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Commentary: The brutal murder and beheading of a beloved pastor in Belize

July 23, 2016
Commentary: The brutal murder and beheading of a beloved pastor in Belize On Saturday, July 16, 2016, I received a text from a family member that the police in Belmopan, Belize, had found the head of her relative Llewellyn Lucas, better known as “Pastor Lue” in a bucket in a vehicle belonging to a Canadian man. When I heard this I was shocked, amazed, angry...

ECLAC team trains Belize public finance managers

July 22, 2016
ECLAC team trains Belize public finance managers BELMOPAN, Belize -- Twenty government officials from Belize benefitted from a one week workshop to build capacity in conducting public expenditure reviews (PERs), focusing on applications for education, health, agriculture and social protection. PERs are intended to align expenditures...

Letter: Concern over CARICOM's shortsightedness involving Guatemala's aggression

July 21, 2016
Letter: Concern over CARICOM's shortsightedness involving Guatemala's aggression During the 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the regional grouping demonstrated a most disturbing example of digressive group-think by embracing the government of Belize’s ill-conceived intent to appease Guatemala.

Commentary: Race can influence police officers in carrying out their duties

July 14, 2016
Commentary: Race can influence police officers in carrying out their duties Before I came to the United States, I served five years in the Belize Police Force and was assigned to the Patrol and Criminal Investigation branches in Belize City, NCO i/c Criminal Investigation Branch Orange Walk District and NCO i/c Hattieville Police Station Belize District. I joined the...

CARICOM to continue robust advocacy against de-risking

July 11, 2016
CARICOM to continue robust advocacy against de-risking GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is advancing its efforts to address de-risking and its effects on the region and heads of government have taken the decision to approach the government of the United States directly. Prime minister of Jamaica...

Letter: Belize government rebuked over intent to amend Referendum Act

July 11, 2016
Letter: Belize government rebuked over intent to amend Referendum Act The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) denounces in the most definitive of terms the announcement by the government of Belize (GOB) of its intent to amend our nation’s Referendum Act. The prime minister’s inclination, alone, reeks of a misguided and self-serving agenda, which is par for...

CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana

July 9, 2016
CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 4 – 6, 2016, concluded on Wednesday. The prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings.

CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda

July 9, 2016
CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda WASHINGTON, USA -- Professor Goulda Downer, chair of the Caribbean Political Action Committee (C-PAC) and a member of Howard University Medical School Faculty, recently spearheaded a meeting with Caribbean ambassadors in Washington to brief them about the Global Health Security...

CRFM and Japan discuss new initiative for fisheries co-management and socio-economic survey

July 7, 2016
CRFM and Japan discuss new initiative for fisheries co-management and socio-economic survey BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) -- Milton Haughton, the executive director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), met on Tuesday at the CRFM’s Secretariat in Belize City with Masaru Honda, team leader of the Japan-funded Caribbean Fisheries Co-management Project.

Letter: Belize government complicity in the use of social security funds

July 7, 2016
Letter: Belize government complicity in the use of social security funds The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) finds the recent announcement from the government of Belize (GOB) concerning its intended use of Social Security Board (SSB) funds to purchase shares in utility companies as, not only egregious, but also ill-conceived, 40 million in the failed...

Poets Corner: The Best!

July 4, 2016
Poets Corner: The Best! Winning votes In Belize is a joke People believe in hanging on to politician’s shirt coat The mentality of street man Dah fi be dependent pan politicians No politicians have ever ran the business of this nation They are all about winning elections Weed, rum, sand or cash in hand...

Letter: Brexit to exacerbate Belize's downward economic spiral

July 2, 2016
Letter: Brexit to exacerbate Belize's downward economic spiral The $445+ million arbitration judgement for BTL, the $325 million waste of PetroCaribe funds, and the $55 million from SSB are a few of the blatant, in-your-face, evidence of the present government’s mismanagement of the economy in the name of maintaining power at any cost.

International attention focused on vulnerability of Belize barrier reef

June 29, 2016
International attention focused on vulnerability of Belize barrier reef BELIZE CITY, Belize -- A World Heritage Committee draft decision released on 10th June by UNESCO signaled a possible decision to retain the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System on the list of world heritage in danger. Several deadlines to meet required indicators outlined by UNESCO in the desired...

Commentary: Belizeans will vote no to the ICJ unless our government takes certain steps

June 29, 2016
Commentary: Belizeans will vote no to the ICJ unless our government takes certain steps Many Belizeans like myself believe that the Guatemalan claim handed down to our country by Great Britain after we attained our independence on September 21, 1981, is an undue burden handed down to us by the British. It was and still is in my opinion the British responsibility to settle this...

Letter: The case for the production of industrial hemp

June 25, 2016
Letter: The case for the production of industrial hemp Last Wednesday, the Marijuana Commission of CARICOM began consultations in Kingstown, St Vincent, as mandated by the 2014 CARICOM conference of heads of governments’ decision to “examine the social, economic. health and legal issues surrounding the various aspects...

Belize and Guatemala begin negotiations at OAS over Sarstoon River dispute

June 23, 2016
Belize and Guatemala begin negotiations at OAS over Sarstoon River dispute WASHINGTON, USA -- Delegations from Belize and Guatemala, headed by their respective foreign ministers, met on Tuesday at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC, with Secretary General Luis Almagro to begin to negotiate the terms of...

Poets Corner: Ghetto reality!

June 23, 2016
Poets Corner: Ghetto reality! This is our reality Real ghetto reality This is my reality Real ghetto reality I remember the days when police use to work eena zone Despite war or peace time officer could talk pan deh phone When push came to shove they could walk home alone When ZBLO officer could walk eena zone four...

Belize downloads its digital dreams

June 21, 2016
Belize downloads its digital dreams HAVANA, Cuba -- Errol Cattouse is a man on a mission. He's the chief operating officer of Centaur Cable and the newly appointed chairman of Belize’s internet exchange point. Launched in Belize City on April 27, the exchange point is seen as a key component in the country’s growing technology sector.

Letter: Belize Progressive Party vehemently protests OAS resolution

June 20, 2016
Letter: Belize Progressive Party vehemently protests OAS resolution The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) expresses its vehement condemnation of the recent, draft declaration on the resolution passed by the Organisation of American States (OAS) at its 46th Regular Assembly, held in the Dominican Republic. The resolution, which speaks to the commitment...

CCJ dismisses gay rights case

June 13, 2016
CCJ dismisses gay rights case PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Friday delivered its highly anticipated judgment in the case of Maurice Tomlinson v the State of Belize and the State of Trinidad and Tobago. Tomlinson, a Jamaican national, a homosexual and prominent LGBTI...

Commentary: Belizeans living in the Diaspora should have all citizenship rights

June 11, 2016
Commentary: Belizeans living in the Diaspora should have all citizenship rights All Belizeans who were born in the country of Belize are citizens of Belize despite the fact that they decided to become citizens of the United States of America and other countries to qualify for dual citizenship. Currently, these Belizeans' children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren qualify...

Poets Corner: Pontius Pilate

June 8, 2016
Poets Corner: Pontius Pilate Vega’s resigning was throwing a tantrum He did try to give Deeno an ultimatum But Deeno does not take kind to ultimatums Saldivars alleged uprising is a tantrum Imagine this G11 gave Deeno an ultimatum Deeno knows his power is maximum He does not listen to minister throwing tantrums...

Letter: Belize Progressive Party calls for action under UNSC Article 39

June 4, 2016
Letter: Belize Progressive Party calls for action under UNSC Article 39 Given the government of Belize’s (GOB) false, singular narrative that going to the ICJ is the only recourse to address Guatemala’s unfounded claim, the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) calls on Belizeans both at home and abroad to take definitive action.  Having demonstrated the logic...

Belize to reduce environmental pollution in emerging tourism sites with IDB assistance

June 3, 2016
Belize to reduce environmental pollution in emerging tourism sites with IDB assistance WASHINGTON, USA -- Belize will reduce environmental pollution by improving solid waste management practices in emerging tourism destinations with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). A $10 million IDB loan will finance investments to improve solid waste transport...

Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada

June 2, 2016
Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Beginning Sunday, June 5, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom for maritime and internal security and disaster response training in Grenada as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2016.

Letter: GOB complacency, rather complicity, amid Guatemala's unprovoked aggression

May 31, 2016
Letter: GOB complacency, rather complicity, amid Guatemala's unprovoked aggression With the overabundance of chicanery being promulgated by the various enemies to Belize's territorial integrity, sovereignty and overall well-being, who include: the PUDP, the OAS and the government of Guatemala, I sincerely hope that Belizeans are not only making note, but are also...

Poets Corner: UN Resolutions

May 31, 2016
Poets Corner: UN Resolutions The ICJ has no power To litigate this matter Unless both Belize and Guatemala  Give them that power No exchange notes were given to the UN by Guatemala From 1931 when we were demarcating the border Their Congress did ratify the matter Britain was snubbing Guatemala with...

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