Category: Territorial Affairs

Federal Court Judge Rules Against Kevin Rodriguez’s Bid To Regain Seat He Won In Legislature, But Was Disqualified From

MEMPHIS MAFIA: According to a bankruptcy case Kevin Rodriguez was involved in, he stated in court documents that he was a resident of Tennessee. According to the Revised Organic Act, candidates for the Legislature must live in the territory for three years prior to being elected. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Kevin Rodriquez’s bid to join the […]

ST. JOHN SECOND! WAPA Makes A Renewed Push To Restore Electricity To The Smallest Virgin Island … Where 100 Percent Of Its Power Grid Was Destroyed

CRUZ BAY: An aerial view of St. John’s biggest town from Sept. 10, 2017 — four days after Hurricane Irma. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CRUZ BAY –– The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) said there was a renewed focus on St. John on Wednesday where fully 100 percent of the electrical distribution system was destroyed […]

ST. THOMAS WAPA VOWS: St. Croix Will Be Punished For Only Being Hit By One Storm: Big Island Might Not Have Full Power Until March 1, 2018

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp repeated his carefully parsed promise yesterday that fully 90 percent of the territory will be restored to full power by Christmas. “By the end of the month, more than 500 linemen will be working on rebuilding the U.S. Virgin Islands’ power distribution system,” Mapp said Friday. “The goal is […]

Some 13,700 U.S. Department of Defense Personnel Arrive In Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico To Aid In Relief Efforts

[ad name=”HTML-68″] WASHINGTON — About 13,700 Defense Department personnel are now in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ravaged the region three weeks ago, Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis said today. DoD, supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is focused on temporary power restoration; food, water, fuel and power generator distribution; medical support; […]

Georgia Man Accused of Flying From St. Croix To Atlanta To Dump His Demented Mother In A Cheap Hotel And Then Go On Vacation

[ad name=”HTML-68″] FREDERIKSTED — Police believe a man abandoned his 71-year-old mother in a cheap Georgia motel — and then went on vacation. Kathleen Laree, who suffers from dementia, was found wandering in the lobby of the Motel 6 on Virginia Avenue, in South Fulton County, WSB-TV Channel 2 Atlanta reported. Motel employees called 911 and […]

Mapp-Potter Administration Raided Insurance Guaranty Fund After The Passing Of Hurricane Irma

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The local government for years has “redirected” money intended to help pay insurance claims after large disasters for other needs, raising the vulnerability of residents after Hurricane Irma destroyed St. Thomas and St. John two weeks ago and Hurricane Maria is poised to decimate St. Croix on Wednesday. During years of yawning […]

The People of The U.S. Virgin Islands Deserve The Same Rights As All Americans … Especially After Hurricane Irma

VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR [ad name=”HTML-68″] America’s Caribbean. That is what it says on the license plates down there: U.S. Virgin Islands — America’s Caribbean. I should know. I lived there for three years in the early 2000s and still own a condo there today. Actually — “owned” a condo. I […]

Governor Mapp Seeks New York Governor’s Council In Overcoming the Territory’s Problems After Hurricane Irma

TALK TALK TALK: And more talk. Gov. Kenneth Mapp does what he does best, talk about the problems, rather than solving them. On Friday, Mapp asked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to help him get the islands back in shape. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was escorted by Gov. Kenneth […]

President Trump To View First-Hand The Devastation Wrought By Hurricane Irma On St. Thomas and St. John

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– President Donald Trump will travel to the Virgin Islands within the next week “to see firsthand the damages of the territory” after Hurricane Irma, Gov. Kenneth Mapp (I) said Monday. The Virgin Islands took a heavy blow from the superstorm, which was a Category 5 when it swept through the Caribbean. […]

Residents Of Storm Devastated St. Thomas, St. John and Tortola Feel That They Are Being Overlooked By The National and International News Media

 APOCALPYSE NOW: A woman with her two children walk past debris left by Hurricane Irma in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Residents of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands have seemingly been left to fend for themselves in the days following Hurricane Irma’s […]