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Weather in the World :  45 degrees in London England with rain, 22 in Philadelphia with snow, 26 in New York with clouds, 20 degrees in Boston with clouds, Washington has 27 degrees and snow coming down, 15 degrees in York Pennsylvania with snow in Toronto one degree in Montréal zero meanwhile Minneapolis has -12. An igloo lick Canada -11 with snow and grains of freezing fog.

77 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear skies.
77 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.94 inches
Wind is from East North East at 16 MPH
No rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says :  low-level moisture associated with the remnants of a cold front will bring passing showers today. Mostly fair weather skies and overall pleasant weather conditions with light northeasterly winds are expected by tonight and Tuesday. Across the local waters, expect winds to 17 knots and seas to six feet in northerly swells. Frecast calls for Sun and clouds mixed. High 76 to 80F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph.

Cruise Ship News : Norwegian Gem and the Carnival Valor are at Havensight along with the adventure of the Seas. On St. Croix the Jewel is coming to Frederiksted

Headlines :  Senators plan a special session, first talk of hurricane season, the governor says no cuts to the National Guard, Here comes Ocean Thermal Energy and our virtue of the week is forgiveness.

At the top of the news on  !!AIR – March 3 Monday

Senators plan a special session today  to address the problems with the payment of retro wages and the money withheld for GERS contributions.  The government employees who received retro pay in 2010 argue they should not have had GERS contributions withheld.  The Senators have to change the law to refund the money.  The Special Session is today.

It's not even Carnival yet and already people talking about the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season. We are 90 days away from the beginning of hurricane season. The hurricane forecasters note that we will be heading into a weak to moderate El Nino over the next several months. This has the potential to produce above average wind shear across much of the Atlantic during the 2014 Hurricane season, especially during the second half of the season. With this we should expect a “slow season” in terms of the number of storms. As we all know all it takes is one storm here even in the slow season to make it a significant storm season. The El Nino effect will probably limit the number of named storms. On the other hand let's note how many severe snowstorms the Northeast is having this year and you can tell the weather is odd.

Governor John DeJongh and 49 other governors expressed their opposition to "the potential cuts to the Army National Guard advocated by the U.S. Army's fiscal 2015 budget request.  The Governor joined in signing a letter calling on the Army to not cut the National Guard. They say the National Guard has demonstrated that it is a cost-effective operational force that is critical to our national security at home and abroad. The letter was sent from the National Governors Association meeting on February 28. 
The governors reminded the President that they had mounted similar opposition to cuts planned for the Air National Guard two years ago.

Supreme court made a ruling in favor of the St Marks Coptic Orthodox Church in Estate Nazareth.  Back in 2002, the church bought three parcels and consolidated the property to make a lot large enough for the Church.  In 2006 they submitted a Coastal Zone Management Commission application for a construction permit. On a one acre lot they planned a 4,279 square foot sanctuary with a baptism pool, crying room, fellowship hall and kitchen. The permit was denied, but the church appealed to the Board of Land Use Appeal – and won the appeal.  Neighbors tried to stop the work as the land was being cleared – appealing to the Superior court and the Supreme Court.  Now the Supreme court has ruled in favor of the Church. It is all moot.  Reverend Father Antonious Conner built the church anyway.

Oh and over in Water Bay, the land side construction has begun at Coral World for the beginning of their Dolphinairum.  Land is being cleared for the bath house and support buildings.

HOVENSA raised the price for gasoline. Wholesale regular is up 2 cents, premium up one cent. Diesel is stable.

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This is the week of prayer. And on St. Croix, On Tuesday March fourth the prayers are at Zion AME Church, Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and many will go to church services to mark the beginning of Lent. On Wednesday March 5 at New Testament church in Wim and on March 6 at Ebenezer Methodist Church. On Friday, March 7 the world Day of prayer services will be at the Lord God of Sabbath Lutherans in Christian instead. All services are at seven p.m.

Friday, March 7 is World Day of Prayer 2014 and on St. Thomas there is an Ecumenical Service  sponsored by the Methodist Church. This year’s host is Holy Family Catholic Church in Tutu. Guest speaker is Rev. Agnola Martin. We are calling on everyone male and female to join us in prayer & praise this World Day of Prayer.  Women are asked to wear white.

Virgin Islands Carnival Committee is pleased to announce the 2014 Cultural Fair Honorees: Messrs. Charles & Joseph Leonard. Fair applications are now available at the VICC office. Deadline is TODAY however vendors are encouraged to fill out the applications in the office and return them immediately. For more information on the cultural fair, please contact the VICC at 340-776-3112.

The Government Employees Retirement System invites its members on St. Croix to participate in a Pre-Retirement Planning Workshop:  on Thursday, March 6 at the GERS Building Conference Room in Orange Grove, St. Croix from 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Topics Include: GERS Benefits, Healthful Living, Medicare, Health Insurance Coverage, Taxes After Retirement.  For additional information or to pre-register, call 718-5480 extension 5406.  Pre-registration deadline is TODAY.

Here comes Ocean Thermal Energy.  Senate President Shawn Michael Malone said the Legislature will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation to conduct a feasibility study  of the potential benefits of installing Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion renewable energy power plants and Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC) facilities in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Senate President said. "This research comes at no cost to the Legislature or Virgin Islands Government. Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation plans to spend more than $1 million to conduct the necessary research. With 80 percent of the sun's solar energy stored in the surface waters of the world's oceans, OTEC technology taps into this renewable energy source by using the temperature differential between the warm surface water and cold deep ocean water to make electricity. By pumping cold water from the ocean through pipes and a heat exchanger, SWAC utilizes the deep cold ocean water as the non-polluting refrigerant for cooling buildings, thereby reducing electricity costs by roughly 90%. The MOU will be formally signed March 5 at 9:00 AM at the Virgin Islands Legislature. Later at 1 p.m. there will be a presentation on the technology and the preliminary findings.

Our virtue of the week  is Forgiveness. Being forgiving is giving someone another chance after they have done something wrong.  Everyone makes mistakes.  Instead of revenge, make amends.  Forgive yourself too.  Instead of feeling hopeless after a mistake, decide to act differently, and have faith that you can change. You are practicing forgiveness when you ...
*   Remember that everyone makes mistakes
*   Share your feelings without taking revenge
*   Stop giving uncaring people the chance to hurt you
*   Accept people without judgment or criticism
*   Take responsibility for your own mistakes
*   Make amends instead of punishing yourself with guilt
Say this Affirmation:  I am forgiving of others and myself.  I am willing to give and receive amends.  I learn from my mistakes.  I have the power to keep changing for the better.

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