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83 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
79% humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.86 inches
Wind is from East at 2 MPH

National Weather Service says: Partly cloudy with 40% Chance of rain showers. High of 79F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph.

Cruise Ship News 5 ships!
Disney Fantasy, Norwegian Epic, Freedom of the Seas at Havensight Dock
Carnival Glory and Royal Princess at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

At the top of the news on November 6 Wednesday
The Waste Management Authority staff got an earful from local retailers at public hearings last night. They asked for public comment on their proposed fee structure they plan to introduce in the territory shortly. The Waste Management Authority wants to become self-sufficient - they propose fees on products as they arrived in the territory. Fees on things like Fluorescent bulbs, tires, motors lubricating oil, Marine and diesel oil, electronic devices, computers, televisions,, copiers, printers, telephones, appliances, air-conditioners, water coolers etc. it's all the kinds of things that create waste that they have to pay to haul off island. Last night on St. Thomas at the curriculum center business owners came out to protest the proposed fees. They say it will put costs on them. They say it will impede business. They say the additional fees will drive customers away. Tire vendors like Rodriguez auto-parts say they have to overstock some tires and return unused tires to the vendor. They'd still have to pay the taxes. If you have an opinion on the tipping fees the public hearings continue this evening on St. John of the Julius Sprauve School from six to eight p.m. There will be additional hearings on St. Croix next week Tuesday, November 12 at the curriculum center and from 6 to 8 p.m. and on St. Thomas on Wednesday, November 13 the UVI ACC building, then on St. John on Wednesday, November 14 at Julius Sprauve School - all meeting 6 to 8  pm.

Meanwhile the governor - in support of the Waste Management Authority is encouraging all residents to do their part to “Preserve paradise.” He proclaimed the month of November as VI RECYCLES MONTH. There's an aluminum can collection contest, the reusable bag contest, and activities at the Chamber of Commerce business showcase Expo this weekend. In the aluminum can contest, students can collect cans for recycling and raise funds for their class or school. The Waste Management Authority will match the funds raised by the top winners in each district. In the reusable bag contest, residents are encouraged to bring reusable bags to the store you could win a $30 store certificate at Plaza Extra or cost-U-Less or Fruit Bowl and St. Thomas, Starfish Market on St. John and Stop & Shop on St. Croix. Ask the cashier for an entry form.

Board of Elections is ready to test their test ballots. They need a sample ballot to help people understand the new voting machines. How many names – two for simplicity or many since our elections have dozens of candidates?  Real names or make believe names, or names of vegetables – how to make the sample ballot is a topic. They stopped arguing by deciding to have the Supervisor create the sample ballot. Then they haggled over stenographers and recordings and what questions should go on the candidate’s questionnaire. Do they have the power to create a candidate quesitonaire – they will discuss it at their next meeting. Meanwhile they have culled the voters list removing 3,000 people on St Croix who have not voted in the last two elections – off the voter’s rolls.

The next-generation network board members learned that the government's broadband project is moving forward quickly. The first of the public computer centers are up and running including sites of the Boys and Girls Club, Michael Kerwin Terace, Turnbull Library, the Police Athletic League, St. Andrew's church, the Department of Labor, Resource Center for the Disabled, the Long Path Community center and Winston Raymo Rec Center. More centers are opening shortly, and St. John's center is coming on stream soon; same thing on St. Croix. The centers are in go mode. Thousands have signed up for the digital literacy training, and many have completed the course already. It’s coming.

Registration for Adult Continuing Education Program evening classes will continue this week at Adult Education’s Family and Literacy Center, located on Kommandant Gade. Sign up times run from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration is also being held at the Charlotte Amalie High School, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Registration ends on Thursday, November 7, 2013.  Classes at CAHS campus have already begun. FMIC 774-8399 between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Cancer Support Virgin Islands meets first Wednesday of the month at noon at the Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute Bennie Benjamin Auditorium. Today Doctor Larry Altshuler, the Director of Oncology Intake, is in down from the Cancer treatment centers of America to talk about their program.

Virgin Islands Lottery has a meeting for lottery dealers on St. Thomas meeting today at the Franklin building at 6:00 PM.

Looking at Thursday Port Authority Director Carlton Dowe invites all independent taxi drivers to meet with Port Authority officials to discuss new operation procedures at the Cyril King Airport on St. Thomas.  The meeting will be held on the third floor of the Port Authority’s Administrative Building near the airport on Thursday, November 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.  For more information, call 774-1629 ext. 6639.

Our good news maker of the day is Freda Rivera. She heard about the Good Bears of the World – giving teddy bears to the Family Resource Center and making sure that children in trauma get a teddy bear to hold and hug.  She had bears. She had a lot of bears – she makes fruit baskets for birthdays and other special events and she had some left over teddy bears – Big Thank You to Freda Rivera for donating to the Good bears of the World.  You are making good news.

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