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Charlotte Amalie
Friday, August 23, 2019
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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.
A damaged St. Thomas home with a blue tarp roof in March 2018. (Source file photo by Bill Kossler) photo)

Drip. Drip. Drip.

Glenn “Butcher” Brown warns that the blue tarps now being used for roofing in the Virgin Islands are not strong enough to keep out the rain.

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.
Mary Moorhead appearing before the V.I. Legislature on July 11, 2016. (V.I. Legislature photo by Barry Leerdam)

Letter: Mary Moorhead Urges Gittens to Act on Senate Reorganization

Dear Senators of the 33rd Legislature, After the alleged reorganization of the 33rd Legislature this afternoon, Senator Gittens’ actions and statement left doubt and confusion...

PSC Commissioner Clendenin Gives Dissenting Opinion

The Public Services Commission (PSC) releases the following dissent from PSC Commissioner Johann Clendenin on Docket 676 - PSC Order No. 45-2019 of April 25, 2019; in the matter of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authorities Petition for Approval of the Temporary Hurricane Recovery Surcharge and Leased Generation Surcharge stating, in part:
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.
Nour Suid

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.
Taxis line up for business on St. John. (Photo from the V.I. Taxi Association website)

Analysis, Part 2: Taxi Lobby Wields Outsized Influence Over V.I. Government

Ronnie Lockhart of St. Thomas posted a question on Facebook asking who has the most power in the Virgin Islands." The options were: governor; senate president, president of the Taxi Association and the head of the Tourism Department. Five said the governor while 26 picked the Taxi Association.
Kids head home from school, skirt for the girl and slacks for the boy.

Commentary: Gender-Specific Dress Code Compromises Student Rights

On March 28, a federal court ruled that a public school in North Carolina violated the Constitution by mandating female students wear skirts as part of their school dress code policies.
Holly Binns directs the Pew Charitable Trust’s efforts to protect ocean life in the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. Caribbean.

Commentary: Fishery Council OKs Island-Based Management

At its spring meeting, the Caribbean Fishery Management Council, which sets policy for fishing in U.S. Caribbean waters, approved island-based fishery management plans that will guide managers in setting rules for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that are tailored to the biodiversity, culture, and other characteristics of each location.

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