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79  degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
83% humidity.
29.98 Barometric Pressure - rising.
Mostly East Wind at 7 MPH.  
No rain in the last 24 hours. We have had 9.43  inches of rain so far this year. Point  04 inches of

Doppler radar shows – Showers over the British Virgin Islands headed north otherwise clear skies
Satellite photo shows – Mostly Clear Skies

The National Weather Service says: Partly cloudy with rain showers. Chance of rain 30%. High of 84F.  Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph.

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At the top of the news on Thursday April 12
Is someone trying to hurt the Ricardo Richards Elementary School? There was a threating  phone call to 911 Tuesday evening. Police officials spent hours securing the Ricardo Richards School before opening the school Wednesday.  Officers and canine units searched the school for suspicious items, activity or signs of danger. They set up a surveillance vehicle, to monitor everyone going in and out of the campus. Police Department spokeswoman Melody Rames said the school was deemed safe before any students were let in.

Meanwhile Alexander Henderson Elementary School remains closed today as maintenance crews continue to clean up the campus, which was broken into over the holiday weekend. School was closed Tuesday and Wednesday to give officials time to clean and fix air conditioning units, fire extinguishers and other items that may have touched, polluted or broken by the vandals.

WAPA Needs a new source of fuel for the electrical generators now that HOVENSA will no longer supply fuel.  They put out a Request for Proposals and on Tuesday WAPA received a single response to its bid request for the supply of No. 2 fuel oil from New York-based Atlantic Petroleum Trading Ltd. One response. One. There were no responses for the No. 6 fuel oil. CEO Hugo Hodge says they have to back into the bidding again.

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. recently chaired the first meeting of the Virgin Islands Science and Technology Council at Government House on St. Thomas. They addressed several preliminary issues that will advance its mission to advise the governor on promoting and developing science and technology programs in the territory. The Governor said “The Science and Technology Council will assist my administration in fostering new initiatives in technical fields, will oversee development of a Science and Technology Plan for the territory, and will also facilitate our development of a high-tech workforce.” 

Members of the Senate Committee on Government operations approved a plan to have Senators elected to a combination of island-based and at-large seats, but still district-based seats, if their latest bill becomes law. The bill would allocate four seats to St. Thomas, four for St. Croix and one for St. John elected solely by the residents of the respective island. Six more seats would be elected by voters at large, but three would have to be bona fide St. Croix residents and the other three bona fide St. Thomas or St. John residents. The committee also approved a bill changing several aspects of election law. If enacted  the bill would  clarify the rules for using paper ballots; remove the requirement that candidates for office take a leave of absence from government employment during the election campaign; require the boards of elections to find independent legal counsel; make political parties hold their own primary election and require voting machines be certified by the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission according to the terms of the U.S. Help America Vote Act of 2002.

The Committee on Government Operations, Energy and Veterans Affairs is meeting on St. Thomas on Thursday, April 12, at 5 pm to consider the following bills: An Act to have St. John real property more equitably valuated and an Act requiring the Government of the Virgin Islands to offer real estate appraisal classes to Virgin Islands residents in preparation for the 2011 and 2012 property tax valuations.

Virgin Islands Carnival Committee is calling a meeting of all bands and performers who are interested in participating in J’Ouvert – This evening at 6:00 PM at Carnival Headquarters.

The Carnival Village subcommittee announced the deadlines for all Village Booth Owners – the booth owners’ scheduled payment date is today. The deadline for all booth owners to submit their health certificate(s) is Friday April 13, 2012.

WAPA is making repairs to a 10 inch water line along General Gade near the Department of Finance and the USO Building. Traffic will be interrupted.

The VIPD and the HIDTA Task force are holding a joint press conference today at 1:15 pm at the Almeric L. Christian Federal Building and Courthouse, Estate Golden Rock.  The VIPD and HIDTA Task Force will make a major announcement regarding an ongoing criminal investigation.

St. Thomas Coastal Zone Management Commission is meeting at 6:00 this evening at the DPNR conference room at Cyril King Airport. On the agenda: A decision for Shipwreck Point, to build a boutique hotel on water island. A decision about Go Fast Charters at Pirates Cove Marina to reconstruct a building, add eight finger piers, and rebuild the dock. They have a decision for Surtep Entrprises to add a second entrance to the PG gas station on the waterfront and to increase the footprint of the proposed convenience center. They have a decision on Sapphire Bay Resort to install a reverse osmosis plant.  And a decision for coral world to construct four sea lion pens, a sea lion encounter pool and general improvements to the facility.

Here comes the annual Margaret Mead Film Festival to the UVI this weekend. Friday Saturday and Sunday there are free films viewings. These are world class films about people in other places around the world – Africa, China and Europe. There will be 7 films shown over three evenings.  7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Friday Saturday and Sunday at the Chase Auditorium Business 110 on the St. Thomas campus and in the Great Hall on St Croix. The movies are free and guaranteed to be mind boggling.

Here comes the fifth annual Wellness Fair – with everything from divine healing to yoga to zumba and spinal analysis – and aromatherapy, reflexology and massage on Saturday as the Therapy Association and Disabilities Advocates gather at Magens Bay Beach Shed 3 on Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm

Our honey is making national news in Audubon Magazine. They talk about Caneel Bay resort  and the beekeeper, Elmo Rabsatt who says of his five star swap. “They love it here.” Rabsatt  is the retired National Park Service ranger who tends the three hives at Caneel Bay. They make about 135 pounds of organic honey for Caneel Bay’s restaurants, bars, and spa and will soon be sold at its gift shop.
National news in Audubon Magazine.

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