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81 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Clear Skies.
80%  humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.96 inches
Wind is from East South East at 4 MPH
No rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says:  An upper trough will dominate weather across the local area through the weekend. In addition, an induced surface trough will develop and linger close to the Virgin Islands. As a result, increased moisture and instability in the atmosphere will increase across the local area for the next few days. Enhanced shower and thundershower activity is expected from this afternoon to Friday across portions of the Virgin Islands and the surrounding waters.  Across the coastal waters, expect winds to 16 knots Seas to three feet.

Forecast calls for  Partly cloudy. High 81F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Cruise Ship News
Norwegian Getaway, Disney Fantasy, Freedom of the Seas Is at Havensight Dock
Carnival Glory and Independence of the Seas is at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

Headlines :   fewer ships coming next year, Senate Finance Committee talks about how to reduce government income the community foundation says we have a problem with fewer children and we have winners in this year's Carnival competition.


At the top of the news on !! AIR – May 7 Wednesday

Hard news from the West Indian Company Limited... CEO Joe Boschulte announced that 13 fewer ships will come to St. Thomas during this coming cruise ship season. Right now we are expecting 403 ships to call between October of 2014 and September of 2015. That’s down from the 416 ships we had this season. One problem is our lack of capacity. We've lost ships because we don't have room to bring them in. Boschulte issued a call for construction of a new finger pier in the Charlotte Amalie Harbor.

Senate finance committee met yesterday. The Government is facing a $40 million budget gap while senators were talking about how to reduce government income. One bill they passed would reduce the gross receipts tax from 5% down to 4.5%. Senator Chucky Hansen says this will help the business community. On the other hand, Claudette Watson Anderson of the IRB told the committee that a reduction in of the gross receipts tax would cost the government about $8 million. Senators also examined amendments to the existing casino code to permit Internet gaming and Internet gambling. If the Internet gaming is approved 50-percent of revenues go to the General Fund, and 80% of the other half is for the Casino Control Commission, and the rest to the Division of Gaming Enforcement. Both bills were approved and sent to the Rules committee.

The Community Foundation issued a special report reflecting results of the 2010 census. This is not the annual Kids Count Data Book but a special report on census data spanning 20 years. They compared census data from 1990, 2000 and 2010 looking at trends in population, the economy, health and well-being.  One of the most striking trends in the USVI is the sharp decline in the number of children. Fewer children! 21% fewer children between 2000 and 2010… while the percentage of VI children living in poverty remained strikingly high. 31% of our children live below the federal poverty level. One out of every three lives in poverty. That is far higher than every US State, and far higher than the national rate of 20 percent. The big concern is that fewer children means fewer dollars for child care and schools. CFVI President Dee Baecher-Brown said  These statistics have broad implications for funding the Territory's future labor force. “The future prosperity of the Virgin Islands depends on our ability to prepare all children to become valuable contributors to our society, as productive members of the workforce,” Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen examined the report and said it is clear that we have to ensure our children are prepared for the future. The work is up to us she said. We've made a good start with parent University and some of the programs at a community health centers.

Here comes Tourism Month and our Department of Tourism has a number of exciting activities for Tourism Month.  Today is Culture and Hospitality day and we have a Tea Party at Emancipation Garden today from 10:00 Am until 3:00 PM On St. Croix they have a Customer Service training at the Henry Rohlson Airport from 1PM to 2:30 PM for employees and 3:30 to 4:30 for managers. Call 772-0357

We have winners in this year's Carnival competitions. Our princess was Sh’Nyah Bacon who won best madras, best talent, best evening wear, Miss Intellect and Miss Congeniality. Our Carnival Queen was Deja’Nique Navarro who also won best cultural costume, best eveningwear, Ms. intellect, Miss photogenic. Best dressed at as a doll among the little children was Laila Amore Pierre, among the 2 to 3-year-olds Aaliyah Espirit, and among the older children the winner is Ta’Mya Davis.

In the Junior Calypso competition the winner was the mighty Jah’Syi. And Prince Short Shirt won the intermediate division. Princess Keke won the secondary division. On cultural night the Madras winner was Jennifer Toussant.  SolJah won the Calypso competition, and in the Royal Palm village the booth winner was F4L.  In the cultural fair Eric Matthias had the best arts&crafts, Evelyn Lloyd had the best special food, Charles Leonard won for produce, Audrey Henry had the best cakes, Rhoda Belgrave had the best doll, and the Gladys Abraham Elementary School Garden club had the best plants.

In the Children’s Parade; St. Thomas majorettes were the best majorettes, Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School had the best troop under 50 and the Best Floupe was Gems in Paradise.

In the Adult’s Parade:  Charming Twirlers were the best majorettes, Chester Brady won the individual competition, Caribbean Ritual Dancers had the best Troupe Under 50 and Real Mas Carnival Troupe was the best troop over 50. The Gypsies were the best troop over 100 and the Traditional Indians won in the traditional category.  A tie for best road march between Spectrum with their song “Manners” and Volume with Song with their song Recipe. Best Carnival in the whole Caribbean – you know it is right here in St. Thomas.

Speaking of Carnival, does anyone have a photograph of the WUVI AM 1090 float? Somehow we never got a picture of the float and the university president is asking for one. Call the good news guy at the WSTA.


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Cancer support  Virgin Island has a free presentation today at noon at Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute. The presentation is by Tina Shang who is a Chinese Chi Gong master from New York. She is talking about Chi Gong and Chi Gong healing.

The month of May is Older Americans Month and the Department of Human Services invites all senior citizens on St. Croix to a parade today from the Frederiksted Post Office to Buddhoe Park, 10:00 Am today.

The month of May is also Mental Health Month in the Virgin Islands. The governor proclaimed this week as Children's Mental Health Awareness Week and Thursday May 8 as Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.

The Governor issued a proclamation honoring nurses during this National Nurses Week this week. The theme this year is nurses are leading the way.

No shortage of months this month as the governor issued a proclamation declaring May as building safety month sponsored by the international code Council. This is also dandy walker syndrome and hydrocephalus awareness month. Focusing attention on a birth defect of the brain. And this is Foster care month focusing on the many families that bring foster children into their home.
Not to get lost in the months, this week is also teacher appreciation week and teacher appreciation day.

The V.I. Economic Development Authority (VIEDA) invites potential entrepreneurs, owners of small-midsized businesses, and the Virgin Islands community to attend an Open House for its first business incubator on Thursday, May 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   The incubation facility of the VIEDA's Disaster Small-Midsized Enterprise Incubation Program is located at the William D. Roebuck Industrial Park at No. 4 Estate Negro Bay in Building No. 2 next to the Melvin Evans Highway on St. Croix, USVI.  During the open house, potential and existing entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to meet with designated business consultants and support services providers of this program that will provide counseling in various topics including marketing, accounting, tax preparation, or legal matters.
There are 10 participants under the VIEDA’s incubator program, three of which are incubator tenants, and seven businesses that are outreach / virtual tenants that are located off-site. 

If somebody invites you to lunch at Frenchman's reef today you might be the 35th Rotary club to person of the year. Of course it may just be inviting you to lunch. The identity of the person of the year is a closely guarded secret and we won't know until Wednesday at lunch who is this year's honoree.

Our good newsmakers of the day today are the women who work the counters at the Aubrey Ottley post office in sugar estate. You make good news every day keeping the line moving and dealing with all of our packages coming in, and our packages going out. Post office people - you make good news

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