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#448893 - 10/17/12 08:56 AM Today's Belize News: October 17, 2012
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The San Pedro Sun

Emerito Itza succumbs to injuries at the KHMH
San Pedro Police has initiated a murder investigation following the death of a man who was receiving treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). The man, 46 year old Emerito Itza who lived on Ambergris Caye, is originally from Soccutz Village in the Cayo District and was one of two men who were attacked, beaten and left along the beach in San Pedro Town. Police confirmed to the San Pedro Sun that Itza succumbed to his injuries Monday on the morning, October 15th. Initial investigation indicate that both Itza and 24 year old Marwin Lizama were socializing along the beach at about 7PM on Wednesday October 10th at the eastern end of Sandpiper Street when they were attacked by a group of young men. It is alleged that the group of men then hit Itza and Lizama several times in the head with a piece of wood. When police officials responded with a doctor, they observed Itza in an unconscious state.

Las Terrazas Resort – Belize’s Leading Resort for 2012
Las Terrazas Resort is pleased to announce that for the second year in a row, we have been named Belize’s Leading Resort at the 2012 World Travel Awards. More than 5,000 companies, destinations and organizations are nominated for these prestigious annual awards, voted on by more than 213,000 industry professionals worldwide. “We are so honored to receive this momentous award from our peers,” says David Hesse, General Manager of Las Terrazas Resort. “We are grateful to our colleagues that they have again honored us for our hard work and effort in making Las Terrazas Belize’s top resort destination.” The World Travel Awards were started in 1994 to encourage the international travel and tourism community to embrace the pursuit of excellence in everything it does – from customer relations to creativity, product innovation and business acumen. The awards and judging are strictly controlled to ensure total fairness. An awards ceremony took place on September 14 at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa where World Travel Awards founder Graham E. Cooke underlined the depth and quality of the travel and tourism sector across the Caribbean and the Americas. He said “Our winners are also drawn from the breadth of the Caribbean and the Americas, reflecting the strength and depth of the travel and lodging sector in the region. Belize, the only English speaking country in Central America, has quickly become one of the premiere tropical vacation destinations for North American vacationers. Each year, tens of thousands of vacationers head south to the popular island of Ambergris Caye in Belize to scuba dive, honeymoon, hike, or just get away for a little while. The nation’s warm water oceans, tropical inland forests and ancient Mayan ruins are enough to keep even the most adventurous travelers occupied.

San Pedro / Belize District Football Competition commences
The Football Federation of Belize’s Inter District Football competition is underway and each district is in the process of choosing representatives. As such the San Pedro Football Club, playing under the Belize District Football Association, has started official competition to choose two teams which will travel to Belize to compete against other champions from the Belize District to determine who will represent the District in the Inter-District at the national level. The San Pedro competition started on Sunday, October 14th and saw eight energetic, enthusiastic teams signing up for the competition. Present at each games are officials from the FFB Inter District competition as well as the president of the Belize District Football Association. Competing are: Los Catrachos, San Pedro Veterans, Club United FC, Naivis FC, Club Belizean Shores, DFC Passy, Suga Boyz Juventus and Lebanese FC. The teams will see seven weeks of competition after which the two top teams will be chosen to move onto the Belize District competition. On the 14th, Club United FC tied with Naivis FC in a score of 2-2. Game two saw Belizean Shores winning over DFC in a game of 4-2 while Suga Boyz Juventus saw a challenging game against Lebanese FC, a game at the end of which neither team managed a goal. This game ended in a nil – nil game.

Ambergris Today

Officials Consider Listing Queen Conch as Threatened or Endangered
Will the conch season in Belize have to be shortened? Might we need to control the amount of conch that we eat year per year? These are a couple of questions that Belize, including other Caribbean nations, might have to consider as Caribbean ministers will come together to discuss a conch petition for CARICOM during Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2012 in Antigua and Barbuda. A United States petition submitted this March to list the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) as a threatened or endangered species will be a priority item on the agenda of the upcoming 3rd Special Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). Over fishing of the Queen Conch might be posing a problem to the survival of the species and such petition could limit our consumption of conch if the animal becomes labeled as threatened and endangered.

San Pedro High Returns With Smiles
The Belize National Champs in softball hailing from San Pedro High participated this past week in the Central American championship known as Codicader. The team is to be admired for picking up the courage to switch from softball to baseball because softball is not played in Codicader. Incidentally in Belize the high schools do not play baseball, only softball. San Pedro travelled to Panama City and confronted and lost to Panama and then defeated Costa Rica. The next two against Nicaragua and Honduras were losses but Belize soundly defeated Guatemala 6 to 2 with outstanding pitching by Gerardo Cardona who struck out 12 of the Guatemalan players. This final match brought San Pedro High School/Belize to 2 wins and 3 losses, placing the team in fourth place.

Pic of the Week: Sunsets in Belize like Artists Paintings
You never know what color palette the sunsets in Belize will bring you. It is ever-changing, ever so beautiful and nothing short of spectacular each and every day.

How to Deal with Bullies
Bullies are pretty much everywhere. Millions of people around the world are suffering from these bullies almost every minute of the day. Bullying has led to some teens committing suicide because they cannot take the teasing anymore. Now with something so cruel that leads to so many problems why is it that no one has put a stop to it? The Answer is Simple. Whenever you try to explain to bullies that what they are doing is wrong, they don’t even try to listen to what you’re saying. Now to all those teens who want to end their lives because of bulling, please DON’T! Do you know why? These bullies are the ones that need your attention to make them seem cool.

Flashback: Father Robert Raszkowski's Dream
We have always been encouraged to dream big and we will achieve good things. And so was the case of the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church which you see today. It was a dream of Father Robert Raszkowski S.J. back in the 1960’s and he lived to see its inauguration in the late 1970’s about ten years later. Why did it take so long to complete this dream? Well, Father Raz wanted this church to be constructed with Sanpedrano’s money alone. He wanted us to be very proud of our accomplishment. It took many years of Sunday collections, fund raisers, carnival dance donations, and fairs. Besides this Father Raz refused to charge for wedding, funeral, graduation, and daily masses.

Saga 9th Annual Halloween Party
Saga Humane Society’s 9th Annual Halloween Party Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 11am - 5pm at the Central Park Dog Costume Contest -Scariest -Best Couple (Dog and Owner) -Most Original and more! -Silent Auction -Lots of Raffles -Games for the Kids and Pets -Food and Drinks -Cakes, Cookies, Candy and more!

Jasmine Alerts Missing Person
If you have information about HUGO HENRY MORENO contact the nearest police station. CIRCUMSTANCE Last seen at 1:00 am by both parents whilst at home and was wearing a blue long sleeve shirt with long jeans pants and white tennis with blue lace. AGE: 17 years old OCC: 2nd Form Bishop Martin High School HEIGHT: 6 ft. WIEIGHT: Between 145-150lbs EYES: Brown HAIR: Mohawk style, black hair BUILD: Slim

Misc Belizean Sources

Press Conference Of Belize Coalition For Justice (BCJ) Guardians of the constitution-Advocates for Justice On The National Crisis Facing Belize and it’s People
On Sunday, October 14th, 2012, The Greatest most powerful meeting in the History of Belize was help at the Maya Walk Restaurant in San Ignacio Town, the new birthplace of the Second Belizean revolution For Peace and Justice for all Belizeans. The leadership of some of the strongest most active organizations and unions were present; together they represent over 19,500 Belizeans. BCJ will be holding a Press Conference this coming Wednesday October 17th 2012, At the Radisson Fort George at 10 AM. The purpose of the Press Conference is to Launch the new powerful organization and inform the Media and general public of actions we plan to take concerning the absence of political leadership, crime issues and the remnant disrespect of the constitution of Belize and its people. The Press Conference will be addressed by: Mrs. Nancy Marin, National Coordinator of the Coalition – speaking on the declaration · Mr. Geovannie Brackett, President of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA)/Coalition Member – speaking on the Belize-Guatemala Differendum · Mr. Patrick Menzies, President of Belize Can /Coalition Member – speaking on illegal access to nationality by Guatemalan citizens and changing the voters’ list to purge illegal Guatemalans from voting in elections The details are as follows: DATE: Wednesday October 17th, 2012 TIME: 10:00am VENUE: Radisson Fort George, Belize City, Belize Members of the media are hereby invited to attend and report. Contact: Nancy Marin : National Coordinator of Belize Coalition for Justice 628-4498 Mr. Geovannie Brackett, : (COLA)/Coalition Member 664-3771 Mr. Patrick Menzies, President of Belize Can 629-0189

Regional fisheries workshop concludes in Belize
Fourteen Caribbean fisheries professionals from Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Suriname, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines last Friday concluded the first Fisheries Law and Management Training Workshop, developed jointly for them by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Secretariat and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), a leading institution based at the University of Wollongong in Australia. The five-week training workshop, which began on September 10, 2012, covered several subjects including, sustainable fisheries management, law of the sea, international fisheries, trade, marine environmental law, and monitoring, control and surveillance to eradicate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, among other things. Just prior to the conclusion of the training last week, representatives of the CRFM and ANCORS inked a five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU), geared at fostering research collaboration and strengthening capacity development in the Caribbean region.

Miss Earth Belize 2012
Jessel Lauriano, Miss Earth Belize 2012, is representing Belize in the Miss Earth Pageant. Her video, which was shot mostly in Cayo at Monkey Falls, has some amazing shots from all around Belize. You can vote for her right now at http://www.missearth.tv/delegates_belize.php Good luck, Jessel, and thanks for all you've done educating, cleaning up, and getting the word out on sustainability.

San Antonio Garden Project
ProWorld Belize is doing a garden project in San Antonio. It will provide some of the food for school lunches at the primary school. "ProWorld Belize is working with a primary school in San Antonio, Belize to create a school garden. ProWorld is working with teachers, cooking staff and community leaders to develop a curriculum that teaches the benefits of healthy eating and nutrition to the students. The garden will provide fruits and vegetables for the school lunch program. In a community which is already made up of 90% farmers, this school garden will serve as a model of sustainable organic farming."

Galen's Maya Prophecy Class
Galen University is offering a 2 week Antropology course from December 10th through the 21st. The class is appropriately called 'Exploring the Mystery of the Mayan Prophecy of 2012,' and it focuses on the end of the Mayan calendar. It will be led by Dr. Jaime Awe and Dr. John Morris, so it's surely going to be great. Truly a once in a lifetime class.

Belizean Chicken Soup
Chicken Soup is very comforting when you are ill or on rainy days. This recipe is simple and does not include too many ingredients. This soup is savory and delicious and goes well with white rice.

Sunny days, cool breeze and sleepy streets – Paradise!
So Columbus bank holiday weekend was perfectly uneventful. Perfect because as enjoyable the hustle and bustle of high season can be for color and hype, the sleepy streets of October twinned with glorious weather, can be equally as memorable. The island was far from empty, but there was a more local/ family vibe about the weekend. Not like Easter as this is about the party, but this holiday was about families getting together and enjoying the long weekend weather and having a break together. Most of the groups of main-landers spent their time at the Split – enjoying the water and probably a Belikin beer or two. Some ventured out at night to enjoy I&I and the Oceanside but all enjoying Caye Caulker!! The newest change on the island is the weather … winter is on its way. Tropical winter, which is unlike what most people think of winter .. no snow, no long sleeves or jackets (well sometimes) but just the cool breeze that when combined with sunshine feels like heaven! So roll on November and December – all we need now is for the island to be sprinkled with tourists and our Xmas will truly be here!

Belize Mega Bingo Results For (13 October 2012)
Straight Line 100.00 Each (6 Balls) 17 ­25 ­20 ­70 ­2 ­54­ Y 125.00 Each (17 Balls) 17 ­25 ­20 ­70 ­2 ­54 ­61 ­46 ­68 ­27 ­24 ­71 ­69 ­37 ­73 ­57 ­35­ Inside World 1000.00 Each (22 Balls) 17 ­25 ­20 ­70 ­2 ­54 ­61 ­46 ­68 ­27 ­24 ­71 ­69 ­37 ­73 ­57 ­35 ­56 ­9 ­19 ­75 ­38­ Letter X 750.00 Each (23 Balls) 17 ­25 ­20 ­70 ­2 ­54 ­61 ­46 ­68 ­27 ­24 ­71 ­69 ­37 ­73 ­57 ­35 ­56 ­9 ­19 ­75 ­38 ­63­ H 200.00 Each (35 Balls) 17 ­25 ­20 ­70 ­2 ­54 ­61 ­46 ­68 ­27 ­24 ­71 ­69 ­37 ­73 ­57 ­35 ­56 ­9 ­19 ­75 ­38 ­63 ­53 ­15 ­72 ­64 ­59 ­50 ­21 ­30 ­55 ­67 ­13 ­11­

Belize Consumer Price Index - September 2012
According to the Statistical Institute of Belize, between September 2011 and September 2012, the National Consumer Price Index for Belize increased from 101.5% to 102.0% yielding a point to point inflation rate of 0.5%. This change was mainly because of the high prices in the categories of “Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages” (+0.8%), "Health" (+6.8%), "Recreation and Culture" (+5.0%) and “ Miscellaneous Goods and Service” (+4.1%) as noted in the infographic above. Categories like “Education” (-2.2%) and “Furnishing, Household Equip. and Routine Household Maintenance” (-1.9%) saw a decrease in price making them both more affordable than the other items and services in the consumer’s list. The highest inflation rate was experienced in Orange Walk Town (+2.1%), followed by Dangriga Town (+1.3%) and San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town (+0.9%). The lowest rate was experienced in Belmopan City (-0.8%).

Introducing the "Practical Yoga Workshop" in Belize
Introducing the "Practical Yoga Workshop" Get a TOTAL BODY WORKOUT (about 1.5 HOURS) that allows you to tap into your concentration and meditation skills and provides you with a complete state of relaxation and positive feelings/emotions in the end, allowing your mind, body and spirit to be BALANCED and function as a complete whole!

Channel 7

COLA Lashes out At Guatemala; Elrington Derides "Extremists"
On Friday night you heard Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington speak about a "diplomatic crisis" Belize is facing after a BDF soldier shot and killed Guatemalan Francisco Quinn Yat 10 days ago. He explained that the Guatemalans have issued a 21 day ultimatum to Belize to come up with an explanation of the circumstances surrounding his death. They have also threatened to close the border with Belize and send home Belize's Ambassador, Fred Martinez. As a goodwill gesture, the Government of Belize has offered the family of Quinn Yat what is called a compassionate payment - the sum not yet determined. Quinn-Yat was shot 7 miles within Belizean territory within the Chiquibul Forest by a BDF Sergeant who says he fired multiple warning shots with his M-16 rifle but Quinn Yat kept advancing on him, machete in hand. On Friday, we discussed with Elrington the complex rules of engagement for the BDF in the Chiquibul where danger lurks around every corner. Here's part two of our interview with him:..

Succotz Man Killed In San Pedro
Tonight, the family of 46 year-old Emerito Itza, a resident of Ambergris Caye - formerly of Succutz Village in Cayo, is getting ready to bury him after he succumbed to injuries he sustained in brawl last week Wednesday. The San Pedro sun reports that according to police, Itza and 24 year-old Marwin Lizama were socializing along the beach at the eastern end of Sand Piper Street - shown here in these images from the San Pedro Sun. At around 7p.m., they were attacked by a group of young men, and one of them struck both men in the head with a piece of wood. They ran off before police could respond, and both men were transported to the San Pedro Poly Clinic II for treatment. Itza was later transported to the KHMH because his injuries were more severe. Yesterday, Itza succumbed to those injuries, but no official cause of death has been given. Also, no one has been arrested but Police have questioned several persons. The Sun reports that the other victim, Lizama was released from the San Pedro Polyclinic last week.

Off-duty ASP Foils Armed Robbery In Esperanza, Villagers Have Their Way With Robber
An off duty Assistant Superintendent of Police foiled an armed robbery in Esperanza on Friday night but he got shot in the midsection for it. The officer, ASP Amin August is in a stable condition while one of the culprits is held pending charges after Esperanza Villagers followed the Attorney General's advice and took matters into their own hands. The incident occurred on Friday night just after 10:00 at the Western Poultry Bar and Grocery. A number of patrons were socializing inside when masked and armed men pulled up. The police press officer explained what happened next:.. Raphael Martinez - Police Press Officer "Three persons; one of dark complexion and two clear complexion males all wearing dark clothing and cloth tied over their faces. One was armed with appeared to be a 9mm pistol and one with a machete and the other with a knife. They arrive at the Western Poultry Bar through the back door area and fired a shot above the persons gathered there ordering everybody to the ground. The person who was armed with a knife then held up a 17 year old employee of that establishment and escorted him inside the shop and demanded money. At the same time ASP Amin August was engaged in a struggle with the person who had the firearm and he consequently receives that injury in the abdominal area but not before having extracted the magazine from the firearm."

Well Known Figure Accused Of Shooting Delone
ON Friday, we told you about 30 year-old Delone Vernon, an employee of Youth for the Future, who was shot early that morning. As we reported, Vernon was walking on Ebony Street on his way to work, and when he arrived at the Magazine Road extension, he was approached by 2 men who he recognized. Vernon told police that one of the men took out a gun and handed over to the next man, who then immediately fired a barrage of shots in his direction, hitting him in the lower abdomen, the left lower back and right upper leg. Both men escaped, and Vernon managed to get help from a taxi driver who drove him to the hospital, where he continues to receive treatment. Well, one of the men who police believe were his assailants was 20 year-old Ellis Meighan, a resident of Banak Street. Viewers may recognize Ellis Meighan who - along with his brother, Tyrone - is a regular person of interest to police. Meighan was charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, grievous harm, and use of deadly means of harm, and he was arraigned before Magistrate Aretha Ford today.

And then Who Shot At Meighan?
And while he is accused of being the culprit on Friday, two days earlier, on Wednesday Ellis Meighan was the target. As we reported, Meighan and 17 year old Malik Dixon were in Meighan's vehicle, but when they arrived at the Mopan Street intersection, 2 men, who were standing on the corner, opened fire on the vehicle. Dixon was shot in the right lower back, and was rushed to the KHMH, where he received treatment. Well, police believe that 21 year-old Jeon Peebles was one of the assailants, and as a result, they arrested and charged him with 2 counts of attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm, dangerous harm, and grievous harm. He was arraigned before Magistrate Aretha Ford today, and remanded to prison until December 6, his next court date.

Horse And Buggy Operators Slam City Hall
This morning, 7News was called out to the Belize Tourism Village where the owner and employees of 4 of the horse and carriage companies were gathered in solidarity to speak to the media about a grievance that they have with the Belize City Council. According to the owners and employees, City Hall issued a stop order against them because they don't have valid trade licenses. The city council refused to accept payment for new licenses because they are not in compliance with several regulations. It's an issue where the owners and operator saying that the council is being unduly harsh with them, stopping them from earning their living. Here's how they explained it: Keith Jones, Owner - Sunset Horse & Buggy "Last Wednesday we received a stop order that all the horse and carriage owners should stop operating out at the tourist village. There are 4 companies that probably have about 40-50 workers working with us."

Mayor: City Bond Not Moribund
And while we had a chance to speak to Mayor Bradley, we asked him about the Municipal Bond. It's been 3 weeks since the bill for the bond was passed by the senate, but the prospectus has still not been launched. So what's the delay? Bradley said that although he can't give a timeline when the bond will be released, it is still very much a viable project with one strategic investor already in negotiations. Mayor Darrell Bradley "It's difficulty to give timeline particularly because at this present moment we are negotiating with one particular institution/investor and that institution/investor has given their requirements as to their own due diligence process and we are trying to satisfy that. If that works successfully that would be a neat process because it means that we would be dealing with one entity - they residents of Belize City get their money - we can forward with the works in terms of our infrastructure project and then they will deal with whatever they have to do in terms of any kind of further resale of the bond to other potential investors.

Ammo Stash In Seine Byte Cemetery
Placencia police found a stash of high powered ammunition stashed in a most unlikely place: the cemetery! The police press officer told us more:.. Raphael Martinez - Police Press Officer "The Placencia police visited Seine Bight cemetery where they got a tip and they search one of the tombs that lead to the discovery of a black plastic container containing 4 empty m-16 magazines and a further search lead to the discovery in a Malher Consume package a total of 110 - 5.56 rounds of ammunition." No one was found nearby so it was labeled as found property.

Mother Of Three Death A Mystery
A 24 year old woman and mother of 3 was found dead on the Riverside in Sittee River Village. Karina Howard was discovered by her boyfriend between 4:30 and 5 on Sunday morning. Information reveals that Howard and her boyfriend had a dispute at a party in the village. Howard left the function but her boyfriend stayed. Later that morning she was found by her boyfriend hanging from a shed located on the riverside in the village. And while police believe that her death was most likely a suicide, her family is thinking differently. They believe that their loved one was murdered. Elizabeth Howard -Grandmother "I got the information from my daughter. My daughter calls me and told me that Karina is dead; they found her hang up in a house. One spell I couldn't believe it, so I went to my son work and I told his boss to please let him come home so that I can talk to him while we were waiting for more news to find out if this is true or not. I told him that the best thing we could do is to call the police station in Dangriga and find out if it's true and they confirm it and they say that they wants someone to come and identify the body."

No-Cha-Ching At Chica's
Tonight Chica's Bar on Mosul Street is 5 dollars short - that's after they were held up by an armed robber on Friday night. According to the owner of the establishment - 38 year old Sandra Mejia - the robber entered the bar around 10:20 Friday night wearing a stocking mask over his head and carrying a small chrome in color handgun. The man money and according to police, Mejia handed the robber five dollars in cash which she had in her possession. The robber then left the bar.

A Judgment "The Chief" Surely Won't LOVE
Tonight, Rene Villanueva Sr. the owner of RSV Media - more well-known as Love FM - is $400,000 in debt because Justice Oswell Legall has ruled that he and his son owe the Development Finance Corporation this money. Viewers may remember that the DFC took out a lawsuit in November 2011, against Rene Sr. and Jr. for over $800,000 over a loan they acted as guarantors for when they took over ownership of a nightclub in San Ignacio. It is a complex chain of events which led the Villanueva's to be put in this position, so tonight; we spoke to Michael Young, one of their attorneys, who represented them in this case. Here's how he explained the issues in the trial, as well as the judgment: Michael Young, Attorney "DFC lent the Villanueva's and their company some years back and the purpose of that was so that they could buy over the Cahal Pech property and that property was in the hands of Rick The Ruler before that and so Villanueva's bought it over with financing from DFC. After sometime Richard Hoare agreed to buy over the property. At that time the Villanueva's were using that premises for business for dances and so they were making money from it. Richard Hoare came in and agreed to buy it over, took possession of the place - all of this done with the agreement of DFC and then as far as the Villanueva's were concern the loan had been taken over by Richard Hoare. But Richard Hoare changed his mind and then left the place and then DFC put the loan back on the Villanueva's and that's where the controversy started."

Family Homeless After House Collapses
Tonight a family of 7 is homeless after their house collapsed with them inside. It happened on Saturday morning just before 7 o'clock on Neal's Penn Road. Home owner, Helen Waller was at home with her children and common-law husband when the cement flooring in the kitchen area of her wooden structure home suddenly collapsed. Voice of: Helen Waller, home owner "This morning I was eating my breakfast and then I just heard a crack and then after that my boyfriend and I just slide down the cement post. My children were sleeping." Monica Bodden "You were just having breakfast when the flooring of your home collapse?" Voice of: Helen Waller, home owner "Yes ma'am." Monica Bodden "So you came tumbling down?" Voice of: Helen Waller, home owner "Rolling down. Five of us, my boyfriend, my brother and my two children were inside at the time."

Channel 5

Succotz resident dies after being beaten on San Pedro
Last Wednesday, Emerito Itza, a former teacher and B.D.F. soldier from Succotz was attacked on the beach in San Pedro where he had moved to earn a living. The paper trail shows that Itza was checked by a doctor in the island and released. It was not until fifteen hours later that he was brought [...]

Police officer shot while averting a robbery in Esperanza
A police officer was wounded in Esperanza, Cayo District, over the weekend. He was trying to avert a robbery when he was shot by one of three robbers. His belt buckle fortunately blocked the full impact of the gunshot and Assistant Superintendent Amin August, is tonight recuperating from the injury. Still, August is the sixth [...]

Cooler heads prevail; tensions with Guatemala die down
Foreign Minister Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington left the country today; we caught up with him at the airport just before he boarded his flight. Going into the weekend, it was reported that tensions were high with Guatemala which was threatening to close the borders and to oust from post, Ambassador Fred Martinez. In short, there was [...]

“Sedi” Elrington says OAS always monitoring situation
Belize will have to complete a report on the incident in a twenty-one day period and as far as we know, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, is yet to receive the file on the shooting that happened well within Belize in the Ceibo Chico area of the Chiquibul. According to Elrington, the [...]

The State of Preparedness for the Referendum
The long-standing territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala will be the subject of simultaneous referenda to be held on October sixth, 2013. The question of whether or not the matter should be resolved in the International Court of Justice will be posed to the citizenries of both countries, following an education campaign on the purpose [...]

Ellis Meighan charged for Attempted Murder of Y.F.F. Employee
A Youth For the Future employee, thirty year old Delone Vernon was shot just before six a.m. last Friday while on his way to work. According to reports, as Vernon reached the corner of Ebony Street and Magazine Road, two men—one known to him as Ellis Meighan—approached and fired several shots at him; hitting him [...]

Another Aggravated Burglary; guise now a police officer?
Last week we reported on a suspicious aggravated burglary at the home of Central Bank Governor, Glen Ysaguirre on Coney Drive. That has been followed by another similar incident. Silbia Salam reported that she was alone at her Belize City home when a man, who identified himself as a policeman, knocked at the door. She [...]

Over $15,000 stolen from Caye Caulker Water Taxi
There’s more news on the crime blotter. A security guard at the Caye Caulker Water Taxi Terminal is tonight in custody following the robbery of over fifteen thousand dollars worth of items from various stores inside the terminal. According to owner, Jose Marin, sometime between six p.m. on Sunday and five-thirty Monday morning, the terminal [...]

Cotton Tree Resident charged with Attempted Robbery and more…
Thirty-four year old Owen Parham, a resident of Cotton Tree Village, appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford today in excruciating pain following an incident involving a police officer on Friday when an alleged drug deal went wrong. Parham claims that he was shot when an alleged drug deal with Special Constable James Stuart went sour. Parham [...]

Over $26 Million lost in Guatemalan Excursions; FCD makes recommendations
Three Guatemalans have been killed this year in Belizean territory. The most recent was on October fifth when Francisco Quim Cab was killed in the Chiquibul. After a two year study in the Chiquibul National Park, Friends for Conservation and Development, which co-manages the park, released the dismal reports on the incursions that have been [...]

Belize in danger of being a Failed Pariah State
Some small Caribbean countries are in danger of acquiring the reputation as failed pariah states, according to an editorial in Sunday’s Jamaican Observer. Belize and Grenada are being placed in that category. The article says that there are three reasons for this dubious distinction: the small states have shown to be incapable of successfully performing [...]

Superstar! Who will win the $10,000 Cash Prize?
After the long weekend, it’s time to get back in the groove and head to the Bliss as the semi finals of the Next Superstar, gets going. Tonight the top performers in the both Group A and Group B will be appearing on stage as both divisions merge for the first time. The winner of [...]

Sports Tuesday: Football and Basketball across the Jewel
Week 8 of the PLB Football Competition saw Police united play host to FC San Felipe Barcelona inside the Isidorio Beaton Stadium Saturday night as teams intensify their bid to make the post season – now just 6 outings away. Showing much more urgency, the Police looks to open the scoreboard in the 2nd minute [...]


Police News
Twenty year old Ellis Meighan Jr., who allegedly shot 30 year old Delone Vernon, was charged with attempted murder when he appeared in court today. Meighan was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder, grievous harm and use of deadly means of harm. No plea was taken from him becau...

Young Mother Dies: Police Say Suicide - Family Says Foul Play
The family of a young mother of three children strongly suspects that foul play was involved in her death over the long weekend. According to her family, twenty-four year old Karina Howard left Belize City earlier this year to start a new life with her boyfriend, in southern Beli...

Jasmine Alert Program Sends Out First Text Message For Missing Teen
The first text dispatched on Sunday as part of the Jasmine Alert program has to do with a seventeen year old youth who went missing at around one on Sunday morning from his home. Sergeant Dehanne Augustine National Coordinator Jasmine Alert Program “Hugo Mor...

COLA Expresses Concerns Over Belize and Guatemala Relationship
Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, COLA has issued a statement regarding their position on three areas regarding Belize-Guatemala Issues. Love News spoke with President of COLA, Giovannie Brackett, who told us about their position on the issue which they refer to as t...

Cabinet Agrees to Hire Trained Attorney In The Prosecution Branch
The government of Belize has announced another step towards addressing strengthening the police’s prosecution of criminal cases. According to a government statement, Cabinet at its regular meeting today approved a proposal to hire a trained attorney to head the police&rsquo...

Former Radio Broadcaster Dies In Road Accident
The RSV Media Center has received news of the passing of former Estereo Amor radio announcer and football commentator, Cesar Emilio Gonzalez. A friend of Gonzalez called the News Center this morning to inform us that Gonzalez was involved in a motorcycle accident in Peten and was...

Canadian Minister of State Presents Belize With Ballistic Equipment
On Friday we reported about Belize benefiting from over two million dollars worth of ballistic equipment donated by Canada. Canadian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Diane Ablonczy was present to deliver the equipment to the Ministry of National Security. According to...

Police News
Thirty year old Office Assistant, Delone Vernon, a resident of Flamboyant Street was hospitalized following a shooting incident on Friday morning. Police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on Friday and saw Vernon with apparent gunshot wounds to the lower abdomen, left lo...

Child Almost Shot In Her Bed During A Shoot Out in Orange Walk
The R.S.V News Centre has received reports of a shooting incident in the Village of San Jose Nuevo Palmar in the Orange Walk District. A resident of the village told Love News that various shots rang out around 11:30 last night in an area in the village. It is reported that...

Man Shot In Struggle With A Special Constable
A Belize City man is hospitalized under police guard following a shooting incident yesterday in Ladyville village. According to sources, the thirty three year old man was caught red-handed attempting to break into a house in the Lake Garden area of Ladyville around ten o’cl...

Senior Policeman Critically Injured Following Shoot Out In Cayo
A shooting incident in Esperanza Village in the Cayo District has left a police officer injured. Love News understands that the incident occurred sometime after ten pm last night at a Chinese Store in Esperanza Village. The police officer whom we understand is a high rankin...


San Jose Succotz man succumbs to injuries; family seeks answers
A man from the village of San Jose Zuccotz in the Cayo district has succumbed to injuries he sustained in San Pedro town last week. Emerito Itza, died on Monday at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, five days after he was injured. But the grief-stricken family is raising some serious concerns about the way the [...]

Tour guide publishes novel
A certified Belize Tour Guide has ventured into the area of writing and is now introducing a new book. Manuel Novelo, from Orange Walk Town is the author of the Novel entitled The Sacred Maya, Smoking Shell. The book was published in Florida and printed by BRC Printing in Benque Viejo del Carmen. Novelo told [...]

Benefit concert in aid of cancer stricken dancer planned
The National Institute of Culture and history is hosting a Benefit Dance concert in support of Assistant Artistic Director, Dancer, Choreographer and Board Member of the Belize National Dance Company, Rosita Baltazar who was diagnosed with breast cancer last month. The Dance Concert comes under a new initiative by NICH called Arts Alive and will [...]

Ellis Meighan brought up on charges
Twenty year old Ellis Meighan Jr., who allegedly shot 30 year old Delone Vernon, was charged with attempted murder when he appeared in court today. Meighan was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder, grievous harm and use of deadly means of harm. No plea was taken from him because the offences are indictable. Neither [...]

Laborer charged with attempted murder
Twenty-one year old Jeon Peebles, a laborer of Electric Avenue, was charged with two counts of attempted murder when he appeared in court today. Peebles was also charged with dangerous harm, use of deadly harm and grievous harm. No plea was taken because the offences are indictable neither could the court offer him bail because [...]

Youth charged with firearm offences
Twenty-one year old Ludrick Mckay, a laborer of Dean Street was charged with kept firearm and kept ammunition without a gun license when he appeared in court today. Mckay pleaded not guilty to the charges. Magistrate Aretha Ford explained that the court cannot offer him bail because of the nature of the offences. She remanded [...]

Woman’s body found; family wants answers
The family of a young mother of three children strongly suspects that foul play was involved in her death over the long weekend. According to her family, twenty-four year old Karina Howard left Belize City earlier this year to start a new life with her boyfriend, Jason McKenzie, in southern Belize. She last returned three [...]

Belize City house buckles, family now homeless
A mother of four is asking for your help after the structure she called home at 129 Neal Penn Road caved in and came crashing to the ground. The incident happened when the owner, thirty-three year old Helen Waller, was having breakfast sometime after seven that morning. Today Love News visited with her and found [...]

Harvest for children a success
Outreach programs targeting so-called at risk youths have come and gone; but one ground breaking initiative has just completed a successful twin harvest that has organizers brimming with confidence. Organized by Belize Camping Experience, the program takes children and young people from crime-ridden parts of Belize City and introduces them to a new way of [...]


Assistant Superintendent of Police shot duing a late night robbery in Esperanza
A courageous police officer disrupts a late night robbery in Esperanza. On Friday night just after 10pm, Police res... Young Salvadorans celebrate their heritage with dance

Young Salvadorans celebrate their heritage with dance
The Salvadoran Embassy on Saturday celebrated their country and culture for the benefit of Salvadorans living in Be...

Several persons detained following 2 separate shooting in Orange Walk
A number of persons have been detained for questioning following two separate shootings over the weekend in Orange ...

Belize City man hospitalized following attempted murder
A man was hospitalized following an attempt on his life. At 5:50am on Friday, 30 year old Belize City resident Delo...

Potential rape averted by husband's arrival
Police in Belize City investigate an aggravated burglary. Silbia Salam, a domestic worker, reported that on Sunday,...

26 years old shot in buttocks early Saturday morning
A Belize City resident takes a bullet to the butt. Early Saturday morning police visited the KHMH where 26 year old...

Security Guard detained following water taxi terminal burglary
Mr. Jose Marin, Belizean Businessman of Belize City and owner of Caye Caulker Water Taxi Association terminal locat...

Caye Caulker Chronicles

Interview with Healing Touch Day Spa in Caye Caulker
As the Spa Owner and Operations Manager of Healing Touch Day Spa, Eva Mcfarlane loves that she can keep up with all of her valued customers and her accomplishments. Eva Mcfarlane Started this business 13 years ago. Eva is from Corozal Town, the north side of Belize where she grew up and then moved to Belize city at the age 17th where she ventured into various professions but soon settle to become a Radio Broadcaster at our then first radio station called Radio Belize in the early 90′s. Eva moved to Caye Caulker in 1996, pregnant with her only daughter Anisa Martinez who is now 16 years. During that time she ventured in the restaurant business for 5 years. She had also developed other interests in wellness, aiming at a state of health featuring the harmony of the body, mind and spirit along with beauty care. When I asked Eva what made the big changed from Radio Broadcasting to running a spa, she answered. “My ancestors have a history in Mayan healing, holistic medicine and I grew up around this environment so the transition came naturally. It just happened that way and so was my call for relaxation and meditation and so far I love it.” ” Was a great decision” She jokes. “Happy living in paradise!”

Assistance for the Budget Man
For those who have been to Caye Caulker must have met Charles Coote known as The Budget Man or Charles Tamales. Charles was in the hospital for 2 weeks at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and was diagnosed with Unstable Angina. Unstable angina is a condition in which your heart doesn’t get enough blood flow and oxygen and it may lead to a heart attack. Angina is a type of chest discomfort caused by poor blood flow through the blood vessels (coronary vessels) of the heart muscle. He needs to do 2 test which is a treadmill stress test and most importantly a Coronary Angiography Test. If the tests suggests surgery will be needed then a surgery will be necessary. A team of heart specialists will be coming down from the University of North Carolina for two days who will be doing open heart surgery for children at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital which will be done on October 22nd and October 23rd.


How I spent my Columbus day
Yesterday was Columbus Day also known as Pan American Day and a Belize bank holiday. I decided a half day at work and Estel’s was a good way to celebrate the holiday so I texted Cowboy Doug and Leisa to come out and play and Paul did same for Cindy and Andy. Paul and I had a cart from Pedro’s and went pick up Cindy, Andy, Molly and Kilo at the bridge. Doug and Leisa also busy with work said they would meet us there as soon as they could. We got t Estel’s and found out they too were out enjoying the holiday. We stood there thinking of all the places we could go that would be dog friendly and settled on Wet Willy’s Cantina, texted and Leisa and told them to meet us there. When we got to Wet Willy’s the bartender said sorry drinks only today and I was so ready for their baked mac and cheese and a hamburger :( I could have titled this post always have a plan b, c or d :) We started thinking about where else we could go to eat and Paul even went as far as to call Exotic Caye office only to be told there was no food at Crazy Canucks right now – the lunch gods were not smiling on us. We decided on Wayo’s Beernet, it was close and has a great beach view. They do not serve food there but by the time Doug and Leisa showed up we had worked out a plan and got the bartenders ok to eat panini sandwiches there. Paul ended up getting elected to go from a shady number picking deal between him Andy and Cindy and Cowboy said he would drive. They called us a few minutes later from Geo’s to read the menu and take our orders.

The Best Bars in San Pedro, Belize: 2012 Edition
Just over a year ago, I posted the 2011 edition. Since then I've tested even more bars to make sure I have an opinion about each and every one. From Zaak Bajo (now closed and for rent) to Coco Beach, I've left few stones unturned - even expanding my reach to the north side of Ambergris Caye. See the suffering I endure for my readers? Now, I've been all the way north to Tranquility Bay and Sueno del Mar, I've been all the way south to Rastafarian Bar (is it still open?) and bars in between, from Black & White Bar to Bernie's Sports Lounge. You can read all about many of my visits in previous posts. Here is my definitive list of 2012's Best Bars in San Pedro. Best Place to Drink In The Morning - Estel's By the Sea Great Bloody Mary's, great micheladas, sangrias and a delicious Belizean (or American style) breakfast right on the beach. Open at 6am each day but Tuesday. Here is the menu. Careful not the brush up against it! Best Bar To Feel Like A Local - Barrel Bar Looking for a bar a bit off the beaten path? One where you can hang with local fisherman, tour guides and just folks relaxing? Barrel Bar is your spot. Just north of town and on the lagoon, this bar is one cool spot. Beers are $4bzd all day ($5-6 is the town average), they have a giant iguana mascot eyeballing you from the nearby mangroves and a killer view of the lagoon and the setting sun. You'll love this bar. Hidden Gem Beach Bar - The Squirrels Nest at Mata Rocks Not so much hidden as small and tucked away, the Squirrels Nest is one of my favorite beach bars. One you might just pass by on your way down the beach. Don't. The atmosphere and the view are well worth stopping for.

International Sources

U.S. Rethinks a Drug War After Deaths in Honduras
All joint operations in Honduras are now suspended. Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, expressing the concerns of several Democrats in Congress, is holding up tens of millions of dollars in security assistance, not just because of the planes, but also over suspected human rights abuses by the Honduran police and three shootings in which commandos with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration effectively led raids when they were only supposed to act as advisers. DEA's FAST program began under George W Bush. (Obama has extended it.) FAST stands for Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Team. In plain English, squads of commandos. It operates in Haiti, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Belize. Here's a powerpoint about it.

Belize as a loopholes in Iran Shipping Sanctions
The U.S. and the European Union are looking to close loopholes in sanctions designed to impede Iran's oil exports after it emerged that Tehran is secretly using offshore tax havens to help ship its crude. The National Iranian Tanker Co., the largest oil-vessel operator in Iran, is hiding some of the ownership of tankers it controls right under the nose of the U.S. in Central American tax havens, concealing their real nationality from flag registries. The NITC, which says it was privatized 12 years ago, is considered a government entity by the U.S. Tehran increasingly relies on tankers controlled by NITC to export its oil, which is the lifeline of its embattled economy. An EU ban on insuring Iranian oil shipments—effective since July 1—has forced the vast majority of shippers to stop carrying the country's crude. Earlier this year, the nominal ownership of at least seven NITC tankers was transferred to entities incorporated in the Caribbean tax havens of Belize and the British Virgin Islands—a U.K. dependency—according to the database of the International Maritime Organization and tax-haven and shipping officials. The IMO and other shipping databases, along with the U.S. government and NITC's website, say the ships are still ultimately controlled by the Iranian company. Jocelyn Acosta, who manages the Tanzanian shipping registry where the ships were flagged, confirmed that the seven ships were registered by Belize and BVI companies but said nothing in their application suggested an Iranian connection. "Who the previous owner was, I am not allowed to know," she said.

The following information was released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada): The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), completed her official visit to Central America today following a series of key events that reinforced Canadian efforts to improve security and stability throughout the region. Today, Minister Ablonczy toured the Guatemala-Belize Adjacency Zone, the buffer region established to help reconcile the two countries long-standing territorial dispute. The Minister was accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer of Belizes Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Alexis Rosado, Guatemalas Vice-Minister of External Relations, Carlos Ral Morales, and the OAS Secretary Generals Special Representative for Belize and Guatemala, Ambassador Ral Lago. Our government is committed to working alongside our neighbours throughout the region to improve safety and security for the people who call the Americas home, said Minister Ablonczy. Canada is pleased that Guatemala and Belize are working closely together to resolve the issue of the Adjacency Zone between their two countries. We are confident that a resolution will improve the stability and security of both nations and are pleased to be helping to achieve a peaceful result.

Better bet on Privy Council
Belize's Prime Minister Dean Barrow has made another call for the Caribbean Court of Justice to be fully adopted as the final appellate court by all CARICOM countries. It was not so long ago that Jamaican attorney, Hugh Wildman, took some flak for stating that he believed that judgments coming from the Judicial Committee of Privy Council were far superior to those issued in the Caribbean. Whether we like it or not, there is some truth to what Mr Wildman said; that is if we are to accept what was printed in The Sunday Gleaner dated September 23, 2012. Queen's Counsel Walter Scott is reported to have said that a measure of the quality of the judgments of our Court of Appeal is whether a majority of the decisions are overturned by the Privy Council. Is Mr Scott suggesting as acceptable the Privy Council overturning just under 40 per cent - Scott cited 87 cases between 2001 and 2011 - of the cases brought to it by us? Put another way, our local judges got it wrong 38.89 per cent of the time. The thought that the chances of my getting justice in our local courts is less than two-thirds certain makes me very uncomfortable.

Moon Guidebook Author Offers the Best Reasons to Move to Belize
Moving to another country can be overwhelming, especially when there are visas involved, a currency to adjust to, and a new language to learn. Its because of these reasons that many North Americans find themselves drawn to Belize, a country that boasts more than a tropical climate, beautiful scenery, and multiculturalismit also offers many similarities to daily life in North America. Primarily English-speaking and roughly the size of Massachusetts, Belize has much to offer retirees, students, teachers, and those just looking for a change of pace. Moon Living Abroad in Belize author Victoria Day-Wilson has lived in both Kenya and the UK, but she fell in love with life in Belize and discovered the transition was smoother than she expected when she made the move. Here she offers her top reasons why Belize is one of the easiest countries to relocate to:

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Maya Sustainable Farming Highlighted in 2012 Celebrations
How did the ancient Maya feed huge cities with populations of over 150,000 without using the wheel or even having reliable sources of water? These and other questions will be explored during Belize’s Maya 2012 Winter Solstice celebrations to be held at Chaa Creek this December, owner Mick Fleming said today. Mr Fleming, who with his wife Lucy began Chaa Creek as a small farm in the late 1970s and still manages the eco resort’s Maya Organic Farm, which uses traditional Maya agricultural techniques to supply vegetables to the Chaa Creek restaurant and local families, said people are often amazed to learn how productive the ancient Maya were as farmers. “Many people think of the Maya as forest dwelling subsistence farmers, but in actual fact they were astute urban planners who successfully fed huge cities and armies for hundreds of years. When you think of the logistics involved, especially for people who did not have the wheel or draught animals, it’s pretty astounding. “Not far from Chaa Creek, the city of Caracol had some 180,000 people at its peak, and they had no rivers or real water sources other than what they could capture from rain,” Mr Fleming said. Researchers have long wondered how the Maya of Belize successfully farmed on such a large scale for such a long period of time. Paradoxically, while the reasons for the sudden, dramatic collapse of the huge Maya Empire after the ninth century AD are still debated, a disruption in the food chain is now considered to be a likely cause.

American Sugar Now Majority Shareholder of Belize Sugar Industries
American Sugar Refining became the majority shareholder of Belize Sugar Industries (BSI), the chief supplier of Fair Trade-certified sugar globally, the company announced. BSI's previous shareholders, including BSI Employee Holdings Limited, continue to hold the remaining shares, American Sugar said. "The BSI acquisition presented an opportunity to expand our sugar business by acquiring a majority interest in a key supplier of raw and direct consumption sugars to our refineries," said Luis Fernandez, co-president, American Sugar. "We plan to invest in the company and utilize our employees' depth of sugar expertise to expand BSI's operations and efficiencies to increase suppliers of raw sugar and value-added Fair Trade and specialty sugars to our operations to meet consumer demand." BSI owns the only sugar mill in the country of Belize, and the company directly employes nearly 500 people and farms 4,000 acres of cane. The company processes the cane of 6,000 independent growers who farm roughly 55,000 acres, American Sugar said. BSI produces raw sugar, demerara specialty sugars and white sugar. While the white sugar is sold within the domestic market, more than 85 percent of the company's total production is exported as raw sugar to the EU and US markets or as demerara to the UK and Canadian markets.

Caracol Makes 'Less Crowded' List
Cayo's Caracol, the biggest Mayan site in Belize, made it on the top 10 less crowded Mayan sites list. Lamanai is the other Belizean Mayan site that made it. Ca'ana is still the tallest man made structure in Belize. "Once you turn off the main road, it will take you over 2 hours by 4-wheel drive to arrive at Caracol, but VirtualTourist members promise it is worth the trip! Despite being located along the Guatemalan border and about 80 km (50 miles) from the nearest town of San Ignacio, there are 11 causeways into Caracol, signifying the importance of transportation routes throughout the site. Additionally, the excavation data collected in Caracol suggests that the social organization of the settlement included not only elites and specialists living in the urban centres with peasants living on the peripheral, but also a sizable "middle class." There is also evidence of artesian specialization, similar to the guilds found in the European Middle Ages, making this site a very unique find and of great anthropological significance."


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