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Dept. of Tourism has sweepstakes on Facebook

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On this Wednesday April 12 we welcome Carnival Glory , Freedom of the Seas and Norwegian Epic to Havensight  Dock – and Disney Magic and Solstice to Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal –

At the top of the news on Wednesday April 12

Dept. of Tourism is on Facebook and they have a new contest. Tell your family and friends in the states to enter this contest.  Dept. of Tourism has a Facebook contest called Experience Virgin Islands Carnival 2011 Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes ends at Midnight on Sunday the 17th.   The lucky winner will receive two round trip airfares and 7 days and 6 nights at the Home in the Tropics bed and breakfast and a chance to march in the Adult parade with a carnival troupe.  They also get a welcome bag, $100 in dining certificates, $150 in rental certificates and $50 in activity certificates. The winners have to travel between May 3 and 9 to be here for our Carnival.  Since launching their sweepstakes, the Dept. of Tourism had logged more than 1500 new friends on Facebook and the current fan base is more than sixteen thousand.  Tell your family and friends in the states to enter this contest.  The sweepstakes ends at Midnight on Sunday the 17th.  

Good News from Bluebeard’s Castle. Where 13 million dollars in renovations means the facilities reopened with a real flair for excellence. Updated amenities, more open space, and upgrades to facilities throughout the property. The lobby has been completely redesigned in tropical elegance. Also new is a Conference Room for business meetings. Bluebeard’s Castle. Dates from 1665 and was first used as a  hotel in 1934.

Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen says the budget showdown in Washington produced a new budget with a lot of cuts – some of which will affect the Virgin Islands.  We had nearly a million dollars in the pipeline for wastewater treatment that we had not spent.  Cut.  Gone. Money that was NOT spent was a target.  Law Enforcement was cut. NOAA was  cut.  So was Legal services,  Corp of Engineers, Energy efficiency, FEMA, Environmental Protection Agency, Drinking water grants, and Land conservation funds – All cut.  Community Development Block Grant suffered cut too. The delegate says these cuts will impact the Virgin Islands. Any good news here? Delegate Christensen says they WERE able to restore funding for WIC, FEMA’s disaster relief, Head Start and Women’s and Children’s health programs and they held the line so Pell grants for college will remain at $5,500.

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