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Citizenship in the Caribbean: The five citizenship-by-investment programmes

Citizenship in the Caribbean: The five citizenship-by-investment programmes

Map of the Caribbean  – click to enlarge

By Yulia Kozhevnikova

: A review of citizenship-by-investment programmes in the Caribbean – Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Lucia
 By Yulia Kozhevnikova

Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two of the strongest Atlantic storms in history, caused massive destruction in the Caribbean. To support recovery efforts, Caribbean governments have already begun raising funds. In September, St Kitts and Nevis approved a new citizenship-by-investment programme. From 23 September 2017 to 31 March 2018, investors will be able to get citizenship by donating $150,000 to the Hurricane Relief Fund.     READ MORE

Over 30 “Likely New” Species of Biodiversity Found at Guyana’s Kaieteur National Park

NOVEMBER is TOURISM AWARENESS MONTH in GUYANA

Some of the new species found at Kaieteur National Park

Over 30 “Likely New” Species of Biodiversity Found at Guyana’s Kaieteur National Park

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tuesday November 21, 2017 – More than 30 species of fish, plants and other creatures that may have been undiscovered until recently, have been found in Guyana’s Kaieteur National Park.        Continue reading

Caribbean Airlines told to cut non-profitable routes

Caribbean Airlines told to cut non-profitable routes

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The Trinidad and Tobago Parliament’s Joint Select Committee (JSC) has recommended that Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) immediately review the viability of some of its North American routes, as these have been unprofitable and resulted in an “unabated trend of declining passenger numbers and massive financial losses.”

At a press conference at Parliament on Monday, JSC chairman, independent Senator David Small, said the problem demanded urgent attention, adding that CAL needed to employ strategies to save such routes to prevent future financial leakages, the Trinidad Guardian reported.    Continue reading

Nobody is going to bail out Venezuela – Henkel Garcia

Nobody is going to bail out Venezuela

Venezuela – Click to enlarge

Venezuela, the South American country convulsed by economic and humanitarian catastrophe, has defaulted on some of its debt after missing an interest payment due in October. Even as investors meet in Caracas to discuss restructuring US$60 billion in foreign debt, the country is in urgent need of international financial assistance.

Yet few nations are rushing in to aid the ailing country. Under the authoritarian regime of Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela is isolated in Latin America, and the United StatesCanada and the European Union have all imposed sanctions against Venezuelan officials. Maduro has at times suggested he would not even accept humanitarian aid.     READ MORE

Brooklyn community benefits from citizenship initiative – By Tangerine Clarke

Brooklyn community benefits from citizenship initiative

Photo: Sen. Kevin Parker (second left) and State Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte (fourth left) with staff and volunteers of the CUNY Citizenship Now! initiative.

By Tangerine Clarke

A wide-cross section of Brooklyn residents came out in high numbers to take full advantage of services offered at the free annual CUNY Citizenship Now! Initiative, hosted by Sen. Kevin Parker on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Flatbush YMCA.    Continue reading

Guyana urged to guard against Trinidadian takeover of oil & gas sector

Guyana urged to guard against Trinidadian takeover of oil & gas sector

Speaking in his weekly OilNOW column; Are We Ready for Prime Time? Guyana’s former Minister of Natural Resources, Robert Persaud, said recent history has shown that the twin island republic has been less than welcoming in their approach to facilitate Guyanese business, but now project an air of ‘entitlement’ for Guyana to do likewise.    Continue reading

Venezuela’s opposition is on the verge of collapse – By Marco Aponte-Moreno

Venezuela’s opposition is on the verge of collapse – By Marco Aponte-Moreno

It’s been a bittersweet couple of weeks for the Venezuelan opposition, which for six months this year staged daily protests against the authoritarian-leaning regime of president Nicolás Maduro.

On Oct. 26, the alliance – which began working together in 2008 to counterbalance Hugo Chávez’s “Chavista” regime – was given the Sakharov Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious human rights awards.

“Today we are supporting a nation’s freedom to struggle,” said Antonio Tajani, president of European Parliament, in bestowing the honor upon the more than two dozen parties that comprise Venezuela’s Democratic Unity Roundtable.

However, the award came just after the opposition had been handed a stunning defeat in Venezuela’s Oct. 15 regional elections. Despite a 75 percent approval rating, its candidates won just five of 23 state governorships.    READ MORE

Why Puerto Rico ‘doesn’t count’ to the US government – Jay L. Zagorsky

Why Puerto Rico ‘doesn’t count’ to the US government – 

Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September, destroying homes, crops and communications. Many weeks later, power has been restored to fewer than 20 percent of homes. A third of the population still lacks reliable drinking water.

I am an economist and have followed the hurricanes’ impact with great interest because my sister lives in Puerto Rico. She was off the island and preparing to fly back when Irma hit. Her friends in Puerto Rico all tell her the same message: “Don’t come back now.”

I began wondering: If the damage is that great, how much will overall U.S. gross domestic product, unemployment and inflation be affected by the devastation in Puerto Rico?     READ MORE

Justice Desiree Bernard: Blazing a Trail – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Justice Desiree Bernard: Blazing a Trail

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

She has been described as a lady ‘of firsts’ and her stellar achievements bear this out. Justice Desiree Bernard is the first woman Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Guyana and the first woman Justice of the Court of Appeal.

She was also the first woman Justice of Guyana and the Commonwealth. In 2001, she became Chancellor and Head of the Judiciary and in 2005 she joined the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the only woman Judge. The CCJ is the highest Court of Appeal in the Caribbean.     Continue reading

Dominica: Hurricane Maria: Halfway there with the Hotel The Champs Staff Relief Fund

Dominica:  Hotel The Champs Fundraiser after Hurricane Maria

Dear Friends,

A very warm Thank You to all those who already supported Hotel The Champs Staff Relief Funding. We are well on the way in achieving our set amount of Donation for our Staff Members. Without you it would not be possible. Please continue to donate to help us. 

We are Hans and Lise the Proprietors of Hotel The Champs in Dominica. On September 18, 2017 our island was hit by category 5+ Hurricane Maria. We were happy to be alive after such a scary night. We woke up next day to something that we least expected. Everything that we owned was in ruins.  …  Read more 

Editor’s  Note:

Guyanese Online would like its readers worldwide to help in keeping the employees of THE CHAMPS supported while they rebuild and repair their hotel.

Thank you for your  contributions.

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