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Valid: Monday-Monday, Sep. 24- Oct. 1, 2012

Indications are that the El Nino phase of ENSO could materialized or become more evident in the Eastern Pacific in September. If this occurs then we can expect further suppression of TC activity in the western Atlantic and the Caribbean during the latter part of the 2012 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season. Let's hope and pray this is the case as we move into that part of the season when TC tend to form in the western Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Let down not your guard Belize, it is not over as yet for 2012!

Have a wonderful and blessed week!


A major upper level trough in the westerlies extending North-South over eastern Canada-USA, projects southward into the southern Gulf of Mexico (see Figure 3 below). This system is supporting a cold front that has moved offshore the Atlantic coast of the USA and the NE Gulf of Mexico. This trough is now coupled with a tropical wave that moved into the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean over the weekend, and is producing widespread convection in the eastern and SW Gulf of Mexico. Shallow convection generated by this interaction is also evident over Yucatan and southern Mexico. No satellite image available for the greater Caribbean region since 9:00 pm on Sunday through Monday morning…

The upper level trough will drift eastwards over the next 36 hours and the southern portion will lose its identity by Wednesday. This feature will support localized convection over Belize through Wednesday, especially along the coast. A return to drier weather is expected later on Wednesday through the rest of the working week and the upcoming weekend.

No tropical cyclone is expected to form over or move into the Caribbean region during the next seven days. In the Atlantic, tropical storm Nadine was located near latitude 31.7 North… longitude 27.8 West. Nadine is moving toward the west-northwest near 7 mph. A turn toward the west and west-southwest are expected over the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected over the next 24 – 48 hours.

Rainfall rates over Belize will be in the range of 0.75-1.00 inch on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday in the heavier showers and thunderstorms, especially along the coast and in the north. Elsewhere, rainfall daily rainfall rates will be in the range of 0.25-0.50 of-an-inch. Rainfall will diminish later on Wednesday through the weekend, with daily accumulations of only 0.10-0.25 of-an-inch in locally isolated showers or isolated thunderstorms, especially in the interior and in the hills.

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PHOTOS: Independence Day Parade 2012

Prime Minister’s Independence Day Address to the Nation

SP PUP executive asks the Mayor to “live up” to his campaign promise
The San Pedro Branch of the People’s United Party Executive has gone public and is calling on the Mayor of San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), Daniel Guerrero to “live up” to his campaign promise and commission an independent audit of the past three terms under which Mayor Elsa Paz governed. The public announcement was made via a press release issued by the SP PUP committee on Friday, September 14th which was reiterated by the only PUP elected town councilor, Wally Nuñez JR. The release makes reference to the Mayor’s response during his July 26th report on the state of the council following the first 100 days at helm of the SPTC. The release says that the “meeting by the SPTC to present their report for their first hundred days of administration raises more questions than answers.” The release makes reference to Mayor Guerrero’s campaign promise to conduct an independent audit of the previous administration but backed off after he was elected. “The Mayor answered that he did not want to go on a witch hunt as to what and who was responsible for the perceived mismanagement. That, according to him, the past was the past and that he wanted to concentrate on the future.

Ambergris Today

PHOTOS: Independence Day Parade 2012

San Pedro Delivers Fun Independence Day Parade
San Pedro Town came alive and full of energy as businesses shut down for the day during the long holiday weekend to celebrate Belize’s Independence. There were 15 groups that participated in the Independence Day Parade that was lead by Miss San Pedro 2012, Naiely Puc, who sat on a large Maya temple on top of a jungle-themed float. The Maya 2012 theme was also evident in many other floats and group costumes and the party revelers danced and celebrated through the streets of San Pedro for almost four hours. Under the theme of this year’s September Celebrations “Many Faces, Many Dreams, One Goal, Celebrating Belize” participating groups in the parade included: San Pedro Town Council, San Pedro Roman Catholic School Marching Band, Carts Belize, St. Francis Credit Union, Island Masqueraders, A&R, Wings/Monchos, ABC Pres School, Punta Boyz, AIDS Commission, Island Academy, Marina’s Store, Belize Pais Tropical, Daddy Rock and Island Reef Ravers.

The Amazing Mesoamerican Reef
Most of this reef system borders the entire country of Belize and we will be biased to agree with the above statement by National Geographic. Belize’s beauty is enhanced by the Mesoamerican Reef which runs from Mexico down to Honduras, but Belize is lucky to have the largest continuous section of the reef just offshore. The Belize Barrier Reef is one of the largest coral reef systems in the world and Belize’s top tourist attraction. National Geographic just recently posted a series of amazing photographs taken by Brian Sherry of the Mesoamerican Reef, in which there are amazing photographic captures here in Belize. Brian Skerry is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998 he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine covering a wide range of subjects and stories.

Aerial of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye In The 60's
This is the village of San Pedro in the 1960’s. It extended from the area of the San Pedro R.C. School up north to the cemetery and it stopped right there. You do not need to imagine it; you can see it right here in this Flashback. There was no Phoenix, Blue Tang, no Wet Willies, no San Pedro High School, nothing all the way to the Boca del Rio. Across the bridge there were countless miles of coconut plantations (cocales) here and there dotted with tiny wood houses where the coconut farmers lived. It was the same on the southern side of the village.

Gecko Hitches a Ride from Cayo
Can anyone help Photographer Jose Luis Zapata identify which type of Gecko this is? He was photographing a fitness model this past weekend at Xunantunich Maya Site and it seems that the critter hitched a ride to San Pedro in his camera bag. Jose Luis caught it in his room and released it in his garden. "It quickly hid in the roots of these orchids so I could not get a closer shot. I see the other types of Geckos all the time but have never seen one like this. Anyone?"

Julissa Nuñez Celebrates her Quinceaños
One of Julissa Nuñez's birthday gifts for her Quinceaños (15th birthday) was a photo shoot to capture imagas of her coming of age. Julie celebrated her birthday on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, and shared a few pictures with Ambergris Today, which were taken by Jose Luis Zapata. Happy Birthday Julie!

Misc Belizean Sources

How I think my country Belize should deal with its foreign debt
By Wellington C. Ramos. There are about 300,000 or more Belizean Americans living in America and most of them feel the same way about Belize as I do. Our weekly contributions to our families in Belize are what keep the Belizean economy viable, as has been documented by all reputable financial agencies. Belize cannot survive without the involvement of Belizeans who live in the United States because they possess the most financial and human resources. Any Belizean who fails to accept this fact of life is living in a world of fantasy. Yet, both political parties have failed to formulate a comprehensive benefit package to involve Belizean Americans so that they can invest their financial and human resources in Belize to make it a vibrant nation in this world. The current Prime Minister Dean Barrow had the right idea when he proposed Article 7 to amend the Belizean constitution so that Belizeans with dual citizenship could be entitled to run for office, represent Belize and do everything like all other Belizean citizens without giving up their American citizenship.

VIDEO: Deep Sea Fishing Belize

VIDEO: Exploring Canyons, Dive Belize
Featuring Guest Divers with Island Divers Team, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

VIDEO: Mayor August's Independence Day Address
Patrick Jones got some great footage from the Independence Day Celebrations. Mayor August speaks to the crowd at Columbus park in this segment.

Cultural Journey at the Adjacency Zone
The Organization of American States had a cultural day at the Adjacency Zone. A great time was had by all. The Benque House of Culture represented Cayo. "September 23, Cultural Day at the OAS/AZ, it was a hilarious event!! Guatemalan and Benque Students had a great day...And also us as invited guests..."

The municipalities of Belmopan, Corozal and Orange Walk will see a further improvement of their main streets as a result of a $2.1 Million dollar street project under the Belize Municipal Development Project (BMDP) which was launched this morning during a formal ceremony in Corozal Town. The street project calls for the enhancement of Nim Li Punit, Hummingbird and Raccoon Streets in the City of Belmopan; Punta Gorda and 1st Street North in Corozal Town and Santa Familia Street in Orange Walk Town. The work scope for the project includes the realignment of street side drains, provision of street concrete curbs, resurfacing of the streets with Hot Mix and or chip seal, provision of street markings for vehicular and pedestrian lanes and permanent sinage. This project will cost approximately Bz $2,183,809.65 and will be carried out by A&N Construction , a local firm.

Channel 7

Mother Of Three Knocked Down, But Was She Run Over?
Tonight a Ladyville family is grieving the loss of a mother of three after she was knocked down on Friday morning. But it's not just that she was knocked down - they believe she was deliberately run over - a murder by motor vehicle. They spoke to Monica Bodden today about what has them feeling that way:.. Monica Bodden reporting The body of 36 year old Sherlet Longsworth was seen lying here on the side of Marage road around 3:00 on Friday morning. It was spotted by a man who was driving his vehicle on the road -who then called the Ladyville police. This pile of sand indicates the exact spot where she was found lying face down in a pool of blood, bleeding from the mouth and head.

One More Killed In A Fatal Accident
And a few hours after Sherlet Longsworth was killed in that accident, there was another fatal traffic accident. This one happened on that perilous stretch of road between Belize City and the Haulover Bridge - that had just witnessed a fatality on Wednesday night. Well, by Friday morning just before dawn - there was another. 32 year old Leonard Budd was heading to Ladyville from Belize City in a Honda Accord when he lost control of his vehicle in front of Crystal Auto Rental. The vehicle overturned and barreled into an iron gate. Budd was trapped behind the steering wheel, broke his neck and died in the car. He was found trapped behind the wheel. The police press officer says that the car may have experienced a front end blowout which could have caused him to lose control of his vehicle.

Cpl. Loses Both Legs In Traffic Accident, Somehow Survives
And there's still another serious traffic accident to report - this one did not result in fatal injury - but the police officer involved did lose both his legs. Police press officer Fitzroy Yearwood told us about the injury to Sargeant Mark August in yesterday afternoon's accident on the southern highway. Fitzroy Yearwood - Police Press Officer "So far all we have gathered is that he was on a motor bike and he apparently lost control where he apparently hit a lamp post causing that injury." "The impact of speed - I haven't receive whether speeding was a factor but I know that he unfortunately lost both legs." August was rushed from the Southern Regional hospital to the KHMH. Today the KHMH Press Officer told us that August is in a stable condition and in the recovery room - which follows surgery.

Speedy Synthetic Track In Place At Marion Jones
Belizeans have been waiting the better part of a decade for the construction of the new multi-purpose facility at the Marion Jones Stadium. Ground was broken in 2004, and construction started in earnest in 2008 - meaning the place has been closed for four years - and it won't be open for at least another year and some months. But the first thing to finish was the fence - and today the man who built that fence before he was elected, Minister of State with responsibility for Sports Herman Longsworth - pulled up the curtain on the synthetic track that athletes and fans have been waiting on forever, it seems. Jules Vasquez got a look:.. Jules Vasquez reporting This is the world class, IAAF certified 400 meters synthetic running track at the Marion Jones Stadium. It cost 2 million dollars funded by the government of Venezuela. It was installed by a US firm named Traction and certified by a British Company Hon. Herman Longsworth, Minister of State - Sports "We choose to elevate and seep the track on piles simply because of the unstable ground that we have here and the weight of what we intended to put down."

Baptist Assoc. to Willacey: Hit The Road!
Former Principal of Belmopan Baptist High, Norman Willacey has been officially fired. A press release was sent out today by the Baptist Association of Belize, stating, quote, "after its investigation and deliberation the Management found the allegations to be true and recommended Mr. Willacey's immediate dismissal and revocation of license. It continues by saying, "the Teachers Service Commission has approved the recommendation of the Board in regards to the immediate dismissal of Norman Willacey. A decision regarding the revocation of his teaching license will be conveyed at a later date by the Teaching Service Commission", end of quote. Thus ends an embarrassing and unfortunate episode in which Willacey - as Principal, counselor and pastor admitted to, quote, "fooling around" with a 16 year old former student.

Cop Shot At On Weekend: Four In Ten Days
The past 10 days has witnessed an unprecedented number of armed attacks on police officers. PC Errol Jones was shot at on September 14th in Belmopan; then on September 17th. Corporal Daniel Flowers was shot at near his Belize City home, constable Ervin Pech was stabbed In Ladyville on September 21st and then on September 22nd constable Julian Gladden was shot at also in Belize City. Now, at least three of these officers were off duty - but it's still an alarming trend. We've already reported on the incidents with Constable Jones and Corporal Flowers - and we turn now to the two most recent attacks: constable Pech and constable Gladden. At 2:30 am on 22nd September, Gladden was driving his personal vehicle on Vernon Street when at the corner of Vernon and Mayflower Streets he saw a man standing at the corner. He reports that as he was about to pass the male person he heard a loud bang and looked back to see Kendis Flowers with his hand pointed towards the car. He says Flowers then fired another shot at him, but Gladden escaped unhurt.

Police-man Stabbed By Drunk
And another man who is charged with allegedly attacking another police officer is 31 year-old Carlo Chuc, a construction worker residing in Orange Walk. According to Police Constable Ervin Pech, he was waiting at the bus stop in Ladyville near the airport junction along with several other people on Independence Day. Pech told police that he saw Chuc coming down the road, acting drunk. Chuc started to curse, and when another man, Wilbert Jimenez, told him about it he got mad. Chuc reportedly threw food at Jimenez and they got into a fight. When Chuc punched Himenez in the face, PC Pech got involved to try to get the situation under control, but Chuc allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed Pech in the left side of the head. Ladyville Police were called in quickly and they arrested and charged Chuc with attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm, wounding, and common assault.

Disturbing Number Of Rapes Reported
Mercifully, there were no murders over the Independence Day weekend - but there were a disturbing number of rapes reported. Two of them were reported in the Toledo District - specifically in and around Punta Gorda Town. Both cases have similarities because both victims report that they lost consciousness. The police press officer outlined those cases:.. Fitzroy Yearwood - Police Press Officer "We have a rape reported by a 14 year old female. Also in Punta Gorda where she is saying that on the 22nd September she was at the Venanca Petillo Park on Front Street in Punta Gorda in the company of Augustina Shal and 2 other male persons. She said around 1am she lost consciousness and when she arrive home she realize that she did not have on her tights or underwear and believe that she was sexually assaulted. The minor was taken to the Punta Gorda Town Hospital where a doctor certified that she was recently carnally known and we continue to investigate this."

Got Off Murder, Charged With Stabbing
27 year-old Lionel "Piggy" Neal, a man who was recently acquitted of murder in July of year, is back behind bars tonight after he allegedly stabbed another Belize City man. Gregory McCoy reported that on Independence Day, at around 10:30 a.m. he visited his ex-girlfriend, Britney Martinez, who resides at #63 West Street. An argument started between him and Martinez's current boyfriend, Lionel Neal, and that escalated to the point where Neal reportedly pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed McCoy on the upper left side of the back. McCoy was rushed to the hospital, where there is no record of him - at least not under that name. As a result of the report, Neal was arrested and charged attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm, and dangerous harm. He was arraigned before Magistrate Dale Cayetano today, who couldn't take any plea or offer bail due to the nature of the offences. As a result, Neal was remanded to prison until October 19, his next court date.

18 Year Old Female Stones 35 Year Old Female With Pint
And the final case of attempted murder to report tonight was allegedly committed by 18 year-old Jamie Hope - a female. 33 year-old Joana Orellana, a Manager of Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel, reported that on September 17, she was at the San Pedro Belize Express water terminal in Belize City with her 14 year-old daughter. Orellana reported that she suddenly felt a blow her face and realized that it a pint bottle had struck her; it shattered on impact, and one of the jagged edges gouged her on the cheek. Orellana fell on the ground and when she looked up, she saw Jamie Hope standing over her. She said that fearing for her life, she ran near to where the boat was docked, which is when her daughter told her that the impact knocked out one of her teeth.

Man Gets 15 Years For Sex Assault Of Teenager
36 year-old Rudolph "Tubba" Smith, a resident of Hattieville, is spending the first night of a 15 year sentence after he was convicted for aggravated burglary and aggravated assault of an indecent nature when his trial concluded today before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. The prosecution called five witnesses to testify against Smith, but the main witness was the 15 year-old victim herself. The girl testified that at around 4:25 a.m. on July 23, 2011, she was awakened in her bed when she felt Smith, who she knew as "Tubba", on top of her. She said that that he held a knife to her throat, fondled her, and demanded that she take off her pants. She refused, and that's when one of her siblings, who was also sleeping in the same room, woke up, turned on the light, and saw "Tubba" Smith. They screamed out for their mother, and he ran away before he could be detained. Smith testified in his defence that he was passing by the house, and he saw the victim going through the window. He called an alibi witness to testify on his behalf, but she didn't help his case because the prosecution put it to her that she was asleep at the time, and she couldn't tell if he was at home or not.

Andrew Jr. Murdered, Father Reports Armed Assault
Andrew Usher Junior was killed a week ago - and now his father Andrew senior has reported an armed robber that occurred two weeks ago. The police press officer told us more: Fitzroy Yearwood - Police Press Officer "We had a robbery report. This is a report made by Andrew Usher Sr., he is saying that on the 8th September 2012` at 2pm he was sitting inside his van on Tibruce Street when he was approach and held up at gun point by a dark complexion male person known to him as Kareem Smith also known as "Flash" who demanded $500. Usher is saying that he had a struggle between himself and Smith where another male person intervene with a firearm and fearing for his life he handed over $700.00 in cash to Smith. Both men then made good their escape on Mahogany Street." Kareem Smith is being sought.

Former Education Minister's Teenaged Son Passes
Former Minister of Education and three-Term Lake I representative Cordel Hyde is grieving tonight after the loss of his 18 year old son, Khalid. As was first announced when Hyde stepped down as a candidate earlier this year, Khalid Hyde was diagnosed with cancer. KREM Radio reports that he had a rare type of tumor on the heart called Large B Cell Lymphoma. After falling seriously ill earlier in the year - and being hospitalized for 3 months Doctors believed he was making a remarkable recovery but then the tumor returned and the young man succumbed on Sunday evening in New York. The body of Khalid Hyde is expected to be brought back to Belize for the funeral following a service in New York.

The 21st, A Flashback
Even if you've seen the Belize flag go up at midnight - every time since 1981 - it should still give a small shiver - when the royal blue with red trim is put aloft against the September sky. Here's how it looked this year:... Jules Vasquez reporting After the flag raising, the cannons and the fireworks which lit up the night sky the ceremony moved to the capital in Belmopan - and the main event - Independence day addresses by both major mass party leaders. Opposition Leader Fonseca warned of serious challenges: Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of The Opposition "But as responsible citizens and leaders we are aware that on Monday after we've shaken off the residue of month long revelry serious challenges await us as a nation. We know them only too well - 30,000 Belizeans actively seeking a job cannot find one. 148,500 Belizeans living on less than $5.50 per day for food. The scourge of violent crime threatens our social fabric. Less than 50% of our children are completing secondary schools. Oil revenues are on the decline, foreign direct investment remains elusive and the unfounded Guatemalan claim persists."

Channel 5

Pastor/Principal fired for sexual relations with student
Norman Willacey, the disgraced pastor named in a sex scandal, has been fired from the Belmopan Baptist High School with immediate effect and his teaching days are over. The Baptist Association of Belize says that, “after its investigation and deliberation, the Management found the allegations to be true and recommended Mr. Willacey’s immediate dismissal; and [...]

PM speaks to heroes during Independence Day Speech
Both Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca were effusive in remembering the Father of the Nation, George Price in their Independence Day messages. Barrow renamed the Western Highway in honor of the fallen leader while Fonseca spoke of Price’s vision and mission in the achievement of Independence. This year, [...]

Leader of the Opposition Independence Unity Speech
The prime minister was not alone in showering tribute to the late father of the nation, who died last year on September nineteenth and has been hailed as the greatest leader the country ever had. The Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca, also gave reverence to first Prime Minister George Price. Fonseca also called for [...]

New owner gets big exemptions during B.S.I. buyout
We will have more on the American Sugar Refinery when a Bill called The Sugar Industry and Cogeneration Project is tabled in the House of Representatives for immediate passage later this week. But from a quick look, ASR appears to have worked out its own accommodation agreement. As you know, the company is acquiring shares [...]

Belize stays on U.S. list of narco trafficking route
Soon after an alleged Hezbollah terrorist secured Belizean documents in a matter of days, there is more bad news for Belize. The country has once again been placed on the United States’ black list of twenty-two countries that are considered a part of the transnational drug trade. The list, issued by President Barrack Obama on [...]

Dark clouds, but cops will get foreign advisor
Soon after the US black listed Belize, the Prime Minister spent some time addressing the most pressing concern of the country, and that is crime. His most poignant moment was his admittance that the successes of the anti-crime initiatives were temporary. That is one of the reasons why Belize will be getting professional help from [...]

Ladyville resident killed in accident, family believes foul play
Ladyville police are investigating the death of a woman in the early morning of Independence Day and are treating it as a hit and run accident. Thirty-six year old Sherlet Longsworth, a mother of three, lost her life sometime after three a.m. on Independence morning. Police believe she was ran over and killed, but the [...]

What caused Budd to crash?
There was a second accident that claimed the life of another Ladyville resident. Just before dawn, also on the twenty-first of September, between miles five and six on the Northern Highway, thirty-two year old Leonard Budd was found trapped behind the steering wheel of his Honda Accord car. While travelling to Ladyville, Budd lost control [...]

Cop loses both feet in Punta Gorda motorcycle accident
While Longsworth and Budd lost their lives, a police officer underwent surgery earlier today after he lost both his legs in a traffic accident down south. On Sunday Police Sergeant Mark August was traveling on the Southern Highway when he lost control of his motorcycle near Swasey Bridge in Punta Gorda and was badly injured [...]

Disturbing rapes in the south
There is disturbing news tonight that four women were allegedly raped in Belmopan and Punta Gorda. In the two incidents down south, the victims claim they were unconscious when they were sexually abused. First, a thirty-five year old Hopeville resident reported that on September twenty-first she agreed to accompany mechanic, John Matura, to check on [...]

More rapes in the Capital
Meanwhile, the alleged victims in the Capital are nineteen and twenty year old females. According to the nineteen year old, she left Rain Drops Bar in Teakettle Village at around midnight last Saturday and went to a friend’s house. Five men that she knew also went to the house and one of them followed her, [...]

Went to his ex and new boyfriend stabs him
Two men were charged with Attempted Murder today after separate stabbing incidents that occurred on Saturday. First to be arraigned was twenty-seven year old Lionel Neal, who appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano and was charged with Attempted Murder, Use of Deadly Means of Harm and Dangerous Harm. He is accused of stabbing Gregory McKoy on [...]

2 women and a broken bottle; charge is attempted murder
A thirty-three year old woman was allegedly struck on the face with a glass bottle by an eighteen year old and they both had different versions of what transpired when the matter landed before the court today. Joanna Orellano claims that on September seventeenth, she was with her fourteen year old daughter on North Front [...]

$30 Million Marion Jones Stadium to be finished end of 2013
The Marion Jones Sporting Complex has been under construction from the era of a P.U.P. government. But now in its second term, the U.D.P. government is hoping that it will be completed by the end of December 2013. The facility includes new bleachers, a FIFA standard field, a beach volleyball facility, and a four hundred [...]

March with the uniform parade on September 21st
Earlier in the newscast, you saw the formalities of Independence Day in Belmopan. In the city, the event took a different form and following speeches at Memorial Park, the uniform parade took place on major streets. The citizens also joined in the revelry of the occasion. News Five’s Andrea Polanco looks back at the sights [...]

Independence Sports Monday highlights with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   Week 5 of the PLB Season took us to Orange Walk yesterday where a struggling Juventus Ball Club played host to an unpredictable San Pedro Seadogs at the Louisiana Football Field as both teams looked to improve their lot. Suiting up for the Sugar [...]


Baptist School Board Issues Release on Principal's Sexual Misconduct
Earlier this month President of the Baptist Association Ruperto Vicente told Love News that the Board had met to discuss the fate of Principal of the Belmopan Baptist High School Norman Willacey. Today that decision was made public as the Board issued a release to say that af...

Police Report Three Separate Cases of Rape
There were a number of rapes reported over the holiday weekend. Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood shared the details of the incidents at this morning’s briefing. FITZROY YEARWOOD Police Press Officer Belize Police Department “Yes we had a rape reported by a ...

Family of Dead Woman Suspects Murder
The family of a woman who was knocked down and killed early Saturday morning in Ladyville is asking anyone who knows of the incident to help them solve the mystery behind her death. That is because they believe that thirty-six year old Sherlett Longsworth was murdered. One ...

Prime Minister Addresses The Nation on Independence Day
Prime Minister Dean Barrow this year used his Independence Day speech to announce the renaming of the Western and Northern Highways in honor of two of the country’s national heroes. The Western Highway is now called the George Price Highway, while the road between Belize Ci...

Police News
Thirty-six year old Rudolph Smith, a.k.a. “Tubba”, charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated assault of an indecent nature, was sentenced to 15 tears for aggravated burglary and 3 years for aggravated assault after he was found guilty of the charges today in the # 1 M...

Police Detains Three Men Following a Report of Rape
A nineteen year old female from the Cayo District reported to police that she was raped. The incident occurred on the fifteenth of September. The female alleges that on that day after having consumed alcohol, she left a bar in Teakettle Village at around midnight, enrou...

Belize Police Sergeant Loses Legs In Traffic Incident
A police officer attached to the Punta Gorda formation lost both his legs in a road traffic accident on the Southern Highway. Police say they visited the scene of the accident near the Swasey Bridge yesterday afternoon where they saw Sergeant Mark August with both his ...

Second Package Launches for the Belize Municipal Development Project
A ceremony launched the second major street package under the Belize Municipal Development Project which is aimed at improving streets in Orange Walk, Corozal and Belmopan. Director of Public Relations for the Social Investment Fund, Mike Hernandez filled us in with the details. ...

Fatal Traffic Incident on Independence Eve
A fatal Traffic accident was reported on Friday. According to reports, Belize City police visited a scene between miles five and six on the Northern Highway where they saw thirty two year old Leonard Budd trapped behind the steering wheel of a four door Honda Accord Car. ...

Ministry of Health Investigates Cases of Pertussis in the Cayo District
The Ministry of Health has issued a press release in connection to suspected cases of Whooping Cough in the Cayo District. According to the release, the ministry was informed of suspected cases in the Community of Springfield, Cayo District on the third of September, to which the...

Belizeans Hosted In Mexican State of Guanajuato
Three bakers and five musicians are in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. For the past five years Acambaro Guanajuato has particularly selected a country to be their guest of honour and share with them a delicacy to most which is bread. This year’s invited country i...


if someone asks you …
I got sidetracked this morning and ended up on expat blog where I found a thought provoking post. As I read an answer from Emily who does Be Belize blog I decided I was going to add my own 5 reasons and blog Julien’s question along with them. To Read Emily’s answers you can visit the tread on expat blog. Here is the question….. Hi, if someone asks you the best reasons for making the choice to live and stay in Belize, what would be your top 5? Thanks in advance for participating, Julien Here are my answers in no particular order as to what made me take the plunge to live in Belize after our one 3 week vacation here almost 7 years ago. - English speaking made it easy to move/adjust here - Weather year round. In December it gets cold enough to wear my wetsuit in the pool and a polar fleece hat some nights, that is enough winter for me :) - Friendly people and great food - Nat Geo moments all the time - Life changing experience

International Sources

New World Oil and Gas hails Belize progress
New World Oil and Gas (NEW) was the most actively-bought stock by the users of Interactive Investor as it announced its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June. The firm's pre-tax loss for the period increased from $0.995 million (£0.613 million) to $1.397 million, with chairman Bill Kelleher stating that "exceptional progress" had been made towards the goal of "creating significant value for our shareholders". Operationally, the company made "significant progress" at its flagship Blue Creek project in Belize with the completion of Phases 3 and 4 of a seismic acquisition programme and a 60% improvement of geological risk, from a one in 12 to a one in five probability of geological success, with prospects now at a drill-ready status. The company is set to spud its first well in the coming weeks. Three drill-ready prospects have been identified at Blue Creek with combined P50 volumetrics of 329 million barrels of oil. Improved terms to the farm-out agreement with partner Blue Creek Exploration will see New World to earn up to a 100% working interest in the project along with a 28% reduction of drilling costs. A 5% farm-down of working interest in Blue Creek to drilling contractor ThermaSource International will reduce drilling costs by a further 25%. Looking ahead, drilling is expected to commence at Blue Creek B Crest Prospect on or before 1 October 2012, with results expected in mid-November 2012, while drilling of West Gallon Jug Crest will follow in late 2012.

Belize has bought some time with partial bond payment
Belize has paid holders of a 2029 bond US$11.7 million of the $23 million that they are owed. This has brought some measure of confidence to the international investment market as investors in Belize were thrown into confusion after Belize missed the US$23 million payment on August 20 and then failed to make any payments on the US$544 million debt issue during the 30-day grace period that expired on September 19. The uncertainty in the market was not helped by Standard & Poor’s lowered the rating on Belize’s sovereign debt to selective default and suggesting that investors were likely to recover 30 percent to 50 percent of the bonds’ face value in a restructuring. However, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, the bond gained 0.55 cent to close at 34.85 United States cents after the payment, the biggest advance since August 27.

S&P: Belize Remains in Default, Despite Partial Coupon Payment
Ratings firm Standard & Poor’s has not changed its “SD” foreign currency ratings and “D” rating on Belize’s bond due in 2029 after the country made a partial payment of $11.7 million last week. The firm still considered the country to have missed the $23 million coupon payment that was due on Aug. 20. “Although the terms of the 2029 bond include a 30-day grace period for interest payments, our ratings speak to full and timely payment,” the firm said in a statement. “They also address debt exchanges that we view as distressed. By either measure, the government remains in default, based on our criteria.” Belize is continuing to hold negotiations with the holders of the country’s $547 million bond that is due in 2029. The firm said it would publish its expectations for a post-default foreign currency rating once the likely rescheduling terms became “clearer.” Of sovereigns that have emerged from default in the last 15 years, ratings have ranged from “CCC” to “B,” Standard and Poor’s said.

Edited by Marty (11/17/12 09:48 AM)