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#498186 - 11/21/14 10:46 AM Today's Belize News: November 21, 2014
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The San Pedro Sun

Fundraiser for Casper Wood
PLEASE JOIN US AT OUR FUNDRAISING-BENEFIT FOR CASPER WOOD, to be held at ABC Pub & Grub (located in front of Wet Willy’s on the corner of Sandpiper & Boca del Rio Dr.) on Saturday Nov. 22nd, from 1 p.m. ‘til 7. FOOD, RAFFLES, HAPPY –HOUR DRINKS & OF COURSE, THE BEST LIVE MUSIC ON THE #1 ISLAND DESTINATION IN THE WORLD! Here is an opportunity for many of us to pay it forward! To the countless musicians, friends and music lovers who have had the privilege and pleasure to play with and/or enjoy the music of Casper Wood, the time has come to show your generosity, your love and your appreciation for all he has given to us. We are gratefully accepting donations at our PayPal account on Casper’s behalf. This is the easiest way to transfer funds in Belize. The PayPal address for cash donations for Casper’s pacemaker is skywatchers@hotmail.com You can reach Casper at ph: (501) 600-9589 We are also accepting donations for raffle prizes and the Turkey Feast that we will be available at $10 per plate donation to Casper’s medical needs. (Many thanks to the ABC kitchen and wait staff for agreeing to prepare and serve!) If you can help with this fund raiser in any way, please contact Lydia at 501-631-2364

Sub-aquatics of Belize Limited educate tour operators on healthy dive practice
Sub-aquatics of Belize Limited hosted seminars in Caye Caulker Village and San Pedro Town to educate local tour operators on healthy dive practices. The seminars are part of a dive accident prevention training campaign and are being offered to all persons in the diving industry, free of cost. Sub-aquatics has been offering dive medicine and treatment to the country for over 25 years via the Hyperbaric Chamber Clinic. With the ever-growing number of visitors partaking in diving activities, there is a need to ensure that safety measures are being taken to ensure the well-being of tourists and instructors alike. According to founding member of the Hyperbaric Chamber Clinic, Mauricio Moreno, the training campaign is aimed to prepare dive masters and instructors for the high tourism season to reduce diving accidents such as decompression sickness. “Having people prepared to handle a situation where an accident might happen, or if there is a case where a dive situation is impairing the health of a diver or crew member, is crucial. If the instructor knows what to do in any of these scenarios, then the situation will be addressed efficiently and speedily, ensuring that the person fully recovers,” said Moreno. The training was carried out by a dive medicine doctor from Cozumel, Mexico, certified in both the United States of America and Europe. “The long term aim of this training is for Belize to offer the best possible dive service. We want tourists to hear about the great diving experience in Belize and nothing on diving problems. We want to create a safe diving environment for Belize,” said Moreno. Also in attendance at the seminar was the chief diving officer of the Spanish Navy in Spain who offered diving tips for those in attendance.

Runway ready for 2014 Belize Fashion Week
Preparations are complete for the 2014 Belize Fashion Week scheduled to take place from Thursday, November 20th to Sunday, November 23rd in San Pedro Town. With aims of connecting Belize to the regional fashion industry, the Belize Fashion Week provides a platform for Belizean designers to showcase their talent in a glamorous event. This year’s events promise to be bigger and better featuring national and international designers. Events kicked off on Thursday the 20th with a cocktail party at Caprice Bar and Grill at Holiday Hotel. Guests had the opportunity to meet the models and designer. The highly anticipate runway show takes place on Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. This year’s runway show will once again be hosted by attorney at law and Telemundo TV personality Sandra Hoyos Mejia.

Marine Conservation partners to safeguard the Mesoamerican Reef
In October 2014 a meeting was held in Tela, Honduras to develop the 2015 Mesoamerican Reef Report Card. Over 60 marine conservationists from Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras participated in the meeting which was hosted by the Healthy Reefs for Health People Initiative (HRI). The purpose of the meeting was for information to be shared as it relates to the reef. Regional experts and resource managers shared data on conservation achievements, and identified strategies to be implemented over the next two years for the conservation of the reef. According to HRI Belize Coordinator, Roberto Pott, the meeting highlighted the importance of protecting the reef and the impact that the past year’s activities has had on it. In addition, strategies were suggested to reduce the deterioration of the reef in the short term. “A highlight of the meeting involved the partners working together to identify and prioritize concrete, measurable actions achievable over the next two years that will help reduce the most significant threats impacting the region. Examples include encouraging the implementation of region-wide regulations to protect parrot fish, as successfully done by Belize in 2009,” explained Pott in a press release.

Mayor’s Cup starts weeding out the weak
In its third week of games, competition in the Mayor’s Cup five-a-side football tournament is getting tougher and tougher. While Dorados FC is still on top, they cannot get too complacent, as several teams are still looking to take the grand prize. The weekend of Friday, November 14th to Sunday, November 15th saw ten thrilling matches. Not wanting to miss a single minute of the action, faithful fans came to the Honorable Louis Sylvester Arena (Saca Chispas) to support their favorite team. Airstrip Taxi Strikers FC and Pro Divers FC were the first to take to the field on Friday, November 14th. Both teams still have much to prove as they are relatively new teams and in the end it was Pro Divers that took the win in a 1-0 point game. The second game of the night was between Venecia del Caribe FC and Green House FC. The game was a struggle, with offense and defense locked up, and in the end the teams had to settle for a 2-2 tie.

Belize hosts 2014 CATA Executive Meeting
From Wednesday, November 12th to Friday, November 14th, Belize hosted the 2014 Central America Tourism Agency (CATA) executive meeting. Held at Grand Caribe Resort, the meeting was officially opened by Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. on Thursday, November 11th, and saw the participation of delegates from the Dominican Republic, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Belize. The primary function of the meeting was for the participating delegates to discuss the growth of tourism in their respective countries. In his opening address, Heredia expressed the importance of the meeting to meet goals in tourism across Central America. He stated that the meeting allows for the opportunity for tourism ideas and information to be shared among the present parties. “I feel very proud to be able to host this meeting in Belize’s prime tourism destination. I believe that this gathering will prove very beneficial and will strength the bond between all the participating countries. We are all here today to discuss ways in which we can continue developing and strengthening our respective tourism products. This is the time to figure out how we can work better as a region by promoting our culture to the rest of the world,” said Heredia.SICA Tourism Conference Ambergris Caye-2

Ambergris Today

Pic of the Week: Miss World Belize Raquel Badillo Arrives in London
Miss World Belize Raquel Badillo has arrived in London, England and is ready for the month-long activities leading to the Miss World Pageant to be held on December 14, 2014. Pictured here is Raquel taking a selfie with her roomate Miss World Guatemala Keyla Bermudez (also Miss Costa Maya Guatemala 2014). San Pedro and Belize wishing the best of luck to both delegates at this year's Miss World Pageant.

San Pedro World Aids Day Schedule of Activities
The San Pedro AIDS Commission and National AIDS Commission/Island Committee invite you to join in the World AIDS Day Fundraiser Fair Sunday November 30, 2014. Free HIV Testing will be available. Food, pastries and drinks will be on sale along with live music by Rompe Raja. Join in on the World Aids Day Community Art Canvas. The Solidarity Walk will take place Monday December 1, 2014 at the 6pm from the Central Park.

San Pedro Inaugurates Its House of Culture
“The Institute of Archaeology, Institute of Creative Arts, Institute of Cultural and Social Research, the Museum of Belize and the Houses of Culture all fall under NICH and the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, stated Diane Haylock, President of NICH. “Together, these various cultural paths are trying to fulfill the cultural agenda of Belize. I feel honored to be in this position and being part of the inauguration of San Pedro’s House of Culture. It is small, but small can also be beautiful; and there is so much we can say and do with this little space here. And ultimately is not about the building, it's about the people and the cultural life that we lead on a day to day basis.” Hon. Manuel Heredia indicated that his ministry already has the plans for a much larger building for the House of Culture and aspires to have that project started before his current term as Minister of Tourism and Culture ends. That was his promise to San Pedro, but he expressed that he is very happy with the work in setting up the current facility.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Images from the official opening of The San Pedro House of Culture. Images courtesy of Mr Clive Welsh. (7 photos)

Communique - Senate Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 26th
Government of Belize Press Office

Energy Efficient Sugarcane Bio-Electricity Plant to Reduce Belize’s Dependence on Imported Electricity
In a bid to address the energy shortage affecting the country, GSR Energy Limited (GSR) fully developed a project, a sugarcane bio-electricity plant and a bio-ethanol distillery in Belize, which will produce electricity for domestic use and ethanol for export. Belize boasts an excellent electrification rate with the national grid reaching 90% of its population. However the country is highly dependent on Mexico to meet their energy needs – with up to 75% of dispatchable electricity being imported. GSR’s mission is to build and operate the most energy efficient and cost effective bio-refinery possible which will relieve Belize of this energy dependency and help secure the electricity grid. By creating an energy efficient bio-refinery, GSR will have the means to produce 25.4 MW (203 GWh) per year of dispatchable electricity (88% of the electricity currently being supplied from Mexico) and 30.8 million gallons of ethanol per year, a percentage of which will be used for sale in the export market, whilst the electricity would be sold to the national grid for a much lower and more stable price than the customers currently pay.

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Happy Birthday to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young
On behalf of our Press Office team we would like to say a very Happy Birthday to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young, who is celebrating his 82nd birthday today. We were honoured to share in a special performance where the Belmopan Children's Choir, under the directorship of Mr. Yoelvis Medero Lunar, serenaded His Excellency. Photo: The Governor General of Belize with the Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela H.E. Yoel Marcano and the members and director of the Belmopan Children's Choir — with I-Elvis Medero Lunar.

Mayor's Ball
The Family and friends of The Honorable Darrell Bradley invites you to Mayor's Ball. A Night of Elegance going down on December 6th 2014 at The Concourse Radisson Hotel 6225 W. Century Blvd. LIVE Entertainment by King Rancho Band and Dj Selecta Easy B....Tickets can be purchase from Joseph Jr. Bradley, Mar's CARIBBEAN plus you can also call 323-405-2484 or 323-733-2359. Formal Attire!!! Donation is only $100 per person which includes Dinner and Live Entertainment.. Doors 7-2am IN SUPPORT OF HIS RE-ELECTION FOR MAYOR.. Limited tables remain....

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Channel 7

Who Shot Zimbab? "Gaza" General Survives Shot To Cheek
Tonight, Belize City police are trying to pre-empt any act of retaliation after a senior figure from the George Street Gang was shot this morning. Carlos "Zimbab" Abraham survived as many as four shots to the head neck and chest. 7News was on the scene shortly after:.. Jules Vasquez reporting At 10:00 this morning, Carlos Abraham known as "Zimbab" was at this tyre shop on Lakeview Street - which is in the territory of the Ghost Town Crips. The 43 year old had been parked there for a while where was reportedly there to find out about the tyre business. It is near to where his brother lives and he was reportedly talking to his nephew when a gunman pulled up and shot him as he sat in his SUV, an Infinity QX4. Abraham was shot in the cheek, twice in the neck, and in the chest. One of the men from the tyre shop took the driver's seat and rushed him to the KHMH. This morning police processed the vehicle, and found that one of the bullets which entered his chest, penetrated his body, the seat, and ended up shattering this back window.

Chamber Supports ASR/BSI (Sort of)
This evening the Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued a release on the ongoing impasse in the sugar industry. It sort of sounds like they're on the side of the factory owners - and not the BSCFA, but, truly, it's hard to tell. The statement notes that quote, "each and every cane farmer has a constitutional right to negotiate on his own behalf." Ok. So that sounds like it favors ASR, right? After all they're the ones inviting farmers to sign an independent agreement. The next bullet point on the release talks about Foreign Direct Investment to, quote, "finance economic growth with investors' money." Ok, that's two points for ASR. Bullet point number #3 talks about the social and economic perils of a failed foreign investment. Another one for ASR. But then, instead of bringing it to a neat conclusion endorsing ASR's position, the fourth point goes completely off track saying quote, "Direct stakeholders in the Sugar Industry must be responsible in their decision making…" And if that wasn't vague enough, the release goes unto make some oblique reference to the PUDP, saying, quote, "The BCCI calls upon both political parties to dialogue in a responsible and bipartisan manner..."

7 Homeless After Apartment Blaze
Tonight, the 7 persons, including 3 children, remain homeless after a fire destroyed the Ramos Apartment building in the Lords Bank Village. Bert Ramos is the owner of the well-known Ramos Bus Service, but he's also a landlord. His business interests went up flames yesterday morning at around 10, and the 7 people living in his rooms lost all their belongings. He told us this morning how the flames quickly destroyed his $115,000 investment in the apartment: Bert Ramos "Yesterday about 10:15 my neighbor shouted and tell me fire, fire, but I had felt like as the vice chairman they would just call me to say that something is happening, but when he said it was at the back of the building and I ran back here, I conscious that it is my building on fire. There was nothing I could have done, I just looked at it because it was already engulf in flames. Nobody wasn't at home. My little brother who work at Medical, he was out probably at his girlfriend's house, so everything for him got destroyed. The next tenant who was at the front is a workman who works with me and everything for him got destroyed. He can't even got clothes to work with morning. My daughter wasn't at home either, so everything for her got burnt up and like I said my father is in Dangriga, so all his things are also burnt up."

Rain Felt Like Feet In The City, MET Office Reports Inches In Ladyville
The 19th of November is known for drum-beats and dancing, but yesterday, all across Belize, the only beating most of us heard was of the steady rain drumming on our roofs - and the only dancing we saw were the raindrops in flooded yards and streets. The 7 hour downpour caused considerable flooding in Belize City and around the country. We called the Met office today to find out the extent of flooding. They didn't have countrywide statistics but they say 3 inches of rain fell at the Philip Goldson Airport while in Orange Walk, residents had to deal with as many as 4 inches of rain. They have not received reports out of Belize City or Dangriga as yet but in the city we did see streets like rivers with knee high waters. But, most of that ran off by this morning when the rain let up.

"The Juice" Is Loose; Darrell Carter Gets Free
In January, we told you about how the well-known former politician and businessman, Darrell Carter, ended up in police lockdown and then court after his wife Natalia Carter, the acting director of the family court, accused him of breaching a protection order. Well, tonight, he's free and clear of that charge. Now, protection orders are in the jurisdiction of the Family Court, and Natalia Carter is Acting Director, of that court. This meant all the Magistrates who would have heard the case ultimately answer to her as their boss. Carter's attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, argued in court that this creates an appearance of bias, putting his client's right to a fair hearing in jeopardy. The judiciary took note of that argument, and removed the family court case from under the purview of the Family Court, and placed it in the jurisdiction of Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer.

What 19th Was Like In Dangriga
November 19th is a day that Garinagu living in Belize and abroad revere - it marks their arrival in Belize - and is a national holiday - a distinction which only the Garifuna of Belize enjoy - you won't find that in Guatemala, Honduras or Nicaragua. This year though you might have thought that the celebratory spirit would be dampened by the relentless rain. Indeed, It was a wet Garifuna Settlement Day but that did not dilute the significance of the event nor the sense of community and pride among participants and on lookers. Courtney Weatherburne was in Dangriga. Courtney Weatherburne reporting The history of the Garifuna tells us that they arrived in Belize on November 19th, 1823. 91 years later the re-enactment of the arrival of the ancestors still continues. With the Garifuna flag hoisted proudly, swaying in the early morning wind, the participants of the YURUMEIN paddled in. Their chants and songs reverberating like the infectious beat of the drums.

Just Say SICA For Culture
Culture remains the topic of discussion among members of the Central American Integration System, SICA. On Tuesday we reported on the Food security program launched for Garinagu communities in Central America including Belize. Today discussions continued at another meeting held on San Pedro. The Central American Integration for Culture Policy was reviewed as well as programs that will give momentum to this initiative. Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia Jr. discussed the importance of this meeting to the preservation of the diverse cultures in Belize and in Central America. Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism "It's a very important occasion for Central America and the Dominican Republic since we believe that culture is an integral part not only for our countries, but also for the tourism industry."

Seine Byte Man Claims Cops Harassed Him
There is case of alleged police victimization surfacing from Seine Bight. 44 year old Floyd Palacio, the former Chairman of Seine Bight came to our studios claiming that Placencia police are abusing their authority and withholding his property for malicious reasons. He told us that he was wrongfully arrested and charged for theft and damage to property in February after an American realtor Bradely Rhineheart reported that Palacio broke into his vehicle and stole $350 dollars. Palacio - who has a colorful reputation - says he spent almost 2 weeks in jail based on that. Now the story does not end there, he claims that Placencia police took his $5,000 dollar sound system and now refuse to return it. Palacio says he is being targeted for his outspoken behavior. Floyd Palacio, Siene Bight Resident "I am one of the individuals in the community who speaks out. I am one of the individuals in the community who participate and I always try to be at the forefront of the burning issues. I want back my equipment. I believe that the police they victimized me. I believe the police are abusing their authority okay. That is what I believe and I need my equipment now. I use my equipment to supplement my income."

LPG Prices Going Down
The controlled price of liquid petroleum gas, or what most of us call "butane" is going down. A release from the Bureau of Standards says that effective tomorrow, November 21st the price of a hundred pound cylinder of Mexican butane bought from Belize Gas and Western Gas will go down by six dollars, from 115 dollars to 109 dollars in Belize City. The butane imported form Central America and sold by BWEL, Southern Choice Butane, Zeta Gas and Gas Tomza is also going down by six dollars from 112 dollars to 106 for a hundred pound cylinder in the city. And butane from Belize Natural Energy is fixed at 99 dollars.

Hunting Caye Base "Come-Down" Complicated
The last time we reported on the Hunting Caye Forward Operating Base, it was with the news that the US Embassy had told the Government of Belize that if it doesn't allow the Guatemalan company, BINARQ to build the facility, then Government must do so itself. That left only one choice - because with the public uproar over a Guatemalan company building a security facility for Belize - there's no way government would go there. ' So, the Government of Belize will take on the project and finish the Hunting Caye base. It will cost the public purse about 1.6 million dollars to complete the works, and it also puts the Coast Guard's plans for that base on an extended delay. The Commandant of the Coast Guard discussed it with us today:

Who Is The Hardest Warrior?
Right now, 40 law enforcement officers are recovering and preparing for day two of a grueling competition known as the Best Warrior Competition. It's a 3-day event organized by the Belize National Coast Guard where the participants take on some of the most physically demanding elements of combat training to determine who is the roughest, readiest soldier. How tough are these challenges? Our news team was out with the competitors today, and Daniel Ortiz has the story of their torture and travails: Daniel Ortiz reporting 5 teams, 4 from the Coast Guard and 1 from the Belize Defence Force all lined up this morning ready to take each other on in a test of fitness, endurance, skill and most importantly teamwork. The teams are made up of the Coast Guard elements: the officers, the fleet members - the operational officers, SEALS, the recruit squad #5, and BDF's Special Assignment Group.

Cricel Comes Home In Glory
On Monday, we told you how professional bodybuilder Cricel Castillo competed and won in her first ever World Beauty Fitness and Fashion competition in Miami. That event was held last week Saturday, and as part of her validation for winning the Fitness Diva category, she was given her pro-card, signed by WBFF President Paul Dillett. So, she's well on her way to establishing herself in an international federation, but all that happened as a consequence of her dispute with the local federation, the Belize Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation. She remains suspended, but even without their backing, Castillo placed first in her weight class in an international competition. She landed at the PGIA this afternoon, and when we spoke to her outside, she told us that because of her win at the WBFF Competition, she's been invited to join a world-class bodybuilding team. Here's how she explained the implications for her career:

Pro Footballer Deon Mc Is Back Home To Rest & Recover
But she wasn't the only internationally competitive Belizean athlete on today's flight. We also met up with football star Deon McCauley, who arrived home today. He's been playing professionally for the Atlanta Silverbacks, a big-time opportunity him as a professional athlete. He's returned home today to rest up, and he told us that he needs to recover from an injury before he can return to professional football: Deon McCauley "As you can see it's a little slow right about now because I have been injures like 6 months now from in May, but when I did my exit physicals about two weeks ago, we found that I had a slight problem that I needed to fix, so I am just trying to recover the best I could." Daniel Ortiz "What's next for you in terms of your aspirations as a pro football player?"

Third Eye Not Blind
It's called the third eye - an art exhibit that puts three female artists in a creative collaboration, which sometimes works out like a collision course - and we mean that in the best way possible. The artists eLise Arelie (Craig), Alyssa Craig and Briheda Haylock threw convention and formalism out the door and embraced works based on ideas, concepts and multimedia challenges. It opens tomorrow at the Image Factory - but today we got an advance look. The exhibit opens tomorrow at 7pm and will remain on display for the next two weeks.

Channel 5

George Street Figure Shot in Rival Territory
A well-known George Street boss, Carlos ‘Zimbab’ Abraham, is listed in stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was shot down this morning in rival territory. Police [...]

Apartment Complex in Lord’s Bank Up in Smoke
In the Lord’s Bank community, an apartment complex owned by Bert Ramos, the vice chairman of the village, who is also the owner of Ramos Bus Lines, went up in [...]

Chamber Issues Release on Sugar Cane Industry
Late this evening, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued a release in respect of the impasse in the sugar industry involving a proposal by B.S.I./A.S.R. to bypass the [...]

PM Barrow Explains Petrocaribe Loan Motion
Tuesday’s Special Sitting of the House of Representatives was crafted for the presentation and passage of what Prime Minister Dean Barrow is calling a validation motion relating to the Petrocaribe [...]

P.U.P. Leader Blasts Barrow in the House
Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca wasn’t buying the PM’s take on the matter, including G.O.B.’s assertion that the P.U.P. in its own time used and abused the Petrocaribe funds [...]

Petrocaribe Money Dominates House Meeting
It was a day for spirited repartee, and the Opposition was able to hold its own inside the House, even as thousands cheered and sang and danced in fine political [...]

Cricel Returns Home Victorious
Bodybuilder Cricel Castillo returned to Belize this morning from Miami, Florida where she rose to international stardom in bodybuilding, clinching the Pro Card Diva Fitness Model Short and Best Costume [...]

Butane Prices Down
Following an increase at the end of October, the prices for butane gas are going down tonight at depots across the country. According to a release, the Supplies Control Unit [...]

Father & Sons Charged for Grievous Harm
Fifty-nine-year-old Agustin Carlos, a Belizean cane farmer of Progresso Village, Corozal District, reported that on Saturday at about six p.m. he visited a cool spot across from his house where [...]

B.D.F. Soldier Convicted of Harm
A B.D.F. soldier was this afternoon convicted of harming his common-law-wife after a misunderstanding ensued at their home this past Tuesday. Thirty-two year old Rodney Menzies is accused of causing [...]

Mexican National Remanded for Illegal Entry
A Mexican national, who says he is from Playa Del Carmen, Quintano Roo, was caught at the Belize side of the border just minutes after he reportedly paid one hundred [...]

Cisco Employee Still Missing
Joeth ‘Chyna’ Pratt has been reported missing since November fourth when she disappeared from work at Cisco Construction Ltd. earlier that afternoon.  A dedicated team of colleagues has scoured Medina [...]

Miss Honduras Laid To Rest After Brutal Murder
  Honduran beauty queen Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister Sofia were laid to rest near their hometown of Santa Barbara today. The tragic story of jealousy and murder has [...]

Briceño on Petrocaribe Funded Projects
Earlier we told you about the House debate in which both sides think the Petrocaribe program is a good thing – hundreds of millions worth of a good thing since [...]

Espat Debates Validity of Petrocaribe Loan Motion
Member for Cayo South Julius Espat has been a particular thorn in the side of the government. It is his name, as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee that is [...]

Third Eye Launched at Image Factory
A new art exhibition is being launched at the Image Factory Art Foundation. Entitled the Third Eye, the exhibit is featuring three female artists: eLise Arelie Craig, her daughter, Alyssa [...]

A Look Back at Garifuna Settlement Day
Garifuna Settlement Day festivities were held across the country on Wednesday, the largest celebration taking place in Culture Capital, Dangriga.  In Belize City, the annual re-enactment of the arrival of [...]

Healthy Living Looks at Dieting for Diabetics
One of the most common misconceptions about diabetes is that it is caused by eating too much sugary foods. The truth is that it isn’t easy to predict who will [...]

CTV3

BCCI Weights In Current Sugar Impasse
While contentions linger within the sugar industry, other groups have taken note and today the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued a press release stating grave concern over the situation. As a major contributor to the country’s economy and a significant source of foreign currency, the BCCI states that quote, “any loss to this Industry will therefore have a dire impact on all Belizeans,” end of quote. They made that point by adding that from January to September this year sugar accounted for in excess of $108 million Belize dollars as a major domestic export. As a result, the BCCI asks that certain things be considered, starting with supporting the constitutional right of each farmer to negotiate on his own behalf under the right Freedom of Association. In addition, the BCCI stresses that Foreign Direct Investment finances economic growth and it’s failure falls directly on the Belizean public as taxpayer funds and employee contributions will inevitably be used to support and grow Belize limiting growth and increases our exposure to risk. Finally the BCCI states that discussion among stakeholders should already have moved to increasing income and productivity via improved technology and expansion. The BCCI ultimately calls upon both political parties to dialogue in a responsible and bipartisan manner, given the major economic impact of this Industry with calm and reason.

More On Petro Caribe Loan Motion
The Petrocaribe loan motion debate was raging in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. By now, it has been established that the move has been met with a resounding rejection by the members of the Opposition People’s United Party. And while the Prime Minister elaborated flamboyantly on the programs rolled out through the Petrocaribe funds, there was also some blame game played by the UDP ministers as it concerns the subject at hand, to which members of the Opposition responded rather emphatically. Honorable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize “They did not want to partner with Esso because they wanted to give the deal to their crony, they couldn’t partner with Esso because Esso would not play their corrupt hustling game so in order to privilege their crony and arrange no doubt for party ad ministerial kickbacks they shafted the Belizean people, we though do everything above and we care only about getting the results for the country.”

Former Prime Minister Calls Loan Motion Hypocritical
And while the debate rages on, as the matter has now been taken to court by the PUP, the Opposition has called the Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s now full support of the Petrocaribe agreement as hypocritical, especially since he was strongly opposed to the idea when he and his party were in Opposition at the time that the PUP signed the agreement. “Commandant Chavez as he now calls him as a new imperial master with hegemonic aspirations to control all of us in the region so now how this hypocrite will get up now in this house and pay tribute to Chavez.” The debate on the loan motion went on for six and a half hours as at least three other loan motions were tabled.

Corozal Fire Victim Seeks Assistance From The Public
On Monday we reported on a fire that totally destroyed the home of the Gibsons, a family of 7 from College Road in Corozal Town. When we last left you, the wooden structure was completely destroyed as well as their belongings and appliances from within. The estimated value of items lost was not known and today, owner Pauline Gibson said that family’s’ loss is estimated at 15 thousand dollars. Today Pauline stopped by our news room in Corozal seeking an outlet to reach the community for assistance. “I deh around hustling going to people and asking for help, house to house and am trying to get a nice job and I went to the Minister even on the streets to work and get back my things and a job to work and make mines.”Victor Castillo – Reporter“When it comes to your material, we know you have lost all your stuff, all your belongings, how have you been doing without it and for your kids and all of that?”

BSCFA Meets With DPM To Discuss Current Impasse With BSI
The atmosphere within the sugar industry of Belize continues to be tense. BSI waits for farmers to sign contracts individually or as harvest groups while rejecting the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association’s request for another interim agreement to enable the start of crop while negotiations continue. BSI has also rejected the proposal of an external expert’s intervention into the matter. The BSCFA has sent a letter to the Sugar Industry Control Board on the matter of bringing in an external expert and as we understand it, the SICB has answered saying they have been unable to convene and discuss the matter and will do so until November 25th. Earlier, we had reported that the BSCFA had given the SICB until tomorrow to give a response but now that wait will be extended to the 25th of this month. In the meantime, the eighteen branch chairmen of the BSCFA met today with the Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega.

Briceno Lashes Out At The Government On Job Poorly Done
Amid the debate on the Petrocaribe loan, government ministers argued their support of the move with a majority of them making reference to projects funded by the monies of the loan, which is something the Opposition has deemed as illegal. Deputy Prime Minister and Orange Walk North Area Representative Gaspar Vega gave his support, naturally, and ardently point out that Orange Walk has been benefiting from the investments of the Petrocaribe funds. “In Orange Walk we have seen millions of dollars invested in the sugar roads. Mr. Speaker, I want to thank on behalf all Orange Walkenos, the Prime Minister and this United Democratic Government for ensuring for bringing prosperity for Orange Walk, we bring betterment to Orange Walk and to all Orange Walkenos regardless of which color, which denomination of religion, which political party hey belong to we work for all. No mek ghosts fool you we will have an election next year March and you will get just what you are asking for.”

LPG Prices Slashed By Six Dollars
There is some relief coming out of the Supplies Control Unit tonight; the price of a one hundred pound cylinder of butane has shown a major decrease. Effective tomorrow, the prices have been decreased by six dollars across the board. The new price for butane imported by Belize Gas Limited and Western Gas Company from PEMEX Mexico now sells at $109 in Belize City and Corozal, $111 in Belmopan/San Ignacio, $110 in Orange Walk, $112 in Benque, $113 in Dangriga and$114 in Punta Gorda. For LPG imported from Central America, the new price for a 100 pound cylinder in Belize City and Corozal is $106, Belmopan and San Ignacio sells for $108, Orange Walk at $107, Benque sells for $109, Dangriga at $110 and Punta Gorda at $111. Domestic price for LPG distributed by Belize Natural Energy Limited is $99 dollars. The Belize Bureau of Standards denotes the decrease of 6 dollars by a current production boom in this region and compared to 2013, LPG prices are $15 lower on the 100 pound cylinder.


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BDF Soldier Plead Guilty To Harm
Thirty-two year old BDF soldier Rodney Menzies, was fined five hundred dollars today by Magistrate Dale Cayetano after he plead guilty to harm. Menzies was given until January 31, 2015, to pay the fine. If he defaults on payment he will serve one year. The incident occurred on Tuesday, November 18. Menzies’ ex-common-law wife, reported to the police that when she arrived home at her house, she saw that one of the windows was open and her television was wet because of the rain. She said she told Menzies about it and an argument ensued between them. She said Menzies got angry and he pushed her down and she received an injury to her left leg. She said she was issued with a pair of medico-legal forms and she went to the hospital where the doctor who examined her classified her injury as harm.

Mexican national Charged With Illegal Entry
Thirty-three year old Francisco Juarez, a Mexican national, who said he is the promoter of a nightclub in Cancun, was charged with illegal entry when he appeared today before Magistrate Dale Cayetano. Juarez plead not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor objected to bail on the ground that Juarez has no travel document and he is a flight risk. Magistrate Cayetano upheld the objection and he remanded Juarez into custody until December 16. According to a report from the Immigration Department, Juarez entered Belize on November 18, by crossing the Rio Hondo in a canoe. Later the same day he was stopped at a police check point in Orange Walk and he was handed over to immigration officers after he was unable to produce any travel document. Juarez told immigration officers that he was going to Tikal.

Fisherman Charged With Drug Trafficking
Twenty-nine year old Everal Grey, a fisherman of Jones Street, was charged with drug trafficking and possession of a controlled drug when he appeared today before Magistrate Dale Cayetano. Grey plead not guilty to the charges. He was released on a bail of three thousand dollars and his case was adjourned until January 16, 2015. According to police reports, they went to Grey’s house on November 14, but he was not at home so they took a Justice of the Peace to his house and when they conducted a search they found one gram of cannabis under a sofa. The police also reported that on November 18, they went to Grey’s and he was at home. The police said that when they searched the house they found 136 grams of cannabis in the bathroom under the bath tub. As a result, they charged Grey with the two offenses.

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Carlos Abraham targeted in gun violence
Police have confirmed the detention of one man pending investigation of a shooting incident in Belize City on Thursday morning. Around 9:57 at the corner of Banak and Lakeview Streets, 46 year old Carlos Abraham Jr., also known as “Zimbab,” was shot in the neck and arm. The George Street resident is reported to be in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where police were on guard Thursday morning against possible retaliation. Carlos Abraham was associated with the George Street Gang, and in August of 2011 was one of several residents who clashed with the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU), following the death of Charles Woodye, and later received a settlement.

Market Vendors Complain About Unruly UDP Crowd
With a massive crowd like the one seen at Tuesday’s rally, you would have expected the Belmopan businesses around the market area and the bus terminal to benefit, but on the contrary, reports are that a lot of people closed down early, due to the unruly behavior of some members of the crowd. One shop keeper at Market square in particular was robbed of several items that were on display. The report however never reached police, and they have declined going on camera with their concerns, instead the shop closed down at 1:00 pm, as did many other businesses around that area. A series of fights broke out throughout the day, but there was one in particular that alerted police. Sometime around midday, a man was stabbed as a result of an altercation.

Lone Loans
The crowd sang Petro-Caribe roll it, but that was not the only loan motion that rolled into the house on Tuesday. Four loan motions were introduced to the House and were taken through all the stages on the same day. The loan motions are as follows: 1. The OPEC Fund for International Development- Belize City Southside Poverty Alleviation Project (Phase lll) Loan Motion 2014 which is for the sum of US $15,220,000 for a term of 20 years at an interest rate of 2.75% percent. 2. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Seventh Consolidated Line of Credit to the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Loan and Guarantee Motion 2014 which is for the sum of US $10,500,000 at an interest rate of 3.95% percent per annum on the outstanding balance for the Ordinary Capital Resource portion and 2.5% per annum on the outstanding balance for the Special Funds Resources portion plus a commitment fee at the rate of 0.25% percent per annum on any amount of the OCR portion unwithdrawn.

BDF soldier convicted of harming ex
A Soldier in the Belize Defence Force, Rodney Menzies, avoided jail time on a charge of harm, after being issued a fine of $500 by Magistrate Dale Cayetano. The 32 year old is accused of violently pushing down his former common-law wife Michelle Benguche, following an argument at her Antelope Street Extension residence, in Belize City. According to Michelle Benguche, she came home on November 18 and found a window open, and her television set wet from being exposed to rain. When she told Menzies about it he got angry and they argued, and that was when he pushed her and she suffered injury to her left leg.

Fisherman facing drug charges
Twenty-nine year old Everal Grey, a fisherman of 8378 Jones Street, Belize City, was charged with drug trafficking and possession of a controlled drug, when he appeared on Thursday before Magistrate Dale Cayetano. Grey pled not guilty to the charges. He was released on a bail of $3,000 and his case was adjourned until January 16,2015. According to police reports, they went to Everal Grey’s house on November 14, but he was not at home. So they took a Justice of the Peace to his house, and when they conducted a search they found 1 gram of cannabis under a sofa. The police also reported that on November 18 they went to Grey’s and he was at home. The police said that when they searched the house they found 136 grams of cannabis in the bathroom under the bath tub.

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McCafee’s Cop Out on Bail after Serving Six Weeks
Former Police Corporal Darius Martinez is out on $6,000 bail after Justice Herbert Lord granted a stay of execution on his sentence for attempting to corrupt a police officer. On Tuesday, September 30, Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith found Martinez guilty of attempting to corrupt a public officer after he tried to intervene in an investigation surrounding John McCaffee in 2011. In 2011 police raided McCaffee’s compound in Orange Walk and a number of weapons were confiscated and people detained. WPC Stacey Smith of the Gang Suppression Unit reported that she was called by Martinez after the raid and he asked her if she “wanted to make some money”. Smith recorded the conversation in which Martinez told her that she would not have to do anything illegal – all she had to do was take care of someone for McCaffee. Smith recorded the conversation and Martinez was arrested and charged.

American woman charged with drug trafficking
American Expatriate Janneth Elaine McKean is facing a drug trafficking charge after Corozal Police caught her with marijuana in quantities beyond a simple usage. McKean is one of the Americans living in the Consejo Shores community, which is known as being made up of mostly international retirees. Officers visited her house on Saturday evening, November 15, at around 6 p.m. and they informed her that it was their job to search for anything illegal. The officers report that it was at this time that the 54 year-old retiree handed over a black plastic bag. The officers searched it and realized that the bag contained 161.3 grams, or 5.68 ounces of marijuana, and 2 ornamental, hand-crafted pipes used to smoke marijuana.

Charged with Manslaughter Three Years Later
Police have arrested and charged Ervan Augustine, 41, for causing the death of Wayne Williams, 45, in a traffic fatality three years ago. Williams, died in a traffic accident on December 6, 2011 when he ran into a Westline bus near mile 28 on the George Price Highway. Witnesses believe that he swerved into the path of the bus in order to avoid a water truck that was parked on the side of the road with no warning lights. It was after sunset and the area between mile 28 and 29 is especially dark. Williams was driving westward when the water truck suddenly came into his field of vision. Police’s investigation has revealed that Augustine was the individual who left the truck on the side of the road after it had mechanical difficulties; however, it was left too close to the road and without warning lights. Almost three years after the incident, Augustine has been charged with one count of manslaughter by negligence and one count of causing death by careless conduct. He appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Thursday, November 13. The charges are being dealt with on indictment; therefore, bail was not taken in the Magistrates Court. There was no objection to bail which was offered in the sum of $5,000 plus one surety of the same amount.

Roger Bradley guilty of burglarizing home on Freetown Road
Roger Bradley, 34, a Driver/sideman picked up his third conviction for crimes of dishonestly and a second burglary conviction was sentenced to eight years imprisonment by Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith on Tuesday, November 18. He was sentenced to 8 years since he has two previous convictions, one for burglary and one for theft. Bradley was found guilty of burglarizing the home of Luana Sosa, located on Freetown Road, Belize City on the morning of March 25, 2014 sometime after 9. He had stolen, two Leap Frog games belonging to Sosa’s children. Bradley was caught in the act by the babysitter, Marva Williams who was startled by the sound of noise coming from inside the house. When she went to see what was causing the noise, Williams said she came face to face with the thief. Williams did not panic and chased Bradley out of the house, running behind him trying to get back the items he had stolen. She caught up with him at the corner of Freeetown Road and Cinderella Plaza where a friend who was passing by grabbed the bag from Bradley and handed it over to her.

Claire Brothers released on bail
Burton Claire, 20, and Gavan Claire, 19, are out on bail after Justice Herbert Lord released them on $5,000 bond each plus a surety of the same amount. The brothers were charged along with Kyle Carter, 19, and James Swazo, 39, for keeping a .38 Special revolver and ammunition without a gun license. Conditions to bail are they must report to the Raccon Street Police Station every Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. until the case concludes. They are to surrender travel documents and appear in the Belize City Magistrates Court on their next court date set for Friday, December 19, 2014.

Petro Caribe... roll it!
Thousands of Belizeans rolled out to Belmopan on Tuesday, November 18, to express their support of Prime Minister Barrow’s use of the Petro-Caribe funds for national development. The morning started with a countrywide downpour but that did not dampen the spirits of enthusiastic supporters. Belizeans from Toledo came out of their homes from before 4 a.m. Supporters from Stann Creek boarded buses around 6 a.m. Corozalenos left their homes from 5 a.m. Orange Walkenos departed at 5:30 a.m. Belize City supporters started boarding at 6:45 a.m. and from the rural villages of the Belize District at about 6:15 a.m. Benque residents left shortly after 7 a.m. By 8:30 a.m. the capital City Belmopan was already flooded with supporters of Prime Minister Barrow. The most common phrase on T-Shirts and placards was “We de with wi PM”. The second most common statement was “Petro-Caribe is Transforming Belize”. One group from Belize City held signs saying, “Leave our jobs alone.” The crowd continued to swell as 10 a.m. approached. There were two groups with Garifuna drums and this prompted a period of singing and dancing. People from all over the country- of different religious convictions, ethnicity and socio-economic backgrounds-gathered together in unity for one cause, national development.

Carl Lino remanded for attempted murder
After being on police guard at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for five days, Carl Lino, 22, was escorted to the Magistrates Court to face five criminal charges. Shots rang out on North Front Street, near Majestic Alley, around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12. When police responded they saw George Street associate Andrew Tate, 28, suffering from gunshot wound to the back of the head. Police in the area intercepted Tate’s alleged shooter and shot him in the foot. The shooter was indentified as Lino. He was found in possession of a chrome .38 revolver with one round of ammunition left. In a report to police Tate said he was riding his bicycle on North Front Street when Lino fired three shots in his direction, one of which caught him in the back of the head. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial where he was treated and stabilized.

Teenager remanded for attempt on life of another teenager
A teenager was shot in the hand on Wednesday, November 12, at the corner of Fuller’s Lane and Currasow Street and police have arrested and charged 18 year old DeShay Williams, a resident of #27 B Banak Street in Belize City. Williams who was unrepresented, appeared in Court before the Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser, where he was read three criminal offenses of attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm with the use of a deadly weapon, to wit, a firearm upon 18 year old Stanley Alexander Flowers Jr., who was shot once in the lower right hand. No plea was taken and due to the nature of the offenses, Williams was denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until January 23, 2015. Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser explained to him that she cannot grant him bail at this time but that he can apply at the Supreme Court.

Traffic mishaps leave two dead and one injured
Two traffic accidents, 1 in the north, and another in the west has left 2 people dead and 1 man hospitalized. Belmopan Police responded to a traffic accident at mile 50 and 51 on the Western Highway, just in front of Westar Gas Station, at around 9 p.m. on Friday, November 14. That’s where a van had knocked down 52 year-old Maria Wright and killed her. The driver of the van, 41 year-old Jorge Romero, told police that he was heading home from San Ignacio to Belmopan City. He says that just as he had arrived in front of the gas station, an elderly woman suddenly came into his field of vision and that’s when his van struck her. Wright is believed to have died on impact or shortly afterwards; Romero has reportedly been served by police with a notice of intended prosecution.

Additional charges placed on Coast Guard officer
In September of this year, 49 year old Coast Guard officer Whain Williams was charged for a boat collision that occurred in the Crooked Tree lagoon on January 31, 2014. At the time the collision had claimed the life of student, 21 year old Benjamin Jerome Gentle Jr. Williams reappeared in court on Tuesday November 18 where he was additionally charged for injuries sustained by 3 other persons who were also injured in the same boat collision. He appeared before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith,where he was read three more traffic offenses being two counts of grievous harm upon Anthea Garbutt and Gabriel Cruz and one count of wounding upon Jair Tillett, a resident of Crooked Tree.

Francis, Said and Julius’ too much of something
Francis Fonseca, Said Musa and Julius Espat did add so much to the debate at the house meeting on Tuesday, November 18. They added that little grain of salt that just makes the plate of food unbearable. We start off with Francis Fonseca. Nobody thought him what a debate really was and he began to speak on everything else except what was up for discussion. Making matters worse is when he concluded his presentation on everything except the Petro Caribe loan motion; Francis Fonseca actually called for an election to be held. He is so dense that he did not know or was never told that on March 4th there will be a Municipal Election. Of course there are 67 seats that will be contested and there is no one on this earth that can tell any sane and reasonable thinking individual that the UDP will not all those seats. But that aside, lets humor this jackass a little. He says call the elections, and lets say that the General Elections are called, does he not realize that the way his party is going, his members are dropping like flies? Mahmud gone, Tulio Mendez gone, he kicked out Arthur Saldivar, he took out Michah from Collet; need we do the math and tell him that he is 4 short? Come on, Francis, Call elections? Please, you will be going into it with 27 candidates. Do you really want this?

C.E.O. Coye Expects a “Center for Clinical Excellence”
Dr. Adrian Coye, OBE, has been the Chief Executive Officer of the nation’s flagship hospital, Karl Heusner Memorial, for just about a month but he says his job is simple: “I just want the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital to be placed on the map in terms of a center for clinical excellence where all Belizeans benefit.” Dr. Coye was selected by the hospital’s Board of Directors on October 9 in a two candidate race (Linda Johnson was the other nominee). According to Coye, the weeks since being named C.E.O. has been “busy”. Coye says the four years he has been at the institution prepared him well for the new role as chief administrator. “My first four years serving in different ways allowed me to learn more about the institution’s weaknesses and strengths,” says Coye. He added that the journey has been exciting and he has seen positive changes almost every six months in the clinical, nursing and other services resulting in an overall positive transformation. Therefore his job is to “continue the journey to advancing and modernizing the hospital”. In referring to his new role, Coye often mentions the word “journey”. He believes to get the hospital where it needs to be will take a lot of hard work and time. The job may not even be completed during his era. Coye says he is more concerned about paving the way than leaving a legacy. “I just want to make the job easier for the person that comes after me and I believe that after spending the time that I will spend here the journey for others after should be easier and better.”

Orange Walk Residents Rally for Gapi
The people of Orange Walk North rallied in great numbers to show their support for Hon. Gaspar Vega on Sunday, November 16 meaning that Ramon Cervantez Jr. may have done himself more harm than good with his malicious attack on Hon. Gaspar Vegas’ reputation. The people of Orange Walk know Gaspar Vega very well. Some support him politically and others do not. However, there is one shared view. Gaspar Vega or “Gapi”, as he is affectionately called, is viewed as one of the most polite political figure the North has ever had. Even those who don’t support him politically believe that the People’s United Party and the Cervantez family went way too far when they attempted to link him to the murder of Ramon Cervantez Sr. On Sunday Orange Walkenos lined up in the afternoon and paraded through the streets step by step with Hon. Vega and his family. At one point they heisted him on their shoulder and carried him to the Trial Farm Park. The lift, for Vega, was greater than a few hundred yards. He has taken on hits on his character before but never to such a degree. Being accused of murder is something he never contemplated when entering politics. It was the love of his family and kind words and gestures of supporters that provided strength in troubling times.

Belize Athletics Association to host 2014 National Track and Field Championship
The Belize Athletics Association invites all athletes and track enthusiasts to be a part of a National Track and Field Championship event. This event will be held at the Marion Jones Sports Complex on the 6th and 7th December, 2014. All athletes 16 years (born 1998 and older) can participate in the events. Registration forms can be obtained from and returned to the BAA via email ( belizeathleticsassociation@gmail.com) or from our Facebook page (Belize Athletics Association). Registration forms can also be obtained from and returned to the National Sports Council’s offices throughout the country. Please be advised that registration forms should be submitted no later than Wednesday December 3rd, 2014; no late registrations will be accepted. Cost of registration is $5.00 per athlete.

Placenica Texmar Assassins leads in Premier League Football Competition
The Premier League of Belize Football competition continued over the last weekend with four games on the schedule. On Saturday 15 November out at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, the national defending champions, the Belmopan Bandits blasted Verdes FC by the score of 4-1. The Belmopan Bandits were the first to get onto the scoreboard when Elroy Kuylen scored the 1st goal of the game in the 3rd minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. It was not until in the 2nd half of the game that Verdes FC got on the scoreboard when Jarret Davis scored the equalising goal in the 52nd minute of play to tie the score at 1-1. However, Belmopan Bandits’ Woodrow West scored his team’s go ahead goal in the 54th minute of play via a penalty kick to give his team a 2-1 lead. The lead was further extended when Highking Roberts scored his team’s 3rd goal of the game in the 79th minute of play for a 3-1 lead. And then the final goal was scored by Dalton Eiley an own goal in the 84th minute of play for a 4-1 victory. On Sunday 16 November, 2014, at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk Town, the visiting Placencia Texmar Assassins blanked the Belize Defence Force by the score of 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by Luis Torres in the 71st minute of play.

Belize Softball Federation to host VII Annual Charles Solis Memorial Tourney
The Belize Softball Federation is pleased to announce that the VII Annual Charles Solis Memorial Softball Tourney is scheduled for Sunday 23 November, 2014, at Rogers Stadium the home of softball in Belize. The tourney will include the Belize Bank Bulldogs the newly crowned National Softball Champions of Belize, Beacon from Belize City along with Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy and Camalote from the Cayo Softball Association, Sunrise of Lord’s Bank, Belize Rural champions and the champions from Orange Walk Association. The Charles Solis Memorial Tournament will utilise the Double Elimination Format and will commence at 9:00 am. At the end of the tourney, one of Mr. Charles Solis’ sons will present the championship cup and the individual medals to the teams that finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Belize has hit the 1 Million mark!
As of October 2014, Belize has seen one million visitors into the country, through overnight and cruise arrivals, two months earlier than forecasted. In October, tourist arrivals increased by 6.7%, exceeding the initial projection which estimated that October would have seen a decrease of 10.82% in overnight arrivals. For cruise arrivals, 56,144 visitors were scheduled for October, but there was a total of 1,769 more cruise visitors over that forecasted number. According to the Belize Tourism Board’s (BTB), projections set forth earlier this year, it was expected that Belize would hit the one million mark at the end of the year; however, we’ve surpassed this figure earlier than was expected. In the past nine years, Belize hit the one million mark twice, in 2005 and 2010, with 1,036,904 and 1,006,547, respectively. Belize is well on its way to having the most visitors ever in its history. The arrival of 1,018,705 visitors last month has already surpassed the 2010 arrivals.

The Suburban Areas of Hillview and Santa Cruz in Cayo connected to population center
The suburban areas of Hillview and Santa Cruz in the Cayo District will now spurt with greater economic activity as the highway connecting those two rapidly growing communities to Santa Elena Town has been rehabilitated. Inaugural ceremonies for the recently paved 760 meters of Eden Street was held on Friday of last week in front of the Eden Seventh Day Adventist High School, one of the main beneficiaries to the new road improvements. Students from Eden High as well as community members came out in large numbers to hear how the works at the new Eden Drive were able to be completed within 21 months. Eden Drive was done by the Project Implementation Unit PIU of the Belize Municipal Development Project (BMDP), under the lead of the Belize Social Investment Fund. As a result Ernest Raymond, Head of the BMDP as well as Government Officials were present for the inauguration.

Land Deal with Cervantes Family and the Accused Killer
Only a desperate, shameless, power hungry PUP would use the death of their own loved one to try and gain political mileage. The truth about what went sour with the Cervantez’s and their whistle blower/accused killer is coming to light in black and white. A land transfer document was filed on June 5, 2014 for Parcel #1641, Block 4 in Orange Walk Town. The transferor in the document LRS-201406775 is Manuel Castillo of #7 Jamaica Street, Orange Walk Town. The title is transferred to joint holders, Ramon Cervantes and Vilma Cervantes. The purchase price is listed as BZE$25,000 and it was witnessed by Raul Torres, Justice of the Peace. The document was filed on June 5, 2014. Ramon Cervantes went missing on July 1, 2014. Is there a connection? Was there any dispute between the transferor and the transferees?

EU inaugurates three rehabilitated roads in Corozal District & breaks grounds for a fourth in Orange Walk
On Thursday November 13, the European Union officially opened three roads and broke ground for the rehabilitation of a fourth road under the Rural Road Rehabilitation Project. The rehabilitated roads from Xaibe to Calcutta, Patchakan and San Roque are located in the Corozal District and have a combined length of 8.7 kilometres while ground was broken for the rehabilitation of the 21.4km road from August Pine Ridge to Blue Creek road in the Orange Walk District. The rehabilitation of the roads is financed by the European Union and the Government of Belize through funds from the EU’s Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) Programme and is being undertaken in four phases. The rehabilitated roads were completed under phase two of the programme while the August Pine Ridge to Blue Creek road is part of phase three. The Rural Road Rehabilitation Project programme began in 2008 and will end in 2016 supporting the upgrade of key roads in the sugar areas at a cost of over € 42.7 million (BZD 106.7million).

Monchie deserves a lawsuit
On the evening News after our last issue of the Guardian had printed, Ramon “Monchie” Cervantes announced that he is not going to apologize to Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega and neither will he retract the defamatory statements made. He has since made it formal in a letter written to DPM Vega’s attorney, Rodwell Williams. In a letter sent, Friday, November 14, a letter sent from the law offices of Musa & Balderamos stated, quote, “Our client denies making or publishing any statement calculated to disparage the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Gaspar Vega… Our client’s and other members of his family’s sole concern was to assist the authorities in their investigation into this heinous crime…” end Quote. Cervantes’ attorney goes on to suggest that the releasing of the phone call between the man claiming to be Manuel Castillo and Monchie’s mother was somehow a matter of public interest, and that’s what justifies them to release it. Remarkably, Cervantes’ attorney claimed, “At no time was our client or any member of his family actuated by malice against the Hon. Gaspar Vega or anyone else. Our client felt duty bound to act as he did in the circumstance…”

Police Constable faces traffic charges
Police Constable Wilbert Chan is out on bail after he was charged for hitting Daniel Grey with a police truck. Chan allegedly knocked down Grey at the corner of Cleghorn and Mapp Street on October 31. According to reports, he rushed past a stop sign and in the process hit Grey with the truck. Chan was served with a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) and was charged on Thursday, August 13. PC Chan appeared in the Magistrate’s Court where he was read three charges: one count of driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention, one count of failure to confirm to a traffic sign and one count of negligent harm upon Daniel Grey. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and Magistrate Dale Cayetano granted bail in the sum of $3,000 plus one surety of the same amount. Chan is due back in court on January 12, 2015.

Nicholi Rhys in prison for professing to be a gangster
Nicholi Rhys is spending time on remand at the Belize Central Prison for allegedly professing to be a member of the George Street gang. According to police, on Friday, November 14, he professed to be a member of the George Street gang even after he was cautioned by police. Rhys appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith on Monday, November 17, where he pleaded not guilty to a single charge of professing to be a member of a criminal gang. Since the matter is an indictable offense, bail could not be granted at the Magistrates Court. He will be remanded until he can secure Supreme Court bail or until his next court appearance on January 22.

10 years for construction worker found with gun and ammo at job site
A Belize City Construction Worker, 27-year-old Justin Richards, who was on remand for another offense was convicted to 10 years in jail after being found guilty of keeping an unlicensed firearm and ammunition when his trial ended before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Richards was charged after he was found in possession of a .38 revolver loaded with 5 live rounds of ammunitions. The bust occurred at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Antelope Street in Belize City. Cpl. Samuel Bonilla of the Belize Police Department testified that he was on mobile patrol in the city, when he received information and based on that, he visited the area where Richards was seen working. He approached Richards and saw a knapsack on his back. He told him he was wanted at the station and before he left with him from the construction site, he conducted a search of him and the bag and found the firearm and bullets.|

Wesley College boys win two in a row in high school basketball
The Central Region Secondary Schools Basketball Competition continued at Bird’s Isle with a number of games over the last week of play. On Saturday 15, November, 2014, in the female game played, Pallotti High School won over Ladyville Technical High School via the default route. In the first of two games in the male competition, Wesley College defeated Nazarene High School by the score of 60-50. The top scorers for Wesley College were Shaquille Crawford with 23 points and Kirkland Lamb with 8 points. For Nazarene High School, the top scorers were S. Valerio and Calvin Tench Jr. With 15 points each. In the second game, Edward P. Yorke High School defeated Ladyville Technical High School by the score of 75-67. The top scorers for Edward P. Yorke High School were Akeem Baptist with 38 points and Kenroy Davis with 19 points. For Ladyville Technical High School, the top scorers were Degron Joseph with 17 points and Rashid Bethran with 13 points.

Francis, Said and Julius’ too much of something
Francis Fonseca, Said Musa and Julius Espat did add so much to the debate at the house meeting on Tuesday, November 18. They added that little grain of salt that just makes the plate of food unbearable. We start off with Francis Fonseca. Nobody thought him what a debate really was and he began to speak on everything else except what was up for discussion. Making matters worse is when he concluded his presentation on everything except the Petro Caribe loan motion; Francis Fonseca actually called for an election to be held. He is so dense that he did not know or was never told that on March 4th there will be a Municipal Election. Of course there are 67 seats that will be contested and there is no one on this earth that can tell any sane and reasonable thinking individual that the UDP will not all those seats. But that aside, lets humor this jackass a little. He says call the elections, and lets say that the General Elections are called, does he not realize that the way his party is going, his members are dropping like flies? Mahmud gone, Tulio Mendez gone, he kicked out Arthur Saldivar, he took out Michah from Collet; need we do the math and tell him that he is 4 short? Come on, Francis, Call elections? Please, you will be going into it with 27 candidates. Do you really want this?

Patrick JonesPJ

BDF soldier convicted of harming his former common-law wife
Soldier in the Belize Defence Force Rodney Menzies avoided jail time on a charge of harm after being issued a fine of $500 by Magistrate Dale Cayetano. The 32 year old is accused of violently pushing down his former common-law wife Michelle Benguche following an argument at her Antelope Street Extension residence. According to Benguche she came home on November 18 and found a window open and her television set wet from being exposed to rain.

Fisherman facing drug charges
Twenty-nine year old Everal Grey, a fisherman of 8378 Jones Street, was charged with drug trafficking and possession of a controlled drug when he appeared today before Magistrate Dale Cayetano. Grey pled not guilty to the charges. He was released on a bail of $3,000 and his case was adjourned until January 16,2015. According to police reports, they went to Grey’s house on November 14, but he was not at home so they took a Justice of the Peace to his house and when they conducted a search they found 1 gram of cannabis under a sofa.

Mexican businessman charged with illegal entry
Thirty-three year old Francisco Juarez, a Mexican national who said he is the promoter of a nightclub in Cancun, was charged with illegal entry when he appeared today before Magistrate Dale Cayetano. Juarez pled not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor objected to bail on the ground that Juarez has no travel document and he is a flight risk. Magistrate Cayetano upheld the objection and he remanded Juarez into custody until December 16.

Butane price falls by $6
Starting Friday, November 21, Belizeans will be paying less for butane gas. A press release sent out by the Supplies Control Unit of the Ministry of Trade this afternoon announced that a new price structure goes into place on Friday that will see consumers paying $6 less per one hundred pound cylinder of butane, also known as Liquid Petroleum Gas. This means that consumers in Belize City will pay $109, while consumers in Punta Gorda town will pay $114 for a one hundred pound cylinder of butane imported from Mexico.

Belize City man in critical condition following shooting incident
A mid-morning shooting incident in Belize City today has left one man hospitalized in critical condition. Police have identified the victim as 46 year old Carlos Abraham, a resident of George Street in Belize City. According to police, the shooting happened at the corner of Banak and Lakeview Streets. A source says Abraham had just arrived in the area and had gotten out of a car when he was approached and shot.

Rigo Vellos wins Body Building tournament in Mexico
Mr. Belize Rigo Vellos has picked up a major win at the Copa Revolucion 2014 which was held in Merida, Mexico this past weekend. According to a statement from the Belize Body Building and Fitness Federation, Vellos competed and won in the over 80 Kilograms category, which the BBBFF says is equivalent to the heavy weight category. The Federations says that Vellos’ victory is the second year running that he has won the Merida tournament as the reigning Mr. Belize, beating out competitors from Merida, Cancun, Escarciga, Vera Cruz and Tamaulipas.

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Finn Kardashian Backpacks BELIZE! A Trip To San Ignacio
Over the past month or so, we followed my SUPER FUN and talented friend Finn on a pretty awesome adventure – from his home town and the place of his birth, San Pedro, Belize, all the way down to Panama City. All backpacking. But all done Finn’s way. We’ve named it the Finn Kardashian way. More fun, stylish and upscale with attention to the finer things and LESS those trashy pictures with the baby oil, butts and champagne that attention hungry Kim has been putting out recently. But that is neither here nor there. Over the past few weeks, Finn’s friend Phil has been visiting. A friend he met backpacking through Central America and came back to visit and stay. So here is a post he wrote about last week’s adventure to San Ignacio. A town that has really (as Belizeans say) CUM UP! over the last few years.

Updates on my Belizean Life
I realize it's been awhile sine an update - not intentional...just happen to be working far more than playing. That tends not to make the best updates (well some of this stuff would, but shouldn't really be public information). "Other Buddy" Status - So there's this local homeless guy, member of the "Red Top Society" (a collection of rum addicted folks), named Marcos Ash. He's a most excellent member of society, served in the Belizean military under our very own boat captain Charlie. Unfortunately he found a rum bottle one day and never found his way out. Despite his station in life he cleans the beach, fishes, washes people golf carts, and keeps an eye out for all of us in the neighborhood. He knows my parents by name (and Koda!), he also knows my brother by name...Kendall is apparently too tough. Despite the fact that I was the first to learn his name; oh well. I used to be "BUDDY!!" when we walked down the street; now Eric is 'Buddy', and I am 'other buddy' or '2nd buddy'. I'm okay with it - as long as I'm his buddy.

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Belize’s Charm Is Difficult to Describe But Easily Experienced
Tourist arrivals in Belize are on a record pace in 2014 as the once-sleepy country on Central America’s Caribbean coast is on target to host nearly 1.1 million visitors this year, the most in the country’s history. The country’s emerging profile brings back thoughts of my own limited travels in the country on Central America’s Caribbean coast. It’s small wonder that tourism in Belize is growing. The country has a stunning array of attractions, from some of the most impressive Mayan ruins found anywhere to one of the world’s most extensive cave networks and one of the world’s longest barrier reefs. But Belize also has a quirky nature all its own that is sometimes hard to define. Perhaps it’s the mixture of Mestizo, Mayan, Caribbean, Creole and Garifuna cultures that make Belize a place where everyone can feel somewhat at home. Or the easygoing charm of the array of small beachside towns beyond the capital of Belize City.

Misleading means: An alliance of billionaires and bureaucrats makes a difference
IN FRONT of the skyscrapers on the esplanade in Panama City, joggers puff along a path in the morning heat, as men and women do push-ups and bench-presses. In this part of Panama the enemies are fat and diabetes. But a short flight away indigenous communities living amid fearsome overcrowding on the tropical islands of Guna Yala (formerly San Blas) are so poor and malnourished that their young children can die for lack of a boat fare to get to the nearest health clinic. Parts of Guna Yala are, says an official from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), “hell in paradise”. This disparity between the rich-world health worries of city dwellers and the parlous situation of the poorest is prevalent across Central America. But until recently the IDB says it has never been measured or dealt with directly. Enter two of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates, a founder of Microsoft, and Carlos Slim, a Mexican telecoms magnate. Together with the government of Spain, the IDB and eight regional health authorities, their charitable foundations set out in 2010 to survey and tackle the problem. The alliance between billionaires and bureaucrats has been fruitful. It has revealed the depth of the inequality and shown how entrepreneurial thinking can be applied to seemingly intractable problems. The programme, called Salud Mesoamérica 2015, began by introducing the first large-scale health surveys of the poorest one-fifth of the population in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize and the southernmost Mexican state of Chiapas. The results, from surveys of more than 20,000 households by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, revealed what Julie Katzman, the IDB’s second-in-command, calls “the tyranny of the law of averages”.

IMF monitoring impact of PetroCaribe on regional economies
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is monitoring the potential impact any changes to PetroCaribe, Venezuela's oil alliance with several Caribbean islands will have on regional economies. Analysts say the initiative, which allows countries to pay for part of their oil import from Caracas over a 20-year period at low interest rates, will have to be modified or discontinued amidst a worsening economic situation in the South American country. Several Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Jamaica, Belize, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, and Suriname are members of PetroCaribe. St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said that Caracas invited PetroCaribe member countries to a meeting yesterday about "reaffirmation" of the commitment to the initiative, the brainchild of the former Venezuelan president, the late Hugo Chavez.

Venezuela pledges commitment to Petrocaribe despite oil-price dip
Venezuela pledged at a Petrocaribe meeting here Thursday to continue supplying oil on favorable terms to member states despite a drop in international crude prices. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez, the former CEO of state oil company PDVSA, stressed at the opening of the gathering that the South American nation remains "firmly committed" to the initiative. Petrocaribe "is an energy agreement that is perfectly sustainable over time," Ramirez told energy ministers of the 18 member states. The Venezuelan government-promoted Petrocaribe alliance has come under increasing criticism in recent weeks due to a sharp drop in oil prices, which President Nicolas Maduro says have caused government revenues to fall by at least 35 percent.

Seafresh reverses Q3 loss on higher sales prices, lower raw material prices
Thai shrimp processor Seafresh Industry turned around a loss in Q3 of 2013, with a net profit of THB 68.94 million ($2.10m) in the third quarter this year. The company, which owns Tesco warmwater and coldwater shrimp supplier Blue Earth Foods, Belize Aquaculture and Sea Farms in the US, reported revenue for the third quarter of 2014 of THB 2.07 billion, up 6.89% year-on-year. In the same quarter of 2013, the company reported a net loss of THB 98.71m. This, according to Seafresh, is as result of its overseas subsidiaries’ sales growth. The gross profit margin of the company and its subsidiaries increased from 2.71% to 9.36%, because the prices of raw material decreased and the sales prices increased, said Seafresh.

Lovin’ in the Oven
Klauber sold the business a few years ago, bought a house in Belize (on the Caribbean coast east of Guatemala and south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula), and soon was living a double life: She spends about five months a year in Belize, where she has good friends and does some baking and catering, and spends part of the year in the Capital Region, where she continues to bake pies (especially around the holidays) and picks up occasional catering work. Here, she lives in a house she bought and renovated in Ravena, a sleepy village 20 minutes from Albany but worlds away from the relative bustle and hipness of Center Square. (She jokes of her Ravena address that she’s in “the witness protection program.”) The spacious kitchen is warm and inviting; you can picture guests gathering comfortably around the room, wine glasses resting on the butcher block table. The design of the space, she confirms, is “both for function of production and for company.” Wherever she may be on any given day, in her head Klauber is feverishly plotting her next move, which presumably will involve a brand she is developing called Pirate Girl Treats (in Belize, people call her Pirate Girl). She has a logo (using a photo of herself as a little girl), a domain name (pirategirltreats.com, not yet a live website) and all sorts of “wacky, creative ideas” of things she might do with the brand besides simply baking and selling her familiar confections. “I just haven’t completely formulated it yet,” she says.

Videos

Video: Belize Medical Mission Trip, 4min.
from Cornerstone Baptist Church

Video: Interview with Ben Woodward-Missionary to Belize, 14min.

Video: Rondreis Mexico Belize 2014 deel 1, 18min.
Video (foto's en korte filmpjes) van onze Rondreis met de auto door Mexico en Belize mei 2014. In dit 1e deel bezoeken we: Puerto Morelos, de Flamingo's van Celustun, de tempels van Chichén Itzá, Mérida, de tempels en Cenotes van Uxmal, Campeche en Villahermosa

Video: Bonefishing - Belize 2014, 5min.
Saltwater fly fishing for bonefish in Belize, 2014

Video: Premicia - A Mayan Thanksgiving, 15min.
Deep in the mountains of Belize's San Antonio, Cayo District lives Silverio Canto: a family man, priest, retired teacher, herbalist, and maya shaman. Through compassion, faith, and ancient knowledge of the jungle around him, Silverio Canto is hailed as one of the greatest medicine men in Belize. Premicia is otherwise known as a Mayan thanksgiving; celebrating his hard work, his family, the Maya Gods, and his late mentor: Dr. Don Elijio Panti.

Video: Belize 10/2014, 5min.


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