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The San Pedro Sun

Minister of Postal Services and Belize’s Post Master General attend the Caribbean Council of Ministers Meeting and Conference in Cuba
Participating in the 17th Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Council of Ministers of Postal Affairs in Havana, Cuba was Belize’s Minister with responsibility for Postal Services, Honorable Edmond Castro. The theme for the meeting was, “Building on the Pillars of the Caribbean Regional Postal-Sector Strategy”, and the main presentation on key challenges and opportunities facing Caribbean posts was delivered by Secretary General of the Caribbean Postal Union (CPU), Mr. Guillermo Raymond.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Receives Support from Taiwan to Build Capacity in International Boundary Disputes
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has provided support to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to strengthen the Ministry’s human resources in International Boundary Disputes. This contribution will be used to finance the attendance of two Ministry officials at Durham University’s IBRU Centre for Borders Research Professional Training Workshop: “Resolving International Boundaries Disputes”, to be held from 8th to 10th July 2019 in Paris, France.

Ambergris Today

Belize Increases Security Measures After Murder Of Tourist
The National Security Council of Belize (NSC), chaired by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, met in special session Thursday, June 27th, 2019 in Belmopan to discuss the crisis arising out of the recent murder of a tourist, Dr. Gary Swank, in San Pedro. The NSC recorded its grave concern over the tragic development and its implications particularly for the tourism industry in Ambergris Caye and nationally. The NSC also recorded its deep sympathy for the family of the deceased.

Pic Of The Week - Dia De San Pedro Boat Procession
Dia de San Pedro Boat Procession - Every year we celebrate our patron Saint - Saint Peter and the Catholic Church host a "Misa de Gallo" for men only follwed by breakfast and a boat procession to bless fishermen along with their boats.

Belize U23 Volleyball Team Wins Silver Medal
Belize won 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-22) against El Salvador to secure the silver medal, for the first time in their four Central American U23 Championships, ending with a 4-2 win/loss record (20 points), while El Salvador missed the podium with 2-4. The Belizean team won an initial advantage of 7 points (10-3) and a match point in favor of El Salvador to tie the game at 24 and won the first set 26-24, which was decisive in getting the win.

Another Traffic Mishap in Seagrape Drive
Another traffic mishap has occurred on Seagrape Drive. According to witnesses a truck was backing out from the parking area when he hit a man on the motorcycle and another in a bicycle. Busy street! Drivers be careful!

Various Belizean Sources

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Recruitment Call 2019
Belize Police Dept. Intake #94. BELIZE POLICE DEPARTMENT RECRUITMENT CALL 2019 IN COROZAL. Examinations are scheduled for Saturday July 13th, 2019 at the Corozal Community College. . Applicants can be 18 to 34 years old.

Jorge Aldana of the San Pedro Town Council is in the United States on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)!
Follow Jorge's adventures as he engages with colleagues from around the world on the topic of Transparency and Accountability in Government. First stop: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

More Football Action in Corozal (Male & Female Under 15 - Under 17)
The Corozal Football Association and the Orange Walk Football Association invite you this Saturday, July 6th, 2019. Come and witness Corozal Selection play against Orange Walk Selection. It all starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Ricalde Stadium. 9:00 am- Corozal Selection vs Orange Walk Selection (U15F), 11:00a m- Corozal Selection vs Orange Walk Selection (U17F), 1:00 pm- Corozal Selection vs Orange Walk Selection (U15M), 3:00 pm- Corozal Selection vs Orange Walk Selection (U17M). Entrance: $3.00 per person. See you there!

AHMADIYYA NATIONAL BASKETBALL CAMP HEADING TO COROZAL
The AHMADIYYA Muslim community is hosting a nationwide Basketball Camp that kicked off on June 29th. They will be hosting the basketball camp in Corozal this Thursday, July 4th 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Andres Campos Civic Center. Coaches and Basketball players from the USA and Canada will be training young basketball players. The camps are FREE. Just show up and show your skills!

Power outage 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 7 to affect Cayo District
From Georgeville to Arenal including San Ignacio, Santa Elena, Benque Viejo, Georgeville, Central Farm, Esperanza, Billy White, Duck Run 1 & 2, San Miguel, Cristo Rey, San Antonio, Santa Cruz, Bullet Tree Falls, Branch Mouth, Santa Familia, Calla Creek, Corozalito, Succotz, Floral Park, Arenal and surrounding communities. Two 10-minute outages will affect Unitedville and Blackman Eddy from 6:00 a.m. – 6:10 a.m. and from 3:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. BEL to replace poles, conduct substation and distribution system maintenance, and clear vegetation from along power lines.

Power outage scheduled for 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 to affect Lord’s Bank and the portion of Ladyville
that includes Vista Del Mar, Perez Road, Marage Road and Floral Park. BEL to replace utility poles carrying high voltage lines in the area.

Belize's Wonder Women! Maricia Mas
Maricia is the first certified female bird trainer in Belize. She has done an exceptional job educating more than 10,000 children through the Belize Raptor Center about Belize’s ecosystem. Maricia exceeds expectations in all that she does and strives to learn as much as she can to expand her work throughout the country. She successfully completed courses in Introduction to Raptor Rehabilitation and Emergency Care, Raptor Medical Care and Management, and Pre-release Conditioning and Release.

The U.S. Embassy is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for a Senior Foreign Service National Security Investigator
Extended closing date: July 16, 2019 To view and apply for this vacancy announcement, please visit the ERA site at: https://erajobs.state.gov/…/vacancysear…/searchVacancies.hms For instructions on how to apply via the ERA system, please visit the U.S. Embassy’s website at: https://bz.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/

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Channel 7

Hate Crime or Just Halari Business on the High Seas?
Tonight, the police department is under scrutiny for how it handled one of its own when he got into a tangle with a mob of women. Off duty officer, PC Ralph Gillett was on a water taxi returning from the Caye Caulker Lobsterfest when a minor dispute about seating turned into a full out brawl on the boat. How it ended and the suggestion of a hate crime motive, is what's causing controversy tonight. Here's the story:... PC Ralph Gillette has won commendations for his exemplary work. Like this time when he kindly walked an elderly woman across the street. But, on Sunday he wasn't in uniform when he got on the water taxi leaving Caye Caulker.

Cops Investigating PC Gillett Incident
We note that a woman who was traveling with Gillette says that the women - who are from Belize city - are the ones who aggressed him - and threw a drink in her face. Now, what are police doing about it? The cops say there is both a criminal and disciplinary side to the investigation and both are being n looked into:... Edward Broaster, Deputy Commissioner (Operations): "Those incidents that occurred in Caye Caulker are being investigated by the Caye Caulker police as well as the professional standard branch. We are investigating the incident as it relates to the police officer that had a fight with passengers of the water taxi as well as the incident subsequent to that incident where the officer was choked and detained."

Man Killed - Family Says He Was Chanced
So, while San Pedro cops try to sort out that controversial incident, Belize City police are trying to find out who attacked Belize City resident Errol Crown and left him to die in his yard. The 57 year-old's body was discovered at around 6:30 on Saturday morning, at his residence on Neal Penn Road. Those closest to him tell us that he was a deportee from the US who made a living as a landlord, renting several several apartments. It is believed that he had a sizable payday, and after he left his sister's birthday party on Friday night, he went home. It is suspected that his killer or killers ambushed him there, beat him and then robbed him of his rent payments. A few hours later, one of his tenants found him in the yard, and called the police. The cops arrived to find his wallet missing, and the entrance door to his room damaged, as if someone had forcibly entered. He also had cut wounds to the face and head.

Police Determined to Find Killer
At today's press briefing, here's police's response to the family's skepticism that they'll find his killer: ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City: "Saturday morning just after 6:30am, police were called to 99 Neal Pen Road whereupon arrival behind a small house they observed the body of Mr. Llewellyn lying face up with injuries to his face and to the back of his head. The body was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. What police gathered so far is that Mr. Crown had just left from his daughter's residence and had arrived at his house. Police also found that some of his belongings are missing and the house door was partially broken." Reporter: "We have spoken to a couple of his relatives and they suspect that he was robbed and then killed. Is that the current theory that your investigators have as well?"

Finance Boss Tesecum Will Take The Helm At BTL
BTL CEO Rocus Schreiber announced his departure abruptly on Friday - and now the question is who will replace him. But, seems it's not a matter of great intrigue within the company as Chief Financial Officer Ivan Tesecum is likely to get the nod. Tesecum has served as interim CEO before in 2017 when Anwar Barrow stopped aside and applications were being fielded for a new CEO. But, this time, he is expected to get named to the post substantively. Schreiber's unexpected departure is still somewhat of a mystery as he walks away from a huge compensation package, and a company he modernized significantly in two years at the helm. Reports suggest there were conflicts at the senior management level. Schreiber has given the required 90 days notice.

Elderly Couple Escapes Fire As Home Burns To The Ground
An elderly couple in Orange Walk was lucky to escape unharmed after their wooden bungalow caught on fire while they were sleeping. At 2:30 this morning, Leandro and Brijida Nah awoke to find their house on fire. Their son told CTV-3 how they rushed out: Police say the fire is believed to have started from the Kitchen area.

OW Accident Victim Loses Both Legs
A 69 year-old man from Orange Walk Town is recovering from a double amputation of his legs after they were crushed under an R. Tillett Bus. It happened on Queen Victoria Avenue in Orange Walk, sometime before 6:00 last Friday evening. 69 year-old Primitivo Itza was attempting to cross the road near a pedestrian ramp, when he was knocked down by the bus, which was on the way to Corozal. He was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital, but due to the extent of the injuries to both of his legs, doctors couldn't save them.

Cops Release Main Suspect in San Pedro Double Murder
Today's briefing gave the press a chance to ask police about all the suspects they had detained in the double murders of the island tour guide Mario Graniel, and his guest, American doctor Gary Swank. As we told you last week, their main suspect, Christian Espat turned himself in on Thursday, after making a pre-emptive strike on Facebook to declare his innocence. His attorney said that he was in Benque Viejo Town when the murders happened on June 23rd. Police told us they questioned and released him:... ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "In relation to the San Pedro murder investigation, the police had, over the past few days, detained and interviewed several persons. We were looking for one specific person who we believe can assist us in the investigation. That person came into the police's custody on Friday last, where he was interviewed in the presence of his attorney..."

'Griga Cop fired Warning Shot, Injuring Many
The actions of a police officer from Dangriga Town are under the close scrutiny after he used his police firearm to stop a fight, and ended up shooting 2 people, possibly 3. It happened at around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday at a dance near the foot of the town's bridge. One of the responding officers, Police Constable Tillett, reportedly got into an altercation with some of the patrons at the social event, and for an unknown reason, he went for his police issued firearm. He fired it, injuring Edmond Cayetano, a former police officer, to the lower right leg. It is believed that the bullet injured 2 other persons: 26 year-old Raquel McKenzie, a resident of the town, and possibly, 24 year-old Keon Augustine, an officer attached to the Mobile Interdiction Team.

Season Shot Shane
Turning to news out of Independence Village now, 32 year-old Shane Bennett, a resident of Independence, is currently at the KHMH recovering from gunshot injuries he suffered after he allegedly pulled a pellet gun and threatened a man who had a licensed weapon. That man said he believed that Bennett was going to shoot him, and so he shot first. It happened sometime before 8:00 yesterday morning. Officers found Bennett suffering from gunshot injuries to left arm, and his left hand. He said that he'd had a misunderstanding with 30 year-old Gabriel Sasone. The cops say that he stopped cooperating with them, and so they tracked down Sasone who had showed up to the police station to report the incident.

Brit Crabtree's Death Ruled Accidental
And finally from the south this weekend, police from Placencia Village, are looking into the death of British tourist Phillip Crabtree, who was found on Friday morning on the peninsula's beach front. Police believe that he drowned, and he was last spotted with a bottle of liquor in his hand. Assistant Police Commissioner Joseph Myvette told us that there are currently no reasons to suspect foul-play: ACP Joseph Myvett: "On Friday morning, sometime around 5:45 a.m., Placencia police were called to an area along the seaside where they observed the body of a clear complexioned male person floating in the sea...."

Crabtree's Girlfriend Says He Wanted To Live In Placencia
And so while that has been ruled a drowning, Crabtree's lady friend in Belize City says that the British citizen dreamed of living in Placencia. She spoke off camera:... Voice of: Girlfriend: "He doesn't mess with anybody. He knows his limit of drinking, so whenever he drinks and he feel that he is getting a little high, he would say its time and he would go take a bath and lie down. His thing is Placencia, nowhere else. He was texting this lady for an apartment to live in Placencia. He wanted to live at the seaside."

Lee Mark's Big Win In The Shores
When it comes to politics, Caribbean Shores never a sure thing. And we mean that for both political parties. Since it was created in 1984, it has gone red five times and blue three times. As the division with the most well off constituents, it's considered to be very independent, with voters who vote on issues, not strictly along party lines. And, on Sunday the UDP was trying to woo those independent minded voters with Leila Peyrefitte - who grew up in the division - and Lee Mark Chang, a successful businessman who they feel can connect with voters.

Charged For Causing Cousin's Death in Accident
In the early morning of June 7th., Evan Gillett was driving a red Saturn SUV with his cousin, 25 year old Michael Young in the passenger seat when he lost control of the vehicle and it crashed violently into a median near mile 4 on Phillip Goldson Highway. Young died on the spot while Gillett received minor injuries and survived. The pair was reportedly coming from a Ladyville nightclub. Today, 38 year old Evan Gillett was charged with manslaughter by negligence when he appeared today before Magtistrate Emerson Banner.

Crashing A Sale?
It's an odd way of crashing a sale - but that's just what the driver of a Mazda CR-7 did today on Orange Street in Belize City. Seems the driver made some kind of error in judgement coming off East Canal, barreled over the sidewalk and sailed straight into the show window. No one was hurt and police cleared traffic fairly quickly.

Volleyball Women Get First Ever Medal in CA U23 Championships
Belize's volleyball women have excelled again, winning a silver medal in the Central American U23 Championships played in Managua, Nicaragua this weekend. The team secured silver in a hotly contested final game where they beat El Salvador in an even match. In the first set of that game, Belize came back from being down 10-3 led by Melanie Palacio, Mya Musa and Fatoumata Camara. In four appearances in the Central American U23 Championship - this is the first time Belize has come back with a medal.

Channel 5

Chaos at Caye Caulker! A Brawl Breaks Out on Boat between Women and Police Officer
All hell broke loose onboard a water taxi on Sunday afternoon loaded with passengers returning to the city from the popular Lobster Fest held in Caye Caulker.  The brouhaha soon [...]

UNIBAM: No Room for Homophobia in Belize Police Department
Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis Barrow has weighed in on the matter. In a social media post, Simplis Barrow says that discrimination has no place in our [...]

Errol Crown is Belize City’s Latest Murder Victim
Sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, a fifty-seven-year-old resident of Neal Penn Road in Belize City was murdered after a robbery inside his house. The body of Errol Crown [...]

Christian Espat Released Without Charges
Well-known street figure in San Pedro Town, twenty-three-year-old Christian Espat, has been released by police on the island. On Friday, Espat handed himself over to police in the company of [...]

Additional Officers Deployed to San Pedro for Crime Fighting Efforts
The double murder of Mario Graniel and Doctor Gary Swank prompted the National Security Council of Belize to call an emergency meeting. The Security Council, which is chaired by Prime [...]

Private Sector Senator Calls for Independent Investigation of B.T.L.’s Financials
There has been no further communication from Belize Telemedia Limited since last week.  On Wednesday, News Five first reported on leaked documents which purportedly showed that B.T.L. owes the government [...]

A Bar Fight in Griga Leaves Two Persons with Gunshot Wounds
Turning to the crime blotter…a brawl outside of a nightclub in Dangriga has left two persons injured with gunshot wounds after a police officer discharged his service issued weapon in [...]

Shane Bennett Pulls Out BB Gun and Gets Shot with Live Rounds
Not far away from Dangriga, in Independence Village, an altercation between two persons led to Shane Bennett being shot in the arm after pulling a pellet gun on another man [...]

Elderly Man Loses Both Legs in Traffic Mishap
Heading north, sixty-nine-year-old Primitivo Itza lost both of his legs on Friday evening when a commuter bus ran him over in Orange Walk Town.  The elderly resident of Palmar was [...]

Phillip Crabtree Drowns in Placencia
Retired British national Phillip Crabtree drowned in Placencia overnight on Thursday.  The body of the fifty-eight-year-old was retrieved from the sea sometime before six o’clock on Friday morning and an [...]

Evan Gillett is Arraigned for Charges Related to the Death of His Cousin
In the Magistrate Court this morning, tourism attendant Evan Gillett was arraigned for causing the death of his cousin in a traffic accident after colliding into a metal lamppost situated [...]

Belize Wins Silver in CA U-23 Female Volleyball Championship
The female under-twenty-three national volleyball team claimed second place in the Central American Volleyball U-23 Championship this past weekend. It’s their first time winning this medal in the championships. The [...]

Volleyball Team Needs Your Support!
Last year, the senior Volleyball team also won the silver medal at the Central American Championships held in Belize City. This time around, the U-23 girls secured second place once [...]

Application of the Social Security Act to Same-Sex Partners
The new social security contribution and pension rates came into effect today. The number of persons retiring is growing annually, pushing the Social Security Fund closer to the ‘period of [...]

UNIBAM Exec. Dir. Says PC Gillett’s Rights were Infringed
The incident over the weekend involving homophobic insults hurled at PC Ralph Gillett, along with him being rendered unconscious via a chokehold, has sparked a polarizing debate. Persons like the [...]

Groundbreaking for New Canaan SDA High School Facility
The Canaan SDA High School here on Coney Drive will be transformed to a modern seven million-dollar building. The school population has been growing steadily so that it has out [...]

Coastguard’s Sea Cadet Mentorship Programme
It’s summer and that means that students are being enrolled in summer programmes across the country. For one week, sixty students between the ages of eight and twelve will be [...]

The Weekend Sporting Highlights

Good evening, I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend in sports...]

The Reporter

Police Update On murder of Mario Graniel and Gary Swank
Today, Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett, head NCIB and the man leading the task force investigating the recent double murder in San Pedro, provided an update. The murder of tourist Gary Swank led to an emergency meeting of the National Security Council and measures put in place in San Pedro to allay fears of repercussions in tourism.

Lee Mark Chang Wins Convention For Caribbean Shores
The United Democratic Party held their convention for the Caribbean Shores Constituency to delegate their representative that will be the candidate that will vie for the seat in the general election in 2020.

Special Envoy Calls Out Policeman For Rough Action On Gay Man
The Special Envoy for Women and Children has issued a statement this morning expressing her concern about the safety of LGBT members, after a video hit social media, showing a police officer holding a gay man in a choke hold yesterday. In her statement, Kim Simplis Barrow stressed that “Violence of this kind has no place in our society. Belize does not accept in silence that citizens are victims of discrimination of any type and form.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Ambassador Lois Young calls out countries for trying to “erase science” at UN Climate Change meeting
Ambassador Louis Young, Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), has called out oil-producing […]

Belize CITCO and Our Circle to collaborate in community support program
Today, Our Circle’s Communication and Advocacy Officer, Derricia Castillo-Salazar met with Kimberly Thompson of the […]

Belize’s ranking improves on US human Trafficking report
After four years of receiving the worst ranking, Belize’s ranking on the United States Trafficking […]

Call for Proposals: Sustainable and inclusive economic growth at the adjacency zone and its surroundings
The Delegation of the European Union to Guatemala is inviting proposals for actions at the […]

Bandits in training ahead of club friendly
National club football champions Belmopan Bandits are in training ahead of the CONCACAF League preliminary […]

PUP claims victory in 2nd round of village council elections
Yesterday the second round of election for village councils was held. In a statement released […]

First-ever Olympic Day to be held in Belize City
The Belize Olympic & Commonwealth Games Association (BOCGA) has upgraded its annual fun run to […]

Special Envoy: Mental health should NEVER be used as a means to criticize or insult another person
The Mental Health Association (MHA) issued a statement last week condemning Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s […]

Belize Peace Movement demands independent audit into BTL’s GST debt
The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) issued a statement today expressing outrage over the leaked news […]

Appeals can now be expedited following referendum debacle
The Government was denied a chance to immediately appeal Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin’s decision to […]

LOVE FM

Rotary has a new president
Felix Reyes is the new President for the Rotary Club of Belize. The official handing over ceremony took place on Friday, June 28 at the Biltmore Plaza. Reyes takes over from Robert Usher who spoke with Love News on his year in leadership and his plans ahead. Felix Reyes – President, Rotary Club of Belize …

Lee Mark Chang is new standard bearer for Caribbean Shores
The Caribbean Shores division is one that was being eyed as the key players all had some level of inroads with their party, the UDP. Santino Castillo wanted to make a comeback but retracted when he found out that the party was supporting Leila Peyrefitte. Darrell Bradley had long wanted to go national in his …

Canaan High School embarks on $7 million school building
Canaan SDA High School has embarked on a treat for its future students. This morning they held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new building with 18 classrooms that will be able to hold over 500 students. The building is estimated to cost over seven million dollars and will be used as a hurricane shelter. The …

Cop reportedly injures cop with firearm
It was the close of Police Week 2019 and with it came multiple incidents involving police officers including a few injuries and some that will undoubtedly lead to internal investigations. We start with the reports of an officer injuring other officers with his firearm surfaced out of Dangriga over the weekend. At the time, the …

Altercation leads to man being shot
Police are investigating the shooting of 32-year-old, Shane Bennett. The incident took place on Sunday, June 30 at around eight o’clock in the morning on Calabash Street in Independence Village, Stann Creek District. Bennett was shot to the left arm and hand and was taken to the Independence Village, Polyclinic. Police gave their preliminary findings …

Controversy surrounds fight between openly gay, off duty cop and female civilian
Two videos showing a fight onboard a boat and the subsequent detention of an off duty police officer surfaced on social media this past weekend. The videos have caused a large amount of controversy, as it involves a physical altercation between some women and an openly gay man. Love News Reporter, Courtney Menzies, was able …

Ahmadiyya hosting basketball camps
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been known to reach out to youths through the game of basketball. In this regard, they are holding a basketball camps which will allow them to connect with youths from across the country. Love news spoke with Naveed Mangla, the President Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, who said that apart from allowing …

Landlord reportedly killed for rent money
The death of 57-year-old, Errol Crown, is being investigated as his body was found in the back of his yard. Authorities were called out to Neal Pen Road, Belize City, on Saturday, June 29 just after six o’clock in the morning where they found an elderly man, lying faced up on the grass. Crown had …

Team Belize captures silver in U23 CA Female Volleyball Tournament
Team Belize placed second in the Under-23 Central American Female Volleyball Championship 2019 which was held in Managua, Nicaragua. The delegation was made up of twelve players, three coaches and one referee. The team returned to Belize yesterday with their silver medals. Love News spoke with two of the team members who said that the …

Teachers being shorted of their holidays
Perhaps, there is nothing more sacred to teachers than their wages and their holidays. Tonight, however, it seems changes may be on the horizon as Love News has received a 2-page document of the School Calendar for 2019/2020 for Government and Grant-Aided Pre and Primary Schools (CALENDAR VO). From this calendar, what has usually been …

International Sourcesizz

Taiwan, Belize celebrate 30 years of ties with new treaty
aiwan and Belize on Tuesday signed an agreement on cooperating to fight corruption as they push for a closer partnership ahead of the two countries' 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties in October. President Tsai Ing-wen and visiting Belizean Governor-General Colville Young witnessed the signing of the deal in a ceremony at the Presidential Office in Taipei. The agreement, inked by the two countries' justice ministers, will see the two countries join hands in promoting clean governments and preventing and fighting transnational corruption. Speaking at the ceremony, Tsai said that as this year marks 30 years of ties between Belize and Taiwan, many celebrations have been planned to commemorate the memorable year.

Taiwan and Belize ink agreement on promoting clean governments
President Tsai Ing-wen met with the visiting governor-general of Belize, Sir Colville Young, in Taipei on Tuesday (July 7), and the two leaders oversaw the signing of a cooperative agreement intended to promote clean governance. Young is visiting Taiwan July 2-5 to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Belize. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1989, Belize has been a good partner in both times of stability and adversity, declared Tsai. She expressed gratitude to the Central American ally for voicing its support for Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May.

Celebration of life set for Roanoke doctor murdered in Belize
The life of a Roanoke doctor who was murdered in Belize will be celebrated during a memorial service Tuesday. The service for Dr. Gary Swank is at 7 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church on Brambleton Avenue. 'We are heartbroken' Swank family releases statement after Roanoke… Visitation with his family will start at 6 p.m. Instead of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made, at Any American National Bank branch, to a scholarship fund for the Swank children.

Belize starts charging banks for payment processing
The Central Bank of Belize began charging banks for its core payment systems today (July 1) to supplement the roughly B$800,000 (US$400,000) annual maintenance costs. The central bank had previously covered the expenses itself, but following a pricing study conducted last year it has opted to recover some of the costs from the private sector. The fees will go towards helpdesk support, performing quarterly security patching and updates, and maintaining user accounts, profiles, and tokens...

Videos

  • Water taxi passenger gets upset when sitting next to LGBTQ community, 2min.

    Passengers on a Water Taxi became involved in an argument because a female passenger refused to be seated next to a male member of the LGBTQ community. The situation escalated into a fight between the gay man and a couple women. Eyewitnesses say, police on the scene quickly removed the people who were fighting from the vessel. However, the man attempted to return to the boat and he was put into a chokehold by one officer and slapped by another police officer. The man involved in the altercation has been idenfitied as an off-duty police officer Ralph Gillett. The chaos that eruptef afterwards was nothing short of shocking. Huge fight broke out with him snd 3-4 other WOMEN in which he stamped one of the women in the chest."
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