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Belize wins first game at CONCACAF 2013 U15 Championship
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is proud to announce that team Belize won its first U-15 game in the CONCACAF Cayman Islands 2013 Under 15 Championship. Alvin Sifontes scored the only goal at minute 21 in the second half. These games are being played 35 minutes per half. The Belize Fans present were giving tremendous support to the team and were overjoyed with the victory.

Parliamentarian disrespects House of Representative
The opposition People’s United Party (PUP) and the office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children have joined the many Belizeans in condemning the behavior of a senior parliamentarian. During the last meeting of the House of Representative on August 7th, Hon Michael Finnegan launched an offensive remark at the only female Member of Parliament, Honorable Dolores Balderamos Garcia. Garcia had risen to address a national concern regarding the behavior of the parliament’s Mace-bearer (Sergeant at arms) Brian “Yellow man” Audinett. He had been documented urinating in public and had been seen exiting the National Assembly Building inebriated and is now facing criminal charges for attacking a civilian and police officer. “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,” said Garcia, Area Representative for Belize Rural Central. While Garcia was raising the issue before the Speaker of the House, Hon Michael Finnegan interrupted and shouted “Is the lady finished? You are crude; you are a crude woman!”

Ambergris Today

Destinee Arnold to Compete at the Miss United Continent Pageant
Beautiful Destinee Arnold recently stole the hearts of many, if not all Belizeans, at the Miss Costa Maya International Pageant winning the prestigious title and crown. Destinee is no stranger to pageantry and proudly represented our beautiful Belize to the best of her abilities. Destinee Arnold won the title of Queen of the Jewel Miss Belize in July 2012 and represented Belize in the Miss International Pageant in Okinawa, Japan in 2012. She participated in the Miss Ethnic World pageant in Long Beach California where she won the title of Miss Ethnic World 2013.

CONCACAF Kicks Off First Under-15 Championship
The inaugural tournament is an initiative of President Webb, recognizing the need for a concentrated effort that would support and grow football at the youth level. The Under-15 Championship, which will be held every two years, is expected to strengthen the love of the game among young players and foster a commitment to the sport that will grow along with them. In addition to the sporting advantages of introducing players between the ages of 13-15 to a higher-level of football on a regional stage, the Under-15 tournament is bringing nearly 700 participants to the island during the low-season for tourism. For the Cayman Islands, it is a win-win scenario.

Education in Belize: Getting Back on Track for a New School Year!
No adult, especially a professional, likes to be told over and over what to do, or be reminded of it. In my previous Guidance Counseling Blog, I wholeheartedly applaud and encourage the many teachers in Belize who, of their own accord, are now working enthusiastically to spread the spark of the new movement for much-needed school reform throughout our jewel of a country. We parents admire each of you, teachers in Belize, for recommitting yourselves to the Education process, and for making every effort to strengthen your daily commitments to help your many students learn! In this month’s Blog, I have neither messages nor reminders to shout from my soap box, but merely wish to offer a few helpful hints to students and teachers as they begin the countdown to another good and productive school year.

Misc Belizean Sources

George Price Highway Roundabout
The roundabout for the new part of the George Price Highway, at La Loma Luz boulevard, is progressing nicely. What will the put in the center of it?

Inclusive Linkage Project Design Workshop
The Inclusive Linkage Project promotes tourism development in Cayo and the border zone through capacity building and the establishment of strategic alliances. Beltraide held a workshop in San Antonio for just that. "The objectives of this project are to implement plans to improve and promote sustainability of the production linkage. Under this component, technical assistance is being provided to groups in the border zone to strengthen the business support to women and youth involved in the Value chain of Tourism in the border zone. Five groups benefited with the development of their business plan and capacity building in management skills. As a continuity of this component, four groups will receive technical assistance and consulting service for the design and development of new products. The purpose of the is to expand their current craft productions, through product diversification, according to its technical and productive capacity as well as in agreement to the trends and demands of the domestic and international market, without losing their culture iconography."

MPR Off Road Challenge
The 2013 Off Road Challenge is the 31st of August. Hidden Valley Inn is the start and finish for the 100 kilometer race through Mountain Pine Ridge. "If you missed the one last year, 4x4 Off-Road Challenge is on again. Your opportunity to prove yourself is NOW! Pin the date on your calendar ‘31st August 2013’. 4x4 Off-Road Challenge is in full swing…see you at Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve!"

Cayo Cultural Heritage Workshop
The Institute for Social & Cultural Research has started their Intangible Cultural Heritage workshops around Belize, and they'll be having Cayo's starting tomorrow, at CET. They are free, and there are still spaces available. Email Phylicia Pelayo at phylicia@nichbelize.org for more informaion. "Please see the information below for dates and venues for the Workshop on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) that will be offered at all the districts. The workshop is open to those who work in the area of culture, educators, students etc.

TBZ's July 2013 Zooletter
The Belize Zoo has released their latest Zooletter, covering the last few months of activities at the zoo. It covers everything from the zoo's Summer camp to the awarding of Rotary's Paul Harris Fellow award to Sharon Matola. "The latest edition of the Belize Zooletter is now available on our website! Check out all the great events that have happened at the 'best little zoo in the world' up to July 2013. All the articles can be viewed here: http://www.belizezoo.org/newsletters/

Jaguars Win First CONCACAF Game
Congratulations to the Little Jaguars on winning their first game at the CONCACAF U-15 championship, which is taking place in Grand Cayman. They play again on Thursday against the Dominican Republic and on Friday against Jamaica. Best of luck! "Our "Cubs" (Baby Jaguars) got off to an excellent start earlier this evening at The Ed Bush Stadium in Grand Cayman with a 1 - 0 victory over St. Lucia on a goal by Alvin Sifontes."

UB Scholarship Award Ceremony
The University of Belize had their awards ceremony for the 83 recipients of the 3 different scholarships. Congratulations to all the brilliant students! "The students were awarded the scholarships at the University of Belize Scholarship Award Ceremony at the Jaguar Auditorium, Central Campus, Belmopan on August 9. The awards to the students were in three categories: Barton, UB Alumni Association, and Student-Athlete Scholarships. The Barton Scholarship fund provides full and partial scholarships to students enrolled in University of Belize’s Associate and Bachelor Degree programs. A total of 15 students were awarded this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship is provided through annual support from one of the University of Belize’s benefactors, Nick and Debbie Barton from the UK."

The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), in collaboration with the Caribbean Export Development Agency is facilitating a Web Portal Training in BELTRAIDE’s conference room. It is being conducted from 8:30a.m.- 1:15pm. This workshop is focusing on the use of the web portal developed by Caribbean Export which can be accessed at www.caribfoodexport.com. The general objective is to provide export ready and exporting companies with web based access to export planning and market entry requirements information for the US and European markets. It will also enable enterprises to comply with the established procedures and regulations relating to packaging, labelling, etc. for specialty foods entering these markets.

Channel 7

76 Year Old Murdered in Crooked Tree
About half hour ago, Ladyville Police finished up their first afternoon of investigations into the murder of a Crooked Tree Resident, 76 year old Barry Blayney – who is originally from New Zealand. His body was discovered this afternoon when the residents of Crooked Tree realized that he had not opened his grocery shop like he normally does. Police are still finishing up their preliminary findings, and have not released any official information. 7News has learned, however, that Blayney’s body was discovered with his hands and feet tied up, with a piece of cloth over his head and his mouth taped up. There were no signs of physical violence, but due to the circumstances, police are treating the case as a homicide. We traveled to Crooked Tree today, where we spoke to the first responders. Here’s how they described what they saw: Rudolph Crawford - Friend of Deceased "After 12 today, a young lady by the name of Fiona went to my house and she said that she went to the shop and it was closed, she thought that the man wasn't feeling good so she went by the house by where he lives and she saw this gentleman tied up; it seemed like he was dead already. What I did is to call the police immediately and he asked me if I was sure if the man was dead- I told him that I wasn't sure but that the young lady said he might be dead because he's not moving and not answering, so they asked me to check and call them back. I came and I checked and I saw him on the bed with his two feet tied up together and his two hands and the bedding were covering his face so I couldn't see his face."

Gilroy Usher Sr. Criminally Charged For Harm To Wife
He’s offered himself as a candidate for general elections in 2012 and is the PUP caretaker for the Port Loyola Division, but tonight, 56 year-old Gilroy Usher Sr., is not in the news for his politics, he’s making headlines because he’s accused of beating his wife. Police say that the incident happened on Monday at their home on Madam Liz Avenue. Police have not shared details of the report with the media – and it was not read in court today, but 7News has learned that Usher’s wife, 51 year-old Magdalena, alleges that he assaulted her with a pint bottle. Usher was charged with harm, and he was arraigned today before Magistrate Hettie-Mae Stuart. He pleaded not guilty, and Magistrate Stuart granted him bail of $900 dollars, which he was able to meet. She also ordered that he attends the Batterers Intervention Program at the Women’s Department. He must also not interfere with the complainant – in this case his wife – and he must temporarily move in with his daughter at Lizarraga Avenue. The case has been adjourned to September 25, but Usher told the court that the matter will be withdrawn at the next hearing, indicating that this information was for the press present in the courtroom. But, if he wanted us to know something, he sure has a funny way of showing it, because, Usher - who is a public figure - dodged the media when he left the courtroom.

The Norwegian Cruise Deal Officially Outlined
For months, there’s been buzz and blowback about the proposed cruise tourism project in southern Belize spearheaded by Norwegian Cruise Line. We’ve heard a diversity of viewpoints, but we haven’t heard from Norwegian, which, we gather, didn’t want to negotiate in public. But the negotiation is just about finished because two weeks ago on the 31st of July, both sides signed an eight page, 23 point memorandum of understanding. The MOU was released to the media at a two and half hour press conference which finished about two hours ago. Due to time constraints, we can’t go into full details on that tonight, but we can provide the broad outline of the project. Norwegian plans to invest $50 million USD Dolalrs in the Harvest Caye project, just south of Placencia which it expects to complete in 2015. They expect to create 1200 jobs during construction and once the project is underway. That outline was fleshed out by an all star cast of government leaders and Norwegian Executives at the event which was held on the sixth floor of the Matalon Building. Minister Godwin Hulse, who heads the cabinet subcommittee on investment and who led the negotiations with Norwegian told the media Government is obliged to welcome investment…

Stevedores Says Union Pres “Pancho” Must Resign By Friday
Yesterday, we showed you the move that is afoot to remove the President and the General Secretary of the Christian Workers Union. It is a dispute which the stevedores have initiated. The stevedores are claiming that Antonio Gonzalez and James McFoy have crippled their negotiations with the Port of Belize, and more importantly, they HAVE NEGLECTED important duties which keeps the union accredited and recognized by law and leaving it indefinitely suspended from the NTUCB. The stevedores have given Gonzalez and McFoy until Friday to vacate their offices peacefully, and they told us that he already accepted their ultimatum. Well, in a letter sent to the stevedores yesterday, that was certainly not the position he and McFoy took. Addressing their complaint of a lack of accountability, both executive members promised to have a financial statements finalized within two months of the date of the letter. The stevedores gave him until Friday, but according to the letter, McFoy and Gonzalez promise that a National General Meeting will be held by March 2014, and that Gonzalez will not seek re-election. Gonzalez gives no indication that he will vacate the office before the election, and certainly not by Friday.

Prisoner Found With Weed Concealed
Last night, 7News told you about the strip search which residents of Kraal Road found objectionable. The Gang Suppression Unit's justification was that there are drug peddlers who use their bodies to hide drugs. Well tonight, 23 years old Jason Anderson will spend time in jail because he was caught trying to smuggle weed into the facility using his body. In February of this year, Anderson was removed from prison and he was taken to the Belmopan Magistrates Court for an adjournment on his murder charge. When he was brought back later that day, one of the prison officers conducted a search on him, and discovered 1 gram of cannabis in Anderson's groin area. He tried to fight off the officer, and ended up injuring him on the knee, but the officer managed to subdue him and call the police. He was charged with drug possession, and he was supposed to stand trial before Magistrate Dale Cayetano. Anderson changed his plea to guilty after the arresting officer testified against him today.

Culture Warriors Head For Carifesta
A delegation of 34 Belizean artists in different genres left Belize today to participate in the eleventh Carifesta which is being held this year in Surinam. It’s a big deal because Belize missed the last Carifesta in 2008 in Guyana. So, you can call it a comeback as they are taking the biggest contingent in memory, including dancers, craft-makers, fashion designers, literary artists, visual artists, and a film-maker. We spoke to some of the team before they left today:… Karen Vernon - Carifesta Contingent Manager "We have representations from music bands, theater, fashion in jewelry and clothing, the literary arts and visual arts so we have a broad representation and that is what we're taking with us to Suriname." Denise Enriquez - Marketing & PR, Dance Company "Performing abroad is no new thing for us because we were in Europe for two months last year, so we really understand what it is to perform at that level. Well we have every confidence in our abilities and we're taking our strongest and best dancers. We feel that we'll be able to dance that stage off. It's kind of a change for us that we'll actually be participating in a festival that has other countries that are doing similar things. Jamaica and Barbados have pretty much the same creole background that we have, but we've seen them perform before and we know we can bring it."

Courts Cares, Apparently
This morning a small ceremony was held at the Courts Belize City Branch, where 10 students from across the country each received a full 4 year scholarship. It is an initiative spearheaded annually by the company for over 10 years and today 7news was there to capture this good gesture. Monica Bodden reporting Over a hundred applicants this year, ten students were chosen for a full High School Scholarship all courtesy of Courts Belize. Kovenka James - Marketing Officer "We have a presentation of ten full scholarships given to our participants, it's a full tuition scholarship - full fees, full books. We actually got over 100 applications, we went through them based on their financial need and of course their academic achievements."

Will Harvest Caye Take Ships From Belize City
EARLY ON, we had clips from today’s press conference announcing the signing of the MOU with Norwegian Cruise Line to build a port in Southern Belize. One sound-byte we missed is an important one: it discusses the impact the Docking facility in southern Belize will have on the Cruise attractions in Belize City. Belize City has been the center for cruise tourism since its inception. IT may not be the best place in terms of visitor reviews, but it employs many, and, recently, a great deal of investment has been made to upgrade the environs surrounding the Fort Street Tourism village. So will Belize now be abandoned for this new facility in the south with a berthing dock? They say it won’t: Colin Murphy - VP, Destination & Strategic Development,NCL "With all companies concerned, this is a sgnificance increase in volumes to Belize which means when it results it's like 400% increase in tax revenue to the country. 400% increase in payment to PACT, to preserve and protect the environment - it diversifies the dependence on Belize City so it takes pressure off of Belize City while keeping all the operators in place. One of the concerns that was raised is if everyone from Belize City was going to go down south. One of our competitors have been cancelling cruises because Belize is full, full, full so there up to five ship a day so we don't think it's going to be any impact to the folks in Belize City at all."

Channel 5

Elderly man found dead and tied in bed
It is not often that you hear of criminal activities happening in the village of Crooked Tree…but tonight there is a disturbing report of an elderly man found dead within [...]

NCL MOU signed and more jobs on ships and on island
Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Memorandum of Understanding has been signed. The MOU which was shared in the media was the sixth draft according to Godwin Hulse, who led the ministerial committee [...]

NCL gets larger share of tax and amends EIA for different development
The Norwegian Cruise Line press conference pulled out a surprise announcement from Colin Murphy, NCL’s Vice President of Destination and Strategic Development. NCL would not only hire a thousand Belizeans, [...]

B.T.B. to champion NCL’s opportunities to villages
Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia took a back seat to Minister Hulse, and Laura Esquivel Frampton, the Director of Tourism.  The Belize Tourism Industry Association often referred to the Belize [...]

Water everywhere, but not a drop to drink in Sarteneja
Sarteneja is a small village in the Corozal District, accessible by ferry from Corozal Town, or by dirt road from Orange Walk Town. With a population of about thirty-five hundred, [...]

Belize Bank gives 13 scholarships to match 2013
In 2012, the Belize Bank started a scholarship program to match the celebration of its twenty-fifth anniversary.  Twenty-five students across the country went home will full scholarships.  Now thirteen more [...]

Dude punched his ex girlfriend
Twenty-four year old Albert Wade junior, a construction worker of a Belize City address, pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault today, following an altercation during which he allegedly [...]

Politician’s fight with his wife taken to court
Former P.U.P. standard bearer, fifty-six year old Gilbert Usher Senior, has been in police custody since Monday, following a domestic dispute with his wife during which he allegedly hit her.  [...]

Imprisoned for two rounds, but wrong bullets appear at trial
Twenty-two year old Gilberto Welcome was acquitted of ammunition charges on Tuesday evening when he appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano.  Following the discovery of two live rounds of nine millimeter [...]

Artistic delegation heads to CARIFESTA in Suriname
A delegation of thirty-five Belizean performers, fashion designers, visual artists and writers, led by president of the National Institute of Culture and History Diane Haylock, left for Paramaribo, Suriname this [...]

UNICOMER’s Courts donates 10 high school scholarships
Earlier in the newscast we told you about the thirteen scholarships that the Belize Bank has given to well deserving students. UNICOMER, the parent company of Courts Belize also gave [...]

Who will be the next Superstar!
It’s coming down to the wire as season two of the hottest local entertainment show, Be The Next Superstars, is inching closer to its end. Three performers were eliminated on [...]


Closed Press Briefing Held on Proposed Port at Harvest Caye
The Memorandum of Understanding for the introduction of cruise tourism in southern Belize was signed between the Government of Belize and the Developer, Belize Island Holdings Limited on July 31st, 2013 and today, the relevant parties held a closed press briefing to explain in detail to the media the advantages of having the project in southern Belize. The investor, Norwegian Cruise Line, which is the smallest of three cruise lines to our shores, has been visiting Belize since 1998 and its proposal to develop a port at Harvest Caye for cruise tourism has come under heat from representatives mostly involved in overnight tourism. Today’s speakers on the project included the Leader of Government Business and Chairman of the Cruise Sub-Committee, Senator/Minister Godwin Hulse, Norwegian Cruise Line Representative, Colin Murphy, the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Trade and Investment Promotion, Mike Singh, the Director of Tourism, Laura Esquivel Frampton, and the Director of Cruise Tourism at the Belize Tourism Board, Valdemar Andrade. In his opening remarks, Senator Hulse said that there have been many innuendos about the project, but he assured that there is nothing secret about it and that at the end of the day, it aims to bring visitors to southern Belize and that it promises to be a win-win situation for investor and country.

Corozal Police Investigate Burglaries
A couple of burglaries have been reported in the Corozal District. In the first instance, a twenty three year old man of San Narciso Village reported that between the hours of 8:30 p.m. on the 10th of August and 12:30 p.m on the 11th of August, his house was burglarized and a number of household items and electronics valued at over one thousand four hundred dollars were taken. Twenty four year old Gilberto Cob, a twenty four year old laborer of San Narciso Village was subsequently arrested and charged for the crime of burglary. In the other incident, a forty three year old Canadian National of Corozal Town reported that between 11:30 a.m on the tenth of August and 10:00 a.m. on the eleventh of August, his house was burglarized. Stolen were two flat screen television sets valued at four thousand seven hundred dollars. As a result, twenty four year old Daniel Aldana, a laborer of Santana Village in the Belize District was arrested and charged for the crimes of Burglary and Handling Stolen Goods. He appeared before Magistrate Hamilton yesterday where he pled guilty to handling stolen good and was fined four thousand dollars to be paid by November of this year.

Youths Head to Southern Border as Part of Territorial Volunteers
Today youths from Belize City and the Toledo District are heading towards another part of our southern border with Guatemala. The youths are headed by People’s National Party leader, Will Maheia, as part of the Belize Territorial Volunteers’ effort to demarcate our border with Guatemala. The visit this time is taking the group to an area near the upper Temash River. They will spend tonight in the area and return to Punta Gorda Town on Thursday.

Six Months in Jail For One Gram of Cannabis
Twenty- three year old Jason Anderson, a prisoner remanded on a charge of murder, was sentenced to six months today by Magistrate Dale Cayetano when he pled guilty to possession of one gram of cannabis. Anderson changed his plea from not guilty to guilty after the first witness, police constable Darlon Yarde, who was the arresting officer, testified. The incident occurred on February 5, 2013. Anderson had just returned to prison from Belmopan Magistrate’s Court. He was searched by grade 1 prison officer Fernando Teck and the search resulted in the discovery of the cannabis in his groin area. A struggle ensued between Anderson and Teck and during it Teck received an injury to his knee. Teck , however, still managed to subdue Anderson. Anderson is still faced with a charge of harm for which trial has been set for August 28.


Minister offers apology over comments made in House meeting
The Hon. Michael Finnegan remains under public scrutiny following comments he made to fellow house member the Hon. Dolores Balderamos-Garcia at Wednesday’s Sitting of the House of Representatives. On Tuesday, the Minister called into Krem TV’s WUB and offered an apology to members of the house as well as...

SATIIM to request injunction for US Capital Energy to suspend operations in Sarstoon Temash National Park
On August 1, the NGO Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) wrote US Capital Energy, a company seeking petroleum deposits in the Sarstoon Temash National Park in the Toledo District. In that letter, US Capital was asked to suspend their activities in the National Park until the hearing...

Prison Officers appeal for action from the Minister of Labour
Late last month, the Labour Commissioner published his findings on recent firings at the Kolbe Foundation. Within a six month period, a total of thirty three employees were no longer employed with Kolbe Foundation at the Belize Central Prison. There were several public complaints and the Commissioner’s report centered...

Is Belize a major transit for the trafficking of drugs and weapons to Mexico?
Belize is in regional news again and as has become all too common, it isn’t good news. Just recently, there were reports of drugs found in pineapple concentrate containers headed to the Belize/Corozal free Zone. That refrigerated vehicle was intercepted in Guatemala. Today, according to Diario Respuesta de Quintana...

Bus ends up in drain after being hit by a pickup truck
There was a road traffic accident this morning on the Humming bird highway involving a bus and a pickup truck but no one was seriously injured. The bus was heading from Dangriga town to Belmopan and behind it was the Tacoma pickup. The...

Passenger recovers in KHMH after falling from moving bus
There was a mishap involving a bus, this time in Hattieville Village. When the bus reached a pedestrian ramp, and one of the passengers of the D&E transit, Rachel Burke, proceeded to the front of the bus. It came to a stop, but Burke did not come off the...

Jermaine Ottley claims he was beat by 5 police officers
He has a case pending for drug trafficking in the lower court but on Tuesday, before 35-year-old Jermaine Ottley could make it to court for his case, he claims he was beat by 5 police officers of the GSU. The incident allegedly occurred this morning while Ottley was getting...

Jermaine Alex Grant fined for possession of drugs
27-year-old Jermaine Alex Grant was arraigned Tuesday morning in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on a single charge of possession of a controlled drug. According to police, yesterday afternoon, officers were conducting mobile patrol in the area of East Collect Canal when Grant was spotted acting suspiciously. Police...

Serial killer may have visited Belize
Was a serial killer in Belize during 2001 and 2008? That is what American Federal Agents are trying to find out. Admitted serial killer Israel Keyes has been tied to 11 murders and authorities are looking into possible ties to killings in other countries, specifically Canada, Mexico and Belize....

Senator Godwin Hulse says National Bank of Belize is a “good thing”
You probably haven’t heard much about the Capitalization of the National Bank of Belize. It is one of the motions that was passed in the House of Representatives last week and subsequently passed in the Senate yesterday. The project, says GOB will provide an affordable credit system to public...

Countrywide Workshops highlight importance of our Cultural Heritage
What is cultural heritage? It catches the sum total of the Belizean experience: food, music and dance, language, customs, religion and other matters. But not all of that is seen. The Gombay and Garifuna drums are made in a special...

Belizean Evan Perez debuts as Justice Reporter at CNN
Belizeans have been making their mark on the international scene as of late. Rebecca Stirm sewed her way to Caribbean stardom on Mission Catwalk, Chantae Guy strut to the Top Model Finals at Miss World 2013 and more recently, the Jaguars made a roar at their first appearance at...

FFB Stadium to have improved lighting system
Earlier this year, the CONCACAF’s stadium inspectors determined that the local FFB stadium in Belmopan did not meet the minimum standard requirements for the CONCACAF Champion League 2013; one of which was the lighting. Back then, FBB committed to upgrading the stadium and today took the first step in...

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The August 18th, 2013 issue of The Capital Weekly is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Belize In the Foreign Press: Miami Herald Headlines Norwegian Cruise Project:
    Norwegian Cruise Line has bought two islands in southern Belize to develop as a port of call for its western Caribbean cruises. The line announced Wednesday that it had bought 75 acres in the Stann Creek and Toledo districts that previously were approved for development of a resort. Norwegian plans to invest $50 million in the Harvest Caye project, which it expects to complete in 2015. “While the master plan for the 75 acres is still under development, the vision is to create a world-class cruise destination, consisting of two locations: an island destination with docking/ tendering facilities and a mainland connection point for inland tours,” Norwegian said in a press release. “Major components of include a floating pier, island village with open-air structures on raised platforms, marina, transportation hub for tours to the mainland, a lagoon for a variety of water sports and a relaxing beach area. The goal is to design an authentic experience grounded in the storyline of nature, ancient culture, art, adventure and music that celebrates Belizean, Mayan and Garifuna history and culture.”
  • Creations for the Celebrations!:
    It’s an old tradition that was somehow lost along the way, but has been reclaimed and rekindled since 2008. And it has now become one of the most anticipated events associated with the Annual National September Celebrations. It’s the National Song Competition, and it was held this past weekend at the Memorial Park in Belize City. Broadcast live on all the major national television and radio stations, the event attracted a large crowd. When the night was over, the winners that emerged in the three categories were as follows: In the Junior Category, First place went to Jael August who received $1,500.00 and a trophy; and second place was taken by Marilyn Vansen who took home $1,000.00 and a trophy.
  • Belmopan’s Queen of the Bay Competes in National Pageant:
    Miss Mikayla Banner is the 2013 Queen of the Bay for Belmopan City. She won the title on Friday August 2, 2013, competing among four other ladies in the Queen of the Bay Pageant which was held at the University of Belize Gymnasium in Belmopan. Mikayla Banner will represent Belmopan in the National Queen of the Bay Pageant 2013, which starts August 17 with the Talent Night, and culminates August 30 at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City. For residents of the area who wish to attend and support, a bus leaves Camalote at 4:30 PM Saturday August 17, and from Belmopan at 5:00 PM. Fare is $10.00. Let’s Support our lovely Queen.
  • Please, No More Distractions!:
    In our last edition, we wrote about distractions that can affect the focus of the current administration, and at last Wednesday’s Special House Meeting, we saw a very good example— a good example of a bad thing, that is. The biggest issue of the day was the motion that fittingly sought to bring the former Prime Minister and current Leader of the Opposition to account for the great injustice they inflicted on the Nation in signing away major giveaways through tax write-offs to a foreign Billionaire on the backs of the hardworking People of Belize, and attempting to bind the current administration to the perpetuation of the unholy arrangement.
  • University of Belize Awards Scholarships:
    The University of Belize has awarded scholarships for the new school year to a total of 83 students. The students were awarded the scholarships at the University of Belize Scholarship Award Ceremony at the Jaguar Auditorium, Central Campus in Belmopan on Friday, August 9, 2013. The awards to the students were in three categories: Barton, UB Alumni Association, and Student- Athlete Scholarships. The Barton Scholarship fund provides full and partial scholarships to students enrolled in University of Belize’s Associate and Bachelor Degree programs. A total of 15 students were awarded this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship is provided through annual support from one of the University of Belize’s benefactors, Nick and Debbie Barton from the United Kingdom.
  • Investing in the Future of Belmopan: Saldivar & Recondev Donate to El Shaddai Primary School for Computers:
    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 on Monnday, August 5, 2013 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.
  • Taiwan Donates $40,000 to Belize for Celebrations:
    His Excellency David .K. Wu, Ambassador to Belize from the Republic of China (Taiwan) on Wednesday August 7, 2013 donated a check for $40,000 Bze to the Co- Chairperson of the September Celebrations Commission, Diane C. Haylock at the House of Culture in Belize City. In his presentation, His Excellency David K. Wu Wu voiced his pleasure in being able to contribute to the 32nd anniversary celebrations of Belize’s Independence and the 215th anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye. In accepting the donation, Co- Chairperson of the September Celebrations Commission expressed her gratitude on behalf of the Chair Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. to the embassy for their continued show of friendship and solidarity to the people of Belize and conveyed that the money will be used to enhance various cultural activities on the calendar of events this year.
  • Orientation Luncheon for Belizean Students to Study in Taiwan:
    to Study in Taiwan Last Saturday, August 10, 2013, an Orientation Luncheon was held for 26 Belizean Students who have obtained full scholarships from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to begin studying in that Country in the upcoming academic year. Saturday’s event, hosted by the Taiwanese Ambassador in Belize, H.E. David Wu, was called the Belize Taiwan International Collaboration Development Fund Alumni Society Scholarships Orientation Luncheon, and it was held at the Chateau Caribbean Hotel where the recipients gathered with past recipients. In an interview with Love TV, Ambassador Wu noted that this is the largest number of students to be granted such scholarships at the same time.
  • 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.
  • 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 “Strengthening 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 noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) including cancer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Which is your “Last-Days” Attitude?:
    The pages of history are filled with the memoirs of those who assisted in evil and those who labored and sacrificed to reverse it and to do good. Then there were those who just observed; those who chose not to get involved thinking that their very own survival was at stake. This same scenario plays out in our world today. The recent events in our own nation have proven that these three aforementioned attitudes also exist. Although the “observers” in the war between Good and Evil may be okay in the court of public opinion, God’s Word places them in one of the two categories. The truth is that when we remain silent and untroubled amidst all the mayhem, we are joining forces with those that oppose good. We must reflect on the Scriptures to determine which attitude we must choose, especially in these Last Days.
  • Revolutionizing Public Transportation: South Korea and Belize Collaborate to Forge Master Plan:
    A Major undertaking is in the making that promises to revolutionize and modernize Belize’s Public Transportation System. It’s a collaborative undertaking between the Government of South Korea through the Korea Development Institute and the Government of Belize through the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology and Public Utilities and other relevant Ministries and Departments. A meeting took place two Mondays ago, on August 5, 2013 at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City between the relevant bodies to begin forging and formulating a Transportation Master Plan for Belize. The meeting follows the signing of a bilateral agreement some time ago with the Government of the Republic of South Korea through its Ministry of Strategy and Finance.
  • Staying in Touch with the People: Saldivar Holds Belmopan Neighbourhood Meetings:
    More than a hundred and fifty residents of Belmopan came out last Wednesday, August 31, 2013 to a town-hall style meeting conducted at the Governor General Field at the Corner of Libertad Street and the Ring Road. It was only one in a series of neighborhood meetings held by Honorable Saldivar in every zone of the electoral division that he serves, the Belmopan Constituency. It is a very effective way of staying in touch with the people, keeping them informed about ongoing developments, about the work of their Government and Area Representative, and to hear and address their concerns and issues. Following the meetings, residents also get to speak one and one with their Area Representative and discuss whatever personal issues and concerns they might have.
  • NBA Champion Inspires Young Belizeans:
    Former NBA player, Derek Anderson delivered a Motivational Speech on Entrepreneurship to basketball players and members of the surrounding areas of Belmopan on Thursday August 8, 2013 at the Jaguar Auditorium, University of Belize, Central Campus, Belmopan. He is one of 13 players who 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 at the invitation by the US Embassy was to reach out and help others who have found themselves in similar situation as he did. He retired from the NBA in 2008.
  • Belmopan Day - Saturday, August 3, 2013:
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  • Discipline - Teamwork - Leadership: National Security Minister visits BDF Youth Cadet Corp Summer Camp:
    In our last two editions, we featured the Belize Defence Force’s Battle Camp conducted annually for members of the Volunteer Battalion. This week, the Volunteer Battalion is in the news again, this time with respect to the annual summer camp that it conducts and supervises for members of the BDF Youth Cadet Corps (BDFYCC). The camp, which was just completed this past weekend, ran for one week and a day, from Saturday, August 3 to Saturday August 10, 2013, and was held this year at the Julian Cho Technical High School in Big Falls, Toledo. Close to 300 children and youth attended the camp, which is almost half of the total number of members that now make up the BDF Youth Cadet Corps. That total number, which last year stood at just over 500, has now been increased to around 650, with about 120 additional members added as part of the commitment by Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar.
  • Special Fireworks at Special Sitting! Musa & Fonseca Rebuked & Retaliate:
    than the traditional Friday, it was called a Special; and it was special, indeed, in more than one. For one, last Wednesdays House Meeting in Belmopan had more than its fair share of drama; and according to some, the discourse descended to a new low. There were a total of 13 Bills that were introduced, but none of those turned out to be the big news of the day. As anticipated, the attempt by PUP Cayo South Representative, Julius Espat, to bring a motion to the House to alter the composition of the Public Accounts Committee was pretty contentious. But that was heavily rivaled, if not eclipsed by a motion which Prime Minister Dean Barrow presented which he defined as a resolution to, “deplore and deprecate the actions of the member for Fort George and the Member for Freetown, while in government for…granting tax concessions entirely contrary to the laws of Belize.”
  • Dead On Arrival! Much Heralded Julius Espat Motion Falls to the Floor:
    He had created quite a stir in the local media about his intentions to introduce a motion in the National Assembly to alter the composition of the Public Accounts Committee which he presently chairs as a member of the Opposition. But when Cayo South Area Representative Julius Espat brought his much heralded motion to the Special House Sitting last Wednesday, it was almost anti-climactic, as Prime Minister Dean Barrow followed through on his promise to dismantle and expose the motion as ill-conceived, procedurally out of order and therefore unfit even to be debated in the House, let alone passed. Here is how Espat attempted to introduce his misconceived motion, and how it immediately got knocked to the floor and literally thrown out of the National Assembly:
  • Belize Wins Game One: CONCACAF Under -15 Football Tournament Underway in Cayman:
    CONCACAF kicked off its first ever U-15 championship in the Cayman Islands yesterday with Bermuda beating the Virgin Islands 8-0 and Belize beating St. Lucia 1-0. The championships, an initiative of CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, will be played through to August 25 with 23 national teams competing for the title. The tournament marks another step for the confederation under its new management regime, and its determination to raise all elements of the game throughout its region to higher levels – both on and off the field. “It is important for coaches and players to have competitions for development,” said Webb. “This tournament was conceived to intensify our grassroots efforts while helping to identify and develop talent that will eventually create our future stars.”
  • FFB Football Stadium’s Lights Being Upgraded:
    On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, a contract was signed between the Football Federation of Belize and Canchas Deportivas de Centro America of El Salvador for the improvement of the lightning facilities at the F.F.B. Stadium in Belmopan. This project is being financed by FIFA US $298,000.00. In a Press Release, the F.F.B says it will keep the public informed on the progress of this project and other projects scheduled to be undertaken by F.F.B and FIFA this year.
  • Spreading the Love: National Footballers Donate School Bags:
    Football Team has been receiving generously from the Belizean population, but on Wednesday, July 31 they gave back a little. While in the USA before the last game the team was challenge to bring back a small gift for a needed child in Belize. Team Jaguars rose to the challenge and each donated US$20.00 to purchase a school bag to bring back home for the kids. Team captain Dalton Eiley handed over the money to Senior V.P. Sergio Chuc to purchase the school bags.
  • Atlantic Bank Women’s Football Finals: Belmopan Triple B’s confront Ladyville Jaguars:
    The undefeated Belmopan Triple B’s will meet the Ladyville Jaguars in the Atlantic Bank women’s football championship finals. Triple B’s ran over Esperanza’s Gentle Touch 4-1 in Game 2 of their semifinal series at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio on Saturday to advance to the finals by a 7-2 a goal aggregate. Shirley Codd anchored Triple B’s defense with help from Beatrice Alfaro, Wendy Vernon and Roslyn “Chu-Chu” Cadle, but couldn’t stop Gentle Touch’s Kimberly “Brazilian” Perez from unleashing a left foot shot that mercifully went wide of the uprights early in the game.
  • Miley Garcia Cayo Softball Finals: Camalote Blazers vs Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy:
    Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy will meet the undefeated Camalote Blazers in the Cayo Softball Association’s female softball championship finals to be played at Joan Garbutt on Sunday, August 25. This will happen after the national women’s tem returns home from the VIII Pan American Women’s Softball Championships in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on Monday, August 19th. The consolation game for 3rd place will also see Esperanza Wolverines do battle with the Ontario Rebels. Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy had eliminated the Wolverines from the finals by a 9-5 win in Game 2 of their semifinals series in Esperanza on Sunday, August 4. Esperanza’s pitcher Indira Spain gave up 9 hits, struck out 3 batters and walked one while Esperanza’s diamond made 5 errors. Roaring Creek led 3-0 when Tanya Davis, Stephanie Francis and Shadalee Ho scored in the 1st inning. Esperanza’s Patricia Spain and Melinda Blancaneaux scored to lead 5-3 when Shamira Wade, Indira Spain and Pat Spain scored in the 2nd inning.
  • Cayo First Division Football: The San Martin Aguilas Beats Roaring Creek:
    The San Martin Aguilas bombed Roaring Creek: 2-0 to win the Cayo 1st Division football Championship at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan on Sunday afternoon, August 4. The San Martin’s forwards Giovanni Lopez and Henry Nino Gomez led the attack with the help of midfielders Santiago Cruz, Carlos Tzalam, Bandido Gutierrez and Nicolas Caliz, but Brett Smith led the Roaring Creek defense with the help of Avery Galvez, Amir Torres and Kenny Williams and goalie Jose Mangar to keep the Aguilas scoreless up to the half time a break. MVP Robert Sutherland led the Aguilas’ defensive line of Carlos Avellos, Victor Caliz and Nicholas Caliz to shut down Roaring Creek’s top scorer Darrell Myvett the Myvett the entire game. Roaring Creek’s Ajani Banner also attacked the goal, but San Martin goalie was taking care of business. Roaring Creek’s goalie Jose Mangar handled Giovanni Lopez’s shot on goal but when the defenders tried to get the ball out, Giovanni Lopez recovered the ball to shoot right back at goal, embarrassing Mangar with the 1st winning goal.


Education in Belize: Getting Back on Track for a New School Year!
No adult, especially a professional, likes to be told over and over what to do, or be reminded of it. In my previous Guidance Counseling Blog, I wholeheartedly applaud and encourage the many teachers in Belize who, of their own accord, are now working enthusiastically to spread the spark of the new movement for much-needed school reform throughout our jewel of a country. We parents admire each of you, teachers in Belize, for recommitting yourselves to the Education process, and for making every effort to strengthen your daily commitments to help your many students learn! In this month’s Blog, I have neither messages nor reminders to shout from my soap box, but merely wish to offer a few helpful hints to students and teachers as they begin the countdown to another good and productive school year. Summer vacations, for students at all levels throughout Primary and Secondary schools in Belize, are almost over. For most of the students who have been on 2 months vacation, getting back on track and into a regular school routine will not be easy; neither will it automatically happen from one day to the next. Nevertheless, many psychologists strongly recommend that, in order to maintain good physical and mental health, we should all maintain some form of daily routine. So, for now, let’s not concern ourselves with whether Belize is a Nation at Risk, or with trying to find out who is responsible or accountable for this year’s very low PSE proficiency scores. Instead, let’s make every effort to help our students and teachers try to get back into a school routine, and be totally ready for the new 2013/2014 school year that’s about to start.

Day trip to Corozal part 1
Most people pass through Corozal Town n their way to Mexico and would say there is not much going there. Having passed through several times I kind of thought that too. I decided the best way to visit Corozal was to meet someone there to show me around. Cathie and I were back and forth in a post on Expat Blog forum and I decided to to private message her and plan a trip to meet her in person. After meeting up at her house, we walked down to the Sea Breeze Hotel for a delicious $8 bzd breakfast. They also have cheap rooms there, I did not see inside one, but the rest of the place looks clean and the staff were nice. My Gallery is acting up and pictures are coming up out of order. I am off to a special Birthday lunch at Pedro’s. Will fix it later and ad more details and pics of shopping to this post. St Francis Xavier School has artwork painted all along the fence depicting when different cultural groups settled in Belize.

The Magic of the Macal
Sometimes it’s the things you don’t plan on that turn out to be the best. We were vacationing at Chaa Creek with my friend Al and his girlfriend Kate and were having a sunset drink or two at the Jungle Lounge “recovering” from a full day of swimming, walking the Rainforest Medicine Trail, having a hearty lunch, swimming again, and then the girls treated themselves to a massage at the Hilltop Spa while Al and I wandered around the Natural History Centre before leisurely walking back to the Jungle Lounge to meet the girls. Whatever they did at the Spa worked like magic, and we both commented on how radiant the girls looked. But I digress. While working up our appetite for another one of Chef Mario’s exquisite dinners, we discussed what we’d do the next day, our last one at Chaa Creek before heading home. We’d already toured Xunantunich and Cahal Pech, been horseback riding and generally accomplished what we set out to do – push the boundaries of extreme relaxation.

Murder In Crooked Tree Village
Mr. Barry Blayney, a Canadian, has been found murdered in his home in Crooked Tree Village. He has been living in Crooked Tree Village for a number of years and was operating a small grocery store. This morning a neighbor went to the shop to purchase some items and when she called out for him, he did not answer. Upon checking the unlocked house, Mr. Blayney was found with his arms bound behind his back and tape across his mouth. Robbery is believed to have been the cause and earlier this evening the police found some of the items from his shop behind some bushes in the area. Three young men living in the village have been taken into custody by the police and the investigation continues.

“El Cóndor Pasa” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Had a lie -in yesterday morning. Didn’t get up until 04.45 hours. I am surely not going to be one of these people that lay in bed all day. Am I ? Didn’t really do a great deal. Yes, I spent time on the veranda with a coffee (black, no sugar) and the iPad but … Made breakfast – and of course ate it – showered, shaved and dressed. But that was about it. It’s surprising though how quickly the time can pass (unless you are waiting for something that is) when you are doing nothing and before we knew it the time had come for us to head off to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. We got there around 14.50 hours (some of you regular readers may wonder how I can be so precise about the time when I occasionally make the point that I don’t wear a watch anymore. Easy. Rose does carry one) to find that a delivery from Daniel Camal‘s (he is our building contractor) wood shop. Quickly parking the ‘cart we rushed up the stairs to the First Floor for a better vantage point.

It’s Drinks O’clock! Dock Your Boat And I’ll Meet You At The Bar: The top five Belize beach bars
Everyone can agree with me that when you’re on vacation, there isn’t anything quite like hanging out by the beach, a cold drink in hand, gentle wind hitting your face, and gazing into the horizon as the sun glistens over the ocean or sea. And if you’re into sunsets (aren’t we all?), the perfect beach bar during twilight is magical, simply magical. I know a thing or two about the local nightlife and entertainment scene and I’ve decided to round up the best beach bars in Belize so that when you visit, you know exactly where to go to have a good time. So if you’re ever nearby any of the bars mentioned below, make sure you stop by and don’t forget to say that Lorenzo sent you. They’ll owe me a beer. The top five Belize beach bars: Tipsy Tuna Sports Bar, Fido’s Restaurant and Bar, Palapa Bar and Grill, Barefoot Beach Bar, The Lazy Lizard Bar

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John McAfee: people of Belize should rise up against 'dictatorship'
Internet entrepreneur, wanted for questioning of murder of businessman, says he is victim of abuse by Belize police. John McAfee, the multimillionaire internet entrepreneur wanted for questioning over the murder of an American businessman in Belize, has called on local people to rise up against the Central American country's government, which he says has turned into a dictatorship. McAfee, described as a "person of interest" after Gregory Faull, 52, was found with a gunshot wound to his head at his house close to McAfee's home, told the Guardian he was still in the country and had no intention of handing himself in. Speaking from a Belizean telephone number, he confirmed he was the author of a colourful blog declaring his innocence and detailing the way he had returned to his home in various elaborate disguises. "Of course it's me," the 67-year-old founder of the antivirus software company McAfee, said of the blog. He described the suggestion he was a suspect in the murder as absurd and added: "What earthly motive could I have had?"

Lord Ashcroft in dispute with Belize over control of offshore register
Belizean government has seized control of registers of offshore companies and ships, suggesting schism with Tory peer. Lord Ashcroft, the billionaire Tory party donor, has been drawn into a bitter row with the government of Belize over the control of its offshore register, which has been responsible for the formation of more than 100,000 companies in the tax haven. In a move that suggests a schism between the Tory peer and his adopted country, the Belize government has seized control of the International Business Companies Registry (IBCR) of offshore companies and the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (Immarbe), its register of ships. The IBCR is operated by Belize International Services Limited (BISL) which is co-owned by a Panamanian law firm and Waterloo Investment Holdings Limited (WIHL), a British Virgin Islands company in which Ashcroft has a 77% stake. Waterloo says its lawyers have agreements to operate the offshore registry dating back to 1993. A deal to extend the agreement to 2020 was signed with a previous government. But Ashcroft, the former deputy chairman of the Tory party, who came under fire before the last election when it emerged he had been a "non-dom", is now at loggerheads with the government over the arrangement. complex legal case. In addition to effectively renationalising the offshore register, Belize plans to hit BISL with a tax bill for $30m. Waterloo International has expressed its "disappointment and outrage" at the decision and has launched legal action to recover $60m in compensation from the Belize government.

Exploring chocolate at the source: Dandelion Chocolate trip to Belize
Do you find chocolate appearing in your dreams? Do you lay out a box of chocolates by the bed to accompany a good book? Do you carry chocolate in your purse at all times? Then this may be the fantasy trip for you. San Francisco’s Dandelion Chocolate is leading an eight-day chocolate adventure to Belize in early November. Chocolate 301, which follows Chocolate 101 (Introduction to Chocolate Industry Lecture & Taste Lab) and Chocolate 201 (Small Batch Chocolate Making Lab), will be led by Dandelion’s Greg D’Alesandre, who sources chocolate for Dandelion. The group, limited to 20, will visit cacao farms and “fermentaries” with the object of learning how cacao is grown, specifically in Belize, and getting some practical experience in fermentation and drying and an appreciation for the history of cacao in Belize. But it’s not all toil and study. The trip includes time for horseback riding, diving, snorkeling, hiking and kayaking in this beautiful part of the world. The group will be staying at Cotton Tree Lodge in Southern Belize.

7 Interesting Facts About Invasive Lionfish You Might Not Know
Where do the names “Pterios volitans” and “Pterois miles” come from? Are lionfish known by other names? Pterois volitans, which makes up approximately 93% of the invasive lionfish population, is also commonly called “red lionfish” and Pterois miles is often called the “common lionfish” or “devil firefish.” However, their common names do not match the origins of their scientific names. The genus name, Pterois, pronounced (tare-oh-eese) is defined in modern dictionaries as simply “lionfish,” however the word Pterois comes from the Greek word “pteroeis” meaning “feathered” or “winged” and the Ancient Greek word, “πτερόν” (pteron), meaning “feather” or “wing.” The species name, volitans, pronounced (vole-ee-tahnz), is Latin for “flying” or “hovering” and the present participle of the Latin word “volitō,” which means “to fly” or “to hover.” The species name, miles, pronounced (mee-layz), is Latin for “soldiering” and the present participle of the Latin word “mīlitō,” which means “to soldier.” No one is quite sure where the name “lionfish” really came from but it would be a logical guess that when both pectoral fins are completely extended and fanned out a head-on view of the lionfish might resemble a male lion’s mane. Others have also suggested that it might be a tip of the hat to the lionfish as a ferocious predator.

The Zombie Ward
The Zombie Ward: The chilling story of how ‘depressed’ women were put to sleep for months in an NHS hospital room – leaving mental scars that remain 40 years on Women with postnatal depression and anorexia passed through Royal Waterloo’s infamous Ward 5 They were drugged and subjected to horrendous levels of ECT Unluckiest were taken to the ‘Narcosis Room’ and put to sleep for weeks There are many horrors that Elizabeth Reed recalls from her time at London’s Royal Waterloo Hospital, but one in particular lingers in her mind. She describes a small, windowless room at the top of the red-brick Edwardian building, just lit by a night lamp on a nurse’s desk.

Texas town runs out of water after using it for fracking
Across the south-west, residents of small communities like Barnhart are confronting the reality that something as basic as running water, as unthinking as turning on a tap, can no longer be taken for granted. Three years of drought, decades of overuse and now the oil industry’s outsize demands on water for fracking are running down reservoirs and underground aquifers. And climate change is making things worse. In Texas alone, about 30 communities could run out of water by the end of the year, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Nearly 15 million people are living under some form of water rationing, barred from freely sprinkling their lawns or refilling their swimming pools. In Barnhart’s case, the well appears to have run dry because the water was being extracted for shale gas fracking.

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