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#498448 - 11/29/14 10:59 AM Today's Belize News: November 29, 2014
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The San Pedro Sun

Belize Audubon Hosts Urban Bird Watch in San Pedro
Of course shorebirds were the first to be spotted, and sandpipers and plovers scampered along the water’s edge. Also sighted along the beach (and in the skies above) were Yellow-crowned Night Herons, Little Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Brown Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants, Royal Terns and Great Blue Herons who were in search of their seafood breakfast. From a far distance Jonathan spotted a large bird landing on the BTL Tower several blocks away, and with binoculars the group was treated to the sight of a Peregrine Falcon. Peregrine Falcons have the greatest airspeed velocity of any bird in the world, and are able to exceed 200 miles per hour in its hunting dives!

SPHS enters Sagicor Visionary Challenge for the second year
San Pedro High School (SPHS) has entered two teams to participate in the 2014 Sagicor Visionary Challenge. A collaboration of the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), Sagicor (a Caribbean insurance company) and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), the Visionary Challenge is held across the Caribbean offering secondary students the opportunity to develop scientific solution for common

Nine Island Academy Students raise funds for Saga
After participating in Saga Humane Society’s Humane Education Presentation, nine Island Academy students decided that they wanted to do a little more for the non-profit organization. Gabbi Alexander, Katelyn Mackay, Arianna Flota, Ayissa Alpuche, Maya Bowen, Louke Van Noord, Noah Beaumont, Alejandra Flota and Kimberly Houghton held a bake sale on Wednesday, November 19th at

Altamar residents in San Pedro express concern over garbage used as road and landfill
Residents in the Altamar Area of San Pedro Town have expressed serious concern about unsightly garbage that has been piled up on one of their access roads. The garbage has been accumulating for some time now and it has become an eyesore, not to mention a serious health risk for local residents in the area.

Fisheries Officer Roberto Carballo transferred to Belize City
There has been no disciplinary action against Belize Fisheries Officer Roberto Carballo by neither the Police nor Fisheries Departments. This is despite accusations in a letter dated October 16th, in which the Police Department expressed serious security concerns as it relates to Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve. The serious allegations were made to the Fisheries Department

Tropic Air expands fleet to 15 aircraft
With the addition of another Cessna Grand Caravan turbo prop aircraft, Tropic Air has increased its fleet to 15. Xanadu Island Resort receives international award
Xanadu Island Resort has won a prestigious International Hotel Award for being one of the Best Sustainable Hotels in the regions. The International Hotel Awards was developed to identify, highlight and reward exceptional hotels in the hospitality industry. More than 50 countries from all the continents participate in this award. Xanadu is among 17 other

Saga Humane Society hosts Humane Education Presentation
In the past month, Saga Humane Society has been hosting several Humane Education presentations at the various primary schools on the island. The presentation aims to educate the children on the proper way to care for pets and humanely deal with animals. On Tuesday, November 25th Island Academy’s eager lower division students listened carefully and

ACES hosts Disability Awareness Workshop
On Thursday November 20th, Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) hosted a Disability Awareness Workshop geared towards working with children with special needs. Teachers from various schools across the island attended the evening workshop, and the event was also open to parents living with children with special needs. The presentation was led by Sarah Freudenberg, special […]

Belizean Breezes- A unique experience
Belizean Breezes is a store like no other on the island. Ride or walk our island streets, and I guarantee there’s no other shop you can walk into and be delighted by the aroma of such things as Monkey Farts! offering over 150 different scents, Belizean Breezes is a specialty soap store with popular bars such as, yes- Monkey Farts, Vanilla Sandalwood, Wow, Chocolate bars, Vanilla Butter Cream and of course the ever popular signature scent, Belizean Breeze. Located on the south end of Barrier Reef Drive, Belizean Breezes is the perfect store to enjoy a lovely stroll to. Walking in there is like walking into a treasure chest of unique hand poured soaps available by the bar, loaf, and yummy looking soap cupcakes and pies that will leave you wanting to take a bite. But don’t do it, as store owner Lynda warns, “They’ll have you farting bubbles!” Haha! (Mind you, were tempted to see if that’s true!)

Ambergris Today

Tropic Air Expands Fleet To 15 Aircraft
Tropic Air announces this week the addition into scheduled service of another Cessna Grand Caravan turbo prop aircraft. This latest addition to the fleet features air conditioning and the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit avionics suite with radar. This brings the number of Cessna Caravans in its fleet to ten, and overall number of aircraft to 15. The latest aircraft arrived last Thursday, November 20, 2014, at the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) after completing its journey from the USA. The latest fleet expansion is to support the growing number of tourist arrivals, the increase in international airlift and bed capacity of expanding resorts, its own route and service expansion, and a general growth in economic activity in Belize.

Pic of the Week: 30th Anniversary of San Pedro Township
Happy Township Day San Pedro! WOW! We have come a long way from the very small fishing village that everybody fell in love in the first place. Today, November 27, 2014, marks the 30th Anniversary of Township for San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. This picture takes us back to 1984 when San Pedro just received its township status. You can see Jenny’s Store, belonging to the Salazar family on Front Street (across Fido’s) welcoming township and celebrating along with the newly town residents. Pictured below is a present day view of the same street – WOW! We will be calling ourselves citizens of San Pedro City pretty soon.

Flashbacks: Signing of San Pedro Township Declaration
The groundwork and lobbying for Township had taken place and November 27, 1984 had arrived. Several government ministers, Dame Minita Gordon, Governor General of Belize, and our Area Representative, Hon. Louis Sylvestre were all in San Pedro for the signing of the declaration. Almost the entire population of the village had gathered to witness the historical event and the memorable moment. Now present on stage were the seven men that comprised the village council, Miss San Pedro Olguita Bardalez, the ministers of government and our Governor General. George Price in his usual humble mannerism chose not to be here but sent his congratulatory message with Honorable Sylvestre. All of this was impressive but did not match that precise moment, at nine p.m. to be exact, when Emcee Angel Nuñez, called Honorable Louis Sylvestre and Gilberto Chico Gomez to the forefront to sign the document.

Belize to Observe World AIDS Day 2014
December 1st is World AIDS Day - The National AIDS Commission (NAC), the National HIV Program of the Ministry of Health and their partner agencies invite Belizeans to become an interactive part of World AIDS Day 2014 activities. This year’s theme is: Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS- related deaths. HIV is now considered to be a concentrated epidemic in Belize. The recently completed Modes of Transmission Study suggests that around 70% of new infections in 2014 will occur in men and thus the shift of the response has now turned towards testing more men.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Belize Coast Guard Anniversary & Recruit Intake No. 5 Graduation Ceremony
44 new intakes ... 39 men and 5 women

Christmas loans up to $5,000
The National Bank of Belize is offering Christmas loans up to $5,000 with an 8% interest rate on the reducing balance! Click below to find out more! The National Bank of Belize...Of the people, for the people! Transforming lives, Transforming Belize...

Channel 7

PM Meets Cane Farmers; A Cause For Cautious Optimism
For weeks now, the future of the sugar industry has been clouded by the ongoing impasse between the cane farmers association and the owners of the sugar mill, ASR/BSI. But, finally tonight, there appears to be some room for optimism in this critical national industry. That's after the Prime Minister and ranking government officials held a meeting in Belize City with the Executive of the cane farmers association and the 18 branch presidents from all over the north. 7News was there from beginning to end and Jules Vasquez reports: Jules Vasquez reporting The directors lined the verandah at the Biltmore to wait for their meeting with the top brass from the ministry of agriculture, the deputy prime minister, and the Chairman of the Sugar Industry Control Board and at 10:20 am - the Prime Minister.

Terrible Fatal Just Outside Of Capital, Claims The Lives Of 2
There was a terrible double traffic fatality on the George Price Highway this afternoon at around 2:00 pm. 35 year old Ishmael Hoare and 20 year old Orlando Pascascio were in a Ford Thunderbird that lost control and veered into the opposite lane - crashing into a Madisco Cargo truck. The impact on the two door car was massive; it hit the cargo truck while skidding sideways across the road.

Richard Harrison, PUP's Pick For Cayo North
Richard Harrison will be the PUP's candidate in Cayo North. That's the decision coming out of a meeting of the PUP National Executive this morning in Belize City. Harrison got the nod after the other prospective candidate Michel Chebat says he stepped aside in the best interest of the party - and after discussion with the party leader. While other reports we've heard from the Western Caucus depict it as a far more sanguinary exercise - the bottom line is that Harrison - who was considered the underdog - is now the man and now has less than 40 days to pull a campaign together. Today at a press briefing after the executive met, Party Leader Francis Fonseca explained the decision:..

PM Cognizant Of Petrocaribe's Reserves; Notes Venezuela's Difficulties
So now that a PUP candidate has been named - we know that it's going to be Jaguar expert Dr. Omar Figueroa versus businessman Richard Harrison in Cayo North. Today, UDP Leader Dean Barrow said it hardly matters who the PUP puts up:.. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "I don't think we were too much concerned as to which of the two aspirants will ultimately be chosen. We honestly feel that Omar Figueroa is an excellent candidate. He has the advantage of having been working the area prior to his February convention win and thereafter. We feel that in all the circumstances the momentum clearly is with him and with the UDP." And the UDP is unusually confident because, yes, the PUP has been caught off guard and must hastily put together a campaign, but also because of all that Petrocaribe money - which will pay for Christmas cheer and other pre-election spending programs in Cayo North.

Emerson, Zimbab's Relative, Gunned Down
There was a murder in the city early this morning. At around 6:45 police arrived on Gibnut Street right after 35 year old Emmerson Arnold had been shot 7 times to the back. Area residents say that after he lay gasping on the ground some minutes, police finally took him to the KHMH where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Arnold, an employee of the Belize Water Services was on his way to work this morning when he was gunned down by a man in a hoodie who rode up and shot him off his bicycle. Now, it has the appearance of being less than random because Arnold lives on Lakeview Street, and just last week, Carlos Zimbab Abraham, a George Street general was shot in front of Arnold's family residence. Abraham is also a relative to Arnold but today his family told Monica Bodden they strongly believe that both incidents are not linked.

Bregal Charge For Jewelry Heist
Police have charged Lionel Bregal for handling stolen goods in connection with the theft of almost four hundred thousand dollars in jewelry and Rolex watches form the Roe residence in Ladyville. Police say that items from the theft were found at Bregal's house - and now they are only waiting on fingerprint evidence to charge him for the burglary. He was supposed to be arraigned for handling stolen goods today - but the Magistrate's were in a training session - so it has been deferred until next week.

What's Up With Stakebank & FSTV
For the past few days we've been reporting on weather related cruise ship cancellations - which has caused millions of dollars in losses for local operators. The situation has highlighted the Belize district's desperate need for a proper cruise ship docking facility - and not a tourist village that depends on tenders to bring in tourists. When the seas are rough the tourists can't get unto the tenders and if they did manage to do that, they could get seasick on the rough 7 mile journey to shore. The Feinstein group's Stake bank Project is waiting in the wings, but it's on a hold because of multiple legal challenges. The Prime Minister discussed the various contingencies today:..

Nationalizations Appeal Start At CCJ
Right now, the Ashcroft attorneys and lawyers for Government of Belize are preparing for what we call "The War of the Worlds", a hugely consequential appeal case at the Caribbean Court of Justice. This appeal will determine once and for all in the highest appeal court in the land as to whether or not the Government was justified and lawful in the way it acquired the utility companies, BTL and BEL. It's a raft of appeals launched by the Ashcroft entities, including Dean Boyce, British Caribbean Bank Ltd, and Dean Boyce and the Trustees of the BTL Employees' Trust. They are challenging the 2009 acquisition and the 2011 re-acquisition of BTL, while Fortis is challenging the Government's nationalization of the country's electricity company in 2011.

BGYEA Complains About GOB No-Show At Mediation
The last time we reported on grassroots organization, BGYEA, is was to inform you that Government had not met with them in mediation to resolve the dispute over the Harmonyville buffer zone land. As we've told you, the organization wants to use parts of the road reserve area to plant corn. They say that it will generate much needed revenue to upgrade the infrastructure of their community, which Central Government has already informed them that they must do on their own. As we've told you, the Lands Department has stopped them with an injunction which has since been lifted, but BGYEA's executive has given an undertaking not to move forward with their plans until a resolution of the court challenge has taken place. BGYEA says that they've been patiently trying to get the Government representatives to sit down and observe the court ordered mediation sessions with them. They problem is, they say, is that for several sessions now, they've had to postpone because Government has refused to show up.

SATIIM: Mediation Not Working Efficiently
Another organization which is locked in a legal battle with Government, and who is also complaining about the ineffectiveness of court ordered mediation is The Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM). As we've told you, neither the Government nor SATIIM and the Mayan Claimant communities from the buffer zone down south are particularly pleased with the outcome of the case as decided by Justice Michelle Arana. So, since July, both sides were supposed to have participated in court-ordered mediation. Once again, however, the Government attorneys applied for the court to dispense with the mediation. We understand that their position is that since the case will be heard at the Court of Appeal, there is no need for mediation. After the session in Justice Arana's court, we spoke with the new Executive Director about today's outcome. Here's what she told us:

SATIIM: Midway Is Still With Them
And if you are unaware, the case which was decided before Justice Arana included SATIIM along with the Mayan buffer communities of Conejo, Crique Sarco, Midway, and Graham Creek. But as we told you, about a month ago, the village leaders of Midway wrote the office of the Prime Minister to declare the community's unswaying support for development and for US Capital Energy's oil exploration efforts. It was signed by the alcaldes, and included a harsh putdown of SATIIM, in which it was alleged that the organization has done nothing to improve the lives of the indigenous Mayan living in the south. That letter said, "We the Alcaldes of the Village of Midway... officially informs the Government of Belize that (neither) the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM)... The Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA), nor the Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA) represent or are authorized to represent the village of Midway..."

Caribbean Union Of Teachers In Bze
The big Caribbean teacher family met today at the Biltmore. Discussions centered on educational issues and solutions as it relates to teacher training and the quality of education. A total of 19 member units from The Caribbean Union of Teachers were represented today. While each member unit had a specific report outlining their topics of educational interest, all Caribbean members approached the meeting with a common vision: to improve the educational system in their countries. President of the the BNTU, Luke Palacio described the importance of this meeting to education in Belize. Luke Palacio - President, BNTU "This CUT executive meeting, there will be some issue which I a certain the President, Mr. Andall will speak to. In terms of the education conference we are talking about issues which affect the Caribbean, for example we are going to have the Teaching Services Commission make a presentation because throughout the Caribbean there are efforts to establish either Teaching Services Commissions or Teaching Councils so it will also be a sharing and learning activity. We intend to talk about our Belize teacher education to see how teacher training and teacher education happens in the other regions.

Opportunity Belize
The CARICOM Kumbaya continued across the hall at the Opportunity Belize Workshop. The event was held to educate Belizean exporters and entrepreneurs on how to penetrate the international market in the face of those crippling custom tariffs. Jamaican Consultant for the CARICOM Single Market Information flows project, Gillian Scott explains how educating exporters on their rights and opportunities in trade will contribute to building the economy. Tricia Gideon, CARICOM Single Market and Economy Focal Point "And so it's all about how do we get people to move quickly around the region and feel like one. It's a challenge because of course we all have our own nationalities, we have our own cultural backgrounds, but it's about thinking as one and that's really the objective of this workshop; how do we make movement hassle free? How do we encourage Belizeans to take opportunities in the region and other member states within the region to take these opportunities and feel like we are one big country that has no barriers?"

Nurses Build Capacity
For those of you who know anything about the nursing profession, it is an intensely demanding job. The long, arduous shifts and constant patient checkups can impact work, drive and efficiency- which inevitably leads to mediocre patient care. While these work hours and schedules come with the profession, coordinators at the Nursing Education Conference today say that constant training and education can assist both novice and experienced nurses to cope with the challenging environment and enhance performance. Chief Nursing Officer, Augustina Elijio discussed how this nursing conference will enhance the quality of patient care and health. The conference is held every year. Over 130 nurses from across the country were present today.

Intake 5, The Shiny New Coast Guard Officers
On Monday, we showed you the final day of the second Coast Guard Best Warrior Competition in which teams from the different ranks of the Belize Coast Guard competed against each other in a test of fitness by completing 3 days of punishing physical activities. As we showed you, recruit intake number 5, the youngest officers to become a part of the Coast Guard, performed admirably, keeping up with the better trained veterans, and even taking the lead at different points of the competition. That high level of physical performance was attained after 13 weeks of intense training, and today, the hard work of 43 recruits paid off when they were inducted into the Coast Guard as full officers. We spoke with the 5 recruits who earned a mark of distinction through the intake training, and here's what they told us at their graduation:

Sean Paul Is Back To Put On World Class Concert
Sean Paul- He is no stranger to the Dancehall scene but those of who follow his music may have noticed a shift in his style and genre of music over the years. Moving from one of his hits "Temperature" to features with Enrique Iglesias. Well, he is here in Belize to give you the best of both worlds. I met him today at the Biltmore hotel and he shared the reason for that shift in his musical career and of course invited everyone to once in a lifetime experience. His highly promoted concert is scheduled for tomorrow at the BTL park.

PROFILE...
Tonight's I am Belize Profile features Melanie Bodden, a standard 6 teacher from the Hummingbird Elementary School. Bodden was a very introverted individual as a youth, and because of this, the teaching profession may not have suited her. The most experienced teachers will tell you that to maintain order in your class as an educator, you must be assertive or else the students will take advantage of perceived weakness. She tells the profile how overcoming her shy nature led her toward the teaching profession:

Channel 5

B.W.S. Employee Shot and Killed in Early Morning Attack
An early morning homicide in the Old Capital has claimed the life of the cousin of reputed George Street captain Carlos “Zimbab” Abraham. Abraham was hit twice to the neck [...]

Fatal Road Traffic Accident on George Price Highway Claims Life of Two Men
A fatal road traffic accident on the George Price Highway this afternoon has left two Ministry of Works’ employees dead and an employee of Madisco reportedly in critical condition at [...]

P.M. Meets With Caneros to Discuss Sugar Industry Impasse
Is there a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel where the sugar industry is concerned? It appears that way, following a meeting between representatives of the B.S.C.F.A., [...]

P.U.P. Selects Richard Harrison to Run in Cayo North Bye-election
  There will be a bye-election in Cayo North, and it is set for January fifth, five weeks from today. The odds are stacked against the P.U.P., who have had [...]

P.M. Barrow Says He’s Confident Cayo North will Go Red in 2015!
Of course, the PM is not fazed in the slightest. Why would he be? The Petrocaribe money has been rolling all over the place and will no doubt roll into [...]

Harrison Pledges Change to Voters of Cayo North
As we told you earlier in our newscast, the PUP has endorsed businessman Richard Harrison as their candidate in Cayo North. Harrison will go up against a well funded, popular [...]

Are Failed Business Ventures an Indication of Harrison’s Managerial Skills?
Harrison is a businessman who has had his share of successes and failures. But politics isn’t generally a forgiving arena, and his critics have already started attacking his failures as [...]

P.M. on Cruise Ship Cancellations
In the past few days the cruise sector has reeled and rocked after several cruise ships were unable to offload passengers in heavy winds and rough seas. For those not [...]

Is Government Saving for Rainy Days Post Petrocaribe Funds?
With low oil prices on the global market of late there have been concerns of a fallout from the Petrocaribe oil agreement.  While Jamaica, which is also party to the [...]

Mediation Falls Apart, BGYEA Prepares to Return to Court against G.O.B.
  At last check a few weeks ago, the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association, BGYEA, was in mediation with government over the proposed use of a buffer zone near Harmonyville [...]

BTL and BEL Acquisitions to be Heard in CCJ
BTL Employees’ Trust, British Caribbean Bank and Fortis Energy International continue to campaign for Belize Telemedia Limited and Belize Electricity Limited to be returned to them, but money in the [...]

What’s at Stake Should Government Lose Nationalization Case?
Barrow says all is in play. The biggest stakes center on the controversial Eighth Constitutional Amendment which purported to vest all of Belize’s utility companies in the control of the [...]

Roger Anthony and Kendis Flowers Out on Bail
  Two Ghost Town men, including alleged leader Roger Anthony, are tonight out on bail for the attempted murder of Shelly Meighan, the mother of Ellis and Tyron Meighan. Anthony [...]

Coastguard Graduates Recruit Intake 5
The Belize National Coast Guard held a passing out ceremony today where forty-four young recruits joined the ranks of the organization.  Dozens of invited guests, including family and friends, as [...]

Teachers Unions Hold Regional Conference in Belize
There is an important executive meeting underway at the Belize Biltmore Plaza. For the first time, the Caribbean Union of Teachers has chosen Belize as the host country for its [...]

CTV3

Family Concerned About Missing Teen
On December 2nd will make three months that 16 year old Karen Noemi Trapp went missing and today her family fears the worst. Trapp, who is originally from Chetumal Quintana Roo, Mexico, was last seen by her parents on the evening of September 1st when she visited their home in Chetumal and told them that she was leaving for Orange Walk the following morning to visit her sick grandfather in the Village of August Pine Ridge. According to the mother of the 16 year old, their search for Noemi began when her boyfriend, who is serving in the military in Tamaulipas, informed them that he had received a message from her via Facebook informing him that she had been detained by Belizean authorities for entering the country illegally.

Arthur Saldivar Returns To Court
In august of this year, we told you about a sensational allegation that involved attorney Arthur Saldivar and a very large sum of money that had just recently been recovered in the court of appeal for the Coye family. Saldivar who had been the attorney for the Coye family, accused of laundering millions, got the family acquitted, and got government to give them back all the money that had been frozen for years. Shortly after, in a twist of fate, Melonie Coye stated on record that Saldivar kept a large portion of the money as she claimed that on June 12th, she and Saldivar went to pick up one point six million dollars in unfrozen funds from the Central Bank. Coye claimed they counted the money and then left. And that’s the point where things spin out of control. Coye states that Saldivar was holding a briefcase with over nine hundred thousand dollars in it, and left the scene without giving it to her. She further stated that she has made repeated attempts to get it back, but with no success. Since the incident, Coye has retained the services of Eamon Courtenay in an attempt to get her money back. And today, that case was heard, Attorney Hubert Elrington who represented Saldivar spoke to the media outside the court chambers. “The judge meant that they obtained, the other side of obtained in default of defense was made at their request. Of course we had also made a request for sitting aside. The truth of the matter is that they were so anxious to enter a judgment that they counted wrongly, it was simply a matter of one two three but they succeeded in getting it wrong so having realized that they put it in three days earlier that it was to come in they asked the judge to please set it aside for them and we agreed on a cost to us of $1,000.”

Oceana Rides For Belize
The Ride for Belize: Ride with Oceana initiative was launched today where participants will ride across the country. The initiative which was first held by the Social Security Board has been adopted by Oceana and in this new venture the ride is intended to create awareness on the work of the organization and the environment. As part of the initiative, Oceana has partnered with different parties in the different municipalities. In Orange Walk Ocean teamed up with the Belize Tourism Industry Association. Tourism Information officer at the BTIA, Orange Walk Jasmine Zetina told us more about the ride that kicked off this morning at Corozal. “This ride is Ride for Belize, ride with Oceana is the first time Oceana is doing this ride and they are doing this ride to raise awareness about what Oceana is doing in Belize specifically against the offshore drilling and raising awareness about Oceana as a whole. That Oceana is here in Belize, they want to promote Belize and they want to make sure to all Belizeans that they are here and that they are her to make sure that Belize progresses along with everything that tourism encompasses as well and that is why we decide for BTIA Orange Walk and Oceana to get together nothing than two big organization to join together to promote Belize and to move forward for Belize and have Belize progress.”

Yo Creek Sacred Heart RC School Inaugurates New Monument
The first school term is about to close and at one school there was good reason to celebrate, and this had nothing to do with the first term report cards. Teachers, parents and students celebrated a special occasion at the Yo Creek Sacred Heart RC School as they inaugurated their very first monument. Dalila Ical – Reporting Gabriel Campos- Acting Principal “I identified the project and I said I need to do one but then we said we need to do a big one not just a small one but one that will identify our school, a symbol of unity, a symbol of strength and a symbol of beauty tour school.” And once that plan was made concrete, the work began to find sponsors for the project. The response from business establishments that the school identified was favorable and slowly but surely the school began to receive the support needed.

Saint Francis Xavier Credit Union Equips Students To Face The World Of Financing
Getting students prepared to face the real world is one of the main objectives of a teacher. But as they say, when it comes to molding a child the community also plays an important role. With that in mind the Saint Francis Xavier Credit Union Limited located in Corozal launched its Mad City Money Rush project which offers students a firsthand experience on how to manage, budget and administrate finances. A number of high schools across the Corozal District have joined hands with Credit Union in this new endeavor and yesterday representatives of the institution were at St. Viator High School in the village of Chunox in the Corozal District prepping students for the real world. Reporter Victor Castillo reports. Victor Castillo - Reporting Playing the role of doctors, pharmacists, lawyers, cooks, teachers and managers is not an easy task but it is a challenge that students of St. Viator High School in the village of Chunox in the Corozal District decided to take as they took part in second Mad City Money Rush hosted by Saint Francis Xavier Credit Union Ltd.

La Inmaculada RC School Parade To Promote Parish Fair
Everything has a cost and of course schools comes with theirs. The reality however is that when it comes to schools the extra dollars are for a worthy cause which includes expansions and other infrastructural improvements. These schools often have innovative ways of making their fund raisers beneficial for all involved. This afternoon La Inmaculada RC School held a special short parade to promote their school Christmas fair to be held this coming Saturday, November 29th. Here is a look at what they displayed…

Ambassador Carlos R. Moreno Visits The North
On the 21st of June 2014, His Excellency, Carlos R. Moreno arrived in Belize as the new Ambassador assigned by the US Government. On Monday November 24th, Ambassador Moreno was engaged in a tour at Fruta Bomba where he met with General manager Gilbert Vivas who facilitated a guided tour of the papaya plantations in San Joaquin Village. Immediately after his tour in San Joaquin Ambassador Moreno then visited the Belize Fruit Packers in San Andres Village. His tour of the north also saw Ambassador Moreno visit the Corozal Free Zone, where he met with Chairman, David Ackierman.Ending his short visit, Ambassador Moreno also took the opportunity to tour the local communities and meet with American Citizens living in the Corozal District.

LOVE FM

GO- Belize Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Go Belize- a no governmental organized- celebrated its 10th anniversary today at the Chateau Caribbean Hotel in Belize City. Go Belize was formed as a regional program in 2004 and later localized in Belize with efforts focused on several issues including health. Executive Director, Eva Burgos, spoke to Love News. EVA BURGOS “It has been

PG Host Activities in Ending Violence
Activities in connection with sixteen days of activism to end gender based violence are held in Punta Gorda. Correspondent Paul Mahung has the details. PAUL MAHUNG “One of the coordinators of the activities here is Women Development Officer in the Ministry of Human Development and Social Transformation Lorain Johnson.” LORAIN JOHNSON “The activities began on

CCJ Rule to Nationalize BTL And BEL
The Caribbean Court of Justice will hear the nationalization cases next month. The CCJ will ruled and make a final resolution to the nationalization of Belize Telemedia Limited, BTL and Belize Electricity Limited, BEL. The move to nationalize both companies is being challenged by the former owners, the BTL Employees Trust and Fortis Energy International.

Belize Coast Guard – How It Began….Where It’s Going
While the graduation of the 43 recruits today for the Belize Coast Guard was cause for celebration, the Coast Guard was also celebrating its 9th anniversary. Back in 2005 the unit was established under the guidance of Rear Admiral John Borland. Borland recounts the time when the Maritime Wing was converted to the Belize Coast

Road Accident Claims Two Lives
Two men are dead and another critically injured following a road traffic accident earlier today. Correspondent Angelica Cruz has more in this report. ANGELICA CRUZ “A fatal traffic accident on the George Price highway claimed the life of two persons and left the other in a critical condition. Love News understands that sometime around 2:15

Court Battle Continues With US Capital Energy and Mayan Communities
The battle between the Government of Belize, several Southern Mayan Communities and US Capital Energy continued this afternoon in the chambers of Justice Michelle Arana. Since April, attorneys for all three parties had expressed their own interpretation of the judgment that Justice Arana handed down on April 3 in regards to the drilling operations inside

Coast Guard Celebrates 9th Anniversary
While the graduation of the 43 recruits today for the Belize Coast Guard was cause for celebration, the Coast Guard was also celebrating its 9th anniversary. Back in 2005 the unit was established under the guidance of Rear Admiral John Borland. Borland recounts the time when the Maritime Wing was converted to the Belize Coast

Father of Four Slain on South Side Belize City
35-year-old Emerson Arnold also known as Emo was shot and killed this morning at around six thirty. Belize City Police has not release much details of the murder but word on the street is that Arnold was shot at nine times and seven of the bullets caught him. He was shot in the general vicinity

Ombudsman Responds to COLA On Political Interference in Police Department
Yesterday the President of the group, Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) called on the media to release a letter dated back in September 2013 that was given to him. The letter is one that was addressed to the Ombudsman, Lionel Arzu from the Belize Police Association appealing for the Ombudsman’s intervention due to

Man Detained For Stolen Jewelry; Victim of Police Brutality
A man accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry and other items is currently detained at the Ladyville Police Station. His name is Lionel Brigal and his attorney is claiming that Brigal was beaten up by police until he was forced to confess. We are not aware of the full details of [...]

Matura Says Land Dispute Reaches End of Trial
The land dispute involving Bernadette Pickwood, Maude Williams and Marvin Castillo, continued this morning in the court room of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. Both parties are battling over a piece of land situated at the corner of Chetumal and Albert Hoy Streets. Pickwood believes that the land was unfairly taken away from her and re-issued to Williams and Castillo. Pickwood successfully got an injunction to stop all works and after a fail attempt of settling the matter out of court, trial began and as mentioned, continued this morning. Pickwood’s attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, spoke to the media.

Saldivar Accused of Theft; Court Case Resumed
In August, news broke that Attorney Arthur Saldivar was accused of taking nearly a million dollars from the Coye Family. The allegation is that on June 12, Melanie Coye along with Saldivar went to the Central Bank to get one point six million dollars from the FIU. After counting the money, Coye alleges that Saldivar walked out with nine hundred and four thousand dollars in a suitcase. She says she has been trying to get the monies back but Saldivar has refused to give it up. Coye got an attorney in the person of Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay who filed a suit against Saldivar. The matter resumed this morning in the court room of Justice Shona Griffith and Saldivar’s Attorney, Senior Counsel, Hubert Elrington, explained what happened.

Teen Charged For Theft of Diplomats Items
Today 19-year-old Wilser Echevarria appeared in court before Magistrate Aretha Ford where he was charged with theft. This is in connection with items belonging to murdered Panamanian diplomat 64-year-old Jose Rodrigo de la Rosa. Echeveria was charged theft of the diplomat’s vehicle and cell phone. He was remanded into custody until January 27. Echeverria was not arraigned for the murder of De la Rosa and that because there seems to be a web of confusion between the Belize Police Department and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution. The teenager is claiming self defense in the diplomat’s death and according to the law the Director of Public Prosecutions needs to make a determination of the charge. An internal police memo directed police officers not to seek the advice of the DPP before laying charges. According to the Attorney General, Wilfred Elrington, the directive is within the law. Elrington says that the DPP is in charge of stopping and causing prosecution to take place but it is the responsibility of the police department to charge accused persons after collecting sufficient evidence.

Cruise Ships Divert From Belize – Millions Lost
The high season has kicked off for tourism in Belize and it is around this time that local entrepreneurs, tour operators and businesses are looking forward to the boost in their revenues, but today turned out to be a complete loss for them as the cruise ships that were slated to come to Belize had to reportedly turn back due to unfavorable weather conditions. We met up with Valdemar Andrade, the Cruise and Regional Initiatives Director at the Belize Tourism Board for an official comment on the matter.


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Two Ministry of Works Employees Die in Fatal Collision The weekend begins with tragedy after two persons died in a head on collision on the George Price Highway this evening, Friday November 28. The fatal accident occurred at around 2:00 pm between miles 46 and 47 on the George Price Highway, involving two employees from the Ministry of Works; 20 year o...

Belize City man murdered early on Friday Police have another murder to solve, which may be linked to the ongoing gang rivalry between Ghost town Crips and George Street.Around 6:41 a.m. 35 year old Emerson Arnold of  Lakeview Street...

Government pushes sugar partners back to table As crunch time for the sugar crop draws ever nearer, the Government of Belize faces greater pressure to intervene. And this week they have, in a manner of sorts. While there is no formal agreement on the table, the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers’ Association (BSCFA) says it has come through with a revisi...

Prime Minister not ready to intervene in cruise crisis The cruise tourism industry, so recently celebrating gains in visitor arrivals, took a body blow this week with the cancellation of five cruise ship visits in a two-day span. The passage of an advancing coldfront made tendering passengers from the ship difficult, if not nearly impossible. It has led...

PUP to endorse Richard Harrison for Cayo North The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) faced a dilemma earlier this week with the resignation of Cayo North area representative Joseph Mahmud and the announcement of two candidates to contest the seat: attorney Michel Chebat and businessman Richard Harrison...

UDP show support for Omar Figueroa When the press spoke with the Prime Minister at the Biltmore Hotel, news had just broken across town at Independence Hall of the announcement of Richard Harrison as the PUP candidate for Cayo North. The Prime Minister however remained steadfast in his support of Omar Figueroa, the UDP’s candidate. H...

Roger Anthony out on bail for attempted murder Ex-boss of Ghosttown Crips Roger Anthony applied for bail at the Supreme Court today and got it. He is accused of attempting to murder Sheldon “Shelly” Meighan, mother of his intended targets Ellis Jr...

GOB failed to show to Harmonyville court case This week the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) was due back in court with the Government to continue mediation sessions. Following the postponement of a session scheduled for November 26, the two parties were back today – or BGYEA was. The Government failed to show, risking c...

CCJ ready to hear nationalization cases They have dragged on for many years now, but from December 10-12 in Trinidad and Tobago, there will be a final resolution to the nationalizations of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) in 2009 and 2011, which are being challenged by their former owners, the BTL Employ...

Bridging the Gap with the Annual UB Science Fair The University of Belize’s Faculty of Science and Technology hosted its Annual Science Fair at the UB Canpus in Belmopan earlier today.The University partnered with stakeholders like the Belize Zoo, The Belmopan Diabetes Association, The Belize Audobon Society, and pothers to feature fun science ex...

Accused murderer tells judge that killing the Diplomat was not his choice 18 year old Wilser Echeverria, accused murderer of a Panamanian Diplomat, was arraigned on Thursday, on the charge of theft of motor vehicle and theft of cellular phone...

“Charge War” between DPP and police? We contacted the Police on Thursday, to get an explanation for what happened in regards to the murder charges. We were not granted an interview however we were told that the DPP is being consulted on the matter concerning murder arraignment, which we were told is forthcoming. DDP Cherylyn Vidal affi...

Minister Elrington on DPP/Police tensions and diplomats murder investigation Earlier we told you about the case of 18 year old Wilser Echeverrias who is being accused of the murder of 64 year old Panamanian Diplomat Jose Rodrigo De La Rosa Standford...

COLA accuses Ministers of interfering in Police Department On Wednesday we reported on COLA’s damning accusations that certain Ministers of Government have been interfering in the work of the Police Department, influencing transfers of officers who have earned their ire. On Thursday the organization came forward with a September 2013 memo addressed to Ombu...

Three more cruise ships cancel visits as call for cruise port grows On Thursday morning, Plus News spoke with the Belize Tourism Board’s cruise director, Mr. Valdemar Andrade, via telephone...

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Dangriga Gears up for Municipal Elections
The Dangriga Executive is holding a General Membership Meeting this coming Sunday, November 30, 2014 at the Ecumenical Auditorium in Dangriga. The decision was finalized at a local UDP Executive Meeting held this past Monday night. All organizers and supporters of the Party in Dangriga are invited to attend the membership meeting this coming Sunday which starts at 3:00 PM. Special Guest Speaker will be Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley. Also in attendance will be UDP Chairman Mr. Alberto August. Other matters that were addressed at Monday night’s UDP Dangriga Executive Meeting included a full report by Mr. Francis Humphreys on a National Party Council Meeting held in Belize City last Saturday. Also at that meeting, a full land title secured through the efforts of UDP Standard Bearer Frank Mena was handed over to the UDP Dangriga Executive. The land will be used to construct a permanent home for the UDP in Dangriga to be located near the site of the Old Town Pier in the vicinity of Sacred Heart School.

Julius Espat forces Mahmud to resign
For months the discontent and outright contempt that Joseph Mahmud has for Julius Espat has been fermenting. We had thought that his announcement to not run in the Cayo North constituency for the PUP again would have been the end of it, but it wasn’t! Mahmud wrote a simple and straight forward letter to the Clerk of the National Assembly on Monday November 24. It basically stated that he was resigning as the Area Representative for the Cayo North Constituency effective immediately. That rendered the seat vacant and sent the People’s United Party scrambling. In a lame attempt to try to do damage control, Francis Fonseca, the PUP’s so-called leader, faced the media on Tuesday. There was nothing in what he said that could convince a single PUP soul that he and his party were not blindsided and were in fact in distress. The announcement caught him with his pants down and there was one solitary character in a dark corner, grinning to his heart’s content. Of course that character is Julius Espat who is the de-facto leader of the PUP. Mahmud and Espat have never seen eye to eye and there are those who will confirm that their relationship was not one of party comrades rather one of bitter enemies from the onset, from the time Mahmud was selected as the party’s Western Caucus chairman and Julius was made his deputy.

Jan 5th Set for Bi-Elections
The United Democratic Party finds itself in full gear anxiously awaiting Monday January 5 when it will reclaim the Cayo North constituency. January 5 is the day when the Bi-election has been set through a Writ of Election which was signed by the Governor General, Sir Colville Young on Tuesday February 25th. The Writ became necessary after Joseph Mahmud, the PUP Area Representative, unceremoniously and without warning resigned from the seat on Monday November 24. With that decision, a day later the Writ was signed setting the nomination day for Monday December 15 and the election three weeks thereafter. Though unexpected, Mahmud’s decision to vacate the seat is welcomed by the United Democratic Party which will now reclaim the constituency and deliver to the people of the area what has been missing them for almost three years.

Chebat vs Harrison, Julius muscles in to install his cousin!
There is a great hatred burning in the heart of Richard Harrison after a clandestine meeting was held in the dead of night at Cahal Pech on Tuesday November 25. The sole intention was to anoint Michel Chebat as the PUP’s Standard Bearer for the Cayo North Constituency. The decision was arrived at even with Chebat himself being absent from the meeting. But Chebat being absent is one thing, what is another is that Richard Harrison had expressed interest in running in that division. The problem however is that there is a PUP oligarch who also wants to run, he is of course, Chebat and him being the cousin of king maker, Julius Espat that was not even up for question. Harrison would simply have to step aside. We are reliably informed that Harrison had already hitched his wagon on to the idea of running and was in fact soliciting from various sources to have a monetary come-up. The decision made on Tuesday has thrown his whole plan into a tale spin. And the would-be donors say they would not pour money into that old ketchup bottle and as soon as he requested he was rejected.

Louis Wade Raising Senior Money
Louis Wade raised over $50,000 in a single day to fund his anti-government campaign. The “pastor” held a telethon on November 15 to raise funds for PUP’s favourite television station, Plus TV, and the party’s financiers opened their wallets. The telethon featured a who’s who of “non partisan” activists, also known as backsliding PUPs. There were special segments featuring Richard Dickie Bradley, the unsuccessful PUP Standard Bearer for Queen Square; Hector Silva, PUP sabelo todo; Senator Mark Lizarraga from the meat shop; Kathleen Thomas from the money green union; the Zabaneh that got thrown out of Galen University; Audrey Matura, the most brilliant attorney in the country; Wil Maheia, Heimdall of the Belize/Guatemala border, and Jason Patrick Andrews, the most righteous man in PUP politics.

World Class Youth Center Opens Doors in Belize City
Youths of Belize City now have another world class venue for them to visit and engage in positive developmental activities. On Tuesday, November 25, the Government of Belize and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) opened the doors to the Gateway Youth Center where “A Bright Future Awaits”. The center is located on the Gwen Lizarraga School compound but is fenced off and will operate independently. It is offering instructional programs and support services for students and other at risk youths. Programs being offered at this stage include Literacy and Math, After-School Program, Re-Entry and Outside Referral Services and Family Support Services. The center is equipped with well furnished classrooms, offices, recreational facilities and a craftily built auditorium. The air conditioning system is of the best quality available. Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Hon. Patrick Faber says the center is a model for the type of environment we should strive to provide for our students; an environment that is truly conducive to learning.

World AIDS Day 2014
December 1st is World AIDS Day. The National AIDS Commission (NAC), the National HIV Programme of the Ministry of Health and their partner agencies invite you to become an interactive part of World AIDS Day 2014 activities. This year’s theme is: Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS- related deaths. HIV is now considered to be a concentrated epidemic in Belize. The recently completed Modes of Transmission Study suggests that around 70% of new infections in 2014 will occur in men and thus the shift of the response has now turned towards testing more men.

Demonstration at the Benque Border
There is a demonstration that is being planned for Monday at the Western Border in Benque. Reports to the Guardian Newspaper suggest that it is being organized by residents of the border town to show their displeasure at the Guatemalan border agency which is charging Belizeans who wish to cross the border using a vehicle. The discontent is rooted in a fee of 160 quetzales which is being charged on Belizeans who wish to cross the border using their own vehicles. The charge translates to about 52 Belize dollars and is one which was just recently imposed a few days ago. The fee is applicable for persons who wish to remain in Guatemala for a period longer than 72 hours. Previously the border agency in Guatemala would issue a one day pass however that has now been discontinued and the new policy instituted.

Improper sexual advances may have led to Panamanian diplomat’s death
Belmopan Police are investigating the killing of the first diplomat in Belize, in which an 18 year-old man stands to be charged with murder. He is claiming self-defence because the deceased tried to sexually assault him. Jose Rodrigo de la Rosa Stanford, 64, used to be the Chargé D’affaires at the Panama Embassy to Belize, the most senior diplomatic official from the Government of Panama. Witnesses say that they last saw him leaving his Belize City apartment complex in the early hours of Sunday November 23. 12 hours or so later, he was found in a secluded area known as Central Belmopan. Investigators found his mangled body with cut wounds on the head and his throat was cut. The dumping site for his body was about 1 mile from La Choza Bar, which shut down after a terrible tragedy claimed the life of one the patrons. At the crime scene, the officers found blood everywhere, and the man’s personal documents and his SUV with diplomatic plates were all missing.

4.8 Percent GDP Growth in Third Quarter
According to initial estimates from the Statistical Institute of Belize, the economy of Belize grew by 4.8 percent in the third quarter of 2014, July to September. The economy has rebounded strongly from a disappointing first quarter which saw the economy contracted by 0.4 percent. In the second quarter, the economy grew by 8.7 percent and the cumulative economic growth for 2014 now stands at 4.2 percent. The expansion is due in large part to the performance of the primary sector, agriculture, and a continuous record increase in tourist arrivals. Due to the late start to the sugarcane crop season and the abundant harvest, the season which ended in May in 2013 extended into July this year. 50 thousand long tonnes of sugarcane was delivered during the month of July. This influenced a 20.4 percent increase in agricultural production. The banana industry also rebounded from a tough start to the year. Extended cold fronts during the latter part of 2013 and early 2014 caused the fruit to mature later than normal. As a result, there was a 9 percent increase in banana production from July to September 2014 as compared to the same period last year.

Human Rights Training for Senior Officers held in Belmopan
Senior Officers of the Belize Police Department and the Belize Defense Force (B.D.F.) recently received training on International Standards applicable to the use of force. The training was held at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan. This course will allow these law enforcement officers to better execute their duties when carrying out law enforcement operations. Topics that have been covered included an Introduction to International Human Rights Law and an Introduction to the sources, systems and Standards for Human Rights in Belize. During the next few weeks, topics on vulnerable groups (women, the handicapped, and juveniles) will also be covered. The participating security officers will be sensitized on the rights of these groups and on how best to deal with them during law enforcement operations; especially when applying force.

Resign Marco
A month ago the Representative for Cayo North, Joseph Mahmud indicated to his party, the PUP, that he was no longer interested in running as their standard bearer for the next general elections. That’s fine Mahmud, no problem you are not indispensable. A convention will be held to replace you. Then BOOOM on Monday the 24th November, Mahmud dropped a historical bombshell that sent the PUP rank and file scurrying all over the place, totally disorienting them. Mahmud for some very very obscure reason had tendered his resignation to the Clerk of the National Assembly effective immediately. No reason was given and it is anyone’s guess what the cause for his resignation is. Now it has to be something utterly repugnant to cause a sitting member of the house to take this route. After all 250 thousand dollars is a decent amount of money to forego.This would lead one to believe that even their own cannot stand the irresponsible and ridiculous policiesof the People’s United Party. Enough about that, the decent people of Cayo North will not shed a tear of much less miss Mahmud who was to say the least-very invisible. In a little over a month they will be given the opportunity to elect a real representative in the person of Dr. Omar Figueroa who will look after their needs.

Robbers caught in the act while robbing A&R payroll
Damian Leslie, 20, and Norman Tillett are in prison on remand for allegedly robbing an A&R employee who was delivering the company’s payroll. Allegations are that on Thursday, November 20, Leslie and Tillett intercepted Eugenio Edwardo Tuz, 21, near the Pallotti bus stop on the Phillip Goldson Highway and held him at gunpoint. Tuz was in the process of taking A&R’s payroll deposit to the bank, $4,126.73, when the duo approached. Most of the deposit was in cheques but there was over $1,600 in cash. After forcefully taking away Tuz’s black knap sack the robbers fled. They did not get far with the loot; however, because a police mobile unit in the vicinity responded to the robbery in progress and quickly apprehended Leslie and Tillett. All items reported stolen were found and the men were arrested and taken to the police station.

Stephen Davies Charged for Knocking Down BDF Soldier
Stephen Davies, 33, is facing four charges after he knocked down a Belize Defense Force soldier, Ozaine Augustine, on November 11 of this year. Davies was issued a notice of intended prosecution and was summoned to court on Friday, November 21 when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. In court he admitted he knocked down the soldier between miles 9 and 10 on the Phillip Goldson Highway because he was texting while driving. He told the Magistrate that he had agreed to compensate the victim to settle out of court but a relative later intervened and requested $15,000 which he thought was too much. Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser entered an equivocal plea of not guilty on Davies’ behalf when it was explained that the charges demand jail time.

Caught breaking into warehouse
A Faber’s Road area resident reported to police that he caught an intruder who he claimed was making attempts to enter his warehouse located at #21 Krooman Road, Belize City, the alleged culprit is on remand at the Belize Central Prison. 24-year-old Lane Grinage, a self employed resident of #6633 Police Street Belize City is being accused of trying to enter as a trespasser, the warhouse of Amir Reid. The attempted burglary is said to have occurred on Monday, November 17, 2014. On Tuesday Novmeber 13, Grinage who is unemployed appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano where he was read two criminal offenses, one count of attempted burglary and one count of damage to property. Allegations are that in his attempts to enter Reid’s warehouse, he caused damage to a padlock valued $16 and a burglar bar door value $1,000, all the property of Amir Reid.

Mexican caught at Botes charged for illegal entry
A Mexican national who says he is from Playa Del Carmen, Cancun, Mexico was caught on the Belize side at the border just minutes after he paid for a canoe and crossed from the Mexican side into Belize. The case made against the Mexican national is that he came into Belize illegally. 33 year old Francisco Andremar Rojas Juarez, however, says that he did not come into the country illegally and is challenging the immigration department and will have his case go to trial to prove his case. On Thursday November 20, the Mexican national who was caught in Belize on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in Corozal was taken before Magistrate Dale Cayetano where he was read a single charge of illegal entry.

Belize hangs her hope on Katy Sealy and Brandon Jones in Veracruz, Mexico
The XXII Central American and Caribbean Games are currently being held in Veracruz, Mexico, where Belize participated in Triathlon, Cycling, Fencing, Table Tennis and Athletics. The Chef-de-Mission to the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games is Arturo “Tux” Vasquez. The Triathlon competition took place on 15 November, 2014 and Belize’s representative was Eric Donis. Donis was disqualified from the event due to him crossing a line that he was not allowed to. In Cycling, Belize participated in the Road Race and the Individual Time Trials. In the Road Race Patricia Chavarria finished 16:57 behind the Gold Medalist from Cuba. In the Individual Time Trial, she finished 8:4 behind the Gold Medalist from Colombia.

FIFA Review Team in Belize
The Football Federation of Belize informs members of the football family and the general public that a team from FIFA will be in Belize from Wednesday 26 November to Monday 1 December, 2014. The team of three will be conducting a review of The FIFA Performance Management Programme which was held in November of 2012 with members of the federation. The review will be conducted by FIFA Development Officer Mr. Julio Rocha, Mr. Rodrigo Kenton – Technical Director and Mr. Kevan Pipe- FIFA Consultant.

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.

Triple B’s National female football champions
The Football Federation of Belize Women President’s Cup Competition came to an end on Saturday 22 November, 2014 out at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town. In the second and final game of the championship, Triple B’s blanked DFC Gentle Touch by the score of 1-0 to capture the championship. The only goal of the championship game was scored by Yamili Herrera in the 86th minute of play via a penalty kick. At the end of the championship, the FFB presented the championship trophies and the trophies for Individual Awards winners.

Health Hookup - Cirrhosis: The downfall of The Liver
The Doctor's Order We’ve all heard stories of someone drinking themselves “to death”. Often times the chronic cause is liver failure. You have often heard that someone dies from cirrhosis, or once I heard a lady saying that someone she knew died from “sea-roses”. Let us start by addressing what cirrhosis is – it’s basically the liver slowly dying. The liver has the capability to regenerate itself if injured, however repeated injury (in this case due to excessive alcohol) can cause the liver to form scars rather than healthy liver tissue. The liver has an essential role in existence, and without it properly functioning long term and/or fatal conditions may result. While there are many causes of cirrhosis, today we are talking about the link between alcoholism and liver failure.

Impasse continues in the sugar industry
After a four hour meeting of the Sugar Industry Control Board on Tuesday 25 November, there is still no solution on the horizon to the gridlock that grips the sugar industry. The farmers continue to claim 65% of the proceeds from sale of electricity to BEL and continue to claim ownership of the sugar cane even after receiving 85% of the payment within a week after delivering their product to the sugar mill. BSI is maintaining that these points of contention must be settled before the crop starts, and sign an agreement with the BSCFA or with other individual suppliers. Today activities at the sugar mill and the power plant remain in slow mode, since both entities are ready to begin operations after having successfully tested all equipment on Monday 24 November.

CARICOM Governments to increase quality information on the Single Market to CARICOM nationals
CARICOM nationals in six Members States are to benefit from a greater flow of tailored information on the CARICOM Single Market (CSM). This is under a new project that aims to connect nationals with the information they need to work, travel and do business in participating CARICOM countries. Over the next five months, the groundwork for greater information flows and channels on the CSM is being established through technical assistance to governments and training key stakeholders. In partnership with focal point ministries for the Single Market in Belize, Jamaica, Guyana, Dominica, Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines, the project will build governments’ and stakeholders’ capacity to develop and sustain well packaged information on the single market to their nationals. This is expected to take place during and beyond the life of the project.

First Confirmed Case of Chikungunya in Belize
As anticipated and now confirmed through our regional reference laboratory, the Ministry of Health has received confirmation of a positive laboratory result for Chikungunya from the Caribbean Public Health Agency(CARPHA) in Trinidad during the 19th November holiday. This is the first confirmed case of Chikungunya in Belize. This case is from the Las Flores Community in Belmopan where the Ministry has been conducting active surveillance and vector control activity following rumored suspected cases of Chikungunya. The Ministry continues to collaborate with the municipality and the local community to conduct clean-up campaigns. Scheduled spraying activities and health education sessions continue with the affected community.

CPBL and Banks holding settle dispute amicably
On Thursday November 13th 2014, the majority shareholders of Citrus Company of Belize Limited (CPBL) namely Banks Holdings Limited and Citrus Growers Association decided to bury the proverbial hatchet, and this time not in each other. On that historic day both Banks and CGA represented to the Supreme Court that their dispute over breach of the investment agreement has ended and that they have amicably resolved this long standing quarrel. This is a major accomplishment as it now signals the possible rebirth of a struggling industry. To appreciate the impact of this event it is important to recall that since 2006 there have been conflicts between these two major shareholders who, prior to March of this year, owned and controlled 97% of the company, CGA owned 51% and Banks 46% with the remaining 3% in the hands of several local shareholders. This ongoing conflict has contributed negatively to the development of the Citrus Industry in Belize as the multi-million dollar industry and the hundreds of farmers and their families have been caught up in a battle that has seen protests and takeover challenges, which in some cases have resulted in law enforcement and government intervention.

CXC Payments for “All Who Applied”
The Government of Belize will cover the cost of up to six CSEC/CXC examinations for every student who applied for assistance up until Friday, November 21. Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber, says the date will not be extended. In the first week of February 2014, the Ministry of Education held a breakfast conference with representatives of the Ministry of Human Development and members of the press to announce that students will receive assistance for CSEC/CXC examinations based on need. The Human Services Department was tasked with developing a methodology to record the socio-economic status of students from standard six to third form. They developed a questionnaire for the students to take home and full out. The Ministry of Human Development collects the information sheets and uses the information in a formula to calculate socio-economic status. There are eight levels, ranging from very poor to not poor. It was stressed numerous times by Minister Faber and other officials that “participation in the survey is not mandatory but it must be done if one wishes to benefit from Government subsidies”. After the national survey was completed the Ministry of Education announced that students could still request to complete the questionnaire if they are in need of assistance. That deadline for participation was further extended to Friday, November 21, to give people another chance to participate if they desire assistance.

Bring Back the Millions
On Tuesday November 18, 2014, the Barrow government pulled off a very first of its kind political power play in the history of Belizean politics. With minimal persuasion the UDP government was able to mobilize more than 8,000 strong supporters in a show of support for PM Barrow’s Petro Caribe spending policy. A very pro Petro Caribe crowd showed up in Belmopan at the foot of the National Assembly Building to encourage the PM to continue the capital projects country wide that are transforming the face of Belize. The Peoples United Party sought to stop the much welcomed projects that provided much needed jobs and significantly stem the spate of serious crimes that had become an everyday occurrence especially in the old capital. The chant of “Petro Caribe, roll it” filled the air. As the Prime Minister gave his opening address, the supportive crowd hung on every word he uttered. On the other hand, when the Leader of the Opposition rose to speak, the crowd mouthed their obvious dislike for the shrieking deviant in such colorful terms not worthy of printing. It was obvious from the gathering that the ongoing projects are touching the public in ways only their presence at the National Assembly can better express. In typical form the PUP and certain media houses made the serious mistake of taking the level of the understanding of the common man for granted. They took for granted that the supporters were ignorant to current affairs and represent the typical PUP rent a crowd.

Canadian found in Mopan River
The body of a Canadian National was found in the Mopan River, Cayo, on Sunday of this past weekend. James Garfield Searles, 59 years of age, was found in the Mopan River; about 200 yards from the residence of Nicole Warner in Bullet Tree Falls Village. He was found at about 4:00 pm only wearing a black jacket; face down in the water. Police transported the body to the San Ignacio Community Hospital where Dr. Ramon Matus pronounced him dead at 5:05 pm. There were no visible signs of injuries to the body. The body now lies at the San Ignacio morgue where a post mortem is expected today. This post mortem is considered crucial as it will determine the route of the investigations.

Busted with pipe and half pound of weed
Casey Jago Reynolds, 30, is in prison for pleading guilty to one count of drug trafficking, one count of drug possession and one count of possession of a pipe adapted for smoking drugs. Police conducted a search of Reynolds’ home at around 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, November 20. According to police, when they arrived they saw Reynolds running out the backdoor of the house. Police set chase after him and saw him throw a plastic bag into an outside latrine pit. Reynolds was apprehended and taken to where the bag was thrown. The bag was retrieved and opened in his presence. It contained green leafy substance which proved to be 229 grams of cannabis. Police also found two grams of cannabis and a 3 ¼ inch pipe inside Reynolds’ house.

Mexican caught at Botes charged for illegal entry
A Mexican national who says he is from Playa Del Carmen, Cancun, Mexico was caught on the Belize side at the border just minutes after he paid for a canoe and crossed from the Mexican side into Belize. The case made against the Mexican national is that he came into Belize illegally. 33 year old Francisco Andremar Rojas Juarez, however, says that he did not come into the country illegally and is challenging the immigration department and will have his case go to trial to prove his case. On Thursday November 20, the Mexican national who was caught in Belize on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in Corozal was taken before Magistrate Dale Cayetano where he was read a single charge of illegal entry.

Caught breaking into warehouse
A Faber’s Road area resident reported to police that he caught an intruder who he claimed was making attempts to enter his warehouse located at #21 Krooman Road, Belize City, the alleged culprit is on remand at the Belize Central Prison. 24-year-old Lane Grinage, a self employed resident of #6633 Police Street Belize City is being accused of trying to enter as a trespasser, the warhouse of Amir Reid. The attempted burglary is said to have occurred on Monday, November 17, 2014. On Tuesday Novmeber 13, Grinage who is unemployed appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano where he was read two criminal offenses, one count of attempted burglary and one count of damage to property. Allegations are that in his attempts to enter Reid’s warehouse, he caused damage to a padlock valued $16 and a burglar bar door value $1,000, all the property of Amir Reid.

Four Remanded for Robbing 13-year-old Boy
Joshua Smith, 19, Alexander Turcos, 19, Leon Quince, 22, and Marquis Coc, 18, are on remand at the Belize Central Prison for taking away $27 from a 13-year-old boy on Tuesday, November 18. The minor was sent by his parents to purchase grocery items at a store on Thomas Vincent Ramos Street when he was approached by the four men. The men bullied the youth and took away $27 with which he was to purchase the items. The traumatized youth told his parents about the incident and they later reported it to police. Police launched an investigation that led to the arrest of Smith, Turcos, Quince and Coc.

Holy Angels girls and Church of Christ boys are National Primary Schools Volleyball champions
The 2014-2015 National Primary Schools Volleyball championship came to an end on Friday 14 November, at the Bird’s Isle and Quan’s Gym in Belize City. The girls’ championship games were played at the Quan’s Gym on Princess Margaret Drive while the boys’ championship games were played at Bird’s Isle. In the girls’ championship game, Holy Angels Roman Catholic School representing the Stann Creek District defeated Belize Elementary School representing the Belize District in two sets by the score of 25-21 and 25-18 to capture the national title. In the consolation game for third place, Toledo Christian Academy representing the Toledo District defeated Louisiana Government School representing the Orange Walk District by the score of 25-15 and 25-7. In the semi-final round in game one, Holy Angels defeated Louisiana Government School by the score of 25-22 and 25-19. And in the second game it was Belize Elementary School winning over Toledo Christian Academy by the score of 25-6 and 25-15.

Central Region high schools basketball enter
The Central Region Secondary Schools Basketball Competition is fast coming to an end at the Bird’s Isle in Belize City. The competition has now entered its playoffs round in both the female and male categories. On Monday 24 November, 2014, in the first of two Quarter Final games played in the male competition, Anglican Cathedral College eliminated Excelsior High School by the score of 64-41. And in the second game it was St. John’s College eliminating Edward P. Yorke High School by the score of 63-50. On Tuesday 25 November, the male Quarter Final round continued with two more games. In the first game of the evening, Sadie Vernon Technical High School eliminated Wesley College by the score of 59-54. The top scorers for Sadie Vernon Technical were Glency Lopez with 21 points and Raheem Staine with 13 points. Meanwhile, the top scorers for Wesley College were Shaquille Crawford with 23 points and S. Morris with 9 points.


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Police brutality …police brutality …police brutality!
The trial of two police officers, Modesto Cucul, 30, and Frederico Tush, 26 , who had been indicted for the July 29, 2012 murder of Michael Valerio, 47, a Punta Gorda resident, ended in the Southern District of the Supreme Court today when Justice Denis Hanomansingh found them not guilty of murder and dismissed them. In the trial by judge without jury, which lasted eight days, 14 witnesses testified for the prosecution’s case. On the night of Sunday, July 29, 2012, Michael Valerio was severely beaten, allegedly by the two cops, who were under the influence of alcohol. Two days after Valerio died, police charged Cucul and Tush for his murder.

2 PG cops beat murder rap!
Complaints of police brutality have become almost routine on the daily news, but one attorney who said that he has had just about enough of it spoke out today at the Magistrate’s Court in Belize City after his client and another Belize City resident were allegedly brutalized by police in connection with a burglary in Ladyville that reportedly netted hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry. Although little information has been disclosed regarding the crime and no official police report has been released on the matter, attorney Oscar Selgado, who is representing one of the accused men, told the media that he is disgusted with the actions of the Police Department because his client, Lionel Bregal, was brutalized, allegedly by officers of the Ladyville Precinct, after he was arrested yesterday afternoon.

Rough seas deliver $2 mil blow to cruise sector
Choppy seas brought on by a cold front over eastern Belize caused three cruise ships with over 9,000 passengers to abort their port call today, and to venture instead to Roatan, Honduras, because of safety concerns over the use of tender boats to shuttle cruise passengers from the cruise ships, near English Caye, to Belize’s shores. Belize City appears to be the only cruise port in the vicinity that still uses boats to shuttle passengers from ship to shore, but today, a small craft caution was in effect, and winds reportedly exceeded the 50-knot benchmark set by Carnival Cruise Lines. It was the second day in a row that Belize lost out on port calls from Carnival Cruise Lines, which had also decided not to disembark its passengers in Belize on Wednesday, when a small craft caution was also in effect for coastal Belize.

January 5 by-election
Following the bombshell resignation of Joseph Mahmud, Cayo North area representative for the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), on Monday morning, the party plans to convene an emergency meeting at 10:00 Friday morning, November 28, in Belize City, to determine which political hopeful will be endorsed to run against the United Democratic Party’s candidate, Omar Figueroa, when 6,584 voters are called to go to the polls on Monday, January 5, 2015. That’s a little over 5 weeks away, and one of the PUP’s aspirants, Richard Harrison, a businessman originally from San Ignacio, Cayo, told us today that the PUP will be ready for the election.

Churches call for referendum on sodomy law
The Belize Association of Evangelical Churches, its nationwide chapters and 250 member churches, are calling on the Government of Belize to organize a national referendum on the question of whether Belize should continue to retain section 53 of its Criminal Code, which outlaws sodomy, in the midst of what appears to be mounting pressure from two of Belize’s main trading partners – the United States and the United Kingdom. As our newspaper revealed last week, a team of US diplomats have jointly called on Belize to repeal Section 53, which is being challenged in the Supreme Court of Belize by UNIBAM, an LGBT activist group which has received US funding for work in Belize.

Staggering remand population costing taxpayers millions!
Belize continues to rank among the top ten countries with the highest incarceration rates in the world. Even more appalling is the fact that a third of the country’s prison population is made up of young men awaiting trial behind bars, some having lost their freedom without a court conviction for as many as 7 years. This is deemed to be an atrocious miscarriage of justice – one which has members of both the bench and bar gravely concerned over the ripple effect that this shocking reality has had on the erosion of public confidence in the country’s justice system. Latest information received today from the Kolbe Foundation, which manages the Belize Central Prison, indicates that 580 prisoners are currently on remand, constituting 37% of inmates who total 1,574 at today’s count. The budget for each inmate is $13.25 a day, and so it costs the Government and ultimately, taxpayers, $2.8 million a year to keep these prisoners on remand.

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One car was completely destroyed and another car damaged by a fire that police believe was intentionally set — arson. The fire took place at about 1:30 this morning on Peten Street in the Belama Phase 4 area of Belize City. A 4-door Volkswagen Jetta car with license plates C-36554, owned by Hugh Bowden, 23, valued at $22,000, was completely destroyed, and the other car, a Nissan Morano with license plates BZ C-36386, valued at $28,000, owned by his father, Hugh Bowden, Sr., 57, a mechanic, sustained damage estimated at about $15,000. The vehicle of Bowden, Jr., was insured.

Orange Walk Five-A-Side Tournament Match Three report
The Orange Walk Five-A-Side Tournament continued on Tuesday, November 25, with the third round of matches at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk Town. Five games were scheduled to be played, but the last match between Odette’s and Triple A had to be postponed due to a conflict in the work schedule of Triple A. It will be played at a date to be announced. Referees for these matches were Freddy Gonzalez and Armando Chirinos. The results are as follows: In game 1 in the Open Division, Aquario continued their winning streak with an impressive 7-3 victory over the winless Minionz. Three goals from Juan Rodney, two from Shamir Town, one from Robis Cuello, and an own goal from Alex Quinonez of Minionz were the tally for Aquario. Minionz’ three impressive goals were scored by Henry. Aquario now has 9 pts from three wins, while Minionz is still seeking their first win. Man of the Match was Juan Rodney of Aquario.

Table Tennis – 2014 BNE National JUNIOR Championships results!
The 2014 BNE National Junior Championships concluded on Sunday, November 23, with the following results: 12 and Under Category: 1st place – Terry Su; 2nd – Desire Amagula; 3rd – Sahil Hotchandani; 3rd – Samron Pott. 15 and Under Category: 1st place – Latrell Solis; 2nd – Jaylen Nicholson; 3rd – John Delcid; 3rd – Cody Rivero. 18 and Under Category: 1st place – John Delcid; 2nd – Latrell Solis; 3rd – Luis Bardalez; 3rd – Daryl Palacio. This is the second year that a BNE JUNIOR National Championships has been hosted separately from the BNE OPEN National Championships, due to the increased growth in numbers of our Junior players. The Belize Table Tennis Association (BTTA), in partnership with our sponsor, Belize Natural Energy, will continue to move forward with these events being held separately. Over 150 matches were played, with over 100 Junior players participating across the three age divisions; our biggest Junior event yet!

Central Zone high school basketball semifinals under way at Bird’s Isle
The Central Secondary Schools Sports Association (CSSSA) Basketball Tournament 2014-2015, held its knockout male quarterfinal playoffs at Bird’s Isle on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The female semifinals began yesterday, Wednesday, and today, Thursday, one female semifinal is scheduled along with a male semifinal match-up. The semifinals are best-of-2 games, while the finals, which begin on Monday, will be best-of-3 games series. In the male quarterfinal opener on Monday, November 24, Anglican Cathedral College (ACC) crushed Excelsior High School (EHS) by a 64-41 score; and in the nightcap, it was St. John’s College (SJC) with the 63-50 win over Edward P. Yorke High (EPY).

Triple B’s win FFB Women President’s Cup 2014
After drawing 1-1 with DFC Gentle Touch of Esperanza, Cayo, in game 1 of the best-of-2 games series for the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) Women President’s Cup championship at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Saturday, November 15, Triple B’s, who are the defending national women champions, travelled to the Norman Broaster Stadium on Saturday, November 23, for the deciding game 2, and they returned to Belmopan with a 1-nil victory and the championship. Home standing DFC Gentle Touch had an opportunity to go ahead in the first half, but striker Abby Halliday failed to convert from the penalty spot. The game remained scoreless until late in second half, when it was Triple B’s turn to be awarded a penalty, and Yamili Herrera (86’ PK) made it count to give her team the 1-nil lead, which they held onto until the long whistle for the championship.

Editorial: Mahmud and municipals
A by-election was held in January of 1993 for the Freetown seat in Belize after the UDP incumbent, Derek Aikman, was declared a bankrupt by the courts late in 1992. In that by-election, the PUP’s Jorge Espat easily defeated the UDP’s Howell Longsworth. This result meant that the PUP held 17 seats in the House of Representatives, while the UDP, which had previously lost Stanley Usher’s Toledo West seat to PUP machinations, was reduced to 11 seats from the 13 they had won in the September 1989 general elections. The momentum from the Freetown by-election victory helped propel the ruling PUP to a landslide victory in the March 1993 Belize City Council election, at a time when the Opposition was divided between Manuel Esquivel’s UDP and Philip Goldson’s NABR.

From the Publisher
When I left the United States to return home in June of 1968, it was just a couple months after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Black violence had immediately exploded in all of America’s major cities following King’s death, and many smaller ones, and it seemed that the United States was dangerously fractured. The murder of Dr. King, who had been preaching Christian non-violence as the philosophy for the black civil rights struggle, suggested to many black Americans that the “black power” message Stokely Carmichael had begun to preach in Mississippi in the spring of 1966, had to be the way forward instead of Dr. King’s Gandhian methods.

Letters: Surrender to LGBT – what will it cost us?
I refer to your page 1 article of 23rd November – “U.S. Ambassadors …” I have already shown in previously published articles that the Gender Policy and the Belize Constitution cannot be reconciled. Let us again go through this matter. Look at the Preamble of our Constitution wherein is clearly expressed the foundational principles of our society. Article (a) affirms “that the Nation of Belize shall be founded upon principles which acknowledge the supremacy of God….”

ROC and BSCFA met Tuesday; cañeros and PM to meet tomorrow
Two days after members of the young and upstart activist organization known as the Rod of Correction (ROC) had what we understand was a “militant” meeting with the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) this past Tuesday, November 25, we have been reliably informed that Prime Minister Dean Barrow has requested a meeting with the cane farmers which is scheduled to take place at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City. In that Tuesday meeting, we were told that the unions pledged full solidarity and cooperation with the BSCFA in the event of industrial action, which may have prompted PM Barrow to ask for a meeting, because the Government of Belize (GOB) has, for the most part, steered clear of the conflict since tensions rose between the factory owners and the cane farmers in the recent weeks.

Confusion over CXC subsidy settled
Two million dollars from the PetroCaribe fund has reportedly been earmarked to enable high school students to pay for Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations offered annually to high school graduates by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC.) While the Government has promised to pay for up to 6 exams for needy students, the exclusion of hundreds of needy students from the program has apparently forced the Government to backpedal and extend it to “all who applied…,” eliminating a cumbersome appeals process that could have put several students past the CXC deadline, therefore undermining the program’s chief aim of alleviating financial hardships on families. In fact, we know of scenarios where parents have been forced to borrow to pay for exams, because their child was not approved for the subsidy. Furthermore, some parents were told that they would not be reimbursed but that the monies would be applied as a credit towards graduation expenses, if indeed the Government agreed to foot the CXC bill for their child. Hopefully, these problems are mere teething pains which will not rear their ugly heads again next year, when the next batch of students prepare to sit their CXC’s.

City youths now have a “Gateway” to positive recreation
There are a wide range of temptations and distractions lurking within our society that can prevent at-risk youngsters, school-goers especially, from reaching their full potential, but as of today, Belize City youth between the ages of 13 and 19 years have an alternative which will hopefully steer some of those vulnerable adolescents in the right direction. A little over a year ago, in October 2013, a contract was signed for an educational, social and recreational facility that caters to both males and females who are in school and need additional tutoring and support, as well as those out-of-school youth who wish to re-enroll in an educational institution, and it became reality this afternoon when the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation officially opened the youth center at the Gwen Lizarraga High School compound in Belize City.

Ex-Services League in receivership
Supreme Court Justice Courtney Abel is this week perfected an order issued on Monday, November 24, appointing Chief Elections Officer, Josephine Tamai, as receiver to conduct and oversee the election of a new executive council of the Belize Ex-Services League, as a result of litigation lodged in the court by sparring factions of the League, principally the Belize City branch and its executive arm. Sources within the League have informed us that since the court handed down its ruling on Monday, the executive, led by retired Belize Defence Force captain, Bernard Adolphus, has stepped down in compliance with Justice Abel’s order. The Supreme Court’s order restrains the outgoing executive council from managing and administering the affairs of the League.

Belize students need more classroom hours, says Education Minister
Education and culture delegations from Central American countries which are member states of the Central American Integration System (Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana — SICA in Spanish) met in Belize last week to discuss, among other things, a new Central America Education Policy, approved by Heads of Governments of the region, as officials begin to chart the way forward for the policy’s implementation. Education Minister Patrick Faber chaired the education sessions, as well as a joint session on culture with Tourism and Culture Minister Manuel Heredia. According to Minister Faber, the policy aligns perfectly with Belize’s national stance on education in key areas such as teacher training, early childhood education, the teaching of English and Spanish, and the expansion of educational opportunities in the region.

Two cars burned in the Belama 4 area
One car was completely destroyed and another car damaged by a fire that police believe was intentionally set — arson. The fire took place at about 1:30 this morning on Peten Street in the Belama Phase 4 area of Belize City. A 4-door Volkswagen Jetta car with license plates C-36554, owned by Hugh Bowden, 23, valued at $22,000, was completely destroyed, and the other car, a Nissan Morano with license plates BZ C-36386, valued at $28,000, owned by his father, Hugh Bowden, Sr., 57, a mechanic, sustained damage estimated at about $15,000. The vehicle of Bowden, Jr., was insured.

Amputee demolishes GSU drug trafficking charge
A Belize City man and his common-law wife who were facing charges of drug trafficking and possession of a controlled drug managed to beat the drug trafficking charge, which carries a minimum fine of $10,000 along with a mandatory 3-year prison sentence upon conviction. Alton White, 50, an amputee who regained his mobility with a prosthetic leg and who is self-employed as a taxi driver and food vendor, was facing the two drug charges along with his common-law wife, Idolly Frazer, 36. Their case concluded late this afternoon in the courtroom of Magistrate Herbert Panton, whose ruling dismissed the drug trafficking charge against the couple, who reside at 44 Collet Canal, in the Conch Shell Bay area.

Belize economy expanded 4.8% in 3rd quarter, inflation 0.7%
The Statistical Institute of Belize released the latest economic statistics today, Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at a press conference held at the training room at the Central Bank of Belize in Belize City. The data included employment statistics for September 2014, 3rd quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures, and data on inflation and external trade. Inflation lowest in Central America On average, prices in Belize are 0.7% higher than prices recorded in last October, said Angelita Campbell, Statistician II at the SIB, who noted that Belize’s inflation rate for October 2014 was the lowest in the Central American region. The rate contrasts with the 1.8% inflation rate recorded in January. The average inflation rate for the period January to October 2014 is now 1.3%. Inflation rates were over 1% in San Ignacio, Cayo and Punta Gorda, Toledo, primarily due to an increase in rent prices.

The Reporter

George Price Highway claims two lives
Two men are dead and a third is critically wounded in the KHMH following a road traffic accident near mile 46 on the George Price Highway just before 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The deceased are Ismael Hoare, 35, and Orlando Pascacio, 20, two Ministry […]

Man killed early Friday morning
Emerson Arnold, 35, was shot and killed as he rode his bicycle along Gibnut Street just before 6:30 a.m. on Friday. Reports are that another man on a bicycle approached Arnold, who lived on Lakeview Street in the Ghost Town area, and opened fire in his […]

Panamanian diplomat murdered! Police charge 18 year old with theft of his vehicle and cell phone
Wilser Escheverria, 18, accused of the brutal Sunday afternoon murder of Panama’s Chargé de Affaires to Belize, Jose Rodrigo de la Rosa Stanford, 64, has instead been charged with theft of the victim’s SUV and cell phone. That is because initially, the police had charged him […]

Cops hold Ghost Town soldier for shooting West Street Gang member
Street figure, Ellis Meighan Jr. along with an under-age boy have been arrested and charged for the attempted murder of Carlos “Zimbab” Abraham, a member of the George Street gang. Meighan, a resident of the Ghost Town community where Abraham was shot, appeared on […]

Stakeholders prepare for World AIDS Day
Government departments as well as nongovernmental organizations are preparing activities for World AIDS Day, to be celebrated on December 1. According to the Ministry of Health the day, which is being observed worldwide under the theme “Focus, Partner, and Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation,” is also […]

Churches condemn US Embassy release on sodomy laws
This week the Belize Association of Evangelical Churches condemned a statement issued by the Embassy of the United States in Belize, which called for the repealing of Belize’s anti-sodomy laws. In a release issued on Wednesday, the association, which represents 250 churches, emphasized that dealing […]

UN report names Belize 3rd most homicidal country in the world
A report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) titled “A Global Study on Homicide 2013” has named Belize as the third most homicidal country in the world. According to the report, Honduras, Venezuela, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Swaziland, St. […]

IMF warns Caribbean nations of PetroCaribe program
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is monitoring the impact that changes to the PetroCaribe initiative may have on Caribbean nations amid worsening economic conditions in Venezuela. Despite the warning, the Venezuelan government has committed to continuing the program. According to the IMF, the program […]

Chetumal Street bridge almost complete
The Chetumal Street Bridge is expected to be completed in December and works on roundabouts on the two highways, which the bridge will connect are expected to be completed by March, if the weather permits. Minister of State and Lake Independence Representative, Mark King […]

Boys 17 and 14 were among rapists who mauled 11 year old girl
Three other young persons, Keron Willoughby, 19, a 17 year old and a 14 year old boy will spend their Christmas behind bars along with 22 year old Wilfred Ramirez, accused of gang-raping an eleven year old girl. . The child told police that […]

Police Cpl. faces drug charges
Police corporal, Shawn Andrews, 30, is out on a $3,000 bail bond, facing interdiction, on a charge of drug trafficking. Customs officers found more than three pounds of marijuana under the bonnet of a vehicle he was driving through the customs entry point at […]

Chik-V outbreak on Belmopan outskirts! But health authorities say “We’re ready!”
The Ministry of Health assured Belizeans this week that its people are prepared to mitigate and control Chikungunya, a virus now present in the country. Information Officer for the ministry, Claudette Dakers-Norales, told The Reporter on Tuesday that the ministry had made preparations well in […]

CXC Students won’t have to pay exam fee
The Minister of Education, Patrick Faber said this week that his ministry will pay for all students who applied for government aid for their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exam also known as CXC. At a press conference on Monday Faber explained that even though […]

Strike action ruled out! Grinding season could start Dec. 8th
Sugar Industry Control Board, Chairman Gabriel Martinez, has said that all parties agreed that there should be no delay of the sugar cane crop 2014/2015. All parties have also agreed to go back to the negotiating table on the issue of the starting of the crop. Chairman Martinez was very […]

Did Belmopan Cops mislead judge in the slaying of Panamanian diplomat?
Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl Lynn Vidal is scheduled to meet with police officials in Belmopan on Thursday to discuss the case of 18-year old Wilser Eschevarria, who was charged by Police for the murder of Panamanian Chargé de Affairs, Jose Rodrigo de la Rosa Stanford. Police sources say that […]

Editorial
The United States Ambassador to Belize, His Excellency, Carlos Moreno, has written to the Government of Belize to urge the following: 1) Conduct a legal assessment of the state’s constitutional responsibility to its LGBT citizens to guide the development of a formal policy consideration. 2) Repeal the anti-sodomy laws, provisions […]

COLA calls for Compol’s head! Says he allows politicians to interfere with police work
The Citizens Organized for Liberty Through Action (COLA) held a press briefing on Thursday in front of the Queen Street Police Station calling for the resignation of Police Commissioner, Allen Whylie. COLA claimed to be in possession of documents, which implicate high-level politicians in […]

Senate says no to Transparency motion for Petro-Caribe spending
A Senate motion introduced Wednesday, which would have required the Chief Executive Officers from seven Ministries to appear before a Senate investigating committee to account for PetroCaribe loan funds, was struck down. . The motion, introduced by Senator Mark Lizarraga had the support of […]

Fading oil industry still has plenty of commerciality says MESTPU CEO
Despite declining oil production, the Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology and Public Utilities says that the Spanish Lookout and Never Delay fields still have some ten years worth of production left in them. Chief Executive Officer in the ministry, Dr. Colin Young, told The […]

DPP on collision course with Police DPP says she has the law on her side!
An inter-office memo, dated September 24, 2014 gave police officers the following directive:– “The practice of consulting the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as to whether to charge a person or persons for murder or any other crime must cease forthwith”. The memo is from the Head of […]

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Two men die in traffic accident near Belmopan
Two people died in a road traffic accident this afternoon just outside of Belmopan on the George Price Highway. The victims have been identified as 35 year old Ishmael Hoare and 20 year old Orlando Pascascio, Junior. According to reports, just before three o’clock this afternoon, a […]

GoJoven celebrates tenth anniversary
GoJoven Belize, a youth-led organization, today celebrated it’s 10 anniversary at the Chateau Caribbean Hotel conference room. According to Executive Director Eva Burgos the organization has, since its establishment in Belize, served as an advocate for young people on the topic of sexual and reproductive health. Burgos say […]

By-election Watch: Omar versus Richard in Cayo North
The stage is now set for a January 5, 2015 showdown between Omar Figueroa for the United Democratic Party (UDP) and Richard Harrison for the People’s United Party (PUP). Following a meeting of the National Executive of the PUP today at Independence Hall in Belize City, an […]

Richard Harrison chosen as PUP standard bearer in Cayo North
The People’s United party (PUP) has chosen businessman Richard Harrison as its standard bearer to contest the by-election in the Cayo North division. Harrison will go up against Omar Figueroa of the United Democratic Party in the poll which will be held on Monday, January 5, 2015 […]

Chilly day in Belmopan
It is a wet and cold Friday in the nation’s capital, Belmopan. This has not stopped the business of the day, especially since it is payday for teachers. The water bill will decrease because containers are collecting heavenly water. The variation of jackets and umbrellas is bringing […]

Early morning shooting in Belize City
An early morning shooting incident in Belize City has left one man dead. Information received say the shooting happened just before 7 o’clock this morning. More information on this incident will be posted during the course of the day. UPDATE: Police have issued a brief report […]

Arthur Saldivar gets summary judgment over turned in Coye case
Embattled attorney Arthur Saldivar faces a civil suit from former clients Melonie and Marlene Coye, who alleged that after he won them acquittal in the Court of Appeal on money laundering charges in March, he took more than half the money they got back from the Central Bank […]

Bernadette Pickwood’s land trial closes in on verdict
The trial of Bernadette Pickwood, land owner in Belama, and the Ministry of Natural Resources continued before Justice Kenneth Benjamin today with testimony from Commissioner of Lands and Surveys Wilbert Vallejos. Vallejos was on the stand to describe the length and style of notice to Ms. Pickwood that […]

Ladyville police accused of brutal assault of burglary suspect
Belize City resident Lionel Bregal is suspected by police in Ladyville of taking part in a reported burglary. Some $390,000 in jewelry was taken from a store and police say Bregal is the man who worked with a San Ignacio police officer to stash the goods. He was […]

More cruise ship cancellations lead to calls for cruise port
This morning the Belize Tourism Board’s cruise director, Valdemar Andrade, via telephone confirmed that three more cruise ships, two from Carnival Cruise Line and one from Royal Caribbean, scheduled to call on Belize today, had to turn back because of unfavorable weather conditions. According to Andrade, the ships were […]

New report prompts changes to criminal justice system
Earlier this year, English barrister Joseph Middleton, a leading human rights attorney in the United Kingdom, visited Belize on behalf of the Death Penalty Project to review conditions at the Belize Central Prison at Hattieville. That review focused specifically on persons facing death for criminal actions, mentally ill prisoners, juvenile offenders, and those serving long-term or life sentences. There was a round-table discussion earlier in the year for feedback from local legal and judicial practitioners. Today the report, titled “Behind the Prison Gates” was released.

Two cruise ships unable to offload passengers; time for a cruise port?
The Fort Street Tourism Village was today forced to turn away two cruise ships owing to unfavorable weather conditions for tendering. More than 6,000 passengers lost an opportunity to see Belize as on the first four-ship day of the “high season” of cruise tourism a northerly wind heralding the passage of a cold front made conditions unsafe. It underscores a call to action made last week by, among others, Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA). At a press conference COLA president Geovannie Brackett warned that unless the impasse between Government, the proprietors of the Stake Bank project and Fort Street Tourism Village is resolved and a cruise port is built, Belize stands to lose all it has gained from encouraging cruise ship development.

Economic statistics: Economy grows, but unemployment rises
Today the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) offered a last batch of statistics on economic and social services for 2014, up to October. The news is encouraging in most sectors but disappointing in others. We begin with the 3rd Quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which grew by 4.8%, about half the record figure of 8.7% seen in the second quarter. Cumulative economic growth through September stands at 4.2%, led by increased output in the agriculture and fishing sector, hotels and restaurants and water distribution.

Blogs

Zen Arcade Shopping Party
The girls at Zen Arcade are turning the Tree Top Studio into a Belizean craft marketplace so you can get jump start on your holiday shopping. Come on out to socialize and shop till you drop :) You will find many unique items from local vendors, savor wine and cheese samples, enjoy great music and good company. After all who doesn’t love a shopping party – Zen bazaar being held Saturday November 29th from 3:00pm – 7:00pm. Raffle tickets will be on sale with proceeds going to support Raise up getting rice and beans to the needy this season. Zen Arcade will ensure that the money goes to rice and beans (by personally buying them) and dropping them off at the foundation center. If you want to donate prize/offer to this worthy cause, there is still time it would be much appreciated, 226 3177 if you want to call Zen Arcade and donate something.

3 Great San Pedro Thanksgiving food options
Happy American Thanksgiving to all I am thankful there are so many great food options for this Holiday. Below is some information on 3 great thanks giving options with varied price ranges to meet all budgets. If you are thinking beyond thanksgiving meals, you can check out the best restaurants in San Pedro, Belize on TripAdvisor

My Thanksgiving, My Year In San Pedro, Belize & Reasons to Visit in 2015
American through and through, Thanksgiving is in no way a Belizean holiday. And while it is still strange to me, after 7 or 8 Thanksgivings here, to see kids going to school and the Belikin guys making their deliveries, the holiday is getting bigger and bigger in San Pedro. Mainland turkey not looking at ALL nervous. They still have about a month until Xmas. (Don’t even ASK why one is wearing a denim vest.) This is the first real week/weekend after the slow season that tourists return en masse and restaurants, delis and bars have plenty of turkey specials to make all us gringos feel at home on Thanksgiving.

Why We Changed Our Retirement Plans to Move to Belize
Scott and Michelle Lyons planned to move to Mexico when their kids went to college. But when Michelle went on a cruise that stopped in Belize…their plans changed. “When I discovered that English was the language in Belize, I knew I had found something that would work for us,” says Michelle. The impossibly blue waters, soft sandy beaches, and wonderfully warm climate of beautiful Belize also helped win the couple over. From the sparkling sea filled with palm-lined islands to the verdant jungles teeming with wildlife, Belize beckoned with an enticing blend of relaxation and adventure…a tropical paradise.

San Pedro 30TH TOWNSHIP ANNIVERSARY - 2014 (20 photos)
On Thursday, November 27, 2014 due to weather conditions, the scheduled ceremony and parade were cancelled. The Mayor and San Pedro Town Council considered it was best to cancel the planned activities because all schools were asked to participate and parading under such unpredictable weather conditions would just put them at risk in getting sick. However, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nuñez, Councilor Gualberto Nuñez & Miss San Pedro, Michelle Nuñez made some surprise visits to present awards of appreciation to individuals who are constantly working towards the development of San Pedro.

Power interruptions 8:00am to 8:45am and 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Sunday, November 30, Corozal
: entire Corozal Town, Altamira, San Antonio, Santa Rita Heights, Vivas Layout, Paraiso, Chula Vista, and Consejo. BEL to facilitate development works in the area.

Revised Notice: Power interruption 7:00am to 3:00pm Saturday, November 29
: San Antonio Road from Orange Walk Town to Blue Creek including Yo Creek, Trinidad, August Pine Ridge, San Felipe, San Antonio, and Santa Cruz and area from San Lorenzo to Progresso including San Roman, San Luis, San Jose, San Pablo, San Juan, Douglas, Buena Vista and Caledonia. BEL to replace utility poles and conduct repairs on high voltage lines.

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Belize Suffering Without Any Cruise Ship Dock Last Few Days
Belize has lost millions of potential revenue mainly due to bad weather and cruise ship being forced to cancel the port of call. Belize is located in central America and is a popular destination for cruise ships but the problem is the port doesn’t have a dock so ships have to get passengers on land using tender boats. The vessel anchor far from land and it can take at least 20 mins journey to arrive at the shore. Due to high winds of up to 50 knots several cruise ships including Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean cancelled calls at Belize on November 27th and as a result the port lost millions. It’s too risky tendering passengers in when its high winds especially when so far away from the shore.

The struggle to save the Caribbean's huge barrier reef
The Mesoamerican Reef is a wildlife haven threatened by tourism and overfishing, but it could be saved. The Caribbean's Mesoamerican Reef is the second largest barrier reef in the world, stretching 600 miles (965 km). Only the Great Barrier Reef surpasses it. The reef's northernmost point aligns with Cancún in Mexico. From there it stretches south-east alongside the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.

Groping case diplomat loses £320,000 payout
A British diplomat who won £320,000 in damages after his career was ruined by unsubtantiated allegations of bottom-groping has been told by appeal judges he is not entitled to compensation for depression he suffered. John Yapp, 63, the former British high commissioner in Belize, was suspended in 2008 and became clinically depressed after being accused of touching the bottom of a politician’s wife at a party, as well as similar unsubstantiated allegations.

Videos

Video: Belize Training & Employment Centre Prepares Belizeans for work, 4min.

Video: Flyboarding in Belize, 3min.
Grant's first time rockin' the flyboard at San Pedro Water Sports!

Video: Scuba Ambergris Caye Belize 2014 Ken Flower, 27min.
Ambergris Caye and The Great Blue Hole.

Video: Paul Nabor tribute concert & funeral, Punta Gorda, Belize, 2014, 6min.
Andy Palacio & Garifuna Collective, Basketball Arena, Punta Gorda, Belize, Nov 2014.

Video: Belize Legendary Cornelio Estrada, 12min.
Cornelio Estrada is a legendary Belizean musician who started playing the trumpet in the Home Guard/Military in what was then British Honduras. He became a pioneering member of several of the musical bands/groups in the early 50's,60's and 70's in Belize. In the late 70's he embraced a younger generation of musicians and played in the classic "Vibrations" band. This musical journey extended to Los Angeles California where Estrada played with several Belizean bands in the Diaspora. It was there that he recorded the above collections of his favorites songs in a three set CD that he dedicated to his family. Cornelio Estrada is the father of the Legendary Jazz Master trumpet player "Sonny" Bobby Estrada. This recording is release as a tribute to his many decades of contribution to the musical evolution in Belize and his mentor-ship to many young musicians. R.I.P

Video: UNICEF Belize CRC@25 Celebration, 10min.
UNICEF Belize and the European Union invited partners and friends of children to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Belize City.

Video: BELIZE AGGRESSOR III - OCTOBER 2014, 17min.
This is a compilation of videos I took on my most recent trip to Belize. It was a great 10 day trip. There was a diverse group of divers on the Aggressor III - from Korea, Canada, Holland, Belgium, and the United States! Good fun was had by all! As always, the Aggressor Crew was great!

Video: [HD] Beaches & Dreams BELIZE HD, 4.5min.
Go to sleep at night listening to the breathing of the sea and the singing of wind in the palms in one of our 5 spacious rooms situated only 66 feet from the Caribbean Sea. We are the “last resort” on our beach and you can enjoy the feeling of seclusion while being walking distance to other resorts and the Garifuna Fishing Village of Hopkins. Foodies Welcome at the highly acclaimed Barracuda Bar and Grill, serving world class Mediteribbean Cuisine on our open air dining deck only 30 feet from the sea. Fresh Lobster, Shrimp and Fish daily prepared with a Mediteranian flair. Pizza and pasta and our famous smoked dishes round out the menu, but save room for our award winning desserts. 2 for one rum drinks during happy hour every day!

Video: Wild pod of dolphins - Scuba Diving - Turneffe Atoll - Belize, 13min.
Encountered s school of dolphins while scuba diving the Turneffe Atoll in Belize, November 2014.

Video: NCL Sun Tendering at Belize, Nov. 2014, 5min.

Video: Skydiving into the Blue Hole - Belize, 9min.

Video: Thinking outside the lab: NMSU entomology students travel to Belize, 3min.
In March, through the Faculty-led International Programs, a group of eight students, led by Scott Bundy, associate professor of entomology in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, traveled to Belize to research and experience its biodiversity. From venomous spiders, ants, leafhoppers and even marine invertebrates, the students' non-stop, 10-day trip brought a new perspective of what it's like to work as an entomologist in the field. "The idea was to get them out in the 'wild' because the insect diversity of tropical areas is so different than what we have around here," Bundy said. "The purpose of the class was to learn about arthropod biology, to observe how the animals behave in their environment, to learn proper field research techniques, and to just be more hands-on."


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