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First the weather:
82 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
76% humidity.
29.95 30.01   Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from East at 14 MPH –Clear Skies
Trace of rain in the last 24 hours.  34.55” so far this year.

National Weather Service says: Partly cloudy with 20% chance of rain showers. High of 84F. Winds from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph.  A generally fair weather pattern will continue across the local area for the next couple of days. However, bands of showers and patches of moisture will continue to move across the Virgin Islands from time to time resulting in intervals of cloudiness and a few passing showers.

Cruise Ship News
Ruby Princess at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal


At the top of the news on Thursday   November 29

Tourism says a hot season is coming up. August was down a bit with 23 ship calls down from 29 in prior years. But coming up – 55 ship calls to St Croix and there are three says with TWO ships visiting St Croix.   Nine ships are coming to St Croix for the first time. And they are larger ships too. St. Thomas is lined up for more ships. Carnival is repositioning some ships from Europe back to the Caribbean. More summer ship visits.

Sad facts from the Health Department. Their 2011 HIV Surveillance Report says there are 579 people living with an HIV/AIDS in the U.S. Virgin Islands; there are 975 cumulative cases and 412 deaths to date.  That’s the bad news – the Good News is that you can make a difference. World AIDS Day is coming up Saturday. The best way to overcome AIDS is for everyone to know their status. There is free testing for HIV at the Department of Health clinics territory wide.
Today they are talking about HIV and AIDS at the Julius Sprauve School, St. John. On Friday the movie theater at Market Square Cinemas will feature education outreach with an onscreen, pop-up Q&A.  Saturday December 1st World AIDS Day. People are urged to wear red. There is an Awareness and education exhibit at Tutu Park Mall from 10 am to 3 o'clock. At 5 pm on Saturday on St Croix there is a community march and remembrance candlelight vigil, from the Central Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Tuesday December 4th at the University on both campuses there is a Conference on “Putting the Pieces of Providing Comprehensive Care Together for People Living with HIV/AIDS.” For more information go online to www.healthvi.org.

Good News from the Virgin Islands Housing Authority – they began construction of the Louis E Brown Villas phase Two on St Croix The 40 unit complex is specifically for senior citizens. The phase one complex of 102 units was the first public housing in the VI in more than 20 years. The official ground breaking is December 19 when they expect to finish work on Phase one.

Coming Up Tomorrow Small Business Development Center has a workshop on “Starting a Business with the "nuts and bolts" of starting a business.  Topics include: writing a business plan, legal structure options, state and local rules, regulations, and licensing requirements, marketing, cash flow projections, record keeping basics, and more. Extensive handouts will be provided.  Cost’s only $10. The workshop is Friday, November 30, from 9am to 1pm at the Nisky Center. Then on St Croix on Saturday, December 8 at Sion Farm. For more information call 776-3206 or St. Croix at  692-5270. 

Top staff from the EDC are at the 36th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America in New Orleans, through Friday. They are involved in panel discussions regarding tourism and economic development. The Governor said “This conference provides the Virgin Islands with the opportunity to foster and strengthen relationships with our neighbors from the Caribbean and Central America.  We continue building an environment in our Territory that caters to the needs of our tourists and potential businesses towards expanding our economy and attracting new investments.”

Deadline is today for the upcoming seminars for Certified Public Accountants, potential CPA’s, and persons in accounting. Deadline is today.  The seminar is at Frenchman’s Reef on Tuesday, December 4 from 9:00am to 4:00pm Call Shayla Solomon  at 774-3130 ext.4222.

Sad news from The Alternative Arts Alliance and the sevenminusseven gallery - due to funding cuts they are closing the doors. They will keep us informed of any new plans for the Alternative Arts Alliance and sevenminusseven. Big Thank You to everyone who was involved with their growth and success over the last five years.

Twelve Open teams representing some of the best match racers in the world, both men and women, will put their skills to the test in the 5th Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race  COMING UP December 5 to 9th. Homegrown talent will on deck including America’s Cup winning helmsman, Peter Holmberg. Five top-ranked women skippers are confirmed to compete. Match racing pits one identical boat against another on a short course oftentimes near to shore. The result is very exciting racing up and down the Charlotte Amalie waterfront where spectators can enjoy tented bleacher seating. For more information visit: www.carlosmatchrace.com



A Car wish with Singing? And cookies?  It’s coming to Fort Christian Parking Lot on Saturday  and it benefits the Kidscope.  Who is doing the singing car wash? Students from Denmark who are here with a school that sends students for regular trips.  This time the students are baking Danish cookies and they will be singing Christmas carols while they wash your car.  Sat December 1 from 10:00 Am to 3:00 PM – all to benefit Kidscope.

Independent Citizen Movement Political Party is having a  meeting at 6:00 PM at Aryans Bar and Restaurant – all Independent Citizen Movement Political Party members are invited to come.

The Retired Fire Fighters are having a meeting on Friday at 6:00 PM at Kilo.  All retired fire fighters and fire personnel are asked to come to the meeting Friday at 6 at Kilo.

Special deal for Boeing Boeing at Pistarckle Theater buy one ticket, get the second for half price.    Box Office is open today Call 775-7877.

Cooperative Extension Service has the seventh annual Woodworkers’ Expo in Tutu Park Mall St. Thomas next weekend - If you would like to display in the expo call Carlos Robles at 693-1080,

The Christchurch Methodist Congregation will host an exhibition that is a historical review of ceremonies in the Methodist Church December 5th.  Please purchase tickets in advance – call 774-0797.

First Lady Cecile de Jongh reminds all new moms and fathers of the St. Croix District baby shower coming up Sunday, December 2nd in the Government House Ballroom on St. Croix. The event is scheduled from 3:00-5:00 PM this Sunday. New fathers, pregnant women and new parents are encouraged to call 773-1404 to attend.  The babies are making good news. 

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