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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.
The San Pedro Sun
Vivian Noralez represents San Pedro Town at Miss Universe Belize 2019
The highly anticipated beauty pageant, Miss Universe Belize is right around the corner, and the eight delegates vying for the coveted crown were revealed during a press conference at Bliss Center for Performing Arts in Belize City on Friday, July 5th. Among the girls competing for the Miss Universe Belize, 2019 title is San Pedro’s very own 20-year-old Vivian Noralez. The other contestants are Ryeann Smith, Destinee Arnold, Aarti Sooknandan, Tianney Lamb, Josselyn Cerin, Destiny Wagner and Markeisha Young.
San Pedro resident Raymond Lamb remanded for burglary
32-year-old Raymond Lamb of San Pedro Town is behind bars at the Belize Central Prison after he was arrested for stealing jewellery and valuables worth more than $40,000 from a hotel on the island. Lamb was tried in Belize City’s Magistrate Court as San Pedro Town’s Magistrate was not in office.
According reports, the incident took place on Saturday, July 6th inside the room of one Misty Harris. Lamb allegedly broke into the hotel and stole an assortment of items that ranged from electronics to jewellery. Reports further indicate that Lamb was caught in the act and according to the prosecutor Christopher Smith, he was positively identified by two persons.
Post-Mortem results say Edwin Mai drowned in San Pedro Town
37-year-old Edwin Ricardo Mai died on Saturday, July 6th while swimming off the coast of downtown San Pedro. Although witnesses rushed him to the nearest clinic in the vicinity, he was pronounced dead on arrival around 3PM. His body was transported to Belize City where a post-mortem examination took place on Monday, July 8th. His body showed no signs of violence, and the cause of death was certified to be ‘Drowning incidental.’
Mayor weighs in on new golf cart rentals opening in San Pedro Town
Another golf cart rental company has opened on Pescador Drive. This new business contradicts what Mayor Daniel Guerrero said in November 2017, when he stated that his administration would no longer issue permits for new golf cart rentals. The San Pedro Sun reached out to Guerrero, who indicated that it is not a new rental, but rather a branch from an existing business operating under one set inventory of golf carts.
The Mayor explained that his administration has not issued any new permits for golf cart rentals. “If you see another golf cart office opening, you may think that it is a brand new company, but it is not,” said Guerrero. “In this particular case, [the company] has so much golf carts they are dividing the inventory and that’s why they opened a separate office.”
Hon. Patrick Faber Attends the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee
The Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture is in Baku, Azerbaijan attending the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee.
Hon. Faber addressed the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee and an international consortium of partners on the topic “The Importance of Strategic Vision in a Changing Climate”.
Hon. Patrick Faber joins UNESCO World Heritage managers, global climate resilience experts and local community stakeholders as they discuss the scope, aim and expected deliverables of the climate change initiative which was launched in October 2018.
Educational workshop held for San Pedro’s Justices of the Peace
San Pedro Justices of the Peace (JP’S) and aspirants participated in an educational workshop on Sunday, July 7th. Held at the San Pedro Town Council conference room, the workshop saw the attendance of committee members from San Pedro Chapter of the JP’s, Deputy Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit Inspector Basil Reyes, aspiring JP’s and guests.
The educational workshop took place from 8AM to 12PM and was facilitated by retired Assistant Superintendent of Police and certified Paralegal JP Martin Yama, former nurse, journalist, and paramedic JP Angella Wiltshire and President of National Association of JP’s and Commissioner of the Supreme Court JP, Danny Madrid. Throughout the workshop, attendees learned the basic concepts of being a Justice of the Peace, including how to respond in a timely, transparent, and efficient way.
Pick Up Trucks Donated To Belize Ministry Of Health
The Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin officially received three vehicles on Wednesday, July 8, 2019, to compliment and support the fleet of transportation across the health regions of the Ministry of Health. The Minister received two Pickup trucks and one Refrigerated cargo truck through cooperation funding agencies in a small handing over ceremony at the parking lot area of the Ministry of Health in Belmopan.
Fisherman Charged For Burglary In San Pedro
On Monday, July 8, 2019, Raymond Lamb, 32 year-old, a fisherman of San Pedro Town, appeared before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson in Belize City and was arraigned on a charge of burglary in which jewelry, money and other items were stolen that amounted in value to $42,490. According to reports on Saturday, July 6, 2019, Lamb was caught red-handed when he entered the home of Misty Harris at a well-known resort on the island and stole an assortment of items ranging from cell phones to jewelry valued at just over forty-two thousand dollars.
Ernesto “Nasa” Caliz Remanded Again For Sexual Assault
Ernesto ‘Nasa’ Caliz, a 64 year-old self-employed man from San Pedro Town, is being accused of a heinous case of sexual assault against a 9 year-old boy. The incident allegedly occurred on the island where it is said that Caliz pulled down the child’s pants and kissed him on the anus.
Therapeutic Strategies For Working With Children With Autism & Hearing Loss Workshop
The Inspiration Center in collaboration with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the Pan American Health Organization PAHO/WHO once again sponsored a three day training of trainers’ workshop for teachers, rehabilitation field officers and health care workers on “Therapeutic Strategies for Working with Children with Autism & Hearing Loss.” The training was held from July 2-4, 2019 at NaRCIE conference room on Freetown Road in Belize City.
Various Belizean Sources
Medical Students conducting Active Fever Surveillance in San Pedro
A team of medical students from the Outreach Department of the Student Government Association of Washington University of Health and Science along the Public Health Inspector and Medical Officers with will be conducting active fever surveillance in several areas in San Pedro. The objective is detecting any possible fever cases by taking temperatures using the mercury thermometer. These areas are:
Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Reported in Belize
The Fisheries Department has confirmed the presence of the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) on the Northern region of the Belize Barrier Reef Complex. SCTLD is a fairly new disease that affects coral reef systems attacking the coral colonies and resulting in loss of live tissue. Infected corals display “blotchy” lesions and high mortality rates. The disease was first reported in Florida in 2014 and more recently in Quintana Roo, Mexico. In June 2019 it was detected and subsequently confirmed in July 2019 at the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve.
Official Results for the Village Council Elections held on 7th July, 2019
Restriction on Sale of Intoxicating Liquor on Election Day
The Elections and Boundaries Department informs the public and liquor license holders to Rule 12 of the Village Council (Elections) Regulations 2009 (Statutory Instrument No. 134 of 2009) which states that every person who is the holder of a liquor license granted under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Act shall be prohibited from the sale of all forms of intoxicating liquor during the period from the opening of nominations right up to the announcing of the results. Owners of such establishments shall close such establishments to the public during these times, which is Sunday, July 14, 2019, for the attached List of Villages/Communities.
San Antonio Village Health Center Inaugurated
The newly established San Antonio Health Center was inaugurated today, July 9, 2019. The health center was a campaign promise to the community by their Area Representative Hon. Rene Montero. The $740,000 development was made possible through funding from the Caribbean Development Bank and the Government of Belize and implemented by the Belize Social Investment Fund, with support from the San Antonio community.
The Ministry of Health Belize is responsible for staffing at the health center. Service to the community should begin by the beginning of August 2019.
BBQ and Pastries Fundraiser on CayeCaulker
Come on out and support the fundraising this Sunday coming guys. Would really appreciate it. Hope it doesn't rain this time. Thank you God bl
Belize’s Agribusiness and Agro-Processing Sector: Outlook and Investment Opportunities
Belize’s Agribusiness and Agro-Processing sector is strategically positioned to offer high quality goods primarily catering to niche markets. Belize’s rich natural resources inclusive of its high availability of arable land (1,998,230 acres), with its location not being within the high hurricane landfall probability belt, offers an ideal location for agribusiness investments. The country’s advantageous position for organic and eco-labelled production, abundant pool of skilled workers, stable foreign exchange rate, welcoming investment climate, and preferential market access to major world markets offers enticing opportunities for Agriculture investments.
Learning: Pencil & Oil Pastels.
Art Classes at the Corozal House of Culture
ART CLASSES ... for kids and adults (6 and above), Inbox me if interested!
Red Cross, Corozal Branch - Community meeting
In Chan Chen on July 22nd at 2:00 p.m. at the Chan Chen Community Center.
COROZAL SUMMER FUN 2019
Sponsored by the Belize Red Cross, Corozal Branch. August 1st and 2nd.
3rd Annual Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament
It’s that time of year again! Our 3rd Annual Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament is scheduled for the weekend of July 19th, 20th & 21st. Thanks to our many sponsors, the prizes total to over $55,000BZ.
You still have time to register to enter the tournament. Read more about this big event, and find out how you can register at www.grandcaribebelize.com
Teaching Vacancies at Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico, Corozal
3 Fulltime and 1 Partime.
Just Dance Video Competition
The Just Dance Video Competition is tomorrow and Friday at the Cayo Welcome Center. Contact Ms. Neal or Mrs. Medina for more information.
"YOUR CHILDREN ADVISORY BOARD AND THE SISE TOWN COUNCIL HEREBY INVITE ALL DANCERS! COME OUT AND WIN GREAT PRIZES WITH THE JUST DANCE COMPETITION! GET YOUR GAME DANCE MOVES ON! SIGN UP TODAY! STARTING JULY 11TH AT 6:30 PM.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL MS. Kamile Neal @ 635-2999 and Councillor Shary Medina @ 615-0433."
Queen of the West 2019
The 2019 Queen of the West pageant will be held on Saturday, August 17th, and the SISE Town Council is accepting applications. They have some nice prizes for the winner, including a scholarship.
"Now Accepting applications for Queen of the West 2019!!"
Belize Water Services Management Trainee Program
Belize Water Services (BWS) has a Management Trainee Program for university graduates which provides trainees with relevant job experience and create well-rounded leaders.
We invite dynamic, motivated and dedicated individuals who are aspiring to become leaders to join our BWS Family which has a strong culture of “delivering excellence to our stakeholders through highly trained, courteous and empowered staff.” The Trainees will be stationed at our Belize City Office.
Chiquibul Junior Ranger Summer Camp
FCD proudly announces the acceptance of children to be part of the Chiquibul Junior Ranger Summer Camp. Dates: 4 - 10 August, 2019. Please write us at [email protected] for the application form and other guidelines. Closing date for applications is 22 July. Space is limited to 12 children.
Opening at the US Embassy for Senior Foreign Service National Security Investigator
The U.S. Embassy is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the following position:
Senior Foreign Service National Security Investigator
Extended closing date: July 16, 2019
243rd Independence Day Celebration
We marked the 243rd Independence Day of the United States on July 2, 2019 at the Chief of Mission’s Residence in Belmopan. Thanks to all who graced and supported the event. Enjoy these photo memories!
Aventura Archaeology Day
San Joaquin Community Center July 14.
Summer Arts Program
It's that time of the year again!
For this year's Summer Arts Program, we are offering three dynamic courses focusing on the 'Cultural Crafts Industry' in our blessed nation. Within these workshops participants will learn the artful skill of processing coconuts and bamboo to make useful crafts not to mention master the rhythms of playing a traditional Kriol drum.
Spaces are available for all three classes, call 223-4524 for more information!
Special thanks to the Belize Electricity Limited for donating to our program for second consecutive year and also to the Belize Audubon Society for their collaboration. Don't forget there's still time to check out the 'Lydia Waight-Birds of Belize' Exhibit at the Museum of Belize. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Ya’axché Farmers’ Expo 2019
Ya’axché Farmers’ Expo was a success even though we had some rain!
Ya’axché Farmers’ Expo celebrates and promotes the Maya Golden Landscape famers' innovative climate-smart agricultural practices. During the event a wide variety of organic farm produce were for sale such as coffee, cacao, herbs, spices, oils, fruits, vegetables, sugar cane, honey, fruit and timber seedlings and bio-organic fertilizers.
The climate-smart farming practices allow the farmers to wisely use their land to produce food for their families while protecting the forests. Some of the climate-smart farming practices being implemented in the MGL are slash and mulch, Inga alley cropping, cacao-based agroforestry and apiculture.
Ya’axché's Summer Camp
Ya’axché's Summer Camp is here once again!
If you are between the ages of 9-14 years and from the Maya Golden Landscape, join us for a week of fun activities, games, field trips, and much more!
Deadline for applications is Friday, 26th of July 2019. Applications will be processed on first come first serve basis. Applications are available at Ya’axché PG office and at Ya’axché field station from Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
The Summer Camp is made possible with the support of Europe Aid through the Forest Governance Project.
Social Worker Accused of Human Smuggling
Tonight, a social worker from the Department of Human Services faces charges of human smuggling. It's a cruel irony since that's the very same department is supposed to be the one which protects victims of human trafficking and smuggling.
But, 35 year old Benque Viejo resident Sergio Guerra turned that on its head. He was taken to court today along with 40 year old Edwin Arnold Naj. They are charged with facilitating the commission of a crime by transporting persons.
Alleged Human Smuggler Worked For Chair Of Anti-Trafficking In Persons Council
So, now that Sergio Guerra has been charged, what does his boss, CEO Judith Alpuche have to say about it?
She's also the chair of the The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Council - and to think that one of her staffers was allegedly involved in this smuggling operation?
Well Alpuche was incensed when we spoke to her about it today:
Judith Alpuche - CEO, Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation:
"The case looks like a human smuggling and not a human trafficking case. From our perspective, if the facts bare out, that's just a technical difference because it would be a gross and egregious violation of his ethics..."
When We Kill Mothers.
Alpuche also commented on the heinous murder of mother of two, Yanira Novelo. The 23 year old was found in a canefield on the San Lorenzo road in Orange Walk yesterday. Her son was found the day before, walking on the San Lorenzo road with a wound to his left rib cage. It was the little boy's fourth birthday, but instead of a party, he spent it escaping from the men who had abducted and killed his mother.
It's an unbelievable trauma for a child to endure and today we discussed it with the CEO of the ministry responsible for the protection of children:
Judith Alpuche - CEO, Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation:
"That's really a horrendous heart breaking case on so many levels and frightening on so many levels and we were just talking about childhood trauma and how that impacts children. So from our perspective what you see even on the news is a very supportive family and so our role in that case would be to support the family, to support this child in whatever ways needed."
Mason Trial Within A Trial Continues
In yesterday's news, we told you how the murder trial against William "Danny" Mason and his 4 co-defendants resumed in the Belmopan Supreme Court, after an extended break.
The court first had to find new defense counsels for each, except Mason, who retained Guyanese Dexter Todd. After that, each of the 5 attorneys needed to be brought up to speed with the substantial portions of the trial that had already taken place back when Herbert Panton represented all 5 men.
Well, the trial resumed at an important juncture. Justice Antoinette Moore is currently conducting a trial within this trial - to test whether a caution statement given to police should be admitted as evidence.
This part of the trial is not for public consumption, and so, for 2 days now, the press was not allowed to sit in and listen.
AIBL & FTC Formally Settle
The Sanctuary Belize land fraud fiasco started playing out late last year when the investment scheme was named in a lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission - which called it the biggest foreign land scam it had ever investigated.
And, even though it was an All-American deal - that is, US developers selling land in US dollars to US citizens - the hammer blow fell on Belize.
The country's largest offshore bank, Atlantic International had its foreign accounts frozen - and eventually had to shut down - sending dozens of employees home - and leaving hundreds of depositors - 80% of them US citizens - uncertain about what, if anything, they will get back from their savings accounts.
FTC Unleashed Firebombs on PM & Gov't
The settlement still has to be signed by all the FTC Commissioners, but this is described as a routine process which should take a few weeks. After that, the terms of the settlement will be made public.
And while that is a major development, it wasn't the reason for today's press conference.
What triggered the Wednesday afternoon event at the Princes was a 50 page court filing by the FTC which leaked to the media yesterday. It was filed on June 10th, when the FTC was playing hardball. And the document makes all kinds of claims about the conduct and actions of the Prime Minister and his law firm Barrow and Williams.
Rt. Hon. Dean Denies
And while the Prime Minister got that one line in the settlement - the FTC put many lines on him in its court filing!
To hear the PM tell it - they invented meetings which he never had and undertakings which he never gave. He read them directly from the court filing:
Rt. Hon Dean Barrow - Prime Minister:
"Under this Belizean government supported the so call fraud, they said Prime Minister Barrow met with Pukke, Pukke is apparently the chief architect of the Sanctuary Bay development project. Prime Minister Barrow met with Pukke and his associates and many connections exists between Barrow's government and Sanctuary Bay. As relevant here, Prime Minister Dean Barrow met with SBE representatives in August 2014 after the development's problems were widely known..."
FTC Said PM Was Obligated To SBE
And, the documents quotes communications which suggest that Prime Minister Barrow owed Sanctuary Belize - and because of that, he would be fulfilling a wish list for them. Here's how they put it, and his response:
Rt. Hon Dean Barrow - Prime Minister:
"Barrow owes a great deal of any positive sentiment that he has about Belize because of marketing, to us and he should be very willing to help Sanctuary Belize in any way possible end of quotation. Just the previous day, Bake emailed Pukke, and Baker made the same point: Pukke has quotations, an upcoming meeting with Barrow, he should give Barrow a wish list and Barrow is likely to help because he owes SBE for its successful telemarketing campaign in the Unites States.
The Erwin Allegation
And, it's not only the PM's name and his Deputy that got called, but the report also points to a familiar name in investment schemes, Minister of economic Development, Investment and Trade, Erwin Contreras. The Minister who is often heard about, but rarely heard from - is also a contractor, accusing to the document:
Rt. Hon Dean Barrow - Prime Minister:
"One of the developments of Sanctuary Bay, one of the developments prominent figures is Erwin Contreras, who held various positions in Barrow's government including Minister of Economic Development and Minister of Trade..."
Barrow and Williams, SBE's QB?
And while Minister Contreras is misidentified, the document also points to the Prime Minister's law firm - and makes no mistake about the fact that his partner Rodwell Williams represented Sanctuary Belize. The PM said the performance of Barrow and Williams is vindicated by recent events:..
Rt. Hon Dean Barrow - Prime Minister:
"If the suggestion is that in acting as an attorney, Rodwell and Barrow and Williams did anything in the least bit improper, how is it that the court in Maryland..."
FIU Was Warned, Did Nothing
And while Barrow and Williams continues to earn fees from the Sanctuary meltdown - where was the Financial Intelligence Unit?
They did receive an email form the former Governor of the Central Bank waning about the dimensions of fraud in Sanctuary Belize. Former FIU Director Joy Grant said she got that mail - but then nothing happened. Here's how she handled it:
Audrey Joy Grant - Governor, Central Bank:
"I looked up and I found that email was sent from then Governor Ysaguirre and I was at the FIU. That is dated 26th of September, 4 days after that I took up my appointment as governor of Central Bank."
Identifying Child Abuse Vs. Corporal Punishment
A non-profit named C-FAL, short for "Children First and Last" today held a Child Abuse Prevention Seminar at the Radisson. Discussions were led by the California-based Dr. Kendra Flores Carter, who is an experienced clinical social worker in the US.
She told us what defines child abuse - and the culture that creates traumatized children:
SIB Opens New Information Gateway
If you watch the news with any regularity, you'll know that the Statistical Institute of Belize is all about information, from the country's GDP, to the average pay of the average worker.
But, with the support of the IDB, they are going even deeper, to create a platform for open information, through the launch of the Belize National Statistical System Portal and the reloaded SIB Website.
It's part of a national statistical system with great ambitions. We found out more at the launch - which was held at the Radisson this morning:..
From Life In Prison To 8 Years
He was staring down the prospect of life imprisonment, but today, 38 year-old Alfredo Ical, a convicted murderer, got good news when he learned that he only has 8 more years to serve.
Ical was convicted of the 2002 murder of 27 year-old Jose Nunez, a Salvadoran national which happened on a Banana Farm in the Stann Creek District.
The evidence in his original trial indicates that Ical and another man were walking on a road connected to the farm when they met Nunez.
Ical, who was intoxicated, attacked Nunez for no reason, and bashed Nunez in his face with a stone. Ical then chopped Nunez with a machete, then he tied a rope around his neck and hanged him from a tree. Ical was convicted and sentenced to life in 2005 by Justice Michellle Arana.
PM: BTL Don't Owe
BTL doesn't owe any GST. That's what the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance said this evening when the press asked him about the alleged 29 million dollars in arrears.
Documents circulated to the media show an audit concluding that this almost 30 million dollars is owed for the years 2012 - 2017. The PM refused that today:..
Rt. Hon Dean Barrow - Prime Minister:
"BTL owes no taxes. BTL pays its files and pays its GST. Now, obviously, some issue has arisen as to whether there is any GST liability pertaining to some intra-company transactions...."
Stony Coral, Serious Threat
First it was floral bleaching, and now the Fisheries Department is alerting the nation tonight that there is a new environmental threat that has the potential to wreck the famous Belize's Barrier Reef system.
It's called Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease and it has been detected on the northern region of the barrier reef system.
It's a fairly new disease that negatively affects coral reef systems by attacking coral colonies, which results in the loss of live coral tissue. Infected corals display "blotchy" lesions, and high mortality rates.
BAHA and The Beetle
And while the Marine conservationists prepare to do battle with that coral disease, the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) is on high alert for the small hive beetle.
This beetle is a scavenger and a highly destructive parasite to honey bee colonies. It is native to Africa, but it's been making inroads in this hemisphere since 2006. BAHA suspects that the incursion of the small hive beetle into northern Belize was due to the illegal trade of honey bee products, equipment, and materials.
The small hive beetle has devastated areas where it has been detected.
There's concern on the Placencia Peninsula about an apparent development that's happening on the thinnest part of the precious strip of land.
The former chairman explained:
A protest was planned by villagers for the area today. We'll keep following the story.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow Vehemently Denies Knowing of Sanctuary Belize Land Scam
With a huge scandal starring him in the face, Prime Minister Dean Barrow today called an urgent press conference in which he responded to the claims and allegations made in [...]
PM Barrow Defends Fellow Ministers; Says F.T.C. Allegations Are Untrue
PM Barrow also responded to a statement in the claim which says that “There are other important connections between the Belizean government and S.B.E.” In the claim, allegations are also [...]
F.I.U. Was Warned of Possible Real Estate Scam
One of the most serious allegations made against the Barrow administration is that there was knowledge of the scam prior to the F.T.C.’s actions to halt it. According to the [...]
Central Bank Rejects Allegations of Knowledge of Scam
The Central Bank of Belize is said to have been aware of the scam, but failed to act properly in the Sanctuary Belize scam. The Bank today issued a statement [...]
Senator Salazar Denies Allegations Made by F.T.C.
U.D.P. Senator Aldo Salazar is also named in the claim. It says that Salazar, who represented A.I.B.L., allegedly “facilitated the fraud by helping the developer wrongfully seize Sanctuary Belize lots [...]
PM Barrow Complaints to U.S. State Department
And the visibly upset Prime Minister told the media that after learning and reviewing the claim, he urgently got in contact with the U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires to make an [...]
F.T.C.’s Submits Motion to Stay Proceedings Against A.I.B.L.
Before the Prime Minister’s press conference today, the F.T.C. filed an application in the U.S. District Court of Maryland for a stay of the proceedings it commenced against A.I.B.L. This, [...]
PM Barrow – “B.T.L. pays its files and pays its G.S.T.”
Prime Minister Barrow, during his press conference this afternoon, also touched briefly on Telemedia’s G.S.T. issue. Aside from reiterating the position taken by Financial Secretary Joseph Waight that the company [...]
Letter from B.T.L. Chairman to FinSec – “an outrageous lie”
At a press conference held by the People’s United Party last Wednesday, Area Representative Kareem Musa attested to the existence of a letter in which the chairman of B.T.L.’s Board [...]
Min. of Human Development Offers Support to Murder Victim’s Family
The chilling murder of a young mother in Orange Walk has shaken that northern district. The callousness with which she was killed and her little boy brutally attacked on his [...]
Human Development Employee in the Middle of Smuggling Operation
An employee of the Ministry of Human Development has been charged with human smuggling of four Honduran nationals, who are in Belize illegally. The employee is thirty-five-year-old Sergio Adrian Guerra. [...]
Alleged Human Smugglers Pleaded Not Guilty; Released on Bail
As you heard just now, the two men charged in connection with an alleged smuggling operation, are social worker Sergio Adrian Guerra and Edwin Naj. Both men were in vehicles [...]
Strengthening the Family Unit is at the Core of Addressing Crime
In recent years the level of crime and violence against women and children has escalated. The recent killing of twenty-four-year-old Yanira Novelo and the attack on her four-year-old boy brought [...]
From Death Row to 25 Years Behind Bars for Convicted Murderer, Erlin White
From death row to life sentence to possibility of parole, after he completes twenty-five years behind bars. That’s how the murder case concluded today for convicted prisoner, Erlin White, when [...]
Will PM Barrow Sue F.T.C. for Defamation?
Back to the big story involving Sanctuary Bay, when the dust finally settles on the A.I.B.L./Sanctuary Bay fiasco, will Prime Minister Barrow set his sights on the Federal Trade Commission [...]
Sanctuary Bay Defrauded American Investors Only
Notwithstanding the Central Bank’s role as the country’s financial regulator, questions are being asked about its apparent lack of oversight in respect of the Sanctuary Bay real estate scam. When [...]
S.I.B. Introduces Belize National Statistical System Portal
This morning, the Statistical Institute of Belize and the Inter-American Development Bank formally launched the Belize National Statistical System Portal and the S.I.B. website. The initiative comes as part of [...]
What Will the New Portal Be Used for?
The objective of the portal is to standardize and reduce the amount of effort needed to transfer data between organizations, as well as give the general public access to disseminated [...]
KTV the Remix, Season 3 Opens with a Bang
KTV, the Remix opened with a bang on Tuesday night at the Bliss and is poised to remain the hottest summer show on local television. First on stage was Marlyn [...]
A Timely Forum on How to Protect Children in Cases of Child Abuse
A timely forum is taking place today. It is offering relevant information to the authorities on how to detect and protect children who are being abused. According to a report, [...]