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The San Pedro Sun

Letter to the Editor: Wolfgang Wind
Most home owners in my community (including me) also see the urgent need for a Master Plan – Building Zoning Plan and Law. New buyers are not secure what can or cannot be erected on neighboring properties, leaving this open to possible very nasty surprises. The absence of such a plan is currently discouraging affluent buyers in need of tranquility and open the range for irresponsible developers in business for a quick buck and maximum profits but with disregards for the neighborhood. Here in the South of San Pedro, we had already several single-family, single-story home owners selling and leaving the island because of new, unreasonable and unsuitable developments right next door. The current situation is scaring other home owners away, trying to sell quickly before a bad surprise can or will happen to them as well.

Wanted suspect Jason Gillett captured
A wanted suspect has been arrested and is pending charges of “Aggravated Assault” and “Attempt Murder”. On Monday, August 18th at about 9PM, 28-year-old Jermaine Zuniga reported to the San Pedro Police that his life had been threatened by a Jason Gillett. According to Zuniga, he was riding his bicycle towards his home in San Mateo earlier in the night when he was assaulted by a person hiding in the road side. Zuniga stated Gillett, also known as “Skilla”, was stooping down in nearby bushes by the road side. When Zuniga passed on his bicycle, Gillett walked towards him and pointed a 9mm Pistol in his direction, firing four shots. Zuniga quickly jumped off his bicycle and escaped the shots, fleeing the scene to report the incident.

Editorial: Giving (and taking) credit where it’s due
I love a story with a happy ending, especially when all odds are against the hopeless ending and there’s a cast of characters that range from visionary and heroic to dastardly. And so the story of the police barracks unfolded, from the sad beginning of deplorable housing for our local police, to the blatant neglect of the Government of Belize (GOB), to the unbelievable tenacity and determination of the San Pedro business community and donors who joined forces when coming to the rescue and to the undeserving taking credit for doing nothing. As far back as 2001, the story begins, when the San Pedro Police Force went on record condemning the lack of proper living conditions at their barracks. Without proper infrastructure, plumbing and wiring, officers were reduced to living in less than ideal conditions. It was no wonder that some of those entrusted to protect our community struggled with their pride and questioned how much we valued them as public servants. Although the topic was brought to the attention of the government by every Chief of Police since, no assistance was ever offered to improve the living conditions of the officers who served our community.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Cornerstone Distributes Footballs
Cornerstone gave out footballs, which were donated by one of their volunteers, to local youths. Thanks, Cornerstone! "Cornerstone Foundation handing out soccer balls to the children of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, the balls were received through one of our volunteers named Mr. Ben Milder and his family who were on a trip here in Belize and had allocated the balls and asked us to distribute them to kids so that they can have a positive tool in an effort to give them more opportunity to be proactive about their future."

Culture of Peace Art Project
The Benque House of Culture was the setting for the Culture of Peace Art Project. Looks like it was a fun experience. "The Art life, Culture of Peace Art a project, creating and inspiring Belizean Arts."

Miss Belize at Miss Freedom of the World Pageant
Great picture! Best of luck to Jessel Lauriano, who is representing Belize at the Miss Freedom of the World 2014 pageant, which is being held in Kosovo. She took 5th place in the bikini competition. Congratulations, Jessel, and have fun representing Belize.

Birding Course at BBG
The Belize Botanic Gardens were the setting for this month's Bird Identification course, given by Roni Martinez. Looks like it was a great turnout. There are more courses coming in September and October. In related news, the Belize Botanic Gardens had another great graduating class from their Professional Gardeners class. The Benque Marimba Academy played at the event. "And today ends another successful Bird Identification/Birding Intro course at Belize Botanic Gardens. We had participants from all over the country and I was really glad to see an equal amount of young ladies very interested in Birding!"

The Reporter

Earthquake hits Chile
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked Valparaiso, Chile on Saturday but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage. The quake occurred at 7:23 p.m. EDT, and interrupted electricity and telephone service in some areas. Posts on social media showed grocery store isles littered with fallen merchandise and street cameras shaking as the quake struck.

The Belize Times

Enough Is Enough! – Succotz Takes a Stand
2014 will go into the history books as the day Succotz residents stood up against Police wrongdoing and abuses. The images of tires ablaze, bundled with trees and other debris, blocking the George Price highway were broadcast by all media houses for the entire country to see. Concerned Succotz residents were protesting the reckless killing of one of their fellow residents, 54-year-old Yolanda Consuelo Valencia. Valencia, a mother of 5, was on her way to San Ignacio around 5:30 on Saturday August 16th morning. She was travelling in a taxi cab driven by her cousin 28 year old Yanie Evan Cu. Suddenly, from the opposite direction, came a Nissan Pathfinder driven by Deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura which slammed into the taxi cab. Valencia died instantly from brutal impact.

Police make huge crystal meth bust! – Suspects engaged Police in high speed chase through OW Town
Residents of Orange Walk Town have described the scene of tonight’s high speed chase between Police Officers and the occupants of another vehicle as if it were a trailer for an action movie. About 7:30 on Wednesday August 20th, the Police’s Anti-Drug Unit saw a black Toyota Corolla car with license plate OW-00623 swerving side to side along the street. The ADU officer attempted to stop the vehicle by driving next to it and signalling the occupants to pull to the side. Instead the car sped off in high speed. The suspects headed down Belize-Corozal Road and attempted to turn into Liberty Avenue, but because of its speed the vehicle flipped over. The occupants of the car didn’t give in. They set off on foot, but could not outrun the Police and were captured. They were identified as 49 year old Ruperto Eulalio Reyes of Sittee River Street address and Cuban national, 52 year old Pascual Terrero Pineda of a Boca Del Rio area resident in San Pedro Town.

COLA Appeals Penner Trial
Following months of delay tactics and sabotage from the UDP Administration, the private prosecution of corrupt UDP Elvin Penner was thrown out of the Magistrate’s Court for lack of evidence on July 24th. But Citizens Organized for Liberty thru Action (COLA) is not giving up. On Wednesday August 13th 2014 their attorney, Kareem Musa, applied to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal Magistrate Aretha Ford’s decision. Musa indicated that they are challenging the Magistrate’s decision to throw out the case instead of applying sections of the law which gives her authority to summon key witnesses to Court for testimony.

Deputy ComPol Miguel Segura charged for fatal collision
Under heavy pressure from a protesting crowd of residents at the entrance to Benque Viejo del Carmen, the Police Department levied criminal charges on Deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura at the Belmopan Magistrate Court on Tuesday, August 19th. Segura was taken to court and charged with Manslaughter by Negligence, Causing Death by Careless Conduct, Driving a Motor Vehicle Without Due Care and Attention, Driving with Alcohol Concentration above the Prescribed Limit, Negligent Grievous Harm and failing to alter direction to give way. According to the Police, the results of the blood sample taken from Segura on the day of the accident showed his alcohol level at 205/100. The legal limit is 70/100.

The Return of the 7th
Discussions around the issue of dual citizens have once again forced itself onto the front burner and it seems that there are some who just will not give up. In 2009, the current UDP administration proposed an amendment to the Belize Constitution that sought to “remove the Dual citizenship disqualification for membership of the House of Representatives or the Senate”. As it stands, the Constitution prohibits anyone who is a citizen of any other country from running for high office. The 2009 proposal caused a huge public outcry and the government was forced to “wheel and come again”. A Seventh Amendment was passed and it cleared the way for the Caribbean Court of Justice to replace Her Majesty’s Privy Council as our final court of appeal. It also made it possible for government to appoint an attorney general “who may or may not be a member of either the House of Representatives or the Senate” but the controversial section four had to be removed. The people of Belize made it clear that a person running for high political office “shall” be one hundred percent Belizean.

Editorial: Lessons from Succotz
Succotz sits on a scenic sight in front of the green rolling, roaring waters of the Belize River. Only a road separates the village of Succotz from this ancient and majestic river. Many indigenous women from Succotz still traditional do their washing in the river, the way their ancestors have done for hundreds and hundreds of years at that same spot. Across the other side of the life giving waters of the Belize River sit the timeless temple of Xunantunich – an irrefutable testament to the grandeur of our Maya history, replete with proof of geometry, astrology, engineering, agriculture and advanced knowledge. A small tourist trade involving the sale of hammocks and souvenirs takes place on the road side where a ferry carries curious tourists to visit the ancient Maya temple.

Lord’s Bank Sunrise wins Belize Rural softball championship
Lord’s Bank Sunrise won the 2014 Belize Rural female softball championship finals at the Lord’s Bank field over the weekend. Veteran pitcher Margaret Hendy punctuated the culmination of her career as she led Sunrise to a 10-7 win over the Burrell Boom Orchid girls in the championship finale on Sunday. Stacy Smith had led the Sunrise girls to a 9-6 win over the Orchid Girls in game 1 of the finals earlier in the afternoon. Smith had also led the Sunrise girls to an 11-8 win over Willows Bank United when the playoffs began on Saturday. Sunrise’s hitters scored 11 runs off Jacqueline Cassasola’s pitching.

Team Santino’s Warren Coye wins Weekend Warriors cycling time trials
Team Santino’s celebrated the lives of their fallen teammates Ernest “Jawmeighan” Meighan and Ernest “Tangalang” Thurton with a win in the Weekend Warriors individual time trials held on the Burrell Boom bypass road over the weekend. Here are the results: A Division 1st Warren Coye – Team Santino’s – 28:53 2nd Daniel Cano – Digicel 4G – 29:12 3rd Stephen Bissett – Team BNE – 29:25 4th George Abraham Sr – Team Santino’s – 29:39 5th Robert Mariano – Team Digicel 4G – 29:54.

Belize Bank Bulldogs & Complex Generals face off in basketball finals
The Belize Bank Bulldogs and the Complex Admirals won through to the Belize City firms basketball championship finals both by eliminating their rivals by aggregate score wins in the semifinals at Bird’s Isle on Friday night. The Bulldogs eliminated BWS by an aggregate score of 106 – 97. In Game 2 of the semifinals on Saturday, BWS won 51-46, led by Lawrence Young with 9 points. Kareem Thompson added 8pts, Ashley Hemsley had 7pts and Akeem “Timmy” Trapp added 6 points while Graham and Barcelona scored 5 points apiece. Bulldogs’ Vince Lamb scored 17 points, Charlie Armstrong added 14 points, and Terrique Gabb scored 8 points. In Game 1, the Bulldogs won 60-46.

Did Godwin Hulse bring back the Kim Won Hong??
Belize City, August 19, 2014 The shameful cover up of Elvin Penner’s criminal wrongdoing by Government agents continues. Belizeans were cautiously hopeful that Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse would return from his high-level five-day visit to Taiwan with the Kim Won Hong Passport. The Won Hong passport is a crucial piece of evidence ...

AMAZING GRACE – The Heavy Yoke
Belize is enduring dark and violent times with a rise in shootings and murders. Just recently, an iconic cyclist was murdered in cold blood. And though every act of violence is an arousing degradation of human life, this particular murder carried a much harsher stink of unfairness and wrong. Belizeans ...

HOME ECONOMICS – An Unjust, Unbalanced, Broken Tax System Part 2
I. OBSERVATIONS, ANALYSIS & RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FISCAL REFORM a. BUSINESS TAX – in 2013, the government reported collecting BZ$135 million from turnover on all businesses with sales over BZ$75,000 per annum at a rate of 1.75% of sales. This suggests that businesses completing returns for business tax reported total turnover of ...

Rhett Fuller, Errol Elrington and Sedi Elrington – What a web Sedi weaves!
July 10th, 2008- Foreign Minister Sedi Elrington meets with US Charge de Affairs and other US officials in Belize and gives them assurances that the extradition request for Rhett Fuller (and Mark and Gary Seawell) will proceed and he will ...

The Question the UDP Chairman was afraid to answer
Cayo District, August 20, 2014 The normally loud-mouth, bombastic UDP Chairman Alberto August has a knack for pretending to know all the answers to every problem. But August went totally silent when his Facebook page was smacked with a post from ...

WOMAN IN THE HOUSE – TERM LIMITS ANYONE??
By Dolores Balderamos Garcia At the top of the news from the Caribbean last week was the report that the Kamla Persad Bissessar Government in Trinidad and Tobago had successfully steered through Parliament a Constitutional Amendment Bill, which is due to be debated by the Upper House (the Senate) later this ...

BNTU to GOB: Deal With Crime!
August 21, 2014 The Council of Management and general membership of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) wish to express, through this medium, our deepest sorrow and condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and loved ones of Mrs. Josephine Augustine as well as our hope and prayers for the complete and ...

REFLECTIONS ON THE PUBLIC SQUARE – UDP INCOMPETENCE
By Francis W. Fonseca Economists generally agree that corruption in a country leads to a 1% to 2% decrease in GDP growth annually. The corrupt practices of this UDP Government are well established and documented. This essay is not about corruption. It is about incompetence which also directly negatively impacts GDP growth. Incompetence leads ...

Godwin & the Penner Passport
Dear Editor, I saw a picture of Godwin Hulse in Taiwan with his counterpart signing some unknown agreement on Belize’s behalf. I had to think to myself… the Minister of Immigration went to Taiwan - no other than Mr. Perfect Godwin Hulse. Then I asked myself…did he get the passport sold ...

GOB neglects Western Border
Dear Editor, Government’s lack of concern for the comfort and safety of grassroots Belizeans continues to be displayed at the Benque border in the last month of the summer holiday. On Sunday (August is a heavy shopping period for back to school items) there was total chaos at the western border in ...

Don’t build your house upon a ROC
In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus shares with us the parable about the two builders. In the parable, the foolish man built his house upon the sand whereas the wise man built his house upon the rock. When the rains came the house built upon the sand was washed away but the house built upon the rock stood fast. On June 5, 2014 several pressure groups came together to form the Rod of Correction (ROC). The President of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) informed the media that it was the “trade union movement, in an attempt to bring the social partners together” that called for the meeting and implicitly, the formation of the ROC.

Patrick JonesPJ

Galen University inaugurates Toledo campus center
One year after it first began offering degree programs in Toledo, today Galen University inaugurated its own campus centre in Punta Gorda town. During brief ceremonies, the inauguration was done at Galen’s location on Jose Maria Nunez Street in PG, with a group of dignitaries, students and other […]

Tropical Depression forms over Turks and Caicos
The fourth Tropical Depression of the 2014 Hurricane Season has formed. TD-4 formed today over the Turks and Caicos Islands and forecasters expect that by Monday it will be a Hurricane. At 3 pm today, TD-4 was located about 75 miles Northeast of Great Inagua Island and […]

Toledo to choose its Queen of the Bay tonight
Six beautiful young ladies are tonight vying for the coveted Queen of the Bay crown in Punta Gorda town. The PG Sport Auditorium will come alive with the pageant beginning at 7 pm. The contestants are Rholeen Sabal, Chelsea Flores, Michelle Petillo, Jessica Baki, Lea Nunez and […]

Cooperative members get training in seed production management
Members of the Santa Rosa Development Cooperatives in the Stann Creek district have undergone training in seedling and production management in cover structure agriculture production. Ten members successfully underwent the day-long training which was facilitated by the Cooperatives Department with technical support from the Extension Service in the […]

Blogs

Grand Caribe Resort: Two Nights in Total Comfort in this Gorgeous Location
Grand Caribe Resort, located in the gorgeous Tres Cocos area just north of San Pedro town, is relatively new. Opened in 2010 on a huge piece of land, it is the island largest resort and a departure from many of the original thatched roofed accomodations on Ambergris Caye. Here everything is spacious, clean and new – from the massive, massive swimming pool (not the only one on the property) to the beautifully appointed private unit I was staying in. I just returned from two nights at Grand Caribe and what I can tell you for sure? I loved my time there, the location is close to perfect, the sea front is absolutely gorgeous and I was very, very comfortable. Here are some of my pictures. The end of the dock – a beautiful swimming or lounging area.

SALAD BAR – SUPER KALE SALAD
Whisk sugar, vinegar, salt, pepper, and olive oil together in a bowl until sugar is dissolved; set aside. 2.Toss kale, edamame, red onion, carrot, blueberries, dried cranberries, cashew pieces, and sunflower seeds together in a bowl. Pour about half the dressing over the mixture and toss to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours. Serve remaining dressing on side.

Videos

Video: Under Sea in Belize, 3min.

Video: Snorkeling Belize Gopro 3, 5min.
snorkeling in Belize, around Caye Caulker island june 2014 spots: Belize, Caye Caulker Barrier Reef, Hol Chan Reserve, Shark Ray Alley

Video: Belize Ambergris Caye, 7min.
Scuba diving on Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Video: Portuguese Man O' War, San Pedro, Belize, 1min.
One of the coolest creatures (or rather, colony of creatures) i have ever seen in the ocean. Not quite in the same league as a whale shark, but still very cool! Show more

Video: Black Jaguar Lucky Boy at Belize Zoo, 4min.
You can pay a fee to "high five" the melanistic jaguar at Belize Zoo. Very interesting and fun activity!

Video: Dung beetle, Xunantich, Belize, 1min.
Short video of a dung beetle rolling her dung ball.