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PM Announces New Stimulus, Sale of BTL Shares – And New Measures to Improve Governance

Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

Guardian.bz | Though tempered by the continuing challenges of a struggling global economy and critical domestic issues such as crime, Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s Independence Day address contained much good news on the social and economic front, as well as new and welcoming measures to improve the management of the nation’s affairs.

The Prime Minister cited the encouraging news of a 2.4 percent growth of the economy as independently confirmed by the statistical Institute. Tourism, in particular, is up, with hotel revenues having increased by 8.39 percent. Banana and Citrus are doing well; construction, energy generation and petroleum are all robust; aquaculture has rebounded; and non-traditional exports are growing remarkably. Almost 22 Million Pounds of Red Kidney Beans and Black Eyed Peas have been exported to Caricom in the last six months; Papaya earned 13.6 Million in July; 50 Million pounds of Yellow Corn is now being exported annually to Guatemala, 20 Million pounds of corn meal (a new export commodity) to Jamaica, and the first shipment of three thousand heads of cattle will soon be exported to Mexico.

The PM outlined a number of new projects and measures to further boost the economy, upgrade infrastructure and improve quality of life, among them a 25 Million dollar project to pave the roads to San Lazaro, San Estevan and Progresso; 40 Million from World Bank to be spread evenly among district towns and Belmopan City to upgrade municipal infrastructure; 50 Million to extend the Southern Highway to Jalacte; 22 Million from OPEC to complete the Poverty Alleviation Project in Belize City, and additional funds for the Urban Rejuvenation Project. (more…)

Belize Athletes bring home 8 medals

Belize at the 21st Central American Championships of Athletics in Guatemala City

Belize at the 21st Central American Championships of Athletics in Guatemala City

PR | The Belize Amateur Athletic Association is proud to welcome back the athletes that represented Belize at the 21st Central American Championships of Athletics in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Even though participation at the meet was at one point in jeopardy, due to financial constraints on the new Executive, and despite the long and difficult journey, by bus, the team endured and persevered.

The end results are nothing short of impressive; seven (7) athletes, accompanied by the B.A.A.A President, all performed admirably and exceeded expectations, winning a total of eight (8) medals (3 Gold, 3 Silver & 2 Bronze) and proving that Belizean Athletes are always contenders if given a chance.

The Association once again congratulates Team Belize for their efforts, sacrifices and stellar representation of our country and urges the community to support the athletes that keep making our country proud. (more…)

Battle Regatta In Beautiful Belize

Sunshine, sea breezes, turquoise sea, great racing, the St George’s Caye – Battle Regatta in Belize was certainly the place to be on 12 September.

Belize Sailing Regatta

Battle of St George's Caye Regatta 2010

ISAF | Despite the late arrival of breeze, crews from the Belize Sailing Association, Consejo Sailing Club, San Pedro Sailing Club, the Sea Scouts and communities of Belize City, Belmopan, Caye Caulker, Gales Point and Honey Camp were treated to a great day of close racing action.

The regatta, part of the September celebrations was organized by the Belize Sailing Association (BzSA) and was the first of a series of planned activity to rejuvenate sailing and other forms of recreational water activity. It was an exciting family event at the historic original Capital of Belize held on the nearest Sunday commemorating the decisive Battle in 1798.

Racing was in held in various classes ranging from 23′ traditional smack to Pico dinghies all sailed in the pristine sheltered waters near the shore to the delight of the spectators. The Belize Sailing Association is currently working with the International Sailing Federation to beome a member national authority to further promote and develop sailing in the Country

Results

  • Sailing Dories- Gales Point crew
  • 23′ Traditional Smack- “Wailan” Russell Tullis, Caye Caulker
  • Bosun- Wilson Logan, Sea Scouts
  • Catamaran- Simon Jones
  • Hunter- Mark Rodriguez, Abigail Smith, Josh Alverson, Paul Alverson and Wendy Smith
  • Pico- Mark Rodriguez

The history of the Belizean flag

Flag of Belize

Belize

Channel 5 Belize |The national flag is a symbol of nationhood and unity. It was first unfurled at midnight on September twenty-first, 1981as Belize became an independent nation. The flag’s design was the work of the National Symbols Committee which received submissions from the public. But over the years, there have been changes to the red, white and blue standard. Aside from the variations in the colors, the most recent departure from the original design can be found in the coat of arms, which, these days, is the subject of lively debate.

The flag we salute today at the sound of “Land of the Free” was introduced on September twenty first, 1981. It is the result of decades of input by many Belizeans from both sides of the political fence.

The flag went thru many changes dating back to 1950. The civilian flag, also called the Baymen’s flag, had a blue background and a white disk in the centre. It was introduced on February second, after the first political party, the People’s United Party, was formed. But in 1967, this more detailed flag with the coat of arms was adopted after the then British Honduras gained self government in 1964. W Crampton wrote in the book, Flags of the World in 1978, that the flag was used only on land. (more…)

Belize Independence Greetings from President Obama

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States of America

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State: On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Belize on 29 years of independence this September 21.

As we commemorate this month’s historic events – the Battle of St. George’s Caye and your proclamation of independence – we also join in honoring the rich heritage that has shaped Belize into the country it is today. Your commitment to democracy, security, and prosperity for all Belizeans is an inspiration to people throughout the region, and the foundation for a strong partnership between our nations. The United States and Belize enjoy a vibrant exchange of people that fosters cultural ties, and our collaborative efforts to improve citizen safety through the Central America Regional Security Initiative are enhancing economic and social opportunities for people throughout the region.

On this festive occasion, I wish all Belizeans a happy independence day and reaffirm our dedication to strengthening the bonds of friendship between our countries.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow says Belize is moving in the right direction

Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

Love FM | In his Independence Day address Prime Minister Dean Barrow said the advances made by Belize despite the global crisis came as a result of a creative and resourceful productive sector and a government determined to enable the economy by increased investment spending plus concessions, incentives and access to credit for the national drivers of growth and development.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow
“So it is true that our independence and sovereignty do not exist in a vacuum, isolated from international circumstances and it is equally true that those circumstances can be constrained. But whatever limiting factors there are must never be seen as any overarching deterrent. They must never set off our appreciation of the value of nationhood, of the preciousness of political autonomy, of the ultimate worth of freedom. Freedom to seek our own way and make our own fight against whatever odds, size and location and geography might throw up against us.”

Prime Minister Barrow spoke of the debate over the issue of how sovereign we really are after 29 years of independence. (more…)

33 new recruits join the BDF Brigade

Belize Defense Force inducts new recruits

Belize Defense Force inducts new recruits

Channel 5 Belize | Their motto is: “Shoulder to Shoulder” which represents their ability to work and play together as team. Well today some new members were added to take up that challenge as soldiers in Belize’s army. Isani Cayetano trekked to Ladyville to bear witness and files this report.

Recruit Intake Number Fifty-Three, the latest addition to Belize’s military outfit, was formally inducted into the rank and file of the Belize Defense Force today at the Sir Colville Young Parade Square in Price Barracks, Ladyville. The admission of thirty-three able men into an ever-growing army comes at a time when they are much needed in assisting the police department with tackling the issue of crime and violence. Their primary task nonetheless is to secure Belize’s territorial sovereignty. The last four months have seen these men prepare themselves for the task that lies ahead.

Lt. Col. David Jones, B.D.F. Chief of Staff
“They have been doing jungle warfare exercises, they have been doing field craft training, live firing [uhm] unarmed combat and military knowledge they have learned throughout the seventeen weeks. So this is a culmination of what they have learned and at this time we are honoring four of the recruits that have been given awards. We have a champion recruit, a champion field craft, a champion physical fitness and a champion shot. These are recruits that had excelled throughout the training and today we’re honoring them with the awards that they have received.” (more…)

Whats Happening Belize weekend events

Expo Belize

Expo Belize

Channel 5 Belize | This weekend marks the beginning of the end for September celebrations 2010. So if you weren’t getting into the September Spirit before this is your last chance.

The Expo fair has become a huge event of the September celebrations that thousands and thousands of Belizeans look forward to each year. They visit the market place hoping to receive great deals and promotions and find out what new products are available in Belize. It doesn’t hurt that there is great food and good company either. This weekend the Expo Belize will be held in a new location, the ITVET Facility formally the Technical High Building located on Freetown road. As usual the fair will run both Saturday and Sunday so make sure you head over there and get in on those great promotions and giveaways.

Let me fill all you party goers in on the places you need to check out this weekend. Tonight if you are out went then you can head over to the Parque De Las Americas in San Martin, Belmopan. They will be having Latino night. The fun will run from 7pm until Midnight. And after that if you are still in the mood for more Latin Music then you can head over to the E & L Bar, also in Belmopan where they will be celebrating Central Americas Independence. The music will be provided by DJ Super Mario. All you Latino Music lovers might wanna check that out. (more…)

Primary School Scholarships awarded

Love FM | The Ministry of Education in collaboration with Peacework has secured a donation of over 25 thousand US dollars in primary school scholarships and school equipment from PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The Ministry has been working along with Peacework since 2008 in an effort to give back to the community.

Stephen Darr; Executive Director, Peacework
“PricewaterhouseCoopers has so generously donated school supplies and scholarships for schools in Belize City. We have worked with them over the past three years on volunteering and providing this kind of support for the young people in Belize. In addition to the school supplies we are donating this time PricewaterhouseCoopers has sent over five tons of school supplies to the participating schools in Belize City over the past two years. PricewaterhouseCoopers has a tremendous global initiative and leadership development for young people and we have been working with the schools in Belize for fifteen years and it’s a perfect match.”

Two types of scholarships were offered to recent primary school graduates. Students received grants of five hundred dollars and fellowships for one thousand dollars. There were also several hundred boxes of school equipment donated; which ranged from art tools, stationery and school supplies. Deputy Chief Education Officer Carol Babb told us more about the initiative. (more…)

Fault on CFE System Causes Brief Nationwide Power Outage in Belize

Belize Electricity Limited (BEL)

Belize Electricity Limited (BEL)

PR | Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has restored power to the National Grid following an unplanned power outage this afternoon. At 1:26 p.m. power supply was lost to the entire country when a trip occurred on the 115kV transmission line due to an interruption in power supply from Mexico’s Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE).

Power supply was restored at 1:32 p.m. to the Northern Zone, which includes the Corozal District, Orange Walk District and San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. At 1:38 p.m. power supply was restored to the Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo Districts while the Belize District was restored at 1:41 p.m. BEL apologizes for the inconvenience caused by this outage.

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