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The San Pedro Sun

The reality of life in San Mateo
It’s just before ten on a Friday morning, and the island heat is beginning its climax. Miss Daisy turns around from the living room into the kitchen, without taking a step. She stirs the pot of rice, knowing it will last her exactly three days. Daisy has lived in San Mateo for six years. The two room home she and her family of five live in now was built little by little after she obtained the plot of land from the government. Even though she had to walk along planks to get to her land, it did not change the fact that the land was hers. “This has been our way of living from way back, so it really doesn’t worry us,” she says of life in San Mateo. “We came over because there were many persons just coming and squatting on the land. We wanted to keep an eye on ours.” Miss Daisy’s day began just like any other mother’s. She woke at six a.m., cooked breakfast for the family and then sent her oldest child in the house to school. But today, instead of cleaning house, she is searching for electricity. Her home has been without any electricity for the past three months. Because light poles do not reach her area of San Mateo, she has to buy electricity from someone near the front of the community. “I could not afford the amount I was being charged,” she explains. “They [electric companies] won’t allow any more electricity to be connected to those poles because they already have too many [lines] on them already.”

San Pedro Lions Club receives check donation from Coon Valley Lions Club
Visually impaired kids on the island to benefit from donation... The San Pedro Lions Club on Ambergris Caye, Belize received a donation from the Coon Valley Lions Club from Wisconsin, USA on Friday January 18th. The donation was made on behalf of the club by Loran Nordgren of Westby, Wisconsin and is a result of a donation with the understanding that half the money raised in a raffle was for the Coon Valley Lions Club and the other half for the San Pedro Lions Club. According to Nordgren, the club in the US raffled a trip for four people to Belize, with accommodation for a week at his Ambergris Caye home. “We raised over $12,000 US and after expenses it came to a little over $7000 US profit half of which came to San Pedro Lion Club,” said Nordgren who elaborated that the reason he chose to offer his home for a week in the raffle with the condition to help the island’s club is because he fell in love with the island.

Belize aims high at the Copa Centroamericana (UNCAF)
Costa Rica was the host of this year’s Copa Centroamericana (UNCAF), an international football championship for national teams within Central America. The participating members of this league are Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and of course Belize, the only English speaking national team in the Copa Centroamericana. The games began on Friday, January 18th when Belize took the field against the home team Costa Rica in the inaugural game. Belizeans across the country made plans to ensure prime viewing; many headed to sportsbars, while some hosted friends at home, and others just had a quiet night of viewing, ready to cheer on their beloved Belize team. At 8PM, the National Belize football selection was on the field with the players’ minds focused on a strong defense throughout the game. Costa Rica’s first goal attempt came within the first few minutes, and Belize’s defense stepped up, blocking the first of many attempts. Team Costa Rica was determined for a win, but Belize was not backing down. By the time the whistle blew to signal the end of the first half, there was no score on the board; Belize had held its ground to Costa Rica.

Ambergris Today

Caye Caulker’s “Underwater Wilderness” Featured in Men’s Journal Magazine
The island of Caye Caulker has been featured as one of “The Nearest Faraway Beach Towns” in Men’s Journal. Stephen Rodrick, the writer, begins by saying, “Getting to Caye Caulker isn’t easy. Leaving with all your fingers isn’t guaranteed.” The entire spread highlights seven less crowded beaches that visitors have come to love. The article on Caye Caulker highlights the water adventures that can be found at Caye Caulker, such as fly fishing and swimming with nurse sharks, eagle rays, and dolphins. As a testament to the elements of excitement and surprise, Rodrick stated that, “Leaving with all your fingers isn’t a guarantee”, referring to dive master, Eugene Bul, who was surprised by a four-foot barracuda.

San Pedro Carnaval Goes Bigger
The San Pedro Town Council declares Carnival 2013 a Big Time Event this time around. In an effort to discourage vandalism and destruction to property, to promote San Pedro and make Carnival an annual tourist attraction, to discourage aggressive behavior and improper touching of persons, the Mayor and the Cultural Committee have proposed to enhance on this cultural tradition and make it a sensational attraction for both locals and tourists. A few bold and original incentives have been planned to make this event a thrilling experience. First of all the programmers will step up the celebration from three to five days. Here’s a plan of the events to be announced formally by the Mayor.

Sharing Ideas with Media Partners in Central America
I got the opportunity to gather with fellow journalists from across the Central American region this week at an international seminar that dealt with tourism and the role of the media in reporting tourism-centered news/features and also how the media can properly manage reporting during times of crisis to minimize the effects on a country’s tourism industry. Invited to the seminar was a broad spectrum of participants that included international and regional media, travel bloggers and writers. Belize was represented by five person, two from San Pedro and three from the mainland and they all played an integral part in sharing their ideas and even participate in a panel discussion.

Flashbacks: Police Presence in San Pedro
This Flashback photo takes us back in time to the 1950’s when a single police officer was stationed in San Pedro to take on the responsibility of law and order, immigration, customs, registrar of births, registrar of deaths, health, and a few other minor duties. The only responsibility that the officer did not have was prosecution, and that was because back in those days there were no crimes committed locally that necessitated prosecuting anybody in a court of law. Ah and don’t forget, besides these many obligations, the officer still found time to go fishing. Back to the flashback. The door on the right led to a tiny office no larger than 6 X 8 feet which housed a table, 2 chairs, a filing cabinet and a communications radio. The door on the left led into a holding cell which was about the same size of the officer’s office. Most of the time it was not in use so you could find fishing net, paddles, snorkeling gear and a few other personal items. These items were removed occasionally when some drunk decided to give unwarranted trouble and asked to sleep in the prison for some hours.

25 Years Ago: A Letter to Formally Date a Girl
Very often when I address young boys and girls on my book “25 Years Ago”, they ask me questions that remind me of other topics. This week the first form Students at San Pedro High asked about courting and romance. I even had to sing a song that formed part of a serenade years ago in San Pedro. Today I recall how a young lover went about requesting the privilege to date a young lady and become her fiancee. Here is the letter written by a young lover to his future (hopeful) father-in-law. With this letter Antoño, who had been courting Rosita at the park, at parties and on the streets, announces to Rosita's parents his good intentions towards their daughter. He wants to make formal his relationship with her. Previously, she had been his "enamorada" (girlfriend) but he now wants her to be his "novia" (fiance). court Years ago in San Pedro, Antoño would write in his best handwriting or have a confidential friend of his write it out. He would place the letter in an envelope and send it to his future father-in-law. Any young boy on the street would deliver it for 25 cents. If he wanted to look good and gain favor with the family, he would send it with a young brother of the girl. Some brave young men delivered it themselves.

Pic of the Week: Go Slow in Caye Caulker, Belize
We captured the true definition of Caye Caulker's 'Go Slow' motto this past weekend as there was nothing or anybody that was moving this dog from the middle of the street. He was taking a morning nap as pedestrian and golf carts passed by - the very little traffic that there is on the streets of Caye Caulker.

Misc Belizean Sources

Isla Bonita Elementary School Marching Band
The San Pedro Town Council made a contribution to the Isla Bonita Elementary School Marching Band which will be used for travel costs, uniforms and other needs. They are arduously preparing for Band Fest 2013, which will be held on March 23rd, 2013 in Belmopan. If you would also like to make a contribution you may contact the school at Tel. 226-3754 or you can Email them at islabonitaschool@yahoo.com or ibes.principal@gmail.com for more information.

Flavors of Belize on Daytime TV
Flavors of Belize was highlighted on Daytime TV. More great exposure for Belize, its food, and its great culture. "Flavors of Belize had the wonderful opportunity of being hosted on Daytime TV on January 16th. Daytime TV, produced by River Bank Studios covers 85% percent of US household viewers, with a reach of 97.1 million homes across the United States and is syndicated in over 100 markets. The show aired today at 11am ET and we will be posting a copy as soon as it's available!"

Computer Classes at the GPC
Starting today, the George Price Centre will start with one and two day IT classes. Contact the GPC for more information. Microsoft Project: 22nd and 23 of January. Microsoft Word: 29th of January. Microsoft Excel: 30th of January. Quickbooks: 5th and 6th of February.

Winter Solstice Celebration at Caracol
National Geographic got Joshua Berman's firsthand report of staying overnight on Ca'ana at Caracol, for the Winter solstice, to celebrate the end of the long count Maya calendar. Dr. Jaime Awe, director of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, was there to explain the history of Caracol. Here's the video to go with the story that was released a few weeks ago. "Sleeping under the stars on top of a Maya temple in the middle of one of Central America’s largest tropical forests is the stuff of dreams. Especially in this day and age, when most major Maya sites are off limits outside daylight hours. But tonight is different. Another shooting star! The forest canopy rustling in the night breeze below sounds like rain, but, amazingly, the December sky is clear. Sometime around 3:30 a.m., a drum begins to beat. Maya elders are leading a procession through the trees to perform the solstice ceremony. I know I should go (I don’t want to miss anything!), but I also don’t want to miss the show above me. So I remain in my sleeping bag, glued to the sky. That, after all, is where it all began. The sky." Best of Cayo's insight:

Channel 7

Creditor Committee Co-Chair Visits To Say Superbond 2.0 is Ready For Launch
Superbond 2.0 is about two weeks away from launching. That's the news coming out of a prime ministerial press conference held this afternoon. But it wasn't just another announcement like the one held before Christmas, today, Prime Minister Dean Barrow was joined by A-J Mediratta, he's the co-chair of the creditors' committee. That committee represents over 50% of the bondholders - the group that stands to lose the most from the renegotiation. Mediratta arrived in the country on Saturday where Prime Minister Barrow and Speaker of the House, Mike Peyrefitte, greeted him at the airport. He flew out to San Pedro with his family and returned today for the press conference. His presence indicates that the new deal is done in accord with the creditors. And while they stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars over the life of the bond, Mediratta was agreeable enough. Both he and the PM agreed that the process would soon be finished: Prime Minister Dean Barrow "The general economic terms of the restructuring have been agreed. While then I can't say to you this afternoon that the deal is done, I can tell you that we are so close to finality that we expect to launch the exchange offer within the next week or two." AJ Mediratta, Greylock Capitol, Co-Chair, Creditor's Committee "We are very close. A broad agreement on the general terms was reached in late December and we are right now really just priming through the process."

PM Responds To NTUCB Statement
And so while there are savings to be realized in the coming year, Government says it didn't have the money to make the payments in the first place! And that's why the PM made it clear today that from the Government's perspective there's no way this measure of breathing room can be used to try and pay for, or justify a wage increase for teachers and public servants. Here's his explanation: Prime Minister Dean Barrow "If of course we were to do anything such as immediately add back on to the deficit that we would just have succeeded in narrowing something like the two hundred and odd million dollars over three years that the salary demands would represent, we would have ended up in a decision where the public and the international community will say to us well you just succeeded in the fool's gold feet of digging a hole to fill a hole and in fact of digging a larger hole to fill a smaller hole." Today the National Trade Union Congress of Belize - the umbrella group for all major unions issued a statement saying that, quote, "the NTUCB expresss its total and unconditional solidarity the Association of Public Service Senior Managers, the Belize National Teachers' Union and the Public Service Union."

Senior Citizen Murdered In Maskall
But right now we turn from news of the government's finances to murder - the ninth of 2013. This time the victim is an older man - and he was killed in Belize Rural. Monica Bodden went to Maskall village to find out about the violent death Fitzroy Morales:.. Monica Bodden reporting 61 year old Ervin Morales was found dead inside his home in the village of Maskal just after midday on Saturday afternoon. The elderly man was discovered by a neighbor - lying face down on his bedroom floor -wrapped in a blanket. He had a chop wound to the back of his head, left shoulder, hand and both elbows. A villager identified as Emilia Gotoy who normally cooks for Morales - became concerned when he did not show up for lunch on Saturday afternoon. Knowing that Morales suffers from epilepsy, Gotoy asked someone to go check up on him.

NTUCB Explains: Inflation Cutting Into Salaries
In our first segment, you heard the Prime Minister outline Government's financial position and why it can't afford to give teachers and public officers the 30% pay increase they are asking for. Well, the unions don't want to hear it, and today the NTUCB issued a statement saying that it will, quote "support activities aimed at raising the consciousness of the Belizean populace to this issue." Do those activities include a possible strike? That's what our colleagues at PLUS TV asked President of the NTUCB Dylan Reneau today:.. Reporter "So then this means that the NTUCB will support the BNTU if its goes on sustain this strike?" Dylan Reneau, President - NTUCB "The NTUBC will support the Belize National Teachers' Union, the Public Service Union, and the Association of Public Service Senior Managers in whatever action they intend to carry out." Reporter "Is the NTUCB satisfied in the legitimacy of GOB's position that the country simply cannot afford to pay?"

Police: He Robbed Hamze
On Friday's Newscast, we told you about the robbery which occurred on Coney Drive at around 5 p.m. Well, the man who allegedly committed it, and was caught by police in the area is in prison tonight after he was arraigned this morning. As we reported, two men entered Hamze Grocery Store, located at the corner of Blue Marlin Boulevard and Coney Drive, and to rob the owner, Ahmad Hamze, and his relative, Belham Hamze, at gunpoint. When they tried to flee, 2 of the store's regular patrons set chase after the men, and one of those men fired shots at the robbers with his licensed firearm. No one was hurt, but it allowed enough time for members of the Gang Suppression Unit to respond, and detain one of the men in a swampy area off Coney Drive.

Young Men In Accident, Robbed While Unconscious
Tonight, 5 young men are fortunate to have escaped major injuries in an accident which happened on Sunday morning in Belize City. According to police, 21 year-old Darren Wright, the driver of the Grey Toyota 4 Runner, seen in the footage, reported to police that he was in the vehicle along with 20 year-old Avery Gordon, 21 year-old Kevian Godfrey, a 17 year-old male minor, and the 16 year-old son of the Minister of Housing, Michael Finnegan. They were travelling at high speed on New Road, and when they arrived near the Puma Gas Station, he lost control of the vehicle. They collided into a lamp post - which snapped, and overturned. The 17 year-old was flung through the broken windshield unto the street. Everyone received injuries from the accident, and 2 of them ended up being hospitalized. And to make a bad situation worse, the young men were reportedly robbed of their cellular phones, tennis shoes, and trousers while they were in an unconscious state.

Octogenarian Killed In Northern Accident
An 81 year old was killed in a traffic accident on Friday evening at 6:00 in the Corozal District. Eduardo Acosta, was crossing the highway in Calcutta village when he was hit by 56 year old Hector Manuel Torres, a Corozal resident who was northbound. A Post mortem certified the cause of death to be "TRAUMATIC SPINAL SHOCK SYNDROME" due to multiple spinal fractures. Torres has been served with a Notice of intended Prosecution.

Accused of Stealing From Hon. Castro
46-year-old Oscar Hernandez, a Nicaraguan from Caledonia village, is at prison tonight after he was taken to court for allegedly stealing almost $50,000 in equipment from Belize Rural North Area Representative, Edmund Castro. According to police, Castro reported that between October 2012, and December 2012, his D-6 Bulldozer was parked in an area off Bomba Road, and during that time someone tampered with it and stole several major parts of the engine, to total value of just a shade under fifty thousand dollars. Police investigated, and they were able to recover all the stolen items at a residence in Ladyville this weekend. The owner of the house pointed police in Hernandez's direction, and after investigating further, they charged him with theft.

Haley Cattouse Convicted
In October of last year, 7News told you about 24 year-old Haley Cattouse, who was busted by police with crack cocaine in her home. Well, she now has to pay $10,000 dollars in fines after she was convicted in the Magistrate's Court today. As we reported, police searched her home at #77 Banak Street, and found a black plastic bag under the flooring of her house, with 13 pieces of foil paper parcels containing 3.4 grams of crack cocaine. She was charged with drug trafficking, and she was arraigned before Magistrate Cayetano. She stood trial in subsequent adjournments, and police officers came and testified exactly to what they reported. The prosecutor's case against Cattouse was finished today when the forensic analyst testified to the court that the substance in those pieces of foil paper tested positive for crack cocaine.

Okeke Gives Up On Goldson Project
17 days ago, we told you about Steven Okeke's plan to try to erect a monument to the National Hero, Phillip Goldson, in the Battlefield Park. He estimated that he needed $5,000 and 1 week to get the bust properly mounted and set in place, and he asked the public to assist him to raise the money for the effort. Well, he thought that he could stir the public to action by appealing to their sense of patriotism, but - as with all things Okeke - it ended in disappointment. He decided that there was no point in trying to get this thing done the right way, so on Sunday, he rented a crane and just lowered the bust into the park and left it there. We asked him why he gave up on the right way and did it any old way. Here's how he explained it: Steven Okeke "I left the sculpture at the Battlefield Park yesterday. It was becoming too frustrating; it's kind of you are doing something people have no value for but first I must have to thank those who actually helped me to come this far in that kind of fundraising Ms. Collet Maheia had on behalf of her two children. Mr. Habet and Habet, Mr. Brackett and Mr. Will Mahia. In the process I was spending more money trying to raise the money, so I had to stop immediately because it was taking too long and this thing has been problem for me too. As you try to campaign over this kind of things you spend a lot of money and it's like you are trying to do something people don't want. I was able to raise about $1,800.00 but in the process of raising money I was spending more than I had raise. It was almost going back to zero, so I had to use whatever I had to pay the process of bringing it here and arrangement to just leave it there. There was a time I was angry and then I became disappointed but right now I am embarrass because I thought things would have improve better than this."

Belize Football Has A Chance!
And so while Okeke can't stir the public to move for nationalist pride, the New Belize National Team is doing quite well to rebuild nationalist support for Football in Belize. On Friday night, they played the host country in their first game of the Copa Centroamericana. It was a game before five thousand, five-hundred Costa Ricans cheering for their "Ticos" - and to the credit of the Belize side - Costa Rica only managed to score one goal against Belize. The hero of that match and Sunday's game against Guatemala was BDF Goalkeeper Woodrow West.? Belize held Guatemala to a nil-nil draw, earning Belize its first point of the tournament. We spoke to him via telephone in Costa Rica this evening, and he told us that he is proud of their performance so far: Woodrow West "To step up to that level and play a different level of football for Belize.

No Water, No School for Santa Martha Villagers
There were no classes at Santa Martha Government School today - after the small community decided to keep their children at home to protest against their Water Board. The village has been without running water for the last 6 months and today villagers held a demonstration in front of the school compound hoping that someone would listen to their appeal. Monica Bodden did, and here's her story:.. Monica Bodden reporting It has been six months now since the village of Santa Martha has been without running water. We understand the population of the village is roughly about 700 villagers -162 of that 700 are children who attend the village primary school. But today the classrooms of Santa Martha Government School were empty - to be precise, only 2 students attended school today. That is because the parents of the community decided to keep their children at home as a sign of protest - until someone addresses their water issues.

Trip Advisor Loves Belize
Trip Advisor has released its 2013 Awards and once again, Belize shines. Belize's resorts dominated the categories of "Top 25 Small Hotels in Central America" and "Top 25 Hotels for Service in Central America." A total of 12 Belize properties were awarded, giving Belize 48% of the total including #1 Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Shop - San Pedro, Belize and #2, Pelican Reef Villas Resort - San Pedro, Belize plus #3, The Phoenix Resort - San Pedro, # 4 Coco Plum Island Resort - Dangriga, Belize - and the list goes on. Belzie also shined in the Top 25 Hotels for Service in Central America, the Top 25 Hotels in Central America: the Top 20 Luxury Hotels in Central America: and earned the two spots in Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the World:

Channel 5

Renegotiated bond to save U.S. $247 Million
The government said today that a deal will soon be struck in re-negotiating the five hundred and fifty million dollars U.S. bond. In 2012, it appeared that a default was imminent, and then the government offered only a partial payment in September. There was a sixty day extension period which expired in November, and then [...]

Bondholders sympathetic to Belize?
The P.M. said the debt flow relief will not eliminate the country’s fiscal or financial gap. While Barrow believes this pending agreement mends the relationship with the external financial community he was also hopeful that debt servicing will be sustainable. AJ Mediratta, a senior partner of Greylock Capital Management told the media that they represent [...]

“Impossible!” P.M. comments on salary adjustment
The hundreds of millions in dollars of relief brought by a restructured bond may have given teachers hope that the government will be able to grant pending salary adjustments. But the Prime Minister has crushed all hopes of those salary increases occurring in the near future. Following today’s press conference with the chairman of the [...]

London Court awards $36 Million to Belize Bank
It is not known how it will factor in the superbond savings but the London Court of International Arbitration recently issued an award in favour of the Belize Bank Limited in arbitration proceedings commenced by the Bank against the Government.  Word to News is that the arbitration concerned the breach by the Government of a [...]

Senior citizen murdered in Maskall
There has not been a murder since the massacre of four gang affiliates in Belize City two weeks ago, but over the weekend, a senior citizen, who is an epileptic, was found dead in his house in Maskall off the Philip Goldson Highway.  Ervin Morales lived alone in a two bedroom house; his body was [...]

Strike on horizon; N.T.U.C.B. supports teachers
Dialogue between the Barrow Administration and the Belize National Teachers Union, the Public Service Union, as well as the Association of Public Service Senior Managers concerning the long overdue salary adjustment resumed in mid 2012, following a four year suspension.  Since then the parties have been in negotiations; but have failed to arrive at an [...]

School fees could increase with salaries
With the impending national demonstration and possible strike action at government’s front door, Patrick Faber, who leads a ministerial committee on collective bargaining agreement with the unions, said last Friday that government does not have the finances to support the adjustment. This morning, Faber likened the adjustment to an increase and further warned that it [...]

Paying gangs but why not educators?
Minister Faber was also asked about payment made to gangs, either for the truce or to keep the peace in the aftermath of the slaughter of four George Street Gang affiliates two weeks ago. Specifically, how is it that there are resources for gangs but not for public officers?  Here is his response.   Patrick [...]

Accused of stealing minister’s tractor
A man accused of stealing from Minister Edmund “Clear the Land” Castro is behind bars tonight. Nicaraguan national, forty-six year old Oscar Hernandez, a mechanic in the Caledonia Village appeared unrepresented and was arraigned before Magistrate Dale Cayetano on a single charge of theft. It is alleged that between October 2012 and December 2012 in [...]

Not Cool! AC technician jailed for robbery
  A shooting took place just adjacent to our headquarters on Coney Drive after a nearby store was robbed last Friday evening. Quick police action led to the arrest of twenty–five year old Nuri Dario Polanco, an air condition technician of Belize City. Polanco was today arraigned in the court of Magistrate Hettie Mae-Stuart and [...]

2 accidents; one is fatal
Two traffic mishaps over the weekend have left one person dead and five others injured. The first occurred in the northern part of the country late Friday evening, where eighty-one year old Eduardo Acosta of Calcutta Village lost his life. Fifty-six year old Hector Manuel Torres of Altamira, Corozal reported that while he was driving [...]

2012’s bloody crime statistics
2012 has been recorded as the most murderous year with an unsurpassed number of homicides occurring between January first and December thirty-first.  While the annual statistics for crime and violence have been progressive, there has been an overall increase of fourteen and a half percent as it relates to murders in comparison to 2011.  There [...]

No water in Santa Martha Village; villagers up in arms
The village of Santa Martha is located off the Philip Goldson Highway; it is home to about six hundred residents of which about one hundred and sixty are of school age. This morning while the school doors were open, only two students showed up for classes. As in other communities, a problem over the lack [...]

Football highlights on Sports Monday
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   The national football team of Belize has created much excitement and has increased expectations after 2 outings so far in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana. There is indeed a real chance that team Belize can advance to the 2nd round and that objective demands that [...]

LOVE FM

Unions Want Salary Increase; Minister Says It Currently Cannot Be Done
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize today issued a statement saying it stands in complete solidarity with the three of its affiliates in the stand they have taken relating to the current status of the negotiation of the Collective Bargaining agreement. On the issue ...

Police Arrests and Seeks Another Man In Connection With Armed Robbery
One man was arrested and charged and police are looking for another suspect following an armed robbery on Friday. 41-year-old Ahmad Hazme owner of Hazme Grocery Store located on Blue Marlin Boulevard on Coral Grove reported to police that just after five o’clock on Friday e...

UB Student Government Gives Minister Deadline To Reconsider the Halt of School Fees Subsidy
The Association of Student Government of the University of Belize has written to Minister of Education Patrick Faber. The Association is requesting that Minister Faber reconsiders the position in discontinuing the subsidizing of school fees for incoming students of the University...

Traffic Incident In Corozal Proves Fatal for Senior Citizen
An elderly man was knocked down and killed last Friday evening. In the official release Police say they responded to the scene of a traffic accident in Calcutta Village where they saw a 1997 Geo metro car parked on the right hand side of the road with shattered windshield w...

Superbond Renegotiation Almost Finalised
Prime Minister Dean Barrow today hosted a press conference to update the nation on the progress of the renegotiation of Belize’s external debt, commonly referred to as the super bond. Last December, the Prime Minister announced that agreement has been reached in principle a...

Young Woman Fined For Crack Cocaine
Twenty-four year old Haley Cattouse, of a Banak Street address, who was charged with drug trafficking for three point four grams of crack cocaine, was fined $10,000.00 after she was found guilty of the charge. Magistrate Dale Cayetano gave her until April 30 to pay the fine. If she def...

Mechanic Steals From Government Minister
Forty-six tear old Nicaraguan national Oscar Hernandez, an auto mechanic who resides in Caledonia Village, was charged with the theft of $49,884.00 worth of bulldozer parts from the Minister of Transport, Edmund Castro, when he appeared in court today. No plea was taken because the...

CTV3

Another Life Claimed On The Philip Goldson Highway
Last week Friday, the Phillip Goldson Highway claimed the first life for 2013 in a tragic traffic accident. According to eye witness reports, a burgundy colored 1997 Geo Metro Car with license plate Czl-C-12218, traveling north towards Corozal Town which was being driven by 56 year old Hector Manuel Torres, swerved off the road and knocked down an elderly man. Torres reported to police that another vehicle was travelling in the opposite direction as he was and when he noticed, the vehicle was coming straight at him in his lane. In order to avoid a head on collision, Torres swerved off the right hand side of the road but did not notice eight-one year old Luciano Eduardo Acosta. Acosta was crossing the highway and was just feet away from his home when the burgundy colored Geo Metro hit him. Acosta sustained severe head trauma, several fractures to his vertebrae, and both his feet broken as well.

Corozaleno Arrested For Possession Of Controlled Drugs
Tonight, the never ending fight on drugs has another man from the Corozal District behind bars. Last Friday evening, Corozal Police acted on information received, and conducted a search on sixty-five year old Daniel Moreno, businessman of Baeza’s Layout of Corozal Town. Officers along with the K-9 unit conducted a search on Moreno which yielded a rolled up thin piece of paper with suspected cannabis in it. The homemade cigarette had all the characteristics of a weed joint. A further search by the Officers lead to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing a leafy substance which was classified as suspected to be cannabis. As a result of the find, the officers took the confiscated items back to the station for further testing and Daniel Moreno was arrested and charged for possession of a controlled drug.

Orange Walk Residents Assist Distraught Family
Four days before Christmas last year the Arzu family house situated at #11 Dangriga Street in Orange Walk Town, was destroyed by a fire. The house belonged to retired citizen, Thomas Arzu and was valued over $140,000, while the belongings were estimated at a little over $10, 000. The extended family of twelve moved in to a temporary dwelling at the New Journey Ministries Church of God in Christ. Today the family still does not have a house to return to and sought the assistance of the community at large. In what was an unprecedented event, four out of the five radio stations in Orange Walk Town, came together to lend airwaves to the cause. Estereo Amor, Sugar City Radio Station, Universal Radio, and Fiesta FM all teamed up to simulcast the radiothon which took place at Central Park in Orange Walk Town. All four stations carried the same live feed with participation by radio personalities from all four stations.

4,300 Marijuana Plants Go Up In Flames
It has been a while now since we’ve heard a joint task force pushing forward into the jungles and wilderness of Belize in search of marijuana fields. In the past, we have done several ride alongs with several joint task forces put together to seek out and destroy these illegal fields. Officers waddle through water, endure frigid weather, and dangerous scenarios all in efforts of continuing the fight against the drug world. This past Friday, the Corozal Police Department put together significant intelligence of the whereabouts of a marijuana field within that district. The anti-drug team conducted an operation about a quarter mile northwest from the village of San Antonio where they discovered a marijuana plantation. When officers measured the field, the plantation measured 125 feet in length and 50 feet in width. A total of 4,300 marijuana plants were uprooted and destroyed measure four and a half inches to six inches in height. Along with the sprouting plants, officers also confiscated over 1,300 seedlings which were being prepared for transplant. All of the plants and seedlings were destroyed by fire and as is the usual in these situations, no one was found in the area.

National Team Makes Belizeans Proud
On Wednesday, January 16th, Belize’s National Selection travelled to Costa Rica to participate in the 2013 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana. The A-Selection is headed by head coach Leroy Lewis who has been training the team for about six months. Belize first took to the field on Friday, the 18th of January against the host team, Costa Rica. The last time Belize and Costa Rica played, Costa Rica walked away with a home and away cumulative average of 13 to 1. At the end of regulation time for Belize’s first game of this tournament, Costa Rica walked off the field with a mere 1 zip victory sending local media houses in a frenzy. While those criticized their home team, we here in Belize were proud of the effort and high level of play our boys showed on the field. Belize took to the field for their second match on Sunday, January 20th this time, to face what many here at home have dubbed, their arch nemesis. In what proved to be a hardly fought match, both teams walked off the field in a stale mate, zero zero score. With that draw, Belize got onto the points board with one point. Headlines across Guatemala highlighted the disappointment football enthusiasts expressed towards their team. With this stalemate, Guatemala has remained winless in seven of its last eight UNCAF games.


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Suspected robber charged
One man has been detained and police are looking for another suspect following an armed robbery on Friday. 41-year-old Ahmad Hazme owner of Hazme Grocery Store located on Blue marlin Boulevard on Coral Grove reported to police that just after five o’clock on Friday evening two male persons entered his store and held them up at gunpoint. The men stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene on separate bicycles. A resident from the area fired several shots at the robber. Quick response by Police led to the apprehension of one of the suspected in a swamp area off Coney Drive. Police have since arrested and charged 25-year-old Nuri Daru Polanco of an Antelope Street address with robbery and aggravated assault. Police are looking for a second suspect.

Woman fined for crack cocaine possession
Twenty-four year old Haley Cattouse, of a Banak Street address in Belize City, who was charged with drug trafficking for three point four grams of crack cocaine, was fined ten thousand dollars after she was found guilty of the charge. Magistrate Dale Cayetano gave her until April thirtieth to pay the fine. If Cattouse defaults on payment she will serve three years in prison. Cattouse was busted on October third of last year. Evidence which came out at the trial revealed that the police were on mobile patrol and when they stopped and searched Cattouse’s house they found 13 packages wrapped aluminum foil in a muddy area under some boards near to the front door. Cattouse, who was the only person present at the time, was taken into custody and charged. Cattouse testified and admitted that the crack was found at her house but she said that it was never weighed and if it was taken out of the foil the charge would have been possession of a controlled drug. Cattouse was not represented by any attorney.

Mechanic accused of stealing tractor parts
Forty-six tear old Nicaraguan national Oscar Hernandez, an auto mechanic who resides in Caledonia Village, was charged with the theft of forty nine thousand, eight hundred and eighty four dollars worth of bulldozer parts from the Minister of Transport, Edmund Castro, when he appeared in court today. No plea was taken because the offence is being treated as an indictable one. The prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that Hernandez is a foreigner and is a flight risk. Magistrate Dale Cayetano upheld the objection and remanded Hernandez into custody until April first. According to court documents, Minister Castro, left his bulldozer on Bomba Road between October first and December thirtieth of last year and when he returned for it there were a number of parts missing. On January 18, the police went to a house in Ladyville and recovered all the stolen parts.

Robbers target SanCas outlet on Slaughterhouse Road
It is a place that offers the Belizean housewife and thrifty shoppers significant savings on grocery items, the San Cas Commissary across from Love FM and Love Television was reportedly held up shortly after nine this morning. Love News has learned that two guys, posing to be shoppers, opened the bolt on the door and let themselves into the store, where they held up the Manager, Minerva Lanza, at knife point. One of the assailants reportedly demanded the money, while the other placed the knife to her throat. The irony about the whole ordeal is that one of the thieves reportedly handed back a hundred-dollar note and a bag that contained smaller denominations of money, saying that he didn’t want it all. The San Cas Commissary is not normally opened on Mondays for business, and when it is, that’s not until 11 am. The fact that the robbery was carried out after nine today gives police the strong suspicion that the culprits were closely tracking the Manager’s movements. The incident has prompted the company to enhance its security features.

Mental Health Association holds wellness conference
Stress is something that affects most one time or the other, and there are a lot of other ailments that can me accompanied with that feeling. But stress along with other parts that attack our healthy being, can be tackled with different methods and that is exactly what women and men are doing at St. Catherine Academy, where a Wellness Conference is taking place as part of the Mental Health Association’s Wellness Day. President of the Association is Jenny Lovell. The facilitator of the conference, Estelle Maartmann-moe told us about some of the techniques being employed in the conference. The conference according to Lovell had a good turn.

Winners of comic book competition announced
Hollywood Screen Writer Tony Puryear and his wife, actress Erica Alexander, came to Belize last year and held clinics on creating comic books during their Concrete Park tour. As a result a comic book competition for student in Belize was created in partnership with NICH, the Belize Tourism Board and the Belize Diaspora Network, and the winners were announced this morning during a short ceremony. Suzette Zaiden from NICH, told us more about the competition. Zaiden says the selection process was done entirely by Concrete Park, but she shared with us what the winners would be walking away with. Love News spoke with the excited first, second and third place winners, who further shared their thrill of having made it to the top. The event took place at the House of Culture in Belize City.

Belize City family gets new house
A Belize City family is tonight enjoying the comforts of a new roof over their heads, thanks to a helping hand from friends and neighbors. Love TV’s Natalie Novelo and video journalist Myles Gillett documented the happy occasion and bring you this report.

Minister Faber responds to threat of industrial action by unions
The Belize National Teachers Union has taken a position to hold a mass demonstration at the end of the month, and there is the possibility that it could escalate to nationwide strike. At issue is the thorny subject of salary increases. The BNTU, as a member of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, is taking the lead in expressing their dissatisfaction with the government’s indication that there simply is no money to facilitate a pay raise for teachers and public officers. The lead member of the Cabinet sub-committee in the collective bargaining process, Minister Patrick Faber today told reporters that all indications are that there will be a huge budget deficit and given that the expected pay increase for teachers and public officers will put an additional thirty million dollars annually on the government’s wage bill, there is no way the public purse can afford the raise at this time. The government has put forward its position and the NTUCB has asked for more time to effect further consultations with its membership. And while the teachers are signaling their readiness to hit the picket lines, Minister Faber maintains that the process has not stalled and the talks have not broken down. But he says he is at a loss as to how things have advanced from negotiations to the point of contemplated industrial action so quickly.

Collet representative says unions challenge won’t adversely affect his deputy leader campaign
And while the teachers are threatening strike, that is not the only thing that Minister Faber has on his plate these days. The Collet area representative is in the middle of a hotly contested campaign to unseat Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega as the deputy leader of the ruling United Democratic Party. Love News asked Faber is this looming crisis with the unions will adversely affect his chances of defeating Vega in next month’s convention. The convention to choose the deputy leader of the PUP will be held on February seventeenth in Corozal town.

City Council PR manager goes on the record about infrastructure works
If you’re navigating through Belize City, this time it perhaps seems like a chaotic maze of streets that are closed and two way traffic on what ordinarily are one-entry lanes. The Belize City Council, in its attempt to give the old capital a decent facelift in as little time as is necessary, says that there is a method to what appears to be madness. The Council’s newly appointed Public Relations Manager, Kenny Morgan, explained to Love News today that the progress will include kinks along the way, but that the Council is doing the best it can. Morgan says that the Council has since created a Traffic Advisory Morning Show, utilizing the various media houses to disseminate information as to what streets will be closed and which can be used as diversions and two-way lanes to ease congestion and minimize bottlenecks. But one thoroughfare that motorists and businesses along its path will breathe a sigh of relief over is the Northern Highway, which was opened to traffic on both sides of the highway this afternoon. Meanwhile, regarding the other hiccups that City Hall has been facing over gravesites, we asked Morgan to explain where the problem lies and how soon it can be ironed out.

National football team prepres for international match in Costa Rica
Belize’s national football team is tonight in Costa Rica getting ready to play its first game in the qualifying tournament for the 2013 CONCACAF gold cup. The twelfth edition of the Copa Centroamericana, formerly known as the UNCAF Nations Cup starts tonight and Belize’s national football team under the leadership of head coach Leroy Sherrier looks to make a bold statement in the tournament. It is the first international outing for the national team under the new management of the Football Federation of Belize, and hopes are high that this team, which has been in training for a long time, can go where no other Belize national football teams have gone before. The team arrived in San Jose on Wednesday afternoon and the opening whistle for its first game is at eight o’clock tonight. Luis Pena is the public relations officer for the FFB. And although it has been said many times before, Pena believes the national football team is in prime state of readiness and should have no problem advancing to the next level. The Belize contingent to the Copa Latinoamericana Tournament in Costa Rica is headed by the president of the FFB Ruperto Vicente. The top five teams from the Copa Centroamericana will qualify for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Honduras is the defending champion of that tournament.

Veterinarians from Mexico arrive for Cattle Sweep exercise
A comprehensive survey of Belize’s cattle population will soon commence. An agreement was signed earlier this week for an exchange of veterinarians from Mexico to facilitate the Belize National Sanitary Cattle plan project. Dr. Miguel Depaz is the director of Animal Health at the Belize Agricultural Health Authority. Dr. Depaz told Love News that there is a strict timetable for completing the sanitary cattle sweep. That was Chief Veterinary Officer at the Belize Agricultural Health Authority, Dr. Miguel Depaz.

Police destroy marijuana plants in Toledo
Over five thousand marijuana plants were destroyed on Thursday during an anti drug operation in Toledo. Correspondent Paul Mahung reports.

Man charged for illegal firearm possession; another jailed for stealing
Thirty-one year old Kenroy Vanzie, a laborer of Arlington Drive, was charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Vanzie pleaded not guilty to the charges He was remanded into custody until March 18. The incident occurred on January 2. Police reported that they went to Vanzie’s residence and when they searched his yard they found a nine millimeter pistol with 6 rounds of ammunition in the swamp. Vanzie did not have a license for the firearm so he was charged. Vanzie claims that police had him in detention since December thirtieth and that they had beaten him up. He says that he was released on January 3 and he was not detained again until yesterday. Fifty-three year old George Slusher, a carpenter of a Belize City address was charged with stealing a roll of aluminium foil from K-Mart Supermarket, was given a suspended sentence of 6 months today when he pled guilty to the charge. Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser told him that he must not be arrested for any offence during a period of 1 year otherwise he will serve 6 months in jail. The incident occurred this morning. Pradeep Badrani, the manager of the supermarket, reported to the police that Slusher was seen stealing the foil and as he was about to get on his bicycle he was detained and the foil fell from the waist of his pants.

School in Cayo district gets solar panels donation
The El Progresso Government School in the Cayo district is the recipient of a donation of solar panels. The donation is from the national Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. At the handing over of the donation, ambassador of the Republic of China, Taiwan, David Wu, congratulated the university students for their initiative to assist the local primary school. Each year, through the sponsorship of the government of Taiwan, almost two hundred volunteer groups from various universities in Taiwan are sent abroad on goodwill missions.

PlusTV

Belize and Superbond creditors close to deal
Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the negotiating team for the restructuring of Belize's Super bond debt say they are ...

NTUCB releases position on the ongoing salary increase negotiation
The General Council of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize met over the weekend and via a press release tod...

60 years-old Ervin Fitz-Roy Morales Murdered in Maskall Village
A 60 year old man was murdered over the weekend. On Saturday January 19, 60yr old Ervin Fitz-Roy Morales of Maskall...

Minister's son among five injured in traffic accident
Five men, among them the son of a prominent Government Minister, were injured to varying degrees after a traffic ac...

Fatal traffic accident Friday night in Calcutta Village
A fatal traffic accident occurred on Friday night in Calcutta Village. Corozal Police were called to the village on...

Philip Goldson bust has been moved to Battlefield Park
Philip Goldson bust has been moved to Battlefield Park. Philip Goldson was created a National Hero in 2008 and is r...

Belize city business robbed at gun-polnt on Friday evening
On Friday we reported on a shooting incident in Belize City. Details were sketchy at the time but police have now r...

Two men charged with firearm offences
Last week Friday, Belize City Police arrested and charged 31 yr old Edwin Vanzie of Arlington Drive for the offence...

Belmopan Police investigate Aggravated Burglary
Belmopan Police are investigating a case of Aggravated Burglary that was reported by 30 yrs old Evelyn Zuluta, of R...

Belmopan Police investigate robbery
Belmopan Police are investigating a report of robbery. 29yr old Maria Jaliano, Belizean Businesswoman of Concepcion...

Police investigate Saturday's fire in Belize City
There was a fire in Belize City on Saturday. At 3:39am on Saturday January 19, acting on information received, Beli...

The Reporter

Victims’ Rights are Human Rights
Amidst the sadness, anger and fear of last week in the aftermath of the discovery of a quadruple murder in Belize City, the public may have lost sight of a possible ray of sunshine from an announcement by the Police Department that there would be greater protection of witnesses and victims of crime in Belize by the establishment of a Witness Support Unit. The Human Rights Commission was pleased to learn of this new initiative and hopes that it may assist in reducing some of the entrenched obstacles confronting the criminal justice system.

Chamber takes P.M. to task on gang violence.
Negotiating with gang leaders sends wrong message! Posted by admin on Jan 21, 2013 in Crime | 0 comments The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has issued a statement demanding that the Government do more to control gang violence and sharply rebuking the Prime Minister for negotiating with gang leaders. The complete statement is reproduced below:

Tips for first-time parents
You’ve survived 9 months of pregnancy. You’ve made it through the excitement of labor and delivery, and now you’re ready to head home and begin life with your baby. Once home, though, you frantically realize you have no idea what you’re doing! Brushing up on these tips can help first-time parents feel confident about caring for a newborn in no time.

Why is hand washing so important for kids?
A delicious mud pie, a good-luck rock, or a friendly frog are the types of goodies kids love to bring home. But these adorable gifts can also bring millions of germs with them. Kids don’t always listen when you tell them to wash their hands before eating, after using the bathroom, or when they come inside from playing.

Criminal Justice System in crisis! Chief Justice Benjamin says
“The criminal justice system is in crisis,” Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin said at the official opening of the Supreme Court on Monday. C.J.Benjamin noted that the number of indictments in the criminal division of the Supreme Court are far in excess of the ten cases heard during the legal year.

SJC, Excelsior & Ladyville Tech boys win in high schools football
The girls of St. Catherine’s Academy drew 1-1 with the girls of Ladyville Technical High School while the boys of Excelsior High School, St. John’s College and Ladyville Technical High School all enjoyed big wins when the Belize District High Schools Football Competition began at the M.C.C. Grounds last Thursday and Friday, January 10-11.

Belize Bank wins 6th annual Boom to Manatee Lookout canoe race
Ruta Maya veterans Armin Lopez, Daniel Cruz and Amado Cruz of the Belize Bank Bulldogs won the sixth annual Burrell Boom to Manatee Lookout canoe race on Saturday, January 12, the first of three races the Belize Canoe Association has organized in preparation for the 14th annual Ruta Maya River Challenge, a gruelling 140-mile race scheduled for the Baron Bliss Holiday weekend of March 9. The Belize Bank team completed the 16 mile paddle in one hour 27 minutes and three seconds to claim the $400 first prize overall and a $150 prize as the first male team.

Cemeteries Dept. offers value for money – Citco’s PR says
The intention of the Belize City Council’s Cemeteries Department monopolizing the digging and building of graves is to give good value for money, said the City Council’s newly appointed public relations manager, Kenny Morgan at an impromptu press conference at Lord’s Ridge Cemetery on Thursday afternoon, January 17.

GoB tells media that Belize’s case at the ICJ is iron clad
Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington said Wednesday that Belize has an airtight case and is sure to win should we take the Belize-Guatemala dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ)

The Importance of Budgeting for MSMEs
A budget is an accounting tool used to outline a company’s expected revenues and expenses for a future time period. This period can be monthly, quarterly (every three months), annually, or more. Many small business owners tend to believe that budgeting is a practice that is only necessary for large companies or corporations; however, budgeting is vital to the success of businesses of all sizes.

Belize rejection of Argentine default model spurs Bond rally
Belize’s dollar bonds are rallying in most in emerging markets after the Central American nation improved a restructuring offer that was worse than what Argentina gave creditors following its 2001 default.

Former Prime Minister and family threatened
The home of former prime minister, the Hon. Said Musa, was shot at by an unknown gunman on Tuesday night. Belize City Police confirmed Wednesday that the main door of Musa’s home had been shot through, and the rear passenger window of his wife’s car had also been shattered by a bullet.

Teachers vote for National Day of Protest
More than 500 teachers voted in favor of a proposal to hold a National Day of Protest, in Belmopan on Tuesday, January 29. The votes were taken when the Belize District Branch of the Belize National Teachers Union met at Holy Redeemer Parish Hall on Thursday.

Forestry Dept. Investigates two new rosewood cases
Belizean authorities are reportedly investigating two separate rosewood cases: one in Belize City, and another at the Western border. According to a government press release, the authorities intercepted a 40-foot container, which contains 28 tons of rosewood flitches (in log form) that were supposedly being imported from Guatemala, at the Western border on Wednesday. The release states that the “Forestry Department is working with its counterpart in Guatemala and is awaiting confirmation on the origin and legitimacy of the rosewood material.”

Blogs

House Construction Mayan Style
The Chiac family who I wrote about in a previous post have received a small grant from the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the Belize Tourism Board. The grant is for infrastructure and other improvements to develop their fledgling tourism business focused on home craft making. Part was to be spent in the construction of a new building where guests get to try new craft skills themselves. On Friday, 18 January, Carlos and his father Juan were hard at work erecting the frame for the house that will be 20′ x 30′. That is ample space to set up different craft making areas and display their products for sale. Some of their crafts are not commonly found. Little more than a year ago all Juan and Hilaria’s sales were to other villagers. Juan makes hammocks and bags from natural fibres he weaves himself and large, useful baskets from the tai tai vine for storing bread, fruit and vegetables; for presentation of other items or a thousand other things. The great thing about the style of twenty-first century Mayan house construction is that it is exactly the same as first century house construction. Same poles, same ropes, same leaves that have grown in the same place for all that while. And as someone once said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Rachal Graham seeks Caye Caulker Tour Guides assistance!
Rachel Graham made her way to Caye Caulker to ask for the assistance of all Tour Guide and indeed Fisherman for research into Belize’s Shark Project. She visited many of the operators and even held a question and answer session at Raggamuffin to inform the Guides of how fundamental they will be in gathering data on both the shark and the stingrays in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve. Rachel, winner of the 2011 Gold Award from the Whitley Fund for Nature, has been instrumental protecting Belize’s reef – championing our cause to ensure that we maintain the highest levels of biodiversity. The Belize Shark Project is both Rachel and Caye Caulker’s Belize Dive Services ongoing work in educating and researching our apex predator to ensure that our reefs remain abundant and indeed flourish for both environmental and tourism interests. This call to action will require Guides watching out for the sharks and the stingrays that have been ‘tagged’ so that she can monitor their patterns in order to assess how best protect them. Guides have been informed that they are to text Rachel with times of sightings and locations for her to log in their records!

Help to support 2 students for CXC/CAPE exams
I am assisting two young persons preparing for CXC/CAPE exams. I need to raise approximately $500 to facilitate this preparation and I am appealing for financial contributions to make this happen. If you can assist, please contact me via telephone or SMS at 607-6777. Each contribution will be acknowledged with a receipt. Thank you in advance for your kind assistance. Patrick Jones

These Boots are Made for Walkin'
I feel duty bound to issue a REBAR WARNING at the beginning of this edition because it does contain photographs of this ‘offensive’ ( well to some readers anyway) material. Warning issued I will now get on with today’s edition to update you on progress on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. In numerous editions I have spoken about and/or shown photographs of the absence of any health and safety procedures on our building site. Very pleased to say though that we have not witnessed one accident or even something coming close to one . That is until today when the victim was me. Attired in my customary T shirt, shorts and flip flops I was wandering around looking at the work that was going on when I felt a sudden, sharp pain in the sole of my left foot. I looked down to see that I was standing on a previously used form ( waiting to be used again). I tried to move but felt my foot impaled to the wood. I gingerly tried to move my foot but it was fixed. I then raised my foot to see that I had trodden on a three inch nail. Ouch. On inspecting the injury Rose and I were extremely relieved that no apparent damage had been done so I quickly doused the injury with water and dried it with the clean cloth that Rose always appears to have in her bag.

Mennonite Gurls A'ken Cook: Apple Caramel Tertillas
A frien shared thishere easy apple deessert with me. We rilly lackd it! Hoe a'ken y'all go rong with un apple dish uf inny kine?? And if'n y'all reckon thishere is deliciyus t'day y'all make it..jes wait till t'nex day, it’s eve bettr! T' tertillas becum softr as thay sit n' t'sauce. If'n y'all have inny left'vers jes covr t'pun with plastick wrap and refrigerate. Y'all a'ken have it fer brakefuss t'nex mornin..with a slice uf cheez insteed uf ice creem! I rilly want t'ry thishere with rhubarb and peeches wen thay air n' seesen.

Amish Romants and Kereun TV | Suthern Plate
Latelee I’ve finallee gotte roun t'a'trine a few recipes I’ve had on mah “must make” lis fer well ovr a decade, today is one uf 'um. I furst read about Revel bars shertlee aftr I gut marrd wen I wuz reedin un Amish romants. I’m purty shure it wuz a Beverlee Lewis one. If'n y'all’ve nevr checkd out inny uf hern books but enjoy reedin, I reckon y'all’ll be verr pleezed. I luv wen I a'ken read sumthin jes fer t'pure pleshur (nairy becawz it is required as part uf mah job) and come out uf it with a lil wisdom t'add t'who I am. I don’t remembr which book thishere wuz, but n' t'stery t'mane care ackter gut hern fambly out uf t'rayler so she could make these secretlee as a sprize fer hern mothr’s birthdy. I remembr a'thankin “Noe thems must be sum kine uf good.” I shure wasn’t disappointed.

International Sources

Newly Discovered 'Plastic Island' Shows Global Epidemic Worsening
'Even if everyone stopped putting garbage in the ocean today, giant garbage patches would continue to grow for hundreds of years'. Floating patches of humanity's garbage have become a permanent feature in the world's oceans and a new discovery in the South Pacific shows that this woeful trend has worsened, not improved, since the phenomenon was first discovered nearly two decades ago. As new research by the 5 Gyres Institute shows, the existence of a new plastic island has been found swirling with junk in ocean currents running near Easter Island in the South Pacific, marking the first documented garbage patch in the Southern Hemisphere. The new study, published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, documents the first evidence of a defined oceanic “garbage patch,” an accumulation zone of plastic pollution, floating in the area designated as the South Pacific subtropical gyre.

Tailgater’s owner Gregory Faull dies, leaves UCF legacy
Gregory Viant Faull was a well-known face around the university, especially when it came to UCF athletics. It was common to see him cheering on the UCF football and men’s basketball teams. Vickie Faull, his ex-wife, said he was incredibly close with Donnie Jones, coach of the men’s basketball team, as well as the players. “UCF was his team,” said Kristi Campbell, former bartender and front of house manager at Tailgaters Smokehouse, the restaurant Faull opened on campus in Knight’s Plaza. “He was the No. 1 supporter of the athletic department,” Campbell said. Whenever there was a game his attitude was infectious, and whenever UCF won there would be free drinks, free meals all around, she said. Greg Faull opened up Tailgaters Smokehouse on the UCF campus in 2007 after he saw the opportunity while working on a separate construction project at the university.

New World slumps on slow Belize progress
Shares in New World Oil and Gas (NEW) slipped more than 10% as it announced that the rate of drilling in its Blue Creek #2A side-track well in Belize had been slower than anticipated, as well as an issue of almost two million new ordinary shares. The Blue Creek #2A side-track well is targeting a potentially significant trap in Hillbank and Y3, two oil-bearing formations seen in the Blue Creek#2 vertical well. Drilling operations had been halted whenever sections of interest in the targeted Hillbank and Y3 formations were encountered so that core samples could be taken. "While there is a long way to go yet, the company's disclosure that it has not yet elected whether to test the well is disappointing," said analysts at FoxDavies. "We would have liked there to be more positivity, especially following [the] initial decision to drill the side track in the first place." Almost 1.1 million new ordinary shares in the company, at an average of 9.67p per share, have been issued in settlement of professional fees and other transactional obligations. In part payment of historical costs related to the Danica Resources farm-in agreement, about 750,000 new ordinary shares in the company have also been issued at an average of 10.34p per share.

New World Oil and Gas falls hard
New World Oil and Gas fell hard after announcing the issue of almost two million new shares as well as delays to drilling in Belize. The bulk of the new shares - 1.08m - were issued at an average of 9.67p per share to settle professional fees and other financial obligations. It also created almost 750,000 new shares at an average of 10.34p per share as part payment of historical costs related to the 2012 Danica Resources Farm-in agreement. On top of this, a total of 141,387 shares were issued to the company's directors, Frederick Hodder and Chris Einchcomb, at an average of 9.55p per share. In Belize, the firm said its Blue Creek 2A side track well was targeting a potentially significant trap.

Last scoop for the Rudins: Couple sells ice cream parlor to pursue Belize dream
The Rudins personally won’t see smiling faces in Scoops anymore as owners of the business. A new owner of the Main Street business will enjoy smiling ice cream enthusiasts beginning today, as the Rudins grin their way to Belize next month. After five years of ownership, Dennis, 69, and Eden Rudin, 42, sold their 2014 N. McCulloch Blvd. business in order to live their dream and move to San Ignacio, Belize. Moving to the Central American country had been a goal the couple had for a long time and they finally got serious about it two years ago after vacationing in the English speaking country for a month. “We loved it,” said Dennis. Eden had visited Belize nearly 10 years ago because she enjoyed diving there, Dennis said. The couple visited in 2009 and then stayed for a month in 2011. “When we started Scoops it was our dream to build Scoops and then to sell and relocate to Belize,” Dennis said. “It’s a beautiful country.” The Rudins plan fell into place when they sold the business to LaTawyna Lowry, a local banker with Chase Bank. The 15-year Lake Havasu City resident has been training to take over the business since the beginning of the month and is anxious to get started.

As nation watches, Belize aims for Copa glory
As sporting events go, few have held more importance in the history of Belize than the UNCAF Copa Centroamericana match against Nicaragua scheduled for Tuesday in Costa Rica. "The entire nation will be at a stop," said Belize assistant coach and long-time national team goalkeeper Carlos Slusher. "The entire nation will be at a standstill for that game." In an exclusive interview with CONCACAF.com, Slusher revelaed that his countrymen back home have been following their national team's progress closely this week, with Belize on the brink of a historic chance to play for a berth in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. "The entire country is behind us," said Slusher. "Even the people, as we watch, even the people that don't know about football, are behind us. And more and more people are glued to the television watching the Central American Cup. "The entire country is happy. But I have already told them that we know that we have not really accomplished anything yet if we don't make it to the Gold Cup."

The ICJ and Guatemala's claim to Belize: A case of self interest over sovereignty?
The government of Belize (GOB) recently announced the date on which it shall commence, in earnest, its highly questionable “(Mis)Education Campaign” for the impending simultaneous referenda to be held on 6th October 2013, concerning whether the matter of Guatemala’s unfounded claim to Belize’s sovereign territory should be submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a presumed “final determination”. My position is clear: “No to the ICJ”. Yet I am compelled to highlight a matter which I find increasingly more unnerving. Due to the GOB’s apparent impotence in dealing with their Guatemalan counterparts on this issue, along with their obvious caving-in to the allure of gaining access to millions of US dollars for participating in this farce of an undertaking, it is evident that Belizeans not only must defend against the apparent ‘opposite number’ to this equation, but we have been made to contend with an internal enemy...


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Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
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We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lil’ Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
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