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75 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas. 
94% humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.97 inches
Wind is from East at 16 MPH

National Weather Service says Partly cloudy with 50% chance of rain showers. High of 86F. Breezy. Winds from the ENE at 15 to 20 mph.

An area of weak moisture will continue to move into the region this morning. This will increase the potential for shower activity across both the southern and eastern sections of Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean waters south of the Virgin Islands. A drier air mass is expected to move across the region by the end of the week through the weekend.  Across the coastal waters, seas will generally range from six to seven feet and winds will reach 17 knots.

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At the top of the news on November 21 Thursday

When HOVENSA shut down.  They stopped supporting the university’s two-year program in process technology.  But the national emergency Grant through the Department of Labor came in to support dislocated workers.  One project was creating a certificate in process technology with the University.  12 students earned their certificates.  Earlier this week, the first students to achieve this valuable credential, which will help them in gaining employment.  They took classes in basic refinery process and economics, safety, health and environment, process control theory, statistical quality control and operation troubleshooting.  They may be perfectly lined up now for new jobs with the new refinery owner, or get jobs with refineries elsewhere in the world.

Good news from the water and power authority on St. Croix.  They dedicated the new seawater reverse osmosis facility yesterday.  Seven seas water company will now be making 7,000,000 gallons of water a day.  In the old days WAPA made potable water using distillation – boil water, turn it to steam, condense the steam and you get fresh water without salt. But with the high cost of fuel.  This has made water production prohibitively expensive.  The new facilities use reverse osmosis, which forces seawater through a fine filter that separates the water molecules from the salt ions.  This, it turns out is vastly less expensive. WAPA Executive Director Hugo Hodge expects a 50% reduction in the cost of water production.

The Senate committee on culture, historic preservation, youth met yesterday.  Top of the agenda was the transformation of the Enid Baa Library.  The building is currently not in use.  Senators envision a ground-floor gift shop or tourist attraction, maybe a map display or bookstore or public showcase. They worded the bill to allow a "commercial outlet, research center and reading room." They would like the upper floors to be revitalized for the archives of the Virgin Islands.  Most of the archival documents are still houses in the Baa library although the Von Scholten collection moved to the new Turnbull Library, but Turnbull Library does not have space for the rest of the archive. The archives are safe, but the building is closed. Part of the problem is the Baa Library would require retrofitting, new ADA compliant entrances and bathrooms new air-conditioning and renewed electrical systems.  There seems to be no money for this kind of thing.

Governor John DeJongh is encouraging the people of the Virgin Islands to support the aid effort in the Philippines.  We have a large Filipino community in the Virgin Islands and their country has gone through one of the worst disasters ever. is asking residents, community organizations, and religious organizations to reach out to the Filipino Association and offer assistance.  They're raising funds to support people who've been devastated by natural disaster.  We know so well what life is like after a hurricane.  And the people of the Philippines and suffered one of the worst windstorms in history.  Remember what it's like not to have electricity or to have the roof blown off or to have no food in the food stores.  Your money donated now to the Filipino Association will save lives.  For more information call 774-9266

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Who is the bad news maker driving CET-150 on Polyberg hill.  Drivign fast, hit a puddle and splashed the people walking on the roadside  CET-150 You are making bad news.

The Virgin Islands has a new emergency food and shelter grant of $157,000.  The idea is to expand the capacity of food and shelter programs and high need areas.  Representatives from United Way, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Catholic charities will determine how the funds will be awarded to the Virgin Islands.  Local government and private, voluntary agencies asked to apply for the funds.  If you are a nonprofit with a voluntary board, an accounting system, your organization practice nondiscrimination and have a demonstrated capacity deliver food and/or shelter programs, then pick up an application at United Way Nisky center or on St. Croix at Lutheran social services on Hospital St., Frederiksted.  The deadline to apply is November 22.  For more information call 774-3185

This is some good news from Joseph Sibilly Elementary School. The Sunrays Steel Band is proud to announce the release of its very first cd entitled Pan Harmony.  It is a fundraiser for the  steel band program and is available for purchase for $15 at the  school.  For more information please call the school at 774-7001.

UVI is holding the annual Shadowing Our Students program on Albert Sheen Campus on St. Croix. On today  -  some 165 fifth and sixth grade students from St. Croix elementary schools will visit the UVI’s campus for a day of mentoring and relationship building with UVI students. Some 30 UVI student volunteers will participate. The SOS event will include information on the college application process and funding options. Students will also share lunch and take campus tours with UVI students, get a taste of college classes and hear presentations by renowned motivational speaker and author Tish Norman.

HOPE, Inc. has its 5th Annual Turkey Give-a-Way on St. Thomas and St. John today and tomorrow.   HOPE will give up to 50 families a free medium-sized turkey to groups of two or more persons who receive one or more of the three chronic disease screenings and an HIV test at one of HOPE’s facilities.  On St. Thomas today and Friday at HOPE’s Headquarters on 7th Day Street next to L & C Milliner and on St. John today at the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center.

This evening at 5:30 pm at Ruth E. Thomas Auditorium - Downtown Revitalization  and The Chamber of Commerce want to keep the community informed regarding the Downtown Area. There is a public forum to present information on Main Street Enhancements of Charlotte Amalie scheduled start soon, an update on the Waterfront Boulevard development starting in 2014 and plans for a Harbor Transportation System. You will also hear about the Main Street Hazard Mitigation project to run all utility lines underground. That is this evening at 5:30 pm Charlotte Amalie High School Ruth E. Thomas Auditorium

The 6th Carlos Aguilar Match Race will set sail in scenic Charlotte Amalie harbor starts today through Sunday of this weekend. There is a welcoming party is this evening at 6:00 PM at the tent in Yacht Haven Grande

Our good newsmaker of the day today is Jessica P Grell of the Theodore Tunick company.  The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research has awarded Jessica Grell the 2013 outstanding customer service representative of the year award.  They say Ms. Grell was chosen as the state winner for exemplifying the characteristics and qualifications required for the prestigious national outstanding CSR of the year award.  Congratulations to Jessica Grell, you deliver outstanding customer service and that's good news.

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