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Food Fair and Culture Fair today

First the Weather:
It's 79° Fahrenheit  26.6 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
74% humidity. Under clear skies.
Wind out of the East North East at 14 MPH.
We had .01 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.  
Barometric Pressure is 29.93  
Water temp: 81° in LimeTree Bay St. Thomas and 84 in Christiansted harbor
Doppler radar shows: clear skies  Satellite Photo Shows:

The national weather forecast calls for Partly cloudy. Scattered showers in the morning...then scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs around 83. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

On this Wednesday May 4 we welcome cruise ships to the Virgin Islands:
At Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: Allure of the Seas

At the top of the news on Wednesday May 4   
Today is Food Fair and Carnival Culture fair starting officially right now in Emancipation Garden. Food fair and the annual culture fair are going on all day today in Emancipation Garden with hundreds of food choices and lots of cultural entertainment too.  We are in the thick   of Carnival and with today's Food Fair we have bank closings as most banks will close today at noon. They will be open tomorrow in the afternoon and closed on Friday and Saturday.  The District Court will be closed oN Friday and the Superior court is closing today at noon and will remain closed Thursday and Friday. Government offices on St. Thomas and St John will close today at noon and remain closed until Monday morning. On St Croix they will be closed on Friday. Innovative Communication Corporation will be closed Friday and Saturday and all public schools are closed today, Thursday and Friday.  WAPA will close at noon today and remain closed Thursday and Friday. Customer Service will open early on Monday. Waste Management Authority will close today at noon and remain closed until Monday morning. GERS staff have administrative leave all day today, all day Thursday and Friday.. the St Croix office is closed today and Friday

Governor John DeJongh issued a proclamation granting administrative leave to non essential government employees on St. Thomas and St John for Today Noon to 5 pm  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. The Governor also announced that the government payroll dates are being adjusted to accommodate Carnival. Payroll checks will be delivered on Wednesday for people who receive paper checks, the direct deposits will be posted to bank accounts on Thursday.

Police Department announced rules and regulations for Carnival parades and J'ouvert.  Trucks will all be inspected for safety on Today  and they will inspect the credentials of all drivers participating in J'ouvert and the parades.

Virgin Islands Police officers are cracking down on minors found in the carnival village and on the streets after the 10 p.m. curfew. Deputy Police Chief Dwayne DeGraff said the minors will be taken into police custody until they are picked up by their parents. And youngsters older than 16 will be detained if they can't show proof of age or don’t have a parent or guardian nearby to verify their age.

If you need a ride home, because you partied a little too much, there is help getting home. Diageo, Bellows International and the Virgin Islands Taxicab Commission and Taxis in Unity are all offering help. Anyone 18 or older can get a free ride home at the end of J'ouvert between Carnival Village and the Police Department starting about Noon when J'ouvert is over. Get a free voucher from Safe Rides along the Jouvert parade route. No limit on the number of vouchers.

Education Commissioner Dr. La Verne Terry congratulated the students in  St. Croix Central High School’s Anthropology Club - 28 members are on their fifth day of a two-week tour of Ghana, Africa. The Ghana visit is a two-fold educational experience where students will have an opportunity to trace their ancestry back to families or tribes in Ghana and perform a comparison of life in Ghana to their own lives on St. Croix. The group returns home on May 11th.

Waste Management Authority says they will close one lane of Weymouth Rhymer Highway today to allow a contractor to resurface the road. Traffic in the area of Lutheran Church of the Reformation and O'Henry's Cleaners will be interrupted.

Radio ads airing this week kick of the Health Department's "Fight the Bite" campaign, aimed at educating residents about how to prevent against dengue as the hurricane and rainy seasons draw closer. The radio spots were timed to coincide with St. Thomas Carnival celebrations and remind the public that "Rain Don't Stop the Carnival, but Makes it Ripe for Dengue," according to a Tuesday Health release. The ads teach residents various precautionary measures, reminding them that "prevention is best," since there is no cure for the disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Tips for the home include:
• replacing or repairing damaged screens;
• protecting infants by covering cribs with cotton mosquito netting;
• keeping tires in a dry place or punching holes in them so that water leaks out;
• putting plants currently in water into soil, and emptying flowerpot bases weekly;
• keeping barrels where water is collected tightly sealed;
• covering or turning over children's toys or buckets that could hold water upside down; and
• placing a screen or mesh over the cistern overflow pipe.

We have winners in The Cultural Education Division second monthly essay contest. Middle, junior and senior high students in public, private and parochial schools were invited to write an essay on a famous Virgin Islands Personality chosen by the Cultural Education Division.  Students in the St. Croix wrote about Mr. Ullmont James. In St. Thomas-St. John they wrote about Mrs. Myra Keating-Smith,.

In St Croix 1st Place was Brittney Parillon of St. Croix Educational Complex, second to Thalia George and third to Jah-Healla Daniel also of St. Croix Educational Complex

In St. Thomas-St. John 1st Place Joyann Foster of Charlotte Amalie High School, second place to Carla James of Ivanna Eudora Kean High, third place to De’Quan S. Browne-Schmidt of CAHS and tie with Brianna Hairston of Charlotte Amalie High School. Next up Students are invited to write about Mrs. Eulalie R. Rivera, in the St. Croix District, and Ambassador Terrence A. Todman, in St. Thomas-
St. John District. Hearty Congratulations to all the winners.

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