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The San Pedro Sun

Fundraiser Fashion Show
In conjunction with Foreva Fancy & Wet Willy's held Saturday night to raise funds for a young islander Alicia Cisneros. Alicia has been diagnosed with Thyroid cancer and is in need of immediate treatment. We of course hope for the best for Alicia, and that her recovery is speedy.

Rolando Espat Jr Gunned Down in San Pedrito
On Saturday 06.09.14 at about 12:20 a.m. San Pedro Police personnel visited the San Pedro Poly Clinic where they saw the body of a male Hispanic person identified as 22-year-old ROLANDO ESPAT JR,fisherman of San Pedrito area, San Pedro Town. The body was observed with apparent gunshot wounds to the chest, left cheek and right upper thigh. Initial investigation revealed that at about 12:15 a.m. Espat was heading home when at about 50 feet away from his house he was approached from behind by a male Hispanic person who fired several shots at Espat causing his fatal injuries. The culprit then made good his escape.

Gaby’s Construction donates helmets to Police
On Monday, September 1st the San Pedro Police and the Caye Caulker Police received a much needed donation of motorcycle helmets. The donation was made by Gabriel “Gaby” Nuñez of Gaby’s Construction Company, and is aimed to increase the safety of the police officers while on patrol. The San Pedro Police received 12 helmets, while four were handed over to the Caye Caulker Police. On hand to receive the donation was Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Department Superintendent Luis Castellanos and Officer in Charge of the Caye Caulker Police Department Inspector Jesus Palma. According to Nuñez, the donation was made after he noticed that both police departments had recently acquired motorcycles, but lacked proper helmets. Since it is the law that all persons driving a motorcycle, motorbike or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), the helmets were urgently needed by both police departments. “I hope that this donation only serves to improve police response in keeping our two islands safe. As part of the community, I always want to try to assist the police when they need it,” said Nuñez.

Police Report
On Sunday, August 31st at 6:30AM, acting on information received, a team of Special Branch Police and San Pedro Quick Response Team (QRT) Personnel conducted a searched at the residence of 32-year-old Deon Pitts in the Bayside Area. The search led to the discovery of a wrap transparent plastic containing 117.2 gram of suspected cannabis. Pitts, better known as Ghost, a known drug peddler, was arrested and escorted to the San Pedro Police Station. Pitts has since been officially charged for the crime of Drug Trafficking and remanded to the Belize Central Prison.

Ambergris Today

Belize's first telenovela La Isla Bonita - Telenovela
La Isla Bonita - Telenovela premiered last night (first episode) with a red carpet spectacular and raving review from everybody. It was a true success and Grade A production. We give it a WOW review. Go check it out yourself! Check on comments for theater showings

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Pan Yaad Steel Band Concert 2014 (16 photos)
A most memorable night! The "Panerifix" (Belmopan steel pan band) gave an infectious performance throughout the night!

Schedule of Events for Corozal - September Independence Celebrations!

Dora Hernandez Riveroll's 99th Birthday
The Corozal Daily joins with all the Sons, Daughters, Nephews, Nieces, Granchildren, great grandchildren and many many friends from Corozal in celebrating Dora Hernandez Riveroll's 99th Birthday. An accomplished woman in her time "Mama Dora" or "Tia Dora" as affectionately known was the first Miss Queen of the Bay Corozal. She is the only living sister out of nine Riveroll brothers, all deceased. She is well loved by everyone in Corozal and we continue to wish her many more birthdays and may the hands of the divine continue to give her great strength and fortitude. The entire Riverolls and families connected to this family cherish and love Mama Dora as she is the only 99 year old Matriarch of the Grand extended RIVEROLL FAMILY!!! Happy birthday Mama Dora - Tia Dora from all the family, including the hundreds of nephews, nieces, grandsons, grand-daughters and friends. A special Happy Birthday greeting from the Corozal Daily "Mama Dora"

Guava Limb's 1st Anniversary Celebration
Guava Limb has had a great first year. The anniversary party was top notch. "We would like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to all our patrons who joined us on Saturday August 28th, 2014 to celebrate with us our ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY! We would also like to extend a raving THANK YOU to ALL our AMAZING PATRONS who have supported The Guava Limb Café family from our doors first opened. It has been a pleasure serving you!!!"

Financial Empowerment for Women in Belize
Video showing some great female business success stories from around Belize. Burns avenue makes an appearance. In related news, the National Call to Action Conference on Women and Girls Financial Health happened last week. The conference allowed female entrepreneurs to meet and share their products. "Women entrepreneurs in Belize have the passion, the creativity, and the capacity to be successful in business. What they lack is financing. This video showcase but a few of the women endeavoring to create economic opportunities for themselves and the efforts of Belize's Special Envoy for Women and Children to link them with the financial resources they need to succeed."


Bill to remove compulsory membership by attorneys-at-law to the Bar
Area Representatives met on Friday at the National Assembly building in Belmopan for a special House Sitting, and as customary we bring you the highlights of the event. Several amendment bills were read and a few motions were passed. Among them was the bill to amend the Legal Profession Act Chapter 320 which was presented in the House by the Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington. vlcsnap-2014-09-06-06h17m58s219The amendment bill was twofold; it aimed to provide for the composition of the General Legal Council; and to remove the requirement of compulsory membership by attorneys-at-law to the Bar Association of Belize. After the meeting, the Prime Minister expounded on this amendment. Prime Minister Dean Barrow “Before, the matter had to go to the General Legal Council and the Chief Justice. No judge of the Supreme Court sat on the General Legal Council. The General Legal Council would make a finding and then that had to go to the Chief Justice for confirmation or for, perhaps, his disagreement. This way he chairs the thing so it’s a one stop type of operation now, and so there ought to be dispatch into dealing with complaints. That’s the first major aspect of the amendment.

Arthur Saldivar Video Goes Viral
One lawyer who has been in a lot of hot water as of late is Attorney Arthur Saldivar. Mr Saldivar has recently been suspended by his own party as investigations into alleged wrongdoing get on the way. Going viral now is a video, showing Arthur Saldivar on camera in another controversy. Arthur Saldivar, PUP standard bearer for Belize Rural North will run against Hon. Edmund Castro, should his suspension from the party be lifted. A very long press release was issued this evening by the Law office of Marcel Cardona, who claims he was present at the time of the video taken at Robert’s grove in Placencia. Mr Cardona described what led to the conflict and why Mr Saldivar responded in the manner he did, saying that Mr Saldivar and other persons were provoked by one of the shareholders of Roberts Grove, Boris Mansfield, the person who allegedly released the video of Mr Saldivar.

Draft Amendment to Firearm Act read in National Assembly
Since the Fire arm act was amended in the year 2008, there has been mounting concerns due to the perception that many innocent people have been prosecuted, because of the provision that allows an entire household to be taken into custody if a firearm is found in the premises of their home. On Friday, the amendment to that law was supposed to be moved, however, according to the Prime Minister, due to time constraints, the provision was not fine tuned enough to be moved. However a draft of it was read. Prime Minister Dean Barrow “The drafting wasn’t being done quickly enough for various reasons. I am not blaming anyone. At the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday it wasn’t quite ready, so it was agreed that the Minister and his people would get together with my favorite draftsman, Mr. Gian Ghandi, so that a quick bit of work could be done. I only then saw the finished product yesterday, and the rest of the cabinet had to sort of go on faith, that the amendments would achieve the objective that we want, and strike the fine balance.

The Reporter

Fatal shooting in San Pedro
Rolando Espat, 22, a fisherman of San Pedrito layout, San Pedro, was shot and killed shortly after midnight on Saturday in that town. Police say that when they observed the body at the San Pedro polyclinic it had gunshot wounds to the chest, left cheek and right upper thigh. According to police, Espat was heading home at about 12:15 a.m. when at about 50 feet away from his house a man approached him from behind and fired several shots at him. The culprit then escaped. Police say they have recovered one 9 millimeter expended shell and slug from the scene and have since detained a 27-year-old man of San Juan Area, San Pedro Town pending charges.

Salvador’s ex president hands self in on corruption allegations
Francisco Flores, Salvador’s former president who is wanted on corruption charges, has handed himself in. Flores is accused of misappropriating $15 million US that Taiwan gave the country during his term in office between 1999 and 2004. Flores, who has been out of the public’s view for several months, denies the charges, which he says are politically motivated. A warrant for his arrest was issued in May. A judge has now put him under house arrest.

Firearm Bill and Legal Professional Bill tabled at House Sitting
There were two bills tabled at Friday’s House Sitting namely, the Firearms Amendment Bill, the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Bill and the Legal Professional Bill. The Firearms Amendment Bill entails legislation regarding who is considered responsible and arrested when a firearm is found. The Crime Control and Criminal Justice Bill details the specifics of bail for firearm offences. While the bills have been tabled Prime Minister Dean Barrow said the drafting of the bills is a work in progress. “I think it is getting at the central aspects of the current law that need to be fixed so perhaps we could have taken the chance and simply passed it today, but I think it has to be better to wait for a couple week,” Barrow said.

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San Pedro fisherman murdered
Police in San Pedro town, on Ambergris Caye, are investigating an early morning homicide. The victim has been identified as 22 year old Rolando Espat, Jr., a resident of the San Pedrito area. According to police reports, around 12:15 am, Espat, Jr. was on his way home when he was accosted about 50 feet from his home and fatally wounded. Police say that Espat’s attacker, described as a Hispanic man, approached him from behind and opened fire hitting him several times. Police say they have detained a 27 year old man of the San Juan area of San Pedro town pending charges.


Belize’s First Telenovela Premieres with A Red Carpet & A Seriously Impressed Audience
When you think of Belize, do red carpets events and film premieres come to mind? Probably not. And that is just part of what made last night’s Premiere Event – the Red Carpet, Showing and After-Party for La Isla Bonita Telenovela – so special. The La Isla Bonita telenovela has been in the works on the island for over a year now. From open auditions & casting last September to filming in the streets and buildings around town a few months ago, we all knew some of the details but didn’t know what to expect from the final product. And while life in San Pedro is often like a soap opera, translating that to the big screen, with local actors, crew, writers (many of them first timers) couldn’t be easy.

Time for change – Belize People’s Front
In opening to a new era of Leadership in the timeline of Belizean history, I’d like to start this communication with a quote: Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein Throughout our short history as a nation, we have consistently been on a never ending circle of electing one of two parties that have kept our nation at a near stand still position and at some points put our nation on a backward movement. We have been changing parties but yet our people and our nation have not made many significant progresses. Our Belizean people are so frustrated, angry and disillusioned that some have this feeling of hopelessness. The future of our nation is at stake and we will not sit idly by to see this trend continue in this century. Today, we are faced with high unemployment and poverty rates, families living on $25.00 a day, high cost of living, huge international debt better known as the Super Bond a debt brought upon our nation by an uncaring few who benefited from it and left us and our future generations with a bill to pay for decades to come. This debt is currently sitting at $1.033 billion dollars and growing daily, forceful take over of private companies, a steady robbery of citizens Social Security savings for political spending and a claim by Guatemala to our beloved country that remains unresolved for centuries which puts our future as a sovereign nation in doubt; these to name a few from the never ending list of items resulting from 32 years of failed leadership, lack of vision, stagnation, minimal economic growth, inefficient governance and corrupt politicians in both the PUP and UDP. We cannot continue to change political parties to become our government and we see no significant changes in our people’s lives and nation. Where did the Super Bond monies go and who were the people that benefited from it? Let me count the ways:

International Sourcesizz

World Bank to improve climate resilience in Belize
More than 170,000 Belizeans will benefit from improved climate resilient roads and capacity to manage climate risks and impacts as a result of a US$30 million project approved by the World Bank s Board of Directors. This project will enable Belize to implement mitigation and adaptation strategies in the war against this global threat as it relates to the negative effects on Belize s economic growth and welfare of its present and future generations, said Ambassador Yvonne Hyde, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change identified Belize as one of the most vulnerable countries to the adverse impacts of climate change. More than half its population and business centers are at sea level along its low lying coastline. Hurricane Hattie destroyed half of Belize City in 1961, killing 400 people and causing damages amounting to over 600 percent of GDP, which prompted the government to build a new administrative capital 50 miles inland in Belmopan.

Guatemala v. Belize
Belize was the shock team in the 2013 edition of this tournament, qualifying for the Gold Cup for the first time in its history. A tough draw and a 2-0 loss to Honduras in its tournament opener makes that difficult for the nation. “I think it would be a huge blow if we don’t make it to the Gold Cup again. All the work we have put in through the years trying to get football to another level in Belize, it wasn’t easy,” Belize forward Deon McCaulay told Goal USA. “I think that if we don’t make it, it’s going to be something huge. We’d have to start all over again.” To get through a win Sunday against Guatemala is a must, and it will require the team to generate more in attack than it did against los Catrachos. “I’ve evaluated the last game that I played, and I think that I need to come down more for the ball and try to take on players one-on-one and try to find open spaces and help the other players moving forward with me move into space so I can create more,” McCaulay said. “I just plan to be explosive tomorrow and try to bring the best game I can bring.”



Video: Belize's World Famous Dive Sites-SD (480p), 5min.

Video: Our Beautiful Belize-SD (480p), 3min.

Video: Margaret Usher: Belize's Softball Ace Pitcher!, 18min.
The sixth episode of a documentary series called Belizean Legends that will profile Belizean softball legend and ace pitcher Margaret Usher as she discuss with Belizean Legend host Bilal Morris how Belize beat the 1970's's softball world champions team the United States in the 1979 Pan-American Games. Usher was the pitcher that struck out the American batters and gave the Belizean national team the advantage in beating the softball world champions the United States in a historic 2-1 victory. With her outstanding accomplishments including this one in the international arena, Usher went on to become Belize's best pitcher ever in the history of the sport of softball in Belize. According to Belizean softball coaches and experts, no other Belizean softball pitcher had statistically accomplished her outstanding record as a pitcher.

Video: Pan Yaad Bands Concert in Belize City - September, 3min.
The Pantempters performing at the Pan Yaad Bands Concert at the House of Culture in Belize City, Belize - Marching toward the September 21st, Belize's 33rd anniversary as an independent nation. SHOW MORE

Video: Xunantunich Mayan Temples in Belize, 31min.
Touring the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich in Belize during our honeymoon cruise. SHOW MORE

Video: Snorkling the Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Belize, 2min.
Mike & Genevieve snorkeling in Belize in 2006.

Video: Caribbean Cruise | Episode III | Belize, 6min.