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First the weather:

79 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
71% humidity.
30.12 Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from east at 18 MPH – Mostly Clear Skies
Point 03 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.  .20 so far this year.

National Weather Service says:  Clear with 20% chance of rain showers. High of 81F. Breezy East North East wnd at 20 to 25 mph.  An area of strong high pressure will remain positioned across the region north of the islands. Breezy to windy conditions will continue most of this week with mostly dry weather conditions and only passing showers.

Cruise Ship News
Enchantment of the Seas, Grand Princess, and Norwegian Epic at Havensight Dock
Norwegian Sun and Allure of the Seas at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

Ace Sea Chest - Just in time to get seeds - this year’s seeds are at half price. And here comes new seeds from Livingston Seeds – new seeds at the regular price. The current year seeds are half price. Ace Sea Chest has Mrs Myers fragrances. They have the lovely IOWA PINE and ORANGE CLOVE liquid hand soaps, dishwashing liquids, counter sprays etc. this week.

At the top of the news on Wednesday January 9

Do you have the winning ticket? Lottery Director Conrad Francois says an unknown person won $2 million in the Powerball lottery. This is the largest Powerball winning since the Powerball came to the Virgin Islands around 2003.  The winning ticket was purchased Saturday from Pharmacy One on St. Thomas where the winner matched the five numbers for a power play. That turned a 1 million dollar prize into $2 million. This is not the big prize – this is just a second-tier prize. The jackpot is $60 million with no winner. Lottery officials are waiting for the winner to come redeem their ticket.

A second federal judge has dismissed calls for a temporary restraining order from five losing candidates to prevent the swearing-in of the winning candidates, but he did not dismiss their lawsuit altogether.
Candidates Norma Pickard Samuel, Wilma Marsh-Monsanto, Lawrence Olive, Diane Magras and Harriet Mercer brought the suit.  They all lost by overwhelming margins, but they want the election overturned and asked the judge for a temporary restraining order to prevent the winners from taking office. Their court filings allege an array of violations of federal and local law, but present no evidence of fraud.  They  do not allege that the irregularities would have changed the outcome of the election.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is joining forces with agencies in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in an effort to protect our coral reefs. The new Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Group will facilitate a closer working relationship among its member agencies and coordinate more effective government strategies in protecting coral reefs. EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck said “The coral reefs of our region are renowned for their beauty, and their ecological and economic value.” The Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Group will host a public “listening session” on St. Thomas on Feb. 25. If you want to participate – call EPA biologist Charles LeBou at 212-637-3798.

Good news from Washington. The Department of Labor extended the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program payments.  Back before Christmas we were expecting this program to end December 29th. BUT the bipartisan agreement in Congress will give the program new life. HOVENSA workers – for example – will continue to receive unemployment benefits as long as they look for work.

Governor John DeJongh extended condolences to the family and friends of longtime St. Thomas radio sportscaster Robert “Bob” Wilmer who died on Sunday after a brief illness. A native of New York, Bob Wilmer moved to St. Thomas in 1971. He was our sports caster here at WSTA, host of Sports of all Sorts and the Sat Sports talk show. The governor recalled Wilmer as a kind gentleman who could talk sports and politics. He served for years in the Rotary Club and as president in the late 1980’s. He was also the editor of a the local music magazine, Caribia Digest in the 1990’s. We all miss Bob Wilmer.

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Senate President Ronald E. Russell announced today that the Pre-Legislative Conference scheduled for today has been postponed.  The incoming Senate President and the majority caucus asked for the change.

Economic Development Authority, was supposed to meet today at due to an unforeseen emergency the VIEDA’s  Public Hearings and Governing Board Decision Meetings have been postponed “due to a loss of a quorum” until further notice.

Here come new mini grants from the Community Foundation>  The mini grants are for non-profit groups and people who work with children. Due date is February 13 2013. Contact the Community Foundation  at 774-6031.

The Board of Elections, St. Thomas-St.John District will conduct an organizational meeting on Friday, January 11, 2013, 11:30 a.m., at the Supreme Court (courtroom) 8174 Crown Bay, Sub Base. The meeting follows the swearing in ceremony for new and returning Election System board members scheduled to be held at 10:00 a.m. at the same location.

We have winners in the St Croix Festival.  Top floupe was Gentlemen of Jones,  Best small floup was Waste management.  Best Big troup was Lockhart and Associates, best small troup was J and J fun troupe. Shaka Zulu got a nod for best visiting entry and the St Croix Majorettes were the best in their category.  Top Mocko Jumbies were the Guardians of Culture and the Rising Stars had the best steel pan band.  Fusion Band won best road march with We Wan Jam and the People picked Stylee Band Pick it up for the J’ouvert best.

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