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Board of Elections get down to business – Governor John DeJongh has a report on the cruise lines and here comes the Bordeaux culture and food fair.

It's 77° Fahrenheit  23.9 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
82% humidity. partly cloudy skies  
Wind out of the North East at 7 mph gusting to 28.
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had Point 05 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Showers moving through our area this morning.
Satellite Photo Shows: Mostly clear skies – 20% chance of rain for days  

The national weather forecast calls for Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Highs 84. Breezy  East winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent down to 20% by evening.

Cruise Ship News
At Havensight  Dock – Noordam
At Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: Grand Princess and Ruby Princess

At the top of the news on Thursday January 13  

Governor John DeJongh and Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty are meeting with the press today to tell us what they learned in Florida in their meetings with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association and the executives of the cruise line industry.

Hearty Congratulations to Joe Boschulte who is moving to WAPA to become the Chief Financial Officer replacing Nellow Bowry who is retiring.  The new position for Boschulte means he can no longer serve as chairman of the Public Services Commission or work at the GERS so he has resigned from both positions. Bowry worked at WPA for more than 20 years and was also a WAPA board member at different times. It will help WAPA that Joe Boschulte is knowledgeable about the workings of the regulatory commission. He starts on Tuesday of next week.

Board of Elections is up and running.  Two new members were sworn into the St. Thomas St. John election Board, Harry Daniels and Wilma Marsh Monsanto join the board. Claudette Georges was re-elected.  The new officers of the Board of Elections are Alecia Wells, chairman, Wilma Marsh Monsanto Vice-chair and Harry Daniel Secretary. Top priority – election reform, moving from crystal gade to Crown Bay and a new computerized registration system.

On St. Croix the Board of Elections is working on their own reforms. Rupert Ross, Adelbert Bryan and Raymond Williams were sworn into office Ross will serve as chair, Lisa Moorehead as vice-chair and Dodson James as Secretary. Member Bert Bryan had immediate changes he want implemented, taking the Attorney General out as legal counsel to the board, not removing people from the voters registry and replacing voting machines with new ones. Other board members note that changing the Attorney General as counsel requires new legislation – same with changing voting machines. The present ones are the only ones that meet the present legislative requirements.

Did you serve in the District Court jury between august and December of 2010 – your pay check is waiting for you at the clerks office Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

The Department of Human Services in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Early Childhood Advisory Committee will begin implementing an Early Childcare Quality Rating Improvement System. We’ll be the first US territory to join over 20 states that administers a QRIS. The ‘kick off’ is Friday, January 14th at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa from 9:30am to 11:30am.    A QRIS is a tool designed to assess and improve the level of quality in early and school age care and education programs. Implementing a QRIS in the territory will work simultaneously to improve professional development for childcare providers and empower parents to select quality early care and education for their children. Friday’s meeting will introduce participants to consultants from Oldham Innovative Research and Anne Mitchell, a QRIS national expert who will help implement the system in the territory. The Governor and First Lady deJongh are expected to  be there too.
UVI Professor Emeritus Dr. Arnold Highfield and part-time UVI Professor of Anthropology and History Dr. Betsy Rezende will be among the presenters at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Society of Virgin Islands Historians set for Saturday, Jan. 15, at Government House in Christiansted, St. Croix. The meeting’s theme is “Celebrating the 275th Commemoration of Christiansted Town.” Dr. Highfield will provide “An Overview of Christiansted Town.” Dr. Rezende will present  a “Historic Viewing of 20 Rare Photographs: 1860-1917.” Other presenters include George F. Tyson talking about The Contributions of Africans to the Establishment of Christiansted Town), and Bill Cissel (The Military History of Christiansted Town). Among 7 presenters. Saturday at 9:30 AM at Government House St. Croix For more information Dr. Baumann at 692-4178.
Bordeaux Farmers Rastafari Agricultural and Cultural Food Fair is this weekend.  It is the 14th annual food fair in Bordeaux – We Grow Food organizes the event for the Bordeaux farmers and this year they have a bountiful harvest. Last year’s fair was rained out. There's something for everyone: art, jewelry, crafts, the wonderful aromas of freshly cooked food. Farmer of the year Ingrid Powell James will be honored at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the opening ceremonies. The Fair runs from 10 a.m to 10 p.m each day. There is plenty of free parking on the road, which leads to the old Bordeaux Tennis Courts, where the event is traditionally held. Admission is $3 for adults, with children admitted free.

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