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FEMA Coordinating Officer William Vogel (left) sits next to Gov. Kenneth Mapp and VITEMA Director Mona Barnes. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp joined governors from across the country for a video teleconference Wednesday as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator William “Brock” Long and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen met

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Stories in the Virgin Islands Daily News continue to regularly include mischaracterizations and misinformation and the paper would be wise to invest in hiring at least one Virgin Islander to work in its news department, Governor Kenneth Mapp said this week. The governor took issue with Wednesday’s

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands Department of Education in partnership with the Office of the Governor announces the launch of the 10th Annual Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge, which runs Monday, June 4 through Friday, September 2, 2018. The annual activity challenges students in grades K-6 to read five or more

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OBITUARY NOTICE: Oliver McCoy Webster CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp, on behalf of the government and people of the Virgin Islands, has issued a statement of condolence to the family, loved ones and friends of hotelier and business executive Oliver McCoy Webster, who passed away on May 29, 2018.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Contractors tasked with rebuilding thousands of hurricane-damaged houses in the Virgin Islands have not been paid for months, exposing a rift over how to pay the bills in a territory facing a severe cash shortage. About 10,000 damaged homes in the islands are slated for repair through

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Official portraits of former Gov. Roy Schneider and former Gov. Charles Turnbull, the fifth and sixth elected chief executives of the United States Virgin Islands, respectively, were unveiled to the public Monday during a ceremony at Government House, St. Croix. The portraits painted by local artist Shansi

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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix Senator is calling for the immediate resignation of Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum over her alleged “misuse of government equipment.” Sen. Novelle Francis Jr. (D-St. Croix) said that he wrote to Gov. Kenneth Mapp on Monday asking him to urge McCollum to resign over her “abuse

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp said that he expressed his deep gratitude to nearly 80 government employees at the Division of Personnel’s 29th Annual Employee Recognition Week ceremonies at Government House on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Mapp said that the accomplishments were even more impressive given the challenges faced by public

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp said this week that he was taking steps in his proposed budget to prop up the faltering Government Employees’ Retirement System (GERS). Mapp presented his proposed fiscal year 2019 budget to Virgin Islands Senate President Myron Jackson on Wednesday. The island’s fiscal year starts

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Governor Kenneth Mapp has lifted the freeze on non-essential hiring in the Executive Branch of Government. The change goes into effect immediately. “As the U.S. Virgin Islands recovers from last year’s hurricanes, this job and wage thaw creates numerous opportunities to attract and retain necessary staff to assist

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