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Right now it is:
84 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
73% humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.94 inches
Wind is from East at 21 MPH.
Point 27 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. So far this year: 16.20 inches.

National Weather service says:   Overcast with 60% chance of thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 84F. Breezy east wind at 15 to 20 mph shifting to the West in the afternoon.  Showers activity will increase across the region as a tropical wave move through the local area.  Small craft operators exercise caution - six foot seas and winds to 21 knots.
No Storms on the Horizon

Cruise Ship News:  Carnival Valor at Havensight Dock

At the top of the news on August 12 Monday

Check your paycheck.  Government employees should see a restoration of their 8% pay cuts that we lost back in 2011. Senate President Shawn Michael Malone says the paychecks issued on August 8, should reflect the salary restorations, Certain employees in the Departments of Education and Human Services will not see the change until September. The 8 percent salary reduction took effect in July of 2011 as part of the Economic Stability Act – the idea was to avoid widespread layoffs.

Governor John DeJongh sent a letter to HOVENSA. He informed them of the decision to reject the proposed deal  about the sale of the St. Croix refinery.  The governor said despite the best efforts of Hovensa and his administration - many members of our community, and the Legislature did not approve the agreement. The current interim agreement will expire Thursday, and starting Friday the provisions of the old Third Concession Agreement will go back into effect.  Attorney General Fraser wrote to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, asking them to resume collecting duty on nonexempt shipment of petroleum products for storage of HOVENSA.  The 6% customs duty will go into effect on Friday, the day after the interim agreement expires.

Is the HOVENSA vote a watershed moment for the Virgin Islands Legislature? Senator Nelson is calling for a new Majority, made up of everyone who voted against the Hovensa Agreement.”  He says, the synergy of the Hovensa vote created a balanced, like-minded working group.  Now, that our constituents are looking towards us for leadership to get to the next level, he wants this group to be the driving force in creating an new agenda with a new focus.”

Change at Innovative Communication Corporation. Seth Davis steps down as CEO and Shawn O’Donnell will replace his as President and CEO. O’Donnell will lead the senior management team in the US and British Virgin Islands, and Saint Maarten. He has 30 years of experience in the telecom industry; recently, as President of the International Carrier Services Division of PTGi, a global telecommunications provider.  The years under Seth Davis saw tremendous positive change and rebuilding within Innovative; new infrastructure, new technology and service upgrades; internal system modernizations; and successful personnel negotiations. Welcome Shawn O’Donnell to Innovative Communication Corporation.

The Department of Health’s Immunization Clinic services at the Schneider Hospital is temporarily suspended until further notice. Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett said the second floor clinic was damaged during an vehicular accident early Sunday. Plaskett wants Immunization staff to report to work  and assist with damage assessment and develop plans for the operation of the Immunization Clinic.

Good News from the Reichhold Center - students in the Youth Moviemaking Workshop showed their movies Saturday night at the Reichhold Center. The movies ranged over topics like bullying, healthy living and building self-esteem. Big Thank You to the Brabson Family Foundation and UVI , who support the program with scholarships for the student participants, and the equipment and editing software.  During the four week summer program, the student filmmakers learned character development, scripting, locations, filming and editing. Each participant had to produce stop-motion animations, public service announcements, music video collages, and short stories, in increasing degrees of difficulty. In the end they all worked on a 30 minute story that was the highlight of the evening on Saturday.


A crook stole some stuff from our house on Saint Peter Mountain Road.  The owner has sentimental reason to want the iPod and the SD card out of the camera.  Please.  Her deceased father's last photographs and his last recordings is on the iPod and the pictures on the SD card have sentimental value.  The crook can keep the other stuff, please return the SD card and the iPod.

St John - time for new students entering the public school system in grades one through 12 to register. Registration on St. John is today until 11:45 a.m. at Julius E. Sprauve School.

St. Thomas East End Medical Center Corporation is implementing a new computer system.
Starting today, the Center will begin installation and training of new computer systems to enhance
Patient care services.  They ask for your patience and understanding as they work to improve your patient care experience.

Coming up on Tuesday, there will be a grand opening ceremony at the water and power authority's Randolf Harley power plant as they dedicate the new seawater reverse osmosis facility.

Good News Maker of the Day is our St. Thomas carnival Queen Adisha Penn – She is leaving to go to college to Atlanta, at Clark Atlanta University – she will be studying law. Best wishes from all her friends and all her family.  Everything is going to be alright.

Our virtue of the week is Modesty.  Modesty is having self-respect.  When you value yourself with quiet pride, you accept praise with humility and gratitude.  Modesty is being comfortable with yourself and setting healthy boundaries about your body and privacy.

You are practicing modesty when you ...
*   Are comfortable being who you are
*   Respect yourself
*   Do not permit anyone to abuse your body
*   Set boundaries about your right to privacy
*   Accept praise with humility and gratitude
*   Share your victories without boasting
Say this Affirmation: I am modest.  I have no need to brag.  I dress in a way that shows respect for myself and others.  I protect myself from disrespectful attention.


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