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Charlotte Amalie
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Op-ed

Op-Ed: Vaccine Passports May Hold the Key to Tourism’s Safe Return

Safely restarting tourism is arguably the biggest economic challenge facing most Caribbean governments. David Jessop believes that despite the difficulties involved, tourism’s return can only happen once significant numbers of at-risk citizens and key workers are vaccinated, and a viable vaccine passport scheme is in place for visitors.

Op-Ed: Take Care of Your Heart and It Will Take Care of You

Moleto A. Smith Jr. gives an overview of heart disease and how to combat it. He celebrates the contributions of the many Virgin Islands medical workers who are working to improve heart health.

Op-Ed: Plotting the Course for Disaster Response: The Importance of Data

Data gathering is a continuous emergency management function; it is necessary for accurate warnings, during emergencies to keep government entities and the public updated, and after to evaluate and report the events and response.

Op-Ed: How Can USVI Energize CARICOM?

Basil Springer writes about the opportunities for mutually beneficial collaboration between the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM). He presents a way forward for the V.I. to energize CARICOM by convening a CARICOM-USVI summit based on the tenets of the Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management smart partnership movement.

Op-Ed: Disenfranchisement on Display

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett says that Virgin Islanders are disenfranchised because they are American citizens but they cannot vote for their commander-in-chief.

Op-Ed: Has the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement Worked?

Summary Although the 2008 EU-CARIFORUM Partnership Agreement may have saved the Caribbean from tariffs on its exports to Europe, a recent report suggests the EPA has done little to increase Caribbean trade with the EU. David Jessop wonders whether this indicates a indicates a weakening of the relationship.
Harith Wickrema (File photo)

Op-Ed: Caneel Bay – Much to Gain by Calling for Bids

Harith Wickrema asks why the U.S. Department of the Interior is not asking for bids to rebuild Caneel Bay Resort.
Students unload from a school bus at St. Croix Central High School in a 2017 file photo. (Source file photo)

Op-Ed: Black History Month at Central High School

The annual observance of Black History Week was reestablished and strengthened with the move of Christiansted High School to the newly constructed campus of St. Croix Central High School in 1967.

Op-Ed: China, the United States and a New World Order

Speaking recently, China’s president made clear that Beijing intends playing a global leadership role. David Jessop suggests that for the Caribbean, co-existing in a world in which two dominant, philosophically different powers vie for supremacy will require new thinking.

Op-Ed: Governor Never Heard Taino’s Testimony, Advocate Says

Maekiaphan Phillips says she understands why Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. vetoed the bill she'd been working on for years, but also understands he never heard her testimony.

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