Correspondent Banking: Priority Number 1 on CARICOM Agenda
The day and a half long Intersessional Meeting of CARICOM Regional Heads of Government concluded in the Placencia peninsula today. It was a short, but comprehensive meeting of the region’s [...]
Unified Approach is Best Option to Tackle De-risking
The loss of correspondent banking relations has been called a potentially huge crisis for Belize, and it is already affecting to a major extent smaller countries in the region. Desperate [...]
CARICOM Chair Reiterates That Nothing is Wrong with Caribbean Jurisdiction
Prime Minister Barrow and a delegation of high-level financial experts have concluded a round of meetings in the U.S. with regulatory and federal agencies. Nothing concrete came out of those [...]
Climate Change: Critical Decisions Taken by CARICOM
The Conference of Parties 21, recently convened and concluded in Paris, has been dubbed a milestone session of world leaders where a concerted effort to understand, address and mitigate climate [...]
What Led to an Attempt on Raheem Bailey’s life?
Turning to crime…There were two shootings on the south side of Belize City over the weekend, but details have just become available from the police. The first was the shooting [...]
Joseph Lopez Arraigned for Attempted Murder; Police Provide an Update
The second shooting on south side Belize City occurred an hour later on Boots Crescent near the Saint John Vianney Primary School. As we reported on Monday, a seventeen year [...]
Jury in Rape Trial of B.D.F. Lieutenant is Discharged
In the Supreme Court today, the rape trial of B.D.F. Lieutenant Ruhesi Elijio was abruptly stopped and the jury discharged. Elijio will remain on interdiction from the force since his [...]
CARICOM Braces for Zika
The mosquito borne Zika has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization because it is believed it can cause microcephaly in newborns. So [...]
Belize City Council Prepares for Zika
While the heads discuss the Zika in Placencia, in the city, health officials teamed up with the Belize City Council for a sensitization workshop on the virus. The partnership is [...]
Mayor Bradley Says Community Effort is Needed to Prevent Zika
An increase in the number of cases involving vector-borne diseases such as dengue occurs primarily in communities that are extremely susceptible. Nonetheless, Mayor Bradley says that the city council is [...]
Belize’s Foreign Minister Says CARICOM Support is Critical for Border Relations
Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington was also present at the CARICOM sessions this morning during which border relations were discussed – the Guyana/Venezuela issue and of course our own [...]
Guyanese Rice Not a Topic of Discussion at Intersessional Meeting
One issue which did not come up at the meeting of CARICOM heads of government was rice – specifically Guyana rice brought to Belize by importer Jack Charles. It was [...]
Are Herman Longsworth and Phillip Willoughby Assuming Diplomatic Posts in US?
From critical regional matters to political postings – since we had the opportunity, we asked the Foreign Minister to confirm reports of diplomatic assignments. Both Herman Longsworth and Phillip Willoughby [...]
Mayor Bradley Says No Indication from Willoughby As Yet
Mayor Darrell Bradley was also asked about the reported posting of Councillor Willoughby to the Windy City. The mayor says that while that is yet to be confirmed, if and [...]
CitCo to Foot Bill for Cinderella Plaza Completion
Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley is catching some flak from a team of engineers spearheading the Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Project. The criticism follows comments that were made last week regarding [...]
What’s that Eyesore at Sand Lighter’s Promenade?
If you’ve been in the vicinity of Sand Lighter’s Promenade recently you would have noticed a pair of incomplete wooden structures in front of the Mexican Institute. What are those [...]
Art Comes to Belize City Primary Schools
Two budding artists have won top awards at a national and an international art competition, distinguishing themselves and their schools. The young students are from Saint John’s Vianney and Saint [...]
Colombian Dance Group ‘A Puro Tango’ in Belize
For the first time in Belize, the three-time tango world champion dancers from South America will be performing locally. On Thursday and Friday nights at the Bliss Center for the [...]
Regional leaders say de-risking poses economic threat to the region
Belize is not unique to the de-risking movements taking place with correspondent banking. With representatives present in Placencia for the Inter-sessional meeting of the Heads of Government of CARICOM, we were able to hear from other member states on how they are being affected. Renee Trujillo reporting… “The last few weeks have seen the local banking sector […]
Fight against zika virus calls for regional collaboration
The delegates from CARICOM’s 15-member states began arriving in the country late last week as they prepared to be a part of the 27th Intersessional meeting that Belize is hosting as the country’s Prime Minister holds the seat of Chairman for the Caribbean Community. As we have been mentioning there are several areas of concerns […]
CARICOM leaders discuss CCJ
Upon taking up the seat of Chairman for the Caribbean Community in January 2016, Prime Minister Dean Barrow mentioned that one of the goals on his agenda was to advocate for the member states that have not yet subscribed to the Caribbean Court of Justice as the final court of appeal, to do so. Those member […]
Woman killed on La Isla Bonita, San Pedro
Sometime this morning police were called out to the Boca del Rio area in San Pedro where on arrival at the Basil-Paris Apartments and Store, they found a female Honduran national bleeding from her neck. Love News spoke to Assistant Superintendent Henry Jemmott, Coastal Executive Officer who told us, when they got to the scene […]
Mother of drowning victim seeks answers
US Student Tomari Jackson would have been 15 years old on Monday but unfortunately the bright student from North Cobb High School in Cobb County died on Saturday. He was one of thirty two students who travelled to Belize to the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on an educational trip. On that day, the group went […]
Official discuss flood mitigation project
Back in 2015 the Ministry of Works and the Belize City Council launched the Flood Mitigation Project. Today officials from the Ministry of Works, Ministry of Finance, NEMO, Department of Environment and Belize City Council conducted a tour of the various project sites undertaken under the Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Project. We caught up with Project […]
What are the plans for Southside flood mitigation?
The flood mitigation infrastructure project is expected to be completed later this year. The project is expected to reduce flooding in Belize City. However just a few areas in Belize City are a part of the project; most of them on the north side. So what about Southside Belize City? Last year, when the heavy […]
Works at Cinderella Plaza to be completed
Cinderella Plaza is an important infrastructure site as it pertains to the flood mitigation infrastructure project. At first glance you might get the impression that it is incomplete but today we found out that as far as that area is concerned, there is nothing more that officials from the project can or will do. However, […]
Belize’s cotton industry gets a boost
The Government of Japan has made a donation to the Project for the Improvement of the Sea Island Cotton Industry in Belize. The donation is a little over two hundred thousand dollars. The contribution was made under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security projects of the Government of Japan. Love News spoke to Hiromoto […]
Four men charged with firearm offences
Four known gang members were charged for firearm offences. They were detained by officers of the Gang Suppression Unit, GSU who were on patrol last night in the Saint Martin de Pores Area of Belize City. There they searched a gold Toyota Camry car at the corner of Flamboyant Street and Mahogany Street. The car […]
San Pedro Woman neck slit
The body of a Honduran woman was taken by boat to Belize City Tuesday February 16 after she was murdered on Ambergris Caye. Police say that sometime around 5 o’clock Tuesday morning, police were called the Basil Parish apartment building on Bonefish Street in the Boca Del Rio area of San Pedro Town...
Elderly man dies after being stabbed in his home
On Monday 15th of February we told you about 69 year old Thomas Paul Rockowski who was clinging to life after being brutally stabbed in his home in Punta Gorda Town. The stabbing incident happened sometime after 9 p.m. on Saturday February 13th. PG police say they were called to the home of America...
Twenty-Seventh Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government
CARICOM Heads of Government are in Placencia for the Twenty-Seventh Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government. The meeting is being held in Belize since Belize’s Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow takes over the Chairmanship of CARICOM from The Prime Minister of Barbados, Freunde...
Deon Brackett is remanded for attempted murder
Former murder suspect, Deon Brackett, who walked from a murder in 2013, was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court Tuesday February 16, 2016 for the attempted murder of Raheem Akeem Bailey, who was shot in the city the previous Friday night. Bailey was the first of five persons shot during ...
Superintendent of police’s stolen vehicle found in Guatemala
On Monday 15th of February we reported on the robbery of Police Superintendent Selvin Tillett’s vehicle. Tillett was driving along with his son- in- law in a white 2014 Mazda Pick-up Truck. When they reached home and parked the vehicle in front of their house, two Hispanic males went up to them poin...
Baby losing toes; mother claims hospital negligence
Helen Conners’ child has a heart problem and the medical complications that come along with that. Late last month, the little girl had a bout with pneumonia and was admitted to the Punta Gorda Hospital . She was then transferred to Dangriga where she spent a weekend but was further transferred to ...
Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Project changes the face of Northside Belize City
Nearly five years ago, the Ministry of Works began a project in the aftermath of the soaking Belize City took from Tropical Depression 16. As its name suggests, the Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Project is not designed to end flooding, only to lessen it and its impact on the Old Capital’s resident...
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Town and City Council employees trained in QuickBooks
Town and City Council administrators, accountants, financial officers, account clerks, as well as revenue managers took part in a QuickBooks usage training today at the central information and technology office in Belmopan. This training, conducted by the Department of Local Government and Belize Mayor’s Association, […]
Superintendent of Police to receive Ph.D
One officer in Belize’s Police Department is well on his way to becoming the first to obtain a Ph.D. after serving 15 years in the force, working in almost every branch and being promoted to his most recent position as Superintendent of Police, Commanding San […]
Joint anti-drug police operations result in several drug arrests
A joint anti-drug operation conducted by the Benque Viejo Police Quick Response Team, its Special Branch Unit, the San Ignacio Quick Response Team and the K-9 Unit this morning, netted a total of 4.4 pounds (1979.58 grams) of cannabis. Around 5:00 a.m., the team, under Superintendent […]
CitCo hosts Zika sensitization meeting
Officials from the Ministry of Health have met with members of the Belize City Council to sensitize them on the dangers of Zika. Mayor Darrell Bradley stated that this is part of the Council’s duty to residents to keep the City safe. While nowhere in […]
Gospel Choir visits from United States
A unique Gospel Choir, made up of students, alumni and community members from Howard University in the Unites States, will be visiting Belize for an Arts Envoy program in San Ignacio Town, Belmopan City, Dangriga Town and Belize City. The choir spreads the news of Jesus […]
Relatively moist conditions during next couple days
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mostly cloudy skies with a few showers mainly along coastal areas this morning and tonight, then over inland areas this afternoon. Winds will be blowing from the Northeast at 5-15 knots and the sea state will […]
Problem Analysis for Sustainable Development
In order to articulate and establish the objectives derived from community goals in working on sustainable community development, (SCD) it is first necessary for the community to analyze the problems that are at the origin of a particular objectives. This analysis will focus upon the exact reasons for creating each objective from an overarching goal as well as establishing measures of progress such as trends, unmet needs, underutilization of resources, and evaluation of community capacity. Defining a community’s problems is in fact going to be one of the main tasks of any SCD project.
The real question is whether the community list of “problems” is accurate and whether it includes only the symptoms of a particular situation rather than the actual problems that caused that situation. A sampling of several different community plans completed during the last decade show issues common to all communities to address in the future. Examples of these are listed below. Some of them can be quite specific and sophisticated in representing community governments and organizations. Others can be as important as only a single individual in the community believes them to be. And please note that you are not seeing these objectives in the context of serving their overarching goals, which makes it harder to interpret their meaning. These are shown simply as examples of how some communities have identified issues (problems) and developed objectives to support sustainable community development.
Belize Shuttle and Transfer Services by Roam Belize Tours
A locally owned tour and travel company based in the Stann Creek District, Roam Belize is known for providing the best shuttle service, private tour options and airport transfers in Belize. What makes their service so popular is their premium door-to-door transfer service, so guests can take the shuttle right from their hotel, the Belize International Airport (including any airstrip around the country) or from their holiday rental in Belize. At any point of time, Roam Belize offers the best and high-quality shuttle service for its clients. Their fleets are well-maintained, inspected and serviced regularly. The agency operates all through the week and 24 hours a day.
Roam Belize not only offers transfer and pick-up service within Belize, but also it has shuttle services from Cancun, Tuluum and Playa Del Carmen in Mexico. Some of their highly popular shuttle services include transfers from any Belize hotel and resorts to the international airport, Cancun to Placencia, Guatemala to Belize, and Playa del Carmen to San Ignacio. Guests can choose any hotel or resort in Belize for the shuttle to drop them off. Their private shuttle service and transfers are available all over in Belize, including Tikal, Hopkins and in the Cayo area.
OPEN LETTER TO MR. BELIZEAN RICE AFLATOXIN EXPERT by: Dr. Bernard Bulwer
A MESSAGE TO MY FELLOW BELIZEANS … who understand the context of the “rice-aflatoxin” headlines that keep popping up in our local Belize news. Note that some things are best expressed in a language that only Belizeans would understand, i.e. our “social glue” … the Kriol language.
February 15, 2016
Dear Mr. conscientious, self-proclaimed philanthropist, public health and nutrition expert;
Your persistent, self-serving, Belizean rice-aflatoxin scaremongering is not in the best interest of the Belizean public. As a Belizean health professional, I feel a sense of responsibility to weigh in on this matter, and put things in perspective.
My fellow Belizeans, the real threat to your health is not, and has never been rice aflatoxin-related (liver) disease. Our biggest food threat is our near wholesale abandonment of many healthy traditional food choices in exchange for the highly-processed foods found in supermarkets.
Cost of flying direct from BZE Airport versus cab to TZA Airport
When flying to San Pedro and other Belize destinations, you have two options with Tropic Air: Fly directly from Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) (in Ladyville) to San Pedro Airport (SPR) or take a 30 min taxi to the Municipal Airstrip (TZA) in Belize city and fly to San Pedro from there. Both have their own advantages, and the getting the best airfare may be one of them.
The main advantage of flying directly from BZE is time. Once you’re admitted through Immigration, pick up your luggage and get cleared through customs, you go directly to the Tropic Air counter and then to the departure area to fly over to San Pedro. Depending on your arrival time and the length of the line ahead of you, you could be in San Pedro within 45 – 60 minutes. The price to fly one way from BZE – SPR or SPR – BZE is $179.50 adult fare and $171.50 for children between 2 and 12. If you know your departure date and you choose this route, it is $42.00 cheaper to buy a round trip than two one ways for adults and $40.00 for children
Training in QuickBooks
The Department of Local Government and Belize Mayor’s Association conducted a one day training workshop entitled: Enhancing QuickBooks Usage, today February 17, 2016
at the Central Information and Technology Office (CITO) in Belmopan. This training was aimed at enhancing the municipal accounts management capacity of all the Town and City Councils (TCCs) through the use of the QuickBooks Accounting Program, with the aim of improving the kinds and quality of information provided to the Councils for policy and decision making. The participants that took part in the training were:
Administrators, Accountants/Financial Officers, Account Clerks and Revenue Managers.
The series of topics that were discussed included:
Posting and Managing Transactions
Posting and Managing Budget Estimates
Balance Sheet Reporting
Following this training, participants should have acquired the skills of being able to properly post and manage asset values, budget estimates and other accounting data in QuickBooks. They will also be able to create balance sheet reports to accurately reflect the assets and liabilities of Councils, keep track of the performance of accounts receivable and payable and profit & loss budget performance reports.
Modular - REEF 2016,
Roatan Electronic Experience Festival
Roatan's annual electronic music festival takes place at a breath taking location; Big French Key. You will experience nonstop music from sunset to sunrise, delivered by some of the most prominent regional Djs and headlining international guest Djs.
Saturday 14th of May.
*Sunset to Sunrise
*Full bar & restaurant
*Fresh water showers
*Beach chairs & hamacks
*Boat shuttle from French Harbor
*Bus shuttle from West End will be available
*Environmentally friendly practices
*Coastal clean up
*More info. soon!
Caribbean tourism sets new performance records
For the first time ever since the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) began keeping records, the Caribbean outperformed every major tourism region in the world in setting new arrival and spend records in 2015, while exceeding expectations.
International tourist trips to the region grew by seven per cent to 28.7 million visits, much higher than the projected four to five per cent growth. Visitors spent an estimated $30 billion, a 4.2 per cent rise over the $28.8 billion spent in 2014. “So 2015 was the second year in a row that the region has done better than the rest of the world, and the sixth consecutive year of growth for the Caribbean,” the CTO’s secretary general Hugh Riley revealed on Tuesday in announcing the record performance at a news conference at CTO headquarters, streamed live to a global audience that spanned the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe and as far as Asia.
Riley attributed the growth to improved global economic conditions in the marketplace; a boost in consumer confidence, particularly in the United States; falling oil prices; rising seat capacity and persistent marketing by CTO member countries and their partners.
US-Cuba commercial flights to resume
The US and Cuba have signed an agreement to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in more than 50 years.
Some charter flights currently fly between the countries but the new agreement could see as many as 110 flights a day - more than five times the current number.
The flights could begin in autumn this year.
This is the latest stage in a thawing of the countries' relationship.
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the commercial flights marked a "critically important milestone in the US effort to engage with Cuba".
Cuban Minister of Transport Adel Rodriguez called it a "new era".
The US imposed a trade embargo on the communist-run island in 1960.
In late 2014, Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced that they would begin normalising their relationship.
They met for the first time in April 2015 in Panama, and shook hands and held a private meeting at the UN General Assembly in September.
CARICOM can be a force for change, says Barbados PM
Prime minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart wants the people of the region to know that, when the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) speaks with one voice, it can be a powerful force in facilitating change, both in the region and in the international community.
His comments came as he delivered remarks on Monday at the opening ceremony of the 27th inter-sessional conference of heads of government of CARICOM in Placencia, Belize.
Referring to the vital role CARICOM played in the preparation, conduct and outcome of the landmark agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris last year, Stuart said that it was an example of what could be achieved if countries continued to find common ground.
He added: “No agreement involving in excess of 190 countries can possibly satisfy all. On balance, we in CARICOM were able to get the major breakthroughs that we wanted. I am of the view that the agreement, implemented with seriousness and determination by the international community, will allow us to address the multi-faceted challenges which climate change poses for our countries.”
Belize PM: CCJ a Caricom imperative at this time
Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow wrapped up a news conference in the resort town of Placencia, in southern Belize, saying that he felt the issue of the full establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was “a real Caricom imperative at this time”.
Barrow was responding to a question from the Express about his position on the matter, coming into the Conference of Caricom heads with the idea that he was in a good place, as chairman, to help nudge his colleagues to move on this issue.
In an editorial on the matter in the Barbados Nation newspaper, and reprinted in the Express on January 12, 2016, Barrow was hailed as “the right man to push the CCJ”.
The editorial added that it would not be a surprise were Barrow to have had Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and St Lucia high on his list of those countries which should have accepted the CCJ as their final court, thereby abolishing appeals to the Privy Council, in London.
Responding to a question on the issue, Barrow said first that he had written a position on the matter, to be included in a paper being published by the government of Antigua and Barbuda, in its efforts to promote public awareness and acceptance of the court.
Japan to help Belize revive sea island cotton
The government of Belize has received $102,000 grant from the Japanese government to resuscitate the sea island cotton industry, according to Belizean media reports. Sea island cotton is said to possess fine, almost legendary qualities that are sought after worldwide.
The funding was given to the Belize cotton industry for the project named 'the improvement of the sea island cotton industry'.
Sea island cotton is a variety of extra-long staple cotton that is grown on a few islands in the West Indies. This variety of cotton is very sensitive and vulnerable to pests, and requires very specific environmental and climate conditions, and hence its production has declined all across the Caribbean.
Presently through advanced engineering, the Japanese have been able to produce quality cotton with more durable plants and hence, Belize is now considered to produce the best cotton in the world.
Six farming families participated in the sea island cotton cultivation project last year and over 40 farming families are expecting to produce 100,000 pounds of cotton in 2016. About 28,000 pounds of cotton has already been produced so far this year. (NA)
Second term for CARICOM Secretary-General, following unanimous vote
CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has been re-appointed to a second term of office.
CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow, made the announcement during the closing press conference of the CARICOM Heads of Government Inter-sessional Meeting in Belize yesterday.
LaRocque’s initial five-year appointment ends in August, but Barrow told the media that Heads of Government decided to deal with the matter of his reappointment at this session, because they felt the next meeting in July was too close to the expiration of the appointment.
“I’m pleased to say that there was unanimous agreement for the SG’s reappointment,” the host prime minister disclosed.
“I want to make clear that, on a personal note, I am as convinced as anyone else, and perhaps more so, that the Secretary-General has done an exemplary job – his commitment to reform, the changes he has already made along the lines of obliging the Secretariat and the Community to become more productive, more efficacious, are well known. And he has done all this while remaining throughout, extremely even tempered and accessible.”
Central America’s top festivals
Festivals don’t always have to mean being knee-deep in mud listening to Coldplay in the rain with a warm beer. Across the world, gatherings of all size, descriptions and reasons take place, bringing together cultural traditions and modern-day passions. With its rich and long history, Central America is packed full of a wide breadth of festivals. Here’s our faves…
Experienced and amateur canoers come together every year to take part in the gruelling Mayan River Route Challenge, the biggest sporting event of the year that runs from east to west along the Macal and Belize Rivers.
The race started in 1995 as a “save our rivers programme”, which was a canoe race designed to promote cleaning debris on the banks of the river. Over the years the programme has evolved into a four day race that follows the ancient Mayan route from San Ignacio to Belize City.
Caribbean Conference Identifies Key Products For Investment, Coconut, Pepper, Livestock Identified Among Key Caribbean Products For Investment
At the recently held Caribbean Trade and Investment conference, several key products were identified which could produce a significant return on investment. Investment in the production of coconuts and coconut products including coconut water and virgin coconut oil; hot pepper production and value added processing; livestock; aquaculture; sheep and goat and root crops in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region has been identified as key products for which the return on investment would be attractive while helping the region to reduce its whopping $4.5 billion (US) food import bill and to generate employment.
Barbados sea island cotton and sour sop were also identified as crops with significant value added potential.
De-risking of local banks could cripple CARICOM economies
De-risking of the Caribbean’s local banks is one of the biggest threats to the region’s economies, says incoming CARICOM Chairman, Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow.
Barrow, who hosted the 27th Intercessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in Belize Feb 16-17, highlighted the grim situation facing the region’s banking sector during his presentation at the Feb 15 opening ceremony.
The Caribbean’s banking system remains under threat of losing correspondent banking relationships with the US and Europe, a development Barrow said has “absolutely cataclysmic ramifications” for CARICOM member states.
“I am talking about of course, the phenomenon of so called de-risking. Under pressure from their regulatory authorities in Europe and especially the US, banks in those jurisdictions have been closing their correspondent relations with our indigenous financial institutions. This deprives our banks of the ability to keep US deposits, do wire transfers, facilitate credit card settlements for their local clients and our economy.
Where have our callaloo crabs gone?
MOST OF us Trinis and Tobagonians enjoy our “crab and callaloo” and our “crab and dumplin”, but due to continuing over-hunting, continuing loss of habitat and an ever-increasing demand for our blue crabs the population is rapidly declining.
There is urgent need for legal protection and sustainable management programmes for our crabs, lobsters, conch, cascadura, crayfish and black conch, and other shellfish.
During the past four to five years market shoppers can often hear the question being asked, “Where have all the big crabs gone?” or “Dey asking so much for dem little crab!” Blue crabs (Cardisoma guanhumi) are becoming scarce. This is a fact known to all market shoppers whether in Trinidad or in Tobago.
The demand for crabs has increased, while the crab habitat has gradually been reduced. In addition, there has been uncontrolled hunting of our crabs.
There is an urgent need for a management programme with the emphasis being placed on sustainability of our blue crab resources otherwise it can be predicted that within the next 20 to 30 years “crab and callaloo” and “crab and dumplins,” our Tobago specialty, will be delicacies of the past.
In TT , we do not have a “closed season” for the taking of crabs, neither is there a size limit, daily bag limit, sanctuary or any “no hunting areas” in either Trinidad or Tobago. The “open season” for crab hunting is 24 hours on each of the 365 days in the year, and crabs of any size and in any quantity may be taken.
To compound the issue, is the continuing loss of crab habitat: our wetlands that are being reclaimed for building development.
Fortis Reports 2015 Earnings
Fortis Inc. ("Fortis" or the "Corporation") (TSX:FTS), a leader in the North American electric and gas utility industry, released its 2015 annual results today. Driven by its U.S. utility acquisitions, gains on non-core asset dispositions, completion of the Waneta hydroelectric generating facility ("Waneta Expansion"), and strong results from its Canadian utilities, Fortis' net earnings attributable to common equity shareholders for 2015 were $728 million, or $2.61 per common share, compared to $317 million, or $1.41 per common share, for 2014. For the fourth quarter of 2015, net earnings attributable to common equity shareholders were $135 million, or $0.48 per common share, compared to $113 million, or $0.44 per common share, for the same period in 2014.
"Fortis had a year of transformation and growth in 2015, with all utilities contributing," said Barry Perry, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fortis. "We delivered a record year in earnings, which demonstrates the success of our growth strategy. We also advanced our business on several fronts. We successfully integrated our Arizona utility; divested non-core assets to focus on the core utility business; and sharpened our focus on additional investments within our franchise areas.
New partnership to strengthen disaster assessment in the Caribbean
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is partnering with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in its effort to strengthen the ability of countries across Latin America and the Caribbean to manage the impacts of disasters, in the context of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The first collaboration between ECLAC and UNISDR will be through a two-day training targeting members of the United Nations Development Group for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNDG LAC), and will take place on 18-19 February in Panama City, Panama.
The training will inform participants of the complexities of a disaster, how different sectors might be impacted, and how to use the damage and loss assessment methodology affectively in a timely manner.
Caribbean countries urged to brace for floods
The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) is warning regional countries that they should brace themselves for floods as the drought conditions which have affected the region since late 2014 are expected to subside by the start of the 2016 Hurricane Season.
CIMH said this latest forecast comes after many months of “warmer and drier than average conditions in the Caribbean fuelled by El Niño, a warming of the eastern equatorial Pacific which has implications for weather patterns around the world, including drought in many regions”.
CIMH said that after the forecasted weakening of El Niño, its counterpart La Niña “a cooling of the Pacific may take over and affect the region in the latter part of 2016.
“If the change in circumstance takes place, it is likely to result in higher than normal rainfall and stronger storm systems,” the CIMH said in its latest forecast, which it said will be further discussed at a news conference here on Wednesday.
Shark Ray Alley from a drone, 1min. A Jaws-some view from a drone of Shark Ray Alley at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Belize!
Knight’s Trip to Belize, 1997, 3min.
John and Sandys wedding video Belize 2016, 9min.
Belize 2016, 5min. Swimming with Sharks In San Pedro Belize! 2016.
Diving the Great Barrier Reef, Belize, 7min. Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, Caye Caulker, Belize, January 2016
HIghlights of the dives we enjoyed this past January, 2016, while visiting friends who live in Caye Caulker, Belize.
Go-slow on Caye Caulker, Belize, 3.5min. Highlights of our 2015 "go slow" vacation on Caye Caulker, Belize.
Representatives of the Ministry of Health on Dental Health in Belize, 24min.
Belize Audubon Society Bird Guide Training, 9min. Strengthening Bird - Based Tourism in Belize
Morning Matters of the Day with Ecolution, 58min. Howlers were recorded in Bermuda Landing
Ever wondered what we do at NICH? Culture in Motion 2014-2015, 12min. An overview of the activities of the National Institute of Culture and History of Belize for the 2014-2015 financial year. Take a look at these highlights for our 2014-2015 year. This is all we could fit into this video.
WCU-Ontario in Belize (2013), 10min. Students of West Coast University - Ontario joined Hillside Health Care in our global health initiatives in 2013. In this video, the students detail their individual stories in Punta Gorda, Belize. From discovering ethical questions to understanding the necessity of cultural sensitivity and communication, the students learned about themselves and the world. Along the way, the students developed relationships with their patients and with each other. Overall, the trip abroad changed perspectives.
WCU Orange County in Belize (2013), 15min. Students of West Coast University - Orange County joined Hillside Health Care in our global health initiatives in 2013. In this video, the students detail their individual stories in Punta Gorda, Belize. From discovering ethical questions to understanding the necessity of cultural sensitivity and communication, the students learned about themselves and the world. Along the way, the students developed relationships with their patients and with each other. Overall, the trip abroad changed perspectives.
WCU-Ontario Global Public Health Initiative, Belize (2014), 7min. Students of West Coast University - Ontario joined Hillside Health Care in our global health initiatives in 2014. In this video, the students detail their individual stories in Punta Gorda, Belize. From discovering ethical questions to understanding the necessity of cultural sensitivity and communication, the students learned about themselves and the world. Along the way, the students developed relationships with their patients and with each other. Overall, the trip abroad changed perspectives.
Hamanasi Hopkins Belize Blue Hole Dive 2 Feb 2016, 130 foot max depth, 29min. The Blue Hole off Belize 2 Feb 2016. Hopkins Divers from Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort took us out.
Saint John Neumann Belize 2015, 5min. Parishioners from Saint John Neumann in San Antonio, Tx traveled to Punta Gorda, Belize to serve the poor and elderly.