Friday, October 25, 2013

Press Release Statement by Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow On Amandala Article

 I'm again calling on Belizeans, especially women, to condemn and boycott the Amandala Newspaper until a public apology is made regarding the offensive article written by Colin BH. Below this release is the link to the repulsive article.

Link to article by Colin BH:

Queen's Birthday Honors - Belize

(R) Sir Colville Young, Governor General  
On October 23, 2013 at the Belize House in Belmopan, three Belizean men were appointed to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for their outstanding service to their Belizean communities. 

Frank Alexander Lizama and Colville Ludwig Young Jr., both appointed Order of the British Empire: Mr. Lizama for his contribution to art, education and politics and Mr. Young for his contribution to education and music. 

Receiving the insignia for Member of the British Empire was singer and musician, Norman Samuel Elburt Hamilton, known throughout Belize as Sam Hamilton, for his contribution to music. The appointments were announced in June 2013 as a part of the Queen’s Birthday Honors.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"Bake It Again" : Commentary In Belize's Leading Newspaper Condoning RAPE

On October 20, 2013 a commentary in one of Belize's leading newspapers, The Amandala (print edition only), was published under the heading "Bake It Again" by Colin BH. The statements made in this article condone the culture of rape and violence against women and girls in Belize and everywhere in the world. In my opinion, this is one of the worse editorial decisions I have ever seen in any of the major newspapers in Belize. Simply put, this is an endorsement of the rape and blaming of women and girls who are raped; rape is a violent crime and perpetrators everywhere should be punished. 
The following is an excerpt from Mr. BH's editorial:

"Rape is the most heinous of crimes and deservedly carries severe penalties. But the rape of a male by a male is more heinous than the rape of a female by a male. Consider that (1) the female might one day fall in love with the male; (2), the female provoked the immature/crazy male to commit this act; (3), it is a natural act; (4), the female might be entirely whorish, so the act is of little consequence."
Rape knows no boundary and respects no lines of gender, class, age or privilege. It's the responsibility of each of us to teach our children and anyone else in our care not to commit rape, and to respect the boundaries and rights of others.
This is about human rights! Everyone has the right to be safe from violence, regardless of gender. And everyone has the responsibility to choose not to commit harm to another human being.

I am appalled by these statements and I am calling for The Amandala to publicly apologize to all women, men and children in Belize.

Here is a link to Colin BH response to his critics

Saturday, October 19, 2013

PM Of Belize To US: Change Your Form Of Government

The Prime Minister of Belize, Dean O. Barrow and his wife Kim Simplis Barrow are on a fund raising tour of Los Angeles, California, and their trip is making headlines all over the Internet. TMZ, (Ten Mile Zone) the celebrity/paparazzi news website caught up with the prime minister and his wife on Thursday, October 17, 2013 on their way out of a swanky L.A. restaurant, Madeo and asked if he had any advise for the US Government to avoid shutdown.

PM Dean Barrow responded by saying that "You have to switch to the parliamentary system."

But TMZ took this as an "International Smack Down Talk" directed towards the US Government and had a word or two about PM Barrow and Belize.  

"Boom, Smack talk!

FYI - Belize operates on a parliamentary system (a form of government with no president, in which the leader of the majority party of the leader of the country).  

“Boom. Smack talk!

FYI -- Belize operates on a parliamentary system (a form of government with no president, in which the leader of the majority party is the leader of the country).
Now, Belize has its problems, too -- according to the various media reports the country has a Caa1 credit rating -- which essentially translates to "piss poor."
But we hear the snorkeling is spectacular ...
Turns out, Dean Barrow has a serious celebrity connection ... 'cause his son is the rapper Shyne!  According to reports, Barrow and his son are estranged ... but after Shyne was convicted of attempted murder, assault, and reckless endangerment several years ago, his dad petitioned the governor of NY for a pardon. But the request was denied, and Shyne was deported back to Belize.”
Before departing Belize The Government Press Office sent out an announcement on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, stating that Prime Minister Dean Barrow was departing the country for Los Angeles, California at the invitation of Belize Consulate and Belizean living in the Los Angeles area. The Belizean Consulate and it's task force had organized several meetings and fund raising functions which PM Barrow and his wife would attend.  The release also stated that the prime minister would use the visit to hold consultations with medical doctors on spinal problems he has been experiencing.

Prime Minister Barrow is expected to return in Belize on Friday, 25rd October. 2013.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

PM Dean Barrow to Hon. Elvin Penner "Heed the call to resign" from the House of Representative

PM Dean Barrow to Hon. Elvin Penner "Head the call to resign" 

 Breaking News: Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow, in a statement at a press conference held today, Tuesday, October 15th, has revealed that the Hon. Alvin Penner can no longer represent the people of Cayo North East as a member of the United Democratic Party.

PM Barrow said that after further evidence and irregularities
were presented to Cabinet over the weekend regarding Hon. Penner’s involvement in the passport fiasco his government can no longer support him.

Penner, who is in Guatemala as of press time, has been informed of the Cabinet decision. PM Barrow went on record to ask Penner to heed to a request of resignation from the House of Representatives and the UDP to give way for a by-election.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Taiwan's National Day


Today, October 10, is a holiday in Taiwan; it's the National Day, also known as Double Tenth Day. It marks the start of the Wuchang Uprising of 10 October 1911.
The revolt is the end of the Qing (Ching) Dynasty that had been established in 1644 by the invading Manchus. The revolt led to the founding of the Republic of China on 1 January 1912.
The revolt in Wuchang was successful and it led to other uprisings breaking out in cities across china. The inevitable fall of the dynasty swiftly followed and Sun Yat-sen was elected provisional president of the new republic.
Following the Chinese Civil War, the Government of the Republic of China lost control of mainland China to the Communists and relocated to Taiwan in 1949.
In the run up to the National Day, the square in front of the Presidential Office Building in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is illuminated. There are large parades and rallies, displays of martial arts, folk dancing, and other cultural activities on the holiday. Celebrations end with a spectacular firework display over an island in the middle of the Tarmsui River in Taipei.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Belize Chastises Rich Nations At The UN

Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington of Belize. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras
30 September 2013 – Developed nations have not honoured their commitments to provide the assistance poor countries need to achieve the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Foreign Minister of Belize told United Nations Member States today, stressing that the future development agenda must not suffer the same fate.
Agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, the MDGs set specific goals on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a global partnership for development.
“It is evident that for some inexplicable reason, the developed countries abandoned goal 8,” Wilfred P. Elrington told the General Assembly’s high-level debate, referring to the MDG on a global partnership for development.
“We note with disappointment, that the rich countries have not even been able to bring themselves to honour their commitment to contribute even the 0.7 per cent of their gross domestic product as official domestic assistance to poor countries,” he said.