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#461112 - 03/27/13 10:33 AM Today's Belize News: March 27, 2013
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Ambergris Caye is #1 according to TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice® Islands Award!
My Beautiful Belize is based in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. It has been the home to our parent company, The San Pedro Sun Newspaper, for the past 22 years, and as such, we feel such a sense of pride to know that our beloved island has been named the #1 island in the world, according to TripAdvisor®. Of course, we knew that ages ago! We have been promoting our island home for years as the crown jewel of Belize. We love our country – and feel it should be number 1 in the world as well – but to know that home-base – the top tourism destination in the country – has been given due recognition just adds to the pride. Yay Ambergris Caye!

Government of Belize Responds to Guatemala’s Proposals
The Government of Belize, having had occasion to review the proposals by the Republic of Guatemala as presented in writing on 17th March, 2013 to Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza, for the parties to consider postponement of the referenda for an indefinite period or for Belize to proceed on its own to hold a referendum on the agreed date, has decided to reject the Guatemalan proposals in their entirety. The Government of Belize notes that tremendous efforts over many years and through successive administrations have been spent in finding a negotiated solution that would bring to a definitive end Guatemala’s unfounded claim to Belize, and that the failure of these attempts is what led to the signing of the Special Agreement by Belize, Guatemala and the OAS on 8th December, 2008. That Special Agreement provides for referenda to be held in Belize and in Guatemala simultaneously on the date of 6th October, 2013 and had also been jointly agreed upon by the Parties for the purpose of consulting the respective publics on whether or not the solution should be found in submitting Guatemala’s claim to the International Court of Justice. Any changes in the Special Agreement or the agreed dates of the referenda must therefore be jointly agreed upon.

UB Females win 36th Annual Relathon
The thirty-sixth UB Annual Relathon was held on Sunday, March 24, where the females emerged victorious over the males. The males started in San Ignacio in front of the police station at 8:45 a.m, and the females started at Belmopan Market Square. The females finished the 50 miles run from the UB Belmopan Campus to Belize City at 3:46 p.m. while the males arrived 15 minutes later. This marks the 15th win for the females since the relay – marathon tradition begun at the Belize Technical College in 1978. A total of 41 females participated for the females, and 48 for the males. This victory by the females closes in the margin of wins which is at 18-15 in favor of the males.

Twenty Two (22) Persons Complete Training in Forensic Ballistics
On Friday March 22, 2013, Twenty Two (22) persons received certificates after completing a one-week Training Course in Forensic Ballistics, conducted by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) in collaboration with the British High Commission in Belize and the Ministry of National Security. The areas covered by the course are mainly in support of criminal investigations and the counter-proliferation of firearms and ammunition. Keynote Speaker at the Closing/Graduation Ceremony was British High Commissioner in Belize, H.E. Pat Ashworth. Other speakers included the newly appointed Director of the National Forensic Science Service, David Henderson; and Chief Forensic Analyst, Genoveva Marin. Also present was Deputy British High Commissioner, Jackie Brown. Master of Ceremonies was Police Press Officer, Raphael Martinez.

Tropic Air launches new flight to Cancun
Tropic Air has taken another step forward by introducing an exciting new destination: Cancun, Mexico. In the past few years, Cancun has quickly evolved into a major tourism destination; as well it has become a key asset for tourists travelling to Belize. For the budget minded travellers, flying to Cancun is more reasonably priced than a direct flight to Belize, but the down side is the long commute of approximately six to seven hours between Cancun and Belize. After a 13 year hiatus from the Cancun skies, Tropic Air has once again launched a quick way to get to Mexico’s tourism mecca. As of Monday March 23rd, travellers no longer have to worry about lost travel hours since Tropic Air now has a direct flight from Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport to Cancun International Airport. Cancun is the third international destination for Tropic Air and the 14th flight route. The flight lasts approximately one hour and twenty minutes, a relief from the above mentioned six to seven hours. The flight departs from Belize at 11:30AM and returns from Cancun at 2:15 PM on a daily basis except for Saturdays. The connecting flight will ease travel time for both tourists and locals alike.

Ambergris Today

Promoting Good Health in San Pedro: Belize Medical Outreach – Pediatrician Day at Poly Clinic
Friends of Pediatrics of Belize held its Belize Medical Outreach from Sunday, March 17 to Thursday, March 21, 2013 providing free pediatric checkups in public health community centers in rural areas of Belize and La Isla Bonita. A team of eight pediatricians, one pediatric neurologist, four medical students and one leader organizer provided medical services to areas such as Crooked Tree, Trinidad Village, Guinea Grass Village, Hattieville and San Pedro. The Clinic was organized by the nongovernmental organization Friends of Pediatrics and a visiting team of physicians from the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Virginia. President of Friends of Pediatrics, Dr Cecilio Eck, says there is always a need for referral clinic especially in underserved areas, so the visit of the volunteers was most welcomed.

Black Orchid Restaurant Entices with Dessert Pairings in San Pedro
In the States desserts are customarily served with coffee or tea but in Italy desserts are served with wine or some sort of liqueur. Italians generally linger at the table after a meal, taking time to chat, nibble on something sweet and relax. Well, there is one restaurant in San Pedro, Belize that is taking that Italian custom of pairing dessert with liquor and serving to its customers. The newly opened Black Orchid Restaurant south of San Pedro Town is pairing their delicious desserts with wine and cognac. It is not a common practice in Belizean restaurants and although you can pair your dessert with an after dinner liqueur yourself, Black Orchid Restaurant is making it easier for its customers. If you may not know what liqueur to pair with certain desserts, Black Orchid gives its customers some options to explore and bring out the flavors of its fine desserts. Pair flavors like chocolate or lemon with port wine or carrots with a great cognac and you have enticing desserts rich with flavor.

Ambergris Caye Wins 2013 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Islands Award

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Government of Belize Responds to Guatemala’s Proposals
Belmopan. March 26th, 2013. The Government of Belize, having had occasion to review the proposals by the Republic of Guatemala as presented in writing on 17th March, 2013 to Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza, for the parties to consider postponement of the referenda for an indefinite period or for Belize to proceed on its own to hold a referendum on the agreed date, has decided to reject the Guatemalan proposals in their entirety. The Government of Belize notes that tremendous efforts over many years and through successive administrations have been spent in finding a negotiated solution that would bring to a definitive end Guatemala’s unfounded claim to Belize, and that the failure of these attempts is what led to the signing of the Special Agreement by Belize, Guatemala and the OAS on 8th December, 2008. That Special Agreement provides for referenda to be held in Belize and in Guatemala simultaneously on the date of 6th October, 2013 and had also been jointly agreed upon by the Parties for the purpose of consulting the respective publics on whether or not the solution should be found in submitting Guatemala’s claim to the International Court of Justice. Any changes in the Special Agreement or the agreed dates of the referenda must therefore be jointly agreed upon.

Cayo's Easter Fair Weekend
Cayo's Easter Fair will be at the Victor Galvez stadium this Saturday and Sunday. The SISE Town Council has a great line up this year. There will be plenty of games, rides, food, and music, along with entertainment from Orquidea Negra, a marching band, and the Nu Generation Dance Company. Happy Easter!

Procession del Silencio en Benque
Holy Monday in Benque. "The involvement of Youth & Children is the most important component to maintain & sustain the richness of tradition & culture. Holy Monday in Benque for the Procession Del Silencio

Ecce Homo Exhibit at Benque HoC
The Benque House of Culture will have the launch of the new Ecce Homo exhibit today at 7:30pm. They are celebrating the centennial of the Pallottine Sisters in Belize. "Join us for Holy Wednesday as we launch 'ECCE HOMO' Exhibition. Ecce homo is a standard component of cycles illustrating the Passion and Life of Christ through art by our local Artists & HOC Founder Mr. Mike Mauricio"

AR B's Restaurant on Burns
Cayo has a new restaurant, and it's called AR B's. They are located at the end of the walkable part of Burns avenue. They have their menu done, and within the week should have everything listed for sale. Their burritos are good, and they have good coffee too.

Palm Sunday Procession in Benque
They had their procession for Palm Sunday in Benque. "The Faithful tradition of Holy Week in Del Carmen starts with the Celebration of Palm Sunday in the community, a large procession makes way to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.Palm Sunday Album Courtesy of Elvis Avila for 'Len's of Culture 2013 Project'"

Animals People & Care
Daniel Velazquez has the trailer out for his new documentary entitled 'Animals People and Care.' Now that's a cool trailer, and it has a funny twist to it. The focus is the Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic, and Dr. Isabelle Paquet Durand's efforts at getting it to what it is today. "a film about a Fragile like mother Earth awareness campaign, using creative media, to raise local and international support fund raising for animals in need, to win first prize in inspiration in action contest in order to open a wildlife care facility in Belize. this is a short 28 min. documentary made from the short awareness films along with Richard and Carol foster wildlife footage."

Belize Band Fest Pictures
More pictures from the Belize Band Fest that was held in Belmopan.

UB Relathon Won by Females
Congratulations to the UB Females for winning the 36th annual University of Belize Relathon. "The thirty-sixth UB Annual Relathon was held on Sunday, March 24, where the females emerged victorious over the males. The males started in San Ignacio in front of the police station at 8:45 a.m, and the females started at Belmopan Market Square. The females finished at 3:46 p.m. while the males arrived 15 minutes later. The best times per mile are as follows: Best female times: Tischelle Solis - 6:04 Irice Reyes - 6:21 Arlene Bennett - 6:25 Males best times. Danilio Marcilio - 5:04 Kent Welch - 5:12 Uhuru Mckoy - 5:29 A total of 41 females participated for the females, and 48 for the males. This victory by the females closes in the margin of wins which is at 18-15 in favor of the males. Congratulations to winners and all participants!"

Pepitos is a delicious snack made from pumpkin seeds or the seeds of a squash.

Channel 7

GOB Joins PUP In Rejecting Guat Proposal to Change Referendum Date
Yesterday, the Opposition came forward and rejected the Guatemalan proposal to change the date of referendum on the ICJ. Today, Cabinet met in Belmopan and took the same position. A statement sent out this afternoon says that the Government "has decided to reject the Guatemalan proposals in their entirety." The statement adds that quote, "tremendous efforts over many years and through successive administrations have been spent in finding a negotiated solution…and the failure of these attempts is what led to the signing of the Special Agreement by Belize, Guatemala and the OAS on 8th December, 2008." IT adds, "The Government of Belize is today writing to OAS Secretary General Insulza… to confirm Belize's continued commitment to abide by the Special Agreement… including the holding of simultaneous referenda as agreed on 6th October, 2013." This evening we caught Foreign Minister Elrington at his home where he said Cabinet decided unanimously: Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs "The official response is that we will not deviate from the special agreement which we've entered into in 2008. The Government is going to stick to that."

Corozal Cops Foil Kidnappers; Rescue "Million Dollar Baby"
Last night, Corozal police recovered an infant child that was being held for almost a million dollar ransom! We've been following this developing story since yesterday, but Police asked us to hold off on reporting it because the kidnappers allegedly told the family that if the media or police got involved, the baby would have been killed. But police did get involved, and made a dramatic rescue of the child last night. But the abduction happened 24 hours earlier. According to our information, on Sunday night the mother was driving with her one year old daughter on the ITVET Road on the outskirts of Corozal town when 2 vehicles blocked her path. Gunmen jumped out of the vehicles, and grabbed the child, while holding the mother stationary at gunpoint. They reportedly told the mother that if they pay a ransom, the child would be returned, but they also threatened to kill the baby if she reported the matter to the police or the press. Multiple reports to 7News say that the kidnappers were asking for as much as $450,000 thousand US dollars for her safe return.

OW Cop Died Of Drowning, Not Foul Play
Last night, 7News told you about 44 year-old Police Constable Antonio Chan, the officer who was found dead in the Belize New River in the Trial Farm Area of Orange Walk Town. There was some uncertainty surrounding his death, and speculation arose that it could have been foul play. But it turns out that he drowned; that's according to Dr. Mario Estradabran, who conducted a post-mortem, which revealed that he died due to asphyxia due to drowning. And while his cause of death is now certified, there is still no explanation yet of what caused him to drive his vehicle into the river - which is where he drowned.

Unions Take A Hardline in Negotiations With GOB
The unions are reloading for another round of talks with the Prime Minister. We say talks because the Prime Minister has said there's nothing to negotiate; his position is simple: if the unions can help government achieve a revenue surplus then they can get a raise out of that. But the unions have taken a different stance, they says there's plenty of room to negotiate to ensure that their membership has at least minimum pay raise that they can be assured of. That's what's contained in a set of counter proposals that have been sent back to government. Except government doesn't want to hear it; the PM has reportedly balked at those counter proposals, but still agreed to meet. And that's why the unions have been making the talk show rounds this week. We caught up with them after an appearance on KREM W-U-B this morning where they outlined their position. Luke Palacio - President, BNTU "Basically the Prime Minister has indicated to us - and we need to be very clear here, the Prime Minister, we know is an attorney. The way he writes, it is subject to interpretation, but basically he has said to us that he will not - he's not going to accept the proposal that we have for the 5% to be paid for this financial year that we are requesting in our account of proposal." Reporter "Can you give an explanation as to why?" Luke Palacio "Well basically what the Prime Minister has said in his letter is that we had agreed to several things in the presentation that he had made. Our records show that there was at no point any indication was made to the Prime Minister that we agreed to anything in his proposals.

Octogenarian Killed Himself In Corozal
An 83 year-old Retired American who was found shot dead in Corozal yesterday, seems as if he may have killed himself. Police visited Richard Stout's home at #3 Coconut Grove, Consejo Shores in the Corozal District, and they found him on the ground behind his house. Investigations so far suggest that Stout was at home alone at the time, and he allegedly shot himself with a 9mm pistol, which was found near his body. His common-law wife reported that when she got home, she found him dead with the gun and a note beside him. According to her, Stout had been suffering from pulmonary emphysema since 2006, and that he indicated to her that he would kill himself. The weapon, the body and the note were all recovered by police.

Holy Week Is Busiest Time Of Year For Water Taxi's
Every year, the 2 major water taxi operations, San Pedro Belize Express and Caye Caulker Water taxi prepare for what's called Holy Week, when a good section of the population head for the islands. It's a spike in passenger volume and revenue for the companies, and often gives way to cut-throat competition, as they slash prices and change around schedules to try to attract as many island-bound passengers as possible. Today, we spoke to the Marketing Manager for Caye Caulker Water Taxi about what the Easter Weekend means for her company. She says that they've been planning for it for 2 months. Wendy Castillo - Marketing Manager, Caye Caulker Water Taxi "Well, so far our season started great. As you know Easter is one of the times that Belizeans and tourists look forward to going to the Cayes. And so far it has been good for us but this weekend - this Easter weekend, that's when we'll get boat loads of our local Belizean passing through our terminal. So we're prepared; we're ready; we have a lot of surprises, and giveaways. The party starts at Caye Caulker Water Taxi before you reach the Caye, the party has to start here. So we are prepared for that - we have been preparing for the past 2 months. Our Belizeans have always been very supportive of us. As you all know, if you don't know and you want to put emphasis that we are the 100 - the only 100% Belizean own operating water taxi in Belize, and whenever our people pass through, not only in Easter, we always have promotions going on. For us, this is something that we emphasis as you can see, our boats - we have capacity of 120 for our biggest boat, and something that we always emphasize to our customers is that you don't have to rush. If the demand is there we will pull up another boat, and we take you. So there's no need for rush; it's based on the demand that is passing - amount of customers passing through our terminal, we have enough boat, believe you me, to accommodate the demands of our customers."

Reaching Out In Rhaburn Ridge
Last night, we told you about the US Army Southcom's New Horizon project which is building schools and providing medical care to select communities across Belize. Well, there are other US organizations on goodwill missions in Belize, and one of them is the Students for the International Mission Service, who have started their own outreach efforts in Rhaburn Ridge Village in the Belize District. One of the representatives told us about what they plan to do: Shaun Kelly Plafker - Students for the International Mission Service "We're doing a local health fair for the communities here at Rayburn Ridge and the surrounding areas. We have students from the Universities, and doctors who are putting on a health fair." Reporter "Okay, besides from a health fair, I see construction taking place. Explain what's happening." Shaun Kelly Plafker "There's another group from California that's here helping the local church build classrooms and restrooms for the church and they're building a school."

Channel 5

Government rejects Guatemala’s 2 referendum proposals
On Monday, the Opposition rejected two Guatemalan proposals and tonight there is official word from Belmopan that Cabinet has looked at the proposals and is also discarding them in their entirety. A release from the Belize Press Office this afternoon made that position clear, while reiterating the point that Belize has done everything to stick [...]

Foreign Affairs Minister questions Opposition Leader’s moral standing
And while Belize plays the waiting game and Foreign Minister Elrington is not predicting Guatemala’s next move, he is absolutely clear in his view of Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca, and the People’s United Party. In a press conference Monday evening, Fonseca said Elrington was doing a disservice to Belize and should be removed. [...]

Minister tells Opposition that G.O.B. knows what it’s doing
Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca issued a statement on Monday, rejecting the proposals from Guatemala but also calling on government to ensure and maintain local and international support for Belize during this critical time in the nation’s history. Elrington said that the Opposition is preaching to the choir, since the government knows what has to be [...]

News of a kidnapping: toddler rescued from captors
A case of kidnapping has been reported in the Corozal District.  It happened since Sunday but the media did not report it in order to reduce risks in endangering the life of the child. A high profile investigation has been taking place and a number of officers have been involved providing tactical and intelligence support [...]

Do you agree that BIL will be used to hustle?
Another hot button issue is the establishment of a company called the Belize Infrastructure Limited which was recently established by the government and then by and large assumed works previously carried out by the Ministry of Works. Tonight’s question is: Do you agree that BIL, GOB’s sixty million dollar infrastructure company, will be used to [...]

Minister not interested in theatrics of Territorial Volunteers
With the rejection of the Guatemalan referendum proposals there is still one initiative that keeps popping up. Caught somewhere on the periphery of the continuing back and forth between Belize and Guatemala are the Belize Territorial Volunteers, led by activist Wil Maheia, who have stated that they will clear, as in chop to the ground, [...]

P.U.P. Toledo says no to ICJ
Both the government and opposition have now firmly rejected the Guatemalan proposals in respect of the October sixth referendum which would have determined whether the population had any desire to ultimately have the ICJ determine Belize’s boundaries. While it seemed that is the general public sentiment, we narrowed it down to the two area representatives [...]

P.U.P. Toledo concerned about Belize border security
The area representatives of the Toledo District did not hike to Santa Cruz to join the Clear the Border Project by Belize Territorial Volunteers. According to Oscar Requeña and Mike Espat, while Belizeans need to assert their nationalism there is also an issue of security involved along the Belize borders.    Mike Espat, Toledo East [...]

Forestry officer collapses and dies
  Last Sunday afternoon, personnel from the Special Patrol Unit, the Belize Defense Force and Forestry Department were on an operation at Maya Mountains Forest Reserve when a member of the team collapsed. Forty year old Gumercindo Baeza, a Forestry Officer in-charge of the Savannah Forest Station in Independence Village was walking when he fell [...]

Dramatic government cost increase for Lois Young’s New York Mission
The debate on the 2013-2014 budget lasted a full two days, closing late on Friday. There was a noticeable lessening of the venom and vitriol which has become characteristic of every House session, but there was very spirited commentary offered on the budget presented by Prime Minister Dean Barrow which was passed by the House [...]

53 year old charged for fondling teen
  There is another case of abuse against a minor. A Belize City man is accused of fondling a teenager on her chest. Fifty-three year old, Dwight Flowers was arraigned this morning before Magistrate Hettie Mae-Stewart and was charged with Aggravated Assault of an Indecent Nature as well as for Threatening.  The incident allegedly occurred on [...]

Cops acquitted of stealing from a purse
A pair of officers, accused of stealing a handbag belonging to the wife of councilor Dean Samuels, was acquitted of the charge of theft during a police tribunal on Monday.  Police constables John Galvez and Phillip Swift appeared before a panel of their superiors at the Raccoon Street Police Headquarters where, after a lengthy trial, [...]

Price of fish for the Easter holiday goes up
It is a busy time of the year for fish vendors and at fish markets as Belizeans prepare to end the Lenten season. It is also a time when the demand for fish increases and so does the price. Fish was selling at four dollars per pound, if you had a head start today, but [...]

Rehabilitated manatee released into wild
Throughout the year, manatees are injured or killed at sea by water traffic. The rehabilitation of injured manatee falls largely on the shoulders of a conservation group that treats them to be released back into the wild. It could be a long process but it is certainly costly. The center is located up north and [...]

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One Year Old Asian Baby Kidnapped For Ransom; Belize Police Rescues Baby Girl
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Post Mortem Results Released on Policeman's Death
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Minor Reports Sexual Assault
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Woman Charged With Aggravated Burglary
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Mother of Four Receives Tenth Conviction In Court
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US Citizen Commits Suicide
A retired US citizen residing in Corozal is tonight dead and all indications are that he took away his life. Yesterday morning, just before noon, Corozal police visited #3 Coconut Grove, Consejo Shores in the Corozal District where they found the dead body of 83 year old Gordon Richard Stout lying face up behind his residence. Near Stout’s body police found a 9mm Sig Sauer pistol and a note. The content of the note has not been disclosed by police. Initial investigations have revealed that Stout was home alone when he allegedly shot himself with the 9mm pistol. Stout’s common law wife reported to Corozal police that in 2006 he was diagnosed with pulmonary emphysema and had indicated to her several times that he would commit suicide. Police recovered one 9mm pistol with one magazine containing seven 9mm live rounds and one expended shell from the scene. Stout’s body was transported to the Corozal Community Hospital where it was pronounced dead on arrival.

Hon.Jose Mai Says That Ministry Of Lands Is Institutionally Corrupted
Back in December 2010 UDP stalwart Derrick Gillette, who is also a close ally of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources, Gaspar Vega, received a compensation of $148,000 from the Ministry of Natural Resources after the Supreme Court ruled that parcel 1817 measuring 675.24 sq. meters was to be given back to its original owner, in this case, Silvio Correa. The parcel of land that was in question is located behind the Finca Solana Area in the Corozal District. This is how the transaction played out; back in 2007 Correa was issued a title for the land. In 2009, Derrick Gillette was issued a title for that same parcel of land by the U.D.P Administration. Correa took the matter to the Supreme Court and won the case. While Correa retained his title, Derrick Gillette received $148,000 as a form of compensation from the Ministry of Natural Resources, that’s far much more than the actual $1,500.00 that he paid to Government. But how is it that two titles were issued for the same parcel of land? Minister of Natural Resources Gaspar Vega and his CEO Beverly Castillo; lay the blame on a computer glitch. Hon. Gaspar Vega- Minister of Natural Resources “The court was the one that decided that was the land that was intended to be issued to one Mr. Correa, but that was not so because under the rush, Mr. Correa got a title, but with the wrong parcel number in the wrong area and that is how that land was still available because in the computer under the system, it did not show that that land was issued. After it went to court, after it went to court, it was the court that decided that the original intention was for that land, but was never—I had nothing to do with it—it was never issued to Mr. Correa.”

Toddler Is Reunited With Her Family After Being Kidnapped!
Tonight a one year old baby girl of Asian decent has been reunited with her parents after she was kidnapped on Sunday night at around 7:00 in Corozal. Word of the abduction reached our news room on Sunday night but we decided not to release the story yesterday in collaboration with authorities after the kidnappers threatened the child’s parents that if they went to media or the police the toddler would be killed. Since baby Ivy Yang is now safely home, we can share details of this frightening ordeal. There are several reports as to what happened and tonight we bring them all to you. One report indicates that child was kidnapped as her parents travelled back to town from the Corozal Free Zone. Allegations are that the couple, who own a business at the zone, was travelling on the road near ITVET in Corozal when two vehicles closed in to them; one from the front and one from the rear. Reports are that two men exited one of the vehicles. Both men, armed with firearms, approached the couple and snatched the baby girl from mother, Mae Chan Cheng at gunpoint. The mother, we understand, was given a cell phone and was informed that she would receive a call demanding a ransom of US$450,000.

Autopsy Says That PC Chan Drowned
The results of the post mortem examination conducted on the body of 44 year old Police Constable 886 Antonio Chan, has put an end to rumors that he was murdered. Pathologist Dr. Mario Estradaban conducted the autopsy yesterday afternoon and today it has been established that Chan died as a result of asphyxia due to drowning. As mentioned last night, the body of Chan was found floating in the New River early Saturday morning near the Recreational and Botanical Park in the Otro Benque Area of Orange Walk Town. Chan was wearing a grey police t-shirt, police pants, and shoes. His white Isuzu pickup truck was also found submerged in the river. PC Antonio Chan served at the Orange Walk Police Department for three and a half years. As it pertains to the murder of 37 year old Israel Matu of Patchakan Village in the Corozal District, we understand that 2 persons will be charged tomorrow at the Corozal Magistrates Court. Matu was found dead in a cane field near the Village of Chan Chen on Sunday Night after he was reported missing by his family two days before. All indications are that Matu was badly beaten, robbed and left to die in the area.

Ambergris Caye Wins TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Island Award
There is good news for Belize’s Tourism Industry tonight. Ambergris Caye has won the award for the 2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Islands, throughout the world. The award honors top islands around the world based entirely on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisors Travelers. In total, more than 100 winning islands were named across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, South Pacific and the U.S. Today the Belize Tourism Board sent out a release in which it quotes Minister of Tourism and Culture, Honorable Manuel Heredia, as saying, “We are delighted that Ambergris Caye of Belize has been recognized as the world's top island in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Islands awards. We would like to thank all the travellers who have made this win possible, simply by sharing their love of Ambergris Caye with the TripAdvisor travel community. We look forward to welcoming more visitors to our paradise this year and beyond,” end quote.

Team Canada Holds Workshop About Autism
Living in Belize are people who are suffering from a wide range of developmental problems and most often those problems are not addressed especially when it comes to children. But over the years, more attention has been focused on children with special needs and their everyday challenges. One organization that hopes to be of positive impact is Team Canada Healing Hands which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the provision of rehabilitative education, training and care in areas of need. This is the third year that the group travels to Belize and their main focus at this point is teaching adults how to better interact with children with autism. This morning the group was conducting a workshop at Saint Peter’s Anglican School and tonight we take a closer look at what autism is and how to detect it in your child. In Belize the word “autism” is considered a strange one and many of us don’t really know what it means. But truth be told, Autism is a complex developmental disability which presents itself during the first three years of a person’s life. Autism is the result of a neurological disorder which affects normal brain functions and the developments of ones communication and social interactions skills.

US Fugitive Expelled To Home Country After Being Caught In Belize
A US Fugitive was caught in Belize last week Wednesday. According to reports, 74 year old American National Daniel Rae Morris attempted to re-enter Belize through the Belize Corozal Border on March 21st. Morris presented a Belizean Passport to Immigration Officers who upon taking a closer look at the document discovered that the passport was issued to a Belizean with a different name. Morris was then taken to the Corozal Magistrate Court on March 22nd where he was fined $2,000. Authorities figured out that Morris was wanted in the USA and hence expelled him from the country yesterday.

PUP Has Long Record Of Development In Orange Walk Central
At the Budget Debate on Thursday last, both Ministers of the ruling party and those on the Opposition side took several jabs at each other. If we talk about the Dean Barrow Administration, then, there was a whole lot of self praise taking place on that side of the house for the restructuring of the Super Bond and the no new taxes and no overall spending cuts 2013/2014 Budget. At the same time, those on the other side of the honorable house, criticized the Government for presenting what they called and empty Budget, a budget which does not represent the reality that the Belizean people are living. Amidst the finger pointing the P.U.P also took some heat as they were blamed for bringing no progress to the Belizean people when they were in power. But, as if knowing that would be one of the low blows the U.D.P would throw at the house on Thursday, Orange Walk Central Area Representative Honorable John Briceno counteracted that statement by listing out some of the projects carried out in his constituency under the Peoples United Party. Honorable John Briceno- Orange Walk Central Area Representative “During the 10 years of a PUP government much was done for the people of Orange Walk Central. We assisted every school in Orange Walk Central with new classrooms and hundreds of students were assisted with scholarship and grants. We built the ITVET with a 10 acre campus. We helped fund two new high schools: New Hope High School and Bishop Martin School.

GOB Rejects Guatemala's Entire Proposal On Referendum
Tonight all indications are that there will be no simultaneous referendum between Belize and Guatemala as the Government of Belize, similar to the People’s United Party, has rejected Guatemala’s Referendum Proposals submitted on Sunday March 17th during a meeting held in Washington with the Organization of American States. The position was formulated after Cabinet met today and members unanimously rejected Guatemala’s proposals. Guatemala wanted Belize to agree to a postponement of the referendum or for Belize to proceed with its own referendum on October 6th. But here is the gist; based on the results of Belize’s referendum, Guatemala will decide whether or not to hold their own referenda. In a government press release, GOB notes that tremendous efforts over many years and through successive administrations have been spent in finding a negotiated solution that would bring to a definitive end Guatemala’s unfounded claim to Belize.


GOB says it will not postpone October referendum
The Government of Belize has rejected Guatemala’s suggestion to postpone the upcoming October referendum. In a press release issued today, GOB says that it rejects Guatemala’s proposals in their entirety. That proposal laid out by Guatemala suggests that the referendum either be postponed until a further date or that...

A toddler has been reunited her family after being kidnapped
Police in Corozal Town are presently investigating a frightening case of abduction for ransom, involving a Chinese national in the seaside town. Because the issue is sensitive we will not identify the mother by name, but we can tell you that according to our information, she was driving with...

Unions back to negotiations with PM
Trade unions the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU), Public Service Union (PSU), and Association of Public Service Senior Managers (APSSM) continue to press for a salary adjustment beginning in the upcoming financial year despite Government’s reluctance. Today BNTU President Luke Palacio clarified that the unions did not agree formally...

Police investigate death of PC Antonio Chan
Yesterday we reported on the untimely death of Police Constable Antonio Chan. PC Chan was found dead in the New River early on Saturday in unusual circumstances. His boss, Senior Superintendent Joseph Myvette, gave details of the Police investigation. Joseph Myvettee – Senior Superintendent, Corozal: On Saturday Morning, sometime...

Nude body found in canefield
Israel Matu is the nation’s latest murder victim. His body was found in a canefield on Sunday afternoon showing beating injuries. Reports are that the 37 year old resident of Patchakan Village left home at 1:00 on Friday afternoon and did not return home. On Sunday after 3:00pm, he...

PUP does not support holding unilateral referendum on October 6
Yesterday we gave you the People’s United Party’s (PUP) official stance on two proposals by Guatemala that would substantially alter or possibly scuttle the October 6 simultaneous referendum on mediating the territorial dispute at the International Court of Justice. An urgent press briefing was held at the party’s headquarters...

NTUCB President hints at possible court action over fired BWS workers
Eight employees of Belize Water Services Limited (BWS) were fired in January and February as fallout from a major scandal. Actually they were told that their positions were redundant, but CEO Alvan Haynes wrote a memo to employees later claiming that the workers failed to cooperate fully with an...

Two minors additionally charged for murder of Ardon Belgrave
Last week we told you that Police were looking for persons involved in a shooting near La Croix Boulevard, for which Akeem Augustine had already been charged. Well two minors have additionally been arrested and charged in connection to the incident. Yesterday, the 16 and 17 year old males...

Two officers expected to be charged after man escapes custody
Two officers are expected to be charged, after a man convicted of firearm offences escaped from custody. Last week, Guatemalan national Walter Leonel Boteo-Raldo was being held by Cayo Police when he vanished from his cell block. The 22 year old made a swift escape when shifts were being...

Opposition Leader says Foreign Affairs Minister has done a grave disservice to the nation
Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington has been consistently under the microscope in recent months for several statements that some vocal Belizeans have found offensive and inappropriate with regard to the Guatemalan dispute. The Minister has been hardly apologetic for his stance but PUP leader Francis Fonseca says that even...

Minister of Youth tells YC youth are the future of our country
YC Belize 2013 took place this weekend at the ITVET Campus in Belize City. This year’s YC Belize was held under the theme “This Is Love” and featured both local and international performers and speakers. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports Hon. Herman Longsworth...

US fugitive caught with invalid passport
A US fugitive was caught trying to enter Belize with an invalid passport. Last week When 70 year old American national Daniel Rae Morris was attempting to re-enter Belize at the Corozal/Mexico border on Thursday, officials noticed something was wrong with the information on his passport. Further inspection of...

Woman robbed by gunman in Belize City
A woman was robbed by a gunman in Belize City. Last night, around 9:50, a 19 year old was on East Canal Street when two men rode up beside her. She said that one of the men pointed a handgun at her and robbed her of a white I-Phone...

Three arrested following a gun bust
Three persons have been arrested following a gun bust. Brian Myvette, Cecil Louis Gill and Dannen Myvette were at their Belize City home, when police raided the house and found a plastic bag containing (8) 9mm live rounds of ammo. Following the early morning raid yesterday, all three individuals...

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King of Hustles?
This year’s debate on the General Revenue Appropriation Bill was more of a parliamentarian retreat than an actual debate on the country’s financial future. The Opposition offered no alternative to Prime Minister Barrow’s national budget. There were more written reflections on projected economic performance than open challenges to the record of Government. Members of the gallery had to fight to stay awake through hours of extremely long reading sessions by the Opposition. It was perhaps the most boring budget debate in recent history because the PUP had nothing! Some say that is because it was the most difficult budget to debate as its focused on education, national security and job creation effectively addresses priority areas of national concern. The debate was almost concluded shortly after 4 p.m. on day one when no one stood up to speak. All the television stations had lost interest in the debate and left before 2 p.m. Julius Espat and others did not want to present with the television stations being absent. This caused Prime Minister Barrow to get up and threaten to close the debate. It was then that Fonseca instructed his representatives to present. Julius was reserved to lead off day two of the debate which led to a much anticipated presentation. Espat failed to live up to the hype. In Prime Minister Barrow’s words, “The barnyard rooster ended up as a cockerel whose attempted crowing never came out as much more than a strangulated cluck-cluck cluck-cluck.” Julius Espat’s main challenge to Government was to provide greater access to land. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Gaspar Vega, pointed out in his presentation that this Government has distributed more than double the amount of land leases and titles in five years than the PUP did in their ten-year administration. However, Prime Minister Barrow contextualized Julius Espat’s concern about access to land.

Corozal Community College back on Top
On Saturday, March 23rd, Mayor Simeon Lopez welcomed thousands of Belizeans to Belmopan as the capital city hosted the Belize Band Fest 2013 at the FFB Stadium. Last year in Corozal Town, the Succotz Festival Drum Corps won the Band Fest competition for the fifth time in six years. Corozal Community College finished second and most of their supporters complained of being robbed by the judges. This year,the team was on a mission to prove that they really are the best and that Succotz’s reign as the best marching band in the land came to an end at the 2010 competition in Corozal Town when they dethroned the three-peat champs. Corozal Community College took home $2,000 for winning the new category of best choreographed band sponsored by Oceana. They took home another $1,000 for winning the most popular band competition, which is a popularity contest sponsored by Digicell in which supporters vote via Digicell text for their favourite band in the competition. The Belmopan Youth Drum Corp won $1,000 for the best uniforms category. Holy Redeemer Marching Band took home $4,000 for winning the drum corp competition. Dangriga Drum Corp received $2,000 for second prize and Belmopan Youth received a trophy and medals for finishing third. The battle for the winner’s scepter is in the wind instruments category. Succotz Festival Drum Corps took home $1,000 cash along with a trophy and medals for a disappointing third place finish by the defending repeat and five time champs. Benque Viejo Marching Band finished in second place and took home $2,500 cash along with a trophy and medals. Corozal Community College was successful in its mission by taking home $6,000 cash and the winner’s scepter for winning Band Fest 2013.

Cop dies under Strange Circumstances
Orange Walk police are investigating the death of one of their own. On Saturday, March 23rd police retrieved the body of police officer, 44-year-old, Antonio Chan from the Belize New River East of Honey Camp Street in Trial Farm Village. When the body was pulled out of the water, there were two small cut wounds observed above both eyes and blood was seen coming from his mouth. Investigations so far have determined that sometime around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, he was seen driving his vehicle and socializing in Orange Walk Town and near to Trial Farm Village. His body was found floating in the river sometime around 7:20a.m. on that same day. Police have also retrieved Chan's vehicle from the river and their investigations into the police officer's death continues.

Sentenced for Arson
On Thursday, March 14th, 35-year-old Belize City resident, Brian Barrella was found guilty of arson of his ex-mother in law’s home. On Monday, March 18th, he was fined $3,500 by Supreme Court judge, Justice Adolph Lucas., Sr. On February 16th, 2008, after being refused entry into his ex-mother-in-law’s home, he set a curtain in the home on fire. His ex-common-law wife was living in the house at the time. The house is located in the Sunset Park area, Mile 8 Western Highway. Speaking in mitigation for him on Monday were his aunt, Videlia Barrella, Theresita Abraham and Rosa Gonzalez, who all spoke well of Barrella asking the court for leniency. After hearing the pleas, Judge Lucas told Barrella that in law, when one is convicted of arson at the Supreme Court and is imposed a fine, the sentence in default cannot be more than 12 months. He then fined him $3,500 which he should pay by September 27th, 2013.

Teenager accused of Attempted Murder
On Thursday, March 21st, Akeem Augustine, 18, appeared in Magistrate's Court where he was charged with four counts of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder four counts of aggravated assault. Augustine, a resident of #74 La Croix Boulevard, appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Adolph Lucas. No plea was taken and bail could not be offered. He is remanded to prison until April 22nd. According to a police report, on Tuesday, March 19th, they received a report from a 16-year-old minor who informed them that at about 6:00 p.m., he and another minor, 15, and two other young men were hanging out at the corner of Police Street and La Croix Boulevard, when he and the 15-year-old decided to go and buy at a nearby shop. According to the 16-year-old, whilst on Mahogany Street on their way to the shop, they were approached by Augustine and two other men, who started to pursue them. They hurriedly made their way back to the corner of Police Street and La Croix Boulevard where the other two men were standing, and, according to the minor, upon reaching at the corner of the two streets, one of the men who was pursuing them pulled out a gun and fired several shots in their direction.

53-year-old charged with carnal Knowledge of 12-year-old girl
A 53-year-old man has been charged with carnal knowledge of his stepdaughter, 12 years of age. Miguel Angel Lopez Perseria was arrested and charged by Orange Walk for police for the crime Carnal Knowledge. At about 4:55p.m. on Friday, March 22nd, a Social Worker visited the Orange Walk Town Police Station along with a 12-year-old student and reported that on the 18th of March her step father had sexual intercourse with her. The girl reported to police that this was not the first time he had sexual intercourse but that he had started to abuse her from when she was 9 years old up to the last instance on Friday of last week.

Charged for Harboring an Illegal Immigrant
On Thursday, March 21st a Belizean resident of #339 Belama Phase 2, Francisca Flores, 50, was charged with harboring an illegal immigrant. Flores appeared unrepresented and initially pleaded guilty to the charge. After hearing the facts of the case, Magistrate Adolph Lucas, Jr. asked Flores why she shouldn’t be jailed for her actions. She replied that she didn’t know the minor was an illegal immigrant. She further stated that she got a call from a man who asked her if she can house the minor at her home for a few days, and she said yes without hesitating. Flores then asked the Magistrate if she could change her plea from guilty to not guilty. She told the court that she only pleaded guilty because “they” told her to do so and not waste the court’s time. The Magistrate allowed her to do so, and initially indicated to the court that he would have Flores remanded.

Rose Classic Basketball Camp opens
Day one of the seventh annual Rose Classic Basketball Camp opened with over 400 youths attending on Monday, March 25th.

Twenty Two People complete Training in Forensic Ballistics
On Friday, March 22nd, 2013, Twenty Two (22) people received certificates after completing a one-week Training Course in Forensic Ballistics, conducted by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) in collaboration with the British High Commission in Belize and the Ministry of National Security.

Belize observes World Forest Day Preparing to sell Carbon Credits
Belize has, with great fanfare, observed the International Day of Forests. The Forestry Department within the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development celebrated the United Nations-sanctioned day, International Day of Forests, near the National Police Headquarters building in Belmopan on March 21st. Many primary school-aged children were present for the event full day.

Ministry of Health Cautions Public on Rising Cases of Hepatitis A
The Ministry of Health is investigating a cluster of fourteen suspected cases of Hepatitis A that have occurred over the last three weeks in the Trio Village, Stann Creek District. One such case has been confirmed by lab.

Restore Belize hopes Conflict Mediations Decrease Violence
Sixty-two Belizeans are now trained conflict mediators, thanks to a program designed by the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) in the U.S. Department of State. The last set of individuals to complete the course included school teachers and disciplinarians. They received certificates of achievement from the United States’ Ambassador to Belize, Vinai Thumalapally, on Friday, March 15th.

Zamir Guerra establishes New Record in Junior Cross Country
The 14th Annual Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic is now history and a new record was established in this process. On Sunday, March 24th, 2013, the Belize Cycling Association sponsored its annual Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic which saw the participation of 20 riders. The historic event started at the Succtoz Ferry and concluded at Leslie’s Imports at Mile 2 on the George Prince Highway. At the end of 3:34:38 (new record) it was Zamir Guerra of Cayo High Road Cycling that was the first rider to cross the finish line and shattered the previous record, of 3:37:48 that was established by Byron Pope. The second rider to cross the finish line was Michael Wagner Jr. of BELCOL Uprising Cycling Tea. The third rider to cross was Tarique Flowers, who is unattached, the fourth was Joslyn Chavarria Jr. of BELCOL in a time of 3:46:06, and the fifth rider to cross the finish line was Giovanni Lovell of Telemedia Cycling to round off the top five finishers.

Belize District Basketball Association Meeting
The Belize District Basketball Association is calling a meeting for all firms wishing to enter teams in the annual Belize District Basketball Association Tournament. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th, at 7:00 pm. Representatives of firms wishing to participate should contact Leon Palacio at 623-9241 or David Lacey at dlacey.sports@gmail.com for further details.

Giovanni Choto to defend Cross Country Title
Giovanni Choto is the first rider to cross the line in 2012 The 85th Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic is scheduled for Saturday, March 30th, 2013. The race is organised by the Belize Cycling Association and is held under the regulations of the International Cycling Union. The race will start at the Old August Meat Shop, Mile 1 ½ George Price Highway, Belize City at 6:30 travel to San Ignacio Town around Columbus Park and return to finish in front of the Memorial Park on Marine Parade in Belize City for a total distance of 142.2 miles. The event is open to athletes of the Under 23, Elite and Masters Males categories. The event is also classified as a class HC event. The race is open to a minimum of (4) and maximum of 10 riders per team. Riders born 1994 and before will be allowed to participate. Registration for this event is $75.00 and $30.00 for Race Radio. The National Anti-Doping Organisation’s regulations are entirely applicable to the event. The Anti-Doping Tests (5) 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places are mandatory with two (2) Random Selections will take place at the Radisson Fort George Hotel. The Technical Meeting in connection with the 85th Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic is scheduled for Thursday, March 28th, 2013, at the Radisson Fort George and Marina, Santa Rita Room, Fort Street Belize City. Only team managers will be allowed to attend this meeting. Verification of documents will be held from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The annual parade of cyclists will be held on Thursday, March 28th, commencing at 4:30 pm at the Court House Plaza. The route of the parade will includes the following Regent Street, Albert Street, Albert Street (West), Yarborough Road, Central American Blvd (entire length), over Belcan Bridge, Round-A-Bout, Princess Margaret Drive (entire length), Barrack Road, Marine Rarade and Memorial Park.

Belize Defence Force still in Number One Position
The Premier league of Belize Football Competition continued over the last week with games across the country. On Thursday, March 21st, at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, the defending champions the Belmopan Bandits and San Ignacio United played to a 1-1 draw. The home team San Ignacio United got on the scoreboard first when Rosny Martinez scored the 1st goal of the game in the 44th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. However, the Belmopan Bandits were able to tie the score at 1-1 when Darren Myers scored the equalizing goal in the 81st minute of play. At the Marshalleck Stadium in Benque Viejo, Verdes blanked the league’s leading Belize Defence Force by the score of 2-0. The goals for Verdes were scored by Julio Ayala in the 28th and 33rd minutes of the game respectively. On Sunday, March 24th, at the MCC Grounds in Belize City, the home team FC Belize blanked the Placencia Assassins by the score of 1-0. Christobal Gilharry scored the only goal of the game in the 75th minute of play via the penalty kick. The competition will continue this week with games on Wednesday, March 27th, at 7:30 pm between Verdes FC and the Belmopan Bandits at the Marshalleck Stadium in Benque Viejo, and at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town also at 7:30 pm between the Belize Defence Force and the San Ignacio United FC.

Belize City Softball Association General Meeting set for April 2nd
The General Meeting for the Belize City Softball Association is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013, commencing at 6:30 pm at the Softball Secretariat. All Team Managers, players and officials are asked to attend and to be on time. The main point of the agenda will be the elections of officers for the period 2013-2017.

Interoffice Softball Competition Playoff Races heats up
The 2012 Belize City Interoffice Softball Competition is fast approaching the end of the regular season at Rogers Stadium. The regular season continued on Saturday, March 23rd, with two games on the schedule. IN game one, KHMH won over Kit Kt Baaba Shap via the default route. In game two, Guardian/NSC won over Baby Ruth Baaba Shap via the forfeiture route. Guardian/NSC was leading by the score of 15-2 in the 2nd inning when an injury to one of Baby Ruth’s players and as a result the game could not continue. On Friday, March 22, in game one, Belize Bank defeated Kit Kat Baaba Shap by the score of 19-5. The winning pitcher was Godsden Ferguson and the losing pitcher was Lugi Zaldivar. In game two, it was BWSL winning over Tuff “E” Nuff by the score of 18-9. The winning pitcher was Sharea Pandy and the losing pitcher was Rico Black. On Thursday, March 21st, in the first game of the evening, Guardian/NSC blasted KHMH by the score of 1-4. The winning pitcher was Joel Wade and the losing pitcher was Arlette Castillo. In game two, Tuff “E” Nuff defeated BTL by the score of 21-11. The winning pitcher was Rico Black and the losing pitcher was Emily Turner.

Bishop Martin High wins SAGICOR’s Visionaries Challenge
Students of Bishop Martin High School will travel to Barbados to compete against students from high schools in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago in SAGICOR’s Visionaries Challenge on April 12th and 13th.

Dengue causes Standard Four Student’s Health to fail
The normal life of a ten- year-old has been interrupted. A standard four student, Ralph William Hernandez, who is a student at Santa Elena Roman Catholic Primary School in the Cayo Disrict, has become afflicted with Dengue Encephalitis.

EASTER MESSAGE - 2013 - Dr. Oliver Ottley
Scripture: “. . . if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. . . . But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (I Corinthians 15:17a, 20 (NIV). Theology: The sine qua non of the Gospel The Apostle Paul was dealing with the issue of the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead, which some of the Corinthian Church were rejecting or questioning. The inspired Apostle was explaining that to reject the resurrection of the dead is tantamount to rejecting the resurrection of Jesus Christ without which there could be no salvation, inasmuch as the actualization of redemption through our Lord’s death at Calvary depended on the verification of His resurrection. There are many religions in the world. Some worship false gods and not the Creator of the Universe; others claim to worship the Creator but not the Saviour who died on the cross and rose again from the dead. This was the preface of the passage: “Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

Rotaract Club of San Ignacio gives Again
Members of the Rotaract Club of San Ignacio fanned out in Santa Elena Town on March 24th to begin their second phase of distributing grocery packages to needy children and adults in Santa Elena Town, Cayo. Visits were made to the ‘Trapiche’, ‘Aguada’ and other areas of Santa Elena Town where a Rotaract member gladly announced Easter Greetings to the recipients. This is the second time this month that the Rotaract Club of San Ignacio has been activated to do good deeds. According to President of the Rotaract Club of San Ignacio, Astrid Salazar Silva, from the 11th to the 13th of March and in celebration of Rotaract Week, gift baskets were distributed to the elderly and single mothers of Benque Viejo Town. The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio came out of hibernation in November of last year and since then the group has conducted a Christmas toy drive and visited the elderly at the Octavia Waight Center in San Ignacio. The club has also donated clothes to Mary Open Doors an organization catering to women and children. The group meets once a week at Hode’s Place, a popular eatery and recreational center in San Ignacio, where they come up with the latest plans to assist the Cayo communities under the philosophy of “Service Above Self.”

People’s Coalition of Cayo Focus on Pranksters
In a meeting last week with the People’s Coalition of Cayo PCC (a local body seeking for a further reduction in crime in the Cayo Area), Officer in Charge of San Ignacio Police, Ralph Moody, referred to the most recent crime statistics for San Ignacio and Santa Elena and surrounding areas. According to Moody, some 246.3 grams of cannabis was confiscated last month while in January 88.7 grams were removed from the streets. There were three attempted murders last month and a similar number for January of this year. While the number of robberies dropped from 4 to 1 during the January to February 2013 time period, cases of theft swung upward from 2 to 10. Burglaries were also problematic, increasing from 2 in January to 7 in February. Superintendent Ralph Moody reported that the number of reported crime cases for January 2013 were the lowest ever. Both burglary and theft went down during the same period last year, with 20 cases of burglary in January and 11 in February and 15 cases of theft in January and 10 in February of 2012.

The Reporter

Trinidad draw improves Belize’s FIFA rank to 128th
Belize’s ranking by the Federation of International Football Association’s FIFA has improved from 132nd to 128th in the world. The upgrade came on the heels of Belize’s scoreless draw with the “Soca Warriors” of Trinidad & Tobago in the friendly football match played at the FIFA Goal Project Stadium beside the Football Federation of Belize Institute in Belmopan last Saturday night, March 23, immediately after Bandfest. Deon Macaulay, the author of Belize’s winning goal in our 2-1 victory over Nicaragua at Copa Centroamericana in Costa Rica in January, led the Belize offensive, along with the top striker of the Premier League of Belize last season, Danny Jimenez of Police United. Jimenez had been unable to make it to Costa Rica, because he was in the Police Academy’s three-month boot camp. Jimenez was a good fit with Trevor “Burger” Lennon, the author of Belize’s “golazo” against Nicaragua at Copa Centroamericana, as Lennon, Danny and Richard “Cheety” Jimenez had been team mates at Mopan Tech in 2004.

Corozal Community College Dominates Love FM’s Bandfest
Corozal Community College Marching Band, the 2010 Bandfest winners, repeated as champions of the wind category at the Love FM Eighth Annual Bandfest at the FIFA Goal Project Stadium in Belmopan last Saturday, March 24. CCC took home the $6,000 first prize and band leader. Omar Charley received the Winners’ Sceptre for the best band from Bandfest sponsor, Governor General Sir Colville Young. The 40 musicians and 24 majorettes and dancers wowed the judges with their stunning music, their marching formation both on the streets of Belmopan and in the stadium. Their repertoire included hits by Rihanna, L.M.F.A.O. Katy Perry, and they played salsa, cumbia and soca medleys with a gusto which commended the players to the audience. Their majorettes beat the midday heat wearing blue and white satin sleeveless outfits with sequined masks patterned after the Rio de Janiero Carnival, and their acrobatic dance moves on the field also won them the $2,000 prize for Best Choreography from Oceana, presented by Oceana’s Vice president, Audrey Matura Shepherd.

NTUCB says Kolby firings unfair, Kolbe says the law was followed
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize has condemned the Kolbe Foundation for alleged unfair termination of employees from the Belize Central Prison. However, the Kolbe Foundation says that the terminations were lawful. The Congress, via a press release, denounced in the strongest manner the terminations of Colive and Carol Casimiro, and demanded their reinstatement. The congress also chastised the management of the Belize Central Prison, saying that it appears to treat employees worse than the prisoners. Dylan Reneau, president of the NTUCB, said that the Kolbe Foundation did not follow due process in its terminations. He also said that the NTUCB will discuss the firings as well as several other concerns about the Belize Central Prison, with the Prime Minister at their scheduled meeting sometime in June. The Reporter spoke with CEO of the Kolbe Foundation, Earl Jones, who said that while he respects everyone’s right to pursue recourse if he/she feels he/she has been wronged, he maintains that the Kolbe Foundation operates in accordance the Laws of Belize.

BELTRAIDE launches entrepreneurial project
Small business owners and potential entrepreneurs now have an opportunity to get their businesses off the ground or advanced through BELTRAIDE’s National Entrepreneurship Development Program. The program, officially launched last Wednesday at the Radisson Fort George, is designed to promote the development of micro, small and medium enterprises MSMEs in Belize over a 24-month period. The project is valued at $874,000 and has 4 major components: building awareness and support to national policies for entrepreneurship and design of a regional strategy, providing grant funding for qualified MSMEs, establishing a network to link MSMEs in Central America and the Dominican Republic, increase value added product/services, and engaging in knowledge management and capacity building of MSMEs. Sixty percent of the budget will be used for seed capital to provide financial aid to qualified MSMEs. Over the 24 months the project is expected to create or strengthen 31 enterprises, 35 percent of which are led by women, and 62 direct employees. It is also expected to generate $124,000 in sales by new businesses.

The time to save Belize is now!
“Son, we live in a World that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. “You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line. “I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.” This is probably one of the most memorable quotes from the movie, A Few Good Men. For those who are not familiar with the movie, this is the final scene in which Lt. Daniel A. Kaffee, played by Tom Cruise, is questioning Col. Nathan R. Jessep, played by Jack Nicholson, regarding the death of PFC William Santiago.

BR>Healthy Easter basket alternatives Just looking at chocolate bunnies, caramel-filled eggs and sugary marshmallows may be enough to give you a toothache. If you want to give your family and friends a break from the cavities and calories, here are seven scrumptious non-candy snacks to include in your Easter baskets. Dried fruit Dried fruit is a versatile, healthy way to sweeten the holidays. You can mix and match dried fruits to create your own personalized packs. Dried fruits range from crisp apples or banana chips to soft and chewy dried apricots. More choices include dried mangoes, figs, cranberries and kiwis. These scrumptious snacks add a punch of vitamins and color to your basket. Pretzels Whole grain pretzels offer a healthy crunch to your Easter basket. Replacing candy with pretzels means giving the gift of fiber. While traditional pretzels and pretzel sticks are delicious snacks, you can jazz things up a bit with peanut-butter filled pretzels, yogurt pretzels or a pretzel mix. For a personal touch, try baking homemade pretzels, which you can even twist into the shape of a bunny.

Good news, chocolate Easter eggs are healthy
Just in time for Easter comes the news that will put a smile on the face of every chocoholic – chocolate is good for you after all. Researchers have found it reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer and even boosts fertility. But beware, not all chocolates are created equal. The key, apparently is a high concentration of cocoa. Cocoa beans are packed with antioxidant polyphenols which the experts believe help to reduce the risk of heart disease and may also help fight cancer. Red wine in moderation and orange juice are already known to have similar properties. Teresa McCarney, of Northern Ireland’s College of Agriculture, said: “A 50g piece of dark chocolate has the same level of antioxidants as two glasses of wine. Chocolate contains iron for healthy blood, and zinc which helps boost the immune system and even fertility levels.” There’s a good reason we crave chocolate when we’re down. Its tryptophan ups mood-lifting serotonin in the brain, says Leah Sherman, a naturopathic physician in Portland, Oregon.

Zamir Guerra wins Jr. Cross Country
Zamir Guerra of the Cayo High Road team set a new record last Sunday, March 24, of 3:34:38, shaving three minutes off the record previously set by Byron Pope in the 72 mile ride from the San Jose Succotz to the finish line at Leslie’s Imports in Belize City to win the 14th annual Junior Cross Country Cycling classic. Guerra out-sprinted Tarique Flowers, riding unattached and Michael Wagner of the BECOL Uprising team to take home the winner’s garland of roses, a $300 cash prize from the Cycling Association, a trophy, a jersey donated by 2005 Cross Country champion Bill Elliston, a silver chain and cycling pendant from Yvonne Robinson and Xishel and a box of Trail Mix form Smart Speednet. Flowers took home a $200 prize and a trophy and Wagner claimed the $100 third prize and a trophy. The rest of the top 10 finishers received medals: Joslyn Chavarria riding unattached clocked 3:46:06 as he out-sprinted Giovanni Lovell of the Telemedia Swoosh team and national junior road champion Oscar Quiros of the Xibalban team for fourth place. Lovell was fifth and Quiros – sixth.


SP Lions Plan Second Annual Pancake Brunch with the Easter Bunny
With last years’ Pancake Brunch with the Easter Bunny a hopping success, the San Pedro Lions Club is excited to announce their second annual Pancake Brunch with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 30th at the Lions Den. The holiday event will run from 9:30AM until 12:30PM. Guests will enjoy a delicious pancake meal with sausage, fruit, fun pancake toppings and juice. Children’s activities will include coloring, bobbing for Easter eggs, face painting, jumping tent for small children and lots of fun games. There will also be Easter baskets available for parents to purchase in a variety of sizes and prices. A new activity this year is the Coco-Bunny craft, where children can decorate a painted coconut as the Easter Bunny. This activity will cost $1 per coco-bunny a and of course all proceeds help the Lions with their community service projects. Parents are invited to bring their camera and snap a photo of their child with the Easter Bunny. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and under, and toddlers under the age of two are free. Come out and enjoy the family fun, a bunny-good time will be had by all!

Easter Weekend is Hopping On Ambergris Caye – So Many Events, So Little Time
Golf carts and hotel rooms are fully booked…the water taxis will be arriving fully packed later this week and it seems like there is a new flyer for a new event out hourly. Why not put them all in one place so you can make a proper decision? Here is what I’ve found so far… Remember, all bars are closed on Good Friday but the night clubs can open at 12:15am Saturday morning. So men, start ironing your long sleeved shirts and jeans and don’t forget your jaunty black fashion fedora. Girls? Bathing suits tops, big earrings and Daisy Duke shorts folded down in front for the daytime beach parties (don’t forget to wear lots of neon this year!) and high heels and tight dresses for night. Make this an Easter weekend to remember! A little pre-party at Wet Willy’s Ladies Night. Open until 3am.

Five Reasons to Drink Coconut Water in Belize
The term coconut can refer to the entire coconut palm, the seed, or fruit which botanically is a drupe not a nut. According to Wikipedia, the spelling cocoanut is an archaic of the word and is derived from the 16th century Portuguese and Spanish “coco” meaning head or skull from the three small holes on the coconut shell that resemble human facial features. Because coconut can be found throughout the country of Belize, here are five reasons why you should be drinking coconut water now: Coconut water can help fight skin problems Coconut water contains cytokinins and lauric acid which can reduce the aging of skin cells, balance PH levels and hold the connective tissues strong and hydrated. According to researchers, simply applying coconut water onto affected skin areas can help with acne, age spots, wrinkles and eczema.

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Caribbean Economic Growth Forecasts for 2013
GDP GROWTH FOR THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN CURRENCY UNION The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) recently published forecasts for 2013 growth. The ECCB anticipates that growth will turn positive to +1.44% this year, before strengthing to +2.21% in 2014. KEY RISKS FOR CARIBBEAN ECONOMIC GROWTH Vulnerabilities to the global economic recovery – The United States and Europe remain key source markets for Caribbean tourism and imports, as well as a destination markets for the Caribbean export products. Continued fiscal woes in these regions and weak economic activity could impact demand for consumer goods, commodities and tourism. Developments in East Asia will also gain increasing importance, as Caribbean countries continue to strengthen bonds with this region. Weather conditions – Tourism, agriculture and related downstream activities are all exposed to climate conditions in the region. Favorable conditions can provide upside to forecasts, while events such as hurricanes, tropical storms and drought can lead to a contraction in economic activity particularly in these sectors.

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“My Kind Of Guy” in Ambergris Caye, Belize
I spent much of yesterday morning reviewing a contract for a friend in England. Funnily enough it is a contract that I worked on before Rose and I left England last May and it wasn’t long before I was ‘back in the groove’. I made a good start on it and will finish it off today so that my friend has my observations for the start of his day on Thursday. I had planned my review time of the contract so that I would be able to watch the Montenegro v England 2014 World Cup Group H qualification game which kicked off at 2 pm our time. It was a bit like watching Arsenal ! Not as pretty football( yes, I am biased) but we totally dominated the first half and should have had the game ‘in the bag’ before half time. Inexplicably though we came out as a completely different team in the second half and only managed to scramble a one all draw. We can still make the finals in Brazil next year but we are making it more difficult than it should be. Needing a pick-me-up Rose and I headed off to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize to see what the guys were working on for our new home. When parking the golf cart we could hear the sound of two, not one, cement mixers going. Always a good sign (sound) for us. There’s something about concrete or cement. It’s tangible. You can see the finished product.

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TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice® Islands awards
Ambergris Caye is the top recipient of the TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice® Islands awards. Ambergris Caye hovers in a vacation sweet spot: just enough amenities to make it exciting, but not so overdeveloped that you’re tripping over flip-flopped tourists. A mangrove swamp is the eye of this white beach island, the largest in Belize, and golf carts are the main form of transportation along the sandy roads. Reef divers drool over the Belize Barrier Reef and the Blue Hole, a 400-feet deep circle of limestone that teems with angelfish, elkhorn coral, cleaner shrimp and stalactites.

New list ranks top domestic and international islands
Islands in Florida have nabbed five of the top 10 spots in TripAdvisor's ranking of best U.S. islands. But the No. 1 rating goes to Washington's San Juan Island. San Juan Island is the only U.S. locale to appear on the website's international Travelers' Choice Awards, where it ranks No. 4. International top honors go to Ambergris Caye in Belize. TripAdvisor cites "fantastic feedback" from travelers in creating lists like this one. The rankings are based on "the quality and quantity of the most highly-rated hotels, restaurants, and attractions listed for each island" in 2012, according to a statement. TripAdvisor's top world islands 1. Ambergris Caye, Belize 2. St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia 4. San Juan Island, Wash. 5. Santorini, Greece 6. Isla Mujeres, Mexico 7. Moorea, French Polynesia 8. Koh Tao, Thailand 9. Easter Island, Chile 10. Nosy Be, Madagascar

New list ranks top domestic and international islands
No shirt, no shoes, no problem: Belize's laid-back island of Ambergris Caye is the world's No. 1 island, according to a new ranking from TripAdvisor.

The Allure Of A Resilient Retirement In Back-To-Basics Belize
Belize is the quirkiest country I know. Geographically, Belize is in Central America, yet its strongest ties are to the English-speaking Caribbean. Belize is Caribbean, Central American... and, thanks to its history as a former colony, British. Belize City's roadways are built around a system of roundabouts, but shops alongside them sell rice, beans and tortillas still ground by hand. Everyone you meet speaks English (it's the country's official language), but this belies the stories of their origins. The 350,000 people populating Belize today are descendants of migrants from Britain, yes, but also, more so, the surrounding Central American countries. You've got Mexicans, Guatemalans, Hondurans and Nicaraguans mixed with current-day generations of the Maya who originally inhabited this land, the pirates who came later, the Mennonite farmers who began arriving on the scene in the 16th century, the British who ruled until 1981, and each other.

BCB Holdings acquires own shares
As part of the regulatory process for the delisting of its ordinary shares from the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange, Bermuda Stock Exchange-listed BCB Holdings Limited has bought 105,769 of its own ordinary shares at 37 pence per share on March 22. BCB Holdings provides banking and financial services in Belize and to international customers. The company’s principal subsidiaries are the Belize Bank and Belize Bank International. The company’s shares are listed in Bermuda and on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

Indian drums and music resound in distant Belize
New Delhi : The sounds of Indian drums and music resounded in Belize during a cultural festival held earlier this month to commemorate the arrival of Indians in the Central American country more than 150 years ago. Indians were taken to Belize in the mid-19th century to work on the sugarcane and banana plantations and in the logging industry. Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, is the only English-speaking country in Central America. It borders Mexico and Guatemala on two sides with the Caribbean Sea on its eastern side. Its Maya ruins, exotic wild life, unspoilt beaches and marine life and barrier reef are major tourist attractions. Belize is a multicultural society with more than half a dozen different cultures and languages being spoken by its 330,000 population. The descendents of Indian migrants assimilated in the local society through intermarriages and lost their Indian languages. Now the only signs that indicate their Indian ancestry are Indian sounding surnames, ethnic traits like long black hair and dark eyes and some Indian traditions that they have retained. Indians were taken to the Caribbean islands as indentured workers in the mid-19th and 20th centuries. Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname have large communities of people of Indian descent. Other Caribbean island nations like Jamaica, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines have small Indian communities.

New Horizons opening ceremony celebrated at Ladyville school
The opening ceremony for New Horizons Belize occurred at 10 a.m. March 25, 2013, at Ladyville Technical High School. The U.S. ambassador to Belize; minister of education, youth and sports; commander of the Belize Defence Force; Task Force Mahogany commander; senior defense official for the U.S. military liaison office; service members from the Belize Defence Force and the U.S. military; and leadership and students from area schools were among those in attendance. New Horizons is an exercise led by U.S. Southern Command providing medical and dental treatment as well as constructs needed structures, such as classrooms, throughout Belize. It gives U.S., Belizean and Canadian service members the opportunity to train side-by-side in an exercise setting, in order to be prepared to meet future challenges when and where needed. Patrick Faber, minister of education, youth and sports, discussed the importance of education in Belize.

Un-Belize-Able: Golfing in Belize
There are only 27 golf holes in Belize, a surprising dearth for a former British colony. Of the scruffy public nine on the mainland, there isn't much to note other than cold beer and tropical weather. Then there's Caye Chapel Golf Club, which is where a villain would host James Bond for a high-stakes closeout if the plot were taking that turn in Central America. Flying in on a four-seat propeller plane, you see the course isn't located on an island so much as it is the island. The layout tidily leaves space for the compound buildings, a lagoon and the runway, which hugs the ocean before finishing behind the 15th green. The decorative palm trees dotting the runway create a unique turbulence that our pilot said makes it the most difficult landing in the area. Waiting for us, a man in camouflage pants whose vest says "Security." Wearing a pink shirt, my cleanest shorts and a smile, I and my slightly better-dressed wife can't look like much of a threat. Despite our arrangements, he speaks to us as a guard, not a greeter. He's brought two gas golf carts and waits until we're following him to get on his radio.

Region's fisheries sector to gain cost savings from information and knowledge sharing
Under a Euro 30 million project funded by the European Union (EU) for projects to improve sustainable and equitable management of fisheries and aquaculture in Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states, fisheries officials from CARIFORUM states are receiving training in the use of modern, cutting-edge, information and communication technology tools in their daily activities. “The enhanced use of these modern communication and information sharing tools, such as video-conferencing, social networking, tools for online collaborative document preparation and editing, can result in significant cost savings, increased productivity and outputs, as well as boost the earnings and income of fishers, and improve competitiveness and profitability within the fisheries and aquaculture sector,” said Milton Haughton, executive director, of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Secretariat, at the launch of a three-day regional training on information and knowledge sharing on sustainable fisheries management in the Caribbean. Haughton described the regional training workshop, which opened on Monday and runs through to Wednesday, as “another significant milestone in our journey to transform the fisheries and aquaculture sector, and enhance its contribution to national economic development.”

10 Reasons Why We Struggle With Creativity
Anyone who says “I don’t have a creative bone in my body” is seriously underestimating their skeleton. More to the point, they are drastically undervaluing their brain.


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