September 18, 2021

The dark origins of Valentine’s Day

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By Arnie Seipel From npr Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody — and a bit muddled. Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient […]

2013: Stock markets at highs but can they do it again next year?

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By Jamie Robertson Presenter, BBC World News Many share indexes around the world are at record highs. Will this continue next year? Well, it all seems fine and dandy when you look at the numbers: the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 22%, the S&P 500 gained 25% and the Nasdaq up 33%. In Europe, the […]

Cayman Islands: Managers need to take a multi-adviser approach

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Article by Matt Mulry Dillon Eustace Although the AIFM Directive is uniform EU-wide regulation each member state is likely to adjust its national private placement regime rules idiosyncratically. For managers of non-EU funds, therefore, it’s important that they are clear on the rules if they intend to continue marketing to Europe. “Where managers have Cayman […]

Big increase in visitors to Cayman in 2013

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The average increase in visitors to the Cayman Islands in 2013 over 2012 is 14.6% with Continental Europe showing a whopping 61% rise. Only the USA West Coast showed a decline of 6.5% in visitors. Cayman Islands Dec. Tourist Visits by Country Following is a summary table for the Cayman Islands December tourist visitors statistics […]

UBS weighs operators’ exposure in a big Caribbean capacity-hike year

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From Seatrade Insider Although cruising’s 2014 capacity increase of 3% to 4% is below average, deployment changes are pushing up Caribbean market supply 12% to 13%, according to UBS Investment Research. The three major cruise operators are all adding Caribbean berths, and Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line at a double-digit rate. Even privately owned […]

Payments companies team up to strengthen carrier billing as a credit card alternative

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By John Heggestuen   From Business Insider Welcome to the new Payments Insights newsletter, a morning email with the top news and analysis on the digital payments industry, produced by BI Intelligence. FORTUMO PARTNERS WITH PAYELP. Today, U.S.-based carrier billing company Fortumo announced a partnership with global merchant services provider, Payelp. Fortumo offers carrier billing in […]

Christians face danger from Jihadists in Syria

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By Okke Ornstein From newsmax PHOTO: The Church of Saint Michael in the Syrian village of Qara was heavily damaged in fighting between rebels and pro-government forces in late November in the predominantly Christian region of Qalamoun, north of Damascus. Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 04:15 PM The biggest threats facing many Christians in war-torn Syria […]