US Virgin Islands
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Turnbull Turns Panther
Reynaldo Turnbull the Virgin Islander pro football player has just signed a two year deal with the Carolina Panthers. After he was released over the weekend by the New Orleans Saints in a cost cutting move. Turnbull gets a shot as a new position as outside linebacker, a $400-thousand signing bonus with his new team and will be reunited with former Saints assistant coaches Vic Fangio and Dom Capers, now coach of the Panthers. Turnbull said about these latest developments “money isn’t all that’s important, but I’m a lot happier now than I was two or three days ago.”
Current Conditions in Paradise:
Temperature: 80 Degrees Water Temp: 72 Degrees Skies: Occasional Cloud Chance of Rain: 70%: Beach and Swimming : Partly cloudy Sailing and Diving : Choppy Drinks: Hot Bush Tea
Officials from the office of V.I. Delegate to Congress, Dr. Donna Christian Green told about 150 Montserratians how they can get their relatives at home on a fast track for a U.S. visitor’s visa. Former Senator George Goodwin said friends and relatives here are bringing completed applications with photographs and passports to the delegates office. They could have those applications processed in as little as one week’s time meanwhile the Montserratian Red Cross is starting to send the names of families seeking sponsors in the Virgin Islands. Some of those names were read at a meeting of the Montserrat Association held Sunday evening at Victors New Hideout on St. Thomas.
Afternoon on the Green
Rain could not dampen the spirits of some 500 Virgin Islanders attending the annual UVI Afternoon on the Green festivities Sunday. This year’s event was declared a “founder’s feast by organizers” and there was a lot of feasting. Many prizes were handed out for soups, casseroles and desserts. There was singing, dancing and entertainment on the green. Even V.I. delegate to congress, Dr. Donna Christian Green, perhaps inspired by sightly grounds and an occasional lightning flash led the crowd into an eclectic slide.
Virgin Islands Parks Superintendant Francis Peltier was today named the new Associated Regional Director for Park Operations and Education. That gives him responsibility for all 62 national park sites in the Southeastern United States. Russel Berry Jr. Has been named the new Virgin Islands Park Superintendant. He’s leaving the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina here to assume his new responsibilities
Meanwhile British Virgin Islanders living in the USVI were advised of pending changes to the belonger citizen status at home. Issues surrounding belonger status were presented to about 50 British Virgin Islanders and their descendants by the League of British Virgin Islanders at the Legislature building Sunday afternoon. Many ex-patriots expressed concern for their children and grandchildren’s citizenship rights, property rights, and voting rights. Those wishing to express their concerns have until Monday afternoon to do so. Fax those comments to Gerard Ferara Chairman of the Committee on belonger status at 809-494-4834 or they can be mailed to Ferara’s law office on Main Street in Road Town
There’s a town meeting 6:30 Monday at the Anna’s Retreat Community Center. Its the second such forum sponsored by Delegate to Congress Dr. Donna Christian Green. Citizens are invited to bring issues of concern. The St. John Lion’s Club meets at Fred’s in Cruz Bay 6 p.m. Tuesday The Department of Education announces registration for adult education programs today at the Charlotte Amalie High School from 8 am to 5 pm. Evening registration will be Tuesday September 2 at 6 pm. The governor’s re-roofing program comes to St. John August 26. Homeowners are invited to Boulon Center from 9am to 4:30 pm to hear more and ask questions. The V.I. Port Authority governing board meets Thursday on St. John 10 am at the Local Culinary in Cruz Bay