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#453429 - 12/13/12 07:25 AM Today's Belize News: December 13, 2012
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    John McAfee was arrested lastWednesday night at the Intercontinental Hotel in Guatemala City by the Guatemalan Police and a member of Interpol. The Guatemalan Interior Minister, Mauricio Lopez Bonilla stated that “He (McAfee) entered the country illegally andwe are going to seek his expulsion for this crime”. The Guatemalan Government was seeking to expel McAfee to Belize on Thursday morning a move that his lawyer, Telesforo Guerra attempted to block by seeking an injunction to secure his release. Early Thursdaymorning Telesforo Guerra applied to the Guatemalan Court seeking “Political Asylum” for McAfee. That petition was denied by the Guatemalan Court and McAfee was faced with immediate deportation to Belize. Then we were treated to the latest episode of John McAfee on the run Saga. McAfee who is also selling his life story began to perform. (John McAfee has been on the run for approximately a month from Belizean Police who just want to question him about the murder of his neighbor Gregory Faull. While on the run McAfee has taken the International Media through a run-a-way train-type ride filled with accusations, lies, deception, mad-stories, false leads and most recently Holly-wood type acting.)
  • Columbia de-recognizes the ICJ:
    The Associated Press has a confusing and muddled account of the consequences of Colombia’s withdrawal from the Bogota Pact (American Treaty on Pacific Settlement), which had committed Colombia to the ICJ for disputes with other signatory states. Here is where theAP account doesn’t make much sense (or is flat out wrong): Legal experts, however, said [Colombian President] Santos’announcementwas unlikely, in practice, to diminish the court’s authority in any international disputes involving the South American nation. International legal experts said [Colombian President] Santos’ announcement would not, in practice, exempt Colombia fromthe jurisdiction of theWorld Court, as it is recognized as the arbiter of last resort under customary international law and practice. Uh, with all due respect to theAP’s international legal experts, that’s not quite right. By withdrawing from the Bogota Pact, Colombia is no longer committed to go to the ICJ to resolve disputes with other Bogota signatories (not that there are all that many). Colombia has also not accepted the compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ under the ICJ Statute. Colombia is therefore free frombeing forced to go to the ICJ unless it has specifically agreed to do so in a particular treaty.And it has not always done so. For instance, it has never ratified the Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which would have committed to compulsory dispute settlement before the ICJ.
    The latest decision of the ICJ regarding Columbia and its’ territorial dispute with Nicaragua over the San Andres Island has led us the conclusion thatwe in Belize cannot afford to fall under the same demise. The ICJ ruled that Columbia will keep the San Andres Island which is a tourist vacation haven but besides losing two other Islands, Columbia will also lose some 46 to 56,000 miles of sea which was once considered an integral part of their territory. The reality that now confronts Columbia is that its’ fishermen cannot fish in these waters anymore as Nicaragua upon the ruling of the ICJ has placed its’ soldiers to patrol what is now considered theirwaters. The damage to Columbia even goes further to the very lost of future revenues for that country that now sees a major part of its sea which is considered very rich in oil given away to Nicaragua by the very ICJ it trusted.
    On 10/12/12 about 6:45 pm, acting on information received, Police visited Phillip Goldson Highway between miles 59 and 60, where upon arrival saw a Green Blue Bird Bus(BBOC) bearing License Plates D- 00257 parked on the middle of the highway with its left front extensively damaged and facing a Eastern direction and several feet away on the right side of the highway when travelling from a South to North direction was a Grey Toyota pickup bearing License plates OWC- 17611 extensively damaged. Further checks made in the pickup led to the discovery of a motionless body of Jenaro Gaspar SANCHEZ, 41 years, Belizean cane farmer of Santa Clara Village (driver), Corozal District with multiple injuries to his body and was apparently dead, meanwhile his passenger identified to be Primitivo CANO, 45 years, Belizean cane farmer of the same address had already been transported to the Northern Regional Hospital suffering from a cut wound to his head, abrasions to his left armandwas complaining of pain to the left side of his chest.
    Ministry of National Security Clarifies and Rectifies Issue Regarding Transfer of Corporal #834 Sharmane Young TheMinistry of National Security wishes to clarify that the re-posting of Corporal #834 Sharmane Young fromthe San Pedro Sub-formation to Belize City is well within the established transfer policy of the Police Department. Reports of her transfer to the Placencia Sub-formation have been confirmed to be completely inaccurate.
    I met a brother this week in Belmopan who happens to be one of the few successful Belizean born businessmen in the country. We had a short discussion about the increasing difficulty of doing business in Belize, the various obstacles, themultitude of red-tape in place andmost specifically the crime. The discussion was general in nature but eventually lead to us talking about the establishment of the Forensic Laboratory which is the single most urgently needed unit for the Country of Belize in order to help address crime along with the famous legal term which has now become a part of regular Belizean vocabulary “null-persecute”. The Government of Belize has committed itself to create this unit and placing it under the Ministry of National Security. The problem is of course the cost, not only for the equipment but for the training of personnel etc. This brother happens to also be a long standing member of the Chamber of Commerce. Now I have always been critical of the Chamber because I genuinely feel that they need to play a more vital role in assisting to address some of the causes of crime in Belize and I still firmly believe that they operate in a bubble as if though they are not a part of the larger Belize Community from which they earn theirwealth. Nevertheless, in the discussion he suggested that the Government of Belize should offer open bids for any group, individual, organization or entity to finance, build and operate the Forensic Laboratory and he is of the opinion that the Chamber of Commerce and or several of its’ members would welcome such an opportunity. He said without hesitation that he would readily put up the first hundred thousand for the project and he assured that several of his other colleges in business would do the same.
  • 10 Creepiest Food Facts that Everyone should know:
    1 The average fast food fan eats 12 pubic hairs in a given year. 2 A strawberry McDonald’smilk shake contains 50 artificial flavors Apparently, real strawberries are expensive. So fast food companies like McDonald’s choose to use a ridiculous concoction of 50 chemicals to effectively imitate the flavor of one real world food. These chemicals include ethyl acetate, phenythyl alcohol and solvent. 3 This iswhere chicken nuggets come from Before reshaping, food like chicken nuggets, hot dogs, bologna and pepperoni look like a disgusting sludge of pink paste. This is done through a process called mechanical separation, which is a cost-effective way to “smooth out” bone remnants left after the de-boning process. The process results in excessive bacteria, which is fixed by washing the meat in ammonia.
  • 11 Secret Facts about Hair & Nails:
    1 Facial hair grows faster than any other hair on the body. In fact, if the average man never shaved his beard it would grow to over 30 feet during his lifetime, longer than a killer whale. 2 Every day the average person loses 60-100 strands of hair. Unless you’re already bald, chances are good that you’re shedding pretty heavily on a daily basis. Your hair loss will vary in accordance with the season, pregnancy, illness, diet and age. 3 Women’s hair is about half the diameter of men’s hair. While it might sound strange, its shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that men’s hair should be coarser than that of women.
  • Orange Walk Mom Earns $6,795/Month Part-Time:
    Patricia Feeney of OrangeWalk, never thought she would have a job working at home until one day she filled out a simple form online. Before she knew it, she discovered her secret to beating the recession, and being able to provide for her family by working from home. I read Patty's blog last month and decided to feature her story in our Career News segment. In our phone interview she told me her amazing story. "Since getting my Work-At-Home-Digital I actuallymake about $5,000-$7,000 a month using the internet. It is enough to comfortably replace my old job's income.And the best thing is that I only work about 10- 12 hours a week from home so I now have a lot more time for my family." Working online has been a financialwindfall for Patty,who struggled formonths to find a job in a struggling economy through many online job agencies such as Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com and Snagajob.com.Her big break came one daywhen she found the Work-At-Home-Digital in an online classified ad. "I lost my job shortly after the recession hit, I needed reliable income, I was not interested in those "get rich quick" scams you see all over the internet. Those are all pyramid scams or stuff where you have to sell to your friends and family.
  • The Ladyville Massacre:
    Exactly two weeks and three days ago, 26 year old Jared Ranguy was found half naked and covered with blood in the Vellos home in Ladyville, where almost an entire family were killed savagely. In a small neighborhood known as “Japan” in Ladyville was where the well-known family were killed while still sleeping in their bedrooms early Sunday (November 25th, 2012). Neighbors fromthe communitywere awaken as early as 4 a.m. while police processed the scene of the very brutal murder of 51 year old Karen Skeen Vellos, 72 year old Robert Earl Vellos Sr. and 32 year old Teena Beth Skeen. Police Press Officer, Raphael Martinez said that when they visited the house they met a person kneeling in front of a room screaming and holding a machete. Two bodies were found lying motionless in front of that person, Karen Skeen with apparent multiple stab wounds and her husband Robert Earl Vellos Sr. with an apparent gunshot wound behind his head. In another roomTeena Beth Skeen was found with apparent multiple gunshot wounds.
  • Sleeping Disorders:
    Sleep disorders are disturbances that affect the ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or stay awake or that cause abnormal behaviors during sleep, such as night terrors or sleepwalking. Sleep can be disturbed by many factors, including irregular bed times, activities before bed, stress, diet, disorders, and drugs. Lack of sleep makes people feel sleepy, tired, and irritable during the day and interferes with functioning. Less often, a sleep disorder makes people unable to resist falling alseep during the day. Adetailed description of the problem, sometimes with information froma sleep log, usually indicates the diagnosis, but sometimes testing in a sleep laboratory is needed.
  • Amazingly Good Eggnog:
    Ingredients: 4 cups milk 5 whole cloves 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 12 egg yolks 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 1/2 cups light rum 4 cups light cream 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg Directions:
  • George W. Bush retoma el debate sobre una reforma migratoria integral:
    El expresidente de Estados Unidos, George W. Bush, quien encabezó en 2007 el más reciente intento por aprobar una reforma migratoria integral reiteró este martes su creencia de que los inmigrantes son parte benéfica y total del estilo de vida estadounidense.
  • La persona mįs anciana del mundo fallece a los 116 ańos:
    Besse Cooper, la persona más anciana del mundo, murió este martes a la edad de 116 años. Cooper falleció enMonroe, Georgia, a unos 45minutos al este de Atlanta. Su hijo Sidney dijo que su madre "tuvo una vida larga y buena. Se fue muy tranquila". Nacida el 26 de agosto de 1896, Besse Cooper fue reconocida por el Libro Guinness de los Récords como la persona más vieja del mundo en enero de 2011.
  • Juez de líneamuere tras recibir una golpiza de futbolistas adolescentes:
    Un juez de línea aficionado murió este lunes en Holanda después de ser golpeado por futbolistas adolescentes en un partido el día anterior. Richard Nieuwenhuizen y la llegada de una ambulancia, se encontraba en estado crítico y fue trasladado a un hospital.Allí murió el lunes por la tarde", informó el sitio oficial de la falleció a las 5:30 p.m. local en el hospital de Nieuwegein, según su club Buitenboys.
  • Rosalia “Lily” Castillo Charged with Murder!:
    A post mortemexamination was conducted on the body of Carla Patricia Perez, 34 year old, Honduran waitress of #4 George Price Avenue, Santa Elena Town where at the conclusion; the doctor certified that cause of death was exsanguinations as a consequence of internal and external bleeding due to stab wound to the neck. The woman detained for apparently killing Carla Patricia Perez is her female lover 43 year old Rosalia “Lily” Castillo.
  • Romel Jr. Goes Missing:
    The Palacio family are seeking information regarding their love-one, Romel Palacio Jr. who has been missing sinceThursday, December 6th, 2012. Last year June theywere the victims of a home invasion where many believe Romel Sr. was attacked and killed because the assailants mistook him for his son, Romel Jr. who they were after because he was the only witness to a murder.
  • GSU BUST !:
    The GSU made a number of arrests and seizure. Rudolph Bennett, the uncle of a reputed member of a SouthsideGangwas arrested and charged with kept Ammunition without a gun license for a singleround. The GSU officers were on operation on Caesar Ridge Road, in the base of the Southside gangs’territory. A search was conducted at 47 year old Bennette’s apartment at the corner of Faber’s and Caesar Ridge Road. It led to the discovery of one .380 round of ammunition under his mattress.
  • Drug Trafficking:
    At 10:30am on December 11th, 2012, whilst Police were conducting foot patrol on Clement Street, Punta Gorda Town, they observed Joseph Cachou, 51 years old, Belizean Labourer of #50 FarWest Street, PuntaGorda Town coming frombehind a building at the corner of Far West Street and Clement Street. Upon seeing the Police Cachou ran away.
  • Many Cubans to pay taxes for first time in half a century:
    Most Cubans have not paid taxes for half a century, but that will change under new regulations starting January 1. The landmark move will change the relations of Cubans with their government and are a signal thatmarketoriented reforms are here to stay. They were launched after President Raul Castro succeeded his brother, Fidel Castro, in 2008. The recently published code constitutes the first comprehensive taxation in Cuba since the 1959 revolution abolished just about all taxes.
  • Microsoft’s CEOSteve Ballmer's Nightmare Is Coming True:
    Microsoft’s nightmare scenario is actually starting to take hold. 1 The iPad eats the consumer PC market. This is happening right now. In the third quarter of 2012, PC sales were down 8% on a year-over-year basis worldwide. In the U.S., saleswere down 14%. Abig chunk of the decline can be attributed to the rise of the iPad. Apple sold 14 million iPads last quarter, which is more than the top PCmaker, Lenovo,which shipped 13.7 million PCs. Throw in Apple’s 4.9 million Macs, and it’s the top computer maker by a mile. 2 Employees gradually switch away from using Windows PCs for work. This trend has not played out that dramatically in 2012.
  • Protesters attack palace, party headquarters in Egypt:
    Protesters marching on Egypt’s presidential palace Tuesday night broke through barbed wire around the building and hurled chairs and rocks at retreating police. Officers lobbed tear gas back at them. After initial clashes, police drew behind fences and protests were peaceful for several hours. More violence broke out at the headquarters of the Freedom and Justice Party in Menia, south of Cairo. At least 19 protesters were injured.
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The Anglican Archdiocese of Belize promotes HIV/AIDS Education
The Anglican Archdiocese has taken a stand in the fight against HIV AIDS through Education. Through the program; “Empowerment for all – HIV and AIDS” the diocese encourages HIV AIDS education with five major objectives: *Increasing knowledge and skills of teachers on how to deliver age appropriate information to and conduct life skills sessions with their students. * Promoting school environments which promote non-discriminatory practices among students, teachers and staff. *Increasing the availability of information on HIV and AIDS including the availability of services, care and support. *Increasing student’s knowledge of HIV and AIDS and increasing the number of students with the necessary life skills to prevent HIV infection. *Increasing parents’ knowledge of HIV and AIDS and increasing the number of parents displaying positive attitudes towards persons living with HIV and AIDS.

NEMO holds appreciation dinner for volunteers concluding the 2012 Hurricane Season
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in collaboration with the Minister of Tourism/Culture and Chairperson of the Emergency Operations Committee (EOC), Hon. Manuel Heredia; Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Mayor of San Pedro and Deputy EOC Chairperson and Mr. Brian Cook of Fido’s Restaurant, hosted a “Thank You” dinner event on Friday, December 7th. The dinner was held at the end of 2012 hurricane season as a token of appreciation to all volunteers and supporters of NEMO in the Belize Rural South who assisted throughout the season. The social started at 5PM upstairs of Fido’s Courtyard and saw the gathering of over 20 public officers and volunteers from the various Government Offices in San Pedro as well as Non-Governmental Organizations. Speaking at the event was Jeromey Timrose Augustine, District Emergency Coordinator, who offered much thanks to everyone present for their continued support of NEMO and expressed a desire to continue to work closely towards assuring the safety of lives and property of residents on both Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. Further to this, she extended appreciation to Brian Cook and Fido’s Courtyard for providing the venue for most of the NEMO trainings throughout the year.

SPADAI – Working towards addressing the problems of Drug Abuse on the Island
The tiny fishing village of San Pedro has seen much growth since it became a town in 1984. With this growth came a booming economy, the advent of the Tourism Industry and an increase in the population to an estimated 20,000. Along with these advances, of which many have proven to be quite positive, it is expected that there come some negatives. One of the most obvious or more visible, would be that of alcohol abuse here on the island. San Pedro is home to dozens of restaurants, bars, night clubs and stores – all licensed to sell alcohol. With all these establishments catering to the needs of both visitors and residents alike, one would expect that there would be some sort of system in place that would combat the irrefutable effects of substance abuse on the island. As we walk around town, the effect of alcohol abuse is apparent in the individuals we see who are publically intoxicated on the streets on a daily basis. With many families torn by the addiction of a loved one, this substance has now managed to seep its way through the school systems and has reached our children, threatening to destroy their very future.

Kakaw Chocolate Boutique Opens on 12-12-12
We heard the announcement a while back, and have been eagerly anticipating its arrival. And now, finally, the Kakaw Chocolate Boutique has opened in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. It is right around the corner from our office, and we could not resist stopping by for a few photos (okay, and a couple bites too!). Chris and Jo have created a very pretty shop that sells delicious goodies made of chocolate: How about a marshmallow smothered in milk chocolate? Or would you rather brave the chocolate-dipped jalapeño? Maybe a cool Mocha-Chocolate drink is more your taste? MMM, whatever you prefer, be sure to swing by and check them out on Barrier Reef Drive!!

Misc Belizean Sources

Soul Project Announces Grand Opening
The new Cayo Cultural Center, the Soul Project, is having their soft grand opening this Saturday, December 15th. Great job, Daniel Velazquez and Abdela Bedran! "Cayo's new Soul Project Art and Cultural Center has some local Belizean art on exhibit. They have done a few movie screening there, including Kurse a di Xtabai. It will be opening for the general public soon, but if you see it open, check it out."

SHC's Annual Elocution Contest
Sacred Heart College is having their annual Elocution Contest tomorrow night, December 13th, at 6pm. They'll have a poetry showdown, comedy, music, and much more. The cost is only $3.

Lucky Boy's Home is Finished
Starting today, Thursday, December 13th, everyone can go see Lucky Boy the black jaguar at the Belize Zoo. They've finished his new home. "The future is NOW! Lucky Boy is now at home in his new 5 star home on site at the Zoo, and loving every moment of it! The big official ribbon cutting ceremony kicks off tomorrow at noon, so, come Thursday, EVERYONE will be able to visit the boy in person. Hope all the Lucky Boy fans out there enjoy this sneak preview. Paws way way up!"

How to get rid of Heartburn
I was a heartburn sufferer for 12 years. It got so bad that surgery was the next necessary step, so I decided to investigate the natural way to treat my heartburn. This method was successful for me 9 years ago and to this day I am heartburn free.

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Belize Putting A Hold On Giving Guatemalans Nationality
A group of new Belizean citizens will be sworn in on December 21st in Belmopan. But, for the first time in probably decades - it will not include a single Guatemalan. And that's because the new Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse isn't satisfied that the current renunciation process for Guatemalans is effective. What do we mean by that? Well, Belize law requires that for any Guatemalan to become a Belizean they must first renounce their Guatemalan nationality. In practice, all that means is filling out a form at the Immigration office and signing it. But, it turns out, that such a renunciation is largely meaningless. And that's because the law in Guatemala states that to properly renounce their citizenship a person must make it formal in that country - by sending in their passport - and filling out a formal Guatemalan renunciation form. When the Guatemalan Ministry Of Foreign Affairs accepts that, only then is the renunciation official. So, it doesn't matter what form they swear to in Belize - that's only a paper renunciation, and those persons can return to Guatemala and get a passport because - until they renounce over there, they are considered citizens for life.

New Bze Visas Already Forged; Two Caught
And while that is just one of the many areas of dubious Immigration practices that Minister Hulse is trying to regularize - it's often a case of one step up and one step back. Proof of that came today when two persons of Indian descent - a male and a female - arrived at the PGIA airport with bogus Belizean Visas. They are currently detained and are expected to be charged tomorrow. There is no official information at this time, but the discovery has caused some alarm to senior officials at the Immigration Department because this is the first time they have seen forgers try to copy the new Belizean visas. These were recently re-designed with security features to make them more difficult to copy - but the forgers are already stepping up their game. We'll have more on this story tomorrow...

Traffic Safety Advocate Gets Rude Wake-Up Call
Recently, Stephen Okeke has emerged as an advocate for traffic safety on the early part of the Northern Highway, between the City and the Haulover bridge. In August he made a public call for the installation of "thumb-bumps" to slow down traffic in this residential area. One month later, an elderly man on a morning jog was knocked down and killed. And last night, the hazards of that stretch of road literally went knocking at Okeke's front door. He lives on the stretch of road at mile three and was awakened by an all too familiar crashing sound. But nothing could have prepared him for what he found in front of his fence. He explained: Steven Okeke - One of the First Respondents "I believe it was yesterday at around 12 midnight. At around that time, the accident happened. We heard the big bang as usual, and we believe that somebody must have been killed again like always. And, when I came around, the police was around helping the man out of the vehicle. And that is how he survived, I believe. But, if it was in the daytime, we would have been looking at another fatality. The speed here on this stretch of the road is unnerving, at least one speed control. I must congratulate the guys who are building a pedestrian walk up the road, but we need at least one speed control between the Haulover Bridge, and the Benny's Apartment. You can see the vehicles here probably racing around here. It is just unnerving."

Bus Driver Caused For Causing Major Collision
And in other road safety news, Police have charged 30 year old bus driver Cyril Wade, for Monday night's fatality between miles 59 and 60 on the Northern Highway. He was charged with Manslaughter by Negligence, Causing Death by Careless Conduct, Drove Motor Vehicle without Due Care and Attention and Negligent Wounding. As we reported 41 year old Jenaro Gaspar Sanchez, of Santa Clara Village was northbound in a Toyota pickup when he crashed into Wade's Blue Bird BBOC Bus headed to Orange Walk. No one in the bus was hurt, but Sanchez died in his pickup - and his body was trapped there for over an hour before it could be moved. The pickup was wrecked beyond recognition.

Gegg Gets Breathing Room On Mega Sales Tax Arrears
Yesterday 7News told you about David Gegg's financial issues with the GST Department for over quarter million dollars in back taxes. Well, he now has 2 months to clear up all his arrears because the court has given him some breathing room. As we told you yesterday, he was required to show up in court yesterday to say why a committal warrant for him to be jailed should not be executed. But, as we reported, he sent his accountant on his behalf, and the magistrate gave orders that he must show up in person. So today, Gegg, flanked by his attorney, Andrew Marshalleck, and his accountant, appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano in relation to those arrears. GST Legal Represenative Jacqueline Meighan reported to Magistrate Cayetano that with yesterday's 50-thousand dollar payment, on these arrears, Gegg now owes $146,496.90 on the previous arrears for which the committal warrant was issued. Marshalleck then submitted to the court that his client would like to ask the court to grant an adjournment of today's proceedings to determine if he can pay. According to Marshalleck, Gegg has taken steps to pay off all his arrears in 2 months' time, so there will be no need for a determination if he is able to pay. Meighan indicated to the court that her superiors will not object to adjournment, but they will hold Gegg to that time period very strictly.

McAfee Runs ... Into the Arms Of America
He is the only person of interest in the murder of Gregory Faull, but it looks like the Belize police won't get a chance to interview John McAfee anytime soon, and that's because he has run into the arms of America. Yesterday, a Supreme Court judge gave McAfee ten days to regularize his immigration status - so he was permitted to leave the Immigration holding facility where he had been since Thursday night. Guatemalan authorities made it clear they would not give him a visa, but he was given the opportunity to leave the country - and he bolted. Here's what McAfee told the Guatemalan media as he got into a police and immigration escort car headed for the airport: That was at 3:00 pm - and so at this hour McAfee is believed to have arrived in Miami. There is no word from Belizean law enforcement if they will be seeking his extradition to Belize.

New Elite Law Enforcement Unit Is US Funded And Trained
We all know about the GSU, the Gang Suppression Unit. They are very controversial for their aggressive operations - but, if you go by the numbers, they are also very effective - and their weapons seizures alone are unmatched by any other single police unit or formation. The GSU is also believed to be largely free of the corruption that bedevils other police units. And that model of a specialized, insulated unit of elite and clean officers is what may be motivating the formation of another specialized unit, designed to be highly efficient and effective. It's a US funded initiative - and it was launched at the police training academy in Belmopan today. 7news was there: Jules Vasquez Reporting The sound is real, but the explosives and bullets are not - it's a demonstration by the police department's latest elite unit, the Mobile Interdiction Team or MIT. The 20 member multi agency unit debuted this morning with training and about a half a million dollars in equipment from the US Government.

Police Find Drugs, Recover Weapon
Police conducted a search last Saturday in an abandoned lot on Rocky Road - which led them to the discovery of two black plastic bags. Inside the bags were a total of 167 grams of cannabis. No one was in the immediate area and the drugs were deposited as Found Property. And later that night at about 7:35 Special Branch personnel were in an area on Albert St South when they saw a 17 year old from Kraal Road. He was seen throwing an object resembling a firearm. Special Branch personnel proceeded to the area where the object was thrown and found a .38 Revolver. He was arrested and charged for possession of Unlicensed Firearm. According to police, the teenager is a known member of the South Side Gangster's and is also known to commit robberies within the Albert and Regent Street Area.

Belize Will Have A Sports Policy
Two sports directors' form the Caribbean Sports and Development Agency in Trinidad are in Belize for two weeks. Andre Collins and his colleague Mark Mungal have been invited by the National Sports Commission to develope a strategic plan for sports in Belize. Over the past couple days Collins and Mungal have engaged in discussions about the process - which involves reviewing the current sport act, the development of a national sports policy and the strategic plan. Over the next couple of months they are hoping to engage stakeholders from around the country to get an input of their vision for Sports in Belize. Now, if it sounds like more bureaucratese to you, it shouldn't because the sport policy should create greater organization across disciplines: Andre Collins - Director, CSDA "Our experience throughout the Caribbean has been in our previous incarnation of the organization called the Trinidad and Tobago Alliance for Sports and Physical Education, we've been supporting the rest of the region in various sports-specific development programs, more along the lines of the development of physical education for elementary and secondary school children, along the lines of sports for persons with disabilities, as well as sporting for at-risk or underserved youths. So, this is an opportunity to bring all of those things together into one framework, as well as to try to capture the aspects of sports, not just sport but sport development, and sport excellence in terms of high-performance sporting as well."

21 Year Old Sent To Jail On Accusation of Sex With 15 Year Old
21 year-old Ever Alexander Ortiz, a store clerk from the Stann Creek Valley, is in prison tonight after he was taken to court today for allegedly having intercourse with a 15 year-old female minor. According to police, it happened on December 6, 2012, when she had the encounter with Ortiz, whom she knows very well, at his mother's residence in Belize City. She was taken to a doctor who certified that she was carnally known. As a result of this report, police arrested and charged Ortiz with unlawful carnal knowledge, and he was arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer today. Due to the nature of the offences, he was remanded prison until his next court date, which is scheduled for January 28, 2013.

The Belize Zoo Is 30!!!
At the Belize Zoo, they just loooove birthday celebrations. If it's not April the Tapir, then it's Junior Buddy the jaguar or Panama the Harpy…and they just keep coming. Today was another birthday, but a very special one - as the place that calls itself the Best Little Zoo in The World turned 30. As we found out, it's not so little anymore - but it is a lot easier to get around! Jules Vasquez reports: Jules Vasquez Reporting The Zoo celebrated its birthday today with the opening of a new visitor's Centre: Sharon Matola - Founding Director, Belize Zoo "Overwhelmed is not descriptive enough about how I feel. I'm just - I've seen this place together in the past 4 months with amazing energy, and you know how much it's been raining here, some of the challenges that we've been facing. But, there it is, and I'm just overjoyed. We've really created a spacious, useful building with its own education program and it's own education classroom. It's all handicapped access, and that will allow people - especially school groups which come here - they'll have a classroom with interactive components in it. We're going to have a restaurant, a café, and we're going to have an expanded gift shop. So, I think all those things are going to help us look into the future." And that center - as well as most of the zoo now - can be accessed by over two thousand five hundred feet of wide concrete pathways: Sharon Matola "We call it the SHED project, because stroller, handicapped, elderly and disabled friendly, and we hosted Miss Belize a few days ago, and we know that it's high-heels friendly too. So, anybody can go there, and people who have been restricted in the past, can enjoy what Tony's ingenious abilities have provided, which is a pathway. It's user-friendly. Because it's go air pockets so water soaks through it. It's pretty; it's comfortable. It is just wonderful. They handicap access that we are now opening up for the public, it'll be easier for people to come here."

How to Feed A Veritable Noah's Ark
And like all the other animals, Lucky Boy has his own specialized diet. If you run a household, you'll know that feeding a family three square meals a day isn't easy and it ain't cheap. Well imagine what it's like for the folks at the zoo, they have to feed 140 wild animals including herbivores, omnivores, insectivores, and carnivores who love to taste blood. And all of them have to eat everyday! In 2009, Jacqueline Godwin went inside the zoo to find out first-hand - literally - how they feed all these wild and wonderful creatures: Jacqueline Godwin Reporting, The Belize Zoo offers visitors a rare glimpse of the animals not easily seen in the wild. Yes, it is a haven for wildlife that must be well preserved. How is it done? Well, it is no easy task as I discovered working as a zoo keeper for one day. My day started off in the commissary. This is where all the animals foods are prepared. A job that senior zoo keeper Antolin Cano has been doing for the past 11 years. Jacqueline Godwin, What do you like about the job? Antolin Cano, "Well it is very interesting to learn the animals behaviour; what they like to eat, what's their habitat and it is very interesting, it is like living in another world. Up to now definitely I like dealing with animals, I love that part."

Clinic For Bze. Rural
Belize Rural North and Central are getting a major upgrade in the availability of medical care. The administration at the Central American Health Science University, which is located at the junction of the Hattieville Boom Road and the Phillip Goldson Highway, have teamed up with the Belize Rural North Representative, Edmund Castro to open a new clinic which will be free of cost to any member of the public. Today, the clinic was officially opened and the Executive Dean of the University explained how the clinic came about, and how it will be managed and funded: Dr. Maurice Modavi - Executive Dean, Central American Health Science University "There is a large community around this area including Sandhill, Boom, and Ladyville, and there has not been a clinic to service the population. So, this was a necessity, and there was a need for it." Reporter "How did this come about? Where did you get the funds for it?" Dr. Maurice Modavi "We have been discussing the issue with Minister Castro for some time, and initially, we intended to start the clinic somewhere in Sandhill, and allocate some space to it. But since that is going to take time, our University provided the space at no cost. The professors who are teaching are going to provide some of their time, and it is for non-profit institution."

Archeology Attorney Says Jaime Awe Signed Off On Lawsuit
Last night we told you about the lawsuit filed against William Homann, the Estates of Anna and F.A. Mitchell-Hodges, LucasFilm, Walt Disney Co., and Paramount Pictures, in US Federal Court by Belize's director of the Institute of Archaeology, Jaime Awe. He told us that he wasn't aware that it would be a full fledged lawsuit, and wanted to disassociate himself from it. Well, this evening we got a release from James Reed the Director of a group called the Belize Archaeological Preservation Society Ltd. His statement says that quote "We are in possession of an original copy of the Attorney Engagement Agreement signed by Dr. Awe and are, therefore, mystified by any assertions that the suit was unintended." It adds that quote, "The basis of the suit was vetted over the course of several months and several meetings with various government officials at the highest levels of the Belize government." It adds that: quote: "The law suit seeks to compensate Belize for the failure of LucasFilms to have gained permission to replicate objects of cultural and historical significance derived from Belize."

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Guatemala deports McAfee to the U.S. without Samantha
John McAfee has been deported from Guatemala to the United States after spending a week at a detention center for illegally crossing the border. This afternoon, he boarded a flight back to Florida and left behind his twenty year old girlfriend Samantha Vanegas. Vanegas was in tears as the sixty-seven year old antivirus founder got [...]

Taxi drivers in the Capital protest relocation
There was a protest this morning in the nation’s capital, where taxi drivers find themselves at odds with the Belmopan City Council. The cabbies are outraged that the number of parking spaces at the bus terminal has been reduced to twenty-one and they are being relocated to areas that are not as heavily trafficked, which [...]

Another bust of illegal harvested rosewood in Toledo
There is a breaking story out of Toledo tonight where the illegal trade of rosewood continues at a brisk pace. At four p.m. today, a joint operation by Police and Forestry Department personnel led to the discovery of eighty pieces of Rosewood several miles from the seacoast of Punta Gorda Town, at Gomez Estate in [...]

Here comes the M.I.T., highway cops looking for contraband
It’s the time of year when contraband is at an all time high but there’s now a unit in place to monitor the highways and borders to curb the illegal trade; primarily from the Commercial Free Zone and neighboring Mexico. Twenty officers from the police, customs and immigration departments have completed training to combat the [...]

Mexico sends military to help build road to international bridge
The Mexican Senate has authorized eleven members of the Mexican Army to cross the border of Belize and assist in the construction of a section of the road that links the international bridge between Belize and Mexico. Ninety two senators voted in approval of the request during a senate meeting on Thursday.  The Mexican team [...]

Government tries to end Oceana’s case before it gets underway
The Elections and Boundaries Office disqualified eight thousand and forty seven petition signatures that could have triggered a national referendum on the issue of offshore exploration and drilling. That set in motion a Supreme Court case filed by Audrey Marie Bradley, Thomas Greenwood and Oceana in Belize. Bradley, Greenwood and Oceana are seeking judicial review [...]

Businessman David Gegg avoids prison by paying some of his GST
Businessman David Gegg, owner of Discovery Expedition and Cruise Solutions Limited, made an appearance in court this morning after eluding the GST on Tuesday.  The GST had issued a committal warrant for Gegg for a hefty sum of two hundred and six thousand plus dollars in unpaid taxes. But this morning at nine o’clock, Gegg [...]

Stann Creek Store Clerk busted for carnally knowing 15 year old girl
Twenty-one year old Evan Alex Ortiz, a store clerk of Bella Vista Village in the Stann Creek District, appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer today where he was charged for unlawful carnal knowledge.  Ortiz is accused of having sexual intercourse with a fifteen year old Belize City student on December sixth, at a house [...]

Lucky Boy, once emaciated jaguar, makes a comeback
At the Belize Zoo, Lucky Boy met the media today. On the previous occasion when we reported on the black jaguar, he was severely malnourished after months of neglect while in captivity. Well Lucky Boy has made a remarkable recovery and today, he showed off his new fur as he well as his new habitat. [...]

CASHU’s Community Clinic for Belize Rural Villagers
A community health clinic was inaugurated today to provide free medical services primarily to communities in the Belize district. The facility is located at the Boom cut-off on the Philip Goldson Highway and is an initiative by the Belize Medical College. Current and former area reps turned up for the ceremony. News Five’s Jose Sanchez [...]

Man mauled to death by dogs in Stann Creek
There’s a disturbing report from the Stann Creek District where a man has been mauled to death by two dogs. The victim is sixty-seven year old Clyde Ku, who was last seen on Tuesday when he headed to work as a watchman seven miles outside Dangriga. Ku was found this morning, severely bitten on the [...]

Newly renovated library inaugurated at the Anglican Cathedral College
The Anglican Cathedral College is boasting a newly renovated library through collaborative efforts with the Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust. The students and staff of the ACC joined in the celebration as did the Minister of Education, who said he’d still be in the classroom if he weren’t a politician. Duane Moody was also on [...]

Red Cross says climate change affecting Jane Usher Boulevard
The Jane Usher Boulevard area is usually in the headlines for negative reasons, but tonight there is some positive news coming out of that community. The Belize Red Cross has been working with residents of Jane Usher Boulevard to build awareness on the threats posed by climate change, particularly since it is a flood prone [...]

Red Cross video proves poverty in Jane Usher and surrounding areas exists
As part of the project, a ten minute video was also launched highlighting the work that the Red Cross has been doing in the Jane Usher Boulevard area and how community involvement has improved conditions. The images, however, also show the great need that still exists in the poverty stricken areas.   Lily Bowman “We [...]


Around The World Celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe
In 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe is said to have appeared to indigenous Native American peasant, Juan Diego in the slope of the hills of Tepeyac in Mexico City. The vision of this girl of fifteen or sixteen years of age spoke to him in Nahuatl, the native language and asked him tha...

Ministry of National Security Clarifies W Corporal Young Removal From San Pedro
The Ministry of National Security has issued a statement seeking to set the record straight regarding the removal of Corporal Sharmane Young from her post in San Pedro Town. According to the official release, Corporal Young’s transfer was made on November twenty seventh, we...

McAfee Back In The United States But Remains Person of Interest In Belize
There are reports in the international media that a judge in Guatemala has ruled that the detention of John McAfee was illegal. The reports, which relied heavily on a posting on McAfee’s website, say that McAfee would be released from an immigration detention center as a result o...

Belize City Back In Prison Months After Release
Forty-seven year old Rudolph Bennett, of Caesar Ridge Road who was released from prison in August after serving nine years, went back to jail yesterday when he appeared in Court and was charged with kept ammunition without a gun license. Bennett pled not guilty to the charge and Magist...

Thirty Year Old Belize Zoo Boasts New Visitors Centre
It is almost as old as independent Belize, and at thirty, the Belize Zoo on the George Price Highway has made some positive strides since then. Today US Ambassador and member of the House of Representative, Dolores Balderamos Garcia, assisted in cutting the ribbon to a new Visito...

Belize Natural Energy Finances Library for City High School
The BNE Charitable Trust which is a partnership between Belize Natural Energy and the Ministry of Belize, was established to empower people and communities through grants of educational-related projects, capacity building programs and initiatives that support the social environment. Th...

Two Men Remanded Following Sexual Relations With Minors
Two men who allegedly had sex with females under the age of 16, have been charged with carnal knowledge, an offence for which the magistrate court cannot offer them bail. They are 21 year Ever Alex Ortiz, a store clerk of Stann Creek Valley and 22 year old Jermain Parham, an unemployed...


Belmopan City Council faces the discontent of taxi men
The taxi operators are not budgeting and it seems that is the position they are putting forward to the Belmopan Cit...

Belmopan Mayor and Taxi Operators still at odds
MAYOR Lopez was not available for comments today and neither did he have an audience with the operators. It resembl...

Charges brought against woman in crime of passion
Police have charged 43yr old Rosalilia Castillo with one count of murder for the stabbing death of 34yr old Pamela ...

Mobile Interdiction Team ready for action
Fourteen months ago the Government of Belize and the United States Embassy commenced discussions surrounding the va...

Minister John Saldivar deals with hot topics on Rise n Shine
Minister John Saldivar was on Rise n shine again this morning and a plethora of issues were covered. He dealt with ...

Henry Comejo arraigned for murder of Marvin Nunez
Last week Friday just at high noon 29 year-old Marvin Nunez, was executed near the entrance of Saint Ignatius Prima...

David Gegg in court for arrears of GST
David Gegg, owner of Cruise Solutions and Discovery Expeditions, was this week before the courts as he managed to n...

12/12/12 - a special date
A group of children celebrated their 12th birthday in Times Square this morning December 12, 2012. Why is that news...

Belize seeks return of ancient artifact
An archaeologist in Belize has filed a lawsuit against the makers of the film "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the...

Chamber of Commerce and Industry commends Custom Officials
It was in the news this week that a municipal government convoy on a Christmas shopping spree across the border and...

Police train with U.S. Border Patrol’s Special Operations Group
Earlier we told you about the two immigration and customs officers who underwent five week training with sixteen po...

Bus driver charged with Manslaughter by Negligence
A bus driver has been charged with Manslaughter by Negligence. Last night we told you of the Fatal Traffic Accident...

Special Branch active in Belize City
On Saturday, following information received by Special Branch, Police searched an abandoned lot on Rocky Road, Beli...


Airport pickup
Yesterday was a big day, Cindy’s mum Cherie arrived from England. We were on standby to pick her up as she has a bad back so she could not make the trip north on the ATV and needed a cart ride. Quite often when flights arrive on time or slightly early at Belize international airport, the person will get bumped on an earlier flight to San Pedro, thankfully that was not the case today and we got the call from Cindy to meet up at Maya Island Air at 1:00pm instead of noon. Paul and I decided to walk to Pedro’s to pick up the cart and luckily when we got to the next road Anthony stopped to give us a ride, he was also on his way to the airport to pick up Hilly for a football [soccer] lunch at Pedro’s. We got talking along the way and realized he was our secret DJ across the canal, thankfully he plays rock and roll music we like. We got to Maya airport with minutes to spare for meeting the plane. Cherie came to catch the birth of her grandson, we still do not know what sex the baby is but I am betting on a boy and that he will come very fast. One thing I did not tell you in the simple baby shower post was that around 4am that morning Cindy thought she was going to go into labor and she has been mentally staving it off till her mom arrived. These could be the last few pictures of a very pregnant Cindy. Her due date is December 24th but now that her mum is here many of us are guessing it could be any time now, especially those that have already done this before.

SAGA Humane Society's COOK-OFF of CHAMPIONS Plus An AMAZING Opportunity
Almost every month, SAGA does a cook-off...a fun competition where restaurants and individual chefs donate dishes that serve 60. Anyone who comes pays $10bzd to have a taste, to vote and to declare a winner. It is always good times. To get the gist if you've never attended, here's an example: May's Bar Food Themed Cook-off At AJ's. SAGA does amazing work for San Pedro. From taking care of pets' medical needs, spaying and neutering, helping pick up and adopt out strays to trapping and fixing stray cats for hotel and resort owners. Tomorrow evening we are hosting our Cook-Off of Champions. All of the winners throughout the year have been invited to duke it out. To declare THE champion. To win the crown. (YES! We will have an actual crown.) All at Wet Willy's...

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Maya From The Inside Webcast
December 21, 2012, signals the much-anticipated passing of the 13 Bak’tun in the ancient American indigenous system of time keeping. As we approach the Mayan Calendar day that marks the turn of eras, Dr. Victor Montejo offers a fascinating presentation on the deep meaning of Maya culture and history from the perspective of a noted Native scholar and author. Victor Montejo is a Jakaltek Maya originally from Guatemala. Previously a professor and chair of the Native American Studies Department at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Montejo now lives in Guatemala. He was formerly Minister of Peace in the Guatemalan Republic. Montejo also served as a member of the Guatemalan National Congress from 2004 to 2008. An internationally recognized author, Montejo’s major publications include Testimony: Death of a Guatemalan Village; Voices from Exile: Violence and Survival in Modern Maya History; Maya Intellectual Renaissance: Critical Essays on Identity, Representation and Leadership; Popol Vuh: Sacred Book of the Mayas; and Q’anil: Man of Lightning. His current projects focus on indigenous migration and transnationalism, as well as in developing a curriculum in Native knowledge and epistemology in his new manuscript, Mayalogue: An Interactionist Theory of Indigenous Cultures.

The eyes have it: The iris pictured in remarkable detail by incredible close-up shots
When you think of an eyeball, you probably think of a smooth marble-like sphere. But these remarkable pictures seem less like a part of human anatomy and more like pitted cratered landscapes. They show the complex and intricate textures hidden within the iris that give our eyes our unique and enchanting character.

Belize Children's Project Holding Orthopedic Clinics Countrywide in January 2013
The Belize Children’s project is an ongoing collaboration with Rotary Clubs in Southern Illinois and Shriner’s Hospital for Children in St. Louis to help children throughout Belize suffering from bone abnormalities such as curvature of the spine, shortness in one leg, difficulty walking, club foot, etc. Clinics will be held in January 2013 to find children who can be helped by the program.

Inaugural Tropic Air Service Boosts Belize Travel Says Chaa Creek
Travellers to Belize will find it easier to combine a Caribbean beach vacation with a rainforest and Maya temple experience, thanks to today’s launch of a new air service linking Belize’s San Ignacio Town to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. According to Tropic Air, their new service will run between the Maya Flats airstrip located midway between San Ignacio Town and Benque Viejo del Carmen on the Guatemalan border, and the domestic airports at San Pedro and Belize City. “The new service is a direct response to requests from its valued customers, and carries through on the airline’s commitment to the people of Belize. It also will allow for the growth of tourism in both regions, facilitating easy and quick transfers for visitors, and for increased trade between Cayo and the rest of the country,” John Grief III, Tropic Air’s President, said. “We hope that in the coming months, we are able to add flights and other destinations from San Ignacio,” he added. Mr Waight said that the new service will compliment Chaa Creek’s all-inclusive Belize vacation packages that allow guests to divide their time between Chaa Creek’s luxury rainforest experience and holidays at select Caribbean resorts.

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Two-story apartment becomes home for education
There are many unique laws in Belize, which allowed many turns and twists over a land dispute among Christians who ran Cayo Christian Academy. Worldwide Christian Schools sat down with Pastor Tate, one of the school's board members, and talked about the future and the need for the school to thrive and exist. With tears in his eyes, Pastor Tate passionately talked about the children and the need to provide schooling in the country of Belize. WWCS chose to help Cayo Christian Academy relocate and remodel a two-story apartment into classrooms for a school. Two days after the teams from WWCS left Belize, the Ministry of Education came for a visit. In that one visit, the new school location got fully approved. The school started with 153 students at first registration. That was 30 over the capacity in the classroom space, so the lobby area was turned into a classroom for students. Thank the Lord for giving the school favor with the Ministry of Education and for the unexpected increase in enrollment. Pray that they will be able to effectively minister to the children that are attending school there.

Clemson team helping to educate children
A Creative Inquiry team at Clemson University has launched $60 Scholarships, a social enterprise that provides educational opportunities to impoverished children living in Belize. Class members and volunteers from various campus organizations were to staff a donation booth in the Hendrix Student Center breezeway from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. The class has partnered with Unity Christian School in Belize City in the selection of children for scholarships. For $60, a child can be provided with a school uniform, books, supplies and tuition for an entire year. The group has raised $600 thus far, enough to send 10 Belizean children to school next year.


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