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81  Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Mostly Cloudy Skies.
79 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.96 inches
Wind is from East at 11 MPH
No rain in the last 24 hours at WSTA.

National Weather Service says:   Some shower activity is forecast for the region today as the prevailing trade winds increase the presence of high pressure. Winds will become more easterly by afternoon and temperatures should be closer to normal.  Across the local waters, winds to 19 knots and seas to six feet. Small craft operators should exercise caution across the Atlantic and Caribbean waters. The tropics are quiet.

Forecast : A mix of clouds and sun. High 81F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. 20% Chance of rain

Cruise Ship News No Ships Today

Headlines : 
At the top of the news on !! AIR – June 6 Friday
Governor John de Jongh, hosted the 25th Annual Employee Recognition awards ceremony Thursday on St. Thomas and has a similar ceremony today on St. Croix.  The ceremonies are dedicated to those government employees who have been selected as “Employee of the Year” by their departments and agencies.  The Governor said “public employees are the face of our government.  They provide the most direct interaction with our clients, who are the residents and visitors. Public service is often not recognized for its value to our community or society.  “It may not be considered prestigious or glamorous or exciting or profitable, but in many ways it is the most important.  This is the Governor last Annual Employee Recognition awards ceremony in his years as Governor. He offered his personal and sincere gratitude for your support over the last seven and a half years.  Thank you.

The Governor chaired a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority and approved 4 renominations to the Board of Directors of the West Indian Company, Limited.  Leona Smith, Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Roosevelt David and Alda Monsanto will continue to serve WICO.

The Senate Committee on Rules approved a bill creating an annual scholarship for Virgin Islands students studying emergency management. They also approved reprograming money to repair the Estate Profit Concession Center and the La Reine Fish Market.
The committee approved Angie Smith, to the St. Thomas Taxicab Commission,
Vernon Araujo to the Council of the Arts for St. Thomas St. John
Leigh Goldman to the Real Estate Appraisers Board,
Colette Jones to the Virgin Islands Housing Authority

The Virgin Islands National Guard is continuing their field exercise through Sunday with more activity on St. Croix.  Operation Forward Guardian II will increase its presence in public locations and Soldier activity throughout the island. Soldiers will be conducting simulated missions at various locations including traffic control, helicopter MEDEVAC, crowd control, and supply distribution. There are training camp sites at Camp Arawak, Altona Lagoon, and Estate Bethlehem. All Soldier movement and activity is part of the preparedness exercise. This is just a TRAINING EXERCISE. Do not be alarmed. They apologize for any noise and traffic. Motorists should not try to overtake a group of military vehicles on the roads. They are large and wide and will obstruct your visibility.

Remember Anthony Babauta? He was Department of Interior’s point man for the territories.  He resigned in January of 2013.  Now the Inspector General at the Department of Interior has released a report – Babauta misused federal funds, directed grants to old friends, had Government employees do work outside their job description and engage in sexual harassment. Bad Babauta. 

Hearty Congratulations to UVI’s Director of Libraries, Judith Rogers, who has been named the Caribbean Information Professional of the Year 2014 by the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries.   Rogers was selected because she made an outstanding contribution in the information field, by demonstrating excellence in performance, leadership, research, publication and because she distinguished herself by her ability to share knowledge.  UVI Chief Information Officer Tina Koopmans lauded Rogers’ selection saying, “Ms. Rogers demonstrates the highest level of professionalism in librarianship. She has earned this recognition from her dedication to the profession, mentor young librarians, and her outstanding leadership skills. The University is a better place because of her work.”  Judith Rogers making good news

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Senate Committee on Health, and Hospitals is meeting on St. Croix today at the Frits Lawaetz Legislative Conference Room. They will consider an act amending the Virgin Islands Code, relating to the professional practice of dentistry in the Territory and enacting the Dental Healthcare Act.

GERS says - effective immediately, the Benefits Processing Units in both islands will be closed on Thursdays and Fridays until further notice. This closure will allow the staff to focus on processing prior service inquiries, employer billing and payroll cases.

WAPA is planning rolling blackouts on Sunday.  4:00 Am to 6:00 Am on the feeders from Altona to Northside, Raphune hill to Ft Mylner and on to Old Tutu. From 6:00 Am to 7:00 Am on Feeders 8b, 9c, 9d in Nadir and Ft Mylner. Crews are installing Propane burners on several generators. St Croix will have a blackout on feeder #5 on Sat from 8:00 AM  to 2:00 PM as crews relocate a three phase line.

Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen announced that Henry E Rholsen Airport. Has a new 4.4 million dollar grant from the Dept of Transportation in Washington. The delegate says the fund are for a perimeter fence around the Henry Rholsen Airport and pay for repairs to the terminal apron pavement.

Coming Up Monday - - there’s a voting machine demonstration for persons with disabilities, seniors and the general public on Monday June 9th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on St. Croix at the University of the Virgin Islands Great Hall.

Hearty Congratulations to the students and adult education on St. Croix who went home with their diplomas and certificates. 76 students got their high school diplomas. 51 received GED certificates. The Valedictorian was Marcela Browne spoke about taking 13 years to finish high school. Salutatorian Lovelinda Davis described completing school in order to show her children what perseverance and dedication look like. She wants her children to be willing to work hard. So many of the graduates had stories of struggle and perseverance, many had to leave school early and came back holding down jobs, taking care of families, and squeezing in school night. 66 year old Grethlyn Jannette Joseph said she ignored dozens of people who told her she was too old for an education. Not only does she have her diploma, she was the last speaker as well. Never quit.

We're so proud of Sheniqua Robinson who has joined the Department of Tourism's New York-based public relations agency, Development Counsellors International , as the summer intern. Robinson will support public relations and marketing initiatives during New York City Caribbean Week. She will develop new skills and experiences to help with a career in tourism marketing.   Robinson was born and raised on St. Croix, she is a graduate of the University of the Virgin Islands communication program and well-known news reporter for TV 2 and she was Miss Virgin Islands 2010-2011. She’s working in New York all summer. The Department of Tourism is accepting applicaiotns from candidates who want to be the New-York fall 2014 intern. Contact Luana Wheatley at Department of Tourism.

Happy Birthday to Dr Beverly Banks-Randall making birthday today.

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