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Bryan Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff In Honor Of Former Secretary Of State Colin Powell

CHRISTIANSTED –– Following President Biden’s order to have all U.S. flags flown at half-staff, Governor Albert Bryan has ordered that all Virgin Islands flags in the territory fly at half-staff as well in memory of former Secretary of State Colin Powell until sunset on Friday, October 22, 2021.

All flags should be flown at half-staff all day this week until sunset.

Government House asked to please ensure that any American flags being flown at the workplace are properly raised fully, then lowered immediately to half-staff at sunrise.

All flags being flown outdoors must be lowered at the end of the day/sunset unless the flagpoles are properly lit at night. 

For workplaces with only one flagpole, the U.S. flag must sit atop the Virgin Islands flag.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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