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#493253 - 07/11/14 06:21 AM Today's Belize News: July 11, 2014
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This news synopsis will be a bit more condensed than usual for the next several days due to time constraints.


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The San Pedro Sun

Fire victims receive help, but more is needed
All 16 families affected in a massive fire that left 66 people homeless on Sunday July 6th are beginning to receive help. On Wednesday July 9th, members of the Belize Red Cross and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) handed over donations to each family household. According to Vice Chairman of NEMO – San Pedro Branch and Mayor of San Pedro Town, Daniel Guerrero, each family was given basic items. Those items included mattresses, blankets, stove with a butane tank, a set of pots including other kitchen items, mop, broom, and buckets amongst other items. Mayor Guerrero and the island’s NEMO Coordinator Jeromey Tim-rose Augustine handed over the donations to the fire victims.

Licensing programme for captive parrots is launched
Do you have a captive parrot? Few people realise that all parrots in Belize are protected by law, which means it is illegal to take them from the wild, or to keep them in our homes. Belize Forest Department recognise that many people in Belize have birds that have become part of their family, and as such, has launched a licensing programme for these captive parrots. Owners must comply with minimum standards of care relating to cage size, perches, food and general health. Application forms and details of the minimum standards are available at San Pedro Public Library, or you can download them from www.belizebirdrescue.com Once your application is lodged with the Forest Department, a representative will visit your home to check on your bird and its conditions. They will have a lot of applications to process, so please be patient. Be aware that these licences are for birds already in captivity, so don’t go and get a new parrot and then apply!

San Pedro Lions and Leo’s Install New Board Members
On July 5th the San Pedro Lions Club installed their new Board of Directors for 2014-2015. The San Pedro Leo’s Club also installed their new board, along with four new members to their club. The evening event kicked off with a social hour at 7PM at the Lions Den, where members and invited guests had the opportunity to mingle. The ceremony followed an hour later with Lion Bobby Lopez serving as the Master of Ceremony. After the national anthem, Lion Ruben Trejos greeted the audience with the Welcome Address and Lion Abel Guerrero led the Invocation. Lion Marina Kay presented the new Leo’s Board of Directors, with new Leo President Vivel Rodriguez, Vice President Randy Rivero and Secretary Aline Rodriguez each pledging to uphold the responsibilities that come with their prestigious positions. Four new Leo members were also sworn in by Lion Kay; Viviani Duran, Kirsty Arnott, Jordi Azueta and Ravey Azueta.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Junior Sailing Club Continues Reign in National Regattas
Taking top place in the green fleet for novice sailors were Alanis Badillo (CCSC) in 1st Place, Harrison Cadle Jr. (CCSC) in 2nd Place and Rashawn Gonzalez (SPJCS) in 3rd Place who all scored 14 points each. Twenty three novice sailors raced in the green fleet. Rounding out the Top 10 in the novice races were:Trent Humes (BCSC) 4th Peter Joo (PSC) 5th Glenford Barrera (CCSC) 6th Angel Pol (CCSC) 7th Gabbi Knox (SPJCS) 8th Christian Ferrell Jr. (PSC) 9th Malik Jones (CCSC) 10th The two-day regatta held in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye was the 5th National Ranking Regatta of the 2014 Sailing Season and acts as a qualifier for the National Champions Regatta (BIZ14) scheduled for November 8 and 9. Congratulations to the San Pedro Junior Sailing Club on their impressive winning streak and to all the young sailors who do a fantastic job in competitions around the country of Belize.

J Boog to Perform at the International Costa Maya Festival
The International Costa Maya Festival is proud to announce another artist in the performance list at this year’s festival – J Boog. He will be performing along with Island Invasion on Friday, August 8, 2014, after a live musical presentation by the Garifuna Collective. It is a night you don’t want to miss as it will be full of great artists and the very best in music. J Boog (born Jerry Afemata, Long Beach, California) is an American reggae and R&B vocalist and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California and based in Hawaii, he released his first solo album Hear Me Roar in 2007, which peaked on Billboard's Top Reggae Albums at #8. In 2011 he released his first EP, J Boog which peaked at #19 on the Top Heatseekers chart and reached #3 on Top Reggae Albums. His next album Backyard Boogie reached #1 on the reggae charts for 2011, 2012, and 2013, and in July 2013 his Live Up! (EP) reached #18 on the Top Heatseekers chart.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

SACNW Neighborhood Cleanup on Sunday
This Sunday, July 13 we will be holding a SACNW Neighborhood Cleanup along with the San Pedro Cadets (student volunteer organization). We will start by gathering in front of Black Orchid Restaurant at 8am where everyone will be assigned to a group. Remember to bring water, bug spray, gloves, and sunscreen. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes. After the cleanup, Black Orchid will provide a complimentary breakfast to all those who participated. Thank you Judyann and Tom!

Senior Steps Summer Camp
The Senior Steps Summer Camp starts next week at the George Price Centre. Contact the CPC for more information.

Book on early Maps of Belize launched
A book filled with representations of the early Maps of Belize was launched last week Thursday in the Bedran Hall of the San Ignacio Resort Hotel in the Cayo District. The book which encompasses maps during a 120 year period, from 1783 to 1902, offers a startling glimpse of the dynamics involved in the early history of Belize. The launching of the book was made to a captive audience, which was set to coincide with the end of a presentation by Dr. Diane Chase at the 12 Annual Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium that was being held at the same venue in San Ignacio Town. The Guardian spoke to Dr. Odile Hoffman to discover more about her Monograph entitled, British Honduras: The invention of a colonial territory. According to Dr. Hoffman, work started on the book in Belize about 4 years ago, where visits were made to the Belize Archives in Belmopan. The Geographer at the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in Paris then discovered from her visits that there were many maps that were not in Belize. Hoffman then proceeded to the well organized archives of London where she found “marvels in documentation.” Much of the cartographic archives on early Belize are also now in Spain, France and recent maps are now in the United States of America. But early and more detailed maps on Belize that are now in foreign countries are still not accessible, because they are very expensive to have rights to view them, reports Dr. Odile Hoffman. But thankfully now, both National and International researchers as well as the general readership will be able to view the early representations of Belize in Dr. Odile Hoffman’s book, published by Cubola Productions from Benque Viejo del Carmen.

Tender Notice – Road Map and Action Plan for the Establishment of a Caribbean Regional Financial Services Institute
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) requires the services of an independent consulting firm to develop a Roadmap and Action Plan for the establishment of a Caribbean Regional Financial Services Institute. The Consultancy will build upon and is a reflection of the work being undertaken by the Task Force for the Promotion and Protection of the Caribbean Financial Sector (TFP-CFS) which was established by CARIFORUM Ministers. Moreover, this consultancy will facilitate the implementation of the decision of the Meeting of Ministers responsible for Financial Services in CARIFORUM held December 9, 2013 The consultant will be required to: Review and build on existing work for the development of a regional financial services institute in the Caribbean; Identify existing regional and international best practices and assess their applicability to developing a Regional Financial services Institute in the Caribbean; Develop a road map and action plan for the establishment and functioning of a Regional Financial Services Institute

Conditions of Lease- North-eastern Portion of Goff’s Caye

Channel 7

Felicia Chen Pleads Guilty, Tells Court Why She Drowned Her 3 Kids
In April of last year, 23 year-old mother Felicia Chen did the unthinkable: she drowned her 3 babies. Well tonight, she is at prison awaiting sentence after she pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to killing her children. The guilty plea was accepted today before Justice Troadio Gonzalez, when Chen, who was to start standing trial for 3 counts of murder told the court that she wished to forego a trial and accept responsibility for her actions. Instead of pleading guilty to murder, however, she was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. Crown Counsel, Sheneiza Smith told the court that the prosecution was willing to accept her plea for manslaughter based on the findings of the Ministry of Health psychiatrist. He certified that Chen was suffering from depression, and so, she was only partially responsible, and therefore is entitled to a defence of diminished responsibility because of her actions.

Kidnapping Charges for Cervantez Sr.'s Alleged Killers
Last night, we showed you, 22 year-old Guatemalan Noe Daniel Avila; 19 year-old Belizean Angel Antonio Cardenas, and 28 year-old Belizean Mateo Pott Jr. who were jointly charged with the murder of 71 year-old Ramon Cervantes Sr. Well, they were also formally charged and arraigned today in Orange Walk for the charge of kidnapping. Since his disappearance, the family and the wider public had speculated that Cervantes was kidnapped, and then killed. Police had refused to class his disappearance as a kidnapping the entire time, but with these formal charges, it's starting to put together a picture of what happened. But, as old questions finally get answered, new ones keep emerging, especially, the Tuesday evening discovery of 46 year-old Sonia Abac's body. We've been closely following the two cases, and today, Daniel Ortiz tried to coherently piece together what is known. Here's his report:

Wednesday Murder in City May be Related To Tuesday Shooting
Last night we told you about the murder that happened at 6:30. Tonight we can confirm that the victim is 35 year old Dwayne Hilton. He was at the corner of Baldwin Drive and Custard Apple Street, just one block from his home when a gunman walked up to him and shot him four times in his shoulder and chest. One the bullets is believed to have punctured his heart and he died almost instantly. His family came upon the scene not knowing, not suspecting that it was him. Today his cousin told us about their collective shock. She asked to appear off camera:.. Voice of: "Sean" - Cousin of Dwayne Hilton "I was so shocked I had to sit down because I didn't even believe it and when I went by the house I still didn't believe that he was that person lying down on the ground.

Police Grappling With Crime Cluster
But so far, police have not been able to contain a gang war that has gripped certain areas of the city. The problem for law enforcement is that there is splintering within the gangs, and some are pushing into new areas - and police, it seems, have not been able to keep up. It's relevant because as Hilton's cousin pointed out - he was killed a short distance from where Edwin "Drive" Flowers was shot in the yea don Tuesday night. Today precinct 2 police told the media that they think Hilton was the target - and that the Tuesday and Wednesday night shootings are related. ASP Calbert Flowers, Ag. OC, Precinct 2 "Our investigations so far is leading that the gunman was indeed targeting Mr. Hilton. The shooting where Edwin Flowers got shot and where Hilton got shot is very close proximity to each other. We are looking at that angle to see if indeed they are related."

Identity Confirmed For Murdered Man Found At Sewage Ponds
And as you heard in that interview, when Dwayne Hilton was murdered, police were nearby - right at the Faber's Road sewage ponds known as the Dyke area. They were there with the body of an unidentified man who was killed in particularly cruel fashion: cut from neck to navel. He was identified last night when his grandmother watched the news and heard the description os his tattoo: he is 29 year old David Dwayne Copious from Jane Usher which is right next to the sewage ponds. His family last saw him on Monday evening. His niece told us they too are shocked because he was not known to be involved in gang activity:.. Latifah Sutherland, Niece of deceased "My granny sent me a text last night after 11 saying that it was my uncle because of the stuff that they said they found on the body and the tattoo. And according to her, she didn't see him from Monday and he is not a person that would stay out. If he stays out one night, he would not stay out for two nights - he would have come home."

Police Ratchet Up Gang Response With Patrols, Mediation
Police are following a few leads, but have nothing substantial so far on what has to be classed as an unusual murder. And even though it is in an area of high crime activity at the moment, police do not believe the Copius killing is related to the shooting of Edwin "Drive" Flowers or Dwayne Hilton:.. ASP Calbert Flowers, Ag. OC, Precinct 2 "So far we have nothing to indicate the reason why anyone would want to kill this individual. We are still in the process of recording statements and interviewing people and hopefully we can come up with a motive. So far there is nothing telling us why this person was killed. We know he live in the Jane Usher Boulevard area and the Jane Usher area is one of concern for us at this time."

Times Will Pay Hulse and Lawyer 20K
Twenty thousand dollars, that's how much the Belize Times will have to pay Godwin Hulse and his attorney Michael Young for libel. The case results from an article the Time ran in July of 2013 which was headlined "Godwin Hustler" and alleged that Hulse had acquired 100 acres of land in the Belize River Valley. But, in the settlement, the Times accepts that the allegation is untrue and unfounded and retracts the allegation. The paper must also publish the same, including an apology to Hulse. That's the statement of settlement that was read out in the Chief Justice's courtroom today. Hulse's attorney Michael Young told us how the twenty thousand dollars was arrived at:..

Man Pleads Guilty To Fondling, Gets 3 Years
23 year-old Stanwell Bernardez, a construction worker of Antelope Street Extension, is spending the first night of a 3-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to fondling a 3 year-old girl. It happened at about 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The child's mother took her to the Police Station, where she reported that a few hours earlier, her common-law husband allowed Bernardez to sleep over at their house after a night of socializing and drinking. She said that she got up at around 1, and she went into the living room, where she found Bernardez with her daughter. She said that she took the child to bed with her. At next morning, the child complained to her that Bernardez touched her inappropriately on her private parts. A doctor classified her injuries as harm, and police subsequently arrested and charged Bernardez with aggravated assault of an indecent nature.

Belize Makes US Stock News, But Outfit Seems Shady
Belize was trending in US business news today because of the soaring stock of a dubious tech outfit which claims to be headquartered at the Matalon Building in Belize City. Various articles from CNBC, Bloomberg News and other outlets took note of CYNK Technology and its social networking site Introbiz, which offers users the, quote, "ability to socially connect to individuals such as celebrities, business owners, and talented IT professionals..." CNBC notes that "CYNK's stock was valued at less than ten cents in June, and rocketed to over $20 dollars at one point on Thursday morning. It adds that the company's stock gained nearly 25,000% in 16 trading days, giving it a market cap of over $5 billion dollars."

Red Cross Relief From Red Cross
On Monday, we told you about the blaze on San Pedro which destroyed 5 houses and damaged 3 others. It has left 16 families comprising 66 people and 32 children homeless, and to try to help these families survive this very challenging time, the Belize Red Cross has chipped in to offer aid. The San Pedro Branch immediately went out to provide assistance and up to to date, they've transported over 700 pounds of relief supplies to the affected families. Today the organization's Secretary General explained more about it today: Lily Bowman, Director-General, Belize Red Cross "This is led by our San Pedro Branch which has been very active and very quick to respond from the very beginning. The headquarters has been sending out relief items which will be distributed today, but before that they were carrying out their assessments, and in collaboration with the Mayor, the Town Council, the Lions Club and NEMO of course, they have been gathering supplies and taking care of those people."

There Is A Lease On Goff's Caye
On Tuesday we told you about survey pegs which appeared last week on Goff's Caye. It has caused concern because Goff's Caye is managed by the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute - and is one of the last small islands in the Belize District that is open for public use and enjoyment. The pegs would seem to suggest that this public caye is being lined up for private profit. Coastal Zone has told us they don't know anything about it, but suggested that the Lands Department might. They sent out a press release today saying that there is a 50 year lease, but it was issued 12 years ago, in 2002. The release says that the northeaster portion of the caye was surveyed in 2001, and a 50 year lease was approved to Ramon Cervantes. the terms of the lease would allow the construction of permanent structures on the Caye.

ROC Wants to Meet The DPP, COMPOL
The Rod of Correction met again today at the BNTU National Headquarters, but this time there was no scrum of media lined up outside waiting for interviews. Instead, the ROC issued a press release saying it has taken the decision to request meetings with the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl Lyn Vidal and the Commissioner of Police, COMPOL Whylie. They want to talk with these senior officials about COLA's private prosecution of Elvin Penner which the ROC has agreed to lend its unequivocal support to.

Remembering Don Ramon and Sonia
At the top of our newscast, we showed you the additional charges that police brought against the men for the abduction and murder of Ramon Cervantes Sr. For a crime that has sent that community reeling, it's a start towards a return to normalcy, but the leaders believe that they must go through a healing process after losing a leading light in the community. That's why a candlelight vigil was held in the Town last night for both Cervantes and Sonia Abac. Our news team stopped in and spoke with a few of the participants about it: Yvette Torres, Candle Light Vigil Attendant "Its purpose is to show our unity as a community as we stand firm together whereby we are going through a great loss in our community and its time for us as a community to come out and show that we are united and we must take a stand in what we believe in."

Ramada Donates Old TV's
2 months ago, we told you about the rebranding effort that Princess Hotel in Belize City went through. It's now known as the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel, going back the days when it was under the Ramada Hotel Group's management. The move was done so that the Princess Hotel chain can join the Wyndham Hotel Chain, so as to tap into that international customer base. As part of the process Princess has to get up to speed with the standards for Wyndham Hotels, meaning that their 160 rooms have to be renovated. Part of that process is replacing their old "big box" televisions with flatscreens. They now have these 160 old school TV's for which they have no use, so what to do with it? Well, the management decided to donate to several charity organizations. The media was invited to a breakfast press briefing to announce the brand new second hand donation. We stopped in and spoke with the Hotel's manager. Here's what he told us:

Channel 5

Orange Walk Trio Arraigned for Ramon Cervantes Murder
There is a development in the murder of Orange Walk’s Ramon Cervantes Senior. At around eleven a.m. this morning, accused murderers twenty-two year old Noe Daniel Gonzalez, twenty-eight year old [...]

Dwayne Hilton Ambushed and Gunned Down In A Yard Near Fabers Road
The Faber’s Road Extension has been the scene of two vicious murders and a shooting in a span of twenty-four hours. Edwin ‘Drive’ Flowers, one of the leaders of the [...]

Davee Copius Is Disemboweled Then Dumped In Sewer Pond Behind Dike
Hours before the murder of Duane Hilton, police made a gruesome discovery. A body was found floating in an open sewer lagoon, it was horribly gutted and already decomposing. The [...]

Felicia Chen Returns to Court With New Lawyer
Felicia Chen, the young mother who drowned three of her children at Belizean Beach in April 2013, returned to court this morning. At her previous appearance she was unrepresented and [...]

Orange Walk Murders Revisited
The foundations of the Orange Walk community have been shaken by the recent violence and malicious conspiracy. Even as Police have been able to recover two bodies of persons abducted [...]

Candlelight Vigil Held In Memory of Slain Orange Walkenos
On Wednesday, the first step to getting justice for the families of Ramon Cervantes Sr. and Sonia Maribel Abac was taken, with the formal arraignment of Noe Gonzales, Mateo Pott [...]

Goff’s Caye Surveyed, Is Development Next?
Last week there was some consternation and concern when survey pegs appeared on the much used and much loved Goff’s Caye. It may not be a world heritage site, but [...]

Belize Times Versus Godwin Hulse
The Belize Times and Alberto Vellos have settled with Minister Godwin Hulse in respect of allegations made on July third of last year by the newspaper. At the time the [...]

Stanwell Bernardez Sentenced to 3 Years for Child Molesting
A three-year old girl was molested while inside her home and the man who police say did it, pleaded guilty today in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court for the offense [...]

Elderly Man Knocked Down And Killed In Belize City
Sixty-seven-year-old Mohan Thani, a Belizean businessman of Indian descent, was knocked down and killed on Wednesday evening as he attempted to cross the Phillip Goldson Highway near Belize Electricity Limited.  [...]

Humanitarian Organizations Provides Disaster Relief for Fire Victims in San Pedro
At around eight p.m. on Sunday, July sixth, a massive blaze in the Boca del Rio area of San Pedro destroyed eight homes, displacing sixteen families. They lost everything, all [...]

UNICEF Hosts Two-Day Seminar to Address Violence Against Children
A two-day workshop organized by UNICEF to provide participants with a greater understanding of the role that communication plays in individual and social behavior change, with a focus on violence [...]

Rod Of Correction Seeks Audience With DPP
COLA’s private prosecution of former minister of state Elvin Penner for the illegal issuance of a passport to a South Korean fugitive picked up some support from the Rod of [...]

Ramada Princess upgrades rooms and donates outdated goods
Today several Belize City based organizations received donations from the Ramada Belize City Princess. Two months ago the Princess entered into a partnership with the Ramada, owned by the international [...]

Smart Football Summer Camp Concludes At ITVET
Fans of the beautiful game will be passionately rallying behind their favorite national teams in the upcoming World Cup Finals on Sunday.  In Belize, a team of young athletes are [...]

Healthy Living Takes a look at food poisoning
Summer is here! It’s hot, it’s humid and many families need very little excuse to spend some time outdoors. Unfortunately, bacteria also loves hot and humid conditions. This is part [...]

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Soldiers Called in For Reinforcement on the Streets
With the spike in gun violence resulting in the shooting murder of many in Belize City, the Belize Police Department has requested the assistance from the Belize Defense Soldiers. Today CEO in the Ministry of National Security Retired Colonel George Lovell confirmed that BDF will be placed back on the streets to deal with the recent spate of crime. COLONEL GEORGE LOVELL “There have been some couple shootings within the last few weeks and we also had incidents in San Pedro. The police currently have an intake that is at the Police Training Academy that will come out late September or November. The Commissioner of Police did ask if he can get some assistance to beef up the numbers just for a very short time, not to have the BDF back in the streets in the numbers and on a permanent basis as they once were. So we have been dialoging with the Belize Defense Force and yes there will be a few soldiers going back on the streets to assist the police to try and bring back the situation to a normal standard.”

Fire in Northern Belize Leaves 10 Homeless
There was a fire in the Finca Solana Area in Corozal town last night. According to Station Officer at the National Fire Service, Orin Smith, no one was injured. ORIN SMITH “On Tuesday, July 8 2014 at approximately nine thirty pm the Corozal branch of the National Fire Service had received and responded to the call of a structural fire in the Finca Solana area in Corozal Town. On arrival at the scene one ply board structure was seen destroyed by fire and another structure on the same property was seen fully engulfed in flames. The NFS got into operation and put out those fires.” LOCAL REPORTER: “Was anyone injured in that fire?” ORIN SMITH “No one was injured in either of these fires.” LOCAL REPORTER: “Can you tell us how it started?” ORIN SMITH “Investigation is still ongoing and the cause of the fire, originated in a twelve by sixteen structure; one of two on the property. The second structure was eighteen by twenty.” Approximately ten persons lived in the structure.

Decomposing Body Found with “D-Dog” Tattoo
A man was murdered in Belize City sometime this week and police need your help to find out who he is. His body was found floating in the “Dyke” area of Jane Usher Boulevard where human excrement are dumped. Officer Commanding Precinct 2, Alford Grinage confirmed to Love News this evening that the man was murdered. The reason has not yet been determined and neither has his identity. The body is partially decomposed and police are giving two hours for anyone to identify the body. If they do not get an identity, because of the state of decomposition, the body will be buried. ASP Grinage shared some distinguishing features that may help to identify the body.

Belize’s Ambassador Passes In ICU in Guatemala
The deaths of two prominent Belizean men, who served their country in two different spectrums, are undoubtedly great losses to this nation as both Ambassador Alfredo Martinez and Businessman Zebedee Pitterson were constructive and ambitious men in their own right who contributed to the development of Belize with Ambassador Martinez working on protecting our nation’s sovereignty and Pitterson feeding the poor children in schools………Ambassador Alfred Martinez passed away just after ten o’clock last night, inside the Intensive Care Unit at a hospital in Guatemala City. His hospitalization came after a long term battle with what Love News has learnt to be a chemical imbalance in his system. Even with the challenges of being ill, Ambassador Martinez continued being committed to his work for Belize, as was explained by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, who met with the media just after midday today inside his Belize City office on Coney Drive.

Assumed Leader of PIV Gang Shot in Forehead
The gun violence continued last night and police expect some sort of retaliation for the shooting of thirty one year old Edwin Flowers who is currently hospitalized. Police say about eight thirty five last night they went to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they saw Flowers suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the forehead, two to the left arm and one to the left upper chest. According to the Police, Flowers was with his common-law wife on his verandah at dark complexion male person wearing a grey t-shirt came out from behind some bushes and fired several shots at him. On the streets Flowers is said to be a leader of the P-I-V gang and his shooting may be a linked to a rise of gang rivalry. Deputy Commander of Precinct 2, Assistant Superintendent Calbert Flowers, told us they are putting measures in place to deter any sort of retaliation.

Home Invasion Traumatizes Single Elderly Woman
An elderly woman was the victim of a home invasion in Dangriga. Quick police response led to the alleged perpetrator being shot. Correspondent Harry Arzu reports. HARRY ARZU “The home of 88 year old Dimples Westby who lived alone and was confined to a wheelchair was burglarized early this morning at about 2:30 while she was watching television. Police here told Love News that they responded to a burglary in progress at number 769 Sibun Street this morning and upon arrival they observed the front door of this concrete bungalow house opened and also noticed the lights in the house were turned on. Furthermore they observed a male person inside the house with a black mask on his face standing in front of the senior citizen. They reported that the intruder was armed with a knife in his left hand extended toward Westby who was visibly in fear.

A Guardian For The Hungry Children Dies
As we mentioned earlier, Zebedee Pitterson passed away on Tuesday morning just after seven o’clock as he was hospitalized inside the Belize Healthcare Partners in Belize City. The 82-year-old entrepreneur has been ailing for some time now. Love News sat down with his wife, Alvia Pitterson, who explained what the pains were like for her husband and what led to his hospitalization.mr sonny ALVIA PITTERSON “I understand he couldn’t catch his breath and he started to feel weak so my son took him there but he was asking him before anything because he looked like he didn’t feel good and he refused to go, refused completely and when night came up he wanted to go. Every sickness raises more in the night and then they did took him but it was too late, like it was too late because at first it looked like he was surviving, like he would have come home but then he turned for the worse because he started to vomit. He was building his blood vigorously both with natural things and with iron pills and different types of vitamins that they gave him. He didn’t want to go to the doctor because he was so sure that his blood level was up but……he must could have felt it; that he was weak but he slept little later in the morning, he was tired and that was because his blood was weak. He didn’t want to accept it; he didn’t want to feel that way.”

Body of Missing Woman Found; Family Gets Closure Months Later
The body of a woman was found in Dubloom, on the Honey Camp Road in Orange Walk. It has been an unprecedented turn of events in the last eight days in Orange Walk as first we reported on the disappearance of well-known businessman Ramon Cervantes. On Tuesday evening, Love News was the first to report that police were searching for another body near the same farm where Cervantes’ body was found. Arturo Cantun has the details.


Remains of another body unearthed in Orange Walk
On Tuesday evening Orange walk police returned to the site where they had located the shallow grave of Ramon Cervantes Sr. We reported in Tuesday’s newscast that based on information police received from one of the individuals detained in the Cervantes investigation, police decided to search the area again.  They...

Men arraigned in Ramon Cervantes murder
For the third day in a row people of Orange Walk Town and the neighbouring communities gathered in front of the court in Orange Walk to get a glimpse of the people in police custody who are believed to be responsible for the gruesome murder of Ramon Cervantes Sr....

Belize’s man in Guatemala, Fred Martinez, dies
On the heels of Ramon Cervantes Sr.’s tragic passing last week comes the death of another prominent citizen from Orange Walk. He too was a former Government Senator and former Mayor of Orange Walk Town. But more than that, he was, for the last eleven years, Belize’s man in...

Home invasion in Dangriga
      There are reports of a home invasion in Dangriga. Correspondent Harry Arzu has the story. HARRY ARZU “The home of 88 year old Dimples Westby who lived alone and was confined to a wheelchair was burglarized early this morning at about 2:30 while she was watching...

Fire in Corozal destroys two homes
There was a fire in Corozal Tuesday night and two families lost their homes.Two plywood houses located on a lot in the Finca Solana Area, Corozal Town were totally engulfed in flames. The houses, one measuring approximately 12 feet by 16 feet and the other 20 feet by 22...

Child lights curtain ablaze, house burns
There was another fire; this time in Hattieville. On Tuesday morning, July 8 at about 8:55a.m., the house at # 174 Ysaguirre Boulevard, Hattieville was engulfed in flames. The residence was that of 54-year-old Belizean Eloise Hyde. According to Hyde, that morning she sent her two grandsons downstairs in the...

Shootings continue in Belize City
More shots were fired in Belize City Teusday night and a 31 year old man is recovering from wounds received. 31-year-old Edwin Flowers, Belizean construction worker of Neal’s Pen Road, was admitted to the KHMH for gunshot wounds to his forehead, arm and chest. He was shot at least...

National Awards for “Du Di Rait Ting”
        We have been following the Police Department’s honors for high school students who have met the requirements for the “Du Di Rait Ting” program. Today the national awards were held. We hear more from Acting Commander of Community Policing, Inspector Dehanne Augustine. Inspector Dehanne Augustine...

BWS denies terminating workers over gossip
Six former workers of Belize Water Services Limited are suing their ex-employer alleging wrongful termination, however the company claims it has had a long-standing restructuring plan in place that began to be seriously implemented in 2012 after a rate cut of over 7% from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC)....

Traffic Accident on the George Price Highway
      Shortly before our newscast Wednesday evening there was a traffic accident on the George Price Highway right in front of the Harmonyville community. The accident involved a white Toyota pick up truck driven at the time by Shawn Fuller of Belmopan.  According to Fuller, who was...

Baker and unsung hero Zebedee Pitterson dies
Owner of Sunnyside Bakery in Belize City Zebedee Pitterson died Tuesday night at the age of 83. He began his business in 1949 after apprenticing at several local bakeries and Sunnyside – which was actually going to be called “Suntan” Bakery – has lived on through hurricanes and fires, good...

Christian teams continue work of charity and service in and around Belmopan
        A group of Student Doctors and Lecturers from Busk College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Harrogate Tennessee, are at the Good Samaritan Clinic of Body and Soul Ministries in Roaring Creek, providing free medical services and medication to residents of Roaring Creek and the neighbouring communities....

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Body of missing Orange Walk woman unearthed near Dublum Bank
Two and a half months after she went missing, the remains of 46 year old Sonia Abac was unearthed from a grave in the Dublum Bank area of Orange Walk on Wednesday. Reports are that police were led to the site on a farm adjacent to where […]

Man pleads guilty to fondling baby girl
A man who fondled a 3 year old girl in the dark of night will spend the next three years in prison. Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer handed down the sentence to 23 year old Stanwell Bernardez who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of an indecent nature. Bernardez was […]

Felicia Chen pleads guilty to manslaughter
Next Monday, July 14, Justice Troadio Gonzalez will sentence 23 year old Felicia Chen, the mother who killed three of her four children by drowning in April, 2013 at Belizean Beach. Chen appeared in court with attorney Leslie Mendez today and pleaded guilty to three counts of the […]

Davee Copius comes to gruesome end
The site of the BWS pond/dyke site behind Fabers’ Road Extension is not far from the troubled hotspot of Jane Usher Boulevard and is known for hiding stashes of firearms, ammunition and drugs, and one or two dead bodies. Yet another was discovered around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. […]

Dwayne Hilton murdered and another injured in shooting
35 year old Dwayne Hilton is the latest murder victim in Belize City. He was at a residence not far from his home at the corner of Baldwin and Custard Apple Streets in the Fabers’ Road Extension area around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night when gunshots sounded from the […]

Godwin Hulse settles with Belize Times over libel
The Belize Times, an organ of the People’s United Party (PUP), must pay Senator and Minister of Labour, Local Government, Immigration and National Emergency Management, Godwin Hulse, the sum of $15,000 as part of a settlement over a case of libel. The newspaper must also, in a half-page […]

Belize Red Cross to assist San Pedro fire victims
A devastating fire in the Boca del Rio area of San Pedro Town on Sunday cost several families their homes. The leading humanitarian organization in Belize, the Belize Red Cross, has sprung into action through its local branch and working with other organizations. Director General Lily Bowman says […]

Ramada Princess donates TV sets to charitable organizations
Following its rebranding as the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel, the former Princess Hotel and Casino has undertaken a remodeling of its 160 rooms to Ramada standards. This includes replacing 160 Philips brand television sets to LCD screens. The hotel decided to donate the equipment to several civil […]

Orange Walk men charged for kidnapping
Three men who were arraigned on a charge of murder and firearm related charges on Wednesday were back in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court this morning. 22 year old Noe Daniel Gonzalez Avila; 28 year old Mateo Pott, Jr; and 19 year old Angel Antonio Cardenas were […]

Belize Times to pay Senator Godwin Hulse thousands
The Belize Times will pay $15,000 and retract an article accusing Senator Godwin Hulse of inappropriate behavior in 2013. The final settlement was arrived at this morning in the Surpeme Court. Details coming shortly.

Why I Chose the Brand Name “Verena’s”?
The Belizean food company VERENA FOODS made its first sale on November 8, 2002…..the first birth date of my daughter DANAI VERENA HARRISON. The name VERENA comes from my grandmother VERENA LISBEY, of San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize. It is a name of Latin origin, and signifies INTEGRITY….or TRUE. VERENA FOODS is engaged in processing, packaging […]

The Threat of Losing Preferential Markets in Belize
Belize is a relatively poor ex-British-colony in the Caribbean Basin of Central America…with a very low population density of around 14 persons per acre of land. A population of around 350,000 on a land mass of little over 5 million acres. It imports three times the value of what it exports….and most of what it […]


Help Boca Del Rio Fire Families
The San Pedro Belize Red Cross have been getting out of country inquiries on how to help the Boca Del Rio fire families. Checks can made out to the Belize Red Crossand sent to Belize Red Cross #1 Gabourel Lane Belize City, Belize. Donations can also be sent by money gram or western union in name of Belize Red Cross. Please make a note for San Pedro Fire victims along with your donation. Headquarters will process everything in Belize City and then send donations to San Pedro Branch. Additional contact information for Belize Red Cross: Tel:501-2273319/2273617 Fax:501-223-0998 Skype: BelizeRedCross Between back and forth between Reef Radio, Dollar Drive on the street, Lions Den and Tropic Air Cargo yesterday was a very busy and very worthwhile day. The telethon raised over 18.348.00 still waiting for final total and continuing to take cash and food donations. Everyone is working together to rebuild the lives of 20 families/80 people from the ground up and all help is appreciated.

Now That’s Progress: The New Diamante Beachfront Suites in San Pedro, Belize
Two things recently caught my eye about the new Diamante Suites that are going up at the very southern edge of town in San Pedro. First, this announcement last week: Free beer? In San Pedro? This could cause a riot. Sure it’s slightly gimmicky but it’s also super smart and well…pretty fun. A Saturday night. Get all the tour guides, the taxi drivers, the waiter, the bloggers together for a bit of a party. No matter how you look at it, that is good times and smart promotion for your project. They’ve got some pretty snazzy marketing ideas that have caught my eye over the last few months.

How to Better Manage Your Cash Flow
These four steps will help you keep track of the money coming in and out of your growing company. Cash is king when it comes to the financial management of a growing company. The lag between the time you have to pay your suppliers and employees and the time you collect from your customers is the problem, and the solution is cash flow management. At its simplest, cash flow management means delaying outlays of cash as long as possible while encouraging anyone who owes you money to pay it as rapidly as possible. Measuring Cash Flow Prepare cash flow projections for next year, next quarter and, if you’re on shaky ground, next week. An accurate cash flow projection can alert you to trouble well before it strikes.

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Tech Company That May Not Exist Is Worth $5 Billion
Bubbles are filled with air, so it is only fitting that in our new tech bubble we buy companies that are mostly made of air. One of the hottest stocks in the universe right now is a social-networking company called Cynk Technology, ticker symbol CYNK. As of Thursday morning, the stock had soared more than 30,000 percent in less than one month, shooting from 6 cents on June 16 to $18.21 Thursday morning, taking Cynk's market value from about $17 million to more than $5 billion. That makes it worth more than HuffPost parent company AOL or JetBlue, both valued at about $3 billion. Cynk is headquartered in Belize, but was incorporated in Nevada in 2008. Its main contact number is in a Miami area code.

Mexico strengthens southern border against agricultural threats
Mexican authorities have invested MXN286.1 million (US$22 million) across five checkpoints along the country’s southern borders with Guatemala and Belize. In a release, the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) said the five stations would focus on the inspection, mobilization and import of agricultural products to protect the nation from exotic pests and diseases that are not yet present in Mexico. With MXN185.8 million (US$14.3 million) , the lion’s share of the funds have gone to the checkpoints Huixtla and Suchiate II in the state of Chiapas, bordering Guatemala.

If You See a Chance, Take It
SOME PEOPLE HAVE ALL THE luck. And if you were Amy Trina on March 30, you definitely had it. That’s because she was fishing Abergris Caye out of San Pedro, Belize when she hooked into a fish that some anglers spend a lifetime trying, often unsuccessfully, to catch. Remarkably, she wasn’t even in Belize to fish. Instead she’d travelled from Montana to participate in a six-day, hardcore yoga camp called Akbol. She’d packed a rod and gear, but she hadn’t even seen a fish to cast at while briefly patrolling a nearby beach. But she ran into fellow fly fishers at a bar one evening and copped an invite to fish the following day, with the assistance of a local independent guide, Darryl Smith. Smith had seen permit the day prior and he ran Trina to that particular flat. They weren’t there long before she spotted 30-some fish moving her way. She cast and got a chase, but the fish didn’t grab. Soon, however, another big school swam toward her and this time she picked up the 9-weight and launched a green shrimp imitation. She stripped the fly a couple times, caught a permit’s attention, and then performed a solid strip-strike when the fish ate.


Video: CAX Broadreach, 4min.
Belize and Costa Rica adventure. Filmed and Created by Sydney Weinkle

Video: Spearing Lionfish with ReefCI in Belize, 3min.
Lionfish are an invasive species in the Caribbean. ReefCI are working hard to rid the reef of them, and we helped too. Working in Tom Owens Caye, Belize.

Video: Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2hrs.
94th Annual General Meeting

Video: Belize Beach - Dangriga Town, 5min.
The one in this video is at the river-month in Dangriga Town. It has a nice little sand bar where the Pelicans and Seagulls are. It was a cloudy day but still good for taking video. The Sand would sparkle when the water wash over.

Video: Babylon Warriors-@ Belize Cayefest 2014, 5min.

Video: 2 Sharks & a ray on the wall in Belize, 2min.

Video: Belize Turtle 2014, 2min.

Video: Falling in Love with Belize at Turneffe Island Resort, by Florian Weiss, 2min.

Video: Fly Fishing at Turneffe Island Resort Belize, 7min.

Video: Coconut Man of Plascencia, Belize in the Streets of San Ignacio Weaving a Water Bottle Holder, 23min.
1:33 Comes to sit and start weaving 1:48 Says who he is 6:00 Says Belikin Beer company has liked his design 6:31 Shows dexterity in the hands 7:56 One of our hosts (Michelle) starts selling his product to the public 8:24 Another of our hosts (Roger) makes an appearance 10:04 Michelle says that she's earned a dollar from advertising the product 10:33 Coconut Man asks Roger if he's from Canada, Roger says that he lives here (in Belize) with a completely unsurprised face 12:13 Talks about his experience seeing the Queen of England 12:42 Michelle shows some dance moves 13:00 The shape of the water bottle holder takes form 15:04 "It's good to be nice, but it's nicer to be good" 15:21 Tells us about his life aspirations 16:09 Talks about Belizeans and their relations to Art 18:37 Talking to German tourists about his creations 19:13 Germans talk about "saving money" 19:52 Coconut Man cracks jokes 22:49 Coconut Man finishes!

Video: Catholic Mission Trips 2014: Archbishop Carroll Alumni in Punta Gorda, Belize, 4min.

Video: Underwater Diving in Belize, 3min.
Underwater B-Roll. Video by Petty Officer 1st Class Brett Cote | Fleet Combat Camera Pacific | Date: 07.07.2014. B-roll of divers from MDSU 2 diving with their counterparts from the Belizean counterparts in Belize as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014.


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