Tuesday, May 13, 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


15 Million from Lloyds of London

The Government’s insurance company, Lloyd’s of London has settles the Hurricane Marilyn insurance claim. The Government got a total of $62 million on its insurance and the final payment of nearly 15 million was delivered to Governor Schneider on Monday. The Gov. said it was better to settle than fight with the insurance carrier. The funds will be used to perform repairs at the schools. 05/13/97 8:30 AM

Current Conditions in Paradise:

Temperature: 82 Degrees Water Temp: 71 Degrees Skies: Crystal Clear, Occasional Cloud Beach: Perfect Swimming: Perfect Diving: Perfect Sailing: Perfect Drinks: Ready

Good News for Seniors

Dept. of Public Works got a federal grant of $132.534 to purchase specialized small busses or vans to transport senior citizens and people with disabilities. The vehicles will be operated by private non-profit organizations. An invitation to bid will be published shortly.

Casting Call

Are you a pirate? There is a casting call coming up on Thursday at Doubletree Sapphire Beach resort for a new commercial for Ron Rico and Kent Cigarettes and a pirate movie. They are looking for beautiful bathing beauties, actors, men, women, light and dark and they need pirates for speaking roles, watersports professionals and a young blond actress with experience in free diving and water skiing 05/13/97 10:01 AM

We have winners.

On May 11th we had the 15th Annual Mother’s Day Run at Magen’s Bay and Tammy Waters took the top prize running two miles in 14 minutesFollowed by Kathie McMurtrie and Grace Tuma. Darriel Williams won in the Mens class and Jason Fuller was the top youth.

Good news for Seniors

On May 10th Judy Gomez’s SPARKS youth group paid a visit to the Anna’s Retreat Senior Center to paint 150 chairs. And today is Senior Citizen Day in the USVI. The Senate has a mock session with seniors running the show. At WSTA our General Manager of the day is Alice Thomas of Store Gronne Gade. She’s 92 years young and a world traveler who has been to 5 of the 6 continents. She says her favorite place to visit was Thailand – because it is so much like living here – the climate is the same and the fruits are also the same. That’s Alice Thomas making good news.

Was the Bovoni fire Arson?

They are trading accusations over what started Sunday’s fire at Bovoni landfill. Renewable Resources is the company that salvages materials at the dump and they say Public Works set up the fire to get them thrown off the property. They contend that PW staff want to do the salvage work. Roan Creque of the Dept. of Public Works says the charges are baseless. He counters that the employees of Renewal Resources set the fire

Daily News Wins Awards

The Daily News has won an award for excellence in journalism. The Robert F. Kennedy award is given to a newspaper for identifying problems of the disadvantaged. This year the top prize went to the Daily News for its story called Cheating Our Children about the Virgin Islands school system. Melvin Claxton and Steve Rockstein were the two members of the Daily News staff cited for the excellent piece of investigative journalism.

Dept. of Agriculture has no Veterinarian

Dr Petersen announced that the official veterinarian has been reassigned and we no longer have a vet to examine incoming livestock. If you want to import livestock, you must set an appointment a week in advance to make arrangements. 05/13/97 9:43 AM

Not Three National Merit Finalists – there are four.

In the world of academics, the best a student can do is to become a National Merit Finalist. This is an honor bestowed upon the top 2000 High School students nationwide. In the Virgin Islands we have four national Merit Finalists. Nigel Griffin of Ivanna Eudora Kean School, Sara Smollet of Antilles School, George Gleason of Good Hope School St. Croix and Nehemiah Prince of St. Joseph School St. Croix The students get scholarships and our heartiest congratulations to achieving excellence in academics. 05/13/97 8:51 AM

Coming Up:

Coming Up on Friday the Virgin Islands Humanities Council is celebrating the Centennial of Albert Daniel as an artist and sculptor. Albert Daniel was not formally trained in art, and called himself a primitive. He used a pole in all of his art as a symbol of the ascending spirit of God. The Cultural Heritage Institute is celebrating his life this Saturday at 5:30 PM – at the Cultural Heritage Institute.

Water Island Report

The Fire service paid a visit to Water Island with a fire service truck. The examined all the possible sources of water to put out fires. They mapped where there are swimming pools and where they can pump from the sea. The idea was to do preparatory work to make sure that if there is a fire on Water Island they are prepared to put it out.