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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp has proclaimed this Freedom Week in the U.S. Virgin Islands in accordance with Act. No. 8002. Freedom Week encompasses two significant dates in the Territory’s history – July 2, 1848 when a call went out to enslaved Africans to come to Fort Frederik in the town of

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RISKY BUSINESS: The Government Employees Retirement System (GERS) building in St. Thomas. The pension system does not have enough money to pay the $4.5 billion due to retirees. The New York Times says GERS made questionable “high risk” investments in things like viaticals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mireya Acierto for The New York Times)

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FIREFIGHTERS IN ACTION: In this file photo, Virgin Islands Fire Services firefighters respond to a fire at H&H Tire and Battery in Estate Castle Coakley St. Croix. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands Fire Service (VIFS) quickly extinguished a fire in a residential section of Estate Wintberg early Friday morning,

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HIGH TIME FOR HIGH PRAISE: The youngest member ever of the Barbados Economics Society says that Gov. Kenneth Mapp is pulling all the right strings to get the economy fine tuned in short order. BARBADOS — Respected Caribbean economist Jeremy Stephen praised the U.S. Virgin Islands government’s recent efforts to correct the

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By SORAYA DIASE COFFELT SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS The Virgin Islands public has been informed that there were recent arrests of three individuals on corruption charges involving the alleged misuse of over $2 million in federal funds associated with the REAL ID program. The individuals arrested, of course,

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LOADS AND LOADS OF PIPE: Gov. Kenneth Mapp says that the V.I. Department of Agriculture under his control has been working as fast as possible to get needed water to farmers at Community Gardens in St. Croix. FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDOA) said that it is

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By SORAYA DIASE COFFELT SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS FREDERIKSTED — The territory has a small, but dedicated farm industry. Many farm in the Community Gardens on St. Croix and they struggle to receive basic government-sponsored support services such as proper and timely land preparation, and access to a

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CREATIVE CHEF: Nandi Furet of St. Thomas showed she had the right stuff when it comes to culinary creations. Furet, a senior at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, got top honors at the 2017 Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Taste of the Caribbean competition in Miami. MIAMI — Ivanna Eudora

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SMILING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK: Accused thief Aesha Rivers says on social media that she is retired from the Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) and is currently working as the “Emergency Planning Coordinator” for the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA). CHRISTIANSTED – A former Virgin Islands

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said people should beware of an automated IRS telephone scam that has targeted the St. Thomas community. Police said that the scammer is using IRS automated recordings that sound “very authentic.” The recording will say that there is a lawsuit filed

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