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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Starting salaries for Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) officers will officially increase on May 21, 2018. Governor Kenneth Mapp said that he has formally authorized Division of Personnel Director Milton Potter to adjust the base pay for police officers from $30,715 to $40,953. Police officers now making

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CARACAS — Venezuela’s state-run oil firm Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. has bought nearly $440 million worth of foreign crude and shipped it directly to Cuba on friendly credit terms – and often at a loss, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters. The shipments are the first documented instances

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SAN JUAN — Federal and local officials said that they are stockpiling radios, food, water and generators in Puerto Rico and demanding rigorous emergency training to prepare the U.S. commonwealth for dealing with any catastrophic storm as the Atlantic hurricane season approaches. In the wake of the devastation from Hurricane Maria,

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CARACAS — Venezuela’s government has named Simon Zerpa, who was sanctioned by the United States last year, as an external director of state oil company PDVSA while confirming General Manuel Quevedo as the firm’s president, the company said in a statement. Zerpa had been PDVSA finance vice president until February,

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WARNING SIGNS: A warning sign stands at the entrance of the PDVSA/BOPEC Brasil Terminal in Rincon Bonaire on the Caribbean Netherlands island of Bonaire, Monday, May 7, 2018, where Venezuela refines and stores its heavy crude. U.S. oil giant ConocoPhillips is pressing for control of Venezuela’s key offshore operations in

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Island Water and Power Authority (WAPA) tried its best to keep a running count of where the power was on and off for Mother’s Day on St. Croix and St. Thomas. At first, WAPA only had the power off on St. Croix when a car

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CHRISTIANSTED — Timed to be heard on radio just before Mother’s Day arrived, gubernatorial candidate Warren Mosler is questioning how Gov. Kenneth Mapp can claim to honor our “mothers and fathers” while at the same time stealing “their retirement funds.” In the radio spot No. 9 heard on WJKC Communications

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp said that he invites the community to learn more about the “exciting upgrades” planned for St. Thomas waterfront at a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday. The official groundbreaking for the Veterans Drive Improvement Project is set for 10 a.m. on the eastern end of the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas boat captain and four illegal aliens from the Dominican Republic were in federal court on Thursday to hear the charges against them. Shawn A. Callwood, 36, of St. Thomas, Glenys Gruz-Calcano, 28, Anyi Paola Calcano, 19, Luis Alberto Pimentel Gautier, 42, and Rafael Morales-Osoria,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A federal judge sentenced a St. Thomas man to four years in prison for his role in a jewelry store robbery in 2013. Robert Brown, 28, was given that sentence by U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez on Thursday for conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, U.S.

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