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#476867 - 11/08/13 05:28 AM Today's Belize News: November 8, 2013
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The San Pedro Sun

26 Cases of Dengue Fever Confirmed in San Pedro in the Last Four Weeks
San Pedro Town Councilor Kenrick Brackett has confirmed that since the second week of October to present date there have been 26 confirmed cases of Dengue Fever in San Pedro Town. Although this may seem like an alarming number the public is assured that through the efforts of the San Pedro Town Council and the Ministry of Health measures have already been taken and they are confident that the situation is under control. In a meeting with The San Pedro Sun, Brackett and personal from the Ministry of Health discussed the concerning issue. According to Francis Westby, who came out of retirement to serve as the Dengue Technical Advisor attached to the Ministry of Health, a team to five people consisting of Egner Lalin who is the District Supervisor of the Vector Control Unit along with an evaluating technical person and three spray men were deployed to San Pedro on Tuesday, Nov 5th. ”The spray men are in the process of spraying all of the mosquito breeding sights where we have identified the cases and other low lying areas as we drive around San Pedro. We are using a thermal spray technique in the houses where the cases are at and focal spraying around the houses to establish a buffer. In any tropical country where you have rain you will find mosquito breeding areas.

FIFA World Cup Trophy makes historic arrival to Belize
Belize is not going to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but that is not stopping Belizeans from enjoying the opportunity of having the most prized World Cup Trophy brought to the country – at least for one day. The most coveted sports trophy worldwide arrived today shortly after 9AM at Belize Philip SW Goldson International Airport. The stopover in Belize is part of a world tour of the Cup sponsored by Coca Cola. It is a historic stop and for Belize, a developing country with no World Cup experience, it is the closest Belizeans will ever experience, at least for the immediate future, of having the trophy in the country. As such, the tour has brought much anticipated excitement not only for the local owners of the Coca Cola franchise, Bowen and Bowen Company Limited, but also for football fanatics and indeed, the entire nation.

Miss Earth Belize 2013 Departs for the Phillipines
On August 24th, 2013, 21 year old Miss Amber Reneé Rivero was crowned with the official title of Miss Earth Belize; and, on this coming Saturday, November 9th, Amber will depart the country for the first leg of her journey as the formal Environmental Ambassador of Belize. En route to Manila, Philippines, Miss Rivero leaves Belize and heads to Miami, Florida, for a few days where she will undergo final training for the pageant. The journey continues on the 14th of November when she leaves Miami for Manila. Upon arriving in the Philippines, Miss Rivero will participate in a number of preliminary competitions before the date of the actual pageant, which includes a swimsuit and a costume competition. In lieu of the actual Miss Earth International theme “International Year of Water Cooperation”, Miss Rivero will model a costume depicting one of the greatest features of the Earth, The Belize Blue Hole. Furthermore, for the first time, this year Belize will take part in the Miss Earth International Talent Competition. Amber intends to wow the judges with a rendition of a piece on the violin called ‘Romanza’, which was composed by our very own Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young.

SPTC declares shoreline cleanup campaign a success
Over 30 bags of garbage were collected during the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) Shoreline Cleanup campaign. Held on Saturday, November 2nd, the cleanup begun at Central Park and ended at the beach in front of Victoria House Resort. The cleanup campaign started at 6AM as eager environmentalists came out to show their support and help clean up the beaches of San Pedro Town. According to the Councilor responsible for Waste Management and Traffic Kenrick Brackett, there was a good turnout for the cleanup, and even though it was a bit chilly in the morning, the work finished quite quickly. “Everyone that came out to help did their part in cleaning up. We had volunteers from several businesses as well. Cleaning up our beaches is an important task because it is a major aspect of our tourism industry. But we want to keep the beaches clean and inviting, not only for tourists, but for our local residents as well,” said Brackett.

San Pedro Sailing Club Plans for the Future
Since the San Pedro Sailing Club’s (SPSC) inception in 2010 under the leadership of Commodore Andy Milner, the SPSC has worked with Brig. Gen Alan Usher (Ret) and a small group of like-minded people to actively formalize recreational and competitive sailing in Belize. Since then the SPSC has strived to meet the Belize Sailing Association’s (BzSA) aims and aspirations which are primarily to promote competitive, traditional and recreational sailing within Belize, and to acquire through funding and building locally, a fleet of Optimist class dinghies and then introduce sailing activities into schools, and enter Belizean sailors into future Caribbean and Central American games. At this time the SPSC has acquired seven new optimist dinghies which will be available to all youth sailors beginning in December of this year. We expect to add at least two more lasers to our existing fleet of two in the Spring. We have purchased a dedicated safety boat and are looking forward to some fun classes and friendly racing in the superbly challenging waters at Banyan Bay.

Lebeha Drumming Center: Keeping Tradition & Culture Alive
Mango Fest at Hopkins 14Hopkins is a slice of heaven; quiet and relaxed on the shores of the Caribbean. Interspersed by fishing shacks, homes occupied by the Garifuna and dotted with fruit trees, this village is home to culture and beauty. Some may describe it as sleepy, and when you’ve spent a few hours indulging in a couple cold ones and snoozed under the hot sun, perhaps sleepy is all you can think of. But right there to wake you up is the stirring sounds of palms hitting drums, beats filling the air in a glorious rhythm that simply hits your soul. For if there is one thing you must know about the Garifuna, it is this: they have the beats! In 2002, the Lebeha Drumming Center was established by drummer Jabbar Lambey and Canadian Dorothy Pettersen. The full group is comprised of Jabbar Lambey, Warren Martinez, Clayton Williams, Ronald Williams, Shaquile Martinez, Joseph Casimoro, and Kenrik Lewis. Lebeha provides lessons for those wishing to take their turn at the drum or who want to learn a few dance moves. They also create their own music. With drums crafted by Austin Rodriguez of nearby Dangriga, the sounds are a testament to years of talent passed down from generation to generation. The drums are played by hand and the trick is to be able to play fast while keeping the tone strong; qualities that young Warren Martinez has in abundance.

Ambergris Today

Belize Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow Doing Well After Surgery
Prime Minister Dean Barrow underwent surgery on his back on Wednesday, November 6 to alleviate chronic back pain he suffers as a result of three herniated disks on his spine. The surgery took two and a half hours at the DISC Sports & Spine Center in Newport, California. All went well with the surgery, and shortly after the surgery he was alert and even able to walk. The Prime Minister expresses great gratitude to all well-wishers and those who kept him in their prayers. Various church services conducted across the country kept him in mind especially those conducted by Bishop Philip Wright and Canon Leroy Flowers. Prime Minister Barrow is expected to be back in the country, as scheduled, on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

Belize at World Travel Market: Turning Plastic Into T-Shirts
Belize is currently participating in the World Travel Market being held in London with representatives of the Belize Tourism Board promoting the country. One new and exciting project that was announced at the Travel Market is that of T-Shirts made from recycled plastic. Check out this video posted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization where Andrew Wigmore, the managing director of Wigmore Media, talks about a project in Belize where they convert plastic bottles into T-Shirts. He explains how it's done, the cost and its impact on the environment. The innovative project is being launched in Belize early next year with potential of going global.

Misc Belizean Sources

The San Pedro Sports Council Football tournament
Results for the matches on Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday are below: •Saturday, November 2, 2013 First Match: Island Pure won over Warriors (3-0) Goal Scorers for Island Pure: Brandon Santos Brandon Gonzalez Moses Mejia Second Match: DRAW between Caribbean Depot and FC United (4-4) Goal Scorers for Caribbean Depot: John Carlos Villatoro Oscar Mendez Alberto Quintanilla Arby Novelo Goal Scores for FC United: Joel Banner Ismael Figueroa Andy Mejia (2 goals)

Boca del Rio Park Beautification Sponsored by Canary Cove (22 photos)
Beautification of the Boca del Rio Park donated by Mr. Dan Listwin from Canary Cove and under the supervision of Mr. Gil Nuñez. The beautification consisted of: 4 New Palapas with picnic tables Complete playground set (swings, slides, rock climbing) Painting of basketball court Plants Thank you so much for beautifying la Isla Bonita Mr. Dan from Canary Cove!

On Saturday, November 2, 2013 the San Pedro Town Council engaged in a Shoreline Cleanup Campaign which was spearheaded by Councilor Kenrick Brackett. The Cleanup Campaign was from Boca del Rio to Victoria House and different groups were assigned different areas. The Cleanup Campaign was from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Thank you to the people who participated!

GUNGUDE (Garifuna Porridge)
1/2 cup Gungude Powder (Sun Dried Green Plantains) 3 cups Water 1/2 can Condensed Milk 1/2 can Evaporated Milk 1/2 packet Coconut Milk Powder pinch of Salt 2 tsp Vanilla Essence 2 tsp Nutmeg Extract In a deep pot, bring 2 cups of Water to a boil. In a bowl pour in 1 cup water, stir in Gungude Powder. Pour mixed Gungude mixture in pot of boiling water. Stir in Evaporated Milk and Condensed Milk. Stir for 5 - 10 minutes to get the thickness you desire.

Gem Turner Wins Youth Minister's Leadership Award
Congratulations to Gem Turner, who won the Youth Minister's Leadership award at the Belize Youth Awards at the Bliss Centre yesterday. The Department of Youth Services picked another well deserving awardee, and reading about her hard work is inspiring to say the least. Congratulations, Gem! "The Belmopan Active Youths is pleased to congratulate its secretary, Ms. Gem Turner, on her achievement today. Gem IS the 2013 recipient of this year's Youth Minister's Leadership Award for the Belize Youth Awards. Not only is Gem a hardworking, dedicated and ACTIVE member of BAY but she is also the President of the University of Belize's Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship; Youth Leader, Praise Team Member and Sunday School Teacher at the Belmopan Baptist Church. Congratulations, Gem! Job well done!"

Belize Trails Wilderness Survival Course
Belize Trails, a new Cayo based organization that will specialize in the design and construction of sustainable jungle trails, is having a Wilderness Survival Course starting on December 2nd. You can learn how to prepare a jungle survival kit, identify edible plants, navigate the jungle, train your mind for jungle survival, and much more. Sir Winston Harris and Lenney Gentle, who both have lived in the jungle for extended periods of time, will be some of the leaders of the course. "Wilderness Survival is an intensive survival training program in the jungle of Belize. Instructors provide students with essential skills to improve their chances of surviving and leading a team under adverse conditions in the tropics. This program provides hands-on skill development in route finding and orientation, shelter making, water procurement, trapping and hunting, foraging, fire-craft and bush medicine during a multi-night simulation experience. Students are introduced to the psychology of survival, basic wilderness skills, leadership training and emergency rescue."

PACT Paints Western Regional Hospital
Feelgood news of the day. The crew at the Protected Areas Conservation Trust volunteered at the Western Regional Hospital. Thanks, PACT! "PACT's STAFF GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY"

Metal Haven III Concert
The Metal Haven concert in Benque was wild. Ascenthium, No Te Creo, and the rest really put on great performances. "Ascenthium, No Te Creo, Lisergia, and the other bands really rocked Benque Viejo del Carmen on Saturday night at the Metal Haven concert." Pictures on fb

BTB October Toucan Talk Newsletter
The Belize Tourism Board has published their latest Toucan Talk newsletter. They highlight that overnight tourist numbers are up, as is cruise tourism. You can read about the winners of the Patriotic competition, of which all 3 spots were from Cayo, and see some of the foreign tourism expos they've visited. It's filled with great articles and fun, vibrant pictures, so it's worth a read.

Beluria Night Exhibition Launch
The Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation is kicking off their Beluria Night exhibition tonight. Beluria Night, also known as Ninth Night, is part of Garifuna culture, and is a grand send off their departed. Pen Cayetano will be playing there. The exhibition will be open from 8:00am to 4:00pm through Friday the 15th.

Channel 7

Michael Silva Brought Into San Ignacio Police, Attorney says Cops Knew His Whereabouts
Michael Silva - he's the son of former PUP Minister Dan Silva - and accused of the September 2011 murder of his 19 year old girlfriend Maritza Santos. He was accused of killing her with a blow to the head, and then trying to kill himself by drinking a herbicide. She died, but he didn't. He was taken to a private hospital from which police agreed to let him go to Guatemala to get treatment for near death internal injuries caused by the poisoning. That was in 2011, but he never came back, and in the middle of this year, Belize Police put out an Interpol warrant for him as a fugitive. Well, he's not a fugitive anymore. This morning at 11:15, accompanied by his father Dan Silva he turned himself into Cayo police. They were ready for him, and at 1:30 he was taken to court where he was arraigned for murder, and by 2:00 pm, he was put on the bus for the Kolbe Central Prison where he is to be remanded. His attorney Dickie Bradley spoke to PLUSTV in Cayo. He claims Silva was never a fugitive - that he was receiving treatment - albeit for two years:

Who Will Pay For Michael Coye’s funeral? Coye Accounts Frozen
Last night, 7News told you about the passing of Michael Coye, the patriarch of the Coye family, who was convicted of Money Laundering along with his daughter, Melonie. He died on Tuesday night from a massive heart attack at the KHMH after a long battle with diabetes, and his attorneys say that his condition worsened while inside the prison. The direct result of his passing, though tragic, was that his daughter was granted bail yesterday, and she remains with the rest of the family while grieving his loss. That process, they say, has been made more difficult to endure because they have no money to bury him, and they are hopeful that the FIU will allow them to access some money from their frozen bank accounts to deal with the expenses. Their attorney tried today to make contact with the representatives of the FIU, and he told us this evening that it was to no avail. He explained how the Coye family's finances look currently:

Catching Khan In Mexico
39 year old Abbas Khan, he's a Corozal resident who vanished from Orange Walk Police in early March of this year. He had been detained for having five Indian passports which he could not account for. Reports said that he had skipped across to Mexico. Police issued a warrant for his arrest and eight months later, he's back. Police report that yesterday, Mexican authorities handed over Abbas Ahmed Khan to Corozal Police. He is wanted for unlawful possession of passports and Escape from Lawful Custody. He has other pending court matters in other local jurisdictions. He vanished form the Orange Walk Police station on March 11th while he was outside of the holding cell because he said he had breathing problems.

“Lucas Magnus”: No Animus For Bze Bank, Says Barrow Is To Blame
On Tuesday we told you about the 29.4 million dollar Supreme Court judgment that the Belize Bank won against Luke Espat. The Bank proved to the court that Espat had signed and was liable for personal guarantees he made on behalf of three of his companies. Well, Espat issued a statement today - and instead of taking any real issue with the bank or the judgment, he ends up condemning the UDP Government. His statement says, quote, "this matter has been taken to extreme lengths by political forces in an effort to undermine my vying for public office, end quote. While we can't quite figure out how reporting on a Supreme Court judgment is an "extreme length", Espat then turns to the business climate and quote, "government induced hard times." He refers to an anti-business government "straight-jacketing" banks which he says are not allowed to work with their clients anymore.

World Cup Trophy In Belize
We've heard of VIP's, but our next story is about a "V-I-T", a very important trophy, specifically, the FIFA World Cup Trophy. It is in Belize tonight for the first time, and it will be the centrepiece of an A List Reception at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, where lucky Belizean fans will get an opportunity to pose for photograph along with it. Arguably the most prized trophy in all of sports, it's on a world tour sponsored by Coca Cola. It touched down in country this morning, and 7News was there to observe the curious fanfare which surrounded it. Daniel Ortiz reports: Daniel Ortiz reporting This morning, the chartered, and brilliantly coloured aircraft carrying the World Cup trophy pulled into the PGIA courtesy of FIFA and Coca Cola. With the amount of red tape and cordoned access, one would think that it was a visiting head of state had landed. But nothing of the sort; it was an inanimate object which is precious, and has priceless value all around the world because it represents the pinnacle of football stardom.

Lowdown On Senate Meeting
Yesterday's Senate Meeting ended in confusion over the motion presented by opposition senator Lisa Shoman. It was put to a vote where the President ruled that the "no's" had it - after six UDP senators had voted against the motion, while 3 opposition senators and three social partner senators voted "yes." That would be a 6 - 6 tie, but President Mark Pech used his vote to break the tie; he voted "no", making it 7 - 6 for the "no's." But Senator Lisa Shoman challenged him on the floor, she said he didn't have the authority to use his vote on such a motion. So did he or didn't he? We'll have the official perspective on that tonight, but we start with what actually happened at the Senate Meeting, which finished at 6:00. Here are some highlights from the debate on that motion:... Karen Bodden, Opposition Senator "....Some time ago heralding a warning that the HMS Belize was sinking. At that time I was given assurance that that was not the case, but here we are almost on the reef, so I warned you Mr. President, get your life jacket and keep it close to you because you definitely will need to use it soon." Marconi Sosa, UDP Senator "This motion to a great extent is like putting the horse before the cart; it's premature. Can't we wait for the auditor general's report who is investigating the occurrences, the activities, the processes and procedures in the Department of Immigration and Nationality."

Cyclist Killed On Northern Highway
There was a fatality on the northern highway on Tuesday night. It happened at around 6:50 where 47 year old Elmer Hall of Santa Elena Road in Corozal was knocked off his bike by a Mexican Dodge Ram Pick-up. Under the pick-up was a green female bicycle extensively damaged. 47 year old Jose Luis Kelly, a Belizean Contractor of Paraiso Village was driving the pickup from Corozal Town to the Belize Northern Border and between miles 85 and 86, he says Hall swerved into the road and he ran him over. Hall's injuries were fatal and he was pronounced dead at 8:15pm. Kelly was detained pending investigation.

Roaring Creek Weed
Yesterday morning between 6am and 9am, the Police Mobile interdiction Team and its K9 counterparts conducted an Anti-Drug Operation in Roaring Creek Village. K-9 Toonje led them to an abandoned lot telling them that something illegal was buried. It led police to the discovery of 13 balls of a green leafy substance which was identified as cannabis - weighing 1.8 kilos, about four pounds. No one was in the area and all the drugs were labeled as Found Property.

Instilling The Road Safety Ethos
The Road Safety project is upgrading roads, educating the public, and training those who should keep road-users safe. This week, they embarked on a Road Safety 101 Training Course facilitated by Canadian Experts. We found out what it's about at the Belize Institute of Management today:.. This is the fifth capacity building and knowledge transfer workshop. The Road safety project is a $14.4 million dollar project financed by the Caribbean Development Bank.

You may remember Reina Gonzalez, she's the engineer in charge of the manual demolition of the City Center. She's petite but tough, tough enough to be in charge of an 80 man crew. So how did she decide to enter this male dominated profession. Tonight, she tells all in the I am Belize profile.

Male Models Make Moves
Belize Treasure Chest is an all Male Belizean Modelling Agency which focuses on sophisticated young Belizean Men in the up and coming Caribbean fashion industry. On Saturday night the organization will be hosting its first ever Male Run-Way-Show in Belize City where 16 professional models - all Belizeans- will be hitting the run-way. Today we found out what's going on Saturday night.: The runway show will be held at Eight Plus Bar Grill and Nighclub on Vernon Street this Saturday night at 8:30 pm. Proceeds from the show will be donated to Haven House - a charity for battered women.

City Hall Training Service Providers For New Park
The Belize City Council is little more than a month away from their grand re-opening of the BTL Park. Part of the plan for the renovated public space is that it will be an area of increased business activity where 21 food venders will be set up with kiosks to house their operations. In an effort to assist the vendors to optimize, the Council is conducting a 5 day training workshop. It started this morning, and 7News stopped by to see the opening. We asked the Mayor about why City Hall felt it necessary to facilitate the vendors. Here's how he explained it: The training comes under the CARILED program.

Vendors “Vex”!
Today a group of street side vendors were irate with the City Council and the administration at Queen Square Primary school, after they were removed by officers from in front of the school yesterday. According to the vendors, no one informed them about the move until it was actually happening - and now the area they are now placed is causing them to lose business. Today 7news stopped by in the area to get the story. Monica Bodden reporting These vendors were once stationed here in front of Queen Square Primary School, but yesterday they were relocated by the City Council and claims without any reason. Vendor "They told all of us that we need to move. They didn't give us a reason why we are supposed to move. I believe that they at least should have come and talk to us and tell us that we need to move or something because we have been selling out here for years. We just see the City Council workers patrolling the area and it just so happens that one of the guys with the crowd was a friend of ours and we ask him what was the problem and he just said that the principal keep calling the office."

Channel 5

Michael Silva back after two years
Two years ago Michael Silva left the country under a dark cloud. Then twenty-six years old, the young man was believed to have killed his nineteen year old girlfriend before [...]

How is the Coye family going to pay for funeral arrangements?
The family of businessman Michael Coye, who succumbed to a massive heart attack on Tuesday night just days after being released from the Belize Central Prison, is cash strapped and [...]

Three bills brought forward in the senate but all eyes were on the senate investigation
The Senate met on Wednesday in Belmopan to consider three bills, some housecleaning write-offs, but the hot button issue was a motion brought by Opposition Senator Lisa Shoman for the [...]

Tables turn for Senator Godwin Hulse
And with that out of the way, the last two speakers were leader of government business Godwin Hulse and Opposition Senator Lisa Shoman. It was an unenviable position for Senator [...]

PM successfully underwent surgery
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is recovering from a round of surgery he successfully underwent on Wednesday morning. The PM had been suffering for some time with chronic back pain due [...]

World Cup Trophy arrives in Belize!
An eighteen karat solid gold trophy arrived in Belize this morning at the Phillip Goldson International via private jet and under heavy security. The arrival of the priceless FIFA World [...]

Senate votes on the motion
Now back to the Wednesday’s marathon session of the senate. At close to six in the evening the parting shots had all been fired and it was time for the [...]

President of the senate challenges the constitution
On that undignified note the session ended. Shoman’s point of order was that President of the Senate Mark Pech did not have the constitutional right to cast a vote. In [...]

Minister Hulse not afforded courtesy
The business of the Senate motion has been front and center, much like the immigration scandal which spawned it. There will be no appointment of a Senate Select Committee because [...]

Mexican authorities hand Abbas Khan to Belizean police
Abbas Ahmed Khan, is a Pakistani national that was busted in Corozal Town back in May of this year. Khan had on his possession a number of Indian passports and [...]

Delivery truck driver is arraigned on traffic offenses
A delivery truck driver, Ernesto Vasquez, was arraigned today in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court and slapped with three traffic offenses: manslaughter by negligence, driving without due care and attention [...]

MLA turns to the UN for intervention
In late October the Maya Leaders Alliance expressed outrage that US Capital Energy was erroneously giving the impression that the Mayan communities were in favor of oil exploration on communal [...]

Arguments come to an end for SSB vs. Sunshine Holdings Ltd.
Arguments wrapped up on Wednesday afternoon in the case of Social Security Board vs. Sunshine Holdings Limited, one entity challenging the nationalizations of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL). As we told [...]


Senators Meet To Discuss Showman's Motion
Yesterday afternoon in Belmopan, the Senate met in a special session to deal with several matters at the forefront of national importance. Precedence on the table was a debate for the Appointment of a Special Select Committee and because that matter was the last item on the agenda, the meeting ended later than usual, going late into the evening. PUP Senator, Lisa Shoman, requested that the Senate pass a resolution to appoint a Special Select Committee to investigate the issuance of Nationality certificates, Passports and Visas at the Department of Immigration. It proposes that the Committee be comprised of five members, with only one from the government, one from the opposition and three from civil society. While that event ended at around 6:30, it ended with a vote, six in favor of the proposal and six against. The President of the Senate, Marco Pech, appointed by the Government, attempted to cast the deciding seventh vote, but the PUP’s Senator Lisa Shoman objected on the basis of a section of the Constitution that prohibited him from doing so.

Residents Concern About Constant Traffic Accidents By The By-pass Roundabout
The roundabout near Establo restaurant was the scene of yet another traffic incident last night and although no lives were lost, it is rapidly becoming an accident prone area that has motorists and residents concerned. And with this by-pass being the main artery highway that connects Orange Walk Corozal and Belize, our news team went looking for answers. Maria Novelo found out why motorist should be wary of this particular stretch, here is that story. Maria Novelo - Reporting Confusion, speed and simple distractions have all been blamed for a number of traffic mishaps around this section of the by-pass near the roundabout by the Establo Restaurant that have resulted in varying minor and severe injuries and even death. Since the start of the year, several crashes have been recorded along this intersection that is a cause for concern for area residents and motorists. CLAUDIA VARGAS “Once going out of Orange Walk you feel that you are going in the highway so people tend to speed up now when you are on the highway but when you get to a certain point there is not sign that you need to take a turn and then there was a sign but somebody went and crashed into it and after that nothing was done and almost every three weeks and a month we have people running right into the ditch. I would suggest that a lighted railing that would guide you to tell you that you need to take a turn or just fill it up and if you go straight you might not end up in a ditch but just on the grass and this happens all the time.” The most recent mishap happened last night at about 7:00pm when the driver of this black SUV explorer occupied by Mexican Nationals heading back home to Chetumal Quintana Roo, took the wrong lane and upon realizing that he was, swerved and landed in this ditch.

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Agriculture Minister Meets with With ASR and Cane Farmers’ Chairman
Up to news time there was still no word from Belize Sugar Industries for a date when they plan to meet with the cane farmers to negotiate the sharing of profit from the sale of electricity produced through the use of bagasse. The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association chairman had said that if BSI does not accept to negotiate they would request the intervention of the Government. We spoke with Minister of Agriculture Gasper Vega about the issue. HON. GASPAR VEGA “People still have that confidence with ASR assumed majority shares from BSI because we know they are investing in the factory. I would not like for this trust to be lost because of the BAGAS and other misinformation that exists among the stakeholders. Yesterday I met with the ASR representative Ricardo Lima and today I met with the chairman of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, Leonardo Cano and I like that both parties want to return to the negotiating table because we are conscious of the impact to the industry. Like Mr. Alfredo Ortega said, the respect needs to be mutual; we cannot buy it respect is earned.”

Still No Word From Councillor Eric Chang
Today we asked the Mayor about Eric Chang, the City Councilor who has been demoted from the post of Deputy Mayor after he has failed to return to the country after being away now for over two months. Mayor Bradley says that while Chang’s salary continues to be paid, the Council will take steps to expel him form the Council if he misses three more meetings. Darrell Bradley “Well we still have not gotten any response from him which is very worrisome to me and unsatisfactory. One of the things that I indicated previously was that we wrote him subsequent to our making a decision to remove him as Deputy Mayor and remove him from his various portfolios including the central portfolio of Works. Subsequent to that we have had no communication. What we are doing, we are monitoring this situation very clearly because if he misses a certain amount of meetings then he would be disqualified from office.

Prime Minister’s Surgery A Success
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is recovering from back surgery. On Wednesday the Prime Minister underwent surgery to alleviate chronic back pain he suffers as a result of three herniated disks on his spine. The surgery took two and a half hours at the DISC Sports & Spine Center in Newport, California. According to the Government press office, all went well with the surgery, and shortly after the surgery the Prime Minister he was alert and able to walk. The Prime Minister has expressed great gratitude to all well-wishers and those who kept him in their prayers. Various church services conducted across the country kept him in mind especially those conducted by Bishop Philip Wright and Canon Leroy Flowers. Prime Minister Barrow is expected to be back in the country, as scheduled, on Thursday, November 14th.

Local Bank Employees Raise Funds for Cancer Society
Today the first Caribbean Bank donated over three thousand dollars to the Belize Cancer Society. First Caribbean’s Business Support Officer, Rosanna Villanueva, told Love News that the money was raised by the staff. Rosanna Villanueva “We very proudly handed over $3372.59 to the Belize Cancer Society and this was the proceeds of all our staff’s efforts and our annual walk for the cure activities. We had our second annual walk for the cure on the 5th October but this year the focus was on raising as much funds as possible so we started our activities in August. We had raffles, we had games nights, color Fridays where our staff would make a small donation to come dressed in a certain color on Friday, things like that and then we also had persons who registered for the actual walk; so, those were cumulative funds that we gave to the Belize Cancer Society this morning. For us it takes place in all the territories in which CIBC First Caribbean operates but the funds that we raise are for Belize Cancer Society so it was very near and dear to our hearts in Belize.

Vendors in Training For BTL Park Booths
Today the Belize City Council, along with CARILED and the Small Business Development Centre began five-day training for persons who have applied to occupy the B.T.L Park kiosks. The training, as Mayor Darrell Bradley shared, covers Business Operations Management, Customer Service, Marketing, Recording Keeping, and Accounting and a total of 42 applicants being trained. DARRELL BRADLEY “They are being trained in various aspects of business management, financing, putting together a project proposal, marketing, product development and customer service so they understand the difficulty of being in a business and they understand what commitment and dedication is needed and so that their project is sustainable. The BTL park is right on schedule; it’s going to be launched on December 7 and all of these applicants will be placed somewhere in BTL Park or along the water front and we are looking for an exciting launch. We have coordinated with persons who are going to provide fireworks; we have people who are going to provide music and different things like that, so it’s going to be a fun activity to launch this park for residents and the people of Belize City. The applicants were selected through an application process. Everyone in here is in here just by them applying; every person who applied is here and we have committed because the business ideas were so good that we are going to place every person who applied. The application was done by way of advertisement in all major newspapers and that was done in the months of September and October.


Senate Meets in Special Session
The public has been calling for an independent investigation into reports of unlawful activities within the Ministry of Immigration. The outrage begun with the discovery of a counterfeit passport in the name of South Korean convict Kim Won-Hong and propelled, in the past month, to a horde of accusations...

Michael Coye dies in hospital
Just last week, he was enjoying freedom for the first time in over 2 years after receiving bail ahead of an expected date with the Court of Appeal next year. But on Tuesday night, Michael Coye, former owner of Money Exchange International Limited, died at a hospital in Belize...

Former BWS workers make official complaint against BWS Workers Union
Disgruntled former Belize Water Services workers have issued a press release today saying that they have also lodged an official complaint against the BWS Workers Union with the Labour Tribunal. the release reads, “In the aftermath of the NTUCB’s recent ouster of one of its member unions, several former...

Traffic fatality takes life of 47 year old James Harold Gongora
The latest traffic fatality has taken the life of 47 year old James Harold Gongora. According to Police Reports on Monday, November 5th, at around 6:55 pm, Hattieville Police responded to reports of a traffic accident. The information they received lead them to an area between miles 16 and...

Leroy Young in court, accused of forgery
The poet and entertainer popularly known as Leroy “The Grandmaster” Young was in court on Wednesday accused of forgery, uttering a false document and possession of a false document. The 46 year old self-employed resident of Pinks Alley is alleged to have obtained a cheque leaf from a Belize...

Judgment in case of Social Security Board vs. Sunshine Holdings Limited expected on December 13
Arguments wrapped up Wednesday afternoon in the case of Social Security Board vs. Sunshine Holdings Limited. Sunshine Holdings is just one entity among the alliance challenging the nationalizations of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL). On Tuesday we told you that attorneys for Sunshine, who held...

Gem Turner receives Youth Minister’s Award
On Wednesday, as a part of Youth Week the Belize Youth Awards was held at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts. It is just one of the activities taking place to honor outstanding young people. We caught with one of the awardees this...

European Union’s Ambassador to Belize visits Hattiville Prison
The European Union’s Ambassador to Belize and the Caribbean, Her Excellency Paola Amadei, is on her latest visit to Belize from her base in Jamaica, and one of her stops is the Hattieville Prison. On Wednesday she addressed a gathering of inmates and guests on the...

Mayor Darrell Bradley awaits word from absent Councilor Eric Chang
The wayward former deputy Mayor of Belize City Eric Chang continues to be absent from his duties at City Hall. He still has not responded to the entreaties of Mayor Darrell Bradley to explain his involvement, if any, in the visa and passport scandal that broke in September. And...

PM has successfully undergone surgery
Reports are that the Rt. Honorable the Prime Minister, Mr. Dean Barrow has successfully undergone surgery at the DISC Sports & Spine Center in Newport, California. Details are not forthcoming but Information received says that Prime Minister Barrow is now in recovery and is doing all right. The country...

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Godfrey Smith makes Luke Espat pay in Court
The Supreme Court has ordered Luke Espat to pay the Belize Bank 29.1 million dollars after the bank initiated legal proceedings against him on July 22nd and it concluded on 18th October. The claim comes after Luke Espat signed guarantees on August 20th, 2008 for three of his companies. These amounted to $11,540,988.32 for Belize Crocodiles and Reptile Breeders which was a loan that bore interest of 12% per annum from August 2008 to February 2013. The next guarantee was for $4,696,291.32 for Belize Ready Mix also signed on August 20th, 2008 and bearing 17% interest per annum from August 2008 to February 2013. The third loan guarantee was for $1,028,347.21 at 17% interest per annum from August 2008 to February 2013. Representing Luke Espat was Said Musa while Godfrey Smith represented Belize Bank. In his judgment, Justice Courtney Abel cited that “The Claimant’s case is a model of clarity...” while he noted that in following the defendant’s case, “indeed every time I attempted to follow the events being described by the defendant in his pleadings , and his affidavit, I felt that I was being drawn into an impenetrable labyrinth of circumstances, involving actors and companies which/who are not joined in these proceedings, transactions which are collateral to the Guarantees pleaded, and generally matters which can never be pursued in the present proceedings, as they are clearly collateral or tangential to pleaded issues in the case.”

Babies having Babies in Belize
UNFPA Belize along with the Ministry of Health and the Youth Enhancement Services launched the State of the World Population report 2013 on Wednesday, November 6th, entitled Motherhood in Childhood - Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy, the document analyzes the problem of teen and pre-teen parents across the world. According to Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health, who gave the keynote address, the issue of, “adolescent pregnancy is a multifaceted problem that is based in poverty and ignorance." He stated that the Ministry of Health through its clinics and hospitals sees the consequences of young teenaged girls who's minds and bodies are not ready to give birth but who actually do, and when they do it is to often times premature and low weight children. He added that this is an increasing social and economic problem as often times babies are born with congenital malformations with incomplete development of different body parts. This situation causes medical complications that later on are causes of "immense not only social but also financial problems”.

PM doing well after surgery
Prime Minister Dean Barrow underwent surgery on his back on Wednesday, November 6th to alleviate chronic back pain he suffers as a result of three herniated disks on his spine. The Prime Minister went into surgery at 8:30a.m. at the DISC Sports & Spine Center in Newport, California. The surgery took 2 and a half hours. His family members who are along with him are reporting that the all went well with the surgery and shortly after the surgery he was alert and was even able to walk. The family members told the Guardian that the Prime Minister expressed great gratitude to all Belizeans who kept him in their prayers. Various church services conducted across the country kept him in mind, especially those conducted by Bishop Philip Wright and Canon Leroy Flowers.

Current Initiatives at the Ministry of Agriculture
A delegation from the Chilean Government visited Belize on Monday of this week to look at the current plant and animal health systems, which is under the Belize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA), to find gaps and prepare proposals to make improvements in those systems. This is happening as the Ministry of Agriculture embarks on its Annual Work plan for 2014 and 2015 from Wednesday to Friday of this week in Central Farm. The Ministry of Agriculture is also preparing to hold an important forum on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), starting at 9:00 am, in Central Farm, on December the 10th of this year. The purpose of the GMO forum is to examine the pros and cons of GMOs’ where an expert from both the Caribbean and Central America will be brought in to meet with their Belizean counterparts --to focus on the GMO issue. “We know that GMOs are being planted around the World, especially in the United States; we know we import food from the United State, which is G.M.O produced…the G.M.O Agenda is there in the forefront, we need to address it more consistently, because the population needs to know the pros and cons of what G.M.O is and G.M.O can do,”says Roberto Harrison, Belize’s Chief Agriculture Officer.

Jason Andrews says there was ‘vote buying’ at PUP convention
“To all my Belmopan friends this is your time to preemptively take a stand against corruption.” “Any individual who thinks he or she can win a convention by buying votes is not worthy to lead us. That’s just “more of the same” that has gotten us to this situation.” - Patrick Andrews via Facebook It came as no surprise to anyone that one of the candidates openly admitted on Facebook that those whom he was running against in the PUP Belmopan convention for Standard Bearer had been buying votes. It is the norm for PUP politicians to exercise this kind of tactic in order to secure seats even if it means that it is against one another. But Andrews should be the least among them to speak about vote buying. There were bus loads of persons who were brought in and were offered $100 dollars to vote for the candidate offering the money. If Jason Andrews were to be truthful, he would also say that there were those who played prominent parts in his campaign who were also offering this type of incentive to vote.

International Awakening on Gender Issues
Recently, there have been movements in many countries around the world indicating that more and more people are beginning to understand gender issues at a deeper level. In many cases this awakening is catalyzed by a particularly heinous act that forces people to question the underlying cultural and traditional practices and beliefs that serve as a source for gender inequity and gender violence. Gang rapes where the victim is brutally attacked and then tossed aside like garbage, especially where the perpetrators receive little if any official sanction, have recently sparked widespread protests in India, South Africa and Kenya. The protests go beyond the facts of the individual cases to the seeming impunity for perpetrators, regardless that every country in the world has laws in place to protect women against rape. The protests sparked by the latest case in Kenya were directed against the police authorities for their handling of the gang rape of a 16 year old girl, who was raped by three men and then thrown into a latrine and left for dead. The attack left her wheelchair bound from a broken back and with horrendous internal injuries, but the police thought that an appropriate punishment for her attackers was to chop the grass around the police compound.

Current Initiatives at the Ministry of Agriculture
A delegation from the Chilean Government visited Belize on Monday of this week to look at the current plant and animal health systems, which is under the Belize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA), to find gaps and prepare proposals to make improvements in those systems. This is happening as the Ministry of Agriculture embarks on its Annual Work plan for 2014 and 2015 from Wednesday to Friday of this week in Central Farm.

Land Distribution in Cayo Northeast
The United Democratic Party is keeping the Prime Minister’s promise, do as much as is possible to help the residents of the Cayo Northeast constituency, and on Tuesday, November 5th, proof of that came as Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture, Hon. Gaspar Vega, handed out Land Lease approvals for 80 residents of that constituency.

Every Wall is a Door
“When one door is closed, don’t you know, another door is open” goes one of Bob Marley’s popular songs and that’s something all positive leaders believe. It is in ‘turning lemons into lemonade’ that one rises above life’s ever -increasing challenges.

Head of European Union Mission Visits Central
Ambassador Paola Amadei, Head of the European Union Delegation to Belize, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and the Cayman Islands, is in Belize on a five day mission to meet with government officials and representatives of civil society and the private sector to chart the way forward for partnership between Belize and the EU from 2014 to 2020. On Wednesday, November 6th, she took a break from technical consultations to promote one of the European Union’s main social policies, abolition of the death penalty.

Neighborhood watch organization hands over footballs to Cayo schools
Some three hundred footballs were handed out to students from Primary Schools in the Cayo District this past Saturday at the Victor Galvez Stadium in San Ignacio Town. The footballs were handed out by the President of the Cayo Neighborhood Watch Association (CNWA), Marcel Bedran, who took the opportunity to urge young people to take up sports.

Minister Hulse’s Proposals Reach National Assembly
Immediately after Senator Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration, was informed of a breach of protocol By Hon. Elvin Penner in the issuance of passport and nationality documents to an inmate of the Taiwanese prison, he launched a review of the entire system and announced changes that would limit the potential for corruption on Thursday, October 10th. Those proposals were forwarded to those who draft legislations in order to make necessary amendments to the laws. Those amendments were introduced in the House of Assembly on Friday, November 1st.

Minister Marin Delivers! House Passes Medical Practice Act
After lobbying Government for two decades, the Belize Medical and Dental Association finally has the authority to regulate the practice of medicine in Belize. On Friday, November 1st, the House of Assembly passed the Medical Practice Bill which, as read in the House, “provides for the control and regulation of the practice of medicine in Belize by medical practitioners”.

Mark King keeps in contact
Hon. Mark King is never failing his constituency and that was proven between last week and this week as he held zone meetings with residents of the Lake-I division. In an effort to better serve the constituency, Hon. King and his committee divided the division into zones and he endeavored to have meetings with these residents by zones to get a feel of what their needs are and how he can address those needs.

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Missing Money investigation at Southern Regional nears end
Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen, confirmed to the Guardian that the investigation into missing monies at the Southern Regional Hospital is coming closer to an end. We spoke to him on Wednesday morning and he told us that by the afternoon of that very day he would have received a report from the Auditor General’s office as they conduct their investigation into the missing money.

Regional Public Utility Regulators Meet in Belize
Representatives of public utilities regulating organizations from across the region are in Belize for the 11th Annual Meeting of the Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR). The three day event which opened on Wednesday, November 6th, is being held under the theme “Challenges to Regulatory Power in Borderless Societies”.

Road Safety 101 Training Continued in Belmopan
A second day of Road Safety 101 Training continued at the George Price Center for Peace and Development in Belmopan on Wednesday of this week. The course is part of a Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Road Safety Project that provides participants with an introduction to road safety principles and an understanding of the requirements for delivering road safety strategies.

San Estevan Road underway
Work is now moving along to complete the road that links Orange Walk Town to San Estevan and Progresso. After much delay in the construction which was to have been completed months ago, the work on the road is now moving ahead. Thanks to the lobbying efforts of UDP Caretaker of Orange Walk Central, Denny Grijalva, the contractors are now putting emphasis on maintaining the road which runs through San Estevan Village.

Belize recognized for out-standing Work in Fisheries
The Fisheries Department in Belize was on Wednesday November 5th awarded with the Margarita Lizarraga medal for its outstanding work in the area of sustainable fishing practices under Central America Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization (OSPESCA). The award was started in 1997 by the FAO and is granted to persons or organizations who make significant contributions to the implementation of the code of conduct for responsible fisheries. It is awarded in memory of senior FAO fisheries officer, Margarit Lizarraga for her distinguished work in fisheries management and promoting the code.

The Amandala’s Colin Bh & Rape Apologism, Misogyny, Racism, General Ignorance
Of course it is not your right to touch, but thank you for stating the obvious. I will grant to you your Foucauldian claim that imprisonment is an awful form of punishment, but that is all I will grant. If only we applied this type of logic to issues that were not chiefly womens’. Yeah theft is bad, but prison is too serious a punishment! Yeah embezzling is bad, but they’d be able to pay the fine anyways. You know what actually is really bad? Molesting an innocent party. You know what is arguably worse? Deciding that something you have never and will never experience is not terrible enough to warrant a certain kind of punishment then proceeding to release a dangerous article about it. You know what is definitely worse than that? Involving racial ‘humour’ (this was an attempt at humour right?) in what was already a steaming pile of applied prejudices: I have heard it being promulgated by some ignorant “black people” in the USA that lashing must be outlawed because it reminds of slavery. I say, lashing did not begin when slaves were taken from Mother African and brought to the New World. Aha, simple-minded “white people” in the USA are only too willing to yield to this back way thinking. |

Cop charge with indecent assault upon woman police officer
On Tuesday, November 5th, 30-year-old Police Constable Randolph Scott appeared in Magistrate's Court where he was charged with aggravated assault of an indecent nature and harm upon a female police officer. Scott appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano where he was unrepresented and pleaded not guilty to the charges. There was no objection to bail and he was offered it in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same amount which he met. Randolph Scott is due back in Court on December 12, 2013. In a report to police, the woman police officer reported that on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at about 11:15 p.m., whilst she was working station duties at the Precinct #4 Police Station, she was approached by PC #1149, Randolph Scott who reported sexually assaulted her. The woman police further alleged that when she refused his advances and she tried to defend herself, that’s when PC Scott punched her in the mouth causing her to sustain a bruise to the inner lower lip. A doctor who examined the woman classified her injuries as harm.

Mistaken picture
Last week we mistakenly published the picture of Elario Fernando Eligio as being that of Frank Eligio who was involved in a robbery/murder in Sandhill on Friday October 25th. We take this opportunity to apologize to Elario Fernando Eligio for having made the mistake.

12 years for attempted murder
On Monday, November 4th, 22-year-old Lloyd Elijio was sentenced to 12 years in jail by Justice Troadio Gonzalez. Elijio’s sentence came after he was found guilty of the attempted murder of 22-year-old Mark Lord who was shot on October 28, 2009 on Hyde’s Lane. In court, Justice Gonzalez was prepared to listen to mitigation pleas on Elijio’s behalf but he had no character witnesses to call after one week of preparation. In mitigation, on his own behalf, Elijio had this to say, “I humbly ask the court to have mercy on me. I have a four year old daughter and one on the way, and I am the bread winner. I am sorry for the wrong I have done! I send my regards to the family of Mark Lord and would like to assist them in any way I could. I ask the court to please have mercy on me, for the sake of my family”. After considering his mitigation plea, Justice Gonzalez told Elijio that based on his previous convictions, “It shows a pattern in your lifestyle – that you are prone to give trouble. I am considering the prevalence of this crime in young men your age, but I also have to consider how you did this crime – the stalking of the person, then lay-waiting him and shooting him with the intention to kill him”.

Charged with wounding a woman outside a Club
On Tuesday, November 5th, 29-year-old Denay Gillett was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court where she was charged with one count of wounding upon 27-year-old Michelle Gordon, who was stabbed multiple times to the body. She appeared before Magistrate Clive Lino where she pleaded not guilty to the charge and bail was offered to her in the sum of 3 thousand dollars plus one surety of the same amount which she met. She is to return to court on December 16th According to a police report, acting upon information received, on Monday, November 4, at about 2:45 a.m., CIB personnel visited the KHMH where they saw 27-year-old Michelle Gordon, suffering from three apparent stab wounds to the left upper leg and one to the right upper leg. Initial investigation revealed that Gordon was at a popular Cool Spot located on Lawrence Avenue in Belize City, socializing when she had an argument with one Denay Gill inside the club. Minutes later, Gordon decided to go outside where she met Gillett who pulled out a knife and inflicted stab wounds to her body, causing her injuries.

Nolle Pros in Murder Trial
On Monday, November 5th, San Pedro Fisherman Harrison Jacobs was freed of a murder charge in the Supreme Court before Justice Adolph Lucas.

Grandmaster charged with Forgery
Well-known poet, and entertainer, Leroy “The Grand Master” Young, 46, a resident of Pinks Alley in Belize City was arraigned on Wednesday, November 6th, in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court room of the Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith on forgery charges.

The Great Blue Hole placed 8th in the “8th Wonder of the World competition”
The Belize Tourism Board is pleased to announce that The Great Blue Hole has placed in top ten of the ‘8th Wonder of the World’ competition. Competing against three hundred man-made and natural sites from across the world, Belize finished 8th in the Virtual Tourist competition. “We are extremely proud to be in the top ten; along with worthy competing landmarks. Considering the population size of the nations we were up against and their advertising spend to promote this competition, we’ve done extremely well. It goes to show how our very small efforts of social media, word of mouth, and media releases contributed to our placement. While we didn’t place first, we have certainly reaped the benefits of added exposure of our Great Blue Hole and Belize as a destination,” said BTB’s Director of Marketing & Industry Relations, Alyssa Carnegie.

Eulogy - Alfred Gilbert Smith - Also known as Tengleman or Blood
Alfred Gilbert Smith was born on January 9th, 1928 the second child of Mr. and Mrs Thomas Smith. He has three (3) brothers, Robert and Wilfred who is present with us today and Arthur who I am certain is now with Alfred. He also has three (3) sisters, Leonora who is present and Icene and Iris with no doubt are with Alfred and Arthur in heaven. Grandpa as he was affectionately known as “Tengleman” or “Blood” was a father figure to many, sharing whatever he had with everyone who visit him at his home. I can recall lately when one of his friend came to visit him he told his care giver “Ruby get one of the milk to give the man”. He was talking about his ensure. Ms. Maria recall when Alfred came from work he asked her if Mr. Jones ate, she said no cause only your plate of food left. Grandpa told her give him my plate and fixed me something else to eat. Grandpa was a giver; even if he does not receive anything, he was happy helping out everyone. Grandpa was small in structure, had a big heart, and was a giant in his village. We knew he was coming from a distance because we heard his voice and felt his presence before we see him. He attended Wesley Primary School in Belize City, and had to withdraw from standard four at age 10 to seek employment to help his family.

Belmopan Bandits lead in Belikin Cup
The Belize Premier League Belikin Cup competition continued on Saturday, November 2nd, with three games across the country. In the game played out at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, the home team Police United and the visiting FC Belize played to a 1-1 draw. The visiting FC Belize got on the scoreboard first when Jarret Davis scored his team’s only goal of the game in the 15th minute of play to give his team a temporary 1-0 lead. It was not until the second half of the game that the Police United team was able to get onto the scoreboard when Harrison Roaches scored the equalising goal for the 1-1 draw. At the Marshalleck Stadium in Benque Viejo Town, the home boys Verdes FC blanked San Ignacio United FC by the score of 2-0. The goals for Verdes FC were scored by Norman Pipersburgh in the 10th minute of play and Gilroy Thurton in the 62nd minute of play. And in the final game of the day played out at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga Town, the Belmopan Bandits edged the Belize Defence Force by the score of 2-1. The Belize Defence Force was able to get onto the scoreboard first when Vallan Symms scored the 1st goal of the game in the 22nd minute of play to give his team a temporary 1-0 lead. The visiting Belmopan Bandits finally scored when Denmark Casey scored his team’s 1st goal of the game in the 47th minute of play to tie the score at 1-1. However, in the 76th minute of play, Jerome James scored the winning goal for the Belmopan Bandits that gave them the victory.

Belize District Basketball Association Firms’ Competition
The Belize District Basketball Association Firms’ Competition is fast winding down at the Bird’s Isle. On Friday, November 8, 2013, the third and final game in the championship will be played between Port of Belize/Airport and Customs. This third and final game became necessary when Customs defeated the Port of Belize last Friday at the Bird’s Isle. On Friday November 1, in the second game in the best of three series, Customs defeated Port of Belize by the score of 43-39. The top scorers for Customs were Winston Pratt and Elsworth Felix with 11 points each. For the Port of Belize, the top scorers were Earl Johnson with 10 points and Lennox Bowman with 8 points. Friday night’s game will be for all the marbles, as the winner will take home the championship trophy and the loser will settle for the brides-maid spot.

Rigo Vellos is Mr. Belize and Kaya Cattouse is Ms. Body Building
The Belize Body Building Federation held its Annual Mr. Belize and Ms. Body Building Competition on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts. In the Bikini Fitness Competition, Annlyn Apolonio captured 1st place, 2nd place went to Christina Requena and 3rd place went to Charlyn Flowers. In the Body Figure competition, first place went to Cricel Castillo, 2nd place went to Gina Lovell while Josephine Gault placed 3rd. In the Ms. Body Building category, Kaya Cattouse was crowned the champion as there were no other competitor. In the Men’s Body Building (Masters Category) 1st place went to Clayton Greenidge, 2nd place went to Deon Danderson and 3rd place went to Guy Neal. In the Welter Weight category, 1st place went to Edgar Rogers, 2nd place went to Deon Ortiz and 3rd place went to Deon Danderson. Meanwhile, in the Middle Weight category, 1st place went to Clayton Greenidge, 2nd place went to Ernest Broaster while 3rd place went to Deon Banner. In the main event of the evening the Mr. Belize competition, Rigo Vellos repeated as Mr. Belize when he bested out Clayton Greenidge and Edgar Rogers in that order respectively.

Certification course for football coaches
CONCACAF in collaboration with the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) will conduct a CONCACAF ‘D’ License certification course in Belize from November 6 – 10, 2013 for Belizeans coaches. This course will be conducted by Mr. Leonard Lake and Mr. Andre Waugh. Participants selected to take the course are: Reynaldo Ico Deris Benavides Glenford Hines Sheldon Ramirez Steven Lourie Simon Palacios Wayne Casimiro Santi Valencia Ivor Zuniga Carlos Chavez Javier Habet Raul Gamez Eulalio Coc Paul Casimiro Stanley Reneau Alfonso Acosta Luis Zetina Armando Pech Nilson Cruz Leslie Flowers Freddy Tun Miguel Cawich Carlos Umana David Jones Kent Gabourel Gregory Cantun Marvin Ottley Jose Lara Hilberto Muschamp Hilton Garbutt

FIFA World Cup Trophy comes to Belize on November 7
The 2013-2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy tour by Coca-Cola is the largest and longest global tour that was ever launched. Over a nine month period, the trophy will travel 88 countries, 50 of them for the first time ever. On November, 7th 2013, Belize will have the first time honour of hosting the most sought after trophy in sports. The one-of-a-kind, solid gold trophy will be in Belize for one day and Bowen & Bowen Ltd., the local bottlers of Coca-Cola has planned an unforgettable experience for football fans to enjoy a rare, close up view of the trophy. The aim of the tour is to champion the power of football to bring the world together.

Belize to host UNCAF U-16 male tournament
The Football Federation of Belize informs football fans and the general public that it will be hosting the Central American U-16 Championship at the FFB Stadium in the City of Belmopan from November 18-22, 2013. The championship will feature six Central American countries namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Belize.


It was fitting that Bandage International passed out Lifesavers
Class went great, 28 people including myself finished the first half of 2 day training, Darryl and his crew are really good teachers. One of the many things I learned this time around was no more pulse checks in CPR even a 20 second delay for something like that can significantly decrease a patients risk of survival. There is also officially no more breathing, no matter how remote your location, Darryl said more often that not breathing is not done effectively and as a result could cause more harm than good. He taught us a handy rhyme to survey a scene for safety – fire, wire, gas, glass. Darryl also gave us a good reminder when it comes to the scene of an accident if it is wet and sticky and not yours don’t touch it :) There are so many important things to remember when administering first aid the most important is to keep calm, act quickly, safely and gain as much information about the patient as possible until you transfer them over to a more qualified person. The 27 people getting trained are staff from the following businesses: Victoria House Resort, South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch, Romantic travel Belize, Consolidated Water, Grand Caribe, Spiez Pharmacy, Coastal Xpress and tacogirl.com.

Happy Birthday Raggamuffin!
If there was indeed a day that Raggamuffin Tours was born it would have to be the date of birth of it’s owner and originator Captain Jimmy Jones – 7th November 1973. So today you could say, and indeed Facebook would agree, is Raggamuffin’s birthday!! So today we are patting each other on the back and wishing ourselves blessings for another year of health, love and productivity!! What will we be doing … well that would be telling but needless to say we will be definitely celebrating with Jimmy and indeed for Lee Shane (as it was his birthday yesterday). So if you are in the vicinity or are a short plane ride away, come on down and we will have a Belikin and a slice of cake to celebrate!!!

Business Training Program
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) through its Small Business Development Centre (SBDCBelize), signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CARILED, to facilitate a one week Business Training Program, for entrepreneurs , under CARILED Belize. The Training program is expected to transfer tools and information, in the areas of Marketing and Sales, Customer Service, Entrepreneurship-innovation, Costing and Pricing, Recordkeeping, Business Model Generation, among others. The program will commence Thursday, November 7th-November 14th, 2013, 9am-4pm, at Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence.

Belize is our treasure and due to the ever-present human traits of greed and selfishness, successive PUPD administrations have taken our nation down a path of deception and manipulation, which has led to self-enrichment at the expense of “regular Belizeans”. To this reality, neither side of the PUDP equation is exempt. In the process of making Belize a better place, steeped in the foundations of good governance practises, I state unabashedly and unequivocally “THERE ARE NO SACRED COWS!” What occurred yesterday during the Senate meeting was testimony to precisely what the system allows for. Indeed, by way of PUP led effort, a motion was put forth to appoint a Special Select Committee to delve into the current passport and visa quagmire. I will give credit where credit is due, but on the same token no manner of ‘kudos’ shall be provided, for once you understand the nuances of our system of governance, it is evident that yesterday’s attempt is part and parcel of what Her Majesty’s Royal Opposition is required to do. Beyond that, from a prudent, political standpoint, it behooves them to take such action, after all, within this system, those who seek to ultimately control the House of Representatives, shall undertake any viable means by which to lessen the numerical divide between themselves and the current administration. With that said, I am compelled to state that what transpired during yesterday’s Senate meeting was purely shameful, for all who voted against the motion. If one’s motivation for “serving” is steeped in the commitment to do what is best for Belize, there is no acceptable explanation to have voted against the motion. Party politics is sucking the life-blood out of this nation and as mentioned earlier, “THERE ARE NO SACRED COWS!” The names of each member who voted against the motion, or sought to, should be etched in stone, on a wall of infamy, along with all others who have been vested with the responsibility of being caretakers of our nation’s well-being and have, through their actions, fleeced the resources, patrimony and heritage of this nation.

Coca-Cola and Bowen & Bowen Fly 10lbs of Solid Gold to Belize: The REAL FIFA World Cup Trophy
I had seen the posts on Facebook and Twitter: The FIFA World Cup trophy is currently on a world tour. A huge world tour – they are covering 80 countries. A tour to help build excitement for 2014′s World Cup tournament that will take place in Brazil. And honestly? My initial reaction was not one of great excitement. I had actually never given the World Cup prize a moments thought. For all I knew, they could have given out medals…or ribbons…or flowers to the last winners, **please pause so I can google who they were** SPAIN! I got my ticket punched and went right up to the 5th floor. There were quite a few people coming out but I seemed to be the only one going in. Perfect. I had time to get a serious close up.

Placencia, Belize: Always Feels Like A Real Beach Getaway
I had landed in the town of Placencia. After my 3 day Raggamuffin sailing adventure (see Part One and Two - one of the very best things I’ve done in Belize), I was ready to relax, lay around and do absolutely nothing. (You’d be surprised how tiring sailing on a catamaran can be!) Placencia is practically tailor made for this purpose. If Caye Caulker’s motto is “Go Slow”, then Placencia might be “Stop”. I like it very much. Here is an example of how quiet it is in Placencia. Here is the Village Council building. And the Transport Department, in case you need to renew your driver’s license.

We wish the PM all the best for surgery in the United States
Don’t worry – it sounds like good news. Apparently the PM is on his way to Los Angeles for back surgery that, if successful, will alleviate at least 80% of his current back pain. Trust us, many of us desk jockeys sympathise with back pain and wish him all the best.Dean-Barrow-1-300x299 And Mr Barrow, who is 62, said if the operation is successful he should be back in in the country by November 14. “The doctor has told me that he believes that it will be a little taxing because of the long flight from Los Angeles. He believes that I could actually come back as early as Wednesday. I set it for Thursday just to give myself that extra room,” Barrow told “Caribbean 360” when speaking of next week’s surgery.

Turkey Pot Pies
Don't know what to do with all that left over turkey? No worries, here's a simple recipe that is delicious and filling.

Butt'r Pecun Pumpkin Bars
These Butt'r-Pecun Pumpkin Skwares would be a nice alternatif' ta Pumpkin Pie. Thay have a good base an' t'fillin stays moist an' is verr simlar ta pumpkin pie fillin. Base Ingredyints: 1/2 cup sugar 1-1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup butt'r, softenet Fillin Ingredyints: 1 – 15oz. a'ken o'pure pumpkin (2 cups pumpkin if'n y'all make yer own) 1/4 cup milk 2 aigs, beete 3/4 cup sugar 1 teespoon cinnamon 1/2 teespoon groun nutmeg 1/2 teespoon salt Toppyun' Ingredyints: 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons butt'r, softenet 1/2 cup choppet pekuns

ReefCI receive Global recognition at the WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards
Highly commended for Best for Responsible Wildlife Experiences goes to Marine conservation organization ReefCI at the 2013 10th annual World responsible tourism awards. The awards panel of judges pre-announced: ‘We are focusing on organizations that are both committed to wildlife protection and to providing their guest with memorable experiences tourists will talk about and share with friends and family when back home. We are looking for organizations that have found the right balance between protecting wildlife and providing great experiences to holidaymakers. Their ideas and practices should be an inspiration to companies trying to achieve the same.’ The winners and highly commended were announced at the WTM exhibition to an audience of tourism ministers, destination managers, industry professionals and media. The judges recognized the contribution, which ReefCI makes to conservation both through the quality of the guest experience and the data, which they collect on species and number. The quality of the data on contribution to the local economy through employment and local sourcing was also noteworthy. ReefCI is working with the department of Fisheries in Belize to help protect the marine life and sustain fish stock and fishing. The data they collect assists fisheries with their allocations of open and closed season regulations, which helps conserve commercial species such as conch and lobster.

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US-based credit rating group calls for a devaluation of EC dollar
The US-based Moody's Investor services is calling for a devaluation of the Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar in a bid to assist the region address the debt crisis. In addition, Moody’s Investor is also suggesting that the sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) adopt the US dollar as its official currency. Governor of the Esatern Caribbean Central bank (ECCB), Sir Dwight Venner said last month that maintaining the stability of the EC dollar and the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) financial system has been the Bank’s major achievement over the 30 years of its existence. The EC Dollar has been pegged to the US dollar at a rate of EC$2.70 to one US dollar since 1976 and as the global crisis continues to affect the economic performance of the ECCU member countries, the ECCB, in collaboration with its member governments and with the support of regional and international agencies, has been implementing measures to strengthen the ECCU financial system.

Leaders in self-denial as Caribbean economic crisis worsens
St Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony says that there is a grave economic crisis gnawing away at Caribbean countries and “governments are busy looking inward - each busy with their own agenda rather than pursuing a Caribbean solution to the economic crisis”. Not for the first time Dr Anthony has dared to tred where many other Caribbean leaders have shied away. Describing it as a “tragedy of the times”, he charged that governments are “engaged in one form or another of self-denial” while the Caribbean is “in the throes of a major crisis like it has never ever experienced before”. Dr Anthony did not say something not previously said by regional commentators, foreign aid agencies and multilateral institutions. But now it has come from a Prime Minister who was previously Legal Counsel to the Secretariat of the 15-nation Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) and, earlier, a lecturer at the University of the West Indies deeply immersed in the many challenges and limited prospects of small States. His remarks, therefore, come with a special authority and should be a reality jolt for all Caribbean leaders in government, opposition political parties, the private sector and the labour movement.

Damanaki insists in ‘zero tolerance’ as to illegal fishing
The European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries claims that while some of the eight countries that were requested to meet their international obligations as to illegal unreported unregulated fisheries (IUU) have made ‘credible progress’, others have not responded in the same way. In a speech made at an event hosted in Brussels by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Commissioner Maria Damanaki highlighted that from the eight countries those addressing these concerns are Fiji, Togo, Sri Lanka, Panama and Vanuatu, with whom EU authorities initiated a formal dialogue and to whom an action plan was devised according to their specific problems. However, she remarked that Belize, Cambodia and Guinea “have not addressed concerns linked to legislation, effective monitoring and surveillance systems, nor have they introduced satisfactory sanctioning regimes.”

Cancer mortality declining in some Latin American countries
Overall cancer mortality has declined in some countries of the Americas, though it remains the second most common cause of death according to Cancer in the Americas: Country Profiles, 2013, a report released this week at the Fifth International Cancer Control Congress in Lima, Peru. The data indicates overall cancer deaths are declining in nine countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Venezuela and the United States. Mexico, Nicaragua and El Salvador have the lowest cancer mortality numbers, with the highest cancer mortality rates found in Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and Argentina. Obesity is most common in English-speaking Caribbean countries, primarily the Bahamas, Belize, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago.

British retirees looking at different retirement locations overseas
Financial problems in southern Europe appear to have forced a shift in perceptions of desirable places to retire for British people including looking at less obvious destinations. A third of people want to move abroad when they retire, but the popularity of Spain, France, Portugal and Greece has plummeted in the past year, according to a recent study. Of more than 1,500 Britons aged over 40, 35% said they would be happier to retire abroad than stay in the UK. The top three destinations were the US, Australia and Canada, if visas were not an issue, but a year ago Spain was the most popular destination. The English speaking country of Belize in the Caribbean has a Retired Persons Incentive Programme which permits people to live 100% tax free. To qualify there is a minimum age of 45 with a non-Belizean based income of a minimum of US$2,000 per month.


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