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Weather in the World : twenty-six degrees in Philadelphia, thirty-four in New York City Boston is thirty-seven degrees with cloudy skies.   Chicago has sixteen degrees and snow. On Mackinac Island Michigan it’s twenty-two degrees with snow.  Minneapolis five degrees and Igloolik Canada -27.

So when I tell you it is cold here you can put that in context.  A BRISK
78 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear skies.
76 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.06 inches
Wind is from East at 14 MPH
Point 01 inches of rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says : Mostly Sunny Skies. High 80F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. A high pressure area continues to build promoting stable weather conditions across the local area over the next several days. Easterly trade winds will carry clouds and passing showers from time to time. Overall, fair weather is expected through Saturday. Across the coastal waters, mariners can expect five foot seas and winds to 20 knots

Cruise Ship News :  Summit is at Havensight Dock and the Yorktown is visiting in Crown Bay St. Thomas

Headlines : Azekah Jennings telling our students to work hard, This weekend is chock full of activities and here comes a list where we do NOT want to be number one.

At the top of the news on  !!AIR – January 17 Friday

Here comes a list where it's great not to be number one.  The Nassau Guardian of the Bahamas performed a study of the number of homicides in 12 Caribbean countries.  We are NOT number one.  St. Kitts and Nevis had 45 murders per hundred thousand people.  Jamaica is second with 44 murders per hundred thousand, and the Bahamas were third with 34.1 murders per hundred thousand.  Fourth on the list is the US Virgin Islands – 4th on the list… We had a murder rate of 32.9 per hundred thousand.  Following us on the list;  Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Dominica, Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, Barbados, the Cayman Islands and last was the British Virgin Islands.  At least, were not number one.

A big thank you to the Source for telling us about Azekah Jennings, who came home on vacation, but took time out to visit our schools.  Jennings is a civil rights mediator in Massachusetts.  He's in 1976 Chickenhawk graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School.  Jennings met with students in our schools with advice.  He says watching too much television means you can get your homework done.  He says students need to remain focused, avoid peer pressure and High School students should prepare for college early.  Jennings started his career in the US Virgin Islands Department of Justice, and now works in Massachusetts, with the only federal agency dedicated to preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions, incidents and civil disorders. Azekah Jennings making Good News.

The Martin Luther King invitational basketball tournament starts today. The All Saints boys against CAHS at five pm, the Kean school girls against the chickenhawk girls right after the boys are done. Then Antilles boys against the Kean school boys.  The games begin today and conclude on Monday with the championship games.  The venue is the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Gym.

Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett says that residents should protect themselves from mosquitoes, In recent weeks, Chikungunya  PLAY SOUND has been confirmed on Jost Van Dyke. Chikungunya is a viral illness like Dengue that is transmitted by mosquitoes.  Be vigilant and to follow these tips to reduce the spread of mosquitoes and prevent mosquito bites:
•    Keep tires in a dry place. Punch holes so water drains out.
•    Any plants that are currently in water – plant them in soil. Empty flowerpot bases.
•    Cover food containers for animals and buckets that hold water – turn them upside down.
•    Repair damaged screens. Keep windows and doors closed.
•    Place a screen mesh over pipe to your cistern.
•    Cover infant cribs with mosquito netting.
•    Use mosquito repellants like DEET.
•    And wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors.

The Board of Education has attorney David Pickler from the National School Board Association visiting the Virgin Islands.  He will visit schools on St. Croix today and make a presentation at Government House Friday evening.  On Saturday he will make a presentation to the board meeting at 9:30 the morning at the curriculum center on St. Thomas, and in the evening.  Go to the Julius Sprauve Gala on St. John.

Water Island Music Festival is January 17-18-19. Nine  Musicians will present three concerts with a different program.  Each evening of classical, pop, jazz music.  Inside seats are by reservation only. Call to reserve seats 774-2635 in the evening. 

This weekend is the rastafari Agricultural and cultural food fair in Bordeaux.  Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 Am until late. There is food and music and activities, tours of the farms and a chance to buy fresh produce.  Change of plan this year; no farmer of the year contest; instead, the farm team will highlight the theme of “Production and Teamwork in 2014.”  There will be arts and crafts, top Ital Dub tell Doug Masters, eat live and raw dishes. There is a beekeeping demonstration, agricultural demonstration, a chance to learn about drip irrigation, mulching and composting, how to make a terrace, or how to make tofu.  On Saturday a solar energy presentation, drumming by the Echo People, an African fashion show and a poetry corner.  On Sunday Mungo Niles dancers and the Queen of the Earth Princess dancers on stage and so much more. Admission is three dollars for adult children are free.  On Saturday there is a reggae in the mountain music fest ten dollars in advance and fifteen dollars at the door. Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 Am to late at the new Bordeaux Farmers market.

Saturday  and Sunday  Eric Winter and Mighty Whitey special sale this Saturday from Noon to 7:00 PM and Sunday from noon to 5:00 PM. Tillett Gardens – there will be artwork, collectibles and musical instruments.  There's certain to be something for everyone, starting at $1.  Perhaps you've always wanted an "Eric Winter" painting Artwork from Nicky and Janet's collection will be on sale.  Saturday from noon to 7:00 PM and Sunday from noon to 5:00 PM. For more information call Janet Reiter at 998-7542

Department of Public Works announces roadwork Bovoni that will close the road.  On Sunday, January 19 from seven a.m. to three p.m. roadwork will be conducted along Route 30, that's the Bovoni Road.  The Bovoni road will be completely closed as major roadwork is conducted..  Motorists are urged to use alternate routes.  They are replacing the drainage culvert near the new sidewalk.

On Monday, January 20, the gentleman of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will present the Dr. Martin Luther King Peace March starting at 2:00 PM from Market Square marching to Emancipation Garden.  All schools and civic organizations are invited.  For more information call 776-2345

This evening at the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas will honor seven accomplished students who represent the ideals of Doctor King.  Friday at 630, each will receive a cash award.  While each student comes from various backgrounds, they all wrote essays as if they were speaking to the King, who would have celebrated his 85th birthday this year.
The seven students are:
Mi-kaela Carty V. I . Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy
Mar-quisse Brown of All Saints Cathedral School
Khe-ana Fahie of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School
Rodney Querrard Jr. of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School
Ker-yl Liburd of Seventh-day Adventist School
Brianna Hairs-ton of Charlotte Amalie High School
And Julianna de Haas from Antilles School

Hearty congratulations to the winners of the 2013 holiday Christmas card contest.  Port authority director Carlton Dow announced that third place was won by Arial Richardson, a fifth-grader, at Ulla Muller School, second place was ace Perdon a sixth-grader at Lockhart elementary and first place went to Isaiah Francis, a fourth-grader Wesleyan Academy.  All the winning cards are on display at the windmill in the crown Bay center

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