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UVI preparing Future global leaders

It's 81° Fahrenheit  27.2 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
82% humidity. Under Partly Cloudy Skies
Wind out of the East at 8 MPH.   
Barometric Pressure is 29.91 and rising
We had .25  inches of rain in the last 24 hours
Water temp: 81° in LimeTree Bay St. Thomas and 84 in Christiansted harbor
Doppler radar shows: showers leaving our area - Satellite Photo Shows: clearing skies

The national weather forecast calls for Variably cloudy skies with isolated showers in the morning...then mostly cloudy with scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs around 83. Breezy East winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent

Today is Wednesday May 18- we welcome: Allure of the Seas to Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal

At the top of the news on Wednesday May 18   

Governor John DeJongh got a briefing on the St Croix  odors yesterday as the new Unified Command reports on  real time data from air quality sensors. They are trying to pin point the source of the smells. The Governor says the main concern is the health of residents. The Governor says there may be fines and assessments for the organizations that are making the smells. The Unified Command was formed on Saturday with staff from Department of Planning and Natural Resources, National Guard, Department of Health, the Fire Service hazardous materials team along with the Environmental Protection Agency.  They are systematically and scientifically investigating the odors using air quality monitoring stations from mid island to Frederiksted. HOVENSA says they were the cause of one of the smells, Diageo may have caused one of  the smells, but the third is still a mystery. Senate Committee of the Whole is meeting on St Croix today to investigate the smells.

Senate action as the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to raise the motor vehicle rental surcharge from $2 to $3.75. - That should raise about 1.2 million earmarked for education. The senators approved funding veterans funerals with $50,000 and a third bill would spend $300,000 for a vendors plaza on St John.

UVI is training future global leaders. Thirty-one students from colleges and universities across the Caribbean will spend the next two weeks mapping out their lives. They have been chosen to attend the 17th annual Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders in the Caribbean at the University of the Virgin Islands’ St. Thomas Campus. They got some insight from Cheryl Benton, deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of Public Affairs at the U.S. State Department. She said they needed to be grounded in faith and connected to family in order to function effectively in the international arena.  She called it “the most difficult and dynamic environment” they could work in. Benton said her work at State has been “the most transforming time of my life.”

Volunteers are still needed for part two of UVI's 2011 Alumni phone-a-thon, from May 23-26 on the St. Thomas Campus. Volunteers are needed to make calls, process paperwork and to help organize call sheets from 5:30 to 9 p.m. nightly. This phone-a-thon will target people who attended UVI or the College of the Virgin Islands for 12 months, but did not graduate. The message - Send money.

Police officials are adopting a "zero tolerance" policy during this year's "Click It or Ticket" campaign. They want to increase seat belt use to 87 percent and cut down on the number of traffic-related deaths. From now through June  police officers will be "out in force" monitoring for seat belt violations using checkpoint and saturated patrols. Police Chief Rodney Querrard said "If law enforcement finds you unbuckled, you can expect to get a ticket, not a warning. There will be no excuses and no exceptions."

The Department of Human Services,  Division of Children and Families will celebrate Foster Care month this month. The Foster and Adoptive Parent Association is holding special presentations and fund raising events across the Territory to heighten foster care awareness. The theme is ‘A Time for Change, A Time for Recognition’ Public venues will be decorated with Blue ribbon representing a child in foster care. There are approximately 124 children in foster care and 56 foster families throughout the territory.  You could be a foster parent, call the Department of Human Services.

The  Mother's Against Guns and Jason Carroll memorial fund are hosting the annual Walk/Run against gun violence. The Walk Run is Sunday May 22 at 4:00 PM at the Coast Guard Dock. For More Information Call 775-9337.

Board of Education is considering changing the requirements for graduation. The public is invited to come to Public Hearings on St Croix Vocational Complex  from 6 to 9 PM. For More Information call 719-7978.

Ivanna Eudora Kean School - Music department is holding the Annual Spring Concert called "The Rhythm of Spring" Thursday May 19 at 7 o'clock at the cafeteria.  The concert will feature a variety of musical groups and genres ranging from jazz, classical, gospel, hiphop and calypso. Tickets are available now for $10 for adults and $5 for children.

This is Police week. On St Croix today is  Police Retiree’s Day Open House from noon to 4 o'clock  at the Ancilmo Marshall Command, in Christiansted. And there is Swinging to the Oldies and Goodies at 7 pm at the Violet Damidaux Pavilion with food and drinks on sale. On St. Thomas today the police will Feed the Homeless at the  retired police officer building - the former USO building  on the waterfromt - they are ther today from 11:00 Am to 3:00 PM  and  they have a BBQ Night at the same site from 6 to 10 PM.  Stop today and thank a police officer for their work.

Hearty Congratulations to Adam Kloper, a 14-year veteran teacher at the Ulla Muller Elementary School is the territory’s 2010 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for 2011. Janette smith Barry said, “This prestigious award is given annually to K-12 math and science teachers across the United States who make outstanding contributions to their students and schools.” Mr. Kloper is amongst 85 Mathematics/Science teaching professionals selected this year. Kloper holds a B.A. in elementary education from the University of the Virgin Islands and an M.S. in education with a specialization in middle grades mathematics from Walden University.

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