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#469484 - 08/03/13 12:12 PM Today's Belize News: August 3, 2013
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The San Pedro Sun

Belize IS beautiful! Rekindling the love for my country
When one lives on a tropical island like Ambergris Caye, the general belief is that heaven has been found. There is no need for anything else; just stay put, sway under the coconut trees, dip toes in the water, sleep to the soothing sounds of the waves crashing on the reef. What an idyllic pipe dream, isn’t it? I grew up at the foot of a gorgeous green mountain, nestled in a valley that was fertile with lush vegetation and crisp air, but something about Ambergris Caye pulled so strongly during my countless visits here that I inevitably put roots down here and bought a home. While part of me yearns for the crisp mountain air and the sight of the mist burning off as the morning sun creeps across the sky, I also find myself zoning out when I hit the salty waters of the Caribbean. There, under the water, I forget the deadlines, and the reality of actually working on an island paradise. For those brief moments when I am solely focused on staying afloat and enjoying the underwater world, I am an island girl. Two worlds – collided into one. That is the unique touch of Belize. We are not just one place; one location does not define us.

Persons living with Diabetes to benefit from Regional Study-based Project
Belize is among a list of six Caribbean countries that will benefit from a project that is geared towards improving self management of persons with diabetes.The BRIDGES Project – Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environment and Systems is a study based project that will provide community-based diabetes education through peer educators and health aides. The overall objective of the project is to improve the quality of life for adults with Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2 Diabetes) through the implementation of a diabetes education program. Seven Community health aides from Central Health Region and the Belize Diabetes Association will participate in a four-day workshop that commenced on July 29th,2013 at the Central Health Conference Room in Belize City. The workshop will cover various aspects of diabetes self management which will be communicated to persons living with Diabetes through support group meetings in selected communities.

Street rehabilitation project in full swing
Street restoration and rehabilitation has been a major priority for the San Pedro Town Council. In the past few months the streets adjacent of Tropic Air and Maya Island Air and Trigger Fish Street were paved, replacing the dirt roads with paved cement blocks similar to that of Angel Coral Street and Laguna Drive. Work has now commenced on Swan Street from the corner of Lions Street to the lagoon. The workers from Medina’s Construction have been working night and day to ensure that the street is completed in a timely manner.

Ambergris Today

Destinee Arnold Honors Belize with Win at Costa Maya Pageant
“We did it!” commented Miss Belize Destinee Arnold, expressing the happiness of the entire county of Belize as she was crowned the new Miss Costa Maya Queen on Thursday, August 1, 2013. She brought the coveted crown back home after six years, giving Belize its third title as Miss Costa Maya. The Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant proved to be a powerhouse pageant, once again capturing the attention of an entire nation who watched on national television and online via live stream courtesy of Channel 5. Attendants at the festival grounds enjoyed all the energy, grace and beauty that the seven contestants brought to the stage to represent their country. The Miss Costa Maya Pageant contestants included Miss Belize Destinee Arnold, Miss Costa Rica Andrea Rojas, Miss El Salvador Fatima Yolanda Mauricio Magandi, Miss Mexico Artemisa Rivera Montañes, Miss Nicaragua Ariadna Judith Orellana, Miss Panama Cleirys Velasquez, Miss Honduras Monica Alexis Elwing Gough. Miss Guatemala Alejandra Morales Teo, unfortunately could not participate in the pageant as she had to be flown back home due to a medical emergency and has reported that she is recovering.

Persons living with Diabetes to benefit from Regional Study-based Project
Belize is among a list of six Caribbean countries that will benefit from a project that is geared towards improving self management of persons with diabetes. The BRIDGES Project – Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environment and Systems is a study-based project that will provide community-based diabetes education through peer educators and health aides. The overall objective of the project is to improve the quality of life for adults with Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2 Diabetes) through the implementation of a diabetes education program. Seven Community health aides from Central Health Region and the Belize Diabetes Association will participate in a four-day workshop that commenced on July 29th, 2013 at the Central Health Conference Room in Belize City. The workshop will cover various aspects of diabetes self-management which will be communicated to persons living with Diabetes through support group meetings in selected communities.

Stigma and Discrimination Training by National AIDS Commision
From 27 July 2013 to 28 July 2013 the National AIDS Commission (NAC) Island Committee participated in a workshop/training aimed at learning how to identify stigma and discrimination and how to battle it. Members of the NAC Island Committee participated alongside members of the newly formed Caye Caulker Health Committee- now inducted into the Island Committee. Through the facilitation of Nurse Lourdes Heredia from Corozal Community Hospital and the NAC Corozal Committee the training was made possible with the support of USAID Central America Capacity Project and IntraHealth International. The training/workshop was held at the Sunbreeze Hotel conference room. The workshop/training certified that participants in attendance have the education, training and resources necessary to tackle stigma and discrimination specifically aimed towards individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their friends and families. Prior to identifying what stigma and discrimination is the participants refreshed their knowledge of HIV/AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) including the explanation of what the virus is, means of transmission and ways to prevent the spread of the virus.

Misc Belizean Sources

Belize issues dengue alert
Belize has issued a dengue alert following outbreaks of the virus in neighbouring countries like Costa Rica, Nicaraqua, El Salvador and Honduras. The Ministry of Health says a state of emergency had been declared in Honduras where 16 people have died from dengue. Chief Executive Officer of the Vector Control Unit, Kim Bautista says while the virus has not yet hit Belize, she has taken note that it has been very prevalent throughout the region. The Belize health ministry has said it will be spraying areas in order to eradicate mosquitoes breeding sites.

Belize to host sixth CaribNOG Regional Meeting
The Caribbean Network Operators Group, (CaribNOG) will stage its sixth regional meeting in Belize in September. CaribNOG is a not-for-profit, independent, technical community that provides a regional forum for building technical capacity and promoting relevant solutions for advancing network engineering in the Caribbean. CaribNOG coordinator Bevil Wooding described the group as a unique forum for regional technology professionals to share experiences and build practical skills. He said CaribNOG events draw industry experts from across the region and international technical community, thus allowing regional participants to benefit from the expertise of some of the top minds in the global industry. “One of the main goals of the volunteer-based group is to build a vibrant regional community of technical experts committed to designing, building and supporting the technology infrastructure needed to take the region into the future,” Wooding stated.

Exporters
No matter how rich a country is, how small or big it is, no nation is self-sufficient. It will never be totally independent from the rest and have everything it needs. Every country, no matter how powerful it is, needs raw materials from other countries to produce products that it needs or that is needed by other countries. In short, every country is involved in import export transactions. Whether you are getting ready to export or expanding export sales, BELTRAIDE provides a range of resources for our exporters of goods and service. This includes providing information on national policies and strategies, export best practices and providing references to tools and agencies that contribute to export development.

Opening a Small Business
Why Opening a Small Business Might be a Great Idea For You Opening a small business can give you a more flexible lifestyle, especially if you are starting a home business. Millions of people have already found the greater freedom you are looking for. You can find it too! Nearly half of the world’s richest people are entrepreneurs, making opening a small business the number one way to get rich, and sometimes very rich. Need to satisfy that creative drive in you? There are more than enough opportunities for you in creating a successful business. Opening a small business has never been easier or less expensive! There are profitable small businesses that you can start today for under $2,000. For example, you can start a website business with hardly more than a laptop computer.

Channel 5

Prime Minister Signs MOU with Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line’s mega-million dollar destination in southern Belize is one step closer to a done deal with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between G.O.B. and N.C.L.  The [...]

B.T.I.A. blasts back at B.T.B./Tourism Ministry for unanswered questions
The Norwegian Cruise Line’s memorandum of understanding has been signed. Industry stakeholders, including the well established hotel sector, have not been consulted regarding the long term effects on the environment. [...]

Needs of a 5 year government vs. long term need of Tourism Industry
Krohn was not the only one who threw a few punches at the architects of the M.O.U. and the press release. President of B.T.I.A., Herbert Haylock, spoke of a political [...]

PM promises to give Forestry Minister a call about cheap Rosewood sale
Two weeks ago, Forestry Minister Lisel Alamilla revealed on national television that G.O.B. sold containers of rosewood to exporters for fifteen thousand dollars. That’s a giveaway, especially since a container [...]

PM stand by his Deputy Prime Minister on House and lots fiasco
And while P.M. Barrow says he didn’t know about the rosewood cheap sale, the PM admits to knowing about the Fresh Pond lots giveaway by his deputy and Minister of [...]

Prime Minister defends Vega and Vega’s brother
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has gone out of his way to express his fullest confidence in Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega. Vega’s name keeps coming up whenever there is controversy, [...]

Police search free zone business of Colombian/Lebanese for drugs
There is more information tonight in respect of a huge drug bust in San Salvador two weeks ago, but has just come to light. Anti drug agents used drug-sniffing dogs [...]

PM says Public Accounts Committee attempt to reshuffle is idiotic
On Wednesday, the People’s United Party submitted a motion for inclusion on the order papers for a House Sitting scheduled for next Wednesday. The motion is for a restructuring of [...]

Prime Minister says compensation will reach victim shot by cop
Steven Buckley was shot in the head by a Police Inspector on April twenty-eight, 2010, more than three years ago. The shooting was unjustified and Buckley was in the hospital [...]

Barrow wants to settle UHS debt
And wrapping up his interview which lasted just over an hour, Prime Minister Barrow also spoke at length about litigation in which government is currently involved. The PM commented on [...]

Murder case of Jorge Vidal falls apart
The murder case of Jorge Vidal, accused of the December twenty-third, 2005 murder of Hortencio Contreras concluded earlier this week in front of Judge Denis Hanomansingh in the Belmopan Supreme [...]

Accused of murder at 16, Shawn Locke now faces 18 years in prison
While Jorge Vidal is a freeman, in the Northern Session of the Supreme Court, before Justice Herbert Lord, a teenager who was accused at the age of sixteen of a [...]

Why the Jaguars didn’t get a hero’s welcome
The National Football Selection fought extremely hard to be part of the CONCACAF games in the United States. Carrying the Belize brand of Jaguars, the team that had players with [...]

Reina de la Costa Maya… And the Winner is Miss Belize!
One of the highlights of the annual International Costa Maya Festival in la Isla Bonita is the pageant which seeks to promote the Maya culture. Central American and Mexican delegates [...]

The cops hold their own summer camp
The sixteen annual national Belize Police Youth Cadet Camp is being held at the Edward P. Yorke Compound on Princess Margaret Drive. Since the twenty-seventh of July, some two hundred [...]

Jamaican transvestite beaten, chopped and killed
In Belize, the battle with the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, is taking place at the Supreme Court. UNIBAM’s Executive Director, Caleb Orozco is leading the charge to [...]

LOVE FM

Costa Maya Crown Stays in Belize
As we reported yesterday, the International Costa Maya Festival kicked off last night with the La Reina De La Costa Maya Pageant. The event featured beauties from all over Central America vying for the prestigious title, but the good news today is that the crown stayed home. Destinee ...

YOA - Orchestra of the Americas Scheduled to Perform in Belize
The memorial park has been prepared to fit over one thousand people this coming Sunday. The YOA Orchestra of the Americas is scheduled to put on a two hour performance filled with classical music. Communications Officer for the National Institute of Culture and History, Shari Williams tells us mo...

Summer Camp Ends for Albert Division in Belize City
Today the National Sports Council along with the Albert Division Committee culminated its sports camp. The sports camp incorporated basketball, volleyball and football which all saw the participation of more than eighty children in total. This morning, Minister of Sports, Herman Longsworth presen...

16th Summer Program for Police Cadets Ends
This year the 16th National Youth Cadet Core Summer Program kicked off on August 27th and it comes to an end this afternoon with a parade. According to the Commander of Community Policing, Senior Superintendent of Police, Louise Willis, two hundred and seventy five cadets from across the country ...

Belize Prime Minister and Church Leaders Meet in Capital City
Church leaders from all over the nation converged in Belmopan today to sit with the Prime Minister and have peaceful discussions on various issues. Correspondent Fem Cruz spoke with Prime Minister Dean Barrow following the meeting this morning. FEM CRUZ “Today, forty two repre...

Carnival Bands Lack Support
In just about a month’s time the main Carnival Road March will take place in Belize City. But there will be at least one group that will not take part in the event. The South Side Masqueraders, which was spearheaded by Marsha Smith for over a decade, will take a break this year....

Magistrate Dismisses Drug Charge Despite Guilty Plea
A charge of possession of a controlled drug, against 26-year-old Andrew Smith, was dismissed today by Magistrate Dale Cayetano because the police was unable to determine the amount. Smith wanted to plead guilty to the charge but changed his plea after Magistrate Cayetano informed him that h...

CTV3

IDGES Project Assist Belize With Diabetes
In Belize, diabetes remains as the number one leading cause of deaths. But a new project conducted through the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Belize Diabetes Association and the Pan American Health Organization, plans to curb that scenario. The BRIDGES Project – Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environment and Systems is a study- based project that will provide community-based diabetes education through peer educators and health aides. The overall objective of the project is to improve the quality of life for adults with Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2 Diabetes) through the implementation of a diabetes education program. Belize is among the six Caribbean countries that are benefit from a project. Seven Community health aides from Central Health Region and the Belize Diabetes Association are participating in a four-day workshop that commenced on July 29th, 2013, at the Central Health Conference Room in Belize City. The workshop is covering various aspects of diabetes self-management which will be communicated to persons living with Diabetes through support group meetings in selected communities.

Meet Rosie The Scarlet Macaw
From the Kingdom of Aves, in the order of Psittacidae (Parrots), is a species known as Guacamaya Roja, or in English, the Scarlet Macaw, one of the rarest birds in Belize. The bright beauty of the Scarlet Macaw is unmatched in the parrot world and unfortunately that is what makes it an endangered species. History shows that as recent as 1989, the reported Belizean population of Scarlet Macaws was a total of 24 birds. But in 1996, a new population of over 100 birds was discovered south of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. But as previously mentioned over most of its range, the Scarlet Macaw is endangered as it faces pouching and further habitat loss. Until recently the threat of the Scarlet Macaw’s demise has been from capture by locals who sell them for export. But this is not the case for a three year old Macaw living in Corozal. Meet Rosie, the new member of the Corozal Community. Rosie, who is originally from Texas, is three years old. With her beauty she has captured the attention of Corozalenos and has become the pride and joy of her owner Nigel Markey.

Three Men Charged For Drug Trafficking
A fisherman from the village of Ranchito has been charged for the offence of drug trafficking. At about 9:20 yesterday morning, Corozal Police was on mobile patrol on the San Andres Road, Corozal Town when they observed a red Nissan Sentra car traveling in the opposite direction. Police indicated to the driver to pull over to the side of the road, but instead the car sped off. Police pursued the vehicle all the way into 8th Avenue where the driver, who was later identified as 25 year old James Albert Quan Jr., was seen throwing several objects out the front right passenger door. The car was intercepted by police a few minutes after but when Quan was searched, nothing incriminating was found on him. So, police took him back to the area where the objects were thrown. There, police found three plastic bags containing 245 grams of green leafy substance suspected to be cannabis. As a result Quan was escorted to the Corozal Police Station where he was charged for drug trafficking. This morning Quan appeared before the Corozal Magistrates Court where he pled not guilty to drug trafficking. He was offered bail of $2,000 plus one surety which he met. Quan will appear back in court on October 3rd. Five hours after the arrest of Quan, Corozal Police made another drug bust only that this time two men from the Village of Hattiville in the Belize District were detained. Police were patrolling the Philip Goldson Highway when they spotted a white Toyota Camry with Belize City license plates occupied by two men of Creole decent. Upon sighting the police, the men are said to have increased velocity setting off a high speed chase on the highway.


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Taxi Man loses his life in Road Accident
There was a fatal traffic accident Wednesday night in the Cayo District. At about 7:30 pm, Wednesday July 31st, 48 year old Guatemalan Taxi driver Adolfo Ventura lost his life on the Bullet Tree road in Cayo. According to police, Ventura was driving his four door Toyota Corolla Car...

Cocaine destined for Belize seized by El Salvador law enforcement
Cocaine reportedly destined for Belize was seized by El Salvador law enforcement. According to an Associated Press report, the drugs were found hidden in more than 160 containers of frozen pineapple juice. An estimated four hundred kilos were found in the juice containers and the street value is estimated...

Public advised to remain vigilant of Dengue outbreaks in the region
The Ministry of Health is asking the public to remain vigilant of Dengue outbreaks in the region. Neighboring Central American countries including Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador have all issued advisories on the eruption of the disease. Since the outbreak in neighboring countries, it has so far...

Missing brother and sister located
Two weeks ago a brother and a sister, 8 year old Fanny Romero and 7 year old Jairo Romero, reportedly went missing. Dread overcame the family and nightmares of the fate that may have befallen the two children were ever present in their thoughts. However, the relentless efforts of...

Maya Leaders Alliance and Toledo Alcaldes Association vote to appeal court’s judgment
On Thursday spokesperson for the Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA) and Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA), Cristina Coc, told PLUS News that the organizations plan to appeal last Thursday’s divided ruling of the Court of Appeal. That ruling was on the question of their ownership and rights to the land covered...

Former Alcalde of Santa Ana wants names to be removed from court case
The former Alcalde of Santa Ana, Ligorio Coy, who at one time headed both the TAA and MLA, is now clamoring for his and three other names to be removed from the case, citing that he did not give his initial personal consent to be added. Mr Coc told...

Julius Espat proposes different composition of the PAC
The Public Accounts Committee is an agency set up in the House of Representatives, designed to be an oversight over Government expenditure. Presently the Committee is made up of six members, four members from the Government and two members from the Opposition. The law states that the Chairman of...

Shooting Victim still waiting for compensation
On Wednesday we caught up with Steven Buckley, the shooting victim whose story has become a cause célèbre locally after Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital through Credit Master Systems slapped him with a bill for $6,561. But earlier this week he met with hospital officials who gave him something that is just...

Police looking for Adalberto Castellanos for obtaining property by deception and impersonating a Police Officer
A Belizean mechanic of Corozal Town reported that on the 4th July of this year, he met a Hispanic male person who identified himself as a police officer and gave his name as Adalberto Castellanos. Castellanos offered to facilitate the mechanic in getting a gun license and so the...

Resistance to Harvest Caye investment by Norwegian Cruise Lines
The primary organizations responsible for promoting Belizean tourism are at odds with each other over the value of cruise tourism in the South. Representatives of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) appeared on LOVE FM this morning to voice their opposition to the proposed Harvest Caye investment by Norwegian...

UB celebrates 13 years
Thursday marked the 13th anniversary of the inauguration of the University of Belize. It was born on August 1, of the year 2000 and has since been training students and developing a wide range of opportunities for them. UB proudly represents Belize as its national tertiary institution. We spoke...

Christian Organisation partners with Ministry of Education to assist teachers
Pathlight International is an organization based on Belize that tackled the issue of poverty by reaching out to children in school to offer a lot more than just financial support. They provide students with mentoring, leadership opportunities, counselling, tutoring and spiritual discipleships. Adrienne Parcher, one of the representatives of...

Family of five year old Juan Carlos Chavez raising funds for Cancer Treatment
The family of five year old Juan Carlos Chavez, who is battling cancer is raising funds for his treatment and asking you for assistance. Juan Carlos was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia- a cancer of the blood and bone marrow —where blood cells are made. It is the most...

The Guardian

Facey People
It seems these days that things are finally turning around for Belize as it relates to the bundles of lawsuits lodged against the Government and people of this country. I know that we all appreciate that any legal defense presented by GOB, or any award granted against them, has to be borne from our country’s scanty coffers. We also note that associated costs stemming from these many lawsuits negatively affect the ability of the public sector to provide the necessary level of social services for its citizens. In light of this, as a nation ,we can breathe a little easier than we did a while ago because of the two major court rulings last week in favor of the Government.

Sweet. Delicious. Tasty.
Addiction is defined “as a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (gambling) that can be pleasurable but the continued use of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work or relationships, or health. Users may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others.” While this was not really a topic covered in medical school, there is a recently introduced activity that has about 45 million people participating in it a day, with another 200 million recreational users. I must confess, that while I am not an addict, I am a recreational user. I do occasionally find myself wanting to partake in this activity, but never had a strong desire to do it which has resulted in my forgoing my daily responsibilities. The activity is often referred to as “Crushing”, playing the game Candy Crush Saga. If you are not one of the millions that Crush, you might just know someone who is addicted (in my case, my mother and sister-in-law can be found Crushing daily). Here are some signs that you may be a Candy Crush addict: 1. You get annoyed when people talk to you while you are crushing. This also includes phone calls and text messages. Worse is when you are Crushing on your phone and a call comes in, which you automatically decline to answer so as to continue Crushing. 2. You connected your Candy Crush to Facebook to enjoy the benefits.

FACEBOOK AKA FASSBOOK! Dare to enter...
Faccebook or fassbook “about two minutes ago there was a crash on the highway and the cars were left unrecognizable” my friend read aloud, “Gyal you know Juan gyal pregnant fu her best friend man”, she continues on, “and Elaine deh da Starbucks the brag bout she gwen shopping here and there when we all know she gwen drop baby.” Where can you go to get all the information on a person? Who will give quality almost real information? Who will give you the latest on deaths, births, marriages, breakups, cheating, sports, latest gossip and other affairs and even show you pictures to prove. Who else but FACEBOOK. It is commonly known as FASSBOOK for a few and trust me, there is almost no one that you can’t find on it.

Belize District Firms’ Basketball Competition opens
The Belize District Basketball Association Firms’ competition for 2013 officially opened on Friday, July 26, at Bird’s Isle with three games on the schedule. In the first game played, Belize Bank defeated Ready Call by the score of 49-31. The top scorers for the Belize Bank were Chris McGann with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal; Terrique Gabb with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 5 steals; and Troy Gabb with 10 points. Meanwhile, the top scorer for Ready Call was Josiah Brown with 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. In the second game, Port of Belize defeated Sprite by the score of 76-34. The top scorers for the Port of Belize were Earl Johnson with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals; Ian Augustine with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals, and Vince Estrada with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. For Sprite, the top scorer was Deon Syms with 15 points, 1 assist and 1 steal. And in the third and final game of the day, the defending champion BWS fell to the Atlantic Bank squad by the score of 49-36. The top scorers for Atlantic Bank were Ervin Orosco with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals; and Dave Apolonio with 14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. For the defending champions BWS, the top scorers were Karim Thompson with 11 points,7 rebounds, and 1 assist and Jamir Enriquez with 9 points, and 2 rebounds.

IAAF Officials in Belize for Athletics Special General Meeting
The Belize Athletics Association Interim Committee informed all members of the association that a Special General Meeting of the association will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the University of the West Indies Open Campus on Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City. The only item on the agenda will be that of adopting and ratifying the new constitution of the association that was approved by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) and North America Central American and the Caribbean Confederation of Athletics (NACAC). Arriving in the country on Tuesday, July 30 were George Peryer and Lincoln Eatmon of the International Amateur Athletics Federation and NACAC. The gentlemen are in the country to oversee the special General Meeting. Elections for a new executive will be held on August 31, 2013 at 10:30 am and that will be held under the new constitution.

Belmopan Day Criterium is this Saturday
The Belmopan City Council and Capital City Cycling Club present Belmopan Day Criterium on Saturday, August 3, 2014. The event will start and finish on Libertad Avenue and will commence at 3:00 pm. The entire course which will start at Libertad Avenue (along the Ring Road) turn left onto Constitution Drive (Hospital Junction) turn left onto Melhado Drive (Belize Bank Junction) turn right back onto the ring Road back to Libertad Avenue for 1 lap. A total distance of 40 miles will be covered in 20 laps. The registration fee for participation in this event is $10.00 per rider. The first rider to cross the finish line in the Elite category will received $325.00 plus a trophy: 2nd place will receive $225.00 plus a medal. 3rd place will receive $150.00 plus a medal; fourth place will receive $100.00 plus a medal; and fifth place will receive $50.00 plus medal. In the junior category, 1st place will receive $150.00 plus a trophy; 2nd place will receive $100.00 plus a medal; and third place will receive $50.00 plus a medal. In the Masters Category, the 1st place winner will receive a $150.00 plus a trophy. Interested riders can contact Daniel Cano at 610-0609, Anna Hanson at 620-9295 or Delvit Castillo at 622-5739. The event is being sponsored by the Hon. John Saldivar (Area Representative and the Minister of National Security), Egoli Estate, Imer Hernandez Development Co. Ltd, Belmopan City Council, the British High Commission and Special Effects.

Talent Identification goes to Stann Creek District
The Belize Softball Federation, in partnership with the National Sports Council, will continue its Talent Identification programme for softballers between the ages of 10-19 years old (both boys and girls) on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga Town. The programme will commence at 10:00 am and will be conducted by members of the National Training Team of the Belize Softball Federation. An invitation is extended to all in the district to participate in the Talent Identification Programme.

Camalote Rising Stars lead in Cayo Male Softball Competition
The Cayo Softball Association Male competition continued on Saturday, July 26, 2013, at the Denbeigh Fuller Stadium in Camalote. In the first game played, Team Warriors defeated Las Flores by the score of 21 to 5. The Team Warriors’ offense was keyed by Damion Pollard solo home run in the 3rd inning. The winning pitcher was Ryan Arnold and the losing pitcher was David Gongora. In game two, Camalote Rising Stars continued on its winning path when it doubled up on the Esperanza Royal Devils by the score of 16-8. Camalote Rising Stars’ Shawn Lopez drilled a Patrick Jones pitch out of the established playing area for a grand slam in the 5th inning. The winning pitcher was Herman Burke and the losing pitcher was Patrick Jones. The competition will continue this coming weekend.

Lady Jaguars Belize District volleyball champions
The Belize District Senior Female Volleyball Competition came to an end on Saturday July 27, 2013 at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium. The best-of-three championship series went the full distance with all three games going to five set. With the series tied at a game apiece, the third and final game was also a battle right down to the wire between both teams but in the end, Lady Jaguars defeated Moen Stars by the score of 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, 25-18 and 15-10 to capture the Belize District crown. In the first of two firms competition games played, Simon Quan defeated Police by the score of 25-20 and 25-23. In the second game, it was Belize Bank winning over First Caribbean Bank by the score of 25-16 and 25-13. And in the male game, Rebles defeated Simon Quan Dragons by the score of 25-22, 25-22 and 25-22. On Thursday, July 25, in game two of the senior female championship series, Moen Stars defeated Lady Jaguars by the score of 25-23, 17-25, 34-32, 25-22 and 16-14 to forced a game three. In the only game played in the firms competition, Scotia Bank defeated BEL by the score of 25-23 and 25-21.

Ashcroft denied $88 Million dollars
The Caribbean Court of Justice made a significant ruling against the Ashcroft Alliance on Friday, July 27th denying British Caribbean Holdings (BCB) and the Belize Bank Limited the ability to enforce an Arbitration Award which would have seen the Government pay $44 Million U.S. dollars to the companies. The London Court of Arbitration had awarded $44 million U.S. with interest at a rate of 3.38% compounded annually to BCB and the Belize Bank.

Mayor Bradley takes Gifts to Kids at CITCO Summer camp
The Belize City Council is once again hosting two summer camps in an effort to engage Belize City youths in positive activities during the summer vacation. Councilor Bernard Pitts is the coordinator of a camp that caters to teenagers and features mostly sporting activities while Councilor Alain Gonzalez is coordinating a camp for younger children that is based on more indoor activities. On Monday, July 29th, Mayor Darrell Bradley visited Councilor Gonzalez’s camp at the Skills Training Center on Magazine Road.

Saving the Chiquibul Rainforest
In Belize City, most do not care about the Chiquibul Forest. City residents don’t understand what all the fuss is about and why the need to protect and preserve that rainforest. Those who do understand the importance of the Chiquibul assembled in Belize City for a symposium on Friday, July 19th. Hon. Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, did not mince words when she told residents of the city why they should be concerned about the sustainability of the Chiquibul. She said, “For the people in Belize City, your water originates from the Chiquibul and it makes and meanders all the way down into Belize City. If we don’t protect the Chiquibul - Belize City you are going to be in problems.” Water is the source of life and there can be no value placed on the life sustaining substance but there is an estimate on the other natural resources available in the Chiquibul. Percival Cho, Ecologist in the Forest Department, explained, “Material, gold, xate and timber is worth about BZ$2.1 Billion. Every year, because of annual interest through growth, we increase that value by $3 million dollars.” Cho went on to say that as a source of water and other natural wealth the Chiquibul is valued much more than $3.4 billion. There are some who believe he is falling short of a few billion dollars when considering the value of land but everyone concurs that the Chiquibul has significant monetary value. The Chiquibul continues to be exploited by Guatemalans, who illegally cross into Belizean territory and plunder our resources. The main purpose of the symposium was to get all the major agencies responsible for the preservation of the forest under one roof in an effort to chart a way forward. Representatives of different agencies came forward with a similar message; in the words of Brigadier General David Jones, Commander of the Belize Defense Force, “no single organization can do it alone”. No formal document has been released by organizers of the Chiquibul Symposium as yet; however, based on the presentations made throughout the day, it is clear that the way forward depends heavily on better collaboration. Wilbur Sabido, Chief Forestry Officer, spoke about better collaboration between agencies directly responsible for protecting the forest. He said, “I think that once we are able to clearly define which entity is responsible for what actions, there has to be some concerted level of effort to carry out these actions.” Others spoke of collaboration between nations. Roan Balas from the Wildlife Conservation Society of Guatemala said, “One thing that is readily evident is that this is a problem that Belize has to tackle immediately but it cannot do so by itself. We need positive engagement on both sides of the border.” Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director of Friends for Conservation and Development, said he was pleasantly surprised that Guatemalan officials want to play a role in addressing the problems at the border. Audrey Wallace, Chief Executive Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, spoke of internationalizing the solution. She said, “We must let the world know that we’re doing everything we can to protect these natural assets but that in the face of sustained and increasing threats - we cannot do it alone. We must raise international awareness.” She says that Government has held discussions with Great Britain, Guatemala and the Organization of American States and expects that an international conference to raise global awareness will be held in London later this year.

Earth warms up; Funding available to counter the Effect
There is now sufficient evidence to conclude that the Blue Planet is warming up. This was the conclusion at the recent meeting of experts from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP) held at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Dr. Kenrick Leslie, Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC) based in Belmopan was non-hesitant to share with the convened experts the most recent data from international institutions.

Ministry of Health cautions the Public on Dengue Outbreaks in the Region
The Ministry of Health hereby informs the public of several dengue advisories issued by neighboring countries in Central America. The region has experienced severe outbreaks and several deaths this year. Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador have all issued formal alerts and travelers to these countries are being asked to exercise caution.

Eulogy - Michele Adair Perdomo March 5, 1947 – July 21, 2013
Michele Adair Larronde was born on March 5, 1948 in the small town of Bishop, California to Felix Larronde and Sylvia Mohling Larronde and was the eldest of three children. When she was only three-years-old Michele contracted the common childhood disease of measles but unfortunately the infection caused complications that led to her developing Type A Diabetes Mellitus and becoming insulin dependent at this tender age. It was a burden she bore stoically and without complaint throughout her life and that eventually took her from us too soon.

State of the Art Garbage Disposal
On Tuesday, July 30th, the Solid Waste Management Authority officially launched the Solid Waste Management Project that will see the environmentally sound disposal of garbage in the Western corridor of Belize. That corridor encompasses San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Belize City and San Ignacio and Santa Elena. The project loan agreement was signed in April 2009 between the lending agencies, the Inter American Development Bank, the OPEC Fund for International Development, and the Government of Belize. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Solid Waste Management Authority.

Squits in Maya Land Rights Case
On Thursday, July 25th the Court of Appeal handed down a 198-page judgment after the Government of Belize had appealed a 2007 decision by the Chief Justice, Abdulah Conteh giving 23 villages in the Toledo district customary land rights.

Labour Commissioner Says No “Due Process and Fairness” in Kolbe Terminations
Former employees at the Belize Central Prison are measuring the prospect of success in taking the Kolbe Foundation to arbitration tribunals for what they believe were wrongful terminations. The Labour Department recently concluded an investigation into complaints filed by Herman Blease, former Deputy Chief of Security; Abdul Nunez, former Director of the Wagner’s Rehabilitation Facility; Carla Elizabeth Budna, former Principal Officer; Julius Andrew Elijio, former Security Guard; Michael Gutierrez, former Deputy Chief Training Officer and Yuri Sauren Castillo, former Records Clerk. In the report, Ivan Williams, Labour Commissioner of Belize, wrote, “With the exception of Mr. Elijio, they were terminated not only on hearsay but arbitrary, without due process and fairness on the instructions of Mrs. Taheera Ahmad, the Director of the Belize Central Prison.”

Marketing Training for Export-Ready Companies in Belize
Some twenty-two export-ready Companies from around Belize benefited on Tuesday of last week from a workshop on how to refine their marketing skills. The event was held at the George Price Center for Peace and Development in Belmopan. It was made possible thanks to the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service BELTRAIDE in cooperation with the Inter-American Investment Corporation IIC, under the FINPYME ExportPlus Program.

New Multipurpose Centre for Sandhill
Residents from all villages of Belize Rural North travelled to Sandhill Village on Sunday, July 28th, to celebrate the inauguration of the Sandhill Multipurpose Centre. Hon. Edmund Castro, Area Representative for Belize Rural North, said, “We finally have a nice beautiful library for the children.” He added, “We will soon install an Internet port so that everyone using the facility can benefit from wifi access.”

From the Streets to Success; 20 Lives Changed by Youth Success Project
Twenty young men from the Southside of Belize City completed the Southside Youth Success Project’s (SYSP) apprenticeship program and the coordinators held a recognition ceremony on Friday, July 26th, to celebrate their achievement.

Touring Our Belize - Pt. 2
Last week, I wrote of an adventure that led members of the local press corps on top of the 108 feet tall High Temple at the Lamanai Archaeological Reserve and ended with the best view available of the Sleeping Giant in the Maya Mountains. On day two of our familiarization trip, we got to enjoy the best of Placencia.

Support Young Cancer Warrior, Juan Carlos Chavez
Juan Carlos Chavez is a five-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Juan Carlos is son of Carlos Chavez, primary school teacher at Sacred Heart Primary School, and Marceli Chavez who all reside in San Ignacio Town. Juan Carlos was diagnosed with ALL after a month of doing hematology tests almost daily and other analysis for perthes, lupus, and arthritis and all the results were negative. His chemotherapy was delayed since he had inflammation in his heart. He is now receiving treatment at the National Pediatric Oncology Unit in Guatemala. Each bag of blood costs 1,400 quetzales (approximately BZ $385) and for the chemotherapy alone he has already used four. The family is raising funds for his treatment and is pleading to the Belizean community for assistance. A radiothon and Barbecue sale will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013, in Orange Walk Town. If anyone wishes to order Barbecue in support of Juan Carlos please feel free to call 621-5678 or 669-8761 to place orders. If anyone is interested in financially assisting this young warrior battle cancer, a deposit can be made at Atlantic Bank account number: 211364192. Thanks very much for any contribution you are able to make.

$10 Million in Unpaid Medical Bills at KHMH
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital was once again the target of public outrage when news surfaced that a letter was issued to Stephen Buckley threatening court action for unpaid medical bills at the institution. Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, Chair of the KHMH Board of Directors, explained to the media on Tuesday, July 30th, that the institution is using the Credit Masters Systems to collect outstanding medical bills. She says the company issued a letter to Stephen Buckley because he is one of many individuals on the list of people that owes the hospital. However, the institution has already instructed the collection agency not to proceed further until Buckley settles his claims against the state.

Norwegian $100 Million Dollar Investment gets Green Light
Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, confirmed to The Guardian that the Government of Belize and Norwegian Cruise Line are in the process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding within the next few days. The Memorandum will be signed by representatives of the cruise line and the Minister of Foreign Investment, Hon. Erwin Contreras. According to the PM, he will not be signing. He did explain that the MOU has the support of Government and is significantly modified from the original proposal by the cruise line. He added that the MOU is not legally binding. As it relates to cruise tourism being introduced in the southern part of the country, the Prime Minister stated that it is a U.S. $50 Million investment, which will bring employment and economic benefits to that part of the country. But even as that takes place, he stated that it is not an exclusive venture and the Cabinet is satisfied that it is the right thing to do. He categorically stated that the entire idea behind the project is to have Belizeans involved in every aspect of the venture. He explained that this means that tours will be conducted by Belizeans, in the construction phase Belizeans will be employed and there are also proposals being put forward to ensure that Belizean businesses are set up at the location of the development, which is Harvest Caye. PM Barrow concluded by explaining that there will always be critics when major projects are being implemented but the entire negotiations are being done in an open, fair and transparent process.

Malignant Tumors - CCJ Describes Musa and Fonseca
The Caribbean Court of Justice brought down the hammer on Said Musa and Francis Fonseca in its most recent judgment when it ruled on the legality of a settlement deed signed by these two individuals while they were the Prime Minister of Belize and the Attorney General respectively, in 2005. The judgment, while it did not name the duo specifically, it did make mention of their actions. At paragraph 35, the judgment explains that aside from having given BCB and the Belize Bank a special taxation structure ,Said Musa asserted his office's influence on the terms of that tax structure. It states that, "The Award discloses that the Deed was buttressed by other assurances made to the Companies. The Deed was accompanied by a letter dated 21st June 2006 addressed to the Chairman of the Companies in which the Minister of Finance “irrevocably confirmed” that all business and income tax obligations of the Companies would be governed by the terms of the Deed. The Minister also confirmed that the Deed had “irrevocably fixed” the rate of income tax payable by the Companies for as long as BCB Holdings remained a Public Investment Company notwithstanding anything contained in the Income and Business Tax Act to the contrary”

P. C. Lazaro Catch not guilty of Murder
On Monday, July 22, police officer, Lazaro Catch was acquitted in the Supreme Court. He had been charged in connection with the shooting death of Jamaican national, O’Neil Anthony Jones, who at the time was living in Lord’s Bank. Jones was allegedly shot by a police officer on February 13, 2010. Catch was one of two officers who had been accused of being involved in the shooting death. In court on Monday, he was acquitted in the Belize City Supreme Court before Justice Troadio Gonzalez. During the trial, attorney, Darrell Bradley was successful in getting the 30-year-old police officer off the charge of abetment to manslaughter in Jones’s shooting death. On February 13, 2010, Jones was riding his bicycle when police were called into the area after a misunderstanding at Ruby’s Bar in the Lord’s Bank area. When they responded, they approached Jones who police claimed had in his possession what appeared to be a gun. It later turned out to be a tool. A witness for the prosecution, identified as Lavern Stevens, who claimed that she was standing near the pan of the police vehicle, told the court that she heard a police officer tell another police to “shot that.” As a result Jones was shot once to the back.


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Stockpiled seagrass
CCVC is clearing all the stockpiled seagrass off the beach, anyone who needs some please visit the village council office. Note that we are not selling seagrass only giving it away!!!

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BTB FIRES BACK AT BTIA
Norwegian’s Harvest Caye gets BTB support. The proposal by Norwegian Cruise Lines to set up a US$50 million cruise port at Harvest Caye, very close to the onshore tourist destination of Placencia, has continued to attract ardent opposition from the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), and particularly the Placencia arm of that association. When the controversy first erupted over the proposed investment—originally proposed for Crawl Caye but rejected because of environmental concerns—the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) declined comment to our newspaper, saying that it would rather wait until Cabinet takes a position before coming public. Cabinet has taken a position; and today, the BTB, a statutory body within the Ministry of Tourism, issued a bold rebuttal to the BTIA’s comments, aired today on the Love Morning Show, charging that the association has launched an “ill-informed, irresponsible campaign” and it went on to ask the association to “refrain from any further exploitative and derogatory paraphernalia and campaign messages…” One such message is a graphic which depicts a cruise ship attempting to jab a man, who is bending over, in his rear. In a fifteen-bullet statement, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture first rebuts the declaration by the BTIA that the Norwegian project flies in the face of the recommendation made in the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan – which calls for only pocket tourism in southern Belize, meaning ships with 250 passengers or less. Norwegian’s ships carry thousands.

O.W. TAXIMAN’S BODY BURNED IN CARMELITA!
The charred remains of a man who was burnt beyond recognition was found in the trunk of a car that had been destroyed by fire. The worst fears of the family of Hugo Ernesto Moreno, 42, a taxi driver of Sittee Street, Orange Walk, who was reported missing by his worried family on Sunday, July 28, became reality, when they conceded that the practically unidentifiable, badly burnt corpse could be that of their loved one, Hugo Moreno. The gruesome discovery was made about 2:20 yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, about one mile outside Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District. People in the area saw the burnt car, which matched the description of Hugo Moreno’s car which, along with its owner, had been reported missing. Moreno’s death comes thirteen days after the body of another taxi operator, Jose Martin Umana, 45, was found in a state of decomposition behind a cohune tree in an area between George Price Boulevard and the George Price Highway (formerly Western Highway) at about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Police reports are that at about 2:20 p.m. yesterday, Tuesday, July 30, they went to an area about two miles from Carmelita Village in the sand pit area, where they saw a 4-door Neon car completely destroyed by fire. They determined that the vehicle was the missing car owned by missing taxi driver Hugo Moreno.

11-YEAR-OLD ESCAPES HOMOSEXUAL ATTACK IN SUNSET PARK
An 11-year-old student, a resident of Sunset Park at Mile 8 on the George Price Highway, narrowly escaped an act of sodomy on Tuesday, July 9, within the Sunset Park area. The minor, along with his mother, went to the Hattieville police station and reported that sometime between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. that day, he was on his way to a nearby shop when he met a young man whom he knew. The young man invited him to go to a friend’s house in the immediate vicinity. The 11-year-old told police that after arriving at the house, they both were invited inside. However, the friend that he had accompanied suddenly turned on him and he found himself being assaulted by his so-called friend, and another young man. The so-called friend he came with then abandoned him, while the other young man held him against a bed in an attempt to sodomize him.

NICANNOR FERMIN, 41, GUILTY OF HAVING SEX WITH CHILD
Fermin was convicted of having sex with the child from before she was 14. Nicannor Fermin, 41, was today found guilty by a 9-member jury of six counts of carnal knowledge. Fermin had been accused of having sexual intercourse with a female child who had been in his care from 2004 to January 9, 2010, when the minor decided that she had had enough of being taken advantage of and reported the matter to someone in authority at the school she attended. Although the minor testified that Fermin had had sex with her over two hundred times, only six counts were brought against him, basically one count per year. The counts are for time periods that included sometime in 2004; January to December 2006; January to December 2007; January to December 2008; June 30 to December 31, 2009; and, finally, January 9, 2010. And two of those counts occurred while the child was still younger than 14 years — convictions which carry a more serious sentence. The minor testified in court about a night when she was sleeping and Fermin came into her room and started to take off her clothes. She said she told him that he must not do it, and Fermin told her to lie down and relax. She said that Fermin then started to kiss her all over her body and performed oral sex on her, after which he had sexual intercourse with her. She said she told him that it hurt, but Fermin told her that it would only hurt for the first time.

KREMANDALA RAIDERS’ 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1ST CHAMPIONSHIP
The Kremandala compound here on Partridge Street came alive this past Tuesday, July 30, as an entourage of basketball legends, fans and enthusiasts came out in full force to celebrate the anniversary of the first championship of the most successful team in Belize’s semi-pro basketball history – the Kremandala Raiders. The Kremandala Raiders were the sub-champions in the inaugural semi-pro basketball season back in 1992. Thereafter, the Raiders set an unprecedented record by winning the championship in 7 of the next 8 semi-pro seasons beginning in 1993. Interestingly, the team was made up of mostly young men who worked at the Amandala newspaper and had a passion for basketball. Those young men developed their skills by playing together in the now defunct U-17 Hostel Basketball tournaments before they split up to form two junior teams – AMANDALA Cream and Falcons. Those two teams later amalgamated into the Kremandala Raiders that single-handedly dominated semi-pro basketball in the 1990s. The Raiders remain in a class of their own as arguably the most successful and exciting basketball team in the history of sports in the country.

HEADACHES FOR TWO MEN WHO HAD SEX WITH GIRL, 14
Two young men, 18 and 19, of Corozal, have been remanded to the Belize Central Prison on charges of carnal knowledge until September 27, by the Corozal Magistrate Court today, Wednesday, after a girl, 14, of Concepcion Village, Corozal, accused them of engaging her in sexual intercourse on different occasions. The girl and her mother went to the Corozal Police Station on Tuesday, and told police that the two men had sex with her on many occasions The girl reported to police that the man, 19, of San Narciso, Corozal, had sex with her twice, on July 28 and July 29, while the other man, 18, had sex with her three times, on May 19, June 30 and July 20 this year. The girl was taken to the Corozal Hospital, and after an examination, a doctor confirmed that the girl had been carnally known. Police immediately went to the homes of the two men and arrested them. Amandala was informed that although a girl under 16, which is the age of consent, might agree to engage in sexual intercourse, it is not consent, because she is not of the age to do so.

10-YEAR-OLD RELEASED FROM KHMH AFTER BEING SHOT BY 14-YEAR-OLD COUSIN
A ten-year-old was accidentally shot in the abdomen on July 25, 2013, while standing in front of his family yard on Carpenter Street in Ladyville in the Belize District. The accused shooter, who happens to be the victim’s 14-year-old cousin, was allegedly playing with a firearm when it went off, hitting the young man in the lower portion of his abdomen, rupturing his intestines. The two minors, who live in the same yard, were both standing near a van parked outside their yard at about 11:00 that night. The victim’s mother said that they were inside when they heard the gunshot, and do not have a clue as to where the gun could have come from. Assistant Superintendent of Police Chris Noble, who is the head of the Ladyville Police Sub-Formation, reported that police heard a loud bang and went to investigate, because the street where the shooting took place is located directly behind the police station in Ladyville.

COP IMPERSONATORS IN ORANGE WALK REMANDED
They invaded the homes of two men, and beat and robbed them. Three men who impersonated police officers to gain entry into the homes of two men whom they beat and robbed in separate incidents in Orange Walk Town, have been remanded by the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court on Friday, July, 26, to the Belize Central Prison until Friday, August 23, on charges of aggravated burglary and maim. The men are Elvis McCoy and Densmore Bowman, both of Belmopan; and Justin Young of Belize City. The violent home invasions occurred on Sunday night, July 21, in Orange Walk, and the men were arrested and detained on Wednesday, July 24. Orange Walk police said that about 9:30 that Sunday night, three men who posed as policemen went into the homes of Juan Carlos Novelo and Julio Valerio, both residents of Orange Walk. Novelo told police that he was at home when three men posing as policemen knocked on his door and gained entry to his house when he opened his door. He reported that one of the men hit him twice in the back of the head and in his back.

CHARGES WITHDRAWN AGAINST MAN WHO THREATENED COUPLE WITH GUN
A man arrested by San Pedro police has been released without being charged after the victim went to the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court yesterday and told the magistrate that he did not want any court action against the accused. The court then ordered his release and the man walked out of court. A couple living in San Pedro reported to police that they were in their house at about 9:30 Saturday evening, July 27, when someone knocked on their door. The man said he opened the door and saw two men outside his house, one of whom pointed a gun at him, while the other man asked him if he “had his money.” The assailant told the husband that he wanted his $700, and that if he did not get it, he (the husband) would be killed in three days, said police. The assailants then left the yard. The husband said that they became fearful and went to the police, who investigated the matter and detained one of the men on Monday.

WALTER LOGAN, 53, REMANDED FOR HOMEMADE GUN AND 4 CARTRIDGES
Walter Logan, 53, a farmer of Santana Village, was today taken before Magistrate Dale Cayetano and read charges of being in possession of a prohibited firearm and two counts of keeping unlicensed ammunition. According to police, at 4:00 Saturday evening, police, acting on information they received, visited Logan’s residence, where a search was conducted. That search led to the discovery of what appeared to be a homemade firearm constructed of galvanized pipe, which had a 12 gauge cartridge in its chamber. A further search resulted in the police finding (3) 16 gauge cartridges in Logan’s possession as well. Logan was unrepresented in court when he pleaded not guilty to all the charges, but due to the nature of the offenses, he was not offered any bail, but, instead, was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his case’s adjournment, set for September 11, 2013.

FABERS ROAD RESIDENT REPORTS POLICE BRUTALITY AND HARASSMENT
Today, Amandala spoke with Marie Lewis, a Justice of the Peace and longtime resident of Fabers Road, who reported to us that her relatives at #40 Fabers Road have been unduly harassed and/or roughed up by the police, specifically the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU), on several occasions. The latest incident took place last Thursday evening, July 25, when GSU officers reportedly stormed into the family yard where members of the family were socializing and proceeded to carry out a search on everyone present at the time. While conducting their search, the officers allegedly threatened and abused some of the young men in in the presence of the rest of their family, who helplessly witnessed the ordeal. Lewis told us that she is outraged at the behavior of the GSU because the harassment has now become much too frequent, and in her opinion, it does not make sense for the police to act in that manner. Readers may recall that her grandson, 8-year-old Marquis Mahler, was senselessly killed in July of 2010 and then her son, Mark Lewis, 38 at the time, was ruthlessly executed in February of 2012.

EXCELLENCE VS SUNRISE ON SATURDAY IN DOUBLE HEAD, RAISING FUNDS FOR L.A. TRIP
Back-to-back national cricket champions of Belize, the Excellence Cricket Club of Double Head Cabbage Village in the Belize District, have received an invitation from the Cal-Bel Cricket Club of Los Angeles, California, USA, to play two cricket matches on September 1 and 2 at the Woodley Park Cricket Complex as part of the celebrations for the Independence of Belize and Labor Day in the United States. The Cal-Bel Cricket Club was founded in 1980 by Belizeans who formerly played cricket in Belize and is a member of the Southern California Cricket Association. Last year, they hosted the Belize National Cricket Team over the Labor Day weekend when they played three games. This year, they are inviting the recently crowned back-to-back national champions, Excellence. Captain Kene Broaster along with team members Ian Broaster and Sylbert Martinez visited our sports desk yesterday to inform us of their fund raising efforts to cover the cost of airplane tickets for team members. They plan to fly out on August 29. This Saturday, August 3, they will hold a BBQ and fund raising game (40 overs each) in Double Head Cabbage featuring Excellence vs Sunrise of Lords Bank. The game starts at 11:00 a.m. and there will be music as well as food and drinks on sale at the game, and a donations box for fans who wish to contribute directly to team’s fund raising efforts.

BTL TAKES GAME 5 AND BELIZE CITY SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
After 4 keenly contested games in the best-of-5 Finals series for the Belize City Female Softball Championship, softball fans were prepared for another nail biter in the decisive Game 5 on Friday, July 26, as star studded National Champs Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) squared off against defending Belize City Champs Fresca Lady Rebels. But on Friday night, the Rebels were shut out, 6-0, with BTL scoring 2 runs each in the 1st, 2nd and 4th innings, on their way to the Game 5 victory and the Belize City Softball Championship. Kenisha Sutherland went all the way for BTL, recording the only shutout of the Finals series, while Lanisha Jones also went the distance in the loss for the Rebels. It was a surprisingly quiet night for the Rebels hitters, who had scored no less than 5 runs in each of the 4 previous games in the Finals series against BTL. BTL had taken game 1, 6-5, with Mary Flowers registering the victory. The Lady Rebels rebounded to take Game 2 by an identical 6-5 score behind their ace Lanisha Jones; while Kenisha Sutherland, who had taken over pitching duties for BTL, suffered the loss. Game 3 was a 14-7 victory for BTL, with Kenisha getting the win and Lanisha the loss. Down 2 games to 1, Game 4 on Friday, July 19, was a do-or-die game for the Rebels, who responded to the challenge and pulled out a tough 5-4 win over BTL to level the series at 2 games apiece. Lanisha was on the mound again for the Lady Rebels and Kenisha for BTL.

WEEK 1 RESULTS IN BDBA FIRMS TOURNAMENT 2013
Basketball is back at Birds Isle. This past weekend, the Belize District Basketball Association (BDBA) tipped off its BDBA Firms Tournament 2013 with 3 games each on Friday and Saturday, starting at 7:00 each night. In the opener on Friday, July 26, it was Belize Bank, 49-31, over Ready Call. For Belize Bank, Chris McGann had 16 pts 9 rebs, Terrique Gabb 11 pts 3 rebs 5 stls, Troy Gabb 10 pts, and Dominique Guzman 6 rebs; while for Ready Call, Josiah Brown had 10 pts, Hubert Baptist 6 pts 7 rebs, Kareem Myvette 4 pts 8 rebs, and Ensworth Tzul 4 pts 4 rebs. Game 2 saw Port of Belize crushing Sprite, 76-34. Leading Port were Earl Johnson 16 pts 7 rebs, Ian Augustine 14 pts 6 rebs 3 stls, Vince Estrada 11 pts 3 rebs, Lennox Bowman 10 pts 3 rebs 3 assts, Kent Franklin 6 pts 5 rebs, and Angus Cherrington 5 pts 7 rebs 3 stls; while Sprite was led by Deon Symms 15 pts, Michael Staine 5 pts 8 rebs, Darren Neal 5 pts 6 rebs, and Troy Williams 5 pts 3 rebs. The nightcap was more competitive, as Atlantic Bank won, 49-36, over BWS. For Atlantic Bank, Ervin Orosco had 16 pts 7 rebs 3 assts 5 stls, Dave Apolonio 14 pts 3 rebs 3 assts, Keith James 6 pts 7 rebs, and Keith Sutherland 6 pts; and BWS was led by Karim Thompson 11 pts 7 rebs, Jamir Enriquez 9 pts, Deon Andrews 6 pts 3 rebs, Lawrence Young 5 pts 4 rebs, and Godwin Bowen 4 pts 4 rebs.

PERSONALITY AND PHILOSOPHY Editorial
In Belize it is well nigh impossible to criticize prominent people in public office without that criticism being taken personally. That said, let us proceed. Damn the torpedoes. The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dean Barrow has tied himself into a bunch of knots over the course of this year, and we want to focus in this editorial on two specific areas – the Placencia Peninsula and the Sarstoon/Temash. As we look back over Belize’s modern history and consider our four Prime Ministers, we at this newspaper are more interested in their philosophies than in their personalities. As politicians, these four men have probably resorted to pragmatism on many, many occasions, and one cannot properly analyze their administrations from a philosophical standpoint in a brief essay like this one. But, we have to make an attempt of sorts. Belize’s first Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. George Price, was Prime Minister for seven years – from 1981 to 1984, and then from 1989 to 1993. These were not the important years of his leadership, philosophically speaking. Mr. Price had been First Minister and then Premier from 1961 to 1981, and these are the years when he was most himself, so to speak. Mr. Price understood Belize for what it was – a small country with a small and diverse population. He saw how vulnerable Belizeans were as a people, and he was very protective of Belize. His opponents argued that he did not want to develop Belize, bring it into the region’s modern era, because his first priority was maintaining his hold on the unsophisticated people of Belize. Be that as it may, bottom line was that Mr. Price’s approach to development was careful, cautious, and almost suspicious.

FROM THE PUBLISHER
When we were growing up here, it seemed clear to us that October 12 and November 19 were ethnic holidays. It did not really appear that September 10 was an ethnic holiday, but after the public debate began in the late 1950s about the authenticity and nature of the Battle of St. George’s Caye, celebrated since 1898 on September 10, then we had to begin examining September 10 more closely. For years now, we have featured an Amandala columnist who regularly mauls the “sons of the Baymen’s clan.” Sometimes Clinton Uh Luna’s barbs make us Creoles wince, but we have to suffer the pain if we want to understand the people of Belize in their totality. I have explained to you before that I think Uh Luna is a most important columnist, one reason being that this newspaper has never before had a writer from the Northern Districts who pens his thoughts so regularly, so openly, and so disdainfully. We can see now that there is a difference among the Belizeans of the North, those we called “Spanish” in the old days: there are those who are Mestizo and those who consider themselves Maya. Uh Luna proclaims himself a Maya. Most Mestizos practice the Roman Catholic religion, while the Maya, as I understand it from Clinton Uh, have ancestral religious practices. The Maya are a minority in the North. In that respect, then, Uh Luna’s is a minority voice. In addition, Uh Luna is a left-wing, socialist thinker, and socialism is probably a minority way of thinking in the Northern Districts. In any case, my point is that we make no claim that Uh Luna speaks for the majority of the people of Corozal and Orange Walk: we believe, however, that a lot of Norteños share his thinking, but do not broadcast it.

AS A LAYMAN …
(This column was originally published in the Friday, January 13, 1995 issue of Amandala.) Mule Park…disappearance (?) Does anyone remember Mule Park? Has anyone observed its “devolution”? Its devolution parallels that of the British Forces doesn’t it? Once a park for drays (mules and carts), then a “soapbox” for preachers and politicians, a resting place for the old and weary, it was the Belize Club, the Pickwick, the Newtown, and the C.B.A. of the working man, the stevedore, the “ketch and kill” hustler, and the unemployed. It was the tongue of Market and the lips of Battlefield, from whence rumors and gossip spread to cover the town. It gave the City a smell, a flavor, a character. It was the coat of arms, “sub umbra floreo” in living colour. It was at the same time an embarrassment to the colonial elite, a shame to the “Royal Creole”, (where but for the rape of the wood-pile there go I) and a disgrace to the “wannabes”, who tried their best to deny their “nativeness”. In the march of progress, of modernity, of social etiquette, Mule Park has disappeared – a memory. Its tongue has been cut; its lips zippered shut. Its children now sleep on the pavement of Courthouse, gossip on the verandah of the Bliss, and share their companionship and rum on the street called Church Street, or wander aimlessly through the streets, waiting to die. The clock of Coca-Cola, an $80 billion conglomerate, stands like a rotating cross at the north end, and the booth of BTL at the south end. The two are linked by a floral arrangement planted on the grave of once-upon-a-time Mule Park, with seats at both ends for its mourners. The whole is overlooked by the new god of privatization. One marvels at the subtlety, the cleverness, and the painlessness in time as to this devolution.

NEW BELIZE CITY GARBAGE TRANSFER STATION INAUGURATED
Since 2009, Belize City residents have been regularly plagued by putrid odors due to recurring combustions leading to uncontrollable fires at the Mile 3 dumpsite which posed major health hazards to the people in the general vicinity. Today the same facility has transformed into a transfer station where the garbage produced in the city’s homes, factories, business places, etc. will be collected and sorted before being transported to the central dumpsite located at Mile 24 on the George Price Highway. The new waste management system was formally opened on Tuesday as a part of the national Solid Waste Management Project to promote public health and sound environmental practices. Dion Leslie, the Belize City councilor responsible for sanitation, told LOVE FM’s Marion Ali about the key role of the Belize transfer station: “It just usually would come and just be dumped over at a location and remain there in the open and now all of that will change; when the waste arrives here, it will come into the transfer station, it will be dumped on the tipping floor and will be sorted out and managed and then be moved into one of the trailers to be moved to its final place at Mile 24 on the George Price Highway. So, we won’t have that eye sore of just an open land fill with vultures and people going through the remains; now, everything will be managed and organized and kept within one facility. This is something that we have been speaking about for some time now when it comes to the municipal bond but we’re still in negotiations with the Solid Waste Management Authority and all interested stakeholders on how we would take that fee and how it would be translated into the maintenance and upkeep of the day to day running of the facility. It’s something that we are looking at; it will become a reality but we’re still in the stages of working out the kinks and see what would be the percentage that the Council would keep and what would be the percentage that would be given to this authority for the running of the facility.”

IDEAS AND OPINIONS – LEARN TO SAIL
Sea Fever I must go down to the sea again To the lonely sea and the sky And all I ask is a tall ship And a star to steer her by And the wheel’s kick And the wind’s song And the white sails shaking And a gray mist on the sea’s face And a gray dawn breaking (from Sea Fever: by John Masefield) Learn to sail while you are still young, preferably in your teens, or earlier, before you fall in love with the speed of traveling in a fast motor boat. Oh! That’s exciting and exhilarating but, it is not natural. Motor boats are for carrying passengers and freight, not for the sheer joy of motion in a brisk wind on a lively sea, and you at the helm of a sailboat, with sea-kindly lines built by one of the Youngs or Alaminas or Bladens. I first went to sea in a 31 ft. motor boat named LHM. It had a 18 HP Standard Engine which turned a huge propeller with three blades, eighteen inches in diameter. My dad took care of the boat and ran it on trips to Spanish Caye taking the Mayo family on their holidays. I usually went with him as crew. My dad said that LHM’s engine was geared down to take a large propeller because it was also used as a tug boat. Mr. Ned Mayo was a canny old Scotsman. Have to digress to tell you this story. LHM was built by a shipwright named Pinks. It had a needle sharp prow and the landlubbers predicted that the bow of the vessel would go down in the first big wave when it entered the Belize City Harbour and not come back up till it reached Davy Jones’ locker. They were wrong, but what can you expect of landlubbers? LHM was seaworthy and fast. We made the trip to Spanish Caye, which is 10½ miles, in a hour and ten minutes, with the engine running not much more than half speed. My dad used to say, “Speed da wata bun hole da pocket.”

TOLEDO MAYA INVITE GOB TO END LITIGATION THROUGH DIALOGUE
“We want to get to work demarcating and registering our lands” The Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA)—constituted by organizations such as the Toledo Maya Cultural Council (TMCC), the Kekchi’ Council of Belize (KCB), and the Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA)—issued a formal statement today, appealing to the Government to work with them to resolve their differences over ancestral land rights through dialogue, so that there would be no need for further litigation. On Monday, July 29, over 300 Maya leaders of Toledo converged at the Julian Cho Technical High School to digest the Court of Appeal’s decision issued last week. “We are pleased that the court has reaffirmed our peoples’ right to own the land that we use every day and depend on to survive, and that the property system that we inherited from our Maya forefathers is every bit as valid as the property system Belize inherited from the British,” the MLA said in their statement today. However, the court also set aside a series of orders Conteh had made which were intended to give effect to those rights.

ANNETTE GAREL IS NEW IMMARBE HEAD
Via a statutory instrument published in the Belize Gazette dated July 27, 2013, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow and Director-General of the International Financial Services Commission, Gian Ghandi, have confirmed the promotion of Annette Garel to the rank of Senior Deputy Registrar of Merchant Shipping, effective Thursday, August 1, 2013. Garel will assume responsibility for the operations of the Head Office of the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE) in Belize, Ghandi confirmed today. Meanwhile, Santiago Gonzalez, a Belizean who has a long-standing tenure with the IBC (International Business Corporation) Registry, will assume leadership of operations for the IBC registry, Ghandi said. Garel was previously the deputy registrar, and head of the registration department of IMMARBE. She assumes control of IMMARBE from Deputy Financial Secretary Marion Palacio, who was assigned to head the registry after the Government of Belize assumed control in June. Palacio’s predecessor was a Panamanian. According to her profile posted on IMMARBE’s website, Garel has been with IMMARBE since 1994. She rose to the rank of Deputy Registrar in 2000.

MIN. OF HEALTH PLACES BELIZE ON ALERT DUE TO REGIONAL DENGUE OUTBREAK
The Ministry of Health has issued a press release to inform the general public of recent dengue outbreaks in some of the neighboring Central American countries. Several dengue advisories have been issued in Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador following severe outbreaks infecting as many as 40,000 people and causing 26 deaths across Central America this year. A state of emergency had to be called in Honduras after a dengue outbreak killed 16 people, and over 12,000 more have been diagnosed with the illness in that country. Travelers to these countries are asked to exercise caution. Dengue fever, also called breakbone fever, is an infectious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus and is passed from person to person by mosquitoes. The virus is difficult to treat and unlike malaria, there are no drugs to prevent it. Efforts to develop a vaccine have also been unsuccessful and the World Health Organization estimates that there are about 50-100 million infections every year, although other estimates suggest nearly 390 million.

MAN FALLS ASLEEP WHILE DRIVING MOTORCYCLE
He crashed into a railing on George Price Highway. A motorcycle accident on Monday night in Belmopan resulted in the hospitalization of two persons after the driver, incredibly, fell asleep while travelling on the George Price Highway. According to reliable sources, an uncle and his nephew were on their way from Belmopan en route to Arizona Village via motorcycle at around 8:45 p.m. on Monday, July 29, when the incident occurred. Oscar Alvarado Rodriguez, a 30-year old farmer, lost control of his motorcycle and collided into the railing of the Guanacaste National Park between Miles 47 and 48 near the Belmopan junction. Along with him was his nephew, Kevin Alvarado, 17, a student of Cotton Tree Village in the Cayo District, who said that his uncle lost control of the motorbike because he suddenly fell asleep, after which they collided head-on into the railing. Uncle and nephew were rushed to the Western Regional Hospital shortly after, where Alvarado was treated and later released for injuries to his left shoulder, chest and hip.

COROZAL COP MISSING FOR 9 DAYS
Constable Martin Bustillos of the Corozal Police has been reported missing from the Corozal Police Formation since Tuesday, July 23, and up to press time tonight, his whereabouts are yet unknown. Assistant Superintendent Andrew Ramirez, the Commanding Officer of the Corozal Police Formation, told reporters that the last time Bustillos reported for duty was on Friday, July 19. After he concluded duties, he was given his scheduled three days off, which were the ensuing Saturday, Sunday, and Monday — July 20 to 22. After his days off, Bustillo should have reported to work on Tuesday, July 23, at 7 a.m., but he has not been seen since. His parents and his common-law wife were contacted, and they also were at a loss as to his whereabouts. Bustillo’s parents live in San Estevan Village, and Bustillo lives in Santa Clara. Ramirez said that they are concerned, and want him found as quickly as possible. He said that on Sunday, July 28, Bustillos contacted a fellow police officer and said that he was depressed, after he withdrew cash from a Belize Bank ATM machine in Belize City on Friday, July 26.

ANOTHER TAXI OPERATOR DIES, THIS TIME ON BULLET TREE ROAD
A taxi driver lost his life when his vehicle hurtled off a bridge and fell into the water below –landing with its four wheels in the air. The accident occurred on the Bullet Tree Road Bridge when Adolpho Ventura, 48, a taxi driver of Bullet Tree Village, was travelling to San Ignacio at about 7:30 yesterday evening. Jorge Landero, a Belizean painter of Bullet Tree Village, Cayo District, told police that he was at home when he heard a loud bang outside. He went out to see what caused the noise and when he went by the metal bridge in the village, he saw a blue 4-door Toyota Corolla car in the water on the left side of the bridge, with its four wheels in the air. The front portion of the vehicle was extensively damaged and the driver, Adolfo Ventura, was trapped behind the steering wheel. Ventura appeared to be suffering from head injuries. He was later removed from the vehicle and taken to the San Ignacio Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

“NO COURT CAN AFFORD TO ENCOURAGE THE SPREAD OF SUCH CANCER.”
The following is a strong condemnation of the act of the former Prime Minister, Said Musa, by the CCJ. It is taken from paragraph 53 of the Judgement. “Prime Ministerial governance, a paucity of checks and balances to restrain an overweening Executive, these are malignant tumours that eat away at democracy. No court can afford to encourage the spread of such cancer. “In our judgment, implementation of the provisions of the Deed, without legislative approval and without the intention on the part of its makers to seek such approval, is indeed repugnant to the established legal order of Belize.”

CLEANUP CAMPAIGN FOR TURTLE NESTING BEACH IN GALES POINT
Different species of turtles nest on the beach between April and November. There are at least three different types of turtles in our country — the loggerhead, the leather back, and the green turtle. The nesting season for these turtles is between the months of April and November, and they are very cautious and selective about where they lay their eggs. Naturally, therefore, they’ve typically chosen to nest on the pristine beaches of the south, in particular the shore of Gales Point. As of late, however, debris of varying types and sizes have been washing up on the beach of Gales Point, and this has been a disruption to the nesting practices of the turtles. But a group spearheaded by Luz Hunter, the lecturer for the Tourism course at the ITVET, working alongside a group from Mary Mount College in Maryland, as well as the Gales Point Youth Group, headed by Kevin Andrewin, and a group of very motivated and concerned turtle lovers, have come together for a common purpose — to clean up the beaches of Gales Point, to ensure the turtles have a next to perfect environment to lay their eggs. On July 20, the group set out to clean up the beach in Gales Point, and although they only managed to remove about 25% of the debris that was on the beach, that in itself was a major accomplishment for the group.

INDIAN NATIONAL, LOVEPREET SINGH DHALIWAL, 22, CHARGED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO USE A FAKE VISA
Dhaliwal tried to enter Belize using a visa that was glued onto a page in his passport. This morning, Lovepreet Singh Dhaliwal, 22, an Indian national, was taken before Magistrate Leslie Hamilton, where he was read a charge of attempting to use a visa not issued by lawful authority, a charge to which he pleaded guilty. According to the report, yesterday morning at 11:00, immigration officers were called out to the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA), where the airport commander of the immigration office at the PGIA met them and handed over an Indian national, later learned to be Dhaliwal. A passport, #K0948783, with a visa bearing #D00079085, issued on June 21, 2013, was also handed over to immigration officials. Dhaliwal was taken to the Belize City office, where calls were made to the Belmopan Immigration office to ascertain whether there was any visa issued bearing the number that was imprinted on Dhaliwal’s visa. Those checks revealed that there was never any visa issued with that number, so Dhaliwal was charged.

FANNY, 9, BROTHER JAIRO ROMERO, 8, OF COWPEN, FOUND IN HONDURAS AFTER 15 DAYS
The two children – Fanny Romero, 9, and her brother, Jairo Romero, 8, of Cowpen in the Stann Creek District – who were reported missing since Wednesday, July 17, have now been found. Their father, Felix Romero, travelled to Copan, Honduras, yesterday, Wednesday, to the home of their grandfather, where he found the children. They are now with him, and they are safe. Romero said that he is returning to Belize with them, and they are expected to be back home in Cowpen on Saturday, August 3. A relative of the children who lives in Copan, saw the children in the home of their grandfather in Copan, called Romero and informed him of their whereabouts. The grandfather told Romero that the children followed him, and he had no choice but to take them along with him to Honduras, because he loved them, and did not want to leave them behind. However this differs sharply from another account of what reportedly transpired in Cowpen on Wednesday, July 17.

2 OF 3 ESCAPEES RECAPTURED; GUATEMALAN ROQUE TEUL STILL AT LARGE
An effective manhunt by authorities from the Belize Central Prison has resulted in the successful apprehension of two of the three inmates who eluded the confines of the Wagner’s Youth Facility located inside the prison compound early Sunday night. After less than 48 hours on the run, around 2:30 p.m on Tuesday, Hector Garcia, 17, was reportedly caught between Miles 27 and 28 on the George Price Highway. This was after the group of three was spotted moving together by an alert motorist who informed the authorities. The officers, however, were only able to capture Garcia at the time. Garcia, who is of Guatemalan nationality, was remanded on immigration charges. Incidentally, he was to be deported this past Monday. According to reliable reports, another of the three escaped prisoners —Wilmer Guzman, 19, a Belizean, was captured approximately four hours later that same evening, also on the George Price Highway around Mile 30. Guzman was serving a 6-month sentence for theft. Although these two have been swiftly detained, authorities have not yet recaptured Guatemalan national Roque Teul, 17, who remains on the lam. Teul was serving time for a firearm offence.

CLIMATE CHANGE: LOOK IN THE MIRROR Letters — by Naballah Chi
Dear Editor, Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper I would like to bring to the notice of all Belizeans, the total disregard shown towards climate change. The Belizean public is addicted to carbon products for its energy needs and despite overwhelming evidence that man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) is a credible threat to everyone, we lack the will to act. Like many other low-lying coastal nations, Belize is vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Its geographical location leaves the country exposed to the threat of rising sea levels and increasing incidence and intensity of tropical storms. Belize’s economic dependence on natural resources heightens its vulnerability to rising temperatures and the resulting impacts on agricultural productivity, fisheries ecosystems, and other economic sectors. The CO2 emissions (metric tons per capita) in Belize were reported at 1.32 in 2008, according to the World Bank. Carbon dioxide emissions are those stemming from the burning of fossil fuels and the manufacture of cement. They include carbon dioxide produced during consumption of solid, liquid, and gas fuels and gas flaring. We are quick to place blame for this quagmire, but perhaps it is time to look in the mirror. There is finger pointing enough for everyone, from conflicting media reports, paralysis of our political system and corporate greed from the carbon industry. But is it really about them or is it about us, immobilized by a simple lack of effort to check out the facts? It is true that some of our media just don’t understand the worldwide carbon industry, the eventual cost of its products both environmentally and to our bank accounts, and admittedly this lack of knowledge can create a listless public.

RUSSELL CZARNECKI, FROM MEXICO Letters
Dear Editor, Continuing to read the Amandala (online edition) from where I live in Mexico—after residing in Belize for six years—I’m bewildered over how Belize can’t seem to ever put a foot right, in matters both great and small. Everything the GOB does is a joke (the kind where no one is laughing, unless it’s to keep from crying); GOB isn’t interested in seeing the populace properly educated; who knows what questions of accountability might be asked of them if people knew how to think. The Church and its vaunted educational system; another joke, this one, as it comes with all the life stultifying superstitions organized religion is known for — the opposite of thinking for yourself. GOB loves to hear the populace blaming the British for all their woes—if not the British, then who? As my Belizean friends started to mention more frequently,as they (rightfully, perhaps) tired of my complaints —”Russell,if you don’t like it here, then leave.” I’m glad I listened to their advice.

SIMEON AGAPITO HASSOCK: FAMILY TREE Letters
Dear Editor, Hi, my name is Nayeli Parra from Mexico. I am writing you guys because my mother and I are in a family ancestry research. We want to locate our family in Belize, and maybe you can help us. The name of my grandfather was John Hassock, my granduncle is Simeon Agapito Hassock, and there is also Greta Ruby Hassock. We´re looking for addresses or cemetery records, etc. I appreciate any information that I can get. Nayeli Parra naiesh.li@gmail.com (Ed. NOTE: Simeon Agapito Hassock was an attorney who became a magistrate before entering private practice. He was a Senator appointed by the Opposition NIP in 1965, and perhaps again in 1969. He was a Deputy Leader of the NIP at the time the party entered an alliance with the PDM and the Liberal Party to form the UDP in September of 1973.)

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Wood shopping in Belize and Legends Burger House fundraiser in honor of Drummer Dan
I emptied my Cannon g7 camera and below are pictures from our wood shopping adventure and a few other random images I took on Monday and Tuesday. In addition to those pics, I finally took the ones off my Sony Cybershot camera from the Giant Jam Fundraiser for Drummer Dan’s Family at Legends Burger house. Day – 1 our travels included going north to a meeting with Rudy at Grand Caribe Resort. I had told Cowboy Doug that Dick and I would stop by their condo for an iced coffee before meeting Rudy so we decided to bring breakfast burritos, they were delicious as always. Our meeting went well, it was a quick one though as Rudy had a fishing charter to get ready for. It was on our to do list to go wood shopping on the way home. At the first wood store they had one warped plank in the size I needed so we topped up with gas and called it a day. Day 2 – Started with a breakfast meeting upstairs at El Divino and more wood shopping in a different part of town. The guy in DFC was able to do what Dick needed, we were not satisfied with the quality router work and he did not have what I needed. Thankfully we ran into King Richard our preferred wood guy outside of Castillo’s Hardwate yesterday and found out where his new shop is. He is going to set us both up, Dick needs more parts cut to build a prototype we have been working on with Rudy and I need a 6 foot tall by 2 foot wide bookshelf built. I will be glad to have better access to my media library. So far he said it will be $175 BZD for the cedar wood and if I want him to do he build it will cost an extra $125. I forgot to ask if his build will include rostering out the shelves, if not Dick said he will slap it together for me in his workshop.

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Belize Aquaculture Approved To Offer Three-Star Shrimp
The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) in early August applauded Belize Aquaculture Ltd. for becoming the first shrimp company in Belize and the second in Central America approved to offer three-star shrimp. Belize Aquaculture’s shrimp hatchery, farm and processing plant located in Stann Creek District, in southeastern Belize, all earned BAP certification on July 26. Founded in 1996, Belize Aquaculture produced 4.5 million pounds of Pacific white shrimp in 2012 and is on target to produce 10 millions pounds in 2014 across 68 four-acre ponds. The company also operates a British Retail Consortium (BRC)- and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)-certified processing plant.

Shrimp company achieves GAA three-star certification
The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) applauds Belize Aquaculture Ltd. for becoming the first shrimp company in Belize and the second in Central America approved to offer three-star shrimp. Belize Aquaculture’s shrimp hatchery, farm and processing plant located in Stann Creek District, in southeastern Belize, all earned BAP certification on 26 July. Founded in 1996, Belize Aquaculture produced 4.5 million pounds of Pacific white shrimp in 2012 and is on target to produce 10 millions pounds in 2014 across 68 four-acre ponds. The company also operates a British Retail Consortium (BRC)- and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)-certified processing plant. Belize Aquaculture sells a variety of fresh, frozen and cooked shrimp products to retail and foodservice customers in Asia, Europe, the United States and Central America.

Diving in Belize with Whale Sharks
Whale sharks are intelligent, gentle giants that migrate into the Caribbean waters of Belize from April to June. Snappers (dog snapper, mutton snapper, cubera snapper, etc) spawn in great numbers off Belize during these months, usually during the full moon periods, attracting the hungry whale sharks that feed at night. It is often a hit-and-miss when guessing their arrival. Even the experienced dive instructors cannot predict which moon and which location the whale sharks will be from year to year. Whale sharks are filter feeders, feeding on the snapper's suspended fish spawn. They migrate from great distances to mate. Amazingly, it is safe for scuba divers and snorkelers to swim and play around with these huge and curious creatures. When you spot them in the water, they are huge and intimidating but surprisingly graceful and non-threatening. Some catch a ride on the larger whale sharks and reportedly, some of the younger whale sharks are so curious that they will actively engage with human swimmers. It is a real privilege to be able to swim with the largest fish in the world. Whale sharks are the largest living fish species on the planet and also the largest living non-mammal in the world. Whale sharks are not whales at all; they are the largest shark, and one of three filter feeding sharks including the basking shark and megamouth shark. The whale shark's genus and species is, Rhincodon typus, which is the sole species within the family Rhincodontidae, originating some 60 million years ago. Whale sharks feed on fish spawn, algae, plankton, krill, and crab larvae among other organisms they can filter. It is beautiful to swim with the giants and watch them flow through the water and take in the food that sustains their huge bodies.

SURVEY: CARIBBEAN CORAL REEFS SHOW 80% LOSS
Last year we were suitably shocked by news that Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef had lost over half of its coral in the past 27 years. The loss is attributed to tropical cyclones (48%) coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish (43%) and coral bleaching (10%). A recent survey on Caribbean coral reefs provides even worse results: an 80% loss in recent years. The Catlin Survey measured reefs in waters off Belize, Mexico, Bermuda, Anguilla, St. Vincent, Guadeloupe, Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas. From the Guardian: The Caribbean was chosen to launch the global mission because it is at the frontline of risk. Over the last 50 years 80% of the corals have been lost due mainly coastal development and pollution. They now are also threatened by invasive species, global warming and the early effects of ocean acidification — it’s the perfect storm –Richard Vevers, director, Catlin Survey

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.


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