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80 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas. 
76% humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.98 inches
Wind is from East at 1 MPH
Point 15 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.

National Weather Service Partly cloudy with 40% rain showers. High of 82F with a heat index of 88F. Breezy. Winds from the ENE at 20 to 25 mph.

A fair weather pattern is expected today. However, brief trade wind showers are possible across portions of the Virgin Islands and the surrounding waters from time to time.
Although the north swell will continue to subside today, fresh trade winds will continue to generate rough seas. Seas to  eight feet in northerly swells and winds to 23 knot.    There are no active storms or areas of interest in the Atlantic.

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Norwegian Sun, Explorer of the Seas at Havensight Dock
New Amsterdam at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

At the top of the news on November 28 Thursday

Today is Thanksgiving it's federal holiday, banks, post offices, courts, government offices and schools are all close today   Innovative Communication Corporation will be closed today and they will be back on Friday..  The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed today and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of Thanksgiving Day and Fortsberg Day. the Supreme Court is closed today and employees have been granted administrative leave on Friday, November 29.

In the Virgin Islands, we celebrate Fortsberg day on Friday commemorating the 1733 slave uprising and St. John. The V.I. Legislature passed a bill in 1999 in commemoration of the event, which states that “the love of liberty that these ancestral heroes of the Virgin Islands pursued in the 1733 struggle for freedom from chattel slavery is one of the singular events in West Indian/Caribbean history and the annals of mankind...This struggle was a beacon of hope to enslaved people everywhere. It sent a clear message to the slave-holding system that the spark of freedom had been lit on these shores.”

This is the 280th anniversary of the uprising and the 30th year there has been a pilgrimage to St. John, and all day visit to the ruins where the revolt took place.  It starts in Cruz Bay followed by visits to Estate Susanaberg, the old steam mill at Estate Adrian, restored sugar mill at Catherineberg, and the steep hike to Fortsberg in Coral Bay which was the focus of the revolt.  A tour group will depart from red hook ferry terminal at nine a.m. sharp on Friday.  Buy your own ferry ticket and the tour is $15 for adult 12 for children.  For more information, call 344-3556.

Hard times at the Juan Luis Hospital.  No payday on Wednesday.  Got to wait untill Friday.  The Governor and Senator Clarence Payne, toured the Hospital and met with key staff members to discuss the hospital's continuing financial and compliance issues.  The Governor's visit was prompted by his concern about the hospital's problems and to reiterate his support of the medical staff and employees.  De Jongh stated, "Quality health care in our community has always been one of my top priorities.  We will address them as best we can and will work with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement and maintain compliance in areas of concern."

The Governor said “One way we can assist the cash flow problem is by providing the hospital with General Fund allocations earlier than normal.  The hospital's employees will be paid on Friday this week, instead of on their normal payday, but everyone will receive their pay."  Fortunately donors lined up to provide turkeys and Thanksgiving goodies to the staff for their Thanksgiving.

Here comes a hands-on workshops for Virgin Islanders to learn more about the Queen Conch seashell and it's potential in the fine jewelry industry. In recent weeks, the Queen Conch has been named the official Seashell by the Virgin Islands Legislature.  Now, two master carvers from Italy are coming our islands to share their knowledge and experiences with turning seashells into beautiful carvings, reflecting cultural themes and symbols of our islands.  Carvings can become fine jewelry and art objects - for keeping and for sale. The Queen Conch Seashell Carving Workshops are over three days on St. Thomas on December 9, 10 & 11 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm each day. On St. Croix the workshops are December 12, 13 & 14, - same time. The fee is $750 + $150 for materials.  There are Scholarships from the Department of Labor and they are looking for sponsors to underwrite the cost of students attending the workshop. Contact the Rare Earth Studio – 777-7774

The Latch Patch is making one year!  And for their one year anniversary, there is a celebration this Sunday, December 1st from 1 o'clock to 5 PM at the Latch Patch on Raphune Hill upstairs from Mango Tango.  Everyone is welcome to join the latch patch for food, live music, natural products, zumbini, and sales on breastfeeding and maternity merchandise. The Latch Patch making one year and having a party.

Our good newsmaker the day today is Mrs. Doris Archibald.  As she's turning 80 years old, she is retiring from the position of Corp Sergeant Major of the Salvation Army.  She's been working with the Salvation Army more than 20 years and is Corp Sergeant Major has been the overseer of so many projects at the Salvation Army.  She has helped so many people and yet all she has to say is “Thank you to all the people who helped her.”  May God bless us all and particularly Mrs. Doris Archibald.  Thank you, Doris Archibald.  You're making good news

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