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Metal Roof Screw Fasteners: Friend or Foe?

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The Caribbean construction industry has relied on various types of screw fasteners to build just about every commercial and residential property you see. While screws are commonly used in the Caribbean, are they are not always required when it comes to installing metal roofing panels.

Typically an architect or builder decides on a specific design for a project, including the roof, then homeowners get to choose the type of roofing material they want (be it asphalt shingles, tile, or metal). Homeowners generally lean toward aesthetics with little interest in how the roof will be installed. But, from now on roof installation,  maintenance and performance after installation should rank pretty high on a Caribbean homeowner’s selection of roofing materials process. Continue reading

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Why 0% Commission On Currency Is a Myth

Why 0% Commission On Currency Is a Myth

Why 0 Commission on Currency is a Myth!

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When you book a vacation or business trip, do you pay as much attention to saving money on your travel money as you do on your flights and accommodation?  If you do then you are the exception to the norm and very sensible.

The majority of us, on the other hand, spend hours researching holiday prices and travel costs and yet spend very little time, if any, researching the best ways to purchase foreign currency.

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Living the Dream in Costa Rica

Living the Dream in Costa Rica

Do you dream of living abroad? If so, what’s holding you back from pursuing that dream?

Living the Dream in Costa Rica

Living the Dream in Costa Rica

Many people think they need to wait until retirement, when the kids are out of the house, to pursue that foreign living experience. In fact, doing it with your children just might be the most rewarding, enriching experience of your life…and theirs.

In September 2005 my husband and I packed up our kids—then ages 7, 8 and 10—and moved from the ‘burbs of Wisconsin to the jungles of Costa Rica. We came for a two-year adventure and, 4.5 years later, we remain here for the lifestyle.  We are living the Dream in Costa Rica. Continue reading

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Benefits of a Second Passport

A Second Passport?

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Second Citizenship offers worldwide security

Second citizenship can be something like a global insurance policy that entails any individual to make use of the dissimilar parts of two countries for a better set of options, most likely financially. It can become quite apparent in small nations with a not-so-bright socio-economic condition, where individuals often find it easier to make a better living in another country. One that you can choose. Dual nationality has always been held by wealthy people with a knowledge of world history. They know of the dangers of placing an entire future in the hands of politicians.

 

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Cruising the British Virgin Islands on a Sailing Yacht Charter – 4 Spots Not to Miss!

Places to Visit When Sailing Through the British Virgin Islands

Sailing the BVIs at dusk

Sailing the BVIs at dusk

British Virgin Islands (BVI’s) is a group of approximately fifty islands and outcroppings. The BVI’s are considered an easy sailing area as the islands are all within sight of one another so that navigation can be done by Dead Reckoning. And, The Sir Francis Drake Channel, which in right in the middle of these islands, is well protected for comfortable sailing. The 4 spots in this article, not to be missed, are easily included in a one week sailing yacht charter in the BVI’s.

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Tips on Interior Decorating

Interior Designs for the Caribbean Home

In today’s times there are many designs that can be incorporated to the styles that are required for the interior decorating. However all over the world there are only few of them that are actually put to practice. It is easy to identify some of the designs that most of the people around the world love and flaunt.

Some of the styles that are popular all over the world are the styles from Morocco, Japan, Italy and the Mediterranean. Though Japan and Italy fall in the Mediterranean region they still have a style that is unique to each. In fact in the Mediterranean region designs it also includes certain designs from regions that are a part of Italy.

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New UK visa requirements for visitors from Dominica and St. Lucia

Visas to the UK for some Caribbean Citizens

The UK border agency has announced that it may introduce visas to the UK for visitors from Dominica and St Lucia, after analyzing the results of a Visa Waiver Test on seven countries in the eastern Caribbean.

The Visa Waiver Test is carried out to determine the risk that a specific countries’ citizens potentially pose to the UK in terms of illegal immigration, crime and security, to help decide where visas to the UK may be required.

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Caribbean Food – A Little History

Caribbean Foods : Papaw, Yams, Guavas, and Cassava

The Arawak, Carib, and Taino Indians were the first inhabitants of the Caribbean islands. These first inhabitants occupied the present day islands of British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti,
Trinidad, and Jamaica. Their daily diet consisted of vegetables and fruits such as papaw, yams, guavas, and cassava. The Taino started the process of cooking meat and fish in large clay pots.

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A crash course in the formation of black sand beaches

Black Sand Beaches

White sand beach Trinidad

White sand beach Trinidad

Somewhere in most tropical vacation fantasies you will find a white, golden sand beach complete with palm trees, crystal clear water, and tall tropical drinks with tiny
umbrellas. The little known black sand beach is often nowhere in this picture. However, for ecotourism enthusiasts, and travelers just looking for a change from the typical tropical vacation fair, the beauty of black sand beaches have become more recognized as a wonderful alternative.

 

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Two Natural Wonders of the Caribbean

The Pitons, St Lucia

St Lucia possesses a topography and ecology of stunning beauty, matched by no other location in the Caribbean. The island’s pride in its natural resources is evident in the country’s ongoing protection and  conservation efforts. 
In the mountainous interior lies the enormous National Rain Forest and the island’s protected coastal sights include the breathtaking, unforgettable spires of Les Pitons. Located near Soufriere, these primeval twin peaks, topping 2,000 feet, are St Lucia’s most famous landmark. Only the most daring climbers have attempted an ascent on their summits, but they can be seen in all their glory from Mt. Gimie or from the decks of a boat offshore.

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