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US Senate approves Rum Cover over tax rebate

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At the top of the news on Thursday December 16

Big news from Washington DC as the US Senate approved the Rum cover over tax for the USVI at the 13.25 per proof gallon rate. The bill needs a final vote at the US House of Representative. If it is approved, then the USVI will continue to receive 13.25 dollars per gallon in tax rebates to our government. And if it passes the House, the bill is retroactive to all of 2010. After the huge argument from Puerto Rico about the rum tax it is a relief that the US Senate approved the extension of the cover over tax rebate to our government.

Here comes better record keeping in the Superior Court. The court signed a contract with American Cadastre in Virginia to automate the court’s recordkeeping system. This means the public records of the court will be easily accessible by the public, lawyers and case managers.

Good News from Schneider Hospital where they will end the fiscal year with a deficit, but a smaller deficit than in past years.  Not a half million dollars short, only 48,000 short.  The hospital board also addressed the need for repair to the generators and better surge protection to protect delicate electronic equipment. And a Big Thank You to the Inner Wheel Club for many years of managing the hospital lobby shop and their support for the pediatric unit.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Government of the United States Virgin Islands Joint Field Office operations for Hurricane Earl will be transitioning to the FEMA Caribbean Area Division on Friday, December 17, 2010.   Accordingly, the Joint Information Center closes, and as of Monday, December, 20, 2010, you may submit your Hurricane Earl related media questions or inquiries to FEMA Caribbean Area Division Office External Affairs Section, 787-296-3500 (switchboard).

Independent Citizen’s Movement Political Party Party elected new officers – the new Sergeant at arms is Albion Lambertis, New Treasurer is Kent Daniel, The secretary is Raymond Smith, Vice Chair is Liston Davis and the Chairman is George Moore.

Here comes Seaborne Airlines flying to San Juan to meet connecting flights, direct to the San Juan International Airport starting in January.  Seaborne’s flight schedule has been designed to provide time to make most major airline connections at San Juan International, according to a statement from Seaborne. Starting Jan. 12, early morning flights to San Juan International will leave the U.S. Virgin Islands as early as 6:15 a.m. and return as late as 6:15 p.m., with flights throughout the day, seven days a week.

St. Croix legislature is closed through Monday.

UVI has a dedication of dorms today at 11am as the St. Croix residence halls will be renamed to honor delta M Jackson Dorsch.  The ceremony is today at 11:00 AM at the residence hall complex on St. Croix Campus. A reception will follow.

United Steelworkers Union Local United Steelworkers Union Local 8249 is meeting at VI Taxi Association Building at 6:00 PM.

The  Police Department is launching its annual drive to crack down on people who drive impaired by alcohol or drugs. The campaign, entitled "Over the Limit, Under Arrest,". During the holidays the Police will be on the road in force, holding traffic checkpoints,  in a high-profile campaign to encourage people who have been drinking or using drug to avoid driving. You aren’t just taking your own life in your hands, you are endangering the lives of every other person on the road.

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