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#501561 - 02/26/15 12:49 PM Today's Belize News: February 26, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

Over $600K in fire damages at Exotic Caye Beach Resort
With the help of volunteers from the community and police officers, the fire was brought under control around 4AM. “Three structures (and the laundry room) were destroyed, and each had four units. At the moment of the fire, the units were occupied by tourists. When the security guard saw the fire, he quickly notified our guests and they were able to leave the buildings with most of their belongings. They had enough time to evacuate the area,” stated Rodriguez. As such, no-one was hurt as a result of the fire. The fire comes at the peak of the tourism season, and for the resort that had been booked for this season, affected guests had to be accommodated elsewhere. “The first order of business was to ensure that our guests were taken care of and we managed to put them at a sister resort. Those who were unable to be accommodated at our resort were diverted to other resorts who had offered to assist us.”

Minister Heredia Visits Medical School Campus in San Pedro
Washington University of Health and Science (WUHS) takes great pleasure in announcing the visit of the Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation on Tuesday February 3rd 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Upon his arrival the minister met with WUHS Vice President, Peggy Allen who updated the Minister on the community outreach and health care events the WUHS Student Government Association participate in within the community of San Pedro. Following their meeting, the Minister addressed both medical students and faculty, sharing both the history and the future planning of tourism and culture within Belize. After his encouraging address to the entire university medical students and faculty members, the Minister took the time to address and congratulate the Belizean students on their academic success of completing the pre-medical program and WUHS BELIZEAN STUDENTS transitioning into the Doctor of Medicine Program.

Elias Zetina and Mia Cannon to represent the island in Spelling Bee District Finals
The 21st annual National Coca Cola Spelling Bee zone eliminations 2015 are well underway in various parts of the country. For the islands of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye, the Zone 5 Elimination took place on Friday, February 20th at the San Pedro Lions Den. After six rounds of eliminations, Elias Zetina of New Horizon Seventh Day Adventists School and Mia Cannon of La Isla Bonita Elementary School emerged as the top Zone 5 spellers. A total of 14 students from seven different schools participated in the Zone 5 elimination. They were Trevon Habet and Brandon Worthington of Ambergris Caye Elementary School, Lupita Aldana and Andrew Novelo of Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School, Givelie Orellano and Kaiden West of Holy Cross Anglican School, Mia Cannon and Joyce Martinez of La Isla Bonita Elementary School, Aiesha Moreira and Elias Zetina of New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist School, Rachel Alamilla and Ayanna Staine of San Pedro Roman Catholic School, and Emil Nuñez and Tahryneh Pott of the Island Academy were the participating students.

Castillo’s Hardware Ltd. Celebrates 15 years of business with grand raffle
Castillo’s Do It Best Hardware has been on the island providing excellent service and best value for 15 years now. This amazing feat can be credited to the hard work and dedication of owners Mr. Alfonso and Mrs. Elida Castillo, who are backed by their loyal staff. Mr. Castillo shared a few words of thanks with supporters who were on hand to witness the celebration. “I would like to express our sincere thanks to our customers – without your loyal support, this wouldn’t have been possible…It is our pledge to continue to provide quality service and products for the best value…we feel very blessed and privileged to have been able to open our doors to serve the community of San Pedro 15 years ago, on February 19, 2000…It seems like just yesterday, Ms. Miriam and I, along with one other worker opened our hardware store downstairs at the present Social Security building. We started out with 2,500 sq ft and a hired delivery truck and driver. Today we have 8,500 sq ft when we relocated here in August 2002. We have 15 dedicated staff members, some of whom are serving for over 10 years…Forever thankful to our customers, we have shown our appreciation and gratitude to them by giving back through anniversary and Christmas raffles.”

Coast Guard confiscate gill net on Lighthouse Reef Atoll
On Saturday, February 21st the Belize Coast Guard, with the assistance of the Belize Audubon Society, confiscated a gill net illegally placed off of Hat Caye in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll within the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The netting caused the death of many fish, including a reef shark and the protected bonefish. The Coast Guard not only removed and confiscated the net, but they also apprehended the fishermen involved in the situation. The Coast Guard was informed on Saturday, February 21st of the whereabouts of the net. Force members stationed at Long Caye were deployed to the scene where the gill net was immediately removed. After further inspection, authorities confirmed that the net was not registered. The gill net had caused the death of close to a hundred fish, including a reef shark and several protected bonefish. The unnamed fishermen face charges of a fine of $500, six months imprisonment, or both, for fishing without a registered net. In addition, they face separate charges for the killing of a protected species.

Ambergris Today

Celebrity Spotting – Steven Jackson of NFL’s Atlanta Falcons in San Pedro
In his latest blog post, running back NFL player of Atlanta Falcon Steven Rashad Jackson stated that at the end of the NFL season he took time off to relax and recover to embrace one of his passions: travel. Well Ambergris Today caught up with Steven just as he was ending his vacation in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Technically the NFL football player was enjoying the luxuries of the private island of Cayo Espanto during his stay in Belize. Prior to arriving in Belize, he had toured Panama City, Nicaragua and Antigua, Guatemala. He mentioned that he is very interested in the Maya and had interest in learning more about their culture.

Saga Humane Society Starts Education Seminars at R.C. School
Students discussed humane treatment of animals, cruelty and kindness - San Pedro Roman Catholic School students were in awe of little Trooper on Monday and Tuesday of last week as they learned about this little puppy, abused and abandoned fighting for his life. They learned of Troopers story while attending a Humane Education program delivered by Sandie Betz-Eisenberg, Saga Director of Humane Education. “Troopers story is a success, but a sad reality, and that is why this education program is so vital to the enrichment of our community,” states Betz-Eisenberg. While on vacation from Canada, two visitors discovered a very disturbing scene while walking on the beach. "A group of boys on the beach were throwing him around like a football,"Julie said as she arrived at Saga Humane Society with this tiny near death puppy in her arms.

Fire at Exotic Caye Beach Resort Destroys Three Buildings
Fire quickly spread from the laundry room onto an adjacent concrete structure with a thatch roof. Security of the resort indicated that the fire fighters arrived around 20 minutes after they called in about the fire, in which two other buildings had caught on fire as well. By the time the fire was brought under control, the second stories of all three buildings had suffered extensive damage. Nine units of the resort were destroyed, all of which were occupied by guests; luckily all of them were able to evacuate safely.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Presentation of donations to the San Pedro Police Department
The San Pedro Town Council cordially invites you to the presentation of donations to the San Pedro Police Department. The event will take place, Thursday, February 26, 2015 at ten o'clock in the morning at the San Pedro police station.

COROZAL TOWN COUNCIL ELECTIONS -APPOINTMENT OF RETURNING OFFICER AND ELECTION CLERK FOR COROZAL TOWN AND MAP OF POLLING AREAS 39, 40 & 41 AND COUNTING AREA
IT IS NOTIFIED for general information that the Elections and Boundaries Commission, pursuant to Section 18 (1) of the Town Councils Act, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Belize, has appointed the RETURNING OFFICERS named below for the Town Councils Elections to be held on Wednesday, the 4th day of March 2015, and the Chief Elections Officer, acting pursuant to Section 18(2) of the said Act, has appointed, with the approval of the Elections and Boundaries Commission, the ELECTION CLERKS named below for the said Town Councils Elections:- RETURNING OFFICER Mario Tun District Technical Supervisor Public Works Department Ranchito Village Corozal District ELECTION CLERK Fulton Barry Palacio Agriculture Officer Agriculture Department Corozal Town

Mexico Rocks!
It's in stone now. The big wigs have inaugurated and we got the free h'orderves.

Carnaval de San Pedro
If you haven't seen the Carnaval Photographic Exhibition yet, please stop by the House of Culture. The exhibit will run until March 24th.

Do you want to study in the U.S.?
Yesterday, the U.S. Embassy partnered with the Leo Bradley Library to OFFICIALLY launch the FIRST EducationUSA Reference Center in Belize. The center is located at the Leo Bradley Library in Belize City and features free internet access for U.S. college searches, provides up to date reference books and materials needed to apply and study at colleges and universities in the U.S., provides regularly-scheduled introductory public orientations on U.S. study, information on financial aid, pre-departure information/orientations and other topics based on EducationUSA’ s “Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study,” participates in college or education fairs, hosting an EducationUSA booth, and provides information on local government and foundation scholarships. The center is staffed by two librarians dedicated providing EducationUSA Advising Services to library patrons. The opening of this center will serve as the base to explain to Belizean students the incredibly diverse U.S. higher education landscape and decentralized admission process for thousands of U.S. institutions.

2015 Youth Ambassadors
Yesterday the Ambassador had the opportunity to meet with the 2015 Youth Ambassadors traveling to the U.S. on an exclusive exchange program sponsored through Exchange Programs - U.S. Department of State. While visiting the Embassy the group had the opportunity to meet with the Ambassador, discuss their upcoming U.S. travel plans, and attend a luncheon in their honor hosted by the Deputy Cheif of Mission at his home. The Youth Ambassadors Program brings together high school students and adult mentors from countries across the Americas to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities. Youth Ambassador Program exchanges are primarily from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States, but also include delegations from the United States to select countries.

BOLEDO DRAWING for Wednesday, February 25, 2015: 18

SHJC Dean's List and Merit Awards
Sacred Heart Junior College had an awards ceremony for all the students that made the Dean's List or received Merit awards. Congratulations to all the future leaders! "SHJC acknowledges and awards our academic achievers"

Wildlife Medicine at the BWRC
The Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic has done quite a few surgeries over the years. They did an ovariectomy on a turtle the other day, and Daniel Velazquez was there to record the event. Thanks, BWRC, for saving so many animals! In related news, they are gearing up for this year's Wild Spring Break, where vet students study abroad in Belize, and get some wildlife medicine experience.

Channel 7

Broad Daylight Gang Shooting In City, But Victim Survives
There hasn’t been a murder in Belize City for over a month – and this morning, a 21 year old escaped death when he was the victim of what is believed to be a gang related shooting. 21 Year old Ian Adolphus Jr., was shot to the arm and the chest in broad daylight on Freedom Street in the Port Loyola Area. According to his facebook page, he identifies with one of a nest of gangs in that area. Today, police discussed the shooting:… Sr. Supt. Alden Dawson – OC, Police Precinct 2 "Sometime around nine thirty this morning, police responded to a shooting incident on Freedom street. What they learned was one Ian Adolphus, 21 years Belizean was walking on Freedom street - and upon reaching it's intersection with Justice street, a male person on a bicycle rode up in front of him and fired several shots. One caught him at the right elbow, one to the right shoulder and one to the left side of his chest. The male person then rode off and made his escape. At this time, the victim Adolphus is stable at the KHMH and police are looking for the suspect." Mike Rudon - Channel 5 News "Could you give us an idea - I know the investigation is just preliminary but in terms of a motive?" Sr. Supt. Alden Dawson "It's too early in the investigation to give a motive at this time."

"Exotic" Resort Burns In San Pedro; Firefighters Say Thatch Roof Was Hazard
Early this morning, the Exotic Caye Resort, located on Coconut Drive in San Pedro Town, was the scene of a major fire which destroyed 3 buildings that was part of the compound. The owners of Exotic, which has reportedly been doing business for the last 20 years, must now make repairs and try to recover from over half a million dollars in damages. The fire started at around 2:30 this morning, and it is believed to have started from inside a laundry room. That fire quickly spread to 3 nearby structures, and the fire officials say that a huge contributing factor to the quick spread of the blaze were the thatched roofs on the buildings. These 3 buildings were occupied by guests who had booked for the tourism high season, and the quick thinking of the security guard on duty allowed for the resort staff to alert their guests and get them out of the rooms with most of their items intact.

San Pedro Police Will Have Community Meeting
The community of San Pedro continues to be outraged at senseless murder of the 2 year-old toddler Daniel Espat, who was killed in his bed as he lay beside his mother and father. Well, police aren’t making much headway, and so, they’re appealing to the community, especially residents of the San Pedrito area, to come forward and give them information. Commanding Officer Luis Castellanos told us this evening, that the investigation is somewhat stalled because they have no leads. So, San Pedro Police has a community meeting scheduled tomorrow in which the residents are being invited to come out and voice their opinions. Castellanos is hoping that the meeting is a step in the right direction to restore the public confidence in the police so that information about this and other open murder investigations can move forward with the help of informants within the community.

Man Charged For Knocking Down and Killing Pablo
As we reported last night, accident victim 58 year old Pablo Martinez died of a heart attack 12 hours after he was knocked down by an 18 wheeler. Before this tragic news, the driver Levi Figueroa was served with a notice of intended prosecution but now that Martinez has passed away, Figueroa has been charged for manslaughter by negligence, driving without due care and attention, failed to keep as close as possible to the right hand side and death by careless conduct. He met bail and is scheduled to re-appear in court in May.

A Titanic Waste of Time
The Magistrates’ Court has ruled that Bahamian securities traders Rohn Knowles and Kelvin Leach were stopped prematurely by police who were trying to stop them from leaving the country. Local Law enforcement were cooperating with agents of the US Government who were trying to prevent both men from going back to their home country. They have been indicted on grand jury charges in the US for securities fraud in which it was alleged that they participated with 4 others in defrauding the US Government of a billion dollars in tax revenues. Viewers may remember that on September 12, of last year both men tried to leave the country on a chartered flight, and when they went to check in at the Phillip Goldson International Airport, police detained them. That was around the time when an extradition request was being prepared, but hadn’t come as yet. So, both men were charged with failing to declare funds over 10 thousand dollars while leaving the country. Informed observers concluded that this was a holding charge to stop the men from leaving while the formal documents for extradition requests were being finalized.

Pressing The Political Panic Button
We’re now down to just days before the municipal elections and this is when the political operators in both PUP and UDP camps turn up the panic. The PUP sure did that today when it sent the Chief Elections Officer a three page letter expressing grave concerns about the Belize City Returning Officer’s decision to simultaneously count the city’s 85 ballot boxes at 10 different counting stations. They are usually done in aggregate at the ITVET compound, but returning officer Hugo Miranda decided to do it differently. He told the political parties that he will oversee operations from the Elections and Boundaries office. But the PUP says that the letter of the law requires that as returning officer he has to unseal all the boxes himself – and can’t delegate counting clerks to do it at the ten counting stations. Now, Miranda’s approach is far more efficient, and it would mean that the counting in Belize City would be finished possibly as early as 10:00 pm – when normally it finishes until morning of the following day.

Selling Tablets Like Pills
In last night’s newscast we told you about the over 500 tablets that government distributed to university students. The students we saw were busy trying out their tablets, but at least one of them is giving in to the pull of the marketplace. We found this facebook post today from one of the students who has put his on sale. It offers, “ASUS memo pad 7, sealed in box, for sale or trade for anything of reasonable value..(and that) it needs to go as soon as possible.” We called the contact number and the seller told us that he’s selling it for 150 Belize dollars and he has more on offer. Now it might seem a cynical twist on a positive initiative, but Minister of Education, Patrick Faber is unfazed. He commented on FACEBOOK today, quote, “There is no other indication that our students are engaging in selling their tablets. As to the post, it is clearly some hater who wants to try and diminish the wonderful success of the government’s initiative.”

Mexico Wants A Trade Agreement With Belize
Mexico’s new Ambassador to Belize Carlos Quesnel presented his credentials to the Governor General three weeks ago. Since then, he and a mostly new senior team at the Embassy have been familiarizing themselves with Belize – a country that calls Mexico its second best trading partner. Belize’s exports to Mexico grew by over 100% in 2014 – which we would say is attributable mostly to cattle exports. And, the Mexicans want the trade relationship to expand. At a media breakfast this morning, Ambassador Quesnel said that they want a trade agreement – and that comes form their President:… Carlos Quesnel - Ambassador of Mexico to Belize "The present government, headed by President Enrique Peña Nieto, is focusing strengthening our relation with Belize as neighbours and strategic partners. The embassy will work closely with public and private sectors of both countries to facilitate reaching a trade agreement with our countries. Mexico is already the 2nd supplier of foreign products to Belize and there is no doubt a commercial agreement would force and integration between both countries. Mexico also wants to increase it's presence in CARICOM countries. What a better way to do it than through Belize.“

Ministry of Health Warns On Measles
Fever, a runny nose, coughing and rashes: those are a few of the common symptoms of measles – now turning up regularly in the USA where there is a measles outbreak. According to 'Reuters', over 123 people are infected in California and most cases are linked to the outbreak at the Disneyland theme park in December. Now, how does this affect us? Well according to Primary Health Care Coordinator Dr. Javier Zuniga, we are at risk but measures are in place to prevent the transfer of this disease to Belize. Dr. Javier Zuniga - Primary Health Care Coordinator "The problem is that a lot of people has this mentality that if they get the measles vaccine, that their children will have autism. And that is the association some of the people in the United States have and that notion is false. So not because your child gets the measles vaccine means that your child will have autism. So they’re a lot of groups in the US - minority group, like the Mennonites and some others, they refuse to give their children this vaccine.”

Inflation Rate Down in January
According to the Statistical Institute of Belize – the inflation rate in January of 2015 was down 1.1% from one year ago. This is owing to a sharp downturn in fuel prices – which also drove down the price of international airfares. And while the price of beef, pork, fish, seafood and potatoes were up Red Kidney beans, eggs, sweet peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, and watermelon were down – leading to an overall 2.4% decrease in food prices. Looking at the map, Punta Gorda was the only municipality to record an increase in consumer prices for the month, and that was a marginal 0.3 percent, while Belmopan had the greatest decrease, with an inflation rate of minues 1.8 percent.

Restore and Rotary Team Up
The students at the Queen Square Anglican Primary School got to enjoy their newly built playground set today. A ceremony was held in the school’s compound to officially open the park which is equipped with swings, slides and monkey bars – a kid’s paradise. Some of partners in the Literacy and Community Development project discussed how this playground will contribute of the student’s social development. The Literacy and Community Development program is a 3 year program. The cost of the playground is over $250,000 Belize dollars.

Lloyd Loving The Solo Life
Lloyd Augustine, you may know him as frontman for the band, Garifuna Collective, which has taken on the late Andy Palacio’s torch of spreading Garifuna Music to the world. The Collective has recently been touring the world, but Augustine also has a solo career which he’s nurturing. He’s released his second solo album “Yugadan” (yu gada), which features 12 songs that he’s held on to for some time, but never recorded. Today, he stopped by and told us why you should pick up his new album: The album officially launches in Hopkins on Saturday with a concert featuring some of the prominent paranda artists from the south, and Augustine wants everyone to come out. He told us that it’s going to be a beach party filled with good clean fun and people celebrating Garifuna music:

Channel 5

Bahamians Acquitted in Magistrate’s Court
The trial of two Bahamian nationals who were charged by the Financial Intelligence Unit back on September twelfth, 2014, came to a close today after months before the courts and [...]

Massive Fire Guts San Pedro Resort
An early morning inferno caused over half a million dollars in damages to the Exotic Caye Resort, on the island of San Pedro Ambergris Caye. The twenty year old resort [...]

“Uno” Shot on Freedom Street
This morning, at least six gunshots rang out on Freedom Street, Belize City and when the echoes died away, twenty-one year old Ian Adolphus lay on the ground bleeding. The [...]

Minister Heredia on P.G.I.A. Shutdown
It shook the tourism industry this past Saturday when air traffic controllers at the Phillip Goldson International Airport, called in sick and did not show up to work to land [...]

2 Detained for San Pedro Murder
Two year old Daniel Espat was shot twice to the head at two o’clock on Tuesday morning as he slept in his small family apartment.  His mother, Aleyda Espat, who [...]

P.U.P. Condemns Municipal Elections Procedure
Municipal Elections are exactly one week away, and while the candidates get in their last days of campaigning, Party officials are busy ensuring that the election process is fair and [...]

Are Citrus Growers Being Paid?
A year ago, after weeks of financial instability within the citrus industry, the Government of Belize, along with various stakeholders, including the Social Security Board, the Citrus Growers Association and [...]

Taylor’s Alley Youth Claims Police Abuse
Allegations of police brutality in Belize City are commonplace.  Every so often victims would come to our studios to vent their frustration with the manner in which officers go about [...]

Police in Precinct 2 Increase Presence
Bloodshed in the area known as Precinct Two was not so long ago almost a daily occurrence. But as we told you, thing have calmed down in the city while [...]

Queen Square Anglican gets New Playground
There are few parks in the south side of Belize City and where they can be found, the conditions are less than ideal for use by children. So there was [...]

Hol Chan Marine Reserve Expansion Signed Off
The southern tip of San Pedro Ambergris Caye is the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Hol Chan, which is Mayan translation for “Little Channel,” was officially established as a protected area [...]

CSME Holds Workshop
The CSME Unit in the Ministry of Trade held a workshop in the Belize City to sensitize key front line personnel on how to handle and tap into opportunities to [...]

Mexican Ambassador Hosts Media Workshop
The new Mexican Ambassador to Belize, Carlos Quesnel Melendez, has hit the ground running. This morning, he hosted the media to breakfast and spoke on some of the projects that [...]

Parandero Lloyd Augustine Releases New CD
Belizean Parandero, Lloyd Augustine, a member of the renowned Garifuna Collective, is releasing a long-awaited solo album entitled Yugadan.  The twelve-track CD is a musical reflection of his life and [...]

CTV3

Fatal Traffic Accident Is Still Being Investigated
Recently, two residents from the North have lost their lives due to road traffic accidents, particularly hit and runs. The first incident was recorded on Monday February 16th whilst Christian Villalobos was walking on the Philip Goldson Highway near mile marker 61 and was struck from behind by an unknown vehicle. The second incident took place over the weekend in Santa Martha Village where David Thiessen, a Mennonite worker was knocked down in a hit and run and left for dead. Officer commanding the Orange Walk Formation, Superintendent Dennis Arnold says that the person they had in custody for the Santa Martha incident was released and the department is awaiting the cooperation of a source that can help in Villalobos’ case. SUPT DENNIS ARNOLD – Officer Commanding, OW Police “The first one we are still investigating apparently the person who we believe saw what happened apparently they just have to give him some more time maybe he might change his mind and come forward and the second one with Mr Theisen it was just circumstantial evidence so far so we are still investigating both of them, the person we had detained we had to release him and in both cases are cane truck we are looking at.”

WHO And CDC Advices Of An Outbreak Of Measles At Disneyland Resort
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have advised Belize’s Ministry of Health of an outbreak of Measles at the Disneyland Resort in California in the United States of America. We understand that cases are also being reported in Canada and one case related to the Disneyland outbreak has been reported in Mexico. Although Measles remains prevalent in many parts of the world, Belize has been free from the disease since 1991. In order to maintain the country’s measles free status, the recommended and most cost-effective public health approach is to advise persons to get vaccinated with the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine. In Belize, vaccination coverage against measles has been greater than 95% over the last 10 years, according to the Ministry of Health.

Sixty One Year Old Woman Arrested For Drug Trafficking
Corozal Police arrest a sixty-one year old woman for drug trafficking. The arrest was made in Ranchito Village by the Corozal Special Operation Team during the search of the residence of sixty-one year old Rosa Lidia Funes. Authorities report that the team, armed with a warrant, found suspected cannabis almost immediately after entering the house. A plastic bag containing the suspected drug was on a wooden dining table. Funes was alone at the house and was arrested by police. A further inspection of the bag revealed it contained fourteen parcels wrapped in transparent plastic bags. Funes was escorted to the Corozal Police Station where the drugs were weighed in her presence and amounted to 444 grams of Cannabis. She was arrested and charged for the offence of Drug Trafficking.

Sexual Misconduct By Teacher On The Rise
Reports of sexual misconduct by teachers continue to rise across the country. Reports have been made at the University of Belize, at Mopan Technical School and even here in Orange Walk at the Orange Walk Technical High School. The matter as we have reported is being investigated by the board of management of the school. The District education center is also aware of the allegations. Yesterday, while speaking with Minister of Education Patrick Faber, the media asked him about his efforts to get answers into the reports at least at the University of Belize where allegations are that three teachers have engaged in sexual misconduct with students.

It Is A Fundamental Right For Employees To Vote Says Labor Commissioner
Municipal elections are exactly one week away and thousands of Belizeans will be making their way to the polling stations across the country. The elections are taking place on a weekday which means that the majority of voting population will be at work. Regardless of their job, the law stipulates that employers are to allow employees some time off their duties to go cast their vote. Often times, there are problems surrounding this as reports are made that employers refuse their employees that right. Today we asked Labor Commissioner Ivan Williams just what exactly the law says surrounding this matter and how employers should approach it. “Workers have a right to go and vote and that is their fundamental right, however depending on and this have to be worked out by the parties because depends where you live and where you are voting, I know at times people like to take more than it is allowed and so that is the challenge in other words it is not week off or so much days off it would just enough to allow you to but it depends again and employers know that relative to their situation there’s no specific.

Community Policing Conducted In Orange Walk Town
You may have seen an increase of uniformed police officers around your neighbourhoods but it’s not on crime business, instead it is an on-going community policing initiative that is being implemented at the Orange Walk Police Station. Under the directives of the Commissioner of Police all formations across the country are being encouraged to work in partnership with the community to help prevent and reduce crime. Officer Commanding the Orange Walk Police, Superintendent Dennis Arnold, says only by working together can we enhance the quality of life for a safer town. “Community policing extend way back as I had mentioned earlier so that back in the mid 80’s up to the end of the 80’s we use to have the saturation duties, this is where Senior officers from all over Belmopan, Belize City would walk on different streets of Belize city greeting people but now they put a tweak to it and they call it Community Policing right the meet and greet so here in Orange Walk we are doing meet and greet...

Police Ready For Municipal Election
Final plans for intensive security arrangements are being put in place for the Municipal elections next week Wednesday. Police presence will be felt at polling stations and on the streets to prevent any election violence and to keep order. We asked Officer Commanding the Orange Walk Police Formation about their plans for town and it appears the entire formation will be out on the streets. SUPT DENNIS ARNOLD – Officer Commanding, OW Police “We will ensure that the police officer hold the hundred yards line and we will not take sides the hundred yards line is the hundred yards line; PUP, UDP, NIP have to stay behind the hundred yards line, the media as well, unless you talk to the presiding officer they are the only ones who can give that permission for you guys to be within the hundred yards line, basically we are there merely to assist them right.” Maria Novelo – Reporter “Usually in elections there is a lot of filed up energy aggressions and stuff like that do you guys have to be safe in terms of if push comes to shove hell broke loose, how is it that we will remain at order?”

Corozal Police Looking For Woman For Obtaining Property By Deception
In Corozal Police are looking for one woman for obtaining property by deception. Forty eight year old Belizean businessman, Eliceo Rivero of Corozal Town, owner of Thunder Bolt Water Taxi, told police that on February fifth he received a call from Tammy Peterson of San Pedro indicating that she was part of the San Pedro Island Sailing Club. Peterson allegedly sought Rivero’s water taxi services to move four small sailing boats from San Pedro to Corozal Town on the same day. Rivero says he agreed to do the job for which he charged four hundred dollars. On the day after, Rivero says Peterson called him once more but this time to transport her and eight other persons from San Pedro to Corozal. Rivero charged an additional four hundred dollars for that trip for which he requested that both services which amounted to eight hundred dollars be paid by three that day and Peterson agreed to have someone take the money to boat captain Miguel Dominguez. According to Rivero, Peterson has not made any payments and has not answered his calls. Police are now seeking Tammy Peterson for the crime of obtained property by deception. The San Pedro Police has been informed of the situation.

Belize Labor Department Conducts Education Session Campaign
The Labor Department is on a countrywide campaign conducting a labor education session in all municipalities. The officials are presenting information on the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers under various labor legislations and international or regional commitments that Belize has signed on to. Labor Commissioner Ivan Williams told us more about the objectives of the sessions. Ivan Williams – Labor Commissioner “The purpose of this training workshop is to bring the awareness of the legal framework under which employers and workers operate, to hear from the workers the experiences and the challenges and most importantly to try to ensure a proper understanding of the labor legislations and to foster a harmonious relationship in the workplace where right are respected in the workplace and responsibilities working simultaneously in a proper manner.” We asked Williams whether, from their experience, Belizeans are knowledgeable on these rights. Williams says Belizeans need to be more aware of their labor rights as an employer and employee.


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LOVE FM

CEO Speaks on Equipment Failure at KHMH
Reports had reached Love News of some equipment failure and challenges inside the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. According to an inside source, the hospital has been unable to sterilize surgical utensils due to the absence of a functioning sterilizer in the facility. It is a concern expressed by a staff member, who explained that whilst the hospital does seek the assistance of the Northern Regional Hospital in sterilizing the utensils from time to time, the transportation to and fro still poses some exposure to the elements that could possibly lead to contamination. Love News met with Dr. Adrian Coye, the Chief Executive Officer of the KHMH for a response to the concerns. “We have our challenges, we have outdated stuff, they have been working. It is the biggest one in the country and for all these years we’ve been maintaining that sterilization unit, in fact we made some investments recently to bring on board a second sterilization unit that we have but we haven’t reached that point and this is a recurring problem. ”

Early Morning Fire Destroyed Structures of Resort on Ambergis Caye
Three structures that make up a part of the Exotic Caye Beach Resort on Ambergris Caye were destroyed in an early morning fire on the island. The inferno was found out just after two o’clock this morning. One of the first respondents at the scene was the Deputy Commander of the San Pedro Police Station, Assistant Superintendent Henry Jemmott. ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT, HENRY JEMMOTT “When I got on the scene I noticed that a small thatched building about 15×12 the roof was engulfed in flames. Immediately I ensured that we called the fire department who responded within a reasonable time. I went into an emergency mode asking officer to assist me with waking up all the guests that were in the room because the flames were spreading to the building that was occupied by people. At that point we managed to get out all the guests and have them secured on the beach side. At this time the fire department has already activated their operation and they managed to extinguish the fire at about 4 am. We managed to save about 6 buildings and only three were partially burnt, the roof was partially burnt.”

PNP Mayoral Candidate Protest Adressess Issues in PG
People’s National Party’s Mayoral candidate Will Maheia headed a protest this morning in Punta Gorda. Correspondent Paul Mahung has the story. “The mid-morning protest at the site of the commencement of cementing phase of the street project included People’s National Party Punta Gorda town council candidates and PNP mayoral candidate Will Mehia.” “Yes we appreciate that there is a street upgrade but if they are going to do a street upgrade they should do it properly. We have spoken to many contractors who have said it doesn’t make any sense to build a street and it doesn’t have steel inside of it. Cement needs steel for it to hold and last a long time. Sure this is good but it is a temporary fix because if big trucks start running on it it will start breaking apart so we want to urge the government if they are going to do it to do it right. Again they’ve built a street they are starting another street now there is no room for pedestrians this is a town, a people friendly town where people walk around there is no sidewalk there is no provisions for a side walk so if you are going to do something let’s do it right. Then we look at the other end of the street and they have some plastic culverts there that are far below what is required.”

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Ministry to work on issues of air traffic controllers
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation held its own press conference shortly after that interview with Ray Davis, and their main message was a return to normal activity, beginning on Tuesday, and a willingness to work with their staff at the Airport on issues known to be long-standing and sensitive. According to Director of Civil Aviation for the Ministry Lindsay Garbutt, the workers say they had nothing to do with the COLA weekend release. “The controllers stated categorically that they had nothing to do with the press release sent out by COLA, and that that press release was erroneous and not factual. Secondly, they said very clearly that the decision not to come to work on Saturday was based on genuinely being sick. The coincident of all of them being sick at the same time and that it had nothing to do with anything that the department and the ministry is or is not doing.

Police updates on case of nude teacher pics in Bengue
On Wednesday February 18th the teacher from Mopan Technical High School in Benque Viejo del Carmen was placed on administrative leave, while police conducted investigations into the allegations. Two male police officers were present on Wednesday to witness the teacher leaving the compound, after he was served with the letter suspending him from duties. On Tuesday District Education Officer for the Cayo District Luis Carballo told us more. “The Principal informed the Vice-Principal. They already knew about the issue, because some students were talking about it in school. So, at this time they’re carrying out the investigation to see where that leads. If it is true that the pictures were being sent to students and things like that, then the teacher can be charged with actions unbecoming of a teacher.

School controversies still unresolved
On Tuesday January 27th, members of the parents teachers association of the Arms of Love Primary School located in the Kontiki Area of San Ignacio staged a protest calling for the immediate removal of the principal. The complaints date back to 2012, which we understand is the year the principal came into office; however nothing was done and the issue was not brought back up until earlier this year when parents decided that enough was enough and refused to send their kids to school if nothing was done. “The allegations against her is the way that she has been treating parents and teachers. And parents are concern because of the way she has been treating their children, that she shouts at them, sometimes pull them or argues with them or in a way that they feel it’s not necessary. The Principal has been in position for approximately three years. In 2012 we has a complaint from the parents. We had a meeting with the PTA at the time, the management, the Principal and the staff, to discuss some of the things that they can do in order to alleviate these issues.

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Accused aides to illegal visitors freed
They were accused of assisting a pair of Cuban men to illegally stay in Belize. However today, 50 year old Llewelyn Ramclam and 49 year old Alberto Quintana, were freed of their charges when they were withdrawn by the Immigration Department in the court of Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser due to lack of evidence. Ramclam, a Belizean, and Quintana, a Cuban national who has legal immigration status in Belize, were charged in December of 2014 after the Immigration Department detained two Cubans, 29 year old Jolkies Guerra and 27 year old Jaema Aldana.

Titan executives cleared of currency charge
Bahamian executives of Titan International Securities, Rohn Knowles and Kelvin Leach had charges of failing to declare personal currency above the prescribed amount to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) dismissed today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer. The Senior Magistrate upheld a submission of no case to answer made by Senior Counsel Godfrey Smith last week. The Magistrate said that she considered the key element of the case to be this: “at what point (were) the defendants deemed to have committed the offence; whether they had cleared all functions of the Immigration Department and Airport Authority.”

New Mexican ambassador aims to deepen Mexico-Belize relationship
Mexico’s new Ambassador to Belize, Carlos Quesnel Melendez, sat down with the press this morning at the Mexico-Belize Institute of Cooperation, the Belize City office of the Mexican Embassy, on Newtown Barracks in his first official event since presenting his credentials to Governor General Sir Colville Young three weeks ago. The two countries already share a deep relationship due to their neighboring status, but in recent years Mexico has become a valuable friend to Belize in key areas, from trade to tourism development, to the arts and culture. This was a staple of the former regime led by Mario Velasquez and his press and consular affairs officer Marcelino Miranda, and the new Ambassador and new press officer Hugo Juarez Carrillo aim to continue and expand that relationship.

Smart establishes its own transmission link in the Toledo district
Customers who use the Smart telephone service in the Toledo district can expect “special events” from their provider in the coming weeks. That’s according to SpeedNet Communications, the parent company that owns the telephone company. Smart issued a press release on Wednesday announcing that it had completed the […]

Early morning fire guts buildings at Exotic Caye Resort
Three buildings belonging to Exotic Caye Resort in San Pedro town were damaged by fire early this morning. Police say the fire was reported to authorities at 2:29 am and when police and Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene they saw a small building with thatched roof at the […]

Shooting incident in Belize City; one injured
A Belize City man was the victim of a shooting incident this morning. 21 year old Ian Adolphus was shot around 9:38 am today at the corner of Louise Bevans and Freedom Streets in Belize City. Police say Adolphus is in stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Police […]

Warm and mostly dry weather conditions prevail
Mainly fair, warm and mostly dry conditions are currently prevailing factors in our weather heading into the second part of the week. The general forecast for Belize and her coastal waters is for mostly sunny skies today. Tonight will be clear. Little or no rainfall is expected. Winds over the […]

U.B. students get promised Tablets from government of Belize
The University of Belize Gymnasium was filled with anticipation and excitement on Tuesday as students from the University eagerly awaited the conclusion of the official ceremonies to receive their promised Tablets. According to Financial Secretary Joseph Waight about 9,000 tablets were bought for $200.00 each. He encouraged […]

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Another Eggs-Citing Easter Week in Belize!
Easter in Belize is another one of those festive celebrations that could only happen in this tranquil melting pot nestled between the Caribbean Sea and pristine rainforests of Central America. Like every holiday in Belize, Easter is a combination of the familiar and the exotic, retaining the traditional elements that North Americans and Europeans love along with an added cultural zest from Belize’s different ethnic groups, from the ancient Maya through to more recent settlers. For example, Easter eggs are hunted amidst colourful tropical gardens, in verdant pastoral land and on the fringes of lush jungles; Easter baskets may include chocolate made from Maya cacao first cultivated in Belize thousands of years ago; the agouti may stand in for the Easter Bunny, and big lazy ham dinners may feature tortillas and tamales on the side.

A personal Farewell to Caye Chapel
It is with a heavy heart that I am writing the end of my romance with one of my favorite “off Ambergris Caye” getaway spots Caye Chapel. As previously announced by BELTRAIDE early December, the Caye has been sold to a Mexican Luxury Hotel development group from Mexico. From the an aerial rendering of the island posted on Ambergris Today, it looks like the golf course and the beach front villas are not going to be a part of the new development. Although I am hopeful that this development company will make what they’re doing beneficial to Belize, truthfully if my wish could come true, they will not develop the island. I knew I needed to get back there one last time and end my romance in style before they stopped allowing people over. I asked a few friends who had not been there to join me, Kendall was in from the start unfortunately business took over and he could not go. Unbelievably to me it was a hard sell getting anyone else to go over, I couldn’t believe they were not jumping at the chance to hang out on a gorgeous private island for the day.

Night and Day Exotic Caye Resort Fire
Thankfully there were no reported injuries from last night’s fire at Exotic Caye Resort. Apparently the security guard said it was Denise from Pepperoni’s pizza that alerted him, because he was on the other side of Crazy Canucks at the time. He rushed into action, woke and got everyone out of harms way. According to Marla Vanderlaan who shared the night time fire pics said that they were woken up around 2:30 to evacuate their little room, and were allowed back in around 4:15. One of the units in Building 2 had a propane tank in it so the Fire Fighters kept the building watered down and cut the line in case the tank needed to be removed. Marla said the Fire Department did a great job. The fire started in the laundry building and reportedly spread to buildings 3, 4, and 5 which is closest to Melt Cafe. Two “standby” rooms at Banana Beach Resort were used around 3:00 am and two more this morning at 9:00.

Fish Chowder
Lent meal...Fish Chowder. Very simple recipe for comfort food on any day.

The February 22nd, 2015 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • SAN IGNACIO MAN CHARGED FOR WEED:
    A resident from San Ignacio Town was busted with suspected cannabis. Today, Wednesday, 18 February, 2015, Police, at about 1:45pm, visited a 2nd Street address of Emmerson Manzanero to conduct a search. Upon arrival, police questioned Manzanero if there is anything incriminating located inside the house but Manzanero was brutally honest and admitted to the officers that there is a bag of weed in the room. He was immediately placed under arrest and was cautioned. Police conducted their search inside the house and found a bulky black plastic bag on the floor along with a grey digital scale. The officers then open the bag in the presence of Manzanero. The bag contained green leafy substance suspected to be that of cannabis. Manzanero was then escorted to the San Ignacio Police Station. At the Station, the suspected cannabis was weighed in the presence of Manzanero which tipped the scales at 257 grams.
  • Branch Mouth Residents Busted:
    Two men from Branch Mouth Road were busted and charged on Wednesday, 4 February, 2015. The San Ignacio police conducted a search at the residence of Jorge Dubon, 49 year old Honduran National from Branch Mouth Road. On arrival, police saw Dubon and Stuart Bradley, 65, sitting on a log that was located in the yard at the back of the house. At that time, Dubon had a white paper in one hand and the other hand was clinched. Dubon was asked to open his hand which contained green leafy substance suspected to be cannabis. Bradley was searched, however, nothing incriminating was found on him. Police continued to search around the yard and 25 feet away they found a black plastic bag that was hidden under some zinc sheets. The bag was opened in their presence which contained suspected cannabis.
  • Fire Season Is Here:
    The Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development and the Forest Department hereby inform the general public that the Fire Season is on. In Belize, the Fire Season is observed from February 15 to June 15 annually. With the periodical onset of the dry weather, the general public, especially agricultural farmers, are asked to take all the necessary precautions when using fire for their daily necessities such as the burning of their garbage and preparing land for cultivation. Most forest fires originate from the negligent use of fire by farmers for the burning of their milpas and other agricultural lands. In most instances agricultural fires tend to get out of control due to the time of the day when the fire is lit and the failure of the farmer to open fire lines around the entire perimeter of the land clearing. We therefore encourage farmers NOT to burn during the hottest part of the day (10 am - 2 pm) and ensure that at least a 3 meter wide fire line is cleaned around your milpa.
  • Residents Of Belmopan And Surrounding Communities Benefiting From Improved Road Infrastructure Project:
    Residents in the nation’s capital, Belmopan and surrounding communities are enjoying, and benefitting from two paved streets due to a road infrastructure project financed by the Government of Belize at a cost of BZ $417,802.00 through a loan from the World Bank under the Belize Municipal Development Project (BMDP). Counterpart funding by the Belmopan City Council totaled $12, 534.06. This means that the infrastructure road project will facilitate and provide motorists, pedestrians, and bicycle riders with a better and more pleasant street environment; thus, providing men, women and children, with easier access to traverse to, and from their homes, schools, and places of businesses in their daily lives. The completion of the road infrastructure project on Almond Boulevard and Chiquibul Street is also contributing significantly in improving the quality of life for all residents in the nation’s capital and its surrounding communities; since they will no longer have to be confronted by poor road conditions such as dust during the dry season and mud during the rainy season. Other key beneficiaries from the transformation of this road project are vehicle owners who, will not only be driving on a smooth surface, but, will also experience a reduced impact as it pertains to vehicle maintenance and repairs. Additionally, the project is contributing to the mitigation of traffic congestion on Mountain View Boulevard; and will serve both residential and commercial sectors by providing improved access route to Constitution Drive, which represents one of the main economic arteries in Belmopan.
  • Feed The World:
    There is a growing thought that we don’t need inorganic fertilizers and chemicals to grow our food to feed our world population of some 7 billion people, reaching some 9 billion in the next three decades. It is believed by some that organic farming, an apparently more sustainable holistic farming system, can do the job. While this statement could be technically correct, it begs the question, at what price, and at what level of sustenance. In my opinion, this shift using organic materials as soil amendments and source of plant nutrients may only be possible if we become vegetarians, or reduce our meat intake significantly. (A high percentage of our chemicals are used to produce feed for meat production, and in recent times, for fuel from corn and sugarcane.) In essence, we would need to move away from American/European type diets which have become more popular with creeping affluence around the world, and move more towards traditional Asian type diets. This paradigm shift on a global basis is not impossible, but highly unlikely.
  • Avian Influenza In Poultry Detected In Cayo District:
    On the 15th Avian Influenza type A in two (2) poultry farms in Spanish Lookout, Cayo District. It was detected as a result of routine testing under the Belize Poultry Improvement Plan. Samples tested by an International reference Laboratory in the USA has confirmed the presence of Avian influenza H5N2 antibodies in one farm only but not the live virus. BAHA continues to test and has detected presence of Avian Influenza Type A in one other farm. There are very little clinical signs in the affected birds, which may indicate a response to the low pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N2 virus. This virus predominantly affects poultry. There is very low risk for transmission from poultry to humans and there is no evidence of human to human transmission. To date, testing of all surrounding farms continues to confirm that the outbreak is only in those two farms. Containment measures in effect prohibit all poultry and poultry products from exiting the affected farms. In addition, BAHA has set up other control measures, in the Spanish Lookout area, such as movement control of live birds, eggs, and other poultry products.
  • Undefeated Western Ballaz:
    League (NEBL) kicked off on Friday, February 6th, with some huge surprises in the opening weekend. The national anthem harmoniously sang by the Moreno Sisters – Solie and Julie – heralded the arrival of the 2nd National Elite Basketball League Tournament Friday night inside San Ignacio and as usual, the Sacred Heart College Auditorium was packed to capacity. Nevertheless, the introduction of the home team, last year’s sub-champion, Western Ballaz, was propelled to the next level pulling out all the stops with lights, sounds and smoke in a presentation that will be difficult to surpass. That night, the Ballaz play host to the newest addition to the NEBL, Belize Hurricanes, under head coach, Matthew Smiling—a new team venturing into a tournament with ferocious competition. In the opening game on Friday night, Cayo Western Ballaz (1 - 0) defended their home court, as they easily took care of the new franchise Belize Hurricanes (0 - 1) by the score of 85 - 52.
  • Western Ballaz Press Release:
    The Western Ballaz executive committee through this medium would like to make our position known to the general public about our relationship with Sacred Heart College Inc. (SHC). We know this fact: SHC has had the community of San Ignacio and Santa Elena and all communities as priority in its service endeavor in education. SHC has grown through the years by offering excellence in education and upstanding values for its students and the greater community. There is absolutely no reason for doubt in the mind of the Western Ballaz management and team of SHC’s interest to continue serving the community in every way, including our basketball team and for the public who passionately support our team. For the record, SHC has never intentionally or with any malice attempt to refuse your Western Ballaz team from using the facility.
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  • Rotary Park Undergoing Renovation:
    A new set of playground equipment is on the way for installation at the Rotary Park in Santa Elena town, Cayo. The equipment is coming from Canada and will be installed over the course of two days, on March 7 and March 8. To make way for the new equipment, members of the San Ignacio Rotary Club were out at the park on Saturday morning to put in “sweat equity” as the preparation of the Rotary Park for the major upgrade is well underway. With shovels in hand, wheelbarrows at the ready, a backhoe on hand and a dump truck filled with sand, the Rotarians went to work on a bright, sunny and warm Saturday morning ripping up old concrete slabs and carting them away. According to the president of the San Ignacio Rotary Club Sheree Fuaki, the upgraded Rotary Park in Santa Elena town, including the new playground equipment, will be officially inaugurated on Wednesday, March 11.
  • Saint Martin’s Credit Union Youth Month:
    As part of our ongoing effort to promote and market the vision, mission and philosophy of credit unions and promote financial literacy and savings among our young people, our credit union has designated the month of February as “Youth Month.” Throughout the month, our credit union will be visiting primary schools in the area to educate and promote savings among our young people. This will be achieved by engaging them through interactive activities and hands on approach. Primary schools will also have the opportunity to participate in our annual Credit Union Quiz Contest. Students from primary schools in the following zones will participate to elect one winner from each zone. These winners will take home cash prizes and promotional items as well as cash prizes for the winning school.
  • Ground-Breaking - Ceremony At The Octavia Waight Center:
    We are pleased to announce that the Ground-Breaking for the expanded kitchen at the Octavia Waight Center took place on Sunday February 1st 2015. Mr Evan Dakers, Chairman of Help Age Belize, was the guest speaker of the short ceremony and he extended his gratitude and support of the Octavia Waight Center and their efforts to assist the elderly people of San Ignacio and the entire country of Belize. Through collaboration with Challenge Gobie Foundation, the Octavia Waight Center has already raised 50% of the $100,000 needed to complete the project. The Challenge Gobie Foundation spearheaded a bike ride in November 2014 and through this was able to raise awareness on the project as well as much needed funds from generous donors within Belize, the United States and the United Kingdom. Work is expected to commence shortly on the improved and expanded kitchen and should be completed in as early as three months.
  • Tourist Dies In Traffic Accident:
    There was a serious road traffic accident this morning on the George Price Highway in St. Matthew’s village. The Incident happened around eleven thirty this morning which involved a tow-head truck that was hauling oranges and a small SUV. One of two American tourists traveling in the SUV died, while the other was treated first at the Western Regional hospital and later transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial in Belize City for further medical treatment. Fifty six year old Teresa Lin Muers died while undergoing treatment, having suffered serious head and body injuries.
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Canada helps boost regional military capacity with information technology
The Canadian government in conjunction with the Barbados Defence Force hosted the second session of a ten-week information technology (IT) workshop on information technology systems support for military members within the Caribbean region. This workshop served to enhance the information technology administrative capacity of 16 military personnel in the six Caribbean countries represented in the course. The workshop was staged through partnership with Canada’s National Defence Directorate of Military Training and Cooperation Program (DMTCP), as well as the Barbados Defence Force, and was conducted at St Ann’s Fort, Barbados. Sixteen participants from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica Republic, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago took part in the workshop.

Next Stop: Belize
Considering the pros and cons of staying in Memphis. This is not a threat. It is more a cry, a lament for a city I have come to embrace for more than 30 years. Consider this a pre-farewell to Memphis, but with a few caveats thrown in. My wife and I made a decision a few months back to earnestly begin preparations to leave Memphis and retire to the country of Belize. It's not like it's going to happen for a couple of years, because of our job commitments, but this May we're doing a scouting trip to see firsthand if this is truly where we want to spend what's left of our "golden years." The prospect of leaving my sons, her daughter, and our grandchildren comes with natural trepidations. But, then when you weigh the alternatives based on what we've seen and what we project will be the future for us in a city with a myriad of problems and few solutions, it only seems to make our choice clearer.

18 Things To See And Do In Belize
For only occupying 9,000 square miles, Belize may be small in size, but it has unlimited resources for fun. Listed below are the top 18 things travelers must see and do in Belize while visiting. 1. Ambergris Caye Ambergris Caye occupies 36 miles on the north side of Belize and is a must stop for divers and snorkelers. The island has a perfect access for vacationers who are wishing to visit the barrier reef that is located around the island. 2. Placencia Peninsula Placencia Peninsula is the definition of an oasis on the beach. This peninsula has perfectly white sand beaches and coconut trees all around. The nature reserves located around the peninsula make it a perfect destination to take pictures that are postcard worthy. 3. Baron Bliss Memorial Baron Bliss Memorial is a must stop for the history buff on vacation. This memorial is dedicated to the late Henry Edward Earnest Baron Bliss of England. The tomb of Bliss is located here underneath the lighthouse.

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  • The Villas At Cocoplum - Boris Mannsfeld & Associates Placencia Belize Real Estate, 4min.

  • OPEN YOUR EYES TOPIC: HEROES, PATRIOTS AND BENEFACTORS EXHIBIT, 36min. The House of Culture in Corozal is hosting the 6 anniversary of the exhibit called "Belize's Heroes, Patriots and Benefactors". The exhibit focuses on figures in Belizean history who were influential in changing the social or political landscape in their time so that the society provided equal opportunity for all.

  • 10 Belize - Ambergris, 6min. Terminons ce voyage par quelques instants de détente sur l' île Ambergris, réputée pour a barrièrre de Corail, d' un pays, mitoyen au Guatemala, que nombre d'entre nous n'en connaissait même pas l'existence : Le BELIZE

  • Belize, 1min. Scuba diving with a gopro near San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Sharks, stringrays, sea turtles, moray eels, manatees, jellyfish, lionfish, conch, remora, horse eye jacks, barracuda, grouper, spanish hogfish, lobster, loads of other unnamed fish.

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  • Backpacking Belize and Guatemala 2015 - (GOPRO), 4min. Backpacking through Belize and Guatemala.


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