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Ambergris Caye to celebrate 8th annual Reef week
The reef plays a pivotal role not only in Belize’s ecosystem, but as the bread and butter for thousands of Belizeans. Some of Belize’s prime tourism destinations are located along the reef, thus it is the main economic drive for many coastal communities like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. For that reason, Hol Chan Marine Reserve has come up with a week of activities to highlight the crucial role the Belize Barrier Reef plays as part of country’s natural and cultural heritage. The activities will be held as part of Reef week which will be celebrated from May 20th to the 26th on Ambergris Caye.
The purpose of the week’s activity is to bring awareness about the values of the reef to the country and specifically to the island. In her address for Reef Week as part of Reef Week delivered in March, Honorable Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development highlighted the value of the reef to Belize. “Everybody would agree that the Belize Barrier Reef is important economically, socially and culturally.
El Pescador, Belize, honored as 2013 Orvis International Destination of the Year
El Pescador Lodge has been honored with the 2013 Orvis International Destination of the Year. The award was presented on April 20th to Alissa Folta, Chief Executive Officer of El Pescador Lodge. The lodge was awarded for being a world-class flats fishing destination and a lodge that consistently meets guest expectations for service and overall quality of guest’s experiences. The award was given during the Orvis Rendezvous ceremony in Missoula, Montana USA and presented by David Parkins, Executive Vice Chairman of Orvis. Speaking at the event Parkins said that they had expanded their awards to include a special resort. “El Pescador was a real pioneer in salt water fly fishing. It was the first fishing lodge on Belize’s famous Ambergris Caye. Over the years it has continued to evolve and has become a regional leader in conservation, guide training and customer service. El Pescador has probably welcome more Orvis travel groups than any other lodge. And it is their commitment to excellence that keeps us coming back. We are proud to recognized El Pescador Lodge,” said Perkins
US University Celebrates Garifuna Culture
The New Jersey Folk Festival paid tribute today to the remarkable resilience of the Garifuna people, a community that has survived wars, exile and deprivation – and which today is flourishing.
“I believe this is due in great part to their absolute refusal to surrender against incredible odds,” said Camillo Gonsalves, permanent representative to the United Nations for St. Vincent and the Grenadines,
who spoke earlier this afternoon at the 39th annual gathering of the festival. The festival is part of Rutgers Day, the annual open house showcasing the best the university has to offer, which this year drew a record-breakingcrowd of 83,000.
St. Vincent is the ancestral homeland of the Garifuna people, who todayare found largely in Belize,Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. A largeGarifuna diaspora also exists in New York and New Jersey, the ambassador says.
Video Pick: Tribute to Marine Conservationist Lionel Heredia
He was one of Belize’s firs marine conservationists and lived his life protecting the ocean in which he grew up on. Caye Caulker island resident Lionel ‘Chocolate’ Heredia passed away a couple weeks ago, but not after being honored for his hard work, dedication and love for his country.
US Air Force Assists in School Construction in Belize
Air Force civil engineers and Army combat heavy engineers lay mortar on structural blocks April 19, 2013, at the construction site of Louisiana Primary School at Orange Walk in Belize.
Civil engineers from the U.S. and Belize are constructing various structures throughout Belize as part of an exercise called New Horizons. Building these facilities will support further education for the children of the country and provide valuable training for the U.S. and Belizean service members.
New Horizons is an annual training exercise for U.S. military civil engineers and medical professionals that prepare participants to deploy, conduct joint operations with partner nations, and redeploy back to the United States. New Horizons 2013 is scheduled to take place in the Central American country of Belize from early-April to late-June.
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The Story of Resistance in Belize Exhibit Opening
It is with great pleasure that the Corozal House of Culture presents 'A Story of Resistance in Belize' Exhibit. The exhibit chronicles crucial moments in Belize's history, including the Maya resistance, slavery, the labour movement, women, nationalism, Guatemala's territorial claim and more. This historical exhibit opens Friday May 3, 2013. Please join us in witnessing historical developments that shaped our country into what it is today.
VIDEO: Hail Storm in Corozal
It hailed in Corozal on Thursday May 2nd, 2013
Australian help for Caribbean coral reefs and climate change
Australia will use its expertise in guiding the Caribbean to adapt to climate change and manage its coral reefs.
Coral reefs provide benefits to the Caribbean valued at over four billion annually. The reefs of the Caribbean are of great importance in providing shoreline protection, habitat for healthy fisheries and an essential attraction for the tourism sector, according to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC).
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) have agreed to a two-year programme that will also be used to address some of the key challenges identified in “Climate Change and the Caribbean: A regional framework for achieving development resilient to Climate Change (2009-2015) developed by the CCCCC.
New Horizons team builds structures faster
New Horizons’ construction teams continue construction on classrooms located throughout Belize using a fast, stay-in-place concrete wall forming system.
The teams are building four structures to be used as classrooms located in Ladyville, Crooked Tree and two in Orange Walk Town. The forming system is currently being used to construct three of them.
Training is one of the primary objectives of the New Horizons exercise, and the teams are using this opportunity to learn how to construct buildings with a different method than what they have used previously.
Prior to coming to Belize, the 823rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers Squadron built a small section of wall with the concrete wall forming system as part of a troop training project for the Army 10th Special Forces Group prior to deploying. The project provided an opportunity to compare the concrete wall forming system to building with the traditional concrete masonry unit block.
Second phase of project launched to improve access to finance for entrepreneurs in Belize
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is launching a second phase of its project with Belize’s Atlantic Bank to increase access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which are critical to job creation and economic growth.
With continued support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), IFC is helping Atlantic Bank improve its capacity to serve small and mid-sized business owners and provide them with access to approximately US$35 million in financing by April 2014. Atlantic Bank has 15 locations nationwide and is the third largest bank in Belize in terms of assets and loans disbursed.
“In partnership with IFC, we have solidified our foundation to continue growing our SME business,” said Sandra Bedran, general manager of Atlantic Bank. “In this second phase, we will work with IFC to develop a more client-focused, performance-guided approach, so that we can better serve the needs of our small and medium entrepreneurs and fill the financing gap that often constrains their businesses.”
MOTHER'S DAY EXTRAVAGANZA 2013 Central Park San Pedro, 6pm
Bumbastic Pre-Agric Dances
The Bumsquad was in Belmopan last night, getting ready for AGRIC today. They'll be at Wing Stop and Barrio Fino Sports Bar. Danny Chung will be there snapping photos.
Cayo Book Fair Pictures
The San Ignacio Public Library posted a ton of pictures from the BBIA Book Fair, which was held at the Cayo Welcome Center, and on Burns avenue. They got some great pictures of the acrobatics that took place on Burns.
"The SIPL was at the BBIA's book fair 2013"
San Antonio Village Website
San Antonio Village has a website! It has quite a bit of information on it, and even a business listings page. Giving us ideas for the next version of the bestofcayo.com site. Well done, Clara!
"San Antonio Village, your introduction to the Adventure Capital of Belize and the Heart of Cayo, central to numerous travelers’ destinations and home to the diversity of the jungle, Maya Mountains and the Pine Ridge Forest. San Antonio is located in the lush 'broadleaf forest' ecosystem, popularly called the jungle. Just five miles drive will take you to the entrance of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, a totally different ecosystem called 'upland savannah'."
AGRIC Fairgrounds Map
AGRIC starts this afternoon with the opening ceremony at 3:00pm. They've released a map of the new layout for the Belmopan fairgrounds. Stay cool, and have a great AGRIC!
Rice and Beans 1/2 Recipe
In this video, I troubleshoot the making of Belizean Rice and Beans and I make only 1/2 the recipe for those who have a small family. After viewing this video, you will know what to do when things doesn't go right and the rice won't soak and some of the grains remain uncooked.
Gonguez Alleged Killer Charged
On Tuesday, 7News told you about the 21 year-old Rajiv Gonguez, the Belama resident who was murdered on Monday evening in front of Brown Sugar, home to the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi. Well tonight, 19 year-old Travis Tyler Navarro, the man who police believe was the shooter, is at prison after he was taken to court today.
As we reported, just before 6 p.m., Gonguez drove up in a silver pathfinder and parked in front of the market place. He went inside to pick up a neighbor Jayme Marin, and when he exited, a gunman on foot, who is believed to have been lying in wait, ambushed him and opened fire.
2 of the bullets struck him in the face and chest, and the gunman ran off. Gonguez was immediately rushed to the KHMH, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Woods/Kolbe Seek Injunction Against Blease/Correlation
Exactly a month ago, 7News told you about the situation brewing between the Kolbe Foundation Belize Central Prison and an organization calling itself the Belize Central Prison Employees Correlation. Well, today, members of the Correlation were summoned before the court to answer to a lawsuit filed by the Prison.
It’s in relation to a public challenge that the organization launched against the prison’s private owners claiming that too many employees were being fired without due process. The Correlation produced a documentary making several claims against the prison, and they published it on Facebook.
Prison officials contacted the lead members, Herman Blease and Abdul Nunez, requesting them to pull the documentary off the social media because according to them, it was erroneous and –and more importantly – defamatory. They even had their attorneys write to the Correlation leaders, but they refused to do so.
And so, for weeks, the prison has been considering its legal options. Today, the suit finally became real when the Prison’s CEO Earl Jones, and Kolbe Foundation’s CEO John Woods appeared before Justice Courtney Abel. They brought a claim against Herman Blease, Adul Nunez, Carla Kasimiro, and Carla Budhna claiming the court should restrain them from continuing their campaign against the prison.
Mayor Confirms Candidacy For Cari Shores, Despite PM’s Opposition
Last week, Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley confirmed that he was “actively considering” a candidacy in Caribbean Shores. But on Monday, the Party Leader Dean Barrow said if Bradley decided to challenge UDP first time Area Representative and Minister of State Santino Castillo in a standard bearer convention, it would be quote, “unfortunate.” Well, it seems that’s just what it will be. Yesterday we caught up with the mayor while he was spearheading a labor day community work programme – and he told us he hears the Prime Minister alright, but he’s not backing down.
Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City
"I didn't see the comments but I had indicated to you when we discussed this the last time when you had asked about it that it was something that I was seriously considering. Really and truly my focus is being an effective Mayor; the city has a lot of challenges. We are making strides in serious areas but there is a lot more that we need to do in terms of public consultations, I think there's a lot more infrastructure that we need to do. My priority right now is City Hall and being an effective Mayor and leading the City's team and trying to bring the city forward and out of a state, in which I would characterize it as, decline. Today's project 'Labor for Belize' is and indication that we're moving in the right direction and my activities right now will be directed solely at City Hall. Any upcoming elections for General Election is at least four years away and there will be ample time at the appropriate time to consider those things. It is a thing that I am considering and it is something that I am speaking to people but I haven't made any decisions about it."
Hailing In The North
There was a brief hailstorm this afternoon in the Northern Corozal District. At around 2:30, hail poured down over the villages of Libertad, Ranchito, Santa Rita and Corozal Town.
Forecaster at the Met Office Frank Tench says it’s the product of very intense thunderstorm in the upper atmosphere. He said it’s typical of the months of April and May when very hot daytime temperatures create the right atmospheric conditions for the freak weather event.
Tench says that during these thunderstorms, water vapor condenses into ice pellets, some of which stay frozen enough to fall out of the clouds as hail.
Terminated BWSL Employees Sue Former Employer
In February, we told you about five workers that BWSL terminated – including the Union Vice President and General Secretary. Well, on April 30th., the eve of Labour Day, they filed suit against their former employer for unlawful termination. According to a release, the claim seeks loss of salary and benefits and compensation for a breach of the collective bargaining agreement.
The crux of the case is what we had reported: in their letters of termination, the workers were told that their posts had become redundant – but an internal memo said that they had been fired for breaching confidentiality. The workers further allege that since their terminations, BWS has hired persons to fill their posts.
The terminated persons, now claimants in the lawsuit are are Don Gillett, Colin Morrison, Charlette Barnett, Michale Novelo and Journett McKoy. They had worked at BWSEL for between 2 and a half and 24 years. Two other persons who are not in the suit were also terminated.
They are being represented in this case by Antoinette Moore.
PUP, NCFC, Special Envoy On Infanticide
The PUP, the NCFC and the Special Envoy for Women and Children have issued statements on Saturday’s unspeakable crime: the murder of three small children by their mother. In its statement, the PUP says quote, “this unprecedented incident brings into sharp focus the extreme challenges that many women and families face in Belize today.” It adds that, quote, “the Belizean public should withhold a rush to judgment against the accused…and await the relevant facts.”
The statement from the National Committee on Families and Children says quote, “the death of three children demands that we pause and reflect on how to strengthen the support to families to ensure that there is awareness of the warning signs and where to access services to prevent future occurrences.”
And the statement Special Envoy Kim Barrow says quote, “This heartbreaking story is a reminder that we must take issues relating to mental health seriously.” It adds, “It is important that we all educate ourselves on the signs and symptoms of (clinical depression) as there are services that are available to help treat and manage depression and prevent it from escalating with such devastating results.” End quote.
AGUSM Bites Back, Says Smear Campaign Funded By Detractors
For the past two weeks, The American global University of Science and Medicine has been taking a pounding in the press – and the man driving the issue if Phillip Fawda Henry. He’s made all kinds of claims against the school, saying basically that it’s a sham operation. Well, today, after a press release and a phone interview, AGUSM came out swinging. The Medical school held a two hour media breakfast where there was a lively and illuminating exchange. Here’s a small portion of that:…
Dr. Malik Soudah - President - AGUSM
"All I want from you guys - the media is to give us a fair shot to defend ourselves and present our case and our side of the story."
Jules Vasquez reporting
And so, this morning Dr. Malik Suda and his assistant Dean, Belizean doctor Dr. Eduardo Giovanni Solarzano as well as the president of the student government, Sarah Thompson - held a media breakfast to make the point emphatically that the school with campuses in San Pedro and Ladyville is legitimate.
Troubling School Rivalry Leads To Allegations Against Precinct Police
Tonight, the officers from Police Precinct system have its first complaint of police brutality coming from a member of the public. It concerns a worrying situation which is developing between the neighboring schools of Wesley Upper School, and Queen Square Anglican School, which are right across from each other on Dolphin Street.
Students from both schools have been ambushing each other and fighting. The situation escalated to the point in which a student was stabbed last week.
Police were called in to intervene, but according to Rosalie Williams, the parent of 2 of the boys suspected to be involved, they took it too far and brutalized 8 school children.
She spoke to the media this morning, and explained the situation.
Rosalie Williams – Concerned Parent
"I have two sons age 13 and age 14 years old - Isaac Williams and Isic Williams that are going to school at Queen's Square. On Tuesday when I came home from work they told me that they were taken from school that day to a police precinct by Police officers and teachers. I asked them the reason and what was it that they did. They told me they didn't know. What happened was that the principal called the Police that deals with the kids from that school to go to the school because of a complaint she received from a parent and a student from Wesley school. She believes that the older kids from standard five and standard six may have known about the incident so she asked the police to speak with them.
PUC Proposes Adjustment To Social Rate
One month ago, BEL asked the PUC to reduce the average electricity rate by about one cent per kilowatt-hour. Well, the PUC has considered that application, and proposed a reduction of even less than that, about one quarter of one cent(!) per kilowatt hour.
It’s miniscule, but it can translate into savings for those getting the social rate. Government stripped away part of their subsidy in January. So, the PUC proposes to reduce the Minimum Charge for that group from $5.00 to $4.00 per month and cut their rate from $0.29 cents per kilowatt-hour to $0.26 cents per kilowatt-hour.
This is only the initial decision, and comments form the public are accepted until May 13th, 2013.
Opposition Leader’s Mother Passes
We note the passing of Molly Fonseca, the mother of the leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca. The 79 year old had been ailing for some time and reportedly died at home. She was the mother of two, and will be remembered in this newsroom as a staunch PUP and a stalwart of the Fort George Division where she was a long standing member of the Committee.
Expert: ICJ Might Give Guate More Than Expected
All the hype and hysteria about the ICJ has subsided because the Guatemalans have unilaterally nixed plans to have simultaneous national referendums on the issue. So, the whole issue of whether we will or we won’t go to the ICJ is at best, in limbo, and, at worst, on a permanent backburner.
And so while the issue of having the ICJ settle our territorial dispute is at rest, what about Belize and Guatemala’s territorial waters? Those have never been formally defined – because adding a maritime dispute to the land dispute, would only make the centuries old issue even more intractable.
But what would the ICJ says about who should get what in those waters? That’s what visiting Australian professor Robert Gullett spoke about today at a lecture organized by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism. He’s the Dean of Law at the University of Wollongong, and an expert on the Law of The Sea. His presentation at the Radisson this afternoon was called, “Defining lines in the sea: Reflections on the evolving jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice in maritime boundary delimitation.”
Mayor Labored On Labour Day
Yesterday, most of us took the day off for labour day. But, not the city council. For the second year in a row, the council organized a major work programme and enlisted support from local groups to spend their morning in the sweltering sunhot to beautify the city. They were all over the place and we found them by the swing bridge – where the Mayor explained why he loves labouring on labour day.
Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City
"The idea is that we're going to come out on Labor Day. Last year we did it and it's an annual event that we call 'Labor for Belize'. Today is a holiday and we would recognize and thank our laborers accross the country for developing the nation. What the City Council decided to do is on our holiday we are going to come out and be joined by a group of students and members of the business community, out here at the Swing Bridge we have Diamond International. We are going to labor for our society and we are going to labor for our city. The City Council staff was out by the flag monument and we cleaned a length of the monument from 6:00 - 9:00 this morning. I'm going around touring some of the other prokects throughout the city. We are very pleased that this year it was a success again. We had tremendous support from the business community, schools, the youth cadet corp. We had a group from the Nigerian community - 15 persons and they are doing some painting along the Princess Margaret drive on the medians, bars and the cross walks in front the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and they indicated to us that they live in this community and they wanted to show their support for the Belize City community."
PROFILE: Gilroy Clother Jr.
Tonight’s profile is about Gilroy Clother Jr. He’s got no great claim to fame, but the high school student’s story is compelling. He grew up tough in the swamps of Freedom Street, ended up in the states, got kicked out of school, lost a brother to kidney failure and then used that inspiration to rebuild himself. Here’s his story
Is rosewood still being cut?
Tonight, there is video footage purportedly showing that contrary to the official government line the movement of rosewood in southern Belize is a thriving industry. The amnesty period was closed on April twenty-sixth and in his press conference earlier this week Prime Minister Dean Barrow asked those who were opposed to that amnesty to move [...]
Gaol Lane resident charged with murder
Three days of intensive investigation into the senseless murder of Belama resident, twenty-one year old Dennis Rajiv Gonguez, police have made an arrest. This afternoon, nineteen year old Travis Tyler Navarro, of Gaol Lane in Belize City, was arraigned for Gonguez’s murder before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. On Monday evening, just before six, gunshots [...]
American Global University defends its name
Last month at a press conference at the Belize Institute of Management, serious claims were levied at the American Global University School of Medicine, an offshore medical university that has moved to a building on the International Airport Road. In a nutshell, the allegations were that the AGUSM was bogus and a scam. Well today, [...]
Hailstorm in Corozal villages
There was a very booming thunderstorm experienced in some parts of the country on Wednesday night. But a weather event that happened today topped that and had people buzzing about it this afternoon. A rare weather occurrence passed over the Corozal District after three o’clock this afternoon. The villages of Santa Rita, Ranchito and Calcutta [...]
President Obama and PM Barrow heading to Costa Rica
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is heading to Costa Rica to join Central American presidents for a regional meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama. It is Obama’s second stop in the region; earlier today he arrived in Mexico City for meetings with President Enrique Pena Nieto. Top on that agenda was border security and trade matters, [...]
Bridge over troubled water? Dangriga resident claims land
There is a battle brewing in the culture capital, and it’s all about land – parcel nine ninety-one, to be more specific, located right at the foot of the main bridge in Dangriga. It’s about two hundred and forty feet long and a little over twenty feet wide, and the dispute is over who has [...]
Minister receives treatment in U.S.; Opposition Leader’s mom passes
There is word to News Five that the Minister of Housing, Michael Finnegan is in Houston Texas, where he is receiving medical attention. Finnegan is consulting with a neurosurgeon on a condition that has been causing him acute pain in the past year. From what we gather, he is likely to have surgery to repair [...]
Former BWS employees take court action
Belize Water Services Limited is tonight facing litigation, following a claim of wrongful termination by a group of five former employees that was fired in early February. Don Gillett, Colin Morrison, Charlette Barnett, Michael Novelo and Journett McKoy were relieved of their respective duties at the company after being informed that their posts had been [...]
Special Envoy for Children provides therapy for surviving Teul sibling
Twenty-two year old Felicia Chen remains under observation for her mental health. On Tuesday, she was charged with three counts of murder for the deliberately drowning three of her children at Belizean Beach last Saturday. In the aftermath of a diagnosis confirming that Chen is suffering from Chronic Clinical Depression, the Special Envoy for Women [...]
Surviving daughter of Felicia Chen will receive psychotherapy
Assurances have also been made by the Department of Human Services that the surviving daughter of Felicia Chen will receive psychotherapy from an assigned counselor while the department makes an assessment regarding her future. Acting Director at the department is Lliani Arthurs. Lliani Arthurs, Acting Director, Department of Human Services “We have been with [...]
Painter raises funds to help with funeral arrangements
The tragedy that has fallen on the Chen and Teul families has sprung hope from the public. Offers to assist with financial costs for the funeral of the children are emerging from the public. Funerals are costly and a member of the public, who shares the nation’s collective pain, decided to place her passion for [...]
Alleged indecent assault of 4 minors down south
There is a serious complaint made by four female students of Sittee River Village in the Stann Creek District. The girls, ages six through to eleven years claim that on April second, while at the yard of their neighbor, a person known to them as “Chicken Man” asked them to show him the house of [...]
Domestic squabble ends with elephant foot over the head
Thirty-six year old Sherla Adolphus, a domestic of Crooked Tree Village, and her former common law husband, forty-two year old Dean Dawson of Sandhill Village, appeared in magistrate’s court today where they were charged individually for their role in a domestic dispute. Dawson was arraigned on four counts, including aggravated assault and harm upon his [...]
How to combat erosion in Dangriga?
For the past few months much attention has been paid to the coastline of Dangriga Town, where erosion has become a serious concern. Today Mayor Gilbert Swaso told us that after analysis and consultation, the Council has come up with a practical plan which is being finalized and which will be put in place very [...]
Step out for a cause during the Annual Cancer Month
Across the country there are hundreds of Belizeans living with various forms of cancer. The month of May has been designated as Cancer Month during which activities have been organized by the Belize Cancer Society to raise awareness about the terminal illness. The highlight of the month is the annual Cancer Walk which sees growing [...]
Hype night during Corozal Bay Resort Concert
A concert will be held this weekend at the Corozal Bay Resort in that northern most district. In celebration of the one year anniversary of Father and Son Productions, the event will feature a host of local and international artists including Sharon “Bad Gial” Martinez, Andidre and international recording Jamaican artist Darrio among others. Today, [...]
Healthy Living relieves some stress
Given the high rates of unemployment and poverty, there is no doubt that many parents are under a lot of stress to provide for their families. Some can cope through help from family, friends or church, but others are left alone to battle. Although not widely publicized, there are governmental and non governmental agencies that [...]
Belize To Be Showcased On World Fishing Network
WFN: World Fishing Network, the leading entertainment destination and digital resource for anglers throughout North America has decided to film in Belize for their “Escape and Explore” five hour marathon of fishing adventures from exotic destinations around the globe. A new...
Closing Ceremonies For EU Funded Project Planned For Friday
Ceremonies to mark the close of a one point two million project funded by the European Union and implemented by the University of Belize in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports will take place tomorrow at the Independence High School Auditorium. The project si...
Robbery of Chinese Store In Northern Belize
A Taiwanese Chinese store in Orange Walk was robbed this afternoon at gunpoint. Love News understands that around 2:15 pm a man walked into Ring Store on Liberty Avenue and held up the store owner with a black gun then stole a top up phone machine and escaped. No one was...
Ministry of Health Benefits From Canadian Project
The Ministry of Health is a sub-grantee on a project funded by Grand Challenges Canada to the Grantee Ministry of Health, Guyana. The project is entitled “Improving prevention and treatment systems based on primary health care for alcohol use problems in two Caribbean count...
Hail Storm Reported In Northern Belize
It is not a regular occurrence but this afternoon, some parts of Corozal Town experienced a hailstorm. Residents heard what sounded like loud bangs against their rooftops and windows and when they came outside to see what it was, they witnessed marble sized hailstones. The pi...
Belize Observes Cancer Month In May
The month of May is recognized as cancer month and the Belize Cancer Society as the primary organization that seeks to broaden the public’s knowledge about cancer is hosting an entire month long of activities. According to Public Relations Officer of the Belize Cancer Society, Da...
YWCA Holds Barber Competition to Conclude Barber Course
Back in September of last year, the Young Women’s Association, YWCA, with the support of CARSI began a training course for young males with the initiative of enhancing their barbering skills. The group of twelve participants met every two weeks since the start of the training and...
Thursday, May 2 --------- President Of American Global University Travels To Belize To Clear Up Allegations
Since reports started to circulate about a month ago about the American Global University, there has not been much said about the medical institution aside from what came from interested party, Philip “Fawda” Henry when he protested in front of the facility and when he held...
Esperanza Villager Detained For Robbery of US National
San Ignacio Police have detained a man pending a charge of robbery. This follows a report made by a US national. He reported to police that on Thursday April 25 he was approached by a man who asked if he was interested in buying some land valued at four thousand dollars.&nb...
Mayors' Association Has New Executive
The Belize Mayors’ Association elected its new Executive for the year 2013-2014 at a meeting held on April 26th at “El Rancho” in Belmopan. Mayor John August of San Ignacio Santa Elena is the new president. Mayor Hilberto Campos of Corozal Town is the vice presi...
Security Guard Remanded On Aggravated Assault
Twenty-nine year old Michael Figueroa, a security guard of Old Hattieville, who allegedly pointed a firearm at two women, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault when he appeared in court today. Figueroa pled not guilty to the charges. Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith explai...
Crack Possession Lands Man Six Months Behind Bars
Fifty year old Israel Bahadur, a laborer of Taylor’s Alley, was sentenced to six months today by the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith, after he pled guilty to possession of point two grams of crack cocaine. Chief Magistrate Smith gave Bahadur the custodial sentence instead of a...
Employees Of Utility Company Seek Legal Recourse On Their Termination
Early in February the Belize Waters Services Limited was under scrutiny after a number of long time employees had been fired because, in the company’s view, their posts had become redundant. But back then it was alleged that the workers had been laid off because they did not adhe...