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This is the week of the young child

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On this Monday April 11 we welcome to: Havensight  Dock the Victory  and at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal we welcome the Caribbean Princess

At the top of the news on Monday April 11

Governor John DeJongh signed the fiscal austerity bill into law, but he didn’t like some of the provisions and used his line item veto to strike down parts. The Governor said his main concern is that the Legislature left a fiscal shortfall.  The bill he approved generates 18.8 million dollars in cost savings and increases revenues by 8.5 million BUT there is still a shortfall of 16.4 million dollars expenses.  There are also drafting and technical errors in the bill  and the Governor vetoed those sections.

The increase in cruise ship passenger head tax was approved. He approved a point five per cent increase in Gross Receipts Tax and the increase in the Hotel tax from 8% to 10% and an increase in liquor licenses and fees. . He vetoed the $1 surcharge on Cell phone bills saying the bill had technical errors. The Governor also approved plans to spend 2 million dollars from the Tourism Advertising Revolving Fund to promote St. Croix as a destination.

The Governor chided senators for inserting 31 million in salary increases. The Governor says we do not have the money for salary increases. He also noted that the rest of the government is managing to make a 3% reduction across the board – but the legislature had not done the same with its own budget. The Governor vetoed sections of the bill that he says encroach on the operations of the executive branch. The legislature can’t dictate the use of vehicles. He approves the principle but the Governor says he is already reducing the number of government vehicles. Just get rid of them. Same with restrictions on cell phones - just get rid of them.

The Governor did not approves plans to accelerate the rate at which the government pays back the money it borrows for unemployment insurance.  he says we can’t afford to pay it back faster.

The Governor approved plans for the Department of Education to being using electronic text books in a pilot program in some schools. We cannot afford to have our students fall further behind in the digital era. The Governor approved plans to name roads for Elmo Roebuck and Justino Colon. The Governor approved the bill called the Plant Closing Act despite the need for amendments to that bill.

Three rezoning bills were approved and but not one in Estate Neltjberg – so many residents opposed the plans and the slope was too steep. Marriott's Frenchman's Reef can rebuild their dock, Ace Sea Chest can rebuild their building.  The Governor approved plans to applaud Ian Barrows for his win at the Singapore Youth Olympics.

The Governor favored plans for a multipurpose sports complex near Paul E. Joseph Stadium and vetoed plans to remove its funding. And the senators wanted to give more money to Dept. of Labor for the summer youth employment program. Labor says they have enough funds.

The Governor also approved plans for Department of Public Works to begin the steps toward construction of a parking garage near Fort Christian Parking Lot.  

Senate Committee on Government Operations, Energy and Veterans Affairs is meeting on St. Croix today to continue their hearings on the preparations of various agencies of the government for hurricane season.

The University is embracing Green technology – On Monday the University  will launch it’s new green technology center at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Administration and Conference Center Building UVI St. Thomas campus.  The new center will explore new green technologies and reduce our dependence on fossil fuel throughout the Virgin Islands and the region.

Good News from St. John where the new ambulance boat was commissioned over the weekend.  Hundreds turned out to see the new boat which was christened the Liston Sprauve to honor the long time captain of the Star of Life. Now the new ambulance boat is named in his honor. The Liston Sprauve.

This is the week of the young child – now in its 40th year.  Sponsored by the National Association for the education of young children. The idea is to focus attention on the needs of young children and their families. Governor John DeJongh urges all residents to recognize that from birth to age 8 children lay the foundation for their success in school and later in life. As part of the activities, there is a Read on the Green program on Friday April 15 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 am at the UVI Golf Corse.

Would you like to become a police officer. The Division of Personnel is holding the police officer and corrections officer examination in May. The sign up period starts today through April 29. For more information call 774-8588.

Here comes National Library Week with a ceremony today to introduce recent enhancements made to the Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library on the St. Thomas campus. Student organizations including the Kean School marching band will parade from the UVI Bookstore to the library, former Governor Charles W. Turnbull, Ph.D., will deliver a keynote address. UVI students, faculty and staff, as well as alumni and local library affiliates are invited to the celebration and are welcome to attend tours of the facility after the ceremony. The rest of National Library Week will be celebrated on campus with the 2011 theme “Create Your Own Story @ Your Library.” A slate of activities for the week includes: “Fine Amnesty Week” for overdue books, a “Your Story in Images” contest, a “Tell Your Story @ the Library” open mic program, a “Wear Library Flair” day and a library trivia contest on Facebook. Announcements about event dates and times will be made shortly. For more information about the library celebration, please contact Technology Customer Service Manager Cherie Wheatley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Friendliness is being a friend, through good times and bad.  You take an interest in other people and make them feel welcome.  You share your belongings, your time, and yourself.  Friendliness is the best cure for loneliness. You are practicing friendliness when you ...
•         Like yourself and know you have a lot to offer
•         Smile and greet people courteously
•         Get to know people and let them get to know you
•         Show  caring when a friend need you
•         Are friendly to people who look and act differently
•         Make someone new feel welcome
Affirmation:  I am friendly.  I show an interest in others by being warm and courteous.  I am a loyal friend.  My friendship is worthy gift.

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