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STEERING TOWARD A COMPROMISE

Senators, cruise industry officials and retailers seem to be steering toward a compromise position on the head tax on cruise ship passengers embarking in St. Thomas.
This is a healthy development.

SEVEN NEW THEATERS ‘COMING SOON'

The sign on the front of the building going up at the new Market Square East — only a few thousands yards from the old drive-in movie in Donoe — says "Coming Soon" and it's true. By the end of June St. Thomas will have seven new state-of-the-art movie theaters.

TRASH THE ‘PLUM' POLITICS: ENTER TOURISM AUTHORITY

Events and promotions expert Steve Bornn offers the beginnings of a comprehensive plan for the success and management of the Virgin Islands tourism industry. And there will be more to come.

TESTIMONY FROM V.I. INSPECTOR GENERAL

Here is the testimony presented by the V.I. Inspector General at the Finance Committee hearing on the Financial Accountablity and Short Term Revenue Enhancement Act of 1999.

ISLAND MELEE GOES ONLINE

Island Melee, the weekly publication that takes a tongue-in-cheek look at life in the Virgin Islands, is now online. Publisher Paul Smith announced that The Island Melee Online is now available on the OnePaper Inc. network at www.onepaper.com/islandmelee.

FINANCE COMMITTEE POSTPONES VOTE ON FINANCIAL BILL

It may be a long haul to any kind of resolution and vote on the Financial Accountability and Short-Term Revenue Enhancement Act of 1999 reviewed Monday and Tuesday by the Senate Finance Committee. In the midst of protest and questions, the meeting scheduled Friday to review the amended bill has been postponed.

TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR PRINCIPALS

A Technology Leadership Institute for all public school principals in the St. Thomas/St.John district will take place on Friday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, May 15, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Curriculum Center in Tutu, St. Thomas.

TITLE VII PARENTS' CONFERENCE FOR BILINGUAL EDUCATION

The State and District Offices of the Bilingual/ESL Education Program will be conducting a Title VII Parents' Conference on Saturday, May 15, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Adelita Cancryn Junior High School.

BRINK'S GETS REPRIEVE AFTER SHUTDOWN

Brink's of Puerto Rico, closed down Friday by the government, reportedly is back in business, thanks to a temporary license. The shutdown had caused major problems for banks and other businesses that transport large amounts of cash.

MAIN STREET CLOSES WHILE MERCHANTS PROTEST

Main Street merchants closed their doors Tuesday afternoon and led a group of employees on a march to the Legislature to protest the $2.50 ocean carrier tax that is part of the Financial Accountability and Short-Term Revenue Enhancement Act of 1999 being considered by the Senate Finance Committee.

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