Monday, April 21, 1997

US Virgin Islands

[singlepic id=4817 w=180 h=40 mode=web20 float=left]Good morning! This is Alex Randall with Good News Headlines


Sunday was Coronation Day for Carnival Royalty

The coronation of the Queen of Carnival and the Prince and Princess of Carnival was the highlight of Sunday. Taisha Gomes was radiant in her white gown. The Prince and Princess Tanya Mirtil and Prince Shomari Maynard were dressed in acres of chiffon on the Princess and a striking white uniform for the Prince. There were 1000 in the crowd to watch the transfer of the crowns at the David Monsanto Bandstand in Emancipation Garden. In 1952, the year of the first modern Carnival, the King and Queen were Leo and Carmen Sibilly. Their marriage was one of the outcomes of that first Carnival. 45 years later, they are returning to be the honorees at Carnival village. Leo and Carmen’s Court commemorates the first royals of the first carnival. Leo and Carmen’s Village opens tonight at 6:00 PM.

Current Conditions in Paradise:

Temperature: 81 Degrees Water Temp: 70 Degrees Skies: Crystal Clear, Occasional Cloud Beach: Perfect Swimming: Perfect Diving: Perfect Sailing: Perfect Drinks: Ready

Good News for Calypsonians

Wylie Whisonant has good news for Calypsonians, the Dept. of Tourism is working with The New Yorker Magazine, the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Island Records of Jamaica on a major talent search. The New Yorker is looking for new unsigned musical talent. The new agreement means Thursday’s Calypso Contest is an official venue for the talent search. That’ll raise the fever pitch of the contest.

Cruise Ship Guide Available

This Summers Cruise ship schedule is available from the Dept. of Tourism. It is out and it is early and it is available at all the usual sites. Now everyone can make their schedules for the summer based on the new ship schedule. Friday’s should be light this summer. So plan a few three day weekends.

MSI Calypso of the Year Will Be Announced Today.

You’ll hear the MSI Calypso of the Year Award Ceremony today on WSTA at noon. We”ll come to you live with Brownie and Lee Carle. The contestants are Sugar Dee with Caribbean Man, You Tell Me the Name and De Royal Wedding by King KanFuc Plentae, In One Y-ear and Out the Next by Louis Ible Jr. And two by the Mighty Pat of St. Croix – Keeping De Country Down and Way De Money Gone. 04/21/97 10:36 AM

Good Work at Dept. of Health WIC Program

Odd, the Daily News reported this as bad news. The Department of Interior recently examined the Women’s, Infants and Children program run by the Dept. of Health. Inspector General’s report says, quote “We conclude that the Dept. of Health administered the WIC program in an effective manner and in compliance with grant terms and applicable law and regulations” Unquote. The inspectors made suggestions on how to speed up of the process to get more food products here. Good work WIC!

Commission on Women

Senator Judy Gomez has good news, she is asking the Governor to breath some life into the Commission on the Status of Women. She says the Commission has been dormant for 15 years, but is becoming a pressing issue and worthy of getting the commission to work. Gomes says we have so many issues with domestic violence, single parenting, insurance, health care and more that require a new look at the Commission on Women. 04/21/97 11:32 AM

New Visitor Center and Park Headquarters on St. John

The National Park Service announced plans to rebuild the Visitor Center in Cruz Bay St. John. The plans are on display at the National Park Center in St. Thomas and in St. John as well. Construction will begin in 1998 and be completed in the spring of 2000 04/18/97 11:33 AM

Are you involved with Advertising?

The Advertising Awards or ADVI’s are coming up and if you are involved with any area of advertising – 84 different categories of advertising. Deadline is April 30th and the entries will all go on display in June. June 28th is the annual Advertising Club Awards Gala at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort Call Cathy O’Gara 776-5702. 04/21/97 10:42 AM

Quick Pic’s announced Spanish AlphaStar.

The AlphaStar system has been enhanced and it now offers a full Spanish language menu and on-screen program guide in Spanish. Two new channels are also available, MTV Latino and Fox Sports Americas both in Spanish. 04/21/97 9:39 AM

Turpentine Road reconstruction is beginning

Dept. of Public Works is beginning the work on Turpentine Road in Nadir. The work will be done in stages, using federal highway funds and will include improvements to drainage, a new bridge, and realigning the road. The Governor says he wants major improvements to the major guts adjacent to residential communities in flood plain areas.

Water Island Report

A cruise ship passenger drowned in Honeymoon Bay on Saturday.

Coming Up:

  • Addelita Cancaryn Junior High School has an open house and distribution of report cards today after lunch time. 6:00 PM
  • the St. John Action Committee is meeting at Club Eclipse then moving to the National Park Biosphere Center to see the Parks expansion plans 6:00 PM
  • Elskoe and Association are meeting at the Mas Camp at 6:00 PM – for the final meeting before the parade. 6:00 PM
  • Opening of Leo & Carmin’s Court at 6:00 PM at Ft Christian Parking Lot with Mellow Hawks, then at 8 PM Lashing Dogs and at 11 PM – Emphasis Band will play at Leo and Carmen’s Village

Finally this –

Do you speak a foreign language – Cantonese, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese,. Portuguese Swedish, or Tagalog – if you are fluent in a second language, the hospital would like to know who you are, just in case they need an emergency translator. All you have to do is call so they know who you are. You could save someone’s life just being able to do a quick translation over the phone. Call Ophelia Torres at 776-8311 Ex 2282

The National Science Foundation is supporting proposals from grade schools for computer links to the Internet. A proposal should describe innovative technology and up to $15,000 can be granted for up to two years. Here’s a number 703-306-1949