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Governor’s Press Conference
The Governor held a press conference this morning with Dato Tan Hock to discuss the proposal to develop the Yacht Haven Area. Their architects are already familiar with St. Thomas having done the design of the Ritz Carlton Hotel here. The proposed facility will be a 200 million dollar investment with 300 room hotel, 100 condo units, restaurants, a public park and promenade and more open facilities. They also discussed the Hess agreement and the need for the oil refinery to be able to process new crude oil to remain viable. There are over 2000 new jobs to be added to St. Croix with the building of the Coker plant. He also commented that the new enterprise zones in Frederiksted and Christiansted will make a big difference and it is a change we really need to aid the local businesses that are already there and to attract new business to the area.
New Newspaper on St. Thomas
Today is the first day of issue of the new newspaper in town. The Virgin Islands Independent is on the streets today for the first time and it is a welcome sign of freedom of press in the Virgin Islands. The Independent is being produced by the publishers of the St. Croix Avis and will sell on St. Thomas streets for 60 cents. The format is similar to the Daily News, but there is more news, and a new fresh perspective on the events of the day. And lots more national and international news.
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Temperature: 83 Degrees at 1 PM Skies: Sunny, Occasional Cloud Chance of Showers: Slight to 20%: Water Temp: Perfect Beach and Swimming Conditions: Wonderful Sailing and Diving Conditions: World Class! Drinks: Ready for You!
Texaco Makes a Beautiful Addition to Subbase
Texaco is opening their new terminal facilities in Subbase today. The project makes a beautiful addition to the industrial Subbase area and it is a state-of-the-art facility. Texaco says that they have brought their facilities into full compliance with EPA regulations and that all of their service stations are in compliance with EPA regulations. The a grand opening is at 4:00 PM
Senate Voted on Blue Cross
The Senate met yesterday to hear about the proposal to insure government workers health with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the Virgin Islands. Lieutenant Governor Mapp said that their business license is all in order, they have posted the necessary bond and meet all requirements of the law. The insurance will allow patients to go stateside and be treated as customers of Blue Cross in those states too. Blue Cross officials plan to hire local residents, computerize their claims processing and they will offer health insurance to the general public too.
The Senate met yesterday and heard all the details about the proposed health insurance plan from Blue Cross. But they couldn’t vote due to a pair of initials on an addendum that were not full signatures. So they met again today to vote on the plan. And approved the plan today.
Dept. of Public Works says they will be repaving from Cassi Hill toward Fort Mylner – they will be working tonight from 7:00 PM tonight, but we are asking you to stay out of the area this evening and give the guys plenty of room. The next project will be the road from Frenchman’s Bay to Nadir. Lockhart PTA, you have an emergency meeting this evening for all officers at the school at 5:30 PM The topic is the plan for this weekends activities. Jazz Night is tonight at Renaissance Grand Beach Resort with Joe beck and Ali Ryerson at 8:00 PM and 9:45 The Commissioner of Labor invites the private business sector to a workshop of Safety and Health, on Wednesday at the Windward Passage. Safety experts from the US mainland will be on hand to discuss occupational health and safety, OSHA, legal issues, electrical hazards, Fall protection, scaffolding, excavation and prevention of heavy penalties.