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Gov. Mapp Congratulates New Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley on Win

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp has congratulated Barbados’ new Prime Minister Mia Mottley on her election victory last week.

Governor Mapp congratulated the new Prime Minister on the strong mandate she received at the polls, and shared the Territory’s commitment to continue working with Barbados and its regional neighbors on issues such as sea level rise, climate change mitigation, intra-regional travel and socio-economic development.

“The government and people of the U.S. Virgin Islands wish Prime Minister Mottley and her team the very best as she leads Barbados into the future,” Mapp said.

Many Virgin Islanders, including the governor, trace their roots to other Caribbean islands and remain in close contact with their family and friends.

Three of the Governor’s grandparents (Mapp and Hewitt families) are from Barbados.

“We don’t just share the same sea – we are family,” the governor added.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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