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#499417 - 12/30/14 04:25 AM Today's Belize News: December 30, 2014
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The San Pedro Sun

Tropic Air adds next generation Cessna Caravan to its fleet
Tropic Air announced today the arrival and addition into scheduled service of a brand new Cessna Grand Caravan 208B-EX turbo prop aircraft (registration number V3-HHV). This latest addition to the fleet arrived over the weekend after a delivery flight from the Cessna production facility in Wichita, Kansas. It represents a BZ$5.2 million investment for the company, and our confidence in the strength of the Belize tourism product.

United Airlines makes direct travel to Chicago possible
Direct non-stop flight from Belize to Chicago is now possible as United Airlines now offer flight services between Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) and Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. On Saturday, December 20th the inaugural flight #1150 touched down in PGIA and will now be a weekly flight. According to Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Tourism, Tracey Taegar Panton, the increase in flights to Belize is necessary for the continued growth of the tourism industry. “We are proud of the partnership we shared with United Airlines since its inaugural service to Belize in 1988. What a long way we have come. From a single flight out of its Houston hub to two, and sometimes four, daily flights from Houston, weekly service from Newark and now a weekly service from Chicago. This partnership has insured that the North American market continues to be the primary source market for the tourism sector, with Houston being our busiest hub,” said Panton.

Ambergris Today

Kaylee Kumul Celebrates Quinceaños
Congratulations to Kaylee Kumul as she celebrated her Quienceaños (15th Birthday) over the weekend. A celebratory mass was held at the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church and a festive 'Winter Wonderland' themed party was held at the San Pedro Lions Den afterwards with close friends and family. Happy Birthday Kaylee.

Pic of the Week - A Pelican's Life in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
The Brown Pelican is the smallest of the species and a common sight along the shores of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. It spends its days diving for food, gliding inches above the surface of the water and perched on pier pilings soaking up the sun, just hanging around.

Celebrity Spotting - Mixed Martial Artist Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis in Belize
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye fans and followers of UFC got a special treat over the weekend as many got the opportunity to meet and have their pictures taken with mixed martial artist Anthony "Showtime" Pettis who is currently the UFC & WEC World Lightweight Champion. Pettis was spotted hanging out at popular island hotspots Palapa Bar and Fido's Restaurant & Bar during the holiday weekend. According to his personal posts on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, Anthony was staying at Belizean Coves Estates in North Ambergris Caye.

Belize Mayors Sign Historical Employment Policy for all Municipalities
Last week, San Pedro Mayor, Daniel Guerrero, was part the Belize Mayor’s Association’s historical signing of a municipal service regulation policy that applies to all nine municipalities that have undertaken to standardize policies that relate to employment. Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley, who designed the policy after eight months of consultation, spearheaded the signing; all nine mayors in the country signed the Municipal Service Regulation Policy. Its importance is the first step towards getting a standardized employment regime amongst all nine municipalities that seeks to change human resources practices in local government so that employees are protected from political manipulations and political interference during the hiring process does not occur.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Letter: Appeal to Belizeans in the Diaspora
Respected Belizeans in the Diaspora: It has been almost 15 years now since UB has started its Social Work program. To date, none of our tertiary institutions, which include Galen University, UWI and the University of Belize, has an accredited MSW program in Social Work. Our country has no shortage of MSC (Masters in Counseling); Belize being a growing nation more social workers is needed. In fact, the CEO in the ministry of human development, social transformation and poverty alleviation, Ms Judith Alpuche, will attest to the fact that Belize is in dire need of such a program. Social workers at the MSW level are needed at every government department in the country. They are needed to analyze data collected from our communities. They are needed to help with our gang situation by going into our communities. They are needed for advocacy and community mobilization. They are needed for policy creation and implementation and research.

The Issues of Transplanting Mangroves
I have been asked several times on my recommendations for transplanting mangroves but I don't think folks really like to hear the answer. If good methods exist to reforest mangroves and allow them to adapt in their natural habitat with very little human assistance, we want to avoid transplants as much as possible. There are many successful transplant initiatives in the region and any attempts of such should really consider the lessons learnt to avoid situations like this picture. Healthy young mangroves were chosen for this transplant exercise in an area north of Ambergris Caye. The mangroves were still very much alive for many months after the transplantation, as can be noted from the healthy green leaves. However, the mangroves may undergo a period of shock from which they may not recover, especially if the substrate and salinity conditions vary considerably from their initial environment. This would result in poor foliage and root structure and dwarfed trees. Such trees would not be able to provide the intended or desired functions; coastal resiliency, nursery habitat etc. In my opinion the greatest loss of examples such as these is the great effort invested in the approach.

No trash pickup in Belmopan, Jan 1
The Belmopan City Council would like to inform the General Public that garbage will not be picked up on Thursday, January 1, 2015 but will be collected on Friday, January 2, 2015.

In November of 1986, the legendary Belizean broadcaster, and popular Radio Belize DJ, David Buddan, hosted the first ever radio show in the Belizean community of Los Angeles, called the Belizean Music Hour, that was sponsored and produced by the legendary grassroots L.A. based Belizean organization, BREDAA (Belize Rural Economic Development of Agriculture through Alliance). The moment of history is as clear as day today, as the one called the Rockadelic Rocker, uttered the first words that broke the airwaves for Belizeans in the diaspora: "This is David Buddan, and we are listening to the Belizean Music Hour on KPFK, Los Angeles." With those words, Belizeans in the diaspora came to be known as a force to be reckon with, showcasing their music, culture, and diverse peoples. Buddan's style was clean cut, soulful, and confident. He carved a broadcasting style that was unique in terms of its assimilation as a British-Caribbean trained broadcaster to have cut straight into the American lingua franca of popular pop radio, and introduced a radio swag with a Belizean flavor.

Channel 7

Don't Sign! Cane Farmer Takes Out Injunction Against BSCFA.
When we left you on Christmas Eve - both sides of the sugar dispute were "this close" to settling on a final agreement for the start of the crop season. Well, tonight, the bad news is that they've gotten no closer; in fact, they are probably further apart! Here's what happened. As we told you the cane farmers had one last change they wanted BSI to make to the draft final agreement. BSI agreed to that change and sent over what should be the final modified draft to the Cane Farmers Association this afternoon. But it hasn't been sent back. And about two hours ago we learned why. One of the BSCFA's branch directors Lucilo Teck filed an injunction in the Supreme Court against the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association's Committee of Management and Ezequiel Cano prohibiting them from signing a final agreement with BSI. It was filed today by attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd. The injunction says, quote, "Lucilo Teck applies to the court for…an interim injunction to restrain the 1st and 2nd Defendants… from proceeding to sign the agreement as the Committee of Management… without taking the matter to the General Assembly to accept by resolution the terms of such agreement..." End Quote.

Senior Citizen And Hot Dog Vendor's Throat Slit in Dangriga
A senior citizen who's also a hot dog vendor was murdered in Dangriga Town over the Christmas Holiday. 72-year-old Honduran Felix Castillo Carranza was found in his home on Saturday with his throat cut. There are several conflicting reports surrounding this murder but police are trying to untangle this web of allegations to solve the case of murder for a man who had no known enemies. Courtney Weatherburne traveled to Dangriga today to find out more. Courtney Weatherburne reporting This is where 72 year old Felix Carranza came every day to sell his famous hotdogs: Right in front of GrigaLizeans Store near this rusted bicycle rack. Now this space is left empty after Carranza was executed in his small wooden house on Saturday. It was a morbid scene behind this door and According to 36 year old Marsha Castillo, her 11 year old daughter found Carranza's body.

American Man Commits Apparent Suicide, Police Still Not Sure
Tiny Boston village on the old Northern Highway was the scene of an apparent suicide this weekend. On Christmas night, 66 year old American retiree Timothy Patrick Mcnamara was found dead on his verandah. He had been shot in the head with his 43 year old common law wife's gun - a licensed 9mm pistol. She is American Channon Nessi and she told police that they had been talking in the house about some money problems they were having, when he went on the verandah - and shortly after she heard a gunshot. A post mortem has been conducted and police told us why they think it's a suicide, but why they are not ruling out foul play just yet:... Insp. Frederick Gordon - Rural Executive Officer "On the 25th December, we received information that a person has gotten shot in Boston Village whereby we visited the area where an American national was seen with a gunshot behind on the top of the head."

Mother Angry Over Her Son's Remains
Ladyville Police are also responsible for the case involving the remains which were found Thursday, December 18, at Dew Drops Area at mile 11 and a half on the Northern Highway. They were said to be the remains of 23 year-old Marvin Rafael Bul, originally from Ladyville Village. His mother is convinced based on the discovery of the clothing and his identification card, which was found in the pants pocket on the scene. So, on public record the bones are identified as Marvin Bul's, but the medical examiner, we're told won't make such a bold statement until conclusive tests say that the remains are his. That's causing his mother considerable distress; she's convinced that the remains are her son's but, she cannot get a death certificate and rights to bury him. She told us today that she just wants closure:

New City Bridge Operational
The city's newest bridge- it spans the Haulover Creek from Chetumal Street in the Belama Phase one area right over to the new Lake Independence Boulevard in the Gungulung area. Work started in March and the contractors promised to finish it by the end this year. Well, 2014 is just about finished and so is the bridge. Motorists started using it this weekend - even thought it has not been officially opened. When we went out there today we saw on familiar face among those ager to give the new bridge a first go:... Hon. Anthony "Boots" Martinez "You could say its unofficially open right now, but its traverse a lot by lots of vehicles. It takes you about 3 minutes from the corner Faber's Road to the Philip Goldson Highway and also 3 minutes from Philip Goldson Highway to the corner Faber's Road. So, it eases lots of traffic early in the morning. It opens up both highway and its a good prospect for business and prosperity in the country."

Police Find Decomposed Body Of Man Left Tending Home
The body of a dead 37 year old was found in Belize City this afternoon. The discovery was made at around 1:00 in the afternoon on Eve Street where police found a lifeless body decomposing inside a two-storey wooden structure. Those in the area told the media that the family had gone to celebrate the Christmas holidays in Guatemala and returned this morning to find their family member, identified only as Walter Humberto, apparently dead. Walter Humberto was reportedly acting as caretaker for the house while the family was away.

Caye Caulker's Lazy Lizard Rises Again
The Caye Caulker Split's well-known bar, the Lazy Lizard has been closed for almost 2 months because the bar owner, Immer Perez, has been having a complicated dispute with his landlord. This landlord wants him evicted from the property because he says he has a buyer for the deal, a deal which Perez and his lawyer strongly dispute. So, the liquor license issued by the Town Council, which was in the landowner's name was revoked, forcing Perez to close down. Then, the landlord's agents went into the bar and removed Perez's liquor stock and placed it in a different area. Perez claims that they broke in and burglarized his place, and so, he's pressing criminal charges against the agents. All of that meant that the bar, which attracts lucrative economic activity for the island, has been closed down.

Extra Holiday For Schools In Cayo North
The by-election in Cayo North will be held on Monday January 5th. And while opponents Richard Harrison and Omar Figueroa and their retinue will be riled up and rolling out major political machinery, many students will be taking that opportunity to enjoy one more day on the Christmas holiday. That's because many primary, pre-primary and secondary schools in San Ignacio, Santa Elena and Bullet Tree Falls Village will be closed on by-election day. The primary and pre-primary schools include: Santa Elena R.C School, Eden SDA Primary, Santa Elena Baptist School, Faith Nazarene in San Ignacio, Bishop Martin R.C, St. Andrews Anglican, Sacred Heart Primary, Arms of Love pre and a primary school, Bullet Tree SDA Primary, Immaculate Conception R.C Primary, all pre-schools in Santa Elena, San Ignacio and Bullet Tree. The secondary schools include Sacred Heart College, St. Ignatius High School, Eden SDA High School and Cayo Center for Employment Training.

Sand Hill School Loses To Burglars
Over the long Christmas Holiday weekend, thieves broke into the Guadalupe RC Primary School in Sand Hill village and stole a gas tank, as well as copper wiring from the cafeteria. If you're thinking that they did not get away with much, the principal of the school will not agree with you. Today, when she spoke with us, and explained that the school feeds the children using that tank: Esther Requena, Principal - Guadalupe RC Primary School "I was on my way to Belize City and I stopped in to get a file. Actually, I was on my way down because I wanted to pay Bowen and Bowen some monies and when I drove in I saw this window over here and something didn't seem right with it. But we had a previous burglary and it was damaged, so I didn't pay it much attention. But on my out Ms. Vacarro over there showed me, she said look at the back and when I stop and I went to the back another window was pry open - a board window was open and I said oh boy. I came out the vehicle and I took a walk just to notice that the cafeteria was broken into also."

St. Martin's Needy Targetted
While that school was assessing the bad news, at St. Martin De Porres on Patridge Street in Belize City, needy families were getting clothing donations. It's an effort headed by members of the Pallotine Alumni of New York in which local agents have been working in Lake Independence to get the donation to those who need it the most. We stopped in and spoke with the organizers about it: Bernadette Ellis, assisting with donations "Today i am assisting Mrs. Daphne Mars out of New York. Actually the Pallotine Alumni Association Chapter of New York along with Mrs. Margarita Menzies is contributing to the St. Martin's De Porres Parish through St. Vincent de Paul in honour of Santos Diaz."

The Collapse Explained
"The ancient Mayan civilization collapsed due to a century-long drought," - that's what new research suggests. According to a study by archaeologists at Rice University, sediments found in the Belize Blue Hole near the center of Lighthouse Reef show that extreme drought may be the leading cause of the civilization's collapse. The director of the Institute of Archaeology, Dr. John Morris told us via phone that this development complements the research he and his team are conducting in the Caves here in Belize and that this theory is only one of many. Dr. John Morris "There are many theories that explain the collapse of the ancient Maya civilization and one of them is that of environmental degradation or in some sense severe dry period of drought that affected the Maya quite considerably. It's one of several theories and one that has been examined quite recently in detail. The evidence that we are acquiring comes from core deposits that we retrieve from lagoons and lakes and also from tests done on stalagmites in caves and primarily because what those show is that running through test on the stalagmites, it shows that a severe dry period took place sometime around that same period between 700 and 900 AD and the evidence is remarkable because those caves for example the one in the blue hole and also when you look at the coring done at Lake Peten in Tikal, it shows also too that there was significant dry periods."

Channel 5

Elderly Man Slashed in Dangriga
The constant story for this year remained about murder, which according to the statistics, continued on a constant upward trend in 2014. Tonight, there is one more to add and [...]

Body Found in Belize City
In Belize City, just after midday today, police visited a house on Eve Street in the vicinity of the Ice Cream Shoppe. In the upper flat of the concrete and [...]

S.C.F.A. Chairman Accused of Embezzlement
Tonight, the outspoken chairman of the Stann Creek Fishermen Association, Mark McKenzie, stands accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from an associate in what is being described as an unsuccessful [...]

B.S.C.F.A. Chairman Says All Set for Signing
The New Year may yet turn out to be a good one for cane-farmers in the north, as there is word tonight that the signing of the agreement is likely, [...]

Cane-Farmer Applies for Interim Injunction
Like we said, the industry and players are volatile. That interview with Chairman Cansino was done this afternoon, and about an hour after, we got word that parties had filed [...]

…Says Farmers Conceded Too Much
Four of the eighteen directors under the B.S.C.F.A. signed a petition last week to go back to the general assembly. They were outvoted by the majority. So now those directors, [...]

Farmers Call on S.I.C.B. to Decide Crop Start Date
That brings us to the industry bottom-line, which is that for all stake-holders from factory to field, the crop season needs to get underway. And it can, according to those [...]

2 Children Knocked Down
A pair of siblings, seven year Herber and ten year old Diana Yacab were the victims of a traffic accident on Boxing Day. The duo was hit by an SUV [...]

P.U.P. Questions Transfer of Cayo North Registering Officer
The by-election in Cayo North is scheduled for January fifth, 2014. On December twenty-second, 2014, three days before Christmas, the Registering Officer for that division, Jerrylyn Bruce, received a letter [...]

P.U.P. Chairman Says Cayo North Election Will be Close
Traditionally, by mid-December every year all attention is focused on things Christmas-related…and that lasts up to the day after New Year’s. That’s been pretty much the case this year, even [...]

Did Bones Found Belong to Marvin Bul?
On December eighteenth, Antonia Cal got the news that no mother wants to get. Police came to her workplace in Ladyville to ask her to identify the bones and clothing [...]

Student Charged for Attempted Murder
A twenty year old Belize City student has been charged for the December twenty-first attempted murder of twenty-eight year old Tyron Scott of Unity Street, who was stabbed twice to [...]

Trio Charged for Drug Trafficking
A Belize City businessman, Kevin Pandy, his girlfriend, Elmarose Cabral, and his cousin, Jomo Avila, were all jointly charged with one count each of drug trafficking for three point two [...]

Belize City Woman Raped at Knifepoint
There is also a report of an alleged rape which is under investigation by the cops. A twenty-two year Belize City woman claims she was raped around midnight on December [...]

The 2014 Premier League of Belize Playoffs
Good Evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   The PLB season continued into Week 4 with a monster showdown at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium as the Belize [...]

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Honduran National Found Dead
72-year-old Felix Castillo Carranza, a Honduran National was found with his throat slit in his home in the Lake Land Area in Dangriga. Correspondent Harry Arzu has been following this latest murder and today he spoke to Carranza’s step daughter, Bertha Membreno. HARRY ARZU “A food vendor was brutally murder in his house on Subal Street over the weekend. The victim has been identified as 72 year old Honduran National Felix Caranza Castillo. Police here say that when they arrived on the scene just before 5 o’clock on Saturday evening they observed the lifeless body of Castillo lying face down in a pool of blood in his bedroom with a large cut wound to his throat. They also reported that he was found with his hands tied. But reports indicate that just before police arrived on the scene it was a minor who also lived in the same yard who reportedly discovered Castillo’s body at about 4PM that same day who alerted family members.”

Police Recovered Lifeless Body
Belize City Police Officers were called to a residence on Eve Street just before 1:00 pm this afternoon where they recovered the lifeless decomposed human body of thirty-seven-year-old, Walter Humberto. An anonymous individual on the scene who is familiar with the area told Love News that the residents of the two-story wooden structure house had departed out of Belize in Guatemala to Celebrate the Christmas Holidays and upon arrival this morning, found the Humberto, apparently dead. According to sources, Humberto was tending the home while the family was away. Police stood guard on the scene for more than two hours, because assistance was being sought from the Guatemalan Embassy for further procedures.

RTA Leaves Woman Hospitalize
On the 24 December, a road traffic accident that occurred on the Placencia road left, Jenny Martinez, hospitalize and undergoing three surgeries. Love News spoke to the Common-Law husband of the victim, Carlos Castellanos, who told us furthermore what transpired. CARLOS CASTELLANOS “We had a little incident on the 24th afternoon where she went on two surgeries and we are looking for persons to donate O+ blood. So far I have a few of my friends and family but I cannot exactly give you the correct figure and how many persons because today is Monday and they could not do it on the weekend .We had a tire blowout and then after the few seconds I struggled with the steering wheel and we just flipped.”

Sugar Agreement to Be Signed; Injunction Stops Signing
Two more days before the year ends and our news room got word this morning that a sugar agreement was to be signed tomorrow. We say “was” because there is now a high possibility that no sugar agreement will be signed before the year ends. That’s because Lucilo Teck, a former Director of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and now a cane farmer attached to the branch in Corozal has filed an application for an interim injunction. That injunction is to stop the BSCFA and BSI/ASR from signing an agreement. A notice was sent to the BSCFA and Chairman Ezekiel Cansino in which it states that quote, “if you proceed despite being place on notice you will be acting in bad faith and our client instructs to them bring further legal claim against all directors or officials who so act in contravention of the Act, and the by-laws that govern the BSCFA”, end of quote. But why would Teck want to stop the signing of an agreement which both parties have been clamoring for a very long time. Teck spoke to the media this evening sharing that is all has to do with the Cane Farmers being the true owners of the cane produced.

Man Held Custody For Death of Menjivar
On Tuesday, a postmortem examination was conducted on the body of 26-year-old Juan Daniel Young Menjivar of Water Side Area, Independence Village. The cause of death was certified as ‘Severe head injury as a consequence of skull fracture and massive force injury to the skull’. A 26-year-old man is held custody pending investigation.

Burglary in Business Woman Restaurant
In Orange Walk, police there, are investigating a case of burglary. Police say that forty two year old Liqun Quin, Chinese businesswoman of San Andres Street, reported that between Tuesday night and Friday morning, her store, LE CHEN Restaurant was burglarized. Stolen were one 32” TLC TV valued at $1,000.00, one 42inch TCL TV valued at $1,599 and $4,000 out of a safe box in the Kitchen and $200 in coins from the music box. All to a total value $6,799. The culprits gained access into the building by prying open the burglar bar of the back door. Police are investigating.

Missing Minor
Victoria Moralez Santos, a mother of San Roman Village in the Corozal District is asking the public for assistance in locating her 13 year old daughter, Alice Giselle Rodriguez. According to Santos, her daughter went to visit her older sister in San Narciso Village and on December 19, she was informed by her older daughter that Alice had left. Days later, on the 23, Santos received a call from Alice but since then she has not heard from nor seen Alice. Alice is about 5feet tall, slim built, long black hair, and of clear complexion. She has a scar below her right eye and was last seen wearing a long blue jeans pants and an orange blouse.

Musa Arrested For Stabbing
Belize City police have arrested 20 year old Musa Smith for the near fatal stabbing of 28 year old Tyron Scoot. Smith, student of Kraal Road, has been charged for the crimes of Attempted Murder, Dangerous Harm, and Use of Deadly Means of Harm. Scott was stabbed to the back and shoulder while he was waiting for a friend on Kraal Road.

Woman Raped on Boxing Day
A 22 year old woman was a victim of rape on Boxing Day. According to police reports, at around noon on the December 26, the woman was walking on Antelope Street on her way home when she felt someone grabbed her from her hair. When he turned around, he saw a man of dark complexion, about 5 feet 5 inches in height, slim built wearing a black warm cap, a black shirt and a black ¾ pants; riding a silver and purple female beach Cruiser bicycle. The man took out a knife and threatened her to have sex with him or he will murder her. The 22 year old woman tried to fight him off but she was cut to her right ring finger. The man then forcibly took her to a house on Baracat Street where he raped her. Police are looking for this suspect as investigations continue.

Christmas Holiday Assault; Man in Custody
There is a disturbing report coming out from Corozal. Police say that a 27 year old Belizean mother reported that while she was talking to her 7 year old daughter who suddenly began to cry. The little girl then reportedly told her mother that her uncle who had been staying with them for the Christmas Holiday had been touching her on her private part. A medical examination is to be conducted on the child. The uncle is presently in custody pending investigation of sexual assault.

Stabbing on Christmas; Fisherman in Stable Condition
A stabbing incident on Christmas Day sent 28-year-old Fernando Madrill to the hospital. According to police reports, Madrill, a Belizean Fisherman of Belize City, was stabbed to the right side of the back. Initial investigations revealed that at 11:00a.m., Madrill was standing in front of #1091 Tibruce Street when he got into a fight with another man who took out a sharp object and inflicted the injury to Madrill. Madrill was transported to the K.H.M.H. where he underwent surgery and is listed in a stable condition. Police are seeking this man as investigations continue.


Elderly man’s throat slit in his home
There was a murder in Dangriga and a 72 year old man was the victim; his throat slashed in his home. Harry Arzu reports. . Harry Arzu - Dangriga Correspondent “Just when Christmas cheers were being exchanged here over the holidays, with police presence visible in this municipality, residents of Lake Land and Rivas Estate areas here were shocked when they learned of a brutal murder in their neighbourhood. Police here say that they arrived on a murder scene in the Lake Land area on Saturday, December 27th., just before five o’clock in the evening, where they observed the lifeless body of a food vendor, with a large cut wound to his neck, laying in his own blood, in his bedroom. The victim has been identified as 72 years old Honduran national Felix Carranza Castillo.

Woman raped at knife point
A woman was reportedly raped on Boxing Day in Belize City. The 22-year-old woman of Belize City reported that on December 26, at about 12:00 a.m., she was walking on Antelope Street Extension heading home, when she felt someone grab her hair. She says it was a man of dark complexion about 5 feet 5 inches in height, slim built, wearing a black warm cap, and riding a silver and purple female beach Cruiser bicycle. The man then took out a knife from his pants pocket and demanded sexual intercourse or he would kill her. A struggle ensued between them which caused her to cut her right finger.

Man dies in Belize City as family vacations in Guatemala
On Monday afternoon, just before 1:00 p.m., Belize City police were called to a residence on Eve Street, where they recovered a lifeless human body, which appeared to be decomposed. A person on the scene familiar with the area told us anonymously that the residents of the two-storey wooden structure had gone out of town to celebrate the Christmas holidays in Guatemala, and returned Monday morning to find the person, given name Walter Humberto, apparently dead. Walter Humberto was reportedly tending the house while the family was away.

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Lovers’ quarrel leads to crack cocaine charge
Police say they were called to respond to a domestic dispute on New Road on Boxing Day, but ended up arresting the two disputants and a friend of theirs for a different offense. 21 year old Elmarose Cabral called police after a dispute with her boyfriend, 39 year […]

Teenage maid accused of stealing from employer
While the victim says she does not want to pursue the matter further, police have charged a Belize City teenager with theft of over $11,000 in jewelry from her employer, discovered on Boxing Day. The accused is now in jail after being unable to meet bail due to […]

A student is accused of stabbing his friend
Police have laid charges of attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm against 20 year old student Musa Smith of Kraal Road. According to 28 year old Tyrone Scott, on December 21, around 4:15 p.m., he went to Smith’s house to drop off some […]

Man dies in Belize City as family vacations in Guatemala
This afternoon just before 1:00 p.m., Belize City police were called to a residence on Eve Street where they recovered the decomposed body of a man. A person on the scene familiar with the area told us anonymously that the residents of the two-storey wooden structure had gone […]

Houn Gürigia Camp wins Senior Habinahan Wanaragua Competition
Seven entertaining camps participated in the Senior Habinahan Wanaragua 5th Competition at the Stann Creek Ecumenical Auditorium on Sunday, December 28th. The audience was not bored with the hype vibes from the camp, the creativity demonstrated by each dancer, and the powerful voices of the Gayusa (Choir). […]

Policeman knocked down in Corozal
A policeman was knocked down this afternoon in Corozal town. PC Elton Palacio was on motorcycle patrol when the incident happened. PC Palacio was transported to the Corozal Community hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

Cane farmers file for interim injunction to stop Commercial Agreement
Aggrieved members of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) have raised the stakes in their attempt to get the Association to reconsider signing the Commercial Agreement with Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI). Reports from the North said that BSI and the BSCFA were closer to signing the […]

Good weather heading into 2015
Generally fair conditions are prevailing over our area this final week of the year. The general forecast for Belize and her coastal waters is for sunny skies this afternoon and in the morning on Tuesday. Tonight will be partly cloudy with isolated showers expected. Winds over the […]

Decomposed body of a woman found in Belize City
The decomposed body of a woman was found at a yard on Eve Street in Belize City. Police are currently investigating and have cordoned off the area. Photographs of the area show residents of a nearby building watching from their veranda as the police carry out their investigation.


“Secret Beach” on Ambergris Caye? I Think The Jig is Up
Grand Belizean Estates and a few other “developments” are large tracts of land on the basically undeveloped, unelectrified West Side of Ambergris Caye. A side that very few tourists (and not all residents) visit. Head about 5 miles north of the mostly paved road up to Indigo Beach Homes and Resort (and a large BTL cell phone tower) and take a left. 4.5 miles later, across a road – much of it elevated through beautiful shallow water, birds and mangroves – you are at the “Secret Beach”. We knew Sundays were pretty popular up there…but yesterday? On a weekend sandwiched between holidays? It was PACKED.

Working with the howler babies - Charmaine's thoughts on the Wildtracks nursery trio
My name is Charmaine and many years ago, through a simple twist of fate, I entered the fascinating world of primates which has now taken me on the path to Wildtracks. I have been volunteering for the past 15 years at the Toronto Zoo education department, with opportunities to assist with husbandry of the orang-utans and gorillas there, which peaked my interest in primates. I am now involved with a local primate sanctuary as well as volunteering yearly at a rehabilitation center for orphaned and displaced orang-utans in Borneo. I have also been very fortunate to be part of Dr. Jane Goodall’s team during her last few lectures in Toronto. Over the years, I have taken care of many different types of primates, but have been fascinated by the howler monkey, which seemed somewhat elusive to me. I saw the beautiful and informative Widtracks website and was so impressed with their work, I knew I was ready to be part of something amazing. My time here so far has been beyond my expectations and every day is an adventure.

Soul Train Christmas in Belize
For many people, somewhere along the way, the Holiday Season became more about the stuff and work than it did the enjoyment. Aside from sun and sand, Christmas in Belize is not just about shopping and colorful lights, it’s also a time to recognize a simpler way of life. While Caye Supplies does start putting out Christmas before Halloween and the island is more commercial than when I turned up almost 9 years ago, there is still a noncommercial side of life here. This year one of the DFC boys we know asked Barb if she would get him a Christmas present. When she asked what he wanted, he replied “grapes and apples.” How many kids do you know would ask for fresh fruit for Christmas? Barb and I decided to make candy bags for kids and gave them out in DFC with our fruit delivery and in San Pedrito on our way to Arn and Christians party. The kids were super excited and no one questioned their taking a snack pack candy from strangers. We were out of candy fast and managed to save one back for Darcy who we were about to see at the party.

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MCC students take trip to Belize
For a week in December, Kerri Sossong of McHenry could wake up and look outside to see a mountain range in the shape of a giant sleeping man. She was part of a 10-person group — eight students and two directors — that spent six days during mid-December in Belize in Central America. They stayed at the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge in Belmopan, the capital of Belize, as part of the first international studies course offered by McHenry County College...

A Bug Phobia Controlled My Life, and In The End, Only One Remedy Worked
I married my best friend on a windy, Memorial Day weekend and we honeymooned in Belize. Though there were bugs everywhere, especially in the tree house we stayed in for three nights in the jungle, (the owner bragging about the poisonous spiders on display in jars in the common area), I did not think of them. I drank coco-locos from coconuts, I snorkeled in the second largest barrier reef in the world, and I hiked through a cave used for ancient ceremonious rituals. While standing barefoot surrounded by thousand-year-old clay pots, a young tour guide told us the ancient Maya believed in the spirituality of their tools. In order to respect the role the pot served them, they’d carve a small opening, allowing its soul to escape.


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