A chronological log of the homicides recorded in 2013, with statistics broken down by island. The Source…
On Thursday, April 25, the St. Thomas community was enjoying J'Ouvert when the celebration was shattered by gunshots which injured three people. Public safety officials immediately canceled the remainder of J'Ouvert.
The Forum presents the third in its series of foreign films. It is a Chilean movie called "No."READ ENTIRE ARTICLE
The 10th annual Beach to Beach Power Swim is set for Sunday on St. John and, with the entries capped at 300, time is running out to register. Last year, 283 swimmers raised $20,000.READ ENTIRE ARTICLE
According to police, Vasheo Donastorg was washing his car outside his home on Lime Street when shots rang out Monday evening, killing the 18-year-old. Police are urging anyone with information to call.READ ENTIRE ARTICLE
While Jeffrey Prosser was playing out his financial malfeasance, we rewarded him handsomely with a full complement of EDC tax breaks that conservatively cost the Virgin Islands $12 million a year. But now that we have a company doing the right thing, we seem to want to teach that company some lesson by not giving it any help at all as it tries desperately to save the territory’s biggest employer and our only land-line phone company.
The long, challenging road out of the desperate straits that Prosser left the Virgin Islands Telephone Company in was lined with antique and broken down equipment that needed to be replaced, pension plan and social security payments that needed to be made, and supplies that needed to be completely replenished.
The new owners have already done that while concurrently building a brand new network and continuing to contribute to the territory’s charitable organizations. Prosser took great and grandiose pleasure in touting his charitable contributions, but when it was time to sign the check he was off jetting from one mansion to another nowhere to be nailed down.
We will never know the cost of the lost opportunities handed down from Prosser’s reign in companies that didn’t come to the islands because the phones didn’t work. The final mile was not there. If Prosser had had a moment of doing the right thing for anyone but himself and his few cronies, we might today be the communications hub of the Caribbean and even the Americas. And yet we gave him every single break he ever asked for and then some. Year after year, the Public Services Commission alone accepted empty envelopes instead of the audited financials he was legally bound to produce and make public. And many here looked the other way while drinking the fine champagne and flying on the pretty jet paid for by the rate payers and creditors.
Today, the new Innovative is asking for a watered-down tax break package of $3 million that will go down every year of the five years of the certificate. The package, among other things, includes substantial charitable contributions that we desperately need in the wake of HOVENSA’s departure.
We can count on this company because it has already done what was promised when it took over. The pension and social security payments have been made in full; millions have been invested the new network and scholarship programs, employee educational opportunities and dozens of other community initiatives have been funded.
We hope – no pray – that the wise men and women of the Economic Development Commission will look very seriously and favorably on the new Innovative’s request for reconsideration of EDC benefits and will do the right thing and support the good behavior. Give this company a little break!