27 January 2014
Weather in the World : 36° in Philadelphia, 37 in New York City Boston has 27 all of them have clouds. In Chicago it's 2° of clear skies while Toronto Canada has 16° and snow. Montréal has 7° and snow Minneapolis -14, and Paradise Beach Manitoba -23° with fog.
79 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas. Under clear skies.
74 % humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.03 inches
Wind is from East at 22 MPH
No rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours.
National Weather Service says : Sunshine and a few clouds. High 78F. Winds ESE at 15 to 25 mph.
A generally fair and stable weather will continue across the Virgin Islands today. There will be isolated showers at times through this week but rainfall amounts will be very light. Across the coastal waters, expect winds to 20 knots today. Seas will build to six feet in Caribbean waters and eight feet in offshore Atlantic waters tonight.
Cruise Ship News : Carnival Valor is at Havensight Dock
Headlines : State of the territory tonight. CDC investigates a ship here on Sunday. HOVENSA raises fees, Jogger jam a big hit and Purposefulness is our virtue of the week
At the top of the news on !!AIR – January 27 Monday
Governor John DeJongh will deliver the state of the territory address tonight. This will be his eighth state of the territory address, and the last of his administration. He is expected to review the advances made during the past seven years amd the challenges, particularly the financial challenges. He will probably talk about how he guided the territory through the Great Recession; the rum agreements and their role in sustaining government services; tourism and re-establishing the identities of our towns. He will also address the territory’s new economy; broadband network; business and economic development; public works advances; the post-HOVENSA era and efforts to sell the refinery. Also on the agenda energy; education; emergency management; public safety; healthcare and hospital systems. The Legislature will convene a session at 7:00 PM to hear the address. You can hear it live here on WSTA and at the Governor’s web site, www.GovernordeJongh.com.
Meanwhile, on Saturday Senator Shawn Malone's said the "Senate awaits accurate financial data from the Administration.” The governor responded saying that the Senate is regularly updated on the financial situation. The governor says the numbers speak for themselves and no one in the Legislature can claim to be surprised that we are facing a budget deficit of over $70 million dollars.”
The Waste Management Authority held their annual meeting on Friday. Executive Director May Adams Cornwall said they are making progress on their audits. The auditor found deficiencies in financial reporting, financial analysis, financial management and internal controls. She said the government appropriations have declined over the years and the Authority needs its own revenue stream. In the long run they need a waste fee system. Right now, they have a plan before they Public Services Commission for commercial tipping fees for the solid waste at the landfills and transfer stations.
The Water and Power Authority is gearing up for construction of propane tanks at the Krum Bay power plants. To accommodate the construction, some staff and materials for the line department are moving into Subbase. Look opposite the tennis courts in Subbase you'll see the new utility pole storage area, and the small building opposite the tennis courts will be used by authority staff. WAPA will use the large lot below Sara Hill opposite the airport runway as a staging area for construction while maintaining the parking area for the people who like to exercise around the airport.
HOVENSA added 17 cents to the cost of wholesale regular gasoline at the rack in St Croix. Diesel is up 2 cents and premium gas is down one cent.
On Saturday, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that 281 passengers and 22 crew members aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Explorer of the Seas, have reported symptoms that resemble norovirus. The ship was in the middle of a Caribbean itinerary, with more than 3000 passengers and more than 1000 crew members. They stopped at the West Indian Company dock on Sunday and CDC health officials went on board to evaluate the outbreak and devise a response. They only allowed passengers to disembark who showed no signs of illness – so no threat to our residents. They left Sunday bound for Saint Maarten, but made a quick U-turn and the ship went home to New Jersey. Where’s the good news - the national news mentions Puerto Rico not St. Thomas.
You're listening to Good News Headlines on WSTA. More news, first this
All public elementary schools in St. Thomas and St. Croix will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 28th to allow staff members to participate in professional development and training sessions. Additionally, all public secondary schools in both districts will be closed on Friday, Jan. 31st. Staff from these schools will also be attending professional development and training sessions.
Bureau of Internal Revenue, reminds all Virgin Islands employers that they are required to submit Form W-2VI the Wage and Tax Statement to every employee by the end of this week. The forms are available at the Bureau’s offices on all islands.
Good news from the jogger jam. On Sunday more than 300 women turned out for the 32nd annual Women's Jogger Jam. They started at the Fruit Bowl and looped the hospital returning to the Fruit Bowl. Money raised goes to support the Family Resource Center and the St. Thomas Road Runners. A big thank you to the Fruit Bowl which donates five dollars for every registered jogger who completes the race. Ruth Ann David was the overall winner, the Montessori school won the school challenge and the Seventh-day Adventist women's ministry was the organizational winter. In the under six category Zindzhi Ottley won. Among the 7 to 12 year olds Shiah David was the winner, among the 13 to 18-year-olds Talisse Thompson took the top title. Among 20-year-olds it was Ashley Smith in first. Among the 30 year olds Tiara Kappel was first. Among the 40-year-olds, Kirsten McConnell was first. Among the 50-year-old Laura Kline was first, among the 60s it was Candace Grant and among the elders 70 and older Marcy Offerdahl was the winner.
Our virtue of the week is Purposefulness - Being purposeful is having a clear focus. Begin with a vision for what you want to accomplish, and concentrate on your goal. Do one thing at a time, without scattering your energies. Some people let things happen; when you are purposeful, you make things happen.
You are practicing purposefulness when you…
• Have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish
• Know why you are doing it
• Focus on the goal
• Get back on purpose if you get scattered or distracted
• Do things one at a time and finish what you start
• Persevere until you get the right results
Say this affirmation: I am purposeful. I am clear about what I am doing and why. I stay focused on my goals. I know I can accomplish great things.