US Virgin Islands
[singlepic id=4817 w=180 h=40 mode=web20 float=left]Good morning! This is Alex Randall with Good News Headlines
Governor Approved the Pay Plan.
The retro pay bill virtually leaped from the legislature to the governor and the Governor signed it. The 25.7 million retro pay is in the pipes. The Governor killed the amendment to spend 5 million on tax refunds saying the funds were already committed. The Governor called on the legislature to institute cost cutting measures He announced he is curtailing phone use and curtailing cellular phone use, instituting a hiring freeze and wants to consolidate government operations in a central building – all to save funds. He pointed to the reopening of the resort hotels as evidence that the economy is rebounding.
Washington Post Likes the Virgin Islands
There is a great story in the Washington Post about visiting the Virgin Islands. The article extoles the beaches of St. John, the charm of Christiansted village and the first rate travel deals here. The author visited right after Hurricane Hortense, but came away with a very favorable impression. Get this, Quote, No caribbean port city is prettier than Charlotte Amalie. End quote Wow, that’s nice to hear.
New Name on Custom’s House
The Fredreksted custom’s house is going to be dedicated later this week in a ceremony. The old custom house at the foot of Fredreksted pier is going to be renamed the Oscar E. Henry Custom House. The ceremony is scheduled for Friday.
Help Rescue Chickie
The campaign to help Chickie Morciglio is giving you another opporttunity to help Chickie. Now there is a giant Thank You card being prepared. You can help Call 776-4566
Campaign Almost Over
The Election campaign is coming to its high pitched end. The calypso tunes are dying out as the candidates state reason to vote for each. The polls will open tomorrow morning at 7:00 AM and close at 7:00 PM You have one day left to ponder your choice.
VI Trucking Association is meeting at 7:30 PM at Stedman Hodge’s Office Our mathmetics teachers have an event coming up on Saturday at the Curriculum Center. At 8:30 AM the progream begins with technology demonstrations and a workshop.
In America’s Cup news
Peter Holmberg took third behind New Zealander Russell Coutts at the 10th Annual Bitter End Yacht Club Pro-Am Regatta on Friday. Coutts is Holmberg’s rival in the upcoming America’s Cup Challenge. Would have been nice to win that one.
Do we have too many dogs and cats? Representatives of the animal control agencies came together to draw up new rules regarding importation of animals. All animals must have medical certificates, but our port rules are lax along the waterfront and aminals come and go without being checked. So, we have wild cats, and wild dog packs. There is a chance of the wild animals bringing rabies to these islands and that would be bad news. So animal control is coming and that’s good news.