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#518572 - 10/28/16 11:19 AM Today's Belize News: October 28, 2016
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The San Pedro Sun

Projects Abroad hosts Health Fair
In an effort to promote good health, Projects Abroad hosted a successful health fair at the San Pedro Lions Den on Saturday, October 22nd. The general public was invited to take advantage of an array of free, high quality health services, including, but not limited to: breast exams, lice checks, glucose and blood pressure testing, HIV/AIDS testing, eye exams, brushing and flossing demonstrations, drug information and counseling, and information on how to avoid Zika. More than 100 people came out to visit the various health organizations. From 9AM onwards, locals and visitors went from table to table until their screenings were done. The most common ailment, high blood pressure (hypertension), was screened by a public health volunteer and nurses from the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II. The Diabetes Association and the Kidney Association both came from Belize City to perform glucose testing, and kidney checks. Rapid HIV/AIDS tests were done courtesy of Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT).

Jason Gillett gunned down at sunset
A family from the San Mateo Sub-Division north of San Pedro Town is grappling for answers after the loss of their loved one. 30- year-old Jason Gillett was gunned down by an unknown assailant just after 6PM on Wednesday, October 26th near a church at the entrance of the said sub-division. Police immediately visited the area where they observed the lifeless body of Gillett. He was then transported to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His body has been taken to Belize City where a post mortem is scheduled.

Blackadore Caye’s multi-million dollar project is approved
After two heated public consultations and a media familiarization trip geared at explaining the proposed multimillion dollar eco-friendly resort development at Blackadore Caye near Ambergris Caye, the project has finally been approved. The massive project, spearheaded by mega-star Leonardo DiCaprio and former Wall Street Banker Paul Scialla, received negative feedback from conservationist, tourism stakeholders and local fishermen, especially regarding the planned over-water structures. With the Government of Belize’s green-light, the project’s ground-breaking is set for 2017. On Tuesday, October 25th via a press release, the Blackadore team announced that following a review of the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), the Belize Department of the Environment (DOE) gave them approval for the construction of the Blackadore Caye Project. During a presentation that same day, the team announced the final development plans for the project. The final master plan has completely changed compared to its original design, which included over-the-water structures. Such structures had caused concern to residents and organizations on Ambergris Caye. The final draft of the project now includes the removal of all overwater buildings, putting an end to the fear of disturbance to the marine life around the island.

Two months later, PM Barrow reshuffles Cabinet again
The office of Prime Minister Dean Barrow issued a release on Saturday, October 19th announcing yet another reconfiguration in his Cabinet. The new reshuffling came just two days after former Deputy Prime Minister and Orange Walk North Area Representative Honourable Gaspar Vega resigned from Cabinet. It also coincided with the end of an 11-day countrywide strike by teachers who had been demanding good governance from the Government. The new Cabinet configuration saw the removal of Senator and Minister Honourable Godwin Hulse from being in charge of the Police Ministry. His removal comes a little over a month from when the first Cabinet reshuffle happened on August 1st. Prime Minister Barrow has appointed himself as the new Minister of Police, along with his current portfolio in the Ministry of Finance.

Oceana’s moratorium on offshore oil exploration discussed in Cabinet
As Honorable Manuel Heredia had indicated, Cabinet discussed Oceana’s draft offshore drilling moratorium entitled “Clean Ocean, Safe Tourism” on Tuesday, October 25th. At the request of the Prime Minister, Oceana prepared a draft legislation by their attorneys following statements to the national media in May 2015. Oceana, along with many organizations, received confirmation of the reason GOB wanted to conduct these surveys. According to the GOB, they were only trying to collect data to inform its position on offshore oil, especially in light of conditions, such as a cost benefit analysis. However, Oceana disagrees and stated otherwise. “The Government was going to get a copy of the raw data and the agreed processed reports. The company, TGS, having expended approximately 6 million Belize dollars for both surveys, was going to sell the data to recover its money.”

Police Report
*On Monday, October 24th at around 1:30AM, San Pedro Police stopped and searched Forest Green. He was found in the possession of one silver 0.9mm pistol and four 0.9mm live rounds. He was subsequently arrested and charged for the crime of “Kept Unlicensed Firearm and Ammunition”. *On Tuesday, October 25th at around 9:45AM, action on Special Branch information a joint team of San Pedro Special Branch and Criminal Investigation Branch personnel intercepted a parcel containing 124.7 grams of suspected Cannabis at the Thunderbolt Dock. The parcel was labelled and deposited as “Found Property”.

Ambergris Today

Forest Department and The Belize Zoo Join to Promote Wildlife Conservation
The MoU, which spans a period of five (5) years, officially permits the Belize Zoo to receive wildlife for rehabilitation, display native wildlife species and conduct public education. The binding agreement calls for the Belize Zoo to develop its five-year management and contingency plans, establish a rehabilitation center, submit operational and inventory reports and collaborate with the Forest Department to share expertise. Both parties recognized that one of the most important components of the MoU is the collaborative partnership in public education, whereby both parties will seek to increase public awareness and appreciation for wildlife as an important part of the Belize’s cultural and ecological landscapes.

Asia Gilharry to Represent Belize at Miss Divali Nagar Queen
Under the patronage of the Corozal Organization of East Indian Cultural Heritage (COEICH), Miss Asia Gilharry was crowned Miss East Indian, Belize 2016 – 2017 by outgoing Miss East Indian queen, Miss Namita Balani. She will be representing Belize in the upcoming Miss Divali Nagar Queen Pageant hosted by the National Council of Indian Culture in Trinidad and Tobago on October 27, 2016. Asia is a fourth form student at the Corozal Community College where she is majoring in Academic Sciences. Asia has been an active member of the COEICH organization and has participated in leading roles in traditional Indian dances during cultural festivals and pageants. She is now a Belizean Beauty and Cultural Ambassador who believes in the retrieval of the East Indian culture before it is completely lost.

Pic of the Week - Happy Dolphins Make for Happy Diving in Belize
It doesn't matter how many times you've seen one or if you've seen one at all, the moment your eyes catch a glimpse of a dolphin your heart rate goes up and so does you happiness level. These mammals are a precious part of our unique marine environment and it is our duty to love and protect them. Continue saying NO to offshore exploration in Belize by sharing beautiful images such as this and creating awareness of what is at risk.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Halloween Events in San Pedro
Here are the upcoming fun Halloween events this week~ Thurs. & Fri. 6-9pm Haunted House at Wayo's, Benefits Food Bank, Hope Haven, Kid's Club & Literacy Program Fri. 7pm Trivia for Red Cross at Crazy Canuck's~ dress in costume to support Red Cross Sat. 9pm- 4am Holiday Hotel Halloween Party $15. (They say no charge if your costume is good enough!) Sunday 11am Saga Halloween Party ~ dress your pup up!! Mon. 5pm-9pm Black Orchid 5th Annual Halloween Social ~ for kids & adults Candy for the kids, drink specials for adults in costume, or come as you are, but be there or be square!!!

Arenal Volleyball court help needed
Hey Arenalen@s – I did not yet give up on the volleyball court – if you would only understand that we can move things only if we work together – TOGETHER!!! Do you remember- this year we did not have a dance on Independence Day – that’s very sad and is a result because we do not really care. But it takes some quality of village life from us! So let me try again for the volleyball court: I need 3 or 4 people to cut 2 poles for the net: Both pols should be approximately 12 feet long. So: Who’s going to be part of this? So there’s no sand from the river – just an ordinary court but we NEED 2 poles. Who’s going to help? Let's do it NOW!

SBDCBelize to hold Startup Bootcamp along with Caribbean Climate Innovation Center
Caribbean GreenTech Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour weekend event, during which potential entrepreneurs will be empowered with the skills and tools relevant to start up a sustainable business focusing on clean technology solutions to impact climate change. Benefits: What should you expect? An intensive 54 hour weekend that will change everything Mentorship, access to experts, and an opportunity to get funded Dates: Friday, November 11, 2016 – Sunday, November 13, 2016 Location: BTEC Office, ITVET Compound, Freetown Road, Belize City

Open Mic Night in Orange Walk!
Friday Night Oct. 30 Queen Elizabeth Park, 7-10pm. At the house of culture in Orange Walk.... 1000$ cash!

Raymond Rivers & supporters following a meeting with ACP Chester Williams
Rivers presented himself today at the Raccoon St Police Station on the request of the Police. According to ACP Williams, Rivers has been making threatening Facebook posts. Rivers told the media today that a threat has been made on his life.

Belikin Calendar 2017 Launch Party
November 26. Stone Grill & Bar, 7pm

Power Outage for the entire Corozal District, Saturday, October 29th - 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
BEL to replace a pole on the transmission system, replace low voltage arresters and replace a substation transformer.

Finados Honoring Mrs. Elena Awe
The SISE House of Culture is having Finados next Tuesday, November 1st, in honor of Mrs. Elena Awe. They start and 9:30am, and they'll have traditional food and drink.

Welcome to Belize, Sister Reverend!
The visit of the Pallottine Sisters in Benque is always great especially when the Reverend Sister Isabella from Rome visits Benque, it is a must to take a historical picture at the very entrance!

The national conversation on offshore oil continues and we want to hear from YOU!
The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage is hosting conversations to meaningfully engage with the Belizeans on the latest developments on offshore oil exploration. See you there! The Belize City meeting has been postponed to Tuesday November 1st in order to accommodate more active participation from additional members of the community. Time: 6:30 pm, Tuesday, November 1st. Place: Pallotti Auditorium The national conversation on offshore oil continues and we want to hear from YOU!

Highlights of International Archaeology Day 2016
The Institute of Archaeology would like to thank all those who came out to help us celebrate International Archaeology Day on October 14. We all had a blast at Cahal Pech. We would especially like to thank those who provided any assistance in making the day a success.

Dia de los Muertos
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, combines Catholicism's All Saints and All Souls Days with ancient Aztec rituals. The result is both festive and freaky.

Captain Morgan's Free Halloween Party
Captain Morgan's Casino, 8pm. As always HUGE cash prizes and giveaways. Karoake Finals! No entrance fee. Free drinks for players. Raffles! Open until 2AM - great afterparty spot!

Convictions: Supplies Control (Prices) Regulations
Government of Belize Press Office

Highlights of International Archaeology Day 2016
NICH got some really happy pictures from the Archaeological Day at Cahal Pech. "The Institute of Archaeology would like to thank all those who came out to help us celebrate International Archaeology Day on October 14. We all had a blast at Cahal Pech. We would especially like to thank those who provided any assistance in making the day a success. Please feel free to tag and share your photos!"

BELIZE'S FOOTBALL GREATNESS: YOU NAME THEM! (PART 2))
It continues to baffle me as a Belizean sport enthusiast as to why Belize didn't had a national football team that went to the World Cup in the 1960's and 70's knowing the incredible amount of football talent it had across the length and breath of that country. In speaking recently with one of the legendary Belizean defensive football players recently here in Los Angeles, California, Russell Hulse, about Belizean football and how the game was able to develop men of incredible character countrywide, it urged me to produce this photo essay and expose about who were these dynamic Belizean footballers? Those magnificent Belizean football players that played against each other in some of the most electrifying matches that brought Belizeans across Belize in large numbers to enjoy and see them. In the 1960's, 70's, and 80's, Belize was all "Football", that is, what the Americans called "Soccer". And Belizeans traverse across the country of Belize to see teams like Queens Park Rangers, Avengers, Spurs, White Label, and many more awesome teams do their play by play action for the Belizean football fans. If Belizeans want to get a pulse of what this period of football greatness was all about they have to read the book, "Sports, Sin & Subversion" by Evan X Hyde. This photo essay comes through the courtesy of that noteworthy Belizean book, and through the kind courtesy of the author and publisher of Belize largest newspaper "Amandala" Evan X Hyde, who has always been urging me to produce something outstanding on Belizean football greatness.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
As per tradition, Best Dressed Costume for the 7 O'clock and 9 O'clock will win a free movie pass for a year (2 Available). Paradise Theater playing this weekend: Finding Dory, Southbound, Army of One, Friend Request.

Channel 7

Two Year Old Perishes In Fire
Last night, we told you about the fire on Hunters Lane in which a baby is believed to have lit a mattress on fire. Luckily, no one was hurt, and the fire was contained to only one room. Well tonight another family is not so fortunate. In fact, they are in the throes of grief after their house in the Conch Shell Bay area was completely destroyed by fire. The worst part is that a 2 year-old baby perished in the blaze, while her mother watched helplessly. Our news team was on the scene, and we found the family on a day of unthinkable, unspeakable loss. Here's the story: Daniel Ortiz reporting: Pain, rage, grief, and frustration… these were but some of the reactions that family members and friends had in plain view when they confirmed that 2 year-old Kaylee Alavarez had been killed. She was the victim a blaze which destroyed her mother's house.

"Gaza" Man Murdered On San Pedro
Last night we told you about the fatal shooting of convicted prisoner Juan Carlos Martinez on San Pedro. Well, another man was killed on the island last night, but it wasn't police pulling the trigger. 30 year old Jason Gillett also known as "Skilla" was shot and killed in the San Mateo area on San Pedro. Gillett was originally from Belize City and moved to San Pedro 4 years ago with his common law wife. When we spoke to San Pedro police via phone they told us they are still gathering their information in this case. Supt. Sandra Bodden, OC - San Pedro Police: "Last night between 6:20pm and 6:30pm, police responded of information of shots being fired in the San Mateo area of San Pedro Town. Upon arriving at the location, they saw the lifeless body of one Jason Gillett. He was lying in the middle of the street apparently dead. He had received several gunshots wounds to the upper part of his body. So far police has been following up on some information. We have no viable leads at this time so far."

Mexican Navy Swoops In To The Aid
28 year old Daniel Arzu Jr. is in Mexico City tonight receiving treatment. He is the Petty Officer 3rd Class in the Coast Guard who was shot to the head on Monday at his girlfriend's Penn Road apartment. As we told you, he underwent surgery at the KHMH and was in an induced coma. But the doctors told the family that there is hope for Arzu because the bullet did not do much damage to the brain. Well to make sure that Arzu gets all the treatment he needs to recover the Captain of the Mexican Navy Carlos Aceves and his team came to Belize to take Arzu for further treatment in Mexico. As Arzu was being carried into the BERT ambulance, his family and friends were nearby snapping pictures, all hopeful that Arzu will make it. He was then driven to the airport and transferred to the Mexican Navy's air ambulance. The plane took off at 12:26 this afternoon. Arzu will be taken to El Hospital Naval General de Alta Especialidad in Mexico City. Arzu's father told us he is traveling to Mexico with his son and believes his son is improving.

Teachers Will Get Paid, But Differences With Minister Persists
When teachers go the bank tomorrow, they will find their full pay in their accounts, even those who participated in the 11-day strike. But, come next month, it is uncertain if those strike teachers will get their full pay. That's when the deductions for those lost school days are scheduled to take place, and right now, the BNTU and the Ministry are trying to work out a resolution to ensure that no one's pay is docked. The problem is that the Minister and the Union can't even agree on how they will meet to even discuss this. The Union wants its entire 25 member Council of Management to participate in the union, but the Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, thinks that 5 members are enough. Neither is giving any ground. The rift between the two sides is so great that both are questioning the other's motives. On the Ministry's side, this insistence on a full 25 member BNTU national executive is being interpreted as a tactic to frustrate the dialog. On the Union's side, they suspect that Faber wants to blindside them with proposals that they aren't able to accept, and, so they want the full participation of the Committee of Management.

MIT Officers Says Acevedo Mis-spoke
On Monday you heard the story from businessman and importer Raul Acevedo. He claims police officers from the Mobile Interdiction Team shook him down after the caught him with uncustomed goods. He says he gave them two thousand dollars in Mexican currency, which amounts to sixteen thousand pesos. We couldn't get much of a comment from the M-I-T at the time, but today their attorney called us. Dolores Balderamos Garcia is representing five of the officers and she says that Acevedo lied when he says the cops asked for a bribe:... Dolores Balderamos-Garcia, Attorney: "My clear and unequivocal instruction is that the businessman is lying through his teeth. I am instructed by 5 officers; a corporal and 4 PCs in the MIT and they have given me a straight up account that there is absolutely no such thing as them soliciting or receiving anything."

Eight Years For Hemmans
In May of 2012, Gareth Hemmans Jr. and Miguel Zaiden had a fight over a woman. After the initial altercation ended, Hemmans left and returned with a machete, which he used to chop Zaiden four times in the arms and elbow. Hemmans, who has no previous convictions, appeared in the Magistrate's Court last week Tuesday for a trial without jury, where he was convicted for attempted murder. During the trial, Zaiden was noted as an unfavorable witness because he was unable to identify Hemmans as the person who injured him, while Hemmans had an alibi. However, due the fact that he seemed to have no remorse, Justice Adolph Lucas decided to sentence Hemmans to eight years in prison.

Fines For Price Control Violators
Controlled prices, they are put in place to protect the most needy on basic food items. But, many unscrupulous storeowners still gouge consumers on these basic items such as rice and sugar. The practice is widespread, and the Bureau of Standards ahs the job of cracking down on it. Today the bureau reported that three businesses that have been prosecuted and charged for violating price controls. Super 1 Center in Bella Vista Village was charged $500 for selling controlled goods for a higher than regulated price. Placencia's Placencia Store and Dong Lee Store in Hopkins were charged $250 and $500 respectively for not marking the price of controlled goods, likely so that they could sell them for a higher price at the register.

BEL Sends Linesmen To Assist In Bahamas Hurricane Recovery
Almost a month ago today Hurricane Matthew, one of the most powerful storms in the last decade, formed and went on to tear through the Caribbean. The Bahamas was one of the hardest hit, its 700 islands taking a straight hit from the storm as a category three and four. The Bahamas Power and Light Company reported that 80% of their customers lost power as a result of damages sustained to their electrical power network. The BPL contacted the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation, an association of electric utility providers from around the Caribbean, for help. CARILEC then mobilized a team of 35 linemen from 7 of its member countries, including Jamaica, Barbados and Belize.

Southside Commander Cautions Activist For Social Media Threats
FACEBOOK - it's a social media designed for keeping in contact with friends, but its also become platform for anyone with an agenda to get their message out - without going through traditional media. For activist and agitator Raymond Rivers, that has meant some very extreme posts - making all kinds of outlandish claims and calls. And it caught the attention of the southside commander Chester Williams - who uses facebook to get his own message out, but also to track social media banter that could lead to real world violence. And that's why Rivers caught the southside commander's attention. In one of his more extreme posts, he talks about taking over the airport, swarming the Prime Minister's home, occupying Albert Street, destroying gas stations, and locking down the port. Williams called in Rivers today - who pulled up with a COLA entourage. President Geovanni Brackett said he'd been at a safe house:...

Rivers Says Willoughby Threatened Him
And yes, you heard right - they said a municipal politician has put out a hit on Rivers. Here's how Rivers explained it:... Jules Vasquez, 7News: "You said there is a hit on you. Is that for real?" Raymond Rivers, Facebook agitator: "Well it is for real, because last 2 weeks Mr. Willoughby sent a young man to my house on Antelope Street to tell me to cool it down and left Mr. Willoughby alone. But he came from another big gang leader member in this country. The big gang leader sent him and Mr. Willoughby sent that one. So it's like that. But all of them are my friends. I am from the Southside." We spoke to Willoughby today and he told us he didn't send anyone to threaten Rivers or any such thing. He said that he's the one who's actually been threatened by Rivers, both in public and through private message on facebook. Willoughby did take it very seriously and made a police statement, backed up by a letter from his attorney directly to Rivers - both in early October. The letter tells Rivers to cease and desist form harassing Willoughby verbally and refrain form contacting him via social media.

"Gwaff," With Caution
And while the Facebook plots swirl, one of River's associates is more circumspect about facebook wars. Fitzharris Howard says he doesn't support violence:... Reporter: "I am asking for a comment in relation to what your fellow colleague activists has posted on his social media page, in a sense inciting violence. Do you support such posts that he has made?" Fitzharris Howard, COLA Supporter: "Well I don't support violence. We don't support violence. But I believe that everybody have the right to post whatever it is that they want to post on their Facebook page." Reporter: "Can you make a threat against someone on social media?" Fitzharris Howard, COLA Supporter: "I think you shouldn't..."

Who Are SB's Men In Black?
But Howard has his own story of harassment. He's been a very visible and active member of COLA recently, at the frontline of many of their protest actions. And it seems that singled him out for arrest by a little known police unit. We call them "The Men in Black" - who we know to be an arm of Special Branch Headquarters in Belmopan. Seems they came all the way to Belize City to arrest Howard for a weed roach:... Howard pleaded guilty for marijuana possession and was fined 205 dollars.

Coming Up On COPA
Next year the Belize National Football team will be off to Panama to participate in the 2017 COPA Centroamericana tournament, or Nation's Cup. Belize has been selected as a part of Group A, and will face off against Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The top four teams in the tournament will move on to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, while the fifth place team will enter the Caribbean Cup for a second chance at qualifying. Belize's last performance in the COPA Centroamericana tournament was less than ideal, placing 7th out of 7 in 2014. Since then, the team has been restructured, and new members have been added to the roster. The tournament will take place next January.

Channel 5

A Toddler’s Tragic Death In House Fire At Conch Shell Bay
Tragedy in Conch Shell Bay as another minor loses her life in a midday fire.  It is the third such incident involving children for the month of October.  This afternoon, [...]

Fire Service Issues Warning Following Multiple Deaths In Several Weeks
On Wednesday afternoon, a fire gutted the bedroom of an elevated wooden structure on Hunters Lane.  According to Carla Jimenez, she left her son and his father at home around [...]

Jason Gillett Is Latest Murder Victim On Ambergris Caye
Our news crew was back on the island of Ambergris Caye today, following another fatal shooting in the San Mateo area of San Pedro Town. Around six-thirty on Wednesday night, [...]

Teacher’s Union Sticks To Guns: No Ministry Interference
Will Minister of Education and Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber get to meet with the Belize National Teachers’ Union on Friday? The answer depends on the outcome of a prior [...]

B.N.T.U. President Says Precedent Set For Full Council Of Management To Meet Gov’t.
The Union also cites previous instances when both the Prime Minister and Minister of Education have met with the Council of Management as its basis for explaining why the Council [...]

Hands Off The Strike Fund!
The Strike Fund – it has become the latest tug-of-war between the Ministry of Education and the Belize National Teachers’ Union. The Union has maintained that its Fund is established [...]

Will School Managements Side With Teachers?
The Belize National Teachers’ Union is hoping to find an ally in the various school managing authorities. A meeting between them was scheduled for Monday of this week but it [...]

Trick Or Treat? Another Demonstration For B.N.T.U. On Halloween Saturday
The rally scheduled in Belize City for Saturday, October twenty-ninth, was intended to be a “thank-you” event in recognition of those who assisted the Belize National Teachers’ Union in their [...]

Stricken Coast Guard Officer Gets Medical Boost From Mexico
Coast Guard officer Daniel Arzu Junior was shot to the head on Monday evening in Belize City. He was attacked while visiting his child’s mother on Neal Pen Road, though [...]

Unapologetic Raymond Rivers Meets With Police; City Councilor Claims He Threatened Him
On Wednesday night, you heard ACP Chester Williams say that he wanted to meet with local activist Raymond Rivers. Police were looking for Rivers because of some threatening Facebook posts [...]

Fitz Howard Complains Of Police Harassment
There’s another activist who believes that he is being targeted. Fitz Harris Howard, an associate of Raymond Rivers, says he was at his home on Iguana Street on October twentieth [...]

Cop Acquitted Of Extortion
Thirty-one year old Constable Amir Moh of San Jose Palmar, Orange Walk District, was caught up in allegations of extortion of a medical technician, forty-eight-year-old Alexander Tate. As reported at [...]

F.I.U. Subjects Belize To National Risk Assessment For Money Laundering
The FIU signed a memorandum of understanding with the Income Tax Department on Wednesday. As we told you, it is to facilitate the share of information across the two entities [...]

Wanted: “Clean, Green” Businesses For Start-Up With SBDC
The Small Business Development Center, a division of the Belize Trade and Investment Service, last year pioneered the “Startup Weekend” as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. It was intended to [...]

The Meet And Greet Is Back Following Hiatus
If you haven’t seen any Police meet and greets in your area in recent weeks, don’t worry the community policy programme hasn’t been cut. As a matter of fact, it [...]

BELAIFA Collects Food For Charitable Causes
Every year around this time, the Belize Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors would hold a food drive and the proceeds are handed over to the Liberty Children’s Home in [...]

Healthy Living Examines Men And Breast Cancer
Tonight on Healthy Living, we continue with the breast cancer awareness as a part of breast cancer awareness month. Except….the next segment is geared towards men. Yes! Men can get [...]


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Will BNTU Meet With DPM?
There are pending discussions between the Belize National Teachers’ Union and the Minister of Education Patrick Faber about salary deductions for the teachers who participated in the 11 day of strike. The meeting to discuss these deductions, scheduled to be docked in the November pay check has been set for 11:30 tomorrow between the two parties. The BNTU’s Council of Management is set to meet before that meeting at 9:30 where they will decide if they will proceed with the meeting based on the conditions set by the Education Minister. Luke Palacio – President of the Belize Teacher’s Union: “Indeed the Minister had requested a meeting and there has been a number of exchanges via correspondences in which we have indicated to the minister that the council of management is the second highest authority of the BNTU and that any such meeting would have to be with members of our council and so yesterday in the media when he indicated that he had suggested or is recommending to the BNTU that having 25 persons at a meeting would be counterproductive we do not agree...”

Teacher's Rally Turns To Demonstration
As previously reported, the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) had scheduled a support rally for last Saturday but it was postponed until this coming Saturday, October 29th. The news tonight is that the rally has turned into a demonstration based on the back and forth between the Union and the Ministry of Education which insists that Government will not pay school managements the contributions for striking teachers’ salaries. Luke Palacio – President of the Belize Teacher’s Union: “On Saturday we are having a national demonstration and rally here in Belize City and one of course to thank those individuals groups and organizations that gave us tremendous support during our strike action and again to the public to help us to call for the government that the teachers deserve to get their salaries so this is an invitation to the public...”

CHOC Promotes Maya Mestizo Culture
Western culture has named October 31 as Halloween Day, but in the northern Belize Mestizo/Mayan culture, that day is part of a different type of celebration in which the dearly departed are remembered. To highlight that aspect of Mayan tradition, this weekend the House of Culture in Corozal will be holding “Hanal Pixan” an event which will focus on the foods that become a sacred link between the living and the dead during the traditional ceremonies held from October 31st to November 2nd. Because we know you would find it interesting, we spoke to the House of Culture administrator, Debra Wilkes, to find out more. Debra Wilkes - Curator, Corozal House of Culture" “What we’re doing is on Saturday night we are bringing in out to the community, we are showcasing Hanal Pixan with alters, organizations and persons in the community will be setting alters and we will also have a community alter set up for anyone in the community who wants to come out and be a part of the community, you can honor your early departed by simply bringing a picture and perhaps a candle or maybe a food item...”

LOVE FM

Toddler Perishes in House Fire
A house fire claimed the life of a toddler in Belize City earlier today. For the story, we join Renee Trujillo. RENEE TRUJILLO REPORTING “At around midday this afternoon fire officials were called out to a home in the Conch Shell Bay area where a bungalow structure was being consumed by fire. The plumes of […]

Fire Officials Send Message to Parents and Fire Prevention
Today’s fire in the Conch Shell Bay area of the city ended in tragedy and yesterday was a close call for a family in Hunter’s Alley just off Kelly Street. According to Oren Smith of the National Fire Service the fire was the result of a minor playing with matches. OREN SMITH “Yesterday’s incident occurred […]

Wednesday Night Homicide on La Isla Bonita
San Pedro Police are investigating the murder of thirty year old Jason Gillett. Gillett was shot and killed in the San Mateo area sometime after six o’clock yesterday evening. Officer Commanding the San Pedro Formation, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Sandra Bodden tells us what the investigation has revealed so far. SANDRA BODDEN ” Gillett was […]

BNTU Says No to Using Strike Fund and Announces Planned Demonstration
It is expected that leaders of the Belize National Teachers Union and Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, will meet tomorrow to discuss several matters that resulted from the strike action taken by thousands of teachers countrywide. But before both bodies could meet, the question of who will be at the meeting is the current point […]

Rule of Law Report Ranks Belize at 82/113
The buzz words of recent in many corners have been ‘good governance’. It is a phrase that encompasses all areas in a country’s administration ranging from policies and finances to national security and the rule of law. Many have been clamouring for it, indicating that its absence has been duly noted in various areas. To […]

Guatemala Congress Seeks Financing from US for Referendum
Guatemala’s Congress has begun looking at the issue of the Belize/Guatemala referendum and in that process they have reached out to the US Government appealing for financial aid to get the referendum done. According to a report on the Congress’s website, the expenses they are looking at would total about three hundred million quetzales or […]

Rivers Says Politician Has a Hit on Him
Yesterday Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams told the media that he had requested to speak with activist, Raymond Rivers from the Poor People Organized for a Healthy and Righteous Society (PPOHRS) Organization in regards to Facebook posts that Rivers made that according to Williams, could be constituted as threats. Today Rivers accompanied by Citizens […]

CRFM Has Big Plans For World Fisheries University and Speaks of Collective Effort Against Sargassum
The Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) held its sixth special meeting today in the Grand Cayman Islands. CRFM conducted the meeting as part of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016 being conducted under the theme “Investing in Food and Agriculture.” One of the priorities being discussed at the regional meeting is […]

Government and Belize Zoo Team Up for Wildlife Conservation
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to promote wildlife conservation and ensure cooperation in public education efforts on the importance of wildlife in Belize. Minister Omar Figueroa said this was the first ever […]

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300 homes to be constructed after hurricane Earl
Over this past week the newly named Minister of NEMO and Transport, Hon. Edmund Castro has been visiting constituencies and residents who have received assistance from his ministry to put back their lives together after hurricane Earl. On Wednesday he was in Belize City where he visited with the Albert constituency and the Collett Constituency. According to NEMO coordinator Colonel (Ret.) Shelton Defour there have been 140 houses which have been constructed, 77 are under construction and a further 78 will be built. That will bring the total to 295 houses which will be delivered to residents who’s home was completely destroyed by the hurricane in August of this year. Apart from the new homes, Defour says that there have been 1,239 cases where persons were assisted with material to either repair their buildings themselves or have NEMO assist providing contractors. According to him, there are approximately 1100 households that have not yet received assistance. This he said will be done within the next 6 to 8 weeks when NEMO is expected to complete the home construction and repairs.

Who will pay the teachers who were on strike?
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Patrick Faber and representatives of the Ministry of Education will be meeting with Luke Palacio and other executive members of the Belize National Teacher's Union (BNTU). The meeting comes as a request by the BNTU to Hon. Faber for them to discuss payment for teachers who were on strike. The government's position in one where the teachers will not be paid by the ministry, however Hon. Faber has approached the union asking how the ministry can facilitate payment to the teachers and it be reimbursed through the union's strike fund. Faber has said that the Ministry is looking at having the strike fund pay the teachers for the 11 days for which they were on strike and if the fund falls short the Ministry may be able to subsidize the difference.

Police shoot and kill escapee
Juan Carlos Martinez, a 25 year-old escaped prisoner, was killed in a shootout with police from San Pedro. The cops say he fired first, and they were forced to respond. The official version, which the officers involved told their superiors, is that at around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, they received information that Carlos was located at a house in the San Pedrito area of the island. They had been looking for him since December 13, 2015. Trying to corner and capture him, the officers reportedly surrounded the property, and they called out to him identifying themselves as cops. They say that shortly thereafter, a fair complexioned man, who was wearing a camouflage short pants, and no shirt, immediately ran out of the house. He jumped over the veranda, into the lagoon, and the officers had to set chase into the swamp. They say that under the cover of darkness, they heard what sounded like gunshots, and so, they took cover and returned fire in the direction where they heard the shots. After everything went quiet, the officers waited for a short duration of time, and when they went to the location where they heard the shots, they found Martinez’s lifeless body. He had suffered several gunshots to the upper part of his body.

Hon. Edmond Castro sworn in as Minister of Transport and NEMO
Three time area representative Hon. Edmond 'Clear the land' Castro was sworn in as full Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) on October 24th by the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. Castro takes up the position after serving in the capacity as Minister of State in that same ministry from November of last year. During his tenure in that ministry he has been exceptional in performing his duties and has been the Minister in charge overseeing that persons who were affected by Hurricane Earl in August of this year get back on their feet.

Off again! on again! - Johnny Briceno appoints Eamon Courtenay to Senate Inquiry
It seems that PUP leader Johnny Briceno simply has no leadership skills and is constantly changing his mind. When the Senate Select Committee was empanelled on October 12, he huffed and puffed and said that the PUP would not participate. He was so upset that he simply could not process the composition of the Committee and the voting powers of each senator and who would hold the majority of votes. It seems that perhaps he got some advice and last week he sheepishly took back the position and said that the work of the committee was just too important for the PUP not to participate in and announced that the PUP would participate. Well on Tuesday of this week he named Senator Eamon Courtenay to be the man representing the PUP.

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, the Environment and Sustainable Development and Belize Zoo sign MoU
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development (MAFFESD) and the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center (TBZ) this afternoon signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen synergies in order to promote wildlife conservation and ensure cooperation in public education efforts on the importance of wildlife in Belize. The signing ceremony was held at the Belize Zoo, on the George Price Highway, where Honourable Dr. Omar Figueroa signed on behalf of the Ministry, and Sharon Matola signed on behalf of the Belize Zoo. Speaking during the signing ceremony, Minister Figueroa, stated that the MoU is the first-ever agreement to be signed between the Belize Zoo and Government aimed at formalizing the wildlife conservation efforts of the Belize Zoo. This MoU also recognizes the Zoo’s key role in wildlife management as it seeks to restore, enhance and protect Belize’s wildlife and their habitats.

$940 Million to be invested in Blackadore Caye Project
The Blackadore Caye Group is prepared to invest roughly US$470 million in the development of an eco-resort on the island and they have surpassed another hurdle in the treacherous march towards environmental clearance. On Tuesday, October 25, the group’s public relations team held a press conference to inform the public that its Environmental Impact Assessment Plan (EIAP) has been approved by the Department of the Environment (DOE). In Belize, one misstep can sink a development project, even with great intention and potential, down the toilet. The environmental community is loud and sensitive and makes representations as if they are the ones who issue the initial and final approval for any development project in Belize. The scary thing is that this may be true, at least in perception. Because of this, developers have gone above and beyond to ingratiate themselves with the environmental community of Belize.

Johnny talks about lands?
Last week Johnny Briceño dared us in the media to go in find any questionable land transactions that took place under his tenure as the Minister of Lands or whatever the name of that ministry was at the time. Well perhaps some readers will remember the land on which the former Customs house was located in Corozal. Some readers may have even had the opportunity to have visited that area, at one time or another. Well in October of 2004 there was some sort of questionable land transfers that saw the title to those lands being transferred from the Government to COROZAL FREE ZONE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY for TEN DOLLARS ($10) which then, THREE days later it turned around and FLIPPED for a MILLION DOLLARS ( $1,000,000 ) . At the time Johnny gave a flimsy excuse in late 2004 that it was a GOB entity transferring it to another GOB entity for a token in order to make it legal. Where his explanation got cloudy was when he tried to explain away the $999,990 profit, the fully AUTONOMOUS STATUTORY BOARD- COROZAL FREEZONE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY made when they turned around and sold it three days later to a private concern, the Montecarlo Investment Group for the aforementioned Princely Sum of $1million. We did not have to do too much digging, all we did was to ask our friend Mr Google and once again he did not disappoint us.

Relief for the residents of San Ignacio and Santa Elena with bridge re-opening
Residents from San Ignacio and Santa Elena are now breathing a collective sigh of relief that a bridge has been re-opened to relieve the congestion of traffic. The Low Level Wooden Bridge spanning the Macal River in San Ignacio and Santa Elena was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday morning of last week. Simeon Herrera, from the Ministry of Works’ core of engineers did a final inspection of the re-built bridge early on Thursday where a decision was then made to open the bridge. Hon. Rene Montero, Minister of Public Works, Alberto August, Chairman of the United Democratic Party, Mike Salazar, Deputy Mayor of the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council as well as many other partners were present to witness the opening of the bridge, which has now been fitted with the long lasting Bullet Tree Lumber.

Saint Martin’s Credit Union celebrates International Credit Union Day
Some 67 years after opening the Saint Martin’s Credit Union SMCU, the financial institution joined Credit Unions around the World to celebrate the International Day of Credit Unions last Thursday. As part of its observance, staff members of SMCU held an open day last Thursday at its headquarters in San Ignacio, having earlier spent time with the residents of the Octavia Waight Center. To celebrate International Day of Credit Unions, Raymond Tzul, Manager of the SMCU released a statement summing up the status of the SMCU since Father Bernard Zimmerman introduced the credit union idea in San Ignacio in 1948.

Crime and public safety information centralized
The Ministry of Home Affairs is hoping that a centralized crime information system will help policy makers to develop strategies that will be effective in tackling the plague of crime and violence that has destroyed our sense of safety in Belize. It is with this in mind that on Tuesday, October 25, the Ministry launched the Belize Crime Observatory. According to the Organization of American States, crime observatories help to “obtain relevant, up to date information to assess the magnitude of the public security situation and identify its characteristics, with a view to improving their capacity to develop intervention strategies and public policies for the prevention and control of crime and violence.”

DIWALI, INDIAN XMAS
Lately, the critics of the government and its naysayers have been questioning the resolve of Prime Minister Dean Barrow to tackle the issue of alleged corruption in his government. So much so that he was recently lampooned in a political cartoon advertisement asking about the double-edged machete that Mr. Barrow had so fervently spoken about while in Opposition. Well there is no need for these critics to wonder anymore because PM Barrow has recently demonstrated, as he has throughout his two plus terms, that the double-edged machete is still very sharp and ready for proper use whenever that becomes necessary. While no one in the party relishes the demise of a fellow party member, the sad reality is that from time to time, the Prime Minister needs to address the allegations (and even perception of misdeeds) made against those in his Party and Cabinet, no matter how senior the party official may be.

The Double-Edged Machete
Lately, the critics of the government and its naysayers have been questioning the resolve of Prime Minister Dean Barrow to tackle the issue of alleged corruption in his government. So much so that he was recently lampooned in a political cartoon advertisement asking about the double-edged machete that Mr. Barrow had so fervently spoken about while in Opposition. Well there is no need for these critics to wonder anymore because PM Barrow has recently demonstrated, as he has throughout his two plus terms, that the double-edged machete is still very sharp and ready for proper use whenever that becomes necessary. While no one in the party relishes the demise of a fellow party member, the sad reality is that from time to time, the Prime Minister needs to address the allegations (and even perception of misdeeds) made against those in his Party and Cabinet, no matter how senior the party official may be.

Eulogy for the late Michael Clarence Edward Young
Your humble servant thanks the family of MCEY for inviting me to eulogize our dear friend, it is at once, both a humbling and distinct honor, but I hasten to confessed, and yet a tremendous undertaking, in light of the shocking and unspeakable mystery of Tuesday, October 18th, 2016. To have demure would have been an abdication of my duty to his family,friends, our society, my personal sense of responsibility and most of all it is an opportunity to stand in his defense and declare the amazing and phenomenal strength, conviction and fortitude of MCEY who lived not merely by words, but by his deeds. When someone you love passes away, there is a strong temptation to remember him or her, perhaps a little too well. Misdeeds are forgotten, offences are forgiven, and only the most shining characteristics of our loved ones make it into the version of them we want to keep with us when they depart. That is how it should be.

NTUCB president says he’s concerned over BWU bankrupcy
Two weeks ago the Guardian Newspaper broke the news that the Belize Workers Union is bankrupt. Since that time the executives who were found to have checks written in their names have refused comment. One former president of the union, Horris Patten has however been very vocal and has asked that those responsible be held accountable for running the union into the red. The Guardian Newspaper also sought comment from the president of the NTUCB, Marvin Mora. He stated that, “this is a situation that is internal to the Belize Workers Union and they have the autonomy to address that matter. NTUCB could give advice or facilitate mediation but not until the parties affected agree.” Asked if the matter was of concern to him he explained that, “anything that can potentially affect trade unionism in Belize is not only of concern to myself as a trade unionist but also the NTUCB.”

New Minister of Police
Honorable Elodio Aragon Jr. takes up the reigns of the Police Department under the Ministry of Home Affairs. When the UDP won the last general election in 2015, Hon. Aragon secured a seat for the party in Orange Walk East. At the time many speculated and some expected that Hon. Aragon would have automatically been given a role to play in the National Security Ministry given his professional background. Many were surprised however, when the Prime Minister being the strategist that he is, made Hon. Aragon Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture. Aragon proved his mettle and executed his duties in that portfolio with distinction. He proved that he was capable of performing any task which was assigned to him.

Hon. Saldivar resumes ministerial duties
The Office of the Prime Minister announces that, after a one week suspension, the Hon. John Saldivar today resumed his duties as Minister of Defence. That resumption follows upon the Prime Minister’s receipt of a legal opinion concerning the question of whether the Minister continued in a (football business) relationship with Danny Mason after September of 2015. The opinion rejects as invalid any conclusion that the Minister, in consequence of the continued existence after September 2015 of a company in which both the Minister and Mr. Mason had subscribed to shares, continued in a business relationship with Mr. Mason. The opinion makes the point that after the company was formed, and no doubt because the Minister shortly thereafter made unsavory discoveries about Mr. Mason, the Minister took no steps to actually allot to himself or Mr. Mason any of the shares to which they had subscribed. This meant that they never actually became shareholders and the company never got off the ground.

Government suspends seismic testing in Belizean waters
The Government of Belize has suspended seismic testing in Belize’s marine environment following the demands from persons within the public, who assert that they were not consulted before the Barrow Administration approved the initiative. This decision came after the residents of San Pedro and the tour guide community refused to listen to the reasoned scientific explanations from the experts of the Department of Environment. They had already jumped to the erroneous conclusion that the Government was quietly taking the first step to approve offshore oil drilling in Belize. OCEANA Belize and the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage sounded the alarm 2 weeks earlier after the Government made an announcement that Belize was participating in a regional survey. The Government was partnering with the Governments of the United States and the Mexican Government to gather new geophysical data of the entire region, and the purpose was to get access to advanced knowledge of the geology and hydrocarbon systems in the marine environments of all 3 countries’ exclusive economic zones.

Taiwan Seeks to Join Fight against Global Warming
Global warming and the El Niño phenomenon have contributed to record-breaking temperatures and extreme weather events around the world. In July this year, the global average temperatures which had taken over land and ocean surfaces were the highest for any month in 137 years of record-keeping. In June, the temperature in Taipei reached 38.7 degrees Celsius, the highest in a century. Another recent anomaly is a marked decline in the frequency of steady rainfall. Instead, we were hit with a series of torrential downpours that caused many flash floods, significantly damaging our infrastructure, ecosystem, as well as crops. More and more evidence is showing that climate change is already happening. If we don’t take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions now, we will end up paying much more later on.

A Giant among men, A Tribute to Michael Clarence Edward Young, SC, CBE
The legendary Bob Marley had men like my friend, my colleague, my Mentor, and My 2nd Father the late great Michael Young in mind when he uttered those words. The tributes since his passing and the remembrances today by his son Michael D Young, senior counsels Rodwell Williams, Denys Barrow and the Prime Minister of Belize Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow almost uniformly are testaments to the hallmarks of his life which were 1. His unshakable character 2. His indelible positive influence on others and 3. His life long commitment to making Belize a better place for All. I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Young before I even knew myself, in fact in many respects he has helped me to find myself. I knew him from I was a little boy, through all those years he never passed on the opportunity to tell me how proud he was of me, share a good joke or offer great life advice.

Remembering Michael Young
I am privileged, on behalf of the United Democratic Party, to join in the expressions of thanksgiving for the life and work of Michael Clarence Edward Young. He was, of course, for over a decade the Legal Adviser of our Party. This did not mean that he was on retainer or any such thing. It meant that he was an actual official of the Party, a member of our Central Executive and our National Party Council. It also meant that all he did for us, which included research, opinion writing and actual representation in Court, he did for free. But more than that it meant that he was a critical component of the Party's brain trust: a deviser of strategy, an implementer of policy, and perhaps the most respected of contributors at our conclaves and planning sessions. The cogency of his reasoning and the passion of his presentation were not the only things that made Michael such an effective persuader. He was also much aided by his ability to deliver, with deadpan devastation, some absolutely classic one liners.

Woman seduces man and steals wallet
Sarita Ash, 32, of Iguana Street Extension must pay the court $200 by November 28 or serve two months imprisonment for stealing Frederick Trapp’s wallet on Thursday, October 20. According to Trapp, 48, a security guard of a Belize City address, he says that at about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday he was at Uno Gas Station on Youth for the Future Drive when Ash approached him and said she would give him oral sex for money because she was desperate for cash. She then began to unzip his pants but he refused. Ash then hugged him tightly and bit him in his chest. Trapp says he felt when Ash touched his back pocket but didn’t think anything of it. It was not until after she left that he realized his wallet was missing from his pants pocket. Trapp immediately jumped on his bicycle and rode to Fox Club where he found Ash. He called police and a mobile was sent to assist. Ash was detained and charged with one count of theft. Trapp says the wallet contained $490.

Randy August on remand for handling diamond and gold bangles
Randy August, 23, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was charged for handling stolen goods on Tuesday, October 25. The allegation being made against August is that on Tuesday, October 18, he was found in possession of several items stolen from the home of Marlon Ritchie. Ritchie’s home at #8280 Cumberbatch Street was burglarized and $34,000 worth of jewelry was stolen. Police investigation led to the search of August and several of the items were found; including, a two diamond gold bangles valued at $2,000 each, one gold bangles valued at $750, a Safari gold chain valued at $400, an Arabic gold chain valued at $1,000 and three yellow loop bangles valued at $500.

Calvin Cumberbatch Free of Manslaughter Charges
Calvin Cumberbatch has been cleared of all charges relating to a January 3, 2016, traffic accident that resulted in the death of two people. Well-known moneylender Pamela Bennett—Cumberbatch was killed along with an octogenarian during the New Year’s holiday weekend in a traffic accident on the Northern Highway. That double fatality happened around 9 a.m. on Sunday, January 3, between miles 5 and 6, near a curve. 80 year-old Alfredo Navarrete was driving in his Grey Dodge Caravan, heading from his house in Burrell Boom Village to Belize City. His intention was to meet up with some relatives for the day. His family has told the press that he has a reputation of being a very careful driver, who does not speed on the highway.

Rosado family requests leniency for Marlon Catillo
In mitigation plea on behalf of Marlon Castillo, 29, on Friday, October 21, Dr. Alvaro Rosado and his wife Dorla asked Justice Adolph Lucas to have mercy on the man who has accepted responsibility for playing a roll in the death of their son, Ariel. The Rosado’s told the court that they do not want any compensation for Ariel’s death. They want to put the accident behind them and remember their son for the person he was. They want to remember Marlon for the friend he was to Ariel. Last week on the advice of his attorney, Dickie Bradley, Castillo pleaded guilty to causing death by careless conduct in a plea deal that saw the withdrawal of a manslaughter by negligence charge. According to police reports, on Saturday, May 14, 2011, Castillo was driving his 2007 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck at about 10:45 p.m. on the Northern Highway from the direction of Belama towards Belize City and upon reaching the PACT roundabout between miles two and three he lost control of the pickup and collided into a concrete fence.

Coastguard officer shot in the head
Family, friends and colleagues of Daniel Arzu Jr. continue to remain concerned for his wellbeing while he remains hospitalized in an induced coma at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The 28 year-old Coast Guard Officer was shot in the head on Monday October 24. It happened at around 5 p.m., when Arzu was visiting the mother of his child at her Penn Road Apartment. That’s when an unknown intruder barged into the house, where there were other family members around. The assailant was armed, and before there could be any real reaction to the threat of danger, he opened fire and injured Arzu Jr. The bullet struck him in the right temple, and as soon as the gunman escaped, family and friends worked quickly to rush him to the KHMH. There the doctors performed life-saving medical surgery, and they were able to stabilize his health.

No charges yet against coastguard officer or his alleged attackers
Two men are recovering from serious cut wounds after they were rushed to the Medical Associates for treatment early Monday morning, October 24. Police are still investigating the incident that led to their injuries as wild allegations are coming from their side as well as from the individual responsible for inflicting the wounds. The victims of the cut wounds are Marcel Blake, 36, Manager at Grace Kenedy Limited, and Samuel Nicholson, a teacher of a Belize City High School. The man responsible for inflicting the wounds is Deon Hernandez, a 24-year-old Coastguard Sailor from Palmar Road in Orange Walk.

Elwin Vanegas back in jail after escaping 11 years ago
Inmate Elwin Vanegas walked out of a prison bus in 2005 and lived as a fugitive until he was recaptured over the weekend, more than eleven years later. In 2004 Vanegas was sentenced to five years imprisonment for a burglary conviction. He had served one year when he was transported to court and managed to escape from custody. Authorities believe Vanegas was hiding somewhere in Guatemala. It was not until this weekend that police were able to catch up with him. Vanegas probably felt confident to visit relatives here in Belize or just got tired of running. On Monday, October 24, 2016, a warrant was prepared for his committal back to the Belize Central Prison. He is back behind bars to serve his remaining four year sentence.

Machete fight leaves two injured in Santa Elena, Cayo
Two men injured each other in a confrontation in Santa Elena, Cayo. On Thursday about 6:00 pm, San Ignacio Police received information of a chopping incident on Bishop Martin Street, Santa Elena Town. Police then visited the San Ignacio Community Hospital, where two male persons were seen with injuries. These persons were Felipe Guzman, a 46 year old Belizean Butcher of Bishop Martin Street, Santa Elena Town, who was seen with a cut wound to the back of his head and Henry Baptist a 36 year old Belizean Laborer of Maria Gonzalez Street, Santa Elena Town. Henry Baptist was seen with cut wounds to the upper left shoulder, to the right cheek and to the right side of the nose.

Illegal immigrant caught trying to marry Canadian in Belize
Darling Waldina Oviedo Pineda, 25, a Honduran woman who came to Belize illegally on October 19, is being prepared for deportation after she was arrested and successfully prosecuted by immigration officials. Officers of the Immigration Department were informed of Pineda’s presence in the country after she visited the Registry Department to apply for a license to marry a Canadian national. Pineda could not provide any document to show that she entered the country legally. Immigration officials caught up with her shortly after that visit. On Tuesday evening, October 25, Darling Pineda appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. She wasted no time and pleaded guilty to a single charge of illegal entry into Belize.

Interdicted cop wants reinstatement and payment for failed charges
Interdicted Police Constable Jermaine Mangar is free from charges filed against him over six years ago. Mangar received the good news when the prosecution entered a nolle prosequi on Monday, October 25, due to insufficient evidence to prove the charge. In April of 2010, Mangar was charged jointly with Jermaine Palacio and Ernie Hyatt Miranda with attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Proprietor of Chon Saan Palace Lee Mark Chang told police that two men visited his establishment and were asking questions about the business operation. Further reports are that the men later returned and were captured on camera but no crime was executed upon the business as authorities say they were tipped off by one of the accused.

Up and coming female mechanic dies in traffic mishap
Nitaya Locke, a 26 year-old Lords Bank resident, was killed during the weekend in a motorcycle accident. She was a promising young mechanic whose work ethic and dedication was being recognized at the company she worked for. Reports are that after work on Friday, October 21, she went out socializing with her sister and 2 friends. At around 11 p.m., she decided to head home, and while she was driving on the highway, she encountered some still unknown difficulty which caused her to lose control of her motorcycle. It caused her to crash into a lamp post and a fence near to the AAA Security Firm’s office, which is locate at miles 2 and a half on the Philip Goldson Highway. When the officers learnt of the accident, and quickly responded but she had already passed away from the head and bodily injuries she had suffered.

Police officer cleared of drug charge
A police constable of the Corozal District is free from a single charge of drug trafficking after Senior Counsel Ellis Arnold made a successful no case submission before Magistrate Patricia Arana on Thursday, October 20. At about 1:55 p.m. on May 17, 2015, Custom Officer Eberto Mai stopped a grey Hyundai Sonata at the Corozal border and conducted a search of the trunk of the vehicle. This resulted in the discovery of a black plastic bag which contained three parcels of cannabis. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Police Constable Giean Yah. Yah was escorted to the Corozal Police Station where the cannabis was weighed. It amounted to 3,139 grams. As a result, PC Yah was arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

Woman robbed in San Ignacio
A sizeable sum of cash was stolen from a businesswoman in the Cayo District. San Ignacio Police are looking for one suspect, in the robbery of a businesswoman in San Ignacio Town, which occurred at about 9:00 am on Monday. Quellan Mai, a businesswoman from the Brother’s Store in Santa Elena, had parked her vehicle on Wyatt Street in San Ignacio and was on her way to Atlantic Bank to make a deposit when she was robbed. Mai was taking in cash and checks when she was approached by a Creole male person who grabbed her deposit bag and ran away with it. Some 20 thousand dollars in cash and 9 thousand dollars in checks were taken in this robbery.

Robbery in Santa Elena, Cayo
Shauntae Shay Shanice Dominguez, an 18 year old Belizean Student of Santa Elena Town reported that on Thursday of last week at bout 9:20pm she was robbed. She was walking on Salazar Street when two male persons approached and used force to steal her properties. The items included one Dark Grey LG G Flex Curve Cell phone, with Phone Number: 631-7353, valued $300.00US; one back pack containing one red Composition Book, valued $3.00Bcy; one Red Folder valued $1.00Bcy; one Green “St. Ignatius” T-Shirt, valued $25.00Bcy, one “Very Sexy” Perfume, valued $15.00US; one white Motorola Charger, valued $25.00Bcy; one black Stapler, valued $6.00, and one Sun Shades, valued $9.00, along with some writing utensils, valued $5.00.

Two women cleared of $126K theft accusation
Vilma Guzman and Alexa Arana, residents of the Corozal District, are free from a charge of theft for $126,930 that was stolen from the Belize Bank ATM on October 18, 2008. Justice Herbert Lord released the accused after the prosecution filed a nolle prosequi due to insufficient evidence to prove the charge against the individuals. Vilma Guzman was an employee of the Belize Bank at the time of the heist. She and Mirian Quan were responsible to monitor the ATM system over the weekend of the incident. Guzman went to Quan’s house and told her that the ATM was not working so they had to go fix it. They went into the bank but Guzman did not enter. While there, Quan was accosted by two armed masked men who tied her up and went to steal money from inside the ATM vault.

Belize Bank Bulldogs win Charles Solis Memorial Invitational Tourney
The Belize Softball Federation played host to the VIII Charles Solis Memorial Invitation Tournament on Sunday 23rd October, 2016, at Rogers Stadium in Belize City. Three teams namely the Belize Bank Bulldogs, Independence Pals and Unitedville Rebels United, the defending Charles Solis Memorial Tourney champions, participated in this year’s Charles Solis Memorial Invitational Tournament. This year’s tournament had to be postponed on a number of occasions because of weather conditions. In the first game of the day, Unitedville Rebels United won over Independence PALS by the score of 18-0. In game two, Belize Bank Bulldogs won over Independence PALS by the score of 10-0. In the third game of the day, the defending champions Unitedville Rebels United won over the Belize Bank Bulldogs by the score of 2-1. In game four, Unitedville Rebels United won over Independence PALS by the score of 14-1.

Belize to participate in CONCACAF Beach Football Championship
The Football Federation of Belize will participate in the up-coming CONCACAF Beach Football Championship scheduled for February 20-22, 2017, in Nassau, Bahamas. The Football Federation of Belize had representation in Miami, Florida, USA, where the draw took place on Monday 17th October, 2016 in connection with the 2017 Beach Football championship. At the draw, Belize was placed in Group A which consists of the Bahamas, Jamaica and Guyana. The other groupings include Group B: Mexico, Guatemala, Canada and Guadeloupe; Group C: USA, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua & Barbuda and the US Virgin Islands while Group D includes El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Belize will play its first game on Monday February 20, 2017, against Jamaica and then on Tuesday February 21, 2017 against the host nation Bahamas and the final game on Wednesday February 22, 2017 against Guyana. All games will be played at the Malcolm Beach Football Facility in Nassau, Bahamas.-

Belmopan Bandits extend lead in Premier League competition
The Premier League of Belize 2016 Opening Season Competition continued over the last weekend with a number of games across the country. On Sunday 23rd October, three games were played in the competition. At the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, the visiting Belmopan Bandits edged out Police United FC by the score of 2-1. The visiting Belmopan Bandits were the first to get onto the scoreboard when Amin Augustine of the Police United scored an own goal in the 22nd minute of play gave the Belmopan Bandits a 1-0 lead. The host team, Police United was then able to tie the score at 1-1 when Devon Makin scored the equalising goal in the 31st minute of play. The first half of the game ended in a 1-1 tie. The Belmopan Bandits in the second half of the game was able to go up a goal on the Police United when Jairo Rochez scored in the 52nd minute of play to give his team a 2-1 lead. At the end of the long whistle it was indeed a 2-1 victory for the Belmopan Bandits.

Jumanji remains undefeated in Sugar City Hoops competition
The 20016 Sugar City Hoops competition regular season came to an end on Friday 21st October, 2016, at the East Sports Centre in Orange Walk Town in the both the U-17 and U-25 competition. In the U-25 competition, Jumanji continued on its winning path when it up-ended Devils by the score of 74-50. The top scorers for Jumanji were Elias Albert Crawford with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block; Shemar White with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 assist and Raul Vanegas who also scored 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals. Meanwhile, the top scorers for the Devils were Roman Alvarez with a game high of 14 points, 3 rebounds and a steal; Bryton Rowley with 11 points and 9 rebounds and Homer Peralta who contributed 9 points, 10 rebounds and 1 block all in a losing effort.

Belize to host XIII Central American U-22 Female Softball championship
The Belize Softball Federation will be hosting the XIII Central American U-22 female softball championship from November 4-6, 2016, at Rogers Stadium. The Central American U-22 championship will feature the national teams from Costa Rica, El Salvador, and the host country Belize. El Salvador is the defending Central American U-22 champions. Each country will play against each other three times with the country with the best record winning the championship. Nicaragua has informed the Belize Softball Federation via official communiqué from that national federation it cannot participate again in the championship as Nicaraguan law mandates that all citizens 16 years and older must vote in the November 6th national elections.

Central Region High School Volleyball opens
The 2016-2017 Central Region Secondary Schools Volleyball Competition opened on Tuesday 25th October, 2016, with two games on the schedule. This school year volleyball competition in the Central Region is the shortest one in memory. The schools that are competing in the female category are: Anglican Cathedral College, Belize High School, Ladyville Technical High School, Maud Williams High School, Nazarene High School, Pallotti High School, and St. Catherine Academy and Wesley College. Meanwhile, the schools in the male category includes Anglican Cathedral College, Belize High School, Ladyville Technical High School, Maud Williams High School, Nazarene High School, St. John’s College, Sadie Vernon Technical High School, and Wesley College.

Youth Talks
I love you even when I don’t like you Very recently, I have experienced hardships as it pertains to phileo love: love between friends, storge love: love between parents and child, eros love: love between romantic partners, and even agape love: love between humans. I have learnt a very important lesson: I need to love people even when I don't necessarily like them. I started the year with at least twice as many friends as I have now. The friends that have been there for me through thick and thin have experienced my phileo love. Friendships aren't always the easiest, especially among girls. We argue and hold grudges over what he or she said, or what the other failed to do, or other trivial things. According to my friends, I especially take little arguments to another level. I have been known to not talk to a very close friend of mine for months, so long that I don't even remember why. As such, I have lost a lot of friends over the course of my teenage life. I forgot what it meant to love, to love unconditionally and wholeheartedly.

WORDS OF LIFE with Barry Fraser
In the Prayer of Jabez, found in First Chronicles chapter four, verses nine and ten, there are four parts to the petition. First, Jabez prayed, “Oh that you would bless me indeed.” To be blessed is to have God’s favor.” This means special spiritual gifts that we didn’t earn, and that only our Heavenly Father can give us. Next, Jabez prayed, “Enlarge my territory!” (New International Version). Other translations read; “Enlarge my coast.” (King James Version); “Enlarge my border.” (New American Standard). All of them attempt to bring the original Hebrew to our present day understanding. In Jabez time, the more land, animals, and possessions you had, the more security you had, and the more honored and influential you became. Jebez wanted an opportunity to honor God, and influence those around him.

John Paul 2 Junior College dedicated in Benque
On Saturday, October 22nd, His Excellency Christopher Glancy, Auxiliary Bishop of Belize City and Belmopan, traveled from Belize City to Benque Viejo del Carmen. The purpose of his visit was to dedicate the beautiful new campus of John Paul 2 Junior College. The dedication took place on the feast day of the school’s patron saint, John Paul 2. John Paul 2 Junior College, located in the Chapel Hill area of Benque, is the first tertiary level institution in Benque and the only Liberal Arts institution in the country of Belize. A press release on the JP2JC states that the school of higher learning is focused mainly on forming young men and women of virtue and wisdom, to open their eyes and their minds to appreciate the beauty that surrounds them and prepares them for life outside school grounds. JP2JC is a manifestation that it is possible to gain a massive amount of knowledge in such a humble and small Town like Benque Viejo del Carmen.


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BIG TIME HUSTLER TURN MINISTER!
In 2010, Edmond “Clear the Land” Castro was kicked out of Cabinet, most abruptly, by the Prime Minister. In 2013 he was accused of using his office to facilitate many Visas for Chinese nationals in return for lucrative compensation, and his name came up many times in Immigration-related scandal. In 2014 his portfolio of Civil Aviation was stripped from him and the BAA Board disbanded after it was revealed that the statutory body issued multiple checks to pay for his personal expenses. But today, Edmond Castro was officially promoted by his Prime Minister, sworn in as the substantive Minister of NEMO and Transport. In 2010 no official details were forthcoming when Castro was booted out of Cabinet, though reliable information indicated that it had to do with a piece of land for which Castro was paid but never delivered title. A release issued then by the Office of the Prime Minister stated only that, “The decision was taken following a report made to the Prime Minister about an incident involving Hon. Castro.

“Rogue Cop” Named and Shamed by PM & Police Completely Vindicated
Jermaine Mangar, on interdiction from the Belize Police Department for more than six years, was today completely vindicated in the Court of Justice Troadio Gonzalez when the Crown Counsel in the DPP’s Office indicated that the charge of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery was to be withdrawn. With that, Mangar was free from the charge hanging over his head after his reputation and career were destroyed six years ago. On March 31, 2010, Detective Constable Jermaine Mangar was detained by Police as a result of what they called a “sting operation.” He was subsequently arrested and charged with Attempted Robbery with a Firearm and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery. The arrest was sensational, to the point that Prime Minister Dean Barrow appeared with Police at a press conference to throw Mangar under the bus, accusing him of being the criminal mastermind behind a string of brazen robberies, likely even a robbery and murder which occurred at a Scotiabank in Spanish Lookout.

Coast Guard Officer Critical After Shooting
Daniel Arzu Jr. a Coast Guard Petty Officer 3 and son of Superintendent of Police Daniel Arzu, was critically injured in a shooting at Pinky’s Apartments off Neal Penn Road in Belize City where he resides with his girlfriend. The incident happened at around 5:00pm on Monday, October 24. Arzu, 28, was shot to the head and was transported to the KHMH in the vehicle of a passer-by. According to an eyewitness, the suspect entered the yard moments after Arzu arrived home, crept up to the door and opened fire inside the house. Others scrambled to hide in the bathroom as the assailant fired over three shots, but Arzu was not spared.

Corruption PAYS!
On October 17th Prime Minister Dean Barrow sat in front of the nation, dressed in black, and issued a touching eulogy to the political career of former Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of Natural Resources Gaspar Vega. The eulogy became necessary, you see, because evidence had surfaced of blatant, distasteful and absolutely repulsive corruption – the sort which saw the son of Gaspar Vega receive $400,000 from government, paid from taxpayer monies, as part of a “compensation scam.” Gaspar Vega’s son Andre paid $15,000 for a piece of land, a deal approved by his father, and then GOB turned around and paid him $400,000, again a deal approved by his father. That deal also included a pay-out, again from taxpayer dollars, of $400,000 to well-connected UDP attorney Sharon Pitts. In total, from just one parcel of land, taxpayers lost $800,000 while two UDP cronies gained. And this was just the tip of the iceberg in a scam which seemed to go back years and which cost Belizeans tens of millions of dollars.

The Buck Stops at Dean Oliver Barrow
I am disoriented whenever Prime Minister Barrow makes statements about his own character and integrity, as he is wont to do. Like he’ll say, “well you know me, I don’t engage in hanky panky.” Or he watches you with this earnest look and drops an “anybody will tell you I operate always on the straight and narrow.” Wait, wait, there’s another one he used recently – “There is no way that in an effort to resolve the problems with the BNTU we will make promises that we don’t keep. If you don’t want to believe the fact which is proven empirically by all the evidence in the world you can ever look at that I am a man of my word.” But Dean Oliver Barrow is decidedly and emphatically NOT a man of his word, and it is incredible that he was not struck by righteous lightning when he said so, particularly in reference to the BNTU and good governance issues. After all, he is the man who promised the 13th Senator before elections in 2008, and then did an abrupt about-face after election, stating “it’s not going to happen.” This is the man who committed to an unjust enrichment law before elections, and promptly forgot about it after elections. This is the man who promised to reform the Senate and eliminate government control of statutory bodies, the same man who promised to pass legislation to prevent conflict of interest, nepotism and cronyism.

Elite MIT Accused of Shakedown AGAIN
The Police’s latest elite multi-agency unit, the Mobile Interdiction Team, formed in 2012 through US funding and with US training, is in the spotlight again, and it’s not for any good reason. A Belmopan businessman, Raul Acevedo, claims that on Friday night he and his wife were extorted to the tune of $2000 by members of the MIT who detained his van at mile 25 on the George Price Highway. According to Acevedo, an importer, they were heading home from Chetumal with goods in the back of the van when they were stopped. The van was searched and MIT members allegedly found one box of perfumes for which duty had not been paid. With that discovery, claims Acevedo, the MIT escorted them in the van to the Belmopan Training School where they were allegedly informed that if they did not “come up,” they would be charged for the uncustommed perfume and for some other disclosed criminal charge.

Nitaya Locke Killed in Motorcycle Accident
Just weeks ago she was hailed as Belize’s only female vehicle mechanic and technician, but on Friday, October 21, Nitaya Locke, a 26 year-old resident of Lords Bank village, died from injuries she suffered in a motorcycle accident. The accident is believed to have happened between sometime after 11:30 p.m. on Friday. Reports are that she was socializing with her sister and 2 friends that night, and just after 11 o’clock, she decided to head home. Police say that she was driving her motorcycle on the Phillip Goldson Highway, and for some currently unknown reason she lost control of the motorbike near miles 2 and a half. She slammed into a nearby fence and lamp-post and suffered significant head and bodily injuries. It is believed that she died on impact, or shortly after.

Dangerous Criminals Still At Large
Two weeks after they mysteriously escaped from the custody of officers at the Belmopan Police Station, Lincoln Bejerano and David Cruz are still at large despite what we are told is an intensive manhunt for them. Was it chance, police negligence or a planned escape with police assistance that saw two dangerous criminals go on the loose? While it is not being spelled out by the Police Department which neglected to put out a police report on the escape, the Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie indicated then that the “individual officer who [is] deemed to be at fault will be dealt with disciplinary [sic]. We believe that proper protocol wasn’t adhered to in terms of his going into [the] cell block and removing those prisoners to use the ablution and in that process that was when they were able to escape from him.”

Belize on the Brink of Total Economic Meltdown
New Central Bank Governor Joy Grant last week told the press very nonchalantly that Belize now has only US $315 Million left in the Bank’s international reserves but failed to explain what a dire situation now faces us. The country’s economy is now in crisis mode as Belize now only has US$15 Million above the import merchandise threshold. That is, if Grant is even accurately reporting the figure. What it means is that Belize must have at minimum US$300 Million in its international reserves at all times because the country’s approximate spending on imports per month is around US$100 Million. Dipping below that benchmark could spell catastrophe for Belize and its citizens.

Speaker Says FB Account Was HACKED
Speaker of the House of Representatives Michael Peyrefitte on Saturday made the decision to close his Facebook account after an incendiary post he allegedly made toward the LGBT community brought fire and fury down on his head. In what was purportedly his last post, Peyrefitte wrote, “Bob Marley once said that everything is just for a while and that sometimes total destruction is the only solution. For me it applies to FB. It’s not fun anymore. People are playing games that will make me do something to them, and I have a daughter to stay out of jail for. Am quitting FB. I will stay on just long enough for people to see this post and then starting tomorrow I’ll no longer be on FB.”

Chief Pharmacist Vindicated…CEO Peter Allen Guilty of Defamation
Chief Pharmacist Sharon Anderson, a public officer for almost 30 years, was today victorious in a defamation suit against former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen. The relationship between Allen and Anderson was fraught with tension which spilled over into the public domain in April 2014. That is when the public learned of the CEO’s disrespectful and ill treatment of Anderson whose authority was undermined when an inexperienced Minister’s daughter, Danini Contreras (now engaged to Minister of Health Pablo Marin) was appointed as the Director of Drug Inspectorate. The junior employee along with three others, were authorized to approve the entry of pharmaceuticals. Until then, that had been the sole responsibility of the Chief Pharmacist, who kept discharging her duties even while on sick leave by having the customs entries taken to her home for signing.

GOB Backtracks on Seismic Testing After Public Outrage Erupts
Speaking after Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, UDP Minister Godwin Hulse criticized the opponents of seismic testing in Belize’s offshore waters, asking of the unknown cost benefit of lifting the moratorium on the issuance of new offshore oil exploration licenses, “How on earth are you going to know what the benefit would be if you don’t do a study in the first place to find out what is there? And my understanding of the seismic was just that. The experts have said it’s not going to destroy anything…My position is, we have to, in this country, start to make decisions on the basis of good evidence and good facts, man. This emotional drive that we have to everything where we huff and puff and huff and puff is not good because it destroys potential possibilities.” A three-week regional marine seismic survey was already underway in Belize’s offshore last week when public outcry at an information session on San Pedro forced Government to backtrack. The BTB-organized event on Thursday October 20th saw several government officials at the head table and Minister of Tourism and Belize Rural South Area Representative, Hon. Manuel Heredia seated among the crowd in the front row.

If Dah Noh Soh
Sweating bullets… So here’s the thing. All eyes are on the very attractive CEO in the Ministry of Natural Resources because we want to know how the hell the “not normal” man was allowed to rape us normal folks without the benefit of Vaseline. But hold up there just a minute. When all this crap was taking place at the Ministry of Lands, and when the “not normal” man’s friends and family and cronies were bottoms up in the public trough, the CEO who did the deals was actually the not as attractive Beverly Castillo. You know, the noisy one who’s been keeping on the down-low lately since the scandals started coming out. I hear, but noh seh me seh, that she’s been advised by the PM to be very, very quiet right about now so nobody looks in her direction. The only thing is…I’m hearing that while the oh so straight-laced new Minister looks through the files in the section marked “Wutless Corruption & Hustling,” there’s this certain name that keeps popping up. Ohhh Miss Bev…yuh bettah goh mek fren quick.

Questions to Ministers
Could the Member for Queen Square and Minister of Police please provide an update on the status of the so-called investigation into the relationship accused murderer Danny Mason had with members of his Cabinet? Could he say if there will be any criminal investigation into the corruption revealed at the Lands Department under his former Deputy Prime Minister? Could the Member for Queen Square and Prime Minister please say whether a “demand letter” has been sent to Andre Antonio Vega instructing him to return the $400,000 to the Ministry of Natural Resources? If so, could he say whether a similar letter has been sent to Sharon Pitts instructing her to return her $400,000 as well? Could the unelected Senator/Minister of Natural Resources please provide an update on any investigation into the “compensation scam” being conducted at the Ministry? Could she further confirm or deny reports that there has been enough found to warrant immediate criminal charges being brought against the former Deputy Prime Minister?

Saldivar Taken Off Punishment
Following the Cabinet meeting today, a release from the Belize Press Office announced that “after a one week suspension, the Hon. John Saldivar today resumed his duties as Minister of Defence. That resumption follows upon the Prime Minister’s receipt of a legal opinion concerning the question of whether the Minister continued in a (football business) relationship with Danny Mason after September of 2015.” The suspension last week of Saldivar, whose political fortunes have been waning, came after evidence from the Business Companies Registry that accused murderer William Danny Mason and Minister John Saldivar were indeed business partners in the Belmopan Bandits Sporting Club Limited. The Memorandum of Association of that business, signed August 18, 2015, showed that of ten shares Saldivar held seven (7) while Mason held three (3).

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Senior citizen busted with 3.5 grams of cocaine
A senior citizen has found himself at the wrong end of the law when he was found with cocaine. Yesterday at around 9:55 a.m. while on a routine mobile patrol, police conducted a search on Chesterlie Pinks, 62, which led to the discovery of 3.5 grams […]

Criminals may have gotten a new gun
Criminal elements may have gotten possession of a .9 mm black and silver Smith & Wesson pistol. According to reports, Michael Jenkins visited the police station yesterday and reported that sometime after 4 p.m. on October 18, he left his his licensed job issued pistol in his office […]

Child sets mattress on fire
There has been almost 3 fires reported for this month and two children have died in both. However, there were no fatalities yesterday when police responded to a fire at #7 Hunter’s Lane in Belize City. Police reports that a father and his son […]

Girl, 15, claims 4 men raped her
Police are seeking four men who are accused of raping a 15-year-old girl. The female minor, a resident of southside Belize City visited the police station along with her mother yesterday and made an official report of the alleged rape. According to reports, the […]

Raymond Rivers meets with Chester
Raymond Rivers, of the Poor People Organized for a Healthy and Righteous Society, is a freed man. He was initially sought by ACP Chester Williams in connection with inflammatory posts made on Facebook. He turned in himself this afternoon and after almost an hour, […]

Two-year-old dies in house fire
A two year old girl has perished in a house fire in the Conch Shell Bay area of Belize City. According to reports, the fire started around 12:30 this afternoon and the child died of smoke inhalation. A source told BBN that two other […]

Belize: BMA another part of “Government outside the Government”
The Border Management Agency (BMA) Act of 18, January, 2000 was signed into law by then Minister of Tourism, Hon. Mark Espat. This agency was established to administer various border points that house the Customs Department, Immigration Department, Belize Agricultural Health Authority, the Belize […]

BNTU and Education Minister to meet on Friday
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) is scheduled to meet with Education Minister Patrick Faber on Friday. The meeting comes after the Ministry announced earlier this month that it would not be making any contributions to the salaries of teachers who were absent for […]

Belize City man killed in San Pedro
A Belize City man was shot and killed just before 7:00 last night in San Pedro Town. Police responded to shots fired in the San Mateo area of the island where they found the lifeless body of Jason Gillett, 30. While police are canvassing […]

Man charged for gun found on Tuesday night
Roy Davis of Jane Usher Boulevard in Belize City has been charged in connection with a firearm police recovered on Tuesday night. According to a police report, at around 11 p.m. that night a police mobile was in the Pitta Street area behind Gwen Liz […]

San Pedro police officer charged for theft
According to San Pedro OC, ASP Henry Jemmott, PC Zani Savala of San Pedro police was charged yesterday with two counts of theft. According to Jemmott, PC Savala allegedly stole monies from a taxi man and a driver. Police are yet to release further […]

Blogs

24 Small Things I Love About Living In Belize: A New Way to Look at “Real Life”
The battle in Belize over oil exploration vs. NO OIL exploration along the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world continues… Our reef system, residents LOVE for the country, authentic experiences and the fact that so much of Belize has been conserved is the reason many pick to visit Belize over other, often lower prices destinations throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America but I want to take it down to a simpler level. I’ll reel that in for now and talk about my gratitude for living in Belize. Here are some of the small things (and not so small things) that I love about making Belize my home. 1. After living in Manhattan, NYC for 10 years, I realize each day that I love a small town 2. I have my vegetable store, my fruit lady, my Annie’s Cart for pastries or snacks, my breakfast taco spot, my lunch deli. Mine all mine. Sure I used to have “my” Starbucks or “my” Whole Foods but it wasn’t because of my love of the owner and our daily chats or because they knew how I liked my food. Now, even if I don’t ask, someone helps me pick out the best pineapple in the bunch.

The 5 Best Regions to Meet Expats in Belize
If you’re considering Belize as a possible place to live, there are five regions where most expats settle. Each of these regions offers a somewhat different lifestyle, and the cost of living varies accordingly. In each region you’ll find at least one hub where expats gather to socialize. Corozal is a sleepy Belizean family town located on the picturesque Corozal Bay, near the country’s northern border. You’ll find few tourists here. Expats in this region appreciate the proximity of Chetumal, Mexico, and the resort towns of Tulúm, Playa del Carmen, and Cancún. They can easily hop the border to shop at Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, and other large shopping centers. Ambergris Caye has 20,000 residents; Caye Caulker has only 2,000. Many more expats live fulltime on Ambergris, in the town of San Pedro. San Pedro is a bustling hub of activity, so there’s always something happening. You’ll have many opportunities to meet fulltime expats here. They gather regularly at a variety of social functions, beach bars, and restaurants.

Waterfall Rappelling and Zipline Adventure at Bocawina Rainforest in Belize
Located in Belize’s southeastern Stann Creek District, the Mayflower Bocawina Park is 7,000 acres of pristine tropical evergreen forest. A gorgeous natural paradise, the park is home to exciting adventures like rappelling down a waterfall and sailing through the forest canopy on some of the longest zip lines in the country. The Mayflower Bocawina Park is located in the Stann Creek District of Belize. The park is administered by a non-profit organization headquartered in Silk Grass Village. Open year-round, visitors can tour the beautiful Mayflower Bocawina Forest at any time, weather permitting. The entrance fee is $5 USD for visitors and $2 BZD for Belize residents. The zip-line and water rappelling tours are additional cost. The best way to enter the park is via a four-mile long access road that connects the park to Mile Marker 6 of the Southern Highway just a short distance south of where it intersects with the Hummingbird Highway. Inside the park are several Maya sites, including Mayflower Plaza and Maintzunun temple. These and other waterfalls like Three Sisters, Peck, Big Drop, and Antelope Falls are worth a visit in between rappelling and zip lining.

Beach Wedding and Trash the Dress at Coco Beach Resort, Belize
Danielle & Kelcey decided to tie the knot on our beautiful island, at one of the best resorts from the country, Coco Beach. The wedding of their dreams, was on a quiet setting, right on the beach, on a beautiful tropical day surrounded by family and best friends… and was out of this world…. A cozy beach ceremony, followed by tropical cocktails and family photos and bride & groom only just going around and stopped to the scenery they loved… the wedding dinner was amazing.. on the beach, under the stars, literally, a movie scene… Next morning, we had her “Love/trash the dress” session and was amazing… while kids were playing in the pool, the parents had their fun wet bridal right around the kids…

International Sourcesizz

Latin America: 10 of the best food and drink experiences
Belize is at Number 5 in the Travel Weekly UK article "Latin America: 10 of the best food and drink experiences." What better way to embrace the beauty, fun and flavour of Latin America than by eating and drinking your way through all that this glorious part of the world has to offer? Whether you’re tucking in to tacos in Mexico, swilling a sassy cabernet sauvignon in Chile, or creating your own ceviche in Peru, Central and South America are bursting with scintillating flavours to get clients’ taste buds buzzing, while at the same time taking them to the heart of local cultures. Here we round up 10 of the best food and drink experiences in Latin America, allowing you to showcase its diversity and innovation to food-loving clients. Buen provecho!

F.I.U. Subjects Belize To National Risk Assessment For Money Laundering
The FIU signed a memorandum of understanding with the Income Tax Department on Wednesday. As we told you, it is to facilitate the share of information across the two entities to fight anti-money laundering, tax evasion and terrorist financing. And under the new leadership of Kent Clare the FIU will be embarking on some big programs. On Wednesday, he told us about an extensive programme called the National Risk Assessment for Belize. He told us what it will entail and why it is necessary for Belize to develop this programme: Kent Clare, Director, FIU “The FIU is conducting a very ambitious but a very necessary program to develop what is called a National Risk Assessment for Belize. Basically what it is, it’s an anti-money laundering and terrorist financing initiative but it takes into account a wide variety of stakeholders, from the AG Ministry, Immigration Department, Customs, certainly Income Tax, the office of the supervisor of insurance, the IFSC who supervise the offshore sector, the Central Bank and basically you are looking at risk assessment and mitigation in every way that Belize could be challenged; whether it is our borders, risk from criminal activities – the street crime, cybercrime, and your fundamental money laundering.

Three jungle adventures
“I am in the jungles of Belize, hiding behind a cluster of bamboo,” reports Francesca Angelini in The Sunday Times. From the trees with spikes to the tarantulas with a bite worse than spikes, there’s plenty to watch out for, not least the howler monkeys. “Something soft lands on my back,” says Angelini. “Forest fruit, I presume.” No such luck. “It’s monkey poo.” There’s much to entice British visitors to this part of Central America. It’s English-speaking, for one, and with American Airlines changing its schedule next month, it’s never been easier to get there. Not that you will be in any doubt where you are. “The Queen peers out from the colourful banknotes, but toucans at the breakfast table remind you that you’re in the tropics.” Mountain Pine Ridge is a 100,000-acre reserve of pine and jungle, in a county where national parks make up 40% of the former British colony. Camp out with the jaguars, raccoons, coatis and ocelots if you wish. But to stay in style, head to Gaia Riverlodge. There you will find “immaculate” cabanas 250 feet above a river, “its own private swimming pool”. The idea is to embrace nature.

Videos

  • YLAI Impact Story, 3min. In the first of a series of YLAI Impact Stories, hear from Heidi Castillo, Founder of Grandma B's in Belize. Heidi is working with My Chocolate Shoppe while in Charlottesville for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative - YLAI.

  • Belize Dance Intermix 2016, 3.5min. Belize Dance Intermix performs at the Bowling Green International Festival in Circus Square Park, Bowling Green, Kentucky September 24, 2016.

  • Immanuel in Belize 2016, 5.5min. An overview of the 2016 Belize Mission trip with members from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere Illinois. This was Immanuel's 3rd trip to Seine Bight Belize.

  • THE DEPRESSING SITE OF THE RICALDE STADIUM, 2min.

  • QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND VECTOR CONTROL, 27min. on Open Your Eyes...

  • LIVIN MI LIFE TV SITCOM, 25min. on Open Your Eyes...

  • Melonie Gillett - Rollercoaster Ride Music Video, 4.5min.

  • Explore the jungle & caves of Belize!, 4min. What more could you need when adventure is concerned?!

  • Thatch Caye Island Resort, 1min. An overview of the beautiful Thatch Caye Island Resort in Belize.

  • SCUBA DIVING BELIZE SEPT 2016, 12min. Diving in Belize, liveaboard at the Belize Aggressor III. Fantastic trip!!

  • Barton Creek Archeological Site, Belize, 4min. Experience the Mayan Underworld (May 10, 2015)

  • Global Leadership Adventures Belize 2016, 4min.

  • Belize Trip October 2016, 5.5min. Cave Tubing Zip Lining Intro to Scuba Snorkeling Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley Ambergris Caye.

  • MarineGEO in Belize 2016, 5min. This is a summery of our MarineGEO field campaign in Belize, Carrie Bow Cay 2016. The Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO), directed by the Smithsonian’s Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON), is the first long-term, worldwide research program to focus on understanding coastal marine life and its role in maintaining resilient ecosystems around the world.

  • Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage meets with Hopkins community to discuss recent developments regarding offshore oil exploration in Belize., 83min.

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