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Here comes the fish professor to inspire our High School students.

It's 80° Fahrenheit  70% humidity. Mostly clear skies
Wind out of the East at 9 mph  
Barometric pressure is 30.04 and rising  
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had  no rain.
Doppler radar shows: widely scattered showers.  The Satellite Photo shows: Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming variably cloudy. Isolated showers.. Highs 85. Breezy East winds around 20 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

On this Monday April 4    we have SEVEN SHIPS in the Virgin Islands today. We welcome to Havensight  – Equinox, Victory, Explorer of the Seas  and the Emerald Princess is in the anchorage  at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal we have the Noordam and Caribbean Princess and in Frederiksted we have the Serenade of the Seas Seven ships.   

At the top of the news on Monday April 4
Good News for High School students in the Virgin Islands as a new federal grant will cover the cost of taking advance placement examinations.  Students in the last two years of High School have a chance to take some college level classes in subjects like Biology, English, Spanish Psychology and US History.  The AP classes can  help a college bound student prove their worth if they pass an examination and the exam costs money.  Now some 343 students in the Virgin Islands in the public High Schools will be able to take the exams for free. The College board will administer the exams starting May 2.
News on the Government Access Cable channel – now a new show called Eye on the Islands a 30 minute talk show format dedicated to the people and issues of the Virgin Islands.  The host is Sara Lezama and she will be joined by local guests who can talk about our islands and upcoming events.  The program is produced by Lambert Media and will air on Government Access Channel on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:00 PM and again at 10:00 PM . Saturday and Sunday at noon and 6:00 PM.

Sad news from St. Croix where a fire over the weekend destroyed the Country Day School Art pavilion. The fire was quickly extinguished but left the building a total loss. The VI Fire Service will be conducting an investigation as to the source of the fire as soon as possible.

Tuesday the Senators will take testimony on the proposed Next Generation project that intends to bring high speed internet to all islands.  The world’s fiber optics all pass though our area but our links to the state-of-the-art technology is like a dirt path leading to an Interstate highway.  The idea of Next generation is to open the link from the Internet providers to the global fiber optic system.  The federal government will put up 86 million dollars and the Virgin Islands is the only US jurisdiction to win all four of the possible grants for this project.  BUT the local government has to invest 42 million and that calls for fresh bonds and senators to approve that plan.  The hearings are on Tuesday 9:30 AM on St. Thomas If you have testimony – send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The month of April is National Alcohol Awareness month encouraging everyone to get information on alcohol and alcoholism.  This is an Alcohol free week and everyone is encouraged to go alcohol free for three days.  If you experience discomfort in 72 hours then you are perhaps an alcoholic and should see a medical doctor about this disease. Alcoholism is a treatable disease, not a moral weakness. – people can and do recover from alcoholism. Coming Up April 28 on St. Croix and 29 on St. Thomas the University and COAST will have public forums with an in depth look at alcohol and alcoholism. Call 775-1255

At Schneider Hospital the date to sign up to be a volunteer at Schneider Hospital has been extended call her at 776-8311 ex 5086 and you now have until April 8 to join the volunteers at Schneider Hospital. Call Lisa Williams at 776-8311 ex 5086.

UVI is on Facebook now. In case you follow Facebook, now you can see what’s up at UVI by going to Facebook – befriend the university and hit the LIKE button.

Coming Up This Weekend – the Margaret Mead Film Festival is coming up Friday Saturday and Sunday on Both St. Thomas And St. Croix campus.  There are six films in the series, two each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 to 10:00 PM on St. Thomas at the Business building Chase Auditorium and on St. Croix in Evans Center Room 401. University Professor of Communication Dr. Alex Randall, says “If you love to learn about other people in other places in the world, this is for you.”  the films are free and open to the public.” On Friday the films are “A Mountain Musical” from Austria about yodeling & “In the Garden of Sound” about a blind teacher working with children and musical instruments. On Saturday the films are “There Once Was an Island” about island people threatened by the rising ocean level from global warming and the second is “Shooting with Mursi” about an African boy in the Mursi people of Southern Ethiopia making a movie about his own people – you know this group as one of the tribes that wears lip plates.  On Sunday the films are “Plug and Pray ” about computer intelligence and  “Because We Were Born.” About boys living in Brazil.

Science is on stage today as the Brother’s with a Cause bring Research Fishery Biologist Dr. Cecil A. Jennings to tour the territory’s schools as part of the VI-EPSCoR Celebrity Scientists to increasing students’ interest in the sciences. Dr. Jennings is a graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, works for the US Geological Survey and is an adjunct professor of Fisheries at the University of Georgia.  He does research on the biology, ecology, and management of imperiled fishes, and fishes of economic significance.  How are these populations affected by changes to their habitat. He devises strategies to recover, enhance, or maintain threatened fish populations..  Dr. Jennings will speak at Charlotte Amalie High School, VI Montessori School, Central High School, Woodson Junior High School, St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Julius Sprauve Middle School. He will also give a public presentation at 6 pm  this evening in Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas.

Our virtue of the week is Honesty – Honesty is being truthful and sincere.  It is important because it builds trust.  When people are honest, they can be relied on not to lie, cheat, or steal.  Being honest means that you accept yourself as you are.  When you are open and trustworthy, others can believe in you. You are practicing honesty when you: Say what you mean, and mean what you say, Make promises you can keep, Tell the truth tactfully, Admit your mistakes, Refuse to lie, cheat or steal, Are true to yourself and do what you know is right.

Affirmation:   I am honest.  I can be trusted to keep my word.  I have no need to impress others.  I accept myself.  I tell the truth, kindly and tactfully.

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