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78   Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Cloudy Skies.
80%  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.00 inches
Wind is from East at 22 MPH
Point 03 inches of rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours.  6.79 so far this month.

National Weather Service says: A fair weather pattern is expected across the Virgin Islands today. Daytime heating could lead to the development of one or two isolated showers with winds prevailing from the east at 10-15 miles per hour.  Seas to six feet are expected today with winds averaging 20 knots.

Forecast calls for: A mix of clouds and sun. High 81F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

Cruise Ship News:  Carnival Freedom, Norwegian Getaway and Carnival Conquest Is at Havensight Dock and the  Allure of the Seas coming to Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

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At the top of the news on !! AIR – May 14 wednesday

The Water and Power Authority broke ground on a photovoltaic solar power generating plant in Estate Donoe behind Home Depot. This is WAPA’s first project in 50 years to diversify their sources of power. The facility will generate 4.2 megawatts of electricity. When you include the planned solar facility coming to St. Croix and WAPA will be getting 18 megawatts from solar energy – that is 15% of their peak load. The groundbreaking was for 33 acres in Estate Donoe that will be covered with solar panels.  Main Street Power, along with Morgan Stanley, are putting up the money and components and WAPA has a 25 year power purchase agreement to buy electricity from them.

The Senate Committee of the Whole met yesterday on St. Thomas. It was largely civil, as senators grilled GERS Administrator Nibbs about the financial flows at the retirement system. Since the late 1990s administrators have been warning that more money goes out then comes in.  Three years ago, the governor established a commission to make recommendations. That Pension Reform Task Force came up with a number of proposals.

Nibbs said GERS is supposed to encourage employees stay in service of the government by establishing an orderly means where they can retire without suffering economic hardship. Nibbs said the system must be actuarially funded and right now it is not.  In March of 2014 saw collections of $8.3 million, and disbursements of $23.9 million for a deficit of $15.6 million. The year to date deficit is $73 million. Right now the system is withdrawing approximately $150 million per year from the portfolio to fund the annuity payments and operations.

The Pension Reform Task Force recommended larger contributions from employers and employees, raising the contribution rates for Senators and Judges, reducing retiree's current benefits by 10 percent, and increasing the years required before retiring. Recommendations also call for limiting the annual cost-of-living increases and changing the formula used to calculate benefits.

Some senators were irate that the problem has festered for so long. Nibbs said they submitted legislation three years ago and no action was taken.  Senate President Shawn Michael Malone  says these are the beginning hearings. There is a lot more listening to come. The next hearings are on St Croix on Friday at 10:00 Am .

That escaped prisoner from Golden Grove has brought about the resignation of Prison warden Basic Richards.  The resignation was effective immediately.

Governor John DeJongh spoke before the Ninth Session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Coordinating Group on Tsunamis Tuesday and said that the Virgin Islands is now “Tsunami Ready”  according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That means we have met requirements from NOAA.  We have an emergency operations center and a 24-hour warning point to receive tsunami information. The governor welcomed some 50 scientists and emergency managers from 17 countries and four scientific research organizations as they work on a Caribbean Tsunami Warning System.

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Class of 1969 are meeting today at 10:30 in the morning at the food court in Tutu Park Mall. All class members are invited to come and help plan for the 45th reunion. For more information call lire at 776-3510.

The board of elections will conduct the voting machine display and demonstration today from 10:00 Am to 3:00 PM at the mental health clinic in Barbel Plaza South.

The office of Veterans Affairs has a Veterans Fair today on St. Croix in Estate Richmond from 9:00 AM in the morning until 3:00 PM in the afternoon.  On SaturdaySt. Croix has a Remembrance Walk starting at 3:00 PM from the Frederiksted post office to Veterans Memorial Park.

Police week Continues today on St John with a Fun Day from now until 3:00 PM at the at Julius E. Sprauve field. On St Croix today at Wilbur Francis Command there is an Open House from 11:00 Am to 2:00 PM and on St Croix this evening there is a Men Softball Tournament, at 7:00 PM at Pedro Cruz Ballpark in Estate Profit St Croix.

Commissioner of Agriculture Louis Petersen inform the farming community of the temporary closing of the St. Thomas abattoir today. They have to perform unanticipated repair work to the facilities at the abittoir. 

Commissioner of Public Works Darryl Smalls, says that the eastbound traffic lane closures on Melvin Evans Highway from 669 at the Industrial Park Intersection to the intersection of Route 64 at East Airport will continue to be closed until May 23 from 8:45am to 3:30pm.   They are creating a new concrete waterway and replacing damaged sections of the median barriers. Work was held up due to the rain.

The Forum presents its annual Film Festival at the Caribbean Cinema in Market Square East beginning this evening at 7 pm with a film called “The Hunt”. The film was nominated for best foreign film and stars Mads Mikkelsen who won Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. The Hunt is Danish with English subtitles this evening at Caribbean Cinemas at 7:00 PM

UVI’s Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center will host a workshop and informational sessions on the subject of Expanding Capacity for Cultural Organizations at the St Croix Evans Center room 401 on Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m. with a videoteleconference link to UVI facilities on St. Thomas and St John The registration fee is $20. For more information send e-mail to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Bureau of elections reports that 112 people filed election petitions for positions on the election  ballot. Nine teams filed to run for governor and Lieutenant Governor.  21 individuals on St. Thomas and St. John filed petitions to run for the Senate.  12 of them are registered Democrats, so there will be a primary to winnow that field. On St. Croix, 27 individuals filed petitions to run for the Senate and 14 of them are registered as Democrats so there will be a St. Croix primary as well. Notably absent in the at-large Senate race was Craig Barshinger the At-Large incumbent who did not file a petition to run.

University of the Virgin Islands has English and Mathematics Testing on the St. Thomas Campus
Campus on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May18.  Registration is at 8:30 for testing at 9:00 AM and afternoon registration is at 12:30 for testing at 1:00 PM at the Classroom Administration Building  room 103.  Bring your UVI acceptance letter, and picture identification.    On St Croix the English and Mathematics placement testing is on Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17.  Registration is at 8:30 for testing at 9:00 AM and afternoon registration is at 12:30 for testing at 1:00 PM. at the North West Wing room 131. Bring your UVI acceptance letter, and picture identification.     

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