Government House News
Puerto Rico’s Education Secretary Says School Enrollment Is Down Eleven Percent … Mapp And Local Education Officials Won’t Say If Territory Has Suffered A Comparable Loss
SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s education secretary says enrollment at the U.S. commonwealth’s public schools this year has dropped by 11 per cent so far compared with the previous year. Julia Keleher said Thursday that some 317,000 students have enrolled for the new school year, roughly 40,000 less than those
Hull Bay Residence Catches On Fire But Firefighters’ Swift Response Saves St. Thomas House On Thursday Night
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A unit from the Echo Company Fire Station responded to a residential fire in Estate Hull about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Once on the scene, fire personnel observed flames coming from the side of the residence. Upon making entry into the home, they further observed the fire
DPNR BEACH ADVISORY: Five Beaches In The Territory Not Safe For Swimming or Fishing, Three In St. Thomas and Two In St. Croix
BEACH TO AVOID: “Condo row Princess” on St. Croix from Mill Harbor Condominiums to Breezez Restaurant in Golden Rock. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Five beaches in the territory failed water quality testing and should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen, according to the latest Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) Beach
Fire Near The Big Cock Bar & Grill In Stoners Alley Leaves Structure With Smoke, Fire And Water Damage In St. Thomas
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islands Fire Services personnel assigned to the Hotel Company Fire Station responded to a structural fire at #67 Kronprindsen Gade. When fire personnel arrived on the scene near the Big Cock Bar & Grill in Stoners Alley about 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, they found a one-story
BLACKLASH! Two Days Before A Storm Is Expected To Reach St. Croix, WAPA Plunges The Big Island Into Darkness For Six Hours … For No Reason At All!
CHRISTIANSTED — Two days before Invest 91L was expected to reach the territory, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) plunged St. Croix into darkness for nearly six hours. At least 14,000 WAPA customers were affected as a light drizzle fell on St. Croix accompanied by 19 mile-per-hour winds.
Mapp: V.I. Children Of Low-Income Parents Are Now Eligible For Increased Medical Insurance Benefits From The Federal Government
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Children of low-income parents will be able to apply for increased medical insurance benefits from the federal government starting on Oct. 1. The V.I. Department of Education will play a key role in helping the local government to identify children who will be eligible for federally subsidized
Fitch Ratings, One of Three Major Credit Rating Firms, Brings Territory Down Three Notches With The Promise It Will Sink Lower … Soon
NEW YORK — Seeing few options for improvment to the territory’s finances, Fitch Ratings took its credit rating on the Virgin Islands down all the way to triple-C from B. That’s a steep three-notch downgrade, bringing it to a level that indicates significant risk of default. Also, Fitch is maintaining a negative
Mapp Hangs VING Out To Dry In Press Conference … Says: ‘You Can’t Blame Me For Rapes Of Women Inside National Guard Armory on St. Croix’
DON’T LOOK AT ME! Gov. Kenneth Mapp seems frightened by the allegations of rape that have been cast on the Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) armory at the press conference in Government House today. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Accompanied by local and federal officers of the United States Army National Guard,
Virgin Islands Tourism Kicks Off Its ‘So Nice’ Advertising Campaign Featuring Reggae Star Pressure Busspipe
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has unveiled its new advertising campaign, called “Real Nice.” In partnership with its advertising agency of record, J. Walter Thompson Atlanta (JWT), which is responsible for creative design, and local Virgin Islands company FilmVI, the popular “Virgin Islands Nice” campaign was
VIRGIN ISLANDS TOURISM BOON OR BUST? Nine States To Require A United States Passport to Visit Them in 2018
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — One of the selling points of the Virgin Islands current tourism campaign is to emphasize “No Passport Required.” But for nine United States that is all about to change … starting in 2018. So the question becomes: What will the impact be to tourism in the territory?