13 November 2012
First the weather:
80 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
85 % humidity.
29.90 Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from all over the East at 14 MPH. Under Mostly Clear Skies.
Slight trace of rain in the last 24 hours. 31.10” so far this year.
National Weather Service says: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 84F. Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph. A cold front just northwest of the Virgin Islands will bring us showery conditions into the evening hours. An upper level trough west of the region will promote unsettled weather and showers through tomorrow.
Cruise Ship News
Amadea is in Frederiksted
Carnival Liberty at Havensight Dock
Noordam at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:
At the top of the news on Tuesday November 13
Governor John de Jongh joined Virgin Islands veterans Sunday on St. Thomas and Monday on St. Croix and St. John for parades and ceremonies to mark Veterans Day. In remarks at the ceremonies, Governor de Jongh thanked the community for recognizing veterans and their families, saying, “On this anniversary of Armistice Day, which was dedicated to the cause of peace, we honor the 22 million troops and reservists -- including the four thousand four hundred veterans from the Territory – for protecting the United States of America and the freedoms we enjoy.”
They finished counting paper ballots in St. Thomas. No change to the top 7 candidates-elect. However places changed - Myron Jackson in second ahead of Shawn Malone and behind Clifford Graham. They finished counting the paper ballots on St Croix –no change. The 7th place goes to Kenneth Gittens. Neville James remains in 8th place. But they have NOT finished counting the Absentee ballots. There are fewer than the paper ballots. On St. Thomas Lawrence Olive could close the gap of 60 votes with Donald Cole. There are 150 ballots yet to count. On St Croix the gap between 7th place and 8th place is larger than the ballots left to count. Change is numerically impossible. They have until November 21 to certify the final results.
WAPA is working on plans to switch from oil to Liquid Natural Gas or propane. They put out a Request for Proposals and got thirteen responses. WAPA plans to convert its oil combustion generators to use natural gas or propane as the main fuel. Those gasses are far cheaper than oil that currently provides 100 percent of our power. To be successful – the gas fuel company would have to develop the infrastructure to import and gas to our power plants. WAPA wants a track record creating a turnkey systems. WAPA Says converting to gas fuel could save money, increase plant efficiency, reduce pollution and lower maintenance costs.
In our region, natural gas comes from Trinidad and Tobago, or from the Atlantic coast or the Gulf of Mexico. There are shipping terminals in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, but the ships are large and docking would be a huddle to overcome. Propane ships are smaller and easier to accommodate. Propane comes from Trinidad, West Africa or the U.S. Gulf Coast.
More from WAPA - they issued Request for Proposal for an Environmental Study to assess the environmental impact of a transmission line to connect the Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Two technical studies confirmed the feasibility of the submarine connection. The environmental study include a Bathymetric Study – that’s an ocean depth study, a Benthic Study about the organisms on the impacted ocean floor, Archaeological Investigation, and Landing Site survey. The main concerns are about seabed impact and any possible erosion of the ocean floor. The cable landing sites will require coastal zone management approval.
Senate Committee on Economic Development Technology and Agriculture is meeting on St. Thomas to examine the Broadband Expansion Act. This evening the Committee on Planning and Environmental Protection will consider three CZM permits applications. Impex trading known as Ace Sea Chest wants a long term lease on parcel #5 in Crown Bay landfill. Sprat Bay homeowners on Water Island want a permit for their dock expansion and Richard Holmberg and the Holmberg trust want to continue using their dock and landfill.
WAPA reminds everyone on St Croix their underground project downtown will resume on Today on Strand Street.
The Independent Citizen Movement Political Party has an event coming up Sunday November 18 at 4:00 PM in Emancipation Garden. All Candidates-Elect or a Representative will have 3 minutes to address the audience/congregations in between prayers and performances. At 6PM the audience will hold a mass prayer and candlelight vigil.
Helping Others in a Positive Environment is giving away turkeys to the first 100 families who receive one or more of the three chronic disease screenings along with the HIV test. This starts on Wednesday and Thursday on St. Thomas St John and on Friday and Saturday on St Croix. For more information call 777-1611, Free turkey – just take the health screenings.
Small Business Development Center has a Procurement Luncheon: How to Successfully Secure a Business Loan - Representatives from the Department of Agriculture Economic Development Authority and Scotiabank will address:
1) Things you need to have in place before going to the bank
2) How to submit a successful business loan application
3) How the bank determines a credit-worthy package and applicant.
Today at 11 am to 1PM at Cooperative Extension Service Room 133 on St Croix and at the Administration and Conference Center Building St. Thomas - Admission is $20
This is American Education Week and this year’s theme is, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility." Parents are invited to visit schools this week to get a first-hand look at a typical school day. “Whether you can spend ten minutes or two hours, we need you to come spend some time with your child at school. Show your child how much you care by spending some time here.” During American Education Week, spend some time at your child’s school and get to know what their school day is all about.