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Saga hosts fundraising event alongside Costa Maya delegates
The Saga Humane Society held a successful fundraising event on Sunday, August 2nd at the SandBar and joining them were the beautiful contestants of La Reina de La Costa Maya. To raise funds, Saga sold food, held raffles and guests could pay for photos with the beauties too! The proceeds of the event benefit the care of the animals under Saga’s watch, as well as the Spay/Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP).
The event kicked off at 6PM with the serving of a delicious roasted pork dinner for a price of $20. The meal included homemade baked beans, potato salad, and coleslaw not to mention a good helping of slow cooked pork. Raffle tickets were sold in different forms to give supporters good chances of winning one of the many great prizes. Those ranged from 24-hour Moncho’s golf cart rental, a grooming session at Pamper Paws (valued at $50) to lunch at Caramba Restaurant and sunset cruise with Seaduced by Belize. Around 7:30PM the Costa Maya delegates arrived at the event, ready to mingle and help our furry friends! For a donation of $5, patrons had the opportunity to have a picture taken by professional photographer Jose Luis Zapata with all the delegates.
European Union – making tourism benefit communities adjacent to Archaeological Sites
Three more archaeological sites: Caves Branch, Barton Creek and the Atun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave in Belize have received infrastructural improvements and upgrades under a $4 Million project funded by the European Union – “Making Tourism benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites” (MTBCAAS).
The EU’s Ambassador to Belize, H.E. Paola Amadei, admitted even she found the project’s name a bit of a mouthful, and the acronym equally cryptic, but she was happy to join the acting chief Executive officer of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Mr. Abil Castaneda in cutting the ribbon to officially inaugurate all three site upgrades. The ceremony was held on Wednesday, July 29, at the most popular site – Caves Branch which offers cruise ship visitors: cave tubing and zip-lining under the forest canopy. Caves Branch is one of Belize’s most popular archaeological sites, attracting over 178,000 visitors last year.
Belize Tourism Board host 2015 Tourism Industry Conference on Ambergris Caye
On Saturday August 1st, tourism stakeholders and industry partners converged on Ambergris Caye for the 2015 Tourism Industry Conference. Hosted by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), the conference took place at Fido’s Courtyard and saw a host of industry professionals’ part taking in a two-part panel discussion that focused on Service Excellence and Tourism Digital Marketing.
The welcome remarks were formally given by Dr. Carla Barnet, Chairman of the Board (BTB), while Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Hon. Manuel Heredia gave his official remarks which reiterated the positive works of the BTB and Ministry of Tourism within one of the country’s largest industries. This was followed by a video of the BTB’s Year in Review which encompassed all the works of the board throughout 2014. This includes several programs held throughout the year to enhance the skill and knowledge of site guides, hospitality training, taxi association branding and hospitality training, road infrastructural works including Northern Ambergris Caye, and the Sunset Boardwalk Project and Hon. Luis Sylvester Stadium to name a few.
Ramon’s Village hosts Noche San Pedrana
It’s a traditional event that brings out the crowd to get to know the Reina de La Costa Maya contestants, and Ramon’s Village once again pulled out the stops to host Noche San Pedrana in style. Under the glow of the beautiful blue moon and tiki torches, guests enjoyed cocktails and nibbles while Rompe Raja played some lively music to get the vibe going. Of course, the highlight of the evening was the presentation of the beauties in their Cultural Costumes!
Miss Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama were tasked with modeling a cultural dress from their country of origin. Judges in the audience assigned points to each contestant, and those points will be tallied on pageant night, August 6th. The audience was blown away by the beautiful handiwork on each costume, some flowing and elegant, others chic and form fitting, each depicting an integral part of the wearer’s culture.
Wild Crocodile Encounters at Ambergris Caye’s Newest Tour
So you have swam with the sharks and stingrays, interacted with the manatees, fed the tarpons and seen the monkeys in the mainland. Then how about seeing a professional wildlife expert getting in the water and wrestling with crocodiles? Got your attention huh!?
Well you can’t swim with crocodiles as they are wilder animals, but you can surely experience this thrilling tour in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. It WILL have you interacting with the wild reptiles and at the same time helping protect them and conserving their natural habitats. The American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) will have you appreciating and (YES) loving these threatened species and not looking at them as scary and dangerous creatures.
ACES’ Crocodile Scientific Investigators (CSI) tour is a unique experience that has you traversing through mangrove forests at night on the back side of the island. Yes! The tour takes place at night, as it’s when the crocodiles are more active and hunting for food. Vince and Cherie, founders of ACES started the tour, but their most knowledgeable Crocodile Expert Chris Summers is mostly in charge of taking out the tours.
Belize Tourism Industry Conference Looks at Improving Tourism
The Belize Tourism Board held the Tourism Industry Conference at Fido’s Courtyard on August 1st, 2015. The day began with welcome address by Chairman of the Board, Dr. Carla Barnett; followed by remarks from the Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr.
The year in review video was played for stakeholders to view tourism accomplishments of 2014. It included statistics comparing growth over 2013, successful impressions obtained through marketing initiatives and accolade of events throughout the industry.
The day proceeded into two sessions of local and international panelists to discuss Service Excellence and Digital Marketing.
Team Belize Scores Silver at the Special Olympics World Games 2015
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, in partnership with Special Olympics Belize and the Special Envoy for Women and Children congratulates the Belize Female Bocce Team on winning silver medals in both Unified Bocce and Bocce Doubles at the World Special Olympics Games 2015 held in Los Angeles, California from July 25 to August 2. The Belize Team competed among 165 countries and 6,500 international athletes in an air of friendship and goodwill. Their participation under the Unified Sports Experience events helped to foster a relationship of respect, acceptance, camaraderie and victory as Silver Medalists.
The delegation was comprised of athletes: Jasmine Flores, Anna Emmanuel; partners Ilda Romero and Jayna Locke, all students from Holy Ghost Primary School in Dangriga. The athletes were accompanied by the Special Olympics National Coordinator, Mrs. Elodia Bautista; Team Coach, Ms. Kadey Kerr; Team Physician, Dr. Nelson Marin; Teacher, Ms. Devon Garcia; Observer Mr. Axil Marin and representatives from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports; Dr. Candy Armstrong, Chairperson of the Board of Directors – Special Olympics Belize Dr. Carol Babb, Deputy Chief Education Officer and Education Information Officer Yma Casey.
Misc Belizean Sources
Reina de la Costa Maya Delegates with owner Elodia and son Josh
They are about to enjoy some fresh sea food delicacies at Hurricanes Ceviche Bar & Grill.
The International Costa Maya Festival would like to express its sincere gratitude to all its sponsors and friends. Thank You!
Emergency power interruption 5:30am to 7:00am, Thursday, August 6: entire San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye
BEL to install protective device at Maskall Substation.
Cayo BTIA Summer Meeting
The Cayo BTIA is having their big Summer meeting at Maya Mountain Lodge this evening at 6:00pm. They'll be outlining their goals. Everyone is encouraged to attend since Cayo is the ecotourism capital of Belize.
BOLEDO DRAWING for Wednesday, August 5, 2015: 49. PICK 3: 8 3 2
UPDATE ON NORTH ROAD: August 5, 2015, San Pedro
The clearing/preparing of the road has now reached by Las Terrazas Resort.
Poets Corner: Lie and Story
By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez. Fe fi fo fum
I smell in the air devaluation
First Caribbean announced the sale of their Belize operation
It’s being called the first of its kind maneuver
This was an orchestrated merger
After First Caribbean violated Money Laundering Prevention Act
Stephen Duncan came under attack
Arraigned on 113 charges back in 2008
Anyone knows the result of the case?
All I know in my mouth there is a bad taste
Defended by UDP FIU prosecutor BQ Pitts
Things took an interesting twist
Then Duncan’s second mystery
This is an irony; Ysiguerrie
Has limited experience in this industry
Becomes Central Bank’s HNIC
The Central Bank governorship was slated for Duncan
But their litigation brought everything into question
He was rewarded with Heritage Bank
Sights still on the assets of First Caribbean Bank
Was this merger perhaps from his diagram?
I beg to ask the question
Cristo Rey Arts and Crafts Center Inauguration
Cristo Rey now has an Arts and Crafts Center, thanks to help from the BNE Charitable Trust, the Cristo Rey Women's Group, and Representative Montero. The CRWG will get some great use out of the building. Thanks to all involved!
"The BELIZE Natural Energy Charitable Trust partnered with the Area Representative for Cayo Central, Hon. Rene Montero, and the Cristo Rey Women’s Group to fund the construction of an arts and crafts center in the village of Cristo Rey."
Hopkins Bay Belize nominated for the 2015 World Travel Awards.
Hopkins Bay Belize combines the comforts of home with the unparalleled adventures of a unique destination; they curate experiences that offer new and life-altering memories of an authentic Belize vacation. The relaxed beach property offers every opportunity for guests to enjoy marine & jungle tours, whilst being immersed in the local culture and cuisine of Hopkins village. The resort focuses on creating special moments as you embark on a journey of discovery.
Your vote for Hopkins Bay Resort as Belize’s Leading Villa Resort, allows them to indulge more guests in once-in-a lifetime adventures and experiences that are truly worthy of Belize.
AN OPEN LETTER TO BTL ABOUT THEIR DIGICELL ADS WHICH ARE OFFENSIVE AND DEGRADING TO WOMEN.
I write to you on the mentioned subject in several capacities -as a former Chairman of Belize Telecommunications Limited, a Senator, a Belizean, and a woman. As a taxpayer, I would also add the capacity of shareholder.
DigiCell has, for some time now been conducting a social media advertising campaign on Facebook and Instagram which carries advertisement of the services offered by your company which are offensive to women, and lately, degrading and in one particular case, suggests that violence/abusive restraint are not only acceptable, but laudable and uses the hash tag #tryduct tape.
The matter first came to my attention with the “ Free WiFi Pan Di Road” campaign, when two images were used to sell your product line. One was a close-up of a female bottom, clad in jeans. The juxtaposition was clear to most. Innuendo about “free wifey” escaped the notice of no one, and the egregious use of the body part to sell “wifi pan di road” was unmistakable.
Stay tuned next Thursday August 13th to Reef TV Channel 20
For our Annual Karaoke Competition. Broadcasting live from Jaguars Temple Night Club.
Teenager Accused of Killing A Man Over A Bike In Corozal
A 15 year old boy allegedly stabbed and killed a 23 year old man in Corozal last night. At around 9, Samir Vivas was in front of a friend’s house when he got into a fight with the teenager. The boy claims that Vivas stole his bicycle but Vivas denied it. Still, things got out of hand and the 15 year old stabbed Vivas once in the stomach. Today we traveled to Corozal to find out what happened – we got two totally different versions of the story. Courtney Weatherburne has the report.
Supt. Dennis Arnold - OC, Corozal Police
"Police initial investigation reveal that Vivas was at home, Venezuelan site area, Corozal Town where a minor had approached him and accused him of stealing his bicycle."
It is that accusation that led to the murder of 23 year old Samir Vivas.
Today Vivas’ mother – broken by her son’s senseless death - held on tightly to her neighbour right in front of the spot where her son was stabbed. It happened in front of this house - a couple feet away from Vivas’ home. Vivas got into a fight with a 15 year old boy over a missing bicycle. During the scuffle on this patchy lawn, Vivas was stabbed in his stomach.
City Shooting In Gang Hotspot
While police from Corozal try to solve the murder of Samir Vivas, investigators from Belize City must try to find the shooters who tried to kill 2 young men in the Jane Usher Boulevard Area this morning before 11 o’clock. The victims are 22 year-old Raheem Arnold of Curl Thompson Street, and 17 year-old Shemar Moore, who lives in the neighborhood. They are hospitalized at the KHMH, and at this time, police aren’t saying why they believe that these youths were targeted.
The officer commanding Eastern Divisions Criminal Investigations briefed the media about what they know at this time:
Supt. Hilberto Romero - OC, CIB Eastern Division
"This morning we had a shooting on Jane Usher Boulevard where two persons were shot. Shemar Moore was shot to the right arm, left armpit, left foot and to the left upper leg. We have Raheem Arnold, he was shot in the left pelvic area. Both persons are at the KHMH in stable condition. We have our investigators out there, we have 2 suspects that we are presently seeking for this shooting."
"Can you tell us what police believe prompted this shooting?"
Supt. Hilberto Romero - OC, CIB Eastern Division
"Okay, these guys were on the street on Jane Usher Boulevard when they had some argument with some persons in that area. One was shot first then as he was going to his grand mother's house, the other person was shot."
Sr. Supt Chester Vex With GSU?
And just last week Commander of eastern Division Southside Chester Williams was doing house to house visits in the same general area where today’s shooting took place. At the time he expressed confidence in de-escalating the gang warfare in an area, which had witnessed chronic gun violence for over a year.
Sr. Supt Chester Williams, OC - E.D. Southside
"I can tell you clearly that yes, I have a full appreciation for what is taking place on south side Belize city. particularly in Jane Usher and Freedom Street, Gill Street and Caesar Ridge Road.And it is based on those credible information I have obtained - why I'm doing what I'm doing to see how best I can use my influence to help these young people try to make a positive difference in their lives."
"Will you speaking directly with the combatants in the gang war?"
Sr. Supt Chester Williams, OC - E.D. Southside
"Yes, I am making arrangement to speak with them. And I can tell you Jules that the people are coming along.”
The Victim Is Also The Accused In Sandhill Stabbing & Sex Crime
The Sandhill stabbing case went to court today. Both the 37 year old father and the 16 year old boy were charged. The 37 year old father was charged with wounding when he appeared before Magistrate Deborah Rogers this morning. The father was granted bail of $500 plus one surety. But there are a number of conditions to his bail – the father was ordered to stay away from the 16 year old boy as well as his family. His next court date is set for October 5th , 2015. As for the 16 year old boy he was charged with unlawful carnal knowledge. He was not remanded and no plea was taken. Because minors are involved we can’t show you any photographs of the accused.
As we reported, on Monday afternoon the 37 year old father caught the 16 year old boy having sex with his 13 year old daughter in their house. In a rage, the father punched the boy several times in his face and head, choked him until went unconscious and grabbed a pliers and stabbed the boy. After the boy regained consciousness the father apparently went to get a large knife but the boy managed to get away.
Senator Shoman Scolds BTL
Senator Lisa Shoman has chastised BTL for some off colour ads that they placed on social media – and tonight the phone company is apologizing for its bad taste. The ads appeared on facebook and instagram and the first depicted Hollywood actress Jennifer Coolidge in a suggestive pose, with the accompanying text: “ladies meet cougar. she is the enemy. she is mature, experienced, rich and loves young boys. your young boys. luckily DigiCell has equipped you to fight back!”
Shoman calls the message degrading and adds, quote, “The message...(implies) among other things, that older affluent women are insatiable pedophiles.” End quote.
She then turns her ire to another BTL social media Facebook ad which shows a young woman with duct tape covering her mouth, cradled by a man, captioned: “This could be us but you keep escaping.”
Shoman points to the accompanying text which says, quote:
“if your true love keeps escaping, Talk & Text with them ALL NIGHT…
Domestic Violence, Where's The Anger Coming From?
Senator Shoman has hit upon a topical issue – that’s because of the chilling cases of domestic violence we’ve seen in just the past month!: Juana Cowo-Cardinez was killed in Punta Gorda, Keisha Buller was killed in Benque Viejo, Thytis Blancaneux was killed in Lord’s Bank, and Merlin Elizabeth Herrera Mejia, was killed in Belize City. All those domestic murders happened in July! It’s a staggering statistic – and a worrying state of affairs. But what’s driving all this homicidal domestic violence? And what can be done to save victims of intimate partner violence from the cycle of battery before their partner seriously harms kills them? That’s what Courtney Weatherburne asked psychologist and counselor Aimee Jex yesterday. She told Courtney the violence we saw in July is really just a symptom of a culture of of gender based violence:…
Aimee Jex- Psychologist
"It just seems to happening more violently right now, but there is always that issue of how is a woman being treated in our society. What respect does she have, what respect does she demand, what respect does a man give to a woman and that’s where we have to start looking."
"We have a lot of people who say, "I woulda never touch she, I noh beat woman" – but all day long they’re saying degrading things, they're saying mean things, they are controlling in different ways and we have to realize that is part of intimate partner violence. It's a cycle and the battering and the beating is just the part we see."
Too Many Trauma Cases, KHMH Out of Beds!
Last month – KHMH employees went on a go-slow where all clinics and elective surgeries were cancelled. Well, now the hospital administration is doing much the same but for a very different reason. A release sent out an hour ago says that today the administration, quote, “took the decision to suspend elective admissions to the General Surgical Ward and Day Cases due to the overwhelming numbers of emergency cases, particularly trauma victims, requiring admission and surgical intervention, over the last week.” The release adds that the patients are referred to the KHMH from all over the country –so many that there were more patients than there were available beds. So now the KHMH isn’t taking any new cases to the surgical ward, basically so that they can clear out the current backlog.
So when will things normalise? Well, the release says that if all goes well, they will resume admission of elective and Day Cases on Monday August 10th.
Police Minister Tours
The Eastern Division went through a dramatic reconfiguration three weeks ago – and, Police Minister John Saldivar has embarked on a working tour to find out if the new setup is working. He started today in Eastern division north, all that area north of the Swing bridge – up to the Haulover Bridge. Saldivar did all the ceremonial stuff such as inspecting officers – but he also went extensively behind the scenes, delving into the formation’s operations. He told us what he was looking for.
Hon. John Saldivar - Minister of National Security
"Today I'm here after one month to see how things are going, to see how we have been able to adjust to the changes both in terms of looking at the physical infrastructure, the office space and everything that have been done. And also to look at the different strategies that are being employeed now that we have 3 smaller formations to deal with the Belize district."
City Leaders Meet To Discuss Revenue
Today, local government leaders from 7 towns and 2 Cities fathered at the Biltmore to learn how to tax you better! It’s called “revenue enhancement” and the event is organized by the Mayor’s Association – after all, to keep your municipality going, city and town boards have to generate revenue.
Ideally, these towns and cities leaders want to be independent, and able to fund their own programs without having to rely too heavily on the government subventions.
We spoke with the coordinators about the ways that revenue generation is expected to improve:
Eugene Palacio - Director, Local Government
"What we have is a first of a series of training at a aim of capacity building of the council, strengthen the capacity of the council to carry out their functions. Local government is set of roles and responsibilities given to a municipal council by the central government and a set of revenue sources which they administer to carry out those sources. And so the mayor's association met with the ministry, the minister and the ministry and identified training needs as one of their priorities and the ministry accepted that. And so in collaboration with the mayor's association the ministry is having a series of training with the municipalities. This is the first one. The first one is budget preparation exercise and revenue collection enhancement."
Taking the Bite Out of Trade Licenses And Property Tax
And keeping it right in line with revenue generation, as you heard in the interview, the collection of property taxes and trade licenses is a major part of revenue generation for a municipality. For the 2 past years, the Belize Chamber of Commerce has been trying to work with the Belize City Council to bring down trade licenses fees and property taxes for businesses.
The task force has concluded that the city’s current tax regime is too arbitrary - penalizing businesses owners who have large properties but who do small volume business. On the other hand, they say it gives tax breaks to high volume businesses - such as law firms and accounting firms - which have small property spaces.
After exploring different options, the proposal is to lower the property tax by as much as 50%. That would mean that the city’s revenue would decrease dramatically, right? Not necessarily, says Mayor Bradley, and he explained that it incentivizes more business owners to launch startups in Belize City. And in the meantime, the Council is weaning itself off the dependence on hyper-taxation:
10 Year Old Chopped and Robbed in Corozal
Police say A 10-year-old boy was chopped and robbed yesterday afternoon in Corozal town. The 10 year old boy was with his sister in the Baiza Layout area when two masked men approached them demanding money. One of men was swinging a machete at him. The 10-year-old boy was hit on his left arm and to the back of his head. The men got away with $80.00 and the boy’s white LG touch screen phone valued at $280 dollars. Police have since detained Belmopan resident Christian Martinez pending charges of Robbery and Harm. Police told us that they have retrieved the phone.
Decoding The Sargassum Phenomenon
On Monday, we told you how the coastline of Belize - like the rest of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean - has been inundated with sargassum – a type of seaweed - which has been drifting in from the ocean. It’s an eyesore and a nuisance to hoteliers and other tourism workers who depend on the beauty of the beaches to attract tourists. Despite that, there isn’t really anything that they can do about it, except hire workers to haul the stuff off the seafront.
Today, the country coordinator for the Healthy Reefs For Healthy People Initiative discussed the phenomenon with us, and what is causing it:
Roberto Pott - Belize Coordinator, Healthy Reefs For Healthy People Initiative
"From what I understand and people should know there's a huge area in the north Atlantic, they refer to the sargassum sea. So there's this huge platform that actually for science it's a spectacle because there's a whole community and they equate it to the diversity of a rainforest that's out there. Unfortunately one of the things that happen, we can argue about climate change - that they are changing current patterns at times due to temperatures in the water I believe. And that causes some of that sargassum sea or platform to strip off and come into our area. And I really have to empathise with the people who live along the coast because they've been overwhelmed with this pad of sargassum that floats in. Unfortunately there's no easy solution to it.
Regional Tourism Growing, Why is Belize Not?
And while the Sargassum is smothering beaches from Placencia to Playa Del Carmen to Port of Spain – tourism numbers in the Caribbean are generally going up. Figures from the Caribbean Tourism Organization show that countries like Barbados, Cuba, Trinidad, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Aruba are showing strong tourism growth at the end of June. Belize, though, is showing a small downturn. The BTB attributes that to a decline in arrival from Canada – which is down 11%, but the figures also show a decline in the arrivals from the USA, which is down 1.4%. The experts say that is due to a weaker Canadian dollar – but that dollar is working just fine in Barbados which has the same exchange rate as Belize and saw a 28.4% increase in Canadian guests in the first half of 2015.
Of course, they have Air Canada flying into their airport – which the BTB is trying to get to come to Belize. But that’s just at the discussion phase – so what’s making Belize tourism contract when Central America and the Caribbean are growing? That’s what we asked the President of the BTIA on Saturday – holding to the BTIA line, he used the opportunity to take a shot at the cruise tourism sector:…
Diabetes Association Gets Needed Help
According to statistics from the Belize Diabetes Association, approximately 50,000 Belizeans are currently living with diabetes. That’s almost 14% of the population. So the association has its work cut out for it - and that’s why they are grateful for a very huge helping hand from abroad. The Association President attended a diabetes conference in New York not long ago, where he met the principals from the overseas agent called Insulin for Life.
Insulin for Life committed to provide them with a large stock insulin and other supplies such as syringes, and blood testing supplies. The trouble is that with all this insulin, the Association needed to keep them refrigerated. That’s when they decided to approach Tropigas for a refrigerator as a donation, and was surprised when they got a little more than they asked for. 7News stopped by the handing over today, and found out how the Association was pleasantly surprised at the generosity of the company.
Murder in Corozal: Minor Stabs 24-year-old During Altercation
It has been relative free of violent crimes in Corozal Town since the start of the year. But on Tuesday night, all that was shattered when a horrible murder took [...]
Gunfire on Jane Usher Blvd. Leaves Two Men Injured in Separate Incidents
In the city, two persons were injured in separate, but related shootings this morning on Jane Usher Boulevard. Shamar Moore and Raheem Arnold were rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial [...]
Digicell Under Fire for Offensive Online Ads
Belize Telemedia Limited, a government-owned company, is under fire tonight, for a series of controversial ads that have been posted on social media. If you’re a subscriber of Facebook or [...]
BML and CitCo Back in Court Over Partially Paid Judgment
This time last year, the staff of Belize Maintenance Limited (BML) was protesting in front of City Hall; garbage was strewn across the street and the protestors were arrested by [...]
Mayor Bradley Says There’ll Be No Residential Garbage Fee…
According to Bradley the Council has paid off what was outstanding to BML in terms of compensation for terminating the contract. He is not considering implementing a proposed ten dollars [...]
…But What About Trade Licenses?
Mayor Bradley also discussed the issue of trade licenses. Some Belize City businesses are reportedly thinking of moving outside of the Old Capital’s boundaries to Ladyville and Hattieville which are [...]
McAfee Arrested in Tennessee for Driving Under the Influence
In recent days, not much has been heard about the John McAfee, the eccentric millionaire who remains a person of interest in the murder his neighbour, Gregory Saul in San [...]
16-year-old Arraigned for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse, Attacker Charged with Wounding
This afternoon, a sixteen year old minor was arraigned for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse at the Family Court. The minor was allegedly stabbed on Monday when the father caught him sexually [...]
Banner Year for Sugar Production
The sugar crop got off to a rocky start but it is surely ending on a sweet note. This season, sugar production peaked to over one hundred and forty tones. [...]
Are Caneros Prepared for Changes in Sugar Prices Come 2016 Season?
While cane farmers are enjoying the fruits of their labor for a bumper crop this season, come 2016 things will get a lot tougher, as sugar exported to the international [...]
Workshop on Revenue Enhancement for Municipal Governments
It is budget season for the nine municipalities across the country, who feed in their requests to the Ministry of Local Government to be forwarded to the Ministry of Finance [...]
CitCo Leads By Example; Says Revenue Stream is Healthy
Also participating were the local staff of the CARILED project which has been assisting various municipalities. Even with the largest revenue base of all the municipalities, Belize City still has [...]
Shortage of Beds at K.H.M.H.
Two weeks ago, the staff of the national referral hospital went on a brief go-slow, canceling all referral services from the districts. That was called off after a meeting with [...]
Corozal Police Meets and Greets Residents
As we told you earlier, the second murder for the Corozal district happened on Tuesday night in the Venezuelan Site area of the town. It is also the first murder [...]
Tropigas Donates to Diabetes Association
Today, the Diabetes Association was gifted with a donation valued at a little over three thousand dollars. Tropigas has partnered with the association before, so when the association went calling [...]