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No Discounts for Fire Fights, Police and Locals at St. John Gourmet and Dolphin Markets
The advertised discount offer from St. John Gourmet and Dolphin Markets for December turned out not to be a a reality. At checkout it was explained that ” it was never put into the system.”
The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park Auction closes on December 8, 2013 at 9:00 PM EST.
If you’ve got your heart set on a special item… you still have time to win!
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You can still bid on any of the special items in our auction right up to the final seconds of this exciting event. Every tick of the clock brings us closer to the finish line. This may be your last chance to win that special item or to grab a great bargain. So don’t miss out…bid now!
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Remind your friends the end is almost here! Just Refer your Friends so they have the chance to offer their support and get some great last-minute deals.
Don’t Forget: Every bid supports the work we do at Friends of Virgin Islands National Park!
UVI Researcher: White Plague Coral Disease May Be Caused by Virus
By Source Staff — December 7, 2013
Researchers studying white plague, a threat to the territory’s coral reefs, believe the disease is passed by a virus, rather than a bacterial pathogen as earlier thought.
Results of investigations of the cause of coral diseases in the territory’s waters, led by Marilyn Brandt of the University of the Virgin Islands, have been published in PLOS ONE, an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication and in the International Society for Microbial Ecology Journal….
“The research suggests that white plague disease is associated with and may be caused by viruses,” Brandt said in a UVI news release. “This is the first study of its kind that has identified viruses as a potential coral pathogen.”…
White plague disease is known to affect more than 30 species of coral and was responsible for killing large amounts of coral after a warming event hit the territory in 2005,…. read more
Sleek New Ferries Dedicated at Sunny Ceremony
By Molly Morris — December 6, 2013 – Virgin islands Daily News
With the sun shining over Crown Bay, St. Thomas, on Friday morning, the territory’s two new sleek blue catamaran ferries were dedicated in high style with champagne splashing from the decks of the Red Hook 1 and Cruz Bay 1.
After asking everyone to stand for a moment of silence observing the passing of Nelson Mandela, Gov. John deJongh Jr. expressed his joy at the arrival of the handsome two-decked boats which each seat 201 passengers.
The governor said it was “more than a dream come true, 10 years in the planning.” He lauded the “strong partnership for the last three years between the Federal Highway Administration Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Division and the V.I. Department of Public Works.”
The governor said the spiffy catamarans cost more than $3.5 million each, with $3 million coming from the Obama administration economic stimulus funds, approximately $2.7 in ferryboat discretionary funding and another $2.1 million from DPW’s regular lines of funding from the FHA.
“The boats are designated solely to operate between Red Hook and Cruz Bay,” the governor said, adding some exciting news for the future…. read more
Banco Popular opens service center in Cruz Bay
By JENNY KANE (Daily News Staff)
Published: December 6, 2013
ST. THOMAS – Banco Popular is trying to be more convenient to its St. John customers by opening a service center today in Cruz Bay.
The center is not a new branch, meaning its customers will be limited to withdrawing and depositing cash.
However, bank officials said the new facility will make things easier for its customers, including those who own businesses, on St. John. “We’ve received a lot of requests,” said Antolin Velasco, senior vice-president of the Virgin Islands region for Banco Popular, which is based in Puerto Rico.
“Usually, our clients on St. John have to go to Red Hook,” Velasco said.
The bank will monitor how many people use the service center to determine whether the island needs its own branch in the future, he said. Velasco would not say how many customers the bank had on St. John, but he said the bank spent $175,000 on the service center, which comprises about 400 square feet.
Located in Cruz Bay, the center is on the first floor of a building shared with Mooie’s Bar, which also is on the first floor, and a residence upstairs. The bar is on one side of the building, and the service center is on the other.
The service center includes a 24-hour ATM. Starting today, customers will be able to withdraw cash. Next week they will be able to make deposits at the ATM without an envelope, as well.
Additionally, by next week the service center will have a night depository, which will be checked a few times each week, according to Velasco. The bank will monitor how many night deposits are made in a week, and will either maintain or change the night deposit check schedule based on any trends it notices, he said.
Also starting next week, the service center will have a host inside to help people with the ATM and assist people inside the center who have questions.
Torrential rains, flooding continue across territory
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: December 6, 2013
While the downpour only lasted for about an hour, it dropped 1.45 inches of rain.
Luis Rosa, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in San Juan, said St. Thomas has recorded 6.46 inches of rain at King Airport since Saturday. Other parts of the island probably saw close to 10 inches of rainfall in that period….
…The flooding Thursday forced the V.I. Waste Management Authority to close the Bovoni Landfill, the Susannaberg Transfer Station on St. John and the authority’s offices near Frenchtown…. read more
St. John Live Music Schedule – Saturday December 7
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St. John Weather
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK TODAY AND TONIGHT
SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT THE LOCAL ISLANDS TODAY…ESPECIALLY SAINT CROIX. DUE TO ALREADY SATURATED SOILS… PROLONGED PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL WILL LIKELY RESULT IN RAPID RISES IN SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS AS WELL AS URBAN FLOODING.
STRENGTHENING TRADE WINDS AND NORTHEAST SWELLS WILL CREATE CONFUSED SEAS AND SURF CONDITIONS AS WELL AS INCREASE THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS.
SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
STRONG TRADE WINDS AND NORTHEAST SWELLS WILL CREATE CONFUSED SEAS AND SURF CONDITIONS AS WELL AS INCREASE THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS THROUGH EARLY NEXT WORK WEEK.
Forecast for today:
Scattered showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Windy, with an east northeast wind 23 to 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.