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#469222 - 07/30/13 06:46 AM Today's Belize News: July 30, 2013
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Missing Police Officer
The Police Department has issued a missing person report for a fellow police officer. Police Constable (PC) #227 Martin Bustillos, attached to the Corozal Police Formation has been missing for a week. According to the Police PC Bustillos was last seen on July 23rd and has since been absent and his family is reporting him as missing. The Police Department is now turning to the general public to assist in locating PC Bustillos. If you know any information or have seen Bustillos, you are asked to call the nearest police station or 911.

The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture and the Belize Livestock Producers Association has implemented cattle movement control check points at strategic points in Blue Creek and Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District. This is in an effort to keep the Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize and Cayo Districts free of bovine tuberculosis and bovine brucellosis, and additionally maintain a cattle traceability system. Other movement control check points will be established in the other parts of the country once the health status of the herds has been determined through testing. Farmers, butchers, transporters and the general public are advised that a movement permit is required to transport cattle from one community to another, likewise, into and out of the tested areas. The movement control of cattle is in accordance with S.I. Number 77 of 2011 on Animal Identification. Movement permits can be acquired at the BAHA offices in Orange Walk Town, Belize City and Central Farm.

Ambergris Today

Belize Jaguars Football Team Members Receive International Award
Belizean football players of the national Jaguars team Woodrow West and Ian Gaynair made international headlines for turning down a match-fixing bribe just before their participation at the Gold Cup Tournament. This past week, both were invited by the UNCAF’s President Rafael Tinoco to witness the final Gold Cup Match in Chicago and to be guests at the President’s Banquet. West and Gaynair gained international recognition from CONCACAF and were awarded by Gold Cup and CONCACAF for their honesty, integrity and patriotism during their participation in the Gold Cup Tournament. They received trophies of honor during the final ceremonies of the tournament.

Belize Authorities Take Defensive Driving Training to Improve Road Safety
The Ministry of Works and Transport, Enforcement Team received two new highway patrol vehicles from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development’s Road Safety Project on June 28, 2013. These highway patrol vehicles are key deliverables under the Project's Enforcement Component, which aims at improving traffic law enforcement along the George Price Highway, Demonstration Corridor. These patrol vehicles will support the improvement of traffic law enforcement along the George Price Highway. The Government of Belize has received BZ$14,495,000 in loan financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost of the Belize Road Safety Project and is contributing a further BZ$3,191,000. The goal of this program is to improve road user behavior, leading to a 20% reduction in road traffic crashes and injuries. International good practice suggests that any officer driving a “marked police vehicle" should receive a basic Defensive Driving Course. It is vital that the drivers of these vehicles demonstrate good driving behavior by always wearing a seatbelt (and encouraging passengers to do so) and obeying the rules of the road at all times. They should always be good role models.

Pic of the Week: Costa Maya Delegates Go for Full Throttle Adventure in Belize
Cruising around the waters of Ambergris Caye is fun, but have you ever cruised on the other side of the reef? If you haven't you are in for an awesome joy ride. Riding the waves in full throttle mode the Costa Maya Delegates (Miss Belize, Miss Guatemala, Miss Mexico, Miss Nicaragua pictured here) got the chance to experience Belize's natural roller coaster ride. The day's adventures were provided by Seaduced by Belize, sponsor of the Costa Maya Festival.

Flashbacks: A Trip to Belize City on Cargo Boat
First it was by sailing boat in the 1960’s, then it was by the cargo boat which was motorized in the 1970’s. After the Elsa P cargo boat threw away its sails and installed an inboard engine, passengers found it much more comfortable to travel to Belize City for their shopping or medical needs. It was in no way close to a water taxi as the passengers still had to wake up at 3a.m. to catch the ride. They would still have to sit on coke crates or empty gasoline drums for their four-hour ride, but now the Elsa P was equipped with a toilet facility at the stern and a shade for the passengers. The captain was no longer at the stern handling the rudder but in a nice cabin with a steering wheel. And of course the passenger fee climbed from 50 cents to three dollars to help cover the gasoline expense. However, the voyage was not at the mercy of the wind and sea because, with an engine, the duration of the tip was more predictable. Passengers not travelling by airplane could now enjoy a luxury trip when compared to one by fishing boat. This flashback is in honor of Felipe Paz the pioneer in cargo boat transportation and by extension passenger transport as well.

Misc Belizean Sources

Is Belize Becoming the New Honeymoon Hotspot?
The little Caribbean country of Belize is seeing a dramatic increase in romantic couples seeking affordable luxury in an idyllic setting, according to the Lodge at Chaa Creek’s wedding and honeymoon planner. "Honeymoons are such an important life event for couples that they’re willing to go that extra bit more to share something extraordinary, and more and more they’re discovering that Belize offers the same level of quality and service that more established destinations do, but at a lower cost." "The novelty factor of doing something fresh and exciting is also important, but couples don’t want to take chances with something so important, especially when travelling abroad. Now that Belize has matured as a romance destination and has generated so much positive word of mouth, people feel more comfortable about coming here, even though we’re still off the beaten track and much less crowded compared to other places," Ms Duran said. Starting this month, Chaa Creek is offering a complimentary guided picnic horseback ride through the rainforest as part of their all-inclusive Belize Honeymoon Adventure Package.

Actyl to Host Open House in Belize City on July 30
Actyl, a world leader in recruiting for the Canadian labor market, will hold its first open house in Belize City on Tuesday, July 30. The company will host the event at its Belizean headquarters from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., kicking off daily open houses it will hold every weekday from this point forward. The open houses will allow interested parties to explore what working in Canada is all about, including the educational opportunities available in the country. "We are very pleased to hold these daily open houses and welcome individuals who may be interested in the wide range of opportunities available in Canada," said Dr. Linda West, President of Actyl. "Canada-particularly western Canada-is experiencing unprecedented economic growth, and as a result there is a big gap in the skilled labor market. This presents unique opportunities for people in Belize to find gainful employment, while perhaps embarking on a personal adventure all their own." This week, Actyl is recruiting for a number of jobs in Canada, including 100 positions at McDonald's, 15 industrial painters, 15 industrial electricians, eight stockers at Canadian Tire, six journeyman automotive body professionals, two heavy-duty mechanics and two sheet metal technicians. To be eligible for Canadian jobs, candidates must be between the ages of 19 and 35, speak English, have completed high school and be willing and able to travel. Actyl has experienced a great deal of success in recruiting workers from throughout Belize over the past year, with many individuals finding high-paying employment with countless opportunities for personal and professional growth.

VIDEO: Garifuna Cuisine, Dangriga, Belize - Hudut Soup & Fish Fillet
Recently in Dangriga, Belize I met up with Madeline at the Riverside Cafe. I joined her in the kitchen where she taught me some Garifuna recipes. The Garifuna are descendants of African shipwrecked slaves who interbred with the local Carib and Arawak people of St Vincent. When the British took over St Vincent from the French, the Black Garifuna were exiled and ended up settling all along the Belize, Honduras and Guatemalan coastline. Madeline prepares Hudut - a fish soup with a coconut milk base which contains okra and green plantain dumplings. Madeline also prepares the Riverside cafe Specialty dish - Grilled Fish Fillet with Cassava Fries with a unique rum, tomato and soy sauce.

VIDEO: Belize - A great place on earth - Part 1

VIDEO: Belize - A great place on earth - Part 2

In Bloom On Open Your Eyes
Cayo's In Bloom, who play at Lucky 5 and at many special events, were on Open Your Eyes.

HVI's Hummingbird Summer Camp
Hidden Valley Inn finished their Hummingbird Summer Camp. "Hummingbird Summer Camp 2013 was a success THANKS to all your support!"

Galen Eagles Take Second Place
Congratulations to the Galen Eagles for taking second place at the basketball tournament in Ciudad Del Carmen, Mexico, where they were representing Belize. Those trophies look great. Well done!

Luis Mendez Memorial Football Pictures
The pictures from the Luis Mendez Memorial Football Game speak for themselves. R.I.P, Mr. Mendez. Thanks to D Russell Photography for the wonderful pictures. "Verdes FC vs San Pedro at la Cancha Marshalleck"

Teachers undergo professional development training in Cayo
Over two hundred school teachers are currently involved in a three weeks training program in the Cayo district. The training, which began on July 22, will continue through until August 9. It is being hosted at the PathLight spiritual retreat and conference center at Jaguar Creek. According to a press release from PathLight, the fourth annual teachers training conference has as its objective to assist the teachers in learning “valuable skills and innovative techniques they can apply as they enter their classrooms in September.” The training is being facilitated by experienced teachers from North America and the conference workshops are focusing on literacy, positive discipline, match strategies and elective workshops on science and art.

Relocation of The Belize Bureau of Standards
The Belize Bureau of Standards hereby informs the general public that it will be relocating from its current location on the Ministry of Works Compound, Belmopan to the third floor of the Diamonds Building on Constitution Drive, Belmopan. The Bureau will be operating from its new location starting August 5, 2013. The department in the execution of its mandate looks forward to continue serving the Belizean public and at the same time extends its sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Channel 7

Chairman of BTB Board Resigns Suddenly
The Belize Tourism Board may be riding the wave of successive high years of highs in overnight tourism arrivals – but the organization just can’t seem to find stability. 7news has confirmed that Chairman of the Board of Directors, Ian Lizarraga is resigning effective tomorrow. Lizarraga told us that he is quote, “Returning to his private sector responsibilities.” He says he has a restaurant in Cayo that is, quote, “taking more of my time than I thought it would.” End quote. He added that he has discussed it with his Minister Manuel Juniour Herredia, CEO Tracy Panton and his board of directors. He told us that Einer Gomez will be interim chairman until the minister appoints a new chairman. Lizarraga was the third Chairman in just over five years of the Barrow administration, which does not speak well for long term stability, since there have also been three tourism directors, and three Ministry CEO’s in that same period. Lizarraga served as chairman for just over a year.

Three Escapees From Wagner Youth Facility
3 inmates who escaped from the Hattieville Prison on Sunday night remain at large tonight. Just after 7 last night – while security shifts were being changed at the prison, 3 inmates managed to bound over the huge chain link fence and escaped into the night. They were later identified as 17 year old Roqael Tuil, 17 year old Hector Garcia and 19 year old Wilmer Guzman. Both minors, Tuil and Garcia are Guatemalan nationals. Armed prison guards along with police officers spend most of last night searching in the nearby bushes for the men. Today all three men are still missing and the prison is asking for the public’s help in locating the fugitives. 7 news traveled to Hattieville today to see who the blame is pointed on. Earl Jones - CEO, Kolbe Prison "Yesterday we had reports that three inmates had escaped from the central prison - from the Juvenile Facility area of the prison. The three inmates are Roqael Tiul who was serving a five year sentence for unlicensed firearm and ammunition, he's a Guatemalan national. The second person is Hector Garcia, who is a Guatemalan as well, who is here for illegal entry - he's awaiting deportation and the third inmate is Wilmer Guzman who is from the San Juan village in the Stann Creek Valley area - he's serving a six month sentence for theft.

Auctioneer Kevin Castillo Seriously Injured In Accident
There was a serious accident between miles 26 and 27 on the Western Highway today. It was due to a head-on collision between a Ford Ranger pickup and a Nissan Patrol. The accident happened at around 2 p.m., when a pickup driven by David Medina, Junior, went into the lane of a Blue SUV driven by Kevin Castillo, the popular Belize City-based auctioneer. KREM News spoke with Amy Roaches, A BAHA Vet who was first on the scene and saw the accident unfold. Voice of: Amy Roches - Eyewitness "Between mile 25 and 26, a red vehicle just collided into him - it went straight into his lane. After that had happened I jumped out of my vehicle and I went to see what happened to Mr. Castillo - he was unconscious on his steering wheel and I thought he had died so I said that I would go and see if I could have consoled a screaming lady. After I went by the lady, I asked her what the problem was and if she was related to the person on the ground and she said 'yes he's my husband' and so I asked how is it that she didn't have a scratch on her and she told me that she was following behind him.

Judge’s Vehicle In Northern Highway Collision, Man Left Critical
There was an accident on the northern highway this weekend, which has left one person in a critical condition. It happened on Saturday afternoon between miles 88 and 89 on the Northern Highway where Supreme Court Justice Courtney Abel’s government assigned grey Toyota 4 Runner with government plates collided with a car. Police say that Tessa Owdker was driving the 4 runner to the northern border with Justice Courtney Abel in the passenger seat and a 13 year old student in the back. A red Honda Car travelling opposite direction allegedly came into her land causing a collision which caused the Honda Car to burst into flames. Driver George Reyes was rushed to the Corozal Community Hospital and then to the CARANZA hospital in Chetumal Mexico in a critical condition. The Judge sustained no injuries while Tessa Owdker and the minor were treated and later released with minor injuries.

Mayan Leaders Who Want Out Of Land Rights Court Action
On Thursday, 7News showed you the long anticipated judgment from the Court of Appeal in relation to the Appeal by the Government of Belize on the Maya Land Rights case. The Maya Communities of the south won in the Supreme Court hear before former Chief Justice Abdulai Conteh, when he ruled that they had customary land rights over their ancestral lands, and he also ordered that the Government of Belize should also take mandatory steps to protect those rights. Well, in the judgment from the Court of Appeal, it was found that while Maya Land Rights can and do exist, GOB had no such obligation to uphold them. The attorney for the Maya Communities, Antoinette Moore filed an application for contempt against the Government in the Supreme Court, in which the complaint was that the Government was not respecting an injunction granted by the Former CJ Conteh stopping them from issuing any permits to conduct any kinds of commercial activity without the explicit consent of the Maya Communities. This application was to be heard today, and when the Chief Justice called it up, Moore informed the court that her clients wished to withdraw the application. That withdrawal was granted and the matter was dismissed.

Six to Court For Stash Found In Church Roof
On Friday we told you about the stash of marijuana, ammunition and a pistol found in the eaves of a church building on Victoria Street. As we reported, six people from an adjoining yard were arrested – because police believed they had stashed it there. Today, after a weekend in detention, they were taken to court an arraigned on multiple charges. Over two dozen family members crowded the court, and, off camera, they told us that it was unfair - Voice of family member "They didn't find it in our yard - they found it across at the neighbour and it was siz of our family members at one time and the way they are doing it - they're not doing it right."

Rowan’s Undersea Adventure
Last week, 7News showed you the end of 15 year-old Rowan Garel’s third major adventure, when he dove the Blue Hole. Rowan, the blind young man who has become the ambassador for sight, and for the BCVI, made a major accomplishment on Friday, and we were there to capture it on tape while Tony Rath captured the action beneath the sea’s surface. Here’s the full report. Daniel Ortiz reporting At around 6:30 a.m., all of Rowan Garel’s supporters gathered at the Radisson Pier to see him off. It was finally the big day after a 2 successive postponements due to weather. But the significance of the event didn’t seem to affect him much, as he socialized with his friends and supporters, just another Friday morning where, he would dive into history. And when the boats arrived, those who would accompany him boarded, and it was then off on a 2 ½ hour ride out to the Blue Hole.

Police Looking For A Missing Cop
Usually, it’s the police reporting on missing persons, but tonight, a police officer is the missing person. He is police constable #227 Martin Bustillos attached to the Corozal formation. Police say he has been missing since July 23rd. That’s six days, and police say that if you know his whereabouts, please call 911 or your nearest police station.

Stirm Strikes Back At SPLC
Last week, the Alabama based organization known as the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is affiliated with UNIBAM and gay rights activist Caleb Orozco, released a 2013 report called "Dangerous Liaisons: The American Religious Right and the Criminalization of Homosexuality in Belize" The report claimed that there were extremist right wing religious groups who were influencing the local Christian organizations in their campaign to resist what has been called the homosexual agenda. The experts from the SPLC claimed that organizations such as Belize Action, a local movement by Pastor Scott Stirm was guilty of the very same thing they accused UNIBAM of doing, working for and being influenced by foreign gay rights organizations who were pushing to throw out Belize’s Sodomy laws as part of a global campaign. Well, today, Stirm fired back with a release of his own, in it he claims that all of the allegations made by the SPLC report are false. According to him, this report was a weak attempt which was timed to try to distract the nation from a month of Constitutional marches across Belize which, quote, “mobilized almost 10,000 Belizeans to stand for Constitutional values and opposed to the 2013 Gender Policy in its present form.”

Words Of Tolerance From Pope, Archbishop Tutu
And in world news that certainly factors into this local gay rights debate, there is a pair of quite noteworthy statements by international religious leaders. First, the pope, in an 82 minute press conference aboard a plane after the youth summit in Brazil told the international media about gay people, quote, "We shouldn't marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society….If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" And speaking last week at a Un conference in South Africa about gay rights, noble prize winner, and former Archbishop, the 81 year old Desmond Tutu said, “I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. … I mean I would much rather go to the other place [hell]. I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this."

APAMO, Right Back At Hon. Alamilla
Last week you say Minister of Forestry and Fisheries Lisel Alamilla answer her critics at APAMO. Well today, they fired back at her. Now we don’t usually do, he said, she said, and then he said again, but that’s what it’s turned into in this case – and APAMO did add something new to the mix – they brought out protected area managers who are resisting. Edilberto Romero - Chairman, APAMO "After 2006, oil exploration became the largest threat to protective areas, by her actions and inactions, today; we think Minister Alamilla is the largest threat to protective areas, especially if she goes preventing organizations from doing their work to protect the protected areas." Raymond Reneau - Rancho Dolores, Spanish Creek Wildlife Sactuary "The reason why I didn't sign the co-management agreement is because of the third party, part under licenses, says the that 'after consultation with the co-managers, the government which is the regulatory agency body can give license to a third party' - it didn't say for what purposes. A co-management agreement should be between two bodies agreeing, with what should be done, it shouldn't be, 'you tell me what to do', it's like I'm working for you. If it comes to signing, I will sign but I am letting everyone know that the part I don't like with this signing."

Finnegan Says Bze Football Has No Midfield, Can’t Pass The Ball
This weekend, the Gold Cup ended with the USA edging out Panama one-nil in a close final game. It was the closest finish for the American who had smashed all their competition - Belize included - with dominating performances. Watching the game in Chicago were two very special guests of CONCACAF, Woodrow West and Ian Gaynair. They earned the invite to an all expenses paid evening in Chicago and a trip to the game by displaying outstanding integrity and patriotism when they turned down a bribe from a match fixer who had been following Belize’s team. And that is about the brightest spot coming out of a Gold Cup in which Belize finished with no points and the greatest goal differential. It’s a learning experience so we take it in stride, but the sober discussion about what direction that stride will be in, has to start. And self styled football historian Michael Finnegan is willing to set things off. For months he’s been contributing to the Amandala with compelling narratives of football in the 60’s and 70’s when Finnegan was a team manager. His acumen in the sport is considerable, and last wee we sat down with him for an extended conversation on the national’s team strengths and weaknesses. Here’s what he told us-

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Channel 5

Three inmates escape from Central Prison
Three convicts escaped from the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville. On Sunday night at about seven-ten, while the guards were being transferred for their shifts, Hector Garcia, Roquael Tiul, and [...]

Collision on the George Price Highway
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APAMO says Minister Alamilla knows co-management deals are bad
Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Lisel Alamilla, last week chided some N.G.O.s including SATIIM and APAMO for not signing on to protected areas co-management agreements. The Minister’s statement [...]

APAMO says N.G.O.s are being pressured to sign co-management agreements
Romero said that while Alamilla, when she was Executive Director at Ya’axche Conservation Trust, would not sign the agreement with the changes made by Cabinet, she is now pushing the [...]

Former Alcaldes want their named removed from Maya court action
On Thursday, the Court of Appeal rendered a split decision, described by Greg Ch’oc of the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management as a bittersweet outcome to a challenge brought [...]

Pope tells gays “Who am I to judge?”
A Supreme Court decision in a pioneering case against the Government of Belize by Caleb Orosco to repeal Section Fifty-three of the Criminal Code was promised to be delivered by [...]

Visual impairment does not hinder Rowan Garel from diving the Blue Hole
Blind since birth, fourteen year old Rowan Garel has taken on another grueling and if not the most daring challenge, that many others who are sightly wouldn’t dare. He has [...]

Jaguars, Gaynair and West, given trophies at Gold Cup final
Woodrow West and Ian Gaynair notified CONCACAF about the match fixer who was offering them thousands of dollars to lose the game at a specified score. CONCACAF recognized the players’ [...]

Mayor vows to pay Waste Control debt
Two weeks ago Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley dodged contempt charges when the Belize City Council and Belize Waste Control managed to reach a compromise. The issue on the legal [...]

When will hardest working mayor finish the streets?
Mayor Bradley also confirmed that no part of negotiations with Belize Waste Control involved an extension or amendment of that company’s contract with the Belize City Council. So with garbage [...]

Family of six locked down for a firearm
After three nights in lock down at the Belize City Queen Street Police station, a family of six including a mother, her common-law husband, and their four sons, were all [...]

Eight time offender throws away his bag of weed
A Belize City businessman is serving three years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to a single count of drug trafficking. Police say that on Friday at around ten in [...]

City Hall’s summer camp for kids
The second annual City Council’s Summer Camps are ongoing in Belize City. Students from ages four to twelve are enjoying arts and craft, computer skills, sporting events and outdoor activities [...]

Amazing sporting highlights on Sports Monday
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. The decisive game 5 between Telemedia and Fresca Lady Rebels took center stage inside Rogers Stadium Friday evening as the [...]


APAMO Says Forestry Minister is the Largest Threat to Protected Areas
The Association of Protected Areas Management Organization, APAMO, has responded to comments that the Minister of Forestry made over the concerns related to the Government’s new proposal for the co-management of protected parks. At her press conference last week over APAMO’s rel...

Prison Guards Drop The Ball; Three Prisoners Escape
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Policeman Reported Missing in Northern Belize
Police Constable Martin Bustillos has been reported missing. According to the official police report PC Bustillos who is attached to the Corozal formation has been missing since July 23. If you know the whereabouts of PC Martin Bustillos you are asked to call 911 or the nearest police stati...

Man Sentenced To Jail for Stabbing Father-In-Law
Forty-two year old Enrique Soberanis, who pled guilty last Friday to wounding his father-in-law, 76 year old William Bennett, was sentenced to one year today by Magistrate Leslie Hamilton. The incident occurred on Friday, July 26.Bennett reported to the police Soberanis and his daughter were invo...

Villager Detained For Hit and Run In Western Belize
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10K Fine and 3 Years In Prison for Eighth Conviction
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Hidden Drugs Sniffed Out By Canines
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Summer Camp for Young Diabetics
For the third year, the Belize Diabetes Association is hosting a one week camp for over forty children living with diabetes. The camp commenced this morning at the ITVET compound. Love News paid the camp a visit and Hipolito Novelo reports. HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING: HIPOLITO NOVELO I...

Six Remanded to Prison Following Discovery of Hidden Drugs and Firearm in Church
Six persons were charged after police, members of the GSU, searched the attic of a church on Victoria Street and found a point 38 pistol with four rounds of ammunition, four rounds of ammunition and 619 grams of cannabis. Those charged were 47 year old Frank Jones, 41 year old Lydia Estrada, 28 y...

Police In Northern Belize Investigate Traffic Incident Involving Supreme Court Judge
Corozal police are investigating a traffic accident involving a Supreme Court judge. According to authorities, sometime around 3:15 on Saturday July 27th, forty nine year old Tessa Owdker, Belizean domestic of Bella Vista area Belize was headed to the northern border in a grey Toyota four runner....


Fiesta Rama 2013 Deemed A Success
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Young Manatee Rescued By Conservationist
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Car Collides Into Government Vehicle And Then Bursts Into Flames
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Burglars On The Prowl
Over the weekend one family had to endure the ordeal of having someone break into their home. The incident played out in the wee hours of Saturday morning at the...

Cop and Cab Driver Go Missing
Tonight the police department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating two missing persons, including one of their own. We start off with Police Constable #227 Martin Bustillos attached...

Controversial Special Meeting Held By The BSCFA
On Sunday, the much anticipated Special Meeting called by the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association was held at the auditorium of “Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico. A number of topics formed...

Three Convicts Escape From Prison
Tonight an intensive manhunt is underway for three convicts, including two minors who escaped from the juvenile facility area of the Kolbe Correctional Facility at around 7:00 last night. The...


My Week on Ambergris Caye: It’s Been Beautiful
It’s been a hot sunny beautiful week. Every year, in about June or July, I’m reminded that there are definitely seasons in Belize. We are now in the breezy hot summer…where hots is in the high 80s during the day, the humidity is HIGH and there is a definite wind coming off the water. Once the storm season picks up a bit (though hopefully it stays way clear of Belize), the winds die down and we just get HOT…steamy hot. Still the temperature rarely goes above the low 90s (cities in the US from NYC to Houston to Chicago go WAY above that in the summer months)… Like I said, it’s been a pretty beautiful week and I’ve spent plenty of time out and about. Let me recap some things I’ve seen. Some of these pictures have been on my facebook SanPedroScoop.com page and many have not. It is far and away my favorite fruit season. The trees of the mainland are bursting with mangos and avocados. We’ve been getting heaps here on the island. I love the mangos cut up in bags…oh so convenient for $2bzd.

Eco Kids Learn About Belizean Wildlife
Eco-Campers finally slept in until 6:30 AM this morning, just to fool with their counselors. This was a surprise, as the Eco-Kids have been awake and playing every morning in the past week by 6:00 AM! Needless to say, the counselors appreciated it greatly, which was reflected in an even more energetic than usual morning song routine. As Eco-Camp 2013 comes to a close, the campers put together newspaper bags in order to carry home all the excellent arts and crafts projects they have done since coming to camp. The bags have to be big enough to fit Jungle Journals, Plastic bottle pencil holders, beanbags, bracelets, and pet rocks, and were made out of recycled newpapers and string. The bag also doubles as a stylish accessory, sure to go with any environmentally-themed outfit. The Eco-Kids could also be heard practicing their skits for this evening’s skit competition. The Blue Morphos and Howler Monkeys won the song competition last night with their renditions of “Fly High like a Morpho” and “I’m at Eco Camp”, and will be performing for the parents on Sunday. The winners of the skit competition will also be performing onstage come Sunday afternoon.

“What Can I Do” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize ?
With the completion of our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize drawing ever closer I have been giving thought as to what to do with this blog (this is NOT an invitation to tell me where to stuff it!). Long time readers will probably know that it’s raison d’être was as a relatively easy way for Rose and I to document the build of our new home in Ambergris Caye, Belize and share the experience with our family and friends in the UK without having to send a multitude of emails. It has, as the number of you that follow it will know, morphed in to much, much more than this. I have to admit that although on some days I have found “knocking” an edition out has been a bit of a pain I have overall thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I like the discipline it requires and I like the routine. It’s also extremely rewarding to “feel” the sense of involvement that so ( i come from the world of newspapers so may be guilty of a little exaggeration here) many people have had in our adventure (OK it is only a build but it has been an adventure in to the unknown for us). Uncertain as to whether to keep it going or not I am using this edition to find out what your views are. Obviously with the build finished the subject matter of the blog would need to be different. Do you think I should keep it going? If so, what would interest you? Obviously it must be something that I can do relatively easily AND find interesting. They are the only caveats. So please do not suggest something like geophysics!

WARNING – Prisoners escape from Kolbe
3 prisoners have escaped from the Kolbe Jail/Belize Central Prison; Wagner’s Youth Facility in Belize, all Guatemalans. Such incident has not happened at that facility in years even with all the issues happening at the prison recently. Wilmer Guzman. Roquel Teul Hector Garcia An all points bulletin has been issued for the three escapees and anyone sighting any of the prisoners is asked to call the nearest police station. We have just been reliably informed that it is likely that the weakening of the prison officers at night to go and check Taheera’s resident in Hattiville, may have contributed to these three escapes. If Prison Officers are still involved in the security of the superintendent’s house at night then that is in contravention of the Minister of National Security’s directive. We are aware that the minister had directed that no prison officers should be involved in the security of that residence.

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Tax-free, relaxed and beautiful - why Brits head to Belize
Belize is moving onto the radar screens of emigrating Brits thanks to its generous retirement programme and relaxed pace of life. The retired persons incentive programme allows expatriates to live in the central American country tax-free, as long as they meet a number of conditions. They include being at least 45 years of age and having a qualifying non-Belizean based income of at least US$2,000 (£1,300) a month. Foreigners already make up almost 60 per cent of the population, attracted by the low cost of living, slow-paced lifestyle, nature and water sports. Belize is home to the world’s second-largest barrier reef. "Brits are among the most popular nationality to retire in Belize. It is easy to purchase property, especially since Belize laws and legal systems are patterned after the British system and business is conducted in English. The visa system is also very simple and straightforward.’’ Under the retirement scheme, foreigners are free from taxes on all income derived from sources outside Belize, whether such income is earned or passive, and whether or not it is remitted to Belize. Although it is not necessary to be retired, those moving to the country must be aged at least 45 and have adequate resources to deposit a monthly income of $2,000 or more a month - which would typically be pension income or annuity.

McAfee: The Movie
Warner Bros. is talking to Ed Wood scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to write a film about the idiosyncratic Silicon Valley businessman and scourge of online viruses, John McAfee. Deadline reports that Crazy, Stupid, Love directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra hope to helm and produce the film, which will be based on a Wired Magazine article called "John McAfee’s Last Stand." McAfee is most famous these days for his exploits in Belize, where he was a "person of interest" according to authorities in the murder of his neighbor. He fled the country to avoid questioning by police, wound up in detention in Guatemala, and was eventually deported to the United States.

5 Not To Miss Outdoor Activities In Belize
One of the main draws for travelers visiting Belize is the wealth of outdoor activities the country offers. With a rugged and mountainous mainland and islands lining one of the world’s largest barrier reef systems, Belize is a paradise for adventure seekers. Many travelers split their holiday in Belize up into different parts of the country, creating “jungle and reef” packages to experience the best Belize has to offer. Curious what there is to do in Belize? Here are five of the most popular outdoor activities that you can include in your vacation itinerary. Fishing Whether it’s a morning of low-key reef fishing or prized deep-sea game you are after, Belize’s coastline and cayes are ideal for both casual and professional fishermen. Reef fishing is especially popular in spots like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. Fishing villages on the mainland like Hopkins and Placencia offer the best options for deep-sea and large game fishing. Die-hard fishermen will want to check out Whipray Caye Lodge – located eight miles of the coast of Placencia, this small private island is designed with serious fishermen in mind.

Belize’s Persistent Denial of Maya Land Rights
Continuing the roller coaster of decisions made regarding the land rights of the Maya people in Toledo district of southern Belize, the Court of Appeal has recently re-affirmed the Maya people’s rights to collective land ownership throughout southern Belize. This came, however, just days after the Government’s decision to grant US Capital Energy permission to conduct oil drilling inside the Sarstoon Temash National Park. This struggle began in 1994 when without consulting the Maya people the government took an area of nearly 42,000 acres of Maya ancestral land to convert into the Sarstoon Temash National Park. Quickly after this conversion, the government opened up the national park to oil exploration by US Capital Energy Belize Ltd, a wholly owned Belizean subsidiary of American company US Capital Energy Inc. However, in 1997 the Sarstoon Temash National Park Steering Committee, soon to become the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) was created. This was for the purpose of co-managing the national park with the Belizean Forestry Department after the communities around the park came together to stake a claim in the management of the land and natural resources in which the were dependent on for their livelihoods.


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