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Killer bees? attack ends in death of family dog

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 29, 2004

A frenzied attack from a swarm of bees, believed to be Africanized bees, has left a family dog dead and has injured a yard cutter in the Buttonwood Bay area of Belize City.

Ms. Julia McDonald, a resident of Second Street, Belize City, said that she screamed out when a large swarm of what appeared to be killer Africanized bees attacked her while she was in her front yard around 10:30 a.m. yesterday.

Public finances (SSB): private business (Intelco)

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 29, 2004

In 2002, when relations between the Government of Belize and Sir Michael Ashcroft took a downward turn, Lord Ashcroft publicly charged the Government of Belize with attempting to use $17 million of Social Security Board and Development Finance Corporation (DFC) funds to finance Intelco.

Ashcroft made the statements publicly at a Belize Telecommunications Limited (BTL) AGM, to explain his stern objection to the way the Government of Belize was introducing competition into the telecommunications market. He charged that Government was not creating a level playing field for competition, since what Government was in effect doing was creating what he called ?subsidized competition.?

Rhoda Hyde Coye, R.I.P.

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 29, 2004

Rhoda Serena Hyde Coye, 93, passed away this evening at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital from natural causes.

Her greatest attributes were her passionate belief in God, her instrumental role in the formation of the People?s United Party in 1950, and the remarkable amount of love and commitment she had for her family.

Supt. Ewart Itza wins round one!

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 29, 2004

On Monday, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Kirk Anderson, presented arguments before Magistrate Earl Jones that the interdicted Police Superintendent, Ewart Itza, has a case to answer on two counts of false imprisonment and one count of insulting words.

The DPP?s submission follows an earlier no-case submission from Itza?s defense attorneys, B.Q. A. Pitts, S.C., and Ellis Arnold, that Itza did not have a case to answer on charges of indecent words and threat of death.

Froylan Atilano Cuello, dead at 57

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 29, 2004

Froylan Cuello, 57, suffered a heart attack yesterday at his home in Orange Walk Town. He passed away soon after he was taken to the Northern Regional Medical.

Froylan (below) and his brothers, Ernesto and Osvaldo, founded the family business, Cuello?s Distillery Limited, one of Belize?s leading producers of liquors. Their products include Caribbean White Rum, Imperial Brandy, Aniseed, Trafalgar Gin, and Caribbean Coconut Rum.

Stepson, 31, accused of chopping stepfather, 47!

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 29, 2004

Derrick Costly, 47, a construction worker of Queen?s Square, is trying to recover at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) from multiple chop wounds he sustained on Monday, July 26, sometime around 1:15 p.m., after a misunderstanding he had with his common-law wife of 18 years.

After searching for him for three days, police have arrested 31-year-old Anthony O?Connor, a resident of Cotton Tree Village, for Costly?s stabbing, and have charged him with attempted murder, the use of deadly means of harm, and dangerous harm.

Sol Gen Kaseke arrested in U.S. for ?interfering with the operation of an aircraft?

BELIZE CITY, Wed. July 28, 2004

United States federal agents arrested Belize?s Solicitor General, Elson Kaseke, on Sunday, July 25, 2004, for failure to comply with United States federal regulations.

An American Airlines? flight crew reported to their administrative personnel that Kaseke was involved in a verbal exchange with a passenger seated next to him in the business class section of the aircraft, and Kaseke insisted on changing seats.

Novelo?s and Belitur mess up, blame each other!

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 22, 2004

When Carnival?s cruise ships, Elation and Inspiration, docked in the Belize Harbor early this morning, there were no buses waiting to take passengers on their scheduled tours.

Calls came in to the various morning radio talk shows attesting to the absence of the tour buses and the increasing frustration of the tour guides, who had reported to the Tourist Village by 5:30 this morning.

?Stonecrab? Jones alleges wrongful arrest by Caye Caulker police

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 22, 2004

A man from ?La Isla Carinosa,? Caye Caulker, is alleging wrongful arrest and police brutality.

On Tuesday, July 20, Levi ?Stonecrab? Jones, 59, visited Amandala to make a complaint against the police. Jones, a boat captain, has been residing on the island for the last 25 years. According to Jones, he usually runs tourists and locals from one part of the island to the other. He was doing just that, he says, when the officer in charge (OC) on the island, along with a woman police constable (WPC), arrested him for, as he says, ??no reason at all.?

Belize from ?stable? to ?negative? ? Standard and Poor?s

BELIZE CITY, Wed. July 21, 2004

With the demand for the United States dollar expected to surge in the second half of the year and foreign reserves at a new low, another cash crunch could hit the economy shortly.

According a July 20, 2004, report from Standard and Poor?s (S&P), an international credit ratings agency, Belize needs more than four times its foreign reserves?US$305 million?just to meet its current account deficit (the difference between what Government earns from its routine operations and what it needs to finance them), medium- and long-term amortization (principal payments on loans), and short-term debt.

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