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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 […]

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The Grass is greener on the other side of the FFB Fence

So Belize must sit out the CONCACAF Champions League again for another year! Why? Because, again, not a single football stadium in the country is up to FIFA standards for an International match. And that is after almost $2 million has been pumped into the FFB Stadium in Belmopan between […]

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Belize delivered Kim’s passport, but just can’t deliver it back!

by Louis Wade Won Hong Kim was in a Taiwanese prison about to be extradited to his home country of South Korea to answer to charges of embezzlement of Half a Billion dollars when the bright idea surfaced that, IF he were a citizen of another country, the officials must […]

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Court Reporters! A simple solution for a persistent problem

By Kenneth Gale Belize prosecutes defendants under a law and under procedures that are manifestly unjust. Such unjust prosecutions can result in the convictions of the innocent and long periods of punitive imprisonment while an innocent defendant awaits trial. Such inappropriate procedures have resulted in low conviction rates and the […]

Isabel Bennett – the long road to recovery
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Isabel Bennett – the long road to recovery

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The Webster’s Dictionary defines strength, with reference to character, as “the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force” or “the quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way.” According to this definition, strength is only visible […]