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Right now it is:
84 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
82% humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.97 inches
Wind is from East at 9 MPH.
No rain in the last 24 hours. So far this year: 18.41 inches.

National Weather service says: Partly cloudy with 30% Chance of showers, expect some thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 84F. Breezy. Winds from the SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Shower activity will increase today as a tropical wave moves across area.. Winds will remain southeasterly at 10-15 miles per hour.  Mariners can expect winds to 17 knots and seas to five feet through tonight.

A tropical wave located about 700 miles east of the lesser antilles remains disorganized. This disturbance is moving westward toward a region where the upper-level winds are not favorable for development. This system has a 10 percent of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 2 days... and about 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 5 days.

A tropical wave over western Africa is called Invest 96L is producing showers and thundershowers. Environmental conditions are conducive for development and a tropical depression could form – All the forecasts show this system staying far away from our area.
We will watch it for you.

Cruise Ship News  No Ships Today

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At the top of the news on AUGUST 30 Friday

Hard news from the University of the Virgin Islands where President Dr. David Hall said the student body shrank in the last two years. Back in 2010 there were 2,733 students at UVI while in 2013 the student body shrank to 2,455 – that is 318 fewer students. President Hall called on the whole university to engage in a paradigm shift asking all departments to work to promote greater attendance, and solve the problem. However, the demographics are working against the University, the number of Americans turning 18 had a peak in 2009.  There are fewer 18 year olds and the number will continue to decline through 2016. Moreover, many high school graduates are choosing to go off-island for education. The closure of HOVENSA has impacted the territory's economy and the number of students going to UVI on St Croix.

More news from the University - they appointed Dr. Timothy Faley to become the Kiril Sokoloff Endowed chair in Entrepreneurship in the School of Business. He will also be a special assistant to the president for entrepreneurial initiatives. Dr. Faley comes to UVI from the University of Michigan, where he led an entrepreneurship institute - ranked second in the nation. Dr Hall said “Dr. Faley brings a tremendous amount of expertise, experience and passion for entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education to the institution,”. He will develop the Center for Entrepreneurship, have oversight of the 13D Entrepreneurship Student Competition, teach courses in entrepreneurship, As well as cultivate entrepreneurship throughout the territory.  Dr. Faley received a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in business administration from Northwood University.

Good news from St. Croix. In recent weeks you've heard about thieves stealing copper wire and copper gutters, in order to sell the metal. Now the police have recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars of stolen equipment from scrap metal shop on St. Croix. A task force of police officers with help from Waste Management Authority, Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, the Fire Service And the Department of Planning and Natural Resources all converged on Francis Metal in Estate Cottage on Thursday. They discovered piles of wire, fiber optic cable, amplifiers, connectors, telephonic electronic equipment, some new and some clearly removed from use. It was all heaped in piles and squirreled away trailers. Among the piles were those manhole covers that went missing last week. Officials from the phone company and Waste Management Authority identified the materials proving the metal dealer had stolen property. There were seven incidents last month involving stolen phone wire - each time leaving phone subscribers without phone service.

The Police Department has a Press Conference today at 1:30 in Estate Hannahs' Rest St Croix with more information on the multi agency response to reduce the illegal buying and selling of metals, including copper. We’ll have more for you on Lee Carle's News Day.

noon - All elementary and secondary teachers are in training. Today all teachers are asked to report to the respective school while special education teachers paraprofessionals and special education bus drivers are meeting at Frenchman's reef on Friday at one o'clock.

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Last Chance Division of Personnel has scheduled the police and correction officer entrance exam in October.  And interested candidates must sign-up before Friday August 30th, - Get an applications at the Division of Personnel, GERS Complex, St. Thomas or Orange Grove St. Croix. Deadline is today

Back to School.
Today for 9th graders - photos at 1:00 PM and orientation at 4:00 PM.
Parents/Guardians must accompany the students as well as provide a copy of the students immunization card.  All school fees will be collected.  Students must be in full uniform.

Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School, has orientation today  in the auditorium:
Sixth graders at 12:00 noon
All Seventh  graders at 1:30 pm and,
All eighth graders at 4:00 pm on Friday.
Students must be in full uniform and accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Parents should bring $67 for all the fees and school gym uniform. For more information, call 775-4222. 

On St. Croix all elementary schools will hold orientation TODAY
All schools have orientation at 8:30 This morning except 
Ricardo Richards’ orientation from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Lew Muckle School’s has orientation from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. 
The orientation session at Eulalie R. Rivera School is for new, transfer and kindergarten students only.
Alfredo Andrews Elementary School Elementary School has postponed their orientation until Tuesday Sept 3.

St. Croix Educational Complex – has orientation TODAY
Ninth graders with last names beginning with “A” through “I” at 11:00 a.m.
Ninth graders with last names beginning with “J” through “Z” at 1:30 p.m.
Students must be in full school uniform at all times during orientation.

St. Croix Central High School Orientation
Today for all tenth graders from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Today for all eleventh grade students from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tomorrow - Saturday, August 31st -- All twelfth grader students from 9:00 am to noon.

Charlotte Amalie High School orientation continues on
Tuesday Sept 3rd : 8:00 AM   for all 10th graders and parents
Tuesday Sept 3  at noon 30 for all 11th graders and parents
Wednesday  Sept 4th 8:00 a.m. - All 12th graders and parents 
Parents should bring $42 for all the fees to be paid.

Classes will begin in the school district on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

“The Caribbean Writer,” the literary anthology published by the University is soliciting colorful, eye-catching, Caribbean artwork for the cover of its upcoming issue, Volume 27. This volume of the journal will be dedicated to Caribbean musicians and visual artists. Artists should submit electronic files in vertical format as TIFF or JPEG files with a resolution of 300 dpi or greater.  E-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Deadline is Sept. 30th

Governor John DeJongh endorsed the Fathers March and the Back to School Days of Prayer.  His proclamation declares Saturday, and Sunday, as the Back to School Days of Prayer. He also declares Tuesday, September 3 as the Day of the VI Fathers March.  The idea is for fathers and father-figures will accompany their children to school while wearing their tee shirts and badges that indicate they are a force in their children’s lives. Saturday and Sunday are Back to School Days of Prayer, asking all clergy to lead their congregations in prayer for returning students and pray for the fathers to be with their children throughout the school year.

Hearty Congratulations to the India Association celebrating the 67th anniversary of independence for the nation of India.  There is a celebration this evening at the Grand Ballroom at Marriott Frenchman's reef. Traditionally the India Association makes significant contributions to local charities at this event. The India community is one of the largest co-cultures in the Virgin Islands with some 600 local residents claiming Indian descent. You can still sign up - send e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Mulo Alwani.

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