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Diageo is Open.

It's 76° Fahrenheit  27.7 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
69% humidity. Clear Skies
Wind out of the East at 18 mph.
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had POINT 01 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Clear Skies
Satellite Photo Shows: clear skies  

The national weather forecast calls for Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Highs around 85. Breezy. East winds 20 to 25 mph. Chance of rain less than 20 percent

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At the top of the news on Wednesday November 24

Diageo is open for business.  They held a ribbon cutting yesterday and Governor John DeJongh was joined by officials from Diageo to open the new rum distillery.  It seems like record time to build a huge complex distillery. Seems like yesterday we were talking about the coming of Diageo – that was 17 months ago! .  Captain Morgan is now a resident of St. Croix. De Jongh says the new distillery "will not only reinvigorate our local rum industry but will also serve as a major economic engine for the territory." He says it will generate over $100 million a year in revenue for the islands over the next 30 years. Diageo CEO Paul Walsh announced a new investment on the island – a $5 million visitor center that will open at the site by January 2012. He called it "a spectacular tourist attraction not just St. Croix or the U.S.V.I., but for the entire Caribbean basin."  The Diageo distillery has the capacity to produce 20 million proof gallons of rum a year and is expected to bring a least $136 million a year in rum cover-over revenue to the V.I. government during the 30-year term of the agreement, which brought the company to the island.  Oh and no scissors to cut the ribbon – in a gesture only fitting for a pirate like Captain Morgan, the ribbon was cut with swords!

WAPA Governing Board approved a major cable upgrade for St. John.  They will spend 3.3 million dollars to install a 34Kilovoltt underwater cable from Red Hook Pond to Frank Bay St. John. This will make the St. John cable totally storm proof as it will all be underground and underwater. This is also a 172% increase in capacity to St. John.

Just in time for Thanksgiving Day – the Virgin Islands Lottery has a new lottery ticket – this time with fruit, veggies herbs and honey on the lottery tickets. Some of the holiday foods are grown right here in the Virgin Islands.

Grab those binoculars and put on some sturdy shoes. The V.I. Audubon Society needs volunteers for its annual Christmas Bird Count. It will be held starting at 7 a.m. Dec. 19 at various locations around St. John. On St. Croix, a group of residents will hold a similar event throughout the same day. Last year, 34 people spotted 1,717 birds from 54 species during St. John’s count. The gray kingbird was seen most often with the number reaching 496 birds. This year’s Christmas Bird Count is the 111th one organized by the Audubon Society. It runs from Dec. 14 through Jan. 5.  To sign up to count birds on St. John, call Bran-nick at 776-6201. On St. Croix, reach Vali-u-lis at 514-7578.

Deadline today - Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands is closing the book on entries to their Directory of Community Organizations serving the Virgin Islands.  The deadline is Wednesday November 24.  If you are a leader of a non-profit service org – call 774-6031. Or go to their web site. Call 774-6031 to get a faxed copy.

Dion Parsons is in town for his concert at Reichhold Center for the Arts on Saturday – and today the members of the band are jamming with students at the Reichhold Center for the Arts with students from St. Thomas High Schools.  There are lectures and demonstrations and a chance for the music students to see what a real career in music looks like.

Here come school Report Cards -
GLADYS A. ABRAHAM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL -Today from  8:10a – 2:35p - to parents/guardians only.
JOSEPH SIBILLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL today from 10:30a - 2:30p. to parents/guardians.
EVELYN MARCELLI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL today  from 1:00p – 2:30p. to parents/guardians.
JOSEPH GOMEZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL today  at 2:30p. to parents/guardians.
St. Croix Report Cards at RICARDO RICHARDS ELEMENTARY  today from 10:00 a.m. by parents.  

"You are cordially invited to the St. Thomas/St. John Fellowship of Ministers Monthly Breakfast Meeting this coming Saturday - November 27th at Faith Christian Fellowship Church Alive In Christ at 7:30am."   For more information kindly call:626-4907

Tomorrow  is Thanksgiving Day – Government offices, schools, banks and the University are all closed on Thursday, most remain closed on Friday for Fortsberg Day. Supreme court and Superior courts are closed thu and Friday. The Board of Education  and Board of Elections are closed Thursday and Friday. The Economic Development Authority and semi-autonomous government agencies.  Rotary St. Croix is NOT meeting on Thursday. and Gertrude’s Restaurant is also closed.   Rotary Club West is not holding bingo at their club house on Thursday. Also canceled for Monday November 29.

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