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#495781 - 09/17/14 07:02 AM Today's Belize News: September 17, 2014
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The San Pedro Sun

Man VS. Macho Burger
Five pounds of food to be eaten in one hour: two pounds of meat, cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, one humongous homemade burger bun, plus a pound of fries on the side. That was the challenge that Elvi’s Kitchen chef Jennie Staines put forth. There were many brave souls signing up. After all, Chef Jennie’s food is amazing. Who could pass it up?! This contest was followed up by the Junior burger competition. Half the size of the Macho, the Machito was still a hefty two-and-a-half pounder with a side of fries. One brave young lady and eight young men sat down to devour their burgers. There was no doubt that this competition would see a winner, as buns, meat, and fries disappeared like lightning. It was clear that the competition was between Gian and Jair, and to the loud cheers of the audience, both boys raced to finish. In the end, Gian took the top prize in just under 18 minutes, and was even ready for dessert! Perhaps he’ll qualify for the Macho Burgers next year!

Florentino Velasquez charged for Aggravated Burglary
San Pedro Police have arrested, charged and remanded Florentino Velasquez for the crime of Aggravated Burglary. The incident occurred in the early hours of Friday, September 12th when Velasquez broke into an apartment in the Tres Cocos Area and wounded three persons. According to police, shortly after midnight 68-year-old retired US national Douglas Kelly and his wife, 65-year-old Gail Neal were in their living room when they heard a noise coming from their front veranda. Kelly went to and opened the front door to investigate the source of the noise, when he was attacked by Velasquez who was armed with a kitchen knife. Velasquez proceeded to enter the home, inflicting wounds to both Kelly and Neal.

San Pedro celebrated Central American and Mexican Independence
The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) held celebrations on Saturday, September 13th to honor the independence of the Central American and Mexican communities living in San Pedro. The event is held annually and is listed under San Pedro’s September Celebrations Calendar of activities. Throughout the night, the communities showcased their countries’ cultures through food and music. Opening the event was Mayor Daniel Guerrero, who welcomed the crowd with a warm address. “San Pedro is a diverse community, with people from our neighboring countries having settled here. The Central American and Mexican communities have contributed greatly to our rich culture. On their day, let us honor them and continue growing together as one San Pedro community,” said Guerrero. 2014 Noche Centroamericana-7Next to speak was Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. who spoke on the importance of the unities between the Central American and Mexican community. “Belize has long been friends with our neighbors and we will continue to be friends. We need to strengthen the unity between our nations so that we can help each other achieve our goals,” said Heredia.

Ambergris Today

Kirsty Arnott Celebrates Quinceaños
Saturday, September 13, 2014, the lovely Kirsty Arnott Celebrated her Quinceaños (15th Birthday) in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. She celebrated with close family and friends at a private party held in her honor at the Lion's Den. Kirsty, daughter of Idelida and Michael Arnott (+), was officially presented to society by her godparents Lisette Graniel and Ruben Gonzalez Jr. Congratulations Kirsty!

Belize Sees Huge Increase in Cruise Arrivals
Belize received 527,037 cruise passengers in the first half of 2014, according to data released by the Caribbean Tourism Organization. That represented a 36.9 percent increase over the first six months of 2013, according to CTO data. It was also the largest increase in cruise visits by any Caribbean destination with complete reporting for the first half, according to an analysis by Caribbean Journal. The next-highest increase was that of Cozumel, which saw a 19.4 percent increase in the same period.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Belmopan Got Talent
Belmopan is celebrating September with some fun events, with Belmopan Got Talent tonight and Wednesday. "Bring your kids out to the INDEPENDENCE park tomorrow night. Belmopan September Celebrations presenting Belmopan Got Talent! SPECIAL NIGHT for the entire family. Food, Drinks games, bouncy house, face painting, Karate Performance, Dancing, Singing, etc - Come enjoy a safe, fun filled night of entertainment. Sept 16th & 17th. 6:30 pm "

Maki's Clay Art Class
The Soul Project is the setting for Maki's clay art classes. Great spot.

October Urban Birdwatch
We are coming to bird-watch in a neighborhood near you. Feel Free to join us! Share! and mark the dates on your calendar.

Torch Run 2014
The 2014 Torch Run is this Saturday, September 20th. The run is from Belmopan to Cayo. Pictures from the 2012 Torch Run. "Once again Scouts hosting Patriotic Torch Run 2014, Sept 20th from Belmopan to San Ignacio Town. If Interested please contact us ASAP. its on a 1st come first serve base, Space are limited."

17 Honored as Belizean Patriots
17 people were honored and recognized as Belizean patriots last Thursday. Congratulations to all! Here's a list of those honored. "Remembering our country's patriots, the brave men and women whose loyalty to our homeland inspires us... Thank you for your distinguished service from the Government and people of Belize... Recognized Belizean Patriots 2014"

Channel 7

GSU Commander Accused of Lawless, Disorderly Conduct, Denies It
Commander of the GSU, Inspector Mark Flowers went head to head with former two - term Prime Minister said Musa two weeks ago. And tonight, Flowers is making headlines again - this time he's accused of roughing up two women with a firearm while under the influence. It happened on Wilson Street on Sunday night, September 12th. Flowers says he came upon a group of 15 children on the street at a few minutes to eleven and told them to go home. He says that's when two women claiming to be their mothers challenged him. He says he left and called the police to take care of the matter - without taking the children into custody. But the women say he was out of line, pulled a gun and made threats. They even captured him on cell phone camera! We spoke to the women this evening, and asking to appear off camera, they described to us what happened:.. Victim #1 "We were greeting Britney for her birthday and I notice that a car was following them from I was coming up the street, but I wasn't paying it any mind and the car came down one way follow behind them and it stopped. The man came out and start to clap and chased us home. We didn't pay it any mind because he was high and so we continued to talk and that was when he came out of his car and he string-up one of the kids. That was when I said "sir you don't have to do that." I said it two times and then he came and push.

Bze City Mayor, Pvt. Attorney Gets Sup. Court Judgment Against Sister Council
UDP Standard Bearer for Orange Walk Central Denny Grijalva today won a lawsuit against the PUP Orange Walk Town Board. In 2012, Grijalva's company De-Mar's construction was hired by the former UDP Town Council to pave some streets in the town; he claims the bill came up to 188 thousand dollars - and that the council paid him less than half. He says the UDP council agreed to pay him the balance in monthly installments, but then a PUP council was elected, and he claims they have not honoured the agreement. They argued that the agreement was not properly entered into by the former mayor. Today Justice Sonya Young said, regardless, the work had been done and the debt had to be paid. We spoke to Grijalva's attorney Darrell Bradley and Grjalva himself outside court. Darrel Bradley, Attorney "Really on all it was a very good decision. We haven't gotten the written decision yet. As I said we haven't won on all points but essentially what Mr. Grjalva was suing for is a dent amount and he was awarded the full debt amount of $80,000 plus." Denny Grijalva, UDP Standard Bearer - Orange Walk Central "I feel good about it because I think justice was served. I believe that we gave the town council all kinds of way to pay the bill and they were trying to go around the bush and finally we won the case. I am happy about it."

Man Charged For San Pedro Murder
There were three weekend murders countrywide, and so far there has only been an arrest for one of them. That is 31 year old Moses Coc, the San Pedro Salesman who was bludgeoned to death with a piece of wood on Saturday night in the island town. 26 year old Jermaine Moody a construction worker has been charged by police and will be arraigned most likely tomorrow. He has reportedly confessed to the crime. The family believes the motive was robbery but police say they think Moody just wanted to chance a drinking man.

Polyclinic Admin. Sabal Fired Based On Audit Findings
The Administrator at the Dangriga Polyclinic Harry Sabal has been fired. He was placed on suspension one month ago and he received his letter of termination on Friday, September 12th by hand delivery. Today CEO Peter Allen told us that Sabal is a contract officer and the Solicitor General reviewed a copy of a report on the polyclinic from the Auditor General's Office. Based on the allegations of misconduct made in that report the Solicitor General advised the ministry that there were sufficient grounds in the report to justify Sabal's termination. He reportedly received one month's notice pay with vacation plus salary that was withheld while on suspension. Sabal had been managing the polyclinic for 5 years and is known as a UDP supporter. The Ministry of Health apparently does not have enough to file a police report - as they did in the Nasley Summerville case. The Commissioner of police has also received a copy of the report.

Hon. Pablo Says Malfeasance Happens
The auditor general is also looking into the acquisition of an X-Ray machine and other supplies at the KHMH for what are reported to be exorbitant prices. That investigation is also examining the actions of a well-connected UDP who was a pivotal figure who had a senior post at the KHMH. Yesterday we asked Health Minister Pablo Marin about rogue UDP's gaming the system. He said, it's hard to stop:.. Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health "This happen anywhere you go; in a simple store you have somebody trying to steal from you will find that. The only thing that I can assure you or I can state to the public is that the Ministry of Health is the only ones that send our auditors to check at our hospitals because we are not afraid of anything and if there is a strong UDP like what you mentioned doing any mismanagement he has to pay for it and that's what we are doing right now."

Ambergris Caye Wetland, Subject Of Political Land Grab
Last night, we showed you our story on the dispute in San Pedro in which there are reports that a housing area is being planned in a part of the Island, which was set aside as a protected wetland reserve. It involves the area north of San Pedro Town known as Sunset Cove, which is a wetland featuring a sprawling lagoon and mangrove forests. As we told you last night, this area was supposed to be part of a new Zone F, which was going to be an expansion of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, co-managed by the Fisheries Department and the management of Hol Chan. This expansion was planned 3 years ago, and last year, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust, PACT granted Hol Chan Marine Reserve a 199 thousand dollar grant to fund the project. But PACT pulled their funding in July of this year which stirred a lot of questions. That's when the island conservationist community found out about a planned housing project in the Sunset Cove area, which is close to fringes of the proposed Zone F. They took the media out to the location all day yesterday, and today, Daniel Ortiz takes a closer look at the significance of this proposed housing area in a location set aside to become a protected area.

Hon. Heredia Answers Critics
The man who is in the hot seat because it was suspected that he was the chief architect of this controversial housing plan is Manuel Junior Heredia. We were able to grab him for a very brief moment a few minutes before he boarded his 5:30 p.m. flight back to San Pedro this evening. It wasn't the ideal opportunity to address all our questions to him. Nevertheless, we took the opportunity and here's what he told us before the Tropic Air officials asked us to end our interview so that he could get on the plane: Daniel Ortiz "You are the architect of a new housing area in the Sunset Cove areas which is supposed to be set aside for a reserve. Do you know anything of this? Is it correct?" Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism "Well first of all, yes there is a subdivision that we were working on which last night I saw the pictures of that. I will look at it personally on the site and if the area is not suitable then I will see that it's relocated. I haven't seen it, but if that is the case then I will see that we rectify it, but it is not a reserve. There is a proposed Hol Chan expansion that is being there but that is not yet being approved, it is yet to be amended or whatever before anything will be done. It is not a reserve at this point."

The Challenge Of San Mateo
So, we've dealt with the environmental aspects of this proposed housing project. So, what about the social and economic concerns? One of the issues which immediately comes to the forefront is the fact that this housing project is within a wetland, which means that it is mostly lagoon and swamps. The fear is that because it is not planned properly, it will become the underbelly, the eyesore that San Mateo on San Pedro currently is. Currently, the Government and the San Pedro Town Council are trying their best to fix the headache that San Mateo has been for over a decade. It's basically San Pedro's version of a slum. Yesterday, we asked Mayor Daniel Guerrero about it, but it came up after a discussion about the new upgrades to the Ambergris Caye Road. 3+ million dollars is being invested to concrete this street, which feeds all the major resorts on the island, to improve the tourism value of the destination.

San Mateo, Where the "San" Sleeps Under A London Bridge
But in order to understand the fears of this housing project being put in the location, one has to see what its residents have had to deal with because of that institutional neglect. Our Jules Vasquez and Keith Swift encountered first-hand what the living conditions are like in San Mateo, San Pedro. These stories are from our archives are over 8 years old and 4 years-old respectively, and we acknowledge that they are outdated, and a lot of progress has been made to make it hospitable.

Case Against Cop For Corruption. Did He Do It For McAfee?
In May of 2012, we told you about 44 year old Police Corporal Darius Martinez who was arrested for attempting to corrupt an officer, resisting arrest and using obscene language. Martinez was allegedly trying to bribe a member of the GSU to give him information concerning the investigation into the infamous John McAfee case. Well, today his no case submission was denied by Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. His attorney Anthony Sylvester made the submission over a month ago saying that the recorded conversation between Martinez and the GSU officer showed nothing said that alluded to the intent to corrupt. Next Week Tuesday, PC Martinez will present his defense. The chief magistrate in her ruling noted that the prosecution established a prime facie case against him.

From Hotel To Jail For Biltmore Employee
Tonight a 27 year old Biltmore Plaza trainee Crystal Nunez is on remand awaiting sentencing after she was found guilty of harm to a teenager. The incident occurred at her work place on January 28th 2014 at 10 in the morning. The 19 year old stated that she was conversing at work with friends when Nunez, a woman she knew for 5 years passed by and accused her and the women she was with, of gossiping about her. She said Nunez uttered some unpleasant words and then left only to return 5 minutes later, grabbed her by the blouse and punched her in the face, bursting her lip. Nunez denied punching Clark and said she only confronted her and held her by her clothes. But that contradicted an earlier statement in which she said she punch the teenager because the younger woman had spit in her face. Gloria Crystal Nunez will be sentenced for harm on Sept. 30th. She could go to jail for as many as 6 months to 3 years for harm.

Bze Companies Create Apps To Drive Mobile Business Their Way
A month ago, we told you about the PUC's one week Mobile App workshop to train youths to develop their own apps. Well, this trail blazing initiative has not only inspired the youths but also businesses to create a mobile apps to enhance the quality of their products and services and create a more complete customer experience. Courtney Weatherburne found out more about two trend-setting apps: Courtney Weatherburne reporting There's a multitude of mobile applications to choose from, there are apps to access the famed and popular facebook and the convenience of whatsapp and of course there are the addictive mobile game apps all for one's personal use. But apps aren't only for fun, increasingly Belizean businesses are seeing them as a way to attract and keep customers. Two companies who are joining the main stream mobile platform are Flavors of Belize and Central TV and internet. The two companies provide different services and cater to different target markets but share one common goal: they want their product on your mobile phone:

Artist Calls "Colonial Museum" Concept Offensive
In his address on the Tenth of September, Minister of Tourism Junior Heredia made a major announcement: a 3 year $40 million project spearheaded by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, NICH and the Belize City Council for the rehabilitation of quote, "Colonial resources" within…the old historic downtown of Belize City." End quote. He added that under the project, quote, "the Belize City House of Culture will be transformed and established as the national Colonial Museum of Belize." Well that has stirred the ire of one well known cultural activist and artist. Former NICH President Yasser Musa has sent an open letter challenging the designation of a colonial museum. He calls it quote, "retrograde, racist and disturbing…"

Getting the O-Zone In Order
For the past few months we have been reporting on Climate Change conferences and initiatives geared at responding to Climate Change in Belize. Well, it is a complex discussion, scientifically and economically. And one of the foremost issues is protection of the Ozone layer. Today the National Ozone Unit along with other stakeholders held an Ozone Open House to commemorate International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The main idea is to highlight the success so far in substituting the ozone depleting substances namely Chloro-flouro-carbons and Hydro-fluoro-carbons (HCFC) - which are the stuffed use din refrigerators and air conditioners to make them cold. Those have been replaced with safe substances known as hydrocarbons. This may all seem like heavy science, but there's a real human dividend. Chief Environmental Officer, Martin Alegria told us more: Martin Alegria, Chief Environmental Officer "The ozone depleting substances as we called them or ODS, they were discovered back in the late 70s and early 1980s, like 83/85. The global community came together and said if we don't do anything about protecting the ozone layer and addressing these ozone depleting substances we won't be here for a while. Displayed here today you will see is exactly what I started saying that we need to acknowledge those people who have been working arduously behind the scenes and up front in trying to assist the ozone layer protection. With us here today you will see displays by the private sector; those who import not only the gasses or those alternates that are being use in the interim as we call them right now, but also the equipment that these new replacement gasses as we called them are using. I think the ozone layer protection program has been one of the success stories in global environmental management. It's a success story because of the partnerships that governments have built with private sector, with key stakeholders, the refrigeration technician etc. So it is something that we need to acknowledge and recognize keep layers as we celebrate this day today."

Adios, Carnival
We close tonight with a final farewell to carnival 2014 by looking back at the road march. IT was the cumulative output of countless months of preparation, practice and fundraising, and the revelers left it all on the city streets.

Channel 5

GSU Boss Mark Flowers Under Fire From Wilson Street Women
  Mark Flowers, the Head of the Gang Suppression Unit, made the headlines recently when he made public comments against the two-term former Prime Minister Said Musa, who at a [...]

Is Sunset Cove Subdivision in San Pedro Manny Heredia’s Idea?
In Monday’s newscast, we showed you an innovative new underwater subdivision planned in north Ambergris Caye. It’s allegedly the brainchild of Area Representative, Manuel Heredia, and the San Pedro Town [...]

Belize Designated as Part of U.S. Drug Transit Route
Allegations of securities fraud and money laundering, in recent days placed Belize on the international headlines. Tonight, the issue of drug trafficking is attracting negative attention for the country. On [...]

FirstCaribbean’s Dangriga Branch Manager Reassigned
Former employee of CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, Uwahnie Martinez broke the silence surrounding her plight at the Dangriga branch last Tuesday, following her resignation from the institution.  According to [...]

Coalition of Garifuna Organizations Chart Way Forward
According to Swaso, the ordeal has galvanized the wider Garifuna community. Efforts are currently underway to explore all avenues pertaining to the matter, including legal options in light of what [...]

Should Minister of Education be removed from office because of recent allegations?
And tonight question is: Do you believe the Minister of Education should be removed from office because of the recent allegations made by his staffer? Send your comments and responses [...]

McKesson Garrett Succumbs to Injuries Following Vicious Dog Attack
Seventy-two year old McKesson Garrett was hospitalized since July nineteenth after he was attacked by four vicious Rottweilers. Garnett went to visit his friend, Leroy Woods, who lives at mile [...]

Police Recover Murder Weapon in Near-decapitation of Guatemalan National
On Sunday morning, the life of a Guatemalan national was callously taken a stone’s throw from where he lived in the Duck Run Three Area of Spanish Lookout, Cayo District. [...]

$3000 in Contraband Alcohol Seized in the West
On Friday’s newscast we reported about a bust of contraband goods in Bullet Tree Area.  Members of the Crimes Investigation Branch and the Special Branch of the San Ignacio Police [...]

Champagne Paris Accused of Stealing Female Items in Independence
  In early July, nineteen-year-old Perfilio Rodriguez spent two nights on remand at the Belize Central Prison after being charged for aggravated assault. Rodriguez, also known as Vanessa Champagne Paris, [...]

San Pedro Mayor Requests Additional Police Following Spike in Crime on the Island
There have been seven murders so far this year in San Pedro, the destination which accounts for a significant portion of the nation’s tourism revenue. The year isn’t done yet. [...]

Saca Chispa Football Field Criticized by San Pedranos
Early this year, with much fanfare, ceremony and even fireworks, government opened the state of the art Water Taxi Terminal in San Pedro, one component of a six million dollar [...]

Health Minister Pablo Marin on Stolen Vehicles
Because of our volume of news on Monday, we didn’t carry the following two stories. First, we have a report on stolen vehicles from the Ministry of Health which has [...]

Improvements at Neonatal Intensive Care Unit One Year After Thirteen Babies Died
Very real and still vivid in the minds of many Belizeans is the deaths of seven babies inside the neonatal intensive care unit of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital back [...]

International Day of Ozone Celebrated in Belize
International Day of Ozone is celebrated annually on September sixteen and this year it is being held under the theme, “Ozone Layer Protection: The Mission Goes On.” It’s not one [...]


Belize Identified As A Drug Transit Country By The U.S
Each year the President of the United States, in this case Barrack Obama, under the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (FRAA), is required to notify Congress of those countries he determines to be major illicit drug-producing countries or major drug-transit countries that “significantly affect the United States.” This year’s list has been determined and Belize is one of the countries being called out. This year the President has identified twenty-two countries as major illicit drug-producing or drug-transit countries: Afghanistan, the Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

Man Killed In San Pedro Town
There is a murder to report from San Pedro Town but authorities say they have arrested the alleged perpetrator of the crime. Police in San Pedro report that around 10pm on Saturday, September 13th, 31 year old Moses Coc was walking on Angel Coral Street when he was attacked from behind and sustained a massive blow to the head with a piece of wood. According to an initial report, the San Pedro Quick Response Team (QRT) responded to a distress call and visited the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II where they saw Coc bleeding profusely from the back of his head. Coc succumbed to his injury and was officially pronounced dead at 11:10pm. It is reported that Coc was out socializing with friends earlier in the night.

Stamp Exhibition Opens At BHOC
Philatelists or anyone interested to view a collection of new and vintage stamps can head down to the Banquitas House of Culture to view the Stamps of Belize Exhibition. Visitors will be immersing in a showcase of hundreds of stamps collected over the years, our newsteam was there and filed this report. Maria Novelo – Reporting One-of-a-kind priceless stamps ranging from the Queen Victoria Era, British Honduras and the Vatican State are among the many timed pieces in this exhibition named Stamps of Belize being hosted at the Banquitas House of Culture. Philatelists or stamp collectors, Rainaldo Urbina Jr. and his Uncle Elito Urbina Sr., say the exhibit highlights the history of Belize in all its grandeur.

COLCHA Celebrates Five Years
Over a thousand spectators made their way to the Corozal Central Park to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Art in the Park on Saturday. Five years ago, the idea was born to expose the various talents of Corozaleños. Through Art in the Park, photographer Debora Wilkes and other members of the COLCHA Group have managed to meet their aim and along the way artisans even make some much needed funds. David Ackierman– COLCHA“Exactly five years ago the idea of art in the park birthed, Debera Wilkskay, member of COLCHA came up with this idea five years ago and that is where we took it and it is an event that people looking forward every month.”

Won Hong Kim Passport In Belize, COLA On The Move
The private prosecution against disgraced former Minister Elvin Penner, viewers may recall took an undesired turn for the prosecutor, COLA, Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action. Elvin Penner, as the public can recall, is accused of facilitating the issuance of a Belizean passport to South Korean criminal, Won Hong Kim while he was in prison. The private prosecution began on March 27th in Belmopan and Penner was charged with two immigration offenses but on July 24th the case was struck out on the basis of a lack of evidence. While the case was in court however, the COLA had clamored that government bring back and hand over the passport that had been issued to Won Hong Kim. That never happened but that passport is now back in the country. Will this now make a stronger case for the organization which has appealed the decision? We spoke with Geovannie Brackett, President of COLA on the matter.

O/W Police Make Arrest On Robbery Case
There are two updates to report on from robberies that occurred in late August and over the weekend. Authorities in Orange Walk Town say the first, which occurred on Thursday August 28th, has pointed them to the alleged perpetrator and he has been arrested and charged. Officer Commanding the Orange Walk Police Formation, Inspector Selvin Tillett, says this was all done based on surveillance footage from the store. Inspector, Selvin Tillette – Deputy Commander, OW Police “At about 9:22pm, one Chinese businessman of 126 Belize/Corozal road, Orange Walk Town reported that about 7:30 on the same date he was at his shop along with his wife when he saw two male persons of Hispanic decent came by the door, one of them had a hand gun and the other had a knife, the male person with the hand gun pointed the gun at them and demanded money and went into the cash drawer and they took three hundred dollars of different denomination and both left the area on bicycles, police visited the scene and carry out an investigation and on the 13th day of September made the arrest of one Jose Estelito Orellano 21 years a Belizean labourer of Mopan Street Orange Walk town for the crime of robbery and we are still seeking on another person in relation to this incident.”

Ruthless Thieves Attack Darvi's Store In O/W
There was another robbery There was another robbery reported, this time the incident occurred on Saturday afternoon after brazen thieves targeted a lone businesswoman at her establishment named Darvi’s located on Cemetery Street. Second in Command, Inspector Selvin Tillett says they have made an arrest in this latest heist. Inspector, Selvin Tillette – Deputy Commander, OW Police “Rosalba Canul, 44 years Belizean residents of Cemetery street, Orange Walk and reported on the 11th day of September 2:15pm at Darvis located at 6th Cemetry street Orange Walk Town, she saw two male person of creole decent arrived riding of separate bicycles, both walked inside the store and one of them war wearing a red cap and no mask, walked at her and pointed the hand gun at her meanwhile the other individual who had a black rag on his face, the complainant further say that one demanded money and threatened to kill her, they stole $406.00 in cash, a smart phone valued at $250.00 and another smart phone valued at $119.00 and thereafter they made good their escape, police investigation into this incident led to the arrest of one Lennox Rhaburn, 21 years old Belizean labourer of Gristock Street Orange walk Town was arrested for robbery." , this time the incident o

MOE And BRC At Odds, Catholic Managements Want Parents To Buy Books
There have been concerns raised at our news room surrounding text books for infant one and two students. According to several parents they are now being required by schools to buy a few of the text books that the students use. On September eight, the Ministry of Education issued a memorandum on the matter. We have been able to get a copy of that memo in which general managers of primary schools are told that parents are NOT to be required to purchase text books.The memo further explains that under the National Textbook Program textbooks are provided for primary school students at no cost to parents. It goes on to say that the Ministry decided not to purchase the BRC Infant I and II Readers and workbooks for the school year starting in September this year because BRC has refused to quote, “adequately respond to repeated requests by the Ministry for BRC to make improvements to the content quality and format of the BRC Reading Series. Furthermore, BRC unilaterally increased the number of individual books in the series. This change in particular, created a mismatch with copies of the BRC books already in the schools.”

Africanized Bees Attack In Corozal One Man Is Killed
On Monday April 15th, 2013, Africanized bees attacked and stung four persons in Little Belize in the Corozal District. Two young boys, 4 and 5, were stung during the attack. The four year old died after he was viciously stung by more than 500 bees. Over the weekend a 66 year old man from the Village of Paraiso in the Corozal District suffered the same faith as the four year old after he was attacked by a swarm of killer bees and was stung multiple times. Reporter Victor Castillo has that story. Victor Castillo – Reporting On Saturday September 13th, 66 year old Gilberto Manzanilla, a resident of Paraiso Village in the Corozal District met a painful death after he accidentally rode into a swarm of Africanized killer bees and was stung multiple times while coming back from his farm located in the outskirts of Paraiso.

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Health Ministry Sends Home Two Contracted Workers
Love News has confirmed Harry Sabal was fired as the Administrator of the Dangriga Primary Health Care Clinic. Sabal was named in an Auditor General report that revealed misappropriation of public funds. Sabal was officially handed his walking papers on last week Friday. Chief Executive Officer, in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen, spoke to Love News about Sabal’s termination. DR. PETER ALLEN “Indeed the ministry was advised by the office of the solicitor general to terminate Mr. Sabal’s employment on the basis of the allegations made in the auditor general’s report. Of course the auditor general’s report has only just been received by us Mr. Sabal has not had the opportunity to review it or to respond to the allegations therein but the solicitor general’s department when they were able to review the report and evidence thought there was sufficient evidence for termination which we immediately did. Mr. Sabal was on a contract so that was allowable in the opinion of the solicitor general in the terms of his employment. I am really not at liberty to discuss any of the details. The auditor general’s report contained allegations and of course Mr. Sabal will be able to respond to them in time. Simply that based on the advice of the Solicitor General we went ahead and terminated the employment in this instance.”

Reggae Street in Need of Attention
Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley holds the record for the most street cemented in Belize with over a hundred streets already paved but there are much more streets in Belize City and a resident of Reggae Street is upset at what seems to be a neglect of their area and street which are filled with craters. According to Dennis Wright, the City Council has refused to work on the street. DENNIS WRIGHT “You could look at that right there and you already know when it starts raining what will happen. But I will tell you how I feel like they are taking advantage of us because we have to buy parts so much for our cars especially when you jump off of the climb sometimes the bottom of my vehicle touches. If I show them the underside of my vehicle no one will help me. Now my problem is they always talk badly about south side and I could see why no minister lives on south side. Automatically they disrespect me. No minister lives on Southside that is why they don’t care about this area.”

Young Woman Claims Abuse By GSU Head
Tonight we can tell you that there is an ongoing police investigation into the alleged misconduct of the head of the Gang Suppression Unit, Inspector Mark Flowers. The alleged misconduct occurred over this past Sunday on Wilson Street and involved two young women, a firearm and Flowers. Love News understands that a 19-year-old Tamera McFoy was walking in the company of a female friend heading to her grandmother’s house on Wilson Street when they were allegedly approached by Inspector Flowers. TAMRA MCFOY “I was coming from my mom’s house, Ms. Gina McFoy, going on to my grandma’s house where I live, with one of my best friends. Then we saw one of our friends up the street whose birthday was the day before so she asked us where her birthday gift is. We told her she looks nice and we started talking. When I saw her coming I saw a pick up following them but the pick up was going upstop and I didn’t pay it any mind. The pick up stopped and the man came out of the vehicle and started chasing the kids so then he took one of the children and he shook them up roughly; I said, ‘Mister, you don’t have to do that, why are you acting that way.

No Replacement Named For Albert Tucker
Albert Tucker, the former Ambassador for Foreign Trade and Head International Cooperation for the Government of Belize, passed away on April 10 in Jamaica. Tucker was also the Chair of the Belize National Reparations Commission-a body that forms part of CARICOM’s initiative to pursue reparative justice for enslavement of Africans and genocidal wrongdoing against the native population. Tucker was leading the movement in Belize but since his death a replacement has not been named. That duty falls on Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who was urged by members of the commission to appoint a Chair post-haste, during a press conference held yesterday. Marvin Mora and Myrna Manzanares addressed the media on the matter. MARVIN MORA “We call on the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition as a tribute to the hard work and passionate commitment of our late friend and mentor ambassador Albert Tucker to decisively nominate and appoint a lead commissioner to take up the mantle and follow up on the work of the ambassador had so reverently been pursuing. We are requesting that you do this process so that as a people whose ancestors were subjected to some of the same colonial crimes of genocide and inhumane enslavement and whose descendants continue to experience social inequality, impoverishment and cultural dismemberment today as part of the continuation of wrongs committed against our ancestors centuries and generations ago we have an opportunity to have our collective voices heard and that our message to you all is emphatic.”

Foot and Mouth Disease: Belize Proves Proactive
A three day workshop spearheaded by the animal health department of the Belize Agricultural Health Authority began today. The focus is on foot and mouth disease. Dr. Miguel de Paz spoke to the media about the importance of the event. MIGUEL DE PAZ “We have representatives from different organizations and stakeholders assisting the workshop and in that sense we would like to train everybody to be prepared in the event of an outbreak of this devastating disease. This disease would have trade impact, food security impact, production losses and economic losses. Presently Belize is free of the disease , nevertheless it is a threat because you have some countries in which the disease is prevalent and as you may know in one overnight you could have the introduction of the disease either by a livestock being imported into Belize or through the importation of meats . So it is a threat and we need to be prepared in the event this disease should come in to Belize. The workshop lasts 3 days. In fact we started yesterday and it is being financed by the IDB and the FAO and we also have technical assistance from the FAO and PAHO. The objective is that then, we at the end of the training would have a procedural manual to follow so that we could respond in the most effective way to control or contain the disease if it were to enter Belize and at the same time you want to identify weaknesses and strengths and focus on the weaknesses and convert those weaknesses into strengths. This disease has never been reported in Belize, in the past it had been reported in Mexico and the United States and the disease does exist in Southern American countries.”

Custom Officers Equipped For Ozone Layer Protection
The Ozone Unit in the Ministry of the Environment today hosted an open house as part of activities in observance of International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The event was held under the theme Ozone Layer Protection: The Mission Goes On. The purpose of the celebration is to highlight the fact that there have been many successes in the battle to save the Ozone layer. Chief Environmental Officer, Department of the Environment, Martin Alegria shared the focus of the initiative. MARTIN ALEGRIA “Today we are celebrating the World Environment Ozone Protection Day. It is a day that is celebrated annually in honoring the efforts the global community has done in protecting the ozone layer. In Belize we have been doing it for the past five years at least as far as I can remember and it’s a day we take to recognize the partners we have Belize who have been working with us, The National Ozone Unit in the Department of the Environment towards celebrating this success story. I think the ozone protection program has been one of the success stories in global environmental management. It’s a success story because of the partnerships that governments have built with private sector, with stakeholders, the refrigeration technicians for example. So it is something that we need to acknowledge and recognize key players as we celebrate this day today. Ozone depleting substances as we call them ate ODS’s. They were discovered back in the late 70′s and early 1980′s.

Judge Says OW Town Council Must Pay
Earlier this year, De-Mar’s Construction Company of Orange Walk Town, belonging to Denny Grijalva filed a lawsuit against the Orange Walk Town Council after Mayor Kevin Bernard made the decision in 2012 to not honor a payment owed to the company by the council. Today a decision was handed down on the matter in the Supreme Court of Belize. Here is that decision, explained by attorney for De-Mar’s Construction Company, Darrell Bradley. Mayor Darrell Bradley “The decision was this morning. Alifa Elrington was in court taking the decision, I was in another court but essentially what the defendants, The Orange Walk Town Council were saying from the very beginning is that they do not dispute that the work was actually done. They actually took a series of technical defenses that the then mayor of Orange Walk did not have the authority to enter the contract, that the seal, certain issues in relation to the seal being a fix to the contract and certain things like that so the defense was always technical and we put up a technical response to say that well if you were dealing with the person who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Towns, it is different when you are dealing with Belize City.

China’s Youth Ambassadors End Tour at Bliss
The 2014 Youth Ambassadors from the Republic of China Taiwan ended their world tour with a performance at the Bliss center for the performing Arts on Monday night. On hand was Ambassador Benjamin Ho. Ambassador of Taiwan Benjamin Ho ‘They want to be promoters of culture exchange. This is the reason why I have already promised to welcome our newest ambassador delegates from Taiwan. They are coming here not only to present their talent and they just want to share the joy of the people of Belize because their performance tonight is one of the programs on the Celebration list for Independence Day. When our friends are celebrating their regional day we also want to share your joys.” David Nan Yang Lee, Ambassador for the Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs is leading the delegation.

Young Gill Takes Motivation to Dangriga
Visiting motivational speaker, Anthony Gill, was in Dangriga this morning where he addressed a number of students. Correspondent Harry Arzu reports. Harry Arzu “12 year old Anthony Gabrouel Gill started his career in 2006. This motivational speaker captured the hearts and attention of many of his peers at an event held today at the BTL Princess Royal park here in Dangriga. A large number of primary school students from the various primary schools here were in attendance who expressed their admiration for the young inspirational speaker. His mother Elizabeth Gill spoke with Love News.” Anthony Gill “He actually started reading fully at age two and a half and he became a motivational speaker at the age of four after becoming the valedictorian for his preschool graduation at the Marcus Garvey preschool in Los Angeles California. He has become a paid motivational speaker and the youngest paid motivational speaker throughout Southern California as of age 6 which was in 2008.

Floods Urge NEMO Toledo to Activate
The need for NEMO Toledo to be activated was a necessity and effective over the weekend as explained by Toledo NEMO Coordinator Kenton Param. Kenton Parham “NEMO has been activated since Saturday morning about three thirty and since then we’ve remained activated and in operations throughout the weekend up until today it is still going. What happened about Saturday morning we received a call from Blue Creek informing us that there was flooding in the district in the Blue Creek area and that they needed assistance so we immediately dispatched the BDF to go out there and followed both housing and shelter relief supplies and transport and evacuation. We got the situation under control, we ended up assessing about seventeen families that needed support and as a result of that the relief supplies management committee provided those seventeen families with a week’s supply of food and cleaning items to get back into their homes that were flooded. Currently we are working on getting the damage assessment team out to Blue Creek to do an assessment on the farms now.” Param also confirmed that flooding has now been reported in Big Falls and San Miguel Villages.

Chikungunya Detected Next Door to Belize
Eight cases of chikungunya have been confirmed by health authorities in the central city of Escuintla, in neighboring Guatemala. Guatemala has become the second Central American country after El Saldavor, to have confirmed case of the disease and health officials in that country believe that the disease made its way from El Salvador into Guatemala. Belize Health officials have been placed on alert and according to the CEO in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen, the Ministry is keeping an eye on the matter. CEO, M.O.H Dr. Peter Allen “The issue of Chickungunya is a very serious concern to the Ministry. As you know, it is a disease, a virus that is carried by the same vector that carries Dengue, the Aedes Egypti mosquito and the Aedes Egypti Mosquito is prevalent in our population in our country so we are extremely concerned about Chickungunya and doing everything we can to heighten our vector control activities around the country.”

Plans for National Colonial Museum Criticized Harshly
The social media has seen, in the last few days, the objections and harsh criticisms of a project that was announced on September 10 by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Manuel Heredia Jr. that involved taking the House of Culture on Regent Street in Belize City and turning it into a cultural museum. One of the comments stated that it was a National “Colonial” Museum – ‘Colonial’ being one of the points of contention. Cultural activist and artist, Yasser Musa, posted on his social media timeline, saying, “The proposed National Colonial Museum by the government is mentally sick. It is a retrograde, racist and disturbing development. I urge the President of NICH, the directors of ISCR and Archaeology to take a public stand against such a wasteful and disrespectful regal minded program.” Adding that, “I suggest that some of that $14 million be spent on renovating the historic Liberty Hall on Barrack Road and convert it to a modern Museum of African heritage with a component for technology so that youths can engage in productive acts of creativity and instead of blowing away all the money in Belize City, I propose that a Museum of Natural History and Botanical Garden be built in Belmopan near the University and George Price Center so that citizens, students and tourists too can experience the scientific knowledge about this land.” Musa continued, saying, “Also I suggest investments be made in grassroots recording studios and have the youths involved in the “robust community, oral history program. Finally I call on the opposition to reject this project for its rank disrespect to our resistance heritage.” It is quite a strong mouthful against the project, which is being funded by the Embassy of Taiwan on the Republic of China. We asked the Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley to weigh in on this as he does sit on the Steering Committee formed to oversee the 14-million dollar project.

Princess Diana Award Bestowed on Young Belizean Woman
The International Diana Award was created in 2011 and is a prestigious award that recognizes and celebrates the work of young people who have made a selfless contribution to society. One young Belizean is the recipient of the award this year. We hear more in this report from correspondent Angelica Cruz. ANGELICA CRUZ “BNE Energy for Life program held a prestigious award ceremony this afternoon at the BNE compound in Spanish Lookout for an outstanding graduate of Eden High School, 18-year-old, Claudia Garcia, who was awarded with the International Diana Award by the British High Commissioner, His Excellency Peter Hughes. Albert Roches, President of the Energy for Life tells us a little bit about the program and what the award means to the organization.”


24 year old man found decapitated in Spanish Lookout area
San Ignacio Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 24 year old Pedro Ariel Diaz, whose lifeless body was found sometime around 4:00 on Saturday evening near Spanish Lookout. According to reports, police visited an area in the Duck Run 3 Area, San Ignacio, where they foun...

Another man murdered in San Pedro
San Pedro Police have one person detained, in connection with the death of 31 year old Moses Coc. According to reports, Moses Coc, a Belizean Salesman of San Pedro Town, was walking on Swan Street along with a friend at 10 o’ clock on Saturday night...

KHMH re-opens Intensive Care Units
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital was the center of scandal in May of 2013, when it was reported that an unusually high number of premature babies – 13 boys and girls – had died in less than three weeks...

Man attacked and killed by Africanized Bees
A man was attacked and killed by Africanized Bees. The incident happened on Saturday morning in the village of Paraiso in the Corozal District. According to police,  66-year-old Gilberto Manzanilla, a naturalized Belizean of Paraiso Village, Corozal District, was riding his bicycle on a street near ...

Minister of Health comments on stolen vehicles ; saddened
A fourth vehicle was recently reported stolen from the Ministry of Health, and specifically from its own offices in the East Block of the National Assembly.  A white Toyota Hilux was taken over the St. George’s Caye Day holiday, after being parked on September 9. It is a worry for the Ministry, and...

Titan Securities executives charged, wanted by U.S.
Bahamian finance executives 29 year old Rohn Knowles and 34 year old Kelvin Leach were picked up by authorities at the Philip Goldson International Airport on Friday, while trying to leave the country...

Carnival weekend was safe apart from firearm discharge
According to Police, Carnival weekend was safe for residents and visitors to Belize City. The Police Department flexed its manpower from across the country into Belize City with some degree of success as reported by press officer Raphael Martinez. Raphael Martinez – Press Officer, Belize Police Depa...

National Security and Immigration Committee meets over Firearm Act
The National Security and Immigration committee chaired by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Development met on Monday at the committee room in the National Assembly building where they held consultations with organizations and members of the public who wished to make contributions for ...

UDP Endorsement Rally held for PG municipal slate
On  Sunday, September 14th, several hundred supporters of the United Democratic Party gathered in Punta Gorda Town, for the endorsement of the team that will contest next year’s municipal elections. The event was held at the Corner of Cemetery and West Streets, on one of the recently paved roads.G...

Dangriga Clinic Administrator fired
PlusTV has been reliably informed that Harry Sabal, the embattled Administrator of the Dangriga Primary Health Care Clinic, has been handed his marching papers. Harry Sabal, a former Town Councillor under the current administration, has been administrating the Clinic for some time now...

SCA to float bonds for multi-purpose center
On Wednesday of last week, St. Catherine Academy in Belize City, in conjunction with the Heritage Bank and Legacy Fund, began to float what it calls “Mercy Bonds”, named for the Catholic order Sisters of Mercy, which manages the school. The all-female educational institution intends to raise some $2...

Patriotic Poetry Competition in Belmopan
On Friday, the Belmopan September Celebration’s committee partnered with Kerasi’s Restaurant to have the First annual Patriotic poetry competition. The event was opened to the general public but contained only members of the Belmopan Comprehensive high school. Jacqueline Burns – Literature Teach...

Healthy Body Healthy Nation’s Health Fair in Belmopan
As part of the September Celebrations, the Belmopan City Council’s Celebrations Committee,  in collaboration with the Police Recruits, organized  a Health Fair this Saturday. To kick off this event, 54 athletes  participated in a  5K race, which started from the Daker’s Parking Lot, and conclude...


Uncle Sam wants Bahamians from Titan International Securities
Two Bahamian nationals for whom the US Southern District Court in New York has issued an indictment for money laundering, tax evasion and securities fraud, were arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on a charge of “failure to declare funds when leaving Belize” by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) this morning. The men were released on bail, but before they left the courtroom to sign the bail release forms, they were rearrested by police on the strength of a provisional arrest warrant pending an extradition request from the United States. In the matter of the FIU charges, the two accused men, Rhon Knowles, 29, and Kevin Leach, 34, who are residents at the Renaissance Towers in the Newtown Barracks area of Belize City, pleaded not guilty to one count each of “failure to declare funds when leaving Belize” when they appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano. The court prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that the accused men are flight risks and if granted bail, they will most likely flee from the jurisdiction of the court.

Paul Morgan, 42, aka Paul Rubio, shot dead
The only weekend murder that was recorded in Belize City took place on Friday, September 12, at about 8:00 p.m. when a laborer of a Mahogany Heights address was gunned down as he sat with a female companion inside a vehicle at the corner of Tigris and King Streets on the Southside of the city. Police said that Paul Rubio Morgan, 42, who resided in Mahogany Heights at Mile 31 on the George Price Highway, was sitting in the passenger side of a vehicle which was parked near the corner of Tigris and King Streets when he was approached by a lone gunman, who fired several shots at him. While Morgan’s female friend was unhurt, he was shot in the neck and eye, and was later pronounced dead on arrival at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Police Superintendent Hilberto Romero, Head of the Eastern Division Crimes Investigation Branch (CIB), told us today that so far, investigators have recorded several statements, but have not been able to establish a clear motive for Morgan’s execution.

Belize on Obama’s list for drug trafficking
US President Barack Obama today released via memo his Presidential Determination of Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2015, listing Belize among 22 countries. “A country’s presence on the foregoing list is not a reflection of its government’s counter-narcotics efforts or level of cooperation with the United States. Consistent with the statutory definition of a major drug transit or drug producing country set forth in section 481(e)(2) and (5) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (FAA), the reason major drug transit or illicit drug producing countries are placed on the list is the combination of geographic, commercial, and economic factors that allow drugs to transit or be produced, even if a government has carried out the most assiduous narcotics control law enforcement measures,” Obama’s memo said.

Cop busted with weed, contraband liquor
A Belize City cop and a Benque Viejo mason have been remanded to the Belize Central Prison until October 15 on charges of drug trafficking after they were busted with 1,728 grams (about 3.8 pounds) of weed and contraband liquor. Benque police said that they were conducting an anti-crime patrol at about 8:00 Tuesday night along the banks of the Mopan River in Benque Viejo when they saw two men coming from the riverside with some plastic bags. When the two men saw police, they dropped the bags and tried to run, but police quickly captured them and took them back to the spot where they had left the bags. Police said that they identified Virgil Perez as a police constable, and the other man as Melvin Ruiz, 36, a mason of Benque Viejo del Carmen. The bags were inspected in their presence and were allegedly found to contain a case of contraband Black Label rum and a case of contraband vodka, along with 1,728 grams of weed in a smaller bag.

CIBC Dangriga manager transferred, but not suspended
Glen Smith, country manager for CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank in Belize, confirmed to Amandala this evening that the manager of the bank’s Dangriga branch has been transferred but not suspended, pending the outcome of the bank’s investigations into reports that Garifuna staff at that branch were fettered in the use of their native language. Amandala received reports that Roxan Bowen of Jamaica, who has been heading the Dangriga branch, has been temporarily removed from that position, and Smith told us that Arlette Trapp will be holding over, since Bowen, who will work on “projects,” has not been permanently reassigned. Meanwhile, Dangriga Mayor, Gilbert Swaso told Amandala tonight that a coalition is seeking legal counsel with the view of exploring legal recourse for what he deems to be a discriminatory policy which, if tolerated, could impact all ethnic groups in Belize who speak a language other than English.

MCC Grounds should be ready for year’s end: NSC
The MCC Grounds, which over the years has been the primary sporting venue for Belize City residents, football fans in particular, has been closed since this past June pending renovation works that were initially scheduled to be complete by the beginning of last month. Those upgrades are scheduled to include the surveying and leveling of the field, in addition to the planting of seeds for high quality grass. But while we understand that the works on the field have not yet concluded because the grass has not yet fully grown, National Sports Director, Patrick Henry, informed the media today that the proposed improvements to the football field and its general amenities are expected to be finished by this December. He said, “[Presently], the grass is growing, but it takes a process and we must say that the rain came along at the correct time, and as a result, it is growing at a faster pace. While the grass is growing, we are working on the towers; there will be four towers and each tower will be 47.5 feet high. Those towers will replace the existing lampposts, and on each tower there will be 15 lights, 3 sets of five, so at the end there will be a total of 60 lights. Currently, we have about 20 lights here at the MCC grounds on these posts, so the lights, the brightness of the lights, will be by far greater than what we currently have.”

Extortion case collapses: one witness refused to testify, and another couldn’t be found
A police special constable who has been on interdiction since last December, when he was charged with two counts of extortion, walked out of the Belize City Magistrate’s Court cleared of the charges today. On Tuesday, September 9, a police Special Constable, Dayton Sacasa, 42, took the defendant’s seat in the courtroom of Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith for the beginning of his extortion case. Sacasa was represented by attorney Anthony Sylvestre, and the case for the prosecution was being presented by attorney Danielle Hawke, who heads the Belize Police Department Prosecution Branch. The allegation against Sacasa, who is originally from Dangriga, is that on December 18, 2013, when he was posted at the Queen Street Police Station cell block, he extorted monies from two detainees.

Anchor security guard remanded for unlicensed firearm and ammo
Leroy Selgado, an Anchor security guard whom police busted with a firearm, pleaded not guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition when he was arraigned before Magistrate Dale Cayetano this morning. Due to the nature of the charges, Cayetano remanded Selgado, 40, to prison until his next court date on September 30, 2014. Selgado, a resident of Tropical Park, located on the George Price Highway, was busted on Tuesday, September 9, at Garden Building, where he was posted as a security guard.

Rained out FFB Women President’s Cup resumes September 27-28
Due to weather conditions, no games were played over the past weekend in the FFB Women President’s Cup 2014 tournament. The competition breaks for the Independence weekend, and the matches postponed from yesterday, September 13, will now be played on the weekend of September 27-28. Revised schedule: Saturday, September 27 3:00 p.m. – Smart Millennium vs Sugar City Girls – Ladyville Football Field Sunday, September 28 4:00 p.m. – Toledo Girls vs Dangriga Pumas – Toledo Union Field

Sagitun of Independence wins FFB President’s Cup 2014
Game 2 of the home-and-away championship series for the FFB President’s Cup 2014 was a 3-3 draw on Saturday night in Independence, giving home standing Sagitun the aggregate 6-5 victory, as they had taken Game 1 over San Antonio FC by a 3-2 margin back on August 31 at the Ricalde Stadium in Corozal Town. Game 2 was postponed from the previous Saturday, September 6, due to weather, and this allowed Sagitun’s Delone Torres, who was in the U.S. with the National “A” Team at the Central American Cup, to return home in time for the critical Game 2 this past Saturday night, September 13. In Saturday night’s return match at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence, the home team Sagitun jumped out to a commanding 3-nil lead, with goals from Delone Torres (10’ & 17’) and Rollin Burgess (25’); but visiting San Antonio FC came back strong with goals from Christian Pena (42’), Alexander Innis (54’) and Ian Daniels (88’) to secure a 3-3 draw, but it still wasn’t enough. Sagitun held on till the final whistle, thus claiming the aggregate 6-5 victory and the championship.

Editorial: Young, black males
Gyration in a simulation of the sex act is not dance, which is a highly disciplined art form. Such gyration in public cannot be considered “talent,” unless one is visualizing the gyration as a commodity in the sex industry. It is still a well-kept secret in Belize that a thriving sex industry contributes to the financial success of a modern tourist industry. Carnival in Belize is now almost four decades old. It is an established showpiece of our September celebrations, which are built around the Tenth of September (1798) Battle of St. George’s Caye and our September 21st (1981) Independence Day. A couple decades or so ago, some complaints began amongst the general Belizean citizenry with respect to the public gyrations of girl children in the Carnival, but negative comment about the behavior of Carnival’s young ladies and adult women is so muted these days as to be practically non-existent.

From the Publisher
I was born and raised in Belize City during the rule of British colonialism. Apart from three years studying in the United States and brief trips there and travelling through Mexico, I’ve spent my entire life in Belize City and surrounds. I grew up as an NIP supporter because the Guatemalan general/president, Ydigoras Fuentes, was threatening to invade Belize, and Philip Goldson became the voice of Belizean resistance. Amidst all the oppression and repression which were colonialism, there were Belizean expressions in sports and culture which fired our Belizean imagination and made us confident and happy. I would say the Dunlop football team, the first Lord Rhaburn Combo, the original Messengers, and the Independence football team were positive experiences for roots Belizeans in the late 1950s and through the 1960s. One of the characteristics of these Belizean expressions which I have just arbitrarily cited are that they each only lasted for a few years. The greatness of Gerald Rhaburn lies in the fact that he was always able to rebuild and restructure. Remember, early on he lost the great Pete Matthews to the Messengers, and then Pablo Clarke, Prof Drummond and others from his original combo split for America.

Letters: Re: Princess Royal Youth Hostel youth basketball leagues
Your analysis of one of the root causes of the crime and violence on the Southside of Belize in your “From the Publisher’s” column of 7th September, 2014 was timely and on point. Indeed as I was reading your column, there was a news flash of another Southside youth being gunned down. The lack of competitive sports as a positive outlet for our youth is causing the “savagery” we are witnessing in our Southside, as pointed out in a previous editorial in the Amandala. I recall coaching an Under-14 and Under-17 basketball team from Queen’s Square in the PRYH basketball league in the 1994 and 1995 seasons. This was thanks to the late Juliet Soberanis, who sponsored the teams and who was the PUP standard bearer for Queen’s Square, having contested the 1993 general elections in that constituency against Hon. Dean Barrow. The games were held in the evenings at the then PRYH compound and basketball court (now the Maud Williams High School) on Dolphin and Racoon Streets adjacent to the Racoon Street Police Station. Imagine, youths from all over the city converging at one spot, at night and there were no incidences of violence or reprisals.

Historic $2.85 mil bond launched by SCA for multi-purpose building
St. Catherine Academy this morning launched a historic educational bond, valued at BZ$2.85 million, to finally realize a long-held dream of constructing a two-storey multipurpose center where it can host sporting and cultural events, apart from providing space for two new classrooms and a cafeteria for its 700 students. SCA principal Salome Tillett said that the school got official permission to construct the building in 2004, and 10 years later, they are still trying to raise adequate funds for its construction. According to Tillett, architect Gustavo Guerra has been hired to finalize the plans for the new building. She said that the steel frame will be imported from Britain, and construction works are planned for the end of October 2014. Piles have already been driven onsite with an initial investment of $200,000.

Pantempters aim to impress at LAC Culture Festival in Taiwan
By popular demand, the Pantempters Steel Orchestra leaves Belize on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, to participate in the 2014 Latin American and Caribbean Culture Festival in Taiwan, slated for September 18 to 25, 2014. “I think the Belize orchestra will be very unique,” said H.E. Benjamin Ho, Ambassador for Taiwan to Belize. “We don’t get that kind of entertainment in Taiwan,” Ho added. The Ambassador said that the Pantempers will perform alongside cultural groups from countries like Argentina and Guatemala at the event organized by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The group had participated in a similar festival for Latin America and the Caribbean back in November 2012. Therese Martinez, managing director and a founder of the band, said that for the group, now in its 22nd year of existence, the second invitation to the festival is unprecedented and no other group has been invited to the festival twice.

Patrick JonesPJ

Denny Grijalva to recover debt from O.W. Town Council
In July of this year, businessman, pastor and political candidate Denny Grijalva took the Orange Walk Town Council to court. Grijalva’s company, De-Mar’s Stone Construction Limited, was hired by the former UDP-majority Town Council to pave several streets in the town and charged them $188,000 – and that […]

Belize attacks issue of ozone layer destroyers
Most Belizeans have a refrigerator or air conditioning unit in their homes or offices – occasionally both. But few know that the gases used to power these modern luxuries can be harmful to them – and to their environment. Since the 1980′s countries have worked together to address […]

Protected area reportedly mapped out for house lots
Government authorities have been tight-lipped about a proposed housing project in North Ambergris Caye – forty acres for house lots to residents of the island. The trouble is, that the area in question known as Sunset Cove, was supposed to have been part of an expanded Hol Chan […]

Stamps exhibition opens in Orange Walk
An exhibit titled “Stamps of Belize” opened on Monday at the Banquitas House of Culture. It’s a one of a kind collection and past time for two family members of the Urbina family in Orange Walk Town, namely Rainaldo Urbina Jr and Elito Urbina Sr. What started as […]

Attorney requests disclosure in Corozal murder case
Corozal resident Ryan Jones appeared in the Magistrate’s Court today and his attorney Michael Peyrifitte made a request for disclosure. Ryan Jones is accused of the January 2, 2014 murder of his father Hensley “Nick” Jones. The 53 year old businessman was shot multiple times to the head […]

UDP endorses Town Council slate in Orange Walk
The United Democratic Party (UDP) has endorsed its slate of candidates to contest the Town Council elections in Orange Walk. Yvette Torres is the Mayoral candidate. Joining Torres on the slate are: Shantel Casimiro, Perla Pasos, Yahaira Vega, Roberto Hoare, Louigie Gomez and Aldo Vasquez. The endorsement of the UDP Town Council slate was done on September 10 at the People’s Stadium.

Belize: The State Of The Nation
Today, on the eve of our 33rd year of INDEPENDENCE…. I kneel in service to deliver the STATE OF THE NATION address. Instead of dealing with all and sundry, gifts and glory, today I take off my gloves to try to deal a death blow with the little strength I have left….to only ONE, but principal among the obstacles to the development of my country and people….who, deep in my heart of hearts, I believe aspire to greater INDEPENDENCE. 33 years ago, all the citizens of BELIZE pledged allegiance to serve the best interest of an INDEPENDENT nation among all free nations of the world….free from the shackles of colonial dominance and control….and to carve a new and more promising way for the greater and more rapid development of ALL its people. HIP HIP HURRAY!!


Selling San Pedro’s Wetlands: The Questions…The Problems…The Questions and The Problems
We were in fact, seeing the last 40 acres of a 600 acre development that has been parceled out for quite a few years – called Sunset Cove. A great name for an assisted living community. (And trust me – these owners will need assistance.) That last 40 acres is an estimated 600 lots. All mangrove and water. From about the Las Terrazas area to the road that leads out to Grand Belizean Estates. What made this last 40 acres something interesting? Something that the news would want to go visit? The insane fact that even though this land has no fresh water, no electricity, no sewage system available, practically no way to get there unless you have a boat and a long stick – it’s not even LAND.

Altun Ha: Water of the Rock
Once a major archaeological site, Altun Ha is the home of Belize’s famous Jade Head and is close in proximity to Belize City. The site covers an area of about 5 miles and the ruins of the structures had their stones reused for residential construction of the agricultural village of Rockstone Pond in modern times. The largest of Altun Ha’s temple is the “Temple of the Masonry Altars” which is 54 feet high and the drawing of this structure is the official logo of Belize’s leading brand of beer “Belkin”.

Staying at Xanadu Island Resort: A Luxury Paradise in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
As a long term backpacker and veteran of more dingy hostels than you could count, the flash packer in me comes out now and again and I’ll admit it’s a new phenomenon! Partly inspired by my travelling girlfriend Panny as her slow and relaxing style competes with my “be busy, do something every day, chill out later” attitude. I sometimes need a luxury spot to recharge my batteries before hitting the next bit of hardcore travelling. I found a paradise yet again when I took my backpack to San Pedro in Belize and specifically Xanadu Island Resort. If you haven’t already seen my Facebook uploads from my time here, read on, and admire the photos…this place is something really really special! Xanadu Island Resort is a luxury paradise which has been voted the BEST hotel in Belize for the last 4 years on Trip Advisor!! Quite frankly, if you are ever going to splash out on a night of luxury, then Xanadu is the place. In San Pedro it is second to none and it would be hard for any resort in the whole of Belize to better what Xanadu Island Resort provides.

Integrating the Caribbean and Central America
The Central American Integration System (SICA) was formed in 1991 and is a regional organization which includes the States of Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. This alliance was formed with the purpose of enhancing integration for the cohesion on sensitive issues such as poverty, democracy, freedom and trade. According to SICA’s mandate, one of the purposes of SICA is to “promote, in a harmonious and balanced way, the sustained economic, social, cultural and political development of Member States and the region as a whole.”

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

Rick Eager proves that "fish farming" isn't a bad word
So until the Palmetto State catches up, Eager has cast his net wide. He's on the board of an indoor shrimp farm in Florida and consults with prospective farmers near and far, sharing his environmentally sensitive approach. He is the biologist in charge and minor owner of a fish farm six miles off the coast of Belize; the farm plans to build 30 net pens and produce about 800,000 pounds of skin-on filet to ship on ice via Fedex to U.S. restaurants. Eager says his filtration is excellent with 1.1 meters per second flowing through his pens, carrying any waste down into a deep ocean trench. According to Eager, what he's doing stateside, doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. "Seafood is a global commodity. In order to understand the global market, I need to track anchovies in Chile, shrimp consumption in China. Anything less than 1,000 tons doesn't count. What I do here in South Carolina doesn't count. The two million pounds I'll raise in Belize won't even make a ripple. But if I replicate it 20 times..." Which means that as long as Rick Eager has his hand in a pond, there is hope for a clean and green aquaculture future.

Thumbs up, thumbs down for Downers Grove
Thumbs up to Downers Grove South senior Elizabeth Kazmierczak for participating in a Earth Watch teen expedition in Belize this summer, getting a first-hand look at how over-fishing sharks for their dorsal fins has led to dwindling numbers of some species. During her time in Belize, Kazmierczak helped lay Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations (BRUVS) on the ocean floor, and checked various shark lines, cataloging, tagging and releasing the animals. Kazmierczak will begin applying to colleges this fall, and we wish her the best in all her future environmental science studies.


Video: Jeff + Katie, 15min.
Video by: Island Films. Location: Coco Beach Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Een samenvatting van de bijeenkomst waar we een live verbinding hadden met Nadia bood uit Belize tijdens een WNF Open. Tijdens deze webinar konden mensen vragen stellen over de werkzaamheden in het koraalherstelproject. SHOW MORE

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