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Belize Chinese celebrate New Year of the Dog
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Belize Chinese celebrate New Year of the Dog

The crackle of firecrackers, and the loud pounding of drums and cymbals all over Belize City last Saturday morning, February 17, signaled the Belizean Chinese community’s annual celebration of the lunar new year – the Year of the Dog, which launched their New Year’s festival,which had begun Friday, February 16. […]

Southwest flight from Belize makes emergency landing
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Southwest flight from Belize makes emergency landing

By Benjamin Flowers A Southwest Airlines flight headed from Belize to Denver, Colorado had to make an emergency landing in Houston after the plane suffered mechanical problems during the flight. A spokesperson for Southwest told international media that Flight 289, which left Belize on Sunday, February 18, had to be […]

Taiwan grants $1 Million to Belize towards security cooperation
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Taiwan grants $1 Million to Belize towards security cooperation

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor The Belize Police Department’s security system has received more assistance from Taiwan. Last Thursday, Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize, Charles Liu handed over a cheque valued $1 million towards an ongoing project to strengthen the Department’s security system, to Minister of Home Affairs, Wilfred Elrington. The […]

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Innovation and Growth in Belize: Impact of Tax Policy

“There is an ongoing debate about the impact of a country’s tax structure on entrepreneurship generally, and on innovation specifically. … Suffice to say that most experts believe that relatively high marginal personal and corporate income tax rates discourage entrepreneurs from taking the risks of starting new business ventures and […]

BTB donates to disaster relief in the Caribbean
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BTB donates to disaster relief in the Caribbean

By Benjamin Flowers The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) in collaboration with its industry partners managed to raise over $100,000 for disaster relief funds for Caribbean countries affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria last September. The BTB’s Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, Karen Pike, handed over a cheque for $119,868 […]

Man shot dead in yard in King’s Park; police have no motive
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Man shot dead in yard in King’s Park; police have no motive

By Marion Ali A man was shot dead sometime after 11:00 p.m., on Saturday as he and friends were socialising in a yard in the otherwise peaceful King’s Park area of Belize City, and police are yet to establish a motive for the killing. Police say officers responded to a […]

Toddler’s body retrieved from well in Silk Grass village
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Toddler’s body retrieved from well in Silk Grass village

By Michelle Sutherland Police do not suspect foul play in the death of three-year-old Keon Martinez, whose lifeless body was recovered from inside a well in Silk Grass Village on Tuesday morning. Just after 6:35 a.m. on February 20th, police responded to a report in Silk Grass village of a […]

Tourist raped; San Pedro man charged
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Tourist raped; San Pedro man charged

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor A tourist was reportedly raped in her sleep two Fridays ago in San Pedro, and police have charged a man in connection with the incident. The victim, a 25 year-old American tourist visited the San Pedro police station last Thursday afternoon to report that sometime […]

San Ignacio caretaker found hacked to death in farm house
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San Ignacio caretaker found hacked to death in farm house

By Michelle Sutherland San Ignacio police are investigating the murder of Gian Espat, 24, a caretaker who was killed at the farm-house he looked after in Santa Elena town sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. According to police, one suspect has been detained in connection with the murder. Cops […]

Living in the belly of a region labeled “corrupt”
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Living in the belly of a region labeled “corrupt”

By Adele Ramos Freelance Reporter Being in the belly of the beast is not a position to covet, and neither is sitting in the belly of a region that has been labeled “corrupt” for more than a decade. Transparency International today released its 2017 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for 180 […]