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#494421 - 08/09/14 08:15 AM Today's Belize News: August 9, 2014
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The San Pedro Sun

Industria del Amor and Garifuna Collective to perform Costa Maya Festival
Mexican romantic musical group Industria del Amor has arrived on the island and are excited to perform at the annual International Costa Maya Festival. The band members arrived at midday on Friday, August 8th and were flew over to inland from the Phillip Goldson International Airport. Belize’s International group, The Garifuna Collective is also on the island as part of the festivities. Also on the island is the Jewel’s pride, The Garifuna Collective. They are scheduled to perform on Friday August 8th at the Party Night event. Known for their traditional Garifuna music, The Garifuna Collective is expected to highlight Garifuna cultural preservation with their diverse sounds. “We are excited to be here and we are ready to perform,” said the group members. The Garifuna Collective recently returned to the country following a musical tour in several European countries. Organizers of this year’s festival have indicated that with the diverse lineup of entertainment the event promises to have a bit for all age range. Tickets for the festival on Friday are $65.00 and $100 for Saturday night.

Miss Mexico Elisa Espinosa Gómez takes the Reina de la Costa Maya crown!
Mexico’s Elisa Espinoza Gómez is the new Riena de La Costa Maya 2014/2015. Gómez captivated the judges and audience and took the crown in the 23rd annual pageant that highlights the rich Maya heritage. Beauty ambassadors from the seven Central American countries and Mexico vied for this prestigious title. The participants were Miss Mexico Elisa Espinoza Gómez, Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado, Miss Guatemala Keyla Bermudez, Miss El Salvador Ana Graciela Hasbun, Miss Costa Rica Raquel Maria Guevara, Miss Nicaragua Katherine Gadamuza, Miss Panama Karol Salinas and Miss Belize Grisel Rosseli Carballo. Events will continue throughout the weekend with the official opening of the festivities at Friday’s Island Party Night which will include the dances of Central America and Mexico as well as cultural presentations. The entertainment lineup includes the Belize Dance Company, Grupo Crash – El Salvador, Ballet Folklorico de Chetumal and the Garifuna Collective of Belize. The main performance of the night will be Reggae singer J Boog from the USA. Activities continue on Saturday night with the main performance of Industria del Amor. The events will culminate on Sunday with a family beach day with festivities organized all along the beach.

Move over fast food, The Red Chili’s is in Town!
When the opportunity arises to sample some good food, trust me, I never pass it up. So when Kenny invited us over to his new place, The Red Chili’s, you can bet your bottom I was dragging Janelle and running over! While The Red Chili’s IS an Asian style restaurant, it is NOT the typical “Chinese fast food” we’re used to in Belize. You don’t order and leave in 5 minutes, oh no! Grab a seat and sit down because the food is made to order and cooked to perfection…you may want to sit and enjoy, but you can carry out too!

PM says a 24-hour medical facility is in the making
The Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow has announced that a 24-hour public medical facility is in the making for residents of Ambergris Caye. Made during a press conference on Wednesday July 30th in Belize City, such a promise comes after growing frustration amongst islanders who have been clamoring for a 24-hour emergency medical facility for years. As it is currently, the only public medical facility is the Dr Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Poly Clinic II, which was constructed through the fundraising efforts of the San Pedro Lions Club. Since opening its doors in March of 2005, there have been no major efforts to expand the service in to a 24-hour public health facility as originally envisioned and planned by the San Pedro Lions Club and promised by the Government of Belize (GOB). Despite the massive growth of the island and growing demands of the population, the only upgrades the health sector has seen is the extension of clinic hours up to 8PM during regular working days.

Ambergris Today

Mexico Reigns Strong at Costa Maya Pageant, Capturing the Title Once Again
Mexico remains the reigning powerhouse when it comes to the most wins at the Miss Costa Maya Pageat (Reina de la Costa Maya) as Elisa Espinosa Gomez (Miss Mexico) topped the Miss Costa Maya Pageant 2014 that took place last night Thursday, August 7, at the opening of the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival. This brings Mexico to seven titles of Miss Costa Maya, the most wins of any of the eight participating countries in the pageant and festival. Elisa Gomez went on stage with her ‘A-Game’ and proved that she had what it takes to take the title of Miss Costa Maya, now in its 19th year. The pageant was full of life, color and entertainment, with the bevy of gorgeous contestants from around the Mundo Maya countries keeping the audience on the edge of their seats in anticipation of who would take the crown. It was a tight race for the crown as the contestants presented themselves in their cultural costumes, swimwear and evening gown with much vigor, enthusiasm and grace.

Video Pick: Behind the Scenes Costa Maya Pageant Swimsuit Photo Shoot
The official photo shoot for the Costa Maya Pageant delegates took place last weekend prior to all the fun activities the ladies partook in. They had to wake up at the crack of dawn to take advantage of the beautiful Belizean sunrise. Photographer Jose Luis Zapata was in charge of capturing the beauty of each delegate on location at Ramon’s Village Resort, the official hotel sponsor of the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant. Ambergris Today tagged along this year to capture some great behind the scenes footage as the eight delegates delighted both the video and picture cameras. Enjoy the behind the scenes footage we captured for your enjoyment.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Letter: A message to Celeo Alvarez
On behalf of the African descendants of Belize and the CABO organization, of which I am secretary for education and research, I write you this letter in peace and hope these words find you in the best of health and spirits. Brother, we have worked together as members of CABO and I have shown you the utmost respect and love just as I do for all who choose to take our African culture and heritage to new heights, I want to thank you for your part in creating media that preserves our culture in this region. It is with great sadness that we bring to your attention the obvious ills of some of your actions, ODECO has been the fiscal sponsor for CABO for more than a decade without giving a financial report to the executive body or the general assembly even though we have repeatedly requested a report on many occasion.

Channel 5

Arthur Saldivar’s Political Career in Limbo Over Missing Money
Arthur Saldivar is known as a very vocal, very dramatic and flamboyant attorney as well as a political aspirant, but tonight both his careers may be in serious risk. He [...]

Francis Fonseca Goes In on Sedi Elrington Following Anti-U.S. Remarks
And while Fonseca plans to take decisive action where Saldivar is concerned, he is also demanding that Prime Minister Dean Barrow do the same for Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred [...]

Why Was Chris Noble Abruptly Transferred From Ladyville Police Station?
Remember Rural Executive Officer Assistant Superintendent Chris Noble. He was the officer in charge of the entire rural Belize District. Well, he’s now Fleet Manager Chris Noble, in charge of [...]

P.U.P. Activist Albert Vaughan Back In Court for Loitering and Illegal Gathering
P.U.P. activist Albert Vaughan, who was arrested on Monday along with dozens of disgruntled B.M.L. employees for loitering and participating in an illegal gathering, was back in court this morning [...]

P.U.P. Party Leader Won’t Kick Darrell While He Is Down
The plight of the BML employees who, up until the prime minister’s intervention on Wednesday, were in jeopardy of losing their jobs with the sanitation company is not lost on [...]

…but Supports P.M.’s Timely Intervention in BML Fiasco
And just what are Fonseca’s thoughts on P.M. Barrow interceding in the BML fallout?  Well, according to the opposition leader, he supports the idea of coming to the aid of [...]

Corrupt Cop’s Fate to be Determined by Chief Magistrate
Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith will hand down her ruling in two weeks in the case of police corporal Darius Martinez who is accused of attempting to corrupt a public [...]

Wesley Emmanuel Freed of Murder
Thirty-eight year old Wesley Emmanuel was today freed of murder charges in the death of thirty-six year old Emigdio Gomez which occurred in July of 2008. In a voir dire, [...]

B.D.F. Graduates Seventy-Six New Officers
Today, seventy-two proud recruits of intake number fifty-eight passed out at Price Barracks, ready to stand as soldiers in the Belize Defence Force. The graduation is the culmination of weeks [...]

C.E.O. of National Security on B.D.F. Presence in the Streets
Belize Defence Force soldiers are back on city streets, thanks to a surge in violent crime. They were taken off in May when things calmed down somewhat…and deployed to the [...]

Proposed Head Tax for San Pedro Tourists
The San Pedro Water Taxi Platform is a recent construction spearheaded by the Ministry of Tourism.  The terminal which was completed not long ago, will be used by stakeholders in [...]

Belize Film Commission Announces International Partnership with U.S.-based Media Group
The Belize Film Commission is celebrating a milestone today. At a press conference held this afternoon, Commissioner Nigel Miguel announced that the commission is partnering with ArDoMi Media Group from [...]

Belizean Videographers and Audio Technicians to be Employed on Film Projects
According to ArDoMi representative, Jeff Pogue, Belizean cameramen, audio technicians and other skilled individuals will be trained and employed in the new ventures.   Jeff Pogue, Rep., ArDoMi Media Group [...]

Father of Missing Teen Makes Desperate Plea for Her Safe Return
A Belize City father is desperately looking for his missing fourteen year old daughter. Raymond Avilez says that Jada left home on Wednesday morning and has not been seen or [...]

The Juvenile Act
Both the Magistrate Court and the National Committee for Families and Children have raised concerns on the airing of information on the identity of a suspect in the murder of [...]

B.D.F. Commander Gives Update on Norman Rodriguez
In February we told you about B.D.F. Corporal Norman Rodriguez, a thirteen year veteran of the B.D.F. who was diagnosed with an arterio-venous malformation on the brain. It’s a condition [...]

Costa Maya Kicks Off on La Isla Bonita in Grand Fashion
Miss Mexico is the new La Reina De La Costa Maya 2014. Elisa Espinosa Gomez was one of the eight delegates from the seven Central American countries and Mexico to [...]

LOVE FM

Party Leader Says Saldivar Will Be Disqualified Should Allegations Prove True
On Wednesday news broke that Attorney Arthur Saldivar is being accused of taking nearly a million dollars from the Coye Family. The allegation is that on June 12, Melanie Coye along with Saldivar went to the Central Bank to get 1.6 million dollars from the FIU. After counting the money, Coye alleges that Saldivar walked out with nine hundred and four thousand dollars in a suitcase. She says she has been trying to get the monies back but Saldivar has refused to give it up. It’s a very strong allegation against Saldivar who is also the PUP’s Standard Bearer for Belize Rural North. His leader, Francis Fonseca says that if the allegation is true, Saldivar will be removed as standard Bearer. FRANCIS FONSECA “The allegations made by the Coye family I consider to be serious allegations, damning allegations which if proven to be true would certainly in my view disqualify Arthur Saldivar from being a candidate for the PUP in Belize Rural North in the next general elections.

Noble’s Previous Post to be Shared Among Officers
As we mentioned, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Christopher Noble was not only in-charge of the Ladyville Police Department but he also served as the Rural Executive Officer…meaning that all of the Belize River Valley was under his command. According to CEO Lovell, the responsibilities of the Rural Executive officer will now be shared between two officers. COLONEL GEORGE LOVELL “I do know there is plans to have an inspector of police that will be responsible for the Hattieville area and an inspector of police that replaces Mr. Noble. There are plans and I hope I don’t get ahead of myself on this one where they will divide that are that Noble once had where those two inspectors then report to the Deputy head of Eastern Division or directly to OCE Eastern division. What that does as you know we had a sergeant at Hattieville who had worked with Noble. There are now two people of very senior ranks and who has that sort of responsibility and expertise to carry out the functions in a more efficient and effective manner. “

Soldiers to be Removed from City’s Streets
July was a bloody month for Belize City as the old capital recorded a high number of murders of which more than 90% of murders occurred in the south side of Belize City. It got so intense that soldiers of the Belize Defense Force were called in to assist police in patrolling the hot spots like the Jane Usher Boulevard Area, among others. The BDF were called to deal with the spike in crime and since the spike in decreasing, they will be retreating from the streets shortly. Today the media spoke to Commandant of the BDF Brigadier General David Jones and CEO in the Ministry of National Security Retired Lieutenant Colonel George Lovell about the matter. COLONEL GEORGE LOVELL “We’ve been trying to get off the streets due to our operational commitments however because of the issues in Belize City we are asked to go back. We are not back there in strength that we used to, we are only doing two of the three shifts that we used to do.

Emmanuel Relieved of Attempted Murder Charge
Thirty-eight year old Wesley Emmanuel, charged with the murder of 36 year old Emigidio “Emi” Gomez, was acquitted of the charge today in the court of Justice John Gonzalez. The case for the prosecution had depended mainly on a caution statement that Emmanuel gave to the police in which he admitted his involvement in the crime. The case for the prosecution fell apart when after a voire dire, Justice Gonzalez ruled that the statement was inadmissible as evidence because it was taken under oppression. Emmanuel’s attorney, Ernest Staine, had submitted that Emmanuel had not eaten for 2 days while he was in police custody. Crown Counsel Javier Chan told the court that he did not have any more evidence to offer. As a result, Justice Gonzalez directed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty. Gomez was found hanging from a tree by his own belt in the Banana Bank area on July 16, 2008. He was the driver of a lowboy with trailer that was “jacked” on the Coastal Road. Gomez sideman, Mennonite farmer Cornelio Schmitt, was shot but he survived. It was the second trial for Emmanuel. In 2010 a jury was unable to reach a verdict. Another man, Jesse James Ochoa, was charged jointly with Emmanuel but he was acquitted at the first trial.

Murray Fails to Pay Fine and Sent to Prison
Nigel Murray, a resident of 7056 Raccoon Street Extension, became an inmate of Belize Central Prison today when he was found guilty of drug trafficking. Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith fined him $10,000 and ordered him to pay $5,000 forthwith and the balance by December 31. Murray was unable to pay so he was taken to prison. The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. on December 28, 2012. The police executed a search warrant at Murray’s residence and found 650 grams of cannabis in the ceiling. The cannabis was in three black plastic bags that were in a transparent zip bag. Police corporal Selvin Flowers testified that Murray told him that he could take the cannabis although he invested the last money he had in it. Murray testified and denied that the cannabis was his. He said he was not the only person at the house when the police arrived and the house don’t belong to him it is owned by his mother.

Bar Owner Fined for Employing Without Permits
Twenty year old Martha Rodriguez, the manager of Daisy’s Cool Spot, located in Ladyville, was ordered to pay fines amounting to $2,000 today by Magistrate Herbert Panton after she pled guilty to 2 counts of employing a person not in possession of a temporary valid employment permit. She was given until September 5 to pay the fine. If she defaults on payment she will serve 6 months. Yesterday around 4 p.m. immigration officers on a routine patrol in Ladyville, went to Daisy’s Cool Spot and saw two women, a mother and her daughter, working as waitresses. When the officers interviewed the women, who are Honduran nationals, they found that the women did not have any work permit. As a result, Rodriguez was taken into custody and charged.

Cayo Police Seeks Sebastian for Theft
Police in San Ignacio Town are investigating a case of theft where an American farmer, 52-year-old, Karina Tyler-Churani has told police that in her absence from Belize, she would send money and items to Belize in care of Sebastian Dorsten, for him to deliver to her worker at her farm in upper Barton Creek in the Cayo District…..But instead of delivering the money and items, he visited the farm frequently and took thirty bottles of NONI Extract valued at thirty thousand dollars, broad head arrows, hunting knives, boot knives. The items, which were taken between the period April 10, 2014 and July 19, 2014, have an estimated value of thirty thousand five hundred dollars.

Taxi Driver, Fisherman and Laborer Caught with Cocaine
Police in northern Belize had set up a checkpoint on the Philip Goldson Highway yesterday between miles sixty eight and sixty nine. Just before two o’clock they conducted a search of a gold Toyota Corolla taxi sedan being driven by 20-year-old, Jorghino Chan of a Cristock Street address in Orange Walk Town. During the search, officers found twelve hundred grams of cocaine, equivalent to just over two point six pounds. As a result, the driver along with 38-year-old fisherman, Luis Chavez of the San Martin area in the City of Belmopan along with 26-year-old, Luis Valladarez, a Belizean Laborer of Armenia Village, Cayo District. The drugs were taken into the station and labeled as exhibit while Chavez, Valladarez and Chan were arrested and charged for the offence of Drug Trafficking.

PlusTV

Dead body near Santa Martha indentified as Orland Cortez
On Thursday we told you of a dead body which was discovered on the outskirts of Santa Martha Village in the Orange Walk District...

Three Men in Taxi Charged for Drug Trafficking
Three men were travelling in a taxi in Orange Walk yesterday and were heading to a nearby village when they were busted with over a thousand grams of ...

Albert Vaughan charged for loitering
The mercy extended to the workers of Belize Maintenance Limited (BML) earlier this week was not in evidence for Freetown constituency chairman and PUP...

Murder accused acquitted in court
A jury of twelve was directed today to acquit 38 year old Wesley Emmanuel of murder charges in the death of 36 year old Emigdio (Emi) Gomez in July of...

Man sent to jail over weed fine
Nigel Murray will spend the next three years in jail after being found guilty of drug trafficking today by Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith...

Woman charged over undocumented workers
A bar owner from Ladyville must pay $2,000 in fines, after being found to employ persons who were not in possession of a valid temporary employment pe...

BDF soldiers getting ready to leave Belize City
They were called back earlier this year to patrol Belize City streets after an increase in criminal activity, to support their brothers in the Police ...

University of Belize awards grants
With the new academic school year being just around the corner, the University of Belize awarded school grants to over 80 students who qualified for t...

Arthur Saldivar faces action over Coye monies
It was a triumphant moment for all concerned in March of this year when the Court of Appeal cleared all remaining members of the Coye family of Belize...

Hollywood celebrities raise awareness of the ecosystem of the Barrier Reef
Information is that a trio of Hollywood celebrities recently arrived in Belize with the intent of using their “star power” to raise awar...

Another Body Found in Orange Walk
Orange Walk Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a John Doe. Reports from Orange Walk are that sometime this morning in the Village of Santa Martha in the Orange Walk district the body of an unidentified person was discovered in a state of decomposition. Up to the time of this report, the Orange Walk police were still awaiting the arrival of forensics to conduct an onsite post mortem on the body.

Fisherman Shot in Belize City
There was a shooting incident in Belize City on Wednesday. 57-year-old Brian Clare, Belizean fisherman, was shot to his right arm. Initial investigation reveals that at 1:45p.m., Clare was driving his pickup truck on Partridge Street Extension heading towards a mechanic shop, when two men of dark complexion, riding on separate bicycles, fired several shots at his direction causing the injury. As a result, Brian Clare took out his license handgun and fired two shots in their direction. One of the culprits then rode his bicycle up Partridge Street Extension while the other ran through a yard on Partridge Street Extension, both making good their escape. Brian Clare is admitted at the K.H.M.H where he is in a stable condition. Police investigations continue.


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Amandala

Illegal loggers elude security forces – no arrests yet for 2014
Belize border patrols continue to come across new camps with evidence of fresh incursions into Belize – nd even attempts by Guatemalans to set up huts in Belize – and although illegal logging remains a persistent problem, Belizean authorities have so far not landed any arrest since the start of 2014, according to Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director of Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD). Illegal logging incursions now stretch 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) into Belize, reaching into the Chiquibul Forest Reserve in Cayo, and the acreage has expanded from 7,530 hectares a year ago to nearly 10,000 hectares or roughly 40 square miles today – that’s a zone of influence much larger than Belize City, the country’s largest municipality. Manzanero, who organized a presentation in San Ignacio on illegal logging inside Chiquibul today, told Amandala that Belizean security forces have to be more tactical, because the illegal loggers have found an easy way to elude security forces by working at night, when there are no patrols.

Dean saves Darrell!
Sanitation workers who are currently employed by the Belize Maintenance Limited (BML) got a breath of fresh air today after the Government of Belize (GOB) made a decision to intervene on their behalf on the heels of a dramatic standoff between their employer, BML, and the Belize City Council (CitCo) in regards to some 19 weeks of arrears which are owed to the sanitation company, and which, until today, had jeopardized the jobs of many of those workers who protested in desperation in front of City Hall this past Monday, August 4. Although the disgruntled employees – who had major concerns about the stability of their jobs – were put in lockdown for venting their frustration by hurling heaps of garbage in front of City Hall, their stance has paid off to a certain extent, since GOB, in the person of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, has stepped in to bail out the beleaguered City Council mayor, Darrell Bradley.

Belizeans protest Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip
Modern-day Israel has occupied the territory on which it presently sits since it defeated the Egyptian army in the June 1967 war and took control of the Gaza Strip, which was once Egyptian territory. Since then, as a result of various treaties signed and continuing expansions of Israel’s settlements, the Palestinian people, who once lived on the land that the Israelis now rule, have been driven into a tiny, concentrated strip of land, without many of the rights most nations have. Yet, they are determined to forge an independent state, and militants among them have used tactics such as the firing of rockets against Israel to assert their rights as a people.

Arthur, run mi money! – Melonie
Following a protracted legal battle over millions of dollars that the state had frozen, alleging that four members of the Coye family of Johnson Street in Belize City, the Belize agents for Money Exchange International Limited, had acquired the money as a result of money laundering, attorney Eamon Courtney, S.C., of the law firm of Courtenay & Coye LLP, has confirmed to Amandala this afternoon, Thursday, that he has been instructed by his client, Melonie Coye, to recover almost one million dollars from the Coye’s former attorney, Arthur Saldivar, who is also the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) standard bearer for the Belize Rural North constituency.

Lake-I minor, 13, shot through the walls of his house
BELIZE CITY—A 13-year-old minor was shot as he watched television inside his home on Holy Emmanuel Street in the Lake Independence area of Belize City last Friday, August 1, at around 3:00 a.m. According to police, [...]

Candlelight vigil held for Chryslin Gladden
BELIZE CITY—A massive crowd of about 1,000 people participated in a protest march and candlelight vigil, in an outcry against the vicious murder of Wesley College honor student Chryslin Gladden, 16, who was found dead on [...]

GSU firearm bust lands Rivero Street resident behind bars
BELIZE CITY—The Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) arrested a Rivero Street resident and charged him with possession of an unlicensed firearm and unlicensed ammunition last night, Monday. Glenford Bain, Jr., 25, a construction worker and resident of [...]

A cry of pain from C-NET
Dear Editor, I am Eric Castellanos, Executive Director of C-NET+, and I am writing to you informing you of the serious situation we presently face: C-NET+ is a small NGO legally incorporated in 2011. We work [...]

Worker beaten on the head by supervisor
SITEE RIVER, Stann Creek—Ryan Budd, 21, a worker at Sittee Point in the Stann Creek District, is recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was hit on the head by his supervisor, causing him [...]

Autopsy says Chrissy Gladden died of multiple stab wounds to neck
BELIZE CITY—A post-mortem conducted on the body of Chryslin Gladden, 16, a student of Fairweather Street, Belize City, certified the cause of death to be bronchial aspiration due to multiple stab wounds to neck. The autopsy [...]

Post-mortem certifies chronic alcoholism as cause of death of Trial Farm resident
TRIAL FARM, Orange Walk—A post-mortem conducted on the body of Gregorio Medina, 43, of Trial Farm certified the cause of death to be moderate and advance visceral general conception, as a consequence of mild decomposition and [...]

Two charged for Chryslin Gladden’s horrible murder
Belize City police have charged two persons, a man and a teenage girl, for the shocking murder of Chryslin Gladden, 16, a recent graduate of Wesley College high school, whose body was discovered on Saturday morning, August 2, beside a grave in the Lord Ridge Cemetery. The female minor and the adult man, Clement Bol, Jr., 23, did not have to enter a plea when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith, who arraigned them on the single count of murder this morning. Smith remanded them to prison until their next court appearance on September 5, 2014. When he was being led into the police vehicle that would take him to the Belize Central Prison, Bol shouted out to one of his friends that “da one man snitch.”

Drill rig lands in Toledo as division emerges in Maya camp
BELIZE CITY—Heavy trucks carrying the parts of a drill rig are being mobilized from industrial equipment supplier Pitsa, in Mexico, to Toledo in southern Belize, as US Capital Energy Limited, the company contracted by the Government of Belize to drill for oil in that part of the country, prepares to commence drilling in just over a week. Alistair King, US Capital’s representative in Belize, told Amandala this morning that the company is now trucking in the parts of the rig that will drill an exploratory well 800 meters inside the Sarstoon Temash National Park, amid high optimism that a commercial supply of crude oil will be found.

Orin “Coco” Orio visits, presents “Sport Announcer” plaque to Evan X Hyde
BELIZE CITY—Arguably Belize’s best goalkeeper of the 1970’s, Orin “Coco” Orio, father of Belize international goalkeeper Shane Orio, this morning made his personal presentation of a beautiful plaque to Kremandala Chairman, Evan X Hyde, inside the [...]

FFB in chaos?
There are big problems in the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), and, while we supported the sincerity of President Ruperto Vicente, complaints keep coming to our sports desk from various quarters. So far, we have been [...]

U23 Female National Volleyball Team to Honduras
BELIZE CITY—Team Belize arrives today, August 5, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, ready to compete in the U23 Central American Female Volleyball Championship that takes place August 7 to 13. All seven (7) Central American countries will be [...]

Thank you
BELIZE CITY—The regular season and playoffs in the Harrison Parks National Cricket Competition 2014 have ended. There will be other games, maybe 20/20 or female competition, but cannot say when that could or will be played. [...]

Editorial: Mayor Bradley’s comeuppance
In legal, financial and political circles here, the Belize Waste Control (BWC) and Belize Maintenance Limited (BML) contracts are considered masterpieces of the neoliberal art. Designed at the behest of Ralph Fonseca when he controlled all the public finances of the national government and when his younger brother was Mayor of Belize City, the contracts guaranteed huge, some would say excessive, profits for the companies, and also made it next to impossible for the Belize City Council to get out of them. Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley understood the exploitative nature of the contracts, but perhaps because he himself was/is a neoliberal, he did a poor job of explaining to the Belizean people exactly what the problem was. At core, the problem was neoliberalism, a philosophy wherein those who are in a position, or happen on an opportunity, to do so, enable the few rich to become richer at the expense of the many poor. The rewards for the facilitators thereof, we leave up to your imagination.

“Let us hear you loud and often:” Major Jones
Dear Editor, In response to my letter to you captioned “Diaspora what have you done for me lately?” you published three letters from members of the Diaspora (I presume): Mario Lara, Wellington Ramos and Beryl Young. [...]

A cry of pain from C-NET
Dear Editor, I am Eric Castellanos, Executive Director of C-NET+, and I am writing to you informing you of the serious situation we presently face: C-NET+ is a small NGO legally incorporated in 2011. We work [...]

Stop the ethnic cleansing of Palestine
Dear Editor, The editorial entitled Israel, Palestine; Guatemala, Belize (Amandala July 20, 2014) covered many important issues. It highlighted the fact that the subject has not been given the attention it needs but failed to point [...]

Belize Ambassador to OAS, H.E. Nestor Mendez, intensifies lobby for OAS Secretariat seat
Guatemala former VP, Eduardo Stein, wants to replace Insulza as new Sec-Gen of the OAS, but what effect will that have on the Sec-Gen’s ability to broker Belize-Guatemala territorial talks? WASHINGTON, DC, USA—Ambassador Nestor Mendez, Belize’s [...]

Brain boost from baked and broiled fish
BELIZE CITY—A study released by the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, and publicized on Monday, August 4, 2014, highlights that nutrients in baked and broiled, but not fried, fish, improve brain health, and particularly improve [...]

Meet the Police’s new Rural Executive Officer
The 33-year veteran pledges to implement new crime fighting strategies within his jurisdiction LADYVILLE—The Belize Police Department’s Belize District Rural Formation, which comprises the general area of Ladyville, Hattieville, and the entire area from La Democracia [...]

Family pleads with public for information about their missing loved one
BURRELL BOOM—The family of a Burrell Boom resident who has been missing for the past 10 days is currently in a state of extreme anxiety, while their minds remain puzzled about his whereabouts following a domestic [...]

Expecting mother charged with escape
BELIZE CITY—A Belize City woman who is eight months pregnant and her common-law husband have been charged with drug trafficking, and she has been additionally charged with escape from lawful custody. Sandra Thompson, 30, and her [...]

Candlelight vigil held for Chryslin Gladden
BELIZE CITY—A massive crowd of about 1,000 people participated in a protest march and candlelight vigil, in an outcry against the vicious murder of Wesley College honor student Chryslin Gladden, 16, who was found dead on [...]

US Ambassador to host media roundtable
BELIZE CITY—U.S. Ambassador to Belize, H.E. Carlos R. Moreno, will host a media roundtable next Thursday, August 14, 2014 in Belmopan, at which he has agreed to discuss current policy issues. Ambassador Moreno arrived in Belize [...]

Sister’s complaint puts brother behind bars for 2 years
BELIZE CITY—A Belize City man who recently completed a four-month prison sentence but was subsequently found guilty on two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and with a shovel, damage to property and use of [...]

Girl, 15, raped on boat in San Pedro
SAN PEDRO–Police in San Pedro are searching for a 25-year-old man in connection with the rape of a 15-year-old girl that occurred at about 3:30 Saturday afternoon in a boat that was docked at the Boca [...]

Search continues for Hattieville village council chairman, missing for 16 days
Authorities have not determined whether it was his blood that was found on a bush stick in the area HATTIEVILLE, Belize District—The chairman of the Hattieville village council, Kevin Carcamo, 43, has been missing for 16 [...]

The Reporter

South side Youth Success Program closes down
The South Side Youth Success Program closed its doors for good on Friday. In a letter of appreciation to its partners, the management and staff of SYSP stated that the project had “come to its completion.” The project, which collaborated heavily with the Department of […]

CYDP closes summer program
The Conscious Youth Development Program (CYDP) closed one of its annual sports summer programs on Friday during a ceremony at the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) compound on Freetown Road. The program taught life skills and sports disciplines (football and basketball) […]

Colombian president warns that peace talks with gang could fail
Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian President has warned that peace talks could fail if left-wing Farc rebels continue with attacks upon swearing in for a second term. Santos’ victory was a resounding vote of confidence for the peace process which he started with the rebels in […]

Mexico approves oil sector reforms
(BBC)-Mexico’s Congress has approved sweeping changes to the country’s energy industry which will see private oil contracts awarded in the country for the first time since 1938. New laws voted in on Wednesday will open the market to foreign oil firms. As a result, state-owned energy group Pemex will lose […]

US Embassy impressed with GREAT Program
United States Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) Luis Arreaga at the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs visited Belize this week and saw the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Program while familiarizing himself with security issues in Belize. Arreaga viewed a session […]

School counsellors association holds first one-week conference
The Belize School Counsellors Association this week launched its first ever counsellors’ conference, a week-long seminar for the professional development of counsellors. The conference started on Monday with an opening ceremony held at the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) compound in […]

Matura-Shepherd defends BML protesters
Belize City, Tues.July 5th, 2014 Fofty-four employees of Belize Maintenance Limited have been charged for taking part in an unlawful public gathering, according to attorney for the BML protesters, Audrey Matura-Shepherd. According to Shepherd the charge is simple enough to have been resolved in […]

BML workers locked up for littering
Forty-four Belize Maintenance Limited workers, led by whistleblower Delroy Herrera, were arrested for littering in front of City Hall on Monday morning. But at the urging of the Prime Minister, all charges have been dropped against the men. The BML bus carrying Herrera and […]

CitCo gets garbage trucks from Taiwan
The Government of Taiwanese donated three compactor garbage trucks to the Belize City Council on Wednesday afternoon and Mayor Darrell Bradley has said CitCo will soon be ready to assume the City’s sanitation role. Bradley said the donation of the three trucks would allow […]

Over a half million cases of CHIKV in the Caribbean says PAHO
Chikungunya cases in the Caribbean have exceeded 500,000, says a new report from the Pan American Health Organization. The new total of reported cases released this week is 513,393. The report said that the disease is most prevalent in the Dominican Republic, which accounted for […]

Chetumal Street Bridge soon complete, more work ahead
The Chetumal Street Bridge should be completed by November, followed by work on a Community Center, National Bank and new Civic Center in the Lake Independence area, according to Minister of State Mark King. King said the bridge is currently at the midway point […]

Nineteen-year-old charged for double homicide
A 19-year-old man of an Aloe Vera Street address, was arraigned in the Supreme Court on Monday for last week’s home invasion and double-homicide at 47 Mopan Street. Khaleel Careem Ponce was arrested on Friday and charged with two counts of murder, two counts […]

Editorial
The uproar last week caused by sanitation workers dumping garbage in protest in front of the Belize City Council offices and demanding to be paid is a result of the unmanageable sanitation situation which Belize City faces. Even with the millions of dollars spent each year on sanitation companies which […]

PM bails out CITCO
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has assured Belize Maintenance (BML) workers that they will be paid for the rest of their time with BML. He also assured them that they will have guaranteed work with the Belize City Council after the BML contract expires in […]

Two charged for Chryslin’s murder
An underaged girl and a 23-year-old man have been charged for the brutal murder of 16-year-old student Chryslin Gladden. Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith jointly charged 23-year-old Clement Bol Jr. and a 17-year-old girl with murder when they appeared in court on Wednesday. They were both remanded to the Belize […]

Villagers reportedly kill, and ate jaguar?
The Forest Department is currently investigating the killing and alleged eating of a jaguar in Sarteneja Village Corozal this week. The jaguar had reportedly become a nuisance to farmers and their livestock. The killing happened on Tuesday and there are two versions being investigated. One […]

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Woman charged over undocumented workers
A bar owner from Ladyville must pay $2,000 in fines after being found to employ persons who were not in possession of a valid temporary employment permit. 20 year old Martha Rodriguez, the owner of Daisy’s Cool Spot in Ladyville, Belize District , pleaded guilty to the charge […]

Man sent to jail over weed fine
Nigel Murray will spend the next three years in jail after being found guilty of drug trafficking today by Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith. He was fined $10,000 of which $5,000 was ordered to be paid immediately, but he could not come up with the money and so began […]

Man accused of murder is acquitted
A jury of twelve was directed today to acquit 38 year old Wesley Emmanuel of murder charges in the death of 36 year old Emigdio (Emi) Gomez in July of 2008. Justice Troadio Gonzalez refused to admit into evidence a caution statement taken from Gomez by police, ruling […]

Corozal man detained pending charges for stolen truck
Corozal police have detained one person pending the outcome of an investigation of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle, belonging to a Corozal teacher, was stolen from his garage sometime between 11 pm on July 31 and 5:30 am on August 1. Shortly after making a plea for information […]

Albert Vaughan charged for loitering
The mercy extended to the workers of Belize Maintenance Limited (BML) earlier this week was not in evidence for Freetown constituency chairman and PUP talk show host and activist Albert Vaughan. The 54 year old is accused of loitering on Queen Street during the detention of BML workers […]

PSU to hold Annual General Meeting in Corozal
The Ninety Second Annual General Meeting of the Public Service Union takes place this weekend in Corozal own. The event is being hosted by the Corozal branch of the PSU and will be held at the Dreams Hall in Corozal town. The opening is scheduled for Friday night, […]

Blogs

Sitting Atop One Massive Cave System: St. Herman’s Cave & The Inland Blue Hole
Through the lodge, I signed up for the St. Herman’s Cave Tubing and Inland Blue Hole Tour. Be ready by 8:45am, wear some sturdy shoes and bring some mossie repellent and I’d be back for lunch. Perfect. A beautiful clear clear river is running along the bottom of the cave and dripping stalagmites and tites, sparkling crystal coatings in areas, colored streaks of different minerals, it’s all so beautiful in the beam of my headlamp.

We Gave Peace a Chance in Belize – And it Worked!
Sometimes the trials and tribulations of this world get to be almost overwhelming, but my husband and I recently discovered an oasis of tranquillity that went a long way in putting things back in perspective. Its name is Belize. One night during dinner after a particularly stressful week we were both feeling a little down. It was stifling in the city, traffic was terrible, and the news on TV was worse. Feeling like we needed a change of pace, and with our wedding anniversary coming up, we made the decision right then and there to take a spontaneous early holiday and get away from it all. Poring over the laptop that night going over vacation options was therapeutic, and by the time we narrowed our list of destinations down to four we were already feeling better, even if just a little apprehensive about the costs.

Women Innovators Network in the Caribbean (WINC)
As part of its Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), infoDev is seeking a qualified firm with presence in the Caribbean to support the team in the delivery and implementation of the Women Innovators Network in the Caribbean (WINC) program. Whilst already published on infoDev’s website, we bring this opportunity to your attention – for your own consideration and/or assistance in circulating to others who may have the interest and required capabilities to apply. As you will imagine, we are keen to bring on board the very best support possible for the region’s women entrepreneurs!

Top 10 Best Beach Resorts in Belize
Belize is one of the last unspoiled places on the planet and is rapidly growing in popularity as a to-visit destination in the Caribbean and Central America. In fact, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) recently released figures showing Belize coming in at second place on the list of fastest growing tourist destinations in the Caribbean in the first quarter of 2014, behind only the Turks and Caicos Islands. With its white sandy beaches, lush rainforests and close proximity to the world’s second largest barrier reef, Belize is ultimate travel destination. Take a look at our expert top picks for the best beach resorts in Belize.

Featured Business Of The Week: Peninsula Club Belize
The Peninsula Club and Marina is Belize’s best address for those who are seeking the wonder and adventure of this amazing Caribbean country along with the comforts and amenities of a luxury resort. If you are interested in the Real Estate opportunities in Placencia Belize then The Peninsula Club Marina is for you. The Peninsula Club Marina in Belize is at the heart of an extraordinary project featuring homesites, luxury villas, exclusive health & wellness center and a lively shopping mall with boutique shops and services to make life at The Peninsula Club Belize as effortless as it is exciting!

Construction on Ambergris Caye
When you want to build a home here on the island (or anywhere for that matter). Please be wise in hiring your contractor. Here is no different then anywhere in the world. Interview several of them. DON’T go with the least expensive to “save money” or “cut corners”. The Truth has heard repeatedly that a certain contractor here will under bid a job to get the project, knowing they can’t finish the project with the amount in their bid. If you go to a few contractors and they are all over the map in pricing. ASK AROUND! ASK FOR REFERALS! Go with middle of the road in pricing if anything. There are a few reputable contractors here that will be happy to give you referrals, show you what they have built, and introduce you to their past clients. Don’t be afraid to ask.

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Dance Factory dancers participate in exchange program with Belize dance company
When Tina Hansen visited the town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye in Belize more than 20 years ago, she saw a group of female dancers wearing teal dresses and ornate headpieces. When she looked closer, she saw safety pins keeping the sides of handmade dresses together, shredded hems and girls dancing barefoot. The worn attire didn't draw Hansen in. The girls' beautiful, smiling faces and eloquent dance moves did. After speaking with a Belizean dance teacher that night, Hansen decided to create an exchange program with her competitive dancers in Delavan and the San Pedro Dance Academy. In the last 16 years, she has taken about 60 of her Dance Factory students to San Pedro and brought 55 to 60 Belizeans to Delavan.

Discovering paradise: Increasing numbers of tourists uncover Belize treasures
A naturally beautiful, near-magical place, of exotic black orchids, mysterious Mayan history and the flaming colours of wild toucans and scarlet macaws, Belize is undoubtedly magnetising. Yet, it remains one of the final unspoilt jewels in Central America’s crown. The country, which ranges around 20,000 km², is known for its diversity of flora and fauna that is second to none and makes for an enthralling experience. Spanning rich rainforests – home to tapirs who swim in the rivers and colourful motmots who dot the trees – and near-endless barrier reefs – the longest in the world – it is no surprise that Belize is growing in popularity as a to-visit destination. The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) recently released figures showing Belize coming in at second place on the list of fastest growing tourist destinations in the Caribbean in the first quarter of 2014, behind only the Turks and Caicos Islands. The country registered 32,712 tourist arrivals in February, an impressive increase of 11.6% in the number of people discovering Belizean treasures on the same month the previous year. This healthy growth was complemented by interesting figures, also released by the CTO, which broke these arrivals down in terms of the main markets that were visiting. These figures showed an increase of 11% in US visitor numbers in the first quarter of 2014 as well as a vast growth of 26.6% in visitors from Europe.

Chocolate, coffee and Dengue Fever
Our family vacation to Guatemala and Belize was coming to an end. We arrived in the southern Belize town of Punta Gorda around 9:00 pm. Punta Gorda is where the road ends. This sleepy fishing village is not on the typical tourist itinerary. It’s the kind of town people go to when they don’t want to be found. There were men wearing long khaki pants with button down short sleeved shirts, thick black rimmed glasses and hard plastic briefcases, definitely not locals and definitely not tourists. There was a mysterious air here but for us, it is where we hitched a ride on a boat that would take us to the Garifuna town of Livingston. We found a hotel that had one room with eight beds. In fact, we were lucky, as it was the only hotel that we could find. Hungry from our 10-hour journey from Ambergis Caye, the hotel served rice, beans, chicken and plantains. The next morning we woke up early and headed to a small office where we gave a women money for the boat. She gave us our tickets and told us to be at the dock by 8:30. We passed through a small customs area and were soon heading south to Livingston on a calm Caribbean Sea. The boat held our group of eight, two other passengers and two crew members. We were handed a life jacket which we placed at our feet and each row given a large plastic black tarp. Within minutes the rain came crashing down with the wind whistling between our heads. We covered as best we could with the tarps. As the boat pitched back and forth I wondered if it was time to put on the vests. I heard nervous laughter coming from the tarp behind us, the kind of laughter one spews out in a life and death situation mixed with a little disbelief.

Videos

Video: Behind The Scenes Swimsuit Photo Shoot Costa Maya Pageant, 4min.
Take a look at some behind the scenes footage of the official swimsuit photo shoot of the Costa Maya Pageant delegates that took place at Ramon's Village Resort in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Video: Miss Mexico Crowned Miss Costa Maya 2014, 14min.
Mexico remains the reigning powerhouse when it comes to the most wins at the Miss Costa Maya Pageant (Reina de la Costa Maya) as Elisa Espinosa Gomez (Miss Mexico) topped the Miss Costa Maya Pageant 2014 that took place last night Thursday, August 7, at the opening of the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival.

Video: Exploring Mysterious Bottom of Belize Blue Hole by Ramon Llaneza, 8min.

Video: GoPro 3: meeting itchy Junior Jaguar- Belize, 2min.

Video: Belize City, Belize Hal Untuk Lihat Dan Apakah, 5min.
Belize City, Belize Kurang dari tiga jam penerbangan dari Dallas, Belize seringkali disebut sebagai "lainnya Karibia". Kejahatan, narkoba, kebobrokan, dan calo penjara tagline adalah kota lain

Video: Shaneeka & Stig - Live With Gilharry Band (Belize), 5min.
Live band rehearsal for the National Song Competition 2014. Shaneeka & Stig's live performance with The Gilharry Band.

Video: Nello Player - Dah Belize Ih Deh Official Video, 4min.
The official Video for Dah Belize Ih Deh from Nello Player the 2013 winner of the Belize National Song Competition Sponsored by: Atlantic International Bank Ltd. Produced by: Belize National Song Competition

Video: SunBreeze Suite and Hotel in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, 3min.
Cyril Uruwei, Publisher of Belize In America, interviews Ms. Julia Edwards, manager of SunBreeze Suites and Hotel in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Most of the people who do come to Belize come for two reasons: To enjoy the Belizean people and to enjoy the natural resources. Your experience is boosted when you don't think "all inclusive". San Pedro, Ambergris Caye is renown for scuba diving and snorkeling. San Pedro is so small that you can really experience a lot in such a short time.


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