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The San Pedro Sun

Sliding down El Diablo – It’s WAY too much fun!
After much speculation, a little bit of extra gossip and finally, the sight of the finished product, Caribbean Villas unveiled their latest addition to the public: El Diablo (The Devil). We can’t say owner Pedro is subtle… On Sunday, October 11th, the crowd was out in full force to check out this devilish contraption. Every so often, a big splash would be met with cheers and whistles, and eventually, I snapped up some courage. My turn to get on that big slide. Built by Captain Shark’s, the 50-foot water slide sits imposingly at the end of the dock where eager observers waited to see the brave souls land with a ‘graceful’ splash.

Volleyball tournament officially begins
The 4 x 4 Volleyball Tournament officially started on Friday, October 9th at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex. The sporting event is being organized by The San Pedro Sports Committee and sponsored by The San Pedro Town Council and the Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. Over ten teams signed up for the tournament which will include trophy and cash prizes at the end of the season. On Sunday there were two games. 4 Play On Da Sand smoked Team Cast Away in two sets. They were followed by the match between Divers and the high flying Blazers. This match showed great skills from both teams, with the final set played to 19, when finally, the Blazers claimed victory. The next set of games will be played this weekend starting on Friday, October 16th: Island Boys vs Bombas, followed by Unique Girls vs Cast Away Caye and closing the night will be Matatanes vs Divers. The action will continue on Saturday, October 17th with the following matches Divers vs Island Boys, Survivors vs 4 Play On Da Sand, and Blazers vs Captain Shark. Games start at 7:30PM sharp.

Healthy living promoted at San Pedro Wellness Fair
The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDAAC) and SMART, hosted a one-day wellness fair on Saturday, October 10th. Hosted at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II from 9AM to 3PM, the fair provided vital information and testing to promote healthy living among island residents. Throughout the day, community members visited the polyclinic to take advantage of the several free services being offered. Those in attendance also received valuable information from community health groups. Some of the services being offered included HIV Testing (pre and post tests), HIV counseling, glucose checks, blood pressure testing, pap smear exams, breast exams and drug use counseling.

Southwest Airlines celebrates inaugural flight between Belize and Houston
Right on scheduled time, the sound of Flight #827’s arrival signaled the start of the real excitement, and everyone moved out side to witness the blue craft come down the runway. The plane glided in under the traditional shower of water, and despite earlier rains, the warm Belizean sun peeked and spread its rays on the aircraft in welcome. From the cabin windows, the captains waved both the Belize and US flag, and below, the gathered crowd cheered. Greeting the passengers and Southwest family were Ambassador Moreno, Minister Heredia and Belize Tourism Board’s Karen Bevans, other stakeholders in the tourism and aviation industry, as well as the media. On board the inaugural flight were three Belizean crew members: Flight attendant Dion Spain, Captain Lindley Reyes, and Jason Martinez. The San Pedro Sun has the opportunity to experience Southwest, and took the return flight #1013 to Houston. Associate Editor Mary Gonzalez will be experiencing the gateway city, and is eager to promote Belize as a fantastic, fun destination just two hours away!

Referendum approval key to ICJ resolution of the Guatemalan claim – says PM Barrow
Settling the territorial dispute between Guatemala and Belize by submitting it to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), would first require Belizeans’ approval by a national referendum, affirmed Prime Minister Dean Barrow last Thursday, October 8th. Barrow clarified this issue as he sought to deflect attacks, which he qualified as “unfair” against Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington regarding Elrington’s 19-minute address to the United Nations on September 25th. His critics complained that Elrington had not devoted enough time in his speech to the Guatemalan claim, particularly in the light of recent Guatemalan aggression against Belizeans in the Sarstoon area, and that Elrington’s speech dwelt too long on climate change.

Belize Tourism Destinations win Travel Oscar Awards at WTA
On Sunday, October 11th, Belize was put high in the world of travelling at the 2015 World Travel Awards (WTA). The glamorous event took place in Bogota, Colombia and saw Belize taking the awards in two strong categories. This included Ambergris Caye taking the award for Leading Destination 2015 in the Mexico and Central America category, while Placencia walked away with the award for Leading Beach Destination 2015 in the same category.

Ambergris Today

First See n Taste Belize Festival in Miami a Success
Prominent Belizean chefs from around the country convened in Miami, Florida, USA, to participate in the first annual See N Taste Belize Festival that was organized by the Consulate of Belize in Florida as a fundraiser, held on October 10, 2015. Chefs from Sean Kuylen and Carolee Chanona from Belize City, Jennie Staines and Sherlette Belisle from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Rob Pronk from Hopkins, Stann Creek and even Yolanda Castillo from Chicago’s Garifuna Flava Restaurant took Belizean cuisine to South Florida to new heights, as they impressed the participants with their food and presentations. The Consulate of Belize indicated that hundreds of guests (Belizeans and non-Belizeans) joined in support of the event, enjoyed and celebrated everything that is wonderful, beautiful, positive and delicious about Belize.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

16 motorcycles handed over
This morning, the Minister of National Security Hon. John Saldivar handed over 16 motorcycles to the Commissioner of Police Mr. Allen Whylie who subsequently handed them over to Senior Supt. Chester Williams Officer commanding Eastern Division South. The motorcycles will be used to enhance the operational capability of the Police Department in Belize City in the Department’s continued effort to lower the crime rate in the City.

San Pedro Town Council offices closed today
The San Pedro Town Council offices will be closed today, Friday, October 16, 2015 for nomination day for the upcoming elections. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause. Please Share with your friends.

The Halloween Party to Look Out For, Caye Caulker
Oct. 31, Biondi Lime

The not-so-pretty truth... dumping spot on Ambergris Caye
What will visitors think when they go exploring our cute island and find this on their adventures? What would the animals say? I am sure if they could talk they would say "Stop polluting our home and making us sick." When I came across this not so new dumping ground it made me feel sick to my stomach - not cool.

Boo at the Zoo 2015
BOO AT THE ZOO!: Join us for another spook-tacular “Boo at the Zoo” event on Saturday October 31st from 1:00pm to 5:30pm The entire family can come out and enjoy special animal encounters, treats, sweets and more! Keep an eye out for updates on ticket outlets in Belize City, Belmopan, and San Ignacio. Call the Belize Zoo at 822-8000 or email frontdesk@belizezoo.org for more information.

BTB Tourism Awards at SHJC
Congratulations to all the SHJC students that received certificates from the Belize Tourism Board! "Sacred Heart Junor College tourism students were given their BTB certified tour guide and customer service certificates. Congratulations to all the great students."

FCD's research team finalizes an economic and ecological valuation assessment of xate stocks in the Chiquibul Forest
From 2012 to 2015, a decrease change of 50.5% was recorded in the density of illegally harvested xaté leaves in the Chiquibul Forest. For a copy of this paper do write us.

Breadnut trees planted in La Polvora
This week 600 breadnut trees were planted in the village of La Polvora, Peten Guatemala as part of the bi-national watershed conservation effort. FCD’s environmental educator in Guatemala led this effort with support from the Municipality of Melchor de Mencos. A 5,000 plant nursery is also underway.

Southwest Inaugural Flight to Belize from its new Houston Hub
It was a day of celebration with Southwest arriving in Belize!

Channel 7

VIP Tries For A Hail Mary: Invokes Constitution to Nullify Election Result
"Shut down the upcoming General Elections, or else..." That's the announcement that the Vision Inspired by the People and their coalition of independent activists publicly announced today. And, to put teeth to that threat, they filed a claim this morning in the Supreme Court to trigger an election petition as soon as the election results are in. In that case, they will seek to nullify the results, which could mean that the time, energy and big money spent by the politicians to get elected might be completely wasted. It's a bold legal move, which to our knowledge, has never been attempted before. But the VIP, say that they've been forced to hold the election ransom in this fashion because for years they've been trying to bring this issue to the attention of the Government, and the Elections and Boundaries Commission. They and the organization which calls itself, the Southern Belize Coalition for Equal Political Representation and Development, say that the way the 31 electoral divisions countrywide are currently set up, the voters are being disenfranchised.

COMPOL Says Take Down The Checkpoints
Police checkpoints - we all have to live with them - and while they may be inconvenient, they've become a way of life…a welcome one for some who see the checkpoints as a necessary evil when living in a crime-ridden society. And that's why there's been an uproar from some corners today when an internal police memorandum was leaked. The memorandum was sent out on Tuesday form the Commissioner of Police and it directs all formation commanders to quote, "stand down on vehicle checkpoints countrywide." The memorandum explains that any commander needing a checkpoint must first consult with the commissioner of police. The deputy leader of the PUP told us via phone today that the opposition is concerned that this is being done so close to the election:.. Hon. Julius Espat, Deputy Leader - PUP "We are very concerned because we are having a lot of movement of people in all constituencies. We understand that at this time, election time, there are people crossing the borders and we would like the police to have more vigilance instead of less vigilance. So it concerns us that at this critical point the police has decided to not have checkpoints and we would like some answers from the commissioner of police as to why this directive was given and what's the reasoning behind it. We want to have answers. We need to have answers. The people of Belize needs to know the rationale behind it."

Man Charged For Ladyville Murder
A man has been charged for the murder of 25-year-old Ervin Franklin - who was stabbed to dath in Lord's Bank on Saturday. Yesterday police charged 19-year-old Kafele Garcia a student of Lords Bank Village, for Murder. He was taken to court this afternoon, where he was remanded into custody. His mother Cynthia Cayetano declined an interview but told us that her son was charged for a crime he did not commit. She poste don her facebook page that police had no evidence and just needed to charge someone. She adds, quote, "When he is exonerated I shall get my redemption."

Police Still Looking For Ruthless Home Invaders in Western Belize
Police have no leads in the terrifying early morning home invasion in western Belize. It happened on Tuesday morning after 7:00 in one of the villages outside Belmopan. As we told you, two armed and masked men emerged from the bushes and tied up the foreign pastor and his helper who were working in the yard. The men then took both of them to the main house where they tied up the pastor's wife and daughter and stole about $8,000 worth of items including cash. The men then took the family to the back house where they stole tools and raped the daughter -who is a minor. When we spoke to police this evening they told us that they detained one man yesterday but that they released him already. Police are still looking for other suspects. His stolen vehicle was recovered.

CCJ's Says A Big No To Bar Association
This morning, the Caribbean Court of Justice held a hearing via teleconference with the Government of Belize, the Ashcroft Alliance and Fortis International. They had convened to discuss the widely publicized settlements that the Barrow Administration had arrived at with the former owners over the nationalizations of BEL and BTL. But, they had to grant an audience to Senior Counsel Magali Marin-Young, who was representing the Bar Association of Belize. As has been widely reported, two weeks ago, the members of the Bar, by majority vote, passed a resolution to apply to the CCJ. They wanted to urge the Court to still give a decision on the legality of the 8th Amendment to the constitution, despite the settlement that has been hammered out. The sitting justices, including President Justice Dennis Byron, granted Marin-Young an audience and she tried to convince them to deny a stay of the Appeal Case. That would have been the first step in getting the Court to deliver a judgment despite the settlement, but, the CCJ decided that they could not entertain this application. Therefore, it was dismissed.

Social Security Workers Reps Meet With PM
Employees of the Social Security Board had been staging sickouts for the past week - but things seemed to have cooled down today. And that may be because the Social Security Board workers met with Prime Minister Barrow yesterday about their uniform allowance. Reports are that no official agreement or compromise was finalized but we are told the meeting was cordial where the workers presented their position and the PM listened. As we have reported, SSB management had proposed an ex-gratia payment to settle this matter and also recommended that the uniform period be extended to 24 months instead of 18 but, the workers rejected that. So that is where things stand tonight. We are told there may be some room for compromise between both sides on this matter.

"Booby" Says Supa G Sold Out Her Video! Supa Says "No Goh Soh"
Supa G - in 2003, he welcomed you to the party for the PUP, and in 2015, he's changed his song, saying the UDP will remain. It's a political remix of his very catchy "Party Insane" tune - which he ahs recorded for the UDP. But, now there's a video for the song - and it is a UDP coloured remix of his Party Insane Video. One of the producers of that video Barbara Norales called us today to distance herself form what she says is a despicable act:.. Barbara Norales, Manager - Party Insane Project "My first thing was dismay. I almost yelled out. But then I know, I understand that as an artist Supa G is entitled to do what he wants and he is entitled to do what he wants with the Party Insane song because it is his song. But when it came to the video, it was a collaboration and I think that a decision to use parts of a video in a political thing, should have been referred. All of us who are involved should have made that. Even if we would have put that as a political video, I think that we should have contacted all the participants to let them and let them decide if they want to be a part of it. I think that our work and the thoughts and the creative mind has been exploited. I am disgusted with the whole thing."

Chester Says Cycles Will Help
Last week Friday the eastern division Southside commander Chester Williams stunned the public when he reported that the entire southside formation is only working with three vehicles, and sometimes that goes down to two! Well, this morning the Police Minister - John Saldivar handed over 16 motorcycles to the Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie who sent them straight to the Southside formation. Now these come out of a meeting the top cops had with the minister in August, but according to Williams the motorcycles will be used to beef up patrols in the eight sectors that the southside formation has been divided into: Williams said they hope to eventually have one vehicle in each sector but in the meantime they will double up on motorcycle patrols.

The Southwestern Solution?
Discount carrier Southwest Airline's daily non-stop flight from Belize to Houston was officially launched today at the Phillip Goldson International Airport. The first flight - which was full - landed after 3 this evening and a ceremony was held to commemorate Southwest's arrival in Belize. Today we spoke with Director of Tourism Karen Bevans and she told us how this new flight will benefit regular travelers and boost the tourism industry. James Ashworth, Managing Director, Customer Support & Services - Southwest Airlines "This is historic for south west as well because it is our first time in Belize and it is really good for us because we like to connect people to what's important in their lives. And we believe that there is a lot of Belizeans that would like to get to the states and there are a lot of folks from the states that would like to get to Belize. So it is exciting for us." Courtney Weatherburne "So in terms of Southwest is a discount carrier. Tell us about the services that will be provided."

Alleged Murderer Gets Off On Self Defence
Juan Rubio was accused of killing his 26 year old relation, Karim Peters three years ago, in November of 2012 in Pomona village. But today, after three years on remand, Rubio got free when Justice Denis Hanomansingh ruled that Rubio acted in self defence when he inflicted the fatal stab wound to Karim Peters. In the trial without jury, Rubio was represented by attorney, Dickie Bradley who allowed his client to take the stand in his defence. Rubio told the court that on that fatal day, he was hanging out with his brother when Peters came riding on a bicycle appearing under the influence of alcohol and just barged into their conversation. That's when Rubio's brother told Peters to leave and he did but later returned with a machete still in his bicycle and that's when he barged once again into their conversation and pulled out his machete and attacked Juan Rubio who stabbed him once causing his death.

The Albert Hopefuls
Last night, we gave you a teaser of our campaign trail coverage in the Albert Division. The PUP and UDP candidates are first-time candidates, but Paul Thompson and Tracy Taegar were both part of the machinery which saw Mark Espat win three terms in the division by record margins. Now, they are hoping to parlay that success into their own political careers. We went with them on the campaign trail to see how it's going: Tomorrow, all candidates nationally, will go form the campaign trail to the streets for nomination day - and we'll have coverage of that in tomorrow's newscast.

Shutdown School In Boston Village
The Tree House Academy - it is a school opened 6 years ago in tiny Boston Village on the old Northern Highway. But the Ministry of Education said that Mennonite James Duncan opened the school without a license - which is contrary to the Education And Training Act. The Ministry warned him that he needed a license, and when he didn't get one, they sent him an order to close the school down. That's when he applied for a license - which was denied by the National Council For Education. He was again told to close down, but continued to operate. In January of this year, he sought judicial review of the decision by the NCE, but that was denied. Still, he kept the school open and that's when the Ministry of Education instituted its own claim against Duncan. His attorney Richard Bradley Jr tried to have the claim struck out but Justice Shona Griffith denied that and the trial proceed.

Mexicans Merge Musica Del Mundo
The Mexican band Los Pachamama are in Belize. The group of 5 have been together for 26 years and have performed in Europe, Canada and Spain and now, they are here to perform what they call world music. Their songs are a fusion of Jazz, African music and Latin Music - all interlaced with Mexican Folklore music. We spoke with the band this morning and they told us about this very unique musical fusion. Los Pachamama will perform tonight at 7 at the Bliss.

Shell Says
This evening Shell launched its unleaded gasoline and diesel to Belize. Belize is one of the first countries in the region to get the new product. Now last we checked all our oil products come from Venezuela, but according to Shell, this new gasoline will last longer and consumers will get more from the product. Here's how it works.

Channel 5

All Police Checkpoints Lifted, Chamber Raises Serious Concerns
If you’re in the type of business which requires moving items or persons from point A to point B without interference from those pesky police at checkpoints…then have we got [...]

Is Lifting of Checkpoints a Political Ploy?
The curious memo has given rise to all kinds of speculation which will certainly be fuelled by the Prime Minister’s confirmation that those checkpoints will be back up after elections. [...]

VIP Files Pre-election Constitutional Challenge
The Vision Inspired by the People has filed a legal challenge against the government on the holding of the upcoming general elections. While the V.I.P. did not formally join the [...]

CCJ Dismisses Bar Association’s Application
With great dispatch, the Caribbean Court of Justice this morning threw out the application of the Bar Association to release the stay on the joint appeals before that Court in [...]

Ashcroft Attorney Weighs in on CCJ’s Discharge
Courtenay says that, as an attorney and as a Belizean, he too would have wanted to hear the decision, but the CCJ was not the proper forum and this was [...]

Bar Association Says CCJ Decision was Necessary
Despite criticism that the motion brought before the Caribbean Court of Justice was essentially an academic exercise, Senior Counsel Andrew Marshalleck says that a decision on the validity of the [...]

Chamber of Commerce Meets with P.M. to Discuss Reforms
The Chamber of Commerce has been making the media and political rounds to promote its business agenda – its own platforms similar to those circulated every election cycle. It’s all [...]

…Submits Political Scorecards to Respective Parties
As an addendum to its business agenda, the Chamber is also submitting a scorecard to the political parties – a list of things that need to be done with a [...]

Southwest’s Inaugural Flight to Belize Touches Down at P.G.I.A.
Today, Southwest Airlines inaugurated its flight from Houston to Belize. But the celebration for this based airline carrier started from earlier today at the William P. Hobby Airport in Houston [...]

…a Great Product Introduced to a Great Market
Just before three p.m. today, the blue and red iron bird of Southwest Airlines touched down at the Phillip Goldson International Airport. On board were Belizeans employed by the company [...]

Director of Tourism Says Arrivals Are Up In September
But there was more good news for the tourism industry. While the most recent statistics on tourist arrivals to the Jewel have not been released officially as yet, today the [...]

On the Campaign Trail with Oscar Requeña in Toledo West
Incumbent P.U.P. area representative, Oscar Requeña, has embarked on a massive campaign in the Toledo West constituency to retain his seat in the House of Representatives.  Requeña is being challenged [...]

Kafele Garcia Arraigned for Weekend Murder of Lord’s Bank Resident
Today, a teenager was arraigned for the weekend murder of Ervin Franklin, who lost his life in a weekend stabbing in the Lord’s Bank area on the Phillip Goldson Highway.  [...]

Juan Rubio Freed of Murder Charge in Pomona Stabbing
Also in the courts, a man who was accused of killing a resident of Pomona, Stann Creek District, was freed of a murder charge when Justice Denis Hanomansingh ruled that [...]

Conference in Belize for Regional Public Service Association
A two-day regional meeting of the Caribbean Executive Council for the Public Service Association is being held today at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. The heads of some seventeen [...]

…PSU President Says Exposure to Regional Issues Highlights Similarities
The local affiliate of CPSA is the Public Service Union of Belize. Its newly installed President, Eldrid Neal, told News Five that the meeting exposes union executives to issues and [...]

Friends of Pediatrics to Host Clinics at K.H.M.H.
This Sunday at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City, Friends of Pediatrics Belize’s World Pediatric Project in collaboration with the national referral hospital will be hosting pediatric clinics. [...]

Healthy Living Looks at the Symptoms of Appendicitis
If you have abdominal pain that lasts more than twenty-four hours; it must not be ignored because it could be turn out to be life-threatening. Appendicitis is a condition that [...]

CTV3

Belize City Police Received More Equipment To Combat Crime
Interventions by Belize City police have resulted in a lowered crime rate and in continuing to keep that rate to a minimum, today the Minister of National Security John Saldivar made a significant donation to the department to assist in their mobilizations. Over 16 motorcycles were handed to the Commissioner of Police Mr. Allen Whylie who subsequently handed them over to Senior Supt Chester Williams Officer commanding Eastern Division South. The motorcycles will be used to enhance the operational capability of the Police Department in Belize City.

Registered Voter Alledges Her Name Is Not On The List
Every time Elections rolls around, there are tons of questions and concerns thrown out in the public domain as it relates to the election processes and especially the voters list. While we’ve heard of stories from tampering with the voters list to late registrations being approved, tonight we have a story from a resident in Orange Walk Central, who claims that she had registered to vote since before the Municipal Elections but has been denied her right. While the caller wished to remain anonymous, she believes elections and boundaries is giving her the run around simply for political mischief… Rejected voter: “I had already registered from last year before the municipal elections and I went to register and everything went good and they told me to go back for my card so I went back and they didn’t gave me it so when it was time for election my name didn’t appear so I couldn’t vote so a couple days now my mom said that Mr. Nick called her and he told her that I want to know why your daughter didn’t vote so she told me to go and check and I went to check and my name doesn’t appear on the list so I don’t know what went wrong and I have my receipt and so I don’t know what is going on.”

PUP O/W Standard Bearer Discusses Third Party And Its Candidate
Last night the Belize Progressive Party released the names of seven candidates who had joined the party for the upcoming General Election on November 4th. Among those candidates is former UDP Mayor for Orange Walk Town Philip De La Fuente who has stated that he decided to run under the BPP in Orange Walk Central since the UDP quote, unquote “does not want him”. Another well know UDP running under the BPP slate here in Orange Walk is Doctor Javier Reyes who has his eyes set in the East constituency. This means that there are three candidates running in the area now. Today we asked PUP Standard Bearer for the East Josue Carballo for his input on the new party and their candidate and here is what he told us.

PUP Standard Seeks Reform For Lands Department
Last night we showed documents which revealed that three parcels of prime land located in the Orange Walk East constituency were awarded to friends of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources Gaspar Vega. As mentioned last night, due to their prime location, which is just a few feet away from the Philip Goldson Highway and surrounded by a number of large businesses, the parcels are considered to have high market value. But despite this fact Derrick Gillett only paid $800.00 for parcel 4303, Roman Alvarez $1,000 for parcel 4135 an Emir Cruz $800.00 for parcel 4304. The parcels were awarded to the men between 2008 and 2009 and were paid for in October and December of 2009.

COMPOL Cancels All checkpoint Country Wide
A release from the Commissioner of Police to all regional commanders to stand down from conducting vehicular check points countrywide until further notice is causing quite a stir among Belizeans. The MEMO, which was dated October 13th, informs all commanding officers that if the “need arises to conduct a checkpoint, that they must consult with the Commissioner for approval,” end quote. And since we are only weeks away from the General Elections, the memo is drawing concern from the Opposition and other entities. Today, Julius Espat spoke on the matter via telephone.


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LOVE FM

Third Party Calls Upcoming General Election ‘Unconstitutional’
The Vision Inspired by the People is a non-entity in the upcoming general elections as they have not put forward any candidates for the thirty one constituencies. But that does not leave them out the limelight in this election season as just this afternoon they summoned the media to the Belize Institute of Management in […]

Appeals Court Dismisses Bar Association’s Request on GOB Acquisitions
The Belize Bar Association had filed an application for consent orders to the Supreme Court of Belize and the Caribbean Court of Justice in Trinidad and Tobago to look into the legality of the acquisitions of BEL and Fortis by the Government of Belize. Today was the final hearing, which was to have some orders […]

Espat: “PM Refuses Anything that Has to Do With Accountability”
The Public Accounts Committee is a body tasked to keep an eye on Government’s spending and investments and ensuring that the checks and balances are in place. But as far back as 2013, there have been problems in having a functional Public Accounts Committee as the current Chairman, Julius Espat has been lobbying for the […]

Espat Tackles Basic Health in Cayo South
Earlier in our newscast we told you of Julius Espat and his efforts in providing for his constituents in Cayo South. One of the projects that Espat has been doing in his area is offering basic health care services. It is an initiative that had gone unnoticed by the media but one that he says […]

Tourist Arrivals Look Promising Following Slight Decrease
A couple months ago we had reported a one percent decline in tourist arrivals to Belize for the first half of this year due to a devaluation of currency in the Canadian market. However, nearing the end of the year, Director of the Belize Tourism Board Karen Bevans says that the market is back up […]

PUP Area Rep Says He Is Assisted by GOB
When it comes to taking care of electoral divisions, there is normally the complaint by the Area Representatives, who belong to the opposition, that there is no funding to run projects in their area as the ruling administration in Belmopan would hold back monies from the areas not being represented by their own. In Cayo […]

Private Sector Supports Julius Espat in Cayo South
Espat, however, does not rely solely on the assistance from the Government of Belize for this Cayo South division as he told Love News that as a businessman he has been planning and working his plan to help the residents of his area and it is through hard work that he has gotten cooperation from […]

Police Gets Additional Firearms from GOB
The Eastern Division of the Belize Police Department also received 30 new 9 mm pistols. They were a donation by the Government of Belize and Senior Superintendent of Police, Chester Williams, explained how the firearms will be put to good use.

Motorcycles for Eastern Division South
This morning Minister of National Security, John Saldivar handed over 16 motorcycles to the Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie. Commissioner Whyle then handed over the motorcycle to Senior Superintendent of Police commanding Eastern Division South, Chester Williams. As we reported last week, Williams shared the difficulties he and his officers have been having in patrolling […]

The Guardian

Another PUP contract with empty promises
The People's United Party held yet another pointless press conference on Wednesday October 14, this time it was to launch what they call 'A Social Contract with the People.' For those who are old enough and follow politics, their minds quickly rushed back to the PUP of 1998 who gave Belizeans the exact document with the very same name and bearing the same outlandish promises as the most recent one (see page 4). The remake of the Social Contract is very much like the one of '98. It makes promises that the PUP don't intend to keep very much like what they did in '98. They make pie in the sky promises hoping that the Belizean people are foolish enough to fall for it a second time. What the PUP needs to understand is that 'this yah time dah no like ah before time.' The voters of today are not as gullible as to believe that the income tax threshold will be raised up to $50,000 dollars. We are not as senseless as to believe that they will be able to offer free education up to 6th form. We know that they will not be appointing a 13th senator. We just know that these are just promises that the PUP are known to make and never ever intend to keep.

Unity in Corozal South West
The United Democratic Party in Corozal South West is as strong as it will ever be following a rally which was held in San Victor on Monday October 12. The rally was the culmination of a motorcade which began in Libertad Village and made its way through the villages of the constituency. Of great significance is that the rally was one of unity where previously disconnected groups within the UDP came together to show support for the UDP Standard Bearer, Dr. Angel Campos. Present at the rally were former two time Area Representative, Gabriel Martinez; Andrei Marin who had ran in a convention against Martinez; Roberto Campos, who in 2012 had ran as part of a Green party and had caused Martinez to lose the elections. They all came together to place their support for Dr. Campos to guarantee a victory for the UDP in South West in the elections of November 4.

Francis Fonseca denies Ralph Fonseca is PUP campaign manager
Everybody is deathly afraid of the fact that Ralph Fonseca is back in control of the PUP and Francis Fonseca is very well aware of this. That is why he dodged the question when reporters asked him point-blank if Ralph was the national campaign manager of the PUP. He knows that admitting to this fact would confirm to Belizeans that Ralph is fully in control of the PUP and at this juncture he is not willing to do that. The truth however is that Ralph IS in control and IS in fact the one who is running around the country securing finances to run their campaign. But if Ralph is in control it would mean that he would want something in return. It would mean that if ever the PUP were to be re-elected he would be back as the purse holder and that does not bode well for Belize's finances. He was the chief architect of growth economics which gave us the myriad economic problems of the past which even up to now we are trying to get ourselves out of.

Sodomy of a man in Marion Jones Stadium
The infamous Basil Willis, 47, also known as E.T., is in trouble with the law again after a 23-year-old man reported to police that he was led to the Marion Jones Stadium by Willis on Saturday, October 10, and sodomized. According to reports, Willis got engaged in a conversation with the 23-year-old who was inquiring about the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. Willis offered to take him to the stadium to check out the place. While at the stadium, the young man alleges that Willis sodomized him. A report was made to police and Willis was arrested and charged for committing an unnatural act.

Gender Bias in Keyren Tzib Case?
How many men accused of attempted murder and manslaughter in a three month span would have such strong bail considerations as Keyren Tzib? Last week Belize celebrated Mental Health Week and now the Keyren Tzib case has placed the issue under the national spotlight. Tzib is being accused of killing her common-law-husband, Thytis Blancaneaux, 30, on Saturday, July 18. Blancaneaux, a resident of the Spanish Town area of Lord’s Bank Village, was found dead in his home. Initial investigations revealed that the couple was at their home when they got into a fight. The confrontation escalated and became tragic when Tzib pulled a knife and stabbed him in the shoulder. He fell to the ground, bled out, and died in a pool of his own blood. Police retrieved the knife believed to be the one used by Tzib to inflict the stab wound. Tzib claimed self defense but after consulting the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, police charged her with the crime of manslaughter. That’s because there are reports that Blancaneaux used violence against Tzib previously and also just before she stabbed him in the shoulder. There are also reports which suggest that the relationship of the couple had numerous instances of domestic violence.

Accused Gungulung arsonist to stand trial
Darrel Alvarez, 28, who is being accused of burning down his aunt’s house in August of 2014 is going to face arson charges at the Supreme Court in January. Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith ruled on Wednesday, October 14, that the prosecution has a prima facie case against Alvarez after the conclusion of a Preliminary Inquiry. Police claim that Alvarez confessed to burning down his aunt’s home in the Gungulung area of Belize City on August 1, 2014. Allegations are that earlier in the day of the incident he threatened to burn down a house belonging to his aunt, Sonia Harris. Then soon after Harris left her house, she got the disturbing news that the two storey wooden building was up in flames. By the time she got back, the wooden structure was fully ablaze. Harris reported the threat to police at that point and Alvarez was arrested and charged.

Lincoln Flowers accused of burglary with intent to rape
Lincoln Flowers, 42, is at the Belize Central Prison on remand after he appeared in court to face allegations that he forced himself into a woman’s house with intent to sexually assault her. Flowers, a resident of #9 Cadle Street in Belize City, was arraigned before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith, on Wednesday, October 14, and read two charges: one count of sexual assault and one count of burglary with intent to rape. Allegations are that on June 20, 2015, the victim, 41, was at home sleeping in bed with her common-law-husband when she was awakened by someone caressing her on her private part. When she opened her eyes she saw that it was Flowers, someone known to the family. They got into a struggle and the noise woke her companion. When the attacker saw that the man of the house woke up he ran away. The victim’s common-law-husband set chase after the attacker and managed to catch up with him. He then restrained the man identified as Lincoln Flowers until police arrived at the house.

Stabbed to death in Ladyville
Ervin Osbert Franklyn, 25, a resident of Lord’s Bank Village in the Belize District, was found stabbed to death on Saturday morning, October 10. Police suspect that he may have been killed because he was in courtship of a suspect’s girlfriend, but residents believe that he was the victim of a robbery gone bad. Sometime after 2 a.m. that morning, police received information that Franklyn had been discovered on Edwin Park Street, suffering from multiple stab wounds. Police responded and quickly rushed him to the KHMH for emergency medical treatment. Some 3 hours, later he succumbed to his injuries, which were too severe.

Kendale Green arrested for resisting arrest
Kendale Green, 23, who was acquitted of the murder of Nigerian taximan, Francis Chkwu, in April is in trouble with the law just six months after he was freed. Green appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith on Wednesday, October 14, to answer to four charges. He was read one count of assaulting police officer, Shelton Williams; one count of obstruction of justice; one count of resisting the arrest of PC Williams and one count of escape from police custody. Green was unrepresented in court and pleaded not guilty to all charges. There was no objection to bail by the court prosecutor, Inspector Egbert Castillo, but he asked that conditions be set.

Charles Herrera to stand trial for murder
Magistrate Ladonna John decided that Charles Herrera Sr., who is accused of the May 26, 2014 murder of Ezekiel Medina, will have to stand trial for the crime after a Preliminary Inquiry proved that there is sufficient evidence to proceed. Medina was fatally stabbed while inside a car by the riverside in the Lake Independence area of Belize City. According to reports, Herrera met Medina in the car near the riverside and the two got into an argument. The argument escalated and Herrera eventually took a knife and stabbed Medina multiple times. Medina was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital but he succumbed to the injuries. Police recovered a knife from the scene of the incident. Herrera was charged for the crime of murder shortly after and has been on remand at the Belize Central Prison ever since.

Viola Pook 57, confesses to setting husband on fire
The Court of Appeals overturned Viola Pook’s, 57, life sentence for the murder of her common-law-husband, Orlando Vasquez, 48, in 2014 and she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Pook had been convicted of killing her common-law-husband, whom she lived with for 23 years, by setting him on fire. Vasquez was set on fire on December 31, 2008 in the village of Rancho Dolores. He suffered from second degree burns to 70% of his body which killed him after he was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Pook was convicted of murder in July 2011, and sentenced to life imprisonment. She appealed her conviction and it came up in late 2013. After hearing her case, the Court of Appeal in March of 2014 quashed the conviction and ordered a retrial. The judges of the Court of Appeal were of the view that Pook did not get a fair trial. The judges of the court of appeal made their decision based on a remark made by Pook to a police officer.

BDF soldier killed in bar fight
Rafael Abel Rivas, 31, a veteran Belize Defence Force Soldier, was killed in a bar fight in Orange Walk Town on Saturday, October 10. This unfortunate incident happened at around 9 p.m. at Panda Bar, located on North Park Street, right in the near vicinity of the Town’s Central Park. There are two distinct accounts that have emerged. The first is that Rivas was at the bar socializing when two men started to fight. He supposedly got involved trying to act as a peace-keeper when one of the men attacked him in a fit of rage and fatally stabbed him.

Gabriel Salazar’s murder acquittal stands
The Court of Appeal has upheld the July 2013 Supreme Court’s decision to acquit Gabriel Salazar, 28, of the charge of murder. The court heard the DPP’s appeal on Thursday, October 8. The sole ground for appeal by the DPP was that the Supreme Court was to admit a caution statement allegedly from Salazar in trial. After hearing arguments from both sides, acting DPP, Cecil Ramirez, and Salazar’s attorney, Senior Council Michael Young, the judges of the Court of Appeal dismissed the DPP’s appeal. Gabriel Salazar, a San Pedro resident, was acquitted of murder by Justice Denis S. Hanomansingh in the Dangriga Supreme Court on July 15, 2013. Salazar was accused of the September 12, 2009 murder of Francis Johnson at Johnson’s Store in Big Falls, Toledo District.

Future father from Cayo fails in responsibility
A 15 year old Guatemalan female from San Ignacio Town has become another victim of a sex crime. The young teenager along with her mother reported to police that on March 7th of this year she was at home alone when a male family friend approached her and began a conversation. On that same day, the male person went into her room and pushed her unto the bed and had sex with her, against her will without using a condom. The young female thereon became concerned when in April of 2015, she did not see her menstrual cycle. She then told her mother what had transpired, whereupon a pregnancy test was conducted which resulted positive for pregnancy.

Traffic mishaps claim two lives
Over the long weekend, there were two fatal traffic accidents, each of which claimed a life. The first one happened on Friday night, October 9, at around 8:15 p.m. on Santa Familia Street, Orange Walk Town. Police say that 29 year-old Ruben Fernando Vasquez, was driving his motorcycle when he somehow lost control. He had a head on collision with a fence, which caused him to suffer massive head and body injuries. He was transported the Northern Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival about half hour later. The second one happened on Monday night, October 12, just outside of Placencia Village. Giancarlo Vega, his 21 year-old common-law wife, Kyria Krystelle Campos, and their twin babies were returning home from Orange Walk Town. For a still unknown reason, Vega lost control of the Chrysler PT Cruiser vehicle, which slammed into the guardrail on the side of the road. Due to the force of the impact, Campos was trapped, and she suffered severe injuries, dying on the spot. Vega and his two babies have been hospitalized for injuries that they suffered in that crash.

Louise Wade made to apologize and pay for libel
On an almost daily basis Louis Wade takes to Facebook and his morning show to make outlandish statements. Most dismiss these as just that, outlandish, but when it comes to a man’s reputation and integrity, there are those who treasure it. Such is the case with Anwar Barrow, who after seeing one of Wade’s postings against him (Barrow) took the matter to court. As a result Wade had to make a monetary payment to Barrow as well as to publicly apologize on Facebook for what he wrote. This is what he wrote: “On the 10th and 11th February, 2015 I published certain statements on my personal Facebook page which are understood to allege a breach of professional duty by Mr. Anwar Barrow. These statements were unfounded. I retract the statements made completely and apologize to him for the harm done to his name and reputation as a result of my statements.”

Nomination day – Stann Creek West:
All UDP supporters and well wishers in Stann Creek West are invited to Nomination Day activities in our constituency on Friday October 16, which is National Nomination Day. You are asked to start assembling in Pomona New Site at 12:00 Midday. Following some entertainment, a motorcade will take off from that location and end at the ITVET Campus in Hope Creek Village where our UDP Candidate Walter Garbutt will be nominated at 2:00 PM. That will be followed by a rally immediately after at the said venue. Join us as we begin the March to Victory in Stann Creek West!

Court of Appeal rules: nothing wrong with 1 year judge appointments
The Barrow Administration has won a victory against the Bar Association, which has been used from time to time by PUP politicians to further an agenda against the UDP. The Court of Appeal has ruled that there is nothing unethical or sinister about making a 1 year appointment for judges of the Supreme and Appeal Courts. The PUP rhetoric in the first term and the transition into the second term was that the Barrow Government was trying to influence the Judiciary. The accusation was that by shortening the appointment of judges, these officers were somehow beholden or obligated to judge cases in the favor of the Government, especially if they are litigants, interested parties, or if they stand to gain from a judgment.

Bad politicians party?
The comedy of errors that has heralded the entry of the “NEW” political party into the political arena has added much needed humor into the General Election Campaign. And gosh we needed that since we are not getting any excitement out of the main OPPOSITION CAMP. So if we are not getting much resistance from the PUP, then the humor coming from the BPP will have to do. Their first comical act was their choice of candidates. Some are tainted by the fact that they are PUPs who have eaten from the public purse. There are a few others who are broke and may be perhaps looking to come up on $60,000 to pay off legal fees as a result of BADVICE they received from a dunce of an Attorney. Then there is one who has many questions out there about what happened to a former competitor and why the competitor is no longer in business.

A broken Social Contract
In its 1998 Manifesto the PUP swore to the following: We the PUP candidates do solemnly and sincerely pledge that as members of the New Government 1998 to 2003 we shall diligently and faithfully work to bring about the following for the people and nation of Belize: • Build 10,000 houses for new home owners. • Generate 15,000 new jobs. • Reduce light, water and telephone rates. • Abolish VAT and other burdensome taxes. • Fight crime and the root causes of crime and improve our security forces. • Create low interest small business loans for women and youth. • Make quality education and skills training with free basic textbooks available to students. • Improve hospitals and health services-more medicines, community clinics and a National Health Insurance System. • Provide house lots for Belizean families and surveyed land for small farmers with credit assistance. • Develop the abilities of our youth and artists through more sporting and cultural facilities, training and activities. • Reform the Political and Legal system and reduce the power of Ministers, making them and other officials accountable to the people. • Create a special office to protect fundamental rights and freedoms.

COLA Holds Boring, Scanty and Disappointing Rally
Like a fighter retreating to the turnbuckle of the ring after being punched in the gut, Geovanni Brackett, hid in the far corner of the compound he chose to stage a rally against Hon. Sedi Elrington in Pickstock. The organization COLA called the event the “Our Borders Are Real” rally and described it as a campaign to remove Hon. Wilfred Elrington as the Area Representative for Pickstock. However, at the end of the night the residents of Pickstock showed that the only questionable reality that exists in Belize is COLA’s for thinking that they are unhappy with their Representative. Generous estimates had the turnout for the rally at 75. That is including people on the street who watched from afar. From personal calculation, that number is closer to 60 when presenters are not counted and 50 when uniform police and special branch officers are not counted.

Francis is not VIABLE And PUP is not an OPTION
Viable (capable of success or continuing effectiveness). There is need for a viable opposition in Belize, but at this juncture, is there one because the PUP is not an option. A leaderless group should never be given consideration to win an election, especially with the anticipated challenges facing small and developing nations; the PUP is leaderless. A party without a vision for the future is not a viable option for the future of Belize; the PUP is without vision and therefore, is not an option. A party without originality and authenticity is not a viable option; the PUP imitates and is led like a yo-yo depending on which noisemaker is making noises. The PUP has no originality and is so disingenuous with the people of Belize and therefore is not an option.

Personable People
Social media is constantly growing. With the rapid increase in social media users, social media sites have to constantly come up with new ideas. However, this may be creating a more isolated country. People are so caught up on what is going on, on their devices and screens that, what is physically going on around them is becoming less important. People are not taking the time to communicate physically anymore, instead they are using social media and instant messaging to do this, and this needs to change in order to create a more personable society. There are millions of different people using social media sites, a multitude of sites, and many reasons why people should and should not rely on them. This is a problem which teens are dealing with each and every day and if it is possible to solve this it would mean, less time online and more time speaking to one another.

World Mental Health Day Celebrated on October 10th
World Mental Health Day was celebrated on Saturday of this past weekend world-wide, with Belizeans having preceded this day with a Belize City Parade on October 8th and a High School Speech competition, also in Belize City. The annual observance of World Mental Health Day is an educational and awareness campaign designed to encourage people to reflect and engage with others on the importance of mental health and the reality of mental illness. The World Federation for Mental Health and the World Health Organization chose “Dignity in Mental Health” as the theme for this year’s observance on October 10th. Psychiatric Nurse Practioner, Becky Constanza Tillett, from the Orange Walk District, explains the appropriateness of this theme as “…so many people see the mentally ill as a social problem rather than seeing them as being ill, with a disease condition.”

Papa Mena to be full minister in next UDP government
Frank Papa Mena was elected to the National Assembly just two months ago and with the new elections being called, he is one of the area representatives who is most fit to contest the general election. His machinery is still intact and the spirits of his people are as high as they were a couple of months ago. And those spirits got an added boost on Saturday past when he held a rally in Dangriga to motivate the campaign team. And he did, in addressing the gathering he expounded on the work that the UDP has been doing in the constituency. He noted that now it is not only the town that is receiving attention but Hopecreek and Sarawee as well.

PUP Disowns Ralph
There is an old practice in Belize of not associating with relatives who may be THIEVES or RAPISTS. If such a relative were to come visit, we would quickly let them in and avoid the neighbors finding out that we have such a person as a relative. In other words that person would be the family’s little dirty secret. That may be similar to what is occurring in the PUP when it comes to Ralph Fonseca. We are not saying he is a thief but we know that the PUP are afraid of the repercussions of associating with him in public so close to an election. Even Dr. Francis Smith the PUP Pickstock candidate warned them about what the people thought about Ralph. Remember Smith’s Press Conference of Sunday August 16, 2015, when he told his leader that the people wanted to be assured that Ralph Fonseca would not be in charge again should the PUP become the government.

Tourism expert visits Cayo
It has become generally accepted that tourism is a mainstay to economic activity in the Cayo District and continues to be a source of sustenance to many Belizeans. With the interest of the tourism sector as top priority, on Wednesday of last week, the Cayo Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) held an educational session for its members at the Sacred Heart College (SHC) auditorium in San Ignacio Town. Present for this meeting were members of the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), which is the statutory body within the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation and is tasked to promote Belize as a premier tourism destination to both in-country and international consumers. The main speaker at the event at SHC was Dr. Ydahlia Mezgenm, who reviewed the National Sustainable Master Plan that goes to the year 2030. According to Dr. Mezenm, one of every four jobs in Belize is in the tourism sector where it is expected that tourism arrivals will multiply by five times by 2030. The expert on the tourism sector also reviewed our preparedness to receive visitors, where “room stock” was at a low rate this year with only 133 rooms added.

The United Democratic Party Ready
The United Democratic Party’s two southernmost constituency standard bearers, Peter Eden Martinez and Juan Coy, representing the Toledo East and Toledo West divisions, held a rally in Punta Gorda, that surpassed any that has been held in the area in recent memory. Between 3,500 and 4,000 supporters of the areas came out to demonstrate that on November 4, they will be voting for the UDP in those constituencies. Filled with energy and music as well as a hyped up crowd, speakers stepped up to the podium to show their support for the southernmost representatives. Among the speakers were Dangriga, Hope Creek and Sarawee Area Rep, Frank ‘Papa’ Mena; Port Loyola Area Rep, Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez; Belmopan Area Rep, John Saldivar; both Eden Martinez and Juan Coy also got an opportunity to address the gathering.

Uprising Stars, Kraal Road and Kelly Street are co-leaders in the CYDP Peace Cup Tournament
The CYDP Peace Cup Tournament continued on Saturday 10 October, 2015, at the MCC Grounds with a total of four games on the schedule. In the first game played, Los Lagos FC edged out Kings Park Strikers by the score of 5-4. The goals for Los Lagos FC were scored by Kevin Young (2), Dedron Baptist (2) and Trey Everett. Meanwhile, the goal scorers for Kings Park Strikers were scored by Shemar Thompson (3) and Jonathan Perez. In game two, Kraal Road FC defeated Ebony Lake FC by the score of 6-2. The goals for Kraal Road were scored by Charles Cantun (2), Keenran Gillett, Jagon Young, Delwin Jones and Tun Ton. For Ebony Lake FC, the goals were scored by Travyon Martinez and Marlon Guitierez.

Belize Athletics Association to hold National Track and Field Championship
The Belize Athletics Association invites all athletes and track enthusiasts once again to be a part of a National Track and Field Championship event. The event will be hosted at the Marion Jones Sports Complex on the 14-15 November, 2015. All athletes 16 years and older can participate in the events. Registration forms can be obtained from and returned to the BAA via email ( belizeathleticsassociation@gmail.com) or from our Face Book page (Belize Athletics Association). Registration forms can also be obtained from and returned to the National Sports Council’s offices throughout the country.

Belize High School female and male win in high
school volleyball game played, Ladyville Technical High School defeated Wesley College in a hotly contested game that had to go to three sets. The scores in that game were 25-22, 25-27 and 16-14. In the first game in the male competition, Ladyville Technical High School won over Maud Williams High School in two sets by the score of 25-15 and 25-23. And in the final game of the evening, Sadie Vernon Technical High School defeated Nazarene High School in two sets by the score of 25-16 and 25-18. The competition continued onn Friday 9 October, 2015, at Bird’s Isle with four games on the schedule.

Holy Redeemer girls and boys are leaders in primary schools volleyball competition
The Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball Competition continued at the Bird’s Isle with a number of games on the schedule. On Tuesday 13 October, 2015, in the girls’ game played, Holy Redeemer School defeated Bethel Assembly School in two sets by the score of 25-8 and 25-9. In the boys’ game played, Holy Redeemer School also won over Bethel Assembly School in two sets by the score of 25-11 and 25-16. On Friday St. John Vianney School defeated Wesley Upper School boys in three sets by the score of 25-22, 14-25 and 18-16. The competition then continued on Thursday 8 October, with two more games on the schedule. In the first game in the girls’ competition, Bethel Assembly defeated St. John’s Primary School in two sets by the score of 25-21 and 25-22.

Not Another Contract
In a recent interview at Independence Hall, former PUP campaign manager, Godfrey Smith, visibly bristled when a journalist asked for comment regarding the prevailing public sentiment that the People’s United Party was presenting most of the same candidates who had been resoundingly rejected in 2008. Smith’s response was that the PUP had more new standard bearers than the UDP, and younger too, at that. There was an audible yawn from the press. Fact is, the people are not interested in the new PUP candidates; they are anxious about the old ones who are still at the helm of the Party, including the present Party Leader. They dread a repetition of the 1998-2008 episode; the most corrupt ten years of governance this country has ever seen. Before you scoff, let me say this: I will never, ever get tired of repeating that statement since I think our country could have been much more developed than it is right now if our country’s finances had not been misappropriated.

Demanding Political Respect
As we surge into yet another orgy of finger pointing, perhaps it’s time to remember that the nature of humanity is to make mistakes. Especially when governing an entire country and striving to meet everyone’s needs, it is more than likely for several mishaps to occur; however, even when more rights than wrongs are seen, a small degree of society remains unpleased. But the way our nation immediately goes into attack mode towards a current government– from rabid bloggers, to attack journalism– we’re punishing the majority for the futility of the few. With the flood of criticizing remarks by an opposition, good, innocent people are being driven away from exercising their right in politics because of the vicious finger-pointing. A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful. Though one may think that a democracy is one sided, meaning only the current government has an effect on society, it is a major misconception that gives the opposition a ‘Get out of Jail Free’ card for all the corruption they may cause. While the democratic system isn’t perfect, it still doesn’t make corruption from an opposition acceptable.

Amandala

“I escorted Nora Parham to the gallows!”
Most older Belizeans will remember the June 5, 1963 execution of 36-year-old Nora Parham, convicted of the murder of her common-law husband, Letchel Trapp, a police constable. Parham is the only woman to have been executed in Belize’s history. On Saturday, Amandala travelled to the Cayo District along with the office manager of the Belize Ex-Services League, Valerie Richardson, on her rounds to deliver stipends and food supplies to two World War II veterans. Belmopan resident Eustace Pandy, 97, apart from sharing some of his interesting stories of those eras, told Amandala that he was the prison officer who walked Nora Parham to the gallows.

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World Standards Day Celebrated in Belize
The Belize Bureau of Standards hosted an expo at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City on Wednesday to mark World Standards Day. The event follows a regional standards meeting held just last week in Belize. Today, private and public sector agencies participated and showcased how standards are utilized within […]

PUP candidate denies intimidation, alleges shady dealings at Elections and Boundaries
Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai has alleged publicly that a registering officer in Benque Viejo Town, center of the Cayo West electoral division, was apparently assaulted by the People’s United Party (PUP) candidate, Dr. Lesbia Guerra Cocom, and supporters outside the office last week when she was working […]

Mental patient lucky to be alive after police bullet misses him
A bizarre shooting incident late last night in Punta Gorda (PG) town could have easily taken the life of a mentally unstable man who was lucky enough to have been spared by bad aim. Reports reaching Belize Media Group (BMG) from eyewitnesses of the incident, are that around […]

CCJ denies Bar Association application to extend nationalization cases
The consolidated appeals of the so-called “Ashcroft Alliance” against the Government of Belize over the two acquisitions of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and Belize Electricity Limited are finally at an end following an appearance by all parties today in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), via video-conference. This […]

15-year-old brutally raped in home invasion robbery
A brazen early morning home invasion in a village of the Cayo District has left a foreign church pastor and his family’s lives in shambles after their belongings were stolen and a 15-year-old female member was brutally raped by one of the assailants before he and his accomplice escaped in […]

Cayo boy charged for sex with his girlfriend
A 17-year-old male resident from the Cayo District is, today, facing charges for unlawful sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old. According to police, the 16-year-old, in the company of her mother, visited the office of Human Development in that municipality and reported that sometime in the month of May 2014 when […]

19-year old charged for murder
A post-mortem examination performed on 25-year-old Ervin Franklin, who was murdered on October 10th, has revealed that Franklin died as a result of exsanguination due to external bleeding, due to multiple stab wounds. Subsequently on Wednesday October 14th, police charged 19-year-old Kafele Shemar Kishawn Garcia, a Belizean student of Lords Bank […]

Police get 16 new motorcycles
The Police Department is, today, boasting of 16 new motorcycles. The Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, handed over the motorcycles to the Commissioner of Police Mr Allen Whylie who subsequently handed them over to Senior Superintendent Chester Williams Officer commanding Eastern Division South. The motorcycles will be used to […]

Last goodbye to beloved mother Kyria Krystelle Campos
Early Tuesday morning the shocking news of a dearly beloved mother, daughter, sister and friend’s untimely death left the communities of Placencia and Orange Walk in grief and broken hearted. A truly tragic accident on the Maya Beach Road, just outside of Placencia Village, has left a family in despair. […]

Why did the ComPol order no checkpoints countrywide?
A police department memo from Commissioner of Police (ComPol) Allen Whylie, ordering all formations to immediately cease and desist from vehicular checkpoints, has leaked. The memo is dated October 13th and is signed by Operations Commander Kieth Lino on the ComPol’s behalf. According to the memo, any formation that wants […]

Blogs

A Sneak Preview of Houston Hobby Airport’s New International Terminal & Today’s Flights
Yesterday, the car was outside at 6am – ready to take Belize’s Channel 5 news’ team to Hobby Airport. They are filming for their daily morning show (which you can watch on their website) and…well…I enjoy all scoop and more than happily tagged along. The sun in Houston came up at 7:22am, so we arrived before dark. Quite a bit smaller than GW Bush International Airport (Houston’s main hub) and situation just 7 miles from downtown Houston, I think this is going to work out nicely for travelers. We first met Lindley Reyes, a Houston based pilot and a man who considers himself a Belizean. And an American. And Honduran. Lindley was born in Roatan, Honduras to a mother from the Cayman Islands (like many Bay Islanders are) and a father from Kings Park, Belize City. As a child, he and his dad flew up to Belize City once a month from Roatan.

Carne de Res Agridulce
Preparación: • Calienta el aceite en la olla de presión de 3-4 litros. Cuando esté bien caliente, agrega la carne, sazona con sal y pimienta. Agrega la cebolla el ajo y revuelve para que se cocine medio minuto. Añade el chile verde, pimiento, zanahoria, calabacita y papa. Revuelve • Agrega el tomate, purè de tomate, salsa cátsup, mostaza, vinagre, miel, ralladura de jengibre y revuelve. Sazona todo con sal y pimienta negra. Revuelve • Añade la media taza de agua. Tapa la olla y cuenta 5 minutos desde que suben los indicadores de presión. Enfría la olla bajo el chorro del agua y ábrela. Revuelve, prueba el guiso y rectifica la sazón. Sirve con Arroz blanco sencillo .

Southwest starts flying to Belize Today
Starting today, October 15th 2015, Southwest will start offering a new nonstop flight from Houston Hobby’s International Terminal to Belize City International Airport. “Adding Belize to the Southwest network continues our expansion to international destinations where our People and consumer-friendly policies can deliver as no other airline can”, CEO Gary Kelly said last year in December when Southwest made the initial announcement that they would start flying to Belize. Known for allowing free baggage on your flight (up to two 50lbs bags) and charging no additional fees for changing tickets, this new service by Southwest Airlines will not only drive down the cost of airfare to get to Belize but many stakeholders in the Belize tourism industry believe that it will also increase overnight tourism arrivals. On his visit to Belize in February, Senior Advisor in Communications for Southwest Airlines, Brad Hawkins, stressed that Southwest Airlines is the number one carrier in the United States, and indicated that the airline is not just for budget travelers, but for all kinds of travelers who will be coming to Belize.

The Charles Dickens Theorem
My day started when Carlo and Ernie's closed for the night and the BTIA Board finally called it a night. The actual meeting ended hours earlier - but lets face it the real progress and action happens after the meeting. The bonding and networking on beers 4 + is lasting, the planning effective, and the plans will move...maybe. Got a few hours of sleep and got up at 6am for what was to be a GREAT day for the Ecologic Divers. We've put a lot of work into planning and prep of new trips. We spent time designing foods and plans; we executed those plans...things were going so good and the team was really rocking. We were going to have the biggest day of the season so far and a great 'test day' for all off shore trips coming up. Then the worst fears were realized, the winds picked up and the heavens pissed on us...basically pissed all over my f-ing Cheerios. We adjusted one way, and another, tried to make back up plans...and Mother Nature (that ruthless biotch) thwarted our every effort. So much investment in food, plans, prep, labor - to ruin. The crew was great, the plans went off perfectly, and our confidence is high for our next off shore trips; but the bank doesn't take "confidence" when payroll comes around after the rain washed all our revenue down the drain like that silly Itsy Bitsy Spider. But just like that like that silly spider, I will climb the spout again.

8 Reasons to Visit Belize for Christmas
Christmas is only two months away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start preparing for the holiday season. If you’re interested in travelling for this festive holiday, we recommend booking a flight to Belize. Our white sand beaches, cool sea breezes and tropical sunsets, make it the ideal destination to kick back and enjoy quality time with your loved ones. Here are 8 reasons why you should plan a trip to Belize this Christmas:

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Checklist: Caye Caulker, Belize
Most people visit Belize and only experience two sides of the country—the resort-lined Ambergris Caye/Placencia and the interior Maya ruins. And this is if travelers venture to the country at all; many opt for neighboring Mexico for boutique adventure or resort travel. Having spent time in each of Belize’s four principal regions, I got to experience the small nation’s diverse sides, and I always urge travelers to choose Caye Caulker as their mainstay while visiting the northern Cayes. Here, embedded in the largest reef system in North America, is where you can find unplugged adventure surrounded by a community of hospitable ex-pats and locals. Get the full experience by including these must-sees and must-dos while living the island mantra, “Go slow.” A lap on Front Street is where you’ll find the best Belizean jerk meat. It’s braised and stewed with achiote, a peppery nutmeg-flavored spice, giving it a bold and hot taste that coats the tongue. You’ll be able to spot locals stirring giant silver bowls of the stuff any time after noon, and odds are they’ll be sipping on Belikin beer or the Belizean favorite, 5 Barrel Rum.

HOBBY AIRPORT OPENS INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL
Houston's Hobby Airport made history Thursday morning. The facility's brand new international terminal opened to passengers with its first flight headed to Cancun, Mexico. Southwest Airlines covered the $156 million cost of constructing the building. The terminal is more than 280,000 square feet with five gates. By year's end, Southwest Airlines plan to offer flights to 10 Latin American destinations with service to Mexico, Costa Rica, and Belize. "We booked the day you could book because we thought: oh how fun, we'll go on the first flight," said Sandy Stephenson, who was flying to Belize with her family as a birthday trip. Eyewitness News caught up with Southwest Airlines spokesperson Thais Hanson to talk about what this may mean for your next flight. The company said they promised drive down prices in the market. On Thursday, Southwest Airlines said their dream of giving Houstonians another option in aviation has come true. "Your question was our we trying to bring down the price in the market. That's what we do. The Southwest effect is what we're known as. We do that domestically and now we're looking forward to doing that internationally as well," said Hanson. "Houstonians no longer have to drive north to fly to fly south. We're creating a new need and giving Houstonians what they want and what they needed for a long time."

5 O'Clock Somewhere: The Official Beer of Power Outages, Stifling Heat and Late Buses
Belikin in Monkey River Town. Our boat landed in Monkey River Town, ten miles south of Placencia, Belize. It was May 1999, very hot, and I was almost literally starving. For days, fettered with a novice traveler's fear of mostly imaginary tropical maladies, I had eaten little more than timid spoonfuls of rice and the occasional banana. But after a day spent idling up the wild, Conradian Monkey River, where I went for a swim not a half-mile from where I'd seen a Morolet's crocodile, my stomach had had enough of my anxieties. I was dehydrated and in the throes of a blood-sugar crash. Food--real food--was needed. Alice, owner of the only restaurant in town, seated our small group in the shade of her house. Chickens roamed freely in the yard while kids splashed in the nearby river shallows. Within minutes, she produced trembling plates of stewed chicken, rice, and beans, garnished with fried plantains. I ate with abandon, delighting in the chicken (very, very fresh, based on the sounds which emanated from Alice's kitchen during preparation), the sweet barbecue sauce perfectly offset by the starchy rice and beans.

Videos

  • La Isla Bonita, 4min.

  • Skydiving into the Blue Hole, Belize, 8.5min.

  • Morning Matters In Las Vegas, 58min. Morning Matters with Indio in Vegas

  • Arrival of the first Southwest flight to Belize, 1/2min. Welcome Southwest Airlines! Video courtesy Tropic Air

  • Dolphin in Belize, 1.5min.

  • Rock jumping at Big Rock Falls in Belize 10-7-2015, 1min. Big Rock Falls is a beautiful waterfall with swimming pools in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in the Cayo District of Belize. Ross is the brave soul here who successfully jumped without falling on the slippery rocks.

  • Belize Rural Finance Programme, 11min. The Belize Rural Finance Programme is a seven-year programme aimed at contributing to the reduction of poverty and extreme poverty levels of the rural population - men, women and youth - of Belize by increasing the income and assets of small farmers and the rural population by expanding and enhancing inclusive and sustainable financial services through six participating credit unions.

  • Belize - Summer 2015, 4min. Summer in Hopkins and South Water Caye, in Belize

  • Roads of Belize, 1/2min. Heading North of San Pedro

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