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Dept. of Tourism working on NorthEast


It's 79° Fahrenheit  23.9 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
68% humidity. Mostly clear skies  
Wind out of the North East at 13 mph.
Barometric pressure is 30.08
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had Point 01 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
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At the top of the news on Monday February 7   
Dept. of Tourism is working on the winter weary residents of the Northeast this week as our Tourism marketing team saturates the region with visits to travel agents, media and consumer events.  This week they will be visiting travel professionals in New York and New Jersey. We get more than 100,000 visitors from these two states, so they are naturals for a little more work. Tourism will be on the NBC Today Show on Tuesday with carnival dancers, steel pan music and local cuisine. Wednesday they have a reception for travel writers in New York. Thursday through the weekend the tourism team will be in various malls and showcase events throughout the New York area leading up to NBA Game between the NY Knicks and the New Jersey Nets on February 12 at Prudential Center. Our team will be in front of 18,500 fans with a special US Virgin Islands Themes half time show and give away and a trip for one lucky couple to the Virgin Islands.

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. 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. More news, Francis has just been appointed to the Southern Technology Council, a group of professionals who advise the Southern Governors association about technological innovations that drive economic growth.

Commissioner of Agriculture, Louis Petersen announce the 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. Also in the program is plans to map all of the fruit plots in the Virgin Islands and develop a local web site vifresh.com to help sell local produce.

Here come the 15th year of the Community Foundation’s  Mini-Grant Program. The Mini-Grants offer support to school based groups, community organizations, non-profit groups and individuals who propose innovative programs that support the mission of CFVI which is to enhance educational, cultural, social, physical, and the environmental well-being of children, youth and families in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The mini grants range from $250 to $1,000 and are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants from St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. Completed applications for 2011 mini-grants must be postmarked or faxed by Thursday, March 10th.  Successful applicants will be required to submit a brief written report, receipts for expenditures and, if possible, contribute visual documentation, on the use of the grant at the end of the funding period. Go to the Community Foundation website, www.cfvi.net under the grants section to download the form.


Here comes the UVI Male empowerment conference – on Tuesday at the On St. Thomas call ampus and on Thursday aon the St. Croix Campus.  More than 3,900 male public school students in grades seven to 12 will participate in the Male Empowerment Conference and hear from Farrah Gray the self made millionaire, Entertainment by Rock City and spiritual presentaiotns as well as Panels, break out groups and Question and Answer sessions.  The whole idea is to lead your young men back to the path of academic achievement and success. The program is on Tuesday on St. Thomas from 9 a.m. - 4 pm and on Thursday on St. Croix also from 9 to 4.  Parents must ensure their Parent Consent forms get back to school immediately. The men are going to get empowered to reach for their highest goals.

News from Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen – the Dept. of Homeland Security is looking for interested individuals who wish to serve on the National Advisory Council of the Dept. of Homeland Security. They are taking applications now through March 4th.  Go to this web site. www.fema.gov/about/nac

The VI Department of Education’s State Office of Special Nutrition Programs announces the availability of the FY 2011 Summer Food Service Program. School age children two (2) years through 18 years may receive free meals through Summer Food Service Program. Any public or non-profit organization interested in obtaining a Sponsor Application Package call 774-9373 on St. Thomas or 773-1095, on St. Croix.

Courage is bravery in the face of fear.  You do the right thing even when it is hard or scary.  When you are courageous, you don’t give up.  You try new things.  You admit your mistakes.  Courage is the strength in your heart.

You are practicing courage when you…
•         Stay strong even when you are afraid
•         Are willing to try new things
•         Admit mistakes and learn from them
•         Make amends when you do something wrong
•         Do what is right for you even when it is hard
•         Ask for help when you need it

Affirmation:
I have courage.  I listen to my heart.  I face my fears and am willing to try new things.  I have the courage to do the right thing.

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