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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...

Commentary: Garinagu organization and political growth in Belize - Part 3

December 16, 2016
Commentary: Garinagu organization and political growth in Belize - Part 3 The 1980s is a significant period in Belize and for the Garinagu, as the country in 1981 obtained its independence from Britain. Although discrimination continues in employment promotion and granting certain positions, prejudice against Garinagu decreased in the post-independence period.

CDB approves US$10 million to support Belize poverty reduction agency

December 15, 2016
CDB approves US$10 million to support Belize poverty reduction agency BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will assist the government of Belize in strengthening an institution that is a key partner and important vehicle for providing services to poor and vulnerable communities in that country. CDB’s board of directors last Thursday...

Commentary: Garinagu organization and political growth in Belize - Part 2

December 15, 2016
Commentary: Garinagu organization and political growth in Belize - Part 2 National policy directly targeting Garinagu, for the most part was associated with their settlement/land status and development in their regions. It could be that the reason why the British crown was hesitant in granting land rights to the Maya and Garifuna people was due to the British having problems...

CCJ rules against regulator in Belize telecommunications dispute

December 14, 2016
CCJ rules against regulator in Belize telecommunications dispute PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CCJ) -- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) last week delivered its judgment in the case of Speednet Communications Limited v Public Utilities Commission. The CCJ, the highest appellate court in Belize, reversed the Court of Appeal and found that Speednet...

Commentary: Garinagu organization and political growth in Belize - Part 1

December 14, 2016
Commentary: Garinagu organization and political growth in Belize - Part 1 Belize is located along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean (Circum-Caribbean), between Mexico and Guatemala. Unlike the Spanish-speaking countries in the region, Belize, which was once a British colony, maintains English as its national and official language. In addition, in 1981 Belize was...

Poets Corner: Alphabetization

December 10, 2016
Poets Corner: Alphabetization Let's jumpstart this ballot revolution I call on all teechaaz pupils at our tertiary institutions Let’s alphabetize this nation Many of our people are not literate Some can’t afford school, because they can’t afford the rate Let’s organize to get in their space Many would participate If this would be more...

Poets Corner: Disability Registry

December 6, 2016
Poets Corner: Disability Registry We need a report from the Special Envoy For all the trips and perks she has enjoyed Under the guise of fighting the diversely-abled ploy This the people of Belize a cannot be denied Since neither for us and nothing without is the diversely-abled cry This decadence hurts the I Belize became...

UK threatens to cut Commonwealth funding

December 3, 2016
UK threatens to cut Commonwealth funding LONDON, England -- Just weeks after British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Dominica-born Baroness Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth secretary general, to answer allegations of profligate spending, a new UK government report has warned that the Commonwealth Secretariat...

Commentary: It is not 'where do we go from here' but 'what do we do from here'

December 1, 2016
Commentary: It is not 'where do we go from here' but 'what do we do from here' Our Garifuna people were forcefully removed from their homeland in 1796 to Roatan in the Bay Islands, now a part of Honduras, where they arrived on April 12, 1797. The living conditions on this island were not satisfactory to them, which led to the voluntary migration of our people to Belize.

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