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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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.

At VIFreepCaribbean NewsEnvironmental NewsTourism News

  Belize’s Great Blue Hole, one of the top dive sites in the world, could be threatened by offshore drilling after the Caribbean nation’s Ministry of Energy proposed offshore oil exploration in 99 percent of Belize’s waters and drilling if oil is found. The plan would include protected marine areas

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsTourism News

Landry & Kling Announces Rock Legends Cruise IV: 64 Concerts by 22 Bands including Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Grand Funk Railroad, America, John Kay & Steppenwolf, The Marshall Tucker Band, Randy Bachman, Ace Frehley, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Uriah Heep, Foghat, The Outlaws, Rik Emmett, Orianthi, Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown,

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsEntertainment News

Ben Affleck and Jenifer Garner are currently in the Bahamas for a family reunion, days after confirming reports about their divorce. On Tuesday, the two announced — a day before their tenth anniversary — that they were separated for 10 months before they decided to end their marriage. Their daughters,

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsTourism News

Unlimited food, beverages and activities are now available at the resort CHRIST CHURCH, Barbados, July 4, 2015 / — In keeping with the latest trends of the Caribbean hospitality industry, Divi Southwinds Beach Resort on Barbados has announced that it will now offer all-inclusive packages for vacationers. Guests can enjoy

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsTourism News

Don and Janet at Habitat, on our cruise lunch stop on Bonaire. Call him either “Capt’n” or “Sir” Don Stewart For days a number of people on the Maasdam have talked of nothing but Bonaire and the chance to snorkel or dive the island’s famous close-to-shore reefs. Linda and I

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Black History News

  France’s President François Hollande hit out recently against Europe’s migrant crisis, comparing people smugglers in the Mediterranean to “slave drivers.” It was during a state visit to French Caribbean island Guadeloupe on Sunday that François Hollande added his voice to other European leaders, to say that the migrant crisis had

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At VIFreepHealth News

  Nine out of 10 Americans are eating too much salt and about half are trying to cut back due to concerns about hypertension, heart disease and stroke, according to data from a nationwide phone survey released this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC survey showed

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsTourism News

  HAVANA — With its tart lime daiquiris, salty plantain chips and pulsing salsa music, El Floridita, a cocktail bar in Old Havana once frequented by writer Ernest Hemingway, can always draw a crowd. Every day, as the tavern doors open around noon, European, Canadian and American tourists file in

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2016 Presidential ElectionAt VIFreepCaribbean NewsTerritorial Affairs

Charles Manson wanted to start a race war in America by directing his “family” to mass murder people and then try to put the blame on black folks. Last month, confessed mass murderer Dylann Storm Roof was accused of trying to put the country at odds against itself over race.

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsInternational News

  New figures showing a sharp decline of foreign investments in Latin America made big headlines in many countries in the region in recent days, but there is other, less noticed data that should trigger even bigger alarm bells. I’m talking about the latest indicators of innovation, which have a

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