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Scotiabank Belize announces closing of branch offices
Scotiabank Belize announced today that it will be closing its Spanish Lookout Branch effective April 20, 2018 and its Placencia Branch effective June 22, 2018.
Like any organization, Scotiabank continuously reviews its operations on a local and global scale to ensure we meet the needs of our customers while maximizing operational efficiencies.
Scotiabank is now focused on ensuring our customers are informed of these changes and guiding them through this process. We are also committed to supporting our employees through this transition while staying true to our principles of treating employees, fairly, equitably and with respect.
San Pedro’s PUP 7 launches Manifesto on Ambergris Caye
The Belize Rural South People’s United Party (PUP) slate launched their manifesto on Saturday, February 17th in front of Evelia Paz residence at the end of Barrier Reef Drive in San Pedro Town. As the 2018 Municipal Elections draw near, the event gave the opportunity to the aspiring candidates to present what they want to accomplish if they manage to be elected. Present at the launch was PUP Mayoral Candidate, André Pérez, the six councilor candidates and PUP Party Leader, John Briceño, who addressed a large crowd of supporters.
The event began at 9PM, with Master of Ceremonies, Alex Nuñez, welcoming the attendees and thanking them for their presence. This was followed by the singing of the National Anthem, and the national prayer by Santos Acosta. Nuñez then invited the first counselor to the podium, Ruben Navidad, who thanked the attendees for their support and decided to speak on the street conditions of the island and other infrastructural issues.
BEL Establishes Relationship with CFE Affiliate
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has established a new relationship with Mexico’s Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) through its affiliate company, CFE Calificados to create new opportunities for energy trade. A new Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was signed today with CFE Calificados, enabling BEL to purchase more power from Mexico when prices are low. This new agreement replaces the previous PPA with CFE.
U.S. Embassy holds annual Town Hall meeting on Ambergris Caye
Citizens of the United States of America (U.S.) who live on Ambergris Caye convened at The Blue Water Grill on Friday, February 16th to attend the annual Town Hall meeting sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America in Belize. Representatives from the Embassy addressed the group of expatriates at the lunch meeting. Yomaris Macdonald, Consular Chief, opened the town hall and provided Consular updates and information about what services the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of U.S. Embassy Belmopan’s Consular Section provides to U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Belize. Macdonald also introduced U.S. Wardens for Ambergris Caye Jeff Bella and Tamara Sniffin and explained that as volunteers they are here to assist expats in contacting the appropriate Embassy officials when needed. Following Macdonald, Julie Yapp, Assistant Regional Security Officer, gave a security briefing. Yapp informed that the Embassy security officers are Federal Law Enforcement Officers and they are here to assist local law agencies when a U.S. citizen is involved. She pointed out that the Embassy does not interfere with the legal process, but they can assure that proper procedure is followed.
San Pedro High School Holds Fun Career Week 2018
San Pedro High School celebrated Career Week from Monday, February 12, 2108 to Friday, February 16, 2018 under the theme “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together”, it was a week full of events including general assemblies with motivating speakers, students dressing up and an unforgettable closing ceremony.
Students got to hear a very motivational and fun general assembly with a very popular Belizean person, Oceana Belize’s Janelle Chanona. Janelle spoke to the student body about her studies, her dreams and her goals. She shared with them how she wanted to be a marine biologist but while studying she crossed paths in the journalist field and found out she can be a lawyer, a marine biologist and much more while in that field. She loved her job even though it wasn't what she had dreamed of becoming she then became the chairperson of Oceana Belize where she has become and advocate to help save our beautiful Barrier Reef.
Successful Fundraiser Held For Charlie Trent
Recently Charlie was diagnosed with complications from a stroke, so his friends jumped in to give Charlie much needed financial help to combat medical needs. On Sunday, February 11, 2018, Dianne Lawrence (AKA Quicksilver), with the huge help from Carlo and Ernie, Runway Bar, a fundraiser was held from noon to 5pm. The festivities included music by Dennis Wolfe, Jr., Carlos Jex and Gary, followed later by DJ Trax. Travelers Rum donated bottles of rum not only for raffling off, but sales from the product offered 25% donation to the cause. A bake sale offered everything from cheesecakes and pints of curry sauce to cakes, cookies and even doggie biscuits!
Charlie Trent, AKA Charlie T., has been in San Pedro for a long time. Charlie became a friend to many after retiring here some 15 years ago. Charlie suffered a bad stroke but that didn’t put him down – oh no! Fighting back, you can find him most of the times at Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar & Grill or up at Sandy Toes enjoying visits with his friends and fellow SP Walk-a-Holics!
Movie Casting Call In Belize
Hi! My name is Grecia Méndez and I am casting manager for the movie “Tragic Jungle”, under the direction of the distinguished Mexican filmmaker, Yulene Olaizola. We are currently looking for Belizean talent to play the main character; also, two secondary characters, as well as extras.
I am reaching out to the Belizean Community through Ambergris Today to announce the casting event that will be held in Belize City very soon and it is very important for us to be able to contact as much candidates as possible. It is a very big opportunity to be able to participate in this international and prime project and we are very excited in this collaboration with Belize.
Environmental Screening & Regularization Of Existing Hotels
The Department of the Environment (DOE) has been working in conjunction with the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) in ensuring that existing and new hotel facilities are compliant with the environmental laws of Belize, particularly in obtaining environmental clearance. For the BTB, this is a pre-requisite for the renewal of the hotel license.
Belize Electricity Limited Signs A New Power Purchase Agreement With Mexico
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has established a new relationship with Mexico’s Comision Federal de Electrcidad (CFE) through its affiliate company. CFE Calificados to create new opportunities for energy trade.
A new Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was signed on Monday with CFE Calificados, enabling BEL to purchase more power from Mexico when prices are low. This new agreement replaces the previous PPA with CFE.
Misc Belizean Sources
Kindy take note of Archeological site update
WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2018:
ALL ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE OPEN FOR VISITATION.
THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE UNTIL THIS SITUATION CHANGES.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES. LIFE VEST IS MANDATORY AT CAVE SITES.
Paint N Splash
Join us on Thursday from 2-4pm to paint “Tie Dye Leaves”.
Remember to sign up on the website to save your spot!
Blackfish spotted in coastal Belize!
This image (and coming videos) come from a captain who observed this group west of the Drowned Cayes. We are currently working to confirm if these are false killer whales or melon-head whales. Importantly, these are deepwater animals in Belize and their presence in shallow lagoon waters could mean they are lost, disoriented, and may possibly strand. If anyone has information on these animals or knows captains regularly passing through the Drowned Cayes, please be on the lookout and please let us know if you see them! This is one of a handful of sightings of this species in Belize, and if they do strand, we may be able to help them!
Redesigned Visitor's Center at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
As part of our co-management agreement with the Government of Belize, BAS continues in its engagement of environmental education and visitor management of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary with a re-introduced Visitor's Center.
Through environmental education and advocacy to visitors, BAS Staff have engaged with tourists and Belizeans alike, and up to ~1,000+ school-aged children in a year. We are elated to re-introduce infrastructure back into the Sanctuary as we prepare to continue sharing the value of conservation!
Annual Reef Week swim across the English Caye Channel
Join us for the annual #ReefWeek swim across the English Caye Channel on Monday, March 12th in support of all things awesome about our Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage site.
Started in 2013, Reef Week is an initiative led by "Reef-minded" organizations coming together to celebrate Belize’s national resources, through a week-long celebration nationwide!
South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Wednesday FEBRUARY 21st @ 7:00pm.
LONE STAR GRILL AND CANTINA.
Agenda: (subject to change)
7:10 Treasurer’s Report,
7:20 Introduction of a Patrol Officer,
7:30 Incident Report,
7:40 Neighborhood Updates,
7:50 New Business,
8:00 Open floor.
PLEASE ATTEND AND BRING A NEIGHBOR!
San Pedro Town Council Closed Today
The San Pedro Town Council hereby advises the general public that its offices will be closed tomorrow, February 21st, 2018, due to Elections 2018 Nomination Day.
We will resume to regular working hours on Thursday, February 22, 2018.
We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.
Barrier Reef Drive closed for Nomination Day
Drivers are advised to avoid the town center Wednesday the 21st unless you are supporting the political parties. It will be very busy and Barrier Reef Drive will be closed as the different political parties arrive at the Town Hall to carry out the nomination process. Please be patient if you are held up and follow any instructions given by the Traffic Wardens or Police.
We also remind people that there will be NO parking outside the Town Hall. Vehicles will be removed if they are in the way. We must allow both parties free access to the Town Hall.
Thank you for your under standing.
THE CJC EXPO AND TRADE SHOW 2018
We all have been waiting for this day. PIN it on your diary. "Each year, the Corozal Junior College continues to strive “In Pursuit of Excellence.” Through our programs and school sponsored events, such as the ANNUAL CJC EXPO AND TRADE SHOW 2018, we have seen many students’ lives changed for the better. We have provided students with hands-on and practically real experiences as they simulate owning a business. The success of the event can be measured by the number of students who emerge better prepared from this experience when they eventually face the workplace.
In particular, the EXPO AND TRADE SHOW has enjoyed great success in the past years. Many of our students have been able to enter society as productive citizens in the workplace and as proactive citizens establishing businesses of their own.
Benque Elderly Appreciation Day
The Benque DYS teamed up with the Benque Youth Group and Helpage Benque to have an Elderly Appreciation Day. They got the Benque Viejo Marimba Band to play at the event. Lots of smiling faces there.
DYS Benque Youth Center collaborated with the Benque Viejo Volunteers Youth Group and Helpage Benque to host their first Elderly Appreciation Day. The purpose of the event was for the youth group members to show their appreciation to the elders in their community. They did so by sharing a luncheon together filled with delicious food and great music. The music was provided by the Benque Viejo Marimba band “Voz de la Celba”. One of the main highlights of the day occurred when the youth interviewed the elders on how life in Benque Viejo was during their youth and what their recommendations are on how they would want to see the Benque Community today.
No more than 125 pairs of macaws are believed to exist in the wilds of Belize. We can help build that number by protecting them. Join us on this effort.
U.S. Embassy Town Hall Meeting in PUnta Gorda
Thursday, February 22 at 10 AM - 12 PM, The Sea Front Inn
4 Front St., Punta Gorda. At the meeting, we will introduce staff from the Embassy who provide assistance to U.S. citizens in Belize, discuss the services the U.S. Embassy provides, and answer questions you may have about our services. Topics include: security in Belize, hurricane preparedness, and information on renewing your passport via DHL.
Limited consular public services will be offered (cash; exact change required):
MAYA STORY: THE PHEASANT,DEER AND THE RATTLE SNAKE
Long ago, but a long time ago, Mr. Itzamná decided to create a land that was so beautiful that everyone who knew it would want to live there, in love with its beauty. Then he created El Mayab, the land of the elect, and planted in it the most beautiful flowers that adorned the roads, created huge cenotes whose crystalline waters reflected the light of the sun and also deep caverns full of mystery.
Later, Itzamná gave the new land to the Maya and chose three animals to live forever in El Mayab and whoever thought of them would remember it immediately. Those chosen by Itzamná were the pheasant, the deer and the rattlesnake. The Maya lived happily and were in charge of building palaces and stone cities. Meanwhile, the animals chosen by Itzamná never tired of touring the Mayab.
Caretaker Hacked To Death In San Ignacio
The murder count for 2018 keeps growing. A farm caretaker was killed out west - chopped to death and his body found this morning at around 11:30.
After getting a call, Police found 24 year old Gian Carlos Espat's body inside a house at the Capital Heights Farm in the Trapeche area of Santa Elena. He had been chopped several times behind the head. Information is that his body was on the bed and he was covered up to his chest with a white sheet. A bucket of blood was also in front of him.
Reports say he was last seen yesterday evening drinking with two other men in the Cayo area.
Toddler Fell In the Well, Found The Morning After
And from violence in the west to tragedy down south - a 3 year old baby boy drowned in a well in Silk Grass, Hopkins. His mother, 24 year old Chelsey Castillo told police that between 1:00 and 4:00 yesterday afternoon her 3 year old son Keon was playing with friends in Silk Grass - where the toddler lives with his grandmother. When the grandmother - went looking him around 4:00, he was nowhere to be found.
But, the mother - who lives. down the road in Hopkins - didn't report him missing to police until 5:30 this morning. And one hour later - at 6:35 they found him floating face down in a 6 foot deep well in Silk Grass.
Police say the body had no sign of physical injuries.
The Lesson of Linda’s Death
The issue of domestic violence continues to be the center of the national discourse since Saturday, when the news spread that 46 year-old Hermelinda Pinks-Emmanuel and her husband, Jason Emmanuel, were found dead inside their Belize City home. The theory is that Jason shot Linda in the head, and that he then turned his gun on himself and committed suicide.
The big question that everyone wants answered is why did this happen? Well, Linda's family, who have been very forthcoming with the press, have told us that the couple had marital problems over the issue of infidelity.
Senior Citizen Stabbed During Home Invasion
Around 2:00 this afternoon, there was a home invasion at a house on Morning Glory Street in the St. Martin's area of Belize City - and it ended up with a senior citizen being stabbed.
Reports say two men climbed on the verandah of the house and entered through an open door. The men stabbed a 77-year-old man who was in the house and took a phone and cash. Fortunately he was only injured to the hand.
Capital Cops Caught Stolen Hyundai
This 2010 Hyundai Tucson with Cayo plates was stolen from Guatemala - and will be returned to its country of origin. That's what Belmopan police say after investigation led them to the vehicle which was registered in Punta Gorda. Interestingly, it is registered to a police officer - but it cannot be established that he knowingly bought a stolen vehicle.
The vehicle was brought into the country, fraudulently registered - and then sold on the market as legitimate.
Two Daughters Accused of Mashing Up Mom’s House
Two women have been charged for trashing their mothers Roaring Creek home. 57 year old Daphne Hanson reported that she and a couple friends were at her house on Sunday afternoon When her daughters, Beverly Hanson and Jessica Wagner showed up at the house. She said they were upset with her choice of company. When Hanson wouldn't get rid of her friends, her daughters got into a rage, and allegedly grabbed a knife and a machete and ripped up her sofa set, destroyed her TV, DVD player and stereo system, all to a total value of $2,800. Both were charged with one count of damage to property. In court, they were granted bail of $1000. The conditions are that Hanson and Wagner are not to contact or go within 100 yards of their mother. Their court case was adjourned until April 20th.
Living A Belizean Dream
Our next two stories are about a pair of Belizean sister resorts - which have consistently garnered top honours in Trip Advisors' Travelers' Choice Awards.
Now, we always report on these awards - and all the posh resorts that usually only tourists visit. But, this weekend, Courtney Weatherburne and cameraman Codie Norales wanted to try it for themselves. So - with the assistance of the ownership group - they travelled down south to visit the Coco Plum Island Resort and Belizean Dreams Resort.
We start on-shore at Belizean Dreams in Hopkins:...
Matt and Dara spent most of their Friday evening lounging on the breezy beachside in Hopkins. From the looks of things, it may seem that they have known each other for years but really, they just met.
And there is nothing that says "life long bond" better than a shared Belikin beer. But they really owe their new friendship to the lively and open atmosphere at Belizean Dreams Resort.
World Class: Coco Plum Island Resort
And from there Courtney and Codie took a boat over to Cocoa Plum Island Resort which has the distinct honour of getting named in the Trip Advisor awards for being among the top 10 hotels in the world for Best Small Hotels.
Courtney found out how they've earned that mark of distinction:..
A 30 minute boat ride off the coast of Dangriga lands you in paradise - Coco Plum Island and Resort. And with that sweet tropical blend, the island fun begins.
There is something to do everyday - these buddies enjoy going at the corn hole. These guests like to challenge each other at a few rounds of horse shoe. While this crowd loves hanging out by the bar and eating delicious beef tacos.
Others rather be pampered at the spa. And if that isn't enough, there are plenty of other activities and tours guests can enjoy.
And I went on one of those tours - my first time snorkeling. It was terrifying at first but once I got the breathing technique down, the sea opened up to me:
Belize and Nigeria Sign Tech. Cooperation Agreement
Yesterday we told you about the three new ambassadors that came to Belize and presented their credentials. Janet Olisa was one of the ambassadors from Nigeria.
Today she held a press conference to discuss a new technical agreement that was signed between Nigeria and Belize.
Mrs. Janet Omoleegho Olisa, Nigerian High Commissioner to Belize:
"Nigeria Belize is a very important relationship for us. In the sense that we are one people that have passed over the centuries of movement to the transatlantic. We are grateful for the ability to reconnect. Nigeria Belize has further ensured through a technical agreement which allows Nigeria to provide technical assistance to Belize in whatever field, area, or sector the Belize Government chooses."
Independent Candidate Lara Alleges UDP Tried To Buy Her Out
Maria Lara is an independent councilor candidate for the BPP in Punta Gorda town. She's relatively obscure but has risen quite suddenly to national prominence after she alleged that the UDP tried to buy her out - so that she would not run as an independent. Lara gave an interview to PGTV - which is owned by her political boss Wil Maheia. She makes it clear that she had - sometime before - asked UDP activists in her town for assistance with her Galen University fees. That eventually led her to Andre Price, and form there to Juliet Thimbriel. Here's how she explained it:..
Maria Lara, BPP Candidate:
"I met Mr. Price the other night, and he asked me the same thing, if I was getting help to cover my school fees at Galen University, and I told him not yet. Then he told me his party is going to help me, and he will check someone that he can talk to, to help me pay all my bills. The following day I got a call which was yesterday and I went to meet them at Mr. Eden's Farm and I met there one of the senator. I think her name was Miss Juliet and I didn't expect what they asked me to do; first I needed to do that before I get the help."
Education Minister Opposes Multi Million Dollar Election Expenditure
And while that is a new example of the oldest game of political leveraging - the PUP allege that the UDP is also pulling a page from the dirty tricks playbook by using public funds to for political ends. The allegation is that over 2 million surplus dollars from the education budget is being disbursed for educational assistance for those who pledge to support the UDP in this campaign.
Yesterday the Minister of Education said they did come in under budget - but there's no money in the public coffers:...
Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister:
"We are winding down the financial year, the ministry goes through an exercise to see where funds have not been spent and we try to channel those funds to areas that we feel are important. We have recognized that there is the potential for that kind of savings given the line items."
Flashback To 2015
And with all this finger pointing and allegation making - you know that we are deep into the "silly season" of politics. It's the time when politicians with a proven track record of little or no integrity make claims about duplicity and dirty tricks against opposing politicians - who also have a proven integrity deficit.
Of course, that's politics - and tomorrow the red and blue bulls will be on parade - stomping their way to the respective nomination centers in all 9 municipalities.
Belize City with its ten divisions - is the base of political power - and tonight we have a flashback to the last municipal nomination day on February 11, 2015 to see who had the bigger crowd on that day:…
The Many Problems Of Kurt Morgan
You may remember San Ignacio resident Kurt Morgan. He's came to our office back in December 2016 complaining bitterly of police harassment, after he and his common-law wife, Shaun Gardener, were arrested and charged with drug possession because one of their friends was smoking marijuana back when it was illegal to be in possession of any amount of marijuana.
Well, it's been just over 13 months, and today, his common-law wife came to us complaining that the harassment has only gotten worse. He's at the Belize Central Prison at this time after being charged robbery, for allegedly holding up a tourist at gunpoint and mugging her of her iPhone and her wallet which had $300 cash.
Gardener says that the way this alleged harassment plays out is that he is always their first suspect whenever any crime is committed in that jurisdiction, and that, there is a certain police officer who is targeting him.
Two Side To Caye Caulker Story
There was a stabbing yesterday morning in Caye Caulker village. Police responded to reports of a fight in an area known as the Palapa - where the warring parties had already fled. They then tracked down a vessel on the Western Side of the Island where they found 34 year old Jamal Bennett with a stab wound to his midsection and shoulder.
Police say Bennett was involved in a fight with 31 year old Jermaine Grant.
But villagers say that police actually chased after the culprits and opened fire in a public area. What's more they allege that one of the men bartered for his freedom - by turning over a gun - which was labelled as found property. WE know that to be standard police procedure - so the story does have some credence.
Afternoon Murder in Twin Towns
There’s another murder to report tonight. Twenty-four-year-old Santa Elena caretaker Gian Espat was chopped to death in the west. Just before midday today, police found Espat’s body inside a wooden [...]
Co-workers Say No Warning Signs in Murder-Suicide
The families of Jason Emmanuel and Hermelinda Pinks continue to reel in the aftermath of the murder suicide of the pair on Saturday. Pinks was found dead on her bed [...]
Toddler Drowns in Silk Grass
A three-year-old toddler from Silk Grass, Stann Creek District, lost his life by drowning in a well in the village. The boy, Keon Martinez, lived with his grandmother, fifty-one-year-old Francine [...]
Mexico’s Gain is Free Zone’s Loss
Business at the Commercial Free Zone continues to be affected by Mexican consumers purchasing goods and services in their homeland, instead of shopping in Belize. The exclusive business location was [...]
Will Trade Agreement Help?
According to Juarez, there are instances where prices on the shelves at the free zone aren’t as eye-catching as they are across the border. While he could not provide an [...]
Punta Gorda B.P.P. Candidate Alleges Bribery by U.D.P. Officials
On the eve of nomination day, the Belize Progressive Party is charging that one of its municipal candidates in Punta Gorda Town was approached to step down as a candidate [...]
Third Party’s Top Brass Condemn “Low” Political Tactics
Lara says she is disappointed by the incident, but her bosses at the B.P.P. are furious. Political leader Patrick Rogers told us via telephone this evening that the larger political [...]
Nomination Day is Here!
This Wednesday, both major political parties are expected to take out their supporters in numbers as they head to the various offices designated for nomination centers, countrywide. There, after a [...]
No Cell Phones in the Voting Booth
Nomination Day paves the way for Election Day. The voters list for the municipal election shows that there are one hundred and fourteen thousand five hundred and seventy-four persons eligible [...]
Rejected Vs Spoilt Ballots – What’s the Difference?
Except for Belize City where voters are casting their vote for ten councilors and a mayor, in the Capital Belmopan and the remaining municipalities, it is six councilor candidates and [...]
Fixing Government Oversight: the Case of the Contractor General
The Government has indicated that Contractor General Godwin Arzu will be replaced as a result of failing to meet requirements in legislation to submit annual reports on his work since [...]
Business Senator Says Integrity Commission Should Reverse Decision in Filing
The Integrity Commission is presently without a chairman as now-Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Williams resigned at the start of January. On Friday we heard from Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber [...]
Stabbing Reported in Caye Caulker
A Caye Caulker resident is tonight recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for stabbing injuries he received just after eleven on Monday morning on the north side of the [...]
Mario Vernon Family Alleges Cover-Up, Harassment by Police
Mario Vernon’s family says they will not let up. They believe that there is a cover-up surrounding the death of the twenty-four-year-old Punta Gorda resident and grandson of the iconic [...]
Another Award for Kendis Gibson
Belizean-American news anchor Kendis Gibson has another award to put on his shelf. He is scheduled to receive an award at the 2018 International Red Carpet Affair and Dance on [...]
Attitudes Must Change on Campaigning and Financing
What was once whispered about has now, in some quarters, been stated openly: no money, no vote! With municipal elections two weeks away, it is open season for vote-buying or [...]
Nigeria’s Representative to Belize Touts Relationship
Janet Olisa was one of three ambassadors who presented her credentials to Governor General Sir Colville Young on Monday in Belmopan. She is the appointed High Commissioner of Nigeria to [...]
African Giants Extend Helping Hand
Also, part of Olisa’s duties will be to minister to the growing Nigerian community in Belize which ranges from nurses in the hospitals to sculptor Stephen Okeke. She told News [...]
Pioneering Attorney Speaks to Enforcing the Law on Domestic Abuse
As we reported earlier in the newscast, the issue of domestic abuse is once again at the center of an open discussion in which many, including lawyers and women’s rights [...]
No Murder Charge As Yet In The Case of Braulia Pech
More than a month has gone by since the brutal killing of fifty-four- year-old Braulia Pech in the village of Carmelita and until today, her son twenty-five-year-old Andy Rhaburn who stands accused of her murder has not been charged for the vicious crime.
Rhaburn as viewers may recall is accused of causing his mother’s death after he hit her on the head with a crow bar on the morning of January 16th at the family’s home in Carmelita village. Rhaburn was also accused of attacking forty-three-year-old Lilia Xujur some 300 yards away from where he attacked his mother.
New Species Of Shark Identified
A new species of shark has been identified as the Atlantic sixgill shark. The new species which for many decades’ scientists believed to be the same as the Pacific sixgill shark measures up to 6 feet in length, making them relatively smaller than their Indo-Pacific relatives, which can grow to 15 feet or longer.
Six-gill sharks are described as having a “unique, saw-like lower teeth and six gill slits” while most sharks have five gill slits, however according to scientists that is as far as the similarities go for the two species.
Scotia Bank Belize Calls it Quits In Spanish Lookout And Placencia
Scotiabank Belize Limited made a public announcement yesterday informing the general public that it will be closing down two of the company’s branches effective June 22nd, 2018. These include the Spanish Lookout and the Placencia Branches. While no precise detail was provided in the release as to why the decision to shut down these two branches were made, Scotiabank indicated that similar to other organizations, the company continuously evaluates its operations from a local and global perspective so as to certify that the needs of customers are met while maximizing operational efficiencies.