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Caribbean tourism

facing major challenges

The region’s tourism industry is being challenged...

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Change of Hart on local content?

ONE OF the main issues T&T faces as the Government seeks to drive this country to developed-country status in the next 12 years is whether the State should opt for foreign architects, engineers, contractors and workers over local providers of these services...

Diversification through hedge fund investment

Frank Pauls, head of sales for Spain and Portugal for Man Investments, explains how hedge funds can help improve the performance of an investment portfolio and offer protection during bear markets...



HCL spreads development

One Woodbrook Place (OWP), the $800 million Home Construction Ltd (HCL) project, will be completed by the end of 2009, according to chief executive officer Anthony Fifi...

Planet protectors

E-waste, software company, Piranha, lands Saudi contract

Roger Williams and Tony McGillevery, two employees at the California-based Piranha Technology Asset Management Ltd, painstakingly rip apart pieces of black wire from discarded computers to get to the valuable copper inside...

Caribbean FDI hits record in 2007

Latin America and the Caribbean received the record figure of almost US$106 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2007, due to regional economic growth and sustained global demand for natural resources...


Corporate Lader

New CEO for FirstCaribbean

Chairman of the board of FirstCaribbean International Bank (FCIB), Michael Mansoor, has announced the appointment of FirstCaribbean board member and senior CIBC executive John D Orr, as the bank’s new chief executive replacing current CEO, Charles Pink, who is leaving the bank later this year...


Dominican Republic: Down but not out

While undoubtedly the subprime debacle has been the “talk of the town” since the beginning of the year, believe it or not there are numerous other crises affecting local, regional and international economies. In this article though, we focus on an economy nicely dubbed “a Caribbean favourite” due to its ongoing success story in recent years...



Hands-free phones are lifesavers

A California researcher has entered the acrimonious debate over mobile phones by predicting that banning the use of hand-held phones by US drivers could save thousands of lives each year...



Heritage and Stablisation Fund: Economic and ethical

The Governor of T&T’s Central Bank, Ewart Williams, explained the rationale for the establishment of the Heritage and Stablisation Fund at a speech delivered at the Rotary Club of Port-of-Spain Central last Thursday...


Caribbean gets US$2.45 million for renewable energy

Cariforum (Caricom and the Dominican Republic) and the European Commission (EC) recently inked a US$2.45 million financing agreement to support the Caribbean in the sustainable management of its energy resources...

Economics of the environment: Impact of biofuels

The increase in average global temperature has been a major concern of many for some time now, and has been receiving a great deal of attention from the world’s governments, scientists, and environmental lobbyists among others...



Generics vs brand-name drugs

Let the consumer decide

Over the past decade, governments and healthcare providers across the globe have attempted to stem the increasing expenditures on caring for the sick by actively promoting the use of generic medicine as a cheaper alternative to brand-name or innovator drugs...

Stress and the workplace


Desperate Hillary

shows her true colours

It is unlikely that by the time this commentary is read Hillary Clinton would have conceded victory to Barack Obama in the race for the US Presidential nomination of the Democratic Party, even though she should...






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