Monday, Feb 26, 1996

US Virgin Islands 

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


Tourism End of Year Report

The Dept. of Tourism released its end of year report and it’s good news. St. Croix had a record number of cruise ship arrivals in 1995. Up 329% over the prior year. St. Thomas passenger arrivals was off 13% with just over a million visitors. Air visitors were off 17% but the visitors had much longer stays. Overall the tourism industry is picking up says Judith Watson, Acting Tourism Commissioner.

Youth Employment

The Governors signed a bill last week that authorizes 500,000 for youth employment. Senator Petrus said he is pleased because the youth training program gives so may Junior and High School students valuable work experience. The sum is only a fraction of the full funding he was seeking for the program and Petrus says he will finds the remaining 1.5 million dollars he thinks the programs needs.

Rights of the terminally Ill

Remember the Conference on Bioethics the hospital ran all last week. One result was a revised Advance Directive Policy regarding the rights of the terminally Ill. There are new rules about what you want done to you if you have a terminal illness. The new Advanced Directive is like a living will that states your wishes. You can get more info about it from the hospital.

Church Group Chooses St. Thomas

A youth group from Connecticut here this week to help with some construction projects. They are sponsored by the Lutheran Social Services and come from the Congregational Church of New Canaan. Asked why St. Thomas, the Minister chaperoning the group said, The church wanted to help our fellow countrymen, and St. Thomas is a warm, hospitable English-speaking island where the youth can get to know the elderly residents they are assisting.

Water in St. John

St. John residents are warned that WAPA is doing water system maintenance starting Tuesday until Friday and at higher elevations you may lose water pressure.

Blood Drive

St. John’s Blood drive is today at the Lutheran Church of the Nazareth

Education Notes

English and Math placement tests for UVI are being administered today at 3:30 PM. Bring a photo ID, a pen, pencils and a dictionary. ( USVI Manpower is offering a free seminar about Lead and Asbestos dangers in public and private buildings. It’s at Tickles, Crown Bay Call 777-8005.

Car Show Winners

The Model Car Show and Competition at Education Station is over and the winners are in. First Prize for the Juniors went to Craig Lettsome for a model 1955 Ford Pick up. Among the Teens Neville Maynard won first prize for a Dodge Viper GTS Coupe and in the Senior Category, Tommy Santana took first place with a 1965 Chevy Corvette Black Rat. That’s the Model builders good news.