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Defiant II:
A routine developed between mother and baby. Feeding time was a good time to relax and think happy thoughts. Naptime for baby meant she had time to clean herself up and help clean the house. During the day, she even stepped out often to breathe fresh air. She was grateful for the shelter she had. The fact that her baby’s father was still keeping his promise and paid for things that the baby needed meant that she didn’t have to burden her family any more than she already felt she was. When her baby cried these days, she found herself able to handle the sound a bit better, rocking him, soothing him, or letting him have a good squall. She walked everywhere, and soon she was thinner than she ever was, the circles under her eyes became pronounced; but even as her clothes grew looser and looser, she put everything she had towards the child who had not chosen to come into the world. At fifteen, she was already seeing the type of responsibility and mindset most people never experience.

The San Pedro Sun

Zone 59 Lions convene at Annual convention in San Estevan
Lions from all across the country convened in San Estevan Village in the Orange Walk District for the annual Zone 59 Lions Convention. The convention was hosted by the San Estevan Lions Club from Friday April 19th to Sunday April 21, 2013, under the theme, “Lions-Serving and Embracing the Future through the Winds of Change”. The convention activities included the formal opening ceremony on Friday night with invited guest speaker Yolanda Gomez, General Manager of the La Immaculada Credit Union. In her remarks, Gomez spoke of the importance of service organizations and their contributions to the community. Following the opening ceremony visitors and Lion members got the opportunity to visit the various hospitality booths. At the various booths, a variety of tasty food and drinks were enjoyed and plenty of giveaways were to be had.

El Secreto Makes The “Hot List 2013”
We certainly know how island rumors can start…and on Ambergris Caye there’s been lots of whispering about a mysterious and exotic new resort several miles north of San Pedro. We heard through the ‘coconut wireless,’ rumors of a Caribbean gem nestled within tropical island foliage, languishing along a secluded beach of sugar white sand. So quite…so peaceful…it was no wonder those who had lingered at this romantic hideaway would want to keep it their own little secret. But of course even the best kept secrets have a way of coming out…and we had to solve this mystery for ourselves! Upon a closer look we were delighted to find the hippest, newest boutique resort on La Isla Bonita, and a secret it is no longer! The world’s premier travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler just selected El Secreto as one of “The Best New Hotels of 2013″ …we knew that secret wouldn’t last for long! Congratulations to the nice folks at El Secreto!

Ambergris Today

El Secreto in Conde Nast Traveler’s Best New Hotels 2013 List
Ambergris Today has had the pleasure of being hosted by El Secreto and we must agree with everybody when they say that the resort is one of the best in the country. The buzz about El Secreto luxury resort has not stopped since opening its doors in October 2012. Today it gets a huge nod from Conde Nast Traveler by being added to its list of The 154 Best New Hotels in the World. El Secreto is a luxury resort, located 11 miles north of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Highlighted in the Conde Nast Traveler report is the Spa Villa which they comment as being the ‘most extravagant’ of all the 13 units in the property. (Click here to read more on what they had to say about El Secreto)

Flashbacks: A Humble Yet Happy Life In San Pedro
Who is Mr. Nicolas Varela? And why was he so happy? He was the original owner of the Varela building located on Barrier Reef Drive now occupied by his son, Mr. Lioli Varela, who operates the cargo boat and barge, Ema V. Mr. Varela was a coconut farmer who spent countless hours of hard work in the coconut plantations. This meant walking among weeds, collecting coconuts from the ground, carrying them to the beach, husking them, loading them into his boat and bringing them to the main pier to deliver to the person who would take them to Belize City. And after a hard day’s work, Mr. Varela, like all the other coconut farmers, went home to take a fresh bath, enjoy some nice frijoles, take a little rest and then spend time with children and grandchildren. It is a humble life but it is good living- no debts, no malice, no competition, no hatred- just plain humble but happy living. Such was the case of Mr. Nicolas Varela and his granddaughter Dulce Vasquez Wolfe. Looks like Melody Sanchez Wolfe, right? Well, it is her great grandfather.

Prosecutors’ Course Conducted at National Police Training Academy
In order to improve the effectiveness of the Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in Belize, a Prosecutors’ Course is being conducted at the National Police Training Academy in Belmopan. The two-week training course started on Monday, April 22, 2013 and concludes next week Friday, May 5, 2013. It is being attended by over 25 persons from various branches of the Police Department and other law enforcement agencies including the Fisheries Department and Municipal Traffic. Combining theory and practical training, the course covers a wide range of topics, including Judicial Procedures, Interpretation of Statutes, Common Law, the Evidence Act and Handling of Evidence, Case File Analysis and Criminal Court Procedures.

Work Continues in San Pedro Clean Up Campaign
San Pedro just recently gained the status of being the #1 island in the world by Trip Advisor. Being the number one island is a big thing; it must mean we excel and surpass many in different aspects. Ambergris Today’s editor wrote about five top reasons why we were named Top Island but one important factor that comes to mind when we think of our Isla Bonita is cleanliness. They say that cleanliness is next to godliness and the #1 island must be kept clean but how clean is our island? Ambergris Today set out to check out our island from north to south, east and west, beaches, town and other areas of our island to see how clean our island is and improvements that could take place. We started off in the Airstrip Area heading to the San Pedrito Area and to our surprise we caught up with workers from the San Pedro Town Council cleaning up the area.

Misc Belizean Sources

Protect and respect our FLATS!
from Omar Arceo: The fish you see illegally filleted here is known as an endangered species and a majestic fish: The Permit. I have dedicated my career as a fly fisherman to protect and RESPECT the habitat and the lives of these fish. So you can imagine how I felt when my ANGLER stumbled upon this ILLEGAL activity! This is a complete DISRESPECT of the Fisheries Laws in Belize. We are the only country that protect this fish and yet we have among us sport/commercial men that REFUSE to understand that this is a CATCH AND RELEASE fish! Just like the BONE FISH and TARPON! I am outraged!

Corozal Community Police Meeting 4/24
The Corozal Police Formation along with the Citizens Coalition For a Better Corozal invite the general public for a public meeting. Topics to be discussed: 1) Quarterly Report from October 2012 to December 2012 – 2) Quarterly Report from January 2013 to March 2013 – 3) Our way forward 4) Floor will be open for questions and suggestions Date: Wednesday April 24th Time: 7:00 P.M. Place: Andres Campos Civic Center

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Yet another example of Belize's policy of accommodating Guatemala at any cost!
By Frank Edward Paco Smith, Jr., JP Well Belizeans and true friends of Belize, if this doesn't beat all! The GOB signaled that it will facilitate the entry of individuals from Guatemala, even if their passport intentionally does not provide a clear distinction between our sovereign territory and that of Guatemala. Amid the nonsensical call for Belizeans to place our territorial integrity at the mercy of the jurisprudence of the justices at the ICJ, coupled with this most recent development, I must admit that I have lost whatever minute amount of respect that I might have retained for those in Cabinet. As the old Belizean adage states, "...pick sense from di nonsense!" Correct me if I am wrong, but did the Minister of Immigration say, "We cannot refuse people entry into the country..."? When last I checked, the Immigration Department is vested with the authority and wherewithal to do precisely that.

Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the San Pedro Town Council, Mother's Day Greeting
The San Pedro Town Council wishes all mother's a great Mother's Day.

BHS Open House Pictures
The Belmopan Humane Society had their open house this weekend to celebrate 12 years of operation. They had some happy people, and pets. "Saturday, April 20, BHS hosted an 'Open House' to celebrate 12 years of helping animals, the people that surround them, the creation of a wonderful Resource Center and the beginning stages of a Community Animal Health Care clinic. Behind the Scenes supporters donated toward the printing of over 1,000 revised BHS brochures, as many invitations, and all the color photos for our many displays. This allowed us to place brochures and invitations in the 695 PO boxes in Belmopan. Hundreds of flyers were spread through the city along with ads on Love FM, Channel 5 bulletin board and CCV cable TV. Emails and text invitations to the many people that BHS has helped in one way or another were sent."

Earth Day Photoshoot in Cayo
Rebecca Stirm and Monica Gallardo teamed up to do a photoshoot in Cayo for Earth Day. Chantae Guy was their model, and talk about an interesting choice of 'fabric.' Quote of the day: "Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." "Earth Day is officially here, and I'm so excited to show you how we celebrated! Leaves, vines, bush, flowers, a designer, a photographer, a model, and a beautiful dried up riverbed - Here's a sneak peak of our Earth Day 2013 shots! Make sure to like Monica Gallardo Photography's page - and stick around to both our pages for more photos, and behind the scenes/how it was made blog posts and images!"

Belizean Relleno
Relleno is a wonderful spicy soup made with black recado. It is similar to Belizean Chimole or Black Soup. This soup is a meat lover's delight due to the fact that is is stuffed with ground beef and diced boiled eggs. Served with corn tortilla, this soup is sure to tantalize the taste buds.

Earth Day 2013
Earth Day is globally celebrated on April 22nd. In commemoration of this year's Earth Day, FOCUS in partnership with Corozal Town Council, organized the second "Corozal Green Mile Campaign" on Saturday, April 20. Over 150 participants engaged in the cleaning ofPhilip Goldson Highway from Santa Clara Village to the Santa Elena Border. Over 150 fifty gallon bags of garbage were collected. FOCUS wishes to thank all participants and sponsors for being this year's "The Face of Climate Change". After the clean-up, everyone gathered at Corozal's flagship environmental project, Mangrove Park for an Earth Day program. The following is a gallery of pictures of the great folks participating in this effort. When you drive on the highway now, please note how it looks and do not contribute to making the shoulders of our highways an unsightly garbage dump.

Channel 7

May 7th – Unprecedented Number of Legal Eagles Converge On Supreme Court
The stage is set for one of the biggest Supreme Court Cases in memory, that’s UNIBAM’s constitutional challenge to section 53 of Belize’s criminal which outlaws sex between men. The actual court hearing is set for May 7 to 10th, but today, the case was called up before Justice Michelle Arana for case management. Caleb Orozco, the president of UNIBAM, who’s spearheading the challenge, was at court today along with his attorney Lisa Shoman, and attorneys for the Council of Churches and the Government of Belize. They held an audience with Justice Arana in her chambers, in which technical legal issues were ironed out on both sides. The news coming out of that meeting is that the case has been moved over to the CJ’s Court – and it will be full of the highest flying legal eagles were likely to ever see packed into one courtroom. Shoman told us about the international attorneys added to their side of the case. Lisa Shoman - Attorney for Caleb Orosco "It's what it is now. The case is going to trial. We've been notified that the Chief Justice will be hearing the case on May 7th to 10th and we were just finalizing because the churches wanted some more time to put in their written submission. The claimant, Caleb Orosco, has filed written submissions. The human rights interested party have filed written submissions. The attorney general asked for more time and they will have to file by the 30th and the churches will be given until May 3rd. Trial days are set - it is May 7th to 10th."

New Born Killed; Teen Mother Suspected
Tonight, police are investigating a very disturbing case, which could implicate a teenaged mother in the killing of her newborn child. At around 6:00 last week Wednesday evening, three day old Edwin Leroy Sanchez was rushed to the KHMH in an unconscious state; he died at around 6:30. His 16 year old mother from the Albert area – whose name or address we cannot disclose because she is a minor – told police she didn’t know what happened. She said that at 5:30 pm, she was at home and had just finished breast-feeding Edwin, burped him and put him to sleep on his stomach. She says she went to the bathroom and came back 30 seconds later to find the newborn lying on his side with his eyes wide open and his forehead turning blue. Due to the young mother’s mental state, authorities had their concerns about the cause of death. A post mortem conducted yesterday confirmed that there is a lot to be worried about. Police forensic pathologist Dr Mario Estradabran found that the three day old died from Internal Bleeding due to Head Trauma, bleeding from the liver and the fatty tissue of the stomach due to Abdominal Trauma. That head and abdominal trauma point compellingly to foul play and the domestic violence unit is investigating. But, so far, no charges have been brought.

Accused Killer Acquitted; Family Cries Out For Justice
Tonight, 21 year-old Tristan Gordon, the man who was charged with the murder of 28 year-old Kenyon Plunkett, is free after he was acquitted in the court room of Justice Adolph Lucas this morning. Viewers may remember the broad daylight execution of Plunkett on April 28, 2011. The father of the 3 was standing in front of his worksite on Lakeview Street at around 11:30 a.m. He was talking to his boss when a gunman ambushed him and shot him in the back of his head and fled the scene. He was rushed the KHMH but died while undergoing treatment. A month later, police charged Gordon, who was only 19 at the time, and last week, he had his day in court in front of Justice Lucas in a trial without jury. The prosecution’s main witness was a man who told police that he accompanied Gordon on the day when he allegedly committed the murder. This witness gave a written statement in which he said that Gordon showed him a firearm, and told him that he was going to attempt to hurt “a dread that disrespected him.” He added that he saw when Gordon shoot the “dread man” in the back of his head.

Man Drowns In Same Spot That 10 Year Old Did
Over the weekend, a man drowned in Gracie Rock – right where a 10 year old boy had drowned three weeks ago. It happened on Sunday evening around 6:00 when 35 year old Leroy Betson, was swimming with four friends and went underwater near a cable suspension bridge. He never resurfaces and his body was found by a search team hours later. Today, we spoke to his mother, Joyce Flowers who went out to the scene at the time of the search. Joyce Flowers - Mother of Leroy Betson "I didn't even know he wasn't here because he lives in his own house, until we got the call at about quarter past six the evening. My daughter answered the call and when I saw her reaction then I realized something was wrong and then she told me that a friend called to say that she called for him and the person who answered his phone told her that they were at Gracie Rock and Leroy went down into the water and never resurfaced." Monica Bodden "Did you guys had a chance to go out to the scene?" Joyce Flowers "Yes we did; immediately Earline, because her husband heard us screaming he came and so they took me out to Gracie Rock. We were there and the police from Hattieville arrived after.

Accused Cop Cleared After 3 Years
Police Corporal Jorge Lemus, has been on interdiction for almost 3 years, but tonight, he’s now free of a charge of manslaughter for the death of O’neil Jones. The incident occurred on February 12, 2010 at Lord’s Bank, when Jones was shot in his back as he exited a bar. Eyewitnesses pointed to the officers who responded to a report of a fight, and they even claimed that Jones only had the part of a bicycle in his hand when the officers over-reacted and shot him to death. Lemus was charged 3 months later with manslaughter, all through that time, he maintained his innocence. His trial was called up last week before Justice Lucas, and Crown Council Kayshia Grant called 8 witnesses to testify against him. one of the witnesses could put Lemus on the scene during the time of the shooting, and so, his defense attorney, Simeon Sampson, made a no-case submission when the prosecution closed its case. Today, after considering all the evidence, Justice Lucas ruled that Lemus had no case to answer to, so he directed a jury of 9 to acquit Lemus, setting him free. Lemus has told 7News before this trial began that he will fight to keep his job as a police officer.

Man Pleads Guilty Firearm
Tonight, 4 Belize City men are in prison after they were taken to court after the Gang Suppression Unit busted them with a gun, and marijuana. It happened at around 2:30 yesterday afternoon when the GSU was patrolling Vernon Street. They searched a fishing boat at the Fish Market in the Conch Shell Bay area which 34 year-old Jeffrey Murrillo, 49 year-old Gerald Allen, 27 year-old Ignatius Garcia, and 29 year-old Windell Gibson were all associated with. In the hull of the boat, they found a .25 caliber pistol loaded with 3 live rounds, and a bag with less than an ounce of marijuana. All 4 men were arrested and charged with keeping unlicensed firearm, keeping unlicensed ammunition, and possession of a controlled drug.

"Fawda" Ramps Up Campaign Against AGUSM
Today, Phillip “Fawda” Henry ramped up his campaign against AGUSM – the medical school that recently relocated from San Pedro to Ladyville. He had a press conference with all the bells and whistles. 7news was there. Jules Vasquez reporting Last week, Phillip Fawda Henry did a one man protest in front of the new headquarters of the American Global University of Science and Medicine on airport road. But this week - he had a full press conference, a major production, standing room only, that told us the protest machinery was well oiled. Actually, it was part press conference, part protest, with loud placards on prominent display and even a special banner printed for the event. Even an attorney slash politician was in the mix - though we aren’t sure which capacity he was there in.

Another Accidental Death In Blue Creek
Yesterday afternoon there was another accidental death in the rural industrial farming community of Blue Creek. At around 2:30 pm, 18 year old Clayton REMPEL was washing his tractor when he got electrocuted. Police report that he was operating an electrical power wash machine, washing a tractor when he received a massive electrical shock. He was found ten minutes later badly burnt but still alive and rushed airplane to Medical Associates in Belize City, where he died while undergoing treatment. Viewers will recall that last week in Blue Creek, a 7 year old boy suffocated when he was sucked to the bottom of a 15 tonne rice bin.

Guats Suspend Referendum; Bze Officials Wait For Word
Yesterday, the Guatemalans made it official on its Government website that there will be no National Referendum in Guatemala on October 6th. That should be the final nail in the coffin, but today Belize’s CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexis Rosado was quoted as saying that “the official process is under the OAS and until they hear the information from them, they don’t consider anything as being official.” He did add, though that if in fact Guatemala has officially taken such a position, it would mean a breach of the special agreement.

“Gad” Gone To Jail For 5
38 year-old Arden Middleton known as “Gad” will spend 5 years for unlawful carnal knowledge in prison. That was the sentence that Justice Troadio Gonzalez handed to him today in the mitigation hearing. He was convicted last week in his trial when the minor testified that on July 13, 2011, she was sitting on the verandah of Little Wilt’s Place on Caesar Ridge Road. She asked Middleton to use the bathroom, and he showed her where it was. The minor continued that when she went inside, Middleton followed her and had intercourse with her. After hearing the testimony, the jury convicted him, and so today, he made a mitigation plea. On his own behalf, he told the court that for some reason, he’s been convicted of this crime, which he swears he did not commit. Middleton called several character witnesses on his behalf, and his attorney Bryan Neal also asked the court for leniency. After considering all the factors, Justice Gonzalez sentenced him to serve 5 years in prison.

Fitness, Wellness Through Yoga
Anyone who’s trying to get fit, or stay fit, probably knows all about high intensity workout routines like “Insanity,” “P90x” and others that push fitness fanatics to the limits of human endurance. But, today we met one Belize City fitness trainer who has a completely different approach. Ashanti Garcia says you can get fit, without doing 30 minutes cardio every day. We visited her at her training studio to find out more. Jules Vasquez Reporting Welcome to the world of Ashanti Garcia. The 23 year old San Ignacio resident who now calls Belize City home is a Yoga trainer and she whipped her body into some poses that made me wince. This one is called the Scorpion pose, what looks like a literally backbreaking position, and one that requires great strength in the arms.

SJC Rehabs Football Field, Dedicates It To Snyders
Today, Saint John’s College officially inaugurated a newly rebuilt football pitch on its campus. The pitch had long feel into disuse, overtaken by crabs. But with major fundraising and lots of hard work, today, they honored on of the longest serving Jesuit Priests by naming it Snyders Field. According to the Dean of Saint John’s College Junior College, it’s because Father Synders has dedicated his life to the pursuit of education at the school. Alice Peralta, Dean, S.J.C. Junior College "I can assure you that your hard work will serve a great benefit to our students as it has already done for our sports day a month ago. I want to especially thank those sponsors who contributed to the development of the Snyders field; your donations are greatly appreciated. Lastly, I want to thank Father Snyders for the many years of immeasurable work and commitment he has contributed to St. Johns College in many capacities. You are well deserving of this honor, which will see your name remembered by all S.J.C. students past, present and future."

Channel 5

American Global University in spotlight again
Are the American Global University School of Medicine and the Washington University of Health and Science legitimate and accredited medical institutions of learning in Belize? Or are they just well-established and operated scams to milk money from potential students across the world? Those are the questions on everybody’s mind right now. Both institutions have been [...]

American Global’s Peggy Allen accused of crimes
In the press conference hosted by Phillip Henry and Patrick Menzies, particular attention was paid to Peggy Allen, who is listed as Vice President of Operations of American Academic Services. One allegation made by Henry is that Allen has been convicted of the criminal charges of theft and forgery in Ohio. He provided documents this [...]

American Global University operates in San Pedro
News Five has done a number of stories since 2009 questioning the legitimacy of the American Global University School of Medicine which is again in the news.  Today, we went back to the facility in Ladyville, but there was no sign that anybody was there, and no sign of any renovation being done to change [...]

Electrocuted by power washer
Orange Walk police are investigating the sudden death of an eighteen year old Mennonite laborer of Blue Creek Village in Orange Walk Town. Clayton Rempel was electrocuted on Monday afternoon around two-thirty as he was operating an electrical power wash machine. He was cleaning this tractor at his work site in the Linda Vista Area [...]

Prime Minister at United Nations with Ban Ki-Moon
Prime Minister Dean Barrow met with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, on Monday.  Barrow updated the Secretary General on the territorial dispute; the most recent development being that Guatemala will not hold the October sixth referendum.  As the PM met with Ban Ki Moon, the O.A.S. Representative, Raul Lagos, was [...]

City hall and Albert Street cab drivers reach compromise
On Monday taxi-drivers from both the Albert Street Taxi Cooperative and Downtown Taxi Cooperative were furious when they showed up at work only to find that they had been moved from their traditional work posts. They were angry and insult that they had not been notified. But even more than that, they were not happy [...]

Should government share profits with illegal harvesters of rosewood?
And tonight’s question is: Should government share profits with the exporter of rosewood whose company is accused of felling rosewood during the moratorium? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post your vote on our e-poll at channel5belize.com. You can also send an email with your comments to questions@channel5belize.com.

Family burned during Trial Farm fire
The origins of a fire at a house in Trial Farm in the Orange Walk remains under investigation. A family of three was sound asleep when the blaze erupted in the dead of the night two weeks ago; the mysterious fire spread quickly through the small house which had no electricity.  The couple suffered burns [...]

New rosewood felling still occurring
While officialdom continues to hide behind press releases vowing that no freshly cut rosewood will be exported and all who cut rosewood during the amnesty will be punished forthwith, credible sources continue to tell News Five that there is a veritable rosewood cutting frenzy in southern Belize. Our source tells us that just today, a [...]

Murder Acquittal due to amnesia and missing link to crime
Twenty-nine year old Kenyon Plunkett, an auto mechanic of Belize City, was executed on April 28th, 2011, while returning to his jobsite from completing an errand.  The father of three was shot once to the back of his head in a dead-end off Lakeview Street by an assailant, who was later identified as Triston Gordon.  [...]

Shopkeeper gets 5 years for carnal knowledge
Five years in jail. That’s the sentence given to the thirty eight year old man who was convicted of having sex with a fourteen year old minor. The incident occurred in July, 2011.  The girl claimed that she was at a shop called Little Wilts Place which is located by the Cumberbatch Field in the [...]

Cop acquitted after witness saw ‘fat policeman’ doing nothing
In February 2010, Corporal Jorge Lemus and Constable Lazaro Catch, both attached to the Ladyville Police Substation, were charged in connection with the shooting death of Jamaican national, O’Neil Jones, who was killed at a bar in the Lord’s Bank community.  Jones was shot dead while attempting to ride away from Ruba’s Bar, despite eyewitnesses [...]

Retiree swindled out of 7 acres of land
An American national has had land swindled right under his feet. Sixty-six year old David Cooley is the victim of fraud as his property was sold when someone forged his name to seal the transaction. Cooley is a resident of Lost Reef Resort, in Riversdale, Stann Creek. He told police that on June twentieth, 2000, [...]

Telesforo Guerra, McAfee’s Guatemalan attorney, dies
A Belizean who made his name in Guatemala as a politician and a top international lawyer has died. Teleforo Guerra Chan was born in Benque Viejo and moved to Guatemala at the age of fourteen to study. He remained there where he served as attorney general once and successfully defended high profile clients. Telesh, as [...]

Get popcorn ready for the 5th Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase
The Fifth Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase, despite not having any local entries, is currently underway in Belize City.  The annual filmmakers’ platform was launched on April sixteenth, with works from movie producers and directors from across the region available for viewing at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts.  According to Suzette Zayden, Director of Belize [...]

Mexicans, Mixed Martial Arts and Belizeans in caged event
The Belize Elementary School auditorium was overflowing on Saturday night. Mixed Martial Arts aficionados were out in droves for a number of fights between Belizean athletes and their Mexican counterparts. The event was organized by the House of Shotokan. The nine matches were friendly but fierce; the local fighters held their own and the Mexicans [...]

LOVE FM

Questions Raised On The Authenticity of The American Global University School of Medicine
The American Global University School of Medicine facility is located on the Airport Road, but unlike what its sign depicts, the compound is nothing more than a building with a sign and attractive landscaping at the front of the property. The front entrance, as we discovered when we visited...

New Student Government Elected for University of Belize
The University of Belize Belmopan campus is currently holding up a student government election. Correspondent Fem Cruz has a report on the event. FEM CRUZ “The purpose of this election is for students to elect their president who will represent them next year. Will...

Spelling Bee District Finals Continue
The Coca-Cola Spelling Bee District Finals continued today in the Cayo District. Love FM’s Karen Coote has the highlights of the competition. KAREN COOTE “Keep smiling and spelling, Belize’ is the theme for the Coca Cola National Spelling B finals 2013....

Tuesday, April 23 ---------- Guatemala Newspaper Says Their Government Will Not Take Part In Referendum Scheduled For October 6, 2013
The Government of Guatemala this week made public that it will not be participating in the referendum scheduled for October sixth. An article in the “Prensa Libre” newspaper. says a letter was sent to Congress yesterday so that they can make legal analysis of whether there will be any...

Man Sells Property Without His Knowledge; Police Investigates
Police are investigating an alleged case of Forgery in the Stann Creek District. Retired 66 year old American, David Cooley, who presently resided at Lost Reef Resort in Riversdale Stann Creek, reported to police that on the 20th of June of 2000 he bought 7.23 acres of land valued at one hu...

Man Drowns In Gracie Rock Village
A thirty five year old man drowned in Gracie Rock Village on Sunday. Police received reports form twenty six year old Morris Heinz sometime after six pm on Sunday informing them of the incident. He reported that he along with Leroy Betson, a Chemist of Racoon Street Extension in Beliz...

Top Celebrity Pageant Starts It's 6th Annual Event Online
The Sixth annual Miss Top Celebrity Pageant kicked off last night. The pageant is organized by Teens Belize in Punta Gorda, Toledo. Kenny Jacobs is the Executive Director for Teens Belize. KENNY JACOBS "It actually started off last night at 10:30; the polls opened on TeenBelize.com a...

Orange Walk Man Dies of Electric Shock Whilst Cleaning Tractor; Post Mortem Results Revealed on Young Boy's Death
A man from the Orange Walk District has died after he was allegedly electrically shocked. On Monday, forty eight year old Frank Klassen of Blue Creek Village reported that around 2:30pm, 18 year old Clayton Rempel, a laborer of Blue Creek was operating an electrical power wash machine to wa...

Police Corporal Acquitted of Manslaughter
Thirty-Five year old police corporal Jorge Lemus, charged with manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Jamaican national O’Neil Anthony Jones, was acquitted of the charge today in the court of Justice Adolph Lucas. Lemus’ attorney, Simeon Sampson, made a no case submission after the pr...

Four Men Face Charges For Firearms, Ammunition and Marijuana
Thirty-four year old Ignatius Garcia, a boat captain who was one of four persons charged with firearm and ammunition offences, was sentenced to three years for kept firearm without a gun license and three years for kept ammunition without a gun license today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser aft...

Prosecutors Fail To Prove Guilt; Man Acquitted of Murder
Twenty-one year old Tristan Gordon, charged with the murder of Kenyon Plunkett, was acquitted of the charge today by Justice Adolph Lucas. Last week after the prosecution closed its case, having called six witnesses, Gordon’s attorney, Lionel Welch, submitted that he did not have a case to ...

BTB Logo Chosen As Finalist In One Show Design 2013
Earlier in the year, the Belize Tourism Board held its twelfth annual industry presentation in which it revealed the new BTB Logo. Today the Belize Tourism Board announced that the Belize Logo has been chosen as a finalist for the “One Show Design” 2013 awards, in the category of &ldq...


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Stop Order Served To Landy's And Sons For Non Payment Of Trade License Fees
Less than two weeks ago the Orange Walk Town Council issued a stop order to Jaime Burns, the owner of JB and Sons Hardware located on Otro Benque Road for unpaid trade license fees. Burns cleared his arrears on the same day and he was back in business. But he was just one of the many business owners in Orange Walk who are currently behind their payment for trade license fees which the town council has over $35,000 in arrears. Adamant to collect as much revenues as possible, the town council issued another stop order today this time to Orlando Burns owner of Landy’s and Sons located on the Belize Corozal Road. Kevin Bernard- Mayor Orange Walk “In the issue with Mr. Burns, he was issued a statement; one he didn’t really apply as for the fourth schedule that every business should apply to conduct trade in this town and when we did that last interview I mentioned to you that I did receive a letter from his attorney claiming that the value that was being assessed on his business was too high and I did clearly mentioned that there is process to follow. Mr. Burns was issued a letter advising him on when he needs to come in and pay failure to do so would result him in being issued also a stop order. He made an initial first step in making a 50% down payment sometime a week and a half some time ago, and was reminded that he had up to a specific date when to make that payment and when I remembered that there was an approach here either him or one of his representatives informed by the administrator that they are not going to be paying the balance and they were going to take the matter to the court.”

Corozal Police Receives Bomb Threat
The frequency of bomb threats in Corozal is close to zero. But today the men and women that are charged with safeguarding the community of Corozal are the ones who received a bomb threat. We understand that at around 9:00 this morning, one of the police officers on duty at the Corozal Police Station, picked up the phone just to be informed that a bomb was inside the building. Corozal Police took the call seriously and the entire building was cleared. While the police station was combed from top to bottom, officers waited patiently outside for the all clear to be given. At the end there proved to be no bomb and worked continued as per normal. Late this afternoon CTV3 News spoke to Superintendent Andrew Ramirez, Officer In Charge of the Corozal Police Formation, who told us that the incident was nothing but a false alarm.

Sarteneja Residents Accused of Drug Trafficking Freed On Bail
Four residents of Sarteneja Village in Corozal charged with drug trafficking have been released on bail of $5,000 after reappearing at the Orange Walk Magistrates Court. Twenty year old Christian Flores, 24 year old Amaro Flores, 50 year old Salvador Flores and 26 year old Pedro Quirora were detained by police on April 10th. The four men were socializing at a restaurant in Orange Walk Town when they were searched by cops who found more than five pounds of marijuana in a bucket that one of the men was carrying. The four appeared in court on April 12th at which time the prosecution objected to bail. Their case was adjourned to June 3rd 2013.

O/W Primary Schools Win Courts Nutrition Competition
In an effort to promote healthy living and extend more focus on nutrition in our schools, Courts Belize recently conducted the “Nutrition Rocks Video Competition”. There were creative entries submitted from 22 schools all over Belize. The Orange Walk District is home to three of the participating schools and prize winners. Shelly Gillett has that report. Shelly Gillett – Reporting As a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility Projects, Courts Belize hosted what was initially a competition among schools for the creative production of a 30 to 45 seconds music video highlighting healthy eating and nutrition, under the theme “Nutrition Rocks Video Competition”. According to Daylene Tesecum, Marketing Representative for Courts Belize, numerous proposals were submitted by schools all across Belize requesting assistance for their existing feeding program or in order to commence one. The competition started in January and submissions ran through March 2013. In the end, Courts reviewed a total of 22 entries and decided that they would award every school with $1,500 in appliances of their choice. Among these 22 entries, 3 were from Orange Walk namely Louisiana Government School, Solomon SDA School and Compassion School in the Village of Yo Creek. Lucio Alcoser, music instructor at Louisiana Gov’t School and Vice Principal Enrique Ayuso collaborated with their music class to bring in their prize.

Mennonite Electrocuted In Blue Creek
Tragedy strikes the Blue Creek Community yet again in less than one week since our report of the death of seven year old Jacob Dueck, who was killed at a rice processing plant on April 18th 2013. Reports reaching our news room are that at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon, eighteen year old Clayton Rempel, a resident of the community of Blue Creek, was washing a tractor with an electrical power wash machine when he was electrocuted. The incident happened in the Linda Vista Area of Blue Creek. We understand that as a result of the shock, Rempel collapsed to the ground in an unconscious state. It was not until ten minutes later that Rempel was found by Frank Klassen who is also from the community of Blue Creek. Klassen aided the eighteen year old, picked him up and transported him via airplane to Belize Medical Associates in Belize City. However, the voltage that ran through Rempel’s body proved fatal, as he died while undergoing treatment shortly after. No foul play is suspected yet police investigations continue.

Seven Year Old Died Of Suffocation By Asphyxia
A post mortem examination conducted on the body of seven year old Jacob Dueck from the community of Blue Creek certified that he died of suffocation by Asphyxia. As previously reported, the seven year old student of Tres Leguas in the community of Blue Creek, was killed at a rice processing plant in Blue Creek at around 5:45 on Friday evening. Dueck and two other children were playing in what is known as the dump bin, a container which holds over 30 tons of rice, at the grain facility of Peter Remphel. Remphel’s employees were unaware that the children were inside the dump bin, which was holding approximately 15 tons of rice, when they turned on a machine known as the “augur” which feeds rice down into a cleaning machine. As a result the three boys were sucked into the tons of rice. Two of them managed to jump out, but the same cannot be said for Dueck who was pulled down into the tons of rice. All efforts to get him out proved futile since he was buried beneath the grains. Workers had to dig into the rice for more than 45 minutes before they located the seven year old who was already dead.

Seven Streets Paved In O/W And Counting
Thirteen, that’s the number of dilapidated streets that the Orange Walk Town Council plans to pave in a span of six months. So far, with the inclusion of Muffles Street, which was paved yesterday, seven of the 13 streets have been renovated and the work continues. But where is the money for this major infrastructural project coming from? According to Mayor of Orange Walk Kevin Bernard, the project is being funded with tax payer’s money and not with funds endowed by Government as is being reported. Kevin Bernard- Mayor Orange Walk “We are hoping that just like the five other street that we have paved, this is another commitment that we are making as a council to the people of Orange Walk. Thereafter as well we have other street that we have prepared for paving for this week from what I understand from the contractors that by Wednesday we should be the completion of the other two streets and thereafter we will start to work on the preparation of the other streets that we have listed which is the continuation of this street which is Santa Maria Street, South Mejiba Street, and then later on to Mahogany and Sapodilla Street and then Rain tree Street. This is done through fiscal prudent that we have put into the council, we budgeted well and we are pretty sure that we can achieve these goals and these is what you are seeing now the results.”

Moulding Today's Youths Into Tomorrows Leaders
The Lions Club celebrated its 35th three day annual convention in the Village of San Estevan in Orange Walk over the weekend. Activities began on Friday with the opening ceremony and continued on Saturday with a youth seminar celebrated under the theme “Understanding/nurturing our Belizean Youth”. Addressing the youths were a number of speakers including Doctor Elma Augustine, Courtney Gillet and Adrian Leiva who spoke on the challenges faced by Belizean youths on a daily basis including drugs, gangs and uncensored music. Doctor Elma Augustine “Unfortunately the business of gangs and drugs trafficking use tend to all time together and that also includes as we all know issues related to possession of guns and ends up in killing and crime and stuff like that so all ties in together. Another aspect that affect our young people and of course the entire society of Belize is our environment, with our young people most of us know that hundreds or more graduate every year, there no jobs for them, so unemployment is a big problem we have these promising youths with potential and abilities and not places really opened up for them. There is a lot of separation, there are a lot of divorces, there is a lot of abuse that is occurring, domestic violence, alcohol and drug use that impacts the children.”

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Four Men Face Charges For Firearms, Ammunition and Marijuana
Thirty-four year old Ignatius Garcia, a boat captain who was one of four persons charged with firearm and ammunition offences, was sentenced to three years for kept firearm without a gun license and three years for kept ammunition without a gun license today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser after he pled guilty to the charges. Senior Magistrate Fraser stipulated that the sentences are to run concurrently so Garcia will serve three years. The others who were charged were 22 year old Windell Gibson, 34 year old Jeffrey Murillo and 49 year old Gerald Allen. The charges were not withdrawn from them although Garcia had pled guilty. Senior Magistrate Fraser explained to them that only the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl Lyn Vidal, can withdraw the charges. As a result, they were remanded into custody. The four were also charged with possession of 22 grams of cannabis. Gibson pled guilty to that charge. Senior Magistrate Fraser told him that she cannot impose a fine because he has previous conviction for possession of cannabis and he has court fines for which payment is outstanding. She sentenced him to six months.

Police Corporal Acquitted of Manslaughter
Thirty-Five year old police corporal Jorge Lemus, charged with manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Jamaican national O’Neil Anthony Jones, was acquitted of the charge today in the court of Justice Adolph Lucas. Lemus’ attorney, Simeon Sampson, made a no case submission after the prosecution closed its case, having called 8 witnesses. Sampson submitted that there was no evidence as to who shot and killed Jones. Justice Lucas upheld the submission after he heard a response from Crown Counsel Kayshia Grant. He then directed the jury of 5 women and 4 men to return a formal verdict of not guilty. The incident occurred on February 13, 2010 at Lord’s Bank. Jones was shot in his back as he exited a bar. Another police officer, police constable Lazaro Cach, was charged with abetment to manslaughter, but his case has not been brought to trial yet.

Orange Walk Man Dies of Electric Shock Whilst Cleaning Tractor; Post Mortem Results Revealed on Young Boy’s Death
A man from the Orange Walk District has died after he was allegedly electrically shocked. On Monday, forty eight year old Frank Klassen of Blue Creek Village reported that around 2:30pm, 18 year old Clayton Rempel, a laborer of Blue Creek was operating an electrical power wash machine to wash a tractor in the Linda Vista Area. While doing that he got an electric shock and fell unconscious. He was found at 2:40 pm on the same day by Klassen, who picked him up and transported him via airplane to the Belize Medical Associates hospital in Belize City where he died while undergoing treatment. No foul play is suspected in connection to the incident but police continue to investigate. Meanwhile a post mortem carried out by Dr. Mario Estradabran on the body of seven year old Jacob Dyck certified the cause of death to be suffocation by asphyxia. Dyck a student of TresLeguas, Blue Creek, was found unconscious in a rice dumping bin on Thursday, after he is said to have been accidentally pulled in while playing with some friends in the area.

Top Celebrity Pageant Starts It’s 6th Annual Event Online
The Sixth annual Miss Top Celebrity Pageant kicked off last night. The pageant is organized by Teens Belize in Punta Gorda, Toledo. Kenny Jacobs is the Executive Director for Teens Belize. KENNY JACOBS “It actually started off last night at 10:30; the polls opened on TeenBelize.com and as well on Facebook at facebook.com/misstopcelebritypageant 2013. The Miss Top Celebrity Pageant is done in 4 segments; we don’t have any kind of stage event, it’s basically an application form segment, then we have the preliminary with the judges. We also have a Facebook dialoguing and then we have the public voting.” Jacobs says that it is not your average pageant. This year’s nine contestants are focusing on, according to Jacobs “being the Belizean inspiration”. KENNY JACOBS “We will be having the polls on TeenBelize.com open, so the public are invited to go and vote for their favourite candidate and as well on face book and like the photo of your favourite candidate win Miss Photogenic. The candidates will also be talking about various issues advocating for teen development, talking about issues such as crime , teenage pregnancy on face book because we realize that social media has impact Belize greatly and that’s why we tend to use these medium as part of the pageant activities. This year we have candidates from Corozal, we have Ivory Mendez from Corozal; then Orange Walk we have Lilani Nah and as well Nicky Chan and then from Punta Gorda we have Sherline Flowers and from Stann Creek, Roxanne Bowman and from Pomona we have Jenny Ramirez; from Belmopan we have Victoria Canul , Shanice Flowers and from Dangriga we have Marilyn Lopez. These candidates will advocate on different issues to talk, to bring inspiration to teenagers.

Man Drowns In Gracie Rock Village
A thirty five year old man drowned in Gracie Rock Village on Sunday. Police received reports form twenty six year old Morris Heinz sometime after six pm on Sunday informing them of the incident. He reported that he along with Leroy Betson, a Chemist of Racoon Street Extension in Belize City and four other persons were all swimming at the river in Gracie Rock, near the area of a cable suspension bridge. During that short period of time, Betson is said to have gone under the water and didn’t resurface. Several attempts were made to locate him and it was not until local divers and fishermen joined that they discovered the motionless body of Betson at the bottom of the river. The body was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where it was pronounced dead and now awaits a post mortem examination.

Man Sells Property Without His Knowledge; Police Investigates
Police are investigating an alleged case of Forgery in the Stann Creek District. Retired 66 year old American, David Cooley, who presently resided at Lost Reef Resort in Riversdale Stann Creek, reported to police that on the 20th of June of 2000 he bought 7.23 acres of land valued at one hundred thousand US dollars from AzzamMaarbani, a businessman of Dangriga Town. In March of 2011, he learnt that his property was no longer in his name and that the land was sold without his consent. Cooley contacted the Lands Department and he was shown that on the 15th of October of 2010, he signed a Deed of Conveyance to Linbergh Williams, which he allegedly did not do since he was not in the country at the time.

Guatemala Newspaper Says Their Government Will Not Take Part In Referendum Scheduled For October 6, 2013
The Government of Guatemala this week made public that it will not be participating in the referendum scheduled for October sixth. An article in the “Prensa Libre” newspaper. says a letter was sent to Congress yesterday so that they can make legal analysis of whether there will be any other procedure taken by that body. It is expected that a letter will be sent to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal next week. According to the report President Otto Perez Molina has said that Foreign Minister Fernando Carrera informed the Secretary General of the OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza last week that Guatemala will not participate in the process unless changes are made. Perez Molina made references stipulating that in the middle of negotiations of the Special Agreement in 2008, Belize changed its referendum laws. The foreign minister also pointed out that the 260 million Quetzales needed for consultation have not been received. The government of Belize has rejected the two proposals put forth by Guatemala, to suspend the consultation and set a new date when the conditions in both countries are the same.

Spelling Bee District Finals Continue
The Coca-Cola Spelling Bee District Finals continued today in the Cayo District. Love FM’s Karen Coote has the highlights of the competition. KAREN COOTE “Keep smiling and spelling, Belize’ is the theme for the Coca Cola National Spelling B finals 2013. The Cayo District finals was held at the Countryside Park in Spanish Lookout. Fourteen spellers representing primary schools took part in the day’s event hoping to represent the Cayo District at the national event in June. Of the fourteen students who started the competition, nine had a perfect score of 30 points to move on to the third round where each was given 2 words from the reserve list. In this round, 12-year-old, Michael Hamilton of Belize Christian Academy captured first place with the word, forego. The 8 remaining spellers continued on to the fourth round for the third and second place winners; 15 year old Hadie Morcia of Los Tambos Government School took second place; 11-year-old Samara Harris of Our Lady of Guadelupe in Belmopan is the third place winner. The Coca Cola National Spelling B district finals continues on Wednesday with the Orange Walk district finals. Reporting from the country side park in Spanish Lookout for Love News, I am Karen Coote.”

New Student Government Elected for University of Belize
The University of Belize Belmopan campus is currently holding up a student government election. Correspondent Fem Cruz has a report on the event. FEM CRUZ “The purpose of this election is for students to elect their president who will represent them next year. William Neal is the Dean of the student’s affairs he brings us up to date.” WILLIAM NEAL “This year we had really a renewed interest in president and all the positions. This is the first time in the history of the university that we actually have four candidates vying for president when it comes to the Belmopan campus. We have Yahnira Garcia, we have Carmen Reid, we have Hope Amadi who is the incumbent and we also have Roberto Bedran. It’s really a frenzy because they all have teams and it has been really voracious. UB is a microcosm of the wider society; it just means who we have on campus are not in a bubble, like everybody else they will draw on their own network, they bring in parents, they bring in anybody that they can gather support from to run for the position. We don’t have strict rules when it comes to something like that because it’s all about getting everybody involved; that’s what UB is about. The benefits are numerous. Actually before we didn’t have this kind of interest, it’s usually restricted to one or two candidates but what we have with the four candidates vying, they had to really go out and campaign, talk about the platform to the students.

Questions Raised On The Authenticity of The American Global University School of Medicine
The American Global University School of Medicine facility is located on the Airport Road, but unlike what its sign depicts, the compound is nothing more than a building with a sign and attractive landscaping at the front of the property. The front entrance, as we discovered when we visited this morning, was chained and locked and there was no sign of movement within the perimeters. The front door was closed and despite the fact that universities are always bustling with students and professors trying to reach their next class, this one was drearily quiet. Shrouded in mystery, this medical college has emerged at different locations over the country before, dating back a few years. Its current location is just a stone’s throw away from our international airport and the institution has been the subject of many a discussion over the past two weeks.

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BTB logo wins award
The Annual One Show Design Awards, known as one of the most prestigious international competitions celebrating the year’s best designs, has announced the finalists for its 13th show, and Belize made the list. The Belize Tourism Board logo is being recognized under the category of “Brand Identity – Logo...

Man electrocuted in Blue Creek Village
Belize City Police investigates case of sudden death. 48 year old Frank Klassen of Blue Creek Village in the Orange Walk District reported to Police that Monday evening at about 2:30 p.m. 18 year old Clayton REMPEL of Blue Creek was washing a tractor with an electrical power wash...

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BELIZE URGES GUATEMALA TO RETRACT PLANS TO INCLUDE OFFENSIVE MAP ON PASSPORT
Belize will not accept that passport as legitimate; entry permit will have to be bought at the border: Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse. Amandala has been informed by a Foreign Affairs official that although Belize has still not gotten an official undertaking from Guatemala that it will desist from changing its passport cover to reflect its unfounded claim over Belizean territory, officials from both sides of the border have been discussing the matter. Belize Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse told Amandala this week that “we are not going to accept the passport as legitimate.” What immigration officials in Belize would be asked to do, said Hulse, is to use the bio-data from the passport to prepare an entry permit—which the migrant from Guatemala would have to pay for. As our newspaper has previously reported, Guatemalan officials have said that the new passport, which will have a map on its cover as the current one does, should now reflect the territorial differendum with Belize on its cover. A sample image shows Guatemala and Belize separated by a dotted line—not a clear border as international maps depict—in line with other offensive maps that have been popping up lately.

TAXI DRIVERS AND CITCO CLASH OVER BATTLEFIELD PARK
— by Miriam Longsworth Taxi operators, the homeless and vendors must move to allow park renovations. There was chaos on Albert Street today, Monday, as taxi operators from the Battlefield Park vigorously protested being kicked from Battlefield Park, in the center of the city, because of renovations being done to the park by the Belize City Council. The taxi operators, along with the vendors and homeless persons, have been told to evacuate the area in order for construction to get underway. We visited the park today, where members of the two taxi unions that occupied the area, Downtown Taxi Cooperative and Albert Street Taxi Drivers Union, were addressing the media about their concerns. Apparently, the taxi operators were told by the City Council that they would be allowed to park in the spaces behind the Supreme Court. Well, that plan did not sit well with the court administration because the City Council received a letter today instructing them to remove the taxi drivers from the area near the court.

JOHN BAPTIST, SR., 38, GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT OF AN INDECENT NATURE
Baptist was convicted on two out of four charges; sentencing May 3. Last week, John Baptist, Sr., 38, was a man on the run after his case had gone to trial in the Supreme Court of Justice John Troadio Gonzalez and he did not make an appearance in court. Baptist had been accused of carnal knowledge and three counts of aggravated assault of an indecent nature after a female, now 15, reported to police that he had had sexual intercourse with her when she was 6, and had touched her inappropriately on three separate occasions over a period of almost ten years. After the Crown, represented by Leroy Banner, had closed its case, Baptist presented his defense to the court. In his dock statement, Baptist told the court that at the time of the incidents, he was nowhere near the house of which the child spoke. But when last week Monday arrived, and the trial was supposed to be summed up by the judge, Baptist was a no-show and a bench warrant was sent out for his immediate arrest.

ALTERCATION IN LIBERTAD LEADS TO MURDER
Sisto Victor Osorio, 48, of Libertad Village, was killed while walking on the main road in Libertad by a man who approached him from behind and “lashed” him on the head with a solid piece of wood at about 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20. Osorio fell forward and died almost immediately. On Saturday, Marciano Correa, accompanied by his attorney, Lionel Welch, surrendered himself to Police. He was then arrested and charged with murder. Correa was taken to the Corozal Magistrate’s Court today, Monday, where he was arraigned on the charge of murder. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until July 30, when he is to be returned to court. Witnesses told police that the men were socializing in Libertad when they became involved in an altercation. Osorio was walking away when Correa allegedly picked up a stick, ran behind him and hit him on the head. One of the witnesses told police that Correa went to him and told him that he had just lashed Osorio in his head. Correa said he believed that he was dead, and requested that the witness go for Osorio and take him to the Corozal Town Hospital.

LEEROY RAMSEY, 28, FOUND GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED MURDER
Ramsey was accused of trying to kill Lincoln Broaster and Cecilio Madrill in 2008. This evening a jury of nine persons found Leeroy Ramsey, 28, guilty of two counts of attempted murder after hearing the Crown’s case, presented by Sheneiza Smith. Police say that in the wee hours of February 19, 2008, Ramsey attempted to kill Lincoln Broaster and Cecilio Madrill when he fired shots in their direction, one of which caught Broaster, while the men were on Racoon Street. After the shooting, Broaster had given police a statement in which he identified Ramsey as the person who shot him. Broaster had been shot in the left side of his chest, and his statement was corroborated by a witness, Robert Wagner, who was on the other side of the street when the altercation had occurred. The alleged motive for the shooting was a misunderstanding between Broaster and Ramsey at a club, at the end of which Ramsey had vowed that he would be returning later.

MARVIN “BAMBOO” NEAL, 20, SURRENDERS TO POLICE
One of two men wanted by police for various offenses including murder, aggravated burglary, and handling stolen goods, and for whom an intense manhunt was being carried out, turned himself in to the San Ignacio police. Marvin “ Bamboo “ Neal, 20, of Santa Elena, Cayo, went to the San Ignacio Police Station at about 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 19, and turned himself in after being on the run for three days. Police said that Neal and his accomplice, Jardo “Steel Bob” Lamb Arthurs, 25, of Santa Elena, were the two men who went into an establishment in San Ignacio at about 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, and not only stole an assortment of items from the business at gunpoint, but also tried to kill the owner of the resort by strangling her. The duo are also wanted for, among other offences, a November 2012 robbery in Mango Creek. The public is warned that Jarod “Steel Bob” Lamb, still at large, is to be considered armed and dangerous.

BELIZE PM SEEKS AUDIENCE WITH UN SEC-GEN, BAN KI-MOON, ON BELIZE-GUATEMALA REFERENDUM
Prime Minister Dean Barrow left Belize this weekend for New York, USA, where he is scheduled to meet with the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-Moon of Korea, who the Prime Minister intends to brief on the Belize-Guatemala referendum planned for October 6, 2013, in line with the special agreement signed between the parties back in 2008, setting out provisions for the territorial differendum to be litigated at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Government announced this weekend that Barrow will brief Ban Ki-Moon on Belize’s current position. Latest reports to our newspaper are that the OAS has still not announced a date on which it intends to meet with Belize and Guatemala to discuss the latest impasse, which has emerged because Guatemala is insisting on a change of date for the simultaneous referenda. Last November, the UN Secretary-General issued his salutation for “the progress made by Belize and Guatemala under the auspices of the Organization of American States to resolve their longstanding territorial dispute.” Ban Ki-Moon said he welcomed their decision to hold simultaneous referenda on 6 October 2013 to consult their populations on referring the dispute to the ICJ.

SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS A PORTION OF 6TH AMENDMENT
“a judge should be free from governmental and political pressure likely to affect, or perceived to affect the judge in exercise of his judicial functions.” “…governmental power must be exercised according to law” In a major ruling handed down on Friday, April 19, 2013, Supreme Court Justice Oswell Legall overturned a portion of the Belize Constitution Sixth Amendment, particularly sections 15 and 16, which the judge found to be “unconstitutional, null and void,” and which he furthermore found were contrary to clauses in the Constitution that assure justices of the Court of Appeal security of tenure and which mandate the government to observe the rule of law. The provisions are intended to ensure that judges don’t show undue bias in favor of the government when cases to which they are party come before the court; but they are also intended to foster and maintain public confidence in the judiciary. However, Justice Legall demonstrated how confidence in the judiciary could be eroded by the new provisions of the Constitution, because with the change of Court of Appeal appointments to as short as one year, a judge may feel “political or governmental pressure” to get an extension beyond a year and may therefore comply with the wishes and dictates of the executive—in this case, the Barrow administration.

CRIMES HAVE DECREASED IN DEAN STREET, GEORGE STREET WEST AND YABRA, SAYS SUPT. ALDEN DAWSON
There has been a reduction in crime in the Dean Street, George Street West and Yabra areas, which form a part of the Precinct 1 Zone, commanded by Superintendent Alden Dawson. The announcement was made by the precinct commander on Monday, April 15, during an interview with the press at the precinct headquarters on Euphrates and Kut Avenues. Dawson said that the precinct police are working well in the community, that the number of crimes in these areas has decreased, and that already over 130 residents of these communities have expressed interest in starting neighborhood watch groups to further assist police in the crime-fighting effort in their communities. He said that this was not the case when the precinct policing was first rolled out. There was actually a lack of cooperation from the residents, which posed a considerable challenge, he said. Dawson said that he held meetings with the residents and reminded them that the police are there to help them and to work with them, and he urged them to become a part of the efforts to reduce the crimes, and they are now responding. The residents, he said, are starting to feel secure in once high-crime areas. He went on to thank the residents for their cooperation and their continued support.

FROM THE PUBLISHER
— by Evan X Hyde I have a godson who is about nine years old. A couple years ago, unbeknownst to me, his mother, my comadre, managed to move out of the gang-controlled neighborhood where she grew up and rent a house in a cooler ‘hood. She was telling me of this a few weeks ago, and she said that she is scared of ever having to return to the old ‘hood because, when she sends her son to spend time with his cousins, aunts, and other family members in the old ‘hood, when he comes back home she can see the changes in his behavior and attitude. If you are a male child growing up in certain areas of the Southside, it is almost impossible not to be sucked into the gang life. Not only is there pressure from all of your friends and family members, the gang life has drama and excitement in it, and drama and excitement appeal to young boys. Let’s put this another way. Different neighborhoods are at war with other ‘hoods, and the young boys and young men are the warriors/heroes of each ‘hood. This is the reality of life in certain areas. Unless you are a real “wussy,” you are recruited or you join at an early age, an age the rest of society considers childhood. In Guatemala, there was a bloody civil war which lasted from 1960 to 1996. The Guatemalans who paid most of the human price for the civil war were the indigenous rural populations. Their young men were forced into the Guatemalan army or they became left-wing guerrillas. The army and the guerrillas were at war with each other. It wasn’t as if these young men had a choice. The neo-European elite who are the super rich of Guatemala do not have their sons dragged into the military to fight against the poor. They force the poor to fight against the poor. Life was hell amongst the indigenous people, because they were being tortured and killed by both sides in the civil war, but mostly by the army.

THE GAME Editorial
A few weeks ago we drew an editorial quadrilateral for you, a quadrilateral which featured Mexico to Belize’s northwest, Cuba to our northeast, Jamaica to our east, and Guatemala to our west. Guatemala claims Belize’s territory, but the other three countries are our good friends. There is a difference in philosophy and perspective between Mexico and Guatemala, and the difference, we submit, is the Mexican Revolution, which some scholars see as lasting from 1910 to 1940. Indigenous people in both Mexico and Guatemala are poor, but some of the greatest heroes of the Mexican Revolution were indigenous, like Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, and at the very end of the Revolution, Lázaro Cardenas, perhaps Mexico’s greatest president ever, was of indigenous ancestry, and he performed the most nationalistic act in Mexico’s nationalistic history: he nationalized Mexico’s oil fields and oil industry. Great Britain and the United States were not at all happy about this. The game the United States has been playing and is presently playing between Guatemala and Belize is an oil game. The superpower U.S. economy requires enormous amounts of petroleum products, of which there are not sufficient reserves in the continental United States, so the securing of foreign oil supplies is a most important aspect of U.S. foreign policy. America allows Saudi Arabia to get away with a lot of things for which they pressure other nations, and this is because the Saudi oil fields are indispensable to Washington. Washington goes to extremes to influence the politics of Venezuela, because Venezuela’s oil is plentiful, and especially valuable when world oil prices are above $US 30 per barrel, which has been the case since 2004.

THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN
At its 6th Ordinary Congress held at the Princess Hotel & Casino on Saturday, April 6, and attended by UNCAF President, Rafael Tinoco and CONCACAF General Secretary, Enrique Sanz, FFB President, Ruperto Vicente pulled no punches when he declared that “our Federation was robbed,” referring to the financial and other dealings of the past Dr. Bertie Chimilio led FFB administration. Through the previous decade and more when the “football family” was demoralized by the dictatorial stranglehold that Dr. Chimilio held on the FFB, violating the statutes when it suited him, it was acknowledged by all on the inside of “Belizean football politics” that Dr. Chimilio’s continued manipulation of the FFB for his own selfish purposes was only possible because he enjoyed the full blessing and support of then CONCACAF President, Alfred “Jack” Warner. Jack Warner, the President of the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation (TFF), banked on Dr. Chimilio’s vote to secure his presidency of CONCACAF. The pressure for reform has been building within FIFA over the past few years, and Warner resigned his CONCACAF Presidency post to avoid sanctions when a bribery scandal broke in 2010 involving himself and aspiring FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam. According to a FIFA press release on Monday, June 20, 2011, “As a consequence of Mr. Warner’s self-determined resignation, all Ethics Committee procedures against him have been closed and the presumption of innocence is maintained.” But “the long arm of the law” in football would eventually catch up with both Warner and Bin Hammam.

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Tomorrow’s Environmentalists Start Today at Chaa Creek
The Lodge at Chaa Creek has kicked off its innovative Eco Kids Summer Camp program for 2013 with an invitation to budding young environmentalists to apply for a free nine-day, eight night educational adventure at the Belizean eco resort’s Macal River Camp. Officially known as the Children’s Summer Camp Scholarship Program, the annual event gives 24 young Belizeans a chance to learn about their natural world through a mix of adventure, social interaction, fun and hands-on education aimed at instilling a sense of wonder and responsibility for the environment, according to program sponsors Mick and Lucy Fleming. “We’ve always felt that investing in our young people was the best way to prepare Belize, the region and indeed the world for the many environmental challenges that lay ahead. Young people who are impassioned about their natural world and understand the need to protect it are our best hope for the future,” Lucy Fleming said during the launch of this year’s program.

“Get It Right Next Time” in Ambergris Caye
Up way too early yesterday morning at 3 am. Why? Well, I fell asleep on the sofa just before 10 pm the previous night. Not complaining though because I really do enjoy the quiet of that time of the morning. Just the wind rustling the palms and the sound of the ocean. Gave me plenty of time to send ‘how are you’ emails to friends in the UK. And get responses back. I don’t want to go back there but it is nice to keep in touch and know what is going on. Then spent a fair amount of time looking at tiles. We are going to deliberate quite a lot on tile selection because we are going to have to live with what we choose. In between 9 to 11 am we showed two couples around the condo we are renting because it is up for sale and it is a condition of our rental agreement that access /viewing is available. This is not at all onerous though. The viewers – so far – have all been very polite. After taking care of this Rose and I took our Kindles down to the loungers on the beach and ‘chilled out’ ( stupid expression really for a temperature that was in the high 90s) until it was time to go look at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

RESPONSIBILITY TO WHOM AND FOR WHAT?
By Gustavo A. Ramirez, Guidance Counselor / Education Consultant In my articles I try to point out and describe to readers, both inside and outside of Belize, the many responsibilities as well as the essential needs of educators, students, parents, and the community/country at large. The bottom line and ultimate goal of each article presented in this column and on belizeguidance.blogspot.com is to encourage each individual, not only students but the entire country, to keep improving and growing productively in the new 21st Century. My recent observations and striking descriptions (with apologies to no one) of “learned helplessness” throughout Belize have elicited quite numerous and varied individual responses throughout social media such as Facebook, Blogs, and emails. I respect and will honor each individual’s request for privacy. Nonetheless, it was very encouraging to see that, despite the scant or few comments usually posted under each new article, so many of you readers “do care” about how our Education Systems in Belize work, and whether or not they serve the nation productively. Most encouraging of all was to see how many of you, according to the many emails you sent me, are genuinely interested in improving our Education systems in Belize. It is always good to be able to identify and understand what strategies are most helpful to teach students, as well as to use our own selves, so they/we can develop productively in this 21st Century. However,before we go delving into the many strategies that can be used to motivate and/or turn around students or ourselves, from unproductive to productive, we should first understand WHY we want or need to put these strategies into practice. To whom are we responsible, and specifically, for what? Why do we constantly need to bring innovative solutions into classrooms to match today’s technologically advanced times vs. keeping old and antiquated teaching systems under which we parents and grandparents studied, and/or that worked for us? Why does it matter whether we do, or not, respect students today or address their emotional, social, in-school and out-of-school needs and problems? The answer to each of these questions is basic and will never change: young people (students) today are our world tomorrow.

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Local resident helps to bring two worlds together
Since sixth grade when they kept horses together in Harry Homrig's stable in Mason City, Jean Arndt and her two friends Teresa and Cindy have been very close. Their friendship continues and it has taken them to other parts of the world, specifically Central America. In 2007, after Teresa and her husband bought a house in Hopkins, Belize, Jean and her husband Jerry decided to visit the couple. The Arndts fell in the love with the country and its people. This past January, Jean and Cindy decided to take a "girls trip" to Belize and visit Teresa. "When we decided to take the trip, I thought it would be a great idea to visit the school there since I am a senior friend to Mrs. Kittleson's 6th grade class," said Jean. "Teresa arrived in Belize two weeks before Cindy and I, so she visited the school, told them what I would like to do and got permission for us to visit." In the meantime, Mrs. Kittleson and Jean talked to the class and then had them write letters to the children in Belize. "I told them what I knew of Belize," said Jean, "that the town I was going to was Hopkins. It was a small fishing village and pretty poor, not a lot of tourists, at least not in 2007. There are more tourists now.

HuffPost: Offshore Oil Drilling Stopped in Belize’s Barrier Reef, in Major Victory
Belize is home to the largest coral reef system in the Western hemisphere — the Mesoamerican Reef, which stretches 560 miles, 186 of which lie in Belizean waters. In the past decade the Belizean government secretly leased rights to drill for oil in its reef — including the famous Blue Hole — to local companies with little to no experience in the very complicated and hazardous business of offshore oil drilling. Given the high frequency of oil spills and leaks in offshore drilling operations (which, for example, occur nearly every day in the Gulf of Mexico), the decision to green-light drilling operations in the Belizean Barrier Reef — a habitat central to Belize’s tourism-based economy — led to a fierce national debate in Belize after the secret leases were revealed in the wake of the 2010 Gulf Oil spill. Based on the history of past environmental debates in Belize, it appeared that the government was likely to prevail. But things have now changed in Belize.


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