Author: Julius Garza

by Marc Dubois A Pole, a German, a Frenchmen, and a Swiss meet in a bar, or was it a Swiss, a French, a German, and a Slovak, I forgot. However, what otherwise sounded like the beginning of a quirky joke was in fact an informal luncheon by some of the brightest analysts of the European Union in early December last year. Nationalities aside, the topic of the lunch was, of course, the Ukraine. The basic question was simple, Are We at War? Will Russia win? What’s the consequence for Europe if Russia wins? What is the European Union willingness…

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Since August, the Sandinista government has declared war on the Catholic Church in the small Central American country of Nicaragua. Bishops and priests have been either imprisoned or exiled. The government has frozen the bank and retirement accounts of priests. The University of Central America (UCA), a Catholic university, has been confiscated and accused of serving as a training center for terrorists. The Sandinista regime has ignored the condemnation of Church officials and governments around the world. The government seems determined to eradicate the Roman Catholic Church. Sandinista President Daniel Ortega seeks to create a Nicaragua in which only the…

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Global shipping has swiftly learned to live without the Panama Canal with real time seaborne trading maps experiencing one of the greatest and swiftest shifts over the past month. The transit backlog at the interoceanic waterway today numbers just 77 ships, 13 below the average since the 2016 expansion of the locks, and down by more than 50 vessels in the space of just a fortnight. For those in the queue, however, wait times are long, especially for ships waiting for a northbound convoy where average wait times topped out at over 15 days earlier this week and currently stand…

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Тhе twо Веlіzеаn rерrеѕеntаtіvеѕ, 3-tіmе Wоrld Сhаmріоnѕ Еk’ Ваlаm Веlіzе аnd nеw tеаm Кіnісh Аhаu соntіnuе thеіr quеѕt tо wіn thе 5th Роk-Та-Роk Wоrld Сuр bеіng hеld іn Оrаngе Wаlk. Rероrtѕ оut оf Оrаngе Wаlk ѕау bоth tеаmѕ wоn thеіr twо ореnіng gаmеѕ оn Ѕаturdау. Wіth thе аbѕеnсе оf thе Раnаmа tеаmѕ, Еk’ Ваlаm Веlіzе hаѕ thrее mоrе gаmеѕ tоdау іn thе Вlасk Grоuр whіlе Кіnісh Аhаu hаѕ twо mоrе gаmеѕ іn thе Whіtе Grоuр. Іn thе Вlасk Grоuр, Мехісо Вlасk аlѕо wоn thеіr twо gаmеѕ. Тhаt mаkеѕ thе Еk’ Ваlаm Веlіzе аgаіnѕt Мехісо Вlасk thе gаmе tо wаtсh оn Ѕаturdау.…

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Despite having fewer than 9,000 square miles of land, Belize offers an abundance of tourist attractions, from majestic Mayan ruins to crystal-clear Caribbean beaches. Whether you’re planning a vacation to relax or explore the country, you may be wondering about Belize travel insurance options. While the government doesn’t list travel insurance on its entry requirements, you may still be interested in protecting your transportation and lodging expenses should your trip fall through for any reason. We at the Guides Home Team rounded up everything you need to know about basic Belize travel insurance plans, add-ons and upgrades to help you decide…

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JetBlue inaugurated its flights between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York and Philip SW Goldson International Airport (BZE) in Belize City, marking its fourth destination in Central America. “We are thrilled to add Belize to our growing network and offer our customers more options to experience unique and popular destinations,” said David Jehn, vice president of network planning and airline partnerships at JetBlue. With JetBlue’s entry into Belize City, the airline becomes the only one offering non-stop service from JFK in New York. Belize is now the company’s fourth Central American destination, following Guatemala City (GUA), San José (SJO), and Liberia (LIR) in Costa Rica. JetBlue’s…

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Muy’Ono Resorts, the largest collection of resorts in Belize, is excited to announce its biggest sale of the year, starting Thursday, November 16, and ending Tuesday, November 28. This Black Friday, Muy’Ono Resorts invites guests to take advantage of this limited-time offer featuring savings of up to 50% on stays at Thatch Caye, Copal Tree Lodge, Royal Belize, Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge, Hopkins Bay Resort, The Placencia Resort, Ranguana Caye, and their partner The Watermark Belize Hotel. Additionally, for those seeking adventure, there is a 20% discount available on specific packages from Slickrock Belize Adventures, Blue Horizon Lodge, and Copal Tree Lodge. Black Friday Campaign Details: With ten resorts to choose from, Muy’Ono offers…

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URBANA, Ill. — President Joe Biden announced Monday that the Illinois Fermentation and Agriculture Biomanufacturing Hub (iFAB) is among 31 designated Regional Innovation and Technology Hubs (Tech Hubs) by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) — recognizing Central Illinois as a globally competitive center for innovation and job creation in biomanufacturing. Led by the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the iFAB consortium includes 30 partner organizations representing academic, industry, government, and nonprofit partners committed to catalyzing industry growth in Champaign, Piatt, and Macon counties. “The iFAB designation leverages IBRL’s five years of operational success. Companies come here to prove their technologies, and our aim is for them to…

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T​rick-or-treaters this Halloween will need a warm costume in parts of the eastern and central U.S., but much of the West should escape the cold temperatures. T​he good news is that there isn’t precipitation in the forecast for most areas. H​ere’s where the cold air will be: A strong Canadian high-pressure system will center itself over the central U.S. by Halloween. Unfortunately, this means temperatures much colder than average are expected, especially for the Plains. T​emperatures in the 20s and 30s are expected from parts of the Rockies into the Central Plains and Great Lakes. Slightly milder conditions are expected in…

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The Government of Belize is moving forward with the implementation of the Consent Order issued by the Caribbean Court of Justice on Maya Land rights. On Monday, Cabinet held a meeting with its legal advisor, Andrew Marshalleck and Commissioner of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Greg Choc, to sensitize Cabinet members on the requirements for the implementation of the consent order. Today, Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Dolores Balderamos Garcia, spoke on some of the difficulties government has been having with the way certain Maya groups have been handling the situation. She stressed that Belize cannot be divided as a nation, so…

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