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Chef Tim August Takes Over Dara Feeding Program for the Day!

Chef Tim August of Stone Crab Bar and Grill in Dangriga took over the Dara Feeding Programme in Belize City on Tuesday. As you know, Joel ‘Dara’ Robinson and his [...]

Dara’s Feeding Programme is Off Life Support

So Chef Tim August was the guest chef for the day at Dara’s Feeding Programme on Tuesday. He cooked for and fed over fifty students. It was a special treat [...]

“Adolescents Engaged for Change & a Sustainable Future”

Day two of a regional adolescents and youth forum took place today at the Radisson Hotel in Belize City. Today’s discussions centred on the topic of mental health and the [...]

What the Equal Opportunities Bill is NOT About

Public consultations have taken place countrywide on the controversial Equal Opportunities Bill.  This morning, the media gathered at the Radisson Fort George in Belize City, at the invitation of the [...]

Bill Removes System Barriers to Prevent Discrimination

While the Bill makes reference to the LGBT community, it is only one of nineteen vulnerable groups identified in the proposed anti-discrimination law. The Bill speaks to four categories: conduct, [...]

But What About Political Discrimination?

But what does the bill contemplate about cases of political victimization or discrimination? According to section thirty-eight of the proposed legislation, (Quote) “discrimination on the basis of political opinion shall [...]

Equal Opportunities Bill Proposes to Allow HIV Testing from Age 16

The proposed legislation also deals with HIV prevention and care. The 2018 statistics from the Ministry of Health show that there were two hundred and fifty-four new infected persons with [...]

Equal Opportunities Bill Consultation is Held in Belize City

On Thursday night, the Ministry of Human Development and National AIDS Commission held a public consultation in Belize City as a part of its community outreach to get feedback on [...]

Support for the Equal Opportunities Bill

So, following those three presentations, as well as remarks from Enrique Romero Executive Director of the National AIDS Commission, the public had the opportunity to make comments and give feedback [...]

Candid Comments from Non-Supporters of the Bill

And while there was support for the bill – there was a group of independent persons who wanted clarity on some of the points.  But there were many who didn’t [...]

Apprenticeship Programme, Inspiring the Youth

Last year we were there when a group of Belize City youths completed an apprenticeship programme. Today, we were at Youth for the Future Drive, when they happily received their [...]

Equal Opportunity Bill Consultation Heads South

A public consultation led by the National AIDS Commission and the Ministry of Human Development is underway at the SJC Auditorium tonight where the topic of discussion continues to be [...]

Dara Gets Help!

Businessman and politician Lee Mark Chang came up big for Dara’s Feeding Programme. Today, Chang presented a thousand dollar check to the grassroots initiative that feeds about fifty underprivileged school [...]

Public Consultations on Equal Opportunities Bill Underway

A series of countrywide public consultations commenced over the weekend; on Monday it was held in Belmopan where proponents of the Equal Opportunities Bill presented, to an audience of interested [...]

Religious Opponents Decry Equal Opportunities Bill

The Equal Opportunities Bill is of serious concern for the National Evangelical Association of Belize, NEAB, which has come out strongly against the proposed legislation because of the perceived same-sex [...]

“Domestic Violence is Normalized” – Jennifer Lovell

The murder of three-year-old Mark Tuyul Junior has pushed the issue of domestic violence to the front burner.  Domestic violence is pervasive and has become commonplace to a point where [...]

Pedophilia is Alive and Alarming in Belizean Society

Equally concerning is the issue of child sexual abuse resulting from pedophilia.  According to Lovell, this kind of predatory behaviour often manifests itself in situations where children are groomed by [...]

Dara Robinson Feeding Programme on Life Support

Is the ‘Dara Feeding Programme’ closing its doors after thirteen years?  Not just yet – that is, if Joel Dara Robinson gets his way.  The local philanthropist says that his [...]

Equal Opportunity Bill Being Pushed by National AIDS Commission

The National AIDS Commission is championing the drafting of a new piece of legislation which seeks to address the issue of discrimination in and around the workplace.  Discussion around the [...]

UNIBAM Weighs in on Equal Opportunities Bill

Executive Director Caleb Orozco of United Belize Advocacy Movement, UNIBAM, also chimed in on the Equal Opportunity Bill.  He admits that while the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will [...]

P.U.P. Supports Equal Opportunities Bill in Principle

P.U.P. Leader John Briceño also spoke briefly today on the proposed Equal Opportunities Bill for which consultations start over the weekend. While he says that a draft copy of the [...]

B.P.D. Hard at Work to Keep Peace in the Streets

If you’ve been around the city in the past couple days, you would have seen a number of stop and searches being carried out by the police. Today, Superintendent Alejandro [...]

Evangelical Church Concerned about Section 53 Ruling

The Evangelical Churches today offered their interpretation of the recent ruling relating to Section fifty-three.  On December thirtieth, 2019, the Court of Appeal handed down a judgment, upholding the Chief [...]

“The sky will fall” says NEAB

There is no certainty that there will be an appeal that would take the case to the Caribbean Court of Justice but it is under consideration by the association.  Vice [...]

Section 53 Ruling Will Lead to Higher Numbers of HIV Cases says NEAB

N.E.A.B. today made claims on a number of issues in regards to the decision by the Court of Appeal to uphold the CJ’s ruling on Section Fifty-three. The Association is [...]