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Hon. Gaspar Vega refutes allegations
On Wednesday earlier this week hundreds of residents of Orange Walk Town and the surrounding communities gathered solemnly at the Cervantes’ family farm where they expected to mourn for the slayed Orange Walk hero. Instead the Cervantes family dropped a huge bombshell when they revealed an explosive phone call conversation.
The recorded conversation is allegedly between Vilma Cervantes the widowed wife of Ramon Cervantes Sr. and a man claiming to be Manuel Castillo, who makes a startling accusation. According to the recorded voice, the man claiming to be Manuel Castillo says he was not involved in the killing of Ramon Cervantes Sr. He said that the murder was a hired hit, paid for by the Deputy Prime Minister of Belize. Here is what he said.
Alleged Vioce of Manuel Castillo
“I will send you some evidence that. It’s the _____, the _____. There is a ____ involved. There are about seven persons there in Orange Walk and on top. Do not trust the police officers because the same ‘pinches’ police officers, there are eight ‘pinches’ police officers.”
Mexicans say Belizean police have not asked for cooperation in finding Manuel Castillo
Manuel Castillo has been on the run since then and police said at that time they believed that he had fled to Mexico.
One would have expected that Belizean police would have touched base with their Mexican counterparts to be on the lookout for Manuel Castillo. However, according to Diario Por Esto de Quintan a Roo, a Mexican newspaper, in its headlines for this weekend, it states that Belizean police has made no attempt to get Mexican cooperation on finding Castillo. While that is the headline in the Mexican newspaper, the fact is that Castillo is posted on Interpol’s international wanted list on the internet.
The Cervantes family has gone on record saying that it has been suspicious of possible police involvement in the murder after police issued handcuffs were discovered on the elderly man’s corpse, and if it is true that police did not try to get the Mexican authorities in on the case even though they believe Castillo is in their country, it would most likely cast even more suspicion.
Dangriga Fire Fighters and Leaking Hoses
An overnight fire in Dangriga gutted a small two story wooden structure and an eyewitness says they fire fighters need to upgrade their equipment. We hear more in this report from Dangriga Correspondent Harry Arzu.
Harry Arzu – Dangriga Correspondent
“This is what is left of this two bedroom house, that was destroyed by fire last night, here in this municipality.
Officials from the Fire Department reported that they responded at about 7:24 p.m. to a call of a fire that was in progress in the second road side area of Dangriga. They responded quickly and began fighting the fire.
After it was all over the elevated wooden structure, measuring 24 by 30, looks like this, and it’s entrance turned to rubble.
Rise and Shine Telethon on November 15th
Here’s a reminder that on Saturday November 15th, Rise and Shine will be holding its annual fundraising telethon to keep the programme on the air.
We thank all our viewers and supporters and look forward to hearing from you on or before the date.
That is Saturday November 15th.
Elisa Hunter Perez dies in traffic accident
Nicaragua national, Elisa Hunter Perez, 31, of the Antelope Street Extension area of Belize City, died after suffering massive head and body injuries when she was knocked down by a vehicle that was transporting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, from Belize City to Belmopan, at about 9:00 Tuesday morning.
Hunter Perez was taken, in a critical condition, to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where she fought for her life for two days, but she died at about 8:30 last night, Wednesday.
On Tuesday morning, Hunter, who worked in the Mile 8 area at the Belize Recycling Company on the George Price Highway, took a bus from Belize City to Mile 8, and on arrival in the area, near her workplace, she got out of the bus and was walking across the highway when she was knocked down by an oncoming vehicle, that was travelling to Belmopan from Belize City.
Cartel vibes in Sugar City!
A memorial service for popular cañero, businessman and former senator, Ramon “Don Ramon” Cervantes, Sr., 71, of Orange Walk Town, who was kidnapped and murdered in early July, 2014, was held yesterday, Wednesday, at the cane field next to where he was last seen alive.
While the atmosphere was somber as hundreds of supporters, mourners and concerned residents of Orange Walk Town gathered at the site to pay their respects, nothing could have prepared the attendees for what happened at the memorial: the Cervantes family played a phone recording in which the alleged mastermind of Cervantes’ murder put a significant twist on the murder, for which three people have already been charged in court. The alleged mastermind, who police say is Manuel “El Pelon” Castillo, 37, who has fled the country, allegedly had a phone conversation with Ramon Cervantes’ wife, Vilma, and he pinpointed a sitting politician and “eight” police officers, including a high-ranking officer, calling them by name as being the actual instigators behind the patriarch’s murder, which, according to Castillo, had the involvement of a major Mexican criminal gang.
Guatemalan, Salvadoran acquitted of 2005 murder
Two foreign nationals, a Salvadoran and a Guatemalan, were freed today in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court after having spent 10 years in prison for a murder that happened in July 2004.
Salvadoran national Carlos Rene Granillo, 38, and Rene Lopez Morentes, 28, a Guatemalan, were both acquitted of murder in the courtroom of Justice Antoinette Moore after it was revealed that the men had been badly beaten to coerce them into giving caution statements in the case.
After the accused men made that disclosure while taking the stand, their attorney, Senior Counsel Simeon Sampson, also submitted that the statements were not given voluntarily by Granillo and Morentes due to the improper conduct of the police.
San Pedro businessman remanded to jail for allegedly raping girl, 15
Miguel Hernandez, 30, a businessman of the DFC area of San Pedro, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl, who is also a resident of the DFC area.
He was taken to the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, where he appeared in front of Magistrate Sherigne Rodriguez, who arraigned him on the charge and ordered that he be remanded to jail until December 30.
The allegation is that he gave the girl rum and coke to drink, and subsequently raped her.
The incident occurred on Thursday, October 9, in the area near Corona Del Mar Hotel, located on Coconut Drive in San Pedro.
On Thursday, October 9, the girl and her mother went to the police, where the girl reported that on that day, she was in the Escalante area, walking towards the beach when Hernandez, whom she knows, drove up in a vehicle and offered to give her a ride home.
The girl boarded the vehicle, and he then drove to a nearby store where he bought a quart of rum and two pints of Coca-Cola with ice, and some plastic cups. He then poured rum and coke into a cup and gave it to the girl to drink. After giving her several drinks, he took her to an area near Corona Del Mar Hotel, where he raped her.
The girl was taken to the San Pedro Polyclinic, where she was examined by a doctor who certified that she had been raped.
News anchor recovering from road traffic accident at the KHMH
Irene Sanchez, 22, of Orange Walk Town, a news anchor of CTV3 News Belize, is in a serious but stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where she is being treated for internal injuries she sustained as the passenger in a car that was involved in a fatal road collision on Sunday, in which civilian court prosecutor Ryan Martinez was killed
Police reported that they visited an area between Miles 5 and 6 on the Philip Goldson Highway where they saw 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, of Marage Road, Ladyville, and Irene Sanchez, 22, of San Lazaro, Orange Walk, trapped inside the mangled wreck. Equipment had to be used to extract them.
Dengue burdens productive population on Southside Belize City
Latest data received today from the Belize Ministry of Health indicate that up to October 2014, roughly 350 cases of dengue have been diagnosed in the Belize District, with 82% of those cases being concentrated in Belize City.
A further analysis of the Belize District cases reveals that 65% of those cases were diagnosed in persons living on the Southside of Belize City, particularly locations in the Collet, Port Loyola, and Lake Independence electoral divisions.
Today, we got a chance to look at detailed demographic data, which revealed that fifty-four percent (54%) of those cases were females, with the youngest patients being babies less than a year old and the eldest being persons in their 80s. However, most of the dengue cases have been affecting the productive age population, ages 15 to 44, and this year has seen a spike in hemorrhagic cases—although no deaths have been reported to date.
Rotary Belize donates house to needy family
At about 10:30 this morning, the Rotary Club of Belize built and handed over a house to a needy family: Katherine Thomas and her three sons. Thomas and one of her sons are physically handicapped and are each confined to a wheelchair. The physically handicapped son is also mentally challenged.
The house, which was constructed at an approximate cost of $30,000 by the Rotary Club, was built on the family’s plot of land which is located in the Jane Usher Boulevard area.
Emotions were high when Katherine Thomas was wheeled in and given a tour of the house for the first time, and tears of happiness streamed from her eyes, as she was wheeled to the different areas of the house — the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. She was accompanied by her three sons.
Thomas said, “I can’t describe it; I just feel good that it’s my home. I own a home. Due to all the help I got, I really appreciate all the help and from everyone. I can’t even imagine to think I would end up with my own home.”
King of the Hill (Singles) 8-Ball Tournament – Top 4
The King of the Hill (Singles) 8-Ball Tournament second round concluded, and now the top four players are ready to rack ‘em up. It all started with 32 players, after which it was down to the top 10, and now there are the top 4 players closer to the top of the hill, as they continue to climb with their shooting skills. So, yes, 28 dropped off the hill, and it’s going to be the best man who will reach on top on Sunday, November 9, at 2:00 p.m. at Mike’s Cue Club in Belmopan. To reach the top four, it was truly competitive. Here’s more:
From the top 10, no player was guaranteed a spot in the top 4, as everyone appeared to be shooting the lights out. Two players made the top 4 by winning 4 of their 5 games. They are: Elder Paredes and Erwin Woodye, Jr.; so they qualified outright. Then there were four players who had won 3 of their 5 matches; and, since there was a tie in the number of matches won, a tie-breaker was put into effect with the individual racks won and lost.
FFB announces training sessions for National “A” Team
In preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qualification, which is scheduled to commence in March 2015, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is calling the following players for training sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays of each week, starting November 10. All players should be at the FFB Headquarters at 8:30 a.m.
The players called are: Norman Anderson; Edmond Pandy; Darren Myers; Randy Duke; Darroll Lambey; Collin Westby; Eduardo Gongora; Naim Wilson; Dorwin Logan; Eridito Guillen; Marcus Lewis; Clinton Dawson; Devaun Zuniga; Geon Makin; Gerri Trejo; Jamil Cano; Jordi Polanco; Hassan Lucas; Tyrone Pandy; Ashley Torres; Devon Makin; Shannon Flowers; Trevor Lennon; Andres Makin;
Table Tennis – 6th Annual brothers HABET Team League concludes
After 2 1/2 months of intense competition, the 2014 6th Annual brothers HABET Team League finally came to an end this past Sunday, November 2, at the BES Auditorium.
The competition began in the morning with the first round of the KNOCKOUT competition in all three divisions.
In Division One, Brodies Ping Pang and Racqueteers met in the first semifinal, with Brodies Ping Pang advancing to the Finals with a score of 5-1.
Team Cuz defaulted to Hurricane, sending Hurricane straight to the Finals.
In the Finals, Brodies Ping Pang won over Hurricane, 5-3.
The final result of the 1st Division was as follows:
1st Division: 1st – BRODIES PING PANG; 2nd – HURRICANE; 3rd – RACQUETEERS
Cricket Corner: Rancho’s shining star
I’ve written a lot of articles about cricket, and who plays best. I was paging through some pictures the other day, and I came across a picture of a man that I do not remember as a cricketer, but I have seen him following Western Eagles Team of Rancho Dolores ever since I was a boy growing up. This man, an excellent man, I must say, is no other than Mr. EULALIO SMITH (LALLY SMITH) of Rancho Dolores Village in the River Valley.
As I said, I have not seen him play the game; but he has sons that have played the game and were very good at it. One is VALENTINE (Tiger Jones) Smith, one of the three fastest and most powerful bowlers in the River Valley. (The next two were Alfred Banner of Surprise in Lemonal and Charles Adolphus (deceased) of Brilliant in Crooked Tree.)
Editorial: The money and the soul
Belize’s first ever Ministerial Cabinet was sworn in after the March 1961 general election. The People’s United Party (PUP), under the leadership of Hon. George Cadle Price, had won all 18 of the 18 seats contested for the House of Representatives. Mr. Price became First Minister. He named his Ministers. Albert Cattouse. Alexander “Sandy” Hunter. Gwendolyn Lizarraga. Wilson MacMillan. C. L. B. “Lindy” Rogers. Louis Sylvestre. Fred Hunter. Hector Silva. Santiago Perdomo. David McKoy. All have returned to the dust from which we all come, except for Fred Hunter and Hector Silva.
Along with longevity comes responsibility. That responsibility involves the passing on of valuable historical information to Belize’s younger generations. Fred Hunter and Hector Silva call Belize’s talk shows from time to time, and their counsel is appreciated and respected. They have been doing this for years, but they have never, ever mentioned 1963, Louis Sylvestre, Emilio Awe, $750, and a contract for a feeder road in the Sibun area.
From the Publisher
After having only one Leader for a forty-year period (Mr. George Price, from 1956 to 1996), and only two Leaders for a fifty-two year period (Mr. Price was followed by Mr. Said Musa, 1996 to 2008), the People’s United Party (PUP) has now had four Leaders in six years (Mr. Musa, Johnny Briceño, Mark Espat, and Francis Fonseca). The multiplicity of PUP Leaders in recent years suggests organizational instability.
In Belize’s major political parties, two factors are of paramount importance at the leadership level, and these are personality and philosophy. Mr. Price’s personality was a dominant one inside the PUP. Even so, in retrospect it may be accurate to say that an electoral death knell was sounded at the PUP’s May 1983 national convention when there was a philosophical clash involved with the powerful post of party chairman. The PUP’s entrenched, corrupt right wing won that clash over the party’s new, reformist left wing. The PUP then proceeded to lose the Belize City Council for the first time in their history, in December of 1983, and then went on to lose their first general election ever, in December of 1984.
Letters: Fight dengue – form small groups to help citizens clean their yards
Dengue is a serious disease plaguing our country. This disease is thought to have spread mainly as a result of unsuccessful vector and disease inspection, as well as poor public health infrastructure, population growth, and the increase in national and international travel. The main vector of dengue is the domestic mosquito, Aedes aegypti. This mosquito breeds in artificial containers that hold water, and in areas where the water is stagnant. Dengue is seasonal and generally relates to warmer, more humid weather. Increased rainfall, humidity and temperature can influence the life cycle of the vector and virus, thus increasing the transmission potential.
I know we have put measures in place to educate the public on how to eradicate the breeding of these mosquitoes. These measures include advertisements on the television as well as press conferences with representatives from public health.
Letters: A little black boy from Southside Belize City
Please allow me to address this letter to the youth of Belize. In this article, I will mention my living conditions when I grew up in the Southside Belize City, how I obtained an education, and lastly I will list 5 key elements our youth could do to improve their level of education.
First I must mention that my dad was a single father with 5 children. My family once lived on Pen Road Extension in a two- bedroom board house with no light or water. Heretofore, this house is still visible 25 meters from the main road. In addition, whenever it rains the entire area was flooded and had to use pallets as our bridge. Nope, this is not the 80s I am referring to, but to be precise it was the late 90s. In 1997 my sisters and I attended Gwen Lizarraga High School since it was what my dad could have afforded.
Villager captured man accused of raping stepdaughter, 6
The stepfather of a 6-year-old girl is in police custody after he allegedly raped the girl at their home, in a village in the Orange Walk District. The little girl was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital, where she was treated.
The incident occurred on Sunday. The child had been left alone with her stepfather, 37, who, after raping her, ran away.
When the girl’s mother returned home, she found her young daughter injured.
Fake taxi operator remanded for rape
Eric Giovanni Gonzalez, 31, a salesman of the Duck Run 1 area in Spanish Lookout, Cayo District, was remanded to the Belize Central Prison, on a charge of rape by the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court last Thursday, October 30.
Police charged Gonzalez with rape on Tuesday, October 28, after he was identified by a woman, 20, as the man who raped her on the morning of June 9 in his car in a track off the George Price Highway, in the area of Rumors Resort, Cayo District.
The woman reported to police that on Monday morning, June 9, she went to the junction of Joseph Andrews Drive and Bullet Tree Road in San Ignacio Town to get a taxi to go home, and got into a car that was parked at the taxi stand.
No arrest yet for the shooting of San Pedrano
No one has been arrested as yet for the shooting of Ivan Aldana, 27, of San Pedrito, San Pedro, due to a lack of cooperation by the victim.
San Pedro police said that their investigation led to a man in San Pedro, who was detained, but there was no cooperation from Aldana, who did not provide any statements on the basis of which an arrest could be made, and so, the suspect was released from custody. So far no other person has been arrested or any other suspects detained.
The shooting incident occurred at about 10:00 Saturday night, October 18, while Aldana was standing by a bar in San Pedrito.
BDF presses ahead with conservation posts to curb illegal activities
Belize Defence Force (BDF) Commander David Jones told Amandala today that BDF soldiers and police are already manning the newly established conservation post at Valentin near the Belize-Guatemala border, and they are pressing ahead with the construction of two new conservation posts at Caballo and Cebada—all in an attempt to curb illegal logging and other illicit activities which have been rampant inside the Chiquibul Forest.
Jones expects the next phase of construction to be a challenge; however, he is hopeful that those new posts could be completed even before year-end. The major challenge stems from the fact that while there was a pre-existing road leading to Valentin, making transportation of construction materials easier, the other two sites have no access roads.
FIU case against the two Bahamians facing U.S. indictment begins in Magistrate’s Court
Two Bahamian men who have been named in a United States federal indictment for allegedly being involved in a money laundering and securities fraud scheme, appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court today, where their trial on a charge brought by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) began.
On September 12, 2014, the FIU charged Kelvin Leach, 34, and Rohn Knowles, 29, with attempting to leave Belize without declaring U.S. $6,000 in cash, which is more than the prescribed BZ$10,000 allowed by law.
The two men had chartered a plane to fly them to their native Bahamas, and were apprehended at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA).
The FIU case is being prosecuted by attorneys Leni Ysaguirre and Sheena Pitts, who told the court that they intend to call nine witnesses.
Crude oil tank bursts into flames in Shipyard
A potentially disastrous fire started at a fuel storage facility at Shipyard in the Orange Walk District today due to a small electrical spark which led to a frightening experience and thousands of dollars in losses for the company.
Fire officials in Orange Walk said that at around 10:00 a.m., smoke was seen billowing from a crude oil refinery tank at Belfuel Company in the Camp 6 area of Shipyard, a Mennonite community in the outskirts of that municipality.
The fire that engulfed the tank, which reportedly contained about 600 gallons of crude oil, soon spread to another 600-gallon tank before moving on to a larger 10,000-gallon fuel tank, at which time firefighters from the Orange Walk Fire Service arrived on the scene to assist the employees of the facility who had been battling the blaze for some time without success.
Post-mortem says Ricardo Itzab died of traumatic shock
Late yesterday evening, a post-mortem was conducted on the body of Ricardo Alfredo Itzab, 24, who was murdered over the weekend in Concepcion, Corozal District.
According to police pathologist Dr. Mario Estradabran, Itzab’s death was caused by “traumatic shock due to multiple liver and left kidney injuries as a consequence of gunshot wounds.”
As we had previously reported, on Saturday, November 1, at around 1:30 a.m., Itzab, Miguel Gamboa and Oscar Herrera, all of Concepcion, were walking on the highway heading towards their homes between Miles 76 and 77 on the Philip Goldson Highway when they were approached from the opposite direction by a lone bicycle rider.
Controversial Petrocaribe motion won’t cure illegality, Opposition PUP says
The controversial Petrocaribe Motion, which the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) says is being illegally introduced by the Barrow administration to cover what they allege is the illegal spending of nearly quarter-million-dollars under a loan agreement with Venezuela, is scheduled to be returned to the House of Representatives for ratification on Tuesday, November 18.
Opposition attorneys say, though, that this will not legitimize the spending of those funds because the Finance and Audit (Reform) Act requires prior approval of any loan of $10 million or more.
At a press conference held on Tuesday, November 4, the Leader of the Opposition People’s United Party, Hon. Francis Fonseca, said that far from complying with the law, the Petrocaribe motion “seeks to ratify illegal borrowing and spending since September 2012,” a move which he says has defeated and frustrated the intent of the act which was put in place to provide for better public finance laws.
Sexual abuse of our children
I believe any person in their right sense is disturbed by these news of little children being sexually abused in Belize. Anyone sexually assaulted, be it male or female, and even adult is rather very disturbing news, and the fact that a person is of the age of maturity does not make it any less distressful. However, we all recognize that for a child, it means a terrifying way to lose their innocence, especially at the hands of a person they trust. It seems that stepfathers are the number one culprits in these matters and thus it means that mothers need to be more vigilant and discerning when getting into these relationships simply because sexual abuse is not usually by a stranger, if ever, but by a person the child develops trust in.
Now in my adult life I am amazed at how many females I know that have come forward to admit that as a child they were sexually molested. Their perpetrators range from their father, stepfather, uncle to their neigbor … But still the number one category is the stepfather. The other alarming fact for me to deal with is that they suffered this abuse at very tender ages of four or six, unlike my belief that these men would be attracted to them when they start to develop at ages twelve or thirteen.
Petro Caribe Fund under Fire! PUP says it’s operating illegally
In a sharp rebuke to the PUP for filing a court action calculated to disrupt Government use of Petrocaribe funds for development, an official statement from the Government Press Office called the PUP a party “on the wrong side of history working against the upliftment” of Belize. It charged the […]
Judicial review on Penner delayed
The procedure for judicial review by the People’s United Party against the Elections and Boundaries Department has been delayed for about a month. The petition is about the ruling of the Elections and Boundaries Chief Elections Officer to disqualify a number of persons who had […]
PUP wants to stop waste Accountabiity is important, PUP leader says
The legal claim filed against the government of Belize in relation to the use of Petrocaribe funds is about ensuring GOB’s compliance with Financial Orders and Regulations, PUP leader Francis Fonseca said this week. . Fonseca said the claim is not about the past […]
CARICOM heads strategize fight against Ebola
The Caribbean Community Heads of Government have agreed to a regional response to the possible threat of an Ebola virus outbreak in member states. The CARICOM heads of government met this week in Port-of-Spain Trinidad, and formulated a plan themed “Stop Ebola There and Here.” […]
Veterans celebrate 100 years!
This year marks the hundredth anniversary of World War I and this week is being recognized as Veteran Week in commemoration of those who sacrificed their lives in both World Wars I and II. The Scarlet Poppy is a symbol and tribute to all those who lost their lives in […]
BTB village arts expo a success
The Belize Tourism Board said this week that the third annual Village Arts Expo received favorable public turnout throughout the day. The event, held at the Fort George Memorial Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday November 1, gathered 175 artisans from 44 […]
Chetumal looks for trade opportunities in Belize
The Chetumal Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and the Embassy of Mexico visited Belize this week as part of a trade mission. The Institute of Mexico in Belize City served as the meeting venue onWednesday, and was aimed at identifying potential buyers for Chetumal’s products […]
BTL wants Channel 5 back!
Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) is seeking the return of Great Belize Productions Limited as well as $10 million it alleges its former owners illegally used to finance the television production company and to buy shares in it. The now state-owned telecommunications company faces an appeal […]
Early in 2012, shortly after being elected to a second term, the Government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow set out to re-organize the petroleum industry in Belize to take full advantage of the generous concessionary terms being offered by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela through Petrocaribe. Petrocaribe is an oil […]
Stunning accusations! Senior minister and police officers accused of murder and cover up
The family of the late Ramon Cervantes Sr., on Wednesday released a recorded phone conversation, purportedly made by the prime suspect in his murder, 37-year-old Manuel Mendez Castillo. The call was made to Cervantes’ widow, during which the caller sought to clear Mendez Castillo […]
Woman hit by GOB’s SUV dies Foreign Minister witnesses accident
Elicia Hunter, the 31-year-old woman who was knocked down by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington’s 2015 Toyota Prado, died at the KHMH on Wednesday night. Minister Elrington was in the vehicle at the time of the accident, which occurred on Tuesday morning, November 4 on […]
Scotiabank to close over 120 branches! Belize not affected
The restructuring of more than 120 Scotiabank branches announced this week will not affect Belize branch employees or customers, the bank’s Belize Country Manager, Pat Andrews explained. While the bank is employing cost-saving measures in Belize, such as shortening business hours in Spanish Lookout, none […]
First offender sentenced for handling stolen goods
A Belize City man who took advantage of his brother’s generosity was spared further punishment in the Magistrate’s Court today. 48 year old Luke Antonio Nicholas, charged with handling several items stolen from his brother Bruce Codrington of Hattieville, Belize District, changed his plea to guilty before Magistrate Herbert Panton […]
Police bust woman and her son with marijuana
52 year old Rose Reneau and her son, 34 year old Mark Staine, pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges today. This follows their arrest when 205.7 grams of cannabis were found at Ms. Reneau’s residence on Consuelo Street on Thursday. Around 5:20 pm on Thursday, police acted […]
Dahjah Casimiro is the New Miss Garifuna Dangriga 2014/15. Adüga Ba
Eight energetic, creative, beautiful, and talented young ladies graced the audience at Fr. Marin Parish Hall on Saturday November 1st, 2014 in beautiful Dangriga to showcase their Garifuna culture. The tightly contested pageant was coordinated by the National Garifuna Council, Dangriga Branch Queen’s Committee. The contestants had to […]
Toledo health officials alert for Dengue and Chik-V
Ministry of Health personnel today held a press conference in Punta Gorda town to announce that there is a high alert in the Toledo district for Chikungunya and Dengue. Both disease are mosquito-borne. During the media event which was held at the Red Cross meeting room in PG, […]
Salvation Army Red Kettle Appeal launched
The sounds of Christmas bells amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Belize City is traditionally the first signal that Christmas is approaching.
Today, that signal was launched as the Salvation Army church kicked off its Red Kettle Christmas Appeal. It is the church’s single largest fundraising effort and the launch of the 2014 Kettle Appeal was held this morning in front of CIBC First Caribbean International Bank on Albert Street in Belize City.
Forecast: Busy Weekend in San Pedro
The old saying when it rains it pours is often applicable to our lives in San Pedro. There is always so much going on at once and this weekend is no exception.
As much as I wanted to go to trivia last night, I passed in favor of getting extra rest for tomorrow’s blood drive hosted as a collaborative effort by San Pedro Red Cross, the Cancer Society and Belize Blood Services. Also happening in tandem with the blood drive is a Pap Smear and Immunization Campaign at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez S. P Polyclinic II on November 8, 2014 — with Gobhealth Belize and Miguel Perez. To find out more about the Campaign, check the San Pedro Poly Clinic Facebook page.
Another reason to take last night off is that I know the private grand opening party tonight at Caribbean Villas is going to be good and I’m not going to want to leave early. Cindy said the food will be awesome and Matt is DJing – I can’t wait.
Healthier and Happier in Caribbean Belize
After years of working hard, I’ve traded Michigan’s four seasons for Belize’s two (wet & dry)…and I’m loving it. Now, I’m enjoying Belize’s year-round greenness, the chance to be by the water all the time, and the joy I’ve found in simplifying my life. In Michigan, I worked for 20 years as a consultant for our state’s educational department. Before that, I worked for Michigan State University. When I left, I gave away a closet-full of suits and I’m reveling in the freedom of wearing a t-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops for nearly every occasion. No more ironing, no more dry cleaning, and no more bundling up for me!
ReefCI launch ‘Belize Lionfish’ at TIDE fish festival
Check us out: www.belizelionfish.com. Now you can spear them, eat them and wear them! Plus, help empower and employ local ladies.
How to pick a place to stay in Belize-or any another country...
There is nothing better (vacation wise) than showing up at a hotel, the first day of vacation, and LOVING the place you are staying. I know I have picked the right one when I immediately picture myself having coffee on the porch, checking emails at the breakfast bar, having dinner on the patio, walking around the grounds, etc.
I have always been overwhelmed when I try to pick somewhere to stay in another country. I think most of us may stay where someone we know has recommended, and that is why Trip Advisor and such sites are great. But, they don't tell the whole story, and unfortunately, a lot of the "feedback" and reviews on a lot of sites are total bunk. Also, if you search for a hotel in a certain area, you might be looking at hotels in a 30 mile radius, which can have a huge impact on your experience.
Here is what I have found to be the most helpful way to narrow it down, without becoming information overloaded which will happen in about 15 minutes of googling a place to stay in a certain city.
S&P Switches to Positive on Belize Outlook
New investment in sugar and nontraditional agricultural products is raising economic growth prospects in the export sector, which will likely improve Belize's external liquidity, says S&P, affirming their 'B-/B' sovereign credit ratings on Belize and revising the outlook to positive from stable. "The positive outlook reflects our view that new foreign direct investment in Belize's export sector is raising the country's economic growth prospects and that this growth will support Belize's external liquidity over 2014-2017."
Volunteer helps monkeys and manatees
Bottle-feeding a calf doesn't sound that spectacular to Kiwis used to lamb and calf days - unless it's a manatee, and you're feeding it in tropical Belize.
Victoria University graduate Anna McKenzie-Pollock spent her September feeding the sea creatures in the Central American country, while volunteering at Wildtracks, which mostly rehabilitates monkeys and manatees.
The 22-year-old, who studied biology, ecology and biodiversity, is currently employed as a ranger at Wellington Zoo. She was granted paid conservation leave for her stint in Belize.
The majority of animals at Wildtracks have been orphaned, injured, or are pets that have been confiscated. Whenever possible, they are prepared for a return to the wild.
"I had been wanting to do something overseas, to give back to conservation, and I just love monkeys, so wanted to find somewhere I could work with them."
McKenzie-Pollock worked 12-hour days sourcing and preparing food for the animals, feeding them, providing enrichment and scrubbing down manatee pools.
A 12-Year-Old's Expert Tips on How to Book a Family Cruise
Hi. I’m Charlie. I’m 12 years old, and I’ve taken nine cruises on five different cruise lines. You might think cruise ships are pretty much the same, but they’re not. If you want your kids and yourself to enjoy a family cruise as much as possible, here’s my advice.
1. Get a cabin that’s on a higher deck toward the stern.
Everything that’s interesting for kids and families is always at the back of the ship. So get a cabin that’s very close to the aft staircase and no more than three or four decks below the pool, buffet, and kids’ club. If your room is at the front of the ship, you’ll spend most of the day walking back and forth across the ship, and if your room is on a low deck, you’ll have to wait for the elevator.
Travel Well for Less: How to Save on Accommodations
Ever wonder why someone else always seems to get a better deal for their hotel or travel accommodation than you do? Well, there are lots of ways to score discounted (or even free) accommodations these days. We've done it ourselves in both our personal travel and for our work for International Living.
Ditch the hotel. An apartment in Puerto Vallarta, a villa on Belize's Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye, a hacienda-style home in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador... the list is endless. Instead of spending big on expensive hotels, think about opting for a flexible and affordable residential lodging for your next vacation. This option is particularly smart for extended families or groups as you can split the costs. And if you like the comfort and convenience of having more space and also your own kitchen (saving you even more money on restaurants) then a vacation rental is for you. Sites we've used with great success include VRBO and AirBnB.
NATURAL WONDER: THE GREAT BLUE HOLE OF BELIZE
On the south-west border of Mexico, Belize is home to 3 of the 4 atolls in the Western Hemisphere. In the Lighthouse Reef atoll, the farther west, you can find one of the most extraordinary spot on the planet: the Great Blue Hole.
This is the largest natural sinkhole, with phenomenal dimensions and a singular story. This almost perfect shaped circle reaches a diameter of 300m and goes 124m deep. From a bird’s eye view, it offers a spectacular sight with this incredible deep blue spot standing out against the turquoise blue of the lagoon of the Lighthouse Reef.
Video: Heather + Mark, 9min.
Video by Island Films.
Location: Victoria House, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Video: Adventures in Belize, 3min.
This is a compilation of videos taken by Jason Lee during his trips to Belize. He traveled to various resorts such as Slickrock, Mystic River and Blackbird Resort. Slickrock Adventures is a private island resort located in Belize, 35 offshore on an atoll that is a Marine Reserve. Slickrock Adventures specialize in adventure sports such as sea kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, kiteboarding and much more. Mystic River Resort jungle lodge, located in the jungle of Belize, 7 miles from the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, is the best place to find the perfect something – or nothing – to do. Blackbird Caye Resort is located on the Turneffe Atoll, 25 miles off the coast of Belize City, Blackbird Caye Resort is nestled within a 2-mile long private, white sandy beach.
Video: Island Expeditions Dream Makers Belize, 5min.
Leading the Way in Adventure, Since 1987, Island Expeditions is Belize's premier tour operator. Leading sea kayaking, snorkeling, SUP, whitewater, basecamp, maya ruins, zip line, trips in Belize.
Video: Come Away To Belize With Me, 4min.
Jimmy And The Parrots
Video: San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 6.5min.
Drive through San Pedro and over the bridge, new road construction. Golf carts and more golf carts, now that's how to live.Video a bit shaky due to roads.
Video: Los Salones, Crown Land Since 1977, now privately owned, 5min.
This is a project that I just came across that my good friend and Belizean brother Elito Arceo and I did a few years ago- I had the privilege of spending many amazing days with Elito over the years and am so honored that he would choose to count me among his friends- This video brought back some great memories for me Elito- I remember shooting this and cutting it like it was yesterday- No one loves Belize more than me, accept maybe Elito:)