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Morning strike slows cruise ship arrivals

It's 82° Fahrenheit  27.7 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
74% humidity. Partly cloudy skies
Wind out of the East at 12 mph.
Water temp: 83° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had POINT 10 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Scattered Showers
Satellite Photo Shows: No storms on the horizon.

The national weather forecast calls for Partly cloudy. Scattered showers early in the morning... then isolated showers in the late morning and afternoon. Highs around 86. Breezy. Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Cruise Ship News – 5 ships
At Havensight  Dock Em Emerald Princess, Carnival Dream, Carnival Liberty,
Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay - Norwegian Sun, Oasis of the Seas

At the top of the news on Tuesday October 26   

The East Enders Association got into a mess. They held a Gubernatorial forum last night but errors in communication. The Governor’s campaign says they never got an invitation until Monday morning.  The East End Association says they invited him 4 days ago. Ken Mapp was ready to talk but at the last minute the venue said they couldn’t use their space. No event. Now they are trying to rearrange the debate – setting it for tonight at American Yacht Harbor Marlin deck at 6:30 PM – Makes you wonder if any of the candidates will come.  

We have polling results in the Governors contest showing Governor John DeJongh with 51% of the vote and Kenneth Mapp with 25% of the vote. with 22% still not sure what they will do. Oh it is the Governor’s polling organization. Now here is another poll – this one conducted by John Boyd. He asked voterd about their top four concerns - 55% put crime first, 44% put education first, 35% say jobs is first and 25% roads are the biggest problem. In the governors contest, the poll gave Mapp 65% of the vote on St. Croix and 42% on St. Thomas St. John for 53% total, while the Governor’s team got 27% of the vote on St. Croix and 49% on St. Thomas St. John for 38% of the total.

The Virgin Islands Police Department Estate Bovoni and Estate Tutu Weed and Seed Program are still on the move with its youth programs. They are looking for mentors for the National Police Athletic League Mentoring Program.  The program partners a youngster with a caring adult that engages the youth with positive activities for at least one hour a week.  Mentoring Coordinator Jacqueline Freeman says our young people are faced with many issues, such as pressure from gangs; and children need a place where they can feel safe.  Studies show that mentored youth are less likely to use drugs, alcohol and display negative behavior. Students guided by mentors are more likely have improved school performance. Effective mentors give attention, listen and respect youth while providing emotional support, commitment and leadership. Mentors and children must meet for at least one hour between 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Friday or 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
Contact PAL Mentoring Coordinator Jacqueline Freeman at 344-4516 for further information.

There was a strike among the crew of the boats that take the harbor pilots out to meet the cruise ships that is preventing the cruise ships from landing on St. Thomas today.  None of the five ships have landed as of this morning as they lack the pilots to direct them to their berth.  At this point the Port Authority staff are working to make alternative arrangements. One captain has decided to cross the strik line and he will bring the pilots to the ships – one at a time. Liberty, the Carnival Dream, then the others. Attorney General Vincent Frazer called from a meeting with the marine manager  and they are getting the pilots out to the ships to get all of the ships into port.  

This is red ribbon week –The week’s theme is “My Future Is Bright, I’m Drug Free.”  On the UVI St. Croix Campus today is wear red day to commemorate the Drug Enforcement Agency officer who lost his life in the fight against drugs. Friday on St. Croix there is a door decorating contest. On Wednesday the St. Thomas Campus has a  walk/rally and speak out against substance abuse – Wednesday at 4:45 pm Wednesday from the Lindberg Bay Police Station. A forum and open mic will follow. The first 100 participants will receive a free t-shirt. Another highlight will be a presentation by UVI Student Peer Educators and law enforcement officers from 8 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Dining Pavilion.

On St. Croix the message came to Ricardo Richards Elementary School by Helicopter.  The National Guard flew to the school with a message, if you are drug free you can fly. The students also got to see the X-ray devices that detect drugs and watch and the dog patrol found hidden drugs. The message was clear: You can do anything if you stay drug free..

New for computer lovers.  The Lieutenant Governor office has geospacial images of the Virgin Islands available.  Go to – you can see aerial views of the islands.

Superintendent for the St. Thomas-St. John District Jeanette Smith-Barry announces that district schools Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) Kick-off Rallies are Today. The rallies will include participation from students, teachers and administrators, and will focus on the PBS program and its core message that good behavior can pave the way for better learning and better student achievement, as well as better relationships with classmates, teachers, administrators, family members, and community members

The Department of Human Services and Health have workshops about Dengue Fever. The public is invited to attend on the following days: St. Thomas TODAY at the Sugar Estate Head Start Conference Room from 6 to 7pm. On St Croix Wednesday, at the Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged Cafeteria from 6PM. Childcare providers and Head Start teachers are required to attend. For more information contact Gerri Hanna at 773-2323, ext 2125.

This is Bullying Prevention Month in the Virgin Islands and Governor John DeJongh issued a proclamation urging parents and teachers to be aware of the problem with school children getting bullied with physical verbal and sexual abuse. Bullying is intimidation and can occur in school, in neighborhoods and on the internet through chat and e-mail, text messaging and web sites. The Governor’s Children and Families Council is working in the schools to stop bullying and raises awareness of Bullying.

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