Dangriga


Crime

Crime and Society

By: Dr. Robert Winslow Belize is a parliamentary democracy with a constitution enacted in 1981 upon independence from the United Kingdom. Numerous ruins indicate that for hundreds of years Belize was heavily populated by the Maya Indians, whose relatively advanced civilization reached its height between A.D. 250 and 900. Eventually the civilization declined leaving behind small groups whose offspring still exist in Belize contributing positively to the culturally diverse population. In 1502, Columbus sailed through parts of the Caribbean, but did not actually visit the area later known as British Honduras. The first reference to European settlement in the colony […]


Garifuna organizations worldwide organize to deal with discrimination

GARIFUNA ORGANIZATIONS IN BELIZE AND WORLDWIDE ARE NETWORKING TO DEVISE A PLAN TO DEAL WITH DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THEIR PEOPLE By: Wellington C. Ramos Ever since it was reported that there was discrimination taking place against Ms. Uwahnie Martinez an employee of First Caribbean Bank International for speaking her Garifuna language, the Garifuna people in Belize and in the diaspora have been outraged. Why? Because in the countries of; “Yurumein” now known as Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Belize there has always been a history of racism and human rights violations against their people up to this […]


Dr. Theodore Aranda writes to FirstCaribbean Bank

Managing Director Mr. Daniel Farmar FirstCaribbean Bank Ltd. St. Michael, Barbados Sir: I write you, sir, primarily as a Garifuna person, but also at the request of the Garifuna community of Belize as well as the entire Garifuna Diaspora throughout Central America and the United States of America concerning the harassment and move to dismiss at least one senior officer of the CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, Dangriga Branch, Belize, Miss Uwahnie Martinez. The alleged violation by this senior officer is her answering greetings in Garifuna from Garifuna customers who address her in Garifuna within the bank. The FirstCaribbean Bank claims […]


No Garifuna at First Caribbean Bank 2

The Belize Garifuna community in Dangriga and employees of the bank have made allegations of Racism and Discrimination against the Garifuna people that they cannot speak their native tongue at the bank. As if was not hard enough for the Garifuna people trying to keep their culture alive as it is, this banks adds to the already heavy load. The Statistical Institute of Belize reported in its 2010 Census, that the Garifuna people is the second largest ethnic group in the Stann Creek District, who continue to contribute to the growth and development of Belize. Furthermore, the Garifuna language was […]


Wastage 2

PUDP is keeping the citizens hostage By engaging in so much wastage This country should at advance stages With its citizens benefiting from all sorts of advantage With better wages and advance drainage Now the IDB is recommending that GoB increase the percentage Of the citizens who have not yet received proper sewage This nonsense makes me cringe People still di empty chamber pot under Belcan Bridge And waste control still di pick up feces in garbage Prisoners are still carrying out night soil Buoy these things make my blood boil! Two weeks ago at a teachers rally Hector Silva […]


Hundreds of Thousands Embezzled From Southern Regional Hospital, Administrator Suspended

Just last night we aired an update into the ongoing audit of the Southern Regional Hospital – where there have been rumours of substantial misappropriation of public funds. But, after the CEO Peter Allen spoke to us in the morning, later that evening when he was heading up to Belmopan he got a call from the Auditor General’s Department. They had made dramatic and disturbing findings. This afternoon via telephone from Belmopan CEO Allen told us what they told him:.. Dr. Peter Allen, CEO – Ministry of Health “What they found was 3 cheques totaling $7,060 which were drawn from […]


Ministry of Natural Resources undermining Dangriga Town Council

By News5 Belize There’s another land controversy brewing and the Dangriga Town Council says it is a deliberate attempt by the Ministry of Natural Resources to undermine and frustrate the Council and the people of Dangriga. In a nutshell, what we found out today is that parcel nine-nine-one near the main bridge in downtown Dangriga was sold to Anthony Adderly by government sometime around 2008. According to the Town Council, it was then decided that the land should be reserved for public use and the land was re-acquired from Adderly for four thousand dollars, the purchase price he had paid […]


WANTED – David Taylor 2

David Taylor, charged with aggravated assault of an indecent nature and the possession of pornographic material is a wanted man after failing to appear in the Magistrate’s Court in Dangriga last week. Taylor was granted Supreme Court bail after the Placencia Police had objected strongly to bail because he was deemed a flight risk. Police in Placencia are not happy about the turn of events, and that’s putting it mildly, and are asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of Mr. Taylor to call Crime Stoppers or the Placencia Police at telephone numbers; 503-3142 or 632-5341. Dec 20, 2012 – Channel […]


Toledo West Area rep says his constituents are affected by Guatemalan incursions

Toledo West area representative Oscar Requeña, whose constituency is made up of a number of villages near the Belize/Guatemala Border, today raised concerns in the House in light of the recent encounter with illegal Guatemalan loggers in Machaquila.  According to Requeña, residents of communities in those areas have been living under the constant threat of incursion from xateros, loggers and gold panners who enter the country to pillage its natural resources.   Oscar Requeña, Area Representative, Toledo West “The community of San Jose, the community of Na Lum Ca. In 2010—in October 2010, to be specific—Mister Speaker, we had the […]


Bribery and Corruption in Belize 1

Produced by the Belize Development Trust We have over the years at the Belize Development Trust and long before it existed, received complaints of cases, of both political and civil service bribery in Belize. Probably the most common has been complaints with the national political police. It is not that common, but periodically in certain locations from Dangriga, to Corozal to Caye Caulker we do get these complaints. More common are the complaints by foreigners, who are immigrating to Belize, or starting a business in Belize and that sort of thing, on a relatively small scale. Usually under a million […]


Elections 2012

Elections are right around the corner, we have gotten our hands on the Manifestos for the PUP party; as soon as we get more we will be posting them up. PLEASE!  I do not want these posts to be taken negatively. I am only trying to get a better picture of what is being promised in the manifestos and point out issues that I see in them. My goal here is simply to remove confusion or doubt. As soon as I get the manifestos for other parties they will be getting the same treatment… And PLEASE, if you are friends […]