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Reporter Editorial on Sarstoon River Raises the Ire of Belizeans

This week’s editorial in the Reporter newspaper has managed to accomplish what little else has – accord between the Government and the Opposition. We’ll get to that, but first the [...]

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sets the Record Straight on Southern Border

The Opposition swung first this morning, via text from Senator Eamon Courtenay. He wrote, “The Reporter editorial of today is factually and legally wrong. It is a bizarre and possibly [...]

Newspaper Owner Harry Lawrence Responds to G.O.B.’s Position

As we mentioned earlier, the Reporter Editorial was written by newspaper owner Harry Lawrence. He received the letter from C.E.O. in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Sylvester this afternoon, [...]

Petrocaribe Celebrates Eleven Years in Belize

Petrocaribe is celebrating eleven years in Belize, following the signing of an agreement with Venezuela on June twenty-ninth, 2005.  The dream of former President Hugo Chavez was to promote regional [...]

APBEL Set to Enter the Retail Fuel Market

While the program under APBEL focuses on investing in Belize, there are plans for the company to branch out into the retail sale of fuel.  Mencias provides a breakdown of [...]

Petrocaribe Agreement Deconstructed

The agreement provides for a portion of each invoice, known as the Financed Portion, to be paid over fifteen years at two percent interest with a two-year grace period.  That [...]

Head of Mission Contextualizes Hardships in Venezuela

Head of Mission Mykel Castillo Pena was also present at this morning’s Petrocaribe presentation.  He explains the current hardship in Venezuela in the context of the Petrocaribe program.   Mykel [...]

34th Annual Caribbean Conference of Accountants Held in Belize

Public and private sector accountants from across the Caribbean have converged on Belize for the thirty-fourth annual Caribbean Conference of Accountants. With over three thousand seven hundred members, today, three [...]

Managing Your Accounting with Enterprise Resource Planning

To assist with the implementation of best accounting practices in the region, a consulting firm from Washington DC is establishing presence in the Caribbean with an Enterprise Resource Planning software [...]

Correspondent Banking Crisis – Does it Affect Accountants?

But what are the challenges that correspondent banking relations have posed to the accounting professionals? According to Conference Chair Shawn Mahler, clients have been affected drastically, and it has forced [...]

National Aids Commission Holds Countrywide HIV Testing

The number of persons that are HIV positive is high for the size of the population. And even though men are the most affected; they are the least to be [...]

Team Belize at World Series of Poker 2016

Starting Saturday, twenty Belizean poker players will be competing in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Nevada. The team has doubled since last year and all the players [...]

A Rainbow Flag Flies Over U.S. Embassy in Belmopan

An event took place in Belmopan today that is causing chatter and drawing controversy in some quarters. The Rainbow Flag, which is the recognized symbol of gay pride, was hoisted [...]

Foreign Minister Elrington Returns from Washington, Any Good News?

Foreign Minister Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington returned from Washington this morning after leading a delegation of government representatives to meet with Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales and his delegation along [...]

Opposition Representative Says Washington Trip was an Embarrassment

So with no protocols established, no formal or informal draft and no concrete establishment of a relationship in the Sarstoon pending the formal protocols, what really came out of that [...]

Belize and Guatemala Army Generals Meet in Washington

As we said earlier, Brigadier General Jones met with Guatemalan counterpart Carlos Eduardo Perez, Chief of Defense Staff of the Guatemalan army. Guatemala proposes that the head of the armies [...]

B.D.F. Commander Says Military Changeover at Cadenas is Smooth Sailing

Where the B.D.F. is concerned, the changeover of personnel at the Cadenas Observation Post, using the Sarstoon River as ingress to the remote location, has been unhindered since early May.  [...]

Untrammeled Access to Sarstoon is Now a Work in Progress

Elrington admits that to reach a Sarstoon Protocol is a gradual process that hopefully will materialize a document within the next six months.  As for untrammeled access, well that too [...]

No Date for Follow-up Meeting on Sarstoon Protocol

While the meeting has been described as fruitful, there were more questions than answers this morning when the foreign minister returned to the country.  Elrington could not even say when [...]

Opposition Plans to Remove Foreign Minister

There you have it. After five hours in Washington there is no agreement on the Sarstoon, no structured plan for discussions – not even a date for the next meeting [...]

Sedi Explains Confusion Following Istanbul Talks

Elrington, as foreign minister, constantly faces harsh scrutiny from the public, particularly because of his seemingly passive approach towards Guatemala. In some corners, he has been blasted as disingenuous. Elrington [...]

Is Sedi’s Bromance with Carlos Raul Getting in Way of Bilateral Talks?

While Elrington says he doesn’t pay any attention to that, he may pay attention to the stinging criticism leveled at him by P.U.P. Senator and former Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay. [...]

Katy Sealy and Brandon Jones to Represent the Jewel at Rio

Track and Field athletes Katy Sealy and Brandon Jones will represent Belize at the Olympics 2016 in Rio. As we told you in Tuesday’s newscast, twenty-two athletes competed over the [...]

Belize and Guatemala Commence Rounds of Meeting in Washington

Foreign Ministers Wilfred Elrington and Carlos Raul Morales met in Washington today. The start of the meeting was somewhat delayed because the permanent council of the Organization of American States [...]

Katy Sealy Shines in Central American Championships

The Heptathlon is possibly one of track and field’s most gruelling events, testing both endurance and skill.  Most athletes are hesitant to compete in more than two or three events [...]