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Cruise Ship News - Carnival valor at Havensight Dock

At the top of the news on AUGUST 19 Monday

Governor John DeJongh called the Legislature into a special session tomorrow to consider three urgent proposals.  One of the would authorize the PFA to issue Revenue Refunding Bonds for cash flow relief in 2014, the second would finance a settlement with the Internal Revenue Service following their audit of Public Finance Authority Revenue Bonds, and the third bill would appropriate $5 million to the Department of Justice to fund litigation with HOVENSA in the coming year.  The governor expects litigation with HOVENSA to stretch over seven years and cost $15 million dollars.

Meanwhile how much fuel does HOVENSA have on hand at the wholesale fuel rack?  They dropped the price of regular gasoline by 4 cents and premium by 7 cents but no word when the remaining fuel will run out at the wholesale rack.  No word when gas will run out on St Croix as dealers scramble to find alternative supplies.

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. congratulated four Virgin Islands companies today on new grants from the Rural Energy for America Program. 631 projects across the nation will be funded by the Department of Agriculture. The idea is to help farmers and rural small business owners reduce energy costs by employing renewable energy technologies. US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the REAP winners including the four Virgin Islands firms: Two Plus Two, getting $26,000 for energy efficiency improvements; Sunny Isle Developers won $11,168 for energy efficient lighting; Stowaway Self Storage, will receive $20,000 and Legacy Restaurants, will receive $18,000, to install solar photovoltaic systems.

The Department of Education launched of the Virgin Islands Virtual Information System. This is a collaborative effort between government and private sector to collect relevant childhood, educational and workforce data on our population. We are ahead of the nation on this one.,  The project will allow better decision making and policy making. The system will track and store data on each child in the territory from birth to adulthood and bring together relevant data across the whole government. The government will assign each child in the territory a unique ID at birth that will follow through their life and collect their data through life and store it in a centralized data warehouse. Then legally mandated key users to view the protected data while other stakeholders will be able to summary reports. The idea is to use predictive analytics to identify current and future trends and help identify what programs work and what programs need to be changed. That's the idea

Our guys won – in front of a sold-out crowd at Antilles School's Mark C. Marin Center Saturday, 340 Boxing's John Jackson, Julius Jackson and Samuel Rogers dominated in the "Boxing in Paradise VI" ring -- posting big wins in what could be their final fight together in the territory.
Two knockouts and a harrowing eight-round fight to the finish for John Jackson – our guys won.
Sam Rogers' climbed in the ring at 10:19 pm, knocked out his opponent and was talking to the media 10:36 Rogers won by way of knock out 1:26 into the second round.
Julius Jackson, took out Julius Fogle with a knockout in the first round.
John Jackson’s fight went the full eight rounds, And Jackson was declared the winner by unanimous decision.  Saturday's fight paid tribute to Emile Griffith. 340 Boxing was presented with Griffith's fighting robe and gloves by Griffith's son Luis R. Griffith, who said he hoped the gift would help inspire local boxers to reach for their hopes and dreams and "find achievement in boxing."

Tonight on TV, on the travel Channel watch “Bizarre Foods America” This one is about St. Croix. It's called “St. Croix, USVI: Bull's Feet in Paradise” airing nationally this evening at 9 pm. They are calling St. Croix, one of the world’s premier cultural and culinary escapes. Host Andrew Zimmern visits St. Croix, talks about our cattle, land crabs,  and shell fish. On the menu are: bull foot soup, shellfish liver, conch roti and breadfruit tostones.” The show airs on the travel Channel on this evening at 9 PM

School is coming and All new 9th graders will report to CAHS to take photographs for their school identification cards Bring a photocopy of their updated immunization record and pay $42 total. If you don’t want accident insurance bring a copy of an insurance card under which they are covered.
Students must wear the uniform shirt.
Tomorrow Tuesday August 20 : 8:00 a.m. last names A-F and at noon last names G-M
Wednesday, August 21th: 8:00 a.m. last names N-S and at noon last names T-Z
Thursday, August 22nd: 8:00 a.m. for all new students who need to purchase a permanent school ID.

Rain can’t stop the Carnival or the fishing at the Open Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament – known as the ‘Boy Scout Tournament’. The 28-boat fleet released a total of 36 blue marlin for the day on Sunday. The team aboard Casca Dura, ended the day at the top of the leader board with four blue marlin releases. And Wave Paver, from Florida  and new to Virgin Islands waters, finished the day in second also with four blue marlin releases – three of them released before Noon. Fishing continues today.

They came, they ate and their tongues burned - or not - depending on which of the 70 chili concoctions they tasted. More than 5,000 people jammed Brewer’s Beach - Sunday for the annual Texas Society Chili Cookoff. 70 entries, 90 judges, four hours of tasting and sampling.  The Chili Appreciation Society International Category gives the winner points toward a national championship. First place went to Ron Baker of Texas who, ironically, won his trip here by winning the Cowtown Chili event in Ft. Worth, Texas. Second place to Lori Abbotts, third to Rob Carlin, fourth: Wendy LaFranchise and fifth: Heidi Erwig. In the local beef category: Ric Weaver won. Local Vegetarian Category: June Smith Wyatt took first place. Large Showmanship Category Betsy’s Bar won and first place and in the Small Showmanship Category the winner was Pinups in Paradise's Peppery Perfection.

Our virtue of the week is Cleanliness – it means washing often, keeping your body clean and wearing clean clothes.  It is putting into your body and your mind only the things that keep you healthy.  It is staying free from harmful drugs. It is cleaning up mistakes and making a fresh start.
You are practicing cleanliness when you ...
*   Keep your body fresh and clean
*   Put things away after you use them
*   Help keep your home neat and clean
*   Put only healthful things into your body
*   Use clean language
*   Clean up your mistakes
Say this Affirmation: I keep my mind and body healthy and clean. I put my things and life in order.  I am willing to clean up my mistakes.


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