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At the top of the news on Tuesday January 18

Governor John DeJongh made a number of nominations.  He has tapped Alicia Barnes to be the next commissioner of  Department of Planning and Natural Resources to replace Robert Mathes who retired December 31.  She has been Assistant Commissioner of DPNR. And most recently Asst CEO of Economic Development Authority. she has a Masters degree in Public administration from UVI and a BA degree in environmental studies from Hampton University.  The Governor also appointed Victor Browne to hear the Law Enforcement Planning Commission.  He is a Certified Public Accountants with a bachelors and masters degree in management and accounting.

All’s well and Cyril E. King Airport is back in full operations after an airplane had an emergency landing and ended up with the nose of the plane sitting on airport road near the flag s.  The plane was towed back onto the runway, the fence is repaired and the airport was only closed for 2 and a half hours. no one was injured.  

District Court of the Virgin Islands is hosting their second annual District Conference starting today at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef.  More than 200 people are in town – judges, lawyers, professors and members of government agencies to discuss topics like the rules of evidence, constitutional provledges of citizens in the territories and the impact of recent supreme court decisions. Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court Sandra Day O’Connor will be one of the featured speakers.

The DOT will participate in the Caribbean’s major hospitality and tourism networking event in Montego Bay, Jamaica this week. The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association hosts the event for the Department to meet with a range of buyers from around the world in a one-stop sales and networking forum. More than 1,500 people are expected to gather for two days of prearranged appointments.  Dept. of Tourism is also in the  Discover America program in Stockholm  and tomorrow in Helsinki, Finland.

Magen’s Bay Beach Authority is meeting at 10:00 AM at Shed 4

Parent University tonight at Lockhart Elementary School 6:00 PM

Community Foundation announces the opening of scholarship applications for the coming college year.  There are dozens of scholarships available  - the  Coral World scholarship offers $3,500 to a student studying marine biology. GERS scholarships  are for dependents of GERS members. New this year is the Jean Su Ming-Kim and Charles Kim scholarship offering $28,000 to a student going to Binghamton University. Nigel O. Hodge Foundation has a scholarship for students going  into health fields, and the Tunick scholarships is for business students. There are also Graduate school scholarships.  Applications are available on St. John at Connections, on St. Croix at the Chamber of Commerce and on St. Thomas at the Family Connection center in Vitraco Mall. Deadline is March 18th.

The Economic Development Authority, and the Small Business Development Center, will host a free “Farmers and Fishermen Workshops.” January 24 at Nisky Center, on St. Thomas, and on Tuesday, January 25at the UVI Great Hall on St. Croix. Both workshops from 6 to 8 p.m.  The new lending limit for Farmers and Fishermen Loan has been raised to $50,000. The workshop will deal with the loan program’s features, eligibility requirements, and the technical assistance  for farmers and fishermen. For additional information 714-1700 in St. Thomas or on St. Croix call 773-6499.

Dr. Mark Lehner is an Egyptologist He looks at urban planning in the complex settlement that built the pyramids over 4,000 years ago. Dr. Lehner will share his discoveries on Thursday January 20 at the Prior-Jollek Hall of Antilles School at 7:30 in the evening. Tickets are $20, teachers $10, students $5. Call Reichhold Center at 693-1559 or Dockside Bookshop, Home Again in Red Hook and Interiors at Fort Mylner.

Registration starts today for the Adult Education Program. Classes begin on February 7th. The Raphael Wheatley Skill Center is offering pre-GED and GED Prep. At Charlotte Amalie High School they have high school diploma and English as a Second Language. Cancryn School has Pre-GED and English as a Second Language, and Julius Sprauve School offers the pre-GED class.  More adult classes at Raphael O. Wheatley Skills Center as they offer day classes in carpentry, auto mechanics, auto body repair, culinary arts, drafting, cosmetology  and computer.  Evening classes in Cosmetology and computer applications. Last day to register is February 11. Classes begin February 7. For more information call 774-6277.

This week our virtue of the week is justice.  It is solving problems so everyone wins.  You don’t prejudge.  You see people as individuals.  You don’t accept it when someone acts like a bully, cheats or lies.  Being a champion for justice takes courage.  Sometimes when you stand for justice, you stand alone.  You are practicing justice when you… Treat everyone fairly, Think for yourself and refuse to prejudge, Avoid gossip and backbiting, Own your mistakes and fix them, Protect people’s rights, including your own, Solve problems so everyone wins. Your  Affirmation is I act with justice.  I stand up for the rights of others and myself.  I have no need to pretend or defend.  I choose to make amends.

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