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SPHS Male Volleyball team-Back to back Regional Champs!
On Saturday October 25th, San Pedro High School’s (SPHS) male volleyball team once again captured the title as the Northern Regional Male Volleyball champs. The female and male teams,along with coach Erick Santizo Nuñez ,traveled to Corozal Town on Saturday October 25th, where they competed against teams from the country’s northern division.
According to coach Nuñez this is the second consecutive year the boys have won at the regional level. The tournament was held at the Corozal Community College grounds, where the eight competing teams assembled to see who would come out on top. Participating teams included the male and female teams from New Hope High School, EscuelaTechnica de Mexico , Muffles College and San Pedro’s very own SPHS. The SPHS boys managed to rise above the competition, capturing first and qualifying for the National competition, however the girls did not share in that victory.
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Rocky Point Ambergris Caye, Belize - A View from Above
Took some stunning aerial images of Rocky Point at the northern-most tip if Ambergris Caye, Belize which borders Mexico during my fliight to Cancun, Mexico in September via Tropic Air. Rocky Point is the area where the land actually meets with the coral reef of the Great Barrier Reef of Belize. The land sticks out far enough that the coral reef formations are actually fringing the beach of the island. The beach area at Rocky Point is littered with dead coral that has accumulated throughout the years due to the closeness of the coral reef, hence the name of the area which is within a protected reserve.
Islanders Participate in San Pedro 5K & 10K Run
Belizean triathlete and Ambergris Caye sports advocate, Kent Bob Gabourel, held the first San Pedro 5K and 10K Run over the weekend to promote fitness and health among island residents and in part to raise funds towards his group’s participation in a full and half marathon taking place at the end of the year in Placencia, Belize.
Close to 30 residents, including athletes and fitness enthusiasts, registered for either the 5K or a 10K run that took place on Saturday, November 1, 2014, starting at the Boca del Rio Park. The response from the community was great and with sponsorship, the event could provide participation trophies to all the attendants including cash prizes to the winners of the race.
Belize Ministry of Health Updates on Ebola Preparation Activities
The Ministry of Health continues to carry out activities aiming at containing any possible threats of Ebola in Belize.
1. The Ministry of Health has ramped up a series of coordinated activities in conjunction with the Customs and Excise Department, the Immigration Department and the airlines for further strengthening at the Phillip Goldson International Airport (PGIA).
San Pedro Red Cross Campaigns for Blood Donation
The San Pedro Belize Red Cross is working hard to increase the blood supply kept on reserve at the Blood Bank in Belize. This blood is available in case of an emergency for locals and tourists of Ambergris Caye. Read the full story about our Recent Blood emergency and how we worked as a team to save a life.
Most recently, San Pedro Red Cross had an extreme blood emergency where someone experiencing liver failure was flown to Belize City and required five pints of blood immediately. It was not an easy task to assist the patient as the blood bank closes at 3:00pm on Fridays and does not reopen till Monday. With teamwork and fast action, the San Pedro Red Cross was able to save a life.
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2014 Village Expo (12 photos)
Since its inception in 2012, this expo has grown significantly, from the number of participating artisans, to the variety of authentic Belizean products that are showcased from all around Belize.
Update on COROZAL SHOOTING
At about 5:15 a.m. on November 1st, Corozal Police visited the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk Town where they saw the body of 24-year-old Ricardo Alfredo Itzab, Belizean of Concepcion Village, Corozal District, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.
Initial investigations revealed that between 1:00 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on November 1st, Itzab and two other male persons of Concepcion Village were walking on the highway heading towards their homes between miles 76 and 77 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, when they were approached by a lone bicycle rider, dressed in dark clothing and wearing a mask, who fired a single gunshot in their direction causing injuries to Ricardo Alfredo Itzab.
Fire At Fuel Refinery in Shipyard
A catastrophe was averted this morning in the Orange Walk District when a fire at a crude oil refinery was contained. At around 10:00, smoke was seen billowing from the camp five area of Shipyard - which is a Mennonite community. That's the location of a primitive crude oil refinery, which buys oil from BNE and converts it into diesel fuel suitable for use in heavy equipment.
But today, there was a short on one of the electrical switches, and that ignited a fire in a tank with 300 gallons of crude. The problem is that it was right beside three more tanks with Diesel. Fortunately, through the joint effort of workers and the Orange Walk Fire Department, it was contained to the single tank, which burned for about two hours before it subsided. No one was harmed.
A fire truck was deployed from Belize City was well but in the end it was not needed. Fire teams were assisted by the ready availability of an open source of water.
Mechanic Found Dead On Side Of Sandhill Road
Ladyville Police are awaiting a post mortem result for a man who was found dead on a feeder road off the northern highway at mile 19. At 5:30 this morning, 61-year-old Gilbert Dawson was found dead in the bush outside of his Geo Tracker - on which the lights were still on and the engine running. We spoke to a friend who was called to the scene - he told us what he saw:..
Ismael Requena, Friend of Gilbert Dawson
"Mr. Gilbert Dawson is my personal buddy and we did go to his house myself and my compadre, Mr. Armstrong and we were socializing for about 2 hours and then we decided to come to Sandhill. Actually he said that he wanted to purchase telephone credit and we stop at Every Day Supermarket at 19 miles and we socialize again for a little while there and then I left both of them there around 6pm yesterday. Then this morning I received a call from his daughter telling me that they had found him dead through a road by 19 miles and so I immediately went to the scene and when I reach there I saw his vehicle still running, the lights on, the door open, parked and the body thrown in the nearby bushes."
Weed Bust: Man Pleads Guilty But 9 Still Jointly Charged
Tonight, 9 Belize City residents are facing drug trafficking charges after police seized marijuana, which was found at a house where they were all hanging out.
Acting on intelligence, Police visited Arthur Smith's Victoria Street residence on Saturday where they found 81.6 grams - or 2.87 ounces - of marijuana. Present at the time of the search were 65 year old Arthur Smith, 19 year old Tarique Grant, 28 year old Patricia Grant, 19 year old Aaron Cruz,20 year old Michael Graham, 22 year old Jason Gentle, 51 year old Austin Grant and 32 year old Steve Lucas, and a 15 year-old boy.
Because of the discovery, 9 nine persons were charged with drug trafficking, and they were all arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer today. Arthur Smith wanted to accept guilt explaining that he had the drugs, not for sale, but as pain relief for his injured spinal chord. The police prosecutor refused to accept that plea explaining to the court that only the DPP's Office can make such a call. He added that he would have to consult with the DPP to accept such a plea since the deviation of the penalty between drug trafficking and drug possession is large.
Men Killed Coming From Concepcion Bar-room
In Belize City, we often hear of shootings where a masked gunman pulls up on a bicycle - and opens fire on his target. Well, it happened again this weekend, except it wasn't in Belize City; it was in the village of Concepcion in the Corozal District. At 1:15 am on Saturday, three men were walking home from a bar. They were walking on the Northern Highway near mile 74 when a masked gunman in dark clothing rode up on them and opened fire. He shot 24 year old Ricardo Itzab - and killed him. At this time, police do not know the motive for the murder - nor has any suspect been detained.
Fatal Accident Claims Life of 24 Year Old
Tonight, the family of 24 Ladyville year-old resident Ryan Martinez continues to mourn his death after he was killed in a traffic accident near the Haulover Bridge on Sunday morning at 2:00 am.
According to police, it happened in the early morning hours where Martinez and 22 year-old Irene Sanchez from Orange Walk were traveling in a Lincoln MKZ car. They were heading toward Ladyville, and just as they crossed the bridge, the driver lost control of the vehicle, wrapping it around a tree with a few mangroves around.
Both Martinez and Sanchez were trapped in the vehicle, and had to be rescued by emergency personnel. Sanchez made it to the hospital where the doctors were able to save her life; Martinez's injuries were to severe, however, and it is believed that he died on impact or shortly after.
God Save The Queen Conch!
For lovers of conch ceviche, conch soup and conch fritters, October to June are the bests months - because that's when conch season in open. But for conch fishermen there real reason to celebrate tonight because the industry which earned 11 million Belize dollars in export earnings last year - was saved from destruction when the United States rejected a petition to list the queen conch as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The petition was submitted by WildEarth Guardians in 2012 - they said that the conch was in danger of decimation. Caribbean countries as well as those in Central and South America rejected that completely, and in Belize's case, proved how a management regime is keeping the queen conch viable.
Today the US National Marine Fisheries Service announced that, quote, "Based on the best scientific and commercial information available…we have determined that the species does not warrant listing at this time. We conclude that the queen conch is not currently in danger of extinction….nor is it not likely to become so within the foreseeable future."
Benquenos Observed Finados Yesterday
On Friday night, Belize City saw hordes of trick-or-treaters swarming the streets, especially on the North Side. Aside from that, the weekend saw Halloween fairs and parties. Indeed, in 2014 Belize has embraced Halloween like never before, mainly because it's fun to get dressed in a costume and for the kids it is a great chance to stock up on sweets by the basket-ful. But while those are commercialized acts of bringing in All-Saint's day, in western Belize, they go deeper: with the cultural and religious practice called Finados. Courtney Weatherburne traveled to Benque Viejo yesterday to find out how Finados is observed.
Courtney Weatherburne reporting
Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten.And while that's what the Bible says, in Benque Viejo the dead are never forgotten and their rewards come every year on November second with Finados - a religious and cultural observance. That's why these women are praying this morning - to give thanks for the arrival of the souls of their loved ones.
Mexicans Have Dia De Los Muertos
And in Mexico, Finados is widely known as "Dia De Los Muertos." The beliefs and rituals to commemorate the day are similar, but in Mexico it is a more festive and celebratory occasion to welcome back the dead. We found out more today when we visited the Mexican Institute.
Marcelino Miranda, Press Officer, Mexican Embassy
"One of the main characteristics of this celebration in Mexico that is very rooted all around Mexico is that syncretism of pre-Colombian cultures and the catholic European faith. The way which Mexicans celebrate is not only mourning the dead ones, it's also a matter of joy because according to this tradition, the dead ones come to this life or to this world to visit family, relatives and friends. That the reason Mexicans throw a party because we try to treat the visitors."
Traditional Mexican drinks, foods and artifacts are also placed on the altar.
Ya-Ya's One Woman Protest
Ya-Ya Marin Coleman has perfected the one woman protest - and she's proven her determination by going at it consistently without fanfare. Today she was in downtown Belize City protesting against the Eastern Division main police detention cell block - which has a well-deserved unsavory name. Now, it's had that name for decades, but YaYa says it has to change:..
Yaya-Marin Coleman - Activist
"I've been into the Queen Street Police Station a number of times and just walking into the first floor, the stench is unprofessional/unbelievable. I am sure my sentiments are similar to many Belizeans for all holding cells at police stations and precincts in this country to be refurbished to professional standards - that they are patrol by officers regularly. So those people in those holding cells have an opportunity to use the bathroom when they need to."
Funeral For A King
The Official Funeral for the man known as the King of Paranda Paul Nabor was held on Saturday in Punta Gorda town.
Fans and followers from all across the country - as well as the head of state, the leader of the opposition and a government minister converged on PG Town for the event. But, this weekend, it was more than just a funeral; it was as also a celebration of the music man's life with a star studded tribute concert.
We start first with the Official Funeral, which was carried live on Channel 7. In case you missed, it, we put together a few important bits together. Daniel Ortiz has that story:
Daniel Ortiz reporting
Paul Nabor's casket arrived at the Saint Peter Claver Church at around 10:20 on Saturday, delivered by BDF Soldiers.
Tribute To Nabor Was Spirited
And while there were those sad and somber moments, there was also celebratory music, of course. NICH organized 3 days of tribute concerts culminating in an all-star event on Friday night at the PG Sporting Complex.
Daniel Ortiz was backstage with the artists as they came off center stage:
The concert continued well into the early morning hours of Saturday.
Don't Sleep Too Hard
Corozal police are issuing a warning to residents after a daring burglary and home invasion over the weekend. The thieves got into a home and made off with a substantial trove of items including jewelry. Superintendent Andrew Ramirez told us more:
Supt. Andrew Ramirez, OC - Corozal Police Station
"The burglary had occurred at a residence here in Corozal Town. The culprit/s actually manage to enter he house with the victim and family inside the house, did what he or they had to do; stealing items totaling to a very handsome figure and these victims were asleep. It is very regretful in relation to how to tend sleep too hard. Again we always venture to people that you must always try get a dog around so that that animal can basically be an alarm to you."
Police have made no arrests but -they have circulated a list of the stolen items to pawn shops.
Siian Rancharan and Paul Sylvester Top CSEC/Cape
The results of the CSEC and CAPE exams taken in May and June are in. There is word about who are the outstanding Belizean students in the regional exams. [...]
Corozal Resident Killed in Ride-By Shooting
Turning to crime, there was a murder early on Saturday morning in the peaceful village of Concepcion, Corozal. Twenty-four year old Ricardo Alfredo Itzab was shot and killed as he [...]
2 Die in Separate RTAs
There is more tragic news to report…both coming out of Rural Belize District. It includes a sudden death and a fatal traffic accident. Around two-thirty on Saturday morning, twenty-four year [...]
Police Investigate Sudden Death in Sandhill
The Ladyville police were also called out to mile nineteen on the old northern highway this morning. There, on the right hand side of the road, a vehicle belonging to [...]
Fire at Belfuel Company in Shipyard, Orange Walk
Disaster was narrowly averted today after Fire Department personnel managed to extinguish a blaze in Camp Six, Shipyard in the Orange Walk District. The fire occurred at the Belfuel Company [...]
Legendary Parandero Laid to Rest
On Saturday, in Punta Gorda, the man dubbed the King of Paranda was laid to rest at the age of eighty-six. Paul Nabor’s send-off was spectacular, and aside from the [...]
Penner Recall Petition Faces Further Delay
One year after it was revealed that he facilitated the issuance of an illegal Belizean passport to a jailed South Korean fugitive, disgraced Elvin Penner remains area representative of Cayo [...]
BGYEA Back in Court
The case of the Government of Belize and Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) returned to court. When last we left it, Justice Courtney Abel had scheduled mediation between the [...]
Parties Still Awaiting Mediation Session
BGYEA has halted activity in the area as an act of good faith, but the two parties are yet to sit around the mediating table. According to Matura-Shepherd the grassroots [...]
9 Persons Charged for Drug trafficking
Nine persons, including a sixty-six year old resident, along with his fifteen year old grandson, were hanging out at the home of the elderly man on Gentle Avenue, Belize [...]
A Final Tribute to Paul Nabor
Earlier, we showed you the beautiful and poignant church farewell to the legendary parandero Paul Nabor. But for the undisputed king of paranda, that was only one stop on his [...]
Yaya Protests Inhumane Conditions at Queen Street PD
When last we heard from activist, Yaya Marin Coleman, she was protesting solo in front of the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan for awarding a contract to a Guatemalan company to [...]
Mexican Institute Hosts ‘Day of the Dead’
Dia de los Muertos is a truly Mexican tradition that has spread to other countries; the event was celebrated today at the Mexican Institute. Day of the Dead, as it [...]
Boxing, Basketball and Cycling in Sports Monday
Good Evening, I am James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. Let’s jump in quickly to the Belize City High School Basketball Torunament so we head to Bird’s Isle [...]
Man From Rural Found Dead In Sandhill
A well-known bus driver from rural Belize was found dead early this morning. With this story, we join Renee Trujillo.
“This morning sometime around 6, the police was called to 19 miles Sand Hill where a body was seen in the area beside a vehicle. When we found the person he was lying face down on the side of the road beside probably his vehicle. The vehicle was beside him with the vehicle on and the lights on in the vehicle. After we processed the scene and checked on the body, the body had no signs of injury. The police are inquiring his last whereabouts as the investigation is underway. In respect to the investigation, we learned that he was within the area with some neighbors and I understand drinking last night. We understand that he was drinking up to about 2AM or 3AM this morning. I also understand that he regularly visits the house where he left from this morning where they found his body. Our investigation shows that he was alone at the time. There are no signs of tampering with the vehicle, everything looks intact.”
Training Session for Newly Promoted Police Sergeants
A number of newly promoted Police sergeants are participating in a two week training session. Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story.
“An opening ceremony was held this morning at the National Police training academy in Belmopan to commence a two week training course for newly promoted police sergeants. The facilitators are from the Ministry of Public service, The Institute of professional development and the police department. ASP Anthony Rosado, commandant of the National Police training academy, spoke to Love News about the training.”
Search of Abandoned Lot Yields Marijuana
On 1st November, 2014 at 2:45p.m., Belize City Police conducted a search in an abandoned lot located on Eve Street, Belize City. The search led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 63 grams of green leafy vegetable substance suspected to be cannabis. No one was in the immediate area. The drugs was labeled and deposited as found property.
Court Prosecutor Perishes in Traffic Incident
One man is dead following a traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Police says on Sunday morning just before three o’clock they responded to the scene of a traffic accident between miles five and six on the Philip Goldson Highway. They saw a cream colored Lincoln MKZ four door car about twenty feet off the highway in the mangroves with extensive damage. Trapped inside the vehicle was 24-year-old Ryan Martinez of Marage Road in Ladyville. Traveling along with Martinez was 22-year-old Irene Sanchez of San Lazaro Village. Initial investigations are that they were traveling from Belize City to Ladyville when the driver lost control of the vehicle and ran off the highway hitting a tree. Sanchez was taken to the Karl Heusner memorial Hospital where she was treated for her injuries.
Saturday Morning Murder in Northern Belize
On Saturday morning Corozal Police visited the Northern Regional Hospital where they saw the body of 24-year-old Ricardo Alfredo Itzab of Concepcion Village, Corozal District, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Initial investigations revealed that early that morning Tzib and two other male persons of Concepcion Village were walking on the highway heading towards their homes between miles 76 and 77 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, when they were approached by a lone bicycle rider, dressed in dark clothing and wearing a mask. The masked man reportedly fired a single gunshot in their direction causing injuries to Ricardo Alfredo Itzab. As a result, he was rushed to the Corozal Community Hospital then transferred to the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk Town where he died. Police continue their investigations.
Festivities Planned for National Youth Week In Cayo
Young people across the country are involved in activities in connection with youth week being celebrated this week. Correspondent Fem Cruz reports on some of the events happening in the West.
“This week is being celebrated as National Youth week under the theme ‘We desire leaders becoming the change Belize needs’ Priscilla Salah, officer in charge from the youth department Western Region, spoke to Love News about the different activities planned for the Cayo district.”
“During this week, it is important that we celebrate Youth Week to highlight your involvement in school, sports and community development as well as it gives an opportunity for organizations to promote and engage youth to become more actively involved in the positive contribution to their communities.
House Search on North Side Yields 9 Arrests
On 1st November, 2014 at about 6:30p.m., Belize City Police conducted a search at the residence of Patricia Grant located at Gentle Avenue, Kings Park Belize City. Present at the time of the search were Tariq Grant, Steve Lucas, Jason Gentle, Cleveland Lopez, Arthur Smith, Patricia Grant, Aaron Cruz, Michael Graham and Austin Grant. The search led to the discovery of 81.6 grams of suspected cannabis. All persons were escorted to the police station and charged for drug trafficking.