Gonzalez-McFarlane, recently pleaded not guilty to charges in an indictment in late October.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. discusses his administration's priorities toward reducing property and homelessness during a meeting with members of the Virgin Islands Interagency Council on Homelessness Tuesday in Government House on St. Croix. (Government House photo)

Bryan: Expand Cannabis Law, Send Taxes to GERS

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has unveiled legislation broadening the territory's new medical cannabis law, with new taxes directed mostly to the failing Government Employees Retirement System, as well as new rights for Rastafarians and other changes.
U.S. Capitol

HUD Allocates Territory Another $53.59 Million

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated more than $2.3 billion Tuesday to support the long-term disaster recovery process in hard hit areas in 15 states and four territories. According to HUD, the U.S. Virgin Islands is getting $53.59 million of that, bringing HUD’s total USVI allocated funds to $1.92 billion.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. discusses his administration's priorities toward reducing property and homelessness during a meeting with members of the Virgin Islands Interagency Council on Homelessness Tuesday in Government House on St. Croix. (Government House photo)

V.I. Revenues Expected to Increase; Bryan Cautions Against Excess Spending

At this year's revenue estimating conference, Internal Revenue Bureau Director Joel Lee projected a 10 percent bump in V.I. tax revenues for fiscal year 2020, but Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. is warning against using up the hoped-for increase wastefully.

Kmart Black Friday Draws Fewer V.I. Shoppers than in Recent Past

Only about 30 people waited in the dark outside the Tutu Park Mall Kmart Friday to take advantage of the store's 5 a.m. opening for this year’s Black Friday doorbuster sale.
Aria Garcia models one of her creations. (Submitted photo)

Aria Garcia: Crucian Designer Shines on New York Runway

Aria Garcia took the inspiration she received from her Virgin Island grandmother’s gift of a sewing machine to follow a career as a New York fashion designer. That career includes being creative director and CEO of AREGA, an emerging women’s fashion line, and stints as an actress and model.

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