07 August 2013
Right now it is:
83 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
Barometric pressure is 29.94 inches
Wind is from East at 7MPH.
Point 29 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. So far this year: 15.46 inches.
National Weather service says:
A moist easterly flow combined with an unstable environment generated by the proximity of an upper level trough will continue to enhance the trade wind showers across the local area today. As a result, expect scattered showers to affect portions of the region from time to time. A tropical wave is forecast to enter the eastern Caribbean on Wednesday crossing the local area on Thursday.
Mariners should expect winds to 16 knots (18 miles per hour) and five foot seas.
No Storms on the Horizon
Cruise Ship News Carnival Liberty at Havensight Dock
At the top of the news on August 6 Tuesday
Governor John DeJongh held a press conference on Monday morning. The topic was the HOVENSA agreement. He appealed to the public to support his negotiation with HOVENSA that will clear the way for an eventual sale of the refinery. The Governor said, “It is now clear that the current owners of the refinery are no longer interested in operating a refinery and are willing to exit in a manner that is coordinated and can be to our long-term benefit.”
He specifically asked that we not approach this – not as a chance to get back at Hess for past problems, rather to see this as a way to open the possibility for a new start with a new company. He pointed to the loss of 580 million dollars in lost economic activity, the loss of 2,400 jobs, 27% of the average gross pay of the private sector. Hess is going out of the business of refining oil and Pedvesa has its own problems. He says this is not about the past, but opening the door for a new company to come to the Virgin Islands and have a new relationship.
Do we want to have the refinery sold? Before any other option can be opened, there has to be an agreement to sell the facility. once there is approval for a sale – the other possibilities open up. If we do not approve the agreement, then HOVENSA may file for bankruptcy and then legislators will have to find funds to pursue litigation. He is urging the senators to approve the amendment to the 4th agreement.
Two buildings and Bourne Field coming down. They are both vacant. The Port Authority has scheduled demolition for numbers one and two behind the Gladys Abraham Elementary School on Parcel 68, in Lindbergh Bay. Demolition is slated for Wednesday. Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe said that the buildings are being removed in keeping with the Authority’s policy to demolish vacated homes on the Bourne Field property. He is sending hand-delivered notices before the work begins. Only vacant buildings are being removed and only after the proper permits have been acquired. None of the existing residents are being evicted. VIPA plans create a new housing community with a private developer and has already issued an advertisement for bids to build the new homes.
Senators grilled corrections Bureau Dir. Julius Wilson on Monday. Some even called for his resignation. At issue this influx of contraband, drugs, weapons, facilities maintenance and recent crying inside the prison. The prison also has a high recidivism rate and low participation rehabilitation and education program. Meanwhile the locks don't work, perimeter security is weak, and porous to drugs, weapons and contraband. Some senators say he is just too disconnected, visiting Golden Grove only once a month and St. Thomas Alva Swan Annex twice a month. They say the prison system is out of control – starting at the top.
ICC wireless office in Nisky Center are now closed. They are moving to the waterfront. The new ICC Wireless offices will be next to the Scotia Bank Mortgage Center and should open on August 12.
The Independent Citizens Movement Party, St.Thomas chapter announces our next meeting on Thursday August 8th, 2013. It will be held at Percy, Bus Stop. The meeting time is 6pm and we invite both members and non members to join us.
All children entering kindergarteners for the 2013-14 school year are supposed to take the LAP-3 Assessment before to the start of school. The assessment measures readiness in seven domains including language and cognitive development. They have administered the test for the last five weeks, BUT have not yet reached all of the incoming kindergartners. If you have a child or grandchild who will be entering kindergarten for the first time - please contact Sharon Richardson, at 775-2250 for an appointment. 775-2250
St. Croix Chamber of Commerce is having a business a breakfast meeting on Thursday at 730 the morning topic is digital media for your business. Topics include developing a digital media marketing strategy, impressing and engaging customers, making your website standout, keeping in touch with email marketing, choosing the right social media sites, putting tablets and mobile apps to work, employing Search Engine Optimization tips, using analytics to track customers and predict behavior, measuring return on investment. The speaker is Shomari Moorehead of CrucianPoint.
Good News from the American Red Cross for this hurricane season. They have a new free mobile app for your smart phone call hurricanes, which will help you be prepared. The mobile app helps you with information before, during and after a storm. You can share information with loved ones on social networks, get instant access to local real time information about a storm.
One touch way to say I'm safe and broadcasted to your family and friends on social media. There are location-based NOAA weather alerts including our islands, also a Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm, along with simple steps and checklists to create a family emergency plan. You can also get weather alerts for the places where your family and friends live. The Hurricane and First Aid Apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching “Hurricane by American Red Cross”.