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GOB enacts Justice of the Peace Act of 2005
The Government of Belize (GOB), through the Attorney General Ministry office, has approved, gazetted and enacted the Justice of the Peace Act of 2005. It’s a very important piece of legislation that will make the work of the Association of Justice better. The Act has been awaiting approval, and has been the constant calling of the organization, since 2005 when it was shelved pending approval. The Act came into effect February 21st after the Attorney General of Belize Wilfred Elrington signed it into law. Danny Madrid, National President of the Association of Justices of the Peace (JP) and Commissioners of the Supreme Court said that the enactment of the Act is a big step and will give their association more autonomy. “This means that the association will be able to do its work in a more professional way and will be able to deal with those Justices of the Peace who commit themselves. The Act actually tells you that if a Justice of the Peace is caught charging for their services or giving wrong information or signing wrong documents, the JP can even go to prison,” said Madrid.

Tour Company abandons couple on Half Moon Caye
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has started an investigation following an incident at sea in which a European couple was left stranded on an island by a tour operator located on Ambergris Caye. The incident has the two visitors questioning the level of professionalism involved in diving in Belize. St. John and Claire Neilson, told reporters on Caye Caulker, that on February 27th they were left stranded at Half Moon Caye by the dive company, Aqua Scuba. According to the tourists, who had traveled to Belize from London, England on an extended honeymoon trip, they had booked a scuba diving package with Big Fish Dive Center in Caye Caulker. Since Big Fish Dive Center was having trouble with their vessel they subcontracted the tour to Aqua Scuba Dive Center in San Pedro to take the couple out diving off Half Moon Caye and the Blue Hole.

Explore the underwater world with Belize Diving Adventures
Underwater adventures abound off the shores of Ambergris Caye with each site a beautiful and unique look at marine life along the Meso-American Barrier Reef. One snorkeling and dive spot that offers an exceptional view of pristine habitat and creatures protected to the point that they emanate health and happiness is the world renowned Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Officially established in 1897, and by far the most popular site in the area, the reserve is located off the southern tip of the caye, just a short 15-20 minute boat ride from San Pedro Town. Hol Chan means “little channel” in Mayan, and it is the dramatic coral walls that border this narrow, 30 foot-deep channel, as well as the coral and sea grass perimeter that offers spectacular snorkeling and diving.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro AIDS Commission Hosts HIV/AIDS Talk at Local School
The topic of HIV/AIDS is something that not many like to talk about, but it is a serious topic which we should all be educated on. HIV is an epidemic that is affecting our country and the world; proper education is essential for young minds. For this reason teacher Lozano of the San Pedro Roman Catholic School invited the San Pedro AIDS Commission to address his Standard VI class on HIV/AIDS. “Although we were invited to talk about this subject, we felt that the best person to address these children was Mr. Eric Castellanos of C-NET + (Collaborative Network of Persons Living with HIV). His presentation to the students falls under our educational program as the SP AIDS Commission was fully responsible for paying everything for Mr. Castellanos to make this trip and address the class,” stated Felix Ayuso, President of the San Pedro AIDS Commission.

Successful Operation Snip by Saga Humane Society
The San Pedro Saga Humane Society held a very successful Operation SNIP (Spay/Neuter Initiative Program). To celebrate World Spay Day, Saga HS completed 60 free spay/neuters the week of World Spay Day, February 26, 2013. World Spay Day is an annual campaign of Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States that shines a spotlight on spay/neuter—a proven way to save the lives of companion animals, feral cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street. Operation SNIP is Saga HS ongoing plan to sterilize 75% of the islands’ animal population in the next 3-5 years. This was a great partnership between local businesses and visiting animal welfare professionals from the USA. Dr. Don Tummons of Duck Hollow Animal Hospital in Uniontown, PA, Mary Maykuth, Heather Beck of K9 Lifeline in Draper, UT were superstars for coming to assist Saga HS with this event!

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Temperatures - Belmopan
These are some temperature records for Belmopan Now, just starting to include Rain / Month figures also. . . Note the 50°F Line = Zero ( 0 ) rain, 60°F Line represents the 200mm/Month Rain.

Rotary District 4250 Conference Gala
The Rotary District 4250 Conference Gala at the Bedran Hall made for an entertaining night. SHJC's Tourism students did a great job. "The Bedran Hall at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel is where Rotary's Grand Gala was held. The F&B students from Sacred Heart Junior College once again did a fantastic job with the food and drinks."

Panerrifix at Banana Bank Tonight
Panerrifix, the amazing steel band, will be playing at Banana Bank tonight. The La Ruta Maya starts tomorrow at 7:00am, under the Hawkesworth Bridge, and finishes at Banana Bank. A big thanks to the Belmopan City Council for sponsoring the event.

Bullet Tree Preschool Visits the SIPL
Feelgood news of the day. The Bullet Tree Preschool visited the San Ignacio Public Library to see some stories acted out. Great way to celebrate Children's Month. "Preschool visit for activities and stories"

Banana Bank Building Observatory
Banana Bank Lodge is building what?!? Wow, an observatory in Cayo! Could this be the first? "We are so excited about all that has been going on at Banana Bank that we just can't wait to share it with you and get all your responses and feedback either by email or on our facebook page!! Below are pictures of the installation of our new dome!! This is a real live observatory for the 16" inch computerized telescope. We are very excited to share this new feature with you so come to Banana Bank and tour Belize during the day and the universe at night!!!! "

FIU Amends Money Laundering Act
Financial Intelligence Unit Amends Money Laundering & Terrorism (Prevention), which now requires new businesses to Register under the said Act.

Channel 7

Farrakhan Tells Prisoners "You’re Responsible For Yourself!"
On Friday night, Minister Louis Farrakhan will make his major public address at the Bird's Isle. And as he begins to wind up his five-day tour of Belize - he gave one of the most anticipated speeches today: he spoke to inmates at the Kolbe Central Prison. It was billed as an address to 1,600 inmates and staff - but most of the general population had to hear it via monster speakers, since only 400 persons can fit into the prison auditorium. 7news was there to hear his message: Jules Vasquez Reporting This morning, a select, low-risk 350 of the 1,400 inmates at the Kolbe Central Prison filled up the prison auditorium to hear Minister Louis Farrakhan. You might say he had a captive audience but they seemed genuinely locked in to his message, and indeed, even at 79, Farrakhan is magnetic, charismatic and powerful. Flanked by his two sons, he spoke about spirituality, personal accountability and the role of women. For this audience, the theme of accountability resonated most deeply:

Vega To Venezuela, Saldivar Is PM
The funeral for Hugo Chavez will be held tomorrow in Caracas, Venezuela and Belize will be represented by Deputy Prime Minister, Gaspar Vega. He will lead a delegation comprising CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alexis Rosado and Nestor Mendez, Belize's Ambassador to Washington and the OAS. They left today to return on Sunday. In the interim, John Saldivar is holding over as Acting Prime Minister. That is of note, because, in the past, when both PM Barrow and Deputy Vega were out of the country, the hold over post would go to Patrick Faber. But since losing his seat in the party executive with a failed bid for Deputy, it seems he his standing in executive has also suffered for it. Vega will join heads of state and government and senior officials from all over the world including the United States.

Howler Monkey Mauled
An adult male howler monkey is clinging to life after it was badly beaten up by humans - allegedly high school students - in Orange Walk. According to Wildlife Officer Rasheda Garcia at the Forestry Department, they received a report on Wednesday morning that the howler had been savagely beaten on the grounds of the Belize High School of Agriculture in Orange Walk the day before. According to the report, a teacher had told some boys at the school to kill the monkey because it had defecated on him while he was sleeping in the bushes. The report said that in the afternoon the students brought down the monkey with a slingshot, then beat it with tree limbs, tied up its hands and feet and dragged it unto the school grounds. Again, this is just the report that was posted on the net, it could not be confirmed by us or by the Forestry Department which is investigating. But, the monkey was on the school grounds, badly injured and barely alive. A teacher rescued it and took it home to try and save it - which is when the Forestry Department got the report, and took it from the teacher's house to a vet in Belize City. According to Garcia, the monkey is in a quote, "really, really bad condition."

Who Will Coach National Football?
Last night, we told you that the National football Coach, Leroy Sherrier, abruptly vacated the post for a second time. It came as a surprise to the entire football community in Belize because the last time he spoke with the media, he said that he was about to sign a contract to remain in Belize for the long term. Information to 7News was that he had difficulties with some of the members of the National Team Committee, but at a press conference today, the President of the Football Federation of Belize, Ruperto Vicente said that there were a number of issues that led to his departure. In a very diplomatic letter to the President, Sherrier outlined a list of personal reasons which led him to the decision to leave. Those included a lack of motivation, his old age while nearing 70 years, the fact that he missed his family back home, and some issues he had with certain Committee members. He was diplomatic throughout the letter, but when he touched the topic of the committee members, he bravely questioned their commitment to football in Belize, requesting that Vicente and the executive look closely at the criteria for appointing members because he called them figureheads.

Belize B-Ball Ready To Go!
And while an air of uncertainty surrounds international competition for football, the coach for the National Basketball Selection says that he is confident that his team will perform well in the upcoming Central American Games. Despite the fact that the team has been having problems with funding and a suitable practice facility, Matthew Smiling says that they will do well in the tournament, which starts this Sunday. He discussed the team's readiness with 7News today: Matthew Smiling - Head Coach, Belize Basketball National Team "We have the players like Darwin Carter, Leon Jacobs, Jean Myvett, Inglebert Cherrinton,, Keith Acosta, Ty Bradley, Linsberg Graham, Steven Williams and a bunch of others." Daniel Ortiz "So, what are the strengths of the team that is going to be representation?" Matthew Smiling "I think we are very fast. We're not big because Inglebert is the only legit big man we have along with Farron Lauriano, but we're a very fast team and that's the way we want to play." Daniel Ortiz "So, we expect a very fast pace; as you grab a rebound, you make a move."

Goldson Bust "Busts A Move"
Phillip Goldson may be a national hero, but his bust can't seem to find a final home. In January, we told you that it was moved into the Battlefield Park - and we thought the understanding was that it would stay there. But, lo and behold, this morning we saw it on the move again, this time it's been relocated to the head of the Northern Highway median at the Belcan Roundabout. Is it temporary? is it permanent? We can't say - but what we do know is that the Sustainable Tourism Project plans to do major remodeling work in the park - and the massive bust would have been in the way. So when that's done, will it go back from the roundabout to the park? No one seems sure at this time.

Newly Named City Streets
And while that will be a year two decision, the City is still busy self-congratulating for its first year in office. Today, they held a Street naming award ceremony where 58 Belizeans were honored by having their names used as street names in Belize City. The Mayor explained the importance of recognizing these members of the public for their commitment to public service. Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City Council "What we chose to do, marking our 1 year anniversary, was to recognize certain people who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of Belize City. Previously, the City Council has recognized teachers. So, we have chosen to recognize persons in the various arts. We chose to recognized historical figures, trade unionists, and persons in the various sports areas. We chose to recognized wives of the former Prime Ministers and also the wife of our current Prime Minister. I believe the 3 of them have made significant contributions to the advancement of Belize City in the area of community service. We recognized persons like the late Beverly Smith Lopez, the late Edison Coleman - people who really distinguished themselves in the area of public service, in their chosen field and who really made a mark on a chosen society. Of note is that we recognized 2 young persons in Belize. 1 of them is Rowan Garell, and I think that he himself, through his short life, made a significant accomplishment and mark on his community and in Belize City."

Man Gets Off Murder, Witnesses Had Differing Accounts Of Clothing
23 year-old Dwayne Evelyn, the man who was charged with the February 2010 murder of 22 year-old Peter Myvette is at home tonight after he was freed by a jury of 12 in the end of his murder trial today. Viewers may remember that at around 12 in the afternoon on February 17, 2010, Myvette was washing a bus door at the corner of Tigris Street and Kut Avenue when a gunman rode past and shot him multiple times in an area crowded with school children. Evelyn was arrested and charged for the murder a couple days later because the crown's 2 chief witnesses linked him to the crime. So Evelyn was forced to wait on remand for 3 years, and when he faced his accusers in the murder trial before Justice Lucas this week, their story did not add up to the jury. One civilian took the stand and said that the gunman wore a mask when he launched the attack on Myvette, and a police officer testified that he was on West Street when he heard the gunshots. He said that he responded, he saw Evelyn, who he knew very well, removing a mask and throwing it away.

Profile Of A Sailor
Tonight's profile is about a young man and the sea. Roberto Pott came to Belize with his family from Jamaica as a boy and quickly latched unto sailing as a favourite past-time. Now he's carrying on the tradition with the Belize Sailing Association - and in tonight's profile he explained his passion for a sport and past0-time that's experiencing a rebirth in Belize.

New Car Sales Up, Japanese Auto Prices Down
And if sailing's not your thing - you might be into cars - especially the kinds we all love so much: we mean the ones we can't afford! But it doesn't cost anything to look - and today we got an eyeful of the 2014 Toyota RAV4. It's news because after three consecutive down years, new car sales in Belize are making a comeback - nearly 500 sold last year - and even more robust sales are expected this year. Coupled that with the fact that prices of Japanese products are down due to currency fluctuations, and the remodeled RAV is cheaper than last year's model. Pi Marin of Belize Diesel told us more: Israel Pi Marin - Managing Director, Belize Diesel And Equipment "We have a new product, a new design, better features, better pricing. We're expecting that this year that - we've ordered like 30 and we've had a very strong liking for the design, so I think we will be doing very well with this unit. What we're seeing is new features, new engine, and new transmission. This one for example has a 6 speed automatic transmission, and we have 16 different models of the Rav4, models meaning options and price points, andwe have different price points in the Rav4."

BSI Employee Holdings Get A Dividend, Finally!
Fortunes are turning around in the sugar industry as production is up and the company has declared a dividend. BSI held an annual general meeting on Tuesday where the shareholders declared a 3 million dollar dividend payment for those groups that had shares in the company before ASR bought controlling interests in October 2012. The dividend is approximately $0.068 cents per each of the 44 million issued shares before ASR's investment, so the BSI's Employee Holdings will receive 81% of the 3 million dollars dividend or $2.4 million dollars. Those moneys will be disbursed on March 14th and the Employee's Trust will then distribute it to its membership on Thursday, March 21st.

Senior Citizen Knocked Down On Way To Farm
There was a terrible accident this morning on the northern highway in which a 68 year old man was killed. A little after 5:30 am Teodosio Cabanas from the Louisiana Area of Ornage Walk was knocked down as he was riding to his farm in Indian Hill. The accident occurred on the Orange Walk By pass road just before the bridge. The driver of the vehicle stopped to render aid but Cabanas had been crushed. The 68 year old was known to ride to his farm daily.

Israel Assisting With Cultural Products
Over the past week a group of young Belizean entrepreneurs have been participating in a workshop sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs along with the Embassy of Israel. The workshop is aimed at generating creative ideas for the cultural industry. The workshop is called "Business Lab, Focused on Cultural Enterprises" and today we found out how this entrepreneurial initiative can positively affect the society and our communities. H. E. Shmulik A. Bass - Ambassador, State of Israel "I am very happy to arrive here again to Belize, this time to be part of a workshop given by 2 Israeli experts on economic or business laboratories together with the organization of Y.A.B.T with its branch here in Belize. As the Israeli technical assistant agency Machave, has very good close relations with the Y.A.B.T world organization to promote business. We have our knowledge on business. We helped our rural part in Israel through incentives from the government, and from the private sector to promote and advance, and develop the business in rural areas. This way, we can show Belizeans the Israeli way. It's not like we teach how to do; it's to show what was the Israeli way.

Channel 5

Official delegation to attend funeral for Hugo Chavez
Government confirmed today that Belize will send a delegation to attend the funeral of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez. That state funeral is scheduled for Friday morning, though there is still uncertainty surrounding the location. Reports are that the longtime President had requested that he be buried on the plains of his home state of Barinas. [...]

Adios to Costa Rican Coach Sherrier
The Football Federation of Belize held what it called an emergency press conference this morning to confirm what we reported on Wednesday. Leroy Sherrier-Lewis, the Costa Rican coach of the Belize Jaguars which placed fourth in the Copa Centro Americana 2013, has left the building…again…and this time for good. Sherrier-Lewis first left in late January [...]

Charlie Slusher now interim national football team coach
When Coach Leroy Sherrier-Lewis departed on Wednesday, he left behind a letter for F.F.B. President Ruperto Vicente. That letter was mostly warm wishes directed toward Vicente and the national team, but Sherrier-Lewis does state that he had lost motivation since last year, so didn’t want to coach the team in that frame of mind. And [...]

No football prize money, but more football fields
While the big news was the status of national team coach Leroy Sherrier-Lewis and a new appointment for local football legend Charles Slusher, there was also some bad news to report. Because the Belize Jaguars placed fourth in the Copa Centro Americana 2013 the team was entitled to some football prize money, which Vicente stated [...]

Drug plane took off from Spanish Lookout Airstrip
A U.S. registered plane landed without authorization in Venezuela on February twenty first. The men in the plane were identified as fifty-one year old Canadian citizen, Sawatzky David William, and thirty-one year old Colombian national, Jorge Bustamante. Officials of the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations Branch performed a drug screening in the aircraft which tested [...]

Not guilty in murder trial; accused was home with mother
  After deliberating for four hours and a half, just after four this afternoon, the jury in the murder trial of Dwayne Evelyn returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty. And today, after being behind bars for two years Evelyn walked out of court a free man. Evelyn had been accused of the February 2010 [...]

Prison supervisor freed of drug charges
  A prison supervisor, who was accused of trying to smuggle marijuana inside the Kolbe Correctional Facility, today had no case to answer after the testimony of the officer who found the drugs had too many inconsistencies. On September twelfth 2012, thirty-six year old Donald Gillett was searched as he entered the prison and fifty [...]

Suspension in sight? P.U.P. gives U.D.P. an F for midterm
The Government presented its budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 last Friday and debate takes place next week. Prime Minister Dean Barrow stated that the economy grew by five point three percent in 2012, and it will continue at a modest pace of three percent this financial year. According to the P.M. there will also be [...]

Meet Israeli Ambassador to Belize, Shmulik Bass
The Israeli Ambassador to Belize, Shmulik Bass, is in the jewel and he is bearing gifts. Since Monday, a five-day workshop, “Business Labs Focused on Cultural Enterprises,” has been ongoing at the University of Belize Campus in Belize City. The on the spot course is sponsored through the Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation and [...]

World Culture Day at Horizon Academy
Culture was on display in many forms today at Horizon Academy at mile three on the Northern Highway. As a way to promote international culture day, the students were invited to project the culture of various countries, from far away places such as Greece to nearby Mexico. There was food, music, dance and many other [...]

Ruta Maya canoe race across western Belize to Belize City
The annual Ruta Maya canoe race is hours away from beginning. Tonight in San Ignacio, the participants and Cayo residents are feasting at a cultural event. The race will start under the Hawkesworth Bridge and the competitors will paddle to Banana Bank, Double Head Cabbage, then to Henderson’s Bank in Burrell Boom, and on to [...]

National female softball team wins bronze
While Ruta Maya is just getting off, the Belize National Women’s Softball Team returns to the jewel this Friday.  The team isn’t coming home empty-handed; it’s bringing a bronze medal from the tenth Central American Games in Costa Rica.  In the second semi-final game Belize lost to Guatemala two to nil. The losing pitcher was [...]

Exhibit honors the works of women
This Friday is being set aside as International Women’s Day. The theme calls for the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. All over the globe, there is an urgent call to end discrimination and for strong laws to stop violent behavior against females.  To celebrate the occasion, an exhibition [...]

Check out the brand new ride at Belize Diesel
If you are looking for a new brand vehicle, there is one on the market that is likely to suit your image. The Toyota Rav-4 is now available from Belize Diesel; it has been upgraded and redesigned to make it attractive to both genders, and especially the younger generation. Duane Moody also found out that [...]

Healthy Living’s options for birth control
Proper family planning is highly encouraged in today’s society. With a planned approach to building a family the well-being of children and parents are considered in the decision of how many and how often a woman will have children. Birth control or contraceptive methods are the main options for women and men who are looking [...]

CTV3

Endangered Howler Monkey Found Badly Beaten Behind School Campus
Belize has a diverse ecosystem of wildlife and natural resources. Some of the most exotic animals that inhabit Belize are great tourist attractions and this morning, our newsroom received a report of a Howler Monkey that appears to have been severely injured. The male howler monkey was rescued yesterday in Orange Walk by the Forestry Department of Belmopan. Our news room has learnt that a male howler monkey was found severely injured two days ago behind the compound of the Belize High School of Agriculture. Whether or not the howler monkey was found injured or if it was harmed when it was found are questions that have not been answered. When we contacted the school this afternoon we were told that they have no comments on the matter as it is being investigated by the Forestry Department in Belmopan. We then called the Forestry office in Belmopan and the response was the same; no comment.

Caribbean Tires Burglarized! Thief Is Captured!
Tonight a Carmelita Village resident is sitting behind bars at the Orange Walk Police Station after he was arrested and charged for the crime of burglary. Shortly after seven this morning, Timothy Miller, the Manager of Caribbean Tires situated at the eastern end of the Orange Walk By-pass, reported to Police that after he arrived at the business establishment to open for the day, he noticed that one of the glass panes was broken. Further checks in the business revealed that the culprit ransacked a part of the store and went straight for the cash. After a count was made, Miller reported to Police that over $7,000 in cash was taken by the burglar. Quick police investigations, led police to the residence of Nelson Rhaburn of Carmelita Village where a search was conducted. Inside the residence police found over $4,000 in cash and as a result, Rhaburn was arrested and charged for the crime of burglary.

Elderly Man Lose Life After Being Run Over
There was a tragic accident this morning in which a 68 year old man lost his life. A little after 5:30 this morning, Teodosio Cabanas from the Louisiana Area lost his life after he was knocked down while on his way to his farm located at Indian Hill. The accident occurred on the Orange Walk By-pass a short distance away from the bridge. Here’s that report. Hipolito Novelo reporting For the past five years sixty-eight year old Teodosio Cabanas would travel to his farm in Indian Hill on a daily basis using the Orange Walk By-pass road. But this morning, his life was abruptly ended when this Toyota Hilux fatally hit Cabanas. Enrique Cal was taking his morning jog when he witnessed the tragic incident unfold before him. Enrique Cal, Witness “Early this morning I was running by the by-pass, by the bridge going towards the by-pass and due to the darkness and the dust I usually take one of these. So I was running then two buses were coming from the round-a-bout to the bridge and when it passed me it created a lot of dust and it was also dark. So in a while a Hilux pick up flew pass me going towards San Estevan and not too far from me I saw the pickup served out and I just heard something knock. The pickup served in back and all the while I heard something knock like “bang, bang, bang” and clearly I saw something role off underneath the vehicle. I then realized that that this man had knocked down somebody and ran over him.”

BSI 2012 Dividends Around The Corner
2012 proved to be one that will forever go down in the history books of the Belize Sugar Industry; with financial difficulties faced by the industry which threatened the closure of the factory to its buyout by ASR, American Sugar Refinery. But not to linger too much on those trialing times of the sugar industry, today, BSI is in the news for another reason, one of a positive note. In an information bulletin issued yesterday evening to all employees of BSI, the Belize Sugar Industries Group announced that dividends for the 2012 financial year will be issued on the fourteenth of March. According to the internal memo, BSI held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, March 5th where it was agreed upon the payment of three million Belize dollars in dividends to employees as stipulated in the Subscription Deed. BSI has a total of forty-four million shares issued and each was valued at $0.068 at the time BSI sold its majority shares to ASR on October 2nd, 2012. According to the information bulletin, the three million dollars payment will be made to shareholders on Thursday, March 14th in respect to their shareholdings.

Coach Sherrier Splits Again! Slusher Steps In
2013 has already been a historic year for Belize as for the first time in Football History; Belize has defeated a Central American team, Nicaragua, and qualified for the Gold Cup to be played in the US this time around. After ending the UNCAF Copa Centroamericana in fourth place, Belize returned home heroes to the nation of over 350,000 Belizeans. But the triumphant effort on the field was quickly forgotten as the focus of the team became the problems faced at the Head Coaching position. Leroy Sherrier Lewis coached Belize’s National A-Selection in Costa Rica and orchestrated the historic outing but did not return home with the team as he had quit the job immediately after the team finished the tournament. Once the jubilation was over with, FFB executive sat down with Coach Sherrier in efforts of coming to an agreement with his contract and the commencement of the team’s preparation for the Gold Cup. Well, it appears that all negotiations have fallen apart as Coach Sherrier boarded a flight yesterday en route to Costa Rica. Reports to our newsroom is that Sherrier was not comfortable with several parts of the agreement and as a result, he has decided to quit once more and this time, he has indicated that he will not come back; well that is unconfirmed at this time. In a press conference held this morning by the FFB President Ruperto Vicente, he mentioned that the doors to Sherrier will remain open at this moment should he wish to return to the negotiating table. Vicente also went on to say that they have several résumés on hand that they will go through in search of a replacement.

Create Drama To Create Awareness
This morning, the Belize Audubon Society held a drama competition in three communities in Northern Belize; Chunox Village, Sarteneja Village, and Copper Bank Village. Five primary schools from these villages participated in the competition and Environmental Education Project Manager at the Belize Audubon Society, Dareece Chuc, told us via phone this afternoon that the competition was held in efforts of engaging the students and to create awareness on the importance of the Belize Barrier Reef and the fishing regulations. DAREECE CHUC Environment Education Project Manager Belize Audubon Society “It is the first time in recent years and we have worked for many years with these communities in creating awareness about the importance of marine protect areas and about wise use of the marine resources. So it is the first drama competition but we continue to work with the community in doing different community, fishermen and the other community groups to create awareness. The response was great. We had full participation from the five primary schools. Each school had a group that participated in the drama competition and they participated well. Our message is to respect the marine protected areas, the laws that govern our marine resources and to appreciate the Belize Barrier Reef and its importance to us as a country.”

Swing, Slide, Jump, Run- New Play Ground Officially Opened!
Earlier this week we told you about the joint effort of the Rotary Club of Canada, the Orange Walk Rotary Club and the Orange Walk Town Council, to erect a heavy duty play ground in the Louisiana Area. Well, all the plans and hard work paid off because today the park was officially inaugurated and officially open for the children to play on. CTV3 News was present for the ceremony and here is how it went. Kevin Bernard Mayor “I want to officially inaugurate the new Nature Park Play Ground with your blessing and with all with us great pride.” Libby Weir, Rotary Club Canada “This project meets the four way test. It is beneficial and it fosters good will and better friendships.” Kevin Bernard, Mayor “What you see before you today is only a symbol of something which is very deep and meaningful- a sign of friendship, cooperation, of community participation, commitment and unity.”

The Past, Present And Future- OWTC 1st Year
Today marks one year since the March 7th, 2012 double elections for the Government of Belize and Municipalities across this country. It was a close election between the United Democratic Party and the People’s United Party to see who controlled the majority in the House of Representatives. The UDP won seventeen out of thirty-one constituencies. Here in Orange Walk Town, Kevin Bernard and his slate won the Municipal elections taking back control of the Council from the UDP after six years. According to Mayor Bernard, it has been a year filled with difficulties and major accomplishments; accomplishments that were part of their manifesto. We caught up with the Orange Walk Mayor this morning who told us what the second year of their term will be focused on and what projects they hope to accomplish.


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FFB discusses way forward after coach calls it quits
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Dwayne Evelyn found not guilty of murder of Peter Myvett
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Teenager charged with attempted murder of Ronald Rivers
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PUP plan education campaign on ICJ
The PUP says it is continuing internal consultations on the party’s decision to support or oppose going to the International Court of Justice to settle the dispute with Guatemala. Party Leader Francis Fonseca offers an update. Francis Fonseca – Leader of the Opposition: In terms of the party level,...

Belizean Delegation heads to Higo Chavez Funeral
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is presently out of the country accompanying his wife as she continues medical treatment. The Deputy PM has now also left the country leaving Hon. John Saldivar as the country’s acting Prime Minister. Minister Vega headed to Caracas, Venezuela to represent the Government and people...

Belize City streets named after prominent residents
58 prominent residents of Belize City were honored this morning by having streets named after them. This ceremony was part of the one-year anniversary of the Council’s election which happened on today’s date last year. The youngest recipient is 13 year old Rowan Garel, a visually impaired boy who...

Four family members on remand for keeping unlicensed ammunition
Ellis Meighan Jr., his mother Sheldon Meighan, sister Shanique Meighan and his 17 year old brother were all charged with keeping unlicensed ammunition, after GSU found nine two millimeter cartridges inside a barrel in their home. All four family members pleaded not guilty to the charge when they appeared...

20 year old Stephen Anderson walks free for lack of case file
A man who was jailed after robbing a businessman at gunpoint and shooting at a responding cop, walked free yesterday. 20 year old Stephen Anderson was charged for holding up a businessman and stealing his motorbike in April of 2012. Soon after, Police reportedly got into a high speed...

20 year old Thyrell Hyde develops Tourism board game
Plus News has been introducing you to entrepreneurs from around the country and tonight, we shine the spotlight on a young and upcoming business owner, whose current pursuit might very well be the ideal marketing tool for other businesses in the country. 20 year old Thyrell Hyde is the...

Legacy Youth Conference this weekend
Legacy Youth Conferences are some of the most widely attended Christian events in the Cayo district. This weekend, another conference kicks off under the theme, Surrender. Organizer Patrick Andrews told us more. Patrick Andrews – Youth With A Mission: Starting tomorrow, Friday the 8th of March, we’ll our Annual...

Workshop on clean development mechanism held in Belize City
A workshop on the subject of clean development mechanism was held in Belize City this morning. It is an outgrowth of the worldwide reaction to climate change, especially in developed countries, which are being charged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 25% by 2020. One of the...

Final preparations underway for La Ruta Maya River Challenge
It’s that time again – when kayakers from Belize and abroad gear up to compete in the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge. As is customary, the teams will take-off from the the Hawksworth Bridge in San Ignacio and end at the Belcan Bridge in Belize City. This year,...

Fatal traffic accident leaves one man dead
There was a fatal traffic accident in the Orange Walk district. A 68 year old man was knocked off his bicycle this morning at around 5:30. Orange Walk Town resident 68 yr Teolosio Cabanas was riding his bicycle on San Estevan Road heading towards his farm located in the...

19 year old student arrested for burglary
A 19 year old student has been arrested for the crime of burglary and handling stolen goods after police say he stole over 7,000 worth of jewelry from a home. The owner of the home reported that on several occasions from December of last year to February of this...

Burglars broke into Belize National Youth Cadet Corp
A pair of burglars broke into the Belize National Youth Cadet Corp store room. According to police, sometime between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, two cadets made their way into the association’s storeroom and stole four luncheon meats, a box of happy cow cheese, two pack cakes, two boxes...

The Guardian

6-Lane Entrance to Belize City
Mayor Darrell Bradley has announced that in the coming weeks the Northern Highway from the Haulover Bridge to the Belcan roundabout will be concreted. More than just being concreted, the highway will be expanded in some areas where the first portion after crossing the Haulover bridge will see it become into a 6-lane highway. Getting closer into the city, it will be reduced to a 4-lane highway. According to the Mayor, the project will cost in the region of 10 million dollars and will be financed through the raising of a second Municipal Bond. That bond will be repaid through an inbound toll which will collect $1 for traffic that flows into the city. In 6 years, that toll will generate as much as 18 million dollars more than enough to pay off the bond. The project to concrete the highway is expected to commence in the next few weeks as there is already interest by at least 5 financiers who are willing to purchase the bond. The work is expected to be done by three contractors currently doing work in Belize City including RJB Construction Company, Matus and Matus Engineering and Medina’s. The work is anticipated to last for 18 months with portions of the highway being improved through piling.

A Handsome Dividend to BSI Employee Holdings
The Belize Sugar Industry Limited held an annual general meeting on Tuesday March 5th during which the company declared dividends for the year 2012. During the meeting it was announced that a 3 million dollar dividend payment will be made to entities who had shareholding in the company previous to the October 2nd, 2012 equity transaction to ASR which took over majority shareholding in the company by virtue of over U.S. 100 million dollar investment in the company. In that transaction, ASR bought out BSI's liabilities at international and local banks as well as the Government of Belize. It also paid out outstanding dividends to the BSI's Employee Holdings, and committed to have at least 30 million U.S. dollars invested in the company. With the declaration of dividends, which is approximately $0.068 per each of the 44 million issued shares before ASR's investment, the BSI's Employee Holdings will receive approximately 81.29% of the 3 million dollars or $2,438,627. Those moneys are expected to be disbursed on March 14th and the Employee's Trust will then disburse to its membership on Thursday, March 21st.

Budget 2013-2014 “Absolutely No New Taxes” “Increase in Social Assistance”
Though there was a 26.8% decrease in oil production in 2012 and an 11.9% decrease in cruise tourist arrivals, Belize’s economy grew by approximately 5.6%. Considering that the United States’ economy grew by only 2.2% and Latin America and the Caribbean have an estimated growth of 3.0%, Belize’s economic performance is the marvel of the region. The greater than projected decrease in oil production and the unexpected decrease in cruise tourism were offset by a 10.2% increase in overnight tourist arrivals. The banana and citrus industries also boosted the economy with a significant rebound year. Banana and citrus production suffered greatly in 2011 due to Hurricane Richard in late 2010 and a destructive thunderstorm in September of 2011. The incredible rebound of those two products combined with another impressive year for sugar production resulted in higher than projected growth in the GDP.

Softball plays for Gold in Costa Rica today
The National Women’s Softball Team of Belize will play for Gold today at the on-going 10th Central American Games that are being played in San Jose, Costa Rica. Six countries, namely Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and host country Costa Rica participated in the Round Robin Competition with the top four countries advancing to the Page System Playoffs. Belize completed the Round Robin play with a 4-1 record and a date with history. Belize will finish with a medal at the 10th Central American Games. Belize played two games on Wednesday March 6th, 2013. In the second game played, Belize defeated Panama by the score of 16-9. Belize’s outfielder Barbara Cadle had a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 6th inning that sealed the victory for Belize. The winning pitching was Kenreen Gillett, who had relief help from Francine Hoare.

The Strongest Political Machinery This Nation has ever seen
As the number of supporters expressing the desire to join Village Council slates for the United Democratic Party (UDP) continues to grow countrywide, the Party is fully engaged in conducting conventions in an increasing number of villages.

13 Million still Available for Infrastructure
In December of last year, the Belize City Council became the first in the Caribbean to successfully float a bond to fund municipal development. The value of the three-tranche bond was 20 million dollars and 54 streets later there is still enough to go around to do more than what was projected.

More Mobility for Belize Defence Force
Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar hands over keys to vehicles to Commander of BDF, General David Jones On Thursday, February 27th the Belize Defence Force (BDF) received three new Mahindra Pickup trucks from the Ministry of National Security.

State Funeral for President Chavez Scheduled for Friday
His Excellency President Hugo Chavez lost his battle with cancer after a brave two year fight on Tuesday, March 5th, at 4:25 p.m. inside a military hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. Thousands of supporters flooded the streets of Venezuela’s capital city, Caracas, to bid farewell to “El Comandante” as his coffin was transported from the military hospital to a military academy where it will remain until the official state funeral on Friday, March 8. The government has declared a seven day period of mourning and schools will remain closed for the rest of this week as the country bids farewell to its populist leader of 14 years.

One Year of CITCO under Darrell Bradley
March 7th will mark one year since the Belize City Council under the leadership of Mayor Darrell Bradley was elected into office. Based on the grade A concrete streets - 54 of them - the tenure of this Belize City Council has seen unprecedented development. The council's successes are not limited to streets; however, speaking to Mayor Darrell Bradley, he explained that there has been much more, less visible accomplishments that the Belize City Council has been able to achieve in one year.

The Death of Debt Watch
For days, weeks and months on end, there was this amorphous entity calling itself Belize's Debt Watch hammering and beating the country's financial position ad nauseam. They did everything under the sun to try to convince the Belizean public that the country was in dire financial straits. They made up figures for how much BTL and BEL are worth, they even took the Prime Minister speaking to the press out of context to try to get their message across. Their purpose turned so pathetic that they had seemingly everyday people speaking finance in their backyards. Their plan seemed simple yet evil at the same time; their focus was to ensure that those who held the Superbond would not sit with the Government and renegotiate it.

Minister Louis Farrakhan at the Big Bird’s Isle
The leader of the Nation of Islam, Minister Louis Farrakhan, is visiting the country of Belize for the third time, first in twenty-seven years. News of his visit first surfaced in late November of 2012 when he was scheduled to come to Belize on December 6th. Unfortunately, Minister Farrakhan was forced to cancel the trip due to exhaustion and dehydration after visiting five Caribbean countries. Belizean Muslims and other supporters of the black movement were disappointed by news of the cancelation and hoped for a makeup visit. The date for that makeup visit was announced by Nuri Muhammad late last week and on Monday, March 4th, Minister Louis Farrakhan arrived in Belize.

A Post in The Wrong Place
As The Guardian has been moving around the City looking at the infrastructural upgrades taking place, we were taken aback by this sight. A lamp post which is sitting well into Chetumal Street, at least two feet on the street and we were left to wonder if BEL will be moving the lamp post or if it will be left there and concrete poured around it.

Prime Minister departs Country to accompany Wife for Continuation of Her Medical Treatment
The Office of the Prime Minister informs that the Hon. Dean Barrow will depart the country today, 5th March, 2013, to accompany his wife, Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow for continuation of her medical treatment.

Belize City and San Benito sign Sister City Relations
The Belize City Council hosted a Guatemalan delegation from the town of San Benito for three days between Friday, March 1st and Sunday, March 3rd. The 12-member delegation was hosted in Belize City and even taken to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The highlight of the visit by the Mayor of San Benito, Sonia Rivera, was the signing of a sister city relations agreement.

Another Impressive Month for Tourist Arrivals
The Belize Tourism Board has released the statistics for tourist arrivals in the month of January and it shows that Mother Nature’s secret is out as the number of people visiting Belize continues to increase. Overnight tourist arrivals have increased by a remarkable 17.2% compared to last year’s stats. A total of 28,431 overnight tourists were recorded in January. Last year the number was 24,263. 19,965 passengers arrived at the Phillip Goldson International Airport this January which is 1,407 more than last year, an increase of 7.6%. Even more impressive news is that cruise tourism was up by 19.4% in comparison to January of 2012. 102,871 cruise tourists arrived in Belize in January. Last year, 86,128 cruise tourists made it to Belizean shores. This has been the most impressive January for tourist arrivals in Belize’s history.

Deputy Prime Minister Presents Land Title to University of Belize
The Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Gaspar Vega today presented the title for University of Belize Toledo Campus to the President of the University, Dr. Cary Fraser. This is second title presented by Hon. Vega to the University. In September 2012, the University was presented with the title to the campus for its Central Farm campus by Deputy Prime Minister Vega.

UB establishes Endowed Scholarship for ACC Student
The University of Belize last week established an endowed scholarship that will create for a student from the Anglican Cathedral College (ACC), who will major in science and mathematics at the University of Belize. The scholarship will cover full tuition and fees and will be awarded on an annual basis by the University.

UDP Leadership revisits Dangriga
The second stop on the post National Convention tour of the United Democratic Party (UDP)Team was in Dangriga for a meeting and social interaction with representatives from Dangriga and Stann Creek West constituencies.

UDP Leadership returns to the South
True to the promise of coming back to the people after the February 17th, National Convention, today Deputy Party Leader, Hon. Gaspar Vega; Party Chairman, Alberto August and Deputy Chairman of the United Democratic Party, Fern Gutierrez met, in Punta Gorda Town, with delegates from Toledo East and Toledo West in the company of Caretaker Representatives ,brothers Eden Martinez and Juan Coy respectively.

THEN & NOW
It is so good to be back in the pages of the Guardian again. ********** It once was, many years ago, when Mike Espat could have been considered a political force to recon with. Those days have long gone by as was clearly demonstrated during the last sitting of the House of Representatives. The NOW poor excuse for an area representative truly embarrassed himself when he “proudly” sought to express a private issue as a matter of “grave” public interest. ********** It is no secret that Mike Espat supported neither Said Musa nor Francis Fonseca for leadership of the now dwindling opposition but the very least they could have done was to advise him that such matter has no place in the House and thereby save him all that public embarrassment. ********** Yes everyone knows that Mike Espat supported the Pineapple face Marin Sr. for leadership of the opposition and that when he sought advice from the Junior Marin in the House, the poor fella, who knows not his posterior from that section of the arm just below the shoulder, wrongfully encouraged him to make a fool of himself in the House of Representatives and by extension to the nation by way of national radio and television.

Abel Arana’s Family asks: Where is the Gun?
23-year-old Abel Arana died shortly after he was involved in a shootout at a residence on Camal Street, Hattieville Village on Sunday, March 3rd. According to a preliminary report from the Belize Police Department, Arana was at the house on Camal Street socializing with Sherlock Ralph Martinez and others when an argument ensued. According to police, “shots were fired apparently by both persons who took out weapons and fired at each other.” Arana was shot to the abdomen and left side of the buttocks. He was taken to the Hattieville Health Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. Martinez was shot in the lower part of the abdomen. He was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he continues to receive treatment for the injury. Relatives and friends of both men have been outspoken about their assumptions of what happened in the house on Camal Street. Those close to Martinez are saying that he and Arana never had a relationship as friends; therefore, they would not have been socializing together. One friend of Martinez appeared on 7 News and said that Arana went to the house with the intent of killing Martinez. However, during the attempt, Martinez managed to knock the gun away and fired shots of his own. Arana’s parents dispute the allegations. They believe that their son was ‘chanced’ out of his life. They claim that the two men were friends as Martinez was very visible at a party that Arana had thrown for his child a few days earlier. Arana’s parents believe their son was beaten by numerous individuals and then shot. They ask, “If he [Arana] had gone there to kill him [Martinez] why not leave the gun on the scene so the police can find the gun? Where is the gun now?”

First Woman to be tried for Escape at the Supreme Court
On Friday, March 1st, the case of escape against 21- year-old Latifah Augustine, a student and resident of #170 East Collet Canal in Belize City, was committed to the April Session of the Supreme Court by Magistrate Dale Cayetano. As a result of the decision, her old bail was revoked and she was placed in lock down; she was offered a new bail in the sum of $3,000 plus a surety of the same amount. In the past, the offense of escape was treated as a summary offense and was tried at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court but an amendment to the act now sees the charge being dealt with on indictment. When a person is charged for the offense, no plea is taken and a preliminary inquiry is held to determine if there is sufficient evidence to commit the matter to the Supreme Court. Augustine is accused of escaping from lawful custody on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 whilst at the Queen Street Police Station. She had been detained for assaulting a police officer and drinking in a public place. In a report, Sgt. Titus Parham reported that on Saturday, November 3rd, 2013, at about 10:40 a.m., he was on duty at the Queen Street Police Station as the EDO (Executive Duty Officer), when he was informed that Augustine was detained and placed into the female cell area for the offenses.

Woman withdraws Bail from Ex-Cop
On Monday, March 4th, an ex-police officer, who was dismissed from the Belize Police Department after being charged for robbery, saw his 2012 bail revoked in court. Kimberly Grant, his former girlfriend, visited Court #6 where she appeared before Magistrate Adolph Lucas requesting the urgent withdrawal of her bail from her ex boyfriend, Michael Diaz. Grant told Magistrate Adolph Lucas that on several occasions, Diaz has not been showing up at court despite the fact that in December 2012 she made a personal visit to him make sure he showed up. Diaz defied her request and as a result, she revoked her bail. Magistrate Lucas granted her request after she explained her situation. In court, Diaz, who was unrepresented, explained that his ex-girlfriend is being malicious against him because they recently broke up. He says he did not show up on his latest court date because it was changed without his knowledge.

Guilty of Possession of a Controlled drug
In February 49-year-old Benjamin Lester Chaplin, a Plummer of Faber’s Road pleaded guilty to assaulting a 12-year-old child when he beat her with his belt. On Friday, March 1st, he again appeared in Magistrate's Court, this time to answer to charges of possession of a controlled drug. Chaplin appeared before Magistrate Hettie Mae-Stewart where he pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled drug. For the two offenses, despite the fact that he has 3 previous convictions for possession of a controlled drug, Chaplin was spared from jail term as he was fined $8000 plus $5.00 cost of court for 9.8 grams of cannabis, and another fine of $300 plus $5.00 cost of court for 3.7 grams of cannabis which were found in his possession. The two fines were ordered to be paid by April 29th, 2013 or in default of payments, he is to serve 9 months altogether.

Drug Plane that left Belize detained in Venezuela
Jorge Bustamante Ustariz and David William Sawatzky A Plane with U.S. registration number N345MD, which left from a licensed airfield in Western Belize without a flight plan, was intercepted in Venezuela by the armed forces of that country. The Plane, an Aero Commander 500, flew illegally into Venezuelan airspace to land in an unregistered airstrip in Venezuela on Friday, February 22nd but was intercepted sometime around 2:40 on that morning. Venezuelan news reports indicate that the plane was occupied by 51-year-old Canadian, David William Sawatzky and Colombian, 31-year-old Jorge Armando Bustamante Ustariz. The airplane was equipped with 4 auxillary fuel tanks for an approximate flight possibility of 8 hours. Inspection of the on-board GPS system determined that the plane had left Belize and was destined to an airstrip near the border of Venezuela and Colombia. Authorities in Venezuela are speculating that the plane would have been used for narcotraficking.

Two detained for Murder of Frank Neal
Police have detained two persons in their investigation of the murder of 36-year-old Stevedore, Frank Neal. Neal was riding his bicycle on Glynn Street at about 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5th, when a dark complexioned man rode up from behind and fired several shots at him. One of the bullets struck Neal to the back of the head causing him to die instantly. Neal is not from the area where he was killed and there is still no certain motive established by police as yet. He is a resident of Guerrero Street and the ride on Glynn Street was a routine one for him since he frequented the area to buy Johnny Cakes. Police have not confirmed if anything was stolen from Neal who, according to reports, had just collected his pay. One 9mm expended shell was recovered from the scene and police investigation continues.

Honduran beaten to Death in Dangriga
35-year-old Honduran maintenance worker, Julio Cesar Lopez Funez collected his pay from the Belize Bank Dangriga Branch at approximately 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27th. He then exited the bank and while walking on Tubroose Street, he was assaulted and left in an unconscious state. Funez’s wallet, which contained cash and identification cards, was stolen. Police responded to the scene at 1:26 p.m. and found him lying in an unconscious state with injuries to the face and head. He was rushed to the Southern Regional Hospital then transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Friday, March 1st, at 9:15 p.m. Police investigation into Funez’s murder continues.

Eugene Palacio gunned down on Caesar Ridge Road
37-year-old Eugene Eric Castillo Palacio spent Sunday night, March 3rd, partying with his relatives on Caesar Ridge Road on the occasion of his aunt’s birthday. The family’s celebration came to an abrupt halt at about 9:30 p.m., when the festive music was overlapped by the sound of gunshots just outside the premises. Palacio was standing on the side of the street with a female cousin when a gunman of dark complexion came walking from the direction of Gill Street. The gunman walked up to Palacio and shot him in the face. He then fired several more shots at Palacio before he fled the area. Palacio received gunshot injuries to the head and chest. He died on the scene. Police are asking individuals with information that can assist the investigation to visit the nearest police station. According to reports, there were numerous people on the street at the time of the murder.

Charged for Prohibited Firearm
Police conducted a search at #79 Tigris Street in Belize City on Monday, March 4th at around 5:45p.m. where they found a .40 caliber pistol along with two rounds in a crate filled with garbage. At the time of the search three women were present and they were subsequently arrested by police. Before the day was done, a man who also lives at the home visited the police station and gave a caution statement admitting to police that the gun was his. That man is 21-year-old Keron Pinto. After an overnight in lock down, Pinto appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith on Tuesday, March 5th where he was charged with keeping a prohibited firearm and keeping unlicensed ammunition. In court, Pinto who was unrepresented pleaded not guilty to both charges. Due to the nature of the offenses, bail was denied and Pinto was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until April 5th.

Guilty of Drug Trafficking
On Tuesday, March 5th, Prison inmate, Lenton Polonio, who has been serving time for money he owes the court, changed a not guilty plea to guilty for the offense of drug trafficking. As a result he was fined $10,000 plus a $5.00 cost of court. In default of payment, he will spend 3 years in prison. He has until June 30th, 2013 to make payment. The fine was imposed on Polonio when he appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano in Court #4. Polonio, 34, was arrested and charged on September 14, 2012 in Orange Walk Town but was arraigned in Belize City after he was caught in possession of 147 grams of cannabis. The bust occurred at about 7:30 a.m., when police officers stopped a brown bus heading north. According to PC Abner Pasqual, of the Anti-Drug Unit, he and other officers on operations in the old Maskall Road stopped the bus. When the back door of the bus was opened, he smelled the high aroma of cannabis.

Ronald Revers escapes Death
28-year-old Ronald Revers is lucky to be alive after he was targeted by a gunman on Monday, March 4th. A little before 11 a.m. on Monday, Revers was doing mechanical work on a Ford Escape that had shut down in the Uno Gas Station compound on Youth for the Future Drive when he was approached by a gunman who rode up on him and fired a single shot at Revers. Life and death was a matter of inches for Revers who was lucky since the bullet went through his cheeks. Police responded quickly to the incident and managed to detain Mayflower Street resident, 18-year-old Lloyd King, for the shooting. A .38 revolver was recovered and Revers was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for treatment. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Softball plays for Gold in Costa Rica today
Team Belize finished Round Robin Competition with a 4-1 record. The National Women’s Softball Team of Belize will play for Gold today at the on-going 10th Central American Games that are being played in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Belize Defence Force halts The Belmopan Bandits
The 2013 Closing Season of the Premier League of Belize continued over the last weekend with a number of games across the country. On Sunday, March 3rd, at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, the defending champions and current leaders in this year’s competition, the Belmopan Bandits were dealt its first defeat of the tournament by former champions the Belize Defence Force by the score of 2-0. The Belize Defence Force got on the scoreboard in the early minutes of the game when Richard Jimenez scored the 1st goal of the game by the score of 2-0 to give his team an early lead. The first half of the game ended 1-0 in favour of the Belize Defence Force. In the second half of the game the Belize Defence Force was able to extend the lead when Khalil Velasquez scored his team 2nd and final goal of the game in the 58th minute of play for the win.

Nazarene High School Girls and Boys in Grand Finals of High School Softball Competition
The Central Region Secondary Schools Softball Competition for 2012-2013 will come to an end on Friday, March 8th, at Rogers Stadium with the Grand Final games in the Playoff System. In the female championship game, Nazarene High School will face the winner from the Final Game which is scheduled to be played on Thursday, March 7th, at Rogers Stadium between Edward P. Yorke High School and Ladyville Technical High School. Nazarene High School advance to the Grand Final Game on Monday, March 4th, when it defeated Edward P. Yorke High School by the score of 13-7. The winning pitcher was Elma Wade and the losing pitcher was Jessica Lauriano. Meanwhile on Tuesday, March 5th, Ladyville Technical High School eliminated Wesley College by the score of 18-7 to advance to the Final Game. The winning pitcher was Amber Wade and the losing pitcher was Brianna Meighan.

National Primary Schools Softball Championship This Friday
The 2012-2013 National Primary Schools Softball championships will be played this Friday March 8th, 2013, at Rogers Stadium for the girls and at the ITVET Compound for the boys. The competition will commence at 8:30 am with the Official Opening Ceremony. The championships will be declared opened by Mrs. Philippa Griffith-Bailey, ISF Hall of Fame Member, Women in Sports Commissioner and Treasurer of the National Sports Council of Belize. The teams are representing the six districts of Belize in both the boys’ and girls’ competition. The teams participating in the girls’ competition are Biscayne Government School (Belize District), Trial Farm Government School (Toledo District), Aguacate Roman Catholic School (Toledo District) St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic School from Esperanza Village (Cayo District), Independence Primary School (Stann Creek District) and Xaibe Roman Catholic School (Corozal District). The schools that will participate in the boys’ competition are Holy Redeemer School (Belize District), Carmelita Government School (Orange Walk District), San Pedro Columbia Roman Catholic School (Toledo District), St. Jude Roman Catholic School from Camalote Village (Cayo District),Independence Primary School and Xaibe Roman Catholic School (Corozal District).

Belize City Interoffice Softball Competition 2013 Game Results
Game 1: KHMH - 16 Baby Ruth - 12 Highlights: KHMH scored 16 runs on 11 hits. Meanwhile, Baby Ruth Baaba Shap scored 12 runs on 8 hits. However, the Baby Ruth Baaba Shap offence was keyed by shortstop Brian Grant who collected 3 hits in 5 official-at-bats. All 3 hits were of the home runs type. Grant had a 3 run homer in the bottom of the 1st inning, a solo blast in the bottom of the 6th inning and a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 7th inning. The winning pitcher was Ricardo Hermoso and the losing pitcher was Jumoke Castro. Game 2 BTL – 16 Kit Kat Baaba Shap - 0 Highlights: BTL scored 16 runs on 10 hits. BTL Shortstop Nelson Tillett and Centre Fielder Lupito Acosta was the key to the BTL offence. They both collected 2 hits each. Tillett went 2 for 2, while Acosta went 2 for 3. The winning pitcher was Bernard Pitts and the losing pitcher was Leonora Morales.

Blogs

Mayan Architecture: Student Models of Temples
Holy Cross: Every year our Standard 3 (5th Grade) students study Mayan architecture as part of their social studies curriculum. This year they made great models from all sorts of materials. Our standard 3 students had a lot of fun in social studies producing excellent models of Mayan Ruins as part of the social studies. Their creativity was incredible. Some carved from polystyrene, others made theirs from cardboard and construction paper. Several poured a block of concrete then shaped and carved before it was all set. The models looked great, as did the smiles of achievement on their faces! Well done, Std 3 Enjoy the photos of these great models – and the smiles of achievement on the student’s faces.

Upper Division Field Trip
Last week our students from Standards 4,-6 (Grades 6 – 8) went on a field trip to Belize Zoo and the Western Dairies factory in Spanish Lookout. They raised all the funds themselves, and from all accounts had a fantastic time. The Std 6 students wrote letters to imaginary friends talking about their day, a few of which are below. I’ll post pictures from the day when I have them, but in the meanwhile the image above is of the Harpy Eagle that the students write about. At 3″ tall it is one of the largest eagles in the world.

El Fogon Restaurant in San Pedro: Traditional Belizean Food in a Traditional Setting
El Fogon is legit. Authentic Belize in all ways…family run, old school cooking over a “fogon” or open fire stove and delicious simple Belizean dishes. All the classics from stew chicken (the unofficial national dish of the country) to salbutes. The restaurant is located just a street north of the San Pedro Tropic Air terminal in San Pedro…if it’s your first time and you are rightly confused about my super vague directions, just ask. Here is a look at the kitchen that you see as soon as you walk in. It’s almost like being at someone’s house. Well…if you had friends that cooked this way.

How to Make Belizean Coconut Shrimps
nstructions: In medium bowl, combine egg, 1/2 cup flour, belikin beer and baking powder. Place 1/4 cup flour and coconut in two separate bowls. Hold shrimp by tail, and dredge in flour, shaking off excess flour. Dip in egg/ belikin beer batter; allow excess to drip off. Roll shrimp in coconut, and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat coconut oil to 350 degrees F in a deep-fryer. Fry shrimp in batches: cook, turning once, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Using tongs, remove shrimp to paper towels to drain. Serve warm with your favorite home made dipping sauce.

What Went Wrong?
Our children are being raised in fear of going outside. When I was I young girl growing up in Belize the only thing that would keep me from going outside was severe thunderstorm. I am saddened to see the severe stress and worry that our children are going through. There is the old saying that says "It Takes A Village", but in Belize our village is in a desperate state of disrepair. Crime and the fear it induces is driving our children indoors and on occasions they are still not safe in their beds. We need to help our children and the best way to do so is to repair the breakdown of marriage, family and community togetherness. What a legacy we have passed unto our children!! But together we can do so much more, change is coming; it has to come.

Ten Powerful Marketing Tips for the Small Business
Print your best small ad on a postcard and mail it to prospects in your targeted market. People read postcards when the message is brief. A small ad on a postcard can drive a high volume of traffic to your web site and generate a flood of sales leads for a very small cost. No single marketing effort works all the time for every business, so rotate several marketing tactics and vary your approach. Your customers tune out after awhile if you toot only one note. Not only that, YOU get bored. Marketing can be fun, so take advantage of the thousands of opportunities available for communicating your value to customers. But don’t be arbitrary about your selection of a variety of marketing ploys. Plan carefully. Get feedback from customers and adapt your efforts accordingly.

Small Business Success
Small business owners are a hard working bunch. It seems that the only time they come up for air is, well, never. And that’s a problem, says small business expert Bill McBean. The serial entrepreneur — and author of the book Facts of Business Life: What Every Successful Business Owner Knows That You Don’t – has experienced firsthand what it’s like to be consumed by the day-to-day pressures of running a company. He cautions that a relentless focus on closing that next deal, keeping the books in the black and constantly putting out fires can be harmful to a business in the long term. While drive and ambition are admirable qualities, there are times when it’s OK to take a step back and take stock.

Missing You
Rose and I are having a great time in Dallas. With the Tom Tom and the hire car we have been able to find our way around reasonably successfully. Think I have only overshot a turnoff twice since we have been here. In England it wasn’t uncommon for me to that on a single journey to somewhere new to me. Mind you, I didn’t use a GPS then. Everything here is on a grand scale. Huge roads. Massive shopping malls. Large shops. No ‘big hair’ though. Really disappointed. When I watched JR and Sue Ellen back in the late 70s all of the women had ‘big hair’. Suppose things have changed in the last thirty-five years! We have had plenty to occupy our time. The roads are great and, unless we have travelled during rush hour, we haven’t been subjected to traffic jams. The journeys though – from one shopping center to the next- still eats up the time because they always seem to be around twenty miles apart. Perhaps it is bad planning on my part. Or maybe it’s just the way Dallas is because of its sheer size. Although we are having a great time and seeing the things (taps,(faucets for non UK readers), shower heads, fans, etc) we came here to look at, already (we have only been here four days) I find myself thinking I am missing you Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Mennonite Gurls A'ken Cook: Roasted Chicke with Raisin Bubbat
Thishere is un old fashyuned Mennonite method uf stuffin' a he . . . no onyuns, no celery er sage. T' stuffin' is simlar t'a raisin breed, a lil uf t'sweet and savery blend. Ingredients: 3 – 4 lb roastin' chicke 1 tsp salt peppr Laurie##Q##s seesonin' Stuffin' (Bubbat) 1 1/2 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 3 tsp bakin' powdr 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup raisins 1/2 cup chopped prunes

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Trinidad to play Belize, Peru in football friendly
Trinidad and Tobago will play two Central American opponents later this month as they continue preparations for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July. The Trinidadians will take on Belize at home March 22 and travel to Lima to face Peru three days later, reports CMC. The March 26 encounter against Peru is a return friendly after the Caribbean side lost to them 0-2 here last month. "We had a good opportunity to see some of the players from abroad in the last game against Peru and we also had the chance to see the local-based players in that particular game," said national head coach Hutson Charles. "The process of seeing what the players have to offer will continue in these two matches coming up." The match against Belize will be played at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva due to the unavailability of other venues, which are currently being upgraded. Belize lost 0-1 to Costa Rica and drew 0-0 with Guatemala in their opening two games of the Central American finals in January.

VIDEO: Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (UNESCO/TBS)
The coastal area of Belize is an outstanding natural system consisting of the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, offshore atolls, several hundred sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and estuaries. The system's seven sites illustrate the evolutionary history of reef development and are a significant habitat for threatened species, including marine turtles, manatees and the American marine crocodile.

Belize Makes Lonely Planet's 'Most Relaxing Destinations' List
Lonely Planet have their Traveler's Choice lists out for 2013, and Belize is ranked 7th on the Relaxing list. Of course! "No surprises here. All of the top 10 destinations for relaxing are known for their amazing beaches. Most are also well-known for their unhurried ‘island time’ sensibility."


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