St. John News and Happenings

Cas Cay, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands (USVI)
Behind the reef at Red Point on Cas Cay

Tropical Storm Dorian

5:00 AM AST position: 18.2 N 50.0 W
Maximum Winds 40 mph with 60 mph gusts
Movement: W at 21 mph

Vitol wins propane supply deal with U.S. Virgin Islands

(Reuters) – Vitol Group VITOLV.UL has won a five-year contract to supply propane to the U.S. Virgin Islands, making the global commodity trader the primary provider of the territory’s energy supplies.

The U.S. Virgin Islands has been wrestling with higher electricity costs since the 2012 closure of the 350,000 barrel per day refinery on St. Croix, the largest of the territory’s islands. Since then, the territory has mainly relied on imported crude and fuel oil to run two generators at the refinery that supply power to the islands.

“Propane is the best near-term option to significantly reduce the cost of fuel for power generation in the territory,” Governor John de Jongh said in a statement on Thursday. Read more…

Pescador Wins 50th July Open Billfish Tournament
by Carol_Bareuther

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Talent and luck earned the team aboard Pescador the Top Boat win in the 50th Anniversary July Open Billfish Tournament (JOBT), hosted by the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club (VIGFC), July 19 to 21. Stephen Deckoff, Sr. the St. John, USVI-based owner/angler of the 60-foot Rybovich, caught his fifth blue marlin and his son, Stephen Jr., his third today to give Pescador a total of eight blue marlin releases for the tournament…. Read More

US Virgin Islands ties knot with bridal market
By Bevan Springer

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (July 25)—The U.S. Virgin Islands has made major strides by strengthening the territory’s position as a premier wedding destination in the Caribbean. Following its successful hosting of a recent four-day Bridal Symposium in St. Thomas, the Department of Tourism reported renewed interest in the destination from travel sellers who used destination updates and promotions to drive weddings to St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.

“The weddings and honeymoon market is big business for us and has great growth potential,” said Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty. The symposium showcased the diverse product of the islands while providing the opportunity for industry influencers to network with their local counterparts, she added.

The symposium, held July 9-12, attracted more than 60 attendees, including visiting journalists, wedding experts, travel agents specializing in destination weddings as well as local wedding industry professionals…. Read more

St. John Weather

Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 84 degrees F. Breezy. Winds from the ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%



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turtle and remoras
Hawksbill turtle and remoras at Honeymoon Bay

Remoras and Sea Turtles
Some cultures use remoras to catch turtles. A cord or rope is fastened to the remora’s tail, and when a turtle is sighted, the fish is released from the boat; it usually heads directly for the turtle and fastens itself to the turtle’s shell, and then both remora and turtle are hauled in. Smaller turtles can be pulled completely into the boat by this method, while larger ones are hauled within harpooning range. This practice has been reported throughout the Indian Ocean, especially from eastern Africa near Zanzibar and Mozambique, and from northern Australia near Cape York and Torres Strait.

Similar reports come from Japan and from the Americas. Some of the first records of the “fishing fish” in the Western literature come from the accounts of the second voyage of Christopher Columbus. However, Leo Wiener considers the Columbus accounts to be apocryphal: what was taken for accounts of the Americas may have been, in fact, notes Columbus derived from accounts of the East Indies, his desired destination…. read more about remoras


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Night Blooming Cerius

pitaya flower
Night Blooming Cerius ready to flower

It’s that time of the year again. My battle with the Thrushies (and other harversters) over who will get the ripe fruit of the night blooming cerius begins. It will take daily visits to the area and see who will be the “early bird.” Read more about the night blooming cerius.

St. John Film Society Press Release

Presented by St. John Film Society
Directed by Kevin Macdonald, 144 minutes, Documentary, 2012
Wednesday, July 17/ 7:30 pm
Cases by the Sea, Coral Bay

St. John Film Society Presents: Marley A feature-length documentary about the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley, this exhaustive, even-handed portrait of reggae’s greatest star offers electrifying concert footage and fascinating insights. Made with the support of the Marley family, this definitive life story of musician, revolutionary, and legend — from early days to international super-stardom– features rare footage, incredible performances, and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

Whether you are a reggae aficionado who has already seen and heard everything there is about Marley or whether you know nothing about the musical genre of reggae but would like an introduction, you won’t be disappointed by the latest documentary – it even touches on the unique and unparalleled social and political impact Marley had, and continues to have today!

For more about MARLEY the movie, click here.


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