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Port Authority Board looking for money.

It's 81° Fahrenheit  27.2 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
84% humidity. Under Partly Cloudy Skies
Wind out of the East at 10  MPH.   
Barometric Pressure is 29.96 and rising
We had .25  inches of rain in the last 24 hours
Water temp: 81° in LimeTree Bay St. Thomas and 84 in Christiansted harbor
Doppler radar shows: showers leaving our area - Satellite Photo Shows: clearing skies

The national weather forecast calls for Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming variably cloudy. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Breezy. East winds 15 to 20 mph. Highs around 83. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Today is Thursday  May 19- we welcome: No Ships Today

At the top of the news on Thursday  May 19   

Port Authority Board of Directors met yesterday. They need to save money.  First step - cut some staff.  No one is being fired. Just furloughed. That means one full day without pay for ever two week pay period. How much will they save?  About a half million dollars per year. Here comes a new fifty cent per person fee for tour operators and taxi services taking passengers out of the Port Authority facilities. That should raise some 300,000 dollars per year. Add a procurement cut of a quarter million dollars and reducing energy costs because of the new solar panels at the St. Thomas Airport, and they have 1.3 million in savings.  Good start on the Port Authority shortfall.

The PA Board also approved a new lease for Petite Pump Room at Wilmot E Blyden Marine Terminal and a new lease for Your Choice Café in the Crown Bay Center. New plans for the windmill in Crown Bay Center.  That windmill has been vacant since it was built. Now it will be a visitor information center. The management of the Crown Bay Center will solicit sponsorships from area businesses to have a kiosk in the windmill. Also new - an outdoor art gallery in the pavement outside the windmill. So far only one artist.

Port Authority board also announced their adoption of a plan for Bournefield.  They will offer 5 year leases to residents and no renewal. That moves the move out date to 2016.  The new offer will not include a lease extension if the current resident moves out.  Once someone leaves, they will demolish the building. In the meantime the Port Authority says it will continue with maintenance of the buildings and routine management of the outside landscaping and lawn care.

Senators heard from residents and officials from yesterday about the odors on St Croix.  Officials HOVENSA is responsible for one of the odor outbreaks and Diageo is responsible for one, but the third remains a mystery.  Commissioner Alicia Barnes of dept. Planning and Natural Resources told the
Committee of the Whole "We went through all of the possible sources on the south shore and We are confident the source would be HOVENSA and Diageo, and we have the findings and facts to support that. Round of applause for that statement. How do they know - plot the time and location of the calls and the wind flow makes the pattern evident. Diageo staff apologized for the odor saying it has a few kinks in the start up of their rum distillery. And said they are disappointed in themselves. They are taking steps to prevent a future odor release. Despite the smell, the concentrations of the sulfur dioxide is far far below the level that poses a health risk.

St. Croix District Science Coordinator Rosa White announces that judging for the Annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fair will be held today between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon at Sunshine Mall Lower Level. All St. Croix public schools are participating.  The students’ scientific projects and displays will be open to the for public on Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

Tim Duncan is making some Good News in the Virgin Islands as he is funding the purchase of much-needed equipment for the V.I. Boxing Federation. Duncan is the primary backer behind the Caribbean Education Initiative,  and he is hlping the boxers, with 20 sets of gloves and three pieces of head gear and a boxing pad and mitts. Tim Duncan is also helping support local basketball through Hood Hoops, which sponsors tournaments throughout the territory.

Hearty Congratulations to to Jevon James of St. Thomas who is among the 228 cadets receiving their degrees and commissions from the US Coast Guard Academy with President Barack Obama delivering the graduation address.  

Bureau of Motor Vehicles St. Thomas is closed today - - Normal hours will resume on Friday morning.

The Virgin Islands Department of Education  is embarking upon a new textbook adoption process for math and for English Language Arts and invites parents, educators and the general public to be part of the process by previewing sample textbooks and materials on display.  Several publishers to be considered for this adoption will display their products for three days at Palms Court Harbor View  beginning today  at 9:00 AM through noon on Saturday, May 21.  Persons are invited to give their views and provide feedback on the quality of textbooks and materials available for consideration.  This information will be important in making decisions about adopting new textbooks in math and in English Language Arts.

The University of the Virgin Islands – Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center is currently accepting applications for its Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Prep course.  Interested applicants must submit their registration form and payment to the UVICELL Center by Friday to apply for the program.   The program is open any high school student from public, private and parochial schools with a GPA of 2.0 to 3.5. Classes for the 10-week program starting June 18.  from 1 – 4 pm each day.  For fees and more information, call 693-1106.   

The  Mother's Against Guns and Jason Carroll memorial fund are hosting the annual Walk/Run against gun violence. The Walk Run is Sunday May 22 at 4:00 PM at the Coast Guard Dock. For More Information Call 775-9337.

Ivanna Eudora Kean School - Music department is holding the Annual Spring Concert called "The Rhythm of Spring" tonight at 7 o'clock at the cafeteria.  The concert will feature a variety of musical groups and genres ranging from jazz, classical, gospel, hiphop and calypso. Tickets are available now for $10 for adults and $5 for children.

This is Police week - and on St Croix they have a Candlelight Vigil/Laying of the Wreath at sunset at the  Frederiksted Pier.

On St. Thomas Local and Federal Law Enforcement Karaoke Night from 7:00 PM to midnight at Crown Bay Marina. Coming Up Friday, May 20 Virgin Islands Police Department’s Finest pageant will be happening - Venue will be announced

Hearty Congratulations to the winners of the foreign language cultural showcase. They held the event on Sat May 14 at Tutu Park Mall where the students had a chance to contest for the best in various language events.  Best Junior High School Wonders of the world was Sahar Daas of All Saints School. Best Copy the masters was Kendy Jolly of Julius Sprauve School St John. Best Junior Poster was Kijana Powell James of Addelita Cancryn Junior High School.  The best Senior piñata was Devonte Thompson of CAHS. Brianna Hairston of CAHS had the best senior wonders of the world. And the best Copy the Masters for Senior High School  was Jasmine Linquist-Jn Baptiste of CAHS. The school with the best performance was Yvonne Milliner Bowsky Elementary School. Best Junior High School was Cancryn and the best High School  was CAHS. What schools got the most prizes? At the Elementary School level it was Yvonne Milliner Bowsky Elementary School, Most prizes at Junior High School was All Saints and the top High School  was CAHS.

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