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The San Pedro Sun

Land secured for a San Pedro hospital and current Polyclinic II equipped with lab
There is good news coming from the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II. During the visit of members of the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) on April 19th officials from the clinic announced that for the past three weeks, the clinic has extended its services to include laboratory testing. The Mayor of San Pedro in turn informed the management of the Polyclinic that a parcel of land has been secured for the construction of a new 24 hour hospital. The welcome news came after both parties held discussions over several issues affecting the delivery of healthcare on the island. Mayor Guerrero informed that a parcel of land has been identified for the construction of a hospital. According to the Mayor, the Ministry of Natural Resources has identified and secured a piece of property opposite Bowen and Bowen’s Cristal outlet on Blake Street all the way north to the San Pedro Family Fitness Club adjacent to the airstrip. The Mayor said that the land has been transferred to the Ministry of Health who will have to identify funds for the construction of the hospital. While funds can take years to be allocated, the Mayor hopes that the hospital is constructed within the timeframe of the current central government administration. Also welcoming was the news that the Polyclinic is now equipped with a laboratory service. According to the recently hired laboratory technologist Marie Carmen Chi, the lab can conduct full hematology (full blood count test), serology and chemistry tests. In addition various urinalysis and parasitology tests are also being conducted. Chi explained that while the laboratory is open daily, samples are taken from 8AM to 10AM in order to conduct tests and have the results the same day.

Belize Territorial Volunteers make first patrol to the Colombia Forest Reserve
The Belize Territorial Volunteer (BTV) is a group of concerned Belizeans who have decided that enough is enough when it comes to taking care of our borders. The group is concern about the continuous plundering of our natural resources by Guatemalans. BTV believes that if they expose these crimes against our country and environment that the government and other Belizeans will take some action to prevent such plundering of our resources. On Thursday April 19th a group of ten BTV headed out into the Colombia Forest to observe what is happening in the forest especially the areas along the Belize Guatemala border. On the three day expedition the volunteers observed that the Xateros continue to come into our country and now not only are they taking Xate but they have also moved into the logging business. The volunteers have observed where they had cut several hardwoods especially Rosewood, Mahogany and Cedar.

Fundraiser for Cancer Victim Fermina Chavarria
Fermina Chavarria, 20 year resident of San Pedro was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and since undergone one operation and Chemotherapy sessions. The family is working on raising funds to help with her treatment, which have become very extremely costly over the years. Presently they are holding a raffle of a Nokia Smart phone to be raffled on Mother’s Day, Sunday April 13th. The raffle tickets are $5 each and may be purchased by calling Rosaria 660-4067 or Kenrick 664-4212.

Belize pursues ‘Mundo Maya Games’ Project
Belize is one of the five countries that form the Mundo Maya Organization (MMO), which is pursuing the implementation of a new project called the ‘Mundo Maya Games‘. The MMO is a historical collaboration among Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Belize whose aim is to promote the sustainable development of the Maya Zones of its member countries through tourism. On Friday, April 13th 2012, representatives of the Belize Tourism Sector had a meeting in El Salvador with Jose Napoleon Duarte, Minister of Tourism in El Salvador and President of the Mundo Maya Organization, to discuss and plan the Mundo Maya Games project. Belize’s delegation included Kevin Gonzalez, BTB’s Director of Destination Planning, Javier Paredez, BTB’s Interim Director and Valdemar Andrade from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. “The Mundo Maya Games Project is planned to be a series of sports that will be hosted in the five different countries simultaneously, giving all of us the ability to attract visitors interested in seeing the different sport events,” said Gonzalez. “I think the meeting was quite successful and the President of the Mundo Maya Organization certainly likes the idea.” Football, kayaking and cycling are only a few of the sports that the Mundo Maya Games Project will incorporate.

San Pedro Polyclinic Quarterly Immunization campaign a success
The Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic and the Ministry of Health held their first quarterly Immunization Campaign on Saturday April 21st starting from 8am through 3pm. Six nurses along with the clinic administrator and the Health Inspector took to the streets, where they went house to house in search of children in need of their immunization shots. A total of 73 vaccinations were administered. Prior to hitting the streets, nurses prepared by researching their database and pinpointing children that had incomplete vaccines. Using this information they plotted their route, reaching areas such as San Pedrito, DFC and San Juan. The nurses issued the following vaccines: OPV – Oral Polio Vaccine; PENTA – vaccine against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Pertusis, and Influenza; MMR – Measles, Mumps and Rubella; DTP – Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertusis and DT – Diphtheria and Tetanus. Further to the vaccines, a total of twelve flu shots were administered to children ages six months to three years old.

Lions Club celebrate 34th annual convention dedicated to SP Lion “Betito” Marin
ions from all over Belize convened in Belize City to celebrate the Zone 59 34th annual convention held from Friday April 20th to Sunday April 22nd. Celebrated under the theme “Lions: Sharing the Gift of Serving,” the convention was a tribute to Lion Edilberto ‘Betito’ Marin of the San Pedro Lions Club. The convention was packed with several activities that were spread across three days of meetings and camaraderie. Amongst the participating clubs was the San Pedro Lions Club which managed to bring home the top three awards at the convention. The first day of the event saw the opening ceremony and booth presentations from each club. At the start of the official opening ceremony, the 34th Annual Convention was dedicated to long standing Lion member Betito Marin. Lion Marin has been a founding and chartered member of the San Pedro Lions Club which was established in 1975. Since then, he has held several positions at many levels including Governor of District 59 which was renamed Zone 59. Lion Betito, as he is referred to by fellow Lions of Belize, has travelled all over the world on behalf of the San Pedro Lions Club, including China where the SP Lions was recognized as the Club of the year in 2005. Among the many awards bestowed upon Lion Betito was the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellow (MJF) award in memory of international founder of Lionism. The tribute to Lion Betito is historic and a special one for him and his family. Lion Belito, who is no longer an active member due to health problems, travelled to Belize City along with his family to receive the tribute. In a standing ovation, his long time colleague and close friend Lion Pedro Salazar Sr. read the tribute while a plaque of dedication was delivered to him by Lion Alberto ‘Beto’ Mahler. After a short ceremony which included addresses by the Mayor of Belize City Darrel Bradley and Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) Joan Musa, those in attendance enjoyed a variety of food offered from the different clubs at the booth presentation.

SPTC Earth Day clean up campaign
Councilor Carlos Barrientos spearheaded a clean up campaign on Saturday April 21st, in conjunction with Earth Day 2012. The clean up efforts were, apart from being part of the Earth Hour activities, part of the new Council’s initiative to promote Civic Pride amongst residents of the island. SPTC office workers, alongside Councilors, some children, a member of the media, and members of the San Pedro HIV/AIDS Commission marched along the beach and main streets of town, garbage bags in hand, cleaning up the island. Congratulations to all that came out to show their pride and hopes for a cleaner San Pedro.

Ambergris Today

Security Heightened to Protect Belize City Streets
Report on the security forces operations in Belize City - The Ministry of National Security wishes to inform the general Public of the details of their planned operations in Belize City. With effect from 4pm on April 23, 2012 the following measures have been taken: 1. Static and roving vehicle check points were established throughout the City and at Hattieville and mile 4 on the Western highway, Boom junction and at the Manatee lookout area on the Northern highway. Members from the Criminal Intelligence Unit are assigned to these areas in order to assist in the Identification of known gang members and their affiliates.

Baby Daniel’s Check Up A Success!
San Pedro’s Miracle Baby - Daniel Estell has just come back from a follow-up check up in Columbia, South America after his liver transplant took place in August 2010. We are happy to announce that he has a clean bill of health and arrived back on the island today, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, with a huge smile on his face after seeing his family waiting for him at the airport.

Misc Belizean Sources

Lloyd Alvarez Receives 2012 Outstanding Service Award
Congratulations to Lloyd Alvarez! Excellence was rewarded at Chaa Creek. "Friday afternoon was jittering with excitement at our Reservations Office because Lloyd Alvarez, Chaa Creek’s Reservations Administrator was honored with the 2012 'Magnum Belize' Outstanding Service Award. Magnum Belize is a top US Wholesaler with 60 years of experience in customizing travel packages to Belize and every year they hand out the 'Outstanding Service Award' to someone in the Belize Tourism Industry who they feel has gone above and beyond to assist them and their guests."

Feed the Children Fashion Show this Saturday
Don't forget that Saturday night, at Bedran Hall, the Cornerstone Foundation will be having their Feed the Children Fashion Show. A few San Pedranos will be coming over to participate in the fund raiser. Miss San Pedro Lions Shantell Pascacio and Mr. Jade World Jhoshi Najarro Valencia will be in the show.

Joris Hendrik's Saving The Earth with Fashion
Joris is slowly sharing new fashions that he designed for the 42nd Earth Day on his FB page. As before, the designs are made of recycled materials. With a little help from makeup artist Vanessa Awe, and photographer Will Moreno, the project became a reality. Check out those brilliant designs! "The theme of the Project was 'Mourning for Mother Nature’s slow degradation'. The mission of the project is to raise environmental awareness and to encourage everyone to willingly work together to protect our Jewel, our homeland, Belize. How can we protect our homeland, our world? We can do so by simply producing less waste and by reusing, renewing, and recycling."

BETEX Opening Night was last tnight
The Belize Tourism Expo is open, and it's the big event for tourism professionals. The BTIA and BTB are making sure it'll be a grand event. "Traditional Marimba music will be featured, along with other Mayan cultural performances, with an ambiance to complement the Maya-inspired dinner menu. Since 2012 is the 'Year of the Maya', travelers are excited about the many activities this year, particularly the Winter Solstice event in December. Even though BETEX will highlight the diversity of Belizean cultures, it has dedicated an entire Post Tour focused on Maya 2012 for enthusiasts."

Greased Pole Contest at Succotz Fair
Great video of the Greased Pole contest at the Succotz Festival of San Jose. You might call it fun... Thanks to ISIS for the video.

Actun Tunichil Muknal Video
ATM got a good video from some guests to the cave. Watch them "hike through the rain forest, wade through the river, climb into the mouth, and squeeze in through the rocks!"

Channel 7

Today, for the first time in four days, no one was shot in the Belize district. Tonight we'll tell you about the man arrested for last night's shooting, plus we'll tell you about three men lost at sea. But we begin with the police investigation into Saturday's murder of Peter Flowers known as Jam Boy. That case has taken an interesting turn as 7news has confirmed that a police constable has been questioned and is being held in connection with the murder. According to our sources, the constable is being investigated for involvement with the Black Toyota Camry that was used in the murder. Police have that vehicle impounded - but refused to let us get a picture of it today. As we reported on Saturday at around 4:00, Flowers was on Caesar Ridge Road when a shooter pulled up in a Toyota Camry - and shot as many as 13 times, 5 times to the head.

The families of three Sarteneja fishermen are still clinging to hope as their loved ones are tonight lost at sea. They are 49 year old Silvero Tepaz, 50 year old Teobaldo Tepaz and 20 year old Mejadi Tepaz. The men left their village sometime last week on a fishing trip and were supposed to make their way to Belize City by Saturday mid-night. The last anyone heard from the trio was on Friday. On Monday morning the Belize Coast Guard received information on the overdue fishing vessel named Lucerito which was last seen between South Water Caye and Twin Caye. A search was conducted immediately and the vessel was spotted near the northwestern tip of Glovers Reef. The vessel was submerged and so far none of the fishermen have been found. 7news spoke with the Acting Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard who told us the search efforts will continue but it will become more difficult over time. Commander Elton Bennett - Acting Commander, Belize Coast Guard "On Monday the 23rd, we received information of an overdue fishing vessel by the name of Lucerito. The last known location of the vessel was between South Water and Twin Cayes. Immediately after receiving the information, we commenced a joint search effort with the families - the Coast Guard and the Fisheries Department. We commence search on Monday. On Tuesday evening, an aerial search spotted the vessel near the Northwestern tip of Glovers Reef. We immediately deployed to that location, and we noticed a mass projecting from below the surface.

Jermaine Horse Garnett was shot yesterday evening on Freetown Road. Tonight the man who allegedly shot him is behind bars. Police picked up Gion Gizmo Bernard on George Street yesterday evening - half an hour after the shooting. They were able to identify him by reviewing the Freetown Drug Store's surveillance Camera. As we understand it, police also got Bernard's cell phone which had incriminating text messages on it. The messages - apparently sent by the persons who hired him to do the shooting - asked if Garnett was dead and how many times he shot him. But Garnett didn't die, in fact he is at home recovering from a fairly minor injury - and that's because he saw the whole play unfolding. Garnett was parked near the drug store while his wife went inside to buy. He saw Bernard ride past and then - through his rearview mirror - saw him circling back, pulling a gun from his waist. Garnett, went on the offensive, jumped out of his car, and started to wrestle with Bernard before he could shoot. Bernard still did manage to get off a shot, and Garnett ran down nearby Kelly Street.

Belize has a new Justice of The Court of Appeal. He is Samuel Lungole Awich - who has been sitting as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Belize since April of 2001. 7news has confirmed that yesterday, the Governor General signed the instrument of appointment elevating Awich to the highest court in the land. It is noteworthy because Bar Association roundly opposed Awich's elevation, passed a resolution against it and urged the government to reconsider. The Leader of the opposition - who has to be consulted, also did not support it. But, the Prime Minister - who advises the Governor General to make all such appointments -remained convinced of Awich's suitability for the post, and proceeded with the appointment - for a two year term, according to reports. It should be noted that Awich has been condemned by the Bar Association before. In 2009, that body pushed for his resignation, citing extraordinary delays in the delivery of judgments.

2 weeks ago, 7News told you about 32 year-old Eleno Requena who was shot and killed while he was carrying a child on his back in Hattieville. Late yesterday evening, his alleged killer was arraigned in Magistrate's Court. 22 year-old Allan Sommerville Jr., a laborer of Hattieville Village, was brought before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer. He stands charged with 1 count of murder for Requena's death, as well as 1 count of attempted murder, 1 count of grievous harm, and 1 count of use of deadly means of harm, all for the shooting of 10 year-old Camron Williams. Sommerville has been remanded until June 13, 2012. As we reported, Requena was on the shoulder of the Cornel English Bridge in Hattieville at around 8 p.m. on April 9; he had 10 year-old Williams on his back, and they both were heading home. That's when a person dressed in dark clothing came up on Requena and shot him in the midsection. Requena died on the spot The child was shot in his left foot, and the bullet exited and then penetrated his right foot.

Today, 25 year-old Akeem Tillett, a resident of Ladyville, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of burglary in Magistrate's Court today. He was accused of burglarizing the YWCA office last year. In the trial before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith, the arresting officer testified against Tillett saying that he responded to a report at YWCA on June 9, 2011. The officer found Tillett loading a computer and peripherals into a vehicle right in front of the establishment on Saint Thomas Street. These items included a Dell brand monitor and CPU, a keyboard, a mouse, and a BTL Modem, all to a total value of $2,800. Tillett was arrested and it was discovered that all the items were stolen, along with $157 dollars in cash, which all belonged to YWCA. As a result, he was arrested and charged with burglary and handling stolen goods. In his defense, he told the court that he caught a taxi and the driver told him that the backseat was full. According to Tillett, the driver told him that he had to make space for himself by placing the items into the trunk of the vehicle, and that's when the police arrived and saw him doing just that. He said that he didn't steal anything. Chief Magistrate Smith did not believe him, and she found him guilty of both charges.

There are a good many books on the history of Belize - but today, Cubola books launched the first Economic History of Belize. It is a major work of research, spanning three hundred and fifty years of the settlement turned colony, turned independent nation. The authors are Barbara Bulmer-Thomas and Victor Bulmer-Thomas and their book follows everything from the forestocracy to what they call the Ashcroft Effect. It is an important, revealing book - and according to one economist who got an advance copy - it is also one heck of a good read. The publisher told us more: Montserrat Casademunt - Publisher, Cubola Books "It really is about the History of Belize, but we have never seen an economic history of Belize that takes into account everything that has happened in the context of History and Geography, and that's why I think that the book is very important. It presents the facts eloquently, and also in a simple way. So, it's accessible to students."

From time to time, counterfeit currency Belizean currency pops up all over the place - usually hundred dollars bills. Today, to make sure that as few as possible are scammed, the British Company that prints the currency had an orientation session for those working in the banking sector about the various security features embedded in the notes. The regional manager for De La Rue printing told us more: Matt West - Caribbean Regional Manager, De La Rue "The Central Bank of Belize has very good data on the level of counterfeiting in Belize, and the volumes are extremely low in terms of counterfeits and the number of incidents. So in other words, the security features in your bank notes are working, and the level of sophistication is very low. So in other words, the counterfeit bank notes are not very good, so they are not sophisticated. Users in Belize need to know the key security features in their bank notes. So first and foremost, they need the watermarks, so the sleeping giants on the $2, $5, $10, and $20, and the jaguar on the $50 and $100. Underneath the watermark, there will be a denominational lecture type. So, the words underneath the watermarks will say 2, 5, 10, 20 etc. And also, look for the security thread. That is to the left of the bank note where it is an embedded thread, which is produced while making the paper. So, these are very important security features." Under Belize law, counterfeiters are sentenced to ten years in prison...

Last night we told you about the embattled Officer Commanding for the Cayo formation, Superintendent Alvan Gentle. He was ordered to hand over his post today - and return to Belmopan. But, Gentle didn't do that because - as we understand it - he's taken thirty days sick leave. Another officer - an Inspector, is holding over - and it's left to be seen what Headquarters in Belmopan will do next. Gentle - as we reported - has gone by-the-books in his four months in the twin towns - strictly enforcing laws on liquor licenses, public drinking - and even stopped stores - including the town tortilla factory - from opening past 10:00 on Sunday. And while that has earned him many enemies - including well-connected persons, he also has hardcore fans who say that his law and order approach is just what Cayo needs.

The Dean Barrow Administration is well underway with its second consecutive term of office, even as there are still four election petitions pending in the court. But, a release from the Organization of American States today congratulates Belize on its peaceful elections and massive voter turnout. That's after the Election Observer Mission led by Ambassador Frank Almaguer today presented its report to the permanent council. According to the release, the report quote, "highlighted the massive turnout - more than 73% of the registered voters- and the peaceful environment in which it took place," end quote. In its closing press conference in Belize on the day after elections, the head of mission did note some concerns including the sighting of party activists distributing money inside the polling center to persons who had just voted. The full report has not been released to us, so we can't say whether much was made of such irregularities.

The Mexican Embassy is presenting an art exhibit called "The Fire's Rest" tomorrow evening. The artist, Arturo Valencia, uses waste materials and worn-out objects to explore subjects such as time, memories and the environment. If it sounds far out, it is - but in a neat kind of way. We had a preview of it today: Marcelino Miranda - Press Officer, Mexican Embassy "What the artist is doing with this conceptual art is to try to appeal the public to think and reflect about the basic materials that we have around us like metal and wood. He is presenting them in a different pieces - more than 25 in a collage setting - these basic materials, in order to reflect about different things. One of them is about the way in which those kinds of materials were actually taken from waste. The way in which they play in our everyday life, as you will see in these different pieces of art, is that we have different pieces of metals, and that is indicating the way in which oxidation is transforming the object. It's also to make us reflect about time in which oxidation is working on the materials.

Channel 5

Cop questioned about gang slaying
There is a major development to report tonight on the murder of Peter “Jam Boy” Flowers that occurred on Caesar Ridge Road on Saturday afternoon. And that is that a police officer is under question but his name will not be released because he has not been charged with the crime. The officer is suspected [...]

Video shows suspect tried to shoot SSG but gun failed
As we reported on Tuesday, Jermaine “Horse” Garnett, a South Side Gangster, was shot on Freetown Road on Tuesday afternoon. One bullet found its mark on Garnett who was in a Landcruiser near the Freetown Drugstore waiting for his wife who was inside the drug store. A suspect was charged this afternoon. News Five’s Jose [...]

Hattieville villager’s 4 counts including murder
And in respect of a previous murder, a Hattieville resident is facing four criminal charges for allegedly killing a fellow villager and injuring a ten year old boy. The suspect is twenty-two year old Allan Sommerville, who was charged late Tuesday evening for the Murder of thirty-two year old Eleno Requeña as well as Attempted [...]

3 Sarteneja Fishermen lost at Sea
Three Corozal fishermen have been missing for four days and their family now fears the worst. According to relatives, forty-nine year old Silverio Tepaz, fifty year old Teobaldo Tepaz and twenty year old Mejadi Tepaz left Sarteneja Village by road on April twelfth and headed to Mango Creek where their boat was moored. They went [...]

Guatemalan Claim discussed in Washington
With national elections now behind in both Belize and Guatemala, the first round of discussions on a timeline for a referendum in respect of the territorial dispute will take place later this week. Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington earlier today departed for Washington where a ministerial meeting will take place with Guatemalan Foreign Minister [...]

Plans for new City Centre is also dilapidated
The Belize City Center was decommissioned by the National Sports Council in August 2010 because of its dilapidating condition. Years of deterioration caused the facility’s structural integrity to be compromised. Following the closure, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, upon his return from an official visit to Mexico in November 2011, announced that President Felipe Calderon had [...]

The cost of housing inmates at the Central Prison
With the number of unsolved crimes, you’d be surprised by the population of the Belize Central Prison, which is run by the Kolbe Foundation. On this week’s Dickie Bradley Special, Kolbe C.E.O. John Woods and the Superintendent of the Prison Taheera Ahmad, appeared as guests. They discussed a number of issues on the handling of [...]

Dangriga resident needs life saving medical treatment
A young man in Dangriga Town has been suffering from a huge tumor for almost four years and he desperately needs help to seek medical attention abroad. Diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, Joselyn Paulino has been unable to walk in recent months. The family has exhausted a number of avenues and unable to [...]

Found Art; fantastic creations at the Mexican Institute
A Mexican artist is staging an exhibition in Belize as part of an international tour. He uses ordinary and sometimes discarded material such as wood and iron to stimulate reflection of everyday life. It took years for Arturo Valencia to put together the display and it is occupying the entire Mexican Institute. News Five’s Jose [...]

Economic History of Belize; From 17th Century to Post-Independence
As part of book week activities, an important piece of literature was launched today. It’s “The Economic History of Belize; From the Seventeenth Century to Post-Independence” authored by Victor and Barbara Bulmer-Thomas. The book takes an in dept look at Belize’s economical development over three and half centuries and offers and understanding of the failures [...]

Who will win $10,000 and title of KTV Latino Champ?
The final round of competition in KTV Latino season three was held on Tuesday night at the Bliss. Four finalists took the stage for one last chance to prove that they are worthy of the title of KTV Latino Champion, the ten thousand dollar grand prize and the bragging rights of the top Latino singer [...]


On March 23, 2012 - Love Entertainment, the company contracted to publish news on published a photo of one Kareem Smith regarding the story below. Unfortunately, the photo we published was of the wrong individual. The photo published was that of a Kareem Smith that was ...

27-year-old Gian Bernard, a resident of Castle Street was charged with the attempted murder of Jermaine Garnett aka Horse. Bernard was also charged with wounding and use of deadly means of harm. No plea was taken because the offences are indictable. Neither could the ...

Students of Paraiso Government School in the Corozal District can now sharpen their musical skills through a donation of musical instruments from the Governor General, Sir Colville Young. Arturo Cantun reporting… “Paraiso Government School in the C...

The Miracle baby Daniel Estel arrived in Belize this morning after his last check up with the Doctors in Colombia, California. Daniel who was diagnosed with Biliary artresia as a new born is living a normal healthy life according to his mother Ilda Guerrero. Ilda Guerrer...

Arturo Cantun reporting… “30 new scout and 24 new cub members were introduced to the Corozal community this morning. Members along with parents and relatives convened at the Corozal Methodist Church where the guest of honor was the Governor General of Belize Sir ...

Belizean entertainer Lova Boy is expected to arrive in Belize tomorrow morning. The artist will be in Belize for the launch of his new album, Punta Mania. The launch of the album will take place in Belmopan on Saturday night at the FFB Stadium. Other artists on the ticket i...

A ceremony to mark the completion of a Rotary park equipment project was held yesterday in Punta Gorda. Paul Mahung reporting… “The ceremony was held at the Hopeville Park where the playground equipment brought from Alberta, Canada were permanently...

Two new ambassadors have presented their credentials to Governor General Sir Colville Young in Belmopan. They are George B. Reyes, representing the Philippines and Abderrahman Leibek representing Morocco. The presentation of their credentials on Monday at Belize House, both...

The Government of Belize has secured a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank for the fourth road project to be implemented in the Cayo District. The project is divided into four phases, the upgrading of Loma Luz Boulevard, a new bridge crossing the Macal River, the constructio...

This morning the signing of the Second United Nations Development Assistance framework for Belize took place at the Radisson Fort George Hotel. The first signing took place in July of 2006. The UNDAF which seeks to provide funding and programs for United Nations resident agencies was s...

The search is underway for three fishermen from Sarteneja Village, Corozal, who have been missing since Saturday. According to Silvano Cob, his brother and brother-in-law, Silverio and Teobaldo Tepaz, and his nephew, Mijari Tepaz, were supposed to arrive in Sarteneja from Turneff...


Man shot while his wife shops inside drug store
A late evening shooting incident which left one man injured. The victim has been identified as Jermaine Garnett also known as “Horse.” According to reports, Garnett had just stopped at the Freetown Drug store in order for his wife to make a purchase. It was while waiting for her outside in his Toyota Land Cruiser that he was shot once to the left arm pit. Garnett was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and is now listed in a stable condition. Back at the crime scene, Love News spoke with the owner of Freetown Drug Store Raul Acevedo about this evening’s incident.


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Central Bank holds “Know Your Money” seminar
The Central bank of Belize today (April 25) held a “Know your money” Seminar. Stakeholders from all levels of socie...

FIFA Grassroots Training concludes
Twenty eight kid’s coaches from across the country completed a six days intensive training course entitled FIFA Gra...

Farmers of the Year recipients express enthusiasm
The National Agriculture and Trade Show is almost here and the Farmers of the Year Awards for 2012 will be held on ...

“The Economic History of Belize” book launch
Today at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts the book “The Economic History of Belize” was launched in observation...

Mexican Embassy hosts contemporary art exhibition
The Embassy of is hosting a contemporary art exhibition titled “The Fire’s Rest” by Mexican artist Arturo Valencia....

Man arraigned in connection to shooting of Jermaine Garnett
The shooter who was involved in the Jermaine Garnett attempted murder has been arrested. 27-year-old Castle Street ...

Belize's first murder conviction for 2012
The first murder conviction for 2012 happened yesterday in the courtroom of Justice Adolph Lucas. 22 year old Emers...

Arrest made in the attempted murder of Anthony Pollard
Police have made an arrest in the attempted murder of Anthony Leslie Pollard which occurred on 16th April, 2012. Th...

'Year of the Maya' Tourism Expo commences
The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) is launching its biennial Belize Tourism Expo (BETEX) 2012. The expo...

Caye Caulker Chronicles

Like a BOSS!
April 25th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments » Congratulations to 10-year old Std. IV student of Caye Caulker RC School, Blayd Vernon Auxillou, who did an excellent job of representing the school yesterday at the District Finals of the Coca-Cola Spelling Bee. While Blayd did not win, he put in a herculean effort on behalf of his school and his beloved island. Trained by his grandmother, first principal of the CCRCS and former educator, Ms. Ilna Auxillou, Blayd practiced and learned how to spell over 2,500 (yes, two thousand five hundred) new words he had never seen or heard before. He practiced and learned how to spell an average of fifty words per evening for the last 50 (fifty) days. While his classmates were out enjoying the Easter holidays, Blayd was practicing spelling words. It didn’t help that the morning of the Spelling Bee, Blayd got the bad news that his grandfather on his father’s side had passed away during the night.


Caye Chapel Golf taking a Mulligan
This Year Paul decided he wanted to golf Caye Chapel, between Cowboy Doug and Doc we got Evan’s contact at Caye Chapel Resort and Doc went ahead and made all the arrangements and offered that 12 of us could do a gas split and go over in his time share boat Caye Chapel is still up for sale and not officially open to the public right now but arrangements can be made to golf there. Caye chapel rates for us to go spend the day there was $75 usd for golfers and $25 usd for non golfers. We met at Fido’s dock for 9am to board the boat and it looked like we could have been taking a week long vacation for all the stuff we had – I always say better to much food and something warm to wear for the ride home than not enough. And we set off like a herd of turtles on our way for our Caye Chapel golf day. We were doing ok then all of a sudden the waves got worse and the people at the back of the boat started getting a salt water bath, as we neared Caye Caulker it only got worse and we all got soaked. Even though the consensus was that once we hit the lee side of the island it would be much calmer, Doc our captain made the right call that we needed to turn around as it would have been worse coming home. We all agreed to take a mulligan and that we would have an even better time going back then the pool was finished. In a golf game, a mulligan happens when a player gets a second chance to perform a certain move or action. The practice is also sometimes referred to as a do-over. It was a rough ride back and even though we were a bit disappointed that our golfing party did not work out it turned out to be a great day.

Gems Ever So Slightly Off the Beaten Path: KayDan's Ceviche Stall and Neri's Tacos (Almost)
Yesterday was the last day of conch Season in closed 2 months early since the national fishing quota had been met and as an attempt to preserve the quickly dwindling conch population. It was one of my last chances to have a taste of one of my favorite seafoods (see the bottom of this post for more information). Lobster is good...but in my book? Conch is much more flavorful. If prepared properly (these big mollusks can get a bit chewy), it is delicious. I had heard about a relatively new stall that was serving ceviche only. Specialty is a good thing, right? And it is not that far out of the way at all. It is on a street that every resident of San Pedro travels on weekly, if not daily. KayDan's Ceviche Stall is located next to Giovanni's Signs and just south of Carts Belize. You might also know this house as our Area Representative Manuel Heredia's. It is on block south of Skybox Sports Bar (the old Chon Saan). Just ask any town resident where the rep's house is...we love to give directions. The ceviche place is on the right and Almond Tree Deli is on the left. Who knew there were so many places to eat in town that I never even knew about? Still finding plenty after 6 years... Here are the different types of ceviche you can order. I'd never really heard of horse conch... but now read that it is a huge largest form of sea snail...very similar to the queen conch but a slightly different family (I'm going to have to do a bit more research on this...)

Caye Caulker Barefoot
When were you at your best, in a place that you felt the most alive? For us, it was Caye Caulker. The small island, just east of the mainland of Belize, 15 minutes by plane, and hour by boat, captured us willingly. From the minute we stepped off the water taxi, on to the echoey clack of the worn wood pier, she has us. The island’s motto is an invitation: Go Slow. On Caye Caulker, you can. The roads are paved with packed soft dirt and sand. Most people get around by bike or golf cart. The layout of the town runs in a parallel to the shore: an easily navigated grid of front, middle and back streets. Caye Caulker, known also as “Cayo Hicaco” in Spanish, was once home to sailors, pirates and shipwrights. Fishing was its earliest industry, and still plays a large part of the economic life of the island’s tourism infrastructure. The island is home to close to 1,500 full-time residents. It has become the “secret” hideaway to tourists from around the world, and a haven for sports lovers for the fishing, snorkeling, and diving, and foodies in search of Belize’s much-beloved conch ceviche, snapper, and crab claws.

International Sources

America's Somalia - Belize
It has become all to obvious why Belize refuses to sign the United Nations anti-corruption convention. Would anybody care to argue that Belize a small country in Central America is a wonderful example of a parliamentary based democracy? It is intellectually and factually dishonest to disagree that conditions in Belize were significantly better before the country acheived its independence on September 21st, 1981. The (PUP) Peoples United Party then began its 30 + years of semi-chaotic rule. Now in 2012 the (UDP) United Democratic Party has won its 2nd term in power led by Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Under Barrow's deceptive and corrupt rule, relative to 30 years prior, conditions have not improved in any significantly measurable way, not even literacy rates. The cost of living has sky rocketed as has the cost of gasoline and electricity. Minimum wages however remain inadequate to support a family and keep the bills paid. Organized crime, gang violence and government corruption are out of control, as the gangs high powered weapons by far outnumber and overpower the police or even the (BDF) Belize Defense Force. There are areas of Belize City that are literally controlled by gangs, not even the police can go there without becoming an instant target. Dozens of people walk the streets of Belize all day hitting up every foreigner they see tipically saying "gimme dolla ples". It gets old quick when you walk from your hotel to the store and back (maybe 15 minutes roundtrip) and 15 people came up to you and asked for either a coke, a dollar or a cigarrette, or all of the above. Imagine giving a dollar to each of those 15 people, you'll go broke in no time. So much enemployment, so much iliteracy, so many drugs and guns. Belize City is practically a war-zone on the weekends with the bicycle driveby shootings that Belize has become so known for. An 8 year old girl asleep in their bed, pierced through the heart by a stray 9mm bullet, found lifeless the following day by her mother.

10 best off-season beach bargains
Similar to Costa Rica, Belize has a rainy season (also the country's off-season for tourism), marked by occasional afternoon showers and fewer crowds, that lasts from June to mid-November. Rainy season bargains are plentiful in Belize, and given the lower numbers of tourists during the off-season, it's more likely you'll have a beach to yourself. The following are just a few of the Belize summer deals we unearthed: Receive up to 30 percent off rates at Pelican Reef Villas; rent a two-bedroom apartment at Ally's Guest House Belize for $65 per night (find this deal on TripAdvisor); and enjoy discounted low-season rates at Blue Marlin Lodge, where all-inclusive prices start at $385 per night from June through October.

OAS Congratulates Belize on Peaceful Elections with Massive Turnout
The Election Observation Mission (EOM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today presented a report to the Permanent Council on the national and municipal elections held on March 7, 2012 in Belize, highlighting the massive turnout on a day in which more than 73% of registered voters took part, as well as the peaceful environment in which it took place. “The OAS Electoral Observation Mission congratulates the people of Belize for their high voter turnout and for the peaceful manner in which they carried out one of the principal responsibilities of citizens in all democracies,” said the Head of Mission, Ambassador Frank Almaguer, who introduced the report that also highlighted as a positive element the "ethnic diversity" of the national and municipal candidates. Ambassador Almaguer said that this was the first mission of the OAS observation in Belize, which included 22 observers from 12 countries. "On Election Day, these observers were able to visit all six of the country’s political districts, all municipalities and more than 85% of the country’s 139 voting centers," he added. The report of the MOE said that "final results in the General Elections gave 17 seats in the national parliament to the incumbent United Democratic Party (UDP) and the remaining 14 seats to the People’s United Party (PUP).” Among its observations, the MOE said that "women play a significant role in the Belizean political process," but “only 4% of candidates in the general election were women." In this regard, the Mission said, with concern, “this gender imbalance in the electoral process” is “unfortunately common in the hemisphere.”

Shrimp ban down Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa) determined the temporary closure for the capture of all shrimp species in marine waters under federal jurisdiction in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The fishing ban will apply in the following dates and areas: From 25 April to 10 August, 2012 in the region from the mouth of the river Bravo (Tamaulipas) to the mouth of the river Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz); From 1 to 28 February, 2013 in the area ranging from the river Bravo to the mouth of the river Coatzacoalcos; From 25 April to 7 November, 2012 in marine waters ranging from the mouth of the river Coatzacoalcos to the border with Belize. Contoy fisheries and marine waters of the coastal strip facing the states of Campeche and Tabasco are excluded from this provision for fishing Atlantic seabob (Xiphopenaeus kroyeri) with smaller vessels. On the other hand, a fishing ban will enter into force from 20 May until 7 November, 2012 in the marine waters of the fishing grounds of Contoy, and from 1 May to 30 September this year in the coastal strip in front of the states of Campeche and Tabasco, for the fishery of Atlantic seabob with smaller vessels.

US Helps Fight Trafficking of Natural, Cultural Resources in Mayan Jungle
The US Embassy in Guatemala City is hosting a workshop to help authorities from Guatemala, Mexico and Belize improve cooperation against the trafficking of natural resources and cultural artifacts from the Mayan jungle. Officials from the US Departments of State and the Interior, as well as the Agency for International Development, are working with their counterparts from the three countries on fighting the illegal trade in natural resources and cultural artifacts from the region, as Prensa Libre reports. Cynthia Perera of the Department of the Interior noted that the meeting was "the first time that there has been a dialogue with reprensentatives of the agencies of environment, culture, prosecution, and police of these nations," according to another report from the newspaper. InSight Crime Analysis According to a 2010 presentation (download .ppt) by the US Ministry of the Interior, the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala is threatened by a range of criminal activities, including illegal ranching, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and looting of archaeological sites. The report notes that the government of Guatemala has stepped up its efforts to combat these threats since 2009.

Edited by Marty (11/17/12 10:14 AM)