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Personnel Limits Group Health Insurance Office Hours During Most of October

The Group Health Insurance Office in both the St. Thomas and St. Croix Districts will only be open from 8…

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With schools across the territory getting ready for a Sept. 2 opening date, V.I. Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory told the community the Education Department is focused on "putting in the framework we need to support our students, our teachers and our administrators."

 
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Senate Cuts Governor's Budget, Restricts All Executive Spending

The V.I. Legislature voted Tuesday to cut the budget of the Office of the Governor by three-quarters for Fiscal Year 2015 and to limit the spending of outgoing administrations in transition years.

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2014-10-01 02:07:32
The Bookworm: What Happens After We Die?

What allows me to recommend “Glimpsing Heaven” is that it doesn’t profess to have the definitive answer to “What happens after we die?”It leaves readers to draw their own informed conclusions.

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2014-10-01 00:40:25
Government Health Insurance Renewed without Benefit Cuts

After diverting federal dollars to make up the funding deficit, the V.I. Legislature approved and Gov. John deJongh Jr. signed health insurance contracts for the upcoming year late Tuesday.

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2014-10-01 00:23:57
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V.I. Council on the Arts Announces Poetry Out Loud State Finals

The Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, organizes Poetry Out Loud (POL), which encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. POL seeks to foster the next generation of readers by capitalizing on the resurgence of poetry recitation and performance. The program focuses on poetry as an oral art form as reflected in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of rap music among youth.
On March 10, the top two winners from each participating high school in both school districts will participate in the POL State Competition at 6 p.m. at the Windward Passage Hotel. The winner of this competition will advance to the national finals, which will take place May 14-15 in Washington, D.C. V.I. Council on the Arts will award prizes and certificates to winners and participants.
On the national level a total of $50,000 will be awarded. The national champion will receive $20,000; the second-place winner will receive $10,000 and the third-place winner will receive $5,000. The fourth through ninth-place finalists will each receive $1,000 and their schools will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry books.
Each state champion will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals. The state champion’s school will also receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state will receive $100; his or her school will receive $200 for the purchase of poetry books.  

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