The Three Toughest Questions Facing Modern Retailers (And A Startup That Dares To Ask)

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My exposure to retail taught me not only to appreciate the pleasures of running a “store,” but the painful realities as well. So, when a friend connected me with a software startup whose mission is to answer what I believe are the toughest questions facing modern retailers, I was intrigued.

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A Christmas Gift To Latino Tech

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Early this morning — in a post-dream moment of clarity — I got an insight into the meaning of Christmas that had eluded me my entire life: it’s one of the world’s largest birthday parties, and everyone is expected to bring gifts. But the gifts, of course, are not for […]

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“puerto rico business” – Google News: USDA invests in energy efficiency improvements – Fence Post

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USDA invests in energy efficiency improvements  Fence Post

WASHINGTON – Rural Business-Cooperative *Service* Administrator Bette Brand today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding grants for …

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“Ricardo Rosselló vs Oversight Board” – Google News: Puerto Rico Senator: Sports Betting Proceeding Despite Chaos – TopUsBets.com

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Puerto Rico Senator: Sports Betting Proceeding Despite Chaos  TopUsBets.com

The turmoil presently engulfing the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s government won’t stop the newly enacted sp.

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“latino” – Google News: Latino Assn. wins grants for insurance enrollment, workforce education – KTVZ

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Latino Assn. wins grants for insurance enrollment, workforce education  KTVZ

Wells Fargo Bank has invested $8500 in training Latinos for workforce advancement with a grant to the Latino Community Association in Central Oregon.

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“puerto rico” – Google Noticias: Exjefe de FEMA en Puerto Rico se va a empresa que asesora al COR3 – Diario Metro de Puerto Rico

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Exjefe de FEMA en Puerto Rico se va a empresa que asesora al COR3  Diario Metro de Puerto Rico

Excoordinador federal para la Recuperación de Desastres para P.R. de FEMA, Michael F. Byrne, trabaja ahora con una de las empresas que asesora a la …

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“puerto rico police department” – Google News: New Leave Available For Employees To Deal With Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, Stalking And Child Abuse – Employment and HR – Puerto Rico – Mondaq News Alerts

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New Leave Available For Employees To Deal With Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, Stalking And Child Abuse – Employment and HR – Puerto Rico  Mondaq News Alerts

Under recently enacted Act No. 83-2019 (the Act), employees of the public and private sector in Puerto Rico may take up to 15 days of unpaid leave each …

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Puerto Rico Topics and Daily News Review from Michael_Novakhov (11 sites): “New Energy PR” – Google News: New Listing in Lincroft, NJ by Preferred Properties Real Estate – PR.com

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New Listing in Lincroft, NJ by Preferred Properties Real Estate  PR.com

Lincroft, NJ, August 16, 2019 –(PR.com)– Preferred Properties Real Estate is pleased to introduce to the market 91 Hickory Lane in beautiful Lincroft, New …

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“puerto rico” – Google Noticias: MELIÁ sale de Puerto Rico al vender su hotel por 64 millones de euros – okdiario.com

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MELIÁ sale de Puerto Rico al vender su hotel por 64 millones de euros  okdiario.com

16 Ago , 2019 8:47 am | Noticias. MELIÁ sale de Puerto Rico al vender su hotel por 64 millones de euros. MELIÁ sale de Puerto Rico, ha vendido su único hotel …

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Puerto Rico Topics and Daily News Review from Michael_Novakhov (11 sites): “New Energy PR” – Google News: Rapper K-Blitz To Release New Album “Paroxysm” in October 2019 – PRUnderground

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Rapper K-Blitz To Release New Album “Paroxysm” in October 2019  PRUnderground

Rapper K-Blitz has been rapping, singing and making music for the past 20 years. The prolific Canadian artist always challenges himself to keep his material …

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Puerto Rico Topics and Daily News Review from Michael_Novakhov (11 sites)


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“puerto rico” – Google Noticias: Proponen investigar acciones de exgobernador de Puerto Rico – Prensa Latina

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Proponen investigar acciones de exgobernador de Puerto Rico  Prensa Latina

15 de agosto de 2019, 23:20San Juan, 15 ago (Prensa Latina) Un paquete de medidas presentadas hoy por los legisladores del Partido Independentista …

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“puerto rico” – Google Noticias: Meliá sale de Puerto Rico con la venta de su hotel por 64 millones de euros – El Confidencial

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Meliá sale de Puerto Rico con la venta de su hotel por 64 millones de euros  El Confidencial

La cadena balear completó la venta de su hotel en Puerto Rico en el primer trimestre del año, una vez finalizada la reforma tras los daños causados por los …

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“puerto rico statehood” – Google News: Your Opinion: Puerto Rico a future state? | Central MO Breaking News – Jefferson City News Tribune

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Your Opinion: Puerto Rico a future state? | Central MO Breaking News  Jefferson City News Tribune

Frank RycykJefferson CityDear Editor:I appreciate recent comments in these pages concerning Puerto Rico.

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Caribbean and Latin America Daily News: CARIBBEAN NEWS ROUNDUP – AUG. 16, 2019

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, FRIDAY, AUG. 16, 2019: Here are the top news making headlines from the Caribbean and its Diaspora for this Friday morning August 16, 2019:

Donald Trump has nominated Caribbean-born law professor Richard E. Myers to be a federal judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Myers was a Chancellors Scholar at the UNC School of Law, where he graduated with high honors in 1998. Upon graduation from law school, he clerked in Washington, D.C., for the Hon. David Sentelle on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and then entered private practice as a litigator for O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, in Los Angeles California. After two years with the White Collar Criminal Law and Environmental and regulatory Compliance Practice Group, he left private practice in January 2002 to become an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California. In September, 2002, he transferred to the Eastern District of North Carolina in Raleigh, where he prosecuted white collar and violent crimes, and headed the district’s Violent Crimes Task Force for Wilmington and New Hanover and Pender Counties.
Myers joined the UNC Law School faculty in July 2004. He is a registered Republican and lives in Chapel Hill, NC.

A Dallas judge has delayed her decision on the defense’s request to move the trial of Amber Guyger, who shot and killed a St. Lucian immigrant, out of the city.

Suriname’s state-owned oil company is planning a bond sale next year to finance offshore oil exploration there.

Starbucks on Thursday opened its first store at Camana Bay in the Cayman Islands.

Arleigh Louison, a Grenadian immigrant is facing charges of running an immigration fraud scheme that included the filing of false statements with USCIS.

Belizean national and convicted felon, Santos Moreira is expected to be sentenced by a United States district judge to 18 months behind bars after copping a deal.

Puerto Rico born US Army Veteran Frances Santiago says she was told by a Florida homeowners association that it’s against the rules to fly a Puerto Rican flag outside her home.

U.S. Coast Guards have prevented a vessel occupied by 146 Haitian immigrants from entering the Turks And Caicos islands this week.

Jeffrey Epstein’s island in St. Thomas, USVI is attracting a lot of tourists and locals alike, as they try to take a closer look at the place nicknamed “Pedophile Island.”

And some 8,000 people are expected to attend a weekend performance by Jamaican born Grammy winning reggae superstar Buju Banton in Bermuda.

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“puerto rico business” – Google News: Governor Murphy Signs Resolution Designating “Puerto Rico Day” – Parsippany Focus

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Governor Murphy Signs Resolution Designating “Puerto Rico Day”  Parsippany Focus

MORRIS COUNTY — Governor Phil Murphy signed SJR129, designating the third Sunday of September of each year as “Puerto Rico Day” in New Jersey.

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Caribbean and Latin America Daily News: Here’s Why Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Should Make A Stop At The US’ Largest Caribbean Carnival?

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News Americas,
WASHINGTON, Fri. Aug. 16, 2019:
Billed as the largest Caribbean carnival in
North America and presented annually by the West Indian American Day Carnival,
it is a draw each Labor Day in Brooklyn, NY for many New York elected
politicians and those who are running for elected office to rally for the
Caribbean American vote.

But will it be a draw
for any of the Democratic Presidential hopefuls this year? Given that New York
Democrats vote in the Primary Election there on April 28, 2020, it looks
largely unlikely. But here are some reasons why Democratic front runners should
consider showing up at this year’s West Indian American Day carnival in
Brooklyn, NY.

1: Roughly half of all
foreign-born blacks living in the U.S. or 49 percent are from the Caribbean.

2: There are an estimated
3.5 million immigrants from the Caribbean living across the U.S. who account
for 9 percent of the total foreign-born population and 6 million
self-identified members of the Caribbean Diaspora residing in the United
States.

3: Caribbean immigrants
are significantly more likely than some other immigrant groups to become
naturalized U.S. citizens. Among the Caribbean foreign born, some 55.4 percent
were naturalized U.S. citizens, compared with 43.7 percent of the overall
foreign-born population. Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican
Republic and Guyana account for the largest number of black foreign-born
immigrants. 

4: The median annual
household income is put at USD$43,800, higher than Hispanic immigrants, whose median
income is put at $38,000.

5: Twenty percent of
Caribbean-born blacks have a college degree.

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Caribbean and Latin America Daily News: Caribbean Entertainment News Roundup

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By NAN ET Editor

News
Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019:
Here are the top headlines
making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for this week:

Movie With Caribbean Roots Actress Opens
Today

‘47 Meters Down – Uncaged,’ the sequel to box office
breakout ‘47 Meters Down,’ opens today August 16th and Caribbean
roots actress Nia Long is among the stars. Long plays the wife of Grant (John
Corbett), an American archaeologist.

Set in
Brazil, the sequel follows the story of four teen girls diving in a ruined
underwater city, who quickly find themselves in a watery hell as their fun
outing turns into heart-stopping fear when they learn they are not alone in the
submerged caves. As they swim deeper into the claustrophobic labyrinth of
caves, they enter the territory of the deadliest shark species in the ocean.

Long was born in Brooklyn and has roots in Trinidad,
Grenada, St. Vincent, and Barbados.

Trinidad Born Actress to Star Alongside Idris Alba

Trinidad born actress Lorraine Toussaint is getting ready to star alongside Idris Alba in the ‘Concrete Cowboys.’ The film is centered on the Fletcher Street Stables in Philadelphia, PA. Fletcher Street is a Black horsemanship community that has been in existence for over a century. It was cultivated as an outlet to help Black men and boys escape communities plagued by violence and crime and learn about the importance of discipline and responsibility.

The film follows the journey of a teen who was sent to live with his father in North Philly. While adjusting to the new environment and bearing witness to the impact of gentrification and poverty, the teen discovers the community’s urban cowboy culture and explores how horse riding is used to escape the dire circumstances faced by those in the neighborhood. The film is being produced by Elba’s production company Green Door Pictures, Tucker Tooley Entertainment, and Lee Daniels Entertainment.

The film is currently in production and there is no word on when it is slated to be released.

Actress Kerry Washington Says She Is Proud Of Jamaican Lineage

“I am
so proud to be Jamaican…I bow down to my lineage, to my heritage, to my history
and to my belonging.”

That’s
the view of Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Kerry Washington who was
recently honored with an ‘Artistic Achievement Award’ at Jamaica’s 57th
Independence Black Tie Gala, held at the Hilton Westchester Hotel in Rye, New
York.

While
Washington could not collect the award in person, she said in a letter read by
her Jamaican born mother, Dr Valerie Washington: “We
celebrate all the goodness birthed by the island itself. We celebrate you. And
we celebrate me. And we celebrate our powerful and beautiful island family! I
am so proud to be Jamaican.”

Trinidad Born Rapper Talks Wedding Bells

Trinidad-born rapper, Nicki Minaj, says she plans to
marry in less than two months to Kenneth “Zoo” Petty. The rapper this week
revealed on her Queen Radio show that she will be legally married before her
fifth studio album is released. But she said the “big wedding” won’t happen
until after she releases the album.

“I have to work on my album, and I have a lot to
focus on that I don’t want to do the big wedding now. We’ll do the big wedding
later,” she added. “I’ll be married before my album comes out but will have my
wedding after the album comes out. Before the 90 days is over, yes, I will be
married. I’m very happy about that because my baby makes me so happy.”

Should We Look For Chronixx On Rihanna’s
Reggae Album?

There has been a lot of interest in Rihanna’s reggae
album, even though there is still no release date so far. But Grammy-nominated
reggae artist Chronixx has let it spill that he has been working with the
Bajan-born singer but only “producing and conceptualizing.”

The currently untitled record will be Rihanna’s
first since the 2016’s ‘Anti.’

Billboard Reggae Charts

Pepper with ‘Local Motion,’ is back at number one
this week on the Billboard Reggae Charts. In the number two spot is Collie Budz
with ‘Hybrid’ while Morgan Heritage peaked at number three with ‘Loyalty.’
‘Reggae Gold 2019,’ on the VP Records label, dropped to number 4, from number
one last week.

Some Of The Caribbean’s Top Soca Stars
Gearing up For Brooklyn West Indian Carnival

Caribbean soca artists like Patrice Roberts, Farmer Nappy, Lyrikal and Skinny Fabulous are among those set to raise the tempo at this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival in Brooklyn, NY. Dubbed the ‘largest carnival in North America,’ the artists will perform this year at Brassfest 2019 on Friday. Aug. 30th. The carnival weekend will kick off officially on August 29th with ‘Reggae Afro Beats Soca,’ which will feature Wayne Wonder among other acts. For more on the line up for this year’s WIADCA carnival log on to wiadcacarnival.org/.


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Caribbean and Latin America Daily News: Caribbean Sports Roundup

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By
NAN Sports Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Aug. 16, 2019: Here are the top
stories making Caribbean sports news for the week ending, Aug. 16, 2019:

Cuba Tops
Caribbean Medal Count At Pan Am Games

Cuba quietly
topped the medal count for the Caribbean region in Lima with a whopping 98
medal haul at the Pan Am Games. The haul included 33 gold medals, 27 silver
medals and 38 bronze.

The Dominican
Republic was second for the region with 40 medals including 10 gold medals
while Jamaica was third with 19, which included 6 gold medals. The Pan Am Games
wrapped up on August 11th.

Lone Caribbean
Athlete So Far Is Only Qualifier For IAAF Diamond League

There are just two more meetings in the IAAF Diamond League ahead of the finals in Zurich on August) 29th and Brussels on September 6th but so far only one Caribbean athlete has booked a spot. Olympian and Jamaican Elaine Thompson has already qualified for the Women’s 200-m in Zurich after 5/6 meetings. She will face Dafne Schippers (NED), Dina Asher-Smith (GBR) and Jenna Prandini (USA). Blessing Okagbare, the winner in Eugene, and Diamond League champion, Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo, will line up in Birmingham this weekend, August 18th, alongside Asher-Smith and Schippers in the hope of earning enough points to advance to the final.

West Indies

After losing both the T20 and the ODI
matches to India, the West Indies will now face the visitors in two test
matches beginning on August 22nd. The first test gets underway from
August 22nd in Antigua while the second test will be played from August 30th in
Kingston, Jamaica.

Tickets for the MyTeam11 ODI Series are
available for purchase here.

Haitian American Player On Loan To FC
Cincinnati

Haitian American Player Derrick Etienne, Jr. is now on loan to  FC Cincinnati, Etienne Jr. is on loan from the New York Red Bulls for the rest of the season in exchange for FCC’s 2020 third-round SuperDraft selection, which the club acquired last week from the Chicago Fire as part of the acquisition of Andrew Gutman.

A Haitian international, Etienne has
earned 17 caps for the Caribbean nation and was a key cog in their upstart run
at this year’s Gold Cup. The 22-year-old joins Cincy after five seasons in the
RBNY organization, where he first signed as a Homegrown Player in 2015. This
season he’s made 11 MLS appearances to date, including five starts, has scored
one goal and added one assist.

Japanese Haitian Tennis Star Back At
Number One

Two-time Japanese HaitianGrand
Slam champion, Naomi Osaka is back at number one. The US and
Australian Open champion regained the WTA World No.1 spot thanks to a run to
the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup, where Barty suffered a round-of-32 defeat
to the in-form Sofia Kenin.

Reggae Boy Signs With Belgian Club

Reggae Boyz striker Shamar Nicholson is
moving on from Slovenian club NK Domzale after signing a contract to play for
Belgian club Sporting Charleroi.

The 22-year-old Nicholson made 47
appearances for NK Domzale scoring 18 goals since he joined the club from Boys
Town FC in September 2017. He now looks forward to doing the same for his new
club in the Belgian First Division A.

The club finished ninth during the
2018/2019 season.

“Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in my career,” said Nicholson who scored three goals in six appearances for Jamaica in 2019. “This is a proud day for me, my family, friends, my boyhood club Boys Town, NK Domžale and all of Jamaica. I’m fully focused and I’m ready for the big challenge that’s in front of me. Thanks to all my past coaches, my agent, and everyone who helped me along the way. Now I’m just ready to meet my new teammates and coaches at R.C.S.C so I can get to work.”

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Caribbean and Latin America Daily News: Caribbean Business And Finance Report

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By NAN Business Editor

News
Americas, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Fri. Aug. 16, 2019:
Here
are the top business stories making news from the Caribbean for this week of Aug.
16, 2019:

US Diaspora

US-based businesses doing
business in and with the Caribbean are finding out the hard way that several
banks are not supporting business transactions in several countries which are
on what is dubbed a ‘high risk’ list. HSBC for instance is declining to open
business checking accounts for US companies with large business interests in
the Caribbean region as several key countries are on a blacklist, News Americas
has found. They include The Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda, Suriname, Cuba,
Haiti, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago. Employees at TD Bank also, citing a
similar list and policy, declined to accept a new business checking account for
a company doing business in the Caribbean. CitiBank also cited a similar policy
for certain Caribbean nations.

Regional

How Easy Is It To Do
Business In The Caribbean?

Not very according to the
latest Doing Business 2019 report from the World Bank. Here’s where the
Caribbean nations rank on the list of 190 nations around the world.

Puerto Rico – 64th
globally

Jamaica – 75th
globally

St. Lucia – 93rd
globally

Dominican Republic – 102nd
globally

Dominica – 103rd
globally

Trinidad and Tobago – 105th
globally

Antigua & Barbuda –
112th globally

The Bahamas – 118th
globally

Belize – 125th
globally

Barbados – 129th
globally

St. Vincent and the
Grenadines – 1230th globally

Guyana – 134th
globally

St. Kitts and Nevis – 140th
globally

Grenada – 147th
globally

Suriname – 165th
globally

Haiti – 182nd
globally.

Mapping
The Caribbean Sea Bed

The
navy will map the Caribbean seabed again. The Snellius, a hydrographic naval
vessel, will sail in the Caribbean Sea for the next five months. The bottom of
the sea changes due to weather influences and currents and is therefore
re-examined every few years.

OECD Conclusion

The legal framework of
the British Virgin Islands, along with those of other Caribbean and low- and
no-tax jurisdictions Anguilla, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the Cayman
Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands, has been declared “not harmful” by
the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum on
Harmful Tax Practices. The FHTP recently concluded its review of the
jurisdictions and announced they were in compliance with the organization’s
Substantial Activities Standard, which requires that core income-generating
activities for certain sectors must be conducted in the territory.

Guyana

Guyana’s
Finance Minister Winston Jordan this week described an international report on
Guyana’s preparedness for the oil and gas sector as “nothing dramatic, nothing
new.”

Bloomberg
published an article on August 14th under the headline “The World’s
Newest Petrostate Isn’t Ready for a Tsunami of Cash.”

In
the story, the country’s political leaders were exposed for not having a proper
plan for 2020 – when US-oil giant ExxonMobil is slated to begin production. Jordan
admitted that the article is correct saying: “I don’t know whether people think
that Guyana, with its capacity problems and manpower problems and so forth, can
overnight be in a position to take on a giant like Exxon in time for first oil.”

But
he added: “We will get there but we will not get there at first oil but we will
eventually get there.”

Jamaica

JMMB Group of Jamaica
plans to increase its capital by 20 per cent via an offer of shares to the
public pending shareholder approval next month. The move coincides with JMMB
Group’s move to acquire one-fifth of insurance conglomerate Sagicor Financial
Corporation, in which it is investing US$200 million, or the equivalent of $27
billion in Jamaican currency. JMMB currently has 1.63 billion ordinary shares in issue on
the market valued at $84.5 billion. 

Bahamas

The private sector is
“baffled” by the seemingly “insufficient action” to address The Bahamas’ ease
of doing business woes, the Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive said this
week.

Jeffrey Beckles told
Tribune Business that the government and private sector needs “to find a way to
lessen the anxiety, confusion and frustration” of many Bahamas-based businesses
over the absence of any improvements in the economic climate.

Beckles said The Bahamas’
sharp decline from 54th to 121st in the World Bank’s ease of doing business
rankings represents a “huge fallback” for the nation and its commercial
reputation.

Belize

If you are looking to own
your own private island for less than a million you are in luck. Three private
islands in Belize are currently on the market for less than $530,000 each. The
three islands vary in prices ranging from $350,000 to $525,000, according to
the listing website, 7th Heaven Properties. They are located off the Caribbean
coast of Southern Belize and are either undeveloped or contain a few structures
that need repairs.

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mikenov on Twitter: RT @20committee: Trump was, as usual, an ass to get involved (via Twitter!) but Israel has every right to turn back people — even US Repre…

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Trump was, as usual, an ass to get involved (via Twitter!) but Israel has every right to turn back people — even US Representatives — who hate Israel and are coming to stage provocations. A win for both Bibi and The Squad, politically. Not good in the long run, but…oh well.


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