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The San Pedro Sun
David and Anke Doehm apply for bail; David Cannon seeks custody of his daughters
5-a-side Football Tournament heads to Championship games
On Thursday, a total of six teams competed in the Under-10, Under-13, and Under-15 category. At 7PM, Belize Pro Dive suffered a loss against Pirates Manchester U-10, 1-2, while San Pedro Pirates U-13 triumphed over FC Larubeya, 3-1. U-15 teams, Caribeña Strikers and San Pedrito Strikers then took to the pitch for the last match, ending the game in a 1-1 tie. The final playoff games of the weekend continued on Sunday, July 15th. Los Catrachos and Rough and Tough were initially scheduled to play, but due to their participation in the Quadrangular Football Tournament, Jokers FC and Terror Squad took to the pitch. After a tight match, Jokers FC took the win with a 3-2 final score. Games will continue on Wednesday, July 26th with four away games:
“More alike than different”; Camp Starfish begins
The fourth annual Camp Starfish is back on La Isla Bonita as of Monday, July 17th at the Lions Den. The free two-week camp not only focuses on children with learning and physical disabilities, but it also provides them with an outlet to explore their creative abilities. Under the theme, “We are more alike than different”, campers are excitedly learning and enjoying camp for summer.
During each camp day, children and volunteers meet from 9AM to 11:30AM for a morning packed with fun and interactive activities. On Monday, July 17th, campers were able to explore the theme of “Healthy Habits”, where children were allowed to draw and color fruits and vegetables, learn about good hygiene, make healthy fruit platters, and even play freeze tag. “Under the Sea” was the theme for Wednesday, July 19th, and campers made jellyfish arts and crafts, colored print outs of marine animals, listened to a story about dolphins, and had fun blowing bubbles.
Atlantic Bank updates customers on its services on Ambergris Caye
General Manager Karen Lopez welcomed everyone, briefing invited guests on ABL banking services. Lopez stated that due to the challenges and demands in the international arena, Atlantic Bank is making changes and upgrading their system in order to enhance their customers’ daily banking services. The new changes in the banking system include the addition of the Automated Payment and Securities Settlement also known as APS3. This new service allows customers of Atlantic Bank and other commercial banks to transfer their funds between banks and accounts by utilizing online banking services. According to personnel from Atlantic Bank, this new service will make transactions faster, and safer anywhere within Belize.
TEDxBelmopan To Celebrate Ideas In 2017
After a successful first event in 2015, the TEDxBelmopan team is delighted to announce that it will be hosting its second TEDxBelmopan conference on Saturday, September 30th, 2017 in Belmopan. For this year's conference, the platform is "CELEBRATE!", aimed at highlighting positive developments, stories, and ideas worth spreading in Belize.
TEDxBelmopan 2017 event will celebrate the achievements of Belizeans – thinkers, visionaries and the most fascinating teachers, young and old - while providing a cross-disciplinary platform where they can inspire and share their narratives.
Mesoamerican Leadership Reef Program
The 2016 cohort of the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program is currently meeting in Belize City for their 4th workshop. 12 Fellows from Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico are learning about project design, how to speak with media, sustainable business plan, economic impact analysis, small scale fisheries and resource mobilization. Fellows are sharing their project advances, experiences and meeting Belizean Fellows from previous cohorts, strengthening relationships and forming a vibrant network of professionals.
Misc Belizean Sources
Plans are underway to protest the Supreme Court bail hearing for Anke and David Doehm tomorrow morning in Belize City
San Pedro people, tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear the bail application for the adopted parents of Faye Lin. We should mobilize ourselves and come to Belize City and protest outside the courthouse.
Let us Send a clear message that these people should be kept in jail!
Permission (Bond) to protest opposite the Supreme Court is being secured. Assemble at 9AM and disassemble by 3PM on Battlefield Park on Regent Street opposite the Court House.
SCAM ARTISTS FALSELY USING THE NAME OF THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT
It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development that unknown persons have been attempting to scam money from the general public under the pretense that homes have been approved for them in a housing project purportedly being executed by the Ministry in the City of Belmopan, Cayo District.
A copy of one such letter on the letterhead of the Housing and Planning Department was brought to the attention of the Ministry on July 20, 2017. The public is advised that the person who purportedly signed the letter does not work in the Housing and Planning Department or the Ministry and that the letter is fake and has no validity.
INAUGURATION OF MAY PEN BRIDGE
A new bridge on the access road to May Pen Village in Belize Rural North was inaugurated yesterday, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The bridge, a one-lane foundation structure, is the result of a donation from United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and an investment of $256 thousand by the Government of Belize.
Mr. McCulloch explained, “We’ve been waiting for this for a lot of years now because the old bridge got messed up, rotted. They fixed it, it broke again several times. So, for about the last ten years, we’ve been at a position where no dump-truck could go in and dump the road, so it was in horrible condition. Even four-wheel-drive vehicles couldn’t make it during the rainy season.”
CENPROMYPE and BELTRAIDE, through EXPORTBelize commence workshop on Market Intelligence
CENPROMYPE and BELTRAIDE, through EXPORTBelize, has embarked on a cooperation to enhance the internalization service within the business support centers through a program called ADSEP. This program is being executed through the support from the General Secretariat of SICA, CENPROMYPE, and the European Union, and consequently executed in Belize by BELTRAIDE.
This training will strengthen and consolidate the service that was transferred from last year to the Support Centers in Central America Region. The workshops will be held between June and August of this year in the 8 countries of the SICA Region. The workshops will be attended by support Centers / Regional advisors.
Confiscation of hundreds of dollars worth in contraband goods
Police, Customs and BDF checkpoint on the Yo Creek Road in Orange Walk leads to the confiscation of hundreds of dollars worth in contraband goods. More on this story in tonight's newscast.
CBWS Youth Conservation Camp
What an exciting weekend introducing youths to Protected Areas through BAS' Youth Conservation Camps. This past weekend, we hiked the trails, explored the waterfalls, river-tubed and bird watched at the beautiful Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Thank you to Protected Areas Conservation Trust for making this camp possible, and to the Maya Center Women's Group for the cultural experience!
Humanitarian assistance supplies donated to NEMO
Yesterday, at the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) Warehouse in Belmopan, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires, Ms. Adrienne Galanek, handed over approximately USD $217,000 worth of humanitarian assistance supplies to NEMO Director, Mr. Shelton Defour. The donation represents the U.S. Government's continued commitment to the Government and the people of Belize in the field of humanitarian assistance. NEMO's Director Mr. Shelton Defour said this was the largest replenishment of supplies from donors in NEMO's history.
Kaina Martinez Track and Field Games, 2017
Registration today (Friday 21st) at Peninsula Store in Seine Bight from 9am -4pm. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity for kids age 4-14. Event happening this weekend, Saturday and Sunday. See you there!
Belize Reef Scorecard 2017
Ever wonder exactly how the Government of Belize is protecting our Heritage? Every year a Belize Reef Scorecard is produced to show exactly that, giving grades on policies implemented and steps taken to protect our natural resources.
The results show a story of some work being done, but much more needed to Save our heritage.
Corozal Summer Math and Reading Program
Summer Math and Reading Program is on again this Year. Come to the library and register your child today to prevent the summer slide!
Corozal Public Library, 24th July to 18th August (4 weeks), 2:30 to 4:30pm Monday to Thursday each week. Register your child today. For information call 422-3751.
International Mangrove Day, Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Friends of Corozal United for Sustainability (FOCUS) invites everyone to come “face to leaf” with Corozal’s mangroves.
Wednesday, 26th July, 2017, from 9am-noon, at Mangrove Park. There will be activities to help you learn more about the importance of these wonderful trees in our life, and their role in fighting climate change.
We will take you on an adventure of discovery (tour) of our very special Mangrove Park, including red, black, and white mangroves, and their allies, the buttonwood.
You will join us in the imitation of a Mangrove Nursery by planting the red mangrove propagules (seeds) in recycled liter size plastic bottles (please help us by bringing your own). This is a beginning toward restoring mangroves along our coast lost to develpment. It also helps raise awareness in our community.
We can all play a very important active role in helping to turn around Climate Change, as stewards along the coast of the Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
The location of Mangrove Park is here.
Ancient Maya week at The Corozal House of Culture
This has been a week of engaging and stimulating topics on the Mayas in Belize. Yuumbotik to Archaeologists Dr. Cynthia Robyns and her team of archaeological students from Northwestern University USA, to Dr. Maxine Briggs, retired Professor, Mr. Graham Sampson and Mr. Roy Rodriquez and everyone who attended this event and made it memorable. Yuumbotik Ms. Debra Wilkes NICH and Belizean archaeologist Miss Sylvia Batty. Courtesy: Adela Pederson
LXJ Code Belize wins first place at the Canto Code 3.0
Good Morning Belize! Join the U.S. Embassy to congratulate Team LXJ Code Belize for winning first place at the Canto Code 3.0 held at the Dominican Republic with a new and innovative communication platform to assist with natural disasters and national emergencies.
3pm standings of the U20 Central American Volleyball Championship
As of 3:00 p.m. today this is the standings of the U20 Central American Volleyball Championship going on at the SCA Gymnasium.
Waterfront Development of the Yarborough Green
We would like to share with you the proposed design for the Yarborough Waterfront Development Project to be conducted later this year as one of the projects under the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project. Please note that this is only an architect's rendering based on our public consultations with the community.The final product may differ from the pictures being posted.
World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week will be celebrated from August 1st - 7th, 2017. In commemoration of World Breastfeeding Week, the Ministry of Health in partnership with PAHO/WHO Belize and INCAP wants mothers to share photos depicting the beauty and support in breastfeeding. Great prizes for top three photos! Deadline for submission in Monday, July 31st!
IDB Group steps up its support for Belizean public and private sectors
Visit to the country by James P. Scriven, CEO of the Inter-American Investment Corporation, highlights key economic sectors that could benefit from financing and advisory services. A Business Forum organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group and the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry attracted more than 50 representatives of the country’s public and private sectors for a discussion of investment opportunities in agribusiness, energy, transport, tourism and financial institutions.
James P. Scriven, CEO of the IDB Group’s Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), explained that the IIC is increasing its local presence in Belize and intends to finance diverse sectors. “We are a development bank, and we want to demonstrate to the world that it is commercially viable to invest in a country like Belize,” he said.
CARDI and the University of Belize to Collaborate on Knowledge Sharing, Training and Research Activities in the Agricultural Sector
The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the University of Belize have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in the areas of knowledge sharing, training and capacity building, resource mobilisation and research activities geared towards the development of the agricultural sector.
The MoU was signed by CARDI’s Executive Director, Barton Clarke and the President of the University of Belize, Professor Clement Sankat at the University of Belize Main Campus in the City of Belmopan. Witnessing the signing were CARDI Representative, Omaira Avila Rostant and University of Belize Central Farm Campus Administrator, Gordon Holder.
Two 15 minute power interruptions 4:45am to 5:00am & 2:45pm to 3:00pm, Sunday, July 23: entire Orange Walk & Corozal Districts
BEL to facilitate maintenance works conducted by CFE at their substation.
Discarded Newborn Found On Canal Side
This morning, at around 8:30, area residents on East Canal came upon a horrible site on the edge of the canal at the junction with South Street. The body of a baby boy, or a fetus had been flung into the canal.
The tiny body was stuffed inside a black plastic bag, and left there, a complete disregard for human dignity. The residents passing nearby were shocked that the baby was left abandoned, and they immediately began speculating about the character of the person who left it there.
We got a chance to speak with the man who first found him this morning. He's City Council Employee, Julian Jimenez, and he was on the job, cleaning near the canal, when he came upon the baby's body. He told us about that moment when he thought that the child's body was that of a dead dog, only to realize this was a human being:
San Pedranos Will Picket So That Doehms Don't Get Bail
For the past week, Americans David and Anke Doehm have been on remand at the Belize Central Prison. They're trying to get Supreme Court bail after after being charged with the offense of "cruelty to a child", for the death of their 13 year-old adopted daughter, Faye Lin Cannon.
Tomorrow morning, they'll get their opportunity before a Supreme Court judge, and their attorneys will attempt to convince the judge why they should be released from prison while they await trial. And while that will be happening inside the courtroom, outside, residents of San Pedro will be gathered in protest to send a strong statement that they would rather they remain in prison.
Mediator Dianne Finnegan Rejects Vidal Request To Join CYDP
Yesterday, Southside commander Marco Vidal caught us off guard when he suggested that the Southside mediators, namely Dianne Finnegan, Chester Williams and Nuri Mohammed should join the CYDP meditation effort, or step aside. Vidal suggested that as individuals, not representing an institution - they may be pursuing their own personal agenda.
An hour ago, we caught up with Dianne Finnegan and she told us she doesn't know what Vidal is talking about - but she is talking about peace:...
Contrabandidos Confront Customs On Yo Creek Road
On this newscast, we regularly show you all the contraband that Orange Walk Customs collects in the villages of that district. But, while we see the finished product, it's not always easy to collect - since those contraband items - whether they be beers, or sacks of Mexican Vegetables, represent an investment for the villagers who go over to Mexico to buy them. It's completely illegal, but its the norm in the north - and today some villagers clashed with Customs because of it. This confrontation, captured by a bystander, happened on the Yo Creek Road at about 11:00 am, where a group of men openly clashed with a joint patrol comprising BAH Customs, Police and BDF. The team had just sized a truckful of contraband limes, lettuce, green pepper and other vegetables from a bus that was heading to Orange Walk.
South's Third Traffic Fatality In Five Days
There's been another fatal traffic accident in the south: the third in five days. Early this morning, a woman was knocked down and killed in Seine Bight. Around 8:00 am, 19 year old Blackman Eddy resident Obed Mojano was heading to Placencia from Seine Bight in his gray Chevy Silverado when he lost control and hit 39 year old cook Dorla Flores. 44 year old Lavern Helen Arzu and 23 yr old Henry Augustine were also injured in the accident. Both were taken to the Placencia Health Center where they were treated and released.
Taking A Test Drive On Proposed Carnival Route
A month ago, we told you how health and safety advocates have been pushing for a change the Carnival route. That's because every year, the crowds block road access to the country's largest hospital and emergency room - and access to both major highways.
It's a major proposed change to one of the main events of the September Celebrations, and so, the September Celebrations Commission is managing it carefully.
This evening, a few carnival bands went out to test one possible new route to see if it is a change they can work with, and our news team was out there.
The Importance Of Making A Will
If you are 45 years and older, you should start looking into your will if you haven't already. Sure, most of you might say you are too young to be thinking about that but as you get older and your distant relatives, even kids start to snatch your hard earned assets, it will be too late. Well the National Council on Aging along with the Attorney General's Office hosted a workshop on how to prepare and secure wills and testaments. Courtney Weatherburne stopped by the Belize Institute of Management to find out more about this process.
New Civic Will Be Ready For September
For months now city residents have been watching the Civic Center quickly taking shape. At 55 thousand square feet and 70 feet high, it is an impressive sight on the Belize City skyline. But, how does inside look? And does it actually suit the purpose for which it was designed - which is to be a world class basketball facility?
Tough questions, and the truth is that we Belizeans have learned well to look those glistening gift horses very closely in the mouth - because when it comes to public contracts, what you see, and what you should get, are very rarely what you actually get. So today, the design firm which is also the co-contractor called the media in for a two hour long walk through of the largest and most expensive structure in Belize's history. Jules Vasquez tried to figure if it's worth all those millions:.
Alleged Murderer Taken To Court For Public ID Parade
For the past two night we have been reporting on murder suspect Cecil Gill. He is wanted for the stabbing death of his friend Phillip Samuels. He turned himself into police yesterday, and today Gill along with several other suspects were escorted to court, where they took part in an public identification parade. The men were lined up for less than a minute before Gill was positively identified.
Whylie Reflects On His Time As CEO
Last night, we brought you coverage of the testimonies from the retired police officer, Superintendent Julio Valdez, and Police Commissioner Allen Whylie. They were yesterday's witnesses in the Senate Hearings on Immigration.
We showed you how the Senate Select Committee cross-examined Commissioner Whylie as the top cop for almost 2 hours. But, there was brief portion of the hearing where they questioned him about his time as the CEO responsible for Immigration. Before he took up the post of Police Commissioner, Whylie was the Immigration CEO from 2009 to early 2012. They Senate wanted to find out if he had any reason to believe that there was corrupt behavior at the Department when he was in charge.
The Mandamus Order And The COMPOL
The Senators also questioned Commissioner While about that writ of mandamus which the Supreme Court issued upon him back in March 2014.
You'll remember it as the lawsuit that the then Opposition Leader, Francis Fonseca, brought against him to force him into investigating Elvin Penner for his role in the Won Hong Kim passport scandal.
After listening to the case, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin compelled the ComPol to launch that investigation.
It's been more 3 years later, and Penner has not been charged by the state for any offenses related to the Citizen Kim scandal.
Did Cabinet Give The Order To Stop Security Clearances
One other topic the Senators questioned him on is the claim from prior witnesses that Cabinet discontinued the security clearance procedure.
That's a basic background check that Special Branch performed on potential visitors, and possible new citizens. This security clearance helped the Immigration Department screen visitors for basic offences.
Immigration Officer Ady Pacheco said that it was discontinued through a policy change from Cabinet. Yesterday, the Senate asked the Police Commissioner to discuss the implications of that decision, given that he has the experience of a police officer and a Immigration CEO:
Former Head Of Special Branch Explains Practice of Security Clearance
So, while Police Commissioner Whylie professes very little knowledge about how the security clearance procedure actually worked, we spoke to a senior police officer who knows exactly how it works.
He's Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal, and before taking up his post as the commander of the Eastern Division South, he was the Officer in Charge of the Special Branch. That is the police unit that actually conducted the screening of visa and nationality applicants by doing the background checks. He explained to us his knowledge of the practice and history of screening.
"Are you aware when you were in charge of Special Branch if persons were being screened for nationality?"
Sr. Supt. Mark Vidal, OC, Southside Commander:
"That process changed a very long time ago. At one point Special Branch was responsible for doing the vetting for nationalities. Currently what Special Branch is doing is only vetting for permanent residency. So we are not involved in the nationality aspect of vetting."
BSCFA Snaps Back At ASR/BSI Calling Its Statement “Untruthful"
Last night we told you about the press release from ASR/BSI which called out the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association for standing in the way of progress for the industry.
Today the BSCFA sent out its own lengthy statement saying, quote "BSI has made alarming and untruthful statements regarding the commercial relationship between themselves and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association."
And what is that untruth? Well BSCFA agreed that BSI did propose to amend the existing commercial agreement and requested an urgent acceptance of these proposals by the BSCFA. And that's where BSI says the BSCFA made a counterproposal rejecting those proposals, and instead talking about payment for bagasse and other old issues.
"New Housing Scheme" Is A Scam
The Ministry of Housing says stay clear of anyone trying to sell you a house under a new housing scheme - It's A SCAM! In a press release sent today it says "It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development that unknown persons have been attempting to scam money from the general public under the pretense that homes have been approved for them in a housing project purportedly being executed by the Ministry in the City of Belmopan, Cayo District". The Ministry has gotten a copy of a letter with the Ministry's letterhead and it is confirmed that it was not approved by the Ministry.
Sativa L On San Pedro Road
Police made a drug bust yesterday afternoon near San Pedro Village, Corozal. Police were on mobile patrol on the Phillip Goldson Highway when they spotted and searched 34 year old Corozal resident Albert Humes and 19 year old Belize City resident Shanice Humes. One of them was carrying a grey school bag with 6 pounds of weed. Police arrested and charged both of them for drug tracking.
Belize Girls One Down, One Up in Volleyball
This afternoon the Belize team played its second game in the U20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship. After losing their first match against Honduras last night in four sets, Team Belize came back to the court with a vengeance, handily beating the girls from El Salvador in four sets. After the game we got a chance to speak, Belize Volleyball Association President, Alan Sharp, and the team's captain and setter Allyanna Musa, about the team's performance...
The Clamour of Steel Pan, The Majesty of Choral
Most of you are familiar with the expansive elegance of Choral music, and of course you all know the hype and energy that brings the Steel pan to life. These two forms of music don't usually go together but the University of the West Indies Arts Choral and Arts Steel ensemble from Trinidad and Tobago, masterfully merges both. 46 students are in Belize to perform and also to host workshops. We caught up with the group at the Bliss as they rehearsed for their show tonight. Music Director and Conductor Jessel Murray told us just how special this blend of music is.
GSU Found Lots Of Live Rounds
Last night on Reggae Street in Belize City, the GSU found 7 ounces of weed and 40 nine millimeter live rounds. The unit says they were conducting operations within the area of the Southside Gang. The items were found in an open lot and labelled as found property.
CARDI and UB Kumbaya
The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute known as CARDI and the University of Belize have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. They intend to collaborate in a number of areas in the agricultural sector.
Yesterday, in Belmopan CARDI's Executive Director, and the President of the University of Belize explained:
Following the signing, a Public Consultation on CARDI's Strategic Plan was held at the CARDI office which is at the National Agriculture & Trade Showgrounds.
Who Left Baby Boy to Die on East Canal?
Before nine o’clock this morning, the lifeless body of a baby was found by a sanitation worker at East Canal in Belize City. The full-term baby boy, with his umbilical [...]
San Pedranos Say No Bail for David and Anke Doehm
David and Anke Doehm are scheduled to appear in the Supreme Court this Friday for a bail hearing. The duo is spending time at the central prison in Hattieville having [...]
Ex-G.S.U. Boss Investigated for Fund Misappropriation
The Gang Suppression Unit has been under the leadership of Superintendent Andres Makin since the beginning of July when transfers within the Belize Police Department came into effect. While the [...]
Seine Bight Cook Killed in Road Accident
An accident early this morning claimed the life of thirty-nine-year-old Dorla Flores, a cook of Seine Bight village, Stann Creek District. According to police nineteen year old Obed Mojano of [...]
Dianne Finnegan: Mediation Agenda is for Country
Tonight, Youth Apprenticeship Program Coordinator and Mediator, Dianne Finnegan is lashing out at the recently installed Regional Commander of Eastern Division South, Marco Vidal. On Wednesday, the Senior Superintendent told [...]
Is CYDP Doing Its Job?
According to Finnegan, millions of dollars have been invested into organizations and institutions that work with at risk youths and gang members to curb criminal activities, with no success. Finnegan [...]
Belize City Center Near Completion
Two years after the start of construction, the Belize City Center is about to be completed. The multipurpose facility is state-of-the-art and can accommodate up to four thousand spectators. It [...]
Julio Valdez Tells Senate ‘Anybody’ Could Have Gotten Immigration Files
Before his investigation into Arthur Saldivar’s missing files expanded to look at their contents, former deputy of National Crimes Investigation Branch Julio Valdez was tasked with finding out how they [...]
Valdez Questioned Immigration About Ady Pacheco Counter Work
A few weeks ago, Immigration officer Ady Pacheco came to the Senate Special Select Committee and extensively detailed her work therein, including acting as a counter-clerk receiving applications for nationality, [...]
Mandamus Appeal On, But ComPol Says Kim was Investigated
Persuaded by the arguments of then-People’s United Party leader Francis Fonseca, Chief Justice of Belize Kenneth Benjamin ordered Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie by a writ of mandamus to criminally [...]
ComPol: I Will Sue If Accused of Giving Order to Stop File Investigation
The implication raised by ex-Superintendent Julio Valdez during his testimony on Wednesday was that someone above him suggested that he direct his energy to investigating strictly how Arthur Saldivar’s purloined [...]
B.S.I. Vs B.S.C.F.A. on Commercial Agreement
Will a twenty-two million dollar investment in the Tower Hill sugar mill proceed? American Sugar Refining/Belize Sugar Industries Limited and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association are butting heads over [...]
Corozal Family Charged in Weed Bust
There was another big drug bust on Wednesday up north in Corozal. Thirty-four-year-old Altamira, Corozal resident Albert Humes and nineteen-year-old Belize City resident Shanice Humes have been arrested and charged [...]
Testing the Routes for Carnival in Belize City
Last month we told you about the proposed new route for the annual Carnival Road March in September. In some quarters, the proposed route was not well-received. There were issues [...]
American Jailed for Hiding Money in Belize
A Florida national is headed to jail for using hidden Belize accounts to conspire to commit tax and bank fraud. Forty-eight-year-old Casey Padula of Port Charlotte, Florida, pleaded guilty in [...]
Housing Says No Projects Going On, Beware of Scammers
In a press release issued today, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development says that scam artists are attempting to hustle money from the public under the pretense that homes [...]
The U.W.I. Chorale to Perform in Belize
The UWI Arts Chorale, the premier choral ensemble of the University of the West Indies Saint Augustine Campus, and the UWI Arts Steel, the premier steel band ensemble, are on [...]
How to Prepare Your Will
Organizations working with and on behalf of older persons are tackling what can be a very touchy subject for families: preparing for the end of life and final distribution of [...]
CCU, MOE Dismiss COLA Plea on Medical Schools
Columbus Central University School of Medicine and the Ministry of Education have issued desultory responses to Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action’s public stunt in front of the Airport Road [...]
Healthy Living: Animals and Your Health
World Zoonosis Day is commemorated on the sixth of July each year. Pet owners and farmers may not often think about the myriad of transferrable diseases between animals to humans; [...]
ComPol's Memory Fails During Senate Select Committee Hearing
Another issue which the ComPol was compelled to address during yesterday’s hearing are reports that the security clearance requirement component to visa and nationality applications which were conducted by the Police was discontinued. Once more the ComPol and former Immigration CEO could not recall if this were so, in fact, he couldn’t even recall if the security clearance is required by the law.
Another Vega Land Scandal
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources Gaspar Vega and his family continue to be embroiled in major controversy involving questionable land deals. A report that appeared in the BELIZE TIMES of Sunday July 16th, reveals that the words “land grab” may be an understatement of the doings of the Vega family while Gaspar Vega was still the Minister in charge of lands.
CJC Students Make Belize Proud
The Caribbean Organization of National Telecommunications Organizations (CANTO) held its third annual CANTO CODE 3.0 Virtual Hackathon which was launched on June 17th and ran through to the 25th where a team of three Belizean students from Corozal Junior College who go by the name LXJ Code placed first in the competition that required them to build a mobile application.
BSCFA Responds To BSI/ASR
Tonight the contention continues to build between the BSCFA and BSI/ASAR, at the heels of a proposal made by ASR to invest twenty two million dollars to upgrade the factory in preparation of the coming changes in the EU market regime in October 2017. As we had previously reported for this investment to happen BSI/ASR is proposing to amend the 2015 cane purchase agreement to cement the current revenue share agreement as well as the payment formula for bagasse until 2022.
ComPol Oblivious To Immigration Irregularities
Yesterday we showed you parts of the testimonies of Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie and Retired Police Officer, former Superintendent Julio Valdez which dealt with what should have been a complete investigation by the Police Department on Immigration irregularities discovered by Valdez but which turned out to have been shelved somewhere at the Criminal Investigation Branch.