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Former California Judge will be Belize’s US Ambassador
A new US Ambassador to Belize has been confirmed by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Nominated on July 8th, Carlos R. Moreno, who served for ten years on the California Supreme Court, will succeed current US Ambassador Vinai K. Thummalapally, who has been in Belize since August, 2009. The 64 year old Los Angeles, California resident and son of Mexican immigrants grew up in a Spanish-speaking home. Moreno is a retired jurist, having been a federal judge for the Central District of California and having served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of California until his retirement in 2011.
In his confirmation hearings, Moreno told the approving committee that, “Helping the Government of Belize to strengthen its rule of law will be one of my top priorities…it lays a stable foundation for much-needed economic development in Belize.” He cited in his remarks that an estimated 70,000 Belizeans live in the United States while tens of thousands of American expatriates live in Belize.
El Secreto Resort trains 25 staff members in basic first aid
The San Pedro Branch of the Belize Red Cross is very pleased to announce that on October 22nd and 23rd, a first aid training for the staff members of a resort on Ambergris Caye was conducted. 25 staff members of El Secreto Resort received training in basic first aid under the watchful eye of First Aid Instructor Jermaine Santos from Belize City. According to Laurie Norton, Red Cross Coordinator in San Pedro Town, El Secreto Resort is located 11 miles north of San Pedro Town and the resort’s management understands the importance of having trained staff onsite. “Not that anyone wants to have an emergency situation, but it is a part of life and unfortunately things do happen. With this many trained staff members on hand, El Secreto will be better prepared for any situation,” explained Norton.
Ambergris Caye family charged for unlicensed ammunition and contraband cigarettes
San Pedro Police have detained four people after they were busted with a large quantity of contraband cigarettes and unlicensed ammunition. They are 35-year-old Jaziba Nasser and 42-year-old Nazim Nasser (husband and wife) along with their two sons, 19-year-old Jamal and 18-year-old Hilal Nasser, all Lebanese nationals. Sometime around 4PM on Wednesday October 23rd, San Pedro Police visited a residence located on the second floor of a supermarket on Coconut Drive on Ambergris Caye. All four were jointly charged for being in possession of unlicensed ammunition, and they were taken to the Belize City Magistrate Court on Thursday October 24th. Because of the nature of the offence, no bail was granted and they were remanded to prison. According to police, more charges for the contraband cigarettes are expected to be brought forward by the Belize Customs Department.
Spending your days on Ambergris Caye: Ladies’ Night, Wet Willy’s (#6)
Ladies night at Wet Willy’s has been a long time favorite for just about anyone who comes to the island, and for locals it punctuates the middle of the week with a night of fun and dancing. It’s a “Must Do” kind of a thing. Located on the beach over the water, patrons get to rock the dock while dancing under the stars. DJ Tracks spins the latest jams while prizes and giveaways are offered throughout the evening. Ladies get in for free and the gents get a free drink with their admission. Drink specials add to the merriment and a great time is had by all! Come in early and grab a bite before the party starts.
Wet Willy’s is the only “smoke-house” on the island and offers a great menu of burgers, wings, sandwiches and more!
Ministry of Health receives donation of Antimicrobial Pillows
Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin was on hand at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, for the symbolic delivery of approximately 300 pillows donated by the Belize Dry Cleaners for hospitals across the country.
The antimicrobial treated pillows measure 20” X 26” and are filled with 8oz garneted polyester. The pillows have soft polypropylene stitching and they are fluid proof, wipe-able and flame resistant. The pillows will be delivered over the next couple days to five hospitals: Karl
Heusner Memorial Hospital, Western Regional Hospital, Northern Regional Hospital, San Ignacio Community Hospital and Corozal Community Hospital.
During the brief handing over, Minister Marin commented that “the donation of these pillows will help in our efforts to provide the best quality of care for the public, especially when they are required to stay in a bed for treatment or recovery purposes.” The pillows were handed over by the Managing Director of Belize Dry Cleaners, Mr. Lascelle Arnold. He mentioned that they felt the need to donate the premium quality pillows because “they will undoubtedly be beneficial for the purposes of infection control.”
My Body is Precious – Girl Empowerment Campaign
The Special Envoy for Women and Children will be embarking on a countrywide Girl Empowerment Campaign, which will be launched in Belize City on Monday, October 28, 2013. This tour is an extension of the My Precious is Precious initiative, which started with the launch of a child friendly book on “good touch, bad touch” in April of this year.
As we continue efforts to educate the public on sexual abuse of children, the Girl Empowerment Campaign will focus on high school girls. Our aim is to encourage these young ladies to delay their sexual debut and not to give in to the pressures they may face at this critical point in their development. The campaign will also seek to educate teenage girls about sexual abuse, and to provide information for those who have been or are still being victimized on seeking help and recovering from the trauma of these experiences. We want to remind them that their bodies are also precious.
Misc Belizean Sources
Caribbean Export launches Belize national trade information network
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) officially launched the Belize National Trade Information Network on Friday, October 11, 2013.
Belize is one of six countries identified in a region-wide scan of the trade support institution landscape as being in the position to move ahead with the establishment of a National Trade Information Network (N-TIN). The other countries include Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Suriname and Jamaica.
Over the past year, the agency has conducted a series of workshops and consultative meetings with the selected countries to introduce the approach and methodology that will be undertaken in the formation of the N-TINs. According to David Gomez, manager for trade and export development at Caribbean Export, “The N-TINs are central to the delivery of enhanced trade information services and will contribute to the establishment of mechanisms at the regional level for similar services delivery… the process involves both data collection and compilation and identification of services that respond to the trade information needs of CARIFORUM exporters and the wider private sector.”
Heavy rain in the south
Underneath all this water is a bridge. The sudden rise in water levels in rivers in the southern part of the country this afternoon left students of both the Toledo Community College and Julian Cho Technical High School stranded. According to Aurelio Sho of Ak’ kutan Radio, the bridge at Blue Creek was submerged, preventing children from villages and communities beyond Blue Creek from returning home. Villages that are beyond Blue Creek include Aguacate, Jordan, San Benito Poite, Santa Teresa, Mabilha, San Lucas, Corazon, Otoxha and Dolores.
Organic fair set for this weekend in Punta Gorda town
If you are interested in knowing more about organic farming, then the place to be this weekend in Punta Gorda town.
The fifth annual organic fair, organized by the Belize chapter of Sustainable Harvest International is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday at the Central Park in Punta Gorda town.
The two-day event will kick off with an organic forum and presentations on Friday morning and continue in the afternoon with tours to organic farms in Toledo.
On Saturday, the organic fair will bring various displays by partner organizations and participating farmers to the PG Central Park.
The annual organic fair is being held with the theme “feed the soil.”
Lights repaired at Jane Usher Boulevard basketball court
Residents of the Jane Usher Boulevard area of Belize City can now use their basketball court in the night.
That is because the lights at the facility have been repaired.
According to a press release issued today, the repair of the lights at the basketball court in the Jane Usher Boulevard area was carried out by Gilroy Usher Senior and the PUP Port Loyola Committee.
According to the release, the lights will enable youths to take part in sporting activities at night.
The other added benefit of having the lights repaired, according to the press release, is that they provide illumination “for part of a large area behind the court that is otherwise jet black at night and very unsafe to travel due to the absence of any street light.”
Modern Maya Documentary
Sandro Teck, a well known artist from Bullet Tree Falls, is highlighted in the documentary about the Maya in the modern day. Scott Saiz, one of the New Mexico State University students who took the Belize Documentary Film course over the Summer, did this wonderful documentary, which not only features Sandro and his family, but also manages to capture some of Belize's wildlife at the same time. Xunantunich is shown in the documentary too. They even go spearfishing in the Mopan to catch some fish. Well worth the watch.
"Documentary about a Belize Artist and his way of life in 2013"
Halloween Buy and Sell Classifieds
The Halloween issue of the Buy and Sell Weekly Classifieds is out. There's a great article in this one about the health benefits of yoga, written by Jude at the Vision Exchange.
"Belize's original classified ads publication. Classified ads are only $5 every two weeks and Business ads start at $15 per week with designs included. Deadline to place ads are every Saturday @ 12 noon."
Belize Cancer Society Visits SHJC
The San Ignacio branch of the Belize Cancer Society paid a visit to Sacred Heart Junior College to educate them about cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
SHJC will be a big participator in the Cancer Walk that will start in Esperanza at 5:00am this Saturday.
"Thank you to Dr. Marvin Manzanero for taking time out to join us in educating the students of Sacred Heart Junior College (SHJC) about cervical cancer, prostate cancer and healthy sexual practices. It was indeed a very informative and pleasant afternoon spent in the company of young adults. At the end of the session the president of SHJC student council presented our branch with a cash donation from a fund raiser they had conducted on our behalf. Thank You SHJC for your support towards the Belize Cancer Society - San Ignacio Branch."
Belikin Halloween Block Party
Mr. Greedy's, Belikin, and the SISE Town Council are teaming up again to bring another awesome Halloween Block Part to Burns avenue. It'll be on Dia de los Muertos, Friday, November 1st, and it'll be free, as always. Check out that DJ line up. Don't miss it!
"Belikin Beer presents the Biggest and Spookiest HALLOWEEN Block PARTY!!
Hosted by Mr Greedys Pizzeria
In Conjunction with the San Ignacio Town Council
It's all going to be happening On Burns Avenue in San Ignacio Town!!
Costume Contest! Lots prizes for the Funniest, Scariest, Sexiest, Most Creative costumes.
NO COVER CHARGE
MUSIC & LASER SHOW BY:
Caesar production sounds DJ Chris and DJ Chronic
DJ Wolverine for some trance and EDM music"
SHC Parade and Fair
Sacred Heart College has their parade and talent show tomorrow, and their fair and business expo on Saturday. There will be a car smash on Saturday.
"Friday - Parade
Friday night @ 6 - Talent Show, BBQ and Rice and Beans Sale, tamales, nachos, garnaches, cake, lemon pie etc.
Saturday - SHC Annual Fair
Lots of food and entertainment for the family!!
Trampoline, bouncy house, face painting, ring toss, etc.
Tamales, pibil, garnaches, nachos, pizza, BBQ, cake, lemon pie etc.
Football, Dog Show, Marching Band
Business booths - Come get special deals!
Saturday Night @ 8 - SHC DANCE
Don't miss out on our biggest event of the year!!!"
Rotaract Resurrects Haunted House
Rotaract is bringing back their haunted house this year, and it'll be on Saturday, November 2nd. The festivities will once again be at Hode's, and will begin after the sun goes down. There will also be a costume competition.
"The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio is Pleased to announce their Costume Competition and Horror House event... Prices for Horror House: $2.00 anyone under 10, $3.00 for anyone above 10. Costume competition entrance: FREE!"
BIWG Charity Fundraiser
The Belmopan International Women's Group is having their yearly fundraiser tomorrow night at the George Price Centre. The theme is 'White Havana Nights,' and they'll be serving traditional Cuban food, and will have Carlos Perrote playing for the event. As always, they'll have a silent auction and many door prizes.
"The Belmopan International Women's Group strive to make a positive difference in Belmopan and neighboring villages, extending as far as San Ignacio and including institutions such as the Dangriga Cancer Center. Once a year they hold a major fundraiser, a themed night filled with music, food, dancing and of course, wonderful company! Please join us and help play a part in making a difference in lives of your neighbor!"
El Pilar Exhibit and Hike
El Pilar is celebrating 30 years of being open to the public this weekend. To celebrate, there will be an exhibition and presentation on El Pilar at the Cayo Welcome Center tomorrow, from 9:00am until 4:00pm.
The festivities continue on Saturday, when the Duke of Edinburgh Award Belize will be having a day hike, starting at 6:00am, from El Pilar to the Cayo Welcome Center, and then, starting at 3:00pm, they'll have the big ceremony to celebrate the special event.
"El Pilar has more than twenty-five identified plazas in an area of approximately 100 acres (38 hectares), ranking it equal with major centers of the lowland Maya area. It is the largest center in the Belize River area, more than three times the size of such well-known centers as Baking Pot or Xunantunich. The site is divided into three primary sectors: Xaman (North) Pilar, Nohol (South) Pilar and Pilar Poniente (West). The eastern and western sections are connected by an offset causeway system extending between two large public plazas."
Diver 'VANISHES' in Portal to Maya Underworld
Researchers, diving into natural pools in Belize in the quest for offerings from the ancient Maya, found what's believed to be the country's first recorded fossilized remains. Watch as one diver 'disappears' into the pool's floor. Videographer: Marty O'Farrell
World Responsible Tourism Awards – ReefCI photos in the final
These are the five pictures that Chris Tafuri submitted for photography section of the World Responsible Tourism Awards. He was inspired by his ReefCI trip and decided to focus his entries on the Lion Fish eradication program at ReefCI.
Chris says; ” I’m honored just to be mentioned and to be recognized for my experiences at such a wonderful and beneficial endeavor that ReefCI provides. It truly was a an experience of a lifetime that touch my soul and enhanced my spiritual being!”
We wish Chris good luck and are looking forward to hearing the results on 6th November 2013 at the WTM!
Flooding in rural Toledo district strands students
Underneath all this water is a bridge.
The sudden rise in water levels this afternoon left students of both the Toledo Community College and Julian Cho Technical High School stranded.
According to Aurelio Sho of Ak’ kutan Radio, the bridge at Blue Creek was submerged, preventing children from villages and communities beyond Blue Creek from returning home.
Villages that are beyond Blue Creek include Aguacate, Jordan, San Benito Poite, Santa Teresa, Mabilha, San Lucas, Corazon, Otoxha and Dolores.
WIN-Belize speaks out against Amandala newspaper article
The Women’s Issues Network of Belize has also issued a statement condemning the Amandala article on the issue of rape which appeared in the Sunday, October 20 edition of the newspaper.
WIN-Belize in its statement condemned the article saying that “the tasteless and nonsensical comments … were written without consideration for the emotional harm such comments would cause victims and families.”
The organization also called for the newspaper and the writer of the article “to apologize to the women and children of Belize.”
The WIN-Belize statement goes on to say that “to make comments such as (1) the female might one day fall in love with the male; (2) the female provoked the immature/crazy male to commit this act; (3) It is a natural act; and (4) the female might be entirely whorish, so the act is of little consequence is unbecoming, for women should not be portrayed as sex objects.”
“Clear The Land” Signed Visa Recommendations, But Says He Didn’t Take A Bribe
Minister of State Edmund Castro is in Miami tonight where he is attending a Conference on Transport. But while he's away, his name is making the worst kind of headlines here in Belize. Last night Channel 5 presented an interview from an anonymous female whistleblower who claims that she bribed Castro to facilitate 200 visas for Chinese passports at two thousand per visa. That's four hundred thousand dollars in bribes - and he allegedly did it all in just five months from October 2012 to March 2013.
It is a damning accusation, and while no documentary proof was offered in last night's report, the firsthand account is compelling, if not completely convincing. This afternoon, we tracked down Castro in Miami via cell phone. He gave an emphatic denial:..
"Minister, would you say you've heard these allegations about you that you have accepted $2,000 per visa application? You have expedited applications through your office using, using your office and that you have taken a bribe. How do you respond to these allegations?"
Police Minister Says Castro And Penner Have To Answer For Themselves
And while the Prime Minister has his hands full with that matter, Police Minister John Saldivar is washing his hands of it; he told the media today that Castro and Penner would have to answer for themselves. Here are his remarks when we caught him outside of UDP Headquarters today:
Marion Ali, reporter
"Are you or were you involved in any way in this immigration scandal?"
Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of Police
Marion Ali, reporter
"In any of the activities?"
Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of Police
"You don't even need to ask that question. Its definitely not."
Marion Ali, reporter
"What about other ministers of the Cabinet? Is the Cabinet itself investigating any other person other than Minister Penner. Minister Castro's name has also come out?"
Guat Car Found At Western Border With Drugs
About an hour ago, customs and the police Mobile Interdiction Team intercepted a Guatemalan car entering Belize through the Western Border. Sources tell us the car appears to have at least three packages of drugs. At this hour, the search continues, and best information tells us that so far one package has been found with a white substance. The vehicle is a 2012 Toyota Aries with Guatemalan plates. Two Guatemalans were inside. We'll have more on this tomorrow.
The Weakest Customs Scam (Possibly) Ever
People try to run all kinds of hustles through the Customs Department, some ingenious, some just average. But the one we're reporting on tonight seems just plain dumb. After three weeks of investigation, the Customs Department today called in CIB to arrest a female cashier who had allegedly been fleecing the department. So far it looks like only a few thousand dollars are missing, but it's how she did it that's the news. The female officer, who has been with customs for 7 years was recently transferred to the cashier section. In August, customs noted that they had been getting an unusual number of blank cheques. That was odd enough, but what sent the red flags all the way up was that the companies never did business with customs. When they investigated, they concluded that this female cashier had been taking cash from the customs receipts, and then reimbursing the money with bogus cheques so that her books would balance out at the end of the day. The cheques? Those apparently came from her brother - who's accusing her of stealing his company's checkbook.
Customs found that only about five thousand dollars was misappropriated. Tonight she remains in police custody at the Queen Street Station pending charges.
Air Freight Shipments On Freeze At PGIA
AMERIJET is the leading Air Freight service provider to Belize. They bring in shipments once or twice weekly - and they do so for a number of cargo companies couriers and e shoppers including One Bin, E Zone, DHL, and FED-Ex. But tonight, over a hundred packages are on hold - and some folks are even saying they can't clear their Halloween Costumes for weekend fairs because of changes at the airport which have effectively put a freeze on Amerijet packages.
According to our information, the Airport has moved the terminal where air cargo is cleared to a new area between BDF Camp and the Airport. But it seems the new smaller, and more expensive location is also a logistical nightmare for AmeriJet because they have to get flatbed trucks to cart their packages all the way around to the Price Barracks road, which is also bad news for Customs because the bonded items have to go out, however briefly, on the open road.
“Pancho” and McFoy Close Ranks, Say Stevedores, NTUCB Will Have To Wait
The Christian Workers Union is at a cross roads. As we reported earlier this week, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, which is the umbrella body for labour unions, and the stevedores are demanding that they hold a Congress as they had committed to do on October 26th - that's Saturday. But, last week Friday in Belmopan, an assembly of the Union's member entities voted 13 - 2 to postpone that meeting to February of next year. The stevedores say that has no validity; they are proceeding with their Congress on Saturday - and proceeding to elect a new president and secretary general. But, today in their first interview since August, Gonzalez and McFoy stood their ground; they say it wasn't their decision to change the date, that's what their members decided, members including the stevedores:
Antonio "Pancho" Gonzalez, CWU President
"We as the executive - we deplore the kind of actions they have taken because we believe that to dialogue, understanding, discussion we can move more positive ahead rather than with negative actions. We saw some internal setbacks; financial constraints and so forth and at a meeting on the 18th October, 2013, with all the representatives from all areas including the two stevedores, they decided to change the date of the congress to February 2014."
Lebanese Caught With Ammo, Get Remanded
Tonight, 43 year-old Businessman Nazim Nasser, 19 year-old Jamal Nasser, 18 year-old Hilal Nasser, and 36 year-old Jaziba Nasser, are all in prison after they were allegedly busted with unlicensed ammunition yesterday.
According to San Pedro Police, at around midday, they conducted a raid on the family's home on Coconut Drive, where the officers executed a search warrant for illegal firearms and ammunition.
Inside one of the bedrooms, the officers found metal safe, which contained 6 live rounds of 22 ammunition. All 4 who were present, were arrested and charged with keeping unlicensed ammunition.
Understanding the Nexus Between Gangs And School Dropouts
Yesterday, we told you about the CARICOM workshop to assist Belize's social sector to better understand and combat the trend of youths participating in Gang Activity.
It is a 3 day conference under the theme, "Youth, Gangs and Violence Partnering for Social Development and Crime Prevention." The experts are here to discuss one of the most confounding problems of this era: the culture of youth and gang activity. And this afternoon 7News caught up with visiting Belizean social scientist, Dr. Carolyn Gentle-Genitty.
Gentle-Genitty is an assistant professor at the Indiana University's School of Social Work. She's been studying the link between youths who drop out of formal education, and their eventual pull toward gang life. She explained it briefly to us:
Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, Ph. D. - Assistant Professor, Indiana University
"To have a society that is a schooling dependent society. There is a anticipation that all children are going to go to school and they are going to do well and they are going to move on to better and brighter things. When that process is disruptive there is no true process for them to be re-engaged and often times we see that the dis-engagement happens at a time when there is nobody to supervise those kids and then they end up in an environment that we may seem as being deviant. Those deviants may lead to petty thief/petty stealing that would eventually get them to prison, but we also see them taking a route of gangs as an option. That's not necessarily the best route but as we examine our society we have to look at what avenues have we provided for students that have decided to step out of school."
How You Can Help Jevaun
A week ago, we told you about 9 year-old Jevaun Freeman, who is suffering from a rare disease which causes him to bleed through his pores.
His mother gave an impassioned plea to the public to help her raise funds to afford the treatment he needs, and her workplace has answered her call.
Tiffarah Young Castillo, Jevaun's mother, works for the NICH's Institute of Creative Arts, and in an effort to assist her raise $12,000 needed for the medication, they are holding a turkey dinner sale.
Today, 7News spoke to NICH's Communications Officer, Shari Williams, who explained why they want you to support by purchasing one of the turkey dinners:
Shari Williams, Comminications Officer - NICH
"Jevaun Freeman who is the son of Tiffarah Castillo, she is a security officer here at the Institute of Creative Arts, a NICH employee. We've been trying; our staff along with our President Mrs. Diane Haylock has been thinking of ways how to support this mother during her time of intense pressure.
High School Celebrates Drug Freedom
Today, the students of Gwen Lizarraga took to the streets to celebrate Drug Week. Now, with the pervasive presence of marijuana, we know that staying drug free means more than just marching through the streets. We asked the principal how they balance out positive messaging against negative social influences:...
Dr. Lorna Mckay
"We are celebrating Drug Week and this is one of our parades that we usually have every year. Our students made banners depicting how they feel about Drug Week."
Geovanni Brackett, reporter
"What are some of the challenges you find in terms of talking to young people who are now using more drugs at a younger age and how do you see since Drug Week has been implemented, have you seen a change?"
Crimestoppers Congratulates to Media Partners
And while they're fighting drug culture, Crime Stoppers is fighting crime. And a big part of that is public messaging, getting the public to know about and trust that hotline as an anonymous and effective way to fight crime. And today CRIMESTOPPERS rewarded its media partners who participated in the two Crime Stoppers advertisements that received regional recognition at the Crime Stoppers International conference held in September. At the press conference, the media also got an update on the latest activities of the programme.
Chris Garcia, Crime Stoppers Belize
"It was more or less 3 things; 1). We haven't had a press conference for years and so we needed to do something so the public know what we are doing. 2). To thank the media, all of you for assisting and promoting us throughout the years and making people know about the crime ring, what's happening so that they know what type of information to give and 3). To acknowledge our sponsors and supporters that gives money and in kind."
Minister Castro alleged procured visas to Chinese nationals at $2000 a head
On Wednesday’s newscast, we showed you a glimpse into the institutionalized visa hustling scheme. The man allegedly at the center of it is Minister of State Edmund Castro. He has [...]
A sergeant in the police department is the run man in visa scandal
Our source got hold of that passport and it shows that the visa hustle is still going on….at least as recently as August 2013. Tonight, we have part two of [...]
The lucrative scheme of the passport scandal revealed
We also revisit the lucrative scheme which allegedly netted two thousand dollars per visa. According to our source, they did this between October 2012 and April 2013 – a total [...]
Why did confidential informant decide to come forward?
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National Security Minister says he is unaware of the sale of entry permits
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2 Guatemalans detained after being found with 1 kilo of powder cocaine
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Cuban and Mexican nationals taken to court
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CWU Executives ask membership to stay away
The membership of the Christian Workers Union, an estimated seven hundred men and women, employed by various private and public sector agencies, is in a wrangle. President Antonio Gonzalez has [...]
Gonzalez says there is no misappropriation of funds
According to McFoy, members of the union cannot call a congress without the consent of the general council. Furthermore, McFoy says that they absented themselves from a recent meeting to [...]
No payments to Belize Waste Control; 8 persons laid off
Belize Waste Control has not been paid for more than three months – that’s over half a million dollars in arrears. Of course, this is nothing unprecedented. If fact, it [...]
City Council owes millions of dollars to Belize Maintenance Limited
Of course that is little consolation for workers of Belize Waste Control. And there’s less consolation for the other sanitation company – Belize Maintenance Limited. BML is owed fifteen weeks [...]
Mayor Bradley Council will not renew contract with BML
The Mayor says that rather than looking at arrears, the Council has to look at the big picture – which is that the city is paying far too much to [...]
Driver charged in near fatal traffic accident on Boom/Hattieville Road
It has been a month since a near fatal traffic accident occurred on the Burrell Boom/Hattieville Road. As many as four vehicles were involved and five persons were injured. The [...]
25 year old sentenced to 10 years in prison for firearm and ammunition charges
The trial of twenty-five year-old Belizean, Michael Alexander Dawson for kept firearm and ammunition began two months ago; it concluded today in the Courtroom of Magistrate Dale Cayetano. Dawson was [...]
Church says its role in PAC hearing is to uphold integrity and accountability
The Public Accounts Committee, led by pro-tem chairman John Saldivar, has reached out to the Council of Churches and is extending an olive branch to other social partners, following a [...]
Crime Stoppers Belize honors the media
Crime Stoppers has become a household name; the organization quickly gained a reputation because it guarantees confidentiality to persons who provide tips on crime. Crime Stoppers public service announcements, in [...]
Father asks for help in finding his 14 year old daughter
A Belize City father is looking for his missing daughter, Moesha Chee. Kenrick Chee was informed four days ago by the child’s mother that it is the third time the [...]
Healthy Living looks at breakfast on the go
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