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VIPA Issues Advisory to Drivers Using CEKA Airport Road

Motorists are advised to exercise caution when traversing the Cyril E. King Airport Road due to ongoing road repairs.

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Three events are slated for the opening of the school year – V.I. Fathers Back to School Barbecue and Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 27; the Back to School Days of Prayer on Saturday , Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4; and the V.I. Fathers March on Sept. 6, the first day of school for public schools in the territory. Organizers are encouraging fathers to take their children back to school starting on the first day.

 
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Beach Advisory for January 17-20

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the following:

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2017-01-20 20:20:22
St. Thomas Starring in Upcoming HGTV Show

Two upcoming January episodes of the popular HGTV series “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” are expected to feature St. Thomas and several local professionals.

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2017-01-20 18:28:46
Democatic Party State Chairwoman Calls for Senator Elect to be Seated in Legislature

The Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands is concerned that more than one week after the 32nd Legislature has been sworn in, the seventh St. Thomas seat remains vacant.

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2017-01-20 17:42:32
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JAMES TO BOYCOTT GOV'T HOUSE GALA, RIPS TURNBULL

The rift between Gov. Charles Turnbull and Lt. Gov. Gerard Luz James II is now public, at least on the lieutenant governor’s part.
At a St. Croix press conference Wednesday that was scheduled to address the V.I. Community Bank-Chase Manhattan deal, James tore into his boss in front of a crowd of supporters and over the airwaves. In response to a reporter’s question, James confirmed that he would not be attending Sunday’s Government House rededication gala because he was allotted only 15 tickets.
"The rumors are certainly the truth," James said, adding that he could very easily use 100 tickets for family, friends and constituents. "I feel very much insulted and I am not going to hold my tongue."
James said the ticket issue was indicative of the "disrespect" that Turnbull’s support staff on St. Thomas has for St. Croix. While James said he wasn’t making his feelings known out of "rancor," he nonetheless blasted the governor for not being a decisive leader, intimating that Turnbull’s chief financial adviser, Rudolph Krigger Sr., among others, is running the government.
"I think the governor has a real serious problem with those individuals that surround him," James said, adding that he spoke to Turnbull about his plans not to attend the gala. "I’m not angry with the governor. I feel he needs to pull his shoestrings tight to move this territory ahead."

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The strain between the two men is reminiscent of the sour relationship that developed between former Gov. Roy Schneider and Lt. Gov. Kenneth Mapp and several of their predecessors. The spat between Schneider and Mapp got so bad that the two men hardly spoke to each other.
Compounding problems between Turnbull and James are their stands on the proposed sale of the V.I. Water and Power Authority. James said that during their campaign he and Turnbull promised not to sell the utility, yet the governor is now a proponent of the sale.
Meanwhile, James O’Bryan, an assistant to Turnbull, said he had no comment on the lieutenant governor’s comments "whatsoever."
He did say the ticket allotment for the Government House reopening was guided by the limited space in the building’s 400- to 500-capacity ballroom. He added that a standard procedure to allocate tickets was also used, with former governors, senators, judges and a host of other dignitaries all on the list.
"All you have to do is start doing the math and you’ll recognize the limitations," O’Bryan said.

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