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Mosquito Resources

The Virgin Islands like so many of our Caribbean neighbors are feeling the effect of mosquito borne illnesses such as Chikungunya and dengue fever. All efforts are focused on protecting the community against the spread of these illnesses.

Mosquito Borne Diseases Powerpoint

GOVERNMENT HOUSE BLOG
September 14, 2014 at 2:20 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH PROPOSES USE OF $19.9 MILLION IN RETROACTIVE FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL SERVICES IN TRANSMITTED DRAFT BILL TO LEGISLATURE

On Friday, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., transmitted proposed legislation to Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone concerning the appropriation and distribution of $19,941,076.50 in Medicaid "retro claim funds" received from the federal government as the result of an "exhaustive audit" commissioned in 2011.

September 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH MEETS WITH MEMBERS OF THE SENATE ON SUNDAY; REPORTS THAT HOVENSA HAS REACHED AN AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE WITH A PROSPECTIVE BUYER OF THE ST. CROIX REFINERY

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. met Sunday with eleven members of the 30th Legislature to provide an update on the HOVENSA sales process.

September 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM AST
VIRGIN ISLANDS TO RECEIVE CLOSE TO $3 MILLION IN FEDERAL GRANTS FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

On September 9, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., was notified that the territory would receive nearly $3 million in federal grant assistance for specific capital improvement projects to hospitals and clinics, schools, and other government facilities.

September 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM AST
GOVERNMENT HILL CLOSED TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC MONDAY EVENING

Government Hill will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm on Monday, September 15, 2014 to accommodate an event associated with next week’s conference by the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Vehicular traffic will be restored promptly at 9:30 pm on Monday night.

September 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM AST
TOP GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ATTEND CORAL REEF TASK FORCE MEETING

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., and Jean-Pierre Oriol, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, returned to the territory today after attending the 32nd Meeting of the United States Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) in Maui, Hawaii. Co-hosted by the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Interior.

September 13, 2014 at 12:10 PM AST
The Bureau of Information Technology is officially on the viNGN 100% middle mile using Orbitel Access as the Internet Service Provider

Director Reuben D. Molloy would like to inform the general public that the Bureau of Information Technology is officially operating on the viNGN 100% fiber network infrastructure using Orbitel Access as its ISP. This tremendous milestone was accomplished through the collaborative effort of the Bureau of Information Technology team, the Orbitel Access team and the viNGN team.

September 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM AST
BIR Announces Publication of Names of Delinquent Taxpayers

Director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue, Claudette Watson-Anderson, CPA, announces that, pursuant to section of 8(a) of Act No. 7261, as amended by Act No. 7559, the Bureau has been authorized to publish in a generally circulated newspaper, the names of all businesses and entities and the owners thereof, that are delinquent on the payment of gross receipts and hotel occupancy taxes three (3) months after the tax is due.

September 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM AST
VI Department of Agriculture and Partners Host Fourth Annual Beekeepers’ Buzzaar

In celebration of National Honey Month the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture and local beekeepers invite the entire public to the fourth Annual Virgin Fresh Beekeepers’ Buzzaar will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Tutu Park Mall on St. Thomas.

September 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM AST
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S ST. THOMAS LOCATION WILL CLOSE EARLY ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Commissioner Albert Bryan, Jr. would like to inform the general public that the department’s St. Thomas location will close at 12 noon to accommodate construction/renovations being conducted to the lobby and first floor staff areas. Calls to the department will be accepted at the St. Croix location at 340-773-1994 and information is also available on the department’s website at www.vidol.gov.

September 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH COMMENTS ON TODAY’S PATRIOT DAY OBSERVANCE

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. said Thursday that as Virgin Islanders here and abroad join the Nation to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America, we should pause for a moment to pray for the souls of those who perished on that morning when almost 3,000 lives were taken.

September 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH NAMED TO NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION (NGA) ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. has been named as a member of the National Governors Association (NGA) Economic Development and Commerce Committee by NGA Chair Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and NGA Vice Chair Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.

September 10, 2014 at 1:20 PM AST
The Department of Health leads Multi-Agency Approach to Combat Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

The Commissioner of Health, Darice Plaskett, recently concluded a multiagency task force conference call to organize and align the department’s efforts to support and protect the community against the spread of chikungunya and other harmful mosquito-borne illnesses such as dengue.

September 09, 2014 at 5:40 PM AST
BUSINESS AND INNOVATION ROUNDTABLE SUMMIT

On Monday, Governor de Jongh offered welcoming remarks to those attending an event which brought together industry practitioners, small business owners and entrepreneurs, bankers and venture capitalists to help shape an economic agenda that will reposition the V.I. on a path of sustainable growth and bolster its competitive appeal.

September 08, 2014 at 1:40 PM AST
TODAY'S TELECONFERENCE CALL WITH GOVERNOR DE JONGH AND REPORTERS POSTPONED

This afternoon's planned teleconference with reporters to facilitate an update from the Governor on the HOVENSA sales process has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.  The postponement stems from a last minute change in HOVENSA's position. The brief extension of the Fourth Amendment Agreement requested by HOVENSA and approved by the Governor remains in place.

Government House will announce a new date for the update briefing by the Governor as soon as possible. There will be no additional comment on this matter today.

September 08, 2014 at 1:00 PM AST
VIRGIN ISLANDS PUBLIC FINANCE AUTHORITY CLOSES $49.6 MILLION OF GROSS RECEIPTS TAXES BONDS

The Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority has closed on its sale of $49.6 million of Gross Receipts Taxes Bonds. With the closing of the bonds on Friday, the government received funding for a range of needs approved for funding by the Senate.

September 08, 2014 at 12:15 PM AST
VI DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE URBAN & COMMUNITY FORESTRY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture, Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) Assistance Program announces the availability of grants for the 2014 urban forestry program.

September 08, 2014 at 11:45 AM AST
BUSINESS AND INNOVATION ROUNDTABLE SUMMIT

Governor de Jongh today offered welcoming remarks to those attending an event which brought together industry practitioners, small business owners and entrepreneurs, bankers and venture capitalists to help shape an economic agenda that will reposition the VI on a path of sustainable growth and bolster its competitive appeal.

September 07, 2014 at 8:00 PM AST
DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR ANNOUNCES THAT VI WILL RECEIVE $165 MILLION FOR FY 2015 RUM COVER-OVER REVENUE

On Friday, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., received notification from the Office of Insular Areas of the Department of the Interior that the Government of the Virgin Islands would shortly receive $165 million for estimated rum excise tax cover-over for fiscal year 2015.

September 07, 2014 at 2:40 PM AST
GOVERNOR’S SUMMER READING CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS ARE REMINDED OF DEADLINE TO SUBMIT TRACKING SHEETS

Students of the Virgin Islands who participated in the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge are reminded that the deadline to submit the tracking sheets associated with the challenge is Tuesday, September 9.

September 05, 2014 at 6:00 PM AST
Number of Chikungunya Cases Increase in St. Thomas/St. John District DOH Intensifies Mitigation Efforts to Address Mosquito-Borne Virus

Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett reported today that the Department of Health is monitoring a recent uptick in the number of confirmed/probable cases of chikungunya in the territory. As of today, there have been a total of 30 confirmed/probable cases in the territory.

September 04, 2014 at 11:30 AM AST
VIEDA small exporters' program to host USVI International Artistry & Business Expo

To promote some of the USVI's best small manufacturers that are interested in exporting their products and services to foreign buyers, the V.I. Economic Development Authority's (VIEDA) State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program will be hosting the 2014 U.S. Virgin Islands International Artistry and Business Expo from September 19-21, 2014 at the Mark C. Marin Center (MCM Center) at Antilles School on St. Thomas.

September 04, 2014 at 11:30 AM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH SUBMITS REQUEST FOR $4.48 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTSIN EDUCATION AND LIBRARIES

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., has requested a Fiscal Year 2016 Capital Improvement Project Grant (Covenant Grant) from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs. The $4,480,000 funding application was submitted to Esther P. Kia'aina, Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs, on September 2 for "projects to enhance literacy and education through upgrading and renovating the Territory's public schools and other educational structures."

September 04, 2014 at 11:15 AM AST
TERRITORY'S ABATTOIR FACILITIES TO REMAIN OPEN

On Thursday, Commissioner of Agriculture Louis E. Petersen, Jr. Ph.D. advised the farming community and the general public that the territory’s abattoir facilities will not be closed. Despite the challenges faced by the Department of Agriculture, the employees have taken all the necessary steps and precautions in preparation for the anticipated inspection by the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service team who will arrive later this month.

September 03, 2014 at 11:45 AM AST
STATEMENT BY GOVERNOR JOHN P. DE JONGH, JR. ON THE PARDON OF SENATOR ALICIA HANSEN

I am making this statement with respect to the action I have taken today regarding Senator Alicia “Chucky” Hansen and her request for a pardon and her eligibility to run for a seat in the 31st Legislature and her ability to serve if so chosen by the voters of St. Croix. In so doing, I am not questioning the past illegal acts taken by the Senator to which she has pled guilty. Nor am I questioning the fact that these crimes have been definitively defined by The Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands as crimes of moral turpitude. Those determinations have been made...

September 03, 2014 at 11:45 AM AST
SCHOOL VISITS BY GOVERNOR DE JONGH

Over the last two days, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. joined students and their parents at the territory's public schools in both districts in welcoming the new school year.

September 03, 2014 at 9:30 AM AST
GOVERNMENT HOUSE ST. THOMAS EXPERIENCING TELEPHONE SERVICE OUTAGE

Government House on St. Thomas is experiencing a system wide telephone interruption which is presently affecting incoming and outgoing calls to the main telephone number, (340)-774-0001. Technicians from Innovative Telephone and Innovative Business Systems are working to address the outage and restore service as soon as possible. There is no timeline available for the restoration of service.

September 03, 2014 at 9:30 AM AST
CHECK PRESENTATION TO VIPD

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. hosted a presentation at Government House Tuesday morning as Chandru "Charlie" Sakrani of Imperial Jewelers made a donation to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The donation was in appreciation for quick police response which led to the arrests of suspects involved in a daring dayling armed robbery at the Main Street store earlier this year.

September 02, 2014 at 4:15 PM AST
Route 30 Frenchman Bay Road Donkey Hill to Undergo Complete Closure

Department of Public Works Commissioner Darryl A. Smalls advises the St. Thomas motoring public that on Saturday, September 6, 2014 road work will commence along Route 30 in Estate Bolongo along Donkey Hill. The road will be completely closed to through traffic.

September 02, 2014 at 11:45 AM AST
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS NEWS RELEASE --- PAVING AND MILLING OPERATIONS ON ST. THOMAS

The Department of Public Works reminds the motoring public that there will be traffic interruptions and one lane closures throughout the Market Square Project area on St. Thomas today. These interruptions will allow for the completion of the milling and paving of the transition areas where the eurocobble pavement ties into the existing asphalt pavement.

September 02, 2014 at 10:55 AM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH CONFIRMS HOVENSA’S REQUEST FOR AN EXTENSION OF THE AGREEMENT GOVERNING THE REFINERY SALES PROCESS

Government House has confirmed that the owners of HOVENSA have asked for an extension of the agreement governing the established sales process. The request for the latest extension was received on Friday.

September 02, 2014 at 10:45 AM AST
GOVERNMENT HOUSE STATEMENT ON HANSEN RULING

On Sunday, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. offered his comments on an opinion of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands as regards the eligibility of St. Croix Senator Alicia “Chucky” Hansen as a candidate for a seat in the 31st Legislature in the upcoming November General Election.

September 02, 2014 at 10:30 AM AST
TERRITORY'S ADA COORDINATOR INVITED TO BE A TRAINER FOR FEMA'S OFFICE OF DISABILITY INTEGRATION AND COORDINATION

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the late Angel M. Corneiro, who died suddenly on August 26. "Mr. Corneiro was a remarkable and memorable Virgin Islander, a man who served this territory admirably both professionally and personally.

August 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH JOINS COMMUNITY IN MOURNING THE DEATH OF ANGEL CORNEIRO

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the late Angel M. Corneiro, who died suddenly on August 26. "Mr. Corneiro was a remarkable and memorable Virgin Islander, a man who served this territory admirably both professionally and personally.

August 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM AST
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS ANNOUNCES 3rd ANNUAL GVI H.E.A.L.T.H. & WELLNESS EXPO SERIES

The Division of Personnel, in partnership with the G.E.S.C Health Insurance Board of Trustees, will host the Government of the Virgin Islands 3rd Annual Health and Wellness Expo Series beginning on Saturday, September 6th.

August 28, 2014 at 1:20 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH APPOINTS MARINE COUNCIL COORDINATOR, TWO NEW MEMBERS AND HEARS PLANS FOR FADS AND RECREATIONAL MOORINGS INSTALLATION

Government House recently hosted the fourth meeting of the Virgin Islands Marine Economic Development Council at which John Holmberg was introduced as the newly appointed coordinator for the council by Percival Clouden, Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority.

August 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM AST
OPEN APPLICATION WINDOW FOR THE 2014-2015 COLLEAGUE GROUP OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS CERTIFIED PUBLIC MANAGER® (CPM) PROGRAM

The Division of Personnel (DOP), in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands’ (UVI) Institute for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (ILOE), is now accepting applications for the Virgin Islands Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program’s 2014-2015 Colleague Group.

Central High School Update

Executive Summary from the Central High School Odor Investigation

Based on interviews with hospital staff, CHS students and teachers, and others who experienced the March 18th incident, it was determined that hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and potentially other reduced sulfur compounds were the chemicals that likely caused the odor and the physical symptoms. The investigation focused on potential local sources of H2S and reduced sulfur compounds including the sanitary sewer system at the school and along Queen Mary Highway and on the two more distant potential industrial sources: the Diageo Rum Distillery and the HOVENSA Oil Terminal.

Special Section
PENSION REFORM
On March 11, 2014, Governor de Jongh submitted both draft legislation to the 30th Legislature, proposing major reforms to the government’s pension system. The legislation, once implemented, will begin the arduous task of addressing the constantly growing unfunded liability of the system which threatens the retirement savings of thousands of retired V.I. Government employees.
Governor's Transmittal Letter
Proposed Legislation
PROMOTING TOURISM
Virgin Islands Featured in Bridal Magazine

As a follow-up to the the highly successful Bridal Symposium held in the Virgin Islands last July, 201 (Bride) Magazine has featured the Virgin Islands in its Winter Issue. 

Read the full article .pdf (5MB)

Department of Tourism Brings the Heat to Southern Florida
Department of Tourism Celebrates the Season with St. Croix Residents
the FUTURE OF HOVENSA 
On November 7, 2013, Governor de Jongh signed into law Bill 30-0273 which ratifies the Fourth Amendment Agreement between the Virgin Islands government and the owners of the HOVENSA refinery on St. Croix.
Special Section
WAPA / LPG CONVERSION PROJECT
WAPA Announces Vitol Hires Local Contractor for Initial Phase of LPG Conversion Project
Governor Asks EPA to Support WAPA's Conversion to Cleaner Fuels
WAPA Receives 13 Responses to RFQ for Fuel Conversion Process
HEALTH CARE REFORM
On July 11, 2013, Governor de Jongh announced his decision to act upon the recommendations of a task force he appointed and expand the territory’s Medicaid program instead of implementing a Health Insurance Exchange Marketplace for the Virgin Islands.
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Special Section
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
Government House recently provided an overview of the dozen projects that are being developed as part of the much talked about and anticipated revitalization of downtown St. Thomas. The initiative carries a $172 million dollar price tag.
Special Section
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