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Governor looking for more cruise ships

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On this Tuesday April 19    we welcome Liberty to Havensight  Dock
At the top of the news on Tuesday April 19

Governor John DeJongh is in Florida for meetings with cruise line executives. He is joined by Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty and Port Authority Chair Robert O’Connor.  They will be working to convince cruise line executives to increase their port calls in the Virgin Islands. Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Norwegian Cruise line MSC cruises and Princess cruises. The Governor is due back this evening.

St. Thomas St. John Board of Elections made a decision to rescind their earlier decision and retain the polling station at Oswald Harris Court. 716 registered voters use that polling station and they will continue to do so.

Today - Senate Rules Committee is meeting on St. Croix to consider the bills – to increase fees in the Superior and District Court; disabled  Veterans not to pay for handicapped decals, Burial death benefit for off shore veterans, a bill to limit WAPA’s reconnect charges, and the recently passed bonds for the NextGeneration Broadband initiative.

Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen has Hearty Congratulations to the ROTC training teams who placed so well in the Formal Inspections – CAHS Chicken hawks battalion and Ivanna Eudora Kean School’s Mighty Rays Battalion and the Central High School Carib Battalion all underwent inspection by the sixth JROTC Brigade headquarters from Savannah Georgia. All three units scored above 96% and won the Gold star for excellence – earning the title Honor Unit with Distinction.

Good News from the Department of Health Diabetes education – they won honorable mention at the Frankie Awards. The award honors the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and founder of the diabetes education campaign.  The Virgin Islands educational campaign was cited for excellence. The Department of Health identified Diabetes as one of the key strategic objectives for the next three years with diagnosed diabetes running 10% of our population, undiagnosed diabetes is among 5% of our population and with 15% of the population dealing with diabetes, it is a major health concern in the Virgin Islands. Novo Nordisk has pledged $300,000 to local diabetes education in the Virgin Islands.  

The University announces the winners of the food competition for the 22nd annual Afternoon on the Green, Arthur Raymo III’s “Brigo’s Firehouse Salmon” won the first-time People’s Choice competition,  That’s his sixth consecutive first-prize win in the Seafood category for the same dish. Edna Pole won first-prize in the Soups category with “Ed’s Goat Water” for the third consecutive year. Long-time contributor Erica Donavan came in second with her red peas soup. High school student and first-time Afternoon on the Green contributor Brianna Hairston won first-prize in the Pastries and Sweets category for her red velvet cupcakes. In the Native Drinks category three of Peggy Smith’s drinks again tied for first prize – sorrel, ginger beer and fruit punch.

Attention CAHS - Parents and guardians of students attending the Charlotte Amalie High School are advised of Report Card distributions for grades 10, 11, and 12. Ther is an Open House today from 1:00 pm to 3:10 pm

Ivanna Eudora Kean School will distribute report cards today.  from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Cafeteria.

Ulla Muller Elementary School, Ms. Symra Dee Brown, advises parents and guardians of the scheduled report card distribution for the third marking period. Parents are encouraged to pick up report cards tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19, 2011 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and again from 1:00 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.

Joint Board of Elections is meeting at 10:30 AM at the Battery St. John. POSTPONED

The Virgin Islands Police Department informs the public of a temporary street closure in Frederiksted town today. Custom House Street between King and Queen Street will be temporarily closed to allow heavy equipment to demolish a rubble wall. Why The wall is threatening a large Baobab tree. Plans call for reconstructing the wall later in a way that does not threaten the tree. The destruction has been permitted by the Historic Preservation Committee.

UVI Theatre has their main stage production of “Old Story Time,” by Trevor D. Rhone, at the Reichhold Center. Last show is tonight.   Tickets for “Old Story Time” are available from the Reichhold Center call 693-1559.

ICC business offices on all islands will have restricted hours today as employees participate in companywide meetings.  In Tutu Park Mall the office will open at 10:00 AM.  On St. John the ICC office will open at 11:00 AM and on St. Croix the office will close at 11:00 AM and reopen at 1:00 PM.

Coastal Zone Management Commission St. Thomas is having a decision meeting regarding plans for the Caribbean Cultural Center on Parcels 2 and 13 of Careening Point St. Thomas
BUZZ Media, a student-led media group, will launch its latest product, a collection of literary and visual works created by UVI students in the form of a book entitled: “Perspectives: A Collection of UVI Voices” from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, at the Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library on the St. Thomas campus.
A faculty colloquium featuring Dr. David Gould reporting on his sabbatical and Margin for Excellence Grant project is scheduled for 1 to 2 p.m. today  on UVI’s St. Thomas campus. It will take place in Business Education Room B110.  Dr. Gould’s project was a translation of the Middle English poem “Pearl.” “Pearl” is one of the most intricate and beautiful poems in the English language; unfortunately it is written in a dialect of Middle English which is practically unintelligible to the modern reader. This translation is designed to make the poem accessible to a wider audience. The presentation will include background information on the project and recitation of substantial portions of the poem. It is forthcoming from the University Press of America.

Mogul Richard Branson has a spare Caribbean island that he's planning to turn over to some of the world's most endangered species. The billionaire plans to create a colony of lemurs on the undeveloped island in the British Virgin Islands. The primates are rapidly disappearing from their native Madagascar, and Branson has secured permission to import 30 of the animals. He hopes to eventually have more than a dozen species of lemurs on Moskito Island.
"Maybe in time we could find one or two other islands in the world, preferably bigger islands, so that if Madagascar continues to destroy their habitat, the lemurs will at least survive somewhere on the planet," Branson tells AP. Critics, however, fear that the omnivorous lemurs will wipe out native wildlife. A biologist who has worked in the area for decades calls Branson's plan a "horrible idea," charging that introducing exotic species into any environment never works. Branson plans to meet with scientists opposed to the project and find ways to address their concerns.



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