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Surveys: Crime has adverse effect on Caribbean development; Belize suffers only on local front
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Surveys: Crime has adverse effect on Caribbean development; Belize suffers only on local front

By Marion V. Ali Staff Reporter Studies conducted over the last year by the Inter-American Development Bank and the University of the West Indies indicate that crime has had significantly adverse impacts on development in the Caribbean. One report notes that in the Bahamas armed robberies and violent crimes are […]

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“What has changed?”

The Church has always been here in Belize. Homosexuality too, has always been here. The bedroom has always been the domain of privacy; the unknown and the unknowable. Unless, of course, those who are in there speak about what was done; either by way of boasting or by way of […]

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Short-term Thinking Leads to Long-Term Failure

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” ~ Alan Lakein A colleague of mine recently made the observation that our economic history is based on short-term unsustainable activity rather than on long-term efforts. Instead of the agriculture most of our […]

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The Esquivel’s Decision

By: Neri Briceño The critics of the Esquivels have not been as loud or as vocal as those extolling other UDP’s scandals, but nevertheless there have been harsh ones. And while these critics have been crucifying the Esquivels for being sour grapes, placed in the same situation I would dare […]

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Passport case exposes malfunctioning system

If there is any one thing that the “Citizen Kim” passport scandal has done, it has re-emphasized the extent to which Belize’s oversight mechanisms are indeed malfunctioning. Since last September, We, the Belizean people, have watched in real time the true manipulative powers of the One-Party Government. We’ve watched it […]

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A New Lord for Belize?

By Louis Wade His name appeared almost as a blip on Channel 5 News in July of 2013: Lord Neil B Gibson, of LNBG, LLC. But after the win of the now UDP standard bearer for Cayo South, Ralph Huang, the name is back in the public domain, and with […]

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Is OSH Safe For You?

Occupational safety and health in the workplace is unquestionably important. For many businesses, particularly large industrial ones, the recently tabled OSH Bill should merely formalize already existing safety programs. For others, unsafe practices should be eliminated through the introduction of reasonable safety requirements. Regrettably this is not what this Bill […]

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Reality of Opportunity Cost

Opportunity Cost: “A benefit, profit, or value of something that must be given up in order to acquire or achieve something else. Given the fact that every resource, that is land, money, time, capital, etc, can always be put to some alternative use(s), every decision to use resources has an […]

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Integrity Commission or Integrity Omission?

By Louis Wade The Belize Integrity Commission is on pause again. The limbo was created this time when two of the three names, submitted by the Prime Minister, backed down after New legislation was tabled in the National Assembly. The previous excuse for the absence of this most important commission […]

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Petro Caribe: are Caribbean countries prepared for the worst?

Sir Ronald Sanders (Caribbeannewsnow)–Caribbean governments that are members of the Petro Caribe Agreement with Venezuela would be prudent by beginning to adjust their budgets to take account of the loss of benefits now derived from the oil arrangement. This is especially important for the countries of the Eastern Caribbean that […]