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Delegate resigns from two committees to take up a more powerful position


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On this Thursday March 10   Grand Princess to Havensight  Dock, Ruby Princess to Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal

At the top of the news on Thursday March 10  

From Washington DC, Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen announced that she made one of the most difficult decisions since entering Congress 14 years ago. She resigned her position on two Congressional committees to return to a seat on the Energy & Commerce Committee, the oldest and one of the most influential committees in the House of Representatives. She said the new assignment will give her a wider range in which to look after the interests of her V.I. constituents. But it cost her a seat on Homeland Security and Natural Resources committees. In the US House of Representative the Energy and Commerce is an "exclusive" committee, which means a member of that panel cannot sit on any others without a waiver. Christensen was the first Congressional delegate from the territories to be appointed to the panel and received waivers to remain on her other assignments. She said Energy and Commerce is such an important committee I would be doing a disservice to the people of the Virgin Islands to have not taken this seat." The committee has roots that go back to 1795, and has oversight on telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health, air quality and environmental health, the supply and delivery of energy, tourism, and interstate and foreign commerce in general. Now our delegate has a seat at the table of power.

UVI’s The Caribbean Writer, in collaboration with the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, will feature a presentation by renowned American Indian Artists Edgar Heap of Birds and Shanna Ketchum Heap of Birds at the Museum Center’s second annual Artist Talk scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 pm this evening. The artist will speak and show slides of their art works in Room 133 of the Research and Extension Center on UVI’s St. Croix campus.  The Caribbean Writer promises an engaging evening, one that will explore ways to approach collaborative art projects, and provide techniques to re-look and re-interpret the works of artists. The program should prove informative for local artists and would-be artists, art teachers, high school students and anyone interested in public art and American Indian cosmology.


Senate Committee on Housing and Labor will discuss the eviction of the Bournefield residents at 6:00 PM this evening on St. Thomas.  The Port Authority wants to close down Bournefield. The tenants want the authority to help them relocate since public housing options are scare and apartments are expensive on the private market. None of the 42 families living in Bournefield have been successful in finding alternate housing. Many do not qualify for public housing because of the income requirements but are unable to afford a private apartment comparable to their existing homes. While the Port Authority has extended the time to close Bournfield, they have not changed their position that the housing must end. Now Senator Celestino A. White says he wants clarity on the Port Authority’s plans for the land.  It is not right to make people vacate the homes and fill them with new residents. The Port Authority says it wants to close the homes permanently.

Tomorrow  the Senate Committee on Education, Youth and Culture will take up a proposed E-book program and discuss a plan for voluntary pre-kindergarten program for 4 year olds. Under the Department of Education.


The month of March is the hardest working month- it is already Virgin Islands History month and it is Social Work month, now here comes a proclamation making March US Virgin Islands-Denmark friendship month with the Governor reminding everyone that March 31 is the date the sovereignty of the Danish West Indies transferred to the US Virgin Islands. Time to renew the bond and remember that there are significant cultural ties between Denmark and the Virgin Islands and an agreement to share historic documents related to the colonial period.

Board of Elections on St. Thomas St. John is meeting at  St. Ursula’s Church in Cruz Bay at 5:30 PM

The School Lunch Program has National School Breakfast Week all this week. Each participating school will create its own breakfast menu for students, parents and staff in a unique culinary experience to showcase the staff’s skills and creativity. Judges will rate the schools. This morning there is a breakfast challenge at Calvary Christian Academy, Charlotte Amalie High School, E. Benjamin Oliver Elementary, Joseph Gomez Elementary and Joseph Sibilly Elementary. Parents are encouraged to join their children for breakfast for a fee of $3.00. Call 774-8070.

The St. Thomas Administrator announced that Crystal Gade from the St. Thomas Reform Church all the way to the Synagogue will be closed from Midnight tonight through the End of work on Friday as the Department of Public Works secures the site of a recent fire. Department of Public Works has to stage heavy equipment and bins to remove debris and this will block the roadway. No parking on Crystal gade after Midnight tonight.

St. Croix Public Works will close a portion of Queen Mary Highway in Estate Herman Hill from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM from now through Friday. Motorists are urged to avoid the section of the road from Orange Grove Road to the west end of the Christiansted bypass.

FEMA the Fire Department,  and VITEMA join the National Commission on Children and Disasters with a  public awareness campaign to help keep children and families safer from the threat of home fires. There is a growing risk of death or serious injury in home fires and young children are most vulnerable. Boys are at higher-risk of dying from fires than girls.  Fifty two percent of all child fire deaths involve children under the age of four. "Fires are one of the most common emergencies, but are preventable. FEMA says to follow simple steps to avoid fires, Do fire drills at home. Have a family emergency plan to help save lives and property. And the absence of smoke alarms was a factor in many of the deaths and injuries. Get a smoke alarm and install it. Fire safety awareness must begin at early childhood. It is imperative that all families have an evacuation and fire safety plan, and actually practice utilizing plan. This will ensure that each family member would know what to do and where to meet in case of a fire or other emergencies." Go to www.ready.gov/kidsfiresafety You can also join FEMA on Twitter by using the hashtag #kidsfiresafety or follow the agency on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fema

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