Category: Government House News

Hurricane Irma Projected To Make First Landfall In The Caribbean As A Cat 5 Storm At Barbuda, Then Sint Maarten

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Hurricane Irma is expected to strengthen into a massive Category 5 storm before it passes near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Irma was 538 miles east of St. Croix at 7 a.m. today. Hurricane force winds extend out 45 miles from its center of circulation and tropical storm force […]

VITEMA Offers Sandbags … Department of Health Says That It Is Prepositioning Ambulances In Advance of Hurricane Irma

[ad name=”HTML-68″] FREDERIKSTED — With the territory likely to sustain at least tropical storm force winds from Hurricane Irma, the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) said Sunday that sandbag distribution will begin territory-wide 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The agency gave a list of locations where the sandbags can be collected: St. Croix: […]

CALL OUT THE NATIONAL GUARD: Too Late … They Are Already Here From Illinois To Preposition Equipment And Troops

HERE TO HELP: U.S. military relief crews load supplies aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Illinois National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing based in Peoria. [ad name=”HTML-68″] FREDERIKSTED — As Hurricane Irma bears down on the region, the Illinois National Guard has sent a C-130 aircraft and crew to the territory to deliver key response […]

Hurricane Irma Already Beginning To Take A Toll On The Territory Financially … With Two Planned Cruise Ships Visits Canceled

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Hurricane Irma is still two days away from the territory, but it is already making its presence known financially. The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Allure of the Seas and the Celebrity Equinox have each canceled their scheduled visits to St. Thomas this week. Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) Acting Executive […]

Someone On St. Croix, St. Thomas Or St. John Won $2 Million In The Powerball Drawing Last Night … It Could Be You!

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHRISTIANSTED — One lucky Virgin Islander matched five out of six numbers in the Powerball drawing in Florida last night. Not only that, but one person in the territory spent one dollar extra for the Powerplay option on the ticket, meaning that the $1 million they won was doubled to $2 million. One […]

Mapp Tells Government Retirees That He Will Have To Drastically Slash Their Health Care Benefits If His Government Is To Survive Budget Shortfalls

SMOKE AND MIRRORS: Gov. Kenneth Mapp tells radio DJ Addie Ottley that he will have to drastically cut health care benefits to retirees in order to keep his government out of bankruptcy. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – In an effort to reduce much of the government’s cost of health insurance benefits, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said […]

Propulsion Issues Force RCCL’s Cruise Ship Allure of The Seas To Cancel Five Dockings In St. Thomas

ALLURE OF THE SEAS: Photos from inside the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) ship. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Royal Caribbean International has adjusted several of Allure of the Seas’ Caribbean  itineraries because of a propulsion issue that’s forced the massive vessel to slow down. Given its reduced speed, the ship, which sails from Port Everglades, Florida will now call at San […]

OPINION: Soraya Diase Coffelt Denounces ‘Yet Another’ Secret Meeting Held by Governor, Senators and Urges Elected Leaders To Observe ‘Full Transparency’

 CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Soraya Diase Coffelt said that she strongly denounces the secret meeting that the media reported took place between Gov. Kenneth Mapp and certain senators at Government House on Monday. There is no question that this meeting should have been open to the public as well as the media, Diase Coffelt said. “The […]

WAPA Does What The Virgin Islands Government Cannot Do: Borrows Money On The U.S. Bond Market: This Time To The Tune of $14.8 Million

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) borrowed $14.8 million last week at a nearly 11 percent interest rate and plans to borrow $70 million more through bonds in the next nine weeks. Saybrook Municipal Opportunity Fund — managed by an investor in distressed and defaulted municipal securities through […]

Puerto Rico’s Education Secretary Says School Enrollment Is Down Eleven Percent … Mapp And Local Education Officials Won’t Say If Territory Has Suffered A Comparable Loss

[ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s education secretary says enrollment at the U.S. commonwealth’s public schools this year has dropped by 11 per cent so far compared with the previous year. Julia Keleher said Thursday that some 317,000 students have enrolled for the new school year, roughly 40,000 less than those registered in May. […]