Tuesday, December 16, 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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St. Croix Sheep Take a Trip

St. Croix is the world’s only source of the St. Croix White Hair sheep and 50 of our sheep are taking a trip to the Philippines. The sheep are from our agricultural research station and will start a new flock in the Philippines. The research station owns one of the few pure bred flocks in the world. Going in the other direction is the director of the research station to teach a group in Portugal about our aquaculture research. Professor Rakocy is an expert in the use of Talapia fish with lettuce in the same hydroponic garden beds.

Current Conditions in Paradise:

Temperature: 93 Degrees at 1 PM Skies: Sunny, Occasional Cloud Chance of Showers: Slight to 20%: Water Temp: Perfect at 82 degrees Beach and Swimming Conditions: Sooo Perfect Sailing and Diving Conditions: World Class! Drinks: Ready

Insurers are Lining up

I told you they would line up for the Government health insurance business. There are eight insurance companies offering to insure the Government employees. Eight. At yesterday’s meeting there were differing opinions on what happened. The Governor’s top priority is insuring that the government workers have health insurance. He says the CIGNA contract is binding. Senate President Lorraine Berry Says is disappointed with yesterday’s meeting and had harsh words for one senator whose behavior at the meeting was like he does on the Senate floor. Even the Governor couldn’t calm him calm.

Carol Moore says she was misquoted earlier in the news. Someone said she was unsympathetic to the people. She says, “I am the sole provider for health insurance for my family. I am highly sympathetic to the need of the Government employees, because as a government employee, my family and I are totally dependent on Government health insurance. ” Sound like she is working on our side to me.

Schools Committee Hears about Violence

The Committee on Education had hearings on school violence in Frederiksted last evening. They heard a myriad of problems that fuel the school violence. Some pointed to the behavior of our leaders, others cited the growth of violence at home and Senator David Jones pointed to the media that sensationalizes the violence to sell newspapers. Central High Principal Rosalind La Rocque said that 50 students are responsible for the majority of the incidents and reflect badly on the 1500 other students who are quietly pursuing their studies.

United Way At 58%

The United Way campaign is making progress. As of Monday the United Way had 58% of their goal in hand. CitiBank came up with $2500 for United Way and Delta Airlines is in for $1000. Big Thank You to the All Saints Men’s Club, and the Retired Police Officers for making substantial contributions to United Way.

Virgin Islands Wrestling Commission Gets Members

The Governor announced the names of the five residents he is appointing to the Virgin Islands Boxing and Wrestling Commission. Dennis James of the Police Dept., Jaime Torres of Hess, Felipe Ortiz also from St. Croix and Angel Corniero of St. Thomas and Angelo Hill of St. John.

Virgin Islands in Davis Cup.

The Virgin Islands is going to enter the Davis Cup Tennis Championship playing in the American Zone 4 competition. The Virgin Islands Team is going to St. Lucia in March for the regional elimination’s. There will be 7 nations competing and two will move on to the Level Three competition. Now the team is looking for more team players.

Coming Up:

Women’s Resource Center is facing a 25% cut in its budget. They are asking for the community to come forward with Christmas donations to help the centers core families. Michal Rhymer says they need all the help they can get this season, to help make the season right for the victims of crime. Lockhart Elementary PTA has a workshop at 5:30 on Effective Parenting called Empowering Parents and Building Self-Esteem. Alvin McBeal Little League has an emergency meeting for all managers and Coaches on Tes at 5:45 at the McBean Ball Park. Tomorrow: Mother’s Raising Sons are meeting at the Legislative Conference Room at 5:30 PM – on December 17th 693-3536 Elementary Basketball Winterfest Meeting on Savan Court at 4:30 PM – Special meeting at CAHS for parents. at 5:30 PM – at CAHS Auditorium.

Re-New Trees!

Hey here’s some good news. Remember the trees that used to be in the courtyard of the GERS building, well they are coming back. It cost $16,000 to cut them down and cement the holes over. Now due to popular demand, they are coming back. The Government will pay to open the holes and plant new trees. Is anyone listening?

Water Island Report

No, don’t look here, nothing happened. Go back to sleep. Water Island will come back to life for one day only once a year. We’ll call it Brigadoon Day.

It’s your Good News! You tell us and we’ll tell everyone.