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By TIM CRAIG CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A major government program to rebuild the U.S. Virgin Islands after back-to-back hurricanes is unraveling as some contractors walk off the job and others threaten to use storm victims’ properties as leverage to recoup unpaid bills. In a letter outlining their grievances over chronically

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Debris removal is underway for those enrolled in the Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said today. FEMA and the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands have extended the STEP program until March 31, 2019; an extension for debris pickup/removal

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ST. CROIX/ST. THOMAS/ST. JOHN – To honor their integral work supporting the Virgin Islands family caregivers, AARP names Former Governor Kenneth E. Mapp, Senator Novelle E. Francis, Jr., and Senator Myron Jackson as the 2018 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of 65 elected officials from 24 states. These leaders have

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan Jr, said that longtime disability rights advocate Julien Henley will be his Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator. Henley is an advocate at the Virgin Islands Disability Rights Center and a chairperson for the State Rehabilitation Council. He has an ADA certificate of completion

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By RITA DE FERRARY The multiples of repetition of “sea sanctuary” by multiple news media outlets doesn’t make it so, and is simply an untruth concocted to sway public opinion. Sanctuaries are typically habitat or living areas, that exclude human and commercial activities and or are associated with rehabilitation and

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On January 4, 2019 Governor Kenneth E. Mapp signed into law Act 8155, entitled the Virgin Islands Higher Education Scholarship program. This bill was introduced by Senator Tregenza Roach, who now serves as Lieutenant Governor, and was unanimously supported by the 32nd Legislature. This Act is part of a national

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SAN JUAN – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $28.8 million in additional funds to Puerto Rico to cover costs related to Hurricane María. These awards bring the amount of funds obligated under FEMA’s Public Assistance program to $5.3 billion, the agency said today. The latest grants approved

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said today that a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Bombing Prevention Awareness Course (BPAC) will be offered two days next week at the VITEMA offices on St. Thomas. On December 5 and 6, the courses will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30

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By ROBERT WHITE Dear Editor: This is an open letter to Gov. Kenneth Mapp. Win or lose in politics there is still the “HOW WILL THEY REMEMBER ME?’ Remember you got a great number of votes from St. Croix. There are still weeks remaining of your rule. How will WE

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — In a herculean effort to help property owners in the Virgin Islands, Senators Myron Jackson and Novelle Francis have responded to the request of American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) to sponsor Bill No. 32-0327. This Bill brings together four (4) Uniform Acts: the Uniform Real Property

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