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#508701 - 10/30/15 07:14 AM Today's Belize News: October 30, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

Editorial: Does your candidate fit this criteria?
Deciding which candidate to vote into office is simply a matter of party affiliation for many people. Others, however, cast their votes based on specific characteristics they look for in their candidate of choice. So what are the qualities or characteristics good political leaders should possess? Here are the top five characteristics of some of the world’s most successful political leaders. How does your candidate compare?

Belize Rural South Standard Bearers participate in historic debates
On Friday, October 23rd, the three candidates contesting for Area Representative of Belize Rural South participated in the 2015 Standard Bearer Debate in San Pedro Town. Organized by The San Pedro Sun and Reef TV, the debate was held at the Sunbreeze Conference Room at 7PM. The three contestants answered a series of questions addressing issues affecting the community. The invitation only event was simultaneously aired on Reef TV/Radio on Channel 20 and Reef Radio at 92.3 FM to allow the public the opportunity to watch/listen to the debate. Participants included José “Elito” Arceo of the People’s United Party (PUP), José Manuel Heredia of the United Democratic Party (UDP) and Robert “Bobby” Lopez of the Belize Progressive Party (BPP).

Guatemala’s new President, Jimmy Moralez to pursue territorial dispute
Moralez made the territorial claim a major part his campaign platform. In an address, he indicated that “Belize is Guatemalan territory” and he will “not let the opportunity pass to get a beautiful connection to the Caribbean Sea”. Now elected, Moralez will pursue the territorial dispute and ensure that a decision is finally made by taking the issue to the International Court of Justice. “Why do we forget Belize? Until just a few years ago, the Constitution of Guatemala said that Belize is Guatemalan Territory. We still have a territorial dispute, without any intentions to fight with our brothers and neighbors, but with the intention and desire to say that we should not waste or give up one centimeter of our land, one centimeter of our water, one centimeter of that that unites us through history and heritage,” said Moralez (translated from Spanish to English). In response to Moralez, Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow has stated, “Belize will not be bullied” by the Guatemalan Government. “Congratulations are due to him.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

OAS deploys electoral observation mission to Belize
The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to the November 4 general elections in Belize began its deployment on Wednesday. The delegation, headed by Ambassador Jacinth Henry-Martin, chief of staff to OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, is comprised of 13 observers from 11 countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, El Salvador, France, Mexico, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States). The first members of the mission arrived in Belize on October 27. The mission will focus its observation on electoral organization and other issues in the electoral process. It will also gather information about the status of the recommendations made in the last OAS/EOM to Belize in 2012.

Ministry Of Health and Embassy of El Salvador – Free Medical Service
The Ministry of Health in cooperation with the Embassy of El Salvador will be providing Free Medical Services at the Western Regional Hospital, Valley of Peace, San Martin and surrounding communities. Doctors from El Salvador will be present to provide services which include Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pediatrics, Dental, General Medical Services, Laboratory, Pharmacy and X- ray services. The medical team will include 7 general practitioners, 3 dentists, 1 pediatrician, 1 gynecologist and 1 psychologist. Residents of Belmopan and surrounding communities are invited to take advantage of this free medical assistance made possible by the Ministry of Health and Officials at the Embassy of El Salvador. The Salvador medical doctors will be present at the Western Regional Hospital from October 30th to November 1st, 2015 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). For more information contact Mr. Kevin Bautista at the Ministry of Health at 822-2497; Melinda Guerra, regional manager at 601-8652 or 828-84532.

Dia del los Muertos
Monday Nov. 2nd, Belmopan City, Embassy of Mexico 6pm. Belize City, Institute of Mexico, 6pm. Free Entrance.

Our Lady of Guadalupe School altar
As part of the Hanal Pixan Altar Competition which was held here at the House of Culture in October 2013.

SHJC Dean's List Awards
Sacred Heart Junior College had their Dean's List ceremony. Lots of smiles there, as Dean Fermin Magana handed out the awards. Well done students, and future leaders of Belize! "Dean's List, Tour Guiding and Customer Service Certificate Presentation. Congrats!! You guys make SHJC proud"

Health Agreement Signed with Merida - Cancer Treatment for Children
The Ministry of Health and the Belize Cancer Society today signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health of Merida, Yucatan for the treatment of children with cancer from Belize. The agreement will allow children under the age of 18 to access treatment services in Merida once they have been referred by the Belize Cancer Society and the Ministry of Health - with costs being covered through the generous grant recently provided by the Social Security Board for this purpose. Treatments available under this - first of its kind - agreement include: specialist consultations, hospitalization, chemotherapy, biopsy, imaging including CT scans and ultrasound and other treatments for children with cancer.

This is a new peer mentorship-based program specifically designed to support the Caribbean's women entrepreneurs to fast track their business growth trajectory. Over an eight-month period, this WINC Acceleration Program will provide participants with a comprehensive suite of support services to innovate their businesses, improve competitiveness, and boost growth. It will include peer-learning, personal development, one-to-one mentoring/coaching, technical workshops, and motivational sessions by successful entrepreneur role models. This unique support program will be delivered in 12 Caribbean territories* by expert women facilitators from the region, competitively selected and certified by infoDev (a global entrepreneurship program in the World Bank Group) to execute the WINC Acceleration Program.

Full Moon Concert Ft. Pandemonium Steel Band
On Saturday, October 31st, 2015,the Banquitas House of Culture (NICH) presents its Full Moon Concert featuring the 'Pandemonium Steel Band', make it a date! You are cordially invited to our Full Moon Concert Ft. Pandemonium Steel Band all the way from Belize City. It will be a night you won't want to miss out. Orange Walk is the place to be October 31st 2015 at Queen Elizabeth Park/ Central Park.

Palms for sale, in corozal town. Contact 6053442

R.I.P. "Cholera". This guy had one of the brightest smiles ever. I can't believe he's gone.
My heart is heavy right now I have lost a good friend and cousin I remember when I was in Belize this guy used to make sure that I am ok R.i.p bro till we meet again. That's was my baly man them Colera boy R.I.P. God will have in better place My condolence to his family. Rip my brother he does always make me laugh when i use to work on power mix radio. He and his crew always stop in when i was on night shift and chill with me. So sad he is in a better place.

BTEC Celebrates its First Anniversary and Signs MOU with Sister Cecilia’s and National Council of Ageing
The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC) arm of BELTRAIDE, celebrates its one-year anniversary since inception. BTEC, which opened its doors on October 6, 2014 has been instrumental in developing a cadre of well-trained, marketable and self-sufficient individuals able to compete in the marketplace. On October 27th, 2015. BTEC held the celebration ceremony for its 1st anniversary and also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sister Cecilia’s Home for the Elderly and the National Council of Ageing for the launch of its Home Health Care- Giver Training which begins on November 9th. 2015. The training which is in collaboration with the Pan- America Health Organization (PAHO) is geared towards persons who are employed or seeking employment as a care-giver in the homes of Belizeans and visitors.

UB Annual Marketing Expo
November 15th at the Ramada Princess, Kings Room Be sure to captured by the Photocentric booth.

Power interruption 10:30am to 12:30pm, Sunday November 1, Belize City
Central American Blvd between Belcan Bridge & Cemetery Rd, Courtney’s Crescent, Sarstoon St, Nargusta St, Mopan St, Vernon St between Lakeview & Ziricote St, Ziricote Street, Mahogany St between Sarstoon St & Partridge St, Peter Seco St, Consuelo St, Morning Glory St, Larkspur Ave. BEL to facilitate pile driving for the Ministry of Works.

Mr. Greedy's Halloween Party
Mr. Greedy's Pizza is doing it again. They're having their annual Halloween Party and costume contest. They'll have prizes and surprises galore, along with live music from DJ Jessie. "We are having our annual Halloween Party on October 31St there we be lots of give aways and prize for best costumes and most original costume. Plus lots of games for abults. Party starts sts 9 pm until 2 am.. come have a great Halloween bash with us. No cover charge."

Find The Longest Zipline and Best Waterfalls in Belize at Mayflower Bocawina National Park
Thrilling, amazing, spectacular, and safe! What a fun day (or night) you’ll have. Macaroni Hill View Hotel in southern Belize can arrange daily tours for Bocawina Zipline and Waterfall Rapelling. In just 20 minutes you will be in beautiful Mayflower Bocawina National Forest. The birds will sing, the howler monkeys will howl, and you will grin all the way to the longest zipline thrill in Belize. There are 12 platforms, and the 8 different runs allow for all skill levels. It won’t matter if you have never ziplined before or if you are an expert. It might be just you who joins the tour group, your family, or your entire party, Bocawina is an amazing experience! The whole course is two-and-a-half miles long, and the longest line is a mind-blowing 2500 feet. To make the most of it, we think you should take two tours – one during the day, when you get to see and hear all that the jungle has to offer, and one at night! The night flying zipline tour is like nothing on earth, especially if there’s a full moon.

JG Black Book Chicago Roadshow
October 27th – October 30th, 2015. Miss Althea Sebastian & Miss Deborah Gilharry showcasing Belize to possible Travel Agents.

Ask the U.S. Consul - Live Q&A on Facebook!
Do you have questions about U.S. visas? Would you like to study, visit, or live in the United States? Please join us on November 3rd for a LIVE Facebook chat. Format - FB users can write in questions in real time and a consular representative from the U.S. Embassy will answer the questions. Just log onto FB on the date and time of the event!

Channel 7

FCIB Workers Strike
3 weeks ago, we showed you how the workers of the First Caribbean International Bank staged an early morning and lunchtime protest. They were providing previews of coming attractions with the condition that if the negotiations with the exiting corporate management of the bank continued to stall, they would take it to the next level. Well, today they did, all the employees who are members of Christian Workers Union did not show up for work at all the branches countrywide. They were determined to force a shutdown of normal operations but to our knowledge, the main Belize City Branch and the Belmopan branch managed to keep their doors open because non-unionized employees, and other contracted workers kept up minimal operations. A late evening statement from the CWU says that this protest will continue and portends that there will be all kinds of complications from the lack of staff to complete necessary tasks. The employees, we are told, have taken such a tough stance because they suspect the management is stalling on settling its labour affairs, until their exit is finalized.

PUP's Greg Papas: Born In Guatemala, Wishes He Wasn't
So far in this campaign season we've told you about two candidates - one for the UDP, the other for the PUP who allegedly have Guatemalan nationality. They are Ralph Huang, the UDP's Candidate in Cayo South and Doctora Lesbia Guerra, the PUP's Candidate in Cayo West. Well, tonight there is one more PUP candidate who has been confirmed to be Guatemalan born. He is Greg Papas Garcia, the PUP Candidate for Corozal Bay. This document is a Guatemalan birth certificate and today Garcia confirmed that he was born in Guatemala. Garcia told us that he can't control destiny - and the fact is his parents met in Guatemalan university, and that led to his conception while they were students. He said he was registered at birth - and had no choice in the matter. He told us that his parents also registered his birth with the British High Commission in Guatemala City. Garcia says that within two months of his birth he was living in Belize - and this is the only place he has lived. He said he does not hold Guatemalan nationality and his only passport is Belizean.

PUP Makes Claims Of Proxy Fraud, UDP Calls It Silly
And the politics just doesn't stop - our next story is about a controversy that the PUP is stirring in the Elections and Boundaries Department. The opposition is accusing the Chairman of the UDP, Alberto August of perpetrating mass fraud with proxy votes - and further alleging that the Chief Elections Officer is complicit in it. The manager for the PUP Cayo Central campaign, Horace Grant wrote to the Chief elections officer yesterday alleging that August went to the Cayo Central elections and Boundaries office on Tuesday and demanded that the registrar sign quote, "hundred's of blank proxy forms." End quote. Grant alleges that the registrar refused and that's when August called the Chief Elections officer, and put her on speakerphone where she instructed the registrar to go ahead and sign the forms. Now, this would be very irregular, and both August and Tamai have flatly denied that version of events. We spoke to August today and he told us it's a silly story for the silly season:...

Chief Elections Officer Rejects PUP Claim
August warned that if Grant continues with this allegation, he will sue for defamation of character. Now while August can take it as pure political silliness, it's not so easily brushed off for the chief elections officer - whose integrity and conduct have now been publicly questioned. That same integrity is paramount to the management of the entire election, so she today sent Grant a 3 page letter, setting him straight, and making it clear that she didn't instruct any registering officer to sign any blank proxy form. She told Courtney Weatherburne that all the relevant information was filled out on the form and that there was nothing illegal or questionable about her actions. Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer: "I was in a meeting when I was call. One of the senior officers came into the meeting and she asked for excuse and she mentioned that she had an issue whereby Mr. August had called the office to inquire about a process whereby he is claiming that he went to the Santa Elena office which is responsible for Cayo Central Electoral Division, to put in an application form on behalf of somebody.

Tamai's Home Threatened By Masked Men
And while Tamai has all that political blowback to contend with, she's also got serious security issues at the homefront. About 10 days ago, her daughter posted a scary story on facebook. She recounted an apparent failed home invasion on Saturday October 17th where she saw a white car pull up and two masked men make as if to approach the house. The daughter then ran back inside and locked up the house - and the men disappeared. Today her mother told us the episode deeply concerns her but that she knows it's just political mischief to either distract her from her duties or intimidate her. Tamai told us that it won't work. Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer "Well I will tell you and like what I've said we have a lot of political mischief being made out there and at one point a week or so ago, I actually felt threaten and my family has been threatened and the only thing that I can say and I will say at this point is that whoever is creating whatever they are trying to create, they need to desist from that. Because as a public officer, have a job to do and I will continue to do my job."

OAS Election Observer Mission In Belize
In our first segment, we told you about PUP's allegation of fraud with proxy votes. As you heard both the UDP Party Chairman and the Chief Elections Officer deny this allegation and say due process was followed. Well, there is one organization that will be paying close attention to these processes on election day, and that's the OAS. An observer mission arrived in Belize yesterday to oversee the election process in Belize and to submit recommendations thereafter. Today we sat down with Chief of Mission Jacinth Henry-Martin and she described the role of the team here in Belize and how this exercise can further enhance the electoral process going forward. Courtney Weatherburne "When was this election observer mission established?" Jacinth Henry-Martin, Chief of Mission "We have respond in the OAS to the government of Belize. The election observation mission really respond to invitation from government. We do not appear unless invited and this is the second such election observation mission to Belize. The first one being in 2012. About two weeks ago, a formal accord was signed between the OAS and the permanent representative of Belize to the OAS in respect of monitoring of these elections."

The BPP: Not Your Average Political Party
And while the OAS is involved in the mechanics of the election, we in the media have to follow that and sift through the marketing hype of the election. In that vein, last week, we showed you the Manifesto launches from the PUP and the UDP. As we told you launch styles differed greatly, but the Belize Progressive Party wants to completely differentiate itself from the mass parties. Firstly, they call their manifesto the "8867 Progressive Plan" including the country's total square mileage as part the name. Ok, that's so original, but Isn't it just like any other manifesto with a list of promises from yet another political party? That's what Daniel Ortiz tried to examine today. Here's that story: Daniel Ortiz reporting 7 of the BPP's 25 Candidates, seated the head table, took on the different parts of what's called the 8867 Progressive Policy Plan. They are politicians, but from their perspective - they'd prefer to be referred to as "Agents of Change". They also dislike the classification as a political party.

Viola: From Life In Prison To Eight Years
Viola Pook - on New Year's Eve in 2008, the 57 year old threw kerosene on her common-law husband, Orlando Vasquez and set him on fire. In 2011, she was sentenced to life in prison for his murder. But the court of appeal quashed that conviction, based on the fact that she was a battered woman. At her re-trial she pleaded guilty to manslaughter and today she was sentenced to eight years in prison. Justice Lucas took into consideration sentencing guidelines from similar cases, the most prominent one being that of Lavern Longsworth, aka Anti-Christ who got her sentence reduced to eight years in prison for burning up her husband. But since Pook has been in prison on remand since 2009, Justice Lucas will have to factor in time already served. He is determining how much time he can deduct, if it includes both the time on remand - which was 2 years, and the other 4 years spent seeking an appeal. Pook's attorney LLiana Swift says the court ought to take into consideration the entire 6 years and 9 months and 27 days that Pook has been behind bars since her arrest. On Monday November 2, she will be told how many years will be deducted as time served.

Cop Gets Off Gun Charge
Today, a police officer walked off a pair of gun charges. 33 year old Constable, Linsdale Blease assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit was accused of assaulting his own step-brother, Cordel Duran with a firearm and discharging the firearm in public. Well today told he had no case to answer and was set free because no evidence to prove the charges was put before the court. That's because the main witness was Blease's step-father, Gregory Duran, who has been living with his mother for more than 20 years and refused to testify in the matter. With that, the police officer who is on interdiction walked out of the Chief Magistrate's court a free man.

Hulse Reviews The Immigration Files
Last night we had a snippet of our interview with Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse where he spoke about suspect nationality documents he signed which led to the issuance of bogus passports. He spoke about one for Randall James Davis, tonight she speaks about the other for Charles Francis Noll. In both cases, the documentation showed that they had an original permanent residence card, and it was renewed into another - making it a non issue whether they had been travelling in and out of the country. Hulse explained though that there were still red lights which should have stopped the application before it was issued:.... Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration "He also had a PR44711 which was issued on 14th November and it replaced an old PR which was number 4262 similarly. Again, when I look at what you showed, the certificate had no seal and of course indicating there was no swearing in. He also got a passport and his passport was P0226015. The justice of the peace at the time who signed Mrs. Gertrude Armstrong and she was an immigration official and also he paid his requisite fee etc. That passport is also on notice."

Tamai: Counting Will Speed Up
And those waivers were signed in May and June of 1993, the run up to that year's snap general election - it's just one symptom of the craziness that accompanies the quest for all the marbles. And while the political frenzy has taken center stage - at the end of the day, the only thing that matters are the results, the ballots counted. In previous years, voters and candidates had to anxiously wait until midnight or the next day for the official results. But not this time - Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai told us that the new election system will ensure the results are in quicker. She explained to Courtney Weatherburne how it will work:... Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer "We did it for the Cayo North as well where we did the simultaneous counting. Because one of the things that we realize is that people have already went to the polls to cast their vote and people want to know the results. So in order for us to improve on what we do, we have implemented whereby we do simultaneous counting. So all boxes or as many boxes as possible are counted at the same time.

Everything In Its Right Place For Election
So while that system is in place, is everything else set for Wednesday? We asked Tamai about this today. Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer "We basically have everything in place. We've been working and like I said we continue to work, we continue to work beyond hours. We have to have everything ready before the elections and we are basically there." Tamai told us that the election results should be in way before midnight.

Belize Natural Energy's oil fortunes in the Spanish Lookout oil field may be fading, but the company has linked up with one of the most oil rich countries on earth. A press release announces that today, quote, "the United Arab Emirates and Belize signed bilateral trade agreements that will serve as a catalyst for investments from the UAE and will strengthen Belize's position as a…regional energy leader." It continues, quote, "These trade agreements will serve as a foundation to catalyze private sector investments from the UAE, as well as government-to-government investments." The release makes reference to, quote, "Belize Natural Energy Limited's (holistic) model (which) was integral in making today's historic milestone a reality." End quote. The release closes by saying, "With its discovery of oil 10 years ago, Belize shares a similar vision with the vision of UAE's founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed, who believed that the discovery of oil was only the start of the ultimate economic success story for the country." End quote.

Mexico Makes Marion Jones Moves
The launch of a Multipurpose Sports Facility named Mexico took place this afternoon at the Marion Jones Sports Complex. Ten million dollars has been granted by the government of Mexico for a multipurpose sports facility to be built in what used to be the parking lot of Marion Jones. The grant has the added bonus of installing lighting in the existing soccer field. Minister of State in the Ministry of Sports explained: The grant was approved last April, along with 2 other projects in Jamaica and Saint Lucia by the Technical Committee of the Infrastructure Fund for Mesoamerican and Caribbean Countries in Mexico City.

Herman's Land
While the media had the opportunity, we asked Longsworth about his plans for a piece of land on English Caye. Information has emerged that he has taken a keen interest in this island parcel. And so, given that in 5 days he will no longer be a member of the Government, he was asked if he is using his office expedite the process. Longsworth bristled at the suggestion, and here's how he explained it:

The Pickstock Toss Up
The elections are less than a week away, and, right now, you may getting to your limit with politics, but the 88 candidates who want your support are surely not slowing down until the election results are in on November 5. Tonight, we have short excerpt of our coverage of the campaign trail in the Pickstock Division where the PUP's Dr. Francis Smith is trying for a second time to unseat the UDP Incumbent, Wilfred Elrington. He did win the seat in the 2012 election, but by fewer than 100 votes. And that's why this is seen as a prime political battleground - especially with all the sustained hits Elrington has been taking in the media. We got a chance to follow both candidates on the campaign trail, and here's what they had to say about this election, and the work they've put in to gain the trust of the voters:

Hope For Kids With Cancer
There is a major relief on the way for pediatric cancer patients. In July we told you about the 370 thousand dollar grant from the Social Security Board to assist children with cancer. Well today, it was made official when the Ministry of Health and the Belize Cancer Society today signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health of Merida, Yucatan for the treatment of children with cancer from Belize. Here's how it works: children under the age of 18 will have access to services in Merida once they have been referred by the Belize Cancer Society and the Ministry of Health. Today, when it was signed at the Mexican Embassy, the Director of Health Services said it is a long sought partnership:.. Treatments available under the agreement include: specialist consultations, hospitalization, chemotherapy, biopsy, imaging including CT scans and ultrasound and other treatments for children with cancer.

Channel 5

Chief Elections Officer Comes Under Fire for Alleged Elections Irregularities
Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai has come under some scrutiny after a letter bearing today’s date accuses her of serious elections irregularities in the last stretch to the November fourth [...]

Josephine Tamai Responds to P.U.P. Allegations…
Tamai says that whether August had blank proxy forms in his possession or not is not her concern, since the forms are available to the public on their website. But [...]

…Assertions Are Nothing More than Political Mischief
Finally, Tamai told us that she didn’t realize that August had her on speaker-phone, but denies giving any instructions at all to any Elections and Boundaries staff member through August’s [...]

C.E.O. Tamai Says Proxy System is Above Board and Transparent
The People’s United Party has called on the Elections and Boundaries Office to provide transparency where the register of proxy voters is concerned and to allow them to inspect the [...]

FirstCaribbean Bank Employees Take to the Picket Line
A fresh round of protests began today by employees of the CIBC First Caribbean Bank. As early as seven-thirty, employees who are members of the Christian Workers Union, demonstrated in [...]

Viola Pook Sentenced to 8 Years for Manslaughter of Common-Law Husband
Viola Pook, the woman who doused her common-law husband Orlando Vasquez with kerosene on New Year’s Eve of 2008, and set him on fire was sentenced today by Judge Adolph [...]

COLA Questions Authenticity of P.M.’s Comments on Guatemalan President Elect
Guatemala’s territorial dispute has become a highly charged political issue exacerbated by recent statements made by the new leader of Guatemala.  COLA has been leading the charge against the government [...]

Mexican Government Funds Multi-purpose Sports Building at Marion Jones
Today, the media was called out to the launch of a new multi-purpose sports building to be located at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex in Belize City. It will be [...]

Ministry of Health Offers Free Medical Services
In the runoff to the elections, the Ministry of Health today announced a slew of free medical services it is offering.  M.O.H. announced that along with the Belize Cancer Society, [...]

B.P.P. Launches Progressive Plan of Action
The two mass political parties, the People’s United Party and the United Democratic Party, launched the manifestos last week. Today, the Belize Progressive party which says it is fielding twenty-five [...]

Chester Williams Says ‘No Comment’ on GSU Investigation
As we reported on Monday, very serious allegations have been made against officers of the Gang Suppression Unit. They are accused of raiding the homes of three families in San [...]

Outgoing Sports Minister Beats His Chest Over Incomplete Stadium
The Marion Jones Sporting Complex – even saying it leaves a sour taste in your mouth. The state-of-the-art dream has been thrown about for years…under construction for about seven of [...]

Herman Longsworth Came and Went, Still No Berger Field
Since this is Longsworth’s last hurray as Minister of State, we also asked about Berger Field. That forlorn field on Vernon Street in the city was one of Longsworth’s campaign [...]

Villagers Protest Building of Agriculture Center on Communal Land
Dozens of residents from the southern community of Jalacte are up in arms over the construction of an Agriculture Learning Center on their communal lands without consultations with them by [...]

G.O.B. Did Not Consult with Maya Community Before Building
Maya property rights have been affirmed multiple times through an unbroken chain of court decisions with the final decision at the Caribbean Court of Justice consented to by the Government [...]

T.Y. Debuts ‘Born and Grow’
Twenty-seven year old Tyrone Linares is taking the local music scene by storm. The Jane Usher Boulevard youth is a member of the group, All God Sons and goes by [...]


PUP Not Happy With How Proxy Votes Are Being Managed
On Tuesday morning the Peoples United Party’s legal advisor Anthony Sylvester at a press conference told the media that they were concerned about the way the Elections and Boundaries Department was managing the matter of voting by proxy in next week’s election. He specifically pointed out that as of Tuesday that they have not been able to see the register kept of the names of hundreds of persons who had applied and had been granted the right to have someone vote for them since they would be unable to do so, due to their official duties. On Tuesday Mrs. Myrtle Palacio, the PUPs Secretary General wrote to Mrs. Josephine Tamai demanding that they be allowed to see the register with the names of the proxy voters and giving her until the end of the day today to do so.

MOH And Cancer Society Signs Agreement With Ministry Of Health Merida
Today, the Ministry of Health and the Belize Cancer Society signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health of Merida, Yucatan for the treatment of children with cancer from Belize. A release from the Ministry states that the agreement will allow children under the age of 18 to access treatment services in Merida once they have been referred by the Belize Cancer Society and the Ministry of Health - with costs being covered through the generous grant recently provided by the Social Security Board for this purpose. So how will it work? The release says that treatments available under this agreement include: specialist consultations, hospitalization, chemotherapy, biopsy, and imaging including CT scans and ultrasound and other treatments for children with cancer.

CIBC Members Took Strike Actions On Negotiations For Salary Increase
This morning, the unionized Members of CIBC First Caribbean International Bank took strike action against the Bank as a result of the Bank’s stalling tactics with the current negotiations for salary increases, severance pay and an exit package given the impending closure of the bank. Unionized Members from across its branches in Belize assembled at FCIB’s Albert Street Branch and staged a protest from 7am to 9am and 11am to 1pm today. A release from the Christian Workers Union reveals that the strike is expected to continue tomorrow Friday, 30 October, 2015 or until the Bank submits proposals that are respectable and show genuine movement towards a compromise for the employees. The release further states that the Bank’s approach towards the proposals of the workers has been to either make no genuine efforts to counter-offers and remains repetitive in their response, refusing to make any attempt to reach compromise. The release ends calling on the Bank to start negotiations in good faith and to make reasonable offers instead of their insulting approach. The protest was limited to Belize City as a check with employees at the Orange Walk Branch revealed that they were open for business today without any interruption.

BPP Launches Progressive Policy Plan Manifesto
This morning, the third political mass party, the Belize Progressive Party BPP launched their manifesto. Members of the party refrained from calling their presentation a manifesto and called it their ‘Progressive Policy Plan’. Elements in that policy included looking at areas in health, land distribution, Governance, technology, among others. In addition to banning ramen noodles, the BPP says it would ensure that a fully functional hospital be built on Ambergris Caye and a Health Center in the Village of Caye Caulker. The Press conference lasted almost 2 hours and most of the BPP’s 25 candidates were onhand for the undertaking. Patrick Rogers for the BPP apologized for the absence of deputy leader Wil Maheia among others. Their leader and campaign manager discuss campaign financing and denied a rumour that they have received funding from British Billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft.


Guatemalan Birth Certificate for PUP Standard Bearer Surfaces
General elections is a couple days away and over the last few weeks there have been questions regarding the nationality of some of the candidates. The latest to cross our news desk is that of the People’s United Party candidate for Corozal Bay, Gregorio Papas Garcia. The certificate certifies that Garcia was born on March […]

PUP Accuses UDP Chairman and Chief Elections Officer of Collusion
The People’s United Party is accusing the Chairman of the United Democratic Party of tampering with the voters’ registration list, specifically those voting using proxy votes. In a letter sent to the Chief Elections Officer, Josephine Tamai, the PUP’s Campaign Manager for Cayo Central, Horace Grant, accuses August of demanding that the registrar sign hundreds […]

BDF Prepared to Step In on Election Day
In many corners of this country, the issue of politics is taken with much passion and held in great sanctity as was evident in these past few weeks where there were some flare ups in the north and the west. Election Day, however, is expected to instigate some more of that aggression and so it […]

Abused Woman Gets 8 Years for Husband’s Murder
57-year-old Veola Pook has been sentenced to eight years in prison. On October 13, Pook pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Pook was convicted of murder in the death of her common-law husband, Orlando Vasquez. On July 20, 2011, Pook was first convicted of Vasquez’ murder which occurred in Rancho Dolores Village. She appealed the case and […]

SSB Plans Countrywide Strike
The Social Security Board employees are planning a countrywide strike tomorrow after discussions and attempts at reaching a settlement failed. Some weeks ago, we told you that the workers of SSB were demanding their clothing allowance in lieu of the elapsed time for the company to provide them with new uniforms. It is a situation […]

OAS Mission Arrives to Belize for Upcoming Elections
Some weeks ago the People’s United Party had requested that the Organization of American States be an observer in the upcoming elections for November 4. The process to have that in place began and it was agreed to by all parties. Since Tuesday, the Organization of American States has begun deploying its personnel to Belize. […]

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Clandestine plane lands at Belize City Municipal Airport
The Belize Defence Force is in possession of small plane which made an unauthorized landing at the Belize City Municipal Airport on Tuesday, at around 5:30 a.m. The police department is investigating why the pilot landed it and abandoned it before the airstrip was opened, and without the proper permission. The plane, a US registered, Piper PA 34 Seneca twin-engine aircraft, had flown out of Belize on Thursday, October 22, on its way to Aruba. The pilot filed a flight plan with an itinerary which said that it would return on Sunday. It did not, and somehow showed up in Belize on Tuesday morning. To the average reader, that might not sound suspicious, but the Civil Aviation Department has very strict rules - which are laws - about unauthorized landings. Flight plans are considered sacred in the aviation field, and the fact that none was forthcoming for this landing meant that the pilot committed a criminal offence. Additionally, since it was re-entering Belizean airspace, this plane ought to have landed at the Philip Goldson International Airport as per regulations, so that the occupants could clear Customs and Immigration.

BATSUB returns to Belize
The highest ranking officer of the British Army to ever visit Belize has flown in from the United Kingdom to meet with the Commander of the Belize Defence Force, and Prime Minister Dean Barrow. That session took place on Wednesday, October 28, and it was revealed in those talks that the British Army Training and Support Unit Belize (BATSUB), is making a return to Belize. BATSUB had downsized in 2011, and since 2013, both Prime Minister Dean Barrow, and the BDF Commander, Brigadier General David Jones, have been trying to convince the British Army to return BATSUB to its numbers and capacity to what it once was. A major influence on a decision like that comes from Lieutenant General James Everard, the British Army’s Commander of Land Forces (United Kingdom), and just after midday on Wednesday, he flew into the PGIA. He briskly made his way over to the BDF Price Barracks Compound, where he was greeted by a Guard of Honor and General David Jones.

PUP Money plane lands?
On Monday word got out that the PUP received 15,000 BLUE & WHITE T-SHIRTS as a donation courtesy of some of their Cartel friends . We thought that was a joke , but then we remembered that the PUP was broke and that would not be outside the way they operate . From as far back as when PUP lost the elections in ‘08 they have been strapped for cash . See their major source of funding the Lord stopped giving them money. So it came as no surprise that COUSIN RALPH started to make the collection rounds, but the pickings were small. Back to those T- Shirts. Word on the street is that after the rebuffs of those would be donors, their next target was their Cartel friends who it appears complied and have made an investment in the PUP. For them it is like playing the Futures Market, spend now, collect later. Please remind me whose money, the MONEY-MULE CAL was intercepted with in Panama? What type of residue did the authorities report they found on the cash? And by the way which PUP Honcho’s wife or sweetheart was stopped with a suitcase full of money in Miami? By the way I don’t like to speak ill of the dead, but somebody’s son who did not work a day in his life left MILLIONS for his Father in his Will. Remember the talk of Millions that was in a locked safe?

“Belize Will Not Be Bullied!”
Guatemala’s President-elect is a “neophyte”, says Prime Minister Dean Barrow, and “he will learn that the kind of talk that we heard from him at the start with respect to Belize is absolutely unacceptable”. Those who have been hoping that the Belize-Guatemala issue would negatively impact the United Democratic Party’s chances in the upcoming General Elections grasped at statements uttered by Jimmy Morales in the heart of his campaign for the Presidency of Guatemala to sound the alarm that Guatemala is coming for Belize. With just about a week until elections on Wednesday, November 4, the self labeled independent television stations like Channel 5, Krem and Plus TV have been harping on a clip of Morales assuring supporters that he should “not give up even a centimeter of [Guatemalan] territory” all week long. Irresponsibly, none of these media houses has told viewers when the statements were made.

Biggest rally ever in Stann Creek West
With an attendance of over 5,000, it was without a doubt the biggest rally ever held in Stann Creek West by any political party. It was the pre-election rally held on Sunday October 25, 2015 to promote Walter ‘Teacher Wally’ Garbutt as the UDP Candidate in the constituency for the upcoming General Elections which are just a week away. Main speaker at the event was Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow. In addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister noted that indeed the gathering was the largest he had ever seen in Stann Creek West. He went on to commend Teacher Wally for the work he has done both in the past in the area and the work he continues to do for the residents as he contests this election. He explained that the South of the country will get development but that the share will be more equitable if there is representation asking for it at the level of cabinet.

Rabid Lisa does not do her homework
Right now, the PUP are trying everything they can to swing support from the voters in their direction. Realizing that their pontificating on the settlement payments for the utility acquisitions has gotten them nowhere, failed politician Lisa Shoman has decided to come out swinging, at the Barrow Government, very much in a rabid fashion. She and the PUP called a press conference to discuss the Deed of Assurance, which was part of the BEL settlement which was signed into law. Of course, the Accommodation Agreement, which her party signed away is a sore that just won’t heal. It’s the striking example of Government giveaways to business persons at the expense of the public. That was a secret agreement, and so Shoman sought to draw a comparison to in this instance with this Deed by calling it “secret”. Well, she has failed; what was supposed to be whistleblowing fell flat on it’s face. This Deed of Assurance is basically a formalization of the arrangement that the Musa Government signed. Readers should be well aware that when BECOL entered into a contract with the PUP Government, the Fortis-Owned hydroelectric supplier got a sweetheart deal.

Mahogany Heights couple charged for drugs
Salomon Ramclam, 30, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking on Friday, October 23, after he and his common-law-wife, Yolanda Gillett, 30, were taken before the court for 77 grams of marijuana. The couple appeared unrepresented before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith where they were read a single charge of drug trafficking each. According to reports, police conducted a search at their Mahogany Heights home on Tuesday, October 20, and found 77 grams of marijuana inside a pink Victoria Secret purse that was on a bedroom desk. Ramclam took the wrap for the drugs and pleaded guilty to the charge which would have allowed Gillett to go free. However, after the mandatory fine for drug trafficking of $10,000 was handed down he decided to change his plea to not guilty.

Faber’s Road resident Michael Usher, 27, is out on bail after he was Michael Usher charged for burglary with intent to rape
Allegations being made against Usher by a woman of a Faber’s Road address is that on October 17, Usher followed her to her two storey house and forced himself in without being invited. She gave a background of the incident saying that she, her two female friends and a man were walking on Amara Avenue when they met the accused who asked to shelter under her umbrella since it was raining. She allowed him to walk with her and when she reached home she entered and left the burglar bar door open. That was when Usher entered behind her and as soon as she noticed him standing at the door he attacked her. The woman claims that Usher choked and forced her to open her bedroom door which was closed. While inside, he told her to cooperate and have sexual intercourse with him willingly or she will get it the hard way. He then forced her unto the bed and ordered her to put a condom on him before having sex. They started to struggle and as he went to close the room door she ran for help. The woman ran upstairs to her landlord’s room to ask for help. The landlord then called police and reported the matter. Usher ran from the area.

Pawn shop robbers greeted by bullets
Police are searching for one person of interest in connection with a failed robbery attempt upon Kephawn’s Pawn Shop at the Commercial Center that resulted in the shooting death of 20-year-old Phillip Anthony Barrera of East Collet Canal. According to police, surveillance footage has revealed that Barrera and another man entered the pawn shop at about 2:05 p.m. on Thursday, October 22. Barrera pulled out a 9 millimeter pistol and pointed it at the owner while his accomplice placed a bag on the counter and ordered him to hand over all the jewelry and cash. At this time, the owner who was separated from the robbers by bars, pulled out his licensed 9 millimeter pistol and fired several shots at the men. Four of the shots struck Barrera to the upper part of the body. His accomplice fled from the scene when the owner opened fire. Barrera died at the scene before police arrived a minute later.

Armed robbery near Scotiabank in San Ignacio
There was an armed robbery at about 4:00 pm on Monday of this week at the parking lot behind the Scotiabank Building in San Ignacio Town. Luis del Cid 28 year old resident of Cotton Tree and salesman, reports that whilst inside his company truck, along with his driver Clinton Dale Abrahan, two males approached them in an aggressive way. According to Luis del Cid, one of the men was armed with a knife and the other with a nine mm pistol. Both Madisco employees were then forced inside the truck, where the armed robber drove the truck towards the isolated Sandy Bay Area, where they made good their escape. Stolen from Luis del Cid was the sum of $9,771.88 and a check of $2,163.75 that they were about to deposit at Scotiabank.

As we approach General Election 2015, the Belize Council of Churches wishes to call the attention of all Belizeans on the followings: We encourage all the parties involved in this election, the Political Parties, the Elections and Boundaries Commission, and the Voters, to put the interest of the country above and beyond their own self-interest and allow the electoral process to be fair, peaceful and objective. We encourage the institutions responsible for law and order in our land to be vigilant, responsible and fair in the exercise of their duties. We encourage all the voters to say no to any form of political intimidation or enticement, such as receiving money for your vote, which tantamount to participating in the corruption of our democracy. We therefore call on all voters to vote in concert with their conscience and on what is best for Belize, that is, to vote for those who will best represent the interest of all Belizeans.

Another Dream
On Wednesday morning was a guest on Love fm Morning show. He said a lot of things but two stuckout as plain old stupidity. The first was that they were going to build STARTERHOMES for deserving Belizeans at the cost of Another Dream $15,000 each. Now anybody who knows anything about construction can tell you that the only thing you can build with that type of money is a GLORIFIED SHACK. There are some Panades shops that are right in that price range. Ask many of those Belizeans who have stake their claim to a piece of swamp in one of those expanding areas of Belize City, how much it cost them to build their little house, while doing most of the construction themselves? I am sure most of them spent over that $15,000 over the period it took them to build that house. It may be a fool speaking but certainly no fools are listening. Furthermore where the people of this country to get high and vote in the PUP, that would mean a feeding frenzy for those PUP hustling contractors, who have been complaining about not eating over the past 8 years.

Family fun day in Belama promotes community togetherness
Hundreds of residents of the Belama area were out on Saturday afternoon as Dr. Carla Barnett and the Freetown committee organized a family day. The evening was packed with activities including special appearances by Ozzy the clown who entertained the children. There were cash prizes, competitions and other giveaways including electronic appliances. There was also lots of food and soft drinks to which everyone in attendance were treated to. The Guardian spoke to Dr. Barnett who explained that the activity was to bring families in the community together to basically just have fund. This type of activity she says, she is encouraging to build community spirit in her constituency. And while it is the election season, Dr. Barnett hopes to extend these activities beyond one day events where after school programs can be set up for young people in the community and have adults in the very community take charge of it.

Victor Galvez Stadium re-opened in San Igancio Town
A newly improved Victor Galvez Stadium, located in San Ignacio Town, has been opened to the public. Over one hundred persons were freely enjoying the well lit facilities on Tuesday night under good weather. The well done work to the Victor Galvez Stadium came under the Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL), a public company established by the Government of Belize for the design, construction and management of capital projects. The Victor Galvez complex, which has been traditionally used by runners, will now be opened from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. There will be two persons on shifts to maintain the facilities. Previously runners had to go over a track that had been run over by a small stream at the Victor Galvez. But now runners can go over a clean 0.33 mile track that has proper drainage.

Gobie Foundation’s Unfulfilled Pledge
Not all promises are created equal and some broken promises hurt more than others. Alan Gobie owes an explanation to the people of Belize and an apology to all its children. Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children, broke ground on the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (KHMHPICU) on June 13, 2011. It was clear to everyone involved in the project that raising the funds necessary for the execution of such a bold project would be challenging. However, an immediate boost was given at the groundbraking ceremony when Allan Gobie, Managing Director of the Gobie Foundation, pledged to raise and donate $1 million for the project. At this time, the project had an estimated cost of just over $3 million.

Nationality for votes?
The soon to be former poorty leader of the PUP, Francis Fonseca, must really have more nerves than 32 bad teeth. He is now suggesting that the reason Government is giving nationality to deserving persons is so that they can vote for the General Elections on November 4 like when the PUP did it in 2008. Now anybody with a little bit of common sense knows that only persons who were registered on or before September, 10, 2015 would able to vote. Now let us backtrack a little bit to January, 7, 2008, when on that very said date the then Prime Minister Said Musa announced the date of the ‘08 Election. That took place at of all places at a breakfast meeting between, him, 11 members of his cabinet and 30 Religious Leaders. According to 7New Belize of that night, the date he had suggested was February, 6 but the Religious Leaders objected to that date because that day was Ash Wednesday. After a short caucus with his cabinet members present he had to push the date back to February 7.

A New Era of Pediatric Care in Belize
Belize finally has a facility that can provide the quality of healthcare needed by its most vulnerable population now that Kim Simplis-Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children, has opened the Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The opening on Tuesday, October 27, marks the greatest achievement for Mrs. Barrow in her role as Special Envoy for Children and the culmination of years of work by her, Directors of the Lifeline Foundation and other social partners. It was on one of her visits to the Karl Heusner Memorial shortly after being appointed Special Envoy that Mrs. Barrow saw the need for a pediatric ICU. Since then she has been working tirelessly to secure funds for the project while playing an instrumental role in the refurbishment of the ward that existed previously. One of her first fundraisers for the PICU project was called an “Affair of the Heart” and it was a huge success as Belizeans happily supported the event. The Lifeline Foundation raised over $35,000 at the event and this was an eye opener for Mrs. Barrow in two ways. One, she saw how people were cheerful to contribute to such a great cause; and two, she figured that in order to raise the type of funds needed for such an expensive project the efforts would have to be internationalized.

As we countdown to November 4 the date of our ELECTION the PUPs are getting Twilight Zone Pillow
As we countdown to November 4 the date of our ELECTION the PUPs are getting more desperate. They are coming up with all types of stories to try and paint the UDP in a bad light and win over the voters for themselves. It is as though they are passing around the simple pillow know as the Twilight Zone Pillow, so they can dream up these wild stories. For the PUP no story is too wild. The wilder the better it seems. They will lie, cheat or steal to win this election. Their deception and duplicity has no limits. Some of the stories they have been coming up with am sure not even the biggest and most rabid PUP will believe. As the election date draws nearer the pillow will be moved around on a more rapid pace. No longer will a person be able to sleep on the pillow for an entire night. As soon as one dreams then it is time to give up the pillow so another PUP can come up with the next dream, and then pass it on to the next dreamer.

Twilight Zone Pillow
As we countdown to November 4 the date of our ELECTION the PUPs are getting more desperate. They are coming up with all types of stories to try and paint the UDP in a bad light and win over the voters for themselves. It is as though they are passing around the simple pillow know as the Twilight Zone Pillow, so they can dream up these wild stories. For the PUP no story is too wild. The wilder the better it seems. They will lie, cheat or steal to win this election. Their deception and duplicity has no limits. Some of the stories they have been coming up with am sure not even the biggest and most rabid PUP will believe. As the election date draws nearer the pillow will be moved around on a more rapid pace. No longer will a person be able to sleep on the pillow for an entire night. As soon as one dreams then it is time to give up the pillow so another PUP can come up with the next dream, and then pass it on to the next dreamer.

San Pedro Resident Convicted of Manslaughter
San Pedrano, Jason Reyes, is now officially serving time for killing Lionel Pinelo after he was found guilty of manslaughter, a lesser charge to murder, on Monday, October 26, in a trial without jury. Reyes was accused of fatally stabbing Pinelo on November 5, 2010 in front of Rainbow Star Bar in San Pedro. The trial of Reyes started on Monday, October 3, with Justice Adolph Lucas serving as both judge and jury. Reyes was represented by attorney Alifah Elrington Hyde and Crown Counsel Porsha Staine represented the DPP. Staine called several witnesses to testify against Reyes. The prosecution’s case got offf to a rocky start after one of her first witnesses had to be treated as a hostile witness. Staine had to then focus on the statements and testimonies of others to get the case back on track. It was the evidence of Milton Chan that righted the ship for the prosecution. Chan went to school with the accused and testified that on the day of the incident they were all drinking. Chan said he personally consumed like 18 beers.

Four youths linked to stolen motorcycles
Leith Bermudez, 22, Leroy Sutherland, 21, O’neil Ferguson, 18, and an 17-year-old minor are all out on bail after they were charged in connection with the theft of motorcycles. Allegations are that on Thursday, October 22, the group of four were found in a yard with a Lifan motorcycle, license plate MC-3062, property of Ivis Chaman. Police report that the same group assisted in the retention of another Lifan motorcycle, license plate MC1508, belonging to Timothy Belgrave. All four were jointly charged with two counts each of handling stolen goods since the motorcycles were reported stolen by two separate owners. They appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Friday, October 23. They pleaded not guilty to the charges and there were heavy objections to bail by the Prosecutor based on the strength of the case. Bermudez told the court that there were a number of people in the yard when the police came but they only detained the four of them. He said they are innocent of the charge and claims that the only illegal thing he does is sell weed.

Joslyn Chavaria finishes third in the Caribbean Road Championship in the U-23 category
The 15 Annual Caribbean Cycling Championship was held in Bridgetown, Barbados from October 17-18, 2015. Belize had participation in the Individual Time Trials and the Road Championship in both the female and male category. In the Men’s Road Championship that was held at the Bushy Park Circuit, some 63 riders from across the entire Caribbean participated in the event. At the end of the race, it was Marloe Rodman from Jamaica that captured the Gold Medal in a time of 3:12:25. He was followed by Luis Sablon of Guadeloupe and he was followed by Yolan Silvestre of Martinique in a time of 3:12:26, and he was followed by his country man Emile Demazy in a time of 3:17:41 and he was followed by Darren Matthews of Barbados in a time of 3:17:49 to round off the top five finishers in the Road Race.

Kraal Road wins in CYDP Peace Cup Tournament
The Conscious Youth Development Programme Peace Cup Tournament continued on Saturday 24th October, 2015, at the MCC Grounds with four games on the schedule. In the first game played, Tut Bay defeated Lake I Rising Stars by the score of 2-0. The two goals were scored by Brian Martinez. In the second game, Kelly Street defeated Exodus United by the score of 5 -3. The goals for Kelly Street were scored by Christopher Guild, Stephen Baizar (2), Francis Andrews and Oscar Usher via a penalty kick. For Exodus United, the goals were scored by Ronald Alvarez, Dwight Smith and Paul Smith. In game three, Hattieville United blanked Los Largos by the score of 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by Brandon Rogers.

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.

Central Region high schools Basketball competition opens
The 2015-2016 Central Region Secondary Schools Basketball competition opened on Tuesday 27 October, at Bird’s Isle. This year’s competition will feature seven (7) teams in the female category, which includes Maud Williams High School, Anglican Cathedral College, Gwen Lizarraga High School, Wesley College, Ladyville Technical High School, Edward P. Yorke High School and St. Catherine Academy. Meanwhile, in the male category a total of nine (9) teams will compete in the competition which includes Maud Williams High School, Anglican Cathedral College, Nazarene High School, Wesley College, Ladyville Technical High School, Sadie Vernon Technical High School, Edward P. Yorke High School, Gwen Lizarraga High School and St. John’s College.

St. Catherine Academy and St. John’s College a win away from repeating as Central Region Secondary Schools Volleyball champs
The Central Region Secondary Schools Volleyball competition is fast winding down at the Bird’s Isle. The championship round, which is utilising the best of three format commenced on Monday 26th October, 2015, with two games on the schedule. In the female game played, the defending champions and competition’s favourites St. Catherine Academy won game one quite handily over Belize High School in three sets by the score of 25-17, 25-17 and 25-10. In the male game played, St. John’s College defeated Belize High School in four sets by the score of 25-17, 25-23, 17-25 and 25-20.

Holy Redeemer girls and boys maintain lead in primary schools volleyball competition
The Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball Competition continues at the Bird’s Isle with a number of games played over the last week. On Tuesday 27 October, in the girls’ competition, Holy Redeemer School continued on its winning path when it defeated St. John’s Primary School in two sets by the score of 25-5 and 25-9. In the boys’ game played, Holy Redeemer School also won over St. John’s Primary School by the score of 25-14 and 25-8. On Monday 26 October, in the first game played, which was in the girls’ competition, Belize Elementary School defeated Bethel Assembly School in two sets by the score of 25-10 and 25-17.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Elderly man killed in RTA
Juanito Robery Cowo, a resident of Joseito Layout in Corozal, was arrested and charged for “driving without due care and attention”, “causing death by careless conduct” and “manslaughter by negligence”, after a Ford F-150 pickup truck he was driving, collided into 52-year-old Leonardo Crawford while he rode his bicycle between […]

Chief Elections Officer clarifies proxy issue as PUP threatens legal action
Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai has responded to the People’s United Party (PUP) Cayo Central campaign manager Horace Grant concerning requests to view the folder of proxy voters for next week’s general election and the incident earlier this week involving former chair of the Elections and Boundaries Commission […]

BDF assists with transportation of ballot boxes
Brigadier General David Jones of the Belize Defense Force (BDF) spoke to the media yesterday and confirmed that the assistance of the BDF has been requested to transport ballot boxes for the November 4th General Elections, to ensure security of the democratic process. Personnel of the force will be tasked […]

List of public and bank holidays
A list of public and bank holidays for 2016 has been released and shows many long weekends but numerous holidays falling on Saturdays as well. The list and dates is as follows: National Heroes and Benefactors Day on Monday March 7th, Easter on March 25th through to the 28th, Labour […]

Court sentences battered woman turned killer to eight years
Less possible time served and other factors, 57 year old Viola Pook, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to manslaughter of her common-law husband Orlando Vasquez on New Year’s Eve, 2007, will serve eight years’ imprisonment as ordered by Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas. The term is similar […]

Interdicted cop freed on assault charges
Police Constable Linsdale Blease, assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit but presently interdicted on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and discharging a firearm in public, was set free after it was determined he did not have a case to answer. Court prosecutors had to throw in […]

Free medical services being offered at Western Regional
Services such as: Obstetrics, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Dental, General Medical Services, Laboratory, Pharmacy and X- ray will be provided free of cost at the Western Regional Hospital, Valley of Peace, San Martin and other surrounding communities, made possible through cooperation between our Ministry of Health and the Embassy of El Salvador. […]

PUP accuses Chief Election Officer of helping to ‘rig’ elections
The People’s United Party campaign team from Cayo Central is making a serious allegation of corrupt election rigging against the United Democratic Party’s (UDP) chairman Alberto August and Chief Election Officer Josephine Tamai. Horace Grant, PUP Cayo Central campaign manager, in a letter dated October 28th, wrote to Tamai detailing […]

Belizean cancer patients will soon be able to access treatment in Merida
Honorable Pablo Marin, the Minister of Health and Laura Longsworth, President of the Belize Cancer Society, signed an agreement this morning with Merida’s Ministry of Health for the treatment of Belizean cancer patients under the age of 18. This agreement will allow referred children to receive treatment in Merida with […]

Mostly fair and dry conditions prevail
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mostly sunny skies today and partly cloudy skies tonight, with showers being isolated. Winds will be blowing from the East to Southeast at 5-15 knots and the sea state will be light chop to choppy. High temperatures today are expected around 90 […]

BATSUB returns to Belize after drawdown
Members of the British Army Training and Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) have been training in Belize after 4 years of scaled back activity. In 2011, Prime Minister David Cameron and the British Military brass decided that it would cut back on military bases worldwide. At that time, the British were […]

FCIB strike in effect
There is a strike in effect at First Caribbean International Bank (FCIB) branches countrywide effective immediately today. BMG is informed that employees from out district have made their way to protest along with those from Belize City in front on the FCIB main branch on Albert Street. The employees have […]


Island Miracles and Great Turnout
Recently, the residents of Ambergris Caye were privileged to witness some Island Miracles, as a result of the efforts of local business owner Lara Goldman, 12 Belize – best one stop gift shopping on island. Lara is a volunteer with a local organization which is dedicated to helping children with emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities. After attending camp sessions she realized that many of these kids and a few community adults would benefit from therapy. So she wrote her Alma mater to see who was available and willing to travel to Belize and help. She found three great girls to come make some miracles: Dr. Brooke Riley, PT, Dr Bethany Wolf, PT. Kaley Marston, Speech Therapist. Lara Brooke and Bethany went to Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. and Kaley went to the University of Tennessee.

Perhaps the “Secret Beach” Is Still Secret on Wednesdays? My Search for the Breeze
I drove north…and pulled over at Palapa Bar to see if the wind had picked up. It was about noon and…nada. Nothing. Like glass. When I got north, I checked SanPedroWeather.com – 88 degrees, 88% humidity and winds from the south at 2 miles per hour. I decided to head west. Drive across to Grand Belizean Estates. The “Secret Beach” – that maybe be quiet on a Wednesday? Because on the weekends? The Secret Beach is packed. But why change the name? At about 4 miles north of the bridge, one must turn left onto the only road that leads west. Crossing the caye. There is one bridge on this road – actually put there for the yearly Eco-Challenge Kayak Race. The yearly 2 day kayak race around the island.

Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast
Cut chicken into 4 equal size pieces. Pound breast so it is about 1/4" thick. Mix together softened cream cheese, chopped green onions and shredded pepperjack cheese. Put 1/4 of this mixture into the middle of each piece of chicken. Starting at the long side, roll chicken breast up, keeping the cheese mixture to the middle. Wrap 1 to 2 slices of bacon around the chicken breast, secure with toothpick, if needed. One piece of bacon wrapped around each breast is enough. But 2 pieces of bacon for each breast fully wraps the chicken and is outstanding.

Banking and Social Security When You Move Overseas
If the lure of a better life overseas is strong, but you’re worried about the logistics of managing your money in a foreign locale, take heart. It’s not as complicated as you may fear. Bank accounts…Social Security…credit cards…exchange rates…our team of expat experts weighs in here with lessons learned and real-world guidance to help you manage your money abroad with confidence and ease. Banking: “It can be useful to have a bank account in your adopted country,” says IL Correspondent Edd Staton who moved to Cuenca, Ecuador five years ago. “Some banks allow you to automatically deduct recurring bills like utilities or rent instead of having to pay in person. And in Ecuador if you are 65 or older, you are entitled to retiree refunds on sales taxes for many everyday items. If you want to get them though, you need an account for the money to be deposited after you have turned in your receipts.” “Establish a local bank account with a national bank that is a member of one of the major ATM networks,” says veteran expat Dan Prescher, who has lived in Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Ecuador.

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs
Place ribs in a circular way to fill your slow cooker. Pour soda/pop over ribs, sprinkle salt & pepper over ribs - cover and cook on LOW for 7 hours. Empty liquid from the slow cooker. Pour a bottle of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce (or bbq sauce of your choice) over ribs and cook on HIGH for an additional 1 hour. Be super careful when removing ribs from the slow cooker - they are FALL OFF THE BONE YUMMY

Women in Belizean Politics
Out of the 87 candidates running for elections on November 4 2015, only 11 are women. Women in politics across the country and indiscriminate of political parties face similar issues and struggles that determine their success in the political field, as is evident by the separate, yet overlapping responses by women candidates. The Current Situation: While women in leadership positions has become more common over the past ten years with women comprising the majority of Public Servants and Educators, and females graduating from university at a two to one ratio to their male counterparts, when it comes to the political arena, women still sit at the back. The number of women running for this elections, in an unprecedented number. Yet the participation of women in politics is still strikingly low and has been a concern of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for more than ten years. In 2001 the UNDP emphasized the necessity of meeting the Millennium Goals for 2015 of reaching a 30 percent female representation in government. However, in this election the percentage is underachieved at 11.5 percent. This is just the percentage of women that are running. There is no guarantee of actual representation. A release from the UNDP states “Thirty years after independence, the majority of women in Belize continue to face significant challenges in moving towards parity with men at almost every level of political leadership and decision-making.” The Global Gender Gap reports of 2010 place Belize in joint last place (131st) on the Gender Gap Index for the empowerment of women, along countries like Saudi Arabia.

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Hershey: U.S. Income Inequality Is Transforming The Chocolate Business
Chocolate maker Hershey Co , long a staple of middle-class U.S. households, is getting squeezed as consumers either pay up for fancier sweets or seek more savings. Hershey executives said the company is grappling with a growing gap between low and high-income households in the United States, which has changed buying patterns for many consumer goods. On the high-end, consumers are more willing to pay up for premium brands like Green & Black's organic chocolate bars. On the low end, families hunt for greater discounts for products. Across the board, consumers are making fewer trips to stores, a trend that reduces impulse buying of chocolate bars and other items. Retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc are devoting less space to promote products from Hershey and other manufacturers as they respond to the new trends. "We think the consumer bifurcation has been an important driver," Hershey Chief Executive John P. Bilbrey said on an investor call, referring to the growing wage gap. Bilbrey said the company has secured more merchandising space for its products in the holiday season and expected trends to improve in the fourth quarter.

£45m UK aid cash given to tax havens: Money being used to fund public services in countries including Belize and Panama
British aid money is being used to subsidise public services in tax havens, an investigation has found. Millions of pounds have gone to countries such as Belize, Anguilla, and Panama, which have such high poverty levels that they qualify for substantial UK development grants. In just one year, Britain paid out £45million in aid to 13 countries included on a European Commission tax haven ‘blacklist’. Campaigners estimate that the abuse of such offshore havens costs the Treasury £18billion a year. The investigation, published in The Independent, found British aid funds have been used to build an airport in Montserrat, and set aside to pay for roads and ports in Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Belize''s Opposition Leads Voting Intention Before Election
United People''s Party (PUP), an opposition party in Belize, leads the voting intention with 52 points, which gives a wide gap over its opponents a few days before the November 4 elections. A survey by Belize Breaking News gave 31 percent of support to the newly formed Progressive Party and 17 to the ruling United Democratic Party. If the PUP maintains that trend in the last days of the campaign, will triumph on Wednesday and will recover power, which has been in the hands of the Democrats for the last decade. That opposition force, led by the politician Francis Fonseca, began its campaign amid rumors of lack of liquidity and disunity among the militants.

The Vampires That Feed on Vampires
Another Halloween is upon us, and that means stories about animals that poke you full of holes and eat your insides! But this year, instead of looking upon these vampires in revulsion, perhaps we can find a little common ground. Even our most-hated blood-suckers are plagued by creatures that thirst for blood. “Blood-feeding is a lifestyle which has evolved independently in many groups of animals,” says Tommy Leung, a parasitologist at the University of New England in Australia. Called hematophagy, eating blood is common, he notes, and “found in over fourteen thousand living animal species, even in groups that most people might not have suspected.” Only three out of the nearly 1,400 known bat species are vampires. But did you know that even these species are preyed upon by blood-suckers? Many bat species must contend with tiny, blood-feeding bat flies that can look like the face-huggers out of the Alien movies. Species of vampire bats, however, may have it worse than most. “Vampire bats have more parasites than the average bat,” says Gerald Carter, a bat biologist and postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. In Belize, one of Carter’s colleagues studied the bats and their flies by marking both with tiny drops of paint. She released one bat with a marked fly and kept seeing the same fly return to her throughout the night, each time on a different, unmarked bat.

Mexico deploys its navy to face its latest threat: Monster seaweed
Surrounded by a four-man camera crew, the Japanese honeymooners were ready to make memories. In their wedding whites against the turquoise Caribbean waters, the couple leapt off the beach and kicked their heels. Then they whipped out matching sombreros and unfurled a giant Mexican flag. Their photo shoot was perfect, if you could ignore the smelly strip of brown algae fouling the white sands. “It’s disgusting,” photographer Juan Manuel Delgado said. “I’ve worked on the beaches for 21 years, and this is something that has never happened before.”

Papaya leaders consider forming marketing order
Papaya industry leaders got together at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit 2015 to discuss forming a marketing order. A marketing order — along with a national board to implement it — would increase sales and consumption of papayas through efforts to educate consumers, receivers and retailers about handling and usage best practices, said Homero Levy de Barros, president and CEO of Pompano, Fla.-based HLB Specialities. At the retail level, edible fruit is too often improperly rejected because of a lack of knowledge about color or other factors, he said. Levy de Barros said he sees generally strong support for a marketing order. “All the major importers from Brazil, Mexico and Guatemala were positively in favor,” he said. “The growers/distributors from Belize and Jamaica said they were not convinced yet.”

PetroCaribe To Help End Hunger Through Assistance To School-Feeding Programme
The school-feeding programme is to be directly linked with a promise, from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, that an expanded PetroCaribe arrangement will see efforts aimed at reducing hunger and poverty in the region. Jerome Thomas, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative in Jamaica, The Bahamas and Belize, said recently that his entity would be providing technical assistance in order to ensure the goal is achieved. "The school-feeding programme is extremely important in Jamaica, particularly people at the lower socio-economic level and we are adopting some practices from Brazil - something called sustainable school feeding programme - and providing links with the general community," Thomas said. The FAO representative, who was addressing a Gleaner Editors' Forum at the company's Kingston offices last week, said at least two schools would be selected for a pilot programme.

Dan Riskin investigates ‘Monsters Inside Me’ on Animal Planet
Monsters Inside Me, the successful Animal Planet series, follows tales that are both horrifying and real. The show details the scary developments that can occur when humans encounter viruses, bacteria and parasites. Viewers should expect some nightmare scenarios after hearing these subjects open up about their trials and tribulations in the world. Any time you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on what kinds of diseases lurk where you’re going. When I went to Belize, for example, I knew botflies were a big threat, so when I came home with my own mosquito bite that kept getting bigger and bigger, I knew there was a maggot in there and knew what the prognosis was. A week later it was removed, and I was none the worse for wear. I’m not really making a good argument for traveling, am I? Never mind the botfly, you’ll be fine. Get out there!


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