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The San Pedro Sun

When in Belize Drink like the Belizeans Do!
There’s a tasty array of concoctions readily available if you’re ever thirsty for something local that packs a punch. While Belikin beers are a great choice, there’s a whole other realm of drinks out there including our local wines. Yep. Wines. Not your fancy vineyard, minerally tasting, unoaked/oaked wines…these are loaded with blasts of flavour. You can choose from an endless selection of local “wines” such as cashew and local black berries, or even dare to try not so usual flavors such as potato (this one might actually be vodka) , rice, craboo, pineapple , sour sop, mango, poconoboy and the list goes on. Some of the more popular flavors are the cashew and blackberry! My favorite? While I enjoy tasting what’s available- my wine of choice is definitely the berries. There’s nothing quite like hanging out with friends on sunny day at the river, enjoying blackberry wine over ice…but then again that might just be the village girl in me. ( Or for a “classy” girl like Mary, topped with sprite and sipped on the beach).

Babb’s House takes the top prize at Holy Cross Sports Day 2015
On a bright and sunny Thursday, May 14th, the Holy Cross Anglican School (HCAS) held its annual sports day at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Sporting Arena. Students were grouped in houses (teams) to compete in various fun activities such as balloon toss, wheel barrow race, running races, sack races, lime and spoon and obstacle courses for children ages 7 -9, 10 – 13 and 13 and over. A trophy awaited the house with the most points at the end of the day, so the competition was really on! According to Computer Lab Teacher and Sports coordinator, Aaron Thomas, this is HCAS’s third annual sports day. “Children are just having fun today, competing against each other in all the various games. Everyone who takes part in the games gets a medal next week,” said Thomas.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture addresses Northern Caye Caulker beach front dilemma
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture has concluded their investigations regarding the Northern Caye Caulker beach reserve issue. The Ministry had launched an extensive investigation after several foreign buyers, including British retiree Sydney Higgins, sought legal action for a parcel of land they bought as perceived beach front property is not actually bordered by the seashore. In their investigation report, the Ministry stated that the matter has been resolved and that the land in question is non-existent. The issue arose after land owners who purchased beach front properties in Northern Caye Caulker back in 2005 started stating that the revised parcel maps of 2012 showed a property in front of their land. In the release the Ministry stated “Upon conclusion of investigation on the Northern Caye Caulker beach reserve, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture has determined that the parcels in question for the individuals who made the complaint are non-existent, because the surveys relating to those parcels have been cancelled since the Government of Belize learned about these cases in 2012.”

Guatemala may hold Belize territorial dispute referendum this year: Belize yet to announce a date
After backing down from the first scheduled joint referendum on whether the Guatemala-Belize territorial dispute should be settled at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), The Republic of Guatemala is attempting to negotiate the amendment of the Special Agreement in order to hold the referendum before 2015 is over. Guatemala, who is currently undergoing a political dispute, has officially petitioned the Government of Belize to allow them to hold the referendum in September during their scheduled General Elections. While no confirmation has been released on whether the referendum will go through this year, controversy has already started to unfold within the political parties in Belize. The Special Agreement states that the referendum should be held simultaneously in both countries and should have 60% of voter turnout in order to make it binding. Originally, the referendum was set for October 6, 2013, but six months prior to the date, the Government of Guatemala backed out of the agreement. Since then, there was little word from both governments on a new date, until now.

Support the restoration of Women Identities at the Runway to Empowerment
Foreva Fancy Boutique has teamed up with Shaping Healthy Identities through Nurturing and Empowerment (SHINE) and On Eagle Wings Ministries (OEWM) to organize a charity fashion show on Sunday, May 24th. Titled ‘Runway to Empowerment’, the show will be held at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium starting at 8PM and aims to raise funds for the construction of an OEWM/SHINE center and home for women/girls that have been sexually, mentally or physically exploited. But the fashion show is two-fold, as it will also be celebrating the first installation of the SHINE program and the 14 young ladies that took part in it. “I am so excited for Runway to Empowerment. It will be a show like no other. Foreva Fancy has organized a great show with lots surprises and entertainment. But I think the most important is that the girls that participated in the SHINE program will get their debut in modeling. None of them have ever participated in a fashion show and they are all looking forward to this opportunity,” said Miss San Pedro and SHINE Founder Michelle Nuñez.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks lose their last game in the Regular Season
On Saturday, May 16th the San Pedro Tiger Sharks fell to the Orange Walk Running Rebels in their final game of the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL). Luckily, the loss did not affect the Tiger Sharks, as their spot in the playoffs was already secured. Playoffs kick off on Friday, May 22nd and the Tiger Sharks will be having the home court advantage in their first match. During the past weekend’s exciting matches Cayo Western Ballaz claimed the #1 seed, entering the playoffs after defeating the Belmopan Red Taigaz in a 53-43 point match on Friday, May 17th. With the loss, Belmopan Red Taigaz fell to the #3 seed entering the playoffs. The Tiger Sharks travelled to Orange Walk Town to take on the Running Rebels. The defending champions went in confident, with a secure spot in the playoffs. After a stunning match, the Running Rebels managed to capture their second win in the season with a 91-85 point victory. San Pedro Tiger Sharks was led by Milton James who recorded another double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Ashton Edwards also scored 23 points with 3 steals. Darwin “Puppy” Leslie finished the night with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. With the loss, San Pedro fell to the still acceptable #2 seed.

Ambergris Today

Rider Fee Increased for Local Flights in Belize
Back in January 15, 2011 the Belize Airports Authority (BAA) announced the implementation of a Rider Fee on all airline tickets sold for local travel in the country of Belize. Passengers were obligated to pay an additional five dollar ($5.00) fee wherever local airline tickets are purchased. This week the Government of Belize and the Belize Airport Authority are announcing a $1 increment on the fee and requiring all Belizean Airlines to collect a $6 rider fee on all tickets segments. According to a press release from Tropic Air, all tickets issued after May 31, 2015, will automatically have this fee included and that the fee will be charged to every ticket issued regardless of any discount. For example: Ticket BZE - SPR - Rider Fee $6.00 Ticket BZE - SPR - BZE - Rider Fee $12.00 Ticket BZE - SPR - TZA - PLJ - Rider Fee $18.00

San Pedro Lions Club Hosts Special Guest Malcolm Kirman
The San Pedro Lions Club, in conjunction with the Belize Zone 59 of the Lions Organization, hosted Lion Malcolm Kirwan during his visit to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Visiting Lion brother is a past District Governor of sub-district 60B and a Past Council chairman of Multiple District 60. He currently serves as the GLT-GMT Special Area Advisor MD60, D63, Haiti and Belize. Lion Kirwan arrived in Belize on May 21. During his visit to the island, Lion Kirwan visited the Dr Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Poly Clinic II. The local clinic was initially a project of the San Pedro Lions Club and continues to enjoy full support of the local club. Kirwin also took the opportunity to visit the San Pedro Lions Club Mosquito Coast Park in the southern part of Ambergris Caye. On Thursday, May 21, Kirwin met with Lions and Leo Club members along with other special invited guests, including Area Representative Manuel Heredia Jr. and Mayor of San Pedro Daniel Guerrero.

Finding Solutions to Oil Drilling, Not Only Supporting A Cause for One Day
Dear Editor, Although I agree in theory what the people of Belize did on Saturday May 16, 2015, to show support for the "No Offshore Drilling" campaign, the photos I've seen of some of the folks that were there leave me a bit perplexed. I do consider my self somewhat of an environmentalist and think it's very important to keep the reef and the waters the pristine and way they are. To make it clear, I am "pro" No Belize Offshore Drilling, however, I wonder how many people burn oil or use things that are made from oil (and may not even realize it) in their everyday lives. I only write this because I believe it is necessary to not only have knowledge of a certain subject or cause, but to use that knowledge wisely when making a public declaration of something.... which is the only reason why I didn't go (because I'm not even close to being truly green... yet).

Second Hyperbaric Chamber Installed in San Pedro as Private Clinic Expands Services
“The hyperbaric chamber assures a sense of security and safety to all who visit our island,” commented Dr. Daniel. “We will be visiting dive shops and resorts to educate them about the service we provide with the chamber so that they know about the reliable and essential services we have to offer with its addition to the clinic.” Dr. Daniel Gonzalez, who owns Ambergris Hopes Clinic, is working on providing a 24-hour medical facility, the first private clinic on the island to do so. Once complete the clinic will also be providing additional medical services from maternity to dentistry and also offer X-Ray and ultrasound. The expansion will allow for more doctor offices, recovery rooms and an operating room as well. Attending the inauguration event was local businessman Corry McDermott who made a donation of $5,000 towards the second phase of the clinic expansion which includes a diagnostic center with X-Ray and ultrasound, and a maternity ward. Dr. Danny, as he is affectionately called by islanders, has big dreams for his clinic and his goal is to provide excellent medical services to the community at affordable prices. His hopes is to also acquire an ambulance to assist in medical emergencies.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Lions Club regional leader Lion Malcom Kirwan of St Kitts and Nevis visits
The San Pedro Town Council joins the Lions Organization in Belize in welcoming regional leader Lion Malcom Kirwan of St Kitts and Nevis. Lion Kirwan was the guest of honor at the meet and greet social held on Thursday night at the San Pedro Lions Den where he had the opportunity to engage with the councilors of the SPTC.

Scarlet macaw chicks
The scarlet macaw chicks being hand reared are doing really well. The chicks are taken care off by FCD research team and volunteers with support from the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic and the Wildlife Institute.

Get ready with quality planting material for the rains are coming
Compost dried coconut made soil sold for $15 per 100lb. Can deliver to anywhere in Belize at buyers expense. Call or text 662-4577 or inbox.

Pickup dry coconut leaf, branches and other materials
Mayan Pride will be passing through Placencia & Maya Beach tomorrow. We can pickup dry coconut leaf, branches and other materials that a garbage truck would not take. We charge based on the size of load. Price starting as low as $25.00. We don't kill our customer. We work with them. Call 665-0043 or PM before Saturday 23, May 2015. I will have a trailer if you need to haul.

Coming to Placencia & Maya Beach on Tomorrow Saturday 23 May 2015
- $10.00 bag pure topsoil - $15.00 bag pure compost - $12.50 bag topsoil & compost mixed together All prices above include delivery cost. Interested call 665-0043 or PM me before Saturday to put in your order

CONSERVATION CAMP 2015!
The Belize Zoo will once again be accepting 30 young Belizeans to explore and appreciate our natural heritage through our week long conservation camp. Zoo tours, field trips, field research, roleplays, and environmental games are some of the many activities campers will participate in, and hopefully leave equipped with conservation-minded attitudes. June 29th to July 3rd are the dates this year, so, parents, start applying! Campers must be 12-17 years of age, and come prepared for 4 nights and 5 days of activities. More info and registration forms can be requested from education@belizezoo.org, or outreach@belizezoo.org, or call the Zoo at 822-8000.

BOLEDO DRAWING for Friday, May 22, 2015: 37

WHEN SEFERINO ROCKED THE BELIZEAN AIRWAVES!
The legendary Belizean broadcaster and comic, the late Eddie 'Seferino' Coleman stands out today as Belize's most entertaining broadcaster and comedian of all times. Seferino, as he is known among Belizeans of the 1960's, 70's and 80's, rose to become one of Belize's most articulate broadcasters during the days of the defunked Belize broadcasting institution, Radio Belize. Not only could Coleman matched some of the best in Caribbean broadcasting being that he was a natural at it, but he could have stood shoulder to shoulder with some of the best Caribbean comedians of his time. Terribly funny, Coleman had the ability to move from serious journalistic presentations to an incredibly entertaining wrap-around that made him Belize's most entertaining broadcaster. He stole the hearts of many Belizeans who grew up under his voice on Radio Belize when radio became the sole medium of communication in Belize in the 1960's and 70's.

BELIZE'S CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPION JUSTIN WILLIAMS! THE RISE OF A WORLD CLASS CYCLING SPEED MACHINE!
It is a very exciting and marvelous thought that Belize's new Cross Country cycling champion, Justin Williams, could hold incredible hopes in representing Belize in all world class cycling classics like the Olympics, Pan American Games, Tour de France, and many other staged games in the cycling world. The Belizean-American cycling athlete has a courage and a passion to meet any cycling feat, and when looking at his outstanding record of achievements in the state of California, he stands out among all the present day Belizean cyclist both at home and abroad as the best that Belize will ever see right now. There is no way that Belize should allow this gem of an athlete and his strong passion for all things Belizean to get out of the country's data base of athletic recruits that Belize has been blessed with since Belizean-American NBA star, Milton Palacio, and his Belizean ballers won the gold medal for Belize in the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1999.

BELIZEAN CYCLING LEGEND JOHNITO MIGUEL!
Belizean cycling legend, John 'Johnito' Miguel, became the third of four brothers from the Miguel family who had won four of Belize's Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classics. Johnito, as he is known in Belizean circles, and who many cycling lovers of Belize continue to talk about whenever the Belize Cross Country cycling classic would be showcased yearly, has won the 1960, 1964, 1965, and the 1968 Belize Cross Country Cycling Classic. He is seen by many Belizeans as the most outstanding of all the Miguel brothers who had won at least two of the classics, and to have rode the race. In this feature of Belizean Legends, host Bilal Morris caught up with the reigning 1960's Belizean cycling champion during the May 1, 2015 Cross Country cycling victory celebrations for his grand-nephews, Justin and Corey Williams, who had recently placed first and fifth in the annual cycling classic where riders come from Central America, the Caribbean and the United States to compete.

Channel 7

The Drama With Denfield Bowen's Body
When we left you last night, the family and friends of Denfield Bowen were waiting for police to release his decomposed remains so that they could take him for burial in Manatee. It was an emotional moment - after three weeks of searching - and with so many misgivings about the circumstances of his murder - that it had supposedly been done by one of his George Street Gang allies….all that made for a volatile scene at mile 8 on the Western Highway. Monica Bodden was there and here's what she saw:.. Monica Bodden reporting The news quickly spread like wildfire - when word got out that a decomposed body had been found at a mile 8 community off the Western Highway. Family members and friends of 26 year old Denfield Bowen arrived on the scene one by one - All anxiously waiting to see if it was indeed the body of the missing Plues Street resident. But it took a while before police allowed Bowen's father into the scene to identify his belongings. Shortly after he returned to the crowd to break the news that it was the missing man.

Rider Ran For Cover From Shooters
And while police were still processing that scene, a man was shot in the Jane Usher Boulevard Area of Belize City. At around 7:45 32-year-old Luis Dominguez of St. Thomas Street was riding his bicycle on J.R. Street, when a man emerged from a yard and shot at him. He might've gotten killed but he scrambled into a friends yard for shelter. We spoke to one of his friends today who told us how she ran out to try and save him. Courtney Weatherburne reporting Luis Dominguez was shot near this wooden green house last night. Trying to hold on to life and escape from his shooter he managed to run to this yard where his friends live. With blood-stains trailing behind him, he entered the yard and frantically called out for help. Voice of Witness "More or less I would say about 7:50pm this happened. I was inside attending to my kids when we heard the gunshots."

San Pedro Cabbie Murdered Because Of Inappropriate Relationship With Minor
3 weeks ago, two San Pedro taxi men were killed in a 5 day span. Police made four arrests for the murder of Jose Beltran. And, now, they they've arrested and charged 2 men for the murder of the second taxi victim, Donicio Trujillo. Those men are 40 year-old Rafael Ramirez, a Guatemalan laborer of San Pedro, and 25 year-old Arvington Neal, a Belizean laborer of San Ignacio. Police believe that Rafael Ramirez may have been settling a personal score with Donicio Trujillo - over an inappropriate relationship he had with a minor. So, it was not drug related. The break in the case when police found the Trujillo's cell phone in Cayo with Arvington Neal. To make this happen San Pedro police networked effectively with cops in Cayo.

GOB "Tek" Tzec Land
Agronomist Angel Tzec was in the Supreme Court today, trying to get back land that he says Government swiped from him. The lease for Tzec's 250 acres in the Cayo District expired in 2011. Before that happened, he tried to renew it, but he claims that the Lands Department and the Minister gave him the run around, allegedly with the promise that it would be taken care of. But, it wasn't and then, the 2012 General Elections happened, and that's when the Lands Department began sharing up the land to new leaseholders, without Tzec's knowledge. When he found out, he tried his very best to get the Lands Department to reverse what he thought was a mistake. But that didn't work, so now he's suing the Government for it. That case got its day in court today, and after almost 3 hours of arguments, it came to a close. We spoke with his attorney, Said Musa, outside of court about the reliefs that Tzec is trying to get so that he can get back the rights to the land: Rt. Hon. Said Musa, Attorney for Tzec "Before it expired, he applied. Under the lease, there is clause there for him to renew. He applied for that and they put him through all kinds of changes. He had to first of all bring all his rents up to date.

Caleb The Celeb
Caleb Orozco may be taunted and routinely ridiculed in Belize, but tonight he's gone stratospheric as the cover boy for the prestigious and widely circulated New York Times Magazine. Orozco is profiled in the May 22nd edition of the magazine, in a five thousand word article called, "The Lonely Fight Against Belize's Anti-Gay Laws." In the article, writer Julia Scott visits with Orozco around Christmas of 2014, and walks the streets of Belize City with him, experiencing the relentless insults and humiliations reserved for Belize' most public gay man. It speaks about the quiet culture of persecution that less public gay persons face, and notes that 24 months after the constitutional case on Belize anti-sodomy law, the decision on the case has been, quote, "unusually delayed." The article notes that, Orozco's supporters hoped, that his case would establish a precedent across the Caribbean and, quote, "even create a domino effect, putting pressure on other governments to decriminalize sodomy." End quote. It notes that ten Caribbean countries still have anti-sodomy laws.

They Dropped The Ball On Charlie Price
The rat episode at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan which emerged four weeks ago - was enough to make your blood crawl. But while the rodent infestation in the food pantry has been contained - what's to stop it from happening again? Today we asked Health CEO Peter Allen who dropped the ball, and what's to stop them from dropping it again:.. Dr. Peter Allen, CEO, Ministry of Health "It's quite an outrageous situation frankly and as soon as the ministry heard about it, we immediately dispatched a team of our technical staff to immediately fix the problem. That problem was fixed but then some of the challenges that had perhaps led to that problem including some infrastructure problems with broken walls and inadequate roofing were identified. And the Ministry of Health then requested from the Ministry of Finance who were quick to support us with a $25,000 estimate for immediate improvements. Those improvements are being done as we speak and we can't avoid the issue of human resources.

Western Region Ambulance
And while the rats are gone, did they, like, leave in the ambulance? That's what a lot of Belmopan residents have been asking after they called the Hospital requesting an ambulance and couldn't get one, or if they did, it was considerably late. Well, turns out they are waiting on 2 new ambulances from the US - 2 that were ordered about 9 months ago. Why is it taking so long to reach? Well, we caught up with Dr. Peter Allen at another event today and he told us that one of the "holdbacks" is the stringent requirements for transporting these ambulances from the US to Belize. But he assured us that arrangements have been made to provide this indispensable service. Courtney Weatherburne "I understand there's been several cases where patients or people who have called at the Western Regional Hospital for an ambulance had to either, one, wait a long time for one or they simply said 'we don't have the ambulance or we don't have an ambulance ready. How are you guys coping with it? I understand that it's also an ongoing issue. How could you have a hospital without an ambulance?"

Peter Allen On Doctor's Fight
And they could have used one of those new ambulances to rush a "chill pill" to two doctors who duked it out at the San Ignacio Community Hospital on Wednesday. As we reported, the doctors had a disagreement about a patient, which led to a physical confrontation. Best reports say one walked away from the fight with a swollen face and the other a swollen wrist. Today, Health CEO Peter Allen said that it is unacceptable, and he's prescribing a double dose of anger management:.. Dr. Peter Allen, CEO, Ministry of Health "It's a first for me, I've never ever come across a situation where two physicians resort to fighting and especially at their place of work. So I am aware of it, it was reported to me straight away. We made sure first of all as we always do, that the patients and our clients are safe and not affected or at least as affected as little as possible. we've asked as we do for reports, I have to believe that our response must include some kind of counselling in anger management because without having seen the reports yet, it is difficult for me to understand that disagreements between professionals cannot be handle in a more constructed manner than this."

Anti-psychotic Available
And, the modestly good news is that if any of those doctors need the anti-psychotic drug Resperidol - it is now available. The medication, which is heavily relied upon by persons with schizophrenia and bi-polar disease had become scare to unavailable at public health clinics in March and April - seriously affecting those persons who rely on a daily dosage. Today, Allen told us it is now available at the health centers:.. Dr. Peter Allen, CEO, Ministry of Health "There were previous categories of drugs that use to be used in the past, but some of them have some side effects. And so we've been fortunate in being able to increase our budget for medical supplies and that has allowed us to procure some of the more modern drugs which are perhaps more affective and have less side effects. Respiredol is one of those and we were having a problem with the supply around about the end of March and the beginning of April, but that has been resolved. Respiredol is available and will continue to be available at all clinics. We procure them under tender, so there's a tender where different agencies bid. Some of these drugs are control drugs so they are not freely available at every pharmacy or supplier and you will need to have the proper permits and licenses."

Weed For Cops
The Gang Suppression Unit is reporting tonight that it made major drug seizures between yesterday and this morning. At around the start of news yesterday, officers of the GSU visited a yard at #91 Lacroix boulevard, where they searched a house owned by 31 year-old Randy Rodriguez. He was there at the time when the officers searched a clothes barrel and found 2 bags of marijuana containing a total of 471 grams - or just over a pound - of marijuana. Rodriguez was charged with drug trafficking. Half hour earlier, GSU officers were on Linda Vista Street conducting operations when they searched an abandoned lot in the street. There they found 115 grams - or 4 ounces - of marijuana and 7 live rounds of 9mm ammunition inside a black plastic bag. That bag was hidden under a garbage pile, and because no one was around at the time, the items were deposited as found property. The officers believe that the drugs and ammunition belong to a known gang member in that area.

FECTAB Calls on GOB
Earlier this week, we told you about the ongoing discussions about the way forward for cruise tourism in Belize. Government feels it is stuck because if it allows the Stake Bank project to proceed - it will end up having to pay head tax compensation to the owners of the Fort Street Tourism Village. So from government's position the possible compromise seems to be to encourage the owners of Fort Street to partner with Mike Feinstein - who is the owner of Stake Bank. But those FSTV owners, namely Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Diamonds International don't want to be in a minority shareholders in Stake Bank - and Feinstein refuses to concede his majority position on his project. So, things are at a standstill. But, yesterday FECTAB issued a release declaring that it quote, "completely condemns the concept of the stake bank project or any dockage project within the Belize district being sold to or developed by anyone except a Belizean developer," close quote. They say that if a cruise dockage project is developed by a foreign investor, quote, "we at FECTAB know that Belizean tourism elements will not be let in and…we would see the end of business in that sector for all Belizeans…" end quote.

Cops Got Ammo
Earlier we told you about the GSU operation that netted a few pounds of weed, well yesterday evening a Joint operation in Precinct One came up with a whole bunch of high powered ammunition. They found 16 sixteen live 5.56mm rounds, twenty five live 5.56mm rounds - both of them the type used in assault rifles. They also found (93) ninety three live .45mm rounds of Ammunition and (52) Fifty two live .38mm rounds.

Cacao for All
The Cacao festival is opening right now in Punta Gorda Town with a wine and chocolate Gala. The festival goes all weekend and will touch on all things cacao. Complementing the experience for visitors is a newly opened Maya House of Cacao. It was built with a 400 hundred thousand euro grant from the European Union - and on Saturday at the opening - the recipient and the donor explained its importance in getting out the story behind the uniquely positioned Belize cacao industry:.. This initiative is part of the European Union's Belize Rural Development Project, which has also helped in making the cacao plant more resistant to a fungus that had badly affected the crops in the area.

Importance of Being Early
Early education - it's the little acknowledged panacea to many social ills - and UNICEF has started a multi sectorial push to get more kids into productive preschool environments. Today they brought together the Ministries of Education youth and sports with the ministry of human development social transformation and poverty alleviation for a national forum on early childhood development. Health CEO Peter Allen told us it is about getting a strong start in life:.. Dr. Peter Allen, CEO, Ministry of Health "Early childhood development is such an important component of the work that government does. and now you see that the Ministry of Health of course and health systems all over the world have various programs which begin even before conception with the micro-nutrient supplements to young women of child bearing age and the encouragement of good nutritional practices to young adults.

Another Murder
We started tonight's news with a story about murder, and end with another. At about 6:30 pm two men were shot on Iguana Street near Kim's Store. One of them is deceased - and the other survived. And while his name is known to us, we cannot report it without first ensuring that his family has heard. 7news is on the scene right now and we'll have the full story on Tuesday.

Channel 5

LL’s Body Discovered After 21 Days of Searching
Since he went missing on April thirtieth, the family of Densfield Bowen, feared the worst. Tonight, as they grieve, they are preparing to lay him to rest and close a [...]

Luis Dominguez is Shot on J.R. Street
A Belize City resident was shot on Thursday night in Belize City. Thirty two year old Luis Dominguez was riding his bike on JR Street shortly before eight last night [...]

Caneros in Santa Marta Issued Eviction Notice for Farming on Private Land
There is a very ugly situation brewing in the village of Santa Marta in the Orange Walk District, and it involves squatting. Thirteen farmers cleared and cultivated five hundred and [...]

Is Clear The Land Squatting on Land in Santa Marta?
What’s the connection between Minister of State Edmond Castro and Santa Marta in the Orange Walk District? Well, you would think none, but you would be wrong. Earlier this week [...]

Caleb Orozco Featured in NY Times
Caleb Orozco. He has become the face of the LGBT Community and he has been in news for years challenging section 53 of the Belize Constitution. Well, this is not [...]

Does Spread in NY Times Benefit LGBT Agenda?
So, what does a major spread in the New York Times do for the LGBT Community? Caleb says it is about showing just how real it is for persons from [...]

Mix Up with Cuban Nationals in Benque Viejo
An interesting case came up today in the Benque Viejo Magistrate Court. It involves six Cuban nationals, three men and three females, who were detained two weeks ago in the [...]

GSU Busts Jermaine Rodriguez with Weed
The Gang Suppression Unit conducted anti-drug operations on Thursday and this morning in Belize City.  On Thursday evening, the GSU searched a one bedroom house on Lacroix Boulevard owned by [...]

Man Who Killed Mango Picker Granted Bail of $10,000
A number of bail applications were heard today in the Supreme Court before Justice Troadio John Gonzalez including three are high profile cases.  Ladyville businessman, Hilberto Perez, who was charged [...]

Two Men Arraigned for Murder of Donicio Trujillo in San Pedro
Police believe they have cracked a recent murder in San Pedro where a well known taxi driver Donicio Trujllio, was killed. Two men have been apprehended and charged with Trujillo’s [...]

Squatters Return to Demolished Home in Gungulung
There are more complaints tonight against the Minister of State Mark King over the issue of squatting in the area of Holy Emmanuel. After King came under fire he re-settled [...]

U.S. Issues Advisory in Cayo District Following Double Murder in Teakettle
It didn’t make it in the news on Thursday, but the U.S Embassy did send out a release issuing condolences to Paul Signorino and Julian Jones, the two American nationals [...]

Early Childhood Development Workshop Hosted by MOE
Early Childhood Development- it’s about the comprehensive care for children up to age eight and it is something that we are tackling locally. It is a matter of great importance. [...]

Belize Kids First Offers High School Scholarship
Are you looking for funds to pay for your high school tuition? Well, you may just be the student that Belize Kids First Organization is looking for. Anne Palacio President [...]

Remembering Amos Ford
His death may have gone largely unrecognized since it happened in March of this year, but Amos Ford’s death made several UK news outlets. He was a member of a group [...]

Looking Back… When The Compromis Was Signed In 2008
The signing of an amendment to the 2008 Special Agreement is proceeding as planned in Guatemala City this coming Monday. Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and his Guatemalan counterpart Carlos Raul [...]

LOVE FM

Immigration CEO Placed on Administrative Leave
Love News has confirmed that Candelaria Saldivar Mortar has been placed on administrative leave. Saldivar is the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Immigration, Labour, Local Government and Rural Development. A source told Love News that the decision came after Cabinet met on Tuesday. We were made to understand that a head of department within the Ministry made an official complaint against Saldivar-Mortar, who is the sister of Minister of National Security, John Saldivar. We were told that the Head of Department complained about Saldivar Mortar’s management style. Edmund Zuniga is acting CEO. We were unable to get in contact with Minister Godwin Hulse for more details.

ECD Forum: Early Childhood Development Could Lead to Less Social Issues
A workshop geared at understanding, addressing and improving various aspects when it comes to early childhood development (ECD) took place today at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City. The all-day event, hosted by UNICEF had the participation of several ministries, namely, the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation as well as the Ministry of Health and that of Education. According to Education Minister, Patrick Faber, there is a misconception that early childhood development begins at preschool while that is not the case. He added that there is the need for parents to do more to contribute to an improved early childhood development. PATRICK FABER “I think there is a lot of room for public education here in Belize as it relates to ECD indeed. We still have a good many parents I believe in our country who don’t see a value in early childhood education and for most Belizeans that means preschool at 3 to maybe infant one to infant two but as the studies are showing, early childhood development and you notice we didn’t say early childhood education it needs to start from birth. The experts will all tell you as they are here telling us today that really we need to start nurturing our children from birth, giving them the proper health and nutritional care but also stimulating all around from in the home but also in the early years of their education. So yes a lot of sensitization needs to happen, yes more parents and more teachers need to get on board and yes by extension all in our society need to be more involved and need to be more sold on the idea of engaging in early childhood development from birth.

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Santander worker falls to death on worksite
A Santander worker reportedly fell to his death while he was working on the rooftop of one of the buildings of the Santander sugar mill, in Banana Bank Area, Cayo District. The deceased has since been identified as Nelson Sotog, a 22 year old Guatemalan National. According to reports, the incident occurred some minutes before

“Clear the Land” Castro asked to clear himself off the land
Edmund Castro area Representative for Belize Rural North goes to convention in less than 2 weeks where he is to square off against challenger Dwight Tillett, a former campaign manager of his and a former CEO in his Ministry. And while Castro says his opponent’s chances of winning doesn’t look good, since he claims he

Kareem Grant murdered in Belize City
Police have two suspects in custody over the murder of Kareem Grant which occurred last night in Belize City. Around 8:25 p.m., there was gun fire heard inside a fenced yard at the corner of Mahogany and Periwinkle Streets in the St. Martin de Porres area, and Grant was found with gunshot injuries shortly thereafter.

PUP not supporting amendment to referendum agreement
Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington is scheduled to travel to Guatemala this weekend where he will sign an amendment to the referendum agreement between Belize and Guatemala at the request of the Guatemalan Government. The Amendment is to allow for a Referendum to be held separately instead of simultaneously. The reason given was that […]

“Diabetes Nuh a Cetch Me!”
“Diabetes Nuh a Cetch Me” That is the theme under which the Youths for World Peace Wellness Ambassadors are hosting their first ever diabetic run this Sunday May 24th starting at the Belmopan Market Square...

Bringing CSME alive in the classroom
Belize is routinely referred to as a Caribbean country in Central America, but few Belizeans know and understand the importance of regional integration as practiced by the Caribbean Community and particularly the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). For the last few weeks, consultants have been accompanying the local Ministries of Trade and Education and

Cancer Care Symposium addresses long term care
Today’s annual Cancer Care Symposium was held under the theme, “Caring, Coping, Surviving: Cancer Control – Not Beyond Us!” Presenters from Belize and other countries discussed global strategies for health and survivorship of all cancers, early detection and control, and put renewed focus on some of the leading killers including cervical, prostate, breast and skin

Women politicians recommend changes to Representation of the People Act
There is change coming soon to one of Belize’s oldest and most important laws. The Representation of the People Act, Chapter 9 of the Laws of Belize, is being vetted for changes to help women gain greater access to politics. The report on strengthening women’s representation in national leadership in Belize, completed after three years of

Dangriga Shoot Out!
There was an exchange of gunfire last night in Dangriga according to police which resulted in one person, a 17 year old minor, being shot to the leg. Authorities say that sometime around 7:45 pm on Wednesday May 20th, police were conducting patrols in the “Backatown” area, Dangriga, when they reportedly encountered two persons acting

To gamble or not to gamble? Roaring Creek predicament
It seems like every month there are a couple of new murders in Roaring Creek to report on. Since the start of 2015 there have been 10 murders in the crime ridden community of Roaring Creek and the nearby villages. Those frightening records have prompted police and the leaders of the affected communities to find

VIP and PNP disdain ICJ referendum
This morning Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) hosted the press in Belize City to discuss various national issues. Chief among them are the recently announced plans by the Government of Belize to amend the Special Agreement to allow Guatemala first crack at a referendum on going to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) later

VIP skeptical of Petrocaribe reforms
Last week Prime Minister Dean Barrow made announcements that the recently passed Petrocaribe Loans Act, 2015, will be amended to spell out the terms of spending, subsidization to existing laws including the Finance and Audit (Reform) Act and other provisions. But the Vision Inspired by the People (VIP), long-standing opponents of the Act and of […]


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Porn problem at San Pedro High
Four students 2nd form of San Pedro High School in San Pedro Town have been sent home on a one-week suspension from school as punishment for circulating pornography at the school – which has been reported to be images of the nude body of a female student of the school that had been altered by the students to resemble a female teacher of the school. The suspension commenced today, and the students are scheduled to return to classes next Friday, May 29. Conchita Flota, the interim principal of the high school, told News 5 that the suspension of the four students brings the total number of students who have been suspended for circulating pornographic pictures to nine. Flota explained that recently, controversy had erupted over some pornographic photos of some female students that were being circulated – a situation which the management of the school addressed, she said.

Lake I man executed in yard on Periwinkle Street
Kareem Grant, 26, of Periwinkle Street in Lake Independence, died after being shot at about 8:30 last night in the yard of an unused house on the street, two houses from where he lived, while socializing with his friends. His killer went to the gate and fired about 7 shots at Grant, hitting him in the head, chest, and back. The unknown killer then escaped from the area. Grant was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where doctors tried to help him, but nothing much could have been done, and he died shortly after at about 10:00 p.m. His body was taken to the morgue, where it is to undergo a post-mortem to certify the cause of his death. Police said that they recovered (5) 9mm expended shells from the scene and have since detained two persons pending investigations. His neighbors on Periwinkle Street told Amandala this afternoon that they were in their yard socializing when they saw a young man pass their yard, walking hurriedly and holding something under his shirt.

Guats continue to “rape Chiquibul”
The Chiquibul Forest—which spans over 400,000 acres in western Belize, abutting the Belize-Guatemala border—continues to be the target of illegal pillaging by Guatemalans; and this year, there is reportedly a spike in illegal encroachments by Guatemalans who continue to clear vast acreages for farming, and some of whom extend their cattle ranches from the Guatemala side of the border to the Belize side of the border. Last December, Belize and Guatemala signed a set of 13 agreements (which you can read about here: http://amandala.com.bz/news/13-agreements/). These include an agreement for the Protection of the Environment and Sustainable Use of Resources, which stipulates that Belize and Guatemala “will design a framework for cooperation and strategic collaboration with the aim of improving the protection and conservation of the environment and of protected areas through joint efforts.” That agreement notwithstanding, things have reportedly gotten worse on the ground. Rafael Manzanero, executive director of Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), said that 92 areas within Belize have been illegally cleared for planting this year, more than likely for milpa farming, and this represents a peak in those activities over previous years.

Efrain Alpuche and Saulito Vasquez charged with torching BSI/ASR cane field
After just over 47 hours in detention, Efrain Alpuche, the personal driver and bodyguard of PUP politician and cane farmer, Ramon “Monchie” Cervantes, Jr., and Saulito Vasquez, both of Orange Walk, were arraigned on a single count of arson before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer after 3:00 p.m. today. Because the Supreme Court was in session at the time, the arraignment was carried out in the Orange Walk Police Station. No plea was taken and the men were offered, and later met bail of $40,000 each. When the session concluded, their attorney, Marcel Cardona, explained to the media that the bail was set at that amount “given the quantum of the alleged damage to the [sugar cane] fields of Belize Sugar Industries Limited [BSI/American Sugar Refineries (ASR)].”

Body of missing George Street man found decomposing in the pan of his truck
Denfield L. L. Bowen, 28, the father of 5 children of a George Street address, who was reported missing since Friday, May 1, exactly 3 weeks ago, was found dead in the pan of his pickup in a state of decomposition at about 2:30 this afternoon near Mile 8 on the George Price Highway. Doctor Mario Estradabran will conduct an on-site autopsy tomorrow to certify the cause of Bowen’s death. His wife reported him missing on May 1, but efforts to find him have been in vain. This afternoon, she was called to the area by his father, who told her that his vehicle had been seen in the area and they saw his body in the vehicle. This afternoon her father-in-law was going to Manatee when a policeman who knows him told him that Bowen’s truck had been found. She said that she had not been given any other information.

GOB proceeding to amend ICJ compromis — despite PUP boycott
The decision by the Government of Belize to proceed next Monday, May 25, with the signing of an amendment to the special agreement for the adjudication of the Belize-Guatemala differendum at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague in The Netherlands has led to an unprecedented fallout with the Opposition, which has always been actively engaged in what had traditionally been a bi-partisan process. Amandala spoke on Wednesday with Belize’s resident Ambassador in Guatemala, H.E. Alexis Rosado, who told us that the signing is scheduled to take place in Guatemala City on the morning of Monday, May 25, 2015, which will be observed in Belize as Sovereign’s Day, formerly Commonwealth Day. The Opposition has announced that it will stage a boycott.

Congratulations to new national champions, Verdes FC!
I haven’t seen the Channel 5 report yet, but I have been reliably informed by fans behind the southern goal at the Norman Broaster Stadium on Sunday, as well as those who saw the Monday Sports Report, that Jarret’s series and championship winning goal was a “professional slap into the far corner,” not a header as we erroneously reported in our mid-week issue. From midfield, near the official desk on the western sideline, where I trained my camera on the goal area, I couldn’t follow the trajectory of Shamir Pacheco’s free kick from near the eastern sideline. My Canon camera was focused on the goal area; and with Jarret’s back toward me, I missed the moment of impact, and was lucky to catch the ball in flight before it reportedly hit under the crossbar and entered the net for the 2-nil Verdes win. Because of the sudden change of direction of the ball, headers are the most difficult shots for a goalkeeper, and Jarret’s left footed volley was just as nightmarish for All Belize goalie Woodrow West, who made a great effort. It appeared to us that the Bandits had the better of play overall in Sunday’s championship final, but Verdes produced two absolutely spectacular goals, a header into the right “pigeon hole” by Brazilian Alcides Thomas (31’) in first half, and the left footed slap-volley again into the right “pigeon hole” in injury time by Jarret Davis (90+’). The 2-nil win was enough to give Verdes, the championship, after losing 1-nil to the Bandits a week earlier at the FFB Stadium.

Well tried, Sonny
The Harrison Parks Cricket Competition 2015, under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, continued over the weekend. Six games were played on Saturday, but one had caught my attention, that needs mention in detail. This game was played in Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District, between Suga Boys of Carmelita and Sunrise of Lords Bank. Suga Boys won the toss, but gave Sunrise the option to bat first. In my days of playing, you only gave up your toss if you have strategy. I asked Sonny Wade, the captain, why he did it. He said the team bowling in the first half on the pitch will have better advantage. OK then, I told him. I’ll see if it works out. With the excellent bowling of Perandy and Clifford Tillett, wickets started falling in this order for Sunrise. 1 for 40; 2 for 49; 3 for 51; 4 for 70; 5 for 71; 6 for 113; 7 for 134; 8 for 147; 9 for 154; 10 for 154. In that inning, Garreth Joseph scored 47 for Sunrise, while the two aforementioned bowlers took 3 wickets each.

Alicia Thompson – 2015 Women Cross Country Champion
She has been prominent on the cycling scene for a number of years, having taken off a few years after giving birth, and returning to once again become a prime contender in the female cycling races hosted by the Belize Cycling Association. She had posted wins in other big races, including the 2015 Krem New Year’s Classic, but the Women Cross Country, from San Ignacio to Belize City, had eluded Alicia up until yesterday, and she was determined to gain her first Cross Country win. In pre-race interviews, Alicia sounded confident and satisfied with the work she had put in to prepare for the race, revealing that she was assisted in planning her training regimen by American Masters rider Anthony Taylor, and she has been a regular with the Weekend Warriors in their weekend races, where she has held her own. Yesterday, it all paid off for Alicia. 2012 champion Kaya Cattouse was reportedly weakened by an asthma attack that saw her hospitalized in the middle of last week; so she was determined to conserve her energies. And defending champion Shalini Zabaneh, try as she might, could not “shake off” Kaya, after Alicia had made her breakaway near Camalote.

Belize Boxing Federation holds first Sunday Knockout event at CET compound
The Belize Boxing Federation (BBF) held its first Sunday Knockout event yesterday, May 17, at the CET compound, corner St. Thomas and St. Joseph Streets, the venue chosen by the BBF to mitigate cost. Due to some technical difficulties, the event, scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m., actually got under way around 3:00 p.m., but it had a respectable support of about a hundred fans, consisting mostly of family members of the boxers, which was very much appreciated. The bouts involved participation from a number of boxing gyms – coach Swaso Boxing Gym of Dangriga, where one of his fighters won in convincing style and the other lost showing great potential; coach Leopold Smart Boxing Gym from Belize City; coach Dereck Stewart’s Burrell Boom Elite Boxing Club; and Lion’s Den Belize City, run by coach Clinton Tucker. In the opening bout, we saw Jevan Geban, 14 yrs, vs Gordon Richards, 15 yrs, where the judges gave Gordon the split decision victory.

Dangriga sports stats
SCFA Wamule Cup Week 12 results The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) Wamule Cup 2015 continued with Week 12 games on Friday, May 15, and Sunday, May 17, at the Carl Ramos Stadium. In the opener on Friday, Hope Creek United clipped Wagierale FC, 2-1, with Byron Perez (52’ & 70’) netting twice for Hope Creek, while Robert Hernandez (31’) scored for Wagierale. And in the nightcap, it was New Site FC and Hopkins FC playing to a 2-2 stalemate. Daniel Suazo (20’) and Ean Luis (54’) shook the net for New Site, while Joseph Augustine (61’) and France Nunez (63’) tallied for Hopkins. Sunday’s opener saw another 2-2 draw, this one between Maya King FC and Police FC. Elser Suchite (25’ & 29’) struck twice for Maya King, while Emmerson Castillo (18’) and Francis Castillo (40’) scored for Police. In the scheduled nightcap, Benguche FC won by default (3-0) over Green Gold FC. The race to the playoff is on, and we have four more weeks of regular season games to play.

The claim which is a land grab
At this point in the history of the Guatemalan claim to Belize, the most important thing to understand about the republic is that Guatemala is dominated by a neo-European, elitist oligarchy which controls an excessive, obscene amount of Guatemalan land. The majority of Guatemalans, and the majority of Guatemalans are of Indigenous ancestry, are landless. In 2015, then, what the Guatemalan claim to Belize is, is a land grab. What is not clear is whether this Guatemalan land grab is intended for use as a sop to Cerberus, in the sense of acquiring new acreage to distribute to and appease the landless masses in the republic’s east and north, or whether the desired new acreage will end up where land has always ended up in Guatemala – in the maws of the oligarchy and the military with whom they are allied. In the modern world, where racism, colonialism and imperialism are internationally condemned, Guatemala can not get away with publicizing a claim to Belize which is based on Spanish rights and papal authority which originate in the fifteenth century. Guatemala needs to look her own domestic reality squarely in the eye, and that reality demands immediate land reform. Too few Guatemalans have too much land, and too many Guatemalans have too little.

From the Publisher
Next Friday May 29 marks the 43rd anniversary of an explosive night in the history of Belize. I’ve written about the events of May 29, 1972 several times before, but there has never been a public discussion of what happened. One of the reasons there has never been a public discussion of what happened is that less than a year after the events of May 1972, high level moves were being made to establish what became the United Democratic Party (UDP) in September of 1973. The events of May 29, 1972 suggested that the UBAD Party had become too powerful, and the traditional, consensus Opposition politicians had to take over the energy which UBAD had unleashed. UBAD, in a sense, had become too big for its own good. The UBAD decision in August of 1970 to become a political party was probably a mistake, and I have taken full responsibility for it. One of the reasons it was a mistake was because a large percentage of UBAD supporters could not even vote, the voting age not being lowered from 21 to 18 until 1978. Another reason the UBAD decision to become a political party was a mistake was because UBAD was criticizing the church-state educational system and the white supremacist curricula of its schools. History has confirmed what common sense always suggested: you cannot criticize the churches and compete politically in Belize.

Fanon in the modern context …
Hopefully you noticed in the previous discourse that violence goes hand in hand with power. Hopefully you noticed that the examples of violence deal with situations of poverty. Poverty is the result of power used to deny equal distribution of resources and wealth. Creating, contributing to or sustaining poverty is violence. Failure to eliminate poverty is violence. In The Wretched of the Earth, the late psychologist Frantz Fanon, a Black man born in Martinique, analyzes the psychology of the colonist and the colonized in their respective struggles for power and freedom. The first section is on violence. Now, Dr. Fanon was talking largely about physical force and confrontation, violent language, rifle butts and bayonets and bloody knives in the formation and organization of colonies and their eventual “disorganization” and decolonization. However, he may as well have been analyzing the psychologies of the rich and the poor. The parallels are striking; one has only to substitute “the wealthy” or the “ruling class” for “the colonist” or “the colonized intellectual”; “the poor” for “the colonized” or “the native” or “colonial subject” or “exploited.” In doing that exercise one gets a true picture of the plight of the poor and their relationship to the wealthy and the inherent violent acts in that reality.

One roof, one bolt …
Dear Editor, I am writing to bring this to the attention of the Transport Authority in Belize City. I am a regular bus rider in Belize. A few months back, due to an incident, a steel post in a bus station was damaged and has been left unattended for the last few months. Sitting in the station numerous times waiting for buses, I studied this phenomenon and found out the whole roof is supported by one bolt. Right now this can be fixed by few hundred dollars, but if it collapses, it could be thousands of dollars and maybe loss of life. Please, someone in authority arrange to fix this damaged post. Do it if not to save someone’s life, at least to save some money for government. Even the insurance company that insures for this kind of event should try to fix it: it will save them money and hassle.

Police crime database fully digitized
Harry Noble, who has been working with the Police Department for the past 13 years to help develop its Wide Area Networks database, has informed our newspaper that the police now have access to immediate digital information on incidences of crime, with the recent completion of the roll-out to the districts. Benque Viejo del Carmen, Cayo, was the last police post to be connected to the digital network about a month and a half ago. What this means is that the police are able to instantaneously track crimes occurring across the country. Noble told Amandala that all crimes are tracked in the database, but their challenge now is analyzing and disseminating the information. “All the data is linked in. Whenever you go to any police station now, it’s all computer work. Everything is digitized,” he told us. He told us that the Chief Executive Office in the Ministry of National Security has asked them to develop a webpage, where information would be readily accessible to the public. That webpage, he said, is currently being developed by the Central Information Technology Office (CITO) in Belmopan.

Fuel prices skyrocketing again – premium over $10 a gal
Drivers were able to breathe a major sigh of relief this January when the prices of premium and regular gasoline dipped to under $8.00 a gallon; however, the most recent price adjustments implemented last night have put the price of premium gas in Belize City at just above $10 a gallon, an increase of 65 cents on the gallon, and the price of regular gas at $9.39 a gallon—the second highest price levels since the year began. Pump prices, which are calculated and set by the Ministry of Finance, vary in each district. When we visited the gas station earlier this week, both regular and premium gasoline were tagged at $9.36 a gallon, after a new shipment of regular gas caused a price change of 16 cents on the gallon, from $9.20 to $9.36. The price edged up another 3 cents 4 days later.

Groundings with iconic keyboard master Clinton “Junie” Crawford
The United Black Association for Development (UBAD) Education Foundation has been holding “open-mic” poetry reading sessions at Spooner’s Café, on North Front Street for several months, to raise funds for the Dr. Leroy Taegar Institute of Learning, Literacy and Numeracy Program, located at the Library of African and Indian Studies on the Kremandala compound. Last Thursday night, May 14, poets and those who support the UBAD Educational Foundation were treated to the special sounds of one of Belize’s most accomplished and iconic musicians. Almost none of the young poets who took to the microphone were aware of who the man on the keyboard was, nor of his significance to the early Belizean beat. Clinton “Junie” Crawford, whose music was synonymous with the name “the great Lord Rhaburn”, who has entertained generations of Belizean music lovers, must have sounded different to the young people in the audience at Spooner’s, but when Sydney “Stretcher” Lightburn took the mic and belted out a jazz song, with Crawford at the keyboard, the appreciative crowd wanted more, so Crawford fed their hunger for more by playing a few more tunes.

Belize’s Tysha Roches takes 1st place in CANTO’s video competition
Tysha Toni Roches, 17, a business student of St. Catherine Academy, has copped 1st place in a regional video competition sponsored by the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO), for her video titled, “ICT and Me”. In a press release issued Wednesday, CANTO said that Roches emerged as the number one contender in CANTO’s 9th Regional World Telecommunication and Information Society Day Video Competition, with Belize snagging the award for the second consecutive year. William Mahler, Jr., won the competition last year. “Her video informed and enlightened viewers of the evolution of communication and how it shapes and creates an innovative environment through ICT and Telecommunication platforms,” said a statement from CANTO.

US issues security alert on murders in western Belize
Following the double murder of two American men in western Belize this weekend, the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) of the United States Department of State has issued a security message for US citizens in the Belmopan area, citing an increase in violent crimes between the villages of Roaring Creek and Teakettle, Cayo District. It said that eleven murders have taken place since January 1, 2015 within the specific area of concern. That represents just under a quarter of the murders reported in Belize so far this year happening within a span of about 5 miles. Last Friday evening, American retirees Julian Christopher Jones, 46, and Paul David Signorino, 61, were brutally murdered in the Pineapple Hill area, of Teakettle in the Cayo District.

The Reporter

Fatal shooting in Belize City; another in Dangriga
A shooting on Friday evening on Iguana Street Extension in Belize City has claimed the life of a man. The incident happened shortly before 7 p.m. We understand that there was another shooting in Dangriga shortly after 9 p.m., the details of which this newspaper is seeking to confirm.

Stake holders meet to discuss early childhood development
The Government of Belize this week, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund, began working on a national early childhood development strategy. To develop a comprehensive strategy, representatives from the Ministries of Education Youth and Sports, Health, and Human development gathered at the Radisson Fort George Hotel for a one day strategy session, the first of a series of activities in the strategy’s development. Ivan Yerovi, UNICEF representative, explained that the main idea is for the three ministries to get together to start building new integrated ECD services. “The main output to come out of this meeting is to decide how they are going to start building these integrated services,” Yerovi explained, “clear guidelines, clear timelines, and clear actions so we can start building those integrated services.”

“Kids at Work” business expo a success
On Friday, Horizon Academy hosted its first financial literacy fair entitled “Kids at Work Business Expo.” The event, which showcased a variety of products for sale made primarily by students with guidance from teachers and parents, was held on the school’s compound at mile 3 on the Phillip Goldson highway. Principal, Diane Maheia, said that with the overwhelming support from the public, the school has decided to make the event annual. “We are hoping that the people that came today will be inspired and realize that entrepreneurship is a life style that needs to be taught to their kids,” Maheia said. “We will incorporate this activity into our learning cycles but it can’t just be a once a year thing at school.” Estela Lara, teacher of the pre-kinder, and kinder garden students, emphasized that even though her students are aged between two and four years, the children were the main drivers of the products.

Monkey River loses more beachfront to rapid erosion
Rapid beach erosion has been the hot topic of discussion in Monkey River Village. The village, located in the Toledo District, has been experiencing severe beach erosion since 1979. Hurricanes Mitch in 1998 and Iris in 2001 sped up the process and the result […]

Belize has new avian veterinary specialist
Belize has a newly-trained aviary specialist in the person of Philip DeShield, 26, who returned home last Thursday from a sponsored avian veterinary course in the United States. DeShield says he hopes to use his newly-acquired skills to assist the Belize Bird Rescue (BBR), the […]

Near-death traffic accidents occur hours apart on same highway
Several persons escaped almost sure death when their vehicle came to a screeching halt just feet above the Belize River shortly after 7 p.m. on Sunday. The concrete barrier on the river’s edge stopped it from careening into the crocodile-infested waters near mile seven […]

Mom shot dead in front of family 
A mother of three, was shot dead while heading home on the George Price Highway in a vehicle with her family. Roselia Galvez, 43, a resident of Society Hall Road, Roaring Creek, was killed around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, after enjoying an afternoon of […]

Attempted Murder witness killed at wake
Twenty-nine-year-old Kenroy “Bouncer” Arnold was ambushed, shot and killed on Saturday night in Ladyville as he attended the wake of another recent murder victim. His family alleges he was killed because he was supposed to testify in an upcoming attempted murder case. According to […]

Taiwan ICDF gives Belize US$2.5 Million Tilapia hatchery
Commercially-farmed Tilapia were first introduced to Belize more than 20 years ago in the mid 90’s through Taiwan technology exchange. This week the Republic of China on Taiwan’s Technical Mission has gave a big boost to the industry by building a US$2.5 million, state of […]

VIP says no to ICJ and PetroCaribe Act
The Vision Inspired by the People (VIP), at a press conference on Wednesday, expressed its opposition to the Prime Minister’s proposed amendments to the controversial PetroCaribe Loan Act and taking the Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). VIP candidate Patrick Rogers […]

BEWU denies demanding unfair salary increase
The Belize Energy Workers Union (BEWU) has denied reports that it staged a “sick-out” on Monday in protest of Belize Electricity Limited’s (BEL) refusal to grant workers a salary increase. A BEWU release sent out on Wednesday, said that contrary to what was reported […]

Boat sinks off coast of Caye Chapel
A 14-passenger seagoing vessel named “Island Woman” en route from Belize City to Caye Caulker ,experienced problems and sank off the southern tip of Caye Chapel last Friday afternoon. Sherlette Martinez, operations manager at the Belize Port Authority, acknowledged that the vessel, registered to […]

EU Ambassador meets with PM
European Union) Ambassador to Belize, Paola Amadei, is on an official visit to the country this week with the purpose of visiting a number of sites to check on the progress of some of the EU-funded projects. She met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow. […]

Basketbrawl in Dangriga
No fans were present to cheer on the Dangriga Warriors as they won the fourth and last berth as the No.4 seed in the National Elite Basketball League playoffs: 73-68 over the Yellow Pages Hurricanes of Belize City. The game was played at the University […]

Fibbers’ famous sauce can now be found at supermarkets
Belizeans can now find the famous sauce of Fibbers Fast Foods in retailers throughout Belize City. Both Brodies locations, all thee Publics Supermarkets, and Caribbean Chicken now carry the Original Honey Glaze and Spicy Honey Glaze sauces of Fibbers Foods, the company formed from the […]

Editorial
Guatemala made a formal request to Belize last week to vary treaty agreements to allow her to hold her referendum on Belize along with national elections. National elections in Guatemala are scheduled for Thursday, September 6. Run-off elections will be held on Tuesday, October 20, to select the next President […]

Minister Edmund Castro in the hot seat again!
The wife of Minister of State, Edmund Castro, Helen Castro, is seeking to seize a parcel of land in the community of Fresh Pond, Lot #28. That parcel is currently in the name of Tricia Young, leased to her since September 2, 2013. But an eviction order issued to Young […]

Police find decomposed body at Mile 8
A badly decomposed body found in a remote area of West Lake, in the Mile 8 Community has raised suspicion foul play. Around 4 p.m. on Thursday, police were summoned to the Mile 8 community off the George Price Highway, where they discovered the badly […]

Brother pleads guilty to drug trafficking allowing other brother to go free
A plea change from not guilty to guilty sresulted in Giovanni Requeña, a maintenance worker of Neals Pen Road in Belize City being fined $10,000 for drug rafficking. Charges against his brother, Ellis were withdrawn. On July 4, 2014, police chased a pink car […]

Cervantes’ employees charged for burning BSI canefields
Police suspect arson to be the cause of 20 burned acres of cane in Orange Walk district. The case has resulted in Efrain Paul Alpuche and Saulito Vasquez, both employees of Ramon Cervantes’ family, being arraigned for arson before Magistrate Sharon Frazer in Orange Walk on Wednesday. The men are […]

New ‘Rider Fee’ jacks up local airfare prices
Belizeans and tourists, and even employees of domestic carriers, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air will have to pay an additional $6 rider fee per departure, effective June 1, 2015. The announcement came via a Tropic Air release dated May 12th which stated that “the Government of Belize and the […]

High-school suspends students amid nude photo scandal
Nine students from San Pedro High School have been suspended for their participation and involvement in the creation and dissemination of nude photos. including alteration of one photo in an attempt to defame one of the school’s teachers. SPHS Interim Principal, Conchita Flota clarified […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

1 Dead After Shooting in Belize City
A shooting that happened in Belize City around 6:30 p.m. last night has claimed another life. According to reports, two men were shot on Iguana Street near Kim’s store. One of them is deceased and the other has survived. This is a developing story and we will be updating it shortly.

Is Golency Belize a Fake Business?
Their About Us page reads “Golency Group consists of six companies including BuyWithGolency, Golency Assets Brokers, Golency Precious Metals and Golency Investment Group. A bulk purchase is when a group of individuals work with Golency to purchase together. By purchasing as a group, each participant saves 20% – 70% or […]

Belizean, Tysha Toni Roches conquers 1st place in CANTO’s 9th Regional WTISD
A St. Catherine’s student, Tysha Toni Roches is the winner of a regional video competition organized by CANTO. World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is spearheaded by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and CANTO commemorates this day with an annual video competition on the respective ITU theme. This year’s theme […]

Walton’s family seeks monetary assistance for Nancy
The family of Nancy Liliana Walton is appealing to the Belizean public for monetary assistance to pay for an urgent surgery she needs after falling off a zip line. Nancy was zip lining in Playa Del Cayo in San Ignacio when the incident occurred and she suffered a severe back […]

Caleb Orozco reveals Belizeans’ casual anti-LGBT stance in N.Y. Times Magazine profile
Speaking to the New York Times Magazine for a personal , executive director and former president and founder of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), Caleb Orozco, has said that his fight against Section 53 of the Criminal Code that officially outlaws sexual acts “against the order of nature” […]

Youth Empowerment Project making strides in PG
The Department of Youth Services in Punta Gorda in collaboration with the PG Town Council and Plenty Belize, held a Youth Governance Forum on Wednesday in which youths from various schools in PG participated. The event was held at the Town Council’s Conference room which was packed to capacity with […]

South Bend Tribune quotes Breaking Belize News
South Bend Tribune, a daily newspaper based in Indiana, USA quoted Breaking Belize News in an article entitled “Mishawaka native shot to death in Belize”. The news article was on the murder of Paul David Signorino that happened on May 15th in the Pineapple Hill area of Teakettle Village in […]

Do not miss this year’s Mango Fest in Hopkins
This year’s Mango Festival in Hopkins promises to be the biggest and best Mango Fest the village has ever seen! The event is organized by Hopkins Village Council in conjunction with the Hopkins Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association and is scheduled to begin at 10a.m on Saturday, May […]

Republic of Taiwan donates US$2.5 million for Tilapia Aquaculture in Belize
Accredited to a promise made to Prime Minister Barrow by Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-Jeou back in 2009 that the country would aid in the development of Tilapia Aquaculture in Belize, we have received yet another donation to the industry. The aim of commercially farmed Tilapia, first introduced to Belize more than […]

The APNU-AFC wins election in Guyana
The APNU-AFC that won Guyana’s elections last week is uniquely comprised of Africans, East Indians, Amerindians and Dougla. They teamed up for the first time in the country’s history to draw the votes of people looking beyond race, showing a small change in the ethnic voting pattern. The People’s Progressive […]

US Embassy issues security caution for Visitors
The U.S Embassy has issued a statement advising American citizens to use extra caution while in the area between Roaring Creek and Teakettle in western Belize. This is a result of the rise in violent crime in that area where eleven murders have been recorded since the beginning of the […]

Weather forecast for Friday 22nd. Mainly sunny with a few cloudy spells
The general weather situation calls for a slightly increase in moisture over some areas of the country for the next 24 to 48 hours. Today’s outlook is for sunny weather with a few cloudy spells. Showers will be isolated with the chance of an isolated thunderstorm mainly in southern Belize. Winds will blow to the East at 10 to 20 knots and the sea state will be choppy. High temperatures today are expected around 87 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast; 95 degrees Fahrenheit inland and a comfortable 82 degrees Fahrenheit up on the exposed areas of the Mountain Pine Ridge and along the Maya Mountains in the south.

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The Island is Buzzed!
We were fortunate enough to have met these cool cats around town. By “cool cats”, I simply mean that I can tolerate their company and banter for a lengthy amount of time without looking for someone else to talk to in the vicinity. Upon further discussion with Gregg and Deb, we discovered that they were the new owners of Island Buzz Café and Grill. We had never been patrons of this establishment before now, so we have nothing to base our opinions on except these two great people and their FANTASTIC FOOD! Gregg and Deb hail from Texas and Seattle. You know……the place where that fancy coffee chain originated? Well, anyway, Deb LOVES coffee and knows where every major coffee joint is on the west coast. I may be exaggerating that but I think if you asked Gregg, he would have my back. They put their noggins together, bought the joint and now Deb has the ability to hook up an intravenous line of espresso to her arm (or one of the other SEVERAL flavored coffee varieties they offer), while she makes wonderful breakfast and lunch items. Gregg, however, is still in search of his favorite “beverage” on the island. I think he will persevere! By the way, I should mention that they are serving Caye Coffee at this place.

Belize Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Lobster Medallions & Pepito Pesto!
Heat Oven to 450°F. Cut the pumpkins in half and remove the seeds. Rub the pumpkin thoroughly with the vegetable oil, and roast in the oven for 45 minutes or until tender. Soak the pumpkin seeds in an equal part brine solution of salt and water for 20 minutes. Drain water, pat dry and roast on a hot griddle, (locally known as a comal), until toasted and smoky. May also be roasted in the oven, turning often. Store the seeds in an airtight container. Add the fish stock, carrots, onions, celery, thyme, and garlic to a saucepot and simmer. Poach whole lobster tails in fish stock for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from shell and slice into half inch medallions. Scoop the flesh from the roasted pumpkin and add to the now lobster infused seafood stock. Cook on medium to high heat for 20 minutes. Purée the pumpkin and vegetables with broth in a blender until smooth. Return the purée to the pot and season to taste. Finish by adding cold butter for extra silkiness.Top with pesto and lobster medallions.

Flying Over Ambergris Caye with Belize Parasail…DOLPHINS!
I got an offer I could not refuse. Come meet us at Fido’s Dock in downtown San Pedro and try parasailing…just give it a try. I’d never been parasailing. I’ve seen the parachutes floating over the reef but heights? So not my thing. After a few weeks of hemming and hawing, I decided to give it a try. In the timeless words of Khloe Karadashian – YOLO! You only live once. Plus…it would make for great pictures. I can’t think of a better way to take in this sort of view of the island. Helicopter rides are fantastic…thrilling…amazing…but priced way over most peoples’ budgets. And out to the reef. Once you get to 350 feet it is absolutely silent…the rustle of wind once in a while…

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A trip to Belize to study tarpon … are you in?
This August a small group of anglers from all over the USA will be traveling to the Caribbean to participate in the Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition, a partnership between anglers and scientists with the University of Miami. This expedition is a unique opportunity for folks to pitch in and lend a hand in an effort to enable global scientific research to the marine fisheries community. Research focused on Atlantic tarpon, Megalops atlanticus. For decades tarpon have taken the main stage in places like Boca Grande, the Florida Keys and Port Aransas, Texas. In fact, recent economic research studies have shown sport fishing in Florida is now a multi-billion dollar industry that exceeds the state’s citrus revenue. Those are big numbers and numbers reliant upon the success of annual fish stocks to return year after year for the longevity and sustainability of the resource. Years ago, many resource managers thought about the management of tarpon as a state’s issue, not a federal or international issue. But those beliefs may not be consistent with contemporary theories developed through the use of high-tech satellite tags that track tarpon in real time as they migrate thousands of miles annually. It’s been long thought that tarpon migrate. But, not until the last decade since Dr. Jerald Ault of the University of Miami’s, Tarpon and Bonefish Research Institute started a satellite tagging program has there been irrefutable proof that in fact tarpon do travel across regional, state and international boarders over the course of a year.

Diving deeper into Mayan lore — and a den of human sacrifice
Shoeless and shivering cold, I’m halfway through a subterranean triathlon of wading, swimming, and climbing through Belize’s Actun Tunichil Muknal, a portal to the sacred underworld according to ancient Mayan lore. Locals still call the cave Xibalba, or “place of fear,” and as I tiptoe past yet another human skull, it’s not hard to understand why. Three hours before, the cave looked welcoming — refreshing, even. A river flowed from the vine-draped grotto, and a swim across a 15-foot pool was required to access the inner depths. Jumping into the clear, minnow-filled water was the closest I and my Northeastern University classmates — volunteering in western Belize over our spring break — would get to scuba diving off the country’s Caribbean coast. Eager for semi-aquatic adventure, we may have overlooked the fact that we were venturing into what was once a den of human sacrifice. Not far from the cultural hub of San Ignacio, Actun Tunichil Muknal is closer to Guatemala than to Belize’s tourist-heavy eastern seaboard. Famous for its skeletal sovereign, a young woman whose calcified remains have earned her the epithet the Crystal Maiden, the cave is one of a number of prehistoric sites in the mountainous Cayo District, where the Mayan civilization thrived more than a millennium ago. The skeletal remains of 13 other humans, as well as many ceramic and stoneware pieces, have been discovered in the limestone abyss.

Ecotourism a natural for Belize
This place is hard to leave. It’s unvarnished and unhurried, where residents sell handmade goods, local organic produce, and experiences for visitors that exhibit the trophy natural wonders of Central America’s smallest country. It’s a new country, gaining independence from Britain only in 1981. So when it could do as it wished, Belize made a very forward-thinking decision: Lock down most natural resources and use these protected reefs, jungles, and mountains for responsible, sustainable tourism. My wife, Lori, and I visited Punta Gorda in February. Our odyssey started on a brilliant day. We spent the next few days fly-fishing for permit, arguably the most coveted gamefish. We were guided through Garbutt’s Fishing Lodge, a down-to-earth business run by four brothers and a sister. In their youth, the Garbutts would harvest fish from the sea and take them to market. Dennis Garbutt quickly realized that their way of life was depleting resources. “We would find that there was no way to expect that every finfish we caught and took to the market would sell; this was wasteful. Extremely wasteful. Overfishing was obvious.” So he started a guided fly-fishing company.

Best Scuba Diving Destinations in the World
Belize is famous for their Blue Hole. Underwater sinkhole descends more than 400 feet deep below.Belize is a big choice to let divers have an adventurous experience. The barrier reef here is the second largest in the world and helps to attract a variety of marine life. You will find from a number of damselfish to the more substantial sharks and mantas. The diving spot is the home to three of the four atolls in the Western Hemisphere. The shallow waters and deep walls offer bets diving experience to try out different expertise.

4TH ANNUAL GARIFUNA FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS TODAY AT ELECTRIC LODGE
There’s something about Venice’s critically acclaimed Garifuna Film Festival that’s capturing attention from filmmakers, musicians, and artists from all over the world. The 4th Annual Garifuna Film Festival, which returns today, May 22, through Monday, May 25, at Electric Lodge, is considered an international tower of strength and a major galvanizing force for unity amongst nations. The festival’s focus has always been to give a message of hope and solidarity with conflicting countries and cultures proving they could work together both productively and creatively. The goal is to heal the divide between nations thereby transcending petty politics and borders.

Videos

  • Action Twenty24: San Pedro, Belize, 9min. Chris and Amy Bonnett, founders of Action Twenty24, share their passion for the people of San Pedro on Ambergris Isle in Belize.

  • Children Youth Community and Sport football tournament, 5min. In Corozal Town today tensions were high as parents and schoolmates were on the edge cheering on their favorite team in the Children Youth Community and Sport football tournament.

  • THE PUBLIC SERVICE SECTOR, 5min. Public Service Day intends to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants, and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector. Earlier this week we took a look at the work and services offered by government offices in Orange Walk town. Today, government department officials presented their work at the Corozal district.

  • Diabetes in Belize and genetics, 57min. Rise and Shine

  • Diabetes and Belize- exercise and fitnss part 1, 30min. Rise and Shine

  • Diabetes in Belize and exercise part 2, 40min. Rise and Shine

  • Belize Vacation - Hamanasi | Tree house, 26min. Trip to Belize at Hamanasi Resort to stay in their tree house -Belize Vacaction, Belize tourism. Guide to belize.

  • Secure Water - Solar Well Pump & Gravity Feed System - Maya Mountain Research Center, Belize, 14min.

  • Lionfishing in Belize, 8min. LionFish Spearing in Belize.


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