Category: Government House News

FOR THE BIRDS? Mapp Went To Denver Airport To Find Ways To Reduce ‘Bird Strikes’ On Aircraft Flying To To St. Thomas And St. Croix

CHARLOTTE AMALIE –  Is this for the birds? Or not? Gov. Kenneth Mapp says that he wants to improve airport operations at the Cyril E. King International and Henry E. Rohlsen airports in St. Thomas and St. Croix. Most importantly, Mapp said that he saw a “grave danger” to aircraft flying in to the territory from […]

BIR: Mapp’s ‘Timeshare Tax’ Draws A Lawsuit About Its Legality As Territory Scrambles To Rob Peter To Pay Paul

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — With the territory banned from the bond market — it has to find a way somehow to continue to make payments on $2 billion in bond debt. To that end, Gov. Kenneth Mapp has decided to order BIR Director Marvin Pickering to slap a higher room tax rate on people who stay […]

SPECIAL REPORT: Shunned From Bond Market, Territory Will See If It Can Float Itself Out Of Its Cash Crisis

A nurse stands next to closed toilets at the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center in Estate Diamond near the Sunny Isle Shopping Center on St Croix. (PHOTO BY: Alvin Baez/Reuters) CHRISTIANSTED — For a glimpse at the precarious financial health of St. Croix, visit its public hospital. Pipes underneath the emergency room collapsed in […]

Gov. Mapp Chooses AT&T To Interface With Public Safety, Fire Services In USVI

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The territory is leading the way to modernize communications for its public safety community, according to a statement from Government House. Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced his decision today to accept the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the territory’s public safety community, helping first responders save lives and protect communities. “The United States Virgin […]