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Spanish company Santander will soon start sugar milling operations in western Belize http://community.belize.com/topic/2317-spanish-company-santander-poised-to-start-sugar-milling-western-belize/
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Before Belize was independent, the despised British Union Jack Flag flew above all government properties. I do not know where this image was taken, but maybe Maskall? Send us our comments!
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Poor working conditions, decaying infrastructure at Belize International Airport cited in air traffic controllers sickout:

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U.S. cruise ship passengers in terrible road accident in Belize.

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BODY OF MISSING HONDURAN RESORT WAITRESS FOUND MURDERED ON AMBERGRIS CAYE

Crime continues to rise in Belize, apparently out of the control of the authorities. Once centered mostly in Belize City, serious crimes, namely murders, are now regularly reported on once sacrosanct tourist areas such as San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Two days ago Silvia Benitez a resort worker and mother of 3, was reported missing. Today the police report the gruesome discovery of her body near one of the upscale real estate developments on north Ambergris Caye:

On 17.01.15 at about 3:30 p.m., San Pedro Police visited a area in the Grand Belize Estate Area, located about 3 1/2 miles North of San Pedro Town where the partially nude and decomposed body of a female person was seen on the right hand side of the road in a pond of mud and water. Initial Investigation revealed that at about 11:30 am on 17.01.15 two passersby were traveling in the area when they smelled a stench coming from the area upon making checks they discovered a body identified as that of 22-year-old Silvia Carmen Benites Honduran of San Pedrito Area who was reported missing on 15.01.15.  

The body was pronounced dead at 5:47 p..m and had bruises to the face, neck and back. A postmortem examination was conducted where it was found that the body had multiple blunt force injuries to the right side of face, to the neck and back and restraining type injuries to the shoulders and inner thigh, however, the cause of death could not be determined.
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BWSL Sex Letters In Court

Supreme Court Justice, Michelle Arana is to decide on the claim of Mark Menzies, Don Gillett, Michael Novelo, Journett McKoy, Charlette Barnett and Colin Morrison sometime next year after receiving written submissions from their attorneys, Senior Counsel, Said Musa for Menzies and Tricia Pitts-Anderson for the other claimants.

Senior Counsel Rodwell Williams and Julie-Ann Ellis-Bradley are representing Belize Water Services (BWS), the employer which fired the six persons in January, 2012.
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After a six-month break the trial resumed with cross-examination of the former president of the Belize Water Services Workers Union, Lorelei Westby.

Westby said she had to remove herself from a panel investigating the circulation of “salacious letters” among workers despite vowing to get to the bottom of the matter, because of “a conflict of interest”.

Westby stepped down as union president and delegated the handling of the investigation to a subordinate.

Westby testified that she was not aware of the redundancy process and admitted that the union executive did not order any action to be taken after she learned of management’s decision to move against the workers.

She saw a difference in the treatment of these six employees, she said, and the treatment of two redundant security guards at the water treatment plant in Dangriga.

Alvan Haynes, CEO of Belize Water and Sewage Authority denied that he used the claim of redundancy as an excuse to terminate the employment of the six workers after he was unable to trace the origins of an internal sex scandal.

In 2012 a number of salacious letters secretly circulated revealing sexual liaisons involving the top management of Belize Water Services Ltd. a wholly owned government entity chaired by U.D.P. Party Chairman Alberto August. Haynes said that these reports sapped morale and led to bitter in-fighting and threats against all levels of staff and Board members.

The company’s investigation involved harsh interrogation of more than 50 employees, including Menzies and two or three of the others who were subsequently dismissed.

According to Haynes, the company was looking to cut costs after the Public Utilities Commission ordered BWS to reduce its water rates by seven percent.

Company department heads picked the six men for redundancy, despite good to excellent marks in their most recent performance appraisal in March of 2012.

Haynes’ company-wide memo of February 7, 2012, was in his words, an attempt to flush out further information about the upper management sex scandal but he denied that it had any direct connection to the six men who were dismissed.

It was in fact, a warning to other employees to watch their behavior and to encourage them to cooperate in revealing the source of the sex scandal expose.

It was a decision that was wrong and which he now regrets, C.E.O Haynes said. The decision was not in keeping with the core values of the company, he acknowledged.

The six who were sacked are asking for general damages related to unlawful termination and various assorted other damages for special circumstances.
BWS says it has already paid each redundant worker his full final payment, including in the case of Mark Menzies, a six figure sum which included severance pay for his 12 years of service to BWS and money related to his redundancy termination.

Menzies, for his part presented proof that he was employed for 13 years prior to the introduction of the BWS pension scheme in 1993.
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Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow Aborts U.S.A., Cuba, Christmas Trip

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U.S. Ambassador Carlos Moreno presses Belize on LGBT rights.
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