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Weather in the World : 74 degrees in Houston with clouds, Philadelphia's 56 degrees with clouds in New York its 53 degrees with rain. Washington is 58 degrees with drizzle coming down and in Denver 36 with rain. And Paradise Michigan has 37 degrees.

77 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Cloudy Skies.
86%  humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.98 inches
Wind is from East  at 11MPH
2.76 inches of rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says:  An upper level trough located west of the Virgin Islands will continue to deepen today forming a closed low pressure system by Friday night. The atmosphere is becoming more humid and unstable with showers and thundershowers becoming more numerous and intense especially on Friday. Moderate to locally heavy rainfall, gusty winds and lighting can be expected with the strongest storms. This wet and active weather pattern is forecast to continue through the weekend.  Across the regional waters, seas to five feet and winds to 17 knots.

How can you tell I bought water for my cistern on Tuesday?

Forecast calls for: Thunderstorms. High 78F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. 100 percent chance of showers today, 90 percent chance of showers tonight, 100 percent chance on Friday and continuing at the 80 to 90 percent level through the weekend.

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At the top of the news on !! AIR – May 8 Thursday

It’s Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson Doty.  She was as surprised as the Governor. Our Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson Doty is the 35th annual Rotary Two “Person-of-the-Year.” She was lured to the meeting on the pretext of giving her standard presentation on the state of tourism, but once the description of this year’s winner was beginning – it was evident who was being honored.  Among her accomplishments: she closed the territory stateside and offshore offices saving taxpayer money. She sent teams to meet with travel agents instead of making travel agents come to us. She focused on St. Croix’s tourism development and increased airlift to the Virgin Islands in spite of reductions by American Airlines and American Eagle. Regionally she is the next chairperson of the Caribbean  Tourism Association and locally she is the Person of the Year.

Senate rules committee met Wednesday. They approved a bill to limit the excise tax and gross receipts tax on alternative power generating equipment. The bill would also tighten the rules regarding net metering. If the bill is approved, it eliminates net metering on leased property, and prevents people from selling net metering power from multiple locations. The bill encourages subcontractors to use alternative power generating systems just like general contractors. The bill would limit residential power production on one parcel of property to 20 kilowatts, and commercial power production to 100 kilowatts however it grandfathered in net metering of existing residential systems larger than 10 kilowatts until the year 2025 when they would convert to the feed in tariff. The rules committee also approved the re-nomination of Violet Ann Golden for another term as chairwoman of the V.I. Casino Control Commission. And it approved the re-nominations of Cheryl Boynes-Jackson and Donald Francois to new terms on the V.I. Water and Power Authority Governing Board.

Meanwhile the Senate committee on culture and historic preservation approved a plan to convert the Massac Nursing home into a sports facility and boxing gymnasium. You will recall the Massac Nursing Home was transferred to the Department of human services in 2007. It has been unused for seven years. José Rosario of USVI Boxing testified with Julian Jackson and both spoke in favor of creating a proper boxing facility in the territory. The goal is to mentor underprivileged youth. Speaker after speaker expressed gratitude for the boxing program that sent them in the right direction in life

An international organization is meeting in the Virgin Islands this week. It is the United Nations Educational, Scientific And Cultural Organizations Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Intergovernmental Coordinating Group for the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean Region. They are meeting at Sugar Bay Resort. This is the first time on US soil since 2005. The really good news is that the Virgin Islands will be officially recognized as “Tsunami Ready.” This means we have met the requirements to have an emergency operation system and a 24-hour warning point to receive tsunami information. The British Virgin Islands will also be recognized as ”tsunami ready”

Both the Daily News and the Avis newspaper are running full-page stories about the Virgin Islands Republican Party. The New York Times published an article on Tuesday profiling our Republican Party highlighting mysterious practices by a party committee. The New York Times says our Republican Party has no full-time staff, or executive body, no regular meetings and mostly uses the office as a way to raise money and use the money to raise more money. Sounds like a scam.
“The Virgin Islands committee spends the overwhelming bulk of its money not for basic political activities like voter registration or party messages, but to raise more money. A few other conservative political committees employ this technique, and the biggest beneficiaries are a number of fund-raising companies in Northern Virginia.”
No one from the Virgin Islands is a member of this committee. It has no local bank account. Only 10% of the $200,000 they raised has gone to help win elections and that money went to a candidate from South Carolina and another from Oklahoma. Local republicans are quoted in the NY Times saying they had no idea this was going on. Sounds fishy.

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The next Chamber Business After Hours will be hosted by The Virgin Islands Department of Tourism on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Paradise Point Tramway. 

The last opera of the season, Mozart's Cossi fan tutte, will be shown at Prior-Jollek Hall, on Antilles School Campus, at 7 pm on Thursday, May 8. The Restaurant Group will be providing food from 6-7, so come early for a bite to eat and a glass of wine! Music Director James Levine conducts Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars. Tickets are $20 ($10 for teachers, $5 for students) and will be available at the door or by calling (340) 228-4777. And, do no not forget about our May Film Festival featuring "The Hunt" (5/14), "The Past" (5/21) and "The Lunchbox" (5/28) - all at Caribbean Cinemas.

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

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.

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