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#506306 - 07/31/15 11:39 AM Today's Belize News: July 31, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

Costa Maya Beauties touchdown in La Isla Bonita!
First to arrive on Wednesday, July 29th was Miss Mexico. The lovely Samantha was accompanied by none other than Riena de La Costa Maya 2014/2015 Elisa Espinoza Gómez. Samantha is very proud of having the opportunity to represent her country and is looking forward to an unforgettable experience. “It is my first time in San Pedro and I had never heard about the festival before. But I feel at home and I encourage everyone from the island to continue doing events like this one, because it helps to promote the island itself and people like us have the chance to come here and mingle with them,” said Miss Mexico. Next to arrive were Miss Costa Rica Corlin On Porras, Miss El Salvador Genesis Margarita Fuentes Bolaños, Miss Honduras Gabriela Vanessa Salazar Valle, Miss Nicaragua Yuliset Laguna, Miss Panama Maria Saavendra and Miss Guatemala Lisa Hayet Francis. The six beauties were all excited to be in San Pedro as this is their first time in Belize. After a short photo session, the delegates were whisked away to Ramon’s Village Resort where they will be staying while in San Pedro.

Second annual Camp Starfish is underway
For the second year in a row, Camp Starfish is providing a fun recreation summer activity for island children living with disabilities. The year’s camp kicked off on Monday, July 27th at the San Pedro Lion’s Den, and is bigger and better. Organized by Dalia Alamilla, Dianela Hancock and Director of Special Education at Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) Sarah Freudenberg, Camp Starfish provides a two week summer program for children with mental or physical disorders that may impair their development. In addition to all the traditional summer camp activities, Camp Starfish will also be providing education sessions and support groups for parents and family members of special needs children as well as speech and physical therapy. According to Alamilla, the first day of the camp was very successful and saw the attendance of 20 children. “We are happy to see that so many special needs children came out to the camp and that they enjoyed themselves. We are grateful for all the support we have received and are glad that we can do our part to contribute to the community,” said Alamilla. The camp was designed to offer support for special needs children and to assess the population of children with special needs on the island. It is being held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9AM to 11:30AM until Friday, August 7th.

ICSC’s Five-a-side Football Tournament enters second round of competition
The first round of the Island Citizen Sporting Club (ICSC) and San Pedro High School (SPHS) Five-a-side Football Tournament has come to an end, and only 16 senior teams are advancing. This past week’s matches saw the elimination of 12 of the senior teams as the road to the championship begins to narrow. As always, football fanatics gathered at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium on all four game nights to cheer on their favorite teams. The exciting matches were intensified, with the possibility that each team playing their last game on the court. Eliminations were only for the senior category, due to the size of the group; all little leagues and female teams remain in the tournament until the semifinals. The third round of games kicked off on Thursday, July 23rd and saw four matches starting at 7PM. In the first match, Vince Warriors FC took the win by default as the opponent, Graniel’s FC was a no show. The second match of the night was between Goliath FC and Costa Warriors FC. The game ended in a 7-2 point win for Goliath FC, with Daniel Gregorio being the star player with four goals. United FC defeated Tropic Air FC in the second match with a 7-1 point score. In the final match for the night, Castillo’s FC fell to Varela’s Boys, who claimed an 8-1 point victory.

Presenting the 2015/2016 Miss San Pedro Pageant contestants!
It’s official! Six lovely young ladies will be vying for the title of Miss San Pedro 2015/2016 on Saturday, August 29th. The contestants for this year’s pageant to select the next island beauty ambassador are Brianna Hope Leslie, Vivian Noralez, Ethel Villatoro, Tisane Martines, Iris Salguero and Velie Alexi Williams. The display of beauty, poise, talent and personality will take place at the Honorable Luis Sylvester Sporting Arena, and will kick off the September celebrations in San Pedro. In this issue of The San Pedro Sun, we introduce the girls as they embark on unforgettable journey. Brianna Hope Leslie is 20 years old and being sponsored by Ramon’s Village Resort. The Saint John’s College Junior College (SJCJC) student enjoys working out and reading. She has always wanted to be Miss San Pedro and is excited to finally be part of the pageant. “As a young individual I believe I needed to experience this aspect of life. I feel I’m a good candidate because I have lived all my life in San Pedro and can bring something to the development of my community,” said Leslie.

Ambergris Today

Tropic Air Boasts Modern New Look for Aircraft Fleet
Tropic Air has today unveiled a modern new look to its iconic brand livery. The new design which will be applied to all of the company's aircraft was today showcased on a Cessna Caravan V3-HHW. Commenting on the new livery, John Greif III, President of Tropic said: "We're a dynamic and innovative Belizean company. We have so many exciting changes happening, that we thought the time had come for a new visual expression of who we are. An expression that joins our past to our present, and sets the course for where we're headed in the future." "Despite challenging economic conditions, this is just one of many improvement projects that Tropic Air is investing in" says Greif. "We are investing in terminals, aircraft, infrastructure and staff every day...many of which the customer never notices. In August, we will be opening a $10 million dollar state-of-the-art maintenance facility" he went on to say.

Miss San Pedro Pageant to Set Sail on August 29
It is going to be another very tough year in the selection of the new Miss San Pedro 2015 as six very beautiful young island ladies have signed up to compete for the coveted crown. The Miss San Pedro Pageant Committee officially announces this week the candidates for the Miss San Pedro Pageant 2015 that will take place under the theme ‘Setting Sail’. Vivian Magdalen Noralez, Velie Alexi Williams, Ethel Villatoro, Brianna Hope Leslie, Iris Salgero and Tisane Martinez will be taking center stage on Saturday, August 29, 2015, as they pursue their dreams of wearing the Miss San Pedro crown and become San Pedro’s next beauty ambassador. The pageant will take place at the Hon. Louis "Cuz" Sylvestre Sports Complex. The pageant is set to commence (ON TIME) at 7p.m.; Reserved tickets will go for $25, General Admission for $15 and Children tickets are $5.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Belize FISHING REPORT: Weeks of July 19th – July 25th, 2015
Some nice weather and great folks from all over the world. The great fishing is certainly a bonus!

Grand Raffle at the Island Link or Rainbow Hotel on Caye Caulker
$5 per ticket, Aug. 1 drawing. Prize: 1 round trip ticket to anywhere in the continental USA.

The Reina de la Costa Maya Delegates are ready to go on their next adventure...
but first... they have to take a selfie.

Another Correspondent Bank Account to be closed in Belize
On July 28th via its online website Atlantic International Bank informed its customers that their correspondent USA BANK OF AMERICA will no longer be in service effective tomorrow Friday July 31st, 2015. The online letter reads: Dear Valued Customer, "As you are probably aware by now, the International Banks in Belize have been experiencing issues with correspondent banking services. We are taking this opportunity to inform you that Atlantic International Bank Limited is no exception in this regard and, as a result, our correspondent bank account with Bank of America will be closed as of Friday July 31, 2015. Consequently, a few of our banking services such as Wire Transfers, USD Bank Drafts and Foreign Currency will be affected. In order for our customers to experience as little discomfort as possible, we ask that you pay attention to the following: You may continue to send incoming wire transfers until Thursday July 30, 2015 using the Bank of America wiring instructions. After July 30th, no more wires should be routed through Bank of America.

Mr. Greedy's Grand Reopening
From www.facebook.com - Today, 8:46 PM Mr. Greedy's is having their grand reopening this Saturday. Fun for all. You'll be amazed at what they've done to the old Torres Bakery building. "Mr. Greedy’s Pizzeria Grand reopening on Saturday August 1, 2015 Mr. Greedy's is back with a new attitude, bigger and better than ever before. Mr. Greedys is now located at #60 West Street, San Ignacio Town just past St. Andrews Primary School. Day activities from 12 noon to 4pm. Free pizza bites and our new frozen yogurt samples for the greedy kids Activities include: giant Bouncy house free pony rides Clowns, free ballons Night activities starting at 6:00pm Ballon drop with lots of prizes and surprises Dance contest - “sexy and I know it” “punta contest” “soca contest” drinking contest 2 for 1 shots"

Inaguration of MTBCAAS Infrastructure
The Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites project is currently working to upgrade infrastructure around Nohoch Che'en, Barton Creek, and Actun Tunichil Muknal. The Belize Tourism Board recently had the inauguration at Nohoch Che'en. Sustainable Tourism is the way to go.

Piano concerts in Belize City and Belmopan
Featuring Pianist Kumi Miyagawa from Japan. Admission free.

June 2015 CPI, June 2015 External Trade
Here are the latest statistics published by the Statistical Institute of Belize: June 2015 CPI June 2015 External Trade You can also download the entire CPI and External trade series in Excel format from the Statistics section of our website (http://www.sib.org.bz/statistics).

Heritage International Bank signs with Mobilearth
Omni-channel, mobile banking provider Mobilearth has signed Belize-based Heritage International Bank and Trust Ltd. to use the technology company’s mobile and online banking solution – and apps to better serve Heritage International’s customers. This is Mobilearth’s second banking client in the Central America region, as the company expects to see more growth for its services in the Caribbean and Central America. Heritage International Bank is a sister bank of one Mobilearth has already been serving for eight years – Heritage Bank.

Tropic Air presents new livery!
Tropic Air has today unveiled a modern new look to its iconic brand livery. The new design which will be applied to all of the company’s aircraft was today showcased on a Cessna Caravan V3-HHW Commenting on the new livery, John Greif III, President of Tropic said: "We’re a dynamic and innovative Belizean company. We have so many exciting changes happening, that we thought the time had come for a new visual expression of who we are. An expression that joins our past to our present, and sets the course for where we’re headed in the future.” "Despite challenging economic conditions, this is just one of many improvement projects that Tropic Air is investing in” says Greif. “We are investing in terminals, aircraft, infrastructure and staff every day...many of which the customer never notices. In August, we will be opening a $10 million dollar state-of-the-art maintenance facility” he went on to say.

String Instrument Workshop
The String Instrument Workshop of the Summer Art Wave 2015 is well into its two week program. Participants are learning the basics of violin and guitar. It is wonderful to see our Corozal youngsters engaged in music as a creative expression.

Ramon's Village Resort will be hosting Noche San Pedrana on Friday, July 31st from 6:00PM until 10:00PM.
Come and meet all the contestants vying for the title of La Reina de la Costa Maya including: Miss Belize Samalia Vernon Miss Costa Rica Carolina On Porras Miss Honduras Gabriela Vanessa Salazar Valle Miss El Salvador Genesis Margarita Fuentes Bolaños Miss Guatemala Lisa Hayet Francis Miss Nicaragua Yuliset de Los Angeles Sotelo Laguna MIss Mexico Samantha Gutíerrez Gónzalez-Rubio Miss Panama María Cristina Saavedra Live entertainment by Rompe Raja Band, National Costume Presentation and a special appetizer menu from Pineapples On The Beach! Don't miss this spectacular event at Ramon's Village Resort, 2015 Grand Sponsor of the International Costa Maya Festival!

National Song Competition
Hey guys the Elimination Round is over and the best of the best are going to the finals for the National Song Competition! Let the Voting Begins!! To listen to the songs and vote for your favorites...go to www.mynationalsong.bz Good luck to all!!

Channel 7

OW Contractor Plunges Off Bridge To His Death In Early Morning Accident
Well-known Orange Walk Contractor Leonel Guerra celebrated his 35th birthday yesterday - and by 3:30 this morning he was dead. Guerra was driving his Dodge Ram pickup when he crashed into the railing of the Tower Hill Bridge, and plummeted off the bridge into the new river. His pickup was crushed - but not completely submerged - so, theoretically, he could have escaped - but, police believe that most likely he died on impact. This morning police retrieved Guerra's body from the pickup - and later his truck had to be pulled out. As we noted, the contractor celebrated his birthday yesterday - but the circumstances of the accident are not known. He was the father of three children.

Sr. Supt Chester Proposes Southside Kids Curfew?
Since Sr. Superintendent Chester Williams took over the eastern division southside - he's committed to a new approach to policing the few square miles that is one of the deadliest in the world. Yesterday, we showed you how he was out in the streets doing community policing, and, now, he wants to propose a sort of curfew for children on the southside. Surely, we've all heard that one before - but Williams says it's part of a larger strategy to get people off the street and end the endless hanging out which often leads to shootings. He told us about it doay:.. Sr. Supt Chester Williams, OC - E.D. Southside "Most of the crimes occurring on the streets of Belize City emanates from either loitering or public drinking. So what we will be doing one month from today, we will be enforcing public drinking and loitering. So I am drafting some generic letters, which I will be giving to the patrolling officers. So if they see you to meet you public drinking, they will serve you a written notice informing you, 'you know what, what you are doing here is public drinking, it is contrary to this section of the law and the consequence of public drinking is X,Y,Z and if you are caught public drinking again, this will be the result.'

Former PUP Foreign Ministers Take Guate Foreign Minister To Task
On Monday's the Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala held a joint press conference to talk about Belize Guatemala relations and the ICJ. At that event, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales was asked about his government's objection to the Coast Guard's Forward Operating Base on Sarstoon Island, at Belize's southernmost boundary. Here's what he said: H. E. Carlos Raul Morales - Guatemalan Foreign Minister "We agree of the confidence building measures, the first one was in 2000 and the second was in 2005. We took the decision to not increase the military bases in the vicinity of both countries. With the objective to avoid incidents. This moment your Excellency Mr. Elrington we had a very good meeting - an excellent meeting and he told me that this is not going to be a military base. It is going to be a coast guard base that depends on the police. What we want exactly is to avoid incidents. Every time we have an incident, every time a person die in Belize or in Guatemala, there is a very bad spirit against the other country. Then we agree this mooring to work on a protocol between both countries to have control of this area - the Amatique Bay, south by the Sarstoon area."

Joint Unions Tell KHMH Staff To Take Heart
Last week, the strike at the KHMH was all the news - and, today, the Unions Negotiating Team, which secured the raise for teachers and public officers - says it, quote, "empathizes with our fellow workers at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital." Their advice to the KHMH is to come up with a "negotiated formula" for a salary adjustment. The Joint Unions say in their statement that they are willing to assist in the process. What the statement does not say is if their members - namely eight thousand public officers - are willing to see the discontinuation of the practice where they get to pay two dollars a day for hospitalization.

PUP: Fonseca Won The Battle, But Might He Lose The War?
The PUP's Rebel 12 have all but conceded defeat. Yesterday PUP Leader Francis Fonseca called a meeting of the national executive and the standard bearers where he got support from 66% of the standard bearers and 80% of the executive. In politics, that's called a majority - and that wins everytime. But, while he may have vanquished the rebellion - might it be a pyrrhic victory? We look back briefly at yesterday's events:... Jules Vasquez reporting When Dr. Francis Smith walked into PUP Headquarters at Independence Hall yesterday, he went to face a political firing squad - a rebel against the status quo. While the PUP locked out the media from the vestibule yesterday. We're told the three hour meeting inside was robust and feisty - though the relaxed demeanor of this deputy leader didn't suggest it. When it was finished leader Francis Fonseca - flanked by 20 standard bearers appeared unusually relaxed - and why not - he had just quashed a rebellion- and the dissidents were absent - too scared to face the super-majority: the absence of any of the good faith intentions

PUP Chairman Putting Out Facebook Fires
And while we'll have to wait and see how it plays out on Sunday when they PUP's tour goes West into Dan Silva's backyard - the party has enough on its hands with ongoing facebook wars. Yesterday we showed you the incendiary post on Micah Goodin's facebook page - where he called out Yasmin Shoman who replaced him as the PUP's candidate in the Collet Division. He posted that she spent 250 thousand dollars on a Range Rover and ten tells the people that she can't help until she is elected. He concludes, quote, "Shoman really tek poor people fi fool and idiot." Those are strong words from one PUP to another in public - but yesterday the party chairman said - he'll take care of Micah Goodin:.. Henry Usher, Chairman - PUP "I believe that if Micah has an issue that he wants to get out there, he and I can discuss it but certainly I don't support this nonsense about going and spreading out on Facebook or any other social media if you are upset about something."

Can't Knock The Hustle, Okeke Wheels And Comes Again For TV Ramos $$$
Of course, the PUP chairman could ask political analyst Steven Okeke for some advice on how to rein in the party's facebook fiends. But, right now Okeke doesn't have time to dispense political advice, he's back on the grind - trying to come up with new ways to get paid for his bust of Thomas Vincent Ramos, the Garifuna Cultural Icon. He's tried everything else, so he's now trying to get the public to pitch in and pay whatever they can to cover the cost. We met him on Albert Street near the First Caribbean Bank, and here's what he told us about why he thinks this is a better compromise than trying to sue to collect his money: Steven Okeke, Political Analyst "It still has not been paid for, and it's about 9 months right now since it was unveiled with a lot of pomp and circumstance in Dangriga. It has not been paid for and I know a lot people who have been encouraging me to sue Ivan Ramos. Because he is the signatory, the person who signed on behalf of the Garifuna people.

OKEKE ON PUP ...
And while we had him - we did ask him for his analysis of the PUP's latest problems with the Rebel 12. But Okeke was in donation mode, and didn't have much to say. Steven Okeke, Political Analyst "I strongly believe that they will settle it one way or the other. I don't expect you to expect anybody to just give up their position of whatever they are doing. Anyone of them can improve, any one of them can be leader, and if you're not doing it very well, you should be given an opportunity to improve yourself. And if you prove yourself and show you're competent to get the job done, you should be left to get the job done. If not, then another person should be given a chance because it shouldn't be about the individual, it should be about the organization." Daniel Ortiz "But the bottom line is that they are a political party for the people, they are not supposed to be operating for themselves."

Canadian Cops Issue Interpol Warrant
Canadian police need your help in locating a woman who is wanted for abducting her child. Canadian authorities say there is an Interpol arrest warrant for 31 year old Robin Trockstad nee Greenway who, they say, may be hiding out with her son in Spanish Lookout. When we spoke to the child's father in Canada, Chad Trockstad, he told us that they were working on their divorce when she took their son and fled the country - that was on January 5th 2014. Trockstad hasn't seen or heard from his ex-wife or his son since then. The issue is that there is a custody court order for Trockstad to see or have access to his son but Robin Trockstad violated that court order by taking their son away. Now she is wanted by authorities for Abduction in Contravention of Custody order - and an international arrest warrant has been issued in her name.

Mandatory Insurance For UB Kids
Black Jaguars Accident Protection Policy: that's the name of the University of Belize's new student insurance policy. On a flyer sent by the University it states that each new registered student must pay $45 to buy BJAPP for the new academic year beginning in August. The insurance policy offers coverage of medical expenses for accidental injury, dismemberment, accidental death, disappearance due to air travel and drowning and students will be covered on and off the campus, in Belize and abroad. It covers the insured students for a year. Now while this might seem like an upgrade for some students, the PUP's Belize Youth Movement says that it's just another crafty stunt to drain more money from students. Today BYM sent out a release saying that this new policy acts as another financial hurdle for those who are already struggling to keep up with school fees. The release ends by saying QUOTE, "We view this decision as nothing more than a front for rich private interests at the expense of students' education."

New Radios For Cops
Today, National Security Ministry John Saldivar handed over 50 brand new police radios to the Police Department for a donation of $50,000 dollars. Present at the ceremony was Acting Police Commissioner Russell Blackett, Assistance Commissioner Aaron Guzman, the Western Regional Commander, Senior Superintendent Ralph Moody, the Southern Regional Commander, and newly appointed Northern Regional Commander, Senior Superintendent, Marlon Allen. A statement from the police department says that these 50 new radios will greatly enhance the communication within the Department since the devices has a countrywide range, and will be used both nationally, and locally in the jurisdictions of, Corozal, Orange Walk, Dangriga, Independence, Toledo, and the newly formed tourism hubs of Hopkins and Placencia.

It Easy Japanesey Pianist
A Japanese pianist is performing at the Bliss right now. Kumi Miyagawa is bringing a different style to piano music by infusing a variety of traditional Japanese music as well as Caribbean rhythms. Today we met the Japanese Cultural Officer at rehearsals and she told us just how unique this experience will be. Mieko Araki, Cultural Officer, Embassy of Japan "So you can expect the classical music basically. The first part is a classical master pieces so you can listen. The 2nd part is introducing the world music including Japan and Caribbean and Central America composers to music, so you can enjoy both the different kind of music. Music is over the countries. You can connect with other people by heart. Piano originally comes from European countries, it's not really originally from Japan but still its music. We can introduce the Japanese songs tonight. We can travel through all the music in the world. No music, no life for us. We are so happy to introduce the piano, especially to the Belizean people. It's not so common to hear the classical music. I hope you can expose more of the classical music and we can connect the friendship through the piano or music in general."

Exports Down, Imports Up
The latest external trade bulletin from the Statistical Institute of Belize says that in June 2015, Belize's imports grew by 20.1 percent, while the exports fell by 21 percent compared to the same period last year. And what's included in all those imports? - well, mostly machinery and transport equipment, specifically sailboats and airplanes during June. Manufactured goods also increased and that's is largely due to the importation of construction supplies. Goods destined for the Commercial Free Zone grew by 4 million dollars, because cigarettes and clothing continued their upward trend. Overall, Commercial Free Zone imports grew by 21 million dollars. Domestic exports for June were $52.6 million dollars, which is a decrease of 14 million dollars, or 21 percent. The decline is due to the decrease in the country's top export earner, which includes orange concentrate and shrimp.

FITNESS ...
Healthy eating and physical activity go hand in hand - and fitness trainer K'Waun Samuels says once you learn the basics, eating healthy and staying active isn't hard at all. He recently launched his 8 week boot camp program as a part of his k1 fitness campaign. Samuels told us how it works: Samuels can be reached through Facebook.

SAGICOR VISIONARIES Did Their Thing
The Bishop Martin High School Visionary team brought back a 3rd place title from Florida. As we told you, the team was the National Champion of the Sagicor Visionary Challenge in Belize and they traveled to Florida to compete in the Regional Challenge. Well, they came in 3rd out of 8 teams with their Chaya Mayan Power for Modern Times Project. The team got $1,000 US dollars. They also won the People's Choice Awards - getting 51,000 votes online and the title of Best Plan and Project Design. The team members also received 6 CXC science kits, a trophy and award certificates.

Channel 5

Atlantic Bank Booted by Bank of America
Even in the face of improved compliance to banking regulations set out by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, Atlantic International Bank Limited is the latest financial institution locally to [...]

New River Claims Life of OW Businessman
An early morning accident on a stretch of road just outside Orange Walk Town has claimed the life of businessman, Leonel Guerra. The young man was travelling home at around [...]

Whistleblower Says Minister Castro is Malpago…
Minister of State Edmund ‘Clear the Land’ Castro is hard pay.  That’s what whistleblower Alvarene Burgess seems to think.  After all, it has been almost a month since the junior [...]

…Threatens Further Legal Action
According to Burgess, further legal action against the disgraced politician will only expose more of his involvement in the visa hustle.   Isani Cayetano “Now, in terms of further legal [...]

Mayorga Sought for Suspicion of Murder
There is still no word on the whereabouts of Ulysis Mayorga. The Honduran national is wanted by police in connection with murder of his ex-wife, twenty-one year old Merlin Mejia. [...]

4 Former Foreign Ministers Dispute Guatemala Assertion
Did the Foreign Minister of Guatemala Carlos Raul Morales misspeak at a press conference at the Radisson on Tuesday? In his presentation, Morales told the media that there was an [...]

LICU Members Demand Answers
There is a volcanic situation at the La Inmaculada Credit Union in Orange Walk Town which is threatening to erupt. At one end of an ongoing dispute is the Board [...]

Inmate Busted With Weed Inside Courtroom
An inmate was busted with cannabis while he was inside a courtroom. Twenty-two old Kevin Bodden managed to beat a murder rap a year ago, but was recently convicted of [...]

Minor Raped by her Father
Reports of indescribable sexual abuse against minors are becoming more prevalent and repugnant. This week, a twelve year old girl reported to the Independence police in the south, that years [...]

Heredia Speaks on Crime on the Islands
The recent spate of violent crimes on San Pedro and Caye Caulker has prompted the command of the Belize Police Department to revisit its crime-fighting strategy. While additional personnel have [...]

SIB Releases Latest Statistics
The Consumer Price Index for the month of June has been released by the Statistical Institute of Belize.  Recent figures indicate that plummeting fuel and international airfares have reduced consumer [...]

BPD Hosts Meet & Greet
For some time now, community policing is a strategy that has been advanced by the Eastern Division of the Belize Police Department throughout the city. On Sunday, the South Regional [...]

C.C.C.C.C. Hosts Forum in the City
In a short while, the second in a series of Caribbean Climate Change exchanges will commence at the Ramada Belize City Princess and will be broadcast right here on Channel [...]

Okeke Goes on Fundraising Drive
It’s been nine months now since the bust of Garifuna hero and national icon, Thomas Vincent Ramos, was acquired by Dangriga. It was unveiled in that municipality on the nineteenth [...]

Youth Leaders Formulate National Policy
The Department of Youth Services this week organized a three day National Executive Youth Leadership Workshop. It brought together youth leaders from different organizations across the country with one purpose [...]

Brand New Docu-Series Launched
Just how much do you know about technology in Belize? It impacts way more than just our daily lives and way more than meets the eye. If you are interested [...]

Healthy Living Looks at Healthier Skin
Do you have scars from acne that you desperately want to be rid of? Well, you’ll definitely find this segment of Healthy Living of interest. We visited with a dermatologist [...]

CTV3

PUP Former Ministers Of Foreign Affairs Says Guatemala Has It All Wrong
The PUP has been making headlines in the past weeks and today they are in the news once more. This time though not for any in house turmoil but rather for contradicting what Guatemalan Foreign Minister had said earlier this week concerning the military bases in both countries. In a conference on Monday, Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Carlos Raul Morales, said that the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) signed by Guatemala with Belize in 2000 and in 2005 quote, “took the decision to not increase the military bases in the vicinity of both countries,” unquote. In a release issued by the PUP’s Said W Musa, Godfrey Smith, Eamon Courtenay, and Lisa Shoman it stated that quote, “As a Former Prime Minster and former Foreign Ministers of Belize during the period 1998 to 2008, we wish to categorically state …

Ranchito Villager Reports Missing Son
An eighteen year old teen that was reported missing from Ranchito Village in the Corozal District was found and has now reunited with his family. Today we spoke with his mother, Amparo Chulim who told us more… “El salió después de la dos de la tarde y se fue con su hermano y después salió con un muchacho y ya no supe nada de él y lo andaba buscando con sus amigos y nadie dice que lo vio y fui a dar mi reporte en la estación de policía y ellos me dijeron que ellos me van ayudar a buscarlo y que no me preocupe pero el egreso hoy a las diez de la mañana que se fue a pecar con sus amigos porque su motor se hecho a perder y no pudo venir.”

BYM Demands Answers For Increase Of Fees At UB
The youth arm of the People’s United Party, the Belize Youth Movement today issued a release expressing its discontent with a recent publicized announcement from the University of Belize. The release says it is calling on the Board of the University of Belize to recall the newly-imposed mandatory insurance scheme for students registering for the new school year. BYM feels the new fee will act as yet another prohibitive factor for young people who are already struggling to access tertiary-level education. Statistics show that a staggering 93% of our youth-adult-aged population does not access tertiary-level learning. We recall that the cost of UB fees increased for students following the cancellation of the Government’s student-subsidy in 2012 and other increases in fees every other year. The release further states that and we quote, “ We are not against the idea of offering insurance to students as an option and with proper notification, but all indications are that the stiff decision was arrived at without any form of consultation with the student body and imposed without notice” end quote. It ended calling on students to speak out and reject the mandatory insurance and on the University to withdraw the decision forthwith.

Orange Walk Police Awards Officer Of The Month
This week we have been reporting several instances of police using excessive force against civilians in both Corozal and Orange Walk districts. And while the complaints mount, the Orange Walk formation is trying to change the public perception of the police and in turn boost officer’s morale. Today, after a uniform inspection of the officers, an outstanding police member was honoured as Officer of the Month for July. The initiative is with the collaboration of L&R Liquors, Elite Promos and the police department. “Our intention is to work along with the public as much as we can to try as much as possible get the people feel secure, we are having enough foot patrols on the streets and we cannot have the policemen just working and not being appreciated so we decided to start a monthly thing; the last Thursday of every month, a police officer of the month, in recognition of certain police officer hard work throughout that month, what that entails, discipline, punctuality, neatness, relationship qualities and it is all together, we have a committee comprised with Mr. Palomo and four more NGO’s and sergeants hat sit down and select that officer and this occasion was possible through some support and sponsors, thanks to Elite Promo’s and L&R liquors we have started our police officer of the month.”


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LOVE FM

Well-Known Contractor Dies in Traffic Incident
A man from Orange Walk Town is dead after the truck he was driving fell into the New River and he drowned. Love News understands the incident happened early Thursday morning around three o’clock when 35 year old Leonel Guerra Junior was travelling from Belize City to Orange Walk and while crossing the Toll Bridge […]

PUP Senior Officials Dispute Comments from Guatemala’s Foreign Minister
The People’s United Party has responded to comments made by the Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Carlos Raul Morales. During his comments while in Belize, Morales said as part of the confidence building measures, both countries took the decision to not increase the military basis in the vicinity of both countries. CARLOS RAUL MORALES “We agreed […]

Corozal Police Detains Duo After Finding Weed Plantation, Shotgun and Ammunition
Corozal Police have detained two men pending drug charges. Police say on Wednesday evening they were conducting an anti-drug operation in the Santa Rita area about four and a half miles south east of Caledonia Village when they came across a marijuana field approximately 30 feet by 30 feet containing 2,500 marijuana plants ranging from […]

Corozal Teen Missing Since July 28
18-year-old Jorge Adrian Chulim of Ranchito Village in the Corozal District has been reported missing. On Tuesday, 53-year-old Amparo Chulim reported that her son Adrian left home on Monday and had not returned. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt with dollar signs on the front and a 3/4 black pants and barefeet. Jorge […]

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PUP leadership makes concessions to Group of 12
Twenty-one of 31 standard bearers of the People’s United Party (PUP) were present at today’s pivotal meeting of the National Executive and party standard bearers at Independence Hall in Belize City. Earlier this week, 12 standard bearers from across the country wrote PUP leader Francis

Belmopan Police Arrest One for Double Chopping Incident
Belmopan Police are making progress in the investigation of the Salvapan double chopping incident which occurred sometime after midnight on Sunday. According to authorities, sometime around 1am on Monday July 27th, police responded to a chopping incident on Cemetery Road, in front of the San Martin...

Belize joins regional organization of municipal bodies
Last week there was a gathering of leaders of municipal bodies in Central America, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. It took place in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye and Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley, who heads the Belize Mayors Association, told us more about it Darrell Bradle...

June economic statistics released
Average prices continue to fall according to the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) which reported today that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for June of 2015 declined by 0.8%. The Institute says the biggest influence was fuel prices which are much lower this year than last. The half-year inflatio...

Inmate will serve more time for drugs
The woes of prison inmate 22 year old Kevin Bodden, already serving a three-year prison term for a conviction for grievous harm, increased when he learned he would get an additional year for possession of a controlled drug. Bodden was promptly arrested, charged and pleaded guilty to the possession o...

Convicted molester given three years
Charles Bucknor will serve three years in prison for sexually assaulting a 12 year old girl in July of 2013. He was found guilty by Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith who disbelieved his claims of innocence. Bucknor had been hired by the victim’s grand aunt to repair the ceiling in the bathroom ...

The Guardian

Francis will not be moved
As could have been predicted, nothing changed within the People’s United Party following a meeting with its standard bearers, or at least with those who are happy with the status quo, to decide the future of the party. It was a situation of ‘Nobody move, nobody get hurt’ within the PUP leadership, that is- Francis Fonseca, cannot be challenged. That was the sum total of what took place at a meeting held at the PUP headquarters, Independence Hall, on Wednesday July 29. Even with all the noise and hullaballoo that is taking place in the PUP, it seems that the strong arm tactics of the Old Guard reigns supreme and in classic PUP dictatorial fashion, Francis Fonseca, boldly announced that he will not be challenged in a National Convention despite his monumental failures since he took leadership of the party. After the meeting, which was attended by only two of the dirty dozen, Lloyd Jones and Francis Smith, Fonseca announced that he will not be challenged and more so that there will be no actions taken against the Dirty Dozen who have mounted and all out assault on his leadership (only he believes this). The Dozen have called on the PUP to have a National Convention, and while the leadership has acceded to the convention, there is no room for the Johnny Briceno -led twelve to maneuver as the Old Guard has put a halt to the brewing mutiny within the PUP.

Public officers feel Retro Raise
Public officers across the country are feeling the effect of their salary increase that is seeing them receive 3 months of retroactive salary increase. In June the Government of Belize announced that it would be giving public officers including teachers, police officers, BDF soldiers, and Coast Guard personnel an 8% salary increase. The total increase amounts to almost 38 million dollars and this pay period saw the public officers receive their salaries which include their 3 month increase retroactive to April of this year. The increase is in addition to a 2% increase which officers received based on merit. Last year public officers received a 6% increase in salary based on negotiations with unions adjusting the collective bargaining agreement for public officers. The increase will be for three consecutive years. The retroactive increase will also be benefitting retired public officers. With the salary increase now in effect, thousands of public officers are happy with the UDP Government that is once again fulfilling a commitment that it made as a result of amicable negotiations with unions. Once again, the UDP is putting its emphasis on the working man to ensure that things get better for them.

Belize versus Canada in Round three of World Cup qualifier
The National Football Team of Belize will face Canada on September 4, 2015 in Toronto, Canada, on its away journey of the home and away format for the Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifying Tournament. The game will be played at the BMO Field. The home leg of the journey will be played at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan on September 8, 2015, with the Canadian National Football Team. The draw for the third round pick took place on Saturday 25 July in St. Peterburgh, Russia. Canada is currently ranked 103 in the world, while Belize is ranked a 118.

Not manly PUP leadership hiding behind their women
Rufus is HOMBRE was a slogan by Rufus during his last elections campaign. Today that surely does not apply to the men of the PUP. That whimpish set of men from that decaying piece of carcass known as the People’s United Party is certainly not MANLY. Rufus may not have all his marbles up there, but he is HOMBRE! The Men of the PUP on the other hand are not HOMBRE. They are HAMBRE, that is hungry for power. And would do anything in their quest for that power, including but not limited to using women and children as tools. After the beating they have been taking in the press ever since the last bye-elections beat down and more so since Johnny and his dirty dozen started baking up a plan to oust the WHIMPY FRANCIS. Now the powers that be in the PUP needed something or somebody to hide behind. In the days of old, they would have dressed up George Price and paraded him in front of the cameras and chant a few “QUE VIVA. With that option not being available to them they went for the women of the party and like the cowards and users that they are, they placed the women in front thus hiding behind and even under the skirt-tails of the women.

Belize and Guatemala Celebrate Week of Peace
American astronaut Ron Garan wrote, “You can’t solve problems until you understand the other side.” Most Belizeans can speak intimately about the United States because a very large percent of the population has either been or has a relative or close friend living there. How many can speak intimately about our neighbouring country Guatemala? How many Belizeans know that the same problems facing Belize are the same problems facing Guatemala? Urban violence, transborder narco trafficking, unemployment, poverty, gender based violence… These are the challenges facing Guatemala today. Sounds familiar? These are the things identified by Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales as “the enemies of Guatemala, not Belize”. If more Belizeans understand our neighbours to the West and if more Guatemalans understand their neighbours to the East, then it will be easier to separate their views on the differendum from their appreciation for the bilateral agenda of both countries. The truth is, as exclaimed by Morales, “we need each other,” and until the great dispute is settled, we can use this time to learn to get along. The Organization of American States (O.A.S.) invited a group of children from the border towns to teach the rest of us how we ought to live.

Caracol made safer with new Conservation Post
In an attempt at making the Caracol Archaeological National Park safer for all persons who work and visit the Mayan monument, the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) has opened a facility called the Caracol Conservation Post. The official opening took place on Friday of last week, bringing to reality an adequate security response to the area. Present for the opening were the Minister of National Security the Hon. John B. Saldivar, Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security the Hon. Frank Mena, Minister of Tourism the Hon. Manuel Heredia, the Director of the Institute of Archaeology Dr. John Morris as well as the Executive Director of the Friends of Conservation, Rafael Manzanero. The Caracol conservation post was built at a cost of $100,000.00 with the approval of the Ministry of Finance and was the product of a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, the Ministry of National Security, the National Institute of Culture and History and the Forestry Department. Capable of hosting twelve soldiers of the Belize Defense Force, the facility is equipped with showers, bathrooms, radio and can be used as sleeping quarters.

The re-buildings in the Cayo District continues
Numerous projects to improve the lives of residents of the Cayo District continue apace and on schedule. Representative from the Cayo Central Division, the Hon. Rene Montero has been making visits to these sites to gain first-hand knowledge of the works that are now underway. As had been promised, skilled workmen began to work on the new stretch of road between Lin’s and China Town in Santa Elena Town, with the building of a drainage system. This type of work will also uplift the entrance to Santa Elena by Lin’s and the Three Flags Supermarket, where the level of economic activity has been unprecedented in the last few years. Heavy equipment and numerous workmen were seen in the area this week by Lin’s Hardware as the work began from dawn to dusk. In a statement from the Cayo Central Office, “No matter where you go in Belize you can clearly see where the Petrocaribe monies and other multilateral funding agencies money is being spent! This is a perfect example in Santa Elena of funding from the CDB and Petrocaribe!”

Cost of Living Down 0.8 Percent in June - Increase in Meats Offset by Fuel Prices and Electricity Rates
The Statistical Institute of Belize has released its latest statistics on the Consumer Price Index and it reveals that cost of living decreased in the month of June 2015 by 0.8 percent. According to S.I.B., the All-Items Consumer Price Index stood at 102.8 in June of 2015, down from 103.6 in the same month last year. The price of beef, pork chops, pigtail and eggs increased by 5.7 percent, 3.7 percent, 53.4 percent and 8.1 percent; respectively, in the month of June 2015 as compared to June 2014. However, food price fell overall by 0.1 percent due to a decrease in the prices of chicken, chicken breast, rice and red kidney beans at 1.7 percent, 11.9 percent, 3.2 percent and 36.7 percent. Falling fuel prices continue to be the major contributing factor to the overall decline in consumer prices. The prices per gallon of all three types of fuel fell considerably in comparison to June 2014. S.I.B. reports that prices of premium and regular gasoline were both down by about 18 percent, while diesel recorded the most marked decline at about 25 percent.

Five topics to show the media’s failure
On reading some newspapers and listening to some press conferences, radio and TV shows, I am often severely shocked by the total failure of a major part of the media at performing its most basic duty – keeping the PEOPLE fully informed of accurate facts of national importance. The question that Belizeans must ask is why exactly has the media failed? Is it because of an honest lack of knowledge? Is it because of partisan political mischief? Is it because of inappropriate electioneering? Is it because of a lack of moral fortitude? Is it because of a reluctance to engage in basic research? Is it because of a willful, intentional, disingenuous plan to deceive in the way of Fox and Sky News? Is it because of a perverse need of beleaguered organizations like COLA, PUP, VIP, PNP, NTUCB, Kremandala, PlusTV…to divert the attention of the PEOPLE from their incompetence, ignorance, miscalculations and stark failures? Whatever the cause, the media should do its job – the People of Belize needs to be kept well informed of the absolute truth. National issues must never, ever be sacrificed to satisfy petty needs! I will lead the way and choose five topics that I feel are important and use them to show the media how it has failed Belize. Topic #(1) I see and hear the word ‘Guatemala’ in every facet of the media; every day. I will therefore choose the unfounded and unjust Guatemalan claim as my first case study. Indeed, since this is the most important issue facing Belizeans today, I feel that my choice is timely.

Flavors of Belize launches 5th edition
Five years ago, Tanya McNab, who is the creative director of McNab publishing Ltd., was struck with the most genius idea of creating a cook book magazine that would display many of Belize’s fine foods. Though she didn’t know where her idea would lead to, she went knocking at every restaurant and business’ door, hoping that they would believe in her vision and readily join her to make her idea turn into a reality. It even took some convincing to merge McNab’s Designing and Publishing sectors into one so as to benefit the future of Flavors of Belize. Five years later, McNab has been able to become partners with stakeholders in the tourism industry, such as the Belize Tourism Board and Belize Tourism Industry Association. Additionally, she has built good relations with eighteen other businesses that feature some of Belize’s unique food and drinking experiences, including Bowen and Bowen, The Biltmore Plaza, Tipsy Tuna Sports Bar, Olivera Rusu Photography, Wine de Vine, Chef Sean Kuylen, just to name a few; all of which are featured in the cookbook magazine.

Guatemala supports the construction of the forward operating base on Sarstoon Island
After learning of the Belize Government’s intention to build a forward operating base on the Sartsoon Island in Southern Belize, Guatemalan authorities requested a bilateral meeting to discuss the project. This request was made on the strength of at least three agreements in the Confidence Building Measures signed on September 7, 2005 by Hon. Assad Shoman, Foreign Minister of Belize, H.E. Jorge Briz Abularach, Foreign Minister of Guatemala, and H.E. Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States. Those agreements are numbers 10, 11 and 15. Agreement 10 calls for cooperation in military and policing operations near the adjacency line. Agreement 11 encourages Ministers of Defense to meet and discuss topics of common interest. Agreement 15 addresses the need for meetings to discuss measures that will avoid incidents in the territorial and high seas. It was on the strength of these agreements that Guatemala made a request for consultation on Belize’s proposal to build a base on the Sarstoon, and it was in acting in good faith that Belize obliged.

Libel suit against Ramon Cervantez continues
Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, the UDP Area Representative of Orange Walk North, has had his first 2 days in court in his attempt to repair the damage that his political rival, Ramon “Monchie” Cervantes, did when he released a telephone conversation on national radio. One of the persons in the call unfairly accused him of being a corrupt Government official who is associated with organized crime, and who supposedly organized the political assassination of his father, Ramon Cervantes Sr. On Thursday, July 23, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin allowed the trial to begin, were Vega’s attorney, Rodwell Williams, was allowed to give an opening statement as to the cause and nature of the lawsuit. Williams began by explaining that he is suing PUP’s Standard Bearer, Monchie Cervantes for slander, and he’s suing the Briceno Family’s Orange Walk radio station, Fiesta FM, for libel. Williams asserted to the court that these 2 defendants owe the Deputy Prime Minister an award of damages for their reckless and careless actions on November 5, 2014. The facts of the case are that on that date, at Mameyal Farm, in Orange Walk, at around 1:30 p.m., the Cervantes Family held a memorial ceremony for their late patriarch, Ramon Cervantes Sr. It was carried live in a broadcast on Love FM, who has made the appropriate reparations, and therefore, they aren’t being sued in this case. Fiesta FM, on the other hand, asserts that they did nothing wrong, and that’s why DPM Vega has had to take actions against them.

MTBCAAS holds inauguration of facilities at archaeological sites
In March of 2013, the project, Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites (MTBCAAS), was launched to improve the facilities and infrastructure at nine archaeological sites in Belize. Sixty percent of the project is funded by the European Union, while the remainder is funded by the Government of Belize. A total of BZ$4 million was provided to implement the program over a 31 month period, scheduled to finish in June of this year. Partners from the Government of Belize include the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) and project administrators of MTBCAAS. The project sets out to benefit Belizeans and Tourists. The new facilities will ensure greater visitor satisfaction, provide better health and safety provisions, and establish pathways for individuals with diverse abilities. As the closing of the program nears, partners can proudly say that it was a huge success. The inauguration of facilities at three archaeological sites took place on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at Caves Branch, Cayo District. At all three sites, directional and safety signage were put in place from the road side, all the way into the site. At Barton Creek, restroom facilities were built to properly accommodate visitors, and caution signs were placed at the entrance of the cave. At Actun Tunichil Muknal, a new trail was established, and a water reservoir system was set up, along with restroom facilities and a proper waste disposal unit. At Nohoch Cheén, a new trail was made to cave number four, where a new bridge platform was built as a pathway into the cave. On Friday, July 31, 2015, the inauguration of facilities at Lamanai will take place, which is located in the Orange Walk District. Stairs have been built alongside the ruin for easier and safer climbing and movement around the site. A handicap bridge was also built at the boat docking facility for easy access for visitors with diverse abilities. A new road was built to Lamanai, and trails were also established at the site.

Bacab caretaker killed at his workplace
The family of 47 year-old caretaker, Prudencio Gonzalez are hoping that Ladyville police can solve his murder after he was found dead at his workplace at the Bacab Eco Park on the Hattieville/Boom Road in Belize Rural. Gonzalez’s body was discovered at around 12 a.m. on Monday, July 27, at an isolated house he stayed in on the Park’s grounds. What police investigations reveal at this time is that at around 9 p.m. on Sunday night, 3 hours earlier, the staff in the area heard what sounded like a single gunshot. The security guard on duty went on his usual routine check of the facility long after, and that’s when he found Gonzalez, partially nude, in the hut. He had been shot once in the head, the bullet entered his right eye. First responders found his TV on, and the lights were also on. There was evidence that he had been drinking, and his relatives suspect that he may have had company over. What they don’t know at this time is who killed him, and why, and they are hoping that police can solve this crime.

Man sentenced to three years in prison for performing oral sex on a 13 year old girl
Charles Bucknor, a 52 year old Vernon Street resident, was accused of performing oral sex on a 13 year old primary school girl. Allegations are that on July 16, 2013, she was at home when her great grand aunt left the house to go to the bank. She had left two work men at the house, Bucknor and another man, to fix her ceiling. The minor said that whilst in her room, she saw Bucknor pass the room and later heard him told his co-worker to go buy at the shop. As the work man left the yard, Bucknor entered her room which was closed only by a curtain. According to the minor, Bucknor placed his body on her and pinned her down on the bed and threatened to hurt her if she tried to scream. When she made attempts to scream, he covered her mouth and used his other hand to remove her underwear, and that’s when he performed oral sex on her. When he heard the gate of the yard open, he realized that his co-worker was back, so he jumped off her and left her room.

Cop sentenced to 3 months for theft
Dean Perez, a 28 year old Interdicted police officer #966, was accused of theft while being on duty in an incident that occurred in October 2014. Allegations are that PC Perez was sent to detain Jose Hernandez, a Salvadoran national who was wanted by police for child maintenance. At the time he and another man entered Hernandez’s home, claiming that he had a warrant for Hernandez during this he stole a cell phone and $300.

Two women caught in Belize illegally deemed prohibited immigrants
Two women, 33 year old Salvadoran national, Maria Orbe Erchavarria De Villalta and 21 year old Honduran national, Iris Vanessa Alvarado Dubon, of Copan, Honduras, were found living in Belize illegally and immediately handed over to immigration personnel. On the morning of Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., Villalta was caught when she stopped off at the Mile 4 checkpoint on the George Price Highway, after she had just hitch hiked a ride to the city from Western Belize. When she was unable to present a passport or ID to the police, she was turned into immigration officer, Roberto Gurnsey. Half an hour later, Dubon was seen at the Western Avenue bus stop, she also failed to prove her citizenship to Officer Gurnsey.

14 year old steals $10,000 worth of jewelry from his grandmother
Bernadette Staine, 56 year old Domestic of #6115 Dolphin Drive, reported to police that on Monday, July 20, 2015 she had discovered that her jewelry, valued at close to $10,000 dollars, was missing from inside her room. According to Staine, between the hours of 8:00 a.m., and 10:00 a.m., one of her grandsons was at her home waiting to have a meeting with a social worker; sometime around 4:00 p.m., she noticed that her jewelry box that was on her dresser in her bedroom was missing. She later suspected that it was her grandson since he was the only other person at the house when the jewelry box went missing. The report led police to launch an investigation that linked the grandson, age 14, along with David Jacobs, 43 year old Taxi driver of #58 Baymen Avenue and Eric Spencer, 31 year old Construction Worker of #6478 Periwinkle Street, Belize City.

Double Head Cabbage and UB Jaguars are co-leaders in Rural Softball competition
The Belize Rural Softball Association 2015 competition continued on Sunday 26 July with two games on the schedule. In the first game played, UB Jaguars edged out its nemesis Double Head Cabbage by the score of 14-13 in a high scoring game. The winning pitcher was Amber Wade and the losing pitcher was Herlet Clarke. In game two, Easy Does It of Flowers Bank defeated Country Rose by the score of 25-17. The winning pitcher was Margaret Hendy and the losing pitcher was Angie Tucker. The competition will continue this coming Sunday 2 August, 2015 with three games on the schedule out in Lord’s Bank Village.

Mexico and Belize announce the kickoff of the construction of a multi-purpose sport facility at the “Marion Jones” Sport Complex
The Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Jose Antonio-Meade and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize, the Hon. Wilfred Elrington held a meeting in Mexico City to reiterate the bonds of cooperation and friendship between the two countries. As part of the historic visit of Minister Elrington to Mexico, the two ministers along with the Hon. Herman Longsworth, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports with direct responsibilities for youth and sports announced the kickoff of the construction of the Multipurpose Sport Facility at the “Marion Jones” Sports Complex. This project is fostered by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Belize with the Hon. Herman Longsworth at the helm of the project and will be financed with funds through the Infrastructure Fund for Mesoamerican and Caribbean countries (Yucatan Fund).

Vega Cup Tournament is set to commence this coming Sunday
The 2015 Edition of the Vega Cup Tournament is scheduled to commence on Sunday 2 August, with the Traditional Opening Marathon that will be held at the Trial Farm Football Field. The Official Opening Ceremonies is expected to commence at 9:00 am. The regular season will commence on Sunday 9 August, 2015, with games being played across the various villages in the constituency.

Health Hookup
Doctor's Order - Palpitations – cardiac drums: As the patient sat there trying to describe what she felt, she paused and said, “Doc it feels like someone is playing the drums in my chest”. She was concerned about the uncomfortable sensation of being able to feel her heart beat. With a closed fist held up to her heart she oscillated her hand in a manner that mimicked her heartbeat. The feeling the patient was describing is what is known as ‘palpitations’. By definition, palpitations, “are perceived abnormalities of the heartbeat characterized by awareness of heart muscle contractions in the chest: hard beats, fast beats, irregular beats, and/or pauses”. Palpitations are often caused by: a. Cardiac stimulation – our heart beat is regulated via an electric signal. When the frequency of the signal increases, the heart rate increases. b. Circulation problems c. Defect in the heart anatomy d. External factors – anxiety, medication, conditions such as elevated thyroid hormone, pregnancy, low blood count.

Will we save the Guatemala issue for children of future generations?
The ongoing issue of taking the Belize-Guatemala issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), has definitely plagued the minds of a wide majority of Belizeans today. Our oldest relatives can share with us some of the same present day conflicts we face with going to the ICJ. This is because the issue has been prevailing ever since 1940. So, if small generations have witnessed Belize prepare for facing court, how is it still an alarming issue today? As questioning as it is, the answer lies within society itself. We become very passionate about certain issues arising in Belize, but only temporarily. As a result, we lose sight of what is most valuable to us. But since the issue of going to the ICJ has become a concern yet again, it is our responsibility to trust in our lawyers to make the best decision for Belize. Why leave the matter of going the ICJ for future generations to have to deal with? Yes, Belize is still for Belize, but Guatemala still partly claims Belize as its own. Many students have already been asked to write lengthy essays, or even fervently debate on the topic of ‘Should Belize go to the ICJ?. Though it is based on opinion, there must be research done to gather information. No doubt then, students have been well informed on the issue. And even in the minds of young Belizeans, it is a very touchy subject, since it puts the livelihood of Belize at risk. It is indeed something significant for everyone to be aware of; however, if it is constantly being put on hold for a later date and year, youths especially will lose hope and interest while waiting for the issue to be resolved.

Dan Silva says PUP violates its own Constitution and people
Would like to share with you that 40 percent of our standard-bearers met in Cayo on Friday to discuss the state of affairs inside our great party. And we all concluded that something has to happen. We cannot continue as we have, pretending as if though all is well when we know that something is wrong. That something is that the people are not buying what we are presenting to them. That has been very clear in three straight elections during the last six months, starting with the Cayo North bye-election in January. The people have been very clear every chance they have gotten. They are not impressed with our party; something is not right with us; we are still vulnerable to the labels of the past. In the recent bye-election in Dangriga, time was against us and the UDP had the Petrocaribe millions, but we had a spectacular candidate in Anthony Sabal – a man whose respect and standing in the Dangriga community is practically unparalleled. The party was mobilized and energized for that bye-election, yet we lost by a record margin. It is clear the people still have very deep concerns about us as a party.

Dara’s Ride for Hunger a great success; Lucky Dube Concert is next fund raiser
On Sunday July 26th, Joel ‘Dara’ Robinson held his 4th annual ride for hunger. On visiting the Guardian newspaper, Dara explained that this year’s ride was the most successful one he has ever had. He says that over 300 persons came out to participate including professional riders, children and ordinary folks. Dara says he wishes to single out one donor in particular, City Councilor, Dion Leslie who donated $1,000 dollars towards his fund raiser. He also noted that there were a number of businesses who rode as a group and pledged to support his program. Every year Robinson holds his ride to raise funds as well as collect non-perishable food items in order for him to conduct a feeding program which feeds 43 children during school days. The ride was just one of Robinson’s fund raisers and on Sunday August 2nd he will have his 8th annual Tribute to Lucky Dube at the Bird’s Isle which is also another of his fund raisers. The event will start at 6 p.m. and will go to midnight. Contribution to the event is $10 and will feature music by Royal sounds and big name DJ’s including Dalla, Lindy D., Royal Sounds, among others.

The dirty dozen
Channel 7 has coined a moniker for 12 PUP standard bearers who have signed on to a letter which is asking the PUP leadership, and Francis Fonseca in particular, to call a national convention for the selection of a leader. Channel 7 has called them the dissenting dozen, very much like the brand G-7, which channel 7 had given to the group of PUP ministers in 2004 who braced Said Musa for his financial policies, the dissenting dozen moniker will stick. We at this newspaper would not be as kind on this dozen and call them the dissenting dozen, we will call them the dirty dozen. We have taken time out and looked through not only at the twelve who have dared to challenge the PUP leadership and asked for a convention, but on the composition of the party as a whole. Having done so, we have come to the conclusion that the PUP is void of any who can take up that party’s leadership mantle. There is not a single individual who sticks out to us who would be a good leader for the PUP and much less for the party.

Eastern Division Police Visiting Homes of Port Loyola Residents
Officers of the Belize Police Department’s Eastern Division South are currently on a “Meet and Greet” exercise in the Port Loyola area of Belize City. On Wednesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 30, the officers will be having house to house meetings with residents of Jane Usher Boulevard, Freedom Street, Caesar Ridge Road and Gill Street. Officer Commanding the Eastern Division South, Sr. Superintendent Chester Williams, says it is part of their community policing strategy: “We want to greet the public, talk to them, see what their concerns are, take advice from them on how to police the area better and use the information gathered to improve our policing strategy.” Williams plans to hold a similar mediation session with what he says are four rival groups from the areas being visited. He said, “We plan to bring them together and hold a family day of sports and barbecue at Berger Field.” Williams explained that he continues to believe in the good that is within human beings, “even those we consider as criminals,” and hopes that reaching out to them will ease the tension that exists in the community. The family day will be scheduled for Saturday, August 8, or Sunday, August 9.

PADF and Taiwan donate Ebola testing kits to Belize
The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), which was established in 1962, initially set out to implement projects that will benefit vulnerable countries through partnerships. PADF operates throughout the Americas and Caribbean in creating economic opportunities, strengthening communities and civil society, and aiding victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises. With field offices in Suriname, Haiti, Belize and others, PADF reached more than 15 million people in 27 countries in 2014. With the rise of tourism in the country of Belize over the past years, more and more people have been entering the country, who can threatenes the health of Belizean citizens. For instance, back in October of 2014, Belize had an alarming experience with an Ebola patient, who was travelling on a cruise ship entering Belize City. With the questioning of Belize’s preparedness for an outbreak of the Ebola virus, the ship was unable to release any passengers onto Belizean grounds. With this in mind and with concern from international bodies of Belize's preparedness, PADF has assisted Belize with medical supplies as a means of becoming prepared for potential introduction of the Ebola disease.

Woman’s throat sliced
In a recent meeting 7 of the most senior officials in the Police Department took note that in the recent weeks, there has been a spike in the number of murders that happened as a result of domestic disputes. Well, police strongly suspect, but haven’t confirmed as yet, that another took place between the late night hours of Tuesday, July 28, and the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 29. The victim is a 21 year-old Salvadoran national by the name of Merlin Elizabeth Herrera Mejia. She was a tenant of Morning Glory Street in Belize City, and that’s where police found her body on Wednesday, at around 7 a.m. She was found on the ground in a pool of her own blood, and when the officers examined her, they found that her neck had been slashed, and she also suffered another cut wound behind one of her ears.

Retrial ordered for man convicted of drug trafficking
Alfredo Marin, a Benque Viejo Del Carmen resident who was convicted in the San Ignacio Magistrate Court back in June 2014, and fined $10,000 plus confined to jail for 3 years for the offense of drug trafficking, appealed his conviction in June 2015. Jaime Tun was jointly charged with Marin. Tun pleaded guilty to drug trafficking on May 28, 2014, while Marin was found guilty of the offense and was fined and confined by the then Magistrate, Nardia Morgan in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court. On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, Marin was represented by attorney, Leo Bradley in the Supreme Court, where Judge Adolf Lucas ruled that in his view, Marin did not get a fair trial since the evidence before the court is that when his co-accused had been cross examined by the prosecution, the magistrate did not inform Marin that he had the right to cross examine his co-accused, who had given damming evidence against him in the trial. For this reason, Judge Lucas upheld the appeal for a retrial for Marin’s offense.

Belize City resident charged giving false identity
Timothy Morey, 20 year old Belize City resident, was charged for giving a false identity to police. Allegations are that on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, whilst on Oleander Street in the Saint Martin de Porres area of Belize City, he gave his name to be Steven Hyde to the annoyance of PC Clarke, though the officer was already familiar with Morey’s true identity. According to police, at about 8:35 p.m., whilst PC Clarke along with PC Budran were on patrol in the Saint Martin’s de Porres area, Belize City, PC Clarke said his attention was drawn to a dark skinned male person wearing a white shirt and a brown Dickies short pants walking on Oleander Street. PC Clarke stopped him and informed him that a search would be conducted on him. During the search, nothing incriminating was found.

Woman slaps husband in front of police and is remanded to prison
Tiffara Tillet, 21 year old, was arraigned for committing common assault upon Kenrick Archer, her 24 year old common law husband, who is a BDF soldier. Allegations are that on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at about 3:30 a.m., whilst at home, Archer told Tillett that he was not feeling well due to sever back pain, so he was going to the hospital. While at the hospital they got into an argument, and as a result, Archer left the hospital to go to the Domestic Violent Unit to make a report, and while making his report, Tillett slapped him twice in his face whilst in the presence of a police officer, Cpl. Garcia. On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Tillett appeared unrepresented before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith, where she was read the single charge of common assault upon her common-law husband. She wasted no time and pleaded guilty to the offense. Tillett explained to the court that since she is trying to break off the relationship with him, everywhere she goes and every time he sees her, Archer interferes with her and harasses her and refused to give her her clothes from inside their house. When asked if she was aware that there are places that she could have received help from, Tillett admitted that she didn’t know where to go for help.

Junior Girls softballers to Central American Championship
The National Junior Girls Softball Team of Belize is scheduled to leave the country on Thursday 30 July, 2015, for San Salvador, El Salvador, where it will represent Belize at the XI Central American Junior Girls Softball Championship. The championship is for girls that were born in 1996 and after and will feature national selections from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize and the host country El Salvador. It is anticipated that the tournament will utilise a Double Round Robin format with the top two teams playing for gold and silver while the bottom two teams will play for bronze. Team Belize is made up of the following players: Shareeni Soberanis, Shanaya Soberanis, Rose Vernon, Renisha Richards, Ronicia Vernon, Ashira Harris Shanae Williams, Denika Noralez, Chelsea Young, Kelsy Robinson, Tyra Moreira, Elma Wade, Kristy Terry, Shania Pook, Jalecia Jones and Shantell Longsworth. The Head Coach is Nelberth Flowers and the Assistant Coaches are Floyd Flowers and Ruth Lamb. The Delegation is headed by Ms. Jerjet Thompson the 2nd Vice President of the Belize Softball Federation with responsibilities for the Junior Programme.

Belize Bank Bulldogs opens lead in Firms Basketball competition
The Belize District Basketball Association Firms competition continued over the last weekend with five games played. On Friday 24 July, 2015, in game one of the evening, Complex Generals picked up its first win of the campaign when it defeated Ready Call by the score of 67-58. The top scorers for the Complex Generals were Roman Williams with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals; Cassian Flowers with 14 points, 19 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal and Wilfred Richards with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. For the Ready Call squad, the top scorers were Hubert Baptist with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals; Aaron Baptist with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals and David Sutherland with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. In the second game of the evening, the Belize Bank Bulldogs continued on its winning path when it defeated Central Health quite handily by the score of 70-62. The top scorers for the Belize Bank Bulldogs were Tarrique Gabb with 21 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals; Brian White with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals and Marcel Orosco with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Gabino Tzib is officer of the Month in OW
Police Officer Gabino Tzib of the Orange Walk police formation is this month’s officer of the month for that formation. The initiative is one being revived by the Orange Walk Police in collaboration with L&R Liquors and Elite Promos to boost morale in the department for the […]

Older Belizeans benefit from therapy clinics
If you are one of the many Belizeans whose loved ones suffer from end-of-life disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease and others, it can be very frustrating when the person whom you have loved all your life may occasionally drift away from you or lash out […]

Belizeans can help pay for T.V. Ramos bust
Sculptor Stephen Okeke has been battling for over a year to receive what he is owed for the completed bust of Garifuna hero Thomas Vincent Ramos, now on display in Dangriga. And it appears he will not be getting it from former Dangriga area representative Ivan Ramos who […]

12 year old girl forced to have sex with fathe
Independence Police are currently dealing with a case of incest after a 12 year old reported to police that her father raped her several years ago and did so again most recently in June, 2015. The minor made a report on Tuesday, July 28 and a medical examination was conducted […]

Car broken into near casino
Between 6:30 p.m and 7:30 p.m last night, July 29, police report that a car parked in front of the Casino on Newtown Barracks, Belize City, was broken into and items valued at $3,199.50 were stolen. The victim’s sister reported to police that an assortment of jewelry, electronics and personal […]

Progresso men picked up for marijuana plantation and firearms
Corozal police on an anti-drug mission made a major cannabis and firearm bust yesterday, July 29, which resulted in two Progresso men being arrested and more than 2,000 marijuana plants destroyed by fire. 45 year old Rupert Gentle and 26 year old Eber Villatoro, who were both in the area […]

Corozal teenage son goes missing
A 53 year old mother of Ranchito Village, Corozal District, is asking the general public for assistance in locating her missing 18 year old son. On Tuesday, July 28, Amparo Chulim reported to police that her son, Jorge Adrian Chulim, had left home the previous day, July 27th, and since […]

COPA Airlines to begin Belize-Panama service
In a press conference yesterday, July 29, at the Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, Copa Airlines officially announced the introduction of flights to Belize. These flights are scheduled to begin on December 8, 2015, with the first plane departing on its 2 hour and 20 minute journey, to Tocumen International […]

Early morning traffic accident kills man
At around 6 this morning, Orange Walk Police were dispatched to the Tower Hill area near the toll booth were they observed a vehicle with its four tires in the air. Upon making further checks police discovered a male person trapped inside, motionless. Information is sketchy but BMG was made to […]

Blogs

Five Days in Cayo, Part One: The Lodge at Chaa Creek to San Ignacio Town to The Deep Jungle
I reported back on my visit to The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s Eco-Camp for 24 Belizean kids. And about my AMAZING overnight camping in the heart of Belize’s jungle – the great Chiquibul – and the heroes that are protecting our few baby macaws from poachers. And even some of the restaurants in San Ignacio. But I took lots more pictures. I mean LOTS. And here is a wrap up on Cayo (well half of it) before we get back to the sun and the sand of San Pedro. And here is a more detailed map of the area with some of the other places and areas I visited. On to my next stop. I had one night in San Ignacio town to stock up on food and water for my 24 hours in the Chiquibul and do some re-packing. For $39US a night ($30US w/o air conditioning) – the Western Guest House was excellent. Right at the quiet end of Burns Avenue (the “main drag”), with a HUGE common area, coffee in the morning and a spotless room…what more could I want?

The Coming Of Kings Pt. 1
Linda Schele and David Friedel have been two of the most noteworthy archaeologist/epigraphers/Mayanists in the last 30 years. They have collaborated to give the world some amazing insight into the world of the Maya, especially through the social research and the epigraphical research they invested in. This piece reflects some of their thoughts on the Maya development of the politics of kings. Many of the great inventions of the past were social inventions. To some extent, and because the population on the earth was growing, social inventions were certainly absolutely necessary. As Schele suggests, just as the Athenian Greeks whom we revere as spiritual forebears, invented democracy, so the Maya invented the ideas which cemented their survival as a civilisation. To Friedel and Schele the most important social invention of all for the Maya was the invention of kingship. To their amazement, the Maya organised this kingship option in the span of a century. Just like that, the ancient Maya people had their great ahauob, the high kings.

Tropic Air unveils a Modern new look
Tropic Air has unveiled a modern new look to its iconic brand livery. The new design which will be applied to all of the company’s aircraft was showcased today on a Cessna Caravan V3-HHW. Commenting on the new livery, John Greif III, President of Tropic said: “We’re a dynamic and innovative Belizean company. We have so many exciting changes happening, that we thought the time had come for a new visual expression of who we are. An expression that joins our past to our present, and sets the course for where we’re headed in the future.” “Despite challenging economic conditions, this is just one of many improvement projects that Tropic Air is investing in” says Greif. “We are investing in terminals, aircraft, infrastructure and staff every day…many of which the customer never notices. In August, we will be opening a $10 million dollar state-of-the-art maintenance facility” he went on to say.

Tropic Air streamlines its look
Tropic Air unveiled a new look for its planes today, with an eye toward aesthetics and economy. “We’ve tried hard to retain the essential elements of Tropic’s almost forty years of service and refine them for the future,” said CEO Steve Schulte in a press release. “We’ve adapted the ‘tail fin’ to make it bolder and to reflect a simpler and more elegant shape.” The look will also save time and expense when repainting the planes, according to the press release: “The painting process has been simplified, using fewer maskings and less paint for a drastic reduction in materials used. The new paint is also more durable so aircraft will require re-painting less often. The iconic, Tropic logo, that appears on all aircraft, has been rejuvenated with a subtle makeover and detailing.”

International Sourcesizz

In Belize, paradise found
I'm not going to lie: The voyage to this Belizean island paradise 18 miles off the mainland is not for sissies. It can be a bit choppy and windy and you'll probably get wet. But during the hour-long ride, you’ll be mesmerized by the numerous picturesque cayes, some large enough to accommodate several homes and other structures, while others held only a single palm tree and a small spot of sand. Then suddenly it appears—our home for the next several days—the private island of Hatchet Caye. Located on the protected side of the Meso-American reef, the second longest in the world (behind Australia’s Great Barrier Reef), the island encompasses only seven and a half acres, with spectacular views everywhere you look. The resort offers an ultra-casual, remote, uncharted territory, off-the-grid island life vacation, but with comfortable accommodations, great amenities and Wi-Fi. And there are a lot of “nos” here: no roads, no vehicles, no phones, no front desk, no need to lock your doors and no worries. And although I’d been told to never to take “no” for an answer, it’s actually everything I wanted to hear.

Expat Retirees Reveal How Life Has Turned Out
Ever dreamed of retiring abroad? The lower cost of living…the relaxed lifestyle…the gorgeous weather… Well, that’s what it’s supposed to be like. But how does that all square with reality? A new survey has the answers. The Best Places in the World to Retire site just polled 389 expats from the United States and Canada now living in three popular Central America retirement countries: Belize, Nicaragua and Panama. The transplants were asked why they wanted to retire abroad and what it’s been like. “Their expectations were very high and they met them,” says Chuck Bolotin, the site’s Vice President for Business Development. “Retiring abroad made them happy.”

Regional Commonwealth parliamentary conference opens in BVI
Representatives from 13 countries are in the British Virgin Islands attending the 40th Conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The conference began on July 25 and is set to conclude on August 1, 2015. It is being held under the theme “Promoting Democracy and Good Governance: A Unified Approach”. The plenary sessions of the conference began on Monday, with delegates discussing topics such as “Losing Confidence in the Motion of No Confidence” and “Promoting Democracy and Realizing Good Governance; giving the Public a Wider Say in the Policy Making Process”. Delegates also had the opportunity to make presentations and contributions to these particular topics as they are being used as tools to investigate progress made by the CPA branches of the region.

Videos

  • Coconut Leo gathering coconuts in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 3min. Watch world famous "Coconut Leo" gathering coconuts for the kids in the short yet exciting video captured on the beach on Ambergris Caye, Belize

  • Belize You Born Deh Lord Rhaburn Combo, 4.5min. Classic Belizean Patriotic Song By The Lord Rhaburn Combo

  • Thunderstorm in San Pedro Belize, 8.5min.

  • Belize Community Visits, 4min. This video contains short clips of home visits and VBS invites in Belize City.

  • Plongée Belize 2, 3min.

  • Central America Trip, Part I: Belize // Aubrey Danae, 5min. I recently got back from a trip to Central America with my parents, and since I took my trusty camera along, I thought it'd be fun to throw together a couple videos! We went to Belize and Mexico. This is the first portion of our trip in Belize, and the second video of Mexico will be up in a few days. Until then, I hope you enjoy!

  • Marbucks Coffee House, Belize, 1min. this is a great little place, Mar makes a great cup of coffee, latte, or espresso and a lot more food nibbles sweet buns. Now they make quiche and mimosas on sundays.. always something good to drink or nibble on at Marbucks check it out if you need your coffee fix

  • Belize 2015, 3.5min. My family's trip to Ambergris Caye this summer.

  • Anthony Pitts of San Ignacios Belize, 4min. Street Musician Anthony Pitts Flutist ...Played a wonderful tune for me. Burns Avenue nightly music...

  • Benque House of Culture Marimba Youths, Good Morning Belize, 4min.

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