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GUEST OP-ED PIECE By Soraya Diase Coffelt Candidate for Governor On June 30, 2017, the V.I. Inspector General issued a 76 page written report with scathing findings entitled Audit of the Department of Education’s Inventory Controls Over the School Lunch Program. Among these findings was that $920,000 had been spent

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BUCCANEER HOTEL BEACH: Has failed DPNR water quality testing several times this year already. The agency said that swimmers and fishermen should avoid using this beach for health reasons. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Five beaches in the territory failed water quality testing and should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen,

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] WHITEFISH, Mont. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke informed American Samoa Gov. Lolo Moliga, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, and CNMI Gov. Ralph DLG Torres that he has approved a total of $3,489,427 in energy grants for the three territories. Zinke and the governors were attending the

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Jevon O.A. Williams with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in Washington, D.C. (VIGOP) [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHRISTIANSTED — The following statement by Republican National Committeeman Jevon O.A. Williams was issued on behalf of the Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands: “While many across the United States and

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Trump administration plans to arrest parents and other relatives who authorities believe smuggled their children into the United States, a move immigrant advocates said would send a wave of fear through vulnerable communities. A new “surge initiative” aims to dismantle human smuggling operations, including identifying

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] 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

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] FREDERIKSTED — As summer approaches, The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. This five-day, high-visibility campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired

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ALWAYS PREPARED: A NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft prepares to make an early morning takeoff on St. Croix to evaluate storms systems by flying into them and taking meteorological measurements. [ad name=”HTML-68″] FREDERIKSTED — The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron is tasked to fly into a tropical system in the

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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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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. [ad name=”HTML-68″] BARBADOS — Respected Caribbean economist Jeremy Stephen praised the U.S. Virgin Islands government’s recent efforts to

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