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New Belize City Centre to cost $25 M
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New Belize City Centre to cost $25 M

By Marion V. Ali Staff Reporter Construction of the new Belize City Centre facility is expected to cost $25 M to build and will take between 20 and 24 months from the time it is scheduled to start in early 2015. Anthony Thurton and Associates (ATA) obtained the contract a […]

Union and BCCI propose amendments to OSH Bill
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Union and BCCI propose amendments to OSH Bill

By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter Both the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) have proposed amendments to the tabled Occupational Safety and Health Bill. According to BCCI President Arturo Vasquez, the chamber has submitted a total of between 50 […]

PM hosts third annual business forum
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PM hosts third annual business forum

By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter Prime Minister Dean Barrow held his third annual Business Forum on Thursday in which members of the private sector met with the public sector to discuss ways to strengthen Belize’s business climate. Mike Singh, chief executive officer in the Ministry of Trade and Investment […]

Desiree Phillips on goals as new OCED
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Desiree Phillips on goals as new OCED

By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter Desiree Phillips, new the new officer commanding Eastern Division, said her main focus after assuming her new role is to boost the moral of officers, rebuild community trust and focus on crime reduction. “We will continue to remain steadfast but there is a lot […]

Ambassador Fred Martinez passes
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Ambassador Fred Martinez passes

By Marion V. Ali Staff Reporter Belize’s chief negotiator over the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute, Ambassador Fred Martinez, has passed away. The senior diplomat, who was reportedly ill, died Tuesday night in Guatemala. Ambassador Martinez served as Belize’s ambassador to Guatemala from 2003 up to the time of his death. Martinez […]

Taiwanese Ambassador Wu departs
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Taiwanese Ambassador Wu departs

By Marion Ali Staff Reporter BELIZE CITY, Wed. 9th, 2014 After a four-year tour of duty, Taiwanese Ambassador, David Wu, leaves Belize this Saturday for his home where he will spend one week before taking up assignment in New Zealand. During his time in Belize, Ambassador Wu saw the ties […]

CWU to elect final trustee
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CWU to elect final trustee

By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter A run-off election to settle the final post on the executive of the Christian Workers’ Union (CWU) will be held on Saturday between the two persons who tied in the main election in December. The candidates are Ras Dion Pitter and Maureen Mahmud Reyes, […]

PUC final decision on BEL rates
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PUC final decision on BEL rates

By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has made its final decision to approve the new Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) rates, which took effect on July 1st. The PUC approved a Mean Electricity Rate (MER) of 43.47 cents per kilowatt-hour, a slight decrease from 44.65 over […]

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Conquering the Crab Mentality

Most of you are very familiar with the phrase ‘crab eena bucket.’ For those of you who are not, it refers to the notion of crabs trying to escape imprisonment in a bucket and pulling each other down in the process. In the end, of course no crab escapes. In […]

Slight decrease in unemployment
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Slight decrease in unemployment

By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter Belize’s unemployment rate as of April 2014 is 11.1 percent, down slightly from 11.7 percent in April of 2013, according to recently released statistics from the Statistical Institute of Belize. As of April 2014 there were 16,730 unemployed persons in Belize, which according to […]