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Mapp Nominates Four, Including Veterinarian, To V.I. Horse Racing Commission

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp has nominated four people to the Virgin Islands Horse Racing Commission.

Dr. Laura Palminteri, Henry Schjang, Ian Samuel and Ronald Phillips to the Virgin Islands Horse Racing Commission.

Once approved by the Legislature, Schjang and Phillips will join the board in the St. Croix district, while Palminteri and Samuel will represent the St. Thomas/St. John district.

“It is my pleasure to ask the advice and consent of the Legislature on this nomination,” Mapp wrote in nomination letters to Senate President Myron Jackson. “Your prompt and favorable confirmation will enhance the Commission’s ability to meet its busy agenda and serve the people of U.S. Virgin Islands.”

The term of appointment ranges from two to three years once confirmed with Phillips and Samuel appointed for two years and Schjang and Palminteri appointed for three.

They will continue to serve until the appointment and qualification of their successors.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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