20 August 2013
Right now it is:
83 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
Barometric pressure is 29.95 inches
Wind is from East at 16 MPH.
Point 24 inches of rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. So far this year: 17.80 inches.
National Weather service says: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 86F. Breezy South East Wind at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70%
A moist and unstable air mass will continue across the Virgin Islands this morning. There is a good potential for scattered to numerous showers, with some thundershower activity. Unsettled weather conditions through Wednesday. Across the local waters, mariners can expect six foot seas and winds to 20 knots (23 miles per hour). No Storms on the Horizon
Cruise Ship News Carnival Liberty at Havensight Dock
At the top of the news on AUGUST 20 Tuesday
Governor John DeJongh called the Legislature into a special session today to consider three urgent proposals. One of the would authorize the PFA to issue Revenue Refunding Bonds for cash flow relief in 2014, the second would finance a settlement with the Internal Revenue Service following their audit of Public Finance Authority Revenue Bonds, and the third bill would appropriate $5 million to the Department of Justice to fund litigation with HOVENSA in the coming year. The governor expects litigation with HOVENSA to stretch over seven years and cost $15 million dollars.
How long til the gas runs out – HOVENSA says the end of October is when the fuel tanks for regular gasoline will run dry. Premium gasoline and diesel will last until November. They have no plans to import gasoline after that date. BUT – if the government drops plans to collect excise taxes on imported fuel – they might import fuel. They seem to have us over a fuel barrel.
On Monday Governor John DeJongh met the new disaster coordinating officer for the U.S. Army North Region – that is Lt. Colonel Kenneth S. Kirkonian. They were joined at Government House by VITEMA Director Elton Lewis and Mario Costagliola who is the Operations and Planning Officer, for the region. Lt. Colonel Kirkorian updated Governor de Jongh on levels of preparedness for natural and man made disasters in the territory and provided an overview of the year round planning that takes place. This is the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season - they also discussed the overall federal response plan to assist the territory after a hurricane or other tropical weather systems. The federal government's emergency response plan now involves the United States Navy as well as FEMA.
Senate committee on Homeland security met yesterday And approved a bill to make some computer activities into cybercrimes. If the bill becomes law, it will be illegal to send false information through the Internet. The bill makes a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, to use computers, or information on computers, or to send information online or through a computer network, for a fraudulent purpose. It also would make it a felony to destroy data or software or equipment that is part of a criminal investigation. The bill would make it illegal to harass someone using a cell phone. No more lying about your age or weight on Facebook or calling someone a jerk in text messages. The committee approved a larger zone around schools and bus stops where it would be illegal to carry an unlicensed gun – same for senior citizen centers – 1000 foot “No Gun” zone.
The marlin slept in late, but woke up hungry and treated anglers to a hot afternoon on the second day of the Open Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament known as the ‘Boy Scout Tournament’. The 28-boat fleet spread across a 45-mile stretch of sea and collectively released 26 blue marlin. A total of 62 marlin have been released in the first days of fishing. The team aboard, Wave Paver, moved into first place with the release of one blue marlin today and five total for the tournament. Casca Dura caught nothing for the day and dropped to second place. A local St. Thomas team is in third. The fishing continues today and concludes on Thursday.
The Department of Health Immunization programs has a special vaccination clinic on St. John at the Morris F. de Castro Clinic, TODAY - August 20th – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be back on Thursday - August 22nd from 9 am to 3 pm.
School is coming. All new 9th graders must report to CAHS for school identification card photos. Bring a copy of your updated immunization record and bring $42 to pay all the fees. If you don’t want accident insurance - bring your insurance card and show you are covered. Students must wear their uniform.
Tomorrow Wednesday, August 21th: 8:00 a.m. last names N-S and at noon last names T-Z
Thursday, August 22nd: 8:00 a.m. for all new students who need to purchase a permanent school ID.
The Coral Bay Community Council is hosting a community meeting with Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls today from 6 - 8 pm at Guy H. Benjamin School, Rm. 6, in Coral Bay, St. John. He will give an overview of current and potential Public Works projects in Coral Bay. There will be time for discussion.
5:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the WICO Dock. Dion Parsons and WICO are hosting another musical event this evening. Bring a chair and an umbrella.
Why would someone spray graffiti on the Salvation Army building? They are good guys – they serve thousands of meals to people in need. The Salvation Army delivers services to the neediest every day. Maybe the graffiti is the result of some unruly recipients who were abusive to the staff and tried to injure the staff. The Army had to hire a security guard so no one got injured. Those few were banned from the soup kitchen for their unruly behavior. You know the Salvation Army lost federal funds back in December. They are getting more local contributions and still struggling to remain in operation. Capt. Anna Hawkins says despite the graffiti – the "The community here on St. Thomas has been absolutely fabulous," Hawkins said volunteers showed up and repainted the door that was defaced. That’s is making good news out of bad.