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  • ObamaCare getaway: 5 US territories released from health care law

    07/24/2014 12:18:56 PM PDT · by cll · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/24/2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    The Obama administration is coming under fire for once again making a unilateral change to ObamaCare -- this time, quietly exempting the five U.S. territories and their more than 4 million residents from virtually all major provisions of the health care law. The decision was made a week ago, and was a long time coming. For months, the territories have been complaining that the law was implemented so poorly in their regions that it destabilized their insurance markets. Until now, the Department of Health and Human Services claimed its hands were tied. But last Wednesday, the department reversed course. The...
  • White House 'Quietly' Exempts 4.5 Million People In 5 "Territories" From Obamacare

    07/20/2014 7:18:51 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 20 July 2014 | Tyler Durden
    As WSJ reports, last week's geopolitical chaos and distraction was ideal for a news dump, and the White House didn't disappoint: On no legal basis, all 4.5 million residents of the five U.S. territories were quietly released from ObamaCare. It seems the costs of healthcare soared in these five territories due to uneconomic mandates - which woul dhave been a disaster PR-wise for the administration and so, under cover of catastrophe, WSJ reports all of a sudden last week HHS discovered new powers after "a careful review of this situation and the relevant statutory language," that enabled them to 'selectively...
  • Union threatens retribution for House Dems opposing Keystone

    04/11/2014 5:16:32 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 11, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    A top building trades union is launching a midterm-election assault on House Democrats who oppose construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. A letter distributed Friday by the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) to the districts of 27 House Democrats calls for union members to make sure their representative "feels the power and the fury of LIUNA this November." Their crime: signing a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last month urging him to reject Keystone, which would carry oil sands from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.
  • Biden Vacations in Virgin Islands for Second Time in Three Months

    03/08/2014 8:41:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3/7/14 | DANIEL HALPER
    The White House announced that Vice President Joe Biden would spend the weekend vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It's his second vacation there in three months. His White House schedule reads: DAILY GUIDANCE FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9 The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will visit the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are no public events scheduled. And as Geoff Earle of the New York Post reported on December 27, the vice president spent New Year's on the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Biden Vacations in Virgin Islands for Second Time in Three Months

    The White House announced that Vice President Joe Biden would spend the weekend vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It's his second vacation there in three months. His White House schedule reads: DAILY GUIDANCE FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9 The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will visit the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are no public events scheduled.
  • Call made for slavery reparations from abroad

    03/06/2014 7:29:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The British Virgin Islands Beacon ^ | March 6, 2014 | Bailey Penn
    It is time for the calls for reparations to the descendants of those who were enslaved by colonial powers via the trans-Atlantic slave trade to bear fruit. The European countries and the United States need to compensate for the injustices suffered by slaves and their families. African-Americans and African-Caribbean intellectuals have been agitating for reparations for many years, but the question as to how the compensation would be calculated and in what form is yet to be answered. Since 1999, the African World Reparations and Repatriation Truth Commission called for the West to pay trillions of dollars to Africa. In...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "In Like Flint" (1967)

    10/13/2013 12:43:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1967 | Gordon Douglas
  • 1.1 million Brazilians murdered in 30 years

    09/05/2013 2:13:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    More than one million people were murdered in Brazil between 1980 and 2011, making it the world's seventh most violent country, a survey showed Thursday. During the period, homicides soared 132 percent to claim 1,145,208 lives, from a rate of 11.5 murders for 100,000 inhabitants in 1980 to 27 per 100,000 in 2011, according to the Map of Violence report, Among those aged between 14 and 25, homicides skyrocketed 326 percent to reach 53 per 100,000 inhabitants, said the study published by the Latin American Studies Center (Cebela). In 2011, Brazil, now home to 194 million people, recorded 51,198 homicides,...
  • Strong Gun Control, High Homicide Rate:US Virgin Islands

    05/22/2013 3:18:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 May, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Guns are Tightly Controlled, but The U.S. Virgin Islands has one of the Highest Homicide Rates in the WorldNot counted as a state or a city, the U.S. Virgin Islands is often missed in statistics about gun control in the United States. Gun ownership is tightly regulated, with permission to own a gun only granted by the Police Commissioner upon application, and subject to the Commissioner's discretion. Even antique firearms, which are not regulated under U.S. Federal law, are not allowed unless they are inspected and "rendered useless". 476. Collections of antique firearms; certificates of uselessness. No provision hereof...
  • Hollywood Tax Credits, Rum Subsidies, Indian Coal & Scooters: The Senate Fiscal Cliff Bill’s Ripoffs

    01/01/2013 6:26:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | January 1, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    While the American people are being hit with new ObamaCare taxes, and the ObamaDeficit is climbing through the roof and will pass 20 trillion dollars before long, there’s always plenty of sweetheart deals and pork to be found. 1. Hollywood. Celebrities flocked to Obama and the industry poured millions into his campaign. Payday comes in the form of an extension of the Special Expensing Rules which allow Hollywood productions to deduct 15 to 20 million dollars. That’s pretty generous considering that companies that manufacture medical devices are being hit with a tax. But who really needs pacemakers anyway when you’ve...
  • Hovensa LLC to shut Virgin Islands oil refinery

    01/19/2012 7:12:11 AM PST · by BfloGuy · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/19/2012 | Ian James
    In January, Hovensa entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Justice Department in which the company agreed to invest $700 million on pollution controls after a series of chemical releases affected people living downwind from the refinery. Hovensa also agreed to pay a $5.4 million penalty for violating the Clean Air Act. It is unclear how the agreement will be affected by the closure.
  • Masked intruder brandishing gun(U.S. Virgin Islands)

    12/17/2011 4:25:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    virginislandsdailynews.com ^ | 16 December, 2011 | Michael Todd
    ST. THOMAS - An armed, masked man who broke into a two-story Estate Frydendal home's rear window Thursday morning died after the homeowner shot the intruder in the living room, according to reports to The Daily News. Five people were in the home, which is up the hill from Smith Bay, when a man broke in brandishing a handgun and went room-to-room, demanding the residents' money and rummaging through their belongings shortly after 8 a.m., according to reports to The Daily News. A dog was heard barking after about three shots rang out, according to reports to The Daily News....
  • Ancient carvings found in USVI

    02/21/2011 9:06:45 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | Monday, February 7, 2011 | unattributed
    Archaeologists say two participants in a petroglyph seminar at the US Virgin Islands National Park have come across the first newly discovered rock carving there since the 1970s. The carving looks like a spearhead or an elongated leaf. Park archaeologist Ken Wild says the design is different from others on St John island. "It's the type that's seen in Venezuela or St. Lucia" across the Caribbean."
  • Cruise ship drug dealing alleged in Virgin Islands

    02/11/2011 2:49:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/11/11 | AP
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A California man was arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands on suspicion of selling drugs to fellow passengers on a Caribbean cruise, officials said Friday. Steven Barry Krumholz, 51, of West Hollywood, was arrested on board the Allure of the Seas in St. Thomas, said Jeffrey Quinones, a spokesman in Puerto Rico for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The ship had just come from the Bahamas on a charter billed as the "world's largest gay cruise."
  • Like a Virgin Island Resident: Lefty financier and congresswoman’s fiancée dodged U.S. taxes

    10/15/2010 2:39:14 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 19 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | October 15, 2010 | Alana Goodman
    As far as liberal financiers go, you don’t get much more powerful than S. Donald Sussman. Since 1989, the hedge-fund billionaire has pumped millions into the coffers of Democratic politicians and their political pet projects. Sussman sits on the board of the Center for American Progress, the Democracy Alliance and the dovish Israel Policy Forum, and he’s been one of the top contributors to left-leaning 527 organizations during the 2010 election cycle. But while Sussman has long kept a behind-the-scenes profile, a recent ethics controversy in Maine has flung him into the center of a complicated dispute over state residency,...
  • Smith Bay stun-gun robbery turns into shootout(Virgin Islands)

    08/29/2010 7:07:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    virginislandsdailynews.com ^ | 28 August, 2010 | CONSTANCE COOPER
    ST. THOMAS — Three men in dark clothing, armed with a handgun and a stun gun, robbed a man in Smith Bay at 1 a.m. Friday, police said. The attackers shocked a man in the neck with the stun gun as he arrived at a Smith Bay home, police spokeswoman Kishma Harrigan said. A witness to the crime had a gun and fired shots at the robbers, and the men fired back before fleeing, Harrigan said. Harrigan said she did not know exactly where the incident occurred. The man shocked by the stun gun did not seek medical treatment, she...
  • Defense Department Rejects 4 States' Military Voter Plans, Grants 5 States Waivers

    08/27/2010 11:10:37 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 9 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | August 27, 2010 | steelers6
    The Department of Defense announced Friday that it was denying four states' requests to waive requirements of a law intended to protect the voting rights of military personnel overseas, but five other states were granted exemptions because their alternative accommodations were deemed adequate. The states denied exemptions to the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act were Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii and Wisconsin, as well as the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Waivers were granted to Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Washington.
  • How did spiced rum become a homeland security threat in the Caribbean?

    08/20/2010 5:00:53 AM PDT · by cll · 8 replies
    The Muckraker Blog ^ | 8/19/2010 | G.W. Shulz
    Virtually everything today is in one way or another a potential danger to U.S. national security. There are foreign terrorists, of course. Beyond that authorities cite drug cartels, downturns in the economy, espionage, street gangs, counterfeit goods, right-wing militias, left-wing environmentalists and the multiple personalities of Mother Nature. Beautiful Caribbean locales, on the other hand, face their own hazards. For the Virgin Islands, one of several U.S. territories many Americans forget have deep historical, political and economic ties to the mainland, it’s apparently adult beverages and “Puerto Rican terrorists” that together form a feasible threat. First, background. The story begins...
  • Government blows $50 million on a park in St. Croix

    02/11/2010 3:36:03 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 16 replies · 662+ views
    hotair.com ^ | 02/11/10 | Cassy Fiano
    Let’s recap the current economic state of our country. Our deficit has been quadrupled in one year. The unemployment rate is in double digit territory, the highest its been since 1982. We’ve lost 16,000 jobs a day since the stimulus package was passed. The public debt is around $11 trillion. None of this keeps Democrats from spending money like Marie Antoinette on meaningless projects. The latest example? Congress blew $50 million on a park in the Caribbean — St. Croix, to be exact. The vote was almost exclusively along party lines, with every Republican and five Democrats voting against it,...
  • Hundreds of bosses flee UK over 50% tax

    12/12/2009 6:29:45 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 51 replies · 2,186+ views
    The Times ^ | 12/13/2009 | Robert Watts and Maurice Chittenden
    Britain’s financiers and entrepreneurs are quitting the UK at a rate of 10 a week to avoid Labour’s new 50% taxes. The burgeoning exodus threatens to deepen a £178 billion black hole in the public finances and leave middle-class voters with higher taxes for years to come, figures obtained from Companies House reveal. The number of directors of British businesses registered as living in the low-tax centres of Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man has risen by almost 500 to 6,729 in the past 12 months. The British Virgin Islands is also a popular destination, with 615 directors of...
  • Rum war between territories ferments on Hill

    11/18/2009 12:12:16 PM PST · by rrstar96 · 19 replies · 556+ views
    CaribbeanBusinessPR.com ^ | November 18, 2009 | CB Online Staff
    The bad blood continues to ferment between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands over rum taxes, as the two territories vie for perks to lure the lucrative industry. In the latest round, the U.S. Virgin Islands is accusing Puerto Rico and its backers of spreading “misinformation” related to a recent move by liquor company Diageo to open a rum plant in the Virgin Islands. Diageo, which owns Captain Morgan, is ending a long-standing relationship with Puerto Rico’s Destilería Serrallés. In a Nov. 13 letter to House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), Gov. John deJongh of the Virgin...
  • Charlie Rangel's Campaign Funding Raking it in From Rum Producer Battle

    10/06/2009 8:15:25 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 479+ views
    washingon times/the lid ^ | 10/6/09 | The Lid
    Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum? Well not quite. Last year the plant of the company that produces Captain Morgan Rum announced that it was moving from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.The Move was based on a the Virgin Islands subsidizing the production Captain Morgan Rum throughout the 30-Year Deal. Rum is an industry that gets subsidized from the federal government out of U.S. rum taxes, the Virgin Islands planned on using the money from the Rum Taxes to pay the Morgan manufacturers. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are now fighing in Congress. Puerto Rico wants...
  • British distiller gets billions for rum

    09/01/2009 5:00:14 AM PDT · by cll · 10 replies · 520+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/01/2009 | Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten
    Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum. With little fanfare, a deal is moving forward to direct billions in U.S. tax dollars to an unlikely beneficiary -- the giant British liquor producer that makes Captain Morgan rum. Under the agreement, London-based Diageo PLC will receive tax credits and other benefits worth $2.7 billion over 30 years, including the entire $165 million cost of building a state-of-the-art distillery on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Virgin Islands officials say the arrangement complies with the letter and spirit of tax law and will help the islands' sagging economy. The...
  • 80 liberals each pledge $1 million - hope to copy success of think tanks run by conservatives

    08/07/2005 12:37:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 157 replies · 3,298+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 7, 2005 | THOMAS B. EDSALL
    <p>WASHINGTON - At least 80 wealthy liberals have pledged to contribute at least $1 million each to fund a network of think tanks and advocacy groups, to compete with the potent conservative infrastructure built up during the last three decades.</p>
  • Island bloc expects Steele payback

    02/11/2009 12:16:41 PM PST · by cll · 6 replies · 534+ views
    Politoco.com ^ | 2/09/09 | Ben Smith & Alexander Burns
    Michael Steele owes his dramatic victory in the race for Republican National Committee chairman to votes from island territories outside the 50 United States. Now, the question is what else he owes them. The residents of the five territories, from Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea to the tiny Northern Marianas in the Pacific Ocean, provided Steele with a bloc of 15 votes - one more than his margin of victory - when they swung into his camp late in the balloting last week. Now, a leading committee member from the Virgin Islands, former shadow Senator Holland Redfield, said they...
  • US Mint Announces New Quarter Designs for 2009

    12/16/2008 4:28:46 AM PST · by cll · 65 replies · 3,900+ views
    U.S. Mint ^ | 12/15/2008
    WASHINGTON - The United States Mint today announced six new designs that will grace the quarters issued next year to honor the District of Columbia and the five United States territories: the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, United States Virgin Islands and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The coins will be put into circulation in approximately two-month intervals throughout the year. "Like the 50 State Quarters® Program before it, these new quarters will encourage Americans to appreciate the unique history of the District of Columbia and the territories of the United States," said United States Mint Director...
  • Strong Earthquake Rocks Puerto Rico

    10/11/2008 7:54:20 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 18 replies · 2,316+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | October 11, 2008 | Liz Arelis Cruz Maisonave
    (English-language translation) A strong earthquake was felt throughout all of Puerto Rico, with the strongest intensity in the town of Las Piedras, where the Seismic Network reported damage. The quake had an intensity of VI according to the Modified Mercalli Scale which measures earthquakes on a scale of I to X. Those measuring VI are characterized by a strong quake with a potential to cause slight structural damage. "At the moment of generating this bulletin damage has been reported; additional reports of minor damage can be expected considering the size and location of this earthquake," the Seismic Network reported on...
  • Barack Obama wants to be president of these 57 United States

    05/09/2008 6:05:00 PM PDT · by Verbosus · 390 replies · 772+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | May 09, 2008 | Andrew Malcolm
    Quote: "It is wonderful to be back in Oregon," Obama said. "Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."
  • SNEAK PEEK: Obama: Beach Bound? ( Not with his ailing Grandmother )

    03/22/2008 1:55:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies · 1,710+ views
    ABC news ^ | March 21, 2008 | TEDDY DAVIS and TALAL AL-KHATIB
    '08er Skips Easter at Wright's Church. Barack Obama was able to take the focus off of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright on Friday by picking up the endorsement of (a bearded) Bill Richardson. Obama's allies are hoping the focus will stay off of Wright this Easter Sunday when the Democratic frontrunner skips services at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and heads on vacation. Per ABC News' Sunlen Miller, sources familiar with Obama's plans say the Illinois Democrat is expected to go on a tropical vacation with the most likely bet appearing to be St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin...
  • High Surf/Coastal Flood Warnings - Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands

    03/19/2008 9:36:21 AM PDT · by cll · 14 replies · 952+ views
    National Weather Service ^ | 3/19/2008 | NOAA
    A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING MEANS COASTAL FLOODING IS OCCURRING...IS IMMINENT...OR IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR WITHIN THE NEXT 12 HOURS. PEOPLE IN THE WARNING AREA SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. LISTEN TO LOCAL RADIO...TELEVISION...OR NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. A HIGH SURF WARNING MEANS THAT BREAKING WAVES OF OVER 20 FEET ARE IMMINENT OR ARE ALREADY OCCURRING. DANGEROUS...BATTERING WAVES WILL POUND THE SHORELINE. THIS WILL RESULT IN VERY DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS...AND DEADLY RIP CURRENTS. Coastal Flood Warning COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR 1036 AM AST WED MAR 19 2008 ...VERY LARGE NORTHERLY...
  • ALL HAT, NO CATTLE (Iran's Mullahs, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and crude oil)

    11/30/2007 5:32:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,001+ views
    Financial Sense ^ | March 30, 2007 | Elliott H. Gue
    "Water, water every where, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water every where, Nor a drop to drink." --Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner ----------------------------------------------------- Iran isn’t an energy-independent country. I’m well aware that Iran produces more than 4 million barrels of oil per day, the fourth-highest production in the world. And with the near-constant reporting about Iranian crude reserves during the past six months, I find it difficult to believe that anyone could be unaware that Iran has 132 billion barrels in proven reserves--or, at least, they claim to. But what’s often ignored is that...
  • Miami Cop Killer Shawn Labeet "Has Ties To" Miami Islamic Community.

    09/13/2007 7:56:47 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 76 replies · 6,027+ views
    Miami sources | MB26
    <p>Old Miami-Dade Metro cop sources confirmed to me tonight that accused cop killer Shawn labeet has "ties to" Miami Islamic community. The depth of the connection is not known at this time.</p> <p>He said it is under VERY active investigation. It is somehow linked to his brother Ishmael Labeet who killed 8 Americans "because they were White" in US Virgin Islands years ago, then fled to Cuba.</p>
  • Illegal Migrants Eye Virgin Islands [and Puerto Rico]

    04/07/2007 6:11:15 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies · 564+ views
    Military.com/AP ^ | April 07, 2007
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Some 400 illegal migrants have been intercepted entering the U.S. Virgin Islands over the past six months, officials say. From Oct. 1 through Tuesday, 277 Cubans, 45 Haitians, 42 Chinese, 14 Dominicans, 14 Poles and one Chilean were intercepted coming in to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Ricardo Castrodad, spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard in San Juan, said this week. The Coast Guard said smugglers are increasingly using a route that runs northwest along the Leeward Island chain and through the British Virgin Islands. It is difficult to choke off because the British Virgin Islands...
  • Back To the Mainland, At Last (new bishop for Youngstown OH)

    01/30/2007 6:57:49 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 374+ views
    WITL ^ | January 30, 2007 | Rocco Palmo
    Ending the second-longest vacancy of a US diocese, in one of the more intriguing appointments of the modern era the Pope has named George Murry SJ, currently bishop of St Thomas in the Virgin Islands, as bishop of Youngstown. The Ohio see has been open since the last day of March 2005, when Bishop Thomas Tobin was transferred to Providence in one of Pope John Paul II's deathbed provisions. A Jesuit of the Maryland Province, Murry -- who turned 58 over Christmas -- is a native of the Philadelphia area, born across the river in Camden. Ordained a priest...
  • U.S. Virgins in Danger

    03/07/2006 1:41:53 PM PST · by snowrip · 25 replies · 893+ views
    Sovereign Society A-Letter | 3/7/06 | Bob Bauman
    It was a typical US Internal Revenue back door maneuver. Without hearings, without notice, in the dead of night in late 2004, an obscure provision affecting taxes in the US Virgin Islands was slipped into a 650-page bill that amended US Internal Revenue Code. The USVI provision has caused financial havoc in the islands, a sunny paradise that has been America's little-known offshore tax haven for decades. Many hundreds of wealthy individuals and hundreds of businesses could be driven away and the USVI Treasury could lose upwards of $300 million in annual revenues -- all because some faceless IRS bureaucrats...
  • Virgin Island Reservists Serve in Afghanistan

    11/04/2005 4:11:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 415+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Nov 4, 2005 | Spc. Laura E. Griffin
    A small piece of the 'American Paradise' can be found in Afghanistan, as Virgin Island reservists bring their distinctive island music to their deployment. FORWARD OPERATING BASE ANED, Afghanistan, Nov. 4, 2005 — Land-locked Afghanistan, with its dry, mountainous, dusty climate, in no way resembles a tropical island, yet Reggae and Calypso music and that certain accent associated with small islands in the Caribbean can be heard drifting from one room in the barracks on Forward Operating Base Aned, Afghanistan. That room is the temporary home away from home for eight members of the 652nd Engineering Detachment, a reserve unit...
  • Virgin Islands Educators Support Families of Deployed Troops

    07/08/2005 3:46:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 280+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | July 8,2005 | Rudi Williams
    ATLANTA, July 8, 2005 – The U.S. Virgin Islands don't have any active duty military installations, but Army and Air National Guardsmen and their families can boast of living in America's Caribbean paradise with breathtaking beaches, secluded coves, pristine coral reefs and untouched rainforests. This U.S. territory also can boast of having caring and compassionate support for citizen-soldiers and airmen fighting the global war on terrorism and the loved ones they leave behind. "The services we render are to children and family members of the Virgin Islands National Guard, particularly those who are deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan," said Evelyn...
  • Judge throws out money laundering evidence

    06/20/2005 8:24:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 382+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/20/05 | Mat Probasco - AP
    CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) - A federal judge threw out evidence against four men charged with laundering more than $60 million through their chain of U.S. Virgin Islands grocery stores, ruling that FBI agents acted in "reckless disregard for the truth." The ruling, released Monday, found that the FBI's search warrant was obtained improperly. It said agents, who had claimed to have seen suspicious tax records from the men, admitted they had only seen a computer printout of the records and did not thoroughly verify the evidence with the U.S. Caribbean territory's Internal Revenue Bureau. U.S. Attorney spokesman...
  • Passports not required for travel to/from Guam, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands

    06/03/2005 10:26:24 AM PDT · by cll · 17 replies · 3,059+ views
    6/03/2005 | CLl
    Certain major airlines are misinforming customers that travelers will be required to carry a US passport when reentering the 50 states from the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Apparently, the confusion stems from the recently created rule, attached to a defense authorization bill, that passports will be required for travel to and from, among other places, the Caribbean. American Airlines, for one, have bundled Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands into their definition of Caribbean. Various tourism organizations in both U.S. territories have demanded clarification of the rule. The Department of State has...
  • Ex-French minister is probed over oil-for-food (Pasqua)

    04/27/2005 4:09:43 PM PDT · by Shermy · 7 replies · 2,622+ views
    Financial Times ^ | April 27, 2005 | Claudio Gatti
    Charles Pasqua, a former French minister of interior, has emerged as one of the highest-ranking targets of the widening investigations into the Iraq oil-for-food scandal. United Nations, US and French investigators are examining Iraqi documents that show officials in Baghdad were instructed to transfer his lucrative oil allocations to an offshore company, to shield him from criticism. Mr Pasqua's alleged role has emerged as inquiries turn to the role of foreign governments in the corruption within the humanitarian aid programme. France and Russia, which opposed the 2003 invasion, have long been accused in the US of being too close to...
  • China's player looks to the big game (Communist Party member Chen Tianquiao, friend of Bill Gates)

    03/03/2005 1:31:34 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 383+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | March 2, 2005 | Jonathan Watts
    China's player looks to the big game Entertainment chief's raid could make him leading online contender China's second-richest man, Chen Tianquiao, looks poised to become the country's leading new media player after staging the sector's first aggressive raid on a rival's shares. In a stealthy swoop over the spring festival holiday, Mr Chen's online game company Shanda Interactive Entertainment bought a 19.5% stake in Sina Corp, China's leading internet news portal, for $196m (£102m). The move finally turned the tables on Sina, which had tried to buy Shanda in 2003. The possibility of a takeover that would create China's...
  • Telecommunications Entrepreneur Walter Anderson Indicted and Arrested for Tax Evasion

    03/01/2005 11:36:49 AM PST · by anymouse · 19 replies · 1,272+ views
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Assistant Attorney General Eileen J. O'Connor, of the Justice Department's Tax Division, Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein of the District of Columbia, Mark W. Everson, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner; and Daniel J. Black, Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the District of Columbia's Office of Tax and Revenue, jointly announced the indictment and arrest of Walter Anderson, 51, a local telecommunications entrepreneur, on tax evasion and related charges. A federal grand jury sitting in Washington, D.C. returned the 12-count indictment last Wednesday under seal. Anderson was arrested Saturday, February 26 and will be presented this afternoon before a U.S....
  • Ghost Story

    04/30/2004 7:12:03 PM PDT · by CurlyBill · 162 replies · 2,138+ views
    London Free Press ^ | 30 Apr 04 | Ian Gillespie
    Ghost story Several unexplained phenomena at the old courthouse in St. Thomas have sent chills through many. Ian Gillespie, Free Press Columnist 2004-04-30 03:05:48 ST. THOMAS -- Somebody calls the newspaper with a tip and I find myself clambering up the steps of the old St. Thomas courthouse, thinking I'm wasting my time on a wild goose chase. Maybe a wild ghost chase. It's a grand old building, to be sure. First built in 1852, it burned down in 1898 and was rebuilt the following year. Situated atop the hill on Wellington Street, the three-storey structure features five arches out...
  • Virgin-making doctor heads for Virgin Islands

    03/16/2004 8:57:49 AM PST · by Loyalist · 4 replies · 199+ views
    TORONTO -- Canada's most prominent genital enhancement doctor plans to create virgins in the Virgins. Robert Stubbs says he has been forced to travel to the British Virgin Islands to restore the hymens of patients who are non-residents of Canada because the Canadian Medical Protective Association no longer insures malpractice claims for problems with surgery performed in Canada. The association, which defends 95 per cent of the country's medical practitioners against such lawsuits and pays any compensation awarded, introduced the new policy on Jan. 1 as a way of avoiding the kind of multimillion-dollar malpractice awards that have become common...
  • UN again to push for decolonization (independence whether they like it or not)

    10/06/2003 7:49:35 PM PDT · by GeronL · 25 replies · 224+ views
    United Nations ^ | Oct 6 | UN
    Fifty-eighth General Assembly Fourth Committee 2nd Meeting (PM) SPEAKERS STRESS NEED TO ‘STAY THE COURSE’ UNTIL 16 REMAINING NON-SELF-GOVERNING TERRITORIES ACHIEVE SELF-DETERMINATION, AS FOURTH COMMITTEE BEGINS DEBATE Stressing the need to stay the course until the 16 remaining Non-Self- Governing Territories achieved self-determination, speakers reaffirmed their commitment to the mandate of the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization), as that body began its general debate on decolonization issues this afternoon. Noting that nearly three years after the proclamation of the Second International Decade on the Eradication of Colonialism some 2 million people still struggled towards self-determination, the representative of Iran...