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Health sector plagued by political appointments, says PNP leader
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Health sector plagued by political appointments, says PNP leader

By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter People’s National Party Leader Will Maheia condemned this week the various incidents of misappropriation of funds in the Ministry of Health, citing political appointments as one of the major causes. “There are too many political appointees in the ministry; this system creates an environment that […]

PG  prioritised for multi-million-dollar sporting facility
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PG prioritised for multi-million-dollar sporting facility

By Marion V. Ali Staff Reporter Priority is being given to Toledo, oftentimes referred to as “the forgotten district,” for a new multi-milliondollar indoor sporting facility. The process of procuring the architectural team has already begun, and according to Christy Mastry, general manager of Belize Infrastructure Limited, the architectural design […]

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DOE addressing oil spill problems in Belize

By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter The Department of the Environment (DOE) is currently in the process of addressing problems of oil spills by updating and revising the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan through meetings with relevant stakeholders. Maxine Monsanto, acting senior environmental officer for DOE, explained to The Reporter […]

BML owner says CitCo changed payment plans
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BML owner says CitCo changed payment plans

By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter Belize Maintenance Limited (BML)’s owner, Lawrence Ellis, said that he was supposed to receive a payment on Wednesday but was told by City Council that he would not receive a payment for the next two weeks. According to Ellis, BML and CitCo had met […]

BCCI and Auditor General talk PAC
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BCCI and Auditor General talk PAC

By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter Auditor General Dorothy Bradley said she is open to dialoguing with civil society on ways to raise awareness and apply pressure on the government for the reform and reconstitution of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). “I have absolutely no problem with that; I am […]

Parliamentarians meet in Belize
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Parliamentarians meet in Belize

By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter Belize hosted a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) workshop for the Caribbean, Atlantic and Americas region to discuss ways to improve the effectiveness of parliament in each respective member country. According to Speaker of the House of Representatives Michael Peyrefitte, the purpose of the week-long […]

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CITO working towards E-government

By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter To address rising demands for efficiency in the public sector, the Central Information Technology Office, which is the Government’s technology arm, is taking steps to upgrade current manual government processes to Electronic Government (e-government) processes. E-Government E-Government strategies, as defined by the United Nations Public […]

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Auditor General annual report almost completed

By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter The Auditor General’s annual report for the year 2011-2012 should be prepared, completed and submitted within the next three weeks, Auditor General Dorothy Bradley said Wednesday. According to Bradley her office has almost completed that audit after having received financial statements from the Accountant […]

NTUCB on the OSH Bill
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NTUCB on the OSH Bill

By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) agrees that the proposed Occupational Safety and Health Bill may need amendments before being passed, Dylan Reneau NTUCB president said. The union and the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) have both made submissions to […]

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Mexico approves oil sector reforms

(BBC)-Mexico’s Congress has approved sweeping changes to the country’s energy industry which will see private oil contracts awarded in the country for the first time since 1938. New laws voted in on Wednesday will open the market to foreign oil firms. As a result, state-owned energy group Pemex will lose […]