19 firms apply to build microgrid

Despite technical glitches during a public opening ceremony on Friday, the BVI Electricity Corporation received 19 applications for pre-qualification for a proposed Caribbean Development Bank funded microgrid project in Paraquita … Continue reading "19 firms...

Business

Q3 incorporations up again

Incorporations soared in the third quarter of 2021, continuing a turnaround that began early last year. More new companies formed in the Virgin Islands in Q3 than in any quarter since 2018. The news of the continued resurgence of incorporations after a disappointing record-low performance...

Business

Online system now limited to new work permits

The much-touted online work permit system has gone partially offline again after launching less than six months ago, acting Labour Commissioner Michelle McLean said last month. Effective Dec. 15, the online system, which rolled out in July, stopped accepting renewals and only accepts new work...

Local News

35 bird species spotted in Anegada

Birdwatching is easier when you know where to look. Luckily for those on the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Anegada on Jan. 5, Rondel Smith Jr. is an expert. Just off the island’s main road is a small dirt road. It’s unmarked and would...

COVID-19

Omicron brought new Covid surge

The number of active Covid-19 cases in the Virgin Islands rose yesterday to 1,387, marking the second-largest surge since the pandemic started, according to numbers released by government. Numbers have been steadily increasing since the start of December, health officials said during an emergency update...

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Dame Janice opens law year for last time

Dame Janice Pereira, who is starting her 10th and final year of serving as chief justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, virtually opened a new law year on Jan. 11 by explaining how two years of operating in a pandemic has transformed the way...

Business

Crowley cuts back, but VI safe for now

The maritime shipping giant Crowley has pulled out of parts of the Leeward Islands, but it will continue to serve the Virgin Islands, a company spokesman told the Beacon this week. On Oct. 9, Crowley announced that it would cease shipping to much of the...

Local News

A warm welcome for an uncertain year

With encouragement from radio host and emcee HBH Da Don, a woman stood at the edge of the stage, held out her arms, and fell back into the crowd.   Capping off another year defined by the pandemic and its accompanying uncertainties, the scene at Foxy’s...

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PAW BVI founder honoured by Queen

Natasha Ruscheinski, founder of the Virgin Islands organisation responsible for sending hundreds of pets to new homes before and during the pandemic, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her contributions to animal welfare as part of the Queen’s New Year Honours List. PAW...