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#469745 - 08/07/13 12:21 PM Today's Belize News: August 7, 2013
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The San Pedro Sun

Las Terrazas Resort Wins Prestigious 2013 World Travel Award
Las Terrazas Resort is pleased to announce that, for the third year in a row, they have been named Belize’s Leading Resort at the 2013 World Travel Awards. More than 5,000 companies, destinations and organizations are nominated for these prestigious annual awards, voted on by more than 220,000 industry professionals worldwide. “We are deeply proud to earn this prestigious award from our peers” says Carolyn Stone, Director of Sales of Las Terrazas Resort. “We are honored that our elite colleagues have again recognized us for our hard work and effort in making Las Terrazas Belize’s top resort destination” The World Travel Awards, known as “the Oscar’s of the Travel Industry”, celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, celebrating those brands which are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence in product and service. The awards and judging are strictly controlled to ensure total fairness.

Hon. John Saldivar makes generous donation to El Shaddai Primary
Minister of National Security and Area Representative for Belmopan, Hon. John Saldivar, in conjunction with the Reconstruction Development Corporation (RECONDEV), has donated $3,000 to El Shaddai Seventh Day Adventist Primary School in Belmopan to assist in purchasing computers for the school. Hon. Saldivar presented the cheque of $3,000 this afternoon to Vice Principal Valentine Diego at the School’s campus on Macal Street in Belmopan City. Accompanying the Minister was Chairman of RECONDEV Rodney Neal and the Corporation’s General Manager Hector Sabido.

Growing the Future Program conducts summer camp on Ambergris Caye
Over 100 children of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker Village completed a five-week summer program. It was conducted under the auspices of “Growing the Future Program” based in Belize City. The organization, which has over 10 years in existence, is expanding from the City and is now offering summer programs in Orange Walk and the cayes. Its aim is to keep children busy during the summer and at the same time help improve their educational skills. Peter Lacey, Director of the Growing the Future Program explained that the program, which started on July 3rd and concluded on August 2nd, assisted the students in various educational areas. “The program assisted the students in phonics, reading, creative writing and math. The goal of the program is to transition the students from the end of the school year, preparing them for the beginning of the next school year. What happens is that teachers have a lot of difficulties at the beginning of the school year and have to backtrack and revise. Instead of moving on with the curriculum for that particular year, they always find themselves going back and doing revision with their students. This program tries to bridge that gap throughout our five-week summer camp,” said Lacey.

Ambergris Today

Canine Distemper Virus outbreak in San Mateo
Saga Humane Society would like to alert the community of a Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) outbreak in San Mateo. Twenty two cases of distemper have already been seen at the Saga HS clinic. To prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease Saga HS will be doing a Mobile Clinic today, Tuesday, August 6, 2013 to the affected neighborhood and will be vaccinating the area dogs. Vaccines will be at no charge to low income residents or $10 for those who can afford to pay. Saga HS seeks to raise $1000 to buy the vaccinations. This will buy enough vaccinations for 100 animals.

Costa Maya Festival 2013 on Instagram
We asked our Ambergris Today’s Instagrammers to share their Costa Maya weekend in San Pedro on Instagram by hash tagging their images with #costamayafestival so that we can show how much fun everybody was having during all the activities in and around the festival. Here are a few that caught our attention and that show how much fun everybody had during Costa Maya Festival weekend.

Costa Maya Festival Rocks San Pedro Weekend
The San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival did it once again for San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and Belize; it managed to jam-pack the island with visitors from around the nation and around the world. Its popularity has become synonymous with a party weekend at the island for many Belizeans and a full line up of fantastic performances at the festival grounds. The San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival kicked off of August 1, 2013, with the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant in which Miss Belize Destinee Arnold brought the crown back home after six years. The pageant always brings much hype and attention to the festival with the participation of eight gorgeous beauty contestants from around the Latin American region.

Misc Belizean Sources

VIDEO: Flying from Municipal Airport to San Pedro
Flying from Municipal Airport to San Pedro with aerial footage of Caye Chapel & Caye Caulker, landing and my airport pick up.

VIDEO: 15 minute Belize City taxi ride
15 minute Belize City taxi ride, includes the swing bridge and the well known road to Municipal Airport. I will say there are some really nice buildings in Belize City, however I was on a mission that day. Between my meeting and shopping for fishing Magazines at Brodies and I not catch many on film. I will have to go back one day and to a taxi tour with Jeff to capture all the pretty ones like the Museum and some of the nicer buildings on the water.

BAHA announces guidelines for cattle slaughtering
Strict guidelines for the slaughtering of cattle have been announced by the Belize Agricultural Health Authority. A statement issued by BAHA today advises owners of slaughtering facilities and the general public that only cattle with Belize’s official ear tags are allowed to be slaughtered in the Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize and Cayo district. The official statement says that the reason for the restriction to only properly tagged cattle for slaughter is “in an effort to maintain the country free of bovine tuberculosis, brucellosis and maintain the integrity of a traceability system.” The BAHA advisory asks owners of slaughtering facilities to return the ear tags of animals they slaughter to the Belize Livestock Producers Association or to BAHA offices in the respective districts which fall under the advisory. The official release ends by saying that the same restriction for the slaughtering of cattle will be implemented in the southern districts as soon as the testing and sampling of cattle is carried out by the Belize National Sanitary Cattle Plan Project.

VIDEO: Pupuseria Salvadoreno San Pedro, BELIZE
Authentic, Family Owned, A San Pedro Favorite. Large Groups Welcomed. Visit us on Trip Advior and Facebook. My family looks forward to serving you--Ms. Sara Rodas

VIDEO: Hol Chan Marine Reserve, with Manatee
Local Dive and Snorkel Combo. Amazing marine life and on this dive we were fortunate to encounter a family of manatee.

Teacher Training Workshop at GPC
It's all about engagement. They are having a teacher training course at the George Price Centre starting tomorrow, and going through Friday. Cooperative Learning stresses positive interpersonal peer relationships, equality, self-esteem, and achievement. Awesome! In related news, the George Price Centre had a successful Summer camp, and on August 24th, they will have Bethany Ann's album release party for her upcoming album, No Hands.

Glamp Like a Champ at Macal River Camp
The Macal River Camp at Chaa Creek was listed in Oyster.com's top 5 list for places at which to glamp. Glamping, glamorous camping, might sound silly, but it's just another niche for travelers who want a rustic experience without having to rough it too much. Cayo is the place for camping...and now glamping. "This collection of canvas-roofed tents is located on the grounds of the luxurious Lodge at Chaa Creek, and guests at the camp are welcome to use the lodge facilities, such as the swimming pool. But the tents allow guests to truly feel alone in the jungle. There is no electricity, and after dark, the tents are lit by the glow of flickering gas lamps. At night, guests can fall asleep listening to the cicadas and the chorus of howler monkeys. Bathrooms and showers are shared, excellent meals are served in the thatched-roof dining area, and campfires are lit on chilly evenings."

BWRC Outreach Road Trip
Feelgood news of the day. The Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic traveled to Tobacco Caye to do some feline population control. The Summer interns got to spay and neuter, and hit the beach for some relaxation time. Thanks, BWRC, for all you do in Cayo, and Belize! "As said earlier, we were lucky to combine some much needed spay and neutres for a growing (and inbreeding) population of 10 cats on a 5 acre island, with visiting one of our countries gems of nature. Another weekend on the job, but for once it was not all work..."

LYM's Taken: Price Paid Conference
Legacy Youth Ministries had their Taken: Price Paid youth conference over the weekend. Looks like they had a huge turnout for all the teambuilding, fun, and worship, giving them a Summer they'll never forget. "Legacy's Summer Conference 2013 [August 1 - 4] - Photos by Deidra Deandra, Jovaun Middleton, Telesha Natasha Mckay Peters, Verlie Lamb, Aaron Dailey, David Smith & Lacy Mannin"

Channel 7

Luke’s “Impeccable Reputation” Challenged
News of Luke Espat’s candidacy for the PUP in Cayo Central went out this weekend – after he held a meeting with committee members including the divisional chairman. But, in an interview yesterday, Party Leader Francis Fonseca seemed decidedly lukewarm about the prospect of letting this stalwart of the old guard unto the political frontline for the PUP. And, Deputy Leader Julius Espat, Luke’s first cousin has also been less than supportive in his public comments. And that’s the rub about Luke Espat, his PUP pedigree can’t be questioned, but, the feeling among many is that he brings a lot of baggage – not least of which is the epic collapse of his business empire. Today, the always game Espat was eager to defend himself against such accusations, and Jules Vasquez was equally eager to confront him with those claims. It made for an interview full of fireworks:…. Jules Vasquez "Why electorial politics?" Luke Espat - Wants to Run PUP Cayo Central "I'll say why not? I think that's the answer." Jules Vasquez "Well, I can name any number or reasons but I will say that as Julius Espat said on Plus TV this morning - there are different roles for people and not anyone can withstand the scrutiny of having their name on a ballot paper. You don't have a stellar or immaculate reputation in your business life."

Free Zone Business Owner Disclaims Any Knowledge of Cocaine Shipment
Samer Akil Rada has told a Mexican newspaper that he has nothing to do with the major cocaine shipment of over a thousand pounds that was intercepted in Salvador, but destined for his Free Zone company. He told Informativo Quintana Roo that the business of which he is a partner, called Cargoyo has 138 clients and provides logistic support and transportation services for packaged products from different parts of the world. He tells the newspaper that he did not know that the container of buckets of pineapple juice was actually filled with cocaine. He says that his company was only hired to transport the container within Belizean territory from Benque Viejo del Carmen to the Free Zone. He further explained that there were actually two containers being shipped. One of them had the drugs which were intercepted but the other made it to the Corozal Free Zone. By that time, however, the frozen pineapple juice had spoilt because of all the checks.

Jumps In A Van With A Man At 3:30 AM, Thought It Was A Church Van
26 year-old Sean Eusey is facing an indecent assault charge tonight. That’s after he was taken to court for allegedly trying to fondle a 31 year-old woman from Sandhill Village on Friday. According to the woman, at around 3:30 that morning, she was waiting for a friend to come pick her up at the Pallotti roundabout when she saw a van which was being driven by a man in his mid 20’s which she didn't know. Well, that should have been a warning sign, but the man asked her if she wanted a ride, which she accepted because it resembled a church van. According to the woman, driver took her round and round, making excuses, until he finally took her to an open lot in the city. That’s when, according to her, he jumped out and came to the passenger’s side, and he attempted to fondle her chest. She struggled with him, and shouted for help, and during that time, she claims the man stole her cellular phone and her gold chain. One of the residents of the neighborhood called the police, who arrived shortly after, and took her to safety.

Stevedores Angry With Port + Their Own Union
It’s been a while since the stevedores made the news over their on-going negotiations with the receivers/managers of the Port of Belize. They’ve been allowing the slow grinding process to run its course, but today after all that discontent building up, they lashed out at their union for not forcefully negotiating their position. They called us today to the office of the Public Service Union, after a meeting with their president and their general secretary to update the membership on the negotiations. Their president spoke to us first, where he described how the meeting went: Antonio Gonzalez - President, CWU "The stevedores have some serious dissatisfaction with the way how the negotiations are going on. They have voiced their opinion as to that we need to be more forceful - we need to be more aggressive in our discussion with the management of Port of Belize Limited. So our dissatisfaction and the ongoing negotiations - we totally agree with it because it has been going on for too long now so we go along with the feelings of the stevedores on this matter. We intend to pursue and to more faster on a more aggressive nature towards the negotiations. What we have seen is that and we have we experienced is that they have three areas of contentions right now - in fact, 5. We have the area of retirement, the gang situation, and the hours of work, the disciplinary procedure and the grievance procedure. These are main factors in the collective agreement and as such the concerns of the stevedores and in particular to the gang and the hours of work and as such we intend to pursue those issues on a more aggressive manner."

The Much Sought After September 14th Sees Scheduling Conflict
The nation is readying itself for the September Celebrations, three weeks of bashment, ceremony and good times overall. And this year, it is so full that the two biggest events, the Belize Expo Marketplace and the Carnival Road March, are sharing the same date, September 14. Usually, the carnival is held on the first Saturday in September – but this year, it’s being held on the second Saturday, which is the date set for the Expo since last year October. Now, it’s a major schedule clash because the carnival draws thousands into the street to watch, and the Expo draws tens of thousands of visitors annually. So why was such a scheduling decision made? We asked the Communications Officer from NICH to explain it. According to her, it’s because this year’s September only has 2 free weekends before the 21st: Shari Williams - Communications Officer, NICH "This year 2013, we have exactly two weekends in September before our Independence Day celebrations and so whenever this phenomena happens when we only have two weekends to schedule everything - there's a problem because we have about four or five big events that people look forward to during the celebrations. So this year we had to really sit down and try to see how best to schedule everything in a comprehensive manner where everybody will be happy and what is of utmost importance in the National Celebrations Commission is the safety of our citizens.

Pro Gender Crowd Was Thin
We’ve seen the anti-gender policy marches all across the country, but on Saturday gay rights activists gathered in Orange Walk in support of the gender policy. On Saturday, they gathered at the Orange Walk New Town Barracks behind the Fort Kearn’s Market Square to show solidarity and support for the Belize Gender Policy 2013. They had their rainbow flag, and their signs, but not much else; the crowd numbered about 15. They are launching a grassroots campaign called: “Take TIME; Take a Stand: Read the Belize Gender Policy. “

The Education In Getting Physical
Since yesterday the National Sport Council has been facilitating physical education classes for primary school teachers in Belize City. Now PE is an important, but often neglected part of the curriculum. So, today, we stopped in at the afternoon sessions to see the teachers getting physical: Daniel Ortiz reporting These workshop participants look like they are in 6th form - just playing a few games of basketball and volleyball, but actually they are Belize City primary school teachers participating in a workshop to improve their physical education classes. Being one of the subjects most neglected by the education system, the facilitators are trying to change the negative mentality around P.E. Andre Collins - Director, Caribbean Sports and Development Agency "Today is the second day of a five day workshop for teachers coming from the Belize City and its environments and this program was designed to help teachers in the elementary school to help them develop a few techniques and strategies to help them implement some physical education activities in the elementary school system. It is a truth that physical education continues to struggle as a recognized and accepted subject on the curriculum and it is basically because of the attitude that the region pays to sport and education while most of the develop countries take sports and physical education as a very serious part of the education program."

Tanya Carter Ready For Another Regional Hit
Her dancehall single “Ex Boyfriend” became an instant hit when it first debuted in Jamaica. Since then, the song has been blasting on radio station across Belize and the Caribbean. It is a definite breakthrough for Tanya Carter who got a chance to work along with some of the biggest producers in the Jamaican dancehall industry. And now, she may be riding the wave of another breakout hit on a hot rhythm track. The stylish new video for her new single “ DJ Boy” launched last week, and today she told us about it:.. Tanya Carter - Dancehall Reggae Artist "I had so much fun doing this video - I just put out a status on Facebook and said that I needed pretty girls and that I didn't care what they looked like - they just had to look Belizean and I had a whole lot of messages in my inbox and we carefully picked out the females that were going for rehearsals, models, dancers, we had the area that we wanted. We wanted a nice fresh look - not so clubby, that's why we went to Six Lounge to get this high top view and we just basically did a video with willing people that came out for the ride. The song is called Dj Boy and me and my partners wrote this song - I had more help with this song, it was co-written by Version - he's an artist in Jamaica and we compiled this song for the love of DJ’s. We wanted to have a song that specifically shouts out my own Belizean DJ’s so in the video I had to get DJ’s so I sent out a status on Facebook trying to get DJ's to come give a little cameo in the video and most DJ’s came.

The Night Buckley Got Shot
We all know about Stephen Buckley – the man who was wrongfully shot by police – and three years later started getting medical bills for his treatment. Now, finally, the government has called him to the table to negotiate a settlement. But while that’s what’s happening right now, tonight, we want to go back to the night of Wednesday April 28 of 2010. That’s the night Buckley was shot – and the story then, is the story now – how inexplicable it all is:… Jules Vasquez Reporting This was the scene last night at 9:00 at the corner of Kraal Road and Guerrero Street near the Wilt Cumberbatch Field. This black Dodge truck is the property of Marlon Meyers – a home builder for the Ministry Of Housing. He was with his workman Steven “Cripple” Buckley coming from around the corner on Guerrero street where he picked up his tools. They were stopped by police and the windshield bears the imprint to what happened next. Marlon Meyers I attempted to open and by the time I opened the door, two shots fired. I heard two shots. Bow, bow! The man said, 'Marlon, … I got shot, … Marlon, I got shot, Marlon' Just like that.”

Channel 5

San Ignacio Hospital private patient files scattered at old site
The Ministry of Health is still reeling from the effects of the death of thirteen newborns, seven of whom died from a bacterial outbreak at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital [...]

Luke Espat trains political eye on Cayo
Businessman Luke Espat, largely recognized for his controversial roles in an unsuccessful projects such as the failed cruise tourism project at the port, has announced his intention to run on [...]

Bankrupt political aspirant? Luke says gutsy investor
And as for his business woes, which include failed ventures, multiple receiverships such as the Renaissance, Crocland and even bankruptcy…Espat says that business is separate from politics. He says that [...]

Who killed Pedro Antonio Vasquez?
On Sunday morning, fifty-one-year-old Pedro Antonio Vasquez, a Guatemalan national, was brutally murdered in Benque Viejo del Carmen after a night of socializing on the town.  While his son initially [...]

Venezuelan Lebanese national says no involvement in Salvador cocaine bust
There are fresh details on Samer Akil Rada, the Venezuelan Lebanese businessman, whose name has been linked to eight hundred and eighty pounds of cocaine that was consigned to the [...]

San Pedro town councilor involved in catfight
San Pedro town councilor Carlos Barrientos was reportedly detained by police on the island, following a brawl at the Reef Village Resort over the weekend.  Barrientos was purportedly at the [...]

Chamber supports PACMAN’s motion for new public account committee
Earlier this year, the Auditor General came under siege by the Guardian Newspaper, the political arm of the United Democratic Party Government. Dorothy Bradley’s reports for 2010-2011 spoke of many [...]

Chamber president says recent Auditor General report needs examining
But Espat is going to have a very hard time tabling the motion to reorganize the PAC since Prime Minister Dean Barrow has said that he will bring his proverbial [...]

Eight Belizeans get scholarships to Mexican University
The Mexican Embassy has announced that eight Belizeans have received scholarships to attend three and four year programs in Mexico. The opportunity comes under the Belize-Mexico Bi-lateral Agreement.  Students will [...]

Leader of Opposition respects ruling of CCJ
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has lashed out at the previous P.U.P. administration following a ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice. The CCJ struck down a settlement agreement signed by [...]

PM chides Francis Fonseca for signing Accommodation Agreement
Prime Minister Barrow has also stated that he has little doubt that the CCJ ruling will have a negative impact on Fonseca’s quest to become Prime Minister of Belize. To [...]

Accused of sexual assault but paying fines keeps accused out of jail
Twenty-six year old Shawn Eusey was today spared from remand at the Central Prison following charges of theft and the aggravated assault of an indecent nature upon a thirty-one year [...]

U-16 football team earns respect at competition
The Belize jaguars did not bring home the medal, but an up and coming team of young footballers in an international competition in Merida have made the jewel proud. The [...]

Corozal House of Culture launches exhibit of talented 12 year old
A twelve year old student from Corozal Town who has just enrolled to start high school, is flying solo at the Corozal House of Culture.  Caitlyn Tillett is perhaps the [...]

National Song Competition set for this Saturday
The bramming and jamming of the September celebrations are less than a month away, but this weekend the National Institute of Culture and History will be putting off what is [...]

Superstar performances at the Bliss
Superstar hopefuls return to the Bliss stage tonight… There will be no more Group A or Group B. In a short while the two groups merge into one to perform [...]

LOVE FM

Belize Hosts Meeting on Healthy Reefs
Last year Mexico hosted the annual Healthy Reefs Initiative Partners Meeting and this year Belize got the opportunity to host it. Forty representatives from the four countries that form part of the Mesoamerican Reef, namely Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, gathered at the Biltmore Hotel wh...

Belize Health Authority Explains Procedure to Combat Bovine Diseases
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority is advising the public and especially owners of slaughtering facilities, that only cattle with official ear tags are allowed to be slaughtered in the Northern Districts of Corozal and Orange Walk, and in the Belize and Cayo Districts as well. Love Ne...

Tuesday, August 6 ----------- Police News
A Belize City woman has been arrested and charged for Drug Trafficking. According to police, they received information and around 4:20 yesterday afternoon, they intercepted a bus which was heading to Belize City, at the junction of Libertad Village. They conducted a search on twenty-n...

Lover Attempts to Drown Woman in Sea
There are reports of an attempted murder stemming out of San Pedro on Saturday August 3rd. Love News understands that two women from Belize City, both twenty one years old and alleged to be lovers, were celebrating one year of their partnership in San Pedro for the weekend, when they were i...

Found Guilty of Sexual Assault; Remanded for Outstanding Court Fines
A man who sexually assaulted a 31 year old woman and stole from her, was charged with aggravated assault and theft when he appeared today before Magistrate Leslie Hamilton. He is 26 year old Sean Eusey, a computer technician of New Hope Road. Eusey pled not guilty to the charges. Because he...

Adapt-A-Cause 2013 Launched
CIBC First Caribbean International Bank has launched its 2013 Adopt-A-Cause Programme. According to a press release from the bank, they have chosen five different community service projects from around the country to participate in the programme. One of the selected projects is &ldquo...

Belize Government and Non Government Agencies Meet in Training Workshop
Members of APAMO, representatives of the relevant Government Departments and interested stakeholders are participating in a two day workshop. The workshop is geared upon bridging communications between the non-governmental organizations and state regularities agencies. According to the Executive ...

CTV3

Belizean Talent To Be Exposed In The U.S
Summer Camps were held in almost every district and town in Belize for children that wished to take part in productive activities over their school break. Camps ranged from sports,...

O/W Town Council Purchases Plate Compacter To Maintain Streets
As we mentioned at the top of the newscast, the Orange Walk town council is working tirelessly to keep up with its mandate of street maintenance and beatification of the...

No Ear Tag, No Slaughtering Says BAHA
“Where’s the beef?” was a slogan coined back in the 80’s by consumers complaining about undersized meat cuts and burger patties which were being sold in the US. Well, recently...

Belize City Woman Charged For Trafficking Weed
It appears that Belizean law enforcement agencies have been increasing their efforts to remove as much drugs from the street as possible. Last week, Belize police officers found a black...

Akil Rada Says He has No Links With Drugs Confiscated In El Salvador
In last night’s newscast we brought to you the image of the Lebanese business man of the Corozal Free Zone accused of allegedly having involvement with the container seized in...

PlusTV

Over 300 Cyclists join Dara for “Ride for Hunger”
It turned out to be a beautiful weekend for the Dara Feeding Program as over 300 people participated in the Ride for Hunger on Saturday. This event was planned and coordinated by Joel “Dara” Robinson who started the Dara Feeding Program seven years ago. Dara had noticed that many...

Guatemalan man found murdered in Benque Viejo
Police in Benque have launched an investigation into the death of 51 year old Pedro Antonio Vasques. The Guatemalan laborer was found lying motionless early Saturday morning, on the side of the road in the area of Churchill Street. Police say his body has large cut wounds one to...

Khalid El Turk will not be extradited
After a strenuous battle in Belize’s courts, Khalid El Turk is free from being extradited to the United States. Since October of 2012, authorities in the US have been requesting the expulsion of El Turk, a Belizean resident, but today the Magistrate’s Court ruled in his favor. It’s an...

Belize Chamber of Commerce supports the restructuring of the PAC
In Friday’s newscast, we told you that the Prime Minister of Belize said he would oppose Hon. Julius Espat’s motion expected this Wednesday at the House of Representatives. That motion would be for the revising of the structure of the Public Accounts Committee, which is presently chaired by Hon....

PM details MOU with Norwegian Cruise Lines
Last week, when we caught up with Prime Minister the Hon. Dean Barrow, he divulged on a number of issues. Tonight, we continue our coverage of that extended interview. The PM shared quite candidly on the joint venture between the Government of Belize and the Norwegian Cruise Line for...

PM says CCJ ruling on Telemedia is a huge victory
Last week, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled on a settlement deed made by the Said Musa administration in March of 2005 with BCB Holdings and Belize Bank Limited to resolve ongoing litigation by means of creating a separate tax regime was contrary to public policy, and the...

PM defends Deputy’s decisions on issuing properties
As has been reported, quite the ruckus unfolded at the Lands Department last week. The incident made news after CEO of the Ministry of Housing, Lawrence Sylvester had to be escorted out of the building by armed security. The confrontation came about because of a few abandoned properties at...

Customs officer charged for allegedly smuggling contraband
Three men, one of them a customs officer, were slapped with large fines, after they were allegedly caught with contraband goodsThey are 29 year old Carlton Humes, customs officer 25 year old Rondale Bailey and 21 year old student Devon Bailey. The bust...

Man in critical condition following road traffic collision
A man is left fighting for his life after he was injured in a road accident in the wee hours of Saturday morning. 21 year old Jorge Ramos, a resident of Camalote Village was riding a motorcycle, when near Mile 56 on the Hummingbird Highway; it collided with a...

Man shot in Camalote
Police in the nation’s capital are investigating a shooting incident which took place early Saturday morning. 23 year old William Gordon of Camalote was shot on his way to his ex-common law wife’s home. Reports are that as he was walking past the hydro plan, situated near the West...

Shooting Victim to get compensation
It appears that Prime Minister Dean Barrow moved rather quickly to settle the matter of awarding compensation to injured construction worker Steven Buckley. The 40-year-old father of five has been a staple of the evening news in recent weeks as he stared possible jail time for being unable to...

Police hold closing ceremony for National Youth Cadet Corps Camp
Late on Friday the Police Department held a closing ceremony for the 16th annual National Youth Cadet Corps Camp, which this year was hosted by the Central Region in Belize City at Edward P. Yorke High School. Boys and girls between 8 and 17, a total...

Minister Herman Longsworth commends National Football Team members
Minister of State with responsibility for Sports, Herman Longsworth, has been criticized for suggesting that the Government would limit its funding of national teams because of inability to distribute resources, even after appearing at the CONCACAF Gold Cup to support the national football team. Now, some wonder if the...

Sports Minister outlines development plans for sports venues
The Ministry of Sports has been rapped recently with regard to the length of time needed to complete several major upgrades to stadia and venues in Belize City that are used for multiple purposes. Among these are the Marion Jones Sporting Complex, the Belize City Centre, the proposed stadium...

Caye Caulker Chronicles

Dates for 5th Annual Tres Pescados Fishing Tournament set
Tres Pescados Slam Tournament hosted by San Pedro, Ambergris Caye yearly will take place this year from 2013 -August 15-17. Entry fee is $325US. Purse TBD.

Miss Belize, Destinee Dominique Arnold, 20, is Miss Costa Maya 2013
Destinee Dominique Arnold, 20, a Belizean whose studies at California State University are helping to prepare her for a career in family law, has captured the title of La Reina de La Costa Maya 2013 – the first Belizean to win the title in six years. Maria Jeffrey was the last Belizean to capture the title in 2007 – four years after Leila Pandy, in 2003. Mexico, which has dominated for the past two years, did not end up in the top three this year, and neither did Guatemala, which won the title in 2010 and 2008. The first runner-up was the delegate from Nicaragua, the country which took home the title in 2009.

Three-star shrimp from Belize Aquaculture
Belize Aquaculture Ltd. has become the first shrimp company in Belize and the second in Central America approved to offer three-star BAP 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.


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THE EXTRADITION OF KHALED EL TURK, 36, OVERTURNED
El Turk was arrested and remanded to the Belize Central Prison on October 16, 2012, on the strength of a provisional warrant for importing pseudoephedrine into the United States Khaled El Turk, 36, a Belizean originally from Lebanon, was detained and remanded to the Belize Central Prison on October 18, 2012, after police received information from the United States that El Turk was wanted by the US authorities. El Turk remained in prison for over one month before the Belize Embassy in Washington D.C. sent a request to Belize stating that they wished to extradite him. The documents were presented to the court on December 19, 2012, citing that extradition for El Turk was related to two indictments, namely (1) that El Turk conspired to import pseudoephedrine into the US; and (2) that El Turk imported pseudoephedrine into the US, with both counts, once he was found guilty of them, requiring a sentence of imprisonment for not more than ten years. The US, through the Office of the Solicitor General, namely Magali Perdomo, assisted by Iliani Swift, contended that El Turk had committed extraditable offenses under the laws of both the requesting State (US) and the requested country (Belize).

PROUD SINGLE MOTHER DOES “A MAN’S JOB!”
Doreen McKoy has no fear of her work, thinks “positive,” and refuses to be “underestimated” Doreen McKoy, 33, a sanitation worker for over 8 years, is normally seen diligently cleaning up refuse on the street side here on Partridge Street each morning, many a times in the broiling sun. Today, Amandala decided to speak with this hardworking woman to see what it’s like for her on a daily basis. We were impressed to hear what she had to say. She believes that as a woman, she is able to do any type of work that a man can do, and maybe even more, as she refuses to be underestimated. She mentioned that she does have her good days and bad days on the job, like everybody else, but she always tries to “work around” the bad days by thinking positive, because she knows that she has her children to take care of. Doreen told us that she does her best to maintain her five children and to keep them in school, which is essential to their future development, as it might be one of the few chances that they have to get a sensible job so that they don’t end up doing the same kind of work that she presently does, although she is by no means ashamed to be a sanitation worker.

MISS BELIZE, DESTINEE DOMINIQUE ARNOLD, 20, IS MISS COSTA MAYA 2013
Maria Jeffrey was the last Belizean to capture the title in 2007. Destinee Dominique Arnold, 20, a Belizean whose studies at California State University are helping to prepare her for a career in family law, has captured the title of La Reina de La Costa Maya 2013 – the first Belizean to win the title in six years. Maria Jeffrey was the last Belizean to capture the title in 2007 – four years after Leila Pandy, in 2003. Mexico, which has dominated for the past two years, did not end up in the top three this year, and neither did Guatemala, which won the title in 2010 and 2008. The first runner-up was the delegate from Nicaragua, the country which took home the title in 2009. The Costa Maya winners were announced on the night of Thursday, August 1, when it was reported that Destinee had won the 22nd edition of the annual pageant, which forms a part of the annual entertainment festival hosted on San Pedro from Thursday, August 1 to Sunday, August 4, 2013. The 1st runner-up is Ariadna Orellana (Nicaragua), and the 2nd runner-up is Cleirys Velasquez (Panama), who also won Best National Costume. Destinee Arnold, the third Belizean to win the pageant, is no stranger to pageantry. She won the title of Queen of the Jewel 2012-2013 for Roaring Creek, Cayo, last July. Destinee was also crowned Miss Belize California 2011-2012, in Los Angeles, California; and she is the winner of Miss Ethnic World 2013 (California). She also represented Belize in the Miss International Pageant in Okinawa, Japan, last year.

BIG BUCKS FOR BUCKLEY!
At about 10:30 this morning on the verandah of the Racoon Street Police Station, Richard “Dickie” Bradley, attorney for Steven Buckley, briefed the media on the proposed settlement by the Government of Belize for injuries sustained to Buckley, who was wrongly shot in the head by police at about 6:30 p.m. on April 29, 2010, while going home after a day of house-construction work. Bradley had just come out of a meeting with the Acting Solicitor General, Nigel Hawke, attorney for the Government of Belize, and the Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, and he told the media that Buckley is seeking $2 million compensation. As a result of the injuries he suffered from the police’s pump action 12-gauge shotgun on Kraal Road that night, Buckley, 45, of West Street, is incapacitated. Because Government has been excruciatingly slow to address his plight, he has been reduced to seeking assistance from the public and kindhearted individuals so that he and his family can survive.

CON ARTIST ROBERT POPPER, 40, JAILED
Popper swindled money and a cell phone from two persons. Con artist Robert Popper, 40, a diver/fisherman of San Pedro, pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining property by deception before Magistrate Dale Cayetano today. According to police, on July 25, Popper visited Lashawn Waite and asked her to lend him some money in order for him to pay for a money transaction at his bank. Waite reported that Popper promised to repay her as soon as he got his money, and she therefore instructed her mother to get the money and give it to Popper. Then, on August 2, Dayborne Alvarez was somehow convinced to hand over his Samsung Galaxy S3 cell phone, valued at $1,500, and $200 cash to Popper. Alvarez reported that matter to police and Popper was detained, and it was during that time that Waite learned of his detention and visited the police station to make her report. Popper, who has been before the court as many as 24 times for crimes of dishonesty, pleaded guilty to the offenses today. He told the court that “I just find myself di do it more than once. I want you to give me a time to rehabilitate. I need to get help. It’s been more than this, but this is only what people have reported. I need to go to jail.”

JORGE VIDAL ACQUITTED IN HORTENCIO CONTRERAS MURDER CASE
Justice Hanomansingh acquitted Vidal on a technicality even before a jury was empanelled. On December 23, 2005, Hortencio Contreras was beaten to death in Belmopan and police arrested and charged Jorge Vidal for the murder. Vidal has been on remand since then, awaiting his trial which was set to start on Monday, July 29. But even before a jury could have been empanelled for the trial, Vidal was allowed to walk out of court a free man. That’s because Justice Denis Hanomansingh acquitted Vidal based on a technicality after he reviewed the case bundle. Magistrate Richard Swift was the magistrate who signed the case over to the Supreme Court, but in 2007, Swift along with six others disappeared at sea. His body was the only one later found. The technicality on the basis of which Vidal was freed arose from a report from the Superintendent in Benque, Louise Willis, to the DPP, which stated that Sgt. A. Pook marshaled the evidence, while Magistrate Swift committed the accused to stand trial in the Supreme Court.

BDF SOLDIER ROBBED ON MEAN CITY STREET
A soldier of the Belize Defence Force was robbed at gunpoint by a thief who got away with $300 in cash and valuables at about 3:30 yesterday morning at the corner of McKay Boulevard and Mahogany Street. The soldier told police that at about 3:30 yesterday morning, he was walking on Mahogany Street towards the Charles Bartlett Hyde Complex Building, from the direction of Central American Boulevard, when on his arrival at the corner of McKay Boulevard and Mahogany Street, a man riding a bicycle rode up to him and told him that this was a holdup, and attempted to pull out an object from the waist of his pants. The soldier said that he ran into McKay Boulevard, but as he approached the junction of McKay Boulevard and Electric Avenue, the thief, who was riding a bicycle, caught up with him, pointed a gun at him and demanded money and all his valuables. The soldier said that he became fearful that he would be shot, and handed over his cell phone, valued at $288, a white headphone valued at $15, a cigarette lighter valued at $2 and $3 cash. The robber then rode away into McKay Boulevard and disappeared into the area.

SHAWN LOCKE, 20, SENTENCED TO 18 YEARS AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER
On April 17, 2010, Locke stabbed Edgar Monteagudo to death after an altercation. Yesterday, in the Corozal Supreme Court, Shawn Locke, 20, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter after he was accused of stabbing Edgar Monteagudo to death. On April 17, 2010, in the village of San Jose, San Pablo, Locke was approached by Monteagudo and his nephew, who got into an argument with Locke that quickly turned physical. The two men got the upper hand on Locke, but Locke pulled out a knife and allegedly stabbed Monteagudo, then stabbed his nephew. Monteagudo later died, but his nephew survived his injuries and was able to report the matter to police. Initially, Locke was charged with murder, but that charge was later reduced to manslaughter and yesterday when the trial was set to start, Locke pleaded guilty to that charge. In his mitigation hearing, Locke spoke to the court and expressed his remorse saying that “If the position was to repeat itself, I would act differently. Back then, I acted rashly, impulsively without giving it a thought.”

MURDER IN BENQUE
A Guatemalan man residing in Benque Viejo Del Carmen died after being beaten, stabbed in the nose and chopped in the head. Pedro Vasquez, 51, was found bleeding from his injuries at about 4:45 yesterday morning, Sunday, near the old Esso Gas Station in Benque. According to police, he was lying on the right side of the road in a pool of blood. Police rushed him to the San Ignacio Hospital, after which he was rushed to the Belmopan Hospital, but he died on the way. Reports are that he was seen alive earlier, about 1:00 that Sunday morning in the area. Police said that they are not yet clear what led to the stabbing, or who stabbed him. The case has been declared a murder. One person has been detained so far. Vasquez’s family told Amandala that they had no comments to make.

PM BARROW HOLDS “UNPRECEDENTED MEETING” WITH NATIONWIDE CHURCH LEADERS
Amandala has been informed that 42 evangelical pastors—6 from each district plus Belmopan—met on Friday morning, August 2, at the George Price Center with Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow. The meeting was coordinated by Richard Smith of My Refuge Christian Radio, who told the press: “We’re the conscience of this nation…” Prime Minister Barrow told journalists, after the meeting, that “… it was altogether, as I said, a very, very satisfying experience.” Asked whether the Revised Gender Policy 2013, which has faced strong opposition from the church, was a subject of their talks, Barrow said, no – the meeting was not about the gender policy. He indicated that Pastor Scott Stirm had signaled to him, though, that they are fairly close to finished with the submissions on the Gender Policy, which are to be sent to him, Barrow.

JUST LIKE THAT”
“ Short staffed Griga Pumas gain a draw against Ladyville Jaguars in first leg of national women football semifinals. Despite the rains in Belize City on Sunday, the field was in good shape in Ladyville, where visiting Dangriga Pumas were hosted by Ladyville Jaguars in the first leg of the home-and-away semifinals of the FFB’s Atlantic Bank Women Football Tournament 2013. The Dangriga team fielded exactly 11 players – no substitutes on the bench; while the home team, Ladyville Jaguars, had ample replacements on hand, and a host of excited fans lining the northern portion of the field. Reinforced with about 5 former Millennium stars, the Ladyville Jaguars team appeared confident and dominated play in the early going. Shanell Gentle is normally a striker, and Sarah Arzu, their other best player, usually controls the defense; but yesterday they switched roles in first half – Sarah striking and Shanell sweeping in defense. Sarah struck early for the Jaguars, who were up 1-nil at the 16th minute, and seemed to be having things their way. But 10 minutes later, a corner from the right side, kicking into the northern goal, resulted in a scramble in front of the Jaguars goal, and tall forward Jacklaine Arzu tapped in the equalizer for Griga.

WEEK 2 OF BDFA FIRMS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
The Belize District Basketball Association (BDBA) Firms Tournament 2013 is well under way, with Week 2 games played over the weekend, 3 on Friday and 3 more on Saturday night at Birds Isle. In the opener on Friday night, Belize City Council won, 62-59, over Courts. Leading City Council were Kenroy Usher 17 pts 7 rebs, Cordel Gonzalez, Jr. 11 pts, Ian Ferrera 9 pts, Leon Williams 8 pts 12 rebs, and Greg Mahler 5 pts 5 rebs 3 assts; while for Courts, Keith Pollard had 14 pts, Tyrone Anthony 13 pts, Delroy Caliz 10 pts, and Leroy Gentle 9 pts 8 rebs. Next it was Atlantic Bank over Heritage Bank, 65-51. Atlantic Bank was led by Ervin Orosco 30 pts 10 rebs 3 assts 5 stls, and Ian Rene 16 pts 10 rebs 8 stls; while for Heritage Bank, Kurt Burgess had 16 pts 16 rebs, Felix Martinez 16 pts, and Devon Defour 9 pts. And in the nightcap, Belize Bank clipped BWSL, 52-48, behind Terique Gabb 16 pts 4 rebs 3 assts, Marcel Orosco 15 pts 11 rebs, and Chris McGann 6 pts 4 rebs 3 assts. For BWSL, Lindbergh Graham had 14 pts 6 rebs, Kariem Thompson 11 pts 6 rebs 3 stls, and Akeem Trapp 7 pts 5 rebs 5 stls.

TOLEDO GUINNESS 9-BALL REGULAR SEASON ENDS, PLAYOFFS BEGIN WEDNESDAY
The Toledo Guinness 9-Ball Tournament regular season came to the end over the weekend. Bejerano’s Challengers, claiming first spot with 54 points, was already in the playoff and was just waiting to see who their opponent would be. With this we had 3 teams fighting for the #2, #3 and #4 spot, namely Embassy Knights – 38 pts, Anaconda Celebrities – 30 pts, and Seaside Heights – 34 pts. The weekend started with Anaconda Celebrities hosting Embassy Knights on Saturday night with attendance of 41 persons. At the end of the game, Anaconda Celebrities won, 3-2. Winners for Anaconda Celebrities were: Travis Jacobs over Davin Foreman, 5-3; Randolph Tulcey over Densford Mangar, 5-3, in a very unsportsmanlike game from Mr. Mangar; and Elias Coleman over Kenrick Galvez, 5-3. Winners for Embassy Knights were: Evans Mangar over Roland Tillett, 5-1; and Lyndon Parham over Eugene Jacobs, 5-3. Then on Sunday, August 4, Seaside Heights hosted Anaconda Celebrities. Seaside Heights won, 5-Zip. Winners for Seaside Heights were: Ewart Duncan over Travis Jacobs, 5-Zip; Reylando Castro over Elias Coleman, 5-1; Allan Chen over Eugene Jacobs, 5-1; Errol Myvette over Randolph Tulcey, 5-1; and Leroy Vernon over Andy Edwards, 5-2. Attendance at this game was 34.

PUP PROPAGANDA Editorial
The Francis Fonseca-led Opposition PUP claims that this newspaper is biased in favor of the ruling UDP because the Barrow government is giving us so many advertisements. What the PUP is really doing is protecting a ritual waste of government funds which they, the PUP, introduced way back in 1957 with The Belize Times. Many millions of taxpayers’ moneys were wasted with the Price Government of Belize sending advertisements to subsidize The Times from 1957 to 1984. All that happened when the UDP finally won office in 1984 was that the wasted advertisement moneys were now sent to the UDP newspaper, People’s Pulse or something like that, then when the PUP returned to office in 1989, it was the Belize Times’ turn to eat until 1993, when the UDP won again, and so on and so forth. Bottom line is, readers do not buy government-run newspapers. These things have to be given away. The fact of the matter is that government-owned newspapers are political propaganda, and they are treated as trash by the Belizean reading public. Nobody buys that stuff. But, as an example, last weekend’s 40 page UDP Guardian contained 21 pages of Government and Government-related advertisements. The PUP does not attack this foolishness, because they themselves introduced it, and they expect to feed off it when they return to office. You know the old piti-pat business: fu you, fu me …

FROM THE PUBLISHER
Of the four Prime Ministers Belize has had, two were St. John’s College graduates, and two are St. Michael’s College graduates. As the Christian missionaries transfer their book knowledge to young natives, they carefully assess the young natives to make sure they are not educating people who will become problems for their religions and their metropolitan societies. The dominant churches in Belizean education come from Rome and Canterbury. It’s all very simple once you know where the keys are to open the doors. When I was a child, the Roman missionaries saw that I had certain gifts which could assist them in their religious work amongst the natives. But when I was 15 and they proposed the priesthood thing to me, that was definitely not on my agenda. So, I was removed from the good books of the Roman missionaries. I was fortunate enough to get a second chance in life. The American government representatives in Belize decided, when I was 17, to gamble on me and further my education. To be truthful, I was more than just fortunate: I was very fortunate. I went to school in America, however, during a turbulent time. This was between 1965 and 1968. Two serious developments took place during those three years. One was the black power phenomenon, introduced in Mississippi in 1966 by the Trinidad-born Stokely Carmichael (later Kwame Toure), and the other was the crazy escalation in the Vietnam War which alienated and frightened young generations of white Americans.

BELIZE TO HOST CARIBNOG 6 NEXT MONTH
The Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) has announced that Belize will host its sixth regional meeting, dubbed CaribNOG 6 Belize. The event is slated to take place from September 23 to 27, 2013. The venue and meeting details, as well as partners and sponsors, are yet to be announced. The organization said that they will work to build on the success and momentum achieved at CaribNOG 5, which was held in April in Barbados. CaribNOG describes itself as “a rich community of network operators dedicated to exchanging technical information and experiences related to the management of IP networks in the Caribbean region.” It is a non-profit, engineering, educational, and operational forum for coordination of network operations in the Caribbean region. Over 120 participants from across the region and the world convened at CaribNOG 5 for two and a half days of training, experience sharing and collaboration which focused heavily on network security, internet exchange points and IPv6 Adoption, the organization said.

GOB SIGNS MOU WITH NORWEGIAN
Both Norwegian Cruise Lines and the Government of Belize have confirmed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) setting a framework for a new cruise port at Harvest Caye in Southern Belize, a few miles from Placencia, a premier tourist destination. Stakeholders in the overnight tourism sector are still not content with the decision by the Barrow administration to give the green light to the investors to push ahead with the US$50 million venture, which they say gives too many perks to the investor – and which, they say, is contrary to the tourism master plan to exclude the south from mass tourism. That plan, they say, calls for a smaller-scale, pocket tourism, which should have less negative impact. Some have even suggested private gain as a motivation for the Norwegian agreement. “What I resent is, people who suggest that this is some sort of giveaway or sellout. Man, it is always a balancing act,” said Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who holds the portfolios for finance and economic development.

PETROCARIBE INTEREST PAYMENTS TO INCREASE IN OCTOBER?
The financial news agency, Platts, a division of McGraw Hill Financial, USA, has reported that the interest rate charged by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the financing of oil purchases under the PetroCaribe deal is set to be increased by the Venezuelan government from a 1 to 2 percent annual rate to a 2.4 percent annual rate – up to a 100% increase in payments – effective October 2013. The report is being widely circulated in countries which have signed onto the PetroCaribe deal; however, official sources in the region indicate no knowledge of a plan for the interest rate to be increased. One concern is how this change, if applied, could impact pump prices in Belize and the region. In a release issued last September (2012), announcing the resumption of fuel shipments to Belize, PetroCaribe said Belize is expected to receive 80,000 to 90,000 barrels of products per month, through two shipments of diesel, jet fuel, regular and premium gasoline. PetroCaribe, an energy cooperation agreement dating back to 2005 and masterminded by the late Hugo Chavez, lists its members as Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Suriname and Venezuela—a total of 18 parties.

COME AND JOIN US, SAYS JOHN OLIVER Letters
— by John Oliver Dear Editor, In his article in today’s Amandala, Janus describes the sailing activity as it must have been a few years before I arrived in Belize. Even at that time there were active sailors in the Seagull and Traditional Dories classes. I joined the Seagull sailors as an active competitor in the Baron Bliss, and other regattas. Even then, the owners were elderly, and some were ailing and have now become inactive. They failed to introduce other potential enthusiasts to the sport, and worse, failed to train youngsters in the craft of building wooden sailboats, and the skills of sailing them. A notable exception was Sir George Brown, who trained youth, primarily from Gales Point. A group of enthusiasts formed the Belize Sailing Association just a few years ago, with the intention of reversing this decline, re-introducing the sport, at first with the children, using 8-foot Optimist dinghies, later in larger crafts, both for recreation, and eventually to encourage Belizean sailors into regional, international, even Olympic competition.

BREASTFEEDING CELEBRATED AUGUST 5-7 Letters
— by Elsie Velasquez Dear Editor, Kindly allow me some space in your newspaper to talk about breastfeeding, since World Breastfeeding Week will be celebrated this year from the 5th of August through the 7th August. This issue is important for all pregnant women, especially for young teenage moms, to choose correctly the right step in providing their infant with the best feeding options that are necessary for optimal growth and development for their babies. Breastfeeding a baby? It may look simple and easy to do if you know how to do it and what to expect, but it takes a lot of knowledge, encouragement and support to nurse a baby. Why breastfeeding is important? It contains all the nutrients and keeps changing to meet an infant needs. It is the most natural and healthy nourishment as well as the best possible infant food a baby can receive. It benefits the mother, the child and the family on a whole.

TO SIN BY SILENCE … Letters
— by Russell Czarnecki Dear Editor, About 8 months ago, after living in Belize for a bit more than 6 years, I moved permanently to Mexico. My frustrations over the sad state of ALL Belizean institutions coupled with the relentless avarice of GOB—which gets worse all the time—made me realize how unhappy I was in this land of so much natural beauty. Amandala carries the torch as best it can—I never miss an on-line issue—but the general population, I think, has become so dispirited and hopeless over the chance of meaningful change in the system and in their lives that they view criticisms like mine with little interest, or even less kindly, as another example of a Gringo (American, in this case) telling a local how to do things.

ANSWER MY QUESTIONS, SAYS PATRICIA CELENZA Letters
— by Patricia Celenza Dear Government of Belize, I would appreciate some answers to my questions: How can the Government of Belize approve/sanction/allow mass cruise ships in southern Belize when in 2010, in response to public outcry, and the government-funded Wilson Report opposing cruise ships in the south, Government assured us that there would NOT be cruise ships? Why does the Government of Belize not only lie to its people, but then turn around and covertly sign a deal with Norwegian Cruise Lines with absolutely no public consultations or any environmental studies? For an administration whose political buzz word was “transparency,” exactly where is that transparency? Did you read this week’s editorial in the Amandala?

MAJOR MONEY LAUNDERING AMENDMENTS TO BE TABLED IN PARLIAMENT
Amendments involve changes to Belize’s Criminal Code, Firearms Act, the Interception of Communications Act, as well as legislation governing NGOs and trusts. A suite of anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism bills are due to be tabled when Parliament meets on Wednesday – triggered by a push from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) for Belize to take steps to address what the regional organization of 29 Caribbean Basin jurisdictions calls deficiencies which pose a risk to the international financial system. Amandala has been reliably informed that the amendments involve changes to Belize’s Criminal Code, Firearms Act, the Interception of Communications Act, as well as legislation governing NGOs and trusts. Belize is listed on top of the list of three Caribbean countries which have been given a November 13, 2013, deadline to effect legislative reforms. Next in line are Guyana and Dominica. A public statement of the CFATF issued May 30, 2013 says the member countries have agreed to implement the international standards for Anti-money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) – Financial Action Task Force Recommendations (FATF Recommendations).

The August 4th, 2013 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Fatal Traffic Accident In Bullet Tree Village:
    Another fatal traffic accident. Another western taxi driver dies. It was shortly before 8:00 pm on Wednesday, July 31, when San Ignacio police were summoned to the emergency ward at the Community Hospital in San Ignacio where they were shown the officially pronounced dead body of a male hispanic person. The police investigation revealed that about half an hour earlier, a male witness reported hearing a crashing noise in the area of the bridge at the entrance to the Bullet Tree Falls Village. The witness informed that upon checking into the source of the crashing noise, he came upon an extensively damaged, overturned blue four door Toyota Corolla car with its four wheels in the air near the bridge and with a male Hispanic person trapped behind the steering wheel.
  • Contreras Accused Of Attempt Burglary:
    Quick response from San Ignacio police has resulted in the arrest of a San Ignacio man who attempted to burglarize a house in San Ignacio. Erik Santos reported to police that at around 7:45 pm on Juy 28, he secured his house located on Awe Street in San Ignacio and left to visit a relative in the nearby Santiago Juan Layout Area. Upon returning home he first noticed that his porch light was turned off subsequently noting that the lock on the main door was damaged. Further checks revealed that nothing was missing from inside the house. Notwithstanding however, the police investigation led to the arrest of Richard Contreras, 31, Belizean laborer, of a 17th Street, San Ignacio town address. The accused appeared in the San Ignacio courtroom of Magistrate Narda Morgan on July 29, where pled not guilty to the attempt robbery charge.
  • A Lovely Ceremony It Was:
    Relatives and friends gathered today at 10:00 am at the Sacred Heart Church in San Ignacio Town to participate in the wedding ceremony of Peter Perez and Toni Lisbey. The weather was perfect for the intimate ceremony, which was celebrated by father Moises of Sacred Heart Church. The lovely bride was dressed in a highlow dress decorated with Toni’s favorite pink floral sarong, while the groom displayed an elegant black suit and the brides maids were dressed in lovely pink dresses. A reception to celebrate the newly weds took place at the Codd’s residence on Requena Street in Santa Elena Town, where congratulations and best wishes were imparted upon the newly wedded couple.
  • Press Release By Belize Action – Monday July 29th, 2013 Re: SPLC Report:
    Last week’s report from Southern Poverty Law Center in the U.S. purported the involvement of certain U.S. based groups alleged to be promoting hatred & violence in Belize by assisting efforts to protect Section 53 of the Criminal Code, the Belize Sodomy/Unnatural Act law. Although it was named “Intelligence Report,” it was full of “unintelligent” falsehoods & slanderous untruths in an attempt to vilify and paint as “hate groups” the Belizean efforts & leaders who have taken a strong stand for Family Values in Belize. The timing of the SPLC report was a weak attempt to distract from a month of Constitutional Marches across Belize that mobilized almost 10,000 Belizeans to stand for Constitutional values and opposed to the 2013 Gender Policy in it’s present form.
  • REMAR Resident Remanded:
    A patient from the drug rehabilitation center, REMAR, in Bullet Tree Falls village has been remanded to the Hattieville prison on a theft charge. The charge stems from a report made by Miguel Angel Osorio, businessman of Benque Viejo Town, Cayo. Osorio alleges that sometime during the night of Monday, July 8, 2013 his business place in the San Ignacio market was robbed of over two thousand dollars worth of merchandise listed as 15 music boxes, valued at $520, 28 male and female watches, valued at $1050 and other items valued at $1,220 all for a total of $2,790. According to Osorio, his business place was left in tack the night before the incident and upon returning to open the following day he encountered his business in a ransacked state thus indicating that it was burglarized.
  • UB Celebrates 13 Years Of Contributing To National Development Of Belize:
    The University of Belize today celebrates its 13th Anniversary as the national tertiary institution for Belize and is proud to continue to serve Belize as a vehicle for training more students to develop a wide range of opportunities for Belizeans. On August 1, 2000, the University of Belize (UB) was born from a merger of five institutions: the University College of Belize (UCB), the Belize Technical College (BTC), the Belize Teachers’ Training College (BTTC), the Belize School of Nursing (BSN), and the Belize College of Agriculture (BCA). UCB, BTC and BTTC were under the supervision of the Ministry of Education (MOE); BSN was under the supervision of the Ministry of Health (MOH); and BCA was under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).
  • Amado Castillo Sr.:
    Amado Castillo Sr. a retired Forest Officer fighting various medical complications was laid to rest on July 31st, 2013 at the Benque Viejo Cemetery. Born and raised in San Estevan, Orange Walk he lived most of his elder years in Santa Elena, Cayo. He was predeceased by his parents Isabel and Amado Castillo and his first wife Eucebia Castillo. He is survived by his 8 daughters: Rosario, Dalila, Elicia, Nelita, Carmelita, Xiomara, Krystal and Sarita. 7 sons: Rudy, Hilberto, Amado Jr., Angel, Luke, Mark and Madiel. Siblings: Pablo, Cesar, Joe, Petrona, Benedicta and Serafina. A host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The Castillo Family would like to send a sincere thank you to everyone who assisted in any way possible throughout this time of bereavement.
  • Oak Foundation donates $2 Million for Pediatric Care Unit:
    The Ministry of Health was pleased to be a part of the announcement by Ms. Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children on the generous donation of two million dollars from the Oak foundation towards the construction of the new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The Lifeline Foundation, founded by Mrs. Barrow was instrumental in the discussions that eventually led to the commitment of the funds. One million dollars will go towards the construction works while one million will go towards the purchase of equipment for the unit.
  • Technical Mission on Non-Communicable Diseases and Cancer:
    The Ministry of Health has been selected as one of the participants in a global project with the goal of “ St r e n g t h e n i n g policy frameworks to reduce premature death toll from Non- Communicable Diseases.” As part of the project, a technical mission led by regional consultant, Silvana Luciani, Pan American Health Organization’s Washington Office was in country from the 15th to 10th, July to advance work in the area of national plans for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including cancer.
  • Vector Control gets pickup trucks to increase ULV Spraying of Mosquitoes:
    The Government of Belize recently purchased two 2013 Great Wall - Wingle 4 x 4 pickup trucks for the vector control program to assist with Ultra Low Volume (ULV) spraying in the Corozal and Toledo districts. The total cost of both vehicles was BZ $78,800.00. One of the trucks was handed over to the Northern Region and the second pick-up was sent down south to do work in the Toledo District. The Ministry of Health has stepped up its surveillance and interventions to prevent dengue - from health education, mass larviciding, to ULV spraying.
  • Suspected Bovine Rabies Case Notified:
    The Ministry of Health is hereby notifying the public that a suspected case of bovine rabies (rabies in cow) was reported on the 24th of July 2013 by Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) in the New Road Area of the Toledo District. While there is no confirmed case as yet, the public is reminded that periodic cases are seen in the country alluding to active circulation of the rabies virus. Officials of the Ministry of Health and BAHA will contiue to monitor the situation and we encourage you to report any suspected case.
  • Mental Health Annual Workshop:
    The eleventh Annual Mental Health Workshop was held from July 18th -20th in Placencia Village under the theme, “Integrating Quality into Mental Health Care. In a short opening ceremony to welcome the participants, Dr. Phillip Castillo encouraged the nurses to elevate the conversation to improve what exist in Mental Health while, Matron Augustina Elijio ask the nurses to adhere to principles, ethics, scope of practice and standards at all times when carrying out the duty of nursing. Mental Health Program Nursing Administrator Eleanor Bennett welcomed and introduced Dr. Wesley Quimbo, Psychiatrist for Ministry of Health; he takes over from Dr. Claudina Cayetano who moved on to PAHO earlier this year.
  • Call for probe into death of Jamaica 'cross-dresser':
    Human Rights Watch has called for Jamaican police to conduct a "thorough, impartial and effective investigation" into the killing of a 17-year-old boy reportedly wearing women's clothing. Dwayne Jones was attacked by a group at a party after they discovered he was male, according to local media. Police said he was stabbed multiple times and shot once. Activists say Jamaicans who do not conform to gender expectations face mental and physical abuse.
  • Healthy Living Tips:
    It sounds bizarre, but beetroot could be a secret weapon against high blood pressure. The condition is a major cause of heart disease and stroke, but many people aren't aware they have it as it has no symptoms. Now, researchers from Barts and the London School of Medicine say drinking 500ml of beetroot juice could dramatically reduce blood pressure after just one hour. So drink up the pink stuff.
  • A Questionable Future For The Garifuna People In The South Of Belize:
    In studying Belize’s history when most Belizeans heard of the south the first thing that came to their minds were the Garifuna people. Why? Because when the British granted permission to the Garifuna people to reside in Dangriga Town in 1801 they were told not to go anywhere else but to remain in the south. At that time the Creoles were still slaves to the British and the Maya Indians were trying to survive the colonial policies of the British and the Spanish who were taking away their lands from them. The Maya Indians who lived in Belize, Guatemala and Mexico fought viciously against the Spanish and the British but did not have the military tools to overcome these two great giants that were competing for territories in the region.
  • Tourism Public Sector Responds to BTIA on the Proposed Cruise Tourism Development Project in Southern Belize:
    The Ministry of Tourism & Culture and the Belize Tourism Board wishes to respond to the ill-informed, irresponsible campaign launched by the Belize Tourism Industry Association on today’s Love FM Morning Show against the proposed Cruise Tourism Investment Project in Southern Belize. The Ministry of Tourism & Culture and the Belize Tourism Board would like to state the following facts: · The National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan calls for the development of six tourism products, with cruise tourism being one of the six. · That the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan calls for the decentralization of cruise tourism in Belize in an effort to reduce overcrowding, provide better management of our tourism sites, enhance safety and security conditions for cruise visitors and increase local participation within this sub-sector.
  • BENQUE VIEJO YOUTH SUMMER CAMP:
    For: Benque Viejo Police Sub-Formation community policing unit community policing efforts at its best in Benque Viejo! On Friday 26th July concluded the youth summer camp offered by Zone 4 Neighborhood Watch Group in Benque Viejo, hosted annually by the zone captain Samuel Bruce in the spacious multipurpose community park located on his property. Zone 4 NHWG under the leadership of Mr. Bruce since 2008, has continued to be the community policing unit’s model of success, bringing numerous community activities for the youth, and residents of zone 4 in Benque, promoting positive activities, educating the residents about helping to keep the crime level low in Benque. This year’s summer camp focused on arts & crafts projects conducted inside the stone constructed community center, directed by; the veteran teacher, and zone quadrant leader Mrs. Isela Tesecum, with assistance from; Marcia Rosas (teacher)...
  • Anger in Chile over ruling on 2010 mine collapse:
    An investigation into the 2010 accident in Chile that left 33 miners trapped underground for more than two months has failed to find anyone responsible. The case was closed after a prosecutor said there was not enough evidence to press charges against either the owners of the mine or regulators. One of the miners said it was a "disgrace for justice" while a former minister called it "unbelievable". The miners' rescue in a special capsule was followed live around the world. "This is a disgrace to Chile's justice system,'' one of the survivors, Mario Sepulveda, told Associated Press news agency,
  • US in worldwide travel alert on al-Qaeda threat:
    The US state department has said it is issuing a global travel alert because of an unspecified al-Qaeda threat. In a statement, the department said the potential for an attack is particularly strong in the Middle East and North Africa. The move comes shortly after the US announced the closure of embassies in the region on Sunday. The alert expires on 31 August 2013, the department said. It recommended US citizens travelling abroad be vigilant. "Current information suggests that al-Qa'ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August," the statement said.
  • UN narcotics body warns Uruguay over marijuana bill:
    The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) says it is concerned by the approval by Uruguayan MPs of a bill which would legalise marijuana. The INCB says the law would "be in complete contravention to the provisions of the international drug treaties to which Uruguay is party". Under the new law, the state would assume control of growing and selling cannabis to registered users. The bill still needs to be passed by Uruguay's senate before becoming law.
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Where to shop when you land in San Pedro and a 15 minute Belize City taxi video
Often people want to pick up a few things when they hit town so that when they get to their resort they can relax and enjoy a drink and a snack. Within a stones throw Tropic Air and Maya Island Air, you can hit a reasonably priced grocery store to pick up all the basics, and find 2 fruit stands that sell fresh cut fruit and limited vegetables. Nuts and peanut butter are 2 things I recommend on Belize forums when people ask what to bring food wise, both items are costly here. Looking down the side road by Tropic Air baggage claim, Save On Groceries is second on left Coming from Maya Save On Groceries is at the end of the road

A Date with Destinee
We couldn’t resist… To be honest, we’re not big on the whole beauty pageant thing, but we do like reporting on all things Belizean, and for many people early this month, the selection of Belize’s very own Destinee Arnold taking the crown at the International La Reina de La Costa Maya Pageant was a source of excitement and joy. The International La Reina de La Costa Maya Pageant, or Queen of the Maya Coast Pageant for our non-Spanish speakers, has women from Mexico and seven Latin American countries vying for the crown of this international competition, now in its 22nd year. And Belize’s Ms Arnold is no stranger to pageant success, having already taken the crowns of the 2012 “Queen of the Jewel Miss Belize” and Miss International Pageant” in Okinawa, Japan, and won the title of Miss Ethnic World in 2013 at Long beach California.

Bubblegum Snow Cone Syrup
My favorite flavor of snow cone or fresco syrup is bubblegum. I finally found the bubblegum extract online and was able to make the perfect bubblegum flavored syrup.

“Summer in the City” (Belize City) when away from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
As I mentioned in the previous edition, I had an appointment at 08.00 hours at the Dental Center yesterday morning and had to catch the Caye Caulker Water Taxi 06.00 service to get to Belize City for this. I (as long time readers will know) am always up early so getting ready for this early departure was not a problem. Catching the boat was made even easier because Rose got up to run me there in the golf cart (big cheer for Rose now!). I was at the terminal by 05.50 hours and when they called for boarding I managed to belie my age by very adroitly (and swiftly) getting to near the front of the queue (my very English habit of queuing orderly has disappeared since moving to Belize. why? Hardly anybody respects a queue. And if you do you get left behind) and secured a seat near the boat ‘doorway’. On a dry day when the sea is calm this is a great spot for ‘catching’ the breeze. Not a great spot though if it is raining or the water is rough. Then you can get drenched.The trip over though was dry and calm. My seat selection worked! Unless you really need to be in Belize City early in the morning though I would recommend that you avoid the first boat of the day. It gets packed and at times the person sitting next to you is so close it feels like it might be your Siamese twin. Or that’s how it felt for me at times. At least it was a female though.

Fluoride the Silent Killer
HARMFUL EFFECTS OF FLUORIDE Fluoride is used as an insecticide and a roach killer. Even at the level they use to fluoridate your public water supply, usually at the rate of about 1 part fluoride for every million parts of water (1 ppm) by weight, it causes severe problems. As little as one-tenth of an ounce of fluoride will cause death. It is more poisonous than lead and just slightly less poisonous than arsenic. No one will die from drinking one glass of fluoridated water, but it is the long term chronic effects of drinking fluoridated water that affects health. Dental fluorosis is one of the earlier signs of fluoride poisoning, appearing in mild cases as a chalky area on the tooth, and in more advanced cases, teeth become yellow brown or black and the tips break off. Fluoride in the drinking water leads to fluoride levels in tissues and organs which damage enzymes. This results in a wide range of chronic diseases. Fluoride weakens the immune system and may cause allergic type reactions including dermatitis, eczema and hives. It causes birth defects and genetic damage. Fluoride is likely to aggravate kidney disease, diabetes and hypothyroidism. The amount consumed in drinking water has been shown to lower thyroid activity in humans. It also causes the breakdown of collagen which results in wrinkling of the skin and the weakening of ligaments, tendons and muscles. There are a number of ways that fluoride can be administered. The most insidious way is through the drinking water. Some of you have it in your mouthwashes, or in your toothpaste, or you may take a fluoride supplement which is dispensed in pills or drops.

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American Patricia King Raises The Dead To Retain Belize’s Ban On Gay Sex
Meet Patricia King, pictured here sporting a tiger print blouse, QVC jewelry, and lesbian haircut. She’s a self-published author, self-proclaimed Christian prophet, and the leader of Extreme Prophetic Ministries. In 2009, two of the organization’s members released a home video in which they claimed to have “rebuked a tornado” from blowing their house away by commanding it to “go in the name of Jesus.” (And thereby blow away somebody else’s house!) Also in 2009, the organization promoted Uganda’s “kill the gays” legislation. In 2011, King herself released a video preaching something about raising the dead. (She also began peddling a how-to-raise-the-dead video series called “The Glory School,” available for the low, low price of $215.) Now, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, King and company are back. This time they’re joining forces with the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a global organization based in Arizona dedicated to “spreading the gospel” and “transforming legal systems” the whole world over, in supporting a campaign to defend Belize’s anti-sodomy law. Because — well — what better way to spend their time and resources than meddling in another country’s business?

Discover the Secrets of Beautiful Belize
Belize, a country of approximately 311,000 people, rests on the eastern coast of Central America. Northeast of Guatemala and south of Mexico, only 185 miles long and 75 miles wide, and formerly known as British Honduras, Belize gained its independence from Britain in 1981, making it the only English-speaking country in all of Central America. Offering a subtropical climate with brisk, prevailing trade winds from the Caribbean and an average temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit, Belize has two seasons: the dry season from December to May and the green or rainy season from June to November. The capital, Belmopan, is in the Cayo District, just one of seven districts in the country. I landed in Belize City, the former capital, and took a taxi to the water taxi port and a boat to San Pedro, a town on Ambergris Caye, pronounced “key.” This 25-square-mile island is the largest island in Belize and features dining, shopping, nightlife, and accommodations including budget-friendly and luxury resorts. I had the pleasure of staying at Xanadu Island Resort, which offers eco-friendly accommodations containing monolithic domes (made of fireproof, soundproof, hurricane proof, and steel-reinforced concrete) combined with thatched roofs. The grounds are gorgeous, overlooking a private pool and beachfront. The nature reserve on the property features an elevated walking path that affords visitors up-close views of native birds and wildlife.


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