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78 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas. 
85 % humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.01 inches
Wind is from East North East at 15 MPH

National Weather Service: Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 77F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.  Scattered showers are once again expected to move in from the north this morning. Expect a few rounds of showers and thundershower activity across the islands today. Weather conditions are expected to improve by the weekend as an upper trough move to the east and weakens. Across the regional waters winds to 21 knots. Seas up to six feet. Winds and seas are expected to increase by the weekend. 

Cruise Ship News Summit at Havensight Dock

More news first this: 8AM - Discount Travel & Ace Sea Chest  9AM –Ace Sea Chest
At the top of the news on December 6 Friday
The whole world has stopped to consider the passing of Nelson Mandela who died yesterday at the age of 95. He was a towering figure; an icon of peace and non-violent confrontation. He had the power of righteousness on his side as he waged a lifelong battle against the segregationist policy of apartheid in South Africa.  He spent 27 years in prison and emerged to lead his nation and become its first black President. A lesser man would have emerged from prison and organized retaliation; there could have been a blood bath- - yet Mandela was above that. 

Delegate Doctor Donna Christensen said about meeting him, that being in his presence was a highlight of her life.  Governor John deJoungh said Virgin Islanders of long have a special affection for the South African statesman who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. The Governor called Mandela a symbol of forgiveness, hope and reconciliation.  And the Governor said He is known and loved around the world, it would be hard to find someone who does not know Nelson Mandela and his impact on today's society.  The governor says his death is a loss to the entire world.  President Barack Obama issued a statement saying Mandela taught the world to be guided by their hopes rather than their fears.  The president went on to say “the man took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.”  The Governor is ordered that flags fly at half staff on all government buildings for seven days in honor of Nelson Mandela.

In local news - The Community Foundation presented the 2013 Anderson Teacher Grant Awards.  A total of $20,829 in grants was given to 11 teachers from 8 schools.  New this year is the award of 3 larger “collaborative school-based projects” grants of $5,000. For example -  Bertha C. Boschulte Is getting $5,000 for the school Digital Science Laboratory to help all science teachers and students. The LabQuest 2 software being used at BCB consists of a small handheld device containing more than 30 different projects and experiments. The $5,000 will cover the cost of six tablets. E. Banjamin Oliver School got $5000 for their student success project, which works with young children after school.  On St. Croix $5000 helps the battle of the books work at Juanita Gardine Elementary School and Charles Emanuel Elementary School.  Other projects getting funding includes the Ulla Muller School drama club, the triathlon team, and the weekend soccer program at CAHS.

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. and Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls will host a dedication ceremony today for the the government's new ferry boats, "Red Hook I" and "Cruz Bay I".   The ceremony begins at 11 am,   at the Port Authority Home Port Dock immediately southeast of the entrance to Crown Bay Marina on St. Thomas.

We told you yesterday that the governor and the VITEMA director unveiled new maps regarding tsunami awareness.  Those maps are now available at http://www.governordejongh.com/


Entrepreneur Kiril Sokoloff, founder of 13D Research, Inc. which has funded the University’s growing entrepreneurship program, will make the next presentation in the UVI Entrepreneur Speaker Series at today at 10:30 at the UVI Administration Conference Center building on the St. Thomas campus with a videoconference link to Evans Center Room 401 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.. Students, alumni, faculty and staff, are invited to attend.  Sokoloff has been involved in almost every aspect of finance, from commercial banking and hedge fund management, to venture capital and private equity investment. Today at 10:30 at the Administration Conference Center building on the St. Thomas campus. 

The Reichhold Center for the Arts presents Denyce Graves on December 6, at 8PM.  A special evening and a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season! 

St Croix Christmas Carnival gets started this evening with Stanley and the 10 sleepless Knights, Pumpa and the Unit on stage Friday evening.  On Saturday Volume International, Fusion Band and Stylee band perform.  There is a parade on Saturday starting at six pm from Sunday Market Square with majorettes marching bands, Queens, princesses and others parading down King Street and around Christiansted.

Also Saturday they will bring Carnival to the Herbert Grigg home for the aged and they are looking for more troupes and groups to participate in the parade and the Grigg Home visit. Call 643-3199.  Christmas Carnival continues Sunday it's X6 Band, Angel, Sincere and Planet 6 on stage.  That number again 643-3199.

Here’s a chance to make some good news - This is the last week for the penny drive at Banco Popular. Banco Popular and the Nigel O. Hodge Foundation has teamed up to collect all the pennies in the Virgin Islands. Support this Foundation by bringing your pennies or any donation to any Banco Popular. We’re not prejudice, we accept dollars bills too!             This organization helps children that have chronic diseases. If you can’t make it to the banks, call Josephine Hodge and she will arrange to pick up the pennies 340-777-9530.

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