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The San Pedro Sun

Kids 4 Clean Water Summer Program
Belize Community Conservation and Caribbean S.E.A have collaborated to once again do a week long day camp from August 19th-23rd at the Boca del Rio Park. The program, “Kids 4 Clean Water” focuses on both hygiene and environmental conservation mainly affecting the San Mateo Area. This year, about 25 kids are involved with the program which is dedicated to teaching them proper hygiene methods and how good hygiene goes hand in hand with the preservation of the various ecosystems around us. The kids also learned about creative alternatives to making basic hygiene readily available, such as the “tippy taps.” The tippy taps can be described as mobile faucets, though they are easy to make (consisting only of a plastic bottle filled with water, a couple pieces of string and a bar of soap) and may seem simple. The tippy tap provides the two main factors we need for clean hands- soap and water.

Misc Belizean Sources

Caribbean Cooler Pool Party
The Coolest Day of Summer Pool Party is today at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. It's sponsored by Island Time Beverages, Caribbean Coolers, Running W, and Madisco. They'll have Caribbean Cooler jello shots there. Check out their site for instructions on how to make them. The Bum Squad will be there providing music. The party starts at 11:00am. "Are you ready to COOL down this weekend?? The pool is looking incredibly delicious at San Ignacio Resort Hotel, Belize for our Pool Party! Let the countdown for the weekend begin!!"

Valerie Joyce Penner Exhibit
Valerie Joyce Penner will be having an exhibit today night at the Soul Project. It starts at 6:00pm.

Bethany Ann CD Release
Bethany Ann is having her CD release party today at the George Price Centre for her 'No Hands' Album. The festivities start at 6:00pm. The after party will be at YWAM's Destiny House. Get your signed copy at the event.

Belize Representatives at Carifesta
Belize is represented well in Suriname at Carifesta XI. The Institute of Creative Arts has some good pictures up, and the Belize National Dance Company has some great videos up too. Have fun, everyone! "We've been highlighting our talented Jaguars and all our sports teams this week making us proud in sports arena but we've also got a delegation of Belizeans showcasing our artistic side in Paramaribo, Suriname. This talented group left the country last Wednesday, August 14th and they are representing our beautiful country well! Dance -Belize National Dance Company Music - Galen Eagles Band Youth - Elvis Avila – Winner- Youth Artist of the Year/ National Festival of Arts Fashion - Joris Hendrik-Groennendaal Fashion (Jewelry) - Khadija Assales Craft – Aurelio Sho & Adeliah Ishim Jackie Castillo - head of Fashion & Craft Literary arts –Felene Cayetano & Selene Solis Visual Arts – Alex Sanker & Rachael Heusner Theatre – ‘My Body is Precious’ – Jael August, Carson Perrote, Rushelle Babb, Alexander Viveiros Film & Media Arts - Shelby Castillo Thanks for representing us well!"

Channel 7

Western Regional Administrator Responds To Sex Scandal In Psych Unit
Last night 7news broke the story of a scandal at the Western Regional Hospital: a male hospital driver had started up a visiting relationship with a female patient – he had been allowed into the ward at irregular hours by the nursing staff – even being allowed to pass the night. Just on the face of it, it’s a gross violation of protocol, but it’s even more serious because the patient is before the court facing multiple charges; she was placed in the ward at the court’s order to determine if she is fit to stand trial. It’s a very troubling breakdown in the system since, evidence shows, he was let into the ward repeatedly by the psychiatric nurse practitioners – who should have been there to see to very traumatized patient’s recovery, not to get her “hooked up” in a new relationship. But that’s just what appears to have happened, and now the driver has been suspended and the nurses transferred. But there are still many questions left unanswered, centrally: how could this be allowed to happen over a period of time? That’s what we asked hospital administrator Bernadette Nicholson when we spoke to her via phone an hour and a half ago:…

Police Try To Put Brakes In SATIIM For National Park Patrol
SATIIM, The Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management officially had its rights as national park co-managers rescinded by the Forestry Department in mid July. But SATIIM continues to operate in the Sarstoon Temash National Park because the organization says it falls within their communal lands. This is how SATIIM Executive Director Greg Choc explained it one month ago on July 23rd.:…. Gregorio Choc - Executive Director, SATIM "The Sarstoon Temash National Park is not only a National Park - it is also Maya Customary land, the Sarstoon-Temash National Park is not only a national park, it is also Maya customary land and so we will continue to manage the Sarstoon-Temash National Park on behalf of the indigenous people of the region. I want to tell the Forestry Department and the Government of Belize that SATIM will continue to manage and protect the National Park because it is our interest and the interest of the Belizean people. SATIM is not only protecting the park - but it is ensuring the territorial integrity of this country." And so this morning, SATIIM’s Rangers, along with Village Chairmen and Alcalde set out on their monthly patrol along the Sarstoon. Today, they didn’t have the participation of the BDF – which, appears to have ended their long standing partnership of conducting joint patrols with SATIIM along the Sarstoon Boundary.

GSU Gets Mayflower Guns
Tonight, the Gang Suppression Unit is in possession of 2 weapons and a stash of weed, which they found in the Mayflower area – the base of the Ghost Town Crips. This morning, just before 10:30, officers from the GSU searched an abandoned lot behind #5 Mayflower Street, where the discovered 1 pink plastic bag. Inside, they found 5 plastic bags of cannabis to a total amount of 613 grammes, or one pound 5 ounces. The officers continued to search among the garbage and the bush, and they found a small brown metal ammunition can under an old microwave. Inside the can, they found a chrome Magnum.357 revolver which was loaded with 4 live rounds of .38 ammunition, and a black Luger brand 9mm pistol which was loaded with 3 live rounds of ammunition.

Man Chopped Up In Sleep, Critical
Tonight a man from Mahogany Heights is in critical condition at the KHMH after he was chopped up in his sleep this morning. This morning at 12:30, Police found Kenneth Flowers sitting in his home with 3 large chop wounds to his face and bleeding profusely. He was rushed to the KHMH where he had to be placed in intensive care; this evening he was going for emergency surgery. Police have found out that sometime after midnight, Flowers was at home alone in his bed when a man entered his bedroom and inflicted his injuries. Police have since detained two young men of mahogany Heights pending charges.

A New Way For High School Education
Viewers may know the Gwen Lizarraga High School’s Evening Division is known as a second chance educational program for youths and young adults who missed out on an opportunity on a high school education. But today, Gwen Liz became the home of an innovative pilot program to make education even more accessible to high schoolers of all ages. It was launched this morning, and 7News was there to find out how it will work. Daniel Ortiz has that report. Daniel Ortiz reporting Belize’s Secondary Education Sector took a major step into the present this morning with the launch of the Gwen Lizaragga High School Evening Division 'Open School.' The open school is a pilot project sponsored by the Commonwealth of Learning, and it is being supported by the University of Belize. It is the first of its kind where students will be able to use the internet to access a large portion of the secondary school curriculum. The programme will make certain subject areas available online: Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education "The concept of the Open School is really to tear down the walls, the physical structure of the schools - it's putting everything online and using the technology. So in effect we're hoping that students across the nation or people who are not students who need a good quality education or need that kind of support will be able to access quality available resources on this website and through this initiative."

Leader Francis Sets It Straight for Chairman Henry
Over the past three days there’s been quite a bit of back and forth about returning PUP Candidates. The first is Amin Hegar, who, PUP Deputy Leader Julius Espat doesn’t want to run, and the second is Cordel Hyde – who Deputy Espat feels has to make some public act of contrition, a declaration of loyalty to Leader Francis Fonseca. But, party chairman Henry Usher isn’t so sure. Yesterday, he told LOVE FM that, quote, “I believe that the Deputy was speaking for himself when he said that; I don’t think there has to be any public act of contrition or anything of that nature as was asked of the deputy yesterday.” But was he really speaking for himself? Well, party Leader Francis Fonseca seemed to have responded with a very provocative post on his Facebook page today. It says, quote, “I wish to use this forum and opportunity to make it absolutely clear that the Hon. Julius Espat, Representative for Cayo South and a DPL of the PUP enjoys my full support and confidence...” It adds,

A Costly Joyride For 16 Year Old
There was a dramatic police chase resulting in a frightening vehicle accident on Coney Drive this morning. It happened around 9:30 when police were chasing a flatbed truck that had collided into a parked vehicle and then shot off. Well, it turns out the driver of the vehicle was a 16 year old who was on a joyride. It seems he had stolen the vehicle out of his father’s garage on Logwood Street the night before and had been whipping up and down Coney Drive from the night before. Well his luck ran out when he skated off the road this morning and flipped the vehicle over. It landed in a drain, and had it not been for a solid steel rollbar, he might have been crushed inside. But he wasn’t; instead he was arrested by police pending charges. The bad news for his dad is that he was holding the vehicle for a friend in the states.

Cruise ships will not make a mass detour to the south
This week, the always fiery FECTAB exploded in a rage against Norwegian Cruise Line. Their greatest opposition to the project is that the new development in southern Belize will force mass cruise cancellations in Belize City, leaving FECTAB’s members high, dry and broke. But government officials and cruise line executives say the deal is premised on the expectation that those cruise ships will not make a mass detour to the south. Why? Well, Colin Murphy says simply, they can’t:… Colin Murphy - VP, Destination And Strategic Development For Norwegian Cruise Line "Our intent is to create a great destination that our ships will have most of the use of and the other lines that are interested in coming are more than welcome. However, we're talking about one ship and especially during the high season those boats are going to be taken by our ships. In Belize City there are up to 4 ships a day, so then here we're talking about one ship a day - it essentially what we're saying. We couldn't accommodate a whole bunch of ships from Belize City so we for us it's one ship a day." Carnival Cruise Line currently has the most cruise calls in Belize and Norwegian the FEWEST.

Dara Hopes Lucky Dube Encourages Donations
Three weeks ago, Dara Robinson staged his Ride for Hunger fundraising event. Now, he’s back with his 6thannual Lucky Dube cyber-theater concert. He explained how he is mixing reggae vibes and philanthropy to feed the children:.. Dara Robinson - Grassroots Philanthropist "It's a Reggae tribute concert but it's all for a cause. It's my way of how I raise funds, I am a reggae lover and I pay tribute to reggae legends. I'm inviting families out, it's a family show - it's going to be reggae music at the highest level and reggae music that won't offend anybody. Even the neighborhood, you won't get the vulgar, slackness and gangsterism - it's strictly conscious reggae music. Also I ask those that can bring along food, they can pass through and bring it and even if they won't be a part of the tribute concert. At 2;00 the barrel will be at the gate and we're accepting anything in food - we're not refusing anything from the smallest amount to the biggest."

SATIIM, Back to the Start
Our top segment tonight spoke about SATIIM and the present difficulties they are having in the Sarstoon Temash National Park. Their co management agreement has come to an official end – eight years after it first started. Tonight we got back to the start in 2005 – when it was big news that the Mayas were getting rights to administer lands that they called communal. We got back in our archives for that story:.. FILE - June 22nd, 2005 Jules Vasquez Reporting, [Email - jules.Vasquez@gmail.com] This vast expanse of pristine green forest is part of the Sarstoon Temash National Park, a 41,000 acre spread adjoining 5 communities, 4 of them Ketchi, and one Garifuna. Today community leaders signed an agreement to take over the management of the park. It is the first time that communities that live near to a national park will be in charge of that park and the management of its resources. No small accomplishment and the work, lobbying and vision that went into it was tremendous. Greg Choc, President SATIM "We had many challenges, many skeptics, many of those who did not believe that we could achieve and we could negotiate and we could justify why we believe we need a say and we need a say in the Sarstoon Temash National Park. We never thought that one day we would be sitting here signing an agreement that reconciled our needs with the needs of the management of the Sarstoon Temash National Park." But that day came today when the community leaders signed. It is a signal accomplishment not only for them, but also for the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Keeping San Pedro Dengue Free
A month ago, 7News told you about the regional outbreak of Dengue in Central America, which spared Belize. Well today, the Ministry of Health reports that in order to make sure there is not an outbreak in Belize, they are introducing an operation in San Pedro Town. It includes a ultra-low volume (ULV) spraying, thermal spraying of houses, premises inspections, spraying of drains and the issuing of bed nets to homes in high-risk areas. And the reason they’re doing this is because they’ve received reports of cases which they suspect of being Dengue infections. As a result, a team from the Vector Control Unit was dispatched to San Pedro on Tuesday to investigate in areas of DFC, Boca Del Rio and San Pablo.. The effort is free of costs for the San Pedro residents, and it comes as a joint effort between the Ministry of Health and the Island’s Town Council. The Ministry of Health is urging the public to take as many precautions as possible to avoid having an outbreak.

Belize Female Volleyballers In Tough Match
Belize’s female volleyballers are in a tough match at this hour AGAINST PANAMA in Honduras tonight. The score right now is 22 – 23 for Panama in the fourth set after Belize own sets one and two with very close scores and lost set three with an even closer score. The Belize girls lost on Wednesday against Nicaragua in straight sets so they need the win tonight.

Channel 5

Alleged sex scandal at Western Regional Hospital involving mental patient
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Rafael Perez still on the run, but has been revoked as Assemblies of God pastor
Rafael Perez, the pastor of Zion Ministries Assemblies of God Church in Orange Walk Town, is still nowhere to be found. Perez has been hiding out since August second, when [...]

SATIIM and Maya Leaders face off against Punta Gorda Police
Since cancelling a co-management agreement with the Sarstoon/Temash Institute for Indigenous Management, SATIIM, a month ago, the Forest Department and, by extension, the Government of Belize, has been at odds [...]

Co-management agreement pushing N.G.O.s away
In the past, co-management of protected areas has been based on somewhat of a gentleman’s agreement between the Government of Belize and non-government organizations. But there is a move to [...]

Mahogany resident in critical condition after being attacked with machete in bedroom
A Mahogany Heights resident is tonight in critical, but stable condition at the K.H.M.H. following a chopping incident inside his home. In the dead of night, shortly after twelve o’clock [...]

Valley of Peace resident busted with drugs during GSU operation
Nineteen-year-old Jose Alfredo Herrera, a resident of Valley of Peace Village, has been charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply, kept firearm without a gun license [...]

Machete wielding husband jailed after assaulting wife
Forty-five-year-old Wayne Welch, a taxi driver of a Rivero Street address, is tonight on remand at the Belize Central Prison after being unable to meet bail, following a charge of [...]

Ballers for Life: Dangriga and Belize District win championships
The annual Belize Basketball Federation’s Ballers for Life Summer Camp ended last Friday with a big rally at the St. John’s College gymnasium.  The two-week camp, which was held from [...]

Crime Stats: Murder decreases while theft on the rise
There is good news coming out of the Police Department with respect to crimes. According to the figures released, major crimes are down by twelve point seven percent from January [...]

Open Learning; unconventional learning launched at Gwen Lizarraga High
This morning, under the patronage of the University of Belize, the Ministry of Education and the Commonwealth Open Schooling Association, Open School in Belize was officially launched. It’s the first [...]

Sister Cecilia Home receives diamond treatment from Diamonds International
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Karate Summer Camp for kids
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LOVE FM

Residents of Belize’s Capital City Display Patriotism
The placing of banners at strategic locations in the nation’s capital today marked the start of the September celebrations season in that municipality for 2013. The banners are just part of a larger programe called “Raise Your Flag and Win with Love” that organizers of Love FM, Love TV and their parent company, RSV Media Centre initiated in 2006 after the inventive idea was proposed by one if its former Managers, Alma Erskine. The event has evolved to an impressive, yearly tradition for households, businesses, and individuals who adorn their places or their bodies with symbolic, patriotic decorations at this time of year in the spirit of Belizean identity and pride. Chairman of the Belmopan Celebrations Committee, City Councilor Victor Perdomo, says that the postings of banners today heralds in the Council’s own initiative, which will take flight next week when it will rally its roughly 17 thousand residents to join the bandwagon.

Private Medical Facility Celebrates 25 Years
The Belize Medical Associates is celebrating its twenty- fifth Anniversary this year, since it was inaugurated on August 15, 1988. Over the years the facility and it’s services have grown in providing private medical service to the public. Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Dr. Marcelo Coye today related to us a brief history of the organization. DR. MARCELO COYE, Founder, Chairman, BOD, BMA “Five specialists got together to begin private medical care; it wasn’t available at the time, there were only public institutions and we saw the need for private medical care; so, five of us: Dr. Cawich, Dr. Castillo, Dr. Gough, Dr. Gonzalez and myself got together. This place, for those who live around here, was Puccini’s Plaza, it was a supermarket and we took it over and over the 25 years we have gradually expanded to where we are at this moment. The premises now include pharmacy, imaging, lab, hospitalization and now we have three floors on the other side and we have really expanded to provide quality care over the last 25 years. Since then there is a big difference, technology has changed and we have embraced that and we have also obtained the latest medical equipment to help the doctors make good diagnosis and from that comes better medical care. Between public health care and BMA, there are two different target populations so we shouldn’t really compare them but we take pride in what we do; we try to do it very good, we have the best medical doctors available here and we have good equipment and we also provide 24-hour medical emergency and if I am not wrong, I think we are the only who have a medical resident always available in the hospital 24/7 particularly to care for emergencies.”

Magistrate Says University Student Has to Answer for Wounding Police Officer
Twenty-one year old Deon Vernon, a second year student of University College of Belize charged with using insulting words and causing a wound to a police officer, was freed of the charge of using insulting words today when Magistrate Adolph Lucas upheld a “no case” submission made by his attorney, Kareem Musa. Magistrate Lucas ruled, however, that Vernon does have a case to answer for the charge of wounding. The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. on October 11, 2012. The police went to Vernon’s residence on Freetown Road in response to a report of a disorderly conduct and upon their arrival they met Vernon and an altercation ensued between Vernon and police constable Jaidomiro Patt. Patt testified that Vernon grabbed his shirt and pushed against a wooden fence, kicked him, then threw him to the ground where a struggle ensued between them and during it he was wounded. Musa submitted that Patt did not make a report of the incident until a week later and it was because Vernon had gone to Internal Affairs Unit to make a complaint that Patt and another police officer beat him and caused several injuries to him. Musa also submitted that there were inconsistencies in Patt’s testimony and the testimony of the other police officer, PC Cortez. He said Cortez testified that he saw everything, but said he did not see Vernon kick Patt.

Improved Healthcare Planned for Southern Belize
The Ministry of Health, the World Bank and the Japanese Social Development Fund are working closely together promote better health for women and children in communities of the Toledo District. This week, members of the World Bank were in Belize meeting with officials from the Ministry of Health to examine the implementation phase of the Japanese Social Development Fund Grant which funds the “Improving Children’s Health and Nutrition” project. The project is being implemented by the Toledo District Health Council with supervision from the Ministry of Health. Working sessions to share the results and progress of this project were being held throughout the week and was facilitated by technical advisors of the Ministry of Health and members of the World Bank team led by Senior Operations Manager for the Grant, Carmen Carpio. According Carpio, the project focuses on pre-natal care, nutrition monitoring in the critical window of opportunity and school health interventions at the primary school level. The project intends to successfully accomplish its goal in the next two years.

Police Seek Duo For Attempted Murder
A man was nearly murdered yesterday. According to police reports, acting upon information received yesterday at about 12:30 am of a chopping incident at Mahogany Heights Village, Hattieville Police visited the residence of Kenneth Flowers. Upon arrival police found Flowers in a sitting position with three large apparent chop wound to his face and bleeding profusely. Initial investigation revealed that on the same date Flowers was at home alone in his bed when a male person entered the bedroom and inflicted several chop wounds to his face. Flowers was rushed to the Karl Huesnor Memorial Hospital in a serious but stable condition police have detained two young men from the said village pending the outcome of the investigations. Police are treating the matter as attempted murder.

Complainant Drops Charges Against Ladyville Resident
Twenty-four year old Gregory Goodfellow, a resident of Ladyville who was in prison remanded on a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm, became a free man today when the charge was stuck out by Magistrate Clive Lino. Magistrate Lino struck out the charge after the complainant, who was 17 at the time, said he don’t want any further court action. The complainant was accompanied by his father. The incident occurred in May 2013. The boy reported to police that he was riding his bicycle when he was approached by Goodfellow, who pointed a firearm at him and put him in fear of his life. The boy said he rode away. He said Goodfellow did not fire any shots at him.

Dengue Control Campaign Launched on San Pedro
The Ministry of Health is implementing a Dengue Control Campaign in San Pedro Town. The campaign includes ultra-low volume spraying, thermal spraying of houses, premises inspections, spraying of drains and issuing of bed nets to homes in high-risk areas for dengue. The issuance of chemically-treated bed nets has proven to be the most effective form of personal protection to reduce dengue transmission. This initiative is free of cost to the residents and is being carried out in close collaboration with the San Pedro Town Council. Earlier this week personnel from the Vector Control Unit was dispatched to San Pedro Town to investigate and assess suspected cases of dengue that were reported in areas such as DFC, Boca del Rio and San Pablo. The Ministry of Health advises the public to take every precaution necessary to combat the breeding sites for the Aedes mosquitoes. In addition, the public is asked to eliminate the places where the mosquito lays her eggs, such as containers that hold water in and around the home. Residents are also advised to keep house windows open whenever the Ministry of Health is conducting spraying activities in order for the insecticide to reach mosquitoes inside the home interventions will be employed on the island from August twenty sixth to the thirtieth.

Negotiations Continue Between BSI and Cane Farmers Association
Officials from the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and the Belize Sugar Industry today continued the negations into agreements between both parties. Chairman of the Committee of Management of the BSCFA, Alfredo Ortega told us about today’s discussions. ALFREDO ORTEGA “In our negotiations, the main points we are focusing on right now is the bagasse, the cane payment per sugar cane and the times that the payments are made for second and third payments for the farmers. Regarding the bagasse, presently, we are negotiating to get a financial benefit for the farmers in the use of the bagasse as fuel for Belcogen. At this moment, I cannot disclose any number because we haven’t reached a number as yet; we have started negotiations but we are in the very initial point on it. We are looking to have a better first cane payment and also we are working to bring forward the second and third payments on the time that is agreed upon right now and those are the things we are negotiating right now but we haven’t finalized on the main issues; we are trying to bring it to a closer date because BSI has said that they would want to start the crop earlier and presently, our agreement is that the third payment is on November 2 but we would want that payment to be earlier so that cane farmers can be prepared.”

Change of Venue for Reggae Tribute in Belize City August 23, 2013
On Sunday, the Bird Isle and Restaurant and Bar has been booked to host the sixth annual Tribute to Lucky Dube Concert. It’s a fundraiser organized by philanthropist Dara Robison, who has been continuously involved in feeding needy children. Robison spoke to Love news about why you should be a part of the concert. DARA ROBINSON “I have just changed the venue today due to the condition of the weather and the tennis court is flooded and the weatherman says it will be a constant weather therefore I went to Bird’s Isle where there is a shelter since the stage is inside and there is seating and it won’t hamper the show because it’s not a storm just a constant drizzling. I am still asking the people to bring out the food stuff because there will be a tent with the barrel and people will be there to receive the food items. I used to ask for canned foods but I realized that rice, sugar and vegetables – all these things are what people use every day. I usually scout out families that need the food countrywide and I try to give out the food; I don’t just focus in one area and there are times family would come to me and I would try to help them and I try to help people before I judge them. I am not rich but I am rich with love; this is a show that is a reggae show and it is reggae at its highest level and there is a message because it is Lucky Dube and he is like the second Bob Marley and I am a lover of reggae and this is my way how I raise funds for my program; others do barbecue and this is how I do mine.”


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Caye Caulker Chronicles

Letter to the Editor – What?!?! Mr.Chriss is quoting the Pope?
Having had my kids going to school here in Caye Caulker was sometimes conflicting with what I was raised with. Not being Catholic, I would allow my boys to decide for themselves if they wanted to be part of the religious practices at The Caye Caulker Roman Catholic Primary School. That made a lot of people conclude that I was anti Catholic. Being raised Dutch Reformed with Old fashioned Mennonite roots absolutely did not resonate with me anymore when I became a more conscious boy at 14. The Dutch Reformed were the supporters of Apartheid and that was totally against what I felt was right for me. The first Catholic priest I met sexually molested me and only because I reacted so quickly I did escape being raped. So later in life priests, pastors, preachers were not my favorite people I would want to socialize with. Organized religion really turned me off because of my experience with their representatives. The Native American and the Mayan way were more what I resonated with how I felt where my place in our Universe was. So after having lived in 10 different countries with very different cultures I came to Belize where I bought this land in Caye Caulker before I knew what Belize was about. My family thought I had gone around the bend. So when I came here with my oldest boy 25 years ago, we were having breakfast inside the Old Market at the Swing Bridge and he said: “So Pa, you really like it here don’t you?”

Amandala

BAD BLOOD AT EX-SERVICEMEN LEAGUE
Will the fight between the Belize City Branch and the National Executive ever end? Bad blood and a bitter quarrel appear to be the causes of serious trouble between the Executive Council and the Belize City Branch of the Ex- Servicemen League. After accusing the Belize City branch of many wrongdoings — which include not meeting their obligation as mandated, failing to meet the financial and material needs of sick members, not meeting their obligations for funeral and other expenses for the families of veterans who die, and neglecting their fraternal obligations to the families of veterans of the branch — the Executive Council passed a resolution to sanction the branch by suspending its activities at the Canada House beginning June 17. The branch also was ordered not to enter or hold meetings on the property after being given the notice on June 12. The Belize City Branch, however, took the matter to the Supreme Court, which ruled against the suspension. The Executive has since levied a $300 monthly rental fee for the lower flat of their headquarters, Canada House, to the Belize City Branch, and instituted other measures that angered the branch members.

GOB HOLDS OFF ON COLLECTION OF $30 MIL FROM BISL
BISL goes for injunction; GOB lays preliminary objection. The Government of Belize this week gave an undertaking to the Supreme Court that it will not—for the time being—go after Belize Investment Services Limited (BISL) for the $30 million in tax the company was given in June, when the Government took control of the International Business Corporation (IBC) Registry and the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE), which have been under the control of British billionaire Michael Ashcroft and Panamanian investors with European connections since 1990. BISL’s attorney, Eamon Courtenay, SC, told our newspaper that the application his client made for an injunction stands; however, the Government has indicated to the court that it would hold off on collection until the injunction application is heard, and until the Government’s preliminary objection is resolved. That preliminary objection has to do with the stance of the Government that the applicant – in this case BISL of the British Virgin Islands – does not have standing to challenge the tax matter.

6 GUAT GOLD PANNERS NABBED
At press time tonight, six Guatemalan gold panners are being held in police detention at the San Ignacio Police Station, pending charges for illegal entry and mining without a license, after they were allegedly caught yesterday afternoon 10.5 kilometers (over 6 miles) inside Belize, within the Chiquibul National Park. The men were reportedly part of a larger group of about 50, most of whom managed to escape after shots were fired at Belize security forces, leaving the six behind, Derric Chan, Park Ranger for Friends for Conservation and Development, which co-manages the national park, informed Amandala. The detainees are Rudy Chacon, 20; Miguel Chacon, 24; Alejandro Mejia, 37; Nole Lopez, 30; Jose Perez, 17, and Belter Avalos, 18. Both FCD and police sources have confirmed to Amandala that the men were detained well inside Belize, without required immigration documentation.

SHIRLEY LAMBEY-ARNOLD, 35, “WANTED TO KISS THE MAGISTRATE”
Lambey-Arnold didn’t get jail time for a wounding charge; she was so overjoyed that she attempted to approach the magistrate to kiss him. Today, Shirley Lambey-Arnold, 35, a domestic of #88 Jane Usher Boulevard, pleaded guilty to a wounding charge upon Fay Pollard. According to police, around 9:30 last night, Pollard was passing in front of Brads Shop, located at #95 Cemetery Road, when she observed an ongoing altercation between a man and a woman. Pollard told police that the woman picked up a stone and threw it at the man, but the stone missed the man and caught her on her left elbow. She then went to the hospital where a doctor examined her and classified her injury as a wound. According to Lambey-Arnold in court today, she was passing Brads Shop when she saw a man with whom she had had a difficult relationship. Lambey-Arnold said that as she was passing the man, against whom she has already taken out two restraining orders, he threw a bottle at her, which almost cut her on her left foot.

BAD BLOOD AT EX-SERVICEMEN LEAGUE
Will the fight between the Belize City Branch and the National Executive ever end? Bad blood and a bitter quarrel appear to be the causes of serious trouble between the Executive Council and the Belize City Branch of the Ex- Servicemen League. After accusing the Belize City branch of many wrongdoings — which include not meeting their obligation as mandated, failing to meet the financial and material needs of sick members, not meeting their obligations for funeral and other expenses for the families of veterans who die, and neglecting their fraternal obligations to the families of veterans of the branch — the Executive Council passed a resolution to sanction the branch by suspending its activities at the Canada House beginning June 17. The branch also was ordered not to enter or hold meetings on the property after being given the notice on June 12. The Belize City Branch, however, took the matter to the Supreme Court, which ruled against the suspension. The Executive has since levied a $300 monthly rental fee for the lower flat of their headquarters, Canada House, to the Belize City Branch, and instituted other measures that angered the branch members.

“POLITICAL CHARADES” OVER PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE?
“the Government side of the Committee will insist now that the Chairman calls an urgent meeting of the PAC to agree to a schedule for consideration of all the outstanding Auditor General reports,” says OPM. “The executive is dictating to the legislature…” PAC chair says. “You’re still asking the police to police themselves and we’re playing games. The system hasn’t worked from 1981.” The debate over whether the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) should be reformed has turned into a political football, with both sides—the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) and the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP)—accusing each other of playing charades with this very important national issue. The Public Accounts Committee, as the National Assembly documents, “has the duty of examining, considering and reporting on the accounts showing the appropriation of the sums granted by the National Assembly to meet the public expenditure of the country; such other accounts as may be referred to the Committee by the House or under any Law; and the report of the Auditor General on any such accounts.”

FROM THE PUBLISHER
At a private meeting of the leaders of the People’s Development Movement last week, Mr. Dean R. Lindo was elected leader of the newly-formed political party. A lawyer of a Church Street address, Lindo has been in politics for over 5 years as a member and leader of the National Independence Party. He quit the party earlier this year after having failed to influence the policies and strategy of that party. Other officers of the new party are Colville Young, Deputy Leader; Hugh Weir, Treasurer; Carlos Castillo, Secretary, and Lawrence Young, Chairman of the National Council. - pg. 1, THE REPORTER, Friday, October 31, 1969 As I look back on my early years in public life, I can’t help but remember the old saying, that it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. I participated in three different elections (1971, 1974, and 1977), never even came close to winning, but the political process taught me a lot of things they don’t teach you in school. As a result of my experiences between 1971 and 1977, there was advice I could give my second son, Cordel, when he campaigned in various conventions and elections between 1994 and 1998.

Editorial: CORDEL, MARK, AND PARTRIDGE
There have been three general elections in this newspaper’s 44-year history when we campaigned all-out for a political party. These were in 1979 for the PUP, 1984 for the UDP, and 1998 for the PUP. In all these general elections, the parties we endorsed were successful. Amandala receives its core support from Belizeans who are not part of this society’s established power structure. Once a government, any government, is formed in Belize, the established power structure immediately begins to assert itself. It doesn’t matter all that much who campaigned for the political party which is forming the government: permanent reality is the established power structure. What are the elements which comprise Belize’s established power structure? Well, firstly you must look at the foreign powerhouses which are most influential in Belize, and these are the United States and the United Kingdom. Then you must consider those who control the minds and thinking of Belizeans through the educational system, and these are the Christian religions here. The banks are very powerful, the insurance companies, the large merchant houses, and the major industrialists in food production, sugar, citrus, tourism, and the like. You get the picture.

BELIZE U-20 FEMALES LOSE TO HONDURAS, 2-1, IN IMPRESSIVE OPENER; PLAY GUATEMALA ON FRIDAY
The UNCAF U-20 Women Championship, a pre-qualifier for the CONCACAF Women U-20 in January 2014, opened for Belize on Wednesday, August 21, with our Belize U-20 Female National Team losing to host team Honduras by a respectable 2-1 margin. Gisel Baeza of Guinea Grass scored Belize’s only goal at the 50th minute. FFB Executive Member Cruz Gamez reported from Honduras that: “…It was a well-battled game that we lost due to lack of concentration (sic) an error. The girls played very well and we had more opportunities to score and win the game. “They are still very motivated and hope to do well against Guatemala tomorrow. “This is a very disciplined and talented group of girls that many people were impressed with, especially the goal keeper; she performed exceptionally well.”

BELIZE VOLLEYBALL JUNIOR FEMALES ON MEDAL HUNT IN HONDURAS
The Belize Female Junior National Volleyball Team wins again. They are now 2 and 0 in the tournament. They beat El Salvador, 3 sets to 1, 25-18, 25-18, 21-25, 25-23. Top scorer was again Sherika Burton with 17 points (15 kills, 2 blocks). Jahshema Saunders had 13 points (12 kills, 1 ace), Maurissa Williams also contributed with 11 points (6 kills, 4 blocks, 1 ace), and Leandra Betson had 6 points (4 kills, 1 block, 1 ace). Team Belize returns to the court tomorrow again at 5:00 p.m. against Nicaragua. Weds. Aug. 21, 2013 Unfortunately, the Belize Female Junior National Team lost their match today against Nicaragua losing in straight sets (3-0), 25-22, 25-11, 25-21. After a tough first set loss, the girls had a let-down in the second set but recovered in the middle of the 3rd set and reduced a 6-point margin to 2. The girls gave a valiant effort, but our unforced errors and strong serving by Nicaragua was the difference.

BELIZE BABY JAGUARS TOUR CAYMAN ISLANDS
Our U-15 Male National Team is still in Grand Cayman, and will return to Belize on Monday, August 26; but while there the Belizean community is engaging them in the following activities: Today, Thursday, August 22, our boys will be taken to the beach, and thereafter to eat pizza. On Friday, August 23, they will be going to Dolphin Cove, and in the afternoon they travel on Cayman Airways to Cayman Bac. On Saturday, they will be playing a friendly match with a Cayman team, and return to Grand Cayman by midday. In the evening there will be a dinner party for our Baby Jaguars. On Sunday, they will go to visit the sting rays, and in the evening they will go to watch the CONCACAF U-15 Championship match.

GEOVANNI CHOTO IS 1ST BELIKIN WESTERN SPIRIT “KING OF THE HILLS”
The 1st Annual Belikin Western Spirit “King of the Hills” cycle race (15 laps) was held on Sunday, August 18, in San Ignacio, and it was the host team’s Geovanni Choto, 2012 Cross Country Champion, taking the top honors in this one. Here are the race results in the different categories. Open Category Top 10: 1st place – Geovanni Choto (Belikin Western Spirit); 2nd Delon Gentle (Becol Uprising); 3rd Geovanni Lovell (Telemedia Cycling); 4th Nissan Arana (Depredadores); 5th Donizetti Vasquez (Depredadores); 6th Daniel Choto (Belikin Western Spirit); 7th Walter Silva (Salvador); 8th Henry Moreria (Unattached); 9th Shane Vasquez (Belikin Western Spirit); 10th Peter Choto (Belikin Western Spirit). Junior Category: 1st place – Delone Gentle (Becol Uprising); 2nd Geovanni Lovell (Telemedia Cycling); 3rd Oscar Quiroz (Xibalban); 4th Zahir Figueroa (Becol Uprising); 5th Joslyn Chavarria, Jr. (Unattached); 6th Philip Mencias (Capital Jewel Cycling); 7th Adrian Aleman (Capital Jewel Cycling).

WHAT OUR U-20 FEMALE FOOTBALLERS ARE BATTLING FOR IN HONDURAS
According to FIFA website fifa.com, “Qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 are already underway. Canada 2014 will see the participation of three teams from the AFC (Asia), two teams from CAF (Africa), three teams from CONCACAF (North and Central America and the Caribbean) in addition to the Canadian hosts, two teams from CONMEBOL (South America), four teams from UEFA (Europe) and one team from the OFC (Oceania).” With only “three teams from CONCACAF” besides the hosts, Canada, qualifying to the U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014, there is not much chance of our Belize National U-20 Female Team becoming one of those lucky three. But there is no harm in trying; and we are preparing for the future. The qualifying tournament for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 will be held in Cayman Islands in January of 2014, where the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship will take place. According to concaf.com, “The host Cayman Islands will be joined by three-time Confederation champion the United States and 2010 runner-up Mexico, as well as teams from the Caribbean and Central America yet to be determined.”

HATTIEVILLE FC WINS CYDP U-18 FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT FINALS
The CYDP U-18 Football Tournament climaxed today with the final of a 2-game series that was played between Hattieville FC and (Mahogany) Heights FC at the Hostel field beside the Racoon Street Police Station in Belize City. After 90 minutes of competition, Hattieville FC outscored Heights FC 5-0 and received the 1st place trophy and a $300-cash prize. The goal scorers were Troy Augustus, Brandon Myers, Jeffery Buller, Richard Waight and Devaun Zuniga. Hattieville had also won the first game 2-1, which was played on Monday, giving them an aggregate goal difference of 7-1. Heights FC also received a trophy and a $250- cash prize. Awards were also given to other outstanding performers in the tournament. They are as follows: Kareem Flowers (Jane Usher FC) – Most Goals, Joshua Martinez (Heights FC) – Best Goalkeeper, Lincoln Lopez (Heights FC) – Best Defense, Keithon Dyer (Hattieville FC) – Best Midfielder, Devaun Zuniga (Hattieville FC) – Best Forward, Marcus Lewis (Heights FC) – Most Valuable Player, and Kelker Palacio (Heights FC) – Most Disciplined Player. The Lake-I Strikers were selected as the Most Disciplined Team.

CATTLE RUSTLERS ARRESTED IN COROZAL
Two men have been released on bail, of $1,000 each, by the Corozal Magistrate Court after they were taken to court yesterday on charges of cattle theft. Fabian Lino and Alberto Garcia, both of Libertad Village, Corozal, were ordered to return to court on Monday, October 21. Clifton West, Sr., of Libertad Village, told Corozal Police that after checking his cattle he found that three were missing. Police launched an investigation into the disappearance of the cattle, which led to the arrest of Lino and Garcia. Both men were detained at the Corozal Police Station, where they were charged with the offenses. On Monday, August 19, they were taken to court to answer to the offenses.

FISHERMEN — ERNESTO VASQUEZ, 44, AND LLOYD REYES, 42 CHARGED WITH TAKING CONCH DURING CLOSED SEASON
Ernesto Vasquez, 44, a resident of Mile 2 ½ , George Price Highway, and Lloyd Reyes, 42, a resident of #16 Conch Shell Bay, both of whom are fishermen, were charged today with taking conch during the closed season, which is from July 1 to September 30 each year, inclusive of those dates as well. Fisheries officer Callman Hall appeared on behalf of the Fisheries Department and informed the court of what led to the charge being levied against the men. On August 21, a team of fisheries officers, accompanied by two police officers, were on patrol in a Fisheries vessel named Fernia when, at 2:30 that afternoon, they spotted a skiff with two occupants in front of Southern Long Caye. As the vessel approached the skiff, the men were observed throwing two objects overboard. Upon reaching the area where the objects had been thrown, the officers saw what appeared to be two white sacks on the seabed.

MEN, 27 AND 18, BEAT AND ROBBED 78-YEAR-OLD MAN
Onofre Sabido, a 78-year-old man who is an invalid confined to a wheelchair, was attacked by two thieves who went into his house, beat him in the head with a bottle and robbed him of $400. Najirie Quiroja, 27, and Edwin Cruz, 18, both from San Jose Nuevo Palmar in Orange Walk, were taken to the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on charges of robbery, aggravated assault, and deadly means of harm. They were granted bail of $3,000 each and released. Quiroja and Cruz were later rearrested that same day and the additional charge of use of deadly means of harm was levied against them. They were taken back to court yesterday, Wednesday, August 21, and were remanded to prison until Tuesday, October 22. Police contend that the two men were the ones who went into Sabido’s home and beat and robbed him on Sunday, August 18.

CAROL WADE, 43, CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING A POLICE OFFICER AND RESISTING ARREST
Carol Wade, 43, a hair braider residing at #28 Dolphin Drive, Fabers Road, was made to answer to a slew of charges when she appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Dale Cayetano this morning. According to police, yesterday, PC Edelio Itza and other officers arrived at the corner of Pink’s Alley (Majestic Alley) and North Front Street, just in time to hear Wade utter “I nuh give a F%*& about unuh police and no police can detain me”. PC Itza attempted to detain Wade, who then put up a fight as she refused to be detained by PC Itza. An altercation ensued during which the PC was assaulted by Wade. Wade was charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting lawful arrest, and using obscene language, to all of which she pleaded not guilty.

ORANGE WALK POLICE SEEK “MAX” FOR MACHETE ATTACK
Roque Uh, 56, a farmer of San Jose Village, Orange Walk, is lucky to be alive after he was chopped by a man with a machete, who allegedly had tried to kill his son the night before. Uh is now recovering from the chop wound at the Orange Walk Hospital, and police are searching for his attacker. The incident occurred about 2:30 Sunday afternoon in front of a Chinese store in the village. Uh told police that the man was known to him only as “Max.” He said that on Sunday afternoon he and his son went to the store and while inside, Max suddenly came up and attacked his son, 18, with a machete. A police constable who was working at the store intervened and tried to disarm Max, but the effort was unsuccessful. Uh’s son ran to him, and when the elder Uh tried to protect his son, Max chopped him, then ran out of the store. Uh was then taken to the Orange Walk Hospital.

MURDERS ARE DOWN, BUT THEFT IS UP
Police have released crime statistics for the first 7 months of the year. There’s been a noticeable reduction in the amount of murders across the country in recent months, and today the police provided the latest statistics for this year via press release. According to the information in the release, the first seven months of this year recorded 67 murders compared to the same period last year, which saw 88 murders from January to July. That is a considerable drop – 23.8 percent to be exact. The year’s welcomed decline in murders actually follows an inauspicious January, in which there were 13 murders, as compared to 4 in January of last year. As a matter of fact, in the first three months of this year, there were 30 murders as opposed to 23 in the first quarter of 2012. It is in the last three months that a significant decrease in the murder rate has occurred, with only 26 murders having been reported in the months of May, June and July. There were 44 murders in the same period last year.

POLICE ABUSE IN PATCHAKAN?
A resident of Patchakan, Hector Ruiz, has been released on a bail of $1,000 and ordered to return to court on October 18 after he was taken to the Corozal Magistrate Court on Friday, August 16, on charges of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. The incident occurred in Patchakan Village, Corozal District, at about 4:30 p.m. the preceding Sunday. Information to us is that Ruiz went to the home of the Corozal lands officer, who resides in Patchakan Village, for clarifications concerning their 50-acre family land in the village area. However, a confrontation occurred between Ruiz and a man who was at the lands officer’s home, and the lands officer intervened. Ruiz left the house, and as he was riding home, the village policeman and the same man with whom he had the confrontation approached and Ruiz was thrown off his bicycle.

CHINESE STORE ROBBED – THIEVES ESCAPED WITH $500
Chinese businessman, Weushi Lui, 52, owner and manager of a store on 6th Avenue, Corozal Town, was held up at gunpoint and robbed while he was in his store, and the thieves got away with $500 from the cash drawer. The incident occurred at about 2:30 Saturday evening. Lui told police that two men entered the store, one of whom was armed with a 9mm pistol. The armed thief pointed the gun at him and demanded money, while the other thief went behind the counter and stole all the money that was in the cash drawer. The two thieves then ran out of the store. Police later went to the store, but the thieves were nowhere to be found. Police are investigating.

O.W. TEACHER, 28, COMMITS SUICIDE
Julian Chi, 28, a teacher of Orange Walk Town, was found hanging by an electrical cord tied around the neck in his house. His wife and a neighbor took him down and he was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. The tragic incident occurred about 11:15 last night at Chi’s house in Trial Farm Village. Police say that they responded to reports and went to a house at the corner of Grunt and Saw Fish Streets, in the Black Creek area in Trial Farm Village, Orange Walk, and found the body of Chi lying face- up in the hall of his house. Chi’s wife, also a teacher, told police that at about 11:00 last night, her husband went into his bedroom to sleep. When she went into the room a few minutes later, she found him hanging from an electrical cord, apparently dead. She managed to loosen the cord and called for assistance from her neighbor.

THIEVES BURGLARIZE REIMER FEED; ESCAPE WITH OVER 13 GRAND
Orange Walk police have launched an investigation into the burglarizing of Reimer Feed Mill, on Lovers Lane in Orange Walk, sometime between 5:30 Friday evening, August 16, and 7:30 Monday morning, August 19. The thieves escaped with about $13,904. The owner of Reimer Feed Mill told police that when he went to his place of business on Monday morning, he saw that burglars had gained entry into the business by cutting the lock on the steel door located on the north side of the building. The thieves entered through a glass door that was not locked to get into the office, avoiding the security cameras. Besides the money which was stolen from the office, nothing else was taken. Police have since launched an investigation into the matter.

RED CREEK RESIDENT SHOT IN THE THIGH
Matthew Ifield, 32, a resident of Red Creek, Santa Elena, Cayo, was shot in the right thigh after a gunman chased him and fired at him while he was riding his bicycle at around 8:30 Saturday night, August 17, in the Red Creek area in Santa Elena. Police are now searching for the gunman. Ifield told police that about 8:30 Saturday night, he was riding home on his bicycle from a restaurant in Santa Elena Town when a man of Hispanic descent wearing a black shirt and a cap came from behind one of the buildings and fired several shots at him. Ifield rode faster, but the gunman ran behind him, firing several more shots at him. The gunman then escaped through the La Loma Luz Hospital compound. Ifield said that he rode straight home and upon reaching in front of his house, fell off his bicycle. His brothers, who were at home, quickly rushed him to the San Ignacio Hospital.

TWO MEN BUSTED WITH HOMEMADE GUN AND CARTRIDGES
Two men have been remanded to the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville after they were busted with a homemade gun and three 20-gauge shotgun cartridges at about 6:30 Saturday evening, August 17. T They were taken to the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court today on charges of kept prohibited firearm and kept unlicensed ammunition. They have been remanded until October 25, when they will be returned to court. The two men, Rudy Amaya, 20, and Bryan Landy Lemus, 21, are both Belizean laborers of the San Martin area of Belmopan. Police say that when they searched Amaya, three 20-gauge shotgun cartridges were found in the right back pocket of his pants. When they searched the bag that was carried by Lemus, a homemade gun was found in it. Both men were immediately arrested and taken to the Belmopan Police Station, where they were charged with the offences.

OPEN LETTER TO MR. ANDRADE RE: CANCUN AND PLAYA TOURISM COMPARED TO BELIZE Letters
— by Charles Leslie, Jr. Hi Mr. Andrade, I was just forwarded some information stating that you are willing to listen to any ideas for job creation outside of cruise tourism. Before I proceed, this letter is not saying that, I personally, do not contemplate cruise tourism. I am simply stating what I believe we should be taking a lot more other types of potential developments a lot more seriously than we have. I now take this time to give you some of our ideas, as professionals in the fly fishing industry of Belize, with over 50 years of experience. I personally just took a two-week vacation to Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. I took the opportunity to talk to industry professionals that I met during my stay. It is quite obvious that their tourism product is far superior to ours when it comes to infrastructure and service. However, we do have more variety to offer, I believe, than the Yucatan, and we are virgin and more authentic.

CYBERBULLYING – ITS IMPACT ON OUR FAMILIES AND SCHOOLS Letters
— by Beatrice Geban, M. Ed. Dear Editor, Kindly allow me a space in your leading newspaper to bring to the general public an awareness of cyberbullying, which has now become commonplace amongst our digital natives and a society that has become fixated on sexuality and acts of crime against minors. The intention of the article is to take an in-depth analysis of what is cyberbullying, adverse effects on the victim, the bully and his role in cyber-attacks, parental involvement in preventing cyber -attacks and how our youth can safeguard their privacy. Cyberbullying has become a ubiquitous phenomenon, impacting the well-being of individuals, educational institution, family and peer relationships of many young people. According to an online research the legal definition of cyberbullying refers to: actions that use information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm another or others; use of communication technologies for the intention of harming another person; use of internet service and mobile technologies, such as web pages and discussion groups as well as instant messaging or SMS text messaging, with the intention of harming another person. Cyberbullying constitutes communications that seek to intimidate, control, manipulate, put down, falsely discredit, or humiliate. The actions are deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour intended to harm another or the recipient.

DÜGÜ FOR TOURISM AN INSULT TO GARINAGU, BUT ITS POTENCY COULD BE USEFUL ELSEWHERE
Colonialism not only deprives a society of its freedom and its wealth but, of its very character, leaves its people intellectually and morally disoriented.” (Franz Fanon, 1966). Several members of Garifuna communities in Belize and the diaspora, as well as many other Belizeans, have expressed through radio, TV and social media, their outrage at the recent news that the Norwegian Cruise Lines’ investment at Harvest Caye is proposing to include the dügü as part of its marketing strategy to attract cruise tourists to Southern Belize. For those who are not aware, the dügü is the most outstanding feature of Garifuna spiritual life. This sacred ritual is conducted as a private affair for families to commune with the spirits of their ancestors. It is not a public cultural event. Family members who are called by the ancestors through the buyei, (shaman) regardless of their profession, occupation or standard of education, usually feel obligated to travel to the dabuyaba (the sacred temple) from wherever they reside in Belize or foreign countries to participate in this week-long ritual. The ritual involves sharing of food between living and deceased family members in a festive and intimate space. It also involves traditional chanting, singing and dancing to certain drum rhythms that hypnotize participants to uncontrollable danced possessions or a trance-like state that often resembles a mild or intense seizure. Persons in such states serve as a medium through whom the spirits of deceased parents, grandparents, great grandparents or other ancestors deliver wise counsel, stern admonitions or positive affirmations for family reconciliation and healing of illnesses or other adversities. By the end of a dügü, family members are often united in ways that they might have never experienced before, and return home feeling healed, protected and empowered to face the challenges of their lives.

RIGHT TO THE POINT – ANOTHER BAD GOVERNMENT DEAL FOR THE PEOPLE!
It is devastatingly painful to listen, read and realize that our political leaders of the UDP are no different from the PUP. It’s like with the same mouth that they curse the past Musa administration for their sweetheart deals, they then turn around and defend their own sweetheart deals. Also with the same hand with pointed finger that they point at the Musa administration for their flagrant abuse of power, they turn around and use that same hand to shake hands with the devil. It is amazing, and I pray sufficient right-thinking Belizeans have eyes to see their deception, ears to sieve through their lies and heart to decipher hypocrisy. I will keep writing and exposing their own secret agreements like the Providence Energy Ltd. oil contract, but can also draw parallel with their modus operandi in the ongoing treatment of the Norwegian Cruise Line issue. Not legally binding So Minister Godwin Hulse keeps saying that the Memorandum of Understanding is not legally binding, and suggests that thus it is of no significance and legal effect … so I ask what is therefore the need for it to encompass the proposed terms?

A ONE IN A MILLION YOU
The birth of Avengers came about when a selected team from Cayo was participating in the Belize Inter-District Football competition. The Cayo selection travelled to the Toledo District to participate and lost terribly to an unnamed Toledo team by 6 goals to 1. The then District Officer posted to the Cayo District, Mr. Eric Fairweather, convened a meeting with his chief clerk, Mr. David Cruz, and other public officers who were also members of the Cayo team – Gerald “Speedy” Henry, Pappi Smith and other members of the public service. This meeting decided that this sort of embarrassment would never again happen to a Cayo team. The participants in that meeting made a decision to name the Cayo selection the “Mighty Avengers.” That was the birth of the Mighty Avengers. The Avengers will have to be described to my readers in a romantic atmosphere for over the years these players have dazzled our eyes with romantic ecstasy from the football field. A defence line led by Gerald “Speedy” Henry, Winston “Tan Tan” Garcia, Elias “Legs” De Leon, Theodore “Bones” Lennan; midfielders led by Albert “Pappi” Smith, and at times I want to say that Pappi Smith was probably the best footballer I have ever seen play in this country. Some may want to challenge, and you have every right to challenge me, as we live in a democracy.

THE ENIGMA OF ASSAD SHOMAN
Events of history have solidified the Rt. Hon George Price as the founding political leader of the modern nation-state of Belize. Over time historians will gather the works, policies, projects and ideas and comb through them and assign his overall contribution a place in Belize’s relatively young existence. But this essay is about another would-be Belizean political leader, Assad Shoman. Outside of Mr. Price, Assad Shoman in my judgment remains the most intriguing of them all. I shall not give a chronological background of Shoman since others who are far more familiar with these historical events have already done so elsewhere. Rather I would like to look at what could have been if Assad Shoman had been a Hugo Chavez. My only two working encounters with Dr. Assad Shoman were in 1989, when the Los Angeles-based BREDAA organization invited and hosted SPEAR for a week-long visit with the Belizean and activist community in Southern California. The following year, SPEAR reciprocated by hosting members of BREDAA in a series of events surrounding international Pan African Liberation Day in Belize.

SATIIM CHANGES COURSE – INJUNCTION AGAINST US CAPITOL ADJOURNED
Earlier this month, SATIIM and four bordering communities from the Sarstoon Temash region had applied for an injunction in the Supreme Court against US Capitol Energy to have the oil company suspend its oil exploration activities in the Sarstoon Temash National Park. That hearing was scheduled for September 19th of this year, but today SATIIM and the leaders of the communities of the Sarstoon Temash region travelled from Toledo to Belize City to adjourn their injunction. According to SATIIM’s Executive Director, Greg Ch’oc, SATIIM instructed its legal counsel to adjourn the injunction because they found out that US Capitol will not drill before November. He said that they felt that they needed to ensure that they get an earlier date for the more substantive case and that is what they did today. He told reporters that they adjourned the injunction without prejudice to their right to come back to court should US Capitol proceed with drilling inside the park.

SLIM TURNOUT; STRONG RESOLVE
The march on Independence Hill today, led by Patrick Menzies and Belize Can, did not attract the thousands who showed up to support the Constitution Marches held in recent weeks; and although the turnout has been estimated at roughly 100 supporters, the resolve of those who did participate was notable. Heavy rains did not deter the participants from standing their ground, as they continued their call to the Government of Belize for the retraction—or at least the “freezing and fixing” of the Gender Policy. The Belmopan march, predominantly attended by Hispanic Christians, did not have the support of the mainstream churches from across Belize. Pastor Scott Stirm of Belize Action, one of the lead mobilizers of the church community, issued a short statement Tuesday evening, saying, “The Constitution marches were brilliant, and we appreciate Patrick Menzies’ zeal. There was broad support due to the theme of the Constitution Marches. In consulting with leaders all over the nation, there was not a resounding AMEN on Menzies’ UB demonstration. Nothing personal; just different theme. No corporate AMEN.”

MARK SEAWELL FINALLY GRANTED EXTRADITION HEARING
Mark Seawell, who is currently wanted for a slew of drug-related offenses in the United States, has been fighting extradition to that country for over 7 years. In October 2006, the US government requested his extradition for his alleged involvement in the operation of a marijuana and cocaine smuggling business. The US Justice Department claims that Seawell and his brothers, Duane and Gary, were responsible for the transportation of cocaine to the US through Mexico as well as for the sale of marijuana between December1994 and August 1997. The three also allegedly engaged in the transfer of drug proceeds to Houston, Texas; Lakeland, Florida, and Belize. According to a release that was issued in February of 2010 by the US Justice Dept., a federal grand jury in Columbus, Ohio, had indicted Seawell, his brothers — Duane (currently serving a 17-year sentence in a US prison) and Gary (who was arrested 12 years after the indictment) — and 69 other individuals in 1997 for running an operation which used young people, often college students, as couriers to carry drugs hidden in the soles of tennis shoes into the Columbus area. Approximately 1 kilogram of cocaine would typically be hidden in the soles of the shoes.

US SENATOR VISITS THE JEWEL
A member of the US Senate was in Belize today. Robert L. Jackson, a District 11 senator in the Mississippi State Senate, made a short visit to the country. He was at a lunch meeting this afternoon at the headquarters of the Belize Credit Union League on Victoria Street in Belize City, where he met with the stakeholders in the credit union sector. Jackson told Amandala that he has a friend, Cynthia Ellis, who lives here and with whom he’s been working on community-based developments. The senator became aware of the country through Ellis, who he said is very informed, and whom he considers a mentor with whom he can discuss things that are taking place in his community or in his personal life. When he had an opportunity to come here for a short vacation and to visit the islands, he made arrangements with Ellis, a Belizean who has worked on cooperative-based initiatives locally and abroad.


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Belize Tourism Board reaches out to the cast of Breaking Bad
I don’t know if you watch this down there, but BEST SHOW EVER! This is awesome. Tracey There be spoilers ahead… On last Sunday night’s episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad, Saul and Walter White had an amazing little interchange about sending someone to Belize. Of course, they weren’t really talking about a relaxing getaway spent exploring sandy beaches, scuba diving, caving, and all of the other activities offered by the Central American nation. “Sending to Belize” was Breaking Bad‘s version of “sleeping with the fishes.” Yeah, they were talking about murder. But that didn’t stop the Belize Tourism Board from jumping on the opportunity to capitalize on the reference. In fact, they launched a campaign to send the cast of Breaking Bad on an all-inclusive trip.


Sure it seems a bit lame to pick a favorite when it comes to Mayan Ruins. (BTW, I hate the word “ruin”…this is hardly something that is wrecked…) 1. Most of them are pretty awesome…if only for the amazing history and culture they represent. 2. They are all very different. Some are very well groomed and compact…some require an adventure hike through thick jungle from temple to temple…some hours of travel to actually reach them. First…let me tell you quickly how I got there. There are lots of ways…all resorts in the Cayo District will offer you a half day trip to the site but if you are staying in San Ignacio, like I was, it’s super easy. And can be SUPER cheap. You’ve got options. You can take the bus that leaves hourly from San Ignacio to the village of Succotz (just 15 minutes away) for only $2bzd.

Top 10 Reasons why Belize makes for Honeymoon Bliss Infographic
There are many good reasons to visit Belize, that sunny little Caribbean jewel in Central America, and having a honeymoon holiday in paradise is certainly one of them. Why honeymoon in Belize? While destination honeymoons set in exotic tropical locales have been growing in popularity in recent years, new-kid-on-the-block Belize is experiencing an increase in romantic couples seeking affordable luxury in an idyllic setting, according to the Lodge at Chaa Creek’s wedding and honeymoon planner. Chaa Creek’s Denise Duran said that she believes positive word of mouth combined with the desire to do something different is behind the increase in enquiries and bookings Belize is experiencing. She also said that Chaa Creek has just announced new complimentary “add-ons” to their all-inclusive Belize Honeymoon vacation packages to make a Belizean honeymoon even more attractive.

Belize Breakdown- What it really costs
For every country we travel we plan to breakdown the cost and highlights. Costs for 10 days: (Listed in US Dollars, BZD fixed $2 to $1 USD) Food: $210.46 Drinks: $133.62 Lodging: $23.00* Transportation: 65.50 Activities: $87.00 Supplies: $0 Visa Related: $37.50 Misc: $0 Total Daily Cost: $56.01 Total Cost: $560.08 The Highlights: Our trip started in the Cayo district on the western part of the country outside of the town of San Ignasio. This was our jungle time where we Bug hunted, bird watched, and rode horses. - See more at: http://www.gettingstamped.com/2013/08/22/belize-breakdown/#sthash.9064n2dx.dpuf

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Standard Teotihuacan Unit STU Temple Complex Layout Design Surveyed by Hugh Harleston Jr. UAC-Kan Research Group Ancient Olmec Mayan Aztec Hunab Geometric is Double Twice 2x Value of Royal Cubit Unit of Great Pyramid of Giza Dimensions Hugh Harleston Equates Earth Measure to Hunab Ku Mexican God of Time and Cosmos of Hamlet’s Mill Wheel of Time Whorl Spirals Carvings of Archaic Rock Petroglyphs Ancient Earth Matrix Leyline System
Hugh Harleston Jr., who determined the unit of measure used to survey the vast ancient temple complex of step pyramids, canals, plazas, and avenues, at Teotihuacan (near Mexico City), the archaic unit measure length dubbed the hunab, named after the ancient mexican god of the cosmos and time, Hunab Ku, has demonstrated that the hunab (also called the STU, the Standard Teotihuacan Unit) was earth commensurate, a reduced embodiment of the dimensions of the earth, as is the egyptian royal cubit, which is 1/2 the length of the hunab, not conicidentally, both determined by the rate of precession, the rate of the slow wobble of the earth’s axis, which is apparent by the slight shift of the constellations, counterclockwise, from year to year, because of the wobble, whose rate is 72 years/degree. This archaic yet accurate scheme for geometry (earth measure) was achieved by measuring precession according to the methodology explained in article #2 at http://IceAgeCivilizations.com, probably measured with the legendary Mayan Staff of Power, in the case of the ancient Mexicans, and a device such as the Dixon Relict, which was discovered inside of the Great Pyramid, used for earth measure (geo metry) by the Egyptians, both having the utility of the modern application of them, Crichton Miller’s Celtic Cross, as well as, the ancient Maui’s Tanawa and the Antikythera Mechanism; all designed to measure time for geometry (which means earth measure).

Belize defeats Panama in five sets
A very tight victory for Belize over Panama by 3-2 (25-23, 25-22, 24-26, 23-25, 17-17) at the 15th Women’s U-20 Central American Championship. This was the second match of the event decided in five sets and became the highest scoring match until now with 229 points total. Panama came from behind edging Belize whocouldn’t seal the deal in three sets,engaging in foolish mistakes which Panama took advantage of; the winners were too self-confident. Belize improves their win-loss record to 3-1 and Panama sustains a 1-4 mark. With 14 points, Middle Blocker Maurissa Williams was the best scorer for Belize helped by SpikerSherika Burton with 13 points. Setter AdjanisArosemena and SpikerYessileth Mendoza were Panama’s the top scorers with 11 and 10 points respectively. Captain Sherika Burton of Belize not too chatty said “we didn’t play our hardest”.

Earning an Income from Sailing in Belize
When Cliff Wilson Jr. discovered that his parents were leaving San Francisco to move to Belize and set up a sailing business, he had just one reaction: “Can I come too?” At the time he was working as director of a ski resort in Tahoe, but the sparkling waters of the Caribbean were impossible to resist. Thirteen years later the family’s various charter businesses occupy half the marina near Belize City. Now Cliff ’s office is a boat, and he spends his days as a skipper taking tourists out around the islands in glorious sunshine and turquoise sea. This part of the world is a snorkeling, sailing, and diving heaven. It is a picture-perfect location for tourists with superb natural amenities, and Cliff lives right in the middle of it—out on the water every day with the sun on his back, wondering where best to anchor for lunch, enjoying the company of relaxed tourists.

A Simpler Life on a Tropical Island in Belize
Like many other couples, Tamara and her husband, Ron, had very busy lives in their hometown of Laramie, Wyoming. Ron was the Communication and Public Relations Director for the Wyoming Education Association. Tamara was the Campaign Director for the American Heart Association. They needed to make a change. “What inspired us to make the move to Belize was the hope of simplifying our lives,” says Tamara. “And we wanted to give our son (13 at the time) the opportunity to live abroad like I did at tha

Five Caribbean States Join Pilot for Energy Efficiency
Every year, the Caribbean's electric sector burns through approximately 30 million barrels of fuel. Overall, the region imports in excess of 170 million barrels of petroleum products annually. Dr. Al Binger, technical coordinator for the recently launched multi-million-dollar Energy for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Caribbean Buildings Project, said that the region must now focus on ways to reduce the amount of fuel used to generate electricity, and in the process save millions of dollars. He told IPS that building modifications, such as replacing windows and doors, installing solar water heaters and other retrofitting activities, are among the major components of the EDS project, which he hopes will eventually be embraced by all 15 members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). “Improving the efficiency of energy use in the building sector is a project priority. We’re looking for a 10 to 15-percent improvement across the whole electricity sector in this pilot project, which means we could save the equivalent of about 400,000 dollars per year for the pilot project [in five countries]. So you see, energy efficiency pays back quickly. It’s a good investment,” he told IPS.

Aaron Paul Is Down For A 'Trip To Belize' After Offer To 'Breaking Bad' Cast From Country's Tourism Board: 'Let's Do This!' Jesse Pinkman Says
“We figure you all need a little time to relax after a riveting season and, if you ask us, there’s no better place to relax than Belize. It’s really the least we can do for the entertainment you have provided us with over the last six years,” the board wrote. “So allow us an opportunity to entertain you – we have the Blue Hole for Walt, purple fish for Marie, geology for Hank, great music and friendly people for Jesse, delicious breakfast cuisine for Walt Jr., several nice locations to swim for Skyler, colorful clothing for Saul, and the list goes on. We look forward to hearing back from you. Best of luck in the remainder of the season.” Well, at least one “Breaking Bad” character responded to the offer. Aaron Paul, who portrays Jesse Pinkman on the AMC series, is down for a trip to Belize – but not the type that ends in death. Paul tweeted to the Belize Tourism Board, “Ummmm..let’s do this!”

The Best Kept Secret of Belize Resort Marketing: Word of Mouth
One of the most effective tools that you should be using in your Belize resort marketing is word of mouth. Did you know that word of mouth accounts for 54% of travel planning sources? That means over half your customers ask for recommendations from their friends, family, and colleagues when planning their next trip. To drive more Belize Hotel Reservations, you must drive more personal recommendations using Social Media or good old-fashioned word of mouth.

A Clever Response to an Unflattering Mention: Why Your Business Needs to Follow Suit
Timeliness is essential in marketing. Knowing when to launch, promote, or even end a campaign is a major factor of your business’ success. Knowing when to act and how to respond can generate great buzz for your brand. One company that comes to mind who has made their mark in the ad world from their timely ads and messaging is Oreo. Remember their impressive ad they posted on Twitter referencing the power outage at the 2013 Superbowl with the words, “You Can Still Dunk in the Dark”? Well earlier this week, another organization caught my eye. Not only were they timely, it was their message that was a head-turner. On Sunday, 4.77M viewers tuned in for Breaking Bad’s second episode where Saul, (the main character Walt’s lawyer, in case you do not watch the show) suggests to Walt that he send Hank (Walt’s brother-in-law that knows too much) on a “trip to Belize,” which really meant getting rid of Hank in a more permanent way. Now, the beautiful land of Belize did not have to respond to such an unflattering reference about their country. But, the next day the Belize Tourism Board cleverly responded with a statement that addresses they knew what the reference meant, but was still flattered to be included on the show.


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