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First the weather:
78 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
75% humidity.
30.05 Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from East North East at 15 mph – Under Cloudy Skies
No rain in the last 24 hours. 

National weather service says: Overcast with rain showers. High of 81F. Breezy. Winds from the ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

A weak cold front will continue to move across the area with cloudiness and a few showers. Much drier air is expected during the weekend.

Cruise Ship News
Carnival Glory, Norwegian Epic, Freedom of the Seas at Havensight Dock
Norwegian Sun is at anchor
Eurodam and Westerdam are at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:
Enchantment of the Seas is in Frederiksted.

At the top of the news on Wednesday January 30
The University of the Virgin Islands is unveiling of three additions to science and technology on the St. Thomas campus - A new UVI Geocomputational Analysis and Statistics Institute that will make geographic and spatial data available to researchers throughout the territory. They are opening new
quarters for Caribbean Green Technology Center  hub to stimulate learning, networking and innovation in green technology in the region. And they are opening expanded facilities at Center for Marine and Environmental Studies that is the research and outreach arm of the Marine Science Program. Big opening today.

On St Croix the University is launching the Caribbean Cultural Center today with video presentations of Cultural Center’s events and summits held in 2012 and other presentations and speeches.  The launch of the Caribbean Cultural Center is today from Noon to 3 o'clock at the Great Hall on the UVI Sheen Campus on St. Croix. 

Hugo Hodge told the WAPA Board they are on the verge of signing a contract with a liquefied petroleum gas or propane provider. Maybe as soon as April. WAPA is looking for companies able to supply liquefied natural gas or propane. Hodge said WAPA will pursue having a tri-fuel system that will burn propane, natural gas or diesel fuel, depending on market prices. The WAPA board approved bringing automated meter reading to the territory. WAPA says it will take around 18 months and save about $26 million per year.

Meanwhile WAPA has a war of words with the Public Services Commission Consultants.  In a petition to the Public Services Commission WAPA used the word “misleading” 12 times, “incorrect” seven times and “inaccurate” and “counterproductive” twice each. The petition asks the PSC to reverse their orders of December.

Hard news from GERS as the recent audit shows 78 million lost. Decrease in the valuation of the portfolio.  More money going out than coming in.  78 million. Austin Nibbs said they will release the audit report shortly.

Someone cut an illegal trail into St. John’s remote south side known as White Cliffs to protect a rare plant species, that is only found in the park.  The plant called, Eugenia earhartii, was damaged by the trail cutting so the area is closed until the plant recovers. The temporary closure does not affect public access to any park beaches or designated park trails but there is no access to the interior from Reef Bay to Europa Bay.

Wayne Biggs, Commissioner of the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, is informing the public that the upcoming Vendors Plaza lottery drawing scheduled for Thursday -  tomorrow - January 31, 2013 has been postponed until further notice. Thisis not the Virgin Islands lottery but the Vendor plaza drawing of lots for positions in Vendor Plaza – that is being postponed.

The lieutenant governor's office is beginning The Street Addressing Initiative – Coming first in Mon Bijou, St. Croix, downtown Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas and Cruz Bay on St. John.  To help explain the project, there are community meetings the first is  THIS AFTERNOON on St. John, at St. Ursula’s Multipurpose Center, 3:30–5:00 pm. Also THIS EVENING at Charlotte Amalie High School from 7:00 to 9pm. Then on Thursday January 31 on St. Croix at John H. Woodson School, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. For more information on the Street Addressing Initiative call Chris George 776-8505 x 4321.

Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen will hold town hall meetings across the territory to discuss her agenda for the 113m Congress and to take and answer questions from constituents. The town hall meetings are scheduled for: This evening at the American Legion Hall at Subbase from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Thursday on St Croix at the Curriculum Center from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m

World-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., will be the keynote speaker at the University of the Virgin Islands’ third-annual “Man-Up” Male Empowerment Conference Monday  Feb. 4, on St. Thomas at Sports and Fitness Center, and February 5th on the Albert Sheen Campus on St. Croix. This year’s theme is: “Man-Up: Discovering Your Gifts and Talent.” Also speaking:  professor, MK Asante, and Mothers Against Guns leader Celia Carroll.

We have a Carnival Theme.  Tenese Lockhart is the originator of the theme.  “A Tropical Scene for Carnival 2013”  she gets free tickets to all Carnival Events. “A Tropical Scene for Carnival 2013”  she gets free tickets to everything.

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