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Intel Expands its Empire: Buys McAfee for $7.7 Billion

Intel Buys McAfee for $7.7 Billion

Intel Buys McAfee for $7.7 Billion

Fast Company | Intel’s plans for its future are diverse and impressive–if it all comes good, Intel hardware will be powering everything from your desktop PC to your smartphone to the entertainment center in your car. But that doesn’t mean it can ignore the other, softer side of the computer business, so it’s just revealed it’ll be buying PC security firm McAfee.

The deal amounts to $48 per McAfee share (reasonable, given that the price has sharply spiked today, driven by this news, and is now running at almost exactly that rate), and has been approved by the board of directors on both sides. All that remains before it can be completed is to gain regulatory approval.

But what’s actually going on here? This deal has come as something of a surprise to everybody, since McAfee is all about protecting PC users from viruses, and Intel is all about the ultra-high-tech business of designing CPUs to power the PCs themselves. McAfee has also been in the news a fair amount recently, and not necessarily for good reasons: Its founder John McAfee has “run off” to Belize, chased by law suits, to search for new sources of antibiotics in the jungle. And back in April the firm released a patch for its Windows XP installation that was so flawed it wreaked havoc on thousands upon thousands of user’s PCs. Not necessarily the firmest ground to be establishing an acquisition upon. (more…)

Rich Man, Bad Yacht

Belize Barrier Reef Damaged

Greene’s 145-foot yacht, Summerwind

NY Times | “I started with absolutely nothing and I have lived the American dream,” Jeff Greene, a Senate candidate and billionaire, told a small crowd in one of Miami’s poorest and most crime-ridden neighborhoods this week.

It was not entirely clear how the cheering audience found this information.

But Greene kept repeating it. Like almost all the really, really rich people running for office this year, he regards his story as the core of his campaign. His policy message (jobs, jobs, jobs) and his prescriptions for the American economy (education, infrastructure repair, home weatherization) are pretty much what the Democrats have been pushing in Washington for the last two years.

But Barack Obama doesn’t have a $24 million house and a 145-foot yacht.

“I’m a regular middle-class kid who achieved the American dream,” Greene reminded his listeners.

Greene popped up out of nowhere earlier this year, prepared to “spend what it takes” to grab the Democratic nomination in the U.S. Senate race in Florida to go to Washington and do for America what he has done for his bank account. (more…)

Belize Featured in History Channel Documentary

Gates of Hell airing on History Channel

"Gates of Hell" airing on History Channel

Ambergris Today | The Belize Film Commission and NICH are excited to announce the premiere of “Gates of Hell” on the History Channel (Channel 71 on Coral Cable Vision), Tuesday, August 17, at 8 p.m. According to Courtney Engelstein, Development Producer of Red Marble Media, “The show looks fantastic, and the segment in Belize is beautiful, compelling, and creepy. Thank you so much for your help in pulling that shoot together. History Channel has just begun airing promos, which we are very happy with as well.”

Red Marble Media filmed in Belize earlier this year for a commissioned two-hour History Channel special originally called “Portals to the Underworld.” The documentary charts historical thoughts and beliefs about the afterlife from the ancient Maya to modern Christianity. Producers traveled to places that were once believed to be sacred portals to spiritual realms of which Belize was one and used interviews with experts and artistic depictions of the Underworld from throughout the ages for the project.

“For our 2-hour History event “Gates of Hell,” we traveled to Belize, Nicaragua, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and across the US,” posted Red Marble Media on their Facebook Page. Dr. Jaime Awe was filmed at the Xibalba cave – “Place of Fear” and will be featured in the documentary.

Don’t for get to check out the two-hour special of”Gates of Hell” on History Channel on Tuesday, August 17 at 8:00 p.m., and discover actual portals into the Underworld. Caves, volcanoes, lakes of fire…all were believed by the ancients to be gateways into Hell itself.

Jeff Masters’ “Hurricane Haven” airing this afternoon

Weather Underground | Tune into another airing of my live Internet radio show, “Hurricane Haven”, at 4pm EDT today. Listeners will be able to call in and ask questions. The call in number is 415-983-2634, or you can post a question in the comments area on my blog during the show.

You can also email the questions to me today before the show: jmasters@wunderground.com. Be sure to include “Hurricane Haven question” in the subject line. Some topics I’ll cover today on the show:

  • Invest 94 and 93
  • A look ahead at the coming two weeks
  • Status of La Niña

Today’s show will be about 30 minutes, and you can tune in at http://www.wunderground.com/wxradio/wubroadcast.html. The show will be recorded and stored as a podcast.

Jeff Masters co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.

Tara Lee Belize by Tara Lee Tillett

Belize Fashion Designer Tara Lee Tillett

Belize Fashion Designer Tara Lee Tillett

Jamaica Observer | Caribbean Fashion Week’s 10th anniversary staging kicked off with the Medieval-themed Tara Lee Belize collection by Tara Lee Tillett.

The Belizean-born designer (she now resides in Florida) opened the show with an impressive collection of brocades that featured structured pieces in beige, gold, powder blue and olive green infused with ultra-feminine accents such as crinoline, ruffles, florals and frills. There were too, crystals, gems and beadings on designs which featured tee-shirts, denim, bold shoulders and great-looking sleeves. The combination of vintage and modern style forced many to sit up and take notice . AW brings you highlights from Tara Lee Tillett’s stylish collection.

Belize-Mexico Exchange

Mexico & Belize Cooperation

Mexico & Belize Exchange

7 News Belize | One significant and encouraging aspect of the friendly relationship that Belize and Mexico enjoy is being staged this month as dozens of students from both sides of the border get ready to take advantage of the Cultural and Educational Cooperation Agreement between both countries.

Twenty five Mexican students arrived in the country today to study English as a Second Language at the University of Belize, while Fifteen Belizean students are heading north to Mexico to pursue studies at Mexico ‘s National School for Technical Professional Studies.

Press officer at the Mexican Embassy Belize, Marcelino Miranda says the exchange between the two countries is in its eight year and the number of scholarships offered on both sides of the border have increased.

Marcelino Miranda, Press Officer – Mexican Embassy Belize
“This is base on an agreement with the Government of Mexico and the Government of Belize. How it works is that 25 Mexican students come to Belize to study English and 15 Belizean students go to Mexico in order to get a technical degree. The Mexican students who actually arrive yesterday they are here to study English for 1 year and at the same time the 15 Belizean students who are going to Mexico they are going to spend 2-3 years in order to get this technical degree.”

Jim McFadzean
“Are these full scholarships offered to these students by both governments?”

Marcelino Miranda, Press Officer – Mexican Embassy Belize
“Yes. For the Belizeans who are going to Mexico they are going to receive a full scholarship for 2-3 years. At the same time for the 25 Mexican students who are here will have full scholarship for 1 year. This has been very good for students from both sides of the border because they are taking advantage of these opportunities. In the case of Mexico, English is an advantage because it provides an additional skill to Mexican students. For Belizean students they have the opportunity of studying in Mexico at the best technical school in Mexico that is the Conalep and then they have to come back to Belize in order to contribute to the development of Belize. That is the agreement that they sign.”

So far, more than One hundred Belizean students have benefited from the tertiary level institution in Mexico , while Two hundred Mexican students have benefited from the English as a second language program offered at the University of Belize .

Caricom-Canada Talks

CARICOM

CARICOM

7 News Belize – In the scheme of things, when it comes to international trade, Canada is among the least important trading partners. But, Belize once had a thriving trade relationship with its northern neighbour prior to and just after its independence.

Over the last couple decades, however, development aid coming from the north has lessened. And so the recent efforts at negotiating a trade agreement with Canada along with Caricom, have not generated much interest, neither here nor in the Caribbean.

The ministry of foreign trade has been trying to change that perception, and consultations were held today at the Chamber of Commerce’s conference room to review the draft Caricom texts on market access in goods and services, including areas of concern for Belize.

The hope is that Belize and other Caricom nations can agree on a joint NAFTA style trade arrangement with Canada, but today that was met with mixed emotions from the private sector stakeholders.

Acting Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Orla Coleman says from the looks of things, striking an agreement with Canada doesn’t look like its going to happen anytime soon. (more…)

NOAA Still Expects Active Atlantic Hurricane Season; La Niña Develops

Hurricane Alex, the first named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, hits northeast Mexico on June 30.

Hurricane Alex, the first named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, hits northeast Mexico on June 30.

NOAA – The Atlantic Basin remains on track for an active hurricane season, according to the scheduled seasonal outlook update issued today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. With the season’s peak just around the corner – late August through October – the need for preparedness plans is essential.

NOAA also announced today that, as predicted last spring, La Niña has formed in the tropical Pacific Ocean. This favors lower wind shear over the Atlantic Basin, allowing storm clouds to grow and organize. Other climate factors pointing to an active hurricane season are warmer-than-average water in the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean, and the tropical multi-decadal signal, which since 1995 has brought favorable ocean and atmospheric conditions in unison, leading to more active seasons.

“August heralds the start of the most active phase of the Atlantic hurricane season and with the meteorological factors in place, now is the time for everyone living in hurricane prone areas to be prepared,” said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. (more…)

The Best Beaches in Belize

Belize is blessed with several picture-perfect beaches thanks to its miles of Caribbean coastline

Belize is blessed with several picture-perfect beaches thanks to its miles of Caribbean coastline

International Living – If you’re looking for the perfect beach…power-white sand, waving palm trees, calm, clear water glinting in the tropical sun…Belize has the genuine article. In fact, this country is blessed with several picture-perfect beaches thanks to its miles of Caribbean coastline. Below are some of the best beaches in Belize.

Ambergris Caye: Come For the Exotic Sea Life

In Belize, islands are called cayes, and the most famous Belizean caye is Ambergris Caye and it’s small, vibrant town of San Pedro. Ambergris Caye has been a world-class snorkeling, diving and fishing destination for years thanks to the abundance of sea life found on the barrier reef that runs along the island’s seaward shore. The reef provides a home for some of the most exotic sea life in the world… and provides protection from waves that makes the beaches along Ambergris Caye’s eastern shoreline incredibly quiet and relaxing.

Caye Caulker: Palm-studded Beaches

Near to Ambergris Caye is Caye Caulker, another popular beach spot off Belize’s mainland. Smaller than Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker is even more laid back than it’s larger neighbor, but it is blessed with the same dream-like, palm-studded beaches.

In fact, there are hundreds of cayes of all sizes scattered like gems across the turquoise Caribbean waters off Belize’s shore, and many of them are naturals to answer the casting call when Hollywood is looking for the quintessential tropical island… complete with the best beaches that are the stuff of legend. (more…)

Cross Border Cooperation on Dengue

7 News Belize – Belize recorded its first dengue hemorrhagic death in mid-July. Since then we’ve heard nothing from the ministry of health on any concerted assault on the current dengue outbreak – in fact the best that they’ve done is start airing some dengue awareness ads from – like – the 90’s…..

But we did hear some news today from the Mexican government. A technical meeting between senior health officials from Mexico and Belize was held at the Corozal Free Zone administration building on Friday July 30th. Juan Carlos Azueta, the Quintana Roo Secretary of Health led the Mexican Delegation and Dr. Michael Pitts, Belize’s Director of Health Services headed Belize’s.

They agreed to two initiatives. The first is to test the effectiveness of insecticides on mosquito larvae. The second is more concrete and it will see Belize’s Ministry of Health sending samples of dengue patients for testing at the Public Health Laboratory in Chetumal, Mexico.

It will be done for free and will save time and money as these samples customarily have to be sent to the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre in Trinidad and Tobago. Like Belize, Dengue is also a significant health problem in Mexico where more than six thousand cases have been reported in 2010 up to mid July. In that country, 16 have died from Dengue Hemorrhagic.

In Early July, Belize’s ministry of health reported that the Ministry of Health had received 348 reports of clinical cases of Classical Dengue Fever

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