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Hugh Masekela and Lira talk to our kids


It's 77° Fahrenheit  72% humidity. Sunny Skies
Wind out of the East North East at 13 mph  
Barometric pressure is 30.04 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 84. East winds around 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

On this Thursday March 17 we welcome to: Cruise Ship News
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At the top of the news on  Thursday March 17  

Hugh Masekela and Lira are reaching out to the community. You know their concerts are Friday at St. Croix Island Center and Saturday at the Reichhold Center. Hugh Masekela and Lira are delivering programs to school students and at the university. Lira Hugh, is giving a motivational empowerment lecture demonstration for female students today at the Reichhold Center. And this evening there is a live panel discussion with Hugh Masekela at University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix Campus, 6 p.m.at the Great Hall and on St. Thomas go to the Administration and Conference Center Building on the St. Thomas campus.  On Friday, March 18th Lira Hugh will deliver a motivational empowerment lecture demonstration for female students by the Education Complex at 9:30 a.m.

Eight schools will compete in the Territorial MATHCOUNTS Competition on Today  at the Palms Court Harborview Hotel.  At all levels, students compete as a team and individually in written and fast-paced oral matches in the subjects of algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. The top four mathletes advance to the National MATHCOUNTS in Washington in May.  The top coach will be the coach of the Virgin Islands team. Schools include Cancryn, St. Croix Country Day School, Boschulte School,  Elena Christian, Antilles School, Arthur Richards, Montessori International Academy, and the St. Croix’s Good Hope School.

News from Juan Luis Hospital as the new CEO Jeff Nelson says they are going to post their financial statements on the Internet. In a move to increase transparency the hospital board OK’ed the plan to post basic financial information on the hospital web site www.jflusvi.org every month. In the present financial emergency, the public will need some help making sense of the financial statements and explanations will accompany the basic spreadsheets. The hospital is working to speed up collections of accounts receivable, bring the chargemaster up to date and work with contractors and vendors to speed up deliveries and payments.

Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen says the Dept. of Agriculture in Washington DC is soliciting applications for the broadband loan program. The federal farm bill broadband loan program is designed to provide loans for funding construction, improvement and acquisition of facilities and equipment for delivering broadband Internet to rural communities. Eligible enterprises are all those that can enter into a contract with the USDA Rural Utilities Service.

The delegate is also on board with an initiative to bring a Tsunami warning system to Puerto Rico that would serve the Caribbean region. She is a co-sponsor of a bill called the Tsunami Warning and Education Act.  With the events in Japan, this bill will probably sail through Congress Stay tuned.

WAPA was in front of the Public Services Commission yesterday to ask for an increase in the Levelized Energy Adjustment Clause. Hugo Hodge says we are seeing the increase at the gas pump every week, WAPA has the same fuel price problem. WAPA wants an increase that will increase the average electrical bill by about $40.

The Virgin Islands Police Department will conduct a helicopter training from 9 tomorrow  Friday, March 18, on the grounds of the UVI St. Croix campus. The training will include landing and take-off exercises on the campus’ field – north campus, eastern lawn but not impact the flow of traffic or interfere with the university’s daily activities..
St. John the trash bin in Carolina area is being moved. Starting on Monday the Carolina bin will move to the Sea Breeze site in Coral Bay. Do not drop trash at the old bin site.

We have the 2011 March Music Series.  – the Fifth Annual March Music Series, entitled “The Sounds of Music”. During this Music in Our Schools Month there are concerts will be held on each island, showcasing our student’s musical talents. Today at Central High School at 4 o’clock. Tomorrow there I a concert at Joseph Sibilly Elementary Friday  at 9:00 AM All Saints School has a concert at 10:30 a.m.,  and Addelita Cancryn Junior High has a concert at 1:30 p.m.

Who can help Work-Able, Inc?  Our  community-based non-profit, workforce development agency  is in serious financial difficulty at this time!  They specialize in providing employment, training and transition services to our youth and adults with disabilities, as well as others with support needs in the workforce.  Work-Able Inc. needs to raise $100,000 by the end of April to pay off mounting debt, and be able to continue to provide these much needed services in our community.  Who can contribute? You can call Gwendolyn T. Powell at 774-5899 Contributions are all Tax-deductible. Call 774-5899.

Here come the winners of the Division of Cultural Education’s first “Virgin Islands Personality” Essay Competition. In St. Thomas-St. John  they wrote about Dr. Edward Wilmot Blyden, renowned educator a, writer and diplomat. In St. Croix they wrote about Mrs. An-setta de Chabert, an accomplished business woman and political leader. The winners are as follows: In the St. Croix District: 3rd Place  was for Rayn-yse Nesbitt, 2nd Place was won by Thalia George  and the 1st Place prize goes to Jah-He-alla Daniel – All three are from St. Croix Educational Complex.  In the St. Thomas-St. John District:  3rd Place went to Chardonnay Tyson, 2nd Place goes to Tiffany Richards and  1st Place went to Kyle Gonsalves  and all three are from Charlotte Amalie High School.

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