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Letter: Congratulations BNTU on a successful convention

April 22, 2017
Letter: Congratulations BNTU on a successful convention The Belize Progressive Party (BPP), in keeping with its social-oriented moorings, takes this opportunity to congratulate the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) on hosting a successful convention, which saw the smooth transition of leadership. The BPP recognises the significant role embodied by...

Two Caribbean destinations in latest top 20 list of places to honeymoon

April 21, 2017
Two Caribbean destinations in latest top 20 list of places to honeymoon TORONTO, Canada -- To help newlyweds, and the engaged, better navigate the honeymoon destination market, Flight Network, the largest travel agency that is both owned and operated in Canada, has spent months researching and interviewing the best of the best to curate the ultimate list...

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

Poets Corner: Strength of women in unions

April 18, 2017
Poets Corner: Strength of women in unions Everyone looks at the big elections But its small elections that builds traction One, one okra full basket Be on your mark get set Teechaz please no mek The UDP wi presidency teck Someone made a pronunciation Regarding the BNTU elections Political interference they will withdraw their participation...

Letter: Continued government of Belize mismanagement

April 13, 2017
Letter: Continued government of Belize mismanagement The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) decries the announcement by the government of Belize (GOB), which expressed the intent to provide “an honourarium” to teachers who did not take part in the October 2016 industrial action. Apart from the Barrow administration’s blatant attempt at union-busting...

Letter: Youth and the economic situation in Belize

April 12, 2017
Letter: Youth and the economic situation in Belize Is Belize the new Colombia? Belize is the only Central American corridor open. Is there any wonder why Guatemala has annexed Sarstoon Island where Guatemala, Honduras and Belize are benefiting from drug transshipment. Is this the reason why Southern Command is here?

Commentary: Breaking political news coming out of Belize is not good for UDP

April 4, 2017
Commentary: Breaking political news coming out of Belize is not good for UDP If it is true that factional problems are occurring among the UDPs in Dangriga between the mayor and the area representative, then it will only give the PUPs an opportunity to regain those seats in the next upcoming municipal and general elections whenever they are called. UDPs in Dangriga...

Letter: A response to the legal opinion on the Guatemalan claim to Belize

March 30, 2017
Letter: A response to the legal opinion on the Guatemalan claim to Belize Attorney David Fine and editor Evan X Hyde, as a Belizean I commend you for writing this extremely powerful legal opinion on Belizean rights to our country. Also, Mr Hyde for publishing this needed article in his Amandala newspaper to educate our people on this ongoing never ending false claim...

Belize to improve national rainfall monitoring and assessment

March 27, 2017
Belize to improve national rainfall monitoring and assessment BELIZE CITY, Belize -- CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) and the government of Belize have signed an agreement for CCRIF to provide US$100,000 to the government to purchase 40-50 automatic weather stations that will provide the Meteorological...

'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean

March 21, 2017
'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- The fifth annual World Happiness Report, written by a group of independent experts under the aegis of the United Nations, was published on Monday, but the concept immortalised in song of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, often erroneously attributed to Bob Marley, seems to have...

CDB announces US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean countries

March 21, 2017
CDB announces US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight countries in the Caribbean region, through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). The resources will support improved access to quality education; water...

Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean

March 18, 2017
Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean LONDON, England -- What was described as an “historic meeting” of Commonwealth trade and investment ministers in London recently, in an attempt to make use of the “Commonwealth advantage” to boost trade within the 52-member bloc, is more likely to prove to be an...

Poets Corner: Refugee economics

March 16, 2017
Poets Corner: Refugee economics Though Belize hides its racism It’s obvious in our pluralism The people are steeped in cynicism In Guyana blacks have never been forgiven Trinidad covers it but it’s visible in their political dictum Grenada and St Lucia lucky They have mulatto weh think deh better The Caribbean has produced...

Commentary: Our Garifuna people exiled from their native homeland in search for the truth

March 14, 2017
Commentary: Our Garifuna people exiled from their native homeland in search for the truth How many Garinagu arrived in Honduras? Let us analyze first the number of Garinagu who were displaced from the big island, as they were placed into the small barren island of Balliceaux, later to Bequia until they finally arrived to Roatán, Bay Islands. How many Garinagu were captured in...

Poets Corner: Collaborate

March 13, 2017
Poets Corner: Collaborate Chinese came to this country Discrimination aside, do we know they would be bad for the country Or are we buy in to this false sense of nationality They are here for a better life Somebody ought to build a better government Why not them? Let’s find out what’s their plan then We isolate ourselves by...

Letter: The Belize 'super-bond'

March 10, 2017
Letter: The Belize 'super-bond' For those who remain attuned to the crisis situation in which our nation finds itself, the attempts by the prime minister to paint a rosy picture, at Wednesday’s press conference concerning the renegotiated “super-bond”, certainly was not convincing. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that...

Commentary: Immigration hearings in Belize will not change enforcement of our laws

March 2, 2017
Commentary: Immigration hearings in Belize will not change enforcement of our laws Years ago when I was a police officer in my country of Belize, up until my departure to the United States in 1978, we were responsible for the enforcement of our immigration laws including the issuing of passports. Now, the Immigration Department is run by civilian civil servants. For many years...

Poets Corner: Circus

February 25, 2017
Poets Corner: Circus Deh rass start with the mandamus When the COMPOL took the courts for a circus For higher ups the system puts them first The Pinochet case is the ‘locos classicus’ That justice must seem to be done Or the people will create a ruckus They will see the judiciary for what it is ‘a circus’ Justice must not only be done...

Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime

February 16, 2017
Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a training course entitled “Enhancing Support to Victims of Crime”. The course will be attended by police officers of varying ranks along with gender...

Commentary: Commerce Bight Port in Dangriga vs Big Creek Port in Mango Creek

February 15, 2017
Commentary: Commerce Bight Port in Dangriga vs Big Creek Port in Mango Creek Stann Creek District possesses two ports, which are Commerce Bight Port in Dangriga town, the deepest in the country of Belize, and Big Creek Port in Mango Creek village 40 miles away from Dangriga on the Southern Highway. The Commerce Bight Port was built by the British in the 1900s.

Poets Corner: Registration Law

February 15, 2017
Poets Corner: Registration Law There needs to be a correction We’ve been saying re-registration When in fact its registration Void of politicians We need to stop the procrastination Blaming cost is and over exaggeration COMMONERS has long given the solution Here’s how you fix immigration Everyone can get a ninety-day...

Letter: Electoral re-registration in Belize

February 9, 2017
Letter: Electoral re-registration in Belize Amid the gross, intentional dysfunction that haunts our system of governance, the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) wishes to remind Belizeans and true friends of Belize, both at home and abroad, that in order for Belize to progress, effectively, good governance practices and principles must be...

UK supports Commonwealth Caribbean in developing resilient marine economies

January 30, 2017
UK supports Commonwealth Caribbean in developing resilient marine economies KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Leading marine experts from the Caribbean and the UK joined up last week at a three-day workshop aiming to support the sustainable growth of marine economies in the region.  In the Caribbean region, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana...

Poets Corner: Jim Crow

January 23, 2017
Poets Corner: Jim Crow Belizean version of the Jim Crow Keeping the people stupid is the mantra of Barrow Not making them be fully cognizant  Treating you like 3/5 cause you are ignorant It’s not racism but shows bias Belize reconstructs colonialism like fiberglass State imposed apartheid and imperialism...

Letter: Selection of 13th senator in Belize

January 13, 2017
Letter: Selection of 13th senator in Belize The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) acknowledges the selection of the 13th senator and thereby congratulates the NGO community, as well as all other civil society players, in particular the BNTU, for without their proactive efforts, it is certain the Barrow administration would have...

Poets Corner: Poverty

January 13, 2017
Poets Corner: Poverty Poverty is a European terminology Indexes they have set for developing countries After doing the academic researches They have exploited strategies Creating yardsticks to enhance their riches Exploiting the resources of smaller countries Who don’t have the technologies To compete with...

Caribbean prepares to pilot insurance facility to protect fisheries sector

January 11, 2017
Caribbean prepares to pilot insurance facility to protect fisheries sector BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) hosted a working group meeting in Belize City from 9 – 10 January 2017, to advance the implementation of a risk insurance facility for fishers in the region. When fisheries ministers from CRFM member states...

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