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It's 76° Fahrenheit  27.7 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
79% humidity. Clear Skies
Wind out of the East North East at 8 mph.
Water temp: 80° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We no rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Clear Skies
Satellite Photo Shows: No storms on the horizon.

The national weather forecast calls for isolated showers. Highs around 81. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain less than 20 percent.

Cruise Ship News
At Havensight  Dock – Victory
At Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: SeaDream 2 and Seaboure Soujourn in St. John.

At the top of the news on Monday December 6  

And a new License to Fish if you fish in federal waters.  For the Virgin Islands anglers who travel out to federal waters, NOAA is requiring a new federal saltwater fishing license.  If you register before December 31 – the first year is free.  The federal fishing license after December 31 will costs $15. If you fish within the 3 mile territorial waters, there is no federal license required, but three miles out and you need a federal license which is good for saltwater fishing all over the country. Charter captains who hold the Highly Migratory Species Charter boat do not need the new license, it is already covered. Others who do not need the federal fishing license are children under age 16 and commercial fishermen with a valid license. There is a web site www.countmyfish.noaa.gov

Big news from Virgin Islands Epscore as they hold their annual conference at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef.   Today the topic is all about using science in the local economy and growing our economy with science.  Today until  4:30 PM there are meetings and sessions exploring how to use science locally. Today’s keynote address is about “How to develop business and innovative ideas for funding.”  There is also a program on the blue flag initiative which marries ecology science and tourism, there is a case study of Belize and a program on water quality and the economic effects of degraded water quality. There are sessions on sustainable development, eco-friendly building, and a program on Virgin Islands EPSCOR’s role in the territory. Today until 4:30 at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef.

The Humane Society of St. Thomas announced a $100,000 Prior Family Foundation match program that will enable it to open its new campus in early 2011. The Prior Family Foundation will match dollar for dollar every donation up to $100,000. Island wide support was also given by St. Thomas restaurants who pledged ten percent of the bill of any customer who presented a society voucher to the match program. Since 2003, $7 million dollars has been raised and invested in the new campus, which will be much more than a shelter. With the Prior match, donations of just more than one percent of the entire cost will enable a move to the new venue.

What’s it like to attend a birth? How do you help young nursing students learn about the birth of babies.  UVI School of nursing has something new – a birthing simulator purchased by the Benny and Martha Benjamin Foundation – the new birthing simulator showcases a normal delivery and also shows nursing students how to deal with abnormal deliveries and multiple deliveries.  The birthing simulator cost $28,000 and will be unveiled on St. Thomas Campus today at the Nursing building St. Thomas campus.  It will also be unveiled on St. Croix on Friday at the Nursing building simulator lab on Friday at 10:30 AM.
Big Thank You to the Benny and Martha Benjamin Foundation.


Tomorrow the senate is having a summit to the importance of effective and efficient government – the senators and legislative staff are all at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort tomorrow and Wednesday for the all day sessions.

April Newland reports on real Estate We are seeing a huge jump in sales over 22 pending listings in the house category. The most recent sales indicate that buyers are snapping up the properties that are priced very close to the market rate. Those properties that are high on the market are not moving at all. Sellers are tired of waiting and buyers realize the bottom of the market is here. The courts are holding up a slew of foreclosures and the banks are extremely frustrated by the lack of action by the court. If someone has not paid their mortgage since 2007 don't you think that there should be some resolution?????!!!! If  this inventory would come on the market then local people could get some of the homes and property that has been languishing in the courts for years and years. In the meantime the properties, many of which are abandoned, are deteriorating quickly and losing value. Hopefully this log jam will open up and avail the buying public their opportunity to own a home. Stay tuned.

Havensight Mall will host the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree on Tuesday December 7 at 53 to 9:00 PM with the official lighting of the tree at 6:00 PM. The first 1,000 children can get a gift from Santa.  Entertainment is by Cool Sessions, Sweet-a Band, Milo’s Kings, Bertha C. Boschulte School steel band and the carolers and quadrille dancers.  The event is sponsored by West Indian Company Limited And the Havensight Mall merchants.  

Here’s a chance to make some good news – Ace Sea Chest is holding a holiday Raffle.  And the proceeds benefit the Nana Baby Home.  Tickets are $2 and you might win a radio controlled car that the kids will really love.  Hummm, Dad may want this one for himself.  Go to Sea Chest Ace, drop a few dollars on raffle tickets and you help Nana Baby Home and have a chance to win a real prize to put under the Christmas tree.  Sea Chest Ace – make some Good News.  

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