Friday, August 22, 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


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Red Cross on St. John

Disaster coordinators for the St. Thomas – St. John Red Cross held a workshop Thursday night on St. John. Disaster Services Coordinator Cyril Singleton walked those who attended the meeting at the National Park Biosphere through the different functions the Red Cross uses to meet disasters, big and small. The meeting was an opportunity to unite some of the people who helped St. John get through the 1995-96 hurricane season. Singleton says it’s now time to identify people on St. John who can perform each function and to make a disaster team that can respond directly and more quickly than teams traveling from St. Thomas.

Current Conditions in Paradise:

Temperature: 84 Degrees Water Temp: 72 Degrees Skies: Crystal Clear, Occasional Cloud Chance of Rain: 20%: Beach and Swimming : Perfect Sailing and Diving : Perfect Drinks: Ready

Crime Fighting Funds

Police Commissioner Ramon Davila says the Law Enforcement Planning Commission recently received one-point-four million dollars in crime fighting grants. Half the funds are earmarked for programs to help youths find alternatives to crime and violence. The rest of the money will reportedly help law enforcers keep better tabs on local lawbreakers and establish a registry for sex offenders. The grant was provided by the Edward Byrne Memorial Law Enforcement Grant Program.

Gramps Fights Back

The thief who robbed 91-year old historian Geraldo Guirty must have thought he found an easy mark, but the feisty nanogenarian says he grabbed his assailant and wrestled him to the ground! Guirty said he was coming out a store in Charlotte Amalie and heading for a nearby restaurant when the attack occurred. The thief managed to take $16 dollars from Guirty and then he apologized to his victim, but not before he bit the old man’s hand. “He gave me a real Mike Tyson bite,” Guirty said. Guirty is an author and former columnist for the Virgin Islands Daily News better known as the Sixtonian.

Save the Day

A local phone company wants to hear from Virgin Islanders who have come through in a pinch. The Cellular One Save the Day contest asks for the strangest, most unexpected, funniest, or most romantic emergency faced by everyday people and how they came through in spite of the odds. Contestants are being asked to send in little essays telling how they or their friends saved the day in 250 words or less. Entries can be mailed or faxed in. Mail your entry to “Cellular One Saves the Day” 312 Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas or fax it to 774-6711.

Athletic Scholarships

Three lucky and talented young athletes just won full scholarships to the University of the Virgin Islands. Toni Francis, Curtis Tonge, and Karina Foy. Members of the Housing, Parks and Recreation basketball team recently won silver and gold medals at the 9th annual Milwaukee World Youth Basketball Tournament .. Franics was named most valuable player at that tournament. In a statement from Government House Governor Schneider congratulated all four scholarship winners. Another member of the championship team, Kitwana Rhymer was awarded a four year scholarship at the University of Massachusetts.

Coming Up:

A very important meeting is coming up for the Montserrat Association Sunday August 24 at Victors New Hideout on St. Thomas. That meeting starts at 5 p.m. Also the League of British Virgin Islanders hosts a meeting Sunday August 24, 1 p.m at the Legislature Building The Territorial Committee of the Democratic Party has re-scheduled its meeting of August 23 to October 11 Back to School Fair at Tutu Park Mall Saturday August 23 from 12Noon to 4 p.m. Business and Professional Women host their annual workshop at Antilles School August 23. Registration begins 8:30 am. This year’s theme “building partnerships that work” Kalin Ray Salassi hosts a book signing of “Haile Sellassie and the Opening of the Seven Seals” at the UVI Bookstore August 23 from 2:30 to 5:30 pm All players registered in the St. Thomas Summer youth soccer program training session should attend a very important meeting Saturday August 23, 1 p.m. at the UVI gounds. Regular practice session follows the meeting. For further information call Glen 775-3271

Water Island Report

The Department of Public Works is into the third day of a clean up of Water Island, that’s according to transportation director, Bingley G. Richardson. Richardson said there was a delay but the clean up is scheduled to resume later this week.

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