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Department of Tourism makes it easy to plan a wedding  

It's 81° Fahrenheit  27.2 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
84% humidity. Under Partly Cloudy Skies
Wind out of the East at 5  MPH.   
Barometric Pressure is 29.90 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: clear skies  - Satellite Photo Shows: more of the same

The national weather forecast calls Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming variably cloudy. Isolated showers. Highs around 83. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Today is Tuesday May 24 - we welcome: At Havensight Dock Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom
At Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: Oasis of the Seas

At the top of the news on Tuesday May 24
Governor John DeJongh is serious.  He sent a letter to the Legislature. Find new funds, cut the budget or we will have to fire 500 people. The recent new tax increases have reduced the deficit from 75 million down to 17 million, but that is still a serious shortfall and the Governor needs to find new sources of saving. 500 government employees losing their jobs is inevitable if we do not act. The Senate President Ronald Russell said the Legislature will act.  No need to take hasty action to fire people.  Hold on. They are working on voluntary furloughs - no pay for a year - how many government employees are willing to take a year off with no pay? Remains to be seen. Another plan being discussed is a four day work week and four days of pay instead of a five day work week. Another proposal on the table is new incentives for residents to pay their property taxes.  The Governor asked in his letter to the Legislature " If you are given a choice between postponing getting a raise for a couple of years of losing your job entirely, which would you choose?  If you are a union leader would you rather have hundreds of members dismissed of give up a few paid holidays.  If you are a store owner which is better a two year increase in Gross Receipts Tax or losing your business because your customers have lost their jobs? The Governor says the answers should be clear.

Meanwhile Governor John DeJongh is in Guam at the Guam Energy Task force meeting - he is there to discuss the territory's energy road map and to discuss the energy development in Island Nations international partnership. He will give an address at Guam University and explore the similarities and differences among the US territories. He will return to the Virgin Islands on Saturday .

good news for june adams. As the court hears the case against former Schneider Hospital senior officials, the government had dropped their case against June Adams. Not much news available because the court has a gag order forbidding any of the lawyers or defendants from talking to the media. There is speculation that Adams may become a witness for the government's case.

This is Hurricane Preparedness week. Time to take stock of your preparations for storm season. Test the generator, make sure your food stocks of canned goods are up to the needs and time to revisit the storm preparation list.  Emergency supply kit.  Plans for where you will go in the event your home is not storm ready. Also time to revisit your insurance policy and see if it needs to be changed or updated.

Governor John DeJongh is issuing he annual reading challenge to encourage young people to read books this summer.  The reading challenge calls for students to read  five books this summer and record their reading at the web site and those who participate can come to the Governor's fun day. The governor will distribute free books at the Book Blow out on June 18 at Tutu Park Mall and on St Croix at Sunny Isle Shopping Center. Both sites from 1 to 4:00 PM.

Hearty Congratulations to Army Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Powel on his promotion to full Colonel at the Pentagon on Friday.  Delegate Dr. Donna Christiansen says Alfred francis is originally from St Croix and has served at the Pentagon since 2009 on the Army staff.

WAPA is interrupting electrical power on St Croix on feeder #3 in the area around Hermon Hill from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

The Best Beginnings Early Childhood Conference continues today on St. Croix - with more than 350 people attending the first session of the conference, Several child care professionals registered, parents and Head Start centers closed to ensure maximum involvement - continuing today at the UVI Cafeteria; The Best Beginnings comes to 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 on St. Thomas call 774-0930 ext 4186

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 evening called The Leap Going from Income to Wealth at 6:00 PM this evening on St Croix at Gertrude's restaurant on Hess road.

This week is Also African Liberation Week and Wednesday is African Liberation Day. T. - 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.

This week is Public Service recognition week in the US Virgin Islands.  We honor all public employees and the important work they do for our community and for all Virgin Islanders.  The Governor wishes all residents to be mindful of the hard work of public employees. There is an Employee of the Year ceremony this week on St. Thomas and St Croix.

The Department of Tourism has launched a new feature on its tourism web site, that makes it easier than ever for couples planning a wedding in the Territory.  The idea is to make requesting destination wedding information a hassle-free, efficient process for couples.  Rather than sifting through dozens of web sites and wedding service providers, couples can simply submit one wedding RFP form directly from and receive responses from on-island wedding consultants, properties, and other service suppliers with information and price quotes to plan their special day.  The Wedding RFP is a part of the Department’s overall marketing commitment to the bridal segment. Any licensed wedding service-provider that wishes to be included on the form’s recipient list may contact the Department of Tourism to make this request.

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