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82  Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Partly Cloudy Skies.
76 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.06 inches
Wind is from East at 5 MPH
No rain in the last 24 hours at WSTA.

National Weather Service says:    A generally fair and mainly stable weather pattern is expected to prevail over the next few days as a mid to upper level ridge dominates the local area. Therefore, expect mostly sunny skies and slightly above normal temperatures with limited shower activity each day. Across the waters, moderate to fresh trade winds will generate waves between three and five feet with east winds of 15-18 knots. The tropics are quiet.

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Cruise Ship News  No Ships Today

Headlines : 

At the top of the news on !! AIR – June 12 Thursday
Yesterday we told you the Waste Management Authority was not closing the Cotton Valley Bin site. Last night, May Adams Cornwall met with residents at Woodson high school to discuss the Mon Bijou bin site. They are not closing MonBijou either.  They would like to close the site - the cost of bin sites is astronomical.  The Authority wants commercial trash generators to stop using the public bin sites. Take commercial trash right to the landfill.  BUT that is not happening.  Residents say they like the Peter’s Rest convenience center with a person on-site and fences, but the Authority says it can’t afford to man all of the bin sites.

It's a slow day at the Senate when the big topic is how long commissioners serve on the horse racing commission.  Three years?  or four?  Senate rules committee wants to increase commissioner’s terms. But the horse racing commissioners were more interested in money – enough money to operate the horse racing commission.  Senators in the rules committee approved a bill to designate October as Virgin Islands Disability History Month, calling on the schools to teach about disabilities in October. They had a bill to make settlement claims between the government and other entities a public record.  One senator pointed to the Southland gaming settlement, saying we have no idea how much Southland paid or where the money went!  In spite of many senators calling for transparency, the senators tabled the bill.

Good news from viNGN.  More than 200 anchor institutions are physically connected to the fiber network.  111 of those sites are ready to be connected to their Internet Service provider.  And they have choices - 8 Internet service providers are signed up and 5 or 6 others are in the wings.  More than 1,000 residents have taken the digital literacy training class. While the three big islands are wired, when fiber will be available on the other islands?

Good news from the water and power authority, starting today for the next three weeks Toshiba international will be working in the state Spanish town on a solo project.  There will be driving piles for the solar panel racking system which you may hear a noise from the pile driving machines.  They broke ground on this for megawatt solar project back in August.  They will be installing 19,600 solar panels.  Which calls for 3000 posts driven into the ground.  Expect some noise.

Hard news from the Department of Health as they registered the first two homegrown cases of chikungunya.  This mosquito borne disease has rapidly spread throughout the Caribbean region.  So far our cases have been imported from other islands.  The latest case was acquired locally.  This is significant.  Bt means chikungunya virus is present in our local mosquitos.  If local mosquitoes are infected, then we have the disease in the territory.  Residents should take all possible precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.  Chikungunya is transmitted by mosquito bites.  It causes an illness like dengue fever with fever, joint pain and headache, muscle pain, joint swelling and possibly a rash. 
However, chikungunya is not as severe as dengue fever.  Stop mosquito breeding.  If they breed near you, then you will get bitten. Empty thing that holds standing water.  Cisterns should be covered and chlorinated.  Used tires, flowerpot bases, pet water bowls should all be emptied regularly.  Make sure your screens are intact and cover yourself and babies with mosquito netting at night.  Use spray with DEET to keep mosquitoes away.

The National Weather Service is forecasting showers on Saturday, followed by a huge surge of Sahara dust.  Starting Sunday through the early part of next week we will see a lot of Sahara dust.  The dust makes her hazy skies and colorful sunsets.  And while it is not harmful with allergies, respiratory ailments should be aware the Sahara dust is coming early next week.

You're listening to Good News Headlines on WSTA. More news, first this

ICC close early today at 3:30 PM.  Chamber of Commerce  Business-after-hours is at Innovative Communication Corporation this evening 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. 

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.  GERS benefits processing and closed today

The Department of Labor on St. Thomas will be closed today and reopen on Friday. The staff of the Department of Labor will be taking professional development training.

The Department of planning and natural resources released the schedule for boating registration during June and July.  On St. Croix licensing will take place from nine to noon and 1 to 330 at their offices and anise hope.  On St. Thomas and St. John licensing will take place from nine to noon and 1 to 330 at the environmental enforcement office at King Airport St. Thomas.  Recreational boat and morning registration will take place from Monday the Commercial fishing licenses  and registrations will take place July 14th through the 16th.

Saturday, June 14th is annual “International Marina Day”.  “Welcome to the Water”.  The event will introduce people to the water….boating, snorkeling, fishing, swimming, etc.   Crown Bay Marina is leading the effort to introduce a lot of children to our seaside marine environment.  Blue Island Divers is taking the Jr. Firefighters to Honeymoon Beach on Water Island for a day on the water and snorkeling.  Gourmet Gallery is providing the morning snack and a bag lunch.  Later Tickles restaurant plans BBQ where everyone can taste deep-fried lion fish bites. DPNR and the Coast Guard talk to the kids about boat safety, environmental protection and Coast Guard careers. Kids will learn about litter and cigarette butts in the marine environment and the threat of lion fish. The focus is on swimming !  Crown Bay Marina is sponsoring a raffle drawings for gift certificates for swim lessons.  You can help support swimming lessons.  Every child should know how to swim.  Call Crown Bay Marina for information on how you can help support swimming lessons.   Call this number 774-2255. 

Freddy Dinang, a graduating senior of the Class of 2014 of the Charlotte Amalie High School, just received his contract to sign with the Southern Nazarene University Men's Soccer Team for the 2014 season.  Freddy is an accounting major with a 3.5 average and is also a member of the school's varsity soccer team and the VI Soccer Association's Men's League UWS soccer team. Freddy Dinang, making good news. Big Thank You to coach Dale Richards of Massey's Soccer Academy which gained the scholarship for Freddy and two additional students based on his recommendations.

Three from Ken got athletic scholarships. Akia Frett will attend and play basketball at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Ariz., in the fall; Stephaun Adams will be attending Ranger College in Texas, playing basketball; and Emari Mills who is a star right-handed pitcher who led his team to a championship this year and will be playing baseball at Western Oklahoma State College in the fall. Mills throws a fastball 88 to 89 miles per hour, he has a mean change-up, a steady curve ball. He would be Major league material but he is too young. For now college.

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