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#474004 - 10/03/13 07:19 AM Today's Belize News: October 3, 2013
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PUP calls on Hon. Elvin Penner to resign
The People’s United Party today, October 2, 2013, took two specific actions in the ongoing UDP immigration corruption scandal to advance the investigation of this matter and to hold Hon. Elvin Penner, Member for Cayo North East, accountable for his role and conduct in this matter. 1. Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Francis Fonseca, has written a RESIGN OR BE RECALLED DEMAND LETTER to Hon. Penner (letter attached) dated October 2, 2013, demanding that Hon. Penner resign no later than 5pm, Monday October 7, 2013 or face Recall. 2. PUP Senator Hon. Lisa Shoman has called on the Senate at its meeting in Belmopan today to institute and conduct a Special Enquiry and Investigation into the UDP Government Immigration Corruption Scandal in accordance with S.61A(2)(d) of the Constitution of Belize.

The Consulate of Belize in Florida Inaugurates New Office and Passport Services
On Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, the Consulate of Belize in Florida inaugurated its new office located in Coral Gables, Florida. The Mayor of Coral Gables, Mr. Jim Cason enthusiastically welcomed the Consulate of Belize to his city. The Honorary Consul General, Mrs. Janine Sylvestre Vega, welcomed the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Attorney General, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, as well as Mrs. 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 Honorable Wilfred Elrington and CEO Saldivar-Morter addressed the guests present. During the ceremony, Mayor Cason handed over the key to the city to Minister Elrington and its seal to the Honorary Consul.

Belize highlights MDGs and Guatemala’s claim over Belize at UN General Assembly
The Government of Belize was represented at the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) held from September 24th to October 1st. The theme for this year was “The Post 2015 Development Agenda; Setting the Stage” with the Belize delegation led by the Honorable Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Elrington addressed the UN on September 30th and in his remarks, which lasted 24 minutes and 2 seconds, he used the opportunity to highlight several issues, including the unfounded Guatemalan claim over portions of Belize. Elrington began his remarks by highlighting the fact that developed nations have not honored their commitments to provide the assistance to poor countries needed to achieve their global anti-poverty targets, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He indicated that since being launched in 2000 the MDGs set eight specific goals on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction and a global partnership for development, however the larger countries have not honored goal eight.

Islanders discuss challenges and response to climate change
If you ask any islander that has lived on Ambergris Caye for the past 50 years, they will tell you that over the past three decades, San Pedro has lost about 30 feet or more of its beaches due to the rise in water level. Today, the island continues to lose its beaches as the waters of the Caribbean Sea slowly erode away the land, claiming the island. The deterioration of the island’s beaches is being directly attributed to the change in climate patterns over a long period; climate change, due to human activities. That was the theme of a discussion at three separate workshops held on Thursday September 26th on the island, spearheaded by the University of West Indies.

Ambergris Today

Belize and Mexico Work Together To Combat Narco-trafficking
Belize and Mexico are discussing a security accord in response to an influx of international criminal organizations increasingly targeting the Central American country as a transshipment point for illicit drug shipments. Top diplomats from the neighboring countries met in late August to discuss an agreement that would beef up security along the 251-kilometer border, which largely snakes along the Hondo River. Mexican Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade and his Belizean counterpart Wilfred Erlington visited the border and concluded a bi-national agreement on confronting narco-trafficking is a priority. “We both recognized that Belize is the portal, one of the first lines of defense in terms of the southern border” stated Meade in the meeting. “And that is one of the topics we went into in some depth, and the commitment is there for us to work together to ensure that our borders are kept safe and secure.”

San Pedro Junior Sailing Club Cart Wash
SAN PEDRO JUNIOR SAILING CLUB CART WASH THIS SATURDAY!!!! CART WASH for 10.00 per golf cart ~ FREE rum punch with cart wash purchase! BBQ BURGERS and home made pasta salad for 10.00 being served from 11:00 to 3:00 BAKE SALE ~ DELICIOUS HOMEMADE ~ cookies, brownies and breads! ARTS AND CRAFTS! Hand made by the sailors! All of this for sale this Saturday at Caribbean Villas for support of the San Pedro Junior Sailing Club Regatta in Corozal the 11th, 12th and 13th of October! This is a great thing for the kids of San Pedro and Belize as a whole!

Saga’s October Snip-a-thon Dates Announced
Saga HS is pleased to announce an October SNIP-a-thon. During the month of October Saga HS will be hosting two different visiting Veterinary groups to hold free spay/neuter clinics for the low income residents of Ambergris Caye. In addition to the free spay/neuters the teams will be doing additional CDV vaccinations, and dog training sessions for public. The goal is to sterilize over 300 island pets during the month. Helping Paws Across Borders will be in San Pedro Oct. 7-10. They will be bringing a team of 15 including Veterinarians, Vet Techs, and dog trainers. This group will focus their efforts on the neighborhoods of DFC, San Juan and Downtown. Because of limited space at the Saga HS clinic, MASH (Mobile Animals Surgical Hospital)type clinic will be held in DFC at Mrs. Adaly Ayuso. This will allow the medical teams to be closer to the animals and save the time and expense of transportation to the Saga HS clinic.

Misc Belizean Sources

Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Deputy Mayor Guillermo Paz and Councilors Gabriel Nuñez and Carlos Barrientos attend the Official Ceremonial Installment of the Council in Othon P. Blanco, Chetumal, Q. Roo. The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councilors were honorable guests at the event. Mayor Danny presented the new Mayor, Mr. Eduardo Elias Espinosa Abuxapqui with a one of a kind sculpture of marlins made out of shark bone on behalf of the people of San Pedro. Present at the event as well was the Governor of Quintana Roo, Lic. Roberto Borge Angulo.

Congratulations to team BTL for winning the National Women's Softball championship in back to back fashion. Kudos also to Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy which placed second and Fresca Lady Rebels for placing third.

Equipment for archaeology project handed over in Belmopan
Construction equipment and tools to be used in an European Union-funded project were handed over to the Institute of Archaeology on Monday of this week in Belmopan. According to a government press release, the tools and equipment will be used in upcoming infrastructure improvement works to be carried out at selected archaeological sites and then be used for ground maintenance at different sites. The project entitled “Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites” is being implemented by the Belize Tourism Board and the National Institute of Culture and History. The Project Execution Unit is housed at the BTB office in Regent Street in Belize City. The objectives of the project, according to an official release, include improving economic opportunities in rural communities, enhancing the tourism experience through improvements on infrastructure at the selected sites and contributing to poverty reduction. The Project targets communities adjacent to nine archaeological sites, including: Xunantunich, Nohoch Che’en (Caves’ Branch), Nim Li Punit, Barton Creek, Altun Ha, Lubaantun, Actun Tunichil Muknal, Lamanai and Blue Creek.

Benque Viejo Town Market
Benque is getting a new, 6000 square foot market. There will be fruit stalls along with art stalls, and small park. The contracts are being signed today. This is part of the Belize Rural Development Project's second phase. Congratulations, Benque!

Anytime is the Right Time to Celebrate
Giselle Rodriguez, SHJC student, and junior tour guide here in Cayo, wrote an article about how rain couldn't stop the Independence celebrations, in fact, she called it right, it was a blessing. The Cayo Tour Guide Association has the full article on their site, entitled 'Anytime is the Right Time to Celebrate.' "All in all the rain was unable to cease the Belizean vibes. Supporters and participants came out to celebrate Belize’s 32 years of Independence, as the theme states “Belize in you, Belize in me, Land of the free.” We are all Belize and therefore we shall come hand in hand and fight for the betterment of Belize. Protect and preserve our children for they are the future of Belize, our elders are the foundation and our community and resources are our home. BELIZE: a country of hope and prosperity."

Channel 7

Penner Goes To Visit Prime Minister
Tonight, there is so much news coming out about UDP Cayo Northeast Representative Elvin Penner and his role in the facilitation of a passport for South Korean Won Hong Kim. We'll have extended coverage of all angles tonight, but first, though, to the news of the day. This afternoon at 2:35, the embattled Elvin showed up at the Prime Minister's Belize City Office at the Whitfield Towers. Penner drove himself in his Government issued Four Runner, and after about of nervousness where he knocked down the parking cones, he walked into the building. After an hour and a half, he emerged from the meeting where the press was waiting. But this time, he didn't have to walk the gauntlet up to his SUV because the Prime Minister's driver brought it up to the door - so he could walk right in. The Press managed to get in one question:.. Reporter "Sir, will you resign as an area representative?" Elvin Penner "As I said before I will continue to serve my people."

Prime Minister Says Penner Came Asking For His Pay
In case you missed it, he said, "I will continue to serve my people." But we're not sure how long that will last because the leader of the opposition - after a long period of inaction today sent a letter to Penner demanding his resignation by Monday October 7th, or face a recall. More on that later, but first to the Prime Minister's meeting with Penner. What was it about? Well the PM told the press, it was housekeeping:... Prime Minister Dean Barrow "Talking about housekeeping matters, he hasn't been paid for the month, and of course while he is no longer Minister of state, he is still a member of the National Assembly." "I had to call the clerk I haven't been able to find my financial secretary who is in Belize City attending meeting, but we dealt particularly with those sorts of housekeeping matters; how he will be paid now i view of his new status and as well since there is, as I understand it, talk by the opposition of trying to trigger the recall mechanism, that absolutely lovely device that the UDP inserted in the constitution. I wanted to find out from him, what his position was and he was quite open in telling me that he continues to serve his people, that, indeed only his constituents can tell him if it is time to go as a member of the house and so that was basically the extent of it."

Immigration Minister Hulse: No Picture, No Fingerprint, No Police Check For Citizen Kim
We'll have a little more from the Prime Minister's Interview very shortly, but to keep things developing thematically, we first have our interview with Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse. We caught up him this afternoon after the Senate Meeting - and got to discuss a hose of issue. Centrally, though, it is the issue of the picture of Won Hong Kim. This is Kim as he arrived in Taiwan late last week. That image is the same person in the picture on the Belizean nationality certificate and the South Korean passport. So, the same-ness of those two images immediately vaporizes Elvin Penner's explanation that he was tricked because the person he helped get a passport, and who he claims to have known was not the person in jail in Taiwan. Indeed it was. What's more, the picture on the Belizean Nationality Certificate and the South Korean passport are the same - which means Won Hong Kim never took a passport picture in Belize, which is illegal.

PM Says Citizen Kim Passport Irregularities Why Penner Was Fired
When we spoke to the Prime Minister today about that same discrepancy in the photographs - he said that is well known - and said that's why Penner was fired. That portion of the interview got a little contentious as he got into an exasperated exchange with our colleague from KREM Radio Marisol Amaya:.. Prime Minister Dean Barrow "What Minister may have said, I didn't hear him, about the recipient of the passport not appearing at the passport office in Belmopan was always the fact. We knew from the start that the person to whom the passport was issue was at the time in jail in Taiwan. How does this advance matters? How does that - Penner signed a passport picture and Penner signed a recommendation form. There is nothing that requires the person to be in front of you when you signed the recommendation form or the passport picture."

PUP Wants Senate To Investigate Immigration
And while the PM is under pressure, the opposition is pushing the issue. As we already told you, the Leader of the Opposition today sent a letter to Penner demanding his resignation. And in the Senate today, PUP Senator Lisa Shoman spoke on the adjournment urging the creation of a special select committee to investigate the going's on at the Immigration Department. The Senator had no motion prepared but she asked for Government support:.. Senator Lisa Shoman "Mr. President, the senators from the Opposition's side are making a call today - a public call an urgent call, for us to utilize our powers under the Senate to conduct an investigation and an inquiry into not only the issues surrounding the nationality certificate and issuance to Won Hong Kim, otherwise known in certain sections of the media as "Citizen Kim." That has to do with not only the passport that was issued but also the nationality certificate, the supporting documents, the file and everything surrounding and leading up to the issuance and delivery of a passport to this particular "Citizen Kim.""

Police Investigate Crazy Killing In Teakettle
As we told you last night, the western corridor got another dose of bad news when a killing was reported in Teakettle, that’s after killings were reported in Roaring Creek and Camalote on Saturday and Monday. The Teakettle situation is not that simple though. A farmer in an area way behind Teakettle says he killed Ruben Andrado because he caught him stealing green peppers in his farm. He says after this Andrado threatened him with a machete – and he shot and killed him. And, after this the farmer did the unthinkable, he allegedly burned Andrado’s remains and buried it! It’s a very crazy story – and to make it worse, the farmer did one more thing: when police went to search his farm, he fired at four of them. Officer commanding Belmopan Sinquest Martinez told us more:..

Police Have Suspects For Roaring Creek Killing
Today three persons were taken to Belmopan Magistrate’s Court. They are Alvin Cruz, Sasha White and Brian Hyde. It’s a relatively minor offence of handling stolen goods in a robbery form a Peace Corp volunteer. But, 7news has learned that these males are also suspects in the murder of Alry Sardido and David Reichel – who were killed on Saturday. That’s why the two males were remanded to prison today. ASP Martinez discussed what appears to be a double homicide with us:..

Why Was There An Execution In Camalote?
And then, there’s the other double murder that happened on Monday afternoon ion Camalote. Police have made no arrests but are looking for a known suspect in the execution of Juan Olmedo and the subsequent killing of innocent bystander and deaf mute Oscar Benitez.

Man Seriously Injured In Buena Vista Bicycle Dispute
And the violence in the western villages continued this afternoon in Buena Vista Village. 28 year old Julian Esquivel was shot in the back over a dispute about a bicycle. He was rushed to the western Regional Hospital and because his condition is serious was ferried to the KHMH,. His wife told PLUS TV what she knew about the incident..

PUP Issues Penner Ultimatum: Resign Or Be Recalled
And while there’s all that crime, the Elvin Penner’s predicament is the news tonight. In the words of Michael Finnegan he’s become a political piñata, and the leader of the opposition – after an inexplicable two week delay – took a might swing at it today.

H1N1 In Belize But Not Such A Big Deal Anymore
H1N1, or Swine Flu – as it was dreadfully called when it first emerged in 2009 – is in Belize and the Caribbean, in fact a report from the Caribbean Public Health Agency says that, quote, “In the Caribbean, the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus is the most commonly identified influenza virus circulating in the Region and this is not an unexpected finding.”

Cholera coming From Mexico?
But what has been detected is cholera in Hidalgo Mexico. That has triggered an immediate response in Belize – particularly in the corozal freee zone – according to Manzanero. He explained:

PM Says He Apologized To Skerrit
7news was first to report on the embarrassing incident with Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. As we told you he was detained by the Coast Guard on the water of San Pedro on Independence Day. The officer in charge of the Coast Guard detail, has been demoted, but today the Prime Minister said more should have been done. Skerritt came at the personal invitation of the Prime Minister and he told us he was more than a little miffed..

Channel 5

The elusive former Minister of State, Elvin Penner meets with the P.M.
Since he was booted from Cabinet for his involvement in the recent passport scandal in which a South Korean was issued with a Belize passport while in jail on September [...]

Will there be a criminal investigation into passport scandal?
While the Ministry of Immigration is investigating itself, there has been an open call for a criminal inquiry into the issuance of the fraudulent Belizean passport to South Korean businessman [...]

Will a recall be triggered by passport scandal?
Amid the ongoing debacle is the very real possibility that a recall mechanism, enshrined in the constitution, will be triggered by the opposition.  The government of the day maintains control [...]

The P.U.P. says either Penner resigns as area rep or there will be a recall
While the Prime Minister spoke to the media at Whitfield Towers the leader of the opposition also spoke to News Five at Independence Hall. For the opposition, Penner, in fact, [...]

Fonseca says it’s ludicrous for Immigration Department to be investigating itself
P.U.P. Leader Francis Fonseca told us that he has a team ready to go to work collecting signatures, but he decided as a courtesy to give Penner a chance to [...]

Deputy Mayor Eric Chang to face the music on passport scandal on Thursday
Deputy Mayor Eric Chang returns from Taiwan on Thursday to face the blaring music of his alleged involvement in the existing passport scandal.  Chang is accused of being the courier [...]

How did Kim Wonhong obtain Belizean nationality?
And our question for tonight is: How do you think Kim Wonhong obtained Belizean nationality: a. He married a Belizean b. He lived in Belize for five years c. He [...]

Immigration system overridden…how did detained South Korean picture end up in Belizean passport?
The issue of the passport scandal was also placed squarely on the floor of the senate by the opposition and we’ll have that coming up. Following today’s special sitting of [...]

P.U.P. senator asks for support for a passport scandal investigation
The opposition has already said that it will be triggering a recall if Elvin Penner does not resign by October seventh. In the senate today, Lisa Shoman of the P.U.P. [...]

4 days; 5 murders…remains of missing Teakettle man found
Four days; five murders…that’s the new record for Camalote and Roaring Creek communities of the George Price Highway. Tonight, we report on the most recent murder which is also most [...]

City Center demolition ahead of schedule
For years, the City Center stood abandoned and forlorn, awaiting a rehabilitation and renovation which never seemed to materialize. But now it is, and to make way for what is [...]

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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. Mark Lizarraga “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. ISMAEL CAL “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...

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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
Place cokunut n' a skillet ov'r medium heat. Stir constantlee until cokunut is golte brown, watchin closelee as it burns easilee. Remoov ta a plate an' let it cool. Set aside a 1/2 cup fer t'frostyun'. 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. Spred evenlee n' preparet pun. Bake at 400º F fer apperximatelee 25 minnuts er until toothpick insertid into brownies kums out cleen.

Beautiful Sunrise
“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: http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=26569 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.

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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.


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