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Weather in the World :  New York City has 37 degrees with light snow falling, 42 in Washington with clouds. 32 in Toronto, 30 in Montréal, Paradise Manitoba Canada eight degrees of fog

78 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear  Skies.
78%  humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.99 inches
Wind is from East at 11 MPH
Point 02 inches of rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says

Forecast calls for: Sunny to partly cloudy. High 81F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.

Cruise Ship News - Norwegian Gem, Carnival Valor, Silver Cloud are at Havensight Dock, Maasdam is at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: On St. Croix the Jewel is coming to Frederiksted

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At the top of the news on !!AIR – March 31 Monday

Today is Transfer Day - this is the 97th anniversary of the transfer. On this day in 1917, sovereignty of our islands was transferred from the Kingdom of Denmark to the United States of America. Today is a local holiday. Public schools are closed. The University is open. Local government offices are closed. Supreme Court and Superior Court are closed while federal District Court is open. The water and power authority is closed, Innovative Communication is closed. Waste Management Authority is closed however, the landfills and transfer stations are open.  Note that federal offices and the US Post Office are open today.  The Public Works says the VITRAN Fixed Route Bus Service is suspended on all islands today. The ADA Paratransit Service will operate as normal on all islands.

Senate President Shawn Michael Malone used the occasion of Transfer Day to remind us that we are treated as second class citizens in the US.   No vote in congress, no voice in Presidential elections, and second class status in laws like the affordable Care Act. The Senate President said that after 100 years as a United States Territory, it was more than past time for Virgin Islanders to be completely included into the American Family - with full votes in the Congress, a fair share in federal benefits and the presidential vote.

The legislature held a special session called by the governor. They met to consider a bill that extends the school year and requires that the school year to begin no earlier than the first Tuesday after the first Monday in August and end no later than the second Friday in June. This means school will begin approximately 2 weeks earlier. This means a shorter summer break and an overlap of the prior year's wages with the new school year wages. Commissioner of Education Donna Frett-Gregory testified that lack of funding would put the Department of Education in dire straits. She says the government’s $40 million shortfall would grow to $46 million. She called it an unfunded mandate.  The senators rejected the bill. The committee on education will meet April 7 to hammer out a new plan.  Senator Tregenza Roach said the new law must define the actual instructional time that students receive and acknowledge time for the teacher’s professional development. He says the new calendar must specify a minimum number of instruction hours for teachers and students.

Why aren't the new ferry boats in service? While they are tied up in contract issues, they are tied up at the dock. Ferry operators, Varlack Ventures and Transportation Services will not own the ferries, so  want their management contract - just right. The operators will not pay to use the boats, so the contract is critical.  And it must satisfy local government, federal government, and the operators. When will the ferry’s begin operations ? No date has been set.

St. Croix Central high school will resume classes tomorrow utilizing double sessions at St. Croix Education Complex. Starting Tuesday, both schools will hold classes at education complex. Education complex students have breakfast at 7AM, with classes beginning at 7:30. Complex will dismiss at 12:30 after a noon lunch. Central High School students will arrive by 12:30 for lunch then classes begin at one o'clock. Central high school will dismiss at six pm with a snack. Special needs students at Central High School are going to John H Woodson Junior High School on their current schedule.

All bus stop locations will remain the same however Central high school students who used to walk to school will now ride buses from locations in Clifton Hill, Harvey/Profit, Candido Guadalupe housing and Aero Diaz Heights.

Central High students and staff will be able to enter the campus for a brief period This morning so they can pick up their bags, books and other personal belongings. Faculty and staff may enter the campus between 8 am to 9:30 today.  They encourage staff to access the campus and retrieve all personal belongings, and the tools you need to perform your job, An administrator make keys available." Students can retrieve their books – 9th graders at 10:00 AM, 10th graders at 10:45, 11th graders at 11:15 and 12th graders at 11:45.

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Daryl George, Assistant Director of the Fire Service says that today that effective immediately, a ban on burning throughout the territory until further notice.  Assistant Director George said “It is appropriate that this ban be put in place as a precaution due to the dry weather and recent increase of brush fires.”

St. Thomas Regatta ended with Top-quality competition, razor-close finishes and camaraderie that spanned decades. The St. Thomas International Regatta is the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Caribbean yacht racing. That was so evident on the third and final day of sailing. No one easily walked away with a win. Plus, the podium was filled with teams representing the Caribbean, U.S., and Europe. First time racing in the STIR proved a charm for a yacht called Near Miss.  Their team from Switzerland finished by winning every race but one in their Class. That defeat came form Netherlands’ Peter Vroon aboard his Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens, which finished second.

Local match racing star Taylor Canfield was first in the fiercely-competitive one-design IC-24 Class. Only three points separated the USVI’s Taylor Canfield’s from second place finisher, Puerto Rico’s Marco Teixidor.  In the Beach Cat Class, it was the USVI’s John Holmberg and crew Terri McKenna that finished first aboard their Nacra 17, Flight Risk. Holmberg said “There were challenging conditions with the big breeze and swell, but we sailed our best and it turned out well. During the regatta, we were able to try different things like rig settings and measure ourselves against the other boats. Holmbergf is vieing to represent the Virgin Islands in the 2016 Summer Olympics.” The first annual Captain Morgan Golf Scramble was won by the father-son team of Mel and Ross Miller

Here comes the Alfred O. Heath Distinguished Lecture Series. This year’s speaker is Charles Dutton, actor, director and inspirational speaker. His topic is "From Jail to Yale," a personal story of his journey from the Maryland prison to an award-nominated actor educated at Yale University. The lectures is on April 9 at 5:30 at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on the University’s St. Thomas campus, and on St Croix on April 10 at 6:00 PM at the Great Hall on the Albert Sheen Campus. The public is invited to both events, which are free. Dr Hall said "Having Charles Dutton at UVI is a major boost to our theatre program.” He is a shining example of excellence in the performing arts." In his youth, Dutton, dropped out of middle school, goit in a fight, was convicted of manslaughter, and spent several years in prison. He got in trouble again and spent three more years in prison – part of the time in solitary confinement where he read an anthology of black playwrights. Later, he petitioned the warden to start a drama group. But the warden said Dutton had to get a General Education Development certificate. He earned that, then completed a two-year college program at Hagerstown Community College. Then became a drama major at Towson University. And went on to earn a master's degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama. Dutton’s professional career spans theater, television and film. He is one of the few actors to earn Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. The lectures is at the Reichhold Center for the Performing Arts on April 9 at 5:30 pm, and on St Croix at the UVI Great Hall on April 10 at 6 pm. The public is invited to both events, which are free. For more information call  693-1053.

Our virtue of the week  is  Honesty. Honesty is being truthful and sincere.  It is important because it builds trust.  When people are honest, they can be relied on not to lie, cheat, or steal.  Being honest means that you accept yourself as who you are.  When you are open and trustworthy, others can believe in you.
You are practicing honesty when you
* Say what you mean and mean what you say
* Make promises you can keep
* Tell the truth tactfully
* Admit your mistakes
* Refuse to lie, cheat or steal
* Are true to yourself and do what you know is right
Sayt I am honest.  I can be trusted to keep my word.  I have no need to impress others.  I accept myself.  I tell the truth, kindly and tactfully.

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