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Weather in the World : it's eight degrees in Boston with clouds, Washington is 28 with snow coming down. In upstate New York 16 degrees with snow. Chicago has four degrees, Toronto nine degrees, and in Minneapolis -9.

78 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear skies.
74 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.99 inches
Wind is from East at 15 MPH
Trace of rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says :  A weak trough will move across the area today increasing the potential for shower activity. An upper level ridge will then build across the Virgin Islands through Friday leading to a more dry and stable weather pattern. Across the local waters, relatively tranquil marine conditions. Winds will average 17 knots with seas of three to five feet. Forecast calls for Sun and clouds mixed. High 78 to 80,  Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

Cruise Ship News the Freedom of the Seas, Norwegian Getaway and Disney Fantasy are at Havensight Dock and the Carnival Glory and the Royal Princess are at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:  Cruise ship Century is coming to Frederiksted, St Croix

Headlines :  Do we need territorial sports policy for the Virgin Islands? division personnel says do the health risk assessment or pay a fine, and here comes the astronaut.

At the top of the news on  !!AIR – February 26 Wednesday

Governor John DeJongh joined the governors of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the northern Mariana Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico asking the National Governors Association for support. The territorial governors requested help from the National Governors Association to revise the policy principles for state-federal relations to include languages specific to the challenges and obstacles facing the territories.

Meanwhile Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen joined delegates from the territories wrote to President Barack Obama requesting fiscal year support of no less than $88 million in fiscal year 2015. This would be the same level as 2013 but more than the present $85 million. The delegate says federal funding is important to the territories. Most of it is technical assistance money for projects like the cancer registry, or to pay for digitizing historic records, or feasibility studies for things like the salt River education center.

Do we need territorial sports policy for the Virgin Islands?  Senators debated the policy for a national sports recreation program. Policy is one thing, but funding is another. One Senator said there are plans to build a new stadium in Frederiksted and the Mars Hill multipurpose complex. While 35 million is supposed to be split between the projects, that amount is inadequate to do either one. Aertainly not both. Senators approved bill to build a statue to boxing champ Emile Griffith at his ballpark. But where is the funding? It would cost $140,000. Senator Myron Jackson called for an international fundraising effort. Is it enough to have it ballpark named in your honor. Do we really have money for a statue?

The port authority is changing the Marine maintenance fees for ferry operators. Not the ferries running between St. Thomas and St John. The fee increase is for the ferry to Tortola and beyond.. The fee at Charlotte Amalie, Red Hook and Cruz Bay ferry terminals go up from $.85 per passenger to two dollars. That is the first increase in 20 years.  The wharfage fee will go from $1 to $3 per passenger and that fee has not been increased in 18 years.

The board of elections announced the new schedule for the coming election. This year's election begins on May 6 – that’s the first day to file nomination petitions. Casting of lots for positions on the primary ballot will be May 23. The last day for voters to register for the primary will be July 2. The primary election will be on August 2. Note that the date has been moved up to allow general election ballots to reach military and overseas personnel in time to vote. The last day to register for the general election will be October 5. This year's election day will be November 4.

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Deadline today - 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 . The pre-registration deadline is today. Call 776-7703. 

All veterans of all armed forces living on all islands the Veterans councilor is in the Virgin Islands. All veterans with claims pending or who wish to file claim meet with the councilors from the Veterans Administration's. They are on St John on today until 3 o'clock at the office of the St John administrator. and on St. Thomas on Thursday and Friday February 27 and 28th

The Carnival committee is calling all Calypsonians who plan to compete in the 2014 Calypso Monarch competition to attend a meeting this evening at 5:30 at the division personnel's offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The meeting will be held by video teleconference.

The division personals reminding all employees in all retirees under the age of 65 that new rules require that members complete an annual health risk assessment on CIGNA's website. Go to the health risk assessment must be fully completed and include actual biometric numbers for glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol. The deadline is Sunday, September 14. If you do not complete the health risk assessment you will get a fine of $20.83 every other week until it is completed. For more information call 714-8588 on St. Thomas or on St. Croix 718-8588.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue and the University School of Business are teaming up to help taxpayers. The volunteer taxpayer assistance program is every Saturday until April 5. The university students will help with forms 1040 EZ and 1040A. On St. Thomas at the IRB in Red Hook – 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM each Saturday. On St. Croix at the Bureau’s office in Estate Diamond 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. and on St. John, taxpayer assistance is at the Bureau of motor vehicles in Cruz Bay 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM every Sat. until April 5. Bring your W-2s, W-2P, Form 1099 and form SSA. For more information call 715-1040 on St. Thomas, and on St. Croix, 773-1040

The  Hotel and Tourism Association and the University have a Hospitality Forum tomorrow at Frenchman's Reef from 9:30 til lunch. The forum features a panels of hospitality experts  sharing their knowledge, goals, and insights with students from the high schools, the Raphael Wheatley Skill Center,  and with students from the University hospitality program. This is time for the students to talk with key players in the industry and get answers to questions.

We have an astronaut here this week. International Capital and Management company brought NASA astronaut Captain Michael Foreman to St. Thomas. Capt. Foreman flew 637 hours on two space shuttle missions  and 32 hours in spacewalks. He was at Charlotte Amalie High School, and Saints Peter and Paul yesterday. Today he is at Lockhart elementary school, and tomorrow at Antilles school.   Captain Foreman will be offering presentations and engagements as well as an astronaut story.

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