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Cyril E. King Day

It's 80° Fahrenheit  66% humidity. Mostly Clear Skies
Wind out of the East North East at 10 mph  
Barometric pressure is 30.02 and rising  
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had  no rain in the last 24 hours.
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The national weather forecast calls for Partly cloudy with isolated showers in the morning...then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Highs 85. Breezy East winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain less than 20 percent.


On this Thursday April 7th we welcome to  Havensight  Dock the Grand Princess and at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal SeaDream 1 and Ruby Princess

At the top of the news on Thursday April 7th  

Today is Cyril E. King’s Birthday – he was born April 7 1921 and served in the US Army, worked as an aide to Senator Hubert Humphrey and was appointed Government Secretary of the Virgin Islands by President John Kennedy.  He was elected a senator from the St. Thomas district and was the second elected Governor of the Virgin Islands. Governor John DeJongh proclaimed today as Cyril E. King Day in the Virgin Islands.

Here is the first prediction for the 2011 Hurricane season.  Dr William Gray and Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University released their April predictions.  They say 16 storms, of which 5 will be major hurricanes. They are calling for 175% of average – Last year was a 196 % of average. 61% chance of a major hurricane tracking into the Caribbean. Who  are the storms this year – Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy Vince and Whitney.

The Next Generation project may be mired in the Senate as they figure out whether to float bonds for the local government’s share of the costs, but there is progress nevertheless.  The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has given the Virgin Islands a Finding of No Significant impact. That means our proposed project will have no significant adverse effect on the environment and there are no impediments to going forward with the Next Generation project.

Governor John DeJongh and Department of Interior Asst Secretary for Insular Affairs Anthony Babauta will hold a press conference today at 10:00 AM to announce the Virgin Islands participation in the Assessment of Buildings and Classrooms initiative. When you look at all of the US Territories, There are 1,561 public buildings with 125 campuses and 70,750 students in all the schools. The project will assess all that property and make recommendations for changes and improvements.

Governor John DeJongh joined the governors of the other territories in writing a letter to the Secretary of the Dept. of Health and Human Services in Washington DC asking the Obama administration to adopt changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act that relate to the territories. They are also asking the federal government to increase the federal matching rate for Medicaid from 55% to 78% - known as the cap.

Senator Celestino A. White says the former Esso gas station is not secure. Building is open, gas pumps are not secured, people are squatting in the structure the underground tanks are not secured and stray dogs are using the structures the outer yard is strewn with broken glass, both bathrooms are open and in use and old tires are breeding mosquitoes.  The senator is asking Department of Public Works to secure the property.

Acting health Commissioner Fern Clarke announced that the new ambulance Boat for St. John is ready for delivery and will be dedicated on Saturday at 11:00 AM at the Morris DeCastro Clinic. The public is invited to come see the new ambulance boat Saturday at 11:00 AM


This week is Public Health Week and the Governor urges all residents to focus on healthy living and healthy working environments.  There is an Open House all this week at Charles Harwood Medical Complex 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day. today  on St. Thomas there will be a health fair in Emancipation Garden from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Gypsies Carnival troupe is having an eating meeting Same time same place

WAPA us installing a 6 inch water line near Contant Knolls near the Old Mill – the road there will be closed during construction. Meanwhile WAPA is implementing water conservation from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Kirwan Terrace Lindberg Bay Contant, Altona, Solberg, Upper Savan, Agnes Fancy, Frenchtown, Upper Hospital Ground, Berg’s Home, Paul M Pearson Gardens, Estate Thomas and Tutu High Rise. You can conserve water – don’t run water while brushing your teeth or lathering in a shower, recycle rinse water for plants.  Run the clothes washer full not half, and flush toilets only when necessary.  Don’t use running water to thaw food.

Virgin Islands Housing Authority is looking for landlords to participate in the Housing voucher program.  The voucher is a form of monetary reward to landlords for hosting low income families in their apartments – to participate call 714-0174 ex 8107

Jason Carroll is remembered as a young man who stepped in to stop violence and was gunned down in crossfire.  The Jason Carroll Memorial Fund and the Mothers against Guns invite the public to participate in the 8th annual Walk-Run against gun violence coming up May 22.  There is a full scholarship available to students who submit an essay to the essay contest – in 1000 words, demonstrate that you are opposed to gun violence and finish the essay by May 13. For more information call 693-1047. Registration for the May 22 walk-run closes on May 20 go to Caribbean Surf shop in Red Hook, Havensight and Waterfront. Call 690-5759.

Law Enforcement Career Day today and 23 agencies of the law Are recruiting on St. Thomas today at the Sports and Fitness Center. This is not just for college students but open to the public. Admission is free. Drug Enforcement Agency, FBI, Internal Revenue Service , Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency,  VIPD, Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Transportation Security Administration , Department of Justice,  Bureau of Corrections, Port Authority, Post Office, National Park Service, US Marshall’s Service and US Attorney’s Office. That’s today at the St. Thomas Campus at the Sports and Fitness Center and Friday at the UVI St. Croix campus. 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM each day. This is not just for college students but open to the public. Admission is free.

VICF announced the winners of their mini-grant program.  Each year they give dozens of mini-grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 to community organizations that are making a difference with the funds. St. Thomas Historic trust gets funds for their Hassel island torus, Virgin Islands Scholars get funds for their student teacher mentor program, St. George Botanical Garden will get a mini-grant for the children’s garden And others include Pistarckle Theater, AY Drum Corp, The Jr. Gardening and Ecology Academy, YWCA, Jr. Fire Fighters and Catholic Charities. Among many many more.

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