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On Island: Jayne Schaeffer is Park’s New Deputy Superintendent

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With the dissipation of the Sahara dust that has been over the territory, yesterday’s skies were brilliantly clear and blue. The forecast for tomorrow, however, is for another even stronger bout with the sandstorms over the African dessert. Consequently, I took advantage of the small window to shoot a short video from the popular photographer’s perch at the Trunk Bay Overlook.

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Isolated showers before 2am. Widespread haze after 2am. Mostly clear, with a low around 76. East northeast wind around 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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pride of barbados

Pride of Barbados

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Officers arrest man at King Airport after he refused captain’s request to disembark plane

Weather Service: Huge wave of Saharan dust headed for territory

Virgin Islands FIT Act supports small biomass, renewables

VINGN Shows Off Super-Fast Broadband in Demo

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Isolated showers after 8am. Sunny, with a high near 82. East wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

 

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Sahara Dust to Increase Starting Monday

Territory’s Broadband Network Going Live

DOH Confirms Local Chikungunya Case

One of two new ferries ready for action

Scientists studying where fish in V.I. reefs go

St. Croix woman arrested after authorities find 200 marijuana plants on her property

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Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 82. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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St. John USVI Flora:Black Caper

When landscaping your property on St. John, a good idea is to think native plants. They’re just as attractive as expensive exotic plants shipped in from Florida nurseries and present far less problems. They are drought resistant. You don’t have to irrigate or water. They’re pest resistant. You don’t have to constantly spray with poisonous chemicals. And in the event of a powerful storm they may be broken or knocked over, but they will come right back  after the storm subsides.

The black caper (Capparis cynopallophora) is a good example of a beautiful native tree that thrives in dry forest conditions. Native to both the Virgin Islands and Florida, some St. Johnians have unnecessarily purchased them from Florida nurseries and had them shipped to St. John.

Black Caper Flowers and Seedpods

The black caper flowers open white and later turn pink

black caper juvenile leaves

The juvenile black caper leaves are quite different that those of the mature tree

black caper pink flowers

The flowers of the black caper are pleasantly fragrant as well as attractive

Black caper seed pod

Seedpod

seedpod partly open

Partially open seedpod

opened seedpod

The red-colored inside of the black caper seedpod

St. John and Virgin Islands News

USA Today published their choice for the top five U.S. Virgin Islands dive sites:

St. Croix: Frederiksted Pier
St. Thomas: Cow and Calf
St. John: Eagle Shoals
St. Croix: Butler Bay
St. Croix: Cane Bay

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Isolated showers before noon. Sunny, with a high near 82. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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Chocolate Hole, Devers Bay and the south coast of St. John

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Guy Benjamin School to Close

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Green Building in the USVI

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Isolated showers before noon. Sunny, with a high near 82. East wind 15 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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St. JOhn Flowers of Spring

Virgin Islands News

Researchers explain bioluminescence in Salt River Bay

Volunteers Clear Almost 100 Bags of Trash from Hassel Island

V.I.’s John Jackson KO’d in Fifth

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 St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. East wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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Saturday 6/7

High Tide
Jason Laurence Jones
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

Rhumb Lines
Lauren
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Skinny Legs
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00
340-779-4982

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Isolated showers before noon. Sunny, with a high near 79. East wind 15 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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throt·tle verb
1 – to choke or strangle (someone)
2 – to defeat (someone or something) easily or completely
3 – to not allow (something) to grow or develop

It seems that Choice Communications has chosen an appropriate term, “throttling,” to describe their practice of slowing down their delivered internet speed to a veritable crawl as punishment for going over an allotted amount of download data.

The practice of throttling by Choice is well hidden, actually, it’s not mentioned at all, as far as their advertising and website is concerned. On the Choice website they even boast: “You don’t have to sign a mega contract to get unlimited megabytes! Get all the data you need from Choice Wireless, no strings attached.

data speed offer

Deceptive Advertising?

There are, in fact, some strings attached. The threshold for throttling is 75 gigabytes per month, a number that can easily be reached if one uses the internet for downloading large files, playing games online,  or streaming such things as You Tube, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, etc. If you’re not using the internet for these things, it makes little sense to pay for high speed.

Speed TestAfter being throttled after a mere ten days of usage my data was slowed to .14 mbps or 1/35 of the “seemingly promised” speed offered by choice. Believe me, this is REALLY slow! If you depend on the internet for business, this can be quite frustrating and damaging to your business.

The nice Choice representative that I spoke with when terminating my Choice service explained that Choice does indeed warn customers that they will be throttled if they use more than 75 Gigabytes. It’s quite a stretch, but here’s how he explains it:

It seems that at the very bottom of the page, just underneath the blue banner bar touting:

NO CONTRACTS – NO CREDIT CHECKS – NO OVERAGES – NO LIMITS

No Overages

In the small print, clicking on “terms and conditions,” paragraph six, section (e) explains that:

We may, without liability, limit, interrupt, terminate, or refuse to provide a Service for the following reasons, or for any other good cause: … (e) if your Service is used in a manner that is excessive or unreasonable with respect to volume or length of calls when compared to the predominant volume or length of call of other Choice customers in your geographic area, or …

Actual Speed
Looking at the Choice website, it may seem that Choice is offering a variety of different speeds for different plans. The high speed plan seemingly offers a speed of 5 mbps. In fact, the speeds are often quite less than advertised.

The discrepancy was explained to me by a Choice customer service representative, who I called to ask why my internet speed was so slow that it was ineffective for video streaming even though I was paying for a high speed of 5 mbps. (I was not being throttled at the time)

“No sir,” the rep said, “we offer speeds of up to 5 mbps.”

Notice the difference in explanation of promised speed offered by VI Broadband offering “speeds of at least 5 mbps.”

“Up to”

VI broadband

At least

In short, if you are considering applying for new or changing you current internet provider, beware of deceptive advertising, poor service and high installation costs. Check thoroughly before choosing an internet provider to make sure that they really do meet your needs at a reasonable price.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
7:00 – 9:00
340-693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
6:30 -9:30
340-201-1236

Concordia
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4:30 – 6:30
340-693-5855

High Tide
Erin Hart
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Brother Nature
6:30 – 9:30
340-776-6378

Island Blues
Gann – Solo guitar
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-6800

Miss Lucy’s
Rich & Greg
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-5244

Morgan’s Mango
James Anderson
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

Pickles
T-Bird
6:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982<

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-1100

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View of Sahara Dust at Great Cruz Bay

Sahara Dust causing gray skies and obscuring the view of St. Thomas from Great Cruz Bay on St. John

Sahara Dust

The Sahara Desert in northern Africa covers a vast landmass almost as large as the United States. Dust Storms sometimes with winds of hurricane force can send up plumes of dust that can be carried by the prevailing winds, such as the Trade Winds, for thousands of miles. So much dust from the African desert has made it’s way to the Caribbean that almost all of the soil found in the Bahamas and the Florida Keys has African origin.

The situation has gotten worse since the 1970s due to poor farming practices in Africa, climate change and the use of four-wheel drive vehicles in the desert that breaks up the hard crust of sand normally found on the surface.

Sahara dust is believed responsible for an increase in childhood asthma in its path and the recent decline in the health of Coral Reefs in the Caribbean, which is thought to be caused by the fungus, Aspergillus, found in the dust.

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The Sahara Desert in northern Africa covers a vast landmass almost as large as the United States. Dust Storms sometimes with winds of hurricane force can send up plumes of dust that can be carried by the prevailing winds, such as the Trade Winds, for thousands of miles. So much dust from the African desert has made its way to the Caribbean that almost all of the soil found in the Bahamas and the Florida Keys has African origin.

The situation has gotten worse since the 1970s due to poor farming practices in Africa, climate change and the use of four-wheel drive vehicles in the desert that breaks up the hard crust of sand normally found on the surface.

Sahara dust is believed responsible for an increase in childhood asthma in its path and the recent decline in the health of Coral Reefs in the Caribbean, which is thought to be caused by the fungus, Aspergillus, found in the dust.

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St John Film Presents: Blackfish

A scene from Blackfish

ST JOHN FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS: “Blackfish”
DATE: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 TIME: 7:30 pm
PLACE: St John School of the Arts, Cruz Bay
Suggested donation $5.00 or become a 2014 SJFS Member ($35. individual, $50.00 family)

Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that has taken the lives of several people while in captivity.  Director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or “killer whales,” soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet this mighty black and white mammal has many sides – a majestic, friendly giant, seemingly eager to take trainers for a ride around the pool, yet shockingly – and unpredictably – able to turn on them at…

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Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
6:30 – 9:30
340-201-1236

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am
340-777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 9:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:30
340-776-6378

Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
340-776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-7755

Morgan’s Mango
Greg Kinslow
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers before noon. Sunny, with a high near 83. Southeast wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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