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WAPA calls for solar power.

It's 82° Fahrenheit  27.2 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
84% humidity. Under Partly Cloudy Skies
Wind out of the South East at 6  MPH.   
Barometric Pressure is 29.95 and rising
We had .04  inches of rain in the last 24 hours 5 inches this month and 15 this year.
Water temp: 81° in LimeTree Bay St. Thomas and 84 in Christiansted harbor
Doppler radar shows: long band of showers in our area  - Satellite Photo Shows: more of the same
The national weather forecast calls Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Highs around 83. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Today is Monday  May 23- we welcome: At Havensight Dock Explorer of the Seas  and Victor and Norwegian Jewel

At the top of the news on Monday  May 23

Big news from WAPA - they issued a Request for Proposals for a solar photovoltaic generation system. Here comes some electricity that does not use oil to make electricity.  The Request for Proposals  calls for 10 megawatts of solar panels for St. Thomas and for St Croix.  They are calling on independent producers to set up the solar panels and sell electricity to WAPA for a period of 20 years. Pre-bid conference is June 7 - proposals are due Sept 20. Gotta get it going by December 2013.

Meanwhile the Virgin Islands Energy Office held closing ceremonies for their Solar Thermal installers Training program.  Some 30 students took the four phase program and learned about building, installing and maintaining solar hot water heaters.

WAPA also sent a notice reminding residents not to touch power lines that may have fallen to the ground or are hanging from utility poles. Call the emergency lines - St. Thomas 774-1424 and on St Croix call 773-0150

The tsunami warning system is  a step closer to operating.  The first of the new tsunami sirens were set up at Cyril King Airport - coming up Emile Griffin Ball Park, Yacht Haven Grande, Red Hook Marinas and on St Croix at D.C.Canegata Ball Park, downtown Christiansted and near the legislature in Frederiksted.
St John will get sirens in Cruz Bay St John and at Guy Benjamin School in Coral Bay. There will be 11 more sirens for a total of 22 sirens before the project is complete.

Property tax still not paid?  The Lieutenant Governor Gregory Francis is about to publish the list of delinquent people who owe the government property taxes. The list will be available on line at  - - You have 30 days to get your taxes paid.

The Best Beginnings Early Childhood Conference will be held on Monday May 23rd and Tuesday May 24th on St. Croix at the UVI Cafeteria; and Thursday May 26th and Friday May 27th on St. Thomas at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. The conference will be held from 8am to 3:30pm.  Conference registration fee is $5.00 per day.  Lunch will be provided.  For more information contact 773-2323 ext 2125 and 774-0930 ext 4186

The fifth grade students at New Testament Academy all have iPads for their school work.  Back in October a decision was made to get every student an Apple iPad so they would learn how to use technology to do school work. A grant from Department of Education  Title Five for non-public schools bought the equipment. During the coming school year more schools will go 1:1 and have iPads… All Saints, Giftt Hill School,. Prophecy Sts Peter and Paul School and Moravian School

Darryl Smalls, the Commissioner of Dept. Public Works says the road work on Main Street in Downtown Charlotte Amalie will be completely repaired by the end of today.

After extensive renovations and modernization by the Virgin Islands Housing Authority, the re-dedication of the Lucinda Millin Home for the Aged, one of the highlights of Senior Citizen's Month, will occur on Wednesday, May 25th from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 pm Senator Celestino White, Ace Hardware and PEO Productions will present the Lucinda Millin Home of a 60” plasma flat screen TV for the lobby for everyone to enjoy.

This is Small business Week in the Virgin Islands - the Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Center are celebrating the small businesses in the territory. There is a program this vening called the Leap going from Income to Wealth at 6:00 PM this evening at Frenchman's Reef Marriott.  Coming to St Croix on Tuesday at Gertrude's restaurant on Hess road.

This week is Also African Liberaiton Week and Wednesday is African Liberaiton Day. There is an African Liberation Day radio show this evening on WSTA at 7:00 PM. - Friday there is a forum at Aryans Bar and Restaurant and Sat the African Liberation Walk at Addelita Cancryn Junior High School on Sat starting at 9:00 Am going to John Brewer's beach.

Hearty Congratulations to the pinewood derby winners Matthew Kuszuski , Zachery Carter and David Pearsall who placed 1-2-3 at the Pinewood derby.

Hearty Congratulations to the winners in the Jason Carroll memorial Walk Run Against gun violence. Some 500 people came out to run and walk the trail from the Coast Guard dock through Frt back to the Coast Guard dock.  Celia Carroll has promoted the VI Mothers against guns walk/run for eight years. She became involved when her son, Jason Carroll, was shot to death. The Jason Carroll Memorial Fund pays for a full year of tuition for a student to attend the University of the Virgin Islands. . Top man, Ryan Bareuther. Best woman, Ashley Benson.  Other top performers were Ahmen Joseph, Imani Joseph,. Keshema Fleming, Kino Malone, Shenequa Maynard, Andrea Bailey, Eric Brown, Kelly Krause, Sherrif Hammed, Simone Francis, Andrew Middler, Deborah Gosselin. Top male over age 60 was Issac Anthony and top female over 60 was Gloria Lindquist.

Today, marks Citizenship Day for Senior Citizens throughout the Territory as they celebrate Senior Citizens Month during May.   Members of senior centers assume the roles of public officials throughout government for the day. Seniors participating at the Legislature act as senators Today they have a bill banning the use of disposable plastic carry-out bags by retail establishments in an effort to reduce significant problems relating to their disposal and effect on the environment.

Hearty Congratulations to the players in the Elementary School chess tournament this weekend, at the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School. The Virgin Islands Institute for Teaching and Learning held the chess torunament to pit teams against each other in this challenging game.   Elementary Division   1st place  Antilles School, 2nd place Ulla Muller School, 3rd place Montessouri School. In the Secondary Division, 1st place Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School, 2nd place Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, 3rd place Gift High School on St. John

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