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The San Pedro Sun
Six contestants to vie for the Miss San Pedro title
Organizers of the Miss San Pedro Pageant have released the names of the six contestants that will grace the stage as they vie to become the island’s next beauty ambassador. They are Michelle Estrella Nuñez, Doris Celine Soriano, Maria Elma Gonzalez, Daphney Therese Panti, Ileny Linel Aguilar and Janelli Felicta Ack. The pageant has been set for August 30th and will be the first event to kick off the September celebrations. The pageant is scheduled for 7:30PM on Saturday August 30th at the Honorable Luis “Cuz” Silvestre Sporting Complex. Doors will be open as of 6PM and seating must be done by 7PM. Reserve tickets are $25, general admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children.
Belize U-15 Female Football Team leaves for the Cayman Islands
Belize’s national Under-15 female football team traveled on Monday, August 4th to the Cayman Islands for the inaugural Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) U-15 Female Championship scheduled to take place from Wednesday, August 6th to Sunday, August 17th. The tournament includes the participation of 16 national teams from Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago. Joining the Belizean delegates travelling to the Cayman Islands, are three San Pedro residents. Head coach for the U-15 female football team is Alex Noralez, teacher at San Pedro High School, while Ada Cordova and Chelsea Zetina are team members
Katia Marin adds to her pet-care skills
Katia Marin, owner of Pampered Paws and Director of Saga Humane Society, recently added another impressive achievement to her portfolio in animal behavior and pet training. As a huge animal lover, Katia is always eager to learn new ways to care for and understand them. Therefore, during the month of June, Katia participated in two workshops in the United States of America (USA).
The first workshop was hosted at Cesar Millan’s Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita, California, and it entailed pack walk training, e-collar training, treadmill workouts and swimming workouts. Katia participated as a volunteer, assisting in the organization and administration of events during the workshop. She also participated in mediation practices under the guidance of Cesar Millan, who is a renowned animal behavior expert, best-selling author, public speaker, and internationally acclaimed star of the TV shows “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan” and “Leader of the Pack”.
Six Beautiful Young Ladies to Vie for Miss San Pedro Title
The Miss San Pedro Pageant Committee officially announces today, Wednesday, August 6, 2014, that six local island ladies will be participating in the Miss San Pedro Pageant and vying for the coveted title of Miss San Pedro 2014.
Michelle Estrella Nuñez, Ileny Linell Aguilar, Daphney Therese Panti, Janelli Felcita Ack, Doris Celine Soriano and Maria Elma Gonzalez will be taking center stage on Saturday, August 30, 2014, as they pursue their dreams of wearing the Miss San Pedro crown and become San Pedro’s beauty ambassador.
The pageant will take place on Saturday, August 30, at the Hon. Louis "Cuz" Sylvestre Sports Complex under the theme “Beauty in Bloom”. Gates will open at 6p.m. with seating at 6:30p.m.; Reserved tickets will go for $25, General Admission for $15 and Kids tickets are $5.
Scholarships for International MBA in Peru Available for Belizeans
The application deadline has been established at September 5, 2014-08-05
The announcement can be viewed at www.oas.org/scholarships. Questions regarding admission can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and questions regarding the scholarship sent to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 Years Ago:
The Circus Is Coming To San Pedro Village
Circuses are very scarce in coming to town and so it was many years ago in San Pedro but in the 1950’s the village of San Pedro had the distinct pleasure of a visit of a circus. You guessed right! The excitement mounted that day from the time the boat arrived to the final minutes when the grand show was to commence.
For all of the children and even most of the people, it was the first time we even heard of the word “circus”. We noticed a huge tent being set up in the backyard of Mr. Nando Trejo which is the present day the corner of Pescador Drive and Pelican Street. We had never seen such a huge tent and we kept wondering what in the world was going to happen there. Someone had commented that there was a man who would eat a snake and that stirred up quite a thrill.
Saga Hosts Costa Maya Delegates at Furball Fashion Show
Every year prior to the Costa Maya Festival, Saga Humane Society has the privilege of hosting the pageant contestants at a fundraiser for the non-profit organization. The eight beautiful delegates become volunteers for the organization and help to raise much needed funding for their day to day operations and service to the island.
This year Saga Humane Society held a Furball Fashion Show that teamed up the delegates with cute furry friends that are up for adoption at the humane society. Donned with apparel provided by Forever Fancy Boutique, the ladies rocked the fashion runway at Wet Willy’s as they helped raise money for a great cause. It was a great experience for everybody involved, knowing that all the fun, work and effort goes to a worthy cause.
Misc Belizean Sources
MAYOR HOSTS COSTA MAYA CONTESTANTS (28 photos)
Mayor Daniel Guerrero hosted the Costa Maya Contestants at the tranquil Blue Water Grill for lunch where they chatted a bit and they shared their experiences in Belize with the Mayor and Councilors present. The Mayor presented each contestant and reigning Miss Costa Maya a welcome gift so that they may always remember San Pedro back home. Miss Guatemala and Miss Belize also presented the Mayor with a gift themselves which contained various items as a token of appreciation. Lastly, the Contestants were given a tour of the Hon. Louis "Cuz" Sylvestre Sports Complex where the Festival will take place.
Vacancy at BEL
A vacancy exists at Belize Electricity Limited for the post of Accounting Clerk III in the Finance Department.
Attention all Corozal Producers
BELTRAIDE continues to promote MSMEs and through EXPORTBelize is requesting contact information for producers of coconut oil, coconut water and cohune oil!
There are immense opportunities for these products in regional and international markets and we would like to engage in discussions with producers. This has been validated by queries received
from importers and distributers from CARICOM, Central America, United States and Canada, hence the reason to engage producers to these potential business opportunities.
Costa Maya 2014 Delegates Official Bikini Photo Shoot (48 photos)
at Ramon's Village - Miss Belize
Corozal Predators Basketball team head to Escarcega, Mexico
This weekend August 8th & 9th to represent Corozal in Mexico. We wish our Predators and the entire organization, the best of luck. Here is hoping they bring back the gold.
Final course in the Summer Art Wave program
s underway this week at the House of Culture. Traditional Toy making with Mr. Armando Cobb; during the first two days participants produced their own kites and 'caparuchos'( mango seed spin tops)! (8 photos)
Tie Dye Summer Art Program
The Winsom Foundation teamed up with Express Oh to create the Tie Dye Summer Art Program.
"ONLY TWO DAYS TO GO....LEARN TO CENTER & LOOK INSIDE USING MEDITATIVE TIE DYE...ONE DAY SESSION DURING WORKSHOP."
Round-about at the entrance to Corozal Town
has been taken down. We hope a more functional and practical one, with its full aesthetics, representing Corozal's history is erected.
Sections of the main highway have been concreted and works are in progress.
BWSL continues its work on 5th Avenue as well.
Power interruption Corozal District
Power interruption scheduled for entire Sarteneja Village, Corozal District on Thursday, August 7, from 8:00am to 11:00am. This scheduled power interruption is necessary for BEL to relocate a power line structure in Sarteneja Village.
Power interruption Placencia Peninsula
Power interruption 9:00am to 10:00am, Thursday, August 7, Placencia Peninsula: from Coco Plum Development to Caribbean Way, including The Plantation, Maya Beach, Belize Lands Development and Forest Lagoon Estate. BEL to energize a transformer in the area.
Chryslin's Killers Charged
Today a 17 year old girl and her 23 year old boyfriend were taken to court for the murder of 16 year-old Chryslin Gladden – who was stabbed to death in the Lord Ridge Cemetery on Saturday. The female minor is one of Chrislyn's former classmates. Tonight, she and her reputed boyfriend, 23 year-old Clement Bol are in jail after they were arraigned on a joint charge of murder.
Both Bol and the minor appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith, in a hearing which the media was not allowed to witness – because of the involvement of a minor. Due to the nature of the offence, the Chief Magistrate didn't take any plea, and they were remanded to Belize Central Prison until September 5.
As we told you, Gladden had recently graduated from the Wesley High School, and she was getting ready to Attend UB. Last week Friday, August 1st, she told her family that she would be going out with friends, and left her house at 7:00 am. A little over 11 hours later, police found her body in the Lord Ridge Cemetery with multiple stab wounds to the face and neck – the ones to the neck were fatal.
180 Degrees of Difference for BML Workers, As "Daddy Dean" Intercedes
What a difference a day has made for the 40 – plus BML employees. Yesterday, they were facing major fines and multiple criminal charges – ad tonight they are free and clear of those charges – and more than that they are going to be re-hired! How did all this happen so fast? Well there's no other way to say it, "Daddy Dean" stepped in to clean up the mess.
That's the news tonight, but to tell you how it all went down – we start at court this morning. 19 of the 41 employees had to return to court for their charges – this is after the first 22 – all of them women - were charged yesterday. But instead of being forced to appear before the magistrates, the 19 had a completely different outcome – all their charges were dropped! Daniel Ortiz has that story:
"The other half of the BML workers who hadn't been arranged yesterday, showed up back to court answering their summons, readying themselves to face the charges laid against them. Their family, friends and persons who would sign for them sat down in the shade expecting that it would be another very long day in the sweltering heat, waiting for the magistrate's court to accommodate them. But an hour of so after they had reported to court news came down that the police senior command was in negotiations for all charges to be dropped, reportedly with some not so gentle prodding from central government."
How PM Dean Saved Mayor Darrell
But what about their jobs? After all, that's what started this whole thing in the first place! Well, seems "Daddy Dean" has cooked up a solution to that too….
Prime Minister Dean Barrow hosted a press conference at 4:00 this afternoon to outline how his Administration would intervene into the BML/City Hall dispute to make things right going forward.
Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
"An understanding was reached between government and B.M.L and between the Belize City council and B.M.L. Yesterday evening after I became aware of the details of the situation that saw the B.M.L engage in their protest action and after I had been acquainted back and forth between the Belize City council and B.M.L. I got in touch with Mr. Ellis who's the owner/manager of B.M.L and arranged for my representative in the person of economics affairs ambassador Mark Espat to sit with Mr. Ellis; to try and agree on the contours of the intervention that I have told Mr. Ellis government was prepared to make. Mr. Ellis and ambassador Espat did meet and that meeting resulted later on in the issuing of a letter on the part of the Government of Belize to Mr. Lawrence Ellis and Belize Maintenance Limited. What that letter does and I can read it in full for you if that appears to be necessary. But in effect what the letter does is to commit the government of Belize to pay the weekly salary of the B.M.L workers. Government will do this right through to the end of the contract between B.M.L and the Belize City council.
Bradley's Flip-Flops on Litter Tickets: His Human Side Came Out
So, as we've reported, all charges will be dropped, and the ticket fines for littering will be waived, which means that the workers aren't expected to pay that $500.
But yesterday, Mayor Darrell Bradley flatly rejected the idea of doing what the Prime Minister announced that the City Council intended to do.
During that interview, when the angry BML workers swarmed him demanding that he speak to them face to face, he was asked that question.
He said that abiding by the new policy of avoiding political interference of paying ticket fines to City Hall, he wasn't prepared to entertain that idea. Here's how that conversation went:
"Will you strike off the tickets for littering? Will you continue fining them at 500 dollars each?"
Carcamo Family Makes Heartbroken Plea for His Return
Hattieville Chairman Kevin Carcamo has been missing for 17 days now and his family has gone from despair to desperation. Today they held a press conference at the Hattieville Community center to make a plea to anyone to please bring him home to them, dead or alive:…
Georgia Blaire – Kevin Carcamo's Sister
"So we just need for all my nieces that are here and all my nephews to have comfort of knowing he's okay. Even if he's gone just let us know so we can do the proper thing. If it' money, let us know; I'm not rich but we can figure it out. If it's something you need let us know we can figure it out just give him back to us, it doesn't matter which way. I want answers from the company. This morning I spoke Mr. Martinez and of course they're going to brush me off, it is what it is, and their opinion; But my question is, how to leave somebody in the bush? When you go in as a group you come out as a group. Do we not do head counts; How do we know that there is not a serial killer out there that's chopping people down in Belize, how do we know that?
Melonie Coye Claims Arthur Saldivar Has 900K Of Her Money
Attorney Arthur Saldivar is under pressure tonight – the Coye family whom he helped recover 1.6 million dollars – is now accusing him of helping himself to more than half the money!
It's an extraordinary claim against the well-known attorney and politician, but it's no rumour! 7News has learned that Melonie Coye has retained the law firm of Courtney Coye LLP to recover over nine hundred thousand dollars that she claims he helped himself to.
She alleges that on June 12th. she went with Saldivar to the Central Bank to recover 1.6 million dollars of her family's money from the Financial Intelligence Unit. It took them until 8:30 pm to finish counting the money, which was in cash.
BML Attorney Matura Shepherd says All This Chaos Could Have Been Avoided
So, as we outlined at the top of the news – things are returning to normal for the 41 BML workers: they're getting their jobs back – and their criminal charges will be dropped. The Prime Minister wanted to meet with them personally today at the Biltmore to give them his assurances, but based on advice, they decided to send representative, Delroy Herrera.
Their attorney Audrey Matura Shepherd today told the media that all this could have been avoided:…
Audrey Matura-Shepherd - Attorney
"I do regret however from Monday when things clearly was out of control it was all over the media, people knew how bad the conditions were, that the higher ups did not intervene then. Yesterday Tuesday again it was a circus out at court, those people were left out there to punish them all day just waiting. There was no intervention and finally today when were to go back to court there was an intervention. I mean it's not too late but we could have avoided all that resources wasted."
Rt. Hon. Musa "Shocked" At BML Arrests
And, like Matura, the PUP believes that it should not have gotten to lockdown, charges or fines in the first place.
Former Prime Minister Said Musa was in the Battlefield Park staging a licensed demonstration on a different issue, and while we had the opportunity we asked him about the decision to criminally prosecute the workers for their protest in front of City Hall on Monday.
Now, during the end of the tenure of the Musa Administration's second term in office, his Government faced sustained protest – and not with 41 people throwing garbage! In fact, there was a street riot in 2005 and chaos on at least a handful of occasions. Those cases resulted in arrests and dramatic police action, but, still, he told us that he was shocked to see the BML workers being locked up:
Rt. Hon. Said Musa
"I was completely shocked. I think the whole thing is outrageous, the way these poor citizens of our country, these poor hard working people are being treated; by the administration, by the authorities, starting with the mayor and the Belize City council. But it shouldn't stop there because the mayor and the Belize City council would not be acting the way they're acting with such arrogance if they do not get the guidance from up above, from the national government, from the prime minister right down.
Did Delroy Provoke?
And one more matter on the periphery of the standoff by BML Workers is the influence of activist Delroy Herrera.
He's received some criticism because there is the perception that he provoked the illegal action which the BML workers ended up being charged for. The suggestion is that because there wasn't a permit granted, the workers shouldn't have protested.
So, when Herrera was released after 7 p.m. on Monday, we asked him about the way the protest was staged. He said that it was spontaneous, and out of his hands from the beginning:
Hipolito Novelo, LOVE News
"Why was it that a permit was not attained prior to this day?"
Delroy Herrera- Organizer
"Because this was nothing that was planned, this was spontaneous frustration by the workers. We were talking about certain information that was passed down on the media and so forth by Darrel saying that he has been in communication with the workers and B.M.L which is a blatant lie. What we wanted to do was to just go in front, when we move first of all spontaneously we were just to go in front and just present the 50 workers who had already been temporarily terminated. It just went out from there with frustration, so it was spontaneous."
Belize City Protest Against The Bombing in Gaza
If you've been following the international news, you will know that since July 8th, Israel has been bombing Palestine in the Gaza territory.
And while international conflicts don't usually make local news, today a few members and sympathizers of the Local Muslim community brought the matter to the forefront with a protest in Battlefield Park. They believe that the plight of those civilians in the embattled states should be important to all those who respect human dignity:
Rt. Hon. Said Musa
"Over 1,900 innocent civilians have been bombed and killed and Belize is a part of the world community and we should express our outrage and our shock at this senseless killing that is going on; Because we want the world to pay attention to what is happening in Belize as well, with all the senseless killing of young people and children taking place in our country. Senseless, senseless death, murder taking place in our country and we believe that the Gaza situation should shock the conscience of the world and that is why I'm out here to protest; also of course the fact remains that I have Palestinian heritage in my upbringing. My father was a Palestinian, my family from my father's side have been disposed from their land and driven out of their land, so I have every reason to show my concern."
Sarteneja Community Supports Killing Of Problem Jaguar
Yesterday morning at 11:00, a jaguar was killed in Sartaneja village. This is the picture which was posted on FaceBook with the caption, quote, “Finally the village will stop being afraid. it was a big one,” end quote.
This sparked outrage on social media and drew consternation from conservationists. When we spoke to one of the villagers, however, she told us that the animal has been killing livestock for months, and several attempts were made to contact Shipstern Conservation & Management Area, before one of the villagers acted in self-defense when the Jaguar attacked, killing it in the process.
According to the villagers, a man was walking his 5 dogs when the adult jaguar attacked. The animal then turned on him, but one of the dogs barked, distracting it. When the jaguar pounced on the dog, the villager, in his panic, chopped the jaguar in its head before running away. They said that this was the last resort after months of waiting for the proper authorities to take merciful action.
Trevor The Trafficker
30 year-old Trevor Gillett is spending his spending the first night of a 3 year sentence after he was convicted of drug trafficking in Magistrates Court today.
3 police officers testified against Gillett before Magistrate Herbert Panton that on June 15, 2013, at around 9 p.m., he was riding his bike on Partridge Street Extension. That's when he encountered the officers who were on foot patrol. They stopped and searched him for drugs and guns. Inside his right tennis shoe they found 2 bags of weed, to a total weight of 220 grams – or 7.76 ounces.
In his defence, Gillett denied that he had the drugs on him.
9 Days Later, Dwayne Still Missing
Last week we told you about 24 year old Dwayne Young, a caretaker in Burrel Boom who went missing on July 28th after a domestic dispute. 9 days later, he still hasn't been found.
According to a co-worker, he went missing after being threatened and later assaulted by a young man whose car was parked in front of Young's girlfriend's home.
Reports say that on Monday night that man was detained, but still, his whereabouts are unknown.
Woman Uses Pregnancy To Escape Police Custody
30 year-old Sandra Thompson and 34 year-old Richard Smith are out on bail tonight after she was taken to court for drug trafficking. But, Thompson almost didn't make it there because she escaped from police by playing on their sympathies as a pregnant woman.
Police say that they were on patrol on Hibiscus Street on Monday, they saw the couple on a motorcycle. The officers said that when the couple recognized that they were police, Thompson allegedly threw a bag over her shoulder into the drain. They officer stopped them, and then retrieved the bag that they threw away. They discovered that it contained 7.18 ounces of weed – almost half a pound. The couple was then arrested and charged with drug trafficking. Later that night, police say Thompson concocted a plan to escape.
All week we have been reporting on the tragic murder of 16 year old Chryslin Gladden, and this evening, her close friends and family honoured her memory and publicly mourned her loss with a candlelight vigil and procession. It brought out hundreds of friends, family members, and supporters who marched in solidarity with a message of peace. Robin Schaffer was there:…
"When we spoke to the supports, they say that all they want is peace."
Andrew Munnings - Spokesperson
"We are out there today as youths, as Belizeans to say that we have had enough of the crime and violence in Belize. As you can see this turn out is magnificent. Over 100 people, guys we did not expect this. First time youths have ever come together in Belize to say that we have had enough. And we have had the support of the business community and the adult community. Guys this is beautiful, this is magnificent, Chryslin live on, we love you Chryslin."
City Gets Dumptruck
The City Council and its sanitation woes have been dominating the news all this week. But in the mediums term, the mayor is hoping that when the BML contract expires on January of next year, his worries will decrease because the council will take over the responsibilities for keeping the streets clean. Today, in a move towards that, they got 3 garbage compactor dump trucks, as a donation from the Taiwanese Government.
Taiwanese Ambassador Benjamin Ho officially handed the trucks over today, and 7News attended that ceremony. Here's what the mayor told us about how it will be used:
Darrell Bradley - Mayor, City Hall
"We expect that we will be able fully assume these responsibilities immediately upon the expiration of the contract which is January of 2015. I had indicated we had formed a sub-committee which had councilors and technical staff on there, we've put in place mechanism to ensure we are able to absorb the function. The handing over ceremony today of these 3 compacter garbage trucks increases our capacity to deal with that. We are talking today about how we are going to deal with hotspots, I've had extended meetings about that and about dealing with the sludge and different things like that. We have spoken about requiring residence to maintain in front of their yard. We have spoken about the city appropriating cemetery functions and park functions, so we expect come January 2015, we will quite comfortably move into a situation where we can assume responsibility for these things and we have been planning, its again unfortunate to unfold this way but these discussions are sometimes necessary because it makes us recognize how serious and daunting these challenges are."
A Pair of Belize City Youths Arraigned for the Murder of Chryslin Gladden
The gruesome murder of a sixteen year old at the Lord Ridge Cemetery has dominated the newscast since the beginning of the week. Chryslin Gladden, a promising Wesley High School [...]
City Hall Bailed Out of BML Debt by Barrow Administration
Like on every night since Monday, there is a lot to report in the BML – Belize City Council standoff. We start with the news that government has decided to [...]
G.O.B. Agrees to Only Pay Salaries of Sanitation Workers
The agreement between BML and G.O.B. is signed by Financial Secretary Joseph Waight and BML owner Lawrence Ellis. And just in case there is any ambiguity – G.O.B. will only [...]
Charges Against BML Employees for Loitering and Littering Withdrawn
With the immediate and future financial concerns of the workers addressed, government has also intervened in the current legal issues affecting them. Individual charge sheets were issued to forty-one BML [...]
Mayor Bradley Has A Change of Heart on Workers Plight
Those comments from the Prime Minister came at a press conference at the Belize Biltmore Plaza this afternoon. But shortly before that News Five spoke to a properly chastened and [...]
Female Sanitation Workers Arraigned in Magistrates’ Court
So in a nutshell…G.O.B. will assume payments to all one hundred and seventy BML workers. When the contract expires in January, the City Council will hire all workers. Charges of [...]
PM Barrow In the Dark About Lockdown of BML Workers
It was an incredible thing to see as many as twenty-two women packed in a holding cell at the aptly named ‘[#%!] house’ in Belize City. Four workers allegedly three [...]
Former Prime Minister on BML Workers
Said Musa is the former Prime Minister of Belize, and no stranger to controversy or unrest. But he says that even he was shocked by the detention of workers and [...]
Carcamo Family Pleads for Safe Return
As days go by, the disappearance of Hattieville chairman Kevin Carcamo, remains a puzzle for his family. Carcamo, who is employed as a linesman with Discoverseis, did not return home [...]
Greg Ch’oc Says Some Community Leaders Excluded From U.S. Capital Sit-down
The arrival of drilling equipment in Sunday Wood on July twenty-fifth, has brought with it certain discord among members of the Maya communities fringing the Sarstoon Temash National Park. In [...]
Thieves Break Into C-NET+ Office
Over the weekend the C-NET+ office on Calle Al Mar Street, Belize City was vandalized. On Monday morning when the program coordinator arrived at work, he found that the office [...]
Pregnant Belize City Woman Charged for Escaping from Police Custody
A pregnant woman managed to trick the police while she was in their custody at the K.H.M.H. Thirty year-old Sandra Thompson, a mother and resident of a Belama Phase Three [...]
Said Musa Protests Ongoing Gaza Conflict
Today, while attention was on the BML workers in front of court, there was another small protest taking place in Central Park. Small protest – but big motive and big [...]
Taiwanese Government Donates Compactor Trucks to CitCo
Both Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley have maintained that the City Council will take over the works currently done by BML when that contract expires [...]
Belize Competes in U-23 Female Volleyball Championship in Honduras
Team Belize arrives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras today ready to compete in the U-twenty-three Central American Female Volleyball Championship. The event takes place from August seventh to August thirteenth 2014. The [...]
Adventist Youth Mission Returns from Guatemala
A delegation of youths recently returned from Guatemala where they attended a religious forum for members of the Seventh Day Adventists. While in Guatemala, the group took the opportunity to [...]