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81   Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Cloudy Skies.
74%  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.02 inches
Wind is from East at 17 MPH
Point 01 inches of rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours.  6.79 so far this month.

National Weather Service says:
Partly cloudy skies and only a few passing showers are expected across the Virgin Islands this morning. Mostly sunny skies are forecast this afternoon with only a slight chance of isolated showers across the region.  Along coastal waters expect winds to 18 knots and seas around five feet.

Forecast calls for: Sun and clouds mixed. High near 80F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Cruise Ship News:  No Ships Today

Headlines :  

At the top of the news on !! AIR – May 15 Thursday
Hard News from the Department of Health; the US Virgin Islands has its first confirmed case of chikungunya. Evidently a local resident took a cruise to one of our neighboring islands where the disease is present and got the illness and brought the case home.  This is not locally spawned chikungunya and one case does not mean the disease is here. The disease is spread by the same mosquitoes that deliver Dengue Fever.  Chikungunya has the same symptoms as dengue: that is - fever, joint pain, headache, muscle pain. There is Good News - chikingunya is less generally severe that Dengue and does not have the hemorrhagic version of the disease. While it is not present in our mosquitoes, the CDC says it is a matter of time before it spreads here.

The Good News is that we all know how to combat these diseases: avoid mosquito bites.  Destroy mosquito habitats. Identify any place with standing water and get rid of it.  Tires, plant saucers, pet watering bowls – anyplace with standing water is an invitation to mosquitoes; chlorination of cisterns or adding water movers to keep the water circulating, screens over cistern drains and intakes. Wear long sleeve clothing when outside and spray yourself with DEET or other mosquito repellants. Use mosquito netting over baby’s crib.  Another tactic is to keep air moving around you - A fan that bathes you in moving air will keep mosquitoes off at night or while sitting at home. Check you screens and keep mosquitoes out of your home.

Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory has announced the official 2014-2015 school calendar. The Department is gearing up to implement the calendar. The first semester ends by December 23rd just before the Christmas holidays which means school starts on August 11 and closes on June 5, 2015 which is earlier than usual.  The Department had to identify creative ways of restructuring the calendar to be in compliance with the law and everyone’s needs and issues. She says we have successfully created a calendar that gives our students the full 1,080 instructional hours mandated by the Virgin Islands Code.  Our students are our top priority, and this calendar gives them that critical time in the classroom, with their instructors. The calendar has a new earlier start date August 11, extends the Christmas by another week, and includes professional development days for teachers.  The Department of Education asks for support from our community as they implement the calendar. And they appreciate the patience and cooperation from union officials, teachers and staff,  students and parents. School starts August 11. 

Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen and former Governor Charles Turnbull filed a friend of the court brief with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in a case involving citizenship. Right now the US law does not recognize people born in American Samoa as US citizens. They are nationals of the United States but not citizens. The court case seeks to change that, and Christensen and Turnbull wrote to support equal citizenship rights for all people in the territories.

Virgin Islanders property owners are reminded that today is the last day to apply for property tax credits against the 2013 and 2014 property tax bills. Property owners who have not previously applied for property tax credits are encouraged to apply.  Applications for the tax credits can be found online at www.ltg.gov.vi and at Tax Assessor’s Offices throughout the territory. 

Good News from St Croix – the District Court Rising Stars Steel Orchestra brought home the Grand Champion Award from the 12th annual Panorama Caribbean Music Fest and Competition in Virginia Beach. They won $1,250 in cash too! Court administrator Lisa Davis  who is the Rising Stars coordinator said it was the band's first trip outside the territory, something new. They faced 400 competitors from 14 states. And brought home the Grand Champion Award

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11 There’s a Candidate’s Forum today at the Ruth E. Thomas Auditorium at Charlotte Amalie High School.  From now  to 10 the candidates for Delegate to congress will make presentations. Three have agreed to participate; Vincent Danet, Emmet Hansen, 2nd and Stacey Plaskett. From 10:15 to 11 AM the candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor will speak Three are planning to be there Soraya Diase Coffelt, Basil Ottley (representing Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen and Moleto A. Smith, Jr. There will be time for Q&A

11 The office of Veterans Affairs says St. Croix veterans have a special event today at the Office of Veterans Affairs in Estate Richmond from 10 o'clock in the morning until 3 o'clock this afternoon.

11 The month of May is older Americans month and the Department of Human Services invites all senior citizens to celebrate with activities. Today we have a Church Service at Faith Weslyan Holiness church on Valdemar Hill Drive St. Thomas at 10:00 Am.

UVI has the annual pinning ceremonies for the UVI Nursing Class of 2014, which will be held this evening at  7 pm at the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas Campus, and Friday athe 16th at 2 pm in the UVI Great Hall, on the Albert Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Eleven students are scheduled to be pinned on St. Thomas and 14 on St. Croix.

University of the Virgin Islands has English and Mathematics Testing 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.  On the St. Thomas 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. 

4 Police week Continues TODAY on St. Thomas with Graveside Visitation at Western, Sibily and Smith Bay Cemetery; there is a Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony March, beginning at 3 o'clock from the Griffith ballpark to Richard Callwood Command. There is a Peace Officer Memorial Vigil at 5:30 at the Farrelly Justice Center.
On St Croix today there is a Graveside visitation with a Motorcade from Patrick Sweeney, to Christiansted, Kingshill and Frederiksted Cemeteries. There is a Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony at 10 am at Violet Damidaux Pavilion; and a Vigil for All Officers at 5:30 this evening at the Ann Abramson Pier in Frederiksted.

National Police Week activities focus on Washington today 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.

Our good news maker of the day is Taylor Ladd of the Antilles School.  Miss Ladd was named a presidential scholar. Of the three million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 3,900 candidates qualified for the 2014 awards and Taylor Ladd was one of 141 selected for this most distinguished honors. She is a superior athlete, national merit scholarship finalist, and national champion sailor. Taylor Ladd will be attending Harvard University next year.

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