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It’s Carnival

It's 79° Fahrenheit  74% humidity. Clear Skies or partly cloudy skies
Wind out of the North East at 13 mph  
Barometric pressure is 30.01 and rising  
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had  .01 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: showers in the area  Sat photo shows a front passing through.

The national weather forecast calls for  cloudy skies with scattered showers. Highs around 81. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

On this Tuesday March 29 we welcome to Cruise Ship News  Norwegian Sun, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Dream  at Havensight  Dock  Oasis of the Seas is at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal  St. John has Sea Dream One  and the Millenium is in Frederiksted.

At the top of the news on Tuesday March 29

Board of Elections is ready to replace John Abramson as the Supervisor of Elections, but not quite yet.  Abramson’s contract is due to expire this week and St. Croix Deputy Supervisor Corinne Halyard’s contract is due to expire in May.  The Board extended both  contract for another 6 months while a committee seeks and finds a replacements for John Abramson and Corinne Halyard’s.  The Supervisor of elections works on 8 year contracts – an effort to insure that they are not influenced by the politics of any particular election.  Both will continue for six months and replacements will be found

Jo Sandra Jones-James, a UVI part-time music instructor, has been selected to be honored by the Virgin Islands Cultural Heritage Institute and the Virgin Islands Council of the Arts, as part of the territory’s Fifth Annual March Music Series. This tribute is sponsored by the Cultural Education Division of the Department of Education, which selects individuals who have contributed tremendously to the advancement of music in the Virgin Islands. James will receive this prestigious award on Tuesday, March 29, during a tribute concert featuring the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Music Department at Emancipation Garden from 10 a.m. to noon.
Here comes CIGNA to manage the prescriptions in the territory’s Medicaid system.  The Department of Health will launch the new Pharmacy Benefit Management Program Friday. Up til now Medicaid prescriptions have been processed by hand.  But Governor John DeJongh wanted to update the system and make it more robust.  CIGNA handles the government employees medical insurance and they can quickly bring a layer of electronic processing to the Medicaid recipients prescriptions which helps the territory's low-income population..  Same computer systems they use for government employees being extended to new users. The Governor says they have been working on this for several years and they negotiated a favorable rate with CIGNA so this will save money and help the territory’s neediest citizens. The new program will also add new drugs and medications to the list provided and make things easier for pharmacists. Next project to move to electronic billing for visits to all Medicaid providers. – expect that to be running by Christmas.

Odd news from the Port Authority where a Continental airplane sank a few inches into the taxiway of the airport.  No one at the Port Authority can remember an airplane getting stuck in the asphalt and it took tow trucks to get the plane moving again. This is not part of the runway resurfacing project and will not affect operations at the airport.  repairs will come soon.

11 Today - the UVI Experimental program to stimulate competitive research  is going to launch a new marine education campaign with an ocean etiquette video to educate visitors about our marine environment. There is a new multimedia education program coming this summer as they launch their program to “Explore  the Marine Animals of the USVI.  The program will launch on Tuesday at UVI Administration and Conference Center Building UVI St. Thomas campus. at 9:30 AM.
This evening - A women’s leadership forum entitled “VI Women in Leadership: Myths and Realities" will be held  this evening on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The goal is to increase student awareness of and exposure to Virgin Islands women who hold leadership positions – come out and hear from Superior Court Judge Audrey Thomas, Moravian Church Pastor Winnel Roberts, Senator Nellie Rivera-O'Reilly, UVI campus physician Dr. Audria Thomas, and ICC Vice President Jennifer Matarangas-King. The forum will take place this evening from 5:30 pm to 7 pm in the first-floor conference room of UVI’s Administration and Conference Center.

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.  March 29 and 30 on Both island the National Association will host breakfast recognition ceremonies.
Last chance to help our own Sondria Pemberton the replacement Good News Gal.  The deadline to vote was yesterday but so many people voted they crashed the server and voting has been extended.  She is behind by a  nose.  Just a few votes.. Go to this web site: and vote for the tropical day movie. look for the film named tropical day

It’s carnival in St. Thomas and the Virgin Islands Carnival Committee announced the schedule of events for this year’s events. Semele George won the theme contest with the phrase “Let Our Carnival Spirit Enliven Carnival for 2011.”
First up is the Prince and Princess show on April 17. The Queen show is April 23, followed by the Toddler derby and Traditional games on Sunday April 24.  The Hospital carnival is April 25 and the Jr. Calypso competition is April 26 at Lionel Roberts Stadium at 8:00 PM.  Culture Night is April 27 and Band-o-Rama is April 28.  The Carnival village will open on April 29 at Fort Christian Parking Lot with soca night at Lionel Roberts Stadium also on April 29.  There is a calypso extravaganza on April 30th and May 1 will be water sports and Steel pan jamboree.  Monday May 2 is the start of village entertainment.  The Teen tramp and senior citizen tramp is on May 3rd and then on Wednesday May 4th there’s the food fair and Culture Fair in Emancipation Garden.  Thursday May 5 is J’Ouvert warm up and J’ouvert.  Children’s parade is on May 6. The adult parade, fireworks and  last lap is on Saturday May 7.

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