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St. John Festival Heats Up
Like the fireworks of Fourth of July it all builds to a climax and this years St. John Festival is roaring into high gear. Over the weekend, there were the Bike and Boat Races, Friday saw the opening of the Jane Johannes Village and the village is open for fun and music. Tonight it is Cool Sessions and Emphasis Band, Tuesday Cool Sessions and Fusion, Wednesday the Jam Band plays, Thursday its Imaginations and Violators and on Friday the 4th of July the bands are Fusion and Jam Band. From 7 PM – to 2AM
Current Conditions in Paradise:
Temperature: 84 Degrees Water Temp: 72 Degrees Skies: Crystal Clear, Occasional Cloud Chance of Rain: Less than 20%: Beach and Swimming : Perfect Sailing and Diving : Perfect Drinks: Ready
Senate will look at Hurricane Preparedness
Senate will meet today to look at Hurricane preparedness. Their two day agenda runs from morning through night. They will look into our community disaster loans, supplies in our shelters, emergency housing, progress putting utility lines underground, earthquake preparedness and emergency communication.
Holmberg Won in Italy
Our America’s Cup Skipper Peter Holmberg and his team John Cutler, Morgan Avery and Chris Curreri won the Trofeo Challenge. They took three out of five races for their first “Grade One” win ever. This is top level racing in the sailing world. Chalk up another one for our team. We got winners and they are going to win the America’s Cup too.
Democrats debate – To Work for Roy or Not to Work for Roy.
The Democratic Party adopted new by-laws that forbid party officials from working in the current government administration. There are voices on both side. Delegate Christian-Green says she agrees, the party and the administration must be separate, you can’t serve two masters. Meanwhile Mario DeChabert chimes in saying he is appalled, astonished and shocked that the party would prevent its members from working in the government. He says this is a rule like they have in a banana republic.
Election Reform Is Open to Debate
Election reform is the topic at a series of public hearings coming up next week. If you are interested in changing the way we select our public officials, the public hearings are July 9th on St. John at the Boulon Center, July 10th on St. Thomas at the Legislative Conference Room and on the 11th the public hearings are on St. Croix at the Legislative Conference Room.
Advi Awards Are In
The Virgin Islands Advertising Awards were announced over the weekend. Best of show went to Mock, LeBlanc Brown for the Discovery Isle disk based educational game produced by AT&T. The Best Radio Ad went to the Grant Group for the Virgin Islands Instant Lottery radio spot and the best video award was won by Joanne Newhart for her Digital Age Audio Visual production.
UVI has good news
UVI has good news. You know we have a water shortage and that the Virgin Islands periodically has dry spells. The Aquaponics research project at the university has examined growing food and fish in the same water. The fish called Tilapia and lettuce co-exist in a single tank of water. Like good friends, the fish and the lettuce help each other and by sharing water they conserve water.
- St. Thomas Rescue is holding elections today at 7:00 PM – for new officers. All members who are entitled to vote please come to Fort Christian.
- Two Scholarships available to students in the Islamic Community. These interest free loans are available up to $3,000 from a Saudi Arabian Bank. Contact Hiram Rasool Abiff at 774-6689
- Dept of Labor is seeking proposals to perform training under the Jobs training Partnership Act. To submit a proposal pick up an application at the Dept. of Labor Building on Kronprindsen Gade. There is a bidders conference June 30th on St. Croix at the Joint Council Office and on July 2nd at the Dept. of Labor Building Conference Room Completed Applications are due July 14th.
- Virgin Islands Resource Center for the Disabled is offering a free program for the simmer program for children with disabilities It begins July 7th and continues through August 8th Call 777-2253
Drug Hot Line
Police Counter Drug Operations have introduced a new drug hot line. To encourage residents to report drug activities that require a quick response. You can make a difference in helping the police stop drug activity. Write these numbers down; St. Thomas 774-1813, on St. Croix 773-5565
Water Island Report
We are trying to do an inventory of all persons on Water Island who have emergency telecommunications equipment. For the Territorial Emergency Communication Committee.