Derek and Hannah Davis Jeter Announce The Birth Of Their First Child … It’s A Baby Girl!

Derek and Hannah Davis Jeter Announce The Birth Of Their First Child ... It's A Baby Girl!

ODD MAN OUT: Derek Jeter poses in front of pink balloons to symbolize that his first child is a baby girl. Maybe the former New York Yankees baseball captain can up his intake of oysters if he hopes to have a male successor on the baseball diamond. (PHOTO COURTESY: Hannah Davis Jeter)

CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– St. Thomas native Hannah Davis and Derek Jeter have welcomed their first child.

The 43-year-old MLB star and his 27-year-old wife are now happy parents to a baby girl named Bella Raine, born Thursday.

The Players’ Tribune shared the news on Twitter Friday writing: “Congratulations Derek and @hannahbjeter on the birth of your baby girl, Bella Raine Jeter, born Thursday, Aug. 17.”

The Über couple got engaged in October 2015 and were married in July last year in Napa Valley.

This February, Davis announced on The Players’ Tribune that the couple was expecting their first child, a girl.

“Derek and I will want our children to understand that the lives they’ve been given are so fortunate, in so many ways. We’ll want them to learn to help others, and to care for others, and to give back to the world,” Hannah wrote. “We’ll let them know that they are strong and smart, and that they can do anything they put their minds to. I hope they’ll be honest like their father. I hope they’ll be stubborn like me. I hope that they know what they want and won’t settle for less. And if they want to play baseball, well, we’re gonna have a little talk first.”

Earlier this year Hannah revealed to People that she and Derek weren’t quite in agreement on a name for their firstborn.

But for what it’s worth, the baby girl’s name is: Bella Raine Jeter.

The new parents won’t divulge the significance of the name.

Hannah hinted that she is hoping to follow Heidi Klum and Kathy Ireland into the world of a branded clothing line bearing her name, rather than more modeling or acting.

“I’m looking forward to getting new opportunities and seeing what comes to the table,” she told the Virgin Islands Daily News. “I don’t know for sure, but I can assure you, it won’t just be fashion.”

Fire Near The Big Cock Bar & Grill In Stoners Alley Leaves Structure With Smoke, Fire And Water Damage In St. Thomas

Fire Near The Big Cock Bar & Grill In Stoners Alley Leaves Structure With Smoke, Fire And Water Damage In St. Thomas

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islands Fire Services personnel assigned to the Hotel Company Fire Station responded to a structural fire at #67 Kronprindsen Gade.

When fire personnel arrived on the scene near the Big Cock Bar & Grill in Stoners Alley about 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, they found a one-story wooden structure engulfed in flames.

Once Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) personnel cut power to the structure, firefighters starting fighting the blaze.

Additional units from Echo Company were ordered to the scene and within 45 minutes the fire was contained and completely extinguished, Government House said.

After removing a significant amount of rubbish from the structure, Fire Service personnel conducted salvage and overhaul operations, which included extinguishing hotspots as they were discovered.

The structure and its contents sustained significant smoke, water and fire damage.

Arson Investigation and Prevention Unit personnel were called to the scene and conducted their assessment of the fire scene.

All Fire Service personnel returned to their duty stations at 11:30 a.m. after a safety inspection was conducted.

Deluded Rakeem Christmas Finally Admits He Is Not Good Enough For The NBA And Will See If He Can Compete In Islamic Turkey

Deluded Rakeem Christmas Finally Admits He Is Not Good Enough For The NBA And Will See If He Can Compete In Islamic Turkey

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CHRISTIANSTED — Former St. Croix resident Rakeem Christmas is packing his bags and leaving for Turkey.

Christmas, the 36th pick of the 2015 NBA draft, has been languishing on the “Mad Ants” in the D-League which is the Indiana Pacers farm team.

Sources close to the Pacers say that they know now that Christmas never had the right stuff to play basketball in the NBA.

“Rakeem was good enough to play for celebrated pedophile-coach Jim Boeheim in the ACC, but never good enough for the NBA,” a source close to the Pacers said. “(Christmas) thought he was the second coming of Tim Duncan, but didn’t even play 30 games in the basketball big leagues. He was a big talent only in his own mind and that’s why he liked coming back to the Virgin Islands where he could pretend he was some kind of NBA superstar … and some people there were foolish enough to believe him.”

The 26-year-old big man who played for Syracuse form in the NCAA, during 29 games with the Pacers in the NBA averaged just 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds.

For the first time in his career Christmas is moving to Europe and Galatasaray say they expect that he may be able to make a squad in the Turkish BSL or in the 7Days EuroCup — if he applies himself and makes a real effort this time.

Galatasaray said on Thursday that they have tentatively agreed to sign Christmas to a one-year contract.



National Hurricane Center Says Tropical Storm Harvey Will Pass Well South of the Territory

National Hurricane Center Says Tropical Storm Harvey Will Pass Well South of the Territory

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MIAMI — Tropical Storm Harvey is starting to cast down rain on the Windward Islands, and may pose a threat early next week in parts of Central America’s Caribbean coast, but is not expected to adversely affect the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The good news is that Harvey hasn’t gotten any stronger as of this morning.

As of the last advisory from the National Hurricane Center at 8 a.m. AST, Tropical Storm Harvey was located about 55 miles west of Barbados and was moving to the west at a brisk 18 mph.

Harvey, the eighth named storm of 2017 in the Atlantic, had sustained winds of 40 mph, making it a minimal tropical storm.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of the Windward Islands, including Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Warnings are issued when tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Dominica, where those conditions are possible within that time frame.

Tropical storm conditions, with winds of 39 mph or greater, are expected to first reach the Lesser Antilles within the warning area by late Friday morning, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

Thunderstorm activity over the storm has not changed much since a Thursday afternoon hurricane hunter flight found winds of 40 mph.

Another mission is scheduled into Harvey on Friday morning to see if anything has changed in the storm.

Harvey will bring 2 to 4 inches of rain across the Windward Islands from Martinique southward to Grenada, which could trigger life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides in mountainous terrain.

After that, the system will then track westward through the rest of the Caribbean Sea, and will likely pose a threat to parts of Central America and/or Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula early next week.

It’s not clear how strong this tropical storm will become through its Caribbean trek, due to potential interaction with dry conditions and sinking air. Interests throughout the Caribbean should monitor the progress of Harvey through early next week.

At this time, Tropical Storm Harvey is not a threat to the United States.

Invest 92L continues to fester a few hundred miles to the east of Harvey.

This invest has shown signs of strengthening through early Friday, and could become a tropical depression later today or over the weekend.

A fresh surge of such dry air, known as the Saharan Air Layer (SAL), is pushing towards 92L right now. This dry air may mix in with the disturbance, preventing thunderstorms from persisting and clustering.

And if 92L tracks farther north, as expected, wind shear – the change in wind direction with height – is stronger to the north of the Leeward Islands, according to an analysis from the University of Wisconsin.

This hostile wind shear that typically rips apart tropical disturbances and weaker tropical cyclones may inhibit 92L from developing significantly, if it gains enough latitude north of the Leeward Islands this weekend.

National Hurricane Center Says Tropical Storm Harvey Will Pass Well South of the Territory

National Hurricane Center Says Tropical Storm Harvey Will Pass Well South of the Territory

Police Say They Need You To Find Red Pickup Truck Stolen From In Front Of A House In Downtown Christiansted

Police Say They Need You To Find Red Pickup Truck Stolen From In Front Of A House In Downtown Christiansted

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CHRISTIANSTED — Police said that they cannot find a red pickup truck that was stolen from in front of a house downtown here and need your help.

The truck was stolen from in front of a house on Queen Cross Street while its owner was asleep before 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

The man said he was sleeping in his living room and when he woke up he noticed that his house had been burglarized, according to unofficial police sources.

One of the things stolen in the burglary were the keys to his two-door Red 1994 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck which had been near him in the living room.

The man said that his truck also had a silver toolbox in the back and that his vehicle has the license plate number of CFE-837.

No one was injured during the burglary and of course the police again have no suspects that they are pursuing.

The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) did not contribute to this report.


IT’S OFFICIAL: National Park Service To Again Allow Plastic Bottles At Park Sites Around The Territory, Country

IT'S OFFICIAL: National Park Service To Again Allow Plastic Bottles At Park Sites Around The Territory, Country

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CHRISTIANSTED — The federal government announced Wednesday it will eliminate a policy it put in place six years ago to allow national parks like the Buck Island National Monument on St. Croix to ban the sale of bottled water in an effort to curb litter.

The National Parks Service said in a statement it made the decision to “expand hydration options for recreationalists, hikers, and other visitors to national parks.”

The rules were first put in place in 2011 after it became clear discarded water bottles were becoming a big litter problem in national parks. The policy did not stop the sale of bottled sweetened drinks.

Officials say 23 of the 417 National Parks Service sites have implemented the policy since it was enacted. Those include some the nation’s most popular destinations like the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Mount Rushmore. The bottled water and beverage industry have previously lobbied aggressively to keep bottled water at U.S. national parks.

The Virgin Islands has five sites associated with the National Parks Service: Buck Island Reef National Monument on St. Croix; the Christiansted National Historic Site on St. Croix; the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve on St. Croix; the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John and Hassel Island and the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument off St. John.

International Bottled Water Association spokeswoman Jill Culora praised the Park Service’s decision in a statement, calling the policy “seriously flawed” and noted it still allowed other less healthy beverages that are packaged in heavier types of containers.

The parks system has done studies that show plastic bottles are among the biggest source of pollution in places like the Grand Canyon. In a 2012 report, the Grand Canyon found large decreases in bottles found on trails, for example. The study also cited birds and other animals getting plastic chunks of bottle lodged in their throats.

The National Parks Service believes visitors can best choose the right beverages for themselves and their families when visiting the agency’s parks across the United States, spokesman Jeremy Barnum said.

“Specifically (parks like) Grand Canyon where there’s great options for bringing your own bottle — which is a pretty common phenomenon for a lot of folks, but not everyone shows up to a national park with their own water bottle — and so we’re just expanding those options for those folks,” Barnum said.

National Hurricane Center Says Invest 91L Will Duck Below The Virgin Islands And Go West Into Central America

National Hurricane Center Says Invest 91L Will Duck Below The Virgin Islands And Go West Into Central America

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SAN JUAN — An extra tropical system not associated with Invest 91L was causing flash flood warnings to be issued for Puerto Rico on Thursday morning.

But the area of organized showers located 500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles called Invest 91L has a 90 percent chance of tropical development over the next five days as it travels west into the region.

It is expected to pass closest to the Virgin Islands on Friday.

“A surface high pressure across the central Atlantic will produce  moderate to locally fresh easterly winds through the rest of the  week,” the National Weather Service said. “An active tropical wave in the Mona Channel will move into  Hispaniola later today, Showers and thunderstorms will be active  across the regional waters. Potential Tropical Cyclone number 9 is  expected to move across the Caribbean Sea south of the San Juan forecast Area between Friday and Saturday with increased seas in the Caribbean.”

Showers were expected to begin falling on St. Croix about 3 p.m. today, but they, too, are associated with the extra tropical system and not the outer bands of Invest 91L.

The National Hurricane Center has started issuing advisories for the latest tropical hot spot in the Atlantic — a patch of rough weather east of the Caribbean that’s now being called Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 and could become Hurricane Harvey.

It’s still early, but the system is forecast to become a hurricane that would make landfall somewhere between Nicaragua and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It does not appear to be a threat to Florida or anywhere else in the U.S.

We are now entering the busiest time of the Atlantic hurricane season, and it shows because Potential Tropical Cyclone 9, or PTC9, is one of four tropical watch zones in the Atlantic. One of those, Hurricane Gert, is in the Atlantic off Canada, no threat to land, and is expected to dissipate.

The other two are systems that are still at least 2,000 miles from Florida. They’re showing early signs of tracking in the general direction of Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, but forecasts this early out are riddled with uncertainty, forecasters say.

One has a 60 percent chance of formation over the next five days, while the other has a 40 percent chance over the same time period.

None of these pose an immediate threat to Florida’s weather. But that’s also because it was too early.

PTC9 is an area of low pressure about 500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, on the eastern boundary of the Caribbean. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter was scheduled to investigate the disturbance Thursday afternoon.

Forecasters have given it an 80 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone during the next two days and a 90 percent chance of developing over the next five days.

Initial track forecasts have the potential hurricane making landfall somewhere between Nicaragua and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday.

When and if it becomes a tropical storm, it would take the name Harvey.

The “Potential Tropical Cyclone” advisories are new in 2017. Formerly, disturbances would have to become at least a depression before advisories were issued. The reason for the potential-cyclone advisories is to give people more warning, giving them more time to prepare.

A tropical cyclone can take the form of a tropical depression, tropical storm, or hurricane. Tropical depressions are characterized by maximum sustained winds of 38 mph, tropical storms have maximum winds of 73 mph, and hurricanes pack winds of 74 mph to over 155 mph.

Just behind it, 92L is located halfway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles. The storm has been given a 60 percent chance of becoming something more as it travels west-northwest at 15 mph.

A tropical wave just off the coast of Africa is producing disorganized showers.
The odds are about 40 percent that this will gain tropical strength as it continues its westward track. It is still too soon to tell if these disturbances will affect the United States.

Hurricane Gert is well off the eastern coast of the mainland U.S.

It is continuing to travel into the north Atlantic and is expected to weaken.

The storm is not a local threat to people in the territory.

BLACKLASH! Two Days Before A Storm Is Expected To Reach St. Croix, WAPA Plunges The Big Island Into Darkness For Six Hours … For No Reason At All!

BLACKLASH! Two Days Before A Storm Is Expected To Reach St. Croix, WAPA Plunges The Big Island Into Darkness For Six Hours ... For No Reason At All!

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CHRISTIANSTED — Two days before Invest 91L was expected to reach the territory, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) plunged St. Croix into darkness for nearly six hours.

At least 14,000 WAPA customers were affected as a light drizzle fell on St. Croix accompanied by 19 mile-per-hour winds.

Officially, the quasi-government agency said it was a mechanical failure that left the Big Island without power from 6:19 p.m. to 10:50 p.m. on Wednesday.

On Facebook, WAPA said that Unit 20 tripped and when it did, the heat recovery steam generator at the Estate Richmond plant also failed.

People islandwide from Christiansted to Frederiksted were affected by the massive, unnecessary outage as a long line of feeders went off like a row of dominoes: 2A, 3A, 4A, 6A, 6B, 9B and 10B when WAPA didn’t supply needed electricity to allow them to stay online.

WAPA said that workers were able to bring two units online that had been previously off, allowing the 20-megawatt Unit 20 and recovery generator Unit 11 to come back online.

“Seems to be a mechanical issue with the generator in question,” a spokesman said. “We won’t know the exact cause until we have a chance to troubleshoot it.”

The WAPA spokesman, based in St. Thomas, said that power was restored to St. Croix after midnight, when actually most people had electricity restored by 11:50 p.m.

“All efforts are being made to restore service to all affected customers as quickly and as safely as possible,” the spokesman claimed.

WAPA had trouble with portions of Feeder 6A all afternoon, which led to isolated power outages affecting Betsy’s Jewel, Blue Mountain, Little Fountain, Canaan, Cane Bay, La Vallee, Club St. Croix, Colony Cove, Concordia East, parts of Estate St. John, Gentle Winds, Estate Glynn, Golden Rock, Harbor View, parts of John F. Kennedy Terrace, Judith’s Fancy, La Grande Princesse, Mill Harbor, Mon Bijou, Morningstar, Salt River and Sugar Beach.

The authority said that it send out line crews to investigate the problems, but that those efforts were not responsible for the island-wide outage that occurred just hours later.


MAPP: Territory’s Schools Won’t Be ‘Perfect’ When They Open In Three Weeks … But They Will Be Clean

MAPP: Territory's Schools Won't Be 'Perfect' When They Open In Three Weeks ... But They Will Be Clean

BIG ORDER: Gov. Kenneth Mapp (middle) and Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter (right) listen as Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum explains why the territory’s schools won’t be in “perfect order” when they open in three weeks.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The territory’s schools won’t be ready when they open in three weeks — but they will be clean.

That was the word Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced at a press conference with V.I. Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum on Wednesday.

Education officials distributed a timeline of when each school on St. Thomas and St. Croix should be ready and how much it is expected to cost to fix them.

The Legislature has appropriated $1.75 million for summer maintenance of the territory’s schools, but that money has yet to be released by the Office of Management and Budget.

Two major credit ratings firms based in the United States have said this week that the territory is using all available government money to continue to make payroll for government employees every two weeks — and downgraded the Virgin Islands bonds as a result.

McCollum assured parents, students and teachers that the territory’s public schools will be prepared for the next school year beginning September 5.
She acknowledged that some physical repairs will be ongoing, but that the basic maintenance and repairs will have been completed by then.
Education officials were expecting to spend $753,631 on St. Thomas schools and $866,100 on St. Croix schools during the summer maintenance period.
Mapp said that at least $14.6 million is available for school maintenance and of that amount $7 million is earmarked for capital improvement projects already underway.
“We’re not going to find the schools in perfect order when the children arrive on September 5,” he said. “We’re going to find the schools clean and ready to be inhabited by the children and professional staff.”
Mapp and Lt. Governor Osbert Potter have invited members of the Board of Education, the Legislature and media to accompany them on a tour of all school properties planned for August 28.




Mapp: V.I. Children Of Low-Income Parents Are Now Eligible For Increased Medical Insurance Benefits From The Federal Government

Mapp: V.I. Children Of Low-Income Parents Are Now Eligible For Increased Medical Insurance Benefits From The Federal Government
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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Children of low-income parents will be able to apply for increased medical insurance benefits from the federal government starting on Oct. 1.

The V.I. Department of Education will play a key role in helping the local government to identify children who will be eligible for federally subsidized healthcare coverage under the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which covers 91.5 percent of healthcare costs for eligible children from birth through 19 years, Government House said.

Gov. Kenneth Mapp said at a press conference on Wednesday that the United States Department of Health and Human Services has accepted the Virgin Islands government’s petition to transfer coverage of eligible children from the Medical Assistance Program (MAP) to CHIP.

Insurance coverage for children now on the family plans of income eligible government employees also will be transferred to CHIP under the new arrangement.

The school system will begin determining which students are members of qualifying families, as part of the overall strategy to reduce the fiscal burden of healthcare on local resources by making maximum use of federal programs.

Earlier this year, Mapp announced that the Department of Health and Human Services had approved his administration’s request to increase the federal poverty level for the territory from $6,500 to $11,800, which made 19,000 more members of Virgin Islands households eligible for federally subsidized healthcare programs.

The governor said that Education and Human Services will attempt to increase registration in advance of the coming school year.

“Folks in the community that will be applying for SNAP or any other public assistance in Human Services will only have a one-stop qualification process,” Mapp said.

Government House said that it is a significant expansion of health coverage, and for cost savings by the local government with trained staff being added to the hospitals and all federal assistance program intake points used to identify and enroll eligible residents at the earliest possible opportunity.

“By increasing our use of federal dollars to ease the burden of healthcare costs on our people, our hospitals, and our government, we are pursuing our long term strategy to improve our quality of life, and eventually to eliminate our persistent fiscal imbalance,” he said.