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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
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Science "Rock Stars" to Tour Territory

Piloting submarines, scuba diving the world over, and jetting across continents a la James Bond, David Guggenheim is no nerd. Guggenheim, aka the Ocean Doctor, will be in the territory next week as part of a new program to encourage V.I. students to consider the sciences as a profession.
“Students need good examples of why science is really a very exciting and challenging field,” Guggenheim said. “We’ve lost some of the connection that science is really cool .… Kids usually agree that scientist are nerds and misfits.”
Entitled the Celebrity Scientist Tour, the program brings high-profile scientists to the territory—from such disciplines as marine biology, pharmaceutical research, physics, social sciences and engineering.
Kicking off the tour, Guggenheim will embark on an ambitious schedule of presentations next week at Country Day School, Central High School and the Education Center on St. Croix, before coming to speak at several schools on St. Thomas, where he'll also give a public presentation at Coral World at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 23.
A bona-fide celebrity scientist, Guggenheim is at the forefront of science and influencing policies that protect the Earth’s oceans and has served as the vice president of the Ocean Conservancy. He is now is heading up conservationist initiatives as the leader of 1Planet1Ocean.
Guggenheim explained that when he was growing up, science was a top choice among students, especially space science with the advent of the space program.
Space for Guggenheim’s presentation at Coral World is limited, and those who wish to attend should call 340-693-1239 or send an email to ndrayto@uvi.edu.
The Celebrity Scientist Tour is sponsored by Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) with funds from the National Science Foundation, according to program coordinator Nicolas Drayton.
A major goal of VI-EPSCoR is to increase the number of V.I. students entering into the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines, by strengthening their interest, research skills and intellectual development.
For more information about the tour, Guggenheim’s appearance, or to get a school involved in the tour, contact Drayton at 340-693-1239 or ndrayto@uvi.edu.

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