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Does our Coral need better protection ?


It's 77° Fahrenheit  23.9 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
72% humidity. Clear Skies
Wind out of the East North East at 9 mph.
Barometric pressure is 30.01
Water temp: 77° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had Point 01 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Clear Skies
Satellite Photo Shows: Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Highs 85. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain less than 20 percent.

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At the top of the news on Monday January 31   

How many homeless people live in the Virgin Islands?  The numbers are up since the last count two years ago – maybe because the method of counting is more accurate, maybe because the global recession is hurting so many people economically. Some of the homeless are quite happy living the  way they are.  Volunteers found 32 homeless on St. John, St. Croix had 208 and in St. Thomas they volunteers found 168 people who qualify as homeless. Fewer than 20% are women and children. The count is part of a federal effort and is part of maintaining federal funding for several projects to end homelessness.

Do our corals need more protection. The Center for Biological Diversity thinks so. They want federal protection for 82 species of coral, 8 of which are found in the US Virgin Islands. They asked NOAA to protect the coral in 2009. The National Marine Fisheries Service did a study and found all but one in need of protection.  Now the Center for biological diversity has informed NOAA of their intent to file a law suit if the coral is not protected. Which coral, several forms of Sheet coral, Boulder star coral, and several other star corals, rough cactus coral and various forms of ivory coral. Scientists warn that coral reefs will be the first eco-system to collapse as a result of global heating. They are concerned all coral may be gone by the year 2050.

Dept. of Tourism has a new offer for people who want to visit the Virgin Islands – Starting today, the Department of Tourism will begin offering the USVI Escape package, a bookable offer designed to attract potential visitors to the Territory through the end of May. The Dept. gives travelers an instant  $500 rebate on each booking of five nights at participating hotels. The offer is available from February 1 through March 31, for travel between March 1  and May 31. The idea is to attract visitors after the end of the worst of winter.  and recuperate from what weather forecasters are calling a ‘Wintry Battle Zone.’ More than twenty hotels on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas will participate in the USVI Escape. The package applies to new bookings only and $500 credit is one per reservation. Reservations for this promotion can be made through a number of tour operators including:  Classic Vacations, Expedia, Inter Island Tours, Libgo Travel, The Mark Travel Corporation, MLT Vacations, Travelocity, US Airways Vacations, World Travel Holdings.

Here comes the smoking ban. As of February 10 it will be illegal to smoke inside a business or rest, it is illegal to smoke within 20 feet of a door or window on a public setting. Bars, rest and businesses will all have to enforce a smoking ban. When does it start, February 10.

St. Croix -  the D.C. Canegata Ball Park staff will close the softball and baseball fields from today through Wednesday – the staff is installing an infield stabilizer with sands, silt and clay that will make a firm resilient playing field and reduce dust.

Department of Planning and Natural Resources says all 43 beaches in the Virgin Islands are safe for swimming, fishing and water sports.

Online registration is available for individuals interested in participating in a male empowerment conference at the University of the Virgin Islands February 8 on St. Thomas and February 10 on St. Croix. The conference, is for male high school juniors and seniors, and young men who want to return to the academic track. It is called : “Man-Up: Realize your Potential – Tools and Resources for Males on the Journey Toward a Successful Life.” The keynote speaker is Farrah Gray, a self-made millionaire by the age of 14. Also performing is songwriting duo Rock City who are V.I. natives Timothy and Theron Thomas. Go to UVI.edu

Alton Adams was featured at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC as part of a program on Navy Pioneers: A History of African-American in the US Navy  Music Program.”  Adams will also be featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture that is due to open in 2015.

Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen has news that the Corporation for National and Community Service has a funding opportunity to help service-learning programs in the territories. Their new Learn and Serve Americana program is for schools to support culturally relevant programs to help youth prepare for college and work.

Good News Maker of the Day is Reynold DeSouza  - a civilian working for the Police Department>  He has been accepted in the National Firearms Examiner Academy of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives.  He will learn how to recognize bullet fragments and figure out what gun produced them, a critical part of criminal investigations.  DeSouza is making good news.

The virtue of the week is Loyalty which means staying true to someone, standing up for something you believe in without wavering; being faithful to your family, country, school, friends or ideals. Loyalty is there when the going gets tough AND when things are good. Loyalty helps you build relationships that last forever.

You are practicing loyalty when you… Stand up for people and ideas you believe in, choose your friends wisely, You are loyal when you are a faithful friend through good times and bad, Don’t allow blind loyalty to lead you into trouble, Don’t let others come between you and your friends.

Your Affirmation is - I am loyal to the people and ideas I care about.  I stand by my friends and loved ones.  I keep my commitments.

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