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Weather in the World : 25 in Philly, 28 in Washington DC, Syracuse NY Light snow Weather History for St. Thomas, VI | Weather Underground,  15 in Chicago, 12 in Toronto and Minneapolis has 2 degrees. Paradise beach Manitoba has 3 and snow

79 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear skies.
77%  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.11 inches
Wind is from East at 17 gusting to 30 MPH
Point .05 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service is saying : Partly cloudy. High 80F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 10% A generally fair and mainly stable weather pattern will continue to prevail across the Virgin Islands today and Friday. The strong trade winds will bring occasional passing showers from time to time. Seas will reach seven feet and winds will average 21 knots s Small Craft Advisories is in effect
For Addie’s French fishermen, yesterday was the 8th of January. The high temperature was 85 degrees, the low was 75 degrees. Here at WSTA we had .05 inches of rain. At the airport they had .03 inches of rain, the average for a typical January 8 which is .09.  So we were below average. If we get a hurricane in August this year, the French Fisherman story is busted.

Cruise Ship News
Norwegian breakaway, Norwegian Sun, and the constellation are at Havensight Dock, the new Amsterdam is at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal.

Headlines : yesterday it was Rodney Miller's jail sentence.  Today it's jail for Alvin Williams.  Let's get an update on the status of lionfish and some good news for the police on St. Croix.


At the top of the news on  !!AIR – January 9 Thursday

Former Senator Alvin Williams had his day in court. Last year in January he pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering.  Yesterday he got a sentence of  52 months in prison, three years of supervised release, he has to pay restitution – amount to be determined and he has to perform 300 hours of community service.  His illegal activities included trying to bribe the public works commissioner, soliciting bribes from housing developers, receiving a bribe from wind power developers, fraudulently increasing staff member’s salaries while taking part of the increase for himself. He also has his secretary perform coursework at the University of Phoenix in his name during work hours.  His work associate Gary Sprauve got one year in prison and three years of probation.  Sprauve will also pay restitution and perform community service. Work associate Kim Blackett was sentenced to probation, pay restitution and 300 hours of community service. US attorney Ronald Sharp said the sentences should remind all public officials of the possible consequences when they seek to use their public office for their own personal gain.

Here is a report on the status of lionfish from the Source On-Line. Friends of the East End Marine Park got an update on the Lionfish Response Plan. Back in 2008 we had around 800 lionfish in the waters around St. Croix.  By 2012 – it was up to 10,000 lionfish.  Groups like the Lionfish Safari and private fishermen have removed 10,000 lionfish, but the lionfish thrive and reproduce and the population has been stable.  The lionfish pose a real danger to our Marine ecology. They eat juvenile fish, octopus, squid, shrimp and lobster.  Female lionfish lay 30,000 eggs every four days.  They live up to 15 years and thrive from the water surface down to 1,000 feet.  CORE Virgin Islands is fighting back.  That is Caribbean Oceanic restoration and Education Foundation.  On their web site they say “Invasive lionfish are dangerously outbreeding, outliving, out, eating, and outcompeting every other native fish in the western Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.  If left unchecked lionfish will ultimately cause the destruction of the reefs, native fish stocks and the livelihoods of everyone who depends upon them.”  If you see a lionfish while swimming.  You can report it on the website www.CORE VI.org.  And the diver will endeavor to capture it.  Right now, divers are capturing 15 to 20 lionfish per dive around Frederiksted.  Oh and if you see lionfish on the menu, eat them.  We humans are the only known predator.  If we eat them we can control them.

Good news from St. Croix where former St. Croix police chief Christopher Howell says they have enough trauma kits to give one to every police officer in the district.  You remember his story – his trauma kit saved his life after the wounded.  Howell's has campaigned to get a trauma kit into the hands of every police officer.  He's been collecting funds and now they have enough kits so that every officer can carry a trauma kit in their bullet proof vest.  Meanwhile on St. Thomas the donations are lagging. Not yet enough kits for every officer.  Kudos to organizations like the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort and Hotel and Tourism Association – they have made donations, but not yet enough for every officer to have a kit.

The Department of Education is accepting proposals from V.I. government agencies and non-government organizations to fund 21st Century Community Learning Centers in both Districts. This grant competition seeks to award applications that will establish or expand out-of-school time community learning centers that assist with learning and development of school-age children.
A copy of the proposal can be found on the Department's website at www.vide.vi.
The application deadline is February 17th, 2014.

The National Park Service on St. Croix has a lecture this evening by Jen Travis of the friends of the East End Marine Park.  She's going to be talking about sustainable boating in protected waters.  That will be Thursday at 5:30 PM at the Danish Guinea West in the company warehouse and slave market building in the Christiansted National Historic Site.  This evening at 5:30 PM.

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 today and Friday January 9 and 10. You can get the class scheduled at the UVI website www.uvi.edu. 

Six public elementary schools in the territory have been selected to participate in School Year 2013-2014 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP).  The Department of Education, State Office of Special Nutrition Programs in making the announcement said that the selection was based on profiles submitted by the schools.  Students at the Ulla F. Muller, Jane E. Tuitt, Emanuel Benjamin Oliver and the Guy Benjamin schools in the St. Thomas-St. John district, and Alexander Henderson and Ricardo Richards schools students on St. Croix will receive the free, healthy snacks. “Through the FFVP, students will be served a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day,” Special Nutrition Programs Director Angela Frett said upon congratulating the participating schools. Healthy snack options in the schools that’s Good News.

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