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Costa Maya Festival® presents Miss Mexico!
Representing Mexico is Artemisa Rivera Montañés. Artemisa is a stunning 22-year-old who stands at 5’7”, and she hails from Zacatecas. She was the NuestraBelleza Zacatecas representative in 2012 who is gunning for the title of Reina de La Costa Maya®. Artemisa will be joining Destinee Arnold (Belize), Andrea Rojas (Costa Rica), Monica Elwing Gough (Honduras), AriadnaMelendez (Nicaragua)and Cleirys Velasquez (Panama)on stage, Thursday August 1st. Who will be 2013’s Reina de la Costa Maya? Be sure to get your tickets and be there in person to find out! Three-day Season Passes are available at $60 for children and $140 for adults.
Belize succumbs to Cuba and ends her Gold Cup debut
Belize faced off with Cuba in her final game of Division C at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. A 4-0 win for either team would result in advancing to the next level, the “knock out stage”. The game took place at 3:30PM local time (Belize) in the Rentschler Field in Hartford, Connecticut, USA on Tuesday, July 16th. The game ended in a 4-0 score with Cuba advancing to the next stage of the Gold Cup. Belize started the game off strongly, and held its ground with a strong defense from goal keeper Woodrow West. Belize received three free kicks in the first half but none managed to lead to a goal. Belize had a golden opportunity to score while Cuba’s goalkeeper was down and no defense was around but the attempt fell short. Cuba’s Ariel Martinez delivered the first goal in the 38th minute of the game putting them in a 1-0 lead. Cuba continued to play on the offensive for the rest of the first half but failed at all goal attempts.
Ole Miss M-Powered Magazine receives award for article on Belize
The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) M-Powered Magazine received a RFK Journalism Award for their spring 2012 issue detailing the students’ service experience in Belize. The university’s entry was amongst 11 winners:eight professional and three student categories submitted from all over the United States of America. The award winners were announced on July 15th by The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights as part of its annual RFK Book and Journalism Awards. M-Powered’s Spring 2012 issue featured the Ole Miss students learning through service in Belize. It details the university’s work as well as the students’ contribution to the improvement made in the San Mateo Area of San Pedro Town. The articles in the magazine document the San Mateo Empowerment Project, a brain child of former Ole Miss professor Kim Shackelford. While there are several stories, the main article is entitled “The Road to Belize” and Cain Madden, the writer of the main story, explains that by empowering a community to rise out of poverty through a Study Abroad Project, it transforms students’ lives. It also detailed the reality and level of poverty in Belize’s main tourism destination, Ambergris Caye.
Not guilty verdict for five locals caught in Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Five residents of San Pedro Town were found not guilty on Thursday July 11th before Magistrate Sherigne Rodriguez after they were charged on the suspicion that they were fishing within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The charges arose from an incident on the 28th of July, 2012 when the Michael Kuhn – boat captain, Roan Gonzalez – licensed tour guide, Guillermo Valdez – licensed tour guide, Melvin Montesino – fishermen and a 13 year old minor, all of San Pedro Town, were caught sometime around 11PM inside the reserve on a boat named ‘Natural Mystic.’ At the time, The Belize Fisheries Department on behalf of the Government of Belize charged the five for illegally fishing within a marine reserve (which went against the Belize Marine Reserve and Protected Areas Act of the Laws of Belize.) Around the time of the incident, Hol Chan Marine Reserve Ranger had set up a sting operation after receiving information of illegal activities within the reserve. That night, the rangers sighted lights in the reserve and found the vessel with the five males within the park.
Belmopan Youth Summer Camp Kicks Off
A Youth Summer Camp for a total of over 350 students was officially opened this morning in Belmopan. The Summer Camp is co-sponsored by Minister of National Security and Belmopan Area Representative Hon. John Saldivar; Mayor Simeon Lopez and the Belmopan City Council; and the Belmopan Sports Council.
Official ceremonies to open the summer camp were held this morning at the Hilltop Basketball and Tennis Court in Belmopan. Speakers included Hon. John Saldivar, Mayor Simeon Lopez and Belmopan Sports Coordinator Angelica Reyes. Master of Ceremonies was Deputy Mayor Joel Westby and the Vote of Thanks was delivered by City Councilor with responsibility for events Victor Perdomo.
The Summer Camp involves sports in six disciplines: Tennis, Football and Softball are running for the first two weeks, from July 15 to July 26; Basketball, Volleyball and Chess will run for the next two weeks, from July 29 to August 9.
Caye Caulker Student Wins International and National Scholarships
Yvon Noralez, graduate of Caye Caulker Ocean Academy, wins National and International Scholarships recognizing Creativity and Youth Leadership - Yvon Noralez is one of 25 students from 13 countries to be awarded an Adobe Creativity Scholarship administered by the Institute of International Education. The Creativity Scholarship program provides financial support to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, a strong creative portfolio and commitment to pursuing a career in a creative field. Yvon is interested in developing his talents in photography and graphic design. Funded by the Creativity Scholarship, he will start sixth-form Fine Arts studies in the fall at St. John’s Junior College.
Yvon was eligible for this full scholarship opportunity because of his participation in the Adobe Youth Voices Program (AYV) classes at Caye Caulker Ocean Academy. AYV follows a creativity curriculum and provides the digital tools, training and professional mentorship students need to develop essential skills such as self-expression, collaboration, flexibility and persistence. All AYV students produce original projects in video, photography, animation and other digital media categories spotlighting issues important to them.
Accountability and Alignment in Education
Following last month’s release of very low proficiency scores for primary school students who took the 2013 PSE examinations, “Education” suddenly became a heated topic in Belize. Prior to the release of the PSE outcomes, the topic of Education was discussed mostly by educators and perhaps a few concerned parents. Now, it continues to make news, and draws gut-wrenching reactions and strongly-voiced negative opinions (“that’s not how it’s done”) from parents, businessmen, politicians, and almost everyone in Belize. However, what seems ironic (even hypocritical) is that a large portion of our community now suddenly knows what’s wrong with our Education systems. In my May 30, 2013 Blog, only days before the PSE scores bombshell exploded in Belize, I specifically reminded readers that the only way to make sure that our children get an Education that includes genuine “learning” is to eradicate from our vocabulary the phrase “their job” (schools and teachers) and replace it with “our job” (everyone who now is screaming). Common Misconceptions of Education Nonetheless, as all things political go, we will eventually exhaust our energies in this ongoing crossfire of how best to educate young students. However, after we have pointed fingers, accused, politicized and belittled people whom we choose to blame (other than ourselves) for the PSE low scores, then what do we do?
Ambar Ayala Graduates From International University of Monaco
Ambar Ayala graduated with a Bachelor's Degree majoring in Business Administration and International Business from the International University of Monaco on Friday, July 5, 2013. Ambar, a graduate of San Pedro High School and of Corozal Junior College will continue to reside in Monaco while pursuing a Master's of Science Degree in International Marketing.
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Education in Belize: New Models of Success
The policymakers of Education in Belize consist of Government and Church leaders; and they are responsible for schooling/educating all students in Primary and Secondary schools. Yet, despite the fact that Belize is now an Independent nation in the 21st Century, our Education policymakers continue to confuse students even more than they already may be confused, by insisting that students focus on old Colonial versions of success, rather than on the students’ 21st Century visions of success. Examples: Upon completing high school students must pass Colonial Era based O’ level exams. Originally, these exams were British GCE or General Certificate of Education that were used from back in the early 1950’s (long before Belize was Independent); but now the O’ level exams are administered by CXC, or Caribbean Examination Council. Students who earn high school diplomas without passing O’ level CXC passes are not admitted into institutions of higher learning (university), nor do they qualify for good-paying jobs. In examinations, students try to think and write exactly how they were taught in class, for fear of failing tests/exams. In other words, students are encouraged to memorize answers, instead of using critical thinking skills that are very much required today.
Full Moon Concert Saturday July 20th
The Corozal House of Culture is pleased to be presenting another Full Moon Concert Saturday July 20th, beginning at 7:30 pm in front of the House of Culture. Please join us for a night of reggae sounds, showcasing original and popular reggae music by Melodyman Escobar and friends.
Vacancies at San Pedro High
Vacancies exist for the following posts at San Pedro High School for the present school year 2013=2014
Chiquibul Symposium 2013
The Chiquibul Symposium will be taking place this Friday, July 19. The agenda for the event has been posted.
"Join us at the first national symposium on the amazing but threatened Chiquibul Forest where Valerie Woods will gather some of the brightest minds from conservation, business, government and national security agencies to share critical information about this biodiversity hotspot and discuss strategies to reduce threats to it."
WIN-Belize supports Revised National Gender Policy
The Women’s Issues Network (WIN-Belize) says it has contacted its member organizations and reached consensus on fully accepting the Revised National Gender Policy, 2013.
A statement put out by WIN-Belize says that the Revised National Gender Policy “is founded on principles outlined in the Belize Constitution and in International Conventions and Agreements signed and ratified by the Government of Belize.”
Calling it a “progressive development policy promoting human rights, gender equality and gender equity,” WIN-Belize claims that its members work with the government “to ensure that persons are able to access the services provided and receive relevant information” in the areas of health, education & skills training, wealth and employment generation, violence producing conditions, and power and decision making.
Facilitating Entrepreneurship in Belize
In Belize entrepreneurial ventures are the key to keeping our economy afloat. Small businesses account for well over 50% of all employment, thus it becomes vital to facilitate and nurture an entrepreneurial culture throughout our country. Entrepreneurs tend to be innovative, proactive, risk-takers who reach for change, respond to it and exploit opportunities, and in turn convert a source into a resource. Keeping in-line with this, the Small Business Development Centre Belize, BELTRAIDE, with its mandate to provide advisory and training services to entrepreneurs and groups has been working tirelessly to strengthen Belize’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Sector.
July 7, 2013 - July 13, 2013 Fishing Report
Off and on weather throughout the week put a damper on several days this week. Bonefish were very cooperative; permit had a holiday from our anglers since the lodge was dominated by tarpon folks. The tagging expedition has included seminars about tarpon like leader design, fighting techniques and included some fascinating tagging results from Florida presented by Bruce Unger of the University of Miami, Tarpon are amazing creatures with a secret life that we are just starting to see. Please join Bonefish tarpon Trust to keep this research going! http://www.bonefishtarpontrust.org/
What It’s Really Like To Dive The Great Blue Hole
Thousands of Scuba Divers flock to Belize annually, and most of them only have the Great Blue Hole to check off their list. It is perhaps the most famous dive site in Belize, definitely one of the most advertised by domestic tourism investors, yet it disappoints many divers. Imagine, after weeks or months of anticipation and after all the hyped up articles and Ads with cliché captions, you complete a dive and realize you would be just fine if you never did it again? This is the reaction I have mostly seen over the hundreds of trips I have supervised at the Blue Hole, and I feel obligated to mention, before I go any further, that this dive site is a tad over rated, and could be very disappointing if you are the type of diver who enjoys colorful coral reef diving.
It saddens me to say that the Blue Hole of Belize has become known only as a “bucket list dive”, because for most, it’s the type you absolutely must get off your list but really don’t care if you ever visit again. There’s hope however, for I think false assumptions and expectations are one of the main causes of disappointment. This dive site is different, it is the sort of novelty dive that, given the right conditions, can be enjoyed if approached with the right mind-set and expectations.
A Tainted Return For Gold Cup Team
Less then 24 hours after finishing last in the Gold Cup, Belize’s National Football Selection returned home today with a good many hard lessons learned and a fair amount of division about the way forward under American coach Ian Mork.
7news was at the airport and we got many perspectives on what went wrong and what worked for us at the Gold Cup. Jules Vasquez reports:…
Jules Vasquez reporting
The team returned today not to a motorcade or a hero’s welcome but a warm and grateful welcome, autographs were still being sought and there were plenty hugs and heartfelt handshakes to go around.
There was also enough blame to go around for yesterday’s epic loss - much of it directed at Coach Ian Mork.
Travis 'Burger' Lennan - Frustrated With Coaching Decisions
"I think the coach held me down too much - he held a lot of us down, the seniors were put on the bench and I think we could helped them in those situations but he had his own reasons why he did that."
Belmopan Taxi-Man Found Dead, Police Say Homicide
Tonight, Belmopan police are working on a homicide case after a missing taxi-man’s body was found this afternoon on the outskirts of the capital. 45 year old Jose Marin Umana was last seen by his wife on Saturday morning when he left her store on Nicaragua Street in Belmopan. He left with a man in his car, but never came back home. She reported him missing on Saturday the 15th July and this afternoon at 4:30 police found his body in an area between George Price Boulevard and the Western Highway. The body was found in his taxi and was in an advanced state of decomposition. A post mortem will have to be conduced on site, but so far police believe he may have suffered an injury to the head. We’ll have more on this tomorrow.
KHMH Says Baby Elbira Had A Heart Defect
On Monday, 7News showed you the family from San Antonio Toledo who lost their premature baby at the KHMH.
Lawrence Bol told us that his baby girl, Lorena, was in great health when he left her and a few hours later, when he and his wife returned their child was dead.
He told us that he was shocked by it, and found the explanation from the doctor inadequate. Well, a post-mortem was conducted by Dr. Hugh Sanchez on Lorena – who they have listed as Elbira Ack. Dr. Sanchez certified that she died as a result of a latent congenital abnormality of the heart – which basically means that she was born with a bad heart.
According to the KHMH, this abnormality was too severe, and it claimed her life. Their position is that they couldn’t do anything further for her.
Mayor Dodges Contempt Proceedings, Again
7News has been closely following a case filed by the Belize Waste Control, where they were pressing for Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley for contempt in relation to an unpaid arbitration award of 2.3 million dollars.
As we’ve reported, this is a debt owed for several years, and Waste Control became tired of the City Council not making any attempt to pay the money, so they initiated proceedings before Justice Michelle Arana for Bradley to be cited for contempt to force his hand. The mayor was risking, seizure of his or City Hall’s assets, a fine, or being sent to jail.
At every adjournment of the case, Waste Control’s attorney, Fred Lumor, exited telling the media that all the proposals by City Hall to pay the debt was unacceptable, and that they were forcing him closer and closer to start the contempt proceedings, which he was very reluctant to do.
Today was the very last chance that he was giving the Mayor to come with a decent proposal, and apparently Bradley delivered. For the first time since this matter came before the court, Lumor exited and told the media that BWC and City Council came to an amicable resolution. Here’s how he explained it:
Fred Lumor - Attorney for Belize Waste Control
"We just signed points of agreement before the judge so we have resolved the matter so there is no need to proceed any further. The only outstanding issue is that we are going to sign a formal agreement containing the points of agreement. Once that is done we will return to court sometime in the year and withdraw the application that we have filed to site the Mayor for contempt. The settlement involves Belize Waste Control taking a reduced payment than the $2.3 million dollars awarded as the damages and in return the City Council is going to put in place some enforcement measures to stop the illegal garbage collection in the city, especially commercial collection and then address some other aspects of their contratual obligations - so in a nutshell that is what we have done."
GSU Arrests Major Gang Names
Tonight, 26 year-old Kareem “Robbery” Lopez is out on bail after he was taken to Magistrate’s Court for failure to report to police as a deportee.
According to the Gang Suppression Unit, they detained him yesterday morning after he repeatedly failed to report to police after being deported from the US for illegal entry.
As a result, he was charged with failure to report to police, and failing to notify the Commissioner of Police of a change of residence.
He was arraigned today before Magistrate Clive Lino, who granted him bail of $3,000. He was able to meet it, and he must return to court on August 15.
According to the GSU, Lopez is a reputed member of the George Street Gang.
Another deportee who the GSU arrested yesterday was 27 year-old Brandon “BT” Tillett. They detained him at an apartment complex at #100 George Street.
Jamaican Gay Man Takes Belize, Trinidad to Court Over Discriminatory Immig Laws
The country is waiting patiently for Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin to rule on the UNIBAM challenge to Belize’s Sodomy Laws. Well, before that decision is handed down, another of Belize's sexually discriminatory laws is being challenged at the highest court in the land, the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Viewers may remember, Maurice Tomlinson, the Jamaican Gay Activist who turned down UNIBAM’s invitation to conduct sensitization sessions. He did that because he discovered that under Section 5 of Belize’s Immigration Act, he would be breaking the laws to enter the country to conduct this workshop.
This section states that prohibited immigrants include, quote "Any prostitute or homosexual who may have been living off or receiving proceeds of prostitution or homosexual behavior," end quote.
Tomlinson, who is married to a Canadian man, says that this law violates his right to freedom of movement within the Caribbean Community.
Trinidad and Tobago is the only other member of CARICOM which shares immigration laws similar to this one, and as a result, he has taken a challenge to the CCJ – in Trinidad - forcing both countries to respond.
Men Fired From Prison Claim Wrongful Dismissal
7News has been closely following the termination of employees of the Kolbe Foundation Prison. It has sparked a libel suit in the Supreme Court between the Administration and a group of employees calling themselves the Belize Central Prison Employees Correlation.
Well, tonight, we note that there are 2 more employees who say that they were wrongfully terminated, because of what they call frivolous reasons.
We can’t actually get into a discussion of the why they say they were terminated because it involves allegation of criminal behavior, but no police report has been made.
However, these two former employees spoke to us this evening, to explain the circumstances:
Felipe Gongora - Former Prison Officer
"Sometime around 2:00 I was called at the Human Resources office by the Deputy Chief officer Cocom and I was informed that my services were no longer required at the prison. There was no indication - the letter does not clear why but we have an idea more or less. Basically we are upset by the way we were treated by the management by the Colby Foundation and therefore we just want the public our dissatisfaction with the foundation itself because of the way we were treated. I'm a veteran prison officer for 19 years now, I served as the Chairperson for the officers welfare committee or Employees Welfare Committee and I had been vocal with management when it came to injustices of our officers so I had expected that at some time they would get me - but not like this. They have no reason whatsoever to terminate me just like that so I was unjustly treated."
Kids Learn About Cash Creation and Management
And so, while these employees must figure out how they will budget their termination earnings until they find work, primary school children around the city have been practicing financial prudence.
It’s part of a dedicated and longstanding program by Price Waterhouse Coopers, Peacework, and the Ministry of Education, to teach the next generation about how to be entrepreneurs.
Today, after 2 weeks of training the children, they held a business fair to see how well the students could translate the concepts of financial literacy into actual realistic businesses.
7News dropped by the displays to see how well they’ve learned spend money responsibly:
Tanisha Myers - Teacher, St. John's Anglican School
"It's geared at teaching about financial literacy - we know that in today's day and age and in Belizean families on a whole - they don't know a lot about budgeting. When we think about budgeting, we think about having our pay check last from this month to the next without anything saved in between. So this camp is geared at making our children be more business savvy and to be more conscious and aware of how to budget their monies."
Problem Croc Gets Moved From San Pedro
Today, a crocodile came to Belize City in A chicken boat! Sounds like a strange story, but really, it’s quite straightforward. The eight foot American Crocodile, known as Mr. Chet was removed from San Pedro after it killed two dogs in the last three months; one of the dogs weighed almost 60 pounds! Removing it from the island was the last option; first it was relocated 30 miles north after it killed one dog – but the croc returned to the same area and killed another.
It was brought to the city this afternoon AT 3:00 and handed over to Vince Rose from the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary who will take it to their facility in Ladyville where it will be kept for educational displays only.
Learning B-Ball From The Eagles
This morning the Bird’s Isle Basketball Court was buzzing as the Ministry of Sports continued their second week of summer camps. The camp we visited caters for 40 children per day focusing mainly on basketball techniques for youngsters.
And who better to help strengthen those techniques than the Galen Eagles Basketball Squad? It’s all a part of the players performing their community service for their education while assisting these youths. We found out more.
Bernie Tarr - Technical Officer, Basketball
"This is a basketball camp put together by Minister Longsworth with the National's Sports Council - what we've done was taken the Galen Basketball team to come here a few days during the week and assist with the camp. Basically it really teaches the players, as their role models, not just basketball players and it gives them a chance to interact with the kids. They are having a good time, enjoying it and developing some relationships with some of the younger guys, learning some fundamentals of basketball."
Belize U-16 Team Wins
And while those students learn to play Basketball from Galen University, a team of talented young men have performed excellently at a tournament in Mexico.
The Hoop Dreams Basketball Club participated in the U16 Copa Cancun Basketball Tournament this weekend along with 12 teams.
Hoop Dreams defeated 4 of these teams in division A with a margin as large as 50 points, and none of their opponents got closer than 27-points to them.
They advanced to the semi-finals, and then to the finals, where they were finally defeated. They didn’t leave empty handed because Glincy “Cope” Lopez was named MVP of the tournament, and the team’s coach, Brads Neal, was named Coach of the Tournament.
The Jaguars return home
After a heartbreaking loss to Cuba on Tuesday afternoon, which crushed their hopes in the first round of the Gold Cup, the players of Team Belize returned home early this [...]
Goalie, Woodrow West yelled stick to the plan
Coach Ian Mork did not make it back…it is not because he is leaving the team, but because he stayed in the U.S. to deal with personal matters relating to [...]
Post-Cuba game wrap up with Shane Orio
There are reliable reports coming out of Hartford, Connecticut that things got a little heated in the locker room after Cuba defeated Belize four zero because emotions were running high. [...]
Post-Cuba game wrap up with players
While the focus has been on the team captain, the coach and the goalkeepers, the other players on the team also had their post-game comments. Deon McCaulley, Belize National [...]
FFB Exec talks about restructure
With zero points on three losses and no wins during round one, the Belize Jaguars earned the dubious distinction of being the team with the worst stats in the Gold [...]
Should athletes representing the country be on government’s payroll?
Should athletes that represent the country professionally be on government payroll? Yes No
Body of missing Belmopan resident found on road
A taxi driver from the Belmopan area disappeared over the past weekend. The father of a four year old daughter went missing after a fare hired him on Saturday morning [...]
KHMH says newborn died of heart failure
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital today issued a very brief release on the cause of death of baby Lorena Bol who was born last Friday and died two days later [...]
Belize Waste Control will get funds owed by City Hall
Earlier this year, Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley appeared in court—not as a legal practitioner, but for contempt in respect of a garbage debt owed to Belize Waste Control to [...]
US Grant aided WinBelize supports Gender Policy
The Revised Gender Policy 2013 has come under attack from various sectors, but today, the Women’s Issues Network better known as Win Belize came out in support of the policy. [...]
Second murder acquittal for Gabriel Salazar
A San Pedro resident has been acquitted of a murder charge by Justice Denis S. Hanomansingh in the Dangriga Supreme Court. The murder occurred on September 12, 2009 at Johnson’s [...]
Another deportee gets charged locally
Three alleged gang members who were deported from the US have been arrested and charged. Roger Anthony, who has said that he is the leader of the Ghost Town Crips, [...]
Team returns but FFB Executive still detained in USA
The Jaguars are back in Belize, but F.F.B. Vice President, Rawell Pelayo, is not. Pelayo was nabbed reportedly by the Drug Enforcement Agency as he passed through Houston on his [...]
USAID gives cash stimulus to BDARRT, a disaster management group
A U.S. thirty thousand dollar agreement was signed today in Belmopan to provide support training to the Belize Disaster and Rescue Response, BDARRT. A team of volunteers will benefit from [...]
Wow! Awesome and amazing Superstar performances
Group B in Be the Next Superstar returns to the Bliss stage tonight bringing with them the hype and energy that characterized the group when they made their debut. Tonight, [...]
Missing Taxi Driver Found Dead
Earlier this week we reported that a Belmopan taxi driver had been reported missing. We join Correspondent Fem Cruz for an update. FEM CRUZ “The search for 45-year-old, Jose Umana, a resident of Nicaragua Street Extension in the Salvapan, Belmopan came to a sad end around 4 o&...
Belize Jaguars Team Returns Home
The Jaguars Football team touched down this morning at the Philip Goldson International Airport. The team has returned after competing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup that is taking place in the United States. The team failed to qualify to the second round of competition after losing all thr...
Galen University Holds Fundraiser for National Team
Before heading to the United States to be part of the CONCACAF Gold Cup Tournament, the Belize Jaguars Football Team needed funds. The Football Federation Of Belize held a telethon and several other organizations and institutions chipped in to assist. While the Jaguars were in the US, Galen Unive...
Garifuna Film Screens In Southern Belize
The film Garifuna in Peril will be shown tonight in Punta Gorda at the Parish Hall. Love News spoke to co-producers Ali Aliyeh and Michael Reyes to find out more. ALI ALIYEH / MICHAEL REYES “Garifuna In Peril is the first film in the Garifuna language and it’s the first ...
Belizean Youth Heads To Brazil For Catholic World Youth Day
The Catholic World Youth Day 2013 will be held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. This is a biennial event where close to a million young people from around the world gather to focus on religious faith and youth. This year the event will be held from the 23 to the 28th of July. A delega...
Disaster and Rescue Response Team Gets Grant for US Government
The Belize Disaster and Rescue Response Team, B-DARRT, today received the first half of a 60 thousand-dollar grant from the United States government for just that – disaster, rescue and response. It is funded by the US Agency for International Development’s office for Foreign Di...
Crocodile Captured After Terrorizing Residents in San Pedro
Late this evening a male crocodile arrived on the mainland from San Pedro after it was captured for terrorizing residents of the island. The crocodile, fondly name, Mr. Chet is being blamed for eating two dogs more than six weeks ago. The residents have had enough of the stubborn croc and today i...
Majority of Carnival Groups Demand Capital for Carnival 2013
Belize’s yearly September celebrations are soon upon us and with those celebrations comes the traditional carnival excitement. But reliable reports to Love News are that contentions are building up between various carnival groups and the National Institute of Culture and History. Reports ar...
Belizean Living In US Gets Prison Sentenced Reduced
A Belizean man who has been living in the United States for the past 25 years will be deported back to Belize after he serves thirty two years in prison in Hammond, Illinois, USA. 34-year-old Tyrone 'Zero' Reynolds was initially sentenced to life in prison in 2011 but was recently g...
Team Jaguars Is Back In Belize, This Time There Is No Fanfare
For the first time in Belize’s history a national selection headed out to the U.S to participate in the Gold Cup, with high hopes. But after enduring a horrible defeat...
Music, Art And Dance At The BHOC
By now summer programs are well under way in several municipalities across the jewel and here at home, is no different. Many organizations, including the Banquitas House of Culture, have...
No Legal Action Taken Against BSCFA, As Yet
As we told you at the top of the newscast, the first round of negotiations for the new Sugar Purchasing Agreement between the Belize Cane Farmers Association and the Belize...
Belize Has One Of The Highest Percentage Of Untrained Teachers
For the past two days we have been reporting on the challenges faced by the Education Sector in Belize, with the guidance of a recent study published by the Inter-American...
BWU Wants To Reel In BSI Contract Workers
Contract of Employment and contract for employment may sound the same to you but the phrases have two different meanings. This is according to the president of the Belize Worker’s...
BSCFA And BSI Meet To Negotiate Sugar Purchasing Agreement
Representatives of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and the Belize Sugar Industries Limited, met today for the second day of negotiations of the new BSFCA/BSI Sugar Purchasing Agreement. The...
IMF Pleased With Belize's Economic Performance
The International Monetary Fund, IMF is giving the Government of Belize good marks on its report card for the country’s recent economic recovery. In a release issued late...
Crocodile Placed in Jail for Misbehaving
Late this evening a male crocodile arrived on the mainland from San Pedro after it was captured for terrorizing residents of the island. The crocodile, fondly name, Mr. Chet is being blamed for eating two dogs more than six weeks ago. The residents have had enough of the stubborn croc and today it was taken in captivity in Ladyville. According to Vincent Rose, the founder of the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, under the authority of the Belize Forest Department, ACES will keep the crocodile at its main facility located at Caribbean Shrimp Farm, Ladyville, for educational display only.
Jaguars return to Belize
After taking on the giant of USA and good professional teams Costa Rica and Cuba, our humble little Belize Jaguars returned home with their heads held high as they were received with a resounding applause by their family, friends and fans waiting outside the P.G.I.A. Belize...
Many in Belize City Constitution March were not affiliated with Church Organisations
Yesterday, the nationwide series of Constitutional March continued in Belize City, the turnout was impressive, with more than a thousand persons, but what caught the attention of many was the diversity of those taking a stand for the Constitution of Belize and demonstrating their grievances...
Maurice Tomlinson challenges the immigration laws of Belize
A hearing for special leave under the original jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will be heard in November as Jamaican homosexual advocate Maurice Tomlinson challenges the immigration laws of Belize and Trinidad and Tobago, which he says legally bar him from entering either country because he...
Queen signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill
It was a great day for homosexuals in Britain. This morning Queen Elizabeth II gave her approving stamp on a bill, which was first proposed by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron, to legalize same sex unions in England and Wales. This law will allow homosexuals...
Religious Leaders in Dominican Republic protest US President’s nomination for Ambassador
While first world countries are embracing the homosexual agenda, Caribbean countries are being targeted by those first world countries to also welcome that lifestyle. The pressure on Caribbean nations has come in the form of threat of financial restrictions for non compliance, lawsuits, policies, and international conventions. Caribbean Countries...
New initiative to build Belize’s capacity for disaster risk management
A new initiative to build Belize’s capacity for disaster risk management and response was signed today. The United States Agency for International Development is providing thirty grand to the Belize Disaster and Rescue Response Team. The money will go toward the training of the District Emergency Rescue Response Unit...
Two persons arrested and charged with drug trafficking
A George Town resident was busted with over two hundred grams of cannabis. The home of 40 year old Wilfred Hamilton, was searched by Police yesterday, where they discovered the weed. Also present at the time of the search was 43 year old Flora Valentine, who also resides at...
KHMH say Baby Lorena died of Heart Failure
Lawrence Bol’s grieving continues. Early Sunday Morning Bol’s recently born child passed away under the care of the KHMH. He had approached the media desperately seeking answers to this misfortune as he believes his baby was healthy. He was shocked by the turn of events. Here’s what he told...
Adventist Youths March for Godly Principles in Belmopan
The series of Constitutional marches have been drawing massive supporters throughout the country. With its success, some people have been asking, will there be a march on the Capital City and if so, when? While we do not have that information available at this time, we want to remind...
The July 14th, 2013 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE
This Week's Stories:
- The Anti - LGBT March Comes To Town:
As they continue the protest
against the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-
Sexual and Transvestite (LGBT)
agenda, the movement arrived in
San Ignacio on Tuesday, July 9 for
a protest march through principal
streets in San Ignacio and Santa
The march comprising
mostly pastors and followers
from evangelical churches between
Belmopan and Benque Viejo,
as well as from communities
in between, was attended by several
hundreds of protesters. It began
at around 10:00 am at the Macal River Park in San Ignacio where
it also ended at around 1:00 pm in
a heavy downpour of rain.
While the protest is clearly
against the Lesbians Gays Bi-Sexuals
And Transvestites ( LGBT) agenda,
as borne out by the placards carried
by participants, organizers have
confusingly say that the movement
- Two Weeks - Two Bodies
Fished From The Macal River:
The body of another male person
was fished out of the Macal River.
Exactly fifteen days after the
discovery of the decomposed body
of Cyril Margarito Cal, 28,
Belizean, of a Hillview address in
Santa Elena Town, police are again
reporting another body found floating
in the Macal River this time more
downstream near the wooden
San Ignacio police reports the
receipt of a call on the emergency
line at around 9:15 am on Monday,
July 8, 2013, of a body floating on the Macal River about 100 yards
downstream from the wooden bridge
linking the twin municipalities of San
Ignacio and Santa Elena.
- Marijuana Bust On The Bus:
manning the Anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bi-
Sexual and Transvestite protest rally
in San Ignacio, a young man from
neighboring Guatemala is alleged to
have attempted to move weed
through the town.
Acting upon information received,
the police mounted an emergency
check point on Joseph Andrews
Drive at the intersection with 5th
Street in San Ignacio. They
conducted a search on a green
passenger bus from the Belize Bus
Owners Cooperative, where they
came upon a young fellow sitting
inside the bus with the trademark
knapsack on his lap. The black bag
was searched and was found to
contain two parcels tightly wrapped
in brown transparent tape. When
opened the parcels were found
to contain suspected marijuana.
A further search under his seat
led to the discovery of another
knapsack, this time a green one, and
when opened was found to contain
another two parcels of suspected
- Belize Gets Unique Support From Back Home:
Soon after the
elation over clinching a first berth in
the CONCACAF Gold Cup had
subsided, the work began for Belize.
And it was not just on the training
The Jaguars turned to fundraisers,
doing a little bit of everything to get
the necessary money to not only
prepare for the tournament, but also
head to the United States two days
early to get acclimated to a different
enviroment and the artificial turf at
Portland’s JELD-WEN Field, foreign
to the tiny Central American country.
“Man, we did all kinds of things
to reach where we’re at right
now,” defender Ian Gaynair said
following the team’s training session
Thursday morning. “Thanks to our
country for supporting us. We did
barbeques, telethons, all kinds of
things. The country is actually
supporting us little by little now
and I’m so thankful for that.”
- Your Words Carry Power!:
Daily Grace Inspirations From
Joseph Prince Ministries
Where the word of a king is, there
In Bible times, a king’s word
carried tremendous power. What he
decreed would come to pass. It
would be done. For example, if he
said, “Raise the taxes,” the taxes
would be raised.
Do you know that we are kings?
The Bible tells us that Jesus has
washed us from our sins with His
blood and made us kings. (Revelation
1:5–6) And as kings in Christ, our
words carry power too.
When we place our hands on a sick
person and say, “Be healed,” the
person is healed. When we lay hands
on our children and say, “Be
blessed,” our children are blessed.
There is power in our words because
they are the words of kings!
- US Allies Mexico, Chile And Brazil Seek Spying Answers:
US allies Mexico, Brazil, Colombia
and Chile have joined other Latin
American nations in demanding
answers from Washington over
Brazilian media reported earlier
this week that the US had seized web
traffic and phone calls across the
Spying targets included oil and
energy firms, Venezuela's military
purchases and information on
Mexico's drug wars.
The reports, based on leaks by
fugitive Edward Snowden, said the
US ran a "data-collection base" in
The O Globo newspaper said the
US facility in the Brazilian capital was
part of a network of 16 such bases
maintained by the National Security
Agency (NSA) around the world to
intercept transmissions from foreign
- Congratulations Are In Order:
Congratulations are definitely in
order for Jonathan Cariddi and the
entire staff at Mr. Greedy’s Pizzeria
located in the heart of downtown San
Ignacio town for receiving the
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
“The accolade, which honours
hospitality excellence, is given only to
establishments that consistently
achieve outstanding traveller reviews
on TripAdvisor, and is extended to
qualifying businesses worldwide.
Only the top-performing 10 per cent
of businesses world wide listed on
TripAdvisor receive this prestigious
- Are The Churches Promoting Hate Crimes?:
Are The Churches Promoting Hate Crimes?
The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries
and Sustainable Development,
Senator Lisel Alamilla has gone
on record expressing grave
concerns about what she perceives
could be the promotion of hate
crimes against gay men and women
A statement below, posted on
Facebook, by the Minister has
sparked critisism from all walks of
“I do not oppose persons having
different views or religious beliefs
but it concerns me immensely
when those are being communicated
by misinformation, manipulation
and fear which could result
in hate crime.
Belize is not a melting pot, the
Belize that I know is a country
where persons of different
cultures, ethnic groups, religious
beliefs, languages and history
come together under one banner
and respect diversity. We are a reef
people, we are a forest people, we
- British Army Hands Over Trucks To BDF:
The Belize Defense Force today
received a total of Seventeen (17)
Four-Ton Trucks from the British
Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB).
The Handover took place at a short
ceremony this afternoon in which the
main speakers were British High
Commissioner in Belize His
Excellency Mr. Pat Ashworth and
CEO in Belize’s Ministry of National
Security Colonel (Ret.) George
Lovell. Mr. Ashworth said his
Government is pleased to be able to
make the donation to the Belize
Defense Force; and CEO Lovell
said the Belize Government is very
grateful for the assistance which will
go a long way in enabling the BDF to
transport its troops.
- How To LIVE A
I think everyone would agree
happiness is an important part of life.
What is happiness though?
It is interesting that Merriam-
Webster’s first definition of
happiness is that of good fortune
or prosperity. Although this can cause
people to be happy, I do not think of
happiness as good fortune. I believe
the second definition is more fitting.
Happiness is a state of well-being and
contentment otherwise known as joy.
Today I am going to share with you
10 EASY things you can do to bring
more happiness or joy into your life.
Envision what you want. Spend time
each day thinking how you want your
day to be. What do you want to
accomplish? How do you want to
- STAR Humor
- Your Weekly Horoscope and Lucky Numbers
- Letters to the Editor
- Public Notices
“Communication” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
No lengthy preamble today from me as was the case in yesterday’s edition. Got up, spent a little time on the veranda with my iPad, showered, dressed and had breakfast. Then spent a little time exchanging emails with Excess International Movers (the company we are using to ship our “stuff” from the UK) to see if they have worked out how much it will add to the cost to ship one item (a table) which they couldn’t fit in to the planned number of crates. Hopefully today I will find out.
Knowing that Belize’s final group game versus Cuba in the CONCACAF Gold Cup was kicking off at 3.30 pm (our time) we set off to visit our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize around 1.45 pm and got there just after 2 pm.
On arrival we saw that Martin was working on finishing off the steps to the Ground Floor self-contained apartment.
Mennonite Gurls A'ken Cook: Watarmelon Cake
Since summ'r is watarmelon seesen, I wantid to share thishere watarmelon cake at my sist'r, Grace, made fer air Dad’s 90th birthdee!
Nairy onlee duz it look stunnyun' but it is a lite, heelthy alternatif' deessert fer a summ'r bbq er celebrashun.
Accerdyun' to my sist'r here air t'simple instructyuns.
1. Cut a watarmelon n' half, the cut each half into servin sizet slices. Cut away t'rind.
Divers Guide To Marine Life: Sharks
Divers love to see sharks, but we forget that part of what makes sharks so amazing is often in the details, not just in the toothy swim-by. Some interesting specifics of their life histories, feeding and behaviors from all over the world are good to know, too. There are still a lot of mysteries and unanswered questions about sharks but that is part of what makes them fascinating to us. Below is a list of the sharks that divers seek and see the most often and some key facts you’ll want to know about them.
SPECIES GUIDE INCLUDES:
About the name/other names
Maturity and reproduction
What they eat
Important or Fun Fact
Blacktip Reef Shark
Broadnose Sevengill Shark
Caribbean Reef Shark
Great Hammerhead Shark
Great White Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Oceanic Whitetip Shark
A Window Into The Past
This is part of the magnificent ruins protected in Tikal National Park, Guatemala. The site is located in an area of Guatemala known as the Peten, and Tikal is approximately 2 hours west of the Guatemala-Belize border.
The structures in Tikal were built by the ancestors of the present-day Mayans who still live in parts of Honduras, Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. These early Mayans left other sites that are now world-famous tourist destinations, including Copan in Honduras and Chichen Itza in Mexico.
Much like the case of places in the U.S.’s Southwest such as Mesa Verde and Chaco, these Mayan places were abandoned sometime in the 900s AD, probably due to several factors, including increasing pressures from enemies, exhaustion of resources, and the inability of the sites to feed their growing populations.
CHALLENGING GAY IMMIGRATION ENTRY BANS IN BELIZE AND TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Maurice Tomlinson, the Jamaican attorney and HIV activist who recently sued three Jamaican TV channels for refusing to broadcast gay positive public service announcements, will be in court again Wednesday. This time for the first hearing of his challenge to the immigration entry bans of both Belize and the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. The case has been brought in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) which is the highest court in the region.
The two countries are the only ones in the Caribbean, in fact the sole countries in the Western Hemisphere, with laws banning entry of homosexuals.
Section 5(1) of the Immigration Act of Belize reads:
“… [T]he following persons are prohibited immigrants – … (e) any prostitute or homosexual or any person who may be living on or receiving or may have been living on or receiving the proceeds of prostitution or homosexual behaviour….”
Local family wants justice for man killed in Belize
A bizarre murder mystery across the ocean has one Florida family pulling out all the stops to get answers.
Authorities say Gregory Faull, 52, was killed in his home in Belize last November. But no arrests have been made.
Action News spoke with Gregory Faull's father. He lives in St. Johns County. He says he thinks the only named person of interest in the case, famous antivirus software founder John McAfee, is responsible but will never pay the price.
The family fears the case has gone cold, a dead end in a death being investigated hundreds of miles away.
Gregory Faull was found dead in his home in Belize last November from a single gunshot to the head. Antivirus software founder and next-door-neighbor John McAfee fled the county after being named the sole person of interest.
"The family contacted me. It's an American citizen that was murdered in another county and they want justice," said Florida Senator Bill Nelson.
Not knowing where to turn, Faull's family enlisted the help of Senator Nelson. Action News obtained a copy of the letter the Senator has since sent to authorities in Belize.
"Today we are calling the Belize Ambassador to United States. I will be taking to him in the next couple days and I will ask for his personal intervention to get the justice apparatus wheels cranking so they can find out what happened and get to the bottom of who murdered this Floridian in Belize," the Senator told Action News.
San Carlos students return home from archeological trip
Three San Carlos students returned home Sunday, June 14 from the 2013 Programme for Belize Archaeology Project. The students were part of the program that took them to the country of Belize in Central America.
Ansony King of the Bylas District, Amyrose Key of the Seven Mile District, and Tori Taylor of the Peridot District successfully completed their training in Central America.
Caribbean sports officials visit Australia
Caribbean government ministers and senior officials with responsibility for sport were welcomed to Canberra, the national capital of Australia, on 5 July. The group met with the Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) minister for sport, players from the University of Canberra Brumbies Super Rugby team and visiting the Australian Institute of Sport.
The 19 officials in the delegation were visiting as recipients of an Australia Awards Fellowship, funded by Australian government agency AusAID, for a 21-day Australian study tour. They were hosted on the tour by University of Canberra sport studies staff and Chris Nunn, of Chris Nunn Consulting.
Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and St Lucia were all represented on the group.
During the trip to Canberra, the group had the chance to hear from University of Canberra Brumbies chief executive officer Andrew Fagan, meet with some Brumbies players and ACT minister for sport Andrew Barr, who shared some insights into his role.
IMF concludes 2013 consultation with Belize
On June 21, 2013, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Belize.
The Belize government’s completion of the exchange of its “super-bond” for new US dollar denominated bonds due to expire in 2038 brought substantial cash-flow relief (about US$130 million over the next 5 years). The debt restructuring took place against prolonged legal disputes over the nationalization of two utility companies, Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL). No agreement has been reached yet over compensation payments; and the legal dispute may take a few years in court.