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80 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas. 
76% humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.95 inches
Wind is from East at 7 MPH

National Weather Service says

Isolated to scattered showers are possible today across the region as available moisture increases slightly especially across St. Croix and the Caribbean waters. No widespread or significant rainfall is expected. Seas will range from six to eight feet and winds to 18 knots.

With ten days left in the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the tropics remain quiet

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


At the top of the news on November 20 Wednesday    

Report cards will be delivered today at Addelita Cancryn Junior High School and Bertha C. Boschulte schools.

The full Senate met on St. Thomas yesterday.  They approved all seven nominations and they approved the several zoning bills before them, including the one allowing former senator Petrus to subdivide a his parcel from R-1 to R-2- this is a significant change.  Several senators spoke out against spot zoning, saying this establishes a precedent to allow other people to ask for the same kind of subdivision – increasing the density of construction in R-1 areas. In the end it passed unanimously.  They approved a rezoning in Smith Bay to allow Harthman Leasing the plan for a mixed-use development.  They approved a zoning change for Ivy Moses in Estate Susanaberg on St. John to develop a historical park, water distribution site, and organic pineapple farm at a new place called Neptune's Landing.

The senators it proved an omnibus bill with many provision.  One mandates specific BTU heat rates for WAPA.  As WAPA converts to alternative fuels, they must hit certain specific goals for power generation. The bill also increases the gasoline fuel tax by seven cents a gallon. All of those funds go to WAPA to help secure bond financing. 
Another section of the bill directs the Internal Revenue Bureau to devote two enforcement agents to collecting room occupancy tax from owners of private residences who rent to overnight and weekly visitors.  It sets a penalty for defrauding the IRB on hotel tax at $10,000 and 30 days in jail.  While senators think there may be $20 million to be earned, Claudette Watson-Anderson said in earlier testimony it may not be millions, but she hopes enforcement staff can improve collections.

The omnibus bill includes a budget increase for the Office of the Governor by a half-million dollars, it explicitly includes magistrates and Supreme Court justices in the GERS.  They approved plans to allow Community Development Block Grant recipients to reallocate their grants without legislative approval, and insure that 911 call center operators get night differential pay.  The Omnibus bill sets a penalty for assaulting an employee of the Department of Education.

They approved a measure which will establish a 15 percent penalty for any person found to be egregiously abusing the unemployment benefit program. The unemployed must be ready to work, and if disabled, they cannot receive unemployment.  They approved a bill creating the division of Alternative Markets and International Reinsurance in the Lieutenant Governor’s office.  They approved the bill to include any federally qualified health center to provide treatment to minors for pregnancy and family planning.  They approved the bill to exempt homesteads from judgments.  They approved a bill for the sale of portable electronic insurance.


Senators also approved a number of resolutions one.  Honoring Mrs. Ursula Natalia Magdalena Millan Krigger known as Aunt Sula; she is 111.  They honored Brigadier General Timothy Lake, and Command Master Chief Nielsa Jackson.  They approved a resolution honoring Dion Parsons and the members of the 21st-century band.

Senator Myron D. Jackson, chairman of the Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, Youth & Recreation, is meeting today on St. Thomas to address the subject of youth violence, and a bill to transform the Enid Baa Library into a revenue-generating entity. The bill is to use of Enid M. Baa Library and Archives Building exclusively for archives, records management and supportive economic initiatives.

The afternoon will be dedicated to examining findings and proposed solutions to the challenge of youth violence plaguing the Virgin Islands, and to obtain updates on preventative and rehabilitative programs that address the subject.

The Water and Power Authority on Saint Croix is holding a grand opening ceremony for the new seawater reverse osmosis facility.  today  at 10 am.  Refreshments will follow the ceremony.

I told you about the crop farmer and the livestock farmers of the year at the St. Thomas Agriculture fair – but I left out the other contest – the winners in the best tasting sweetbread contest are: 2nd place winner is Ellen Murraine and the first place goes to Senator Myron Jackson.


Good news from Darryl Smalls and the folks of the Department of Public Works have completed the beautification project at the traffic triangle outside the Bureau of Motor Vehicles - where Pueblo Road meets Moravian Highway near the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  There is a tiny triangle in the intersection. It was grass. Now Dept. Public Works redid the triangle and it is beautiful with trees and shrubs It's gorgeous.  Let's make sure nobody steals these plants.  Darryl Smalls in the guys at public works - you're making good news

UVICELL Center will recognize the outstanding achievements of students enrolled in the Process Technology and Clinical Medical Assistant programs.  The ceremony today is at two o'clock at UVI CELL center in Frederiksted, they will honor the 17 students who completed the Clinical Medical Assistant program on St. Croix.  

This is some good news from Joseph Sibilly Elementary School. The Sunrays Steel Band is proud to announce the release of its very first cd entitled Pan Harmony.  It is a fundraiser for the  steel band program and is available for purchase for $15 at the  school.  For more information please call the school at 774-7001.

We have results in the Chess Scholastic Tournament from this weekend.
9 years and under
3rd place-Ronit Totwani of Antilles
2nd place- Christopher Griffith – of Montessori
1st place- Amir Ottley also of the Montessori.
In the 12 years and under
3rd place-Teon Persaud Addelita Cancryn Junior High School
2nd place-Hamden Benjamin of Montessori
1st place-Jeanne Viray from Bertha C. Boschulte
13 years and older
3rd place-Howard Jones- from Ivanna Eudora Kean High School
2nd place-Arthur Williams, Jr of the Antilles School
1st place-Shamiel Vanterpool – Charlotte Amalie High School
Chess players making good news.

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