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The Men hear – it is time to Man Up.   

It's 77°  Fahrenheit  23.9 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
76% humidity. Clear Skies
Wind out of the East North East at 12 mph.
Barometric pressure is 30.05
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had Point 11 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: scattered showers  
Satellite Photo Shows: Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for Variably cloudy with scattered showers. Breezy. Highs 85 lower elevations ranging to 75 higher elevations. East winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

On this Wednesday February 9 we welcome :
At Havensight  Dock Solstice, Norwegian Pearl  Poesia
At Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: Eurodam. Allure of the Seas

UVI President opened the Man Up Conference saying “We are at a critical moment in the life of the Virgin Islands," "You know what is happening all around us -- the violence, the killing and the drugs -- are threatening our lives and our future; and this gathering is here to remind you there is a better way."  "Being a man does not depend on how physically strong you or, or on how many girls you can convince to go to bed with you. Being a man is about how responsible you are -- it is about how you use your mind, heart and spirit to care for those around you. Being a man means that education is not just something that you do, but that it is a pathway for your success."

Hall was one of many speakers to address the 1,500 middle and high school students, their teachers, family and friends. They heard from self made millionaires local musicians and spiritual leaders. Farrah Gray told them the key to finding their niche lays in the answers to three questions: - What comes easy to me, but harder to other people? -What would I do and do it for free? And -How can I give back?  The Man Up Conference comes to St. Croix on Thursday.

Governor John DeJongh and the legislators held a top level powwow on Tuesday at Government House to address the need for fiscal change.  While the themes were much the same as in the Governor’s ainaugural address, this time it was out of the limelight and face to face.  The Governor had to convince the senators to enact a Gross Receipts Tax increase, a 2% increase in the hotel tax unpaid holidays and a new cell phone tax. He also wants to consolidate the Department of Health and the Dept. of Human Services and bring the Waste Management Authority under the central government again.

Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen met with officials of the US Customs and Border Patrol – topic was difficulties with problems people have clearing the ports to go to the states, repeated screenings and inaccurate information about local residents that has delayed their travel. There are also issues with lost, damaged or confiscated packages sent through the mail. While Customs has a problem with packages containing contraband, guns and drugs in the mail, the Delegate said the issue is people who have their medicines and food items stopped.
Christensen said She said that post office workers should be prepared to educate customers on what they should do to ensure timely delivery.  residents should correctly and accurately identify the contents and their worth. Customs officials also recommend attaching receipts outside to avoid packages being held. She said that if Customs has to investigate its contents, it will be delayed. Making the contents of a package clear on the outside will speed packages along.

Oh did you know that a lot of coral is being shipped out of the Virgin Islands. Given the precarious state of or coral reefs, please remind all visitors that the coral is not a souvenir and cannot be taken home.

Good News from Golden Grove Prison – they concluded a successful searchof the entire facility and confiscated hot plates, weapons, cell phones and drugs. Even home made booze.  That is all gone now.

Smoke Free law comes into effect on Thursday.  Department of Health is in charge of enforcing the new law which mandates that no one smoke inside buildings and no smoking within 20 feet of any building entrance  or window.

St. Croix has power interruptions coming – today in Chandler’s wharf, Port Authority Dock, Schooner Bay Condos and St. Croix Marine and St. Croix Kidney center.  Thursday in LaGrande Princess and the Veterinary Hospital and Manor school.

The  University ‘s Caribbean Exploratory and Research Center has a Town Hall meeting on Friday about the public health impacts of climate change. The public is invited to understand the connection between climate change and public health.  You’ll learn about climate change like extreme weather, flooding, shoreline loss due to sea level rise and related public health issues like fish poisoning, and dengue fever Dr. Gloria Callwood and Dr LaVerne Ragster are working on  “A Collaborative Response to Public Health Challenges linked to Climate Change Impacts in the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean.” The Town Hall meeting is  Friday at 6:30 p.mat the UVI Administration and Conference Center and the Theatre of the Melvin Evans Center St. Croix. For more information call Dr.Ragster at 693-1336.

Public Finance Authority is meeting at 10:00 AM on St. Thomas

St. Croix Landmarks Society is having a House tour on February 9 – it is a driving tour of the Mid-Island as they travel from 9:30 AM to see Sharon Bovaird in Estate Constitution Hill,  William Bradshaw at Estate Judith Fanccy and Dr and Mrs Richard Olans in Estate Concordia and Dr Robin Sterns and Mitch Hennes in Vista Concordia. $35 per person. Depart from Island Center in your own vehicle.
Call (340) 772-0598 for more details.

Now you know the Rotary Club top brass unveiled their   new sign, yesterday at the Havensight Dock. Now in one place there is a sign that tells you the names of all the Clubs, their meeting times and meeting locations. This is the first time a sign of this sort has been posted in the US Virgin Islands.

Coming Up  this weekend– the 6th annual Water Island music festival.  Concerts are free and there is a ferry from Crown Bay Marina at 6:00 PM and again at 6:30 – there is a ferry back to St. Thomas after the concert.  7 Musicians – three nights of music. Jazz, Pop, Classical and all kinds of music. Bring a chair. A ticket is required for indoor seating.

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