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Weather in the World : 29 degrees in Philadelphia, New York City is 26 degrees. In Boston is 22 degrees while Chicago is 18 degrees and snow, Mackinac Island Michigan's got nine degrees with snow and Minneapolis -7.

78 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear skies.
77 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.02 inches
Wind is from East at 11 MPH
Trace of rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says :  A ridge of high pressure will dominate weather conditions for the next few days. Dry and stable weather is expected with occasional trade wind showers. Across the local waters, seas and winds will subside. Small boat operators should exercise caution across offshore Atlantic waters - locally fresh trade winds and six foot seas. Forecast calls for Partly cloudy skies High 78 to 80 degrees. Winds will be mainly from the east at 10-15 miles per hour.

Cruise Ship News the Carnival freedom, Carnival dream, and Reflection are at Havensight Dock
Noordam and Oasis of the Seas are at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

Headlines :  Senate committee will examine sports in the territory, Christian instead a hotspot for technology, good news today from St. Croix about the dairy and do you get what you pay for when you buy gasoline

At the top of the news on  !!AIR – February 25 Tuesday
The Senate rules committee approved three nominees to three boards. Keith O'Neill is approved for the Public Finance Authority. John Clendenen was approved for the Public Services Commission. And Roberto Cintron was approved to the Port Authority Board. The nominations now go to the full Senate..

Meanwhile the Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, Youth and Recreation, has hearings today on sports and recreation. They will consider a territorial sports policy for the Virgin Islands. They will examine sports as a contributor for economic growth and development for the territory, and to ensure that professional sports are promoted and supported. They also have a bill to memorialize world boxing champion Emile Griffith by building a statue of the fighter at Emile Griffith Ballpark on St. Thomas. The bill would also designate Griffith’s childhood home at No. 6 Princesse Gade as a historical site.

Senators will come to a special session on Monday March 3 to address the problems with the payment of retro wages and the money withheld for GERS contributions.  The government employees who received retro pay in 2010 argue they should not have had GERS contributions withheld.  The Senators have to change the law to refund the money.  The Special Session is Monday

CaribJournal says Christiansted is one of the hottest potential tech hubs in the region. They surveyed the region and picked their top sites for tech development.  They pointed to our Boardband initiative, our link to the US and identify Christiansted as a potential technology hub. Other hot spots in the region are St Kitts and nevis, Nassau in the Bahamas, Kingston Jamaica and Bridgetown Barbados.

When you buy gasoline and you get what you pay for? Now the Inspectors with the Weights and Measures Unit of Licensing and Consumer have portable analyzers to field test gasoline to check the octane rating of the gasoline. The two new Zeltex octane analyzers, are the size of a briefcase, and let inspectors test the octane at any fuel pump – is it the same as the label on the pump? Until now, the inspectors couldn’t test octane levels. They sent samples to private laboratories for analysis. Now inspectors can do on-site checks. They can also test the water in the gasoline, and make sure the pumps are delivering the correct amount of fuel at the correct price. Selling watery gas or lower octane gas will cost the station operator up to $5,000 - per violation.

Good News from St Croix. The St. Croix Economic Development Initiative will announce their acquisition of the Island Dairies plant at Sion Farm, in Christiansted. The Virgin Islands Agriculture Development Corporation will acquire the assets of St. Croix Dairy Products and restart the plant under a new business plan. They also plan to reopen the  St. Thomas Dairies as well. St. Croix Dairy operated for 52 years but closed in December of 2011. That cost St. Croix 25 jobs. At the dairy’s peak they had 41 full time employees.  "Island Dairies" made milk products, ice creams and juices. The new owners are planning to make some physical plant improvements, incorporating renewable and efficient energy equipments, consolidate the local market, and develop a new business model with a cooperative consumer member ownership base. Mr. Anthony Weeks is the main player behind this plan. Island Dairies is coming back.

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Deadline Wednesday - The Government Employees’ Retirement System has a Pre-Retirement Planning Workshop on St. Thomas on Thursday from 8:30 am until 4:30 in the afternoon at the GERS conference room in st. Thomas . Topics include GERS Benefits, Healthful Living, Health Insurance Coverage, Social Security Benefits and Taxes after Retirement. To register, call 776-7703.  Seating is limited, so register early. The pre-registration deadline is tomorrow Wednesday, February 26.

Farmers have to pay taxes, but there are special benefits to farmers in the tax laws.  The Bureau of Internal Revenue has a workshop for farmers - where to file, what to file, when to file, especially the Schedule F Form. TODAY on St. Croix six pm and Thursday the 27th on St. Thomas also 6:00 PM. This seminar will make farmers aware of what needs to be done and when.  And show you the tax advantages given to farmers. Come prepared to get your questions answered.  On St. Thomas on Thursday at the Small Business Development Center Training Facility, in Nisky Center. 

Back on Saturday, the Carnival committee introduced the Carnival 2014 Princess contestants in a Candyland in Roosevelt Park. The three lovely young ladies were serenaded with songs and given giant lollipops which contained their contestant numbers:
Contestant #1 is Rich-elle An-isa Lanclos, a 4th grade student at Lockhart Elementary School.
Contestant #2 is Sh’Ny-ah A. Bacon, a 6th grade student at Julius Sprauve School.
Contestant #3 is Cemi-Lei-la John, a 4th grade student at the Sibilly School.
The Carnival Princess Show is coming up Sunday, April 13, at Lionel Roberts Stadium.

The Carnival Cultural Night Committee rwants everyone to know the Cultural/International Wear Competition is during Cultural Night on April 23. You can compete call Beverlie Baron, at 228-5033. And all the carnival information is on the Carnival Committee website at  Carnival is coming!

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