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Arrest in More Tomorrow murder
On Monday we told you about the murder that occurred in More Tomorrow Village just outside of Belmopan. Now police say they have made an arrest, as they believe that 27-year-old Marin Duarte Chinchilla is the murderer.
The body of Juan Alberto Ramirez was discovered by a farmer heading to work on Saturday morning, whenthe body was found in a drain at the side of the road. The body had multiple stab wounds to his chest and neck; as much as twenty stab wounds.
Marin Duarte Chinchilla is a Honduran caretaker of More Tomorrow Road ,and police say they have sufficient evidence pointing to Marin Chinchilla as the killer.
Government will honor Janae Matute award
On Monday the family of 14 year old Janae Matute, the Roaring Creek high school student stricken with cerebral palsy at birth, after being delivered a month early which caused her lungs not to develop properly, came forward to ask Government to begin paying the more than $2.5 million owed since 2012, when it did not appeal the Court of Appeal’s judgment against them.
The case concluded before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in April, when the court dismissed the appeal of Dr. Raju Meenavalli, the physician in Government’s employ at the Western Regional Hospital, who was found primarily responsible for the error.
Major crimes up; arrests down
There are many lists that rate countries around the world and compare them based on a number of factors such as best Tourism Destinations, best and worse cruise Ports, and Economic and Investor confidence indices. There is even a list of the world’s happiest countries that ranks Belize in the Top 5. There is a list that rates Corruption; it was issued earlier this December. Belize is one of only four countries of the world that failed to appear on that Corruption list. And then there is the list that rates dangerous countries; these list rate countries according to the homicide rates published by various statistics keepers including the USA and UN. And it appears that Belize keeps performing poorer each year in the area of crime, listing Belize one of the most dangerous places on planet earth to live.
Last year’s 2013 report from the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security OSAC, stated, ” Due to the extremely high murder rate per capita, Belize is the sixth most violent country in the world, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, with an average of over 40 homicides per 100,000 residents. In 2012, Belize recorded 145 murders, setting a new record for homicides in the country. The murder rate was nearly 15 percent higher than 2011.”
P.M. says sugar impasse can be resolved
It is another day of waiting in the sugar industry. Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI), the sugar producer, having cured the offending sentence in clause 2.3 of the agreement, restoring the Sugar Cane Production Committee (SCPC) as arbiter of procedures for determining cane quality, is, pending approval from international partners American Sugar Refining (ASR), to send back the revised draft to the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) for their approval on Tuesday.
As of newstime there had been nothing on that front, but Prime Minister Dean Barrow in updating reporters said that after another long night being broker between the two parties, he is cautiously optimistic about an agreement signing and cane crop starting before the end of the year.
FFB says no sanctions taken against accused Gilharry, yet
Last week we reported on 34 year old Cristobal Gilharry, a Verdes FC and National Football Team player, who has been accused of intercourse with a 15 year old female minor.
The minor alleged that she and Cristobal Gilharry performed sexual intercourse on November 21, 2014, at which times she was 15 years and 3 months old.
Gilharry was remanded last week after an appearance at the Belmopan Magistrates Court, where he was read his charges, but on Friday, Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore, granted Mr Gilharry bail at $6,000 with conditions.
On Monday, the Football Federation of Belize weighed in on the issue with a Press Release. The FFB states that ” …while in no way the Football Federation of Belize condones his action or the allegation made against him, the Executive of the Football Federation of Belize will meet to address the allegation and make any decision it deems necessary until the matter is finalized before the court.”
BTB PR Manager resigns in Clive Myers investigation
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and Ministry of Tourism and Culture continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the sudden fall of Acting Director of Marketing Clive Myers, who resigned last week, only a few days after taking over the post from the departed Alyssa Carnegie.
A package was delivered to certain media houses containing information stating that Myers’ educational credentials were falsified.
On Saturday Director of Tourism Tracey Taegar-Panton stated that as far as they were aware, there was no reason to think that anything in Clive Myers’ personnel file was falsified, but she acknowledged that more work needs to be done moving forward in improving the backgrounds checks done by the Board. She also added that Mr Myers’ performance while with the Ministry, before moving to the BTB, was exceptional and could not be faulted.
Three car pile- up on highway
A three car pile-up occurred near mile 30 on the Phillip Goldson Highway Sunday evening at around 6pm, which sent several people to the hospital.
According to officer Commanding the Ladyville Police Station, Inspector Fredrick Gordon, the incident involved a grey car, a Mitsubishi, and a red Geo Tracker. One eyewitness told the media that the red Geo Tracker and another vehicle were heading towards Belize City, when one of the cars tried to overtake the other, and that is when the collision occurred.
Stabbing incident on Kraal Road
That wasn’t the only action on Kraal Road that Sunday.
According to police reports, at about 4:45 a.m., police visited No. 26 Kraal Road, where they saw a man, who identified himself as 28-year-old Tyron Scott .
Mr Scott was found lying on the ground suffering from apparent stab wounds to his back and shoulder.
Initial investigation reveals that at about 4:35a.m., Tyron Scott visited a friend at No.26 Kraal Road and while waiting for his friend to come downstairs, he was approached from behind by an unknown person, who inflicted the injuries on him.
Trade unions support farmers not signing commercial agreement with BSI
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) has intervened into the dispute between Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI) and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA), which were on the verge of signing a commercial agreement last week, until the inclusion of a clause advocating establishment of a separate committee to resolve disputes apart from the Sugar Control Board managed by the Government of Belize.
While BSI has insisted that it did not mean to put the clause in, the NTUCB has seized on BSI’s action as characteristic of an organization unwilling to treat the farmers fairly.
On Monday spokesperson for the NTUCB, attorney and President of the Christian Workers’ Union (CWU), Audrey Matura-Shepherd, conveyed the Congress’ willingness to work with the farmers.
Fatal Road Traffic Accident in Orange Walk
A traffic accident in the Orange Walk District has claimed the life of an elderly farmer of Douglas Village.
The accident occurred on Saturday night, somewhere between Douglas Village and San Juan Village.
Initial police investigations revealed that driver of a red ford ranger pickup, driven by 18-year-old Eleodoro Osorio, was en route o the Orange Walk Hospital, when he saw a Man riding a bicycle swerving on the middle of the road and in front of the pickup. As a result, the driver hit the man, who was later identified as 62-year-old Fermin Gonzalez.
Matute family to sue Government over unpaid court judgment
Two million, five hundred and fifty-two thousand, four hundred and sixty four dollars and seventy-five cents. This was the amount outstanding, as of 31 October 2014, against the Government of Belize after the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) dismissed the appeal of Dr. Raju Meenavalli.
The ruling established that there was malpractice on the dcotor’s part at the Belmopan Western Regional Hospital, when he delivered Janae Matute a month ahead of schedule, due to personal error. This is what is believed to have caused now 14 year old Janae to have contracted cerebral palsy.
Eight months after that ruling, the Government has yet to honor the award.
Meanwhile, single mother Georgia Matute and her family struggle to meet costs for the second-former of Belmopan Comprehensive High School. She was surprised last week, on a visit to the Financial Secretary Joseph Waight’s Belmopan office seeking an audience, with some not-so-good news.
“A crying shame!” – run Janae’s money: Lumor
When the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) upheld the lower court rulings this April in favor of Janae Matute, 14, who had sued the Government of Belize and Dr. Raju Meenavalli through her next of kin, her mother, for miscalculating the expected date of her delivery, thereby causing her to develop cerebral palsy, there was jubilant celebration in the family.
However, 8 months later, no payment has been made to the child, and the distressed family, who has been battling in the courts for more than a decade, has now decided to come public with an impassioned appeal to the Government to spread the season’s cheer.
“This case went on through the courts for 12 years; not one cent has been paid to Janae,” her attorney, Fred Lumor, SC, said at a press conference held at his office this morning.
Lumor lamented that the way that Janae has been treated by the Government is “a crying shame!”
3 injured in 3-car pile-up near Boom cutoff
Alcohol is suspected to have played a major role in a hair-raising road traffic accident involving three vehicles and a number of passengers that occurred late yesterday evening at Mile 13 on the Philip Goldson Highway near the Burrell Boom cutoff.
Today, Police Rural Executive Officer, Inspector Frederick Gordon, told the media that yesterday, Sunday, at about 6:20 p.m., Ladyville police received information of a road traffic accident near Mile 13 on the Philip Goldson Highway.
Upon arrival, police saw that there was a 3-car pile-up, including a gray late model Cadillac CTS car, a green Mitsubishi L200 pickup, and a red Geo Tracker.
Police caught alleged rapist in the act
A Belize City construction worker and resident of Maskall Street was remanded to prison after he was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer on a single count of rape late this afternoon.
No plea was taken from Alexander Nunez, 24, when the charge of rape was read to him. Magistrate Frazer told him that rape is an indictable matter.
The court prosecutor, Corporal Christopher Smith, objected to the granting of bail to him on three grounds – on the ground that the safety of the witnesses in the matter is of concern to the prosecution; on the basis of the strength of the prosecution’s case, and finally, on the ground of concern for the safety of the accused.
BCB wins US$48 mil arbitration award against GOB
The Barrow administration appropriated a US$22.5 million loan to Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) held by an Ashcroft bank in the Turks & Caicos when it nationalized the phone company—a move which sparked both litigation in Belize’s domestic courts and a legal challenge under the UK-Belize Bilateral Investment Treaty.
Today, the Government announced that it had lost at arbitration and it is now on the hook for up to US$48 million—an award that the Government says it intends to challenge.
An official Government statement said that on Friday, December 19, 2014, a 3-member panel of international arbitrators issued its decision in a dispute between the British Caribbean Bank Ltd. (BCB) and the Government of Belize (GOB) over the Government’s decision back in 2009 to appropriate the bank’s loan to Belize Telemedia Limited as part of the nationalization of the phone company.
BSI/ASR trying to put “bull****” over the cañeros – Audrey Matura-Shepherd!
Up until late last week, today had been the date set as the latest date for the signing of a revised commercial agreement between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) and the factory owners, Belize Sugar Industries (BSI)/ American Sugar Refineries (ASR); however, the ill-fated 2014/2015 sugar cane crop season remains stalled, at this point, because of a controversial clause which was reportedly inserted into the agreement recently by BSI/ASR.
Therefore, instead of placing their signatures on the dotted line today, as was scheduled, the 18 directors of the association were called to a meeting at the BSCFA’s headquarters in Orange Walk this morning because of a major gripe, which basically involves replacing a body called the Sugar Cane Production Committee (SCPC), a governmental oversight entity that manages cane quality and acceptance, with a new entity called the Harvest and Delivery Control Unit (HDCU), controlled by BSI.
What’s in those 13 agreements Belize signed with Guatemala?
On Friday, the Government of Belize released signed electronic copies of the 13 bilateral agreements penned in Placencia by Belize and Guatemala on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, on the occasion of a high-level meeting of Central American leaders in Belize.
Those agreements, according to the documents, were formulated within the context of a set of confidence-building measures Belize and Guatemala signed back in September 2005, and a Road Map which the parties signed in January 2014 – both under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS).
The 13 agreements were signed by the Foreign Ministers of both countries, Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington in the case of Belize, and Carlos Raul Morales Moscoso for Guatemala, and the signing was witnessed by Secretary-General of the OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza.
The agreements were signed amid a renewal of calls for the parties to allow the International Court of Justice to adjudicate the matter of Guatemala’s unfounded claim over Belizean territory.
Famous footballer, 34, charged with carnal knowledge of girl, 15
A well-known football star was granted bail today at the Belmopan Supreme Court after being on remand since Tuesday of this week due to an allegation of having unlawful sexual intercourse.
Cristobal Gilharry, 34, a defensive player for Belize’s Men’s National “A” football team, was arrested and charged this past Monday, December 15, based on a report of unlawful carnal knowledge which was filed by a 15-year-old female minor who lives in Belmopan.
The following day, Tuesday, he appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford at the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court, where he was read the charge; however, no plea was taken from him, since it is an indictable offense.
Kraal Road violence: 1 man stabbed, 1 man shot, in separate incidents
Two men are being treated at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after one was shot multiple times and the other seriously stabbed.
The first incident occurred at about 4:45 yesterday morning. Dean Murrillo, 39, of St. Matthews, Cayo District, was walking on Kraal Road towards Fabers Road, when he reached the junction of Kraal Road and Waight Street, a white SUV passed him and shortly after, two armed men approached him and fired several shots at him, hitting him in the lower back, the right arm and the left side. The two men then got back into the vehicle and escaped from the area.
Murrillo was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted in a critical but stable condition.
Honduran caretaker, 27, charged for murder of Harmonyville farmer
A 27-year-old Honduran farm caretaker of a More Tomorrow Village Road address was charged by police late this evening for the murder of a young Guatemalan farmer from the Harmonyville community, located at Mile 41 on the George Price Highway, who was killed and callously dumped in a drain at the side of the road leading to More Tomorrow, a village located along the Belize River in the Cayo District, early last Saturday, December 20.
Amandala understands that Juan Alberto Ramirez, 22, was socializing with a group of men at a bar in More Tomorrow last Friday night when he got into an altercation with the suspect, which is what is believed to have led to his death.
Police believe that the victim was stalked and stabbed to death as he made his way back out of the village.
Police on top at Week 1 of PLB playoffs
The Premier League of Belize (PLB) kicked off its 2014-2015 Opening Season playoffs this past weekend with the top 4 teams entering a double round-robin that will see each team playing every other team twice. Each team will play 6 playoff games by January 7, so that games will be on weekends and on Wednesdays. (See schedule at bottom.)
The top 4 teams – Police United, Verdes, Belmopan Bandits and BDF are all very well matched, and after the first weekend of playoffs, it is still anybody’s guess as to which two will make it to the championship finals.
Henry Moreira wins Leslie’s Imports Pre-Christmas race
Unofficial reports we received say that the Leslie’s Imports Pre-Christmas Race yesterday from Cayo to Belize City on the George Price (Western) Highway had about 45 cyclists participating. And at the finish line it was Henry Moreira taking the 1st place honors.
Like the Smart Test Race last Sunday, December 14, which travelled to Carmelita Village on the Philip Goldson (Northern) Highway and back to Belize City, yesterday’s Leslie’s Imports Christmas Race served as a good tune-up and test for cyclists to prepare themselves for the big upcoming KREM New Year’s Day Cycling Classic.
FFB position on situation of player Cristobal Gilharry
It has come to the attention of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) of the serious charges placed against Mr. Cristobal Gilharry. While in no way the Football Federation of Belize condones his action or the allegation made against him, the Executive of the Football Federation of Belize will meet to address the allegation and make any decision it deems necessary until the matter is finalized before the court.
Struggle and dignity
At this newspaper we have spent the last four and a half decades trying to discuss and define who we are as a Belizean people and how we came to be where we are. It was necessary for us to do this because our schools were run by religious who were more focused on our eternal souls than on the daily life struggles we faced. For us as a Belizean people, the power realities were such that we felt the need to fight for an improved standard of living and for our individual and national dignity.
When this newspaper began in 1969, British Honduras was a self-governing British colony. We had a government run by Belizeans, but the British, our colonial masters, were in charge of our defense, foreign affairs, and immigration. As a Belizean people, we had experienced and suffered from imperialism, slavery, and colonialism, and we were fighting for what all the world’s colonized peoples were fighting for after World War II: we were fighting for independence and self-rule.
Hugh Saul on Major Lloyd Jones’ December 14 letter
I note with interest Major Lloyd Jones’ (R) letter, “The problem with the Barrow administration’s development program is one of sustainability,” which appeared in your Amandala (Belize) newspaper dated December 14, 2014. Major Jones has raised a number of points which need to be expanded in the interest of public information and clarity.
The development objectives of the programs he alluded to (as far as I am aware) are not fully known, as they have not been articulated, documented and presented in a form to invite public scrutiny. One can therefore only guess or interpret the intention or objective of this government program based on what is known. One good aspect of the national infrastructure activities is that they have been “projectised”, and as such, the overall cost, inputs and expected outputs can be identified, measured and subjected to review and evaluation against a known or perceived vision, and related cost.
Chetumal Street Bridge partially opened to the public
In mid-March of this year, contracts were signed for the construction of the Chetumal Street Bridge, which is intended to link the Belama and Fabers Road areas in Belize City, and this week, the new bridge, which we understand is 95% complete, has been partially opened to vehicular traffic.
Yesterday, Errol Robateau, the project manager, told the media that the finishing touches are currently being put on the bridge — which is scheduled to be officially opened in January 2015 – and its approaches.
He said, “We have already completed about 95% of the bridge, and right now, we are working on the painting and design of the bridge, as well as the electrical lighting.
Inflation drops with price ease at the pumps
A plunge in pump prices due to falling world market prices for crude, as well as an ease in food costs, have led to only marginal inflation of 0.2% for November 2014, according to data just released by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB). These declines helped to offset rising prices for rent, insurance and medical services.
This means that up to November 2014, overall inflation, tallying data for the first 11 months of the year (January to November) now registers at 1.2%.
“The effects of falling global oil prices were evident in the category of transport, with the average price per gallon of diesel dropping by over 12 percent from $10.65 last November to $9.37 this month,” the SIB noted, adding that international airfares also fell considerably, by 17%.
“Disappointing” oddities uncovered in KHMH Special Audit
A Special Audit Report of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), Belize’s premier public health facility, for the period July 2013 to July 2014, which was recently commissioned by Financial Secretary Joseph Waight and conducted by the Auditor General’s Office, has been sent to the Office of the Solicitor General for further assessment to determine whether there is a basis for possible criminal proceedings against those involved in questionable activity, a senior KHMH official said today.
The audit has revealed a list of financial irregularities in procedure, primarily surrounding the acquisition of two X-Ray units which were procured from Spring HK Holdings Ltd, which turned out to be a mystery Hong-Kong based company, by the then senior management of the hospital, reportedly without the knowledge of the Board of Governors. Today, Amandala was able to speak with the chair of the KHMH Board of Governors, Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, who told us that the KHMH board, which met to discuss the matter on December 11, is “disappointed” in the findings of the report.
Mother wants GOB to “roll” monies for damages following court ruling
Senior Counsel, Fred Lumor and Georgia Matute on Monday of this week used the media to call on the Government of Belize, specifically Prime Minister, Dean Barrow to cause the relevant departments in his government to honour a court ruling and pay Matute damages amounting to $2.5 million for a doctor’s malpractice while employed by the government.
The court had ruled in April of this year that Georgia’s daughter, Janae Matute, now 14, suffered a debilitating but preventable lifelong birth defect at the hands of Dr. Meenavalli Raju, who was employed by the government of Belize.
It ruled that Raju failed to act in accordance with professional standards, causing Janae to suffer from Cerebral Palsy. The child’s lungs were underdeveloped, restricting oxygen from adequately reaching her brain.
Lumor told reporters at a press conference on Monday that it has been a frustrating process for mother and child, as well as himself. He said the only alternative now is another round of litigation to ask the court to force the government to pay up.
4-H Shows Appreciation to the Learners for the Christmas Season
The 4-H Youth Development Centre Staff and Leader honoured the learners with a luncheon and entertainment at the George Price Centre in Belmopan. The trainees received gifts and were served by the staff. The trainees provided the entertainment and some of them also received grants for school. […]
Man convicted ot 2011 robbery of bus conductor
A man and a minor accused of the April 2011 robbery of a conductor for James Bus Service of Punta Gorda were today found guilty of the charge by Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer. 25 year old Samuel Bevans was given a jail term of seven years and his […]
PM Barrow says nothing is wrong with Guatemala bilateral agreements
Belize signed 13 special bilateral agreements with the Republic of Guatemala last week on the sidelines of the SICA Summit in Placencia, Stann Creek District. Such agreements, as Prime Minister Dean Barrow pointed out to reporters today, happen all the time in international diplomacy. But this is Guatemala, […]
Business establishments unite to give Christmas cheer to children
Hundreds of children in St. Matthews village and in Franks Eddy were the recipients of Christmas toys, thanks to the collaborative effort of J.D.B. Limited and Cayo Pharmaceutical. The Santa’s Little Helpers initiative ensured that the excited children who gathered at the campus of the St. Matthews […]
Charges filed and sentences handed down in Magistrate’s Court
American deemed prohibited immigrant Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. resident 32 year old Timothy Eels ran afoul of Belizean law after failing to report his passport stolen to local police. As a result, the research assistant has been deemed a prohibited immigrant and the Immigration Department here requested a court order for deportation back to the United […]
Police release ‘comparative’ crime statistics
The Belize Police Department today released the “comparative statistics” for 2014 which shows that there have been 121 murders this year. In 2013 there were 99 murders. 145 murders were committed in 2012. The police statistics show that March and April of this year had the most […]
From the classroom to the kitchen, students feed themselves
The students of the Tumul’kin Center of Learning in Blue Creek village, Toledo are on Christmas break. Their hard work during the first semester of the current academic year has been successful. One student, Otto Moh from Jalacte village undertook an entrepreneurial project that […]
Belize and Japan sign multi-million dollar agreement
Belize and Japan have signed a multi-million dollars agreement for the purchase of products from Japan. Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington signed on behalf of Belize, while Japan’s ambassador to Belize Yasuo Takase signed on behalf of his country. Under the agreement, Belize […]
Body found in Bella Vista village
Family and friends of 21 year old Juan Young are grieving his death. According to reports received, the body of the young man was found early this morning in Bella Vista village in south Stann Creek. The circumstances surrounding the death have still not been confirmed by the […]
The 10 Coolest Places To Visit in Belize in 2015
Are you in need of a little Central American paradise? Check out this curated list of the best spots in Belize: San Ignacio Town Wander the mossy Maya ruins of Cahal Pech, where visitors can enjoy a tranquil […]
BDF soldier shot during armed robbery in Guyana
Belize Defence Force soldier Emil Mendez was the victim of a shooting incident last night in Georgetown, Guyana. Mendez, according to the Stabroek Newspaper, is part of Ministry of Health Orthopedic Technician program. According to various press reports out of Guyana, Mendez was shot four times during […]
Houses & Businesses Light up for Christmas in San Pedro, Belize
Last night, my friend and I (both in shorts and flip-flops) took a quick golf cart cruise around town to check out some of the holiday lights. The Front Street is draped with decorations, the big holiday tree in Central Park is all lit up beautifully…
here are some of the businesses and private houses we saw last night. Town is bustling, many restaurants were full, people lined up waiting for pupusas…ahhhh…Christmas.
The Ultimate Belize Romantic Getaway!
What is it about chocolate? With a taste that’s impossible to describe, and beneficial effects that continue to interest doctors and scientists the world over, chocolate had been on the global palate ever since the Conquistador Cortez brought samples of the Aztec’s sacred xocolatl back to Spain in the1500s.
And the world never looked back
Chocolate began as a beverage and was turned into the delicious milk chocolate we enjoy so much today by Lindt, Nestle and Hershey in the late 1800s. Today, as scientists identify more and more beneficial characteristics about it, chocolate is being used in a variety of health applications and luxurious Spa treatments. Cacao has been grown in Belize for thousands of years and was revered as the “Food of the Gods” by our ancient Maya inhabitants. It seems only fitting that The Hilltop Spa at Chaa Creek, located in the Heartland of the Maya, is today using that age-old ingredient in several cutting edge treatments and as the foundation of the incredibly rich and rewarding Chocolatissimo Belize Vacation Package.
Five Interesting Mammals Found In Belize
The world is filed with beautiful things, let us all agree. Travel makes one so much more aware of many of the things available for us in the world that a thousand dollar trip is truly worth 5 to 10 times that when you travel and are with the right people in the place and places you travel to. In Belize, its not only culture, history, and places. There are forests and rivers and ancient Maya cities and people everywhere with rich diversity. Then there are the mammals. Please enjoy these interesting animals we handpicked for you in this piece.
BIL- Pre-Qualification of Bidders Notice
INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICATIONS
Belize Civic Center Project
Belize Infrastructure Ltd. [BIL]
Government of Belize
Date: December 22, 2014
1. SCOPE OF BID
1.1 Belize Infrastructure Ltd. [BIL] (hereinafter referred to as “the Employer”), has secured funds to be used for the construction of a new sporting complex facility, the Belize Civic Center Sports Complex (BCCSC) to be located on Central American Boulevard, in Belize City.
Rent In Belize From $300 A Month
Ten years ago it was mainly scuba divers, anglers and adventure travelers who knew of Belize’s natural treasures. At that time few tourists could point to Belize on a map. But there’s been a growing buzz about Belize for the last few years. The constant press coverage about predictions of what would happen at the end of the Maya calendar (December 21, 2012) catapulted Belize into the international spotlight. Ever since, tourism numbers have been on the rise. And a growing number of Baby Boomers are retiring there.
This little democratic country has one foot planted in the Caribbean and the other in Central America. In addition to an abundance of Belize’s natural beauty, it offers one of the best expat retiree programs available. Another major advantage is that English is the primary language.
TripAdvisor Fined $600,000 For 'False Reviews'
Italy's antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers' association and a consumer protection agency.
The antitrust authority said in a statement Monday that TripAdvisor had failed to adopt controls to prevent false reviews, while at the same time promoting the site's content as "authentic and genuine." It has given TripAdvisor 90 days to present a remedy.
The Federalberghi federation of hoteliers welcomed the decision, citing the numerous examples of "defamatory" reviews that have appeared on the site.
TripAdvisor said in a statement that it would appeal the findings, saying it believed its processes, which include a team to detect fraudsters as well as automated tools and algorithms, were "extremely effective in protecting consumers from the small minority of people who try to cheat our system." A U.K. regulator has previously said that TripAdvisor must stop claiming that all the reviews on its British site were written by independent travelers, and therefore reliable.
How do you start rugby from scratch in a country where it has no roots?
Strangely for a former British colony, rugby has never taken root in the Central American nation of Belize.
The tiny nation of 350,000 people has tended to gravitate towards soccer, basketball and cycling - with little global impact.
However, that could be about to change as the oval ball arrives in the country.
Dublin-based Tony Gillings has founded Rugby Belize, a new rugby board which aims to grow the sport there. He has been joined by Rugby Belize ambassador and the country's only rugby professional Jonathan Woodward who grew up in London but is of Belizean heritage.
I spoke to both of them about why they are trying to grow the game in a country with little prior connection to the sport as well as how they are going about building rugby's roots literally from scratch.
Copy of Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipalities Launch Belize - Part 1, 19min. Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipalities Launch Belize September 26, 2014.
Belize Christmas Parade & Park Fest 2014(www.belizegatentertainment.com), 103min.
Belize Birthday Adventure GoPro Hero 4 2014, 11min. An Un-Belize-Able adventure.
Snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley, Belize, 1min. This video was shot with a GoPro while snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley, Belize. Music: Galuma (Calm) by The Garifuna Collective.
Rum Popo - Cooking with Flavors of Belize & Chef Sean Kuylen, 5.5min.
Belize sunrise, 10min. Watching the sun comes up in Belize City.
Kelly + Ronnel Highlights - Belize Wedding, 2min. Waterfall Wedding at Mountain Pine Ride, Belize.
Maya House San Pedro, Belize 2014 Christmas, min. Maya House San Pedro, Belize 2014 Christmas Decorations.
Belize Fishing Trip, 20min. Fly fishing trip to Belize with my dad.
Scuba diving Belize with Huracan Diving, Shark Dive off half Moon Caye, 10min. This video was shot on a single dive off of Half Moon Caye, Light House Reef Atoll Belize with Huracan Diving. The sharks joined us for close to 30 minutes. No feeding or baiting of the sharks was involved.
Belize Howler Monkeys, 1/2min. Monkey River Belize Howler Monkeys.
Podziemne miasta - Belize Podziemie Majów [Lektor PL][Film Dokumentalny], 60min.
Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipalities Launch Belize - Part 3, 18min. Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipalities Launch Belize September 26, 2014.