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#497603 - 11/05/14 05:12 AM Today's Belize News: November 5, 2014
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Tropic Air: expanding tourism in Belize with additional Cancun flights
On Saturday, November 1, Tropic Air opened a new chapter in its long history of providing new and innovative travel options for Belize when flight 6621 took off from Cancun, Mexico piloted by Belizean pilots, captain Alberto Ancona and co captain Wally Nuñez. The arrival of flight 6621 and its passengers at 8:15pm at the Phillip Goldson International Airport marked the launch of an entirely new venture into scheduled night time operations to and from our country. This flight, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, is in addition to Tropic’s daily Cancun – Belize flight. It will, for the first time, allow same day connections from Europe to Belize via Cancun. This is a travel option that has been long sought by the tourism industry. The flight is being marketed in conjunction with Germany’s Condor Airlines, a Thomas Cook affiliate.

San Pedro runners compete in 5K and 10K Run
On Saturday November 1st, San Pedro athletes gathered to partake in the island’s first 5K and 10K Run. The marathon saw the participation of 29 runners, who all came out ready to face the challenge, that kicked off near the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge in Boca del Rio. For the 5K run, participants raced from the starting point along the town’s main roads to The Belize Yacht Club and back, while the 10 K runners raced on to Victoria House then made their way back to Boca del Rio. The race proved to be one of endurance, as each runner made their way along the allotted path, some visibly feeling the burn, while others carried on with ease.

Ambergris Today

Street sweeper is back
The street sweeper is back in action after being out on repairs for quite some time. We caught it early this morning on Sea Grape Drive.

San Pedro PUP Seven Presents Manifesto 2015-2018
After some delays and setbacks, the San Pedro People’s United Party 2015 municipal councilor candidates presented their Manifesto for 2015-2018 in a very casual setting to the media of Ambergris Caye on Monday, November 3, 2014. But no fanfare was needed for the party to officially present their manifesto that is very concise, clear and to the point. That is exactly what Mayoral candidate Dr. Giovanni Solorzano expressed as he described the party’s manifesto as one that addresses key issues and points out various areas that need urgent attention in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. “Our manifesto is very concise as we do not want to make so many promises that we cannot keep and eventually disappoint the people on the island,” commented Dr. Giovanni Solorzano. “Obviously there are many more areas we will address and work on, but the main areas that are pointed out in our Manifesto are of major priority and the ones the group believes that we can productively and properly manage within the term that may be granted to our party come election day.”

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Expanding Tourism in Belize with Additional Cancun Flights
On Saturday, November 1, Tropic Air opened a new chapter in its long history of providing new and innovative travel options for Belize when flight 6621 took off from Cancun, Mexico piloted by Belizean pilots, captain Alberto Ancona and co captain Wally Nuñez. The arrival of flight 6621 and its passengers at 8:15pm at the Phillip Goldson International Airport marked the launch of an entirely new venture into scheduled night time operations to and from our country. This flight, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, is in addition to Tropic’s daily Cancun - Belize flight. It allows, for the first time, same day connections from Europe to Belize via Cancun. This is a travel option that has been long sought by the tourism industry. The flight is being marketed in conjunction with Germany's Condor Airlines, a Thomas Cook affiliate. The flight's schedule allows for connections to Condor's flights to and from Frankfurt, Munich, London and Manchester in Cancun, and opens up other convenient travel opportunities to our passengers. In addition to Condor and Thomas Cook, it is now possible to connect from other airlines such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Iberia, Air France, Aerolineas Argentinas, LAN, Aeromexico, Air Canada and Westjet. Passengers arriving in Belize City on this new flight will have onward connections to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye available on those service days. Tropic Air wishes to acknowledge the help of the Belize Airport Concession Company (BACC), The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Immigration and Customs, and the Belize Tourism Board for making this new service possible.

Tropic Air discount domestic travel for November 19th
On the 19th of November, we are giving everyone 75% OFF their domestic travel that day (sorry BZE itineraries are excluded). This special is available though our website ONLY (enter promo code: DRUM), and must be booked prior to 11/17/14. Seats are limited and other conditions do apply so be sure to see press for details. Go Celebrate Belize!

BTB Village Expo
Corozal was well represented at the 3rd annual BTB Village Expo in Belize City this past Saturday. Thank you to our participating artists! (12 photos)

Corozal National Hardware Store closing
A local iconic business established in September of 1981 by the “Rosado” family has announced that it is closing its doors for good. The hardware store was opened in 1981 by a young and aspiring entrepreneur Andy Rosado and his father, both of Corozal Town. In speaking with Andy Rosado and his wife this morning, the National Hardware Store located on 4th Avenue has been in business for 33 years and started as a very small family operated hardware store outgrowing its potential over time. However, he admits that over the past four years his business’ level playing field has shifted towards over saturation of hardware businesses by Asian/Oriental immigrants to Corozal. Many of these immigrant business owners are given trade and business licenses to operate in Corozal without proper consultation with the local business community. We note that another local business which has suffered the same fate recently was the iconic "Idelmar" that was located on 7th Avenue.

Belize Celebrates the Life of Paul Nabor (12 photos)

Eldrington car causes injury
Government Protocol vehicle transporting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sedi Eldrington knocks down and injures woman crossing the George Price Highway this morning. An unidentified female was knocked down near Mile 8 on the George Price Highway. Shortly before 9am, the woman got off the bus and attempted to cross the highway to get to work at the metal recycling plant. When crossing, she was hit by a Government PROTOCOL vehicle transporting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sedi Elrington. The woman is said to be visibly suffering from head injuries & broken legs. She was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. The driver of the government issued vehicle is Amir Garcia. According to Minister Elrington, the driver tried to avoid hitting the woman but in the end they couldn't avoid it. Minister Elrington was on his way to Belmopan for Cabinet meeting at 10am.

Expo Milano 2015 – Signing of Country Participation Contract
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (sixth from right), and Mr. Filippo Ciantia Africa, Non official Participants, Cluster and Best Practices Director, Participants Division, Expo 2015 (seventh from right), with representatives of CARICOM Member States and the CARICOM Secretariat, following the signing of country participation contract for the Community’s participation in Expo Milano 2015, Thursday 30 October, 2014

Help Save a Life by Donating blood to the San Pedro Blood Drive
Being organized by the San Pedro Cancer Societ, the Belize Red Cross, San Carlos Medial Center and the Belize Blood Bank! This Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9AM to 3PM at San Carlos Medical Clinic on Pescador Drive. Please Help Us Spread The Word!

Training on International Human Rights Standards for Policing
Recently promoted Sergeants of Police from all over Belize participated on a training on International Human Rights Standards for Policing offered by the H.R.C.B. today Tuesday November 4th, 2014. We thank the Commandant of the Academy for the invitation extended to our organization. We see one of our Corozal officer in the mix. Congratulations to all!

Festival Hispanidad y Mestizaje
The Corozal Organization Leading Cultural Heritage and Art (COLCHA) will be continuing with the event Festival Hispanidad y Mestizaje which was postponed in October due to weather. Please join us this Saturday at the Corozal Central Park for a musical concert featuring local and international musical artists. the event begins at 7 p.m.

Oct 26 - Nov 1 2014 Fishing Report
Well, we have had some weather, and that certainly made it tough to see the fish on the flats. However, everyone went out no matter what – and made things happen. Some days were really wet. It’s these times that anglers realize Mother Nature will prevail – it’s what you do with it that makes it your experience. Thank you to all of our return guests this week! Matt and Diane, Phil and John, George, Judy and Tim, Keith and Susan. Jeremy thank you for being a great trip leader, and we look forward to working with you in a few weeks, Joe, when you return. We are moving into our “winter” season. The air is brisk in the morning and the fish are moving around a bit. Our migratory tarpon have moved out and will return next May. It’s so much fun to watch the seasons change. Snook are out on the flats and on the beachside. The “snapper run” is also happening on the beach side. Traditionally November can be a big “slam” month. We’ll see. We will be celebrating El Pescador’s 40th anniversary this month. I have a feeling we are in for some fun surprises. Fish on!

United is offering cheap nonstop round-trip flight from Houston (IAH) to Belize (BZE) leaving Nov 8th returning the 10th or 11th. Price is $340. No other dates available. This is a great price for an extended weekend in Belize. Flight Details: Availability: Leave November 8th return Monday the 10th or Tuesday the 11th. Documentation: Passport required. Departure and Destination Airports: IAH – BZE Example Dates: (Priceline) Nov 08 – Nov 11 Carrier: United Fare Basis Code: LINTERNET Fare Class: L Mile Accrual: 100% Stopover component: CPM: 8.81 (3860 miles) Full Route: iah-bze-iah

Channel 7

Hon. Elrington's Driver Knocks Down a Woman
Tonight, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington's driver has been served with a notice of intended prosecution for knocking down a 31 year old woman at mile eight on the Western Highway. It's the type of accident that we report all too often: she had just gotten off a bus and was dashing across the road when she was hit by the 2015 Prado. She survived, and 7News arrived on the scene before the ambulance. We warn you, though, that our story does contain some graphic images - and so if you are sensitive to that, you might want to tune out for the next 6 minutes. We pick up the story just after 9:00 am:.. Jules Vasquez reporting When we arrived on the scene at mile eight and a half 20 minutes after the accident, Elisa Hunter's panicked sister was cradling her begging her to remain conscious. She did remain conscious and co-workers could not even pull her sister away. That's where she worked with her sister - and was crossing the street to get there - when this happened. Freddy Orellana, Supervisor - Belize Recycling Company "I have a year here and she is working for over a year, so I know her pretty well. Everyday this is her normal road."

PUP Determined To Block Petrocaribe Spending
Last week Wednesday, we told you how the PUP filed a lawsuit against the Barrow Administration in an attempt to block the Government from spending any more of the Petrocaribe Money. To hear the Prime Minister tell it, that's an invitation for his government to heap condemnation on the PUP, first, for mismanaging Patrocaribe when they started the programme in 2007, and, second, for blocking a programme that's currently spending millions on national infrastructure projects. The Barrow Administration has already stuck back with pro-Petrocaribe ads which air on this and other newscasts - and we even hear that UDP supporters will protest against the opposition at the next House Meeting on November 18th. So while the UDP is gathering forces to fight for Petrocaribe, the PUP is responding by crystallizing its opposition to the Government loan motion for 114 million US dollars, the current total draw down of Petrocaribe funds - which is pending approval before the House of Representatives. Here's how the PUP explained its position at a press conference held this evening: Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "The loan motion seeks to ratify and confirm what in our view is illegal borrowing and spending by this UDP government since September 2012. The manner in which the borrowing and spending has been conducted is contrary to the intent of the act and has defeated and frustrated the intent of the act which is to provide for better provisions regulating public revenue and expenditure. When the line between the Petrocaribe fund and the UDP coffers is blurred, we in the PUP have a responsibility to question and challenge the use of those funds."

These Kids Are The Tops!
Today, the Ministry of Education released the full list of all the students who excelled May-June 2014 CSEC and CAPE Exams. The most outstanding Belizean student for CAPE 2014 is Paul Sylvester from the St. John's Junior College. He received five grade 1's and one grade 2 while Siian Rancharan, from St. John's College is the most outstanding candidate for the CSEC exam. He received 14 grade 1's and 2 grade 2's. Yan Cattouse of St. John's College came in 2nd for the CSEC exam with 14 grade 1's, 2 grade 2's and 1 grade 3. Also for the CSEC exam Angelica Lopez from St. Catherine Academy will receive the Subject Group Award in Humanities, Simran Hotchandani, also from St. Catherine's academy will receive Subject Group Award in Business Studies while Clint Foreman from Independence High School will receive Subject Group Award in the Sciences and Rick Rhaburn from Edward P. Yorke High School will receive the Subject Group Award in Technical/Vocational.

Teenager Shot, No Known Reason
A teenaged boy was shot yesterday through Fredrick's Alley. It happened at around 6:00 yesterday evening when a 15 year old minor was walking home and was shot to the right shoulder. He told police he doesn't know who shot him. He is currently admitted in a stable condition at the KHMH. According to residents from around the area, the teenager had just moved around the neighborhood and isn't known to be involved in any gang activities. They strongly believe it may have been mistaken identity.

The case of Titan Securities continues to be argued at courts high and low. Today, Bahamians Kelvin Leach and Rohn Knowles, were before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer for attempting to leave Belize without declaring $10,000 dollars in Belize currency. According to the FIU on September 12, both Leach and Knowles were found at the airport with $6,000 US dollars each. This morning, the two Bahamians trial began in court #2 where FIU prosecutors intend to call 9 witnesses. Today 2 of those witnesses were called - the first being Nigel Carter, from the Civil Aviation Department. HE testified that the Air Traffic control received communication from an aircraft which was making attempts to enter Belize at the PGIA but was refused because it did not meet all their requirements.

Living Life With a Positive
from Latin America and the Hispanic Caribbean that focus on providing services and support to infected youths. Today coordinators held a closed door meeting at the Ramada with some of these youths on forming advocacy groups. We don't have footage of the meeting since it was closed door - but Courtney Weatherburne did find out more from the organizers:.. Eric Castellanos "The activity that we are having today and tomrow is the first national assembly of HIV positive young people and what we are doing is that young perons living with HIV and the supporters, other young people that supports young people living with HIV have come together and they will be working on identifying proirty areas to work on an advocacy plan and to get started a national movement of young persons living with HIV."

PUP Announces Mayoral Candidate for City (Finally!)
Since the end of August, we've been waiting for the PUP to announce who the party's Mayoral Candidate for the Belize City is. That deadline was pushed to the end of October, and now, it's 4 days past that self-imposed deadline. And so today, the PUP announced what everyone knew about a month ago: their candidate for mayor is Yolanda Schakron. So, what's with all the secrecy, when pretty much everyone we already knew who it was going to be? That's what we asked PUP leader Francis Fonseca. Here's what he had to say: Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "I said a very long time ago that we would make the announcement at the end of October. I made that very clear a long time ago. We have now passed, so you have every right to chastise me - we are passed the end of October and yes again that is an announcement that we will make hopefully later this week. We have finalize our team. We have finalize our slate, yes so our mayoral candidate will be Mrs. Yolanda Schakron. We have finalize the 10 other members of that team and we will make that announcement very shortly."

PUP Leader Gives His Version of Hon. Mahmud's Decision
So, while the party gets ready to go into election mode for Schakron and her other aspiring councillors, they must also fill the gap left by Cayo North Area Representative Joseph Mahmud. As we told you, Mahmud announced last week that he will not be running as a PUP Standard Bearer in the next general elections. Today, we asked the Opposition Leader about it, and he told us that the Western Caucus of the party is already making preparations to replace him: Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "I did receive a letter from Mr. Mahmud indicating that for personal reasons he was no longer going to seek re-election. I have accepted that letter and we have put in place a committee of the western caucus that will lead an effort to find a new candidate, a new standard bearer for Cayo North. So that process in underway and I hope that that will be completed by the end of the year, but if not certainly in early January. We've had many good people come forward. We have some exciting candidates both male and female who are interested and the party as I said will pursue a process and our objective is to find the best possible candidate to represent the people of Cayo North. It is a division we won in the last election and we have every confidence that we can retain that seat in the next election."

Belizean Man Accused Of Indecent Exposure in Cancun
There is a disturbing report coming out of Cancun involving a man identified as a Belizean. According to the newspaper "Diario Respuesta," the man, identified as 41 year old Coseve Jean broke into a home in region 90 in Cancun on Monday afternoon and dropped his pants exposing his genitals to a young girl who was on the inside. One of the members of the household, a 54 year old woman then informed a police patrol M-615 that a pervert entered her home and exposed himself to her younger sister and then refused to leave. That is when the authorities arrived and captured 41 year old Jean. According to the newspaper dated today, he slept in the cells of Municipal Public Security Secretariat.

Cancer Society Got Burgled
Every year the Belize Cancer Society hosts a Christmas event for children and adults around the country who are battling the deadly disease. At the event, gifts are handed out to cancer patients as a loving gesture for their courageous fight throughout the year. But this weekend burglars didn't consider that Christmas is right around the corner. The gifts that the organization spends all year collecting were stolen from inside their Mercy Lane office. Today we found out how the thieves got in and the toll they took on the Christmas gift drive: Heather Reneau- Senior Administrator, Belize Cancer Society "When we came Monday morning we actually had a conference rental and we came in early in the morning to get ready for that rental and that's when we discovered that our office had been vandalized. As you see our entrance here as we walk up the ramp we immediately notice that our front window burglar bars were ripped open and the bench we keep at that window was pulled all the way to the front, so we knew that somebody had to be at the building - something was wrong.

Corporate Interests, NGO's Learn How To Massage The Media
Today a US media facilitator held a star studded media and video symposium in Belize City. It was an opportunity for NGO's and big business to learn from local media personalities, journalists and producers, basically, how to massage their media messages - so that they can break into the weekly paper or the evening news. It's an interesting strategy, trying to crack the media code - and we found out how it works:.

The Case Against Cops
The court case for Armani Bailey against two Belize City police officers started today at the Raccoon Street police station. He is the 19-year-old man who accused Constables Larry Sutherland and Wayne Trapp of attempting to drown him inside a garbage container at Belizean Beach - 4 miles out the city on the Western Highway. Both officers have been charged with one count of being uncivil when on duty, and Sutherland was additionally charged with prejudice to good order and discipline when he allegedly harmed Bailey. This morning Armani Bailey testified against the 2 officers for almost 3 hours. After leaving the police station, his aunt JP Grace Flowers spoke with 7news. JP Grace Flowers, Aunt of victim "The case started this morning at the Raccoon Police Station. My nephew already testified, but it adjourned until a further date. I just want the public know that whenever the police they abuse you or beat you for nothing, go and make a report because up to now e are getting some kind of satisfaction.

Music of The Caribbean Showcase in Belize
The 6th Edition of the Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase in Belize was launched last night at the Leo Bradley Library and continues at this hour. This year, it focuses on music from 13 Caribbean countries. The Chair of the Coordinating Committee of the Traveling Showcase discussed the details: The showcase officially opened last night with a documentary from Nicaragua. The showcase continues tonight until the 14th at both the Leo Bradley Library and the Bliss Center from 4 in the evening to 7.

Hon. King Still Claims Crown
And before we go tonight - we always enjoy real time news responses, and we caught one from UDP Lake I Representative Mark King on Facebook just now. Responding to Yolanda Schakron's boast that she would have beaten him in the General Election, King says, quote, "Well I defeated her and her brother together, and will now ensure that I will be the cause of her mayoral loss in Belize city council elections as I will bring out the most votes in the city.." Big talk, and by March we'll know if he can back it up.

Channel 5

Minister’s Vehicle Hits Woman on George Price Highway
A thirty-one year old woman is tonight clinging to life at the K.H.M.H. after she was struck by a government vehicle. The accident happened at just after nine this morning [...]

Minister Says Accident was Unavoidable
Elisa Hunter was rushed to the K.H.M.H. and when we checked this afternoon, she was in surgery. We understand that she sustained head and body injuries, and from what is [...]

P.U.P. Explains Suit Against PM for Petrocaribe Monies
The People’s United Party has lashed out at government for hundreds of millions of dollars of Petrocaribe funds received from Venezuela, and an unconfirmed amount spent with no official accounting. [...]

Attorney Explains Illegality of Loan Motion
Senior Counsel Andrew Marshalleck is one member of the team which includes Senior Counsels Magali Marin-Young, Eamon Courtenay and Godfrey Smith. With the politics out the way, Marshalleck spoke of [...]

Attorneys Say Case is Far From Frivolous
In response to the claim filed, government has unleashed a storm of political ads accusing the Opposition of being unpatriotic, and boasting of the largesse of the governments with hundreds [...]

Ministry of Finance Announces Significant Drop in Price of Diesel
The price of oil on the world market continues to drop, as it has been doing for some time. It’s been a source of confusion and consternation with consumers who [...]

Is the Government using the Petrocaribe Funds for Political Mileage?
And tonight’s question is: Do you believe the government is using the Petrocaribe Funds for political mileage? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post [...]

MoE Releases CSEC/CAPE Results
There are smiling faces tonight in respect of the results of regional exams taken months ago. The Ministry of Education has released the results of the CSEC and CAPE that [...]

P.U.P. to Select Replacement for Joseph Mahmud in Cayo North
Two weeks ago, P.U.P. Cayo North Area Representative Joseph Mahmud threw in the political towel. His resignation came as a surprise to observers, but insiders tell us that the decision [...]

Yolanda Schakron is Belize City Mayoral Candidate for P.U.P.
And while there’s no decision in Cayo North, Fonseca has chosen the team which will contest municipal elections in Belize City. It’s actually no surprise, since Yolanda Schakron has made [...]

Appeal Hearing Begins in Case of Telemedia Supreme Court Judgment
Great Belize Productions Limited was once a subsidiary of Belize Telemedia Limited through a trio of overseas companies. By the time the Government took over B.T.L., the companies had been [...]

Belize Cancer Society Burglarized
Thieves are becoming even more brazen and heartless. The office of the Belize Cancer Society on Mercy Lane has been burglarized and thieves made away with a small amount of [...]

Trial of Bahamians Wanted for Securities Fraud in the U.S. Begins
Two Bahamian nationals living and working in Belize as stockers were today back in court for the offense of Failure to Declare ten thousand dollars in cash without first reporting [...]

Contraband Cigarettes in Melchor – Did it Come from Belize?
Late last week in the area of La Ceibita, Melchor de Mencos, more than a hundred cases, with eight hundred and eighty-one thousand cigarettes were confiscated by the Guatemalan police. [...]

Fisheries Department Says the Conch is Not Endangered in Belize
Fisher folks are celebrating a decision taken by the United States not to enlist the queen conch as threatened or endangered species. The petition was made by WildEarth Guardians in [...]

A Meeting for Youths Living with HIV in Belize
A two-day meeting started today at the Royal Room of the Ramada Belize City Princess to address the issue of HIV and Youths. Hosted by the Collaborative Network of Persons [...]

Tribunal Begins in Case of Alleged Police Brutality
In early September, an allegation was made by a popular Justice of the Peace, Grace Flowers of Belize City, that her nephew, Armani Bailey, was picked up by a group [...]

Musicians Honor Paul Nabor with Tribute
On Monday, we reported extensively on the farewell to the iconic parandero Paul Nabor, who was laid to rest on Saturday in Punta Gorda. There were flowing reflections for the [...]


Woman Knocked Down By Minister's Vehicle
A traffic mishap has left one Belizean female worker recovering from her injuries at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after she was knocked down around 9am this morning. According to the police situation report, police responded to a traffic accident in the vicinity of mile 8 on the George Price Highway where they saw 31-year-old Elisa Hunter of a Belize City address on the side of the Highway suffering from head and body injuries.

Road Infrastructure Work Almost Complete In Corozal
In June of this year, we told you about the major road repair project that kicked off in Corozal Town. As we reported, Central Government had allotted 4.4 million dollars to “concrete” one mile of the Philip Goldson Highway in Corozal starting from in front of the Social Security building right up to Santa Rita Hill. The good news tonight is that a portion of the road has been completed and was open to vehicular traffic for over a week. We spoke to the foreman of the project who told us that the project is half way complete and has employed over 100 men who have been working around the clock for the past four months. And if you happen to live in Corozal or driving through, you might have noticed that the road that is now being cemented is almost by the Corozal bus Terminal. Today reporter Victor Castillo visited the area and spoke with one of the supervisors, who informed us that approximately 45 % of the project has seen progress. With 55 % of the project remaining, it is said that the project should see its completion by early March of 2015.

Driver Runs Right Onto Pile Of Dirt,Transport Department Request Caution
This morning, while workers were busy on the road project in Corozal they were temporarily interrupted as the driver of this black jeep drove pass the “men at work” sign and drove up on top of this pile of dirt located at the junction of 7th Avenue and 3rd street south. Luckily no one was injured. Senior Traffic Officer Richard Quan today cautioned drivers to be a little more careful especially in areas where works are being carried out.Richard Quan – Senior Traffic Officer“Progress brings problems and the government of Belize and the Town Council are doing some major works on the streets so we are asking all the drivers to please drive with care, look out for the signs and respect the signs.”Victor Castillo – Reporter“I know that there has been a few of the signs that has been broken by drivers or even Corozalenos in a whole but what is the penalty?”

Environmentalist Deal With Climate Change
Climate change continues to be a priority for environmentalists and even a number of governments. More information being released though indicates that the Caribbean countries are among the first to feel the effects of climate change. In an article published on November third on the Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change the UN warned that small islands in the Caribbean will be the first territories in the region to suffer the effects of rising sea levels due to climate change. The predictions as reported before are grim; Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program, Achim Steiner, said climate change threatens the Caribbean’s tourism industries and, eventually, their “very existence”. The report indicates that sea-level rise will have an “immediate impact in economic terms” on the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and Steiner added that the Caribbean’s tourism infrastructure is 99 per cent along the coastline. In a clearer synopsis Steiner explained that small island nations are sometimes only six to thirteen feet above sea level therefore their very existence is being threatened. Coral reefs are dying leaving countries more vulnerable to the impact of more intense hurricanes and other extreme weathers.

Tropic air announces New flight To Mexico
Tropic Air, the San Pedro Town-based local airline today announced that it has started to offer night flights into Belize from Cancun, Mexico. According to a press release from Tropic Air, the first flight – Flight 6621 – arrived at the Phillip Goldson International Airport from Cancun, Mexico at 8:15 pm on Saturday, November 1. The Tropic Air statement said that the maiden night-time flight, with Belizean pilots, Captain Alberto Ancona and co-Captain Wally Nuñez in control, “marked the launch of an entirely new venture into scheduled night time operations to and from our country.” The flight's schedule allows for connections to Condor's flights to and from Frankfurt, Munich, London and Manchester in Cancun, and opens up other convenient travel opportunities to our passengers. Tropic Air currently operates a fleet of 15 aircraft to 16 destinations in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

Murder Victim Dies Of Traumatic Shock
Over the weekend Corozal reported its 6th murder case. Yesterday when we left you, officials from the Corozal Police department were in Belize City and awaited results of a post mortem examination that was conducted the body of 24 year old Ricardo Itzab. According to Pathologist Doctor Mario Estradaban Itzab’s cause of death is due to "Traumatic shock due to multiple liver and left kidney injuries as a consequence of gunshot wounds." As we previously reported, on Saturday morning around 1:30 am, Ricardo Alfredo Itzab, Miguel Gamboa and Oscar Herrera all of Concepcion Village were walking on the highway heading towards their homes between miles 76 & 77 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, when they were approached from the opposite direction by a lone bicycle rider. The bicyclist fired a single gunshot in their direction and hit Ricardo Itzab on the right lateral chest area which exited the left lower back. Up to news time police are still investigating and are clueless on who the triggerman is.

Orange Walkeneo Claims Negligence At Northern Regional Hospital
An Orange Walk resident is left concerned following an experience at the Northern Regional Hospital and claims negligence on behalf of the medical staff there. Carlos Molina says that he took his mother in for medical attention on Monday of last week. She was experiencing severe pain in her stomach area and after running some tests, doctors found she had stones in her gall bladder and at the mouth of her intestines. The remedy was surgery. According to Molina this is where his already bad experience got compounded as his mother was only taken for surgery at a private clinic yesterday. Molina says his mother waited all week before the family was told that the Northern Regional Hospital lacked a certain tube to carry the surgery through. Here is what he told us this morning when he visited our studio.

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Habet Takes Failed Recall Petition to the Courts
Also before the courts is the case brought against Current Cayo North East Area Representative, Elvin Penner by his political opponent, Orlando Habet. There was a recall petition carried out in Cayo North East, but a bulk of necessary petitions was rejected by the Elections and Boundaries Department. So Habet’s move to have Penner recalled failed and now they are taking the matter to court because they feel that the Chief Elections Officer unfairly disqualified a number of voters. As we said the matter is before the courts for judicial review and today, a pre-trial session was scheduled but that did not happened because certain things were not in order as explained by Attorney, Michelle Chebat. “Unfortunately there are still some matters that need to be complied with to ready the matter for trial and so today what happened is that additional directives were given. The original trial dates that were set for the 25th and 26th of November have been vacated so that we can get the matters in order. We come back to court on the 25th of November for further pre-trial. ”

Dawson’s Family Believes Foul Play Was Involved In Mr. Dawson’s Death
A well-known mechanic and bus driver of rural Belize is dead and the family is now anxiously awaiting the post mortem examination to be conducted as they believe that something had gone awry between last night and this morning which led to his death. Meanwhile investigators are saying that an investigation is being conducted but so far they have no reason to believe that the incident is a case of homicide. Love News spoke with the Officer in Charge of the area, Inspector Frederick Gordon. “Sometime around 6am, the police were called to 19 miles Sand Hill where a body was seen in the area beside a vehicle. We found the person, he was lying face down on the side of the road beside his vehicle. There was a sidekick that was right beside him with his engine on and lights on in the vehicle. After we process the scene and check the body, it was noticed that the body had no sign of injury at all.” Renee Trujillo “Now I know the investigation is still in its infancy stage but so far what can you tell me that the police have learnt about Mr. Dawson and his last whereabouts?”

Man From Gardenia Found Dead
A well-known bus driver from rural Belize was found dead early this morning. With the story, we join Renee Trujillo. Renee Trujillo “A well-known mechanic and bus driver of rural Belize is dead and the family is now anxiously awaiting the post mortem examination to be conducted as they believe something had gone awry between last night and this morning which led to his death. Sixty one year old Gilbert Dawson of Gardenia Village left his home around four o’ clock yesterday evening with two friends. Little did he know that when he left he would not return. We spoke to one of his friends he was with yesterday Ismael Requena.” Ismael Requena “Myself and my compadre Mr. Armstrong went to his home, we visited his home and were socializing for two hours at his house after which we decided then to come to Sandhill at Everyday Supermarket where we socialized again for about an hour and then I left both of them out there until about six and then I went home. This morning at about five thirty his daughter Geraldine called me and said that they found her dad dead. I immediately got up and went to look for Mr. Armstrong because I know he was the last person with him. Mr. Dawson dropped off Mr. Armstrong because we live in Sandhill, Mr. Dawson lives in Gardenia Village.”

PUC’s Quest To Supply Belize With Enough Energy, Stucked at Second Phase
Last week much hoopla was made over Cohune Energy Limited’s proposal to the Public Utilities Commission. The proposal did not make it to the third phase in the PUC’s quest to find a proposal that would supply Belize with enough energy. COLA sent a release expressing support for the project and questioning the PUC and the procedure implemented in short listing the proposals. While Minister of Energy, Science and Technology and Public Utilities, Joy Grant, would not specifically speak about Cohune Energy limited, she did, however; assure that proper procedures were followed. Joy Grant “I will not discuss any individual project that would not be right, the process is still ongoing. However I just want to say that this is a three part process, first we had over 50 applications and we did the first screenings based on very clear criteria and the projects that came forward that could not meet the requirements were taken out. The second phase was a very detailed analysis of the projects, there is a team, one person from the ministry, one from BEL and one from PUC and we spent over 100 hours looking at those proposals and coming up with an initial ranking. The third phase is the negotiation phase whereby BEL taking the lead with these principles from these companies will sit down to look at what they are proposing right now as a cost of energy to a national grid and whether they are able to procure the financing to implement these projects. So that is the next phase that will happen. As I said, the PUC put out over 10 page document when they had their press conference which detailed how the analysis was done and why they came up with the first six projects that they identified.”

BWU’s Workers’ Union Plead to BSI/ASR For Raise
Belize Workers’ Union representatives met with BSI/ASR representatives last Thursday to start discussion for a salary increment. According to the BWU’s president, Richard Tillett, the union is asking BSI for a 15% raise. “We decided that we put forward a 15% raise to start with to give them that to take back to the company. Normally, we believe in profit you know because if the company does not make a profit we would never ask for a raise. That is the position we are taking.” Arturo Cantun “So right now, what is the profit that you are asking a raise on?” Tillett “From the time ASR took over, we never got a financial report but they never gave us that so we are just judging by the amount of sugar that is made for the time of the crop.” Tillett told Love News the Belize Workers Union wants the raise to be for one year and from there negotiate for the following years. The reason for this is that the sugar market is unstable at the moment and the employees do not want to be bound to a long term agreement. Tillett explained that BSI has hesitated to provide the BWU with a financial report for them to base their request for a raise.

Payment of Bagasse; BSI And BSCFA Unable to Sign Commercial Agreements
In related news about the sugar industry, BSI and BSCFA are still to reconvene to continue talks for the signing of a new commercial agreement. As we start the month of November with dry weather all indications are that the crop season will start in the next three weeks. But before the first cane truck drives into BSI compound, both BSI and BSCFA see it imperative for the signing of a new commercial agreement. Arturo Cantun reports. Arturo Cantun “BSI and BSCFA have not been able to sign a new commercial agreement for several factors. These include a formula for the payment of bagasse and the length the commercial agreement should regulate the relationship between the two.” Javier Keme “To big reasons why it is not a direct buy and sell agreement; One is because of the system we have been operating for decades up to now. We have been under a revenue sharing system. This means that we share the expenses of all the process from the field to the mill, from the mill to the market where our sugar goes which in our case is Tate and Lisle in London. We share all those expenses and losses through this chain of trading. So if we are sharing expenses and losses we have this right to be a co-owner of the product as we have been up to now. On our side, we have no doubt about it.

Near Catastrophic Fire Reported in Shipyard
A fire at a crude petroleum refinery facility in Shipyard community, Orange Walk district, almost turned catastrophic this morning. Arturo Cantun reports. Arturo Cantun “Information to Love News is that around 10 am Peter Qrueca the facility care taker noticed fire coming from camp five and upon making closer inspections he detected that one of the fuel containers was on fire.” Peter Qrueca “I was not there at the moment the fire started, but when I saw smoke from a distance I ran there and tried to out the fire. We could not out the fire so we called the fire department from Orange Walk and they put it out. I think there was an electrical shortage that started the fire. The fire started around 10am and by 12 noon the fire was out. The fire was big and there were not many people in the vicinity but the ones who were close by got frightened.”

Young Woman Undergoes Surgery For Osteosarcoma
Originally from Orange Walk Town, 22 year old Ladeni Osorto, found herself in the house of Neva Burks in Amarillo City, in Texas, USA. A few weeks ago, Osorto says, that she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, the most common type of bone cancer. In her quest to obtain treatment, Doctors in the US, found out that Osorto did not have bone cancer but rather that a tumor was growing on her left knee. Back when Osorto’s parents noticed a lump growing on Osorto’s knee, they immediately sought medical attention in Mexico and Guatemala. The medical expertise was not available in Belize and through Tim Tam’s The Word at Work, Osorto found her last hope in Amarillo City. There she received treatment. She underwent some tests which suggested that the tumor will eventually spread to the rest of her body and kill her. Lademi soon underwent surgery and had her left leg, up to mid-thigh, amputated. She will be using a prosthetic leg provided for her by the good folks at Amarillo City.

Accident Leaves One Dead And Another Injured
An early morning traffic incident has claimed the life of a court prosecutor. We join Reporter Leigh-Andra Gentle for the details. “A road traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway has left twenty-four year old Ryan Martinez dead and a female passenger hospitalized. Yesterday morning around two forty, Ladyville Police responded to the accident which was quarter mile away from the Haulover bridge. Love News spoke to the Officer in Charge of Ladyville, Inspector Frederick Gordon” “Sunday morning, sometime after two forty am, police from Ladyville responded to an accident just about quarter mile away from the Haulover Bridge going from Belize City towards Ladyville where a grey Lincoln was seen. The person who was trapped appeared to be dead behind the steering wheel. It appears that it is speeding but we cannot confirm anything at this time, until our investigation then we can say for sure exactly what happened. The gentleman appeared to receive chest injury. The driver Ryan Martinez and the passenger, a female received injuries. Why she got less injury I suspect is because of the airbag that released during the time of the accident.”

GOB and BGYEA In Mediation Process
It’s been quite some time that we have reported on BGYEA’s land issue. The matter is before the courts and today was set for case management. Today BGYEA’s attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd and GOB’s new attorney, Rodwell Williams, were ordered to re-visit the court’s order. In this case, both parties were told to participate in a mediation process. Audrey Matura- Shepherd “When I last updated you all on this matter the court had ordered mediation and we should have gone to mediation by the 16th of September, however that never happened. For different reasons it didn’t happen, one of them being that the government changed their attorneys so all though Mr. Hawk is holding brief right now we got a notice that the new attorney is Mr. Rodvell Williams, senior council. So Mr. Hawk was waiting for further instruction from his client meanwhile we sent in the names we had suggested we would want as a mediator. The court told us today that there is absolutely no way they will allow a court order that they had issued for mediation to be disobeyed and so they extended the time for mediation. We’ve been given up to the 28th of November to go to mediation. The court has since appointed a mediator so that is no excuse not to go to mediation because it’s important, if the court orders that you settle something and deal with it you do.

Belize And Korea Launched Their Knowledge Sharing Program
Belize and the Republic of Korea launched the Knowledge Sharing Program today. The program has been specifically designed to assist Belize in the Science, Technology and Innovation field. Through the program, both countries are working on a road map for the establishment of a Belize/Korea Science, Technology and Innovation Institute. Minister Joy Grant spoke to Love News. Joy Grant “We have a shortage in our country of science technology, engineering and math graduates but this is not unique to Belize, it’s actually even in developed countries that they are finding that there is a shortage. So what we want to do is two things. However, we must first get the students at a very young age. We decide probably at standard six, what are the subjects you want to study but if they are not even exposed to the importance of these subjects then they won’t chose that path so we need to get to the students and explained what are the prerequisites needed for them to study in these areas but we also need to track the training of people we know even at this point in time Belize needs for the advancement of the country. For example one industry in Belize says that they need scores of engineers of engineering technicians, we don’t have those persons but if we had an institute and we knew what the demand was then we could provide those people to serve.”


Minister’s vehicle knocks down woman
There was a traffic accident on the George Price Highway on Tuesday morning involving a Minister’s vehicle; a 2015 Prado. Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington was being driven to Belmopan by his driver, 25 year old Amir Garcia. Sometime around 9 o’clock,  31-year-old Elisa Hunter attempte...

15 year old shot in Belize city
A 15 year old boy was shot in Belize City on Monday night. According to police reports,just after 6 Monday evening, a 15-year-old male minor was shot to the right shoulder, while walking through Fredrick Alley in Belize City on his way home. He was transported to the K.H.M.H for treatment...

PUC discusses requests for energy generation
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has been grappling with public disapproval over aspects of the 2013 Requests for Proposals for Energy Generation, which seeks to double Belize’s current capacity for electricity generation over the next 15 years. Of the eight projects delivering firm capacity se...

Two Men Walk free of a murder charge after 10 years in prison
Two men walked free from a murder charge on Tuesday, for an incident that dates all the way back to 2004. Carlos Granillo, a Salvadoran National, and Rene Lopez Morentes, a Guatemalan National, had been arrested and charged for the murder of Mary Jane Blondell, an American Retiree who lived on a sec...

Group charged for unlicensed revolver
Two men and two minors were charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. 21 year old Lloyd Parchue, 25 year old Michael Flowers, and two male minors aged 13 and 14, pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Dale Cayetano, and they were remanded into custody until February 4.On Monday...

Teachers of St. Matthews Government School plan to protest
Plus News has received information that the teachers of St. Matthews Government School in St. Matthews Village are having a planned protest at the school grounds Wednesday morning. Their motive we are told is to stand in solidarity with four teachers, who allege they have not received payment for ov...


Ryan Martinez, 24, killed in traffic accident
The life of a young civilian prosecutor came to an abrupt end when his vehicle spun out of his control and collided with a tree in a marsh off the Philip Goldson Highway just past the Haulover Bridge yesterday, Sunday, November 2, at around 2:40 a.m. Police reported that they visited an area between Miles 5 and 6 on the Philip Goldson Highway where they spotted a cream-colored 4-door Lincoln MKZ car with extensive damages about 20 feet off the highway, lodged in some mangroves in the vicinity of the Haulover Bridge. Upon closer inspection, they saw Ryan Martinez, 24, a civilian prosecutor of #25 Marage Road, Ladyville, and Irene Sanchez, 22, of San Lazaro, Orange Walk, trapped inside the mangled wreck.

“The Agitator”, Yaya Marin-Coleman, protests the Queen Street “[#%!] House”
City goers who passed in front of the Precinct 3 Queen Street Police Station today might have noticed well-known activist Yaya Marin Coleman, along with fellow activist Samiyyah Andrewin-Miranda, displaying placards denouncing the terrible conditions at the infamous “[#%!] House”, which is the name Belizeans use to refer to the station’s holding cells, situated on the ground floor of the police station. The very unsanitary “[#%!] House” is appropriately named – the cells reek of urine, and have reeked of urine for decades. No Commissioner of Police or Minister of Police, under any political administration, PUP or UDP, has seen fit to change the policy regarding the human needs and rights of those detained, or redesign the cells so that they can no longer be called, with absolute truth, the “[#%!] House.” Marin-Coleman has turned her attention to what she described as a “violation of people’s human rights” and an eyesore even for the police officers who are tasked with guarding the cell block from time to time.

Gilbert Dawson, 61, found dead on Sandhill feeder road
Gilbert Dawson, a mechanic and resident of Gardenia Village, left his home sometime yesterday evening and had been socializing with friends in Sandhill. Around 8:00 this morning, Monday, a resident from the Mile 19 community on the Old Northern Highway found Dawson lying face-down on the road, apparently dead on a Sandhill feeder road. In a police press release, Dawson’s death was classified as a “sudden death.” That classification, however, may be incorrect in the absence of a post-mortem result. Inspector Frederick Gordon, the officer commanding Ladyville police, told Amandala tonight, “A post-mortem has to be done to confirm the cause of death.”

Pedophile gets 20 years
On Wednesday, October 29, a nine-member jury in the Supreme Court of Justice John “Troadio” Gonzalez voted 7-2 to convict Brian Charlesworth of one count of carnal knowledge. Justice Gonzalez had set today, Friday, as mitigation and sentencing date for Charlesworth, who had been convicted on two previous occasions for sexual offenses. Justice Gonzalez imposed a 20-year sentence, stipulating that the sentence is to run consecutive to any other sentence that Charlesworth is presently serving. Prior to the sentencing, however, Charlesworth, 45, appeared upset and argumentative in the courtroom. Charlesworth told the court that he wanted the judge to give him back the time he had served. Charlesworth, still upset with the verdict, blurted out that he thought that the justice system was unfair.

Puzzling murder in Concepcion
Corozal police have reported that they have no suspects, nor do they know the motive, for a puzzling murder that occurred just before daybreak this past Saturday, November 1, in the quiet village of Concepcion, Corozal District. Authorities said that at about 5:15 a.m. on Saturday, they went to the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk and observed the body of Ricardo Alfredo Itzab, 24, a resident of Concepcion, with an apparent gunshot wound to the right lateral chest area and an exit wound in the left lower back. Investigators later found out that Itzab, Miguel Gamboa and Oscar Herrera, all of Concepcion, had been walking in a westerly direction between Miles 76 and 77 on the Philip Goldson Highway, heading towards their homes when they were approached from the opposite direction by a lone bicycle rider dressed in dark clothing and wearing a mask, who fired a single gunshot in their direction, causing the fatal injury to Itzab.

Drilling surpasses 6,800 feet inside Sarstoon Temash
Dr. Colin Young, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology and Public Utilities, informed Amandala today that US Capital Energy was drilling to depths of 6,850 feet at last report, October 30, 2014, but there is no official information indicating whether there is a commercial supply of oil at the well’s location inside the Sarstoon Temash National Park (STNP). Young said that the company faced a setback about two weeks ago when one of its drill bits broke in the well. He said that the company resumed drilling last week, and the specs of the drilling equipment indicate that they could drill as deep as 10,500 feet.

Marijuana: A Tale of Two Worlds
Several states in the continental United States of America have turned the sale of legal marijuana, primarily for medical use, into a multi-million dollar industry. Next week voters in three states, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., will decide whether marijuana will be legalized in their localities. A few months ago, the government floated the idea of decriminalizing a small amount of marijuana, but the proposed policy met with stiff opposition, mostly from church leaders. The decriminalized policy, however, is not completely dead; it is merely resting in the bureaucratic infrastructure that will activate it, if the courage is found for Belize to step up and keep pace with the ever-changing world. In Belize, the regime of laws and penalties that exist to prevent marijuana use could be frighteningly harsh and appears ancient. Here’s an illustration of this point: Someone convicted on a drug trafficking charge for a half pound of marijuana that would sell for $100, would be at risk of going to prison for three years, besides a mandatory minimum fine of $10,000, or both a fine and imprisonment.

Semipro football on Wednesday – F.C. Belize vs Verdes
In K & N U-12 Football Tournament games played at the Barracks on Saturday, November 1, Belize drew, 2-2, with Elite Promos. Elvis Cabral and Albert Burns, Jr. shook the net for Belize, while Jordi Espejo and Daniel Grijalva netted for Elite Promos. Then Trial Farm dropped Young Strikers, 1-nil, on a goal by Kevin Matute. And in the last game of the day, Real Madrid clipped Yo Creek by a 2-1 margin. Upcoming games at the Barracks: Saturday, November 8 2:00 p.m. – Trial Farm vs Real Madrid 3:00 p.m. – Elite Promos vs Young Strikers 4:00 p.m. – Yo Creek vs Belize O.W. Town Council Female 9-A-Side The Orange Walk Town Council Female 9-A-Side football tournament is also taking place at the Barracks in Orange Walk with 4 teams participating, namely Guinea Grass, Chan Pine Ridge, Carmelita and Stadium Street Road Runners. They are competing in a home-and-away series for a first prize of $500.00, 2nd prize $300.00, and 3rd $100.00.

FFB Wrongdoing?
To: Amandala Sports Editor Please assist me to publish this in the next issue of the Amandala. FFB President, My confidant, mentor and faith-oriented colleague. You have reminded me of Saul, who gave David a job, after which he tried to kill him, after seeing his ambition and wonderful production; similarly, you also reminded me of Cain, who got rid of Abel because he was greatly praised/rewarded by God for his ambitious production. My punishment, like David and Abel, came in the form of an illegal suspension for ambitiously reviving the wonderful game of football in the Toledo District, like never before. Mr. President, you came to Toledo to endorse a Competitions Committee, for which I was offered chairmanship, because you and your executive members had realized that competitions at the local level were non-existent. The committee immediately began to function passionately to the best of its ability to initiate the revival of the sport at the senior level where the stakeholders, especially the players, started benefiting, not only by playing locally, but also by playing with teams at home such as Georgetown Ibayani, Red Bank Napoli, Toledo United, and against Georgetown Ibayani in that village for the celebration of Georgetown Day.

National U-17 Male team to Costa Rica
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is proud to present the Belize National U-17 Male Team who will represent Belize in the 2014 UNCAF U-17 Elimination Tournament which will be held in Liberia, Costa Rica from November 4 to 8. This tournament is the qualifier to CONCACAF U-17 Championship which will be hosted at San Pedro Sula, Honduras from February 27 – March 15, 2015. (UNCAF – currently in qualifiers; North – Canada, Mexico, USA; CFU- Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago) The tournament will be played at Edgardo Baltodano Birsceño Stadium (natural grass). The tournament schedule is as follow: The Belize Delegation will leave on Saturday, November 1, from the FFB Headquarters in Belmopan at 12 noon.

Editorial: A story goes with it
Today’s editorial is a modest effort. It is the immediate story of two generations of a Southside Belize City family which, on the Hyde side, began in 1795 with the mating of a Scotsman and a “colored” woman, and the birth of a son. This was a relatively wealthy family in the beginning, even after the Scotsman returned to Great Britain in 1830 and spent the rest of his days in London. The family fell on hard times during the 1840s, however, so that when the fourth generation son, Absalom Bartlett Hyde, was born in 1853, he became a blacksmith and a machinist. It is said that Absalom’s youngest son, James Bartlett Hyde, had to purchase the Hyde family home at the corner of Regent Street West and West Canal from the business magnate, Robert Sydney Turton, who was James Bartlett Hyde’s employer and into whose hands the home had fallen.

From the Publisher
Parents who sent their children to Roman Catholic primary schools in the 1950s were getting a leg up on life for their kids. If these children went on to Catholic high schools, it appears to me that their success rate in the United States was very high. Now this was in the aftermath of World War II, and British Honduras was going through significant changes that our people were not fully conscious of at the time. In the first place, many Belizean men were returning home from years of work in United States-influenced Panama, and they had become much more worldly where things like loose living, gambling, and aggressive politics were concerned. In the second place, Belize’s richest native, Robert Sydney Turton, had been trading with American companies for some time, and he had decided that British Honduras should fight for self-government and independence. (The word for that in the anti-colonial lexicon was “self-rule.”) Hence, he entered his personal secretary, George Cadle Price, in the election politics of the colony. Mr. Turton would die, in 1955, before Mr. Price became Maximum Leader of the pro-U.S. People’s United Party (PUP) in 1956, but the die had been cast.

Time for police officers to have life insurance benefits
The death of Police Officer Danny Conorquie gives the current members of the Belize Police Force the golden opportunity to demand a life Insurance and benefits package from the Government of Belize, which is long overdue. In 1975 on November 19, my squad-21 brother and friend, PC 431 Francis Bermudez, better known in Dangriga as “Govna,” died at the Belize City Hospital at a very young age. He was working at the Criminal Investigation Branch in Belize City with me before I got transferred to Orange Walk. Most officers at the time rated him as one of the top criminal investigators in that branch. After his death and funeral, the then Commissioner of Police, Esmond Willoughby met with his sister and father and gave them a check for about $2,000.

Cleandra Casimiro will represent Hopkins in Miss Garifuna National
Five lovely, intelligent and proud Garifuna young women vied for the title of Ms. Garifuna – Hopkins in the annual pageant held at Palmetto Grove Lodge in the traditional seaside Garifuna village on Saturday, November 1. They are Aliyah Augustine, Shaineal Enriquez, Cleandra Casimiro, Ruth Nunez and Maria Matthews. “After a job well done by all, introducing themselves in Garifuna, displaying their Garifuna dancing skills, eloquently answering questions posed on issues affecting the Garifuna community, and elegantly strutting their Garifunadüaü, Ms. Cleandra Casimiro was crowned Ms. Garifuna – Hopkins 2014 -2015,” said Uwahnie Martinez, the lodge’s owner. The runner-up was Shaineal Enriquez, while third place went to Ruth Nunez.

Tower Hill/Chan Pine Ridge Airstrip inaugurated
The unveiling of the newly renovated and renamed Tower Hill/Chan Pine Ridge Airstrip took place yesterday onsite on the Tower Hill/Chan Pine Ridge Road in the Orange Walk District. The once white marled and decrepit pavement, which serves as the only transit point for air arrivals to Orange Walk Town, was also renamed after one of the most prominent natives of “Sugar City”, former Mayor of Orange Walk, and the late Ambassador to Guatemala, Alfredo “Fred” Martinez. Yesterday at the official ceremony, Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia Jr., in addressing the audience of government dignitaries, Belize Tourism Board (BTB) officials and members of the Belize Airports Authority (BAA), spoke about the airstrip and the fitting reason for its name change.

“Paranda King”, Paul Nabor, buried with honors in PG
An official state funeral for renowned Belizean musician and parandero, Paul Nabor, was held last Saturday, November 1, at the St. Peter Claver Church in Punta Gorda, Toledo, where he had lived for most of his adult life. The funeral service for the 86-year-old musical icon, who was born under the name Alfonso Palacio, started at 11:00 a.m. and ended almost two hours later with hundreds of adoring fans and admirers in attendance, in addition to a host of family, friends, government representatives and dignitaries such as Governor General Sir Colville Young and Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Francis Fonseca. The ceremony was replete with recollections from a repertoire of highly regarded musical artists including Aurelio Martinez, who flew in to Belize from Spain earlier this week for the interment. Nabor’s only child, Marie Martinez, who came in from the United States, sentimentally spoke about her father, who was affectionately known by most of his colleagues as “Nabi”.

CARICOM wants to join Tomlinson CCJ case against Belize and Trinidad
The CARICOM Secretariat has filed an application with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), to maintain a “watching brief” in the proceedings and to make submissions in the case lodged against member countries, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago, by LGBT activist Maurice Tomlinson of Jamaica, challenging the immigration laws of the countries. This has been confirmed by the CCJ, which explained that CARICOM’s request—which will be served on the parties to the proceedings and ultimately determined by the Court—is further to CCJ Original Jurisdiction Rules. According to the CCJ, “an application for a ‘watching brief’ can be made by parties who may have a particular interest in the court proceedings and may wish to be present, and or make independent submissions to the Court in relation to the particular subject matter.”

Inflation and imports up; exports down
Latest information released by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) indicates that inflation for the first nine months of the year, January to September 2014, reached 1.3%, with inflation for September amounting to 0.7%, when compared to the same time last year. Whereas there was a small price fall reported for food items, especially items in the bread and cereal category, which saw a price fall of 1.2%, vegetable prices, which the SIB says had been continually rising since last year, decreased by a notable 2.1%. Meanwhile, home rental prices continue to edge upwards with prices being 2% higher than last September in every city and town, except for Corozal Town. “Insurance premiums were also higher in comparison to last September, with health and motor vehicle insurance up by 3.3 percent and 6.1 percent, respectively,” the SIB further detailed. September prices were especially higher in the western twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, while they were lowest in Corozal, which showed a negligible increase of 0.2% when compared to last September.

Belize experienced rising poverty amid “boom” for the Americas
The challenging economic outlook for the Americas was the subject of an economic forum held in Canada that has just concluded. José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), analyzed the economic outlook for the countries of the region in the coming years, in his comments at the 8th Annual Meeting of the International Economic Forum of the Americas held at Royal York Hotel in Toronto on Monday, October 27, and Tuesday, October 28, 2014, which focused on the theme “Rethinking Growth.” Insulza said that the period from 2002 to 2012 was a boom time for most of the region, which, he said, “allowed us to grow more in one decade than in the previous two decades put together,” and during which nearly 70 million people were lifted from poverty. However, during this same decade, Belize experienced rising poverty. As Amandala reported back in January 2010, over 50,000 Belizeans, particularly in the Southside of Belize City and in Toledo, had plunged into the depths of poverty between the country assessment of 2002 and the most recent study done in 2009, a span of seven years. In 2009, 41.3% of the Belizean population (or 142,000) was classified as poor, versus under 90,000 in 2002.

USA rejects petition to put Queen Conch on endangered species list
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has congratulated member states after a US government review of the status of the Queen Conch and its decision to reject a petition to have the Queen Conch listed as threatened or endangered. On Monday, November 3, 2014, the National Maine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Department of Commerce, USA, concluded that the “queen conch is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range, nor is it not likely to become so within the foreseeable future”. Executive Director of the CRFM, Milton Haughton, noted: “The CRFM is extremely pleased by this outcome and takes this opportunity to commend all the countries and stakeholders across the region that invested time and effort in working with the CRFM Secretariat in providing the detailed scientific and resource management information that assisted the United States authorities in arriving at their determination that the species is neither threatened or endangered.”

Another attempt to find Chik-V index case
The Ministry of Health announced today that it has confirmed three positive antibody tests via the Central Medical Lab in Belize City for Chikungunya from samples collected early last week during their investigation of a suspected case of Chikungunya from the Las Flores community. “These three positive IgM samples along with another sample will be sent next week Monday for further testing and confirmation by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Laboratory in Trinidad,” the Ministry said. The Ministry has had trouble trying to determine whether a Salvadoran woman who had been clinically diagnosed with Chikungunya, or Chik-V, a viral disease transmitted by mosquitos, in her home country more than a month ago had actually contracted the virus, due to inconclusive test results overseas.

The Reporter

Patrick JonesPJ

PUP discusses Petrocaribe loan motion court case
The People’s United Party (PUP) called a press briefing this afternoon to address its plans to sue Prime Minister Dean Barrow over a belated motion to gain National Assembly approval for over $230 million in loans borrowed under the Petrocaribe program dating back to 2010. According to PUP […]

PUC calls discussion on requests for energy generation premature
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has been grappling with public disapproval over aspects of the 2013 Requests for Proposals for Energy Generation which seeks to double Belize’s current capacity for electricity generation over the next 15 years. PUC Chairman John Avery seemed surprised at the level of discussion […]

Titan executives back in court
The case of Kelvin Leach and Rohn Knowles for failure to declare excess currency on departure began trial before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer today with 2 witnesses testifying. Leach and Knowles, executives with Titan International Securities which is involved in a billion-dollar fraud case in the U.S., were […]

Channel Overseas challenges Telemedia over Channel 5
A group of overseas companies is suing Belize Telemedia Limited over their handling of a matter to do with the acquisition of the company by Government. If that sounds familiar, that is because it is. But in this case, Channel Overseas Investments Limited; Thames Ventures Limited; and Katalyst […]

Group charged for unlicensed revolver
Two men and two minors were charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. 21 year old Lloyd Parchue; 25 year old Michael Flowers, and two male minors, 13 and 14 pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Dale Cayetano and they were remanded into custody until February […]

Orange Walk man accused of raping a 6 year old girl
Each time the media reports on the sexual abuse of children, the crime seems to get more depraved and sickening. Today, Orange Walk police are reported to be investigating a disturbing report of the rape of a 6 year old girl. And the alleged perpetrator is believed […]

SUV gets stuck in dirt on Corozal town street
Infrastructure work is continuing in the municipality of Corozal, and today one motorist had some anxious moments when his SUV became stuck on a pile of dirt. It happened at the junction of 7th Avenue and 3rd Street South. It is not certain if the driver mis-judged the […]

Woman knocked down on the George Price Highway
Thirty one year old Elisa Hunter sustained head and body injuries this morning when she was knocked down near mile 8 on the George Price Highway. According to police reports, Hunter had just alighted a west-bound passenger bus around 9 o’clock this morning and was in the process of crossing the highway, when she was reportedly knocked down by a black 2015 Prado assigned to Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington.

Burglary reported at Belize Cancer Society officer
The Belize Cancer Society, with offices on Mercy Lane in Belize City, was targeted by burglars this past weekend. The break-in was discovered on Monday morning around 7:34 am when the director of the Belize Cancer Society arrived at her workplace and found that the office had […]

Tropic Air introduces night flights from Mexico to Belize
The San Pedro-based local airline Tropic Air, today announced that it has started to offer night flights into Belize from Cancun, Mexico. According to a press release from Tropic Air, the first flight – Flight 6621 – arrived at the Phillip Goldson International Airport from Cancun, Mexico […]

Shooting in Belize City leaves teenager injured
A fifteen year old boy was the victim of a shooting incident in Belize City last night. The child whose name has not been released by the police, was walking to his house around 6:08 pm on Monday when he was shot to the right shoulder. The […]

BGYEA and Government given more time for mediation
The case of the Government of Belize and Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) returned to court on Tuesday. When last we left it Justice Courtney Abel had scheduled mediation between the parties. BGYEA wants to go through with a project to plant corn in what Government claims […]


Expanding Tourism in Belize with Additional Cancun Flights
On Saturday, November 1, Tropic Air opened a new chapter in its long history of providing new and innovative travel options for Belize when flight 6621 took off from Cancun, Mexico piloted by Belizean pilots, captain Alberto Ancona and co captain Wally Nuñez. The arrival of flight 6621 and its passengers at 8:15pm at the Phillip Goldson International Airport marked the launch of an entirely new venture into scheduled night time operations to and from our country. This flight, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, is in addition to Tropic’s daily Cancun – Belize flight. It will, for the first time, allow same day connections from Europe to Belize via Cancun flights. This is a travel option that has been long sought by the tourism industry. The flight is being marketed in conjunction with Germany’s Condor Airlines, a Thomas Cook affiliate.

An Hour at the Museum of Belize in Belize City – Charles Lindbergh in Belize?
Saturday afternoon I took the boat ride over to Belize City to attend the big national arts & craft show in Memorial Park. I had a bit of time after lunch and stopped into the Museum of Belize. Housed in a beautiful building (now) that was the Belize City prison for the 1850s to 1993! And you can see from this photo by Tony Rath – that when it was operational as a “correctional facility” it wasn’t so well maintained… I’d only been to the museum once! When my friend Tanya and I met up to see the pretty spectacular “Crown Jewel of Belize” – The Jade Head of Altun Ha. An amazing 10lb jade carving…really breathtaking.

Service Vacations and Volunteering in Belize
How do you picture a Belize vacation? Lounging on the beach on Ambergris Caye? Snorkeling off Glover’s Reef? Exploring the Mayan ruins near San Ignacio? How about working with Belizeans to provide care to the needy, medical help for the sick, and protection for fragile ecosystems? If you think that all of these sound good, then consider volunteering during your stay. Service vacationing has boomed in popularity over the years, and with some research and good planning you can enjoy Belize’s beauty while making connections with its people and environment. Below is a list of a few prominent organizations that offer short and long term opportunities. Some are free, some you will have to pay for, some are for professionals, but all are ways to experience Belize and give back as well.

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Yucatán’s Naval War with Belize
Arturo O’Neill de Tyrone y O’Kelly, the Governor and Captain-General of the Intendencia of Yucatán, moved a substantial fleet of warships against a rabble of British woodcutters. They had been squatters too long in territory that clearly belonged to the King of Spain. Arturo O’Neill, scion of an ancient and distinguished Irish dynasty, had gone to Spain as a young military cadet. He progressed through the ranks in the royal army, achieved promotions to general and field marshal, demonstrated abilities as an administrator and diplomat, and received important political appointments in America. He became Governor of Yucatán in 1792 while also serving as Governor of West Florida. An Irishman in the service of Spain may seem strange, but it was not unusual — let us mention only Juan de O’Donojú y O’Ryan, the last Viceroy of New Spain; Alejandro O’Reilly, Governor of Spanish Louisiana; and Bernardo O’Higgins, a leader of Chilean independence. English and Scottish woodcutters, called Baymen, had been active on the coasts of Yucatán since around 1630. They were essentially poachers, little better than the pirates with whom they were often allied, cutting and shipping valuable hardwoods out of the tropical forests.

Award given to top student
;For some high school students, having a 95% average in the International Baccalaureate program is no reason to rest. Hannah Zhang, who recently graduated from west Edmonton's Lillian Osborne high school, was honoured Tuesday with a Michael A. Strembitsky Award of Excellence for her tireless community work as well as her academic achievements. Zhang arranged an international service trip, in partnership with a Belize literacy program, to do some hands-on work erecting a playground in Belize City. "That was really cool, because they actually used a recycled Canadian playground and brought it over there and helped them set it up. We were in Belize for two weeks and that was such a great experience," she said. Zhang also helped a speech pathologist work with children with autism to develop their communication and social skills.

UNG biology classes to explore Central American ecosystems
In what will be the first study abroad opportunity for biology students at University of North Georgia (UNG), two groups will head separately to Belize and Costa Rica next summer to study the native flora and fauna. The program in Costa Rica will also be open to trustees of the UNG Foundation Inc. and UNG alumni. They will experience the same course as students but will also have access to other activities. "Trustees and alumni going to Costa Rica will have the opportunity to see firsthand the impact the trip has on our students, plus $500 of their total trip expense will be used to cover a portion of the students' expenses," said Dr. Mike Bodri, dean of UNG's College of Science & Mathematics. "The entire group will be staying at the University of Georgia field station, which is not far off the beaten path and also has great access to a cloud forest reserve."

How To Retire Overseas In 9 Simple Steps
It can be easy to overcomplicate the idea of retiring overseas, but, the truth is, in many ways, it's not much different than making a move within the States. In some respects, you could say it's easier. What makes it difficult is that you're working from a blank slate. You don't retire to a new country for practical purposes (well, other than to reduce your cost of living). You retire overseas for fun and adventure, a real life change. With that as your agenda, you could go anywhere, and choosing a specific place to move to when you're operating without any restrictions whatsoever can seem overwhelming. Here, therefore, is a 9-step program for thinking this through and making a plan:


Video: Belize Camping Experience - Greg Wood, 5min.
Belize Camping Experience Follow Up Program in Orange Walk With Comedy Illusionist Greg Wood

Video: Palapa Bar and Grill, Ambergris Caye Belize, 6min.

Video: (Yurumein) Garifuna Settlement Day, 14min.
At the center of Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations is the reenactment of Yurumein. Yurumein is the Garifuna word which means Homeland, it is a public reenactment of the epic journey of the Garifuna people from their homeland in St. Vincent to the shores of Belize The Yurumein is re-enacted in every major community where the Garinagu reside and presents itself as one of Belize’s prominent cultural celebrations. Other cultures of Belize have come to appreciate this annual celebration and it in fact contributes to our collective understanding of the Belizean identity. It is only hoped that the knowledge of Yurumein will be passed on to younger generations of Belizeans and thereby allow Garifuna Culture to remain an integral part of the Belizean way of life.

Video: Belize - Sopadilla Cayes - Oct 2014, 4min.
Birthday sailing trip from Rio Dulce Guatemala to the Sopadilla Cayes in Belize. Las Sirenas 46' catamaran


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