Senate Debates Petro- Caribe bill.
The controversial 2015 Petrocaribe Bill which gives government unfettered access to the unlimited amounts of Petrocaribe money without prior debate and approval from the National Assembly has PASSED the senate...
Bodybuilding Federation elects new executive
At the end of 2014 the Belize Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation celebrated important triumphs in regional bodybuilding with medals at the regional games, while also dealing with internal fallout over the exclusion of body fitness champion Cricel Castillo over critical comments on financing she mad...
Belizean Solidarity with Venezuela’s Plight
In the midst of all Petro Caribe back and forth the Venezuelan people find themselves in one of the worst economic crisis in history, generating up to a $50 billion dollars in debt as a direct result of the Petro Caribe Program...
City Council plans to be announced
While Mayor Bradley wants to become area representative Bradley, he says he has not forgotten the more than 11,000 voters who supported him in the election race in March. He explains why he has not abandoned them and why he is not biting off more than he can chew...
Darrell Bradley announces candidacy for Caribbean Shores
It is now official: less than a month after earning a second term as Mayor of Belize City, Darrell Bradley has set his sights on national office, specifically area representative for the constituency of Caribbean Shores...
Rural villager accused of police assault over traffic offences
A traffic stop in the village of Bermudian Landing on March 22 led to blows between the arresting officer and the accused and a trip to jail for Willows Bank resident Wilword Humphreys, 38. Humphreys pleaded not guilty to assault of a police officer, Sergeant Aaron Zuniga, stationed at Bermudian L...
House On Agriculture
The price of rice has recently become a topic of interest when it was discovered, thanks to a businessman seeking to import Guyanese Rice, that price gouging is taking place somewhere along product line...
Police men charged with unlawful sexual assault with a minor
A 34 year old mother of Bella Vista Village visited the police station at 5:30 pm on March 26th in the company of her 13 year old daughter to a case of unlawful sexual intercourse...
Belize Vs. Cayman
Belizean football fans all across the nation had high expectations for the new National Team after the President of the FFB Ruperto Vicente gave his remarks on last week Wednesday’s home game against the Grand Cayman Islands; predicting a 6 to nil victory for Belize...
Road Traffic Accident Kills Man from Stann Creek
Sylvester Bah 31 , Belizean Supervisor of Santa Cruz Village Stann Creek was fatally knocked off his bike at about 9.25 pm Saturday on mile 23& 24 on the Southern Highway...
Herman Miranda acquitted of murder charge
He admitted to killing 36 year old Norman “Pango P” Gillett in September of 2009 and even led police to the alleged weapons used. But 27 year old Herman Miranda Jr was acquitted of murder by a jury at the direction of Justice Troadio Gonzalez in court this afternoon...
Channel Overseas wins court appeal on Channel 5
The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of Channel Overseas Investments Limited, Katalyst Developments Limited, Thames Ventures Limited, Great Belize Productions Limited and several former directors of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) in their case against BTL and the Belize Bank over the acquisition ...
Venezuela Cuts oil exports to Caribbean in half
Last year, Caribbean countries such as Jamaica and the Dominican republic had been experiencing fuel shortages due to their dependence on Petrocaribe oil...
Harvest Caye Project damages patch reef
There has been some environmental impact to a patch reef in the Placencia area due to construction in the Harvest Caye area ...
Men dressed as BTL workers invade home in Belize City
46-year-old Vilma Rauda, reported that on March 26 about 10:30 a.m. while at her work place at the residence of 64-year-old Tara Rewachand Budhrani, an Indian business woman of Albert Street, Belize City, her attention was drawn to someone knocking on the entrance door...
Couple charged over assault of woman
A Honduran national is accused of going into a woman’s home in Belize City with the intention of raping her, only to be foiled by his own significant other who then turned on the victim as well. The accused are 39 year old Honduran Justo Murillo and Belizean 28 year old Evelyn Caceres...
Julius attacks Francis and Johnny in the House
Julius Espat has been the biggest opponent to the using of Petro Caribe finances to develop the country. So much is he against the initiative that he has mounted a challenge to its use in the Supreme Court of Belize.
While that case is yet to be ventilated in court, the Prime Minister proceeded with passing legislation which is specifically designed to address the nuances that present themselves through the Petro Caribe initiative. The legislation specifically allows for the program to continue as it is currently operating where the proceeds of the program can be converted into a loan without it having to go to the National Assembly. As the PUP jumped high and low to condemn the legislation, PM Barrow pointed out that in fact what was being done is in complete consonance with the Constitution of Belize.
For Julius however that really meant nothing and he rambled on and on about the legislation. He referred to Petro Caribe as an illegal substance that the government is using. His party leader also stood up and condemned the bill claiming that as long as he is the leader of the PUP his party or its officials would not take any of the money. No sooner had he finished saying that than Julius categorically stated that while he thinks Petro Caribe is an illegal substance, he will use it. He then is like the substance abuser who claims that the use of the money is ‘illegal’ but he will partake in using it any way. Talk about being duplicitous.
The Belize National Football Team, the Jaguars, will advance to the next round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. That’s the result of the return match which the team played against the Cayman Islands National Team back in Grand Cayman.
Kick-off time was at 6 p.m. at the Truman Bodden Stadium in Grand Cayman. The Cayman National Team, after experiencing Team Belize’s dominance at the first match in Belmopan, came out to challenge the Jaguars for every minute of play time. Team member Mark Ebanks was the first to put a goal behind the net for Cayman Islands, which was a disappointment to the Belizean fans watching the live televised broadcast back home.
Team Belize was playing catch-up for about 20 minutes with no real success until Elroy Kuylen managed to equalize the game in the 25th minute. That’s how the first half ended, with a score of 1-1. The match continued into the second half where both sides tried their very best to break that tie, and as the 90 minute mark got closer and closer, the game got a lot more physical.
Ernest Staine’s assets to be sold off to settle debt to former client
Rita McField who was deprived of 230 thousand dollars by attorney, 77 year old Ernest Staine, has gotten the Supreme Court to order that Staine’s assets be sold in order for him to pay off his debt to her.
Staine was involved in a transaction in mid 2014 in which a property belonging to Rita McField was sold to Forward in Faith Ministries for 250 thousand dollars. The transaction saw the church organization give Staine the money for the property which is located on Douglas Jones Street. The problem however is that when the transaction was completed Staine only paid McField 20 thousand dollars as he held the rest in an escrow account.
Forward in Faith Ministries never got the title to the property and Staine was the reason for that not taking place since he never paid McField the full price, he was unable to get title to the property. As a result, both the church group and McField took Staine to court and while there he undertook to make payments to McField which he has not yet done.
Mayor Bradley officially declares campaign in Caribbean Shores
Mayor Darrel Bradley on Monday, March 30, officially announced his candidacy for UDP Standard Bearer of the Caribbean Shores Constituency and with that a date has been set for the main event of this convention season. Mayor Darrel Bradley challenging Hon. Santiago Santino Castillo on June 7, 2015.
The convention between these two heavyweights of the political arena will leave only one winner – well technically over 5,700 winners – because the voters of Caribbean Shores have already won. They have two of the most accomplished Belizeans going up against each other for a chance to represent and lobby for them in the House of Representatives. How many electoral divisions in the country can boast that?
After announcing his candidacy, Mayor Bradley told the press that he does not believe Hon. Castillo is a poor representative; “it is simply that I believe we can do a better job”. The word “we” was a key part of his address to Caribbean Shores residents on Monday. The launch, based on his speech, was not so much about what Darrel Bradley can do for the Caribbean Shores area. Instead, it was a call to partnership and the sharing of a vision that can be made possible by Bradley working with residents of the area.
President of the Court of Appeal scolds Eamon Courtenay
Mostly in legal circles, it is often said that no one is allowed to publicly criticize a judge, whether to call their integrity into question, or to make disrespectful or disreputable statements against the court. That’s referred to as contempt of court, for which there are criminal penalties. Justice of Appeal Manuel Sosa, who is the President of the Court of Appeals, has publicly called out Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay, saying that he did just that at the 2015 Ceremonial Opening of the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Readers may remember that on January 12, 2015, the new session of the Supreme Court was opened under Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. As is the case at every ceremony, there are 3 speeches which are delivered. The first comes from the Chief Justice himself, who usually makes an in-depth report of sort, where he discusses all the issues of the previous calendar year for the judiciary, and what steps can be taken to resolve them. Then comes the President of the Bar Association of Belize, who makes another presentation, and finally, the Attorney General, closes the ceremony with another speech.
At the last opening, Eamon Courtenay was the then Bar Association president, and his remarks were featured in almost every media house where he criticized the efficiency of the Court of Appeals at the October-November 2014 session.
Milestones within the Cayo Central Division
The Cayo Central Division, represented by the Hon. Rene Montero, continues to record several milestones in infrastructural development and other improvements to make the lives of its residents better. As of recent, good weather has allowed numerous projects to be continued within the Cayo Central Division.
The paving of Perez Street was completed last Friday in Santa Elena Town, providing increased comfort to the many students, who head almost daily to the nearby Santa Elena Roman Catholic Primary School. Three sides along the Santa Elena Primary School are now fully cemented. The office of the Cayo Central Division makes it clear that “…it is twice as hard and expensive to cement streets as it is to pave them.” Streets that are cemented are also more durable and resistant to the elements. They will also provide employment for numerous persons.
Occurring almost simultaneously was the paving of the Mariana Gonzalez Street in Santa Elena last Friday. Gone now are the dusty twirls, which would envelope the furniture of the locals residing along the street sides.
Melonie Coye disputes tax assessment
Melonie Coye and her attorney Eamon Courtenay were at the Supreme Court in a case management on Monday March 30th where Coye is claiming that the Income Tax department wrongfully assessed money which belonged to the family. The Income Tax department has assessed that the Coye’s owe some 3.212 million dollars in unpaid taxes. In an effort to get some relief of the assessment, Melonie Coye has taken the matter to court which has since gone to case management before Justice Courtenay Abel where the matter was adjourned until an undisclosed date.
Melonie Coye and other family members have been in and out of court since 2009 after criminal charges of money laundering were placed against them. Melanie and her father Michael Coye were subsequently convicted in 2012 and spent a few months in prison. Michael died a few weeks later. They would later appeal the conviction and won their appeal in May of 2014 at the Court of Appeal. Thereafter Melanie had to legally have the Financial Intelligence Unit unfreeze bank accounts that held their money frozen as a result of the criminal investigation into the source of the proceeds of the money.
The Ignorant One Leading Race for Dunce of the Year
Hon. Dolores Balderamos Garcia is making a strong challenge to one of her colleagues for a truly uncoveted title. The Dunce of the Year Award for 2014 went to Toledo East’s Mike Espat for boldly wearing his ignorance and illiteracy on his sleeve when he scolded Prime Minister Barrow for his use of Shakespeare’s line from Hamlet: “Away, then, Mr. Speaker, with the harlot’s brow, falsely beautified with plastering art.” He said Prime Minister Barrow’s words “really bothers” him because it is disrespectful to the women of Belize. “Our women are not whores [harlots],” Espat said as he lambasted Prime Minister Barrow during his contribution to the 2014-2015 Budget debate. This statement baffled the scholars in the gallery who could not understand Espat’s intervention. Surely he could not be such a foolish man to not understand that the insult was directed not to women but directly to him and the members of his PUP. Prime Minister Barrow was using a line from Hamlet in which Claudius spoke about disguising “ugly actions” using “fine words” and it was in relation to a statement by the PUP making a “recommitment to its social justice roots”.
Attempted murder conviction against Akeem Thurton affirmed
The Court of Appeal has affirmed the attempted murder conviction against 22 year-old Akeem Thurton, the man who was convicted of shooting and almost killing prominent attorney Rodwell Williams in the first trial without jury in the entire country.
Readers may remember that in 2012, he stood trial before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin for the charge of attempted murder. In that trial, the victim, Rodwell Williams, took the stand and identified him as the man who pulled the trigger and shot him in the abdomen on the night of May 31, 2010, just after he had exited his law office on Albert Street West.
Willow’s Bank Mechanic Slapped with Six Charges
Wilford Humphreys, 38, mechanic of Willow's Bank, is in prison for assaulting a police officer who pulled him over for a traffic offence. On Sunday, March 22, Sgt. Aaron Zuniga stopped Humphreys as he was travelling on a motorcycle on the Phillip Goldson Highway as part of a routine check. When asked to provide documents, Humphreys could not. Sgt. Zuniga discovered that Humphreys was driving the cycle without a license. The cycle itself was unlicensed and is not covered by a third party risk insurance plan. According to Sgt. Zuniga, Humphreys assaulted him as he was trying to make the arrest.
Wilford Humphreys appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Dale Cayetano on Friday, March 27, to answer to six criminal offenses. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of driving an unlicensed motor vehicle, one count of driving without a license and one count of driving a motor vehicle not covered by third party risk insurance.
Mek Mi Rich owners taken to court
Belizean business Man Dale Curtis Swasey claims that the telecommunications company, BTL, has given away his idea to enrich the owners of Mek Mi Rich. He’s now suing both BTL and Mek Mi Rich’s parent company, MMR Belize Productions for breach of his intellectual property rights.
According to Swasey, he signed a non-disclosure agreement in the form of an information exchange agreement. With the confidence that his conversations would remain private, he says that he then pitched an idea to BTL about how lottery texting works. It’s a new form of gambling which allows BTL phone users to play the game by using their credit balances. He claims that he worked with BTL technicians for almost 2 years to develop the platform and mechanism for lottery texting to work with their Digicell service.
Curlan Phillips Remanded for Attempted Murder
Curlan Phillips, 25, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison for the attempted murder of Kareem Stevens. Just after 5 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, Kareem Stevens, a resident and laborer of #8800 J.R. Street, was riding his bicycle on his way home and whilst on Central American Boulevard he was approached by a black vehicle. An occupant of the car fired several shots at Stevens. He was hit twice, once to the right leg and once to his right buttocks. Police later visited Stevens at the Karl Heusner Memorial where he reported that the vehicle was a black Saturn SUV. Stevens told police that he looked into the vehicle and saw a man known to him as Curlan Phillips of the Jane Usher Boulevard area whom he has known all his life. He said Phillips pulled out a black firearm, pointed it at him and fired several shots in his direction. Phillips was detained by police later that day.
Policemen charged for unlawful sexual intercourse with girl 13
Police are reporting that they have arrested two from within their ranks with having sexually assaulted and having sexual intercourse with a 13 year old girl.
On Thursday March 26, at about 5:30 p.m., a 34-year-old mother of Bella Vista Village in the company of her 13-year-old daughter reported to the police that her daughter informed her that she was at a bar along with two police officers identified as Police Constables Chub and Ical. The girl told police that one of the officers had sexual intercourse with her.
True Meaning of Easter
Have you ever sat back and thought about the different traditions that we celebrate during the year? Some of these traditions may include holidays. We celebrate certain traditions for religious reasons and just for the fact that what we are celebrating is a tradition, and we wish to keep it that way. But some of the traditions that date back thousands of year’s true meaning have been forgotten. Easter is a perfect example of one of the traditions whose true meaning has been forgotten over the years.
The Easter holiday and season in itself is the most religious and important holiday of the Christian religion. Coming from a Catholic background as I did, there was always a lot of ritual and practices involved every year since I can remember. We have eaten the same food, gone to the same church services, said the same prayers, and sang the same songs on Easter ever since. Many of the rituals used at Easter time are derived from The Bible and the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus did many important things during his time.
PM takes Larry, Girly and Mo to night classes
“TO THYNE OWN SELF BE TRUE.” This is a statement that stands firm whatever the case may be. Whoever strays from this rule, somewhere down the line they are exposed. For instance, the PUP sent out a release saying that they were holding a CAUCUS to discuss a common approach on the Budget debate. To all and sundry listening to the two days of debating on Thursday and Friday, there seemed to be a splintered position dependent on the different constituency needs. For example no other than the Deputy Leader and self appointed PUP WHIP Julius Espat (Larry) confirmed the split position. After his party Leader got up on the closing of the Budget Debate and declared that no longer will his party part-take in any programme involving give away from the Petrocaribe Funds, Espat and Toledo West PUP representatives assured the PM that they would take all they can get.
Espat who seemed to be reading a speech that was written for him, had a hard time reconciling with his speech. He often ran into trouble when he deviated from the scripted speech. He was very consistent however in assuring the Prime Minister that he had no problem with the Petrocaribe funds transformation of Belize.
MOE Looking to Learn More from PSE
The Ministry of Education is hoping to improve on the reliability of the Primary School Examinations results so it can be used not just for placement of students but for improvement in the quality of education offered at elementary schools and the early years of high school.
On Monday, March 22, students across the country sat part one of the Primary School Examinations (PSE). Part one of the PSE includes the science and English papers. The English exam is divided into two parts. The first part consists of fifty multiple-choice questions that test the students’ knowledge of grammar and comprehension skills. Part two of the English exam is the writing section that tests the students’ composition skills. They are required to write a letter and a narrative. The science exam consists solely of fifty multiple-choice questions that test the student’s knowledge of General and Health Science. Seven thousand three hundred and forty-three students sat the exam: three thousand six hundred and eighty-six boys and three thousand six hundred and fifty-seven girls. Ninety-one special needs student were registered to sit part one of this year’s exam.
Off-grid electrical supply for the San Ignacio Police station on the way
A plan by some Cayo residents to enable the San Ignacio Police Station, to have continuous electrical supply is coming closer to reality. A wall to act as a shelter to an Olympian GEP50SP Generator has already been constructed, and represents a labor of love from members of the People’s Coalition of Cayo PCC. The yellow in color generator had been in storage for a considerable time, after having been donated by the United States Embassy in Belmopan. An adequate shelter is now needed to protect the generator’s internal components.
Dr. Gregory Shrophshire from the PCC, who has volunteered to do the fund raising for the generator shelter, says that the National Emergency Management Organization NEMO will be able to have use of the electricity provided by the generator in the case of a grid failure due to hurricane or other catastrophe.
With the help of volunteers, the generator has already been serviced and installed on the roof of the water collection cistern behind the San Ignacio Police Station conference room.
GOB to Conduct In-Depth Review of Local Rice Industry
The Government of Belize wishes to inform the public that it is fully aware of the request by a local importer to import rice from Guyana, and his claim that imported rice through that channel could be made available to the public at a price lower than the current market price. The Government is also aware that there is severe overproduction in Guyana and they have domestic pressure to market that product at any cost.
The government, through the Ministries of Natural Resources and Agriculture, and the Ministry of Trade, Investment, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, is conducting an in-depth review of the rice industry with an aim to ensure the best action for Belize as it relates to the production and supply of rice to the Belizean public. The first stakeholder meeting including producers was held last week before this became a media story.
Celebrating Women’s month in Cayo
As part of Women’s month, various exhibitions and cultural presentations were made at the Cayo Welcome Center on Saturday of this past weekend. Organized by the San Ignacio and Santa Elena House of Culture and the National Institute of Culture and History NICH, the event is held to celebrate our Women of Belize, and at the same time provide a launching pad for local artists and artisans; especially from the Cayo District.
A gifted woman in the making of pillows and crotchet products, Susan Wright was also out on Saturday to show her talents. Susan Wright has been selling her large, beautiful and comfortable pillows in Belmopan and surrounding areas for many years.
Ernest Bradley is the Junior Cross Country Cycling Champion
The Cycling Federation of Belize in collaboration with the Belize Electricity Ltd sponsored its 16th Annual Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic on Sunday 29 March, 2015. The 70 miles event which started at the Succotz Ferry and concluded at Leslie’s Imports at mile 2 on the George Price Highway attracted some 33 junior riders.
At the end of 3:30:52, it was Ernest Bradley of SMART Zoom Junior Cycling Team that captured 1st place. For his prize, he received $800.00, and a trophy from the Belize Electricity Ltd.; 1 Tablet courtesy of VIP Wireless and a 4 year Scholarship courtesy of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
The second rider to cross the finish line was Darien Anderson also of SMART Junior Cycling Team in a time of 3:31:37 and he received for his prize $500.00 and a trophy courtesy of Belize Electricity Ltd.; third place went to Kaydine Pinello also of SMART Junior Cycling Team and he received $300.00 and a trophy from Belize Electricity Ltd.
Cayo Western Ballaz remains unbeaten
The National Elite Basketball League competition continued over the weekend with three games on the schedule.
On Friday 27 March, 2015, at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium, the undefeated league’s leading Cayo Western Ballaz continued on its winning path when it defeated the Belize Yellow Pages Hurricanes by the score of 67-55.
The top scorers for the Cayo Western Ballaz were Richard Troyer with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists; Akeem Watters with 17 points, and 7 rebounds and Keith Acosta with 13 points, 10 rebounds and an assist. For the Belize Yellow Pages Hurricanes, the top scorers Ty Bradley with 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists and Earl Johnson with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist.
On Saturday 28 March, 2015, at the University of Belize Gymnasium in Belmopan, the Belmopan Red Taigaz won handily over the defending champions, the San Pedro Tigersharks by the score of 94-74. The top scorers for the Belmopan Red Taigaz were Farron Louriano with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals; Jarrel Velasquez with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal and Terrel Eskridge with 14 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals.
87th Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic is set
The Cycling Federation of Belize will be hosting its 87th Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic on Saturday 4 April, 2015. The historic ride will commence at 5:00 am from in front of the BTL Park, Newtown Barracks, Belize City at 5:50 with a lead out from starting point unto Freetown Road, across Belcan Bridge unto Central American Blvd., unto the George Price Highway, where the official start takes place in front of Leslie’s Imports and will travel to San Ignacio Town around Columbus Park and then back to Belize City where it will conclude in front of the BTL Park for a total distance of 140 miles.
The deadline for teams to submit its registration with the Cycling Federation is set for Tuesday 31 March, 2015.
Curtis Swasey continues Mek Mi Rich challenge
Businessman Curtis Swasey claims that Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and MMR Belize Productions, parent to the popular television game show Mek Mi Rich, collaborated to take away his intellectual property consisting of the idea of lottery texting and the various items he created with BTL staff for two […]
Teenager sentenced on gun, ammo charges
Nineteen year old Shakir Perrera, a resident of Jane Usher Boulevard, was sentenced to 10 years today by the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith after he was found guilty of kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. Perrera was sentenced to 5 years for each offense with […]
Man pleads guilty to robbery of shopkeeper
24 year old Honduran national Darwin Martinez, one of three men who committed a robbery, was sentenced to 3 years today by the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith after he pleaded guilty to the charge. The incident occurred yesterday around 8:30 p.m. in front of a residence on […]
Belize – A Commentary on the 2015-2016 National Budget
The Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean O. Barrow, read his eight consecutive annual budget for the Government of Belize, with the theme “Continuing the Transformation” on March 13, 2015. “So this year, like every preceding year stretching back to 2010, we will rely on lifting revenue flows only through improved tax […]
Tour guide charged for death of student
Reporting:The tour guide accused of knocking down a student of Stella Maris School and causing fatal injury around 8:20 a.m. on March 17 was read charges of manslaughter by negligence before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith today in the Magistrate’s Court. 60 year old Errol Belisle is accused of […]
Ya’ axche to host annual race against fire
On Saturday April 4, 2015, villagers from the beautiful community of San Pedro Columbia will gather for its annual Ya’axche Race Against Fire Marathon.
According to Communications Officer Maximiliano Caal, this year’s event will begin with a bicycle race followed with a series of activities that is aimed to raise awareness on fire.
Environmental experts will be sharing information about the importance of controlling fire and prevention. With the theme ” Faya ! If yuh cyaan control it. Nuh staat it,” farmers are expected to come out and learn about risks of fire as the dry season approaches this year.
Proportional Budgetary Allocation in Belize
By Charles Leslie Jr. When you divide the resources that have been harnessed thus far in Belize – natural, man-made and financial – there is very little equitable distribution. Why? Greed and corruption. There are plenty of resources in Belize to spread around equitably and empower the vast majority of Belizeans.
Let us look at violence. There are two types of violence:
Behavioral violence – gun man shoots you;
And structural violence – due to lack of proper maintenance, the hospital does not have a functional ambulance to come and get you, so you bleed out and die from your gunshot wound to the leg.
What is the leading cause of these two types of violence, especially behavioral violence? Deprivation. What is the leading cause of deprivation? Social imbalance and inequity, which have been dubbed by economists as structural violence. Therefore, logic dictates that to reduce behavioral violence we would have to reduce deprivation.
Body of Man Found in Orange Walk
Residents of Progress Street were awoken by a single gunshot that rang through the neighborhood sometime around 2am this morning.
Several hours later, residents found Ricky Triminio laying motionless inside his snack shop named “Munchies”.
Residents says Triminio had been accustomed to opening his shop until the wee hours of the day. On the glass window, police saw one single bullet hole. The area was cordoned off, the scene processed and the body transported to the Northern Regional Hospital where it will await a post mortem.
A Shift in Weather and Big Boats Arrive On Ambergris Caye For Easter
Over the weekend, the wind switched to the North and we’ve been getting clouds and RAIN! Rain during the day on Sunday – it feels odd this time of year.
A weather blip in this usually dry time. Yesterday was a pretty mix of clouds and sun…so I took a walk to town. And some photos.
There is a serious slew of yachts at Amigos Del Mar dock – all Guatemalans, I hear, on Easter holiday.
These boats used to park at the Belize Yacht Club for Easter…
Amazing Belize Images from Corozal to Placencia
Some people enjoy taking pictures of Belize, a few like my mom opt for postcards over snapping pics and most enjoy looking at other peoples images of Belize.
It is always interesting to see how someone frames a shot and puts in their artistic touches when making it truly their own work of art.
The amazing pictures in today’s post are from Ric Hornsby, a disabled Nature and Fine Art Photographer, from Canada, recently traveled throughout most of Belize. He is back in Canada now, working through a pile of images and will soon launch a website where his work will be available. In the interim, Ric wanted to share a few of his experiences through images of the many wonderful things he saw while traveling in Belize.
Bill to Make Belize the 51st US State Goes before the US Senate
Just prior to the current six-week recess, Congress approved a last minute Bill that could see the tiny Central American nation of Belize become the 51st US State.
The Bill, Belize Statehood Appropriations Instrument No 387, is now up for review by the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that Belize’s introduction into the Union would have positive implications for both countries, and predicted that ratification would proceed smoothly.
“The benefits of Belize joining the Union are too numerous and profound to ignore,” Mr McConnell told the last sitting of the Senate prior to the spring break.”
“With the best beaches and diving in the world, as well as vast tracts of pristine wilderness, beautiful Maya temples, exotic wildlife and an informed, English speaking citizenry that cherishes democracy, having Belize join the Union would be an asset we can’t afford to neglect,” the Senator said.
“It would elevate and enhance the leisure time activities of all citizens,” he added, noting that many members of both houses would be travelling to Belize for their spring break.
Happy First of April Everyone!
From your friendly jokers at Chaa Creek
(with apologies to Senator Mitch McConnell and the Royal Family)
Crime and Society
By: Dr. Robert Winslow
Belize is a parliamentary democracy with a constitution enacted in 1981 upon independence from the United Kingdom. Numerous ruins indicate that for hundreds of years Belize was heavily populated by the Maya Indians, whose relatively advanced civilization reached its height between A.D. 250 and 900. Eventually the civilization declined leaving behind small groups whose offspring still exist in Belize contributing positively to the culturally diverse population. In 1502, Columbus sailed through parts of the Caribbean, but did not actually visit the area later known as British Honduras. The first reference to European settlement in the colony was in 1638. These were later augmented by disbanded British soldiers and sailors after the capture of Jamaica from Spain in 1655. The settlement, whose main activity was logwood cutting (logwood was used in the past to produce dye), had a troubled history during the next 150 years. It was subjected to numerous attacks from neighboring Spanish settlements (Spain claimed sovereignty over the entire New World except for regions in South America assigned to Portugal). It was not until 1763 that Spain in the Treaty of Paris allowed the British settlers to engage in the logwood industry.
Laws of the Jungle: Battling in Belize Part II
Members of the 2nd Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment have been on exercise in Belize for the past two weeks.
The first instalment of Carla's special reports focused on survival training in one of the toughest environments on earth.
The troops are practising jungle warfare tactics and learning survival skills – but they’re also live firing in the heart of the rainforest.
Unlike other ranges, jungle marksmanship is a test for any soldier – and it’s not the only challenge they’re facing.
In the second of her special reports from central American country, Carla Prater's been to see what some of the training is like for the troops at BATSUB.
Seven Enticing Destinations on Latin America's Cacao Route
Travel to the origin of chocolate to soak up the culture of cacao and discover how to make it yourself.
1. Punta Gorda, Toledo
THE FESTIVAL In the far south of Belize, emerald rainforest runs across the mountainous countryside with winding rivers that flow into the Caribbean sea. Within Belize's southernmost district Toledo lie cacao plantations where the locals claim the terroir gives their chocolate a unique flavour and aroma. And now, this chocolate is becoming known worldwide with outstanding boutique chocolate purveyors like Cotton Tree Chocolate and Ixcacao. To celebrate the region's cacao, boutique chocolatiers and ancient Maya culture, Toledo hosts the three-day Chocolate Festival of Belize. Kicking off on May 22, the fiesta encompasses a street fair, chocolate tours, chocolate and wine tasting, and music and cultural performances, in Punta Gorda and its surrounds.
THE LODGE Amidst the rainforest of Toledo, Belcampo Lodge is set on a hill overlooking the surrounding wilderness, with stilted private cabins and a speedboat to transport guests through the jungle to the Caribbean coastline. In a region that has such significant Maya roots, it seems fitting that the lodge has a cacao nursery and chocolate workshop where traditional methods are still utilised.
The dramatic story behind a lush palm
Almost everyone knows the Xaté palm. The plant's green heart-shaped leaves are used for flower arrangements, especially during Easter. But few florists know the bloody conflict behind the magnificently lush leaves.
The jungle high up in the mountains of Belize in Central America draws tourists from all over the world. They come to here to see the ruins of the long lost Maya culture in Caracol which stand witness to a glorious period of early human civilization. Though the buildings and temples lie in a state of decay, overgrown with plants, their at times violent history still enthralls visitors like travel bloggers, Sarah and Erdem.
They visited the place in late summer in 2014. They were passing through on their way to North and South America. Actually, they write in their blog, they didn't expect any dangers in the jungle expect from snakes perhaps.
"But as usual, it's not the animals but rather the people who pose a danger," they noted on September 25. "We had just taken a break, up on the Caana Pyramide when something terrible happened." The two became witness to a murder. They captured the situation in a video.
With fins off the menu, shark slaughter is ebbing
Sharks are our seniors by about 450 million years. Yet in the last half century we’ve depleted some populations by 90 percent.
Of the world’s 1,200 or so known shark and ray species (rays can be thought of as sharks whose pectoral fins have transformed to wings), 17 percent are deemed threatened with extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. But the percentage is doubtless higher because data on almost half the 1,200 are lacking. Species like angel and daggernose sharks are listed as “critically endangered.” The pondicherry shark may already be extinct.
Sharks can’t bounce back like other fish. Most give birth to dog-size litters, and those that lay eggs don’t spew big numbers. Sandbar sharks mature at age 16, then bear eight to 12 pups every other year at most. Embryos of the sand tiger swim around in each of two uteri, attacking and consuming siblings until only two survive. Duskies don’t mature until age 20, then deliver three to 16 pups every third year.
What’s more, in many countries sharks are worth more alive than dead. Using 2002 visitor surveys, biologist Rachel Graham of Mar Alliance — a Belize-based grassroots NGO that assesses shark and ray populations, fisheries, and related tourism — estimated the value of whale-shark viewing during the six-week season at $3.7 million.
Jim Can wanted in Belize tax scheme linked to Calgary kidnapping
The Canadian businessman wanted as part of a giant U.S. investigation involving stock fraud, tax evasion and money laundering in Belize says in an email to CBC News that he wants to tell his “full true story … that will shock the world.”
Jim Can has a controversial past in Canada, including allegations he was involved in the kidnapping of a Calgary businessman who was held at gunpoint by two associates of the Hells Angels, CBC News reported Thursday.
Can faces several charges in the U.S. following a two-year undercover investigation by the FBI and the United States Attorney.
He is accused along with five others, including another Canadian, of taking part in what is described by U.S. authorities as a “fraudulent” and “intricate” scheme involving sham companies, anonymous debit cards nand stock manipulations worth more than $500 million.
45th OAS General Assembly to be held June 15-16 in Washington, DC
The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today decided by acclamation to convene the forty-fifth regular meeting of the General Assembly of the Organization on June 15 and 16 at its headquarters in Washington, DC.
The Council took this decision after Haiti declined to organize the Assembly for internal reasons, as the Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Duly Brutus, expressed in a letter to the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza. In today's session, the Council agreed that in its next meeting it will define the central theme of the 45th Assembly.
The regular General Assembly will be the first instance in which the new OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, will participate in an official meeting with the Foreign Ministers of the member countries. Secretary General-elect Almagro will take office on May 26, a day after the end of the second term of the current OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY - OAS/ECORNELL CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Department of Human Development and Education (DHDE) and the UNESCO‐IHE Institute for Water Education, through the OAS Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC), are offering scholarships to qualified candidates of the Americas to participate in the program below.
OAS Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC)
The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Department of Human Development and Education (DHDE) and the eCornell, through the OAS Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC), are offering scholarships to qualified candidates of the Americas to participate in the following certificate programs.
Human Impacts on Bottlenose Dolphins in Belize
Has increased tourism in Belize impacted the dolphin population? In the late 1990s, Self-Sullivan and her peers determined that mangrove cayes provided foraging and nursery habitat for dolphins and manatees in Belize. It was predicted that increasing cruise ship tourism would have negative effects on the dolphin population. With your help, we will test that hypothesis and determine changes in the population structure, habitat use, and behavior.
Although there has been no funding to continue the bottlenose dolphin project in the Drowned Cayes since 2001, data have been collected opportunistically by Dr. Caryn Self-Sullivan in conjunction with her long-term manatee research project. These data indicate a significant reduction in the number identifiable dolphins using the area over the past decade. To determine whether these anecdotal data are representative of the current dolphin population requires a repeat of methods used by Petersen (2001) and Kerr (2005) from 1997-1999. The funds to be raised through experiment.com are the bare minimum required to conduct a 10-day research expedition in April 2015. In-kind support, including field equipment, supplies, GPS, Computer, Camera, office space, computer software and expertise are being provided by co-PI advisors, Dr. Caryn Self-Sullivan and Dr. Nick Funicelli, and the Oceanographic Center at NSU.
Belize, fleur de l'ombre, 4min. La devise de ce petit pays d'Amérique centrale, frontalier du Mexique et du Guatémala? " Je fleuris à l'ombre". Forêts tropicales, vestiges mayas, immense barrière de corail en font un paradis naturel encore peu fréquenté. Suivez-y Antoine,
Belize 2015, 8min. St. Mary's College Tropical Biology class trip to Belize! 2015.
OYE TOPIC: BELIZE TERRITORIAL VOLUNTEERS, 40min.
OYE TOPIC: HUMAN-WILDLIFE CONFLICT IN BELIZE, 35min.
A sculture assembled by Belize Students, 2min. Artist Ken McMillan inspired student from St. John's College. This is one of the first pieces one will stumble upon when entering into the natural world of Poustinia.
Belize City Lions Introduces Easter Gift Project, 4min.
Belize it or not, 12min.
Driving Vinyl Sheet Piling in Belize, 4.5min. Driving Vinyl Sheet Piling in Belize Men working without PPE. Evet cok ilginc Köylü Yeğenim ilk kez mi gördün bu aleti Yok konu baska. Ozel bir anlami var. Hem koylusek de