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First the weather:
81 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
70% humidity.
29.99 Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from East at 15 MPH – Mostly Clear Skies
Point 09 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.  35.37” so far this year.

National Weather Service says Partly cloudy with 20% chance of rain showers in the morning, then clear. High of 84F. Breezy East North East wind at 15 to 25 mph. An upper level ridge over the central Caribbean will maintaining fair weather across the region. A few showers will pass through the area as bands of moisture move through our area.

Cruise Ship News:  Carnival Victory, Allure of the Seas at Havensight Dock

At the top of the news on Monday December 10

Governor John DeJongh joined governors around the nation signing a letter to the congressional leaders expressing concern about the unnecessary damage that would be inflicted on our economy by a failure to agree on a balanced approach to avoid the fiscal cliff.  The Governor's letter says we cannot cut our way to greater prosperity and faster job creation. Therefore, we are to work together on about solution.

Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs did a territory wide gas price survey on December 6th
The lowest prices found on St. Croix for full service gasoline were $4.89 for premium and $4.59 for regular at Welco Gas Station. Diesel was a bargain at $4.09 per gallon at One Love Service Station and Gas City. On St. Thomas the lowest prices was $4.48 for premium at Boynes Trucking and $4.59 for regular at Petrus Gas. The low price for self service fuel was $4.58 for regular at Giant Gas, One Stop, and Race Track. Bargain diesel fuel was $4.40 per gallon at Boynes Trucking. St John E and C has gas for 4.63 for regular and 4.93 for premium.

Fifth annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race came to a head on Sunday The USA’s Sally Barkow staged a rally to defeat fellow countryman Dave Perry, 3-0, in the finals. Barkow has been in this regatta four times. She took second place last year. The sorrow of that defeat made this year’s win all the sweeter for Barkow and her crew. Also Sunday, two past America’s Cup skippers went head-to-head in the Petite Finals. Ultimately, the USVI’s Peter Holmberg won 2-1 over Dave Dellenbaugh. The result put Holmberg third in the final standings and Dellenbaugh fourth. Holmberg won this event in 2009. Another Local sailor, Tyler Rice, placed 8th.

We have a festival queen. It took seven hours for the girls to go through the whole pageant.  Miss Photogenic and Second runner up is (Na-dee-dah) Naydyedah Acoy-Thomas. She is also Miss congeniality. And A’jada Burke won titles for best cultural wear, Best talent , Miss On-line populatiry and she was first runner up.  And (klee-un-jel) Cliaunjel Williams swept up lots of titles. Best Costume and Best Everning Wear. Miss Williams will be our Crucian Christmas Festival Queen.

The Economic Development Authority’s offices will be closed for the Authority’s Employee Appreciation Service Awards and Recognition activity: today on St. Croix from noon to 5 PM.

It is time to plan for the upcoming presidential inauguration. The 340 group in Washington is putting together a black tie event on Sunday January 20th at the Hilton Hotel and resort in Springfield Virginia – Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen will be the keynote speaker.  Governor John DeJongh and other key government officials will be there.  Entertainment will be with Dion Parsons and the 21 Century Band, Victor Provost, Ron Blake, Rudy Faulkner and more. Early bird tickets are $100 by December 20th.  The hotel rate is $250 per night For the 57th Presidential inauguration celebration.  For more information call Suzanne Shogren at 703-971-8900 ex 7129

The divisional personnel is opening testing for firefighter and police officers on all islands. The sign-up period begins today through December 21. For firefighter, you can pick up the study prep manual in January and the testing date is in February 2013. If you have a high school diploma or equivalent sleaze certificate a motor vehicle operators license and your 18 years of age with no felony convictions are disqualifying criminal history and you can meet the department's physical standards you could be a firefighter. Or how about becoming a police officer? The sign-up period for the Police Officer Examination is from Today through  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 at the Division of Personnel, GERS COMPLEX, St. Thomas and on St. Croix at 3009 Orange Grove in Christiansted. Applications are on the Division of Personnel website at

The West Indian Company Ltd. is celebrating a century of service to the Virgin Islands with a free public centennial celebration on Tuesday from 3 to 5 pm at the WICO dock. Bring your dancing shoes as the festivities will take a musical turn with the Spectrum Band performing from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The company was founded on Dec. 12, 1912, by a consortium of Danish businessmen led by H. N. Andersen to bolster the Danish West Indies economy. And it did! In 1993, the government of the Virgin Islands purchased WICO for $54 million. The company grew and flourished under it first native president Edward E. Thomas, who served from 1993 to his retirement last year.

The Raelians are coming. Mr. Gabriel Bluteau, (Blue toe) the person in charge of the Virgin Islands for the International Raelian Movement will give a FREE PUBLIC LECTURE & VIDEO PRESENTATON on Tuesday, December 11th at 7 PM, at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort. The Raelians claim that the alien creators are the scientists who came a very long time ago from a very distant planet and synthesized all life forms on Earth, including humans in their image, thanks to their perfect mastering of genetic engineering and DNA. The Raelians call these Creators  the ELOHIM – a biblical word  that means “those who came from the sky”. This lecture is to introduce a message from our Creators of Humanity and inspire a sincere and ardent desire to welcome them back on our Planet, in an Embassy, quite possibly in the Virgin Islands. They claim the Elohim Embassy will become the most visited cultural, scientific center on Earth and it could be in the Virgin Islands. For more information call 340-201-2825

Our virtue of the week is Tolerance. Being tolerant is accepting differences.  You don't expect others to think, look, speak or act just like you.  You are free of prejudice, knowing that all people have feelings, needs, hopes and dreams.  Tolerance is also accepting things you wish were different with patience and flexibility. You are practicing tolerance when you... Build unity with others who are different from you, Are free of prejudice, Make others feel included by reaching out in friendliness, Don't complain about things that cannot be changed, Change yourself instead of trying to change others, Accept people the way they are, faults and all. Say this affirmation: I am tolerant. I appreciate differences.  I overlook people's faults.  I accept with good grace the things I cannot change

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