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Weather in the World : thirty-six degrees in Philadelphia and Boston, thirty-eight in Washington Chicago has nineteen degrees while its twenty-five in Denver.  Mackinac Island, Michigan fourteen degrees Minneapolis one degree Paradise, Michigan twelve degrees.  Even balmy Honolulu has only seventy degrees

77 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear skies.
68 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.07 inches
Wind is from East at 7 MPH
No rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service is saying : Partly cloudy. High 77F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

Overall fair weather will prevail across the region the next few days as an area of high pressure remains anchored to the north of the Virgin Islands and continues to influence local weather conditions. Patches of low level cloudiness with embedded quick passing showers will continue to reach the islands producing light passing showers from time to time. Across the coastal waters, mariners can expect six foot seas and winds to 20 knots

Cruise Ship News : Norwegian Epic, Disney Fantasy, Emerald Princess are at Havensight Dock
the Norwegian Sun is at anchor and the Carnival Glory and Royal Princess are at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal. The Yorktown is visiting St. John

Headlines : Senators override the Governor’s vetoes. No confidence in Julius Wilson, E. Banjamin Oliver School thrilled with sold out situation and we have a cardinal from the Caribbean. 

At the top of the news on  !!AIR – January 15 Wednesday

The legislature met in the full session on Tuesday.  They expressed their displeasure with the work of Julius Wilson, as director of the Bureau of Corrections voting “no-confidence” in the prison head.  Their act is symbolic but expresses their concern with management of our prisons.

Senators took issue with the Governor's veto of portions of the Omnibus Act that was passed back in November.  The Governor vetoed plans to purchase 170 acres in Estate Carolina on St. John for the Coral Bay Park.  Senators overrode the veto.  This includes plans for Waste Management Authority to construct a convenient center for recycling trash in Coral Bay.  The Governor vetoed a plan to make the Bureau of internal revenue, hire two inspectors to enforce the hotel occupancy tax on small villas and people who rent apartments and spare rooms. Senators overrode the veto.  The Governor vetoed plans to spend $150,000 on cultural education. Senators overrode the veto.  The Governor vetoed plans to set a fine and imprisonment for people who assaulted Department of Education staff.  Senators overrode the veto.  And the governor vetoed plans to establish differential pay for the 911 night dispatchers.  Senators overrode the veto.

In other actions, the senators passed a bill to enhance penalties when existing crimes when they are motivated by hate.  For example if the penalty for a crime is one year in prison and the crime are motivated by hate, then the prison stretch would be two years. The idea is to raise the penalties when crimes involve hate for someone's race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.   Senators also passed a bill establishing definitions of sexual conduct and sexual contact in the criminal code. 

They passed a bill regarding the Enid Baa Public Library allowing the street level to be a store and the upper levels for archives and records management.  They amended the agreement with the government's medical insurance company to ensure that some 180 retirees aged sixty-five and older are covered by the insurance plan.  Senators also approved a lease of 46,000 square feet of land in Bovoni to Lou Henley sewage disposal, and 100,000 square feet of Estate Nazareth to the Virgin Islands Tennis Association.  

Senators approved a proposed by Clarence Payne to petition to the U. S. House of  Representatives to extend Supplemental Security Income benefits to Virgin Islanders. The benefits were established to replace the Aged, Blind, and Disabled Program, which provided cash assistance to those members of the population in order to ensure their basic needs were addressed. The territory has been excluded since the program was established.

They approved the nominations of Donna Frett Gregory as Education Department Commissioner, Mr. David Knight to the Historic Preservation Commission, and Philip Arcidi to the Juan Luis Hospital Board.  Senators also approved naming the basketball court in Pine peace St. John in honor of Orville “Chopper” Brown for service to the youth of St. John.

Seaborbe Airlines completed its disconnection from the GERS by removing Austin Nibbs from their Board of Directors. Nibbs was the one who demanded that Seaborne repay its 4 million dollar loan when they announced plans to move their Headquarters to Puerto Rico. They paid. Now Nibbs is off the board.  Seaborne is quibbling about $186 thousand in legal and consulting charges.

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. expressed his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the late Federico O. Dottin, M.D., who died on Monday.  "Dr. Dottin will be remembered as a skilled doctor and radiologist, and a respected member of the Virgin Islands medical community. He served as Chief of Radiology at Knud Hansen Memorial Hospital for nearly 20 years, and was instrumental in modernizing the hospital's radiology facilities.  The Governor extended  our sympathies to Dr. Dottin's wife Iris, their four children, and four grandchildren. Sad passing of Dr Dottin.

Why is the homicide rate down?  Down from 52 in 2012 to only 34 in 2013.. Why is it down. Us. We made the difference.  The people. Police Commissioner Rodney Querrard says more people came forward with information. More of us said something we knew and helped the Police solve crimes. That means more criminals in jail and not on the streets.  More guns off the streets. Fewer criminals means fewer crimes. “If you see something – say something Call 800-222-TIPS.

UVI is getting a major donation from HOVENSA today. The refinery is providing $100,000 in support for scholarships for students enrolled in process technology or other science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  At 11am today the donation will take place in the Research and Technology Park building on Albert Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Big Thank You to  HOVENSA General Manager Sloan Schoyer who will deliver the check to UVI President Dr. David 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.

Innovative Cable TV says the Bloomberg Channel will be removed immediately from the Variety Plus Package on Channel

SOLD OUT ! The Emanuel Benjamin Oliver Elementary School Band Boosters Club would like to thank the general public for supporting the 2014 Community Birthday Calendars Sale.  Sold out. All proceeds go towards purchasing new instrument and equipment for the Band Program. Big Thank You to the parents and students the businesses who advertised on the calendar, and FirstBank Virgin Islands.  
The Band Boosters Club will be holding its monthly meeting on Thursday January 16, 2014 at 5:45pm in the Band Room.  All parents and guardians of students enrolled in the Recorder Class, Beginning Band and the Advanced Band are asked to attend this very important meeting. All Band Boosters Officers are also asked to be present at this meeting. Please be on time.

We have a Cardinal from the Caribbean – no two!  Governor John DeJongh joined nationals of Dominica and Roman Catholics congratulating Archbishop Kelvin Felix on his appointment as Cardinal. Felix was one of nineteen new Cardinals named by Pope Francis on Sunday.  The Governor sais “Archbishop Felix has had a long and distinguished career in the Catholic Church that began with his ordination in 1956.  For almost 30 years as Archbishop, he oversaw the dioceses of Castries, St. Georges and Roseau. 

Pope Francis appointed another Caribbean national - a cardinal. Chibly Langlois, (Shi-bbly Lang-Wa) Bishop of Les Cayes, Haiti, will be a cardinal. At age 55, he was the youngest of the Cardinal appointees. He is the very first Haitian and the only one among the cardinal-designates who is not an archbishop. Two Cardinals from the Caribbean.

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