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Belize Coast Guard vessel sinks in Chetumal Bay; 8 rescued by SP Belize Express and Mexican authorities
On board the vessel that sank were eight people, including two Belizeans that had been arrested for smuggling contraband goods from Mexico to Belize

Government of Belize Allocates Additional Funds to Combat Crime
The Ministry of Finance has made a special transfer of 300 thousand dollars to the Ministry of National Security for the purchase of special equipment for the Belize Police Department's reconfigured strategy to combat violent crime

Barton Creek Cave; One of the World's 9 most beautiful and unusual cave destinations
Belize's Barton Creek Cave has been listed as one of Nine Most beautiful and unusual cave destinations by Mother Nature Network

Police questioning suspect in relation to Jasmine Lowe
There appears to be a major break in the murder of thirteen year old Jasmine Lowe of Santa Elena, Cayo where police are preparing for the arraignment of a well-known Belize City man for her murder. The sensational arrest was made on Monday, two weeks after she was found dead near a farm in Cristo [...]

K.H.M.H. staff protest on streets for slain doctor
Another person is in detention in the ongoing investigation into the murder of the affable Dr. Ivan Garcia. Police have detained and are questioning one man known to the doctor. Garcia's car, a Geo Prism, was recovered by the police on D Street, in the King's Park Area on Monday night. The Guatemalan doctor was [...]

Dignity and Human Rights Campaigners join protest
Doctors, nurses and health professionals protested the murder of the doctor at midday. They were joined by members of the We Are One in Dignity and Human Rights Campaign. This afternoon, the organization issued a statement expressing indignation against "the unprosecuted crimes being perpetrated against those vulnerable to violence, such as women, children, and sexual [...]

Viewers believe more jobs losses in the year ahead
It was announced in the Prime Minister's press conference last week that the national budget is expected to have a major deficit and cutbacks will be necessary. That was the basis for last week's question to viewers: Do you expect more job losses in the year ahead given the grim economic outlook? Eighty-two percent of [...]

John Saldivar stripped of Immigration Portfolio
There are two announcements out of Belmopan today. First, with the murder count at seventy-one since the beginning for the year, the government announced today that it approved three hundred thousand dollars to the Ministry of National Security for the purchase of special equipment for the Police Department. According to a press release, Cabinet has [...]

2 cops re-arrested in connection with robbery of Free Zone employee
Two cops have been re-arrested in connection with the robbery a free zone employee in September of 2011. Following directives from the DPP, police formally arrested twenty-seven year old Elston Rojas and twenty-nine year old Rudolph Azueta, both police officers of Corozal Town, for the crime of 'abetment to commit robbery.' On September tenth of [...]

Alvarez busted for robbery; mom says he's innocent
The police department believes it has cracked the case of an armed robbery which occurred June first. On June sixth, twenty-five year old Darrington Louriano was charged with two counts of Robbery and his co-conspirator has been identify as twenty-one year old Ryan Alvarez, a resident of Supal Street in Belize City. Alvarez, who has [...]

Attorney becomes his own client in unpaid GST case
Well-known Attorney Arthur Saldivar was before the court today, but this time he was defending himself. In the courtroom of Magistrate Hurl Hamilton, Saldivar was charged with twelve counts of Failure to File General Sales Tax for the entire year of 2011. Before the charges could be properly read to him, Saldivar rose to offer [...]

Coastguard vessel flips while making a bust on the sea
A Belize Coast Guard vessel reportedly capsized near the mouth of the Rio Hondo on Friday afternoon. According to the Mexican media, the Coast Guard personnel had intercepted a canoe with two men who were smuggling several cases of soft drinks bound for San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The officers boarded the canoe, detained the two [...]

FIFA instructor Gary Strempel in Belize
The highly-respected FIFA Instructor Gary Stempel arrived in Belize today; he was received by a representative of the Executive of the Football Federation of Belize. Stempel coached the Panamanian under-twenty and under-twenty-three teams to qualify for its first ever U-twenty World Cup in 2003. He will be conducting a rigorous training session with about thirty [...]

UNCAF Secretary General discuss future of football
Also arriving in Belize today, was Mario Monterrosa, the Secretary General of the Central American Football Union (UNCAF). Monterrosa will be meeting with the F.F.B. executive committee to plan the future of his organization's collaboration with Belize. He says the plans include upgrading football facilities, improving relations with government and increasing international participation, but the [...]

PROTO Drive for less fortunate students
Most high schools closed last week and primary schools have another week to go before the summer break. But People Reaching Out To Others (PROTO) is already working on its back to school drive. It's the fourth year that PROTO is holding the annual initiative, which solicits school supplies for needy students. The organization is [...]

City Halls across the country get funding to fix streets
City Councils across the country have received funds to improve drainage and to pave streets. Several mayors attended a signing ceremony chaired by Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Development Santiago Castillo where the contracts were awarded for the projects in the municipalities. Belmopan Mayor Simeon Lopez thanked the Minister on behalf of [...]

Fashion everywhere with Rebecca Stirm and Mission Catwalk
Who will rule the Catwalk? That's what the finalists in Mission Catwalk will find out tonight. After weeks of grueling competition in mini challenges, four Caribbean designers are left standing. Belize's Rebecca Stirm made a name of herself and put Belize on the map competing against designers from across the Caribbean for a load of [...]