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Sarcastic complaint letter to LIAT goes viral

LIAT

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

Luis Alberto Moreno

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.

Budget Vacation Ideas For The Caribbean Islands

Caribbean travel

 

With more than 7,000 islands in the Caribbean, a beach getaway does not have to cost a fortune. By paying attention to opportunities that are available different times of the year you can zero in on those times of the year that are significantly less expensive than others, if you don't mind dealing with uncertainties caused by weather, because the weather in the Caribbean and elsewhere determine the high and low tourist seasons. 

 

Diaspora: The Links That Bind Caribbean Immigrants

global map

It has become a rite of passage for Caribbean leaders to visit Diaspora communities in U.S.., Canada, Britain and elsewhere to encourage expatriates to continue to play an invaluable role in their Caribbean country's social and economic development. In recent months, Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, Guyana’s President, Donald Ramotar, Grenada’s head of government Tillman Thomas, and, Mia Mottley, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados came to New York to meet the Diaspora. 

Is Obama or Romney better for the Caribbean?

Obama and Romney

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

Muhammad Yunus

 

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

Peter Tosh

 

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.

Cruise Tourism Contributed Almost US$1.5 Billion To The Caribbean In 2011/12

cruse ship

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao, Thursday, October 4, 2012 - Regional cruise tourism in 2011-2012 generated more than US$1.9 billion in direct expenditures, 45,000 jobs and $728 million in employee wages among 21 destinations.This is according to a study commissioned by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and conducted by the Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA) to analyse spending by passengers, crew members and cruise lines in the 21 destinations surveyed. BREA-surveyed destinations included Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; British Virg

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

Wyclef Jean

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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