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 […]
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 ...
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.
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 News
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 […]
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.”
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.
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.