Caribbean

Sarcastic complaint letter to LIAT goes viral

The sarcastic letter below was written by Tennis pro Arthur Hicks to regional airline LIAT. It caught the attention of  Virgin Airlines CEO Richard Branson who tweeted it to his more than 3 million followers on Twitter, and, of course, the letter has gone viral. Very bad for LIAT or perhaps very good for LIAT.

Dear LIAT,

May I say how considerate it is of you to enable your passengers such an in-depth and thorough tour of the Caribbean.

Caribbean Economies Grew Strongly in 2012

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Friday December 28, 2012

The president of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Alberto Moreno, says the economies of the Caribbean and Latin America performed strongly in the face of a challenging international environment in 2012. However, the region needs to continue to pursue key reforms to ensure future growth.

Panama ends land sale after protests and three deaths

After three three people were killed in popular protests against Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli's plan to sell state-owned lands in the duty-free zone of Colon, Martinellii who is away on a trip to Japan during the protests says he will repeal the sale. Instead, commercial rents in the area will be increased and the money reinvested in the region as the protesters have demanded.

The sale faced broad opposition by trade unions, the Colon Chamber of Commerce, civil society groups, and the residents of Colon.

Panama

Is Obama or Romney better for the Caribbean?

It appears that regardless of who wins the US presidential elections, there will be little change in US policy towards the Caribbean. As one observer notes, "...the Obama Presidency has not been helpful to the region and in some ways it has been harmful particularly in the financial services sector, in climate change, and in a lack of responsiveness to development needs. 

Muhammad Yunus, guru of micro business and social business, announces financing in Haiti

 

Mohammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi guru of micro financing and social business, who sits on a board of more than 30 philanthropists, former government leaders and executives that advise Haitian President Michel Martelly on economic matters, announced the financing of several projects in Haiti.

Peter Tosh finally gets first national honor

 

After a quarter of a century after his death, Peter Tosh will be conferred his first national honor in Jamaica.

Born Winston Hubert McIntosh, the co-founder of Tuff Gong Records and the world’s best-known reggae group -- Bob Marley & The Wailers – will be lauded during a ceremony slated for Oct. 12, National Heroes Day.

Tosh with Neville “Bunny” Livingston and Marley were teenagers when they banded to entertain Jamaicans.

Their talent transcended the small Trench Town, Kingston community to reach a global audience that embraces their style and message.

In Haiti, Little Can Be Found of a Hip-Hop Artist’s Charity

Wyclef Jean

“If I had depended on Yéle,” said Diaoly Estimé, whose orphanage features a wall painting of Mr. Jean and his wife, “these kids would all be dead by now.”

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — In a new memoir, Wyclef Jean, the Haitian-born hip-hop celebrity, claims he endured a “crucifixion” after the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake when he faced questions about his charity’s financial record and ability to handle what eventually amounted to $16 million in donations.

 

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