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Anti-drugs operation in San Pedro
On Friday, October 17th a team consisting of San Pedro Police, San Pedro Quick Response Team, Criminal Investigation Branch, Special Branch and Belize City Gang Suppression Unit personnel conducted an anti-drugs operation in San Pedro Town. The operation was headed by Inspector Mark Flowers with assistance of Special Branch Intelligence. A total of 2.8 grams of suspected cannabis, 8.6 grams of suspected cocaine and metal pipe suspected to be used for drugs was confiscated.
Following is a breakdown of the operation:
• A search was conducted at the apartment of 32-year-old Sharlette Willams, 18-yearold Marlon Casey, 19-year-old Alexander Williams and a minor in the San Pedrito Area. The search led to the discovery of a transparent plastic bag containing 0.8 grams if suspected cannabis. All persons were formally arrested and charged for the crime of “Possession of Controlled Drugs”.
BTB Gives $10,000 to FCD Park Ranger Program
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that on Saturday, October 18th, the organization donated ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) Park Ranger Program, through its telethon. Over the weekend, the FCD held the telethon to raise much needed monies to fund twenty rangers at a cost of twenty four thousand dollars per ranger. The BTB congratulates the Friends for Conservation and Development and the telethon organizers for a successful event that raised over three hundred and twenty thousand dollars ($320,000). The BTB wishes Executive Director Rafael Manzanero and the FCD all the best in their endeavours and stand ready to dialogue and engage with partners to ensure that the Chiquibul Forest is protected.
Ramon’s Village donates Speed bumps
On Monday, October 20th, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) was recipients of a donation of 12 pairs of rubber speed bumps from Ramon’s Village Resort. On hand to make the donation was resort manager, Einer Gomez, who officially presented the speed bumps to Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Councilor in charge of traffic, Kenrick Brackett.
According to Brackett the speed bumps will serve to alleviate speeding in San Pedro Town. With the increase in vehicles on the island, speeding has become a major issue, and at times result in traffic accidents. “This donation is very much appreciated. We cannot take care of the traffic problem alone and these types of donation assist us greatly. We have noticed that placing speed bumps are effective at controlling speeding in San Pedro Town,” said Brackett.
Karaoke Sundays at AJ’s Belize
If there’s one thing certain about Ambergris Caye, it’s that this little island sure knows how to have fun. Whether you’re here to just soak up the sun, enjoy the beach and sea time leisure, there’s certainly something for everyone. But before you pack your bags and jet set off to our little island, there’s something we have to admit, and we certainly hope you’re not shy. You see, La Isla Bonita has its fair share of KARAOKE enthusiasts. Whether you’re singing for fun or to flaunt those finely-tuned vocals, islanders know that one of the best karaoke nights is certainly at AJ’s Belize. And you know the old saying, when in Rome San Pedro, do as the San Pedranos do! Average Joe’s is generally known for their amazing wings and deliciously prepared pub grub such as burgers, tacos, and poutine. However the friendly folks over at AJs are also satisfaction specialists. Yep, trained to satisfy your hunger, thirst (did someone order an ice cold Belikin?) and Sunday night Karaoke fever with island musician Valentino. Every Sunday the place is packed with locals and visitors alike simply waiting to give it a go! Shy?
Saga Goes High-Tech For Halloween Auction
Top-rated excursions, luxury resort accommodations, dining and boutique shopping certificates headline the 11th annual Saga Spooktacular Halloween on-line auction - The San Pedro community businesses and resort managers and owners, have generously donated award winning dining certificates, exclusive resort and condo accommodations, adventure excursions and activities, boutique shopping certificates and more, in support of the 11th Annual Saga Humane Society Halloween Fundraiser. This year, many of those items can be won on-line at Biddingowl.com
On Sunday October 26th from 11 AM to 5 PM, Saga friends and supporters will gather at Carlo and Ernie’s Runway Bar & Grill on Coconut Drive in San Pedro to celebrate Halloween “Saga Style” with games, activities, food and drink and the ever popular Saga Halloween Costume Contest, awarding great prizes. “Everyone in San Pedro looks forward to the Saga Halloween party each year,” says Saga board member and Animal Well Being Director Kathy Marin. But not to worry, she says. “If you can’t come to the party, you can still grab some great prizes on-line at Biddingowl.com auction site with all the proceeds going directly to SAGA.
Flashbacks: San Pedro High Volunteer Teacher Visits Island After 35 Years
There is one thing Former principal of San Pedro High has done very well and it is to knock at doors of opportunity. This “seeking for assistance” has connected San Pedro High to: British Embassy, Embassy of Germany, Peace Corps International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, Al Felly of Madison, Wisconsin, Goshen University, Nelson County, Virginia, and Lord Michael Ashcraft.
One such outstanding volunteer is Debbie Fedderke, a student of Goshen University in the 1970’s who spent time teaching in San Pedro High. Goshen University students were required to spend time in a foreign county and participate in a cultural exchange experience. Debbie enriched the lives of our students and left footprints never to be forgotten. A few days ago Debbie was in San Pedro visiting with friends and visited our office to reminisce her formidable experiences; she could not get over the idea that her best female athlete, Elsa Paz, turned out to become Mayor of San Pedro. It was nice meeting you, Debbie, and you certainly do have good reasons to call SanPedranos your friends.
Caye Caulker Ocean Academy Up for UNICEF Sponsored Award
Caye Caulker Ocean Academy's Aquatic Tourism Program has been shortlisted for the prestigious Beyond Sports 2014 Awards in the category Sport for Education (sponsored by UNICEF). Beyond Sport is an international organization whose mandate is to “promote, develop and support the use of sport to drive positive social change across the world,” and these awards highlight the most innovative, standout case studies in sport and development each year. Ocean Academy's Aquatic Tourism Program was selected from 350 entries spanning 70 countries, and is one of only three projects shortlisted in the Sport for Education category.
Ocean Academy was founded in 2008 as Caye Caulker’s only high school. In addition to traditional high-school subjects, the school’s innovative Aquatic Tourism Program matches students with mentors and entrepreneurial opportunities in the tourism industry on the island, allowing them to receive financial credits as well as learn the necessary skills for working in this field after graduation. It highlights the positive impact that location-based learning can have on a student’s future employment possibilities and his or her likelihood to remain in school.
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NORTH ROAD UPDATE Ambergris Caye:
Here are some pictures on the progress of the paving of the road on North, Ambergris Caye. The paving is already approaching Grand Caribe Belize. Some sections are being paved already like in front of Reef Village and the right off the north side of the bridge.
It’s not Summer but 3 Females are Missing
20-year-old Ashanti Diamond of 73 Taylor’s Alley in Belize City was reported missing on October 21st. She was last seen at 3:00 p.m. on Albert Street. She is 5 feet 3 inches tall, has a scar on her back, and has a tattoo on her left shoulder of a vine. She was lastly seen wearing a sleeveless yellow blouse, a blue short pants and a pair of pink Old Navy brand slippers.If seen, please contact 0800-2929-688 or contact the nearest Police Station.
16-year-old Kenisha Oshon of 123 Mahogany Street in Belize City was reported as runaway on Friday, October 17th by her mother. She was last seen on the 16th at 2:00 a.m. while she was still at home. Oshon is 4 feet, 8 inches tall. She was last seen wearing a short yellow dress and a pair of pink slippers. If seen, please contact 0800-2929-688 or contact the nearest Police Station.
13 year old Corozal resident Jeannie Alvarez is also missing. According to her mother, Ponseda Hill, on Monday October 20th Jeannie left home to visit her father’s house on 5th Avenue in Corozal Town. She has not returned home. No photo of the missing teen has been provided.
Destruction of Harvest Caye by NCL
Aerial photos from 21st October 2014. An update on what's happening at Harvest Caye, just 3 miles offshore from Placencia. The dredging photos were taken 11th October 2014. A huge suction tube is removing the sediment and dumping it on the mainland.
Sunday morning canoeing
SUCH a Blessed Sunday. God is good God is great. I give thanks to the Almighty for his creation. I started my Sunday morning canoeing on the River From Belama Phase I to Halouver Bridge, Belize City. The mangroves were magnificent... boy we need to protect them. Imagine a Belama Mangrove Canopy Reserve.... Mangroves are so essential to our cycle of life and we keep cutting them down without consideration of their contribution to our fishlike, coastlines protection and home to many birds. Of course they are filters for our water and prevent erosion. What you say my people... do we preserve the natural beauty of our country? God bless you all this Sunday.
Field Inspection Sweep and
issue land leases to residents of Corozal.
Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega and Minister
Hugo Patt and other Ministry of Natural Resources &
Agriculture officials hold Field Inspection Sweep and
issue land leases to residents of Corozal.
Power interruption, 8:00am to 2:00pm, Sunday, October 26
Entire Orange Walk District. BEL to repair and replace equipment at Orange Walk Substation, replace poles and complete upgrades on Orange Walk distribution system.
BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Week of October 12th – October 18th, 2014
Although the week was fairly cloudy the site fishermen did surprisingly well searching for nervous water, tails or rolling fish.
Ebola Update 1 - Ministry of Health Conducts Activities for the Possible Entry of Ebola
The Ministry of Health continues to conduct multiple activities associated with the global threat of Ebola.
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) is a statutory body of the Government of Belize mandated to perform functions and duties related to:
1) Trade Development and Promotion
2) Investment Generation and Promotion
3) Enterprise Development and Facilitation
BELTRAIDE operates within the portfolio of the Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development, and Consumer Protection.
BELTRAIDE is seeking the services of a suitably qualified and experienced person for the post of General Manager, Trade & Investment Development Division.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
I. Strategic Management
A. Strategic Planning
1. Liaise and collaborate with the other division of the organization and with other government agencies and departments to ensure organizational synergies, maximize resource management, and keep in line with the overall organization direction, vision and mission.
BTL shares with you our customer alert on the recent fraudulent SMS being sent to our DigiCell customers. Call us at 119 to report any suspicious number sending a text message to you.
Power interruptions scheduled for portion of the Stann Creek District and entire Toledo District as follows
•Thursday, October 23: 7:00am to 7:45am and 5:00pm to 5:45pm
•Friday, October 24: 7:00am to 7:45am and 5:00pm to 5:45pm
Affected areas include the entire Placencia Peninsula, Independence Village and surrounding areas and entire Toledo District. BEL to perform maintenance on portion of transmission line which supplies power to Stann Creek and Toledo Districts.
Cruise Ships Balk At New Ebola Screening, Threaten Mass Cancellations
Last week Friday, Belize’s Ministry of Immigration announced new stringent measures for Ebola screening at two major entry points: the Phillip Goldson International Airport and the Belize Harbor where cruise ships come in.
The Cruise Ship health screening protocol seemed problematic from the jump – if only because of the sheer volume of cruise visitors who come to shore on cruise ship day and the tight schedule they are on. Imagine having to screen thousands of cruise ship passengers in a very short period of time. On Monday, it was – to put it mildly – problematic, and that caused alarm with the major cruise lines – who threatened to pull scheduled cruises fast and furious. The press asked the Tourism Minister about it today:….
Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism
"When these type of activity happen, as a government we have to be extremely cautious. The tourism industry is a very sensitive industry and it's the bread and butter of many destinations. There was some measures that was taken, but the cruise lines are a business entity and they want to make sure the passengers are safe onboard. There was majors, one particularly with the passports that was taken, we are revisiting that particular one. And I believe that indeed, we're suppose to do so because for these people, this is not the first point of entrance, Belize is not the first destination. The go to Honduras, then Mexico, then finally Belize, so we're looking at that and I hope by this evening we will have a concrete idea as to how we will move forward in that direction."
Four Possible Cases of Chikungunya In Belmopan
And while every effort is being made to keep Ebola out of Belize – the experts say that with Chikungunya – it’s just a matter of time before it reaches in Belize. And that time may be up. Tonight, the Ministry of Health is awaiting the result of a blood test which should come back tomorrow. That will tell them whether a resident of Las Flores has the virus that is called “Chik-V” for short.
Today, the Vector Control Chief told us that she tested positive in Belmopan at a private clinic with a rapid test – but one that is inconclusive:
Kim Bautista, Chief of Operation, Vector Control
“She tested positive with a rapid test. When that was reported to us, what we did was take a blood sample and we have it at the central lab in Belize and we're going to running a test on that. The sample sits over night and it goes through a process that takes 24 hours before you before you get back confirmations. We’re also going to be sending her sample and a relative's sample, who tested negative at the same private lab, but she had dengue like symptoms. So we decided to take blood from both of them and we will get confirmation on that for you.”
Minister of Health Firming Up Plans For Ebola Screening At PGIA
So far tonight we’ve discussed the two emerging health threats that are out there Chikungunya and Ebola and told you what authorities are doing about them. But, there’s more – especially for Ebola. Two isolation facilities have been set up at the Philip Goldson International Airport. Apart from this, Public health screeners are activating Point of Entry Screening for passenger. The Ministry has also developed a Health Alert notice card, a passenger location card, and a fact sheet on Ebola to keep track of passenger information and movement patterns.
Man Drops Robbery Charge; Admits He Got Paid
22 year-old Lloyd Leslie Jr., who was charged with 2 counts of robbery, and 1 count of grievous harm, is a free man after his accuser went to court withdrawing the complaint. That kind of thing happens all the time, but this one took a turn: under questioning from the magistrate, the accuser admitted that he was paid to drop the charges.
The incident occurred on the evening of April 16, 2012, where 21 year-old Anthony Pollard told police that he and a female friend were walking home from school when they were approached by 2 men, one of them armed. He pointed it at them and demanded that they hand over all their belongings. Pollard said that while they were gathering their valuables to hand over, a police mobile was approaching. That distracted the thieved and Pollard took it as an opportunity to kick the gunman in his backside.
The gunman then pistol whipped him, and shot him in the back when he attempted to run away. Before the police mobile got close enough, both men ran off and escaped.
Peeping Tom's Jail Time Increased
38 year-old Angel Dorado, who was sentenced to 6 months in prison about 3 weeks ago, got more bad news today when he was informed that his jail time will increase to 2 years. That was the sentence that the Chief Magistrate handed down today after she found him guilty of punching out a man, breaking his jawbone.
The incident happened on September 18, 2013 at Sunset Park at mile 8 on the Western Highway. Paul McCord testified that he was on his way home when he saw Dorado throw something in the bushes near his house. He said that when he retrieved it, he realised that it was a bag containing weed.
McCord intended to hand it over to a police officer who was on the other side of the highway, but Dorado realised what he was doing, and snatched the weed from his back pocket. McCord says that he tried to get it back and that's when Dorado punched him in the face, fracturing his cheekbone. McCord was examined by a doctor who classified the injury as harm, and that's what police charged Dorado with.
Hundreds of Guatemalan Students Attend Cayo Schools
When it comes to border towns you can get to without too much hassle: there’s the high living of Chetumal to the north and then there’s the cheap products of Melchor De Mencos to the west. But, say what you want about Melchor – crossing that border is a breeze compared to the strict, militarized crossing you now find in Chetumal. And that’s because, despite the unfounded Guatemalan claim and the whole “Belice es nuestro” delusion – the residents of Belize’s western towns have learned over the years how to get along very well with their Guatemalan neighbors. So much so that hundreds of Guatemalan students choose to go to school in Belize – from pre-school right up to sixth form. Yesterday Courtney Weatherburne travelled west to find out why they do it:…
Courtney Weatherburne Reporting…
Belize and Guatemala may be going through a difficult patch as neighbours. But while there is unease between Guatemala City and Belmopan, on the ground, the true state of relations between these neighbouring countries is being proven daily by the hundreds of Guatemalan School Children who cross the border from Melchor to Benque Viejo to attend school in Belize.
The Endless Saga: Ashcroft Alliance Vs. GOB In Court
4 weeks ago, we told you how the Ashcroft Allied Belize International Services Limited won the first court battle against the Government of Belize. They were able to convince Justice Shona Griffith that the Commissioner of Income Tax arbitrarily assessed BISL for 30 million dollars in back taxes that they didn’t owe. Justice Shona Griffith agreed and struck down that assessment.
Well, today, the Government of Belize went on a pre-emptive strike to get BSIL’s full claim thrown out. The real fight, which is pending, is whether or not Government acted lawfully when they assumed control of the registries.
That case is before Justice Michelle Arana, and a preliminary hearing came up because Government attorney Denys Barrow wants it struck out.
As we've told you, BISL is claiming 60 million US dollars as an award of damages because according to them if the court rules that the government acquisition is unlawful – that’s what they are entitled to. The company's position is that they had a registry management services agreement which gave them control over the registries up until 2020, but the Government broke that contract and violated their constitutional rights.
Hon. J. Espat Writes Auditor General
Yesterday PUP Deputy Leader and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Julius Espat told us that the Auditor General had let him down when she wrote to him saying that she would not investigate the Petrocaribe loan motion while it was before the House of Representatives. She said it would be premature.
Well, now Espat has formally written back to her saying that even if the motion – once adopted - will have the force of law and can authorize the borrowing, he says it can’t give the authority to spend the loan proceeds which have already been spent. So Espat advises, her investigation would not be premature, instead, he says it would be late. He closes by saying, quote, “This matter simply cannot…be side-stepped but must be confronted squarely. It would be a complete abdication of responsibility, by both your office and mine, to sit and watch over two hundred million dollars in public funds expended in an unlawful manner and without the requisite level of transparency or accountability.”
Drug Crackdown In San Pedro
There were several drug busts yesterday between dawn and mid afternoon in San Pedro. The raids were carried out by island police and the GSU.
Near the residence of a known drug dealer in San Pedrito police found a black plastic bag of 179 grams or 6.3 ounces of suspected cannabis, a small white and orange container with 127 grams of suspected cannabis or 4.4. ounces and another plastic bag with 14 grams – or half an ounce. All were labeled as found property.
Again in San Pedrito, Police found another half an ounce in a plastic bag in a open lot. That was also labeled as found property.
The police searched the home of 35 year old Pablo and 39 year old Claudio Barbosa in San Pedrito and found a plastic bag with less than an ounce of Crack cocaine.
A New Brand For Belizean Products
Tourists visiting Belize are always looking to pick up trinkets, curious – or what we locally would call arts and crafts. But, too often, those products which are emblazoned with the word Belize on it can be made in China, or worse, Guatemala.
The project called “Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archeological Sites” is trying to change that by creating a Belizean umbrella brand for genuine, locally produced crafts that have high standard and legit indigenous credentials.
It’s called the Unique Belize brand and it was launched this morning at the Princess Hotel. The organizer of the initiative explains that the artwork has to meet three criteria which he outlined:
Geraldo Flowers - Project Coordinator
"You see here today is a culmination of, I would say 6 to 8 months of work, training and mentorship for artisans, particularly artisans who come from communities around archeological sites. These are primarily rural artisans, they represent regions from all over the country and they are here today to present their products, their prototypes; And to display the type of wonderful products Belizeans, truly authentic Belizeans can create as artists and can sell in Belize, the region and around the world.
Neighborhood Pleads With City Hall
Lately, city residents have had to deal with a lot of irregular flooding and many blame the new cement streets - most of which were built without drainage. But those living on JC Street in the Port Loyola area say their flooding predates those new streets – and exceeds all tolerable limits for civil living. Today 7news visited the area.
Kirk Yard, Resident of JC Street
"As you could see behind me, that you have a water situation and it's been over 5 years that we've had this situation. I went to see the mayor about it, I talked to the city engineer; I brought it to all their attention and so far nothing done. You can see that we don't even have walking space, we have to use the edge of people's yard and fence to reach. Even the children have to walk in the water, so I make it an appeal to those who are hearing to please try to assist us, put some kind of material in the street, please; Not just for me, but for everyone and the traffic on the street. Sometimes the water last 2 months. As you can see we don't even have drains, no drains on the side of the street and that's kind of hard. The water can't run off and right behind is is Jane Usher and that street is paved, so what about this? We are one set of people living in an environment, one area so it's suppose to one straight across the table. Fix the streets, we are tax payers. We call it our personal swimming pools, there are 4 that way and there is one that way, so there is no real entrance for people to go in or come out, it's all water.”
No Confirmed Cases of Chik-V in Belize…Not Yet!
Facing the threat of the dread Ebola, the nation went on high alert, which is a polite way of saying we panicked. There’s no threat from that particular source any [...]
Vector Control Unit Resources in Action
Dengue has been identified in certain communities across the country, and that is where the Vector Control Unit pumps its resources. Like in Las Flores, for example, the team collects [...]
P.U.P. Leader Says Mahmud’s Resignation Has Been Accepted
We reported on Tuesday night that People’s United Party Cayo North Area Representative Joseph Mahmud will not be contesting his seat in the 2017 general elections. The announcement was made [...]
Fonseca Supports Stance of PM Barrow on Ebola Scare
Last Friday, U.S. Department of State’s Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that they are disappointed in Belize’s decision to turn down a request to have a lab [...]
B.D.F. Reports Frequent Confrontations with Guatemalans
Along the western and southern borders for some time now, B.D.F. soldiers are deployed to deter encroachments, illegal logging and xaté harvesting, as well as gold panning and the cultivation [...]
Tourism Minister Says Cruise Protocols Being Reviewed
Following the Ebola scare last week, several measures were put in place before passengers of cruise ships are disembarked to come on land. The new protocols such as screening of [...]
BISL and G.O.B. Back in Court
Belize International Services Limited, the parent company of the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize and the International Business Companies Registry, won the first round of a protracted legal battle [...]
BISL Seeks US$60 Million in Lost Profits
Among damages being sought is sixty million U.S. dollars, profits BISL claims it would have earned over the remainder of the seven-year contract. Senior Counsel Denys Barrow says that there [...]
P.U.P. Says G.O.B. Acted Illegally
Under the Petrocaribe initiative, the government has gotten access to hundreds of millions of dollars from Venezuela – two hundred and twenty-eight million to be exact. That very concessionary loan [...]
P.U.P. Seeks Legal Advice on Taking G.O.B. to Court
But with all that said…is there anything that can be done? According to Espat there are two options, and the National Executive of the P.U.P. has given the go ahead [...]
Belize Prepares for Ebola
With the news that the health worker aboard the Carnival Magic had tested negative for Ebola, the threat to Belize was gone. But it was a wake-up call, sent home [...]
Manuel Heredia Says G.O.B.’s Decision Will Not Affect Tourism
As you heard earlier in the newscast, the Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca he supports the decision taken by the prime minister not to allow a cruise ship passenger [...]
Lloyd Leslie Jr. Apologizes and Walks Free
In April 2012, a Wesley College Junior College student was the victim of an attempted robbery as he and a female friend were heading home from school. Anthony Mark [...]
Mega-Million Cruise Port Construction Underway
Remember Norwegian Cruise Line and their mega-tourism project on Harvest Caye. Well, the last time we heard, the government sub-committee that was set up to deal with the project had [...]
Local Artwork Exhibition At the Ramada Princess
Distinctive Belizean art pieces are often lost among the wide array of products from the region. Ongoing at the Ramada Belize City Princes, is an exhibition of locally made artwork [...]
Belize Training & Employment Centre Prepares Belizeans for Work
The number of call centers is growing in Belize creating employment to just under three thousand Belizeans. This week, the Belize Training and Employment Center is preparing individuals to [...]
Proper Practices On Brushing Your Teeth
Yesterday we reported on the opening of Dental Week in health regions across Belize and while we sat down with Dental Surgeon at the Northern Regional Hospital, Dr. Francisco Casteneda, we were informed on proper practices of brushing your teeth. It’s something we all learned as kids, and we do it twice (or more) a day. So when that time comes to brush our teeth, surely we’re not making any mistakes…..or are we? Actually, dental health experts like Dr. Casteneda say that improper brushing technique is more common than most people realize. And the result is that healthy teeth are not as common as they should be.
DR. Francisco Casteneda – Dental Surgeon, NRH
“Always have soft bristle, tooth brush and small amount of tooth paste and we start from the right side of the mouth and then on the outside of the mouth and we go from top to bottom, all around the mouth and then go to the bottom part up to the top of the gum if you noticed we go from the gum to the top part of the molar so that we do not get the food get stuck inside the gum...
Logging Season Officially Opened
The Logging season was officially declared opened today by the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development. Loggers are advised that a valid logging license is required for the harvesting of trees from October 15th to June 15th, 2015.
A release from the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development states that quote, “All forest department district offices will be engaged in assessing legally harvested forest produce during this period. All persons involved in the timber and related industries are hereby reminded that all conditions regimenting the harvesting and transporting of forest produce apply and our staff will be monitoring the public roads for compliance,” end quote. For more information on this regulations and restrictions contact the Orange Walk Forest Office at 302-2208.
What Corozalenos Know About Ebola
As news spread on Thursday October 16th that a Dallas Health Care Worker possibly infected with the Ebola virus was on board the Carnival Magic Cruise Ship anchored in Belizean waters, the social media went into overdrive and Belizeans fared the worst.
The news made headlines the following day and prompted government to call a press conference where the nation was informed that the woman exhibiting the symptoms did not come ashore. That calmed the waters but the subject of Ebola is still subject of much discussion as other parts of the world do all in their power to combat the deadly virus which has claimed one life in the United States and many in several parts of Africa.
Another Drug Bust Made In Corozal
Yesterday we told you about the several drug bust made by Corozal Police over the weekend and there is one more to add to the list. On Sunday October 19th between 4:00am and 5:40am, Corozal Police Quick Response Team and Special Branch conducted an antidrug operation one mile north-east of San Antonio Village, Corozal District which led to the discovery of a small hut which contained about 15 pounds of processed cannabis.
Approximately five hundred yards from the hut, a partially harvested marijuana field was found measuring approximately 25feet in width and about 150 feet in length. The marijuana field contained five hundred and sixty mature marijuana plants which ranged from two feet to four feet in height. No one was found in the area and all plants were uprooted and destroyed by fire.
Guatemala Identifies Drug Routes Belize Included
The electronic edition of the Prensa Libre in Guatemala published an article today stating that at least ten land routes of drug trafficking in Guatemala have been detected by the authorities, nine of them coming from Belize to Mexico, the Caribbean, Honduras and El Salvador. The map of the National Crime and Violence Index 2013, color codes the level of criminal acts in municipalities within Guatemala and shows the route for narcotics that are northbound with black lines. According to the report, half of the routes used by drug traffickers reach Izabel, while three pass through Peten, Alta Verapaz, Zacapa, Escuintla, Su-chi-te-pequez, Reta-guleu, Quet-zal-tenango and San Marcos.
Mark Flowers Denies Allegations Of Human Trafficking
Last week the US Embassy sponsored a workshop to tackle the booming Trafficking in Persons issue in Belize. The workshop was facilitated by a group from North Carolina called Eagles Wings Ministries who delved on topics from prostitution, human trafficking and exploitation of woman and children. And while authorities seem to place a ‘blind eye’ on the issue of ‘happy bars’ in municipalities around Belize, one such authority figure finds himself in the spotlight again. The highly criticized Commander of the GSU Mark Flowers remains in the hot seat as a letter being circulated on social media pins Flowers on allegations of “attempted smuggling of illegal immigrants.” The letter, written by Immigration Officer Ruby Hoare and directed to Officer In Charge Sharon Frazer, outlines an incident that occurred on May 31st in 2009. The letter states that around 11:00am on the 31st of May 2009, Officer Hoare was informed by Officers Elick Chan and Teresita Kotch who were working on the arrival section of four persons acting suspiciously. According to the report, two of the individuals, who appeared to be Mennonites, proceeded to the Belize Border and passed the check point while the others walked towards a brown wagon type car in which they placed their luggage, got in the vehicle and drove off towards the border.
American National Robbed In San Pedro
Tonight, an American National is crying foul to authorities in San Pedro Town as he was a victim of burglary. The 26 year old American National, who resides in the San Pablo area of San Pedro Town, told authorities that on October 14th someone burglarized her home and stole her grey LENLX brand camera bag which contained: one black Nikon brand camera valued at $4,000.00USD, one vintage PENTAX K1000 brand camera valued at $350.00USD and extra attachable camera lens valued at $400.00USD and an assortment of memory cards valued at $300.00USD. Total value of items stolen amounted to $5,050.00USD. The investigation continues.
Family Of Leslie Logan Says Cops Covering Up His Murder
The family of Leslie Logan Junior, the man who was killed during a robbery at "Hung Ya" store in Orange Walk spoke to the media and said that authorities are not handling the investigations properly claiming there has been a cover up of the case. Logan’s father asked his attorney Audrey Matura to call the press conference because he is unsatisfied with the investigation or lack thereof by the police into the case who have breached his constitutional rights. He started saying that he condemns his son’s action but that he should have been dealt with accordingly. To start with, the pathologist did not perform the autopsy.
“I must to you right now that and then after serving for 37 years I condemn this act, I am sad of the act how crime and criminals, I don’t condone it at all and he should have been punished for that crime according to law. I think that it doesn’t make one wrong and another wrong and make it a right, the legal justice system should have allowed to take its course and that is what they have taken away from us, the legal justice system was not given a chance to take its course.”