21 November 2012
First the weather:
82 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
84 % humidity.
29.86 Barometric Pressure – rising
Light Wind from East South East at 2 MPH - overcast skies
Point .86 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. 32.66” so far this year.
National Weather Service says: Partly cloudy with 30% Chance of rain showers, then thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 84F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph.
A trough of low pressure in the western Atlantic will dominate the local weather through Thanksgiving Day. Converging winds and moist air will generate showers along a cold front just to the southeast of St. Croix.
Cruise Ship News
Carnival Glory, Freedom of the Seas, Norwegian Epic at Havensight Dock 3
Eurodam and Norwegian Gem at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: 2
From Ace Sea Chest - Happy Thanksgiving to all and be Thankful for the home you live in and Ace Sea Chest to help you take care of your home.
At the top of the news on November 20 Tuesday
The Virgin Islands Legislature held a full session yesterday. They voted to increase their own budget by eight hundred fifth thousand dollars, reversing the cuts made earlier this year. Part of money is to fund the travel of relatives to the opening ceremonies of the 30th legislature. They took the funds from bond proceeds. No one voted nay.
They added amendments to raise the cigarette tax and give the funds to the general fund, and some to the Olympic committee. They approved a pension for the widow of the late Governor Juan Luis. They shuffled funds from the GERS retro money to pay for pension contributions. Not net change to the unfunded liability. They rewrote the rules when a sex offender needs to travel. They took money from the girl scouts to pay for mammograms. They took funds from the casino fund and sent it to the Crucian Christmas Festival. They took funds from the EDC to fund the Bureau of Economic Research and increased the time limits for rental cars on St John. This was called the Thanksgiving Bill.
They approved a 123 million dollar borrowing bill with funds for police vehicles, improvements to Paul E. Joseph Stadium, the High School track and field facilities. Two million to complete Fort Christian reconstruction, money to open the Turnbull library in Tutu, money to rebuild the public works garage in Subbase, roadwork in Frederiksted and Christiansted, bathrooms in Mon Bijou, 2.5 million to UVI to complete the Research and Technology Park building. They also approved 35 million for energy related projects.
Senators also approved a rezoning request from the GERS to allow construction of a hotel, convention center restaurant, offices and a senior living facility on land from Weymouth Rhymer Highway just east of the Donoe bypass up over the hill toward Frenchman’s bay. The north side will be for the hotel and the south side will be housing lots. They approved zoning requests and CZM permits: The Mohananis can build twelve housing units above Paradise Point, Seven Stars can keep their guesthouse, Church of God SDA can build a multi-use complex in Smith Bay, James Hymes can run his law firm from his home in Estate Elizabeth. Ace Sea Chest got a CZM permit, and Senators approved use of Port Authority land for utility lines going to a proposed Caribbean Cultural Center and Museum on the west side of Frenchtown. They approved a deed for the Chicken Shack on St Croix and a plan for WAPA to buy land for a reverse osmosis plant.
Senators approved resolutions honoring Dr Yosef ben’Jochannan, retiring judge Patricia Steele and Dale Rogers known as Bakimba the man people saw every day tending Mandela Circle.
Senators corrected an error in the budget restoring funds to the University that were cut by mistake and also approved restoring the 8% pay to the University staff when the rest of the government gets their 8% back in July of 2013. They approved the Community Development Block Grants, and the bill regarding false claims against the government, a bill regarding non-resident insurance agents and a change to the EDC rules reducing the number of local employees from ten to five.
The St. Thomas Special Response Team confiscated illegal drugs by being proactive in high crime areas. Chief of Police Darren Foy said the Special Response Team deployed in Kerwin Terrace, French Town, Contant, Hospital Ground and Estate Anna’s Retreat. Officers confiscated dime bags of marijuana, vials of crack cocaine and some large bag of marijuana. No arrests were made no suspect was found with drug in their possession.
Good News from Ras Al Grant - the St.Thomas Cricket Association is having it's 2nd annual Thanksgiving Cricket Tournament on Saturday and Sunday - this weekend at Addelita Cancryn School Cricket Pitch. Four teams will be competing; The Neil Carty One, and the Neil Carty New Generation Cricket team, the St.Thomas Cricket Association President 11 and The BVI Cricket Team. There will two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday. Cricket fans and others are invited. It's free. Food and drinks will be sold. Sat and Sunday at the Cancryn Pitch.
This is new – the Latch Patch is a resource center for women with new babies – specifically to help you breastfeed your baby. Every Tuesday there is a prenatal class at 5:30 PM and the Latch Patch ha store in Al Cohen’s Mall on Raphune Hill with breastfeeding supplies, pumps, breastfeeding bras and other baby care needs. They offer prenatal classes, yoga classes and telephone support when you are feeding your baby. If you want to feed baby in the most natural and nutritious way call Ms Bennett at 340-201-7091 for more information. 340-201-7091
The Government Employees’ Retirement System will issue bonus payments to retirees on today. Each year the VI Lottery gives the GERS funds to make the bonus payments. To qualify, an annuitant or pensioner must be age 60, have been on the payroll for one year and eligible to receive a Cost of Living Adjustment by July 15 of this year.
As the University of the Virgin Islands nears the end of an extremely busy Golden Jubilee Year, President David Hall and others will appear on Addie Ottley’s “Face to Face” this evening on Channel 12 Public TV at 8 o'clock. The entire hour is for University news - the new Strategic Plan 2017 – Pathways to Greatness, the 50 for 50 challenge’s increase in alumni giving, the Sisters With Purpose student organization and more.
The Innovative Turkey Bowl, is today - This year’s celebration will include the Territorial Flag Football Championship Game and the Traditional JV Flag Football All-Star Game. The activities begin with the Antilles School playing the champions from the district of St. Croix at 6 p.m. The Traditional All-Star Game will follow at 7:00 p.m. Kick-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at the Lionel Roberts Stadium on St. Thomas. Admission is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for students with ID.
Paradise Jam women tournament starts on Thursday Through Saturday. Admission for local residents is only $15, and $5 for students and children. Tickets are at the UVI Bookstore and Fat Turtle. The Thanksgiving day games are free. – bring the whole family to the basketball games.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day – Banks, Schools and government offices are closed. The University is closed. Most remain closed for Forsberg Day on Friday as well. The Supreme Court and Superior courts are closed. Phone Company and WAPA Customer Service offices are closed. The Police Department Central records bureau is closed on Thursday but will be open on Friday.
The Kids at Project HOPE are holding a wedding today – the groom is Pil Grim and the bride is In dian. They will have a champagne toast with apple cider and celebrate the wedding with traditional games in the Parking Lot - stealing the bacon, little salley water, red light-green light. Dance the electric slide to dj music as the kids have a fun afternoon unfolding the history of thanksgiving.