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Weather in the World : 34 in Houston, Chicago has 30, Philly has 47 and same in Boston and NYC.  Lewes Delarare has 49 with rain, 28 in Denver, 36 in Montreal.  Bismarck ND – 19 degrees.  They are all saying it warmed up!

76 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear skies.
80 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.11 inches
Wind is from East at 12 MPH
No rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service is saying :  Rain showers this morning with some sunshine during the afternoon hours. High 77F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Fair weather conditions will prevail as an area of high pressure remains in place to the north of the local area. However, brief periods of passing showers are forecast for the next several days as patches of moisture move across the region. Winds are expected to gradually diminish through the end of the week.

Mariners can expect six foot seas and winds to 21 knots (24 miles per hour).  Mariners should continue to exercise caution across most of the local waters.


Cruise Ship News Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom and the Reflection are at Havensight Dock
Noordam and oasis of the seas are at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:


At the top of the news on  !!AIR – January 14 Tuesday

University Board of Trustees must like.  UVI president Doctor David Hall.  They approved a five-year extension of his contract.  Doctor Hall has a contract that last through July of 2019. The terms of contract are similar to those in the current agreement, except for two significant items. The new agreement provides for the president to receive an annual salary of $350,000, which is an eleven percent increase.  The new agreement requires President Hall to raise donations not less than $22.5 million during the term of the agreement and must consist of gifts of $100,000 or more, solicited by him, or obtained through fundraising programs initiated or developed by him. UVI Board Chair Moorhead said. “President Hall’s job performance has been rated by the Board as exceptional for four consecutive years as the result of his setting and achieving high goals and serving as an excellent ambassador for the University.”

Don't expect any changes at Cruzan Rum.  But the parent company that owns Cruzan Rum is Suntory Holdings of Japan.  Cruzan Rum was owned by Beam Inc, an American Company based in Illinois and famous for its brands – Jim Beam whiskey, Teacher’s Scotch, Canadian Club Courvoisier cognac and Harvey’s Bristol Cream Sherry.  Beam has been purchased by Suntory of Japan for 16 billion dollars.  Suntory says they use a decentralized model of management. They told Cruzan Rum to keep doing what they are doing.  No change to the heritage or authenticity of the Cruzan Rum brands.  Also no change to our governments tax breaks, molasses subsidies, and rum cover over, or inclusions agreement to stay in the territory for thirty years.  It remains to be seen whether the change in ownership from Beam to Suntory will have any effect when the rum cover-over tax rebate comes before the US Congress. 

Is it safe to travel through Estate Scott Free and upper John Dunkoe?  Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls says the bridge that gives access to the Estate Scott-Free is in danger of falling.  His crew placed plastic barriers to restrict the area and keep heavy equipment from entry.  But Smalls says someone keeps moving the barriers.  This creates the illusion that the bridge is safe.  It is not.  Smalls says public works plans to build a new temporary access road. Then the existing bridge will be demolished and a permanent road constructed as part of the Scott Free Road project.  Construction of the new roadway is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

It's going to be hard to get the board of the Juan Luis Hospital to have a full set of board members.  Pastor Dexter Skepple was nominated for seat on the board.  He has withdrawn his nomination.  Right now the board has two members and seven vacancies.  The Governor nominated Dexter Skepple and Philip Arcidi.  Both were approved by committee now Pastor Skepple says he's not in. Governor John DeJongh announced he is searching for people who are qualified and interested in serving on the St. Croix Hospital board.


Here is a chance to own a piece of history – with a local twist.  You may know that Oracle Team made America’s Cup history last September by coming back from the brink of defeat to a decisive victory over Emirates Team New Zealand. Now some members of the team are coming to St. Thomas Yacht Club - January 26. Jimmy Spithill the skipper, Shannon Falcone the grinder and Kirst Feddersen who designed the vessel will speak at the Yacht Club on Sunday January 26 in the evening. Feddersen is the designer of the yacht and he is from St. Thomas. He lives here.  This is a home town success story. You can own a piece of America’s Cup history- they will raffle America’s Cup swag at the event. Tickets at $30 per child and $55 per adult. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. For more information, call 775-6320 or visit www.styc.net

The all Saints school.  PTS a will be meeting at six p.m. on January 14 in the parish hall

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor informs the public that the St. Croix VI SHIP/Medicare office will close at 1:00 p.m. from today through Friday  and resume regular hours of operation on January 21.

Federal Communications Commission has changed in the Federal Universal Service
charge effective January 1.  The Federal Universal Service Charge keeps service rates affordable for all customers, in all areas of the United States – especially rural areas. The charge will increase from $1.15 to $1.21 for typical phone lines and business subscribers bills will increase from $1.63 to $1.72 per line.

The Supreme Court reminds you they're having a bar admission ceremony today at their facilities in crown Bay St. Thomas.  The Supreme Court will admit for new attorneys. Shashank Saesna, Schuyler Smith, Alexander Golubitsky and Michelle Bleecker. Just before they open up their oral arguments in four cases.


The sixth grade students at St. Croix's Ricardo Richards Elementary were busy this December with a food drive. They brought in more than 400 pounds of non-perishables for the shelters in St Croix. Recently, the students extended their efforts – they set a goal of raising $400 for typhoon victims in the Philippines. Well, Ricardo Richards Principal Colleen Williams announced that the students exceeded that goal. They have a formal presentation to the American Red Cross today! Food and money for the Red Cross all from the hard work of 6th grade students at Ricardo Richards Elementary School making good news.

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