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Tourism Department Embraces Holiday Spirit, Invites Public to Community Events

The V.I. Department of Tourism (DOT) is spreading holiday cheer and welcomes the public to participate in community events throughout…

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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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The Bookworm: 'A Boy Called Christmas'

If your child is in need of something to get into the holiday mood, then here’s a great early-Christmas gift. “A Boy Called Christmas” is a book they’ll never leave.

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2016-12-07 21:09:19
DutchTeam Wins Carlos Aguilar Match Race

Olympic match racing star Renée Groeneveld and her Dutch team won the Carlos Aguilar Match Race in the waters off St. Thomas, their first-ever Women's International Match Racing Series event. 

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2016-12-07 13:00:02
Lieutenant Governor Visits Stateside Prisons Housing V.I. Inmates

Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter and Bureau of Corrections Director Rick Mullgrav last week visited the Saguaro Correctional Facility in Arizona, which houses 63 inmates from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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2016-12-06 21:21:17
Local government — St. Croix
DELEGATE MEETS WITH TRADE REPRESENTATIVE ON BANANA ISSUE

V.I. Delegate to Congress Donna Christian-Christensen, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and other members of Congress met Thursday with U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky to discuss solutions to the Caribbean banana controversy.
"I am very encouraged, to see how far USTR has come," Christensen said. "We were all encouraged by Ambassador Barshefsky's repeated statements of support for preferences for Caribbean bananas in the European market, and their intention to pursue its continuance as they seek to resolve the broader areas of dispute with the European Union (EU)."
The V.I. Delegate has cosponsored a bill with Waters to prevent retaliation against the European Union for protecting Caribbean banana growers and has pledged her commitment to work with the CBC to find a solution that will benefit the Caribbean region.
"On the issue of the Lome Convention and its expiration in 2003, we were also reassured in that she also voiced strong support for any effort to continue preferences if that was a part of the re-negotiated agreement," Christensen said.
Christensen Waters and Rangel will continue to be involved in negotiations between the USTR and EU on behalf of and with representatives of the involved Caribbean countries.

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