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Weather in the World : it must be spring up north. 60 degrees in Philadelphia, 54 in Boston Washington as a balmy 62 degrees while still in the 40s in Denver in Toronto. Bismarck North Dakota 27 degrees maybe it's not spring everywhere

79 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Clear Skies.
77%  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.07 inches
Wind is from East at 8 MPH
No rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says A generally fair and stable weather is expected across the Virgin Islands - as a ridge of high pressure dominates the local area.  A patch of low level moisture will bring some cloudiness and showers this afternoon. A generally fair weather is expected Saturday and Sunday. Possible showers late Sunday. No significant rainfall is expected.  Across the coastal waters, easterly winds to 17 knots and five foot seas.

Forecast calls for: Partly cloudy. High 79F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

Cruise Ship News: the Summit is at Havensight Dock and Sea Dream One at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal

Headlines :  below average hurricane season, we have wounded warriors on St. Croix, winners in the taste of St. Croix, and kudos to the folks who made afternoon on the green huge success

At the top of the news on !!AIR – April 11 Friday

Great news out of Colorado today as the hurricane forecasters issued their first prediction for the coming storm year. Below average! Doctor Klotzbach and Doctor Gray issued their first prediction saying the El Niño is expected to be strong this year. That breaks up the upper atmosphere and prevent hurricanes from forming. And the tropical Atlantic is colder than normal. That also prevents storms. Expect a season that's about 60 percent of average. By comparison last year's hurricane season was about 40 percent average They are expecting nine named storms of which three will become hurricanes and one will be a major hurricane. While they can't predict landfall they say the Caribbean has a 20 percent chance of landfall of the storm. Of course one storm coming here makes our season huge. The season starts on June 1st. This year the names begin with Arthur, then Bertha then Crystobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hannah, Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Lara, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, Renée, Sally, Ted, Vicki, and Wilfred. If we get to Josephine, the forecasters are correct with nine storms. But if we start hearing about Kyle and Lara - they're wrong.

Senator Tregenza A. Roach is proposing a change to the public school calendar by providing a minimum number of hours of pupil instruction and designating days for professional development for teachers and other school professionals. Right now the law says students must get 1080 hours of instruction during the year. And the Department negotiates a calendar with the union for hundred and 80 days. But they've removed days for professional development. The proposal would mandate 190 school days with the required minimum number of hours and allow time for teachers to pursue professional development.
Senator roach says this is more important now that we are implementing the new common core standards.

Good news from the legislature where they are finalists for the highest honor that the U.S. Department of Defense bestows on employers. Every year the Department of Defense announces which businesses and agencies have provided exemplary support to the employees were enlisted in the National Guard and reserve. It's called The Freedom Award. This year our legislature is regarded as superior and support for its employees who are part of the National Guard and reserve. Our Legislature in a winner. 

We have wounded warriors on St. Croix for the 16th Annual Sun Stroke All VI Hoop Classic. NBA superstar Tim Duncan, is the primary sponsor of the Caribbean Education Initiative. He sponsored the travel for COL Ben Mitchell of St. Croix, SGT Ian Parkinson of Arizona, and SGT Ricardo Perez Ramos of Puerto Rico and their wives to attend our All Star event. They were both wounded with IED's in the desert. In addition to the basketball games, they are also visiting Buck Island, local restaurants, the botanical gardens and point Udall. It's time we show our appreciation and support for the bravery, commitment and strength of these military heroes. USVI Wounded Warrior alumni, COL Ben Mitchell, had a near fatal military training accident. Now he's up he's back and he brought his wounded warrior buddies with them. A big thank you to Tim Duncan and Sun Stroke President, Rashidi Clenance,  the Buccaneer Hotel, the Caribbean Education Initiative, the Department of Tourism, Albert Bryant and EPOK Graphics.

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You have been making good news for many months now working with Crime Stoppers. Law abiding citizens call the tip line and report what they know about a crime. Anonymously. Crime Stoppers helps caught crooks. Now Crime Stoppers says you can send text messages. Use your phone to send a text message.  Write USVI plus your message and send it to C-R-I-M-E-S - - that's 274637. Still anonymous. No one knows who said what. If you know about a crime, you can help the police catch the crooks, text USVI and what you know to CRIMES that's 274637. Your text message can help stop crime

WAPA have scheduled road closures on General Gade on St. Thomas as they install underground electrical conduits. General Gade will be closed this evening from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM and  General Gade will be closed on Saturday from 6:00 Am to Sunday at 6:00 PM.. It's smart to avoid General Gade for the next few days.

Rare Earth Studio presents a Jeweler Collection Development Intensive Workshop with Chuck Hunner, Master Flexible Mold Maker on St Croix on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 8:30 to 5 pm at Good Hope School - St. Croix. Call Ivanne Farr at 777.7774

A Taste of St. Croix  is one of the Ten Best International Food and Wine Festivals.   This evening the party is the Cork & Fork Dinners  at 5:30 with decadent dinners in private homes. Later this evening it's the Sunset BBQ at 6 pm in historic Frederiksted during the Sunset Jazz concert. Chefs team and the Career and Technical Educational Complex’s award winning culinary team will show off their grilling talents. Lots of food and live entertainment.  Tomorrow the Taste of St. Croix features the Kids Cooking Class at 10:30 am. And Later Saturday - Wine in the Warehouse at 6 pm which brings everyone together for wine tasting cocktail samplings, small bites and music at the Leeward Warehouse

We have winners in the taste of St. Croix: best presentation was Dulce cupcakery, the People's choice was Tutto Bene restaurant. For the best entrée Renaissance in Carambola won. In the appetizers Fort Christian brewpub had the best. As to soups and stew, Turtles after dark was the winner. Best desserts come from Ha’penny Beach club, and the best local fare – a tie between the Galleon and Ridge to Reef. Best vegetarian food from the Renaissance at Carambola and the top beverage was Baci Duty-Free for the second year in a row.

On St Croix the Police Department urges the community to be specifically careful as we approach the Easter Holidays. Historically, families chose to leave their homes for extended periods and camp on our pristine beaches during this period.  We are asking that every effort be made to properly secure your homes.  Be sure that all windows & doors are properly secured and all unnecessary electronics devices are turned off. The Police Chief is urging the motoring public to exercise caution and obey all traffic laws and posted signs.

You all know about the Afternoon on the Green at the University. . It's a friend raiser. It's also a fundraiser, so how did they do? This year, Afternoon on the Green netted a total of $25,349. This represents a 148% increase from last year and a whopping 1,788% increase from 2010!!!!!!
Big Thank You to Co-chairs Cheryl Miller and Winston Smith for exemplary leadership. Aearty Congratulations to the Public Relations team for publicizing the event and securing the huge turnout, in spite of the rain. Kudos to the Development Office - Liza Margolis and Mitchell Neaves for their hard work in securing sponsorships for Afternoon on the Green. You're making good news

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