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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Red Cross hosts 2015 fundraising dinner
The San Pedro branch of the Red Cross (SPBRC) held a fundraising dinner at El Patio Restaurant on Wednesday May 6th. Dinner tickets were priced at $75BZ, and included a three-course meal accompanied by fine wine courtesy of Wine De Vine. Everyone bearing a ticket for the dinner was automatically entitled to a chance at winning a door prize at the end of the event. According to Shirlee Arnould, the SPBRC branch coordinator, the proceeds of the dinner will be used towards CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training for the San Pedro police officers. “When we do First Aid and CPR courses, we like to include the community. We have actually determined that the people that need it the most just can’t really pay for it themselves. We wanted to sponsor the Police, Fire department and Teachers, since they are the ones who really need the help. To do so we will have to raise funds to ensure that they can take the courses,” commented Arnould. She also mentioned that there has been great involvement from island resorts when it comes to training their staff.

Little Angels Preschool celebrates Moms
Little Angels Preschool celebrated the island’s mothers with a special program on the morning of Thursday May 7, at the Lion’s Den. Mothers joined their children and enjoyed activities like singing, poetry and more. Principal and owner of the preschool Mrs. Marina Kay highlighted the annual event’s program. “The children do small presentations; some poems, some songs, they dance a few songs and even play some games with the other kids and parents. In that way they show their appreciation to their mothers.” One of the most daring activities involved separating moms from their children, then testing how well they know their babies. After discussing with the children, the organizers asked mothers a few questions like their child’s favorite food, their best friend, or their favorite color and more. Of course, mommies passed with flying colors. This was followed by a dance with mothers and their children boogying to some good beats. According to Kay, the idea to have the parents on stage dancing with their kids is to show them what their children feel when they are up on stage. This partnership (parent and child) actually encourages the children to do well in their presentations, as it puts them at ease.

Ambergris Today

Fin K Project Soup Kitchen Feeds Over 200 Moms on Mother's Day
The Fin K Project Mother’s Day Soup Kitchen organized by Findely Halliday was a major success as it was able to accommodate about 200 mothers and even 50 children for brunch on Mother’s Day at the San Pedro Lions Den on May 10, 2015. After a successful soup kitchen that Findley organized on Christmas Day 2014, he was back at organizing another one for Mother’s Day in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. With the help of volunteers and business donations Findley was able to organize a wonderful event to who appreciation to less-fortunate mother in the community. Most of the food items were provided by Findley and with the help of local restaurant, it was prepared for the soup kitchen brunch. Moms enjoyed baked ham, pancakes and even homemade tamales among other delicious treats. Wings Department Store donated 200 perfumes that were individually wrapped with candy and other lotions and those were given out as gifts to all the moms on their special day.

BzSa Launches New Logo, Puts Belize Sailors Into International Arena
There is a dawn of a new day for recreational sailing in Belize and hence the Belize Sailing Association (BzSA) new board of directors decided to adopt a logo to embody this excitement of momentum; hence the sunrise coaxing the craft on its voyage forward. This new logo reflects the fact that BzSA is creating international opportunities for our top school-age sailors. In the history of Belize, that is a first. Selection regattas decided which sailors BzSA will send this summer to international events, one for Optimist dinghies and the other for Olympic class Lasers.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Belize Receives the 2015 IRF Flagship Road Safety Award
The Government of Belize through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, in conjunction with the Ministry of Works and Transport, is pleased to announce that the Government and people of Belize were the recipients of the 2015 IRF Flagship Road Safety Award. This is a result of keeping with the long-term vision for improvement in road safety, through an integrated and comprehensive approach, together with demonstrated respect between all road users, the frequency and severity of traffic collisions (road trauma) is reduced. This award was given during the closing ceremony of the 4th International Road Federation (IRF) Caribbean Regional Congress in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Mrs. Yvonne Hyde, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, and Mr. Errol Gentle, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Works and Transport, jointly accepted the award.

Cristo Rey Village Book Project
The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio visited Cristo Reyto start work on the community center and supply it with books. Thanks, Rotaract! "Rotaractors today May 10th, Visited the Village of Cristo Rey in the Cayo District to build, install and stock bookshelves at the Community Center. Many Thanks to the people who donated and helped in the collection of the books. The Community Service Project focuses on promoting literacy in the village of Cristo Rey. Rotaractors will continue to work on the Community Center to meet the needs of the community."

Kay Scott "Village Life in San Pedro" photo exhibition
Reminding the general public to stop by the San Pedro House of Culture to see the Kay Scott "Village Life in San Pedro" photo exhibition. Only a few more days more before the exhibition is changed so take advantage of these beautiful images captured by Kay Scott.

9th Chocolate Festival of Belize
Schedule of Events..... It's ALMOST chocolate time in Toledo!

Support Scarlet Macaw Conservation by Scarlet Six
Scarlet Six Biomonitoring Team is a small and newly established Belizean NGO which works in very remote protected areas helping conserve critically endangered species in their habitat, including the beautiful Scarlet Macaw. We are excited to deploy our team this week to the depths of the Maya Mountains as we begin a six month journey to save Scarlet Macaw chicks from poachers who are incessantly after them for the illegal pet trade.

Arts & Crafts Exhibition "Coconutz"
The San Pedro House of Culture invites you to join us as we celebrate International Museum Day Thursday May 21, 2015. The highlight of the day will be the art & crafts exhibition by local artisans. The exhibition will showcase the use of Coconuts as a sustainable resource in creating a variety of art & crafts. Kindly join us for the opening ceremony which will begin at 7 pm.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT IACHR!
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

Report Card on the Reef: More Fish are Making the Mesoamerican Reef a Healthier Coral Reef Ecosystem
The Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative (HRI) released its 2015 Report Card for the Mesoamerican Reef, recording an improvement in reef health from ‘Poor’ in 2012 to ‘Fair’ this year, primarily due to increased fish biomass. The report is based on a new study of 248 coral reef sites along 1000 km of the Caribbean coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, which were monitored for living coral cover, fleshy macroalgal cover, herbivorous fish biomass (parrots and surgeonfish) and commercially important fish biomass (snappers and groupers). New this year to the Report Card is a collection of detailed indicator maps of coral reef condition on a variety of spatial scales. These new data provide guidance on where to focus conservation actions at the most appropriate management scale. Overall Health: The overall 2015 MAR Reef Health Index score was ‘fair’ (2.8), on a scale of ‘critical’ (1) to ‘very good’ (5), with encouraging improvements at both the regional level and of individual indicators. Corals – the architects of the reef – have improved since 2006, increasing from 10%-16% cover; although fleshy macroalgae, the main competitors with corals for open reef space, have also increased. Key herbivorous fish continue to increase in numbers and are needed to reduce this macroalgae. Commercial fish have also increased in biomass, which is an encouraging sign, although large groupers are rare and mainly found in fully protected zones of marine protected areas (MPA).

BOLEDO DRAWING for Tuesday, May 12, 2015: 57, FANTASY 5: 20 12 24 25 10 V

CELEBRATING SWEET CYCLING VICTORY WITH JUSTIN & COREY WILLIAMS IN LOS ANGELES ON MAY1, 2015!

THE INCREDIBLE BELIZEAN CYCLING ATHLETE, JOHN 'JOHNITO' MIGUEL WITH ONE OF HIS CYCLING ASSOCIATES FROM HIS CYCLING CAMP & TIME!
Name the cycling athlete seen here with Johnito Miguel?

Channel 7

PUP Moving "Maca" Ramos To Make Way For New Candidate
Last night we told you that the PUP was looking to get in election gear BY shaking things up in some dubious divisions. And tonight there's proof of that: PUP Dangriga Representative Ivan "Maca" Ramos will be replaced by career educator Anthony Sabal. Sabal is the former principal of Ecumenical High School and Junior College and is widely respected in his community. But, he's also a political novice, and information suggests that he's being backed up by some well-resourced PUP's in the south - most notably Henry Canton. Ramos on the other hand was reported to be having some financial difficulties and was viewed by his party as ineffective against the UDP's Frank Pawpa Mena. That was proven in the municipal elections when the PUP in Dangriga got 40% of the vote. The announcement of the changeover will be made at a press conference tomorrow - and we'll have full coverage.

Squatters Not Down With the King
And while there is that major shake-up in the PUP, the UDP Representative for Lake Independence, Mark King, is coming under fire from the Chetumal Street squatters once again. The last time we reported on this issue was a month ago when King announced that he was assisting 11 families to be relocated from the private lands they were squatting on to lots in Cotton Tree. A few hours later, another group of squatters approached the media saying that they wanted King to get involved, acquire the land they were on and distribute it to them legally. But, King has maintained that the lands are all privately owned, and that there was no land available in the area, so the squatters need to get used to the idea that they would have to move.

For Immigrants, A Belizean Dream Is A Squatting Nightmare
While that story continues to develop, the reality that these squatters face every day was revealed when a few of them opened up to us about the daily struggles they go through, apart from being pressured to leave, of course. Those living in this community have had to make a life for themselves by learning to endure harsh conditions. Daniel Ortiz reports: Daniel Ortiz reporting The squatters on occupying land on Holy Emmanuel Extension, also known as Lake I Boulevard or Chetumal Street South, all live a trying lifestyle. First of all, they are treated by opponents of their illegal land occupation as "aliens" or illegal Hispanics with no nationality. They produced documents to show that they are either nationalized Belizeans, or are in the process of getting their nationality. They claim to have children born and raised as Belizeans, and more importantly, raised in the piece of swamp they now occupy.

Bze-Brit Soldier Lee Busano Accused of Multiple Rapes
28 year-old Lee Busano, a Belizean serving in the British Army at the rank of Lance Corporal, is currently on trial for rape charges in the Crown Court at Preston, Lancashire. 2 women have accused him of raping them, while a third has accused him of sexually assaulting her. Our sources tell us that Busano is a native of Dangriga Town, but he is currently based at the Weeton Army Barracks in Lancashire, where he serves as the British Army's physical training inspector. The jury heard video testimony from the first victim, a 29 year-old who said that Busano raped her at her house in March 2014. She said she tried to strangle him and headbutted him but he just laughed. After he committed the crime, he went to the gym.

Witness To Wild Shooting
Yesterday we reported on the broad daylight shooting that happened on Gill Street - just a stone's throw away from 3 schools. Three gunmen stood at the corner of Sanker Street and opened fire on a group of men who were standing on Gill Street. Residents say they heard as many as 30 gunshots - and 3 persons, not just the two we reported on yesterday, were injured. 30 year old Maurice Felix was shot to the left foot - while 32 year old Mykelt Anthony was shot to the back and right leg. Anthony is listed in a critical but stable condition at the KHMH. So far police have no suspects detained and say they are investigating. Today we visited the crime scene on Gill Street where we spoke to an eyewitness who asked to remain off camera. He told us what he saw. Voice of Eyewitness "Yesterday I was washing a vehicle and the guys were having a conversation. Right after that, the guys looked up and they saw about 3 men around the lane and then we started hearing shots fired. We ran in the yard. When I looked back, I saw some of the guys on the ground. I saw the put the guy in the vehicle and they went to the hospital."

MIT Makes Major Marijuana Seizure
It didn't make the news last night - but on Saturday, the Mobile Interdiction Team made a prize marijuana bust. They found 12.1 pounds of high-grade weed in neatly wrapped bricks in a duffel bag. The MIT came upon the drugs at a mile 17 Western Highway checkpoint when they searched a D & E bus at 10:30 on Saturday night. No one took responsibility for it, and the package was labeled as found property.

From Begging To Robbing To Stabbing
28 year old Roger Hilton and 32 year old Steve Arnold are on remand tonight after being taken to Magistrate's Court for begging a man, then trying to rob him, and then stabbing him in the chest. It happened around 7:15 p.m. on May 10. The complainant, Ian Holland, was standing in front of Brothers Store in Ladyville when he was approached by Arnold and Hilton who asked him for money. He said that when he refused to give them, both men attacked him and punched him in the face. Hilton then allegedly pulled out a scissors and stabbed him in the chest. That's around the time when a police mobile drove past. The men tried to run, but the officers detained them and found the scissors in Hilton's pants pocket.

Report Card For Reef Is In
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef got a C on its report card this year - meaning the overall health and state of the reef is fair. That's not good, but it's better than 2012, which was poor. This report card is done every two years and includes the evaluation of the living coral, commercial fish and other marine life found near the reef. The report was launched today at the Biltmore and the coordinators told us that there have been slight improvements in the health of the reef BUT there is still a lot to do to increase that C to a B or an A. Roberto Pott, Belize Coordinator, Health Reefs for Health People "One of the highlight is that Belize is still the country to watch. I mean we protected Parrot Fish in 2009, so that has been working for us. Hol Chan recently multiplied their protected areas and that has been working for us. So those are some of the things that has really worked. Turneffe came on stream in 2012, and so there are a lot of positive aspect and the outlook is very good for Belize. But there are the tougher areas to deal with, sewage and infrastructure needed for sanitation in our developing tourism destinations, San Pedro and Placencia. That's a big concern for Belize."

CDB Gives DFC Line Of Credit
Often, the thought of taking on loans can be distressing but the Development Finance Corporation say that with this year's line of credit, it doesn't have to be. The Caribbean Development Bank loan the DFC $21 million Belize dollars for education and private sector loans. It was announced today at the launch of the 7th consolidated line of credit at the Radisson. The general manager of DFC told us how this line of credit will benefit you. Diedra Clarendon, CDB Representative "This 7th consolidated line of credit will provide about 2.5 million US dollars for student loans and those pursuing tertiary and technical education. This includes an allocation of about half a million dollars to fund students from financially disadvantaged households who have the academic capability and qualifications, but are constrained by low and irregular income and the inability to meet security requirements for the loan." Natalie Ewing-Goff, General Manager, DFC "CDB has provided 6 previous consolidated line. That's separate from the other lines. But this is the first time we are actually publicizing, getting out there, telling the public what we have, what DFC is doing. You've heard all the stories in there.

Lotion thief To Court
45 year-old Collet Rowland, who has multiple convictions for theft, is at prison tonight after admitting that he tried to steal from a gas station. It happened on Sunday, May 11, the cashier at Puma Gas Station on New Road saw Rowland stuff eight bottles of lotion in his pocket. Rowland ran, but he was pursued and caught at Cinderella Plaza where the lotion was recovered. He was charged with theft, and he pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith today. He was remanded until tomorrow because he told the Chief Magistrate that he has a substance abuse problem, and that he wants to go to a rehabilitation center.

Third World Camp Stuck In First Gear
You may know Deon Flowers. He's the football star who walked away from the sport 16 years ago to become a community activist in Lake Independence. His passion has been reaching out to children and youths who are at risk of becoming involved in the Belize City gang life. He does that through his "Third World" summer camp. He's presently preparing for this year's camp, but it seems to get harder every year. Today, he told us about the lack of sponsorship and he's asking for assistance to make sure that he doesn't disappoint the hundreds of children who depend on the summer camp: Deon Flowers, Community Activist: "The program is one whereby every year, for 16 years, still going through hell and frustration. Jordan, Yellow and I, we sat down to talk and said we have done some mad work on the ground. And it's sick that to business people, we are people who are calm and cool. From the time we arrived there they had already known that its good things going on because we deal with kids for over 16 years. We aren't getting the real support.

The Importance of First Aid For Teachers
Mouth to mouth CPR - used to be the prevailing intervention for those in respiratory distress - but, nowadays, it's not recommended. But there is another version of CPR that doesn't entail any lip or mouth contact: that is the hands on CPR and the educational coordinator from the Belize Emergency Response Team has been visiting primary schools across the city since Thursday showing the teachers this version of CPR. Today we met with Javier Canul at St. Martin De Porres School and he told us how this skill will be useful in dealing with kids. Javier Canul, Educational Coordinator, BERT "This last year they decided 'you know what let's do CPR in schools'. It's something that has never been done before and we decided we wanted to talk to the children but then we said 'let's deal with the teachers first'. Why teachers? Because we at BERT do CPR training, advanced first aid training and other training that we do for doctors and nurses but we've never seen a teacher in any of these classes. And we realize that teachers have a core under them. They maintain the students and if the teachers were to teach the students we will have the whole country of Belize being aware of what's going on in terms of first aid and CPR and so we decided this. And Trident Tech came with the students and everybody else so we do at least four schools per day. Which we reach out to, some schools, approximately 45 teachers. So imagine, 45 teachers and each of these teachers go back to their class and give these students the information that they've learnt, I think we'd accomplish our goal.

Belize In Boston
Belize's Mayan antiquities are on the move again - this time from Boston on the east coast of the United States all the way to San Diego, on the west coast. As we've been reporting, 250 of Belize's most prized Mayan artifacts form the centerpiece of the largest ever exhibit of Mayan antiquities. IT's put together by the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the show is called "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed." It's now moving unto its fourth US City and right now in Boston the artifacts are being packed up for the 3 day haul across the US in nine - eighteen wheeler trucks. But they're not being packed into condensed milk boxes - these artifacts are riding first class, under strict packing and environmental controls. 7News travelled to Boston Massachusetts over the weekend to see how it's all taken down. We'll have the full feature in tomorrow night's news, but here's just a preview of the weeks of work spent de-installing the show in Boston and getting it ready for San Diego. NICH's collection manager Yusleidi Chan told us why it is pressure:.. Jules Vasquez "Do you feel a pressure when you're saying 'I am in charge of, I am managing a large percentage of Belize's history of antiquity."

Channel 5

Compromise to be Amended…Is Belize Acquiescing to Guatemala?
Is Belize caving in to Guatemala? At the request of Guatemala, the Government of Belize has agreed to amend the Special Agreement signed between both countries in 2008.  The compromis, [...]

Leader of the Opposition Unaware that G.O.B.’s Decision was Final
So what’s the Opposition’s take on the impending amendment to the special agreement between Belize and Guatemala? P.U.P. Leader Francis Fonseca told us that a few weeks ago PM Dean [...]

No Public Consultation Necessary to Amend Special Agreement with Guatemala
But according to the Foreign Minister, government’s mandate, in this case, does not include public consultation prior to making a decision.    Isani Cayetano “Minister, as you mentioned earlier, you [...]

Will Separate Referendum Affect Belizean Psyche on Territorial Dispute?
While Elrington reiterated that government will not act without consensus, he says that the decision to separate the dates for the referendum should not, in any way, affect the process [...]

Francis Fonseca Says Government is Flip-flopping on Referendum Preparedness
In the first referendum go-round, Belize was set to go while Guatemala couldn’t get out the starting date. For the past couple years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has maintained [...]

Belizean Ambassador Protests Search of His Residence Amid Guatemalan Vice President’s Resignation
Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti resigned last Friday amid a tidal wave of corruption charges.  For weeks, Guatemalans have been demanding that Baldetti step down after being exposed for her [...]

Should compromis be amended so that Guatemala does not have to hold a referendum at the same time as Belize?
And our question for tonight is: Do you think that the compromis should be amended so that Guatemala does not have to hold a referendum at the same time as [...]

More Land Dispute Backa Gungulung!
Tensions are running high in the Holy Emmanuel Extension. The real threat of losing their land is looming over the heads of the settlers who call the area home, many [...]

Belizean-born British Soldier Accused of Sexual Offenses in the UK
Belizean born soldier Lee Busano is making headlines in the UK. The twenty-eight year old British Lance Corporal has been accused of two rapes and one sexual assault. Two of [...]

Magistrate Cayetano Dismisses Marijuana Possession Charge Against Inmate
At three this afternoon, former Belize City Magistrate, Dale Cayetano, who is now the Director at Family court, freed prison inmate, Godwin Santos, of a charge of drug trafficking. Cayetano [...]

Does Belize Really Have Oil Deposits Offshore?
A Yahoo article published earlier today, saying that the government is close to opening the entire country for oil exploration, sent people across social media in a frenzy. The article [...]

Belize’s Reef Report Card Revealed
Belize, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras make up the Mesoamerican Reef and it’s been eight years since they last got their report card. Well, over those years in-depth and extensive studies [...]

DFC Launches Consolidated Credit Line
In financial news…the Development Finance Corporation in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank today launched the corporation’s seventh consolidated line of credit. Under the new agreement, the CDB will be [...]

DFC on the Right Track with Good Governance
In 2007, the Government of Belize liquidated the DFC as a result of a policy based loan made by the Inter-American Development Bank. As a result, the Caribbean Development Bank [...]

Former Court of Appeal Justice Boyd Carey Passes Away
Retired high court judge, Boyd Carey, who served on the Belize Court of Appeal, has passed away. Carey passed away at his home in Florida from one of his daughters [...]

Mexican Artist Debuts Paintings at Mexican Institute
The official launch of an exhibit is currently underway at the Mexican Institute in Belize City. The exhibit features nineteen pieces from Mexican artist, Hipolito Uicab Garcia who is from [...]

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PlusTV

Another Roaring Creek Youth killed
Another youth has lost his life to the gun violence that has been plaguing the village of Roaring Creek in recent months...

Burglar drops down dead in police pursuit
Did a burglar just drop down dead trying to escape from police? That is what a police report released today says. According to the report, Police responded to a burglary in progress at the La Immaculada Credit Union compound on Forest Drive in Belmopan sometime around 2 am on Sunday May10th...

19 year old Kjiel Young shot and killed
Another teenager was murdered this weekend. 19 year old Kjiel Nicholas Young Belize City was coming home on Saturday night when he stopped in a yard on Vernon Street, [where it is alleged he was approached from behind and fired on multiple times...

60 year old Ladyville man shot dead over mangoes
It is something of a tradition for Belizeans to think nothing of helping themselves to blooming fruit such as mangoes. But a 60-year-old man lost his life in the village of Ladyville over the weekend when he made off with valuable produce from a family friend’s yard...

Guatemalan politicians and Belize
Guatemala’s vice president, Roxanna Baldetti, has resigned amidst a corruption scandal that may be linked to Belize. The Vice President’s  private secretary has been implicated in a corruption scandal as a leader in a customs bribery ring...

Overflowing septic at Belmopan market pose health risk
Vendors at the Belmopan Market are complaining about an unsanitary condition that they say is not being addressed by the relevant authorities.  A leaking septic is situated right near the public bathrooms and is oozing human waste, leaving puddles of leakage which people have to dodge to avoid...

Another American Sex Predator caught in Belize
An American national has been apprehended by Placencia Police  and handed over to US authorities last Thursday May 7th. He is 43 yrs old William Elmer Pettijohn who was apprehended on the strength of an International Arrest Warrant issued by the United States  Government...

Unidentified man found floating in Mopan River
Police are trying to identify the body of a man found floating in the Mopan River. The body was discovered on the afternoon of Sunday May 10  in the Mopan River in Succotz Village near miles 72 and 73 of the George Price Highway...

Fatal traffic accident in Orange Walk district
There was a fatal traffic accident on Saturday night in Orange Walk.  29 year old Marcus Mai of San Pablo village in Orange Walk was walking on the highway between between miles 63 and 64 on Phillip Goldson Highway sometime around 9:30 on Friday night...

Corozal man stabbed during attack
A man in Corozal was stabbed during an attack by three persons. The incident happened on the night of Friday May 8 in the village of  San Roman . 32-year-old Guadalupe Marion Pech of Santa Clara Village, Corozal District received a stab wound to the left side of the chest...


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Amandala

Did police beat robbery suspect into semi-coma?
At press time tonight, Jean Pasqual, 21, who was accused of being involved in a robbery which occurred on the night of Friday, May 1, is reportedly still in a semi-coma in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was allegedly beaten by Dangriga police while in their custody last weekend. Pasqual’s brother, Oswald Mena, who was witness to police shooting at three men suspected to have been the ones who attempted to rob a drug store, told Amandala that when Pasqual was arrested by police, he was in good health, but after he was detained and later charged for robbery, he was badly injured in the head while in police lockdown, and now he is suffering from what appears to be a troubling brain injury. Mena explained what happened when Pasqual – who had jumped into a nearby river – was held by police after he was accused of participating in the robbery of a drug store in Dangriga with two other men.

Kjiel Young, 19, gunned down – why?
Life was cut short for a teenager from the Lake Independence area of Belize City who was shot several times while hanging out, just a stone’s throw away from his home, this past Saturday night. Police said that sometime around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, Kjiel Nicholas Young of Partridge Street Extension was sitting alone in a yard at #45 Vernon Street, which has no fence, a popular hang-out that is four houses from where he lives, when he was approached from behind by a lone gunman with a 9mm pistol, who began firing at him. Young was hit multiple times in the body and was later transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Today, Amandala spoke with his aunt, Kenecia Velasquez, who told us that upon hearing about seven gunshots, she left home and went to the scene, where she noticed blood coming from Young’s mouth and nose. Young, affectionately known as “KJ”, had been shot 5 to 6 times from behind.

Teenager, 16, murdered in Roaring Creek
The decomposing body of Glasford Thomas, 16, of Capitol Hill, Roaring Creek, was found at about 7:00 this evening about three miles off the George Price Highway in Camalote, approximately fifteen feet away from a feeder road in a bushy area behind a golf course. He was found lying face-up with multiple gunshot wounds to his head and body. Police said that Thomas’s body was discovered by a farmer who was walking home, on his way back from his farm where he had been working, and he immediately called police. One of the policemen who went to the scene identified the corpse as that of his nephew, Glasford Thomas. The boy’s mother, Minerva Baizar, went to the Western Regional Hospital, where she saw her son and she also identified him.

“Iron Man” killed for 3 mangoes!
All around Ladyville, the loaded mango trees appear to be bowing under the weight of their fruit, but to take any of these mangos without permission could be a dangerous undertaking, as one man found out early Saturday morning when he paid with his life for trespassing on a mango tree in a fenced yard on Perez Road. Daniel Alexander Trapp, 60, aka “Iron Man,” was shot with a .22 air rifle that Ladyville police reportedly recovered from the owner of the property. A doctor pronounced Trapp dead on arrival at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The man who allegedly shot him, Hilberto Perez, a businessman, appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court late this afternoon before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith, who arraigned him on a charge of manslaughter. Perez did not have to enter a plea, because the charge is indictable and will be heard in the Supreme Court after a preliminary inquiry in the Magistrate’s Court.

Classes resume after meningitis scare at Stella Maris School
Things were back to normal today at Stella Maris School in Belize City following a brief suspension of classes at the end of last week due to concerns arising from the death of a young student who had been recently diagnosed with a severe case of meningitis. That student, Victoria Cal, 5, of Hunter’s Lane, Belize City, who was impaired in speech and hearing, died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital last Monday, May 4, just three days after contracting the deadly condition. Last Friday, May 8, a post-mortem exam was conducted on Cal’s body which stated that she died of “Cerebral Edema due to Purulent Meningitis.” Later that day, the media spoke with her grieving father, Mario Cal, who explained that her death is especially painful because she had already struggled to overcome a life-threatening illness at the time of her birth.

Belize and Guatemala to amend ICJ compromise
There has been talk of the possibility of Belize and Guatemala going to the polls this September on the question of whether the unfounded territorial claim by our western neighbor should be submitted for a final and binding decision at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). However, Belize Foreign Minister, Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington told Amandala today that Belize is not yet ready for the referendum, but that Guatemala has proposed an amendment to the 2008 special agreement which would allow that country to proceed with putting the question to a national referendum this November. The Government of Belize has agreed, and Elrington is due to travel to Guatemala for the May 25 signing of the amendment to the ICJ special agreement. He said that the outgoing OAS Secretary General, Jose Miguel Insulza, will also travel to Guatemala to witness the signing, which will incidentally happen the day before Insulza formally demits office at the end of his two-term tenure.

Do the Bandits have Verdes’ number?
It’s “for all the marbles” this coming Sunday afternoon at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio, where defending PLB champions Belmopan Bandits will take a 1-nil lead from last Thursday’s game 1 into game 2 of the Premier League finals to decide the championship and the team which will represent Belize in the CONCACAF Champions League 2015. The two teams have met three times so far in this Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2014-2015 Closing Season – once in regular season, once in the playoffs, and once in the finals; and the Bandits have won all three encounters. On Sunday, March 1, in their only regular season meeting, the Bandits travelled to Norman Broaster Stadium and came out with a 1-nil victory, courtesy of a Jerome “Jarro” James’ goal at the 28th minute. They met at Broaster Stadium again in the playoffs, on Sunday, April 26, and it was the Bandits’ Randy Padilla netting twice (34’ & 48’) before Verdes’ Brazilian striker Alcides Thomas cut the lead in half with his 72nd minute goal, for the 2-1 Bandits win. And in game 1 of the finals last Thursday, May 7, at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan, Verdes’ best chance was a long rocket by Orlando “Leechi” Jimenez that hit the Bandits crossbar; but it was not to be. Late in second half, after coming off the Bandits bench a few minutes earlier, midfielder Jordy Polanco found Bandits striker Edmund Pandy, Jr. at the edge of the Verdes eighteen, and Pandy’s aim was true, beating Verdes goalkeeper Benito Moreira at the 86th minute; and the goal held up for the 1-nil Bandits victory.

NEBL reg. season wraps up this weekend; all 3 games have playoff implications
The NEBL has one week remaining in its regular season, and all three games this weekend will have playoff implications. Playoffs will tip off on Friday, May 22. The #1 seed will host the #4 seed, while the #2 seed will host the #3 seed. Both the semifinals and the finals will be a best-of-three series, with the #1 and #2 seeded teams having home court advantage. Fans are reminded that all games have a live webcast with the game scores, play-by-play analysis and the box scores. Fans can follow every game live on our webpage, as scores are in real time. The NEBL webpage also contains news, team standings and player statistics, and it can be found at nebl.sportingpulse.net. The remaining three games of the regular season will be played on Saturday night. Belmopan Red Taigaz (7-4) will host Cayo Western Ballaz (8-3) at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan at 8:00 p.m., as the winner of this game will be the #2 seed going into the playoffs, provided that San Pedro win their last game versus Orange Walk. These two teams will meet in the semifinals, and the winner of this game will claim the crucial home court advantage. Belize Hurricanes (5-6) will travel to Dangriga to take on the Dangriga Warriors (5-6) at Ecumenical College at 8:00 p.m., and the winner of this game will clinch the fourth and final playoff spot as the #4 seed. For this game, the losing team will be sent home. The last game of the season will see the San Pedro Tiger Sharks (8-3) traveling to Orange Walk to take on the Orange Walk Running Rebels (1-10) at the Orange Walk Multi-Purpose Complex at 9:00 p.m., where a win by the defending champions will clinch the #1 seed and home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Belize City No Limit (5-7) has a bye this week, but they can no longer make the playoffs.

Editorial: The Technical anomaly
Education in British Honduras in the first half of the twentieth century was in line with the interests of both the colonial authorities and the dominant Christian denominations. Education in British Honduras was not designed, then, for any kind of nationalistic growth and development. Education in the colony emphasized the liberal arts, because the British were looking to train clerks to run their civil service administration and the Christian missionaries were looking to train native priests, nuns, and clergy to build their denominational appeal in Belize. The Belize Technical College (BTC), introduced in 1952 or thereabouts, was almost an absolute anomaly on the education landscape we described above. Technical, the first government high school, emphasized science, technology, and skills training. Within a decade, it proved a great success. The school was not tied to any church, and it was practically in the center of a Belize City which was experiencing anti-colonial political ferment which would be followed by demographic change at both city and national levels. Technical was such a great success that Father Leo Weber, S. J., the education guru at St. John’s College (SJC), which had taken over leadership in secondary education in Belize, introduced a new department at SJC in the early 1960s which focused on the type of technical and industrial training which was making Technical such a hit.

From the Publisher
Busy with their daily lives, the American people know nothing of the fact that the militaristic nation of Guatemala, which gained its independence from Spain in 1821, claims half the territory of little Belize, which gained independence from Great Britain in 1981. If it were possible to educate the American people about the nature of the differendum between Belize and Guatemala, the vast majority of the American people would support Belize. But, to repeat, the American people know nothing of Belize and Guatemala. The political capital of the United States is Washington, D. C., where the President lives and works, and where their Congress and Senate meet and work. In Washington, there is an arguably unique institution called the “lobby.” I’ve never been to Washington, and I am not an expert on this “lobby” institution. I know, though, that Israel and Guatemala both have powerful lobbies in Washington, and their lobbyists are prestigious, influential, expensive law firms which are hired to make sure the respective interests of Israel and Guatemala are always in the forefront of the calculus of the Congressmen, Senators, and other decision-making figures in American politics. The official foreign policy of the United States is designed by their professional politicians, the professional administrators in their business, military and intelligence departments, and the permanent advisory bodies, of which the most prominent is the State Department. These departments are, of course, bureaucracies, which means that they are sometimes victims of their own voluminous data base. It takes a while sometimes for bureaucracies to adjust to changing realities.

GIS phenomenally improves location intelligence, from coastal zone planning to product distribution
Educators, government officials, non-government representatives as well as business persons will be among those who will convene next Wednesday, May 13, and Thursday, May 14, for the Belize Esri User Conference 2015 – an event which showcases how the various sectors have been using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to improve location-based knowledge as well as to improve the soundness of decision-making. According to National Geographic, GIS is “a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface. GIS can show many different kinds of data on one map, such as streets, buildings, and vegetation. This enables people to more easily see, analyze, and understand patterns and relationships.” Grace Kennedy Belize Limited has been on the leading edge of GIS technology for the merchandising sector here in Belize. Marcello Blake, general manager of Grace Kennedy Belize Limited, told Amandala that they have been using the technology for the past three years, and it has certainly been worth the investment, since, he said, the company has benefited greatly from using GIS to improve in the distribution and sale of the 800 stock-keeping units (SKUs) which they carry.

The eminent Boyd Carey, ex-Court of Appeal judge, dies at 85 in Florida
News coming out of Jamaica is that retired Court of Appeal justice, Boyd Carey, died today in Florida, USA, at the age of 85. Carey had retired from the bench in March 2010, after serving in Belize for 10 years, but he was reappointed as temporary justice of the Belize Court of Appeal for the June 2011 session to help clear a backlog of cases. Carey served the judiciary in his home country, Jamaica, The Bahamas and Belize for more than three decades. Carey had retired from the Court of Appeal in Bahamas in December 1999, and the following year he commenced his tenure in Belize. Boyd Humbert Gloucester Carey was born in Jamaica in January 1930. He studied at Whitfield Elementary School and Kingston College in Jamaica and London University in the UK.

Ana ushers in early start to below average hurricane season
As we reported about a month ago, forecasters Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray of the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University have predicted a much quieter hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin this year, and their April 9, 2015 forecast calls for a total of only 7 named storms, 3 hurricanes and 1 major hurricane. While the season is expected to show below average cyclone activity this year, it has gotten off to quite an early start, with the first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season—which normally spans from June to November—emerging Thursday night off the coast of Florida, USA. Ana is expected to strike the US east coast on Sunday with tropical storm force winds and rains before it heads back out to sea over the weekend. The subtropical storm is forecasted to impact North and South Carolina over the course of the next few days. Last year, the first named storm of the hurricane season, Arthur, formed on July 1, a month after the official start of the season.

Woman who stabbed man to death acted in self-defense, judge rules
A Belize City woman walked from a murder indictment this morning when Supreme Court Justice John “Troadio” Gonzalez ruled that she acted in self-defense when she inflicted a fatal stab wound to the murdered victim, using his own knife with which he had threatened her. The case was heard by the judge, sitting without a jury. Tears welled up in fifty-three-year-old Lucilla Barkley’s eyes as she stood in the prisoner’s dock, and Justice Gonzalez, after highlighting the reason for his decision, declared: “I therefore find the accused not guilty of murder; Lucilla Barkley, I discharge you. You are free to go.” Barkley, a mother of five children, has been on remand at the Belize Central Prison since April 2011, when she turned herself in to police after fatally stabbing her ex-common-law husband, Osborne Gordon, 50, who allegedly was beating her and was threatening to kill her.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Cayo Has New Modeling Agency
A group of young entrepreneurs in San Ignacio Town have formed a modeling agency to offer professional photos and great advertisement to the business community in the area. Greater Modeling Agency (IGMA) is the name of the business which is being run by entrepreneur Kim Price. “We are dedicated to provide […]

United Pentecostal School in San Antonio Village Hosts Cultural Fair
The United Pentecostal Elementary School in San Antonio Village, Cayo District held a cultural fair yesterday to highlight a variety of educational activities about Maya culture like food, dancing, music, arts, and much more. San Antonio Village is located about 8 miles south of San Ignacio Town and has a population […]

“Kleptomaniac” pleads guilty to theft
45 year old Collet Rowland says he wants to kick his substance abuse problem in a rehabilitation center. Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith will tell him his fate on Wednesday after the alleged kleptomaniac pleaded guilty to theft of eight bottles of Johnson’s Baby Lotion from a gas […]

Men charged for Ladyville assault and attempted robbery
Two men from Ladyville area appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith on charges of attempted robbery. 28 year old Roger Hilton is also accused of wounding and assault while 32 year old Steve Arnold was charged with common assault. Ian Holland reported to police that on May 10 […]

Belize lags behind region in reef health
Every two years, regional scientists release a “report card” reviewing the health of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System which covers the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, extending down all of Belize’s coast to Guatemala and Honduras. Belize has not attained the best of grades in the previous report cards […]

Third World youth camp seeks assistance
Former semi-professional footballer Deon Flowers has been the mastermind of the Third World Youth Program based in Lake Independence for the past 16 years. But for much of that time, according to him, it has been a struggle obtaining financial assistance to keep the program going. He is […]

Lake Independence squatters fighting area rep over relocation
Squatters in the western section of Lake Independence in the vicinity of the Chetumal Street/ Lake Independence Boulevard area say they have endured a hard existence despite being naturalized Belizeans and siring Belizean children. They have had to scrap for all they have, including electricity and water which […]

PM says General Elections will be called after Petrocaribe reaches rural areas
Last night, it was reported that Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow will be calling an early General Elections. During the official installment of Tracy Taegar Panton as the UDP Standard Bearer for the Albert division, PM Barrow focused majority of his speech on what he calls “the frenzied activity […]

Belizean facing Rape charges in UK
28 year old Lee Busan, a Physical Training Inspector in the British Army has been charged for raping two women and sexually assaulting a third woman back in 2014. Reportedly, Busano is a Belizean National who has been serving in the UK’s Army, but is now facing time in prison […]

Department of the Environment Advises on Zip Lines
The Department of the Environment has noticed an uprising problem and would like to make Belizeans aware that projects which can have negative environmental impacts, such as displacement of wildlife, need to be cleared by the department before being carried out. Personnel at DOE have noticed a spike in zip-lining […]

Hispanic Man Found Dead in San Jose Succotz Not Yet Identified
Following the discovery of a body of a Hispanic male on Sunday floating in the Mopan River, police are no closer in solving his identity today. San Ignacio Police has contacted authorities in Melchor, Guatemala and there has been no report of any missing person neither in Benque Viejo, Succotz […]

Finance Says Belize Could Have Huge Oil And Gas Potential
An article entitled “This Tiny Nation Could Have Huge Oil And Gas Potential” written by David Forest on Yahoo! Finance is asserting that Belize can become a key story for oil and gas projects soon. Forest writes that it will be a significant move for Belize if it allows oil and […]

American Sex Offender Captured in Placencia
Early last week a United States National, David Wendell Thompson was charged for online enticement of a minor after it was discovered that he was having inappropriate Facebook conversations with two female Belizean minors while he was in Belize. Well it seems like Belize has become a prime destination for sexual predators […]

Is Guatemalan Presidential Candidate a Belizean?
Sandra Julieta Torres Casanova, a former first lady of Guatemala is currently the center of political controversy in our neighboring Guatemala as she has been denying claims that she is a Belizean citizen. Casanova is aspiring to run for president but she is being challenged, because to run for this […]

Blogs

The Fin K Project In His Own Words & Pictures: The Mother’s Day Soup Kitchen/Celebration Lunch
Fin K here to talk and show you about a wonderful brunch soup kitchen I hosted on Sunday, May 10th, MOTHERS’ DAY at the San Pedro Lions Den. Can I just say that the concept was awesome – it was as if a soup kitchen met a San Pedro Quince Anos celebration. Simple yet lovely. After a month of preparing and organizing it was a HUGE SUCCESS. We had so many Moms, kids, drinks, food, music and FIN KARDASHIAN. There has certainly never been a Mothers Day event like this EVER on the island. Open to the public where they can come and enjoy, relax, make new friends and mostly to feel loved. Making a event like this alone is a very challenging task – the shopping, walking, coordinating donations, going to town – it gets a little exhausting. Thanks to the restaurants that decided to help prep food or else it would have been a disaster.

Magical Mayan Night at Ramon’s Village Resort
The organizers of the upcoming SHINE (Shaping Healthy Identities through Nurturing and Empowerment) Fundraiser gave me a shout out to do some promo for them. I am always happy to help promote fundraising events that go on in our community, especially when it is about empowering youth. SHINE and On Eagles Wings Ministries (OEWM) have been working together to provide positive role models and help empower young girls to live full and successful lives. OEWM, based out of the USA and expanded to San Pedro. More information on the organizations and pics from their first fundraiser can be found on my January post San Pedro Girls Empowered by SHINE & OEWM (On Eagles Wings Ministries) with updated information on the fundraiser which was originally scheduled for April 17, – now being held this Saturday May 16, 2015 at Ramon’s Village.

International Sourcesizz

Quick Thoughts On Next Week’s Weather Pattern For The Caribbean & Bahamas
I wanted to offer some quick thoughts regarding the potential for stormy weather across parts of the Caribbean into the Bahamas next week. A marked increase in moisture which is expected to lead to widespread shower and thunderstorm activity is forecast across the southwestern, central and northern Caribbean starting around Tuesday of next week. This is forecast to be caused by the development of a low pressure system in the southwestern Caribbean with the moisture being pulled northward by a trough of low pressure tracking off of the US East Coast. By late next week into next weekend, this large amount of moisture is forecast to be pulled across Hispaniola and into the southeastern Bahamas.

OAS scholarships
The OAS is offering scholarships for masters and doctoral studies in science or engineering in Mexico. The Organization of American States (OAS), the Mexican National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT) and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), are pleased to announce the CONACYT-OAS –AMEXCID 2015 scholarships. This scholarship programs reflects the great interest of these institutions in contributing to the improvement of scientific and technological capacities, as well as to the mobility of graduate students in the Americas. The Program CONACYT-OEA-AMEXCID offers scholarships to citizens of the Americas for master's or doctoral studies in science and engineering in educational institutions accredited by CONACYT. Approximately 1 out of 6 scholarships are exclusively for students from Central America and the Caribbean.

This Tiny Nation Could Have Huge Oil And Gas Potential
You won't hear anything about this nation today when it comes to petroleum exploration. But it's a place that might become a key story for oil and gas projects soon. That's the tiny Central American nation of Belize. Last week the country's Ministry of Energy affirmed that it is considering opening to exploration. Allowing oil and gas drillers for the first time to test the offshore and onshore environment here, just south of the Gulf of Mexico. The plan was originally advanced late in 2014 -- with officials saying they plan to open the entire country to exploration. And last week the government noted in a press release that it is continuing "dialogue on the issue of oil petroleum exploration onshore and offshore". Signaling that things are progressing when it comes to offering the first-ever licenses here. Such a move would be significant. Belize is a tiny nation, slightly smaller than the state of Vermont -- but it lies near some big and proven hydrocarbon potential. Belize also has proven production closer at hand. With fields in neighboring Guatemala currently exporting oil via ports on the Caribbean. All of which suggests there could be significant potential here. Making the opening of first drilling a potentially sizeable opportunity -- especially for junior developers.

B&B owner may be forced to buy Belize oil company after her son accidentally purchased almost half of its shares
As the longstanding owner of the Wyche Keep Country House, a three-room lodging nestling in the majestic Malvern Hills, Judith Williams is unlikely to have spent much time considering the pros and cons of oil exploration in Belize. But the B&B proprietor may soon be adding New World Oil and Gas to her suddenly expanding business portfolio, after her son accidentally purchased almost half of the company’s shares in her name. When he bought just over 342 million shares in the Jersey-based energy company through a broker last month, Christopher Williams apparently believed he was taking only a 10 per cent stake in the firm. But as its proposed £1.5 million share placing had not yet concluded, his mother’s stake now stands at 48.7 per cent. Unfortunately for Mrs Williams, the City watchdog that supervises takeovers and mergers has now ruled that she may have to make a mandatory bid for the rest of the company – which may cost her hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The accidental oil tycoon: Pensioner faces £1.5m bill after trader son buys half an oil firm in Belize and City watchdog says she must now buy the rest
A pensioner could face a bill in excess of £1.5million after her trader son accidentally bought half of an oil exploration company in Belize. Judith Williams, 76, who for years ran a £45-a-night B&B in her country house near Malvern, may now be forced to launch a takeover bid for New World Oil and Gas. Her son Christopher, 38, a trader who calls himself 'Chris Oil', thought he was buying 10 per cent of the company in his mother's name for £250,000 but in fact it turned out to be a 48.7 per cent stake. Even worse for Mrs Williams, London's trading watchdog for surprise takeovers has decided that she may be forced to bid for the remainder of the shares. The bungled deal could cost the Worcestershire mother-of-one a fortune because the company says that their shares must raise 'an amount not less that £1,500,000'. Experts have told MailOnline that it could be as much as £2.5million. In Britain, if a person owns 30 per cent or more of shares in a company, in most circumstances they must make a cash offer to all other shareholders at the highest price paid in the 12 months.

Belize: Sanctuary from the insanity
Bummed from burnout? Take sanctuary in Belize. There are still places in this world where you can hide from that boogie man chasing you with bills, commitments and, oh yeah, those reports you need to finish even though no one will ever read them. Belize is a place you can take sanctuary from your life and not have to be found for a few days, a week, or longer (or, if you take Heisenberg’s approach in “Breaking Bad,” make that forever). In fact, Belize is becoming the next hot spot for haven seekers noodling around for that perfect paradise to retire into and still hold onto that precious nest egg. Wedged onto the Caribbean coast between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize used to be British. That means the lingua franca is English and the political system is democratic with familiar laws that uphold the tenets of innocence until proven guilty. But this ancient Mayan land is also the land of hidden secrets – and those explorations are affordable to most Americans seeking to squeeze value from the U.S. dollar where 50 cents buys on Belizean dollar.

Corozal, Belize offers a unique retirement and vacation destination that has mild weather, and lots of activities
The buzz among both expats and native Belizeans is that Corozal is the place to be. With real estate prices lower than in many other areas of Belize, Corozal offers an outstanding location to live. Located in north of Belize, residents enjoy warm tropical days receiving far less rain than the monsoon-drenched areas in the south. Location-wise, Corozal has the advantage of being near the Mexican border, just nine miles away. Both the Mexican town of Chetumal and the Belizean duty-free zone are close. Having Mexico just a short drive away means being able to take advantage of big-box retailers, shopping malls and Sam’s Club. Returning to Corozal, residents indulge in a leisurely life of sailing, swimming, fishing and amateur archeology, or perhaps just a vibrant social life. A local museum offers informative stimulation, and the city is dotted with lovely parks and green spaces. Blessed with a picturesque and lovely main square, Corozal offers residents and visitors alike a delightful Latin ambiance.

Bridge of Life Launches New Missions in Telehealth, Hand Hygiene and Primary Care
DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. DVA, -0.82% a leading provider of kidney care and health care services, today announced that Bridge of Life (BOL), the primary program of DaVita Village Trust, completed three new missions to Belize, Haiti and Vietnam to treat patients and assess conditions for future missions. "Providing telehealth, hand hygiene and primary care services to underserved communities allows us to expand our reach internationally and to deepen our impact," said Lori Vaclavik, executive director of DaVita Village Trust. "We are committed to sustainability by understanding the unique needs of each community and fostering on-going relationships with our in-country partners." BelizeBOL launched its first telehealth program with the renal units at La Loma Adventist Hospital and Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize. Belize does not currently have any nephrologists practicing within the country. Dr. Ronald Hyde, a nephrologist at the Southwest Kidney Institute in Phoenix who has been treating patients in Belize, will now be able to remotely treat 28 patients weekly from Arizona. He was previously able to treat these patients only four times a year. KHMH currently has five dialysis machines and 16 patients at its dialysis unit. La Loma has 14 patients who dialyze three times per week. BOL plans to launch the telehealth program in other developing countries in need of nephrologists as well as seek out new partnerships to help develop the program.

DREAM PANTHER MIX BLISSED-OUT BEATS WITH RAUNCHY RAP
Several Dream Panther remixes for Sheran’s first cousin, the OVO-signed iLoveMakonnen, have cracked six figures on SoundCloud. Makonnen’s success snapped the band out of inertia in the wake of their last release, 2013’s wondrously chill Beyoncé’s Child. “I learned so much just from watching [Makonnen] and his growth. He’s so positive and lacks pretension,” Sheran says, as a May Day parade roars by, a few blocks from Stone’s DTLA apartment. “I’m a bit of a perfectionist but realized through him that you need to just put stuff out, move on, grow and be positive. I still have so much unreleased stuff. I’m sleeping on myself hard.” “You need to rework them into EDM superbangers so you can really get cash,” Stone jokes. “I don’t know about that,” Sheran says wryly. The pair’s banter is ripe for a Pineapple Express sequel. Stone has a restless drummer’s energy and sardonic wit, and constantly digs for obscure new rap on the Internet. Sheran, whose family hails from Belize, is as laid-back as a Sunday afternoon. He sports a tropical colored snapback and Adventure Time T-shirt. He ignores the radio and most pop culture.

Petrolio, occhi puntati sul Belize
L’ultima frontiera del petrolio? Potrebbe essere il Belize. Lo sostiene il portale specializzato OilPrice.com ripreso da Business Insider. La piccola nazione centroamericana, sostiene OP, potrebbe essere presto oggetto di esplorazioni destinate ad accertarne il potenziale petrolifero. La scorsa settimana lo stesso ministro dell’energia locale si sarebbe dichiarato pronto ad autorizzare le esplorazioni di terra e offshore per la prima volta nella storia del Paese. Il Belize, ricorda OP, è caratterizzato da un territorio molto piccolo ma è anche collocato in un’area geografica particolarmente promettente. Nella penisola messicana dello Yucatan (nord) sono stati scoperti di recente importanti giacimenti offshore mentre nel vicino Guatemala (ovest) la produzione petrolifera è da tempo realtà. Nonostante il potenziale, nota comunque OP, restano sul terreno ancora “molti ostacoli”. Il governo deve ancora definire molti dettagli prima di approvare il progetto già contestato, per altro, dai movimenti ambientalisti che temono ricadute sull’ecosistema e sull’industria turistica locale.

Banco Chinchorro: A Healthy Coral Reef Ecosystem We Must Preserve
“Coral reef colonies found in the Biosphere Reserve of “Banco Chinchorro”, which are part of the Mesoamerican Reef, are absolutely healthy, despite global warming, hurricanes, climate change and human interaction“, said the regional director of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), Francisco Ricardo Gomez Lozano. “The coral has undergone changes, modifications and damage from natural disasters or accidents, but its natural condition is healthy“. He added that: “What happens in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Cuba affects reefs found in the Mexican Caribbean and vice versa, so it is important to continue with effective conservation strategies”. “Most of the coast of Quintana Roo is protected by natural reserves, although we know that the climate has caused changes in the corals, such as bleaching. In addition there was also damage done by shipwrecks and grounding of boats. But we are working to decrease the number of these type of accidents” concluded Gomez Lozano.

Interim Statement Of The CARICOM Election Observer Mission
Acting on an invitation received from the Government of Guyana, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), through the Secretary General; Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, mounted a 10-member CARICOM Election Observation Mission (CEOM) to observe the General and Regional Elections of Guyana on 11 May 2015. The CEOM was headed by Mr. Earl Simpson, Deputy Director of Elections, Electoral Office, Jamaica; and Ms. Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer, Elections and Boundaries Department, Belize. Other Members of the Mission comprised officials from the following Member States -

The 2015 Report Card for the Mesoamerican Reef is downloadable here

Videos

  • Belize Live Aboard 1 pt 1, 9.5min.

  • YOU BETTER BELIZE IT, 3min. SCUBA DIVING IN SAN PEDRO BELIZE.

  • Belizean Artist Delly McGregor & 'My Love'!, 1min. Belize's pulsating drummer, vocalist and reggae star, Delly McGregor became the stylistic voice over the band Bamiki Bandula's tracks from the early 1980's in Belize to the 1990's in the Los Angeles reggae scene. The Belizean born and bred artist has transcended himself within the Los Angeles music world, and has cut a name for himself on the city's reggae scene. The memorable hit tune, My Love, that became a big hit for Bamiki Bandula in 1983, gave McGregor his connection with Belizean music lovers, and later made him a prominent reggae vocalist among southern California's reggae lovers from the Golden Seals in Long Beach to the House of Blues in Hollywood, and later on to the beach cities in L.A. The legendary Belizean artist continues to play and sing as a professional artist and musician in California. Big up yo'self Delly!

  • THE NRH CELEBRATES NURSES WEEK 2015, 4min. The public rarely, if ever, acknowledges the contributions of nurses in our health system. If anything, the medical staff at public hospitals falls under the public’s harsh scrutiny year round. But just as there are horror stories of the treatment at hospitals, there are those stories of success and admiration. This week, that is exactly what is being celebrated as the world celebrates nurses’ week. Today nurses of the Northern Regional Hospital took some time off to share some valuable information about their profession with the public and they also provided some free services.

  • Documental Proyecto Fomento y SalvaGuarda de la Cultura Garifuna, 22min. Shout out to the people behind this documentary project which showcases the role of the elder in the Guatemalan Caribbean coastal town of Labuga in preserving the essence of Garifunaduou. Looking at the familiar faces from childhood brings back memories of the life lessons. S/O to Jcharlie Sanchez for being part of this great project. Un Pequeño Material que trabaje el año pasado junto a Jcharlie Sanchez Cantautor Garifuna del Genero Paranda aca en Livingston Izabal Guatemala y con el apoyo incondicional del Proyecto Fomento Y Salvaguarda de la Cultura Garifuna. Espero les guste

  • Jack and Kie in Belize, 4min.

  • Belize Part 2, 3min. Belize during spring break :)

  • SG Divers in Ambergris Caye, Belize, 2.5min.

  • Belize Aggressor November 2014, 17min.

  • Our 7 Day Carnival Dream Cruise to Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel March 8, 2015, 8.5min. We took a 7 day exotic western caribbean cruise on the Carnival Dream. The ship left from Port Canaveral, Florida on March 17, 2012.

  • Belizean Ambassador Protests Search Of His Residence Amid Guatemalan Vice President's Resignation, 2.5min.

  • Does Belize Really Have Oil Deposits Offshore?, 2.5min.

  • Will Seperate Referendum Afect Belizean Psyche On Territorial Dispute?, 1min.

  • Belize's Reef Report Card Revealed, 4min.

  • Arrecife Mesoamericano - Reporte del Estado de Salud 2015, 5.5min. La puntuación general del Índice de Salud Arrecifal 2015 es 'regular', con mejoras alentadoras, tanto a nivel regional como de indicadores individuales. Los corales - arquitectos del arrecife - han mejorado desde 2006, aumentando de 10%-16% de cobertura. Las macroalgas carnosas, los principales competidores de los corales por espacio arrecifal, casi se han duplicado. Los peces herbívoros clave siguen aumentando en número y se necesitan para reducir estas macroalgas. Los peces comerciales también aumentaron en biomasa, un hecho alentador, aunque los meros grandes son escasos y se encuentran principalmente en zonas totalmente protegidas de AMPs.

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