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The San Pedro Sun
Belizeans stand up against child abuse, crime and violence in the country
San Pedro residents joined Belizeans in a movement to protest against abuse, crime and violence on children. On Friday, March 2nd a group of islanders held a peaceful protest throughout the main streets of San Pedro Town, followed by a candlelight vigil at the Central Park on Tuesday, March 6th. Over the past three weeks, the nation has seen several deaths due to child abuse and gun violence as well as cases of sexually assaulted youth.
The recent crimes against children began on Wednesday, February 22nd, when 12-year-old, David Morrison was shot in Orange Street in Belize City around 11PM while watching TV inside his house with his brother. They heard several gunshots and shortly thereafter, realized that he was shot. Morrison was rushed to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) where he died a couple hours later.
DJ Smallz to represent Ambergris Caye at national DJ competition
Abner Diaz also known as DJ Smallz was the grand winner at the Belikin Belize DJ competition during its district preliminaries held on Sunday, March 11th in San Pedro Town. Hosted by the Nook Restaurant and Cocktail Boutique, the competition saw five DJs competing for the top prize and the ticket to represent the island at the national tournament. After five rounds of intense music mixing in various genres, DJ Smallz emerged victoriously and will be representing Ambergris Caye at the national competition in Belize City on Friday, March 23rd for the title of best DJ in the country, and a top prize of $3,000 and a trip to New York City, New York USA.
Prime Minister Presents 2018-2019 national budget; funding ‘being pursued’ for Ambergris Caye hospital
Minister of Finance and Prime Minister of Belize, the Right Honourable Dean Barrow presented the official budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year on Friday, March 9th under the theme ‘Maintaining Steadiness; Consolidating Stability; Advancing Growth.’ The $1.2 billion proposed budget highlights the country’s external deficit, debts, and optimism in the growth of the economy. No new taxes were introduced, however, there were adjustments to balance expenditures to revenues. As for possibilities of any projects to benefit Ambergris Caye, the budget presentation did not include any concrete plans but did mention the intent to construct hospitals for San Pedro and Punta Gorda Town in the Toledo District.
UDP San Pedro Town Council sworn in
Amidst the controversy of the recent municipal elections in San Pedro, whereby the People’s United Party (PUP) is contesting the results at the Supreme Court for a new election, the United Democratic Party (UDP) swore in the newly elected San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) on Tuesday, March 13th. In a short ceremony held inside the SPTC conference room before invited guests, the 2018-2021 SPTC, comprised of Mayor Daniel Guerrero and his six Councilors (Gabriel Nuñez, Severo Guerrero Jr., Flora Ancona, Hector Alamilla, Ruben Gonzalez and Gary Grief) pledged to uphold all the laws and regulations of Belize and San Pedro Town and work hand in hand for the well-being of the island community.
Pic of the Week: Come On In, The Water Is Fine!
This is quite possibly the best picture at Shark Ray Alley in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, we have ever seen. WOW! It's the perfect picture that captures the true experience and feelings of being wild and free at Belize's magnificent Barrier Reef. This great capture comes courtesy of Away Lands blog which was shared on their Instagram Account
Ambergris Caye Masonic Lodge To Host Easter Egg Hunt
The Ambergris Caye Masonic Lodge is holding its First Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Monday, April 2, 2018 at the Angel Nunez Auditorium! Everyone is invited to attend!
The Annual Lionfish Derby Is Coming Up On March 24th!!
The annual Lionfish Derby is coming up on March 24th!!
It will be a full day of activities, eating, drinking and laughter. Get your team ready and sign up with awesome prizes for the winners with the most lionfish caught, the smallest lionfish and the largest lionfish.
You can either free-dive with spear-guns and Hawaiian slings or scuba dive with only Hawaiian slings. There will be a captains meeting explain all the regulations and rules at the Caye Caulker Community Center March 22nd at 18:00. There will be a waiver sheet everyone will need to sign too.
Belize Signs Financing Agreement For Health Sector And Public Finance Management
The Prime Minister of Belize and Minister of Finance Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and the European Union Ambassador to Belize H.E. Malgorzata Wasilewska signed two Financing Agreements for a total of BZ$28.8 M for projects in the Health and Public Finance Management sectors. The signing ceremony took place at the Prime Minister’s Office at the Laing Building in Belize City.
Funding for the two sectors is allocated under the 11th European Union Development Fund (EDF) to assist in the social and economic development of Belize. The proposed projects are in line with Belize’s Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy and will assist in achieving the country’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Suspected Drug Plane Lands In Orange Walk One Suspect Detained
Belize Police are investigating the landing of a clandestine private plane that landed in the Blue Creek Area of Orange Walk Town in Northern Belize on sometime between Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15, 2018.
According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvette, Orange Walk Police received a call on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at around 2:30a.m. about a plane having landed in the Blue Creek Area. Upon arriving to the area police and members of the Belize Defence Force saw a person driving a red Chevy Pickup truck coming from the area where the plane had crash landed and was placed in police custody.
Misc Belizean Sources
CULTURE DAY AT ABC PRESCHOOL & SAN PEDRO PRESCHOOL
On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the SPTC was invited to witness the children at ABC PreSchool and San Pedro PreSchool in their cultural day.
The children were dressed up portraying all the ethnicities that you can find in Belize: Mestizo, Maya, Mennonite, East Indian, just to name a few. They also had a presentation of food and items of the different ethnicities.
The children were so excited to show off their attire.
Happy birthday to Mrs Tomasita Gomez
I had a wonderful time visiting with Mrs Tomásita on her 92nd birthday. She is always passionate about sharing stories and always encouraging. I admire her dedication and love for religious belief. She is simply a wonderful woman.
May God continue to bless her with longer life, good health and an abundance of happiness. Happy birthday!
Institute of Archaeology at Eden Seventh-Day Adventist High School
We would like to thank Eden Seventh-Day Adventist High School for inviting us to participate in their Career Day activities. I daresay we piqued the interest of many a young Belizean to learn more about their history!
MILPA AND THE YUCATEC MAYA OF BELIZE
Even that today many Yucatec Maya now work as police,teachers,Office Jobs ,Caneros and etc many continue doing Milpa . Today many Maya in Corozal and Orange walk continue doing milpa and growing crops with out using artificial pesticides or fertilizars . Milpa is known in Maya as "Kool" and is mostly done for personal consumption especially corn for doing Tsotob(Tamalitos de maiz) . Especially old Mayeros who are retired continue to do milpa as way of intertaining themselves and its believe it helps them to live longer . Doing milpa is a connection with earth ,a connection with our ancestors,the connection with your innerself , one which binds together the family and a connection of eating healthy food .
ATTORNEY GENERAL OF BELIZE SWEARS IN NEW JUSTICES OF THE PEACE IN FLORIDA
On Thursday, March 15, 2018, five Belizeans residing in Florida were sworn-in as Justices of the Peace by the Attorney General of Belize Hon. Michael Peyrefitte at the Consulate of Belize in Florida.The men and women who have answered the call to serve are Mrs. Tracy Gomez, Ms. Deborah D. Duncan, Mrs. Glenda Lewis, Mr. Jason Guild and Mr. Philip Mckay.
Having Belizeans serving as Justices of the Peace in Florida will help to facilitate Belizeans needing urgent assistance in authenticating documents and will alleviate the burden of travelling to Belize to resolve their paperwork. The newly sworn-in Justices of the Peace will receive additional minor training in immigration and land-related matters so as to preempt delays.
2018 CEO Caucus Cancer Ride
Saturday, April 7, 2018 ... Save the date for the 2018 CEO Caucus Cancer Ride!
Join us. Pledge with us. Ride with us. We are "In it to End it!"
Launch of Consultancy “Support for Export-led Development in the Corozal District and Repurposing of the Free Zone”
Today, March 15th, the Government of Belize along with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a Technical Cooperation Project titled “Support for Export Led Development in the Corozal District and Repurposing of the Free Zone.” The Project, estimated to cost US$150,000 will be executed via a consultancy administered by IDB’s Trade and Investment Division. The consultancy has two components: 1. Free Zone review and repurposing and 2. The preparation of an export-led economic development plan for the Corozal District.
Activities undertaken in this Technical Cooperation Project, seek to identify potential growth industries and economic linkages between the Free Zones and the local and regional economy. Furthermore, it will provide detailed guidelines for the regulatory and supervisory institutional framework for Free Zones in Belize, including suggested adjustments to its regulation and operation through improved economic efficiency and simplification of its tax system and non-tax barriers.
Koko King Friday's Family Movie
'Ferdinand' (the new hilarious cartoon about a bull called Ferdinand) and the classic 'Bridge to Terebithia'. Come and enjoy the end of a hard week with the family - kids meals, popcorn and marshmallows for all who deserve it!!!
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 — Art in the Park
Art in the Park is a monthly event sponsored by COLCHA. Local artists display and sell their creations. It is held in downtown Corozal Town in Central Park, beginning about 5pm, to 9pm. For more information call 620-1572.
VACANCY FOR BEACH CHAIR/TABLE/ UMBRELLA ATTENDANT ON CAYE CAULKER
Drop offresume at Caye Caulker Village Council Office.
"Mek Shoes Belize"
Basic Intensive Shoe Making Course in Corozal.
Today is the Big Day for CJC's Expo and Trade Show 2018
Here is a peek of early preparations of booths and stalls at the grounds. .
Please come out and support these talented and hardworking students and faculty.
Come out early. It will be wonderful.
Starts at 9:00 a.m. today Friday, March 16th. See you all there.
“Strengthen, Empower, Enforce Human Rights SeeHR”
On Tuesday 13th, March 2018 Humana People to People Belize, in partnership with the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA) and technical assistance from The Human Rights Commission of Belize (HRCB) launched the project titled “Strengthen, Empower, Enforce Human Rights SeeHR” co funded by The European Union through The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).
Present at the event was the European Union Head of Delegation, Ambassador Magorzata Wasilewski who gave the key message and highlighted importance and value of the project to the Belizean rural communities.
19th BEL Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic
Sunday March 18, 9am. San Jose Succotz to Belize City
Inspired & Inspiring Women Art Exhibit
The Benque library will launch the Inspired and Inspiring Women Art Exhibit tonight. The fun starts at 6:00pm.
"CACHE, Benque HoC and Benque Viejo Library present an Art Exhibit in honor of Women's Month
Special guest: Dr. Pat Asling, in recognition for her work at and contributions to the Benque House of Culture
Art work by different artists
Exhibit will be up from March 16th to March 27th
Join us for this event! Come enjoy the art & celebrate Women!"
BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Mar. 5th - Mar. 11th, 2018
All week and every week, everybody's catching bones. There are so many bonefish in our area it is hard not to land one, or even ten. With spring break upon us, the house is full, and there is lots of fun to be had. Friends and families are enjoying each other.
BTB partners with Avianca for Adventure Familiarization Tour
20,000 Strong rally
This morning is about women’s empowerment, but it’s not just for women! It’s for EVERYONE! Join the Embassy, Special Envoy Belize, UNICEF Belize, and your community.
Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Annihilation, The Outsider
Shakeup In Senior Ranks Of Police
Last week’s election produced a tectonic political shift in the city - and the high rate of crime definitely a part of the reason why voters rejected the UDP in their power base.
And, now, Belmopan is doing something about it. 7News has learned tonight that major changes are afoot in the police department - and they are mainly geared at re-tooling the Eastern Division southside where there has been a spike in homicides, including one child murdered, and two others shot, all in the past three weeks.
Our sources tell us that Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal is being re-assigned to Special Branch Headquarters in Belmopan after only 7 turbulent months in Belize City.
Drug Plane Dives In Blue Creek
Another apparent drug plane landed in northern Belize last night - but they didn’t burn this one.
The Beechcraft 200 Super King Air was found in northwestern Belize - near to Blue Creek and not far from the Belize Mexico border. The King Air is a large plane and it can carry about two tons of load. It’s also heavy, apparently too heavy for the muddy are where it landed and the images we got show mounds of mud on the wings. The plane is damaged to the front of the fuselage and one wing is also smashed.
Looking inside, there are lots of black plastic bags, rope and a marker - which, experts tell us, suggest that it may have been used in a wet drop.
Experts say that maybe it made the wet drop, and landed to refuel, but something went wrong on landing and they had to ditch the plane. At today’s press briefing, police told us they did try to burn it.
Man Murdered In Front of Family
When we left you last night, it was with news that a man had been shot on the southside. Well, regrettably, it was another fatal shooting. Emil Audinett was with his family watching the news when gunmen barged in. We have more from last night’s crime scene:…
ASP Alejandro Cowo - Head of CIB
"The body was observed to have multiple gunshot wounds around the chest area and in the face area."
When we got to the home on Ordonez Street at 7:30 - police were inside Emil Audinet’s living room. Half an hour earlier, it was a gunman who barged in and killed the 29 year old in front of his family:
KHMH: A Dozen Days Of Sick Leave For Roof
Caution tape covers the doors to the specialist clinics at the KHMH - and it’s the same throughout a large portion of the hospital -which - we are told - is operating at about 33% after a significant structural fault was found in the roof.
A release from the KHMH says that it is functioning in “Emergency Mode” and key areas have had to be shut down, namely Radiology, the Operating Theaters, Central Sterilization, clinics and other administrative functions.
These measures were enacted yesterday when debris fell from one area of the ceiling in the radiology unit. Multiple engineers were called in and they’ve agreed that they have to immediately reinforcement a section of the hospital’s roof. Work is already underway.
New Guat Ambassador Claiming St. George’s Caye Ties
A little over a month ago, we told you that the new Guatemalan Ambassador to Belize, Georges de La Roche, presented his credentials to Governor General Sir Colville Young.
He succeeded Manuel Roldan Barillas - who left amidst strained relations.
De La Roche’s appointment was interpreted as a welcomed return to normal, neighborly relations between Belize and Guatemala, following the tensions of April 2016, when a Belizean Joint Law Enforcement Team killed the 13 year-old Guatemalan boy in the Chiquibul Forest.
For weeks now, we’ve been trying to get a sit-down interview with the new ambassador to discuss relations between the two countries. It took a bit of negotiation, but this morning, he finally agreed to an exclusive with 7News at the Embassy headquarters in Belize City.
Talking About The Teakettle Tête-à-Tête
We also asked about yesterday’s meeting of the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission - which we’ve dubbed the “Teakettle tête-à-tête.”
Ambassador De La Roche, and his Belizean counterpart, Alexis Rosado headed the meeting along with the OAS representative, Katalina Montana.
The topic of discussion was the 13 bilateral agreements signed between the two countries back in 2014 on the Placencia Peninsula.
Ambassador De La Roche told us this morning that both countries chose several of the agreements which they each wanted to focus on:
She Fired Four Shots
Shots were fired just a few blocks from the Raccoon Street police station in Belize City last night. It happened when a Chinese shopkeeper got into a dispute with an area resident who came banging at his door.
The man ended up lashing the grocer with a two by four - and that’;s when the shopkeeper’s lady friend pulled out her licensed pistol and fired four warning shots. Police filled in the details:..
ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City:
"Just after 10 PM on the corner of Bocatora and Raccoon Street whilst he was inside of his residence a male person went and bang on the door, he came out to see what was happening, he had an altercation with a male person, the male person left.
Cartridges and Pistol Recovered In City
Last night at 9:30 police found half a dozen shotgun cartridges in Price Alley. They were labelled as found property.
And, on Tuesday night at 7:20, police on Armadillo Street searched 20 year old Ian Williams and found a 9 millimeter pistol along with 13 live rounds. Police arrested and charged Williams for Kept Firearm and Ammunition without a Gun License”.
Charges For Cane Driver
Police have charged the cane truck driver who ran over 16 year old Josue Tut Cabrera.
A security camera on the Belize - Corozal road captured when Tut was punched down by two men, not far from his home. He fell unconscious to the pavement, and the cane truck ran over him causing 5 broken ribs, a punctured lung, an injury to his liver, and internal bleeding.
Tonight 33 year old driver Sergio Talango has been charged with driving without due care and attention, failed to stop and render aid, failed to report an accident, and negligent grievous harm.
Police are still looking for the men who punched him.
UDP Wants You To Wear White, Not Red
The Barrow Administration has been criticized for not saying anything about the recent spate of violence targetting women and children.
Well, the UDP issued a statement this evening saying, quote, “Violence and abuse of women and children should never be the subject of party political back and forth….It is the responsibility of every person to act to stop the ongoing incidences of violence and abuse against women and children that are hurting some of the most vulnerable members of our communities….- our children.”
Gary Goes Off On KHMH
If you live in Belize City, you may know one of our more colourful characters Gareth Gill, better know as “Gary”. Up until last year, he was heavily involved the September carnival, as the leader of one of the masquerade bands. But, while that’s his passion, he actual job, up until last year, was a member of the kitchen at the KHMH who provided food for patients and the hospital staff.
He was terminated over a year ago, for disciplinary issues. Gill disagrees with the nature of the termination, but he is more concerned because he claims that he has not been paid severance benefits he says he deserves. He came to us today saying that for over a year now, he has been frustrated in his attempts to get what he is due, and he is asking to appear on the evening news as a sort of last resort.
He and his friend spoke with us today about his complaint:
The Female Art Form
Right now at the Belize - Mexico Institute , The Mexican Embassy and NICH are opening their Women in Art exhibit. It’s an initiative by NICH to give women artists an opportunity to showcase their talent and perspective.
This morning, we stopped by to speak with the curator about the Women artists who signed up for this year’s exhibition, and submissions they made:
The exhibit is open for the rest of the month and admission is free.
‘Di plane lan’ again; this time, one is held
The third suspected drug plane in two weeks was found deep in the farmlands of Blue Creek, Orange Walk around midnight on Wednesday. The area where the plane crash landed [...]
Emil Audinett gunned down at home
Twenty-nine year old Emil Audinett was a marked man and on Wednesday night he ran out of luck. He was sitting inside his home on Ordonez Street, Belize City, with [...]
Bernadine Lauriano anticipated death – but who is her killer?
Fifty-two-year-old Bernadine Lauriano was shot and killed inside her home last Friday, as she sat in the living room with her two children. The mother of seven was injured multiple [...]
Trail cooling in Corozal slaughterhouse murder
Mark Anthony Clarke, an I.T. technician, was stabbed as many as seventy-one times and dumped near a slaughterhouse along the San Jomal Road in the Corozal District. His body was [...]
KHMH trims back services after roof issues
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital says that it is operating on an ‘emergency mode’ after a section of the hospital’s roof collapsed. According to the hospital, a preliminary structural assessment [...]
Agriculture dons say no to new G.S.T.
At news time, representatives of some of Belize’s largest agricultural groups have written to Prime Minister Dean Barrow and other senior government officials. The Belize Agro-Productive Sector Group, after consultations [...]
Jose Mai says consumers will pay
One man who heartily agrees with the Belize Agro-Productive Sector Group is Orange Walk South representative and farmers’ advocate Jose Mai. He tells News Five that it is consumers who [...]
After soggy harvest, new taxes ‘an injustice’
The announcement comes at a dicey time for the industry, which is coming off weather-related damage to crops caused by rains across Belize. When we visited San Carlos village in [...]
M.L.A. wins concessions from Gov’t at C.C.J.
There is some progress to report concerning the implementation of the historic April 2015 Consent Order on communal land rights. The Maya Leaders Alliance and Toledo Alcaldes Association, representing the [...]
Businessman wins gun battle as youth is charged
His attacker misfired, but thirty-three year old businessman Derrol Vernon did not, and a twenty-one year old Belize City resident is now charged with aggravated assault. Kevaughn Staine was read [...]
Charged for fight, landscaper denies stealing weed, gold chain
Officially, thirty-six year old James Crawford of Ladyville is charged with stealing a gold chain during a fight and causing harm to Kenneth Arthurs. But it came out in the [...]
Ammunition found through alleyway
Police discovered seven sixteen gauge cartridges in an abandoned lot in Prince Alley, Belize City. Around nine-thirty on Wednesday night, police searched the lot where they discovered the bag with [...]
Mark King wants to be U.D.P. Port Loyola rep, but does party want him?
The last we heard from former Lake Independence area representative and Minister of State Mark King, was that he was upset with his United Democratic Party. In October, King claimed [...]
Bumps in the Senate on the road to Caracol
On Wednesday Senators debated several loan motions, including the ninety million dollar government-backed loan for Belize Telemedia Limited to upgrade its fiber optic network to provide high-speed internet to homes [...]
G.O.B. relaxes financial restrictions to keep up with the times
Also from the Senate, similar to the Stores Orders Regulations, the Financial Orders Regulations, last amended in 1992, are being amended to release restrictions on accounting officers to make contracts [...]
Top ambassadors meet in Teakettle
Teakettle in the Cayo District was host to a meeting of the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission, led by the countries’ co-commissioners and ambassadors, Alexis Rosado and Georges de la Roche. The [...]
I.D.B. specialist talks regional economic policy
On Wednesday evening, the Inter-American Development Bank Belize office hosted the economic principal specialist for Central America, Mexico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Doctor Jordi Prat presented to attendees at [...]
UNICEF shows plans for disasters
The 2018 Hurricane Season is a couple months away, but that has not stopped UNICEF and its partner agencies to sharpen their disaster management skills. On Wednesday, UNICEF and several [...]
How yoga can stimulate kids’ activity
If you have an interest in teaching yoga for kids, there is an international yoga instructor in country. Ann Robideaux is in Belize for the next few days to teach [...]
Have a bellyful of laughs with Rotary
Annually, some of Belize’s most prominent citizen humanitarians have taken to the stage in the name of a worthy cause. They are the Rotary Club of Belize and it’s that [...]
Women’s expression through art
The Women in Art Exhibition opened at six this evening at the Mexican Institute in Belize City. The yearly showcase puts women’s art on display through eighty pieces of paintings, [...]
What to know before going to the water
Easter is quickly approaching and following the tragic drowning of a teen at a pool party last week it is a good time to discuss water safety. Tonight in Healthy [...]
One man detained as police investigate mysterious plane landing
The Belize Police Department has launched an investigation into the landing of another suspected drug plane. The aircraft, a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 is reported to have crash landed shortly after midnight last night in an area behind Blue Creek Village which is located in southern Orange Walk District. Police have one man detained …
International filmmaker to film TV series in Belize
Auditions began today for a television series called “Life or Death”. International Filmmaker, Cristobal Krusen, is in Belize recruiting Belizean actors for his television series to be filmed in Belize. Krusen stopped by our studios yesterday to tell us more. Auditions are from nine to four p.m. at the House of Culture.
Crime is costly
For the past years, crime, in particular murders, have been on an upward trend. In light of this, there have been many interventions, the latest being the Belize Movement for Reconciliation attempts to get different people to come to the table and dialogue. Love News spoke with Dr. Leroy Almendarez, Assistant Professor, at the University …
National Garifuna Council launches women’s arm
In commemoration of Women’s Month, the National Garifuna Council launched its women’s arm, which will address issues directly relating to women. The launch was held at the Sandy Beach Cynthia Topsey, Co Convener: “We had the opportunity to declare the launch of the women’s arm of the National Garifuna Council as an intent of a …
New City Administration will not abort street works
As part of the reviews being conducted at City Hall, Mayor Wagner has halted some street works in the City. The intention is to review some of the contracts. The move though has caused some inconveniences to the public. According to the Mayor, it is only a temporary inconvenience because they have no intention of …
Belize City Mayor to adopt Orange Walk Mayor’s strategies
On Wednesday the new Belize City council was sworn into office but the work began even before then. Mayor Bernard Wagner spoke to us about the reviews put in motion at the City Hall and what the transition has been like. And as the new mayor continues to clean house, he also needs to ensure …
Empowered Women are able to avoid some of the pitfalls of Human Trafficking
We are celebrating Women’s month under the theme “Press for Progress” and while women have come a long way, there is still more to be done. Women are oftentimes the victims of human trafficking. Dr. Abigail McKay, Policy Legislation Officer of RET International says empowering women and creating an awareness of the reality of human …
Mayan Land Rights case before the CCJ once more
The case of the Maya Leaders Alliance and twenty three Mayan villages versus the Attorney General of Belize was before the Caribbean Court of Justice this afternoon. The matter is in relation to Maya Communal Land Rights. The Government has not created an effective mechanism to identify and protect Maya lands in accordance with …
Husband killed in front of wife
Belize City police are investigating the fatal shooting of Emil Fernando Audinett. The 29 year old construction worker of Belize City was at home when a lone gunman barged into his home, firing several shots in his direction. Hipolito Novelo reports. Police have detained one person for questioning.
Bernadine Lauriano’s murder remains unsolved
Belize City Police are still trying to figure out who killed 52-year-old Bernadine Lauriano. She was fatally shot on Friday night and the three persons that investigators had detained for questioning were released due to lack of evidence. However, we are told that eyewitnesses saw who the gunman was, but ASP Alejandro Cowo says that …
Stores Orders Amendments debated
Yesterday Senators debated several motions including the Stores Orders (Amendment) Regulations of 2017. The amendment seeks to increase the ceiling under which Government accounting officers may purchase stores and also to obtain store items from abroad without first having to obtain the written approval of the Financial Secretary.
Senators raise concerns over amendments to Financial Orders Regulation
A similar motion was debated on Wednesday. Some Senators raised concerns with respect to the amendments to the Financial Orders Regulations of 2017. The amendments are similar to those made to the Stores Orders Regulations. In this case, the ceilings under which Government accounting officers may make verbal and written contracts are increased.
Women in Art exhibit open for viewing
The Mexican Embassy in Belize and the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) have partnered to showcase the different types of art works of women. The art work will be open for public viewing today at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Belize City. The curator is Ilona Smiling.
The exhibition which opens this evening, will be open for viewing for a month.
Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission meets
Yesterday the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission met in Teakettle Village, Cayo District. The meeting was held with support of the Organization of American States (OAS). The meeting was led by Commissioners of both countries, Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala Alexis Rosado and his counterpart, Georges de La Roche. Both parties reviewed the earlier progress...
Another round at the CCJ; Belize Bank vs GOB
At the Caribbean Court of Justice today, the Belize Bank Limited sought an order directing the Minister of Finance, in this case Prime Minister Dean Barrow, to pay the 2013 arbitral award of over 91 million Belize dollars. On the other hand, the Attorney General challenged the application while asking the CCJ to correct its judgment and seek an order to reduce the post-judgment interest.