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Placencia fishermen diversifying from fishing to seaweed farming
Placencia village is known as a tourism destination but back in the 50’s and up to the early 90’s, it was known as a thriving fishing community. In fact, fishing became the main revenue for the area so much so that in 1962 fishermen from the area formed the Placencia Producers Cooperative Society Limited (PPCSL). In the mid 80’s the PPCSL grew to over 100 members. Also growing at the time was the local and international demand for fishery products and by the mid 80’s fishing yielded 50,000 pounds of whole fish, 75,000 pounds of conch and 40,000 pounds of lobster tail per year. With unregulated extraction of fishery products, along with the demands of a growing tourism community, production began to decline. In an effort to diversify, in 2005 the community fishermen began exploring the possibility of seaweed (Euchuma isoforme and Gracelaria spp) production.
But how exactly does the seaweed farming operate? According to PPCSL Chairman Sydney Lopez Jr., the seaweed farming project is a module adopted from another Caribbean country that is doing a similar project with seaweed taken from the wild in Belize. “Some people from Saint Lucia came to Belize in the mid-2000’s and took live seaweed from Belize to work on a pilot project and now they have a market and industry from it. They came back to Belize in 2005 and showed us how they were doing it and we thought it would be a good idea to diversify. We saw a constant decline in the [supply of] traditional marine products [despite an increased demand] and so we saw the seaweed project as an opportunity to diversify.” After submitting a proposal in 2010 to the Community Management of Protected Areas Conservation Programme (COMPACT), the PPCSL was awarded an 18 month grant in the amount of $90,000 to start off the project.
The Island Academy graduates 5
Five young girls walked the aisle on Friday, May 31st to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance at The Island Academy school grounds. They have completed their primary school education, and look forward to their new experience in high school. Ilynn Camal, Danni Hannah, Stephanie Keating, Kaylee Kumul and Leeanne Vega were the honorees at the 2013 graduation ceremonies. As per usual, precluding the graduation speeches was an awards ceremony for all the students from beginners to standard five.Each teacher awarded their top students in the various categories, including academics and citizenship and most improved. Proud parents looked on as their children were awarded certificates and encouraged to keep up the good work.
Chelsea Muñoz is New Miss San Pedro High School
Eight lovely and intelligent contestants, a jam packed auditorium, an ecstatic cheering audience, and a lively spirit of friendly pageantry completion, San Pedro High put on its greatest spectacle ever on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Ambergris Today was invited to be there and brings to you the highlights of the spectacular event.
An impressive opening dance by the eight lovely contestants set the mood for a grand show as all eight very fluent contestant introduced themselves. Competing for the title of Miss San Pedro High were Veronica Choc, Miriam Palacio, Isolene Bailey, Amari Duncan, Janelle Tillet, Reyna Chavez, Vivianie Duran and Chelsea Muñoz.
Belize’s Great Blue Hole Nominated for "8th Wonder of the World" Vote Now
The Belize Tourism Board is elated to announce the submission of Belize's Great Blue Hole, as the "8th Wonder of the World", a title which can only be achieved with your help!
Visible from outer space and more than 1,000ft in diameter & 412ft deep, the Great Blue Hole is a breathtakingly grandiose sinkhole located 43 miles off the coast of Belize, known as a diver's mecca.
Belize has long been an escape for the free-spirited traveler seeking phenomenal wonders in an alluring and authentic setting. Through Trip Advisor's partner site, "Virtual Tourist", and in collaboration with the esteemed American Television Show "EXTRA", Belize stands to gain an audience of over 2.6 million viewers; a win that gives us major publicity for our beautiful country.
Pic of the Week:
Frigate Bird Feeding at The Office Bar & Grill
It does not take place every day, but on your lucky day you can get to see this spectacular feeding of the Frigate Birds at The Office Bar and Grill. When Maribel Avilez, cook at The Office, has saved up enough chicken skin and scraps, she heads to the end of the dock and calls the Frigate birds.
They come out of nowhere; there is not even one bird in sight, but they manage to smell the food and spot Maribel throwing it into the surrounding sea. What happens next is pretty amazing. Maribel is flocked by hundreds of birds that swoop down to feed, almost eating out of her hand. You can watch from afar, because some bird droppings can surprise you as you watch the spectacle.
Misc Belizean Sources
Natural tourism in one of Belize's poorest villages Arenal
Well, first of all we’re citizens of the village of Arenal in Belize, Central America. Arenal is one of the poorest villages in the country and it has a special appearance within this area: We’re on the Guatemalan border – half of the village is Belizean and the other half is Guatemalan. The football court in the middle is the border – there is no immigration, no border facility, just a hanging bridge across the river (already on the Guatemalan side) and it’s one of 2 connections to civilization. Due to this special status it always seems a little bit as if both governments have forgotten us a long time ago. Politicians then are interested in us some days before elections and get very busy to make us believe they would now start to do something but the day after elections they all disappear and promises are gone. The good news of our special location is that we’re very natural, original, basic but not primitive, very traditional and we’re bi-lingual.
The Mayan Mound Maulers
Mr. Compton Fairweather. The archaeological history of Belize over the last 200 years illustrates that “Mayan mound maulers” – a phrase coined by Dr. Norman Hammond of Boston University who worked in the ruins of Noh Mul and Santa Rita in the mid 1970’s – were in this country along with those who raped and pillaged our forest of its natural resources even before slavery was introduced to our shores. The most notorious of those who destroyed Mayan mounds was Dr. Thomas Gaan (1867-1938), an Irish medical doctor in Belize whose hobby was archaeology. His method was to use dynamite to open up mounds (he opened about 60 of them) in search of artifacts. He was not interested in documenting the history of the civilization that occupied them. Dr. Gaan loved to sketch the artifacts he found posing with some of them for photographs, many of these artifacts are at the Museum of Mankind at Burlington Gardens in London. He did extensive work at Santa Rita in the Corozal District, the ancient Mayan capital of which is now Quitana Roo during the classic period.
3rd Annual 2013 Corkers Golf World Cup
The 2013 Corkers World Cup Golf Tournament took place on June 1st at a re-hydrated Roaring River Golf Course, with the fairways and putting surfaces glowing a succulent shade of green after the recent rains.
All bodes well for the RF&G Belize Amateur Open on June 22nd/23rd. Don't forget to sign up before the tournament. We will not be accepting entries on the day of the competition. Deadline to sign up Thursday 20th June. See flyer below.
Back to the Corkers World Cup. Thks to all the sponsors, especially Geoff and Sam from Corkers Restaurant and Bar. Thks to all the other sponsors who made this event possible. Quality Poultry, Tropigas, Premium Wines and Spirits and Hot Mamas.
BCVI at the Agricultural Show
Every year, in April or May, Belize’s Ministry of Agriculture holds the National Agriculture and Trade Show in the capital Belmopan. What started out decades ago as a small, simple show about farm...
Discovering Young Leaders Programme
If you are between the years of 15 and 25, you can apply for the Discovering Young Leaders Programme from the CARICOM Youth Ambassador Program. The DYLP starts on the 5th of August, and goes for 7 weeks. The application deadline is the 30th of June. The Commonwealth Youth Programme is celebrating 40 years of youth development this year. Email email@example.com for more information, or go to the following link:
St. Michael's Gets New Building
Feelgood news of the day. St. Michael's Primary School got a new standard 6 building. Thanks, BIWG, and all the other volunteers!
"This is a beautiful story that shows what we can do when we work together! The need for a new classroom brought together the women of the BIWG, Enrique (Kiko) Escalante of Vision Builders, Joe Mena of Wood Stop, the teachers and the parents of the Standard Six students of St. Michael's Primary School in Las Flores, Belmopan. Cash donations to purchase the lumber, free labour to construct the classroom that has a beautiful finish, parents, students and teachers working together on the weekends and mothers who prepared food for the working crew - a great formula for success! And so today, BIWG formally handed over this new classroom to the boys and girls of Std. VI and to Principal Mrs. Sanchez and Teacher Carl Cardinez. These students were very happy to be out of cramped quarters and especially happy that they were the first class to occupy this room!"
Observation Tower at Maya First
They have an observation tower at the Maya First Organization on the road to San Antonio. They just released a panoramic video from the top, which is 100 feet up. Awesome views!
"WHO WANTS TO GO UP TO 100 FT.
I'm willing are you?"
St. Ignatius Night Class Graduation
St. Ignatius had a graduation this weekend too. Their night class had their graduation ceremony at the Octavia Waight Centre. Congratulations, graduates!
"Exclusive Sound Ent. provided the PA system for this remarkable event! Go Light Your World . . . hots off to these grads!"
Police: Serial Robbers Escalated To Murder
Belmopan police continue to detain 3 men, one of whom is only 15 years-old, for a robbery which led to the death of a Salvadoran man residing on the outskirts of the capital city.
The deceased and his boss tried to rescue the owner of the bar they were socializing at. Daniel Ortiz tried to find out what caused the men to want to come to the aid of the owner, which is just a stone’s throw away from their workplace. Here’s that story.
Daniel Ortiz reporting
La Choza Bar looked deserted today when we visited the scene where the Salvadorans, 43 year-old Isabel Antonio Ballona and 55 year-old Manuel Aquino, were shot by robbers who executed a coordinated attack against the bar owner.
Early Sunday morning, both men were at the establishment enjoying their time together as employer and employee who were off the clock when 4 armed men attacked the business place.
ASP Sinquest Martinez - OC, Belmopan Police
"Police responded to a call at around 12:10am Sunday. They visited a business establish on west side Belmopan where they found two male hispanic persons on the ground who were then taken to the Western Regional Hospital. Initial investigation reveal that the manager of the business establishment reported to the police that while he was there along with his waitresses and customers they were acosted by four male persons who ordered the manager of the establishment to go on the ground and proceeded to rob him and his business establishment. While the robbery was taking place - the now deceased and the other victim who are a patron of the establishment went to aid the manager when the robbers fired a couple shots and caught both of them.
2 Of The Baptist Men Critically Shot; Cling To Life
Tonight, 44 year-old Melvin Baptist, and his nephew, 24 year-old Arthur Baptist continue to receive treatment at the KHMH after they were shot on Saturday night just before 7:30.
The family has declined an interview, but they told us that both men were inside Melvin Baptist’s barber shop on Neal’s Pen Road along with 2 women and another relative.
They were all watching the Miami Heat’s basketball game when 2 men on bicycles rode up, fired indiscriminately at everyone, and fled. Both Baptist men were struck in the head, and the family rushed them to the KHMH. According to the family, Arthur Baptist's injury was the more serious. The bullet struck him in the left side of the head, and it splintered inside his brain. According to them, the latest report from the doctor is that the brain is swelling, and he is being given medication to try to reverse this.
Arthur Baptist's chances of survival improved from 10 to 50% over the weekend, but he remains in critical condition along with his uncle who is suffering from an entry and exit wound.
Police say that they are seeking 2 men for this shooting.
GOB Continue Talks On NCL Proposal
Last week, 7News showed you the position from Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Cabinet Committee Chair Minister Godwin Hulse on the continued discussion to possibly develop cruise tourism in Southern Belize.
Norwegian Cruise Line has tabled a proposal before Government in which they want to build a cruise port on Crawl Caye to access Placencia. As has widely been reported, local private cruise interests, the BTIA, and organizations within the environmental community in Belize are staunchly against it, and they’ve gone as far as to condemn it.
GOB says that given that this investment could be no less than 100 million dollars, they have an obligation at least discuss this with NCL.
Today, the Cabinet Committee tasked to hear the proposal met at the BTB office in Belize to discuss its environmental aspects. 7News waited outside the office to speak with them, and when they came out, they chose not to disclose much until the Cabinet is aware of their findings.
Jose Sanchez - Channel 5 News
"We've been hearing that Crawl Caye is a bust. What's the story Norwegian Cruise after this meeting today?"
OAS Member States Assemble In Guatemala
The Organization of American States, the OAS, is having it’s 43rd General Assembly in Antigua. The meeting starts tomorrow with more than 1,000 officials from 36 international delegations and 28 Foreign Ministers.
It’s a major regional meeting and topping the agenda is the debate on drug policy. That discussion was blown open at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia last year, and that’s what the Secretary General of the OAS was tasked to produce a report to propose alternative strategies to combat drug trafficking. He has tabled that 35 page report for the meeting, and he discussed it at a press conference this afternoon in Antigua.
Miguel Insulza - OAS Secretary (Translated into Enlgish)
"They asked me first of all to provide an objective report on the situation on the issue of drugs in the Americas. Secondly they asked me to do a research of the possible scenarios that could happen if certain decisions were taken and what would happen. What they asked me not to do was to suggest a policy because they were going to decide that because that starts now. What we expect to get from here? We expect to obtain - as they said we can continue to dialogue as long as that is a framework to search for ideas for we should re-orient the drug policy but above a framework for dialogue. A dialogue that will win the frame work of the Interamerican system to rethink the drug strategy in our continent."
Mayor Bradley Signs Sister City Agreement With Merida
And while a Belize Delegation left for Antigua Guatemala today, between Last week Wednesday and Friday, Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley was in Merida Yucatan, Mexico.
The Belize Honorary Consul in Chetumal, Mayor Bradley, and a delegation from the Belize City Council, met with their counterparts in Merida.
They finally formalized a strategic partnership between the two municipalities. Speaking in the forum, Mayor Bradley reminded that Belize and Merida share a long relationship in regards to trade and medical tourism. Mayor Bradley along with the Mayor of Merida, Renan Barrera Concha, signed a letter of intent to establish a Sister City Relationship in the near future.
Bradley also met with the Secretary of State of Economic Development, David Alpizar Carrillo, and the Chamber of Commerce to discuss different types of products they would like to export to Belize.
Salvadoran Killed In A Hit And Run
At the top of Newscast, 7News told you about the Robbery turned murder in Belmopan. Well, around the same time, officers from Belmopan also had to respond to a fatal traffic accident which claimed the life of 32 year old Saldvadoran Mario Ortega Dominguez. The Assistant Superintendent Sinquest Martinez told the media all the information that police had about this hit and run.
ASP Sinquest Martinez - OC, Belmopan Police
"We had a fatal hit and run, traffic accident basically around the same time the incident happened at the establishment. The person has been identified as Mario Ortega, he's a Salvadoranian and lives in Young Bank in the Camalote Village. Earlier he was with his family and friends at an establishment where they were playing some football and he was on his way to Belmopan City when unfortunately he was hit by a vehicle heading towards Belmopan and he died on the spot. I am just asking the public for information pertaining to the accident to kindly assist us."
"No leads so far?"
ASP Sinquest Martinez - OC, Belmopan Police
"No leads at the present moment but I have my officers, likewise, hunting the vehicle."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the nearest police station.
Festival Of Arts, Back Again
Once again, it's time for the National Festival of Arts- a fun way to encourage creativity and incorporate the arts into the school curriculum.
This year's opening ceremony was held at the Bliss Center for the performing arts and it was followed by a big art jamboree. 7news was there to capture the moment.
Kim Vasquez - Porgram Officer
"We have participation of six booths and groups, including some schools from across the country. For example we have a school from Nuevo Palmar in Orange Walk here visiting with us, we also have Gulisi Primary School from Dangriga and we The Center of Learning from Punta Gorda and they are joined by the Creole Council, Garfiuna Council. As well some other groups that will be doing some demonstrations and some fun activities within the expressive arts. It's open and free to all students, children and they are welcome to stop by anytime today we are here until 3pm. Also to support the entire calendar of events that we have in the National Festival of Arts. Our showcase for Primary school begins this Wednesday and throughout Friday at 10am everyday at the Bliss, those are the Primary Schools and on Thursday we have the Youth and Amateur showcase at 6pm and on Friday we have a concert called Chords and Voices and you can get your tickets here at the Bliss."
Second Inspiration Telethon Meets Quota
The Special Envoy for Women and Children once again teamed up with Care Belize On Saturday to host the second nationwide telethon to raise funds to complete and equip the Inspiration Center.
Telephone lines were buzzing off the hooks all day long as Belizeans made pledges to support the initiative. Also donation booths were place in strategic locations countrywide in hopes of reaching their main goal which was five hundred thousand dollars.
By six o’clock on Saturday evening when the phone lines were coming to a close they were still about 90 thousand dollars short of reaching the 500 thousand dollar goal.
But one lucky millionaire came out to the event with his checkbook in hand and generously wrote a cheque for ninety two thousand dollars. Here’s how that last minute contribution went.
Kim Simplis Barrow - Special Envoy for Women/Children
"It started out a little slow and so by midday we had raised like a $100,000 but throughout the afternoon it started picking up more and more and of course the excitement came all the way to the end when we were down about a $100,000 when Mr. Jack Charles came and made that surprise donation so that really helped us to reach the goal of the $500,000. Those moments are always moments that touch you the most because those are children that are doing things for other children who can do absolutely nothing for them. Those are the moments when we really get emotional because they come and bags with one cents and five cents that they've been saving.
Belize Female U-17 Team Trampled By Guatemala
On Sunday, the National Female U-17 Selection played their return match of the World Cup Qualifier against Guatemala.
Well, the girls played bravely against the technically superior team, but in the end they lost with a final score of 7 to nil.
The fans looked on in disappointment, as one by one the Guatemala loaded the goals up on Belize, ending it 1 goal less than the game in Guatemala.
We spoke to the National Team coach about what caused such a performance:
Mr. Kent Gabourel - Head Coach
"Well our weakness, watching both games - we only had 15 days to train together as a team so there was a lot of weakness, conditions and techniques, the field - especially when it comes to the goalkeepers we invited the players to come for the tryout, nobody came out as goalkeeper so we tried to work with what we had. I should say that I am satisfied with what they have done because I know that we could have done better but if we had the amount of time. We made a lot of attack where we could have scored three or four goals. We had clear opportunity but I would say experience wise caught them up and they started to get tired. After they got tired they started to loose their position and the girls from Guatemala had more conditions, more ball work, techniques and passing and we have to be chasing and they got over us with that. The tournament was too short and the Federation decided to sign up but I think we should be preparing longer and have playing practice matches. We didn't have any opportunity to play any practice match and that really took a lot from us and I think we should have more practice match internationally, right over to Chetumal to get the girls them used to it."
Can Belizean Boxers Measure Up Internationally?
And while the disappointing outcome in that game was – to some extent – expected, Belize can redeem its national pride on Friday. That’s when a contingent of Guatemalan Boxers will be visiting to take on the best Boxers Belize has to offer. We went to Leopold Smart Gym yesterday to find out more.
Leopold Smart, Trainer, Leopold Smart Boxing Gym
"But I know the level that he set up, any amateur you can bring for Smart Gym"
"They know that four Central American champions are coming"
" Yes but we aren't afraid want to be the Champion and because we need to get better we don't need to only go to Chetumal. We want good fighters."
"There are four Central American champions coming and obviously you will have to face them, are you ready for this level?"
No Crawl Caye for Norwegian Cruise Line
A Cabinet subcommittee met today at the Belize Tourism Board to discuss the Norwegian Cruise Line’s tourism project for Crawl Caye which is within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The [...]
Robbery and murder in Las Flores, Belmopan
A robbery at a bar in Las Flores, Belmopan turned deadly for one of two patrons. The incident happened just past midnight on Saturday. There were at least four persons [...]
Uncle and nephew shot in barbershop
Two relatives were shot over the weekend and one of them is clinging to life and the other is in critical condition. On Saturday night at around seven-twenty p.m., twenty-four [...]
Salvadoran national knocked down and killed in Belmopan
Just minutes after forty-three year old Isabel Antonio Ballona was being killed by armed robbers at the La Choza del Cabrito Bar, another Salvadoran national also lost his life when [...]
The 43rd Annual Assembly of the O.A.S. to be held in Antigua, Guatemala
The Organization of American States will be meeting in Antigua, Guatemala beginning this Tuesday. Among the twenty-eight of thirty-four foreign ministers who will be in Antigua is Belize’s Foreign Minister, [...]
Gapi and Imer Hernandez long and winding road to San Antonio
Imer Hernandez – he’s the man at the center of the San Antonio Road controversy in Orange Walk Town. The nephew of Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, Hernandez drew media [...]
Gapi’s Imer Hernandez gets contract for Belmopan Market
While that’s very likely the last we’ll hear about the San Antonio Road, it’s certainly not the last we’ll hear of the elusive Imer Hernandez. In fact, his name came [...]
Old man and the illegal sea lobster
An elderly fisherman of Southside Belize City who Fisheries Authorities claim was found in possession of over two thousand pounds of lobster tails was arraigned in court this morning. Seventy-eight [...]
High school student says he was beaten by the cops
The family of seventeen-year-old Brian Lopez Jr., a student of Ladyville Technical High School, is livid, following claims of physical and verbal abuse at the hands of a Ladyville police [...]
Homeowner cuffs burglar over the head
A burglary gone wrong has left one man with a headache and time behind bars at the Belize Central Prison. Convicted burglar Nelson David White appeared in the court of [...]
Daughter forgets details of incest in court
A forty-year old man from the Punta Gorda area was freed of a charge of carnal knowledge after his daughter, now fourteen years old, took the stand but failed to [...]
Leader of Opposition supports Audrey Matura-Shepherd
The resignation of OCEANA Belize Vice President Audrey Matura-Shepherd is still very much big news, especially after a press conference in which Matura-Shepherd claims that resignation was precipitated by attacks [...]
Inspiration telethon rakes in half a million dollars for needed center
Construction of the Inspiration Center, a facility that is being built to assist children with disabilities, is quickly becoming a reality. Last Tuesday, members of the media and donors to [...]
Belize City and Merida Sister Cities
Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley and Mayor Renan Barrera Cocha of Merida, Yucatan have signed a letter of intent to establish a sister city relationship in the near future. That [...]
Football, volleyball, table tennis and cycling in weekend sports
Good evening I’m James Adderly and this is sports. Since it’s mandated that Belize must present a U-17 football team in UNCAF’s 2013 female competition, Belize has been paired with [...]
Village Council Elections Continue In Northern Belize
Village council elections continued yesterday. Reporter Dalila Ical looks at results in the northern districts. DALILA ICAL “The village council elections continued on Sunday, June 2 in the north; six new councils were elected in the Corozal District and four in the...
Cayo Police Investigate Armed Robbery
Police are investigating an armed robbery at a pharmacy in the Cayo District. Correspondent Elaine Berry tells us more. ELAINE BERRY “A robbery took place on Friday, May 31 at Codd’s Pharmacy situated on George Price Avenue in Santa Elena. Accordin...
Northern Belize Prepared For Hurricane Season
The National Emergency Management Organization has been working on hurricane preparedness plans and there is no exception for the North of the Country. We join Correspondent Arturo Cantun to hear more about what NEMO is doing in Orange Walk and Corozal. ARTURO CANTUN &ldq...
Belize's Blue Hole Nominated To Be A Wonder of The World
The Great Blue Hole is one of the most attractive natural sites in Belize and news today is that it has been nominated to be the 8th Wonder of the World. The Belize Tourism Board announced that the Great Blue Hole was entered into VirtualTourist.com’s quest to crown the ‘8t...
Ruling Political Party Dominates Village Council Elections In Southern Belize
We now join Correspondent Harry Arzu for a look at the Village Council Election results in the South. HARRY ARZU “Village council elections were held in Sarawee village as well as in Hope Creek village on Sunday June 2. After the voting and counting were all over, r...
Teenage Girl Reported Missing In Benque Viejo del Carmen
A young girl has been reported missing in the Cayo District. Thirty five year old Carlos Sanchez of St. Joseph Street in Benque Viejo Town, reported to police that around 6:00pm on Saturday, he sent his thirteen year old daughter, Quianna Guzman to collect some money from a perso...
Weekend Shooting Leaves Two Critical
Two men are in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after they were both shot to the head on Saturday night. The incident occurred around 7:20 on Saturday night. Forty four year old Melvin Baptist and twenty four year old Arthur Baptist were at Melvin&...
Charged With Handling Stolen Goods After Being Caught With Policeman's Bike
Twenty-three year old Malcolm Wagner, of Flamboyant Street, was charged with handling stolen goods for a bicycle that was stolen from a police constable when he appeared in court today. Wagner pled not guilty to the charge. He said that he borrowed the bicycle from a friend and while h...
Thousand Dollar Bail For Shoplifting Coffee
Fifty-nine year old David Rodriguez, a plumber of Vernon Street, who allegedly shop-lifted a bottle of Nescafe coffee from Save-U Supermarket, was charged with theft when he appeared in court today. Rodriguez pled not guilty to the charge. He was offered a bail of one thousand dollars ...
Magistrate Grants Bail To Burglar Following Guilty Plea
Fifty-four year old Nelson White, who allegedly burglarized the home of Stanley Lizama, was charged with burglary when he appeared in court today. White pled not guilty to the charge. Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser offered him a bail of four thousand dollars and adjourned his case unt...
National Gender Policy Receives More Criticisms
The revised national gender policy has come under criticism from a number of quarters. Today the Council of Management of the Belize National Teachers Union met to hear a presentation with reference to the implications of the policy. BNTU says it views with grave concerns t...
One Year Old Alert System For Missing Children Needs Funding and Support
A new alert system to help with location of missing children, the Jasmine Alert was created last year after a tragedy that garnered concerns from the entire Nation. After one year of the initiative, Correspondent Arturo Cantun met with one of the founders to find out where the program now l...
Inspiration Telethon Meets 500K Target
KIM SIMPLIS BARROW “You set targets and you want to reach those targets because you know what the need is presently, for the centre to be completed.” The target was set at half a million dollars which needed to be raised in ten hours. The 2013 Inspiration Telethon was...