Thursday 10th August 2006

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Building costs see sharp increase

The cost of clay blocks has gone up by nearly 200 per cent in the last two years. Hiring a skilled tile layer will cost you 76 per cent more now than it did in 2004...

BG View from the Editor

Repeating oil boom mistakes

If you are reading this column before you have read the cover story on page five, I implore you to stop and read Sandra Chouthi’s reporting on a Ministry of Works document entitled “The impact of inflation on the construction sector in T&T from June 2004 to June 2006.”

Mixed Assets

Waiting on an oil shock

On Tuesday, Central Bank Governor Ewart Williams was noting that Government does seem to be getting the point that the level of public sector spending is putting pressure on the economy...


‘Provide incentives to boost local stocks’

Government should consider offering tax incentives to encourage investment in the local stock market...


Labour, gas uncertainty for new Methanex boss

Charles Percy, new managing director of Methanex Trinidad Ltd, has been on the job for only three months...

Red House restoration lags

Restoration of the Red House is in limbo. The project started in August 1999 under the management of the National Insurance Property Development Company (Nipdec), but that responsibility shifted to the Calder Hart-chaired Urban Development Company of T&T (Udecott) in early 2005...

Building heritage

National Trust aims to preserve and promote historical sites

The Lady of Fatima Church and Shrine, Picton Road, Laventille. Tamarind Square, Port-of-Spain. Mille Fleurs, Queen’s Park West...

From King Cocoa to oil and gas

Maybe you’ve passed them a hundred times, that row of buildings on the western side of the Savannah...

Marlon Romano continues

Striving for success

It has only been six years working with PriceSmart and 26-year-old Marlon Romano continues to excel in his position as club manager—a position he has held for the past three years...

Meshing art and business

Roland Bath would probably not make it past the first term of “Sell Your Product 101” at the Real World Academy of Business, but full marks are there for creativity and skill...


Rights of young offenders

In the November 3, 2005 edition of the Business Guardian, we reported the decision of the Court of Appeal that juvenile murderers were to be sentenced to...

Commentary and Analysis

Opportunities in emerging markets

The T&T Stock Market has suffered year to date declines with both the Composite Index and the All T&T falling to the tune of –15.56 per cent and –13.94 per cent respectively...

Renewing interest in market

State, private sector, brokers all have a role to play

The question has been asked over and over what can be done to spark renewed interest in the local equity market. Economic indicators continue to be strong yet the market is weak...

No US domination after Castro

Fidel Castro’s temporary step-down from power while he convalesces from surgery has again raised the question about what happens with Cuba after he dies...

Re-opening the Silk Road

A route to new paradigm shifts

July 6 will be remembered as a very important date in Sino-Indian relations. It was on this day that the agreement was inked for expanding cross-border trade between India and China through the Nathu La pass in Sikkim...

Improving our Industrial Court

The following is an edited version of the address by Chamber President Ian Welch at a breakfast meeting hosted by the T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce on “Recent Developments and Current Trends in Industrial Relations in T&T” held on July 13...

Persistent inflation fears complicate next Fed move

After 17 consecutive interest rate hikes since June 2004 and oil prices almost doubling within the same time period, the US economy is finally slowing whilst inflationary pressures still remains a grave concern...





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