Archive for May 2016

Securing Energy in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

30
MAY

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by Eduardo Rodríguez

 

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Our new Caribbean Energy Dossiers offer a comprehensive deep dive into the energy landscape of seven Eastern Caribbean countries: Dominica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda,Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribbean Energy Dossiers provide an unprecedented level of information about the current energy mix in each country, as well as a forecast that gives readers inside information on projected growth in the energy sector.

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Are you a Superboss?

27
MAY

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by Kiesha Farnum

 

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When I first heard the term, my mind strayed to the lyrics of Trinidadian Soca Star, Machel Mantano’s, 2014 Carnival hit “Like a Boss”. Interestingly, after much reading I was able to find one link between “Like a Boss” and “Superboss” – in both cases the concept speaks to supercharging persons. In the first instance a good party, in the latter turbocharging careers.

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“FAT TAX” – A PAUSE FOR CONCERN

23
MAY

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by Rakya Phillips

 

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A recent proposal for the introduction of a “fat tax” in Barbados has raised the noise level on the obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCD) debate in Barbados as well as health-related issues on a wider level. This debate has been largely emotional as the loudest voices at times ignored that the proposal was really for a tax on the foods that contribute to unhealthy living and focused on the emotive issue of whether “fat” persons could be taxed into losing weight and forced by Government economic intervention into living healthier lives.

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Can Lessons Be Learnt from West Indies Cricket?

20
MAY

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by Janette Archer-Headley

 

LONDON, ENGLAND - June 07 2013: West Indies Denesh Ramdin and Chris Gayle during the ICC Champions Trophy cricket match between Pakistan and The West Indies at The Oval Cricket Ground.

LONDON, ENGLAND – June 07 2013: West Indies Denesh Ramdin and Chris Gayle during the ICC Champions Trophy cricket match between Pakistan and The West Indies at The Oval Cricket Ground.

 

Firstly let me declare my hand, I am not a faithful West Indies cricket fan.  I am drawn into the role of spectator in our home, when my husband is watching cricket on television.  This usually involves him screaming and shouting at the top of his lungs as if the players could hear him through the television screen.

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Three ways the Caribbean can strengthen financing for private companies

16
MAY

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by Therese Turner-Jones

 

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Growing up in The Bahamas, I remember my grandmother’s asue. There weren’t any banks where she lived on the island of Inagua, and even if there had been, it wasn’t customary for women to frequent them. To adapt, women (and sometimes men) formed their own informal savings groups, known asasues. As her group’s custodian, my grandmother collected a weekly contribution from participants who would then withdraw money on special occasions to cover school fees or larger purchases.

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What Does Parenting Have to do with Crime and Violence in the Caribbean?*

13
MAY

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by Heather Sutton, Inder Ruprah and Ricardo Sierra

 

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Most Caribbean governments now acknowledge that prevention should be used in conjunction with “tougher” crime suppression and deterrence measures.  So why does prevention get so little attention and even fewer resources? There is a common misconception that crime requires urgent solutions and prevention can take too long and be too complex. Prevention is not easy, but it may be easier than many realise. Focusing on targeted groups of youth – that are more likely to offend based on certain risk factors and intervening beforehand to improve protective factors (like good parenting), has been proven to work and can be more effective and cheaper than arrests and incarceration.

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From Wine Resorts to Medical Tourism: Exploring Niche Tourism Opportunities in the Caribbean at the Caribbean Investment Summit

9
MAY

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by JoEllen Laryea 

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The attraction to the Caribbean for most are the beautiful scenery, endless sunshine and resplendent white beaches. Visitors cannot seem to get enough of this tourism mecca. Last year saw the second year in a row that the Caribbean excelled ahead of the rest of the world in tourism arrivals, and the sixth consecutive year of growth for the Caribbean. Globally, tourism arrivals rose by 4.4% according to the UN’s World Tourism Organization compared to the Caribbean which grew by an impressive 7% with expenditure growth of 4.2% relative to the previous year.

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Moments Can Last Forever

6
MAY

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by Steven Hofwijks & Nathalie Hofwijks-Powel 

 

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On June 14th, 2015 the foundation “Stichting Parels in Zijn Hand” or SPiZH (English translation, Pearls in His hand), organized a father’s day celebration in Ashiana, a home for the aged, in Paramaribo, Suriname.  The goal of organizing this day was to especially give the neglected men/fathers (men that do not get regular visits or who have been abandoned by their families) a good time, to show them appreciation and tell them that God has not forgotten them.

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Can Private Sector Innovation Provide an Adequate Solution to Haiti’s Poor?

2
MAY

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by Sylvia Dohnert, Executive Director – Compete Caribbean

 

Port Au Prince, Haiti, March 7-10, 2016 – Haiti is the poorest country in the continent, and an unresolved development riddle. Thanks to humanitarian aid and debt forgiveness the country has grown at an average rate of 3.8%[1] since the devastating 2010 earthquake. However, poverty continues to afflict over 58% of the population. Part of the challenge stems from the difficulty of effectively providing development assistance through models that are scalable and replicable throughout Haiti’s complex geography. Consider this: 45% of Haiti’s population lives in rural areas, yet only 10% have access to energy, 29% to water, 60% to health services and 73% to education. Few roads are paved. Although cellphone penetration is high, nationwide internet penetration is only 25%.

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