Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of three consecutive editorials on the V.I. government’s financial crisis.
Bryan administration vs. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), St. Croix Chamber of Commerce, St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce, USVI Hotel and Tourism Association, St. Croix Hotel and Tourism Association and Virgin Islanders representing 40 restaurants and hotels territory-wide
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has given the green light for Virgin Islanders to once again dine at their favorite restaurants and watering holes. Beginning Tuesday, bars and restaurants will be permitted to open their doors as part of a gradual restarting of the economy before the territory begins w…
What’s the difference between having someone (a) give you a massage, a haircut or a manicure or (b) give you a menu, put a dish of food and a drink on the table and take it all away when you’ve finished?
The British Virgin Islands’ leaders have kept a step — no, make that a leap — ahead of many other governments in protecting the people from the COVID-19 virus.
With his selection over the weekend into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Tim Duncan — St. Croix’s favorite son — continues to bring honor not just to Crucians but to all Virgin Islanders. His record speaks for itself:
March is “Women’s History Month” throughout the United States. The designation began in 1980 with President Jimmy Carter’s proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as Women’s History Week, and subsequent presidents expanded it to a month-long observance.
March is “Women’s History Month” throughout the United States. The designation began in 1980 with President Jimmy Carter’s proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as Women’s History Week, and subsequent presidents expanded it to a month-long observance. Sometimes someone, usually a man, w…
What would you do if you owned a company and your highly paid top decision-makers lost the company’s biggest contract, costing you $5 million in annual revenue and forcing you to lay off a large number of employees?
Virgin Islanders know how to handle a crisis. We know better than to wait to be hit by Category 5 winds and rains before we start preparing to survive during and after a storm. We know better than to wait until we are bitten before we start applying mosquito spray. We know better than to wai…
Everything Virgin Islanders have always suspected about unequal treatment of the rich and poor has been confirmed in the way V.I. government officials, private firms and power brokers dealt with multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein during the 20 years he lived in the territory.
It takes a lot for a V.I. government board’s money management to shock the community but the V.I. Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corp. Territorial Board has done it. Six of the nine members chose to use hurricane recovery funds to give raises to Schneider Hospital’s top executives…
The prospect of a new hotel on St. Thomas — the first new hotel in the territory in more than 25 years (The Daily News, Jan. 25) — is exciting news. And even more exciting is the developer’s statement that they will not apply for EDC tax benefits.
The Economic Development Authority says it is welcoming potential business owners to information meetings on all three islands this week starting Tuesday. The EDA’s announcement promises that “attendees will also have opportunities to ask questions and speak one-on-one with VIEDA team members.”
Editor’s Note: The following are famous quotes by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on love and hate, forgiveness, or that simply inspire. Where possible, the speech or book is noted.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. had a lot to say in his two-hour long State of the Territory Speech on Tuesday. As is customary, he sought to make his speech inspirational, instructive and reassuring, but he diverged from tradition by not sidestepping around the harsh realities and challenges the terr…
Editor’s Note: This is a reprint of The Daily News’ editorial following Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s first State of the Territory address, published on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.
The beginning of a new year usually is seen as a time to make a fresh start, and many try to make it official with a list of resolutions. (Lose weight! Get fit! Be nicer!) Of course 2020 is not just a new year, it is also a new decade, meaning there’s lots to get done and no time to waste. S…
These are the New Year’s Resolutions suggested a year ago. The new V.I. Government administration was on its way in, and the old administration was moving on, early and rapidly in some cases, and change was in the air — and on billboards, in commercials, in advertisements everywhere. What be…
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s admission last week that his Administration is “in chaos” comes as no surprise because ever since his inauguration, he has been delaying or abandoning key components of the Bryan/Roach Campaign Platform.
On October 24, Governor Bryan notified the Public Services Commission that he supports a WAPA rate increase. In that letter, he stated that “the actual increase to overall customer electric rates will be a nominal 0.15 cents per kilowatt-hour.”
For the soon come conclusion of a second hurricane season in a row with no major tropical storm disasters. Dorian barely winked at us, and Sebastien did not even glance our way. For that we are most grateful.
On October 25, V.I. Inspector General Steven van Beverhoudt issued an alarming audit report revealing rampant abuse of government credit cards by Executive branch officials.
“We found that standard policies and procedures, practices and financial controls exercised by Executive Branch agencies over the use of, and payment on, Government credit instruments were not sufficient and adequate to safeguard Government funds.”
As Tropical Storm Karen approached, memories of hurricanes Irma and Maria came flooding back for all who endured that “Category 10” and the miserable aftermath. Two years ago those two storms hit us hard, and then the ill-considered, unreasonable curfews imposed by Government House made reco…
Just about everybody with a TV set has seen episodes in the CSI series and heard the theme songs. But we the people in the Virgin Islands know that CSI Miami’s opening song could have been written for us and our political culture.
The V.I. government leadership knows how to teach. They are experienced in delivering a single, indelible lesson that will shape V.I. children’s self-esteem.
Gary Engle sent a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt on April 30 demanding $70 million and indemnification from environmental contamination at Caneel Bay Resort. (The Daily News, June 13, 2019, page 10)