14 January 2013
First the weather:
77 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
30.03 Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from NE at 13 MPH – Mostly Clear Skies
Point 01 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
National Weather Service says: Partly cloudy with 20% chance of rain showers. High of 81F. Breezy East North East winds at 10 to 20 mph. A high pressure system northwest of the region will dominate weather conditions over the next few days. Patches of low level moisture will once again affect the Virgin Islands from time to time.
Cruise Ship News
Norwegian gem, Carnival Victory, Celebrity Equinox at Havensight Dock
In Frederiksted the Adventure of the Seas
At the top of the news on Monday January 14
The new legislature is about to be sworn in. They started yesterday on St John where Senator Shawn Michael Malone – the incoming Senate President said that St John would not be forgotten. The island is growing fast and needs attention.
Today’s inauguration started with an invitation-only ecumenical church service at Frederick Lutheran Church. The swearing-in ceremony begins at 10 am in Emancipation Garden. The senators will meet in session at noon in the Ottley Legislative Hall. On Wednesday, January 16 on St. Croix there is a church service at the Friedenberg Moravian Church in Frederiksted followed by a meet and greet at the St Croix Legislative Complex.
News from Board of Elections – Adelbert Bryan has been chosen as the head of the St Croix Board of Elections. Bryan served in the prior election board. O’Neal was selected Vice-chairwoman and Webster is the board secretary. Bryan said his top agenda item is the voting machines. Meanwhile John Abramson – who has served as supervisor of elections for more than 20 years announced he is retiring in May of this year.
St. Croix is elated. On Friday the governor directed Dept. Public Works to open the Christiansted bypass to traffic. By this morning the road was already well used. The project put $30 million in the local economy. It has been on the drawing board since 1970. So 44 years later – it is open to use.
Meanwhile on St. Thomas the Market Square area revitalization continues.. The $5.2 million project will resume the road closures and detours in the area starting today. End of the holiday break. The revitalization involves specialized landscaping, historical lighting, burying utility wires, and improvements to the storm water and sewer systems. Late in the job there will be a cobble stone roadway.
HOVENSA says the price of gasoline at the wholesale rack in St Croix is unchanged as of this week. Meanwhile Licensing and Consumer Affairs did a gas price survey. On St. Croix the lowest price for full serve gasoline was $4.69 for premium and $4.39 regular at Welco gas station. On St. Thomas the low-price full-service is $4.48 for premium at Boynes trucking and $4.59 for regular at Petrus Gas. On St. John, E&C self-service has premium for $4.70 a gallon. The low price for diesel is $4.40 per gallon Boynes trucking St. Thomas
Did you get your new phone book? As Innovative Communication Corporation delivers new phone books the old ones are ready to recycle. There are bins for old phone books at ICC offices at Tutu Park Mall and at their offices in Estate Diamond St. Croix.
Attention teachers. You have until the end of the January to apply for the Department of Education’s Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellowship. The application closes on January 29th. The national program allows “outstanding teachers” to showcase their classroom expertise while expanding their knowledge about current educational issues and trends. Links to this year’s application can be found at www.usajobs.gov.
The Division of Banking and Insurance on St. Thomas will administer the insurance agent licensing exam on Tuesday in Nisky Center at 10:00 am. Insurance agent candidates must pay the $50 examination fee by 3 pm today. For additional information call 774-7166.
The Government Employees’ Retirement System offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix will be closed for an employee training on Tuesday, January 15 from 8 am to noon and re-open at 1 pm. They will be closed on Wednesday, January 16 from 8:00 AM to 11am and re-open at noon. Regular hours will resume on Thursday, January 17th at 8:00 AM.
The Charlotte Amalie High School Class of 1964 is holding a meeting on Monday January 14,2013 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Nisky Center, Second Floor, Suite 600. The attendance of all members is vitally important.
Governor John DeJongh proclaimed this week as “Delta Sigma Sorority Week” in the Virgin Islands to honor the sorority's 100 years of dedication and service in the Territory and throughout the world. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on January 13, 1913 at Howard University by 22 college-educated women. The private, non-profit organization strives to provide support in local communities through economic and educational development, international and political awareness campaigns and as advocates of physical and mental health.
The four Virgin Islands chapters of Delta Sigma Theta are: St. Croix Alumnae Chapter, St. Thomas Alumnae Chapter, Sigma Psi Chapter (University of the Virgin Islands St. Thomas campus) and Sigma Omega Chapter (University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus).
Our virtue of the week is Determination. You focus your energy and efforts on a task and stick with it until it is finished. Determination is using your will power to do something when it isn’t easy. You are determined to meet your goals even when it is hard or you are being tested. With determination we make our dreams come true.
You are practicing determination when you…
• You believe what you are doing is important
• Set goals for yourself
• Stay focused without being distracted
• Keep going if it gets difficult
• Ask for help when you need it
• Finish what you start
Here say this affirmation: I am determined. I set goals and keep going until I achieve them. I get things done. I stay focused on my purpose.