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April 21, 2005

Gas Prices Said to be Bleeding the Territory

From the Source:

April 20, 2005 – Licensing and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Andrew Rutnik Wednesday placed the blame of rising fuel prices on the shoulders of Hovensa and gasoline wholesalers in the territory.       During a hearing of the Senate Government Operations and Consumer Protection hearing, Rutnik said gasoline prices in the territory were too high, especially since the Virgin Islands is home to one of the largest refineries in the Western Hemisphere.       "The cost of living is going through the roof," Committee Chairman Sen. Adlah "Foncie" Donastorg said. "People in this community are on fixed incomes and they cannot deal with the rising cost of gas and the average cost of living in the Virgin Islands."

Read the whole article here.

Posted by afinta at 11:24 AM

April 19, 2005

Documentary Sheds New Light on Emile Griffith

Emile Griffith is in the news a lot lately. Here is a story from the Source about one very interesting St. Thomian:

     April 18, 2005 B Five-time world boxing champion Emile Griffith is 67 and long out of the fight business. Despite this, the aging champ has gotten more press in the last month than Mike Tyson.

     The Virgin Islands native son is subject of a documentary, "Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story," which airs on the USA Network Wednesday at 9 p.m.

      Directed by Dan Klores and Ron Berger, the film was acclaimed at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary details the 1962 fight in which Emile beat Benny "Kid" Paret into a coma before a live audience on national television. Paret died 10 days later.

Click here for the rest of that article.

There is also an excellent feature article about Griffithh on Sports Illustrated.com - "The Shadow Boxer"

Posted by afinta at 11:37 AM | Comments (1)