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It's 80° Fahrenheit  26.6 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
69% humidity. Under clear skies.
Wind out of the East North East at 13 MPH.   
We had .19 inches of rain in the last 24 hours
Water temp: 81° in LimeTree Bay St. Thomas and 84 in Christiansted harbor
Doppler radar shows: Widely Scattered Showers   Satellite Photo Shows: Mostly Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for Sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Isolated showers. Breezy. Highs 86. East winds 20 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent

Today is Friday April 29 we welcome cruise ships:

At the top of the news on Friday April 29   
Governor John DeJongh announced that he signed the Broadband communication bill into law. This clears the way for the Public Finance Authority to float 38 million in new bonds that will pay for the territory's share of the broadband initiative.  The federal share of the costs are some 67 million dollars.  This means within the year we will have new fiber optics all over all islands and every business and home will have access to high speed internet connections.

Students at St Croix Education Complex took to the streets yesterday in a demonstration that looked and sounded like a rights march from the 1960's.  They want to keep their principal, Kurt Vialet while the Department of Education  has plans to transfer Vialet to another school.  The students used text messages to organize the demonstration and they showed up for school ready with placards and chants, as students expressed their displeasure with plans to move their principal. It was so well organized that vendors appeared and folks with BBQ grills and cold drinks were ready to serve their needs.  Department of Education officials expressed dismay that the students shut down school to run the protest. " Appalling and unconscion-able" were the Commissioners words as Dr terry decried what was clearly a planned event. . Officials say the day has to be made up. School at Education Complex is back in session today

VI Police department will announce plans for St. Thomas in the Carnival village. They are urging everyone to be on the alert for any kind of disruption. Crime rises in general during this season, so be on the alert at home, when shopping or traveling. They are reminding all of us to be on the alert.  Be each other's keeper, watch out for your neighbor and friends.  Be vigilant. Don't carry excessive money, don't drink and drive. If you are drinking then use a designated driver. Be particularly careful with young children you must keep them under control and under adult supervision.  And be careful and if you see anyone with a weapon or you see something that could be a weapon, be sure to inform a police officer and let them know.  They will step into the situation where anyone is making a disturbance. Rain don't stop the carnival but violence will stop carnival. Oh and wear your seatbelts when driving or riding in cars.  

Parking restrictions are in effect during carnival. Roads are closed and Fort Christian Parking Lot is closed for the duration.  Parking is allowed on Norre Gade from wet willies to the Professional Building. And on the waterfront apron but no parking in the disabled parking palaces or blocking any sidewalk or ramp, no parking within 15 feet of a corner. Traffic around Lionel Roberts Stadium is restricted to one way only. They also remind us that during J'ouvert and the parades, no one may sit on top of a trucks speaker system except a person authorized by the Chief of Police

Hearty Congratulations to Al Boston of Coconut Cove restaurant - he is the winner of the position on the Virgin Islands Cullinary Arts team going to Florida for the Taste of the Caribbean competition. Boston had to overcome a field of 8 bar tenders and mix three drinks in five minutes each.

Water And Power Authority Announced there will be an interruption in a small section of feeder #9c today until early afternoon - customers in Nadir near the Lantern Laundry and Zinky Smith concrete company will be affected. Meanwhile WAPA says the rolling blackouts and power outages should get better… Hugo Hodge says Holiday weekend blackouts on St. Thomas were due to unfortunately timed equipment failures that continue to stretch that system, but the situation should improve before Carnival
By Monday, unit no. 18, which has been offline for repairs, should be back online. Another unit, no. 13, is coming online before St. Thomas Carnival next week, too, Hodge said, adding, "so we should be alright."

Senate Committee on Health and Hospitals is meeting on St. Thomas to take testimony on the Government Health Insurance and take an update on the status of the Juan Juis Hospital  

Commissioner of Labor Albert Bryan is inviting community organizations and groups to apply for mini-grants up to $4,500 for summer youth workshops. Your community group could get funds for your summer students life skills and career exploration program. Call 776-3700 and on St Croix call 773-1994.

Carnival is upon us and the Carnival village opens tonight  with acts such as Pressure and Rock City headlining a star-studded list of local artists, the St. Thomas Carnival Village is the place to be this year. Everything from the bandstands to the rides— are ready to open.  The inspection of the carnival rides by the committees designated mechanical engineer found a few flaws that have been fixed and we are ready to roll. Everything is in good order. The Village opening at 6:00 PM with Jammerz HP and Pro Style on stage after the beginning ceremonies. This year's Village honors Collins Wesselhoft, best known as the lead trumpeter in the legendary Milo's Kings.

Governor John DeJongh issued a proclamation granting administrative leave to non essential government employees on St. Thomas and St John for Wednesday May 4 for Food Fair and Thursday May 5 from 8:00 Am to 5:00 PM for J'Ouvert. And the Governor's proclamation gives administrative leave to all islands on Friday May 6 from 8:00 Am to 5:00 PM for the Children's parade. And horse races.  

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