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The San Pedro Sun

Easter Pancake Bunny Brunch at Lion’s Den
Entire families and volunteers gathered at the San Pedro Lions Den on Saturday, March 26th, for a fun-filled fundraising event. As part of their Easter celebration, the Lions Den hosted their fifth annual Pancake Brunch with the Easter Bunny, packed with many entertaining activities. An all-time American breakfast favorite of pancakes was served with sausage links, orange slices and juice. Catering to children and allowing them to use their imagination, a table was set with both traditional and fun toppings of butter, syrup, chocolate syrup, jams, sliced bananas, shredded cheese, sprinkles, marshmallows, and jellybeans! It was fun to see the many edible combinations the little ones made! As guests sat down, coloring pages and crayons were set at each table for children to express their artistic skills. After munching on their delicious breakfast, children took a shot at winning prizes by playing games like: pin the tail on the bunny, puzzle games, fishing for eggs and egg and spoon. A table was set for face painting with awesome designs like Easter eggs, rainbows, bunny faces, peace signs, and much more.

SPTC donates vehicle to police
Another vehicle has been added to the San Pedro Police Department (SPPD) fleet courtesy of the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC). The official handing over of a red pick-up truck took place on Wednesday, March 23rd outside the SPTC building. The donation came in time for the long Easter weekend, as our police were in full force patrolling across the island, so the additional mobile was well received by the police. Mayor Daniel Guerrero, in an effort to continue assisting the local authorities on the island, has been taking advantage of every opportunity to continue doing so. “With this new vehicle, the police will have more coverage on the island, especially during busy times like Easter and other festivities when the island is overcrowded with visitors,” stated Guerrero. Superintendent Sandra Bowden welcomed the addition of the vehicle to their squadron of police vehicles. She thanked the SPTC for their continuing support and took the opportunity to ask the community to continue working together with the police. With the island rapidly growing, it is mandated that the police force continues to expand as well, in order to reach out to every corner of the island and provide safety to everyone.

ACES asks community to Light It Up Blue
A is for April, also for Autism. As the month of March concludes, April has a significant meaning to many, as the month is dedicated to spreading awareness about autism, understanding the condition, and honoring unique talents and skills of people with autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), in short terms, is a developmental disability that leads individuals to have impaired communication and social interaction. This medical condition also leads individuals to have restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities. World Autism Day will be observed on Saturday, April 2nd, and Ambergris Caye Elementary School’s (ACES) strongly encourages everyone’s participation to raise Autism Awareness by putting out blue lights in place of regular lighting for the whole month of April. ACES special education teacher Sarah Freudenberg is kindly asking for the community, local businesses, landmarks, and homes to support them in the Autism Speaks “Light It Up Blue” campaign. Autism Speaks is an autism research and education organization that inaugurated their first campaign “Light It Up Blue” in 2010.

Island Invasion: A top notch event!
This massive party is organized by King of the Island Promotions headed by island resident Brian Halliday. The venue is at the largest and most visible palapa in San Pedro Town located at Fido’s Courtyard. The epic party has been a tradition for the past several years, and is known for featuring some of the top local and international DJs. It was my first time at such a top of the line party. The crowd was dancing their feet away to the best tunes of dancehall, club, house, reggae and pop as well. The best area to be – in my opinion – is the VIP lounge. You still get to enjoy the music along with a private bar- I mean nothing can go wrong! And to add to excitement of the high energy ambience, the talented and professional bartenders at Fidos will pamper you with refreshing cocktails and cold beers- that is a guarantee that never expires. If you missed Island Invasion for Easter don’t worry as you don’t need to wait until the following year. The island’s biggest party of the year also takes place during La Costa Maya Festival in August and in December during Brian’s birthday weekend. So lookout for the other date coming up (if you miss one) or do all three of them. Remember, this is one event you don’t want to miss! Island Invasion- the top notch of all island-fun style parties!

Easter Weekend 2016 was quite the ‘eggstravaganza’!
It was a picture perfect weekend for Easter festivities on the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye. Countless Easter-themed events drew hundreds of tourists and locals to celebrate a fun-filled occasion. During the weekend, people occupied the beaches while enjoying the serene waters, fresh breeze, and hot sun on La Isla Bonita. Many residents celebrated with their families and planned picnics, barbeques, and beach outings. San Pedro, being a town that never fully sleeps, also provided visitors with an array of events catering to children, teenagers, adults, and religious groups. The Holiday Hotel hosted their two-day Easter Fest of fun, games, sand, music, and Carib beer, featuring international Deejay Capone and DJ Karlo. Part two of the event kicked off with Caprice’s Bar & Grill Foam Party. It was an impressive beach affair, where people danced and played with foam. And what is Easter without the chance to win awesome prizes? Holiday Hotel had several games, from traditional dance contests, limbo to a beer drinking contest. Prizes included gift bags from Traveller Liquors Limited, gift certificates to parasail, gift baskets of Carib beer, bar and food tabs, courtesy of Caprice Bar & Grill.

Children move and groove at DANCE camp
A new project embarked on La Isla Bonita where DANCE group, a shorter acronym for: Dance Activists Nurturing Children’s Education, invited all children of San Pedro for free dance classes. Held for four days at the Lion’s Den, dance instructors dedicated their time in bringing out the dance abilities of our youth. All dance choreographers share one thing in common, and that is a love of dancing. Gerry Badillo is a professional Zumba instructor in San Pedro, while Emilie Gomez and Francisco Mendez are alumni from the San Pedro Dance Company. The camp is divided into morning classes for children ages 4-10 and an afternoon class for children ages 11-15. Each group is taught two styles of dancing, modern and contemporary ballet. After the four days of practicing new moves, DANCE will be hosting a recital at the Lion’s Den on Saturday, April 2nd at 7pm. If all goes well, DANCE is hoping to hold another dance camp for kids in the summer.

Ambergris Today

Town Council Implements Regulations for Downtown Deliveries
The San Pedro Town Council, in an effort to improve the traffic conditions on the roads of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, is requesting the full support and cooperation of all businesses that conduct deliveries within “Town”. On March 10, 2016, the announcement was made that all deliveries conducted with bigger and hazardous/flammable vehicles are being requested to NOT deliver after 7a.m. (these include all construction equipment, backhoe, tractors, mixers, standard pick-up trucks, dump/container trucks, butane trucks, skytrak, freezer trucks, bobcats and all other vehicles considered heavy equipment, inclusive those towing boats or vehicles). The areas to be affected are from the Zericote Street (north boundary of the San Pedro High School property) to Coconut Drive (at the cut-off with Manta Ray Street, by BWS office going to the Poly Clinic). This includes Barrier Reef Drive, Pescador Drive, part of Laguna Drive, all the adjacent streets and the beach areas. The recommended time for delivery is from 2a.m. to 7a.m. every day of the week.

Town Council Temporarily Stops Issuing Liquor License and Vehicle Permits
The San Pedro Town Council and the San Pedro Liquor Licensing Board hereby informs the general public that the following liquor licenses will not be entertained until further notice: Beer, Malt, Night Club, Publican’s Special, Publican’s General, Shop, Restaurant and Convenience Store Licenses. The San Pedro Town Council and the San Pedro Transport Department hereby informs the general public that applications for the following vehicle permits will no longer be entertained until further notice: rentals, private vehicles: cars, pick-up trucks, carry all golf carts and ATV’s. The SPTC and SPTB however, will still be accepting applications for private four-seater golf carts, motorcycles and replacement for vehicles with the condition that the vehicles being replaces must exit the island.

Belizean Athlete Suspended After Failing Anti-Doping Test
The Results Management Authority of the Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO-CAM) has handed down its sanction against cyclist Gregory Lovell, who failed an Anti-Doping Test that was carried out by the National Anti-Doping Organisation of Belize (NADO) in connection with the 26th Annual New Year’s Day KREM Cycling Classic. The Results Management Authority after hearing the facts as were presented in its hearing on March 1, 2016, and on Wednesday 23rd March, 2016, has decided to sanction that named cyclist with a two (2) year suspension effective March 10, 2016.

Belize Tourism Board Appoints European Marketing Representative
he Brighter Group, one of the biggest independent travel & tourism PR and marketing consultancies in the UK, has been awarded the European Representation and PR contract for the Belize Tourism Board following a highly competitive pitch process. The main focus of the initial campaign will center on the UK, with secondary markets including France and Germany. As Belize grows its presence internationally as a destination, the Brighter Group has been brought on board to leverage the country’s brand and presence in Europe with a fully-rounded Representation, Marketing and PR campaign. Established in 1995, the Brighter Group is a leading independent PR and Marketing agency for the travel and tourism industry with expertise in public relations, representation, MICE, trade marketing, advertising and promotions. The agency has a network ranging from tourist boards, airlines, tour operators, hotels, car rental companies, media contact and trade associations; which will provide great additional benefits when implementing the campaign.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

by Abdul Marin Nunez. Over population is American number one problem So racism and White Supremacy has strategized to get rid of them Lying about food and water shortage When there’s food and water to make everyone in the world obese Dr. Umar Johnson did this for his thesis They have emasculated black men Maculinated women Men are being feminized While the women are being defeminized

U.S. Embassy, Belmopan addresses Florida Trade Mission delegates
Nathan Bland, the Political and Economic Chief at the Embassy, met with a group of visiting trade mission delegates from Florida. During the meeting Bland discussed the work of U.S. Embassy, Belmopan, and it’s support U.S. citizens and businesses in Belize. The event was part of a wider collaboration between the Belize Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, and Private Sector Development; BELTRAIDE, the Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI), the American Chamber of Commerce in Belize (AMCHAM), the U.S. Embassy, Belmopan; the Belize-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (BACCOF); and the Broward County Office of Economic Development & International Trade in Florida, U.S.A. During the three day visit, delegates of the fifteen (15) member mission participated in presentations on investment opportunities and investing in Belize, and the role of key institutions that can support American business and investors in Belize.

South Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch Cookout Fun April 9th
Come join your neighbors and their guests on Saturday April 9th for a fun afternoon cookout. We will be serving food from 1-3 pm. For a low, low donation of $25 BZ, you will receive a plate w/drink, live music by Valentino and general silliness to support the South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch. This is open to everyone - so tell your guests they are more than welcome to join in. See you then!

We need your help......"Summer of Gold" project aims to plant 100,000 of these Cortez gold trees across Belize over the next 10 years....It will soon start flowering and lots of seeds will be available....We need as many people as possible to collect and plant seeds....We do some ourselves, and sell them for $5 per seedling.....There is enough demand.....You can do the same....Or simply plant them on your properties, especially along the highways....Give them to schools and public parks and playgrounds. After 10 years our combined efforts will make entire belize the color of gold for a month during which this beautiful tree is in full bloom. All you need is to make the time to go collect seeds from the trees.....Some soil....Seedling bags....And the time to care for the seeds until they germinate and grow to a size that they can be transplanted. Thank you for your help!!! Let us together make "Verano de Oro" a reality. Together all things become possible...

by Abdul Marin Nunez. Racism is a very big part of our society That’s why Darrell Bradley did not succeed Santi Because he was not of a certain pedigree Caribbean shores has been a diverse community But they have always been bourgeoisie They c voted their conscience because they have money They are snobby and some are elites black naturally Do youths really care about this country? Or they just want a piece of the pie naturally Travelling opportunity To be seen with ministers publicly Will you sell your soul? To live in luxury But you will only Be allowed to go as far as your pedigree

San Pedro Town Council Cashier services will be suspended til 11am this morning
We would like to inform the general public that our Cashier services will be suspended until 11:00 a.m. due to the beginning of our new fiscal year. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Gold panning continues to be a major threat in the Chiquibul which affects the Chiquibul headwaters
Thanks to a PACT Grant presented today, specific interventions will be made to counter this problem. People are illegally surface dredge mining for Gold. The results of the upturned soil and exposure of possible heavy metals can cause serious enviromental damage to the Chiquibul Reserve eco system of particular the head waters of the Chiquibul River. Looks like they got some money via a Grant to combat the problem.

Channel 7

Government's Spokesman Knocked Down And Killed A Man, Family Disputes Details
If you've ever watched or listened to one of the Prime Minister's press conferences, then you might remember Dorian Pakeman - who usually emcee's those events. He's the Director of the Government Press Office, but tonight he's making the news because he knocked down and killed 45 year-old Dean Dawson Jr., a well-known mechanic from Gardenia Village on the Phillip Goldson Highway. It happened last night at around 11:30 - and Pakeman told police that Dawson came right into his path. But, our news team encountered 2 versions of the fatal accident, each putting a different person at fault. In Version 1, Pakeman says that Dawson was riding a bike in his direction, and in the middle of the road. He said that by the time he spotted him, it was too late, even though he swerved to the other side of the road to avoid the collision. The other version, coming from Dawson's family is that Pakeman was overtaking another vehicle, and that's when he had a head-on collision with Dawson was riding in the opposite direction toward Crooked Tree.

Police Looking For Two Killers And Four Guns
Right now Belize City Southside Police have two murder investigations ongoing - plus they have to find those four guns stolen from the City Council. The murders are those of Victor Garnett who was slain in the street last week, and Alwayne Cherrington who was murdered in his house on Holy Saturday. And, the four nine millimeter pistols were stolen from the special constable office at the Commercial Center between Tuesday and Wednesday. We asked Southside commander Williams for an update on all three:... Jules Vasquez: "Sir, any update on three things: Victor Garnett, Alwayne Cherrington, 4 guns stolen, 55 rounds?"

Williams Getting Social Sector "Buy-In" for Kid Curfew
We caught Williams just as he left another meeting with social sector stakeholders - trying to build consensus for the unofficial curfew which he first proposed weeks ago. As we told you, the law going back to 1999 says "any person who, being the parent or guardian of a child, allows or suffers such child to loiter, wander or be in in a street park or other public place in Belize City between the hours of 8:00 pm and 6:00 am, unaccompanied by a parent or guardian commits an offence." But, while that's a law for the parents, the social sector partners have been reluctant to get on board, because the Williams curfew would detain the children at the police station - which raises all kinds of issues. Those trappings are what put the child care advocates on guard, and so, we asked Williams if he was able to bring them around today:

Alrick, Again!?
Four weeks ago, Alrick Smith was accused of drug trafficking when Orange Walk police say he was driving the look out car - a Mercedes sedan - escorting a Cadillac Escalade, which was caught on the highway with over 16 pounds of weed. Well, today Customs caught Smith at the northern border checkpoint. They say he was driving a Jaguar sedan, loaded with 5 parcels of marijuana. Four parcels were in the trunk concealed under the spare tyre, and one was under the seat. Customs says he was coming across from Chetumal and when he pulled up at the checkpoint, the officers smelt marijuana. When one officer started to search the vehicle, Smith became aggressive and two other officers had to be called to restrain him. Witnesses say he struck one of them, and was calling out threats to the customs personnel. They called in police who took the vehicle to the Corozal police station, where they found an additional stash of weed in the sunroof.

Manzanero: Chiquibul Engagement Will Have To Change
The Holy Saturday shooting of Staff Sergeant Richard Lambey in the Caracol Archeological Park caused national alarm. And right that it should have...after all, BDF soldiers ambushed inside Belizean territory by what appears to be Guatemalan bandits? 18 Months after Danny Conorquie? For sure, the ambush highlights the major border security issues and loopholes that exist along the border with Guatemala. And that's why the Executive Director of Friends For Conservation and Development Rafael Manzanero told us today that the rules of engagement have to change. Manzanero has his FCD rangers stationed out in the Chiquibul and other specific areas along the border and these armed encounters has put everyone in that are on red alert. Manzanero told us that overall, Belize's armed forces need to develop a strategy to better protect our borders. Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director - FCD: "I think certainly it is one that we had already understood that with more presence on the ground and with more governance in terms of enforcement, then there can be more of those probability to occur. Because there will be more chances of meeting with Guatemalans. There are particular areas along the western border that are pretty much really hotspot areas and so I think that it is one that we always have to be prepared for..."

Big Fire Guts Small Building
Two Fire Trucks responded to a fire on Racecourse Street last night at an tiny 8 by 5 zinc structure. But as shabby as it looked, someone, in fact, called it his home. Gilbert Lovell lived here, that is until it was completely gutted in the fire last night. Benisford Matura, the Operations Officer of the Belize Fire Department told us more. Benisford Matura, Operations Manager - Fire Dept.: "Last night we got a call about 7:30pm in the night for a structure on fire on Racecourse Street. Immediately our tender from the Southside station on Dolphin Street was dispatch followed by the one from the Northside. Upon arrival, it was a rather small structure measuring 5x8 made of wood and mostly zinc. It was totally engulfed and we got into operation and finish put total extinguish to that. Basically it was just a dwelling room for Mr. Gilbert Lovell. Just a few of his clothes and a bed that was in there." Emanuel Pech: "Have you guys come to a conclusion as to what started the fire in the first place?" Benisford Matura, Operations Manager - Fire Dept.: "It's still under investigation. We are still investigating what could have caused the fire. It had no power to it. So there was no electricity to the building. We have our investigators trying to determine what caused it."

Caring For Culture With Policy
We always hear people talking about preserving Belizean Culture and keeping it alive for future generations. But how can you capture culture, after all, it is in every beat our musicians play, in all the shades and hues of color the painters use and in every word inscribed by our writers and poets. How can all of them be harnessed to safe guard and uplift our Belizean-ess? Well, the Belize National Cultural Policy 2016-2026 was launched to do just that. There was a short ceremony this morning at the Biltmore and we stopped by to find out just how this new policy framework will impact the society. Hon. Elodio Aragon, Min. of State - Education, Youth and Sports: "It provides that framework within which the government will continue to protect our archeological and colonial landmarks, recognize our national heroes, celebrate our national festivals and promote our rich cultural and creative industries nationality, regionally and internationally. This national culture policy is therefore holistic, relevant and multidimensional. It is intended to foster a greater sense of unity, diversity and nationalism among all of us."

Morris: Rupert Myles Moved On
Now while this National Culture Policy aims to promote unity and integration - there are still some fundamental issues both latent and manifest - that have caused the social divide to widen and cause cultural tensions. One incident that comes to mind is the assault and arrest of Rupert Myles by a group of Santa Cruz residents in June last year. The Maya residents say they did it to protect and defend the sacred Uxbenka site while Myles says it was pure racism. Well, Director of Archeology Dr. John Morris told us that in the spirit of that cultural unity, they want to resolve this matter peacefully and that no criminal action will be taken against Myles for constructing a driveway leading to his home on the Maya site. Morris says Myles has moved from the site. Dr. John Morris, Director of Archeology - NICH: "We've had several discussions with the Director of Public Prosecutions and we have been advised to not take this as a criminal matter. In fact to look at it more as a form of negotiations and we have spoken to Mr. Myles. Mr. Myles doesn't live at the site anymore. Mr. Myles lives in Bella Vista and so the next step is to dismantle the house that's on top of the hill."

Uncommon Sentence For Common Assault
39 year-old Javier Constantino, a resident of 75 Barrack Road, is spending his second night of a 3 year sentence in jail, all because he got charged with assaulting his younger brother. Now, common-assault is minor offence under the law, and usually convicted persons just pay a fine. So, it came as a surprise to Constantino when he was told that he was going to jail instead. When he was arraigned yesterday, he pleaded guilty and was given bail of $500 dollars, with his case was adjourned until June 1. Normally, that would have been the end of the hearing for the day, but the court did a background check to find out if he owes the court any fines.

PACT Cash For Conservation Projects
Today PACT handed over 1.2 million dollars in grants to several NGO's. These grants will assist the organizations in conservation management, environmental research and education among other projects. At the ceremony held at the Biltmore we spoke with Minister of State responsible for environment Omar Figueroa as well as 2 of the grant recipients. They discussed how crucial these grants are to the protection and preservation of our environment and wildlife/animal species. Hon. Omar Figueroa, Min. State, Environment, Sus. Dev.: "Just like I told them, funding institution, you have to look at the project and you have to look at the relevance. How it relates, how it will strengthen, how the conservation recommendations will be used. And you have a key list of priorities for Belize for our conservation areas. For example, you look at the research proposal that Celso Poot submitted, for one you need to realize that the Baird's tapir is a globally endangered species so any work that you do with Baird's tapir is extremely important. not only that but Belize has a healthy population. so we need to understand these movement patterns, the use of habitat and when you have sound science guiding conservation policy then you can rest assure that you will be moving forward with the management and protection of, not only this species, but of the habitats that are critical for its survival."

Accident Highlights Speeding In Residential Neighborhood
There was a minor traffic accident in the Lake Independence Area on Ordonez Street yesterday evening. But what makes it news is that the driver was an off duty police officer - who residents say was speeding, with a handful of empty liquor bottles in his gold Nissan Pathfinder. PC Mark Lopez was behind the wheel when he slammed into an oncoming black ford pickup. And while there were no serious injuries, the incident highlights a growing concern that area residents have about speeding. One of the residents told us more needs to be done about fast cars in their neighborhood. Voice of: Lorenzo Ordonez, Concerned resident: "I am concerned that one of these days one of these children will be hit by this same vehicle. Everybody just comes with the same speed at this curve where the accident took place. It's very dangerous because it has no edge for vehicle to pass. One has to slow down and one has to stop, whatever the case may be." Emanuel Pech: "It's not a one-way street either?" Voice of: Lorenzo Ordonez, Concerned resident: "It is a two-way street. It's built this way because squatters lived here before. As a matter of fact I am waiting for an accident to happen here - just not hit a human being or a child especially."

Dean Street Drive Almost Turns Into Canal Dive
And we saw another accident yesterday morning around 10:00. There was a collision at the accident - prone junction of Dean Street and East Canal - just a block from our studio. No one was seriously hurt, but a Kia Sportage came just a foot from taking an unwelcome dip in the murky depths of East Canal. Witnesses told us that the Suzuki car had the right of way on Dean Street, when the driver of the Kia Sportage ran the stop sign and ran right into the side of this Blue Suzuki car. The force of the impact sent the Sukuki into the lane of the Sportage, and the Sportage careened into the canal's railing - causing it to give way. But, it held up just enough to keep it from going head first into the canal.

Belize Ex-Politician Facing Extortion Had To Be Escorted Out Of Chetumal By Marines
Reports from a Mexican news outlet is that a former UDP politician was victim to an attempted extortion and threat earlier this week in Chetumal. It reportedly happened on Tuesday at Hotel Fiesta Inn. Reports are that sometime around 2 am on Tuesday the former Belizean Minister got a strange call. The person on the other end of the line demanded a large sum of money. The ex-Belizean Minister, who apparently had links with the coast guard in Belize, gave them a distress call alerting them of the situation. The Coast guard in turn made contact with their counter parts in Mexico. A few minutes' later two heavily armed patrols from the Marine Infantry Battalion along with approximately a dozen men arrived at the hotel. They secured the former politician, who was immediately escorted out of the hotel and taken back to the Belizean border. No name is mentioned in the newspaper and while we did hear a name of a former UDP Minister of State, we could not confirm. We'll keep following up.

Traffic Cone Diplomacy In DF
In other news out of the Mexican Press, a Mexican newspaper has stated that the City Manager of an area called Mexico City has gotten into a parking dispute with the Embassy of Belize in Mexico. This stemmed from an incident that occurred earlier today. It seems the city manager carried out an operation to have several traffic cones on the street in front of the Belize Embassy headquarters removed. They had been chained to the tree. The Embassy of Belize as a result submitted a formal complaint to the Secretary of External Relations and requested the intervention of the federal agency to continue allowing them to place the traffic cones, which they have been doing as a form of security that the embassy says is granted to all other diplomatic missions in the country. The topic has been gaining a lot of traction on Mexican twitter feeds. Some of which are in support of the City Manager, others whom are more sympathetic to the complaint made by the Belizean embassy.

Cops Got A Gun
Four more guns made it into the street yesterday when they were stolen from the City Council. But fortunately for the Belize police department, today there is one less gun out on the streets. Police report that at around 11:30 this morning members of the North Strike Team conducted a search on Munoz Alley. The search resulted in the discovery of a black .38 special Revolver along with five live rounds of ammunition. No one was in the area at the time of the discovery and so the items were labeled as found property.

Who Does Omar Support? John Or Patrick?
We're probably all grateful that the election season finished back in November, but the convention season in both major mass parties is keeping the political juices flowing for politicos. Right now the hype surrounds the UDP - where Patrick Faber and John Saldivar are vying to take Gaspar Vega's place as first deputy of the UDP. Each candidate is roping in UDP representatives and standard bearers as strategic allies. We've already spoken to a few to ask them who they support - and today we had a chance to do so with the soft spoken Omar Figueroa. He's from the west, and it seems, he;s staying loyal to his western colleague John Saldivar:… Saldivar also has the support of a major general form the west, and that's second deputy Erwin Contreras - who endorsed him on facebook. Edmond Castro from Belize Rural north did the same.

The Tinto-Meters Are Coming Back
Whatever happened to that crackdown on all that dark tint? In 2012, the law came into force, and specialized tinto-meters forced everyone in the city to comply with the law: meaning a maximum of 50% tint on front windows, 25% on the back. But like everything else, that hardline melted into business as usual, and now you can see 5%, 3% and even 1% tint rolling around the city like nobody's business. But police and the city traffic department say it is their business, and today we saw them checking up on Southside Commander Chester Williams and his 1% tint. He told us, his one is legal, but others aren't:.. Jules Vasquez: "But is it okay for you to have 1% tint?" ACP Chester Williams, Pushing on with curfew: "No comment Jules. Police do have vehicles that they use to do undercover work that we would take people to different areas to show us different locations that we use to take around sources and cannot have them exposed." Jules Vasquez: "But you encourage this new crack down? Because we've seen the tint exploding all over the city. The 1% tint, it's okay in your case, you're a cop that's fine. But is this a crackdown on criminals or those in illicit circumstances who may use it?"

Are Church Associations Breaking Bread Again?
In December of last year, there was a big split in the Belize Association of Evangelical Churches, with over 200 of them deciding to part ways with President, Pastor Howell Longsworth. They went on to form their own organization called the National Evangelical Association of Belize, NEAB. Yesterday we asked Longsworth if he's mended fences with his church brethren. Here's what he told us: In related news, the National Evangelical Association of Churches has come to the defense of vice president, Pastor Scott Stirm. As you probably saw, Stirm told a congregation in Arizona that the Garifuna's revered Dugu ceremony is witchcraft. That unleashed a firestorm of criticism against Stirm, and yesterday, NEAB commented saying, quote, "...As Evangelicals it is our strongest belief and conviction that any and all practices…ancestral worship, traditions etc. that contradict…Biblical teachings…must be forsaken." End quote.

Getting Ready For Jazzfest
The New Orleans Jazzfest starts in three weeks - and Belizean performers have been invited to be featured as showcase artist. It's a major honour and opportunity for the bands which event organizers selected - and the Music Industry Association of Belize is doing the work to get them festival ready. We spoke to the local organizers today:... You can find a link to the jazzfest schedule at 7NEwsbelize.com.

Sawdust Scenes From Benque
And staying on the culture front, we leave you tonight with one more look at the Good Friday re-enactment in Benque Viejo. On Tuesday we showed you the actors going through the Stations of the Cross, and tonight we have a look at another very important and rich element of the observance, and that's the artistry of the sawdust carpets. Enjoy...I'm Emaun Hyde - join me back here tomorrow..

Channel 5

Press Office Director Knocks Down and Kills Cyclist
A mechanic was killed just before midnight on the stretch of highway that traverses the village of Biscayne on the Philip Goldson Highway. The mechanic and resident of Gardenia is [...]

NGC Lashes Out at Pastor Scott Stirm
There is a firestorm building over controversial remarks made by Evangelical Pastor Scott Stirm. Tonight, the Garifuna community has come out strongly over recent remarks made by Stirm in reference [...]

Is Evangelism Eroding Traditional Spiritual Beliefs?
Well-known Belizean historian and Garifuna activist Sebastian Cayetano has also weighed in on the controversy.  While expressing disappointment, Cayetano also makes a striking observation in respect of the gradual breakdown [...]

FCD’s Executive Director says Guatemalans Have Become More Brazen in Chiquibul
On Saturday, Staff Sergeant Richard Lambey was shot on the hand and abdomen while he was on duty at Camp Valentin in the Chiquibul. Lambey was assaulted by a group [...]

A National Cultural Policy is Unveiled in Belize City
The national culture policy took five years to formulate. It was launched today at the Biltmore Plaza at an event attended by stakeholders from across the country. At the centre [...]

Special Constables Detained for Questioning for Stolen Guns
Between Tuesday and Wednesday morning, four-nine millimeter firearms and fifty-five rounds of ammunition were stolen from the office of the Special Constables Department of the Belize City Council. According to [...]

Land Dispute in Camalote, One Family is Divided Over a Father’s Legacy
There is a bitter land dispute among two families in Camalote Village which has seen a seventy-five-year-old resident and his older sibling at odds with each other for several years.  [...]

Chinese Businesswoman Fences in Lake-I Residents
While the Hoare family of Camalote is seeking to resolve its land dispute through legal means, several families in the Lake Independence area are tonight incensed that a Chinese businesswoman [...]

City Council to Replace Almost Four Thousand Manholes
The Belize City Council is embarking on a citywide project to replace all sewer openings.  That’s almost four thousand manholes at a cost of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars.  [...]

Extortion Attempt on Ex-Minister in Chetumal
A report in the Por Esto, a Mexican news outlet, says that an ex-minister of government was threatened with extortion and Mexican police stepped in to prevent the crime. The [...]

Javier Constantino is Arraigned for Common Assault, Gets 3 years for Prior Offense
Thirty-nine year old Javier Constantino, a Belize City resident, was before the court on Wednesday for a charge of common assault but an old conviction came back to haunt him [...]

Solar Panels Are Being Stolen from G.O.B. Project in Belmopan
Belmopan police are reporting the robbery of solar panels from a government project. According to the Project Engineer for Road Safety project of the Ministry of Works, this past Tuesday, [...]

Gun Retrieved from City Streets
Earlier this week, four firearms were stolen from the Special Constables Department of the Belize City Council. Those have not been recovered and likely to end up on the streets [...]

An Exchange of Stolen Vehicles Between Belizean and Guatemalan Authorities
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs through Ambassador Said Badi Guerra has secured the return of a pick-up truck stolen earlier this year from Assistant Superintendent Selwyn Tillett. The vehicle was jacked [...]

Marie Sharp to be Inducted in Pepper Hall of Fame
It’s a good week for outstanding Belizean women. Immigration Officer Deborah Baptist Estrada was singled out as the first Belizean woman to promote issues such as human and gender rights, [...]

Ombudsman’s Annual Report Details Over 200 New Complaints
The annual report issued by the Office of the Ombudsman has been released. The document comprises thirty-nine pages and covers the period of January first to December thirty-first, 2015. Prepared [...]

Police Department Still Holds the Highest Number of Grievances
Most of the 2015 complaints originated from the Belize District. The Cayo District accounted for the second largest percentage and the remainder was spread evenly among the other four districts. As [...]

PACT Disburses Over One Million Dollars in Grants
Over one million dollars were disbursed today by the Protected Areas Conservation Trust. Six entities were beneficiaries, with the largest sum going to the Belize Audubon Society for the sustainable [...]

B.T.B. Hosts Public Consultations, Stakeholders React
On Wednesday evening, there was a meeting between executives of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and various stakeholders of the cruise tourism industry in Belize, at the Old Belize [...]

Who is Cayo North Area Rep Omar Figueroa Supporting in Leadership Race?
In news of a political nature, the U.D.P. convention for a first deputy party leader will be held in June or July. Minister of Education Patrick Faber at the launch [...]

Alrick Smith Defies The Law And Gets Caught
Alrick Smith, he is no stranger to the law as he has been in and out of court accused of drug trafficking and tonight. Less than month from his last charge of drug trafficking, he is back in the news for the same criminal activity. This afternoon as Smith was traveling back into Belize via the Santa Elena Border from Chetumal, the smell of weed hit Custom Officers at the checkpoint as they searched the vehicle. Reports are that at that instance Smith began acting in an aggressive manner. In sight of the commotion two other officers came to assist in the situation and that is when Smith tried to run, hit one of the officers and threatened the rest. After the disorder the vehicle Smith was traveling in, a gold Jaguar car, was searched thoroughly. In the trunk of the vehicle under the spare tire, officers found four parcels of suspected cannabis. Another parcel of the suspected drug was found under the seat and a small bag was found in the sunroof. Each parcel is said to weigh approximately 2 kilos each.


Motorbike Bursts Into Flames Leaving Two Persons Injured
As a news team was returning from the Cayo District, they happened upon a scene at the approach of the Burdon Creek Canal Bridge located at about mile five on the George Price Highway. There they encountered a motorbike engulfed in flames and a grey Jeep Cherokee with Belmopan license plates on the right side […]

End of Another Fiscal Year and Still No Integrity Commission in Place
Today, March 31 does not only indicate the end of the Government’s financial year but it is also the deadline for elected officials to disclose their financial statements as is stipulated in the Prevention of Corruption Act. These financial statements are to be handed in to the Integrity Commission which up to now has been […]

Stern Warning for Squatters and On Illegal Land Transactions
The issue of land squatting is a national concern and has become even more pronounced in Belmopan, Cayo District. Mayor Khalid Belisle of the Belmopan City Council commented, saying, quote, “The Belmopan City Council continues to have a zero tolerance policy on squatting in the city. We are actively fighting one squatting situation in court […]

Immigration Minister Applauds Officer Baptist-Estrada
Debra Baptist-Estrada is an immigration officer currently stationed at the Santa Elena Border in Corozal and as we told you yesterday, she has been listed as the first Belizean to receive the US Secretary of State International Women of Courage Award. It is quite an accomplishment as the award seeks to honor women who have […]

Philip Goldson Highway Clearing Explained
If you are one of those persons who travel the Philip Goldson Highway frequently, you may have noticed that much of the trees on the river’s edge have been cleared away. The extended view is said to pose an eerie feeling especially for commuters at night … but it is all a part of a […]

Minister Figueroa on UDP’s Leadership Race
Ministers Patrick Faber and John Saldivar want to be the next First Deputy Party Leader for the United Democratic Party. Saldivar and Faber have officially announced their candidacy and have been aggressively campaigning within the UDP. Today we asked Junior Minister, Omar Figueroa who he would like to see ascend to the position. OMAR FIGUEROA […]

Solar Panels Stolen From Highway Speed Monitor
As part of the Road Safety Project, a portion of the George Price Highway was dubbed the Demonstration Corridor with millions of dollars invested in the infrastructural works. Part of the project included the installation of two speed radars which are powered by solar panels. Over the Easter weekend, however, the solar panels were stolen, […]

Literacy and Adventure Camp; A Rotary Club and Education Ministry Initiative
Some 350 primary school students from the Cayo District as well as some teachers were the beneficiaries in a three day literacy and adventure camp held on the grounds of Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio, Cayo District. The camp which was collaboration between a Rotary Club in Alberta, Canada and the Ministry of Education […]

Health Minister Adopts Maternity Ward at KHMH
Minister of Health, Pablo Marin has adopted the Maternity Ward at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital with the intention of upgrading the rooms and facilitates for the patients. Chief Executive Officer for the KHMH, Dr Adrian Coye, spoke to us on the minister’s initiative. DR ADRIAN COYE “The maternity ward was recently adopted by the […]

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Micah was born to lose and refuses to acknowledge it
Some PUP’s just don’t know when to quit while they’re not very far behind. The latest to show that deficit is young, aspiring - and failing - politician, Micah Goodin. He was kicked off the PUP’s roster as their Collet Division Standard Bearer, he was also kicked off a PUP talk show on Vibes Radio and TV and less than a month ago, he lost the elections for the post of the Belize District Chapter’s President of the National Youth Council. Instead of going quietly and graciously into defeat, like adults do, he has come back to throw a tantrum in the public, accusing Stafin Duncan of running an unethical campaign against him. He has disclosed documents to the press, which purports to be those of delegates who voted in the March 10, 2016 by-elections. There are no names on these documents, which can be verified, because Micah’s camp has blocked them out under the guise of trying to protect their identity from political victimization. These 2 “complainants” disclose that they were supposedly taken by a driver and acted on instruction they were paid money in exchange for votes, supposedly cast in Stafin Duncan’s favor.

U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Awardee
The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce that Ms. Debra Baptist-Estrada of Belize has been selected as one of this year’s International Women of Courage Award awardees. The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award (IWOC) annually recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored nearly 100 women from 60 different countries. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented Ms. Baptist-Estrada and the other awardees from around the world with the award on March 29, 2016 at the U.S. Department of State. Ms. Baptist-Estrada is the first woman from Belize to receive this award.

Budget debate day 2
After the PUP Area Reps heard the recordings of the day one presentations of the members from their side , one would have thought that those who were about to speak during day two would be making more effective presentations that spoke to the Budget Estimates, but they did no such thing. Like their members who had spoken before them, they too went into the same old PUP spin. Casting blame and painting a picture of doom and gloom like Chicken Little, was their cry for the day. First thing that they did was to disrespect those voters who sent them there as their REPRESENTATIVES, by not showing up on time. Now for something such as the Budget Debate they, being members of the opposition, should have been early. After all they are the people’s “WATCHDOGS” and should not miss a second of an opportunity to watch the people’s business being transacted in the house. The first PUP to speak on day two was Julius and we must admit that he did say a few things about public financial matters, but mixed within those were his usual innuendos and accusations of corruption.

Cross Country anger?
No sooner had the 2 Padilla brothers of the Guatemalan National Team crossed the finish-line in a first and second tandem did the noise and bickering start. Some persons who purported themselves to be relatives of Mr. Byron Hope, a cyclist who had been banned from participating in this year’s Cross Country Classic , because according to a TV interview he gave, there were some anti-doping tests done and his results were positive for a banned substance. Apparently they were not happy with Byron being banned and according to some of them they are happy that NO BELIZEAN won because of what was done to Byron . A few of them have been using very colorful language littered with some well known explicit curse words, that we dare not quote. Now of what we know of the character of young Mr. Pope he has a lot of the attributes of his late father and like his dad would not be a part of this type of behavior.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Statement on the March 26th, 2016 Incident
The Government of Belize has requested the Office of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the Adjacency Zone to conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the March 26, 2016 shooting incident that occurred 400 meters east of the Belize/Guatemala border in the Valentin Camp area in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve within Belizean territory. Members of the Belize Defence Force detachment who are stationed at the Valentin Camp Conservation Post were on a routine water supply and administration task at about 4:50 p.m. on Saturday when they came under fire from men armed with rifles. The encounter resulted in gunshot injuries to the arms and abdomen of a member of the BDF patrol. The injured soldier was subsequently transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and he remains in a stable condition.

Pittsology 101
To My fellas, I Hope you’re actively aware that our 20’s should be dedicated to shaping out our future. Please don’t be consumed trying to be identified/defined as just handsome or rich, as ‘buff’ or Mr. Swag. Although these aren’t devious - they should be reserved as merely secondary goals. You command more respect when you work on being seen as intellectually and spiritually stimulated, respectful, articulate, ambitious & possessing integrity. These should be your primary goals.

Vehicle stolen and taken to Guatemala returned to Belize
On February 14th, Superintendent of Police, Selvin Tillett reported that he was driving his son-in-law, Sadani Harrison in a white 2014 Mazda BT-50 Pro with License Plate C-0311 when the vehicle was stolen from him. Tillett said that he had parked the vehicle in front of his home on Humble Street at Lomas Del Rodeo, in Benque Viejo Town, when two Hispanic men approached him. He had opened the door on his driver side when one of the males pointed a black 9 mm weapon at him and uttered in Spanish that he wanted the vehicle and that he was not playing. The robbers then drove off in the vehicle in the direction heading to Arenal Village.

Existential Threat
In searching for a topic to expand on this week, I initially leaned towards discussing the speech by the younger Musa in the House of Representatives during last week’s budget debate. However by Monday morning I had fixed on the idea of having a discourse on the alarming incident which involved the shooting of one of our soldiers by a Guatemalan national. News of this development had spread like wildfire over the weekend and I was anxiously awaiting the Tuesday evening broadcasts to get full details of the brazen attack, so as to help with my submission. Two very encouraging points came across last evening regarding the unfortunate issue: the BDF Sergeant is in a stable condition at the KHMH, and the tone of the press releases from a couple of NGO’s which rightfully condemned Guatemala for this nefarious act, rather than reproaching the Government of Belize. It was obvious that Belizeans were offering heartfelt prayers for Mr. Lambey and his family, and we are sincerely grateful for his courage in the defense of our country.

Overpowering Non Traditional Celebrations of Easter
Throughout the year, many traditional holidays are celebrated for cultural reasons, memorial reasons and spiritual reasons. Some of these traditions may include Christmas, Baron Bliss Day, Garifuna Settlement Day, St. George’s Caye Day and Easter. We try to celebrate these holidays as closely as possible to their meaning, but some of the traditions that date back thousands of years have been altered from their original meaning. We celebrate such holidays for the sole purpose of partying throughout a long holiday weekend and having a good time. Easter is a perfect example of one of the traditions that has been altered to better suit our modern times. Originally, Easter was the celebration of the ascension of Jesus’ soul from the cross, on which he died, into Heaven. Today we have celebrations during Easter that include such things as a life-sized bunny, hard-boiled eggs that are dyed various pastel colors, baskets, and mini vacation getaways, all of which have no significance. The focus is more on self benefits than simply remembering Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Non religious celebrations of Easter far surpasses the actual meaning of the holiday.

Alwayne Cherrington shot and killed inside a home
Alwayne Cherrington, a 24 year-old optician, who was employed with the Belize Center For the Visually Impaired, was shot and killed inside a house on Lopez Street in Belize City. Cherrington, a family man, and an aspiring doctor, had no ties to the street life, police say, and so it is a frightening and senseless murder. It happened at around 7:05 p.m., on Holy Saturday, March 26, at a home on Lopez Street. Police say that he was there to visit his wife, and while he was talking to his relatives, someone entered the house, shoved a gun as close as possible to Cherrington, fired several shots and ran off. His family, who hadn’t quite realized what had happened yet, came to the horrific realization that Cherrington had been shot multiple times.

Fisheries officer charged for sexual assault
Fisheries officer Amado Pott, 39, is in trouble with the law for allegedly taking out his penis in a public space and placing it on the shoulder of a lady. The woman reported to police that she was at the corner of Regent Street West and Albert Street, near the Swing Bridge, when Pott took out his penis, placed it on her shoulder and told her, “I wah put it in your mouth.” This incident occurred early Wednesday morning, just before 3 a.m., near the food vendors area. Pott, was purchasing hotdogs and tacos and was apparently intoxicated by alcohol. The woman is one of the food vendors and Pott approached her stall to buy hotdogs. He was behaving unruly and cursing her and others around. Therefore, she refused to serve him. That was when he took out his penis and assaulted her. She screamed for help then called the police. Pott was arrested and charged with sexual assault.

Young Guatemalan drowns near Benque Viejo del Carmen
A male person has apparently drowned in the Mopan River, near Benque Viejo Town. Police visited the area on Wednesday of last week at about 6:15 am where on arrival they found the body. Esbin Oscal Gonzales, a 15 year old Guatemalan laborer of Barrio Suchitan, Melchor De Mencos, reported that about 6:00 am last Wednesday, he was along with his friend Virgilio Ivan Garcia Barrera, a 16 year old Guatemalan laborer of Peten, Guatemala. Both young men had come to fish in the Mopan River. They had attempted to cross the river through the shallow area where there were some big rocks. Virgilio Barrera then threw himself into the river as he claimed to know how to swim; however he did not resurface. A rescue team was organized and then the area was searched. At about 12:25 pm on the same day, the body was recovered from the Mopan River.

Deon Jex Fined $10,000 for Drug Trafficking
Belize Waste Control employee, Deon Jex, 23, must pay a fine of $10,000 within a year’s time or serve three years imprisonment, after he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking on Wednesday, March 30. According to a police report, on Friday, March 25, the Strike Team was conducting mobile patrol on Sittee Street when officers saw Jex behaving suspiciously. He was reportedly looking all around so the officers decided to approach. A search was conducted on Jex for drugs and firearm. During the search, an officer found a black plastic bag tucked in his pants waist. It was opened in front of Jex and it contained a green leaf like substance suspected to be cannabis. Jex and the suspected marijuana were taken to the Racoon Street Police Station where it was weighed and amounted to 100.5 grams. He was then charged with the offence of drug trafficking.

Jason “Soup” Williams charged for stabbing incident
Notorious Supal Street figure, Jason “Soup” Williams, is out on bail after he was arrested and charged for allegedly knocking down Deon Warrior, 21, with a vehicle and stabbing him multiple times on Sunday, March 27. Police responded to a stabbing incident outside of Old Belize around 4:30 on Sunday afternoon and saw Deon Warrior of Hattieville with a stab wound to the back and upper arm. According to police, Warrior and the establishment’s security guard were in the process of parting a fight at the entrance of the establishment involving Jermaine “Head” Williams and two females when “Soup” arrived in a vehicle and knocked down Warrior. He then got out of the vehicle and inflicted stab wounds to Warrior before turning on the security guard. Soup then drove off with his brother Jermaine. The security guard was admitted at Medical Associates while Warrior was admitted at the Karl Heusner Memorial in a stable condition. Police later arrested and charged Jason Williams with grievous harm and aggravated assault.

Keyren Tzib must wait to learn her fate
Former Coast Guard officer, Keyren Tzib, remains at home on remand for allegedly stabbing her common-law-husband, Thythis Blancaneaux, to death. On February 24, 2016, Tzib’s Preliminary Inquiry kicked off before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. The Chief Magistrate reserved ruling for March 30, 2016, after listening to submissions made by her attorney, Darrell Bradley, as to why there is not sufficient evidence to commit her case to the Supreme Court for manslaughter. On Wednesday, Tzib showed up without her attorney and learnt that her case was adjourned due to the fact that the Chief Magistrate is on assignment in the Punta Gorda Magistrate Court. Tzib’s case was adjourned for Wednesday, April 6. Thytis Blancaneaux, a 30 year-old resident of the Spanish Town area of Lord’s Bank Village, was found dead in his home on Saturday, July 18, 2015. It is believed that his common-law wife, 24 year-old Keyren Tzib, who was already out on bail for attempted murder, was his attacker.

Padilla brothers dominate 88th Cross Country Cycling Classic
The Cycling Federation of Belize held its 88th Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic on Saturday 26th March, 2016. The 140 miles event attracted some 84 riders, which included some 18 foreign riders including Guatemalan, Mexican, Americans and a Jamaican, started at 5:45 am with a ride out from the BTL Park on Newtown Barracks into Freetown Road over the Belcan Bridge down Central American then making a right turn into the George Price Highway where the official start took place at 6:00 am from in front of Leslie’s Imports. The race travelled the full length of the George Price Highway to San Ignacio Town where the riders cross the Hawkesworth Bridge around Columbus Park and then back to Belize City where the race concluded at the BTL Park on Newtown Barracks. At mile 17, a 3 man breakaway which included Bill Elliston, Nissan Arana and Brandon Cattouse occurred and they commanded the lead until a new configuration emerged at Roaring Creek. The new leaders at that point included Guatemalan Julio Padilla, Joel Borland and Brandon Cattouse.

Softball Federation calls junior female softballers to training camp
In preparation for the XV Central American Junior Female Softball Championship that is scheduled for August 11-14, 2016, at the Rogers Stadium in Belize City, the Belize Softball Federation is calling all junior female softballers, 19 years and under, to its first training camp scheduled for Saturday, 2nd April, 2016, at 9:00 am at Rogers Stadium. Junior softballers are asked to bring along an ID card, to verify date of birth, and their own softball glove.

New officers for Belize District Basketball Association
The Belize District Basketball Association held its General Meeting on Wednesday 23 March, 2016, at the ITVET Conference Room in Belize City. The highlight of the General Meeting was the elections of officers for the period 2016-2020. The following were elected to serve- President- Jamaal Escalera, Vice President- Roscoe Rhys; Treasurer- Leon Palacio; Secretary- David Lacey while the committee members are Lupito Acosta, Stephan Dixon and Lonnie Trapp. The meeting was attended by Paul Thompson, President of the Belize Basketball Federation and Stanley Reneau of the National Sports Council.

Fatal traffic accident in Cayo
There was a fatal traffic accident on Monday night of this week in the Cayo District. San Ignacio Police responded to reports of a traffic accident at about 2:10 a.m on Monday. A red in color Nissan Frontier Pickup Truck with license plate C-03598 was observed with its front portion extensively damaged, facing a western direction on the left hand side of the Bullet Tree Road. At the scene of the accident, San Ignacio Police also observed three male persons with injuries. Initial investigation reveals that Juan Alvarado, a 43 year old Belizean Carpenter of the Hillview Area in Santa Elena Town was driving the Nissan Frontier Pickup accompanied by John Xol, a 24 year old Belizean mechanic of Bishop Martin Street, also from Santa Elena. They were accompanied by Byron Barcena from an unknown address.

Man murdered near La Cabana Night Club in Belmopan
A man was discovered lying down in front of La Cabana Night Club, in Belmopan City on Friday of last week. Belmopan Police saw a Hispanic male person, wearing blue jeans pants, which was pulled halfway down to the knee beside the right front wheel of his vehicle. The grey and green Nissan Patrol with license plate BMP-C-2454 was parked on the right front corner of La Cabana Night Club. He was seen bleeding from a cut wound above the left eye and suffering from apparent head and neck injuries. He has since been identified as 37 year old Noe Cruz, a Belizean laborer of Las Flores, which is located at the periphery of Belmopan City.

Suicide in Belmopan
A young female in Belmopan has apparently taken her own life. Belmopan Police visited a blue wooden bungalow house at number nine Belen Street in the Maya Mopan Area of Belmopan City on Wednesday of last week where they observed the body of a female. They came upon a 22 year old Ketchi Maya descent female, whose name was learnt to be Lydia Yatz. She was found lying face up on a small blue mattress in the living room, dressed in purple clothing with a rope tied around the neck. Patricio Choc, a 22 year old Belizean mechanic of the same address, told police that a day earlier, his now deceased common law wife, had checked his cellular phone and began accusing him of having an affair. They both went to bed at about 10:30 pm on 22nd March 2016. But on the following morning, their three year old daughter woke up and made a request for tea. Patricio Choc told her to ask her mother since she was not in bed.

Woman in Belmopan escapes serious harm
A woman from Belmopan has escaped serious injury at the hands of an assailant. Lorytha Martinez 27 year old Belizean Domestic of San Martin Area, Belmopan City, left her home on Saturday night of this past weekend to buy food and whilst walking, she was approached by a male person of Creole descent. He was also described to be approximately five feet and eight inches in height, slim built and was armed with a knife. The unknown assailant then grabbed her on the left hand and tried to pull her into the nearby bushes, stating “I’m going to kill you.” Whilst struggling with the person, she fell in the grass causing him to jump on top of her; pinning her head to the ground. Fortunately, the sound of a motorcycle was heard heading towards them, which caused the male person to flee the scene. Lorytha Matinez then ran to a nearby house and the Police were called in. This incident occurred at the corner of San Martin Road and Guadalupe Street near the old fire station in Belmopan.

Harrison “Doggy” accuses Chinese grocers of assault
Local entertainer, Harrison “Doggy” Bruce, 53, best known for “Noh Fuh Nak Yo Wuman”, was arrested and charged on Wednesday, March 23, for wounding a Chinese grocer in Hattieville. However, when Bruce appeared in court he explained to the Magistrate that he was the one who was assaulted. According to Bruce, four Chinese grocers attacked and put a beating on him inside Everyday Supermarket. According to Bruce, the incident happened on March 10 in front of the Everyday Supermarket. He told police that he was standing in front of the store selling his CDs when he got into a quarrel with Wei Lin Huang, 28. He told police that he got into a fist fight with Huang but was eventually over powered by a group that included Wei Lin Huang, Wei Feng Xu, 25, Da Hong Jiang, 35, and Xing Hua Zhang, 27. Bruce said he was taken to the ground and brutalized by the group.

Youngsters charged for Scotland Half Moon robbery
Police arrested two youngsters shortly after a robbery was reported in Scotland Half Moon Village on Wednesday, March 23. A cashier at the River Valley Supplies Gas Station in Scotland Half Moon reported to police that two dark skinned males entered the gas station armed with a handgun and robbed the store and its patrons of cash and their personal belongings. The manager, Benjamin Schrock was robbed of his wallet containing $800 cash and his I-phone of an undisclosed value. Patrons Myron Frost and Herwin Theus were also held up and robbed. $1,490.78 in cash was taken from Frost as well as five Degree deodorants, six Old Spice deodorants, five Axe body sprays, one Lady Speed Stick and one Suave deodorant. Theus was robbed of a black I-phone valued at $800. Police responded quickly to the incident and intercepted two men not too far from the area. One of the men, later identified as 22-year-old Trevor McFoy, was seen throwing a bag away in the area. The bag was retrieved and inside it police found cash. They also found cash inside McFoy’s tennis shoe and he was in possession of a loaded 9 millimeter pistol. The other man captured with McFoy is a 17-year-old minor.

Belize has second lowest inflation rate in region
The Statistical Institute of Belize has released its latest statistics on the Consumer Price Index and it reveals that cost of living increased by 0.3 percent in February of 2016 but Belize continues to have one of the lowest inflation rates in the entire region. According to S.I.B., the All-Items Consumer Price Index stood at 102.7 in February of 2016, up from 102.5 in the same month last year. The price of beef, pigtail, eggs, cabbage and premium gasoline increased by 20.1 percent, 8 percent, 17.2 percent, 37.6 percent and 27.1 percent; respectively, in the month of February 2016 as compared to 2015. However, there were decreases in diesel, butane gas, red kidney beans and milk of 9 percent, 11.3 percent, 18.6 percent and 8.9 precent, respectively. There were also marginal decline in prices of whole chicken, flour, condensed milk, yellow onions, sweet pepper, carrots, potatoes and watermelon.

Jules wrong!
In the past we have been treated to some sick editorializing from Jules' Channel 7, but the one on Tuesday night took the prize hands down for being outrageously ridiculous. In their report on the Cross Country Classic, entitled "Pedal By Pedal Breakdown of the Cross Country , 7 News started off like this , and we quote directly from the Channel 7 News script as it appears on the internet ," If you're a patriot - this past Holy Saturday wasn't exactly a day that made your heart swell with pride. First, at midday, a Guatemalan won the cross country, easily, while his brother was second - worst of all? The Belizean they beat, Joel Borland is a young Coast Guard officer. And then it only got worse by 5:00 pm, a BDF Staff Sergeant had been ambushed by Guatemalan bandits in the Chiquibul and shot multiple times. By nightfall, the flag inside your heart was definitely flying at half mast"

The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has a new chapel. In September of last year the Belize Council of Churches and the New Chapel for KHMH
Belize Evangelical Association broke ground at the hospital’s compound for the constrution of a chapel. Just over six months later, on Wednesday March 30, the chapel was dedicated. During the dedication and consecration, representatives of both the Council of Churches and the Evangelical Association were present. Chief Executive Officer at the KHMH explained that the space will help to the hospital to offer holistic care to our people. He added that it should be celebrated in the spirit in which it was conceived. He concluded explaining that there were a lot of extra human effort and blessings that allowed the construction of the chapel to be a success.

Disposal of National Lands
he Ministry of Natural Resources and Immigration, through the Lands and Surveys Department, hereby reminds the general public that in accordance of Section 7 of the National Lands Act, DISPOSAL of national lands may only be authorized and granted by the Minister responsible for Lands upon application and on SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS as he thinks fit for such periods as to him may seem proper. The general public is hereby advised that in accordance to Section 9 (1) of the National Lands Act, every application for a lease of national land shall be made to the Commissioner of Lands and Surveys in the form of the First Schedule (Lease application). The Ministry, further advises that any person found disposing of national land and collecting monies for doing so, is guilty of an offence under the National Lands Act. The Ministry also clarifies that persons found in occupation of land as a consequence of the illegal disposal are also guilty of an offence and the development on the land will not constitute any rights over the lands.

No wait til the man dead
On Sunday 20th March 2016, on the occasion of the UDP National Convention held in Dangriga we in the UDP honoured our own. Included in those honoured was Dr. Dean Russell Lindo, affectionately know to us as DRL. For many of us in the party the way we approach political work is because of his influence. Who has not been trained at the DRL University of Politics has been trained by someone who was. We will only name one of those persons who hails from DRL school and that is Michael Finnigan, one of Belize’s best politicians and he has never been too proud to sing DRL praises for the political success he has accomplished. The very Get Out The Vote ( GOTV) system, that we still use today, was developed by DRL. Sure we have tweaked it by adding modernized technology such as employing computers, but basically it is the same system. For those who may be wondering what is GOTV, it is just what the name suggests, a system to get the votes.

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IMF calls Belize’s economic growth sluggish and weak
he International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its latest country report, says Belize’s economic outlook is characterized by sluggish growth, a weak fiscal stance, and external and financial sector vulnerabilities. The IMF, however, also noted the recent improvement in economic activity, despite the significant deterioration […]

FCCA meeting with cruise tourism stakeholders gets heated
Yesterday evening there was a meeting between executives of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and various stakeholders of the cruise tourism industry in Belize, at the Old Belize Center. A spokesperson for the Belize Tourism Board told us yesterday evening that it was […]

Belize needs better voters
Mud-slinging in the National Assembly, during political debates has become a normal part of our political reality. Some look forward to it as a form of crude entertainment; others find great distaste in the entire mockery made of what is supposed to […]

Government vehicle involved in fatal traffic accident
Late last night at around 11:40, police responded to reports of a traffic accident at mile 22 ½ on the Philip Goldson Highway where a government owned Isuzu DMAX hit a mechanic of Gardenia Village while he rode a bicycle. The vehicle, being driven […]

City Council guns still missing
Police investigations continue to try and locate four guns that were stolen from the Belize City Commercial Center’s Special Constable Office sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 5:55 a.m. yesterday. It was reported by the coordinator of the center, 26-year-old Elvis Glenn Lopez […]

Teenagers busted for Roaring Creek armed robbery
Quick police response yesterday afternoon in Roaring Creek Village, Cayo District, led to the arrest of two teenagers who robbed a group of three persons that were swimming in the river, using a firearm and a knife to intimidate them. Around 3:15 p.m., Shanda […]

Government property stolen near Roaring Creek
Solar panels valued at $1800 were reported missing by the Ministry of Works’ Project Engineer for Road Safety who told police that on Tuesday while making checks, he noticed that they had been removed from the radar signs they were attached to. 63-year-old James […]

Belize National Cultural Policy launched
A ten year National Cultural Policy presented today seeks to guide the safeguarding and preservation of Belize’s cultural heritage, promoting artistic expression, and enabling social and economic development through culture. President of the National Institute of Culture and History Diane Haylock said that this […]


This is Belize: Watching the newest ‘Star Wars’ beneath the stars — and beside the lagoon
There is something just so incalculably joyful about watching the Millennium Falcon speed through the universe in “Star Wars The Force Awakens” then tilting your head ever so slightly upward to count the real stars in the heavens. Yes, the stars — and “Star Wars” — really were out last night on Ambergris Caye in Belize. Outside, that is. Since its opening last November, the Truck Stop has steadily become the social center of life “north of the bridge” on Ambergris Caye. Besides its two fine restaurants, the complex has an ice cream shop, a cheerful bar, a Sunday pig roast and corn-hole tournament, live music, a horseshoes pit, a sunset-friendly dock, hammocks, picnic tables and chairs — lots and lots of clam-shell chairs in which to just sit and visit or gaze out on the tranquility of the lagoon. Recently, Ben and Joanna Popik introduced Wednesday night movies on the lagoon. For last night’s island debut of “Star Wars,” the joint was jumping. Families came out, yoga retreaters from nearby Ak’Bol, expats, locals and tourists, too. Ben wisely encouraged people to bring their own chairs and fortunately a lot of folks listened. It was SRO all night long, even in the dining area far removed from the movie screening. It wasn’t just about the movie. Or the great food from Adam and Jackie Feldman’s Rasa and Arepa restaurants. As I said, the Truck Stop is now a neighborhood hangout.

Emergency San Pedro Town Council Summit Held Over Easter Weekend To Restore Island Charm
Residents and tourists alike have voiced their concerns that the excessive signage distracts from the charm and tropical feel of the island we all love. These concerns thankfully, have not fallen on deaf ears as the San Pedro Town Board was quick to recognize the problem. In an interview with the San Pedro Sun, Mayor Danny Guerrero voiced that he “shares the concerns he’s hearing and that he is against signs that go against the island’s charm.” The mayor further explained, “There ARE laws in regards to putting up signs but they are mostly for signs being put up on public property… We want to create a bylaw to the mother act on the laws on putting up signs. This new regulation would require anyone that wishes to put up a sign to get a special permit from the SPTC. The regulation would outline the size and type of sign that can be placed.” And the good news? Well…last weekend while the rest of La Isla Bonita was busy celebrating The Easter… A group of individuals from both the public and private sector met. Spearheaded by Deputy Mayor Gary Grief, Town Concilor in charge of Housing and Planning Gabriel “Gaby” Nunez, trusted realtor and AREBB leader William Board and noted sign artist Denroy “Smurf” Norales, an advisory committee was formed, the Ambergris Sign Supervisory for Hospitality And Tourism. Set to function alongside the Ambergris Caye Building Authority, approval for ALL new signage on the island will fall under this newly formed committee. New signs will need to be permitted and will be subject to aesthetic approval and density restrictions. “The first step in addressing the problem is creating awareness,” said the Board. “A lot of people are not yet aware of the new regulations, so the first step we need to take is an educational one.” “We have identified 120 high traffic, highly visible areas and intersections on the island,” explained Board. “We will be placing signs at these locations, signs which explain to residents that all signs, regardless of size, must get approval.” Cautioned Board, “Spontaneous sign erection is something that will not be tolerated.”

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World Bank Job Opportunities For Caribbean Nationals
If you are young and have a passion for international development, then here is your opportunity... Caribbean nationals are being encouraged to apply for employment under a new World Bank Group (WBG) programme that is aimed at “exceptionally talented young people with a passion for international development”. The World Bank said that the analyst programme is a three-year programme that will allow the successful candidates to “work in an intellectually challenging and culturally diverse environment within a specific practice, region or corporate unit of the World Bank Group. “You will have the opportunity to contribute and grow your skills in areas ranging from analytics, research, data management, project management, communications, finance, management accounting, and information technology. In addition, the programme offers various cohort activities aimed to broaden your exposure to the work of the World Bank Group and develop leadership skills.”

Colonists’ religious architecture influenced by Maya traditions
Religion played an important role in the Spanish colonisation of the Yucatán Peninsula, once home to the Maya civilisation. Together with the Spanish monarchy, religion was a powerful and influential force in society. ‘Colonial churches and chapels represented authority in the form of buildings and architecture that was used to control Maya society. Converting the Mayas to Christianity was an important part of the Spanish strategy and guidelines for the colonisation of Mexico,’ says Teobaldo Ramirez Barbosa, author of the thesis. He has conducted a comparative analysis of early colonial churches and Maya dwellings on the Yucatán Peninsula and in Belize. Colonialism has usually been interpreted as a unilateral relationship in which the colonist and the colonist culture are not affected. Barbosa’s analysis of Spanish churches and Maya dwellings reveals that the colonised people indeed had a clear influence on the colonists’ architecture. ‘The Mayas have used the same building materials since pre-Hispanic times. My results show that their tradition of using masonry, wattle and daub, stucco and ramada roofs, as well as semi-circular, circular and squared shapes of buildings, can be discerned in some types of Spanish churches,’ he says.

Caribbean governments advised to decriminalize prostitution
An international academic is recommending the decriminalization of prostitution in the Caribbean. Professor Kamala Kempadoo of York University suggests this would help the region get a handle on the sex trade, protect at-risk groups, and fight stigma and discrimination against those engaged in the practice. “The decriminalization of prostitution would go a long way towards making the sex trade a safer place to work and could eliminate underhand deals, could eliminate extortions, false promises, the criminalization of sex workers by immigration, smuggling of persons, putting them in shady businesses and so forth. It could allow working women to gain access to state protection, health care and rights as any other citizen or legal migrant,” she said. The suggestion was one of several put forward by the professor during her lecture on the topic ‘Who Trafficking What? The Caribbean and Human Trafficking Discourse’, hosted last night by the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. She further proposed fewer restrictions on immigration, saying “immigration regulation needs to be loosened, not tightened.”


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