• Involving kids in family vacation planning

    Opinion March 9, 2015 | 1:12 pm

    Family vacations produce memories for a lifetime, but they can also teach kids great money lessons they'll need as adults.

    Involving kids in planning family vacations not only helps them appr[...]

  • Tourism statistics and the bigger picture

    Opinion March 6, 2015 | 12:10 pm

    Visitor arrivals to the Caribbean are again increasing. This is good news, but not the whole story.

    As has been widely reported, preliminary figures collated by the Caribbean Tourism Organis[...]

  • Obama’s patronage appointment to the Dominican Republic

    Opinion March 5, 2015 | 5:38 pm

    President Barack Obama appointed businessman James “Wally” Brewster, Jr. as U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic in 2013. Glancing over Mr. Brewster’s credentials, one can easily ascerta[...]

  • Going its own way – the Dominican Republic

    Opinion February 27, 2015 | 11:03 am

    Last month, Danilo Medina, the President of the Dominican Republic, made clear that it was time to reset his country’s foreign policy to better reflect its development objectives and the process [...]

  • How to avoid an online vacation rental scam

    Opinion February 24, 2015 | 9:40 am

    Imagine renting a home on a beautiful beachfront from a trusted website, arriving to start your vacation and finding out you've been scammed?

    This scenario reflects thousands of complaints pl[...]

  • Three issues to measure Caricom Heads by

    Opinion February 20, 2015 | 10:16 am

    When the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Christie, opens the 26th Caricom Heads of Government Intercessional meeting on February 26th in Nassau, one might be forgiven for wondering if this reg[...]

  • OTs message hides a darker truth

    Opinion February 13, 2015 | 11:53 am

    Imagine this. You are the Premier of the Cayman Islands or the British Virgin Islands. You have been trying your hardest to continue to develop your nation’s economy. With British support and en[...]

  • The high cost of flying

    Opinion February 6, 2015 | 10:44 am

    Despite the price of oil falling from a high of US$107 per barrel in the middle of 2014 to just over US$50 in late January 2015, this has so far failed to reduce the cost of air travel with the air[...]

  • Getting serious? Five important money questions to ask

    Opinion February 3, 2015 | 8:53 am

    Valentine's Day is often a time to reflect on your relationship, and consider the next step. If your relationship is heading toward joint finances, it's essential to talk about it first – openly [...]

  • US policy, energy and a new approach

    Opinion January 30, 2015 | 8:17 am

    A few days ago, the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, met with Caribbean leaders in Washington to discuss the region’s long term approach to energy security.

    The meeting, dis[...]

  • How will China’s new policy be implemented in the Caribbean

    Opinion January 23, 2015 | 10:02 am

    See part 1

    Part 2

    A few days ago, Dong Xiaojun, the Chinese Ambassador in [...]

  • Considering life without owning a car

    Opinion January 19, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    Most baby boomers couldn't envision their early adult years without a car. However, times are changing and younger commuters are leading the way.

    According to an October study (http://uspirg.[...]

  • China seeks a greater role in the Americas

    Opinion January 16, 2015 | 10:12 am

    A little over a week ago the first ministerial forum between China and the Community of Latin American States (CELAC) took place. This is the grouping that includes all of the nations in the Americ[...]

  • Cuba and Caribbean tourism

    Opinion January 9, 2015 | 12:44 pm

    The announcement in mid December by President Obama and President Castro that Cuba and the US are moving to normalise relations has resulted in speculation about what this may mean for the Caribbea[...]

  • Resetting your life for retirement

    Opinion January 6, 2015 | 5:23 pm

    The phrase "downsizing for retirement" is popular with Baby Boomers, the youngest of whom turned 50 last year.

    It sparks a conversation about transition, which may include buying fe[...]