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Today's Belize News: August 13, 2013
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HGTV Films Heather Beck’s International House hunt on Ambergris Caye
It’s one of the most popular series on Home and Garden Television (HGTV), and House Hunters International has followed potential homeowners all over the globe as they search for that place to call home. Belize – and Ambergris Caye – has been highlighted a few times on the show, and it was once again time for La Isla Bonita to be featured as HGTV was back on the island. The show will feature long-time visitor and Saga Humane Society Board member Heather Beck as she puts her roots down and buys a home on the island. One of the special highlights of the episode will be Saga’s monthly cook-off. Held at Average Joe’s bar on August 8th, the appetizer cook-off saw an incredible turnout, with tickets selling out within minutes. Of course, everyone was there to support Saga while indulging in delicious appetizers – and if they had a chance to be on TV, well, it was an added bonus.
BTIA says no to proposed cruise port in Southern Belize
The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) remains firmly against establishing a major cruise port in southern Belize and the proposed memorandum of understanding between NCL and the Government of Belize. The BTIA had previously made a public statement in relation to this development at Crawl Caye and over the past couple weeks, has taken note of another option for development at Harvest Caye. The BTIA opposes this proposed development in the south of Belize for the following reasons:
BTIA has publicly supported the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan and continues to do so as it defines the long-term plan for sustainable tourism in Belize. This plan was recently supported by government and clearly states that “pocket cruise tourism is the only acceptable form of cruise tourism on the south eastern coast of Belize.” The study was emphatic that southern Belize should remain an eco-friendly low impact destination. The BTIA supports this plan and the continued growth of the overnight tourism in this area.
Belize Bird Rescue releases Common Black Hawk on Ambergris Caye
The Belize Bird Rescue, based in Roaring Creek Village in the Cayo District since 2004, released a hawk on northern Ambergris Caye. The juvenile Common Black Hawk was removed off Caye Caulker Village after the chick hatched and its mother became over protective when the property owners were around. In the process of being removed, the bird was injured and had to be taken for rehabilitation at the Belize Bird Rescue center.
On Wednesday August 7th, the bird was flown to Ambergris Caye on board a Maya Island Air Flight and was eventually taken to northern part of the caye. On Thursday August 8th, the bird was released into the wild. Jonathon Urbina, who released the hawk, spoke of the entire process. “This bird was rescued from Caye Caulker. The parents had built a nest in somebody’s yard and a resident of the island got word that some people wanted to kill the chick. The resident, a lover of wild life, intervened as Common Black Hawk Released-6he thought that the Common Black Hawk is a species worth saving. The hawk was eventually removed, but was injured, and so it was taken to the Belize Bird Rescue Center,” said Jonathan.
VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!
The Great Blue Hole currently ranks in the Top 10 for the 8th Wonder of the World competition.
In June of this year VirtualTourist.com launched the world-wide contest which features over three hundred natural and man-made landmarks that are hoping to win the title of ‘8th Wonder of the World.’ We encourage all Belizeans and friends of Belize to continue to vote for the Great Blue Hole every day until September 30th, 2013, at www.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder.
Belize stands to gain major PR push and an audience of 2.6 million viewers should the Great Blue Hole win the competition.
Belize Bird Rescue Releases Rehabilitated Common Black Hawk in Ambergris Caye
Birds - Can you think of a day that went by without seeing or hearing a bird? According to the Belize Audubon Society there are as many as 587 species of birds recorded in Belize making the country an ideal setting for bird watchers. The tropical forests, savannahs, numerous cayes, wetlands, and coastal plains of Belize offer a myriad of habitat to these birds.
Nearly half of our nation's land and adjacent waters are protected under forest reserves, marine reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and other protected area designation. Protection of birds, and endangered animals in general, is a big deal here in Belize. It is with this in mind that in 2004, The Belize Bird Rescue was formed to assist injured parrots in Belize.
San Pedro Sailing Club - Cart Wash & Other News
The young sailors in the San Pedro Sailing Club are holding a cart wash to raise money so that they can go to St George's Caye in September and race in the Battle Regatta.
From 9:00 am to 4:00 on Saturday, August 17, the sailors will be washing carts at Caribbean Villas, where advanced tickets are now on sale. The sailors themselves will be around town selling advance tickets for $10.00. Without a ticket, the cost for the wash will be $12.00. Customers with advance tickets will be served one free rum punch at the Catamaran Beach Bar while waiting, and they will receive a free Sailing Club Calendar (2013) signed by the sailors.
Pic of the Week:
Sunbathing - A Belizean National Pastime in the Cayes
Maybe we can call this a national pastime here in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Like lizards to the sun, most people love to lay out in the sun while they spend a relaxing day on the beach or on the boat out by the reef while on the islands. Here we see Miss Costa Maya 2013 (Miss Belize), Destinee Arnold, sunbathing after her snorkling adventure at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
Misc Belizean Sources
Commuters to and from the villages of Progresso, Copper Bank, Chunox, Little Belize, Sarteneja, including developments as Progresso Shores, Progresso Heights, Cerros Sands, Orchid Bay, etc. will be inconvenienced by the closure of the ferry service commencing tomorrow Tuesday, August 13th, 2013. No official notice has been given to the general public by Public Works but operators of the Corozal/Progresso ferry have confirmed to us that they will be commencing repair works on the top of the badly decayed deck. The Corozal Daily has received numerous complaints of the ferry being unsafe to both human and vehicular traffic and people have been reported falling in and getting severely hurt in some of the crevices and holes that exist, especially at night.
The situation in Trinidad could lead to constitutional change in former British colonies
By Wellington C. Ramos
Most of the countries that were former British colonies have a government that is similar to the one in Great Britain. In this type of government, the prime minister is the head of government and they have a bicameral legislative body. The prime minister is the leader of his or her political party who is elected to serve in the house of parliament to represent his or her constituency. The leader of the party that wins his or her seat and the majority of seats in the house of parliament automatically becomes the prime minister of the country. However, if the leader of the party loses his or her seat, then he or she cannot serve as the prime minister of the country. The elected members of the party can then choose from among themselves their leader to become the prime minister. In Great Britain, the Queen or King acts as the titular head of state and, as such, he or she swears in the newly elected prime minister. In most of the former British colonies that role is performed by the governor general of the country, who represents the Queen or King of England. Trinidad, Guyana and Dominica are the only three former British colonies in the Caribbean and Latin America that declared themselves republics. They all have a president but the functions of that office are different in each countries. In Trinidad and Dominica, the president’s duties is similar to that of a governor general in all the other Caribbean countries but in Guyana the president is the head of state and is elected by all the people through a direct vote.
MUSIC CAMP CONCERT
On Friday, August 9, The Summer Music Camp given by Music Instructor Carlos Perrote came to an end with a bang! It was really amazing seeing these kids of all ages, and even some adults, being a part of this camp. The concert started with the different groups playing the percussions and ended with a very vibrant session with the steel pans. The Mayor was on site to hand out the certificates to all the participants. Kudos to all the organizers and the sponsors of the Music Camp!
VIDEO: Protect The Manatees
We can all do our part to help protect the manatees in Belize.
Derek Anderson Presents Stamina at UB
Derek Anderson gave a motivational speech entitled 'Stamina' at UB last week.
"Former NBA player, Derek Anderson delivered a Motivational Speech on Entrepreneurship to basketball players and members of the surrounding areas of Belmopan on August 8 at the Jaguar Auditorium, University of Belize, Central Campus, Belmopan. He is one of 13 players who've won an NBA Championship in 2006 with the Miami Heat, and an NCAA Championship. Growing up poor and without parents who had left him to the streets, Derek found his inner self-motivation that led to his success as a producer, philanthropist, inventor and author. His inspirational story is detailed in his book titled 'Stamina.' Derek’s visit to Belize is to reach out and help others who have found themselves in similar situation as he did. He retired from the NBA in 2008."
National Song Competition Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the National Song Competition, and especially Nello Player, who won again! Great photos, Will Moreno!
"National Celebrations Commission Announces National Song Competition Winners 2013
The National Song Competition 2013 was held by the National Celebrations Commission in association with Atlantic International Bank on Saturday August 10th at the Memorial Park in Belize City. The competition had three junior entries, ten Belize Song, formerly patriotic seniors, and five carnival senior entries this year.
We are proud to present the following winners:
1st Place - $1500.00 and a trophy – Jael August
2nd place – $1000.00 and a trophy - Marilyn Vansen
1st Place - $6000.00, a Trophy, a music video production and the opportunity to represent Belize at a Regional competition- Winner - Kernelle Parks 'Nello Player'
2nd Place -$3000.00 and a Trophy– Wilson Grinage
1st Place - $6000.00, a Trophy, a music video production and the opportunity to represent Belize at a Regional competition -winner:
-TR Shine 'Kick off the Carnival'
2nd Place -$3000.00 and a Trophy – Ernestine Carballo
'Every day for me is Carnival'
A special thanks to all of this year’s entrants, and congratulations to all winners. For more information kindly contact National Celebrations Commission"
Rotaract Bingo Sundays are Back
Rotaract is bringing their Bingo Sundays back. They'll be having the next one this Sunday, at Hode's Place, starting at 6:30pm. Good luck!
In related news, they've posted a few pictures from their Rave at the Grave fundraiser. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.515381478532659.1073741842.407382502665891
"We're reviving a tradition of the Rotaract Club San Ignacio. Join us for our first Bingo Sunday at Hodes Place in San Ignacio on August 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Proceeds from Bingo Sunday will be used for future community service projects like:
1. Adopt a Child Program
2. Mount Carmel Primary School: painting of benches at the Infant Division
3. Halloween Horror House (reviving another Rotaract tradition)
4. Christmas Toy Drive;
and many more.
Support our fundraising efforts. Bring out the entire family and have fun! "
Belize National Song Competition 2013 Highlights
The Belize National Song Competition is an event held every year kicking off the mood for the September Celebrations. It is an event planned by NICH (National Institute of Culture and History), September Celebrations Commission and sponsored by Atlantic International Bank. The event gives Belizean artists an opportunity to showcase new lyrics and original material built around the September Celebrations.
The Belize National Song Competition is broken into 3 different categories, Junior Patriotic Song, Senior Patriotic Song and Carnival Song.
September is a festive time of year in Belize. People all over the country gather at public venues...
Hon. Dolores To Hon. Finnegan: “Resign!”
We’ve shown you a lot from last week’s house meeting – but what we didn’t show you was one exchange that happened near the end of the session. And we will show you tonight because it’s become quite a big deal for the PUP who are calling for a member’s resignation.
The back and forth started when Dolores Balderamos Garcia stood up to speak on the adjournment. That’s reserved for matters of public importance, and Balderamos Garcia used the platform to address the decorum, or lack of it, allegedly shown by the mace-bearer Brian Audinett, known as “Yellow-man”. That led to an off colour response from the UDP Party Whip Michael Finnegan.
For context to tonight’s headline story – we have that exchange from Wednesday – we warn you though, it’s definitely rated PG:
Hon. Dolores Balderamos Garcia - Area Representative, Bze Rural Central
"Mr. Speaker, I am extremely concerned. I believe that the Sergeant of Arms that we have now, not only has he been found guilty of harm to a woman back in 2006 and charged $150 but I have personally seen the conduct of him being inebriated in these precincts, of him draining the bottle of Belikin outside of this House and of his behavior and of his conduct out in public, urinating in public and now we have a situation."
The Story Behind The Baby Crushed By Truck Tire
On Friday we told you about the tragic case of an infant – who was crushed by a bus tyre in Buttercup, just outside Burrell Boom. It happened on Thursday evening, and by early Friday morning, the 11 month old was dead. Monica Bodden went looking for some answers today:….
This bus tire mounted on a steel rim fell on an 11 month old infant on Friday evening. It happened just outside of Burrel Boom village around 4pm. The child who was playing outside in the yard was left unattended by his mother for a brief moment when the tragedy occurred.
Alan Rhaburn - Grand-Uncle and Neighbor
"His mom said that she put him to sit down and they were picking up Craboo under the tree and she left him there but he's just starting to walk so he got up from where he was and he went towards the tire and the only way I could put it is, he might have crept there and held on the tire to stand up and the tire fell over him. The tire had on a rim and it was pumped up because it was to go on the bus the same morning and he forgot it. In a way he says he blames himself, but I told him he can't blame himself."
Constable To Court For Weed
And in an update to another story we ran on Friday, Police Constable Darrell Swazo, the officer assigned to the DPP’s Office who was caught with 2 kilos of marijuana is out of bail tonight, after he was arraigned in Belmopan Magistrate’s Court today.
As we reported, Swazo, who works with the DPP’s Office in the Case Care Unit, left the DPP’s Office on Friday morning to track down a witness, but he was busted with another man in a Mitsubishi Eclipse with the Marijuana at around 3 that afternoon.
The officers at a checkpoint in Santa Elena stopped the car and discovered the weed in the back of the car.
Cop Dies From Beat-Up Injuries
A police constable died after he was beaten last week. Over a week ago, at midnight on Sunday, 26 year old constable Roy Robert Fernandez was beaten up in Georgetown Village as he was walking with two females. The man doing the beating was one of the women’s ex common law, and he along with his brother put a beating on Fernandez. Fernandez ended up with a swollen face, a burst bottom lip and complained of pain to his upper body. But, he did not report the incident and refused medical attention. Six days later on Saturday morning, Fernandez started complaining that he was experiencing acute pain and was unable to urinate.
By Saturday evening, he was dead at the clinic in Independence Village. Police say they are seeking the two brothers for questioning. Fernandez was attached to precinct one in Belize City.
Espejo Catches Cheque Swindler
22 year-old Michael Usher is at prison tonight after he was taken to court for allegedly stealing from his boss, Belize City Councilor Roger Espejo.
According to police, Espejo reported that on last week Thursday, he received a call from an employee at JL’s Quick Loan, who informed him that she was holding 2 cheques from his company, Asset Guard Manufacture Insurance Ltd, which she suspected was forged. Espejo went to verify, and confirmed that they belonged to him, but the signatures were forged.
The cheques were for a total of $970, and they were made out to Usher, and as a result, police searched him, and they recovered $500 in cash.
As a result, he was charged with 2 counts of forgery, 2 counts of obtaining property by deception, 2 counts of uttering upon false document, and 2 counts of claiming upon a false document.
He was arraigned today before Magistrate Clive Lino, who granted him bail of $6,000 which he wasn’t able to meet. He was taken to prison tonight, and he will remain there until he can make bail arrangements.
Stole A Bike At Gunpoint
Tonight, 24 year-old Harry Joseph is at prison tonight joining his alleged accomplice 21-year-old Kyle Chaplin, who according to police, robbed a man at gun point of his bicycle.
34 year-old Rupert Garnett, was riding his beach cruiser, when he was approached by 2 men, one of whom pulled out a firearm and pointed it at him.
According to Garnett, the armed man ordered him to get off the bike, and he pistol-whipped him in the head. Garnett got off the bike, and handed it over to his assailants who then rode off.
Police charged Joseph and Chaplin robbery and harm; Chaplin was additionally charged with aggravated assault. Chaplain was arraigned and remanded last week, and Joseph was arraigned today before Magistrate Clive Lino, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Song Fest Draws Cheers And Jeers
The National Song Competition was held on Saturday night at Memorial Park. It is seen as the unofficial kickoff of the September Celebrations – and you could have seen it live at the park or her on Channel 7. Daniel Ortiz was front row for all the fun – and he has this report:…
Daniel Ortiz reporting
The 2013 National Song Competition featured18 artists who provided over 4 hours of entertainment to a Memorial Park crowded with fans who have come to expect a high quality of entertainment from the event.
And they got that consistent quality from a variety of performers, some veterans, some newcomers, but in the end, there could only be 3 winners: and those emerged as Ivan 'TR' Burgess, Kernelle 'Nello Player' Parks, and Jael August.
Nello Player is now the back to back winner in the Patriotic Song Competition. He’s entry 'Da Belize Eh Deh' captivated the audience with its colorful lyrics about Belize and its culture. After the competition, he told us that he was excited about the win. He said that he didn’t expect to win:
Blowback From Song Competition
As you saw in our interview with Nello Player, he told us that he didn’t think that his performance was the winning piece for the night in Patriotic Song competition.
And he’s not the only one who has that opinion; when the winners were announced, there was a large portion of the audience who disagreed, believing that the two best performances came from Wilson Grinage and Reecie Pollard.
Pollard spoke to us today and pointed to several issues which she says suggest a clear slant against to the unknown faces in the competition.
Wilson Grinage - 2nd Place, Patriotic Song Category
"It wasn't fair, honestly. I'm being real here and I'm sorry for whoever might hate me for this but if I had come in second to Reecie Pollard I would have been so happy. But second to someone whose stage performance wasn't up to par as comparisson to Reecie and myself, I'm not hating people - I'm really upset because it's really unfair."
Belize to CONCACAF Championships
Tonight, the Belize U-15 Football Team is in Grand Cayman to compete in the 2013 CONCACAF Championships.
They’re set to play their first against St. Lucia tomorrow, and before they left this afternoon, we got a chance to speak with one of the Assistant Coaches.
He told us about Team Belize’s Strategy, going into each match:
Alex Norales - Assistant Coach, U15 National Team
"The entire CONCACAF group - we're going to have representation from teams in the Caribbean. They'll have Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras in different teams. We are in a tight group - we have St. Lucia, we will have Guatemala, Dominican Republic but our first goal is to get over St. Lucia tomorrow as much goals as possible and we believe we can do that and that will give us a moral boost to face the other groups. Jamaica is also in our group as well but Jamaica and El Salvador might be the fourth and last - I might not have it in order but something like that. The group is a good group - we've been working with them, they are disciplined, they listen. We've been working with their flaws and trying to correct those. Our players are fast but not all that technical so what we've been trying to do is trying to identify what they're good at and try to use that at our advantage. We're not going to go and defend, we're going to pressure the team from the beginning, not allow them to play and we are going to do the damage. That's our game plan, what we've been working on - go and pressure them in their field, get the ball, suffocate them so that they cannot come out and then we attack."
The Future Of Car Racing In Belize Begins With Lessons On Safety
Ten days ago we told you about the FIA, the International Federation of Automobiles, which is the governing body for motorsport worldwide – kinda like FIFA for car-racing. Through the Belize Automotive Club they’ve taken an interest in Belize – and on Saturday, their president who is on a regional tour visited Belize. He held a press conference on Saturday at the Radisson and said that Belize must first take baby steps:….
Jean Todt, FIA President
"What we want in a small country like Belize is to participate in better education to the development of motor sport at the grassroots level. As I mentioned earlier we should not speak at the moment to have wrong ambitions but you have to start first by educating the champion - so we are at the level of educating Belize to go in Motor Sport."
G-Collective Returns Home From Triumphant Tour
From mid-June to Saturday August 10th, the Garifuna Collective had a triumphant 25 city tour of north America – probably the most ambitious tour any Belizean band has ever embarked on. These musical ambassadors came home on Sunday after playing in front of tens of thousands of fans at concerts and festivals. 7News greeted them at the airport:..
Joshua Aranda, Drummer
"There's no show that I can pin point and say that 'this is our best show' because the receiption was always great because every show was different and every show was special."
Desiree Diego - Vocalist
"We got the people dancing, we talked to them in Garifuna - I got them talking, saying 'hsietibunu' and you feel that connection with the people, for me it was excellent."
Finnegan’s comments in the House that went viral
Comments laden with sexual innuendo which were aimed at member for Belize Rural Central Dolores Balderamos Garcia have resulted in a fiery public outcry outside the House. Mesopotamia’s Michael Finnegan [...]
P.U.P. Women want Finnegan to Resign
The raw comments made in the House of Representatives last Wednesday by Finnegan went viral as soon as they were uttered. This morning, Baldermos-Garcia, flanked by women in the People [...]
Finnegan wants Dolores to apologize
Following the P.U.P. Women’s Press Conference at Independence Hall, News Five headed over to Michael Finnegan’s house. Far from cowering from the pressure of the P.U.P. Women’s Group, Finnegan was [...]
Georgetown Cop beaten and dies
One murder was recorded this weekend and at news time tonight, one of two persons is in detention for the homicide of a cop. Twenty-six year old Roy Robert Fernandez [...]
Commuter run-over by bus
A commuter experienced a frightening ordeal this morning when she exited a D and E passenger bus. Raquel Burke, a resident of Bainsville Area in Hattieville, was injured as she [...]
2 Shot through the window in the Gungulung
A shooting early Sunday morning in the Gungulung area of the Old Capital has left one of two persons hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Eighteen year old Leroy [...]
Shooting victim Stephen Buckley’s first weekend with cash
After more than three years of begging on the street to feed his family with no assistance from Government, Stephen Buckley received fifty thousand dollars on Friday. The money is [...]
Senate votes on bills to improve quality of life
This morning the Senate met in Belmopan to debate and vote on bills and motions passed through the House this past Wednesday. One of the financial bills up for approval [...]
Senator argues for the PAC
One motion which never made it past the House floor and wasn’t up for debate at the Senate meeting today was on the Public Accounts Committee. The Opposition tabled a [...]
SATIIM refers to US Capital’s alleged neo-colonial arrogance
On August first, SATIIM and the communities of the Sarstoon Temash Region wrote to U.S. Capital Energy asking the company to suspend its operations within the Sarstoon Temash National Park. [...]
Busted with City Councilor’s cheques
Twenty-two year old Michael Usher, an employee of Asset Guard Manufacture Insurance Ltd., was today charged on eight indictable offenses, including two counts of forgery, two counts of obtaining property [...]
Beach cruiser robbers in jail
Two Belize City men are tonight on lockdown following an armed robbery a few weeks ago. Twenty-four-year-old Harry Joseph appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Clive Lino today where he was read [...]
Expo and the Carnival Road March will be on the same day
The Belize Marketplace Expo and the Carnival Road March are both highly anticipated events in the national celebrations calendar. This year, they are both set for September fourteenth and this [...]
And the winners of the National Song Competition are…
The first event in this year’s national celebrations committee took place on Saturday night at the Memorial Park. Junior and senior artists battled to win the top spot in the [...]
Awesome sporting highlights with James Adderley
Good evening I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday. Let’s head to the Norman Broaster Stadium where Atlantic Bank interdistrict football competition staged the semi-final match between Triple [...]
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CDF, Opening A New Road For Sexually Abused Victims
Abuse can come in many forms including physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, sexual assault, violation, rape, unjust practices and wrongful practice or custom. Statistics show that those most vulnerable to any such form of abuse, are children. The Child development Foundation is a non for profit organization that works towards sensitizing the community on the protection of a child. The restoration of emotional and physical health to victims so that they can fulfill their developmental potentials and live in a community where they are free from re-victimization and where they receive loving, nurturing care and support is the vision with which the organization carries out its functions.
Diana Sho, Chairperson, Child Development Foundation
“Today we are in Orange Walk doing a community workshop to sensitize community leaders and parents about the issues related to the protection of children. CDF which is the child development foundation that is what we exist to do we are a community base non-profit community organization that works to sensitize people about child protection issues, how to protect children from abuse, what are the indicators of abuse, how to intervene and respond to a situation where a child is victim of abuse and we are also sensitizing people about the new human trafficking prohibition act which was just recently passed in our laws legislator and which also part of the laws of Belize.”
Women of The PUP Want Finnegan and Yellow Man Gone
During last week Wednesday’s House Meeting, representative for Belize Rural Central Dolores Balderamos-Garcia, raised some arguments regarding the conducted of the Mace Bearer and UDP activitist Brian “Yellowman” Audinett. Honorable Garcia was bringing to the attention of the House the behavior and conduct of Audinett as he was caught in January of this year, relieving himself on a Government issued vehicle parked in front of Heritage Bank on Prince Margaret Drive in Belize City.
“Yellowman’s” name once against surfaced for behavior unbecoming of a worker for the House of Representatives when he was accused and charged for the beating of Phillip “Fawda” Henry which occurred about a month ago. Henry was purchasing food in front of the Novelo’s Bus Terminal on West Collet Canal when he was allegedly attacked by “Yellowman”.
This morning, the United Women’s Group of the People’s United Party held a press conference in efforts of venting out their frustrations and concerns regarding last week’s incident in the House of Representatives. Honourable Dolores Balderamos-Garcia was verbally assaulted by Honorable Michael Finnegan when Finnegan questioned if the Belize Rural Central representative saw the size of Yellowman’s, how can we put it – centipede.
Corozal Cops Accused Of Police Brutality
Tonight, a man from the village of Patchakan is at the Corozal Community Hospital after he was allegedly severely beaten by a Corozal Police Officer. According to information received this morning, the incident stems from the apparent negotiation of fifty acres of land in said village’s area. The Ruiz family has held possession of the fifty acres for over four decades and of recently, the Ministry of Natural Resources has written to the family requesting the negotiation of the land on behalf of Minister Hugo Patt.
Reports to our news room indicate that Hector Ruiz, one of the brothers and co-owner of the land, visited the home of the Corozal Commissioner of Lands who resides in Patchakan Village sometime over the weekend. According to Lucas Ruiz, brother of Hector Ruiz, while Hector was at the Commissioner’s house, a confrontation ensued between him and a gentlemen referred to only by his last name, Vallejos. Lucas stated that his brother then proceeded to leave the residence in efforts of avoiding further confrontation.
Head On Collision Leaves Three Severely Injured
A head on collision between a pickup and a van on the Yo Creek to San Lazaro Road here in Orange Walk has left three persons hospitalized and a host of others with many injuries. The traffic mishap occurred on Sunday sometime around 7:30pm when a pick-up truck driven at the time by Raul Ortega of Orange Walk Town, and this grey van, driven at the time by Hermilo Ramirez, coming in the opposite direction, collided head-on causing both vehicles to be extensively damaged. Passengers of both vehicles sustained various degrees of injuries.
Raul Ortega sustained a broken ankle which was treated and he was released from the Northern Regional Hospital. While there were other passengers inside of the cab of the pick-up truck, they sustained minor injuries. Three passengers who were seated in the back pan of the pick-up sustained severe injuries to the head and body as they flew out of the pan upon the collision. Fabian Ortega sustained injuries to the back but was treated and released, on the other hand, Nestor and Damian Ortega, suffered injuries to the chest and head respectively.
Was Elias Ku Murdered? His Family Wants To Know
The worst fears of the Ku family here in Orange Walk town were realized when the badly decomposing body of their loved one was found floating in the river. The family was informed that Elias Ku was last seen by the river near the San Estevan Bridge on Tuesday August 6th and that he fell in the river and never resurfaced. The following day, the family made a missing person’s report and immediately launched a search for their loved. Despite all attempts it seemed as if they would never get a chance to say goodbye. However the family never lost hope and kept looking until perseverance paid off. Reporter Irvin Aragon and Cameraman Jesus Melgar have that story.
rvin Aragon - Reporting
The dark waters of the New River, particularly near Independence Plaza, now holds the mystery of the circumstance leading to the death of thirty-two years old, Elias Ku. The family continued to comb the river hoping to find Elias’ body so as to have a chance to say goodbye and lay him to rest. Elias Ku left home on Tuesday the 6th of August and was last seen wearing a red and black shirt, jeans pants and red tennis shoes, which were found in the area where it is believed he was socializing with at least two other persons.
Family Relieved to Find Body of Missing Brother But Wants Investigation into Death
The body of an Orange Walk man who was reported missing was retrieved from the New River on Saturday. Reporter Dalila Ical filed this story.
“The body of 32 year old Elias Ku has been recovered by his family members. After almost 4 days of searching, family members found the body in the Fidelia Creek in Trial Farm Village. Since the body was in an advanced state of decomposition the post mortem was conducted on site; however, the cause of death was undetermined. According to a family member the search was headed primarily by the family; his sister Karina told Love News that while they have the consolation of having found his body and can give him a proper burial they’re not at ease and will push for further investigation into Elias’ death. The family strongly believes that Elias may have been beaten and hurt and thrown into the river or creek. Police are investigating.”
Taiwan Grants Scholarships to Belizean Students
Twenty six Belizeans have been given the opportunity to travel to the Republic of China (Taiwan) on full scholarships to study in three major areas. The Belize Taiwan International Collaboration Development Fund Alumni Society Scholarships orientation luncheon was held on Saturday and Love News was there and here is that report.
“Twenty six Belizeans who are recent recipients of a full scholarship from the Government of the Republic of China on Taiwan gathered at the Chateau Caribbean Hotel with past recipients. According to the Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize David Wu, this year’s scholarship grant is the maximum handed out to Belizeans.”
AMBASSADOR DAVID WU
“It is the highest number of scholarships awarded to the Belizean students over the past few years. Belizeans students have the highest number to be awarded of the scholarship because we are very close diplomatic allies but also the students from Belize have done very well in Taiwan in the past 7 – 8 years.”
“From the twenty six recipients, 15 will be pursuing their Bachelor’s degree while the other will keep their heads in the book if they want to obtain their Master’s and one individual will be pursuing a Doctorate degree.”
“In the three major categories, one is agriculture; I think that it will be very useful for them when they come back to Belize to develop the agriculture of this country and management and also high tech because the high tech now in Taiwan is very advanced so, I think they started in three major categories. We have two types of scholarship one is ICDF – international collaboration development fund and this ICDF program will be taught in English, Taiwan scholarship is another type of scholarship it is taught in Mandarin because Mandarin now Is a very popular language; so, they will spend one extra year to learn this language first in Taiwan and then the program now will be taught in Mandarin.”
“The scholarships include full tuition, accommodations and allowance.”
AMBASSADOR DAVID WU
“We hope now after they started, they can come back to contribute their learning to their home country but we also have, since last year, I think two of them have already gotten a job in Taiwan; they are now the teacher, they are now teaching English in Taiwan.”
According to Ambassador Wu, over two hundred and thirty scholarships have been granted over the past years.
Graduating Class on Emergency Response Team Now Certified
On Saturday one hundred and six residents from eight different communities across Belize were certified as Community Emergence Response Team (CERT) members on by the Belize Red Cross. The ceremony marked the conclusion of a two year training within a USAID and American Red Cross funded project called ”Saving Lives in the Caribbean Through Preparedness” . The project was a collaboration between the Belize Red Cross and the National Emergency Management Organization, (NEMO). The training covered issues like search and rescue, psychosocial support for communities, emergency care, communications, vector control, and disease prevention, among others. Each team received much needed equipment to assist them in their response valued at some four thousand Belize dollars.
A man and a woman were hospitalized with gunshot wounds following a shooting incident of Sunday morning. Police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital around 3:10 yesterday morning and saw eighteen year old Wasani Fernandez, a resident of Holy Emmanuel Street suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the arm and leg and twenty five year old Losandri Gonzalez of Dangriga suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to her left arm. Investigations revealed that Gonzalez and Fernandez were inside a house on Holy Emmanuel Street along with two other persons, when an unknown dark complexioned man pushed his hand through an open louver in a window and fired several shots, injuring them. Both Gonzalez and Fernandez were transported to the KHMH where Fernandez was admitted in a stable condition and Gonzalez was treated and released. Police recovered three, point twenty two expended shells from the scene and they continue to investigate.
A motorcycle was stolen in Belmopan over the weekend. According to reports, the curator of the Belize Zoo, a resident of Belmopan, reported to police that between 7:00 a.m on Saturday and 6:00 p.m on Sunday, his yellow and black 2002 Suzuki motor cycle was stolen while parked at his residence. Police are investigating the theft.
Five persons were arrested and charged by police for firearm offences in Belmopan. On Friday, while police were on mobile patrol around 2:45 p.m on Orchid Garden Street, they conducted a search on a black two door pick-up truck. During the search they discovered a sixteen gauge shotgun for which none of the occupants could produce a license. As a result all of them were arrested and charged with Kept Firearm without a Gun License. They are 41 year old Martin Pop, 19 year old Brian Zuniga, from Maya Mopan, 51 year old Leonard Jacobs of the Salvapan area and a 15 year old.
Brothers Wanted in Policeman’s Death
Police in Southern Belize are seeking the two brothers who they believe can assist in their investigations into the death of 26 year old Police Constable Roy Robert Fernandez of George Town Village. Correspondent Harry Arzu reports.
“Police from Independence Village are looking for two brothers who allegedly beat up a police officer in Georgetown Village in the Stann Creek District. The incident reportedly happened on Sunday, August 4 about 12 midnight. Police reported to Love News that the deceased, 26-year-old, PC Roy Robert Fernandez were in the company of two females escorting them home when Frederick Castillo, ex-boyfriend of one of the females approached him along with his brother, Ivan Castillo and began insulting the officer along with his girlfriend. Reports are that after the officer safely took his female friend home, he was shortly attacked about 400 yards from his friend’s house by the Castillo brothers. He was brutally beaten and sustained a burst lip and was observed with a swollen face and complained of a pain in his upper body. According to reports, PC Fernandez did not seek medical attention right away nor made a formal report. According to the officer’s mother he refused medical help and she observed that his health was slowly deteriorating and that he continued to complain of pain. After a week of the brutal attack, he was taken to a private clinic in Independence Village; on Saturday, August 10 at about 5:30 pm, PC Fernandez passed away. What he died from will be determined by a post mortem examination; his body is now at the Southern Regional Hospital as the police continue to investigate this strange incident. Reporting for Love News, Harry Arzu in Dangriga.”
PC Fernandez was attached to Precinct 1 in Belize City
Senior Police Officer Updates Media on Recent Deaths and Shooting of Minors in Belize District
Last Thursday evening a toddler was crushed to death in the Buttercup area just outside of Burrell Boom Village when a bus tire fell on top of him. The 11-month old had apparently stepped away from his mother sometime around 5:30 that evening and then crawled into a yard, where the tire was. It is reported that he started to play with the tire, which fell on top of him. Although surgery was performed on the baby, he did not survive the injury and died early on Friday morning. Today Officer Commanding the Ladyville Police Formation, Assistant Superintendent Chris Noble, briefed reporters on what the police have thus far.
ASP Chris Noble, O.C., Ladyville
“We have established that the child resided in the Burrell Boom area and was with the mother. There may have been some difficulty with the mother looking out for the child or the mother looking at the child. The information we have is that an object may have fallen upon the child; he was taken to the hospital and eventually succumbed; that child was very young and we are looking at putting everything together and taking it over to the DPP. It’s not whether we have eyewitnesses account or not, we are just collecting information and we do have a tire which has been identified by the persons.”
With respect to baby Kaylee Burgess who was choked to death and then placed in a bucket at her family home in Ladyville almost a year ago, Noble said that there’s nothing more officially that police have established into that case.
ASP Chris Noble, O.C., Ladyville
“There is no indication to us, at this stage, as to what may have or that we do have inroads otherwise than what the investigation file has; we are only going by what that is and expecting the instructions in so far as what we will be able to do in charging or not charging as such.”
However, information that we have picked up otherwise is that the person responsible for baby Kaylee’s death may already be dead. The most substantial details that the police have gathered are the eyewitness account of a three-year old boy who was around in Baby Kaylee’s final moments. Meanwhile, we also asked Noble for an update on the shooting, in late July, of ten year-old Deon Samuels Junior, who police reports allege was shot by his 14 year old cousin who lives in the same yard.
ASP Chris Noble, O.C., Ladyville
“After consultation with the DPP, the minor was charged and that matter is before the court. Our investigation into the matter is on-going and we will be looking at whatever else because we will be taking the file to the DPP as soon as we have completed it; the child was charged with firearm offences.”
“Can you say where that gun came from or who it belonged to?”
ASP Chris Noble, O.C., Ladyville
“No, I cannot say, that is a part of the investigation but I can confirm that it is a licensed weapon.”
Love News understands that the 14 year-old boy has been remanded into custody pending the outcome of his case. Meanwhile, ASP Noble cautions parents and guardians to be alert and to know your children’s whereabouts.
Women in Opposition Party Want Apology from Government Minister
On Friday Love News sat down with Belize Rural Central Representative, and the only woman member of the House of Representatives, Dolores Balderamos Garcia. Balderamos Garcia expressed her discontent with the way she was treated at last Wednesday’s House meeting after she raised concerns about the behavior of the Sergeant at Arms in the House of Representatives. Today, the women from the People’s United Party hosted a press briefing. Reporter Natalie Novelo and cameraman were there.
NATALIE NOVELO REPORTING
This afternoon, the PUP women came together to publicly express their concern and to condemn the behavior of the United Democratic Party members at the House of Representatives. The number one item on their agenda was the verbal assault of the Member for Mesopotamia Michael Finnegan against the Member for Belize Rural Central, Dolores Balderamos Garcia. At the head table sat Balderamos, along with PUP Secretary General, Myrtle Palacio, President of the United Women’s Group, Wendy Castillo and Former Speaker of the House, Senator and Representative for Dangriga, Sylvia Flores. Palacio emphasized that the behavior by Representatives in the House has questionable for some time.
MYRTLE PALACIO, Secretary General, PUP
“Chapter six of the Constitution of Belize charges the National Assembly of Belize for making laws for peace, order and good governance of the country of Belize. The Speaker of the House of Representatives presides over the sitting of the House; it is the Speaker’s role to ensure that there is order and decorum during the sitting. The unbecoming behavior of members mainly from the UDP in the House has not gone unnoticed as during the PUP’s consultation with the social partners in March was raised as a major concern particularly, by our church leaders, who vowed at that time to communicate this to those responsible before the next house meeting. The abuse of power by this UDP government has extended from chastising and criticizing judges’ decisions to flouting or ignoring the law and now, using the House of Representatives to make threats and crude innuendos against members of the House and members of the community who disagree with the Government.”
Palacio also informed the media that Senators Lisa Shoman and Karen Bodden addressed the issue at today’s senate meeting. Wendy Castillo read the official Statement from the PUP women, which above all, condemns what she referred to as the “vile verbal assault” against Balderamos, and calls for a public apology and immediate resignation of the Member for Mesopotamia, Michael Finnegan.
WENDY CASTILLO, President, UWG
“The member for Mesopotamia unleashed an unprecedented barrage of viciously crude and explicitly sexual innuendos on the floor of the National Assembly during a special sitting against the Honorable Dolores, who is the only female member in the House of Representatives; to add injury to his insult, Finnegan also hurled a repugnant threat directed at the honorable member and her husband. We note, in particular, that the Speaker of the House failed utterly in his responsibility to curb or even address the scandalous, personal attack – this we should not tolerate from any speaker of the House. That this occurred without rebuke is unconscionable and a matter of public disgrace and at the obscene display of disrespect during the house sitting; it signals a new low in our national discourse and we must not allow it; it stops here and it stops today. We insist on being treated with respect, civility and with regard to our human dignity; therefore, PUP women demand a public apology from and the immediate resignation of the member for Mesopotamia.”
As former speaker of the House of Representatives, Sylvia Flores said what happened on Wednesday was not only an assault on Balderamos Garcia
Sylvia Flores, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives
“It was also an assault on the integrity and the sanctity of the House of Representatives because there are rules, what we refer to as standing orders, that govern the sitting of the House of Representatives and such assault that took place ought not to have taken place; there are rules as to how the Speaker of the House should behave and I felt that was an occasion when the Honorable Speaker should have ruled against the member for Mesopotamia because what he said, what he did in the house was unbecoming and I wonder whether this is the kind of legacy that we are going to leave for our children. When we see the assaults in different parliaments all over the world and we wonder how this could happen from the so-called elected representatives of the people, aren’t we supposed to be on our best when we go to that honorable house, aren’t we supposed to be there as examples for the entire nation?”
Flores also said that such behavior in the House should not be tolerated.
Sylvia Flores, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives
“So, we must make that effort to send a message to our elected representative and especially so to the honorable member of Mesopotamia for the kind of behavior that took place in the house last Wednesday. Ladies and gentlemen, we do not need to tolerate this; there is a better way to behave and we must make sure that our representatives behave in a manner that makes us proud not a behavior that makes us bow our heads in shame.”
Finally it was time for Balderamos Garcia to speak and although she said she was hurt by the verbal assault toward her, it proved the point she was raising
DOLORES BALDERAMOS-GARCIA, Area Rep., Belize Rural Central
“On Wednesday, the UDP side including Boots and the Prime Minister and in particular, Finnegan proved the point that I was trying to make better than I could ever have done so myself. I don’t care about ever saying anything again about that misogynist; I don’t care to do that but I do care that we must raise the level of discourse because there are too many problems in this country that needs to be addressed and I fi can lend my voice to being in the house, to speak up for the country that we should be making and for the problems that we need to address, then I will continue my job.”
Balderamos Garcia says she needs some time to think and she will take the advice of the strong women in the PUP as to what her next step will be. Castillo said that they extended an invitation to stakeholders in women’s issues but there was no representation from the organizations which include, the Women’s Department, the Women’s Commission and the Special Envoy for Women and Children. Reporting for Love News, I am Natalie Novelo.
The women say this is the first move to protest the action. The Mesopotamia area representative’s actions have also been condemned by Women’s Inspired for Change as well as PUP Mayors.
Con Artist Preys on Residents on Northern Belize
Residents of Progresso Village are looking for a man following reports that he swindled a number of villagers. Reporter Dalila Ical has the details.
“Residents of Progresso Village are calling out a con artist after he allegedly took money from them with the promise of delivering on electrical and air conditioning work. One of the first persons who lost money to the individual was the proprietor of Fantasy Point in Progresso Village.”
OWNER OF FANTASY POINT
“We paid him, the first day, forty dollars to go get parts and he came back and so, we thought he can be trusted. The next day he came back and he told us all the things that we needed and I gave him one hundred and fifty dollars and I had him sign a paper that he received it and that was the last we have seen of him.”
“According to the complainants, the man identified himself as Mario Lopez of the Cayo District and while in Progresso Village, he approached others who hired him. He was last seen in the village about two Fridays ago. While those who were conned have not made a formal report to the police, they are warning the public to be on the lookout for one, Mario Lopez who poses as an air conditioning technician.”
“He is about five feet, two to four inches; he is a short, stocky man; he walks around with an undershirt without the sleeve and every time I saw him, he had this white undershirt. He was neat and clean and well-spoken.”
Soldier Sent to Prison Following Aggravated Assault on Spouse
A 25 year old BDF soldier who allegedly committed an aggravated assault on his common-law wife, became an inmate of Belize Central Prison today when he was unable to pay an outstanding court fine of eight hundred dollars and meet a bail of five thousand dollars. He is Michael Zuniga, a Public Affairs Officer who resides at Bella Vista and Price Barracks. Zuniga was also charged with harm and using threatening words. He pled not guilty to the charges. According to the allegation, he committed the aggravated assault with a machete and he threatened to kill his common-law wife and her family.
Vendor Remanded Following Armed Robbery
Twenty-four year old Michael Joseph, a vendor of Courtenay Crescent, was charged with robbery and harm when he appeared in court today. Joseph pled not guilty to the charges. Magistrate Clive Lino explained to him that the court cannot offer him bail because the robbery was committed with a firearm. Joseph was remanded into custody until September 25. The incident occurred on July 8. The complainant, 34 year old Rupert Garnett, reported to the police that he was riding his black beach cruiser bicycle on Sittee Street when Joseph and another man approached him and held him up with a firearm and stole his bicycle. Garnett told police that he was also beaten. Last week Kyle Chaplin was charged with the same offences. Chaplin was also charged with aggravated assault.
Belize City Resident Arraigned for Forged Cheques
Twenty-three year old Michael Usher, a resident of Pinks Alley who allegedly forged two Heritage Bank cheques, was charged with eight offences when he appeared today before Magistrate Lino. The charges were two counts of forgery, two counts of uttering a false document, two counts of claiming upon a false document and two counts of obtaining property by deception. No plea was taken because the offences are indictable. Usher was offered a bail of six thousand dollars and his case was adjourned until October 8. Usher was unable to meet bail so he was taken to Belize Central Prison. Usher allegedly forged two cheques that were charged to the account of Roger Espejo of Asset Guard management and Insurance Limited.
Time to clean House
Is it possible that we Belizeans who actually believe that our area representatives go to parliament to take care of the People’s Business are probably the most naïve and unrealistic dreamers within this country?
Humane Society helps control pet population
The Belize Humane Society and its various branches across the country have come up with a generous method of helping Belizeans control their pet population.
First live symphony in Belize raises the roof of the Bliss
It was an unforgettable experience–a first full length live symphony performance in Belize, by the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and the triumphant coming out of the National Youth Orchestra of Belize, under the direction of Mr. Colville Young Jr..
Guatemalan man 1st murder victim in two years in Benque
Benque Viejo Police have not been able to establish a motive or identify suspect for the savage killing of a Guatemalan man last Saturday, August 5.
Computer technician facing indecent assault and theft charges
A Belize City man who offered a ride to a woman he picked up at a bus stop on Friday was arraigned on aggravated assault of a sexual nature and theft charges, in the Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Con man told Magistrate he needs jail time to reform
A San Pedro man with an burgeoning rap sheet and a string of pending cases involving dishonesty, admitted that he needs help and begged a Belize City Magistrate to send him to jail, on Monday.
Former Prime Minister Said Musa deserves the tongue-lashing he received this week from the judges of the Caribbean Court of Justice for his role in undermining the rule of law in Belize in order to appease his good friend, British billionaire Mr. Michael Ashcroft and his companies, BCB Holdings [...]
PAC dead on arrival
The motion to reconfigure the Public Accounts Committee was struck down in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, after Prime Minister Dean Hon. Barrow pointed out several procedural errors. However, PAC chairman, Hon. Julius Espat, says he will not give up.
Eavesdropping law amended
At its meeting of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, the government introduced an amendment to the Interception of Communications Act to include the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit.
National Bank to offer 6.5% housing loans
“Of the People, for the People” is the motto of the new state-owned National Bank of Belize, which will offer housing loans at 6.5 per cent annual interest on the reducing balance with $20 million in start-up capital.
GOB writes-off more than $160,000
This week the House of Representatives wrote off a total of $161,154.37, with at least one of those losses emanating from a public officer’s misappropriation of funds.
Norwegian exclusive could block Belizean developers: Espat
Toledo East representative Mike Espat said Wednesday that the 25-year exclusive deal that the Government of Belize is considering with Norwegian Cruise Lines will hamper a Belizean Developer from being part of tourism in the south.
Saga Humane Society would like to announce a Mobile Clinic to San Mateo Tuesday August 12 to vaccinate another 100 dogs . During the Saga HS Mobile Clinic Tuesday August 6 to San Mateo, Saga HS vaccinated 51 the area dogs and distributed antibiotics to affected dogs. Many more dogs must be vaccinated to prevent the spread of Canine distemper virus. Vaccines will be at no charge to low income residents or $10 for those who can afford to pay.
Please help Saga spread the word about the upcoming Mobile Clinic.
The Lodge at Chaa Creek: My Personal Paradise Found – Part Two
Earlier in the week, I posted about my amazing two night stay at The Lodge at Chaa Creek in Belize’s Cayo District. I gushed about the grounds, the pool, the cottage, their philosophy and the staff. THE STAFF. Best staff I’ve ever encountered. We packed a ton of activities and relaxation and delicious food into just two days…and would have LOVED to stay a week/forever.
So let me continue…
Just about an hour after arrival, we climbed the hill to the Blue Morpho Butterfly farm.
You can get a guided tour every hour on the hour and I definitely recommend it. We met up with Selwyn who brought us into the enclosure and showed us the real live insect at every single stage of its life. It was so interesting, I hardly took any pictures.
Workshop on Internalization & Promotion of Caribbean SME Consortiums
Caribbean Export in cooperation with the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA) held the “Workshop on Internalization and Promotion of Caribbean SMEs Consortiums” in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on 8-9 July. This activity was also co-organized with the Small Business Association of Barbados (SBA) and the Center for Exports and Investments of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD).
The objective of this event was the promotion of strategies for productive development, the creation of export consortium’s and the internationalization of SMEs for their foray into regional and international markets. The workshop also aimed the stimulation of exchange of goods and services among Latin American and Caribbean countries in order to strengthen the productive integration of the region and promote the participation of SMEs in trade fairs and business events.
“Where Are You Now” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Wasn’t up until 06.30 hours yesterday morning. The price I paid for having a few too many Belikins with Frank (I collected him and his dog Ziggy when they arrived on the 17.30 hours Belize Water Taxi service from Belize City on Friday evening) who is over for the weekend from the BATSUB base in Ladyville.
Around 09.15 hours (feeling slightly better after three mugs of black coffee and something to eat) I went to collect our friend Dave (whose time serving on the BATSUB base comes to an end next weekend when he returns to the UK) who had caught the 08.30 hours water taxi.
After dropping Dave off at Pedro’s Hotel I returned to the condo we are renting during our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and took prime position on the sofa and ‘gorged’ on the sport on TV. First I watched Liverpool lose to Celtic (unfortunately I had missed the second half of Arsenal’s win against Manchester City when collecting Dave) and then switched channels (and sports) to watch Sydney Rabbitohs lose against the Melbourne Storm.
August 4, 2013 - August 10, 2013 Fishing Report
GRAND SLAMS: Yes that’s plural! Congratulations to Marco who was able to land a nice tarpon a huge permit and a tiny bonefish… for some reason the bonefish took 3 hours to get, they were sweating bullets as it got later. Same thing happened to our Australian friend Barney, got the tarpon and permit and spent 2 hours for the bonefish!!! I think it is the hot calm weather so the afternoon fishing has been slower! Captain Emir was the leader of both of these slams that were on a combination of light tackle and fly rod.
Interview With Kim Barrow, First Lady of Belize
After winning her battle with breast cancer, Belize First Lady Kim Barrow is on a mission to improve the welfare of women and young people in her country. Barrow, the wife of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, is the country’s Special Envoy for Women and Children, and spearheading several projects aimed at improving the lives of women and children and those with special needs. To learn more, Caribbean Journal talked with Barrow about her latest work, her call for a new cancer centre and the future of healthcare in Belize.
Altoona natives recover from ambush in Belize
Gunmen cause missionaries' truck to crash in creek ravine. When two men tried to stop Dan and Vicki Weaver in their truck after dark, the missionary couple followed the same rule that’s helped them survive 11 years in Belize.
“Whatever you see on that jungle road, you don’t stop,” Dan Weaver said, repeating the phrase he tells every visitor who travels the treacherous 10-mile stretch to his home in Valley of Peace.
But on June 28, that rule was no deterrent to two armed men standing near a roadside bridge, Dan told The Altoona Herald last week via telephone from a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
That Friday night, a man fired two bullets through the windshield of the Weaver’s Toyota Tacoma truck, narrowly missing Dan’s head, as the couple returned from a routine trip to the city of Belmopan.
Dan, 57, cranked the steering wheel to the right, sending the truck over rocks and down a ravine. It came to a violent stop in the creek below.
Alaska serial killer Israel Keyes tied to 11 deaths; feds look overseas
Did an Alaska serial killer commit murder in Belize? Interesting article carried by Cable News Network (CNN). Here is the story:
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