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#507104 - 09/02/15 06:40 AM Today's Belize News: September 2, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

September: It’s our month!
If there is one month of the year that Belizeans eagerly await it has to be September. After all it’s the most patriotic month of the year with three big days for Belizean at home and abroad. From the St. George’s Caye Day on September 10th to National Service Day on September 18th and ending it off with Independence Day on September 21st, the month of September is rightfully ours. And in Belizean fashion we turn any special event into an all-out celebration.From as early as September 1st businesses, landmarks, town halls and any other important building across the country is decorated in red, with and blue – the colors of our flag.

It’s all about the Pork Head Carnitas!
As Belizeans we know how to make the best of the little we have. And when it comes to food, sometimes the most unexpected eats are the most delicious of all. Pork is a staple in Belizean cuisine, and you best believe we eat every last edible bit of that pig. So what would you do with a pig head? I know what we would do: PORK HEAD CARNITAS!!Oh just thinking about it makes my mouth water. I love pork carnitas, especially as tacos. It’s rather simple to make, but it takes quite some time. First of all you have to brine the head over night. Basically you put water in a large pot add lots of salt, about half a pound brown sugar, star anise, cloves, bay leaves, fresh crushed garlic, oregano leaves, and some cumin (please note: Belizeans rarely cook with precise measurements).

Equipment Donated to Tourism Police Unit
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) presented the Tourism Police Unit (TPU) with five (5) Yamaha XTZ125 CC trailbikes and twenty eight (28) handheld radios to assist the TPU in carrying out its mandate, which is to enforce tourism legislation and safeguard the tourism industry. Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., did the handing over. The trailbikes are designated for the Tourism Police Formation in Hopkins Village, Orange Walk, Ambergris Caye, Cayo, and Belize City. Hopkins Village has popular sites nearby such as Mayflower Bocawina National Park and the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. The motorcycle will assist greatly in Orange Walk, as the TPU does not have any form of transportation at the moment. Northern Ambergris Caye is not easily accessible, therefore a trailbike will allow for the deployment of the TPU and rapid response capabilities. The Cayo district is a large stretch of land rich with diverse activities and ecotourism, therefore this trailbike is much needed. In Belize City, patrols are needed to ensure that only licensed operators are taking guests on tours and to increase police visibility to deter criminal activity in the Fort Street Tourism Zone.

Ambergris Today

Flashbacks - The Talented and Artistic Dimas Guerrero
Perhaps a lot of you do not know that one of San Pedro's first and talented artists is Dimas Guerrero Sr. As a young fisherman in San Pedro, Dimas used his free time to practice his talent of painting. He decorated all the bar establishments with colorful paintings of island scenes and beautiful women in swim suits. Dimas also painted T-shirts using tie dye, stencils and spray paints. As a fisherman and diver, Dimas came across black coral which he used to expand his artistic talents and business, D & G Gift Shop. There Dimas worked with corals, conch, turtle shells, conch pearls, taxidermy, coconuts, lobster claws, and more. Ah, Dimas also made his own black ink using smoke and soot and practiced making free hand drawn tattoos of sharks, hearts and more. This flashback illustrates a Tenth of September float made by Dimas depicting tourism, fishing, island life, and his gift shop D & G's. Ambergris Today and Flashback salutes Dimas Guerrero the artist, gift shop pioneer, and community activist.

25 Years Ago: Miss World 1986 Visits San Pedro
Almost thirty years ago, (Were you born already?) the very young town of San Pedro was honored and graced with the visit of Miss World 1986. She was a lovely Caribbean woman, Giselle Laronde. Giselle Jeanne-Marie Laronde-West, born October 24, 1963 is a Trinidadian model and beauty queen who won the Miss World 1986 contest, representing Trinidad and Tobago. Walking away with the title Miss World 1986, Giselle Laronde West became the first woman from Trinidad and Tobago to be victorious in the Miss World pageant, at the age of just 23 years. She became the second woman from that nation to win an international beauty pageant, after Janelle Commission Miss Universe 1977 . The pageant was held in London, United Kingdom.

Mexican Embassy Works on Boosting Tourism in Belize
Mr. Oliver Darién del Cid, Belize’s Ambassador to Mexico was in San Pedro on Monday, August 31, 2015, as he hosted a media and travel agency group on a familiarization trip to the country. This was done in collaboration with the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) in order to increase the traffic of Mexican national for tourism purposes to Belize. Ambassador Darien del Cid, commented that this was the first ‘fam trip’ organized from Mexico City. “There are a lot of people who come to Belize from Mexico, to the casinos to the Free Zone and a lot of Mexicans think that is all there is to Belize,” commented del Cid. Ambassador del Cid stressed that the level of tourism traffic from Mexico to Belize is maybe 5,000 to 6,000 per year, but that the potential to unlock a larger market is tremendous.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Communique: Government of Belize Press Office
Special Sitting of the House of Representatives to be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 in the National Assembly Chamber in Belmopan.

My Refuge Christian Ministry in San Pedro
Members of My Refuge Christian Ministry, headed by Director Pastor Richard Smith made a courtesy call on the Mayor of San Pedro Daniel Guerrero on Saturday August 29th. During their short meeting, the Mayor shared some of the social challenges the island has been experiencing after which the group prayed for Mayor Guerrero and the councillors. The My Refuge Christian Ministry members were on the island to conduct prayers on various streets of the island as part of their outreach initiative.

Battle of St. George's Caye Exhibit
The SISE House of Culture is unveiling their Battle of St. George's Caye Exhibit this Friday. "Come join us this Friday September 4th at SISE house of Culture, for Battle of St George's Caye Exhibit Launch."

Rotaract Fills Backpacks
Feelgood news of the day. The Rotaract club of Benque delivered the first round of backpacks to the students that needed them. Looks like they had a lot of fun doing it too. Thanks, Rotaractors, for making a difference in the lives of those students! "Through the collaboration of the Principals and Teachers at Mount Carmel Primary School and Hills of Promise Primary School in Benque Viejo, La Inmaculada Primary School in Arenal and San Jose Succotz Primary School, a total of 40 deserving children were selected as beneficiaries of this year's program. Selection was done based on the family's financial need. On Sunday, August 23, 2015 school bags with supplies were given to children and parents of children from Hills of Promise Primary School and Mount Carmel Primary School in Benque Viejo. The families were extremely grateful for the assistance as this helps them to alleviate their expenses for this coming school year 2015-2016. "

"Coco Craze"
Paint N' Splash Thursday at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar 2p.m! See you there!

Tour Guide training course
Those interested in taking the Tour Guide training course or those that have signed up must meet at the primary school tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. Please note that there is a deposit of $400 upfront required. The balance of $250 is to be paid at a later date to be determined. Please inform those that you know are interested in taking the course and have not signed up as yet, as well as those that have signed up already. Thanks in advance! P.S. For more info, contact my mother, Ms. Ellen McRae, at 226-0178.

Beginners Arts and Crafts Classes
Fun things that you child can learn with Jacqueline Woods. Classes begin Sept. 14th, 3.5 miles George Price Highway at Cisco construction compound.

Belize Hosts Canada
The Belize Jaguars will be travelling up to Canada this week, and then they'll host Canada next Tuesday in Belmopan. They have a great video out hyping up the event. Go Belize! "It's the first day of September and we all know what that means - it's celebration time in BELIZE! And what better way to kick off than cheering on our Belize National Team as they travel to Canada for round 3 of competition as they battle for a spot in the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia. Join us in sending your well wishes for their success! Good luck Jaguars! We know your CONFIDENCE, COMPETITIVENESS and COMMITMENT will bring us yet another win!"

Channel 7

PM's Wife's Driver And Security Guard Remanded For Murder
Up to last week, he was the personal security for the Prime Minister's wife - but tonight police Corporal Ryon Wagner is in jail, remanded for the murder of Nicaraguan Eduardo Manuel Perez Sanchez. The Corporal was arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate's Court this morning. It's super rare for a police officer to be charged for murder - and super embarrassing when that police officer was one of only three officers handpicked to look after the security of the Prime Minister and his family. And if that weren't enough to cast shame on the department, there is the additional report that Wagner and another police officer - who has not been charged - went to the police station on Friday more or less broadcasting that one of them had killed a man. At that time, we are told, police did not take Wagner's gun. And so all that may be why, police have been very guarded in their remarks about the case. Inspector Stephanie Grinage, the Deputy Commander of the Belmopan Police Station was brief with our colleagues from Plus TV in an interview this morning:

Police Have No Clues In Russell Killing
Police have not detained anyone for the murder of Russell Hyde and Marcy Humes. They were both shot and killed at Hyde's house in Camalote on Friday night. Hyde, Humes and another man had just arrived at Hyde's home when they saw flashlights coming towards them. Hyde told Humes to quickly open the door to the house but 3 men emerged and shot her twice - once to the chest and leg. Then as Hyde was trying to dash away, the gunmen shot him 4 times at close range. The other man escaped unharmed. Police are still trying to find him and following up on other leads.

Jaguars Go Looking to Make History In Canada
Right now, the Belize Jaguars are on their way to Toronto, Canada for a World Cup Qualifier on Friday. It's the first time Belize has reached the third round of qualifying - and this will be their toughest matchup yet, against the team that is ranked 101 by FIFA. Belize is ranked 123rd but has a lot to prove, after Canada beat us 8 to nil on aggregate goals, back in 2004 - which is the last time the two countries met in world cup qualifiers. So, Friday's game at the BMO Stadium in Toronto will be a time for the ascendant Belize team to prove itself against first world competition. High stakes, and our 7News team was at the airport this morning when they checked in to fly out, and we spoke with a few of the players about the game:

PUP Finds Fault With Fortis Compensation
Yesterday we showed you the Prime Minister and the CEO of Fortis Barry Perry after they agreed to a compensation package for government's BEL takeover back in 2011. According to the math we did, government saved itself a few hundred million dollars and it did so without having to pay any interest or damages. But, the PUP issued a statement today blasting the settlement, saying it comes at, quote, "a high cost and a heavy price." While conceding that, quote, "we are glad that a settlement has been arrived" the PUP adds that , quote, "The Prime Minister owes it to Belizeans to immediately and fully disclose the real cost of the seizure of BEL…in real terms - including all the legal costs.. and in particular (those to) Barrow & Co." They conclude, grimly, quote, "History will judge whether Barrow will in fact be absolved, or held culpable." The Opposition will have its say in the house tomorrow when the settlement goes to the house for approval.

Not Much Ado In Sarstoon Today
Wil Maheia, the border activist and independent politician, went back to the mouth of the Sarstoon River today. And what did he find? Nothing much, but, that's because it was just another day at the Sarstoon Delta. Maheia reports that they observed a Guatemalan gun boat sitting in Guatemalan waters, which is standard. He and his team also noticed several small Guatemalan fishing vessels poaching in the Belizean waters, which, as we've shown you, is also standard since there is no heavy civilian or law enforcement presence in that area. Finally, Maheia notes that they were at the Sarstoon River mouth from before 6 a.m. this morning, and there was no BDF change-over today. Change-overs, as we told you, usually happens on Tuesdays, so that is some importance. However, as General David Jones explained in the Prime Minister's Press Conference 2 weeks ago, the BDF has been changing up their Tuesday routines so as to not be so predictable to observers - such as the Guatemalan Navy - who watch their movements to try and predict their activities. The General said that the change-overs may take place every other Tuesday, and the routine is changed constantly.

Guatemalan President Perez Molina Stripped Of Immunity From Prosecution
And south of the Sarstoon, things have gotten that much more tenuous in Guatemala after that country's congress voted to withdraw President Otto Perez Molina's immunity from prosecution. It was quite a scene outside the congress building in Guatemala City where Guatemalan civilians who want Perez Molina out, formed a wall of bodies to let lawmakers get into Congress. They formed that wall to protect the lawmakers from presidential loyalists trying to block a vote on withdrawing the President's immunity from prosecution. 105 votes or two thirds of the congress was need, but, in the end, the vote was unanimous, all 132 lawmakers who attended the session voted to strip him. The 64 year old Pérez Molina becomes the first president to have his immunity revoked in the Guatemala's history. The vote clears the way for prosecutors to charge him with masterminding a customs fraud scheme that allowed businesses to reduce their duty by paying bribes to corrupt officials.

Remains Found In Belmopan
Human remains were found in Belmopan on Sunday afternoon. Guatemalan farmer Trinidad De Jesus Taltiqu went to cut some sticks near Costa Rica road in Salvapan when he found the skeletal remains behind some bushes. Belmopan police gave us the information they have so far. Insp. Stephanie Grinage - Deputy Commissioner, Belmopan Division "On 30th August, about 4:20pm, based on information received, police visited an area at the end of Costa Rica Street, Salvapan area, Belmopan City where police observed what is believe to be skeletal remains. The skeletal remains were taken to the Western Regional Hospital Morgue and it is now awaiting analysis by doctors." The examination on the remains have been completed and it shows that these remains belong to a female older than 18. The female died 3 months ago. Now police are revisiting missing persons reports filed during this time to try and determine, whose remains these might be.

SSB Chairman Says Fund Pensioners Come Before Staffers
As we told you two weeks ago, the Social Security Board staff is in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, and they are asking for a package of salary increases and benefits. But, the Board of Directors was very un responsive to the initial proposal. In fact, their counter proposal conceded almost nothing. On Sunday we asked Doug Singh who chairs the board of Social security about it and he explained that the Board's position is tied to pensions - not for the workers, but for contributors: Doug Singh, Chairman - Social Security Board "I will tell you something that and they last said at the last negotiating time, that the board must consider and look positively at the ability of the organization to increase pension to pensioners. Ultimately, the Social Security fund are for the people who contribute." Jules Vasquez "Not for administrative bloat." Doug Singh, Chairman - Social Security Board "Not for administration bloats. And so whatever the staff get, will be a function of what the board can recommend for pensioners out there. So we are looking at the possibility of recommending a pension increase for pensioners this year hopefully. And I'll tell you, I have said this to the negotiating party and for management that really we are serious about this. Ultimately the board of directors is here to safeguard the fund and to look after the interest of the beneficiaries.

Singh Says No To SIB Stats
We also asked Singh to switch back to his other hat - the one as Chairman of Citrus Products of Belize Limited. Last week the Statistical Institute of Belize put out GDP figures for the first half of the year. And the second quarter had a sharp downturn because citrus deliveries for that period when compared to 2014 were down sharply. Singh says that is an incomplete picture:... Jules Vasquez "The primary downturn that attributed to the negative growth in GDP is citrus; 49% less concentrate for the secondary sector and in the primary sector 53% fewer oranges. Explain to me?" Doug Singh, Chairman - CPBL "Well we contacted the Statistical Institute to report to them that the information or the primary focus on the information was misinterpreted and I think that perhaps they need to look at the larger period. When they pointed that out, they were comparing the month of June with the previous year June. Citrus, it's not about what I sell this month, it's about what I sold for the period. So, if they took the entire 9 months and compared it with the previous 8 months, you would have seen very minimal change.

It Ain't Easy For Glen After Fire
Well known street operator Goldburn "Easy Glen" Adolphus… he made our newscast last month after being charged with assaulting a police officer. His woes worsened this weekend when the house he was renting burnt down. Adolphus took us to the location of the rubble and scorch marks where his home used to be and told us why he's hoping that you will help him and his family to get back on their feet: Goldburn "Easy Glen" Adolphus, Fire Victim "First thing of all the house is not mine. I am renting. This happened Friday night, I would say at around 9:30 - 10:00. When I came home I saw smoke coming from the top. But I wasn't paying it any attention. I just went and look underneath the cement block and pick up my key and open the padlock. When I pull open the door there was fire coming on me and when I look the entire hall was full of fire. Then I look towards the front room, because you could see the front room, but the amount of fire and heat that was coming from there - I made an attempt to go in there and so forth, because I have a stash under the marley that I saved. I couldn't get in there and so I yelled for my neighbor and thing and try help with one-one bucket of water. That couldn't work. All our appliances for my wife and I, all of that got destroyed."

Gang Rape In Toledo Village
There was a disturbing gang rape case in Indian Creek in the Toledo District on Sunday evening. A 21 year old woman was walking alone near the Nim Li Punit junction at around 4:30 when 4 women grabbed her, beat her and pushed her in some bushes nearby where a man held her down while another man raped her. We spoke to Punta Gorda Police this evening and they told us that the woman knows one of the women who attacked her: she is also from Indian Creek. The police are still trying to figure out if it was a planned attack specifically targeting the 21 year old. The woman was walking with 3 other friends but they left her along the way. Police have no one detained so far.

BBOC, Bang!
No one was seriously hurt when a BBOC bus ran into a lamp-post this evening in Belmopan on the hummingbird Highway. According to reports, the Bus was loaded with passengers - and headed out of Belmopan on the Hummingbird highway, but had to dodge an SUV which was reportedly turning into Shanghai gas station. The bus barreled off the road and into a lamp-post while the SUV ended up in a yard. Only minor injuries are reported for the passengers on the bus.

Where The Streets Have No Name (Yet)
Edmond Castro's public image has been battered in the media and in the courts, but in Belize Rural North, he's still undefeated. And he hopes to cement his lead by paving streets in Maskall, the biggest village on the old northern highway. Castro has already seen to the paving of a good many miles of the old northern road - and now 1.5 million dollars in Petrocaribe funds are seeing to the construction of new roads in the old village. Today 7news travelled to Maskall to check out the news streets. The project is expected to be completed in the next month, and then continues on to Sandhill Village.

Water Woes In Maskall
It is extremely rare to experience a complete loss of pressure to your water main. However- if this happens at your home, there are a number of possible causes - for example- trapped air- a burst main or service discontinuation…due to non-payment. And that is exactly what villagers in Maskall are experiencing after many refused to pay the 9 dollar flat rate for water supply. It's now two weeks since the entire village has been without of water. The village water system which is operated on electricity was cut off due to the fact that they cannot afford to pay the electricity bill. We found out more from the Water Board Chairman: Ilda Swift - Chairperson, Maskall Water Board "Simply because the villagers don't want to pay. The fee is $9 per month, but the majority refused to pay. That ran up the bill to $1,200 to BEL. Is it going on for roughly 2-3 years, but this is the worst it has ever been." Monica Bodden "How many villagers household is hooked up to the water pump?" Ilda Swift - Chairperson, Maskall Water Board "Roughly like 100 families."

Perfectly Pink In Cayo
It's not every day that a boutique makes the news, but on a business level, Pink Boutique is doing something interesting: they're establishing a brand and trying to become the first chain of clothing stores in Belize. And they're using major square footage to do it. They've got outlets in Belize City and San Pedro, and recently expanded their store in San Ignacio. 7News was at the re-opening on Saturday:.. The new store is 1,600 square feet.

Channel 5

Special Envoy’s Bodyguard Arraigned for Murder of Nicaraguan Laborer
Special Patrol Unit Officer Ryon Wagner, the bodyguard assigned to the Prime Minister’s wife, Kim Simplis Barrow, was arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate Court this morning on a single charge [...]

Witness Provides Statement in Double Murder of Russell Hyde and Marcy Humes
And in other news from Belmopan, a witness in the brutal slaying of the notorious Roaring Creek resident, Russell Hyde and Marcy Humes has given a statement to police. Authorities [...]

Still No Arrests in Malik Dixon Murder
An arrest is yet to be made in the weekend murder of twenty-year-old Malik Dixon, who was fatally shot as he rode a bicycle along Flamboyant Street on Saturday night.  [...]

Jaguars are Canada Bound for World Cup Qualifier
Belize plays Canada this coming Friday at the BMO field in Toronto. And we are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Channel Seven to bring you the [...]

Ramada Belize City Princess Sold to Asian Company
Late this evening News Five received confirmation of very significant news which happened completely under wraps. The Ramada Belize City Princess has changed management, effective today. We are told that [...]

Now that a deal to pay Fortis seventy million dollars plus thirty-three point three percent of shares has been sealed by G.O.B., was the acquisition of B.E.L. in the best interest of Belize?
And tonight’s question is: now that a deal to pay Fortis seventy million dollars plus thirty-three point three percent of shares has been sealed by G.O.B., was the acquisition of [...]

PUP Disagrees with GOB’s Fortis Settlement
On Monday Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced a settlement with Fortis on the arbitrary 2011 acquisition of that company’s shares in B.E.L.  G.O.B. will be paying seventy million dollars to [...]

COLA Joins BTV in Returning to Sarstoon Island
Another expedition to the Sarstoon by the Belize Territorial Volunteers took place early this morning. The group has committed to trek to the Sarstoon every Tuesday, which is the day [...]

Ray Davis is No Longer Senator for Unions
Ray Davis is no longer the Senator representing the Unions. The decision was taken by the General Council of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize last week, but there [...]

Woman Raped in Indian Creek Village
Tonight the Punta Gorda Police Department is investigating an unusual and very disturbing allegation of rape. Over the weekend a student claims that she was beaten up by a group [...]

Teen Robs Teen of School Bag and Laptop in Ladyville
Classes have just resumed, but tonight a student, who is a minor, is a suspect in the robbery of an even younger student. The incident happened on Princess Margaret Drive [...]

Human Remains Discovered in Salvapan
Belmopan Police have made at least some progress in identifying skeletal remains found Sunday in the Salvador Area of Belmopan. A Guatemalan farmer, who went to cut sticks in a [...]

Third Drug Trafficking Conviction for Andrew Smith
A Western Pine resident, who had two unpaid drug trafficking bills, was escorted to court today on a third charge.  He is twenty-eight-year old Andrew Smith, a resident of the [...]

Early Morning Fire Leaves Family of Three Homeless
The lower flat of a two-storey building was gutted by a fire early this morning in the Old Capital. The blaze started in the kitchen of the wooden house and [...]

Easy Glen Adolphus is Victim of Weekend Fire
Another wooden structure which was home to Glenford Adolphus, better known as Easy Glen, was gutted by fire on Friday night. Just before eleven o’clock that night, firefighters were called [...]

Guatemalan President Stripped of Immunity
This afternoon, within days of elections on September sixth, Guatemala’s Congress lifted President Otto Perez Molina’s immunity of office. It means that Perez Molina can now be charged for a [...]


18th Annual Belikin 8 Ball Tournament Takes Place In Corozal
The 18th annual Belikin 8-ball tournament took place in the Corozal District over the weekend at the Andres Campos Civic Center. The event featured teams from Punta Gorda, Cayo, Belmopan, Stann Creek, Belize, Orange walk and Corozal. At the end of the tournament Corozal took first place and Belize City second place. All in all the tournament was organized to promote the sport of Billiards and according to President of the Belize Billiards Association Isaias Lima, their aim was accomplished. “This is the eighteenth annual Belikin 8 Ball Tournament comprising from the districts of the entire country of Belize; we have PG, Stann Creek, Belmopan, Cayo, Orange Walk, Corozal have two representations being the host district they have two representations, we had a total of eight teams participating.”

Summer Break Is Over For Thousands Of Students Across The Country
And while going from long, lazy summer days back to the rigors of a classroom can be a bumpy road for your child, teachers and parents need to play a key role in that transition. Today we asked teachers for their advice on how to keep our children motivated and hungry for knowledge. “Even though we coming back from a long vacations we try to gear down into the lessons as the days goes by and we want to let the parents know that they are fully responsible for the children when they go home so they have all the rights to get into their bags, search for that homework and come to the school and talk to the teachers after classes and find out what the student has to do and what is there to be done for the course of the week or for the month probably and work with the children as best as they could don’t leave them one side and ask only if there is any homework and the child responds no and just leave it like that no get there and work with your child and what you want them is to perform better every day and in every level that they go.”

Solar Lights Installed At Nature Park, Orange Walk
The Nature Park in the Louisiana Area in Orange Walk Town has received a small upgrade thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Rotary Club of Orange Walk and the Town Council. The park now has two solar lights that were installed over the weekend. Councilor in charge of parks and playgrounds Ian Cal tells us more about the initiative. “Two solar lights, one was much needed and it was a test phase because we wanted to see what space it would cover, so they decided to start with two, what the council collaborated on was the man power and the structure itself that holds the light that came from the council and the poles and it was a project together with them so we sat there this Saturday did the installation and we also clean the area, we painted the play set but at the same time we were noticing that we need more light as well so they have committed to getting more lights donated and of course as a council we have to do the same thing this weekend so we will see more lights in that area and like I said it is a test phase it is something new in Orange Walk no parks has solar lights in Orange Walk so it is something new and it is something that we would like to see as a council and we welcome anyone who wants to partner as well to see how we can get those types of lights in other parts as well.”

BTV Goes Back To Sarstoon But Where Is The BDF
The Belize Territorial Volunteers were back on the water today as they headed off to the Sarstoon Island, led by Wil Maheia. Last week the group left after the Belize Defense Force who left an hour earlier than the usual time probably because they had gotten word that the BTV would be going on the trip. This week, Maheia says they planned things differently and set out a lot earlier than they did on previous trips. The objective was to verify if the BDF were indeed patrolling the area on Tuesday’s as announced by the Prime Minister and Commander of the BDF. According to Maheia, today there was no sign of the BDF in the area, even after they waited for hours to catch a glimpse of them.

PUP Demands Answers From Barrow Pertaining Settlement With Fortis
The opposition People’s United Party says they, as a responsible opposition, are glad that a settlement has been reached with Fortis as it relates to BEL but frown upon the government’s tactics. In a release issued today the party states, quote, “The utterly reckless, cynical and misguided policies of the present administration have added to the cause of our nation’s indebtedness and fiscal fragility by increasing debt, and refusing, until now to deal with the seizure of assets by major investors,” unquote. The PUP goes back to 2011 when government seized Fortis’ assets in BEL and when the Prime Minister had “harsh words” for the investor and BEL management at the time and now, as it did then, has employed “bullying tactics” to gain its objectives. The Prime Minister says the PUP is now forced to walk back his wrongful actions in 2011 when he quote, “using his parliamentary super-majority subverted the Constitution of Belize, bending its architecture in a violent and unnatural manner, in gross and indecent haste, in an ill-conceived, poorly structured move to undermine Fortis as an investor,” unquote.

San Esteban R.C. School Get rid Of Caterpillar Problem
And in an update to a story we ran before the summer break about an infestation of caterpillars morphed into white moths at the San Estevan Primary School, we are happy to report that the situation has been eradicated. Officials from the school told us that while the phenomenon seems seasonal, the last occurrence was one of the worse witnessed. We were also informed that two of the ten almond trees were cut down so in the event another occurrence befalls, it won’t directly affect the students’ classrooms. The new school year at this institution and the many others around Orange Walk Town started off without a hitch and we wish all students, teachers and school leaders an excellent and productive year.


Prime Minister says Government has secured excellent terms in Fortis settlement
Today Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that the Government of Belize has arrived at a settlement with Fortis Corporation over Belize Electricity Limited. In June 2011 the Government of Belize announced a decision to acquire the majority shares in BEL then held by Fortis of Canada as part of its policy that would ensure that the […]

Three weekend murders reported in Belmopan area.
Fem Cruz reporting… “Belmopan Police hands are full following this very bloody weekend. We start with the first murder on Friday night August 28, there sometime before 10pm the special patrol unit was called out to the Hyde’s residence in the Young Bank area of Camalote Village where upon arrival saw the lifeless body of […]

20-year-old shot and killed in Belize City
Belize City police are investigating the murder of 20 year old Malik Dixon. Dixon was shot on Saturday night as he was riding his bicycle on Flamboyant Street. According eye witnesses, before he took his last breath, Dixon saw his shooter. Hipolito Novelo reporting.. “At around 8:30 on Saturday night police responded to a 911 […]

Principal says she will fight efforts to fire her
Last week it was reported that principal of Faith Nazarene Primary School in San Ignacio, Policarpia Pech was facing difficulties after a petition was sent to the Teaching Services Commission to remove her as principal. According to some teachers, Pech has been mismanaging the school. Over the weekend Love News spoke with Pech who denied […]

Mechanic charged for forgery
28-year-old Glenford Logan, a mechanic has been charged with 18 counts of forgery, 18 counts of theft and 18 counts of claiming upon a forged document. 78-year-old John Oliver a retired Canadian national of Buttonwood Bay in Belize City reported that last week he received a phone call from a bank teller where he was […]

Belize City family left homeless following Friday night fire
A house belonging to Goldburne Adolphus better known as ‘Easy Glenn’ went up in flames on Friday night. Adolphus told Love News he came home from a function at around nine o’clock Friday night saw smoke coming from a door in his home. Adolphus said that when he tried to open the door, the fire […]

Governor General to speak at University lecture
Students from the University of Belize are being invited to be a part of the second annual Sylvanna Udz lecture series. Love News spoke with lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Arts, Ivory Kelly. Ivory Kelly – Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Arts “We are getting ready for our 2nd annual Silvana Udz Lecture […]

New Queen of the Bay selected
On Saturday night one of the most prestigious pageant took place at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts as the 70th Queen of the Bay was selected. The nine young ladies competed in four categories, introduction, talent, formal wear and question and answer. At the end of the competition, Fallon Cain representing the Stann […]

Road works continue in Orange Walk
Work has started for the paving of Guadalupe Street in Orange Walk Town. Mayor Kevin Bernard told us that being one of the main arteries of town, the council saw it necessary to give it proper attention. Mayor Kevin Bernard “I had said this before Fiestarama that whatever funding we could raise some portion of […]

Women’s group receives donation
Fruit drying production equipment and a building were handed over to a women’s group in the Toledo District. Paul Mahung reporting… The processing center and equipment were handed over on Friday afternoon to members of Toledo Women’s’ Food Security Company by TIDE Executive Celia Mahung. Celia Mahung – TIDE Executive Director “We handed over a […]

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Government reaches settlement with Fortis over BEL
The Government of Belize has reached an agreement for settlement, subject to approval of the National Assembly this week, with Fortis Incorporated, who now concedes majority ownership in Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) to the Government. The Current Administration Nationalized BEL in June of 2011 a...

Rusell Hyde, the 8th Child gone
Earlier in our news cast we told you about the murder of 45 year old Russell Hyde Sr. whose death, many say, was imminent. Russell Hyde Sr, was the middle child of a family of 13 children; 8 of them already gone- most of them killed. But though the Hydes have been met with a lot of violence, it is n...


PM Barrow’s wife’s police driver charged with murder!
The latest public embarrassment to hit the Belize Police Department is that a police corporal who is the driver of Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s wife, Kim Simplis-Barrow, the Special Envoy of Women and Children, has been charged for murder. Police issued a press release late this afternoon confirming that they have charged one of their own for a murder that occurred over the weekend in the Cayo District. Superintendent Sinquest Martinez, the lead investigator in the case, told us this morning that before the end of the day, police would formally lay a charge for the murder of the Nicaraguan man, Edwardo Manuel Perez Sanchez, 31, whose body was found on a feeder road about two miles from the junction of the George Price Highway and Young Gial Road, in Teakettle, Cayo District, on Saturday around 5:45 a.m.

Russell Hyde and girlfriend shot dead
The Hyde family of Belmopan and Camalote has been plagued by excruciating violence over the last few months, a violence that has taken the lives of many family members both at home and in the United States, and last Friday night, deadly violence visited the family once more, as another of its members was gunned down, along with his girlfriend. On Friday night, August 28, around 9:30 p.m. Russell Hyde, Sr., 45; his girlfriend Marcy Marie Humes, 27, and a man who has not yet been identified, were returning to Hyde’s home, located at Society Hall, Camalote, Cayo District, when they were pounced upon by three armed men, who opened fire, shooting Hyde and Humes multiple times. The unidentified man escaped unhurt and alerted police and family members to what had happened. So far, police have made no arrest in connection with the Camalote double murder. And the three other murders involving members of the Hyde family have also gone unsolved.

Falon Cain, new Queen of the Bay
September is the most celebrated month in Belize and the Queen of the Bay pageant has always been a central part of these celebrations. This year, Falon Cain, Miss Stann Creek, was selected as the new Queen of the Bay on Saturday, August 29, at the Bliss Institute in Belize City. The prizes she received include a scholarship from the Minister of Education, Patrick Faber; $1,000 from Prime Minister Dean Barrow; a laptop from Fultec, a Digicell package from BTL; a beauty treatment package from Mapye’s Beauty World; and a ring from Medina’s House of Jewelry. There were 9 beautiful young ladies who vied for the title of Queen of the Bay: Sherylee N. Dawson, Miss Caye Caulker; Courtney Celes Staine, Miss Belize City; Nicole Monique Hamilton, Miss Caribbean Sea; Shanya Gwenmaria Garnett, Miss Barrier Reef; Pricilla Alesandra Guerra, Miss Belizean Pride; Angelique Alexanderia Straker, Miss St. George’s Caye; Melissa Azucena Robinson, Miss Belmopan; Falon Tiana Cain, Miss Stann Creek; and Kiyarah Alissa Austin, Miss Black Orchid.

He kissed his grandmother 56 times, then was shot dead
The never-ending gun violence in the city continues, and at about 8:30 Saturday night, Malique Jair Dixon, 20, of Mahogany Street Extension, was shot multiple times by a gunman who approached him from a little side street linking Flamboyant Street to Casuarina Street, and who then escaped out of the area after the shooting. Dixon was riding his bicycle on Flamboyant Street, from Mahogany Street. He tried to escape from the murderous gunfire from his attacker, who was in front of him, and rode towards Vernon Street, but he collapsed after he was hit in the chest, and fell by a wooden bridge near a zinc fence. The injured Malique Dixon was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where doctors tried to save him, but he died shortly after.

GOB and Fortis reach agreement over BEL
Today at the Belize Biltmore Plaza, the Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow, held a press conference at which he announced that the Government of Belize will pay to Fortis Inc. 35 million US dollars cash as compensation for the government’s acquisition of 70% of Fortis’ shareholding in Belize Electricity Limited. The Prime Minister further revealed that intermediate talks had been taking place for a while now, but only recently came to a head when Barry Perry became the president & CEO of Fortis. The Prime Minister met with Perry in his new capacity when he visited Belize in July 2015, which initiated what the Prime Minister described as “a whirlwind negotiating process”. The settlement the Prime Minister announced today was reached in little over a month. However, it does not end there; the Prime Minister added that the Government of Belize is giving back to Fortis 33 1/3% shareholding interests in BEL. The remaining 70% will be jointly held by the Social Security Board (SSB), which has 26.9% ownership, and the Government of Belize, which continues to own, with the inclusion of its SSB stakes, well in excess of the 51% mandated in the constitution and required for majority ownership and control.

Heads of Agreement
HL Deb 17 March 1981 vol 418 cc657-61. The United Kingdom and Guatemala, in order to settle the controversy between them over the territory of Belize, have reached agreement on the following points. 1. The United Kingdom and Guatemala shall recognise the independent State of Belize as an integral part of Central America, and respect its sovereignty and territorial integrity in accordance with its existing and traditional frontiers subject, in the case of Guatemala, to the completion of the treaty or treaties necessary to give effect to these Heads of Agreement. 2. Guatemala shall be accorded such territorial seas as shall ensure permanent and unimpeded access to the high seas, together with rights over the seabed thereunder. 3. Guatemala shall have the use and enjoyment of the Ranguana and Sapodilla cays, and rights in those areas of the sea adjacent to the cays, as may be agreed. 4. Guatemala shall be entitled to free port facilities in Belize City and Punta Gorda. 5. The road from Belize City to the Guatemalan frontier shall be improved; a road from Punta Gorda to the Guatemalan frontier shall be completed. Guatemala shall have freedom of transit on these roads.

Two draws and a shocker
Except for a season opening 5-1 loss by BDF to the young Wagiya squad in Independence, all the games had been very close in this PLB Opening Season 2015-2016, which marks the start of the race to next year’s Champions League. BDF had some problems late in last season’s playoffs, where they had suffered 6-0 and 5-1 bombings from Verdes, so maybe they still had things to iron out. But they were quickly back to form with a 1-1 draw last week against the defending champions, Verdes; while former champions Belmopan Bandits had drawn 0-0 with arch rival Police United and stopped the upstart Wagiya, 2-1. Verdes had also been held to a 1-1 draw in their opening game against Placencia Assassins. So, as the competition got into full gear, nobody was expecting a lopsided score in Week 3, and least of all to the Bandits; but that is what happened yesterday in San Ignacio, where they were thrashed, 6-1, by Verdes. Going into Week 3, the trend continued with another close encounter on Saturday night in Independence, where the young Wagiya squad came from behind twice to secure a 2-2 draw against the visiting power house, Police United FC, at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium. Harrison “Cafu” Roches (41’ & 73’) put Police in front twice, but each time Wagiya came back to tie the score, first through Eugene Martinez (54’) and then it was a late strike from Erwin Middleton (83’) to knot things up for the 2-2 final score.

Larin highlights Canada WCQ roster
Canada head coach Benito Floro announced Thursday a 22-player squad for the third round of World Cup Qualifying for Russia 2018. The Canadians will face Belize in a two-match series, hosting the Central Americans on September 4 at BMO Field in Toronto, before the return leg four days later at FFB Stadium in Belmopan. “We need to maintain our concentration against Belize,” said Floro. “It is very important to score goals and continue our strong play at the back. We consider that this is a good team and we must treat them with respect because in eliminatory games like this there are no small teams.”

Editorial: Turned tables
After the Puerto Rico conference in 1962, a triangulation of resistance to Anglo-American plans for Belize slowly began to emerge, and that triangulation of resistance was fully evident by the time of the Thirteen Proposals in 1966. The triangulation involved domestic organization and protest led by Hon. Philip Goldson’s Opposition National Independence Party (NIP), but it perhaps starred the British Honduras Freedom Committee in New York City, led by Compton Fairweather. The least publicized, but perhaps the most important side of the triangle, because it was in the “belly of the beast,” involved London-based Belizeans and other Belizeans in the United Kingdom whose most powerful personality was Nadia Cattouse. Nadia was a singing, acting and show business star in London who knew many people who were powerful in British society and politics. She brought Belize’s case directly to them. It may well be that Nadia has not gotten the credit she deserves.

From the Publisher
Today I again would like to use this column to educate you about the real Guatemala, the enemy they have kept you ignorant about. The following is from a book on GUATEMALA published by the North American Congress on Latin America in 1974. Beginning in the 1830s, the Guatemalan government sought to attract Europeans and North American settlers. They were convinced that Guatemala would not progress without industrious workers of European extraction. None of the early efforts was successful. The Guatemalan climate and economy were not attractive to large numbers of potential settlers and a poor international credit rating discouraged foreign investment. With the development of coffee and banana production, however, foreign immigration and investment picked up.

A “Caribbean” excerpt from Michener by Romel Cuello …
Dear Editor, I took this piece from the book “Caribbean,” by James A. Michener, and just know that the Honduras he mentions is Belize and more or less this is how we came to be. Methinks this book should be included in our schools to make our students more aware of our relationship with the Caribbean Islands. Belize is not mentioned, but we read in novel form the history of the relationship between England and Spain which we and our problem with Guatemala is directly a product of, Just saying. — Both Will and Ned, and Mompox too, were disappointed when on their return to Tortuga, they found no plans under way for either an attack on a Spanish treasure galleon or a land assault on a city in Cuba or Campeachy, and they were appalled at what was proposed. McFee explained as best he could: “We’ve sold all the barbacoa we can, and there’s no money coming in from any raids. But those two big ships out there one English, one Dutch, have promised they’ll buy all the logwood we can cut…”

CPBL announces $1 million in profit
The Citrus Products of Belize Limited (CPBL) held an end-of-crop meeting with citrus growers on Saturday, August 29, on the CPBL grounds in Pomona. The chairman of CPBL, Doug Singh, presented on behalf of CPBL, the owners of which include Banks Holding Limited of Barbados, which owns 46.6% of its shares; Belize Citrus Growers Investment Limited, which owns 41%; the Social Security Board, which owns 10%; and several other shareholders who own 2.4% of the company. CPBL has subsidiaries that include Belize Food Products, which is the facility in Alta Vista; Citrus Company of Belize, which is the factory in Pomona; and also various agricultural entities that grow citrus, which include Barton Creek Farms, as well as investments in Hummingbird Citrus Limited. Singh, in reporting on the CPBL’s deliveries, noted that the year 2008 marked the company’s largest delivery in recent years, with a total of 7.1 million boxes being delivered in that year. The company saw a reduction in 2009, and further reductions in the following years until 2012, when there was a bumper crop, following which there have been further declines to the levels of production we have been experiencing over the last three years – production lower than 5 million boxes.

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PUP: BEL’s “real cost” must be told
The People’s United Party (PUP) says in a statement that the “real cost” of the acquisition of Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) should be told to the Belizean people. It reminded that to achieve that acquisition, he publicly spoke harshly of Fortis and BEL’s management to underline the crisis […]

Venezuela hits out at Colombia over cross-border crime issues
A statement from the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela accuses its neighbor Colombia of trying to displace attention from what it says is its failure to stop the “paramilitary” and other armed forces and criminal gangs from acting in Venezuela. The five-page statement questions Colombia’s ability […]

Fred hits Cape Verde but will weaken
Tropical Storm Fred is now over 330 miles northwest of the Republic of Cape Verde, moving away from the islands. Fred strengthened into a hurricane in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Africa early Monday morning, becoming the first hurricane since 1892 to hit the islands. […]

Canada vs Belize. Go Jaguars!
The Belize Jaguars left the country earlier today to participate in the third round of the World Cup Qualifiers which will be played in Canada. Game one of the series will be played on Friday, September 4 in Toronto, and the return match will be played on September 8 on […]

Youth train on leadership and Sexual Reproductive Health
This year’s GOJoven cohort underwent its second training late last month at the Trek Stop Jungle Lodge in Succotz Village, Cayo District, where they spent 8 days, from August 20 – 27, learning even more about youth leadership and Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH). The first training was held […]

City contractor to build Dangriga Sporting Complex
A $2.9 million contract was signed yesterday, August 31, by Salvador Habet of BCG Ltd, for the construction of Dangriga’s Sporting Complex. It has been announced that the design phase for the project has been completed and with the contract being awarded to the Belize City contactor yesterday, work is […]

Early departure for DHS Pitts?
Reports suggest that bad blood between Doctor Michael Pitts, Director of Health Services and C.E.O of that department, Dr. Peter Allen, resulted in Pitts’ belongings being removed from his office space long before the day he was set to retire. Pitts is the third in command at the Ministry of […]

Schoolboy’s stolen items recovered after robbery on Princess Margaret Drive
A 14 year old male student of Ladyville was robbed of an assortment of items, valued at a total of $1,750, while he was walking on Princess Margaret Drive on August 30th. The child and his father told police that around 3:30 p.m, he was approached by three male persons […]

Dangriga men charged over gun
Four persons: 23 year old Bernaldo Gorosica Jr., 74 year old Bernaldo Gorosica Sr., 19 year old Jeffrey Gomez, all residents of Dangriga, and 43 year old Harrison Garbutt, a fisherman of Sand Fly Caye, were arrested and charged by Dangriga Police on August 29, for the offenses of “Kept […]

Nature park gets solar lighting from Rotary and Orange Walk Town Council
As part of their 44th anniversary, The Rotary Club in Orange Walk has partnered with the Orange Walk Town Council for the development of Nature Park in the Louisiana Area of Orange Walk Town. On Sunday August 30, Rotarian and councilor holding the responsibility of Parks and Playgrounds […]

Global life expectancy rises, but not for Belize
A new study from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington indicates that world life expectancy has gone up in most countries except a handful, including Belize. Life expectancy at birth for both sexes rose by 6.2 years, from 65.3 in 1990 to 71.5 in […]

Firearm recovered in drug search
An anti-drug operation conducted by police in Rhaburn Ridge Village, Belize District, yesterday, August 31, resulted not in the discovery of drugs, but in the finding of a 12 gauge shotgun instead. Between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:10 p.m., officers searched some bushes and found the firearm, which […]

Human remains found in Salvapan
A set of apparent human skeletal remains await analysis at the Western Regional Hospital morgue after the shocking discovery was made by a farmer of the Salvapan area in Belmopan. 48 year old Trinidad De Jesus Taltiqu, a Guatemalan farmer, led police to the remains around 4:20 p.m. on Sunday […]

Unoccupied house destroyed by fire
An unoccupied house in the Santa Cruz area of San Ignacio Town in the Cayo District, was damaged by fire yesterday, August 31 around 10:30 p.m. Police responded and found that the fire department had already extinguished the blaze. Investigation revealed that the fire started on the verandah and damaged […]

Female student ambushed and raped in Toledo
A female student of Indian Creek Village, Toledo District, reported to police that on Sunday, August 30th, around 4:30 p.m., she was walking in the village when four females attacked her and pushed her in the bushes where two male persons lay in wait. One of the male persons held […]

Police host community day in Yabra area
The Eastern Police Division South held a community family sports day yesterday, August 31st, at the Wilton Cumberbatch Field & Basketball Court in the Yabra area. More than 200 residents from the Yabra, Kraal Road, Faber’s Road, Ross Pen Road, Weight Street and Queen Charlotte communities went out to support […]

Rain relief breaks hot sun cycle
A weak tropical wave supporting a slight increase in moisture today. The National Meteorological Service of Belize predicts cloudy skies today and tonight with a few showers over most areas along with isolated thunderstorms. Winds will be blowing from the East at 10-20 knots and the sea state will be […]


San Pedro Restaurant guide for picky eaters and food adventures
Some of the best restaurants in San Pedro Belize offer healthy options for people with special dietary needs. Casa Picasso is the big winner on gluten free dining in San Pedro. They have 14 items on their menu including some desserts. Blue Water Grill and Wild Mango’s also have a few gluten free options on their menus. They all have great drink selection too. If you really want to eat like the locals know this when seeking local food. Rice & beans, stewed chicken and salad is one of the main dishes of the country, and you won’t go wrong with practically any place that serves it. The list of “to try” in the breakfast section consists of meat pies, beans with eggs, cheese & flour tortillas, burritos, tacos and stuffed fry jacks. For Lunch try that rice & beans selection, or stewed beans and rice with any meat selection, varying from chicken, pork, fish, lobster, beef, shrimp or conch whether it’s stewed, baked, fried or grilled. For supper try the famous pupusas, tostadas, garnarches. Dinner menus also include BBQ (usually chicken or ribs), soups, and of course rice and beans falls under this category too – I mean you really can’t go wrong.

The Wonderland that is the Belize Zoo!
We haven’t been to a happier, healthier animal sanctuary, and the wildlife, from the stately jaguars to playful otters and monkeys, the majestic harpy eagle and easy-going tapir all seem comfortable in their surroundings, and the staff’s genuine love and commitment is obvious. Where else can you get so up close and personal to such a range of exotic animals? After spending countless hours at the Belize Zoo and watching it grow over the years, we’ve never grown tired of the experience, and watching the look on the faces of first time visitors is priceless. As an aside, the Belize Zoo was the first nature site in Belize to become wheelchair accessible and disability-friendly, showing that they extend the same care and compassion to guests as they do the their animal charges. We think that’s pretty cool and very commendable.

September Is HERE! The Key Events on the Island And In the Country…
It does seem a bit crazy that it is September already. School starting…eyes on the hurricane forecasts (knock on wood…all relatively good so far in the Atlantic) and SEPTEMBER CELEBRATIONS. Last week, The Belize Tourism Board printed the official schedule for the towns around Belize…places like Dangriga, Benque and Punta Gorda have events almost every day of the month. In San Pedro – one of the most vibrant towns in the country – we have this. The town is busting out the red, white and blue. Flag flying from carts and down Main Street, in the park… Let’s start with this weekend. In Belize City – the two night, Sir Barry Bowen Belikin Bash. 6pm to Midnight – free concert in Memorial Park.

Infographic—Your Social Security Payments Overseas
Did you know that you can receive your social security payments in almost every country in the world—and even have it directly deposited into your local bank account in over 65 of those countries? According to the latest figures from the U.S. Social Security Administration, U.S. retirees overseas received more than $3 billion in social security payments in 2013—an increase of $160 million since 2012. In total, 373,224 U.S. retirees received their social security payments as residents of a foreign country in 2013. Europe is home to the most U.S. retirees drawing their social security payments abroad (154,238), followed by Canada and Mexico (95,767), and Asia (70,586). You can have your social security payments direct deposited into your account in 69 countries, including Argentina, Belize, Colombia, Mexico, Malta, and Panama. The SSA will not send checks to North Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, or some areas of the former Soviet Union (other than Armenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia).

International Sourcesizz

Beverley Sister Joy dies aged 91
Joy Beverley, one third of the vocal harmony group the Beverley Sisters, has died at the age of 91. The singer, from Bethnal Green in London, was the eldest sister in the trio, who were known for songs including Little Drummer Boy and the Irving Berlin standard Sisters. They had their own BBC TV show in the 1950s and were made MBEs in 2006. Joy was also married to Wolverhampton Wanderers' star Billy Wright until his death from cancer in 1994. She died on Monday after suffering a stroke last week her son, Vince Wright, told the Express and Star.

Canada v Belize: Hosts look to stay calm
Canada are trying to stay calm ahead of the first leg of their World Cup qualifier against Belize. Benito Floro's men welcome Belize to the BMO Field in Toronto on Friday before the return leg in Belmopan four days later. Canada reached the third round of qualifying thanks to a 6-0 thrashing of Dominica in their two-legged play-off. Belize have been involved from the outset, overcoming the Cayman Islands on the away goals rule before beating the Dominican Republic 5-1. Canada and Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson said he was trying his best to keep his team-mates calm days out from the qualifier. "It's the calm before the storm a little bit," Johnson was quoted as saying by the federation's website.

Fortis reaches deal on Belize Electricity
Fortis has settled with the Government of Belize over an expropriation in June 2011 of the company’s interest in Belize Electricity Ltd. (BEL) — the primary distributor of electricity in that country. Belize Electricity has over 77,000 customers and Canada’s largest publicly traded utility held a 70-per-cent ownership stake in the business at the time the government stepped in. The case hit the courts and has been under dispute ever since. In the settlement, Fortis will receive a one-time C$46.2-million (US$35-million) cash payment from the government of Belize. It will retain a common equity position in BEL of roughly 33 per cent. "We look forward to working with the government and BEL to provide efficient and reliable utility operations in Belize," says Barry Perry, president and chief executive officer of Fortis.

Conservation Documentary Features UNCW Professor Jamie Rotenberg
“Wings of Hope,” which features UNCW environmental studies professor Jamie Rotenberg and para-biologists with the Belize Foundation and Research and Environmental Education (BFREE), highlights a field training program that equips locals with skills to become avian field technicians. As a result of the training led by Rotenberg, the Belizean technicians became conservation ambassadors in their communities. The 20-minute documentary was released in August. “They were able to speak to their own people about the importance and merits of the protected areas and the wildlife that lived there,” Rotenberg said. “It is one thing for someone like myself to come to a small, Belizean village and talk about biodiversity and conservation, but it is yet another level completely to have someone from their own community relate this information to them. I can’t say enough how much this has made a difference in the local communities.” Harpy Eagles were determined to be extinct in Belize in 2000 because of habitat loss. In an effort to establish a new population, a reintroduction project involving eagles from Panama was started. Rotenberg and BFREE researchers rediscovered a naturally occurring juvenile Harpy Eagle in 2005 and began monitoring for a wild population, which subsequently was a pair of breeding adults. They discovered an active nest five years later in the Bladen Nature Reserve in the Maya Mountains in Belize.

Central America: How a Drought Affects Migration
Central America and the Caribbean are in the midst of a drought that is impacting Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Hispaniola and Cuba. Agricultural output has been hit hard, complicated by the fact that the region is still recovering from a recent outbreak of coffee rust. Ongoing El Nino weather patterns, which are forecast to be particularly strong, will only make the situation worse. As the short-term water stress continues, more small farmers will lose their livelihoods — a humanitarian crisis that could drive migrants northward into Mexico and the United States. The world is gearing up to deal with El Nino, long anticipated but only recently confirmed. Prolonged drought is already gripping Central America and the Caribbean. While El Nino could bring heavy rains to the Caribbean coast, El Nino years are usually associated with dry conditions across much of this territory. Central America and the Caribbean are no strangers to drought, both in modernity and at significant points throughout history. From 1997 to 1998, the last major El Nino brought dry conditions resulting in a series of fires that raged out of control. The smoke impacted air quality as far away as Oklahoma. Drought in 2001, which followed other disasters and economic troubles, led to local shortages of basic cereals and vegetables. The most significant drought to date, however, occurred over 1,000 years ago and likely precipitated the collapse of the Mayan civilization, whose nearly 20 million people inhabited modern-day Guatemala, Belize and parts of Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador. Archaeological evidence and environmental data points to prolonged dry periods coupled with deforestation as the Mayan civilization declined.

Students learn global lessons on service-learning trip
Students from the township’s Wardlaw-Hartridge (W-H) School spent part of their summer vacation embracing a new culture, language and way of life during a two-week service-learning trip to Guatemala and Belize in July. “These trips very much reflect our mission of global learning,” said Head of School Andrew Webster, who accompanied 16 students on the school’s first service-learning trip to Peru in 2012. The 11 students, who journeyed to Guatemala and Belize, ranged from rising freshmen to recently graduated seniors. “This trip inspired and motivated me to be open minded, explore the world, and make an effort to meet new people,” Sanjana Nalla of Edison said. “Servicelearning trips are an important part of the W-H experience because they teach you about individuality and how to open your mind.”

Francis Ford Coppola wants you to come on his family vacation
It could be anytime between noon and four, and my stomach grumbles. I pad barefoot down the cool marble stairs and pop into the kitchen at the Palazzo Margherita, in southern Italy. I raid plates of cheese, smear hunks of bread in jam, ask for sweets and leftover tangerine juice, even though dinner’s fresh pastas and sauces are well under way. This deliciously languid, come-as-you-are ease is rarely the province of a five-star European hotel, especially one with a celebrity pedigree. But this hotel is owned by Francis Ford Coppola, Hollywood’s most legendary family man, and he wants you to make yourself comfortable here in his ancestral home of Bernalda, smack in the middle of boot-heeled Italy’s arch. Coppola never meant to be a hotelier. He just liked taking his family on vacation. After falling in love with the jungle while filming “Apocalypse Now” in the Philippines, he decided to get a little piece of it closer to the United States. In the early 1980s, Coppola picked up a run-down lodge in the mountainous rainforest of newly independent Belize and outfitted it with four-wheel drives, good beds, and, perhaps apocryphally, the country’s first pizza oven and espresso machine to entertain his brood in style.

Local dentist travels the world to spread smiles
In October, Sammamish dentist John Rossi and his wife Carolyn Rossi will make their eighth trip overseas to help young children in developing countries receive perhaps the first dental care they’ve ever received. Both tell stories about their trips and have nothing but good things to say about the people they’ve met and trip organizers International Health Emissaries. On Oct. 18, the couple leaves for Belize in South America, heading for the Armenia Village in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. Before then, they are collecting numerous items: shoes up to size 5; small stuffed animals such as Beanie Babies; small dolls such as Barbies; and small backpacks and educational supplies, such as crayons.

Toward Realizing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
"The 13th of September 2007," declared Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, "will be remembered as a day when the United Nations and its Member States, together with Indigenous Peoples, reconciled with past painful histories and decided to march into the future on the path of human rights." Adopted by the General Assembly on this day after over two decades of work and negotiations, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People has received widespread support in Canada and internationally. In 2007, an overwhelming majority of 144 UN Member States voted in favor of the adoption, even though four were against and eleven abstained. "The Declaration," according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, "is a visionary step towards addressing the human rights of Indigenous peoples." The Declaration may be applied in domestic courts as an instrument to guide the interpretation of legislation and constitutions. For instance, during the case of Cal and Coy v. Attorney General of Belize, the Supreme Court of Belize referred to the Declaration in maintaining the constitutional rights of the Maya people to territories and resources. Similarly, in Bolivia the Declaration was adopted at the national level in 2007, and then included in the new constitution in 2009.

Lubbock chocolate maker a hit at Downtown Farmers Market
Lubbock isn’t generally known for its chocolate. Josh Parker is hoping to change that. After years of working in various commercial kitchens, Parker decided it was time to strike out on his own. He thought about opening a restaurant or a bakery, but then thought back to a time when he helped a colleague make chocolates. He did a little exploring and found his niche. Parker is happy with the results, though he’s far from settled with how things are going. His five-year plan includes opening a factory in Belize, so production can be as close to the farmers as possible, opening up a brick-and-mortar shop in Lubbock and becoming completely solar-powered. He wants to expand his offerings to include truffles, caramels and other chocolates.

Giving voice to untold stories
It’s no secret that much of history is written by and about men. This is especially true for the Mennonites of Mexico and Belize. Dr. Doreen Helen Klassen, a professor of social/cultural studies at Grenfell Campus, hopes her research will give voice to a group of women who are rarely, if ever, represented in scholarly literature. Klassen’s mother tongue is Low German, the dialect spoken along the northern coast of Germany and in many anti-modern Mennonite communities. In the mid-1990s she had the opportunity to travel to Mexico to interview Mennonites who had immigrated there from Manitoba and Saskatchewan in the early 1920s. In response to the Manitoba Schools Act, the community had negotiated rights to educate their children in Low German, using their own textbooks and their own teachers. By moving, their culture would be further protected. Klassen wanted to learn more about the people she had met, so in 2010 she returned to Mexico conduct more research. She added Belize to her itinerary after some of Grenfell’s international students reminded her that there were also Mennonite communities in that Central American country.


  • Traffic like this on all streets of down town San Pedro during 8am school rush hour. Wow!!, 10sec. Today was particular as new kidos were headed in for their first day. So there were both parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, going in to catch a glimpse of their babies going in to "Big school"

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  • beneath belize 2015, 5min. This was some underwater footage of our trip to Key Caulker Belize C.A. A special thanks to EZ Boy tours for making this happen!

  • SANCAS Realty Launch Party News Coverage from Ambergris Caye, Belize, 3min. Watch the Channel 7 Belize news coverage of the SANCAS Realty - Christie's International Real Estate launch event at Rain Restaurant and Rooftop Terrace in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize on Thursday, August 20, 2015.

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