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#493719 - 07/23/14 10:14 AM Today's Belize News: July 23, 2014
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The San Pedro Sun

Mayors from Belize converge on Ambergris Caye on working visit
Mayors from across the country were at Las Terrazas Resort on Ambergris Caye on Friday July 18th as part of the monthly Belize Mayor’s Association (BMA) meeting. This month, the Mayor of San Pedro Town Daniel Guerrero hosted the Mayors from the various municipalities of Belize, and several areas of mutual concerns were discussed. According to the Mayor of Belmopan and President of the Belize Mayor’s Association, Simeon Lopez, during the monthly meetings, the mayors discuss projects and plans for their respective municipalities. “We keep in touch with what is happening in the various municipalities through these meetings. We had presentations on the Belize Municipal Development Project (BMDP) which is basically a plan that shows how we intend for the municipality to grow by 2030. We also had a presentation by the country coordinator of the Caribbean Local Economic Development Program (CARILED). She shared information about the project and how it intends to grow in the fiscal year 2015/2016,” said Lopez. He added that the BMDP is in its second phase, which will see the execution of various infrastructural projects in some municipalities.

Ambergris Today

Staying Young, Rejuvenated and Healthy with Dance and Yoga at Zen Arcade
Zuzana is very energetic and motivational; she teaches various dance styles each week and the dance lessons are very fun, especially since they are focused on fitness. Both Angel Sofie and Gerry are dance fanatics who have had their fair share of hard work in the dance classrooms and performing on stage but they can both say that Zuzana kicked their butts with a good work out during her dance class! It was extremely fun and anyone can do it!

San Pedro Taxi Driver Charged with Drug Trafficking and Discharging Firearm in Public
After receiving reports from people who heard gunshots in the neighborhoods of the San Pablo and DFC Area, on Saturday, July 19, 2014, the next day San Pedro Police visited the residence of Juan Menjivar located in the San Pedrito area of San Pedro Town investigating a shooting incident which had allegedly took place in the DFC area of San Pedro. On Monday, July 21, at 2:00p.m., police arrested and charged 30-year-old Juan Menjivar, Belizean taxi man of San Pedrito Area and a 15-year-old male of San Pedrito area for the crimes of drug trafficking of 1,413 grams of cannabis. Menjivar was additionally charged with discharging a firearm in Public, uncustomed goods and for the possession of over $10,000.00 believed to be the proceeds of drug trafficking.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

CDB providing US$10 million loan to Belize's Development Finance Corporation
The capability of the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) in Belize to provide financing for priority sectors in that country has been given a boost by a loan of US$10.5 million from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Among the DFC’s lending objectives are the improvement of home ownership, human development and the development of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). MSMEs are fundamental to the economic landscape of Belize and are estimated to account for a significant share of economic activity and employment generation. However, they are usually faced with a number of challenges including limited access to, and the cost of financing. The CDB loan will allow the DFC to provide finance for these MSMEs as well as student loans, credit for low-income housing and also for energy efficiency/renewable energy projects. The DFC was originally established in 1963 to expand and strengthen the economy of Belize by providing funding on affordable terms to individuals or groups seeking to develop key economic sectors, who would otherwise be unable to access resources from other sources on reasonable terms. DFC is wholly owned by the government of Belize.

BIFF at Cayo Welcome Center
The Belize International Film Festival screen a movie at the Cayo Welcome Center. Another Cayo Film Festival is in the works. "Commonwealth Shorts Film Screening hosted by Kareem Mortimer, Filmmaker from the Bahamas. Photos By Alejandro A. Tovar"

Open Water Race
27 July, 2014. 350m and 750 m freestyle open water swim at Sandlighters Promenade

6th Annual Tres Pescados Slam Tournament
The 6th Annual Tres Pescados Slam Tournament is set for this weekend July 24-26, 2014, at the Holiday Hotel in beautiful San Pedro, Belize.

Call for Proposals
Caribbean Export officially announces results of the Call for Proposals for both the Accelerated and Regular Procedures grant facilities that was published on the January 17, 2014. Accumulated Amount Awarded EURO 143, 578.49

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Belize City

Corozal Police Crime News
On Monday 21st July 2014 about 8:45 p.m. the Border Patrol Police Team were on official duties at the Northern Border check point when a grey in color 4-door Chevy Llimina car bearing L/P C-CZL D-00441 approached the check point and the Police recognized the driver to be one Armando Vasquez. The Police ordered him to park on the side so a thorough search could be conducted on him and the vehicle. The search revealed nothing incriminating on him. The Police proceeded to search the car in his presence and upon further search, the Police Officer noticed the driver seat was torn and a pillow was set on top of it. He then removed the pillow and pushed his hand in between the seat sponge and took out two transparent plastic bags, each containing green leafy vegetable substance suspected to be Cannabis.

Opening night photos of the 9th BELIZE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Placencia

Channel 7

Chairman of Hattieville Still Missing, Concerns Mount
Tonight, the authorities continue to search for Kevin Carcamo, the missing chairman of Hattieville Village. The last time his family saw him was on Sunday, when he left very early to report to work, but at the end of the day, he wasn't with the rest of his crew. He's part of a group of men who work for Discover-seis, an oil exploration company which does seismic testing to find where oil is located in commercial quantities. They were searching for oil a few kilometres away from Freetown Sibun, just past Hattieville, but he never returned from that expedition. Today, we found police and other civilians out searching for him, and Rural Executive Officer told us this evening that the longer he's missing, the more worried they are about his health:

Septuagenarian Charged For Crack Possession; Neighbors Say Police Set It Up
This morning police descended on a home at 3150 Supal Street. When they left, they arrested everyone in the yard, even a 72 year old for drug possession. And so this evening, those eight persons were taken to court and arraigned for drug trafficking of 6.5 grams of crack cocaine before Magistrate Herbert Panton. They are 72 year old Marion Plunkett, 25 year old Michael Plunkett, 24 year old Kathlee Reyes, 34 year old Carlos Mckenzie,28 year old Kareem Williams,19 year old Tamika Faber, 44 year old Raymond Alvarez and 22 year old Sheffield Fitzgibbon. They all pled not guilty to the charge. Marion Plunkett was offered a bail of $500 on her own recognizance while the others were offered a bail of $1,500 each. Now you're probably saying what's a 72 year old doing going to court on a drug possession charge? Well, her neighbors say she didn't possess anything; they say the GSU planted the drugs - one of them spoke to us off camera:..

Vicious Beatdown in Chunox Injures Young Couple
Tonight, a man from Chunox village in the Corozal District is in critical condition at the KHMH after a vicious beat down. It happened on Sunday night at around 10:00 in Chunox when four men pounced on 19 year old Jose Danilo Monzon right in front of his house and gave him a vicious beat down. His common law wife, 20-year-old Mariacel Itzel Tun tried to intervene and they beat her up too - even though she is pregnant! He was left in a critical condition and has been transferred to the KHMH while Mariacel's injuries were certified as Harm and she had to see a gynecologist because she is four months pregnant and was experiencing pain to the lower back and the abdomen. The four men have been detained but were not charged today.

Felix's Finally Free
The Felix brothers, Emory and Maurice are finally tasting freedom tonight after eight years on remand and three murder trials. Court reports say the nolle pros document was finally filed after their most recent hung jury in mid May. The brothers Maurice and Emory Felix, had been on remand for the murder of Mitchum Heredia since 2006 and had three trials which ended in hung juries. They have maintained their innocence throughout and claimed that they were at home at the time of the murder in April 2006.

One Year For Man Who Pawned Jewelry
Today thirty-one year old Wilfred Stanley, a laborer of Neal Pen Road was sentenced to 1 year in prison after pleading guilty to 6 counts of handling stolen goods, namely jewellry. Police charged Stanley on May 19th after they recovered $8,750 worth of jewelry from pawnshops - all the items had been stolen from a house in West Landivar. The jewelry belongs to 29 year old Janelle Reyes, and it was taken when the house was burglarized between April 9th and April 12th. Some of it was recovered on May 16 from three pawnshops: J L Quick Loan, JEC Company Limited and Fair Brothers, but over $2000 worth of jewelry is still missing. Stanley said in court that he was only helping a friend when he pawned the jewelry.

Police Say Accident Was Not Foul Play
Last night, we told you about 68 year-old retiree Alfonso Manzanero, the man from Belmopan who was knocked down when 3 men tried to help him get his vehicle out of a ditch. Police have been treating his death as a fatal traffic accident, but there were some strange aspects of the case, which had to be scrutinized. The post mortem has been conducted on his body, and today, the acting officer commanding Belmopan Police told us that its findings support that Manzanero died of an unfortunate accident - not any kind of malice or foul play. Here's how he explained it: Inspector Dennis Myles, Acting OC - Belmopan "Yesterday around 1:30 the post mortem on the body of Mr. Alfonso Manzanero was conducted in Belize City where the medical officer certify the cause of death was traumatic shock due to road traffic accident." Daniel Ortiz "Sir, can you just briefly explain to us what the evidence presented to Belmopan police is in relation to how this gentleman was knocked down?"

Nasley Was A No-Show
Nasley Sommerville, the administrator of the Southern Regional Hospital who was implicated in an audit, was a no-show at her public service commission tribunal hearing today in Belmopan. As we've told you, the Auditor General believes that she was involved in the misappropriation of just over 366 thousand dollars of public funds. We're told that there was an indication that she would show up with her attorney for the tribunal hearing today. That hearing was to have started at 9 a.m., but when she didn't present herself, the case had to be adjourned. We're told that the reason she didn't show up was because she hadn't been properly notified. So, the hearing will have to be rescheduled for another day. But today, we've learned a little more about the origin of those public funds which went missing. The 366 thousand dollars which was misappropriated actually comes from Social Security. The way it worked is that the SSB paid out monies to the different hospitals for the use of maternity and prenatal cases, but it wasn't placed directly into a Government of Belize bank account. Those monies actually went into a special account - which should have had oversight of the accounting officer, in this case the CEO.

Administrative Disquiet At CCJ
The Caribbean Court of Justice is the highest Court in Belize, Barbados and Guyana but right now the court is under pressure at its headquarters in Trinidad. News reports from Port of Spain say that the court is facing internal legal battles resulting from a series of dismissals, resignations and suspensions of senior managers. The Court says it is restructuring after 10 years, but half of the 72 employees have joined a union to lodge grievances against the court - mainly about a change in the salary payment system. On top of that, the court's senior managers have hired an attorney who is preparing to file suit against the court according to the Trinidad Sunday Express. Perhaps most damning is the account from the dismissed acting registrar of the Court, Jamaican Dr Leighton Jackson, who was escorted out of the Court's Headquarters in May. He told the Jamaica Gleaner, quote, "Based on the incidents of mismanagement, arbitrariness and judicial misconduct, I think the current structure of the court is incomplete and insufficient" end quote.

Who Will Replace The Great Fred in Guatemala?
Today, the Prime Minister and his Ministers held a Cabinet meeting in Belmopan, and on the agenda was a discussion of a replacement for the Late Alfredo "Fred" Martinez, who was the Ambassador to Guatemala for 11 years. The news on that topic is that the Government has found someone who they believe is capable of replacing Martinez as Ambassador. This afternoon, the Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke with the media about the progress of that Cabinet Meeting, in which the replacement was discussed: Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs "I can tell you that we have made good progress I think so far. I think the Prime Minister is having a press conference very shortly. It's the Prime Minister's responsibility to appoint ambassadors and therefore he is going to advise the nation on that matter at the earliest possible time. I think he says he is going to have his press conference next week Wednesday. I don't know if its tomorrow or next week, but he regards the replacement of the ambassador in Guatemala as a matter of the utmost urgency and importance. He has acted on the matter with alacrity and I think he is going to notify the nation of the appointment certainly within the next 7 days."

Environmental And Tourist Groups Keeping Up The Fight Against Azul
Puerto Azul - we haven't heard that name in the news for a while but the campaign to block the development is still going strong. Today the six conservation and tourism organizations opposed to the project issued a release saying, quote, " Belize's largest conservation and tourism organizations, as well as members of the public, have joined forces in opposition to a proposed seven star mega-resort on Belize's most remote coral reefs." The release says that the investors are moving forward with the studies required for environmental clearance but notes that government has not approved it - and neither have they bought the island. The conservation groups say that selective clearing is also happening on the cayes.

Mayor Bradley In The City Of Angels
Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley is on an extended west coast tour of the United States. It started in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 11th when the City Council accompanied the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to engage the Belizean diaspora in that area. They held the first Belizean Town Hall Meeting in Las Vegas where Ministry staff updated Belizeans living abroad on their benefits when moving back to Belize. Minister Elrington and Mayor Bradley then spoke about government issues and programs for Belizeans, updating them on the state of their country. Mayor Bradley then moved on to Los Angeles where toured of different government departments and met with dignitaries such as the President of the City Council, the Director of City Services and the President of Public Works in LA. Unofficial reports say he snagged two street sweepers for Belize.

Taiwanese Volunteers Visit
Today, Taiwan's new Ambassador to Belize, Benjamin Ho held his first press conference. He introduced 12 visiting student volunteers from a prestigious technical university called the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. They will be touring rural Cayo and visiting various schools in the area to donate computers and school supplies. Our intern Robin Schaffer found out more. Robin Schaffer reporting 12 students from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan are in Belize. Today at a press briefing, Ambassador Benjamin Ho, told us about the university and why the students are here. Benjamin Ho, Ambassador of Taiwan "Tsing Hua University, a prestigious university not only in Taiwan. The university is just like MIT in the States. The university is very strong in technology and science, but they are also the liberal arts education too. They want to go to remote areas to help those under privilege people to network with the other part of the world particularly the internet. This is their purpose of coming over here. They come here to bring their love, not only their love, but also bring quite a lot of gifts."

DPP On Study Leave
We hear it on the news almost every night - that the file is being sent to the DPP for her review. But, what happens when the DPP goes on study leave? According to reports, that's just what has happened: Cheryl Lynn Vidal has gone on three months approved study leave. Those reports say that in the interim a Senior Crown Counsel will act in her post. Vidal has been DPP since mid 2008.

Channel 5

Hattieville Chairman Kevin Carcamo Still Missing 48 Hours Later
The family of Kevin Carcamo, the Hattieville Chairman, is clinging to hope tonight. It is forty-eight hours since the linesman, who is employed by Discoverseis, has been missing. A search [...]

Nasley Somerville A No-show At PSC Hearing
Nasley Sommerville, the former administrator of the Southern Regional Hospital, was a no show at a scheduled Public Services Commission hearing today in Belmopan. Sommerville was named prominently in an [...]

Puerto Azul Versus Conservation Community
There are still more questions than answers where the Puerto Azul mega-tourism project is concerned. Government has maintained that it can’t provide much information because the concept is still in [...]

Do you believe the quality of life laws are affecting only the poor people?
And tonight’s question is: Do you believe the quality of life laws are affecting only the poor people? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or [...]

GSU Raids Supal Street Residence Elderly Woman Arrested for Drug Possession
The Gang Suppression Unit conducted an operation today in the south side Belize City. The target was a property on Supal Street belonging to an elderly resident, seventy-two year old [...]

Corozaleno Armando Vasquez Charged With Drug Trafficking
A Belizean electrician from Corozal has been charged with drug trafficking after a search of his car yielded a significant stash of cannabis. The Border Patrol Team was on operations [...]

Sherwin Leslie Gets 6 Years for Stealing Armor-All
Fifty-five-year-old Sherwin Leslie, a car washer, who was accused of stealing an eleven-dollar Armor-All, has been sentenced to six years in prison.  Allegations are that on Sunday, Leslie, a resident [...]

Taiwanese Ambassador Benjamin Ho Begins Tour of Belize
Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Benjamin Ho arrived in the Jewel last Thursday and on Monday presented his credentials to the Governor General to Belize. It is the [...]

Taiwanese Volunteers In Belize for Social Programs
Each year, through the sponsorship of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), approximately two hundred volunteer groups from various universities in Taiwan are sent abroad to assist communities [...]

Belizean Football Coaches Receive Professional Training
Germany recently beat out Argentina to emerge victorious in the 2014 World Cup – a dream of football federations across the world and certainly one for Belize. Every journey has [...]

FFB President Comments On Belize’s Performance In UNCAF
F.F.B. President Ruperto Vicente says that FIFA has already approved the plan which will focus on youths and their coaches. It’s a long term project, but the road to the [...]

BDF Summer Camp Teaches Children Life Skills
It is summer so camps are popping up all over the place. By all accounts one of most popular is organized by the Belize Defense Force and hundreds of youths [...]

Bring It Lights Up The Bliss For Another Week
If You Can Sing it, Bring it! The song competition gets underway at nine, live from the Bliss.  While the stakes are high for the performers, tonight’s theme is not [...]

CTV3

BSCFA Want More Than Fifty One Cents Per Ton Of Bagasse
With a resolution passed by cane farmers, the only other option is to go back to the drawing board, that’s if BSI accepts. Cane farmers clearly stated yesterday that they want more than the 51 cents payment per ton of bagasse BSI is willing to give them. At first they asked for $10.00 but with BSI not budging cane farmers are prepared to compromise. Alfredo Ortega- Vice Chairman, BSCFA, COM “We clearly know that we can get a better price than fifty one cents so that is where we are at this point, farmers want a just payment for their bagasse.” BSI has stated on the record that if the company would pay cane farmers the $10.00 per ton of cane delivered for bagasse, based on the 2013 crop results, the requested payment would amount to BZ$11.4 million, or 97% of Belcogen’s gross revenues from sales to BEL. This would cripple the company, says BSI. On the other hand cane farmers are saying; “show me Belgogen’s financial records and we move on”.

Manuel Castillo Disappeared In Thin Air
And as to the alleged ring leader behind these crimes, Manuel Castillo, who has struck fear in the lives of many in the North since his disappearance, police say they are following all leads in hope of putting him behind bars. Maria Novelo – Reporter “Any leads as to the mastermind of these crimes, Mr. Manuel Castillo who we know has been placed on Interpol’s most wanted list.” Joseph Myvette – Assistant Commissioner of Police “That Is as far as we know that he has been placed on Interpol we are continuing our investigation but there is no new information as to where he might be.” Police believe Castillo has absconded to either neighbouring Guatemala or Mexico. The 37 year old fugitive is wanted for the kidnapping and murder of Ramon Cervantes Sr. and the murder of Sonia Abac. It is of note that Castillo was deported from North Carolina in 2004 for drug offences and possession of weapon with intend to kill.

Ramon Cervantes Junior Admits A Hand-Cuff Was Used In The Murder
As you heard, not much was said by Myvett when it comes to the investigations into two of Orange Walks most vicious murders. But police are not only being tight lipped with the media, the family of Cervantes Senior has also been kept in the dark as they know little about the on-going investigation. A few days ago when questioned about the alleged involvement of two officers in Cervantes’ murder and the allegation that a handcuff belonging to the department was used to bind the hands and feet of the former Senator and Mayor, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, simply stated that investigations were ongoing and they were looking at the issue of discipline. Whylie would also not confirm whether Cervantes was indeed handcuffed or if the manacle is connected to the department. But one person that has decided to speak out is Cervantes’ son, Ramon Cervantes Junior. Yesterday while at the cane farmers AGM, Cervantes Jr. responded to Whylie’s comments. Here is what he stated.

Climate Change Forum Takes Place In Orange Walk
The National Climate Change Office in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center has embarked on a national consultation geared towards the creation of a policy, strategy and action plan to address climate change in Belize. These are expected to assist the government to address adverse impacts of climate change on the national economic and sustainable development of the country. The consultation for the northern region was held today in Orange Walk Town at the District Education Center. Ann Gordon, who is the National Coordinator for Climate change in the National Climate Change Office under the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, expanded on the consultation.

Cane Farmers Reject BSI Proposal For Fifty One Cents Payment Per Ton Of Bagasse
A resounding no to BSI’s proposal that was the outcome of yesterday’s Annual General Meeting held by cane farmers at Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico in San Roman, Corozal. A number of issues were discussed during the AGM but at the top of the agenda was BSI’s proposal to pay cane farmers 51 cents per ton of bagasse. After months of negotiations, the Board of Directors of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association went back to its members seeking approval or rejection for the proposal. The outcome was as expected as cane farmers did not think twice when they ordered their directors to go back to the negotiating table. Cane Farmer “I know he is a giant company and he is chancing us cane farmers, he doesn’t know that three o’clock in the morning these men are already out and the women too and the fifty one cents cannot buy even a soap to what the shirt and the pants that the men dirty on the fields. I would like you to know that we are not fools, we know what the bagasse is putting in all your pockets but you try to lie to us but let me tell you this religiously that every penny that you steal from your poor brother you will pay for it on your death dead and that is in the bible."

Case File For Sonia Abac's Murder Yet To Be Sent To The DPP
More than two weeks following the heinous deaths of businessman Ramon Cervantes Sr. and Sonia Abac, authorities are still trying to piece together the puzzle that shrouds their demise. While 3 people, two of them residents of Trial Farm and one Guatemalan were charged for Cervantes’ murder along with Manuel Castillo who remains on the run, not much has been heard or reported on the investigations. But today we managed to get an update on the case. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette, says while the incidents are believed to be linked, those investigations are on-going and police is still in the process of compiling statements. Joseph Myvette – Assistant Commissioner of Police “There are some works that are still continuing that we are trying to conclude before the entire file is submitted to the DPP for perusal and direction.”

Standard Four Student Still Missing, Police Have No Clue Of Her Whereabout
For several weeks we have been reporting on the disappearance of Standard 4 student and 15 year old teen, Luz Clarita Carrillo who was last seen by her guardian heading to school on the 24th of June. Since then, the family claims that they have gotten a note stating that she has been kidnapped and in another instance, a phone call that told them not to worry since Clarita was in good hands. There are many allegations and speculations as to her whereabouts and today while we got a chance to speak with Assistant Commissioner Myvette, our digging got us nowhere.

O/W Business Man Receives Extortion Call
A few weeks ago Orange Walkenos played witness to two murders which were recorded in less than one week, that of Ramon Cervantes Senior and Sonia Abac. The death of both individuals sent shock waves throughout the north and since then Northenos are living in fear. And apparently they have all right to be since there seems to be an apparent surge in extortions being reported in the North, the latest being that of Rene Cuello, well known businessman and avid karaoke singer. According to Cuello, he received a phone call last week Thursday July 17th. The person on the other line, a male individual, identified himself as belonging to the ZETAS, a cartel that operates in Mexico. Cuello says he did not entertain the international call which came from a 12 digit number; hence it could not be traced.

Traffic Accident claims The Life Of Corozal Resident
Tonight, a family from the Village of Cristo Rey in the Corozal District is mourning the unexpected death of one of their own who perished in a traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway on Sunday morning. Reporter Victor Castillo has the details in the following report. Victor Castillo – Reporter It was a little after 6 am on Sunday morning when Ana Che received a telephone call, not knowing that at the other end of the line were members of the Police department with bad news of her Uncle, 43 year old Remijio Botes who succumbed to his injuries sustained in a traffic incident. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette said Botes lost control of the vehicle. Joseph Myvette – Assistant Commissioner of Police “Yesterday morning sometime around 6am police visited mike 62 on the Phillip Goldson Highway where upon arrival a ford escape vehicle with license plate BZ C- 45968 was seen on the left hand side of the road overturned where upon further investigation it was revealed that the driver Remijio Botes was traveling from north to south direction along with three other persons when he lost control of his vehicle and overturned.”

LOVE FM

Shooting Investigation Leads to Big Drug Bust
Thirty year old Juan Menjivar and a fifteen year old male minor were busted with more than a thousand grams of marijuana and ten thousand dollars in cash by San Pedro Police. The bust occurred late on Sunday night during an investigation of a shooting incident in the DFC area of San Pedro Town. According to San Pedro Police, they met the 15 year old male minor and Menjivar at a house in the area. Menjivar produced his licensed black nine millimeter firearm with eight nine millimeter live rounds in the magazine. San Pedro police then further searched of the house where they discovered ten thousand dollars in US and Belize currency, eight liters of Hennessy and three brown parcels containing one thousand four hundred and thirteen grams of cannabis. Menjivar, a Belizean taxi man of San Pedro Town, and the 15 year old minor were arrested and charged for drug trafficking, discharging a Firearm in Public, un-costumed Goods and for the possession of over $10,000.00 believed to be the proceeds of Drug Trafficking.

Village Chairman Goes Missing
Members of the Ladyville and Hattieville Police stations, the K9 Unit and other personnel spent the day in search of the chairman of Hattieville Village, Belize District. 43-year-old, Kevin Carcamo is an employee of Discoverseis Company and was a part of a team working in the Freetown Sibun area yesterday when he did not return home. Love News visited Carcamo’s home today and spoke to his common-law-wife, Shawn Bonner, who told us what led to her making a missing person report just after midnight last night. SHAWN BONNER “I made the report last night about ten to twelve because a young man came by my house last night asking if Kevin was at home and I said that no he had not reached home yet. I told him that Kevin was still at work but he told me that everybody had come from work already. I said, “Oh my God, you all left Kevin over there”. I went next door to my neighbor to ask if he had seen Kevin because they work at the same place and he said yes so I said I would have to call Discoverseis right away. I called them and they didn’t know either; so, he came and we went to the police station together.”

Farm Worker Drowns in Pond
A post mortem was conducted on the body of a 57-year-old watchman employed at Fresh Catch Farm in La Democracia Village, Belize District early this afternoon at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. Thomas Garcia, a Guatemalan national, who resided in the Cotton Tree Village in the Cayo District, was found floating in Pond 16 on the farm just after nine o’clock this past Friday night. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Christopher Noble gave us information coming out of their preliminary investigations. ASP CHRISTOPHER NOBLE “On Friday we did get that information, sometime after 7pm, to say that a gentleman had been found in one of the ponds in the tilapia farms. The body was located and we had people go out there. The gentleman is an employee of the farm and we are expecting results of a post mortem later today. We at this stage are very young into it and we did some work over the weekend into it and we hope that we could put closure to it by days end. That gentleman is an elderly man and he is not a born Belizean but migrated to Belize his family had been communicated with and the embassy relevant to his nationality has been communicated with.”

Inmate Arraigned for Prison Stabbing
Twenty year old Giovanni Ramirez, an inmate at Belize Central Prison, was charged with wounding when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Ramirez pled not guilty to the charge. His case was adjourned until September 19. The incident occurred around 10 a.m. on July 16. Twenty-three year old Jamal Ariola, an inmate at Belize Central Prison, reported to the police that he was in the yard of the prison talking to Ramirez when all of a sudden he felt a stab to the left side of his chest and he saw Ramirez with a piece of steel, known as a “Borer” in his hand. He also reported that Ramirez stabbed him several times on his hand, his back and left foot.

Man Drops Charges Against Spouse
A forty-four year old female security guard who handcuffed her husband and tied his feet then beat him on his head with a mall, was charged with wounding and using threatening words when she appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. She is Nathalia Wade, a mother of three, who resides at Milpa Site, Ladyville. Wade pled not guilty to the charges.

Cane Farmers Association Works Towards Corrective Measures
The other matter discussed during the cane farmers general meeting on Sunday was the suspension from Flo-Cert and investigative audit that revealed that thousands of dollars were misappropriated by several employees of the association. Arturo Cantun reports. ARTURO CANTUN REPORTS: “The audit from Flo-Cert shows that approximately 78 thousand dollars of Fair-trade funds were misused by certain employees of the association. This includes employees getting overpaid; others getting salary advance and others getting loans, despite those Fair-trade regulations clearly indicate that funds should not be used for such. Ortega updated us on what steps have been taken.” ALFREDO ORTEGA “I think we have recovered in the vicinity of $6000 dollars and so we need to recover about $72,000 dollars more to complete the $78,000.”

Governor General Receives Credentials From Incoming Ambassadors
arrived in the country last week and today Ho officially presented his credentials to the Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young. He succeeds Ambassador David Wu, who departed Belize on July 12. Ho has served in Hawaii, United Kingdom and Singapore. Ambassador Ho was also previously posted to Belize as First Secretary and Senior Specialist from 1994-1998. The Ambassador of the Philippines Catalino Dilem Jr. also presented his credentials to the Governor General. Dilem stated that his country continues to enjoy a friendly and fruitful relationship with Belize and they look forward to strengthening that relationship through trade and other areas.


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Chairman of Hattieville Missing
Police say that the Chairman of Hattieville has gone missing. Sunday evening, July 20th,  Shawn Banner, common-law wife of Chairman Kevin Carcamo,  visited the Hattieville Police sub-station and reported that Carcamo left for work with Discoversies Oil Company at 5:45am but did not return home as per normal. Kevin Carcamo works with...

Housefire erupts near downtown Belize City
Fire broke out in Belize City on Friday night in an area that has become used to such hazards. A yard on Prince Street, between Albert Street and East Canal, became a hazardous scene that brought hundreds of Belizeans out of their beds just after 8:30 p.m. The top...

Shootings in the Old Capital; are these ones random?
There were some shooting incidents reported in Belize City this weekend but the they appear to be random and arbitrary. A34-year-olddriver for Election and Boundaries was driving a red government Wingle on West Collect Canal heading towards Mex Avenue on Sunday night. Upon reaching the junction of West Collect...

Dead man found in shrimp pond
On Friday, police visited the Fresh Catch Farm located in La Democracia Village, Belize District where at pond 16 they saw the nude body of a male Hispanic person floating face down in the pond. The body was retrieved and was identified as 57-year-old Thomas Garcia,   Guatemalan watchman of...

Fatal traffic accident in Belmopan; family wonders if foul play involved
Alfonso Manzanero, a resident of Nanche St. in Belmopan, died early Sunday morning after what relatives believe is a peculiar set of circumstances. According to Belmopan police, at around 1:15 on Sunday morning Alfonso Manzanero was driving his Mitsubishi SUV on the North Ring Road when he reportedly lost...

Guinea Grass man stabbed to the chest
On Sunday afternoon, Orange Walk Police visitedthe Northern Regional Hospital where they saw 32-year-old Felipe Camara of Guinea Grass Village, Orange Walk District, suffering from stab wounds to the center of his chest and to the center of his abdomen. Initial investigation revealed that at around 4:00p.m. that evening,...

San Pedro taxi man arrested for drug trafficking
On Sunday night, police visited the residence of taxi driver Juan Menjivar, located in the San Pedrito area of San Pedro Town, investigating a shooting incident which had allegedly occurred on Saturday in the DFC area of San Pedro. At the house, police met a...

Cane Farmers reject bagasse proposal
More than 700 cane farmers from the Orange Walk and Corozal districts gathered at the Escuela Mexico Auditorium in San Roman Village, Corozal, on Sunday July 20th., to keep members of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association abreast of the situation concerning bagasse, and to reach a general consensus...

BSCFA suspended from FLOCERT over misappropriated funds
The afternoon session of Sunday’s Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association meeting dealt with misappropriations of BSCFA funds of some 78 thousand dollars, for the period of September 2011 to May 214. Audit showed records of 10 people with irregular salaries between the period of March 2012 to May 2014 and...

Prisoner charged for prison yard stabbing
20 year old Giovanni Ramirez faces further charges related to an alleged attack on a fellow inmate of the Belize Central Prison. He pleaded not guilty to charges of wounding before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer and was sent back to prison until September 19 when his case resumes. Around...

Belize’s Soccer Teams Play Abroad
Last week Thursday we told you about the Football Under 20 Male team which travelled to El Salvador to participate in this year’s UNCAF Qualifier. The games are being held from the 17th to the 29th of this month at the Cuscantlan Stadium in San Salvador. Since Friday, the Belize...

Capital Culture to dramatize “Rose Slip”
On Saturday June 26th at the George Price Center, Capital Culture, Belmopan’s very own drama group, will be dramatizing a popular Caribbean play called the “Rose Slip.” The play, written by Douglas Archibal, is centered in Jamaica, however, according to Beverly Swasey, play director of Capital Culture, the group has adapted the...

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Warring Ladyville couple bound to keep the peace
A Ladyville couple who have had a stormy, violent relationship was ordered to keep the peace for one year when the woman appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer to be arraigned on charges of wounding and use of threatening words against her husband, who professed his love for her and asked the court to drop the two charges. When Magistrate Frazer asked Natalia Wade, 44, a security guard of 100 Milpa Site, Ladyville, what was her relationship with the virtual complainant, a man who was wearing a fez in the courtroom rose and identified himself as Keith Staine. He told the court Wade is his wife and he was the one who filed the police report against her. When the 39-year-old Staine removed the fez from his head, a number of injuries became visible. Frazer told Wade, “I am seeing scars on him and he went to the police to make a report against you.”

Cañeros “outraged” at BSI’s 51-cent bagasse proposal
In a unified show of defiance today, local cañeros gave an outright “thumbs down” to a proposal which was made by factory owners, Belize Sugar Industries (BSI)/American Sugar refineries (ASR), at a general meeting staged by the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) at the Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico in San Roman Village, on the outskirts of Orange Walk. The sugarcane farmers are outraged by BSI’s offer to pay them 51 cents per ton of bagasse, especially since they (the cane farmers association) retained the expertise of technical professionals who have informed them that in reality, the farmers should be able to get up to $4 per ton of bagasse, a valued byproduct of sugar cane, which is currently sold by BSI to power producers BELCOGEN, who, in turn, sell it to the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) after it goes through its process of production. Prior to the meeting, BSI/ASR had given the farmers an ultimatum – requiring that the BSCFA and their members make a decision by the beginning of next month, August, to either accept the 51-cent bid, or receive nothing at all. After the meeting, when we spoke to the vice chairman of the BSCFA’s Committee of Management, Alfredo Ortega, he made it clear that based on the farmers’ response, BSI’s offer is simply unacceptable.

Security guard, 58, found floating in tilapia pond
The body of a security guard was fished from a tilapia farm in La Democracia this past Friday, and based on the circumstances surrounding his death, his family is convinced that foul play led to his demise.pull quote - drowning According to police, Tomas Garcia, 58, a security guard who was employed at the Fresh Catch Tilapia Farm in La Democracia, was discovered floating face-down and nude at Pond 16 late Friday night. Today, Amandala spoke to Rural Executive Officer, ASP Chris Noble, and he said that, at the time, police were awaiting the results of a post-mortem on Garcia’s body to determine whether he was a victim of foul play. He said, “On Friday we did get that information sometime after 7:00 p.m. saying that the gentleman had been found in one of the ponds in the tilapia farm. The body was located, and we had people go out there to look into it. The gentleman is an employee of the farm and we are expecting results of a post-mortem later today. At this stage, we are very young into it; we did some work over the weekend and we hope that we could put closure to it at least by the day’s end.”

Preacher stabbed to death in church yard
A well-known preacher in the community, Oscar John Lambey, 28, of Rivero Street Extension, was found dead at about 6:20 this morning in the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist compound, in the Cinderella Plaza area. The death of the preacher occurred just 24 hours after Lionel Sampson, 28, was found dead at about 6:30 yesterday morning, Thursday, after being shot and killed while walking in the Iguana Street Extension area on Gravey Street in the Collet Division. Sampson was the eleventh person murdered since deadly violence escalated, beginning June 7, 2014, when a 16-year-old girl was shot in the Princess Hotel and Casino parking lot. The bullet is still lodged in her chest. Lambey was found by the caretaker of the church when he was making a routine security check this morning in and around the compound. Inspector Santiago Ciau of Precinct 1 Police said that at about 7:00 this morning, they responded to the report of a dead man in the compound of the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church on Wilson Street, and on their arrival, they saw the body of a man lying face-up on the ground about 10 feet behind one of the buildings on the compound.

Hattieville chairman disappears
At present, an extensive search is underway between the villages of Hattieville and Freetown Sibun in the rural Belize District as co-workers and authorities are trying to find the current acting Hattieville chairman, Kevin Carcamo, 43, a seismic surveyor who left his Hattieville home yesterday morning for his workplace, Discoverseis, where he embarked on a routine trek to conduct seismic surveys along with six other employees in a vast area covered with bush and swamp on the outskirts of Hattieville. Carcamo’s family became worried about his whereabouts late yesterday evening when he did not return home after work, after which his common-law wife, Shawn Banner, made a missing person’s report to the Hattieville police, who, along with Carcamo’s colleagues, immediately began a search that lasted until the wee hours of this morning, Monday. So far, the search has proved futile, and today, Amandala spoke with Rural Executive Officer, ASP Chris Noble, who told us about the police’s efforts in tracing Carcamo since receiving the report late last night.

FedEx faces Federal indictment over shipments for online pharmacies
The internationally-famous courier, FedEx, the Memphis, Tennessee corporation which also provides services to Belize, is facing a major federal indictment on allegations that it facilitated online pharmacies in packaging and distributing drugs, allegedly in violation of US laws. Fox Business quotes a FedEx spokesperson as saying: “We want to be clear what’s at stake here: the government is suggesting that FedEx assume criminal responsibility for the legality of the contents of the millions of packages that we pick up and deliver every day. We are a transportation company – we are not law enforcement. We have no interest in violating the privacy of our customers. We continue to stand ready and willing to support and assist law enforcement. We cannot, however, do the job of law enforcement ourselves.”

Two men found guilty of burglary: one fined, the other gets 5 years in absentia
Two Belize City men who were each being tried for one count of burglary before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer were found guilty of the offense at the conclusion of their case late this morning. Frazer imposed a $1,000 fine on Christopher Gillett, 19, one of the two accused who was present in court. Gillett, who was a minor when he was charged for the offense which occurred on February 17, 2012, was ordered to pay his court fine by October 31. The other accused man, Keron Swasey, 20, who did not appear in court today, was sentenced to 5 years in prison in absentia. Police charged the two with burglary after they entered, as trespassers, the home of Emily Stanley, located on Fabers Road in Belize City. Stanley did not see the two when they entered her home. The two convicted men made off with six Oran glass louvers, three metal chairs, a table and a basin. The men later took police to two separate locations where the stolen items were found.

Police find prohibited Galil 5.56 assault rifle and prohibited .357 Magnum revolver
Four firearms – which include a prohibited, high-power Galil 5.56 assault rifle, and a prohibited .357 Magnum revolver – were confiscated by police on Friday. The other two confiscated firearms are a 9mm pistol and a 32mm pistol, one of which is believed to be the pistol used in the armed robbery of a security officer guarding a Belikin delivery truck on Oleander Street in the Lake I area at about 10:00 Thursday morning. The pistols were found during an intense search that took place shortly after the robbery in the area. Police said that the 32mm pistol has been labeled as “Exhibit,” while the other three firearms have been labeled as “Found Property” and will be handed over for destruction.

Editorial: A different game
Between 1979 and 1984, this newspaper proved, at least for the benefit of ourselves, that the 4 percent of the electorate which we demonstrably influenced, could have a decisive effect on general elections under certain circumstances. We did not experience any euphoria on appreciating the significance of our role, but rather we went through a period of sober analysis. In national elections, one is dealing with people’s lives; one is dealing with the direction and the fate of the Belizean nation-state. A large amount of the energy in Belizean election campaigning is financial energy. Belize’s is a small, struggling economy, and any injection of substantial liquidity into the system immediately raises energy levels amongst the Belizean people. Post-modern election campaigning has become a matter of the two major political parties acquiring the millions needed for campaign financing, and then organizing their members and supporters on a salaried basis to work from house-to-house and from street-to-street compiling the information which will enable the parties’ election generals to bring out the maximum amount of favorable voters on election day itself.

From The Publisher
I think the Bible predicts that God will destroy the world again, as He did in the time of Noah, but on the second occasion He would do so with fire, instead of with water as on the first occasion. The physicists say that it is inevitable that the sun, which is earth’s primary source of energy, will burn itself out, whereupon human life, as we know it, will come to an end. Personally, you and I don’t have to worry about this, because we ourselves will come to an end long before this happens. Each of us has two worlds, you know. There is our personal existence, which is our own world, so to speak. And then there is the world at large, the world out there. Most of us expect that our personal worlds will come to an end before the world at large does, but there are religious sects which, from time to time, give specific dates for the end of the world. At this point, all their believers start making preparations for the end, but it has never happened so far. So, they have to go on living, and sometimes the sects even come up with new dates, just to keep all their followers on their toes, I guess.

Dara’s annual bike ride & Lucky Dube Tribute July 27
Well-known grassroots Belizean humanitarian, Joel “Dara” Robinson, of Belize City, is once again embarking on two annual ventures through which he aims to raise funds to support his feeding program which caters to needy primary school [...]

SSB hosts 2014 scholarship awards ceremony SSB hosts 2014 scholarship awards ceremony
The Social Security Board (SSB) handed out scholarships to several students today as part of its annual scholarship program. The ceremony was held at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel, and Communications Officer for SSB, Gayle Ozaeta, told [...]

Prince Street fire leaves 8 people homeless
On Tuesday, July 8, a two-flat wooden house, the property of Eloise Hyde in Hattieville, was completely destroyed by fire at about 9:00 that morning, leaving 13 people homeless. The fire service said that a child [...]

Orange Walk girl, 13, reported missing since June
Luz Clarita Carrillo, 13, a standard four student of Louisiana Government School, has been missing for almost a month now, since June 24. Her guardian said that she last saw the girl that Tuesday morning, June [...]

Belize shut out in first two matches at UNCAF U-20 qualifiers, rough days ahead for Belize football
The Belize National U-20 squad is yet to score a goal, having lost its first two games at the Central American U-20 qualifiers in El Salvador on Thursday of last week and this afternoon, respectively. On [...]

FFB President’s Cup weekend results
The FFB President’s Cup tournament continued with 3 games played yesterday. Down south at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga, visiting Sagitun FC clipped the home team Pomona United, 2-1, with goals from Darren Thompson (2’) [...]

City Boys are champions of Smart 13 & Under Football Tournament 2014
The 3rd Annual Smart 13 & Under Football Tournament climaxed on Saturday, July 19, at the Yabra Football field where the 3rd place game was followed by the championship match, and then the awards ceremony. In [...]

Rural softball results from Burrell Boom; Lords Bank this Sunday
The Belize Rural Senior Female/Male Softball Tournament 2014 continued yesterday, Sunday, with 3 games, 1 male (M) and 2 female (F), being played in Burrell Boom. Female and male teams from the villages of Lords Bank, [...]

Hall of Fame notes
My father, C.B. Hyde, told me yesterday that there was an induction ceremony for a first Belize Sports Hall of Fame sometime around 1992; and subsequently, about four or five years later, another attempt was made [...]

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Stephen Okeke explains why he destroyed the TV Ramos bust
When we last left the issue of the Thomas Vincent Ramos bust created by Stephen Okeke, it was sitting outside his Northern Highway home waiting on a group of prominent Garinagu and others to raise the funds to buy it. However, Okeke has been consistently attacked on the […]

Belize welcomes Taiwanese youth volunteers
Members of a Taiwanese Rotary youth group are spending their summer vacation in Belize helping out with various projects in the country. They were welcomed today by newly-arrived Ambassador Benjamin Ho who wished them the best for their stay and encouraged them to see as much of the […]

Belize represented at Central American Black Youth Summit
With Belize’s black population facing an epidemic of drugs, gun violence and attendant social ills, local black leaders have joined with their counterparts from Central America to seek answers to these and other major issues affecting black youths across the isthmus. The tenth Youth Summit of the Central […]

International black professionals to visit Belize
There are two upcoming events of interest to the black community in Belize. Starting next week, professionals of African descent from around the world descend on the Jewel and the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City to discuss the problems of black people and potential solutions. Co-organizer […]

Garifuna youth take part in cultural retrieval activity in Punta Gorda
A two-day workshop on cultural survival is underway in Punta Gorda town. The St. Peter Claver College Extension is the venue for the event which has as its stated objective to engage youth of the municipality in cultural survival activities. This week’s workshop is being sponsored by the youth […]

Blogs

A Summer Day in San Pedro, Belize – Sun, Chocolate and Pupusas
I have a friend visiting for 2 weeks – my very best friend. And since I disappeared for 4 days of her visit to attend the amazing Belize International Film Festival down in Placencia, we absolutely need to do fun things for the remainder of her visit. Luckily, with the gorgeous weather and the water and the good eats, this is not hard. I picked her up at Mata Rocks Resort right next door…she is staying there for a night or two (between her dog sitting gigs) and the morning was perfect on the pool deck. We actually started the day quite spiritually with a guided meditation class and then beginners’ yoga at Zen Arcade. Love this spot. And love that I can finish all that wellness off with a $10bzd bean burrito that SO hits all the right chakras.

Drones Join the Human Effort to Protect the Belize Barrier Reef!
We’ve heard the expression before, but a real-life example is currently underway in Belize, where drones are actually being put to good use. A recent NY Times article shows how Australian environmental technology is being used to monitor destructive, illegal fishing activity along the Belize Barrier Reef, and, with other Green applications planned for the future, giving the non-military use of drones a good name. Belize Fisheries Department personnel are now being trained up to operate small but highly effective drones to patrol Belizean waters in a bid to combat illegal fishing, just as this year’s lobster season begins. It seems only fitting that Australia, with the world’s largest Great Barrier Reef, has developed drone technology that is coming to the aid of Belize, home to the world’s second largest barrier reef.

“It’s My Party” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Hi Ziggy here so none of that “out on the veranda with a mug of black coffee” twaddle! It’s been some time since I last managed to wrest control of his (John’s, that is) iPad and let you all know how I am faring and a visit to Ambergris Caye at the weekend presented the opportunity. So, here goes. Nine of us set off from Price Barracks, Ladyville on Saturday morning and caught the 09.00 hours (I’m from the military so I use the 24 hour clock) Belize Water Taxi service to San Pedro. We docked around 10.30 hours and then marched – when you’re in the Army that’s what you do, you don’t just walk- to Pedro’s Hotel where we had booked rooms for the night and dumped our kit bags (I didn’t actually have a kit bag because my Dad carried my stuff in his). And then we were ready to start celebrating Tod’s twenty-second birthday. Let’s PARTY!

Belizean Business DirectoryThe Consulate of Belize in Florida is compiling a Belizean Business Directory

Tasty Fruits To Try In Belize
Ok fruit-lovers, I’ve complied a list of the top fruits to eat in Belize and I’m sure you’ll thank me for it. These juicy and delicious fruits can be found at the local farmers market, small convenience stores and food vendors on bicycles. Also, most restaurants serve fruit-platters during breakfast. But no matter where you get it, it’s always good and fresh! Here are 20 must-have Belizean fruits:

Caye Caulker Plaze Hotel, Belize Review
Caye Caulker is to Belize what Pai is to Thailand. A chilled out backpacker hangout. It’s been famous for this for decades and shows no signs of changing it’s demographic just yet. The island is pretty small, but even by Caye Caulker standards this place is convenient. Literally 100m from the boat dock and you’re there. As you guys know, I wouldn’t even check in to a hotel with free wifi, so this place has that covered. Air con, snazzy shower, balcony check, check and check. I find that I get so much more work done in boutique hotels like this than some dingy dorm with mosquito nets so for all flashpackers and career breakers – this is the place to be.

Cave Tubing in Belize
Belize City is not the kinda place you wanna spend much time, but there’s one thing you HAVE to do if you’re transiting through, it’s just 40 minutes or so from the city that you have to try – cave tubing. Only a couple of operators offer the service for independent travellers (the clientele is mostly made up from cruise passengers), but the guys at CaveTubing.Bz can both sort you out and pick you up for the day trip tour. The story behind the owner from CaveTubing.Bz is pretty cool – he grew up super poor, became a dishwasher at an American owned tour company in Belize, eventually promoted to tour guide, then cave tubing guide. He saved all his tips, all his salary and opened his own operator and it’s now the second biggest tour company in the region – he owns a zip line centre, about 7 buses, 50 staff and he is super nice too. I love success stories like this, so I was only ever going to go with these guys.

ReefCI Lionfish Statistics Quarterly Report – Q2
Here are our results for Lionfish Q2. September is Lionfish month with ReefCI in Belize, want to help us reach the 5,000 mark? We have removed 4,325 Lionfish so far this year!!!! Anyone know how many juvenile species we have saved?

Simply Marvellous: 10 Gorgeous Photos of Cahal Pech Village Resort in Belize
Perched on top of the ancient hills of Cahal Pech Maya Ruins is Cahal Pech Village Resort, one of the largest hotels in San Ignacio Belize. The resort is comprised of 23 palm thatched cabanas, 14 standard rooms, 5 spacious suites, 9 deluxe suites, 3 fresh water swimming pools, a gourmet restaurant, a fully stocked bar, a gift shop, a fleet of tour vehicles and a cadre of professional staff that is responsive and will go beyond to make your stay unforgettable. Here are 10 gorgeous photos of Cahal Pech Village Resort:

10 Photos You Definitely Need To See Of San Ignacio Resort
Belize offers a variety of luxury accommodations from the beautiful beaches of the south to the Caribbean waters on the Cayes to the adventurous jungles in the west. San Ignacio Resort Hotel is happy to make the top 25 list being the only luxury accommodation in Cayo offering a luxurious convenient location nestled in the hills of San Ignacio amongst 14 acres of lush vegetation. They are also known as the “ONLY JUNGLE IN TOWN” and rightfully so. Below are 10 beautiful photos of the hotel:

SALAD BAR – WALDORF SUMMER CHICKEN SALAD
Place the apples in a bowl with the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise. Leave for 40 minutes. Using a sharp knife, slice the celery very thinly. Add the celery, shallots, garlic, and walnuts to the apple and mix together. Stir in the mayonnaise and blend thoroughly. Add the cooked chicken to the bowl and mix well. Line the serving dishes with the lettuce. Pile the chicken salad into the serving bowls, sprinkle with pepper and garnish with chopped walnuts.

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The 6 Most Overrated Travel Destinations In The World
The Yucatan Peninsula is lovely - it belongs on any bucket list. Just skip Cancun.

The State’s Secret: Belize’s Money Laundering Regime – Analysis
Nestled on the northeastern coast of Central America, Belize is often named one of Central America’s most beautiful vacation destinations. With its ornate coral reefs and rainforest, the small English-speaking country has plenty to offer for tourists looking for tropical adventures. Yet, Belize is rapidly becoming known to the international community for attracting many drug trafficking organizations known for transporting marijuana and cocaine into North America. Since the country’s currency is conveniently pegged to the U.S. dollar, Belize also offers nonresidents the opportunity to run offshore accounts. Money laundering has become a prime form of funding for many criminal organizations. As a result, the United States Department of State has recently named Belize one of the world’s “major money laundering countries.”[1] One might ask, “Are all poor countries more open to private investment?” No. However, in nations like Belize, there is a greater problem of overall government mismanagement, which can lead to illegal private investments typically going unnoticed or unpunished by government officials. According to the U.S. State Department, Belize has a complete catalogue of rules and regulations that should be serving the purpose of monitoring various government investments. These regulations include such measures as the Fiscal Incentives Act, Export Incentives Act, the Export Processing Zone Act, Commercial Free Zone Act, International Business Companies Act, the Trusts Act, Offshore Banking Act, and the Gaming Act and Companies Act, which “offer some attractive incentives to investors, but in practice these incentives are often not realized.”[2] This means that while Belize has taken measures to prevent underground ventures from happening, its constituents are failing to realize the power of the current laws and the potential negative consequences of not adhering to them. Hence, this shows the vulnerability of the state and highlights the money laundering issues facing Belize.

This 26-Pound Folding Kayak Fits in the Trunk of a Car
Boating just became much more accessible thanks to Oru Kayak, a 12-foot-long, 26-pound kayak that folds up into a 33 x 29-inch carrying case. Oru Founder Anton Willis came up with the idea after moving to San Francisco and realizing his apartment was too small to fit his kayak. He launched a Kickstarter for a foldable boat, which successfully raised $443,806 and brought Oru Kayak into production. Oru Kayak was also featured on Shark Tank, where Willis accepted a $500,000 deal for 25 percent from Robert Herjavec. The boat is made from one sheet of corrugated plastic, with simple connections for easy assemblage. Oru Kayak is so beautifully built that it was even showcased at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Air Forces Southern medics arrive in Belize to facilitate obstetrics course
Three international health specialists and three nongovernmental organization personnel supporting the 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern, or AFSOUTH, arrived in Belize recently to facilitate the Global Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Instructor Course. As partners in international health, AFSOUTH teamed with Belizean health care providers to increase medical capabilities in the country. The need for the instructor course came about during New Horizons Belize 2013. During that time, a group of international health specialists along with the nongovernmental organization Project HOPE conducted a one-week maternal health assessment across the regional hospitals, clinics and health posts. The observations from the assessment enhanced the course discussions the following week when 30 Belizean healthcare providers from around the country went to Dangriga, Belize, to attend the two-day Global ALSO Provider Course.

Drones take flight over Belize coastline to monitor illegal fishing activity
Unsustainable fishing in Belize has placed growing pressure on local anglers and the country's celebrated coral reef systems. Decades of decline has led to the introduction of catch limits and even the European Union blacklisting seafood imports from Belize for a perceived lack of action against illegal fishing. In an effort to better regulate the industry, the Belize Fisheries Department has begun using drones to monitor coastal areas for unlicensed and unlawful activity. Working with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Conservation Drones, an organization that develops low-coast UAVs for conservation efforts, the Fisheries Department began testing the vehicles in July 2013. Following full implementation of the program last month, the drones will now be used to locate fishing vessels operating illegally in marine protected areas. "Belize has been a leader in the establishment of marine protected areas, including the world-famous Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve, but fishing regulations are difficult to enforce on the open sea," says Julio Maaz, Communities Fisheries Coordinator for WCS’s Marine Program in Belize. "Drones offer a means of improving the rate of detection of illegal activities at a fraction of the cost required for patrol vessels."

Cayman Islands, Belize See Big Increase in European Tourists
Belize and the Cayman Islands are seeing significant improvements in tourism from Europe, according to new data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. The Cayman Islands received 15,466 European tourists in the first five months of 2014, a 29.8 percent over the same period in 2013. Belize received 18,836 arrivals from Europe in the same period, a 25.9 percent improvement over the first five months of 2013. Those were the largest increases in European tourism of any destinations with complete reporting to the CTO. Dominica saw a 17.2 percent increase in European tourism, with a total of 7,379 arrivals through May, according to the CTO’s data. In the same period, Antigua and Barbuda received 44,242 European tourists, an 11 percent jump over the previous year.

SOVEREIGN DEBT RESTRUCTURINGS IN BELIZE: ACHIEVEMENTS AND CHALLENGES AHEAD
Summary: This paper examines the causes, processes, and outcomes of the two Belize sovereign debt restructurings in 2006–07 and in 2012–13 that occurred outside of an IMF-supported program. It finds that the motivation for the two debt restructurings differed, as the former was driven by external liquidity concerns while the latter was motivated by a substantial increase in the coupon rates and future fiscal solvency concerns. Despite differential treatment between residents and non-residents, both 2006–07 and 2012–13 debt exchanges were executed through collaborative engagement, due in part to the existence of a broad-based creditor committee and the authorities’ effective communication strategy. However, while providing temporary liquidity relief, neither of the debt restructurings properly addressed long-term debt sustainability concerns. Going forward, the success of the 2012–13 debt restructuring will still depend on the country’s ability to strengthen fiscal efforts and public debt management framework.

Videos

Video: MANATEE SIGHTING AT CORAL CANYON, TURNEFFE ATOLL, 2.5min.
The Manatee is large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows.

Video: Dawn of the Maya Documentary, 53min.

Video: Fade to Black in the Belizian Jungle, 2min.

Video: My body is Precious, 6min.

Video: 20,000 Strong Women Empowerment, 7min.

Video: Belize Vacation 2014, 21min.

Video: Coral in Belize, 2min.

Video: Snorkeling in Belize, 5min.
Snorkeling in Belize Excursion Carnival Valor.

Video: Belize!, 4min.
Snorkeling after a great dive and some fishing . . .

Video: Monkeys at Xunantunich, Belize, 1min.

Video: Cow Hoof Soup! Bennys Kitchen San Jose Succotz Belize, 2min.
A stop at Benny's Kitchen for cheap authentic local food after a fun day at the pyramids. But the kids get more than they bargained for when trying the local favorite dish.. cow hoof soup!

Video: Belize Monkey River Eco Tours Placencia, 5min.
Head out on a fun day with Monkey River Eco Tours Placencia Belize to Monkey River to see crocodiles, birds, turtles, herons and howler monkeys up close!

Video: Belize Cave Tubing Cave Tubing R Us, 6min.
Go cave tubing with Cave Tubing R Us. Travel With Kids joins David at Cave Tubing R Us in Caves Branch Belize for a fun day of adventure and learning nature and hisotry!

Video: Feeding Machismo the tapir - Belize Zoo 2012, 1min.

Video: Bocawina Zip Line, Belize, 5min.
GoPro in Belize doin da zipline mon, last February

Video: Yoga and Dance Classes at Zen Arcade, San Pedro, Belize, 2min.
Zen Arcade Health and Wellness Center is the place to go to when you feel like rejuvenating your mind, body and soul. The dance classes are not only fun, but very energetic and healthy. While yoga provides the opportunity to wind down and de-stress.


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Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
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We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lil’ Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
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