Government urged to boost land-based visits

The Virgin Islands is being left behind by tourism rivals like St. Thomas due to government complacency, opposition member Myron Walywn warned recently in the House of Assembly. To tackle the problem, he said, an urgent effort is needed to boost land-based overnight visitors to...

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HOA shoring up assistance programme

The House of Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that aims to further reform the Assistance Grants Programme, which has been dramatically revamped over the past two years in keeping with recommendations in the 2022 Commission of Inquiry report. Shortly after the release of the COI...

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HOA okays Skelton contract worth $36k monthly

The House of Assembly has passed a motion to allow Opposition Leader Ronnie Skelton to retain his seat even though a company he leads is renewing a $36,000-a-month contract to rent warehouse space to the government. Skelton Properties Limited — of which Mr. Skelton is...

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New UK foreign secretary has roots in Caribbean

David Lammy, who has family roots in Guyana, has become the most senior black person ever in a British Labour government after being appointed foreign, commonwealth and development secretary following his party’s sweeping election victory on July 4. Though only taking just over one third...

David Lammy and Sir Keir Starmer

Minimum wage to jump to $8.50

The minimum wage in the Virgin Islands will soon increase to $8.50 an hour, Deputy Premier Lorna Smith announced today. The new baseline salary will come into effect on Nov. 30 after being held at $6 an hour for the past eight years. “This decision...

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Deadly boat wreck recounted at manslaughter trial

Questions over who officially controlled a yacht during the marine collision that killed Virgin Islands musician Frandy Martin Jr. were aired in the opening days of a manslaughter trial in the High Court. VI businessman Andy Morrell has pleaded not guilty to charges revolving around...

Andy Morrell and Frandy Martin Jr
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Veteran UK cop to oversee law, justice reforms

A 30-year veteran of the United Kingdom’s policing service has been named the “implementation manager” responsible for overseeing immediate priority reforms across the Virgin Islands’ law-enforcement and justice-administration agencies. Governor’s Office spokesman David Humphreys told the Beacon last week that Stuart Murray has been hired...

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Virgin Gorda men get free health screening

Health check-ups including diabetes and HIV screening were among the free services provided recently to men on Virgin Gorda as part of Men’s Health Week. The observance — held from June 10-22 under the theme “Men’s Health is our Wealth” — was organised by the...