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77 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Cloudy Skies.
83%  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.01 inches
Wind is from East  at 13 MPH
2.4 inches of rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours.  5.36 this month.

National Weather Service says:  Thunderstorms likely. High near 80F. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

Forecast calls for: A closed mid-level low has formed north of the Virgin Islands and will be in the area through the weekend maintaining a moist and unstable weather environment with showers expected at least through Sunday.  Seas to four feet across most of the local waters and up to six feet in the offshore Atlantic waters are expected today. Winds will average 20 knots (22 miles per hour) with higher gusts near showers.  Chance of rain is 80 to 90 percent level through the weekend.

Cruise Ship News No Ships Today

At the top of the news on !! AIR – May 9 Friday

Governor John de Jongh spent Thursday in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands for the Sixth Inter Virgin Islands Council meeting. The Governor and BVI Premier  Orlando Smith got updates on law enforcement, pleasure boating, sports fishing, tourism, energy, education and cultural preservation.
One topic was our 911 call center, and its operations. The British islands want to build a similar facility to support their islands. The Governor and Prime Minister discussed newly acquired microfilm equipment to digitize historical documents; and plans for a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility at the Red Hook marine terminal to make clearance easier and faster from St. Thomas.  They plan to open that facility early in the day to accommodate BVI residents and visitors who want to travel early in the day. Another topic was the solid waste incinerator at Pockwood Pond – in use since 2011 and since then there has been no open burning and no complaints from St. John about smoke.

Was Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe arrested on St Croix ?  Was former senator Celestino A. White arrested on St. Croix on May 6? An online web site says so.  Dowe says it is entirely false. He wasn’t even on St Croix that week. Looks like gossip to help someone’s political campaign. Dowe has a legal counsel investigating. Dowe also thanked his family, friends and coworkers for their genuine concern. He says he is 100% on the job.

Lolo Willis is in trouble – again.  This time Willis is accused of accepting bribes and extortion while awarding contracts with the Legislature. Willis was the executive director of the Legislature between 2009 and 2012. He oversaw the renovation of the St. Thomas Legislature building, awarding contracts on behalf of the Legislature.  Some of those contracts were not publicly bid. Willis had to pay the contractors. Now, the indictment says Willis accepted thousands of dollars in cash from three contractors in exchange for securing  contract work getting them paid.  Indictment says Willis had his hand in the till taking money from the contractors.

The University of the Virgin Islands has a new federal grant - $900,000 to develop and implement a Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Program. The goal is to reduce drug use and stop the transmission of HIV among young adults in our islands.  The Virgin Islands is number two in the nation on “per capita cases of HIV.” Program Director Dr. Doris Battiste UVI’s dean of students on the St. Thomas Campus, said “Surveys show that alcohol is the main drug of choice on college campuses nationwide, and UVI is no different. It’s a problem on our campus and in our community and we need to address it,” Dr. Battiste said. “The consequences of alcohol abuse lead to poor decision making, irresponsible behavior, domestic violence, sexual assault, and lower GPA when compared to those who do not drink.” A major component of the program is to reduce HIV-related risk factors such as substance abuse – primarily alcohol and marijuana – among college students and young adults in the community. $300,000 per year for three years.

More Good News from UVI – Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen says the University got a 3 million dollar grant to develop 2.16 megawatts of solar power on both campuses. The Department of Agriculture had 11 million for the program and the University got the largest grant of all – other places getting grants were Alaska, Hawaii, Tarshall Islands, Utah and our grant. 3 million dollars.

Hurricane hunters are back on St. Croix for the beginning of hurricane season. The 53rd weather reconnaissance squadron delivered equipment and supplies from the home base in Mississippi. When they identify a storm, the Hurricane Hunters fly into that storm and use their Instruments to measure wind speed and barometric pressure to determine the storm strength. Remember, this year the hurricane forecasters say we can expect 11 named storms, five hurricanes,  two might be major hurricanes. While this is below average, the hurricane hunters are here to look out for all of us.

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The St. Croix Passport and Corporations and Trademarks offices will be closed today. If you need help call the St. Thomas office at 776-8515. The offices will resume regular hours of operation on Monday, May 12.  Meanwhile the Frederiksted Passport Office is closed until Tuesday, May 27.

Sts Peter and Paul School planned Mom’s Night out for this evening – that has been postponed to May 16.  The Forum also postponed last nights opera to May 15th.

Board of Elections Supervisor Fawkes reminds Candidates for public office that the deadline for filing Nomination Petitions is May 13 at 6:00 PM.  She encourages Candidates to read ALL documents in the Nomination package.  Candidates must obtain a Police Record.  Meanwhile the St. Croix Elections System office will be closed today so staff can attend Janessa’s Armstrong’s Funeral. The Office of Board of Election joins me offering our deepest condolences to the family & friends of Janessa Armstrong.

St Croix - Organizers of school steel ensembles planning to perform at the 2014 Evening of Pan concert are urged to attend a mandatory meeting on Friday, May 9, 2014 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at UVI’s Great Hall. Also reps for the Revival of Quadrille in our Schools are asked to attend a meeting this evening at 5:00 p.m. at the UVI Great Hall Valrica Bryson at 718-4445

Here comes Tourism Month and our Department of Tourism has a number of exciting activities for Tourism Month. Today they have Customer Service Workshops, at Frenchman's Reef - with Bryan Williams, Ph.D. Free training 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:30 p.m. for employees and 3:30-4:30 p.m. for managers. To register, call 340-774-8784. On St Croix at Visitor Appreciation at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport  from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The 2014 Caribbean Colour Juried Art Exhibition opens on Sat at 6:00 PM at the Old Havana Nine store in Yacht Haven Grande. The exhibit is hosted by Artvi Advocates and will remain open through next Sunday May 18th from 11am to 5:00 PM  every day. This art exhibition celebrates the diversity, creativity, and quality of work in the  Virgin Islands and the theme is “Seeing RED”. Priscilla Hintz, of ARTVI, says " Red is the color associated with blood, fire, fertility, and life force. Red has always been extremely difficult to achieve and thus highly prized. Red is the color of extremes. It's the color of passionate love, political symbolism, seduction, violence, danger, anger, warning, and adventure.”
All the art work will be judged by the viewing public. Ballots are available and will be tallied to pick 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. Admission is free, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served Sat May 16 at 5:00 PM. Proceeds benefit Arts Alive’s Youth Scholarship Fund. 

Police Week starts this evening with the Law Enforcement Talent Show at 7 pm at Pilgrims Terrace. On Saturday the Law Ride Out from 7:00 PM  to 10 pm starting in Emancipation Garden. On Sunday: there is a chrch service at Holy Family Church Service at 10 am; and a Mother’s Day Dedication Awards Ceremony, noon to 4 p.m. at School Security Headquarters. On St Croix  this evening the Men and Women have Softball Games at 7:00 PM at Grove Place and on Saturday, the Law Ride Out, starts at 9:00 AM at Patrick Sweeney Grounds.

National Police Week activities focus on next Thursday May 15 in Washington when the name of V.I. Police Officer Leopold Fredericks will be enshrined on the National Law Enforcement Memorial wall. Fredericks lost his life in 1963 in a motorcycle pursuit of a traffic violator on St. Croix's Centerline Road. Police Commissioner Rodney F. Querrard said Police Week is a time to reflect on the sacrifices our officers have made and continue to make for our community. He said. "I take this time to salute our very own law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives while protecting this community, and I honor all our officers who put their lives on the line daily to keep this community safe.” Police officers making good news.

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