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The oil surge: High prices, same output

A snapshot of last week’s global energy news...

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Wasting our energy assets

IN March last year, speaking at a luncheon hosted by British Gas at the Hilton Trinidad, Prime Minister Patrick Manning announced that four state-owned energy companies would soon be merged to form an international energy corporation...

Rebranding Caribbean tourism

“The 12th annual Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC) concluded with a very optimistic outlook for the Caribbean region as a record-breaking 522 delegates met at the newly opened Hyatt Regency Trinidad May 6 to 8,” reported H&MM’s (Hotel and Motel Management) Week in Review...



Talisman Energy to sell T&T assets

CANADA’s third largest independent oil and natural gas producer Talisman Energy Inc has said it plans to sell operations in Trinidad in a restructuring plan to focus on fewer assets with better and more predictable returns...

Aranguez food basket fading

Santam Ramjit is a fourth generation Aranguez farmer...

Lima Summit marked by spats among leaders

The V Cumbre Summit held in Lima, Peru, two weeks ago had two themes: Poverty and Climate Change...

Consumer ranking on living green:

.Brazilians, Indians top list

Brazilians and Indian consumers were rated the most environmentally friendly in a new study that put Americans in last place...

Going paperless

The new push to get rid of paper

Thirty-three years ago this month, the phrase “paperless office” entered the business lexicon in a BusinessWeek article titled “The Office of the Future.”

Strengthening trade, business ties

T&T welcomes British trade mission

The Deputy High Commissioner at the British High Commission in Port-of-Spain, Geoff Patton, has said that the arrival of a business delegation from the United Kingdom (UK) next month will lead to a strengthening of business and trade relations between T&T and the UK...

Developed, developing world

Debating biodiversity

It is an irony that should not escape Caribbean people, more so us Trinis and Tobagonians who are chocked full of smartman-isms and lagnaippe exchanges...

The Udecott strategy

‘A considerable concentration of power’

The justification behind the existence of the Urban Development Corporation of T&T (Udecott) as an implementer of the State’s physical development programme is as solid as it is commonplace...




An introduction to margin trading

Investing on margin is a high-risk strategy, if implemented prudently, can reap substantial profits. An investor, however, must have a clear understanding of what margin trading entails as he can also risk losing his entire portfolio. Following is a brief introduction to margin trading...

Oil prices peak or peak oil?

In years gone by, theories about peak oil were placed alongside theories that the price of gold would soon go to $1,000...



Towards an uncertain future

If, by now, it is still not apparent that our current wave of energy prosperity is receding, then we must be too drunk on our prosperity to see the coming calamity...

Managing risk, return

Investors are often told that past performance may not reflect future results, but how can one move forward if they continue to make the same mistakes they made in the past?



Making the grade

Brazil—a reliable investment

With the US subprime crisis, the accompanying global financial turbulence, and the dwindling availability of sound investment opportunities, there are still prospects in today’s market which are showing signs of life and strength and making the grade...



Energy services sector enters

Period of uncertainty

The South Trinidad Chamber of Industry and Commerce’s (STCIC) energy services sector survey (ESSS) for the first quarter of 2008 indicated a continuation of the same trend that had been observed in the last quarter of 2007...


Generics vs brand-name drugs

Need for proper regulatory controls

While doing the research for this article, the most frequently stated reason for the use of generics as opposed to brand name drugs was lower price...





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