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IMF staff completes mission to Belize

May 27, 2016
IMF staff completes mission to Belize BELMOPAN, Belize -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Jacques Bouhga-Hagbe visited Belize during May 11–25 to hold discussions in the context of the country’s 2016 Article IV Consultation. At the conclusion of the visit, Bouhga-Hagbe issued the following statement:

CDB to fund US$400,000 road project in Belize

May 26, 2016
CDB to fund US$400,000 road project in Belize BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The village of Crooked Tree in Belize is home to approximately 1,000 residents, many of whom need to commute daily for employment or educational opportunities. Currently, the village can only be accessed via a 5.6km-long unpaved road.

Poets Corner: Shock Wave

May 26, 2016
Poets Corner: Shock Wave Pause for a cause Let’s look at our laws The Mayan cause Is Belize’s cause Their ICJ victory Made legal history Setting precedence for indigenous peoples throughout the territory This makes the status quo uneasy Sending shockwaves throughout the hegemony The NGC, NCC and...

Poets Corner: Belize-Guatemala takeover

May 19, 2016
Poets Corner: Belize-Guatemala takeover All you Alices in Wonderland Marcus Garvey tried to make you understand “A people without knowledge of their history culture and origin are like trees without roots!” Dealing with Belizeans is like pulling out tooth Did you not see what Guatemala did with their indigenous population?

Commentary: Guatemala must stop its citizens from coming into Belize to commit crimes

May 18, 2016
Commentary: Guatemala must stop its citizens from coming into Belize to commit crimes For centuries now the Mayas and the Garifuna people have been going back and forth to Guatemala to meet with their relatives, trade and seek refuge when the Guatemalan military is slaughtering them. The Belize government does not have the military to stop and apprehend the...

Another shooting incident at Belize-Guatemala border

May 17, 2016
Another shooting incident at Belize-Guatemala border BELMOPAN, Belize -- Tensions over the disputed border between Guatemala and Belize increased over the weekend following a new shooting incident. Belize said one of its patrols had to shoot and wound a Guatemalan man who threatened them with a machete after he was found with...

Belize banks named in US federal law suit

May 16, 2016
Belize banks named in US federal law suit MIAMI, USA -- A Florida e-commerce payment processing company filed a law suit in US federal court in Miami on Friday, alleging that credit card giant Visa allowed banks in Belize to process international transactions without proper licensing. The allegations include fraud, breach of contract...

Caribbean indigenous peoples call for 'a seat at the table'

May 13, 2016
Caribbean indigenous peoples call for 'a seat at the table' BELIZE CITY, Belize -- The Caribbean’s indigenous people have urged that they be given a seat at the political table so as to safeguard their rights to their ancestral lands and resources, as they wrapped up an historic University of the West Indies conference of indigenous peoples.

OAS to deploy experts to investigate shooting incident in Belize-Guatemala adjacency zone

May 6, 2016
OAS to deploy experts to investigate shooting incident in Belize-Guatemala adjacency zone WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, on Wednesday met with the ministers of foreign affairs of Belize and Guatemala in reference to the recent incidents in the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone and the Sarstoon River.

Commentary: Belize belongs to Belizeans

May 5, 2016
Commentary: Belize belongs to Belizeans The Guatemalan claim to Belize, like all the claims that exist among the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, has its roots in the Treaty of Tordesillas that was signed between Spain and Portugal in 1493 and approved by the then Catholic Pope Alexander VI of Spain.

Letter: Egregious and dictatorial move by Belize PM

May 5, 2016
Letter: Egregious and dictatorial move by Belize PM Amid the egregious and dictatorial move by the Prime Minister Dean Oliver Barrow, to intentionally impinge upon the rights of Belizeans to move freely on the Sarstoon River, the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) commits to ensuring that such contemptuous treatment of our citizens...

Editorial: Belize, Guyana and the Iron Lady

May 3, 2016
Editorial: Belize, Guyana and the Iron Lady Following the recent shooting incident on the Belize-Guatemala border and the subsequent buildup of Guatemalan troops in the area, Amandala (described as Belize’s leading newspaper) published a scathing editorial, highly critical of the perceived passivity of the government in Belmopan.

Belize launches Caribbean's latest internet exchange point

April 30, 2016
Belize launches Caribbean's latest internet exchange point BELIZE CITY, Belize -- The Belize Public Utilities Commission announced that Belize’s first Internet exchange point, named BIXP, was successfully launched in Belize City on April 27 at the campus of the University of Belize.  The launch was the culmination of unprecedented collaboration...

The Caribbean's 'Disappearing People' renew claim for rights and survival

April 30, 2016
The Caribbean's 'Disappearing People' renew claim for rights and survival BELIZE CITY, Belize -- In many Caribbean lands, they now exist only in history books, having moved, been killed off or exiled when conquering Europeans came in the 16th and 17th century. In Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and...

Poets Corner: Saviours!

April 29, 2016
Poets Corner: Saviours! Will Mejia is our savior The PM is acting like a beggar Shameless begging the Guatemalans in front of his own citizens He literally diminished his charge I thought he was the Head Niger in charge Molina showcasing that his gonads are large Dean is the leader of the nation And can’t even display...

OAS to conduct independent investigation into death of Guatemalan minor in Belize adjacency zone

April 28, 2016
OAS to conduct independent investigation into death of Guatemalan minor in Belize adjacency zone WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) will conduct, at the request of the governments of Belize and Guatemala, an independent investigation of the April 20 incident that led to the death of the Guatemalan minor Julio René Alvarado Ruano and in which...

Poets Corner: Death Trap

April 26, 2016
Poets Corner: Death Trap The Starstoon Base Is nothing but a disgrace? This structure was built in haste Just to save face Perhaps we'll wait until our soldier disappear without a trace Given the aggression at the border it’s unsafe? If I was a soldier I would never go to that place People trying to impress the populace...

Letter: Guatemala ups the ante by amassing troops at the Belize-Guatemala border

April 25, 2016
Letter: Guatemala ups the ante by amassing troops at the Belize-Guatemala border On Wednesday, 20 April, a Belize Defence Force (BDF) unit in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve (inside Belizean territory) became engaged with illegal Guatemalan usurpers. Matters escalated with those who were illegally operating in Belize and unfortunately, there was a loss of life.

OAS condemns shooting death of Guatemalan minor in Belize adjacency zone

April 23, 2016
OAS condemns shooting death of Guatemalan minor in Belize adjacency zone WASHINGTON, USA -- The OAS General Secretariat has condemned the death of a Guatemalan minor at the hands of a Belizean patrol, and urged both sides to redouble efforts to establish a lasting peace in the adjacency zone between the two countries. The OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone...

CDC issues zika virus travel advisory for Belize

April 23, 2016
CDC issues zika virus travel advisory for Belize ATLANTA, USA -- On Monday, the US Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) issued a zika virus travel notice for Belize. CDC has issued a number of previous travel notices (level 2, “practice enhanced precautions”) for people traveling to destinations with zika. Travelers to areas...

Poets Corner: Entertained

April 21, 2016
Poets Corner: Entertained Are not entertained Seeing, hearing, yet another black gang leader slain Are you not entertained? Yet another mother is crying in pain Are you not entertained? Who will now be blamed? The population has to now be restrained This is insane! Belizeans we are all to blame For surrendering...

US releases 2015 human rights report

April 15, 2016
US releases 2015 human rights report WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that the human rights standards...

Poets Corner: Consent

April 14, 2016
Poets Corner: Consent Thirteen-year-old giving consent to four men is absurd The mere title gets on my last nerve Police charge two that’s the word Looking for the next two speaks wonders Belize does not have sufficient child protection laws for teenagers Our children are not protected from predators...

Venezuelans named in Panama Papers to be investigated, says president

April 11, 2016
Venezuelans named in Panama Papers to be investigated, says president MIAMI, USA -- Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has asked the country’s chief prosecutor to investigate all Venezuelans whose names appear in the so-called “Panama Papers” – over 11 million leaked documents that originated with a Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Caribbean Fisheries Forum meets to discuss emerging challenges

April 11, 2016
Caribbean Fisheries Forum meets to discuss emerging challenges BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) -- Fisheries experts from across the Caribbean region travelled to Guyana last week for the 14th meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum -- the primary technical deliberative body of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). The Forum met...

US Supreme Court asks solicitor general to weigh in on Belize petition

March 31, 2016
US Supreme Court asks solicitor general to weigh in on Belize petition MINNEAPOLIS, USA -- On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States called for the views of the solicitor general regarding the government of Belize’s petition for a writ of certiorari from a decision by the DC Circuit. Belize’s petition asks the Court to resolve a circuit split between...

IMF concludes consultation with Belize

March 30, 2016
IMF concludes consultation with Belize WASHINGTON, USA -- The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded the Article IV Consultation with Belize. Real GDP growth reached 3.6 percent in 2014, up from 1.5 percent in 2013 and well above the five-year average of 2.9 percent. A rebound in agriculture...

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