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WEEKLY WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR BELIZE
June 24-July 1, 2013

SYNOPSIS for 6:00am Tuesday, June 24, 2013: RESIDUAL INSTABILITY IN THE MOIST EASTERLY AIRFLOW INDUCED BY A SHORT-WAVE TROUGH IN THE UPPER LEVELS IS PRODUCING LOCALIZED MODERATE SHOWERS OVER NORTHERN COASTAL WATERS AND IN THE SOUTH OF BELIZE THIS MORNING. A WEAK SURFACE RIDGE WILL CONTINUE TO PERSIST OVER THE NW CARIBBEAN, SUPRESSING WIDESPREAD SHOWER ACTIVITY ACROSS BELIZE THIS WORKING WEEK. THE APPRAOCH AND PASSAGE OF A TROPICAL WAVE ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY WILL FAVOR AN INCREASE IN SHOWERS OVER THE COUNTRY THIS WEEKEND THROUGH MONDAY, ESPECIALLY ALONG THE COASTAL ZONE AND OVER SOUTHERN DISTRICTS.

TROPICAL WEATHER SCENARIO: A 1023 MB WEST-ATLANTIC HIGH CENTERED NEAR 30N60W HAS A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE EXTENDING SW ACROSS THE NORTH-WESTERN CARIBBEAN, PUTTING A WEAK LID ON ORGANIZED CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY OVER THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN AND BELIZE. HOWEVER, A TRANSIENT UPPER LEVEL TROUGH IN THE SE GULF OF MEXICO EXTENDING INTO THE EXTREME NW CARIBBEAN IS SUPPORTING SOME LOCALIZED SHOWERS TODAY. TWO TROPICAL WAVES IN THE CARIIBEAN THIS MORNING ARE HEADING WESTWARDS AT 10-15 MPH. THE FIRST OF THESE WAVES WILL REACH THE NW CARIBBEAN AND BELIZE BY FRIDAY AND THE SECOND BY TUESDAY MORNING OF NEXT WEEK. THE APPROACH AND PASSAGE OF THE FIRST TROPICAL WAVE WILL FAVOR INCREASING SHOWERS OVER NORTERN CENTRAL AMERICA AND BELIZE THIS WEEKEND THROUGH MONDAY.

OUTLOOK: THE GFS FORECAST MODEL INITIATED AT MIDNIGHT LASTNIGHT AND RUNNING THROUGH THE NEXT24-144-HR IS RESOLVING LESS RAINFALL ACTIVITY OVER BELIZE THIS WORKING WEEK, BUT INCREASES THE RAINFALL ACTIVITY THIS FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY OF NEXT WEEK. THE GLOBAL TROPICS HAZARDS AND BENEFITS OUTLOOK (SEE BELOW) IS PROJECTING THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY RAINS OVER CENTRAL AMERICA AND SOUTHERN MEXICO FOR THE PERIOD JUNE 26- JULY 02, 2013, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE CONVECTIVELY ACTIVE PHASE OF THE MJO MOVING THROUGH THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE DURING THIS PERIOD.

DAILY RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 0.10-0.25 OF-AN-INCH ARE PROJECTED OVER MOST DISTRICTS DURING THE REST OF THIS WEEK THROUGH THURSDAY, WITH LOCALLY HIGHER RATES OF 0.50–0.75 OF-AN-INCH OVER NORTHERN AND CENTRAL COASTAL AREAS. FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY WILL SEE INCREASING SHOWER ACTIVITY, ESPECIALLY OVER THE COAST AND SOUTHERN DISTRICTS. DAILY RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE RANGING FROM 0.50-1.25 INCH OVER THESE AREAS, WITH LOWER RATES OF 0.25-0.50 OF-AN-INCH ELSEWHERE OVER THE COUNTRY. EXPECT HIGHER DAILY AMOUNTS IN THE ORDER OF 1.50-2.50 INCHES IN THE EXPOSED ELEVATED TERRAIN OF THE CAYO, STANN CREEK AND TOLEDO DISTRICTS.

RFrutos
Meteorologist/Hydrologist
June 24, 2013

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The San Pedro Sun

CZMAI holds meeting at Lions
Belize Plans for its Future. As the old saying goes, “we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”. When borrowing something, we always try to return the item to its owner in the same condition as when we first received it. This is the guiding principle behind the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan – a plan that was first conceived in Ambergris Caye in 1989. Almost a quarter of a century later, that plan is becoming a reality. The Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) has undertaken a two-year literature research and community consultation period to develop what was presented at the Lion’s Den at 6pm on June 12th, 2013. It was, in fact, the second consultation of its kind in San Pedro. All of the input from the previous consultation, held on March 29th 2012 , has been compiled, and this presentation was a ‘check-up’ with its advisors – the community of San Pedro.

Los Yonics to headline International Costa Maya Festival 2013!
The International Costa Maya Festival is scheduled to take place from August 1st to August 4th, and will be featuring several fabulous cultural activities, as well as the yearly pageant for the Reina de La Costa Maya. This year’s highlight performance will be coming via the Latin Grammy-Nominated band Los Yonics. With over 30 albums released since the Mexican pop group formed in the 1970’s, Los Yonics will be bringing hours of music for all to enjoy. Los Yonic’s began playing together in San Luis Pedro but later moved to Acapulco, playing both tropical pop music and ballads. Members of Los Yonics are: Johnny Ayvar – lead vocals; Jose Manuel Zamacona – vocals, guitar; Mountain Martin – piano; Bruno Ayvar; Oscar Perez; Eduardo Corner – saxophone, flute; Vincente Martinez – saxophone, flute.

Ambergris Today

Casa Picasso Tops Lobster Fest in San Pedro, Belize
It was Casa Picasso’s creativity, presentation and of course flavorful food that not only garnered the restaurant the Best Dish, but also the Best Drink at San Pedro’s Lobster Festival Block Party that took place on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Casa Picasso was one of 13 other restaurants and businesses that set up booths at Central Park San Pedro to serve fantastic lobster dishes created especially for Lobster Fest. It was their delicious and creamy Lobster Cannoli and mouth watering Watermelon Cooler infused with basil and ginger that took the judges’ taste buds on a tailspin and winning them both top prizes. Casa Picasso was also serving a buttery-bunned Lobster Slider and a rich Lobster Bisque; they ran out of food pretty quickly.

It's Graduation Season in San Pedro!
June is a very busy month here in San Pedro! Through out the country it marks the beginning of the rainy season and the opening of lobster season! Here in San Pedro educational institutions have the entire month of June booked with graduation ceremonies from pre-schools to tertiary level schools. Graduates marched down the aisle to the tune of pomp and circumstances so as to receive their diplomas and certificates of completion. Below are some of the graduations that have taken place here in La Isla Bonita so far:

Costa Maya Festival Announces Miss Belize Pageant Contestant, Destinee Arnold
Queen of the Jewel Miss Belize 2012 Destinee Arnold has been confirmed to represent Belize at this year’s Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant that will take place during the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival, August 1 – 4, 2013. Destinee Arnold won the title of Queen of the Jewel Miss Belize in July 2012 and represented Belize in the Miss International Pageant in Okinawa, Japan in 2012. She participated in the Miss Ethnic World pageant in Long Beach California where she won the title of Miss Ethnic World 2013. At 20 years of age and standing at 5’ 7” tall, Destinee brings much experience with her to the Costa Maya Pageant. She is currently a model and a student at California State University – Fullerton. She has brown eyes, light brown hair, and her hobbies include dancing, reading, spending time with her family and volunteering.

Misc Belizean Sources

Belize bans transhipments of fish at sea
The Belize Fisheries Department has announced a moratorium on unmonitored transhipments of fish at sea for Belize-flagged vessels, effective immediately. So far, the Belize Fisheries Department has banned transhipments on the high seas for Belize-flagged vessels, unless transhipments are carried out under programs regulated by a Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO). Belize has also banned transhipments at sea in coastal countries’ EEZ, unless the transhipment was explicitly authorised to take place at sea and can be properly monitored. The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has identified Belize-flagged vessels carrying out transhipments at sea on several occasions in the past and welcomes this recent decision. - See more at: http://www.worldfishing.net/news101/industry-news/belize-bans-transshipments-of-fish#sthash.LdAeC7eb.dpuf

Commentary: It is not only about voting but all rights
By Wellington C. Ramos When I have conversations with Belizeans, people from the Caribbean and other parts of the world, it is always about why they came to the United States of America. Some people give the following reasons: economic, education, to join family members and to visit. The reason that is given the most is economic. If Belize and the countries in the Caribbean had an economy that could provide jobs to their citizens, advanced institutions to educate their people and stop political victimization, fewer people would leave their countries to come to the United States and abroad. In Belize, the people that leave the most are the black Belizeans, Creoles and Garifuna. In looking at the rate of poverty and low income people they make up the majority. Some people believe this is the case because most black people in Belize are lazy and do not want to work. I do not accept this as the only reason why black people are unemployed, living in poverty and are the lowest group in Belize's economic ladder. Belize City has the largest concentration of black people in the country of Belize. It is followed by the rural villages in Belize District, Stann Creek District, Cayo and Toledo Districts. In Belize City and the District there are not enough industries to employ all the black people that are unemployed.

Film School Promo - Faculty Cut
The Belize Documentary Film School has a newly edited video that focuses on the faculty from the class. Carol and Richard Foster, and Illana Lapid lead the class, with help from Daniel Valezquez. This video documents the New Mexico State University film students as they interact with people and nature around Cayo, and Belize, during their documentary film course. Once again, it's a well done, feelgood video, and you'll see some faces you know from around Cayo. "Look forward to seeing the films the students produce, we will showcase them in our new San Ignacio film festival, along with other local films."

Feed the Children Fashion Show Models
The Cornerstone Foundation is uploading pictures of their models for the 2013 Feed the Children Fashion Show which will be July 13th, at 6:00pm. The venue this time is the Octavia Waight auditorium. The fashion show is fundraiser for their feeding program. Have a great time while supporting a great cause at the some time. "All proceeds from this show will go towards a feeding program, catering to 98 primary school children and 12 seniors. Tickets can be bought at the cornerstone office on 43 Church Street. $20 VIP, $10 general. The fashion show will be held on July 13, 2013 at the Octavia Waight Auditorium (Center) in San Ignacio, Cayo. Call 824-2373 or 627-6467 for more information!"

Atlantic Bank Art Competition
Atlantic Bank is having their 3rd annual Art Competition, with this year's theme being: 'Belizean Folklore Comes Alive.' The contest is for primary school students in standard 4 through standard 6, and entries will be accepted through the 19th of July. Prizes include Kindles, school supplies, and a mini-notebook. Good luck!

Prime Minister Dean Barrow's Official Visit to London
Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow Honoured at Guildhall Lunch and Witnessed Belizean Sugar being Received at Tate & Lyle Sugar Refinery in London Belmopan. June 25th, 2013. Prime Minister Dean Barrow today met with the Chairman of the City of London Policy & Resources Committee, Mark Boleat, ahead of the Guildhall lunch where the Prime Minister was honoured by addressing an audience of international financiers and businessmen. Commenting on meeting with the Prime Minister, Mark Boleat said "We are very pleased to invite the Prime Minister of Belize to speak to these important guests at the Guildhall and discuss Belize and its future plans. The City of London, as the world centre of finance, welcomes important dialogue with developing countries and we hope the lunch will be fruitful for future investment and trade for the country. The City of London recognizes its role in supporting Belize and other developing countries and we hope to continue useful discussion in the future". The Prime Minister was also hosted by the Directors and Senior Management of Tate & Lyle, who gave him a presentation on the future of the global sugar industry before being escorted to the refinery where he watched 13,000 tons of Belize sugar arrive at the factory. Mac McLachlan, Senior Advisor to Tate & Lyle, commenting on the Prime Minister’s visit said, “We are extremely happy to welcome the Prime Minister and his team here today and delighted he has been able to visit us and discuss with us important proposals for the future. We are also pleased that his timing of the visit could not be better as a boat from Belize arrived this morning to unload Belize sugar. It’s clear that giant leaps by the entire sugar industry in Belize over the last few years have provide Belize and the sugar industry a strong and secure platform for growth and the future of sugar in Belize. We are delighted to be part of that future with all the stakeholders in Belize."

Channel 7

BCB Can Take GOB To Court Oversees
This morning, the Caribbean Court of Justice made a decision which opens up the country to international arbitration by the Ashcroft Allied companies. Viewers may remember that when the Barrow Administration initially nationalized Belize Telemedia Limited, they discovered that in July of 2007, that the company made a loan of 22.5 million dollars from the Belize Bank in Turks and Caicos. They say that they sought legal advice from attorneys who informed them, that to the best of their knowledge, this loan was unlawful null and void, because it was used to purchase shares in the company. So, the nationalized company acquired those shares, and the parent company of the bank, British Caribbean Bank took the Government of Belize to court. They also started arbitration at the London International Court of Arbitration, but the Supreme Court of Belize granted injunction which stopped them from continuing. It was a judgment in the favor of GOB, which has been appealed all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice. And today, the CCJ delivered their ruling dismissing the injunction granted by the Supreme Court. It’s a major victory because the Bank can now take the Government to court oversees, putting intense pressure on their ability to finance their defence outside the courts of Belize.

PAHO Reports On Neonatal Deaths; KHMH Has Much To Explain
4 weeks ago, 7News showed you the comments of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, as he responded to the protest held by COLA about the 12 neonates who died inside the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. One of the major public concerns was the perception that KHMH Administration was investigating itself, and so, the issue was that if the hospital was investigating itself, they could doctor the results to hide any major mistakes and forms of negligence. PM Barrow allayed that fear somewhat when he announced that the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) would be the leading organization inquiring into the mass premature deaths. Well, it’s been about a month since that protest, and yesterday, KHMH finally announced that the full PAHO report is finally complete. They only just released today it on their website, but the date on the document suggests that it was available since last week Monday. Our newsroom has only been able to peruse the 25 page document, but there are several findings which are of significant note.

Bze CitCo Testing The Driving Habits Of Motoring Public
Members of the public who drove downtown Albert Street today may have noticed that the street between Mule Park and the Belize Bank is temporary closed We know right… another closure amidst the extensive street upgrading works. Well, Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley says that it’s a test to see if they can spark commercial interest at the less-frequented section of Albert Street. He explained it this evening: Darrell Bradley - Mayor of Belize City "One of the projects that was identified in the master plan and I repeated this several times on the news that the City Council has fully embraced the master plan project as being the development project for Belize City and the master plan refers to certain infrastructure works that should be done in strategic areas, particularly in the downtown area. What we've identified is that we're restoring Battlefield park, we're taking out the street between Brodies and the park, we're taking out the street between Belize Bank and the park and we're taking out the street between the Belize Bank and the Mule park because that is one of the areas that is causing greatest congestion.

PUP Release IMMARBE Cabinet Note
2 weeks ago, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that the Government of Belize would assume control over IBC and IMMARBE Registries from Belize International Services Limited. Great significance was placed on the agreement, which Barrow referred to as “secret”, which he took great care to explain to the nation why it was illegal. He laid blame on the then Prime Minister, Said Musa, and the then Attorney General, Francis Fonseca, who is now the Leader of the Opposition. According to Barrow, both Fonseca and Musa unilaterally signed this agreement which extended BISL’s control over these registries until 2020. Last week, the much veiled figure, Gian Ghandi, who has served as legal advisor to the Ministry of Finance for the last 13 years, sent out a an unprecedented release saying that he has extensively searched for any documented signs that this arrangement went to the Cabinet in 2005. Well, the People’s United Party organ, the Belize Times, printed an article in last week’s issue of their newspaper, in which they fired back at PM Barrow.

Steven Buckley Owes KHMH
On the night of April 28th 2010, construction worker Steven Buckley was shot by a Police Inspector who was leading a police strike team. Buckley and the other two men in the car did not even have a chance to identify themselves before Inspector Denis Lopez fired what eyewitnesses say were two rounds from his pump action shotgun. Buckley took 12 shotgun pellets to the head which have left him partially paralyzed and unable to work to support his family. Since the incident, Buckley told us that the only help he has received from Police Department within the last 2 years is 2 bags of groceries. It has been constant struggling for him as he is left disable and has to provide for his family of 5. But that's not all that Buckley and his family is being faced with. Just last week he received a letter from the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital stating that he owes the institution six thousand, five hundred and sixty one dollars and his debts has been given to Credit Masters System for collection. He has 15 days to pay up before any legal action takes place and that is money he doesn’t have. Today we asked him, where is the police department in all of this? Steven Buckley- Man Shot by police "Last week when I came from work my wife told me I had a letter there from Karl Heusner and that is when I saw what it was and I told her I don't know how I will be able to pay for it but I really need help so I told her I will go to KREM so that they help me out."

Sista Yaya Against St. Martin’s Admin.
Since Monday of Last week, activist Yaya Marin-Coleman has been launching a one-woman protest against St. Martin De Porres Primary School. According to her, she’s demonstrating because she can clearly see a major breakdown in communication between the concerned parents of the school and the Administration. We won’t get into her very long list of complaints, because it’s extensive, but according to her, she’s done all she can to before resorting to put the school on blast. She explained to us today, that it was her very last resort because she was being ignored: Yaya-Marin Coleman - Activist "I chose this school because I have a niece and a nephew that attends this school. In 2011-2012 when I came to drop my niece off to school, the door was locked. I was told from other parents that this is something that happens consistently and that's how I approached the PTA and said that I am willing to work with you to create paper trail and to follow the process, this is the last resort that I wanted. Because I have tried many other things, even going to the Ombudsman office - then I'm thinking school will close and I have failed the students in the academic year 2011-2012, then I have to let the public know some of the concerns are. That's why I chose this school and I'm going to stay at this school because I am confident that if we all work together then we can turn things around. The other schools will be able to do the same thing and the protest will end on Friday at 3;30. Whenever they have classes then I'll be here from 8:00am to 3:300pm and if Friday is the last day of school and they choose to cancel classes early then I won't be here but as long as there are classes, then I'll be here.

PAHO and MOH Meet On Alcohol Abuse
Representatives of the Ministry of Health, stakeholders and professionals from the Pan-American Health Organization are in Belize to discuss the regional concerns about the abuse of alcohol. The Ministry of health is hosting the Sub-Regional Meeting on “Alcohol Policy for English Speaking Caribbean Countries”, and today, 7News stopped by to find out what this policy could mean for Belize. The facilitators explained more about its importance: Esner Vellos - Director, National Drug Abuse Control Council "Well the Pan American Health Organizations has embarked on a regional initiative of providing technical assistance to the Caribbean countries so that we will be able to in one way or the other, work towards achieving the development of policies and implementation of services that are oriented towards the reduction of the consumption and the demand of alcohol in the region. Since 2010, the Ministry of Health has embarked on a proactive approach towards achieving these initiatives, the National Drug abuse council in that year assumed responsibility over the direction in terms of developing a National Alcohol Policy. In 2011 we have designed the first draft of this policy that encompassed a number of ministries precisely seven ministries of government and a number of government departments that work in the area of social issues, non-governmental association and society came together so that we would be able to discuss the issue and plan the policy at the way for implementing the policy here in Belize."

Janae Graduates From Primary School
You will remember 11 year-old Janae Matute - whom we featured on this newscast in 2010. She was born with cerebral palsy, and received the biggest malpractice award of a little over 2.6 million dollars from the Supreme Court in November 2010. But while the medical malpractice findings made headline news – tonight our focus is on a different story about Janae. Now 12 years old, she invited 7news to her standard 6 graduation on Friday in Belmopan – where we captured her incredible accomplishment on camera. Monica Bodden was there. Monica Bodden reporting A hush fell over the audience as all eyes turned in the direction of the graduates of the Roaring Creek Nazarene Primary School. Their entrance not only marked another milestone in their young lives but more importantly it highlighted what may be described as, 'the specialness o childhood'.

BVA Hosts Volleyball Camp
The Belize Volley Ball Association is inviting boys and girls across the country to participate in their volleyball summer camp. It is an opportunity for children, ages 5 to 17 to get into the sport, and train with some of Belize’s best volleyball players. Today, the president of the association told us that they have an international coach who will participate and provide instruction: Allan Sharp - President, Belize Volleyball Association "We're having a summer camp starting on Monday July 1st - it will last all of July and we're going to try and go up to the end of August. It's held Monday to Fridays starting at 9:30am and we go all the way to 5pm depending on age groups and we're also going to be having a Cuban coach that will be coming in for the month of August and he'll be spending a couple weeks with the kids. It's being held at the Belize Elementary Auditorium and what we're hoping to do is to have a lot of kids come in, first of all to keep the kids busy during summer but most of all to have fun with the sport of Volleyball." Daniel Ortiz "When will it start and when will it end?" Allan Sharp "Well it starts on the first of July which is Monday, it ends on August 23rd but people dont' have to register on the first of July - that would be nice but if they can't make it on the first then they can come in anytime after that and they can come in and bring their kids or the kids can come in by themselves.

Channel 5

British Caribbean Bank gets big CCJ judgment against G.O.B.
This morning, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) delivered a bombshell decision against the Government of Belize (G.O.B.). The CCJ discharged the injunction preventing the British Caribbean Bank from pursuing [...]

PM dons a hard hat for meeting in United Kingdom
Incidentally, the Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow is also in the United Kingdom. Earlier today, PM Barrow today met with the Chairman of the City of London Policy and [...]

Ministry of Health expresses deep regrets for baby issue at Western Regional
In May, the PM was seated at the head table of the press conference room inside the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital addressing the deaths of thirteen newborns that were assigned [...]

NEMO finds flood victims in Jordan Village
On Monday we showed you the villagers farthest south of the country that have been affected by the deposit left in the wake of Tropical Depression Two. Flood waters that [...]

New Albert Street rules and woes
Motorists driving within the downtown area in front of Market Square would have noticed that since the weekend, the street in front of the Belize Bank, adjacent to Mule Park, [...]

B.N.T.U. takes on Minister’s “Incompetent Teacher” speech
While the current infrastructural projects forces motorists to take more time along the city streets, on Monday, the Belize National Teachers Union was driven to speak about the comments made [...]

B.N.T.U. asks what is to replace corporal punishment
Capital Punishment was also discussed by the union. Teachers are no longer allowed to use the rod to discipline children. Minister Faber also lashed out at teachers who continue to [...]

Woman hides her stash near her unmentionables
Corporal punishment is also not allowed in our justice system, but either a fine or prison time would suffice for minor infractions. A woman in Belize City narrowly escaped getting [...]

News of a kidnapping; perpetrator accosted cab driver
A Belize City man who terrorized a taxi-man after taking his cab was found guilty of kidnapping in the court of Justice Adolph Lucas.  The sensational case stems from an [...]

Territorial Volunteers make a splash at Garbutt Falls
The lesson learned is that it doesn’t pay to take an unsanctioned ride in someone else’s property. But the same can be said for the Guatemalan nationals who illegally kill [...]

Activist and Facebook friend donates to youth initiative
The academic calendar for 2012 concludes at the end of the month for primary schools across the country.  While most students will be on summer vacation, social activist Moses Sulph [...]

Goal! Family wins SMART’s Football Raffle to travel to U.S.A.
Not only are kids feeling the joy of a free donation, an Orange Walk resident is about to scream for gold. Sixty-seven year old Romaldo Lambey, a resident of Orange [...]

Sobering meeting to develop alcohol policy
That lucky family will be drunk on the experience of watching the Jaguars play in the international arena. But in the future, getting intoxicated may be subject to a policy [...]

Be the next Superstar Season 2 is Live on Five!!
The day is finally here…it’s the premiere of season two of Channel Five’s hit entertainment show; Be the Next Superstar. The show ended with a bang last year as Ascenthium [...]

LOVE FM

Hospital Issues Apology For Baby Mix Up
Over the past couple days we have been reporting on an unfortunate situation that occurred at the Western Regional Hospital where a baby’s corpse was delivered to the wrong family. The Ministry of Health issued a release today in which it says it regrets the series of events. It...

Convict Severs Fingers of Mother In Law in 2012; Court of Appeal Reserves Decision
Belize Court of Appeal today reserved its decision in the appeal of 49 year old Enrique Zepeda, a naturalized Belizean originally from Guatemala who was convicted of maim and use of deadly means of harm and was sentenced to seven years for the first count and five years for the second with the st...

Jury Finds Man Guilty of Kidnapping
Thirty-four year old Derrick Sanchez, a resident of Ladyville charged with kidnapping, was found guilty of the charge today by a jury of 7 women and 2 men. The jury deliberated for over four hours before it arrived at its verdict which was unanimous. The trial judge, Justice Adolph Lucas, has def...

GOB Loses Appeal In Caribbean Court of Justice
British Caribbean Bank has won its appeal against the Government of Belize in the Caribbean Court of Justice allowing the United Kingdom Belize bilateral treaty claim to proceed to arbitration. According to the BCB the ruling is great news since it has been prevented from continuing its arbitrati...

PAHO Spearheads Meeting On The Harms of Alcohol Consumption
Belize is currently hosting the Sub-Regional Meeting on Development of Alcohol Policy for English Speaking Caribbean Countries at the Radisson Fort George Hotel. The meeting is being attended by several governmental officials from numerous Caribbean Countries. The meeting is being spearheaded by ...

Governor General Pays Visit To Schools In Southern Belize
The Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young completed a visit to three educational institutions in Toledo. Correspondent Paul Mahung shares more details on the visit. PAUL MAHUNG “The visit on Saturday, June 21 began at the Toledo Community College where His Excellency,...

PUC Makes Decision Regarding Electricity Rates
The Public Utilities Commission has made its final decision in respect of the 2013 Annual Review Proceeding for the Belize Electricity Limited. BEL had submitted for an Annual Review Proceeding on April second, in which it recommended a Mean Electricity Rate of point 4793 cents per kilo...

PAHO Releases Findings on Investigation of Neonatal Deaths
The Pan American Health Organization’s findings into the sudden deaths of 12 premature babies at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the month of May will be released on Wednesday. A press release from the Hospital states that a team included...

Seine Bight Garifuna Council Has New Executive
The various branches of the National Garifuna Council are holding elections for new executives. We hear more in this report from Dangriga correspondent Harry Arzu. HARRY ARZU “Executive elections for the National Garifuna Council, Seine Bight Village Branch were held recently....

Demonstrators To Meet With Border Administrator To Address Concerns
Yesterday we reported on a demonstration that took place at the Belize Mexico Border. Reporter Arturo Cantun went to investigate the situation and has more details on the incident in the following report. ARTURO CANTUN “This morning when we checked with the Mexican border auth...

SMART and United Airlines Award Four Belizeans Trip to See Gold Cup Game
A lucky family of four is preparing to pack their bags and head to the United States to witness Belize’s National Football team, the Jaguars contest in the Gold Cup in the United States. The family will be able to embark on that journey thanks to SMART and United Airlines, who partner...

Hospital Swaps Dead Babies; Family Buries Wrong Baby
A family is alleging negligence at the Western Regional Hospital after they received the wrong body. Correspondent Fem Cruz spoke yesterday with Orlando Muschamp who recounted the unfortunate incident. FEM CRUZ “The Guy and Muschamp families in Belmopan and Punta Gorda are see...

Chinese Woman Executed
A Chinese businesswoman was murdered last night in Belize City. Reporter Marion Ali has the details. MARION ALI “Belize’s latest murder victim is 50 year old Li Lian He, a Chinese businesswoman who operated Market Grocery Store at the corner Kraal Road and Rivero Street ...

Caye Caulker Chronicles

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Blogs

1st trip to Belize, Water taxi or air and Erin’s Caye Caulker birthday party
It often come up in posts on Belize travel forums where people are planning their first visit to Ambergris Caye and want to know if they should take the water taxi or fly. I think the plane is totally worth it and would ride them all day if I could The view is fantastic and never the same twice. I almost always see rays and some kind of big fish if I watch carefully and I love the texture and color of the sky, land and water. This answer below came as a result of a trip advisor answer by blackmoose in a thread titled to the following question: 1st trip to Belize. Water taxi or air? I liked what he had to say, he elaborated his answer and emailed it to me for tacogirl.com. Hi there… We just went through the same decision making process. I had settled on the ferry to get us there as yet another plane ride seemed excessive. But in the end we took the flight…here’s our reasoning.

International Sources

Sweet T&T going to Belize film festiva
Filmmaker Andre Johnson’s Sweet TnT will be screened at the Belize International Film Festival (BIFF) in July. This is the fourth festival for the film which has also been screened at the Antigua International Film Festival, the Portobello Film Festival, and was part of the Dark Tales from Paradise series of the T&T Film Festival. The film is also being considered for the Caribbean Tales Film Festival in Toronto later this year, according to Johnson. His film Caged Bird was featured at Caribbean Tales in 2009. In a telephone interview Johnson said he was excited about the film’s official selection for BIFF.

The World’s 21 Best Cities for Retirement
These 21 destinations are featured in the “Retire Overseas Index” I have worked to compile with the editors and correspondents of Live and Invest Overseas group. (Full disclosure: I am the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group.) For this first annual Retire Overseas Index, we recognize the following destinations as your best options to think about launching a new, exciting, exotic and affordable life overseas: Abruzzo, Italy Ambergris Caye, Belize Boquete, Panama Cayo, Belize Cebu, Philippines Chiang Mai, Thailand Copper Coast, Ireland Costa de Oro, Uruguay

4-person team develops projects in teaching, research in Belize
Bernie Strenecky, scholar-in-residence and Honors College faculty member at Western Kentucky University; Jason Polk, associate director of science in the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute and assistant professor of geosciences; and Eileen Strenecky – a group of faculty from WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology and Honors College, in association with the Office of International Programs – recently visited Belize, a release said. They met with Belize officials to initiate multiple projects that will provide student and faculty teaching, research and engagement opportunities in the areas of climate change, water resources, karst geoscience, environmental education and sustainability.

New World Oil and Gas dips after deeming Rio Bravo well 'non-commercial'
Shares in New World Oil and Gas dipped on Friday morning after the oil and gas exploration company reported that insufficient commercial quantities of moveable hydrocarbons had been found at the Rio Bravo well in Northwest Belize. The company, which is focused on Belize and Denmark, said that the well, which is located in the Petén Basin, had been drilled to a measured depth of 9,010 ft on April 21st. Following analysis, and in consultation with New World's partners, Blue Creek Exploration, and the government of Belize, the company said it had been determined that insufficient commercial quantities of moveable hydrocarbons were present to economically justify running casing and well testing operations. As a result, the company said it had deemed the well non-commercial and decided to plug and abandon Rio Bravo.

EU warned of market instability, damaged ACP economies if sugar quotas cut
The African, Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Sugar Group has warned the EU Council of market instability and the acute risk to their developing economies if the proposal to abolish EU sugar quotas in 2015 – rather than 2020 – is passed this week. The last ditch appeal comes as high level negotiations on EU agricultural policy are expected to close this Wednesday in Brussels. At the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly last week, ACP countries also expressed serious concerns at the lack of clarity from the European Commission on what market tools will replace the quota system in regulating the market and safeguarding public interests, which were the main grounds for its set up in the first place.