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82 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas. 
81 % humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.96 inches
Wind is from East South East at 5 MPH

National Weather Service: Mostly sunny skies this morning. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing during the afternoon. High around 82 F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60% but no significant rainfall accumulation is expected. Seas to five feet today and winds will average 14 knots.

Cruise Ship News - 5 ships
Carnival Dream and Reflection at Havensight Dock
Norodom and Oasis of the Seas at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:
Seaborne Sojourn visiting St. John

At the top of the news on December 4 Wednesday
Senate committee on finance is meeting on St. Thomas to consider a lease agreement between the property in procurement and the VI tennis Association for 100,000 square feet the estate Nazareth.  They also have a bill regarding the use of annual leave.

It was just a matter of time before the federal regulators came to Juan Luis Hospital.  On Monday, inspectors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services arrived to begin the evaluation.  They will be on St. Croix through Friday.  This comes on the heels of a missed payday, and 8% pay cut across the board, and 14 staff members dismissed, including the chief financial officer.  On top of this,  the hospital board lacks a quorum, and cannot conduct official business.  Doctor Kendall Griffith, the interim CEO responded to concerns about firing the financial management team saying he had qualified candidates lined up to be interim chief financial officer while they conduct a search for a permanent CFO.  He went on to say, “We have not stopped, we are still billing, we are still coding, and we are still collecting.”

UVI is getting a new donation. A quarter million dollars from Dale LeFebvre on behalf of Oson, VI, LLC, a management, consulting and investment advisory firm, of which he is managing partner.  The donation is happening today at 10 a.m in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas Campus.   The $250,000 donation will benefit the University in three areas. The LeFebvre Endowed Student Fellowship Award will be created with $100,000. The Oson VI, LLC Endowed Fund for Recruitment and Retention will be created with $100,000.  Two  programs that help students prepare for college entrance exam will each receive $25,000. The endowments will be established at the Foundation for the University of the Virgin Islands.

And another donation to the University.  This one from Wyndham Vacation Ownership,.  They are turning the former Renaissance Grand Beach Resort property into the Margaritaville Vacation Club resort.  They presented two $10,000 scholarships to two University students and gave $5,000 to support UVI’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program.  In addition, the company has sent $25,000 to the Department of Education to support the Junior University program for high school students.  UVI has 59 students enrolled in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program including Demi Moore and Daynia Dowling, who received the scholarships.

Sadly we note the passing of former Virgin Islands Director of Personnel Leslie A. Millin, Sr. who died on Friday after a period of illness. Governor John DeJongh and Senate President Malone sent word of their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Leslie Millin.  The late Mr Millin's sister is Senator Janette Millin Young and daughter Lynn Millin Maduro is our Commissioner of Property and Procurement. Millin is the son of the territory's third elected Lieutenant Governor, Henry A. Millin and the grandson of the first female Virgin Islands Senator, Lucinda Millin. Leslie Millin served as Director of Personnel during the administration of former Governor Juan Luis. He was the last Personnel Director to also administer the Government Employees Retirement System. During the schnedier administration Mr. Millin served as Director of Human Resources in the Department of Public Works. He retired from public service in 2000.  Leslie A. Millin senior.  One for the ages.

The Bureau of corrections on St. Croix is trying a new idea this holiday season.  They are pairing police officers with children one day shopping experience.  The idea is to get children to meet law enforcement officers in a positive setting.  Go shopping together.  It's not about law enforcement.  It's about police officers bonding with kids and kids discovering the police officers are kind people.  December 15 is the target date and Kmart West on St. Croix is the location.  The goal is to have 100 children, each with the Kmart gift card buy Christmas presents.  Senator Judy Buckley is behind this idea and she's inviting anyone who would like to contribute Kmart gift cards or money to contact Buckley's office at 712-2379.

The Virgin Islands has a new emergency food and shelter grant of $157,000.  If your nonprofit has a voluntary board, an accounting system, you practice nondiscrimination and have a capacity deliver food or shelter programs, then contact United Way Nisky Center or Lutheran Social Services in Frederiksted.  The deadline to apply has been extended to December 4.  For more information call 774-3185

St. Croix is getting ready for the annual Christmas Bird Count.  But first organizers have to count up their volunteers before they can begin counting birds. Volunteers on St. Croix have participated for the past 14 years, but many of the regulars have moved away.  The bird count is important. It helps scientists evaluate the environment and determine if birds are endangered or not.  St. Croix Environmental Association is organizing the bird count and they are looking for experienced birdwatchers amateur and novices.  You can help - call Carol Burke from the St. Croix Environmental Association.  They have a bird identification workshop on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 at The Nature Conservancy in Estate Little Princess.  The workshop is free.  Call Carol Burke at  773-1989.

Three schools on St. Croix closed early on Monday due to a break in water main.  Today they are back open again.  Charles H. Emanuel, Eulalie Rivera and Evelyn Williams elementary schools will re-open at the normal time today based on assurances from the V.I. Water and Power Authority that the water issues affecting the three campuses has been fixed.  A big thank you to the repair crews from WAPA for their hard work in fixing the problem.

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