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This Week's Stories:

  • Where Does One Hide A Stolen 2,500 Gallon Water Tank?
  • Benguche’s Second Drug Sentence
  • Cayo’s André Lopez Elected Rotary District Governor
  • Tropigas Burglarized - Two Men Caught On Camera
  • The Belize Rural Finance Programme Extending Rural Services To The Cayo District
  • Another Home Invasion In Santa Elena
  • “Let’s Unite And Continue To Make Belize Safer”
  • Congratulations Mitzi Cruz
  • STAR Humor
  • Editorial: Just Simply Not Cutting It
  • Your Weekly Horoscope and Lucky Numbers
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Public Notices

Message for U.S. Citizens A July 4th Voting Reminder
Happy 4th of July! U.S. citizens around the globe will soon mark the 236th anniversary of our Nation’s Independence Day with family and community gatherings, food, and fireworks. For U.S. citizens living outside the United States, the 4th of July is an opportunity for all of us, regardless of political affiliation, to celebrate our shared values as citizens of the United States of America. Have a say in our country’s future. One of our most treasured values is the right and the privilege to vote – to participate actively in our country’s democratic process. This November, U.S. citizens will elect a President, a Vice President, one-third of the Senate, and the entire House of Representatives. The U.S. Embassy Belmopan in Belize encourages all U.S. citizens to participate in this year’s elections, and stands ready to help you vote. Almost all overseas U.S. citizens can vote. Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia now allow adult children who have never resided in the United States to vote using their parents’ state of voting residence. Details are available on the FVAP website at ...

Where have all the frogs gone?
Join us for a free presentation, Saturday, July 7th at the Sunbreeze Hotel, 6pm Michael Starkey SAVE THE FROGS Advisory Committee chair and ecologist, will answer this question and MORE!

Road Work At Airstrip Area Commences
Mayor Daniel Guerrero is committed to working on improving the streets of San Pedro, La Isla Bonita. He has put emphasis is maintaining our island clean and along with the help of his foramens he has been working on fixing up the streets of our island. Last month the road on North Ambergris Caye was being fixed up with hard core and sand from the foot of the bridge all the way to Grand Caribe. In the San Juan Area plastic culverts were placed for proper drainage so that the roads are not flooded during this rainy season and streets are passable. Mayor Daniel has made mention that a total of 12 barges of hard core have been bought for the repairs of the streets and work has been carried out in the San Pedrito Area and DFC Area. Main streets are being targeted so that it can be accessible especially when it rains. A specific area that is currently undergoing permanent fixture is part of the Airstrip Area. Concrete slabs will be placed along Swan Street and Lions Street (From the corner of Tropic Air up to Save on Groceries and Lion Street – Front of Maya Island Air up to the Hyperbaric Chamber).

Caye Caulker Drops “Go Slow” Motto for Lobster Fest
It’s the Belizean island that is known for the “Go Slow” motto that explains the lifestyle of the our neighboring island of Caye Caulker, but that motto is thrown out the window during their Lobster Fest celebration. The tiny island comes alive for three days as Caye Caulker offers a different kind Lobster Fest! The three-day festival was celebrated this past weekend from Friday, June 29 to July 1, 2012. Contrary to San Pedro’s Lobster Fest that is 10-days long and which mostly concentrates on celebrating the deliciousness of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster by showcasing the culinary delights from restaurants all over the island, Caye Caulke’s Lobster Fest is one huge blowout beach party!

La Alborada Highlights Dia de San Pedro Festivities
The Feast of our patron saint – Saint Peter was celebrated in grand style this year as the San Pedro Town Council and Catholic Church held traditional ceremonies in honor of our patron saint. Highlighting this year’s festivities was La Alborada which took place on Thursday, June 28, 2012, at the Friendship Park in front of the Roman Catholic Church. Celebrations kicked off with La Bajada, this ceremony took place at the Roman Catholic Church where the statue of St. Peter was brought down from atop its altar; after which a novena was held for nine consecutive nights leading to La Alborada. Traditionally, a band would march up and down the streets playing San Pedro’s Anthem, Los Aires, alerting the village that the dance, La Alborada, would soon begin. Performers would dress up in traditional Yucatecan apparel (Ternos).

La Plaza De San Pedro -The Old Football Field
Before attaining the ugly, meaningless name of ‘Saca Chispas’ given by “I Don’t Know Who”, the official name this sports field is La Plaza de San Pedro. The land was donated to the village by one of San Pedro’s benefactors, Mr. Apoloño “Tuto” Alamilla (RIP). La Plaza de San Pedro was first used exclusively for baseball for several decades until football was introduced in the 1970’s.

Wave Music Celebrates # 1!
Friday, June 29, 2012 many people headed to the hottest club in town, Jaguar's Temple Night Club to celebrate with the crew of San Pedro's music Tv Show "Wave Music" as they celebrated their first anniversay with neon colors and sunglasses. Amazing entertaiment by local DJ's Big Dzl Productions and DJ Fast along with celebrity DJ straight of the USA DJ Geraldo Hennessy Collective Member. All music lovers had an unforgettable time as they partied and danced the night away. Congratulations to the Wave Music Crew on their one year anniversary!

Late afternoon shooting in Old Capital
Earlier this morning the Police department held a press conference in which they proudly let the media know that there were no shootings since early Friday morning. But perhaps they spoke too soon. After three this afternoon a patron of the Plum Tree Restaurant was shot. According to reports, twenty-six year old Julian Foreman of [...]

Keon Johnson by known gunman
There was a shooting incident last week that didn’t make it on the police release. On June twenty eighth, twenty-one year old Keon Johnson was exiting a pickup truck on Central American Boulevard when he was shot on his left foot. According to his report, Johnson said that at nine p.m. a man he knows [...]

Woman saves her 2 infants from burning home; where were the firefighters?
Acts of valor are rare but when regular people commit to tremendous acts and put their bodies in the way of harm, they should be commended for it. This past weekend a fire gutted an uninsured building valued at forty five thousand dollars. While the building was consumed by a powerful inferno, a mother of [...]

Fire official says residents should call fire station rather than 911 for fire emergencies
As for the delayed response, Kenneth Mortis, the substation officer says it may be because the family and neighbors were calling 911, rather than calling the Orange Walk Fire Station.   Kenneth Mortis, Substation Officer, Orange Walk Fire Station “I’m not pointing any fingers and I’m not blaming anybody, but I would only want to [...]

Comparative Analysis of 2011 vs. 2012 National Budget
The national budget for 2012-2013 was tabled in the House of Representatives last Friday; it is one of fiscal discipline says the Prime Minister. It also has a deficit of seventy-five point two million dollars. That translates into two point four percent which is the difference from total revenue of eight hundred and sixty-two million, [...]

Embassy of Taiwan/China donates handheld radios to Police Department
Recently the Police Department received a fleet of vehicles outfitted with cameras and other crime fighting equipment from the United States State Department via the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). Another Belize friendly government has made a donation to complement the recent CARSI donation. This morning the Embassy of Taiwan/China delivered some very expensive [...]

Telethon raises targeted $1 Million for Inspiration Center
The goodwill shown by the embassies in Belize and the courageous act by an Orange Walk mother to rescue her children from a burning building are only two of the recent moments that show the good nature of Belizeans. Across the country, hundreds of people gave from their hearts and made the Inspiration Telethon on [...]

Robberies and Aggravated Assaults of city residents
Though the telethon was based in the heart of Belize City, the goodwill was not shared by all over the weekend. The violence in the old capital went under the radar but there were criminal activity within its confines starting as early as Friday afternoon. According to twenty-one year old Marvin Bul, just after two [...]

Repeat burglary offended sentenced to 7 years in prison
In news from the Courts, a New Road resident has picked up his third conviction for crimes of dishonesty. Today, thirty year old Carlos Castro was sentenced to seven years imprisonment after he was found guilty of Attempted Burglary for trying to gain entry into a home in the Linda Vista Area of Belize. The [...]

Elario Elijio to be tried for manslaughter in Supreme Court
Fifty-two year old John Russell Myers met his untimely death earlier this year on February twenty-seventh. It is reported that Myers was in an altercation with thirty-three year old Elario Frank Elijio, who allegedly punched him in the face. Myers lost his balance and reportedly hit his head on a concrete wall. Days later, on [...]

2 drug busts yield almost 17 pounds of marijuana
Police have also made two drug busts in Independence and San Ignacio Town. The first was a joint operation conducted by police at the home of forty-four year old businessman, Dwayne Logan and thirty-two year old Donavel Burgess. According to police, the search led to the discovery of two black plastic bags containing twelve point [...]

P.U.C. makes final decisions on B.E.L. approved rates
The Public Utilities Commission announced a final decision regarding the Annual Review Proceeding for Belize Electricity Limited for 2012. While there will not be an increase in electricity rates, the government-owned utility company shuffled and reconfigured some expenses. On April second, B.E.L. made a submission in which changes to its list of costs, as well [...]

But new surcharges to be implemented
In its submission, B.E.L. also requested to have its customers classified based on average monthly consumption. Those using less than two thousand, five hundred kilowatt hours will now fall under the Commercial One category while those consuming more will be considered Commercial Two. New surcharges, according to Derek Davis, were not included in previous Annual [...]

House of Shotokan continues to dominate in matches in Mexico
The House of Shotokan Karate Academy continues to dominate in matchups against teams from Mexico. Over the weekend, karate students competed in both taekwondo and mixed martial arts in Chetumal. They all returned with medals and their proud teacher, Shihan Ray Kelly, spoke to News Five today about their success as well as upcoming tournaments [...]

A second Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of National Security
The daily reports from the police department traditionally comes from the press officer who is currently Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood. In addition to the Police Press Officer the ministry also employs the expertise of Public Relations Officer. Currently, the P.R. post is held by Raphael Martinez. This morning at a press conference at the Queen Street [...]

Football, Cycling and Cricket in this edition of Sports Monday
Good Evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   The championships Cup Football Season continues to roll people as the Belize Defense Force hosted Maskall inside the MCC Grounds yesterday. Unfortunately, fan support continues to be minimal and maybe the organizers should try to raise the profile of the event. Nevertheless, it’s the [...]

The Original Lobster Fest
There are Lobsterfests all over Belize nowadays - but there's only one original Lobsterfest - and that's the one in Caye caulker. They started 17 years ago as a way to raise funds for their community - and give locals a chance to enjoy a delicacy that, honestly, many Belizeans have never eaten because it's too dear and too rare. And so - with due deference to Placencia, San Pedro and even Bird's Isle - we travelled this weekend - as we have so many times before - to Caye Caulker for their Lobsterfest where the sweetest meat you'll find in a shell was in abundant supply:... Jules Vasquez reporting Belizeans flocked to Caye Caulker on Saturday - a mix of locals and tourists. Neal Bradley, Founding Member - Caye Caulker Lobsterfest "We have a very good turnout up top now and I must say that out Lobsterfest which is the original Lobsterfest has a different concept from the other Lobsterfest in that we want our Belizean people to come out to Caye Caulker and be able to get lobster in different shapes and forms and at a reasonable price." A reasonable price for the king of crustaceans: Lobster.

The End Of an Era At Macy’s Restaurant?
Residents of Belize City and visitors should all be familiar with the name Macy's Restaurant. After all, it's been open for 30 years - all of it spent at the same location on Bishop Street. It's many years of service make it a landmark, but what makes it an institution is its quality: consistent, top grade Belizean cuisine flavored with soul. But, reports are that the famous Macy's may be closing down by the end of the month. We visited with the owner Mavis Pitamba, known as Ms. May today and she told us that up to last week she was dead set on doing it - due to poor business - and the fact that she can no longer open at night due to crime. But today she told us she is re-thinking it because of the outpouring of requests from faithful patrons who are begging her to reconsider. She says she may consider relocating to a location on the northside - but she hasn't decided yet. She'll make up her mind on that by mid-month.