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#500623 - 02/03/15 11:22 AM Today's Belize News: February 3, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

Let’s Party with Supa G’s new video for ‘Party Insane’!
One of the mainstays in Belize Punta Music, Supa G…the ge-ne-ral…has released the music video for “Party Insane”. This is the first single from his upcoming new album. ENJOY!!

At last! San Pedro PolyClinic II now offering 24-hour service

San Pedro PolyClinic Expanding
Dr Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II officially expanding their services and will now be open for 24 hours.

San Pedro’s environmental crisis!
The San Pedro VIP Team calls on the San Pedro Town Board to immediately cease from dumping of garbage for filling of streets. We call on Department of Environment to urgently investigate this matter which scientist predict will cause the economic and environmental collapse of Ambergris Caye. We further call on all residents and developers to be more conscious of the environment and to properly dispose of all garbage at the designated dumpsite. The VIP launched their “Save San Pedro, Embrace the Change” campaign with the Environment as their priority issue.

Mounting garbage in Altamar continues to upset residents
The San Pedro Town Council made slight efforts to remove some of the garbage and erected a “No Dumping” sign, but most of the garbage remains and some of it has merely been pushed into an empty lot. Residents say that they remain frustrated after countless calls to authorities, with no positive results. Until the garbage is totally removed, residents claim they will continue to call on the local authority to address the issue. The San Pedro Sun has attempted multiple times to speak to Mayor Daniel Guerrero on this matter but our requests have not been honored.

NEBL Season to kick off on February 6th
The 2015 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) Season is set to kick off on Friday, February 6th. The island is being represented once more by the national defending champion, San Pedro Tiger Sharks. The NEBL 2015 season will kick off with the opening match featuring Cayo Western Ballaz and Belize Hurricanes. Meanwhile the island’s team will play their first game at home on Saturday February 7th against Belmopan Red Taigaz. According to the NEBL there will be eight teams participating in this year’s tournament, which include Orange Walk Running Rebels, Belize City No Limit Soldiers, new comers Belize Hurricanes, defending champs San Pedro Tiger Sharks, Belmopan Red Taigaz, defending sub champs Cayo Western Ballaz, Dangriga Warriors and Toledo Diplomats. Throughout the tournament, teams will play each other in a home and away format, with each team playing a total of 14 regular season games. The top four teams will advance to the playoffs in a best-of-three series to decide who will reach the finals, which will be a best-of-five series. The playoffs are scheduled to commence on May 22, 2015.

Ambergris Today

24 Hour Medical Services Commence at San Pedro Poly Clinic
The keynote address was delivered by the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin who expressed his gratitude to his colleagues, Manuel Heredia and the Prime Minister Dean Barrow for their unwavering support to all projects involving health, including San Pedro. “The ball is rolling,” stated Minister Marin, “and there is a lot more in store for San Pedro.” The vote of thanks was offered by Mrs. Oneida Smith, Regional Health Manager, and that was followed by the cutting of ribbon. Snacks and refreshments were then provided to the attendees, which included invited guests, residents, students of the Medical School in San Pedro and personnel of the Ministry of Health.

Satisfy your Conch Fritter Cravings with this Simple Recipe
One of the most sought after marine delicacies in Belize is the conch. It’s sweet, flavorful and delicious; hard to think that there are some people who don’t like it. One of the most popular and delicious ways to prepare conch is in a ceviche, but the conch fritter rivals the ceviche as one of the most asked for bocas (appetizers) in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Once the conch goes out of season in Belize, people start craving for it bad and cannot wait for the season to open in order to start devouring the delicacy.

Pic of the Week: Let's Go Diving in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
"Another Beautiful Day in Paradise.... Hope you all enjoy your day wherever you may be..... Have a great day from our BPDC Family to yours" - is the message Belize Pro Dive Center posted along with this picture on their Facebook Page. It's that of another beautiful sunrise in Ambergris Caye, viewed from their dock facilities at The Villas at Banyan Bay. Who is ready to go diving the Great Barrier Reef of Belize?

Emerging Tourism Trends for Belize
Before the end of last year, I wrote an article naming six travel trends that are going to be important in 2015. I did this in hope that Belize tourism stakeholders would exploit them for the New Year but after visiting in January I realized that there are a few more things I should add to that list. If you weren’t interested in clicking above, here’s a recap of my original article: I mentioned that small businesses will be favored over large ones, authentic eating experiences will tromp fancy restaurants, demand for food tours will increase, offering free WI-FI is no longer a luxury but a must, requests for vacation rentals will continue to rise, and local travel is getting more popular. 1. Active Tours, 2. Mobile , 3. Boutique Hotels and Restaurants, 4. Video, 5. Craft is King.

San Pedro Traffic Dept. Upgrades with Four New Motorcycles
With a crew of ten traffic wardens, the new motorcycles should allow for each warden to have his/her own transportation or allow for the bikes to undergo proper maintenance cycles. Councilor Brackett says he is lobbying the Town Council for two new wardens which he wants to station in North Ambergris Caye, across the Boca del Rio Bridge. The new motorcycles were financed by the San Pedro Town Council.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Southside Poverty Alleviation Project – Phase 2
Dredging & Lining (Lakeview, Prisoner Creek & Trenchtown) Canals The Government of Belize secured a loan with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund for the implementation of the Southside Poverty Alleviation Project – Phase 2. Through the Ministry of Works the implementation of the dredging & lining of Lakeview, Prisoner Creek & Trenchtown Canals, as well as the upgrading of streets adjacent these canals, is set to commence immediately. The successful contractor for this project is CISCO Construction Ltd. It is anticipated that these civil infrastructure upgrades will be done within the next 15 months. The cost of works is BZ$4,823,065.12.

Paving of 9 KM of Frank’s Eddy Road (Jaguar Paw Road)
A contract was signed this morning between the Ministry of Works & Transport (GOB) and Belize Roadway construction Ltd. for the paving of the Frank’s Eddy/Jaguar Paw Road. The paving of the road will be done at a cost of $4,864,644.92 and is expected to be complete in six months.

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Seniors experience the Zoo
Both the weather and the mood of our elderly visitors was sunny and bright, as Ms. Rosinell Craig, the General Manager of My Cielo Blue Senior Center led this excited group into The Belize Zoo recently. Coming all the way from the peaceful village of Gardenia, the seniors experienced the Zoo with personal guides, Director Sharon Matola, and Animal Management Supervisor, Tony Garel. The happy tapirs received carrot and sweet potato treats, and then the thrill of watching acrobatic spider monkeys was next on the list. Getting around the zoo was not a problem, thanks to the visitor-friendly accessible pathways. No visit to the Zoo is complete without a fun stop to meet our beautiful jaguars. Lucky Boy, and our rehabilitated “Problem Cats”, Lindo and Springfield, all came to say hello. While Brutus, our 12 foot long American crocodile, brought forth a gasp or two, Sharon added even more zest to the crocodile close encounter. Out came our sweet Crocodile Rose! At first, there was a bit of stunned silence. Then, the group took turns stroking two year old Rose, and some even held the reptilian babe!

Spiny lobster abundance study at Glover's Reef, Belize finds fishery in good shape
A recent study conducted in the waters of Glover's Reef Marine Reserve in Belize by the Wildlife Conservation Society and its partners has revealed good news for spiny lobsters: the abundance of these commercially valuable crustaceans should support local fisheries into the future, an indication that no-take areas and other regulations are protecting the nation's marine resources. "Overall, the fishery seems to be in good shape and the no-take areas seem to be protecting the species from overfishing," said Janet Gibson, Director of WCS's Belize Program. "One regulatory change that would strengthen protection for the spiny lobster population would be to increase the size limit of lobsters taken, a small adjustment that could ensure a future for the species and the fishery." This recommendation is also in keeping with that of the Central American Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization (OSPESCA).

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Clarification on statements made against the SPTC and Mayor by Ambassador of the Republic of Honduras
It has come to the attention of the San Pedro Town Council that allegations were made against the council, the Mayor of San Pedro Town, Mr. Daniel Guerrero, the Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, Hon Manuel Heredia Jr. and other authorities on Ambergris Caye. These allegations are related to the death and the immediate burial of Honduran national Silvia Benitez earlier in January. The misinformation was stated first at a forum held on January 29th, 2015 at the Lion’s Den and then on The Reef Radio Morning Show by Her Excellency Sandra Rosalez Abella, Ambassador of the Republic of Honduras. On both occasions, Ambassador Abella was flanked by the People’s United Party Mayoral Candidate Giovanni Solorzano and other key members of the PUP.

Maya Wedding Re-enactment Ceremony at Santa Rita Reserve
BTIA Corozal would like to invite you and all of your friends to a Maya Wedding Re-enactment Ceremony at Santa Rita Reserve on Thursday Feb 5th starting at 8:00 p.m.. Our vision is for Corozal to develop a sustainable cultural tourism product and this requires the support of the whole community. We have fantastic natural and historic resources which could provide employment and economic benefits to our district. Please take this opportunity to attend the Maya Wedding Re-enactment and be inspired to commit fully to our development as a community. See you there...

Who is this famous Belizean painter?
He started painting at the age of 5 in Punta Gorda, and later attended Holy Redeemer School. He filled hundreds of canvases with his images and vision and was called Belize's Van Gough, his work has been compared to Gaugin, and Monet. He paved the way for future generations of artist in Belize. Today one of his paintings sell for thousands of dollars. Can you name him?

Channel 7

When Will Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez be Charged?
Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez and his attorney are waiting tonight for police to inform them when they will formally charge him for child molestation. The allegations against him are that two teenaged girls have accused him of inappropriate behavior which supposedly took place when they were little girls. Mendez, who is the Area Representative from Orange Walk East, waited most of today to hear from police if they had completed their paper work for the charges, and we're told that police may bring as many as 9 separate offences against him. The expectation was that Mendez was to have been requested to come in today to be arrested. That didn't happen because, according to our sources, the investigators encountered legal issues, which required legal advice.

Hon. Santi To Mayor Darrell: The Road To Cari Shores Comes Through Me
April of 2013 - that's when we first reported on Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley's interest in running for Caribbean Shores. And in fact, that's what made it so tough for him to decide to run for another term as mayor, because the general election would come at the end of that second term, or earlier. But, the mayor decided he would do both: try and hold unto the mayor's seat and get into a division. That path seemed to have been simplified somewhat when word came from the Santino Castillo camp that he would not be running again. But Castillo never said it - and he remains the elected representative for Caribbean Shores. On Saturday at an event to declare open a drainage project in the area - he made it clear that if Bradley wanted a seat in the Shores - he would have to fight him to get it. Here are his remarks:.. Hon. Santino Castillo, Caribbean Shores Area Rep. "The work of transforming and modernizing Caribbean Shores have only just begun, so don't listen to anyone that tells you that I will not be running again. That is what some of them wish. In fact, join me and let's continue that journey in 2015, 2016, 2017 and beyond. Together lets ensure a brighter future for all residents of Caribbean Shores. Anybody that wants to come to Caribbean Shores will have to come through me."

Senior Attorney In Senior Trouble With Court
At 77 years old, Ernest Staine is one of the most senior legal practitioners in the country - but he's also in senior trouble tonight - and today the court agreed to an order which would commit him to jail. That's because he has 230 thousand dollars for Rita McField - the proceeds from a land transaction. Staine was holding the money in escrow on behalf of a client for McField. He was supposed to release it when the land title was cleaned up. That happened in the middle of 2014, but he didn't hand over the money. Now almost half a year has passed and he still hasn't handed it over. Supreme Court Justice Courtney Abel gave him until the end of January to hand over the money - and still, nothing was forthcoming. Today he sent the court a Doctor's letter saying he's not well enough to appear. And based only on that, he was given a break - but the court ok'd an order which requires him to come up with the money by February 17th, or face committal to jail. Bradley-Ellis explained it to us outside the courtroom:..

Cops Uses Pepper Spray On Prison Van, to Disastrous Effect
This morning a group of prisoners - who were being escorted from court to the Belize Central Prison- were pepper sprayed in the prison van. The mother of one the men, Allison Broaster, came to our studios after the incident to complain about a cell block officer who pepper sprayed her son and two other prisoners for no reason. She told us that all she was trying to do was give the officer money to give her son, but apparently, the officer wouldn't have that - there was some resistance and that is when the men were sprayed and taken away in the prison van. Here is what she had to say. Allison Broaster "We were out there when they bring down the guys from prison. They are not problem guys. They were asking to get some money from me and the officer pulled out the pepper spray and he started spraying them." Courtney Weatherburne "How are these boys related to you?"

Bad Boledo Business
A Chinese vendor was fined $5,000 today by Magistrate Herbert Panton for selling an illegal lottery ticket. 47 year old Jia Bi Wang was charged in July of last year with the offence. According to Police constable Hyde, on July 13th, 2014 he was at Kim's Shop on Iguana Street Extension when he saw Wang sell a man a lottery ticket that was reportedly fraudulent. Hyde said he took the ticket from the man as well as the money from the counter that the man had paid with. Hyde said he informed Wang of the offence and escorted her to the Raccoon Street Police Station. Wang has until June 30th to pay the $5,000. If she defaults on payment she will serve 3 years.

Dr. Lesly Says She Just Wants Her Family Left Alone
As we told you at the top of the newscast - Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez is awaiting a grim court date sometime this week - when he will become the first parliamentarian in memory to be charged for child abuse. Last week, we showed you our interview with his wife, Dr. Lesly Mendez, who told us exclusively that the political operatives from both sides are targeting her and her family. She also revealed to us that her family has been facing this accusation against Dr. Marco Tulio for an entire years. As we told you back in November he announced that he wasn't running for health reasons, and there is no evidence to suggest at this time that these allegations have any connection to that. But, the timing is very important because there is some suggestion from certain quarters that Dr. Lesly Mendez is the one pressing this issue to discredit him.

Older Couple Home Invaded By Young Boys On Old Northern Hwy
Ladyville Police continue to investigate a strange home invasion at mile 20 on the Old Northern Highway. Two senior citizens a 75 year-old man, and a 57 year-old woman, were attacked by 6 young men who invaded their house, just after midnight on Sunday. They didn't take anything, but one of the young men assaulted the woman, and they impersonated police to try to get into the house. Today, we got a chance to speak with Hipolito Castillo and Marlene Rufenucht (Roof-en-nut) today about the incident: Hipolito Castillo "I was sick and I ask her to come and stay because I was upset in my stomach and the she said that she saw somebody walking to the garage and then afterwards the dogs were barking and then all of a sudden a door came down. They broke down the door with cement blocks." Marlene Rufenucht "At around 12:30 the dogs start barking. Then I got up. What happen is that he doesn't like his house in darkness. He wanted to have a light or two in there in the kitchen and the middle part where the bathroom is. The glare in the light from dark to clear, you could see movements around inside the house. The problem with me that night when I open the window and I peep through the window, a guy ran from behind the garage straight to the stairs and went up, and he came back down and all this while I am looking at him.

Ex-Servicemen Dispute Back Court
The battle for control of the ex-servicemen's league continued in the Supreme Court today before Justice Courtney Abel. The Belize City branch maintains that the national branch has not had proper elections in 8 years - and so they want those elections to be held. But, in the interim the League has to be administered - and the executive members say they need their executive seats restored to get that done. After a quick hearing today in which Justice Abel gave an order restoring normalcy to the organization -w e spoke to the attorney for the Belize City Branch outside the court:.. Naima Barrow, Attorney for City Branch - Ex-Servicemen's League "What we have sought and secure from the court is an order appointing a receiver for the purpose of conducting elections. Elections have not, to our clients mind, been held properly since over 8 years ago. So, Ms. Tamai as the Chief Elections Officer has been named as the receiver because we think that she is most fit to attend to the election of the league.

Ambitious Drainage Project Will Slow Belama Traffic
Works have already begun on Albert Hoy Street in Belama. As part of the flood mitigation project, 1600 feet of road will be paved and the entire length will have drainage. Now the only disadvantage that comes along with this project and any road project for that matter- is the inconvenience to motorists. In this case, for the duration of the rehabilitation project, Albert Hoy Street will be turned into a "One way Street" from TV Ramos to Chetumal Street in that same direction. Jose Divas, Technical Specialist of the Flood Mitigation Project discussed the scope of the project with us today. Works are expected to be completed in October.

Million Dollars In Drainage For Buttonwood Bay
And another drainage project just across the highway was declared open this weekend. The million dollar Buttonwood Bay Drainage project saw the replacement of 6,000 linear feet of earth drains with new ferro- concrete lined drains, covered sidewalks, installation of reinforced concrete box culverts, as well as removal and replacement of walkways in the area. The project was undertaken by SIF and this Saturday, the Director said it will meaningfully improve drainage in the community:.. William Lamb, Executive Director - SIF "This drainage project will address both health and environmental issues in this area, preventing long lasting flood and reducing stagnant water from around the area. For most of Belize, including this area, is considered to be under sea level, so this project was done mainly to address the surface water to run off into these secondary drains and then into the main drains out to the sea."

Busy Airport Junction The Scene of Another Crash
There was an accident this morning in Ladyville at the intersection of the Northern Highway and the Airport Road - which is a hotspot intersection. A crowded Bus from coming from Sarteneja Corozal ended up crashing into a smaller white bus which had just turned onto the highway. Fortunately the accident only resulted in only minor injuries. The suggestion is that the driver of the bus was in the wrong for the speed it was traveling at while approaching an intersection, but also, there are passengers on the bus who say that the driver of the smaller white bus did not indicate while he was turning onto the high way. Police will establish who is at fault, but today, one of the eyewitnesses spoke with us about what he saw: Phillip Diaz, Eyewitness "I was on the opposite side of the street and I was looking and I just notice that this blue bus, the speed that it was going - I want to know if the they don't have any common sense, because I am not saying that the white bus that came out of the airport road was in the right, but if they were using precaution and drive with care, this wouldn't not have happen at all, because he would have had time to stop.

Belize's Cotton Sought After By Japan
When you hear the term sea-island cotton - you may think of something from the caye's. But the so called sea island cotton is just an extra long variant of the cotton plant - and, apparently, the type grown in Belize is especially sought after. That's why the government of Japan is encouraging farmers in the north to get into farming it. They today signed an agreement ot provide assistance:.. 6 farmers from Buena Vista, Little Belize and Bomba are currently involved in the project and they have produced 30 thousand pounds of dry cotton fetching a value of 160 thousand dollars.

Big Bucks For Bribery
26 year-old Hiberto Kim, a construction worker of San Pedro Columbia, was lucky to walk out of Magistrate's Court with only a fine to pay after he was convicted today of trying to bribe a police officer. Had he not tried to bribe the officer, he would have only had to pay 25 dollars for the charge, but now, he must find $525. The incident happened on New Year's Eve, On January 31. Kim was drinking a Belikin Stout at the corner of George Street and Orange Street when he was approached by a police officer. The officer warned Kim that he was committing a criminal offence, and he called for a mobile. When Kim saw the mobile approaching, he slipped $10 into the officer's hand and tried to bribe him to stand down the police action against him. The officer refused to take the money, and he ended up charging Kim with bribery and public drinking. He pleaded guilty to the charges today when he was arraigned before Magistrate Herbert Panton.

NTUCB Has a New President
The national trade union congress of Belize has a new president. Marvin Mora was elected unopposed at the NTUCB AGM this weekend in Caye Caulker. Mora replaced Dylan Reneau who did not seek another term. He told us what will be the priority of his two year term:.. Marvin Mora, New President - NTUCB "It is the time, because I realize that there are certain things that the NTUCB needs and the only way that it can be done is if we have a change way at the top of the leadership. I believe that I understand unionism down to its core and I believe also that a lot of people within the trade union and outside of the trade union have a lot of confidence in me, so I think it was the right time." Jules Vasquez "Will we see increase advocacy from the NTUCB?" Marvin Mora, New President - NTUCB "Oh yes, definitely. You will also see more presence at a social level as well. That is, I believe at the core of building the image of the NTUCB. The new executive is, for the most part, people who had been in the background working who are new and the ones that were within the executive, who were given the all-out. I am pretty confident that I have a very good hardworking team with me now."

Finally, A New Road For Frank's Eddy
A contract was signed this morning between the Ministry of Works & Transport (GOB) and Belize Roadway construction Ltd, for the paving of the Frank's Eddy/Jaguar Paw Road. The paving of the road will be done at a cost of $4.8 million dollars and is expected to be complete in six months.

Channel 5

When Will Doctor Mendez Be Charged?
Orange Walk Police have not yet prepared a charge sheet for Orange Walk East Area Representative, Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez, despite reports since late last week that charges were imminent. [...]

Home Invasion on Old Northern Road Leaves Woman Injured
There was a home invasion very early Sunday morning, at a farm one mile into the old Northern Highway. It happened on the thirty acre homestead owned by Hipolito Castillo. [...]

Buses Collide near Airport Road, Passengers Escape Unscathed
Just before nine thirty this morning, two buses collided near the P.G.I.A. junction in Ladyville. A bus from Sarteneja heading into Belize City hit a smaller tourist bus as it [...]

Was Dylan Reneau Booted Out of N.T.U.C.B.?
There is a newly elected president of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize. That election took place over the weekend at the annual general meeting of the umbrella organization. [...]

Marvin Mora Elected as New N.T.U.C.B. President
Following the interview with Reneau, News Five caught up with the new president of the N.T.U.C.B., Marvin Mora. He told us that there are a number of issues that they [...]

Mora Addresses S.S.B.’s Rejection of Floyd Neal as Union Director
One issue that the N.T.U.C.B. is addressing is the rejection of Floyd Neal’s nomination as a union director on the Social Security Board.  The N.T.U.C.B. believes that Neal can recuse [...]

Former N.T.U.C.B. President on Postponement OSH Bill
Another issue that was on the discussion table at the AGM of the N.T.U.C.B. was the Occupational Safety and Health Bill. In January 2014, the OSH Bill was tabled in [...]

Will Santi and Darrell Duel for Caribbean Shores?
There is no love lost between Caribbean Shores Area Representative Santiago ‘Santi’ Castillo and Mayor Darrell Bradley. Bradley has made no secret of the fact that he wants in on [...]

Santi Undaunted By Darrell’s Municipal Road Works
Castillo says that it was common knowledge in Cabinet that Prime Minister Dean Barrow wanted Bradley to run in Freetown, and never wanted him for Caribbean Shores. The Mayor has [...]

Darrell Aspires to Central Government
But this evening, we caught up with Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley campaigning in the streets of Caribbean Shores where it is widely speculated that he will also be offering [...]

CitCo Assimilates Former BML Workers
Since the cancellation of a burdensome sanitation contract with Belize Maintenance Limited a few weeks ago, City Hall has assumed the salaries of a hundred and forty-seven workers.  Those men [...]

BGYEA Back in Court
From the streets to the courts…The Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association, better known as BGYEA, led by President Nigel Petillo, was back in court today to give an update in [...]

Chinese Businesswoman Charged for Selling Illegal Lottery Tickets
In the magistrate court, Belize City businesswoman, forty-six year old Jia Bi Wang, was slapped with a huge fine, many times the amount for selling three dollars and seventy-five cents [...]

Special Constable Charged for Wounding
Also in court today, Special Constable Juan Moralez was hit with a single charge of wounding when he appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano. Moralez pleaded not guilty to the charge; [...]

Finally Jaguar Paw Road Will Be Paved!
The five and a half mile stretch between Frank’s Eddy Village and Nohoch Che’en, known as the Jaguar Paw Road, is among the most trafficked roadways for the busing of [...]

Buttonwood Bay Drainage Project Inaugurated
As we told you earlier, Caribbean Shores Area Representative Santiago ‘Santino’ Castillo is campaigning in his constituency tonight. On Saturday, as part of his campaign, he officially inaugurated the Buttonwood [...]

Grant Signed for Cotton Industry in Belize
There were numerous agreements signed in the past few days. The Government of Japan signed on to two grants for the agricultural and education sectors. A total of two hundred [...]

Carmelita Government School Receives Grant Funding from Japan
Also receiving funding today from Japan was the Carmelita Government School. Currently, the school has sixteen classrooms hosting over four hundred primary school students. With this grant of one hundred [...]

Fundraising Effort for Ten-Year-Old Cancer Patient
Ten year old Cleyon Marage Junior is on the road to recover, but he still needs your help to make it to his schedule monthly chemo appointments in Merida. You [...]

James Adderley has the stats on football, basketball and cycling
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   The PLB closing season opened this weekend with 4 matches staged across the Jewel as football seeks to return [...]


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Future Plans In PUP Manifesto In The Infrastructure Aspect
Since they took office in 2012 the Orange Walk Town Council has been tackling the issue of streets and drains. Working with the limited resources available the Town Council, managed to pave and upgrade some of the worst streets across the municipality and even cemented some major intersections. But as the old saying goes, “The work never stops and there is always more that needs to get done.” When it comes to infrastructure, including streets and drains, the council has a set plan to continue improving the town’s infrastructure. Josue Carballo- Councilor: “Your Orange Walk PUP Town Council will; raise funds from a 5 million municipal bond offered to pave and upgrade major streets within our town; we shall work with a new PUP central government to be installed to raise another 5 million to continue the paving and upgrading of more street...”

San Pedro Polyclinic To Offer 24 Hour Service
For years residents of Ambergris Caye have been voicing concerns and clamouring for a 24 emergency health service and today, that dream became a reality. Many have seen family members pass away and others suffering in need of urgent medical attention while the services of 24-hour medical facility is lacking. According to Primary Health Care Coordinator for the Central Health Region, Dr Javier Zuniga the 24 hour clinic insert (pics in folder, including zuniga) Dr. Javier Zuniga – Primary Health care Coordinator for Central Health Region “They didn’t had it before it was just open twelve hours a day and now they are expanding the services to 24 hours so that is great news for the community.”

Orange Walk Standard Bearers Ready To Support The PUP Seven
As we showed you at the top of the newscast the Orange Walk Town Council launched their 2015-2018 Manifesto on Friday and while the social contract received approval of those who attended the launching, the team itself received the support of the P.U.P Area Representatives for Orange Walk and there was no shortage of praises for a team that has worked under the mantra of continuously serving the people. Ramon Monchie Cervantes- P.U.P Orange Walk North Standard Bearer “The PUP Town Council can be describe as progressive, creative and responsible, we have seen much progress since the irresponsible UDP went out of office, their record is unmatched and that is why we must make every effort to go out and campaign and to ensure the that the PUP seven is once again put back at the Orange Walk Town Hall, a vote for them is a vote for continuous progress for our town, it is a vote for transparency and accountability and for good governance.”

Rotaract Inaugurates Mural "Light Up Rotaract"
On Sunday afternoon, a specially designed mural was inaugurated on Arthur Street in Orange Walk Town. The project is entitled “Light up Rotaract” and one spearheaded by the Rotaract Club in Orange Walk Town and it’s a first in the country. President of the Club, Clarissa Ozaeta says it could not have been possible without the help from the community at large. “The project was brought out last year and they introduced to us to do something like a “Before I die Wall”, like things you want to accomplish before you die, however we cannot use the words “Before I die wall” due to the fact that our theme is light up rotary so we would be contradicting our rotary theme...

PUP Launches Manifesto
We are only weeks away from the Municipal Elections and to date candidates of both major political parties have been hitting the campaign trail in hope of garnering that winning vote that will send them to town hall. Here in Orange Walk the ambience is no different. On one side of the ring we have the members of the current P.U.P Town Council, with the exception of Councilor Neri Ramirez, who are seeking re-election on a track record of accountability and transparency. On the other side we have the UDP team who are all new comers and base their campaign on the support of national Government something which the PUP town council has not counted with but proven they can do without. And that is exactly what the P.U.P team intends to continue doing if re-elected, work hand in hand with the community to move Orange Walk forward. On Friday last, the team, headed by Mayor Kevin Bernard, launched their 2015-2018 Manifesto. The Manifesto outlines the team’s social contract with residents and includes from Women’s Affairs and Social Issues to Financial Management.

Traffic Accident Leaves One Motorcyclist Injured
Traffic was temporarily interrupted this afternoon on 7th Avenue in Corozal Town sometime after 2:00pm when a red motorbike travelling towards Corozal Town, crashed into pickup truck. Reports are that upon approaching the intersection with 7th Avenue and 6th Street South this blue pickup truck bearing license plate C13028 attempt to cross onto 7th Avenue, when it collided onto the motorbike. While no major injuries were recorded, the driver of the motorbike was taken to the Corozal Community Hospital for medical attention. CTV3 News was made to understand that both parties agreed to settle the matter through Insurance.

Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez Saga And No charges Have Been Made
Is Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez going to be criminally charged and if yes, what will those charges be and when will they be levied against him? That is the hot burning question tonight which no one seems to be able to answer not even his attorney Dickie Bradley who expected for his client to be charged today. What we understand is that police have not prepared a charge sheet for Mendez despite recording statements from the alleged victims. Since early last week the Orange Walk East Area Representative has been on the hot seat after allegations of unbecoming sexual behavior were made against him.

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Minor stabbed at football practice
A 17 year old minor of Indian Ville Area, Punt Gorda, was stabbed on Saturday January 31st., while attending football team practice at the Toledo Union Field. Initial police investigations said that while attending practice, sometime around 10 o clock in the morning, Marlon Ocampos, a 17 year old student of Punta Gorda, was attacked by three men, some of whom are fellow students. Marlon Ocampos was stabbed to the upper left chest and left abdomen. Superintendant of Police Simeon Alvarez told us more. “On Friday, prior to the incident on Saturday, there was a brawl among some students. On Saturday morning, while they were at the Toledo Union Field, the same young man that they had the brawl with was in the area. Four of them attacked the person that is hospitalized, and inflicted stab wounds to him.

Senior citizens home invaded and ransacked
57-year-old Marilene Rufenucht, of 20 miles Old Northern Highway, reported that on Sunday February 1st at 12:59 a.m., she was at home with her 75-year-old husband Hipolito Castillo. That is when six black men came in her yard armed with sticks. One of them walked upstairs and stated that he was a police officer but the woman refused to open her door. The men then began to force open he front door of the house, until they gained entry. When the men got inside, they demanded money and proceeded to ransack the house. During the ordeal, Marilene was hit in the face with a stick and she received a cut wound to the right eye in the process. Nothing was taken from the house.

Toledo man killed by falling tree
An ordinary day lumbering in the Village of Trio, Toledo, turned deadly. According to reports, on Friday January 30th at around 1:00 pm, 45 year old Jose Angel Lopez, a Guatemalan farmer of Trio Village, and his 17 year old son were cutting lumber in an area 4 miles west of Trio Village. Authorities say that while 45 year old Mr Lopez was cutting a tree with a chain saw, the tree fell on top of him. Jose Lopez was rushed to the Bella Vista Poly Clinic suffering from injuries to his back, hip and legs and while being treated for his injuries passed away.

Barbecue gathering turns deadly with stabbing incident
A Barbeque afternoon on Saturday January 31st turned deadly, as a result of a squabble that quickly escalated into a near fatal stabbing. According to reports, 23 year old Amir Tun, a Belizean Construction Worker, who has been living in Maya Mopan for over 9 months, was having an afternoon barbeque at his cousin’s house, located in another area in Maya Mopan. Mr Tun was grilling the chickens at the time when a guy, known to them as Licho, showed up with a couple of other friends. According to reports, some of the men who were drinking started to make mocking remarks towards Amir Tun, which resulted in verbal argument that quickly developed into a fist fight between Tun and the three newcomers. Amir Tun gave us his account of what transpired.

The Belize Times

UDP in North Want Barrow’s Head
Reliable reports from high level sources within the UDP reveal that all is not well in the UDP and KING BARROW’s HEAD is not resting as easy as he would like the world to believe. On Sunday, January 25th, 2015 at around 6pm two luxury SUV’s descended upon a residence in Orange Walk Town. On board were the seven UDP Representatives and Caretakers of the UDP. Four from Corozal and three from Orange Walk. They were there to see the not-normal Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega and the only agenda item was: the leadership of DEAN BARROW. The UDP Representatives/Caretakers wasted no time in lashing out at Barrow for his terrible mishandling of the Sugar Industry Crisis and they described his actions and attitude to our cañeros as arrogant, disrespectful, and disgraceful.

Can’t Cemento Mayor get anything right? – How poor infrastructure work costs taxpayers
Taxpayers in Belize City are being taken for a ride by the UDP Belize City Council. After spending thirty million dollars on a haphazard campaign to pour cement on streets without building proper drains, the City Council is forced to go back to the same streets and break it up to do “repair” work. This is because of poor quality infrastructure work done, which in some cases is caused by hiring unqualified contractors to do specialised work. This is the UDP way. Today the second round of costly “repair” work is taking place on a number of main streets. Chetumal Street in Belama Phase I, Central American Boulevard, Cemetery Road and Freetown Road – all broken up after being paved. It’s a mess!

Serious National Security Breach!! – Why is Minister of National Security John Saldivar silent?
The Barrow Administration and their incompetent Minister of National Security John Saldivar seem to have turned a blind eye to the serious breach of national security that occurred when over 2,000 live rounds of military-type ammunition were stolen from the Belize Defence Force’s compound in Lord’s Bank Village. The BELIZE TIMES has been reliably informed that the deafening silence emanates from a directive given at this week’s Cabinet meeting that no Minister should attempt to comment on the matter, because it is just too embarrassing for the Government.

Dylan Reneau Abandons NTUCB – New Executive will be elected at AGM this weekend
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize is facing a leadership crisis. The very important workers’ representative organisation which should be fighting against the Government’s abuse and discriminatory practices against the workers of Belize has been too quiet for too long. Recently, when the NTUCB stood in solidarity with the cane farmers, the elected leader Dylan Reneau was a no show. When the NTUCB joined cañeros in their protest at the footsteps of the National Assembly building in Belmopan, Reneau did not turn up even though he works inside a comfy air-conditioned Ministry of Education office right next door. When the NTUCB held a press conference in Belize City to make statements on national issues, Reneau was missing in action.

Think About It
The greatest writer in the English language who wrote many immortal plays wrote “Macbeth”. Apart from the fascinating and fabulous use of words and insights in human nature, Macbeth is about the ambition of one man and the change he goes through to become the ruler of Scotland. Returning from a battle Banquo, his co-leader of the army, was met by three witches. They told him he will be promoted to become Thane of Cawdor, a high ranking position. They then prophesized that he will become king. Shortly after their two prophesies, news reached Macbeth that he has been promoted Thane of Cawdor. Thereafter his ambition led him to murder the King and continue to murder friends and associates. He becomes King and his destruction thereafter follows, after he has brought misery to the people of Scotland.

Editorial: A New Charter
Eight hundred years ago, King John of England was forced to sign a document which curtailed his power, Up to that time, 15 June 1215, Kings of England had absolute power over their citizens, referred to as their subjects. This absolute power allowed King John to raise taxes any time and against anyone. He could wage war abroad and force his subjects to pay for it. He could confiscate lands and farms and castles. He could send his soldiers to arrest and imprison noblemen and other at whim. He answered to no Court, no electorate and no other authority. He was all powerful! The Church leaders of 1215 along with the barons and other influential personalities became fed up with the arbitrary rule of King John. They threatened to stage war against him if he did not give in to their demands. The Archbishop of Canterbury drafted a document with several important issues. By signing that document the King agreed not to interfere with the rights of the Church. He agreed that he could no longer put citizens in prison with proper legal cause. He agreed to ensure there would be speedy justice for all and he agreed that there would be rights for all freemen.

Cruz brothers wins Haulover-to-Boom race
Team N.I.C.H.: Alex, Felix and Efrain Cruz won the Haulover to Burrell Boom race in 2:20:16 on Saturday. Here are winners who closed the top ten finishers. 2nd – Westrac Stingers (Jerry Cante, Erwin Cruz, Hener Cruz) 2:22:33 3rd – OCB Wavemakers (Chris Guydis, Jerry Rhaburn, Wilberto Daniels) 2:22:40 4th – Belize Bank Bulldogs (Armin Lopez, Amado Cruz, Daniel Cruz) 2:20:54 5th – BTL Cobb’s Arm (Clayton Cabb, Eric Cano, Roy Cano) 2:21:07

Brandon Cattouse wins 3rd C-Ray circuit race
Team C-Ray Road Addikz’ Brandon Cattouse won the C-Ray Cycling Club’s 3rd third Boom circuit race, a 45-mile trek from Leslie’s Imports and back on the George Price Highway on Saturday morning. For the females, Alicia Thompson of Team Belize Bank Swoosh, was 1st place. In the Junior category, Darien Anderson of Team SMART won the top prize. Elites 2nd Gregory Lovell – Team Digicell 4G 3rd Erwin Middleton – Team Benny’s Megabytes 4th Angel Tzib – Team SMART 5th Mark Staine – Team SMART

National Athletics Championship Winners
The Belize Amateur Athletic Association finally held its 2014 annual national track and field championships at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex in Belize City over the weekend, which had been delayed from last December due to rains. Here are the results: Female 100 m Open 1st – Tricia Flores 12.5s 2nd – Shanicka Augustine 12.6s 3rd – Ashantie Carr 13.8s 100m Male 1st – Mark Anderson 10.5s 2nd – James Bregal 10.7s 3rd – Linford Avila 10.8s

Attention: Hopkins needs their roads fixed NOW!
Dear Editor, The village of Hopkins’ roads are the worst ever!! This is high season for the tourism industry and running any type of business requires one to go from point A to point B! It is impossible by foot, bike, car, or scooter to drive safely to go anywhere without it being a huge hassle because of the numerous huge deep pot holes. It is not fair for the tourists who came to Hopkins to enjoy the village life, if they cannot move around easily, they should not to be traumatized with the horrendous mobility with these endless huge potholes. If one rents a car they are subjected to returning it without damage. Impossible! Driving anywhere is extreme wear and tear on any vehicle, never mind a real nightmare to drive the slowest possible without bottoming out. Tourists are leaving because of it. Many guests recently made the comment about never returning and leaving earlier than planned. I am relaying their disgust of the road conditions. Locals are trying their best to appease the numerous unhappy travellers. One of the questions on a motor vehicle test is which side of the road does one drive on? The answer should be on the right. But on the conditions of our roads, that is wrong. The answer is: whichever side has fewer potholes!! In our case, when the holes are so deep on both sides, you must drive on any side that you can possible pass to preserve your vehicle.

Belizean-Americans complain about Belize Mission in New York
On August 4th of 2008, we wrote you a letter to file a complaint about the lack of representation/ service that we had received from the Permanent Mission to Belize here in New York. At that time the appointed Ambassador to the UN, in New York, was Mrs. Janine Coye-Felson, and Attache Ms. Sharlene Henderson (current). Today, the New Ambassador is Ms. Lois Young. Please allow me to state the obvious and the facts. The Permanent mission in New York was formed/created to represent the Belizean Community here in the State of New York. The people that are employed there were assigned there not just to represent the country, the Government and the interest of Belize, but to also serve the interest of the Belizean community in New York. In short, they work for us. We don’t work for them. Still, they operate as if they are doing some of us a favor. I watched Ambassador Young address the international body of the UN, and she talks about how other countries should behave toward other countries and their own people, but the fact is, she is behaving contrary to what she is suggesting to other leaders. Ambassador Young should be making sure that her Office is looking after the Belizean communities and their interest here in New York first. Bluntly put, my wife Mrs. Alicia Uter’s interest is not being addressed. Here is the story!

Dean The Unclean
Dear Editor, No matter what Unclean Dean says, the truth is he is running BELIZE like a DICTATORSHIP. Here are the reasons to support what I say. 1. He has yet to appoint the Integrity Commission although the Constitution calls for it, and as a result Public Accounts Commission is dysfunctional. 2. He promised, then legislated for a 13th Senator but has refused to comply and allow the 13th Senator to be appointed for it to bring balance in the Senate. 3. He was instrumental in the breaking up of the BSCFA and now has legislated a bill to dominate and control the cane farmers.

The Dangers of One Party Rule at City Hall
Dear Editor, Nine years, three consecutive terms from 2006 to 2015 is enough time to have the UDP or any party in control of the Belize City Council. Belize has thousands and thousands of intelligent, caring, and responsible citizens who can manage the affairs of the council properly. That simply means many other people know how to develop Belize City for the benefit of all its residents. An endless one-party rule at the Council denies other talented residents of the city the opportunity they deserve to use their vision, new ideas, and managerial and leadership skills to contribute to the development of this municipality as members of the Belize City Council. That needs to change if we truly believe in equal opportunity to serve this city.

REFLECTIONS ON THE PUBLIC SQUARE – Municipal Elections 2015: An Opportunity for Change to Begin
By Francis W. Fonseca The Municipal Elections to be held on March 4th, 2015 will be the first opportunity since the General Elections of 2012 for voters living in our Cities and Towns to pass judgment on the UDP local and national governments that narrowly won re-election in 2012 and have governed Belize for 9 years and 7 years respectively. In the case of some municipalities it has been even longer. Voters in 9 municipalities (Belize City, Belmopan, Orange Walk Town, Corozal Town, San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Benque Viejo, Dangriga, Punta Gorda and San Pedro) will go to the Polls and make a choice between endorsing the arrogance, corruption, and failed policies of this UDP administration OR beginning the journey of change by embracing the message of HOPE, UNITY, AND REFORM being carried by the candidates and leaders of the PUP.

WOMAN IN THE HOUSE – WHO BEX, BEX!!
I happened to pick up a copy of this past weekend’s Amandala Newspaper yesterday. As I paged through it I came upon the Editorial called “Special Lady.” The writer thereof seems to be extremely infatuated with Doctor Carla Barnett, saying that it “was impossible for the UDP Leader to present a more impressive candidate for the Freetown constituency,” and calling her “the great Dr. Carla Barnett” and “a classy trophy.” He/she even opined that if Dr. Barnett should ever win “there is no one as spectacular in the UDP’s leadership succession wings.” (!!!) (Emphasis mine) Now that is all very well and good. The writer of the Editorial has every right to have his/her opinions. I have over the years read some of their Editorials, many of which at times need to be taken with a grain of salt. Sometimes they are on point. At other times they are biased and quixotic. Always they promulgate the word according to their Publisher and Editor.

PUP Leader comments on Hon. Marco Tulio Mendez situation
The struggling and hardworking cane farmers of the north have collectively delivered a hard slap in the face of cold-hearted Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Despite the wickedness of Prime Minister Barrow who made every effort to break up and weaken the powerful Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, the 55 year old organisation is still going strong. It is widely believed by cane farmers that Prime Minister Barrow joined the multi-national American Sugar Refinery (ASR) to divide and destroy the BSCFA by firstly attempting to force the cane farmers to abandon their mother association, BSCFA, and sign an agreement with ASR. When that failed, the UDP Government attacked the credibility of the BSCFA and aided disgruntled farmers to start their own associations so they then sign the unfair an agreement with ASR.

BSCFA Still Strong!! – Barrow’s efforts to destroy Association fail

UDP’s Top 50 Ridiculous Moments! – Things have gotten Ridiculous in Belize under the UDP. What is Ridiculous?
Ridiculous is spending $20 MILLION on cement streets in Belize City, but not a single proper drain! Ridiculous is when Broaster “finds” a grenade on Banak St and invites the entire media to turn it into a show as he plays dare-devil with it! Ridiculous is when Sedi calls our border “artificial” Ridiculous is also when Godwin Hulse says that the cañeros are getting a good deal signing the agreement with ASR More Ridiculous is the Government standing by as millions of dollars of cane is left on fields and no plans are made to make proper use of it

Why It Is Important to Care for Your Heart
Over the past nine months, I have struggled to understand the process of the ailing heart. I was challenged as I watched my mother suffer a sudden heart attack. Quickly, I provided her the necessary emergency attention to survive. Many are not as fortunate as my mother, and they do not receive the immediate care for proper healing. I was thankful to be by her side to get her the best medical care. However, I was shaken with concern about other people who do not have the resources for adequate hospitalization. For me, it hurts to witness the impact of financial inequality and the attention a person receives due to wealth. It left me numb, because I pray that all of us in this world would receive fair and satisfactory treatment and the finest medical care in time of need. Today, I write to share what I learned about heart disease and what you can do to prevent a heart attack. I used to think I was in good shape, but I have changed my lifestyle to live heart-healthy. I am more aware now that I am genetically predisposed to have a heart attack, because it is in my genetic DNA. Over the last few weeks, I have questioned and studied many of my family elders to learn more about their inherited medical illnesses. What I found about their health did not surprise me at all. It did not surprise me because of the Belizean diet they ate (rice and beans, potato salad, fried pork, stew chicken, lobster, shrimp, conch fritters, or game meat) and the number of desserts (potato pound, cakes or bread pudding) they made at home. I also learned how dishonest many were about how they followed up with their healthcare providers by not truthfully telling them what they ate. I heard them saying, “I only have a touch of sugar,” or “I am only borderline,” yet they continued to eat unhealthy foods in denial of their immediate illnesses.

The keys to victory!
For four decades the Democrats controlled the United States of America Congress. Nothing seemed to be working for the Republicans. They just could not win the house elections and become the majority. Then in 1979 an unknown whipper snapper named Newt Gingrich from the 6th Congressional District of Georgia burst on the political stage and he was determined for the Republicans to replace the Democrats and become the majority in the house. To do this he had several well thought out ideas and implemented them. I don’t think the Democrats took him seriously. They were in control of the congress for so long, they became complacent and blew him off as kooky and crazy. Crazy he was not and the first thing Mr. Gingrich did was to start labeling the Democrats. He and his Republicans’ House members would book time on C-Span (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) after the House work for the day was done. C-Span is a cable TV network that provides live coverage of the House and Senate proceedings. Gingrich and company would use this free cable network to frame the Democrats and highlight everything wrong the Democrats did and after many months of these attacks it started to take hold in the minds of the American people. Of course the Democrats brushed off these attacks thinking “we have too much to do for the American people. We don’t have time to respond to these crazy congressmen”.

Remarks of the on the Sugar Industry Amendment Bill by Hon. Jose Abelardo Mai
National Assembly, Belmopan January 19 2015 Mr. Speaker, What should have been an event recognizing progress in our sugar industry. What ought to have been moments of celebration and triumph as we embrace technology. What should have been cause for jubilant moments in the history of the sugar industry has been reduced to a charade. A charade Mr. Speaker by the intentional deception and equivocation in the government’s handling of the sugar industry crisis. If this government, Mr. Speaker, had chosen to act with sincerity to support our cane farmers in their just cause to improve their economic situation this amendment to the Sugar Industry Act Mr. Speaker, would never in the eyes of the entire world appear to be one that appeases and clearly accommodates ASR/BSI’s interest, their masters.

Patrick JonesPJ

New Alcaldes take office in Toledo
Over 78 newly elected Alcaldes were sworn in on Sunday during ceremonies held at the Julian Cho Technical High School Auditorium. The oath was administered by Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Ssmith. The Alcaldes pledged their allegiance in upholding law and carrying out a fair discharge of their duties […]

New president promises NTUCB will be “powerhouse”
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) held its Annual General Meeting on the island of Caye Caulker this past weekend, highlighted by the election of a new executive. Former vice-president Marvin Mora stepped up to the post of president, replacing Dylan Reneau, after running unopposed. The […]

SIF inaugurates drainage project in Buttonwood Bay
The Social Investment Fund (SIF) on Saturday inaugurated a completed drainage project in the Buttonwood Bay residential neighbourhood of Northside Belize City. Costing just under $1 million, the project was intended to clear up outstanding drainage issues in an increasingly well-lived section of the Old Capital. William Lamb […]

Tuberculosis training completed
The Ministry of Health last week conducted a two-day training on Tuberculosis Infection Control in outpatient settings. The training was conducted with input from the Central American regional office of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A government press release says that TB Infection Control is a […]

Kitchen expansion project starts at Octavia Waight Center
Ground-breaking ceremonies were held over the weekend for a project to extend the kitchen at the Octavia Waight Center in San Ignacio town. Guest speaker at the event which was held on Sunday was the chairman of Help Age Belize Evan Dakers. The project is expected to cost about one hundred […]

San Pedro Town Council clarifies statements by Honduran Ambassador
Municipal authorities in San Pedro town there are not happy … and the full fury of their anger is aimed squarely at the ambassador of Honduras to Belize Sandra Rosalez Abella. The thing that sparked the firestorm is the exhumation of the body of Silvia Benitez that was buried shortly […]

Toledo man bribes police to continue drinking
A 26 year old construction worker from Toledo District who, when caught publicly drinking Belikin Stout, attempted to bribe a police officer to look the other way. Hilberto Kib today pleaded guilty to bribery and public drinking charges when he appeared before Magistrate Herbert Panton. Kib, a resident […]

Chinese shop vendor pleads guilty to illegal lottery selling
The phenomenon of illegal selling of lottery continues under the radar in some areas, but a rare victory was scored today when a Chinese shop vendor pleaded guilty to the charge after changing her original plea. 47 year old Jia Bi Wang, owner of Kim’s Shop on Iguana […]

Accused thief free after complainants drop out of trial
Magistrate Dale Cayetano today dismissed charges of theft and attempted suppression of evidence against 49 year old Carl Gordon, a laborer of Partridge Street in Belize City at the start of trial. On February 21, 2014, Gordon was accused of stealing a small black purse containing $70 from […]

Woman injured during home invasion
A frightening home invasion was reported over the weekend along the Old Northern Highway in the Belize district. During the incident, 57 year old Marilene Rufenucht was physically assaulted and sustained a cut wound to her right eye. According to police reports, a group of six men went to Rufenucht’s home at Mile 20 on the Old Northern Highway around 12:59 am on Sunday. Police say that one of the men, who claimed to be a police officer, forced his way into the woman’s house through the front door, after she refused to open the door. Once inside, police say the men demanded money and then proceeded to ransack the house.

Blogs

Belize’s First Electronic Music Festival at The Belize Ocean Club, Placencia
I arrived at The Belize Ocean Club, Placencia at about 10pm on Friday night for the kick-off party of the first Belize Electronic Music Weekend. 10pm and the party and the DJs, who would play until 5 or 6 in the morning, were just getting started. Two full days and nights of events were planned and to be honest…until a few weeks ago, I didn’t know too much about the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) scene. Dance music, club music, dance, house, techno… I’ll admit to being WAY behind the curve on this one. When it comes to live music festivals, what young people are listening to and even the Grammy’s (they’ve given a “Best Dance/Electronic Album” award since 2005), EDM is where it’s at. Article after article calls it the new rock n’ roll.

American Airlines adds six new routes to Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America
Pending regulatory approval, American Airlines will add six new routes throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, further strengthening its position in these key markets. New service to Barranquilla, Colombia (BAQ), will add a new destination to the airline's global network and customers will have increased options when traveling throughout the region. Expanded service includes new flights to Belize City, Belize (BZE); Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (GCM); Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL); Managua, Nicaragua (MGA); and Monterrey, Mexico (MTY). Customers may begin booking flights for these new routes on Saturday.

BIG PHARMA BELIZE
Lets face it, everyone gets sick sometime. The magic is trying to stay away from it as often as possible. Here at Nine, we were with a group of students with this awesome Study Abroad Company and we intentionally went to the largest pharmacy in Belize. Yes, we know how these massive companies work. We understand their business; we think that they are here for a purpose; some of you maybe even work at one of these companies or at least know someone who works at one. In the sleepy, misty Western Village of Bullet Tree Falls in Cayo, Belize, we went to see the doctor. Not any doctor, a natural medicine man, Lucas Medina. A little shy but, man, the knowledge of the plants and the spiritual guidance he received from his teacher, Don Eriberto Cocom who taught him a tremendous amount of his indigenous medicine knowledge, Lucas is a fountain to learn from.

Baked Custard
Jada's friend Lewis helps me make Baked Custard. The recipe is very simply and the results are great. Delicious sweet treat for an occasion.

Happy Belizean Groundhog Day — six more months of fun and sun!
Yes, this is the Belizean groundhog! After a long night of partying at local island bars, people by the thousands politely waited at sunrise along the shore’s rip-rap walls. As the sun peeked over the horizon, spreading warmth and good cheer, scores of iguanas began to climb tentatively out of their burrows and face the sunlight. Not coincidentally, Sunday marked the end of iguana hunting season in Belize — true story. The newly emboldened iguanas, breathing a little easier on MOnday, but still irritated at being called “Bamboo Chicken” by hunters, are none-the-less ready to make a statement. On Monday, the public remained remarkably restrained, behind the yellow tape barrier. Many of them were sleeping off the night of dancing and rum punch in the sand. A few sold T-shirts and plastic iguanas on a stick, made especially for the day and hundreds more sold the usual jewelry and woven wallets and bags. Some, mostly tourists, had their faces painted like iguanas and a few even wore full-body iguana costumes and practiced the cool shark moves they saw during Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Half-time Extravaganza the night before.

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