02 April 2014
Weather in the World : 42 degrees in Philadelphia with clear skies, a 43 in New York with clouds. Boston has 39 degrees while it's 45 degrees in Washington. Still 30 degrees in Denver while upstate Michigan has temperatures in the teens. The place called Paradise Michigan? 19 degrees with light snow.
80 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas. Under crystal clear skies.
Barometric pressure is 30.02 inches
Wind is from East at 4 MPH
No rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours.
National Weather Service says One or two passing showers embedded in the trade winds cannot be ruled out during the morning and early afternoon hours today. As a mid to upper level trough approaches the local area from the west this afternoon into Thursday, the potential for shower activity increases. The trough will shift south and east of the local area on Friday with a return to a drier weather pattern. Across the coastal waters, seas will average six feet with winds on the order of 16 knots.
Forecast calls for: A mix of clouds and sun. High 79F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
Cruise Ship News – the Carnival Conquest, Norwegian Getaway, and Royal Princess Are at Havensight Dock - the Eclipse and the Allure of the Seas are at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:
Headlines : New source of revenue for the hospitals, US House of Representatives approved changes to six pack rules, are you considering a career in law enforcement?
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The Senate Finance Committee met yesterday and approved several bills on their agenda. One would provide a reliable revenue streams to support our hospitals. Earlier this year, our government approved a law allowing businesses called captive insurance to operate here. Now the Senate Finance Committee has passed an act to make all revenue generated by captive insurance business go to support the Juan Luis Hospital and the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital. The Commissioner of Finance supports the bill but He said it wasn't clear how large the revenue stream would be. The territory generates revenues from annual licensing fees on captive insurance companies, but they pay no local taxes on funds flowing through the territory. If this bill becomes law, all the revenue would go to the hospitals.
The Senate Finance Committee also approved a lease to ABC sales in Subbase, and a lease for Commercial Security Services. Senators held in committee a bill to create a public corporation to receive the assets of the Lonesome Dove Petroleum Company. You will recall that our government came into ownership of Lonesome Dove when that company went bankrupt. They owed 21 million dollars in taxes. The company came into receivership of the Virgin Islands Government in 1992. Now the receiver is prepared to turn over the shares of stock in that company and we need a vechile to manage the ownership. That company produces approximately $1 million year in revenue, Governor John DeJongh wants the funds directed to support early childhood education. Senators also held in committee a bill to expend funds that are received from Diageo. 3% of the total cover-over goes to a fund to support community development. 8.9 million dollars are on hold in that fund. The Governor wants to spend some on new 911 communication towers, paving roads, surveillance cameras for the Police Department, dredging in Christiansted harbor, cemetery maintenance and a feasability study for a St. Thomas multi-sports complex.
News from Washington that's good for our maritime industry. The US House of Representatives approved the 2014 Coast Guard Reauthorization Act. It contains provisions that benefit our charter boat industry. If the bill passes the U.S. Senate and is signed by the president it includes alternative compliance with US Coast Guard safety regulations for certain US vessels. Right now uninspected charter boats are restricted to only six paying passengers when operating from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Foreign vessels from nearby islands do not have those restrictions. On the House Floor, Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen said “This is something our charter boat industry has been advocating for at least 20 years," “The existing rule, sent our once thriving charter yacht industry to the British Islands and cost our economy some 70 to 100 million dollars a year,” according to Christensen. The governor concurred saying the vote brings the territory "one step closer in its efforts to regain the yachting industry’s leadership mantle that was once a vibrant part of the local economy." This new bill could make it easier for charter boats to operate out of the US Virgin Islands.
St Croix Central High School met yesterday for the first time in more than a week. They held classes at St Croix Education Complex. Despite some confusion and students getting lost trying to find their classes, it all came off with minor problems. Meanwhile, officials at the EPA and Department of Planning and Natural Resources are working on the source of the smell that closed Central and working to mitigate the problem and make sure it does not recur.
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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.”
4 Are you interested in a law enforcement career? There is a Law Enforcement Career and Recruitment Fair on St Croix today from now through 2:00 PM at the UVI Great Hall on the St. Croix Campus. You will meet professionals in many law enforcement fields and discuss your employment options. The law enforcement field offers excellent health insurance, retirement and career benefits. Careers in law enforcement involve many areas of study and people with a background in criminology, criminal justice, intelligence gathering, political science, psychology, social work, Information Technology, engineering, and the liberal arts and sciences. The recruitment fair is today at the Great Hall of the University of the Virgin Islands, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 pm.