US Virgin Islands
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UVI to Start Computer Sciences
At the Board of Trustees of UVI meeting over the weekend, the university announced that it will begin offering a four year computer sciences program leading to a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences. The university also reported that the financial crisis is getting better as they are seeking to grow the institution. Dr Kean said the university wants to add additional international students and they changed the mission statement to include the Caribbean region and the whole United States. And Dr. Kean also said the dorm on St. Croix should be ready to use in January of this coming year.
Current Conditions in Paradise:
Temperature: 82 Degrees at 2 PM Skies: Sunny, Occasional Cloud Chance of Showers: Slight to 20%: Water Temp: Perfect Whale Watch: 10 Whales spotted in Virgin Islands Waters Beach and Swimming Conditions: Perfect Sailing and Diving Conditions: World Class! Drinks: Ready for You!
America’s Cup Challenge Team wins in California
Peter Holmberg showed his winning colors in San Diego over the last week winning the Congressional Cup in Match races against many of the teams he will face in the America’s Cup. Holmberg’s team of local guys John Cutler, and Morgan Avery beat teams from Germany, France and New Zealand to take top spot in the races. Our Team’s a Winner!
Volunteers Needed at Magen’s Bay
The Magen’s Bay Authority and Save the Bay are calling for volunteers to come to Magen’s Bay and help water the 160 new trees that were recently planted in the Magen’s Bay Area. There is a meeting on Tuesday at Shed #1at Magen’s Bay.
The Virgin Islands , 13 states and two territories are getting a million dollars each for the next ten years as part of the tobacco settlement. The cash infusion comes from Liggett Tobacco Company Which has settled its part of the tobacco litigation. In the he law suit the states claimed that tobacco had caused them to pay for the health care of smokers. Liggett has agreed to pay a million dollars per year for ten years and the Virgin Islands is getting as much as each of the states even though our population is much smaller. The larger issue of the tobacco case is not yet settled and there is 368 billion dollars in that case. Attorney General Julio Brady Says it is a significant recovery and the case cost us very little for what we got.
Does St. John need More Water?
Senator Liburd is worried about the water shortage on St. John and he is asking WAPA to increase the production capacity for making water on St. John. Meanwhile WAPA says St. John water haulers can use the St. Thomas standpipe while repairs are being made on St. John. The Authority will reimburse water haulers for the barge trip to St. Thomas until the problems are solved.
Art on Display
Eric Winter and his protÈgÈ Randolph Maynard have an art show at Fort Christian Museum gallery and Eric has a show at the gallery in American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook. The show is open through the end of this month during the Museum hours. The CHAS Class of 83 has a hearty congratulations to Randolph Maynard who was a member of the CAHS Class of 83 and they are proud of his work.
Applications are available today for the Water Safety Certification Camp from Dept. Housing Parks and Recreation – Call Mr. Moorhead at 774-0255 registration is complete on May 12th. Federal Equal Opportunity Commission officials are in from NY to train the Dept of Labor in investigating employment discrimination. Department of Education has a nutrition workshop for all people interested in the child and adult food program. The program sponsors and centers March 16th from right now to 3:30 PM at the state office of Special nutrition. The program will be repeated on St. Croix on Wednesday March 18th at 9:00 AM in the Curriculum Center in Kingshill
Health and Cultural Expo Scheduled
The Governor is recognizing the good work of the Lions and Rotary Clubs in the Virgin Islands by declaring that the week from March 22 to 28 will be Health and Cultural Exposition Week in the Virgin Islands The service organization are combining their efforts to sponsor the health and culture Expo and the Governor urges everyone to get involved.
This is Red Cross Month.
This is Red Cross month. They have an infant CPR class on March 13th and again on the 28th. They are offering a first aid class March 14th There are lifeguard try-outs on March 15th, an introduction to disaster services on March 21st and Sports Safety class on March 21st. The spring blood drive is the week of March 22nd, and new Volunteer orientation is March 26th. The red Cross has an open house on March 28th.
Water Island Report
There was a meeting on Sunday in which the Interior Dept. explained their plans to demolish the remains of the old hotel. Construction teams are on island and as soon as the last permits are processed, demolition will begin. See, real news!