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Pets are on the new lottery tickets.

It's 75° Fahrenheit  23.9 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
71% humidity. partly cloudy skies  
Wind out of the North East at 12 mph.
Barometric pressure is 30.03
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had a trace of  rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: showers in the area the  Satellite Photo Shows: Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for Mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers this morning...then variably cloudy with isolated showers this afternoon. Highs 84.  Breezy Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Cruise Ship News  At Havensight  Dock Seaborne Legend

At the top of the news on Friday February 4

Parents of school children are reminded that the Public Schools will be closed Today - the school professionals to participate in another day of professional development.

What is it with the Joint Board of Elections? They had another meeting and only one member showed up. Adelbert Bryan. They have failed to make a quorum, three meetings in a row. It takes 8 members of the Board of Elections to hold a joint meeting. So far no meetings.

Department of Public Works is making progress creating a football and playing field at Ivanna Eudora Kean School – but there is still so much work to be done. Beside the Cyril E. King Airport there is a lot of soil and rocks from the mudslides of the November rainfalls.  Department of Public Works is sifting it and removing the good top soil to Kean school where they now have 15 large mounds of soil. It has to be smoothed out, grass seed planted and cultivated. It is not a football field yet, but it is making progress. Daryl Smalls says his crew is dedicated and they are working on it every day.

Julito Francis is leaving the Public Finance Authority  – he is going to head the Virgin Islands Next generation project, a 117 million dollar project to bring the latest broadband communication technology to the islands. First task is to walk the route of every mile of fiber optics to make sure they do not disturb historic or cultural resources. There will be  core ring of fiber optics that connect St. Thomas St. John St. Croix and Water Island with 244 miles of fiber. In the end there will be 45 new community access centers to give the public access to the Internet.

Construction of the new ambulance boat for St. John has begun. Governor John DeJongh says it is on schedule. It will be state-of-the-art, able to maneuver in shallow water and able to reduce response time in a medical emergency. The new Ambulance is being built in St. Croix at a cost of $800,000.

Commissioner of Agriculture, Louis Petersen has  a groundbreaking today in Bordeaux on an innovative plan to revitalize the farmers market to improve its aesthetics, quality, value and utility. The idea is to make a multipurpose venue for events like the farmers markets and other community activities. and the Commissioner of Agriculture, Louis Petersen announce dhte launch of a new fruit orchard and fruit plot establishment program.  They will select ten farmers to get plants and equipment to establish a fruit tree plot.

Governor John DeJongh is breathing life into the Virgin Islands Workforce Investment Board – by appointing 13 members of the community to advise the Governor on a coordinated system, to foster the advance of the professional workforce in our islands. The new workforce Investment Board will replace the old Human resource Investment Council.

Education Commissioner Dr. Laverne Terry announces that approximately 3,900 male public school students in grades seven (7) to 12 will participate in the Male Empowerment Conference hosted by the University of the Virgin Islands on the St. Thomas campus on Tuesday, February 8th and at St. Croix campus on Thursday, February 10th from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. The Commissioner urges parents to ensure the return of the Parent Consent forms to their schools immediately so that final preparations can be confirmed.

Good News for summer the territory is expected to see a 1-percent increase in passenger arrivals from May to September, with 141 calls instead of the 136 seen at this time last year. However even with more ships there will be times when no ships are in port three to four days during the week. While there may be more visitors, many are on bargain vacations just to fill the ships and are not spending money on large ticket purchases.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is having a Wear red day today – Part of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women movement.  Tay sorority members will be wearing red to raise awareness of heart disease and the fight against heart disease. They will be at Yacht Haven Grande today from 6 to 8:00 PM distributing information to residents. Have a heart healthy day.

The St. Thomas-St. John School District core of School Nurses will sponsor an Elementary Student Health Expo TODAY , for students in kindergarten through the sixth grades.  The Expo is at Tutu Park Mall Center Court TODAY from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.    The idea is to educate students and parents on various health topics and on community resources. Among the services are free screenings for vision, hearing and blood pressure and quick classes on Asthma, Obesity and Good Touch/Bad Touch. The Department of Health’s Immunization Program will have an information table and check immunization records.  Height, weight, vision, dental, blood pressure, and hearing screenings will also be offered during the Expo. Today from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Tutu Park Mall.

And Virgin Islands Lottery announced which pets will appear on the special tickets for the Valentines Day Lottery.  The public voted for the best photos and picked the cutest animals to be on the tickets. The tickets will feature 20 pictures of local dogs, cats, parrots, and a goat named Daisy. Here comes Mango, Bailey, Aki & Stevie, Feral Cat, Sweetie Pie, Abebi, Lexi Anne, Daisy, Dirty Harry, Dude, Speedy, Haha, Riley, Hank & Hazel, Paisley, Skippy, Shadow, Sheba & Scamp, Chica and Peaches.and Baby Easter Bunny. And yes, the baby bunny is the one raised by the Good News Guy’s children. The pets are getting their 15 minutes of fame. Lottery tickets are on sale now.

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