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Government of Belize in Attendance at the United Nations Climate Change Conference
The Government of Belize, led by a delegation appointed by the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, is currently being represented at the COP 19/ CMP9 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Warsaw, Poland. The UN Climate Change Conference commenced November 11 and should conclude November 22, 2013. The conference has two segments: (i) a technical segment which took place the first week and (ii) a High Level Segment which takes place the second week. Senator Hon. Lisel Alamilla left the country last week to join the Belize delegation and to participate in the High Level Segment and Dialogues to be held in week two of the conference. The inauguration of the high-level segment took place in the afternoon of Tuesday, 19 November. National statements will be heard in joint meetings of the COP and the CMP during the high-level segment on Wednesday, 20 to Friday, 22 November. Belize’s Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development will be delivering Belize’s National Statement on Wednesday, November 20, at 8:00 a.m. Central Standard Time.

Night of Fashion under the Stars
Top Notch Boutique along with Traveller’s Liquors, Sailaway Café, Premium Wines and Spirits and Fido’s Restaurant and Bar, collaborated in creating a “Night of Fashion under the Stars” on Saturday, November 16th. The show was held on Barrier Reef Dive, in front of Top Notch Boutique, and thankfully the weather was just perfect for an outdoor event. The fashion show, which was free of charge, attracted a large crowd that came out to enjoy the event. But the night was not only about fashion!Those in attendance were also treated toa great selection of wine from Premium Wines and local rum drinks from Traveler’s, all Liquor at special prizes; while Sailaway Café provided specials and snacks. Following the show, it was time to dance the night away to the sounds of DJ Dzl at the after party hosted at Fido’s Restaurant and Bar. Event organizers take the opportunity to thank all those who made the event a success, including everyone who came out to enjoy the event.

Ambergris Today

Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrations in San Pedro, Belize
The Garinagu people are known for their high spirit of celebration and friendliness. When the time comes to celebrating their national day of recognition, Garifuna Settlement Day, their singing, drumming and dancing starts a week early. In San Pedro, the Garinagu kicked off the celebrations as early as this past weekend. On Monday, November 18, 2013, the San Pedro Branch of the National Garifuna Council, in collaboration with the San Pedro Town Council, Ministry of Tourism & Culture and The San Pedro Cultural Committee kicked off the Garifuna Settlement Celebrations on the island with a ceremony held at Central Park which included speeches by key Garifuna residents, invited guests and musical presentations and dances. The celebration continued the next day, Tuesday, November 19, as the Garinagu reenacted the arrival of the Gariganu to Belize. They arrived at Central Park at midday and what followed was a short ceremony to start the day’s celebrations. People enjoyed live music, drumming, dancing and delicious Garifuna food.

Inter-Office Volleyball Championship Heats Up in San Pedro
The San Pedro Six-a-Side Inter Office Volleyball Tournament came to a grand finale on Saturday night at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium on Saturday, November 16, 2013. Both male and female divisions were packed with competitive action from start to finish in matches that had the fans on the edge of their seats and many times on their feet to applaud the terrific plays put on by the athletes. In game one for the ladies championship, Rebels defeated the second place Butter Fingers in a game that had fans biting their fingernails. The veterans Butter Fingers easily won the rookies Rebels the first two sets. However, when Rebels got fully warmed up there was nothing to stop them and they spiked their way in three consecutive sets to give them the top edge 3 to 2 over the veterans. Rebels were sponsored by San Pedro Pro Dive Shop and included players like Mishelby Leiva, (Captain) Marceli McCorkle, Keilin Castillo, Brianna Leslie, Megan Longsworth, Rachelle Lisbey and Geysel Castillo (MVP). Kudos to the winners.

Top Notch Fashion Show Under The Stars
On Saturday, November 16, 2013, many gathered at town central in San Pedro for a night of fashion and glamor. Top Notch Boutique hosted its first Fashion show under the stars showcasing the best in woman’s clothing. The Top Notch Fashion Show was in everybody’s conversation as people gathered around the glittered black and pink stage in the middle of front street. Host of the event, Gerry Badillo kicked off the show by welcoming everybody to a night of fashion under the stars. Fourteen gorgeous models (including plus sized models) strut down the runway to the latest music by Bumsquad DJ DZL and amazing lights by Skynet Sounds. The models showcased the latest arrivals at the boutique in four segments labeled as Trendy, Club, Formal and Christmas Wear. S During the show, the audience enjoyed special performances by Cuban Guitarist Amaurys and Belizean artist Denise Castillo. They also got a taste of Travelers Liquor Ltd. brand new product Cristal Lite Rum “Goma Free Rum”, Sailaway Café’s delicious food and drinks and Premium Wines & Spirits’ excellent wines throught the night. The grand finale was one of the biggest highlights of the show as the Top Notch models shared the Christmas joy with their impressive Christmas props and fashion trends.

Strengthening the Balance, Part II (Leaders)
Last year November, I wrote an article to remind students and teachers alike of the importance of always maintaining and Strengthening the Balance between each other in the classroom and while at school. Teachers and students will work productively and smoothly when they treat Education in the classroom as a two-way, not one-way, process. In other words, despite what many people (especially parents who had limited schooling) may have believed in the past, or may still do, students are not sponges who merely go to school to soak up knowledge from a teacher in the classroom; neither are they clay for teachers to mold. Instead of absorbing an Education, like a sponge, a student learns under a teacher’s guidance and instruction when the student participates in the two-way process, and makes the effort to contribute his/her portion of a 50/50 endeavor.

25 Years Ago: The Marvelous Barrier Reef of Belize
“Hey Dad, let’s go fishing? “No my son because when you come out of school at 3:30 p.m. it is already a bit late.” “But Dad, it is May and our summer vacations have commenced.” With this said, my dad became excited and was delighted to take me and my brother out to the reef. There were two or three ways to go fishing at the reef. This day we took our small ten-foot dory, El Bonito, and paddled out towards the reef only about a mile away. It was very calm, so my dad decided to go outside the reef. He did not look for the channel which was about three fourths of a mile south. We went right over the reef by threading our way between the corals that were deep enough. Once on the other side of the reef which we called the “outside” or “afuera” in Spanish, we went about 200 feet out and dropped anchor. Soon with our hand lines and using sardine as bait we were pulling in large grouper, snappers, tuna and once in a while a small nurse shark. Fishing was great and by midday we had our catch of some two dozen large fish that would suffice for an entire week’s meals. Then I would beg dad to take me out trawling by hand line.

Misc Belizean Sources

Enhancing the Caribbean's foreign direct investment strategy
Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion agencies (CAIPA), will be hosting their fourth annual CAIPA general assembly in Belize on November 21-22, 2013. Under the theme “Towards an Enhanced FDI Strategy: Strengthening our Foundation and Honouring Regional Excellence”, investment promotion agency (IPA)officials from member countries that include Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands, will focus attention on the development of CAIPA’s Strategic and Sustainability Plan (2014-2018). The plan is being developed with the assistance of Ideas to Business Limited. Another special feature of this year’s general assembly will be the inaugural hosting of the Regional Investor of the Year Award for the Caribbean territories who are members of CAIPA. The award seeks to recognize and promote the contribution of foreign and local investors to the Caribbean economy.

Drumming by the Bimecacule Group
Video footage of a Dance presentation at the Garifuna Settlement Eve 2013

The San Pedro Town Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, The San Pedro Garifuna Council and the San Pedro Cultural Committee officially welcomed Garifuna Settlement Day in San Pedro. The Festivities kicked off with the re-enactment of Yurumei and followed with the official ceremony that consisted of various speeches, the Belize National Anthem in Garinagu and of course, a lot of drumming and punta! We salute all our Garinagu Brothers and Sisters on this vibrant celebration. Long live the People and Culture of the Garinagus!

with QueenAl FirstLady at Belmopan City, Belize. (16 photos)

Entrepreneurship Symposium
It's Global Entrepreneurship Week, so Beltraide and UB are teaming up with the U.S. Embassy to hold the annual Entrepreneurship Symposium tomorrow. It'll be at UB, in the Jaguar auditorium, starting at 1:00pm. "The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) on behalf of the University of Belize (U.B.) and in partnership with the U.S. Embassy Belize hereby cordially invites you to attend the annual Entrepreneurship Symposium to be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the Jaguar Auditorium, University of Belize, Central Campus, Belmopan City from 1:00 - 5:00pm."

Happy Children's Day
Musical interlude for Children's Day. The National Committee for Families and Children uploaded the Children's Rights Song. "Because today is International Children's Day! Sing along if you know the tune..."

Makita Motocross Championship
The Makita Motocross Championship was this weekend in Spanish Lookout, and they got an exhilarating video with a helmet mounted GoPro camera. Congratulations, Carlos Lopez, for winning the race. "2 Heat for MX 2. This is the helmet cam on Marlon Dueck. He was competing against four other riders. Carlos Lopez, Carl Froese. Nathan Thiessen, and Shawn Krahn. Marlon wiped out in the mud bog in the 1st heat and tore out his shoulder. He fought hard against Carlos Lopez, but ultimately Carlos did take First Place."

Garifuna Collective at SISE HoC
The SISE House of Culture celebrated Garifuna Settlement Day one dey early, and some of the Garifuna Collective drummers were there to drum the day away. Talk about a special treat for everyone that made it out to learn more about the Garifuna culture. Thanks to Teri Cerda for the great pictures. "This is what happen yesterday at the San Ignacio & Santa Elena House of Culture (NICH) our documentary Film about Garifuna and Two members of The Garifuna Collective that played."

Garifuna Settlement Day in Cayo
The Cayo Welcome Center had a lot going on for Garifuna Settlement Day. Did you get to see the Garifuna drummers and dancers? "GARIFUNA SETLEMENT DAY night shot by Daniel Velazquez and Miriam Antoinette"

Tree Fellers Screening at GPC
Tree Fellers, the documentary about the nearly 1000 Belizeans that went to Scotland in 1942 to help fight fascism by felling trees, will be shown at the George Price Centre today. "Have you ever heard of Sam Martinez, Amos Ford, Eric Tathum, Alvin Tillett or Ernest Phillips? Are you related to either of them or any of the 900 British Hondurans who went off to Scotland in 1942? Have you ever wanted to know more about what happened to our Belizeans during WWII? Let us know at so we can arrange a screening of TREE FELLERS for you and get a glimpse of the past."

Cayo Cultural Chess Championship
The East Cayo Chess Association had their Cultural Chess Championship, and it's great to see such an interest in the classis strategic game. "This last Saturday, November 16th, the Cultural Day chess championship was held and it went very well. There were a couple dozen participants and the tournament directors – Alfred, Akeem and Javier – made sure that the tournament ran smoothly. There were other volunteers that provided arts/craft activities, cooked food for sale, drove participants to the tournament and just provide help when needed. There are too many names to mention everyone individually but your contributions helped and are very appreciated. Finally, no matter how much volunteer help is available, there is still a need for funds to pay for things necessary to run the tournament. We would like to thank everyone who contributed funds, especially Sagicor and Atlantic Bank. Without your help this tournament would have been very difficult to do. If you would like to get a visual of how the day went look at the pictures that are available."

Channel 7

ASR Execs Snubbed By Cane Farmers
Good evening and welcome to an early edition of 7news to make way for live under 16 football tonight at 7:00… We begin tonight with news of an event that didn’t happen. We’re talking about the scheduled meeting between BSI and its parent company ASR – on one side, and the Cane Farmers on the other. The meeting had been set for yesterday at the Radisson in Belize City – but it didn’t happen. And indeed, the farmers had made their terms clear on Monday evening with a letter to BSI saying that discussions about bagasse had to take center stage in any discussions, that it couldn’t just be a sidebar issue. And they weren’t bluffing! So, ASR Executives flew in from the USA to find no one to talk to. Senior Vice President Ricardo Lima told our colleagues at KREM Radio that he was disappointed: Voice of: Richardo Lima - Vice President, Technical Services, ASR "It's really not for us to judge them. They have a choice, and apparently, they chose not to show up, despite of the fact that we had set this up a few days ago. Two of my colleagues and I travelled all the way from the United States just for this meeting, but we hope that this conflict, instead of escalating, that it's resolved amicably for the betterment of the farmers, BSI, and the country of Belize."

Butane Explosion Leave OW Man Critical
The dangers of LPG – commonly known as butane – were underscored yesterday when another tank exploded. Very fortunately no one was killed, but a salesman is in the KHMH and reported in a critical condition after debris from the explosion hit him in the head. It happened yesterday morning at around 11:30 at Camp 10 in the Shipyard community in Orange Walk district. CTV-3 in Orange Walk reports that Daniel Ponce was knocked unconscious, and rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital. Due to the seriousness of his injury, he was then transferred to the KHMH. John Lahsen who was buying the butane told police that he heard the explosion and ran back to the area where he found Ponce bleeding from his head and the right side of his face. The gutted tank was 15 to 20ft away. We note that older, rusted butane tanks are particularly vulnerable to explosion when LPG with high volumes of propane is used. Over 15 years ago there was a fatal LPG explosion in Orange Walk which forced the enactment of regulations which disallowed delivery of gas directly to homes. In this case it was being delivered to a business, Chicken National Trust.

17 Year-old Shot In City
Police say there was only one incident of serious gun violence over the 19th, holiday. It happened in Belize City where a teenager was shot on Monday night. Around 9:30, 17 year old Wilbert Gabourel was walking on McKenzie Street and when was passing Brown Street, three shots rang out and he was shot twice to the left leg. The wounds are not life threatening and he was hospitalized at the KHMH.

Man Sent To Jail For Firearm; He Says It Wasn't His
Tonight, 18 year-old Shane Godoy is spending his third night of a 5-year sentence after he was convicted of firearm charges before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer. The arresting officers testified in the trial that at around 9:20 p.m. on July 19, 2012, they were on mobile patrol on Peter Seco Street, when they saw him riding a bicycle. When he saw the officers, he threw away an item, and they immediately detained him and escorted him back to the yard where it landed. They discovered that it was a black 9 millimeter pistol, which had 5 rounds of ammunition in the magazine, and as a result, they arrested and charged him with keeping an unlicensed firearm, and keeping unlicensed ammunition.

Hid Behind House From Police; Court Says Gun Was His
His fellow inmate, 23 year-old John Faber is also spending the third night of a 5-year sentence after he was found guilty of firearm offences before Senior Magistrate Frazer. The arresting officers testified that on July 16, 2011, they received information of a crime being committed, and as a result, they started to trail Faber’s pickup truck which he was driving. While on Faber’s Road, they stopped the vehicle and a man and a woman got out. When Faber got out, he ran into a yard trying to escape from police. He was detained, and they found a 9mm pistol, which was loaded with 2 live rounds behind a house he was hiding. He was charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm, and keeping unlicensed ammunition.

Crooked Tree, Still An Isolated Island
6 days ago, 7News told you about the NEMO assistance to Crooked Tree Village which remains cut off by flood waters. The earliest that the waters are expected to recede is in 2 months. Until then, residents are being profoundly affected, especially the cattle farmers. To assist with that problem, their area representative, Edmund Castro, is collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture to provide relief in the form of feed for the livestock so that they can survive until the village returns to normal. This afternoon, the villagers held a meeting with Castro and the Agriculture Representative where they discussed how the relief will work. We spoke with Castro afterwards: Hon. Edmund "Clear the Land" Castro - Area Representative, Belize Rural North "Since last week, trying to help the people in Crooked Tree with some rations, and so on, and right now, the mission today is to follow on the assessment for the livestock producers. We have 19 livestock producers in Crooked Tree, primarily in the "Black Bun" area. So, we brought in the Ministry of Agriculture to meet with them, and see how we can help them temorarily with some feed, for the time being to ease their cattle out of the different stress that they are going through, and also, to bring in seeds for them to plant so that they could have feed banks.

ABC’s Of E-Government
“E-Government” it’s a fancy term that gets a lot of airtime – but we don’t see too much action around it. In the e-government world, you wouldn’t have to wait in line for forms to be approved, or go endlessly from one government department to another, looking for answers, nor would you have to seek the gilded approval of an all-powerful minister. Just hearing all that you’ll know that e-government is a distant reality in Belize. But, it’s a reality nonetheless, even if it’s only visible on a far off horizon. That horizon came dimly into view today at the Biltmore Best Western where the Ministries of Finance and Technologyopened a workshop to develop two policy documents, one named the National Information Communication Technology Innovation Policy (NICTIP) and the other, an E-Government Policy, Strategy and Plan of Action. Lots of big ideas in there, and we tried to get the organizers to break it down for the regular citizen:

History of Planes, Trains and Automobiles In Belize
We all know Belize’s highways, but only few can remember the time when Belize had railway systems, that’s right, trains! And not just one railway system, there were three of them! That’s part of the story covered in a new exhibit that NICH has mounted at the Museum of Belize. The museum is named: “All Aboard: Belize in Motion through the Years” and covers everything from planes to trains to automobiles. We found out more at the official opening this morning: Jules Vasquez Reporting The exhibition engenders a broad sweep of history from dugout canoes to trains to cargo boats to planes and cars:

Man Sent to Jail For Putting Broken Glass To Woman’s Throat
44 year-old Elroy Saldano will spend 3 years in prison because he was charged with harm and aggravated assault for allegedly inflicting a cut wound to a woman’s neck. 24 year-old Tiesha Palacio reported to police that she was at a house on King Street on Monday night when she got into an argument with Saldano. He allegedly then grabbed a piece of broken beer bottle, and pressed it on Palacio’s neck, causing a cut. Police arrested and charged him with aggravated assault and harm, and he was arraigned today before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart, where he pleaded not guilty.

Belize Faces Tough Competition In UNCAF Under-16
In a few minutes, the Belize U-16 National Team, also known as the Junior Jaguars, will play their third game in the 2013 UNCAF Championship, being hosted by the Football Federation of Belize. If you’ve been tuning into Channel 7 for the past two days, you’ll know that they won their first game against Nicaragua on Monday, 2 to 1. But, they lost yesterday against El Salvador, which defeated the Jaguars, 2-nil. Today, we spoke with members of the FFB executive, who gave a brief synopsis of both games, and also explaining how the team needs to perform in order stay close to the favorites for the final round. Here’s what they told us: Marlon Kuylen - Executive Member, FFB (Via Phone) "The first night, we won 2-1 against Nicaragua, and that gave our players a boost going into the game last night against El Salvador. However, a very early goal caught young jaguars. They seemed nervous, and they were hasty in their passing and decision making, and we ended up losing 2-nil last night. But, I spoke to the coach a while ago, and he is saying that today, the players are very motivated going against Guatemala because you know, every time we play Guatemala, we want to beat them. If we lose to everyone else, want to beat Guatemala."

Scenes From Settlement Day
Yesterday, Belizeans all across the country joined with the Garinagu to celebrate Garifuna Settlement Day. We have footage of the activities which took place in Dangriga, but before that, we’ll take you to yesterday morning in Belize City where the National Garifuna Council organized the re-enactment of their ancestors’ arrival, the “Yurumei” to commemorate their landing in Belize two hundred and eleven years ago. Mayor Darrell Bradley was a part of the ceremony, and both he and the President of the NGC in Belize City explained the significance of the “Yurumei”: Francisco Zuniga - President, National Garifuna Council, Belize City Branch "This a reenactment of the first arrival of the "Garinagu" People to the shores of Belize. It is to show that when they driven from St. Vicent, they came all the way, struggling through Guatemala, Honduras, and eventually they came to Belize. The Mayor represents the Governor, so then the "Yurumei", which is the Saint Vicent people, sought permission first for them to land on the shores of Belize."

Channel 5

Crop Season in jeopardy, cane farmers stand firm on threat of strike
Five thousand three hundred sugar cane farmers from the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts are determined to go on strike as early as this coming Monday, November twenty-fifth. That is [...]

Will the mills at B.S.I. be churning with no sugar cane to grind?
But did the BSCFA miss an ideal opportunity to sit at the negotiating table? As we told you, a meeting was set for Tuesday, Garifuna Settlement Day. At the meeting [...]

Deputy Prime Minister meets with B.S.I. and A.S.R. to diffuse tension in sugar industry
Executives from the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association were purposely absent from a meeting on Garifuna Settlement Day. With the clock ticking, this afternoon, C.E.O. Joey Montalvo of B.S.I. and [...]

Vega asks for B.S.I. and BSCFA to come back to discussion table
As we said, the BSCFA has threatened that it will not make deliveries at Monday’s start of the next crop season if its request to receive a percentage of the [...]

Are farmers entitled to part of the proceeds from the sale of bagasse?
Tonight’s question is: Do you believe farmers are entitled to part of the proceeds from the sale of bagasse? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 [...]

The Baby Jaguars face Guatemala in UNCAF Games
The UNCAF under-sixteen tournament continues tonight in Belmopan with the Baby Jaguars taking on team Guatemala.  It’s a hugely anticipated game that is starting shortly at the F.F.B. stadium in [...]

Has Carey Fraser stepped down as president of UB?
Today, News Five received multiple reports that University of Belize President, Doctor Carey Fraser, had left office. Fraser has written a letter to Prime Minister Dean Barrow indicating that he [...]

An Orange Walk man is on life support following a gas tank explosion
An Orange Walk resident is tonight on life support following an explosion of a butane gas tank at Camp ten of the Shipyard Community. On Tuesday morning around eleven o’clock, [...]

17 year old shot in the leg
A minor is tonight recovering from gunshot wounds he received on Monday night. Seventeen year old Wilbert Cecil Gabourel was shot to the left leg sometime around nine-thirty p.m. as [...]

Man freed of indecent assault after 9 years behind bars
A man who was accused back in 2005 of molesting an eight-year-old child in the city is free tonight. The mother of the child claimed she caught him partially nude [...]

All Aboard: Belize in Motion through the Years Exhibit is launched
On display at the Museum of Belize is a historical journey of the evolution of transportation in Belize. The exhibit includes archival information such as photographs and items that show [...]

2 local tour companies clinch Princess Cruise Awards
Two companies involved in the tourism industry were honored by a major cruise line this morning. Both Bacab Eco Tours and Chukka Tours were cited by Princess Cruise Lines for [...]


Two Separate Shootings Incidents Under Investigation in Old Capital
A youth was shot on Monday in Belize City. Police say that sometime around nine-30 17 year old Wilbert Cecil Gabourel was walking towards a shop on McKenzie Street in Belize City when someone shot him twice in the left leg. Gabourel told police that he heard the shots as he was passing Brown Street and realized that he had been shot. He is in a stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and the police are investigating.

Primary School on South Side Belize City Burglarized
A primary school on the south side of Belize City was targeted over the weekend when thieves broke in and stole an assortment of school items. The discovery was made on Monday when a caretaker at Unity Presbyterian Church on Antelope Street Extension made checks. School items worth around 800 dollars were stolen. Police are investigating.

ICT – Is Belize Resisting Change?
In this modern era of globalization, communication has become almost instantaneous. For a developing country like Belize it is important to embrace information and communication technology (ICT) and effectively implement ICT policies. To this end, the Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology and Public Utilities, in collaboration with the Central Technology Office has officially launched an initiative to develop two policy documents that will aid in developing an effective and enabling environment. Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Colin Young explained how this process would assist in positioning Belize to be more competitive in the global arena. DR. COLIN YOUNG “Well, what we are doing here today is launching the start of the National ICT Innovation Policy and Strategy and the E-Government Strategy and Action Plan for the Government of Belize. In terms of competitiveness, what’s critical is information, access to information, networking and what we’re trying to do is find the best possible ways that Belize can harness the use of ICTs, the internet and all the other tools that come with it; to transform the way the Government does its business with the public, increase its efficiency, deliver on very instantaneous time or very quick turnaround time as well as how businesses and the civil society organizations can use ICTs to increase their productivity and efficiency. So, really this is setting up what the policy direction is that the Government needs to put in place; it’s going to lay it out for us, so that we can implement it.”

Police Sergeant With Prosthetic Legs Returns to Work
In September of 2012 Sergeant Mark August, then stationed in Punta Gorda Town, lost both legs to a traffic accident near the Swasey Bridge on the Southern Highway. August underwent almost a year of treatment and therapy and acquired two prosthetic legs which he now uses along with crutches to make his way around. Now the policeman is the first member of the Belize Police Department who has no legs and is fully employed as a policeman. He is stationed at the Belmopan Police Formation’s Police Information Technology Unit. August, who was the Administrative Officer in Toledo up until the incident, told Love News recently that while his abilities are now limited, he can still function fully as a police officer.

Family Needs Help in Finding Ashton Samuels
An eleven year old boy is missing and his family is asking the public to help locate him. Ashton Samuels Junior reportedly left home at 44 Sittee Street in Belize City on Sunday and has not yet returned. Samuels is brown skinned with brown eyes and is medium built with a low haircut and stands about five feet tall. He left home wearing a green T shirt, brown short pants and black slippers. Samuels also reportedly has a chip on one of his front teeth. If you have seen this missing boy you’re asked to call the nearest police station.

Garifuna Culture Highlighted
Yesterday the most important day in the Garifuna Calendar was celebrated. Communities throughout the country came together to celebrate the Garifuna Settlement Day; the day was celebrated with parades, live music, drumming, dancing, prayers, a Garifuna mass and the crowning of Miss Garifuna 2013. The official ceremony was held in Dangriga Town; Love News was there and here is the report. HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING: One the eve of Garifuna Settlement Day, traditional joyous music emanated from the Garifuna drums and shakers accompanied by the rich cultural singing of the Garinagu along with rhythmic dancing. The night brought continuous live cultural music which was mirrored by dances which holds special significance to the Garifuna Culture. The celebration is the 72th anniversary of Garifuna Settlement Day founded by Thomas Vincent Ramos. After a festive night, early morning on the 19th, as the sun was rising and the waves came crushing it, the re-enactment of the Garinagu’s first arrival in Belize was performed in front of eyes of many. For many Garinagu, the day is seen as a joint opportunity to glimpse in the past, remember their ancestor and never forget their roots.

ASR Says It Takes Two To Tango; Cane Farmers Leave BSI on Ice
The back and forth between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, BSCFA, and the Belize Sugar Industries limited, BSI, continues. With only five days until the next crop season is scheduled to be open, there are no signs that a common ground would be found by then. A meeting was scheduled to take place yesterday at the Radisson Hotel between BSCFA and BSI. But as we reported on Monday, BSCFA decided that they would not form part of the meeting if the agenda for the meeting does not deal solely with the conclusion of the negotiation of the new commercial agreement including the payment for bagasse, which has been the basis of contention between both parties. The cane farmers are requested payment for the use of bagasse since it is use to generate energy through Belcogen. On the other hand, BSI is saying that the cane farmers have made no investments to make any such request. The meeting was scheduled to commence at two o’clock yesterday and after waiting for more than an hour, it was clear that the BSCFA was a no show. Waiting for the BSCFA were BSI’s Chief Executive Officer, Joey Montalvo, Chief Financial Officer Belizario Carballo, Factory Manager, John Gillett and Government Representative Jose Novelo from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture. In addition, a key representative was present; the Vice President of American Sugar Refineries, Ricardo Lima. Lime briefly spoke to Love News about the absence of the BSCFA.

Tank Explosion Kills Sales Rep in Northern Belize
A butane gas sales’ man was injured when a butane tank exploded while being filled. The incident occurred on Tuesday morning a little after 11 at Camp 10 in the Shipyard Community. Information available is that according to Johan Lassen, he paid for his butane tank to be refilled at his business Bert Quality Chicken National Trust and then headed home. Shortly after he heard an explosion and went to check and discovered a Belmont gas sales’ man injured on the ground. The same explosion was heard by Moises Lopez who was just arriving at the business establishment. We spoke with Lopez who told us what he found out.

Police Investigate Robberies in Western and Northern Belize
Police have reported two robberies since last Friday. Police say that Maria Pedro, a housewife of Esperanza Village, Cayo, reported that on last Thursday afternoon she was walking towards her home with her baby in her arms when she heard footsteps behind her and then felt something on the right side of her neck. Pedro said that when she turned around she saw a man wearing a cloth over his face and armed with a knife behind her. Pedro said that she managed to pull the cloth from over the man’s face and recognized him from Esperanza Village. That did not stop the attacker as he grabbed her purse containing her cellular phone and her Guatemalan identification cards. Police have since arrested and charged 32 year old Fernando Crawford, a mason with Robbery.

Cyclist Knocked off Motorcycle in Rural Area of Northern Belize
A traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway has left a bus driver hospitalized. 48 year old Aurelio Chimal of Nuevo San Juan, Orange Walk, suffered a cut wound to the forehead and a badly bruised left foot after he was knocked off a motorcycle on Tuesday evening. Police say that 30 year old Allen Ake, was travelling towards Corozal Town from Patchakan Village when he knocked down Chimal who was traveling in the opposite direction. Ake claims that it Chimal’s motorcycle was swerving across the highway and then collided into the left side of his pickup truck. He also alleged that Chimal was not wearing a helmet at the time. Police are investigating.


The Belize Coast Guard Frustrate a Possible Drug Peddling in Ambergris Caye
An anti-narcotic operation at Ambergris Caye led to a shootout between personnel from the Belize National Coast Guard and suspected drug peddlers. The incident occurred on Saturday morning, 1 mile south of the Belize/Mexico border at the Bacalar Chico area of northern Ambergris Caye. On Monday afternoon, we spoke...

Coalition Tour Activates Debates over Petroleum across Belize
The Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage continues its work to promote a sober discussion of the future of the nation’s natural resources, particularly as it relates to petroleum. Mrs. Julie Wade- Education and Outreach Officer for the Coalition “We are hoping that after this, more schools will be...

Garifuna Day Celebrations Get Colourful in Dangriga
The 19th of November is celebrated as Garifuna Settlement Day, but festivities across the country have long begun before. Our correspondent Mr. Harry Arzu was in the culture capital Dangriga and filed the following report. Correspondent, Mr. Harry Arzu The Garifuna Settlement Day was founded in 1941 by Tomas Vincent Ramos and was only celebrated in Dangriga until it became a national holiday in 1977. Today, various schools in various municipalities participated in activities leading up the Garifuna Settlement day which will be celebrated tomorrow. The students of the Delile Academy and Ecumenical High School with the traditional reenactment of the arrival of the Garifuna people to the shores of Belize, followed by a thanksgiving mass. The auditorium at the Ecumenical was still in to capacity as hosted some students including some sisters enjoyed a variety of performances by a number of artists and dance groups such renown musician such as Aurelio Martinez, Sandby dancers, Ecumenical high Schools popped up the drums, Champion and Joseph Chattoyer Garifuna Ballet, guests from New York City. The speaker at the event was the president of the Battle of the Drums Secretariat, Darris Avila, who encouraged the audience to continue embrace and to promote the Garifuna culture.


“Dancing in the Street” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Up yesterday (Tuesday) at around 04.40 hours and in what seemed like no time at all (well it wasn’t because it took me just a few minutes) I was out there on the veranda with the mug of black coffee and my iPad. Oh, and one of the two chairs that we currently have that can be moved easily. I focused first on ‘knocking out’ yesterday’s edition of the blog which, given the paucity of stuff to include, didn’t take me too long. So I then caught up with what is going on around the world via my subscription to The Times online. I spent some time reading about (and looking at photos of) the disastrous consequences of the typhoon in the Philippines. This got me to reflecting on how fortunate I am. OK I’d love two tickets for the World Cup in Brazil next year (anyone know anyone???). I wish I could speak fluent Spanish (or even enough to have a rudimentary conversation). It wouldn’t be a bad thing to have a bit more money. But on balance I’m more than happy with my lot.

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Rains cut into papaya production
Papaya volumes will likely be lower than normal for the foreseeable future thanks to heavy rains in Central America, importers said. Mother Nature has put a significant dent in papaya production, and things won’t likely return to normal for some time, said Bill Brindle, vice president of sales and marketing for Homestead, Fla.-based Brooks Tropicals LLC. “Rains flooded our fields in Northern Belize during August and September,” Brindle said. “Currently we’re at 50% of normal volume. New fields coming should push volumes to promotable heights by March.” Hurricanes in Mexico also have affected production there, said Homero Levy de Barros, president of Pompano Beach, Fla.-based HLB Specialties LLC. In mid-November, HLB also was sourcing papayas from Brazil, Belize and Guatemala.“As soon as the turkey and pumpkin pie goes away,” demand for papayas should pick up, he said.

Expats are self-selected to be an interesting bunch. We realized this again after one of the weekly get-togethers in our little Andean mountain town. (It's not really an official expat get-together... it's more of a Friday night jam session in the back room of one of the restaurants in town. Locals often show up, but most of the music is supplied by expats and their guitars, flutes, fiddles, ukeleles, etc.) Let's face it... dumping your old life and taking off to live -- even part time -- in Ecuador or Belize or Uruguay or Thailand or any other likely foreign haven is not what most folks do. They may dream about it. They may, in fact, spend their entire adult lives dreaming about it. But actually doing it is not something most folks seriously consider. It isn't what most people would call "normal." Even just visiting some of these places is a little out of the mainstream. The vast majority of U.S. citizens don't even have passports.

Déjà Vu all over again for indebted Caribbean
On May 23, shortly after wrapping up negotiations on the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) 958- million-dollar loan – its second in three years – to keep Jamaica out of default, the fund’s mission chief in the country, Jan Kees Martijn, set out to visit Croydon, a former plantation settlement in the mountainous northwest of the island. Also in Croydon that day was Verene Shepherd, professor of social history at the University of the West Indies and chair of the national reparations commission. Shepherd was recording her weekly radio show, “Talking History” – she was marking the anniversary of the hanging of Samuel Sharpe, leader of the slave rebellion of 1831-32 – when she ran into Martijn being led through town by the local chamber of commerce.

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
Ukraine’s big triumph is shaping up as a huge disaster. President Viktor Yanukovych evidently told European Union Commissioner Stefan Fuele that he has no plan of signing the association agreement in Vilnius, Lithuania, during the Nov. 28-29 summit, according to a diplomatic source in Kyiv. And then, there is the whole issue of gasoline trade with Belize. It is conducted by young multimillionaire Serhiy Kurchenko's companies. He is believed to a member of the president's inner circle. His business worth hundreds of millions of dollars suddenly appeared in Ukraine's 2012-2013 national statistics, but failed to be recorded by the Belize authorities, suggesting kinky schemes involving offshore companies and accounts.

When Did Humans Arrive in South America?
Paleontologists have unearthed more than 1,000 fossils from a bone bed at Arroyo del Vizcaíno in southern Uruguay. Many of the bones, which date to 29,000 to 30,000 years old, are remains of three extinct species of giant ground sloth. Some of these sloth bones bear marks that could have been made by tool-wielding human hunters. But the site of Monte Verde, in Chile, is the earliest known human settlement in South America, and it is just 14,000 years old. “So, it’s strange and unexpected,” said Richard Fariña of Uruguay’s Universidad de la República.

5 Quick Questions Everyone Should Answer Before Moving Overseas
There are many benefits to moving overseas: the weather is better, your quality of life will improve and you will always have something to do. Here are a few quick questions that you should ask yourself before moving overseas. If you like to explore nature then consider Belize. The country’s interior hides tall waterfalls, rainforests and rivers. Near Sittee Point, there is a jaguar preserve where you can venture into the jungle in search of the big cats. Bird watching is also popular here–you’ll be able to spot parrots, toucans, flycatchers and herons in the area. There is a 176-mile barrier reef just off the coast for skilled divers, snorkelers and fishermen.