Tag: Governor Kenneth Mapp

Mapp Says He Will Turn Idled Frenchman’s Reef Beach Resort Into A Disaster Shelter

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – In what was described as a “another major milestone” in the territory’s recovery from last year’s devastating hurricanes, Governor Kenneth Mapp said this week that an agreement had been reached to assist in the reopening of Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort on St. Thomas. The government has officially entered into […]

People Who Lost Their Jobs After Hurricanes Irma and Maria Will Still Get $$$ Benefits

CHARLOTTE AMALIE —  Virgin Islanders who lost their jobs following Hurricanes Irma and Maria may be eligible for an additional 26 weeks of disaster-related unemployment assistance, Government House said. U.S. President Donald J. Trump signed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 into law on Friday, following the approval of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. […]

Gov. Mapp Honors Memory of 823 Murder Victims on St. Croix Since 1974

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Kenneth Mapp said that he participated in the 10th annual observance of National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims on Tuesday. Sharing some personal experiences on the sobering topic, Mapp recalled a childhood friend being murdered by her former spouse. “Murder is a crime that not only destroys the victim, but destroys […]

MAPP: Teachers Must Show Good Faith Effort To Want To Work b4 Negotiations Can Renew

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands government said that it plans to return to the negotiating table with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) this week and remains committed to raising salaries for union members and government employees across the board. Governor Kenneth Mapp spoke at a news conference on St. Thomas called to address […]

ABOVE THE LAW? Motorists Claim Mapp’s Bodyguard Rear Ended Them And They’re Still Sore

CHRISTIANSTED — Gregory Bennerson Jr., Governor Kenneth Mapp’s Chief of Executive Security, was involved in a two-car accident but did alert the proper authorities afterwards, according to the Virgin Islands Think Tank. The accident occurred on St. Croix after midnight when Bennerson’s unmarked black government vehicle smashed into the back of a private citizen’s vehicle. […]

Gov. Mapp Says $7.2 Million In Tax Refund Checks Are In The Mail To You

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Department of Finance Commissioner Valdamier Collens and Bureau of Internal Revenue Director Marvin Pickering said that at least 901 Virgin Islanders will receive income tax refunds this week. Director Pickering said the checks, which total $7.2 million, are to be mailed today. “This latest release of refunds will bring the total amount […]

GOVERNMENT HOUSE: Mapp Says He Will Meet With GRUFF Members on Friday

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp said that he will meet the Government Retirees United for Fairness (GRUFF) this Friday. Mapp’s meeting with GRUFF members is scheduled for September 21st at 11am-12:30 pm at Walkers by the Sea Restaurant in St. Thomas. The governor will meet with GRUFF President Helen Hart and her members, to discuss […]

Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter Is In Control of The Virgin Islands Government Starting Today

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Government House said that Lieutenant Governor Osbert Potter will serve as Acting Governor beginning this afternoon while Governor Kenneth Mapp makes a brief trip out of the territory. Potter will act as Governor until Governor Mapp’s scheduled return on Wednesday. Government House offered no other information in a two-line prepared statement released today.

Tropical Depression Isaac Drops Waves of Sheeting Rain on St. Croix’s South Shore

CHRISTIANSTED — Tropical Storm Isaac was downgraded to a tropical depression on Friday, but it is still bringing lingering rain to parts of southern St. Croix today. Isaac was expected to bring about two to three inches of additional rainfall to St. Croix, with little effect to St. Thomas and St. John. Governor Kenneth Mapp advised […]

OP-ED: Now Is Not the Time To Add Further Financial Obligations to Government

COMMENTARY BY: SORAYA DIASE COFFELT Two gubernatorial candidates have expressed publicly their support for legislation to give free tuition to every high school graduate in the U.S. Virgin Islands who wants to attend the University of the Virgin Islands. As the mother of two sons who graduated from college in recent years and who assisted […]