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82 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.04 inches
Wind is from East at 7 MPH
No rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says : A mix of clouds and sun this morning followed by mostly cloudy skies and a few showers this afternoon. High 78F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Cruise Ship News Carnival Valor and Adventure of the Seas are at Havensight Dock and on St. Croix the Jewel is coming to Frederiksted

Headlines : Today we remember Dr Rev Dr Martin Luther King. My Brother’s Workshop wins an award. Martha Stewart likes the Virgin Islands and Our virtue of the week  is diligence.

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Today is Rev Dr Martin Luther King day – it is a federal holiday. Al schools are closed, so are government offices, federal and local, US Post Office and banks are all closed.  The University is closed and so are the offices of the semi-autonomous agencies of the government.  Most stores are on a holiday schedule. Today is not a day off, it is a day of service. One thought from Dr King’s speech when he received the Nobel Peace Prize: “ We live in a time in our community where we find it difficult to overlook or understand the slightest oversight or misunderstanding. At best, we yell at or disparage one another for the terrible act of cutting someone off in traffic; we scream at our children for the simple fact of being children. At worst, our young people pull out guns and kill each other because they come from a different neighborhood, or because someone either purposely or inadvertently “dissed” them or a “friend.” Revenge, aggression, retaliation rule our streets, our homes, our institutions.We do not communicate effectively with one another. We do not take pause to consider what another may be facing when we lash out for minor transgressions.” Words from Dr King.

Hearty Congratulations to Scott Bradley, co-founder and driving force behind the non-profit organization, My Brother’s Workshop, for winning a 2014 Lewis Hine Award for Service to Children & Youth.            
The Governor said "Mr. Bradley is so deserving of this national recognition for his work with disadvantaged youth on St. Thomas.  He has provided a more positive future for nearly 200 young people through his program, which offers mentoring, counseling, paid job training, education and placement.  The Lewis Hine Awards for Service to Children and Youth are "bestowed annually to 10 relatively unknown men and women for their efforts on behalf of the health, education and welfare of children and youth, particularly those at risk,"  The Governor also said, "In a community where many of the young males succumb to gang violence, school drop-out and other socio-economic challenges, Scott Bradley is there to provide guidance, wisdom, friendship and care.  The Virgin Islands people are grateful for his tremendous contributions to their community."       

The Sirens are almost all in place.  VITEMA says they are nearing the end of the project to install Tsunami warning sirens in the Virgin Islands. The first four warning sirens went up in 2011.  Now 14 more have been installed – in Crown Bay, Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, Lucinda Millen Home, and Coki Point. On St Croix at Sprat Hall Frederiksted, Williams delight, Cramer Park Sion Farm and LaVallee in Mid Island and at the Divi Resort.

Good News from the Juan Luis Hospital where a surprise visit from the Joint Commission to the hospital lab found NO problems. The Joint commission is a private entity that inspects hospitals and No Findings means Juan Luis Hospital lab is doing the job.  Despite all the problems we hear about, the staff of Juan Luis Hospital are doing their jobs and doing them well.   

The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network’s (viNGN) Board Met Friday. They heard today that free Wi-Fi service is now being made available to users at all Public Computer Centers.  This means you can bring a laptop or an ipad to the centers and surf the web for free using WiFi technology. The Governor says “More proof positive of the viNGN commitment to the people of the Virgin Islands to bring more high speed Internet to homes and businesses.” 

Martha Stewart likes the Virgin Islands. And when she talks 2.9 million people listen. She was on St. Croix for the holidays and she posted daily entries on her weblog.  Sixty-two photographs.  And visits to places like the La Reinne chicken shack which she called her favorite restaurant.  She went to point Udall and our historic sites and the farmers market and Carnival Village.  Another Martha Stewart visit was to Cane Garden and she told everyone she loved it. All 2.9 million people who listen to her Twitter feed and Web logs.  Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson Doty says there's really no better publicity than a happy person with a lot of followers.  You can read This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  That's Themarthablog.com

Here comes an opportunity for your young person to join the US Coast Guard.  Lieutenant Chris Lopez will be in the Virgin Islands.  Later this week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday talking to high school juniors about how to apply for the Academy introductory Mission the summer.  Listen here at WS T a Addie will have an visit from the Coast Guard lieutenant later this week

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. 

The Martin Luther King invitational basketball tournament will conclude today with the championship games at the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Gym.  The St. Croix Central High School Lady Caribs will face long-time rival Charlotte Amalie Lady Hawks at 9:00 AM at the Digna Marie Gymnasium Monday morning.  St. Thomas rivals Eudora Kean and Charlotte Amalie boys teams will meet in the finals.   CAHS reached to finals after holding off Educational Complex. The final games are today at the Digna Marie Gym at Kean School.

Sports, Parks and Recreation Commissioner St. Claire N. Williams said Friday that two basketball courts in the territory will be temporarily closed for renovations;  at Emile Griffith Ball Park on St. Thomas and the Renholdt “Rookie” Jackson Recreation Complex Basketball/Volleyball Courts on St. Croix are being resurfaced – getting new backboards and rims and being retrofitted with energy efficient lights.

Our virtue of the week is Diligence - Diligence is working hard and doing your absolute best.  You take special care by doing things step by step.  Diligence helps you to get things done with excellence and enthusiasm.  Diligence leads to success.
You are practicing diligence when you…
•    Pay careful attention to what you are doing
•    Do things step by step
•    Practice to the point of excellence
•    Give your absolute best to whatever you do
•    Work hard
•    Don’t give up
Say this affirmation:  I am diligent.  I work hard.  I work carefully.  I can be trusted to do a good job.

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