• Alternative routes to energy security

    Opinion May 13, 2016 | 11:57 am

    A little over a week ago, Caribbean and Central Americanleaders met in Washington to discuss an extensive programme intended todiversify energy sources in the countries of the Caribbean Basin.

  • The gap between rhetoric and reality

    Opinion May 20, 2016 | 8:55 am

    As each day passes, the internal situation in Venezueladeteriorates. Rumours of military coups and unstoppable violence swirl, streetprotests escalate, ordinary citizens suffer shortages of medicin[...]

  • New uncertainties ahead for Cuba

    Opinion December 2, 2016 | 10:35 am

    On November 28, the US President-elect,Donald Trump said that ‘if Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for theCuban people, the Cuban/American people and the US as a whole, I will terminatedea[...]

  • When might opening a joint bank account make sense?

    Opinion December 5, 2016 | 12:44 pm

    Did you recently get married, move in with a new roommate, see a child off to college or start managing a relative's finances? The change in relationship dynamics could prompt you to consider tying[...]

  • China: a tourism opportunity for the Caribbean?

    Opinion December 9, 2016 | 11:18 am

    At the end of last month, China publisheda detailed 16-page document, ‘China's Policy Paper on Latin America and theCaribbean’, which sets out a new approach to relations between the Americas a[...]

  • Simple ways to make your appliances last longer

    Opinion December 13, 2016 | 5:36 pm

    'Tis the season for overflowing refrigerators, never-ending loads of laundry and hopefully visiting family who will lend a hand. Many people ask their appliances to work a little harder than normal[...]

  • Action needed to guide US regional priorities

    Opinion December 16, 2016 | 2:30 pm

    On December 13, the US Congress sent to PresidentObama The United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016 forsignature into law.

    This extraordinarily importantdevelopment comes just[...]

  • The urgency of now

    Opinion May 27, 2016 | 9:32 am

    There is noshortage of astute advice, or practical thinking about the region’s future.

    In the lasttwo weeks alone, speeches from significant regional figures have again madeclear what pract[...]

  • Star ratings and the authentic Caribbean

    Opinion December 23, 2016 | 10:14 am

    Some time ago I received an email askingme how many five star hotels there are in the Caribbean.

    I replied that there was no recognisedor independently adjudicated rating system anywhere in t[...]