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Burnt Remains Found in Western Belize; Family Mourns Father’s Death
The remains of a man who went missing on Thursday were found today several miles away from his home in Teakettle Village, Cayo. Forty-eight year –old Pedro Ruben Andrade Luna left home last Thursday as he normally did everyday on his bicycle and with his machete to go to his farm some 6 six miles away from home. The herbalist, according to his daughter, Glenda Lopez, was missing for at least a day before a search party started to look for him.
Glenda Lopez, Daughter of Deceased
“It’s been 13 years since he goes to the bushes to get medicine and he went on Thursday and he never came back. We were all waiting for him because he has never done this; he always comes back. My family thought he didn’t want to make two trips since it is very far where he is going; we thought that he stayed there and so we were waiting for him on Friday but he didn’t show up and then we thought he had other things to do so we waited for him on Saturday but then he never came back and we got worried. We went to the police and reported it and they came and investigated. The police found a house with a lot of Guatemalan immigrants and I think they did everything; they found my father somewhere back in the bushes, in an area called, Agua Vivas; he was shot and burnt up; that is what we got to know from the police. We found, on the way to search for him, we found his machete, his water bottle; he didn’t have any enemies here. Before he died, he said he saw some suspicious people and when he would see them he would hide from them; there are a lot of immigrants back there that come from Guatemala.”
Police Cautions Licensed Firearm Owners
The Belize Police Department also sent out a notice today to holders of firearms, stating that it has noted with concern, several incidents regarding the improper storage of licensed firearms where firearms have fallen into the wrong hands, especially that of children. The Police Department therefore warns that this is not only a dangerous act that can lead to the loss of life but is also an irresponsible practice on behalf of the license holder. As a result, the Belize Police Department appeals to holders of firearms to properly secure them, preferably in a metal safe and when travelling out of the country to deposit it at the nearest police station where a receipt will be issued to them.
Mobile Patrol Leads to Arrest for Controlled Drug
Belize City Police have detained and charged 25 year old Calvin Cattouse of Tribuce Street for possession of controlled drugs. According to police, on Saturday at about 3:30pm, while on mobile patrol on Flamboyant Street, they came across Cattouse whom upon seeing them, threw away a plastic bag on the side of the street. After the suspicious act, police halted Cattouse and escorted him to the area where the object was thrown. The transparent plastic bag was retrieved and inside police observed green leafy substance suspected to be cannabis. Cattouse was then escorted and charged for the crime of controlled drugs which amounted to 3.5 grams.
Belizean Made Habanero Sauce Awarded As Exceptional
The ANUGA food show is the world’s largest and most important food and beverage fair and Belize will form a part of that fair through the participation of Marie Sharp proud products of Belize. The fair will be held in Cologne, Germany, but before even landing in Germany, Marie Sharp won the Taste 13 award for her fresh fruit Habanero Sauce. The award is given for the product of exceptional taste blended with uniqueness.
Marie Sharp leaves the country today to present the product to journalists on the 4th, thereafter, the Anuga Food Fair 2013 will commence on the 5th and culminate on the 9th of this month.
Senate Looks at Bills Brought Before the House of Representatives
The Senate met today at the National Assembly in Belmopan to decide on a number of Bills brought from the House of Representatives. First up during the day’s proceedings was Senator for the Business Community, Mark Lizarraga, who spoke on the paper dealing with Fisheries Regulations.
“There is a definition for extractive fishing but there is no definition for commercial fishing in section 6-15; we propose that the law should be clear and specific with this important definition because it is a term that is used often in the SI. Part two section four establishes an advisory committee for the purpose of advising on the efficient management of the reserves, there is however, no mention of the committee throughout the bill, instead everything falls into the hands of the Fisheries Administrator; our recommendation is that where the Administrator is to decide, that the sections be amended to say, ‘all sections that authorizes the Fisheries Administrator to permit any activity within the reserve should be done subsequent to or in consultation with the Advisory Committee.
Former Area Representative in Northern Belize Wants Back In But PUP Says No Convention
Elections to elect new area representatives is not scheduled until 2017 but so far we have noticed both major parties making the necessary ground work in finding the most potential candidate to win the seat. Former PUP area representative of Orange Walk South Ismael Cal says he is back in the game but says there is a problem; his party is not holding a convention in Orange Walk South something he views as undemocratic.
“It isn’t that I have been denied but I have been told that no convention of that nature would be held and that we just have to endorse the present Area Representative there. We do not agree with this; we totally disagree with this; this is not democracy. We believe that the party should reconsider this and we are looking at gathering signatures to send to the Secretary General for them to reconsider their decision and in the event it is not taken into consideration then we would have to go through other avenues. We would probably have to seek legal advice and we will show that this is unconstitutional in the party and therefore we will seek legal counsel and probably take it to court.”
Complainants A No-Show; Accused Set Free
Thirty-five year old James Copius, a welder of 78 Neal Pen Road who was in prison for over 9 months, became a free man today when Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser struck out charges of robbery and aggravated assault against him for want of prosecution. The trial was set for today and both charges “went through the door” when the complainants, Orvin Myvett and James Garcia, failed to appear. The incident occurred on December 20, 2012. Myvett and Garcia were together when Copius allegedly attacked them with a machete. Garcia reported to the police that Copius stole several items from him which included forty five dollars, a one inch grey and black television and a blue and silver Huffy bicycle. The bicycle and television amounted to one thousand two hundred dollars in value and the bicycle was the property of Myvett. When Copius was arraigned in December of last year he was offered a bail of six thousand dollars, but he was unable to meet bail so he was remanded into custody.
Third Drug Conviction Earns Laborer 10K Fine
Twenty-seven year old Brent Gibson, a laborer of Ladyville, was spared a custodial sentence today when he pled guilty to drug trafficking. Although he had 2 previous convictions for possession of a controlled drug, Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart did not give him a three year sentence. She fined him ten thousand dollars and gave him until November 4 to pay. If he defaults on payment he will serve 3 years. When Magistrate Stuart asked Gibson if he had anything to say before sentence is passed, Gibson said that he is employed, his common-law wife is pregnant and the baby is due on October 13. He asked for leniency. The incident occurred on March 16, 2013 in Ladyville. Gibson was in Blue House Bar when he was escorted outside by a security officer. Police Sergeant Romero then executed a search on Gibson which resulted in the discovery of a plastic bag containing 83.7 grams of cannabis that was in the right back pocket of his jeans pants. As a result, Gibson was taken into custody and charged.
Florida Welcomes Belize Consulate
The Consulate of Belize in Florida, inaugurated its new office in the city of Coral Gables, Florida. A release from the consulate says that the Mayor of Coral Gables, Jim Carson enthusiastically welcomed the Consulate of Belize to his city. The Honorary Consul General, Janine Sylvestre Vega, welcomed the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Attorney General, Wilfred Elrington, as well as Candelaria Saldivar-Morter, CEO in the Ministry of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development and National Emergency Management and Immigration and Nationality, along with other Belizeans and leaders of the community who attended. Both Elrington and Saldivar-Morter addressed the guests during a ceremony in which Mayor Cason handed over the key of the city to Elrington and its seal to the Honorary Consul. The new office will also be extending passport services to Belizeans.
O/W Mayor Meets With Belize Bank To Discuss Overdraft Payment
They inherited an overdraft of $110,000)from the previous municipal administration and last week Thursday that overdraft was classified as a non-performing loan causing the Belize Bank to freeze two of the present Orange Walk Town Council’s accounts including the account of the Transport Department, which is the councils main revenue earner. The council was left cash strapped, so much so, that they were unable to meet payroll for all their 110 employees. In trying to find a solution to the sticky situation, Mayor Kevin Bernard travelled to Belmopan to meet with representatives of the Ministry of Finance and Local Government.
But the response he got in no way alleviated the councils problem, in fact, we can safely say, that the Ministry’s response was quite disappointing because at the end of the day no assistance was granted to the council. To add insult to injury the Prime Minister of Belize was in no way willing to lend a helping hand and told the council during the sitting of the House of Representatives held last Friday, to, quote unquote “paddle their own canoe”. Well, that is exactly what the town council is doing as today Mayor Bernard met with representatives of the Belize Bank Limited to further discuss the overdraft payment.
PUP Tells Penner Resign Or Face A Recall
The issue of Elvin Penner, the former Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration and the passport scandal continues to makes headlines tonight and all indications are that it wont go away anytime soon especially since no one, including Penner, who was merely dismissed from cabinet for his involvement, has not been criminally charged.
As you may recall, a few days ago news broke out that the Area Representative for Cayo North East was terminated for his involvement in the issuance of a Belizean Passport to South Korean National Kim Wong Hong who is under investigation by Interpol.
Truth of the fact is that Wong Hong was detained in early August and the Belizean Passport was issued in early September while he was in detention in Taiwan.
Documents from the Immigration and Nationality Department, namely the nationality certificate and the recommender declaration for Kim Wong Hong, of the Republic of Korea, both hold Penner’s signature, and one declares that he is a personal friend of Wong Hong.
New Figures Reveal Belize's Economy Still Shaky
New figures emerging from the Statistical Institute of Belize for the second quarter show that the country’s economy growth is somewhat dismal. In fact, after a mere 0.1 percent growth for the first three months of the year 2013, figures from S.I.B show that the economy was only able to edge up 1 percent in the second quarter, putting growth for the first half of the year at 0.5 percent.
The Statistical Institute of Belize reports that the three most influential contributors to the slight upturn of the economy in the second quarter of this year were Fishing, Construction and Government Services. Fishing was based primarily on Shrimp production which rebounded strongly following the reopening of Belize Aquaculture Limited, which had ceased operations for more than two years.
A ten percent expansion in construction activity was also experienced. This was positively impacted by a large increase in the importation of construction materials such as building cement and steel rods.
More Chances Of Rain For The North
Dark clouds are in the horizon tonight particularly for the Northern part of the country and coastal areas courtesy of an area of low pressure over the North-western Caribbean Sea according to forecaster, Franck Tench of the National Meteorological Service of Belize.
As tropical storm Jerry moves over the central Atlantic Ocean at seven miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of forty miles per hour, here at home, Belizeans must start preparing for showers and thunderstorms in excess of two inches.
Forecaster Franch Tench says that while the trough of low pressure has become more organized, there is very little chance that we will be directly affected with winds. But the same cannot be said for torrential rains.
Another double murder in the Cayo district
During our newscast on Tuesday night, PlusNews received information of the shooting death of a Camalote resident. Our camera crew hurried to the scene during the newscast and brought us preliminary information and pictures before the news ended. But by the time our newscast was finished, there was another...
Police release details on Roaring Creek murders
On Monday, we reported on the suspected double murder of Philipine national Arly Sardido and her American friend. Both bodies were found floating in the river near Roaring Creek Village. On Tuesday, police officially released the name of the American victim. He is David Lowel Reichel, an American retiree...
Burton Caliz found guilty of manslaughter
Police Constable, 30 year old Burton Caliz, was charged initially with murder but was found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of Leroy Pilgrim on San Pedro. Now on retrial after more than 7 years, Burton Caliz’s trial came to a close on Tuesday. At 12:33 p.m., Tuesday...
Fatal traffic accident in San Ignacio
San Ignacio Police are tonight trying to positively identify the body of a Salvadoran man who was knocked down and killed Monday night. A resident of Mosquito Ville Area, reported to police that just before 8pm, he was driving on the corner of Cahal Pech...
Three men charged for stealing red kidney beans
Three men have been charged for stealing red kidney beans! Two men and 16 year old were first detained by residents of Spanish Lookout and held until police arrived on the scene. According to reports, the thieves made their way on to the property of Norman Dueck on Sunday...
Wilfred Elrington, addresses United Nations General Assembly
32 years after Belize gained independence and joined the United Nations within four days of each other in 1981, the Guatemala territorial dispute continues to bedevil our young country as one of the greatest issues confronting it. Within five days of today, there was to have been a simultaneous...
Belize hosts Caribbean Local Economic Development Project Symposium
The Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED) has been active in Belize since last year and has produced some tangible work including the renovations to BTL Park. But that is only part of its mandate, as the project also aims to build capacity among elected officials to promote economic...
CSME Consultation Meeting held in Belize
The Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) is a multi-sectoral, supra-national regional integrated development strategy first created in 1989. In two large phases, the latter of which ends in 2015, it intends to move the Caribbean toward a single system of marketing and economy including one...
La Immaculada Credit Union has opened its doors in Belmopan
La Inmaculada Credit Union (LICU) opens a new branch in the Garden City and it is conveniently located in Forest Drive, a commonly used street. After the ceremony we spoke to Yolanda Gomez, LICU’s General Manager who told us about the 2 year planning that went into the establishment...
Caye Caulker Chronicles
SNIP-ATHON At Caye Caulker Humane Society Clinic
Some good news folks, we have been lucky enough to have been offered the services of the Paws Across Borders and SAGA in San Pedro with the support of the Caye Caulker Village Council, a Hip to Snip day here on the island. From 9am, Friday 11 Oct. at the Clinic, please call 226 0205 if you can to let us know what critters you are bringing, so we can plan the meds a little. Male/Female info helps too! Also try to make sure your critter doesn’t eat breakfast! IT IS FREE PEEPS!! Make the most of it!
Request for Proposals – Consultancy for Regional Strategy and Implementation Plan
Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), invites proposals from qualified contractors to provide consultancy services for the Development of a Regional Strategy and Implementation Plan for the Effective Promotion of Investment Opportunities within CARIFORUM. Contractors are invited to submit a detailed technical proposal that demonstrates their capacity to undertake the assignment and a financial proposal.
The proposed consultancy is being undertaken in the context of the 10th European Development Fund Regional Private Sector Development Programme.
SBDCBelize, BELTRAIDE Networking initiative
As BELTRAIDE’s Small Business Development Centre, SBDCBelize is committed to reach out to existing and potential clients through interactive, and personalized contact, with the goal of fostering a long-term and sustained relationship. On September 28-29, 2013, Business Advisers of SBDCBelize conducted an outreach in Toledo District, with existing clients to facilitate and establish a follow up that enabled them to:
1. Conduct a client satisfaction survey
2. Conduct a needs analysis survey
3. Business advising dependent on needs
These out district outreach initiative is expected to continue in the upcoming months, with a clear focus to continue the sustainability of our Centre’s Values: Entrepreneurship, Integrity, Innovation and Collaboration.
“I Like It” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
After the previous day’s disappointments I was up bright (well it was dark) and early just before 04.00 hours and after making the ‘must have’ mug of black coffee it was straight to the veranda with it and my iPad.
Log on and then upload the current issue of The Times for some pre-match articles on Arsenal’s game against Napoli in the Champions League later in the day. All good reading. The pundits felt that we have a good chance of securing a win and the three points. Views/opinions that I wholeheartedly agreed with. Even had I not I would have, if you know what I mean!
With my reading of The Times completed I sent an email to Excess International Movers (the company we have used to ship our stuff from the UK to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize) to enlist its involvement in bringing this long running saga to a satisfactory conclusion ie we get our hands on our stuff!
Coffee Time Cokunut Brownies
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Add 1 teespoon boileeun' wat'r ta instunt coffee granules n' a small cup an' stir ta dissolve. Set aside ta cool.
Place brown sugar an' butt'r n' bowl an' beat well.
Add aigs one at a time a'beatin tween addityuns.
Add coffee an' vanilla an' mix.
Add cocoa, flour an' salt, mixyun' jes until blendet.
Stir n' 1 cup toastid cokunut.
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Bake at 400º F fer apperximatelee 25 minnuts er until toothpick insertid into brownies kums out cleen.
“There’s a beautiful sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”
- Jo Walton
I thought the quote above is very true and very fitting. Raise your hand if you have been missing to many sunrises or sunsets lately.
You would think living on a tropical island we would all get enough but I guarantee some of us that live here would be raising their hands, myself included these days. I can also guarantee that a large portion of the internet world wide get their sunrises courtesy Elbert Greer, which is almost as good. He takes a sunrise on the Caribbean Sea picture every morning and they always get well shared.
Sometimes we need to slow ourselves down and be in the moment, watching a beautiful sunrise or sunset is a great way to do that. I had vowed to watch sunrise on the beach every morning while staying at Belizean Reef and knew I could count on my internal clock to get me up. Interestingly enough as the days passed I started sleeping a bit later which was part of the goal for my mini vacation on the beach, settling my ADD brain down.
You don’t need to speak Norwegian
You don’t need to speak Norwegian
To let Norwegians know what you think about NCL’s plan for Harvest Caye in Southern Belize
I couldn’t help but be affected by Lucy Fleming’s open letter posted on the Belize Travel Blog regarding Norwegian Cruise Line’s plans for Harvest Caye in Southern Belize.
Like anyone who has spent time in that beautiful part of Belize, I am scared… very scared about this proposal and the haste in which something with such potentially irreparable consequences is being pushed though. This is one of the most pristine, stunningly beautiful places on earth, and I just don’t see how it can absorb what NCL is proposing.
Check out this recent report on 7 News Belize:
I don’t know about you, but I find the numbers alone to be very, very disturbing. And that’s before we even consider what could happen if something goes wrong. The Costa Concordia ( Link ) disaster is back in the news this week, and got me thinking. If a cruise ship disaster of that magnitude could happen off a populated coast of Italy on a well-travelled cruise ship route in the EU, where restrictions, oversight and regulations are so tight, what about a remote area of Belize?
I literally shuddered.
Why Belize Is A Great Place To Retire (5 Part Series)
Mayan ruins, spectacular waterfalls, lush rainforests, exotic wildlife, miles of unspoiled coastline, and the Western Hemisphere's longest barrier reef -- a paradise for diving, snorkeling and fishing. Belize is a Caribbean playground that is truly blessed by time, nature and culture.
For many people, Belize is only the white sand beaches of the popular island of Ambergris Caye, with its world-class fishing, diving, and snorkeling. But Belize has so much more to offer.
Let's start with a little history and geography...
Fisherman Jumps Overboard To Revive 300-Pound Bull Shark (VIDEO)
Florida: Regardless of how you feel about catch-and-release shark fishing, you have to respect this angler's commitment to the latter part of the sport.
After reeling in a 300-pound bull shark, fishermen with Gasparilla Big Game, a charter service in Gasparilla, Fla., removed the hook from the shark's mouth and released it back to the ocean. When it failed to swim away immediately, a courageous fisherman jumped into the water to help revive it. Meanwhile, a less-brave soul captured it all on video and uploaded it to YouTube.
"He could just turn around and destroy you," cautions an onlooker behind the camera as the man goes about his risky work.
After a gentle push forward, however, the shark regains its composure and swims off. Another bystander exclaims, "Now THAT'S catch-and-release!"
National, Alamo expanding to Belize
National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car are expanding to Belize, continuing a push by the world's largest rental car company in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Clayton-based Enterprise Holdings operates the two brands in addition to Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Enterprise's international franchisee, Neal & Massy Automotive Ltd., signed the franchise agreement with Belize Estate Co. Ltd. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
National and Alamo will have a presence at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in late 2013 or early 2014, Enterprise said.
Belize's robust tourist industry prompted the expansion. "Expanding the National and Alamo brands into Belize means customers can expect the highest level of customer service in this popular Central American destination," Neal & Massey's Group Executive Vice President David O'Brien said in a statement.
Delta to launch weekly flight from Los Angeles to Belize
National Car Rental, Alamo Rent A Car Brands Enter Belize
Enterprise Holdings today announced that it is franchising the use of its National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands to Belize Estate Company Ltd. of Belize. The appointment continues the expansion of the National and Alamo footprints in Latin America and the Caribbean. Neal & Massy Automotive Ltd., an international franchisee of Enterprise Holdings, completed the agreement with Belize Estate Company Ltd. "Belize Estate brings valuable transportation experience and a record of job creation and growth in Belize," said Peter A. Smith, vice president of global franchising for Enterprise Holdings. "We are pleased to add them as our franchisee in this attractive market."
Belize has become one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean and Central America for adventure tourists and eco-tourists because of natural attractions such as the Belize Barrier Reef as well as the largest cave system in Central America. According to the Belize Statistical Office, visitors totaled nearly 1 million in 2012. During an average week, some 30 commercial flights arrive at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport from major airports in the United States and Central America.
The Lancastrians ruling the waves on HMS Lancaster
The ever-present threat of hurricanes in this part of the world is brought close to home as you walk around the seafront of Belize City.
Locals here know the serene Caribbean lapping at the shores can quickly turn into an angry mass and with much of the city lying beneath sea level they keep a wary eye out for warnings.
But for a week, there has been another far more welcome addition to the seascape here.
HMS Lancaster, a 'Duke' class Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy, known as "The Queen's Frigate", has been anchored off-shore ending a gap of over six years since the last RN deployment here.
It is here as part of the Navy's Atlantic Patrol North, covering a vast area and including visits to British territories to provide training and offer humanitarian aid should nature hit out.
Caribbean ambassadors meet with Washington DC mayor
On September 19, 2013, the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors in Washington, paid a courtesy visit on Vincent Gray, mayor of Washington, DC.
The caucus engaged in discussions with the mayor on a variety of topics including the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Caribbean Affairs, increasing trade between businesses in Washington and in the Caribbean, cultural collaboration, higher education and opportunities for technical support and integral development.
The Caucus was represented by Dr Neil Parsan (chair, Trinidad and Tobago), Hubert Charles (ambassador, Dominica), John Beale (ambassador, Barbados), Subhas Mungra (ambassador, Suriname), Nestor Mendez (ambassador, Belize), Deborah Mae Lovell (ambassador, Antigua and Barbuda), Niermala Badrising (ambassador, permanent representative of Suriname to the Organization of American States) as well as Marsha Coore-Loban (deputy chief of mission, Jamaica) and William Exantus (deputy chief of mission, Haiti).
Narco-Islands: The Honduras-Belize Tourist Bridge
Islands off the coasts of Honduras and Belize, two of the poorest Central American nations, offer drug traffickers respite and a ready-made labor force to move their product.
The 31 bales were hidden among a stack of rickety wood. For three days, they had been harassed by the Honduran navy in La Mosquitia, in the Caribbean, which was looking for the 775 kilos of cocaine that had arrived in Caratasca. The clues pointed to the brothers Kork Anderson and Antonio Oscarealis Wrist Lucas, who come from Roatan, the main enclave of the Bay Islands.
They had hidden the 25-foot boat, which had two 200-horsepower motors, in Cayos Vivorillo, a naval zone with many small islands that drug traffickers use. They were carrying eight barrels of fuel; they also left their ID's at home.