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The San Pedro Sun

Two suspects detained in Samantha Barrios murder investigation
A week after the brutal murder of Honduran national Johana Samantha Mendez Barrios, the San Pedro Police Department continue their investigation in solving the crime. Barrios was killed inside her apartment by a single slash to her throat in the early hours of Tuesday, February 16th at the Boca Del Rio area. Since then, police have apprehended two suspects. According to Deputy Coastal Executive Assistant Superintendent, Henry Jemmott investigations regarding Barrios’ case have made significant progress. “We have detained two persons, for whom we’ve sent up fingerprint samples and different aspects to try and find out who committed this crime. We haven’t had the cooperation of the public to a certain extent in solving this crime and it is very alarming, because these rooms are very close to one another, and people are refusing to come forward and give us the statements that we need to actually put together a proper case in this matter,” said Jemmott.

San Pedro Town Public Library offering services to the community
The San Pedro Town Public Library, an extension of the Belize National Library Service and Information System, is committed to the promotion of an informed, aware and literate society that fosters our national development and cultural heritage. With this in mind, the library is constantly organizing events and activities for the benefit of the community. With a focus on our youth, the library hopes to reach out to all school children, encouraging them to take advantage of the services offered. According to San Pedro Senior Library Assistant Marlene Coral, the San Pedro Town Public Library will be featuring an entire series in 2016. The series being featured is titled ‘7th Heaven’, an American series from the 90’s which touches on many social and family issues such as bullying, drugs, cursing, vandalism, alcoholism, racism, etc. “It is a great family oriented series through which we hope that patrons may find meaningful entertainment. Though the library is targeting teens for this activity, it is appropriate for the entire family since the series features multiple characters of different ages,” said Coral. The library also has a variety of other activities aimed at specific age groups scheduled each month. The monthly schedule of activities is posted on the door of the library at the beginning of every month. These activities include different out-door movie nights, in-door films and discussions, early childhood development discussions, games and annual summer camps.

Puro Tango delights San Pedro audience
It’s not every day that tango comes to San Pedro Town, and it may have even been a first for our island when the famous dance ensemble, Puro Tango came to Ambergris Caye last weekend. Hailing from Columbia, the world-renowned troupe held performances on Saturday and Sunday evening, February 20th and 21st, at the Paradise Theater. Taking advantage of the opportunity to dress-up a bit and make a night out of it, island residents came out to enjoy the three-time world champion tango dancers. Featuring four dance couples blessed with grace and stunning dance moves, live music and beautiful Spanish ballads performed between dances, the evening offered something for everyone.

Kent Gabourel wins Weekend Warriors Mount Hope Hills race
Kent “Bob” Gabourel of the Kulture Megabytes team won the Weekend Warriors Cycling Club’ Mount Hope race, a grueling 40-mile hills climb from the Rockville junction to the Busman Arnold Hill at Mile 63 on the George Price Highway on Sunday morning, February 21. Bob won the A category, in which Daniel Cano of the Santino’s team finished 2nd and Bob’s teammate Preston Martinez took 3rd place. Jack Sutherland of the DigiCell 4G team was 4th, while Warren Coye and Kareem Flowers, both of the Santino’s team, took 5th and 6th place respectively. Steven Robinson of the Caribbean Tires team won the B category in 2:03:28, forcing Clarence Tesecum of the F.T.Williams team into 2nd place. Gilberto Acost of the Spinnaz team was 3rd, while Santiago Cus and Ryan Willoughby, both of the SMART Zoom team, took 4th and 5th places respectively. Robinson’s teammate Joe Mckoy finished 6th.

Staple fish species population declining
Seafood is a staple in San Pedro Town, with many visitors to the island looking forward to enjoying tasty fish platters. However, the increase in demand on the island has led to a decline in the population of certain marine species. Now, restaurateurs are voicing concerns over the difficulties in obtaining certain fish species that were once bountiful, such as grouper and snapper – top choices served in restaurants. Local restaurant owner have told The San Pedro Sun that fishermen are no longer bringing in enough grouper and snapper to sustain the demand. With customers demanding these specific species, restaurateurs are in a quandary over what to serve. The Sun attempted to get a clearer picture into the matter from Executive Director of MarAlliance, Dr. Rachel Graham. According to her the main problem is overfishing. Basically, “we’ve eaten the fish”.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Bikers invade San Pedro
They are partying at Fido's Courtyard & Pier on their last day of the 2016 Belize Bike Rally "Meet in the Middle III". Come say Hello!!! Hey are a Happy Crowd.

Prime Minister Barrow to Attend IDB Thirtieth Governor’s Meeting
The Office of the Prime Minister informs the general public that Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country today, Saturday, February 27th, 2016 to attend the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Thirtieth Governors’ Meeting of the Central American Isthmus and the Dominican Republic Constituency to be held on February 29th, 2016 in Washington, D.C. in preparation for Inter-American Development’s Annual Meeting later this year. The Prime Minister is scheduled to return to Belize on Tuesday, 1st March, 2016. Upon the Prime Minister’s departure, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Gaspar Vega, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment & Sustainable Development will act as Prime Minister, until Sunday, February 28th, 2016. Thereafter, Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security will act as Prime Minister until Prime Minister Barrow’s return to Belize.

Osprey Rescue
Juvenile Osprey got tangled on some fishing line that was dangling from the debris of its nest. Thanks to the heroic efforts of BEL workers along with wildlife rescuer Chris Summers, they managed to set it free, saving its life.

National District Youth Council
Good luck to all our Caye Caulker youth. Shine bright like a diamond... Monday is election day for the National District Youth Council. Five Ocean Academy students are running for council positions. These island youth have great ideas, leadership skills and a passion to become change makers for the district and the nation. We wish them, and all candidates from the District, the best of luck!

Belize Gifts Relocates
Belize Gifts has a new location on Burns Avenue. Across from Celina's. Same great selection of well priced souvenirs. Hot sauces and jams too.

MORE LEGENDS AT NELSON FULLER'S FAREWELL!
THE DJ MARK HYDE, AND THE TROMBONIST, ROBERT TABLADA!

BELIZEAN MUSICAL LEGENDS WERE IN THE HOUSE!
Belizean musical legends guitarist, Raymond Sosa, bassist Raymond Barrow, reggae artist Fredlocks, and keyboardist and bassist, Cayetano. The many Belizen musical artists came out in full force to bid farewell to their brother, friend, and musical associate and legend, Nelson Fuller.

Eugene Adolphus: Legendary Belizean Artist of The Webb!
Look who yours truly came across at the funeral services of the legendary Nelson Fuller today, the legenday Eugene Adolphus of the legendary Belizean band, The Webb. Adolphus who was the guitar player for The Webb, attended the funaral services today at the Belizean church in Los Angeles, God's Place of Refuge International of Pastor Kenrick Smart who is also a legendary Belizean artist of the Belizean based band in L.A., Dells & The Sensations. The funeral services of Nelson Fuller, the legendary drummer and musical artist of the 1970's Lord Rhaburn Combo, was widely attended today, February 27, 2016 by Belizean musical artists, athletes, friends, and associates from all walks of life in the Los Angeles Belizean Community who knew the outstanding Belizean artist as a man of distingusih character, love, and talent. Fuller passed away in Los Angeles last week after a long battle with diabetes related conditions.

Reef Week 2016!
Are you ready? Every year the Belizean conservation community celebrates the significant economic and cultural benefits of the Belize Barrier Reef to the country with a week-long calendar of national events. Reef Week 2016 is being organized under the theme, “Not just my reef, it’s our way of life!” The activities, set to take place between March 6th through to March 13th, include the Healthy Reef for Healthy People’s swim across the English Caye Channel, Oceana’s “Ride to the Reef” from the capital city to the coast, as well as educational and awareness events by organizations including the Belize Audubon Society, TIDE, FAMRACC, BTIA, Blue Ventures, the Turneffe Atoll SA, WWF, KREM, Wildtracks, the Wildlife Conservation Society, UB’s Environmental Research Institute and the Southern Enforcement Association. Partner entities for Reef Week 2016 also include the Belize Tourism Board, the Fisheries Department, the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute and the Belize City Council.

Amandala

Guatemala threatens; GOB trembles; BTV stands firm
Wil Maheia, founder of the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV), released a video message today taking umbrage with an advisory from the Government of Belize calling on Belizeans not to go to a BTV-sponsored expedition on the Sarstoon River this weekend, following what appear to be threats from Guatemala’s military. The BTV announced on Monday, February 22, that it is organizing a trip to the Gracias a Dios border monument in southern-western Belize, “in commemoration of the fateful day when Belizeans were detained by Guatemalan Military a year ago when they went on an educational trip to the monument.” The BTV extended an invitation to the public and media to join them on the trip, slated for Saturday, February 27—but a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official says it is a bad idea that will only lead to “misadventure.” In a release issued today the Belize Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed “grave concern about the inherent danger in the course of such activity.”

GSU fires into SUV carrying family of 4!
Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) officers last night at about 7:00 fired into an SUV carrying a family of four. Luckily, they hit only one of the vehicle’s occupants – the driver of the vehicle, Roberto Chan, 28, of Paslow Falls, Cayo District. Besides Chan, travelling in the SUV on the Calla Creek road were his wife, Lupita, 24, and two children, one 6 years old and an infant 7 months old. Roberto, a vendor whose hand is crippled by a childhood injury, was hit in the right shoulder, but mercifully neither his wife or his children were hit. Amandala today spoke to Ana Guadalupe Rivera, who also goes by the name Lupita “Lupe” Chan, and she told us that at about 7:00 last night while they were driving on the road she heard two gunshots and saw her husband bleeding from the shoulder. She realized that he had been shot. Roberto stopped the vehicle, and some men came from the bushes wearing camouflage clothes. Lupita said that they appeared to be policemen in camouflage uniform. After they identified themselves as GSU, the officers took Chan from behind the steering wheel, put him in the passenger seat and drove him to the San Ignacio Hospital. After that he was taken to the Western Regional Hospital, where he has been admitted to ward, the bullet still lodged in his shoulder. Police processed the vehicle, but nothing incriminating was found.

Sports Council leases part of MCC to Princess
When the Princess Hotel and Casino (originally the Ramada Hotel) was constructed on Newtown Barracks it gobbled up public land that was used by hundreds of Belize City football players for workouts and pickup games. The hotel had a major parking problem from the beginning. The Princess Hotel and Casino has been experiencing a chronic shortage of parking space for its guests and patrons. In an effort to address its vehicle parking shortcomings the Princess has entered into a lease agreement with the National Sports Council, an agreement which has not been made public, to lease the front portion of the MCC Grounds, specifically to build a parking facility that could accommodate up to 80 cars. This afternoon recently appointed Sports Director Ritchel Dominguez told Amandala that the Sports Council is partnering with the Princess Casino, who will build the parking lot, and they have agreed to lease the space for $2,500 per month, “because as you know, Sports Council has no money.” Dominguez said the lease is for two years and there is no option in the lease for Princess to buy the 1,692 square meters of MCC’s land.

Steve Harvey hosting Miss Universe in Belize?
Steve Harvey, the famous American actor and comedian who last year hosted the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vega, but who initially announced the wrong winner, has perhaps gained even more fans for the way he has handled his momentary gaffe. Right after the pageant, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) tweeted a public invitation to Harvey, suggesting that he should host the Costa Maya pageant, organized out of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, this summer. Recently, Harvey said on his morning show, aired live out of Cayman, that he is hosting the next Miss Universe pageant in Belize. The guest for the show was Monyque Brooks, Miss Cayman. We checked with BTB director, Karen Bevans, last week after we listened to the clip from Harvey’s morning show, in which he repeatedly said that he would be hosting the international pageant in Belize. Bevans, who is currently in the US, told us that she would check with the BTB’s marketing agent in the US, and will update us. This evening, Bevans told us that she is in Miami and she intends to meet with the agents tomorrow, Friday, to find out what feedback they have gotten from Steve Harvey’s agents.

Health Ministry braces for “a lean and mean year”
The national budget is due to be presented in Parliament in the coming weeks. There will be much debate on the numbers, and especially on where the Government plans to spend $1 billion it will earmark for the various Ministries and to meet the final tier of salary increase for teachers and public officers. One critical Ministry is the Ministry of Health. Chief Executive Officer in that Ministry, Dr. Ramon Figueroa told Amandala that, “From the outset, we’ve been reminded at every occasion that next year is a lean and mean year.” Figueroa noted that they have had to cut their budget to fit within the assigned ceiling, and this has meant scaling back on medical supplies—an area which appears to have been abused in the past. Figueroa said that the budget process is “a very rigid and straightforward process,” and they were given a ceiling from last year of around BZ$120 million, including the budget for the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). The new budget would include the salary adjustment approved for KHMH workers, who were given an increase financed by a grant in this budget year from Central Government, which provides an annual subvention to the statutory body.

National High School Football Champions 2016
Four female (F) and four male (M) high school football zone champions from across the country converged at the MCC Grounds in Belize City last Friday and Saturday, February 19-20, for the National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) football championship, which was hosted this year by St. John’s College. The tournament had a simple knockout format, with losers on Friday playing for third place on Saturday, and Friday’s winners meeting for the championship on Saturday. In the female opener on Friday, Belmopan Comprehensive won, 3-1, over Independence High, with goals from Jayda Brown (2) and Ana Arias, while Karisha Coe scored for Independence High. Next was a male encounter, with Julian Cho Technical prevailing, 2-nil, over Sacred Heart College, on goals by Jarren Lambey and Justin Trapp.

If not “Chow,” who scored BDF’s first goal on Sunday?
Our apologies for the confusion following the report in our mid-week issue with the name of the scorer of BDF’s first goal on Sunday, when they were trailing Police United 2-nil at the MCC Grounds in Belize City. Our vision partly obstructed at the time by a cloud of dust in front of the southern goal at the MCC, we had assigned the goal to Leon “Chow” Cadle. A BDF fan called in to the Press Cadogan Sports Show on Krem Radio last night and said it was Ricky Ricketts that had scored that first goal for BDF; and today, BDF coach Jerome Serrano concurred that Rickets scored their first goal. But the official Premier League of Belize (PLB) game report, which came out on Wednesday near midday, has Kadeem Martinez scoring BDF’s first goal at the 80th minute. Kadeem had entered the game in second half to replace Mexican import William Briceno in midfield. After BDF had lost defender Orland Trapp to a red card at the 5th minute of play, Police United took the lead in first half through Devon Makin (36’), and increased their lead through Harrison “Cafu” Roches (63’), before the 10-man BDF mounted a comeback with Kadeem Martinez* (80’) and Harrison Tasher (87’) scoring, to secure the 2-2 draw.

Excellence young player scored the first century in this year’s season
Hello, cricket fans, wherever you may be! Thanks to Smart and Belikin for once again sponsoring this year’s cricket competition. Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, the Harrison Parks 2016 Cricket Competition continued over the weekend with very exceptional games. I will first take you to Sandhill, where Excellence, who have won many championships, went there having some very young players to play against home team Bright Star. Excellence won the toss and, without hesitation, took to bat. The first two batsmen quickly started to put a licking on the bowling of Bright Star. For nearly three hours, Excellence batsmen punished the Stars. When the last wicket fell, after one batsman had given up his inning to facilitate a young player, the team had put up a huge amount of runs – 358. Andy Dominquez, Sr. took 6 of Excellence wickets. Eighteen (18) year old Vernon Stevenson top scored with 118 runs. He went in first and came out last. He is publicly praised by me for his brilliance. Keep up the good playing, sir! Andy Dominquez, Jr. batted 54 runs.

Editorial: At the base of the pyramid
It is hard to say whether the docility present amongst the trade and labor unions in Belize is attributable to superior politicking by the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) or inferior practice of same by the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP). Given all the accumulation of seriously negative economic indicators on the Belizean landscape, topped off this week by another cynical hike in fuel prices by the Ministry of Finance, it should be the case that there is visible dissatisfaction in the ranks of labor. Not so. There was a half-hearted stirring in a section of the Belize Communications Workers Union (BCWU), reference a lunch break meeting of BTL workers last week, but overall the organized Belizeans who will be most affected by the present and projected downturns in the Belizean economy may be characterized, on the instant, as wide awake in a dream. The question is why. Belize’s governance system is what is called a constitutional democracy, featuring national elections every five years or so which decide which political party will form the government and control public funds. The UDP has won three consecutive general elections – 2008, 2012, and 2015, and what seems evident is that the Opposition PUP has not been able to galvanize the working classes enough to win a majority of seats.

From the Publisher
Belize City has changed so much over the last four, five, decades. Migration to the United States has taken place from all the urban areas of the nation (Corozal Town, Orange Walk Town, San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Benque Viejo, Dangriga, Punta Gorda), but the change is most stunning in Belize City because the ethnic flavor of the old capital was so distinctly black back then. In these last four, five decades, the territory of Belize, formerly the colony of British Honduras, has moved from a time when the clear majority of the population was black to today, when blacks are definitely in the minority. Belize’s change in ethnic makeup was effected without any kind of social upheaval because black Belizeans were happy to move from Belize to the big cities of the United States – New Orleans, New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, in the first instance, and afterwards Houston, Miami, and Atlanta. The masses of the Belizean people, especially those in Belize City, saw this place as primarily swamp (most of us didn’t know our own country), and even though the 1960s were a time of surging nationalism here, the evidence is that the majority of black Belizeans saw a better future for themselves over there in the big cities of the United States. This is real. During the 1960s and 1970s, and into the 1980s, most Belizean/Americans who reached a financial position where they could visit Belize for a holiday, did so during the September celebrations month. Christmas visits were always a big deal, but September was surely the bomb. Two, three decades ago a significant amount of the September energy shifted to Florida, one reason being that a lot of Belizeans had documentation problems and could not come home to Belize and return to America. There are big parties in September and October in Florida, where the Belizean/American nation, both documented and undocumented, can fly in from all the big cities and renew acquaintances.

How free is the press in the Caribbean?
“The basis of the rights of a journalist is based on freedom of expression which is the freedom of information – freedom of the press,” Andrew Smith, a lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica, this week told the approximately 68 media personnel who met in Barbados from 13 different CARICOM member states who were meeting for a two-day seminar. The seminar was hosted by Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice), and took place on February 23 and 24 at the Radisson Hotel in Barbados. Where there are rights, there are also responsibilities, Smith said. Further, Smith said that the media plays an essential role to keep the public informed on current events that tend to be of public interest. One of the things that we found to be common across the Caribbean that prevented the media from providing good information to the public was the lack of freedom of information, or in cases where there is a freedom of information law, it is a law without teeth.

PUP officials to discuss high-ranking post for Cordel Hyde
Four-time Lake Independence area representative, Cordel Hyde, who recently ran in the leadership convention for the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), will be offered a “meaningful” post on the party’s executive, according to the recently installed Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Johnny Briceño. It has been reported that Hyde would be offered a post as a senior deputy to Briceño; but Hyde told us today that it is premature for him to comment at this time, since “these things tend to be fluid.” According to Hyde, PUP officials have been having internal discussions, but “it is one thing to have a discussion and another thing to get it done,” he said. “John is the new leader, so he should have an amount of flexibility to get things done and shaping things the way he wants,” Hyde said. When we spoke with Briceño on the matter, and specifically reports of Hyde’s being made a senior deputy, Briceño said, “They seem to know more than I do…”

Consumer prices up, as trade slumps in January 2016
After seeing a decline of nearly 1 percent in 2015 consumer prices rose 0.4% for January 2016, while export earnings shrank by almost 30% according to reports which the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) released this week. The SIB said that imports also slumped, with reduced flows to the Commercial Free Zone, where cigarette imports were down by $8 million, and the Export Processing Zone, where shrimp feed imports fell by $3 million. Two of Belize’s main export sectors, crude and sugar, did well in January 2016, when earnings were compared to last January’s earnings, but earnings from bananas, citrus concentrate and shrimp had declined. According to the SIB, “Crude petroleum, which recorded no exports in January 2015, brought in earnings of over $3 million during the first month of 2016. “Despite fetching a lower price on the European market, sugar exports were buffered by sales to the Caribbean region, and grew from half a million dollars in January 2015 to almost $2 million, as the quantity of this product exported almost tripled in comparison to January 2015.” Meanwhile, earnings from animal feed exports doubled from $2 million to $4 million.

Pump prices spike due to second hike in import duty
Drivers who went to the service stations to refuel their vehicles this morning were hit with an increase in pump prices after Government decided, for the second time since December, to adjust the level of import duties charged on fuel—with the biggest increase being on diesel. Our calculations have determined that since the tax measure began to be implemented several weeks ago, the level of import duties has increased by 87 cents on regular gasoline, $1.05 on premium gasoline and $1.45 on diesel. Last month crude oil prices on the world market fell to their lowest since 2003, according to a CNBC report published Wednesday. The news station reported that prices are currently floating at around US$30 a barrel. The accompanying graph shows that prices have plummeted substantially since July 2014, when the basket reference price was at roughly US$107 a barrel.

Mek Mi Rich and BTL lose in court
Today, Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel torpedoed the national telecommunications giant Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and its co-defendant, Mek Mi Rich (MMR Production), when he ruled that the two companies had pirated the idea of lottery by SMS texting from the Corozal businessman Curtis Swasey, who prevailed in his civil lawsuit against both companies. The case is a first of its kind in Belize’s high court, as it involved intellectual property rights and the breach of a confidentiality agreement between BTL and Swasey, whose concept for lottery by texting appears to have been used by MMR, one of whose directors is Andre Vega, a son of Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, and Andre Vega’s business partner, Sanjay Hotchandani. Swasey’s lawsuit sought to recover damages for BTL’s breach of the confidential agreement he had signed with the company. In Justice Abel’s view, however, Swasey was unable to quantify how much damage he had suffered from BTL’s breach of the agreement, and because he was unable to provide a specific amount of damages that he had suffered, the court awarded Swasey only $25,000 in damages. This damage award was based upon the amount MMR had paid BTL for the use of the lottery concept, which was meticulously laid out for BTL by Swasey, free of cost, over the two-and-a-half years that he had been in discussion with BTL and had provided them with floor charts and the other technical knowhow from IT expert Paul Elliot, who had worked with Swasey to perfect the concept of lottery using SMS texting.

Convicted human trafficker, 64, spared prison time, ordered to pay over $70,000 forthwith
A naturalized Belizean woman of Honduran origin, the first person to be convicted of human trafficking at the Supreme Court, was spared the minimum prison time of eight years stipulated by the Trafficking In Persons Act of 2013, but was ordered to pay over $70,000 in fines forthwith, by Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas, who sentenced her this afternoon. The convict, Estela Gonzalez, 64, sat in the prisoner’s dock leaning on her left side to hear in the Spanish, the court interpreter’s low voice repeating the words of Justice Lucas, as he read his judgment in the almost packed courtroom. On February 10, a jury of nine returned a guilty verdict in respect of one count of human trafficking against Gonzalez, who had turned a 15-year-old Honduran girl into a sex slave at her club, Temptation Bar, located around Mile 10 on the George Price Highway. The court held a mitigation hearing on February 18, during which two doctors, Dr. Fernando Cuellar and Dr. Javier Novelo, testified about Gonzalez’s failing health. Gonzalez is suffering from chronic diabetes and hypertension. The day before the mitigation hearing Dr. Novelo had treated her for an anxiety attack at the Belize Central Prison.

The overkill of San Pedrano Frank Edwards
Police are investigating the vicious death of San Pedro resident, Frank Edwards, 27 of the San Mateo area of San Pedro, who was found dead at his home with multiple gunshot wounds to his chest, stomach, neck and face. Assistant Superintendent Henry Jemott, Deputy Commander of San Pedro Police, said that various calibers of weapons were used in the shooting – .45, 9mm, and also a 12-gauge shotgun. Recovered from the scene were seventeen .45 auto expended shells; fourteen .9mm expended shells; two 12-gauge expended cartridges; one 12-gauge live cartridge; three .45 slugs; two .9mm slugs; and five pellets. The bullet-riddled body was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Morgue, where it awaits the mandatory post-mortem examination to certify the cause of his death. The murder occurred at about 7:30 Tuesday night at Frank Edwards’ home. Reports to Amandala are that he was at home with his family when there was a knock on the door, and the persons from outside shouted, “Police, open the door.” When he went to open the door, however, gunmen opened fire on him. When Edwards fell to the floor in the hall, the killers continued to shoot him, after which they ran out of the house and escaped in a boat that was waiting for them.

FFB and district association “elections”/endorsements
On Wednesday, February 17, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) sent out a press release announcing the results of elections, which were actually endorsements, held in three different district associations – Belize District, Stann Creek District and Toledo District. We have refrained so far from publishing the names of those elected/endorsed, because there have been so many complaints, both verbal and written, across the country about the unfairness of the process, and in light of the fact that no less than the FFB President himself had been “suspended” by a majority of his own executive members because of their strong objection to the violations being perpetrated on the FFB Statutes and Electoral Code. We hope to cast no aspersions on the individuals elected/endorsed so far, but at this sports desk we await the verdict of FIFA and CONCACAF to see if this process that has occurred will be allowed to stand, or those elections/endorsements will be declared null and void, and the process has to be done all over again, as was the case back in 2011 and 2012 with the previous Dr. Chimilio led FFB administration.

The Reporter

Israel commits to supporting CARICOM development
As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) accredits a new Israeli envoy, the Middle-Eastern state has reaffirmed its commitment to assist CARICOM to achieve its ideals. Mordehai Amihai-Bivas, Plenipotentiary Representative of the State of Israel to CARICOM, said yesterday that CARICOM’s objectives were noble ones that were centered on people: full employment, development, health and education. “The true success of any nation will be measured by its ability to deliver on these goals, and the Caribbean Community has focused its efforts on helping its members achieve them. Israel has proven successes on all those fronts and is willing to share its experience and know-how with developing nations of the region,” he said at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown. Describing relations between CARICOM and Israel as “natural”, he noted that through the Israel Agency for International Development Cooperation, dozens of professionals from the region had advanced their training in agriculture, healthcare, education, alternative energy and sustainable development, over the past year.

Belize Territorial Volunteers lead expedition to Sarstoon, despite warning
Despite warnings from the Government of Belize, members of the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV), are heading down the Sarstoon River to the Gracias a Dios border marker. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement on Thursday, warning the volunteers to not go on the excursion because of possible conflicts with the Guatemalan military forces who patrol the area. GOB also said that it would offer no protection to those who venture on the trip. BTV leader Will Maheia maintains that the border excursions are critical in asserting Belize’s sovereigty over the area, especially with the ongoing Guatemalan claim to Belize’s territory. Maheia also said that today, Saturday marks one year since some 40 Belizeans were taken out of the country and imprisoned by the Guatemalan military on a similar excursion.

Discarded fetus found in Dangriga
A Dangriga community is shaken this weekend, after they discovered a discarded fetus partially eaten by dogs. Dangriga police say they got a call just before 3 p.m. on Thursday, alerting them that the fetus was on the roadside. Police investigations revealed that the fetus was discarded in an overgrown lot on Pen Road in the Benguche area. It had been thrown there wrapped in a piece of cloth, reportedly set on fire, only to have the dogs find it later and remove it. Police took the fetus to the Dangriga hospital, where they determined that it was between six and seven months old. They contacted Dr. Mario Estradabran who will conduct a postmortem examination, the results of which will be released sometime next week.

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PUP demands further investigations into Mek Mi Rich and BTL relationship
“The People’s United Party registers serious concern at what amounts to no less than a conviction of BTL, or persons acting on behalf of BTL, on charges of corruption,” the party said in statement issued late this week. The party goes on to register concern […]

ATLIB football regionals kick off
The Norman Broaster Stadium in the Cayo District is the main venue for the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize (ATLIB) football regionals in both male and female category. Ecumenical Junior College from Dangriga, Independence Junior College (IJC Predators), UB Junior College (UB Jaguars) […]

BTV returns to Gracias a Dios one year after Guatemalan-capture incident
Exactly one year ago, over 40 Belizeans were taken by Guatemalans military and held in custody while returning from an excursion to the Gracias a Dios border marker. Earlier this week the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release warning the Belize Territorial Volunteers […]

Traffic accident sends two to Western Regional Hospital
Two persons are listed in a stable but critical condition at the Western Regional hospital this morning after they were knocked off their motorcycle on the George Price Highway on Friday night. The accident occurred around 9 p.m. in the village of Camalote in the […]

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Mexican Pizza
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a hot skillet with cooking spray. Brown and crisp the tortillas on both sides. Reserve for later. Heat the refried beans. Place 2 of the browned tortillas on a sheet pan and spread half of the heated refried beans onto each tortilla. Place the remaining tortillas on top of the beans. Pour and evenly spread half of the enchilada sauce on top of each tortilla. Top each with half the tomato and 1/3 cup cheese, then sprinkle half the green onion on each. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Allow to sit a few minutes before cutting and serving.

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Surfing added to programme for 2017 Central American Games
Surfing has been added to the programme for the 2017 Central American Games in Managua, Nicaragua, it has been announced. First held in Guatemala in 1973, the Central American Games is held on a four-year cycle the year following the Olympics. Seven nations compete: Panama, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, Belize, and Guatemala. Twenty-six full sports featured at the 2013 edition in Costa Rican capital San José, including the non-Olympic disciplines of baseball, bodybuilding, bowling, chess, beach soccer, karate, racquetball, roller speed skating and softball. The full list of sports set to feature in Managua is still to be finalised.

Videos

  • Central America Adventure - Traveller Story, 25min. Finnish guy flew overseas for an adventure across Central-America. Here are the highlights and thanks to all the wonderful people who were part of this adventure!

  • UnBelizeable, 6min.

  • FISHING FOR WAHOO AND DORADO IN BELIZE, 5min. This day, we caught 14 dorado and 1 wahoo aboard Jolly Mon. It was a really rough and cold day where there was not one point in time on this trip where we were dry.

  • Baby Tarpon in Belize, 2min. Mangrove tarpon in Belize.

  • BELIZE 2016, 14min. Belize J-Term 2016 Cultural Analysis.

  • Garifuna group at Agri fair Belmopan, Belize 2015, 4.5min.

  • Belize 2016, 4.5min. A look at our Winter Break service trip to Belize!

  • 2016 Belize Bike Rally, 1.5min.