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#496287 - 10/01/14 11:55 AM Today's Belize News: October 1, 2014
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The San Pedro Sun

DFC hosts Customer Appreciation Day
On Friday, September 26th, the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) held a Customer Appreciation Day as part of its 51st anniversary celebrations. The event was held simultaneously across the country and encouraged customers and non-customers to visit the branch office for an opportunity to receive information on loans, interest rates and payment plans, and even a chance to win great prizes! According to Nalleli Gilharry, representative of DFC San Pedro Branch, the event is a way to give back to the community. “As part of Customer Appreciation Day we are offering our customers the opportunity to receive huge discounts on their accounts. But this event wasn’t only for our customers; we also took the opportunity to share information on loans and promotions with the community. One lucky visitor even won a brand new Samsung Galaxy cellular phone!” said Gilharry. A 50% discount on process and application fees was offered to persons wanting to apply for a loan.

San Pedro signed on to become a Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipality
The San Pedro Town Council joined other municipalities and cities throughout the country to sign on to an agreement to become a Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipality. The signing of certificate demonstrates the municipal government’s commitment to ensure that during the next 16 months, the town would adopt policies that will ensure that every child lives in a safe, healthy and crime-free environment. The initiative, which was launched simultaneously in every town countrywide on Friday September 26th, is being spearheaded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Belize Mayor’s Association and the Government of Belize. The Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipality program identifies the steps to build a local system of governance committed to fulfilling children’s rights. It is within the scope of the Convention of the Rights of a Child which Belize signed on to in 1990. The framework document outlines the “building blocks” that need to be adopted to become a Child Friendly Municipality. These building blocks include structures and activities that municipal government agencies should have in place to engage children’s involvement. These measures will ensure a children’s rights perspective in all relevant decision-making and equal rights of access to basic services.

Ambergris Today

Belize to Strengthen Security Arrangements along Guatemala Border after Shooting Incident
Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow and the Government of Belize join the rest of the nation in expressing deepest condolences to the family of Special Constable (SC) Danny Conorquie, murdered in the line of duty while seeking to guard and protect Belizean patrimony. A press release from the Government of Belize Press Office stated that the Prime Minister has spoken personally to SC Conorquie’s next of kin, and offered every assurance that the ultimate sacrifice made by this Belizean hero will not be forgotten.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Protest/motorcade to the border
This morning Belizeans gathered in Cayo for a protest/motorcade to the border. After assembling at the Macal River Park they travelled west to the border to send a message to the governments of Belize and Guatemala. They vow that the life of Tourism Police Special Constable Danny Conorquie would not have been taken in vain. The group of about one hundred persons from all over the country arrived at the border singing "We noh want no Guatemala. We want our country free."

ARACOL ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE remains CLOSED
Institute of Archaeology (NICH) Belize informs ALL Tour Guides, Tour Operators, and the General Public that as of 6:00 a.m. on September 28, 2014, the CARACOL ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE remains CLOSED until further notice. The NOHOCH CHE'EN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE and ALL other Archaeological sites remain OPEN. Daniel "Danny' Conorquie a Tourism Special Constable Police and his fellow counterpart both attached to the Cayo Formation fell under fire while on duty at the Caracol Archaeological site by highly suspected Guatemalan Xateros. 20 year old Danny Conorquie of Georgeville was shot and killed.

Corozal's People's United Party (PUP) holds its party convention
POLITICAL NEWS at the Andres Campos Civic Center this Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Who will be the people's choice this Sunday October 5th, as Corozal's People's United Party (PUP) holds its party convention to elect its Mayoral candidate for the upcoming municipal elections scheduled for March 2015. David "Dido" Vega and Ruben Cruz are both new to the political arena. David "Dido" Vega recently contested the Corozal Bay constituency as area representative and barely lost to Gregorio "Papas" Garcia by a narrow margin of approximately 12 votes. Both "Dido" and Cruz will be contesting as Mayoral candidates, respectively with their full slate of 6 councilors in their bid to unseat long standing incumbent United Democratic (UDP) Mayor of Corozal-Hilberto Campos and his councilors, who were handpicked to contest the municipal elections early next year.

Turtle nesting season is slowing down
but a few green turtle females are still nesting. Currently there are a total of 74 nests in Ambergris Caye.

Perspectives of our Past
Thursday October 9 at 7pm the Corozal House of Culture presents our second lecture of the series as Mr. Roy Rodriquez speaks on Social and Economic History of Corozal Town

Channel 7

Tourists Capture The Terrifying Minutes After Danny Conorquie Was Shot
Special Constable Danny Conorquie, he is the first Belizean lawman to be killed in the line of duty, apparently by a Guatemalan civilian - and tonight, five days after he was killed, the 20 year old is still making national headlines. There was a motorcade and protest at the Benque Viejo border today - and we'll tell you about that shortly. But first to a video that was posted on Vimeo last night by a group of tourists who were at Caracol when Conorquie was killed by Guatemalan bandits. Their video is the most arresting footage we've seen, and we air it un-edited tonight. The tourists have put some production into it - and it begins with the sound of gunshots followed by panic - we have blurred some images:…

Protestors Want Justice For Danny
Special Constable Danny Conorquie, he is the first Belizean lawman to be killed in the line of duty, apparently by a Guatemalan civilian - and tonight, five days after he was killed, the 20 year old is still making national headlines. There was a motorcade and protest at the Benque Viejo border today - and we'll tell you about that shortly. But first to a video that was posted on Vimeo last night by a group of tourists who were at Caracol when Conorquie was killed by Guatemalan bandits. Their video is the most arresting footage we've seen, and we air it un-edited tonight. The tourists have put some production into it - and it begins with the sound of gunshots followed by panic - we have blurred some images:…

Government Battles Ashcroft Alliance Over Universal Guarantee
Today in the Supreme Court, the Ashcroft Alliance and the Government of Belize were back at it - and this time they were arguing over one of the seminal events that led to the demise of the Musa Administration. That's the publicly guaranteed 33.5 million dollar Belize Bank loan for the private hospital formerly known as Universal Health Services. In 2007, it was revealed that Former Prime Minister Said Musa and then Attorney General Francis Fonseca had signed a loan note guaranteeing the debt for UHS without Cabinet's knowledge and without taking it to Parliament. PM Musa eventually - and without public disclosure - used a 10 million US dollar grant from Taiwan and another 10 million US from Venezuela to pay off the debt. The Bank then sold loaned that money to the Healthcare Partners group and sold the hospital for 39 million. That should have put the matter to bed but it didn't, and the Bank still wants back its money. It says that's because $20 million dollars that former PM Musa had paid to settle the debt, had to be returned to Government and so the settlement agreement collapsed and the Government remains on the hook. The London Court of International Arbitration agreed with the Bank and now it is going to the Supreme Court of Belize to try and enforce the award here.

Cop Sent To Jail For Attempt To Corrupt Another
Police Corporal Darius Martinez is spending the first night of an 18-month sentence after he was convicted before the Chief Magistrate of attempting to corrupt a public officer. The allegation was that he tried to bribe a member of the Gang Suppression Unit to give him information about the investigation into the infamous John McAfee case. The main witness in the trial against Martinez was Woman Police Constable Stacey Smith who testified that on May 11, 2012, Martinez contacted her by cell phone and asked her if she wanted to make some money. She says that Martinez didn't go into detail about what she would have to do to earn that money until they had a second conversation, which she recorded. That recording was presented before the court and admitted into evidence. In that conversation, Martinez wanted WPC Smith to tell him what the GSU found at McAfee's residence outside of Orange Walk Town in May 2012. He was also interested to know about a diary which was supposedly confiscated.

Alleged Park Shooter Jailed For Gang Membership
Tonight, 23 year-old Michael McDonald, a King Street resident, is at the Belize Central Prison after he was taken to court for a very public shooting, which terrified BTL park-goers early on Sunday morning, around 3:00 am. According to police, they responded to a shooting in the vicinity of the BTL Park. They caught McDonald with a .38 firearm, and they also retrieved 5 expended shells. No one was injured, but police charged him with causing public terror, discharging a firearm in public, keeping an unlicensed firearm. Additionally, they say that he claimed to be a member of the George Street Gang, and so, he was charged with professing to be a member of a criminal gang. He was arraigned before the Chief Magistrate, Ann Marie Smith, and due to the nature of the offences, he was remanded into custody until November 17, even though he pleaded not guilty.

Robber Said He Wanted A Blood Test
Yesterday, a man who went to a medical lab asking for a blood test ended up robbing the lab. At 1:15, two men went into the Belize Medical Center on St. Thomas Street. One of them said he needed a blood test and went inside to have it administered. But before he could sit down, he pulled out a gun and robbed the 65 year old lab technician. Two women who were in the waiting area dashed outside the door ads the men grabbed the money from the cash pan. The owner of the lab tried to grab one of them on the way out, but he turned the gun on him - and the owner let him go. No one was hurt and police have no suspects.

Daylight Downtown Robbery
There was a brazen broad daylight robbery in the heart of downtown Belize City this morning, but this time it wasn't a business that was targeted it was a customer. According to reports, an Italian man entered Lavish store on Albert Street and was robbed of his phone. We found out that the customer was so badly shaken up that he refused to give a statement to the police because he feared his and his family's safety..

Fatal Accident Outside Free Zone
Yesterday afternoon there was a fatal accident at the Northern border. It happened at around 4:00 pm when Mexican watchman 37 year old Jose Benigno Lopez, shot out of the free zone at high speed in a Ford Ranger pickup. He and his 50 year old passenger, a Mexican farmer flipped when Lopez lost control of the vehicle and it flipped several times. Both men were flung out of the vehicle and Lopez suffered a fatal blow to the head. His body was taken to the Corozal Town Hospital where it was pronounced dead on arrival. His passenger Tilo Lopez was treated for minor bruises and a small cut wound to the head and was released.

The Art Of Defensive Driving
Many of you who have been driving for over 15 years may think enrolling in a driving workshop, is useless and maybe even laughable, after so many years on the road. But you might be surprised to find out that some very seasoned drivers are benefiting from a defensive driving workshop. Courtney Weatherburne has the story. The workshop lasts for 4 days: Two days of theory and two days of practical. About 24 drivers are attending.

Is El Pilar Another Archeological Hotspot On Border?
At the top of the news, we showed you the dramatic video footage captured by the tourists who were at Caracol when Danny Conorquie was killed. The conservationists and tour guides who operate in border hotspots, like the archeological reserve areas, say that Conorquie is not the first law man to be shot at, just the first to be killed. The Cayo Tour Guides Association was very vocal about the lack of tight security at the Caracol Archeological Site, but they stress that this is not the only historic Mayan site that remains under pressure by illegal border activities. Today, after the protest for Danny at the border, they took the media to the El Pilar Mayan Ruins inside the national park which is under the jurisdiction of NICH. They say that for years the site has been under pressure by Guatemalan border bandits who target them and their guests when they visit El Pilar. Our team arrived shortly before news time, and will have a full look at the problem they face tomorrow, but here's an excerpt of our discussion with the tour guides:

Chiquibul, Security Problems Since Forever
And while El Pilar is a hotspot – Chiquibul – with its vast forested area, its bounteous timber stock and its gold reserves…are a cauldron. 7News was the first media house to go embedded with the Friends for Conservation of Development in 2009 – and sound the alarm about the security and conservation issues inside the Chiquibul. Since then our teams have gone inside the Chiquibul many more than any other media house. Tonight, we look back at our first engagement in 2009 – which is a very small snapshot of how dangerous and difficult law enforcement in Chiquibul can be:… Jules Vasquez Reporting, “He has a machete; he has a weapon” those were the words of the BDF as they chased down Benigno Garcia and captured him here – 600 metres from the Guatemalan border in the Caracol Archaeological Park. The BDF caught him but the police on the patrol had the power of arrest. Garcia was searched – while the park ranger for Friends of Conservation and Development unloaded his 22 rifle which carried 6 live rounds. Garcia’s dogs looked around confused – while the BDF brought his makeshift knapsack into the open area where they questioned Garcia.

A Magazine For Investors
Beltraide launched the 3rd volume of its INVEST BELIZE MAGAZINE today. A ceremony was held at the Belize Biltmore Plaza not simply to launch another publication but more importantly, to celebrate the foreign investment opportunities it will garner for Belize. The CEO in the Ministry of Trade and Investment shared his vision on the impact the magazine will have on Belize's global image. Mike Singh "So we started with the first edition and then we ended up with the second one. Before we had a different publisher. We made a decision to spread the business and to work with McNab Publishing this time and I think the quality we are getting is exceptional. I think the quality of articles is exceptional.

Getting Brands Up To Standard
If you are into shopping, you certainly have your favorite brands that you purchase on a regular basis. Well, you better start looking beyond brand loyalty to the possible threats the consumption and usage of some of these products may have on you. Many of these products may have harmful substances or undeclared or uncertified ingredients. The partners in the CARICOM Rapid Alert System for the Exchange of Information on Dangerous (non- food) Consumer Goods met today to educate members states on strategies to regulate this issue and to get those harmful goods off the market. McClauren says that efforts are being made to link CARREX CARICOM with the OAS information system to facilitate a broader sharing of data on this issue.

Maya Leaders Meet PM
The Maya Leaders Alliance met with the Prime Minister in Belmopan last Thursday to say that they are willing to engage with the oil company US Capital Energy and the Government, but on certain terms. It is a follow up on a letter from the Alcaldes' Assembly notifying Government that the Alcaldes are developing a proposal for consent agreements by oil development and other extractive industries for activities on Maya traditional lands. A statement says, quote, "This proactive initiative by the Maya People manifests our commitment to explore opportunities for constructive, respectful, and good faith engagement with the Government of Belize and extractive companies on Maya traditional lands, looking forward to a future in which the legal status of those lands is no longer in dispute." End quote.

Channel 5

Tourists Release Shocking Video Following Danny Conorquie’s Murder
The tragic execution of Danny Conorquie at the Caracol Mayan Site has made headlines since last Thursday. Tonight, there is a shocking new edited video which has gone viral since [...]

Are Confiscated Horses Related to Conorquie’s Murder?
Very few of the stories aired following the murder of Tourism Police Special Constable have touched on the five horses which were tethered at the Caracol Site on September twenty-fifth, [...]

Conorquie Family Responds to Thompson’s Sudden Retraction of Statement on Danny’s Killers
The nationality of the men who ambushed Conorquie remains a mystery to Belize’s Foreign Minister and to the politicians in the Ministry of National Security. But there is little doubt [...]

Belizeans Gather Near Western Border in Protest of Senseless Murder
Tourism Police Special Constable Danny Conorquie was killed last week Thursday, murdered by bandits who then fled over the Guatemalan border. The outcry has been tremendous…the outrage at the senseless, [...]

Do you believe that Guatemalans murdered Special Constable Danny Conorquie at Caracol?
And tonight’s question is: Do you believe that Guatemalans murdered Special Constable Danny Conorquie at Caracol? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post your [...]

Cayo Tour Guides Association Writes Letter to B.T.B. About Caracol Security
The video we showed you at the top of the newscast captures the moments following the cold-blooded murder of Danny Conorquie. In addition to the tragedy and the continued incursions [...]

Belize Bank and G.O.B. in Court Over U.H.S. Debt
In the Supreme Court today, Justice Shona Griffiths heard arguments from The Belize Bank and the Government of Belize. The proceedings today concerned the enforcement of an arbitral award obtained [...]

Police Corporal Darius Martinez Sentenced to Eighteen Months in Prison
This morning, Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith heard closing arguments in the case against Police Corporal Darius Martinez. The cop was facing charges for Attempting to Corrupt a Public Officer [...]

BELTRAIDE Unveils Invest Belize Volume 3
The third edition of Invest Belize was launched today at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza. This edition focuses on agribusiness, which is forecasted to become one of the significant pillars [...]

Sedi Elrington Delivers Address at U.N. General Assembly
The murder of Danny Conorquie continues to be the number one topic of public importance on the airwaves five days after it occurred on the Caracol Maya site.     The PM [...]

U.S. Embassy Hands Over Three Million Belize Dollars in Grant Funding
The United States Embassy in Belize has been making donations to various initiatives across the country through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.  While there have been significant contributions [...]

Love Foundation’s Unique Approach to Conflict Resolution Among Broken Families
Among the seven grant recipients is the Love Foundation.  Through its Summer Arts Academy and After School Program, the initiative aims to break the communication barrier between children and parents [...]

Just Us Inc., One of Seven Organizations to Receive U.S. Embassy Grant
On the south side of Belize City, there is also a program that is presently working with at-risk youths to develop computer literacy and other skill sets that are necessary [...]

United for Kids Assists Cleyon Marage Jr. for Leukemia Treatment
Last Thursday, we showed you a ten year old student who has been diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia. But Cleyon Marage Junior cannot receive medical treatment at the local hospitals [...]

His Mother Is Overwhelmed By Outpour of Support
The mother of Cleyon Junior is overwhelmed by the outpouring support of the Belizean public. She says that the donations received so far give her hope that her son will [...]

CARICOM Youth Ambassadors go Socially Conscious for Caribbean Youth Day
Today is recognized within the region as Caribbean Youth Day. CARICOM Youth Ambassadors across the member states have embarked on socially conscious activities to motivate youths to become proactive and [...]

What’s Happening in Local Sports?
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CTV3

Video Of When Danny Conorqui Is Shot Presumably By Guatemalans Goes Viral
There is still much to be uncovered in the death of Danny Conorquie who was fatally wounded at the Caracol Mayan Site. He was buried on Sunday and there has been much controversy over the incident. Five days after his death, a video is released online by tourists who were at the site at the moment of the shooting. It appears the video was shot minutes after Conorquie was killed. The incident alone sent shock waves across the country as the initial reports were that he died at the hands of illegal Guatemalan Xateros. While there seems to be some confusion now as to what really happened or who pulled the trigger, the images that were captured by the visitors to the site are unnerving. According to the information we gathered, the video was shot by Austrian and Turkish expats as they visited the archaeological site. The video is edited and starts off with the introduction that reads, “Caracol is a Mayan archeological site remotely located near the Guatemalan Border in Belize. On September 25th 2014, we were there observing the site from the top of the pyramid.” The introduction was followed by the sounds of shots ringing. Here is a look at that video. We inform our viewers though that we have made some adjustments to it in respect to the Conorquie family and other Belizeans in the video.

Belizeans Demonstrate At Western Border For Justice For Danny Conorqui
Following the execution style killing of 20 year old Special Constable Denny Conorquie on Thursday at the Caracol Archeological Site, much public debate and outpouring of support to his family has been raised. While his death is reportedly at the hands of Guatemalan bandits, San Ignacio Police are still unable to confirm if that is indeed the case but are looking at all possible angles. And today, in a showing of social justice and solidarity, over a hundred men and women converged at the Macal River Park where they travelled to the western border to stage a peaceful demonstration. With placards and signs that read ‘Justice for Danny’ and the Belizean Flag in hand, it was a symbolic showing of solidarity among Belizeans and a zero policy message to our Guatemalan counterparts that we, as a nation, will not stand and take it.

ASR/BSI And GOB Continues Negotiation Before Crop Opens
The discussions on the future of the sugar industry continue and yesterday representatives of the government, including Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, met with representatives of the BSI/ASR group. Mac McLachlan, international advisor for the ASR group spoke with us after the meeting siting that it was more of an informative session with the government officials. Mac McLachlan – International Advisor, ASR Group“It was an opportunity to share among the industry stakeholders the real challenges ahead and that the industry has in Belize, we were able to see what is happening in the external market particular in the EU market where the sugar prices are falling very rapidly and we were able to look at what we need to do in Belize to overcome those issues and there is a whole of interconnected problems but last week we have to improve on our yields sugar cane here, the productivity of that cane to reduce the cost of producing sugar in order to be competitive, the EU market had come down a lot more rapidly when perhaps when we were expecting and we need to be working right now to be preparing for all of those issues and I think the issue on an agreement between BSCFA and BSI and I think we all understood and we were all clear that the crop is only eight weeks away and presently there is no agreement and it is imperative to have that agreement in time to start.”

BWU And IUF To Hold A Three Days Workshop On Components Of Sugar Industry
A three day workshop which is a joint venture between the Belize Workers Union (BWU) and the International Union for Food Workers (IUF) is set to commence on Thursday and scheduled to end on Saturday. The aim of the session is to discuss and analyse several components of the Sugar Industry. Today we met with President of the BWU, Ramiro Gongora and facilitator Jorge Chullen of IUF, who gave us a preview of the workshop. Ramiro Gongora- President BWU “We are trying to continue with this IUF/BWU, what we would say a venture that had started many years ago with regards to the support.” Maria Novelo – Reporter “What relationship like between your Union and the IUF?” Ramiro Gongora- President BWU “Well, we are affiliated for the past ten year I would say and we actually pay our dues on a yearly basis to them and this is paid on the amount of membership and it is forward way in Geneva so the BWU has to make a lot of transactions to cover the fees so that it could be forward to Geneva.”

Corozal Police Investigates FTA Involving The Live Of Mexican National
Last night on our news cast we reported on the fatal traffic accident that occurred near the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino located in the area of the Corozal Commercial Free Zone. The incident claimed the life of a Mexican national. Reporter Victor Castillo has the details to the incident in the following report. Victor Castillo – Reporting Tragedy struck the Perez family a little after 4:00 yesterday evening when they were informed that their loved one, 37 year old Mexican National Jose Benigno Perez, lost his life in a traffic accident. Perez, a resident of Subteniente Lopez in Chetumal Quintana Roo, Mexico, lost control of his pickup truck as he headed out of the Corozal Free Zone. The tragic accident occurred here, near the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino located in the vicinity of the free zone, when Perez reportedly lost control of his vehicle which flipped several times in the air. The 37 year old was flung out of the vehicle and all indications are that upon landing on the pavement, he hit his head on the concrete barrier that is located along the road causing his death instantly.

Oceana Issues 2014 Ocean Hero Award
On Saturday, September 27th, Biologist Lisa Carne and manatee expert Jamal Galvez were formally recognized as OCEANA’s 2014 Ocean Hero Award Winners. In 2006, Carne witnessed the devastating impact of Hurricane Iris in Southern Belize and was deeply troubled by the vulnerability of Belize’s marine environment to climate change through rising sea temperatures and stronger storm surges. Using the Laughing Bird Caye National Park as a natural laboratory, Carne established a coral “nursery” in attempt to restore critically endangered Acropora corals. Today, with support from the communities of Independence and Placencia, her “Fragments of Hope” project has more than five thousand out-plants in more than eighteen sub-sites.As for Galvez he has been a self-proclaimed “manatee protector” since age eleven. To date he is a recognized expert of manatees and his affection for the animal has propelled the need to protect manatees into national consciousness since they are an endangered species due to threats like boat collisions, destructive gear like nets and even poverty.

COLA Expresses Outrage For Murder of Danny Conorqui
On Friday the Peoples United Party issued a release expressing outrage for the killing of Danny Conorquie and demanding that a full investigation be launched into the death of the 20 year old. But the PUP is not the only organization clamoring for justice. So is Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, COLA. Today the organization, via a press release, announced that they will join the Belize People’s Front at a press conference and a demonstration scheduled for tomorrow at the western border. In the release, COLA also chastises the Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington for his statement made following Conorquie’s death that there is no evidence that suggests that the special constable was killed by Guatemalans.

PM Says Family Of Deceased SPC Will Be Taken Care Of
And while Conorquie was laid to rest and honored with a police funeral including the 21 gun salute, Belizeans are now questioning whether his family will receive monetary compensation from Government. The question arises since in the past GOB has compensated the family of a Guatemalan National who was shot and killed in Belizean territory. On March twenty-ninth, twenty-six year old Tomas Desdicho Ramirez, a resident of San Marcos in the municipality of Dolores, Guatemala was fatally hit in the chest, the abdomen and right leg. Ramirez was killed after a joint B.D.F. and Police Patrol came under fire by a group of men. But while many believe that Conorquie’s family should be compensated since he died while in the line of duty, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington has stated that there is no basis for compensation. Elrington has stated on the record that and we quote “Before any compensation can be sought it is necessary to ascertain who committed the offense. At this point in time we don’t know who committed the offense.

LOVE FM

Armed Robber Nabbed By Ladyville Police
Love News has confirmed that there was an armed robbery that occurred early this afternoon in the Lord’s Bank area of Ladyville Village, Belize District. Ladyville Police was alerted of the crime in progress near the Brothers’ Store and as a result of quick response, the officers were able to intercept the robbery and pursue the gunmen. The chase of the robbers was brief as just minutes later one of them was found hiding in some bushes and armed with a nine millimetre pistol. As a result, 31-year-old, Stephen Barrow, who has provided his address as being Roaring Creek Village, Cayo District was taken into the Ladyville Police Station and will be charged with kept unlicensed firearm and ammunition with a charge of aggravated robbery pending. The story is that Barrow had allegedly held up the workers in a Western Dairies delivery truck but since the men had no cash sales on them, their cellular phones and personal pocket money was taken from them. Police remain on the lookout for the other robber.

Belize/Guatemala: Where Do We Go From Here?
For over five decades now the issue between Belize and Guatemala has been discussed and taught in schools, on the streets, behind closed doors and even overseas ….. IMG-20140930-WA0006but despite the meetings, the discussions and the expressed urgency by both sides of the political divide and Belizeans, on a whole, to have the matter settled, 2014 is almost over and there is no sign of closure on the matter in the near future. Tonight, we look at various incidents that have occurred between both countries over the years and the emotional rollercoaster that the myriad discussions have jerked in the Belizean people…..but first let us look at the root of this territorial dispute. According to history lessons and books, the unresolved matter stems from way back in 1821 when Guatemala declared its independence from Spain. At the time the United Kingdom still had not embraced our country as a crown colony…that is not until 1862 …..

Party Leader Says PUP Is United
There has been a number of divisions within the Party and today we asked the party leader how far he is in terms of uniting the party. FRANCIS FONSECA “I spoke about the issue of unity; all the deputy leaders of the party and all the other speakers spoke about the importance of that issue and I think absolutely that we achieve that, that was one of the objectives going into the national party meeting and I think we absolutely achieved that. We came out of that meeting I think united, strong with a clear sense of purpose, a clear sense of direction and understanding that we have to work together and that the Belizean people are depending on us to rescue them from what is taking place today.”

Supreme Court Grants Bahamians 100K Bail
34-year-old, Kelvin Leach and 29-year-old, Rohn Knowles were brought down to Belize City this morning for a bail application hearing before Justice Hanomansingh. After almost three hours of submissions by the attorneys and the Solicitor General, the two men were granted bail. It was an interesting argument presented in court, which we will tell you about later on in our newscast. For now, we will continue our story of the men and their bail applications which were approved by the Supreme Court judge. Just after the hearing, the media got an interview with Knowles’ attorney, Godfrey Smith. GODFREY SMITH “Effectively or rather in summary the judge granted bail to the petitioners. They are to report to the police station twice a week and the usual bail conditions and the reason he did so was that he came to the conclusion based on our arguments that the process was defective, that the government misunderstood their powers under the extradition act. They just grabbed the men and sent them off to Kolbe without giving them an opportunity to challenge the basis of the provisional warrant for arrest, to make arguments for bail or any such thing; so, he was obliged to grant bail. It’s a matter for the discretion of the judge. Yes it’s a steep figure but that apart, I suppose the judge had some advertence to the fact that it is an extradition related matter and so on.”

PlusTV

New tourist video of murder at Caracol surfaces on the internet
The murder of Danny Conorquie, a Special constable attached to the Tourism Police, who was shot to the head while he was stationed at the Caracol Mayan Site, has caused national outcry. The Hispanic men who made their way on the National Archaelogical site, are believed to be Guatemalan men who retaliated because their horses were confiscated while they were found poaching in Belize’s Forests. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, however, has stated that there is absolutely no proof that the killers were in fact Guatemalans and therefore there is no basis to approach Guatemala about this murder.


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Organized crime in Chiquibul costing $20 million and Belizean lives
The broad daylight execution of Danny Conorquie, 20, a Belizean Tourism Police officer, allegedly by illegal Guatemala loggers at the main temple of the Caracol Archaeological Reserve last Thursday, September 25, underscores the security threat Belize faces on account of ceaseless incursions inside its protected areas for a range of illegal activities, the main one now being the multi-million-dollar trade in illegal timber, believed to be connected with organized crime and possibly narco-trafficking elements in Guatemala. Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director of Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), who laments Conorquie’s murder, which he says appears to have been a “hit” executed by illegal loggers, reports that for the past two years, roughly $20 million worth of cedar and mahogany have been extracted and along with that, expansion in illegal logging also comes, expanding security risks to both security and conservation personnel.

4 weekend shootings leave 2 injured
Although no murders were recorded in the Belize District over the weekend, which would be considered welcomed news for many residents, especially city dwellers, there were at least four shootings which have left two individuals in stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). The first shooting, which also happens to be the most serious of the four, took place this past Friday, September 26, at about 10:40 p.m. while Joshua Daniel Martinez, 21, was seeking shelter from the rain under a bus stop which is located at the junction of the George Price Highway and the Old Coastal Road at Mile 31, directly in front of La Democracia Village. According to police, Martinez had just come off a Shaw’s Bus, and while standing under the bus shed with his 16-year old sister, he was approached by three men, one of whom pulled out a firearm and released six shots in their direction.

Justice for Danny!!
Tourism Police Special Constable Danny Conorquie, 20, was laid to rest in his home village of Georgeville on Sunday, and tomorrow, Tuesday, hundreds of Belizeans are expected to make their way over to Belize’s western border to make an international statement on the cold-blooded execution of the young tourism police officer around noon last Thursday at the Caracol Archaeological Reserve in western Belize at the hands of illegal Guatemalan loggers who may have retaliated after security forces confiscated their horses. Tuesday’s show of national outrage is being led by the Belize People’s Front (BPF), an organization headed by Nancy Marin. The executive members of the Belize People’s Front include Louis Diaz and Ronny Plette in Belize, and Joseph Roca, Wellington Ramos and Joseph Guerrero in the USA.

Constable David Griffith charged for the death of escaped prisoner 16 months later
Constable David Griffith of the Punta Gorda Police Formation has been released on bail of $8,000 after he was taken to the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court on Friday, on a charge of manslaughter for the death of prisoner Rasheed Elijio, 18, of Punta Gorda, who was shot and killed during an attempt to escape from police custody. Griffith was ordered to return to court on October 28. Police reports are that on May 9, 2013, Brian Garcia, 19, a security guard of Ogaldez Street, Punta Gorda Town, and Rasheed Elijio, 18, a laborer of Ogaldez Street, Punta Gorda Town, were both charged for the crime of carnal knowledge.

New sugar deal “in the works”
At this time, the two main partners in Belize’s sugar industry, namely the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) and the Belize Sugar Industries/American Sugar Refineries (BSI/ASR), are working on a proposed commercial agreement to govern the relationship between the two parties, and which will aim to settle several points of contention that have overshadowed the rocky relationship – in particular, a revenue-sharing arrangement for bagasse, a disputed byproduct of sugar which is currently sold for use in the generation of electricity. Two weeks ago, on September 8, BSCFA and BSI/ASR held a meeting at which the sugar producers presented a completely new commercial agreement to the cane farmers; however, neither side elaborated on the contents of the new agreement at the time, so as not to jeopardize the state of the negotiations.

Mother of leukemia patient seeking assistance
The mother of an ailing leukemia patient is making a desperate plea for the public’s assistance in order to be able to provide medical treatment for him, and hopefully, give him a better chance of survival. In April of this year, just before school re-opened after the Easter holidays, Clovis Matura got the shocking news that her son, Cleyon Marage, Jr., 10, was gravely ill after she noticed a swollen lymph node on his neck, which was followed by diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and weakness. When they took him to the hospital, he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, also known as AML, which is a relatively rare type of cancer that affects mostly adults, in which there is rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells in the bone marrow that end up interfering with the production of normal blood cells.

Man, 33, rapes daughter, 12
The 33-year-old father of a 12-year-old girl, of a Jane Usher Boulevard address, is accused of taking her to his house in the Lake I area on Independence Day Eve and raping her. The incident allegedly occurred at about 6:00 Saturday evening, September 20. When the child went home on Sunday, she reported the sexual abuse to her mother, and they went to the police on Sunday, Independence Day, and made a formal report that her father, a Salvadoran, had repeatedly raped her.

Local karatekas shine at Cayo Invitational Karate Championships
The Cayo Shotokan Karate Club (CSKC) celebrated its 24th Anniversary in a grand fashion on Saturday, September 27, by hosting an International karate championship, where 60 athletes competed to represent their clubs and countries. For the entire event, the auditorium at Sacred Heart College was filled with constant roars from karate enthusiasts and spectators. Still in the September patriotic mode, our young athletes fought their hearts out to protect their home turf, Belize, literally with blood, sweat and tears. The clubs who participated were Kazoku Shotokan Karate Dojo of San Ignacio; Cayo Shotokan Karate Club-Belmopan; Poptun Shotokan Karate Club-Guatemala; El Salvador; and host, Cayo Shotokan Karate Club-San Ignacio. At the end, CSKC-Belmopan overwhelmingly won the championship by winning 11 gold, 12 silver and 16 bronze medals. Second place was CSKC-San Ignacio with 6 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals. Third place was Guatemala with 3 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal.

Here we go again, preparing to fail? – no Belize City player on National U-17 squad
Last week Wednesday, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) announced the 25-member National U-17 Team which will represent Belize in the upcoming UNCAF U-17 qualifier to be held in Costa Rica from November 4-8. Internationally, U-17 qualifiers are considered very serious business. That’s because, aside from the fact that these qualifiers lead all the way to the U-17 FIFA World Cup, it is this squad that is expected to become in a few years’ time the base for the National “A” Team, perhaps as early as World Cup 2018, but certainly by World Cup 2022. The National U-17 team, then, should be the culmination of a tough annual selection process that involves no less than a credible national U-16 competition, which has been preceded by regional U-16 tournaments to produce the best players to be showcased in the U-16 national tournament. Competition hones talent and also provides a showcase for fans and scouts alike to determine which players have developed the necessary skills and character attributes to earn a spot on the national U-17 team.

Special Olympics Belize partnership with Arizona
All during this week, Special Olympics Belize have been travelling about the country along with volunteers from Special Olympics Arizona (USA) in order to train clinicians and coaches on working with athletes who have intellectual disabilities, as well as to set up (more) Youth Activation Councils in the various districts, and to witness Special Olympic competitions. Those events took place in Belmopan, Belize City, Dangriga and Orange Walk. Tonight is the culmination of this week’s activities for us, and we hope to end it with Special Olympics Belize and Special Olympics Arizona entering into a formal Memorandum of Partnership agreement. The signing of this MoP will take place tonight, Friday, September 26, in the Altun Ha Room at the Radisson Fort George Hotel.

Editorial: A turning point
When you enter Mexico, it does not take you very long before you become conscious that you are in a territory which belongs to some people called Mexicans, and that you must tread carefully amongst these people inside the land they own. This applies whether you are a Belizean from small, poor Belize, entering Mexico from the south, or if you are an American from the mighty superpower United States of America, entering from the north. Mexico demands that you recognize that Mexico belongs to Mexicans. This was not always so, you know. A hundred and fifty years ago the French, all the way from Europe, installed an Austrian named Maximilian as emperor of Mexico. This was more than forty years after the Mexicans gained their independence from Spain in 1821. Mexican independence had been shaky and unstable, because, as usually happens in early post-colonial societies, oligarchical classes had begun fighting for control of the new nation-state. In addition, a powerful neighbor, the United States, saw opportunity for territorial aggrandizement. Even as Mexico was losing Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and other territory to the United States, the Maya of the Yucatán rebelled in 1847. The new Mexican state of 1821, and for some decades afterwards, was hardly the Mexico we know today in 2014.

From the Publisher
A very serious incident took place at the Caracol Maya site near Belize’s border with Guatemala on Thursday, September 25, 2014, around midday. A Belizean tourism police constable, Danny Conorquie, 20, was shot dead in the presence of tourists and tour operators by individuals believed to be illegal loggers from the Guatemalan side of the Western border. In that single, isolated incident on Thursday, Belize took more casualties than we did in eight days of what has been glorified as “The Battle of St. George’s Caye” in September of 1798. Danny Conorquie was killed in the line of duty while he was protecting the nation of Belize and Belize’s national assets from people who are most likely invaders. There are Belizeans, and they include Wil Maheia, Rafael Manzanero, Tony Rath, and the Belizeans who work at KREM Radio and KREM Television, who have been trying to inform the rest of us that Belize is being invaded from the west and the south by Guatemalans who are damaging our national parks by cutting down trees and planting milpa crops, extracting xate leaves, hunting our animals and stealing our rare birds. The Guatemalans are also involved in illegal logging of our precious hardwoods and illegal panning for gold.

Letters: Alcoholism: Belize’s best kept secret?
Is alcoholism Belize’s best kept secret? Maybe it was, but not any more. The recent, highly publicized, deadly traffic accident attributed to heavy drinking by a top official, and other recent deaths related to abuse of alcohol are front page news and point to a serious problem in The Jewel. One that we have ignored and failed to find or even look for solutions. While medical science says alcoholism is a disease as serious as cancer and even suggests it is beyond the control of the alcoholic due to genetic and other biological issues, it is a social and medical problem we need to address NOW, as well as cigarette smoking and AIDS. For example, a large sign hanging from the overpass at the Pallotti High School traffic circle implies it is better to drink than work! What a message to display to the children and others who go to school or wait for buses in the area. And, when we spend more money on flags than we do for rehab programs, we need to examine our priorities. Does anybody really care?

Letters: Seek union, not division: Swatsigga
I thank you for taking consideration of my thoughts and publishing them in your newspaper. Our Constitution clearly gives us the right to openly express ourselves without fear. I compliment your newspaper for being brave enough to share the truth that will awaken many of us. Over the past few months I have been reading news around the world and noticed that most of them are centered on war, politics and economy. Nobody writes on the positive events and technological achievements of mankind that help us to progress as a united species. All of our media is centered on negative events that keep humanity negative and in consequence without hope. Over the course of my reading I have come to understand that by being positive we can move mountains, just as faith can move mountains. Being positive is just a part of having hope!

Letters: Civilization and Maya
The Maya Civilization has persisted for more than 52,000 years. It began two Great Cycles, or Platonic Years ago, each cycle 25,920 years. That is two complete precessions of the equinoxes, or Zodiacal turns. This will be described here in simplified terms and in more detail in a future space. Human civilization, the seeds of man, or human souls, represented by the moon; move around the planet. We do this as part of our learning; we cycle all points, or spheres in spiraling patterns of great complexity. This holds true for race, culture, religion, area of habitat and nation, philosophy, art and sciences. All 5 races take turns holding the seat of economic influence and control; philosophy, science, art and much more. All are spheres of thought, and the distribution of these forces are equalized over time in what may appear as a long time, but are but a blink of an eye in the re-evolution of the Hu-Man, or Hunab-Ku, the divine soul of humanity on its journey back to its origin, the One.

Letters: Valley of Peace checkpoints
I must commend a unit of officers that patrolled and carried, perhaps planned, but at the same time improvised, checkpoints in Valley of Peace village on the evening of Friday, September 26th, 2014. Spot checks and questioning were conducted to questionable individuals within a framework of respect (I would not like to think that the operation was conducted in such a professional manner because witnesses were there.) It is actions like these that make the transgressors accept their fault and acknowledge their guilt, as well as develop their respect for police officers. This also deepens the relationship and perception that the community has for the police.

Oceana announces Belize’s 2014 Ocean Hero award winners
On Saturday, September 27, Oceana Belize formally recognized coral researcher Lisa Carne and manatee expert Jamal Galvez as ocean heroes. Being an ocean hero can mean many things, but mostly, it means deciding that you are ready to take action to help to protect our marine environment for people and creatures of today and for future generations. In 2006, Ocean Hero Lisa Carne was a young biologist who had witnessed the devastating impact of Hurricane Iris in Southern Belize and was deeply troubled by the vulnerability of Belize’s marine environment to climate change through rising sea temperatures and stronger storm surges. Using the Laughing Bird Caye National Park as a natural laboratory, Carne established a coral “nursery” in attempt to restore critically endangered Acropora corals. Today, with support from the communities of Independence and Placencia, her “Fragments of Hope” project has more than five thousand out-plants in more than eighteen sub-sites.

Strange creature found in northern Belize
Folkloric stories about what were once thought to be mythical creatures such as the blood-sucking cryptid, dubbed the “Chupacabra”, which literally means “goat sucker”, have been recited in Mestizo culture for decades, and while there have been several reported sightings in several parts of the Americas, the elusive predator has never been spotted in Belize until this past Wednesday night when a villager was astonished by a strange-looking animal that he accidentally knocked down while on his way home. Cain Cal, a resident of San Lazaro Village, Orange Walk, was driving past a ranch between Yo Creek and San Lazaro Villages about 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday when he struck a curious animal that no one seems to be able to identify as yet. While speaking with the media about the incident today, Cal said, “This animal appeared in [the] middle of the road and I hit it. [First], my wife told me it looked like a kangaroo and we started to laugh, but I said ‘no’ because we don’t have kangaroos here [in Belize], but I know I have never seen it before, and it isn’t a fox – even my daughter was asking me what it is and I couldn’t tell her.”

Toledo Maya villages want benefit-sharing agreement out of court mediation
Under Belize law, landowners receive 5% of the royalty payments made to the Government of Belize, which, in turn, is 7% of oil proceeds. That works out to 35 cents for every $100 earned, which by comparison is not much, but the Maya of Toledo, whose communal land rights claim is being fervently resisted by the Government of Belize, say that they want more than that razor thin slice of the petroleum pie. Currently, US Capital Energy is drilling in Toledo inside the Sarstoon Temash National Park, and the Government of Belize has expressed confidence that a commercially viable supply of crude is available there. Froyla Tzalam, Executive Director of the Sarstoon Temash National Park, told Amandala that the board met last Wednesday and the leaders from the buffer communities around the park, which mounted a legal challenge last year, want to pursue court mediation, ordered by Supreme Court Justice Michelle Arana last year. “We will stick to the mediation process until told otherwise,” said Tzalam.

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Belize Bank seeks return of UHS millions via arbitral enforcement
The Belize Bank Limited, Belize’s largest commercial bank, has been pursuing for several years now the return of some $33.5 million it says it is owed on a loan note signed seven years ago by the Musa administration. It is in relation to monies owed by the former […]

Online video posts purportedly captured sound of fatal gunshots
A tourist visiting the Caracol Archaeological site on Thursday, September 25, captured on tape what appears to be the sounds of the gunshots that ended the life of Danny Conorquie. Video of the moments immediately after the murder show the fallen Special Constable and the frantic efforts […]

Policeman jailed for attempting to corrupt fellow officer
44 year old Corporal of Police Darius Martinez will spend the next 18 months in prison after being found guilty of attempting to corrupt a public officer. The Orange Walk Town resident is accused of attempting to corrupt Woman Police Constable Stacy Smith, who is attached to the […]

Michael McDonald charged for BTL Park shooting
It is intended to be a safe zone, but authorities were called out to BTL Park on Newtown Barracks on Sunday morning amid reports of gunshots fired. Around 3:09 a.m. they encountered and apprehended 23 year old Michael McDonald of a King Street address and retrieved a .38 […]

CRIME BLOTTER: Shootings, robbery & alleged GSU abuse
Gang rivalry is alleged to be behind an incident that occurred around 10:40 Friday night in La Democracia Village. Police say 21 year old Joshua Martinez had just exited a Shaw’s Bus going west at the junction of the George Price Highway and Coastal Road around 10:40 p.m. […]

Caribbean Community consults on dangerous consumer goods
Consumer recalls are a fact of life, however they sometimes come too late to reverse damage or even death caused by faulty equipment or information. In the Caribbean region a CARICOM Rapid Alert System for Exchange of Information on Dangerous (Non-Food) Consumer Goods, known as CARREX, has been […]

Blogs

SAGA Humane Society Halloween Party
It’s costume planning time and the date has been set for the 11th Annual SAGA Humane Society Spooktacular Halloween Party. On Sunday October 26, 2014 from 11:00am to 5:00pm, Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar will host what is expected to be the largest SAGA Halloween Party in history. New and exciting for the 2014 party, celebrity judged contests (Best Costume, Best Kisser, Owner/Pet Look-A-Like, Best Trick, and more), fun activities and games for pets and kids, raffles, auction items and so much more. SAGA is pleased to also include this year a Smooch-A-Pooch kissing booth that is sure to delight young and old. SAGA Humane Society is working hard to make this their largest fundraiser of the year. Aside from raising money, their goals are to raise awareness about the benefits of spay and neuter, and that being kind is not a way of thinking but a way of living. They are also bringing awareness also to the many dogs that are for adoption through Ft. Dog and the shelter.


No matter where you go along the coast of Belize, you see huge conch shells everywhere – polished and on display, heaps on the beach and in the water and used, sometimes, in construction. The word, by the way, is pronounced CONK here in Belize. The beautiful, sometimes HUGE conch shell is the outside of a pretty ugly sea snail. A mollusk. It reaches it’s maximum length of about a foot in three to five years….which I find pretty miraculous. When it is soft, young and tender, it has quite a few predators but once it grows the hard shell? Very few can get in there. Okay…enough chatter…here are some of my favorite conch dishes and where to get them in San Pedro. I LOVE conch soup. Like a chowder but a bit thinner and made with coconut milk, it’s just delicious. I’ve had a number of good ones but my favorites?

CARIBBEAN EXPORT CONTRIBUTES TOWARDS STRENGTHENING TRADE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE CARIBBEAN AND CHINA
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) supported a contingent of representatives from four (4) of the Region’s Business Support Organisations (BSOs) to participate in the 8th China LAC Business Summit that was held in Changsha, China between September 12-13, 2014. The mission to China led by the Honourable Minister Donville Inniss, Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development for Barbados sought to build relations, discover new potential trading partners and promote the Caribbean for viable investment opportunities. Speaking at the China LAC Summit, Minister Inniss noted that the areas for future cooperation between China and the Caribbean included financial services, logistics, tourism and hotel development, agribusiness and infrastructure development.

Education in Belize: Bullying in Schools / Need for Empathy
October is recognized as National Bullying Prevention month each year in the USA. The entire month is dedicated to combating bullying in Primary/Elementary and Secondary schools -- by placing a spotlight on, and educating others about bullying, in all its ugly forms. Whether physical, emotional, or digital, i.e. via online social media, bullying envelops its victims with many negative and harmful academic, social, and lifetime consequences. Is the pervasive problem of bullying in schools ever accidental, or fully intentional? Does it ever rear its ugly head in schools in Belize today? If it does, is bullying a reflection of our society and/or living conditions?

Belize Gestapo attacks Citizens
For years I’ve been warning you about the impending Police State, a few years ago I even stated we had arrived to that fork in the road. This is one example of it, but yet the leader of the GSU, the Belizeans version of the Gestapo will go on media talking shit. Welcome to the New World Belizeans. So last night I was physically abused by the GSU for a traffic accident that occurred on the corner of North Front street and Douglas Jones. I was heading home when their vehicle pulled up beside me and fired several shots without ever signalling to me that they were police. Well naturally I sped off thinking it was someone trying to rob me. After distancing myself I looked back in the mirror and saw flashing headlights and a very small blue light they had just put on. That’s when I realized they were police and I stopped. They pulled beside me firing several more shots. One came out and said for me to not move. Another said put your hands up and yet another said exit the vehicle. I put my hands tru the door to show them I had nothing yet they seemed even more aggressive. I informed them that I was gonna open the door but from outside so they wouldn’t have any reason to shoot. Two of their officers threw me to the ground and one immediately hit me to the back of my head while another sank his knee in my back.

Invest Belize Magazine vol 3
The main focus of the Invest Belize Magazine Volume 3 is: Agribusiness on the FOREFRONT: Corn, Cacao, Sugar and Citrus (to name a few). With a wide variety of informative articles, content, suppliers and local businesses, I am pleased to present to you:

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Mosquito Virus That Walloped Caribbean Spreads in U.S
A mosquito-borne virus that can cause debilitating joint pain lasting for years has spread to the continental U.S. after infecting hundreds of thousands of people in the Caribbean and Central America. The virus is called Chikungunya, an African name meaning “to become contorted.” While the illness, first identified in Tanzania in 1952, has long bedeviled Africa and Asia, the only recorded cases in the U.S. before July involved patients who contracted the virus abroad. Now, 11 cases have been confirmed as originating in Florida, spurring concern this may be the beginning of the type of explosive growth seen elsewhere from a disease that has no vaccine or cure. Medical and environmental experts are debating how best to quell the outbreak before it takes off. “In a way it’s surprising it hasn’t been here yet,” said Scott Weaver, a professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

UN: Belize, Barbados Condemn U.S. Blockade Against Cuba
Belize condemned today before the UN the continuous U.S. blockade against Cuba and the Israeli indiscriminate attack at innocent civilians in the Gaza Strip. In his speech during the 69th period of sessions of the Un General Assembly, Foreign Minister of Belize, Wilfred Elrington, expressed his government's concern about the recent death and destruction of innocent Palestinian civilians, mainly unarmed women and children in Gaza. He reiterated his government's support to the peaceful, safe coexistence of the State of Israel and the State of Palestine in their respective borders recognized by the international community. He called for including in the UN agenda the elimination of unilateral harmful practices and joined the rest of the international community demanding the end of the "anachronistic U.S. blockade" against Cuba.

Belize making internet service tax free
Belize will not tax the internet starting October 1, telecoms portal Telegeography reported.

Latin American, Caribbean nations at UN highlight unique challenges, climate change woes
Addressing the General Assembly this morning, Suriname"s Foreign Minister Winston Guno Lackin called on the United Nations to "develop the muscles" needed to democratize itself and move away from the "restrictive" veto power. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize, Wilfred Elrington also said small countries like his own are disadvantaged by the lack of resources and human, financial and technological capacities, which are only compounded by the increasing effects of climate change. Belize welcomes the UN multilateral legal framework of debt restructuring and hopes it will lead to a robust treaty that will increase the efficiency, stability and predictability of the international financial system. Following the 2008 financial meltdown, there have been "unmistakable and troubling indicia of donor fatigue and a tendency towards isolationism," he said.

Half of nature is still here! ... Yay?
In case you've avoided reading what may be the more depressing reports in the history of the natural world, the awful take-away is basically this: Half the animals of planet Earth have disappeared since 1970, and much of it is the fault of humans. ep, you read that right. Half of the world's vertebrate animal populations are gone. And it happened in only the span of two generations, according the Living Planet Report, which was published on Tuesday by the environmental group WWF, in collaboration with the Global Footprint Network, Water Footprint Network and the Zoological Society of London. "In other words," the report says, "vertebrate species populations across the globe are, on average, about half the size they were 40 years ago." %&*! That's mind-blowingly infuriating. And it's worse for some species and regions, in particular.

New World continues efforts over NP subscription
New World Oil & Gas (LON:NEW) is continuing efforts to progress the Niel Petroleum subscription, announced last year, the firm said in its latest half year results. Under the deal, NP would would invest US$25 million into New World. "Whilst discussions have continued with NP, we regret to inform shareholders that we have not yet seen evidence of sufficient funds for the subscription to proceed although we continue to be assured on a frequent basis that we will and, as noted below, have already received an amount of US$4.8 million in escrow," New World said. The pre-tax loss for the six months to end June narrowed to US$1.9mln compared to a loss of US$9.5mln in 2013 as it reduced overheads.

Videos

Video: Zipling In Belize, 1.5min.
Ziplining Adventure Jaguar Paw, Belize

Video: Wildtracks, Belize 2014, 4min.
My time at Wildtracks, a primate and manatee rehabilitation center.

Video: Taking a Water Taxi in Belize, 2min.
Water taxis, essentially small high-speed ferries, are a great way to travel from mainland Belize to the offshore islands, Ambergris Caye, the most visited spot in the country, and laid-back Caye Caulker to south. You can also travel to remote spots around Ambergris, between islands, and even as far as the town of Chetumal, in Mexico. Travelers often fly in to the international airport in Belize City, take a cab to the ferry landing of one of the two major companies Caye Caulker Water Taxi and San Pedro Belize Express, and then motor over to the islands. There are about five to six ferries per day, with service starting early in the morning and cutting off at dusk. The water taxi are on-time, safe, and reliable. And tickets are inexpensive, running around $22 to $32 round-trip, depending on where you’re going.

Video: GoPro Travel Adventures - Caye Caulker, Belize [The Sweetness of Traveling], 1.5min.
How to spend a week in paradise: Caye Caulker, Belize

Video: Caracol Belize special constable shot dead 2014, 4min.
Just before midday September 25th, 2014, 20 year- old Special Constable (SC) Danny Conorquie, assigned to the Tourism Police Unit was shot and killed in the line of duty at the Caracol Archaeological Site in the Cayo District. Initial reports reveal that SC Conorquie approached two men of Hispanic descent who were on horseback. The two men opened fire, mortally wounding SC Conorquie, and then fled the scene retreating into the dense cover of the jungle. SC Conorquie was rushed to the San Ignacio Town hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A special constable in Belize is not a full police officer, but rather a low ranking officer receiving two weeks basic training aimed at assisting police officers in the execution of their duties. Caracol is a highly visited tourism site. It is believed that Belizean soldiers in the area had stolen or confiscated 5 horses from peasants in the area, and the peasants retaliated. This is the first time a Belizean has been killed in the area by suspected nationals from Guatemala. Over the past decade some 11 Guatemalan peasants have been shot dead by Belize's security forces.

Video: AT Caracol VIDEO, 4min.
Special Constable Danny Conorquie, he is the first Belizean lawman to be killed in the line of duty, apparently by a Guatemalan civilian - and tonight, five days after he was killed, the 20 year old is still making national headlines. There was a motorcade and protest at the Benque Viejo border today - and we'll tell you about that shortly. But first to a video that was posted on Vimeo last night by a group of tourists who were at Caracol when Conorquie was killed by Guatemalan bandits. Their video is the most arresting footage we've seen, and we air it un-edited tonight. The tourists have put some production into it - and it begins with the sound of gunshots followed by panic - we have blurred some images:…

Video: Belize Liveaboard 2012, m18in.
Indy MPH Watersports Belize Liveaboard 2012

Video: 5 Reasons to Travel to Belize Before the Crowds Arrive, 2min.
With the Caribbean dominated by hyperactive all-inclusive resorts, you can still travel to Belize and still go native. Touting a fairytale landscape of white-sand beaches, lush rain forests, and soaring mountains, virtually all activities are accessible from several fun and funky beachfront towns. Belize accommodations are upscale yet small-scale, but much bigger developments are underway.

Video: Christmas in Belize - 2014, 3min.

Video: A fisherman on a pier in San Pedro, Belize netting some fish., 1min.

Video: Belize & Guatemala, 4min.
Caye Caulker & Tikal Travel Video.

Video: Ziplining in Belize, 8min.
GoPro Footage Ziplining in Belize 2 weeks ago.

Video: Half Moon Caye Dive, Belize 9-14, 3min.


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