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Chess Winners and  MathCounts winners

It's 78° Fahrenheit  67% humidity. Mostly Clear Skies
Wind out of the East North East at 18 mph
Barometric pressure is 30.09 rising
Water temp: 78° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
No  rain.  Doppler radar shows: Mostly Clear Skies  The Satellite Photo shows: Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for  isolated showers. Highs 83. Breezy. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent..

On this Friday February 25 we welcome : Seaborne Legend to Havensight  Dock

At the top of the news on Friday February 25   
When the cops win in the war on crime, the crooks forfeit their stuff, stolen goods are sold, or returned to owners, the crooks tools are sold and the money – where does the money go?? Back to the cops.  The VIPD received a quarter million dollars in forfeit funds from the US Department of Justice. Equitable sharing – the local Police Department gets some, the feds get some, t he FBI gets some. Here in the Virgin Islands the money is used for investigations, training, drug education and awareness programs. Meanwhile on St. Croix the Police Department has new defibrillator a new huge first aid kit and a new oxygen supply tank all from and 12 year old Cher Will who is personally dedicated to helping the Police Department. Oh and you can see our police in action. Local channel 8 and Government access channel 6 on St. Croix and 10 on St. Thomas will air the documentary called COPS Virgin Islands tonight at 8:00 PM and again on Saturday at 4:30 PM. and again Sunday at 7:30 PM.

Dept. Housing Parks and Recreation is  moving forward with renovations at Lionel Roberts Stadium and Winston Raymo Recreation Center – their goal is to have the work done before Carnival. Renovations to the rest rooms, and renovations of the interior of the Winston Raymo Recreation Center. Big Thank You to International Capital Management for helping fund the work.

Governor John DeJongh has invited members of the central labor council to come examine the government’s books and examine our fiscal situation. But the Governor says none of the unions have taken him up on the offer.

Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee met yesterday and approved both of the nominations before them,  They like Alicia Barnes to head Department of Planning and Natural Resources. There is a lot on her plate if she is approved. She said that ensuring the quality of the air and water are top priorities and working with the Environmental Protection Agency on HOVENSA’s She also said she’d like to consolidate the various agencies that handle our cultural heritage – Cultural Heritage Institute, the Council on the Arts, and Archeology and Historic preservation  along with the agency for Libraries, Archives and Museums into one agency that can oversee all of our heritage. Streamlining  the permit process is also on her list of tasks to accomplish.   The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee also approved Mr Elton Lewis to head VITEMA. On his plate, completing renovations at VITEMA’s Hermon Hill location to remediate for mold. Also developing the tsunami warning system, and renewing the emergency alert system for radio and television to complement the system that delivers warnings to phones and computer users. They sent both nominations to the full senate for consideration.

Happy Birthday to Claudelle Mathurin of St. Thomas coming from her aunt Edgitha Mathurin – Claudette is making 26.

GERS Board of Trustees has a meeting today on both islands with Video-tele-conferenced at 6:00 PM.

Department of Education’s Cultural Education Division is celebrating Black History Month today at 9:00 a.m.
At Charlotte Amalie High School with the Annual Recognition of Successful Virgin Islanders, highlighting the life of Ambassador Terence Todman.  Students will participate in competitive docu-dramas.  

The Danish Sales Team is promoting the US Virgin Islands  at trade shows across Scandinavia. Today through Sunday they are at the Vacation for Everyone in  Herning, Denmark. That’s called the “Ferie For Alle.”

Dept. of Tourism is traveling to the New York Times Travel Show Friday through Sunday in New York – The  show is the largest consumer and trade travel event of its kind in the US where 18,000 consumers are expected to attend the event. Our Dept. of Tourism will show a variety of travel and vacation opportunities in the US Virgin Islands and showcase our islands.

We have a burn ban in effect on St. Thomas and now St. Croix VI Fire Service is also issuing a burn ban.  From today forward all burning permits are revoked.  Residents are reminded that dry conditions are dangerous, wildfires are a possibility, people living in areas that are prone to wildfires are urged to  cut back overgrown vegetation to a distance of 40 feet away from structures.

Department of Planning and Natural Resources is holding a workshop on Disaster recovery for Archives and libraries on Saturday February 26 at the Curriculum Center in St. Croix.  For more information call 774-2362. Free of charge and lunch will be provided.

Students from the Virgin Islands won the scholastic division of the U.S. Amateur Southern Region Chess Tournament in Orlando, Fla. sponsored by the Institute for Teaching and Learning, they came home with their arms full of trophies and plaques. Our kids faced 15 teams from throughout the Southeast. One team the Rock City Gambits, took first place, winning all five of its competitions with team members Abdull Ab-iss and Arthur Williams, Alex Emerich and Shamil Vanterpool. The Gambits also won for best name in the games The Hurricane Knights, won an award for their performance as first-time participants at the tournament- they are Julian Francis; Precious Flaherty, Matthew Wilkinson, and 7-year-old Alessandro Gever. Another VI team, the Tropical Storm, took third place overall in the division with Brianna Rhymer, Tabari Lake, Jen Joe Canezal and Nikosi Jones.  Our chess teams winning prizes.

Hearty Congratulations to all the mathletes who competed on the two big islands yesterday.  On St. Thomas  the 2011 MathCounts team that won the competition was from Antilles School and individual mathletes included Chirag  Sharma, Nicholas Midler, Tristan Wallace Jerrad Havermann, Noah Stoltz, Shivaang Chaw-la, Jonathan Qualls, Anthony Caban and Mary Buen-dia and Trey Dickson.

On St. Croix the winning team was from Country Day School and individual mathletes include Julian DiPersio, Anayah Ferris,.Raheem Knight, Ethan Dean, Acassia Ferguson, Karlina Gonzalez, Francesca Pastore, Kari Currence, OsazeNewton and Julysah Willock.

Congratulations to all the Mathletes. The interisland territorial competition is March 17 and the nationals are in Washington DC  in May.

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