01 November 2012
First the weather:
84 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
75 % humidity.
29.95 Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from all over the East at 7 MPH. Under Partly Cloudy Skies.
Point zero three inches of rain in the last 24 hours. 30.27” this year.
National Weather Service says: Partly cloudy with rain showers. High of 86F with a heat index of 91F. Winds from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
In cruise ship news: No Jewel of the Seas but Norwegian Sun is coming to Havensight Dock
Ruby Princess is coming to Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:
At the top of the news on Thursday November 1
Today is Bull and Bread Day also known as D. Hamilton Jackson Day – a day to celebrate local ownership of the media. On this day Jackson roasted a bull and served a free meal to the people of St Croix upon his return from Denmark securing the right to freedom of the press in the Danish West indies. As we celebrate- take a moment to reflect on the importance of local ownership of the media. Local media serve the people. Today is a local holiday, local government offices are closed. Banks and federal offices are open, US Post Office is open, and University of the Virgin Islands is closed.
On St. Croix we have the annual Bull and Bread celebration at Grove Place. Police Chief Parris reminds the public of parking restrictions at the Isaac Boynes Park in Estate Grove Place: The roadway west of the bandstand is one-way from north to south. Parking west of the band stand is limited to the eastern side. In front of the band stand parking is prohibited.
The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network announces that the first wave of its Public Computer Centers officially opened yesterday - on St Croix at the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, Louis Brown Villas, Walter Hodge Pavilion and the Department of Labor. On St. Thomas they opened computer centers at the New Image Foundation, the Department of Labor and the Resource Center for the Disabled. Residents can take a “Digital Literacy Training” course – an eight week introduction to computer and Internet skills. Next comes certification classes in some 60 information technology classes For more information on St. Thomas call 715-8581 or on St Croix call 713-8581.
The Rules and Judiciary Committee approved two bills authorizing the government to seek more than $100 million in bond revenue for energy conservation installations in the territory's public schools and hospitals, as well as new police cars and an array of unfunded but shovel-ready capital projects. Also includes – the track at Kean school, CAHS, EdComplex and Central High School St Croix. Repairs to Fort Christian. Completion of the library in Tutu, Construction of a permanent facility for Crucian Christmas Festival, new bathrooms at MonBijou, repair to Rudy Krieger park, new blachers at Pedro Cruz park, bathrooms at Estate Glynn, roadwork in Frederiksted and roadwork in Christiansted. Nearly 3 million to collect methane at Bovoni, 8 million for hospital improvements, and a million to finish Trotman road in St. Thomas. The senators also approved Kathleen Mackay to be a judge in the Superior court. Elevating her from the Magistrates Court.
Back on September 30 there was a confrontation between the security guards at Estate Judith's Fancy and members of the public who demanded access to the estate roads to get to the beaches on the north shore. The Attorney General assigned his staff to meet with the parties to get the facts. Maps, historical documents, ancient deeds and current deeds were reviewed. Was there ever a dedicated public access way through Judith's Fancy. No. there is no evidence of a dedicated public road through Judith's Fancy – it is all private property. Private property owners have a right to restrict public access to their property. But the Judith Fancy neighborhood decided to continue to allow all residents to cross through to get to the beach, so long as they show a government issued photo ID
UVI has a special event coming up tomorrow– the university is signing of a memorandum of understanding between the University and the Nevis Island Administration. Nevis’ Premier the Honorable Joseph Parry will sign the document tomorrow on the St. Thomas campus - the first time that UVI has entered into a specific agreement with a Caribbean nation. The agreement allows graduates of the Nevis Sixth Form College to attend UVI at a special tuition rate of 1.75 times the rate for Virgin Islands residents and commits the Nevis Island Administration to provide scholarships for Nevis students to attend UVI. UVI is pursuing similar agreements with other Caribbean nations.
Are you looking for a job? The Caribbean's Premier Luxury Retailer, Little Switzerland & Jewels is hiring! They are looking for experienced sales professionals for a number of their stores. So dress to impress, polish that resume, and bring any proof of past sales performance to Vinnie Mohanani at Little Switzerland on Main Street - Friday between the hours of 10am & 4pm. Now that's Good News!
Independent Citizen Movement Political Party is having a meet and greet the candidates this evening at 6:00 PM at Aryans Bar and Restaurant.
Here comes the Aggie fair this weekend – with produce, livestock, arts and crafts The Agriculture and Food Fair is on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm., Nov. 3 and 4th at the grounds of Reichhold Center. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Key to Improving Our Economy.” Remember they are collecting canned and dried foods for Catholic charity and Salvation Army. They items can be dropped off at the UVI or Department of Agriculture tent.
We won - First Lady Cecile de Jongh announced that the Virgin Islands was recognized for its participation in the national text4baby program at the 2nd Annual Martha May Eliot Awards Ceremony that took place over the weekend at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. The special event capped off a 6-month national initiative by text4baby to help new and expecting mothers stay connected to important health and wellness information. The Virgin Islands got an award for securing the highest participation percentage in the nation amongst pregnant women and new mothers. On top of that, First Lady Cecile de Jongh is hosting baby showers in both districts for new and expecting mothers, and new fathers. The baby showers are Sunday, November 18th on St. Thomas at the Family Connection Center in the Tutu Park Mall and Sunday, December 2nd on St. Croix at the Government House Ballroom. Both events are 3 to 5 PM. Please RSVP to 773-1404 to let us know that you will attend. For more information on text4baby, visit www.text4baby.org .
All month we have been saluting Project HOPE at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation and they have Big Thank You – today they want to thank everyone who helped make their 20th anniversary a huge success. And Former Director, Merle Charles, the Board of Directors, former Co-Directors, Leola Hermon and Shirlene Lee, and present Director, Lillian V. Moolenaar, sent over a salute the “Good News Guy” of WSTA, for making their 20th anniversary one that has gone down in the history books, focused on the loving memories of past and present staff, parents, presenters, supporters, and countless number of students.
Project HOPE is making good news and today is my 17th anniversary of coming to WSTA. I came on the heels of Hurricane Marilyn asking myself if one could make a difference in the Virgin Islands just by talking about what is going right instead of what is going wrong. It works. All you keep making good news. I’ll keep telling everyone.