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UVI Board of Trustees cuts budget approves new dormitory building

It's 76° Fahrenheit  60% humidity. Clear Skies
Wind out of the North East at 14 mph  
Barometric pressure is 30.00 and rising  
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had no rain.
Doppler radar shows: Mostly Clear Skies  The Satellite Photo shows: Clear Skies

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

On this Monday March 14    we welcome to: Equinox and Victory  - - to Havensight  Dock
Caribbean Princess  - - to Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal
St. John has SeaDream 1 and Azamara Journey


At the top of the news on Monday March 14  

UV Board of Trustees met Saturday and approved a reduction in the university budget to accommodate the Governor’s request that all government agencies make cuts. The Board adopted a budget revision and guiding principles from the University President.  They also made a request for 33 million from the central government for the coming fiscal year. The Board approved a new Internal Audit charter and draft fraud policy. The Board approved plans to build a new dormitory on St. Croix campus at a cost of 11 million dollars. President Dr David Hall had special commendations for several staff members – He commended Tina Koopmans for outstanding service with Information Technology and Dr Henry Smith, the interim head of Institutional advancement and Dionne Jackson, the incoming Vice-President of Institutional Advancement. The Provost Dr Karl Wright gave a report on key performance indicators showing a 4% increase in the enrollment of males at the University. Grants and Contracts increased by 7%.

The territory has a new ambulance boat coming and the Department of Health is asking the public to come up with a name for the boat.  The state-of-the-art boat will improve maritime transport from St. John to St. Thomas. Like an ambulance it has room for patients on stretchers and paramedical staff plus a captain and crew. It can handle 4 to 6 stretchers at once. What to call it.  That is up to us. You can pick up a name the boat form at Coral Bay Fire Station, The Battery or the Morris DeCastro Clinic. Deadline is Thursday at 8:00 PM.

The Police Department saturated patrols are quite effective.  On St. Thomas over the weekend they saturated Estate Contant and the Police came out with bangs of marijuana, crack cocaine. Same story at Kirwan terrace where the drug dealers ditched their stash moments before the Police Department arrived While the Police Department was doing its work, the Department of Health crew checked businesses for violations noise  violations and license infractions. On St. Croix the saturated patrols picked up drug dealers, DUI’s and the new mobile unit was on hand so the criminals could be processed immediately. No long ride to the stationhouse to process the arrests.

Community Foundation will unveil the Kids Count Data Book for 2010 on Tuesday at 12:30 PM at Palms Court Harbor View Hotel with reports from Dr David Hall of UVI, First Lady Cecile DeJongh, George Dudley, and Ellie Hirsh of the Family Connection. The 11th annual Kids Count Data Book provides information on the health, safety and economic status of Virgin Islands children and families.  RSVP TODAY  – call 774-6031.



Crystal Gade is open again after Department of Public Works removed debris from a  recent fire. The road will be closed again today and Tuesday as they finish the clean up. No parking on Crystal gade.

Busy Week – this week is National Agriculture Week and in the Virgin Islands the Dept. of Agriculture says Virgin Islands Agriculture – Your Food, Your Farmer. There will be market days at the Sanderilla Blyden Thomas Bungalow at Rothschild Francis Market Square on Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and on Wednesday at the National Park Ball field in Cruz Bay St. John – on Thursday  there is an open house at the Shulterbrandt Agriculture complex in St. Croix.

This week is Energy Awareness Week and the Governor reminds everyone of the importance of energy conservation on this 30th anniversary of Energy Awareness Week. New LED Lights will be unveiled on St. Croix on Wednesday.

This month is Disability Awareness Month and th Governor reminds all residents of the special needs of the disabled and the importance of focusing on the independence and self determination of the disabled. He says the Virgin Islands is fully committed to implementing the provisions of the American’s with Disabilities Act in every areas. It is all about overcoming barriers.

This month is Social Work Month and the Governor urges all residents to get to know the social workers and their role in our community. Social Workers guide individuals and help them get the services they need from our government and community.  The National Association of Social Workers will conduct presentation on St. Croix Education Complex on today  and at Central High School on the 15th.  March 24 and 25 on St. Thomas the Social workers will host full day workshops on Veterans issues benefits and services.  March 29 and 30 on Both island the National Association will host breakfast recognition ceremonies.

Public, private and parochial schools across the territory are being sought for participation in the 2011 March Music Series. The Virgin Islands Cultural Heritage Institute (VICHI) in collaboration with the VI Department of Education’s Division of Cultural Education and the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts (VICA) will host the Territory’s Fifth Annual March Music Series, titled “The Sounds of Music”. This event is being held in tandem with the celebrations of VI History Month as proclaimed by Governor John P. de Jongh and the national observance of Music in Our Schools Month. Throughout the month, concerts will be held on each island, showcasing the musical talents of Virgin Islands public, private and parochial school students, honoring local musicians and culture bearers. They are asking principals and headmasters to contact the Cultural Education Offices in their respective district at 774-0100,

Our virtue of the week is Courtesy which means being polite and having good manners.  When you speak and act courteously, you give others a feeling of being valued and respected.  Greet people pleasantly.  Bring courtesy home.  Your family needs it most of all.  Courtesy helps life go smoothly.

You are practicing courtesy when you …Remember your manners, Treat elders, parents, teachers, and children politely, Think about how your actions affect others, Eat, speak and move graciously, Make requests instead of demands, Greet people with a smile.

Affirmation:  I am courteous.  I speak and act in a mannerly way.  I show others that I value and respect them.

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