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#513062 - 04/14/16 11:42 AM Today's Belize News: April 14, 2016
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials


The San Pedro Sun

The neighbourhood friendly marine mammal: Dolphins
They are agile! They are quirky! They are adorable! And they are found in Belize! Yup I’m talking about dolphins: the graceful and beautiful mammals of the sea. The most common species found within the Caribbean waters of Belize are the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), but, for those lucky enough, migratory species can be seen too. Dolphins are such lovable creatures, that on April 14th of each year, people across the world participate in National Dolphin Day. Dolphins are known to have acute eyesight both in and out of the water along with having a well-developed sense of touch, with free nerve endings densely packed in the skin. They can hear frequencies ten times or more above the upper limit of what adult humans can and are capable of making a broad range of sounds using nasal air sacs located just below the blowhole. Here in Belize, dolphins are most commonly seen in are Blackbird Caye and the three main atolls: Glover’s Reef, Lighthouse Reef and Turneffe. But they can also be found in the waters that surround Ambergris Caye riding the bow wave of boats.

Belize Mayor’s Association Meets in San Pedro
The monthly meeting for the Belize Mayor’s Association (BMA) was held on La Isla Bonita on Thursday, April 7th. Mayors from the eight other municipalities in Belize were hosted by Mayor Daniel Guerrero at the San Pedro Town Hall Conference Room. On the agenda were collaborative efforts to develop municipalities, and discussions of upcoming initiatives. During the meeting, Mayor of Belize City and President of the Belize Mayor’s Association, Darrell Bradley, identified 20 topical areas the municipalities will be focusing on. Some of those included: revenue generation, municipal courts, human resource management, public finance management, court of conduct for counselors, procurement, information technology (IT), and public relations. In an effort to upgrade the technical capacity of all municipalities; Bradley said, “We are adapting a software for all municipalities which will integrate all of the municipal systems like traffic, property taxes, human resources, and trade licenses.” The plan will be enacted in a matter of weeks in all nine municipalities.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks make it to the Playoffs
After two back-to-back wins in the most recent round of games, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks have secured a position in the 2016 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) Playoffs. With only one week remaining in the regular season, the four playoff teams have already been decided, with the other four teams having been eliminated from playoff contention. But, while the teams have been selected for the playoffs, there is still no decision as to who will face off in the championship match, and who have to settle third and fourth palace. The only team assured for the championship match is the Smart Belize Hurricanes, who captured the #1 seed in a spectacular season. The San Pedro Tiger Sharks must also win their last two games versus Belmopan Bandits and Orange Walk Running Rebels to clinch the #2 seed, otherwise, the Belmopan Bandits will take the #2 seed if they defeat the Tiger Sharks and Independence Thunderbolts. Dangriga Warriors will be the #4 seed if Belmopan beats San Pedro, but if San Pedro beats Belmopan they will be the #3 seed.

Fire Department quickly douses small fire at Ramon’s Village
On Sunday, April 10th, the San Pedro Fire Department (SPFD) responded to a minor fire incident that took place at Ramon’s Village Resort on Coconut Drive. According to the SPFD, the fire occurred around 7:10PM and was immediately dealt with. The culprit appears to be an unattended lit cigar left on a wooden porch. Officer in Charge of the SPFD, Newton Lennan, credits Ramon’s Village’s active fire brigade, which is prepared, alert and aware when a fire breaks out. Lennan acknowledges that the brigade is beneficial for the tenants of Ramon’s Village. “This group is really effective, especially in terms of them recognizing the situation and responding to the situation on time,” said Lennan. Readers will recall that on August 27, 2013 Ramon’s Village Resort suffered a devastating fire that destroyed nearly two-thirds of the resort. Having the brigade in place is an excellent method to derail another catastrophe. The SPFD shared some basic fire tips. Smokers are cautioned to be extra careful in disposing their cigarettes. In fact, do not carelessly discard cigarettes—make sure that it has been completely put out.

Comedy Nights for a Cause raises much needed charity funds
Laughter resonated across the grounds of Sandbar Beachfront Hostel and restaurant, as for two nights, “Comedy Nights for a Cause” brought the jokes. Held on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th, the event offered amusing entertainment to the island. With world-renowned comedic storyteller, Australian Jon Bennett headlining the show, the event was huge success, raising close to $5,000 for charity. Friday’s show was titled “Pretending Things are a Cock”, which received a nomination for the Best Comedy by Just For Laughs (Montreal Fringe) and multiple awards by Uptown Magazine, Edmonton Journal, Hairline (in the United Kingdom), and Vue Weekly (in Canada). The title for Saturday’s show was “Fire in the Meth Lab”, which has received a rating of 5-stars by Sunday Mail (in Australia), Broadway Baby (in the United Kingdom), and Fringe Guru (in the United Kingdom). Bennett brought the house down with all those in attendance laughing the night away.

Ambergris Today

Twin Ceiba Trees
Tound at Caracol Archaeological Site stand tall and impotent next to the other, dwarfing all the trees that surround them. Magnificence!

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Belize Fishing Report, Weeks of April 3rd – April 9th, 2016
3 yes, Three Grand Slams this week plus a soft slam! Joe, was able to land all three species during his stay so he gets credit for a soft slam. Normally that would be big news. but 3 separate grand slams overshadowed the feat. Louis neatly wrapped up his grand slam while his lovely partner Johanne was a tarpon short on the same day. Jesse got his slam early in the week and is floating on cloud nine! David rounded out the week with his slam to punctuate the great fishing week we had.

World ranked Laser Sailors Visit Belize Sailing School
On Sunday, April 10, 2016, two vivacious and highly decorated Laser Sailors, Hanne Weaver, 20, and her brother Ted, 23, visited the Belize Sailing Center and provided inspirational training and racing for the school's aspiring young Laser sailors. Among Hanne Weaver's many accomplishments is winning the 2012 USA Junior Female Single-person-Dingy Championship at age 16. She currently ranks 3rd among US senior women Laser Radial sailors and is in a very strong position to make the 2020 Women's US Olympic Laser sailing team. Hanne is putting off full-time college to pursue her Olympic goal; she is an assistant manager at a Seattle WA branch of West Marine, the large and prestigious US water sports outfitter and retailer. West Marine fully supports Hanne's sailing ambitions and allows her time off to pursue them. The Belize Sailing Center was fortunate that Hanne and her family took the time for their visit. By the end of February, Hanne had already competed in 2 international regattas - the Miami Olympic Class Regatta followed by the European Laser Senior Championships in the Canary Islands.

Caye Caulker Lobsterfest DJ
Its just right that our next DJ is another Caye Caulker Star... No other than Belize's #1 female DJ.. the international Miss Linda Blease

Belize outlines proposal to end border dispute
Belize has outlined 11 new proposals that it hopes will end the latest border dispute with Guatemala, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington has said. Elrington, who met with his Guatemalan counterpart, Carlos Raul Morales, last Friday to discuss the incident in the Sarstoon area, said that Belize is hoping the new proposals will form part of a new agreement between the two countries. Elrington said that Belize is hoping that the “channels of the Sarstoon River shall continue to be freely navigable by vessels and boats of each of the two countries without any interference or trailing by the other”. Last month, the Belize government called on the Organisation of American States (OAS) to conduct an investigation following a shooting incident in which a senior Belize Defence Force (BDF) member was shot at least four times while in the Sarstoon area.

2nd Annual Autism Awareness 5k April 17th
Here is a great cause to join. Autism Awareness 5K Run/Walk this Sunday!!! See you there.

Poets Corner: Consent
By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. Thirteen-year-old giving consent to four men is absurd The mere title gets on my last nerve Police charge two that’s the word Looking for the next two speaks wonders Belize does not have sufficient child protection laws for teenagers Our children are not protected from predators Human trafficker, pornographers, There are no social media laws Which almost makes child pornography a lost cause Then we glorify the shit by printing it in our newspapers They ought to be publicly flogged or dismembered Our law is apparent No child under age 14 can give consent Where the hell were her parents? They too need to be charged for being negligent Taking her to the station is not sufficient Newspapers are more concerned with sales than content This seems to be the grim reality That the men in our society Have no policy Fi di have sex with pickney

CNWA Self Defense Class
The Cayo Neighborhood Watch Association held a Self Defense class, and Renee Wentz, whose given many self defense classes in Cayo, and all around Belize, was there to teach it. Thanks, Renee! More pictures here. "The Cayo Neighborhood Watch Association held a Self Defense class yesterday, and it was awesome! We found it very informative and helpful, and the afternoon session for women was also very practical and empowering! Thanks to The Aguada for being such awesome supporters of our Community and safety and letting us use your beautiful Conference "

Channel 7

Valencia Family Settled With Segura
3 months ago, we told you about the lawsuit that the Valencia Family was bringing against Deputy Police Commissioner Miguel Segura. It's because of that now infamous accident which happened back in August 2014. You'll remember it being the incident where he was caught on camera drunkenly buttoning his trousers, with a cigarette dangling from his mouth. He was criminally charged with manslaughter for the death of 54 year-old Yolanda Valencia, who was in the other car that his police issued vehicle slammed into head-on. The driver, Yanie Cu, suffered severe head and body injuries and it took him months to recover. Even now, he's reportedly not regained 100% of his mobility and is deeply indebted. Segura walked away unharmed from that accident, and he now stands charged additionally with drunk driving and other offenses. Right now, he's on interdiction, but the family of the victims say that because of that accident, they've been struggling financially.

PUP Myrtle Vs. UDP "Fonso: "Obeah" On Trial?
Today in the Supreme Court, former PUP Secretary General Myrtle Palacio was duking it out with Alfonso Noble, the Editor of the UDP's Guardian Newspaper. She is suing both Noble and the Guardian for libel for an article headlined, "PUP Secretary General Endorses the Use of Witchcraft in Politics", which was printed in the Guardian Newspaper back in December 2014. The libel suit got its day in court today before the chief Justice where Former PUP Prime Minister Said Musa represented Palacio. The UDP's Legal Advisor, Michael Young, defended Noble and the Guardian Newspaper. Now, this fight dates back to December 2014, when Myrtle Palacio appeared as a guest on the Positive Vibes Morning Show. That was shortly after nomination day for the By-Election in Cayo North where the PUP's Richard Harrison was defending the PUP's seat against the UDP's Omar Figueroa after representative Joseph Mahmud resigned. On that talk show Myrtle Palacio complained bitterly about returning officer Marcelo Windsor, and suggested that his credibility as a fair election officer had been compromised. In defence of the Guardian, Michael Young played a recording of that portion of the broadcast for Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin.

Sara's Sibling Says She Was On Sidewalk when SUV Hit
The family of Dangriga accident victim Sara Suchite says it didn't happen the way police reported it. As we told you, Suchite was knocked down and killed yesterday morning at mile one and a half on the Stann Creek Valley road. She had just gotten out of a taxi and was crossing the road when Elroy Coleman's SUV slammed into her. When we spoke to Suchite's brother this evening after the post mortem, he told us that his family and the taxi driver saw everything. They say that she had already crossed the road and was going to buy fry chicken when the driver ran her over. She was launched into the air, landed a distance away and died immediately. Her brother Samuel Suchite gave us his family's version of the accident. Samuel Suchite - Brother: "I went to run an errand at the hospital – just to fill out a form for a license but when I was coming back, I saw that police were out on the street and a lot to people were there too, so I went closer to see and I was there like for about 30 minutes trying to find out what was happening. So when I left, I went to the market where my family was and that's when they told me it was my sister who was dead."

They "Huff" Hofius?
Two former employees of Hofius, Koshia Gentle, who was employed as a Supervisor, and Lydia Selina Bennett, who was employed as a clerk, face 49 counts of theft tonight. They're jointly charged of embezzling over quarter million dollars from the long established hardware store. After an intensive 3-month investigation, both Gentle and Bennett were arraigned on Monday on a long list of charges. They are accused of stealing varying amounts of money between November 2, 2015, and December 31, 2015. No plea was taken from them at their arraignment, and Magistrate Carlon Mendoza has adjourned the case untilApril 25. At that date, it is expected that the prosecutor will inform the court if the DPP's Office intends to proceed with the charges summarily, or on indictment. If it is on indictment, they will have to face Supreme Court trial.

The Mysterious Death Of Anwar Vernon
Last week 31 one year old Anwar Vernon was pulled out of a drain on Raccoon Street Extension. He was found battered, bleeding and unconscious. Because of that investigators were having trouble developing leads because he was unresponsive and no witnesses came forward. Well the news tonight is that Vernon never woke up. Police report that he passed away yesterday as a result of his injuries. Now while the post mortem examination is yet to be concluded ACP Chester Williams told us today that they are investigating it as murder. ACP Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Division South" "Mr. Anwar Vernon succumbed yesterday to his injuries he had received and at this time we ourselves are still trying to find out what actually happened and we awaiting the post mortem examination so that the doctor can tell us basically what type of injuries he sustained and based on that we will be able to determine whether or not it's a murder or if he just fell in the drain which is an accident"

One Of Robinson's Alleged Killers Is Free
55 year Edward Albert Robinson was killed on Saturday, October 17, 2015, collateral damage in an internal gang beef, which targeted 31 year old Jermaine Betancourt. Betancourt survived, but the older man who was in the wrong place, wrong time died from the gunshot to his back. Police arrested two men from Betancourt's own Supal Street crew and charged them for murder. They have been remanded for the last five months, plus. The newstonight is that one of them, 22 year old Devon Sankey has been cleared of charges and freed from remand, while the other, Ryan "Lippo" Alvarez is still facing that murder charge. Today, after getting the news, Sankey sprinted out of courtroom and, across Battle Field Park and jumped into a taxi on Albert street.

Russell Reed With Weed
36 year-old old American national Russel Reid, a salesman of Los Angeles was busted with 1.4 grams of cannabis at the Phillip Goldson International Airport. He was trying to board a plane home when he was caught with the drugs. The incident occurred around 9:16 a.m. today. Reid was about to board an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles when his luggage was scanned and it revealed that he had cannabis inside. He was charged with possession of a controlled drug, and when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith, he pleaded guilty. The Chief Magistrate pointed out that he should also have been charged with attempting to export cannabis. Nevertheless, and she fined him $500, to be paid forthwith. Reid paid the fine and he was allowed to go free.

... As Through A Glass Darkly
Two weeks ago we told you about what was supposed to be a new wave of cracking down on tint that's too dark. Indeed, enforcement since the law was put on the books in 2012, has been at best, sporadic. And, with that, dark tint – darker than the law allows – has become the norm again. And, we've seen it being sported on quite a few official rides like nobody's business. Today we asked the mayor about his official ride, a sporty, low profile Ford SUV. Hot ride, but is the tint too dark?: Jules Vasquez: "I saw recently I was at Eastern Division Police Southside and I saw them checking your traffic officers working with the police with the tintometers to check the tint 1% on Mr. Williams, ACP Williams' vehicle. Your vehicle I would say has about 5% which well below the legal limit. What is the situation with the enforcement of tinting laws and the traffic department and your own city issued vehicle."

Cops And Social Workers Find Common Ground On Curfew
South Side Commander Williams has also had a lot to say about his 9 pm Kids Curfew. The debate has played out in the media and all sides have made strong arguments. Now it seems that at long last the stakeholders have found some common ground. That's because the department of Human development has jumped on-board in making the program more child-sensitive. This resolution was made at a meeting in Belmopan earlier this week. ACP Chester Williams told us about the little tweaks that have been made: ACP Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Division South: "Instead of keeping the children at the police station overnight, there will not be a social worker on call. So once we pick up the child we will then call the social worker who will come into the police station immediately, will also bring in the parent of the child and they will meet with the social worker for the social worker to do the necessary inquiry which will then determine whether or not they will allow the child to go home with the parent for the night or if they will find alternative accommodations..."

Cleyon Clings To Life In Merida: He Needs Your Help To Survive
Cleyon Marage urgently needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. The surgery costs over $100,000 and his parents are pleading for financial assistance. 12 year old Cleyon has been on the news before. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2014. This type of leukemia attacks the bone marrow and produces cancerous cells. He has been in and out of the hospitals in Belize and in Merida, but with all that treatment, Cleyon relapsed in March this year. He is at a very critical stage and if he doesn't get that bone marrow transplant as soon as possible – little Cleyon more than likely will not make it through. Today his stepfather came to our studio and first explained that things took a turn for the worse after Cleyon's February Chemotherapy session. Karick Garnett - Stepfather: "The last time he went February, he was good for approximately a month and right then and there after his health started to deteriorate. He started to get sick, he got weak and was vomiting for about 3 days and his mother got curious and she went to the clinic. They took a blood test and came back that his blood was low and she sent the information to the doctor in Merida..."

Emily's Exasperation
You may remember Emily Gabourel from an interview she did last week. She is the mother of the Chavarria brothers: Jamie who was gunned down in March 2015 and Rene who was killed one year later. In an interview with us last week she called out the Ladyville police formation for allegedly dragging their feet in her son's murder investigation. The matter would have ended there but now Gabourel is claiming that police are harassing her. According to her, she was alone at her Ladyville home with her 3 year old grandson sometime after 6:00 this morning. She was getting ready for work, when police officers from the strike team barged into her house and allegedly began acting disrespectfully. What happened next was the greatest disgrace a woman could ever face. Here is her story. Emily Gabourel - Claims Police Harassment: "I was at home giving my grandson tea and I gave him his breakfast, he ate breakfast and I hear wrapping at the door. Police, police, open the door or else we will broke it down! Open the door! And I said excuse me I just going to go bathe just wait I'm the come because I push the chair against the door to make my grandson no go out the door while I the bathe..."

Persecuted Vendors Get Validation From All Sides
On Monday we told you about a young couple whose daily business of selling food and snacks at the corner near Queen’s Square Primary was disrupted. 22 year old Darrel Grant and his wife 21 year old Ishtar Williams, were putting up their shed before their midday break, when police from the Tourism Unit ordered them to tear it down. The story has caught the attention of the Public Relations officer for the Youth Department who came out today to express his solidarity with the young couple and to demand some action from the authorities. Now although Saldano stood this afternoon as an independent youth advocate without the authority of the Youth Department, there have been other offices that have rallied behind Grant and his wife, though not publicly. And with all that support they’ve come upon a newfound energy to continue their venture against the odds.

Ministry Of Health Braces For CARPHA Results
The ZIKA samples from Stann Creek and Toledo have been sent to CARPHA for testing. They were sent yesterday and now the Ministry of Health is patiently waiting for the results. These samples were collected after the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the US reported that a woman started showing signs of Zika after visiting Belize. Now apart from sending samples, the ministry is also enhancing its clean up campaigns and education outreach programs especially for pregnant women. Workshops and exercises are also being held with health professionals in the Maternal and Child Health Departments so they can be vigilant and know how to detect the symptoms. Again the ministry maintains that Belize is Zika free until there is laboratory confirmation. We will inform you when the results are in. Now, the real risk with Zika are to pregnant women and the possibility of birth defects, specifically microcephaly where babies are born with abnormally small heads, and underdeveloped brains.

When a Sign Is More Than A Sign
The bright, bold and life size Belize sign in Buttonwood bay has become the subject for thousands of social media postings – in short, it's became kind of a Belize City landmark since it was installed in September of 2014. It's also become a tourist attraction, and that's why another identical sign has been built and installed right in the middle of the Fort George Tourism Zone. It's a stone's throw from the iconic Baron Bliss Grave and Lighthouse. It was declared open today, and Mayor Darrell Bradley said, it's an effort to create more municipal pride:.. Darrell Bradley - Mayor of Belize City: "And the idea of a sign that's very simple that says Belize is that we should celebrate we are as a city. You would have seen now that we are continuing with the efforts of making Belizeans proud of Belize City by unveiling this second of 3 Belize signs in Belize City and the third we hope to put along the Yabra area."

Has Hans Had His Way With City Hall?
But since there's a new sign on the Baron Bliss green, what about those others around the corner, down the Marine Parade promenade. Yeah, you know the ones we're talking about…the ones that say "Bhojwani Promenade." The mayor says he agreed to them so that the city could settle a lawsuit. That lawsuit was based on the fact that the council demolished tow bandstands that Hans Bhojwani had donated. And even though it was donated, both sides agreed that the council was obligated to do something – thus the promenade signs. Well, it seems that Bhojwani also had an obligation. We have seen city council minutes form 2011 and 2012 where it says that Bhojawani had undertaken to install park benches and lights. We asked the mayor about that today:.. Darrell Bradley - Mayor of Belize City: "We did look at those agreements, we did look at those minutes and he has made representations that they are going to honour those obligations. I haven't spoken to him directly, my conversation was always through his attorney and when they wrote to us there was no reneging on any pledge or contribution in relation to what he said he would do and there is no indication that he would abscond from those responsibilities."

Harbour Mouth Siltation: Who's Gonna Fix It?
And one other municipal matter that we asked the mayor about was the buildup of silt in the Belize Harbour. We've been following the story for months – and it's only getting worse. In fact, it threatens to close in on the channel used by the cruise ship tenders and the water taxi's. Now, the mayor has said that it's government's job to dredge it, which will cost 2 million dollars. But, nothing is happening, so we pressed him on the point today:.. Darrell Bradley - Mayor of Belize City: "If that's not addressed at a very early date, we would likely lose the Haulouver Creek and that's a major historic water way. That was the reason why people settled Belize City in the first place and it would be a monumental shame if we would lose that creek. We are a water city and we have to ensure that something is done with that at an earliest possible date." Jules Vasquez: "But are you willing to put your government on the spot and say this is an urgent matter, its worsening in front what would be the Brodies warehouse and that the government has to act urgently? Because there doesn't seem to be any urgency."

Murderer For Weed
Forty year old Glenford Baptist, who is serving a sentence of 25 years for a conviction of murder, was taken to court today on a charge of drug trafficking. On April 8th when Baptist's cell was searched by a prison officer, police found 63 grams of cannabis. He pled not guilty to the charge, and his case was adjourned until June 15.

Eric Got Off Easy For A Pound Of Weed
Another inmate, 26 year old Eric Castillo, is lucky to not have his stay in prison extended by an additional 3 years. That's because the Chief Magistrate decided to give him a non-custodial sentence for drug trafficking after he begged the court for leniency. On April 26, 2015, Prison officer Walter Gabb saw Castillo picking up garbage in an area that was restricted to inmates. It turns out that Castillo tried to smuggle weed into the prison in garbage bags. When the officer searched the garbage bag, he found two parcels of cannabis – containing 13 ounces, almost a pound of weed. In his defence, Castillo testified that he was told by another prison officer to take out the garbage and did not know that it contained cannabis. He also testified that he was beaten by the police who broke his jaw, and added that he was forced to escape from the station because the police refused to take him to the hospital.

Meet & Greet, How The Media Eat
By now you have probably lost count of the number of “Meet and Greet” sessions that have taken place on the streets of South Side Belize City. Well, so have we. That’s because there is one being held almost every week. The initiative was recently launched last year July since ACP Chester Williams was appointed as the South Side Commander. Today they were at it again. This time meeting and greeting residents in Jasmine Street and the PIV area. But there is a little difference in this week’s session because they added one extra question to their questionnaire, and that is: Do you support the Child Curfew? Williams told us what the feedback has been so far. Police also visited residents in the area of Tibruce Street.


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Channel 5

The Family of Yolanda Valencia Wins Civil Suit Against Deputy ComPol Segura
Yolanda Valencia was killed in August 2014 when an intoxicated deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura, in a government vehicle, collided into a taxi just outside San Jose Succotz, Cayo. [...]

Myrtle Palacio Versus Guardian Newspaper
Former People’s United Party Secretary General Myrtle Palacio appeared before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin today, after filing a civil suit against the Guardian Newspaper.  The case originates from an article [...]

A Case of Witchcraft and Defamation
In court this morning, Palacio gave a sworn statement. The article and the accompanying cartoon were also tendered as evidence.  The argument, however, brings to the fore the issue of [...]

Is it Fair Comment or was Former P.U.P. SecGen Slandered?
Newspaper editor Alfonso Noble, who is named in the suit, is being represented by Senior Counsel Michael Young.  Both Young and his client reiterated that what was published in that [...]

Citywide Curfew Officially Green-lighted
Since Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams effected a citywide curfew roughly one month ago, various sectors, including parents, government departments and non-government organizations have raised concerns about the housing [...]

More on the Guatemala Proposals
On Tuesday night, we brought you extensive coverage of a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press conference in Belmopan. The issue on the table, of course, was the recent meeting with [...]

Belize’s Proposals Kept Low Key by Guatemalan Congress
As we showed you in Tuesday night’s newscast, both Minister Elrington and Opposition representative Ambassador Assad Shoman believe that the protocols were well received. They are also hopeful that a [...]

Was Belize City Resident Anwar Vernon Murdered?
Was thirty-one-year-old Anwar Vernon murdered?  It’s a baffling case that has Belize City police stumped.  Vernon had been admitted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital a week ago, after being [...]

FCD Says Poisoning of Only Water Source in Chiquibul Highly Unlikely
On Holy Saturday, B.D.F. Staff Sergeant Richard Lambey was shot near Valentin Camp in the Chiquibul. Days after, a report into the incident commissioned by the Ministry of National Security [...]

Murder Charges Against Alleged Supal Street Associates are Withdrawn
In October of 2015, a well-known notorious street figure, Edward Albert Robinson was targeted by gunmen but he escaped the shooting and instead a bystander, Jamil Betancourt, was fatally shot [...]

Former Death Row Inmate Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Trafficking
Glenford Baptist, who is serving a twenty-five-year sentence for his part in a murder, has picked up another charge that could lead to further time behind bars. Baptist, who is [...]

Progress in Slain Journalist’s Murder Case
A preliminary inquiry in the case of slain newspaper journalist Kareem Clarke was held in the magistrate’s court on Monday.  Clarke was allegedly shot and killed by a minor on [...]

Allison Major is Victorious in Challenging Draconian Gun Laws
A constitutional challenge filed by Belize City resident Allison Major in which he disputed the amended firearm act, concluded in the Supreme Court earlier this week.  The suit came on [...]

Mayor Bradley Weighs in on U.D.P. Deputy Leadership
Turning to politics…the U.D.P. Deputy Leadership convention has been set for May twenty-ninth. In the ongoing campaign, on Tuesday, Minister John Saldivar, who is running for first deputy party leader, [...]

What’s Sedi’s Explanation for SATIIM/GAF Encounter?
There’s more tonight on the eleven protocols that were presented to Guatemalan officials. On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington asserted that there is an unofficial understanding at the Sarstoon, a [...]

Funding O.A.S. Adjacency Office is Expensive but Necessary
While the discussion on the new Sarstoon protocols was no doubt the primary item on the agenda of last Friday’s meeting at the O.A.S., it wasn’t the only one. Both [...]

Bienvenido! A New Belize Sign is Inaugurated Near Animal Park
A second Belize Sign was installed today in the area of the Baron Bliss Lighthouse in the City. The first, which is erected at Buttonwood Bay, has been evoking nationalism [...]

Mayor Bradley on Municipal Projects
The Council has been working closely with the Belize Tourism Board and the National Institute of Culture and History on a series of programs to enhance the character of Belize [...]

B.N.T.U. to Hold Forum on Belize/Guatemala Issue
Classes on Friday for primary schools across the country have been cancelled as all teachers are expected to head west to Benque Viejo to attend a forum on the Belize/Guatemala [...]

…A Goal to Subsequently Revise Academic Curriculum
According to Palacio, it is now necessary to revise the existing curriculum to reflect a broader knowledge of the civics and history of Belize.   Luke Palacio, National President, B.N.T.U. [...]

Meet & Greet Backa Martins
The weekly meet and greet exercise conducted by Belize City police was concentrated in the Saint Martin’s area this afternoon where officers of varying ranks descended on the streets of [...]

CTV3

CJC Seeks First Place In Social Security Debate Competition
The beginning of this year saw Social Security Board kicking off their second annual debate among junior colleges, an idea that was born in celebration of Social Security Board’s 34th Anniversary. This year’s first debate took place here in the north between Corozal Junior College and Belize Adventist Junior College, under the topic “Media Sensationalism is distorting our Reality”. CJC won that round and then they went up against the Galen University Debate team. This time the topic was “Technology is destroying our Social Skills”. Once again CJC came out victorious automatically earning them a position to compete in the finals against Ecumenical Junior College.

Results for Sample Sent For Testing For Zika Still Pending
Over this past weekend the Ministry of Health along with a team from the vector control unit, Public Health Department and the Epidemiology Department conducted field investigations to determine the possibility of local transmission of the Zika Virus in Belize. This came after information was received from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that an American couple may have contracted the virus in our country. After the field investigations were conducted the Ministry revealed two potential cases of the virus, one in Stann Creek and one in Toledo. A third person of interest was also located in the Cayo District. Samples were taken from the persons in the southern districts and were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing.

No Arrest Made For Espinoza's Murder
Five days have passed since the brutal slaying of 51 year old cane farmer Gregorio Abel Espinoza and Corozal Police is nowhere close to solving the murder. If viewers can recall Espinoza’s body was discovered on Friday April 8th at around 10:00 in the morning in the area of Santa Rosa located behind the Village of Chan Chen in the Corozal District. According to authorities, upon arrival at the scene they saw the lifeless body of Espinosa lying face down near the banks of the New River. A post mortem conducted on the body concluded that Espinoza died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to the thoracic region. The body had a total of 2 gunshots, 1 to the right side around the shoulder area and the other on the lower left rib cage.

Human Rights Report Highlights Police Brutality In Belize
Secretary of State John F. Kerry today issued the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress. The report includes the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world including Belize and highlights the intensified global crackdown by the U.S. on societies that restricts the operating space for human rights. The executive summary for Belize's most recent Human Rights Report states that Belize's most important human rights abuses include the use of excessive force by security forces (particularly the police), lengthy pre-trial detention, and harassment and threats based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Among the countries listed in the report as worst countries on human rights were Syria and Afghanistan and in the secretary’s preface, he highlights grim examples of violation of human rights in those countries such as denial of free speech and expression by jailing reporters for writing critical stories, or sharply restricting or closing non-governmental organizations for promoting supposedly foreign ideologies such as universal human rights.

BTV To Conmemorate 157th Anniversary Of The Signing Of The 1859 Treaty
The long standing territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala has recently seen increased aggressions from Guatemalans in from of military hostility, breach of our territorial waters and lands and most recently high Guatemalan officials openly claiming not only Sarstoon Island, but also the entire Sarstoon River. Today the Belize Territorial Volunteers issued a release condemning the most recent hostility by Guatemalans and also pointing out GOB’s continued, deliberate negligence concerning all matters involving Guatemala’s aggressions. As a result of this BTV believes that the awareness campaign being carried by the group, on this issue must be maintained, in an effort to sensitize Belizeans as to the reality of the situation that is impacting our borders. And as a commemoration of the 157th anniversary of the signing of the 1859 Treaty between the governments of the UK and recognized the border between Belize and Guatemala, the BTV is organizing a trek to the border at the mouth of the Sarstoon River, on Saturday, 30th April 2016 and the Northern Territorial Volunteers will be organizing a similar trek to Garbutt Falls monument on the same day.

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Belize – Still ‘Officially’ ZIKA-FREE
Belize officially remains the only country in Central America where a case of the ZIKA virus has not been confirmed. Despite recent reports of an American woman contracting it following a trip to the southern and western parts of Belize, health officials are yet to find any alarming results thus far. Director of Health Services, […]

Former PUP Sec Gen Takes to Court After Being Accused of Dabbling in Witchcraft
The lawsuit filed by former Secretary General of the People’s United Party, Myrtle Palacio, against the “Guardian Newspaper and Editor, Alfonso Noble was heard today in the courtroom Kenneth Benjamin. Palacio alleged that an article published in the newspaper was demeaning and disrespectful and that it defamed her character. Palacio’s argument is that the published […]

Union of Teachers Determine to Learn More on Belize/Guatemala Issue
The Belize National Teachers’ Union is taking on a campaign that is scheduled to be launched in Benque Viejo del Carmen in the Cayo District with its main focus being the Belize/Guatemala issue. The President of the Belize Teachers’ Union, Luke Palacio entertained the media this afternoon where he explained that this undertaking is a […]

BNTU Speaks on Reinsertion of Civics, Social Studies and Geography in the Classroom
In today’s press conference with the head of the Belize National Teachers Union, Luke Palacio, he spoke of the schools’ curriculum and the importance that the union will be placing in having other subjects incorporated. The Belize/Guatemala issue is one of those subjects among others. LUKE PALACIO “We will be trying to get all sides […]

BNTU on Mission to Have Teachers Know the Southern Border
Last week we reported on the national convention held by the Belize National Teachers Union in the Toledo District. As part of that annual session, the teachers were taken to Belize’s border with Guatemala at Jalacte. President Luke Palacio spoke on why that trip was taken and why Jalacte and not the Sarstoon where the […]

Territorial Volunteers Plan Trek to Sarstoon and Garbutt’s Falls
While the Belize National Teachers Union are making plans to have the teachers visit the border areas in southern Belize for educational purposes, Wil Maheia of the Belize Territorial Volunteers has announced the organization of a trek to the border at the mouth of the Sarstoon River. This trek will take place on April 30 […]

Chester Goes From Curfew to Mentorship
A number of stakeholders involved with child safety in Belize have rejected the idea of the curfew brought by Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams. One of those stakeholders is UNICEF. UNICEF representatives have criticized the action including the methodology being used. Love News spoke to Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams who shared his […]

Who Gave the Order to Shut Down the Collet Vendors?
On Monday, a couple who are young entrepreneurs in the Collet division were forced to shut down their business. A police officer was allegedly called by a neighbor to demand that the couple close down their business. Darrel Grant and Ishtar Williams hold a business peddler’s license and a food handler’s certificate. According to Grant […]

A War Over Women in the UDP
The issue of the support by the women in the United Democratic Party seems to have taken the spotlight for a bit in the ongoing campaign for the First Deputy Leader. On Saturday, April 9, Collet Representative, Patrick Faber was asked about the support that his opponent John Saldivar is getting from what he has […]

Briceno Meets with Executive Members in OW North
Last week we told you of the National Executive meeting held by the People’s United Party where the decision to remove Ramon Cervantes Jr was delivered. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Chairman, Henry Usher confirmed that that was the decision taken and that Cervantes would be replaced by Christopher Coye. Earlier this week, […]

Belize and El Salvador Strengthen Ties
Celi Paz has been the Ambassador for Belize to El Salvador since 2010. While she currently resides in that Central American country, Ambassador Paz is in Belize and was at the Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday where Love News spoke to her on her role and duties as the Ambassador to El Salvador. CELI PAZ “Charges […]

PlusTV

Belize and Guatemala trying to work out modus for Sarstoon
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs called a press briefing late Tuesday evening in the Capital City to update on recent developments in the strained relations with Guatemala and Belize as it relates to the Sarstoon. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, a meeting was agr...

4 home invasions in 6 months in Camalote Area
Four home invasions in the past 6 months have occurred on this stretch of road in Camalote Village. In Belize, home invasions are referred to as “Aggravated Burglary” as it involves not only the breaking into homes, but the breaking into homes when the residents are there. Since October of last yea...

Daughter attacks her father with an axe
A Sandhill woman pleaded guilty to wounding her own father with an axe. Lily Ozaeta admitted to chopping her 84 year old father, Nicholas Ozaeta, in the head, making him unconscious and landing him in hospital. According to the police report, on Sunday, April 11, 2016, Nicholas Ozaeta reported to th...

Allyson Major wins constitutional case over firearms
Allyson Major, Sr., on Monday won an important case in the Supreme Court, challenging the constitutionality of the Firearms (Amendment) Act, 2010. Major sued two officers of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) and the Attorney General for unlawful detention and violation of his Constitutional rights. In...

Bus driver charged in accident
Franco Audinett, a 37 year old bus driver from Hattieville, Belize District, has been arraigned for manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, and driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention. On March 18, Audinett is accused of negligently driving a Blue Bird passenger...

Garifuna Arrival Day marked in Belize
Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19th is the celebration of the ethnic group’s arrival to Belize, memorializing the larger of two migrations from Honduras that took place in 1823. But it was borne out of a bitter day in March, 1797, when more than 2 thousand of the original Black Caribs, defeated...

The Reporter

BTIA launches ‘Capture the Cover’ competition
The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) is calling photographers to submit photo entries for the upcoming Belize Destination Magazine 2016/2017 competition. The magazine, which highlights Belize as a tourist destination, wants to publish photos from ordinary Belizeans in its latest edition. The photos can depict an array of subjects from culture to landscapes and heritage sites. “We are seeking your inspiring images depicting Belize,” the BTIA said. To enter the competition, participants must follow the Destination Belize page on Facebook under the name @Destination Belize and on Instagram under @destination.belize and get three friends to do the same. Participants must also post an original photo on Facebook or Intstagram and tag Destination Belize along with the three friends and include the hashtag #destinationbelize. Photos must include a brief description and location.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Second “BELIZE” sign up near Baron Bliss Lighthouse
A second “BELIZE” sign was unveiled this afternoon along the seashore in the vicinity of the Baron Bliss Lighthouse on Marine Parade by the Belize City Council. Built with funds from an anonymous donor, City Councilor responsible for Parks and Beautification, Kevin Singh, said that […]

Kareem Clarke killer to be tried for murder
KREMANDALA journalist Kareem Clarke was murdered on July 6th, 2015. A minor was charged for his murder and the preliminary inquiry was held at the Family Court in Belize City yesterday. The big news today is that the accused has been committed to stand trial at […]

Ex-PUP Secretary General sues Guardian editor for libel
Myrtle Palacio, the former Secretary General of the People’s United Party (PUP), is suing editor of the UDP’s Guardian newspaper, Alfonso Noble, for libel. The trial was heard today by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. When she appeared as a guest on party radio station Vibes […]

Murder charge withdrawn, another co-accused to face inquiry
Devon Sankey and Ryan Alvarez were charged with the October 2015 murder of Edward Robinson, shot dead while the two were allegedly targeting 33 year old Jamil Betancourt on North Creek. However, after five months on remand, Sankey’s charges are withdrawn by order of […]

Glenford Baptist in marijuana trouble
40 year old Glenford Baptist, who is serving a sentence of 25 years for a conviction of murder, was charged with drug trafficking when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Baptist pleaded not guilty to the charge, telling the Senior Magistrate, “I […]

American charged for cannabis at airport
36 year old American national Russel Reid, a salesman of Los Angeles who was busted with 1.4 grams of cannabis at Phillip Goldson International Airport, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled drug when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, […]

Garifuna leader dies in Honduras
The National Garifuna Council (NGC) issued a press release announcing that a delegation will be leaving the country today to participate in burial activities for one of the ethnic group’s great leaders, Sasamu Celeo Alvarez Casildo. Casildo will be buried in Honduras where he […]

Man dead after accidentally shooting himself
A Georgeville resident yesterday died from a gunshot wound which he accidentally inflicted to himself while working at his farm. 53-year-old Earl Tillette reportedly tripped and shot himself in the jaw at around 9:45 a.m., later succumbing to his injury at the Karl Heusner […]

Teenager killed in traffic accident
A traffic accident on the Southern Highway yesterday morning took the life of a 19-year-old Guatemalan national as she exited a taxi around the mile 1 ½ area. Initial investigations revealed that Sara Suchite had exited a taxi and was running across the highway […]

Police investigates death of Belize City man
Yesterday afternoon at around 2:30, Belize City Police were dispatched to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) where upon arrival, officers saw the lifeless body of 31-year-old Anwar Vernon. Vernon had been found in a drain by police officers on Wednesday of last week […]

Vega backs Saldivar
Deputy Prime Minister and Orange Walk North area representative Gaspar Vega has offered his public endorsement for John Saldivar’s candidacy to replace him as the UDP’s First Deputy. According to Saldivar’s committee, Vega joins 12 other Cabinet colleagues and a total of approximately 20 […]

PLB playoff action heats up
The action is starting to heat up as only four teams stand ready to face off in the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) playoffs round: the BDF FC, Police united, Placencia Assassins and Belmopan Bandits. The first round was played on Saturday night. Police […]

The April 10, 2016 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • POLICE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TWO SUSPECTS IN THE SELENA MURDER:
    residents of Selena Village, Cayo for their role in the murder of 63- year-old Guatemalan laborer, Edgar Alfonso Perdomo Aldana, of Selena Village. The persons of interest are Guillermo Duarte, 27, and Marlon Padilla, 22. Sometime around 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, Aldana was drinking in the Iguana Creek Government School compound, about 50 feet from his residence, with his friend Ruben Manzon. According to reports, this was when Duarte and Padilla approached them. Words were exchanged between the men and a fight started. During the fight, either Duarte or Padilla pulled out a machete and began to chop his rivals. Manzon received multiple chop wounds to the upper part of his body but was able to escape and ran for help. Unfortunately, Aldana was not as lucky. He could not escape the fury of his attackers. He was chopped multiple times to the head and body and bled out at the scene of the fight.
  • Sacred Heart Primary School Student Hit By Truck - In Critical Condition:
    Reports reaching us indicate that during the school lunch break, a Sacred Heart Primary student was hit by a truck owned by Bahadur & Sons Trucking. The incident occured in front of the popular Trin’s Deli located on Eve Street in San Ignacio. Eye witnesses report that everything transpired so quickly, resulting in the little boy being hit and laying on the street with blood coming from his mouth and behind his head. The little boy was subsequently rushed to the San Ignacio polyclinic where he is listed in a critical condition. (Subsequent unconfirmed reports suggest the little boy succumed to his injuries)
  • New Cayo Top Cop - Happy With Community Involvement:
    Superintendent Richard Rosado, Officer Commanding San Ignacio Formation, has been the top cop in Cayo for two months now and he is settling in well. Rosado emphasizes the importance of community policing and sees the department as simply an extension of the community it serves. In order to keep crime under control in the area, it will take the residents of San Ignacio, Santa Elena, and the 20 surrounding villages to effectively police their space. Offciers of the formation are enforcement agents that act on behalf of the people they serve. “It has been a wonderful experience so far because we have received the full support of the community,” Rosado told the STAR. He is in the process of setting up a “Cayo Formation Advisory Board” to better police the jurisdiction.
  • Drugs Found In Red Creek And Santa Elena Town:
    Cayo Police conducted a series of searches over the last week. At 2:39 p.m. on Monday, April 4, police conducted a search in an empty lot on the George Price Highway in the Red Creek area. This led to the discovery of a plastic bag which contained 198 grams of Cannabis. Noone was in the immediate area; theerfore it was labeled and deposited as “Found Property”. Later that day, conducted a search in an empty lot on Carmen Street, Santa Elena Town which led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 710 grams of Cannabis. This bag was labeled and deposited as “Found Property”.
  • Belize Produces $27 Million More In Goods And Services In 2015:
    The fourth quarter preliminary estimates by the Statistical Institute of Belize show that the level of economic activity during the months of October to December 2015 increased by 0.6 percent when compared to the same quarter in 2014. The total value of goods and services produced in Belize was $661.1 million, up $3.7 million from $657.4 million in 2014. For the first nine months of the year, the level of production in the country was 1.2 percent higher than it was in 2014, as the relatively strong growth experienced during the first quarter largely offset declines in the subsequent two quarters. Therefore, the economy grew by 1.0 percent in the year 2015, just over $27 million in goods and services.
  • Cost Of Living Increases But Falls Slightly In Cayo:
    April 7, 2016: Cost of living has increased slightly in Belize, according to the Statistical Institute of Belize, but San Ignacio/ Santa Elena saw price fell by a fraction of a percentage point. SIB released its latest statistics on the Consumer Price Index on Wednesday, March 30, and it reveals that cost of living increased by 0.3 percent in February of 2016. 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.
  • Why Mexicans Are Troubled By Donald Trump:
    that drives Donald Trump crazy apart from yellow number 5 hair colour," jokes Chumel Torres, a Mexican comedian that has taken the internet by storm. His show, El Pulso de la Republica (The Pulse of the Republic), is Mexico's answer to the US late-night talk show The Daily Show. While there are few Mexicans who find US Republican candidate Donald Trump funny, laughing in the face of adversity is the strategy Torres has decided to adopt and he seems to be doing something right. The comedian, who originally trained as an engineer, has 1.5 million subscribers to his Spanish-language YouTube channel and a growing number of fans for his newer English-language version too. The appetite for Trump gags is high but it is starting to wear thin, Torres says.
  • NEBL Playoffs Fast Approaching As Teams Fight For Playoff Positions:
    Upcoming Games There are three weeks remaining in the NEBL regular season, as each game becomes even more critical, as teams are making their final playoff push. Below is the schedule for the upcoming games. Friday night at 9 p.m. - Cayo Western Ballaz at Belmopan Bandits Friday night at 9 p.m. - San Pedro Tiger Sharks at Belize City No Limit Saturday night at 8 p.m. - Smart Belize Hurricanes at Independence Thunderbolts Saturday night at 9 p.m. - San Pedro Tiger Sharks at Orange Walk Running Rebels Sunday at 1 p.m. - Independence Thunderbolts at Orange Walk Running Rebels.
  • United States to Donate $13 Million for Belize Law Enforcement:
    U. S. Ambassador to Belize H.E. Carlos Moreno and the Right Honorable Prime Minister Dean Barrow signed the 16th Amendment to the Letter of Agreement (LOA) implementing the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) program through the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) on April 7, 2016. The U.S. Government has provided over $35 million in programs and grants to Belize through the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) since 2008. Today’s agreement provides USD $6,450,000 in funding to be used for the following projects: Improved Border Inspection, Vetted Units, Capacity Enhancement, Justice Sector Reform, and Community Policing.
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Blogs

A Tropic Air Charter Over the Blue Hole of Belize: I’ve Been Waiting 9 Years for This!
Yesterday, I flew with Tropic Air over the Great Blue Hole of Belize. The flight I’ve been dreaming of for about 9 years…and even though I have had guest bloggers post about it and I have been there in person on a boat AND I’ve seen pictures of this world famous sinkhole thousands of times, it was even better than I imagined. It was one of those “bursting with love for the place you live” moments. It’s miraculous. And corny as it sounds, I have never seen some of the blues I saw from up there. I was thinking of trying to identify them…to give you the “Pantone perspective”. At the very least, I was looking for lots of different synonyms for the word blue. color-thesaurus-correct-names-blue-shades But Pantone (the premier color system in the world)? You’ve got nothing on Belize. AND the word “arctic” doesn’t quite fit. I don’t have much more…so let me show you through pictures. It was a beautiful day as the five of us headed out… We swooped over the island and the main reef. Our pilot gave us information on what we were seeing and where we were heading.

BELIZE'S WONDER WOMEN! Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow
Last month we announced that each month we will highlight individual stories of Belizean women from all parts of Belize doing their part to make this country great. To kickoff this campaign our first Belize Wonder Woman will be none other than Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow!!! Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, wife of the Prime Minister and Special Envoy for Women & Children. Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow is the wife of the Prime Minister of Belize, the Right Honorable Dean Barrow and Belize’s Special Envoy for Women and Children and Global Ambassador for Special Olympics since 2008 as well as the Founder and Director of the Lifeline Foundation, which raises thousands of dollars annually to aid disenfranchised children. Her two major projects as Special Envoy for Women and Children are a Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit constructed at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and The Inspiration Center which offers healthcare and therapy for children with disabilities.

Explore the Cayes of Belize on a stand-up paddleboard
If you stay current on hot recreation trends, you may already know that Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has become North America’s favorite new aquatic sport. This thrilling adventure isn’t just for surfer dudes with sun-bleached hair! Folks of all ages are learning and loving SUP, so if your bucket list includes learning and mastering this activity, you’ll need an idyllic environment like Belize’s sheltered lagoons and the turquoise waters surrounding the Southern Barrier Reef to accomplish your wish. Does age matter? Not a bit. They’ve taken seniors on SUP adventures and they have the times of their lives. Not up for anything that requires checking your health insurance to make sure accidents are covered? Don’t be silly. Norm Hann and his skilled staff never met a person they couldn’t train to paddle board safely and at any age, so expect to enjoy the ride of a lifetime and return home with stories sure to make friends and work colleagues envious.

I mean, who gets a whole private island for their birthday? (Hint: You’re looking at him)
Your first thought when you step off the boat and on to Blackadore Caye is “This can not be real.” It is like a Hollywood movie set for a tropical island adventure film. The coconut trees seem too perfectly spaced to be real. The ground beneath them too perfectly swept clean. The sand too white. The water on either side of this long, narrow caye shimmers in variants of teal, turquoise and aquamarine. The dry, cool wind sweeps so sweetly upon the skin, not a drop of perspiration survives. The cloud-dappled sky is a dreamy blue — azure color #007FFF, if you are into replicating sky colors from an RGB color wheel. I walk south along a gently etched trail, marveling in the stillness broken only by the rustle of palm fronds in the breeze and the lapping of water against a rough limestone retaining wall. The palm tree oasis yields abruptly to a wall of dense, razor-sharp grasses, with a wide fresh path carved down the middle, beckoning me to walk on. But in the tall grass the wind dies. The dense air suffocates and boils. It feels almost malevolent how quickly the island’s personality changes. Not many steps in I opt to retreat to the palm trees and the gentle breeze.

International Sourcesizz

Almost US$2 billion needed to end poor housing in Caribbean
Approximately US$1.8 billion would be needed to end poor housing conditions currently endured by 1 million residents in The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, according to a new Inter-American Development Bank report, The State of Housing in Six Caribbean Countries. The report, which analyzed the implementation of social housing programmes in the Caribbean from 2000 to 2015, underscores the importance of housing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the larger agenda in poverty alleviation, economic development, and climate resilience. Rapid urbanization has created a housing deficit in Caribbean, prompting a large share of the population to live in informal settlements that are disproportionately affected by landslides, flooding, and storm surges, the report says. Moreover, the absence of efficiently functioning land markets, inaccurate property registries, and land disputes have compounded the problem and slowed the pace of housing programmes. “Improving housing conditions in the Caribbean can have large impacts on poverty reduction, improving lives of a significant share of the population,’’ said Michael G. Donovan, IDB Senior Housing and Urban Development Specialist, one of the authors of the study.

Caribbean Examinations Council to introduce electronic testing
Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will soon allow students to take their examinations on a computer or electronic device. Announcing plans for a pilot later this month, CXC said the move towards electronic testing is in keeping with its commitment “to observe global quality standards in the delivery of examination services and deliver enhanced learner experiences through the consistent use of technology”. “Electronic testing will bring regional learners up to speed with worldwide test-taking practices and provide them with the flexibility to interact with images, video, audio and other resources during their examinations,” it explained. “CXC’s electronic testing format will adhere to world-class security standards which will guarantee the integrity of the test taking.”

Videos

  • Great Belize Cooking - Episode 6: Toledo (Chocolate & Cohune Cabbage), 60min. Great Belize Cooking is the newest show produced by Great Belize Television - Channel 5. It is a travelling showcase of the different cultural foods and ingredients used within communities throughout the country of Belize.

  • Moho Chocolate Bars from Belize: We try each others W/ Me, Gabe, Seth, and Mom, 6min. Today we try the Moho chocolate bars we made at the chocolate factory in Belize during our Western Caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Dawn.

  • BSI ASR WEEKLY CROP REVIEW 2016 - WEEK 18, 3min.

  • Rock jumping into the pools at Big Rock Falls, 1min. Enjoying Belize!!!

  • Child Aid Toledo, a Humana People to People project in Belize, 5min. Humana People to People Child Aid Toledo build capacity and improve the lives of people in Toledo via production of organic vegetables

  • Best Belize Snorkeling - amazing snorkeling, 6min. qmazing snorkeling I hope you Enjoy it !

  • Belize 2016, 3.5min.

  • Tropic Air Flight Belize City to Dangriga, 17.5min. Took a tropic Air flight in a Cessna 208 from Belize City to Dangriga in February on our way to Hopkins Belize.

  • Belize Bird Rescue: Our latest success story, Pelican Release, 2min. These Brown Pelicans came to us with perforated pouches and suffering from a heavy parasite load. One was banded and had come all the way all the way from North Carolina. After about 3 weeks of TLC they had made a full recovery and were anxious to get back to where they belong in the wild. Amanda Margraves and David Morrow transported them to a beach near Belize City where they eagerly flew off.

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