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Belize Food Tours – A Gastronomic Delight
Belize’s cuisine is so varied and delicious, that you could spend an entire week trying to taste every last bit at mealtime, and still would not finish. Imagine our tourists who are only here for a limited time, and probably want to dine at local eateries or renowned establishments to sample some of our delicacies. The chances of them eating both our national staple the Rice and Beans with stewed chicken are probably guaranteed. But what about the Rice and Beans with stewed gibnut…or the fish balls…or cane juice…let’s not forget the banana-leaf wrapped tamales and the rich black chirmole! Enter Belize Food Tours, a new venture run by enthusiastic and talented siblings Dora Paz-Guerra and Felipe Paz III. Hoping to capitalize on the wonderful treats being churned out day in and day out at the hands of gifted cooks, the siblings realized that visitors and locals alike may just want to taste test what’s on offer. On Saturday, May 28th, we were treated to the inaugural food tour, where our legs got a workout as we traipsed all over town core, feasting on some of the delicious treats they picked for us to try. The tour had been highly anticipated, as Dora and company had gone above and beyond to tease the grand start of her business with social media, and then their totally unique invitation: a brightly wrapped box of Belizean treats, complete with t-shirt and invitation card. How could we resist the call of a fellow foodie?!
Turtle Nesting season has begun
The annual turtle nesting season begins in May and runs through November, and with the 2016 Turtle Nesting Season officially commenced, biologists at the Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program went on a quest to discover turtle nests in Robles Point on Monday, May 9th. After the group’s first trip, there were no visible observations of turtle nests, but the group knew that turtles would soon start to lay their eggs. A second trip was made on Tuesday, May 20th, where the group discovered three loggerhead sea turtle nests; two in Basil Jones, and one in Rocky Point Beach. Marine life is synonymous to Ambergris Caye, and the three varieties of sea turtles: the Loggerhead, the Green turtle, and the Hawksbill, are all endangered species. When it’s time to lay eggs, sea turtles return to the sandy beaches in search of a well-protected nesting area. Depending on the species, a mature female turtle can lay from 70 to 190 eggs, and it takes a span of six to ten weeks for the hatchlings to emerge. After the eggs hatch, the young turtles must make their way the sea, in hopes of reaching maturity.
Linzy Williams Selected Miss Chiquitita 2016
Another ‘mini’ beauty queen has been crowned in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Linzy Williams won the title of Miss Chiquitita San Pedro over the weekend at the pageant held at the R Angel Nuñez Auditorium on Saturday, June 4, 2016.
A large and excited crowed witnessed the entertaining pageant that saw five young girls competing for the popular title of Miss Chiquitita. Carolina Salinas, Linzy Williams, Sandi Flores, Evelyn Pichola and Monique Garcia graced the stage in four segments of the pageant that included swimsuit, talent, career and evening wear all carefully looked over by the judges.
The night was filled with great entertainment by the San Pedro Dance Academy, Give It All Girls, Neslen Rivero, Ill Kid and Miss A.C.E.S 2016. The Pageant was hosted by Mr. Angel Nunez and Adrianne Hernandez. Outgoing Miss Chiquitita Killianie Sosa gave a dance presentation and farewell speech before crowing the new Miss Chiquitita Linzy Williams. Coming in second place was Monique Garcia and awards were given out to Miss Congeniality Carolina Salinas and Miss Photogenic Monique Garcia.
Misc Belizean Sources
Carlos Perrote and the Omolewa Osain Project
Get ready Caye Caulker for another wonderful event designed for the entire family. Support our music classes
Do you have questions about U.S. Social Security?
On Monday, June 13 the U.S. Embassy is hosting a Town Hall at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City from 12:30pm – 1:15pm. The Social Security experts from San Jose will be in Belize to answer all of your questions. This Town Hall is open to all U.S. citizens and anyone paying into U.S. Social Security OR receiving benefits from U.S. Social Security. You don’t have to be a U.S. citizen to attend! Please bring an I.D. Drinks will be available from the Biltmore for purchase.
Can’t make it to Belize City? We are holding the same Town Hall at the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday, June 14 from 11:00am – 11:45am. Don’t forget to bring an I.D.
Come get all of your U.S. Social Security questions answered!
Meet Miss Nicaragua!
The International Costa Maya Festival presents its first candidate vying for the title of Miss Costa Maya International.
The Miss Costa Maya International Pageant is scheduled for Thursday, August 4, 2016 at the Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex in San Pedro, Belize. The International Costa Maya Festival invites everyone to come out and support your favorite candidate from El Mundo Maya. Look out for the rest of the contestants from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, and Belize.
Two General Practitioners and Two Dialysis Nurses will go to Taiwan for Kidney Disease and Dialysis Training
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is pleased to announce that two general practitioners and two dialysis nurses from Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital will be dispatched through the 「Capacity Building Project for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Renal Failure in Belize」 and take a training program on kidney disease and dialysis, which will be taken place in Far Eastern Memorial Hospital located in New Taipei City during June 13th~August 12th , 2016.
According to the survey reveals, the prevalence rate of obesity in Belize is over 60%, and the hypertension and Diabetes mainly contribute directly to the development of chronic renal failure. The purpose of Renal Failure Prevention Project is to treat the patients at the early stage to prevent the exacerbation and effectively reduce the socio-economic cost of the whole society.
Site inspections and distributing pamphlets on the risks of Zika
Health Inspector, Mr. Harrison Patten, along with employees of the San Pedro Town Council were in the San Pedrito Area conducting site inspections and distributing pamphlets on the risks of Zika and ways to prevent an outbreak. This inspection is part of the Clean Up Campaign launched on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016.
Power interruptions today in Orange Walk and Corozal
Two 20 minute power interruptions 6:00am to 6:20am & 4:40pm to 5:00pm on Tuesday, June 7, Wednesday, June 8, & Thursday June 9: entire Orange Walk & Corozal Districts. BEL to replace transmission poles in the area.
Creole Drumming Workshop
The SISE House of Culture is having a 2 week Creole Drumming Workshop starting on July 25th. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 824-0783 for more information.
Graduating 2016 Rotary Scholars
Congratulations to the 2016 graduating Rotary scholars! Time for 6th form, and 2 of them are receiving scholarships for that. Thanks, Rotary!
"Our graduating high school scholars, from left the right, Tyra Tench, Mirna Coh, Ivan Hernandez, Dailyn Flores, Alberto Rodriguez and Jonathan Escobar. Mirna and Jonathan received the Paulita Bedran Memorial Scholarship for two years of tertiary education based on their high Grade Point Averages."
Flor de la Feria Presentation
The 50th Flor de le Feria first candidate presentation is next Saturday, June 18th, and the Cancha Marshalleck.
"IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN!
The first presentation of our 7 official candidates!
Come meet them on June 18th, 2016! Dance starts at 10 pm
Free Jello Shot till midnight!
Pre-sale tickets can be bought at the Benque Viejo Town Hall!
It's and event you can't miss!
Let it start, On the Road to the crown 2016!"
Beach Clean up in Dangriga
Harlem Beach Group in Collaboration with Pan American Development Foundation Held a Successful Beach Clean-up Activity. Other Partners Included Dangriga Town Council, Department of the Environment - DOE and the Dangriga Town Community.
Man Gets Double Life In Prison For Ruthless Murder
Guilty of double murder! That's what the judge said today for 44 year old Ervin Reneau - who was accused of killing 39 year old businessman David Longsworth and 42 year old security guard Edgar Ayala.
Forty-four year old Ervin Reneau, was given 2 life sentences today by Justice Adolph Lucas after he was found guilty of the murder of 39 year old businessman David Longsworth and 42 year old security guard Edgar Ayala.
In the trial without jury Justice Lucas was convinced by the case presented by prosecutors Shanice Lovell, Sherigne Rodriguez and Janelle Tillett. They presented evidence which showed that shortly after 6 p.m. on November 30, 2010, at Texaco Gas Station, located at mile 2 on the Northern Highway, Reneau arrived at the gas station in a taxi and shot Ayala, then Longsworth who was in his car with his wife and their 6 year old son.
John Jay, They Reminisce Over You
34 year old singer John Jay Rodriguez was slain on Friday night as he was hanging out at a local gaming shop in Dangriga. It is the second murder of the year in the culture capital, but this one has deeply wounded town residents because the victim, by all accounts, was a law abiding young man and an artist of promise. Emanuel Pech traveled south today and has the story.
34 year old John Jay Rodriguez, was a well-known, well-loved performer. He has released several hit songs, sang alongside local super stars like Supa G and Mika Evans, and has even appeared in a couple of national music competitions. But tonight all that promised is reduced to just another statistic: he was the victim of the second murder in Dangriga for this year.
"It all started with attempted robbery here at the Havana Club and Entertainment Centre. Reports are that sometime after 11 on Friday, 3 men entered the establishment planning to rob the proprietors. What happened next was the last thing anyone expected."
Remembering JJ With Music
Funeral arrangements are set for John Jay Rodriguez on Saturday, but the event that many of his friends and fans are looking forward to is the Tribute to John Jay, where his life as a performing artist will be remembered. The organizer of the event is his adopted brother and partner in music Lionel Thompson, better known as "Lyrical." Together the duo called themselves South Blaze. Now the only surviving member of South Blaze is trying to bring together as many local artists who knew John Jay, and honor him through music.
Lionel Lyrical Thompson - friend of deceased:
"The artists that are here in Dangriga, the musicians, the band members are going to meet at Slaughter House at 8 o'clock tonight to finalize everything. The artist that I spoke to in Belize City, all the artists that I was able to get in contact with, they already said 'we're coming down and we're going to represent'. For the artists that I didn't get in contact with, its open, you guys are free to come. Come and represent, shout out to the man, sing a couple songs, say something about him, you know how much he impacted you, the love that he spread so just come and give it back. Respect to my brother John Jay, rest in peace, I'll see you again but until then I have to be strong for you, your son and everybody else."
Champagne Paris Passes, Suicide Suspected
7News has confirmed that Porfilio Rodriguez, better known as the transgender individual who identified as Vanessa Champagne Paris, died on Saturday night at the Dangriga Hospital. At this time, police aren't so sure if Paris died of natural causes or if she drank poison and took her life.
That's the report that we've been receiving since morning, but what we know for certain is that she was rushed from Independence to the hospital in Dangriga after she started complaining about stomach pains. Police tell us that they've received that same report that she may have committed suicide, but to be certain, they will await the results of a post-mortem examination, which will take place tomorrow.
She was first thrust into the public spotlight after a mob of Belize City males cornered her on Vernon Street, near the Berger Field in April 2014. Those men chased and assaulted her for no reason, other than openly dressing as a transgender woman.
Law Student Accused of Contraband Smuggling
Today a law student got called before the court for a major contraband bust. Ronell Gonzalez was driving a Toyota Camry with taxi plates between miles 12 and 13 on the Northern Highway when he was intercepted at a customs checkpoint. Inside the trunk of the Camry, Customs found 59 bottles of assorted top shelf liquor, including Absolut Vodka, Captain Morgan, Myers Rum, Jack Daniels and others. Gonzalez was arrested along with his passenger Jermaine Macdougal. The 59 bottles have a combined value of 6,027 dollars - and usually offenders usually face a fine of three times the value. But, the law changed in April 2016, and the new law says that the minimum fine is now a flat twenty thousand dollars.
Today in court, Gonzalez - who is studying law - got a lecture from Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer about being a law student and misrepresenting himself as unemployed before the court. He and Macdougal pleaded not guilty and were offered bail of fifteen thousand dollars. But, Gonzalez owed the court a fine for a traffic offence, and because the cashier was closed, he was unable to meet bail and is remanded at the Queen Street police station tonight.
Cops Gone Clear
Back in February of 2013, Police Constables Phillip Swift and John Galvez were accused of stealing a City Councilor's wife's purse. But tonight, they're free of all charges after the Magistrate's Court found them not guilty and acquitted them.
According to the complainant, Carolee Samuels, wife of Dean Samuels, she dropped her purse in front of Oxygen Boutique on Freetown Road on November 16, 2012 at around 1:20 p.m. She said that 2 hours later, the police contacted her and told her that they recovered the purse. When they handed it over, she searched it and realized that $500 dollars cash, her identification cards, bank cards and other personal items were missing.
She reported the incident to the police and that's how these two Constables, Swift and Galvez ended up being charged 3 months later. Well, today, the criminal trial concluded against both men in the court room of Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith. She heard evidence from the prosecution, which included surveillance footage which purported to capture both men with the purse.
The PUP's June Swoon In The Sarstoon
On Friday night, we showed you how a PUP contingent sailed sweetly down the Sarstoon River and coasted around the Sarstoon Island easy as cheese. The always aggressive Guatemalan Navy didn't even bat an eyelash at Johnny Briceno and Company.
In brief, it was a an exceptional event - made even more pronounced because in the context of all the territorial theater that has unfolded on that same river. Tonight, we compare and contrast at all that went before and what went down on Friday:...
Daniel Ortiz reporting:
On Friday, The leadership of the People's United Party headed down to the Sarstoon River for their familiarization tour. And, when they arrived at the river mouth, they were greeted with courtesy from the BDF Soldiers at the Sarstoon Forward Operating Base.
Dialysis Nurses Take On Taiwan
4 Belizean medical professionals are heading to Taiwan next week for training in Kidney disease. Dr. Glenford Jones and Michelle Cassimiro from the KHMH, and Dr. Marvin Efrain Camal and Dieudonne Sah Tiemula from La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital are all leaving on June 13th to the Far Eastern Memorial Hospital in New Taipei City, Taiwan. This is all part of the "Renal Failure Prevention Project" which Belize and Taiwan signed onto in February of this year. In a press release sent today it states " The purpose of the project is to treat the patients at the early stage to… effectively reduce the socio-economic cost of the whole society." It also states that this program is very important because based on the statistics "the prevalence rate of obesity in Belize is over 60% and hypertension and Diabetes mainly contribute to the development of chronic renal failure." When these general practitioners and dialysis nurses return after the 2 month training, they will in turn train medical personnel in Belize. They all return on August 12th.
CODICADER Gave Green Light To Belize
On Friday delegates from 5 participating countries of CODICADER visited Belize for a pre-game site inspection. It was the last test for Belize as the host country for CODICADER. And the good news today is that we passed. The delegation went to Orange Walk on Friday where they visited the Complex building. Then they went to the Elementary School in Belize City, where the table tennis will be held. On Sunday they traveled to Belmopan where they visited the Isidoro Beaton Stadium and later that day, the delegation visited the Sacred Heart RC School in San Ignacio. At the end of the inspection all sites received an A level review except for the Complex building in Orange Walk, which received a B. The delegates wanted a few minor changes to the court and according to the National Sports Council they should have that in order in time for the games.
No Foul Play Suspected In Body Found At Caye
The body of an American male was found floating near the southern part of Ambergris Caye this afternoon. But, at this time police do not suspect foul play in the death of the 66 year old. Police say no signs of violence were found on the body. They are ruling it a sudden death and say his family explains that the deceased suffered from seizures.
Tearful Man Alleges Police Brutality, Robbery
Today Stann Creek resident Jeffry Young came to our studio, both frustrated and angry. He told us that he had been to all of the major Belize City police Stations to complain that 2 cops robbed him of $700 last night, but his report was falling on deaf ears.
He claims that his hard earned cash, which he intended to use to help his sick mother, was taken from him by two on-duty police officers who searched him. He admits to being under the influence of alcohol, which is probably what drew the attention of the police. But, the search that happened afterwards, according to him, turned into a robbery by the men sworn to uphold the law. Here's how he described it:
Jeffry Young, Claims Police Misbehavior:
"I live by George Town areas and I left there because I came to assist my mother here in Belize City. She has the disease where the white and red cells feed on each other. So when I came back home now, I checked a net out at Foreshore, fixed a bicycle where I made $700. The police took my money from me in front of Bliss last night at 10:30..."
BTL Will Appeal Mek Mi Rich Judgment
Viewers will remember the very explosive case in which Corozal Businessman Curtis Swasey won against BTL and Mek Mi Rich Directors, Sunjay Hotchandani and Andre Vega, the son of outgoing Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega. Justice Courtney Abel ruled that BTL gave Swasey's idea of lottery texting away to the owners of Mek Mi Rich, and they profited at his expense.
Well, 7News has learned that BTL has filed an appeal against Justice Abel's decision about 3 and a half weeks ago. The grounds of appeal that BTL's attorneys intend to submit are that the trial judged erred in law when he found that Swasey had a proprietary right over the concept of SMS lottery texting. BTL contends that the judge failed to, quote, "take into account the overwhelming evidence that the… concept was in the public domain and that the appellant and MMR were already aware of it." End quote. As viewers will remember, a major point for BTL was that this concept was in existence in the US years before Swasey approached them to partner in his game in Belize.
Remembering Ali in Belize, 1965
It seems tonight that the whole world is mourning Muhammad Ali - who passed away on Friday after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. The 74 year old inspired so many fight fans and non fight fans all across the world as one of the first trual global sports icons. But a part of his history is also in Belize - he came her in 1965 for an exhibition at the Palace theater and Santino Castillo remembers it well:...
Santiago Castillo, Jr., Mohammed Ali Fan:
"Mohammed Ali came to Belize in July of 1965. He didn't box anyone in Belize, he brought down a sparring partner and his name was Cody Jones. He did some performances at the Palace Theatre where a professional ring was set up, they had ring-side tickets and everyone just crowded to see Mohammed Ali in action at the Palace theatre where he did the shuffle and showed how fast his hands were. Basically that's all it was, an exhibition. I was 9 years old and at ring-side both nights.
Vanessa Champagne Paris Dead at Twenty-one
Twenty-one-year-old transgender woman, Vanessa Champagne Paris, died over the weekend at the Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga. Born Porfelio Rodriguez, he would assume the name and personality of a woman, [...]
Was it Food Poisoning or Suicide?
For LGBT activist Caleb Orozco, only the results of a post-mortem examination will provide some reasonable clarity, but the death in itself highlights what was Vanessa Champagne Paris’ very difficult [...]
LGBT Activist Remembers Champagne Paris
Vanessa Champagne Paris, a member of the transgender community, first came to Orozco’s attention in April 2014 after she was badly beaten by an angry mob in Belize City. It’s [...]
Ervin Reneau Gets Life in Prison for Double Murder
A decision was handed down in the case of forty-five year old Ervin Reneau, accused of the double murder of Edgar Ayala and David Longsworth, the son of well-known businessman, [...]
Well-known Belizean Artist John Jay is Killed in Dangriga
There was another death in the south. A sixteen year old minor is currently detained by Dangriga police for Friday night’s murder of a well known artist in the culture [...]
Gapi Turns Up the Heat on Guatemala at ACS Summit
This weekend, Cuba was the venue for the Association of Caribbean States’ seventh Summit of Heads of State and Government. Belize was represented by Gaspar Vega in his last official [...]
President Jimmy Morales Responds
Guatemala was also represented at the seventh Summit in Cuba, by President Jimmy Morales and Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales. Not surprisingly, the president didn’t take kindly to the address [...]
Salvadoran National Remanded for Sexual Assault of Minor
Earlier we told you about the sentencing of Ervin Reneau for the double murder of David Longworth and Edgar Ayala. But in the lower court, a forty-year-old Salvadoran national, who [...]
Cops Acquitted of Theft of Wallet Four Years Later
The Chief Magistrate also heard the case against two cops: Phillip Swift and John Galvez were charged for theft of a wallet with five hundred dollars and personal items belonging [...]
Chamber of Commerce Weighs in on Dismal IMF Report
The International Monetary Fund, IMF, issued its Article Four Consultation Report last week and the economy outlook is dismal. The report speaks to a decelerating economy amid increasing external vulnerabilities [...]
Police Ramp Up Security at Village Council Elections
Village Council elections are presently being held across the country and both political parties are fielding slates in the respective rural communities. While the Village Council Elections are not supposed [...]
Belizean and Guatemalan Athletes Run for Peace
While diplomats and high-level representatives from both Belize and Guatemala try to forge some sort of acceptable accord between countries, there are other initiatives to do the same on other [...]
World’s Greatest Boxer Mohammad Ali Dead at 74
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali – died over the weekend. Ali was at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona where he died on Friday. Considered one of the world’s greatest sporting figures, [...]
Sports Monday: Interoffice Basketball Competition Kicks Off
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. The 2016 Interoffice Basketball Competition presented under the Belize District Basketball Association roared into action Friday night with 2 [...]
Round One Of Village Council Elections Takes Place
Over the weekend, Village Council Elections were held in forty three villages from across the country with a total of three hundred one vacant seats. Of these available seats, there were forty three posts for chairpersons and two hundred fifty eight seats for councillors. Here in the Orange Walk District, elections were held in five villages namely, Santa Cruz, San Antonio, Tower Hill, Trinidad and San Lazaro. In the villages of Trinidad, Tower Hill and San Antonio, the United Democratic Party won all seats while in the village of San Lazaro, a split council was elected in which the People’s United Party won the post of chairperson along with two posts for councillors while the UDP won the remaining four seats. In the village of Santa Cruz, the UDP acquired majority of the seats while the PUP managed to attain only one. As for the Corozal District unconfirmed reports are the PUP won full councils in San Joaquin and Ranchito, both considered party strongholds, and split the council in their favour in Calcutta.
Two Belizeans To Receive Training On Kidney Disease And Dialysis
As part of the 2.2 million dollars project for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Renal Failure funded by the Taiwanese Government, two general practitioners and two dialysis nurses from Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital have been awarded the privilege of receiving a training program on kidney disease and dialysis, which will take place in Far Eastern Memorial Hospital located in New Taipei City during June 13th~August 12th, 2016.
The 2-month training program was designed for general practitioners, and focuses on general kidney disease diagnosis, therapy and dialysis; while the training program for dialysis nurses focuses on care and quality management of hemodialysis. After receiving pertinent training these individuals will be the seed instructors to have a local training program for Belizean medical personnel in the future.
DPM Seeks Assistance For Belize At Summit At Havana Cuba
Over the weekend Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega along with Foreign Minister Hon. Wilfred Elrington represented Belize at the 7th summit of the Association of Caribbean States held in Havana, Cuba. The two day summit surrounded the subject of the crisis that is currently being faced by Venezuela among other issues.
Although no official report has been issued by the Government of Belize as to what transpired at the conference, it is being reported by international news outlets that during his address at the summit Minister Gaspar Vega took the opportunity to address the "existential threat" to Belize's sovereignty that has come as a result of recent tensions between Belize and Guatemala and the annexation of the Sarstoon. Minister Vega also added that Guatemala’s claim is a violation of the Cumbre de la Comunidad de Estados LatinoAmericanos (CELAC) agreement.