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Mapp Orders Flags In Territory Flown At Half Mast In Honor Of George H.W. Bush

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Kenneth Mapp offered a message of condolence Saturday morning on the passing of 41st U.S. President George H.W. Bush.

“On behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands, Lt. Governor Potter and I send our condolences to the entire Bush family, as well as to our fellow Americans, as we mourn the loss of President Bush,” Mapp said. “President Bush was a statesman and a true patriot.”

Mapp said President Bush remains one of our nation’s most accomplished leaders.

“President Bush found great success in the business world, yet he dedicated his life to public service,” Mapp said. “I had the honor of meeting him personally more than once, including on his visit to St. Croix with his wife, the late Barbara Bush, and I remain grateful for the experience.”

“Before being elected as our 41st President he was a decorated Navy combat pilot, successful oil executive, Congressman, United Nations delegate, Republican Party chairman, envoy to China, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and Vice President of the United States for eight years alongside Ronald Reagan,” Governor Mapp said. “Few can match his experience or his dedication.” Mapp said he would order the Territory’s flags to be flown at half-staff in accordance with the federal directive. The White House also announced Saturday that December 5, 2018 would be recognized as a National Day of Mourning for the late president.
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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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