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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...

Commentary: Belize must take a tougher stand against Guatemala

January 10, 2017
Commentary: Belize must take a tougher stand against Guatemala For the Guatemalan Congress to pass laws to have jurisdiction over our land, sea and territory is a gross violation of international law. We should tell the president and government of Guatemala to void the laws within 30 Days. Failure to act within this time period will result in our government...

Southwest Airlines adds new destinations in the Caribbean

January 6, 2017
Southwest Airlines adds new destinations in the Caribbean DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines has announced plans to bring its iconic brand, low fares, and exceptional customer service to the Cayman Islands, beginning June 4, 2017. The carrier filed an application with the US Department of Transportation to serve Owen Roberts International...

Poets Corner: Terrorism

January 4, 2017
Poets Corner: Terrorism Ministers should be sent to prison For treasonous acts against Belizean citizens After the eleven days strike, government never learned its lesson Attempting to withhold the teachers’ salaries was an act of terrorism Belize has a terrorism act But most Belizeans are ignorant of this fact...

Poets Corner: Economy!

December 30, 2016
Poets Corner: Economy! We are missing opportunities Where are Belize’s uranium, marble and agriculture industries? Belize already has nuclear energy With all the uranium in this country Dah nuclear Science wi pickney fi di study Where are our nuclear scientists of this country? Why are we not exploiting this facility?

Poets Corner: Defeat

December 24, 2016
Poets Corner: Defeat The law has lost it teeth The PM is admitting defeat Returning Belize to law and order is an impossible feat Only in Belize Vanessa Retreage Since the people’s heads are buried in the sand like ostrich Our people are so naive! Only in Belize Can an attorney general be threatened with...

Poets Corner: Guatelizean

December 19, 2016
Poets Corner: Guatelizean So Belizean di call deh self Gaza While the Israeli president th thank Guatemala For helping them to settle Gaza Fast tract to the ICJ You fools think Israel won’t help Guatemala to have their way Guatelizeans can’t you see your trust and patrimony is being betrayed Government is giving our...

Bahamian motivational speaker visits Belize

December 17, 2016
Bahamian motivational speaker visits Belize BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Bahamian born, international motivational speaker, corporate trainer, talk show host, bishop of motivation and author, Spence Finlayson, was the featured speaker in Belize City, Belize, for the Anglican Diocese of Belize Cursillo Retreat recently. Finlayson, a cursillista...

UKCIF funds road rehabilitation study in Belize

December 16, 2016
UKCIF funds road rehabilitation study in Belize BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant of £1 million (US$1.24 million) to assist in financing a technical assistance project for the rehabilitation of the Coastal Highway in Belize. The funds, which are being provided through the...

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