Virgin Islands

Publishing company aLookingGlass officially launched the first edition of Newbie,

its recently published guide for new residents and visitors to the territory.The colour 82-page guide includes information about moving to and settling in to the territory, including listings of schools, beaches, bars, restaurants and leisure activities. Nick Cunha, creative director with the company, said the free guide was modeled after a similar publication in the Cayman Islands and that the initial feedback has been mostly positive. “It’s a very useful tool. A lot of the feedback has been, ‘Why wasn’t this here when I moved here?’” he said.



Representatives from Caribbean nations discussed how to reduce debt and find new ways to grow their small economies at a conference last week sponsored by the International Monetary Fund. Attendees to “Caribbean Policy Challenges after the Global Crisis” discussed ways to reduce high levels of public debt, which were caused by successive years of fiscal deficits, according to an IMF press release. “Five of the world’s 13 most indebted nations (as a share of GDP) are now in the Caribbean,” the release stated.



Caribbean airline LIAT announced last week that it is launching a cargo service for 22 destinations in the region. The new service will rely on automated cargo systems to book, create manifests, calculate rates and track cargo, according to a release from the company. The company has already converted one of its Dash-8 aircraft to carry exports and produce from island to island, the release stated.