Thursday, January 09, 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


Board of Education Sworn in Today

The Education Commission is getting down to business, meanwhile Liston Davis says that the Education Dept. is forming a task force to address teacher attendance. The kids have attendance, now they are making plans for the teachers to pass an attendance check too. The recently elected Board of Education will be sworn in today at the Legislature Building. They are going right to work after the ceremony, with an action retreat to develop a comprehensive plan to address the deficiencies in our schools.

Race Track Getting New Surface

CAHS racing track is getting resurfaced with a rubberized material. To accommodate the workers, everyone is reminded to keep of the High School track until further notice.

Net Day is Coming

Hereís the kind of news I love. The USVI Net Day 97 is being planned. The goal of Net-Day is to wire all the Virgin Islands schools for connections to the Internet. This is a volunteer project that brings together private partners, educators, business and industry together to Jump start the internal wiring of schools and raise the level of public awareness concerning our schools needs. In 1997, the Dept. will wire four schools during February, April and June including two schools on St. Croix and one each on St. Thomas and St. John. Other schools will be wired in 1997-98. If you can help call Clinton Stapleton at 775-2250 Ex 234.

Berthe C. Boschulte School Computer Classes for Parents

If you wonder what this is about, then come to one of Berthe C. Boschulte Schoolís Parents computer classes. The school will offer classes on Computer literacy, word processing and typing every Saturday from 9 to 11 at the school library. First class is January 18th Call 775-4987

What Does Gas Cost – Really???

We told you about gas price increases, now Alicia Barnes James, the Virgin Islands Energy Director has translated the rising cost of gas into economic terms. Each of us consumes about 330 gallons of gas a year. Everyone on St. Thomas and St. John use about 17 million gallons of gas a year. The price increases in 1996 means we spent 6.8 million dollars more for gasoline. Of course all gas is imported so all those dollars are exported. So everyone should take these gas saving tips. Donít sit at idle with the car for more than a red lights worth of time. Idle time wastes gas. So does soft tires. Make sure your tires are correctly inflated to save gas. And regular tune ups will save gas too.

Cooking For Cash Class

Cooking for Cash is a new free seminar for people who want to learn how to start their own business cooking for the public. The class is all day on January 28th and you can get more information at 692-4092

Americaís Cup Challenge Seeking Donations

The Virgin Islands Challenge for the Americaís Cup is facing an important deadline. They have to raise 2 million dollars in two weeks to retain the top yacht design team or risk losing them to some other team. Like everything else in competitive sports it is all about rounding up the top of the line team. Michael Bornn says the Americaís Cup Challenge could generate as much as 1.8 billion for Virgin Islands economy, so there is a big opportunity at the other end of the process. Pledges are coming in. Weíll keep you posted.

Emily Conner Turns 100

Emily Conner turned 100 yesterday and she got letters of congratulations from the Queen of England. But that was small stuff compared to having her whole family come to town to celebrate. What does a centenarian do with her time. She passes some time watching Television, but she doesnít like all the violence. Thatís Emily Connor making Good news.