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Commentary: Donald Trump convinced many that he is not qualified to be president

October 1, 2016
Commentary: Donald Trump convinced many that he is not qualified to be president I have been living in the United States for 38 years now and I have never seen a candidate running for the presidency who is so unqualified like Donald Trump. He became the Republican nominee for their party because his campaign was built on assuring some white men and anti-immigrants...

Letter: Before a Belmopan municipal bond is considered - Part 1

September 29, 2016
Letter: Before a Belmopan municipal bond is considered - Part 1 We will never borrow ourselves into prosperity. Belmopan needs to attract and incentivise local and international diversified investors to build prosperity for all in Belmopan. The first thing a true leader needs to do is a full audit of our financial situation as a city, and make sure the public...

More Caribbean countries decry new financial rules

September 27, 2016
More Caribbean countries decry new financial rules NEW YORK, USA -- Declaring that Caribbean countries are being treated “as if they are hell on earth” due to new financial rules against tax havens, Bahamian Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell mounted the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday to denounce the...

Commentary: The Guatemala president does not know history when it comes to Belize

September 26, 2016
Commentary: The Guatemala president does not know history when it comes to Belize The president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, had the nerve to come before the United Nations and tell the UN representatives of the world that we Belizeans do not want to make peace with them. However, the nations of the world will not believe him because of Spain and Guatemala’s...

Letter: Response to Guatemalan president's UN speech

September 26, 2016
Letter: Response to Guatemalan president's UN speech Despite the findings of the independent forensic investigation, which exonerated the Belize Defence Force in the killing of a Guatemalan minor who was illegally in Belizean territory, during the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations, Guatemalan President, Jimmy Morales proceeded...

Letter: Belize opposition called on to pay Prevention of Corruption Act fines

September 22, 2016
Letter: Belize opposition called on to pay Prevention of Corruption Act fines Monday’s grandstanding, on National Service Day, by the People's United Party (PUP) parliamentarians who have finally declared their assets was noteworthy, because it was a classic case of concocted deception, as their actions touched on only part of the entire picture.

Letter: Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition - the classic case of a bankrupt entity

September 19, 2016
Letter: Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition - the classic case of a bankrupt entity The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) is “The New Political and Social Consciousness” of Belize. That is evidenced via our fresh approach toward not only pointing out the issues, but more importantly, providing viable solutions. Neither side of the PUPD non-divide can make such a...

Poets Corner: We are one!

September 17, 2016
Poets Corner: We are one! Sovereign and strong Together as one Is a rhetoric question We are one in stamping out corruption We are one in demanding a senate investigation We are one in demanding the killer of Pastor Lue found We are one in demanding better education We are one is not accepting the 311 Senate...

Following Hurricane Earl, ECLAC sets the groundwork for disaster assessment in Belize

September 14, 2016
Following Hurricane Earl, ECLAC sets the groundwork for disaster assessment in Belize BELIZE CITY, Belize -- A team lead by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) sub-regional headquarters for the Caribbean carried out a mission to hurricane-struck Belize, to provide support to the government in its effort to undertake comprehensive...

Letter: Barrow's bubble bursts - The Belizean economy in freefall recession

September 14, 2016
Letter: Barrow's bubble bursts - The Belizean economy in freefall recession This is an official Belize Progressive Party (BPP) position paper on the economy. Our last recession in Belize occurred in 2009 as a consequence of the bursting of the housing bubble that occurred in the United States commencing in the last quarter of 2007. The US housing bubble was created...

Letter: BPP responds to Belize PM's press conference

September 10, 2016
Letter: BPP responds to Belize PM's press conference This past week, the prime minister of Belize held a press conference that was “vintage Barrow”, in terms of the contemptuous, yet crafty manner in which he sought to place, under public scrutiny, the auditor general’s report that detailed the scathing irregularities that have...

CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry

September 8, 2016
CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- For many countries in the Caribbean, a successful tourism industry is critical to social and economic growth and development. However, an increasingly competitive global tourism market has meant that Caribbean countries must find ways to differentiate...

Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future

September 8, 2016
Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Leaders of the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO) met at a two-day performance and planning workshop to discuss and critically assess the CNFO’s performance since its formation almost ten years ago. They were joined in this exercise...

Commentary: Restructuring of political constituencies in Belize

September 6, 2016
Commentary: Restructuring of political constituencies in Belize Last year, just before the general elections were held in our country, a group of Belizeans got together to raise the issue of unequal representation in Belize’s constituencies, which is a legitimate concern for many, including me. They even went to the court to see if they could have...

Letter: BPP officially launches the People's Referendum Initiative

September 3, 2016
Letter: BPP officially launches the People's Referendum Initiative Amid the dysfunction that occurred on Friday both inside the National Assembly, as well as outside, which involved a few who saw fit to go beyond the ambit of the law, the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) was hard at work, touching base with the people. Unfortunately, the media chose...

Poets Corner: Stand

September 3, 2016
Poets Corner: Stand Taking our country back Means the people must have the Auditor General‘s back If it is she is being threaten to be sack If it is she’s being authorized and what not Her resolve is that she is truly brave Her resolve is that integrity will not be fazed Her resolve is that she’s about transparency...

Canada assisting Belize with defence policy amid tensions with Guatemala

August 31, 2016
Canada assisting Belize with defence policy amid tensions with Guatemala OTTAWA, Canada -- Canada is assisting Belize with its defence policy as tensions between the Central American nation and neighbouring Guatemala continue to simmer over the killing of a 13-year-old boy by Belize soldiers. Feliz Enrique, CEO of the Belize defence ministry, said last week...

Concern over Brexit in vulnerable Commonwealth states

August 30, 2016
Concern over Brexit in vulnerable Commonwealth states LONDON, England -- Key industries in some Commonwealth nations could take massive hits if appropriate steps aren’t taken following the UK’s departure from the EU. The forecast over so-called Brexit comes from policy experts’ analysis in two new research papers published by the...

Belize receives US$260,000 insurance payout for rains associated with Hurricane Earl

August 26, 2016
Belize receives US$260,000 insurance payout for rains associated with Hurricane Earl GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- On August 18, CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) made a payout of US$261,073 to the government of Belize under its excess rainfall insurance policy, as a result of heavy rains that affected the country on August...

US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean

August 25, 2016
US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Officials from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed an agreement to provide US$33 million towards financing sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean region.

Letter: Governance issues in Belize

August 22, 2016
Letter: Governance issues in Belize In the wake of the chief justice’s decision regarding Section 53 of Belize’s Criminal Code, the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) takes this opportunity to highlight the urgent need for the enactment and utilisation of appropriate governance tools to address a variety of pressing issues facing our society.

Belize decision a significant human rights landmark, says UN special envoy

August 20, 2016
Belize decision a significant human rights landmark, says UN special envoy BELMOPAN, Belize -- The decision of the government of Belize to accept the judgment of the High Court to decriminalise consensual sexual acts between adults in private has been described as a significant human rights landmark. Dr Edward Greene, United Nations (UN) secretary...

Poets Corner: Challenge

August 19, 2016
Poets Corner: Challenge Now that the door is open Believers need to mount a challenge I invite all Muslims Especially our sistrens We have the Quran and Sunnah to defend We have women and children  That needs men to honoured and defend Hence the “Bigamy law” needs to be challenged The Domestic Act...

Commentary: Guatemala's attempt to annex any part of Belize will bring serious consequences

August 18, 2016
Commentary: Guatemala's attempt to annex any part of Belize will bring serious consequences Our September 10th and independence celebrations will be coming up next month and this is how I feel about my beloved country Belize. The government of Guatemala is trying to see how the government of Belize and its people will respond to the annexation of the Sarstoon and...

After landmark ruling in Belize, human rights groups hope Caribbean tide is turning towards LGBT equality

August 16, 2016
After landmark ruling in Belize, human rights groups hope Caribbean tide is turning towards LGBT equality BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Following in the wake of Hurricane Earl, a wind of change blew through Belize last week in the form of a widely anticipated court decision. On August 10, 2016, chief justice of Belize Kenneth Benjamin struck down Section 53 of the Criminal Code, a colonial-era...

Letter: Belize prime minister's latest moves

August 15, 2016
Letter: Belize prime minister's latest moves Given the untenable socio-economic, financial and moral quagmire in which Belize finds itself, the move by PM Barrow to appoint Dr Carla Barnett as minister of state in the ministry of finance comes as no surprise. In effect, her acknowledged credentials among the multilateral funding agencies...

IDB supports Belize with emergency assistance in response to Hurricane Earl

August 13, 2016
IDB supports Belize with emergency assistance in response to Hurricane Earl WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will support the government of Belize’s efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to communities affected by Hurricane Earl with a US$200,000 grant. The objective of the grant is to support the National Emergency...

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