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Honduras president urges Central American neighbours to join customs union

July 5, 2017
Honduras president urges Central American neighbours to join customs union SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica -- Last week, while attending the Central American Integration System (SICA) Summit in Costa Rica, Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández proposed expanding the Honduran-Guatemalan customs union to include other Central American nations. "Guatemala and Honduras...

Honduras and Guatemala launch historic customs union

June 29, 2017
Honduras and Guatemala launch historic customs union TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- This week, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales launched a customs union predicted to boost both their countries' economies by over one percent. They kicked off the union at the Corinto border post connecting their nations.

Newly released Caribbean renewable energy index highlights opportunities for investors

June 7, 2017
Newly released Caribbean renewable energy index highlights opportunities for investors MIAMI, USA -- Pan American Finance on Tuesday released the first edition of the Caribbean Basin Renewable Energy Investment Index, measuring the investment potential in renewable energy for then countries in the region: Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala...

Commentary: All Garifuna must oppose the sale of Baliceaux

May 9, 2017
Commentary: All Garifuna must oppose the sale of Baliceaux Centuries before the Europeans and the British came to this part of the world our Garifuna people had their own nation by the name of “Yurumein”, now known as St Vincent and the Grenadines. We had a government that was headed by a paramount chief and other chiefs that had jurisdiction...

Venezuela accuses Latin American neighbours of 'meddling'

April 19, 2017
Venezuela accuses Latin American neighbours of 'meddling' CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has criticised as "meddling" a joint statement by 11 Latin American countries calling on Venezuela's government to "guarantee the right to peaceful protest". In their joint statement, the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile...

Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 6 of 6): Volcanic flowers

April 6, 2017
Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 6 of 6): Volcanic flowers My alarm went off at 6am. Despite how impossible it was for me to fall asleep with the Halloween festivities going on, I tiptoed around the room as I packed my bag for the hike. The tour company I booked with was coming to the hostel at 7am. Side note, I paid 200 quetzales ($26) for my trip.

Building Central America's internet community: Diverse Guatemalan voices gather in historic meeting

April 4, 2017
Building Central America's internet community: Diverse Guatemalan voices gather in historic meeting GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- A historic gathering of diverse sectors of Guatemalan society recently took place in the country’s capital, hosted by the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Address Registry, commonly known as LACNIC. The gathering, called LACNIC On The Move Guatemala...

Future-proofing our Internet: Caribbean ISPs switching to next-generation protocol

March 31, 2017
Future-proofing our Internet: Caribbean ISPs switching to next-generation protocol GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- Forward-thinking network operators in Latin America and the Caribbean are using the Internet’s next-generation protocol, called IPv6, to gain a business edge over their competitors. The upside for customers is better quality of service, and in the long term a...

Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 5 of 6): Gauntlet of Tortillas

March 30, 2017
Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 5 of 6): Gauntlet of Tortillas Where are we at this point of the story? Is this a story? You could call it that. More so a detailed recollection of my Guatemalan adventures. Hopefully you’re still around. We still have a few more stops to go. I lost my blessing somewhere on the floor of Max’s apartment as I rushed out the door.

Letter: A response to the legal opinion on the Guatemalan claim to Belize

March 30, 2017
Letter: A response to the legal opinion on the Guatemalan claim to Belize Attorney David Fine and editor Evan X Hyde, as a Belizean I commend you for writing this extremely powerful legal opinion on Belizean rights to our country. Also, Mr Hyde for publishing this needed article in his Amandala newspaper to educate our people on this ongoing never ending false claim...

Global experts focus on cybersecurity in Guatemala

March 25, 2017
Global experts focus on cybersecurity in Guatemala GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- Guatemala and other countries of Latin America and the Caribbean must continue to develop a more proactive, all-inclusive response to cybercrime and cyber terrorism. That's the opinion of an international expert panel at a recently concluded regional technology conference.

Internet experts favour Guatemala exchange point

March 24, 2017
Internet experts favour Guatemala exchange point GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- Internet service providers in Guatemala have expressed a commitment to explore ways to work together to strengthen the local Internet. This significant step forward for the country's Internet landscape was facilitated by a regional technology conference...

Global tech experts discuss regional internet development in Guatemala

March 22, 2017
Global tech experts discuss regional internet development in Guatemala GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- Global technology experts are calling for a collaborative, multisectoral approach to the continued development of a more open, stable and secure Internet in Central and South America and the Caribbean. “For Internet users in many Central American societies...

'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...

Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 4 of 6): Beer and bloodshed

March 15, 2017
Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 4 of 6): Beer and bloodshed Four days into my trip in Guatemala felt like four weeks. I had already experienced so many new things and met so many new people that I was unsure how it could get better. What I had seen of the country left me in a state of constant awe. The beauty. The people. Not one thing had gone wrong.

LACNIC On The Move rolls into Guatemala City

March 14, 2017
LACNIC On The Move rolls into Guatemala City GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- Guatemala will host this year’s first edition of the regional technology event LACNIC On The Move, which will take place in Guatemala City on March 20 to 22. LACNIC, the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Address Registry, is holding the three-day...

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...

At least 22 teenage girls burnt to death during protest over sexual abuse in Guatemala

March 10, 2017
At least 22 teenage girls burnt to death during protest over sexual abuse in Guatemala GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- While the world was happily celebrating International Women’s Day on Wednesday, the international community and Guatemalans were thrown into a state of mourning after news emerged that 22 protesting teenage girls were burnt to death in a fire.

Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 3 of 6): AK-47s and God

February 16, 2017
Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 3 of 6): AK-47s and God Slightly hung-over, I stumbled my way out of the hostel property. “You can take a ride with us, bud,” a driver who was bringing backpackers to the city center said as he stood in one of Guatemala’s many military-styled trucks. “No, gracias. I have a bus waiting for me.” I was stupid enough to...

Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 2 of 6): The Bridge of Letting Go

February 9, 2017
Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 2 of 6): The Bridge of Letting Go I bid the taxi driver farewell, silently thanked him for not trying to rob me (again, stupid but true) and followed the teenager, Daniel, down the street. “Just hop in there and wait for a bit, my friend,” he said as he pointed to a very large truck with a huge bed in the back covered with a green military tarp.

Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 1): Why would anyone want to go to Guatemala?

February 2, 2017
Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 1): Why would anyone want to go to Guatemala? “Why would anyone want to go to Guatemala?” I asked myself as I sat in front of my laptop in Costa Rica’s Cafe Milagro. I had been in the country for a month and wanted to get out and explore the rest of Central America. The usual suspects? Nicaragua. Nah, another time. Panama. Been there...

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...

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...

Journalist and wife murdered in Guatemala

November 12, 2016
Journalist and wife murdered in Guatemala MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has condemned the murder of journalist Hamilton Hernández Vásquez and his wife in Guatemala and called on the authorities to investigate swiftly so as to identify those responsible and learn the motive for the crime, and...

Letter: BPP condemns latest Guatemala armed forces aggression

November 11, 2016
Letter: BPP condemns latest Guatemala armed forces aggression Belizeans and the world recently learned of another aggression by the Guatemalan Armed Forces against our Belize Defence Force. This is very disturbing, however even more disturbing is the fact that the brigadier general seems to down play the aggressive behavior of the GAF.

Commentary: The Garifuna people need to address their living conditions in all countries

November 1, 2016
Commentary: The Garifuna people need to address their living conditions in all countries From the time our Garifuna people were removed from their homeland; “Yurumein”, now known as St Vincent and the Grenadines, and imprisoned on the island of Baliceaux in 1796, their lives have never been the same since. Our people were then subsequently removed from...

Taiwan notes silence of some Caribbean and Latin American allies at UN

September 28, 2016
Taiwan notes silence of some Caribbean and Latin American allies at UN NEW YORK, USA -- Taiwan said it has taken note of the deafening silence on the part of some of its Caribbean and Latin American diplomatic allies at the United Nations regarding its open bid to play a higher role in international affairs. This was observed by Taiwanese media observing...

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