SIB says economy on rebound

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In Belize’s economy grew by 2.1% in the first quarter of 2017. According to SIB , Belize produced goods and services totaling 748.2 million dollars which an increase of 15.4million dollars  from $732.8 in the first quarter of 2016. During this period, the banana industry grew by...

Unemployment rate at 9%

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The unemployment rate has increased in comparison to the same time period last year. That is what the latest figures from the Statistical Institute of Belize reveals. The Labour Force survey of April 2017, showed that when compared to April of 2016, there were over two thousand...

Workshop for MSME’s on Small Continuity of Business and Operations after Disasters

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The Caribbean and Latin American Workshop for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) got on the way today in Belize City. The focus is on continuity of business and operations after disasters . Discussions included the need to raise awareness about adopting a...

FFB congress didn’t have quorum; no election yet

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On Saturday, the Football Federation of Belize’s tenth Congress was not held as scheduled because several members did not show up. As you may recall, there has been accusations and disqualifications as it relates to the candidates for the post of president of the FFB. Sergio Chuc...

US hands over boats and equipment to Police Department

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Today, the US Embassy handed over maritime assets to include three boats and equipment, valued at approximately US$449,000, to the Belize Police Department.  All three vessels were seized by Belizean authorities and now refurbished and equipped to fight criminal activities. ...

Dorian Pakeman back at job as Press Office Director

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Another matter the PM addressed is the Dorian Pakeman issue.  As you may recall, Pakeman had knocked down and killed 45 year old mechanic Dean Dawson. There were reports that traces of cocaine were found in Pakeman’s blood and also allegations that the victim’s samples were...

Public Service Fair 2017

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This week is being observed as Public Service Week and today, the 10th annual Public Service day fair was held in Belmopan at the Belmopan Comprehensive School. We spoke to Julia Lewis who told us more about today’s event. Julia Lewis, Ministry of Public Service &...

IMF suggests further belt tightening for Belize such as increasing GST and retrenchment

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An International Monetary Fund team visited Belize from June 6th to the 15th and  met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Carla Barnett,; Governor of the Central Bank of Belize Joy Grant, and Financial Secretary Joseph Waight....

Appeal for Mek Mi Rich case

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The man who won a case against BTL for stealing his ideas for the Mek Mi Rich game show, is appealing his award of damages. Back in February of 2016, Curtis Swasey was awarded $25,000, after he won the case against BTL and the owners of Mek Mi Rich, Andre Vega and Sanjay...

CWU president to meet with negotiating team before responding to Stevedore’s letter

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We have reported on the letter sent by stevedores to the President of the Christian Workers Union, Dale Trujeque instructing him to “..step away from the bargaining table with Port of Belize Ltd with immediate effect”. The letter further instructs Trujeque that “..you are...

Belize Leaders for Social Justice rallying for change to the minimum wage and gas prices

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The last time the minimum wage was changed was in 2012 from $3.10 to $3.30 an hour. That works out to about $132.00 a week if the person is working full time. With the cost of living rising, this places many families in a position of poverty. Belize Leaders for Social Justice has...

Stevedores forbid CWU from continuing negotiations with Port of Belize

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Stevedores want Christian Workers Union to halt negotiations with the Port of Belize. That’s according to a letter dated June 12, 2017, and addressed to President of the Christian Workers Union, Dale Trujeque. The letter states that Trujeque and the negotiation team are being...

FFB responds to allegation of “Rigged Election”

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Yesterday we reported on the Football Federation of Belize’s conflicts regarding the upcoming elections for that body. Sergio Chuc, in an interview with the media, accused the FFB of  putting together a “rigged election”. This is after Chuc was rejected as a candidate for the...

BSCFA and BSI reach agreement over loss of molasses

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The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) and the Belize Sugar Industry, BSI say they have reached an amicable agreement concerning  the  loss  of molasses  due  to  Maillard  Reaction. You may recall that back in July of  2016,   a  chemical  reaction called a Mailard...

Belize exports up by 3%; Imports Down 10.4%

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Belize’s export to the world saw an increase by 3% for the month of April. According to the Statistical Institute of Belize, the total domestic exports for April 2017 amounted to $35.7 million, up by 3 percent or $1 million when compared to exports for April 2016. Sugar was the...