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Weather in the World :
78 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear skies.
77 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.03 inches
Wind is from East at 12 MPH
No rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says :  Sunny. High 78F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Drier conditions and near-normal temperatures are expected today as an area of high pressure and trade winds continue to prevail in the upper and lower levels of the atmosphere. Winds will be generally from the east at 10-15 miles per hour. The potential for shower activity increases on Thursday and Friday as moisture from the Tropical Atlantic moves into the area – no significant rainfall is expected. Across the coastal waters, seas to five feet and winds to 17 knots.

Cruise Ship News :  Disney fantasy, Norwegian getaway, freedom of the seas are at Havensight Dock
Carnival glory and the Royal Princess are at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

Headlines : Ice and snow in the states is impacting flights to here. New agricultural initiative being announced in St Croix today and Chess tables are coming to the parks.

At the top of the news on  !!AIR – February 12 Wednesday

Ice storm, sleet, freezing rain, heavy snow blanket the south and southeast today.  The story has a name. It is Winter storm Pax. Thousands of flights are cancelled across the south and many flights in and out of Atlanta are grounded. Atlanta and Georgia are particularly hard hit by PAx.  President Barrack Obama already declared a state of emergency for Georgia. This storm is impacting the Virgin Islands since many flights have been delayed or cancelled. All delta flights to Atlanta are cancelled today.   Travelers should check flight status before going to the airport. And this storm is moving up the east coast, The weather people are talking about 4 to 12 inches of snow from Washington DC, through Philly, New York - all due to get the bad weather tonight through Friday. Heavy snow in Washington DC tonight. Heavy snow.

Somethimes other people’s bad news sounds like good news to us. Rosemary Sauter is in jail. She fled the Virgin Islands in February 2010. Disappeared.  She is alleged to have fled with some 2 million dollars of her client’s  funds which were in her company’s escrow account. She surfaced in San Diego California  late last year and is in jail in San Diego. Yesterday she appeared in court and heard the charges.  They are working on bringing Sauter to the Virgin Islands to face trial on the accusations.

You already know about the agricultural fair. Now here comes the new Virgin Islands Agriculture Development Corporation and its new strategic alliance with SeJah Farm.  This is coming from Anthony Weekes and his St. Croix Economic Development Initiative. The US Virgin Islands is the only jurisdiction in the U.S. without its own food supply system which is not good for our national security. To make the USVI agricultural industry economically viable, we need our own food supply system and a strong and productive agricultural industry.  In the Virgin Islands we consume a variety of fruit: sugar apple, mango, papaya, sour sop, genip, sea grapes, tamarind, passion fruit, carambola, and goose berries. United States food regulation laws restrict the fruits we can export to the US mainland. But we can export a puree and make money selling our fruit. Weekes sees a business opportunity and he's organized the new Virgin Islands Agriculture Development Corporation & SeJah Farm Co-operative. Weekes has submitted a new draft agricultural policy to the legislature that includes a plan for an AgriBanc and revitalizing the dairy on each island. There is a big announcement today and we will bring you more later today and tomorrow.

A senate Committee has hearings today on St. Thomas.  They will examine a bill to assess the cadastral and land records in the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. And discuss findings and proposed solutions to the challenge of records management related to land and boundary disputes, land rights, property and cadastral records for St. Thomas/St. Croix.

Here comes the territory’s first Health Information Exchange network, called the Virgin Islands Health Information Network  The Health Information Exchange is a secure electronic network that enables healthcare providers – hospitals, health centers, clinics, pharmacies, labs and other medical professionals – to exchange health information for consultations, referrals, sharing and reporting. The local health exchange is part of Direct Exchange Solution, a national standard for the secure exchange of healthcare information. There will be an Open House – tomorrow - Thursday, February 13 starting at 9:30 to 11:30 at Schneider Regional Medical Center in the Second Floor Conference Room and there is an Open House on St Croix on Friday, February 14 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m at Charles Harwood Clinic-First Floor Training Room.

You're listening to Good News Headlines on WSTA. More news, first this

The Government Employees’ Retirement System offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix will be closed for an in-house employee training tomorrow, Wednesday, February 12th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Division of personnel says the group health insurance office will be closed territory wide from today and Thursday as the staff attend training. They'll reopen for normal operations Friday morning at eight a.m.

The Carnival Parade Committee wants to meet all 2014 Carnival Troupe Leaders This evening at 5:30 p.m. at Carnival Headquarters. Call Marie at 690-2502. Applications are available for vendors who want to sell at Lionel Roberts Stadium during Carnival. Deadline is Monday, March 3rd. Call 776-3112.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue wants business owners to know about filing their tax returns, where to file, what forms to file, when to file.  There is a seminar that will make business owners aware of what needs to be done and when.  On St. Thomas the tax seminar for business owners is at the Small Business Development Center on Thursday feb 13 from 6 to 8 PM.

The VI taxicab commission reminds residents who are senior citizens, and have the senior citizen ID card that taxi drivers are not obligated to grant any discount on taxi fares including the dollar run service on St. Thomas and the $2.50 service on St. Croix. Taxi drivers are independent business owners and are not subsidized. Please be respectful and pay the full fare.

First Lady Cecile de Jongh will host ceremonies to increase public awareness of the Chess in the Parks Initiative. There are new chess tables being installed in eight public parks.  The chess tables were built by My Brother’s Workshop. Scott Bradley said the guys at My Brother’s Workshop came up with the design.  The checked out similar tables in the states - $2,500 plus shipping.  The men at the workshop are making them for about $250 and they deliver. The tables are going in local parks and this means local chess tournaments in the parks. One is being dedicated today at 3:00 PM at Frank Powell Band Stand St John and on Thursday at 3:00 PM at Altona Lagoon St Croix. Look for the new chess tables in Limpritch Park in Christiansted near First Bank also at Vincent Mason Pool and Veterans Park & Waterfront locations in Frederiksted. On St. Thomas there are new chess tables at Alvin McBean Rec Center in Tutu, Emancipation Garden, Downtown, also Veterans Park and Lindberg Bay Park near the Airport. Chess tables and tournaments coming to the Virgin Islands.

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