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Children encouraged to sign up for SPTL’s summer math camp
The San Pedro Town Library (SPTL), in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), USA, and Projects Abroad Belize will be introducing two math programs from Tuesday, August 1st to Thursday, August 3rd. With plenty of space available, volunteers are asking parents to sign their children up for a fun, interactive math camp.
This camp is geared for students struggling in the subject, and aims to give them an academic boost. From 1PM to 3PM, student’s aged 8 to 12 are welcome to come and get assistance from UNCW volunteers. For children aged five to seven, Projects Abroad will be offering help from 3PM to 4PM.
Pam Young, a UNCW volunteer, states that math is an important aspect of life. “Math is just more than numbers—it’s everywhere! You cannot take a step forward without using the concept of math. We want campers to implement math strategies, while helping them to enhance their math skills,” said Young. SPTL reminds all parents to register their children at the library.
WestJet announces new direct flight to Belize
On Monday, July 24th, WestJet announced its new non-stop weekly service between Calgary, Canada and Belize. Effective November 3, 2017, weekly direct flights will be departing Calgary on Fridays at 9:15AM and departing Belize at 3:45PM.
This service is part of the airline’s 2017-2018 winter schedule, which includes more flights from Calgary to Vancouver, Toronto, Fort McMurray, Kelowna, Brandon, Grande Prairie, Kitchener, Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, Palm Springs, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas. WestJet will now operate an average of 700 daily flights to 93 destinations: 37 in Canada, 22 in the United States, 33 within Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and one in Europe.
Miss Honduras Andrea Nicolle Salinas Godoy arrives
The final contestant for La Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant is here! Miss Honduras Andrea Nicolle Salinas Godoy arrived today along with reign Miss Costa Maya 2015 Gabriela Vanessa Salazar Valle.
Reina de la Costa Maya delegates officially sashed
Seven of the eight beautiful Reina de la Costa Maya contestants were officially introduced at Fido’s Courtyard during an official sashing ceremony held on Thursday, July 277th. Miss Belize Michelle Nuñez, Miss Costa Rica Glennys Medina Segura, Miss El Salvador Iris Yazmin Guerra, Miss Guatemala Lesly Fernanda Flores Sagastume, Miss Mexico Ximena Cardoso Gutierrez, Miss Nicaragua Danielle Nicole Hodgson Joseph and Miss Panama Maria Fernanda Jaspe were hosted to a delicious dinner courtesy of Fido’s, after which they introduced themselves and received their official sash from Manager Brian Cook.
A 13 year-old female student of San Pedro Town visited the San Pedro Police Station along with her mother and reported that sometime in December 2016, at about 5PM, her grand uncle went into her room and fondled her indecently. Police has since detained one person pending charges.
On Saturday, July 22nd, a 24 year-old female tourist visited the Caye Caulker Police Station and made a report. She indicated that the incident happened around 4AM on the same day. According to her statement, she was awakened by a male person who was on top on of her holding a knife to her face
CEO Ruth Meighan Deputizes for Hon Edmond Castro, Delivers Address at Opening of 39th Central American Port Forum
The Central American Commission for Maritime Transport (COCATRAM), in collaboration with the Belize Port Authority (BPA), Port of Belize and Port of Big Creek, is currently holding the 39th Central American Port Forum at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. The purpose of the Central American Isthmus Port Meeting (REPICA) is to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences through the discussion of port issues. It runs from Tuesday, July 25 until Friday July 28, 2017 and is attended by over 80 participants from the region.
The Main address declaring the conference open was delivered by CEO in the Ministry of Transport and National Emergency Management (with responsibility for Ports) Ruth Meighan, who spoke on behalf of the Minister, Hon Edmond Castro.
Sugar Cane Farmers seek to re-negotiate commercial agreement with ASR/BSI
The sugar industry in northern Belize has closed a record-breaking and successful sugar cane milling season this year. The results were beyond the industry’s projection, with more than 140 thousand tons of sugar milled despite the low volumes of sugar cane available during the season. As a result, American Sugar Refinery (ASR)/ Belize Sugar Industries (BSI) is planning an investment of $22 million US dollars for the enhancement of the sugar factory in Orange Walk. However, before anything is done, there are a couple of hurdles ahead for the industry, the first being the loss of quota in the European market for cane sugars. Then there is the issue of Belizean cane farmers requesting wider re-negotiation of the industry’s commercial agreement.
The commercial agreement signed in 2015, contains a clause related to a strategic development plan, which allows the associations or BSI to cancel the agreement beginning January 19, 2018. The agreement also states that if there is no contract for the purchasing and sale of sugar cane, by law, BSI will not accept cane from any farmer without a signed contract.
2017 Costa Maya Delegates Officially Sashed
Costa Maya delegates were officially sashed on Thursday July 27th, 2017 at Fido's Courtyard and Pier. They enjoyed a fabulous dinner and got to mingle and interact with locals and visitors of the island. Enjoying the music of the band while taking pictures and dancing was how the night ended.
Costa Maya is scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at the Hon. Louis Sylvester Sports Complex. Congrats and good luck to all the contestants vying for the title of Miss Costa Maya 2017.
Ministry Investigates Illegal Mining And Dredging On Ambergris Caye
The Ministry of Natural Resources has received complaints of elevated illicit mining and dredging activities within the marine environment surrounding San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The Mining Unit, along with the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Staff, is investigating these activities to confirm the extent and those involved.
Based on the outcome of the investigation the Ministry will take the necessary steps to address any infringement of regulations.
The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds the Public, specifically persons engaged in mining and dredging activities, that it is an offense to mine, prospect and/ or remove minerals without first obtaining a permit or license from the Mining Unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources. Any person who is found carrying out these activities without the requisite permit or license commits an offense and will be held liable on conviction to fines and/or imprisonment under the Mines and Minerals Act Chapter 226, Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000-2003.
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Taste of Belize Cuisine Festival Kicks Off in Taiwan
Belize cuisine is gracing the tables at The Cafe Restaurant of Shangri La Far Eastern Plaza Hotel in Taipei from 27th July through 13th August 2017. The Event, the Taste of Belize Cuisine Festival, is presented by the Embassy of Belize in Taiwan in partnership with the Central American Trade Office (CATO) and the Hotel.
The Taste of Belize opened at lunch time on July 27th to a packed restaurant of specially invited guests from the Diplomatic Corp, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Taiwan, public and private sector entities, and regular customers. Vice Foreign Minister H. E. Jose Maria Liu, Shangri La's Resident Manager Alexander Paul, and Embassy of Belize's Ambassador H.E. Diane Haylock spoke at the ceremony and broke ice along with CATO's Director H.E. Ingrid Hsing, and Belize's own celebrated Chef Jennie Staines of Elvi's Kitchen on San Pedro Ambergris Caye.
BELTRAIDE TALENT FAIR 2017
Through its technical units of BelizeINVEST and the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), BELTRAIDE is pleased to announce its first ever Talent Fair 2017 to be held at the BTEC Enterprise Room on the ITVET Compound on Freetown Road in Belize City on August 17, 18 and 19, 2017 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The aim of the Talent Fair is to enable potential employees to join BELTRAIDE’s employment database through a brief registration and interview in an effort to better match talent capacity with potential existing and future investments in Belize.
Cocono Bwai, Denise Castillo, the Belize Dance Company and Project Inebesei represent Belize at Expo Astana in Kazakhstan
Expo Astana is an International Exposition which began on June 10 and ends on September 10, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. 100 countries and over 10 international organizations will partake in discussions on this year’s theme, “Energy of the Future” to share in the development of a plan to control energy consumption around the world and to minimize damage to the environment. Hosting 100 countries in one location and with an expected 5 million visitors, the expo embraces the ability to showcase more than intellect and grants the attending countries the opportunity to showcase themselves in areas of Destination/Tourism, Trade in Goods & Services and Culture.
EXPORTBelize, BELTRAIDE is proud to be working with the selected Artists and Musicians to develop their craft and showcase their talent as a business in an international arena.
Corozal NICH workshop painting the Jade
Here's an youth mural painting workshop done by the Corozal NICH.
Queen of the West 2017 Presentation
The Queen of the West presentation is tomorrow night at CK's Sports Bar. The 5 contestants will be there for pictures and autographs from 8:00pm until 10:00pm.
"Queen of the West Presentation at CK Sports Bar & Restaurant Saturday July 29th 2017 at 8:00 PM!
Come on out, meet and greet the contestants! "
Last night was Reef ecology presentation
Thanks to Hol Chan Marine Reserve
THE BELIZEAN DIASPORA & ITS SERVICE TO BELIZE FOR DEVELOPMENT (PART THREE)
We here at Belizean Legends celebrate the formation of the Consortium for Belizean Development thirty-two years ago in Los Angeles, California. We honor those legendary Belizeans who stood the test of time and organized for Belize's development at home while resisting the backlash of vicious immigration laws since then that was imposed by one United States president after the next. Now as the new president of the U.S., Donald Trump, has imposed more aggressive and draconian immigration laws, it is unclear what the Belizean diaspora agenda have become almost two decades after the demise of the Belizean consortium.
MYRNA MANZANARES & THE CREOLE IDENTITY!
The legendary black Belizean woman, Myrna Manzanares has transcended Belizean social work, poetry and struggle from the Los Angeles Belizean diaspora community to her repatriation to Belize in the mid 80's to continue her never ending work of giving to people and country with all her being and sincerity.
Her dynamic work in the Belizean community in Los Angeles has compiled volumes in terms of her contribution to Belizean organizing in the diaspora, and her relentless 'open packie' and outspoken way of telling it like it is. Myrna was a force to be reckon with as an organizer in the Belizean diaspora, and transfer her knowledge as an expatriate Belizean to Belize to further her quest for black identity, and to become an instrumental figure in the Belize Creole Council in Belize.
POEMS BY SAMUEL HAYNES IN 1933!
Tribute To The Legends: Samuel Haynes!. Apart from the poem that became Belize's national anthem today, "Lands of the Gods", one of Belize's most astute renaissance man and international ambassador, Samuel Haynes also wrote other poems like the ones seen here in this expose we here at Belizean Legends call, "Tribute to the Legends: Samuel Haynes!" Check it out!
Activities to Commemorate Emancipation Day in Belize
ISCR and the Museum of Belize are collaborating with the UBAD Educational Foundation in their hosting of Activities to Commemorate Emancipation Day in Belize. Yes Slavery was also a part of the Belizean Story. We must not forget. We are here because they were here. Please feel free to join in on any of the activities beginning on July 31st,2017. The highlight will be a lecture by Dr. Patricia Rodney!
Women's Empowerment Seminar
July 29, 9am-12pm, UWI Auditorium, Belize City
BELIZE FILM COMMISSION MARKETS BELIZE IN CALIFORNIA
For the third year in a row the Belize Film Commission - NICH has hosted an event in Southern California that focuses on wooing Hollywood producers and investors to Belize and connecting with members of our Belizean Diaspora willing to support Belize’s film industry.
During the successful luncheon held on July 22nd at the Pacific Palisades home of Belizean-Americans, Dr. Yvonne Goff and Mr. David Fairweather, guests were treated to a virtual reality experience by CEO Ryan Moore of Experience 360° using VR headsets, the screening of Yochi, the winning short film at the 2016 Belize International Film Festival directed by Ilana Lapid and shot entirely on location in Belize; and, a surprise unveiling of a painting of the Deputy Prime Minister of Belize by artist, John Barge III.
Costa Maya Delegates enjoy a night of dancing, laughter, pictures and a delicious Mayan Buffet by Elvis Kitchen!
World Breastfeeding Week Photo Contest
Interested persons can email their pictures to [email protected]
World Breastfeeding Week is August 1st - 7th, 2017. In commemoration of World Breastfeeding Week, the Ministry of Health in partnership with PAHO/WHO Belize and INCAP will be offering prizes for photo submissions depicting the beauty and support in breastfeeding.
A day spent on the new market in Finkasolana Corozal
This products are sold cheaper than the usual price at the Corozal Market. I saw menonites selling, a tent that sets up from 2am, new building. I saw coconuts, watermelon, mangoes, papaya, cucumber sold for 1$ a pound, 2$ a pound for plantin, @ lots more. This tents are set up every friday and monday.
Today is the big opening of the New Odettes Home Center here in Corozal!
Music, giveaways and discounts in store. We are now located at Corner 5th Avenue and 2nd Street South formerly known as Sky Top! See you there. Come out and check what odettes has in store.
Raptor Certification Program
Our Raptor Certification Program application deadline (August 1) is approaching. We have received a number of applications, but would like to have more. Please submit your applications ASAP! Please spread the word to all Belizeans.
Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity. There is no certification program like it in Central America. Also, we cover your costs.
Submit your application to [email protected]
Cacao demonstration plot
Ya'axche's Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator Eugenio Ah visited farmer Vicente Makin to begin establishing a 1-acre cacao demonstration plot on a slope that was once used to grow corn. Vicente along with his sons Paul, Sebastian and dog Delia are identifying the contour of the slope using an A-frame. Vicente's ingenuity and vision of adopting and modifying smart farming techniques are inspiring!
10 Years For Bert Vasquez
Bert Vasquez, the accused girl killer who was convicted of forceable abduction and indecent assault, will spend 10 years in jail for those crimes.
That's the sentence that Justice Adolph Lucas handed him this afternoon at the conclusion of the mitigation hearing. You'll remember that about 2 weeks ago, a jury of 9 found him guilty of kidnapping a girl - who was 16 years-old at the time - at gunpoint. She testified that he forced her to enter his vehicle near the Pound Yard bus stop in Belize City. He then drove her to Ladyville, where he assaulted her, humiliated her, and forced her to perform sexual acts on him at gunpoint.
Justice For Sylvan's Senseless Murder
In December 2011, Sylvan Roberts Jr. was murdered in front of his wife and kids at their Santa Elena home - all for just $50. The 2 accused murderers were found guilty today when they appeared before Justice Antionette Moore in Belmopan. They are Hillview area residents 26 year old Donovan Casildo in the long sleeve brown shirt and 21 year old Bryan Clark in white. They were remanded into prison until September 29th for mitigation.
Both men allegedly broke into the Roberts' residence while they were asleep that night in December. They gained entry by breaking the living room window. Roberts was awakened by that sound and when he went out to check, he was shot to the armpit. Robert's wife came out afterwards but raced back to the room where her daughters were when she saw the masked men.
Doehm's Domicile Under Scrutiny In Port Loyola
American couple David and Anke Doehm may have moved out of San Pedro - but they continue to face harassment. Today's Amandala reports that they are staying at this non-descript home in the Port Loyola area and residents of the area want them out. We spoke to one resident who says the community wants to organize a protest - but police have asked him to hold it down for the time being. Police have instituted hourly patrols in the area. The resident told us that there are "about 50" children living in the area and their parents are concerned for their safety.
Taiwan's Foreign Minister Got What He Came For
Taiwan's Foreign Minister, Dr. David Lee wrapped up his 48 hour visit to Belize this morning. It's the longest stay of any Taiwanese Official since Vice President Wu Den-Yih visited in 2012.
And Lee came at the right time: 6 weeks after Panama dumped Taiwan and switched its alliance to mainland China.
So Lee came to Belize to sign a big money agreement, and to make sure that this country was still confidently in Taiwan's camp. At the end of the trip, he told us he is satisfied.
Comparing Belize/Guatemala and Taiwan/China
And while Lee was here shoring up alliances, he has plenty of worries back home in Taiwan. That's because his government - which is seeking independence - has enraged China - which still claims the island nation. So, in a sense, just like Belize and Guatemala, Taiwan has a territorial problem with its neighbor. Now, China is one of the world's great powers, Guatemala is not anywhere near - but we asked Lee where Taiwan comes down on the Belize-Guatemala issue - not surprisingly, he was right in the middle:
What Cutbacks? Foreign Minister Says ICDF Program May Be Extended In Belize
And we also got to ask the foreign minister about the Taiwan ICDF program. Every year about two dozen Belizean students receive scholarships to Taiwanese Universities which includes a round trip economy class ticket, accommodations, tuition fees, credit fees, insurance, textbook costs, and a monthly allowance. It's the best scholarship program on offer but recently we've heard Belizean students in Taiwan express concern that they are scaling back some of the benefits of the program, like that round trip ticket home. We asked the Foreign Minister today of there are plans tow downscale the programme:
Man Fatally Shot In Santa Elena, Was It Self-Defence?
A man used his licensed weapon to shoot and kill another man who was chopping him. It happened last night at 9:00 in Santa Elena, Cayo. 31 year old Nevis Bethancourt got into a fight with 37 year old Jose Nunez Castellanos at a restaurant at the corner of Eden Road and the George Price Highway - which is a few hundred feet up from the Santa Elena Roundabout. Police report that Nunez-Castellanos chopped the Bethancourt's right hand, and raised his machete to chop him again - and that's when Bethancourt pulled this licensed 9 millimeter pistol and shot him multiple times.
Special Constable Tried To Intervene Got Stabbed
And keeping it in Cayo, a police special constable was stabbed yesterday morning when he tried to break up a fight.
Yesterday morning at 6:30, 45 year old Eusterio Verano COC was on his way to the bus stop in San Antonio Village when he saw Amir Tzib assaulting another man with a machete.
Coc went to take away the machete from Tzib and was asking away with it when Tzib stabbed him with a knife. Coc swung around with the machete he had just taken away and cut Tzib. Special Constable Coc then ran away to get medical attention while Tzib was arrested pending charges.
The Twist In The Jaguar's Tale
Yesterday we told you about a problem jaguar that was caught in the Northern Lagoon area in the Belize District. The farm owners held the cat long enough for the Forest Department to extract the jaguar, and deliver it to the Belize Zoo for rehabilitation. However, once there, things did not go quite as expected. Alex Courtenay reports on the terrible twist in this jaguar's tale.
Over the last few months, this farm in the Northern Lagoon area has served as a hunting grounds for a mature, male jaguar. According to the farm's owner, dozens of sheep, cows and geese have gone missing since the predator set up shop.
In an attempt to stop the jaguar from feasting on the livestock, a trap was set up on the outskirts of the farm, and after three days, the jaguar was caught. The Forest Department and Belize Zoo were then called to the scene to extract the problem animal.
Taken in isolation, each of land cases all appear above board, but as a collective, the suggest that land ownership was being funneled to members of the Vega family.
So, here's how it works. There are a number of recurring names of private citizens who keep showing up in the documents. It appears that between 2014 and 2015, when Gaspar Vega was the Minister in charge, these persons went in to the Lands Department and applied to purchase parcels of land in the Spanish Creek area of along the Belize River. They were then granted the option to buy the land, which they did, for a few thousand dollars. The land documents say that within a few months, these new land owners then sell their title to 2 members of the Vega family.
Other documents say the same thing was done with Ramsey Caye, which is in the Belize District, but a few miles south of Belize City. Again, people went in applied to buy different parcels of land on Ramsey Caye. They were granted permission and paid several thousand dollars. A few months later, the land was transferred over to these same members of the Vega family.
Cocono Bwai Da Kazakhstan!
Performers Denise Castillo and Cecil "Cocono Bwai" Jenkins Jr are a long way from home - in Astana, Kazakhstan which is in Eastern Europe.
They are part of the EXPORTBelize, BELTRAIDE contingent at Expo Astana, where Belize is one of a hundred countries welcoming an expected 5 million visitors.
They left Belize on Sunday July 23rd, and will return on Wednesday August 2nd after performing cultural music in 30 minute performances, 3 times a day, for 3 days.
A Sports Camp For Hundreds In Their Own Hoods
The National sports council hosted over 200 children at sports camps featuring volleyball, basketball, football and softball over the past two weeks.
But this year, they did things differently; they took the camps to the kids. The acting national sports coordinator and the sports director explained:
Getting Ready For CODICADER
We also got to ask Jones about the upcoming CODICADER games in Honduras. As we reported 10 days ago - Belize managed to avoid a two year ban and has been invited to participate.
So, the sports council is getting ready to take a full contingent of student athletes to Tegucigalpa Honduras on August 20th. This was finalized at a technical meeting in Honduras earlier this week.
Jones told us how many:...
Ian Jones - Director of Sports:
"We have been doing all the paper works in terms of getting the athletes information together, the school information, send it back to CODICADER. So far we have commitment from all the major disciplines and now it's a matter of putting everything together, putting the resources behind it..."
Taiwan and Belize Meet In The Middle
As we've been reporting, the Taiwanese Foreign Minister, Dr. David Lee left Belize today after a 48 Horus visit. He got what eh came for - which is an assurance that Belize will stick with Taiwan, and Belize got a 60 million US dollar package of loans and grants.
But, for the Taiwanese - it really is about more than just money. They have invested plentifully in giving Belize technical assistance in areas such as agriculture, aquaculture and information technology. But, to be honest, many times their programs don't catch on, because Taiwan is too advanced for Belize where the pace of adaptation and change can be slow.
Dara Does It Again for Hunger
On Sunday, Joel "Dara" Robinson is organizing his 6th Annual Ride for hunger. Now, you've seen Dara on our newscast for years as he struggles to raise the funds for his feeding program. He and his team work to keep underprivileged children fed so that they can go to school and actually learn, instead of worrying about where their next meal will come from.
He's hoping that those supporters of his Ride for Hunger will come out and contribute so that he can keep the program alive. And today, his co-organizer, Kwame Scott, stopped by to ask that the public come out. Here's what he had to say:
10 Years for Bert Vasquez on Abduction, Sex Charges
Last Friday, Bert Vasquez, convicted by a jury on July tenth of forcible abduction, sexual assault, and harm against a sixteen-year-old minor, which occurred back in May of 2011, continued [...]
Fatal Altercation in Santa Elena: Man Shot to Death, Victim in Hospital with Chop Wounds
There was a fatal shooting overnight in Santa Elena Town that claimed the life of a Honduran construction worker. Thirty-seven-year-old Jose Leonardo Nunez Castellanos was found lying face down under [...]
Dangriga’s Nisani Garcia Acquitted of 2014 Murder Charges
Also from the Supreme Court, on Wednesday Dangriga resident Nisani Garcia was acquitted of a murder charge following trial before Justice Denis Hanomansingh. He was accused of the shooting death [...]
Recreational Marijuana User Takes Additional Jail Time
He says he uses marijuana to relax his mind. But Aaron Flowers was sentenced to further jail time on a charge of possession of controlled substances after changing his plea [...]
Northern Fishermen Co-Op Workers Up in Arms Over Minimum Wage
Last week you heard Opposition member and Lake I Representative Cordel Hyde say that living on the minimum wage is killing the poor people in Belize. He spoke of the [...]
Taiwanese Foreign Minister in Belize; Decries Relations with People’s Republic
Taiwanese Foreign Minister David Lee concluded a three-day working visit to Belize this morning, his final stop being a tour of the Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence on Mahogany Street. [...]
Taiwan Hopes for Peace between Belize and Guatemala
Foreign Minister Lee also shared his thoughts on the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute, stating only that it is Taiwan’s wish that both countries eventually arrive at a peaceful solution to the [...]
Taiwanese Hail Agricultural Partnership
On Thursday, Doctor Lee headed west to Central Farm where he toured the agriculture and tilapia hatchery facilities headed by the Taiwanese Mission. He shared his reaction to what he [...]
TIDE, MARFUND Wrap Up Million-Dollar Project in South
The Meso American Reef, like many other coral reef systems, is vulnerable to a number of threats, including coastal development, habitat loss, overfishing and unsustainable fishing. Similarly, climate change increases [...]
Pathlight Prepares Teachers and Administrators for the New School Year
For the first time in ten years, an annual teacher training conference, previously organized and held in the west, was hosted at the Radisson in Belize City. Pathlight has been [...]
Belize’s Artistic Future on Display at ICA Summer Camp
The annual Creative Arts Camp organized by the Institute of Creative Arts culminated today with a routine showcase of what the young performers have learned at the camp. Over the [...]
Belizean Artists to Astana International Expo
Cocono Bwai, Denise Castillo, the Belize Dance Company and Project Inebesei are tonight in Kazakhstan representing Belize at Expo Astana. The international trade show began on June tenth and ends on September tenth, 2017, with [...]
“Dara” Robinson Sets Off on Ride for Hunger
Popular Belizean philanthropist Dara Robinson is preparing once again for the school year ahead by hosting the sixth annual Ride for Hunger. The event takes place this Sunday where the [...]
Preview of Lucky Dube Tribute Concert Next Weekend
Isle where Dara and friends have organized the tenth annual Lucky Dube Tribute. As usual, fans of reggae music and those wanting to contribute to the feeding program are being [...]
Belize’s Bright Future in Agriculture
In a recent report presented by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), it had reported positively on the agriculture sector for Belize. Agriculture Minister, Godwin Hulse told Love News that SIB was accurate as he gave us an update on the progress of the agricultural sectors. GODWIN HULSE “That is absolutely good news because that […]
SSB Lending Rates: A Little High For Citrus Farmers
On July 3 we told you of the ten million dollar facility that the Social Security Board had established for citrus growers. According to SSB, they are keeping with its strategy to participate in responsible, productive domestic investment aimed at growing and sustaining the fund and to contribute to the long term sustainability of the […]
SSB’s Consultations on Increased Contributions Conclude
Earlier this year, the Social Security Board embarked on a nationwide consultation with stakeholders. The purpose was to get feedback in regards to a possible increase of social security contributions for employees who are earning between 300 and 500 dollars per week. The consultancy concluded and today the SSB presented the findings to its stakeholders […]
CWU’s Agreement Almost Finalized with SSB
In May we told you about the walk out staged by employees of Social Security Board who are also members of the Christian Workers Union. Those employees protested over the impasse on their collect bargaining agreement. Fast-forward two months to tonight and it seems that both parties are on the same page. CEO Dr. Colin […]
TIDE Reaps Fruits Via The Mar Fund
On Thursday the German Embassy showcased some of the accomplishments of the MAR Fund German Cooperation project which is implemented by the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE). Executive Director of MAR Fund, Maria Jose Gonzalez gave an overview of the regional MAR Fund German Cooperation Project in the region. MARIA JOSE GONZALEZ “We […]
The Struggles of a Small University Like UB
Yesterday Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat was officially installed as the President of the University of Belize. During his almost hour long speech, Professor Sankat spoke about what he has experienced at the University and what he plans to accomplish as the head of the country’s national university. Professor Sankat also spoke about the challenges facing […]
New Programs … New Fees At UB
The University of Belize is offering new programs in the upcoming academic year but it will come with an increased cost. According to the President, Clement Sankat, the new programs include Business Management, Medical Laboratory, Early Childhood Education, Pharmacy and Agriculture. Sankat explained that the fees are necessary to keep the university operational. CLEMENT SANKAT […]
13 Years for Bert Vasquez in Abduction Case
Thirty three year old Bert Vasquez was sentenced today by Justice Adolph Lucas. Vasquez was sentenced to ten years for forcible abduction which carries a maximum prison sentence of thirteen years. He was also given the maximum sentence of three years for the crime of aggravated assault of an indecent nature. The sentences are to […]
Guilty Trio Sentenced on 8th Anniversary of James Young’s Homicide
Three men were sentenced to prison today for the 2009 murder of taxi man, James Young. Pauline Soberanis Tillett has the details. PAULINE SOBERANIS TILLETT “Three men 34 year old Sherlock Myvette of Esperanza Village, 32 year old Matthew Gentle and 26 year old Ricardo Tzul both of Roaring Creek Village appeared before Magistrate Antoinette […]
Julius Advises PUP To ‘Go For The Kill’
Municipal elections are about six and a half months away and the machinery for both main political parties are beginning to rev up as they enter campaign mode. For the People’s United Party, we spoke with Cayo South Representative, Julius Espat who told Love News that he is not assisting any of the western municipalities […]