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No ICJ! Guatemala wants out of referendum
Guatemala wants out of going to the referendum on October sixth, and out of possibly taking the Belize/Guatemala dispute to the International Court of Justice. That’s the word from Minister of Foreign Affairs this afternoon as he returned from Sunday’s meeting with Guatemala at OAS headquarters in Washington. The news confirms what Guatemala had been [...]
Bar Association will participate in education process
In Tuesday’s newscast, President of the Bar Eamon Courtenay strongly defended the work and worth of that Association. And to cement his position that there is much that the Bar does in matters of national interest, Courtenay pointed out that the Association will be participating fully in the education and awareness campaign in respect of [...]
COLA says it’s time to get out of Referendum talks
The absence of the Guatemalan Foreign Minister Fernando Carrera at a scheduled meeting at the Organization of American States (OAS) on Sunday sent strong signals of Guatemala’s attitude toward resolving the territorial claim. It is now clear that the Guatemalans will not hold the referendum on October sixth as agreed to in the compromis signed [...]
Budget debate to begin
This Thursday, thirty one representatives in the House are expected to engage in a lively battle inside the National Assembly. The Opposition People’s United Party is expected to challenge the merits of the 2013-2014 budget which was tabled by the Prime Minister on March first, Prime Minister Dean Barrow has said that his budget offers [...]
International football game must be on FIFA certified field
The Soca Warriors from Trinidad are now in the jewel for a friendly game with the national football team. That game was planned for this Saturday at the MCC ground but there is possibility tonight that the schedule will change. The Soca Warriors do not find the MCC Grounds adequate and instead want to play [...]
Belize Infrastructure Limited rivals Ministry of Works
In the budget presentation in March, the Prime Minister announced the establishment of a company to carry out a package of infrastructural projects to the tune of sixty million dollars. The company is the Belize Infrastructure Limited which was set up on February, twenty-seventh and its place of business is the Ministry of Works. News [...]
Raising the bar, Attorney General seeks common ground
There is another issue that Minister Elrington discussed today. And though he’s just back in the country and says he hasn’t been briefed on the Bar’s response to the proposed amendment to the Legal Profession Act, Minister Elrington insists that he is at all times prepared to dialogue. Four recommendations were brought out at the [...]
President of Bar vs. Foreign Minister on General Legal Council
But while the Attorney-General and the Bar Association seem inclined to dialogue, one particular section of the proposed amendment which is sure to generate some heated discussion is the matter of the General Legal Council. Currently, the council is appointed by the Association, but the amendment as it is proposed will give that power to [...]
Human trafficking and alleged Salvadoran/Guatemalan grandmothers
The details are just unravelling regarding the Salvadoran national who was traveling with several minors, hoping that they would reach the United States using fraudulent documents. On March tenth, Irma Hilda Alas Azmitia came on a Tropic Air flight form Flores, Peten with two children, a ten year old boy and an eight year [...]
Chinese nationals charged for GST offense
GST continues to crack down on persons who do not pay their taxes. This morning, two business persons were arraigned in court for separate GST offenses following sting operations earlier this year. In the first case, thirty-one year old business woman, Xue Fei Cao, the owner of Number One store in Hattieville village was arraigned [...]
UNDP campaign to stop the spread of AIDS
In the region Belize is among the countries with the highest cases of AIDS. To bring the numbers down, a mass media campaign was launched today targeting youths to make positive choices in respect of their sexual reproductive health. The campaign is being organized by the National committee for families and children and the United [...]
High schoolers compete in Sagicor Visionaries Challenge
Over at the Princess today, there was a gathering of future scientists. Students from various high schools across the country competed in the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge. There was a wide range of competing projects but they all had in common innovation, science and technology. Duane Moody reports. Duane Moody, Reporting Seventeen high schools from [...]
Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites
A four million dollar project which is partly funded by the European Union was launched this morning. The project is part of the ongoing work by the Belize Tourism Board and is aimed to benefit communities located near archeological sites. It will be implemented over a two year period at six sites around the country. [...]
Budget Debate Scheduled For Tomorrow' PM Says this Budget Is a Difficult One
The budget will be debated in the House of Representatives on Thursday and Friday of this week, and while the Opposition People’s United Party has criticized the government for not making any great strides in its first year of governance, the ruling party argues much to the contr...
YWCA Opens Resource Centre In Capital City
This week is being celebrated as Y Week and organizers have been involved in a number of activities. On Tuesday the Y opened its resource center in Belmopan. Reporter Marion Ali was there and has the story. MARION ALI "The milestone achievement for the Y came w...
BTB Holds Part Two of Rural Development Project
Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites” is the title of part two of the Belize Rural Development Project, undertaken by the Belize Tourism Board and the National Institute for Culture and History and supported by the European Union. Director of ...
Orange Walk High School Wins First Annual SAGICOR Visionary Challenge
High School students converged today to display their problem solving skills and creativity at the first annual SAGICOR Visionary Challenge, which will yield the opportunity for them to travel and represent Belize abroad. Unit manager for SAGICOR, Abel Simpson told us more about ...
Annual Women's Summit Starts Tomorrow
The annual women’s summit will take place tomorrow. Cynthia Williams, Acting Women’s Director said this is one of the highly anticipated events in the month of celebration. CYNTHIA WILLIAMS " The annual Women’s Summit is really an opportunity for organiza...
National Security Minister Says Belize Will Not Be Affected Greatly By US Budget Cut
The US Southern Command has announced that due to financial constraints, the budget for patrolling the Central and South American isthmus has been cut. Love News spoke with Minister of National Security, John Saldivar to find out the impact on Belize. HON. JOHN SALDIVAR &...
Bar Owner and Worker Fined On Immigration Offences
Twenty-seven year old Yanjun Cao, the owner of MJ’s Bar, located on West Collet Canal street, was fined $1,000.00 today by Magistrate Adolph Lucas after he pled guilty to one count of employing a person not in possession of a work permit. Cao was ordered to pay forthwith. If he d...
Salvadoran Woman Fined On Immigration Offences; Deportation Pending
Fifty-three year old Salvadoran national Irma Azmitia, was fined $15, 500.00 by Magistrate Adolph Lucas after she pled guilty to 10 immigration offences, which included five counts of assisting a person to remain in Belize by attempting to use a falsified passport and five counts of un...
BELTRAIDE Introduces Entrepreneurship Development Project
Belizeans who have skills in specified areas but don’t yet have the financial support can now tap into that kind of funding through a National Entrepreneurship Development Project. Introduced today by the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service, BELTRAIDE, and the C...
Block Factory Gets Trade Licence Approved
Tonight we have some bad news for residents of the Lower Halls Layout Area who weeks ago lodged a complaint against the owner of a block factory located in the area, at the Corozal Town Council. CTV3 News understands that based on the advice of the Department of Environment, the Town Council went ahead and issued a Trade License to the owner of the block factory which was on hold. Yesterday Mayor Hilberto Campos told CTV3 News off camera, that officers of the Department of Environment visited the Lower Halls Layout Area and after measuring the noise level coming out of the block factory gave the green light for the Trade License to be approved. This can only mean that the department determined that the level of noise produced by the factory was not as excruciating as residents reported it to be.
Viewers might recall that in a letter sent to Mayor Hilberto Campos, residents expressed concern for the level of noise emanating from the block factory. The extremely loud metallic noises and heavy vibrations at all hours of the day is cause of frustration for residents and according to them, the stone dust produced is a threat to their health especially for persons living close to the business. Of note is that after receiving several complaints from residents, the Corozal Town Council instructed the owner of the business to stop operations until an investigation was carried out and completed. From what we understand the block factory is now under full operation.
Prisoner Escapes!...Is Captured! One Still On The Run
To date 38 year old Naturalized Belizean businessman of Corozal Town Abbas Khan is still at large and police have no idea of his whereabouts. On March 4th 2013, Khan escaped from the Orange Walk Police Station where he was detained in a holding area, before police could charge him for unlawful possession of passports after five passports for the Republic of India were discovered at his residence in Corozal by Belmopan Police. While police continue to hunt down Khan, word tonight is that another prisoner escaped from police custody, this time in the Corozal District. The good news; though, is that he has been recaptured by police. Yesterday 33 year old Abel Cowo, Belizean Laborer of Xaibe Village Corozal District who was remanded for burglary, appeared before the Corozal Magistrates Court for trail. While sitting on the detention bench waiting for his case to resume, Cowo ran out of the court room and made good his escape. Quick police response led to Cowo’s detention on 7th Avenue Corozal Town and immediately the 33 year old was charged for escape. After the dust settled, Cowo’s trial continued and at the end he was sentenced to five years in prison for burglary and 6 months in prison for escape.
Friends Of Pediatics Help Rural Communities With Free Medical Care
For the past two years, Friends of Pediatrics in Belize have been holding their Outreach Health Clinic benefiting hundreds of people living in rural communities. This year, the group partnered off with the Children's Hospital of King’s Daughters in Virginia, USA. So far the team has visited the communities of Hattieville and Guinea Grass and yesterday they were in Trinidad Village offering free medical treatment to children of all ages suffering from a minor cold to dental problems.
In Belize, people living in rural communities have limited access to medical care specifically when it comes to paediatrics care. Friends of Pediatrics in Belize are well aware of the lack of medical treatment for children and even adults living in rural areas. In order to curb the situation, doctors of the organization, in collaboration with volunteers of Eastern Virginia Medical School offered free medical services to residents of Trinidad Village and surrounding areas yesterday.
According to the President of Friends of Paediatrics in Belize, Doctor Cecilio Ek, it’s the group’s first time in Trinidad Village but not in Belize.
1 Yard, 2 Houses On Fire, 2 Families Homeless
Two separate families from the Corozal District are tonight homeless after both their homes were destroyed by fire. Around 3:00 yesterday afternoon Corozal Police visited the village of Paraiso where they observed two pimento houses engulfed in flames. Luckily, none of the occupants were inside at the time of the inferno.
Both houses, measuring 18” x 15” were not insured and belonged to 69 year old Landlord of Paraiso Village Aurelio Tun. The first house, valued at $2,000 was occupied by 40 year old Manuel Novelo, Belizean Laborer of Paraiso Village while the second dwelling, valued at $2,500, was occupied by 24 year old Pedro Troches, his wife and two children. All items inside both houses were destroyed. Initial investigations by the Fire Department have revealed that the fire started from a fire heart that was left unattended. Investigations continue.
Pat The Great Cat Helps Teachers Improve
Years ago a jaguar was rescued here in Belize and taken to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Zoo in the United States. That male jaguar was named Pat and he became so popular that even a book was written about his life. That book was created with the ideas of Belizean students and students of Wisconsin. The book, named “Pat the Great Cat, has been creating a lot of buzz here in Belize and it is now being used as the main tool to enlighten teachers of the Standard 4 level on how to better educate their students. It’s a country wide initiative and today the two day workshop started at the Orange Walk District Education Office. Barbara Thummalapally, wife of U.S Ambassador to Belize Vinai Thummalapally, partnered up with Peace Corp to organize the workshop which according to Curriculum Officer at the Education Office, Lisa Carrillo, saw the participation of 27 out of the 38 primary schools that were invited to take part in the training.
Barbara Thummalapally, Organizer
“We are showing them how to use innovative and research based ways on how to use these books effectively so it’s not just a piece of literature but that they can bring it alive for the students by readying every single day. Some portions of the book have fantastic strategies on how to use word walls and take out words from a chapter and for math and science lesson. It has history lessons, geography lesions so there are all kinds of cross curricular applications for the story.”
BMHS Does It Again! Another National Competition In The Bag!
Bishop Martin High School is in the news again tonight after they won another national competition. It’s the Sagicor Visionary Challenge that took place in Belize City today. The competition is aimed at secondary and high school students who were encouraged to identify a challenge facing their respective schools by using science, technology, engineering and mathematics and develop effective, innovative, and sustainable solutions to the challenge identified. Bishop Martin High School is the only high school in the Orange Walk District that took up the challenge and submitted a proposal to the competition called, “Coconut for Life.” The high school’s project was selected over the 21 others submitted by schools across the country. Late this evening we spoke to Science Teacher at Bishop Martin High School, Shakira Gonzalez, who told us via phone, that the next step for the high school is competing in the regional competition to take place in Barbados.
Shakira Gonzalez, Science Teacher BMHS
“We won four categories. We won for the most creative project, the best presentation system- I don’t recall the other ones but it is four categories that we won. Now we are going to represent the country of Belize at Barbados. We also won science kits for the schools, computers and projectors. The students are very happy and a bit a shock so I guess when we are going to Barbados they will see that it is for real. We were very confident. We did enough research and we tried to be creative and use our creativity to solve problems using science and technology.”
Pat The Great Cat's Cub Named "Zean"
Early in March we told you about Pat the Great Cat who had two cubs. The Embassy of the United States launched a nationwide competition for standard five students to come up with a name for one of the cubs. Well, last week Wednesday, the winner of the competition was announced and his name is Jared Baeza from Grace Primary School in Belize City.
A panel of judges scrutinized the 28 names that were submitted and decided that the name Zean, submitted by Baeza, was the perfect name for the baby jaguar cub. Baeza also had to submit a short paragraph of 30 words or less, explaining what the name stands for and why it was chosen. Today we spoke to Barbara Thummalapally wife of U.S Ambassador to Belize Vinai Thummalapplay, who told us how the name was chosen.
Barbara Thummalapally, Pat the Great Cat
“Pat the great cat and his mate Stela who now live in Milwaukee zoo had cubs last November. It was very exciting news. A few weeks ago they asked us if Belizean children could help name one of the clubs and then Milwaukee would get to name the other cub. And so we sent out this information to all the standard four classes. We got a name chosen and that was Zean. It was chosen by a little boy from Belize City but I had a panel of seven people. We had a number of interesting people on the panel. We all sat down and I was the moderator and we went through 28 names and the final choice was Zean because it is the final piece of the word Belizean and the little boy thought that that will help encompass all of Belize. So this is the name of one of the cubs in Milwaukee.”
Child Stimulation Month Ends With BANG!
Today marked the culmination of Child Stimulation Month celebrated this year under the theme “Molding Today’s Learners into Tomorrow’s Leaders”. This year all 24 pre-schools in the Orange Walk District celebrated the month by participating in activities including Cultural Day, Grandparents Day, Sports Day, Family Day and the Festival of Arts. The key aim of the month’s activities was to promote the importance of early childhood education. And from all indications the message was brought across and grasped by both students and parents. Today, as the celebrations concluded, different pre-schools held a last activity and La Inmaculada Pre-school decided to do so with a fairy tale parade through the principles streets of Orange Walk.
All over the country pre-schools celebrated the end of Child Stimulation Month by holding different activities and La Inmaculada Preschool was no exception. After so many activities the school decided to end the month the same way it started, with a parade through the main streets of town, only that this time the parade was filled with fairy tale characters from the ever popular children stories.
Minister Elrington quiet on Guatemalan proposals
Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington was not in much of a mood to talk when he returned from Washington today. His immediate counterpart was a no-show at the OAS headquarters due to a family emergency and much of the gathering was with OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza...
Illinois official visiting Belize with young tumblers
The Secretary of State for Illinois in the U.S.A., Jesse White, is touring Belize this week. He was welcomed today by Mayor of Belize City Darrell Bradley as well as the mayors of Dangriga and Punta Gorda, Gilbert Swazo and Anthony Fuentes respectively and will be making donations of...
Dangriga Town battles coastal erosion
Dangriga Town is presently battling against long-standing coastal erosion that has threatened several landmarks. The Mayor, Gilbert Swazo, says it is important that something gets done immediately so a team led by the Petters Research Institute is being commissioned to look at the problem. 1. The exact acreage lost...
Salvadorean Irma Hilda Alaz Azmitia pleads guilty to immigration charges
43 year old Salvadorean Irma Hilda Alaz Azmitia was reportedly trafficking three boys ages nine, ten and thirteen, and two females ages fourteen and eighteen to teh US on Sunday. It was reported that they all had fake Guatemalan passports with false US Visas and were to board a...
BTB focuses on communities benefiting from tourism
The Belize Rural Development Project (BRDP), funded by the European Union, is targeting rural areas of Belize for needed improvements. Its second phase underlined by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) proposed to focus on communities benefiting from tourism, specifically those located next to archaeological sites. While there is planned...
Man accused of an indecent assault out on bail
A man accused of an indecent assault against a 15 year old is out on bail. The minor reported to Police that 39 year old Marlon Mangar, who resides near Mile 2 and a half on the George Price Highway, touched her inappropriately on March 10. Mangar was subsequently...
Darrell Grant’s life sentence appeal denied
The Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a man for a killing that sent shock waves throughout the country in 2008. 27 year old Darrell Grant was sentenced to life in 2012 for the killing of a mother of two during a home invasion. Prosecutors say that...
Health partners inform teenagers on sexual health
Various health partners are working together to inform Belize’s teenagers on the importance of sexual health. One important weapon in the fight against HIV and teenage pregnancy is the media, and there was a launch this morning for two commercials targeting specific audiences. First, here are the facts on...
Annual Book Fair held in Belize City
Reading is considered by some to be a lost art, but the Belize National Library Service and Information System are soldiers on as repository to the printed word. Today, the organization hosted its annual book fair in Belize City. Senior Library Assistant Zara Castillo told us why for them,...
Education Officer Yvonne Davis says results of PSE are important for the Ministry
Standard VI students sat the first half of the Primary School Examination in English and Science earlier this week, addressing specific skills across the school curriculum that they are expected to know at graduation. According to Principal Education Officer for Examinations in the Ministry of Education, Yvonne Davis, examined...
Emrand Henry and Sherwin Gardner here for YC Belize
YC Belize is just around the corner. This year YC Belize is being held under the theme “This Is Love” and features both local and international performers and speakers. The event is returning to Belize City and will take place on the ITVET campus. One of the coordinators Mervin...
Gospel Fest 2013 held in Belmopan
The Gospel Fest 2013 was held over the weekend in Belmopan. The event which took place at the Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds, kicked off early Saturday morning with a welcome ceremony, followed by a full day of entertainment and presentations. Christian-based ministries and organizations set up display booths...
Belize City Town Councilor Roger Espejo robbed
Belizean Businessman and Town Councilor 35yr old Roger Espejo was robbed. On Sunday March 17th, around 7:00pm, Espejo was socializing on New Town Barracks, when he was approached by a group of young men, some on bicycles. The men robbed Espejo of his chain before heading off down Princess...
Mother and daughter injured during robbery
Mother and daughter were injured during robbery in Belize city. On Sunday March 17th at around 8 pm, a 57 year old woman and her were walking on Wilson Street near the BWS station when they were approached by a male on a bicycle. The male person dropped the...
Sunday robbery in Belize City
There is also another incident of robbery to report on from Belize City which also occurred this past Sunday. A 20 year old woman of Belize City was partying at the “Thirsty Thursday” night club. At around 2:30 that morning, she was walking home on the corner of Baymen...
Kelly McGuire Packs Fido’s for An Amazing SAGA Benefit On Ambergris Caye
Kelly McGuire is back on Ambergris Caye, Belize. A native Texan whose original songs hail from the Jimmy Buffett school of rock, Kelly says it himself…when he is in San Pedro, he feels like “King of the Island” (Also a title song from his latest album).
Allow me to apologize for my “I hate being in pictures” smile
People flock to his concerts. And make this one doubly special? Make it a Kelly McGuire benefit concert for the SAGA Humane Society? Every seat in the house was packed to show the love, generosity and support.
And this was a bit early in the evening before the bar got REALLY crowded.
And the support wasn’t just from the attendees. SAGA had so many amazing donations from the town for our raffle and auction…but more details about that later.
How to Make Rum Braised Lamb Shanks
Chaa Creek’s Rum Braised Lamb Shanks with a Savory Sweet Potato Pie
Serves 4 people
4 Lamb shanks*
10 cloves chopped Garlic
10 leaves diced local oregano
12 piece crushed all spice seeds
1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
1 cup dark sweet rum
olive oil for sautéing
2 pieces onions
2 pieces carrots
2 pieces green pepper
10 pieces ripe tomatoes
1 piece zucchini
1 piece eggplant
You’ve Got a Friend
Up early again this morning but just after 5 am (must be slipping). Coffee, The Times and then ready to do battle with the iron on the second laundry wash. Early morning is definitely the best time of the day to get the ironing out of the way. Only two washes to go now and we are up-to-date!
Then a little time catching up on my In Box where I was really pleased to find that my Pension Statement had arrived from one of my previous employers. Next job was to send a copy of this to the Belize Tourism Board for my QRP (Qualified Retirement Program) application.
With our respective tasks out of the way Rose and I headed to Estel’s (haven’t been there for over two weeks) for breakfast. We deserved it!
We then split up. Rose to go and buy groceries and me to Atlantic Bank to make a cash withdrawal (don’t like queuing but you avoid the three percent charge levied when you use the ATM) and pay the electricity bill.
Just got home when we received a call from Peter Lawrence (Pedro’s Hotel) inviting us to lunch. When you get calls like that you know you’ve got a friend.
Mennonite Gurls A'ken Cook: Homemade Caramel Sauce and …
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1 cup white sugar
3 tbsp watr
6 tbsp buttr
3/4 cup whippin' creem
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March 10, 2013 - March 16, 2013 Fishing Report
As usual, it’s tough to say good bye. We had a great time this week. Marc was one of the best group leaders I have ever worked with! Thank you Marc. I was talking with Crosby and Mike before they left about what inspires me these days. We were all inspired by the young people this week. Master David has his bucket list, and at ten, he was “on point” the entire week. His father Dave follows him around – providing his son with the best of fly fishing. David doesn’t take this for granted – just making it happen. The dock kids – throwing shrimp – landing whatever, even a permit! Brothers, sons and daughters – all showed great sportsmanship this week. And then, for me, it was special to meet Simons. Simons is a guide from Spartanburg, SC. She has a great attitude and flat out loves her fly fishing. Her husband Hank told me he is her agent. We’re going to see more of Simons – the gal rocks. A very special Thank you! to Mike Lintz from True Flies. Mike shared some incredible swag with our guide team. They looked so handsome wearing their new True Flies pants! And it wasn’t just the new flats pants – add to list - visors, shorts, shirts…. Really very generous, Thank you Mike. And thanks everyone for a really fun week.
Grant Jones Photography Exhibit
The "Back in the Days" exhibit at the Corozal House of Culture was graciously donated by Grant D. Jones.
An explanation of this exhibit is found on display with the exhibit. Dr. Jones says, "During 1967-1968 my wife, Mary Armistead-Jones and I spent nearly nine months in Corozal Town. During that period I carried out field research throughout the district as preparation for writing my doctoral thesis in cultural anthropology at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. The subject of my study was the impact of the sudden and rapid growth of small-farmer sugar cane production on the rural farming villages of the Corozal District. Nearly all the photographs in this exhibit were taken during this period." This explanation is found on the last two images of the gallery below.
This exhibit is a valuable permanent addition to the House of Culture, thanks to Dr. Jones.
Images below are of the opening of the exhibit in January, 2013.
3 Keys to Higher Occupancy Rates on Your Website
Every effective hotel website must engage online travel shoppers in about 7 seconds or less, so the quality of your Belize hotel website really matters. Each month, over 50 million people visit TripAdvisor to consider where to take their next trip and thousands every day could be considering your Belize resort hotel.
The question is: Is your website ready to engage travel shoppers and convince them to give you email permission or make their booking reservation immediately?
Here are 3 important requirements that your website should address to increase your odds of winning online bookings at a higher rate:
1. Summarize your location, unique appeal and visual hook at the top of your page. If you fail to pass the 7-second test, you fail to win the attention you need to convince the online travel shopper to put your hotel on their "short list." Crystalize what your hotel resort is about and don't try to be everything to everybody. Carve your niche and communicate it with flair as the most important impression on your home page.
Investment Company Urges Americans To Stash Money In Belize, ‘One Of The World’s Top Tax Havens’
Tax havens are in many ways the liger of the financial world: everyone knows they exist, but few among us have ever seen one. They exist in a realm most of us remain blissfully unaware of, accessed only by the wealthiest in society.
However, fresh off their 15 minutes of fame during Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, tax havens are now being promoted more openly as investment companies try to stoke rich people’s fears and encourage them to avoid paying U.S. taxes.
Exhibit A is an investment company named Buy Belize, whose website appeals to wealthy individuals who “lose sleep over the security of [their] assets & hard-earned money” using right-wing language terminology such as “death taxes,” which they incorrectly list at 55 percent (it’s actually 40 percent). The group encourages people to take their money out of the United States and store it in Belize instead, which they call “one of world’s top tax havens — a truly safe locale for your money.” Buy Belize also offers to set up shell companies — International Business Companies — to “protect investments from taxes as well as legal judgments.”
Buy Belize also advertises on The Glenn Beck Program, appealing to wealthy people who are “frustrated, nervous, and worried about change” to open offshore accounts in Belize, “one of the last tax havens left in the world.”
'Rock' group builds home in Belize
A GROUP from the Rock Christian Community heads to Central America for a humanitarian project, which will include a lot of Terrace in it.
The Belize Housing Project sees 18 church members and four friends from Montreal spend eight days in San Felipe, Belize to build a house for a family there.
Mike Rosenau, church pastor and project overseer, said the group had lots of help from Terrace residents and businesses, who helped the group raise more than $23,000 to pay for building supplies that will be bought in Belize.
“In total, all people who gave, either a very small gift or larger ,was close to 600 in the community here with a few other donations that came from friends in different parts of B.C.,” said Rosenau, adding that every penny of that money will go toward the house building project.
And the people going are skilled tradesman, unskilled labourers, parents and teenagers, who will do the work for a family chosen by its village as the most in need of a house.
Small Boost to Airline Profitability - Industry Profit Margin Improves to 1.6%
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a modest improvement in its outlook for the 2013 financial performance of the global airline industry primarily based on stronger revenues. IATA now expects airlines to produce a combined net post-tax profit margin of 1.6% (up from the previously forecast 1.3%) with a net post-tax profit of $10.6 billion (up from the previously projected $8.4 billion).
“Industry profits are taking a small step in the right direction. Against a backdrop of improved optimism for global economic prospects passenger demand has been strong and cargo markets are starting to grow again. The economic optimism is also pushing fuel prices higher. We are seeing a $12 billion improvement in revenue, and a $9-10 billion increase in costs—most of which is related to fuel,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
Confidence in the airline industry is rising around several factors:
GDP growth forecasts for 2013 have been upgraded to 2.4%, a significant improvement from the 2.1% in 2012.
It appears that the bottom of the global industrial production cycle was reached in the third quarter of 2012 after which there has been six months of increasing output and improvements to business confidence.
There is a structural improvement in the airline industry’s financial performance as recognized by a 7% increase in share prices since the beginning of the year, despite a 5% increase in fuel costs.
Airline Profits to Top $10 Billion on Improving Sales Outlook
Airlines will exceed last year’s earnings by about 40 percent in 2013, with net income likely to reach $10.6 billion, as sales growth outpaces higher fuel costs and improves the outlook for the industry globally.
Carriers in the Asia-Pacific region are set to lead the gain with $4.2 billion in profit, followed by $3.6 billion for those in North America, the International Air Transport Association said in a statement today. Even Europe and Africa, previously expected to only break even, stand to deliver $800 million and $100 million gains, the group said.
Sluggish growth and fuel costs have weighed on earnings in recent years, forcing airlines such as Air France-KLM (AF), Europe’s largest, to pursue cost cuts. Carriers have also sought closer international ties, with Etihad Airways PJSC, the third-largest Gulf carrier, investing in operators such as Air Berlin Plc (AB1), and Finnair Oyj (FIA1S) joining a trans-Atlantic joint venture involving British Airways (IAG), Iberia and American Airlines.
Comet Pan-Starrs Moonset
A time lapse video of Comet Pan-STARRS at sunset with the crescent moon setting together.
Taken from Altadena, California. full-HD 1920x1080p