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Happy New Year third Day, Inauguration today and Good News from a bad fire.

It's 75° Fahrenheit  23.9 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
74% humidity. partly cloudy skies
Wind out of the North East at 21 mph gusting to 28.
Water temp: 74° in Lameshur Bay St. John
We had Point 03 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: showers over Puerto Rico, Scattered showers here.
Satellite Photo Shows: No storms on the horizon.

The national weather forecast calls for Variably cloudy in the morning then clearing. Scattered showers. Breezy. Highs 82. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Cruise Ship News
Caribbean Princess at Havensight along with Victory, Disney Wonder and at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay the Noordam and the Oasis of the Seas. 5 ships today.  Six tomorrow.

At the top of the news on Monday January 3   

Happy New Year third Day and happy new decade as well.

First baby of the new year was born at 3:32 Am at Schneider Hospital Maryam Afo-lay-an-Oloye. Welcome aboard to MaryAm – the first baby of the new year.

The Governor has issued administrative leave territory-wide 8 am to 5 pm as part of the inauguration.  

The Governor’s inauguration began with a church service this morning at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, followed by the official inauguration at 11, then a military parade and an open house at Government House in the afternoon. That is all over now.. Tomorrow January 4th there will be a church service on St. Croix at Fredenstahl Moravian Church at 11:00 AM followed by an Open House at Government House at 1:00 PM. On Wednesday on St. John, there is  a church service at St. Ursula’s Church in Cruz Bay at 3:30 PM and an Open House at the Battery at 4:30 PM. . No big inauguration ball or huge luncheons. The Governor’s inauguration will be here live at 11 on WSTA.

Due to the inauguration, government offices are closed, schools continue to be closed the Legislature is closed as are the courts, Waste Management Authority.  Banks, on the other hand are open and the landfills are open. WAPA St. Thomas is closed WAPA St. Croix Is open.

There was a significant fire in Subbase in the Department of Public Works Heavy Equipment shop. The building is largely destroyed and many pieces of heavy equipment inside have been damaged beyond repair. More than a million dollars worth of heavy equipment was lost.  The only Good News was no one was in the building at the time of the fire and no one was injured. Big Thank You to the crew from the VI Fire Service, the 42 fire fighters and the other staff from Department of Public Works, Waste Management Authority, Port Authority, Police Department, WAPA and VITEMA who all assisted in containing the blaze. No other buildings were damaged except the heavy equipment warehouse and tool shops.

OK the bad news first.  2010 set a record for the most homicides in Virgin Islands History - 62.  The Good News, the rate dropped in the second half of the year. And the rate at which the police are "clearing" the crimes, identifying the culprit and making an arrest, is on the rise. Police Commissioner Francis E. Novelle Jr. said a number of factors made a difference; aggressive police tactics and better cooperation between citizens and police are making the difference.  The increasing use of "saturated patrols," in which scores of police descend on an area and keep up a high profile has had a major impact. The anti-gang task force has also been effective.
Francis pointed to one string of incidents early in the year, in which the suspected perpetrator of the first shooting become the victim in the second. Then the presumed perpetrator of the second was killed in retaliation in the third. The domino effect continued, he said, and when it was over four people the police believed to be killers were themselves killed. In a sad sense, they are removing each other from the scene.

The Crucian Christmas Festival village is open today – with UMB Soldiers performing at 9:00 PM. The Calypso monarch finals are on Tuesday at Island Center for the Performing Arts.  J’Ouvert is on Wednesday starting at at 5 am, and the Food Fair Arts and Crafts air is January 5 at the McBean Clock Tower. Children’s parade is January 7 from 1:00 PM from Claude O. Markoe School and the Adult Parade is 10:00 AM January 8 from Claude O. Markoe School.

The virtues project is an initiative of the Early Childhood Advisory Committee of the Children and Families Council with support from the Community Foundation – Each week all year long they will teach us Virtues. This week it is Peacefulness.  Peacefulness is being calm inside.  Take time for daily reflection and gratitude.  Solve conflicts so everyone wins.  Be a peacemaker.  Peace is giving up the love of power for the power of love.  Peace in the world begins with peace in your heart.  
You are practicing peacefulness when you...
•         Create inner peace with daily reflection or prayer
•         Use peaceful language even when you are angry
•         Speak gently and respectfully
•         Avoid harming anyone
•         Appreciate differences
•         Find peaceful solutions to every problem

I am peaceful.  I use peaceful words and find fair solutions when differences arise.  I find my inner peace and it will carry me gently through the day.

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