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2 murders in the south: a woman is hacked to death
There have been two murders reported in Belize for 2014. Both of them occurred in the south and both victims were viciously chopped to death. The first murder occurred on [...]
…And a Guatemalan is chopped to death outside of Trio Community
The first murder of the year also occurred within the jurisdiction of the Intermediate Southern Formation. Like Maria Perez, the victim was savagely chopped to death and left bleeding [...]
Burrell Boom resident is ambushed as he headed home
There was more violence over the weekend. In Burrell Boom, eight expended shells were found at the scene of a shooting just before midnight on Saturday. The victim, Adrian [...]
B.N.T.U. comes out swinging on long-awaited salary adjustments
The Belize National Teachers Union came out swinging this morning on a number of issues. The union took umbrage to the prime minister’s recent New Year’s address, in which he [...]
Palacio says pending increments and salary adjustments are 2 different things
According to Luke Palacio, the fixed date was set by government and the delay, he says, needs to be explained by the prime minister. Furthermore, Palacio maintains that there is [...]
OCEANA names Janelle Chanona as its Belize Vice President
After several months without a country manager, following the resignation of Audrey Matura-Shepherd, OCEANA in Belize has a new vice president. Former Channel Five reporter and freelancer Janelle Chanona assumed [...]
Chanona says she will advocate for the protection of Belize’s natural resources
Admittedly, the bar which has been set extremely high by Chanona’s predecessor is a hard act to follow. And Chanona says she does have the best interest of the country [...]
B.N.T.U. reaffirms its support for the Occupational Safety and Health Bill
Back to the Belize National Teachers’ Union…During the last house meeting on December twelfth, executives from the National Trade Union Congress of Belize were ejected from the gallery after vocally [...]
Minister Balderamos-Garcia steps in to assist Lake Gardens Community
On Friday, a group of irate residents living along the Old Northern Highway threatened to block access to the road if businessman Roque Matus did not address the issue of [...]
Car washer charged for theft
A car washer, who works at the parking lot located behind the Belize City Magistrate’s Court, was today in front of the court to answer to a single charge of [...]
Electrician arraigned for October 2013 fatal traffic accident
Also in the court, an electrician who was involved in a traffic accident back in October 2013 was today charged with several traffic offenses in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. [...]
George Price Highway to get much needed facelift
Tonight, there is some extremely welcome news for motorists and commuters who frequent the George Price Highway between Belize City and the capital. That stretch of road has been responsible [...]
Body of Canadian Missionary brought back to Belize and cremated
Around one p.m. on Thursday, the body of sixty-four year old Brian Townsend, a former missionary living in Valley of Peace was exhumed in Flores, Peten. Townsend’s body was found [...]
E.P. Yorke teacher drives off in a spanking new 2014 Toyota Hilux
Samuel Nicholson, a high school teacher at E.P. Yorke, is the lucky winner of a 2014 Toyota Hilux. He won the annual Rotary Christmas Raffle after purchasing a single ticket [...]
Football, softball and cycling in Sports Monday
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. Week 13 in the Belikin Cup brought a pivotal showdown to the MCC Grounds yesterday as FC Belize in [...]
Electrician Arraigned Following Fatal Accident
The police’s investigation into a traffic accident that occurred in October last year in which 68-year-old, American national, Patricia Johnson was knocked down and killed has resulted in the arrest of 31-year-old, Jason Grant, an electrician of Los Lagos. Grant appeared today before Magistrate Dale Cayetano and he was arraigned on 6 offences. He was charged with manslaughter by negligence, drove motor vehicle without due care and attention, causing death by careless conduct, drove an unlicensed motor vehicle, drove motor vehicle not covered by third party insurance and used motor vehicle without the consent of the owner. No plea was taken because the offences are indictable. He was released on a bail of $5,000 and his case was adjourned until March 17. The incident occurred on October 22 between miles 3 and 4 on Phillip Goldson Highway. According to reports, Johnson was crossing the highway when she was knocked down by a black Honda motorcycle driven by Grant. She received injuries to her head and body and died on the spot.
Another Meeting Date Set; Will Sugar Crop Season Start Soon?
Belize Sugar Industry, BSI, has positively responded to a letter from the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers’ Association requesting for a meeting. The date of the meeting is set for Wednesday January 8, at the BSI Staff club. On the agenda are the same issues that started to be discussed on Dec 23, 2013, when talks between the two stakeholders resumed after almost three months of cold relations between the two. BSI is looking forward to cane farmers agreeing on a date for the crop season to commence and agree that once the crop starts there will be no interruption. In the other hand, the BSCFA has said it will not agree to start the crop if first BSI does not legally compromise to make payment for bagasse. Last week Thursday the BSCFA sent a letter to the Prime Minister requesting for his intervention for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between BSI and BSCFA where both stakeholders agree to start crop the earliest possible but under certain conditions. Up until news time there has not been any official word coming from the PM’s office, but LOVE NEWS understands that when he spoke last Friday with a BSCFA director the PM said he will not agree to sign any MOU.
Belizean Woman Causes Collision in Chetumal
A Belizean woman is in trouble on the Mexican side after failing to heed at a red light in Chetumal, Quintana Roo. Reports indicate that Yara Oliva was driving an SUV in that municipality when the incident occurred which caused a traffic collision and the destruction of a concrete garage fence. The incident happened on Sunday, January 5 at around 2:30 in the afternoon. It is reported that Oliva was speeding on Avenida Primo de Verdad when she ran the red light at the intersection with Calle Independencia thus causing the collision between the Isuzu Rodeo and a Chevrolet vehicle driven by Edgar Manuel Flores. As a result, Flores sustained an injury to his nose and was taken to seek medical attention. According to Mexican Police, the estimated total of the damages caused is one hundred thousand pesos or seventeen thousand Belize dollars. Meanwhile the owner of the concrete fence that was destroyed is asking for its replacement.
Doctors Predict Full Recovery of Teen Injured at Sea
A teenager who was involved in a boating incident on Sunday in Corozal Town is said to have regained consciousness and is expected to make a full recovery. 19 year-old Ishak Trapp reportedly went for a boat ride in the Corozal Sea along with relatives and a friend in a boat. Reports are that the youths noticed that the boat was sinking and they attempted to bail it out. The vessel, however, capsized before they could reach to safety and the youths fell overboard. Trapp, who is unable to swim, went under the water and was eventually pulled up in an unconscious state. He was taken to the Corozal Community Hospital and then transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Today the youth regained consciousness and while he does not remember the incident, he is said to be responding well to questions. His family has declined comment and says that doctors have projected a full recovery for him.
Police Officers Assaulted In Line of Duty
Two police officers were attacked in separate incidents while in the line of duty in Orange Walk. The first incident occurred last Thursday when police officers responded to a report of domestic dispute in Trial Farm Village. Upon arrival at the scene, the police officers spoke with Alicia Wagner who told the officers that one John Wagner had inflicted a wound to her right elbow. Later during the day, while on police mobile patrol, the accused was identified and was approached by PC Zenubio Coc who informed Wagner that he will be detained. In insulting words, Wagner told PC Coc that he won’t go anywhere. Another officer, Abel Perez who went to render assistance was pushed in the chest by Wagner. Both police officers managed to subdue Wagner placing him under arrest and transporting him to the Orange Walk police station. While being transported Wagner allegedly threatened PC Mendez telling him “I know you good; you ride a motorcycle; I will kill you.” He was later charged for assaulting a police officer, insulting words, resisting arrest and using threatening words towards PC Coc.
Victim Identifies Tablet Thief
21 year-old Kenrick Longsworth, a resident of Castle Street, was charged with theft when he appeared today in Magistrate’s Court. He pled not guilty to the charge and Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser offered bail of a thousand dollars and adjourned his case until March third. The complainant, 19 year old Marianni Westby, reported to the police that on January first she was walking on Douglas Jones Street, heading towards New Road when a young man grabbed her tablet and ran. She said the tablet has a value of 300 dollars. While she was making the report, Longsworth was brought to the police station and she identified him as the person who stole her tablet. As a result, Longsworth was charged.
Senior Citizen Dies Following Traffic Incident
Independence Village police are investigating the death of a senior citizen which occurred between Saturday night and Sunday morning. Correspondent Harry Arzu has the details on this.
“A senior citizen of Santa Rosa Village in the Stann Creek District succumbed to his injuries as the result of a traffic accident which occurred early this morning. The victim has been identified as 61-year-old, Juan Oh. Police investigations revealed that at about 5:50 this morning Oh was riding his bicycle towards Santa Cruz Village on the Southern highway and upon reaching mile 23 he was knocked off his bicycle by 18-year-old, Freddie Acosta who was traveling in the same direction on a motorcycle. Police say that Acosta reported that Oh strayed into his path which caused the accident. As a consequence Oh sustained head and body injuries and was transported to the Southern Regional Hospital for treatment but died sometime this afternoon. Acosta has now been served with a notice of intended prosecution while the body of Oh awaits a postmortem examination at the said medical facility morgue.”
Oceana’s New VP In Place
Janelle Chanona is the new leader for Oceana Belize. Today is Chanona’s first day as the Vice President of the world’s largest international ocean conservation group. Oceana’s CEO, Andrew F. Sharpless says that Chanona has the right combination of skills and passion to be an excellent leader and to help Oceana win policy victories that protect Belize’s amazing barrier reef and its marine resources. Chanona will lead Oceana’s campaigns in Belize which includes efforts to stop offshore drilling, as well as efforts to promote responsible fishing practices in Belize’s waters. Today, Chanona told us that she is ready and very capable in carrying on with Oceana’s battles.
“I am a Belizean and I am a Belizean that loves what we have in Belize and I think at the end of the day that passion, as you know, you can’t get around that; if you don’t really truly care for something then no matter what they do to you, you can’t force it. So, I think if anything, if I can presuppose that’s what I think they liked about me, that I am positive about how much it means to me and that I want to make sure that it is as healthy as possible for my niece and my nephews and for your family, to make sure that it is as good as it can be.”
Veteran News Reporter Replaces Matura As Oceana’s VP
Floyd Neal acted as Audrey Matura-Shepherd’s right hand when she was the Vice President of Oceana Belize. Today, Love News confirmed that Neal has been fired from his position as the Administrative Director. Neal told Love News that his termination did not come as a surprise because a couple months ago, he realized that his job was being advertised on a website. Neal received his walking papers yesterday and was told that his post was being made redundant. Neal, however, is not making a fuss about it and told us that he will move on and hopes to find another job. And as for who will take over Matura-Shepherd’s post, we understand that former veteran news reporter, Janelle Chanona will do so and her first day in office is this coming Monday. We could not reach Chanona for confirmation.
Devastated Family, Community and Friends Mourn Brian Townsend’s Goodbye
Canadian Seventh Day Adventist missionary 64 year old Brian Townsend’s decomposed body was found in Peten, Guatemala, a few days after his disappearance from his home in Valley of Peace, Cayo District. The news is equally devastating for Townsend’s family and his son Kory who coordinated the search and...
Teachers Ask for Protection from Government
The BNTU this morning also commented on other pressing labour issues promoted by parent body the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB), several of whose members were famously ejected from the House of Representatives in December after loudly calling for the implementation of the Occupational Health and Safety...
Teachers’ Union Clarifies Salary Proposal
The Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) has been pressing for a salary adjustment from 2005 – and after comments by Prime Minister Dean Barrow in his New Year’s Address to the Nation, it would seem they are on the verge of getting it. But before we get into the...
Assassin Machete-man Kills a Guatemalan National in Toledo
Meanwhile, Independence Police are seeking a man known to them as Donaldo, also known as “Tatereto,” in connection to the chopping death of 25 year old Rene Arturo Perez. Here again is PlusTV correspondent Harry Arzu reporting from the Stann Creek District. Harry Arzu- Dangriga Correspondent “Independence police continue...
Benquena Businesswoman Maria Perez Chopped to Death in Southern Belize
A woman was victim to a savage attack in the Stann Creek village. 41 year old Maria Perez was found with severe chop wounds to her body on a farm located off the Placencia Road. Police investigations have revealed that yesterday, at about 4:00pm, Perez arrived in the village...
Enjoying Relationship With God Brings Every Joy of Life
Our verse for this week is taken from….. Psalm 20:4” May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” -And that’s the news. From all of us here at PlusTV…Have a blessed new year 2014!
Jennifer Tillet out on Bail
Since Friday night, 33 year old Jennifer Tillett of Jane Usher Boulevard is out on bail of $3,000 after being charged for burglary. She was arraigned on Thursday for breaking into the home of Farima Gordon on Fabers’ Road around two Thursday morning. Nothing was taken, and in court...
BAY Complies with no Random Cleaning of the Independence Park
Members of the Belmopan Active Youths also known as BAY got down and dirty earlier today and spent their Friday cleaning up the Independence Park in Belmopan. Project Director for the Belmopan Active Youths Sharlette Lopez, explained to us that today’s clean up on the park is no random...
Ka’ana Resort: A 5-Star Boutique Hotel in Belize…Really.
Ka’ana Resort just outside San Ignacio is a relatively new one and one that I found pretty unique for Belize. It was designed by two super star Irish brothers, Ronan and Colin Hannan. I’ve never met them but after reading a bit about them in BusinessWeek, I can describe them with cool words I never get to use…like urbane and jet-setting.
I stayed at Ka’ana for one night in November and was really hoping to meet the duo. But it wasn’t to be. They were probably at the Four Seasons Marrakesh or flying fishing on Christmas Island, perhaps sunning with Gwenyth in St. Barths. Next time…
Ka’ana Resort is billed as a 5-star boutique hotel. A tall order for lodging in the Belizean jungle but the resort, set just outside of San Ignacio on the main road, surprised me in lots of ways. From the dual yoga mats provided in my walk-in closet to the beautiful turn down service, the resort is beautifully done and the final touches, impeccable.
My pictures don’t do it justice…honestly…but here they are.
Belize Tops Caribbean for Decline in Murders
The Lodge at Chaa Creek welcomes news that, while the rest of the Caribbean has seen an increase in murders during 2013, Belize is the only Caribbean and Central American country where the murder rate has dropped – and substantially.
Chaa Creek’s Safety and Security Manager Emil Bradley pointed to a January 3 2013 Belize 7 News report quoting recently compiled figures on crime in the region, and said this is good news for Belize’s fledgling tourism industry.
“While one murder is way too many, Belize’s drop in crime, and especially in murders, is excellent news and bodes well for the future,” Mr Bradley said, “We have to commend both the police and the public for a great result in 2013,” he added.
Mr Bradley also said that it was important to note that violent crime in the region rarely impacts tourists. “Unfortunately, it occurs among the disadvantaged in society and in the drug trade,” he said.
While 7 News cautioned that their figures were preliminary and not yet finalised, the statistics put Belize well ahead of the region with a decreased, rather than increased murder rate last year. The figures coincide with those released by Belize’s Amandala newspaper late last year, which described a dramatic reduction in crime overall.
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What is a Business Plan & What Can It Do For You?
Below you will find a business plan template or business plan format, describing the main components of a traditional business plan. It’s basic design has been around for many many years, maybe even hundreds, I’m not sure, but it goes way back.
A business plan is important both for you and for others who want to know about your business. It describes your business, it’s goals, and financial projections. In short, it serves as your business’s resume.
Every business, of course, needs a direction and a strategy. That’s what a good business plan will give you. Remember this: a well-written business plan must provide your business with a blueprint for success. Your business plan will also go a long way to help you keep your thinking organized and in perspective.
Your plan does not have to be long and complicated, especially at the beginning. For smaller businesses, keep it as simple and succinct as you can, yet informative. Use it as a living document, try to keep it flexible, modifying it often as needed.
I actually know some small businesses without one and still doing pretty good. However, most business people would agree that every business needs a business plan in order to reach its full potential.
The Beauty of Belize
White sand beaches, untouched coral reefs, ancient Mayan civilizations and impressive marine life
– Belize has it all.
Divers and snorkelers will find an abundance of marine life at Glover’s Atoll, a protected reef system
and the southernmost and smallest of Belize’s 3 atolls. Divers frequently encounter dolphins, turtles,
sharks and manta rays there. Catch a glimpse of the largest fish in the world – the whale shark – from Placencia, Belize.
The gentle (believe it or not) creatures are typically found within only 20 feet of the water’s surface,
and congregate in Belize each year to feed on fish eggs.
CES Live: Intel CEO Makes Big Move Into Wearables, Says No More McAfee
The McAfee brand, which took a hit in recent years after eccentric founder John McAfee made headlines in 2012 as a fugitive in Belize, is being abandoned and replaced with the name, “Intel Security.”
CES Live: Intel CEO Makes Big Move Into Wearables, Says No More ...
Security firm McAfee might be something of a household name these days, but that has more to do with the over-the-top antics of the company’s founder rather than what it’s achieved in the security space. That’s in spite of the fact that John McAfee hasn’t worked for the company in almost two decades.
But apparently, Intel, the company that snapped up McAfee back in 2011, doesn’t like the brand name of its acquisition being dragged through the mud, as it were. So what’s it going to do about it? Why, it’s going to change the name in an effort to distance itself as much as possible from its ex-fugitive founder, although the software (and the logo) will remain exactly the same.
The rebranding was announced at the CES show in Las Vegas on Monday, during Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s keynote. He said that the McAfee name would slowly be phased out, replaced by the name “Intel Security”.
7 secret Caribbean islands
The Caribbean -- home to cerulean waters, vibrant coral reefs and sugar-white beaches -- is a near-perfect vacation destination, especially when it's arctic cold at home. There is just one problem: Everyone you know wants to go there.
How to lose the crowds when seeking an ideal tropical getaway? Forget well-traveled spots, where the sprawling hotels are thicker than coconut palms. If you really want to leave the only footprints in the sand, go to one of the Caribbean's lesser-known islands.
Petit St. Vincent, for example, a gem-like private island resort in the Grenadines, falls happily under the radar compared to its sister island, Mustique. Cayo Espanto
Just off the coast of Belize, this diminutive private island -- at just four acres, it contains six luxe private villas and one overwater bungalow -- has hosted a staggering list of seclusion-seeking A-listers (Tiger Woods and Leonardo DiCaprio among them). As befits such a clientele, every aspect of the experience here can be tailored to guests' whims. The chef customizes daily menus, and staffers arrange outings like guided bird-watching treks, tours of Mayan ruins and beachside aromatherapy couples' massages. Rooms start at $1,495; 910-323-8355; aprivateisland.com.
Finally, A 3D-Printed Drone for Archaeologists
Though archaeologists have come a long way since Indiana Jones, they sometimes still cling to antiquated technologies, like balloons and ladders to take photos of their discoveries and trenches from above.
This month, a company formed by recent college grads called Arch Aerial rolled out a small drone designed to accompany archaeologists on far-flung expeditions.
Arch Aerial showed off their small vehicle — which is made largely from 3D-printed parts and runs on open-source flight software — here at the Archaeological Institute of America's annual meeting this past weekend. The team traveled to 12 excavations in Belize and Italy over this past summer to test out their prototype and check out the competition before coming up with a final design. Just in those test runs, Baker says they helped make some unexpected archaeological discoveries. For instance, on their second day of excavations in Belize run by their alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, they found new structures after doing an aerial survey from more than 300 feet (91 meters) up.
Climate change a priority for new Caricom chairman
Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said yesterday that he would use his six-month term as chairman of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) grouping to deal with the deleterious effects climate change is having on the socio-economic future of the 15-member bloc.
St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and Dominica are now emerging from the effects of a weather system that left a trail of death and destruction over the Christmas holidays.
Caribbean countries have also had to deal with the annual hurricane season and in many cases, like in Haiti, unseasonal rains that cause widespread devastation.
"The big issue... is global warming, climate change. We are having systems affecting us outside of the normal rainy season and the normal hurricane season," he said, making reference to the floods in April last year and the Christmas Eve rains that resulted in the deaths of nine people and hundreds of millions of dollars in damages here.
Belize's Wild Interior
Cayo, referred to as 'Belize's Wild Interior,' got a great write up in the adventure section of Men's Journal magazine. They mention Caracol, Xunantunich, the Black Hole drop, and Waterfall Cave, among other great activities. Happy tourist season!
"Avoid the cruise-ship crowds at Altun Ha and head to Xunantunich and Caracol, deep in Cayo district. On a hilltop seven miles outside the backpacker hub of San Ignacio, Xunantunich is reached via a hand-cranked ferry across the Mopan River and a hike. The ceremonial center, including the 130-foot-tall El Castillo pyramid, has been restored to its eighth-century glory. For a more strenuous outing, trek to the lost city of Caracol. Buried in Chiquibul National Park and only partially excavated, the 15-square-mile complex has the stones (including the 141-foot-high Caana pyramid, still the country's tallest structure) to prove its former might."
Belize, a Country that will Leave you Captivated!
It’s easy to understand why so many people love Belize. It’s quirky, diverse and fun…with tropical landscapes and stunning beaches. It’s close to the U.S. – and it’s English-speaking. One little peninsula in Belize offers the relaxed Caribbean beach lifestyle so many of us dream of. It’s a barefoot paradise with plenty of charm and a laid-back atmosphere. Come and explore this tranquil location for yourself and check out the hottest properties on the market on a personalized property tour.