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CRUISE LINES BENEFIT FROM TAX LAWS, LOBBYING

Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise ship company, earned $2 billion in profits over the last three years but paid less than 1 percent in income taxes, the New York Times reported Friday. The report details legal advantages enjoyed by foreign cruise lines and their increasingly powerful lobbying efforts.

TURNBULL STILL HAS CONFIDENCE OF THE PEOPLE

Thursday's news conference presented a jocular, candid and comfortable chief executive to the people of the Virgin Islands — a governor who, after a month and a half in office, still enjoys the goodwill of his constituents.

HEALTH INSURANCE BOARD TO MEET FEB. 22

The Health Insurance board of trustees will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in the Government Employees Retirement System conference room.

OPPOSITION SURFACES TO RAISING HEAD TAX

The cruise ship industry is gearing up to fight Sen. Roosevelt David's proposal to add $2.50 to the $7.50 fee now collected on each cruise-ship passenger entering St. Thomas.

ROSALIA PAYNE TO BE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

Rosalia Payne will replace Valaria Wheatley as superintendent of schools for the St. Thomas-St. John district. The appointment is expected to be announced today.

LUELLA DANIEL, ICM FOUNDER, DIES

Luella A. Wallace-Daniel, 90, a founding member of the territory’s Independent Citizens Movement, died Feb. 16. Daniel was also instrumental in obtaining John Brewer’s Beach for the people of the Virgin Islands.

VETERANS: WE ARE IGNORED

“Nobody cares about veterans in the Virgin Islands” was the overwhelming testimony at a Senate hearing Thursday night on the status of veterans' affairs here. Their evidence: the lack of statistics on the number of veterans in the territory.

TURNBULL NAMES CABINET

There were no big surprises in the final Cabinet appointments revealed at Gov. Charles W. Turnbull's press conference Thursday. But two Cabinet members remain unnamed: Labor commissioner and Police commissioner.

OUR POPULATION IS GRAYING

We hold public hearings each year on the needs of the elderly, notes Catherine L. Mills, but as a community we have done little to meet those needs. Meanwhile, the number of older residents is mushrooming, along with their needs. We need to start planning and acting now.

BARNACLE BUSINESS

Responsible merchants provide parking for their workers and patrons, writes Kirk Grybowski. At least, that's the way it's supposed to work -- but it doesn't always work that way in the Virgin Islands.

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