Tag: Governor Kenneth Mapp

GUEST EDITORIAL BY GARY POKORNY: Has The UVI Free Tuition Act Been Properly Vetted?

Free tuition for Virgin Islands students, how can you argue against Act 8155? Dr. Hall seemed to outline a compelling case for providing free college tuition to any Virgin Islander who can maintain a 2.5 GPA. I say there are a number of questions that need to be answered before I’m convinced this doesn’t end […]

Guest Editorial By UVI’s David Hall: A Compelling Case for Free Tuition

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 movement that is attempting to […]

Company Doing Veterans Drive Improvement Project Will Give Update Today

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp and Lt. Governor Osbert Potter said that they will attend a briefing tour on the progress of the Veterans Drive Improvement Project, by representatives of American Bridge Company. The briefing tour will take place at 4:00 p.m. today. All participants are asked to meet at the Virgin Islands Legislature […]

OPINION: American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Supports Bill No. 32-0327

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 Transfer on Death Act, the […]

Teachers, Government Sign Two-Year Contract Guaranteeing Raise In Pay

DONE DEAL: AFT President Rosa Soto-Thomas stands next to Gov. Kenneth Mapp (middle) and Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter on Friday. CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Kenneth Mapp has approved a two-year contract that will give teachers long-awaited step increases following an almost nine-year wait. The agreement was reached between the St. Croix and St. Thomas-St. John Federation […]

Mapp Gives Non-Union, Exempt Employees 3 Percent Pay Hike Two Weeks b4 Election

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – At least 1,200 non-union classified and exempt employees of the Virgin Islands Government will receive three percent cost-of-living salary increases retroactive to October 1, 2018. Governor Kenneth Mapp authorized the salary increases via Executive Order on Thursday evening. Executive Order 485-2018 notes that these employees were not included in prior Executive Orders granting raises […]

Mapp’s $75 Million No-Bid Consultants Say Hurricanes Cost Territory $11 Billion

WASHINGTON — Witt O’Brien’s LLC Governor Kenneth Mapp’s high-paid consultants, said yesterday that they have release their first-year progress report on the U.S. Virgin Islands’ recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This report was issued by the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), with the support of Witt O’Brien’s, its “lead recovery consultant.” The report is […]

Mapp Says Soaring Virgin Islands Bond Prices Show He’s Managing Economy Well

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The prices of U.S. Virgin Islands bonds, a bellwether of the public markets’ confidence in the territorial economy, have roared back, Government House said today. As of last week, bond sales show a more than 100 percent increase on the value of some Virgin Islands bonds from one year ago. Prices of […]

Paradise Jam Returns To St. Thomas After Moving Stateside Following 2017 Hurricanes

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The popular basketball festival, Paradise Jam, returns to the Virgin Islands next month. Governor Kenneth Mapp met with Executive Director of the Basketball Travelers, Nels Hawkinson on Thursday to discuss the tournament schedule for the 19th annual event which takes place November 16-24 at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness […]

Mapp: Florida Caribbean Cruise Group Says Passengers Want to Absorb Local Culture

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Kenneth Mapp said that he and “his administration have received high praise for their handling of the post-hurricane crisis in the territory and their success in the continued rebuilding of the tourism sector.” At a press conference on Tuesday, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) President Michele Paige applauded the Virgin Islands’ determination “to […]