16 January 2013
First the weather:
75 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
29.98 Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from NE at 8 MPH – Mostly Clear Skies
No - Point 01 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
National Weather Service says: Overcast with a 20% chance of rain. High of 82F. Breezy East North East wind at 15 to 20 mph.
Cruise Ship News
Carnival Glory, Norwegian Epic, Freedom of the Seas at Havensight Dock
Reflection at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:
At the top of the news on Wednesday January 16
Governor John DeJongh accepted the resignation of Police Commissioner Henry White on Tuesday. The Governor thanked him for his service to the VIPD since November 2011. 14 months. White is leaving as of February 15. Why – White said “The management style of this commissioner and the political structure of the territory are not compatible.” He pointed to nepotism, favoritism and politicism as barriers to his kind of management. The governor put a positive spin on the short tenure as an opportunity to transform the top leadership in the Police Department so that we can better meet our critical challenges in law enforcement.
Senator Alvin Williams agreed to plead guilty to one charge of racketeering during his 6 year tenure in the Virgin Islands Legislature. The others will be dismissed. The former senator wrote, QUOTE I engaged in illegal activities through a pattern of racketeering as a Senator in the Virgin Islands Legislature,END OF QUOTE Williams wrote in his change of plea request, filed with the court. Williams faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. But that is down from a possible 80 years in jail. He will be in court Thursday to see if the Judge will accept the plea deal or not.
Senate President Shawn Michael Malone introduced the new rules of the 30th Legislature. Expect more transparency. No member of the staff may engage in any kind of campaigning during work hours. No gifts from anyone having business before the Legislature. They got rid of the idea that one senator can block up an area of legislation by pre-empting others and stay anonymous. Now that senators will be public knowledge. New standard operating procedures for travel expenses, per deim, and cell phones. Expect to see travel records published monthly. The whole Legislature’s finances are to be published quarterly. Stay tuned to this and see whether it really happens or not.
The Department of Agriculture is opening the new farmers’ market in Estate Bordeaux. Commissioner of Agriculture Louis Petersen said “It is our hope that this new facility will encourage increased farm production, and stimulate economic development. The market facility consists of a 60,000 gallon cistern, a large bungalow for vending, sales tables with lockable storage units, sinks for washing produce, and a dining pavilion. Project partners also anticipate that the new Bordeaux Farmers’ Market will serve as a model site for agri-tourism initiatives that showcase our local culture and agriculture. Today 10:00 Am in Bordeaux.
Here come street names to three communities that don’t have street names. The pilot project is under the direction of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor with the University’s Eastern Caribbean Center. This is a pilot project introducing a standardized addressing system for our roads. The Lieutenant Governor did not identify which communities were selected. We don’t have street names and we don’t have the community names either. Ironic.
Social Security Office in Nisky Center has new hours. On Wednesday Social Security closes to the public at noon. Wednesday: closed at noon. Other days Social Security is open from 9 AM to 3 PM. New phone number for Social Security in Nisky Center. Toll free number ! write it down 866-876-1925. Social security in Nisky Center. 866-876-1925.
4 All alumni of Saints Peter and Paul school are invited to a special meeting this afternoon at 3 PM the school cafeteria. The meeting is regarding moving the school forward. Mr. Belmar is inviting all alumni to come to a meeting today at 3 PM
4The Government Employees’ Retirement System offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix will be closed for an employee training today from 8 am to 11am and re-open at noon. Regular hours will resume on Thursday, January 17th at 8:00 AM.
St. Thomas Parent University is back tonight at 6:00 PM at Lockhart Elementary School. They have a basic computer class in the Library. In this years Parent University the topics include self defense, Strengthening the Family. Come out tonight. Bring a friend or make it a parenting date. Lockhart Elementary School, 6:00 PM tonight, also next week and every Tuesday and Wednesday through February 6th. Parent University is back on St. Thomas. Tonight at 6.
It pays to pay your taxes. Ask Mr Dollar in St Croix. The government Bureau of Internal Revenue seized Mr Dollar and shut it down. Locks on the doors. End of business. Why? Didn’t pay taxes. Gross Receipts Tax… since 2004. This was a last resort. The Bureau of Internal Revenue says they won’t shut down any business that is working to pay its taxes.