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A Wave of Attacks

By Neri Briceno The media in any democracy is a part of, and is as important as any of the fundamental elements which constitute that democracy such as the legislature, the executive, the judiciary, the opposition and most importantly, the people themselves. Democracy does not operate within a vacuum and […]

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A focus on export can help Belize grow faster

As I have mentioned in previous Ripples, this writer supports the Inclusive Growth framework, of which growth is a pivotal cornerstone. But whether one adheres to the relatively young (and evolving) inclusive growth philosophies or to that of Pro-Poor growth, the common thread is that the country needs to grow. […]

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Customs crocodile tears

By Neri Briceno The recent revelation that staff within the Customs Department are complaining that they will now lose overtime work because of the newly updated Asycuda System, is one of the most laughable things I have heard of in recent times. It is an open secret that the Customs […]

DIGICELL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN
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DIGICELL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN

Contributed by: Senator Lisa Shoman I write to you on the mentioned subject in several capacities – as a former Chairman of Belize Telecommunications Limited, a Senator, a Belizean, and a woman. As a taxpayer, I would also add the capacity of shareholder. DigiCell has, for some time now been […]

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Productivity Matters Part IV: Tourism

Over the past few installments of this conversation on the role that productivity and efficiency (measured by Total Factor Productivity, TFP) have in the economic growth debate, we’ve done two things. Firstly, by using the work of Abdychev et. al (2015)—entitled “Increasing Productivity Growth In Middle Income Countries”—we’ve established the […]

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The Role of the Opposition

In a real democracy, the will of the people prevails. Ideally, political parties chart a mandate which is pretty much a plan of what they want to do for the nation. The plan generally encompasses broad areas such an economic, social, security, environmental and educational portion. This is then presented […]

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Productivity Matters & Technology Matters Part III: Quality of the Labor Force

Our last discussion took us relatively close to the austerity-versus-stimulus debate, as we looked at the marginal impact that debt could have on the level of a country’s productivity—which is measured as Total Factor Productivity (TFP) and is a significant contributor to growth throughout the Caribbean region. More specifically, we […]

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To be or not to be

Contributed by: Lisa Shoman In early 2013, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) launched a new advertising campaign for Belize. Research conducted by the BTB showed that Belize needed to “re-brand” after 26 years of being Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret” and ‘Discover How to Be” was launched as Belize’s new […]

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Daily cola raises cancer risk due to caramel coloring

The chemical process during the manufacture of the caramel coloring used in soft drinks such as colas produces a carcinogen that could be raising the risk of cancerabove the accepted threshold. That threshold is one extra case in every 100,000 people consuming the drinks, a new cancer study suggests.. The […]

Belizean manatee researcher featured  in WWF magazine
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Belizean manatee researcher featured in WWF magazine

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Jamal Galves, a manatee researcher and expert has received international attention through a feature article by the World Wildlife Fund’s magazine. The magazine picked up Galves’ story from he was a child growing up in Gales Point Manatee Village. It states that Galves would frequently […]