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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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Op-ed: Puerto Rico Privatizes Utility, Part 2

Filippo Cassinelli presents Part 2 of his Op-ed on the energy problems faced by WAPA and USVI. He reviews the possibilities of future directions, some similar to those being made in Puerto Rico.
Water and Power Authority on St. Croix.

Op-ed: Puerto Rico Privatizes Utility, Part 2

Filippo Cassinelli presents Part 2 of his Op-ed on the energy problems faced by WAPA and USVI. He reviews the possibilities of future directions, some similar to those being made in Puerto Rico. He gives an overview of the financial troubles of both V.I. and P.R., and he points out that affordable, reliable power distribution is crucial to the territory’s well-being.
Rendering of the Wartsila Power Plant with three new units at Harley power plant St. Thomas. (Image provided by WAPA, March 2017)

Op-ed: The Case for Privatizing WAPA

Filippo Cassinelli is against the current proposed WAPA increase. He believes that the V.I. Government should explore selling at least a 51 percent stake in WAPA.
The four graduates from St. Croix Seventh-day Adventist School Class of 2019 share a hug. From left, Mahlana Graham, Shomari Francis, Stacy Frederick, Chanel Aubert.

Op-Ed: Sometimes Religion Gets it Right

A class of four from the St. Croix Seventh-day Adventist School received their entrance tickets to the world of higher education on Sunday with about $242,640 in scholarships. They credit their accomplishments to supernatural powers.
A dozen or more Crucians gather to collect trash on St. Croix this spring. (File photo by Linda Morland)

Op-Ed: 1,000 Cleanups Won’t Deter the Littering Population in the USVI

For three years, I’ve been amazed and inspired by the number of residents leading cleanups on St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John, and even the oft forgotten historic district of Hassel Island. I was extremely happy to see the Department of Tourism encouraging residents to assist in collecting trash throughout the territory.

Commentary: Whatever Happened to the Caribbean Monk Seal, Last Seen in the 1950s?

Do you remember the Caribbean Monk Seal? Do you know what they are, or more accurately, what they were?
Not every abandoned car has been removed from the roads of the U.S. Virgin Islands, as this photo taken Wednesday morning attests. (sap photo)

Op-Ed: At Least One More Abandoned Vehicle Needs Attention

On Tuesday, Government House issued a statement touting the Abandoned Vehicle Task Force’s recent accomplishments in tagging and removing 200 vehicles ditched by their owners in various locations on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. But the job isn't done, yet.

Analysis Part 4: Is it Possible Ridesharing Apps Are Not Viable in the USVI?

This is part four of a series looking into the severe failings of taxi service in the territory; how the wildly out-sized influence of the taxi lobby has brought us here, and what needs to happen.
Taxis line up for business on St. John. (Photo from the V.I. Taxi Association website)

Analysis, Part 3: What About the Poor Taxi Drivers?

This is the third of a series of stories looking into the severe failings of taxi service in the territory; how the wildly out-sized influence of the taxi lobby has brought us here, and what needs to happen.
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Ramadan Memories: A Month to Clean Mind, Body and Heart

The beginning of Ramadan on Sunday, May 5, brings back those memories. Growing up and seeing my family come together for prayers was always a beautiful unity. After a long day of fasting, it's a warm feeling to sit with your family and reflect upon each other’s day.

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