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Deon Yorke murdered in the streets of Belize City
Belize City’s latest murder took place late on Friday evening. According to police 28 year old Deon Yorke of Pickstock Street was walking on New Road minutes before midnight, when at the corner with Hyde’s Lane he was approached by a single armed man who shot him twice in...
Two men shot in Belize City on Sunday night
Two men are fortunate to be alive after they were shot at on Sunday night. The shooting also took place shortly before 11:30 in the old capital, on Central American Boulevard. Initial investigation revealed that an eighteen year old and a 26 year old were riding on the boulevard,...
PUP meet the signatory target to trigger recall in Cayo Northeast Constituency
Word coming out of the PUP camp is that the party has acquired or is very close to acquiring the number of signatures required to trigger the recall mechanism in the Cayo Northeast. While, current area rep, Elvin Penner has yet to decide whether he will voluntarily step down...
Autopsy reveals Michael Reynolds died from Third Degree Burns
Last week, we reported on the death of 33 year old Michael Reynolds, whose charred remains were found in his home, in a corridor leading to his bedroom. His body was burned beyond recognition and so a cause of death could not be certified at the time. On Monday,...
Couple die in traffic accident
A couple lost their lives in a traffic accident as they made their way home from a relative’s home going. The accident occurred on Saturday night on the Placencia Road. With more on this tragic incident, here is our Dangriga Correspondent Harry Arzu. Mr. Harry...
Hospital Administrator accused of fraud
We have been following the economic scandal unfolding at the Southern Regional Hospital. The Auditor General was commissioned by the Ministry of Health to conduct an audit at the medical facility after suspicion of irregular activities were reported. The last we told you is that some 189 cheques were...
Stevedores claim they are not properly represented by their union
The Stevedores continue to sing injustice on the part of the representatives of their Union. It is publicly known, that the Stevedores, in late August, pleaded for the resignation of President Antonio Gonzalez and the General Secretary James McFoy of the Christian Workers Union. Dion Pitters and Raymond Rivers...
National Association of Village Councils holds AGM
This past Saturday at the George Price Center for Peace and Development in Belmopan, representatives of 191 village councils and 3 community councils met for the annual general meeting of the National Association of Village Councils (NAVCO). The meeting comes after village council elections...
Zamorano University Recruiting Agricultural Students in Belize
Do you, or someone you know aspire a career in the agriculture sector, and is seeking financial aid to pursue an accredited degree in this field? Well we’d encourage you to tune in to this following feature. Currently, representatives from the reputable Zamorano University are...
Prime Minister Barrow Responds to Los Angeles Residents
In the past few days, the PM has met with Belizeans living in Los Angeles, Californa. At one gathering, the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow entertained an open conference with attendees. One person questioned the PM on the type of land issue we have come to know...
Important Health and Satefy Bill…Taking too Long to Hit the Table?
The NTUCB in a press release expressed their sheer rage at the GOB their “…refusal; to bring the Occupational Health and Safety Bill (OSH Bill), to the House of Representatives for its due course of readings and public debates.” According to the press release, “Over the past ten years,...
Harvest for Kids Hits the Record for more Reaching Out
The organization known as Belize Camping Experience has made waves with its innovative approach to getting at-risk youth involved in making a difference in their lives, both physically and spiritually. On the 12th of this month, at Banana Bank in Cayo, they demonstrated that approach...
Caye Caulker Chronicles
Norwegian Cruise Line Is Hiring
The recruitment process for jobs on board NCL is slated to start in a few days!
TEXAN MAN, WANTED FOR HOMICIDE IN US, SURRENDERS TO EMBASSY
Belize and US authorities have confirmed to Amandala that a Texan who was wanted for a homicide in Hidalgo County, Texas, USA, but who had been staying in San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize, has been flown back to the USA to face charges there.
Police Press Officer Raphael Martinez confirmed to Amandala that the American, who has been identified as Everett James Morris, 45, turned himself in to the US Embassy in Belize after he heard that he was being sought by law enforcement authorities. San Ignacio police facilitated the process, Martinez said.
A spokesperson of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office told our newspaper today that Morris was expected to arrive in Hidalgo today to face charges for the homicide of Jorge Rodriguez Olivarez, 51, who was reportedly beaten to death with a blunt object.
TRIPLE SORROW FOR THE ROCHES FAMILY
On top of the grief they’re going through as they mourn the death of their mother, Dolores Roches, 68, the Roches family of the Lakeland area of Dangriga is now grappling with two more deaths which occurred after their mother was buried on Saturday at the Dangriga Cemetery.
Mark Roches, 48, and his common-law wife, Elizabeth Domingo, 34, who both travelled from Seine Bight, where they lived, to bury his mother in Dangriga, are both dead. They were travelling back to Seine Bight in the pan of a pickup truck with three other people, when the truck became involved in a traffic accident.
They were thrown out of the back of the truck, and suffered massive head and body injuries that caused them to die almost immediately. Three other people were in the cab of the pickup, including the driver, but they did not suffer any serious injury.
“LANDS … HOTBED OF CORRUPTION,” SAYS PM IN L.A.
Recently, there has been great public uproar about the irregularities within the Immigration Department that have been exposed throughout the years, the last being the embarrassing immigration passport scandal involving ex-Minister of State, Hon. Elvin Penner, which erupted over the past month.
Hon. Penner was fired by Prime Minister Dean Barrow after the corruption charge was brought to his attention, and after rallying to Penner’s corner in the weeks immediately after the scandal exploded into the public’s consciousness, PM Barrow had to ask the embattled Cayo North East area representative last week to resign from the UDP or the House of Representatives.
Well, the Immigration Department appears to have company in its corrupt ways – it has been confirmed, by no less a personage than PM Barrow himself, that the Lands Department may be just as corrupt – a belief that has been held by many Belizean citizens because of the unbelievable problems they’ve had in dealing with the department over the years.
MIDNIGHT MURDER ON NORTHSIDE
At around 12:00 a.m. this past Saturday, October 19, 2013, two shots were heard in the vicinity of Hydes Lane, at its junction with New Road, which happens to be just one block away from the Queen Street Police Station.
Moments later, 28-year old Deon Yorke, better known as “Diddy”, of #13 Pickstock Street, Belize City, was seen lying on the ground, in the middle of the intersection, apparently dead.
Shortly after, police arrived at the scene and saw Yorke suffering from two gunshot wounds, which had been inflicted by an unknown assailant. Police immediately took the victim to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where, unfortunately, he died while receiving treatment for his injuries.
Frantic and distressing screams and shrieks echoed into the night as Yorke’s neighbors and relatives learned of his death.
MAYA VS GOB HEARING DUE TUESDAY
The land rights dispute between the Government of Belize and the Maya of Toledo continues unresolved, and tomorrow Supreme Court Justice Michelle Arana is scheduled to commence hearing at 11:00 a.m. in the case lodged by the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) and four Maya communities adjacent to the Sarstoon-Temash National Park. The case was lodged against the Government of Belize in a challenge to a decision to grant US Capital Energy permission to drill in the area, which the claimants deem to be ancestral lands, without consulting them.
The Supreme Court of Belize and the Court of Appeal have both declared that Maya customary land rights exist in Southern Belize; however, there is now a dispute over how those rights are to be enforced.
In July, SATIIM, supported by the Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO), filed a court claim, challenging the lawfulness of the Barrow administration’s decision to permit drilling inside the protected area—a move which they said violates Maya customary land rights as well as laws governing activities that can be carried out in a national park.
ELVIN PENNER HAS RETURNED, BUT WILL NOT RESIGN – YET!
Reports to Amandala suggest that the beleaguered Cayo Northeast area representative, Hon. Elvin Penner, has returned to the country after he purportedly went to Guatemala to receive medical attention for “blinding headaches and hypertension.”
However, Penner told the media that he believes that the time is not right to make any public statements as yet.
Last week Tuesday, Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow “invited” Penner to resign from his post as area representative, and to also resign from the United Democratic Party – a request that has been categorically denied by Penner, who said in a telephone interview last week that he will meet with “his people” this week before making a decision.
Penner said that he hopes to complete his consultations in two weeks, after which he expects to meet with Prime Minister Barrow to deliver his decision in person. Barrow left the country last Wednesday for fundraisers in Los Angeles, and is not expected back in the country until this Friday, October 25.
WHAT A RACE! BDF TAKES SOLE LEAD AT WEEK 4 OF PREMIER LEAGUE BELIKIN CUP
Official game details are not yet in, but our reliable sources indicate that there were 3 shutouts, all low scores, in all 3 Saturday night games in Week 4 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) Belikin Cup Opening Season 2013-2014 this past weekend. And the standings now show Belize Defence Force (BDF) FC at the top of the standings with an impeccable 3-0 record. Meanwhile, pre-season favorite and defending champion Police United FC find themselves still winless after 3 outings. (See standings at bottom.)
Due to the uneven number of teams in the competition, causing one team to “rest” each weekend, the standings have to be viewed with this fact in mind. Three teams have already played 4 games, while the other four teams, including Police, BDF, Verdes and San Ignacio United, have played only 3, and thus each have a game “in hand” that could change the standings picture significantly. But, neither Police, Verdes or San Ignacio can catch BDF with a victory, and BDF still has a game in hand, so they are presently in a very good position. But the season is still young, and no team is yet “out of it.”
BELIZEAN CYCLIST BYRON POPE QUALIFIES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2014
Yesterday, the Belize Cycling Association (BCA) issued a press release stating that cyclist Byron Pope had done well enough at the Caribbean Cycling Championship in Curacao over the past weekend to qualify for the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico. Two female cyclists – Shalini Zabaneh and Kerah Eiley, and five male cyclists – Byron Pope, Edgar “Nissan” Arana, Joel Borland, David Henderson, Jr., and Robert Liam Stewart represented Belize at the Caribbean Championship in the ITT (Individual Time Trial) and the Road Race.
The BCA’s release was jubilant, declaring “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!”
It continued: “…There were eight (8) slots available for countries to participate in the Central American and Caribbean Games… Our Byron Pope was able to finish in 10th place overall in the road race and get the eighth and final qualifying slot.” (66 cyclists finished the male road race.)
ALBURN RIVERO 20/20 CRICKET COMPETITION UNDER WAY IN BURRELL BOOM VILLAGE
The Alburn Rivero 20/20 Cricket Competition, originally scheduled to open in Double Head Cabbage on October 12, finally kicked off this past Saturday, October 19, in Burrell Boom Village.
Nevertheless, on October 12, the promised 2012 season trophies, sponsored by SMART, were handed over to champions Excellence of Double Head Cabbage and sub-champs Western Eagles of Rancho Dolores; but the 20/20 games had to be postponed due to the pitch being too wet in Double Head. In any event, Excellence, whose captain Kene Broaster will reportedly not be returning from Los Angeles until January of next year, had elected not to participate in the 20/20, so the tournament was moved this past weekend to Burrell Boom instead.
Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA) Development Officer Conway Young reported on the games played this past Saturday, October 19, in the opening round of the Alburn Rivero 20/20, which follows a double-elimination format (teams drop out after losing two games).
LIVING THE LIFE Editorial
In Belize’s culture and value system, it is apparent that we now rate people according to the amount of money they have and according to their pay scale. Simply put, the more money you have and earn, the more prestige you have.
The contradiction is that ours is a society which is always boasting about how much we believe in God and how Christian we are. The fact of the matter is that the Christ of the New Testament was very much a man of austerity, committed his only public act of violence against the bankers of his time, and specifically declared that it was very difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.
In our lifetime, Belize has changed a great deal. In the old days our people valued courage, dignity, ability, integrity, class, style and other qualities more than we rated money. Why this was so, and why this has changed, we can’t really say. For sure the influence of the United States, which began increasing by leaps and bounds after Hurricane Hattie in 1961 and self-government in 1964, has contributed to Belize’s modern materialism, hedonism, and love of money. We live just 600 miles from the largest economy and the most dominant culture in the world, and we have become Americanized.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
It’s difficult for a Creole to talk about people and things Garifuna. The history between the two groups of black people is so delicate. Myself, in the beginning I had thought I could discuss matters freely in these pages, because I had come out of the Roman Catholic educational stream here, most Garifuna in Belize being Roman Catholics, and because the UBAD organization I led had emphasized the African ancestral commonalities between the two groups, or tribes. At the time of Dr. Ted Aranda’s removal or resignation as UDP Leader in late 1982, and his subsequent political moves in 1983, however, there was an extraordinary atmosphere, and my sense was that I could not say what I thought about this situation. (Dr. Aranda had become the first Garifuna leader of a major political party in late 1979.)
As a relatively educated nationalist, I am much aware of how dangerous tribalism and ethnicity have been in the post-colonial Third World. A terrible civil war was raging in Nigeria when I was going to school at Dartmouth, and I remember that there were two Dartmouth students from Nigeria who did not speak to each other as a result of that war. One was Saleh Jibril, and I believe he was Muslim, and a non-Ibo, which is to say, he was either Hausa, Fulani or Yoruba, or some mixture thereof. The other Nigerian was a bearded, post-graduate engineering student by the name of Joseph Mhoude, who was definitely an Ibo.
HERBALIST HARRY GUY TALKS ABOUT THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER AND HIV/AIDS
October has been declared Cancer Awareness Month, and all are encouraged to wear pink to show solidarity with those who are battling cancer, and to remember those who have died due to the disease. However, according to herbalist Harry Guy, 65, those suffering with HIV/AIDS and various types of cancer can have hope.
Guy, a San Ignacio resident, says he has formulas and remedies that put full-blown AIDS and cancers into remission and enable those struggling with these diseases to live normal, healthy lives after his treatments. And these (cancer and AIDS) are just two of the ailments that he says he can address and alleviate.
In an interview today with Amandala, Guy said that he has been a herbalist since 1992, and that since that time he has assisted hundreds of people suffering with cancer and HIV/AIDS, among many other diseases, with tremendous success. For those who have accessed his remedies promptly after early detection of HIV or cancer, treatments are no longer than 3 months. In the case of HIV, after 6 weeks a blood test is carried out to assess the effect of the treatment and after 12 weeks a final blood test is conducted. He said that terminal cancers are hard to cure, and treatment periods usually extend to two years, but there are many with terminal cancer, he said, whom he has assisted to live healthy lives. He said, however, that patients are urged to seek treatment before cancer reaches the terminal stage.
COMMERCE BIGHT PORT –AN OPPORTUNITY FOR REAL DEVELOPMENT
Careful observations and analysis of development strategies that have been implemented by successive PUP and UDP administrations for southern Belize reveal a distinct underlying colonially-rooted bias that has persistently excluded Belizean Maya, Garifuna and black Creole residents from becoming integral players and substantial beneficiaries of the resources in their area. Such deeply rooted bias is revealed through the dynamics of race and ethnicity, political and economic interests of the oligarchy, narrow city-centric view of national development and the behavior of investors in relation to state actors and the people.
Consequently, despite the fact that southern Belize and particularly the Stann Creek District has the highest concentration of major industries (e.g. citrus, banana, aquaculture, tourism) compared to all other districts, overall investments have shown an exclusion of a significant percentage of the native local population. For example, unlike the sugar industry in the north where small farmers participate and benefit, the banana industry has long ago obliterated small farmer participation. The industry is controlled by eight growers who own a combined 7,000 acres of farms that thrive on incentives and cheap labor imported from across the border.
PARENTS/STUDENTS OF JULIAN CHO TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL PROTEST
A peaceful protest was held in front of the District Education Center in Punta Gorda Town this morning.
Amandala understands that the protest was conducted in order to raise public awareness about a particular situation involving a teacher from Julian Cho Technical High School in that district, who has been prevented from obtaining an extension on his teaching license.
Apparently, the teacher, who is also head of the Science Department, Mr. Abdullah Adebara, a Nigerian-born, who has taught at the school for 10 years, is unable to renew his passport, therefore he has not been given an opportunity to renew his work permit.
MAN FOUND DEAD IN HOUSE DESTROYED BY FIRE
Post-mortem indicates that he was killed by flames.
A post-mortem conducted on the charred remains of Michael Reynolds, 33, of Sister Benedict Street, of the Antelope Street Extension area, certified the cause of his death as “asphyxia by mechanical aspiration due to third degree burns by dry heat.”
The autopsy was conducted by Doctor Mario Estrada Bran, police coroner, on Friday at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
Police reports are that at about 2:26 a.m. on Friday, the charred remains of Reynolds were recovered from the floor of his house, a plywood structure measuring 20 feet by 14 feet and elevated approximately 3 feet off the ground, which was completely destroyed by fire.
FABIAN MARTINEZ DIES ALMOST A WEEK AFTER MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
A man is dead one week after a vehicle crashed into him at the junction of the Fresh Pond and the Boom Hattieville Roads, while he was travelling on a motorcycle, at about 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12.
Fabian Martinez, a Ladyville resident, died at about 12.35 a.m. Monday, October 21, at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he had been fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit.
Police reports are that Martinez was travelling on a motorcycle from Ladyville to Fresh Pond when, upon reaching the Fresh Pond junction with the Boom Hattieville Road, an SUV hit him, causing him to receive massive head and body injuries.
The driver of the SUV told police that he crashed into the motorcycle because the driver turned right without indicating.
BELIZEAN KIDNAPPED WITH 43 OTHERS IN MEXICO
Mexico’s National Security Commission reported on Friday that they had rescued 44 people who were kidnapped from a bus terminal in Reynosa Mexico, at the US border—among them a Belizean national whose name has yet to be released.
Amandala contacted the Mexican Embassy in Belize, Belize Police and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more details, but none of them was able to provide us any.
In a press release, Mexican authorities report that the persons, who were tricked into thinking they were being taken to a safe house, were being held hostage inside a home at Reynosa, Tamaulipas, while their captors tried to negotiate money from their relatives for their release.
However, police on patrol in the area were alerted to the situation by a woman who began screaming for help.
I HAD A DREAM! (MORE LIKE A NIGHTMARE) Letters
— by Phillip de la Fuente
I dreamt my beautiful Belize had some leaders who were not at all interested in the development or progress of its people.
I dreamt we had a leader who was afraid to protect or demarcate our border, another leader who was allowing our rosewood to be cut down, another leader doing the exporting of the rosewood, and leaders giving away our oil, and islands, and lands, and culture, and heritage. One leader, quien no esta manchando su mano, but allowing these things to happen.
The supervisory committee, who oversees them all, the ethics and integrity committee, sees nothing wrong with anything. Remember, the aims and objectives of the party and government (sections 8,11,12,13) clearly state what they should be doing.
COLIN BH ON THE HOT SEAT Letters
— by Colin B. Hyde (Colin bh)
I have been forwarded two correspondences (one from a male and one from a female) which declare that they found one of my articles last week, “Bake It Again” (to be specific), to be distasteful. I am of course concerned. I do not write with intent to offend anyone and I am especially unhappy when I hear of any female aggrieved by my opinions, or anything I did, for that matter.
In respect of the article, Bake It Again, I would love to respond, but I really don’t know – to what? Was my entire article distasteful? Was half of it distasteful? Was it a line or two?
Until such time that I am apprised of exactly what the problem is, allow me to say this: I have my failures in this world, but I like to think that the women who know or have met me consider me to be extremely respectful, and very caring.
19-YEAR-OLD WOMAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER
This morning, 19-year-old Stacey Jones, an unemployed resident of #10 Victoria Street in Belize City, was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court after she allegedly injured another female in an early morning stabbing incident on October 11, 2013, on North Front Street in Belize City.
Jones, who was unrepresented, appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano, where she was read three charges. Jones was charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of grievous harm, and one count of use of deadly means of harm upon Acteshia Nunez.
2 ESCAPE DEATH ON CENTRAL AMERICAN BOULEVARD
Two men are alive after they were fired upon and hit while riding two separate bicycles on Central American Boulevard towards the Deep Water Port at about 11:35 Sunday night in front of Kings Store.
Elroy Perdomo, 18, of Kraal Road, was shot in his buttocks and his ankle, while Steven Lambey, 26, of Reggae Street, was shot in the right side of the abdomen and the left calf. They were both taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where they were treated for the injuries, and Perdomo was later released after being placed on observation.
The other man, Steven Lambey, has been admitted to ward, where he is recovering, in a serious but stable condition.
THREE GUNMEN REMANDED FOR CRISTO REY STORE HOLDUP
Three men from Corozal have been remanded to the Belize Central Prison on charges of robbery, possession of stolen goods, aggravated assault, possession of prohibited firearm and keeping ammunition without a gun license.
Corozal Police charged that Keith Bennett, 23, of Vivas Layout, Corozal; Yasmin Monima, 18, of Port Saul area, Corozal Town; and a minor, 16, also of Vivas Layout, were the three robbers who went into a Chinese store in Cristo Rey, Corozal, at about 2:30 Thursday afternoon, pistol-whipped the head of the storeowner, then stole over $2,000 in cash and goods, before escaping.
Police, who responded quickly to reports of the crime, said that they captured Keith Bennett, who was armed with a pistol, in the area. Bennett then led them to an area in a cane field in the Patchakan area, where he handed over a sawed-off shotgun, which was identified as one of the guns used during the robbery. The other men were also captured on the Patchakan Road.
4 FISHERMEN CAUGHT WITH UNDERSIZED LOBSTER TAILS
One pleaded guilty and was fined over $9,000, while the other three saw their charges withdrawn.
A total of 431 undersized lobsters, otherwise known as “crayfish”, were confiscated by Fisheries Department officials at a fishing camp, south of Caye Chapel, which led to the arrest and detention of 4 well-known fishermen.
They are 50-year-old Luigi Marin, of #15 3rd Street in the Kings Park area of Belize City; Gerald Foreman, 24, of #3 Pinks Alley in Belize City; Hubert Palacio, 30, of a Perez Road Address in Ladyville; and Mark A. Sewell, 43, a fisherman/watchman of #182 Vista Del Mar Area, also in Ladyville.
The men are all lobster trap fishermen from the area south of Caye Chapel, said Fisheries Prosecutor, Hampton Gamboa.
According to Gamboa, there have been a number of encounters with persons in that area, but finally, they have been able to make an arrest and carry out the subsequent confiscation of undersized lobsters. He told Amandala that they received a tip from a member of the public on Tuesday, after which they launched a joint operation with the Gang Suppression Unit and headed out to South Caye Chapel at around 9:00 or 10:00 Tuesday night. Upon reaching one of the fishing camps on the island, Gamboa said, “We searched the premises and were able to find two iceboxes; one was partially filled, and the other just had a couple lobsters. After the officers’ procedure of weighing each individual [lobster], we ended up with four hundred and thirty-one undersized lobsters.”
COP CRIMINALLY CHARGED AFTER DOMESTIC DISPUTE
Occasionally, law enforcement officers have been caught on the wrong side of the law. One such case occurred late last month, and today the accused officer was made to face charges at the Magistrate’s Court in Belize City.
28-year-old police constable Ronald Sutherland was slapped with three criminal charges after allegedly abusing his common-law wife. Tanisha Ortiz, of a Police Street address in Belize City, made a report to the police on September 26, 2013, in which she stated that Sutherland, who is her common-law husband, assaulted her with a machete, causing a wound, and also threatened her life after the two got into an altercation at her Police Street home.
BELIZEAN WOMAN CAUGHT STEALING FROM CHETUMAL STORES
A Belizean woman has been arrested and charged with theft by Chetumal police after she allegedly was caught stealing liquor and clothes at the Plaza de America Shopping Mall, and the Melody Clothing Store in Chetumal on Thursday.
The woman, identified as Shirley Ardeth Arnold (also known as Shirley Lambey), 34, an unemployed Belizean, has been detained at a Chetumal Police Station, and is waiting to be taken to court on the charges.
According to Friday’s edition of the Diario de Chetumal, an online Mexican newspaper, Arnold was arrested by the State Preventive Police in Chetumal after she was caught stealing inside a convenience store located at Plaza de America, after allegedly committing the same offense at Melody, on the same day.
ALBERT WALLER, 34, CHANGES PLEA TO GUILTY; SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS AND FINED $10,000
Waller had initially pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, where his mother and stepfather were also charged
This afternoon, Albert Waller, 34, a resident of #188 Neal Pen Road, changed his initial not guilty plea to guilty after the court prosecutor informed the court that his guilty plea to the lesser charge of drug possession would not be accepted.
On July 4, 2013, members of the Gang Suppression Unit went to the home of Waller with a search warrant to search his house and yard for drugs.
Present at the time of the search were Waller, his mother, Cherry Mae Flowers, 55, and her husband, Cecil Flowers, 60. When police searched under the house, they found a black plastic bag which contained suspected cannabis. Another small amount was found on Cecil Flowers, for which he was charged with drug possession.
COP GETS $3,000 FINE FOR MANSLAUGHTER CONVICTION
The judge also recommended that he be reinstated as a police officer.
The long-awaited sentencing of a former police constable, Burton Caliz, 30, was finally delivered, and amounted to a fine in lieu of further jail time, and a recommendation for his reinstatement in the Belize Police Department.
The sentencing took place in the Supreme Court in Belize City in front of Justice John “Troadio” Gonzalez. Caliz had been charged for the manslaughter of San Pedro resident, Leroy Pilgrim. He, Caliz, was found guilty of manslaughter by negligence in the shooting death of Pilgrim, and after waiting to hear his fate for over two weeks, he left the court smiling, since he was fined $3,000 instead of being given a custodial sentence, which would have meant no more than 5 years behind bars. The fine was ordered to be paid by January of 2014.
“Above the Clouds” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
I slept like a baby (or maybe I didn’t? Well I didn’t wake up crying. Or needing to be changed. Or a feed. So why do people use this expression to describe a good sleep?) on our first night in our new home.
OK, so we are currently living in the Ground Floor self-contained apartment whilst the First and Second Floors get finished (still waiting for three toilets to arrive (one for the apartment and the other two for Rose’s and my bathroom), the remaining door locks to be fitted, the closets to be finished (the larger bedroom in the apartment, the bedroom on the First Floor (Rose’s handicraft room) and mine) and the general snagging and tidy up of our lot. But we don’t care too much because we are in.
I wasn’t up as early this morning (told you I slept like a baby) but I was out on the front step (chose a different location to yesterday) with my mug of coffee and the iPad just before 05.00 hours. I mention the step because until we get patio chairs (must get around to placing the Miami shipment order today!) steps are likely to be what I sit on when I venture outside. It’s a hard life!
Ramon’s Village Resort in San Pedro Rises From the Devastating Fire with Miraculous Speed
Less than 2 months later, the turn around is nothing short of miraculous. Ramon’s Village brought in construction companies and a small village of almost 150 workers to rebuild at lightening speeds. I took a look around yesterday and, after a month away from San Pedro, I really could not believe the progress.
Take a look. A HUGE push to open for “the season”.
First pictures from the beach side where Pineapples Restaurant has been re-opened (in a MUCH smaller way since the kitchen totally burned to the ground) for over a month.
Chaa Creek Welcomes New US Ambassador to Belize
Carlos Roberto Moreno has just been confirmed as the new US Ambassador to Belize by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee in what the owners of the of the Lodge at Chaa Creek call welcome news with positive benefits for Belize.
“Ever since receiving news of President Obama’s nomination of Mr Moreno last July we have been following the news closely and waiting for confirmation,” Chaa Creek owner Lucy Fleming said, “So it’s certainly good news to hear that his nomination has been confirmed.
“He sounds ideal for the position,” Ms Fleming added.
President Obama tapped Carlos Roberto Moreno, a former federal district judge who also served on California’s state Supreme Court, for the Belize ambassadorship last July.
In the same announcement, Obama nominated Mark Childress as U.S. envoy to Tanzania, and had this to say about both men;
“These dedicated and accomplished individuals will be valued additions to my administration as we tackle the important challenges facing America. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”
Tek Batty Wedding stirs controversy in Belize
Several hundred fundamentalist Christians calling themselves Belize Overeaction are today preparing to protest a heterosexual marriage due to what they consider to be a subversive move to promote the gay agenda.
According to one of Belize Overreaction’s leaders, Pastor Scott Squirm, reliable information has been received that homosexuals in Belize are about to use traditional marriage to legalize sodomy. “I was praying over the whole issue of marriage and asking the Lord to strike fear into the hearts of people who think marriage should be for anyone other than good Christian folk of opposite sexes” Squirm claims, “when Jesus Himself told me about a homosexual abomination that was about to go down in our God fearing Christian nation!” The abomination Squirm is referring to is the pending nuptials of Florita Tek and Leopold Batty, planned for this weekend in the nation’s capital of Belmopan. “NOT ON OUR WATCH!! NO SIR-REE!!!” declared Squirm, using FULL CAPS and no less than SIX exclamation points to emphasize exactly how serious this matter is to the moral fabric of Belize. “We are mobilizing all self appointed leaders, all unelected moral arbiters, and any Christian that fits in to our narrowly defined Body of Christ to join us in putting a stop to latest attempt to force the gay agenda on our heterosexual fundamentalist Christian nation!!!”
Touring Tikal, Guatemala with David Meerman Scott
Last year, I had the opportunity of touring Tikal with Marketing Guru David Meerman Scott , author of the bestselling book “The New Rules of Marketing and PR”.
I had invited David to Belize to deliver a talk on the Future of Internet Marketing to tourism stakeholders after reading his book in an SEO course that I attended in the US the previous year.
But David didn’t only want to educate Belizean marketers about his books; he was also interested in knowing how our Marketing Department at Chaa Creek used his ideas to market Belize and our products so I recommended that he stay at our eco resort to satisfy his curiosity. (see: www.chaacreek.com)
Even though Tikal is in Guatemala, it is one of the most popular tours that we sell so I convinced him that we should definitely explore this ancient Maya city together.
David was excited!
His excitement had to do with the fact that Guatemala would become his 72nd country to visit in the world.
Mennonite Gurls A'ken Cook: Lawsy Linguine fer Acoupla
One-dish pasta recipes a'havin bee makin t'rounds un pinterest resantlee. Mos serve fer ta six…an' since thar air jes acoupla o'us fer mos meels…I deecided ta try a paret down vershun resantlee. My husban' is wunderin wen I will be servin it agin! Hoe much simpl'r a'ken it git…thun throwin everthang into one pot an' a'havin it un t'abull a shert wile lat'r?
Pumpkin coffee cake is a purrfeck recipe fer a partee
1 /2 cup butt'r
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 teespoon vanilla
4 aigs, 1 beete
2 cups flour
1 teespoon bakyun' sody
1 teespoon bakyun' powd'r
1 cup sour creem
16-ounce. a'ken pumpkin (1 3/4 cup)
1 teespoon pumpkin pie spice
On Vacation at El Secreto Resort
11 miles north of San Pedro Town on a spectacular and deserted stretch of beach with white sand and palms you will find El Secreto luxury beachfront resort. I wish I could say we were going on vacation, but it is volunteer work that brings us to this wonderful place. Over the next 2 days, El Secreto is having 25 staff trained in first aid and making Ambergris Caye a little bit safer.
Jermaine, Shirley and I headed out on the 6:30 am water taxi to the last stop which is 8 miles north, after that Ken had arranged for the El Secreto boat to pick us up and bring us to the resort. When we arrived they had us settle into our room and then we got right to the business at hand training the group.
Everyone seemed to be enjoying the course and as I watched I noticed people were asking questions and Jermain was making sure that everyone was doing their practice sessions correctly. Having attended many first aid classes, I can totally see why practice makes perfect and I do believe that it does take more than one course for some to get it right as there is so much to learn. I cannot wait till we start offering refresher courses so that everyone who has been trained can keep practicing and really be able to refine their skills.
Placencia’s Best Food Spots
Placencia isn’t only known for it’s nice beaches and great bars, it’s one of those places that pairs fine dining and hearty meals surprisingly well. One evening you can be having a luxurious dinner at an upscale restaurant and the next day you can be sitting under a shack on the beach and have the best breakfast you’ve ever had. You pretty much can equally enjoy each food experience and feel like a winner. Below are 5 of my favourite food spots in Placencia.
"Bake It Again" : Commentary In Belize's Leading Newspaper Condoning RAPE
On October 20, 2013 a commentary in one of Belize's leading newspapers, The Amandala (print edition only), was published under the heading "Bake It Again" by Colin BH. The statements made in this article condone the culture of rape and violence against women and girls in Belize and everywhere in the world. In my opinion, this is one of the worse editorial decisions I have ever seen in any of the major newspapers in Belize. Simply put, this is an endorsement of the rape and blaming of women and girls who are raped; rape is a violent crime and perpetrators everywhere should be punished.
Start-Up Reinvents the Bicycle Wheel
It’s rare that a company comes along and reinvents the wheel, but it looks like that is about to happen.
Superpedestrian, a start-up in Boston, announced on Monday that it has received $2.1 million in financing to help build a wheel that transforms some standard bicycles into hybrid e-bikes.
The product, the Copenhagen Wheel, is a design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology SENSEable City Laboratory. The original goal of the wheel was to entice more people to more bicycles in large cities in lieu of cars by giving them help from a motor.
While the new wheel is still round, it has technology that makes it different from most normal bike wheels.
The Copenhagen Wheel replaces the rear wheel of a bicycle. It includes a motor powered by a built-in battery and sensors. When someone pedals with the new wheel in place, the bike uses sensors and an app on a smartphone to measure the amount of effort the rider is putting into each pedal. It then offers an additional boost when necessary.
One of the most interesting components of the new wheel is that the rider doesn’t need to tell the bike when help is necessary, the wheel just figures it out using the sensors and gives the bike a push.
“Riding on a flat surface, or up a hill, will feel exactly the same,” Mr. Biderman said.
GOP asked ex-fugitive McAfee to testify on ObamaCare website
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce wanted to speak with John McAfee, the technology pioneer who last year fled a murder investigation in Belize, as part of their investigation into the flawed ObamaCare website, according to emails obtained by CNBC.
Sean Hayes, who serves as counsel for the committee, apparently reached out to Francois Garcia, an attorney for McAfee last week.
"Given the failures of Healthcare.gov, and Mr. McAfee's expertise, I was hoping he might be able to discuss his views with staff on the hill," Hayes wrote, according to the CNBC emails. "It would be an informal discussion: we would take notes but these would not be for attribution, it would mainly guide our oversight and review of the program."
Caribbean Export launches trade networks
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) officially launched the Belize National Trade Information Network (N-TIN) at the Radisson Hotel, Belize on October 11. Belize is one of six countries identified in a region-wide scan of the trade support institution landscape as being in the position to move ahead with the establishment of a N-TIN. The other countries include T&T, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Suriname, and Jamaica.
Over the past year the agency has conducted a series of workshops and consultative meetings with the selected countries to introduce the approach and methodology that will be undertaken in the formation of the N-TINs.
Reefs, Rainforests & Really Big Fish: Belize in 12 Days
Ready to get up close and personal with a whale shark, the world’s largest fish? If you answered yes, this itinerary’s for you. Over the course of 12 days, you’ll explore Belize’s wild jungles (expect ancient ruins, expansive caves, and plenty of howler monkeys) before setting out for the pretty Placencia beach, the incredible Belize barrier reef, and an area known as Gladden Spit, where whale sharks appear each year from April to June. Plan to snorkel or scuba dive alongside these gentle giants for an experience you won’t soon forget.
Day 1: Arrive at the Belize City airport. Visit the Community Baboon Sanctuary (a conservation project dedicated to preserving black howler monkey habitat) and the archaeological site of Altun Ha, a once-vital trade hub for the ancient Maya. Afterward, transfer to the Cayo District and Chaa Creek, a luxury resort and nature reserve in a pristine rainforest setting.