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#508109 - 10/08/15 11:34 AM Today's Belize News: October 8, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

Lunch at Lily’s
Lily’s Treasure Chest is a beautifully located beach side restaurant in front of the Amigo’s Del Mar dock and it’s been around for quite some time! With a great view and fair prices it is definitely an island favorite. A popular place for locals and visitors alike, rarely do you pass this place and come across an empty patio! Just in from a day snorkelling and diving or maybe fishing? Lily’s is the perfect place to bring your catch of the day and have it prepared just the way you like! And if fishing’s not your thing, you can enjoy a full menu of options from breakfast to lunch. Enjoy a classic Belizean Breakfast with fry jacks or fresh flour tortillas with a side of eggs and re fried beans, Rice and Beans with stew chicken and potato salad for lunch or choose from array of seafood dinners and burgers.

Volleyball Marathon held prior to official tournament
On Friday, October 2nd, a volleyball marathon was held at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex. The event saw teams in three categories competing in a series of matches. Four male, three female and three junior teams participated in the marathon in view of the upcoming beach volleyball tournament scheduled to commence in the second week of October. Both the marathon and the tournament are organized by the San Pedro Sporting Committee and sponsored by the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) and Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. According to Councilor Hector “Tito” Alamilla, the idea of the marathon was to let everyone know that there is an official tournament coming up and to remind residents of the forgotten sport on the island. “This is an idea that the Sports Committee had, since volleyball was once a very popular sport on the island. But it died out, so the idea was to bring it back to life. To make this happen we engaged in constructing a proper beach volleyball court with a one foot layer of sand,” explained Alamilla. The tournament, similar to the marathon, will include male, female and junior teams and a fee will be required upon registration. “In the Male and Female category, a fee of $150 is to be paid upon registration per team, while the junior category will be charged $100 per team. In all categories there will be six players per team,” said Alamilla. At the end of the tournament, which is expected to last between one and two months depending on how many teams are registered, trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.

International River and Beach Cleanup continues to promote Trash Free Seas
Saturday, October 3rd marked yet another successful International River and Beach Cleanup on Ambergris Caye. The 30th annual cleanup is spearheaded worldwide by Ocean Conservancy and officially began on Saturday, September 19th. Here in Belize, Oceana in Belize and the Belize Scouts Association are the national entities pushing the cleanup of Belize’s coastlines, which saw its 24th installment. This year’s cleanup was held under the team “Trash Free Seas – Every Piece, Every Person” with aims of raising awareness to the importance of keeping our water bodies trash free. The local cleanup efforts started from 8AM, with volunteers divided in to seven groups to cover more ground. Armed with garbage bags and gloves, the volunteers took to designated coastal areas in the attempt of ridding La Isla Bonita of accumulated garbage in our marine environment. The main efforts were centered in clearing the island beaches, with four groups tasked to collect washed up garbage from Boca del Rio Park south to the Mosquito Coast Area. The day also saw in-water cleanup of the Boca del Rio channel and Mexico Rocks Dive Site. Another key cleanup area was the Northern Ambergris Caye beaches known as turtle nesting sites.

Territorial Dispute heading to the ICJ without people’s referendum
With only weeks till the next General Elections, the current administration is involved in yet another controversy, as Mister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington announced that an agreement has been signed to by-pass the public referendum and simply take the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The bold announcement was made during the 70th session of the United Nation’s (UN) General Assembly on Friday, October 2nd in New York, United Sates of America. Both the Belizean and Guatemalan governments had agreed to host a public referendum to decide whether Guatemala’s claim over a certain area of Belize should be presented to the ICJ for an ultimate decision. COLA’s President, Giovanni Brackett stated that Elrington is not working for the best of the Belizean community. “The Foreign Minister has acted recklessly and grossly misrepresented what the peoples of both countries believe and were told about this process from the very beginning. Each time it is mentioned, it must be explicitly stated as a condition of agreement, not implicit, lest people be misled,” said Brackett.

Ambergris Today

Another Successful Blood Drive by Red Cross and Cancer Society
The Belize Red Cross – San Pedro Branch (BRCSP) held another successful blood drive on Saturday, October, 2015, with many community members turning out to donate blood at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, Manta Ray St., San Pedro. Community volunteers helped make the process go smoothly as they took their places as greeters at the door, handing out juice and cookies, directing traffic and collecting donations on the street.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

One Police Officer's Request for Improvement
Dear Sir/Madam: I write this letter to you because I need your assistance. I need your assistance to help me set wrong to right. Please help me correct the injustice that have been plaguing my brothers and I in the police department who have been working under the twelve hour shift system. It has been one year and four months working the twelve hour shift system and it displeases me for not speaking out sooner. Actually, the displeasure come not from not speaking out, but from not taking action sooner. From it inception, I was against it and told everybody I meet about my opinions on the system. Ever since I have been transferred to Belize City, I have expressed and keep on expressing my opinion of the oppressive conditions that they have us working under. So as not to “jump the gun”, I’ll start from the beginning. I am Nelson Ramos. I have been a policeman for more than a decade. I love my job and cannot see myself doing anything else. However, for the past year or so, every day when it’s time to go to work, I dread the idea and am of the opinion that the Department is taking advantage of me and my colleagues.

Playing this weekend at the Paradise Theatre in San Pedro

Empyrean Plant Exchange
The Empyrean Art Center is doing another Seed and Plant Exchange this Saturday. They have some really cool art there too.

Belize Fishing Report: September 27th - October 3rd, 2015
Bonefish showed in numbers for many anglers including first timers. We are blessed with an incredible bonefish fishery and it shows. Weather was mostly cloudy but that did not stop Robert from landing two permit. The tarpon were a main attraction and it was a great week for those targeting them.

BEL Recovers from Nationwide Power Interruption
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has restored power supply to the country following a nationwide unplanned power interruption last evening. At 7:10 p.m., BEL lost power supply from Mexico’s Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) when that supplier experienced a trip at its Chetumal Substation. BEL commenced its restoration sequence using local generation whilst CFE simultaneously worked to resolve the issue. At 7:47 p.m. power was restored to San Pedro Town; thereafter to the Belize District, the West and South. Power was restored to the remainder of the country by 8:04 p.m. CFE continues to investigate the cause of the trip on its system. In the meantime, BEL is balancing its use of local generation sources with CFE supply to minimize any further interruptions in the event of another system trip with CFE.

Poets Corner: New Political Consciousness
By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. Joe and Alfonso calls it “simple season” The BPP is powered by naysayers and hating persons Belize’s BPP is not comprised of politicians The BPP are agents of change introducing a new political consciousness to a dying nation Democracy is on life support Some of our parliamentarians are on US wanted reports You deserve better, Belize, you just need to put some effort Don’t be dazzled with a San Pedro airport Corrupt politicians will thwart the effort Or promised salary adjustment so you stop agitate That is how politician hawl in their bait

Empyrean Plant Exchange
The Empyrean Art Center is doing another Seed and Plant Exchange this Saturday. They have some really cool art there too.

FCD’s Executive Director presents the state of the Chiquibul
At the House of Lords in London. FCD is thankful to the High Commissioner of Belize and her staff in the United Kingdom for the coordination and support given.

Channel 7

Police: He Knocked Down And Killed Tezzrah
He knocked down and killed 11 year old Tezzrah Thompson on Monday afternoon in Mahogany Heights and today – after two nights in custody - 44 year old naturalized Belizean, Jose Carlos Rodriguez was arraigned on 3 traffic offenses:, manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct and driving without due care and attention. He appeared before Magistrate Ladonna John in Court #4; no plea was taken since the matters will be tried at the Supreme Court. There was no objection to bail, but the prosecutor was had concerns about of his immigration status. Rodriguez’s relatives were able to furnish the court with his passport that shows that he is a Honduran by birth, but a naturalized Belizean living in Belize for 23 years.

PUP Says Reform Is Healthy
About 9 months ago, the PUP launched its education reform campaign as part of the party’s national strategy to convince the public that they have solutions for the problems in education. Well today, just in time for the election, the party rolled out its Health Policy, which seeks to address the problems in the health system. Doing the unveiling were PUP Leader Francis Fonseca, and two Doctor candidates, Francis Smith, and Lesbia Guerra, the candidates for Pickstock and Cayo West, respectively. This morning, party supporters packed Independence Hall where Fonseca was the first to take the podium: Francis Fonseca - Leader, PUP "Fundamental to healthy livings for all Belizeans are the basic programmes of development that are central to the plan of action of the next PUP government. Good paying jobs, equitable distribution of house lots and farm. Safe neighbourhoods, clean drinking water. Nutritious school lunches for our children, access to quality education, decent housing, sports and recreational facilities and an efficient and reliable public transportation system."

Dr. Francis Says No Funny Business With COLA
While we had the opportunity, we asked Dr. Smith if he is in any way involved in COLA’s decision to actively campaign against his Pickstock opponent, Wilfred Elrington. As we showed you yesterday, the grassroots organization announced that they are officially getting into the political arena, not to be elected, but just to try to get voters not to vote for Elrington. Their reasoning is that if he cannot win his seat as Pickstock’s Area Representative, he cannot be re-appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Politically, Smith has the most to gain in this campaign since any vote that Elrington doesn’t get, benefits him. So, we asked him about his connection to this new campaign, and here’s how he responded: Dr. Francis Smith - PUP Candidate, Pickstock "I have no contradictions with COLA because we have the same mission." Daniel Ortiz "But sir, it appears as though you are the most to benefit, you have the most to gain from this. Then we know that he met with you the other night. Some would suggest that you are one of the architects along this push from COLA. Are you involved in that in any way?"

Man Blacks Out, Causes Accident
There was a traffic accident around 4:00 this afternoon at Mile One on the George Price Highway near the Lord’s Ridge Cemetery. Details are still sketchy at this time – but we understand that a grey Mazda Tribute travelling towards the city – collided into a blue tracker driven by 51 year old Victorio Herrate. On the scene we saw the driver of the Mazda Tribute inside his vehicle – reluctant to move. We were told both drivers received injuries. We spoke briefly to Herrate. Translated from Spanish to English on Behalf of the Driver. Victorio Herrate - Driver in Accident "He said he was coming this way and the tracker hit him because this car was parked bad. They just got out and left the tracker." Reporter "So who hit who?" Victorio Herrate - Driver in Accident "He said this guy hit him. He tried to stop; the Mazda hit the tracker."

Spontaneous Sickout At SSB City
Disgruntled SSB workers across the country took their industrial action to another level and staged a sickout this afternoon. We saw about 16 workers walk out of the Belize City Branch office one by one at 3:00 this afternoon. We are told similar actions and picketing happened at other branches. They have been demanding financial compensation for the 10 month uniform delay but management does not acknowledge or agree with that demand. SSB Chairman Doug Singh has stated his position on the matter and says he is sticking with it but the workers refuse to accept that and simply walked out sick today. And to further solidify their position, the NTUCB sent out a 1,000 word press release condemning the remarks of Chairman Doug Singh on the media. In it, they accuse Singh of “providing misleading and inaccurate information”. It continues by stating that “the CWU and the SSB workers denounces the recent conduct of the SSB Chairman Doug Singh, who seems intent in raising public sentiments against the workers.” It adds that “the CWU rejects the comments made by the Chairman and considers them to be disingenuous.”

City Jackers Arraigned In Sugar City
30- year old Jarrett Crawford and 21 year old Albert Wagner allegedly went all the way from Belize City to Orange Walk Town to commit an armed robbery – and tonight they are remanded to prison because of it. The pair appeared in Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court today where they were each arraigned on a single count of robbery. They were remanded to prison until November 7th. As we showed you – the pair were allegedly caught on camera holding up Yan’s store at 9:45 on Saturday night. The store is at the entrance to Trial Farm village – and the pair showed up unmasked posing as customers – Crawford even bought a cigarette and a pack of gum. But, things took a turn around 10:00 pmwhen they turned a gun on the shop owner and patrons and took $2,000 dollars in cash, $1,000 dollars worth of Smart and Digicell phone cards and a cell phone.

Molester Did Grievous Harm To A Child
29 year-old Hattieville Resident Akeem Alexander Allen is at prison tonight after being arraigned for allegedly molesting an 11 year-old girl. The allegations are that in June and July of this year, he had sexual intercourse with the child. Police investigated the report and they charged him with 2 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and 1 count of grievous harm – which refers to serious physical injury. He was arraigned today before Chief Magistrate Smith, who did not take any plea, and who also could not offer him any bail. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until December 22.

Daylight Robbers Caught
Two of three men who allegedly pulled off an armed robbery in Belize City on Monday morning were taken to court today. It happened at Southern Choice Butane at Mile 4 on the Phillip Goldson Highway on Monday, October 5, at 11:00 am. That’s when two men walked into the compound and asked to purchase butane. But that quickly changed when one of the men got grabbed one of the workers from behind and choked him, dragged him inside the office, and then locked both he and the secretary both in another room. They left in five minutes taking $6,569 dollars in cash. Police say three men were involved. Well a pair alleged to be two of them, 26 year old Kevin Faber, and 25 year old Warren Davis, were today escorted in cuffs to appear before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith in Court #1 to answer to two robbery offenses. Both men were unrepresented and pleaded not guilty to the two counts of robbery. Prosecutor in the case, Inspector Egbert Castillo had heavy objections to bail arguing that the police case is very strong against the men, and if they are granted bail, they may try to interfere with the witnesses.

Murder Up, Major Crimes Down
Murders are up for the first nine months of 2015, but overall, major crime is down. Police crime statistics leaked unto facebook today show there through the end of September 2015, there were 102 murders, compared to 91 in the same period last year. Rape and robbery were also up, but reports of burglary and theft were down significantly – leading to two hundred fewer major crimes through the end of September 2015 as compared to the previous year.

Mark, King of Landfill
Back in January, when he was still serving as Lake Independence Area Representative, Mark King rolled out the OPEC Fund’s landfill program. That’s basically where about a thousand home owners in Lake I got a free load of landfill to try to alleviate the problem of living with swamps and floods which they’ve endured for years. Well, today King started sending dump truck drivers to deliver landfill to another 1,000 homeowners in that constituency, as the second portion of the program. But, is it conveniently timed to try to gain favour with the voters of Lake Independence? King told us that it is not. Welcome back to 7News – we apologize for the break in transmission due to a nationwide blackout caused by a failure of the CFE system in Mexico. We resume now with Lake I Area Representative Mark King talking about the OPEC funded landfill programme he’s rolling out – we were asking if it is an election gimmick:…

King on The Squatter Situation
So, what about his ongoing problem with the squatters on Chetumal Street and in the Foam Factory Area? As we told you, he announced a week ago that Ambassador Sarkis Abu-nahra has donated some acres of land to be distributed, and he mentioned a few other landowners, particularly the Bradley Estate, who had agreed in to give back some of the land in good faith. As we told you last week, the owners of the Bradley Estate said that they had not arrived any such agreement. We asked King if he was mistaken, or worse, being disingenuous when he mentioned the Bradley Estate owners. Here’s how he answered that: Mark King - UDP Candidate, Lake I "I don't know why I would go on national TV and lie but I will tell you the truth of the matter of that interview was to highlight that Mr. Abu-Nahra is giving us an amount of land; and he have squatters coming in to get those land which we will give to them. And I will not stand here on TV to tell you this when you could play back the interview and say this is what you said. The matter for the Bradley estate is that they don't know who's in control of the Bradley estate.

Conchshell Cops
Officers from Eastern Division South were out meeting community members again today. As we have reported this is part of the police department’s goal of connecting with residents and rekindling trust. Today we met with some officers who were in the Conch Shell Bay Area and they told us just how welcoming the residents are and how rewarding the initiative is. Insp. Adrian Banner - Staff Officer, Eastern Division South "What’s happening is that we are continuing our meet and greet effort. What we want to do is meet all the communities in eastern division south and in the entire Belize; because what is happening on eastern division south also happens on north. Our effort to try and bridge the gap between the community and the police so that they become more familiar and appreciated and they could share their views and ideas with us as how we can improve in assisting them as we do our job."

Teacher and Students
A clean spacious yard, a couple swings and an ice-cream shop: sounds like haven for kids right? Well, it’s actually an after school program and no, they don’t eat ice cream and play all evening – they complete assignments and are tutored in Math and other core subjects. We spoke to the director of the program Sebastian Cob and he told us how the program merges learning with fun. Cob and his wife have been running the program for 10 years in Pickstock but they moved to Fabers road and have been operating there for 4 years. The after classes are from Monday to Thursday from 4:45 to 6:30. Cob also has summer classes for the kids. 20 to 30 students attend the after school classes throughout the year while about 60 attend the summer classes. Those who can’t afford to pay the small fee are still allowed to attend.

Munnings To Malta
Andrew Munnings is a Youth Advocate Officer with the Department of Youth Services in the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports. But this young man made history in Belize when he became the first Belizean to be nominated to the post of Caribbean and Regional Representative on the Commonwealth Youth Council. Munnings will be competing against 19 other nominees at the Commonwealth Youth Forum that will be held at the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting in Malta. Today he stopped by our studios to share his excitement. Munnings leaves for the forum on November 18 and returns on the 28th.

Channel 5

SSB Employees Walk Out in Protest
If you weren’t looking for it, you probably wouldn’t have seen it; but at three p.m. today employees in the Social Security Board offices countrywide walked out. We are informed [...]

PUP Launches Health Plan
Today the People’s United Party launched its Manifesto on Health at Independence Hall in Belize City. The P.U.P., on an intensive run to elections in less than a month, says [...]

PUP Leaders Outlines Voter Issues
While health is a major platform of the Party, Fonseca says that there are other core issues which his party is addressing – issues which he feels voters will be [...]

Fonseca Says PUP is Serious About Governance Reform
Fonseca also gave us a sneak peek into the governance platform of the party which will be launched soon. That plan will speak to issues like the thirteenth senator and [...]

Francis Smith Says He is not Funding COLA
COLA, the Citizens Organized for Liberty Through Action, will be organizing a public meeting in the Pickstock Constituency on Thursday. The venue is significant because of COLA’s most recent campaign. [...]

Minor Accident Blocks Traffic in the City
Just before four this afternoon, traffic was backed up on the George Price Highway near the Lord Ridge Cemetery. Two vehicles traveling in opposite directions collided head on.  From what [...]

Belize City Cops Nab Southern Choice Butane Jackers
Turning to crime…Tonight, two of three suspects in a brazen daylight robbery at the premises of Southern Choice Butane Ltd., located at mile four on the Phillip Goldson Highway, are [...]

Kareem Musa on the Campaign Trail
As we do every election cycle, News Five is kicking off its pre-election coverage, Meet the Candidates. In the twenty-eight days leading up to general elections, we will attempt to [...]

Musa Says Darrell Bradley Bit Off More Than He Can Chew
According to Musa, Bradley has too much on his plate with his law practice, City Hall obligations and current campaign for higher office. He took the opportunity to send out [...]

Darrell Bradley Says Campaign Has Been Well Received
On the other side of the political fence is Mayor Darrell Bradley. While Bradley has cemented his reputation as a formidable candidate by concreting streets and drains across the city [...]

Bradley Is Confident…Says Voters Are Free Thinkers
Since general elections in 2008, Caribbean Shores has been a concentrated area for the U.D.P.  Notwithstanding its label as a red stronghold, Bradley says he is not taking for granted [...]

Driver Charged in Road Traffic Fatality
Tonight, forty-four year old Honduran driver, a naturalized Belizean, was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court and was slapped with three traffic offenses in relation to a fatal traffic [...]

Hattieville Resident Arraigned for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse
Reports on the number of persons involved in unlawful sex continue to balloon, while the victims are getting younger. Today, twenty-nine year old Hattieville resident, Akeem Alexander Allen, was arraigned [...]

Outspoken Stevedore Makes His Debut for the BPP
Outspoken unionist Raymond Rivers, a stevedore by profession, is making his foray into electoral politics by aligning himself with the Belize Progressive Party.  Rivers has thrown his hat into the [...]

Roger Espejo on the Campaign Trail
But back to politics….earlier today, we caught up with former city councilor, Roger Espejo, who has thrown his hat into the ring in the Fort George division. Now, the sitting [...]

CROSQ AGM Held in Belize
The Bi-Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Regional Organization of Standards and Qualities, also known as CROS-Q, is being held in Belize. Fifteen standards departments from across the Caribbean are [...]

Police Continue Community Meet & Greet Efforts
Community Policing moved today to Buttonwood Bay in the city. While the area is relatively crime free, it is congested with businesses which means that the flow of traffic is [...]


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CTV3

Belize Signs Agreement With CARICOM
An agreement for two grants has been signed between Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Chief Executive Officer of the CARICOM Development Fund, Lorne Mcdonnough. Under the agreement $2.3 Million US has been allocated for the construction of the new Haulover Bridge and $162,000 US to support energy efficiency projects for the private sector. The construction of the new Haulover Bridge is estimated to cost $9.0 million US which will be co-financed by the Caribbean Development Bank and the government of Belize. The second grant however, will be managed by the Development Finance Corporation and it will be disbursed to firms so as to retrofit their operations and install solar power generation to make them energy efficient and competitive.

Another Chinese Robbed, This time In Corozal District
A Chinese grocery store was robbed in the Corozal District. CTV3 News understands that the incident took place yesterday in the village of Xaibe where Zhen Zhen Chinese Grocery Store is located. Today when our reporter Karel Heredia visited the Corozal Police Station for details, he was informed that up to news time no one has come forward to make an official report. We were informed that several attempts have been made to get the owners to come in and file a police report, but they refuse to come forward and assist with the investigation that may lead to the arrest of the delinquents.

Will Former UDP Mayor Launch His Candidacy In Orange Walk Central?
With the country plunged into a political fever pitch, everyday leading to the General Elections is interesting, at least where the news is concerned. Today ramblings on the street is that a new political candidate is contemplating throwing his name in the upcoming General Election ring. From what we have been able to gather, former UDP Mayor of Orange Walk Town, Philip De La Fuente has his eyes set to run in Orange Walk Central. Whether he will run independent or under the umbrella of the newly formed Belize Progressive Party is not yet known. But what we can tell you is that we spoke to De la Fuente briefly today where he expressed that he is still in the deciding stages and will know for certain on Thursday after consulting with his family. That’s a huge revelation since De La Fuente is known as a die-hard UDP.

BAHA Eradicates Birds Suspected Of Being Infected With Avian Flu
We have reported on the eradication of back yard poultry in Fire Burn Village by the Belize Agriculture and Health Authority, BAHA less than two weeks ago. Today, we have an update on the matter as Director of Animal Health at BAHA, Dr. Miguel Depaz, in an interview with Plus TV, confirmed the department has been eradicating birds suspected of being infected with Avian Flu. Dr. Depaz clarified though that the detection has been strictly among back yard birds and not at commercial breeders. “There is two types of systems, there is the commercial system and there is the backyard so presently we are detecting these in backyard poultry so the household would only have a few birds rather than the thousands of birds that we would have to deal with in the commercial sector so the detection in the north we are putting more interest in that detection because of a commercial poultry sector of Little Belize, Shipyard, Blue Creek so we are putting a lot of interest in the detection of up north and actually we have taken some measures to quickly eradicate where we had detected it in the north because we want to protect the commercial sector up there.”

PUP Unveils National Plan For Health Care
Over the past weeks the country’s health sector, under the leadership of Pablo Marin, has been in crisis. From rat infestation, a rat biting the toe of a new born baby to the death of a mother giving birth to her fourth child, the health sector has been under constant scrutiny. With a health system in shambles, today the People’s United Party unveiled their national plan for health care and how they want to “fix a broken system”. As the campaigns intensify, the PUP says it has elaborated a solid plan of action that includes good paying jobs, equitable house lot distributions, quality education to proper sporting and recreational facilities. The PUP adds too that among these is the need for an affordable and efficient health care system. Party leader Francis Fonseca says spiraling medical costs, corruption and inefficiency among other things have put Belize’s Health system in a state of crisis.

Protest Note Sent By Belize To Guatemala On August 16th Incursion Released For The Public
Viewers may recall a historic expedition to the Sarstoon Island led by the Belize Territorial Volunteers on August 16th that included and interception by Guatemalan naval authorities and incursion on Belizean waters on their behalf. Three days later, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that a Diplomatic Protest Note had been sent to Guatemala in regards to the incident. That note though, was never made available to the public much less Guatemala’s response despite several requests made to Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington. But that has changed. On the October 6th edition of the Amandala Newspaper both the protest note sent by GOB to Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and their response were published with the permission of Senator Lisa Shoman who made them available for the Belizean public to be educated.

Well Known Belize City Criminals Charged For Yan's Store Robbery
This afternoon, 30-year-old Jarrett Crawford of Raccoon Street, Belize City and 21-year-old Albert Wagner of Lords Bank Village were arraigned in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court where they were read a single charge of robbery. The charge stems from an armed robbery at Mr. Yan’s Store in the Trial Farm Village on Saturday Night. As we reported, 43 year old Yan Cui was at the cashier serving customers when Wagner and Crawford entered the store bare-faced pretending to patronize the store. One of the men pulled out a firearm and pointed it at the customers while the other man jumped behind the counter and helped himself to $2,000.00 cash, $1,000.00 worth of Smart and Digicell phone cards and one cell phone valued at $1,300.00.

Crime Statistics Show Increase In Murder Cases
Countrywide crime statistics reveal that major offenses are being committed and not enough arrests or convictions are being recorded. The latest data shows a comparison with crimes committed in 2014 and 2015. As it pertains to Murder, data shows that there has been an increase from January and shows a slight dip on August and September for a total of 102 total murders in 2015 compared to 91 in 2014. Of these reports, 28 arrests were made in 2014 and 48 arrests in 2015. The data reveals that most murders go unsolved or turn cold cases. As it pertains to Rape reports, it revealed an increasing trend from January but stabilized in September; bringing the total to 29 in 2014 and 32 in 2015. Of these reports, 20 arrests were made in 2014 while only 8 arrests were made in 2015.

LOVE FM

Robbers of Gas Company Nabbed and Detained
Yesterday we reported on the robbery that happened on Monday when two men barged into Southern Choice Butane Limited at mile four on the Philip Goldson Highway and proceeded to rob the pump attendant and the company’s Secretary. After stealing an estimated six thousand dollars, the duo made a ran for it but quick response […]

Paraquat’s Assailant Positively Identified
Police in Orange Walk have also closed in on the homicide case of Carlos ‘Paraquat’ Griffith. Griffith was a homeless man of that municipality who was beaten severely on September 28 after he had refused to give up a stool he was sitting on. It is a disturbing story as residents of the town have […]

PUP Launches Health Sector Reform Proposals
The People’s United Party launched its health reform agenda today at the Independence Hall on Queen Street in Belize City. The event saw the party’s Pickstock Standard Bearer, Dr Francis Smith as the main speaker while the Party Leader did a brief introduction on the issue. FRANCIS FONSECA “We know that sickness, disease and accidents […]

Gardenia Residents Will Soon Have Running Water
Residents of Gardenia Village will soon have access to water. We join Judy Thurton for the details. JUDY TURTON “General Elections are right around the corner, and as you might expect, signs and banners have taken over lamp posts across the country. And of course there has been an increase in infrastructural work. If you […]

Major Jones Says the Magic Is About to Happen in BRN
So, we have told you of the water system being implemented in Gardenia Village in the Belize District while yesterday we brought you the story of electricity being given to residents of Bomba Village. Water in Gardenia and electricity in Bomba have been much needed utilities in those areas and while the villagers are welcoming […]

Former CEO Says Hospital’s Management Is the Problem
The issues in the health sector of Belize has been at the forefront recently. There have been several cases that, at face value, the Government could and in some corners are, being accused of not doing sufficient to improve the sector. With Doctor Alvaro Rosado being the head of the national referral hospital, the Karl […]

Ministry of Health Announces Discounted Implants
Ministry of Health in collaboration with Hiossen Implant Company will be conducting dental implant course for free dental implants by the Belize Dental Department. The course starts on Friday and will continue through to October 17. It will be divided in two parts, theory and practical with the theory part being on October 12 and […]

PlusTV

Hattieville man accused of carnal knowledge of 11 year old
A 29 year old man accused of twice having sexual intercourse with an 11 year old girl, causing her grievous harm, has been remanded to Belize Central Prison. Hattieville resident, Akeem Alexander Allen is two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor 11 years old and one count of grievous h...

SSB negotiations take a bad turn; workers get sick
Today, for the third consecutive day, the Social Security Board workers in all branches across the country used their midday lunch break to picket in front of the SSB offices. In Belmopan, they were lead by their union representative Loerena Flowers, Supervisor in the legal Department at SSB, and...

“Singh was Disingenuous and Prejudicial” says CWU
And just when we thought they were done for today, the Christian Workers Union fired a 3 page press release criticizing the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Social Security Board Dough Singh, for comments made on Monday. The press release says that the CWU, ” in conjunction and in solidar...

Senior Counsel says fees for recent cases are reasonable
Denys Barrow also spoke to the media about his legal fees that Government has had to pay to him for the numerous cases he handles for them on the premise that he is “the best lawyer in Belize”. Such was the statement of his brother, Prime Minister Dean Barrow when questioned about the issue of nepot...

Bar Association’s CCJ resolution is “political,” says Denys Barrow
As we reported last week Thursday, the Bar Association of Belize has made a resolution to apply to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to join the cross-appeals of the utilities nationalization cases as interested parties. It is not to contest the settlement of the cases – that is just about ...

Police continue to search for Paraquat’s killers
Sometime between Sunday evening and Monday morning last week, a well-known street personality in Orange Walk Town was beaten to a pulp by unknown individuals and left to die. On Monday September 28th , authorities in the north responded to a scene on the Belize Corozal Road, where they found Carlos...

Bus driver read charges for little girl’s death
54 year old Honduran national Jose Rodriguez, a truck driver, has been charged with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct and driving without due care and attention in connection with Monday’s road traffic accident on the George Price Highway that claimed the life of 11 year ...

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The MCC, then and now
Hurricane Greta, on September 18, 1978, destroyed the three main bleachers on the western sidelines. About a decade or so ago, the Guinness and Brodies pavilions were dismantled, and all that remains are broken cement slabs where they once stood. Eventually, a big cement and galvanized pipe framed bleacher was built sometime in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s near the north-east corner of the field; and a couple bleachers were subsequently put on the eastern sideline and one behind the southern goal affectionately known as the “ragamuffin bleachers.” The big bleacher at the north-east corner has no roof, so fans are exposed to the hot sun or rain. One of the two eastern bleachers has a roof, but when the sun dips around game-time at 3:30 or 4:00 p.m., the slanting rays of the sun hit fans directly in their faces, so they scramble onto the upper deck to try and dodge under the roof until they can’t dodge anymore. But the field, which was our saving grace, is now the biggest disappointment.

Football “games,” blunder or sabotage at MCC
There are some strange happenings with football in Belize City. After we have been calling for the lights to be returned to the MCC, big people decided to start digging trenches on Friday, for the laying of electrical wires for the lights. Now, as far as Belize City fans knew, all Premier League of Belize (PLB) Opening Season 2015-2016 games were on schedule for the weekend, which means we were looking forward to BDF vs Belmopan Bandits on Sunday at the MCC. There has been some rumbling going on recently between the PLB and the FFB, and just yesterday we confirmed from a top PLB official, that the season will be put on hold for two weeks to iron things out; the tournament will then resume on the weekend of October 24/25. But the games for this past weekend were not supposed to be affected; or so we thought.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

BEL Explains Nationwide Power Interruption
Late last night, BEL issued a press release explaining to the nation why the country experienced nationwide power interruption. According to the release, BEL lost power supply from Mexico’s Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) when that supplier experienced a trip at its Chetumal Substation. “BEL commenced its restoration sequence using […]

Reparations, not aid, for Caribbean people, say CPAN
The chairman of the Caribbean Pan African Network, an organization with members in 17 Caribbean territories, has rejected the notion of a 300 million pound aid package to be offered to the region by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who recently visited Jamaica. What the region needs is […]

Accused murderer walks free
Ronald Bradley, a 22-year-old Mahogany Heights resident has been freed of a murder charge after beating the case with the aid of his attorney, Oscar Selgado, yesterday. Gonzalez was accused of shooting and killing female prison officer, Miriam Gillett, back in October 2010 but he was acquitted when Selgado’s no […]

Errol Haynes sues for unlawful imprisonment
After being locked up in a Mexican prison for more than four years from 2011 to 2015, then being transferred to the Belize Central Prison to serve another three years, 31-year-old Errol Haynes appeared before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin yesterday, October 6th, represented by attorney, Hubert Elrington who will be […]

Regional ICT development conferences to be held in Belize
A major regional conference on development of information and communication technology is to be held in Belize from November 2 to 6, according to Silicon Caribe. The conference is actually two events in one: a joint meeting of Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) Caribbean on the Move, and the highly […]

PUP releases diplomatic notes over Sarstoon incident to Amandala
In Monday’s issue of the Amandala newspaper, the pair of exchanged diplomatic notes between the Governments of Belize and Guatemala is published. The newspaper says it was given permission by Senator and former Foreign Minister and Ambassador Lisa Shoman to print the notes publicly, but does not say how she obtained them. It cites […]

Dangriga Man arrested for drug trafficking charges
Yesterday morning around 11am, police arrested 35-year-old Randy McNab of Mangrove Street, Dangriga for drug trafficking. According to reports, police were conducting patrol on Mangrove Street, Dangriga when they stopped and searched McNab who had in his possession a black plastic bag containing 163 grams of cannabis. McNab have since […]

Armed robbers caught on tape and caught by cops
Two men wanted in connection for a late night armed robbery of Mr. Yan’s Store in Trial Farm Village have been detained pending arraignment in the Orange Walk Magistrates Court this morning. With the help of the public, authorities managed to identify the two Belize City residents […]

Police bust almost 20 pounds of weed on bus
Early this morning, Benque Viejo Del Carmen Police conducted a search at a routine vehicle-check-point on the George Price Highway that led them to a major drug bust. BMG was made to understand that officers conducted a search on a D&E Bus heading towards San Ignacio Town. Upon making checks […]

Blogs

Sustainable Development Analysis for Belize
Sustainable development requires an empirical means for understanding its complex relationships. Such devices as symbolism help create a certain mindset appropriate for sustainable development problem-solving. But sustainable development also requires systemic methodologies for assessment and analysis. Critical thinking and creative action implementation are two such methodologies that are invaluable to the seasoned practitioner. Critical thinking is self-guided, self-disciplined thinking which attempts to reason at the highest level of quality and objectivity in a fair-minded way. People who think critically consistently attempt to live rationally and sympathetically. Critical thinking in the context of sustainable development has been described as the artful questioning of the assumptions we make about community. Bob Gibson stated that in a much more comprehensive sense this concept has been characterized as the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. Critical thinkers are keenly aware of the inherent tendency of human thinking toward bias when left unchecked. They strive to diminish the influence of their egocentric and socio-centric tendencies.

MEN AT WORK: My Favorite Breakfast Spot, Estel’s, Opening Delayed Slightly…
Estel’s Dine by the Sea originally announced TODAY as the opening date…it was apparent when I rolled up yesterday for a sneak preview that would not be the case. If you don’t know Estel’s from visiting the island or the 100 photos of my breakfast that I have posted all over social media or the gushing that has been done by many…here are some quick picks. An old school, feet in the sand diner-by-the-sea (down to the 50s and 60s music that is always playing). Filled with memoraibilia and knick knacks, old signs and paintings, it serves everything from the best fry jacks in Belize to delicious BBQ on weekends. It is also an unofficial San Pedro House of Culture. A landmark. menu It oozes personality and island kitsch…which isn’t even needed with this view. But is very much appreciated.

8 Awesome Family Vacation Activities in Belize
Thanksgiving is fast approaching & families are deciding whether to stay home, visit relatives or head out on a family destination vacation. If you opt for a family vacation you are probably looking for a place that offers plenty of fun and safe activities for the entire family, especially the kids. The culture-rich country of Belize offers numerous family-friendly activities that will keep each member happily occupied during your holiday. Here are our top favourite activities for families: 1. The Belize Zoo, 2. Snorkeling, 3. Horseback riding, 4. Maya Temple Visit, 5. Canoeing, 6. Creatures of the Night Hike, 7. Cave Exploration, 8. Zip lining.

“Something Old, Something New” at Estel’s Dine By the Sea, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
The last thirty days, although I’ve had lots to occupy myself with, have dragged, oh how they have dragged. But the mornings just haven’t been the same. I’ve felt uneasy. Distracted. Not my usual self. “What to do for breakfast?” has been the burning question. This unsettled state of mind all started on 7 September when the harsh reality hit me that Estel’s Dine By the Sea was closed for a month. Yes, a whole month. That day saw the start of my month long tropical depression. Now its not as if Ambergris Caye doesn’t have an abundance (even during ‘low’ or ‘slow’ season) of alternative eateries at which to take breakfast but regular readers will probably have sensed that I’m somewhat of a creature of habit. “I know what I like and I like what I know”. But I couldn’t ‘go’ a month without breakfast so I split my breakfast fix between my favourite alternatives: Lily’s Treasure Chest, Amber Beach Bar & Grill, Blue Water Grill.

POLLO A LA NARANJA
Pasa los pedacitos de pollo por maicena, luego por huevo y después por harina y fríe en abundante aceite caliente hasta que estén dorados. Pon en papel absorbente y reserva.

GORDITAS DE AZUCAR
En Un tazón pones las harinas, el polvo de hornear, azúcar, canela; mezclas, agregar la mantequilla, mezclas hasta que se deshagan los grumos, luego agrega la vainilla, los huevos y finalmente agrega un poquito de leche, solo suficiente para amasar . Hacer bolitas y dejar reposar por unos 10 minutos, esta masa queda bien manejable, hacer con las manos las gorditas, no use rodillo ni tortillera. Después pasar al comal, voltéalas hasta que estén bien cocidas y a disfrutar.

AGUACHILE
Abre los camarones por la mitad en forma de mariposa, desvénalos y ponlos en un refractario; salpimiéntalos. Vierte encima suficiente jugo de limón como para cubrirlos completamente y déjalos reposar durante 30 minutos dentro del refrigerador. Escurre los camarones y agrega encima las rodajas de cebolla morada y tiras de pepino. Licúa juntos la cebolla blanca, chiles serranos, cilantro, ajo, 2 pepinos en trozos, salsa inglesa, consomé granulado y un poco de pimienta.

International Sourcesizz

WHAT THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH LOOKS LIKE
Is it an island of trash or just a collection of very small particles? In reality, it is neither. The following images (taken from the Mega Expedition’s mothership) serve to illustrate the different size classes of ocean plastic, as well as their average densities at the center of the North Pacific Gyre.

Privy Council: Guide to its origins, powers and members
The Privy Council dates from the court of the Norman kings, which met in private - hence the description "privy". In those days, it was made up of those appointed by the King or Queen to advise on matters of state. In effect, privy counsellors - which included noblemen, the clergy and officers of the crown - were the chief governing body and fulfilled the role that the Cabinet performs today. In legal terms, the Cabinet is a committee of the Privy Council. In terms of political influence, the Council was perhaps at its most influential in Tudor times - when it had about 40 members and was used by monarchs for a variety of different purposes, both to advise on matters of war and peace and on occasions to circumvent Parliament and the courts. There were separate Privy Councils in England and Scotland prior to the 1707 Act of Union between the two countries.

Pending U.S. Measure Labels 19 Caribbean Territories as Tax Havens
The Caribbean Association of Banks is expressing concern over the inclusion of 19 Caribbean islands and territories on a list of tax havens in the District of Columbia Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Act of 2015, which is awaiting approval by the U.S. Congress. The D.C. legislation seeks to expand the definition of tax haven to the detriment of Caribbean territories that are making good faith efforts against tax evasion, the CAB said Wednesday in a statement. “While the CAB fully supports the District of Columbia’s efforts to combat tax evasion, the CAB feels that the designation of Caribbean territories as ‘tax havens’ is prejudicial,” the Castries-based organization said. Because the District of Columbia is federal territory, D.C. legislation must be approved by Congress.

Last chance to see Mayas at World Museum
World Museum in Liverpool invites visitors to see the breath-taking exhibition, Mayas: revelation of an endless time, before it closes on October 18, 2015. The exhibition looks back thousands of years to the Mesoamerican civilisation of the ancient Maya, and Liverpool is the only place to host it in the UK. Since it opened in June this year, World Museum has welcomed more than 230,000 visitors to the free exhibition, and taken them on an illuminating journey to an age of majestic warriors, astronomy and learning, shamanic rituals and human sacrifice. Steve Judd, Director of World Museum said: “It’s a great honour to have Mayas: revelation of an endless time in Liverpool. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the finest archaeological treasures from Mexico, don’t miss it!” The ancient Maya kingdoms stretched from eastern Mexico to modern day Guatemala, Belize and into western Honduras and El Salvador, from 1000BC – AD 1542.

Videos

  • Caye Caulker's recycling plant, 30sec. Caye Caulker's recycling plant will be a welcome addition when it finally opens to the public

  • MCS Belize Schools 2015, 5min. Millwoods Christian School's service trip to Orange Walk, Belize in 2015

  • Off-Road Adventure in Belize, 8.5min. Some people sit at pools, and go to spas while on their Vacation. We blaze a trail through the jungle of Belize to find secret spots no tourist have EVER seen.

  • "Let's Make a Deal" Features Xanadu Island Resort in Belize, 30sec. Popular tv show "Let's Make a Deal" featured Xanadu Island Resort as one of it's prizes on the show. We were thrilled to have been chosen as a Belize destination package prize. The winner was offered a stunning five nights stay in one of our luxury suite along with round trip air fare.

  • TRAVEL LIFE- Cruise 2014 Belize, Mahogany bay, Cozumel PART 1, 17min. Heyyyy family!!!! This vid is long over due!!! We went on a cruise back in 2014 and wanted to share with you the amazing things we experienced!!!

  • Sasha y Ekaterina History Teller Wedding in Riviera Maya Mexico, 7min.

  • Belize 2015!, 4min.

  • Costa Blu Dive Resort, 1min. Coming soon.....Belize Dive Resort... Costa Blu Dive powered by Belize Pro Dive Center...

  • The travel to Belize/ Douglas dahlin/ San pedro, 4min. Travel video to Belize.

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