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#493154 - 07/08/14 11:17 AM Today's Belize News: July 8, 2014
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The San Pedro Sun

UPDATE: Massive fire leaves 66 homeless in San Pedro Town
A devastating fire in San Pedro Town has destroyed nine buildings leaving 66 people homeless. The fire started around 8:30PM on Sunday July 5th on Conch Shell Street in the Boca del Rio area of San Pedro Town. On Monday July 6th investigators and fire officials revisited the fire scene where they went over the rubble to establish the cause of the fire. Neighbors and witnesses called The San Pedro Sun about the fire around 8:30 PM when the first structure was fully engulfed in flames. The official reports from both police and fire officials indicated that they were alerted about the fire around 8:45PM. According to Phillip Mencias, Officer in Charge at the San Pedro Fire Department, they were alerted by police of a house fire in the northern side of San Pedro Town. “At about 8:43PM police came over to the station to report a fire on Conch Shell Street in the Boca del Rio Area. We immediately dispatched one vehicle and on arrival we saw that a two-story building, upper wooden and lower concrete, was completely engulfed in flames. We immediately got into operation and 15 minutes later we dispatched the second truck. We only have two firefighters on a given shift so it took us some time to get to the fire station to dispatch a second truck. It took over an hour and fifteen minutes to bring the fire under control. Due to radiation – the close proximity of the building and the wind that was blowing hard, the fire spread quickly,” explained Mencias.

Costa Maya Festival® presents Miss Mexico!
Mexico is pleased to announce their representative for the Reina de la Costa Maya pageant: the lovely Elisa Espinosa Gómez. Elisa is a 24-year-old dark-eyed brunette who stands at 5’6”. The Marketing student enjoys traveling, socializing, movies, family time and Crossfit! Elisa joins Miss Belize Grisel Carballo, Miss Costa Rica Raquel Guevara Avila, Miss El Salvador Ana Graciela Hasbun Boscaino, Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado Muñoz, Miss Nicaragua Katherine Tapia, and Miss Panama Karol Salinas. All seven beauties await the announcement of the final contestant, Miss Guatemala. A spectacular pageant has been planned for August 7, 2014, and you do not want to miss it! Eight beauties will be onstage bringing dance and modeling skills, cultural costumes, elegant gowns and of course, will be answering some tough questions for judges tasked with choosing the next representative for our Costa Maya!

Over 30 people homeless after fire guts 5 structures in Boca del Rio
A fire in the Boca del Rio neighborhood has left over 30 people homeless and destroyed 2 structures. Community came together once again to battle the flames and prevented it from spreading.

Traffic Accident on Pescador Drive
On Wednesday, July 2nd, San Pedro Police responded to a traffic accident not far from the police station. According to reports a golf cart had collided into a motorcycle in front of a local hardware store on Pescador Drive. No one was seriously injured as a result of the crash, but both vehicles received cosmetic […]

Doctor Love: Education
Readers, please send your letters. They can be emails, formal letters or handwritten notes. They are edited solely for grammar and spelling. Also, they are sometimes edited for length. Dear Doctor Love, I am a single mother raising a son and a daughter. The daughter is 21 and the boy is 17. My daughter is […]

Summer Sailing Camp to be hosted at Caribbean Villas
Summer is here and children across the island are out of school and of course, have lots of free time and much mischief to get into. With that in mind, the San Pedro Sailing Club is hosting a free sailing program at Caribbean Villas Hotel to promote a productive recreational activity. The program will be […]

Ambergris Today

Fire Leaves an Estimated 20 Families Homeless
The officer in charge of the fire department arrived 15 minutes later with the second fire truck and connected to the open water source nearby. It took the department roughly an hour and 15 minutes to control and extinguish the fire. The firemen were assisted by locals who organized a bucket brigade. The San Pedro Fire Department continues their investigation and Ambergris Today will have more information as to any aid and assistance that can be provided to the families as it becomes available. At the moment only the San Pedro Town Council is taking any types of donations towards for the families. You can contact Lorna Vasquez at the San Pedro Town Council at (501) 226-2198 or (501) 226-2788.

Belize Sotheby’s International Realty Participates In Luxury Real Estate Conference
Belize Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate firm based in Ambergris Caye, Belize recently participated in an orientation conference held for companies that have recently joined the Sotheby’s International Realty® network of residential real estate brokerages. The firm became a Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate in June 2014 and is part of a luxury real estate network that includes more than 15,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 700 offices in 54 countries and territories worldwide. “The strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand has been amazing for our firm in that it has already opened new doors, even in this short time,” said Shane McCann. The orientation conference was held June 24 to 27 and included business meetings in Short Hills, N.J., and a networking event at the Sotheby’s Auction House in New York City.

Flashbacks: The Great Caribena Producers Cooperative Society Ltd. of Ambergris Caye
Let us concentrate on all words in the name of this organization. Why GREAT? At the time it was the greatest thing to happen to San Pedro. San Pedro was making the transition from a small fishing community to a name in the exportation of lobsters and other marine products. It was the backbone of our economy and a boost to the government of Belize. WHY CARIBENA? It was the name chosen for this little fishing community in the Caribbean. PRODUCERS of what? Producers of lobster tails, whole fish, fish fillet, conch and even shrimp. And what is a COOPERATIVE? It was a coming together of the men of the village (and a few non producing females) to form a society that belonged to them. They owned the plant, owned their boats, their exports and their profits. It was a SOCIETY that belonged to the people of San Pedro and limited to them only. No foreigners were allowed as the membership was LIMITED to locals only.

25 Years Ago: The Very First Schools in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
Which elementary school in San Pedro did you attend? When I thought for a long time that I attended the first one in the 1950’s, I now learn from a new friend, Mr. Ernesto “Neto” Alamilla, that he attended the very first one in the 1930 which was a two story building right on the beach in front of the Central Park. It was called the San Pedro R.C. School from those days so we take it that it was run by the Catholic Mission even back then. Neto Alamilla tells me that in those days the teachers were mostly Caribs and that the stress was not only on reading and writing but on good discipline as well. Most of the kids only reached standard four or five and at age fourteen they left school to commence their lives in fishing. The Hurricanes of 1942 and then 1941 both wrecked havoc in San Pedro and after the last collapse, the folks of the village joined hands an reconstructed this new building into a single floor but elevated about three to four feet. It was long building with no partitions. The blackboards served to separate one classroom from the other. This school building was used from 1942 all the way up until 1961 when it as destroyed by Hurricane Hattie.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Fire in San Pedro
Last night, San Pedro witnessed another disaster that left many families homeless. Below you may see the aftermath of the disaster. These families need all the help they can get; whether its food, clothing or basic supplies, you can make take your donation to the San Pedro Lion's Den where they will be collecting items for these families. Any assistance offered will be greatly appreciated!

2014 King of the Hills
The King of the Hills, Cayo's signature bike race, was yesterday. The Cycling Federation of Belize got some good pictures of the event. There's even a video of the heartbreak climb uphill. Congratulations to all the winners, and everyone that finished. "2014 King of the hills results: Beach Cruiser Category: Elston Coleman Jared (Mano) Rudon Wilton Garbutt Junior Delon Gentle - Cayo Uprising Zahir Figueroa - Cayo Uprising Zamir Guerra - Cayo High Road Female: Kaya Cattouse - Smart CRay Patricia Chavarria - BECOL Masters 4/5: Kent Gabourel - Unattached Daniel Cano - Digicell 4G Ray Cattouse Jr. - C-Ray Road Addikz Elite Open Nissan Arana - Predators Henry Moreria - Smart Erwin Middleton - BECOL Uprising Master: Jose Choto - CRay Road Addikz Leroy Cassasola - BTL Cycling team"

SIB Statistics for the End of June 2014
The Statistical Institute of Belize released stats on External Trade, Labour, and Life Expectancy.

Marines trade boots and utes for jungle warfare training
Local soldiers here will soon trek into the jungle on their counter-narcotics missions sporting new boots and uniforms, thanks to an agreement with the Marine Corps in which the Belizeans swapped a jungle warfare training package for new supplies. In June, Capt. Juan Torres, who led a team of Marines that trained Belizean forces here, told Brig. Gen. David Jones, commander of the Belize Defence Force, that the Corps had completed the agreement to make the trade. Jones said he was ecstatic to be able to provide about a third of his 1,000-man army with new boots comparable to those the Marines wear. “In the jungle where these guys do patrols ... it’s not nice to be walking in that type of terrain without good boots,” he told Marine Corps Times.

Channel 7

Ramon Cervantes Sr. Was Murdered, But Why?
Ramon Cervantes Sr. was abducted and killed - the 71 year old former Orange Walk Town mayor, PUP Senator, three time political candidate, prominent businessman and father of 4 was found late on Saturday night in an abandoned area off Honey Camp Road. After 100 hours of anxious worry and not knowing, the worst fears of his family, friends and the wider Orange Walk community were confirmed when the news went out in waves on Saturday night. He becomes the first business person in recent memory to be abducted and killed - and the fact that he is a prominent person in his community - makes it a worrying and saddening event of national importance. There are so many questions that arise - and so many rumors abounding, but tonight - we'll try to give you a coherent understanding of the underworld forces that plotted the senior citizen's undoing. We start on Sunday on Honey Camp Lagoon road just outside Orange Walk Town - where the body was discovered:..

Cervantes Sr. Died From Blunt Force To Head
Dr. Mario Estradabran certified that Ramon Cervantes Sr. died from blunt force trauma to the head - meaning someone either clubbed him or bashed him - and his killer or killers then disposed of his body in that shallow grave. The medical examiner determined that his time of death was sometime Wednesday evening - which would be around the time when the story of his disappearance first made the evening news. Cervantes had to be buried immediately after the autopsy was conducted, and that's where Daniel Ortiz picks up the story: Daniel Ortiz reporting From the scene, police and family escorted the body straight to the burial site for an emergency funeral. It was in too much of an advanced state of decomposition. But impromptu or not, hundreds of residents from Orange Walk Town and neighboring villages came out in numbers to pay respect to the well-known former mayor, senator and business man. That show of support was once again on display today when another crowd gathered in front of the police station. They'd gotten word that police had laid charges against Cervantes's accused killers.

Cervantes Jr. Speaks On Father's Cruel End
While that's the scene outside the Orange Walk Police Station and Court house, if you noticed, none of the Cervantes family were there today. They were busy planning a memorial service to mark their patriarch's passing. That service took place La Immaculada Catholic Church in Orange Walk this afternoon at around 3. Ramon "Monchie" Cervantez Jr. Like his father, is a politician - and the current standard bearer for the PUP in Orange Walk North. Because of this public profile, the duty of being family spokesperson has fallen to him. He told us that he is grateful to all their well-wishers and those members of the public who kept the family in their prayers: Ramon Miguel Cervantes - Son of the Deceased "I take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support. Everyone that was out here for the memorial mass, yesterday for the funeral, those and last night at the wake. Those who gave up their time searching in the search groups, the police force, I think elements of the BDF - I hope I don't miss anyone. All those people who I didn't get a chance to have personal contact with because of distance or some other reason, but they had us in their thoughts, in their prayers. We really thank you on behalf of my family - thank you all."

Huge Fire In San Pedro Leaves 66 Homeless In Low Income Area
16 families comprising 66 people and 32 children are homeless after a huge fire last night in the Boca Del Rio area of San Pedro Town destroyed 5 buildings and damaged three others. If you're wondering how 66 people fit into 8 buildings - we should tell you that Boca Del Rio is a low income area of San Pedro Town, where many people are crammed into small shacks and apartments. So, the large fire had an outsized effect. Today, Monica Bodden found out more about the fire and the aftermath when she visited today and found the San Pedro Town Council grappling to get shelter for all the affected persons:... Monica Bodden reporting The fire started at around 8:45 last night in the Boca Del Rio area North of the Island. It only took minutes before 8 houses within close proximity were ablaze. Phillip Mencias - O.C, Fire Department S.P. "One vehicle was dispatched and on arrival they saw that a two-storey wooden upper and concrete bottom was on fire, mostly the upper was on fire. Immediately they got into operation while at that time I was on my way from DFC area where I live and I brought the other truck. On arrival, we started to draft water from the open source and it took us about an hour and ten-fifteen minutes to bring it under control and then eventually we extinguished it." And while the cause of the fire is still unknown- we do know it started from the back room of Lisber Bardalez's home.

Details On Arson At Kimmie's
But they do know what caused the fire in Belize City. That was what the call an incendiary fire, meaning someone set it. We found out more today from Orin Smith, the station officer at the National Fire Service:... Orin Smith, Station Officer - National Fire Service "The cause of the fire there was incendiary. Incendiary is a fire that was intentionally set under in which the person who has set the fire knows full well the fire should not have been ignited. That fire originated in the east lower flat of the structure." Jules Vasquez "Do you all have any idea what was used to ignite the fire?" Orin Smith, Station Officer - National Fire Service "That section of the building where the fire originated had walls that were easily accessible. They were block walls, anyone could have easily reached through walls and ignited them and what was on the other side of those walls were materials that were easily combustible." Jules Vasquez "Do you have any idea that an accelerant was used to fuel the fire?" Orin Smith "No, we have no evidence of that."

San Pedro Police Catch Contraband
Before the big blaze, San Pedro police with help from Belize City conducted operation Clear Water in San Pedro over the weekend. On the morning of Friday July 4th, Special Branch intelligence led police to a residence in the North San Pedro Area where they found a stash of contraband, namely (5) Quarts Don Julio,(7) Litre Absolute Vodka,(2) Litre Grey Goose Vodka, and (7) litres Jose Cuervo. Two men, namely 27 year old Samuel Cruz and 24 year old Iliana Leticia Cob were handed over to Customs. An out of court settlement was made and Cruz 27was fined $5973.00 dollars.

One Weekend Shooting In City
Compared to the preceding weekend, the city was relatively crime free this weekend. Police only reported one shooting: 21-year-old Kelly street resident Shane Fisher was shot to the abdomen and buttocks as he stood in front of Kick Down Fence at the end of Dean Street. He told police that a creole male person that he knows stepped to him and fired several shots with a sawed off shotgun. Fisher was admitted to ward in a stable condition. Police have a suspect they are looking for.

Kenyan Busted With Bogus Passport
The Immigration Department says that they busted a Kenyan National who came to Belize with a fake Namibian passport trying to get to the United States. 23 year-old Adannur Abdullah, a Kenyan Student arrived on an Avianca Flight from El Salvador. The problem is that when he checked in with Immigration, the officer noticed that his passport had suspect elements. When the officer ran a background check, it was discovered that the Namibian passport was fake. Abdullah was then charged with the offense of using a document he wasn't entitled to. He pleaded guilty today when he was arraigned before Magistrate Dale Cayetano. He admitted that he paid 2 thousand US dollars to get the fake document produced. He was sentenced to pay a fine of $1,000 forthwith, and if he defaults, he will have to spend 6 months in prison.

No Rest At Repass, Instead An Arrest
A funeral "repass," it's the informal ceremony that happens right after a burial ceremony - it's usually a time for quiet reflection, but for members of the Smith family today it became a time to get arrested. It happened after 17 year old Myron Smith's funeral which took place earlier today. Police got intelligence that an unlicensed firearm may be in the family house. Fearing the possibility of retaliation for the teenager's execution, police went to search the home and found a nine millimeter pistol with 13 live rounds. With that, police arrested everyone on the home, a total of about 7, including the parents and siblings of the deceased. They are in police custody at this hour and jointly face a charges for unlicensed firearm and ammunition - which trigger automatic remand - unless someone owns up to it.

Woman Busted With Weed In Sneakers At Prison
Tonight, we report on 3 separate drug busts which ended up in court. The first happened at the Belize Central Prison, where a 25 year-old mother tried to smuggle weed in. It happened in on last week Friday; Natasha Lewis went to the prison to drop off a package which contained a pair of tennis shoes. She said that it was for an inmate, but the sneakers had an odor, and we don't mean athlete's foot! They smelled high of weed, and when the on-duty prison officer searched the shoes, he found 109 grams - or 3.8 ounces - of marijuana hidden under the soles of the shoes. She was then charged with drug trafficking, to which pleaded not guilty before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer today. She was released on bail of $5,000, and she must return to court on September 1. On that very same Friday, police officers visited a 2 storey house on Antelope Street Extension. When they searched it it they found 1.5 grams and a separate 1.2 grams of crack cocaine in one of the rooms. The police reported that they also found almost $10,000 dollars in US currency. Present at the time of the search were Salvadorans, 56 year old Abdulio Torres, 43 year old Noe Martinez and 34 year old Myra Lopez, 14 year-old boy, and a 12 year-old girl.

Ras Pitta Now A Union Trustee
He waited long enough and now Deon Ras Pitta is a trustee on the Christian Workers Union Executive. Elections were held on Saturday and Ras Pitta got 74 votes to his opponent Maureen Reyes's 49 votes. Pitta is now the third trustee after a tied vote in December left the seat unoccupied. A team from the NTUCB conducted the election - which was only made possible after the CWU was re-admitted to the union umbrella group two weeks ago.

Videos To Educate
The Youth Department - which isn't known for having a big budget - handed over Video and audio equipment valued at over three thousand dollars today. It's for a youth NGO called "Go Belize" - and they will use it to showcase educational videos on sexual and reproductive health and STI and HIV prevention. We found out what's the idea behind it:.. Eckert Middleton, Manager - Sexual and Reprod. Health - DOYS "We realize that we need these equipment simply because reaching this population its much better to address it in a way that they are familiar with and that's why we need the equipment to assist us in getting the information out when it comes to sexual and reproductive health as well as prevention of HIV and other STDs." Omar Rodriguez, Training Manager Go Belize "We would need this equipment for our young leaders to take on their role training young people - the youth population. Having this equipment is a big help. we could really collaborate more with other organizations doing trainings simultaneously throughout the country."

Learning Literacy Of The Money Kind
The Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship summer camps have been taking place since 2008. It's a collaboration between the Ministry of Education, Peacework and Pricewaterhouse Coopers - one of the world's leading accountancies. The idea for these six years has been to teach something you don't learn in school: how to make money, and how to manage it once you've made it. We found out more today at one of the five camp locations in Belize City:.. George Manousos, PWC "This is day one of the three day camp. I've been going to every single classroom and its very energetic, the kids are really enthusiastic. I think we've broken the ice, PWC and the children of Belize are melding very well as expected." Kelly Behrend, Director of Strategy and Innovation - Peacework "The children are learning a variety of skills. First of all they are learning change agency, being an active member of your family, of your community and really of the world. They are learning global citizenship and about being responsible leaders and in the context of that leadership they are learning skills and financial literacy and entrepreneurship, how to create a business, manage a budget and really just meet their personal and professional goals."


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Channel 5

Body of Ramon Cervantes Sr. found in shallow grave
  Today, hundreds of Orange Walk residents gathered outside the police station and magistrate’s court, awaiting the arraignment of persons detained for the sensational and gruesome kidnapping and murder of [...]

Residents converge outside magistrate’s court for arraignment of suspected killers
As we told you earlier, more than three hundred residents gathered in front of the Orange Walk Police Station and Magistrate’s Court this morning. Reports circulated early that those persons [...]

Residents share testimonies of slain businessman
Cervantes was buried yesterday evening, immediately after an autopsy was conducted on his body at the site where it was discovered. His sudden, violent loss has shocked, saddened and angered [...]

Overnight fire in San Pedro leaves sixteen families homeless
Sixteen families are tonight without roofs over their heads following a massive inferno which eviscerated eight buildings in San Pedro Town.  While relief has been forthcoming, the families, a large [...]

Motorcyclist killed in Carmelita accident
A Los Lagos businessman is detained pending the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions after he knocked down a man on a motorcycle in Orange Walk. Forty-four-year-old Rolando Silva [...]

1 man dead and a minor critically injured in a hit and run in PG
A hit and run accident in the Toledo District has left one man dead and a minor critically injured.  Shortly after nine o’clock on Saturday night, twenty-four-year-old Francisco Coy and [...]

Man shot 3 times outside club in Orange Walk Town
While all eyes were turned to the Cervantes tragedy this weekend, there was also some gunfire which resulted in one man getting shot three times. The incident happened in front [...]

Police seeking 1 person for the shooting of a Kelly Street man
Twenty-one year old Shane Fisher narrowly escaped death on Saturday when he came under gunfire from a known assailant.  The Kelly Street resident was standing in front of Kick Down [...]

Early morning burglary at Belize Medical Associates
A pair of masked men entered Belize Medical Associates on St. Thomas Street shortly before dawn today and attempted to make off with two strongboxes containing thousands of dollars in [...]

Attorney believes foul play may have been involved in his father’s death
On Saturday, Paul Saldivar Sr. was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital with acute vomiting and diarrhoea. He died at the hospital that same day, succumbing to what doctors believed [...]

Requeña siblings arraigned for 2 sacks of weed
A pair of siblings, busted over the weekend in Hattieville with a little over seventy pounds of marijuana, is tonight on remand at the Belize Central Prison after being unable [...]

Kenyan student caught with fake passport
  A young, Kenyan student who was busted at the Phillip Goldson International Airport was today arraigned on an immigration offense after he was found in possession of a fake, [...]

Dion Pitter elected as 3rd Trustee of CWU
  An election was held by the Christian Workers Union on Saturday to choose a third trustee on its executive board.  A hundred and twenty-four members participated in the process, [...]

Mayor on financials at San Pedro Town Council
This morning, the San Pedro Town Council was visited by members of the opposition People’s United Party on the island. The meeting, at the invitation of the current U.D.P. Mayor, [...]

Belizean jujitsu team shines in Mexico
A delegation of young martial artists, led by instructors Leon Guild and Juan Card, was in Chetumal over the weekend where they participated in a jujitsu tournament.  The unarmed fighting [...]

Sporting highlights with Kaya Cattouse
On Saturday the last regular season games were played in the Smart Mundialito Football Tournament. In game 1, Dimitri Fabro scored a goal for Third World giving them the one [...]

Patrick JonesPJ

Youth agency receives equipment for training
The Department of Youth Services has handed over audio-visual equipment to partner GoBelize. The group is based in Belmopan, to assist in training hundreds of youth leaders countrywide in the issue of youth empowerment, with special emphasis on sexual and reproductive health issues, self-esteem issues, STI and HIV […]

Summer camps in Belize City teach financial literacy to kids
The local Ministry of Education in conjunction with international accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers and non-profit education organization Peacework has for several years pushed efforts to teach financial literacy to Belizean high school and primary school students. The annual summer camps and related community fairs offer opportunities to show how […]

Prison officials stop drug smuggling
No matter how creative the ruse, officials of the Hattieville Prison almost never fail to put a stop to efforts to smuggle recreational drugs into the facility. The latest accused culprit is a young mother of a 4 year old daughter, 25 year old Natasha Lewis, who on […]

Family of five charged for cocaine
Three adults and 2 minors were charged with 2 counts of drug trafficking for 1.2 grams and 1.5 grams of crack cocaine when they appeared today before Magistrate Dale Cayetano. The adults were 56 year old Salvadoran national Abdulio Torres, 43 year old Salvadoran national Noe Martinez and […]

Brothers charged in big weed bust
Two brothers, 24 year old Giovanni Requena and 26 year old Ellis Requena, who were busted with 32,470 grams of cannabis, were charged with drug trafficking when they appeared today before Senior magistrate Sharon Fraser. They pled not guilty to the charge and they were each […]

Kenyan man used false passport to enter Belize
Twenty-three year old Kenyan national Adannur Abdullah, a student who arrived in Belize on Saturday with a Namibian passport, was fined $1,000 today by Magistrate Dale Cayetano. This was after he pled guilty to using a document he is not entitled to use. Abdullah was ordered to pay […]

Almost three dozen people left homeless because of fire in San Pedro town
Police say that a total of 9 buildings were damaged in a fire last night in the Boca del Rio area of San Pedro town on Ambergris Caye. The blaze broke out around 8:45 PM on Sunday and by the time the fire was extinguished, close to […]

Orange Walk residents want justice for Ramon Cervantes, Sr.
Investigators in the murder case involving Orange Walk businessman Ramon Cervantes, Sr. are proceeding with caution, even as the probe of the shocking incident continues. This morning at least two hundred residents of Orange Walk gathered in front of the town’s police station anticipating the chance to […]

Police say Ramon Cervantes died of head injuries from a blunt instrument
Police in Orange Walk town this morning hosted a media briefing to provide an update on the murder of Ramon Cervantes, Sr., 71. According to Superintendent Joseph Myvett, Cervantes’ body was found around 9 PM on Saturday behind a farm located about 5 miles on the Honey […]

New temporary leadership at the National Women’s Commission
The National Women’s Commission (NWC) today welcomed a temporary Executive Director on board. Former Senator Pulcheria Teul this morning inked a one year contract to hold over the Commission during the absence of the substantive office holder, Ann Marie Williams who is leaving to pursue a one […]

Man dies in hit and run incident in Toledo
Police in Toledo are looking for the driver of a vehicle that knocked down and killed a man on the Southern Highway last night. 25 year old Francisco Coy died on the spot when he was knocked off his bicycle around 9 o’clock last night near the junction […]

Earthquake in Mexico felt in Belize
An early morning magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck today in southern Mexico. The quake was felt as far west as El Salvador and as far east as Belize. According to the United States Geological Survey puts the time of the earthquake at 7:23 am Eastern Daylight time. It […]

Blogs

“Come Fly with Me” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Over recent weeks I’ve devoted some of my early morning ‘me time’ out on the veranda following up on the legal dispute involving Tropic Air and a guy by the name of Brett Feinstein who is one of the two directors of Benny’s Enterprises Limited. For those not aware, Tropic Air is the larger of the two Belizean airlines, the other being Maya Island Air, and with its fleet of 15 aircraft operates around 1,000 flights a week to 16 domestic airports and 6 international destinations. And this service offer keeps growing to the benefit of those of us living in Belize and those that come to visit. Integral to Tropic Air’s operation is the ability to service and maintain its aircraft and to do so in the most timely and cost efficient way. Because of this need the company took the not insignificant decision of committing to a major investment (reputed to be as much as BZ$ 6 million) to build a new, and much larger, high tech maintenance facility in San Pedro. It’s spiritual and operational home. The dispute concerns a small strip of land 100 by 100 feet which is adjacent to the San Pedro airstrip and forms part of the area on which Tropic Air, believing it had a thirty year lease, commenced the build in December last year.

Animals of Belize : The Kinkajou
One of the many things we like to do here is introduce some of our lesser known animal friends to the world, and this week we’ve chosen that nocturnal little scamp, the kinkajou. Not often seen in the wild due to its nocturnal habits, the kinkajou is a ball of energy when it wants to be – sort of an amped up racoon – curious, intelligent and all too familiar with people when domesticated. Also known as a honeybear and as Potos flavusto the scientifically minded, the kinkajou abounds in Belize’s forests, where the little omnivore dines mostly on fruits that they hold with their forepaws while using long slender tongues to scoop out the pulp. It is estimated that fruit makes up some 90% of their diet, with various leaves, flowers, herbs and insects providing the rest. As dedicated frugivores, kinkajous play an important role in dispersing seeds throughout Belize and also act as pollinators. And, as Chaa Creek’s switched-on naturalist guides at the Belize Natural History Centre are happy to tell us, frugivore is just another way of saying “fruit eater”. So, in another example of Mother Nature’s elegant sense of balance, as kinkajous busily stuff themselves with fruits and other plants, they are also contributing to the spread and survival of various plants species and ensuring that the rainforests maintain their rich diversity.

FIRE IN BOCA DEL RIO
The Truth has to say, watching this amazing community we live in, work together is truley priceless. The people that helped rescue, salvage and help with putting the fire out worked diligently to get things under control. Please support the families in need with anything you have as far as clothes, supplies, furnishings, or money. They lost everything! It shows what a great community we live in when push comes to shove.

SAN PEDRO JUNIOR SAILING CLUB
San Pedro Junior Sailing Club put on a fantastic regatta this weekend in the Boca Del Rio Park. They dominated the Advanced Series with Faith Noel winning overall, Jerdon Anderson taking second, Christian Trejo taking fourth, Davin Puc taking fifth and Blanca Velasquez taking sixth. Then representing well in the Intermediate with a third place to RaShawn Gonzalez and several others in the top ten. There were 50+ sailors from San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Corozal, Placencia and Belize City that sail in 12 knot winds Saturday and 17 knot winds Sunday. Well done to all clubs, board members, parents and supporters for taking on our future…. The kids!

International Sourcesizz

Norton students build home in Belize
Leo Catinella and Nicholas Hamilton of Norton, juniors at Boston College High School, just returned from building a house for a lady in Belize, Central America. Leo and Nick with 10 classmates and two BC High faculty members, Shawn Ahern and Dr. John Sullivan, spent the first week of their summer vacation constructing a home for Josefina Garcia. Leo and Nick and the BC High volunteers went to Belize to assist an organization, called "Hand in Hand Ministries," build homes for residents in Belize City. Founded by two brothers who saw an opportunity to make a difference, Hand in Hand provides simple yet stable housing for people in Appalachia and Central America.

Guatemala, Mexico, Belize Shaken By 7.1-Magnitude Earthquake
Mexico, Guatemala and Belize were shaken by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake on Monday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey. The very strong quake rocked the southern part of Mexico and surrounding countries in Central America and has killed at least three people in San Marcos, Guatemala, according to reports. While the extent of the damage is unclear, Guatemala Communications Minister Alejandro Sinibaldi wrote on social media that there had also been reports of landslides in the southwest of Guatemala.

Caribbean coral reefs could disappear "within a few decades"
Coral reefs in the Caribbean are on track to "virtually disappear within a few decades," a major new report warns. But there's also a way to slow decline. Protecting just a single fish — the brightly colored parrotfish — could help save the reefs from doom. There's little doubt that the Caribbean's coral reefs have declined sharply since the 1970s, under heavy stress from invasive pathogens, overfishing, coastal pollution, tourism, and now global warming that's heating up the oceans. It's reached the point that many conservation groups have given up hope for the Caribbean and are shifting their attention to protecting coral reefs elsewhere. But it may be too early to give up altogether. The new report, from the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, takes an in-depth look at the decline of the Caribbean coral reefs between 1975 and 2012. While the authors find that the situation is indeed bleak, they also outlines a series of steps that could halt the destruction.

9 Affordable Places to Retire Overseas
Cayo, Belize Despite the growing numbers of expats in this district, the real estate market in Cayo is still priced for Belizeans, which helps keep the cost of living very low. Belize is a retirement, tax and offshore haven. It's also a place of stunning landscapes and abundant natural resources. Still, this is a small country where the infrastructure is most kindly described as "developing." Monthly budget: $1,100.

Videos

Video: Fire Destroys Three Building in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, 2min.
A preliminary report from the San Pedro Fire Department indicates that three structures were completely destroyed by fire in the Boca del Rio Area on Sunday evening, July 6, 2014. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined and fortunately there were no serious injuries or fatalities reported.

Video: Placencia Lobster Fest 2014, 3min.
Belize In America at Lobster Fest 2014 in Placencia Belize. The Belizean diaspora, or the wide dispersion and integration of our people and culture to the many nations of the world, has given rise to the need of a forum in which Belizean people can connect with their culture, give voice to their challenges and concerns, and provide a beacon of hope to those who may still be struggling along life's journey. For this reason, Belize in America was born...

Video: Our Belizean Vacation, 10min.
Here's a glimpse of our family vacation when my sister came to Belize. Enjoy.

Video: 5 Romantic Activities in Belize for Honeymooners, 4min.
Belize has many undiscovered places for honeymooners.

Video: Belize Diving (GoPro), 5min.
Took this with my GoPro on my trip to Belize at this amazing dive spot. Hope you guys enjoy if so please like and share it helps out allot!

Video: Belize, rekiny z Caye Caulker, 4min.
www.lopacinskichSWIAT.pl czyli rodzinna wyprawa dookoła świata dojechała do Belize i nurkowała z żółwiami, rekinami i krowami morskimi.

Video: La Isla Bonita,behind the scenes, 4min.
Behind the scenes of Belize first Telenovela, La Isla Bonita, Shot in San Pedro island featuring a local cast, local crew and lead actress and acting coach Denny Mendez,former Miss Italy, Directed by Matthew Klinck, Behind the scenes shot and chopped by Daniel Velazquez

Video: Belize YASM, 4min.

Video: Belize cockscomb waterfall, 6min.

Video: Swimming with Sharks San Pedro Belize, 18min.
Snorkeling with nurse sharks in San Pedro Belize a must do while on your fly fishing trip.

Video: Tamandua mexican released by Belize Tamandua Refuge team July 2014, 4min.
This tamandua was rescued by Ladyville police- they noticed the animal being attached to the tree with the wire. In this video Tamandua Refuge team is releasing the animal back in the wild in the area far away from any villages.


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