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First the weather:
83 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
86 % humidity.
29.84  Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from all over the South East at 13 MPH.  Under Partly Cloudy Skies.

No rain in the last 24 hours.  4 point 29  so far this month and  30.19” this year.

National Weather Service says:  Overcast with 30% Chance of thunderstorms and rain showers in the morning, then partly cloudy with possible showers in the afternoon. High of 86F. Breezy East South East Wind at 20 to 25 mph.

An area of high pressure remains centered over the local area. As Hurricane Sandy moves in a northerly direction, the high pressure ridge will remain in place and then drift slowly towards Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands over the next few days.

In cruise ship news: Summit  at Havensight Dock

At the top of the news on Friday October 26

WAPA got fuel.  The finished the process of finding an alternative source of fuel oil to power the generators on St. Thomas and St Croix.   The new supplier is Trafigura AG a Swiss company with operations in Puerto Rico. They will begin to supply fuel as of December for the coming year with a possible 9 month extension. And here is the good news – the new fuel costs $5 LESS per barrel that Hovensa's most recent price.  Hovensa agreed to continue selling fuel after they closed at a discount - but those discounts end in December. WAPA Executive Director Hugo Hodge said Trafigura's terms represent "a significant overall cost savings of more than $5 per barrel, compared with HOVENSA’s December price - BUT - not as low as HOVENSA’s best discounts of the past. Trafigura will deliver direct to St. Thomas and St Croix saving the cost of trans-shipping. Oh and Trafigura will settle for payment in 90 days – that’s better than HOVENSA’s 30 day terms.

Judge Darryl Donohue oversaw an agreement between the Legislature and the Daily News to reveal the records of spending that were part of the federal audit – immediately - or face penalties. BUT it may take five days to find the records. The decision hinged on obtaining the original records, not the reports used inside the Inspector general’s office. The IG’s records are confidential; the original data is public record. Judge Donohue also disqualified Senate President Ronald Russell as NOT qualified to represent the Senate in the proceedings. The judge said Russell was not authorized to represent the Senate. No legislation was offered showing that the Legislature had authorized Russell to act on the body’s behalf. What will the Daily News get – cash advance records and expenses for the senators in the 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th legislatures. Now we get to know who had his hands in the cookie jar.

Senate Rules Committee met yesterday – they approved all five nominations that were before the committee: Jennifer Nugent Hill to serve on the University Board of Trustees; Rueben D. Molly to be director for the Bureau of Information Technology; Darice Plaskett to serve as Commissioner of Health; Douglas Brady and Denise Hinds to also serve as Judges of the Superior Court.

Governor DeJongh signed an executive order advancing a plan to revitalize downtown Charlotte Amalie and ensure the historic town’s future economic vitality. The order signed last week endorses a summary report called The Town's Blueprint: A Vision and Code for Historic Charlotte Amalie. The community-supported report also establishes guidelines based on form-based codes that use the physical form of buildings as the organizing zoning principle.   The charrette process yielded several “Big Ideas” to guide development in the historic area, including plans to protect traditional building methods, transform the waterfront, connect pedestrian and transit networks and bring nightlife to the area.

The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) is hosting 60 science professionals from across the country at a workshop ending today. The workshop titled “Living on Earth III: Social-Ecological Systems Workshop 2012,” brings researchers together for scholarly dialogue on the need for effective integration of social sciences and natural sciences. Governor John DeJongh welcomed the participants to a reception at Coral World Marine Park, Saying “I’d like to extend a warm Caribbean welcome to all this workshop’s participants from across the country. For us here in the Virgin Islands, EPSCoR, in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands, has provided a vital component of the scientific research on matters that directly affect the territory. We here in the Virgin Islands always welcome opportunities to collaborate with researchers from the program’s other jurisdictions, so thank you again for attending the third Living on Earth Workshop,” The symposium ends today 

Time for UVI students to register for Spring and Summer 2013 courses starting today. Students are reminded - meet with their advisors first get your PIN, then access Banweb and register.

Brian McKnight, one of the top balladeer singers of our time, performs at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, at UVI’s Reichhold Center for the Arts on the St. Thomas campus. The R&B star will deliver an intimate performance on piano, singing from his catalogue of hits. Brian s signature style is umnistakeable-poignant lyrics, smooth voice and beautifuIly-styled arrangements.  Tickets are available from the Reichhold Box Office – Call 693-1559

Department of Energy reminds everyone that buying appliances that have an Energy Star tag can still save you money. This is what every resident can do to cut down on their electric bill. This is Energy Awareness Month and the Energy Office will be at the Marketplace shopping center on St. John TODAY  and at Tutu Park Mall on Saturday. From 10:00 Am to 4:00 PM.

The Department of Health Immunization Program has their free Seasonal Flu and Pneumonia on TODAY on St Croix at the Charles Harwood Complex from 9:30am to 3:30pm  St. John has Flu & pneumonia shots on November 9  Bring your immunization card, and Seniors bring your Medicare Card.  Get the Flu Shot, Not the Flu

Here comes the "I AM BEAUTIFUL CARIBBEAN" Natural Hair Work Shop & Expo. Saturday October 27, on St. Thomas and Sunday October 28 on St. Croix.  Tickets are available on St. Thomas at Essentric Shoe, Global Wholesale, Stride Rite, Shear Xtasy. Urban Threadz, and Sharper Image. St. Croix outlets include Essentric Shoe, Nat'ral Xpression, Urban Threadz, Hair Unlimited and Lady Influence. Donation is $15 in advance, $20 at the Door. As this is a Family Event, Children 13 and under is half price only $7 and 5 and under are free.

This is red ribbon week. Over at the University students are wearing red and pledging their support of the National Red Ribbon Week effort with a series of activities through the end of October. The observance salutes the ongoing fight against drug and substance abuse.

Project H-O-P-E, Inc. has a Big Thank You to the people who made the program as they celebrate their 20th anniversary.   On this Friday, October 26  Project HOPE wants to thank their Board of Directors: Mr. Dean Baptiste senior, President, Mrs. Lennice Gumbs-Elskoe (past), Mr. Wayne Chinnery, (past), Mr. Earl deWindt, (past), Ms. Angela Baptiste, Mr. Paul Smalls, Mrs. Esther Smith, Mr. Alvin Williams, Mr. Wilbert Gomez, Pastor Dr. Charles Peters. Yesterday their parade was a tremendous success giving out MaryJane candy instead of Marijuana, Coca Cola soda instead of Cocaine and telling the adults that pots are for cooking not smoking. Big Thank You to the Police Department officers who helped with the parade. Jason Thomas, Derrick Bougounean, and corporal Elroy Raymo.

Sat – Free healthy breakfast at UVI Sports and Fitness center on Saturday from 10-11 am. Are you interested in losing weight, gaining energy, or just feeling great? Come out to this free healthy breakfast and learn more about health, nutrition, and improving both! Saturday at UVI Sports and Fitness center from 10-11

There is a special food sale coming up October 26 at the Raphael O. Wheatley Skills Center by the Culinary Arts Class.  They will be serving Beef Short Ribs with Tamarind Glaze, Creole Salmon Balls and Veggie Paella – Tickets are available now for $ 10 Call 774-2459.  The Date is October 26, 11:30 to 1:30.

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