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The San Pedro Sun
My Beautiful Belize takes an adventure! Just a teaser until our Sept/Oct issue!
#backroadbelize adventure a WILD success! Monkeys, check! Birds, check! Jungle, check! Great accommodations, check! Pooltime, check! Rivers, check! Critters, check! Awesome villages, check! Read all about it in the Sept/Oct issue of My Beautiful Belize! (10 photos)
San Pedro Police’s six month report
With 2014 already half way finished, Officer in Charge of San Pedro Police Luis Castellanos has issued crime statistics for June 2014 and reports on the island’s crime activity over the past six months. According to Castellanos, major crime on the island is now under control and there seems to be a healthier relationship between […]
New Officers at the San Pedro Police Force
As of June 2014, the San Pedro Police Department has two new officers. They are Sergeant Delfin Zuniga and Corporal Lenancio Bol. The San Pedro Sun is pleased to introduce them to the community. Sergeant 615, Delfin Zuniga is originally from Dangriga and has 17 years of experience in the police force. “I joined the […]
Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation celebrates 2 ½ years of service to Belize
Press Release – The Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation – July 8, 2014 - The Board of Directors of The Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation is proud to celebrate two and a half years of service to Belize and congratulates all those who made this milestone possible. The Foundation has reached its first plateau with […]
Wolfe’s Woofer: Is Anyone Home?
“Did you take your guitar over to Dale’s house?” Sherry asked. “Yes, but he wasn’t home.” “You had better try to get over there today. You can’t play it until he replaces the bridge on it and we have to work tomorrow.” “OK,OK, I’ll go.” I drove over to Dale Wallace’s house but there was […]
Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor: On behalf of the neighbors and property owners on School Master Drive and Shad St, San Marco, I would like to thank BEL and BWS for installing electric lines and laying the proper water line on those streets. Also, a thank you to Mayor Guerrero for understanding the importance of the request for […]
Doctor Love: Celebrities and Wedding
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, Last week my friend and I were walking on the beach in San Pedro. At about the same time she and I realized […]
Coral Reef Ed-ventures Celebrates 15 Years in Belize
The Coral Reef Ed-Ventures was in San Pedro for its 15th terrific year of coral reef programs. Smith College/Hol Chan Coral Reef Ed-Ventures is an educational summer program that teaches children about reef ecology and conservation.
This year’s team of student teachers from Smith College consisted of: Kayla Clark, Kiara Gomez, Riley Gage, Clara Rosebrock, Victoria Dunch and Elena Karlsen-Ayala. The Smith student teachers and school children, aged 7 to 11, participated in a two-week, inquiry-based program to learn about coral reefs. There was also a one-week program for youth aged 12 and older, during which the students produced a final project to share with their community.
During the second week the students went on a glass bottom boat trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve to see the corals, sea grass and animals that they had learned about. Students also enjoyed a presentation from the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) on crocodile habitats and also had a presentation on conservation done by Judy Waight, Education Outreach Officer, Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage.
Pic of the Week:
Experience Belize as Mother Nature Intended
The slogan “No shirt, No shoes, No problem” is epitomized by this picture of three Belizean boys having fun in a hot summer afternoon. A dory and a paddle, of course, the placid, warm Caribbean Sea is all that Belizean kids need to have a whale of a time. And it is not only Belizean kids, but hundreds of international tourists who come to Belize to throw away the neck tie as well as the shirt, exchange the shoes for dive fins or bare feet, and forget the problems of a fast paced society to engage in the relaxing, slow paced ambience of Belize. Come and exchange your car for a dory and experience Belize as “mother nature intended".
25 Years Ago:
The Development of the San Pedro High School
There was a time when only two or three young men or ladies from San Pedro had the fortune to attend high school in Belize City. In the 1960’s I can count the students who had this wonderful opportunity- youngsters like Pedro Salazar, Betito Marin, Artemio Cardenez, Daniel Alamilla, Gonzalo Heredia, yours Truly Angel Nuñez, Manuel Heredia, Wilfrido Nunez, Nando Trejo. On the ladies side it was Cruzita Salazar, Ilda Guerrero, Iraida Staines, Isela Gonzalez. See not even 20 in a ten-year period.
Then in 1971 San Pedro’s first high school was founded under the name of St. Peter’s College. It included two teachers and 25 students. The building used was the community center which had a water tank on the ground floor and a concrete first floor with a wood floor. In the first year there was only one classroom and then every year as the school grew, another classroom was built. The second one was the enclosure of the downstairs and the third was a hardboard (celotex) structure with celotex windows and door.
Misc Belizean Sources
Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters over Ambergris Caye
While we visited Ambergris Caye on Saturday, several of these Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters were seen hovering over the reef. These helicopters are American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopters. Their primary roles are troop movement, artillery placement and battlefield resupply. They have a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks. With a top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) these helicopters are faster than contemporary 1960s utility and attack helicopters. The CH-47 is among the heaviest lifting Western helicopters. Its name is derived from the Native American Chinook people.
COROZAL SPORTS CORNER
The Corozal Predators basketball team will be hosted in Campeche, Mexico in an exchange program on July 25-26th. The team officials and players will be conducting a raffle to win 3 brand new items. Each raffle ticket will be sold for $10.00 and the winning number will be from this Sunday’s lotto draw. This is a great and worthy cause and we thank you in anticipation. For info call or text 632-1638.
Israel “Rally” Alpuche of Corozal Town, a former minister of government between – 1984 to 1989 – passes at the age of 71.
“Don Rally” as we fondly and affectionately called him, had been battling with complications of diabetes for some time now. He silently passed away yesterday morning around 7 o’clock at the Corozal Community Hospital.
Israel Alpuche served as Minister of Energy and Communication in the mid-1980’s. During his tenure as Minister of Energy and Communication, he was instrumental in negotiating an agreement for the supply of electricity to Belize from Mexico, and also oversaw the expansion of telecommunication services in Belize.
Many times, the Editor of the Corozal Daily would sit down with Don Rally in his backyard and reminisce on his political career and the future of Corozal. He was always eager to mince conversation with us and have a good laugh. The giant of a man will certainly be missed by our community. At the time of his passing, Don Rally was still serving his community as Justice of the Peace and Commissioner of the Supreme Court. Don Rally was a wealth of information and wisdom.
Here's What Happened When We Tried Calling The CEO Of CYNK
From rags to riches - Interpol seeks Belizean self acclaimed artist "The Lieutenant" Javier Romero from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Read full story.
Belize Participating in Commonwealth Games
Belize is going to the 20th Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland. 12 athletes and 6 coaches are leaving tomorrow to go participate in 17 events at the games, which will be held from July 23rd to August 3rd. Best of luck! Go Team Belize!
Flor de la Feria Pageant
Congratulations Shelsee Hernandez, aka Srta. Frangipani, for winning the Señorita Flor de la Feria pageant! The pageant also had performances by Grupo Folclorico de Casa de la Cultura de San Juan de dios and Orquidea Negra. Let the Benque Fiesta begin.
"The 47th Benque Festival 2014 is a cultural extravaganza, showcasing the social and religious traditions of Belize’s Mestizo community; visit Cayo District’s Benque Viejo Del Carmen (July 7th – 20th), and get acquainted with all things Belize!"
Cayo Dazzles Sweet Violet Bride
Cayo is prominently displayed in the latest issue of Sweet Violet Bride. The beautiful Destinee Arnold models wedding dresses at Hidden Valley Inn, the Belize Zoo, and Cahal Pech Archaeological Site. Celia Grace, the wedding gown designer, had an 'eco and voluntourism photo shoot' here in Belize. The pictures and article start on page 29.
Horse Camp at Banana Bank
Banana Bank is currently hosting their Summer Horse Camp. The kids are having a great time practicing their riding skills. They have a great video of one of their trail rides.
"Horse camp started July 9th and it has been alot of fun even though some campers have to come later...."
Team Belize lives to see another day! Congratulations on your achievement in the face of many challenges. Today's team match went down to "the wire", as we say in darts...
Team Belize edged out team brazil for that final spot in the Americas cup...
This round got us fashioned and ready for the Caribbean cup!!!
TEAM BELIZE!!! (4 photos)
Felicia Chen Gets 8 Years For Killing Her Babies
23 year-old Felicia Chen, the young mother who admitted in Supreme Court that she drowned her 3 babies was given a 24-year prison sentence by Justice Troadio Gonzales. That's the decision that the judge delivered today after 4 days after deliberating on how much time she should spend for committing the triple manslaughter.
As we told you, as we told you, Chen decided to forego a lengthy trial for 3 counts of murder by pleading guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. She and her attorney told the court that she was diagnosed with severe depression. She also plead for leniency saying that in addition to her depression, she was destitute, abused and forced to prostitution, and that she had a breakdown when she heard voices who convinced her to kill her babies.
Grandfather Killed Uncharacteristically; Unintended Street Slaying
And while she grieves and continues contemplate the killing of her children, the Mendoza family is grieving the loss of a husband, a father, and a grandfather who was mercilessly shot in the head on Saturday night.
Just before 11, 59 year-old Julio Mendoza was playing dominoes with his friends on Raccoon Street Extension when a gunman ran pass and shot him in the head. He clung to life for another 6 and a half hours, but in the end, he succumbed to his injury at the KHMH.
Mendoza was a law-abiding citizen and parent, so at this time, investigators believe that it was a case of mistaken identity. Today, the Deputy Officer Commanding Precinct 2 briefed the media on Mendoza's fatal shooting:
Cashier Shot In Publics Robbery
Mendoza's shooting was one of two which happened in Belize City this weekend. Resident's may have noticed that it rained quite a lot yesterday, but that didn't stop 2 men from robbing the Publics Clinic and Pharmacy on West Canal Street, and shooting the cashier because she refused to give them the money.
Police say that at around 11 on Sunday morning, 23 year-old Fatima Figueroa was working at the cash register for the P-Clinic and Pharmacy when 2 men entered through the front door. One of them was armed, and that man pointed the gun at her and demanded that she open the cash register. When she refused to comply, the man shot her in the left side of her abdomen. Shortly after, the men robbed a 38 year-old teacher of her sling purse which contained her $400 in cash, her cellular phone, her keys, and her passport, and her son's passport. The men then ran out of the business place and rode off on bicycles.
Noh Mul Case Will Start Next Time
In May of last year, the media uncovered the mauling of the Noh Mul archaeological site in which a company was scrapping it for road fill materials. Even more startling than that was the revelation that UDP Standard Bearer for Orange Walk Central Denny Grijalva was implicated in that scandal because it was his business, De-Mars Stone Company, which was accused of the crime.
A few weeks later, Denny Grijalva, and his wife Emelda Grijalva, who represented as Managing Directors for De-Mars Stone Company, Javier Nunez, their foreman, and excavator driver Emil Cruz were all marched to court on charges for it. It's been 14 months since that revelation, and today, all accused persons went back to court ready to stand trial.
A Fatal Accident & A Fatal Hit And Hit A Run
Police continue to investigate two traffic accidents which killed 2 people over the weekend. One of the drivers for the one of the incidents is a controversial figure he's been featured in the news before.
The first one happened just before 9 on Friday night. 35 year-old William Lopez of Esperanza was riding his bike in the village, and he was heading in the direction Central Farm. That's around the time when a red Chevy Silverado Truck, which was being driven by 46 year-old Imer Hernandez, a business man from Arenal Road. Hernandez reported to police that he was driving toward San Ignacio when a vehicle coming from the opposite direction temporarily blinded him with its high beams. Lopez is believed to have died shortly after the accident when he suffered massive injuries to his head and body.
Police Say He Shot A Man With A Sawed Off
Eighteen Tevin Palmer, an unemployed of 61 King Street, who the police alleged shot 21 year old Sean fisher, was charged with attempted murder when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Palmer was also charged with wounding and use of deadly means of harm.
The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on July 5, but Palmer was not detained until Friday, July 11. Fisher reported to the police that he was on Dean Street, across the next side from "Kick Down Fence", when a person dressed in full black whom he recognized as Palmer, approached him and pointed a sawed-off shotgun at him and fired a shot. Fisher said that he was shot in his abdomen and the left side of his buttocks. Fisher was taken to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where the doctor who examined and treated him classified his injury as wounding.
Big Questionable Pay-outs At KHMH?
The KHMH Administration is doing some deep digging into its accounts after massive unauthorized pay-outs were made to suppliers in early June. 7News has received reports that the disbursements amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars and it has left the institution with a short-term cash flow crisis where it is having difficulty meetings its regular payments.
Credible reports say the investigation includes queries into the acquisition of two X-Ray machines from an Orange Walk based business which sells furniture. These were reportedly paid for without invoice or contract - and the bill was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It's so serious that the hospital may have to commission an audit to get to the bottom of it. We'll keep following the story.
Protesting For Ramon and Sonia
All last week, the news was dominated by the kidnapping, torture and murder of 71 year-old Ramon Cervantes Sr, and the discovery of 46 year-old Sonia Abac's bod. Well, this weekend, it was all about the state funeral for the late Ambassador Fred Martinez.
We'll tell you about that later, but for effect, some 70 or so residents from Orange Walk stood and waited for the Government Representatives and the Prime Minister to pass by in the funeral procession to stage a protest on behalf of the deceased residents and their high profile murders.
One of the protesters spoke with our colleagues from CTV 3 News, and explained its importance:
The Real Dangers Of Leptospirosis
For the past few months, we've reported a few times on the Leptospirosis - the dangerous infection caused by exposure to rats. But, ut stories so far have been clinical and remote with health technicians talking in the abstract about suspect cases. But, on Friday Monica Bodden got a chance to look the illness in its eye - after she linked up with a Belize City man who was knocking on death's door after a serious case of leptospirosis. Here's her story:..
Monica Bodden reporting
After spending 16 days in a coma, 30 days in the hospital and given a 50/50 chance of survival, 21 year old Nigel Augustine is happy to be home.
"So you don't remember nothing that happened?"
A month ago Augustine's health quickly deteriorated after he was infected with the deadly disease called leptospirosis.
Goff's Caye Lease Was Cancelled
Last week we told you about a lease on Goff's Caye that was approved to Ramon Cervantes. Well, today we called the commissioner of lands, Wilbert Vallejos, to ask him about this lease. While he declined our request for an interview, he did tell us that the lease has been cancelled. We are still unable to confirm which Ramon Cervantes held the lease.
Where's Delita Roca?
Today, a Willow's bank family is worried sick about the disappearance of their daughter and loved one, 13 year old daughter Delita Roca. The last time Delcie Roca saw her daughter was on Friday when the minor was picked up by the police for allegedly stealing a gold chain. She was released on Sunday, and then went missing. Her mother Delcie Roca told us today that her daughter must be found urgently since she is not only diabetic but also pregnant.
Delcie Roca - Mother of missing child
"I can't tell you what is happening to her right about now because I don't even know where she is. I can't find her and she is 13 years old, Delita Roca with a belly - pregnant. I really want to know if anybody has her, just release my child or whatever they can do for me to ease my pain because I am in a lot of pain. This will make the second time that she did this and I don't know what she is doing this for because she not really hungry. I sell chicharon out there, I am a business person, they don't need to do me this - it really hurt and painful. I have no idea, she is a minor, she is only 13 years old and whoever is encouraging and harboring her at their place, I don't know what to do."
Bze and Palestine Initiate Diplomatic Relations
Right now in the Middle East, the Palestinian territory is being bombarded by Israel, but the embattled state has a new friend in Belize. Formal Diplomatic Relations were established with the state of Palestine during a ceremony in Mexico City on Wednesday, July 9th.
Ambassador of Belize to Mexico Oliver del Cid, , signed Joint Communiques with the Ambassador of Palestine in Mexico, Munjed Saleh. Ambassador del Cid noted f the cultural links between Belize and Palestine and that the establishment of diplomatic relations is a step forward for the international political system.
In 2009 Belize signed a visa waiver memorandum of understanding with Israel but in 2011 voted at the United Nations to formally recognize Palestine as a sovereign and Independent state.
Gold Panners Arrested Inside Chiquibul
And more closer to home, San Ignacio police have detained four Guatemalan males after they were caught panning for gold in the Chiquibul. The news comes out of yesterday's Prensa Libre and local authorities have confirmed it.
The four are residents of Monte Olivos in Dolores, Peten - and they include 14 year old - along with three men, ages, 25, 30 and 48.
Police are expected to charge them for illegal entry - which will result in jail time unless they are unable to pay a fine.
And while border encroachments continue, so too do the efforts to stop them by creating awareness on the Guatemalan side of the effects of these incursions on the Chiquibul forest. 7News has learned that last week, a great stride in this direction was made when a high level Guatemalan delegation visited Chiquibul and Caracol. The group - pictured here - included Guatemala's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, senior OAS officials, and parliamentarians from Guatemala.
Mike Segura: Acting Deputy Commish
For the past 18 months, Assistant Police Commissioner has been the officer commanding Eastern Division, one of toughest policing jurisdiction, but tonight, the Police Department is announcing that he has inched up the ranks once again.
The Department says that Miguel Segura is now acting in the capacity of Deputy Commissioner of Police. He will be replaced by Senior Superintendent of Police Dezerie Phillips as the who took over from Asst. Commissioner of Police
PM Left For Medical Reasons
Prime Minister Dean Barrow attended the official state funeral for Ambassador Fred Martinez on Saturday, and yesterday, he left the country for medical reasons.
He's expected to return to the country on Wednesday, but until that time, Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega will be acting as Prime Minister.
No Electricity In Pan Today
If you normally work in Belmopan, but you're a commuter, you must have realized that the power has been out in that city for the entire day, and still continues to be in a blackout at this time.
Belize Electricity explains that the power interruption is the result of a damaged power transformer. Inclement weather during the course of the day presented challenges for the work crews, however, they continue with corrective action to restore power as soon as possible.
The company continues to work on restoring power to the City of Belmopan, following an unscheduled power interruption at 7:00 a.m. today.
The Company projects that power supply will be restored to the area by midnight.
Patrick Menzies Calls Out Hon. Elrington
Patrick Menzies is fast becoming known that type of activist who - shall we kindly say - agitates with strong messages, but who often lacks the numbers to flex.
Today, he organized protest of 5 - including himself - to call out Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington. Menzies claims that Elrington made a controversial public statement which could be interpreted as a subtle support for the LGBT agenda.
He invited the media out and explained his latest grievance:
Patrick Menzies - Lead Protester
"We are out here for two reasons; one is to bring awareness to the constitution awareness month that we are doing in Belmopan at the national assembly plaza. On Wednesday will be 30 days. We are having a special meeting at 10am to bring awareness to that, but #2, most Belizeans don't know that Minister Elrington or Minister of Foreign Affairs said at the OAS when they were discussing de-criminalization of homosexuality the LGBT, he said specifically that he supports - he said that 'we supports all' the principles of the OAS. We like to have a stronger OAS. Fine with the strong OAS, but we have a problem with all the principles. They were there to de-criminalization homosexuality. That is a crime in Belize. How can the Minister of Foreign Affairs representing a nation that says that homosexuality is illegal? How can he say in an international body that we support all of its principles - that is a complete oxymoron; how can you support all the principles, but we don't support gay? It's completely wacko. We want Belizeans to realize that Minister Elrington needs to either retract what he said or change jobs."
An Artistic Take On The Noh Mul Mauling
Earlier on in the news, we told you about the start of the Noh Mul trial in Corozal town. Well, whether by coincidence or design, a group of artists from the Image Factory made a timely art intervention at the Noh Mul site in the Orange Walk District on Saturday.
A total of nine artists and poets led by Yasser Musa visited Noh Mul which is near Nuevo San Juan village. They produced three works of art on site. The first is called Naked at Noh Mul by Micah Vernon where the artist posed in front of the damaged main temple with a well-placed sign saying "Welcome to Las Vegas."
The second piece by Kate Usher was named "Bury My Credentials" and the third by Yasser Musa is called Landing on Nohmul by Yasser Musa.
He told our colleagues at CTV-3 about the idea behind the art intervention:..
Ambassador Fred Got The State's Good Bye
The state funeral for Ambassador Fred Martinez was held on Saturday in Orange Walk. Now, there are many official funerals, but state funerals don't happen that often: National Hero George Price's one was in 2011, and before that you'd probably have to go back to 2003 for Agripino Cawich - who was a sitting Area Representative at the time of his passing.
So, Fred Martinez's funeral was a big deal, first because he was a senior diplomat not a sitting minister of representative, and second because of the slight novelty factor: Martinez was cremated in Guatemala - so his would be the first state funeral without a flag draped coffin - instead, it would be a flag draped urn.
The World Cup Finished This Weekend
Tens of thousands of Belizeans watched the World Cup final on Sunday all across the country - and they saw Germany edge out Argentina one- nil in an extra time thriller. The game was live from Maracana stadium in Rio De Janeiro where 74,000 fans crowded into the celebrated stadium. Victory was clinched with a goal in the 112th minute of extra time, followed by a hearty celebration for the Germans who won their fourth World Cup.
Wherever or however you watched it - whether on Channel 7's FIFA feed, Univision or ABC - it was made by possible by Channel 7, our main sponsor BTL and the Cable Television Operators Association. That's because 2014 marked the first time that a Belizean broadcaster had to pay for the rights for the World Cup so that it could be seen all across the country.
Felicia Chen gets 8 years in prison for drowning her 3 children at Belizean Beach
On Saturday, April twenty-seventh, 2013, a young mother exited a bus at the mile four checkpoint, walked her four small children into the sea at Belizean Beach and held three [...]
59 year old man is senselessly murdered while playing dominoes
There was one murder over the weekend and the victim lost his life senselessly. Fifty-nine year old Julio Mendoza was hanging out on Raccoon Street Extension, as he routinely did, [...]
Cashier at Publics is shot during a brazen robbery
Police are looking for two persons in connection with a broad daylight robbery which turned near fatal for a cashier of Publics on East Canal on Sunday. Just before eleven [...]
Interpol asking pointed questions about C.E.O. of CYNK
Interpol and federal agencies are asking very pointed questions about Belizean Javier Romero; the President, C.E.O., Secretary, Treasurer and Director of Cynk Technologies…a five billion dollar social networking company – [...]
PM out of country for medical treatment
The Office of the Prime Minister announced earlier today that the PM Dean Barrow left the country on Sunday for medical attention. He is scheduled to return on Wednesday from [...]
Residents mount impromptu demonstration over water in Santa Familia
San Ignacio Police had to be called in to keep the peace in the small community of Santa Familia on Sunday, as villagers massed near the community centre. They’re concerned [...]
B.D.F. soldiers back on city streets to curb crime
While several persons have been detained for questioning in reference to the murders and shootings that occurred in the past week, there have been no charges levied against anyone. The [...]
4 Guatemalan farmers caught gold panning
A delegation of Guatemalan parliamentarians was in the country last week visiting the Chiquibul. But on the heels of the visit, the Prensa Libre is reporting that four residents of [...]
Dezerie Phillips is the new Commander of Eastern Division
Among the few women to rise to the top of the force is Dezerie Phillips. The department announced today that the Senior Superintendent of Police, with effect July third, is [...]
Jaime Awe stepping down as Director of the Institute of Archaeology
Renowned Belizean archaeologist Doctor Jaime Awe is stepping down from his post as Director of the Institute of Archaeology, a distinguished title he has held for almost fifteen years. As [...]
2 men committed to stand trial for unnatural crimes
Two men, who were unrepresented at their Preliminary Inquiry, will have to answer to indictable offenses at the Supreme Court. They are seventy-one year old David Popper, a resident of [...]
18 year old charged for the attempted murder of Shawn Fisher
Police have also arrested eighteen year old Tevin Palmer of Belize City and charged him with the attempted murder of Shawn Fisher. Today, Palmer appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer [...]
2 fatal accidents over the weekend
There are two fatal traffic accidents to report tonight. The first fatality occurred on Friday night in Esperanza Village, Cayo District. Thirty-five year old William Lopez was riding his bicycle [...]
A state funeral for deceased Ambassador Fred Martinez
A state funeral was held on Saturday afternoon for Ambassador Fred Martinez who died on Wednesday morning in a Guatemala hospital. Martinez served in Guatemala for ten years and was [...]
Occupy Belmopan takes Belize City condemning Foreign Minister
Occupy Belmopan, an initiative led by activist Patrick Menzies, began in the nation’s capital several weeks ago. The peaceful protest at the foot of the Assembly Building, involving a group [...]
Artists stage creative interventions at Noh Mul
The case against U.D.P. standard bearer Denny Grijalva and others was adjourned again today in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court. Grijalva is being charged in connection with the destruction of Noh [...]
Blackout in Belmopan
Belmopan fell into darkness and a number of government offices as well as companies had to curtail business because of a blackout that continued throughout the day. The government owned [...]
Weekend sport highlights with Kaya Cattouse
In football news, the Smart Mundialito Semi-finals were played on Saturday. In the first game, City Boys defeated Brown Bombers in sudden death penalty kicks…Cyril Jones of City Boys scored [...]
Latest Homicide: Wrong Place at the Wrong Time?
Belize City police are investigating yet another murder. This time the victim was Fifty nine year-old Julio Benedict Mendoza. Mendoza was shot to the head on Friday night while at a residence on Racoon Street Extension. Both the Family and Police believe that he was not the intended but simply he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Love News reporter Hipolito Novelo has the story.
HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING
“The murder happened at about ten o’clock on Friday night and the victim has been identified as 59 year old Julio Benedict Mendoza. Mendoza was socializing with a group of friends at a resident on Racoon Street Extension. The group was playing dominoes when suddenly they heard gun shots and saw two gunmen running after two other men through the yard. George Carr, a police officer who was off duty at the time, recounted how it all unfolded.”
Ambassador Alfredo Martinez Laid To Rest in His Hometown
Ambassador Alfredo Fred Martinez was laid to rest this past Saturday in his home town Orange Walk. Following a two hour mass and official remembrance at La Inmaculada Church, the Urn with his ashes was placed for eternal rest at the New Cemetery in Orange Walk Town. Arturo Cantun was among those who were present for the state funeral.
“Ambassador Fred Martinez was no usual ambassador and it was evident Saturday afternoon by the number of dignitaries from within the government, the opposition and diplomatic corps who convened at La Inmaculada Church to celebrate the life of a great man. At one thirty in the afternoon members of the Belize Defense Force escorted the urn with his ashes from his sister’s home on Orchid Street to the Church.
Publics’ Cashier Robbed and Shot
A woman was shot on Sunday morning during a robbery at Public’s Fruit and Vegetable in downtown Belize City. Just around eleven o’clock yesterday morning, 23 year old Fatima Figueroa was working cashier duties at the shop when two dark-complexioned men came in and pointed a firearm at her, demanding that she opens the cash register…..but Figueroa refused and it is at that point that she was shot. One of the customers who asked to remain anonymous and distorted her voice told us what happened.
“There was a man standing by the door and he was searching that man and he took away the man’s money and phone. The other one by the cashier told the cashier about two to three times to open the cash register because they wanted the money but she just refused and she didn’t open it so someone was coming to buy and when they saw the customer coming they shot the girl and went out. One had a cap really low so he could hide his face and the other one has a wave cap covering his eyes.”
Judge Says 8 Years For Killing Her Three Children
Twenty-three year old Felicia Chen was sentenced today for the killing of her three children after she pled guilty to the lesser charge of man slaughter. Justice John Gonzalez told Chen that she will serve eight years for each of the three counts of manslaughter but will run concurrently. That means that Chen will serve a maximum of eight years. Justice Gonzalez gave his reason for the sentencing; we were at court this morning and here is the story.
“Twenty three year old Felicia Chen, the woman who drowned three of her children was sentenced to 8 years in jail by Justice John Gonzalez. This comes after Chen pled guilty to three counts of the lesser charge of manslaughter on Thursday. She pled guilty of taking her four children, one of which managed to escape, to Belize Beach on Mile 4 on the George Price Highway on April 27th 2013 and drowning them. Before passing down his sentence, Justice Gonzalez considered several mitigating factors as explained by Chen’s attorney, Leslie Mendez.”
Police Suspects Hit and Run in Recent Fatality
Police in southern Belize finds dead body on the highway. Harry Arzu updates us on the investigation.
HARRY ARZU REPORTS
“34-four-year old, Marshall Salam, a resident of San Roman Village in the Stann Creek District, was found dead on the Southern Highway between miles 26 and 27 on Saturday, July 12 at about 6:30am. Police here confirmed to Love News that based on their preliminary investigation, they believe that Salam is the victim of a hit and run incident. Near his body was a blue beach cruiser bicycle that was damaged along with remnants of a motor vehicle. Salam was last seen on Friday night at about 9:30pm. Police here are asking the public to assist them to solve this latest fatal incident.”
Capital City Suffers 17-Hour Power Outage
Residents of the City of Belmopan are being placed on alert as the power outage which set in around seven o’clock this morning will continue up until around midnight tonight. Manager of Corporate Services at the Belize Electricity Limited, Dawn Sampson, told Love News that a work crew was dispatched immediately following the outage.
“Approximately 7am today we lost power supply to the entire City of Belmopan. We immediately dispatched our work crews to the substation in the area where we identified that there was a failed power transformer. So what is taking place as I speak, crews are in the field replacing that damaged equipment and at this point in time we are projecting that the power should be restored by mid-night. It is a lengthy process but I can assure you that the work crews are doing their very best to restore the power as soon as possible.”
Teenager Remanded to Prison on Charge of Attempted Murder
18-year-old, Tevin Palmer, an unemployed of King Street who allegedly shot 21 year old Sean Fisher, was charged with attempted murder when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Palmer was also charged with wounding and use of deadly means of harm. No plea was taken because the offences are indictable. Neither could the court offer him bail because of the nature of the offences. Palmer was remanded into custody until August 29. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on July 5 but Palmer was not detained until Friday, July 11.
Changes in Belize Police Department
There have been some unnoted changes within the Belize Police Department over the last few weeks particularly, involving the senior ranks and postings of officers. With perhaps, the biggest jurisdiction to be responsible for is the Eastern Division of the Belize District. Effective July 3, 2014, Senior Superintendent Dezerie Phillips became the head, replacing Assistant Commissioner of Police, Miguel Segura. Segura has been elevated and is now acting in the capacity of Deputy Commissioner of Police. Love News understands that there have been other changes around the country including the movement of Superintendent Ralph Moody as the Officer in Charge of San Ignacio to the Stann Creek District where he is now the Regional Commander of the southern formation.
Medical Reasons Urge PM to Leave Belize
Medical reasons have forced the Prime Minister, Dean Barrow to depart Belize over the weekend. It is uncertain as to what the medical urgency was but according to a release from the Government Press Office, the country’s leader will be away until Wednesday, July 16. In the interim, Deputy Prime Minister, Gaspar Vega will act as Prime Minister.
Minor charges in armed robbery in Corozal; police seek one more
Police in Corozal have laid four criminal charges against a 17 year old boy who tried to rob a fast-food establishment in that northern municipality. When he appeared in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court today, and with his mother present, the boy was read charges of one count of […]
Orange Walk residents stage demonstration
After the funeral service for Ambassador Alfredo Martinez on Saturday, a group of Orange Walk residents staged a demonstration at footsteps of the Sandy Hunter library, in front of the Police station. With placards and signs in hand, over 70 protesters took to the picket line denouncing […]
Belmopan plunged into darkness; BEL works to restore electricity
Belize Electricity Limited is projecting that electricity supply will be restored to Belmopan by midnight. The nation’s capital was plunged into blackout at 7 am today due to a “failed power transformer at the substation serving the area.” According to a statement released by the government-owned BEL […]
Family seeks missing pregnant and diabetic teenager
A 13 year old appears to have run away from her family in Belize City. Delita Roca was last seen on Friday after being detained by Police for a chain-snatching in Ladyville. After police there released her on Sunday, she did not return home. We spoke to her […]
Supermarket cashier shot and customer robbed at Public’s
A woman cashier at a popular Belize City supermarket faced down a pair of robbers on Sunday and escaped with her life, though her person was injured. 23 year old Fatima Figueroa is in stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital recovering from gunshot wounds to the […]
Elderly man murdered in Belize City
59 year old Julio Benedict Mendoza was playing dominoes at a yard on Racoon Street Extension around 10:45 on Saturday evening when death came looking for him. Police responded to shots being fired in the area and found Mendoza severely wounded from a gunshot to the head. He […]
Man charged for attempted murder
18 year old Tevin Palmer of King Street in Belize City is accused of attempting to murder 21 year old Sean Fisher on July 5 of this year in the Dean Street area. He appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer and was read charges of attempted murder, […]
Eight years for Felicia Chen on manslaughter charge
This morning, Supreme Court Justice Troadio Gonzalez sentenced 23 year old mother Felicia Chen to a total of 24 years in prison for the deaths for her three children. Chen drowned Thomas, Trinaya and Triana Teul in the Caribbean Sea at Belizean Beach in April of 2013. However, […]
Belize City man stabbed in Toledo district
A stabbing incident on Saturday afternoon in the Toledo district has left a Belize City man hospitalized in stable condition. The victim has been identified as Joaquin Rodriguez. Police say that Rodriguez told them that he was in San Antonio village, Toledo around 2 pm on Saturday when […]
Priest who served at St. Peter Claver Parish dies in the USA
The municipality of Punta Gorda is mourning the passing of Roman Catholic priest Fr. Maurice Marchand Murray. News of the death of Fr. Murray, who served at the St. Peter Parish in PG for close to eight years, was received over the weekend. He died after a long […]
Watching World Cup final in Belize
Worldwide TV’s were tuned in to see the final world cup match and San Pedro Belize was no exception, there was no shortage of bars to watch the game from.
I was considering going to Caribbean Villas with Paul for the game till our downstairs neighbors mentioned they were having a small party and I decided that was a better option. I love private pool parties and it does not get any better than your neighbors planning a delicious barbecue social right in your own backyard.
As I was doing my Sunday morning errands before the party, I saw a few Germany fans cheering their team on. No Argentina flags that morning, I did see a big one going down Middle St. the other day.
Ashley’s Cost of Living in Belize City, Belize
I met Ashley last summer in San Pedro. Last year, she got a job with a Not-For-Profit Organization operating just outside of Belize City and was planning her move there. She’s now settled in the city and she was GENEROUS enough to read my Cost of Living yesterday for San Pedro and send me her own.
Though the city is only 10-15 miles away, in many ways, it’s a different world. Take it away Ashley…
Living in the city can be A LOT cheaper than living in San Pedro; however there are a few things to remember. This is a city, not a town. You can’t walk everywhere and frankly, I wouldn’t ride a bike here either (I’ve seen countless bikers get hit by cars) and therefore; need a car or prepare to blow your budget and lots of time for that matter, on bus and taxi rides. Let me break it down: all prices in Belize Dollars.
My Cost of Living in San Pedro, Belize
Moving to another country is a big deal. No matter how you look at it. And estimating how much day to day life is really going to cost is tough.
When I started blogging a few years ago (September 2011), I wrote a post called How Much Does it Really Cost to Live in Belize. Just a listing of expenses, my expenses, in the most expensive spot in Belize – Ambergris Caye. Here is an update.
It’s a guide, a loose guide, to how much it might cost you to live in San Pedro. Hopefully it helps.
Monthly rent: $1700 bzd. This is on the expensive/very expensive side. I live in a second floor condo unit at Royal Palm (http://www.royalpalmcondos.com/) with a large kitchen, washer/dryer, one bedroom, one loft and two bathrooms. It’s 3 or 4 back from the beach.
Could I find cheaper? Yes. But I like the distance from town (about 2 miles south) – it’s nice and quiet. And I like that there is security.
I am, at some point, planning to move closer to town (for blogging purposes) and hope to go cheaper.
Belize’s Budding Environmentalists are Happy Campers
Yes, once again Belize’s young environmental activists are taking to the woods to learn about the natural world and how to protect it through environmental sustainability, responsible travel and hands-on instruction in areas such as Maya organic farming practices while getting a deeper appreciation of Belize’s rich natural and cultural heritage.
Oh, and did we mention fun? There will be lots of that during the weeklong Eco-Kids educational summer camp sponsored by The Lodge at Chaa Creek.
Each year Mick and Lucy Fleming sponsor 24 young Belizeans to take part in what some have described as the educational adventure of a lifetime. And if this sounds like an exaggeration, consider:
“Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
As the number of World Cup games during the final week of the tournament decreased I started to get a few things done. I spent some early mornings (starting around 07.00 hours) weeding the front garden and I gave the dock a protective coat of weather shield.
“Honest, I’m not sunbathing. There’s a paintbrush in my hand!” “No comments about lying down on the job please.”
Rose and I watched the two semi- final games at Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar & Grill and Rose won a prize for guessing that Germany would beat Brazil.
Most Secluded Belize Beaches Worth Visiting
With its magnificent coastline hugging the Caribbean Sea with more than 200 islands, Belize offers stunning beaches that you can go to by plane or boat from Belize City. Most of these beaches remain to be a secret, discovered only by anglers and dive enthusiasts who venture off the beaten track. Here are some of the most beautiful little-known, secluded plots floating up the turquoise waters of Belize.
Half Moon Caye
Prepare to gasp at the paradisiacal views of Caribbean waters and a crescent-shaped beach made up of magnificent white sand, dotted with coconut palms. Half Moon Caye’s no-frills, untouched beach is also a protected turtle-nesting site. The other half of the caye is made up of littoral forest, home to a protected red-footed booby sanctuary. Whenever you are done gasping and frolicking hike go over to the forest side and climb the observation tower and bird watch above the canopy.
Foot Power: Gung Ho Bikes team surprises itself in Belize
The folks at Gung Ho Bikes in Manchester Township have accomplished some amazing feats over the years, and it has been my pleasure to report them to our local community. In 2014, the crew of Jay and Penny Zech, Doug Hershey and Rob Kinsley have been busy again.
The Gung Ho quartet traveled to Belize to compete in a grueling, four-day event called the Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge. The race took place from Feb. 13-16 and it was a true test of endurance.
Competitors got to experience an amazing wilderness adventure that included caves, rivers, waterfalls and ancient ruins. Athletes were tested on their mountain bike, trek, canoe, stand-up paddleboard, and map-reading skills as they traveled more than 250 miles of the Cayo district of Belize.
12 Reasons Belize Should Be The Next Country You Visit
#1 Because Belize has roughly 386km of coastline and many coral reefs, cayes and islands on the turquoise Caribbean Sea.
#2 Because Belize offers world class scuba diving. The Blue Hole for example, is one of the most popular destinations for scuba diving.
#3 Because Belize is a wonderful destination for bird watchers. Belize for example is home to some 618 species of resident and migratory birds.
#4 Because Belize is home to a number of ancient Maya cities like Caracol, Altun Ha, Xunantunich and Cahal Pech.
Students find renewed purpose in Belize
Service beyond self—in addition to a top-quality education, it’s what Mount Mercy strives to instill in all students. Life-changing experiences in the small country of Belize have opened the eyes of graduates and undergraduates alike, in a beautiful example of service beyond self in action.
“So, when are you going to go?”
10 Steps to Having a Fearless and Fabulous Beach Wedding – Belize Weddings
Wedding Photography in Belize - Detination Belize Wedding PhotographerThere must be something about Conch Creative that attracts the most fearless and fabulous weddings and we’re certainly not complaining. So, what makes a wedding both fearless and fabulous?
1. Have a great hair dresser, with great hair spray. Barefoot beach weddings are undoubtedly wonderful things but the salt air, humidity and wind can be the ruination of even the most fabulous hair style.
2. Think about details. Details can make or break fabulous events and photographs.
The July 13th, 2014 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE
Belize's lobster, conch, and fish populations rebuild in no-take zones
A new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society shows that no-take zones in Belize can not only help economically valuable species such as lobster, conch, and fish recover from overfishing, but may also help re-colonize nearby reef areas. The report—titled "Review of the Benefits of No-Take Zones"—represents a systematic review of research literature from no-take areas around the world. The report was written by Dr. Craig Dahlgren, a recognized expert in marine protected areas and fisheries management. The report comes as signatory countries of the Convention on Biological Diversity countries are being required to protect at least 10 percent of their marine territory.
Navy divers are in Belize for Southern Partnership Station '14
Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2) are in Belize working with divers from the Belize coast guard service as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014.
“Today we took the coast guard divers out,” said Navy Diver 2nd Class Robert LaFrance, a MDSU 2 diver. “We got to know each other’s work habits a little bit.”
The divers traveled about 12 miles from shore and dived in crystal-clear water. The clear water makes it easier for groups of divers to stay together and watch each other’s techniques.
“This group of Coast Guard divers just graduated PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors),” said Senior Chief Navy Diver Russell Ciardiello, master diver for MDSU 2 Company 2-1. “For the most part, they don’t have any dives since their certifications. It went really well; couldn’t have asked for a better operation.”
The MDSU divers will be traveling and diving in four different countries during the Southern Partnership Station mission, and they will be working with divers at each stop.