Editorial

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Proposed legislation introduced last week in the House of Representatives has set out long jail sentences for gang leaders and gang members who break the law, and lighter sentences for anyone who intentionally hides a gang member or offers him sanctuary from the law. Sentences can run anywhere from 3 […]

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Two gang-related incidents last week show the emergence of city-based gangs to be forces to be reckoned with. The funeral last Sunday of slain gang leader Kendis Flowers was a staged event, calculated to show the community that life with the gangs is a life to which many of our […]

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The black tide of gangland murders (6 persons dead in Belize City in one week) has quite overwhelmed Belize City, forcing the Prime Minister to invoke emergency powers of search and detention under the Constitution for certain areas of Belize City where gang influence is high. The gangs have consolidated […]

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Final results for the Town Council election on San Pedro show that there is a gap of 38 votes between the candidate for Mayor, Daniel Guerrero of the UDP and his PUP rival, Abner Perez. The gap between other rival candidates was wider – a margin of 325 votes for […]

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Softly, softly, but with devastating result, the People’s United Party under leader John Briceño upset the balance of power in last Wednesday’s municipal elections, winning Belize City, Orange Walk and Corozal Towns A low voter turnout, the thing the UDP incumbents dreaded most, was responsible for the loss in Belize […]

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The fact that the Ministry of Finance has written to the various Department Heads to warn of a possible crash if they do not hold the line on spending, has sent tremors of apprehension in the business and wider community. In his memo, the Financial Secretary told Department Heads that […]

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Reading through the two page newspaper spread put out this week by the Central Bank of Belize concerning the economic outlook for our country was one of the most depressing things we have done this year. The report speaks of a .5 (point five) contraction of the economy in 2016 […]

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Belize City Council elections are to be held next month on Wednesday, March 7, but we still have not seen anything like a written Manifesto, setting out what the two opposing parties plan to do for the City if elected. There has been a lot of street activity and a […]

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Police Commissioner Allen Whylie this week outlined a broad initiative, which aims at breaking the power and influence of the gangs in Belize by targeting the leaders and by bringing under surveillance, people who support gangs and provide help and comfort to their leaders. At the same time the Commissioner […]

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President Donald Trump in the first State of the Union report of his presidency said on Tuesday that he expects countries who receive US aid to kiss up to him. In his words, he wants Congress “to pass legislation that would help ensure that US foreign assistance dollars always serve […]