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Today's Belize News: March 6, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun
UDP 7 wins 2015 Municipal Elections in San Pedro; Daniel Guerrero re-elected as Mayor!
A spike in voter turnout was visible by 3PM as parties were gearing up for the final push. Throughout the day, The San Pedro Sun spoke to representatives of all the parties, each indicating their optimism for a win. “We are organized and we have ensured that our people make it to the polls. This has been a good election and we are happy with the turnout. We continue to see the support of our San Pedro community,” said PUP Mayoral Candidate, Giovanni Solorzano. UDP Mayoral Candidate, Daniel “Danny” Guerrero stated that his party took all measures to ensure that party supporters made it to the polls. “We have had exceptional support. Our machinery has ensured that we keep the flow of voters coming. We want everyone to make it to the polls and vote for the right candidates,” said Guerrero.
At the close of the polls, the number had increased to 4986 votes which is a 65.71% voter turnout. Last minute voters rushed to make it in on time. Police ensured that once 6PM came, the gate of the polling area was closed and no other electorates were allowed in. In the 2012 municipal elections, there were only 4364 votes cast, or a 61% voter turnout.
The last votes were cast at around 7PM. At closing, the boxes were locked and escorted from the polling area to the counting station. Even during the counting, police ensured that no persons lingered around the gates of the San Pedro High School.
Diver Succumbs to Injuries; Boat Captain Fails to Report Accident to Authorities
While police and the Belize Port Authority only learned of the accident via street intelligence, they have now begun an investigation. Police have questioned Alamina, who gave an official police report. He claims that the vessel he was captaining was on throttle mode at the time of the incident. When questioned why he failed to report the accident to the rightful authority, Alamina told police that he reported the accident to the manager of the company, Einer Gomez.”
The management of Ramon’s Village Resort did say that as with any diving incident resulting in an injury or death, an investigation of all relevant facts is underway and will be transmitted to authorities in Belize. According to Gomez, the Manager of Ramon’s Village Resort, the accident was reported to the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and PADI Dive Network. He did admit that the accident was not reported to authorities after being overwhelmed by the entire situation.
Community Meeting between SPPD and San Pedrito seeks to bring unity
After the recent increase in gun violence in the San Pedrito Area, the San Pedro Police Department (SPPD) organized a community meeting in hopes of coming up with solutions to the violence that plagues the area. A group of residents and a humble and emphatic sector of SPPD gathered at the San Pedrito Park on Thursday, February 26th, at around 6:30PM. Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit, Superintendent Luis Castellanos and Deputy in Charge of the SPPD, Inspector Henry Jemmott led the meeting, indicating that they were aware that it would seem too late, but that something had to be done to curb the violence in the area. For the past couple of weeks, residents in the San Pedrito Area have not been able to sleep in peace. The increase in gun violence has left several residents injured, including a minor. But the breaking point was when two-year-old Charlie Danny Espat was shot and killed while he slept inside his home in San Pedrito.
Editorial: Unelected Candidates Can Still Serve Their Community
Three different men campaigned to be Mayor of San Pedro, but only one is elected. A total of 18 individuals campaigned to be Town Councilor, but only six are elected. So now that the elections are over, what will become of the candidates who did not win?
Over the last few months, each and every one of these individuals rallied hard for your vote while pledging their love and commitment to our community. They identified current problems that the island is facing, and each one shared their ideas on how to improve life on La Isla. It has been inspiring to see these people rally for the betterment of San Pedro and to hear their promises to work hard for her people. So now what? Does their commitment to serve evaporate with their loss? If their vow is genuine, what is stopping them from keeping the promise?
It’s Red Again for San Pedro, UDP Secures Town Council
Newcomers elected into office were Gary Greif (with the highest votes of all UDP candidates), Flora Ancona, Hector Alamilla and Ruben Gonzalez. It is interesting to note that all UDP councilor candidates received more votes that Mayoral Candidate Daniel Guerrero.
PUP Candidate Wally Nunez, who was the only opposition candidate voted in to office in 2012, was not able to secure his seat for a second term, but he received the highest votes out of the entire PUP team with Conchita Flota behind his lead breaking above the 2K votes.
Newcomers elected into office were Gary Greif (with the highest votes of all UDP candidates), Flora Ancona, Hector Alamilla and Ruben Gonzalez. It is interesting to note that all UDP councilor candidates received more votes that Mayoral Candidate Daniel Guerrero.
Back-to-Back Shooting Incidents Leave Island Shocked and Scared
While island residents prepared for Election Day and were still shocked at the tragic death of a two-year-old and the murder of a resident in the San Pedrito Area, another shooting incident occurred on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, that has left one man hospitalized with three gunshot wounds.
San Pedro Police has confirmed that one male, Jaime Manzano, has suffered gunshot injuries to his right leg and both hands due to a possible home invasion that occurred at around 8p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. He has been flown to Belize City for medical attention and the police continue their investigations into the incident.
Reports indicate that Manzano and his family had just arrived home (pictured in headline) when they encountered a male person who opened fire at him as he tried to discharge his licensed firearm at the intruder. Police state that the criminal was able to escape with Manzano’s gun through the nearby airport runway. Police searches in adjacent neighborhoods after the incident proved to be futile.
Misc Belizean Sources
Municipal Elections Results
105,634 registered voters. 60,533 voted which is 57 percent of the total registered voters.
The UDP won 61. This figure includes the 8 Mayors in Belize City, Belmopan, Corozal, San Pedro, San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Benque, Dangriga and Punta Gorda.
The PUP had six winners including the Mayor for Orange Walk.
President of the Belize Cancer Society Of California will be walking 26.2 miles in the L.A. Marathon
On March 15, 2015 the president of the Belize Cancer Society Of California will be walking 26.2 miles in the L.A. Marathon. She will be walking to raise funds to assist those in Belize who can't afford to pay for treatment, to draw awareness to the plight of poor cancer patients in Belize, to undertake a gruesome challenge that is symbolic of fighting and overcoming cancer and for personal growth. All contributions are Tax deductible and will go directly to the Dangriga Cancer Center. We encourage you to come on marathon day and encourage Ms. Pilgrim along her way by waiving your Belize flag. Please follow the link to find out more and to donate. whttp://www.gofundme.com/nl4sd0
SIPL Hosts Destiny Preschool
It's Children's Month - and Women's Month - and to celebrate, the San Ignacio Public Library is doing more great storytelling for Cayo schools. They also hosted Kidde Kinder Preschool. Thanks, SIPL!
"Destiny Preschool from Georgeville visited the SIPL to partake in the Child Stimulation Month activities."
Women and Music: A Story to Tell
Maria Guerrero and Carlos Camacho will be performing tonight, March 6th, at the George Price Center in honor of Women's Month. The Embassy of Venezuela is sponsoring the free event, which starts a 6:00pm.
VIP MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2015 PRESS RELEASE
VIP/PNP expresses its gratitude to its voters and supporters who participated in the municipal elections in Belmopan, Punta Gorda and San Pedro Town.
Although unsuccessful we wish to say that we intend to continue the struggle for the betterment of the peoples of our respective constituents, and we are committed to continue our expansion in all constituencies across Belize.
At the same time we wish to bring the following to the attention of the general public:-
(1) Rampant incidents of vote buying and illegal inducement of voters on the date of polling
(2) Intimidation of voters
(3) Illegal organization and participation in parade and other violations, by members and supporters of the United Democratic Party at or near the polling stations on the morning on March 4th, contrary to the provisions of the Representation of the People’s Act, as noted below:
PART VII - Offences (loudspeakers,ensigns, banners, etc., prohibited on polling day. 9 of 1989.)
March 2015 The Placencia Breeze
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BOLEDO DRAWING for Thursday, March 5, 2015: 38. FANTASY 5: 19 12 17 1 29 C
2 power interruptions are scheduled for San Pedro, Ambergris Caye on Saturday, March 7, 2015
6:00am to 9:00am: entire Barrier Reef Drive, and the entire area north of Boca del Rio up to Tranquility Bay Resort.
9:00am to 12:00 midday: entire Pescador Drive, San Pedrito, Elliot Subdivision, San Pablo and DFC Area as well as the Southern portion of San Pedro from Sunbreeze Hotel onward to Island Cottage Resort.
BEL to replace hotline and clamps at the San Pedro Substation.
PUP Gets Blown Out In Municipals, Hon. Fonseca Says He Won’t Resign
62 seats to 5. That's how bad the UDP beat the PUP in yesterday's municipal elections. The UDP now fully controls eight of the country's nine town and city councils - before the election it only controlled six.
So, in its eighth year in Government, the UDP has confounded historical election trends and defied modern precedent, by actually gaining ground on the opposition PUP.
Before the election, the PUP held 23 seats and controlled three town councils; tonight it holds just five seats in a single town council, Orange Walk - where the margins were razor thin.
The defeat is epic - and this afternoon at Party Headquarters in Belize City, the Party had a meeting to discuss the loss. It invited the press into an Independence Hall crowded with supporters for a one hour briefing. Party Leader Francis Fonseca congratulated the UDP:...
Hon. Barrow Pleased, Avoids Gloating
We'll have more from Fonseca later, when we ask him how come he couldn't deliver victory for his mayoral candidate Yolanda Schakron in his home base of Freetown - and what he thinks of a secret recording where John Briceno is heard to be blasting him.
That's coming, but first to the UDP Party Leader, Prime Minister Dean Barrow. He's bucking political trends - and this morning when we met him - he was still excited over the sweeping victory his party had secured at the polls. But, he was careful not to be triumphalist:..
Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister
"Recognizing that the temptation to become complacent. The temptation to sound cocky, must be resisted at all cost. That's number one. Also though, cautious because the burden of expectations is now correspondingly higher, given of the victory, both, in terms of the numbers of municipalities won and the individual margins in the particular municipality. So, extremely pleased. Extremely satisfied, but very conscious of the fact that there is still a tremendous job of work to be done."
Another San Pedro Murder
"We received information of a shooting incident in the San Pedrito area of San Pedro Town. As a result of the information received, we deployed our policemen to the polyclinic and upon our arrival at the clinic we saw that the medical officers were attending to two person. However, shortly afterwards we were informed that the person they were attending to was deceased. His name is Pablo Barboza, 38 years old businessman of San Pedrito area. Also we observed that the doctors were attending to a gentleman by the name of Humberto Alcoser Jr., 36 years old, a Belizean laborer of Tarpon Street, San Pedro Town. We notice that he was suffering from one single gunshot injury to the neck region. Initial investigation revealed that Mr. Pablo Barboza who has a small store, was attending to the gentleman Humberto Alcoser Jr., who was inside the store at the time and one male person entered with a cap and his face covered with a cloth, fired several shots at Mr. Barboza and then afterwards turned and fire a shot at the Alcoser. When the gunman entered, he realize that maybe he could have been fired at and try to do something to defend himself, but he was still injured in the process. It would appear that the store owner was targeted, because as the gunman entered, he fired several shots at Mr. Barboza. That indicates that he was the target. The gentleman Mr. Pablo, he had 3 cases before the court for drug trafficking. That indicate to us that he may to have still been involved in drug activity."
One Killed In City Shooting, While Police Shoot Another
And while that was on election eve in San Pedro, on election night in Belize City, a hail of gunfire rang out on Mayflower Street in the infamous neighborhood known as Ghost Town. It happened at around 9:30 and our cameras arrived on the scene shortly after.
Armed police officers stood guard over the embattled neighborhood while residents looked on stunned, still confused at what was happening.
33 year old Jervis Valencia was rushed to the KHMH after he was shot by police multiple times at the corner of Vernon and Mayflower Streets. But he wasn't the only victim; police say Valencia had just committed a murder and was trying to escape.
Police Make Arrests In City Murders
And while police have made no arrest in that murder - they have in two other recent killings. On Monday's newscast, we told you how 24 year-old Michael Welch was gunned down, while his cousin, 24 year-old Kingsley Morrison ended up being shot. Well, the man who police believes to be man who pulled the trigger is 18 year-old Tarique Nathaniel Gillett, and he is at the Belize Central prison tonight.
He was arraigned today before Magistrate Herbert Panton on the charges of murder and attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm, and dangerous harm. Due to the nature of the offences, he couldn't be granted bail, he was remanded into custody until April 17. While in court today, his mother broke down and tried to convince the court that her son has nothing to do with this shooting incident.
Akeem, Accused Killer
18 year-old Akeem Trapp was also remanded to prison today after he was taken to court for murder. He is being accused of KILLING 21 year-old Ian Adolphus Jr. last week Wednesday.
Viewers may remember that Adolphus' murder tripped off the spike in violence last week after a month of calm, and since then, as we've shown you, a string of other shootings and murders have followed that incident.
Trapp was arraigned today before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith on the charge of murder, and due to the nature of the offence, he was remanded into custody until April 23.
San Pedro Man Shot By Home Invader
There was also another shooting on San Pedro in which a family man was shot several times by a thief who broke into his house. 31 year-old Jaime Manzano had to be airlifted to a hospital in Belize City because of that encounter.
Pablo Got Shot on San Pedro
San Pedro also had to deal another shooting incident on Tuesday night, 3 hours after the apparent drug related killing of Pablo Barboza.
Fortunately, the would-be victim, a 26 year-old woman used quick thinking, and managed to scamper into her house. San Pedro Police told us more:
Alex Espat, the person being accused of discharging the weapon outside of the 26 year-old woman's house, is a man who San Pedro Police have encountered before.
Police Will Arrest For 13 Year Old Shooting
A month ago, we told you about how 13 year-old Meredith Escalante was grazed by a gunshot in the crime-riddled area of San Pedrito on the island of San Pedro.
Well, police have been investigating this case, and today, San Pedro police told us that an arrest is imminent:
As we reported, that incident happened at around 9:20 p.m. on Thursday, February 11. Meredith Escalante was about to close the door of the apartment building she lives when 2 men fired shots at the building. One of the shots grazed her chest, and when she was taken to the San Pedro Polyclinic, it was determined that she didn't need medical treatment.
6 Year Old Mauled By Dog in Orange Walk
A 6-year-old boy was viciously attacked by a dog in the San Lorenzo Housing Site in Orange Walk. According to reports from our colleagues at CTV3, at around 11 this morning, the boy was in the yard when this German Shepard attacked him, disfiguring his face. As you can see in the video, only the boy's slippers and blood stains on the steps and wooden bridge remained after the attack. The boy had to be rushed to the hospital. Our colleagues at CTV3 told us that when they arrived at the scene the dog was loose but when the owner of the house got there he tied the dog before the police arrived. Apparently, the mother of the boy is renting a portion of the house from the owner. The dog was then taken away to a fenced house. The officers warned the owner that if the dog attacks another person, it will be put down. According to residents the dog is known to be very aggressive and has attacked other dogs.
Fonseca Failed To Bring In Mayoral Candidate
Today at PUP Headquarters, Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca took all questions about the PUP's major loss in yesterday's municipal election. But one of the toughest he had to face was about his failure to deliver a victory for Yolanda Schakron in his own Freetown Division. If you don't quite know about the divisional thing, here's how it works: the Belize City Council is elected from the aggregate outcome of all ten City divisions. The final result is all that matters - the PUP slate led by Yolanda Shackron was soundly defeated. We can't tell you exactly by how much because the elections and boundaries office is still compiling the final figures. But, below the aggregate result are smaller, important numbers which show how each councilor did in each division. For example, the UDP candidates had runaway successes in party strongholds such as Mesopotamia, Queen Square, Port Loyola and Collet. And the PUP candidates had successes in their party's strongholds of Fort George, Freetown, and Lake Independence. But in Freetown there was a caveat: voters did not return Yolanda Schakron as the mayoral candidate. While they did vote for the PUP slate, the UDP's Darrell Bradley polled as the top mayoral candidate in Freetown - which is the PUP party leader's division. We asked him today how he couldn't deliver for his mayoral candidate:..
Hon. Barrow Says UDP Will Get Briceno Recording
But while Briceno was guarded, today the Prime Minister told us he was expecting to get a copy of the recording through his Orange Walk party contacts:..
Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister
"We also hear of a tape recording that those in possession of the said recording, have promise to give over to us in government. They said, they only wanted to wait for the elections to be over. It's something that naturally if we get it, make available to the media and that's going to add sauce to the stew. So, there is going to be in my view, a degree of upheaval in the opposition as a consequence of all this."
By the end of the day, the UDP had still not gotten the recording.
Municipals In A Snapshot
And at the end of the day, we still have not gotten the final election figures. But tonight we want to take a quick look back at some of the scenes from municipals 2015. One of our news teams drove over 400 miles in just 14 hours going from Belize City to PG, to Benque, and then back to the City - stopping at all points between. That's a lotta miles in just a day - and that's just one team! Others were in the north and the city. So, in case you missed it we compiled snapshots of all the reports from yesterday to capture the spirit of municipal elections 2015. We start from the North and make our way to the South.
The Faces of The New Municipal Leaders
So, after all that, who won and who lost? Well, there are eight UDP controlled town councils and one mixed PUP controlled twon council. That mixed council is in Orange Walk, where the PUP led by Kevin Bernard won five seats and the UDP two. North of that town, in Corozal, the UDP's Hilberto Campos won an unprecedented fourth term as mayor, to lead an all red slate. Going West Heraldo Rancahran will lead the UDP council in that border town, and in San Ignacio, Earl Trapp transitions form councilor to Mayor. In Belmopan, newcomer Khalid Belisle takes over from his UDP predecessor Simeon Lopez. To the south in Dangriga, the UDP's Francis Humphreys led his UDP slate to victory, and in Punta Gorda, the country's only female mayor is UDP Fern Gutierrez - who was the only UDP councilor in a mixed council. And, finally, in the Central area, Danny Guerrero gets a second term in san Pedro for the UDP and Darrell Bradley does the same for the UDP in Belize City.
Island Police Hold Community Meeting
Earlier in the news, we told you about the 3 most recent shootings which happened on San Pedro Town. One shooting resulted in one man dead and another injured in the neck. Shortly after that, there was another shooting which fortunately did not result in any fatalities. Then during the election's fever, a family man was shot by a burglar just as he and his wife were entering their house.
Before that, Baby Daniel Espat, whose father has now lost 6 relatives, 4 of them son, was killed on last week Tuesday in the San Pedrito area. That was the incident which shocked the island, and so, police and government leaders organized public meeting to try to bridge the widdening gap between the police and community, since Belize's number 1 tourist island is becoming a dangerous place. The intention was to try convince the public that in order to solve and deter crimes, the public has help to keep them informed.
We asked police about how that meeting went, since it was held in the San Pedrito area:
San Pedro Police Upgrade
While on the island today, we couldn't help but notice that the only police mobile, a green pickup truck donated by a generous resort owner, broke down while the cops were on patrol. This while they are under pressure to bring the island under control, as organized crime takes hold.
Luckily, the patrolling officers could have substituted that overworked vehicle with a brand new one donated to them by the Mayor. The commanding officer told us that while this and a new motorcycle is welcomed, they need more vehicular resources:
UDP Mayor Danny Won In Crime Time
One mayoral candidate you didn't get to see before his sweeping victory at the polls was San Pedro's Mayor Daniel Guerrero. He led the UDP Slate and when the polls closed and the counting was finished, it was determined that he defeated PUP's Giovanni Solorzano, and the VIP's Robert "Bobby" Lopez.
He talked us today about it at his office on San Pedro, and according to him, yesterday's win at the polls was as a result of the work he and the Town Council have been putting during last 3 years:
This is Guerrero's second term as Mayor of San Pedro.
Mayor Danny – Watcha Gonna Do When They Come…?
Crime is also on the mind of the re-elected mayor, Daniel Guerrero, who is concerned that while San Pedro is getting rave reviews on the international scene, the violence in the underworld is slowly starting to resemble the crime profile of Belize City.
The mayor told us today that apart from the new pickup and motor bike, they want to better equip the police department to take on the challenges that they are obliged to meet:
The council intends to start putting in lights on areas of island that in nightly darkness.
U.D.P. Sweeps 2015 Municipal Elections: Darrell Bradley Re-elected to City Hall
The People’s United Party suffered a most humiliating defeat in Wednesday’s municipal elections with the United Democratic Party capturing all municipalities, except the Orange Walk Town Council. Support for the [...]
Orange Walk Mayor Only P.U.P. Mayor in Belize
The only bright spot for the P.U.P. was in Orange Walk Town where Kevin Bernard has been returned as Mayor for another three years. This Saturday, a victory rally is [...]
Kevin Bernard Maintains P.U.P. Stronghold in Sugar City
Orange Walk Mayoral candidate Kevin Bernard has earned the singular distinction of being the only P.U.P. Mayor in the country. He won by only a narrow margin, but along with [...]
Francis Fonseca Reflects on Devastating Loss At the Polls
As we said, it’s a terrible loss for the People’s United Party which lost every single municipality but one…and even there the grand ole party barely held on. In the [...]
P.U.P. Admits Lack of Campaign Finance Hurt Its Chances in Municipals
Fonseca says that the Party will now be calling in councillor candidates and Standard Bearers in the municipalities to carry out an analysis of the devastating loss with a view [...]
Dangriga Goes Red!
The People’s United Party, previous to Wednesday, controlled the two town councils in the south: Punta Gorda and Dangriga. While early in the night, the U.D.P. claimed victory in Punta [...]
John Saldivar and Khalid Belisle Deliver Belmopan
In the nation’s capital where the elections were fought hard for months leading into Wednesday, the U.D.P. won by an impressive margin. Newcomer, Khalid Belisle and his team would dominate [...]
Corozal Returns Hilberto Campos to Town Hall
Official information was hard to come by as counting took place in the northernmost district. Still yet as tallying progressed, the incumbent U.D.P. slate maintained a steady but widening lead [...]
Jervis Valencia Goes On Deadly Rampage in Ghost Town
While residents across the Old Capital were absorbed in the counting of ballots on Wednesday night, gunfire erupted near the corners of Mayflower and Vernon streets where a group of [...]
Murder on La Isla Bonita
But on the eve of the elections, one man was killed in San Pedro. Around eight-thirty on Tuesday night, San Pedro police responded to a shooting incident that left thirty-eight [...]
2 Persons Charged for Separate Murders in the City
A teenager is on remand tonight at the Belize Central Prison after being arraigned for the murder of twenty-one-year-old Ian “Uno” Adolphus last Wednesday. This morning, eighteen-year-old Akeem Kirklin Trapp [...]
Armed Robbery in Corozal Injures Three Persons
The polls had just closed in Corozal Town on Wednesday night, when shots rang out. Three persons were injured in a robbery at a Chinese store. Three armed men held [...]
The Red Hills of Cayo
The twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena went red on Wednesday, like every single municipality with the exception of Orange Walk. It was an uneventful day in terms [...]
Crunching the Numbers of Election 2015
As you know, the U.D.P. now controls eight municipalities and the P.U.P. retained only one. Earlier today, we looked at the previous single municipal election held in 2009 to compare [...]
Penner, Still Popular in Cayo
And one final thing on the elections…. Last week, former U.D.P. Minister Elvin Penner was stoned with eggs by an angry crowd of P.U.P. supporters as he exited the Supreme [...]
Man Charged; Teen Injured In San Pedro Shooting
On 13 February Love News reported that a 13-year-old student of San Pedro Town was shot to the chest in a shooting incident. The shooting occurred at approximately 9:30 pm in the San Pedrito vicinity. According to police she was at her residents the night when several shots rang out and she became a victim of gun violence. According to police, the minor was just a victim of circumstance of the turf war that has been on the rise in the vicinity. Today Superintendent Hilberto Romero told the media since the incident, they have arrested and charge Desean Gough for the shooting.
Justice For Welch; Man Charged With Murder
On 1 March shots rang out in the Lake Independence Vicinity on Periwinkle Street where they saw the lifeless body of 24-year-old Michael Welch. According to eyewitnesses, Welch was in the company of his cousin 24-year-old, Kinglsey Morrison also known as DJ Vibes, when two men approached the area and fired several shots at them. According to Welch’s cousin, Kingsley and Welch were heading out to attend a part when they were targeted. Today Superintendent Hilberto Romero told the media that they have since arrested and charge Tairyque Gillett for the murder of Michael Welch.
Students Involved in Minor Traffic Accident
A group of students were left in shock after the bus there were in was involved in a traffic accident. It happened at about 3:45 this evening on Mile 27 on the Southern Highway. Best information suggests that two buses filled with students had left from United Community Primary School on their way to Santa Cruz and Maya King Villages. Upon reaching Mile 27 the bus that was ahead made an immediate stop causing the second buss to collide into its rear end. We understand that some students received minor bodily injuries and were taken to the polyclinic in Independence Village. Police are looking into it.
Belize City Shooting; One Dead and Two Hospitalized
A shooting at the corner of Mayflower and Vernon Street on Wednesday in Belize City has one man dead and another hospitalized. According to Police, Gonguez, Gordon and four other friends were inside a fenced yard on Mayflower Street socializing when Valencio reportedly entered the yard and fired several shots causing injuries to Gordon and Gonguez. Superintendent Hilberto Romero spoke to the media about this latest incident.
“On Wednesday the 4th of March around 9:30 pm police patrol responded to shots being fired in the area of Mayflower as a result they encountered a male person who was running across Vernon Street. He was ordered by the police to stop and the person refused to cooperate as a result he faced the officers and pointed a 9mm pistol at them. The officers returned fire and as a result Jervis Valencia was shot to the neck and to the chest. He was transported to the KHMH where he remains in a critical condition.
San Pedro’s Sudden Spike in Crime and Violence
A fatal shooting that occurred on Tuesday night claimed the life of 38-year-old Pablo Barbosa, a Belizean Businessman of the San Pedrito area and left 36-year-old, Humberto Alcoser, in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Officer in Charge of San Pedro Police, Superintendent Luis Castellanos spoke to Love News.
“Tuesday the 3rd of March 2015 at about 8:03 pm we received information of a shooting incident in the San Pedrito area of San Pedro Town. As a result police visited the polyclinic whereby we saw the lifeless body of a male Hispanic person who was later identified as Pablo Barbosa, 38 years of age and a Belizean businessman of the San Pedrito area. We observed that he was suffering from gunshot wounds to the head, right and left side of his chest.
PUP Cites Reasons for Loss at the Municipal Polls
Earlier we told you of the press conference held by the People’s United Party where they accepted defeat in yesterday’s municipal elections. Whilst at the briefing today, a press release was issued that reads, in part, quote – “While the party has not yet had time to engage in any serious analysis of the results of the election, it is clear that the following had a major impact on our electoral chances: one, The indiscriminate and wholesale use of Petrocaribe money, intended for development purposes, to fund the UDP Government’s vote-buying countrywide. Two, The open and shameless use of government vehicles, government offices, taxpayers’ money as well as some public officers in the UDP’s campaign countrywide. Three,. The prevalent thinking among the electorate that it made no sense to elect PUP city and town councils in the face of a vindictive UDP Central Government.”
Employee of Cisco Construction Charged With Aggravated Assault
Thirty-seven year old Delroy Carr, an employee of Cisco Construction who resides at 4 Wagner’s Lane, was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Carr plead not guilty to the charge. He was remanded into custody until April 29, The incident occurred on January 7. The complainant, Jason Bernard, reported to the police that Carr pulled a firearm and pointed it at him.
Man Charged in Connection With Freedom Street Shooting
On 26 February, we told you about 21-year-old Ian “Uno” Adolphus who was a victim of gun violence. Adolphus succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. He was shot in the morning at the corner of Louise Bevans and Freedom Streets in Belize City and received three gunshot wounds, one to the right elbow, one to the right shoulder and the other to the heart. According to eyewitnesses, Adolphus Jr. was walking on Freedom Street, when he was approached by a male person of dark complexion on a bicycle, who pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at him. Today Superintendent Hilberto Romero told the media that Police have since arrested and charge Akeem Trapp for murder.
UDP’s major win in Municipal Elections
Elections were held countrywide on Thursday in all nine municipalities, and the United Democratic Party won full slates in almost all the municipalities by huge margins.
In Belize City, incumbent Mayor Darrell Bradley returns to his post after beating Yolanda Shackron by almost double the votes.
In Belmopan, 5 persons vied for the seat of mayor making it the municipality with the largest number of mayoral candidates. After the polls closed at 6:00 pm, a total of 5,713 persons had cast their vote, 63% percent of the total number of eligible voters in Belmopan. The counting was a long process especially since reports indicated that the ballots had many split votes.
At around 3:00 am this morning, the counting finished and the Returning Officer Benedict Palacio gave the final unofficial result of the ballots which showed a land slide victory for Khalid Belisle and the UDP slate. In Dangriga Francis Humphries took the win for the UDP with a total of 1,741 votes, a difference of about 500 votes.
Man shot upon entering his home in San Pedro
A man was also shot in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, shortly after polls closed on Municipal Elections Day. The victim has been identified as 31 year old Jaime Manzano of San Pedro. He was shot to the right foot and both arms.
Police say that at about 6:50 p.m., Jamie Manzano, along with his wife, arrived at their home and upon entering they were confronted by a man who came from inside their bedroom and fired several shots in their direction, causing his injuries. The man then ran through the front door.
Mr Jaime Manzano was transported to the San Pedro Polyclinic, then to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Belize City, where he is listed in a stable condition.
Woman raped, attacker injured
On March 4th at about 7:30 a.m., police visited a house situated on Wood Street, Belize City, where a voice was heard coming from the upper flat, crying for help. Upon entering the house, a woman exited one of the rooms crying. She was seen with cut wounds and she was bleeding from her head, hands, and foot. A man was also seen in a corner of the house with a cut wound to the right side of his head.
According to police, on March 3 at about 10:30 p.m., the 48-year-old woman of Belize City was on Albert Street when she met a 54-year-old man who lives on Wood Street, Belize City. She and the man had a conversation after which he invited her to his house for a drink. After having a drink, she says she attempted to leave but was locked inside the bed room, beaten, and raped. She managed to injure the man and called the police early the following morning.
Teenager charged with murder
Akeem Trapp appeared on Thursday before the Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith, and was remanded into custody until April 23.
Ian Adolphus Jr was shot around 9:30 a.m. on February 25. He was walking on Freedom Street, Belize City, and when he reached its intersection with Justice Street he was approached by a man riding a bicycle, who fired several shots at him. Ian Adolphus was shot in his arm, chest and elbow.
He was admitted to ward at KHMH, where he succumbed to his injuries the following day.
Business robbed, owners attacked
On March 4 at about 7:35p.m., Corozal Police visited the Corozal Community Hospital where they saw three persons suffering from injuries to the head: 39-year-old Liming Li, Chinese/Belizean businesswoman of Santa Rita Road, Corozal Town, 41-year-old Wu Hong Choa, Chinese /Belizean businessman and 55-year-old Victoriano Poot of Corozal Town.
Police say that Wu Hong Choa and Liming Li were inside their business place, Fry Store, along with customer Victoriano Poot, when the store was robbed by three masked men. One of the robbers was armed with what appeared to be a firearm. All three victims were hit in the head with the butt of the firearm before the robbers escaped.
Four year old attacked by dog
Reports are that the attacking dog was of German Shepherd breed, and the child received multiple bites, including large open wounds to his face and back.
The child was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital for treatment.
Another UB Bomb threat; nothing found as usual
School activities at the University of Belize in Belmopan came to a halt when some minutes before 10 on Thursday morning someone called in to the school with a bomb threat, which is not unheard of at the University as there have been numerous bomb threats in the past, often closer towards the end of the semester when grades are at stake. And even though each and every time, after conducting a thorough search of the area, authorities come out empty handed, protocol dictates that they take all threats seriously.
Con artist using name of LifeNet Church to solicit funds
There are reports that a person from an unknown number is calling several primary schools in Belmopan, allegedly using the name of one of the churches in Belmopan, to ask for money to transport a set of tablets to the respective schools. The first report was made on Monday.
According to reports, on March 2nd Kuxlin Ha Government School received a call from a restricted number. The person, a female’s voice, identified herself as Martha Sanchez Twist and asked to speak to the principal. Plus News spoke to the Principal of the School Sarita Westby who gave us a timeline of the conversation she had with the unknown caller.
According to Principal Westby, the person who identified herself as Martha Twist, spoke in fluent Creole and asked for the population of the Kuxlin Ha Government. When Westby asked the purpose of the caller’s inquiry, the caller said that she represented Life Net Church which, she claimed, is pastored by one David White, and that the Kuxlin Ha Government School has been selected as one of the recipients of free tablets.
Municipal elections held on Wednesday
The polls opened Wednesday at 7:00 am country wide, to allow people in all 9 municipalities, two cities and seven towns, to cast their votes, which will determine who will lead them at the municipal level for the next three years.
A total of 105, 634 persons are legible to vote country wide. By 3:00 pm this evening 43,623 of persons eligible to vote had cast their vote- a total of 41% of eligible voters country wide.
In the capital City of Belmopan 9,057 persons are eligible to vote, and by 5:00 pm 4981 people had cast their vote, 55% of the total number of eligible voters.
In 2012, the voter turn out was 72.2% for Belmopan at the end.
This year in Belmopan, there were 9 polling stations, all located at the Belmopan Comprehensive High School.
We spoke to all five mayoral candidates as they eagerly waited for the polls to close and the counting to begin.
Municipal Elections in Dangriga
In more Municipal Election news, In Dangriga there are a total of 5,599 eligible voters and by three pm Wednesday evening there were a total of 2,704 votes cast, which makes 48 percent of the total amount of persons eligible to vote.
The returning officer for Dangriga is Martin Alegria. He gave Plus News the 4:00 pm count. Martin Alegria – Returning Officer for Dangriga
“Up to 4 o’clock today, you have a total of 2,341 ballots cast, which is about roughly 31 / 32% of the electorate.
Usually, people say, between 5 and 6 is when the last rush comes, and that’s when it’s a lot of people coming around.
[The total electorate] in Dangriga is 5,599.
Municipal Elections in San Ignacio
In San Ignacio, the UDP team seemed to have the biggest machine on the ground for the municipal elections, however, both Mayoral Candidates -PUP and UDP -expressed confidence in their candidacy and the team behind them.
Earl Trapp – UDP Mayoral Candidate for San Ignacio / Santa Elena:
“At this time we are already feeling the victory. Anywhere you go you are seeing just a wave of red.
We are already claiming victory. The red machinery here in San Ignacio and Santa Elena, these guys here are extraordinary. Our people are really mobilizing the voting population out there.
In San Ignacio the movements have been a little slower, but I believe it’s traditional and in the afternoon, here in San Ignacio, we’re expecting a big turnout. After the polls are closed at six, we can expect a long line.”
Ramon Quiroz – PUP Mayoral Candidate for San Ignacio / Santa Elena:
“It has been coming slowly, but it has not stopped. From the morning it has been slow but constant.
The majority will decide this election. We’re hoping that they’re supporting the PUP 7. We have a plan in place. We are willing to work with the residents of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. We want to involve them in our decision making. We want to be transparent in our accounting.
Trio get bail for ammunition offences
Three of eight persons who were charged yesterday with ammunition offences, were released on Wednesday on bails of 8,000 each. They are Dean Nembhard, Sherilee Ovadoand a 14 year old girl. Justice John Gonzalez, who heard the bail applications, offered them on the condition that the petitioners do not interfere with the prosecution witnesses, that they report to the police station every Friday until the case is concluded and that if they are charged with any offence while on bail that they be brought before a magistrate or a supreme court judge immediately.
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Re: Today's Belize News: March 6, 2015
Blowout! 61 - 6
The United Democratic Party has delivered an almost countrywide victory!
The results began to come in very early, as early as 8 P.M. and the first to come in was Punta Gorda the work of the UDP in that municipality delivered all 7 candidates, making Fern Gutierrez the new mayor of the town with a two to one margin. Next it was Benque, there had been absolutely no doubt that Benque Viejo del Carmen would also be delivered , and so it was that Heraldo Ramcharan defeated his PUP opponent by a margin of almost 800 votes. Hon. Erwin Contreras has now delivered that municipality for 6 consecutive times. Can anyone say SIXPETE!
Thereafter it was an academic exercise, Corozal it was Hilberto Campos who has now secured a 4th consecutive victory. In Belmopan Khalid Belisle is now the new mayor. Dangriga it is Francis Humphreys who will be doing all the work that the PUP mayor was unable to do. In San Pedro Daniel Guerrero repeats as mayor. In San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Earl Trapp, who served as councilor elevates himself as the mayor of that municipality with a victory as well.
Belize City, continues to be UDP, with the infrastructural work that Mayor Darrell Bradley has put in here, there was never a doubt that he would have secured a victory here. Interestingly enough, he bested all candidates in the Freetown division, which is the stomping ground for PUP party leader Francis Fonseca. He won above all the other UDP candidates being the only candidate to have won in that division. Mayor Bradley will now continue with the work that he began three years ago, he will now ensure that the city is more developed than ever before.
Decriminalization of Marijuana “Not Legalize in Any Sense”
The Decriminalization of Marijuana Committee was commissioned by Cabinet in July of 2012 to examine the pros and cons of the decriminalization of up to 10 grams of marijuana. This Cabinet sub-committee utilized “public opinion, open discussions, debate, and literature review to come to general consensus and to formulate recommendations” including, most significantly, “that it not be a criminal offense for anyone to be found in possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana”.
The committee released its findings and recommendations on Friday, February 27, 2015. There are 11 recommendations in the report submitted to Cabinet. It includes the removal of marijuana as an item in the “Misuse of Drugs Act, Chapter 103” in Belize’s criminal code. The committee proposes “the decriminalization of the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana for private personal use” and says there should be no criminal record or incarceration for such amount. The committee also proposes that criminal records for individuals charged for less than 10 grams of marijuana be expunged. Instead, there should be tickets issued with fines for discovery of that amount and the recommended fine is $15 per gram.
Francis Fonseca proves to be a weakling
As we write this article, Francis Fonseca must be tossing and turning in his bed. The bed bugs, demons and ghouls of his worst nightmares must at this point be haunting him.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow had publicly told him at a house meeting that the real leader of the opposition was Johnny Briceno and on March 4, that was proven. Fonseca was unable to hold down Darrell Bradley as the incumbent UDP Mayor. Darrell did what in many circles was believed to have been impossible- he topped the polls in the Freetown division which is a position held by the Leader of the Opposition. Bradley managed to best every other candidate in that division. While all the PUP councilor candidates won in that division by very small margins, the Mayor was able to outdo all of them. In effect, mayor Bradley defeated Francis Fonseca and his machinery in Freetown.
Ashcroft Here to “Give the Opposition a Chance…”
All the Petro-Caribe money that this Government has invested on national infrastructure development will pale in comparison to the type of hard vote buying cash that Lord Michael Ashcroft may be willing to hand over to the People’s United Party in an attempt to put back his puppets in power.
British billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft is in Belize and will be observing the municipal elections very closely. Based on his public conversations, it does not seem likely that he will roll out the kind of dollars that was seen in the “Freedom Train” and “Caliente Girls” days. However, campaign financing is not something that has been a concern of the PUP for this nationwide election. When asked by his News 5 reporter, Marleni Cuellar, if he will be offering any finances to the major political parties, Ashcroft said, “No I am not offering any major political financing to any of the political parties at this particular point in time. That’s not to say that I will not, but not at this point in time.”
Man beaten for defending his teenage daughter
Oscar Williams, a resident of Antelope Street, is currently receiving medical treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after a group of young men beat him up for trying to defend his daughter’s reputation.
According to police, it happened on Friday, February 28, just before 7 p.m. when Williams and his daughter were walking on Southern Foreshore. That’s when they encountered a group of 6 men, who were shouting very indecent and derogatory remarks at his 13 year old daughter. Williams became tired of having these younger men insulting his daughter and he sent her home, and decided to confront them.
Ian Adolphus killed as a result of gang violence
After a an entire month of calm in Belize City, gang violence flared up starting with the broad daylight shooting of 21 year-old Ian “Uno” Adolphus which happened on Wednesday, February 25.
Police investigations have so far been able to establish that he was walking on Freedom Street when he was approached by a dark complexioned man, who was on a bicycle. The man immediately pulled out a handgun and fired several shots in his direction, after which, he rode off.
Herbert Bowden killed for being at the wrong place at the wrong time
Herbert Bowden, a 29 year-old resident became the second victim of gang violence a few hours after Ian Adolphus succumbed to gunshot injuries. According to police, his shooting happened on Thursday, February 26, while Bowden was in a yard on Cedar Street just before 2 pm. He reportedly went to drop off money for the mother of his child when he was ambushed by a man who fired several shots in his direction. But at this time, police believe that he, an innocent man, got hurt by shots meant for another man who was beside him, but who ran away.
Bowden was injured multiple times, and by the time, he was rushed to the hospital, about 5 minutes later, he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police have since charged one man, 19 year-old Ernesto “Neto” Vasquez, with the charge of murder.
Jamie Chavarria survives another attempt on his life
Jamie Chavarria, a 26 year-old man who is well-known to police, was also another one of the weekend victims of gun violence.
According to police, just after midnight on Sunday, March 1, Chavarria arrived in front of his house on West Canal, and got out of his vehicle. That’s when a lone gunman ran up on him from the direction of Rocky Road. That man fired several shots at Chavarria, he suffered a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest, and left hand. He was rushed to the KHMH, and he was admitted in a stable condition.
Ernest Leslie Gets off After Breaking Girl’s Jaw
Ernest Leslie, 20, is free from a charge of grievous harm after the victim, Shafane Flowers, was a no show in court. Leslie was charged in May of 2013 for breaking the jaw of a schoolmate at Excelsior High School.
According to police report, Flowers was at school on Thursday, May 9th, 2013 when she was ordered to sit at a picnic table by a school warden. She told police that when she sat at the table her schoolmate, 18-year-old Ernest Leslie, said, “I nuh wah she sit by me”. To that Flowers responded, “I nuh need fi sit beside you.” The two continued to quarrel in which they called each other names. According to Flowers, she got up and while she was walking away, Leslie told her that she would see what will happen the next time she points in his face. Flowers responded, “You can’t play with me, Ernest.” That was when Leslie walked towards her and punched her to the left side of her jaw. She fell to the ground and Leslie kicked her to the left side of the face and in her back.
Red Cross plans for San Ignacio Town
The Vice President of the Youth Central Committee of the Red Cross, Evan Montejo, held a meeting with the Red Cross Team in San Ignacio Town on Sunday of this past weekend at the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Red Cross Building in San Ignacio Town. The purpose of Evan Montejo’s visit to Cayo was in an effort to encourage youths to join the Red Cross and get feedback from the San Ignacio based Red Cross Branch.
In meeting with the young people in San Ignacio on Sunday, Evan Montejo said that the Red Cross was operating under a principle of alleviating human suffering. He said that there were many advantages for young people to now join the Red Cross.
“We actually go out to Summer Camps; we get to do different projects to build our community.”
Lin-Wood Rotary partners with Rotaract Club of Benque to renovate the Pedro Guerra Mena Park
The Lin-Wood Rotary Interact Club from New Hampshire, U.S.A. visited Belize this week to conduct their International Service Project at the Pedro Guerra Mena Park in Benque Viejo del Carmen Town, and Mary Open Doors in San Ignacio Town.
On Sunday, February 22, 2015, the Lin-Wood Rotary Interact Club partnered with the Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo to renovate the Pedro Guerra Mena Park in the New Area of Benque Viejo del Carmen. The Interact Club provided the materials needed to restore the park while the Rotaractors of the Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo volunteered their time to assist with the park’s restoration. The children’s playground was restored to its original state, the installations in the park were painted, and the grass was mowed. In the coming weeks, new swings (seats) will be installed so that the children can once more enjoy the swings.
Benque Viejo del Carmen has huge potential for tourism
Belize’s most western municipality, Benque Viejo del Carmen has a huge Tourism potential. The Town of Benque Viejo is very clean and peaceful, having a refreshing Mopan River running by it. Benque’s vicinity to Xunantunich, which in 2013 attracted 63,944 visitors, also gives Benque an additional boost towards becoming another tourism hub. Benque’s leaders do have a plan to develop the town as a tourist destination.
Actual work on Benque Viejo’s Tourism Development Plan was paved by Subrata Basu, a Peace Corps Volunteer, who is no longer in Belize. The Benque House of Culture also regularly provides updates on Benque Viejo as a wonderful place to visit. According to the Hon. Erwin Contreras, the Representative for Cayo West, further work on Benque Viejo’s Tourism Development Plan has to be a public and private partnership.
Mayor of Benque Viejo del Carmen, Miguel Velasquez, who exits office this week, has told the Guardian that work on Benque Tourism action plan was done during his tenure.
Egg Missiles a Dangerous Precedent by PUP - Marco Tulio Mendez to Appear April 13
Former Minister of Immigration, Hon. Elvin Penner, was stoned by PUP campaigners with eggs and water pouches after he appeared in the Supreme Court on Friday, February 27, to face a private prosecution by COLA and the PUP’s candidate for Caribbean Shores, Kareem Musa. Most Belizeans found the act to be extremely disrespectful and dangerous.
Kareem Musa should remember that no one threw missiles at his father, Said Musa, when he was dragged to court for the theft of millions of dollars. Musa was eventually freed from the charges after his day in court. The justice system was respected and, most importantly, the title held by Hon. Musa was respected. Not one missile was thrown his way. Kareem Musa should also remember that the last PUP Area Representative for Caribbean Shores, Jose Coye, was dragged to court and labeled a “Land Hog”. He had his day in court and was later freed from the charge. The justice system was respected and, most importantly, the title he held was respected. Not one missile was thrown.
Tertiary level students in Benque get Tablets
Nineteen students from the John Paul Two Junior College received their Android powered tablets on Friday of last week in Benque Viejo del Carmen. The distribution of tablets was part of a series made around Belize last week, where tablets were given out to tertiary level students in fulfillment of a 2015 New Year’s commitment made by Prime Minister, the Hon. Dean Barrow.
Present for the distribution on Friday was the Hon. Erwin Contreras, the Representative of the Cayo West Division as well as representatives from the Ministry of Education. The Hon. Erwin Contreras stated that with their tablets in hand, students can now allow their ideas to flourish. “These tablets are meant to make your learning easier, to foment your creativity, to improve your lives and to make Belize a better Country,” he said.
Belize Defence Force leads in Premier League of Belize
The Premier League of Belize Football Competition continued on Sunday 1 March, 2015, with three games on the schedule.
In the game played out at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, the three time defending champions the Belmopan Bandits blanked the home team Verdes FC by the score of 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by Jerome James in the 28th minute of play.
At the MCC Grounds here in Belize City, the visiting King Energy/Freedom Fighters defeated the host team FC Belize by the score of 4-0.
The first half of the game ended 0-0 and it was not until well into the second half of the game that the visiting King Energy/Freedom Fighters scored all four goals. The 1st goal of the game was scored by Derrol Lambey in the 61st minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. That lead was further extended when Dwayne Sampson scored his team 2nd and 3rd goals of the game in the 65th and 68th minutes respectively. The final goal of the game was scored by Jevon Aranda in the 87th minute of play.
Cayo Western Ballaz maintains lead in NEBL competition
The National Elite Basketball League competition continued on Saturday 28 February, 2015, with three games across the country.
At the Stann Creek Ecumenical High School Auditorium in Dangriga Town, the league’s leading Cayo Western Ballaz defeated the home team Dangriga Warriors by the score of 73-66. The top scorers for the Cayo Western Ballaz were Roger Troyer with 22 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals, Kurt Burgess with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal and Keith Acosta with 10 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist.
Meanwhile, the top scorers for the Dangriga Warriors were Brandon Flowers with 18 points and 12 rebounds, Trevaughan Usher with 15 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals, and Edgar Mitchell and Macario Augustine with 9 points each.
Out at the Julian Cho High School in the Toledo District, the defending champions, the San Pedro Tigersharks won handily over the Toledo Diplomats by the score of 78-60. The top scorers for the San Pedro Tigersharks were James Milton with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and a steal, Jamal Kelly with 15 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and Tyrone Edwards with 13 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal. For the Toledo Diplomats, the top scorers were Jiovanni Arzu with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals, Shamir Martinez with 12 points, 9 rebounds, and an assist.
Brandon Cattouse dominates C-Ray’s Test Races
The 7th weekly C-Ray’s Saturday Test races continued on February 28, 2015. The event started from in front of Leslie’s Imports on the George Price Highway, travelled to Fresh Pond community through the Boom Road and returned back to Leslie’s Imports for the finish.
In the Elite Category, Brandon Cattouse won his fourth Test Race and he was followed by Giovanni Lovell and then by Gregory Lovell.
Cattouse’s total wins include 4 first place, 2 second place and a third place finish which makes him the most dominant rider in the Test Races.
And in the Female category, first place went to Kaya Cattouse while second place went to Alicia Thompson.
The following riders round off the top fifteen finishers in the event: first place went to Brandon Cattouse, and he was followed by Giovanni Lovell, Gregory Lovell, Ray Cattouse, Mark Staine, Kenroy “Smokes” Gladden, Henry Moriera, Marlon Castliio, Darien Anderson, Yan Cattouse, Joel Borland, Richard Santiago, Kaya Cattouse, Tarique Flowers and Phillip Leslie.
40 Belizeans detained in Guatemala after Gracias a Dios marker expedition
The trouble with traveling that river is that if persons aren’t exactly sure where to go, they can easily venture into Guatemalan territorial waters. That’s exactly what happened on Saturday, February 28, when 40 Belizeans detained in Guatemala after Gracias a Dios marker expedition
their boat captain drove them into a tributary of the river which belongs to Guatemala. 34 of the Belizeans who made the incursion were from the border activist group which calls itself the “Belize Territorial Volunteers”.
Readers may be aware that this organization was created by politician Wil Maheia who has been trying his hand at a third political party, which he calls the People’s National Party. The organization became very active in 2013 with these clear the border initiatives to try to convince the public not to support the Government in the referendum campaign to settle the unfounded Guatemala claim at the International Court of Justice. They’ve since visited the Aguas Turbias border marker, the Garbutt’s Falls Border Marker, the Gracias A Dios Border Marker, and the border community of Jalacte in Punta Gorda. An expedition was planned by a fraction of the volunteers which calls itself the Northern Territorial Volunteers. Their intention was to mount a bronze plaque on the Gracias A Dios marker with the word “Belize” engraved in it. It was supposed to be a patriotic act to show whoever visits the marker that part of the marker denotes where Belizean territory begins and ends.
Details surrounding the incident on 28th February, 2015, at Sarstoon River, Belize
The Government of Belize is very pleased and relieved that the group of 37 Belizeans who were held on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 were returned safely and promptly on Sunday March 1st, 2015 at 10:57am.
At 3:40 pm. on Saturday 28th, February 2015, the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs was alerted of reports that Guatemalan Armed Forces had detained a group of Belizean citizens who were returning from an excursion to the boundary marker at Gracias A Dios and that they were being taken against their will to Livingston. The Foreign Minister and the Prime Minister were immediately informed and they gave their directions.
Belizean authorities immediately, in accordance with standard operating procedures in managing such incidents, activated the lines of communication to firstly, guarantee the safety and welfare of the Belizeans on board the vessel and their immediate return; secondly, to ensure that they were afforded appropriate consular support; and thirdly, to ascertain the facts.
The Belizean Government’s deep concern about the ongoing incident was raised with senior authorities of the Guatemalan Government and of the OAS.
Another loss for Matura, legal fees mount for Emy Ramirez
On Saturday and Sunday past, Audrey Matura was hogging up the airwaves creating a stir and panic over a boat filled with 40 Belizeans which she claimed were held in Guatemala against their will. That is the subject of another article, but we needed to make reference to her limelight hogging to put into perspective the kind of individual Matura is.
While she was hogging up time on the airwaves on those two days, she should have been preparing for a case in which she was representing Emy Ramirez against the Social Investment Fund for moneys which Ramirez claimed SIF owed her but she did not and when the matter came to the Supreme Court the matter was yet another notch on her belt of failures.
In court Matura wanted an extension on the matter but the judge pointed out that she herself was not feeling well and had made every effort to be in court and that Matura should have been prepared. The Judge then dismissed the matter and Ramirez was left with nothing but legal fees as the court did not even hear the merits of the case if ever Matura could have come up with any.
Matura also loses BGYEAH
From the way Audrey Matura was talking on the news on Friday Night it would have appeared as if BGYEAH had actually won their case against government. What is the truth is that what Matura was saying on the news was what the government had proposed to BGYEAH from the beginning. Every single point that she spoke on, the government had proposed from when the dispute started.
Now BGYEAH is out trying to hustle to pay for legal fees and they still cannot plant on the buffer zone. In fact that was the center point of their argument, they wanted to plant on the buffer and the mediation process has declared that they simply cannot!
Why Orange Walk Results Late
While the country pretty much knew the results of municipal elections across the country, Orange Walkenos stood outside the counting center in utter frustration. It was decided across the country that ballot boxes would be counted simultaneously so that election officers would not have to be counting deep into the morning hours of Thursday, March 5. However, one sabelo todo in Orange Walk, the Returning Officer, decided that he would go against the grain. The individual unilaterally decided that in Orange Walk they would only count five boxes at a time. In one of the municipalities with the highest turnouts, that decision meant that counting would be extended hours beyond what is necessary. Why? The rest of the country is already celebrating the soothing bath of the Red Tsunami and all they wanted to know is if the brothers and sisters in Orange Walk would be a part of the love celebration too.
The entire ordeal just goes to prove that one bad apple does spoil the bushel.
Found with police officer’s stolen motorcycle
Lloyd Neal, 29, and Joseph Muhammad Ali, 25, are on remand at the Belize Central Prison for handling stolen goods after they were caught on a motorcycle that was reported stolen by police officer James Jones.
Jones reported to police that his black Meilun motorcycle, valued at $3,500, was stolen from Wesley College compound on Saturday, February 28. The men were stopped by police when they were reportedly at a shop buying food. They were approached for license and insurance when it was discovered that the cycle was stolen. Neal and Muhammad Ali were detained for the cycle and taken to the Magistrates Court on Monday, March 2.
Fined and confined for drug trafficking
Central American Boulevard resident John Peters, 20, is behind bars after he pleaded guilty to one count of drug trafficking and was sentenced to three years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.
According to police report, on Sunday, March 1, officers conducting mobile patrol on Terrilee Crawford Street saw Peters riding a beach cruiser bicycle on the sidewalk. The officers approached and ordered him to stop but he sped off and police set chase behind him. During the chase, the officers saw when he released a red knapsack and continued to ride. Police later caught up with Peters and took him back to the area where the bag was thrown. The officers opened the red knapsack in his presence and found a black plastic bag inside with cannabis. Peters was detained and taken to the police station where the drug was weighed. It amounted to 484 grams. He was charged with drug trafficking.
Three more shot in Belize City, two die
Three more youths became victims of gun violence in Belize City in two separate shootings on Sunday, March 1. Both are believed to be gang related. These two men were killed three days after two other men were shot and killed.
The first shooting on Sunday happened just before 7 p.m. at the corner of Alicia and Estel Streets. 27 year-old Japhet Martinez was riding his bicycle on Alicia Street, and he was heading toward Estel. He had just reached a short distance from his intended destination when a gunman came up from behind, shot him several times, and rode off on a cycle. One of the civilian first responders rushed him to the KHMH, but about a half hour later, Martinez succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment.
Charged for Stoning Penner’s driver
Allen Valencio, 33, is facing charges of common assault and throwing missiles at Elvin Penner’s driver, Sylvester Maldonado, on Friday, February 27.
Former Minister of Immigration, Hon. Elvin Penner, appeared in the Supreme Court on Friday, February 27, to face a private prosecution case brought against him by members of COLA and Kareem Musa. Penner was being interviewed by members of the press on the steps of the court building when PUP campaigners for Yolanda Shackron began to launch eggs at him. Penner then left the area, accompanied by his driver Sylvester Maldonado. On their way to the vehicle more missiles was thrown before police intervened. Maldonado was hit at least once. Police arrested Valencio as one of the missile launchers. Maldonado went to make a police report and Valencio was charged.
La Democracia wins in Beverly Castillo Football Competition
The Beverly Castillo Belize Rural Central Football Cup competition continued on Sunday 1 March, 2015, with three more games at the Football Field in Ladyville Village.
In the first game played, La Democracia Exodus defeated Perez Hardware by the score of 4-1. The goals for La Democracia Exodus were scored by Paul Smith (2), Aaron Cassanova and Lincoln Jones. Meanwhile, the only goal of the game for Perez Hardware was scored by Ornan Avila.
In the second game of the afternoon, Williams FC defeated Hattieville by the score of 1-0. The goal for Williams FC was scored by Denrod Baptist.
And in the third and final game of the evening, Largos FC and Lord’s Bank Strikers played to a 1-1 draw. The goal for Largos FC was scored by Lorenzo Diaz while the goal for Lord’s Bank Strikers was scored by Brandon Cacho.
Unity Presbyterian wins again in primary school softball
The Belize City Primary Schools Softball Competition continued on Tuesday 3 March, 2015, with a single game on the schedule. In the game in boys’ competition, Wesley Upper School won over Salvation Army School by the score of 9-3. The winning pitcher was Luis Orozco and the winning pitcher was Cassian Billary.
On Monday 2 March, 2015, at Rogers Stadium with a single game in the girls’ competition, in which St. John Vianney defeated Wesley Upper School by the score of 16-8. The winning pitcher was Shantae Williams and the losing pitcher was Kenya Flowers.
On Thursday 26 February, 2015, in the boys’ competition, Unity Presbyterian School defeated Holy Redeemer School by the score of 11-1. The winning pitcher was Dennis Colon and the losing pitcher was Jerimy Fermin.
Eastern Division Police make arrests in murder cases
Police have made arrests in three separate open cases of murder and attempted murder in the Eastern Division. There was the arrest of Ian Adolphus’ alleged killer, 18 year old Akeem Trapp, for murder. Adolphus was shot on Freedom Street by a gunman on bicycle a few weeks […]
Murder in Belize City; police shoot suspect
On election night, Wednesday, around 9:30 p.m. there was a murder in Belize City. But police were quick to respond and in fact caught up with the culprit in the immediate area – and shot him dead. 32 year old Jervis Valencio is believed to be the man […]
Cisco employee charged with pulling gun
37 year old Delroy Carr, an employee of Cisco Construction who resides at Wagner’s Lane in Belize City, was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Carr pled not guilty to the charge. He was remanded into […]
Teenager charged with murder
Police have charged 18 year old Akeem Trapp, an employee of Cisco Construction, with the murder of 21 year old Ian Adolphus Jr. Trapp appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith and was remanded into custody until April 23. Adolphus was shot around 9:30 a.m. on […]
Orange Walk boy remains hospitalized following mauling
A six year old boy from Orange Walk town remains hospitalized after a vicious mauling this morning. The child was at home, when sometime between 10:30 am and 11 am, a German Shepherd pounced on the child in the yard. It is not known what triggered the attack, but reports say […]
PUP leader calls for complete unity following humbling Municipal defeat
Flanked by other leaders of the Opposition People’s United Party, leader of the PUP Francis Fonseca today reiterated a call for complete unity by Party supporters in the wake of a humbling defeat in Wednesday’s Municipal Elections. The United Democratic Party’s “red tide” swept through 8 of 9 […]
Home invasion leaves San Pedro man hospitalized
Thursday, March 5, 2015. BMG: A home invasion in San Pedro town last night has left one man hospitalized in Belize City. The victim is identified as 31 year old Jaime Manzano, a resident of the San Pablo area of San Pedro town. Police say that just before seven o’clock last night Manzano and his […]
Armed robber injures three people in Corozal
Three persons were injured in an armed robbery last night in Corozal town. The victims are identified as 39 year old Liming Li; 41 year old Wu Hong Choa and 55 year old Victoriano Poot. According to police reports, around 7:30 pm on Wednesday three masked men, one of whom […]
Belize City returns Darrel Bradley to City Hall as Mayor
Belize City residents have voted to return Darrell Bradley to City Hall as Mayor. In the Mayoral race in Belize City, the incumbent, Darrel Bradley trounced his two opponents, beating his closest rival by over five thousand votes. The final results showed Bradley garnering 11,833 votes. Yolanda Schakron […]
Child mauled by German Shepherd in Orange Walk
Reports from Orange Walk town say that a 4 year old child was mauled by a German Shepherd this morning. The child if at the Northern Regional hospital undergoing treatment for multiple dog bites, including a large open wounds to his face and back. Police are at the scene of […]
A personal Farewell to Caye Chapel
It is with a heavy heart that I am sharing the story about the end of my romance with one of my favorite “off Ambergris Caye” getaway spots, Caye Chapel. Over the years, I have spent many wonderful days there and I am deeply saddened to see the island as we know it come to an end. My brain and heart are still processing the fact that the chances are slim I will ever get go back and enjoy the version of Chapel I (and many others) instantly fell in love with. I am not the only one that feels like that island is like a big bottle of Prozac for body mind and soul :)
As many of you know, the Caye has been sold to a Mexican Luxury Hotel development group from Mexico. From an aerial rendering of the island posted on Ambergris Today, it doesn’t look like the golf course and the beach front villas are not going to be a part of the new development.
I will admit, the new plans do not look horrible and I am hopeful that this development company will make what they’re doing beneficial to Belize. My wishful thinking – still hopeful that for what ever reason they will decide not develop and change the island and the beauty that is already there, will get restored.
Easter Winds Blow In A UDP Municipal Election Sweep and Some Changing Weather
Yesterday was the BIG day. Municipal elections in San Pedro and across the country. Our town has been covered in party paraphenalia. In order of swag amounts, UDP (the incumbents & red), PUP (blue) and the newest independent party, VIP (yellow). T-shirts, hats, FLAGS, hand outs…the stuff is everywhere.
Here are some pictures around the voting area (the San Pedro High School) yesterday at about 2pm. Love the mural.
The polls closed at 6 and then the ballots (there are just about 7500 registered voters in San Pedro) counted and then…the celebrating begins.
The lane in front of the High School was kept relatively clear but the blocks around it were filled with booths, campaigners and flag wavers.
Game on! La Ruta Maya Belize Runs Again
Once again, one of the coolest events in all of Central America, and definitely one of the most interesting canoe races in the world is about to take place in Belize.
Yes folks, it’s time for the annual La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge.
Since its humble beginnings in 1998, the La Ruta Maya has grown to become one of the most exciting and popular events in Belize. Worldwide, it’s ranked 40th on “Peak Races’ 100 Toughest Races in the World”.
This year, just after daybreak on March 6, over eighty teams of plucky paddlers will leave San Ignacio Town to begin the gruelling 180-plus mile race to Belize City.
Coinciding with Belize’s annual Baron Bliss Day weekend (and more on that interesting bit of Belizean history in following posts) the race runs for four days through some of the most gorgeous landscapes to be found anywhere, and definitely falls within our “only in Belize” category.
“Betcha by Golly, Wow” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
So what was so special. So momentous about yesterday? The Municipal Elections that’s what. So what, they happen every three years. Ah, but yesterday I got to vote.
After showing my ID card, having my name checked off the Electoral Register and immersing my right index finger in purple. I was allowed to vote.
Did I feel good ? You betcha by golly wow ( I never, ever thought I manage to use this one!).
Cacao Validation Workshop
EXPORTBelize, BELTRAIDE in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is hosting a “Cacao Validation Workshop” which will be held on Friday March 6th, 2015 at the Parish Hall in Punta Gorda Town, commencing at 9:00 a.m.
The purpose of the validation workshop is to validate two draft reports that was submitted by two Consultants for the consultancies of the:
(1) Value Chain Analysis & Industry Strategy for Belizean Cacao
(2) Development of Specification and Proposal for a Management System for Toledo Cocoa as a Geographical Indication
El Niño Is Officially Back
The past 12 months of labor (scientists’ predictions) have finally resulted in the birth (official declaration) of a child (El Niño). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) announced today that El Niño has arrived, after a year of forecasting its likely development, and that it’s 50-60 percent likely to continue into the summer months.
The term El Niño is used to describe a specific state of conditions in the ocean and atmosphere of the tropical Pacific. Essentially, when the sea surface temperatures warm in the central equatorial Pacific, it can set in motion a series of atmospheric impacts. It’s one phase of a cycle of natural variability in the Pacific called El Niño Southern Oscillation (some more basics about ENSO here).
El Niño tends to be associated with fewer hurricanes in the Atlantic and more frequent hurricane activity in the Pacific. Last year’s Atlantic hurricane activity was below-normal and the lowest it’s been since 1997—a major El Niño year. Although an El Niño was not officially declared last summer, the on-and-off warm sea surface temperatures in the Pacific may have played a role.
9 Reasons To Head To Belize For Your Next Vacation Getaway
For non-stateside beach getaways, most Americans typically go with the usual options -- Mexico, the Caribbean or one of the Hawaiian islands. But what if you wanted all the trappings of a faraway beach vacation, just with less tourists? Then you've got to head to Belize.
Belize is way less crowded than most vacation hotspots, but still has everything a tourist could want -- snorkeling, hiking and incredible ancient ruins to tour. Bonus: It's also the only Central American nation where English is the official language. If you need more convincing, here are 9 reasons to head to Belize over the rest:
1. Right now is the best time to visit.
2. Belize is less crowded than some other beach destinations.
3. It's also home to some of the best secret beaches in the world.
4. Unplugging here is easy (and encouraged!).
5. Belize has the coolest ocean sinkhole ever.
6. Going there will fulfill your "Breaking Bad" fantasies.
7. There are incredible Mayan ruins to explore.
8. You can hike a national monument.
9. The Belize Barrier Reef is snorkeling paradise.
Going Places Near & Far: Where to Go in 2015
Travel experts Arthur and Pauline Frommer, publishers of the famed Frommer Travel Guides and hosts of a long-time "Travel Show" on radio, offered their list of places to go in 2015 during the New York Times Travel Show.
"We polled our contributors – journalists – we hire people in destinations we’re writing about – to produce this list of top places you should go in 2015," Pauline said. "We believe destinations like fine wines, years when they are better than other years." There are also some destinations they recommend on the list as a "see it now before it is destroyed" and others they recommend because tourism can be a salvation, sustaining a community under siege economically, environmentally and culturally.
Belize is one of the most life affirming destinations on the planet – wonderful for families – consider it a place that has everything: like Costa Rica, it has pristine jungles, beautiful beaches, fabulous water sports, but unlike Costa Rica, it also has cultural riches (Costa Rica is more of a nature destination). Belize has Mayan temples, caves that were used by the Mayans for human sacrifice.
ILO meeting of Caribbean Ministers of Labour a success
Minister of Labour the Hon. Shane Gibson wrapped up a very successful Ninth International Labour Organization Meeting of Caribbean Ministers of Labour, held March 3-4, 2015. “The Meeting was very successful and we are going to use this as a springboard to use in every aspect in whatever policies we are going to develop for The Bahamas,” he said.
The Meeting brought together 21 delegations, 14 of which were led by Caribbean Ministers of Labour, as well as the ILO Director General, the CARICOM Assistant Secretary General, representatives of UN Agencies, representatives of the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation and the Caribbean Congress of Labour under the theme: ‘Decent Work for Sustainable Development’ in dialogue at the British Colonial Hilton.
The biennial ILO Meeting of the Caribbean Ministers of Labour came about through Ministers of Labour wanting to stay in touch with each other to share similarities and challenges surrounding work permits, unemployment and other issues impacting labour that are not included in legislation in areas of the Caribbean.
Archaeologists On the Verge Of More Incredible South American Finds
Archaeologists are on the hunt for the fabled, mythic civilization known simply as the “White City.” Somewhere in South America, this legendary resides and scientists hope they will soon uncover it by following the clues that they have found so far.
Ben Thomas, the director for the programs at the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), in Boston, MA, says, “I would have to say that we have probably only found about 40-percent of what’s out there to discover in South America.”
Thomas also mentions a dig at the Caracol site in Belize, as an example: “These archeologists in Caracol had already done a fantastic job of thoroughly mapping. Few sites in the world have been this thoroughly documented and still, they made more advances and discoveries.”
Je visite Belize, 3min.
Lobster in Belize, 1/2min.
Maroon Creole Drum School at Placencia Sidewalk Music and Art Fest 2015, 4min. Emmeth Young and Talla Walla Vibrations featuring Craig Myers
Food Security of the Indigenous Mayas of Belize (Pkg), 8min.
Open Your Eyes Topic: 1st Belize Peer Helpers Group, 27min.
Climate Change Community Workshop, 3min. Three workshop participants (representing Belize Audubon Society, Monkey River Village and Punta Negra Village, Toledo District Belize) briefly discuss climate change challenges that arose during training. This is an ongoing TIDE initiative.
Open Your Eyes: Interviewing Lorraine Healing Arts, 21min.
LITTLE BELIZE, BELIZE, 2.5min. harvesting beans in the Mennonite community of little belize, BELIZE
San Pedro Belize, 7min. Mom driving through town last Thursday night.
Who remember this....Pot and Spoon., 2min. Now thats talent. I'm always eaminh with pride whenever I talk to other children about our Belizean children and how talented and gifted they are.How they can take nothing and turn it into something instead of complaining about what they don't have. God bless them. That was terrifically awesome.
Vendor peels pineapple in an amazing way, 1min.
Corozal Town, Hilberto Campos and his slate were reelected into office by the people, 7min.
ORANGE WALK TOWN WHERE INCUMBENT MAYOR KEVIN BERNARD AND FOUR OF HIS COUNCILLORS ARE VOTED BACK INTO OFFICE, 11min.
unBELIZEable Robinsons!, 4min. 2014 Robinson family Christmas vacation to Ambergris Caye, Belize! Shot with GoPro4
Belize 2015, 5.5min. Fishing, relaxing and more!
swimming along, 1min. Scuba Diving in Belize
La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge Preparation, 4.5min. Once again, one of the coolest events in all of Central America, and definitely one of the most interesting canoe races in the world is about to take place in Belize.
Yes folks, it’s time for the annual La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge.
Since its humble beginnings in 1998, the La Ruta Maya has grown to become one of the most exciting and popular events in Belize. Worldwide, it’s ranked 40th on “Peak Races’ 100 Toughest Races in the World”.
This year, just after daybreak on March 6, over eighty teams of plucky paddlers will leave San Ignacio Town to begin the gruelling 180-plus mile race to Belize City!!
Shallow Reefs of Silk Caye, Belize, 1min.
Tapir attacks us with his pee., 1min.
Rik's Air Belize Skydive 4 March 2015 at the age of 69, 7.5min. One of the things on my bucket list I needed to do at age 69 I jumped 13000 feet almost 4 km looking at Placencia Belize.
What a thrill! Watch and see what I saw.
Living in Rural Belize, 10min.
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