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#503976 - 05/05/15 11:55 AM Today's Belize News: May 5, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

Taxi Operator Dionicio Trujillo found murdered
There has been yet another day light murder in Ambergris Caye in less than five days. The body of local taxi operator 42-year-old Dionicio Trujillo was found sometime around 7:30AM on Sunday, May 3rd lying next to his vehicle at the southern end of San Pedro Town around the Marina Area. Trujillo, a Naturalized Belizean originally from the Stann Creek District, had apparently suffered three stab wounds as well as a slit to the throat. Since the incident, San Pedro Police have detained five men for questioning, with two being the main suspects. While the exact time of death is still unknown, police believe that Trujillo was killed between the hours of 6AM to 7AM. A neighbor of the deceased indicated that on the same date at about 4:30AM he saw the victim’s taxi van (License Plate # D-0208) parked in front of his residence on Seagrape Drive. Upon checking a couple hours later, he noticed the van was no longer there. As such, the neighbor believed Trujio had gone to work.

Letter to the Editor: Barbara on Unregulated Development
While vacationing on Ambergris Caye, I read the April 16, 2015 print issue of The San Pedro Sun. I do not often write to the Editor but I felt compelled to add my support to the Editorial section of this issue [Tourism is a Business] and the folks that spoke up, including the Editor. It takes courage to speak up and I applaud the effort. Ambergris Caye has so much to offer BUT it is at risk if city officials, as well as merchants and residence, do not pay attention to the unregulated development and limit size of building structures to fit the island’s flair. For an economy that is overwhelmingly supported by tourism, you are on the brink of losing the quaint nature of the “island life” that tourist are seeking. I was surprised by the congested traffic, limited parking and unavailable pedestrian areas. While I do not wish to offend, what a tourist sees when driving down Back and Middle streets is very unappealing and not “quaint” at all. As a tourist, I can find another destination to visit, although I do not want to at this time. I encourage others to speak up and get involved. Please do something before it is too late.

Dates set for Belize’s Jaguars second World Cup Qualifying Game
After narrowly qualifying for the second round of competition in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup Qualifiers, the Belize Jaguars now face the Dominican Republic. The official dates for the home-away games for the Belize National Football Selection have been announced, and the Jaguars are back at camp preparing for the big match against the Dominican Republic’s National Team.17 Belize Jaguars vs Domincan Republic The first game will be an away game for Belize on Thursday, June 11th. The match will be played at 2PM at the Estadio Olimpico Feliz Sanchez in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Jaguars will then return home for the second match on Sunday, June 14th, kicking off at 4PM at the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) Project Stadium. Tickets for the home match will be made available closer to the game date. FFB will be announcing in the days prior to the games whether they will be aired live on television. Adding excitement to the games is the return of Belize’s top striker, Deon McCaulay.

Ambergris Today

Photographer Kay Scott Features Village Life in San Pedro Exhibit
Long-time island resident and renowned photographer Kay Scott opened her exhibit titled "Village Life in San Pedro" on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the San Pedro House of Culture. The pictorial exhibit consists of a little 70 images of San Pedro when it was a small fishing village, just starting to grow into the touristic town it is today. It takes visitors back in time, bringing that nostalgic feeling to those who lived on the island and educates those who only know of the busy island of Ambergris Caye. Kay Scott arrived on the island in 1982 and she explains that it was during her very first walks around the island that she fell in love with San Pedro and decided to come live here. Since then, Kay Scott has been taking photographs of pretty much everything that you can think of being ‘island life’ – from beach scenes, private celebrations, historic town events and the profiles of island residents.

Second Taximan Murdered in Less Than a Week in San Pedro
Just five days after San Pedro Taximan Jose Rigobeto Beltran was found dead inside his vehicle on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, the disturbing discovery of a second murdered taximan on Sunday, May 3, shocked the island town of San Pedro once again. Forty-two-year-old taximan, Dionicio Trujillo, was found dead in the Marina Area, south of the DFC area around 9a.m. on Sunday, May 3, 2015, with three stab wounds to his body; he was dragged outside his vehicle and left to die on the side of the road. His death is believed to have been as a result of a robbery, but island residents are now very concerned and afraid that the two taxi murders are somehow linked. Many are afraid that there will be more murders in the near future. “We are planning to move to San Pedro this year after being in Belize many time in the last 8 years but after reading the rate of crime going up in San Pedro it make us thinking about our plan,” shares an Ambergris Today reader on Facebook.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

San Pedro Animal Hospital Support
As many of you know due to difficulties in obtaining permits and licenses from the Veterinary Board and BAHA, the San Pedro Animal Hospital will be closing at the end of this year. For 6 years we have provided medical and surgical care, as well as emergency care for the animals of Ambergris Caye. As well, thanks to the San Pedro Animal Foundation we have spayed and neutered pets from San Pedro's poorest neighborhoods, and provided emergency care to animals who otherwise would have been euthanized due to lack of funds. We are asking that those who are able, to write to the following individuals offering support for the San Pedro Animal Hospital. We are hoping to be able to resolve these issues, and continue to offer services to the animals of San Pedro.

Ministry of Health Contributes to the Ongoing Discussion on Suicides
The Ministry of Health notes the widespread discussion in the media on the recent alleged suicides involving well-known Belizeans. As the country’s ministry responsible for mental health information and treatment, we would like to offer this press release as our contribution to the discussions on this very important issue.

Poets Corner: Labour Day Tribute
Salute! By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. The backbone of the public service is its officers Without you the public service would be tatters Minister wanting to be chief , Indian and bottle washers Life would be un- bearable without you service providers Police men, soldiers, nurses, teacher, dentist, and doctors Psychiatric nurse practitioners, councilors, social workers You are the movers and shakers Making this society better Executing the mandate of our policymakers Although often not recognized Since things in Belize is highly politicized In a climate where supervisors are quick to chastise Yet you go to work with that sparkle in your eyes Knowing that you’re helping your people to live more meaningful lives During this Public Service Day as you’re being recognized Only you really know your worth and how you should be categorized It more than compensation that fuels your passion Belize becoming a better nation is your motivation

Bartending Classes in Cayo
Bartending classes are coming to Cayo. The Belize Institute of Mixology is offering introduction, advance, and master classes, and one class in hospitality, throughout May. They'll be held at CET. "Introduction to Bartending: May 7th-10th at CET in Cayo You will learn all the basics of Bartending in order to get you ready for the Advanced course. A participant can only take the advance if he/she has at least 3 years experience or has taken the introduction. That will be for 4 days for about three hours per day starting at 3 pm. The cost of that is $300 per person. Advanced Course is May 12-15 for 4 days and the cost of that is $400. May 18th- 22 is Master Bartending course and the cost of that is $600 per person. Requirement is 5 years or more in experience. "

Sensational Selfies @ the National Agriculture & Trade Show 2015

BAMIKI: THE BAND THAT CHANGED BELIZEAN MUSIC!
The Belizean homegrown band Bamiki Bandula had refused to accept the norm and mediocrity in Belizean music, and so they changed they way music was to be played by Belizean musicians as themselves in particular and Belizean music in general. When Belizean musical legend, Dickie Straughan, introduced the band to jazz lines, and more sophisticated chord structures, form, and style, he didn't know that he was going to be successful in creating a group of high caliber musicians. Since then, the rest has been history. Today the former members of Bamiki, who continued to play music at a professional level in the United States has rose to become pros at their craft, barring none, and unintimidated by competition of any sort in music in Los Angeles, and around the world.

THE WORLD SEEN BY ERNEST 'WORL' MIDDLETON!
The legendary Belizean artist, Ernest 'Worl' Middleton, passed aaway suddenly last week, and a celebration of his life and funeral services was held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Englewood, California. A large attendance of Middleton's friends, family and musical associates came to pay repect to a musical giant that were to many a gentle soul, kind philanthropist, caring father, and a Belizean artistic phenom. Those in attendance include members of Belize's innovative band, Bamiki Bandula, Caribean as well as American musical artists whom had come to know the Belizean musical philanthropist as a man who gave so much to others because he wanted their musical and personal careers to succeed. The man they called "Worl', left a memorable legacy in the Los Angeles music world that wherever you might go and say his name, he would be known. Belizean Legends honor this beautiful heart of a human being that had so much passion for music, especially, Belizean music. Your kindness will always be remembered Worl. Peace be unto you.

BOLEDO DRAWING for Monday, May 4, 2015: 87

Mother's Day Extravaganza!
Hector Herrera Jr., "El Show Mas Atrevido", Saturday May 9, Doors open at 6pm. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex. Tickets $20, includes gift for all mothers, gourmet dinner, drink and dessert. Local Entertainment, lots of Games, Prizes and Grand Surprises! No children allowed, adult audience only. Tickets ar Marina's Store, San Pedrano's Store, La Divina Providencia, and the San Pedro Town Council

ANTHONY 'TANK' HUTCHINSON: BELIZEAN CYCLING 101!
When Belizean cycling athlete and two time Belize Holy Saturday Cross Country winner, Anthony 'Tank' Hutchinson came from out of the hills in Cayo, Belize, on a brutal chase to contain the outstanding Mexican rider, Pablo Calderon, who had won the Belize National Cross Country the previous year, no one had known that it was the beginning of a new chapter in Belize's most renowned cycling classic, and the continuation of the Belizean greatness in the sport of cycling since the Miguel brothers dominated the 144 mile cycling classic. It is told in Evan X Hyde's book, Sports, Sin & Subversion, that when the mighty Hutchinson caught the Mexican rider coming back to Belize City where the race finishes, he rode next to Calderon and demanded a challenge from him saying, "Vamos, paisa." But it had appeared that the Mexican rider had nothing left, and Belize's new Cross Country champion, Anthony Hutchinson, rode away alone to become the 1972 Belize Cross Country champion.

How to Start a Neighborhood Watch Group!
As the captain of the Corozal Central Neighbourhood Watch Group here are some TIPS that may help my fellow islanders on Ambergris Caye, struggling with the current crime wave:- Our Caption is pretty much says it all. "GET INVOLVED" How to Start a Neighborhood Watch Group! When you get right down to it, starting a neighborhood watch isn’t terribly difficult. Let’s start at the basics. If you ask your neighbor to keep an eye out on your house for a couple of hours while you’re away and you do the same in return you’ve effectively started a Neighborhood Watch. It really is that easy!

Channel 7

Another Cabbie Killed On San Pedro
Another Taxi driver from San Pedro Town was slain over the weekend. He was stabbed to death, his throat cut, and his body left right beside his taxi van. Police believe that he may have been robbed, and from all appearances, he was yet another hardworking cab driver and a family man. 42 year-old Donicio Trujillo is the second taxi driver to be killed in only 5 days, and so his peers are worried that the criminal elements on the island are targeting them. 7News travelled to the island today, and spoke with police, Trujillo's family and his fellow cabbies to try to get some answers. Daniel Ortiz reports. Daniel Ortiz reporting 42 year-old Donicio Trujillo's body was discovered here at this section of the island of San Pedro. It's known as the Marina Area, which leads to the new Dump Site. A few 100 yards in the opposite direction is the docking site where all the barges unload their cargo. It's basically the lifeblood of the islands supplies from the mainland, but as you can see, it has no lights or lampposts. So, in the dark of Sunday morning, Trujillo's killers attacked him at this spot.

Island Trio Charged For Beltran Murder
While police must begin an investigation into Trujillo's murder, they believe that they have solved the murder of 42 year-old Jose Beltran, the taxi driver who was killed last week Tuesday. Those men are now at the Belize Central Prison. As we told you last week, police have charged 23 year-old Luis "Sito" Campos, 19 year-old Mark Arzu, and 18 Santos Garcia with the crimes of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. They were arraigned today before Magistrate Sherigne Rodriguez. Due to the nature of the offence, no plea was taken, and they were denied bail. They will be brought back at a later date. Today, San Pedro police updated us on that case as well: Sgt. Lenancio Bol - Station Sergeant, San Pedro Police "Three persons has been charged for the murder jointly. They will be arraigned this afternoon in the magistrate's court."

Denfield Bowen - A Casualty of "Gaza" Gang War?
Where is Denfield Bowen? And is he dead? The 27 year old Plues Street resident left home on Thursday at 5:20 in the evening and has not been found yet. Today, in a mildly bizarre coincidence, both police and members of the George Street Gang were looking for him in the area behind Jane Usher Boulevard - which is where street information said his body was thrown. Information suggests that Bowen may have been killed as the result of a deep internal rift within the George Street Gang - which all started after Mark Medina was killed last Sunday, presumably by one of his own. Medina was closely linked with the George Street gang and his friends believe he was lured to his death by someone from within the gang. That leads to Denfield Bowen - who - according to word on the street - may have gone missing as a consequence of this same internal rivalry.

PUP Leader Francis Fonseca Remembers Cousin David
Why did former Belize City Mayor David Fonseca kill himself? And why did he do it on the day before his 61st birthday? That's the question that dominated conversations over the long weekend - where no one could figure out what could have propelled the always agreeable Fonseca to take his own life. He did it on Thursday afternoon around 2:00 in the bathroom of his mother's home. Police found him with a gunshot to the head, and a nine millimeter pistol in his hand. Today his cousin and Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca said that when he spoke to David Fonseca most recently, the former mayor was looking forward to his birthday:... Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "It's obviously a very deep personal loss. He was not only my cousin, but a friend and someone I had a great liking for and a great regard for. A quite man, a good decent man - so it's a deep personal loss and these things can never be properly explained or understood. When things like this happens, you simply have to place your faith in God's hands and that is what we are doing as a family and as a party. It is not for us to understand or to question or to judge. It is for us to accept and to carry on and that is what we are doing."

Killing At Agri
There was a murder in Belmopan this weekend. It happened right at the Agriculture and Trade Show on Saturday night. Around 10:30, 24-year-old Darnell Brown was hanging out with a group of friends near the Heineken tent at the back of the grounds when another group of men apparently disrespected a female Brown was with. Brown then approached the group and a fight started. Brown was stabbed to the head and died this morning. According to police, alcohol fueled the confrontation. Police have 1 person in custody and are looking for 3 others.

Man Charged Five Months After Murder
After 5 months of investigation, police have made an arrest for the murder of the 25 year old Kenroy Parham, who was killed in December of last year. The accused, Rudolph Ramsey, was arraigned on the charge today in the court of the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. He was remanded into custody until august 20. Parham, a father of 3, was shot 3 times in his head in December last year in Mahogany Heights. His aunt discovered his body on the side of the road, across from his family residence. It was believed that Parham's murder was in retaliation for the murder Emmerson Arnold, a BWS worker who was shot and killed while he was on his way to work.

PUP Brings In Its Own High Profile Candidate
Recently the UDP has dominated the political news with the presentation of high profile new candidates such as Dr. Carla Barnett and Tracy Taegar - Panton. Well, today, the PUP proved that it can also attract brand name-names. Well-known commentator Major Lloyd Jones will be the PUP's candidate in a constituency where the last standard bearer Arthur Saldivar was forced out in September of last year. Jones comes in after a 7-month interval where the PUP had no candidate in the area. But, all the key members of Saldivar's committee have thrown their support behind him. So, the PUP introduced him today as a marquee name with solid public credentials. His colleague from Lake Independence Cordel Hyde said the acquisition of this talent is a signal to the electorate that their March fourth message was received:.. Cordel Hyde, PUP Lake I Std. Bearer "On March 4th, the people across the length and breadth of this beautiful country sent us a very clear and stern message. They say we weren't moving right. They said they weren't convinced. They said we needed to go back to the drawing board and so we have.

When Will PUP Give GOB 21 Day Ultimatum?
But one thing the PUP do need support on is the letter Fonseca plans to send to the Prime Minister. He told the media about it last week - but he still hasn't sent it. Today has said the party is reaching out to the social partners to build a critical mass of opposition:.. Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "We want as many people, as many of our partners, as many of social partners, the business, and the chamber of commerce to sign on to this letter. We're seeking their support in sending this letter. If we have to go with it alone, we will. So the first step is to circulate it to them, which is where we are now. To have them look at it, to have them review it. To get their input. Perhaps they want to make amendments to the letter. So that is the stage that we're at. Once we've gotten that back, and we've gotten some consensus and we know who will sign on and who won't. Then we will proceed from there and the 21 days will start running from then."

Unions Needed Numbers
And those social partners, namely the Trade Union Congress could have used a slight boost from the PUP on Friday at their labour day rally in Belize City. That's because only 45 persons came out - which is a modest improvement from the 32 we counted last year. But the trade union leaders say it's not a reflection of poor national support - they said that their members preferred family fun days in their districts instead of a nationwide rally which they do not see as important. Marvin Mora, President - NTUCB "The purpose is for it to eventually grow into something a lot larger and eventually make it be probably the largest event in the country. Where all the labourers they come out, express their views, they hear other people express theirs and we have the social gathering, basically, but in a rally type of setting. The day was placed aside for the labourers of the country to celebrate their achievements. This should be the development of our country because all the labour that you see is, in our country, is the labour that develops our country. Without our labour there would be no development. So in reality for example, just give you an example. When a manager says 'I did this' or when a minister says 'I did that', he didn't literally went out there and do it. It was actual workers who went out there and made it happen. So we are the people that build our country, we are the people who make things happen."

Denfield's Family Speaks
As we told you earlier, it's now four days since Denfield Bowen has gone missing. The father of 4 children and one on the way was last seen by his common-law-wife on Thursday evening. He told her he would be back in a few but that turned into hours and now days since he has been missing. A missing person report was made on Friday morning and since then the family of Bowen has been searching for him all over the city. A search was conducted today in the Dyke area off Fabers Road - where family members and members of the George Street Gang with dogs combed the area - but nothing was found. Today we spoke to family members who told us all they want is the body of their loved one and some closure. Claudine Dawson, Common-law-wife: "He and I were in the shop about 5pm and he made a call and say "what's up B, I am coming." After that I look at my watch and it was twenty past he left home on Thursday evening. He left home and I sat down in the shop. After 6:30, I ask myself how he hasn't come home as yet. 7pm, I went upstairs and I put the baby to sleep and I went to take a bath and around 7:30 I call his father and he didn't answer.

PUC Hops BEL Doesn't Object To Rate Cut
As we told you last week - the Public Utilities Commission has recommended a 15% cut in the average electricity rate for BEL. If BEL doesn't object, that would result in an average rate of 35 cents per kilowatt hour, the lowest light rate in decades. The PUC today held a press conference to explain that their decision aims to achieve a balance between the projected price of fuel, the millions that BEL owes consumers for the months when prices fell lower than expected, and a reasonable rate of return for the power company's shareholders:.. John Avery, Chairman - PUC "We are looking at a mean electricity rate of 35cents for the period from July 1st 2015 to June 30th 2016. This represents 15.24% decrease in the mean electricity rates. So this 35cents is setting a rate that will cover their cost for next year but also rebate to consumers the excess that BEL has had over the last couple of years." Jules Vasquez "Have light rates ever been this low? I can't recall it being as low as 35cents per kilowatt hour average."

Male Teacher Fired For Soliciting Male Students
A male teacher from the Mopan Technical High School has been terminated for sending sexually explicit facebook messages to male students and trying to lure them into having sexual relations with him. Based on the messages - which often veer into the territory of derangement, the male teacher has been communicating with one particular male student from October 2014, both sending nude pictures of themselves to each other. He also solicits sex - offering to pay the male student five dollars at payday. Well, the case has been reviewed by the teaching services commission, and the male teacher was sent a letter of termination yesterday and banned from the Mopan Technical High School. According to our sources, he was terminated from the high school before in 2005. We'll have more on the story tomorrow pending confirmation from senior personnel in the ministry of education who refused to comment today.

Courtney Plays Cowgirl
The national agricultural and trade show drew thousands to the fairgrounds in Belmopan over the weekend - but we went there for the rodeo, our first visit in three years. And if you're going to the rodeo, you go to see the main event: bull riding. We traveled to Belmopan yesterday to find out why just like prize fighting, bull riding is just for a chosen few. Courtney Weatherburne "Looking into this holding pen, these over 1,700 pounds bulls are calm and subdued, but in just a couple of minutes that would change as they are unleashed in the battle against man. A test of will, power and pride." Courtney Weatherburne reporting And that battle will be fought in this arena in front of scores of cheering fans. These bulls are poked and prodded out of the holding pen and placed in the chute, where it meets its opponent.

Mother of 6 Gets 3 Years For Weed
36 year-old mother of 6, Natalie Fuller was sentenced to 3 years in jail, and she must also come up with 10 thousand dollars to pay a fine. That's after she changed her plea today before Magistrate Herbert Panton. Fuller was busted around 11:30 a. m. on November 14, 2013, when the police, acting on the strength of a search warrant, went to her residence, located at 69 Regent Street West. When Fuller saw the police coming she threw the bag of cannabis over the veranda into the river. The police retrieved the bag and when they opened it they saw that it contained cannabis. After pleading maintaining a not guilty stance for months, she changed that position on last week Thursday and switched her plea to guilty. Magistrate Panton was forced to sentence her to the prescribed 3 years in jail, and the additional fine of 10,000 dollars.

Mayor Says 800 Came Out On Labour Day
Earlier in the news, we showed you the NTUCB's Labor Day activities. Well on Friday, Mayor Darrell Bradley took the name labour seriously. He organized an event, which he says had 800 people signing up to do community work. It's the fourth annual Labor for Belize Initiative - and he told us why it keeps growing:.. The volunteers started at 6 a.m., and ended at midday.

Belizean Drafted In NFL
Belizean Rakeem Nunez-Roches was selected in the NFL draft this weekend. The Dangriga born Nunez Roches left Belize when he was eight - and played college football at Southern Mississippi. The six foot two inch, 307 pounder is a defensive tackle who was selected 217th overall, with the last pick in the sixth round. It's a low pick, but various websites say he does stand some chance of making the team as a reserve. Those same websites quote him as saying that if he was selected his grandmother would make "hudut" in celebration - described to the US press as, quote, "this dish where she puts gravy inside a plantain and she'll beat it with a wooden stick so it's mushy," He adds, "She'll put some fish in there and marinate it. Oh, it's so good. I haven't seen anybody eat a bowl of it and not go straight to sleep afterward."

Making Motivation Work
Bert Oliva and his motivational missionaries are back in Belize this week - and this year - they are focusing mainly on high schoolers. Bert Oliva, Alexa Oliva and Dionne Miranda told us more:.. They will be in the City, the north and the West. Their message is non religious.

Channel 5

Minor Shoots Minor With 16-Gauge Shotgun
There is a disturbing incident to report tonight of a shooting involving two young children in the south. A six year old boy is clinging to life after he was [...]

Ambulance Woes Plague Critically Injured Minor
911 was immediately called by Thomas Polanco, who thought of nothing else, but to get his son to the Southern Regional Hospital to save his life. But there was no [...]

Are Parents of Minor Criminally Liable for Shooting?
According to Travis’ father, Thomas Polanco, the sixteen-gauge shotgun used in the shooting by the year old, is the weapon utilized by the minor’s family for hunting.  Police have since [...]

Taxi-man Stabbed to Death in San Pedro
The San Pedro Police Department is investigating a second brutal murder in less than a week. On Sunday morning, well-known taxi-driver forty-two year old Donicio Trujillo was found stabbed to [...]

Hattieville Youth Dies After Agric Stabbing
The national agricultural and trade show was held over the holiday weekend in the Capital….thousands turned out for the event; that story is coming later in the newscast. But on [...]

Major Lloyd Jones is P.U.P.’s Rural North Candidate
Retired Major Lloyd Jones is the new People’s United Party standard bearer for Belize Rural North.  The former Ports Commissioner succeeds attorney Arthur Saldivar and was formally introduced as the [...]

Jones Says Castro is No Threat
As we mentioned earlier, Jones is assuming the reins for the P.U.P. campaign in Belize Rural North from former standard bearer Arthur Saldivar.  His candidacy was rescinded in 2014, amid [...]

P.U.P. Seeks Support for Repeal of Petrocaribe Loan Act
As we reported last Tuesday, the People’s United Party has issued an ultimatum to the Barrow administration with respect of the Petrocaribe Loans Act.  The opposition is seeking a repeal [...]

P.U.P. Mourns Former Mayor David Fonseca
The tragic suicide of former Belize City Mayor David Fonseca continues to rock family and friends, as well as colleagues in the political sphere.  Fonseca took his own life on [...]

Three Men Arraigned for Taxi-man’s Murder
Today, police formally arraigned three men in San Pedro Magistrate’s Court. Twenty-three year old Luis Campos, nineteen year old Mark Arzu and eighteen year old Santos Garcia were led from [...]

Man Charged for 2014 Murder
Over the weekend, police cracked an old murder case which occurred at Mahogany Heights, Belize District, back in November 2014. This morning, nineteen year old Ronalph Ramsey Junior, was arraigned [...]

Myers Walks Free From Murder Charge
While four men were arraigned today for murder, another learnt his fate for the same charge. Thirty-one-year-old Raymond Myers has been acquitted of the murder of twenty-seven-year-old Francis Figueroa, who [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Labour Day Event Draws Lacklustre Crowd
Friday, May first was celebrated as Labour Day in Belize and in numerous countries. Unlike other places where rallies and related events draw massive participation, there was a disappointing attendance [...]

Will N.T.U.C.B. Join A National Protest of Petrocaribe Loan Act?
There are a number of issues that remain unresolved for the N.T.U.C.B.  Mora stated that the unions are concerned about the inability of the government to start consultations on the [...]

P.U.C. approves B.E.L. Rate Decrease
The Public Utilities Commission has approved a decrease in the mean electricity rate from forty-one cents per kilowatt hour to thirty-seven cents.  The rate reduction takes effect on July first, [...]

Thousands Converge on Agric Showgrounds
Thousands of Belizeans annually converge on Belmopan for the national agricultural and trade show, which was held over the weekend in the Old Capital. The three-day show celebrates agriculture, but [...]

Police Operations Continue in San Pedro
One final issue on crime in tonight’s newscast… There are all manner of criminal issues bedevilling the Police on San Pedro, Belize’s premier tourism destination and seriously lucrative revenue earner. [...]

Basketball and Football in Sports Monday
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   The Dangriga Warriors hosted the defending champion, San Pedro Tiger Sharks in its bid to make the post season [...]


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Second Taxi-man Murdered In San Pedro Town
In an increasingly cash strapped society, taxi drivers are perhaps more and more vulnerable as targets to crime. Last week we told you about the murder of Jose Rigoberto Beltran who was bound at the hands and feet and his body found inside his taxi cab with a single gunshot wound to the head. And over the weekend, just five days after Beltran’s murder, another cab operator, 47 year old Dionicio Trujillo met his fate when his life was senselessly taken away. Sergeant of Police in San Pedro Town, Lenancio Bol told us that they believe the motive for his murder is robbery. SGT. LENANCIO BOL – Station Sergeant, SP Police “Police visited territory just off Marine Drive south of San Pedro Town just after 7:30am on Sunday, May 3rd 2015, after receiving information of a male person apparently dead, when they arrived, they found the body of a male Hispanic person lying face down in a drain in a pool of water just off the dirt road, the body was seeing where visible signs of injures was observed which appears to be a large cut to the center of the abdomen, chest area, the left forearm and to the throat, this male person was identified as Donicio Trujillo, 47 years old, naturalized Belizean taxi driver of San Pedro Town, also a grey in color Toyota Van was found on the center of road about 20 to 30 feet away from where the body was found , we believe that it was the same taxi that the decease was driving, he was found in the ignition and as a result police gathering on the investigation.”

SIB Report Indicates That Inflation Is Down
The Consumer Price Index for March is down reports the Statistical Institute of Belize, while imports saw a significant hike as did exports. The report says that the All-Items Consumer Price Index for the month of March 2015 was down 1 percent, from 103.6 to 102.6, in comparison to the same time last year, meaning that goods and services typically purchased by Belizeans were one percent cheaper. Food prices saw an average decrease of 0.8 percent, driven by lower prices for eggs, Red Kidney beans, and various fresh vegetables, including cabbage, onions, and carrots. The major drop is recorded in fuel prices in the “transport” category as they have been recorded to decrease about one third due to lower world market prices. Adding to that is an eleven percent decrease in international airfares. A marginal increase in home rental prices were offset by a 20.7 percent decline in electricity rates that followed tariff revisions that became effective in January 2015. The SIB also reports that the average price for LPG was down by more than one fourth or $33, from $126 twelve months ago to $93 in March 2015. Looking at the consumer prices by district, Dangriga recorded an overall increase with an inflation of 0.7 percent. Belmopan saw the largest average drop with an inflation rate of negative 1.7 percent.

Thousands Of Students Sits Second Part Of CXC
The second part of the Primary School Examinations was carried today and thousands of students sat the last two papers which are social studies and math paper two. Following several hours of concentration, the students seemed more than content to have it over with. We caught up with some of them as they exited the examination center at Muffles College High School. Most of the students said the math paper was challenging while the social studies paper was easier. Chris Urbina – Louisiana School “I found the math multiple choice a little bit difficult but I think I’ll do well.” Dalila Ical – Reporter “Did you prepare a lot?” Chris Urbina – Louisiana School “Yes, mom”

Ambassadors Present Credential To Sir Colviolle Young
Today, Ambassadors from the republic of El Salvador, Panama and Vietnam presented their credentials to the Governor General of Belize His Excellency Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. According to the release, His Excellency Luis Carabantes Palacios of the Republic of El Salvador, Her Excellency Martha Boza of the Republic of Panama, and Her Excellency Le Linh Lan of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam all expressed their pleasure to be representing their countries in Belize. They each conveyed their mission to sustain and continue to develop strong relations between their respective countries and Belize. The Governor General graciously received the credentials and welcomed the ambassadors to the country.

Ministry Of Health Concern About Rise In Suicide
On Friday we told you about former Belize City Mayor David Fonseca who took his own life at his mother and ex-wife's residence in Stuart's Alley in Belize City. Reports on Friday were that he shot himself in the head with a nine-millimeter pistol and his body found in bathroom of the house with the gun in his hand. The news sent shock waves across the nation and over the weekend, another resident, this time from the Cayo District took his own life. In recent years, the country has witnessed rapid progress and development. However, despite prosperity, many Belizeans are committing suicide at an alarming level.

Skeletal Remains Of Person Found In San Victor
The skeletal remains of a reported missing person were found over the weekend in the San Victor Village of the Corozal District. According to authorities, based on information received, police visited a fenced bushy lot situated about ½ kilometer Southwest of San Victor Village, where they saw what appeared to be skeletal remains. Upon further inspection from a family member, 55 year old Miguel Chable positively identified the remains as that of his older brother, 72 year old Federico Chable. His identity was known based on the items of clothing and footwear that were at the scene. Federico had gone missing from April 23rd 2015. Police say no foul play is suspected and an onsite post mortem would confirm that statement.

Corozaleno Captured And Charged For Robbery
A habitual thief wanted for a recent robbery in Corozal Town was captured thanks to the collaborative efforts of the San Ignacio and Belmopan police. As we’ve previously reported, 16 year old Eizer Cob of San Narciso Village reported to police that last Monday he parked his white bicycle beside a bus stop at the junction of the Phillip Goldson Highway and San Narciso Village when shortly after a male person known to him as Nelson “Wicho” Claros came towards him from the direction of San Roman Village holding a beer in each hand. Cob told police that upon getting close to him Claros attempted to knock him with the pints to which he lifted his hands and uttered threatening words. Shortly after, Claros rode off with Cob’s bike.

Corozal Businessman Scammed For More Than $7000.00
Corozal police are seeking two individuals that have scammed a businessman out of thousands of dollars from his bank account. According to the report made by 43 year old business owner, Ravey Vasquez, on Friday afternoon around 2:18p.m he received a phone call from the Atlantic Bank Corozal Branch where they explained to him that a male person by the name of Hiron Manuel Aguirre was attempting to cash a cheque dated April 3rd. Authorities at the bank reported to Vasquez that the amount on the cheque of $2,200.00bcy appeared to have been written over numerous times and tampered with and did not carry his initials. Subsequently, Vasquez noted that a total of (3) other cheques were stolen from him and cashed at the Bank - two in the name of Rafael Noble who is an ex-employee of his and the other dated April 8th in the amount of $2,000.00bcy was in the name of Hiron Manuel Aquirre. A total of $7,000.00bcy was stolen from his account. Corozal Police are looking for the 2 individuals for the crime of theft but their efforts have been unsuccessful.

PlusTV

Former Mayor of Belize City in apparent suicide
This afternoon around two ,the Fonseca family was rocked by news of the death of William Henry “David” Fonseca, a businessman and former three-term Mayor of Belize City from 1996 to 2006...

Land titles for Caye Caulker beaches canceled
The Ministry of Natural Resources has moved swiftly to address the creation of new plots of land on the beach and seabed in northern Caye Caulker, located directly in front of established beachfront properties...

Poultry producers hoping to avoid shortfall, raising prices
Some 75,000 birds, representing $3 million in investment, was lost in the last few weeks in the poultry industry in the Cayo District after the discovery of H5N2 avian influenza in the area detected earlier this year...

Tourism Minister comments on arrival figures
After a dizzily rising of tourism figures over the last few years, there has been a noticeable trend in the number of cruise and overnight tourism arrivals...

Orange Walk representative discusses police brutality
While at the PUP demonstration in Belize City today we spoke with Orange Walk Central area representative John Briceno about the recent cases of police brutality in Orange Walk Town. He explained that it is up to Belizeans to keep an eye on the Police Department to curb its excesses.

Department of the Environment targets chemical management
A workshop to bring awareness to the importance of chemical management was hosted today in Belize City by the Department of the Environment...

National Agriculture and Trade Show preparations on the way
The National Agriculture and Trade Show in Belmopan, arguably the largest national event of the year, kicks off this weekend starting tomorrow on Labour Day. We visited the show grounds earlier this week where we spoke to the head organizer of the event, Chief Agriculture Officer Robert Harrison...

US Embassy Honours Belizean Youth Groups
The U. S. Embassy to Belize recognized 4 youth groups at an event yesterday for outstanding work in their community. From Sexual health information dissemination, to environmentally green initiatives, to community rehabilitation, the U. S...

Cayo District Regional Spelling Bee Eliminations Completed
The Cayo District Regional coca cola spelling bee competition was held on Tuesday April 28th at the Countryside Park in Spanish Lookout where 14 contestants, representing 7 different zones in the Cayo District competed for the first place prize and a spot at the National Competitions to be held in C...

Ministry of Education settles BRC Printing case
In January, book publishers from Benque Viejo del Carmen Town, Cayo District, BRC Printing Limited, filed lawsuit against the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports over their refusal to honor a contract for the purchase of $463,000 worth of books from the company for the almost completed 2014-15 s...

Mahogany Heights man charged for firearms
Police have made an arrest in relation to the death of 40 year old Kevin “Skelbo” Flowers of Mahogany Heights, Belize District, but it is not for his murder...

Accused in Treasury theft make bail
This afternoon the Supreme Court applications for admittance to bail from two men charged in connection with the theft of over $500,000 from Treasury Department.  They are David Enriquez and Francis Palacio...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Mother pleads guilty to drug trafficking
A mother of six will serve three years in prison and must find $10,000 in fines to pay the court after pleading guilty to a charge of drug trafficking. 36 year old Natalie Fuller changed her plea and admitted her guilt on the witness stand during trial last […]

Over 60,000 Birds Dead in Spanish Lookout from Avian Flu Outbreak
The Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed to the media that the avian influenza outbreak detected in Spanish Lookout in January of this year has caused some $3 million dollars in lost revenue to Belizean poultry farmers. Jose Alpuche, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture says that about 75,000 […]

Major Lloyd Jones to run for PUP in Belize Rural North
The People’s United Party (PUP) today endorsed its candidate in Belize Rural North, former soldier and Ports Commissioner Major Lloyd Jones, who served in the Belize Defence Force (BDF) before joining the Port Authority. According to PUP leader Francis Fonseca, the PUP has high hopes for Jones, who […]

Another Belizean Commits Suicide
Belize Media Group has received reports that a man from the village of Santa Familia in the Cayo District committed suicide this weekend. According to reports, Allan Quewell was found by his wife hanging with a rope around his neck early Saturday morning around 1:07 a.m. Reports are that he […]

Western Ballaz defeated by Belize City No Limits
On Friday May 1st at the Sacred Heart auditorium in San Ignacio, Cayo Western Ballaz suffered a heart breaking defeat on their home court at the hands of the Belize City No limits Soldiers. Western Ballaz lost by 11 points at the end of regulation time and when the whistle sounded […]

Umallali Music Group Holds Special Celebration for Paul Nabor
The legendary Belizean Musical icon, Paul Nabor’s life was celebrated over the weekend in Punta Gorda. Paul Nabor (January 26, 1928 – October 22, 2014), born Alfonso Palacio, was a Garifuna musician from Punta Gorda, who is often credited with popularizing Paranda. Nabor is considered to have been one of […]

Youths in Punta Gorda Get New Gym
Residents and especially the youth in Punta Gorda Town are boasting a new gym, thanks to the continued help from the Town Council, under the auspices of Fern Gutierrez. It is no secret that youth centered activities are lacking in that municipality and most evening’s youths are seen playing basketball […]

Fair Warm Weather to Continue through Tuesday
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mainly fair and warm weather in the next couple of days. The 24 hour forecast is for sunny skies with a few cloudy spells today and partly cloudy skies tonight. Showers will be isolated. Winds will blow from the east to northeast […]

Blogs

Sunday entertainment
Many people would agree Coconut Leo should make the list of “Must see Belize tourist attractions” with a qualification that you have to be in the right place at the right time to catch the show. Yesterday he was in fine form at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar. He started off playing horseshoes, then he was dancing up a storm, and finally ended up climbing a tree. It was great Sunday entertainment and so was the band, with guest musicians Scotty and Jack. I always love seeing different talents on stage with the regulars. It was also great seeing Colin and Laura again too as time is flying by fast on their 19 day vacation. Flying even faster for Scotty who is doing 12 days and yesterday was likely my last chance to see him this trip.

A Beautiful Day for a HUGE Fundraiser In San Pedro
After a few breezeless days, the wind kicked up yesterday on Ambergris Caye and by midday, the sun was shining. A beautiful Sunday. I was up north a bit… But I waited next to this gorgeous little speed boat (feeling a bit like Jackie O)… and I hopped on the 1:30 Coastal Xpress water taxi back to town. Headed up to the Boca Del Rio area (just north of town) and Sandy Toes Bar for a big fundraiser. Here are Chef Jeff and Nicolai from Casa Picasso. Nicolai in charge of rice and beans…Jeff, chicken. Quite the production line. They paused for a photo.

Belize’s Great Barrier Reef Gets a Boost
With its scores of cayes, the incredible Blue Hole of Jacques Cousteau fame, some of the planet’s largest atolls and one of its rare whale shark annual migration areas, Belize’s Great Barrier Reef, also known as the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR), is truly one of the natural wonders of the world. It’s also a very fragile eco system that took millions of years to evolve, but in just a few generations is already reeling from the effects of human intrusion, especially with things like pollution, agricultural runoff, overfishing, coral damage from ships and their anchors, and that rising star of ecological damage, global warming. But the good news is that concerned people the world over have taken up the challenge to preserve this stunning example of Mother Nature’s handiwork, and last week we saw some of them meet in Belize City to participate in an eight-day workshop.

How to Make Mexican Tamales/Easy Recipe
Cinco de Mayo Menu idea. I show you how to make Mexican Tamales in just a few steps. I make 2 types of masa from scratch and red and green salsa. I show you how to make 3 fillings for some the most delicious tamales.

US Embassy Town Hall Meeting in Corozal
Date: May 26th, 2015 Place: Jam Rock, COROZAL Passport renewals, pages added, social security advise. Time and more information will be available later Contact Loreta Randall 666-3447 or email loretarandall@gmail.com

3 Ambassadors appointed to Belize
Three ambassadors presented their credentials to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young today, May 4, 2015 at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. H.E. Mr. Luis Carabantes Palacios of the Republic of El Salvador, H.E. Mrs. Martha Boza of the Republic of Panama, and H.E. Mrs. Le Linh Lan of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam all expressed their pleasure to be representing their countries in Belize. They each conveyed their mission to sustain and continue to develop strong relations between their respective countries and Belize. The Governor General graciously received the credentials and welcomed the ambassadors to ‪Belize.

CJC EAGLES Environmental Club Cleanup
While others enjoyed their Labour Day holiday on the Corozal Bay and with family and friends, the CJC EAGLES Environmental Club took to the highway to do a little cleanup of their own since this area was not done last Saturday for the Earth Day clean up campaign. As usual, there was a lot of garbage, but we put in the necessary hours and cleaned up a portion of the highway area. There were 2 upsetting things on that Friday, 1) We decided this time to put all the bottles together to see just how many we would collect on any given cleanup; It was a LOT! 2) We had just finished cleaning up and were packing up when a car stopped a bit ahead of us and a passenger politely deposited 2 bags of garbage on the side of the road, an area we had just cleaned! A bag with empty beer bottles and another with food plates. To say the least, this infuriated my group; I was left speechless! What is wrong with our people? Why is it so hard to keep garbage in your cars until you can find a garbage bin?

Flavors of Belize in Washington DC
The Flavors of Belize team represented well in Washington D.C. Chef Sean Kuylen, Tanya McNab, and Romy Haylock promoted Belize and our favorite cookbook at the Passport Belize Expo. Well done! "Mission accomplished! To assault all the senses possible through smell, sight, taste, literature and umami then to knock them dead with our passionate description of the inspiration and history of our cuisine. That coupled with our bold Belizean personalities was enough to left the interviewer with her mouth wide open! In the words of the ambassador 'Belize, a small country with a huge footprint!'"

Hands for Life at Express Oh!
Sacred Heart Junior Colege's Hands for Life club, along its Creative Expressions Club had a fun event at Express Oh! for the kids from Western Children's Home. Thanks to everyone that took their time to brighten the kids' day. Pictures on fb. Pictures from Express Oh! "The Kids from the Western Children's Home left happy, today was wonderful, the Shjc HandsforLife students were so impressive, they worked so hard and prepared fun games and prizes, the Drama Club from Shjc Oss were amazing with their Performances! Thank you all and thank you to Express-Oh! Cafe for hosting and a Yummy lunch for the kids"

Belize National Festival Of Arts 2015
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Belize Fishing Report April 26, 2015 - May 2, 2015
Killer permit fishing continued into this week, with a grand slam, a wedding, and some happy anglers! Tarpon weather seems to be coming so let's see what happens next week! Fish On!

International Sourcesizz

In Belize, Critically endangered wrasse now favorite food of invasive lionfish
Scientists examining the stomach contents of invasive lionfish caught on the inner barrier reef of Belize have discovered that nearly half of the diet of these aggressive fish consists of a critically endangered fish known as the social wrasse (Halichoeres socialis). The social wrasse is one of five coral reef fishes listed at the highest risk of extinction on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Found only on clear–water reefs around inshore mangrove islands in Belize, “its combination of traits—small size, schooling, and low, hovering behavior—make it an easy target for the lionfish,” says Smithsonian scientist Carole Baldwin of the Division of Fishes at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Threatened reef-building corals have diverse symbiotic algae partners, UGA study finds
Continued University of Georgia research on the threatened Caribbean reef-building coral, Orbicella faveolata, finds that latitudinal patterns play a key role in the type of symbiotic algae that the coral associates with. The findings, recently published in the journal Coral Reefs, may have implications for future management practices in the face of increasing environmental stressors. Reef-building corals harbor tiny plantlike algae inside of their bodies. These symbiotic algae gather energy from the sun and manufacture sugars that feed the coral, enabling coral reefs to grow and thrive in nutrient-poor waters. Orbicella faveolata, also known as mountainous star coral, is a common, but increasingly threatened, species of reef-building coral that is widely distributed throughout the Caribbean.

Fortis Inc. Acquires Additional Shares of Caribbean Utilities
Fortis Inc. ("Fortis" or the "Corporation") (TSX:FTS) announced today that it has acquired, through its wholly owned subsidiary Fortis Energy (Bermuda) Ltd. ("FEBL"), an aggregate of 2,169,682 or approximately 6.7% of the Class A Ordinary Shares (the "CUC Shares") of Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. ("CUC") (TSX:CUP.U) at a price of US$10.77 per share. The 2,169,682 CUC Shares purchased by Fortis were purchased in two related transactions: 1,729,064 CUC Shares were acquired pursuant to FEBL's proportionate right to subscribe for CUC Shares under the rights offering by CUC that expired on April 30, 2015 (the "Rights Offering"); The remaining 440,618 CUC Shares were acquired pursuant to the standby purchase commitment of FEBL made in connection with the Rights Offering.

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