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#487601 - 03/07/14 05:12 AM Today's Belize News: March 7, 2014
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Stranded Loggerhead Turtle being treated on Ambergris Caye
On Saturday, February 22nd a female Loggerhead turtle was found stranded in a stretch of beach in the Maya Beach Area of the Placencia Peninsula by a tourist from Minnesota, USA. The turtle was observed to be severely dehydrated and in poor physical condition. Authorities were called on scene and the turtle was transported to a nearby resort until arrangements could be made to transport it to the Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program rehab center at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. In order to properly diagnose her, an X-ray was performed at Los Pinos Medical Center. According to biologist Kirah Foreman, the X-ray revealed that there is a foreign object in the turtle’s intestine that is causing severe infractions. “We still do not know if the turtle will survive. It is still weak and there hasn’t been any significant change in her health since she was brought here. She has no apparent cuts or visible damages and the X-ray shows that a foreign object is jammed in the turtle’s intestine causing it to be ill. We at Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program are trying to find a way to save her and release her back to the sea when she heals,” said Foreman. Veterinarian Orlando Baptist of Saga Humane Society has been treating Ellen with a series of vitamins, saline drips for hydration and dextrose (a form of glucose).

Consultations on ‘Withholding Tax’ & ‘Contract Tax” being held countrywide
The Belize Income Tax Department is currently holding country wide consultations on the contract tax and the withholding tax on payment to non residents for technical and management services (the “withholding tax”) as provided for in the Income and Business Tax Act. On February 24, 2014, the Income Tax Department made a presentation on the contract tax and withholding tax in San Pedro at the Lion’s Den. The Income Tax Department is also enforcing Section 113 (3) and (4) of the Income and Business Tax Act. Section 113 (3) and (4) places a 25% withholding tax on payments to a non resident for management fees, professional or technical fees and insurance premiums. There is also a 15% withholding on interest on loans paid to non residents. The above mentioned withholdings are assessed only on the service element of the payment. Furthermore, there are additional provisions for special treatment of payments made to recipient resident in “Treaty Countries.”

San Pedro mourns the tragic loss of Jeffrey Eiley
The residents of San Pedro Town are in shock following the death of one of their own. 30-year-old Jeffrey Eiley, member of well-known San Pedro Town family, passed away after being shot in the early hours of Thursday March 6th. According to preliminary reports, sometime around 2AM, residents on Tarpon Street heard about four gunshots and a few second after, about six more. About 15 minutes later, residents on the southern end of Barrier Reef Drive heard someone calling and pleading for help along the road. When residents in the area went out to see what was happening, they saw Eiley still alive, bleeding profusely on the concrete pavement. The residents immediately notified the police and other family members, after which they rushed Jeffrey to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Poly-Clinic II, where he later succumbed to his injuries. When police arrived at the clinic, they observed Eiley still alive and suffering from (3) gunshots wounds below the left elbow, below the right elbow and at the right tricep . All bullets had exited the body. He was pronounced dead at about 3:30AM. Police believe that the previous altercation led to the shooting and they are seeking one suspect, Rafael Juarez. As they believe that he is no longer on the island, San Pedro Police have issued photographs of Juarez at all major points of entry/exit throughout the country and district terminals.

Tigersharks win third game in the NEBL against Western Ballaz
The once undefeated Cayo Western Ballaz (3 wins – 1 loss) went to San Pedro to take on the Tigersharks (3 wins – 1 loss) in front of a packed house, as the game kicked off with a lot of intensity. Tigersharks jumped out to an early lead that they were able to maintain at the end of the first quarter, finishing at 18 – 16. At half time the lead was 33 – 30 in favor of the home team. The defense from both teams were extremely physical, which accounted for the low first half score. Winston Pratt had the game’s high averages, with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, while Ashton Edwards finished with 13 points. Tyron Edwards netted 10 points while dishing out 7 assists and grabbing 2 steals and Michael Adams finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds. In a losing effort, Farron Louriano sank 26 points while pulling a game high 15 rebounds and Kurt “Chengo” Burgess finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Richard Troyer had 6 points and 7 rebounds while Travis Lennan finished with 8 points for Western Ballaz.

16th Belikin La Ruta Maya River Challenge…the coverage starts!
The final preparations are being put in place for the 16th edition of the annual Belikin La Ruta Maya River Challenge which is scheduled to kick off in mere hours. The four-day event will see paddlers make their way through from the foot of the Hawkesworth Bridge on the Macal River in the twin Towns of Santa Elena/Cayo to Belize City along the Belize River. The 180-mile race is set to kick off at 7:00AM on Friday March 7th and end on Monday March 10th, consists of four legs. During the first leg of the challenge the participants will make a 46-miles journey to Banana Bank Lodge outside of Belmopan. On the second day of the race, the paddlers will continue from Banana Bank Lodge to Double Head Cabbage Village on the Belize River for a total of 60 miles. Day three sees the contingency make their way 36 miles along the Belize River resting in Burrell Boom, and on the final day, the paddlers will go downstream the Belize River for 25 miles ending in Belize City.

Ambergris Today

Downtown Shooting Claims Life of Sanpedrano
Initial investigation revealed that Jeffery Eiley and male person he knows were involved in an altercation on the beach front where they were dispersed by the police. Jeffery Eiley left the area and upon reaching the corner of Angel Coral Street and Tarpon Street he was met by unknown person (s) who fired several shots that fatally injured him. Jeffery Eiley was transported to San Pedro Town Polly Clinic where he was pronounced dead at 3:30a.m., the body was later transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital morgue where it awaits a post mortem examination. Police investigations continue and are on the lookout for a suspect. Jeffery was a loving son, father and great friend. He not only leaves behind a grieving family but an entire community who loved him dearly and will always remember him for his great smile and loving ways.

Don Juan Carnaval Burnt Post Celebrations
The burning of the image of Don Juan Carnaval takes place at the end of the Carnaval celebrations every year in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, as the folkloric significance of his burning stems back to the 1930’s. It is believed that if the ceremony does not take place bad luck will descend upon the island and even bring death to some island residents. So on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, the San Pedro Town Council held the folkloric symbolical burning of Don Juan Carnaval at Central Park. It was the culmination of a great festival filled with music, dance, color and joy.

Presentation of Maya Wedding Ceremony at Santa Rita Maya Site - March
The Corozal Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) in conjunction with Corozal Town Council (CTC), Corozal Junior College (CJC) and the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) will be presenting a Maya Wedding Ceremony, depicting Prehispanic and Mestizo eras, at Santa Rita Archaeological Site on Friday, March 22, 2014 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM. Historically Santa Rita Archaeological Site is the only site where a marriage took place between a Spanish Conquistador and a Maya Princess. This presentation will showcase the unique historical and cultural potential of this site as the “Official Maya Wedding Garden” of Belize. The revival of this center as an official Maya Wedding Garden will honor our culture and heritage and will greatly benefit our present and future generations.

Misc Belizean Sources

Rain Patterns in Belize
In Belize, we don't actually have clear cut Dry or Wet season. . .. And event then, the patterns change considerably. Some years we have not had a proper Dry season, other years not a proper Wet season. Last year 2013, we had real proper, long, badly long Dry season. . . . AND a real proper, long bad Wet season. These patterns also change over long times, generally been similar for the last 50 years, but can change. Generally thought to be one reason why the Maya civilisations in Belize/Mexico died out a few hundred years ago. But our Typical patterns in Belize also vary considerably across even our small country. Belize Annual Rainfall - mm/Month The chart below is the official Met Office chart. And the Belmopan Chart for 2013 :

Tour guide shot and killed in San Pedro town
A shooting incident early this morning in San Pedro town has claimed the life of one man. The victim has been identified as thirty year old Jeffrey Eiley, a local tour guide. Police say Eiliey was shot multiple times just after 2 o’clock this morning at the corner of Angel Coral and Tarpon Streets in the municipality. A motive for the shooting has not yet been ascertained. Today’s police report says that Eiley and another man known to the victim got into an altercation on the beach front. That altercation was reportedly broken up by the police and Eiley left the area. Police say that shortly after, Eiley was met by an unknown person or persons who fired several shots, fatally wounding him. Jeffrey Eiley was taken to the San Pedro Poly Clinic where he was pronounced dead at 3:30 am. Eiley’s body now lies at the morgue at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City awaiting a post mortem examination. Police investigations continue.

Belmopan Bandits vs. Tiger Sharks
Saturday night, at the University of Belize gym, the Belmopan Bandits will take on the San Pedro Tiger Sharks. "Entrance fee: $5.00 adults - $3.00 Kids"

Cayo Classifieds 4-Mar
This week's Buy and Sell weekly classifieds are online. This issue highlights Bella Dee's soaps, and Midas Resort.

Battle of the DJ's
The Battle of the DJ's is Saturday night at the Cancha Marshalleck in Benque. It's a dance where the DJ's will have 3 rounds of battle: introduction, mixing ability, and thinking outside of the box. They'll also have a presentation of the Miss Mopan contenders. Sounds like it'll be a great night for music. "Hi, Friends! Have you decided your schedule on next weekend? If not yet, why don't you come and Join "Battle of the DJ Competition + Dance? Miss Mopan Candidates will also join & give their presentation. We offer Free Jello Shots before 10:00 p.m. $5 for a pre-sale ticket (@ Front desk at town hall) , and $7 for a door ticket. Don't miss it!"

Howler Monkeys roaring in the Belize jungle
A quick video showing the excellent habitat near El Pilar, Belize, with the wonderful and slightly terrifying background sound of roaring Yucatan Black Howler Monkeys.

Murder of a promient tour guide shocks la Isla Bonita

Empowerment rally short in numbers but big on energy

An early reaction on Friday's budget

Spanish Lookout Hosts Commercial Industrial Expo'

Sr. Carolee Chanona giving an empowering speech for women countrywide

Traffic enforcement theories and practices training
More than 100 traffic enforcement officers from the Northern and Belize Districts including the Cayes were being trained today in traffic enforcement theories and practices at the Belize Institute of Management (BIM), Belize City. The training was aimed to equip traffic enforcement officers with relevant skills and training that will significantly contribute to a reduction of traffic accidents and fatalities on our roadways across Belize. A notable feature of the training centered on the use of portable alcohol testing equipment/Breathalyzer, which is enshrined in the traffic laws of Belize as a monitor for testing driver alcohol consumption levels. It is in this context, the training forms part of a traffic campaign to address and mitigate with respect to driving under the influence of alcohol. Partnering in this training initiative is the Belize Road Safety Demonstration Corridor Project, which complements the on-going traffic enforcement training. This project, which falls under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, is designed to improve and enhance the George Price Highway between Belize City and Belmopan.

Rick Galvez Album Coming Soon
Its official now. Belizean artist Rick Galvez has announced that he'll be releasing his first studio album soon. This video gives some updates and thanks to all his supporters. You can usually catch him at Open Mic night at the Soul Project. Can't wait for the album. "As you probably know I've been really busy working on an extensive set of projects that will be happening throughout the course of the year. My last performance was done to debut new material that I have been writing for some of my recent musical endeavors and for the first time in a long time I feel very excited and confident in what I have been working on. The first project for this year to reach completion is going to be a compilation album of selected pieces from all the new songs I've been writing."

SIPL Visits Hope Preschool
The SIPL is celebrating Children's Month by visiting local schools and doing some fun storytelling. So far this week, they've visited Hope Preschool and Santa Elena Preschool. Thanks, SIPL! They have a little video from their visit to Santa Elena Preschool. "The San Ignacio Public Library had another Santa Elena town pre-school visit. Hope Pre-school had a blast!!"

I Have a Dream for Belize Winning Essay
Congratulations one last time to Elvis Usher for winning the 'I Have a Dream for Belize' essay competition. Well done! What an amazing essay. Here's the essay as it was published. "This week the Amandala featured Elvis Usher's, 'I Have A Dream for Belize' winning essay in the local paper. Check it out here!"

Man drowns in the Caribbean Sea in Placencia village
There was a drowning this morning in Placencia village in the Stann Creek district. The victim has been identified as Guatemalan national Minor Dupales Rodriguez. Reports are that Rodriguez, who worked as a yard hand at Los Porticus, went paddling in the sea on his surf board. Reports are that as he paddled in front of Los Porticus, Rodriguez fell off the surf board and drowned. When police and a doctor arrived at the scene, they found residents in the area administering CPR; but the doctor pronounced Rodriguez dead. His body was transported to the morgue at the Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga, where it now awaits a post mortem examination.

Corozal schools get laptop computers from Rotary Club
Seven primary schools in the Corozal district have received laptop computers for use by students doing research on the internet. A total of 49 Tough Book laptops were distributed to the institutions through an initiative being promoted by the Corozal Rotary Club. According to the president of the Corozal Rotary Club, the objective of the project i to help the students to be able to complete their assigned work. The schools that are beneficiaries of the laptop computers are Escuela Mexico, Concepcion, San Antonio, Xiabe and Copper Bank. The Corozal Rotary Club, which consists of 11 members, plans to bring in an additional 150 f these Tough Book laptops for distribution to schools as part of the initiative.

Women’s Empowerment Rally considered successful
A mass of femininity paraded along Marine Parade, Newtown Barracks and Princess Margaret Drive from the Memorial Park to Marion Jones Stadium for the Women’s Empowerment Rally. Organizer and Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis Barrow was naturally disappointed by the resistance to the rally but maintained that all it was about was celebrating the successes and achievements of women. Chair of the National Women’s Commission, Ann Marie Williams, added that this is the start of a permanent movement to address women’s issues.

Survey says Belize can do better with public health emergencies
The Central American arm of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has scored Belize poorly among Central American countries concerning our capacity to respond to public health emergencies. The survey was conducted in 2012 and Dr. Jorge Polanco, Deputy Director of Health Services, said Belize scored very well in surveillance capability for monitoring communicable and infectious diseases. However, there are still gaps in administrative planning and communication which dragged down the score. Local health officials led by Director of Health Services Dr. Michael Pitts met with the consultant team in Belize City this morning. Dr. Bernard Benecke, the deputy director of the CDC in Central America, preferred not to focus on the actual scores. He preferred to say that Belize had room for improvement and noted that we did fairly well for a country with limited resources and a small population.

Ex-Bowen and Bowen employees demand justice
One of Belize’s largest employers, Bowen and Bowen Limited, is embroiled in labour trouble tonight. Earlier this week, 13 delivery truck drivers raised concerns with new contracts offered to them by the bottling giant, who distributes Coca Cola, Crystal Water and Fruit Beverages, Belikin and Lighthouse Beer and Guinness among other brands. They were told that they would receive 27% more pay but commissions on sales were sharply cut and workers’ overtime was eliminated. They are expected to deliver on contracted sales for the company and officially promoted to supervisors. But this group chose to take one day sick day off on Wednesday, communicating this to the employers. As a result, they were terminated and today they went to the Bowen worksite on Slaughterhouse Road and were turned away.

Local researchers discuss HIV epidemic in Belize
Less people are contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in Belize. But HIV is still considered a stain on the reputation of a person who contracts it. The National Aids Commission and its international partners hosted the second annual HIV National Research Conference, seeking to identify and share local HIV-related research and how these studies impact the national response, especially in the areas of epidemiology, stigma and discrimination and policy efforts. Director of the National AIDS Commission Allison Green shared that Belize still has some way to go to eliminate stigma and discrimination and provide proper health and other services to persons living with HIV. Green went on to tell us that this research will inform future policy and the national response to HIV in all sectors. Presenters ranged from prominent health officials including Dr. Marvin Manzanero and Dr. Martin Cuellar to Caleb Orozco of UNIBAM and Eric Castellanos of the Coalition of Persons Living with HIV.

Channel 5

Empowerment rally short on numbers, but big on energy
Led by Kim Simplis Barrow, the Special Envoy for Women and Children, the planned women’s empowerment rally took place this morning in Belize City travelling from Memorial Park to the [...]

The vibe on the ground at the rally
The rally got plenty attention; a lot of it even before today. Politicians weighed in, and so did social activists, humanitarian organizations, the B.N.T.U., anti-gay protesters, gender-policy dissenters and even [...]

Murder of a prominent tour guide shocks la Isla Bonita
In San Pedro tonight, there is a sense of numbness at the brutal murder of Jeffery Eiley. The homicide of the well-loved tour guide who comes from a very prominent [...]

Belizean gunned down in San Pedro Sula
And in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, El Heraldo newspaper, is reporting that a Belizean is among a group of four persons murdered in a massacre this morning in the Rivera [...]

An allegation of theft against a female cop
An allegation of theft against a female cop is being reported tonight. News Five has confirmed that the police department is currently investigating a report that a female police officer [...]

Immigration officers questioned, but not Elvin Penner
On Wednesday, Nationality Department Counter Supervisor Ady Pacheco was questioned by officers from the National Crimes Investigation Branch. Pacheco was prominently featured in the internal investigation into the Won Hong [...]

Herman Longsworth blasts the Deputy Prime Minister
It seemed like a good move…providing a little upliftment to the lives of those living in poverty in the ill-names Conch Shell Bay. On Wednesday, aspiring politician Phillip Willoughby covered [...]

The churches divided on the women’s rally
As we said earlier, the Roman Catholic Church was first out of the protest gate when the twenty thousand strong rally was announced. A letter signed by Bishop Dorick Wright [...]

An early reaction on Friday’s budget
On Friday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow will present the 2014 – 2015 Budget in the House of Representatives. Barrow has stated that it will be, in his words, a good [...]

When will the Marion Jones Sporting Complex finally open?
The Marion Jones Sporting Complex is one project that is likely to be revisited in Friday’s budget. The complex is far from completion and according to the Minister of State [...]

Natalie Hamilton charged once again for weed possession
Thirty-one year old Natalie Hamilton, a resident of Periwinkle Street, was once again before the court today, on a criminal charge for weed possession.  The former special constable appeared before [...]

Man acquitted of murder; so who killed “Killa” Gentle?
After more than four years on remand for the January twelfth, 2011 execution style murder of Kraal Road leader, Raymond “Killa” Gentle, one of two accused men was found not [...]

Healthy Living looks at boosting your infant’s alertness and development
Last week, to kick off Child Stimulation Month, Civic Education Coordinator at the Department of Human Services, Diana Pook, explained why stimulation is important at an early stage of a [...]

#487602 - 03/07/14 05:12 AM Re: Today's Belize News: March 7, 2014 [Re: Marty]
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Faber Warns Teachers Not To Take Part In Rally Or Else
Tomorrow Prime Minster Dean Barrow will present the budget for the next fiscal year at the House of Representatives in Belmopan City and while that in itself leaves much to wonder, there are other matters that will be holding the attention of the nation such as the rally teachers are expected to hold during the sitting of the house. However, even before that happens, there is tension forming as the Ministry of Education has indicated via memo that teachers who fail to report to their classrooms will have their pay for that day deducted. The Belize National Teachers Union is saying that this is a double standard since teachers were allowed to skip classes today to attend the women’s rally without any threat to dock their salaries. Yesterday BNTU National President Luke Palacio gave their view point on the Ministry’s move. Luke Palacio, National President, B.N.T.U. “When we look at what we have dubbed as a double standard is simply because the issues at hand…if we are talking about people having their constitutional rights, the last time the unions indicated that they were going to be having these rallies throughout the country, there were all sorts of negative statements made implicating the teachers as being irresponsible, unprofessional, etc. On the other hand, the Ministry now says to teachers you can go to this rally and you will not suffer any types of consequences. The Catholic Church, which manages the largest number of schools in this country have sent out their take on the matter of this women rally. The B.N.T.U.’s position on that matter is that Catholic Church has its policies, its principles; what it believes in. And so therefore if they are saying to the teachers in their management that it don’t believe that they should go there, our position on it as the B.N.T.U. is that we are asking our teachers to use their discretion.

Belizean Killed In Guatemala
Belizean has been assassinated in Honduras on account of drugs according to the international press. The international media is reporting that the Belizean, one Mario Roberto Cocon was killed along with three others, a Honduran, a Mexican and Guatemalan national in what authorities believe is a drug delivery gone bad. The four men were killed early this morning in the Colonia Rivera Hernandez in San Pedro Sula, located north of Honduras. Police recovered two passports, one belonging to Cocon of Belize and the other to Miguel Torres Jimenez of Mexico. Authorities have still not identified the other two men but they are believed to be of Guatemalan and Honduran nationality. Police are investigating the case and reports indicate that this marks the fourth massacre to be registered in Honduras for this month alone.

Commissioner Of Lands Confirms Corruption In His Department
A couple weeks ago we reported on the dismissal of three high ranked officers at the Ministry of Natural Resources on the grounds of corruption. The Registrar of Lands and Deputy Commissioner of Lands along with National Estate Officer Darlene Padron were reportedly fired under directives from the Prime Minister, Dean Barrow himself. In an interview with Commissioner of Lands Wilbert Vallejos, many days after the report surfaced, he clarified the situation but pointed out, or should we say reiterated that there is rampant corruption in the department of lands. Wilbert Vallejos, Commissioner of Lands “The National Estate Officer, Miss Darlene Padron, has been transferred to a different ministry—a ministry where she can be of much more assistance—taking into consideration that she has a degree in sustainable development so she has been transferred to the Ministry of Fisheries and Sustainable Development. The other officer who has gone through a change is the deputy commissioner who has tendered his resignation as deputy commissioner of lands and service.”

SSEDAT II Promotes Tourism As An Alternative Economic Activity
The La Inmaculada Credit Union Limited under the Small Scale Enterprise Development in Agriculture and Tourism (SSEDAT) II held a presentation last night at the LICU SSEDAT Center. The presentation titled, “Archaeological Sites in Northern Belize as Historic Tourist Attractions”, was facilitated by archaeologist Dr. Allan Moore. Project Coordinator Albino Vargas told us more about the event. Albino Vargas – Project Coordinator “Under the project we are going to have a specific activity which is the promotion of tourism as an alternative economic activity, as you may recall last year we started training some tour guides; last year we completed 22 of them and this year we have completed another 22. What we are trying to do is to keep them inform and trying to build their capacities because they will soon going to go and work into the world of tourism and we are trying to bring people with experience, people who can deliver relevant information, of what they can offer there and how they can market Orange Walk and Corozal as viable tourist destinations.”

The Budget What It Entails?
As mentioned at the top of the newscast the House of Representatives will converge at the national Assembly Building in Belmopan tomorrow and the Prime Minister is scheduled to make his presentation on the National Budget for Belize. The national budget which includes roughly $800 million in recurrent spending and $200 million in capital spending, for a total of approximately $1 billion was submitted to Cabinet on Thursday, February 27. Almost 40% of that is earmarked for wages and pensions, including funds programmed for a salary adjustment for teachers and public officers, which is due to take effect in July 2014. But while that is yet to be officially announced, we asked former Party leader for the People’s United Party, John Briceno to weigh in on the PM’s presentation. John Briceno- Orange Walk Central Area Representative “I expect a lot of gimmicks from the Prime Minister you know he is a wonderful spin doctor, he is a good defense lawyer and I always give him credit for that I think that in many instances he forgets that he is the Prime Minister and thinks that he is in the court room defending a client. Obviously From what we have seen from the SIB it is telling us that we have an economy that is flat lining, that we have an economy where the business sector is not investing because the business sector does not have the confidence in the Government.

Women Power Takes Over Belize City
Despite criticism of the Belize Catholic Church, a first ever national Women’s rally, focusing on women empowerment, was staged today at the Marion Jones’ Stadium in Belize City. It drew thousands of women from all corners of the country and in a showing of mass participation and celebration; it was history in the making for women of Belize. Reporter Maria Novelo followed the story and filed the following report. “Imagine Belize without Women”, that was the theme in which the rally was held. Women from all corners of Belize marched, joined hands, chanted, danced, laughed, celebrated and partook in the first ever National Women’s Empowerment rally which was spearheaded by the Special Envoy for Women and Children in collaboration with the National Women’s Commission. The mass event was one-of-its-kind that garnered support from Belizeans who stood in solidarity. It was evident that a seed of change was planted for a new Belize.

Tour Guide Murdered In San Pedro Town
A well-known tour guide of San Pedro Town was mercilessly gunned down around two this morning in that municipality. The victim has been identified as 32 year old Jeffrey Eiley, son of Philanthropists Norman and Susana Eiley. According to the police report, Jeffery was shot multiple times at the corner of Angel Coral and Tarpon Streets. Eiley who worked as a tour guide on the island was found conscious and bleeding profusely on the pavement and residents report that minutes before he was found, they heard up to ten gunshots in the area. He was rushed to the Dr. Otto Rodrigues San Pedro Poly-clinic II where he later succumbed to his injuries around three this morning. Ctv3 News spoke to a livid and teary eyed Aunt of the deceased, Patty Arceo. Patty Arceo – Aunt of Deceased “We are in very pain right now as a family, we are sharing a pain right now that we see every week on the television over and over again, of families being hurt through gun and violence and these are issues that we need to address, not shuffling people back and forth every so many months let us get on our feet I am asking the minister of security, the minister of defence, the minister of police get down on your knees and start doing your job because families are suffering. Today my little niece just four years old is being left without a father but I know every week there are many children who are also left without fathers when we will put a stop to this let us work together and today in the platform let us use this platform and send a strong message to government to get back on the horse and start to do the job that you were elected. I honestly I can’t express how I am feeling right now because I know it is a pain that every week is being shown in the television and I have to say I never expected to come on TV and be expressing this but honestly we need to do something and something very fast. “

Mexican Ambassador Discusses Importation and Exportation Halt At The Belize/Mexico Border
At the beginning of this year, the importation and exportation of goods at the Belize/Mexico Border was hindered when the license for the Agencia Aduanal “Servicios Aduaneros Integrados”, which was the only broker agency for the importation and exportation of goods on the Mexican Side of the Border was suspended. The issue caused a huge negative impact here in the north especially in the construction area since steel and cement became scarce. To solve the problem a new agency opened at the border but the processing of cargo trucks and goods has been rather slow. Today in an interview with Love F.M, Mexican Ambassador Mario Velazquez gave reason as to why there is only one Agencia Aduanal at the border. He indicated that because the trade is minimal, the Association of Custom Brokers believes that there might not be enough business for more than one agency.

Special Envoy Response To Catholic Chancery Press Release
Yesterday we told you about the fiery press release sent out to the masses by the Roman Catholic Chancery office on their stance to not support the “20,000 Strong Women Empowerment Rally’ and promised to have a response from the Special Envoy for Women and Children today. Well, the office of the Special Envoy responded indeed but it was a subtle response to say the least. While many of us were anticipating a harsh counter reaction, the Special Envoy for Women and Children release says while the rally seeks to ‘empower and inspire women to claim our rightful space as equal partners in the development of the country…. It is very disappointing that the Roman Catholic Church is attempting to ascribe extraneous motives to this event that is intended simply to honor and uplift women.’


Unidentified Minor Drowns in Southern Belize
A minor drowned this afternoon in Placencia. His identity has not been confirmed and police there have labeled him as a John Doe. We understand that the male minor who is said to have been Guatemala and was in a yard at Los Porticus, went paddling on that white surf board and fell into the water where he drowned. Police and doctor were called to the area, and found neighboring citizens performing CPR. He was later pronounced dead by the doctor.

Foreign News Reports on Belizean Murder in Honduras
Reports coming via a Honduran news website have stated that a Belizean has died in northern Honduras in San Pedro Sula. It was reported that the quadruple murder resulted from an alleged drug delivery gone awry (ah-rye). The news website states that four men were killed in the streets of the Riviera Hernandez area where authorities recovered two passports; one belonging to a Mexican national, Miguel Torres Jimenez and the other belonging to Belizean, Mario Roberto Cocon. The article goes on to say that it is believed that the other two murder victims are of Guatemalan and Honduran descent. The bodies were retrieved from the streets and taken to the San Pedro Sula morgue. Investigations are on-going by the Honduran authorities, who continue to seek confirmation, if it was indeed a drug transaction gone wrong. Meanwhile, Love News Centre contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and we were told that while they too are doing their due diligence on the matter, they are not in a position to confirm or deny the story.

Females Caught Smuggling Weed in Central Prison
The Belize Kolbe Foundation has been keeping its eyes on visitors recently and they had reasons to do so. Tonight Kolbe Management is reporting that two female visitors who have been identified as Natalie Hamilton and Kristy Ramclam attempted to smuggle marijuana into the prison on March 5th and 6th respectively. A release from the prisons says that Hamilton attempted to smuggle 9 grams of marijuana while Ramclam attempted to take in 12 grams for their boyfriends. The women were caught and handed over to Hattieville Police where they were charged for the offense. The Kolbe Foundations sees that these two incidents highlight the increased of drug interception by Prison Officers within the past month and draws attention to the cleverness and ingenuity of smuggling tactics, especially by females, and the importance for constant vigilance on the part of Prison Officers.

Tour Guide Murdered on Ambergris Caye
Investigators on Ambergris Caye are trying to put the pieces together following a murder that occurred early this morning, just after two o’clock. Early morning gunshots broke the silence on the island and caused fatal injuries to the nephew of the island’s former Mayor and former Area Representative for Belize Rural South, Patricia Arceo. Reports are that at around two thirty this morning, 30-year-old, Jeffery Eiley of a Marina Drive address was heading home after socializing with friends when he was accosted by his assailant. Eiley had reportedly gotten involved in an altercation earlier during a social that was broken up by the police. On his way home, upon reaching the corner of Angel Coral Drive and Tarpon Street, he was accosted and shot four times. Reports say the victim collapsed in-front of the Royal Caribbean Sports Bar on Barrier Reef Drive where civilians tried to render aid to him. Police got on the scene and with the help of a taxi, he was then transported to the Otto Rodriguez Poly Clinic where he later succumbed to his injuries. Arceo, who attended this morning’s rally, spoke to the media regarding her nephew’s murder. PATRICIA ARCEO “I understand that two thirty this morning, he was ambushed going home by two persons; one of them, I understand has been detained. They riddled his body with thirteen bullets; these are things that I don’t even think in Belize City you hear about; it goes to show that violence is not just in Belize City, it is throughout the country and unfortunately, it is in our back yard in San Pedro. My other brother, Panny brought the brother along with Norman, my nephew’s father; we have been dealing at the morgue and with funeral services and the Police are doing their investigations. It was totally unexpected; Jeffery was a young man that goes out with his peers and friends in San Pedro. Many times they are invited by the same tourists to go out and have fun with them. I was not there in San Pedro but I am totally shocked because we know Jeffery not to be that type of person for gangs and things like that.”

GSU’s Boss Says He Will Look Into Justifiable Force and Harm
The infamous Gang Suppression Unit that has been headed by Marco Vidal for almost four years is now in the hands of Superintendent Linden Flowers. I had the opportunity to sit down with Superintendent Flowers on Wednesday to get an understanding of where the unit is headed. RENEE TRUJILLO REPORTING “The formation of the Gang Suppression Unit was announced in April 2010 by Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Since then Marco Vidal has been at the helm of the GSU – that is, until March 4, 2014 when Superintendent Linden Flowers officially took over the reins of the unit, which is made up of just under thirty officers. Love News sat down with Superintendent Flowers yesterday evening and we asked him what the public can expect under his administration.” SUPERINTENDENT LINDEN FLOWERS “I am aware that the unit has had its plan; it is a three and a four year plan and I will certainly make use of the plan that has been there and continue to build on those plans. I have not yet met with the Commissioner of Police or with the wider department and look at our structure, our weaknesses and strengths but over the next couple of days, I will take an inventory of where we are and move it forward. I will use every resource at hand including the community support and the media and the members of the Police Department and the current GSU members to impact on the surge in the gang or criminal activities across the country.”


Current council’s financial operations
In Tuesday night’s newscast Mayor Kevin Bernard of Orange Walk Town reported that the Sugar City is making strides to clear a debt inherited from the previous Town Council. But what does that mean for the current council’s financial operations? We caught up with him in Belize City yesterday....

Tour Guide Shot and Killed in San Pedro
Police are investigating and said to have one person detained for the death of tour guide J Jeffrey Eiley of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, early this morning. Police information states that the 32 year old Eiley and a man known to him were involved in an altercation on...

Ex-Bowen and Bowen Employees Demand Justice
One of Belize’s largest employers is embroiled in labour trouble tonight. Earlier this week, 13 delivery truck drivers raised concerns with new contracts offered to them by Bowen and Bowen, the bottling giants who distribute Coca Cola, Crystal Water and Fruit Beverages, Belikin and Lighthouse Beer and Guinness among...

Women’s Rally Held in Belize City
Some 3,500 women turned out for the 20,000 women rally in Belize. Before the rally, 1,700 persons paraded along Marine Parade, Newtown Barracks and Princess Margaret Drive from the Memorial Park to Marion Jones Stadium for the Women’s Empowerment Rally. Organizer and Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim...

Traffic Accident on Boom Road
A traffic accident occurred yesterday just before noon on the Burrel Boom Road, at the junction where the bridge meets the cutoff to the village. The accident involved a blue van carrying tourists and a blue Chevy S-10 pickup truck which contained a family from Guinea Grass Village in ...

Belize told to Improve Response to Public Health Emergencies
A report card given to Belize’s Ministry of Health concerning its capacity to respond to public health emergencies in 2012 by the Central American arm of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control was released today. Belize scored rather poorly in certain key areas, however, Dr. Jorge Polanco of the...


Spring Break in Belize is Seriously Cool – This is Why!
Sure there’s the usual sun, fun, heating up and hooking up as everyone converges to enjoy a well-earned getaway, but Belize also offers activities you won’t find in other places of the world, and certainly not as easily accessible. Where else can you wake up in the middle of a pristine rainforest, hike to the top of a Maya temple, hop a short affordable flight, snorkel a while sandy beach that afternoon, and then dance the night away barefoot on a Caribbean island? A year or so that local air service opened up all these new possibilities to combine so much in such little time. To me, it makes Belize the ultimate new Spring Break vacation spot. You have all the usual stuff from zip lining to kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding, scuba diving, snorkelling and he usual moderate to extreme sports, but you also have the ability to pack so much adventure into a very little cool English speaking country some 180 by 70miles wide, with the world’s second largest barrier reef, the famous Blue Hole, which even blew away that most experience of divers, Jacques Cousteau, whale sharks (the world’s largest fish) visiting for their annual migration, and so much more.

Tasting Thursday NOLA Style – March 6th
It’s Tasting Thursday at the Casa. This week it is NOLA style in honor of Mardi Gras. Along with our regular menu, we have our weekly 5-course tasting menu for your dining pleasure. You can also enjoy our optional wine flight with wines selected for each course. This week’s tasting menu: First Course - Crab & Sausage Gumbo – A thick rich stew of local crab & sausage meat with peppers, onions & okra, flavored with Louisiana spices & the “holy trinity” Second Course - Shrimp Remoulade – Poached & chilled local shrimp with a Cajun aioli remoulade dipping sauce Third Course - Smoked Chicken & Pork Jambalaya – Smokey chicken & pork belly in a traditional jambalaya sauce with peppers, onions, celery, tomato & rice. Slow cooked and lightly spicy. Fourth Course - Blackened Snapper – Lightly blackened snapper with a spicy brown butter, red & yellow grape tomatoes, garlic & sweet peppers over jalapeño & asiago cheese grits Fifth Course - Housemade Beignets with powdered sugar & a drizzle of white & dark chocolate sauces For reservations, call 226-4443 or 671-2326, email reservations@casapicassobelize.com or message us on Facebook at facebook.com/CasaPicassoBelize.

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Fly Fishing with DreamCast Idaho, Belize Video 2014
Join Patti and Michael on their recent trip to Belize. We spent a week on a little island fishing, relaxing, and enjoying the warm salt air.

Bounty of books bound for Belize
A man has truly lived up to his name. Robin Sherwood has spent the last year taking from the rich and will now give to the poor. Of course, Sherwood’s tale doesn’t involve the sheriff of Nottingham, but instead it involves 900 boxes of books. Last week, a sea can filled with 34,000 pounds of books and school supplies made it’s way from Vermilion to Edmonton where it was loaded onto a rail car. From there, it travelled to Vancouver to be loaded onto a ship headed for Belize via the Panama Canal. “It took me a little while to get my head around what 34,000 pounds of books looked like,” said Sherwood. “When you get a block of books that eight feet high by eight feet wide by 20 feet long it’s kind of daunting.” “I don’t think they have any conception of the quantity and quality of what they’re getting,” said Sherwood. “The children’s books we got were just pristine. I think they’ll be tickled pink.” The sea can was filled with a variety of books from Stephen King and Tom Clancy to dictionaries to The Berenstain Bears along with school supplies. “On my first trip to Belize, I was in a local library in a little town and I had more books in my house than they had, and this was the town’s library and the school’s library,” said Sherwood. “It was sad how little was there, I just got thinking about it more.”

NOAA Issues El Niño Watch
NOAA has issued an El Niño Watch for the summer and fall of 2014, giving a 50% chance that an El Niño event will occur. The March 6 El Niño discussion from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center noted that "While all models predict warming in the tropical Pacific, there is considerable uncertainty as to whether El Niño will develop during the summer or fall. If westerly winds continue to emerge in the western equatorial Pacific, the development of El Niño would become more likely. However, the lower forecast skill during the spring and overall propensity for cooler conditions over the last decade still justify significant probabilities for ENSO-neutral. The consensus forecast is for ENSO-neutral to continue through the Northern Hemisphere spring 2014, with about a 50% chance of El Niño developing during the summer or fall." None of the El Niño models predict La Niña conditions for peak hurricane season, August-September-October 2014, and 8 of 18 predict El Niño conditions. Temperatures in the equatorial Eastern Pacific need to be 0.5°C above average or warmer for three consecutive months for an El Niño episode to be declared; sea surface temperatures were -0.6°C from average as of March 3, and have been +0.1 to -0.7°C from average since April 1, 2013. El Niño conditions tend to make quieter than average Atlantic hurricane seasons, due to an increase in upper-level winds that create strong wind shear over the Tropical Atlantic.

1 in 10 Americans think HTML is an STD, study finds
If you're talking tech with Americans, you may want to avoid using any jargon. A recent study found that many Americans are lost when it comes to tech-related terms, with 11% saying that they thought HTML — a language that is used to create websites — was a sexually transmitted disease. The study was conducted by Vouchercloud.net, a coupons website, as a way to determine how knowledgeable users are when it comes to tech terms. Besides HTML, there were some other amusing findings: 77% of respondents could not identify what SEO means. SEO stands for "Search-Engine Optimization" 27% identified "gigabyte" as an insect commonly found in South America. A gigabyte is a measurement unit for the storage capacity of an electronic device. 42% said they believed a "motherboard" was "the deck of a cruise ship." A motherboard is usually a circuit board that holds many of the key components of a computer. 23% thought an "MP3" was a "Star Wars" robot. It is actually an audio file. 18% identified "Blu-ray" as a marine animal. It is a disc format typically used to store high-definition videos.

Great Barrier Reef Faces 'Irreversible' Damage: Report
The Great Barrier Reef may be in serious trouble. Unless immediate action is taken, the famous coral reef system will be unable to recover from the "irreversible" damage that climate change will wreak on it by 2030, a new report out of Australia warns. Published by the World Wildlife Fund-Australia, the University of Queensland report paints a bleak picture for the future of the ecosystem. "If we don't increase our commitment to solve the burgeoning stress from local and global sources, the reef will disappear," the report, prepared for Earth Hour's upcoming annual event, states. "This is not a hunch or alarmist rhetoric by green activists. It is the conclusion of the world's most qualified coral reef experts." The reef has already experienced extensive damage in the past few decades from tropical storms and other harmful events, which can lead to coral bleaching, a condition that occurs when stress from changes causes coral to weaken and turn white. A 2012 report indicated that 50 percent of the Great Barrier Reef has disappeared since 1985.

New Horizons equipment to begin arriving in Belize March 8
Belizeans will begin noticing an influx of U.S. military equipment traveling from the Port of Belize to various locations throughout the country in support of New Horizons beginning March 8. The shipment, which left Cape Canaveral, Fla., on March 1, includes various construction and maintenance vehicles (tractor trailers, dump trucks, excavators, pickups, forklifts, backhoes and gas trucks) and a variety of shipping containers that will be used to support exercise requirements. The New Horizons Logistics Port Team in charge of coordinating air and sea shipments have been coordinating with the Belizean government, Port of Belize officials, U.S. Transportation Command and various military and civilian entities to ensure logistical success since last August.

Audubon Aquarium redefines 'grand opening' with 'Great Maya Reef' exhibit
The first thing a visitor notices after getting his ticket inside the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is a formidable batch of schooling fish grooving in near-perfect formation along the right side wall seemingly headed toward the aquarium’s 30-foot-long tunnel. What was there before this latest water-filled display? Just the wall. And that is just the beginning of the recent renovations to the aquarium. The $1 million, 4,200-square-foot “Great Maya Reef” exhibit is a more interactive way to greet visitors and send them through to the rest of the sea life on display. The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday (March 8). Elected officials and community leaders will gather Friday (March 7) to celebrate the opening; visitors have been able to get glimpses of the work through cut-out peepholes surrounding the work-in-progress. The 30-foot tunnel and ensuing round gallery room now feature Mayan stone work as facade and trim, with replicas of artifacts nestled in the sea beds. It’s all to help visitors imagine that they are entering a submerged city off the Yucatan peninsula -- home to the second-largest reef in the world behind the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

Spider monkey society is sexually segregated
Ew, boys! A species of spider monkey has been found to live in strictly sexually segregated societies, apparently because the males attack the females if they spend too much time together. They are the first non-human primate species known to systematically separate along gender lines. Geoffroy's spider monkeys, Ateles geoffroyi, live in loose groups of a few dozen individuals, and anecdotal evidence suggested they are sexually segregated. To find out if that was true, Kayla Hartwell of the University of Calgary, Canada, and colleagues spent almost two years studying a group of 34 monkeys in the rainforests of Belize. They tracked the monkeys' movements and found that males and females lived separately for 15 out of 23 months. While males foraged in groups, females often foraged with just their infants. Only when food was scarce did males and females come together.

Belize Fairtrade producers visit Northern Ireland
Facilitated by the consulate of St Vincent and the Grenadines to Northern Ireland in partnership with Fairtrade Ireland, Alfredo Ortega, vice-chair of Belize Fairtrade Sugar Farmer’s Association, and Alex Flores, Fairtrade cashew nut producer from the Co-operative APRAINORES in El Salvador, visited Belfast City Hall as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. They shared their experiences and highlighted the differences Fairtrade exports to Northern Ireland, the rest of the United Kingdom and Ireland have made to their communities in Belize and El Salvador, through ethical consumerism and purchasing Fairtrade certified products for all developing world farmers, especially in the Caribbean and Latin America. Dr Christopher Stange, Hon. Consul for St Vincent and the Grenadines to Northern Ireland, commented: “It is wonderful to have our CARICOM and Association of Caribbean States (ACS) members visit Northern Ireland to meet with various stakeholders to tackle poverty and improved market access through the mechanism of Fairtrade.”

Travel Thursday: Xunantunich
One of the places we went to on our honeymoon was Xunantunich, or as Alan likes to call it, Tuna Sandwich. Xunantunich is the site of Mayan ruins in Belize on the border with Guatemala and it was my favorite shore excursion we took on our cruise. Ever since I saw The Second Voyage of the Mimi in elementary school where they go to Mayan ruins, I have wanted to see them myself. You better believe I was so excited to finally get to see some! The ruins are located on a hill top and to get there we had to take a boat across a river then climb up the hill. It was also my first real experience in a jungle and it was awesome. Reminded me of something out of Indiana Jones. I loved exploring the ruins, probably my favorite part was getting to climb to the top of the pyramid. The views were fantastic!

7 Reasons Why Belize Should Be Your next Fishing Destination
To be clear, the post you’re about to read could’ve just as easily listed 77 reasons to fish in Belize, considering this relatively miniature Central American country offers a wealth of incredible traits to those looking for the highest quality of sport fishing of virtually any kind. But that would make for a quite a lengthy article, and I don’t want to cut into any of your precious gear-packing, plane-ticket-to-Belize-booking time! Before you run and tell your spouse about the happy news and try to convince her/him how you’re really committed to spending some quality time together this time around (unlike the Mexico deep sea fishing trip last year), let us journey through the top 7 reasons why Belize just might be the fishing land of your dreams. A couple of quick rules and regulations heads-ups: You’re going to need a license before any kind of fishing can happen: whether it’s casting from the docks or trolling far offshore, you’ll have to take it with the Coastal Zone Management Authority first. The sport fishing license sells for about 20$ for a week, 50$ per month, or if the factors we’re about to cover inspire you to leave it all behind and just straight up and move to Belize, for just a hundred bucks you are free to infinitely fish in the translucent Belizean waters all year round.

US gives contrasting reports on Belize-Bahamas fight against illegal drugs
The United States says Belize faces a challenging struggle against the threats of illegal drugs and warned that drug trafficking and drug use appear to be rising, and will continue if left unaddressed. Washington said that while it would continue to assist the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country in the battle against criminal organizations, it would encourage the country to strengthen its public security and law enforcement institutions through more effective anti-corruption legislation, comprehensive background checks and vetting of new and existing personnel, better training, and continuing education programmes. Washington said through the “2014 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report” released earlier this week, that Belize remains a transshipment point for cocaine and precursor chemicals used in the production of illicit drugs.

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Special Envoy Kim Barrow Pulled A Crowd For Women's Empowerment Rally
We apologize for the break in transmission due to power failure caused by heavy thunderstorms in our area. Here now is the news. Today was a very different kind of day in households, offices and schools: thousands of women took a break from their daily duties at home and work to go and rally for women’s empowerment in the twenty thousand strong rally. So, did the event live up to the advance billing? Did they have twenty thousand? Well maybe not all that, but the crowd was mighty big, and so was the message.

Murder On San Pedro Appears To Be Revenge Killing
There was a murder in San Pedro Town early this morning. 30-year-old tour guide Jeffery EILEY was killed at around 2:00 am –shot to death, apparently as an act of revenge for a fight on the beach earlier on. Police broke up that fight, and sent both sides their separate ways. But, at the corner of Angel Coral Street, a short distance from his home, Eiley was attacked, beaten and then shot at close range. The injuries were only to his arms, and he ran from his attackers, who kept firing at him. He collapsed a fair distance away and was found still alive and taken to the town polyclinic. He died at 3:30 am, and his body was brought to Belize City for transfer to the morgue at 5:30 am.

Belizean Killed In Honduras Drug Deal Gone Bad
Newspaper reports out of Honduras say that a Honduran, Mexican, Guatemalan and Belizean were killed this morning in San Pedro Sula. Reports say that the quadruple murder resulted from a drug deal gone bad. The four men were killed in the streets of the Rivera Hernández. At the crime scene police found two passports in the name of Mexican Miguel Torres Jimenez, and Belizean Mario Roberto Cocom. The other two are presumed to be Guatemalans. The bodies were taken to the San Pedro Sula morgue. This is the third multiple killing in Cortes Honduras this week, which left twenty dead and several wounded.

Fired Bowen & Bowen Employees Show Up For Work
Last night, 7News told you that 13 employees who were complaining about new contracts were terminated from Bowen and Bowen yesterday at the end of the business day. The company says that they self-dismissed because they abandoned their posts for 2 days straight with no communication, so new people had to be hired in their place so that the company could continue to serve it's customers. From the perspective of the employees, they were simply exercising their rights as labourers under the law to get advice from unionists on how to protect themselves against a contract that they say will cause them to lose earnings.

Hon. Herman Says He's Being Undermined By DPM Vega Who's Backing Willoughby
Last night on the news we showed you Phillip Willoughby waltzing through Conch Shell Bay. That’s one of the poorest, most under-served areas in the Albert Division – and Willoughby is clearly trying to psoiton himself as the next UDP standard bearer in Albert. But they already have a standard bearer, and even more important, he’s an elected area representative. And now - so to speak - Willoughby is pitching a tent in his back yard! We asked Longsworth about it today:…

Of Failed Attempts To Get Weed Into The Prison
31 year-old former Special Constable, Natalie Hamilton is out on bail after she was busted trying to smuggle marijuana into the Belize Central Prison. According to Prison Officers, yesterday, Hamilton entered the facility saying that she was going to visit her boyfriend, Gion Bernard, who is currently on remand. The officers searched her and found that she was trying to smuggle 9 grams of marijuana into the facility, most likely for her boyfriend. She was handed over to the police, who charged her with possession of controlled drugs. She was arraigned today before Magistrate Leslie Hamilton. She pleaded not guilty and granted bail of $500.

SIF Turns A New Leaf After Scandals Of 2013
In September of last year, when the Dangriga Market Scandal unravelled at the Social Investment Fund, 4 senior staffers were terminated including Former Executive Director, Daniel Cano, and Former Public Relation's Officer, Mike Hernandez Jr. Well, after a little more than 5 months, they have been replaced. The new Executive Director is William Lamb, and a release from the Government says that he's an engineer by profession for more than 25 years. And the new public relations officer is Selwyn King. As viewers may remember, recently resigned from his post as the Director of Office of Public Information at the University a month ago.

Learning Lessons From AIDS In Belize
The 2nd HIV National Research Conference in Belize was hosted today by the National Aids Commission. Results and findings of various studies conducted over the last year were reported and discussed. And while the commission is moving towards a more evidence based approached to the work they are doing in the national response to HIV and Aids in the country - they plan on changing strategies and approaches to best use their resources. Allison Green - Director, National Aids Commission "What we we're doing is we're socializing the results and the findings of various studies that have been conducted over the last year or so. As we're moving towards a more evidence-based approach to all the work that we're doing in the National Response to HIV and AIDS in the countries, we're looking a trying to make sure that we're making use of the resources in as effective and with the most impact as was we possibly can. And so, all the research and the findings that will be reported today is going to shed some light on how we can best use those resources but also change the strategies and the approaches that we've been using from before.

Public Health In Emergencies: Can It Be Better?
And while the AIDS experts were at the Radisson, the Ministry of Health was at the Radisson to discuss the “Belize Public Health Capacities to Respond to Emergencies” survey, which was conducted in 2012. Stakeholders from all over the country attended the session to examine the strength and weaknesses of the report and to find ways to better respond to emergencies:

Wil Maheia Says Watch The Border
Earlier this week we told you about the first meeting of the Administrative Commission for Belize and Guatemala, a high level group discussing the partial scope trade agreement and many other issues of shared interest between both countries. But Wil Maheia's PNP says that while they're talking brazen incursions into Belize sovereign territory continue on a daily basis. A statement says Guatemalans feel free to come into Belize and take whatever they can find. Maheia - who recently took another trek to the border with the Territorial Volunteers again calls on government to clearly mark the border.

Joseph Nunez, Playmaker
Joseph Nunez has been working with high school talents to put on a show where young people get a chance to express themselves through the arts. It's called "Fun Instead of the Gun", and it would have been the third episode of the variety show which takes place at the Bliss. It's a continuing series, and on Tuesday, he told 7News why the public should support it: The show takes place every Thursday night at the Bliss Center at 7:00.


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