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Today is VI Emancipation Day! To commemorate this historic day when the St. Croix's African population revolted in 1848, the History, Culture and Tradition Foundation, led by Mary L. Moorhead held a fort to fort this MORNING and the Emancipation Coalition on St. Thomas celebrated Emancipation Garden.  Coming up 11 a.m. its traditional food and music at Buddhoe Park followed by an Emancipation commemoration program at 4 p.m. and on Sunday, July 7, its horse racing the Randall "Doc" James Racetrack.

A recent study by research scientists from the University of Florida’s Departments of Epidemiology and Medicine and the University of the Virgin Islands says rising temperature and coral reef disturbances have not contributed to an increase in Ciguatera fish poisoning in the US VI as was previously feared. Using new telephone survey data and an analysis of emergency room records – they compared the recent incidence of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning in St. Thomas to a similar survey conducted in 1980, they were surprised to find that the annual incidence of poisoning among adults is estimated at 12 per 1,000 residents, compared to 14 per 1,000 residents in 1980. They also noted a drop in emergency room visits from 18 to six per 1,000 residents.  UVI’s Dr. Tyler Smith, a research assistant professor of marine science, who participated in the study, called the findings “a great surprise.” The study was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of Maryland and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Charlotte Amalie High School is reissuing diplomas and pocket-diplomas for the class of 2013. According to a release, diplomas issued during last week's graduation ceremony on St. Thomas were printed prior to the resignation of the former Education Commissioner and currently bear her name and signature.  New diplomas are currently being re-printed to reflect a change in the signature line. CAHS says it is mandatory that the 2013 graduates return the old diplomas, receive the new diplomas. The administrators and staff at CAHS thank the public for their patience and apologize for any inconvenience caused. For more information, please call the school at (340) 774-0780.

The Senate Finance Committee continued hearing budget requests. They heard from the Acting Commissioner of the Department of Education, Donna Frett-Gregory who wants an estimated one hundred and fifty seven million for her department.  That’s 3 percent less than what was requested last year.  The proposed budget allocates more than 91 million for staffing needs. It would also mean that the current 2, 206 employees whose salaries are paid from the General Fund will be maintained.

Students entering the 11th and 12th grades have another opportunity to improve on their math and verbal skills through the College and Career Readiness Initiative being sponsored by Senator Clifford Graham.  For four hours a day, from 8 am to 12 noon, Monday to Friday, students will receive instructions in Math and English at the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, Charlotte Amalie High School or the University Bound on UVI’s St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. The good news: there is still space available. For more information on how your son or daughter could be involved, call 693 3513.

In other Summer Camp New, here comes the Senator Alicia “Chuky” Hansens’ 2013 Strong Foundation Summer Camp from July 8 – August 15. This six week camp is open to children between the ages of 6 and 12 and the good news is: there is still time to register. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a number of activities including: arts and craft, music, martial arts and more.  Get your registration in by FRIDAY, JULY 5th .Call 712-2269 for more information.

She’s only 13-year-old, but Virgin Islands swimmer Sasha Klein is making big waves as she gets ready to represent our territory at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem, Israel, from July 17 to 31. Klein attends Antilles School, is a member of the St. Thomas Swimming Association’s Stingrays and is the top female swimmer in her age group and the current record holder in the Girls 13-14, 50-meter freestyle. She is the first female athlete to qualify from the Virgin Islands and the only athlete representing our territory in 2013 at the games. While in Jerusalem, she will present a letter from our Governor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with greetings from the people of the Virgin Islands to the people of Israel, and a territorial flag "as a symbol of our abiding respect and friendship."    The Maccabiah Games, originally established in 1932, are held every four years, in the year following the Olympics, for the best Jewish athletes from around the world.  More than 7,000 athletes are expected to participate in the 19th Maccabiah Game

Caribbean Covenant Ministries will be hosting its 23rd Annual Conference TODAY through- Sunday at Living Word Family Ministries located in Smith Bay across from Lindquist Beach under the theme is "Advancing the Kingdom of God in The Earth". Day sessions run from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm and night sessions start at 7:30 pm.  Guest Speakers from the United States and the Caribbean along with other powerful local speakers. The prophetic, healing and deliverance ministries will be in operation as the word of God is proclaimed. Come expecting a miracle. Free admission!
For information, please call Apostle Gladstone Hazel at (340) 344-9211 or (340) 774-5400.

Here’s some news from WAPA! They will host a two-day event to kick off its VI-energize Service beginning on July 12 at the University of the Virgin Islands.  They will introduce you to WAPA’s Path to saving initiative – basically, ways of restricting energy and water usage and will connect you with the VI-energize services network. There will be interactive displays and demonstrations, a free vendor and energy fair and everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call 774-3552 ext 2050

Summer time means Mango Melee time – 17 years and counting! The 2013 Mango Melee and Tropical Fruit Festival kicks off this Sunday, July 7th at the St. George Village Botanical Garden on te Big Island – St. Croix. .  This year, the Breadfruit family takes center stage along with over 60 varieties of mangos and an array of other tropical fruits. There will be workshops and demonstrations, interactive contests including the Mango dis and Mango dat competition, quadrille dances and lots of musical entertainment.  This year, you will have the chance to dunk your favourite senator or media personality. For more information, call 692-2874 or 692-4060.

Here’s your opportunity to be in a movie!  You’ve heard about TIMELESS – the movie being filmed locally. Well, they will be filming a carnival scene on Mainstreet this Sunday, July 7th. They are in need of extras to play parade spectators. Call time will be 12pm.  For more information call 642 7213

Also taking place on Sunday -Tell – Tale Pictures of St. John needs you for talent for an upcoming Scotia Bank Commercial.  If you are West Indian or Hispanic between the age of 20 and 60 you just might be who they are looking for. They are also looking for children between the age of 2 and 6. Whole families are welcome. Get this!  This is a paid opportunity.  Casting takes place this Sunday, July 7th from 3 – 5pm at the American Yacht Harbor Marina in Redhook.  For more information call 714 2868

The festival continues on St. John:  Taking the stage tonight at the St. John Festival 2013 will be: Spectrum Band, Kes the band and Small Axe out of St. Kitts. Tomorrow, Marsvyn David – After the Parade, Ah We Band, Cool Sessions Brass, Roy Cape and Blaxx featuring Benji, Denise Belfon and Patrice Roberts will entertain. The organizers of the St. John Festival 2013 invite you to “Come out and explore the culture scene for Festival 2013!

we at the GOOD NEWS HEADLINES wishes everyone a very happy Emancipation Day today

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