08 August 2013
Right now it is:
84 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
Barometric pressure is 29.90 inches
Wind is from East North East at 12 MPH.
Point 4 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. So far this year: 16.20 inches.
National Weather service says: Partly cloudy with rain showers. High of 86F. Breezy. Winds from the ENE at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
A drier air mass will move over the Virgin Islands today. Limited shower activity is expected.
Mariners should expect six foot seas and winds to 20 knots
We are watching a weak low pressure system is producing a small area of cloudiness and showers over the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Environmental conditions do not appear conducive for development.
Cruise Ship News No Ships Today
At the top of the news on August 8 Thursday
The Senate met. They debated. It was hot at times. In the end - they rejected the proposed agreement with HOVENSA. Eleven no votes. 3 yea votes. Some voted, “No” and some voted “Hell No.” Three voted in favor. Immediately following the vote, they approved a resolution encouraging Hess to find a buyer for the refinery. In opposition were senators Capehart, Gittins, Graham, Hansen, Jackson, Malone, Nelson, Rivera-O’Reilly, Payne, Roach and Millen-Young. In favor were Senators Cole, Buckley and Sanes. Senator Barshinger was absent. The Governor released a statement expressing his disappointment saying this was the best alternative to a dispute. Now he fears the dispute is inevitable. The governor may speak about this today. He is scheduled to talk at 12:30 to the Rotary club at Frenchman's Reef.
Meanwhile the senators approved 4 members for the Housing Authority Board; Luis Sylvester, Dr. Noreen Michael and George Blackhall, and Daphne Edwards. This is the first time in years that the Virgin Islands Housing Authority has had a local Board.in more than ten years. They will function as a local board to advise the federal receiver, Kimberly Wise who is running the housing authority. This is the first step toward reestablishing local control of the Housing Authority.
They did not address the other agenda items about veterans home loans, improved tower communications capabilities. Or the Revenue Estimating Conference. Nor a vote on whether to make the Queen Conch Shell the official shell of the Virgin Islands. Or the master plan for Altona Lagoon,
The committee on finance has budget hearings today.
The board of elections met on Wednesday and voted to accept the new voting machines. They approved plans for new storage location. But will they work? The US Election Assistance Commission issued a report back in December that says machines like ours have problems. At random intervals the machines shut down and freeze while shutting down. They fail to log all their events and sometimes a ballot placed in the hopper in a skewed manner results in incorrect votes. Joe Boschulte says it is too late to get new machines and they can be fixed so that ours work correctly. The election board held a discussion about hiring new employees and contract its own independent legal counsel. Right now the election board is no employees and the election system is running without management. St. Croix Board Chairman Adelbert Bryan proposed Carolyn Adams Fawkes but there has been no action on her NOPA.
Here is good news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They studied the obesity rate among preschool children. And the territory had the most significant drop in its rate of obesity among low-income preschoolers compared to all the other states and territories. During the last three years the territory's rate dropped by 2.6% that means that in 2008 about 13% of our preschoolers were obese compared to about 11% in 2011. Perhaps the first lady Michelle Obama’s Let's Move program is really having an impact. Low income is an indicator for obesity, as low income people tend to eat a poor diet.
The Department of Health Immunization and Maternal and Child Health programs will hold special vaccination clinics on St. Croix today and tomorrow to get children vaccinated prior to the start of the new school year. The immunization clinic is open at the Charles Harwood Complex today from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. they will be open again on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Good News from the American Red Cross for this hurricane season. They have a new free mobile app for your smart phone call Hurricanes. It helps you be prepared for a storm - before, - during and after a storm. There is a one touch button that sends a message that says “I'm safe” to your family and friends on social media. There are up-to-the-minute NOAA weather alerts for our islands. That app also includes a toolkit to help you create a family emergency plan. And you can get weather alerts where your family and friends live. Go to the Apple App Store or the Google Store. And search for “Hurricane by American Red Cross”.
Hearty congratulations to the twenty-seven interns who participated in the department’s Labor Investing for Tomorrow summer internship program. Since 1989 the lift program has served some 500 college students. At a government house reception the interns received a Certificate of Participation and a small token of appreciation for their dedication to the program. The interns recognized, from St. Thomas were: Halimah Blanc, Shakeem Bryan, LaAsia Campbell, Alvinus Charles, Aniqua Dessout, Aquila Dorsey, Nicole Doumeng, Gabriel Ible, Sierra JNO-Lewis, Britney Jones, Whitney Jones, Ranisha Mascole, Shenice Sebastien, Micah Thomas, and Shaniqua Thomas. From St. Croix were: Luz Aguilera, Kristina Chardon, Kevin Dixon, Kwame Garcia, Marcel Lindsey, Rashema Lubin, Devon Pelle, Shantelle Peters, Melanie Romain, Tyrone Sackey Jr., Kalim Ventura, and D’Lisa Williams. Aquila A. Dorsey got special recognition for her service as “Team Captain” on St. Thomas