Haiti’s Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe recently arrived in Brasil on a week-long trip aimed to cultivate Haiti’s relationship with Brazil to encourage private investing in Haiti. The trip also aims to allow the Haitian Government inclusion in the hemispheric affairs of its neighbours.
The Ricardo Martelly-Laurent Lamothe administration has tried to improve relationships with southern countries to increase their economy and develop good friendships and alliances. Today, they are looking to find investors, technical assistance and loans to enable Haiti to spring up further in their economy.
PM Lamothe probably looked at Brazil as a potential ground for investors being one of the countries that continue to support Haiti since 2004. Brazil also has a large regimen of troops in the UN peacekeeping forces. The presence of Brazil had actually promoted political stability and law even after the 2010 crisis.
In itself, Brazil actually invests $180 million to Haiti yearly.
PM Lamothe is to meet high ranking government officials and will be discussing the timeline for Haiti troop reduction, the assistance in allowing thousands of Haiti nationals in Brazil and assistance from the country to stop high-crime neighbourhoods.
Other aims include having large numbers of Brazilian private sector firms to invest in Haiti. These includes airline executives, industrialists and media entrepreneurs. The Haiti government’s aim is to invite these airlines to fly into Haiti, invest in the textile industry and allow construction firms to improve Haiti’s infrastructure through investments.
Source: Carribean News Now
Home and contents insurance is a necessity, something that we cannot overlook, but are you paying too much for your policy? Many people simply stick with their current insurance provider – it’s convenient and stress-free, after all – but this may not be the most economical, or the best insurance, way to go. Different personal circumstances mean that some policies can be more appropriate than others and, as with many such policies, it pays to read the small print to understand exactly what you are paying for.
Check your Cover
When you take out a policy, the best advice is to carefully check the cover that you are paying for: make a list of what you need to be covered for and take into account individual values of items. Also, talk to your broker about the possible additions that you may want to make. One thing to take note of is the maximum amount that you are covered for on any one item: this can be quite low on cheaper policies, yet much more on more expensive options.
One of the more complex areas of insurance is in assessing the rebuild costs of your home in the event of a fire. There are many different aspects to take into account, but what is essential is that your insurer will agree to pay only the cost of rebuilding the property: if you are paying for a policy that insures the home for more than the rebuild costs you are paying for something you do not need. Make sure you understand precisely where your cover begins, and ends.
We know it’s an old cliché, but using a PPI calculator and shopping around for the best deal really is an excellent move. If you get a better offer of a similar policy from someone else, but prefer to stay with your current insurer, go back to them with your new quote and see what they can do for you. You may be surprised at the way they accommodate you in order to keep your business.
If you’re in the islands, you’re probably looking for a lush tropical retreat. Here are a good list of places and areas that you should visit while you are in the Caribbean islands. Just make sure that you take care while you travel to these places.
1. Stingray City
Stingray city can be found in the Grand Cayman. A great retreat for families, the stingray city is a paid excursion that could be arranged by your travel agent, your delivering ship’s staff or by yourself, which could be difficult but could save you money. The stingrays, being used to the touch of humans, will glide past your legs and body giving you a unique experience.
2. Dunn’s River Falls
Dunn’s river falls, located in Jamaica, is a good retreat for people who don’t mind having some physical activities. Dunn’s river falls is 600 feet and tourists start from the bottom and to the top of the falls while holding hands with each other to avoid slipping.
3. Mayan Ruins
The Mayan prediction did not push during 2012, but it showed great historic culture still upsetting the modern world. The Mayan culture and their massive and impressive architecture could be found in Chichen Itza. To get there, you’ll have a 90-minute bus ride that goes from Cancun to Chichen Itza.
4. Belize’s Barrier Reef
The Caribbean islands is largely famous for its beaches, but if you get the chance to scuba dive, do it in Belize. The Belize barrier reef is a great snorkelling experience especially for those interested in water life and structures. Aside from Belize, you could also snorkel in Cozumel and Roatan.
Consumers and victims look for compensation for any wrong-doing a company or an offending party had caused them. The UK law protects all citizens and gives them a fair chance of earning compensation through the legal system. In the UK, you could file a compensation claim for the following.
1. Car and Road Accidents
Whether pedestrian or driver, or a collision between two cars, insurance companies widely cover car and road accidents. UK roads may be the safest in the world, but this only means a large amount of risk is reduced when driving. The likelihood of accidents is still present, but you could get compensated for any injury you get.
2. Medical Negligence
UK is well-known for its high quality medical services, but sometimes, medical professionals can have lapses in judgement leading to carelessness. Medical negligence is painful and can lead to permanent disability or wrongful death. This is why medical negligence claims are highly compensated by the government and medical boards.
3. Workplace Accident Injuries
You could earn compensation for any injuries you suffer at your workplace. If you work in the corporate and industrial arena, your human resources department can take care of your insurance claim. For any accident you encounter at work, your office and their insurer will truly compensate you as true as any workplace law in any country.
The Financial Services Authority suggested a deadline for PPI claims on April 2014, which had many customers, consumer groups and critics disappointed and angered by the suggestion. Critics pointed out that the PPI claim deadline was unfair for 3.2 million customers, who will clearly not fit with the banks and the FOS’s schedule for addressing PPI claims.
Today, bank call centres are handling at least 1,000 claims on a daily basis. The Financial Ombudsman Service recently added 1,000 personnel to its staff to help address 1,500 claims daily and on schedule. Critics say that given these rates of handling banks, claims handling companies and the FOS can only do, the FSA cannot expect millions of people to get their repayments by the April of 2014.
Martine Lewis of Moneysavingexpert.com said that it was an “immoral” consideration because banks had a decade to mis sell PPI while customers only get a year to make a claim. Peter Vicary-Smith, the CEO of Which?, says that customers have only six years to make a claim once the banks contact them, and the banks haven’t done a good job at informing their customers.
The FSA’s consideration of a deadline roots from finally having the financial industry contribute to the real economy and rebuild its capital in the process. However, the staggering £13 billion compensation package makes it difficult for the industry to fulfil its responsibilities.
Critics say that the money banks will lend to the real economies and other industries are actually money they stole. According to them, it would be immoral to give away money that does not belong to you. Critics say that the move by the British Banking Association and the Confederation of British Industry are all unfair and inconsiderate of consumer expectations.
Panama city is a great place to travel in in Central America, but every travel comes with its own dangers. Not that it happens all the time, but the dangers may be from ignorable to severe cases. This list will help prepare you for anything that can happen during your travel that ensures your safety and security. Note down and do the following.
Health and property insurance will be the first on your list of needs for an insurance. Most travel agencies provide these two insurance, but always specify what you need. Panama has a great, clean environment, but some aspects of its environment can hurt very delicate persons. Having a health insurance that ensures you a hospital room and comprehensive treatment is important.
Your properties, such as your gadgets, electronics, clothing and even your credit cards, will also need their insurance. Not that crime is spreading in Panama, but there is still the risk of identity and property theft even in most secure spots and hotels. Property insurance helps you take care of that detail.
2. Your Documents
When entering certain government offices or having government services, you might need to present your passport, national identity card and other requirements before you are given privilege to enter or process your information. Be careful with these documents and do not lose them; instead bring a photocopy or phone the agency if you need to bring your original copy.
3. Keep Valuables In a Safe
Most hotel rooms have safes that you could store your valuables inside. This includes your jewelry, rare items and other material that you consider to be highly priced. By keeping your valuables stored away in a safe that only you know the combination, you give your valuables a level up in security. Just make sure not to allow anyone to know the password, not even the hotel’s front desk.
Cuban nationals lined up outside agencies and offices in Havana after the new law, which allows the nationals a visa-exist-without-consequence, took effect on Monday. The staggering lines show that the obstacles that hampered many Cuban travelers have been reduced. Cubans can now travel to different countries with only a passport and their national identity card.
Cuban tourists can now travel to the whole world if they have enough resources to do so. This works well for Cubans who have members living in the United States itself. Most tourists in the past were granted a tourist visa but never an exit permit, which locked them inside or outside their country.
Cuba, having a communist government, has many opposition and dissidents, yet the government shows signs that it grants these seemingly-political enemies the privilege that even the most loyal citizen could have. Two dissidents were told they can now travel even if they were blocked in the airports for multiple times in the past.
The Cuban exit permit became a great problem for many Cuban travelers, which led many to say that the island is a gigantic prison. The new law increases the amount of time people can spend abroad without losing their Cuban residency and nationality. The new laws were said to be part of a plan that extended work or education will help the island as people send back money and earnings to help the local economy.
If you or anybody is suffering from mesothelioma due to constant inhalation of Asbestos, the government permits the claimant to be exempt from the modifications done to the “no win no fee” regulations April last year. As the changes are only designed to reduce the number of suspicious and fraudulent claims, it should not apply to people who have sicknesses where its effects have indisputable severity.
The new rules of no win no fee, according to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, disallow lawyers from collecting success fees from the losing side. The lawyers will share 25% of the compensation received by their clients. However, for the case of mesothelioma sufferers, it still remains that lawyers can collect their success fees from the losing side, which, in this case, is the insurance company or former employer of the client.
Law professionals and judges shared their opinion that clearly, people who suffer from mesothelioma do not make up their case of cancer just to earn quick money. They are indeed and clearly suffering. Government regulators and members of party state that indeed, with diseases such as cancer and mesothelioma, it is quite impossible that anybody would fraud such a disease to such extent.
Panama is a place often sung about by musicians and drawn by artists because of its natural landscape and beauty. As a tourist spot known as the “Miami of the South”, Panama features a great skyline of industry amidst a contrast of lush tropics and beaches. As one of Central America’s best cosmopolitan and historic capitals, Panama City boasts the following for the adventurous tourist.
1. Ancon Hill
This steep 654 foot hill offers the best view of Panama that you could ever see. If you search in the Internet, you could find thousands of photographers having taken the great city skyline and scenery of the city from atop this hill. It was formerly part of the Panama Canal Zone during the 20th century and remains a forest, which is a good contrast to the metropolis of Panama.
2. Isla Taboga
For tourists looking for great beaches and a scenic view of a post-afternoon sunset, going to Isla Taboga is one of the first things to consider doing. Isla Taboga offers sandy beaches, jet ski, speed boat and fishing rides and also some of the cleanest and beautiful villages seen in Central America. Its hispanic roots trace back to 1515 when the Spanish first settled in the area. The island is also known as the “Island of Flowers”.
3. Amador Causeway
The Amador Causeway is what connects the three islands of Panama to the mainland. The causeway shows a great view of the shores of Panama city and the Bridge of the Americas. If you want a good, long walk, a jog or a bike ride that offers the best ambiance, this is the place. Certainly, you’ll be passing this landmark a lot if you are traveling to the different Panama Islands.
4. The Panama Canal
The Panama Canal itself is an attraction as it is one of the most crucial connections for shipping and travel for the country. It connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans across a narrow strip of land. If you want to visit the canal, you will board from Miraflores Locks to see the platform in action.
Honduran Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales received a report made by a special commission investigating the December 20 Bogota Incident involving Honduran Ambassador to Columbia Carlos Rodriguez Andino, which led to the resignation of the Honduran Ambassador who was involved in an embassy orgy Christmas party with prostitutes.
Foreign Minister Corrales immediately called for the resignation of the ambassador to “safeguard national interests and good relations with the Republic of Colombia”. The embassy incident was said to have been planned by Rodriguez’s bodyguard Jorge Mendoza, who organized the party that turned into an orgy den with great numbers of prostitutes. Rodriguez and his bodyguard were in good relations as they are close friends.
The incident turns much worse when the prostitutes, being asked to leave without pay, defecated on embassy furniture, stole computers and mobile phones in the embassy and the commercial attache. The report of the special commission confirmed these. Honduras Member of Parliament Rodolfo Zelaya stated that diplomatic missions are sacred and that a stain on the Honduran foreign service is a stain on the country’s name.
A US Secret Service case can be recalled as parallel to this Honduran scandal, which also involved prostitution as its agents, tasked with ensuring President Barack Obama’s security during his high-profile visit, were involved in a scandal in the city of Cartagena in Colombia. At least two dozen Secret Service agents were sent home after the scandal.