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First the weather:
73 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
91% humidity.
30.05 Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from East at 17 mph – Under Partly Cloudy Skies
Point 03 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.  They call this drizzle in the rest of the world. 

National weather service says:  Mostly cloudy with rain showers in the morning, then overcast. High of 81F. Breezy West wind at 10 to 20 mph shifting to the NNW in the afternoon. Patches of low level moisture continue to move across the Virgin Islands through about noon today. Drier air is expected to move into the area this afternoon as a high pressure system builds across the area.

Cruise Ship News
Summit and Norwegian Gem at Havensight Dock
Ryndam  at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

At the top of the news on Friday February 1

Good News from Juan Luis Hospital.  They are not facing an imminent deadline – yes they have to solve the 11 deficiencies in a time frame but the hospital is not in danger of losing medicare and Medicaid payments upon which it depends. Not in jeopardy.  A spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said CMS is not currently considering termination of reimbursements. They are working with the hospital to formulate and implement a plan of correction. They extended the deadline for the hospital to submit that plan.

Meanwhile on St. Thomas the Daily News reports the hospital is seeking a 1 million dollar line of credit with local banks.  The CFO of Schneider Hospital says it is routine.

The Department of Tourism wants a water/adventure park on the island of St. Croix. They are requesting proposals for a feasibility study for developing, and constructing, a water park. The adventure park must be economically viable, sensitive to the environmental and meet community needs. Property and Procurement will accept bids until Friday, March 1. Contact person is Lloyd  Bough call  773-1561 ext. 5244.

Welcome to the Virgin Islands to Robert Ro-mas-co, the president of the AARP’s volunteer board of directors. The Source interviewed Romasco who said part of being AARP’s national spokesman includes being its national listener. That’s what he was here to do. He got to listen to the Governor’s State of the Territory Address in the chambers. He is meeting with AARP members and listening.  AARP has 40 million members nationwide. In the Virgin Islands there are more than 20,000 AARP members. It’s for people over 50 and helps assuring their independence, choice and control over their lives. He said “most people are not financially prepared for retirement. The majority of people over 45 have very little retirement funds. Social Security is going to be more and more important.”

According to the U.S. Travel Association, 2013 promises modest growth: Domestic leisure travel is expected to increase 1.2 percent in 2013 - a new record high - but the growth will be at a slower pace than during the past few years.    While business travel volume will slow significantly next year to less than one percent, the number of business trips has grown steadily since the downturn in 2009, and is expected to see more positive growth in 2014.    Total domestic travel spending, including leisure and business travel, will increase three percent. U.S. Travel Association said that.

Caribbean jewelry studio, announced its new Elkhorn Collection fundraiser initiative has raised $1,500 since May 2012. A portion of the proceeds from this coral-inspired jewelry collection benefits The Nature Conservancy’s  Coral Restoration Program. Kris Massicott, owner of ib designs, said her customers often perceive the custom jewelry design as the “tree of life” – she says “These coral species are the foundation of our reef-building species throughout the Caribbean,” The funding ib designs generates will help with maintenance of the nurseries and monitoring of transplanted corals.”

The V.I. Economic Development Authority has a new State Trade and Export Promotion grant of more than 300,000 to promote small business. Local small businesses can apply for through the STEP program to help market their products abroad. This is the second year the territory has received money through the three-year STEP program. In the first year, 20 local small businesses made use of the funds. Applications forms are available at the EDA offices, the Small Business Development Center and the Small Business Administration in both districts. Applications can be found online at

Free healthy breakfast at UVI Sports and Fitness center on Saturday from 10-11 am. Are you interested in losing weight, gaining energy, or just feeling great? Come out to this free healthy breakfast and learn more about health, nutrition, and improving both! Saturday at UVI Sports and Fitness center from 10-11

The Waste Management Authority and UVI honored Sonia Nethropp yesterday unveiling a new scholarship fund in her honor.  Sonia Nelthropp was a driving force behind the creation of the Waste Management Authority. She was a biologist, educator, engineer and manager. She worked with a small but very dedicated team to create an agency, the Waste Management Authority, that would provide quality wastewater and solid waste management services to the community while protecting the environment. Honoring Nelthropp’s wishes, WMA teamed up with officials at Veolia Water North America Caribbean to create a $50,000 endowed scholarship to UVI for undergrads majoring in process technology on St. Croix and in science and math on St. Thomas. An internship at VIWMA is also included.

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