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82  Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Partly Cloudy Skies.
78 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.02 inches
Wind is from East at 11 MPH
No rain in the last 24 hours at WSTA.

National Weather Service says:  

Forecast : Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 81F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. 20% Chance of rain.

Cruise Ship News  Carnival splendor Is at Havensight Dock

At the top of the news on !! AIR – June 13 Friday

How fast is fast?  The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network did little show-off yesterday in their offices in Christiansted.  To show just how fast the fiber network is, the staff opened twenty-seven high-definition videos all playing - simultaneously.  Twenty-seven!  Most of us get one at a time, and we wait and wait... sometimes interrupting the action while we wait for the movie to download.  Next-Generation Network chief technology officer Cork Van Derford, said it's not quite ready for home use yet as they sign up Internet service providers.  Residential services right around the corner.  Not only is this faster, but the cables are all underground. This Internet should survive hurricanes when telephone lines and wireless antennas are down.  How fast is 1000 megabits per second?  How about downloading 100 photographs in less than a second. Or do video chatting, upload videos, and play online games. All you do is click, and you're there.  Are you ready to sign up? 

The Joint Board Of Elections is struggling with issues regarding walk-in ballots and absentee voting.  Should walk-in voters have their ballots scanned immediately by the new equipment, or should the ballots put in a lock box and tabulated on election night?  The law was written before the new equipment was acquired, so the law is vague.  Some argued for wooden lockboxes, the old-fashioned way while others said we have new equipment we should move forward. The board is also noodling around with the text on the ballot and the Spanish translation. Got to get that settled soon… The primary election is August 2. The primary ballots have to be finished by June 17.

University president Dr. David Hall announced the appointment of Dr. Camille McKayle as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of the Virgin Islands.  She has been interim Provost for the last two years. The president says “Dr. McKayle’s leadership as provost was overwhelmingly reaffirmed.” The University asked for internal opinion on Dr. McKayle. He said. “Those who provided feedback were unanimous in their support of her and felt that she embraces the strategic direction of the University and provides thoughtful, fair and consistent leadership for all of the schools, colleges and other academic and research units.”  Dr. McKayle, was Dean of College of Science and Mathematics.  She joined the university as assistant professor of mathematics in 1996. Born in Jamaica, she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bates College in Maine. And masters and Ph.D. degrees, in mathematics, from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

Senate rules committee met yesterday. They took up a bill called the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act.  The act would detail the guardianship of an elderly person unable to care for themselves.  It's not simple.  Sometimes elderly citizens have children in several states.  Sometimes they leave here to live with their children. What laws govern the guardianship?  Sometimes one of the children seizes all of the elder’s assets. Some elders are left destitute.  If approved, the bill would bring the territory in line with 38 other states.  Other states are working on similar bills. Our Rules Committee decided to hold the legislation in committee for further development. The committee approved an Act requiring the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to develop and implement a vehicle emissions control and car inspection program. An Act governing Physical Therapy, - to license and regulate the practice of physical therapy. They approved an act called the “Virgin Islands False Claims Act”.  They held a bill to Honor and Commend Elroy George, posthumously for his military service by erect a bust in his honor at the Veterans Memorial Park. 

The Committee of the Whole is meeting today to examine the University of the Virgin Islands Research & Technology Park. There has been a lot of talk about the Research & Technology Park and who are tenants and who gets tax breaks. They also have testimony on a new agreement with Cruzan Rum.

The National Weather Service forecasts showers on Saturday. 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 intrinsically harmful, people with allergies or respiratory ailments should be aware. Sahara dust is coming early next week.

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Hard news from the Department of Health. They had the first homegrown cases of chikungunya.  This  means chikungunya virus is present in our local mosquitos.  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.  Chikungunya is not as severe as dengue fever.  Do everything possible to stop mosquito from breeding.  Empty anything 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.  Grow citronella plants.

GERS says - the Benefits Processing Units in both islands will be closed today and every Thursday  and Friday until further notice.

Years ago the government sued several industrial companies they considered responsible for damage to the natural resources in Estate Anguilla on St. Croix's south shore.  Department of Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner Alicia Barnes and Attorney General Vincent  Frazer have joint news briefing to announce settlements in resource damages cases.

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 kids to Honeymoon Beach on Water Island for a day of snorkeling and water play.  Gourmet Gallery is providing the snack and lunch.  Tickles restaurant has an afternoon BBQ and deep-fried lion fish bites. DPNR and the Coast Guard will talk with the kids about boat safety, environmental protection and Coast Guard careers. Kids will learn about litter in the marine environment and the threat of lion fish. The focus is on swimming!  Crown Bay Marina is sponsoring a raffle for gift certificates for swim lessons. You are calling for you to support swimming lessons. Call Crown Bay Marina for information on how you can help children learn to swim.   Call 774-2255. 

4 June is Caribbean Health and Wellness Month. this week is National Men’s Health Week  Today is Caribbean HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - - so HOPE, Inc. has a health and information fair to promote education, prevention and testing of chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, obesity and HIV.  The health fair is today from now until 2:00pm in Emancipation Garden. For more information call Kahaina Browne 777.1611

Retired Police Officers is meeting at Sat the 14th at 10:00 Am at the David Canton Headquarters the old USO Building on the waterfront. They are planning for the funeral of Police Sgt Leopold benjamin

Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen is having a Game Night at Barronspot, St. Croix Headquarters at 6:00 pm and there is a  Dem Territorial Committee Meet & Greet St. Croix – at 2 PLUS 2 at 7:00 pm

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 3:30 at their offices and anise hope.  On St. Thomas and St. John licensing will take place from nine to noon and 1 to 3:30 at the environmental enforcement office at King Airport St. Thomas.  Recreational boat and morning registration is going on now. Commercial fishing licenses  and registrations will take place July 14th through the 16th.

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