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#493398 - 07/16/14 11:21 AM Today's Belize News: July 16, 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

A view from the top with Tropic Air
It’s always a treat when the flight via Tropic Air takes passengers on the reef side. You can clearly see where the deep blue meets the Belize Barrier Reef, and the waters take on the multiple hues of blues and greens that beckon you to jump in and swim (NOT from the plane…be cool!).

Rapper TI vacations in Belize
Belize is a nice getaway for well-known celebrities, and today Tuesday July 15th, American rapper, record producer, actor and entrepreneur Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., better known by his stage name TI arrived on Ambergris Caye. The rapper along with his wife Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris née Cottle, arrived shortly after 3PM via a chartered Tropic Air flight from the Belize Phillip Goldson International Airport. While he would not say much, TI told The San Pedro Sun that “I just came [to Belize] for a vacation.” Belizean fans who had lined up along the fence at the Tropic Air terminal and those that waited for him at the lobby shouted “Welcome to San Pedro TI.”

Team Belize heads to UNCAF qualifiers for 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
The Belize Under-20 (U-20) National Male Football Team has left for El Salvador to participate in the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) U-20 qualifiers for the next Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) U-20 Championship. The games will be played from Thursday, July 17th to Tuesday, July 29th and has the participation of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The venue of the tournament matches will alternate between the Estadio Cuscatia in San Salvador and the Estadio Las Delicias in Santa Tecla. Each of the seven participating teams will face each other once, with the top four teams progressing to the CONCACAF U-20 Championships scheduled for January 9 to 25, 2015. The UNCAF finalist will face the four finalists of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) U-20 qualifiers and U-20 national teams from Canada, United States of America and Mexico who qualify automatically. The CONCACAF U-20 Championships will determine the representatives to the 2015 FIFA U-20 Wold Cup in New Zealand.

Doctor Jaime Awe resigns as Director of the Institute of Archaeology
Doctor Jaime Awe announced that he has resigned as the Director of the National Institute of Culture and History’s (NICH) Institute of Archaeology (IA). The surprising announcement came during the 12th Annual Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium held on Tuesday, July 1st to Friday, July 4th. His resignation will take effect on Thursday, July 31st, but he will still remain active in Belize’s archeological studies. According to 60-year-old Dr. Awe, the job as Director has become strenuous and he no longer feels fit to do the job effectively. “My decision to resign was based solely on my personal desire to do the true things that I am most passionate, and that is research and teaching archaeology. Belize archaeology is not just a job, it’s my life,” said Dr. Awe. He did indicate that he will still be involved in the IA but to a lesser magnitude. “We have very capable archaeologists that can assume the position of Director and of course I will still be involved in IA, giving as much support and assistance as needed.”

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Youth Cadet Corps Boasts New Uniforms
With the kind sponsorship of Belize Sotheby International Realty the members of the San Pedro Police Cadet Corps Program are proud to boast new uniforms this week. The San Pedro Police Department reinstated that cadet program earlier this year after it was dormant for close to four years. San Pedro Police Community Officer Juan Choc has been assigned to run the program and conduct positive activities that will teach discipline, instill civic pride and create a positive atmosphere for the youths involved to become productive citizens on the island.

Flashbacks: Mother Nature Decorated Weddings In Ambergris Caye
A wedding is a wedding, now and then; it includes a bride and a groom, “padrinos”, and maids. Yes there is an exchange of wedding rings and a cake and if fortunate some pretty clothing. The one big difference of weddings of the past from those of today was the décor. You are well aware that there are fancy and expensive decorations today…well, you know how that is. This Flashback clearly shows that not even the chair for the bride and groom are dressed in fine white fabric. It was Mother Nature that was responsible for the decorations of a ball room- whether coconut palm trees, the beach, sea, reef, or even the lagoon with a magnificent sunset. Mother Nature was sure not to fail. So it was at Marino’s Club Roof Top where the majority of the weddings were celebrated in the 1960’s.

Rapper T.I. and Wife Tiny Spotted in San Pedro, Belize
Celebrity Spotting in Belize – Rapper T.I. and his wife Tiny arrived in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye at 3:30p.m. today Tuesday, July 15, 2014, and caused a commotion at the Tropic Air terminal building where his fans waited to see and take pictures of the celebrity couple. Pictures on social media gave away T.I. (Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.) and Tiny’s (Tameka Harris née Cottle) arrival at the Belize Phillip Goldson International Airport and work quickly spread that he was en route to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Their fans quickly flocked to the San Pedro airport to catch his arrival. T.I. arrived on board a Tropic Air flight and was quickly whisked away on taxi to a pier where he and his wife were taken to an undisclosed resort on North Ambergris Caye.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Life On A Caribbean Island: Just $1,300 A Month
Two years ago Duane and Judy Allen moved full-time from Tampa, Florida, to Ambergris Caye, Belize. “I always wanted to live right on the beach, but not in a condo,” says Duane. “I wanted a home, and space around me to roam. For years I scoured Florida’s coasts, looking for an affordable property. But everything was out of reach.” As luck would have it, Judy’s sister and her family had moved to Ambergris Caye before “Temptation Island” put it on the map… Judy notes, “We chose San Pedro because we had been visiting my sister and her husband since they moved to Belize about 23 years ago. We fell in love with the island through those many visits.” Duane started checking out the island’s beachfront property and found that it was still affordable. In 1999 the Allens snapped up a stunning beachfront lot south of town, in an undeveloped area. They weren’t yet thinking about retirement. But since Judy’s sister’s family was already living on the island, the Allens moved up their schedule and built their house in 2004. Judy’s sister and family live in the downstairs unit. The Allens live upstairs. At first they came for vacations, before finally retiring full-time.

YWCA Belmopan Summer Program
The YWCA of Belmopan has started their Summer Program, but there is still space open. Call 822-0472 for more information. The sessions will go through August 8th. "Spaces are still available for this new summer camp program! Send you kids to a fun and learning environment. We need to support our Belmopan children's programs. Contact them today for all the details!"

Another great success story from Belize Bird Rescue!
Finally got pics of our entire white-front family. We still don't know where they nested, but wherever it was, it was perfect! The parents are totally comfortable close to our camera, but the babies fly off before we can get too close. Great survival instincts.

Belize Duck Race
The Belize Duck Race is coming. You could win $1,000,000. It's a fundraiser for the community projects that the Rotary Club of Belmopan is undertaking. It'll happen on November 29th, at the Hawkesworth Bridge. "The Rotary Club of Belmopan is holding the first ever annual Belize Duck Race on Saturday, November 29th, 2014, in San Ignacio, Cayo District. The Rotary Club of Belmopan will use the funds from this event to continue its efforts towards community projects and existing initiatives focused on children’s health. Yellow rubber ducks will be dropped into the Macal River from the Hawkesworth Bridge, San Ignacio, Cayo at approximately 11:30AM and will race down to the Low Lying Bridge. The day of the race will be an exciting, fun day with something for the entire family."

Belize Maps Book Launched
Cubola Productions launched a new book entitled 'British Honduras, the Invention of a Colonial Territory' at the BAAS. Dr. Odile Hoffman's book explores the development of Belize, and uses some classic maps to do so. Cubola has a few pictures from the launch. "Thanks to all of you that were present at the launching of British Honduras: the invention of a colonial territory. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Thanks to everyone who purchased copies of the book, as it helps to make our commitment to publishing in Belize a reality."

Tropic Air Announces Increased Service to Merida
Tropic Air announces today, that effective November 1, 2014, it will increase its flights to Merida, Mexico from three times weekly to daily. “Since commencement of the route, we have been working closely with our partners at the Yucatan Tourism Board and in the Merida tourism community on building traffic. We are now excited to be increasing our service in response to their feedback, support and enthusiasm”, said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “Clearly Merida has the potential to be an important part of our network, and a source of growing business to Belize and beyond. We want to do everything we can to allow that relationship to develop”. This increase in service will also allow the people of Merida to make easy connections to Roatan, San Pedro Sula, Flores, and 11 destinations within Belize. Merida is Tropic’s second destination in Mexico and its fifth international route, and was inaugurated in March of this year.

Channel 7

Auditor General Called In At KHMH
Last night, we told you about the reports reaching or news room that Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, the national referral medical institution was in a short-term cash flow crisis following massive pay-outs to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars which were made last month. Our information was that there were 2 X-ray machines which were acquired from an Orange Walk based business which was paid without invoice or contract. Well to set the record straight, Chair of the KHMH Board, Chandra Nisbet-Cansino granted an interview to the media in Belmopan this afternoon. She discussed to topic with us, explaining that the amount of money paid out is of concern that the board, so the Auditor General's Office is being called in to ensure that the hospital is getting value for money:

Carlos Perrera Is No Longer At KHMH
The audit team going in will be reviewing a period of financial management during the tenure of the former Director of Finance Carlos Perrera. As we told you a few weeks ago, Perrera is no longer at KHMH, and that it was a board decision. Today, we asked the Chair, and she explained the nature of his departure: Mike Rudon, Ch 5 "Could you tell us the manner of his leaving the KHMH?" Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, Chairman, KHMH Board "What I can tell you is that Mr. Perrera is no longer at the KHMH and we have advertised the post. We have received some applications and we will review those next week."

The Details Of CEO Longsworth's Departure
They're advertising for Perrera's replacement as well as the post of Chief Executive Officer, because as we told you last week Friday, the Board has decided not to renew Dr. Gary Longsworth's contract, which expires in September. Since 2008, Dr. Longsworth has been a part of the hospital's management, but the accomplishments of his tenure is forever overshadowed by the deaths of 13 neonatal patients in the care of the hospital, which happened last year. Board Chair Nisbet-Cansino told the media today that the statutory body decided that it was time to start exploring new options for the post of CEO: Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, Chairman, KHMH Board "Dr. Longsworth submitted a request for an extension of his contract. However the Board had decided from the last renewal that at the end of this present contract which I believe will be in September - which we will advertise the post and anyone is free to apply."

Will KHMH Workers Get That Salary Adjustment?
We're just one pay check away from that 6% pay raise which the Government promised to teachers and public officers, which will be retroactive to April 1. So, all teachers and public officers are looking forward to that increase in their pay, but it seems that it's not as simple for the employees of the KHMH. Because hospital is run a statutory body, the current reasoning seems to be that they are not entitled to that raise. Today, the Chair of Board spoke with us about the intervention they've made with the Government to get a clear picture as to why those public officers working for the hospital might not be eligible for that raise: Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, Chairman, KHMH Board "I don't have all of the information. I am made to understand that a discussion was made with the union and the members of those who will be receiving the increase. I understand that they actually and I stand to be corrected here that the unions actually ask that the K.H.M.H. staff be excluded because that will increase the amount, because remember that there is a certain amount that is being divided by a certain amount of employees. We have about six hundred employees on staff. So the fact is yes, they are not included in the automatic increase of public officers, we were made aware of that pretty soon after the decision was made or after the meeting was held. So the board took the initiative to write to the Ministry of Finance that the staff of K.H.M.H. be included in the increase."

The Smith Family Rages At That Gun Charge
It made big news when the entire family of the late Myron Smith, who was murdered, ended up in prison last week after police searched their house on Giles Street while they were holding a repast in his memory. The cousin of Alrick Smith, Myron's dad, complained that if police looked into the matter closely, they would have found out that they should have all be swept into police custody, locked down, charged and remanded. But it did happen, and today, when they were released from court after the charges were dropped, they were furious. They gave an interview to Monica Bodden who waited for their court hearing to finish. Here's what they had to say about what they called unfair treatment under the gun law:

BSI's Olive Branch To The Caneros
A week ago, the 2013/2014 sugar milling season finished favorably with all quotas met, and even with a little surplus. All things considered, it was a good year, but there is still the shadow of that unsettled bagasse issue hanging over the heads of the principals of the industry. As it has widely been reported, the farmers delayed the delivery of the cane to force the factory owners to the negotiating table to discuss a payment for bagasse. After a stalemate, a breakthrough was made when an agreement between both sides was signed. The agreement was that the season would start and go to completion with an understanding that a final agreement would be reached by the end of the season for a bagasse payment.

$11 Mill In Unpaid Bills to KHMH
As we told you at the top of the news, the Board of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has asked the Auditor General to come in and look into the expenditures from its Finance Department. They're trying to ensure that the recent purchases of 2 X-Ray Machines represents value for true value for money. But while that's the Hospital's newest financial concern, what is also of importance to them is that the public, whom they serve, owes them unpaid hospital bills to the tune of some 11 million dollars. That's important because the hospital receives referral for most emergency and trauma cases, and those complex medical procedures which the smaller hospitals around the country are not equip to handle. Today, Chairman Chandra Nisbet-Cansino told us that the outstanding bills represents a loss of revenue which affects the level of service that the hospital can provide when there are spike in violent crime, as has recently been affecting areas of Belize City:

Renan Awaiting Murder Trial Verdict
Renan Briceno, nephew of Orange Walk Central Area Rep, John Briceno, has stood a full trial without for murder, and tonight, he's waiting for Justice Troadio Gonzalez to deliver his verdict. For the past month, the prosecution, led by Crown Counsels Shanice Lovell and Portia Staine has been calling witnesses to testify against him, and today, both the prosecution and defense closed their case. The case will conclude when Justice Troadio Gonzalez will deliver a verdict after reviewing all the evidence from both the crown and the defence.

The Origin Of That Goff's Caye Lease
Last week, we told you about the situation which was developing on Goff's Caye where an unauthorized survey was being conducted, where the unknown individual seemed to have plans to develop the property. The problem is that Goff Caye is crown land and one of the national cayes protected under the Coastal Zone Management Authority. Today, it remains a major tourist attraction, but in 2001, the Lands Department granted a lease to Ramon Cervantes. But if it's supposed to be protected and managed by the CZMAI, why then was a lease granted to an important piece of crown land? That's what we asked Lands Commissioner Wilbert Vallejos to explain to us today. Here's how Cervantes managed to get rights to that land:

That Lands Mix-Up On San Pedro
And while we had the opportunity, asked Vallejos about that governmental mix-up which caused Tropic Air and Brett Feinstein to now have to sue each other to find out who owns a piece of property on San Pedro. As we've told you, Feinstein has the title but Tropic Air had already started work on a multi-million-dollar project on their leased land. Now, that has been halted by an injunction. Hopefully, there is room for compromise, but there are complications because there is very valuable property and quite a bit of money already in the ground. When we asked Lands Commissioner Vallejos about it, he told us that while he can't speak freely because of the ongoing court case, it's because there was a duplication error:

Harmonyville's Unique Buffer Zone Size
And in our last story from Vallejos for tonight's news, we asked him about that other high profile land case that is in the courts at this time. We're of course talking about Harmonyville in which BGYEA wants to use the buffer zone. One issue which their attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, keeps hammering home in our interviews with her is that the road reserve, which makes up this buffer zone is substantially larger than other road reserves of well establish communities. She makes the point that Harmonyville is the only housing community with such a huge restriction on the amount of land used to separate the community and the highway. We asked Vallejos about that, and while he concedes, he notes that in the planning stage, this buffer zone had to have gotten the approval of the BGYEA principals or else the project wouldn't have gone through:

Prosthetics To Demonstrate Exams
The president of the Belize cancer society in California is in Belize this month donating items and promoting awareness. Arlette Pilgrim is helping to set up cancer boutiques where hats, prosthetic breasts, and clothes are being donated to women diagnosed with cancer. She stopped by our studio to tell us more about these cancer boutiques: The Belize Cancer society in California also has 15 nebulizers to donate.

She Got Fined For Smuggling Weed
After spending 3 night's on remand awaiting her sentence, 24 year-old Quinn Melinda Arnold is out after making a partial payment on her court fine for trying to smuggle weed into the prison. As we reported, The Conch Shell Bay resident went to prison to visit an inmate on Thursday. As was procedure, a female prison officer told her that she had to be searched before she entered. She stripped down and allowed the officer to search her, but when the officer told her that she had to check all body cavities, she told the officer that she was menstruating. Still, that didn't stop the officer from doing her job thoroughly, and she discovered a bag of weed in the cavity her privates.

Pan Got Light Late Last Night
When we left you last night, Belmopan was in a Black out because a damaged power transformer. BEL work crews had been doing their best to fix it, and a few minutes after our newscast ended, they got power back up. The company notes that power supply was restored to the City of Belmopan at 8:12 p.m. But that's almost 13 hours of no electricity, and it cause inconveniences to the production within the capital city. Nevertheless, the customers bared with the company, and BEL is now thanking customers for their patience. If you want to know when there is problems with your electricity supply when a black out like this happens, BEL asks that you should visit their office and update their phone database so that you can receive information and updates by text message.

Restaurateur Brawling With Patron?
Twenty-five year old David Heredia, the manager of a resort in Caye Caulker, was charged with wounding and common assault when he appeared yesterday before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Twenty-three year old Shannon Martinez, an employee of Belize Auto zone who was with Heredia, was charged with aggravated assault. They pled not guilty to the charges and Martinez was released on a bail of $1,000 while Heredia was released on a bail of $3,000. They are to return to court on September 8. They incident occurred on July 10 at Chops Restaurant and Bar, located on Newtown Barracks. According to the allegation, Heredia caused a wound to security guard Darwin Fraser Jr and assaulted the waitress, Martha Lopez. Martinez is alleged to have thrown a metal chair at Lopez.

The New Taiwanese Ambassador
A week ago, we told you about the departing Taiwanese Amabassador, His Excellency David CK Wu. He left the country on Saturday, but the Taiwan has already chosen his replacement. Meet His Excellency Ambassador Benjamin Ho. He will succeed Wu, and is expected to arrive on Thursday. Ambassador Ho comes with quite an impressive Resume. He graduated from the Soochow University in Taiwan in 1974 with a Bachelor's Degree, and earned his Master's Degree from the National Cheng Chi University in Diplomacy and International Law in 1977. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 1982.

Int'l Film Writers Arrive For BIFF
As we told you last week, Belize International Film Festival is back for the 9th go round. They've got films from across the globe, including 5 from Belize. Two of those international film makers arrived in Belize this evening, and they spoke with us about the opportunity to have their work screened here: The Festival will begin tomorrow, and ends on July 20th with a closing awards banquet.

The Garifuna Collective Returns; Great Memories In Europe
The Garifuna Collective returned today from their European tour where they entertained thousands with songs from their latest album "Ayo". After traveling through several different countries all across Europe, they seemed glad to be back home. It's their second major tour in that part of the world, and when they landed at the PGIA today, We caught up where they told us about the tour's success. The Garifuna Collective already has shown lined up in Belize and is working on its next album. As we've told you, this is the group's second European tour.

Police Preparing For Those New Ranks
While passing through Belmopan today, we couldn't help but notice that there were quite a number police officers at the Police Training Academy. We're informed that they're preparing for an important ceremony where those officer up for promotion will be officially given their new rank. We'll be there tomorrow for that, and we'll tell you all about it.

Delita Is Safe
And as we close our newscast tonight, we report that police have located 13 year old Delita Roca, the young lady from Willows Bank whose family was worried sick about her. Police sources tell us that she was picked up this morning from a house on George Street in Belize City by the Domestic Violence Unit, and escorted her to the Queen Street Police Precinct.

Channel 5

KHMH Board Calls In Audit Department…
There have been some major developments at the nation’s largest referral hospital lately. Notably, the K.H.M.H.’s Director of Finance, Carlos Perera was fired two weeks ago. The C.E.O., Dr. Gary [...]

Former Finance Director Carlos Perera in the Hot Seat…
And since the Finance Department will be under scrutiny, so will the former Director of Finance Carlos Perera, the man who orchestrated the purchasing of those x-ray machines. Perera’s name [...]

KHMH Board does Not Renew CEO’s Contract…
When the results of the investigation do come out, it is likely that C.E.O. Gary Longsworth will no longer be a fixture at the institution. That’s because by September he [...]

No Salary Adjustment for KHMH Staff…
There’s a lot of movement in the health giant, certainly at the highest level. And with the investigation, there are suggestions that there may be more. But tonight there is [...]

Smith Family Remanded Last Week…DPP Drops Charges!
Last week Tuesday, the entire Smith family including a cousin, who is the mother of a baby, and two minors, ages sixteen and seventeen years, were all remanded to the [...]

Should Felicia Chen Get More Than Eight Years for Killing Her Three Children?
Tonight question is: Do you think Felicia Chen should be spending more than eight years in jail for the manslaughter of her three children? Send your comments and responses using [...]

Missing 13 Year Old Found by Police…!
A teen went missing last Monday; while she was located early this morning, there is a grim side to her story. Her mother is troubled because she has seen symptoms [...]

Attorneys Present Closing Arguments in Briceno Murder Case…
The trial without jury against thirty-five year old Renan Briceño for the 2012 murder of Dale Tillett came to an end today. This morning, Justice Troadio Gonzalez heard closing arguments [...]

Lands Commissioner Says Survey on Goff’s Caye is Illegal!
Two weeks after survey pegs were discovered on Goff’s Caye, signalling some sort of planned development, there is still no clue who placed the pegs there. The Ministry tried to [...]

CZMAI CEO Says Rangers Discovered Survey Pegs…
Goff’s Caye is one of the most popular and accessible public beaches to Belizeans so when rangers detected the survey pegs in June, it immediately raised eyebrows.  So who is [...]

CZMAI Did Not Give Authorization for Survey
We further quizzed the CZMAI on the survey and there was one possible explanation coming from C.E.O. Gillett. That is that someone, whose identity is still a mystery, may be [...]

Lands Commissioner speaks on Novelo Land Dispute!
In April 2014 Orange Walk resident Jose Novelo came to the media for help after a lease to a piece of land he had claimed and farmed for over forty [...]

Vallejos Blames Incompetence and Corruption for Problems in Lands…
The Novelo incident is not an isolated case, and it seems that not a week goes by without some land dispute or the other in some corner of the country. [...]

New Taiwanese Ambassador Arrives July 17th…
The arrival of a new Taiwanese Ambassador is expected later this week; he will to succeed Ambassador David Wu who departed over the weekend after a successful diplomatic tour in [...]

Garifuna Collective Back from Extended Tour…
Preeminent Belizean musicians, the Garifuna Collective is back from an extensive tour of Europe.  During their travels, the group performed from a vast catalogue of World Music which spans several [...]

If you can sing it…bring it!
Shortly at the Bliss, the curtains will be drawn for another round of competition in If You Can Sing it, Bring It. In the double elimination format, two will not [...]


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LOVE FM

DPP Directs for Family of Five to Be Released From Prison Following Firearm Charges
The anguish and turmoil were evident in his voice and in his facial expressions as he and his family were released from the Belize Central Prison today after being on remand since last Tuesday, July 8. 52-year-old, Alrick Smith of a Giles Street address in Belize City had only just laid his 17-year-old son to rest last Tuesday and was engaged in a conversation with a next door neighbour when the arrival of police officers in pursuit of two young men would change his life in a way he never thought. Love News visited Smith’s home today where he told us just how the incident unfolded that had five persons in his home sent to prison, a few hours after his son’s funeral. ALRICK SMITH “The crowd had already left because it was around 5:30pm. I was just here with my family trying to cool off and a couple of young men were in the yard cooling off. There was a little one and he was the first time I had seen him and then other one I knew him. From the moment the police jumped out of the vehicle and told them to freeze I came up stairs and I met them when they already had a young man kneeling down in the center of my hall and they had the other one in the bathroom. The police told him, ‘you won’t run away from me that easily because I know you, you have something’. I asked him what he meant by something; he said weed so I told him ‘ok just search my house’ When they came in they started searching and when they saw the gun I felt like fainting.”

Hospital’s Finance Officer: Terminated not Resigned
Another high ranking official at the KHMH was let go recently. That person is the former Finance Director, Carlos Perrera. Perrera had come under scrutiny by the Board of Governors. Today the Chairman, Chandra Nisbet Cansino, told the media that several decisions made under Perrera’s term ad Financial Director is being looked at. CHANDRA NISBET CANSINO “Mr. Perrera is no longer at the KHMH and we have advertised the post and have received some applications and we will review that next week. There have been concerns yes; some of the questions have been answered, some of them have not, so we mutually agreed to terminate his employment.”

No Salary Increase for Hospital Staff
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has more than 600 employees who are considered to be Public Servants. But Love News understands that those employees will not receive any sort of wage increase as bargain by the Unions and the Government of Belize. Chairman, Chandra Nisbet Cansino, explained why. CHANDRA NISBET-CANSINO “I am made to understand that a discussion was held with the unions and the members who will be receiving the increase. I understand that they actually, and I stand to be corrected, that the Unions actually asked that KHMH staff be excluded because that would increase the amount, because remember that it is a certain amount that is being divided between a certain amount of employees. We have about six hundred employees on staff. So that fact is yes, they are not included in the automatic increase for public officers. We were made aware of that pretty soon after the meeting was held and so that board took the initiative to write to the Ministry of Finance to ask that that staff of Karl Heusner be included in the increase.”

KHMH CEO’s Contract Will Not Be Renewed
At the top of the newscast we told you about Carlos Perrera who has left the KHMH and Dr. Gary Longsworth who is on his way out as the CEO. Previously two people had resigned from the KHMH Board of Governors. The Chairman, Chandra Nisbet Cansino, shared that one post has been filled and they have yet to find a suitable person to fill the vacant post. Nisbet Cansino shared the difficulties the board is facing in running the hospital. Doctor Gary Longsworth will no longer be the Chief Executive Officer of the KHMH. Longsworth had requested his contract to be renewed but that request was denied by the KHMH Board of Governors. Today, Chairman of the Board, Chandra Nisbet Cansino told us why the board took that decision. CHANDRA NISBET CANSINO “He has been with the Board for I think two contract periods and an extension and I think it’s time for us, as a Board, to look at the available options that we have out there in the general population and that is the reason for opening it up for applications.”

Hospital Pays Over 500K for X-Ray Machines; Audit Requested
An intensive audit will be conducted shortly at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City following the revelation that two very large sums have been paide out for x-ray equipment. The finding raised eyebrows among members of the Board of Governors and thus a letter was sent to the Ministry of Finance yesterday requesting that an audit be done and that revisions into the procurement of two x-ray machines be done. Records show that one machine cost the medical institution more than a hundred thousand dollars while the other was acquired for the sum of just over four hundred thousand dollars. The machines were purchased without invoice from an Orange Walk based business. In addition to the questions raised regarding the machines, others arose when it was found that the two hundred thousand dollars subvention that the hospital receives monthly was not covering their expenses…so much so that the KHMH found itself in dire straits when there was uncertainty as to whether the payroll for June would have been met. As a result of all this, the Board of Governors wrote to the Ministry of Finance seeking their intervention and assistance via a financial audit. The Chairman of the Board of Governors at the KHMH, Chandra Nisbet Cansino, told us what the hospital’s current financial status is and what are the discrepancies found.

Police Issues Public Alert for Escaped Convict
LOVE NEWS has learnt that a convict escaped from a holding cell at the Orange Walk Police station. Mathew “Mateo” Bull appeared in court yesterday for the crime of aggravated assault with a firearm and was convicted and sentenced to one year in prison. Bull was subsequently placed in a detention cell at the Orange Walk police station where he was to stay the night and be transported to the Central Prison today. But around 2 this morning, when police conducted a check of the cells they noticed Bull was missing. It is believed that Mathew Mateo Bull ripped through the manhole of the cell door and freed himself. Police is now asking the public’s cooperation in locating 31 year old Bull who is described as of creole decent, slim built with a low haircut. Police reminds the public that it is a crime to aid and abet a criminal.

Duo Gets Violent in Chap’s Restaurant
Twenty-five year old Darwin Heredia, the manager of a resort in Caye Caulker, was charged with wounding and common assault when he appeared yesterday before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Twenty-three year old Shannon Martinez, an employee of Belize Auto Zone, who was with Heredia, was charged with aggravated assault. They pled not guilty to the charges. Heredia was released on a bail of three thousand dollars while Martinez was released on a bail of one thousand dollars. They are to return to court on August 8. The incident occurred on Thursday, July 10 at Chaps Restaurant and Bar, located on Newtown Barracks. According to the allegation, Heredia caused a wound to a security guard and assaulted a waitress at the restaurant and bar. It is also alleged that Martinez threw a metal chair at the woman.

Judge Scheduled to Deliver Verdict on Wednesday in Briceno’s Murder Trial
After hearing closing argument today from counsels for the defense and the prosecution, Justice John Gonzalez, set tomorrow, July 16, to give his verdict in the trial of 32 year old Renan Briceno, charged with the murder of 19 year old Dale Tillett. It is a trial without jury. Tillett was shot and killed around 8 p.m. on December 31, 2011 at Palm Island nightclub, located at mile 2 on Phillip Goldson Highway. The main witness, Albert Fuentes, aka “Long John”, was unable to testify because he was killed in January, 2013. But a statement Fuentes gave to the police was admitted as evidence. Fuentes, in the statement, said that he and Tillett were at Palm Island and he went outside and he was waiting for Tillett when he heard gunshots. He said he saw Tillett fly up into the air and as he landed on the ground, Briceno stood over and fired a shot.

Still No Agreement on Bagasse Payments
The Belize Sugar Industry advises cane farmers to accept payment of bagasse on a quantum not accepted by caneros for the benefit of the industry. Arturo Cantun has the details in the following report. ARTURO CANTUN REPORTING “Today marks seven days since the 2014 sugar crop delivery season ended with more than 1.2 million tons of cane milled by BSI. While the sugarcane quota was met, the other objective that was not accomplished was a settlement of a new commercial agreement between BSI and BSCFA, which includes payment for bagasse. On January 13, this year BSI and BSCFA agreed to negotiate certain items in the commercial agreement, including a payment for bagasse, and both agreed to negotiate and finalize a new agreement by the end of the crop delivery season.

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Garifuna Collective back from European tour
The men and women of the Garifuna Collective have come back home from their latest international tour. They touched down at the Philip Goldson International Airport and we spoke to band manager Al Ovando, who says they were all over Europe from Germany to Serbia, promoting the culture […]

Road Safety Curriculum tested with teachers
Traffic accidents have become a fact of life in Belize, with so many vehicles, so few public roads and many variables in play. But what if they could be prevented or at least lessened? That is the chief objective of the Belize Road Safety Project, which includes as […]

Patrick Menzies attacks Foreign Minister on OAS statement
July is Constitution Awareness Month in Belize. Patrick Menzies, the spokesperson for the Alliance of Church Leaders and Ministers of Belize, a splinter evangelical group that seeks the removal of the revised gender policy by Government, has been “Occupying Belmopan” for a full month. But on Monday they […]

Renan Briceño to learn his fate in murder trial
Former marketing executive for SMART, 34 year old Renan Briceño Jr., will be told on Wednesday whether he is guilty of the murder of 19 year old Dale Tillett. Tillett was shot to death in the parking lot in front of Palm Island Nightclub on the Philip Goldson […]

Latest marijuana smuggler to Hattieville given fine
25 year old Quinn Arnold of Conch Shell Bay Road in Belize City had a short stay at the Hattieville Central Prison after pleading guilty last Friday to possession of a controlled substance before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart. Today she was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000, […]

Couple charged for incident at bar
Manager of Caye Caulker’s Anchorage Resort, Darwin Heredia, and employee of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle store on Cemetery Road, Shannon Martinez, 23, were read separate charges before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer over the same incident, in which a waitress was attacked at Chaps Restaurant and Bar on the Newtown […]

Russell Roberts pushing gun law amendments
The recent case of the Smith family remanded to prison on firearm charges has once again raised public outcry about the application of laws relating to use and possession of firearms. Today we spoke with activist Russell Roberts, the founder of the organization known as FIST- Fighting in […]

Six members of Smith family released from firearm charges
Last week, seven persons, two of them minors, were remanded to Belize Central prison after arraignment on charges of kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. They are 52 year old Alrick Smith, 47 year old Sandra Casey, 22 year old Leon Smith, 19 year old Tamika Smith, […]

Fair weather conditions setting in
The rain clouds have begun to roll away and a dryer airflow is starting to set it. This means that most fair weather conditions will prevail over the country heading into the second half of the week. The general forecast for Belize and her coastal waters is for cloudy skies at times with isolated showers or thunderstorms. Winds over the open sea and along the coast will be easterly at ten to twenty knots. The sea state will be choppy to moderate. High temperatures today will be around 89 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast; 94 degrees Fahrenheit inland and a comfortable 78 degrees Fahrenheit up in the hills.

Blogs

Going Off-The-Grid On Ambergris Caye, Belize
Most of us live by or visit the area within a few miles of San Pedro town – and for the most part, you can see, or walk, from sea to lagoon in that area (by the plane on the map.) The island seems like a tiny slip of a thing. But as you move farther north, the island stretch out from east to west, much of it completely unpopulated, some of it marshlands, or mangroves or even jungle as you get closer to the Bacalar Chico area in the north. Yesterday, I went up to a friend’s house in the Grand Belizean Estates area of Ambergris Caye. Here is a map, that looks like it was found buried for 50 years, of the area.

Six iconic Belizean Animals from Chaa Creek’s Nature Reserve
After last week’s blog post detailing the arboreal antics of the Belizean kinkajou we’ve been asked to say more about some of the many other species that call Belize home. We’re happy to comply, as within Chaa Creek’s 365 acre private nature reserve alone lives a collection of exotic wildlife that Noah himself would find amazing. So the problem is, where to start? We decided to begin with some of the more iconic Belizean animals that are known to inhabit forests, rivers and paddocks surrounding Chaa Creek, and wanted to give a cross section that shows the diversity of species that contributes to interdependent web of life around us.

Caribbean Export Awards €2.9 Million to Firms in CARIFORUM
he Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has announced the awarding of BBD 8,081,874.06 (€2,992,287) to firms and Business Support Organisations (BSOs) across the region via their flagship programme the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS) as part of the Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP) funded by the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) on July, 11 2014. Caribbean Export published the Call for Proposals for both the Accelerated and Regular Procedures grant facilities under the DAGS on January 17, 2014 with a deadline for submission of application on March 7, 2014, receiving a total of 341 applications from across the region of which 136 firms and BSOs were awarded grants. On Friday the Agency disclosed that sixteen of these grants being awarded were to firms in Barbados with a cumulative value of BDS 1,003,543.80. The full list of grant awardees can be found on the Agency’s website.

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST:-CONSULTING SERVICES
Creating an Ecosystem for Enterprise, Innovation, and Research Development in Belize The Compete Caribbean Program now invites eligible Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the Services to develop a comprehensive development strategy and implementation plan for ENOVA@UB, where dynamic private-public partnerships interactions forms an ecosystem for enhanced economic competitiveness and innovation thought in the areas of 1) Entrepreneur/Business/Export development, 2) Innovation, and 3) Research & Development. by forwarding a copy of their Expressions of Interest demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. Please visit our website (www.competecaribbean.org) to obtain a copy of the full Terms of Reference for this consultancy.

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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.

Trading Suspended on Mysterious Company Worth $4 Billion Despite Making No Money
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suspended trading Friday of Cynk Technology Corp., a mysterious social network operator whose stock price skyrocketed, despite having no members, no revenue, and no assets. The SEC ordered the stoppage because of "concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace and potentially manipulative transactions in Cynk's common stock." Cynk's stock jumped 23,067 percent in the past month from just a few pennies to $13.90, making the company worth more than $4 billion. The surge began in May, after closing at 6 cents on the 15, and then jumping 3.650 percent to close at $2.25 on June 17. The company's background is just as baffling. Its most recent SEC filing, by Cynk's lone employee Marlon Sanchez, listed its headquarters at an office building in Belize City, Belize, but its suite does not exist, the building secretary told Bloomberg. And its website, introbiz.com (plastered with pictures of celebrities it offers to buy contact information for) appears to have been registered by the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Domains By Proxy.

Belize present at London fisheries improvement summit
Representatives from the EU-sanctioned nation were present at the meeting, set up to explore investment opportunities for improving fisheries ....

SCUBA Diving Belize
Belize was considered by many divers to be a Western Hemisphere water paradise decades before it became the oh-so-trendy destination it is today. Exceptional diving is plentiful from end-to-end of the 190-mile-long (300km) Belize Barrier Reef, which extends from the northern tip of Ambergris Caye to the Sapodillo Cayes in Belize’s southernmost region. Belize is located on the Yucatan Peninsula approximately 250 miles south of Cancun. It borders Mexico to the north, the Caribbean to the east and Guatemala on the west and south. The country offers all ranges of diving from shore diving, in shallow water, to the plummeting depths of the famous Blue Hole. Barrier reefs found here offer superb diving for beginners, including Hol Chan Marine Park, located a few miles south of Ambergris Caye.

Here's The Real Story Behind The Founding Of CYNK, The Mysterious Penny Stock With The Surge That Shocked The Internet
A pair of brothers have been tied to the mysterious social networking company with the stock that surged 25,000% since its inception - and one of them has a history of involvement in questionable businesses. CYNK was founded in Nevada by a businessman named John Kueber in 2008. The company appears to be dedicated to a website called Introbiz that purports to help people connect to celebrities and business leaders for a fee. However, CYNK does not appear to have ever had assets, revenue, or more than one employee. Because of the company's mysterious dealings, its astronomical rise made international headlines. CYNK's surging stock also drew the attention of the SEC, which halted trading in the stock last Friday citing "concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace and potentially manipulative transactions in CYNK's common stock."

Videos

Video: Garifuna Boy Dancing Jankunu, 1min.
Watch As this 14 year old performs a dance which is 100s of years old. The Jankunu dance is one of those unique traditions that truly help to keep the world diverse and Interesting.

Video: Jankunu | Ancient Afro Caribbean Art Form, 1min.
There are many stories about the origin of this ancient art form. Which ever way Jankunu is an ancient African art that survived slavery and colonialism not because of resistance but because it is beautiful.

Video: Belize, 14min.
My boyfriend and I traveled to Belize this past November and stayed at the Jaguar Reef Lodge. We highly recommend it and can't say enough great things about the place and the people. It's my first real experimentation with iMovie, so just enjoy it for what it is.

Video: Ministy of Trade for Belize on Capitalizing on their Wellness Industry, 3min.
Michael Singh, CEO at the Ministry of Trade and Investments for Belize, said that they are working towards expanding their capacity within the medical tourism industry. In Belize they already have an established sector of homeopathic healthcare. Singh said that they take wellness for granted, but that could be their selling point to get involved within the industry.

Video: This Time Tomorrow (Belize), 15min.
FPC's mission trip to Belize.

Video: Belize Celebrates World Cup 2014 - Germany's Victory Over Argentina, 1min.
On Sunday, July 13, Argentina conceded to Germany with a 1-0 loss. Most Central and South American countries supported Argentina during this match, but there was a handful of Germany fans in Ambergris Caye, Belize. Immediately following the match, a local parade, consisting mainly of golf carts, drove around the island, showing their support for the European victors. All is well, but there seemed to have been one lost fan stuck in the entourage of Germany fans.

Video: Transkaribik 2013 13 Lamanai, Belize, 6min.
Sehr interessante Begegnung mit der Kultur der Mayas. Sehr entlegen und wenig touristisch erschlossen.


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