US Virgin Islands
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WAPA Says Prices Will Drop
The Water and Power Authority announced that due to drop in fuel price and the new waste heat boiler the cost of electricity and water will drop beginning July 1st. Residential electricity bills will drop by about 12% and the cost of water will drop by about 3%. The waste heat boiler produces heat has begun to send steam to the water desalination plant and to the electricity generators which reduces the cost of the fuel it takes to run those plants.
Current Conditions in Paradise:
Temperature: 81 Degrees Water Temp: 74 Degrees Skies: Crystal Clear, Occasional Cloud Chance of Rain: 20%: Beach and Swimming : Perfect Sailing and Diving : Perfect Drinks: Ready
New Postmaster Friday
The Virgin Islands has a new postmaster. Louis Austin Jackson was installed yesterday as the New Virgin Islands Coordinator/Postmaster at a ceremony at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort with 200 in attendance. Delegate Dr Donna Christian-Green was the featured speaker along with Senate President Lorraine Berry, Senator Adelbert Bryan and Senator Liburd.
Police Pavilion on St. Croix Expanding
Also on Friday there was a ceremony to initiate the expansion of the Community Pavilion at the Patrick Sweeney Police headquarters on St. Croix. Governor Schneider said there would be more funds for the facility which is used for conferences , training and crime prevention activities.
Montserrat Volcano Update
The volcano on Montserrat was active last night, with another ash cloud to 20,000 feet and more rock showering on the western side of the volcano. Dr. Eddie Donohue has asked the US Embassy in Barbados to speed up issuing visas to displaced people. The area around Corkhill is being evacuated. An emergency jetty has been constructed to help ferry people off that island.
Mental Health Service Report Complete
Virgin Islands Advocacy Agency completed a three months study of the mental health services and an inventory of mental health services in the Virgin Islands. Copies of the report are available at the VIAA offices on 75 Kronprindsen Gade.
New Area Codes for Pacific Islands Too
You already know that we are getting a new area code on July 1st. Tell your friends in the states to call by dialing 1-340 instead of 1-809. But there is more news., Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, our sister islands in the Pacific have just been approved to come into the North American Numbering System which means they are also getting new area codes as well.
Cruising is the Top Rated Vacation
The FCCA did some research and found that Cruising is the top rated vacation. The Caribbean is the top destination. 50% of all passengers coming here compared to Europe with only 13% of the 4.6 million people who took cruises last year. 71% of first time cruisers say it exceeded their expectations! And 54% say they plan to return for a long vacation in the Caribbean.
Coming Up In July, the American Airline National Windsurfing Championships will be held at Doubletree Sapphire Beach Resort from July 14 to the 19th. This is the most important Windsurfing event of the year and the first time it is in the Virgin Islands. Olympic Windsurfing champions will with local Windsurfers for the top prizes.
They are calling it Marlin Mania
Some of the world’s top fishing teams are converging on St. Thomas for the Annual Governor’s Cup Billfish Tournament coming up July 17th. Did you know they release any fish under 500 pounds or that they average 3.23 catches per boat.
Children’s International Village
More good news children on the international tour. Four 11 year olds from St. Croix will travel to Italy for the International Children’s Village camp. Paul Ruiz, Andrew Schuster, Vimaris Corcino and Julianna Berry are going to Bologna Italy to join 48 youths from 11 countries.
Senate will look at Hurricane Preparedness
Senate will meet on Monday to look at Hurricane preparedness. Their agenda covers two days from morning through night. They will look into our community disaster loans, funds to put supplies in our shelters, emergency housing, and whether federal aid will be restricted due to past handling of aid. The will also look progress putting utility lines underground, earthquake preparedness and emergency communication.
Water Island Report
Another beautiful evening, glorious night, still waters and gentle breeze.