Aloe vera: the thorny balm

The spiky Aloe vera plant is a favourite of Caribbean gardens, its bitter gel used as a moisturiser, stomach remedy, and ingredient in healthy tonics. You might imagine you could build a whole industry around this handy plant — and Aruba has done just that. Shelly-Ann Inniss visits the island’s biggest aloe farm, and learns how this wonder of the kitchen and medicine cabinet is an economic wonder, too

The Cuba strategy

Cuba is already the Caribbean’s second biggest tourism destination, by visitor numbers. As the US government relaxes its decades-old restrictions on travel to Cuba, what happens to tourism in the rest of the region? How are other islands preparing? Erline Andrews finds out

Put me in the picture

Do young Caribbean readers see themselves in their story- and schoolbooks? There’s long been a shortage of books published specifically for Caribbean children, but a new generation of writers is changing that. Kellie Magnus explains why this development is so important, and suggests where Caribbean parents can find the best literature for their youngsters

Maura’s mission

It took 38 years before Maura Cooseelal was able to meet her pen pal Maureen Rayson in Australia. Now, thanks to BWIA West Indies Airways and United Airlines, Maura knows that dreams do come true. A true story
Maura (left) and Maureen with grandson Dylan. Photograph courtesy Maura Cooseelal