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Brass-O-Rama Goes to 17 Plus
At last nights brass-o-Rama the bands fought it out over who was the top brass band of this carnival year. Second runner up is Positive Image Band, first runner up is Imaginations Brass and this year’s top brass band in the brass-o-Rama is 17 Plus.
Today’s Photo: Seventeen Plus Winning the Brass-O-Rama
Current Conditions in Paradise:
Temperature: 81 Degrees at 11 AM Skies: Sunny, Occasional Cloud Chance of Showers: Slight to 10%: Water Temp: Perfect Whale Watch: No Whales spotted in Virgin Islands Waters Beach and Swimming Conditions: Perfect Sailing and Diving Conditions: World Class! Drinks: Ready for You!
Carnival Queen is a Cover Girl
Tynell Frances, our Carnival queen is on the cover of Carribeat magazine which is a newspaper supplement of the New York Daily News. Local Photographer Bob Coats caught Tynell in her carnival merriment and the cover story includes a lot of positive press about our Carnival for these New York readers. They quote Willard John saying we have perfected the Mocko Jumbie to a point of perfection – unique to the Virgin Islands.
UVI announces Graduation Speaker.
The University has announced this years graduation speakers. Local born Wilma A. Lewis the US attorney for District of Columbia will speak May 16th on St. Thomas. On St. Croix, the graduation speaker is the Nigerian Nobel Prize winner Wole Soynika who lives in exile from his native Nigeria.
Delegate Speaks Up for Re-Insurance
Our delegate was before the House Banking committee asking for them to pass her bill to create new government backed windstorm reinsurance. She says we had 60 years without a major storm and hurricane Hugo devastated the territory and took with it the affordable windstorm insurance. Bill H.R. 219 would provide for reinsurance of the state insurance programs.
Two Navy Ships for Weekend
We have visitors coming from the US Navy. The guided missile destroyer USS Ramage and the USS Halyburton, are here in St. Thomas while a French LTD ship is in St. Croix through Monday.
UVI Honors the Best
UVI will Honor 78 employees for their dedicated service at 2 PM today. Four of the honorees have served the university for 30 years. Oliver N. Herbert, Gilbert Sprauve, Noreen Stout and Malcolm Kirwan all have served for 30 years. The Honor Society has an induction for 42 new members at 6:30 PM in the Cafeteria.
Visitors from State Legislatures
There is a breakfast meeting at Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef today where the members of our Legislature are meeting with the members of the Eastern Regional Council of State Governments. They are sharing ideas, and problem solving about state legislature issues.
Roy Jackson says Government Development Bank will help all Districts
The acting president of the Government Development Bank responded to criticism that the Bank will only help St. Thomas. Roy D. Jackson says the bank is open to everyone on all islands of the Virgin Islands. Jackson also pointed out that there are one million dollars in development funds just for St. Croix at the St. Croix Foundation, so there is no shortage of development funds for that island.
Firefighters Complete Training
Our firefighters have just completed a two day training program in wild land fire operations. According to Ariel E. Lugo director of the International Institute of Tropical Forestry commended Carlton Dowe and the whole Fire Service for developing this training program.
Farmers To Be Checked
Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture will conduct an inspection of farms that are claiming the Farmland Tax Exemption to make sure they are all meeting the criteria for the tax exemption.
Clean Up Coming to Coast Guard Dock
The Port Authority announced that they are engaging in a clean up of the area around the Coast Guard Dock. All abandoned vehicles, boats and other material must be removed by Monday of this coming week.
Head Start Registration
Head Start is recruit for the next school year. If your child is between 3 and 4 years 9 months, they can get in Head Start. Register at the Head Start Centers or at the Knud Hansen Complex
Students at Evelyn Marcelli School have a national on-line read in. The students will have access to award winning authors on-line with the Internet and be able to ask questions in a discussion of literature. Lockhart School Walk-a-thon is Saturday at 7:00 AM at the Grand Union Parking Lot Renaissance Grand Beach Resort announces a special rate for local residents today through May 4th for Carnival. Parents: For National Immunization Week there are free vaccinations for infants and toddlers at the Sunshine Mall 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM The Veterans Councilor is on St. Croix at Estate Richmond until 2:00 PM – For National Library Week the Petersen Library has a raffle drawing today. 6:00 PM – Police Benevolent Association will meet April 24th at 1800 at Castle Coakley 7:00 PM – Nevis Benevolent Society has their monthly meeting at the Legislative Conference Room at 7:00 PM 8:00 PM It’s Teen Night on St. Croix at the Drug Free Night at the Sequence Night Club in Vila La Reine Shopping Center from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM Ivanna Eudora Kean School Choraliers Alumni and Guest Choirs alumni concert is May 24th Gypsy Troupe will meet at 5:30 PM at American Legion Hall in Crown Bay 8:00 PM – Calypso Revue One 8:00 P.M. Lionel Roberts Stadium – Live on WSTA tonight.