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US DOL’s Gerri Fiala WASHINGTON – The Virgin Islands is one of only two jurisdictions in the country to be formally sanctioned by the federal government for failure to meet agreed performance records in job training, the V.I. Free Press has learned. Compounding the news is the fact that the

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WILMINGTON, Del. – A federal bankruptcy judge sitting in Delaware made a ruling on the controversial sale of oil company HOVENSA on Monday, but said details of a large portion of the sale hearing could not be made public, under penalty of contempt, until the Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced them

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A kitchen explosion injured two employees at the Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort in St Thomas late Sunday morning, according to Government House. Firefighters were taken by the hotel’s security staff to the kitchen area where they discovered that the fire had already been

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands government has issued a statement saying that employees who have direct deposit might not be able to cash their paychecks Thanksgiving week, Government House said. “As a result of the shortened work-week, the Department of Finance has been informed that the posting of the

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General Howell gets some help with her uniform from Gov. Mapp CHRISTIANSTED – Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp hosted an official promotion and pinning ceremony for Virgin Islands National Guard Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Deborah Howell at Government House on St. Croix Friday. The ceremony was held in a room filled

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U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A 50-year-old St. Thomas man pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to charges related to official abuse of territorial power, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. George W. Lewis, Jr. who worked as VITEMA’s emergency planner, admitted in U.S. District Court to one

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LIVIN’ HIGH ON THE HOG: (left to right) Gov. Charles Turnbull, Gov. Kenneth Mapp, Gov. John Duncan, Premier Orlando Smith ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI – Gov. Kenneth Mapp said he celebrated the 42nd Annual USVI / BVI Friendship Day with former Gov. Charles Turnbull this weekend. Mapp said he and

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                     Gov. Kenneth Mapp CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Gov. Kenneth Mapp forwarded a bill to the Legislature to provide for an appropriation of $550,000 for operating expenses from the general fund to the V.I. Taxicab Commission and for the implementation of mandatory continuing education for taxi and tour operators as a

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Attorney General Claude Walker CHRISTIANSTED – The V.I. Attorney General has sued Hess Corporation for “illegal desertion” of the HOVENSA oil refinery and issued a subpoena to its partner, Venezuela´s state-owned Petróleos de Venezuela, South America (PDVSA), to explain its alleged role. The 350,000-barrels per day HOVENSA refinery was mothballed

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two units from the Virgin Islands Fire Services responded to a structural fire on Cecilia Gade at 1:24 p.m., according to the VIFS. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters from Hotel Company saw a two-story residential building fully engulfed in flames, fire services said. It took about

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