What is the true population size of the USVI post Irma/Maria? Is this not necessary information for nearly every sector in the region?
It would be difficult for new businesses to plan, or even to survive without this critical data. How many people left the region owing to the hurricanes, how many returned and whether any new residents came, are…[Read more]
In most societies, because the greedy capitalist model is the preferred economic vehicle, white collar crime thrives largely untouched, while the brute force of the law is meted out to the poorer classes, whose very existence these white collar criminals rely on for their survival.
They pay politicians, bribe judges and are even referred to…[Read more]
The National Weather Service on Thursday issued an El Niño watch for next fall and winter, raising the prospects for cooler, wetter weather across most of the United States and a significantly milder late hurricane season.
The weather service’s Climate Prediction Center estimated the chance for an El Niño — a cycle that begins when warm tro…[Read more]
V.I. Attorney General Claude Walker is refusing to release public documents in violation of the law.
Several top officials in Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s administration have been quietly receiving enormous pay raises, but Walker and other government officials are refusing to release public records that document those increases.
The above is in the n…[Read more]
With two Category 4 hurricanes – Aletta and Bud – forming in roughly four days in the eastern Pacific Ocean, you may be wondering if we’re in for another active Atlantic hurricane season as well.
The short answer: It’s unclear, according to our analysis of past similar quick eastern Pacific season starts.
In reliable records dating to 1971, NOA…[Read more]
It seems as if someone has noticed the trend of VI youths choosing a life of crime and have decided to find a way to profit from it.
Certainly we can expect a rise in complaints against police officers and arguably, some officers may be accused of being on the bankroll of powerful or monied individuals who own or will own these private prisons…[Read more]
Privatisation of prisons is a most retrograde step in any part of the world,since capitalist greed fuels how policies are crafted globally, generally, and extra care must be taken to separate justice from business interests, since personal liberties are at stake.
Once we subscribe to such a thoughtless move, we invite a natural regression to…[Read more]
Articulate and most relevant indeed, as written by Amaziah. Climate change is certainly an issue which needs to be addressed,following the events surrounding hurricanes Irma and Maria, and also based on the global climatic conditions and how they affect events all across the world.
With a President who does not subscribe to the idea of climate…[Read more]
That St John is the clear jewel of the US Virgin Islands is irrefutable in the view of many of those who were lucky enough to ever grace it’s shores. To land on St Thomas and not visit St John would be a most unfortunate travel blunder- most would agree.
Lately there have been talk about a landing strip or mini-airport for the island; a…[Read more]
“NOAA’s forecasters predict a 70-percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, i…[Read more]
Employment data is indeed critical for several reasons. There seems to be uncertainly as to how many citizens remained in the territory after the hurricanes as well. This is important data for businesses and the State.
Businesses need to know whether their existing and/or potential customers are in range of their products and services and the…[Read more]
Well said indeed. My hope is that another disaster the size of those recently past does not traverse the region anytime soon.
From the previous script my takeaway would be the question of leadership. The Caribbean region seems plagued with a curse of poor leadership; lacking in resoluteness and direction, and certainly bereft of conviction.
Strangely, for the damage done in the wake of the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the question arises; is enough being done to prepare the population of the VI for the 2018 hurricane season.
There is no doubt that the catastrophic damage done by the two hurricanes left a crippling trail of horror, confusion and helplessness in some areas.…[Read more]
I read in the international news that one of the candidates running in the upcoming elections is suggesting that Marijuana is legalised.
My questions is whether there is agreement with this posture and how might it be received by the voting population.
This seems to be the lastest trend, largely followed by the USA, whose government’s have…[Read more]
Daren replied to the topic Culture for Sale? Department of Tourism vs. Carnival Committee in the forum Arts & Culture 1 year, 4 months ago
While Carnival can encompass tourism, tourism cannot encompass Carnival, and that is simply because not all tourist are into Carnival. They two are distinct entities and putting them under the control of a single body runs the risk of having one of them sacrificed, if not treated like an outside child.
That is not to say that Carnival could not…[Read more]
This only highlights a numbness to crime that sets in where and when crime is prevalent with no or low detection. Several Caribbean countries are experiencing similar patterns; much to the frustration s of the populations involved, and in the face of impotent political regimes, made up of tough takers at election time but incompetent clueless…[Read more]
Good points. Maybe this is the time for VI citizens to take the initiative to get something started, rather than looking outside, since outside is where any capital directed to any such venture would go.
The tourists are coming back slowly and that is good, but they get around differently; many of them rent cars or hire drivers. Citizens…[Read more]
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