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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...

Belize strikes down anti-sodomy laws

August 12, 2016
Belize strikes down anti-sodomy laws BELMOPAN, Belize -- The Belize Supreme Court on Wednesday made a historic ruling in favour of gay activist Caleb Orozco, and has struck down the country’s anti-sodomy law. This is the first case launched in the Caribbean and the first case where the sodomy laws have been overturned.

UWI ready to support Belize following Hurricane Earl

August 11, 2016
UWI ready to support Belize following Hurricane Earl KINGSTON, Jamaica -- At the peak of the hurricane season, The University of the West Indies (UWI) said it remains watchful and poised to lend support to its Caribbean neighbours. Outreach has begun for the recovery efforts in Belize after it was hard hit by Hurricane Earl.

Letter: Response to the Belize PM's Cabinet shuffle

August 11, 2016
Letter: Response to the Belize PM's Cabinet shuffle The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) views the prime minister’s announced Cabinet shuffle with great contempt. Although not unforeseen, it is an affront to the people of this nation, for amid the ever-increasing levels of crime, criminality, and all-out corruption at the highest levels of government...

European Union provides relief aid to victims of Hurricane Earl in Belize

August 10, 2016
European Union provides relief aid to victims of Hurricane Earl in Belize BELIZE CITY, Belize -- In response to Hurricane Earl, which struck Belize on 4 August 2016 causing significant damage across the country, the European Commission is providing 50,000 EUR in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected populations. This EU funding supports the Belize Red Cross...

WestJet becomes only Canadian carrier flying non-stop to Belize City

August 9, 2016
WestJet becomes only Canadian carrier flying non-stop to Belize City CALGARY, Canada -- WestJet will begin serving Belize City, Belize, non-stop from Toronto Pearson International Airport starting October 29, 2016. "WestJet is proud to become the only Canadian carrier to fly non-stop to the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize,"...

Poets Corner: Power Belize

August 9, 2016
Poets Corner: Power Belize Centralized Power Belize is gruesome Episode one was with Mason Being caught with the decapitated head and one hundred thousand The whole police department run helter skelter All finger pointing to yet another minister Like the character Llobos in power Episode two starts...

Letter: De-risking and the future of indigenous banks in CARICOM: The effort of finance ministers

August 8, 2016
Letter: De-risking and the future of indigenous banks in CARICOM: The effort of finance ministers The case of Belize Bank, published in the August 4, 2016, edition of Caribbean News Now (Belize bank hit by withdrawals and corresponding banking de-risking) demonstrates the urgency of finding and implementing counter de-risking measures in a robust and unrelenting manner as promised...

Hurricane warning issued for Belize

August 4, 2016
Hurricane warning issued for Belize MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Earl was expected to increase to hurricane strength by the time it makes landfall in Belize on Wednesday night or early Thursday. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 4 pm CDT on Wednesday, the centre of Earl was located...

Belize bank hit by withdrawals and correspondent bank de-risking

August 4, 2016
Belize bank hit by withdrawals and correspondent bank de-risking BELIZE CITY, Belize -- An offshore bank owned by Britain’s Lord Ashcroft has closed a large number of customer accounts and faced a wave of withdrawal requests after becoming increasingly caught up in a US tax-evasion crackdown and the withdrawal of foreign correspondent...

Commentary: 154 Years, 1,179 Days: The long wait for gay rights in Belize

August 4, 2016
Commentary: 154 Years, 1,179 Days: The long wait for gay rights in Belize The upcoming verdict of an LGBTQ discrimination case brought against the Attorney General of Belize will help decide whether the nation’s antiquated colonial laws regarding homosexuality may soon be updated. While such laws are generally not enforced, they contain inflammatory and bigoted...

Poets Corner: John dah no Penner!

July 30, 2016
Poets Corner: John dah no Penner! John dah no Penner Is John dah wah fighter? John dah the “Big Deal” Did Deeno support Faber to get the steal? Dah murder the paper wrote Deh naah go tek back no chat Shuffle the deck Deeno ah the King a di pact Look how him bold and got bad back He have quell the people or deh...

Poets Corner: Krucus

July 25, 2016
Poets Corner: Krucus Lewelyn Lucas is talking to us We’re bussing their krucus Faber throw Saldivar under the bus Barrow throw Papa Mena under the bus We need to follow the money fuss These investigators need to stop playing with us Mason supported campaign and sports Which media house will give...

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...

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