U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

V. I. Carnival Committee to up its media game

March 27, 2016

With Carnival on St. Thomas just a few weeks away, V.I. Carnival Committee officials are stepping up their media game in hopes of getting as many residents out to the upcoming events as possible, starting April 2 with the Stoli and Budweiser Calypso Elimination Tent.

 

V.I. Carnival Committee public relations officer Jerrain Fleming and committee vice-chairman Athneil “Bobby” Thomas said at a press conference Thursday they plan to be running ads, conducting radio shows and establishing partnerships with media outlets that will give residents more access to this year’s events.

 

Supported by its new executive director, Halvor Hart, the Carnival Committee said it is trying to attract a new audience to events such as the Elimination Tent and the V.I. Calypso Competition, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. on April 23 at Lionel Roberts Stadium.

 

“We’re trying to spur more of a resurgence with the Calypso Show, and in our research over the most recent years, we are struggling, even with our elimination tent, to garner the kind of attention we want toward calypso,” Thomas said.

Salman Rushdie to speak at literary festival

March 24, 2016

Internationally acclaimed author Salman Rushdie will speak on St. Croix this spring as part of the second annual Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair.

 

Rushdie is the author of a dozen novels and winner of the Booker Prize, a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom.

 

He is best known for his novel "The Satanic Verses," and the furor that followed its publication when Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini issued a "fatwa," or death sentence, against the author for blaspheming against Islam. That order has never been rescinded and state-run media outlets in Iran recently offered a $600,000 reward to add as a bounty on the author.

 

The V.I. Literary Festival is slated to take place April 20 through 23 with events highlighting and celebrating literature's role in culture and society. New York Times bestselling author and Virgin Islander Tobias Buckell also will be a featured participant and other highlighted guests include authors Jamaica Kincaid, Elizabeth Nunez and Sir Earl Lovelace.

Prosecution for those failing to declare funds

January 21, 2016

The Commissioner of Customs has warned people travelling through the territory’s ports that failure to declare cash and other monetary instruments in excess of US$10,000 can lead to prosecution.

 

Commissioner Wade Smith said the warning is timely as in recent times some travellers have failed to make the declaration.

 

Items considered monetary instruments include ‘traveller’s cheques, and negotiable instruments’.

People with more than US$10,000 cash or other monetary instruments are now required to fill out the ‘Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments’ form, which can be found at all nine ports of entry throughout the territory.

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