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We are prepared for Hurricane Season

It's 78° Fahrenheit  71% humidity. partly cloudy skies
Wind out of the East North East at 15 mph  
Barometric pressure is 29.98 and rising  
Doppler radar shows: Mostly Clear Skies  The Satellite Photo shows: Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for Variably cloudy early in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Isolated showers this morning... then scattered showers in the late morning and afternoon. Highs 84. East winds around 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

On this Tuesday April 12  we welcome Norwegian Sun, Carnival Dream to Havensight  Dock, Oasis of the Seas to Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal

At the top of the news on Tuesday April 12  

Senate Committee on Government Operations, Energy and Veterans Affairs met yesterday on St. Croix to continue their hearings on the preparations of various agencies of the government for hurricane season. You already know that Dr Grey in Colorado is predicting an above average season with 16 named storms, 9 hurricanes and 5 of them big storms. The overall view? We are prepared for hurricane season this year – perhaps better than ever. In spite of having troops of the National Guard in the field, The Adjutant general says the National Guard is staffed and ready. Police Department says they are ready with plans in place for disaster preparedness. The disaster contingency fund is running on low with only 1.3 million in the account, and these are the funds the local government must use to match federal funds in the event of a disaster. If this year is like last year, we will run out of funds before the season is over. On the other hand, VITEMA says they are better prepared than ever. VITEMA has completed the final draft of the territory’s updated Hazard Mitigation Plan, which residents can review it and offer feedback at VITEMA's website: .

The Senate Committee on Planning and Environmental Protection is meeting on St. Thomas today to take up changes to the law regarding repairing structures in the Coastal Zone. They also have the restoration of Fort Christian under debate and a bill regarding recycling, composting and separation of waste in the Virgin Islands.  

Governor John DeJongh wants Steve Brow to head the VI Fire Service>  The Governor nominated the St. Croix Fire Chief to be the new Director of the Fire service. Brow has been acting in the role since January of this year. Meanwhile former Fire Service director Victor Browne is heading up the Law Enforcement Planning Commission.

Gas is going up. WAY up. HOVENSA is increasing the rack rate for regular gasoline by 40 cents per gallon. 43 cents more for premium gas and 30.5 cents more for diesel. World crude oil prices have been jumping – in part due to the unrest in Libya and uncertainty in the world markets. The average price for gasoline in the US is 3.79 per gallon.  Here in the Virgin Islands it is already higher and going up again. We  may see $4.50 within the week

Just in time for higher gas, the University to embracing Green Technology – The university unveiled the new Caribbean Green Technology Center yesterday.  The new center will explore new green technologies and reduce our dependence on fossil fuel throughout the Virgin Islands and the region. Dr David Hall called the new center a “game changer” in local energy technology. With a $200,000 grant and Dr David Archibald at the helm, the center will set up pilot renewable energy projects. The center may offer training programs and certificates, possibly offering a new degree program as well. First steps, find more funding.

This is student employment week and the Governor wants everyone to be aware of the importance of getting students to work and getting them job experience.

This is also Rotary Week in the Virgin Islands/. Governor John DeJongh issued a proclamation urging residents to acknowledge the Rotary clubs in the Virgin Islands and the wonderful service work they perform in our community. Rotary has its annual training assembly and conference at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef this week bringing together Rotary members from 80 clubs from ten island countries – all visiting St. Thomas this week.  Oh and if you stop by Frenchtown Post Office you have a chance to get into the Rotary raffle for a brand new car.

This is also School Library Month in the Virgin Islands with the Governor John DeJongh issued a proclamation to urge all residents to recognize the importance of school libraries and the new media in our libraries. In this information age, the library has taken on new meaning as the place to go for new media, Internet access and the kinds of historic archives found nowhere else.  

Would you like to become a police officer. The Division of Personnel is holding the police officer and corrections officer examination in May. The sign up period starts today through April 29. For more information call 774-8588.

Arthur Richards Jr. High School PTSA is meeting this evening at 6:00 pm in the school's cafeteria. Mr. Benjamin invites all stakeholders come to this important meeting and share valuable information regarding the education at Richards Junior High school.

This evening CAHS PTSA for 11th graders is meeting at on Tuesday at Ruth E. Thomas Auditorium at 5:30 PM with 3 Guest Speakers.  

Good news for people with Multiple Sclerosis!! There is a support group to allow those affected and living with multiple sclerosis  to meet each other to share support,  mutual aid and educate.  Tuesday, April 12, at 4pm Roy Lester Schneider Hospital Community Health Room. Please attend.  For more information call Florence at 774-7188

Hearty Congratulations to the students of St. Croix Country Day School as they took home the title in the Virgin Islands Quiz Bowl leading second place Antilles School and St. Croix Education Complex in third.  The team is made up of Genevieve Keller-Milliken, Ryan Lenau, Omani Tuittt, Blaire Coughlin, Liam Marin, Christopher Car and Nathan Peacock – the team Coach is Kevin Marin.

Hearty Congratulations to the winner of the Congressional Art Competition. Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen announced that Cheian Leonce of St. Croix Education Complex was second place with a self portrait and the winner of the competition is Robert Tuitt of CAHS took first place with his piece titles Hurricane Earl – he will travel to Washington DC with his chaperone to attend the Congressional Art Competition reception in June.  

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