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Weather in the World : they call it the polar vortex.  Fifteen degrees in Boston is warm for North America today, Philadelphia five degrees Washington five degrees in Fayetteville, New York outside Syracuse.  It's two degrees Chicago has -7 Toronto has -8.  Montréal has two degrees with snow and even balmy Houston has twenty-three degrees this morning.

80 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear skies.
80 % humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.06 inches
Wind is from East at 21 gusting to 30 MPH
Point 07 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service is saying:  Scattered showers early, followed by partly cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 78F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Cruise Ship News : Carnival Liberty and Reflection are at Havensight Dock

Headlines : Epiphay breakfast brings holiday season to a close, we have winners in the Crucian Christmas Carnival parades and A local man is home – as commander of a Coast Guard Cutter.

At the top of the news on  !!AIR – January 7 Tuesday

In case you missed it yesterday, Yesterday the action was on St Croix for the Three Kings Day Cruzan-Rican Tramp and Breakfast.  It really was the last lap of the last lap of the holiday season.  Crowds followed Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights from Sunday Market Square into town where an Epiphany breakfast feast awaited them at the Shan Hendrix market.  For many people of Latin descent, Three Kings Day or Epiphany is the gift giving day. It commemorates the twelfth day after Christmas when the Three Kings came bearing gifts to baby Jesus. The word Epiphany means “Striking appearance” and refers to the physical manifestation of God in the body of Jesus. In St. Croix, it has taken on this special character with a breakfast feast.

We have winners in Cruzan Christmas Carnival. In the children's parade, the best Floup with more than seventy-five members was Ricardo Richards elementary school.  The best troop with more than seventy-five members was UMB Soldiers kids.  Among the small troops Solid Elements won, and the St. Croix majorettes and UMB soldiers tied for best majorettes.  Ricardo Richards had the best Mocko Jumbies and Elena Christian orchestra was the best pan band.

In the adult parade; the best floup over 100 members was Gentlemen of Jones.  The best floup under 100 members was Gypsy boom boom.  Among the large troops, Simply Sophisticated won.  And among the small troops Expression Festival won.  In the adult parade, Chester Brady was the best individual, sparkle Light Twirlers were the best majorettes, Guardians of Culture had the best Mocko Jumbies and the West End masqueraders won for masquerading.  The Superior Court Rising Stars Steel Pan Band won for their category.   And it seems that everyone has agreed that it's no longer a little festival, but a big carnival. 

Crowley Maritime is one of the two container ship operators who serve the US Virgin Islands.  You know their ships; Ocean, Weisshorn and the huge barge Conquistador – They tie up at Crown Bay Dock.  They bring us most of our goods.  Now Crowley says they are planning to expand their operations in Puerto Rico.  Back in December they obtained Foreign Trade Zone status in Puerto Rico
Which means their warehouse and distribution center can receive, store and process cargo without going through U.S. Customs procedures and duties. This means they can serve our neighboring islands without passing goods through US Customs. Should bring 20 million dollars more to Puerto Rico. Crowley says they are building two new 200 million dollar container barges that will be propelled by propane and able to handle larger containers and more cars that their present barges. No changes are expected to their delivery of goods in the Virgin Islands, but in time there may be less transshipping here.

Raphael O. Wheatley Skill Center has Registration for 2014 Spring semester day and evening classes beginning Tuesday. They have Cosmetology, Computer Applications, Carpentry and Auto body-Mechanic Repair. Day and evening classes. Tuition is $250.00 per semester plus Textbooks and supplies. The registration fee which includes ID, insurance and a school patch – just $35.00.  Contact the Wheatley Skill Center programs,  774-6277.

Over at the University – they have Spring Semester Orientation Week. Spring Semester classes at the University begin NEXT Monday, January 13th. Online registration for continuing UVI students is now available, through the University’s BanWeb  site. Late registration  is on Thursday and Friday January 9 and 10. You can get the class scheculed at the UVI website  TODAY there are orientation sessions.  The keynote speaker on St Croix will be Dr. Marilyn Braithwaite-Hall. She is married to UVI President Dr. David Hall, has served as assistant director of the African-American Center at Tufts University, assistant dean at MIT and manager of the Federal Women’s Programs for the EPA. On St. Thomas the keynote speaker is UVI alumna Kishma Allen  who graduated magna cum laude from UVI in 2009. She is an author and motivational speaker.

We thank the daily news newspaper for this story about Lieutenant Nkosi Thomas , who is the commander of the Coast Guard cutter Sitkinak that is currently serving in St. Thomas.  He is a graduate of CAHS and the US Coast Guard Academy and he is the captain of the crew of 17 aboard the 110 foot Coast Guard Cutter.  While they are normally based in Miami covering the ocean between the Bahamas and Florida, his cutter has been assigned to St. Thomas and he's home for a while.  Good news for the family who met him on the dock yesterday as the ship arrived. Nkosi Thomas making good news.

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