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BEST BOONDOGGLE YET! Mapp, Senators, Cabinet Members Enjoy The Good Life in Tortola While The Territory Suffers Through Rampant Crime And High Unemployment

Mapp high on the hog BVI

LIVIN’ HIGH ON THE HOG: (left to right) Gov. Charles Turnbull, Gov. Kenneth Mapp, Gov. John Duncan, Premier Orlando Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI – Gov. Kenneth Mapp said he celebrated the 42nd Annual USVI / BVI Friendship Day with former Gov. Charles Turnbull this weekend.

Mapp said he and BVI Premier Orlando Smith “spent quality time together discussing opportunities to work together in the near future to benefit the greater Virgin Islands territory as a whole.”

“USVI/BVI Friendship day is a celebration of shared culture, traditions, cuisine and history,” Mapp said.

Mapp, Turnbull, several cabinet members, senators, island administrators and member of the USVI community enjoyed good food, drink and entertainment during their visit to the BVI.

Throughout the territory the flag of the British Virgin Islands flew at all Government House properties, the governor said.
“Plans for next year’s celebration have already begun as the USVI will host the event next year,” Government House said.

Mapp alone in BVI

“Ceremonial” Gov. Mapp practices his speech alone at the podium before the “crowd” arrives in Tortola Saturday.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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