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Man dead after attempted masked robbery
Shortly after 9:00 p.m. a single gunshot rang out in the Tres Cocos Area in Ambergris Caye. When police officials arrived at the scene around 10:00 p.m. the body of Lionel Aldana was found dead from a single gunshot wound. The body was transported to the San Pedro Police Department.
Initial police investigations reveal that two men were returning to town from hunting on the northern end of the island when upon reaching the Tres Cocos vicinity a log was seen lying in the middle of the road. The driver stopped the vehicle and got out to investigate. It is alleged that two masked men came out of hiding and the driver, fearing for his life, fired a single gunshot from his licensed gun. Investigations continue into the incident but reliable sources have confirmed that the driver is an employee of the San Pedro Town Council.
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Belize - Mother Nature's Secret No More
Belize is Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret is the slogan of the Belize Tourism Board’s marketing campaign for the industry, but we don’t want to keep it a secret anymore, says newly appointed Director of Tourism Seleni Matus.
BTB's new Director of Tourism, Seleni Matus
Instead the industry should embrace new media, such as Internet websites, blogs, Youtube videos, emails, and social networking to get the word out that Belize is the adventure destination for an authentic holiday experience, Matus said when Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Manuel Heredia formally introduced her to the media during a press luncheon at the Radisson Fort George Hotel on Wednesday, April 7th.
BTB's new Chairman, Linsey Garbutt
She plans to launch a new campaign to encourage visitors to keep coming back, to convert cruise ship visitors to overnight visitors, and to penetrate the Canadian, European markets as well as emerging markets in Latin America. This will call for the industry to form strategic relationships with airlines
Matus has set herself and her staff a three-month timetable to formulate a plan of action to turn the industry around and a one-year timeframe to achieve tangible results.
Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation,
Hon Manuel Heredia
The industry finds itself at a crossroads as it battles against the global economic downturn, which impacted in the number of visitors last year, and the past three months. The global market place is fiercely competitive, and the region is already seeing impacts from climate change.
Belize and Italy moves to closer ties
Belize’s economic and commercial ties with Italy may be strengthened by the recent official visit of a delegation led by Italian Minister for Economic Development, His Excellency Claudio Scajola.
Minister Scajola held a joint meeting with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Wilfred Elrington and Minister of Economic Development, Erwin Contreras.
Italian Minister for Economic Development, His Excellency Claudio Scajola and Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Wilfred Elrington
Together they declared their intention to establish a permanent dialogue both at institutional level and between representatives of their business communities, to strengthen bilateral economic and commercial relations, identifying areas of economic cooperation and instruments to encourage Italian investment in Belize and Belizean investment in Italy.
The representatives also expressed their interest in developing the cooperation between small and medium size enterprises and supporting the creation of companies to provide assistance and incentives for the establishing joint Belizean-Italian ventures, to exchange best practices and experiences with the Italian industrial districts, to attract bilateral investment by defining priorities and identifying target geographical areas and joint strategies.
Interest was also expressed in exchanging information and experiences and in sharing know-how for the benefit of all interested Italian and Belizean companies.
To strengthen relations, the Italian representatives intend to seek the support of Italian agencies and public entities to promote future investment in key sectors of Belize.
For its part, the Belizean Government promised to involve institutional authorities responsible for international cooperation and private companies to expand relations with Italy.
Belize to sign Tax Information exchange pacts with more than a dozen countries
Belize has signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia, which will allow for the sharing of tax-related information between the two countries in accordance with standards established by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Signing the Agreement for Australia was His Excellency, Philip Kentwell, High Commissioner for Australia to Belize, while Mr. Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary signed on behalf of Belize under an authority granted to him by the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. Dean Barrow.
The High Commissioner commented that Australia is glad that Belize is now a Tax Information Agreement Partner which will assist in the efforts to thwart illegal financial processes. He also committed to furthering bilateral relations with Belize. Mr. Waight thanked the High Commissioner for the speedy process in which the arrangements had been expedited.
This makes the fourth Tax Information Exchange Agreement that Belize has signed. The others are with the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The Tax Information Exchange agreement with the United Kingdom was signed last week in London.
In addition, Belize has initialed tax information exchange agreements with eleven other countries - Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Aruba, Denmark, Faroes, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Greenland.
These agreements will be formally signed as soon as these countries have completed their internal procedures.
Belize is also involved in discussions with the United States of America and Poland, and has sent them draft TIEAs based on the OECD model.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
San Pablo / San Marcos Neighborhood Watch meeting Tuesday night at 7:00 PM at the San Pedro Church; Located across from Belikin Supply.
The Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development has completed a new Master Plan for Ambergris Caye. It will be presented to the public for comment on Tuesday, April 13th at 6:30 PM at the Lion's Den. The Chamber agrees that a Master Plan for development would be a great asset for Ambergris Caye. Please plan to attend the meeting to learn more about the Plan and have your voice heard.
I am asking the public for help . If anyone has picnic tables or playground equipment that can be donated for the San Pedro R.C. School I would greatly appreciate it. I can be reached at 623-9962 or email me at email@example.com
I also need bookcases or shelving for the library.
Thank You, Eve Dirnback
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