Luis Angel Alcoser Still Missing, Family Unaware Of His Whereabouts
More than twelve hours have passed since the disappearance of 32 year old Caledonia resident, Luis Alcoser and still his family has received no word from him. Tonight, as uncertainty looms, both authorities and Alcoser’s family are being tight lipped about his disappearance. What we can tell you is that there are high speculations that his vanishing has to do with the nine parcels of compressed marijuana that Orange Walk Police confiscated over the weekend. The nine parcels of drugs, weighing 23 pounds each and valued at more than $300,000 all carried the marking J on them signalling a Mexican Cartel. Viewers might recall that yesterday Alcoser’s recently bought dark blue Kia Sportage was found just a couple of yards off the road leading into the Village of Caledonia in the Corozal District. It had four bullet holes, three on its windshield and one on the side of the driver’s door yet no blood was found inside.
Dean Barrow Officially Handed Over Presidency Of CARICOM
The Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow, is now the new President of the Caribbean Community. He will assume this responsibility for a period of six months in an effort to strengthen the CARICOM and provide greater benefits for its people. Yesterday the official handing over ceremony of the Chairmanship took place and present at the service were Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, H.E. Lawrence Sylvester, who is the CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and from the office of the CARICOM, Secretary General, Glenda Itiaba. In his speech upon being named the new Chairman of CARICOM on January 1st P.M Barrow stated and we quote “The resolution is to continue to strengthen our integration movement to deliver ever-increasing benefits to the people of our community. We will continue our quest to improve our standard of living through providing a safe, viable and prosperous Caribbean Community, in doing so we will build on our successes and will be moving forward with a number of initiatives to achieve that aim”. End quote.
Football Players And Team Owners Calls For A New District Football Federation
The time to elect a new chairman for the Orange Walk Football Association is almost near; however, members of the congress of the OWFA are upset about the fact that they are being left in the dark, since they are alleging that nine of the teams that make up the congress are no longer eligible to vote in the upcoming elections. Last night a meeting was held at the Orange Walk Town Council office with members from the Football Federation of Belize in order to search for a solution in regards to this problem, as well as to incorporate all other football activities that occur in this region. Michael Blease – General Secretary, FFB: “My sole purpose of being here is to try to clarify and verify the reasons why the Chairman Mr. Avila has stated that the team missing it status cannot participate in any Association business. N: Our key interest is to bring football under one administration we are aware that a lot of football is being played; the Aragon cup, Vega Cup, Mundialito, a lot of organizers are here so football is being played but not under the Association but for us at the FFB that is not good for football, that is not developing football under the Association and so our key goal is to ensure that football is managed under the Association.”
Peace Work International And Gateway Technical College Continues Assisting Orange Walkenos
Peace Work International and Gateway Technical College have been carrying out works in various communities here in Orange Walk through out this week. One such activity was held today at the Orange Walk Town Hall where Information Technology students from Gateway Technical College held an IT clinic. The purpose of the clinic was to assist the residents of Orange Walk with diagnostics, repairs and education about problems with computers and other devices. One of the students from Gateway spoke to us about the clinic and how residents benefited from the activity today. Jonathan Wallner- IT student: “We are doing an IT clinic where we have local people from the community and bring their PC in and we try to fix them the best we can and doing virus scan and malware removal and so it can run faster. There have been a lot of viruses and just general mismanagement of the machines but the turnout has been very well.”
CARICOM’s Sec Gen In Belize on Working Visit
On May 1, 1974 Belize became a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CARICOM is an organization that seeks to integrate cooperation among its member countries in various sectors including but not limited to education, economics and trade, among others. With Belize’s Prime Minister, Dean Barrow recently taking over the Chair of the CARICOM Secretariat, […]
CARICOM Tackles Concerns Including De-Risking of Member States
Like every organization, there are concerns and challenges that will be experienced as the work progresses in meeting its objectives. The CARICOM organization is no different as they too have concerns ranging from the debt of its 15-member states to climate change, free trade and access to financing. Secretary General Irwin LaRocque spoke of those […]
SG LaRocque Says Debt Reports are Not an Accurate Reflection of Reality
Throughout the course of the year we would bring to you reports published by rating services and other financial institutions as they relate to our local economy, the country’s spending and deficits. In a discussion with the CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque, he spoke of some reports made and how those are not necessarily a […]
Customs Controller Says Fate of Imported Rice Undecided
On Wednesday we told you of the injunction that the Chief Justice had granted to Jack Charles as it relates to the forfeit order that was given to the Customs Department by Senior Magistrate, Sharon Frazer. We spoke to two attorneys well versed on the issue, namely, Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay, who represents the local […]
Teck and the 30K Dilemma
Veteran cane farmer of the north, Lucilo Teck, owes the court thirty thousand dollars. His debt stems from a case he brought before the courts against the Sugar Industry Control Board. This was during the standoff between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and Belize Sugar Industries Limited. His aim, along with Attorney Audrey Matura […]
Carrot Wastage Due to Surplus
Farmers from the Orange Walk District, mainly San Carlos Village are frustrated about not being able to sell their carrots. Their concern is about their produce going to waste, due to the increase of imported carrots. Chief Agricultural Officer Roberto Harrison says that the only reason for the importation of carrots was because there was […]
Investigation Launched Into American’s Death in Belize
Sixty seven year old Janice Mittlestadt died out at sea today. Police were called out to the Radisson Pier in Belize City and there they say Mittlestadt dead. Commander of the Tourism Police Unit, Superintendent Gualberto Garcia shared more details surrounding her death. GUALBERTO GARCIA “We had to conduct an investigation which is still ongoing. […]
Man and Minor Questioned for Klinck’s Death
Two persons have been detained for questions for the murder of 37-year-old Canadian Filmmaker Matthiew Klinck. The persons detained are a 27-year-old man and a 16-year-old male, both from Santa Elena Town, Cayo District. Lead investigating officer on the case, Inspector Reymundo Reyes, told Love News that they are preparing to record a statement from […]
University’s VP Gone After First Semester
Winston Bennett is no longer the Vice President of the University of Belize. On Tuesday the Office of Public Information sent out a notice from the office of the President via email to the UB community informing that quote, “Bennett no longer serves as Vice President of the University of Belize’, end of quote. In […]
Police Nabs Arnold for Robbing Pou
Twenty-three year old Michael Arnold, a laborer of Pickstock Street apartments who was recently released from prison, went back to jail today after he appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser and was arraigned on charges of robbery and wounding. Arnold was denied bail and he was remanded into custody until March 9. His incarceration comes […]
Supreme Court says Jack Charles was wrong in importing rice: the rice fight continues
The 75 tonnes of Guyanese Rice that importer Jack Charles brought into Belize is at risk of being disposed of by the Customs Department. The only thing stopping this Government agency from doing that is an interim injunction which was granted by the Supreme Court to restrain them until further notice.
After waiting for 2 weeks, since Christmas Eve, Charles and his attorneys were finally given their day in court before Justice Sonya Young. They were trying to convince her to grant them permission to bring a case for Judicial Review against the Customs Department, and the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA). They continued to assert that these government bodies overstepped their mandate given to them by the importation laws when they detained his cargo. He and his advisors say that he had a reasonable expectation to be given an importation permit to bring in the Guyanese rice for sale in the Belizean market, but BAHA and Customs did not take the options granted to them under the law to refuse him this permit.
Matura: from ambulance to hearst
Is Audrey now an undertaker or funeral director? According to News 5 the family of recently deceased Mrs. Pamela Cumberbatch, they are upset about attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd entering the late Miss Pam’s home along with another person they referred to as a stranger. According to them the attorney along with a stranger were there on the instruction of Miss Pam’s husband who is recovering from the very same traffic accident that claimed the life of Miss Pam. They say the attorney said she was there to get Miss Pam’s wedding dress for her to be buried in. For clarity we will quote direct from the News 5 story.
“Pam’s Siblings Incensed that Attorney and Unknown Person Entered Their Sister’s Home
Even in death, controversy seems to surround Pamela Bennett. Late this afternoon, police were summoned to the businesswoman’s residence where irate members of her family were gathered. Their bone of contention is that attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd, along with someone considered a stranger to Bennett’s siblings, had entered the house on Caesar Ridge Road and removed several articles.
Belize City Murders Down by 65 Percent in Second Half of 2015
Major crimes are down nationally by 11 percent, according to the Reported Crimes Comparative Statistics of the Belize Police Department. Major crimes are murders, rape, robbery, burglary, theft and carnal knowledge. In 2015 there were 2,216 major crimes, 278 less than the 2,494 such offenses reported in 2014.
In 2014 there were 245 violent crimes committed against people. Those include 123 murders, 43 rape cases and 79 incidents of carnal knowledge. In 2015 there were 233 violent crimes against people reported. Those crimes were 119 murders, 40 cases of rape and 74 reports of carnal knowledge. There were 2,249 crimes committed to obtain property in 2014. These include 291 robberies, 835 burglaries and 1,123 reports of theft. There were only 1,983 crimes committed to obtain property in 2015. Those are 214 cases of robbery, 742 cases of burglary and 1,027 theft.
Major crimes to obtain property decreased by 11.8 percent when comparing 2015 to 2014. Violent crimes against people only decreased by 4.8 percent in that same period. There were only four less murders in 2015 than in 2014. That is a decrease of 3.3 percent.
Cop accused of sexually assaulting 13-year-old girl
San Pedro police officer Kyle Hubert Serrano, 26, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was accused of engaging in sexual activities with a 13-year-old girl.
The child reported that Serrano sucked her breast on November 27, 2015. She alleges that he sucked her breast again on November 30 and on December 3 he took his penis and rubbed it on her body. Serano was arrested and charged with three counts of sexual assault upon a minor under the age of 14.
BDF loses soldier in traffic fatality
The Belize Defence Force continues to mourn the loss of one of their own, Staff Sergeant Artemio Mendez, who died in a traffic accident on Wednesday, December 30, sometime after 8 p.m.
It happened just outside of Orange Walk Town at around mile 42 on the Northern Highway. Sgt. Mendez was driving an unmarked BDF-owned Mahindra pickup truck, as they were heading from Orange Walk to the Price Barracks compound in Ladyville when they crashed head-on into an ADO-Bus. The bus, which was heading from Belize to Cancun Mexico, was carrying, about 34 tourists, which included Belizeans. It was being driven at the time by Mexican, Mathias Gaspar Marcus. Inside the BDF Mahindra Pickup with Staff Sgt. Mendez was his colleague, Lieutenant Argel Flores. The front portion of the pick-up was crushed after the accident. The impact did not cause anyone to be injured in the bus, but both BDF soldiers suffered head and body injuries.
Body found in Cayo
After spending 5 years in Belize making films, 37 year-old Canadian Matthiew Klinck was killed at his home on the outskirts of the Spanish Lookout Community in the Cayo District. Klinck was renting a house in Selena Village, a community which is a very short distance from Spanish Lookout. His residence is very remote, to get to the location, one has to pass through a gate area, which is secured by a caretaker who is on duty all the time. Klinck had moved there a few months ago.
On Monday of this week at about 8:40 pm, information was received of a male person found at his residence in Selena Village, Spanish Lookout, apparently dead. As a result, San Ignacio Police visited the area where they observed the lifeless body of a male Caucasian man lying motionless and face up about 15 feet from the house dressed in a blue jeans pants and an off white T-Shirt. It was in its initial stage of decomposition and had what appeared to be multiple cut wounds among them was a cut wound to the left side of the neck.
Cayo man dies after being “clotheslined”
Belize’s health authorities have now discovered the cause of death of a resident from the Cayo District. A post mortem examination conducted just last week Wednesday at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Morgue by Dr. Mario Estradabran now confirms that Eddie Alberto Sanchez died as a result of massive pulmonary edema, due to massive brain hemorrhage due to head injuries.
Sometime around 5:00 pm on Saturday 19th December 2015, Eddy Alberto Sanchez, 29 year old of Buena Vista Village was involved in a Road Traffic Accident and was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. An investigation was carried out where it was learnt that Sanchez was riding his grey in color Meilun 125 Motorcycle, into the compound of Belize Concrete Ltd located at the outskirts of Spanish Lookout and off the Iguana Creek Road. Upon reaching the entrance of the said compound, he collided into a cable wire used as a barrier to the compound which was across the road. The Belizean carpenter sustained serious head and body injuries.
Drugs found in Roaring Creek
Security forces continue to find marijuana in Cayo. On Saturday of this past weekend, the Special Branch Tactical Response Squad (TRS) conducted anti-crime operations in Roaring Creek Village, Cayo District, where the residence of Andres Garbutt of Cooperation Avenue, Roaring Creek Village, was searched which led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing a green leafy substance suspected to be cannabis. The substance was found under a cushion in the sofa. Present at the time of the search at the same address was 39 year old Andres Edward Garbutt Belizean Taxi Driver and 37 year old Janet Greta Cadle, a Belizean teacher. They were informed of the offence committed and escorted to the Belmopan police station along with the suspected drugs, which was weighed in their presence. Both Andres Garbutt and Janet Cadle were jointly charged for the offence of “Possession of a Controlled Drug” amounting to 34 grams.
Perry Gibson charged for death of young couple
Businessman and cycling enthusiast, Perry Gibson, 44, is out on bail after he was arrested and charged with two counts of manslaughter for running over and killing Adrian Wade, 22, and Lea Crawford, 27, on January 2 in Carmelita Village.
On their way to a wedding reception, Wade and Crawford were double riding on the road side in Carmelita Village sometime around 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 2. At this same time, Perry Gibson was driving his 2013 Toyota 4 Runner towards Belize City. He lost control of the vehicle between miles 49 and 50 and veered unto the side of the road where the couple was riding. The SUV struck the couple at high speed causing them to fly off the bicycle up into the air. The momentum of the vehicle then caused it to drag the bicycle a couple hundred feet further. According to eyewitnesses, Gibson then attempted to drive off from the scene but his vehicle shut down a half mile later due to mechanical malfunction.
Charged for attempted rape of ex-girlfriend
Allen Martinez, 32, of #6 Swan Street, San Pedro Town is out on bail after he was arraigned for attempting to rape his ex-girlfriend.
A 32-year-old woman visited police and reported that Martinez physically assaulted and attempted to rape her. She informed police that she knows her attacker well because he was her ex-boyfriend. Police acted upon the report and detained Martinez for attempted rape and wounding upon the complainant.
Martinez was escorted to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, December 31, where he was read two indictable offenses of attempted rape and wounding.
Murder in the city…
Kieron Moss, a 21 year-old resident of Freedom Street, was killed a very short distance from his house on New Years Day. According to those who know him, Moss was a respectable young man who was doing all the right things to stay away from the street life. Yet, try as he might, he was gunned down by shooters who treated him like just another gang affiliated youth.
According to Police it happened at around 5 a.m. on January 1, 2016. He was in the company of two girls, and they were walking on Levi Slusher Street, when 2 unknown assailants rode up on motorcycle. One of the men pulled out a weapon and fired several shots at Moss, targeting him directly. He was injured several times in the head and body, and he collapsed as soon as the bullets struck him. He was rushed to the KHMH, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Money lender Pamela Bennett dies in traffic accident
Well-known moneylender Pamela Bennett—Cumberbatch was killed along with an octogenarian during the New Years holiday weekend in a traffic accident on the Northern Highway. That double fatality happened as a second accident which happened on the very same day near the very same portion of the highway. This accident happened at around 9 a.m. on Sunday, January 3 between miles 5 and 6, around a curve.
80 year-old Alfredo Navarrete was driving in his Grey Dodge Caravan, and he was heading from his house in Burrell Boom Village to Belize City. His intention was to meet up with some relatives for the day. His family has told the press that he has a reputation being a very careful driver, who does not speed on the highway. They think that because the accident happened right after a curve, he most likely did not see the other vehicle coming. That other vehicle was a white Toyota Tundra Pick-up truck which was being driven at that time by Belize City resident, Calvin Cumberbatch. His wife, Pamela Bennett Cumberbatch, a well-known moneylender from Caesar Ridge Road, was in the passenger seat. They were on their way to Sandhill Village on business.
Mr. Program in jail for assaulting police
Gilbert Alamilla, 30, better known as “Mr. Program”, greeted the New Year in jail at the Belize Central Prison after he failed to pay a fine for assaulting a police officer. The local musician was convicted on November 10, 2015 for assaulting a police officer and using obscene words. He was convicted in absencia by Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith after he failed to show up at his own trial and forfeited his rights to put up a defense. The Chief Magistrate fined Alamilla $810 and immediately issued a warrant for his arrest. Upon arrest, he was to pay the fine or serve five months imprisonment.
Alamilla was arrested on Thursday, December 31. He could not make the $810 payment; therefore, he was sent to prison to begin serving five months imprisonment.
Bradley Roe busted with cocaine
River View Estate resident Bradley Roe, 25, of the wealthy Roe family is out on bail of $500 after police allegedly busted him with cocaine at the Princess Ramada Hotel and Casino on Sunday, January 3.
Roe was released on police bail Sunday night and walked into the Belize City Magistrates Court with his attorney Leisja Barrow-Chung on Monday, January 4, to answer to a single charge of possession of a controlled drug, 0.02 grams of cocaine. He appeared before Magistrate Carlin Mason where he pleaded not guilty to the charge. There was no objection to bail by the prosecutor, Inspector Pablo Pinkney. Mason granted bail in the sum of $500 plus one surety of the same amount which he was able to meet immediately.
Joel Borland is the 2016 KREM New Year’s Day Cycling Classic Champ
The Cycling Federation of Belize held its 26th Annual KREM New Year’s Day Cycling Classic on Friday 1st January, 2016, in the Elite Open, Masters, Female, Junior and Youth categories.
The Elite Open, Under 23 and Master riders commenced the 96 miles journey from the Belize –Mexico Border at 9:00 am and concluded in front of Santos Diaz on the Central American Boulevard in Belize City.
In the Elite Open, U-23 and Masters categories some 58 riders started the course with 37 riders completing the event.
At the end of the race, it was Joel Borland of Belmopan DigiCell 4G Elite Cycling Team that captured first place in a time of 3:53:42. Borland made his move for the coveted title at Sandhill and rode solo into the city for a comfortable win.
Borland was followed by his team-mate Gregory Lovell who completed the event in a time of 3:54:28.
The third rider to cross the finish line was Byron Pope of Benny’s Megabytes and he was followed by Justin Williams who is unattached and then by Johnny Joan Valencia a Mexican who rides for Boarder Town to round off the top five finishers in the event.
Nia Fairweather-Erwin and Marvin Hope capture Athletics Association 5K and 10K run
The Belize Athletics Association sponsored a 5K and 10 K runs on Friday 1st January, 2016. The Belize Athletics Association utilised the Central American Boulevard for the event.
In the 5K run for female athletes between the ages of 15-19 years, Ashonti Carr captured 1st place in a time of 25:21:69.
In the female Open event, 1st place went to Nia Fairweather-Erwin in a time of 30:15:41. The 2nd runner to cross the finish line was Teresita Grajalez in a time of 31:55:91 while third place went to Vernice Rodriguez in a time of 35:11:66.
In the male Open category, 1st place went to Joseph Carr in a time of 21:02:69. Larry Erwin finished 2nd in a time of 23:30:63, 3rd place going to Andres Grajalez in a time of 26:49:26 while 4th place went to Ian Morrison in a time of 30:15:41.
Elite Basketball Competition to commence on 16 January, 2016
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will commence its third, annual basketball competition on Saturday, January 16, 2016. The opening game will feature the newly added franchise the Independence Thunderbolt against the back-to-back defending champions, San Pedro Tiger Sharks out in San Pedro.
The 2016 Season will see the participation of eight teams which includes the San Pedro Tiger sharks (the back-to-back champions), Belmopan Bandits, Cayo Western Ballaz, Independence Thunderbolt, Dangriga Warriors, Orange Walk Running Rebels, Belize Hurricanes and the Belize City No Limit Team.
Kraal Road FC top team in CYDP Quarter-final Round
The CYDP Peace Cup Tournament Regular Season came to an end on Saturday 2 January, 2016, with four games on the schedule at the MCC Grounds.
In game one, West Lake and Lake I Rising Stars played to a 1-1 draw. The only goal of the game for West Lake FC was scored by Floyd Jones while Michael Hernandez scored for Lake I Rising Stars.
In game two, Exodus United won over the New Revolution via the default route.
In the third game of the day, King’s Park Strikers blasted Hattieville United by the score of 6-1. The goals for King’s Park Strikers were scored by Latrell Middleton (3), Shemar Thompson, Mark Chaneb and Tyrone Armstrong. Meanwhile, the only goal of the game for Hattieville United was scored by Clive Rogers.
Same Old, Same Old
Tuesday morning past a caller to Wave TV attempted to chastise the hosts during a period when the two gentlemen were discussing the PUP’s list of delegates for their upcoming national convention. The caller angrily demanded that Wave stay out of PUP business, and to stop “slander” the PUP leadership candidates.
If the caller would take a quick peek around at most of the other media outlets, he would get even angrier, since several political pundits on those radio and television stations are too discussing the PUP’s unfolding, public drama leading up to January 31. So what is it about the politics of the PUP that seems to attract so much attention?
One theory which older people like me hold is that for decades the PUP was the most powerful political Party in our country and it operated under a strict code of silence. All local news were carefully censored, and we only heard from Ministers during House meetings. This cabal type of Government gave the Ministers an aura of supremacy over the common man, and they were held in sort of reverence. To see them now as mere human beings with all their imperfections of arrogance, pride and greed makes for good entertainment.
Prime Minister's New Year Message
Sugar is not currently fetching the optimum returns in the European market that we would like. Nevertheless, the huge Santander investment in a factory and cane fields in the Cayo District has now come to fruition. Grinding operations are set to start by February. And the initial amount of 350 thousand tonnes of cane to be milled, should go up in year 2 to as much as 800 thousand tonnes. Apart from the foreign exchange earnings and permanent employment that the coming of sugar to the West brings, Santander is also negotiating a power purchase agreement with BEL to supply cheap co-generation energy to the local grid.
Overall, then, and despite the volatility inherent in the commodities sector and the temporary hole left in banana production by the suspension of Meridian farms, our agriculture is again proving its resilience and viability.
But it is in tourism that our prospects continue to shine brightest. In September, October and November of 2015, overnight arrivals exceeded the 2014 numbers for the same three months by 19.2%, 22.1% and 33% respectively. With the new Southwest and Copa airline services from the US and South America to Belize already launched; and with the scheduled commencement of direct flights from Canada in 2016, we expect to maintain and better the record breaking, year-over-year increases in stayover tourism.
A resounding approval to San Ignacio Police
With the increased security within the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, the authorities have signaled their approval for the extra efforts that have come from the San Ignacio Police Formation. In a recent letter sent to Superintendent Andrew Ramirez, Officer in Charge of the San Ignacio Police by Earl Trapp Jr., Mayor San Ignacio and Santa Elena, there is expression of delight.
“It gives me great pleasure to extend my most sincere gratitude to your office and the San Ignacio Police Station for the level of service provided over the Christmas Holidays. I commend you for having teamed up with the officers of the Belize Defense Force and for taking the proactive approach in making our municipality safe throughout the Christmas weekend.”
Hope for Humility
In society, people often times engulf their lives in too much pride and self interest that people forget to act out of humility. Humility is the act of being modest, reverential, even politely submissive. It is the opposite of aggression, arrogance, pride, and vanity.
Although it is the most vital trait to possess, humility is often overlooked in modern society. The general public is so used to being subject to the arrogant, authoritative, and selfish opinions of celebrities seen in the media that the idea of a “down-to-earth” person sounds almost refreshing. The same applies to everyday life when millions of people on social media websites post every good deed they have ever done online in order to provoke response from peers. Each of these truths reside on one common factor; the natural instinct of humans to desire praise and approval from others. Though some are reluctant to admit it, there is truly no denying that deep down, each person yearns to have his or her work noticed by someone else. This natural need is difficult to tame for many, considering the dissociation of many from flashy celebrities and the public annoyance with social media.
Let the horse trading begin
With the January 31st convention date in sight the greasing of palms, scratching, clawing and name calling are now on in earnest. The names of the delegates and the alternates (alternates are called if delegates don’t show up then and alternate votes in that slot) are in. Some camps are now afraid of what may happen to the list between now and convention date, they are afraid that it may be tampered with. So they want certified copies be made available to them, because they don’t trust the people in charge of the process. Some have suggested that the list be held in a safety deposit box and locked up in a bank vault. However there is even a controversy over the actual amount of delegates (voters) that should comprise the list. Some PUP deep throats we spoke to have told us the total amount of persons on the list should be around 2800 while others have said just above 2900. We don’t understand why the discrepancy, but it would not be a PUP operation if there were not a controversy.
Queen’s New Year’s honors
In a news release from Belize House in Belmopan, the Office of the Governor-General Announces that Her Majesty the Queen has been graciously pleased to make the following appointments to THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER BRITISH EMPIRE on the occasion of NEW YEAR HONOURS 2016.
Year in Review 2015
2015 has been year jam packed with events that have shaped the country’s psyche, its understanding of itself, its appreciation of the journey we’ve travelled as a people, and history being made. It was a loaded election cycle with two bye-elections after PUP parliamentarians decided to leave the fold, a municipal election that served as a litmus test for the United Democratic Party administration of Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow, and a general election which saw more than 71,000 residents give their stamp of approval to Prime Minister Barrow’s policies of social development, infrastructural transformation, and ensuring equity, transparency, and democracy alive and well. It was also a year for citizens to get actively engaged in the charting of the course in which our nation will take going forward, expecting only the best from our leaders – and certainly from ourselves. The Guardian revisits some of the most important stories of 2015, an exciting election year, a year of the youth, and a year of citizen participation especially through social media.
Roaring Creek cleared of high bush
Crime infested areas in Roaring Creek Village have been cleared thanks to team effort. A parcel of land in Roaring Creek measuring 2 acres was cleared by inmates of Kolbe Foundation on Wednesday of last week. It was done after Officer Commanding of Belmopan police, Howell Gillett, became concerned that criminals were finding refuge in the high bush.
Chief Executive Officer of Prison Virjilio Murillo made it possible for the inmates to work in Roaring Creek last week. His countryman, the Mayor of Belmopan, Khalid Belisle, provided both food and drinks for the inmates; even though that section of Belmopan is not within his jurisdiction as it relates to the City Council. Mayor Belisle nonetheless assisted, as much of the crime that affects Belmopan City has to do with activities in neighboring Roaring Creek. Inmates were able to clear much of the high bush and even killed a large snake from therein.
Words of Hope
Our world is teaming with refugees. Anyone who spends time watching the cable news networks is aware of the movement of many individuals from one country to another. We see migrations from Syria and Arab nations to Europe, Africa to Europe, and Central America to the United States. There are many opinions among U.S. Presidential candidates on how to deal with this crisis.
Many people do not realize that Jesus was once a refugee. After the birth of the Messiah in Bethlehem, he was visited by several learned astrologers from Persia. After this, Joseph was instructed by an angel to take Mary and the child Jesus from Bethlehem to Egypt, to escape from King Herod who sought to kill the child.
What will it take?
The Belize City high school (CSSSA) football tournament kicked off this evening at the MCC Grounds, where, since the weekend of October 4, 2015, there has been a three-feet deep, and a foot and a half wide trench around the field, just about three to five feet from the sidelines. In a city where gang turf tension is a stark reality, the well fenced MCC remains the most secure venue for young men from all parts of the city to congregate for supervised sports competition.
The Premier League of Belize team, Belize Defence Force FC decided to cancel its home games at the MCC after the trench was dug one Friday evening, so city fans got to see no more PLB games at the MCC since October of last year. But amateur football continues to be played at the MCC, with the Smart 13 & Under, CYDP Peace Cup, the BDFA Interim U-15, and now the high schools have started their CSSSA football tournament. There have been a few incidents where players have fallen into the trench; but, as far as reports received, there has not been any serious injury. Today, it might have been different. Less than a minute after kick-off this evening, with adrenalin high, two opposing players chased a ball toward the western sidelines, and after a hard tackle, one went crashing down into the trench. His lower body was out of sight inside the trench, while his upper left rib cage was jolted against the vertical earthen embankment. Visibly shaken and holding his side, the player, Wesley captain Deandre Pitter had to leave the game for a few minutes. Luckily, it appeared that no bones were broken, and he returned to the game nursing a bruised rib, and played the rest of the game.
Breaking Belize News
Belize chairs CARICOM secretariat
Belize on January 1st took over the chairmanship of the CARICOM secretariat under Prime Minister Dean Barrow. CARICOM Secretary General Irwin Larocque is in Belize for the Intersessional Meeting of heads of Government to be held here on January 16 and 17. Secretary General […]
Cruise ship passenger dies while snorkeling of Sergeants Caye
The body of a Princess Cruise Line passenger, 67 year old Janice Mittelstadt, lies at the Morgue at the KHMH awaiting a post mortem examination following what police is initially calling a “snorkeling accident”. The South Dakota resident arrived in Belize sometime this morning aboard the Caribbean […]
Rural Police gets communication division
Red Ice, that’s the name that the Rural Eastern Division of the Belize Police Department is giving to its new communications network. That system is augmented by newly acquired communication equipment. A donation was made by the Princess Ramada Hotel this afternoon in Belize City. […]
Caye Caulker residents call for new police barracks
In Caye Caulker, yes, perhaps. But certainly not in the aging and dilapidated cluster of wooden buildings at the corner of Avenida Mangle or Back Street and Luciano Reyes Street which serves as home to the island’s police contingent and their families. Made almost […]
Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) weighs in on the rice issue
The originators of the rice dispute involving Jack Charles, Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA), have weighed in on the most recent developments in the case. The organization says that it respects the decision of the Court on Charles, and says that the importer […]
Michael Arnold charged in Maria Pou robbery
Twenty-three year old Michael Arnold, a labourer of the Pickstock Apartments, appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser and was arraigned on charges of robbery and wounding. Arnold was denied bail and he was remanded into custody until March 9. On January 5, fifty-six year old […]
Luis Alcoser still missing
Thirty-two-year-old Luis Alcoser, who went missing before making it to his destination early Wednesday, is still missing and his disappearance remains a mystery. Alcoser’s blue KIA Sportage SUV, with license plates CZL-16979, was found about five to six feet off the road at the entrance […]
No one charged for 183 pounds of weed
Orange Walk Police have released the two men who were arrested following the discovery of a little over 183 pounds of weed. The discovery was made last Sunday by the Orange Walk Formation’s Quick Response Team on a feeder road off the Philip Goldson Highway between […]
Two to be charged for Canadian producer’s murder
By BMG Staff. Belize Media Group has received unconfirmed reports that charge sheets are being prepared for two men in-connection to the murder of Canadian film-maker Mathiew Klinck. This is a developing story and more details will be posted as they become available. © 2016, www.breakingbelizenews.com. This article […]
Belize Energy Workers Union calls on government not to destroy good rice
The Belize Energy Workers Union (BEWU) issued a press release yesterday afternoon stating its position and giving its opinions on the matter of Jack Charles’ imported Guyanese rice being considered for destruction after he lost his plea to the courts. In the release, BEWU […]
21 year old woman recovering from injuries sustained in traffic accident
Twenty-one-year-old Sheri Patt is at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after she was hit by a vehicle last night on the Philip Goldson Highway in the Corozal District. Police report that the incident occurred between miles 71 and 72 on the Philip Goldson […]
Stann Creek police seek public help in finding escaped prisoner
Stann Creek police are asking the general public to assist them with information as they search for 29-year-old Shane Bennett of Independence village who escaped from his holding cell at the Intermediate Southern Formation Police Station yesterday, sometime between 12 and 12:25 a.m. Bennett, […]
Belize Whale Sharks 2016 Diving Adventure!
The annual Whale Shark migration is heading to the waters of Belize and you cannot miss the opportunity to swim with these gentle giants of the sea.
Each year during the months of April, May, and June these docile behemoths visit the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve to take advantage of the annual fish spawn, straining plankton and other nutrients through their massive four and a half foot mouths.
While a true shark, unchanged for over 60 million years and still the world’s largest fish. The largest measured whale shark was 40 feet long and 5 feet wide, that’s bigger than a school bus! These creatures are known to swim right up to divers, but they are not aggressive only curious.
Househunters International makes stuff up? Shocked, shocked, shocked.
Well here’s a shocker: The popular HGTV program “Househunters International” makes stuff up.
Didn’t see that one coming . . . until about three years ago.
No, it is true.
You can read here about one couple who moved to Fiji and were living in their house for four months before the crew from “Househunters International” came along and said something like this:
HGTV: “Let’s go out and pretend to look for a house to live in. You can look at three, including the one you are already in and argue about which one you want. It will be fun!”
Couple: “Well . . . ”
HGTV: “And we’ll pay you $1,500 to be on the show.”
Maybe you knew this already.
Your first clue would be that every “Househunters International” show is almost exactly the same.
Where to Retire Overseas in 2016
Moving overseas gives you an opportunity to reinvent your life in retirement. In many places you will also be able to significantly reduce your cost of living. Here are my picks for the world's top retirement havens in 2016.
Cayo, Belize. Belize is one of the quirkiest countries in the world. Geographically, Belize is in Central America, yet its strongest ties are to the English-speaking Caribbean. Belize is Caribbean, Central American and, thanks to its history as a former colony, British. Belize City's roadways are built around a system of roundabouts, but shops alongside them sell rice, beans and tortillas still ground by hand.
English is the country's official language. The 350,000 people populating Belize today are diverse and include the descendants of migrants from Britain, Mexicans, Guatemalans, Hondurans and Nicaraguans mixed with current-day generations of the Maya who originally inhabited this land.
Belize is a sunny country that's easily accessible from the United States and the folks all speak English. It's also one of the easiest places in the world to establish foreign residency, as well as a banking and tax haven. You could live and run a business here tax-free.
As Climate Change Hits the Caribbean, Partners Collaborate To Boost Resilience and Rejuvenate Coasts
Even before Hurricane Joaquin’s catastrophic flooding of South Carolina in October, the storm had hit ten islands of The Bahamas with brute force. On Crooked Island, 85 percent of the homes were destroyed. Over 36 hours, the storm rested menacingly over the islands, closing airports as well as destroying communications and electrical infrastructure, according to the Ministry of Environment and Housing in Nassau.
Currently in the design phase, the Caribbean Ocean and Aquaculture Sustainability Facility (COAST) proposes to promote the resilience of the small-scale fisheries sector in the Caribbean against increasing climate-change related disaster risk. The objective is to create a platform for innovative insurance financing that also incentivizes small-island governments to support coastal management and reef restoration for climate resilience among other activities.
Dusk falls in San Pedro, 6min. Footage taken from DJI Phantom 3 Advanced as the sun goes down in San Pedro Town, Belize. The Phantom is launched and recovered at Ramon's Village Resort in San Pedro and it takes a swivelling aerial view of nearby San Pedro Town.
DIVING IN BELIZE-PART 2-NIGHT DIVING, 2min. Here are some of the cool underwater creatures that are seen while diving at night in Belize.
Arpana &Kim in Belize, 4min.
Belize River part 01, 10min.
Belize River part 02, 11min.
The Impact of Media | Kalilah Enriquez | TEDxBelmopan, 27min. In her talk, Belizean journalist, writer and poet, Kalilah Enriquez discusses her journey to journalism in both Belize and Jamaica to help us understand the impact of media, addressing the issue of news standards, and the idea of subjectivity versus objectivity in journalism.
Belize Honeymoon, 4min.
CARICOM Secretary General wraps up working visit to Belize, 11min.
Krista & Cody In Belize 2015, 15min.
Belize Farm, 4min.
Two Backpacks In Belize, 4.5min. Skulls in caves, jumping nude off of waterfalls and living out of a small backpack are a few things that create a brother's trip to Belize. A laughing monkey and treehouse production
Open Your Eyes: The folks from Belize Urban Gardens tell us about their project, 40min.