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St. John Live Music Schedule

Saturday 4/5

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Hudson & the Hoodoo Cats
9:00
340-777-4220

Castaway’s
Brother Nature
340-777-3316

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

Shipwreck Landing
Tom Mason & the Blues Buccaneers
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-5640

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

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St. John Events

Saturday Cinema

Virgin Fire
American Hustle
9 pm $10

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Senate Looks at Net Metering Changes
By Bill Kossler — April 5, 2014

Household-sized solar power producers will still be able to sell excess power to the Water and Power Authority at retail price through net metering, but larger producers will receive a smaller “Feed In Tariff” payment reflecting WAPA’s costs, if a bill approved in committee Friday becomes law.

When net metering was set up in 2007, it allowed a one-to-one exchange rate for electricity between the utility and net-metering customers. That means that when the solar panels on a customer’s roof put 1kWh of electricity onto the grid, that customer receives a credit allowing them to take 1kWh of electricity back from WAPA’s power plants at night when their panels are ineffective for no charge.

WAPA Executive Director Hugo Hodge told the Energy and Environmental Protection Committee that, because WAPA has to maintain the grid and this does not take into account WAPA’s avoided cost, this means other ratepayers subsidize net metering ratepayers to a certain extent.

To illustrate this principle by taking it to its logical extreme and considering a hypothetical case where every household had solar panels and generated enough power on average during the day to pay for their night time consumption. In this extreme hypothetical case, WAPA would receive no ratepayer revenue at all, but WAPA would still have to pay for fuel to produce power at night and would still have to employ crews to maintain the grid, despite no revenue. At low levels of net metering, the subsidy effect is small but as full-retail price net metering increases as a proportion of power generation, the cost to WAPA also increases until a tipping point is reached.

WAPA’s “avoided cost” is a calculation of the difference between full retail rate of net metering and the rate at which WAPA does not lose money, forcing it to pass that cost onto its paying customers…. read more

St. John Weather

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before noon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 76. East wind around 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

 

 

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bananasOnce upon a time, bananas were wild plants that grew only in Asia. Then, like now, bananas were a tasty fruit. The problem with them was that they were difficult to eat, because the wild bananas were full of extremely hard seeds about the size of small peas. The seeds could make up about eighty percent of the banana fruit, leaving only twenty percent as edible flesh. To eat a banana in those days one needed to be either very hungry or have a lot of patience.

Every once in a while, however, a wild banana plant would undergo a genetic mutation causing it to produce a seedless fruit. (The tiny dark particles that you see in the commonly seen bananas of today are actually undeveloped seeds that are so small and so soft that you may not even notice them.)

Without fertile seeds the mutated bananas could not reproduce and spread in the normal fashion. The only way the seedless banana can reproduce is parthenocarpically, which means without seeds. It does this by means of suckers, which grow off the main stem forming new plants that have exactly the same genetic makeup and attributes as the parent.

In all probability, these mutated seedless bananas were eventually found and sampled by human beings foraging for food. Needless to say, the seedless variety was much more desirable than the difficult-to-eat seeded ones and once they were discovered, people decided to bring back some slips for home cultivation. This is a relatively easy process. All that needs to be done is to severe the suckers from the main stem with a sharp object. The small, light and easily carried slips can then be transported and replanted in more convenient locations.

The seedless banana undoubtedly became a popular and sought after crop and gradually was spread… read more

St. John USVI Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
776 5336

Concordia
Open Mic with Johnny B & Lauren
3:30 – 5:30
693-5855

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Virgin Fire
Rich Greengold & Greg Jones
5:30 – 8:30
779-4982

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St. John Virgin islands Weather

Scattered showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East wind around 22 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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Congo Cay US Virgin Islands

View From Congo Cay

Congo Cay petroglyphs

Petroglyphs at Congo Cay

The Taino rock carvings known as the petroglyphs, located alongside a fresh water pool in the Reef Bay Valley, are not the only ones to be found here in the northern Virgin Islands.

Taino artisans carved these symbolic pictures on rocks found in areas of obvious spiritual significance. Such petroglyphs exist at Reef Bay on St. John, along the side of a fresh water pool and on the platform cliffs of Congo Cay. The petroglyphs on Congo Cay are extremely weathered and not as clear as the ones at Reef Bay.

It is believed that these carvings represent the natural spirits that resided in these places… read more about Taino spiritual beliefs

Congo Cay Google Earth

Congo Cay (Google Earth)

Congo Cay is a major nesting area for the Brown Pelican as well as for other seabirds. Goats were once introduced here, but are no longer there. In addition to the rock carvings, Taino pottery shards have been found on the cay.

Campbell to ski for V.I.
By AARON GRAY (Special to the Daily News)
Published: January 31, 2014

Her journey to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia was almost as long as her name.

Jasmine Jade Ariel Lyons Campbell – her friends call her “Jazz” – will represent the Virgin Islands at the Olympics next month in the downhill skiing slalom and giant slalom events.

The 22-year-old St. John native took to the sport at a very young age but only became serious about a possible Olympic qualification last year when she took a year off from her studies at Whitman College in Washington to focus on her dream.

She credits her parents for her early love of skiing and, naturally, her unique name.

“I guess they just couldn’t make up their mind,” she said last week from her home in Sun Valley, Idaho. “But it’s OK because I like my name. As for my parents, they have been a driving force for me during this process. I have so much gratitude for them.”

Campbell’s father, John, represented the V.I. in skiing at the 1992 Winter Olympics. Her mother, Jennifer, also an avid skier, could have joined her husband on the slopes in Albertville, France, but she had to take a slight detour.

“A lot of people don’t know this but my mom would have been at the same Olympics as my dad if she didn’t have to give birth to me,” said Jasmine Campbell, who has two older brothers, Ryan, 24, and Ross, 25.

“My mom actually raced in a World Cup race while she was pregnant. I was born a few months before the Games so she had to take care of me.”

The Campbells lived at Chocolate Hole in St. John until Jasmine was 6 years old. Before John Campbell’s business moved the family to Puerto Rico, Jasmine Campbell attended the V.I. Montessori School on St. Thomas and rode the ferry to school every day…. read more

Virgin Islands paddlers fare well at Painkiller Cup
St. John Source
Published: February 1, 2014

TORTOLA – Virgin Islands Paddle Board teams had a strong showing in the 2014 Painkiller Cup, won by Hawaiian Stand Up Paddling racers Kody Kerbox and Noa Ginella.

Kerbox and Ginella, paddling with Lori Park, made short work of the 14-mile downwind course last week to finish in 2 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds, as they were pressured by second-place finishers Team BOGA, comprised of St. Croix’s Bill Kraft and Isabelle Picard, and St John’s Nat Ford.

Although Kerbox paddled a blistering opening leg to win the $750 bonus as the first team to span the Trellis Bay-to-Guana Island leg. Ford closed the gap as the teams headed down Tortola’s North Shore…. Read more

10 Caribbean Adventures in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Huffington Post
by Courtney Scott
Senior Editor at Travelocity

As I write this post from my favorite coffee shop in New York City, a.k.a. the frozen tundra, I’m bundled up in two pairs of socks and a wool sweater, my hands heated by an extra hot latte. Today, it’s 15 degrees in New York City, and 85 degrees in the U.S. Virgin islands. So for a moment, I’ll leave chilly NYC behind, and get lost in the sunny memories of my first visit to the Virgin Islands…. Read more

St. John USVI Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Ocean Grill
David Laabs
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Skinny Legs
The Fiddler
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Sun Dog
Sunday Night Jam
6:30 – 9:30
693-8340

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St. John Virgin Islands Weather

Showers likely, mainly before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. East wind 18 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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Kiddel Bay St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)

Kiddel Bay Snorkel

Kiddle Bay

Kiddel Bay

Advanced snorkelers with the ability to free dive will love Kiddel Bay.

Snorkel out along the rocks on the western shore of the bay until you come to the reef that extends out off the point. A series of rocks rises above the surface.

The reef is characterized by deep depressions, grooves, arches and tunnels full of colorful corals, sponges and tropical reef fishes. The arches and tunnels are about 15 to 20 feet deep and are usually full of small fish. It’s a great challenge for free divers who can swim through one or a series of tunnels depending on their skill.

For less skilled snorkelers, the rock-lined coasts on both sides of the bay still offer plenty to see and to enjoy.

Another exciting snorkel option is to continue the snorkel around the point, proceeding west along the rocky coastline to Grootpan Bay. Bring waterproof footwear with you and you can enjoy a nice walk back to Kiddel Bay…. excerpted from St. John Off the Beaten Track

St. John Events

garbage warrior posterIsland Green Building Association
The Island Green Living Association will show the film “Garbage Warrior” at its Thursday, January 30, Green Thursdays seminar at 5:30 p.m. at Gifft Hill School’s upper campus auditorium.

“Garbage Warrior” is a 2007 film about architect Mike Reynolds, who invented the “Earthship” style of building. Earthships are buildings constructed with natural and recycled materials which are not tied in to utility grids, and are entirely self-sufficient.

The seminar will also feature presentations by St. John resident Kate Norfleet and IGLA board member Doug White, who themselves have used recycled materials to beautify their homes. GHS students, who recently built a bottle wall for their school garden with funds from an EPA mini-grant aimed at mitigating pollution through green infrastructure and sustainable materials management, will also speak at the seminar.

Those who attend the seminar will learn tips on reusing what most consider to be waste, like using wine bottles to build walls and paper to make pots. All are welcome to attend.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

St. John Land Records Need Help, Residents Say
By Lynda Lohr — January 29, 2014

St. John records in the Recorder of Deeds office are in “shambles,” St. John resident Yvonne Wells said at a meeting Wednesday of the Legislature’s Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, Youth and Recreation…. read more

Thatch Cay owners appeal permit extension denial
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: January 29, 2014

ST. THOMAS – The owners of Thatch Cay are appealing the St. Thomas Coastal Zone Management Committee’s 2012 denial of a permit extension today….

… Thatch Cay, a rocky 230-acre island about a half-mile north of Coki Point, is undeveloped.

The owners planned to build 101 homes and 24 support buildings on the island. The project included a community center, clubhouses, a yoga pavilion, spa, two dining areas, two tennis courts, sewage treatment plants, a reverse osmosis plant, generators, a 21-slip dock, 25 boat moorings and a helicopter landing area. Many members of the community have opposed the project for years, citing concerns about protecting the environment…. Read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
Don Dilego & Bree Sharp
9:00
777-4220

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

High Tide
Island Girl
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Get Right Band
5:30
776-6378

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

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

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

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

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

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St. John Weather

Scattered showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East wind 21 to 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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pillsbury sound sunsetPillsbury Sound US Virgin IslandsReturning back to St. John from St. Thomas yesterday afternoon, crossing Pillsbury Sound with my eyes fixed on St. John, I chanced to turn around just in time to see the sunset over St. Thomas. I stopped the boat and took some photos with my iPhone and then shut down the engine contemplating how fortunate I was to be there.

I’ve always been fascinated by the spectacular scenery surrounding this passage between the Caribbean and Atlantic basins, always a different perspective, nuances in colors and clarity, sometimes with rough seas and big waves caused by winds and currents and sometimes smooth, calm and tranquil. The center of Pillsbury Sound was where the Virgin Islands were born, rising above the surface of the ocean in a fiery volcanic blast.

Pillsbury Sound US Virgin IslandsPillsbury Sound is delineated by big islands of St. Thomas and St. John forming the eastern and western boundaries, while Lovango, Congo, Mingo, Grassy and Thatch Cays lie to the north. On the south are Great and Little St. James, Dog Island and Dog Rocks.

St. John USVI Events

St. John Virgin Islands Events: Love City LiveSunday, Jan. 26 – The Ultimate PowerBoat Party – It’s the ever-sexy wind-down beach party of the Love City Live! weekend. All boats sail to Sandy Spit, then White Bay – Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands (BVI). It includes: your reserved space on the Power Boat, drinks on board, BVI customs fees, BVI departure tax, fuel charge, captain’s fee and one of the best days of your life!

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 83. East wind 16 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Chris Klein and the Boulevards
9:00
777-4220

High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Ocean Grill
David Laabs
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Skinny Legs
The Fiddler
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Sun Dog
Sunday Night Jam
6:30 – 9:30
693-8340

Tap Room
Shane Meade feat. Rob Masten on Sax
6:00
715-7775

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“Yellow bird,
Up high in banana tree,
Yellow bird,
You sit all alone like me…”

St John US Virgin Islands birds: bananaquitThe bananaquit (Coereba flaveola), also called yellow bird, banana bird and sugar bird, is a commonly seen St. John resident.

Bananaquits will suck the nectar from flowers with their curved beaks and will also eat fruit and small insects.

The local Virgin Islands name, “sugar bird,” comes from the fact that setting out bowls of sugar easily attracts them.

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St. John News

Idaho Olympians: Meet Slalom Skier Jasmine Campbell
Boise State Public Radio
By Tom Banse

Jasmine_CampbellTwenty-two-year-old Hailey resident Jasmine Campbell is headed to the 2014 Winter Olympics to compete for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Campbell was born on the Caribbean island and moved to Idaho when she was nine.

Campbell is a student at Whitman College, but she’s taking the year off to train for the Games. “It’s just basically an 18 hour job where I’m always thinking about skiing,” Campbell told the Northwest News Network. “I wake up in the morning, before going upstairs, I watch a ski video. When I go to bed at night I watch a ski video. During the day, I have double training sessions.”

JASMINE CAMPBELL
Hometown:  Hailey, Idaho
Sport:  Alpine skiing
Events:  Slalom and Giant Slalom
Birthdate:  Nov. 8, 1991
Team: U.S. Virgin Islands

Stats: Campbell is the one and only representative of the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2014 Winter Olympics. She is the first skier from the tropical Caribbean territory to reach the podium in an international ski race, finishing 2nd and 3rd in giant slalom races in China this past December. As of late January, she was ranked 1097 in giant slalom and 1295 in slalom on the worldwide list maintained by the International Ski Federation.

Campbell on the 2014 Sochi Games: “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to compete in the Olympics. I want to ensure that I ski to the best of my ability so that I may represent my birthplace in the most honorable way possible.  At Sochi, I want to perform in a way that makes my countrymen proud, and gives the sport the respect and dedication it deserves,” says Campbell.

Why will she carry the Virgin Islands flag?: Campbell was born in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Her family left the Caribbean for Sun Valley when she was 9-years-old. She started skiing soon after her arrival to Idaho. Theoretically, Campbell could have pursued an Olympic berth on either the U.S. Ski Team or Virgin Islands team, though the latter offered a more realistic route to Sochi. Her father, John Campbell, skied for the Virgin Islands in the 1992 Albertville Olympics.

Campbell is taking a year off between her junior and senior years at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington to pursue her Olympic dreams. At Whitman, she is double majoring in psychology and philosophy. “This Olympic odyssey may well have helped direct me to a potential career path in sports psychology,” Campbell says.

St. John Virgin Islands Events

Love City Live, St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)Saturday, Jan. 25 – Beres Hammond “Live” in Concert at Winston Wells Ball Park (Cruz Bay – St. John) …also performing D Harmani, Unity Band, Fyah Train Band, Final Faze and The Echo People. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Live performances begin at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the full line-up of performing artists and our festival-like atmosphere of arts & crafts vendors, Ital/vegan food, Caribbean food, fresh coconut and premium bars. Get there early and “indulge” in the full island-roots experience.

St. John USVI Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Don Dilego & Bree Sharp
9:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Brother Nature
777-3316

High Tide
Jason Laurence Jones
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Skinny Legs
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
779-4982

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 77. East wind 16 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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In the above video, Curtney “the Ghost from Jost” Chinnery demonstrates how to catch a tarantula.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Catamaran Ferries Should Be Moving Passengers Soon
By Molly Morris — January 23, 2014

The territory’s two sleek new catamaran ferries, which were christened in a Dec. 6 ceremony at the Crown Bay marina, should be plying the waters between St. Thomas and St. John soon.

Department of Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls said Wednesday afternoon that he met and ironed out details with the franchise operators Varlack Ventures and Transportation Services earlier in the day.

“We went over their contracts and terms of expectation for receipt of the boats,” he said, “as well as considerations of the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.”

Smalls said that insurance was the holdup. He had said at the December ceremony that he hoped to have the vessels in operation before Christmas.

“I didn’t have the insurance, so the Coast Guard couldn’t go aboard,” Smalls said. ‘I don’t want to jump the gun, but now that we have the government insurance and the contracts executed, we should begin moving passengers between St. Thomas and St. John, once the federal entities give their blessings.”

The handsome two-decker boats – the Red Hook 1 and Cruz Bay 1, both with comfortable seating for 201 – will be a blessing to passengers…. read more

Senate Overrides deJongh Veto of Legislation for Coral Bay Park
Created on Thursday, 23 January 2014 05:30
Written by Tom Oat

St. John Senator at Large Craig Barshinger won a fiscal skirmish with the deJongh Administration, but he is not done fighting to get an accounting of the St. John Capital Improvements Fund.

At the start of the 30th Legislature’s 2014 session on Tuesday, January 14, the V.I. Senate voted to override several of Gov. John deJongh Jr.’s vetoes of legislation which were part of the omnibus bill passed in November at the Legislature’s final session of 2013.

One major provision of the omnibus bill vetoed by Gov. deJongh which was overridden was the measure that provided a $1 million annual appropriation for four fiscal years for the purchase of 170 acres in Estate Carolina for the Coral Bay Park.

The legislation also provided for the construction of a  center for recycling trash by the V.I. Waste Management Authority which would remove the bins from the roadside on the shore of Coral Bay.

The legislation included providing for preservation of the plantation era ruins on the parcel and establishing a “Parcel 7 Remainder Land Trust,” Sen. Barshinger explained.

Envisioning Future of Coral Bay

Sen. Barshinger still envisions the Coral Bay Park as the center of the growing Coral Bay community.

“Coral Bay is going to grow up,” Sen. Barshinger said. “I want to design Coral Bay around this property.”

“(Property owner) Sheldon Marsh’s vision is to have hiking and biking trails that would highlight the ruins,” the Senator at Large said. “A few acres will go to Waste Management on the south side of the property to move the dumpsters from the roadside mangroves.”… read more

Archaeological Dig on Main Street Yields Artifacts
By Source Staff — January 23, 2014

On Monday, Jan. 20, an archaeological team began the excavation of the large Saladoid Era archaeological site on Main Street between the Francis Market Square and the 75 corner. In the first day off cleaning the site in preparation for the start of scientific excavation on Wednesday over 100 Pre-Colombian artifacts were found. There are signs on the fence with information.

For more information, call David Hayes at 277-4072 or visit the site.

St. John Events

Love City Live
Thursday, Jan. 23 – Hush…The exclusive, all-Inclusive Villa Soiree. 7 p.m. to midnight. We convert a private villa into a swanky Caribbean- themed lounge.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
Treehouse Band
9:00
777-4220

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

High Tide
Island Girl
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Get Right Band
5:30
776-6378

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

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

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

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

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers before noon. Sunny, with a high near 81. East wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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Love City LiveSt. John and Virgin Islands News

International Reggae Star Beres Hammond Rocks Love City Live! Festival
By Source Staff — January 21, 2014

Get ready to “indulge in the vibe” with unmatched experiences at the annual music fest on “Love City,” St. John. The tropical rhythms and soothing sounds of international reggae crooner Beres Hammond (think: the Luther Vandross of reggae music) will command the airwaves from Jan. 22-26 on St. John, known locally as “Love City.” St. John will be abuzz with the excitement and energy that is Love City Live, an annual music and entertainment event that invites attendees to “indulge in the vibe” that is the authentic Caribbean experience in this U.S. territory.

The brainchild of businessman Glenn “Wasi” Philbert, Love City Live! enters its fourth year with an incredible line-up of renowned reggae artists and exotic events that will melt the winter blues for those battling the coldest winter in U.S. history. “Love City Live! is the perfect way to escape the frigid temperatures that have hit the U.S. mainland,” Philbert said. “What better way to kick off the New Year than with an action-packed, four-day excursion that incorporates the best of island life with an international flair.”

The event was created to deliver the euphoric essence of St. John and to serve the V.I. community by expanding the spectrum of entertainment experiences, raising the quality of entertainment productions, and highlighting the vibrancy of the region’s culture and lifestyle. Past headliners include Third Word and Morgan Heritage. Tickets, VIP packages, and merchandise are available at www.experiencelovecitylive.com.

Police ID Victim of ‘Suspicious Death’
By Source Staff — January 21, 2014

Police have identified the person who died Sunday under what are being described as suspicious circumstances.

The dead man has been identified as 41-year old James Malfetti.

Police said Malfetti was found unresponsive inside his Chocolate Hole apartment. Officers said the victim had puncture wounds on his neck. The V.I. Police Department declined to describe any other circumstances of the death, saying only that it’s part of an ongoing investigation.

Intelligence agents and detectives from the Major Crime Bureau are investigating this case. Forensic technicians are collecting and processing evidence.

Police looking into possible homicide reported on St. John
Daily News Staff

Police on St. John are investigating the suspicious death of a Boatman Road, Cruz Bay, resident a day after a burglary was reported at the same residence.

According to records maintained by the Virgin Islands Emergency Management Agency, 911 dispatchers received a call of a deceased person at 9:54 a.m. Sunday. At 10:05 a.m., the incident was reclassified as a homicide.

St. John Deputy Police Chief Maria Jones confirmed that police are investigating a suspicious death that occurred at a Boatman Road apartment, according to Police spokeswoman Melody Rames.

Police were notified of the case by 911 dispatchers, Rames said.

The man was found dead in his apartment, Jones said.

The Boatman Road area is near St. John’s south shore and includes many large homes with pools and vacation villas.

At 8:18 a.m. Saturday, VITEMA records recorded a burglary at the same address, Boatman Road 18.

Major Crime and Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives are investigating the death and forensic agents processed the scene Sunday, according to Jones.

If confirmed by police, this would be the first homicide of the year on St. John and the third homicide in the territory. There has been one homicide on St. Thomas and one on St. Croix. … read more

Fort Christian Begins Tours
By Bill Kossler — January 22, 2014

E. Benjamin Oliver Elementary students about to enter Fort Christian during Tuesday’s tour (photos courtesy of the St. Thomas Historical Trust).

E. Benjamin Oliver Elementary School students toured Fort Christian on Tuesday, marking the first school tours since the 343-year-old fort was closed to the public in 2004. Tours for the public should begin in a few weeks, according to the St. Thomas Historical Trust…. read more

V.I. seeking more Medicaid funding
By JOY BLACKBURN (Daily News Staff)
Published: January 21, 2014

ST. CROIX – The V.I. Human Services Department is working on a report that – if accepted – would result in the federal government temporarily picking up a higher share of Medicaid costs in the territory.

The proposed increase to the federal share has two different components – one a small overall increase, and the other a large increase in the federal match for a particular patient population. The more the federal government pays, the less the territory has to pay for the program.

According to a statement Human Services released last week, officials are considering the next steps so that the Medical Assistance Program – the territory’s Medicaid program – can be expanded to include low income adults who are not pregnant and who do not have children.

Last week, Human Services received news that the federal government would be picking up a higher percentage of the tab for that population, once the Medicaid program is expanded to include them.

“As Human Services planned Medicaid expansion, we always intended to add this group to the rolls of low income children, parents, seniors and persons with disabilities. With the news of the increased federal match, Human Services will try to more quickly add this group,” Human Services Commissioner Chris Finch said in the release.

Medicaid is the nation’s health care program for the poor.

Each state or territory has its own Medicaid plan and shares the costs of Medicaid with the federal government.

Under a funding formula, the federal government picks up a higher percentage of Medicaid costs for poorer states. But for the territories, the federal match was set by law at 50 percent – the lowest level. The Affordable Care Act raised the federal matching percentage for the territories to 55 percent.

Human Services was informed of these two changes recently:

- If the territory expands its Medicaid program to include the new group – childless adults who are not pregnant – the federal government will pick up 78 percent of the cost for that new group, leaving the territory with only 22 percent to pay, Finch said in an interview. That increase would be effective until the Affordable Care Act expires in 2019, he said.
The federal government will increase its matching percentage from 55 percent to 57.2 percent for all patients in the program if the territory can prove that it meets the criteria to be considered a “Medicaid Expansion State” under the Affordable Care Act, Finch said. That increase would last for two years…. Read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Beach Bar
Third String All Stars
9:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
776-6944

High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
776-0303

Shipwreck
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Skinny Legs
Tree House Band
8:00
779-4982

Tap Room
Shane Meade feat. Rob Masten on Sax
9:00
715-7775

Virgin Fire
Hot Club of Coral Bay
5:30 – 8:30
779-4982

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 80. East southeast wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

St. John and Virgin Islands Events

Love City LiveLove City Live
Schedule of Events on St. John for January 22-26? Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Reggae Roadblock Happy Hour at Motu Bar. 4:30-8:30 p.m. We kick things off with cocktails at the hottest new outdoor bar on St. John.
Thursday, Jan. 23 – Hush…The exclusive, all-Inclusive Villa Soiree. 7 p.m. to midnight. We convert a private villa into a swanky Caribbean- themed lounge.
Friday, Jan. 24 – Rockers All-White Beach Party at Cruz Bay, St. John beachfront. 7 p.m. to 1a.m. This ultra-sexy DJ beach event sets the tone for Love City Live!’s high-energy weekend. Attendees will be treated to complimentary Caribbean hors d’oeuvres, premium cash bars and an abundance of hot reggae tunes.
Saturday, Jan. 25 – Beres Hammond “Live” in Concert at Winston Wells Ball Park (Cruz Bay – St. John) …also performing D Harmani, Unity Band, Fyah Train Band, Final Faze and The Echo People. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Live performances begin at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the full line-up of performing artists and our festival-like atmosphere of arts & crafts vendors, Ital/vegan food, Caribbean food, fresh coconut and premium bars. Get there early and “indulge” in the full island-roots experience.
Sunday, Jan. 26 – The Ultimate PowerBoat Party – It’s the ever-sexy wind-down beach party of the Love City Live! weekend. All boats sail to Sandy Spit, then White Bay – Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands (BVI). It includes: your reserved space on the PowerBoat, drinks onboard, BVI customs fees, BVI departure tax, fuel charge, captain’s fee and one of the best days of your life!

St John Film Society: Fire in BabylonST JOHN FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS: “Fire in Babylon”
DATE: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
TIME: 7:30pm
PLACE: Pickles in Paradise, Coral Bay
$5 suggested donation or become a 2014 SJFS Member
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St. John Sea Creatures: glassy sweeper

Glassy Sweeper

Glassy Sweeper (Pempheris schomburgkii)
You’ll find these fish is dark or shady areas such as in caves, under ledges, in nooks and crannies in the reef or between rocks. They travel in schools in shallow waters. When they’re young their bodies are almost transparent, so much so that you can see the backbones of live fish, which is probably where the name “glassy sweeper” came from. They diet consists mainly  of zooplankton (animal plankton).

St. John and Virgin Islands News

St. Johnian, Jasmine Campbell, to compete in Winter Olympics in Sochi
Jasmine Campbell was chosen by the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee to  represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Winter Olympics in Sochi. She will compete in two alpine skiing events: Giant Slalom and Slalom.

Researchers To Help Secure The Future Of Reefs In The Virgin Islands
Government of the British Virgin Islands
Monday, January 20, 2014 – 4:33pm

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour has authorised a team of marine and social scientists from Newcastle University to conduct research on coral reefs and coastal communities in the Virgin Islands and determine how climate change affects the reefs.

The researchers will be in the Territory for three months and will conduct interviews, organise workshops and communicate with everyone who interacts with coral reefs.  The key objectives are to determine; how people use the sea and the reefs; what changes people have noticed over time; how well people think the coral reefs are being managed; and how important the reefs are to the people of the BVI.

The information collected will be presented to the community through workshops; shared with Government’s decision makers and used at the international level to help scientists understand how reefs might change in the future…. read more

US Virgin Islands Unveils First-Ever Tsunami Evacuation Maps
By the Caribbean Journal staff

As last week’s earthquake in Puerto Rico reminded, the Caribbean is a seismically active region — and particularly the northern Caribbean.

That’s led the US Virgin Islands to debut its first-ever tsunami evacuation map, which covers St Croix, St John and St Thomas.

The maps “delineate coastline inundation in the event of the Territory is impacted by a tsunami, as well as safe areas, evacuation route directional arrows, assembly points and denotes public schools and other public facilities within the inundation area,” according to a statement from the office of Governor John de Jongh…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 8:00
714-6169

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

Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
776-6800

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

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

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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St. John USVI Marine Life: orange cup coral

Close up of orange cup coral

The shaded environment within caves and under ledges often supports colorful corals and sponges. These photos were taken just inside the entrance to a cave. With the yellow polyps extended, the corals take on the appearance of flowers and because of this they are often referred to as flower corals.

Cup coaral

cup corals on cave wall

cave entrance

sponges

sponges

St. John USVI Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
776 5336

Beach Bar
Treehouse Band
9:00
777-4220

Concordia
Open Mic with Johnny B & Lauren
3:30 – 5:30
693-5855

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

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St. John News

Police Investigate Suspicious Death
By Source staff — January 19, 2014

St. John Deputy Police Chief Maria Jones confirmed Sunday that police are investigating a suspicious death that occurred at an apartment on Boatman Road.

Dispatchers at the 911 emergency call center notified police of the case at 9:55 a.m. Sunday.

The male victim was found dead in his apartment, according to the deputy chief reported. Detectives from Major Crime and the Criminal Investigation Bureau are investigating the case. Forensic agents were processing the scene. There was no indication from the police about what might have caused the death.

The name of the deceased was not released by authorities.

The investigators urged anyone with any information about the death to call them at 1-340-714-9834 or 1-340-715-5522, or through the 911 emergency call center or the anonymous tip service, Crimes Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477.

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 81. East wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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