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Joining together to say NO to offshore oil drilling
On Saturday, May 16th close to a hundred San Pedro Town residents joined in the global Hands Across the Sand initiative. This momentous event is held in destinations across the planet Earth to “draw a line in the sand,” and say “NO” to dirty fossil fuel projects, as well as call for a shift to clean, renewable energy like offshore wind and solar power.
Next Stop: V-bar!
Nestled on the beach at Sandy Point’s newest resort, Venecia Del Caribe, is a fun get-away bar serving up some unique cocktails and delectable eats. V-bar is one of the islands’ newer establishment, having only opened their doors a few months ago. Its outdoor setting takes advantage of all the gorgeous views of the Belize Barrier Reef and the refreshing blues of the Caribbean Sea. Located about 3.5 miles up north, V-bar is a great place to escape to with friends, away from the bustling epicenter that is San Pedro Town. Chicken quesadillas, a pulled pork panini, a bacon cheese burger, a whole veggie pizza, an order of honey siracha wings, nachos and as if that wasn’t enough, an order of crispy golden fried onion rings! Yum!!! Everything looked amazing and tasted even better- I mean, at one point, I thought I had died and went to food heaven.
Southwest Airlines Reveals Date for Houston-Belize Flight
On Wednesday, May 13th, Southwest Airlines held a press conference in Houston, at the Houston City Hall, where the CEO of the airlines, Garry Kelly, announced that the daily, direct flights to Belize, Mexico and Costa Rica will begin on October 15th, as well as Jamaica and Liberia beginning November 1st. He was joined by the Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, at a beach theme setting, where future Southwest destinations were present. A Belize delegation was present for the announcement and “Beach Bash,” which was held after the press conference. In attendance were the Director of Tourism – Mrs. Karen Bevans, Chairman of the Board – Dr. Carla Barnett, Director of Marketing – Ms. Karen Pike, along with representatives of Tropic Air and the Belize Airport Concession.
SPTC addresses ways to tackle garbage issues
For quite some time now, island residents have been complaining about the unsightly garbage across the island of Ambergris Caye. Despite the complaints, garbage still continues to be an issue. To date, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has addressed and cleaned up three main problem areas: Alta Mar Area, the area between the beach and airstrip in town core, and Boca del Rio. A system has been placed in order to address the garbage situation on the island, but SPTC needs the collaboration of the public. According to Deputy Mayor, Gary Greif, the council is trying its best to attack the issues from all fronts. “There are agreements with people from the resorts up north who can take their garbage to the Marina, which is collected by private companies. From the Marina Area, Town Council employee Samuel Gonzalez takes the garbage to the dump. This is only for people that have arrangements with us. Everybody else needing to dispose of their trash has to go to the garbage dump. Greif also explained the schedule for garbage disposal. “There is the normal residential garbage pickup which is done by the large compactors, then you have the yard garbage pickup which is done on a schedule basis, two days for Escalante, Boca del Rio, DFC and it rotates”. He also mentioned that they have agreements with trucks identified with a black plate, which can be hired for private garbage disposal. These operators know the procedure of taking the trash all the way to the garbage dump.
Miss San Pedro and On Eagle’s Wings Ministries Host Successful Fundraiser
Miss San Pedro, Michelle Nunez, along with members of the non-profit organization On Eagle’s Wings Ministries (OEWM) hosted a successful fundraising banquet dinner at Ramon’s Village on Saturday, May 16, 2015 under a Maya-themed event.
Michelle Nunez has been successful in joining efforts with OEWM to establish her S.H.I.N.E foundation that is a youth enrichment program for girls 13 to 16 years old with the goal to empower and motivate them to reach their full potential. On the other hand OEWM, based out of the USA, has expanded its reach to San Pedro in hopes to empower and bring a brighter future to females that have been sexually exploited and to those at risk of exploitation.
The banquet dinner was held to raise funds for a S.H.I.N.E. Center that will be built in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, which will serve as a community center for girls. During the gala dinner, a preliminary architectural concept design for the proposed center was presented to those in attendance; the land for the center has been purchased by On Eagles Wings Ministries.
Flashbacks - Al Felley San Pedro High School's Greatest Banefactor
Anybody who was familiar with San Pedro High School in its early stages, 1971 and onwards, is bound to have known Al Felly. He was a renowned florist of Madison, Wisconsin, USA. During one of his first visits to San Pedro, he fell in love with the children and people of San Pedro and he commenced providing invaluable assistance to San Pedro High, so much that he became San Pedro High’s most valuable benefactor.
Perhaps mention of some of the items he provided would give you an idea of his work: Student desks, office furniture, typewriters, books of all kinds, calculators, carpentry tools, sewing machines, stenograph and printing machines, stationery, and supplies for the new building like cement mixer, paint, electrical wire, lights, architectural plans, and more. Got the idea?
He also single handedly did the school yearbook, and shipped tons of prizes and gifts that were used in our annual school fairs to raise money for our new building. Al Felly eventually became known to San Pedro as Uncle Felly and is arrival every year warranted a student delegation with a banner at the airstrip. His departure brought a sense of sadness which he counteracted with a hot dog party for the entire school at his official hotel, Holiday Hotel.
Celebrity Spotting – Univision Journalist Jorge Ramos and Chiquis Delgado in San Pedro
Ambergris Today caught up with two powerhouse TV personalities from the Univision network who were vacationing in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Mexican-American journalist and author based in Miami, Jorge Ramos and his girlfriend Maria Chiquinquira Delgado left San Pedro today, May 18, 2015, after spending a vacation at Cayo Espanto celebrity resort.
Jorge Ramos is a seasoned journalist and anchors the Univision News television program, Noticiero Univision; hosts the Univision Sunday-morning, political news program, Al Punto; and hosts the Fusion TV English-language program, America with Jorge Ramos. His girlfriend Chiquis Delgado is a Venezuelan TV host, model, and actress. She is currently a co-host of Mira Quien Baila on the Univision; prior to that, she was the host of ¡Despierta América! Delgado was first runner-up in the 1990 Miss Venezuela beauty pageant.
San Pedro Joins Hands Across the Sand in Support Against Offshore Oil Drilling
Oceana was in charge of organizing the Hands Across the Sand event in Belize and it was successfully held in all the districts around the country including San Pedro, Dangriga, Corozal, Punta Gorda, Belmopan, Orange Walk, San Ignacio, Caye Caulker, Belize City and Placencia. The event had participants holding hands by the shore for 15 minutes as a show of solidarity against offshore oil drilling and sending the message to government that they do not support any of it.
Two years ago, the Belize Supreme Court ruled in favor an Oceana suit to stop offshore oil exploration. Subsequently, though, the injunction was suspended, and two companies, including Princess Petroleum, continue to have exploration rights. According to documents submitted by Belize to UNESCO, the original concession included exploration rights at Great Blue Hole, a renowned underwater sinkhole, but Princess Petroleum voluntarily gave rights to that area up. If oil is not found, the current rights will expire in October 2015, which may be why the government is pursuing a new path to concessions.
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Ten-day Weather Outlook
Model projections are indicating an intensifying ENSO (Warm Event) in the eastern Pacific through the autumn of 2015. This is alarming as it could spell high variability in the rainy season rainfall pattern for Belize, similar to 1997.
The GFS-mnsprd and GFS Climate Model Outlooks initiated at noon on Friday, May 15, 2015 for the western Caribbean and Belize were favoring the seasonal dry conditions to persist for the next eight to nine days.
Both models resolve a disturbed area of moisture and instability (low pressure) to move off the coast of Panama and Costa Rica after the next 48 to 72 hours. This instability center will intensify and increase in coverage as it drifts NNE towards eastern Jamaica. By the weekend of 23-24 May, this feature will weaken, but the broad area of moisture and instability will drift westwards towards the coast of Belize. The instability will reach Belize by late 24 May, resulting in moderate to heavy outbreaks of showers especially over the northern half of the country at first; then spreading over the rest of the country by 25 May. This could mark the start of the rains as the models have the instability and a low pressure system persisting over the region for several days.
EXPORTBelize, unveils the Belize Trade Finance Access Guide
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) has as its mission the enhancement of Belize’s Prosperity by fostering investor confidence, entrepreneurship, business growth and innovation. In accomplishing this mission, all technical units are constantly engaged in activities aimed at improving the enabling environment for enterprises. Access to financing is a key component in doing business and is vital for the development of Belize’s export sector.
EXPORTBelize embarked on an exercise to determine the nature of the trade financed landscape in Belize. This entailed surveying key financial institutions and private sector contacts on the availability and accessibility of trade finance instruments.
EXPORTBelize took the findings of this exercise and produced “The Belize Trade Finance Guide”, a tool that provides the export sector with valuable information on the type of trade finance instruments and their availability at major financial institutions across Belize. The Trade Finance Guide is available to all private sector and can be found on BELTRAIDE”s website at www.belizeinvest.org.
Inspiring women entrepreneurs through the BA1 Project
Training commenced today, concurrently at San Pedro, Bermudian Landing and in Belize City for the BA1 Project.The BA1 Project includes an initiative to provide seed funds (small grants) to improve the lives of women who are at risk of and/or are victims of gender based violence and trafficking of women to help them improve their economic status. The consultancy shall provide support to strengthen women’s capacities, both in employment skills and self-esteem, to support the identification and elaboration of productive business concepts for entrepreneurship, self-employment or cooperatives.
Drone technology on Caye Caulker
Professors and students from Georgia State University returned to Ocean Academy for a marine debris mapping project using drone footage, and data collection gathered during a morning beach cleanup. Students in Form 2 then learned to use ArcGIS software to create story maps.
The family of Loida August came out this Monday morning to protest her incarceration in front of the San Ignacio Police Station and Magistrate Court. Her mother, sisters, brother, her 4 young children and other family members chanted "Free Loida", Justice for Loida", "Repeal the Gun Law" and "Loida's children need their Mother, Loida needs her children".
Both Loida and her husband were convicted of keeping firearms found on their property. The husband is an ex BDF. She has 4 young children. The grand parents are 74 and 87 years of age. they have no jobs and no income.
The protesters shared the opinion that only one of the parents could have been imprisoned.
Saga Humane Society May TAPAS Cook Off Fundraiser
Join friends and Saga supporters for a night of TAPAS at Luna Loca for the Saga Humane Society May Cook Off Fundraiser. Raffle Prizes include Tanqueray Gin, a Red Ginger Gift Card, an overflowing gift basket from Belizean Breezes Soap Co, Gift certificates to Ray's Big Dog, Pampered Paws, DandE's and more! VIP Tables and tickets are on sale now at Saga@btl.net. Don't miss this one! It's going to be great, and the proceeds will go to fund the much needed safety repairs at Saga's Fort Dog facility that houses our healthy dogs who are available for adoption.
DOE's Recycled Art Competition!
Great opportunity for youths! Department of the Environment
BOLEDO DRAWING for Monday, May 18, 2015: 73. FANTASY 5: 18 12 7 3 26 Y
San Pedro: SPTD conducting Removal of tinted windows begins 5/26
VEHICLE OWNERS, PLEASE TAKE NOTE!
Belize National Festival of Arts Opening Ceremony and Jamboree
held today at the Big Bird's Isle...here are some of the highlights...remember tomorrow is the primary school showcase from 10:00 a.m -noon check your local channels for a live broadcast!
Sniper Kills Woman In Front Of Husband, Children
This weekend was very violent: between Friday and Sunday evening, a mere 48 hours, four persons were killed.
The most disturbing event in this panorama of violence occurred just outside Belmopan yesterday evening when a woman was shot and killed in front of her common law husband and kids. Rosalie Galvez along with her family were returning from a trip when she was shot in the head as they were entering Belmopan around 6 in the evening. It's a terrifying and almost unthinkable assault - but police do not believe it was random - in fact they say her husband, the notorious Russell Hyde was the target. Courtney Weatherburne spoke to Hyde today in Belmopan:
Courtney Weatherburne Reporting
44 year old Rosalie Galvez and her family were returning from their Sunday trip in this truck yesterday evening.
Her common-law husband was driving while she was in the passenger seat. 6 people including their 2 kids were riding in the pan of the truck.?
Two Americans Killed In Teakettle Home Invasion
But that murder was only the culmination of a violent weekend in the Belmopan area. It started on Friday evening, where there was a double murder in Teakettle Village. The victims are 2 American men who were killed in a home invasion.
It happened at the Estate of American Julian Christopher Jones in the Pineapple Hill area of the village. On Friday at around 5:30, his ex-wife, Laura Jo Lambert, found him dead in one of the buildings on the ground. He had suffered multiple chop wounds to the head. She looked around and found their associate, 61 year-old American retiree Paul David Signorino, who lives on the Valley of Peace Road, also killed. Someone had shot him twice in the left side of the head.
Yesterday, our news team travelled to Teakettle, and we spoke with one the neighbors, who told us that the two men may have been killed as a result of an armed robbery at the estate:
"I don't know much. I just got home on Friday. A little before 7 my little brother was telling me that my neighbor Ms. Laura was looking for me and she look nervous and everything and it was just minutes after that I got a call from my wife's phone and she informed me that her husband and a friend had been brutally murdered at the back there and so it was at the same time I saw Brother Fem and the police just going at the back there and I just went to see what was happening and to comfort Ms. Laura.
Guatemalan Foreign Minister in Belize
On Sunday morning at 9:00, Guatemala's Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales had breakfast with his Belizean counterpart Wilfred Elrington at the Radisson. It was an informal breakfast, which was held in the private Board Room at the Radisson. The meeting lasted an hour and a half and when it was done, Elrington told us what they discussed:..
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs
"Actually he wanted to give me an update as to what is happening in Guatemala at this time. Going through some turbulent times, and so he wanted to give me an update on that. And he also wanted us to kind of form-up the procedure that we are going to adapt when we go to sign the amended special agreement next week Monday. And then he also wanted us to look at the 13 agreements which we had signed in Placencia and to see how we could start trying to implement those."
Belize police acted on their own orders and would not allow us to get close to the Guatemalan Foreign Minister to get an interview. Minister Morales - whose wife is Belizean - was accompanied at the breakfast meeting by the new Guatemalan ambassador to Belize who is expected to present his credential this week.
Wilfred On Why There Wasn't A Press Release
But the public reaction to the announcement has been anything but harmonious and pleasant. It may be a vocal minority - but the public sentiment expressed on the change in the special agreement has been full of misgivings. That's because instead of public announcement - the disclosure came through the media - in an Amandala article and then a Channel 5 interview. The Prime Minister told us last week that has told Elrington to send out a press release first - a release that the opposition would have gotten to see first. But none of that happened; Elrington told us yesterday that he thought it did!:..
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs
"When Isani asked me about it, I responded on the assumption that in fact the press release had gone out."
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs
"I was not aware that the press release had not gone out."
Elrington Says the (Pickstock) Public Could Hardly Care
And while no press release went out - Elringon says he doesn't really feel one is necessary because the vibe he gets from his constituents is that they care every little:..
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs
"As I have pointed out to people who don't understand the way I proceed with these matters, we are not at a stage where we are negotiating anything."
Another Killing In Ladyville, This One at A Wake
At the top of the segment we told you that Cayo saw those 3 murders, the Belize district also witnessed violence in the early morning hours of Sunday in Ladyville. Almost unthinkably - a murder happened at a wake - a wake for a man who had just been murdered! 30 Year-old Kenroy Arnold was socializing with the family and friends Sylvin "Cruz" Encalada, the watchman who was killed at his worksite on Friday morning.
Our News team has been following the story and Daniel Ortiz reports:
Daniel Ortiz reporting
30 year-old Kenroy Arnold, aka, "Bouncer" was killed here at this house on Perez Road sometime before 1:00 a.m. on Sunday. He was socializing with his friend when gunmen waylaid him by hiding in some bushes behind the house. They seized the right moment to open fire.
Raphael Martinez - Police Press Officer
"Police went to residence in Perez Road in Ladyville, where they saw 29 year old Kenroy Arnold suffering from multiple gunshots wounds to the body. Initial investigations reveal that Kenroy was at that residence along a few members of that residence, when somebody or reportedly 3 men came from behind the building and fired several shots at him causing his fatal injuries."
Cop Caught Smuggling Weed
Another policeman has been caught trying to smuggle marijuana across the northern border.
This time, Constable Geian Ya - who is attached to the Corozal Quick Response Team was intercepted on Sunday afternoon at 1:55 by the Customs Enforcement Unit coming across the Santa Elena crossing from the Mexico side to Belize.
Ya was wearing his police camouflage trousers and a police t-shirt - but that didn't stop the Customs inspectors from checking his Hyundai Sonata which carried Texas license plates. The examining officer picked up the strong smell of marijuana and asked him to open the trunk. Inside he found a black plastic bag with three parcels of marijuana. Each compressed brick weighed just over a kilo to the total bust was about 7 pounds.
Fields Of Fire In North, Political Motive Involved?
There's a huge story coming out of the north tonight - and it involves high stakes politics and the always-volatile sugar industry. The backdrop to all of it is the adjustments in sugar quotas that we told you about on Friday - where certain branches are having their cane quotas cut substantially - and that is based on a survey of the North's cane fields. There is discontent in some quarters because one of the groups whose quota is going up is ASR/BSI.
And this evening, we received news of the deliberate burning of one of BSI's cane fields in the San Lorenzo area - which is a standard act of retaliation in the north. But, from there the story takes a radical twist. BSI Security guards who responded to the fire say they found two men in the area - they claim one of them is Efrain Alpuche - who is the personal security guard to PUP politician Ramon Monchie Cervantez. The BSI security says the two men opened fire on them - and then raced off. The security guards called police who reportedly set chase after a light Blue pickup truck. They caught it by Yo Creek and detained the two men including Alpuche.
Not Guilty For Man Accused of Grenade Murder
When we left you on Friday night, a jury of 12 was deliberating the fate of Lusby Martinez who was charged with murder for the grenade attack which killed 14 year-old Rudolph Flowers.
On December 28, 2009, someone threw a grenade at the corner of Kraal Road and Haynes Street at around 7 p.m. Rudolph Flowers was standing in the blast range, and shrapnel from the grenade penetrated his heart and ended up killing him. A written statement from a deceased prosecution witness was the main piece of evidence against Lusby Martinez in the case, and after 5 hours of deliberation, the jury emerged with a verdict of not guilty.
Martinez, who was in jail for 5 years awaiting trial, finally exited court a free man. We spoke with his attorney outside about his acquittal:
Garbutt's Falls, A Slight Return
The last time the Belize Territorial Volunteers visited the country's southernmost border marker at Gracias A Dios, they were detained by Guatemalan Authorities for allegedly straying into Guatemalan waters.
Well, the leaders of this activist group were determined that this setback wouldn't stop them from going to other markers, and they organized a trip yesterday.
This one was to the Garbutt's Falls marker in Western Belize, which separates Benque Viejo Town from Guatemala's Melchor De Menchos. Did this one cause any agitation at the western frontier? Well, our news team was there to capture the entire event on camera, and Daniel Ortiz Reports:
Daniel Ortiz reporting
At around 6 a.m. yesterday, 4 chartered buses, started taking on passengers at the Orange Walk Bus Terminal. These residents, intended to take a trip to the Garbutt's falls Border Marker to support the Northern Territorial Volunteers.
Each bus then made the trip all the way from Orange Walk Town to the Western Border.
About 4 hours later, the bus arrived at the beginning of the foot trail to the marker, and the passengers disembarked.
Truck Flips With 5 In Pan, A Miracle That No One Died
It's a miracle no one got seriously hurt yesterday evening when a small pickup truck flipped near the Boom Road junction on the Northern Highway.
Around 5:30, 36-year-old Cedric Avilez was southbound in a Toyota pickup when he had a rear wheel blowout. The pan of the vehicle was filled with five passengers, and the vehicle quickly became very unstable, spun and then tumbled down the embankment, ending up pinned against a fence pointing in the opposite direction.
23-year-old Elsyrth Hendy, 34-year-old Roy Cox, 23-year-old Marshal Nunez, Aaron Jones and 43-year-old George James were all flung from the pickup unto the roadside. They all experienced varying degrees of injury but none of those were life threatening. They were coming from a football tournament.
Barrier Saves Truck From Plunging Into River
And at 7:30 pm there was another accident - this one by mile 7 on the northern highway. Again, lives could have been lost - and if it weren't for a concrete barrier, a ford ranger would surely have plunged into the Belize river. Two men were southbound in the pickup when suddenly a Jeep Cherokee which was going in the opposite direction, spun into their lane. They swerved off the road and headed right for the river. They crashed into the concrete barrier and one of the pickups wheels were left hanging over the river. A very close call and one of the passengers in the Jeep told us what they experienced:
Sharlette Bainton, Accident Victim
"When we were coming down from Belize, a vehicle just passed by, slammed into the rear-view mirror and went away. He lost control of his vehicle and so when he was driving this way, he ended up in the middle of the road. A white truck was passing by and he just knocked into that."
"When the driver knocked into the mirror, he ended up into the other lane?"
Sharlette Bainton, Accident Victim
"Yes, he ended up in the middle because the vehicle just flew past and bam. We just heard the rear-view mirror knocked. It splattered the glass. When that happened, he lost control of the vehicle. And when he was going towards the middle, he started to turn on the other side and that's why he knocked into this white truck."
Teakettle Victim Was Fish Vendor
As we told you earlier, little is known about the two Americans who were killed in a home in Teakettle Village on Friday night. When we spoke to some neighbors today, they told us that the two men were friends and that one of them, believed to be 61 year old Paul David Signorino from Valley of Peace came over to Julian Christopher Jones' home in Teakettle. But after 6 on Friday night a woman 59 year old American teacher Laura Lambert, who is apparently Jones' ex-wife found them dead at this house. Laura Jo Lambert's house, as well as two vehicles in the yard ere ransacked. Two licensed weapons belonging to the deceased, Julian Jones -namely, a 9mm Beretta pistol, and a .22 rifle were missing, and most likely stolen. Today Courtney Wetaherburne found out more about the public life or Julian Jones - an American who retired to sell fish in Belize two years ago.:
We tried to contact any friends or close neighbors who would be able to disclose more information about these men but the only contact we got through to is a vendor in Belmopan who is stationed right beside Jones's food shack. She told us about the very cordial relationship she had with him over the 9 months she has known him.
Beaten By A Lady Cop
On Friday night we catalogued a long history of abuse made by Southside residents against police. And, as if on cue, during the news, one woman came to our studio to make one more allegation of police abuse.
Pamela Estrada went to report a domestic dispute on Thursday night - and says she ended up being beaten by a woman police officer - after she sent her ten year old daughter to stay with a relative:...
"If my baby knew that they would beat me, my daughter wouldn't have left the vehicle. She would have stayed with me, but they promise my baby that they wouldn't do me anything. They told her that they would just take me and drop me home to, because it's a domestic problem and I didn't do anything and no one came and make any report about me. She (the officer) just start to punch me in the face and then the male officer handcuffed me.
Rhys Back Behind Bars
24 year-old Nicoli Rhys, a resident of Tigris Street, is behind bars once again after he was taken to Magistrate's Court for a gun. Police allegedly busted him with a loaded firearm.
The incident occurred on May 7. The police reported that they were on mobile patrol when they saw Rhys. They said that when they approached him, he ran. They set chase, and that's when a gun allegedly fell from his hand when he tripped over a concrete block at the corner of Euphrates Avenue and Dean Street. Police said Rhys managed to escape, so they backtracked and retrieve the firearm. They discovered thatit was a Smith and Wesson 9 millimeter pistol with 9 rounds of ammunition in its magazine. Rhys was apprehended yesterday and charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm, and keeping unlicensed ammunition.
He was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, where he pleaded not guilty to the offences. Due to the nature of the offences, he couldn't be granted bail at today's arraignment, and he was remanded to prison until July 3.
Male Coach Accused of Indecent Kiss With Boy
23 year-old Patrick Swasey, a deliveryman and basketball coach, is out on bail today after being taken to court today for an incident assault charge. He's being accused of kissing a 13 year-old boy on the lips.
The incident allegedly occurred in December of 2014, where the child reported that he and Swasey was sleeping under a Christmas Tree. He claims that this was when Swasey kissed him on the lips. Well, police investigated the report and charged Swasey with the offence of aggravated assault of an indecent nature.
He was arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, and he pleaded not guilty to the charge. He explained that he only kissed the boy on his cheek. He was released on bail of $1,500, and his case was adjourned until July 16.
Hand Take A Stand
On Saturday at noon, opponents of offshore oil drilling held hands in public spaces to protest offshore exploration. In Belize City, it happened on the seawall near the baron Bliss grave where about a hundred persons took a stand, hand in hand. We found out more form the city organizer:..
The event is timed to mark the anniversary of BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Alicia Made Solo Ride To Victory
The women's cross country was held on Sunday. Only eight riders lined up, and at the end of 68 miles Alicia Thompson claimed her first victory in the prestigious race. Here she is crossing the finish line:..
Thompson rode sol into a headwind for most of the race. She was about an hour off the record. Six of the eight riders finished.
A Test Of Muscle And Will
And while she proved herself as Belize's strongest female rider- who is the strongest man? On Saturday a field of eight competitors engaged in 7 hours of grueling competition that pushed the limits of their muscle and their will. Here's how it went, and here's who came out on top:..
The first place finisher got a thousand dollars, the second place got 600 hundred and the third place got four hundred.
“Bouncer” Gunned Down At Wake In Ladyville
Early on Friday morning, the body of a watchman was found at his workplace in Ladyville, Belize District. He had been strangled to death but neither family members nor the [...]
Double Homicide in Teakettle: One Shot, Another Hacked to Death
The peace and quiet of Teakettle Village was shattered by the news of a double murder. Two American nationals were killed in what seems a senseless act of violence. A [...]
Roaring Creek Family Waylaid, Wife Killed in Fatal Attack
The other murder victim is a Camalote resident who was killed after a lone-gunman fired several bullets at the vehicle she was travelling in around five thirty on Sunday evening. [...]
Unknown Assailant Opens Fire on Vehicle Near Monkey River
And one more story on the weekend’s gun violence. A vehicle carrying several men returning to Monkey River Village on Sunday, after an evening of socializing at a football game [...]
Near-Fatal Traffic Mishap on Phillip Goldson Results in Multiple Injuries
A near-fatal road traffic accident on Sunday evening, has left several persons critically injured. The men were traveling along the Phillip Goldson Highway in a grey Toyota pickup in the [...]
Lusby Martinez Acquitted of 2009 Murder
When we closed our newscast on Friday, a jury was still deliberating in the murder trial of Lusby Martinez who was facing charges for the grenade attack in which fourteen [...]
Deliveryman Arraigned for Kissing Male Minor
A young boy under the age of sixteen years claims that he was sexually molested back in December 2014 by a man well known to him and his family. Today, [...]
Chamber of Commerce on Petrocaribe Loans Act
The Belize Chamber of Commerce has taken a position in respect of the Petrocaribe Loans Act which is in line with the pronouncement of the unions and the P.U.P. as [...]
More on the Special Agreement Amendment with Foreign Minister Elrington
This past Sunday, the Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Carlos Raul Moralez was in Belize. The visit coincides with the signing of an amendment to the 2008 compris, which is now [...]
What Happens Should Guatemala Vote Yes to ICJ Resolution?
As it stands, the political situation in Guatemala remains unstable. This past Saturday, thousands protested against acts of corruption, demanding jail time for those who are guilty. The masses are [...]
Territorial Volunteers Treks West to Garbutt Falls
On Sunday the Belize Territorial Volunteers made one of its regular treks to Belize’s border monuments, this time at Garbutt Falls in Benque Viejo del Carmen. It was the largest [...]
SICB Suspends Restructuring of Quotas, Sugar Crisis Averted
A potential crisis in the sugar industry was narrowly averted when late this evening the Sugar Industry Control Board voted to suspend the decision to restructure quotas. That decision, made [...]
Was Munchie Cervantes’s Vehicle Used By Caneros in Arson of Cane Fields?
Also up north two men are in custody tonight because police suspect they burned cane fields belonging to American Sugar Refinery, and fired at ASR Security personnel who caught them [...]
Sports Monday with James Adderley
Good evening I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. The long awaited Game two in the PLB Championship teaser was staged inside the Norman Broaster Stadium as the host [...]