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The San Pedro Sun

Christine Syme is Miss Earth Belize 2015
Miss Earth Belize Organization would like to introduce Miss Christine Syme of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize District as the designated titleholder of Miss Earth Belize 2015. She will represent Belize in the international pageant of Miss Earth 2015 and join 80 other delegates from across the world in Vienna, Austria.

Fyffes pulls the plug on Belize’s Meridian Enterprises
The Banana Industry, one of the strongest agriculture-based enterprises in southern Belize, is going through some serious crisis after Irish multinational enterprise, Fyffes, decided to pull the plug on Meridian Enterprises better known as Mayan King. The fruit importer stopped buying bananas from Belize’s biggest producer because of its links to local business man, John Zabaneh, who was named by United States of America authorities as a drugs kingpin. The cancellation of the contract with Fyffes has left over a thousand people without jobs. As a result, a massive protest erupted in front of the Banana Growers Association, the supplier for Fyffes located in Big Creek Independence Village on Thursday, October 22nd, with jobless people protesting the termination of the contract with their former employer.

Ambergris Today

The Belize Zoo, It's a Jungle IN There
Animals around every corner, coatimundis that wear perfume, a bird taller than you, bugs that taste like mint and a Jaguar that high-fives! Madi could barely contain her excitement even though this was her fourth visit to the Belize Zoo. This time around she knew it would be special, because it always is when the founder of the zoo gives the tour. Madi remembered feeding monkeys and baby tapirs in the past and couldn’t wait to see what surprises Ms. Sharon had for her this time. Indy the Tapir was waiting for us at “Tapir Town” as if he knew we were coming. Have you ever taken a selfie with a Tapir? Indy was so happy we had carrots that he didn’t seem to mind all the cameras in his face. The animals at the Belize Zoo all have a story to tell. It’s how they educate us as we walk along the wooded paths and get completely immersed in the animals’ habitats. You can find their stories written all over the zoo. Madi’s favorite story is about April the Tapir. She was rescued by Ms. Sharon and together they taught children all about our National Animal for 30 years.

Flashbacks - Andrew Bradley Enjoys Sitting on His Verandah
The proprietor of this humble house is Mr. Andrew Bradley, a quiet and reserved but very happy man. He lived a small part of his life in neighboring X’calak, Mexico. In the late 1950’s he literally saw an entire family lose their life during Hurricane Janet, but he managed to save the life of one child; that child was Edwardo Brown Sr. It was until then that Andrew came to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, bringing his adopted son with him. Since then, Andrew has been a dedicated fisherman and built his house in San Pedro. Night and day you would see him alone in his verandah simply saying hello to his friends and passersby. Eventually Andrew was joined by a companion, Bertha, and occasionally you would see both on the verandah. For the most part Andrew is content with his solitary time; he was a very happy man. It is usually this lone figure that you would see; he might appear sad and lonely, but he is proud and happy of his past and a very happy man for that matter. Test this story. Pass by his house on Pescador Drive, wave to him and say, “Hello Andrew.” You are sure to receive a smile and a greeting in return.

25 Years Ago - Chicago Cubs, San Pedro's Home Team
If you wonder why San Pedro picked up the Cubs as their home team, here is a simple explanation. CCV or Coral Cable Vision brought television to San Pedro in the 1980’s. It offered about seven or nine channels only and one of the most interesting channels was WGN OF Chicago on Channel 9. This channel offered great news, talk shows, international events, movies, documentaries, and sports, of course. And since WGN was based in Chicago, it is obvious that they followed their home team, the Cubs, very closely. It was in this manner that we were exposed very much to the Cubs and thus they became our “Home Team”. San Pedranos sought to acquire Cub pennants, Cub Caps, Cub T-shirts, and other paraphernalia that indicated that they were fans. Some also longed to visit Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs, and they celebrate big time when they accomplished this. This, in a nutshell, is the explanation why San Pedro so loves the Chicago Cubs. You should have heard the complaints and fuss a few nights ago when in the middle of the Cubs game to the finals, there was a power blockout and the television was off for about one hour. And then the smiles because when the power came back, it was Cub 3-Pirates 0. Unbelievable that San Pedro has been Cub fans for over twenty five years ago.

New Dialysis Center Brings Convenience, Lower Costs To Kidney Patients In Belize
Carlos Perrera, Managing Partner, commented, "We are excited to be able to offer the very best in dialysis care to our patients. We want to provide an affordable service to fellow Belizeans and increase life expectancy. The facility exemplifies our goal to be the best of the best for people with kidney disease, helping them to live healthier lives, where quality of life is at the highest possible level. We want to help those in need of the service as there is a great demand, and our ability to combine such care with preventative services and education is taking dialysis services to greater heights.”

Belize And Pakistan Establish Diplomatic Relations
The Government of Belize and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan signed a Joint Communiqué thereby establishing Diplomatic Relations between the two countries. Ambassador Oliver del Cid signed the Joint Communiqué on behalf of the Government of Belize, while Ambassador Aitzaz Ahmed, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Mexico, signed on behalf of his country. The Communiqué affirms the countries’ common interest in promoting and strengthening ties of friendship and cooperation, and agreed that their relationship would be guided by the UN Charter and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

PLEASE Help & Vote to give Belize well deserved Travel Awards!!!
1) USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Visit http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-caribbean-destination-for-adventure/ and please vote for Ambergris Caye. If you have the time, feel free to vote every day! 2) World Travel Awards: Here you can give more than once a vote for Belize… The Categories are: World's Leading Beach Destination: Placencia, Belize World's Leading Destination: Ambergris Caye, Belize World's Leading Dive Destination: Belize World's Leading Green Destination: Belize To vote for Belize, please visit www.worldtravelawards.com , go to Nominees, then to the World Nominees 2015.

San Pedro 3 X 3 Basketball Tournament
Calling ALL BASKETBALL FANS! Join us for a meeting on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at the San Pedro Town Council's Conference Room.

Processed meats rank alongside smoking as cancer causes – WHO
Bacon, ham and sausages rank alongside cigarettes as a major cause of cancer, the World Health Organisation has said, placing cured and processed meats in the same category as asbestos, alcohol, arsenic and tobacco. The report from the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said there was enough evidence to rank processed meats as group 1 carcinogens because of a causal link with bowel cancer. It places red meat in group 2A, as “probably carcinogenic to humans”. Eating red meat is also linked to pancreatic and prostate cancer, the IARC says.

Chocolate Art
By Artzone Heusner

Annual general meeting of Oceana Belize's members, known as Wavemakers
Belizeans from across the country gathered in Belmopan on Saturday, October 24th to participate in the annual general meeting of Oceana Belize's members, known as Wavemakers. Oceana Belize established offices in Belize in 2009. Today, the organization's largest campaign is to advocate for the protection of Belize's marine resources from the inherent hazards of offshore oil activities. In her address to the attendees, Oceana's Vice President Janelle Chanona shared, "Many countries have already altered or destroyed their marine ecosystems. Belize is a very special place but it is just as vulnerable as everywhere else to human influence. Average Belizeans are already doing their part. Belizean leaders have a patriotic duty to protect the resources that tens of thousands of Belizeans depend on everyday for their livelihoods from the dangers of offshore oil." Held annually, the event also affords the organization the opportunity to recognize members from each district for going above and beyond to ensure Belizeans join the conversation regarding management of national assets. To acknowledge her unwavering dedication to campaign goals, Oceana Belize has awarded Amber Rivero of the Belize District as 2015's Wavemaker of the year.

BHA Oral History Workshop
The Belize History Association is having an Oral History workshop on Saturday's during November. Dr. Joseph-Aondofe Iyo will be teaching the workshop. There are 2 slots open for people from Cayo. Email them at BHA.Belize@gmail.com if you are interested. "We are pleased to announce that the Belize History Association (BHA) is organizing an Oral History Workshop to be held in November 2015. The purpose of the workshop is to equip BHA members with essential knowledge and skills of oral history. It shall focus on building the capacity of the BHA to produce biographies which can be published in our newsletters and website."

Belize Bird Rescue: Our first Barn Owl hatchling, four more to go

Aquila's Center for Cruise Excellence and Tour Guide Training
Over 50 Tour Guides in Belize going through their Tour Guide Excellence International training with Melanie Colpitts and Beth Hatt. Congratulations Belize Tourism Board!

Dr. Jones and the students at the Ocean Academy had a great time learning about archeology and performing mock excavations!

Belize’s watchdog warns Panteon-Finance is no longer licensed
Several months after Panteon-Finance made it to the “Black List” of Russia’s Forex organization CRFIN, Belize’s financial markets regulator also voiced its concerns over the company. In a warning dated October 26, 2015, Belize’s International Financial Services Commission (IFSC) says that Panteon-Finance Ltd is no longer licensed by the regulator for trading in securities or to engage in any other international financial services. Investors are advised to take note and exercise caution. The company, whose website is at present inaccessible, was very active in Eastern Europe and Russia, offering a range of investment plans, including PAMM accounts. Russia’s CRFIN has noted earlier this year the fake claims of the broker, including a non-existent membership in the experts council at the Council of Federation Committee on Budget and Financial Markets.

"Dia de Finados" Exhibition
The San Pedro House of Culture invites the San Pedro Community and visitors to our island to our "Dia de Finados" Exhibition at the HOC on Monday, Nov. 2nd starting at 7 p.m.Join us in remembering our dearly departed and help support them through their spiritual journey. Come try the traditional foods and drinks offered to our loved ones.

2nd Annual Benque Cancer Awareness Walk
The Rotaract Club of Benque had their 2nd annual Cancer Walk fundraiser this weekend. Thanks, Rotaract! We hosted our 2nd Annual Cancer Awareness Walk to raise awareness about cancer in Benque Viejo & San Jose Succotz. "NOT BEYOND US" is this year's theme. We walked in solidarity with our family and friends who are fighting cancer, or lost the battle to cancer. This event also serves as a fundraiser to assist cancer patients in our area as we are conscious that the medical expenses are high.

Channel 7

Arthur Saldivar Says Hulse Signed Some Shady Nationality Docs
Attorney Arthur Saldivar earned his stripes as an immigration whistleblower at the height of the Penner scandal in October of 2013. That's when he showed the media a sheaf of genuine immigration documents that appeared to have been generated in the backrooms of the Immigration Department - and got thrown out the back door by shadow operatives when the Penner scandal blew. Now, the Saldivar documents were never all that he said they were, but they did show a department in the grips of shadowy forces. And so today, we had to listen when he called us with some more documents: four nationality documents and passports dating back to late 2012 for persons who only appear to have been in the country for a short period of time before they got their passports. The law requires that permanent residents must be in country uninterrupted for 5 years before they qualify for a nationality certificate and a passport - but we have seen visa stamps which show that these new Belizeans were only here for maybe a month before they got their passport. Now, we have not seen the original documents - but Saldivar says he got it from a deep throat source and he outlined the irregularities:..

Hulse Says Dept. Oversight Left Much To Be Desired
We reached Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse to hear his side of the story today. He wasn't directly familiar with the cases, but acknowledged that he received documents from Immigration Department staff, which were suspicious:.. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration "Let me tell you. When documents are brought to the minister to sign, they come with a file and the file is inspected by various immigration officers before it reaches me. So I don't know that I have sign any of these. I would have to see them. Nothing has come to me in that sense. There is an audit report which we have not yet gotten. No detail of the audit has been disclosed to me or my CEO. So I have to wait until that time. But what I can say is this; that if anyone has obtained nationality illegality or by fraud or by any of these things. The law is there to immediately revoke such nationality." Jules Vasquez "When this whole Penner scandal exploded, is this the sort of thing you feared knowing that there were so many phantoms in the system in so far as phantom identity, phantom arrivals - all these things that inevitably you would see documents like this eventually coming to light?"

From Murder to Manslaughter
26 year-old Jason Reyes, who has been on remand awaiting trial for murder for the past 5 years, got some bad news when Justice Adolph Lucas found him guilty of manslaughter in a trial without jury. Reyes was charged with the fatal stabbing of 29 year-old Lionel Pinelo. The evidence in the trial was that on November 5, 2015, Pinelo drove a golf cart to the Rainbow Star Bar, located in the Boca Del Rio Section of the island. That's when someone threw a pint bottle on the top of the cart, which broke. According to the witnesses in the case, that got Pinelo angry, and he approached a group of young men with the intent to fight Jason Reyes. Witnesses say that Reyes pulled a knife and stabbed Pinelo once to the left side of his chest. He was rushed to the hospital in time for medical treatment, but he died the next day. Crown Counsel Portia Staine called 2 eyewitnesses to testify in the case, but one was uncooperative. He told the court that he saw when Reyes made a stabbing motion, but he did not see any knife in Reyes' hand. The prosecutor had to treat him as a hostile witness.

Kung Fu Politics?
It's election season right now, and with less than 10 days to go, all the mass party politicians have campaigners going from house to house in all 31 constituencies. So, with campaign activities at a fever pitch, election hysteria is bound to take place. But, what happens when supporters become fanatics for their party? Well, we think that fiascos like this one could probably result from such devotion. The amateur video you're looking is of a scene which unfolded in San Felipe Village in the Orange Walk District on Saturday evening. PUP candidate Jose Mai and his supporters were having a motorcade through the village when it appears that a group of UDP supporters waylaid them. As you're seeing the video, one of those men exposed himself to the PUP supporters, and made a very lewd and offensive gesture at the group. That made the other side very angry, and this amateur video captured a man fly kicking the man who exposed himself. Someone else then came off screen to kick him in the face while he was on the ground. As the exposer was getting up, he was struck across the head with a stick, which broke in half.

Man Knocked Down and Killed in Deep South
A man was knocked down and killed in Punta Gorda last night around 6:15. 63 year old US national Steven Zipzer was heading to PG when he hit 49 year old Marsden Ramirez between mile 2 and 3 on the San Antonio Road. Today police told us that Ramirez was on the side of the road fixing his bicycle when Zipzer rammed into him. Ramirez was flung on the other side of the road and died on the spot - the case is simply that Zipzer did not see Ramirez on the road side. Zipzer was served with a notice of intended prosecution. In terms of the deceased: Ramirez, police are still investigating if Marsden Ramirez is his real name because he had been brought in for using someone else's name in a previous case.

Did Arthur Let Down Menjivar?
2 weeks ago, we told you about how Miguel Menjivar and his family finally filed a lawsuit against the Government and the Gang Suppression Unit. Their intention was to seek damages for the wreckage left behind after a GSU team unloaded over a hundred bullets on their Belmopan home about 4 years and 4 months ago. He told the press in an interview that time that he was going to do everything he could to make sure that the case would happen. But, when the case was called up again before Justice Michelle Arana, it was abruptly thrown out. That's because the judge gave specific orders that documents, witness statements, and everything important to the case had to be filed by the claimants. Arthur Saldivar is the Menjivar family's attorney, and that responsibility of filing court documents was his. Nothing was filed in time, and so the judge struck the case out, but gave them the option of bringing it back if they so choose. So, did Saldivar fail the Menjivar Family? That's what we asked him this evening:

Hulse Swears In New Citizens
And while Hulse was on political duty in the South today, he was on official duty in Belmopan on Friday at a swearing in. Many immigrants have been waiting more than a decade to become a Belizean and their quest was finally realized on Friday. 164 people from 21 different countries were naturalized on Friday at the George Price Center in Belmopan. Of course, there was the usual lecture about the conditions these new Belizeans must follow, but Immigration and Nationality Minister Godwin Hulse said it's not only about that long list of restrictions and conditions - it's about cultural integration and unity. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration and Nationality "In 2014, we made a landmark decision to change the law to how people get citizenship. Up until 2014 it was relative easy. You had to be the country for 5 years, from starting from when you came and you simply had to apply and the minister would sign a certificate be done with it. That's process has change significantly and from 2014, all the applications goes through a rigorous process as the CEO pointed out. That is to ensure absolute transparency and to ensure a process where everybody who becomes a citizen of Belize is worthy of that honor.

Hulse: Nothing Suspicious About New Citizen Swearing In Says Before Election
213 new Belizeans were also sworn in late last month at the UB Gymnasium. When we spoke to Minister Hulse today he re-iterated that this exercise has absolutely nothing to do with the upcoming general elections - these citizens can't even vote because the final period of registration and transfer for this election closed on September 10th. Hulse says there's nothing suspicious:... Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration and Nationality "There could be nothing suspicious Jules. I've said time and time again, there were several thousand documents in Immigration that were languishing and fitting - all sorts of things happening and we undertook many months ago to clean up. We set up a special task force to go through all these files. We contact people and some of them has been waiting from the early 2002 and some from in the 1990s - many of them have children who are grown. Many of them have children here who have never been to the person country of origin etc. and it's just a process of trying to finalize all that exercise and the swearing in is open, its transparent. The press was there and the people got their certificates. It's just a continuing of the work we do and the certificates is signed. There is a still a lot of people who will be sworn in subsequently until that exercise is full completed."

Stabbed Locke
There were no reports of gun violence over the weekend in Belize City, but a man was stabbed. It happened on Friday night around 9:00 where 22 year old Jermaine Locke, a Maintenance worker was stabbed wound to the upper left chest. Police say Locke was talking to two male friends on Tibruce Street when a man walked up and stabbed him once. He received emergency surgery and is in a critical but stable condition.

Mom Calls Out For Missing Girl
A 15 year old girl is missing tonight and her mother fears she may be in danger. Shayanta Shanice Williams left home one week ago on Monday the 19th and has not returned since. Her mother, Leonie Williams came to our studios this morning and told us that when she got home that Monday night, she didn't find her daughter. She told us that she is worried because since her daughter went missing she has been receiving threats. Voice of: Leonie Williams, Mother "When I came home, the landlord told me that a girl named Jay Bodden, came for Shayanta Williams and took her. The landlord says that she went with a school bag and with some clothes packed. From since then I haven't heard nor see her. I ask the little girl to please tell me where my daughter is, because she knows where my daughter is. And then there are some people who calls and text me threatening me. I really want that whosoever have my daughter to please send her home for me." Courtney Weatherburne "We have to ask if you know maybe she is with a boyfriend or something like that. Because that's a main issue in terms of these cases - that they would go and visit friends or visit a boyfriend and then come right back home. But do you think that's the case or do you think your daughter is really in danger?"

Wilfred Ready To Work
On last week Friday's newscast, we showed you a portion of our interview with Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington the two term representative for Pickstock. It was our first opportunity after weeks and weeks of trying to speak with him about the controversies he had to face late this year on the Sarstoon issue and the flare up between Belize and Guatemala. Tonight, we have part two of that interview in which he discussed with us how his critics have been unrelenting in their attempts to convince the public that he is a failed foreign minister. For context, we pick up the conversation with Elrington where he was commenting on whether or not he would want the Foreign Affairs Ministry if he is re-elected to office. Here's that back and forth: Daniel Ortiz "If he decides to give you foreign ministry again, will you consider it? Will you take it on given that that you've been one of those foreign ministers who seems to be embattled?" Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs "It's a myth. I am not embattled."

BNTU Saber Rattles
And before Jimmy Morales warms up the seat of power, the BNTU sent out a heated, two page press release today demanding that Government do more to ward off Guatemalan aggression. Citing the language of the diplomatic note that Guatemala sent to Belize 6 weeks ago, the Union angrily demands that government cites what resources it will put into the Coast Guard and the BDF provide optimal defence of the border. They also call on government to internationalize the issue, and to build the forward operating base on Sarstoon Island. The release adds, quote, the time has come for us to hold our leaders accountable for enforcement of our national security.

PHILLOUGHBY SAYS ON FLOOD...
The flood waters have receded in the city and as we have been showing you residents are trying to get their life back to normal. A part of that process of normalcy is cleaning up and the City Council has organized a campaign to do just that - but they say they need your help. The Council held a press conference this evening asking residents for assistance. Councillor Phillip Willoughby told us how you can help. So again the council is urging all city residents to collect all the garbage from your house, yard and surrounding areas and place them at the front so sanitation workers can pick it up. This cleanup campaign starts on Thursday. Residents are also asked to not use sludge waste as landfill because it poses a serious health hazard.

Channel 5

More Dubious Immigration Documents Circa Penner Passport Scandal
On Friday, we showed you a group of almost two hundred men and women who were granted Belizean citizenship by the Immigration and Nationality Department.  The timing of the swearing-in, [...]

Was Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse Involved in Signing of Documents?
Earlier today, we attempted to reach the Minister of Immigration, Godwin Hulse, but he was unavailable. According to Saldivar, the Penner scandal in September 2013 was what broke the camel’s [...]

Armed Robbery in San Ignacio, Madisco Employees Jacked at Gunpoint
Late this evening, News Five was able to confirm reports that there was an armed robbery in San Ignacio. It happened at around four, and the victims were two Madisco [...]

GSU Raids Home of San Jose Residents… On Whose Instructions?
Did Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega dispatch members of the feared Gang Suppression Unit to terrorize residents of San Jose in the Orange Walk District? That’s a question to which [...]

Bomba Under Water One Week After Massive Weekend Downpour
Bomba is a small community off the Old Northern Highway in the Belize Rural North constituency. There are twenty-seven families living in the village without electricity even though wires were [...]

Mike Menjivar’s Case Against G.O.B./G.S.U. Dismissed…
A claim against the Government of Belize filed by businessman Mike Menjivar, proprietor of La Cabana Restaurant and Bar, was dismissed this morning in the Supreme Court.  The protracted legal [...]

La Cabana Proprietor Prepares to Revisit the Drawing Board
According to Menjivar, the dismissal of the matter will force them back to the drawing board.  The case against government however, will only rear its head in another form.   [...]

Fatal Traffic Accidents in San Antonio and Xaibe Villages
A fatal traffic mishap in the Toledo District over the weekend has claimed the life of a man whose identity is yet to be confirmed by Punta Gorda police.  On [...]

Jermaine Locke is Stabbed in Belize City
A near-fatal stabbing incident over the weekend in the Lake Independence area has left one man in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.  Twenty-two-year-old Jermaine Locke was assaulted [...]

Jason Reyes, Not Guilty of Murder but Guilty of Manslaughter
A decision was handed down today in the Supreme Court of Judge Adolph Lucas in a trial of judge without jury in which a San Pedro man was found not [...]

Guatemalan President Elect Says He Won’t Give Up an Inch of Belize
Carlos Morales, a comedian, won by a huge landslide in Sunday’s elections in Guatemala, beating Sandra Torres by a margin of two to one. He received sixty-seven point four percent [...]

B.N.T.U. Issues Release on Guatemala’s Response to Diplomatic Note
On the heels of the statement by the president elect of Guatemala, the Belize National Teachers Union, the most active among the unions, sent out a release stating its position [...]

Belize Youth Movement Launches Agenda For Now
A youth senator…that’s one of the proposals that the youth arm of the People’s United Party put forth in a manifesto last Saturday. The document, called Agenda For Now, also [...]

Leader of Opposition Concerned About New Nationalities
There are two recent immigration incidents over which there is rising concern. Between the months of September and October over four hundred persons were sworn in as new Belizeans. And [...]

City Council Takes on Garbage Collection Post-flood
A massive, citywide cleanup spearheaded by the National Emergency Management Organization, NEMO, and the Belize City Council is underway.  The campaign continues one week after torrential rains flooded parts of [...]

Phillip Willoughby Says All Hand Are on Deck for Cleanup Campaign
Waste material, says Willoughby, is being dealt with promptly by all related agencies, including the Solid Waste Management Authority.   Phillip Willoughby, CEMO “There will be a three-day window opportunity [...]

Bodybuilding Champions…James Adderley with Sports News
Good evening. I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   Verdes FC has proven that unless Belizean football travels, we will remain unable to compete at the international level. [...]

CTV3

GSU Terrorizes Residents From San Jose Village
Three families from the San Jose Village are tonight reeling in from what they described as a “frightening ordeal” at the hands of the Gang Suppression Unit over the weekend. The families claim that between 4am and 5am on Sunday morning, a team comprising of six GSU Members descended to the Village and ransacked the homes of Amparo Cruz, Pedro Ku and Oswaldo Cruz. CTV3 understands that the GSU kicked down their front doors and proceeded to ransack the place, without the strength of a warrant since they claimed they were looking for drugs and firearms. But the families are not buying that clichéd-version of events and claim they are being targeted simply because they changed their political affiliation from die hard UDP supporters to PUP followers. We spoke with the families yesterday who expressed their discontentment…

More Land Grab In Little England Area Orange Walk
There are residents in the Little England Area in Orange Walk Town who are also expressing much concern about the neighborhood says Josue Carballo, PUP Standard Bearer for Orange Walk East. The land parcels, Carballo says are also being issued in this part of the town and there is grave concern since the town council has, itself, been unable to verify who is the rightful owner of many parcels in that part of town. “We have come across some indicators that definitely there is such a haphazard in which lands particularly in the Little England Area of Orange Walk has been mismanaged it is when I am campaigning people are telling that the area needs urgent attention but we ourselves in the town council can’t even get access to the information of who actually owns these lands we definitely believe that people whosoever owns these should be responsible enough to take care of it and now more and more we are finding out that these lands are being given out to cronies and with no actual plan for the area.”

Traffic Accident Claims Two Lives Of Corozaleno
Two lives have been lost in two separate traffic accidents in the Corozal District. Firstly a Hit and Run on Saturday the 24th claimed the life of 44 year old Leonardo Novelo, a resident form the village of Xaibe in the Corozal District. According to police reports the incident played out a little after midnight on the Xaibe, Patchakan road. Police say that the responded to a call at about 12:45 am of which a team of officers were dispatched to the area, upon arriving at the scene they observed the motionless body Novelo laying on the left hand side of the road. Novelo’s body was taken to the Corozal Community hospital where the Doctors on shift pronounced him dead. No arrest has been made so far and the matter is still under investigation. While police are clueless on the dreadful hit and run that claimed the life of 44 year old Novelo, another unfortunate incident occurred at 130 a.m the 25th October this time in the village of San Narciso, just 24 hours after the first incident. According to Police report, San Victor resident Teofilo Oba was driving his light colour Dodge Caravan on his way to San Victor when upon reaching about ¼ mile into the village he was blinded by an upcoming vehicle who refused to lower his high beams.

Guatemalan Arm Forces Continue To Bully BDF In Order To Enter Sarstoon River
Viewers may recall that in August of this year, the Belize Territorial Volunteers made their last historic visit by actually setting foot on the Sarstoon Island and planting a Belizean Flag as a symbolic gesture to our sovereignty. Well tonight, we have gotten wind that the planted Belizean Flag has been removed but at the hands of the Guatemalan Forces. Today, a post on social media made by a credible source, flared public discussion surrounding the issue. We spoke to leader of the BTV, Wil Meheia for clarification….. “I am disappointed in this government in that the Guatemalans bully the military and we still stay there and still don’t file any letter of protest to the UN nor to the OAS it just feels that we are being bullied, back in August when they chased the media and I don’t care what General Jones what’s to say, the fact is that they chased the media boat, you know I have friends in the BDF that I won’t reveal their names but who was on the boat when the boat was chased out of the Sarstoon so I could like confirm that the boat was actually chased out of the Sarstoon and actually the BDF still have to check with the Guatemalans for permission to go up the Sarstoon it is time for us as Belizeans to stand up and if the government doesn’t want to stand I call on all Belizeans to stand up.”

LOVE FM

Guatemalan Comedian Turn President-Elect Has Sights Set On Belize
A few months ago, Jimmy Morales, a then presidential candidate for the Republic of Guatemala, had been campaigning on the territorial issue with Belize. According to Morales, one of Guatemala’s historical events that he considers deplorable is that they are losing Belize and that they have not lost yet and that they need to work […]

CDB Grants Monies to Improve Water Sector in Belize
Belize has been approved as a grant recipient by the Caribbean Development Bank. The grant is for just over two hundred and sixty thousand Belize dollars and is allotted for technical assistance towards making Belize’s water sector less vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In an online article, it stated that Belize’s water sector […]

Francis Fonseca Misleads Electorate
In an election season, the political parties are even more alert when it comes to the behaviour and actions of their opponents as well as their close allies. It is a time when voters will be bombarded with the political rhetoric and the propaganda. One of the recent issues that have garnered much attention from […]

Belize Welcomes 164 New Nationals
Last Friday saw the swearing in of one hundred and sixty four men and women from various parts of the world as nationals from twenty one countries received their Belizean citizenship. The ceremony took place at the George Price Centre on Friday, October 23 and had the presence of the Minister of Immigration, Godwin Hulse. […]

Guatemalans Renounce Country For Belizean Citizenship
Earlier we told you of the one hundred and sixty four men and women who were granted Belizean citizenship last week. While it is acceptable for foreigners to maintain their nationality of their birth country and thus possess dual citizenship, there was an exception as Guatemalans are not given that option, as explained by Immigration […]

UNICEF Warns Against Fraudulent Emails
The presence of the World Wide Web has opened avenues for fraud in many instances and usually comes in the form of lottery winnings in your email or on your social media page. Of recent, there have reportedly been a surge of fraudulent emails sent to individuals purportedly from UNICEF. This issue has come to […]

Political Climate Heats Up in Northern Belize
Before the Gang Suppression Unit carried out their raids on the three houses, the day before, a fight between supporters of both major political parties in San Jose Village, Orange Walk District, was caught on camera. The video shows party supporters of the PUP and UDP attacking each other and so today, we asked Cervantes […]

Cervantes Believes Gapi May Have Resorted to the GSU
Before leaving the Orange Walk District we spoke to Ramon “Monchi” Cervantes Jr. on the raids that officers of the Gang Suppression Unit carried out on the house of his supporters. Cervantes condemns the act believing that his political opponent is now being pressured by the number of people who are now supporting the People’s […]

Dangriga Police News
We join correspondent Harry Arzu for news from Dangriga. HARRY ARZU “Acting upon information received, Dangriga police conducted a search of an abandoned lot on Melinda Road where they found an unlicensed firearm, namely a 9mm black pistol. No one was in the area when the search was conducted on Saturday and as a result […]

PlusTV

Smart accuses DigiCell of false advertising
Smart is up in arms over a DigiCell advertisement that was placed in UDP’s Guardian propaganda paper, the Guardian. According to a statement from Smart, in the most recent edition of the Guardian Newspaper, dated Sunday, October 25, 2015, DigiCell placed a full page ad which compared Smart’s ...

Belize Police found 1.57kg of Cannabis
A Belize City Police search led to the discovery of drugs in an open lot. On Friday the 23rd of October Belize City police conducted a search in an open lot on Nurse Finley Crescent, Belize City where they found two black plastic bags. One of the plastic bags contained eight parcels of cannabis whi...

Guatemalan youth caught drug trafficking in Belize
18 year old Guatemalan Ricardo Fedrico Sup Alvarado was found trafficking weed in Belize. According to Benque Viejo police, on Sunday October 25th near the bus terminal in that Town, their attention was drawn to Alvarado. Whe Alvarado saw the cops, he dropped his knapsack and began to walk away. The...

Family claims GSU raid is political
Politics can be a nasty business and so far in this campaigning season we have had accusations of murder between political rivals from the north, the burning down of a standard bearer’s office in Cayo South, and regular old mud slinging in the political ads. It appears that politics also took anoth...

Belize City man accused of home invasion and rape
Fabers’ Road resident and construction worker Martin Usher says he was only trying to get back a lost cellular phone when he visited a Belize City woman’s home last week. But she accuses him of trying to break in and rape her. Usher pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated burglary before Senior...

Miguel Menjivar case continues in Supreme Court
Five months ago, Belmopan businessman Miguel Menjivar commenced a lawsuit in the Supreme Court, in which he is suing the Attorney General on behalf of the Government of Belize; the Commissioner of Police on behalf of the Belize Police Department, and Sergeant of Police Santiago Gongora on behalf of ...

San Pedro resident is convicted of manslaughter
Jason Reyes, accused of the murder of San Pedro Town resident Lionel Pinelo, has been found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter by Justice Adolph Lucas in a trial without jury. Today Justice Lucas ruled that he is certain that while Reyes did indeed stab Pinelo on November 5, 2010 in front o...

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Armed robbery in San Ignacio.
Information reaching our newsroom is that late this afternoon, workers from Madisco, who were in the company’s truck were targeted by armed men in San Ignacio Town. What is interesting is that the incident played out behind Scotia Bank which is not far away from the San Ignacio Police Station. […]

CDB grants for climate change water plans
According to Caribbean News Now, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a technical assistance grant to Belize to help make the country’s water sector less vulnerable to climate change impacts. National water provider Belize Water Services Limited (BWS) received US$134,000 to finance consultancy services to support BWS’ efforts to: develop a climate […]

UNICEF Belize decries fundraising scam
Belize’s branch of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that award letters and emails said to be coming from their branch in Barcelona, Spain, and Orchard Hills Security Company suggesting that the recipient has won an award and must provide sensitive personal information to collect it are false and […]

Trial ordered in domestic dispute
Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer today dismissed a plea of guilty by one-half of a feuding couple and said she would have full trial of charges of aggravated assault, wounding and damage to property. Tonight, 28 year old truck driver, Jose Alfredo Barrera, who pleaded guilty to the […]

Misunderstanding leads to accusations of home invasion and rape
Fabers’ Road resident and construction worker Martin Usher says he was only trying to get back a lost cellular phone when he visited a Belize City woman’s home last week. But she accuses him of trying to break in and rape her by forcing her to cover up […]

San Pedro resident is convicted of manslaughter
Jason Reyes, accused of the murder of San Pedro Town resident Lionel Pinelo, has been found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter by Justice Adolph Lucas in a trial without jury. Today Justice Lucas ruled that he is certain that while Reyes did indeed stab Pinelo on […]

Guatemalan busted for weed in Benque
Ricardo Fedrico Sup Alvarado, an 18-year-old Guatemalan, is under police custody after he was intercepted by Benque Viejo Quick Response Team. According to police in that municipality, on Sunday October 25th near the bus terminal, their attention was drawn to the Hispanic man. Upon seeing police, he dropped a […]

Two dead in separate Corozal accidents
Corozal Police are currently investigating two separate traffic incidents that claimed the life of two men from the rural areas in that district. The first incident occurred on Saturday, October 24th, on the Patchakan – Xaibe road. According to officials they responded to a report around 12:45 am. A […]

One Belizean American View of Election 2015 in Belize
By Joseph Guerrero Belize’s upcoming General Elections 2015 once again has the big two political parties in Belize vying for the vote of the public for control of the resources of the nation. This time however there is a third party which is offering candidates in at least 25 constituencies. Recent […]

Belize needs better drainage and its possible
As Mexico breathes a sigh of relief having sustained little damage from one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Western hemisphere, we are reminded just how the world is at mother nature’s mercy. Hurricane Patricia, being a category five storm, was expected to cause mass damage and lead […]

Conditions become slightly moist and unstable over Belize as a cold front stalls over Northwest Yucatan
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting cloudy skies at times with a few showers or thunderstorms mainly inland this afternoon and evening, with showers becoming generally isolated tonight and tomorrow morning. Winds will be blowing variable at 10 knots or less and the sea state will be slight to light chop. […]

Electrical accident believed to cause house fire
Belize City fire department responded to a fire on 1809 Henderson Avenue in Belize City on Friday October 23th. Upon arrival they saw smoke coming out from the windows and the roof area of a green bungalow concrete structure. According to the police report, the owner is 71-year-old Vinnie Ramos, a […]

Jimmy Morales new Guatemalan President
With 67.4% of the population’s vote in favor of 46 year old, comedian Jimmy Morales, Guatemala has officially elected its new President. President Morales got more than double the votes of ex-first lady Sandra Torres who only garnered 32.6 % of the votes. On a CNN report, President Morales described […]

Blogs

Our island has been trashed
Shortly after the torrential storms passed across Ambergris Caye, an invasion of another sort was unleashed upon us: Trash. Oh I know, we’re always complaining about the volumes of trash on the island but this is different. Tons of floating plastic bottles and plates and shoes and buckets and old balls have floated onto shore atop a fresh bed of stinky sargassum. I know this long ugly line of trash extends, at least, from Tres Cocos area north of the bridge (where these pictures were taken to at least Caribbean Villas to the south. Maybe farther in both directions. Could be even more widespread. This is only where I have witnessed it. It is as if a barge full of trash tipped over in the storms on the other side of the reef — and what didn’t sink, floated to shore. I really don’t know where it is coming from but my heart is breaking for our island. The sargassum is back with a vengeance and now this wave of plastic riding atop it. At 5 p.m. on Monday my friend Rene was still shoveling sargassum and plastic from one of the worst spots, in Tres Cocos.

SAGA Humane Society’s 12th Annual Halloween Pet Spooktacular is a HUGE HIT!
Carlo’s and Ernie’s Runway Bar was packed…dogs, kids, and people eating, drinking, getting into trouble and there to support the SAGA Humane Society. Taking pictures of dogs is HARD work. It was a huge, fantastic, packed event…where many left smiling, with candy and food and very tired dogs. But this is only the beginning! There is so much more going on for Halloween WEEK in San Pedro. There is a family party at Black Orchid restaurant on Halloween night. And the HUGE Holiday Hotel party and a THRILLER DANCE CONTEST! Many have been practicing their whole lives for this…

Belizean Rice and Beans Made in the Pressure Cooker
I show you how to go from dried uncooked beans to perfect rice and beans in less than an hour.

Icebox Butterhorns (Overnight Dinner Rolls)
Dissolve the yeast in the water in a large bowl. Add the milk, sugar, egg, salt, and half of the flour. Beat together with a wooden spoon until smooth; add the 3/4 cup melted butter, along with remaining flour. Place in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and put in your fridge overnight. The next day (or at least six hours later, if you'd like to make them in the morning for supper) punch the dough down. Shape as desired. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. (I like to turn the oven on for 1-2 minutes, then turn it off and stick the rolls in or 45 minutes. Then I pull them out, and preheat the oven to bake them.).

BELIZE: SMALL IN SIZE, MAGNIFICENT IN MEMORIES
I am flying-arms outstretched, watching the world undulate below me. Valleys and mountains rise and plants fan out in Technicolor brilliance. My hair flows past me, wisps that escaped the trappings of my band. My camera is swinging gently in the current; I capture it for a picture, focusing on a minute detail that I would forget in the grand idea. An animal flies by me, using its adaptations to look like it is gliding with effortless motion. I try to use the camera to capture the majestic nature surrounding me, to catch the movement. The current surges around me, a push and pull that I can’t ignore. I come upon a taller bit of the ground; I reach out with my arms, try to keep my legs tucked, attempting to not touch anything below me as I glide through its branches, fauna flitting beneath and around me. The pure, perfect turquoise blue is mesmerizing, unable to be captured by any photo. The light reflections are blinding, but dance along the ground.

Lemon Loaf
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until creamy. Blend in milk. In another bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt and lemon rind. Pour into batter. Stir to moisten. Scrape into greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Bake in 350f degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove to rack and while still hot, with a toothpick poke holes all over the top of the loaf, and spoon glaze evenly over. Cool. Glaze: Combine lemon juice and sugar in saucepan. Stir and heat till sugar is dissolved. Spoon evenly over top of hot loaf.

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Lionfish‬ invasion map
Map shows ‪Lionfish‬ invasion in Continent and Caribbean, 1985-2014

Mexican papayas pounded by hurricane
Papaya volumes imported to the U.S. could drop 30% after Hurricane Patricia pounded the crop in the Mexican states of Colima and Jalisco. To the north, vegetables and fruits in Sinaloa were comparatively unscathed. Patricia, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the western hemisphere, was downgraded to a tropical storm as it weakened on landfall Oct. 24 along Mexico’s Pacific coast. Andres Ocampo, director of operations for HLB Specialties, pegged the hit to the U.S. market at around 30% based on massive losses reported by the Colima division of ProPapaya, Mexico’s papaya producers association. About 50% to 55% of that state’s crop suffered wind damage, and 30% sustained water damage. Mexico accounts for about 70% of imported papayas. Colima represents half of Mexico’s total and Jalisco has 15%. Surviving trees are likely to yield less than normal. “Other states will most likely ramp up production, but as prices are likely to also go up in the internal market, it remains uncertain how much will the other producing areas be able to replace from the missing volumes,” Ocampo said Oct. 26. “Guatemala and Belize are likely to increase volumes to cover the gaps, but that input cannot do much to offset such a large decrease in supply.”

Insect Collection
While Holt Hall can house hundreds of students throughout its three stories of classrooms, it is also home to tens of thousands of insect specimens in the entomology collection. In the science department, there is a group of undergraduate and graduate students working alongside Dr. Donald Miller, biological science professor, to learn how to identify and classify insects. Miller came into the department in 2002 adding to the entomology collection his predecessor, Dr. David Kisner, started in 1959. Sarah Santich, senior ecological, evolutionary and organismal biology major, works with Neotropical butterflies mainly from Brazil and Belize. “I identify the butterflies in the region I’m working with down to the species as best as I can,” Santich said. “That way we can have them for references in case people want to do research on a region of butterflies, or find a butterfly, we can show them exactly where they’re at.”

Videos

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  • Belize National Youth Chess Foundation Top # 7 Facts, 1min.

  • Be no office by the Belize Tourism Board, 3.5min. Another great video by the the Belize Tourism Board

  • First feeding for our rescued baby Pigeons, 1/2min.


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  • A Day at the Belize Zoo, 2.5min. Don't miss out on the Belize Zoo when traveling in Belize!

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  • The Belize Challenge, Episode 4, 14min. The Belize Challenge er en fiskeserie fra HookedTV, filmet med utgangspunkt i Reefs End Lodge i Belize. Medvirkende er Vilhelm Skilhagen, Endre Hopland, Hannes Ribbner og Joel Ribbner.

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