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It's 77° Fahrenheit  27.7 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
84% humidity. Cloudy Skies
Wind out of the East North East at 6 mph.
Water temp: 77° in Limetree bay St. Thomas
We had POINT 01 inches of 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 Cloudy. Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning...then scattered showers this afternoon. Highs 85. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Cruise Ship News
At Havensight  Dock – Norwegian Epic and Glory, Freedom of the Seas with Disney Magic in the inner harbour
At Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: Eurodam and Solstice

At the top of the news on Wednesday December 8  
Today the Governor, Lieutenant Governor,  commissioners, members of the senate, and members of the judiciary are in day two of the government summit at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort. The topic is the importance of effective and efficient government. Yesterday’s session was all about efficiency and streamlining government so it gets the job done with less waste and inefficiency.  Over and over the members of the panels spoke of using technology to address problems. John Kamensky from the Kennedy Administration was a top speaker talking about – putting the customer first, empowering employees, cutting red tape and creating partnerships to pave the way for government savings.  Today they will be holding more sessions to review all the issues of government in the Virgin Islands and work on a common plan to move forward.

Second time around for members of the east end alliance as they regroup to try to preserve Vessup Bay Beach from privatization.  Once again Andrea King is leading the group – they want to insure that 17 acres of land around Vessup beach is made public and the beach remains accessible to all residents. In the past they secured the right of eminent domain to have the government buy the land, but no action was taken and the land around the beach remains in a private developers hands. The recent omnibus bill struck down the eminent domain plans after the money was reprogrammed to other uses.

St. Thomas East End Lions and Leos will host a Christmas Tree lighting at Four Winds Plaza on Wednesday December 8 at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. There will be treats for the children and entertainment.

Here come proposed regulations to reduce air pollution from cruise ships and other large vessels that ply the waters around the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented the proposals to the International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Environment Protection Committee – part of the United Nations. The idea is to designate our waters as an emission-control area which would require large ships operating in these areas to use cleaner fuel or pollution-control technology. It turns out that  tankers, container vessels and cruise ships are major sources of air pollution in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The sulfur, soot and other harmful air pollutants from large ships reach from ports to inland communities,” It may end.

Here comes Dept. of Tourism on TV. Part of the new local tourism awareness campaign, Tourism is launching five new television spots designed to raise the level of customer service in the Territory and promote the customer service pledge.  Each spot features a mocko jumbie character who intervenes when poor service is being delivered and “inspires” the service provider to take the customer service pledge. In the spots, taking the pledge results in the delivery of superior customer service, produces satisfied customers and fills the service provider with pride. Watch for the Mocko Jumbie on TV.

FREE workshops on making sweet breads and fruit cakes are scheduled today and tomorrow on UVI’s St. Croix campus. The classes are offered by the 4-H   Family and Consumer Sciences and Nutrition Education Program  Cooperative Extension Service. Classes will be offered in Room 134 at the Research & Extension Center on the following schedule: today Sweet Breads –1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday,– Fruit Cakes – 9 a.m. to Noon and again 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call to register, contact 692-4083.
Jurors who served the District Court since August 2010 – you are asked to call the jury automated phone system about reporting for jury duty  Call 774-5916.

The Department of Human Services advises the public effective today, the parking lot adjacent to the Lionel Roberts stadium will be locked at 6pm daily to ensure public safety.   The lot will be opened 7am Monday through Friday except holidays to accommodate patrons and business owners in the Hospital Ground area.

Call Wayne Christian a lucky man or one who travels with angels.  Wayne Christian works for Choice Communication and was up from St. Croix on St. Thomas Monday working on the communication tower at Mountaintop.  His grip slipped and Wayne fell 100 feet from the top of the tower – That s a fall that could kill someone.  Not Wayne Christian.  He survived with bruises a broken jaw and a really surprised look on his face. Count your blessings Wayne Christian and that the Angels that carried you to the ground.

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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