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This Week's Stories:
- ACTOR (Mcafee) BUYS TIME and FREEDOM IN GUATEMALA:
John McAfee was arrested
lastWednesday night at the
Intercontinental Hotel in
Guatemala City by the
Guatemalan Police and a
member of Interpol. The
Minister, Mauricio Lopez
Bonilla stated that “He
(McAfee) entered the
country illegally andwe are
going to seek his expulsion
for this crime”. The
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
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
- Columbia de-recognizes
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
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.
- YOU HAVE BEEN FOREWARNED!:
The latest decision
of the ICJ
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.
- FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT JUST OUTSIDE ORANGE WALK TOWN:
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
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-
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
- PRESS RELEASE:
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.
- WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- Sleeping Disorders:
Sleep disorders are disturbances
that affect the ability
to fall asleep, stay asleep, or
stay awake or that cause abnormal
sleep, such as night terrors
Sleep can be disturbed by
many factors, including irregular
bed times, activities
before bed, stress, diet, disorders,
Lack of sleep makes people
feel sleepy, tired, and irritable
during the day and interferes
Less often, a sleep disorder
makes people unable to resist
falling alseep during the
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:
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
- George W. Bush retoma el debate sobre una reforma
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
- 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
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
- 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
- Romel Jr. Goes Missing:
The Palacio family are seeking
their love-one, Romel
Palacio Jr. who has been
missing sinceThursday, December
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
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
- 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:
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
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
- Microsoft’s CEOSteve Ballmer's Nightmare Is Coming
Microsoft’s nightmare scenario
is actually starting to
1 The iPad eats the consumer
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:
on Egypt’s presidential palace
Tuesday night broke
through barbed wire around
the building and hurled
chairs and rocks at retreating
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.
- Cartoons and Joke of the Week
- Your Weekly Horoscope
- Su Horo´scopo Semanal
- Belize Police News
The San Pedro Sun
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.
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:
"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.
What do you like about the job?
"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."
"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."
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...
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...
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.