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Less than 0.1% comes back to Belize’s biggest tourism earner
For years residents on Ambergris Caye have been asking successive governments for more returns from Central Government, especially considering the economic contribution the island makes to the country through tourism revenue. In fact, the business sector on the island has been very critical pointing out that the Government of Belize (GOB) is not doing enough to “protect the goose that lays the golden egg.” The People’s United Party (PUP), through their local candidates on Ambergris Caye, made a public announcement that if their party forms the next government, Ambergris Caye “will get its fair share of the economic pie.” The announcement was made on Friday July 11th on a local radio and television show on Ambergris Caye. The PUP San Pedro Town Council candidates and the PUP Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South Elito Arceo discussed their campaign platform. “After several discussions with Party Leader Honorable Francis Fonseca, he has agreed that when PUP forms the next government, the island will get an increase in percentage from all the taxes collected from Ambergris Caye,” said Arceo. “Those monies will help address the issues affecting the island.” The economic contribution of Ambergris Caye is huge and to appreciate how much money is generated on the island, it is important to point out some statistics. San Pedro has 154 registered hotels and resorts out of a total of 765 in the entire country. That is equivalent to 1,774 rooms out of the 7,210 registered in the entire country.

28 receive Associate’s Degrees from San Pedro Junior College
The San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) held its 13th Commencement Exercise on Saturday July 12th at the Rafael Angel Nunez Auditorium. During the graduation ceremony, 28 students received Associate’s Degrees in three different areas of study. Pascual Pacheco took top honors in the 2014 graduating class and was the Valedictorian. The Salutatorian address was delivered by Honor Roll student (and The San Pedro Sun staff reporter) Janelle Cowo, one of the six that graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration, Majoring in Accounting. Following Cowo’s warm remarks, Guest Speaker Dr. Vincent Palacio who is the Dean for the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Belize addressed the students.

Police continue investigations into the murder of Jeffrey Eiley
It’s been four months since the murder of San Pedrano Jeffrey Eiley, and San Pedro Police are still searching for Rafael Juarez. Eiley was shot and killed in the early hours of Thursday, March 6th, and Juarez is believed to have vital information about the shooting incident. Police have also reviewed surveillance footage from an establishment at the crime scene. Police have stated that the footage is unclear, shows only silhouettes and only partial times of the shooting. “There is no clear evidence in the surveillance footage captured so it cannot be used in the investigation,” said Castellanos. Police do continue their investigations and believe that Juarez will be located using the help of foreign entities. Anyone with any information that could lead to the location of Juarez or can contribute to the investigation can do so by contacting the San Pedro Police at 206-2022. For those wishing to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers Belize may be notified at 0-800-922-8477.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

AGENDA 1. Introduction and job description of the new Deputy Inspector of Police Henry Jemmott. 2. Crime report by Inspector of Police Lewis Castellanos 3.Review of the neighborhood watch presidents meeting of Monday, January 14 a. Cadet program = Brittany b. Crimestoppers- Steve c. youth curfew- Deputy Inspector Jemmott d. Freddie Gonzales- trip e. open issues Please R.S.V.P if you will be able to attend

Have an invention in mind?
INVENTORS WANTED – The Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology and Public Utilities (MESTPU) is inviting Belizeans inventors from across the country to take part in the 4th Annual Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIS Tech 1) competition. The competition, an initiative from American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the United States Department of State, focuses on young scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs, who have either an idea or start-up in the subject areas of agriculture, energy, health, and communication technologies. Applicants will have the opportunity to win up to $15,000.00 USD in individual funding and up to $70,000.00 USD in total prize money, a year membership to AAAS and every finalist will also receive up to three months one-on-one mentorship with top experts in their field or subject of interest. Deadline for application is July 21. Applicants must be between the ages of 18-40 and must write a 750 word proposal accompanied by a 90 second video to the GIS website. An expert panel will review applications and the top 30 finalists will win an all-inclusive paid trip to Morocco to participate in the Finals at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Thirsty Thursdays Coming to Cayo
Thirsty Thursdays will soon have a club in Cayo. They are completely refurbishing the old Piache grounds across from the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. They hope to open in August. More pictures to come. Picture album on G+. "Thirsty Thursdays is opening a club in Cayo! They are totally renovating the old Piache grounds. Just about everything but the thatch is going."

Cayo Classifieds - Issue 25
This week's issue of Buy and Sell Weekly Classifieds. Read all about Mountain Pine Ridge in this issue.

I Found My Ideal Water View In Belize
My husband and I just returned from a trip back to the USA, to spend quality time with our family. After such a trip it’s natural to reflect upon why we relish our lifestyle in Belize…and there are many good reasons. We first visited Belize in 1999; almost a decade later, in 2008, I moved permanently to Ambergris Caye. And yet, each time we visit friends and family in the USA someone asks “when do you plan to move back?” It’s a befuddling question since we have no plans to move back fulltime. As a child I spent part of each summer splashing in Michigan’s abundant lakes… As a young adult I made my way to San Francisco, with its dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean… But for me neither compares to the breathtaking beauty of the Caribbean Sea. Its hues range from aquamarine or turquoise green to deep topaz blue. As a seasoned diver, each time I gaze out to sea I give thanks for the abundant, colorful fish and coral that flourish off our protected coast…

EOD techs conduct demolition training in Belize
Navy explosive ordnance disposal technicians from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3 conducted a joint demolition training evolution with members of the Belize military as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014. Southern Partnership Station is a deployment that sends U.S. Navy subject matter experts to countries in Central and South America to work and train alongside local subject matter experts. For the demolition evolution, the technicians from EODMU 3 were working with soldiers and sailors from the Belize Defense Force and the Belize Coast Guard. “We’ve got three different groups represented here today,” said Lt. Mike Slagh, assigned to EODMU 3. “We’re focusing on demolition initiation techniques, and how to be safe when we’re doing that.” The group used small amounts of explosives and focused on different ways to detonate the explosives.

URGENT...Saving Orphaned Manatees in Belize
Wildtracks hosts Belize's Manatee Rehabilitation Centre, providing care for orphaned and injured West Indian Manatees as part of the national initiative to ensure that this endangered species continues to live in Belize's waters. The two recently arrived orphaned calves bring the total number of manatees in care at the Manatee Rehabilitation Centre to five....a record number reflecting the increasing threats to the population. We URGENTLY need to upgrade the infrastructure to cope with the increasing numbers. With only three pools, and one lagoon enclosure (for larger juveniles), we urgently need to upgrade our infrastructure to cope with the additional calves - and there is no guarantee that we won't get yet another calf tomorrow!


SSB Awards Scholarships to 55 Students
The Social Security Board held its 13th Scholarship Program today at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City. Of the hundreds countrywide who applied for these scholarships only fifty five students were awarded from the high school, college and vocational/technical levels. Love News spoke to Gale Ozaeta, the Communications Officer for the Social Security Board about the scholarship program. GALE OZAETA “Today we are awarding 55 scholarship recipients. These are students who have satisfied the criteria that we were looking for as we were preparing to offer these scholarships. Today marks our 13th Social Security Scholarship Awards ceremony and we are looking at our scholarships as giving back to the Belizean students. We looked at their academic performances, we looked at their financial needs and we also looked at the way they crafted their application letter and also their commitment to education. From each category, it’s a total of 55 students. We had 15 sixth form scholarships that were awarded, we had 37 high school scholarships and we had 3 from the TecVoc (technical/vocational) section.”

Ariel Rosado Foundation Moves Forward Without Bruce Sanchez
The Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation has been in existence for more than 2 years. According to the Foundation’s website, the purpose of the foundation is to provide funding for educational scholarships and sporting activities to encourage Belizean youths to develop healthy minds in healthy bodies…..but the President of the foundation, Dr. Alvaro Rosado, is now in a legal feud with one of the founding members of the foundation, Bruce Sanchez Sr. Yesterday, after Rosado’s comments on Wednesday, Sanchez Sr. hosted a press brief to share his side of the entire situation. According to Sanchez, he and his son ceased signing cheques because they believe that no proper accounting was occurring. Yesterday, Sanchez Sr. pointed out to two cheques that were signed by Dr. Rosado. Dr. Rosado explained those cheques today during a press conference called by the Board of the Foundation. DR. ALVARO ROSADO “The cheque that Mr. Sanchez showed, if I remember, he showed two cheques. One cheque was made out to Shelly Bradley. Shelly Bradley is the Secretary for the Belize Sailing Association and we were required to get lifejackets for the sailors that are on our scholarships. Ms Bradley, because of her knowledge of sailing agreed to get the lifejackets for us.

Preacher Man Stabbed Four Times
The body of 28-year-old, Oscar John Lambey was found early this morning in an abandoned lot on Wilson Street. He had been stabbed four times, once to the chest and three times to the back. His friends say that Lambey was a man of God-walking around Belize City preaching the word of God. He was always seen with a Bible in hand and up to his death he had a bible with him. He is described as a peaceful individual. The question on his friends and family’s minds is, ‘why would anyone want to kill him? With the story on this latest case of homicide, we join Hipolito Novelo for the story. HIPOLITO NOVELO “The body of 28 year old Oscar John Lambey was found early this morning in an abandoned lot on Wilson Street. He had been stabbed four times; once to the chest and three times to the back. His friends say that Lambey was a man of religion, walking around Belize city preaching the word of God. He was always seen with a Bible in hand and up to his death he had the bible with him. He is described as a peaceful individual. So, the question as to why anyone would want to kill him has left his family and friends puzzled.

Death Penalty Project Audits Belize Central Prison
Today a report by Joseph Middleton on the Belize Central Prison was presented to the Bar Association of Belize. The report was on an exploratory visit for the Death Penalty Project between July and August in 2013. The report looked at several issues like mentally ill inmates, young offenders, condemned prisoners and inmates serving life sentences. In terms of mentally ill inmates, the report found that there is a dire shortage of resources available for the diagnosis and treatment of mentally ill prisoners. The report states that the availability of effective psychiatric care in the prison is inadequate and does not comply with international minimum standards. Presently there is one condemned prisoner who the report states was given an unlawful mandatory death sentence in 2001. According to Parvais Jabbar, Co-Executive Director of the Death Penalty Project, the purpose of the report was to solely state facts. PARVAIS JABBAR “We have been working in Belize for well over two decades and in doing the work, as I had mentioned, during those years a number of concerns have been highlighted in some of the litigation that we have been involved in, some of the cases that have happened. Our involvement really was a shared understanding that there were some common concerns about some of the issues within the prison system to the extent that some of the categories of offenders may require some review in terms of the practice and procedure within the prison.

Morris Acquitted in Case of Police’s Stolen Gun
Thirty-three year old Karim Morris, charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license for a .38 revolver that was stolen from a police constable, was acquitted of the charges today by Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart. Magistrate Stuart found Morris not guilty due to insufficient evidence. The incident occurred in March 2011. The police constable, White, was shot and his .38 revolver was stolen from him while he was at Belama sub station. The gun had 4 rounds of ammunition in it. Police later recover the gun and the ammunition in a bushy area near the river at Belama Phase 3. The police had alleged that it was Morris and another man Eldon Smith who took them to where the gun and ammunition were hidden. Morris had called one witness, his girlfriend, who testified that he was elsewhere when the gun and ammunition were found. Smith was charged jointly with Morris but he was acquitted of the charges about 2 months ago.

Magistrate Rules Guilty for Stolen Windows and Basin
Two persons, 20 year old Keron Swasey and 19 year old Christopher Gillett, charged with burglary, were found guilty of the charge today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Swasey, who was not present in court and whose trial was done ex-parte, was sentenced to 5 years with the stipulation that his sentence is to run consecutively to a sentence of 6 years he got last week from Senior magistrate Fraser for another burglary conviction, pertaining to a burglary that happened on February 17, 2011, around the same time the burglary occurred for which he was sentenced to 5 years. Gillett was much more fortunate. Because he was a minor, 17 years old when the burglary occurred, Senior Magistrate Fraser declined to give him a custodial sentence.

Tasher Says He Rented The Car; Owner Says It Was Stolen
Forty year old Winfield Tasher, a construction worker of a Chetumal Street address, who allegedly stole a 1992 Toyota car, was charged with theft when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Tasher pled not guilty to the charge. He was offered a bail of $4,000 and his case was adjourned until September 11. The incident occurred between March 6 and March 7, 2014.Thirty-four year old naturalized Belizean chika Essel, a security guard who is originally from Nigeria, reported to the police that he left his car parked in front of his house on March 6, and when he returned home the following day around 6 p.m. he discovered that his car was missing. He said that his car has a value of $6,000. He also said that Tasher had come to him on March 6 and had asked him to rent the car to him for $40 per day to do taxi service and he had refused. Tasher said that Essel had rented the car to him and he was taking some tourists on the Phillip Goldson Highway when the car broke down at mile 8. Tasher said he left the car at mile 8 and when he returned the following day the car was gone. The car has not been recovered.

The People’s Front Weighs in On Mismanagement of Monies at Hospitals
The stories on several financial irregularities in the Ministry of Health, particularly, the Central and Southern Region and the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City have raised concerns all around……earlier today, the Belize People Front, sent out a release condemning the irregularities. The release reads, in part, “the Belize People Front has learned there may be some irregularities happening at KHMH regarding its now former financial officer. While the Ministry is taking steps to find out what exactly occurred, it is after the fact. Why do we wait for damage to be done then assess and pay the costly price of repairing the damage?” The release goes on to say, “The people of Belize are provided second and third tier health care. Healthcare should be a national priority. The people of our nation are the wealth of our nation.

Gov’t Supports Barranco in Agricultural Development
Residents of Barranco Village in the Stann Creek District are preparing to embark on agricultural projects as earlier this morning the village Chairman, Dr. Joseph Palacio got the process started by handing over thirty nine land applications to the Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, Gaspar Vega. The applications are for farmlands that came about via a meeting between the village council representatives and the Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, earlier this year. In that meeting with the Prime Minister, it was expressed by the village council that they are looking to get the villagers involved in agriculture as part of their plans for sustainable development. Vega assured the council that the applications will be processed and finalized within a month which falls in line with the plans of the council as they believe that it is a crucial step towards renewed economic development. Barranco is one of the oldest villages in southern Belize with a recorded settlement dated back to the 1860s. The handing over took place at the office of the Barranco Village Council. Aside from the Village Chairman, the Secretary, Dr. Francis Arzu was also on hand for the presentation.

Isreali Military Weapon Found in Belize
While Police at Precinct 3 are trying to figure out who killed Oscar Lambey and why, police in Precinct 2 managed to take off a high calibre weapon off the streets earlier today. Assistant Superintendent of Police and Deputy OC at Precinct 2, Calbert Flowers, explained that a search in an abandoned lot led police to a 5.54 agile assault rifle. ASP CALBERT FLOWERS “We know that these weapons are produced in Israel, their origin is Israel and they have been used a lot in the Guatemalan Army up to 2008 when they stopped being used by the military in Guatemala. We believe that his weapon belonged to some of the gang members in the south side of Belize City.” LOCAL REPORTER: “Does it concern you, the calibre of weapon that these gang members have at their disposal?” ASP CALBERT FLOWERS “Certainly it concerns us. We know prior to this that these gangs are operating with these weapons, we know that they have these weapons out there and based on our intelligence we continue to go at them to try to recover some of these weapons.”


PENNERGATE VIDEO: Rise and Shine Show; DETAILS of Citizen Kim’s Belize Passport
We discuss the Details of the COLA leaked Auditor General’s preliminary report. This episode focuses specifically on the acquisition of a Belizean Passport by Won Hong Kim while still in a Taiwanese Prison awaiting extradition to South Korea.

Street preacher stabbed and killed in Belize City
On Friday morning there was a fatal stabbing incident in Belize City, about exactly 24 hours after Thursday’s shooting death of Lionel Sampson on Antelope Street Extension. The deceased is Oscar Lambey, whose body was found in an abandoned lot on Wilson Street in Belize City around 6:00 a.m....

Audit report on Central Prison to be released
The Death Penalty Project, based in London, has been working to give legal assistance to persons accused of serious crimes, particularly those under the death penalty. Its attorneys have worked on some of the biggest criminal cases in Belize’s history. While there is no one currently on death row...

Ariel Rosado Foundation responds to charges
We have been covering the sudden rift between members of the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation, formed to honor the life and legacy of cyclist and attorney Ariel Rosado. Ariel’s parents, Drs. Alvaro and Dorla Rosado, are embroiled in something of a legal feud with Bruce Sanchez Sr., and...

Man knocked off bicycle on highway dies
William Montero Jr. was laid to rest on Thursday at his family home in Esperanza. Last Friday, Montero Jr. was knocked down and killed in Esperanza village while he was riding his bicycle. We spoke to police Officer Dinzdale Thompson. Dinsdale Thompson – Officer in Charge of San Ignacio...

Taxi operator accused of stealing rented car
A dispute over a 1992 Toyota car lost on the Philip Goldson Highway has landed in the Magistrate’s Court. Security guard Chika Essel, 34, a naturalized Belizean-Nigerian, accuses 40 year old Winfield Tasher, construction worker and by his account a taxi operator, of stealing his vehicle after Mr Essel...

Youths convicted for burglaries
          Christopher Gillett In separate cases of burglaries, Belize City youths Keron Swasey, 20, and Christopher Gillett, 19, were handed differing sentences. Keron Swasey failed to appear in court for the separate burglary charges he faced, and when the authorities catch up to him he...

Acquittal on charges for stolen firearm
In March of 2011, P.C. Nigel White was shot in the Belama Police Substation on Chetumal Street, now Precinct Four Headquarters. Four men were charged for attempted murder, robbery and keeping firearm and ammunition without a gun license. Two of the men accused of the latter, 33 year old...

$1000 fine for stolen $200 bike
He stole a $275 bike and now has to pay $1000 in court fines. Marlon Charlie pleaded guilty Friday morning to theft in the Corozal court. A messenger had left his bicycle in front of the Corozal Town Hall but it was stolen. The bike was later recovered from...

National Song Competition eliminations this weekend
The competition to find Belize’s best songwriters and singers is in its first stages of elimination. At Fort Cairns Plaza in Orange Walk Town on Thursday night, winners in the Belize and Carnival Song Competitions were selected for the Northern Region. With more here is Creative Arts Development Officer at the...

NICH hosts summer programs for children
A highlight of the school vacations in July and August is summer camps for any and every discipline across the country. The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) has one teaching expressive arts. We spoke to Youth Development Officer for NICH, Kimberly Vasquez. Kimberly Vasquez  - Youth Development...

Caye Caulker Chronicles

San Pedro Sailing Regatta (4 photos)
Congratulations to our Caye Caulker sailors! Yes Yes that 1st place medal went around her neck! She is a beginner and won the beginner division.....

The Reporter

Police: Evangelist’s murder appears to be robbery
Police say they believe that the murder of Oscar John Lambey, 28, was the result of robbery. Police base their theory on the fact that Lambey’s pants pockets were turned out when they moved his corpse on Friday morning. Lambey’s body was found in an open lot adjacent to Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church and primary school on Wilson Street on Belize City. The evangelist, who voluntarily preached from a Bible he carried, was reportedly seen on the church compound in the company of an employee of the same institution around 10 that night. While police have detained one suspect, they have not yet filed any charges.

Man’s body found in pond
Police.on Friday night retrieved the body of an elderly man in La Democracia Village. Police told The Reporter that the body of the elderly man, not yet identified, was discovered in a pond in the village. No further details are available at this time, except that police are labeling the death as an apparent drowning.

Fire officials believe Friday night blaze was “accidental”
Fire officials say that the cause of Friday night’s fire at 225 Prince Street that left 10 persons homeless was “accidental”. A fire official who spoke to The Reporter on Saturday said that thr blaze was likely started by a child playing with a lighter on a bed. The occupant of the two-story wooden house, Ian Mahler Sr., told this newspaper that he was asleep with his two youngest children, aged one and two, sometime after 8 p.m. on Friday when the smell of smoke woke him up. Mahler said he tried to put out the blaze but in the process, had to move his children and realised that the fire had grown out of control. The father of four said that his family lost all their velongings and are staying with relatives. The lower flat of the house was not burnt but suffered water damage. They too are staying with relatives.

Bolivia has introduced a new legal working age of 10 years old, provided the children are self-employed and also attend school. The new law also permits 12-year-olds to be contracted to work with parental iauthorisation. The legislation sets harsher punishment, however, for violence against children, with a 30-year jail sentence […]

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Belize is represented at Living Earth Festival
The Garcia Sisters from San Antonio village in the Cayo district are representing Belize at the Living Earth Festival underway in Washington, D.C. The event, which culminates on Sunday, is being hosted by the National Museum of the American Indian. According to organizers, the Living Earth Festival is designed to showcase the Yucatec Maya Culture and Arts. Paulita Garcia explains that her group’s input at the Festival is to demonstrate how to carve a Mayan stela on slate. Belize’s participation in the Living Earth Festival is sponsored by the National Museum of the American Indian.


Galen University Belize Fall 2014 schedule
Galen University Belize has released its fall 2014 schedule of classes and among them are Chinese Business Partnerships & Economic Development, and Marketing Research. Both of these classes have real world applications for Belizean professionals who want to engage in business in Belize, whether it’s international or domestic. Galen University has long been known as an institution of higher education for those in Belize who want to go on to develop themselves further with careers in government, banking, higher education, and other esteemed vocations. Many Galen alumni hold positions within the most respectable organizations, and while “who you know” is indeed important in the world of business networking, at Galen, students learn the specifics on how business can benefit Belize.

Using a sharp knife, cut the tomatoes into thin slices. Drain the mozzarella if necessary, and cut into slices and stone the black olives before slicing into rings. Layer the tomatoes, mozzarella slices, olives, and basil leaves in 4 stacks, finish with a layer of cheese on top. Place each stack under a preheated hot broiler for 2-3 minutes or just long enough to melt the mozzarella. Drizzle over the balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and season to taste with the little salt and pepper.

International Sourcesizz

Harvest Caye: Are NCL and the Belize Department of Environment Con Artists and Lackeys?
Earlier this month, we talked about the efforts of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) to slow down or block the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) "mega cruise development" on Harvest Caye in Southern Belize. You can read our article here. It seems that Belize's Department of Environment (DOE),under pressure from Miami-based NCL, rushed the massive and environmentally unsound project and avoided consulting with the public in Belize. We have seen other cruise lines destroy ancient coral reef and mangroves during dredging and land-clearing projects to build one-sided projects designed to suck the money and resources out of Caribbean countries. Today I ran across a "letter to the editor" from the Chairman of the Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association. Characterizing the NCL executives who pitched the project as "con men" and those Belizeans who are hastily moving the project ahead without public participation in the environmental impact analysis as "lackeys," the tourism president asked some compelling questions about the Harvest Caye project. You can read the article here. NCL will carve up the mangroves and tear out the reefs to build their fantasy resort and wedge their massive ships in. Once projects like this are plotted and hatched here in Miami, the wishes of the local people are irrelevant. Its only a matter of time before the bulldozers rip out the mangroves and the indigenous flora and fauna are replaced by the fill of crushed reefs.

Tiny Belize offers jungle ruins, ocean adventures
The same turquoise waters that lure tourists to Caribbean destinations slosh around Belize’s island chain. But tiny Belize has a major advantage in reeling in the holidaymakers — spectacular Maya ruins tucked away in lush jungle. The nation is home to more prehistoric buildings than modern-day ones, according to its Institute of Archaeology. That ancient appeal draws in backpackers eager for adventure as well as divers ready to gawk at its bustling reefs or plunge into its famed Blue Hole. Belize has all the ingredients for a surf and turf vacation — at least for those who don’t mind the odd giant cockroach or neon green frog that may invade their jungle dwellings. Evidence of human sacrifice in Maya times litters the floors of the Actun Tunichil Muknal caves, where the skeletons are welded in place by limestone sediment. Mayan pottery is also frozen in time there, with archeologists opting to leave most artifacts as they were centuries ago. To get to the caves, visitors are led down a gentle jungle trail that includes several river crossings. Next, comes an invigorating swim across a frigid pool of water at the cave’s mouth (which is patrolled by a resident vine snake). Water winds throughout the cave, and visitors have to squeeze through impossible-looking openings before being rewarded with the archaeological trove. But don’t expect to plaster social media with photos documenting the adventure. Clumsy tourists — including one who left a camera-sized hole in the skull of a sacrificed child — led to a ban on cameras at the site.

5 adventures to go on while visiting Belize
Belize is the perfect country for both adventurers and people wanting to relax. The country is only about 1/6 the size of Utah, but it’s blessed with extensive and impressive displays of natural wonders. And Belize seems determined to keep it that way. Nearly half of the country is made up of national parks and nature preserves. For starters, Belize has 240 miles of beautiful, Caribbean coastline which have produced the kind of beaches where palm trees grow just 20 yards inland; and, if you’re like me, you’ll be happy to see that many of these palm trees have been hung with nap-tastic hammocks or shaded beach chairs. Belize is home to the world’s second largest barrier reef. Its 200 mile-long coral reef is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world with more than 100 different species of coral, 500 species of fish and numerous invertebrates such as crabs, octopus and starfish. This diversity of life makes for some of the best fishing, snorkeling and SCUBA diving in the world.

CAYO CAULKER, BELICE. Nadando entre tiburones, tortugas y rayas.
Después de visitar Guatemala y de hacer un larguísimo trayecto desde Livingston, Guatemala (donde disfrutamos del pueblo garífuna) hasta Belice, teníamos ganas de llegar a Caye Caulker, uno de los lugares de nuestro viaje por Guatemala, Honduras y Belice que esperábamos con más deleite. El estado de Belice, el único de Centroamérica donde la lengua oficial es el inglés y no el español, es conocido por su enorme barrera de coral, la segunda más grande del mundo después de la de Australia y por ser uno de los mejores lugares para bucear, e incluso para el snorkell. La posibilidad de nadar entre tiburones, rayas y tortugas marinas nos tenía especialmente expectantes. La barrera de coral de Belice forma parte de la lista del Patrimonio de la Humanidad. COMO IR DE BELICE CITY A CAYO CAULKER. Lo más habitual es hacerlo en el taxi acuático (water taxi, lo llaman aquí) que une Belice City con Caulker. Hay varias empresas que hacen el trayecto, como Caye Caulker Water Taxi o San Pedro Belice Express water taxi. Hay varias salidas en cada dirección (prácticamente cada hora hasta las 17.30) y el trayecto dura 45 minutos. Nosotros hicimos el trayecto con San Pedro Belice Express water. El mismo taxi acuático que llega a Caulker, sigue trayecto hasta San Pedro, capital de Caye Ambergys. El precio de ida y vuelta (22.5 USD en 2014) es un poco más barato que si se compran 2 trayectos por separado (12.50 USD cada uno). Los niños, de 4 a 10 años, tienen descuento (15 USD i/v, 7.5 USD, un trayecto).


Video: Belize 2014, 4min.
from Alex Maldonado

Video: Belize Scuba Diving, 4min.
Scuba diving in Belize. Locations include the Great Blue Hole, Turneffe Atol, and Lighthouse Reef. Footage is quite blue and a little dark as most of the time we were between 50-70 feet deep and the camera doesn't do as well in low light situations.

Video: Mayor of Belize Visits Los Angeles, 10min.
Mayor of Belize Visits Los Angeles

Video: Belize Snorkelling, 4min.

Video: 2014 Belize Vacation Part 4: Burrell Boom/Ziplining/Cave Tubing/Mayan Ruin, 4min.
Blue Hole/Belize Zoo/Burrell Boom/Ziplining/Cave Tubing/Mayan Ruin.

Video: 2014 Belize Vacation Part 3: Glover's Atoll, 6min.

Video: Portofino Beach - Belize - Day One, 1.5min.
Wandering the beautiful grounds...

Video: 202days, 10min.
202 days. Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, USA.

Video: Partnerships Matter: Explosive Ordnance Disposal in Belize, 1.5min.
I'm on a four-month deployment to Central and South America. We are wrapping up a six-week stop in Belize. Next stop is Guatemala (Colombia and Honduras after that). During the Belize leg of the deployment, I decided to work mostly in black-and-white. For the title and ID screens I was going for a look reminiscent of old jazz album covers. I think the b/w has run its course, and I'm going to work on a new look in Guatemala. I may keep the record-cover title screens, but I'm not sure. -bc

Video: Ambergris Caye - Belize, shark ray alley, 8min.
snorkelling in shark ray alley.

Video: Belize!, 5min.
A short video of today's dive at the San Pedro Canyons in Belize.

Video: The paradise that is Belize, 4min.
A awesome week spent in Ambergris Caye, Belize with a couple GoPro's.

Video: Yellow-headed Parrot Nest Box Project, Belize, 20min.
Our January-Februray 2014 nest box installation trip to southern Belize and accompanying travel photos.

July 19, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

Mayors from across the country were at Las Terrazas
on Ambergris Caye as part of the monthly Belize Mayor's Association meeting. This month, the Mayor of San Pedro Town Daniel Guerrero hosted the Mayors from the various municipalities across the country. At the meeting several areas of mutual concerns were discussed.

Tropic Air announces increased service to Merida, Mexico
“Since commencement of the route, we have been working closely with our partners at the Yucatan Tourism Board and in the Merida tourism community on building traffic. We are now excited to be increasing our service in response to their feedback, support and enthusiasm”, said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “Clearly Merida has […]

Basil Jones Summer Camp provides educational fun for children
Camp Basil Jones is in its second week of their youth education summer program taking place at Camp Basil Jones Educational Center located in Bacalar Chico Reserve. The program aims to provide an educational summer experience for children, and is divided into four individual camps spread over four weeks which started on Monday, July 7th […]

Where are they now? Flashback Friday: Maritza Rivas!
Still in the spotlight: 2009's Reina de la Costa Maya winner Maritza Rivas went from the crown to in front of the cameras as a morning show host in her home country.

126 children become reef experts as part of Coral Reef Ed-Venture summer camp
The 15th annual Coral Reef Ed-venture Summer Camp came to a close on Wednesday July 9th during a special graduation in which 126 children were recognized. The camp was organized by students from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, United States of America (USA), with assistance from Hol Chan Marine Reserve on Ambergris Caye. The participants […]

Ambergris Today

Belize Tourism Board Donates $5k to San Pedro Fire Victims
The devastating fire on Sunday, July 6, 2014, in the Boca Del Rio Area gutted a total of seven buildings displacing 16 families with about 88 persons including children and adults in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The island community, including local authorities and NGO’s, immediately came together to assist the families in need. On Thursday, July 17, 2014, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr, presented a check of $5,000.00Bze on behalf of the Belize Tourism Board to the San Pedro Red Cross towards the relief fund for the fire victims. On hand to receive the donation was Chairman of the San Pedro Red Cross, Mr. Eiden Salazar Jr. and Treasure, Mr. Frank Panton. The Belize Tourism Board Staff also donated food items, clothing and toiletries which were handed over the San Pedro Red Cross to be distributed to the fire victims. Andrea Polanco, Alexander Smith and Miguel Martinez of BTB were also present for the handing over of items.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Finally, your hard earned tax dollar at work on 7th Avenue Corozal (main highway)
Many commuters will be inconvenienced due to the detour/one lane access, Due to dust and other impurities caused, many merchants will be inconvenienced during this time. Apologies to everyone affected. This project is long overdue.

Our hat's off to Archaeologist Dr. Jaime Awe from the Corozal Daily and the entire community of Corozal. We had the opportunity to meet and speak with Dr. Awe on several occasions, while the restoration of Santa Rita archaeological site was ongoing last year. Jaime was the lead archaeologist in that particular restoration. Dr. Jaime Awe: “My decision to resign was based solely on my personal desire to do the true things that I am most passionate, and that is research and teaching archaeology. Belize archaeology is not just a job, it’s my life." The Corozal Daily was called that day to cover a story with Ms. Rosita Mai and Archaeologist Cynthia Robins to discuss a proposal to map out and unearth the archaeological site of Aventura in Corozal in the San Joaquin area.

Forms for farmlands within the Barranco area
Dr. Joseph Palacio, the Chairman of the Barranco Village Council, together with the Secretary Dr. Francis Arzu this morning handed to the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister a total of 39 filled in application forms for farmlands within the Barranco area. The Honourable Deputy Prime Minister graciously accepted the applications and ascertained that initial processing will be finalized within one month. There was also discussed further cooperation in the near future between the government and the village council with focus on land use and tenure. The handover took place after the officers of the Barranco Village Council had met with the Honourable Prime Minister several weeks earlier, when we outlined specific plans to increase the involvement of the villagers in agricultural development together with the sustainable exploitation of natural resources surrounding the village.

A Successful Island Restaurant in Belize
We’re both 50 years old, we live on a Caribbean island, and we love running our restaurant,” says Jackie Feldman, who—along with her husband, Adam— moved to Ambergris Caye, Belize, three years ago. “We have great friends and our family regularly visits to share our experiences. Isn’t that what so many folks dream about?”

Stalactites and Skeletons in Belize’s Maya Underworld
If you’ve ever yearned for your own Indiana Jones-style adventure, be sure to add Belize’s most infamous cave to your bucket list. ATM—full name Actun Tunichil Muknal—is your ticket to the ancient Maya underworld, or Xibalba. Also known as the “cave of the stone sepulcher,” it’s near san Ignacio in the Cayo District, and it’s where the Mayas of old performed their sacred rituals long before Europeans came.

David Smith Muzic Cover Concert
David Smith is having a fundraiser at the Destiny House in Belmopan tomorrow. The proceeds will go towards getting him to the Reach Out Music Festival, and to the Child Development Foundation. "On the 19th of June David Smith Muzic and his team in collaboration with IHeart Generation is hosting a Cover concert called 'A Night of Covers' at the Destiny House in Belmopan City. This is part of their fundraising efforts to raise the needed funds to produce and take his music ministry to the world. Concert time is 7 Entrance fee $5.00. A percentage of all proceeds will go towards Cdf Belize & their fight against CSEC"

Broad Reach Assisting Cornerstone
Feelgood news of the day. Cornerstone has teamed up with the visiting Broad Reach interns. They spoke at the youth camp at SHC, and had a health clinic at Coronation Park. Thanks, Broad Reach and Cornerstone! "Interns from Broad Reach assisting Cornerstone Foundation on it's Awareness day at the youth Camp Being held at Sacred Heart College Campus, it was a day filled with education and fun activities for all the youths involved hope they gained some valuable information that can help them go a long way. Thanks a lot to the Broad Reach group."

July 7 - July 13 2014 Fishing Report
It was a fairly quiet week here at the lodge with just 2-6 boats going out daily. Lots of repeat guests made it a fun and easy week. Fishing really picked up as the winds calmed.

Channel 7

Oscar Lambey Stabbed To Death
The headline story of our newscast last night was about a murder in Belize City, and tonight we unfortunately must report on the killing of another city resident which happened less than 24 hours later. He's 27 year-old Oscar Lambey, an avid church-goer, and preacher in training. His body was discovered near the compound of the Ephesus Seven-day Adventist Church this morning, just before 7. Police believe that he was stabbed and killed in the early hours of the day, and that robbery may have been the motive: Insp. Santiago Ciau - OC, CIB, Precinct 3 "Police visited the Ephesus Seven Day Adventists Church and Primary School compound situated on Wilson Street, Belize City. Upon arrival there police saw the lifeless body of a fair-skinned, Creole, male person lying face up on the ground about ten feet behind the school. This person was dressed in a red long sleeve shirt and a long, blue dress pants with a pair of dark socks. The person had one apparent stab wound to the upper left side of the chest and three stab wounds to the upper left side of the back. He was identified to be Oscar John Lambey, twenty-eight-years-old. Date of birth 17th June 1986, Belizean unemployed of #2930 Street Belize City. Police investigation so far reveal that Mr. Curtis Richards, the watchman for the said compound for the Seven Day Adventists Church and Primary School was doing his routine compound check at 6:35am. In that he came across the body if Oscar John Lambey. He immediately informed some persons in the immediate area who then called the police to the scene."

Police Get Big Gun Off The Street
While police continue to investigate Lambey's murder, and all the others that have been happening in the City, they've also increased their patrols and other operations. On one such intelligence-led operation, police ended up making an important weapons bust. That firearm is a military-grade weapon which used to be part of the arsenal of the Guatemalan armed forces. Today, the officer who led the operation told us more about that gun they took off the streets: ASP Calbert Flowers - Deputy OC, Police Precinct 2 "As a result of the recent violence in Belize City, particularly in the south side, the Precinct two police officers have stepped up their operations and patrol. As a result of the operation, about three o'clock this afternoon, a search was conducted on an abandoned lot, an open lot, in the Faber's Road area where this Galil, a five point six-two assault military type rifle was discovered hidden in bushes. We know that these weapons are produced in Israel, their origin is Israel and they were used a lot in the Guatemalan army up to 2008 when they were stopped used by the military in Guatemala. We believe that this weapon belonged to some of these gang members in the south Side of Belize City."

Police Crack Down On Quality Of Life Crimes
Residents of the City have also felt the effects of the police crackdown to get control of the recent outbreaks in gang violence and other crimes. Persons who've been committing bike violations, and other small petty offenses may have recently found themselves getting charged by police. Though they are minor, and are considered quality-of-life crimes, the Deputy Officer Commanding Police Precinct 2 says that the police need to show the public that they are serious about upholding the law: ASP Calbert Flowers - Deputy OC, Police Precinct 2 "These are crimes that are in our laws, on our books and we are just starting to enforce them. These are petty misdemeanor offences that have been overlooked for quite some time. We have been trying all different approaches to try to combat this violence, this crime in Belize City. So we are approaching them from the smallest offence up to the largest. We won't overlook anything at this time. So we want to warn the public that riding a bicycle on a sidewalk is an offence, riding a bicycle contrary to traffic, without light, without bell, without brake, is an offense. And the police will continue to do this operation to target these people. We know that some innocent people will be inconvenienced, but we urge people to come on board and do the right thing."

Bruce Sanchez Alleges Financial Mismanagement Within Education Foundation
Last night, we gave you but a small excerpt of our interview with Bruce Sanchez Sr. one of the senior members of the Board of Directors of the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation. The Foundation was founded as a non-profit organization in memory of the late Ariel Rosado. Its main business is to provide needy scholars with funding to finish their education, and it's main source of revenue is donations from members of the public. At this time however, there are serious allegations of financial mismanagement coming from Bruce Sanchez Sr. He was the appointed as the Vice President of the Board, and his son, Bruce Jr., the Treasurer. But, they discovered financial transactions done by President Alvaro Rosado which they believe are questionable, and so, for months, they've been boycotting the Foundation and its board. The problem is that in doing so, the Sanchez men are directors of the Rosado Memorial Foundation's bank account. This means that whenever the board wanted to make any transactions, they needed the signature of the Sanchez's.

Rosado Foundation Board Rebutts
As you've heard, the allegations he's made against Dr. Rosado are very serious. So, we held off on airing them yesterday because we want to get a response from Dr. Rosado himself. That came by way of a press conference called by the entire Board of the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation. Backed by his colleagues Dr. Rosado fielded all questions and responded to the wholesale accusations of financial mismanagement and misappropriation. Here's what he said about those cheques that Sanchez Sr. showed the press: Dr. Alvaro Rosado - President, Board of Dir., Ariel Rosado Foundation "The cheque that Mr. Sanchez showed, if I remembered right he showed two cheques; one cheque was made out to Miss Shelly Bradley. Ms. Shelly Bradly is the secretary for the Belize Sailing Association and we were required to get life jackets for the sailors that are on our scholarships. Ms. Bradley, because of her knowledge of sailing agreed to purchase the life jackets for us. When I took the cheque to the Sanchez's for her the Friday to get the jackets the Friday for the sailing session on Saturday, Mr. Sanchez refused to sign the cheque.

Will The Rosado Foundation Keep Donor Confidence?
But with all that has been discussed, it begs the question, how much damage has been done to the good work of the Foundation so far?

Charged For Taking A Man's Car Without Permission
Forty year old Winfield Tasher, a construction worker of Chetumal Street, who allegedly stole a 1992 Toyota car, was charged with theft when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. The incident occurred between March 6 and March 7, 2014. The complainant, 34 year old security guard Chika Essel, a naturalized Belizean originally from Nigeria, reported to the police that on march 6 ,Tasher came to his house and asked to rent his car for $40 per day to use for taxi service. Essel said he refused and when he returned home from work the following day he discovered that his car was missing. Essel claimed that his car has a value of $4,000.

Court: Morris Didn't Steal Cop's Gun
33 year old Karim Morris, who was charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license for a .38 revolver and 4 rounds of ammunition, which were stolen from a police constable, was acquitted of the charges today by Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart. The gun was stolen from PC White in March 2011, after White was shot a Belama sub station. Police had recovered the gun and ammunition from a bushy area near the river at Belama Phase 3. The allegation was that Morris and another man, Eldon Smith, had taken the police to where the gun and ammunition were hidden. Smith was charged jointly with Morris but Smith was acquitted about 2 months ago. Morris had called one witness, his girlfriend, who testified that he was elsewhere when the firearm and ammunition were recovered.

Trying to Burgle A Neighbourhood?
20 year old Keron Swasey and 19 year old Christopher Gillett, charged with burglary, were found guilty today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Swasey, who did not appear in court for trial, was found guilty ex-parte. The burglary occurred on February 17, 2012, at a house located at 1C Faber's Road owned by Emily Stanley. The house was unoccupied at the time and the items that were stolen included 6 aluminium louvres windows and wash basin. Police constable Gabriel Cano testified that based on information he received he detained Gillett and Gillett admitted that he participated in the burglary. He also testified that Gillett took him to a house at 20 Caesar Ridge Road where he recovered the stolen items.

Behind The Prison Gates
“Behind the Prison Gates”, it might sound like the name of a feature film, but it’s actually an intellectual discussion being conducted to the issues of inmates who are housed at the Belize Central Prison.

SSB Awards 55 New Scholarships
Today, the Social Security Board held its 13th Scholarship Award Ceremony, where 55 deserving Belizeans from all across the country were recognized as recipients for this year. These recipients were chosen from 311 applications, and today, we got a chance to greet one of them. He's a young man from the north who has fought hard to keep his dream of education going despite the challenges in his family life Once the scholarship is given, the candidates must maintain certain standards in order to retain it. They must maintain a certainly high level of academic performance, and they must maintain exemplary behavior.

A Future Football Football Club's Summer
Belize City Children have been attending the Future Football Club Summer Camp all this week, where the organizers used football as a means of outreach to them. The main personality in the summer camp has been inviting us to drop by and see his operation in action, since day one of this year's camp. So today, we obliged and got an opportunity to see the participants enjoying the competition of the sport, which Edon Rowley told us has worked out well, despite the financial challenges: The Future Football Club Summer Camp organizers wished to thank the Belize Bank, BTL and the entire hosts of generous sponsors who made this year's camp possible.

Katy Sealy Is Belizean
And before we end tonight, we must make a small clarification. We told you about Katy Sealy, athlete representing Belize at the Commonwealth Games. She also gets the distinct honour of bearing the Belizean Flag at the Opening Ceremonies. As we told you, she's British Born, with Belizean parentage, but today, we got a few calls from the National Olympic Committee, who wants to be more specific. So, we add that she's the holder of Belizean passport, and she and her parents visits the country regularly. She was chosen because she's represented Belize twice before in the Central American Championships. During those times, she won bronze, silver and gold medals.

Channel 5

Evangelist murdered near foot of Adventist Church
There are thirteen more days to go in the month, but July has already turned out to be a bloody one. There have been nine murders so far and early [...]

A major bust: cops retrieve military rifle from city streets
Police made a major bust at around three o’clock this afternoon that will provide some relief to residents in the city. Officers retrieved an Israeli-made military type assault rifle from [...]

Police crack-down on petty crime offenders in the city
Going into the weekend, the Belize City Police Department conducting a crack-down in the city of what is known as quality of life crimes due to a wave of violent [...]

Man claims he was handcuffed and badly beaten by his wife
The following story is about what is known about woman fum fum. A Ladyville resident came to our studios to allege that his wife of one year handcuffed and beat [...]

Ariel Rosado Foundation responds to allegation by former member
The Rosado family struck back today on allegations made by a co-founder of the Ariel Rosado Memorial Foundation. The board of directors hosted a press conference this afternoon to clarify [...]

Alvaro Rosado explains signatures on cheques
Rosado also set the record straight on how it came to be that he and his wife began signing checks on behalf of the foundation.   Dr. Alvaro Rosado, Founder, [...]

B.S.C.F.A. to meet on Sunday to discuss B.S.I. proposal on bagasse prices
The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association is meeting on Sunday at the Escuela Secundaria Mexico school grounds to discuss, among other issues, a position on a recent counterproposal made by [...]

Vice Chairman Alfredo Ortega comments on bagasse formula
According to Ortega, they have requested to see BELCOGEN’s books in order to come up with a practical formula but that request has fallen on deaf ears.   Isani Cayetano [...]

Court prosecutor, Joseph Nunez, gets bail
A civilian court prosecutor spent twenty days behind bars, but luckily for him, he is out on bail tonight. Forty year old Joseph Nunez was imprisoned after he was found [...]

2 found guilty of burglary
Also in the court, nineteen-year old Christopher Gillett and twenty year old Keron Swasey were found guilty of the offense of burglary this morning.  Gillett was present in court and [...]

S.S.B. awards 55 scholarships to deserving students
Fifty-five scholarships were awarded this morning to worthy students based on criteria of academic performances as well as financial needs. The recipients came from all over the country and converged [...]

Belize Cancer Society California provides prosthetic breasts
Antonette Pilgrim, of the Belize Cancer Society of California, is currently in the country. She spoke to News Five today about a month long series of activities involving cancer awareness [...]

B.T.B. donates to fire victims in San Pedro
Earlier this month, there was a massive fire on San Pedro, in the Boca Del Rio area of the island. The inferno gutted up to eight structures within three properties [...]

Mexican Theatre stages “Pequeña Batallas” in Belize
Our friends at the Mexican Embassy have organized a special treat for the Belizean public to enjoy a unique opportunity of quality theatre. At this time, the visiting Mexican theater [...]


Standard Four Student Goes Missing In Orange Walk Town
For the past few weeks we have been telling you about an Orange Walk Family who is frantically trying to locate their loved one who went missing approximately three weeks ago. This week, the family is no closer to knowing the whereabouts of Luz Clarita Carrillo, a standard four student of Louisiana Government School who was last seen on the 24th of June as she left for school. Tonight the family is extremely preoccupied as they have received a note that has gripped them in fear. Maria Lucia Carrillo – Guardian of missing child “Last week they came and brought me a paper that my daughter is being kidnapped.”

Comissioner Of Transport Launches Investigation On Mexican Taxi Operators
Yesterday we told you about trouble that was brewing for the Belizean taxi drivers at the Old Belize Chetumal border, where they are up in arms because Mexican taxi operators are invading their territory and affecting their business. And while we promised you the Transport Departments side, when we spoke with Chief Transport Officer, Crispin Jeffries, he was unaware of the situation but said that he would immediately launch an investigation since Mexican taxi operators cannot operate in Belizean soil without permits. Jeffries was unable to confirm if the Belizean taxi operators have permits to operate in that area also.

Manatee Calf Handed Over To Wild Track For Rehabilitation
A manatee calf that was orphaned and rescued near the beach in Old Belize today is now at his new home, the Wildtracks Manatee Rehabilitation Centre in Sarteneja Village. Chief Coordinator of the Belize Manatee Conservation Program, Jamal Galvez, says they were informed of a stranded calf this morning and immediately a team from the Coastal zone was sent to rescue the mammal which they handed over to the rehab specialists, WildTracks. Jamal Galvez – Program Coordinator, Belize Manatee Conservation “The guys from coastal zone went out there and retrieve the animal and from there we transported it to Orange walk where we transferred it to Representatives from Wild Tracks who will rehabilitate the animal she is very skinny, may have been away from his mother for a couple days or not eaten much so the most important thing right now is to give some fluid to the animal and see how is going to react these guys have done very good work in terms of rehabilitation and we are leaving it in their hands and we are hoping for the best for the little guy noh.

Major Project at Northern Border
If you have been traversing near the old Northern Border recently, you may have noticed that major works are being carried out in the area. We understand that the two major companies constructing in this area are Imer Hernandez Development Company and RJB Company. And what are they constructing? Well we understand that its two impressive roundabouts which are being constructed not only to beautify the port of entry into Belize but also to have a better control of the traffic. One of the Roundabouts will be located adjacent to the Northern Border and the other at the intersection heading to the cargo area.

MOT Donates Cheque To Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch
On the night of July 7th, sixteen families were left homeless after a fire swallowed five buildings and destroyed three others located on Conch Shell Street in the Boca Del Rio Area of San Pedro Town. As a result of the inferno, the families comprised of 66 adults and 32 children lost everything and had to move in with other family members or in a shelter. In order to assist the fire victims, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., presented a cheque of five thousand dollars to the Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch.

Belize Participates In Dart Competition
After 4 rounds in the 20th Caribbean Cup and 7th Americas Cup Dart Tournament in Florida, tonight the National Belize Dart team is in last place with 7 total points. Leading the competition is Bahamas with 34 points and the host team Florida is in second place with 21 points. The competition kicked off on July 12th and will see great matches between countries until the July 20th. Belize is among the countries that are participating with a delegation of 15 dart players from around the country. The tournament is being held at the Mainsail Hotel in Tampa, Florida, USA with the aim of promoting the sport of professional darts, create a memorable experience for the participants and attendees, engage in the culture of the host country, and support local charities.

Child Labor, A Major Non Compliance By The Association
Amongst the four major non-compliances faced by the BSCFA are child labour in the harvesting fields and the misappropriation of fair-trade funds, approximately 78 thousand dollars. We asked Ortega how the association plans to deal with the Child Labour in the fields issue since it’s practically part of Belize’s culture. Screen_Shot_2014-07-17_at_7.58.01_PMAlfredo Ortega- Vice Chairman, BSCFA, Committee of Management “Son los cuatro mayores y como tú sabes el estándar es de Fairtrade ven muy de cerca el punto de labor y esto de child labour que nos pusieron eso es uno que más nos llevó al camino de la suspensión las cuales tenemos que trabajar fuerte pero no quiere decir solo con eso sino tenemos que trabajar con todos los incumplimientos.”

BSCFA Taking Legal Matters As A Result Of Suspension
At the top of the newscast we told you about the six months suspension faced by the BSCFA after they were audited by FLCOERT about three weeks ago and fell in non-compliance. While Vice Chairman for the BSCFA Committee of Management has told us what corrective measures will be taken for the suspension to be lifted, he also told us how the suspension affects the association and cane farmers on a whole. Alfredo Ortega- Vice Chairman, BSCFA, Committee of Management: “Bueno ya se puso reglamentos fuertes desde el momento que se supo se suspendió a la persona y después se le dio la terminación de su trabajo, ya se ha puesto medidas dentro el sistema que va a estar detectando si algún dado caso llegara a suceder otra vez la cual estamos buscando de haiga una reducción en todo ese tipo de problemas ya se sabe de qué debemos de ser más vigilantes en todo esos pasos especialmente adonde se refiere a las finanzas pero también todo el panorama de la administración porque si descuidamos un lado puede ser de que ese lado nos afecte entonces ya se puso medidas y ya estamos trabajando dentro esas medidas y estamos viendo adonde necesita reforzar más para que así la vigilancia sea aún más fuerte es esas áreas. Nos pone a reflexionar también de tener una oportunidad de ser certificados bajo el comercio justo peo al mismo tiempo tenemos que ver de ser vigilantes a los cumplimientos de los estándares de FlOW y también de nuestro propio estándar interno así es de que eso nos da esa luz de que tenemos de ser más vigilantes y parados día tras día en cumplir las leyes y las reglas que tienen FLOW tanto como tiene la organización pero no solo en el lado de la administración sino también en las actividades que se hacen a nivel de campo por los caneros.”

The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association has been suspended by FLOCERT for six months, that’s the amount of time the association has to get its act together or face de-certification for the second time since they became certified by Fair Trade. Approximately three weeks ago the BSCFA was audited by FLOCERT and that audit resulted in 8 non-compliances, four of them major. While the BSCFA immediately wrote a letter to FLOCERT outlining the measures that would be taken ne to address the non-compliances, FLOCERT went ahead and suspended the association who received the bad news yesterday.


Positivity Booms From PM’s Business Forum
The third Annual Prime Minister’s Business Forum 2014 commenced today at the Biltmore Hotel. It’s a forum in which the Private and Public sector are brought in one room to discuss the Developments of Belize’s Economy. It’s basically a discussion session in which the Government of Belize shares what it has been doing to promote growth and an opportunity for the private sector to make suggestion on how to achieve maximum results. Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, gave the keynote address. RT. HON. DEAN BARROW “There are now multiple programs for SME development including the Small Business Development Centre. In this context the all-important issue of access to credit has received our full attention and substantial credit facilities are available for SME’s at both the National Bank and the DFC with the latter, having just secured a $20 million dollar loan from Social Security, principally for this purpose. The national export strategy is completed and is now being put into operation accordingly. A new entity called Export Belize is being launched to help exporters with market accessibility and market readiness. The National Free Zone Authority is also being revitalized and will help to work through infrastructure issues at the Corozal Free Zone and generally CFATFC requirements. Then a medical tourism strategy is being worked on and we should soon see the creation of the first Medical Tourism Association. Finally we have institutionalized the Cabinet sub-committee on investment to deal especially with the increasing interest of larger investors in-coming to Belize.

The Reality of Adolescent Pregnancies in Belize – Part 1
In 2012 there were one thousand three hundred and forty teenage girls who gave birth, with the majority coming out of the Belize District……that figure increased in 2013 to one thousand three hundred and seventy three with the majority of girls coming out of the Cayo District. In ratio to the country’s population, it may not be what one would call a staggering figure, but adolescent pregnancy is an issue that should raise a red light, not only because a teenager may not be fully prepared to enter motherhood but also because any young girl engaged in sexual intercourse under the age of 16, is illegal. In our quest to find out more on the topic of adolescent pregnancy, we visited Joan Burke, the Executive Director of the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA). For you to have clear understanding of what it is that BFLA is mandated to do, we asked Burke to explain. JOAN BURKE “We recognize that BFLA is not an island. So firstly we network with other partners in our advocacy. We advocate for laws and policies that are friendly towards young persons including adolescents. Laws must exist that will protect young persons and protect the rights of young persons and also if those rights are violated, we have to look at what is the course of action to be taken on the violators? When it comes to the legal environment, we must ensure that we hold what we call those duty bearers accountable for the protection of children and adolescents, whether it has to do, if its rape, incest because the law as it exists, states that a person can consent to sex at the age of 16 so any person under 16 who becomes pregnant, that should be considered rape because that person cannot consent.”

Well Known Man to the Police Murdered on His Way Home
At about 6:30 this morning, 27 year old Lionel Sampson was gunned down on Gravy Street. Sampson was heading home and neighbors say that they heard two men arguing and thereafter gunshots rang out. Five expended nine millimeter shells were found on the scene. It is believe that Sampson died on the spot. Sergeant Ismael Westby, of Precinct Two told the media this afternoon, that his team is collecting all evidence necessary. SERGEANT ISMAEL WESTBY “At this present moment we have two persons detained for questioning in respect to the said incident and that is how we are looking at this angle in this investigation.” LOCAL REPORTER: “Can you say more or less if you have enough evidence against these two persons that perhaps one or both of them will be charged for this homicide?” SERGEANT ISMAEL WESTBY “At this present moment it’s premature to look at evidence. The evidence has to be gathered upon any investigation and at this moment that is what we are doing. We are investigating and trying to get any evidence in order to say whether the persons we have detained are linked to the murder of this morning. The victim has been a person that is well known to the law and had been charged with many crimes and also who have been involved in different gang activities in the past.”

Primary School Teacher Writes Story Book For Children
A young Belizean teacher has put out a children’s story book based on the life of a hicatee named Herbert. The official presentation of her writings was done this morning inside the Image Factory on North Front Street in Belize City. The book’s author, 26-year-old, Gianni Martinez explained to Love News what the story plot entails. GIANNI MARTINEZ “From Flowers Bank to Burrell Boom, where the animal is going through many obstacles just like we face in our everyday lives and we know that pollution is something big in our country so the animal faces pollution, he faces the crocodile that wants to eat him, he also faces the La Ruta Maya race that we know happens every March. It’s a lot of obstacles along the way until he finds a home.” While the book took an estimated three hours to be written, the compilation of the artworks took about a year to be completed. According to Martinez, the publication of the book came about when her story was heard by an American woman during a summer camp in Belize.

Stabbing Incident Between Prison Inmates
An inmate of the Belize Central Prison was stabbed by another inmate on Wednesday. Police say when they went to the prison they saw 23-year-old Jamal Ariola suffering from multiple stab wounds. Ariola told authorities he was in the prison yard talking to Giovanni Ramirez when he felt a stab to the left side of his chest. He said Ramirez stabbed him multiple times with a pointed steel “bora”. Ariola was taken to the medic center for attention. His injuries were classified as wounding. Ramirez remains at the prison pending charges.

Sanchez Says Rosado Is To Blame
Yesterday, the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation gave out thirty scholarships. The foundation was established in memory of cyclist Ariel Rosado who died in a traffic accident in 2011. But tonight, there is a cloud of doubt if the foundation will keep on existing. That’s because the President of the Foundation and the father of Ariel Rosado, Doctor Alvaro Rosado is in a legal battle with one of the founding members of the foundation, Bruce Sanchez Sr. As we reported last night, according to Dr. Rosado, Sanchez refused to signed check for the foundation to meet its goals. Dr. Rosado said yesterday that Sanchez is holding the foundation hostage. Today, Bruce Sanchez Sr. held a press conference to defend his name. DR. ALVARO ROSADO “Dr. Rosado keeps saying about the board, that he has a board. When he ran into trouble with the bank he went and he opened a second account with a bank only he and his wife that is named Ariel Rosado Scholarship Fund. So he left the one that was with me and my son and with him and his wife because he ran in problems with the bank and he opened a second one and he only put himself and his wife, he didn’t put anybody from the board and I will further show you what his intention is by doing that. We have checks that he signed; we have five here that we will show that only he and his wife signed and the account was set up for either him or his wife or me and my son to sign on each side, that is how the account was set up.

Belize Boasts Increase in Tourists Arrivals
The Belize Tourism Board is reporting that tourist arrivals are up by eleven point eight percent for the first half of this year. The overnight sector saw a seven point one percent increase in June over the same period last year. The second quarter saw an increase of fourteen point six degrees contributing to an overall increase of eleven point eight percent for the first six months. March was the month with arrivals that is 30 thousand 754 arrivals. This is an increase of seven point four percent when compared to March 2013. The month with the highest increase when compared to 2013 was April, which saw an increase of20 point seven percent which represented a total of 21,028 arrivals. Cruise tourism also saw an increase. For the first half of this year, cruise passenger arrivals are at 527,037 visitors showing an increase of almost 37 percent. Overall, Belize saw over 142,000 more visitors in 2014, when compared to the first half of 2013. There have been 57 more cruise ship calls in 2014 than there were in 2013 through the same time period.The largest market for travelers to Belize continues to be Americans followed by Europeans and Canadians.


Early morning murder in Belize City
Around 6:20 Thursday morning , Belize City’s latest murder took place on Antelope Street Extension. The victim has been identified as 28 year old Lionel Sampson. Reliable but unconfirmed information to PLUS News is that he was shot in the head. Lionel Sampson was pronounced dead on arrival at the Karl...

Kolbe inmate stabbed multiple times
There was a stabbing incident at the Belize Central Prison on Wednesday. 23-year-old Jamal Ariola, a Belizean inmate at the Belize Central Prison, was stabbed multiple times.  He reported that at about 10 o’clock Wednesday morning, he was in the prison yard talking to his friend, Giovanni Ramirez. Jamal...

Belikin truck targeted in brazen daylight robbery
There was a brazen daylight robbery of a Bowen and Bowen truck in Belize City on Thursday. It happened around 11:30 am on Oleander street not far from the Mahogany Street Police Station. The driver and sideman of the Belikin truck were approached by armed robbers. We understand that...

Man acquitted of chopping up man during dispute over horse
Another man is free of the charge of murder after he was set free by Justice Denis S. Hanomansingh in the Dangriga session of the Supreme Court.  He is 40-year-old Andres Bol, who was accused of chopping up Luis Maas sometime between June 19 and 20 of 2011  in...

Crooked Tree woman gets heavy fine and confined for crack cocaine
A Crooked Tree Domestic is behind bars after she chose to plead guilty to the offense of drug trafficking. Police found 1.2 grams of crack cocaine hiding in a tube like container under her left breast when they conducted a search inside her home in the village.    Racquel Gomez...

Literacy Camp in the Capital
Over 150 children from the Mountain View area are attending an annual camp in the capital city of Belmopan.  The camp focuses on literacy; teaching kids to read well. Students who attend the camp get a lot of one and one assistance courtesy of several volunteers; some high school volunteers...

Dissension in the ranks at Ariel Rosado Foundation
The Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation presented 17 high schoolers and 10 primary school children from the Belize, Cayo and Corozal Districts with scholarships yesterday.  However, the foundation isconfronting a break with key founders Bruce Sanchez Sr. and Jr., who according to president Dr. Alvaro Rosado, have a different...

Prime Minister hosts business forum with private sector
For the last few years the administration of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who also has responsibility for finance and economic development, has made a concerted effort to reach out to the private sector, to hear and address its concerns on the progress of the national economy. The result is...

BTB donates to fire victims
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr, presented a cheque of five thousand dollars to the Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch, in aid of the residents affected by the fire. The cheque, as a part of the Belize Tourism Board’s contribution, was presented along...

New Taiwanese Ambassador arrives in Belize
Belize’s new Ambassador from the Republic of China (Taiwan) landed at the Philip Goldson International Airport Thursday morning. His Excellency Benjamin Ho says it is a sort of homecoming for him, having been in Belize more than two decades last. He speaks for the first time to reporters. Benjamin...

San Ignacio woman celebrates 106th birthday
Camila Espinosa of San Ignacio, Cayo, celebrated her 106th birthday on Thursday. The momentous occasion was celebrated in grand style at the Octavia Waight Helpage Center in Cayo, where Camilla has been living for the past ten years.  Luis Pullido told us more about the event. Luis Pulido –...

Mexican actors bring play to Belize
The Mexican Embassy in Belize has invited the Grupo Elenco de Yucatan to stage a one-act play titled “Las Pequenas Batallas”, written by Oscar Palacios. Actor and director of the play, Miguel Garcia Minaburo, told us more. Miguel Garcia Minaburo – Actor and Director “It takes one hour.  It’s...

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BSI makes offer to BSCFA
The country continues to watch closely what the cane farmers will decide to do when they are briefed by their representatives on the proposal from the factory owners, BSI/ASR, on the payment for bagasse. But even though the deadline for a signed agreement has come and gone, BSI is still trying negotiate with the farmers in good faith. In a letter from Belizario Carballo, the Chief Finance Officer of BSI, which is addressed to the Committee of Management of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA), he writes that the factory owners want to end the discussion on a payment for bagasse positively even though the deadline has passed. As we reported in our last issue of the paper, BSI’s offer on the table right now for a payment for bagasse is 51 cents per tonne of sugar delivered. The cane farmers association is not prepared to accept an offer which is less than $4 per tonne. In the letter, Carballo notes the big difference in the two offers but urges the association to remind the farmers that the offer takes into consideration 3 things. First, BSI made the biggest investment in the country’s private sector of $130 Million to establish the Belcogen Power Plant. The shareholders who made that investment have yet to see a return on that major financial risk that they’ve taken. Secondly, Carballo reminds that Belcogen has been operating at loses for the past few years.

Renan Briceno Jr. walks from Murder charge
The murder trial against Smart Marketing Director and Promoter, Renan Briceno Jr., 35, ended on Wednesday July 16 in the Courtroom of Justice Troadio “John” Gonzalez. The case was one of trial by judge without a jury. Prosecution, Shanice Lovelle and Porsha Staine of the DPP’s office called 16 witnesses, but their main witness is now deceased. Albert Fuentes aka “Long John” an associate of the George Street area was one of four men killed in January 2013 inside their apartment, their throats were cut, making it impossible for him to appear to testify in the trial against Briceno Jr. Back in 2011 Fuentes told police that Briceno had shot and killed his friend, Dale Tillett. With that sole witness being unable to testify for the crown, at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, Justice Troadio Gonzalez did a skeleton sum-up of the case where he rejected the series of events claimed by the main witness’ statement. He also accepted the testimony of Briceno Jr., who he described as being credible and one that could not be shaken even after cross examination by the prosecution.

Goff’s Caye Lease Cancelled
Under the last administration of the People’s United Party almost every single transaction at the Lands Department was suspect. This was so because that department was the go-to place if a racket needed to be run. We are not certain how that kind of operation played out in the issuing of a lease to the northern portion of Goff’s Caye, but we do know that it was under a PUP administration that in 2001 a parcel of land was carved out of the caye for a private individual. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources that portion of land was surveyed in September 2001. Thereafter a lease approval under reference BZ-R-516/2001 was granted in May 2002 for a term of fifty (50) years to Mr. Ramon Cervantes. The Ministry adds that while the lease was granted with no option to purchase there were no provisions preventing the lessee from constructing permanent structures on the Caye. It also stated that while there was objection by the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute to the issuing of the lease (they are responsible for Goff’s Caye) it still went ahead. Moving forward 12 years later, it appears that the lease holders tried to make a move on Goff’s caye and survey pegs were placed on the islet. That raised the attention of concerned individuals who took pictures and brought it to the attention of the media who unraveled the entire fiasco.

James Rhaburn Charged for Spam’s Murder
Police have arrested and charge James Edward Rhaburn, 41, for the murder of Michael Richard Ysaguirre, 50, better known as ‘Spam’. Rhaburn and Ysaguirre are fishermen of the Conch Shell Bay area who allegedly got into a fight on June 26 during which Rhaburn severely battered Ysaguirre and hit him in the chest area with an object made of fiber glass (believed to be a ‘hook stick’). Ysaguirre died a couple days after the brawl, on June 28. Rhaburn was arrested by police and appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano on Friday, July 11, where he was read a single charge of murder. He was represented by Richard Bradley and since the charge will be dealt with on indictment, no plea was taken. Magistrate Cayetano ordered that Rhaburn be remanded at the Belize Central Prison until his next court appearance on September 15. Yssaguirre is the brother of former Belize City Major, Zenaida Moya. The family says he died because of a punctured heart.

71-Year-Old to Stand Trial for Unnatural Sex
Burrell Boom’s David Popper, 71, of Riverside area will stand trial in the October session of the Supreme Court for committing an unnatural crime upon a 23-year-old man in April of 2013. The victim reported to police that he visited Popper at his home in the Riverside area at about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013, where Popper offered him a drink. The man said he took the drink and after drinking he suddenly lost consciousness. He said he later woke up and saw Popper standing up next to him, but he lost consciousness again. It was not until 5 hours later that he woke up at his mother’s home, where police came to detain him because of an allegation of assault Popper made against him. Police took him into custody where he slept for eight more hours before he woke up in the cell and had to use the toilet. He used the toilet and realized that he was passing blood. He alerted the officers who took him to seek medical attention. The doctor who examined him certified that he had been sodomized.

Man dies in Cayo as a result of traffic accident
A laborer from Esperanza Village in the Cayo District has died as a result of a traffic accident. Thirty five year old William Lopez was riding a bicycle in Esperanza Village on the left hand side of the road and was heading in the direction of Central Farm last Friday night at about 9:00 pm. In doing so, William Lopez was hit by a red in color Chevy Silverado truck with license plate BVO-000595 driven at the time by Belizean businessman from Arenal Road in Benque Viejo Town, Imer Hernandez. According to investigators, a vehicle that was heading in the opposite direction of Imer Hernandez was driving with a high beam, which caused Imer Hernandez to hit bicyclist William Lopez.

Burglar Gets 7 Years after Caught in the Act
He was caught burglarizing the home of photographer Vicente Vernon and for that 21-year-old Jason Cawich gets to call the Belize Central Prison home for the next seven years. Vernon of #14 Regent Street West reported to police that at 2:05 a.m. on Friday Morning, July 11, he was sitting down in front of his computer when he heard a noise coming from his bathroom. He went to check what was going on and saw a Hispanic man inside his house who he did not know. Vernon subdued the man and called police to the house. Police responded and detained the man who was later identified as Cawich. Vernon went to check on his belongings and noticed that some expensive equipment was missing. Those include a Cannon digital camera valued at $2,500, a black Canon bag valued at $100, a black cooler valued at $400, a black Safari video valued at $350, a black and white tripod valued at $250 and a black and white Canon film camera valued at $125. Total value of the items missing is $3,725. Vernon went to check outside the house by the door which Cawich used to enter and found all the items outside.

Alleged kidnapper of Mormons held in Melchor - was heading to Belize
The sub-station of the municipality of Melchor De Mencos, Petén, pursuant to an arrest warrant, has detained a suspected kidnapper in the district Fallabon in that jurisdiction. According to Guatemalan police agents, the capture was made when the alleged criminal had an intention to leave the Country with destination to Belize. The catch is the result of coordination between Interpol Guatemala, the task force against kidnappings and officials of the local police station in Melchor. The detainee is 23 year old Magandy Magyver Arriaza Choc, alias "Picachu," who was held by the Court in the first instance due to drug trafficking and crimes against the environment in the Department of Izabal, on March 3 of this year and also for the crime of kidnapping. The task force reported that Magandy Choc was part of a structure that has already been dismantled, which was dedicated to kidnapping Mormon missionaries in the northern area of Guatemala. Belize is also host to Mormon missionaries.

Remanded for Attempted Murder
Tevin Palmer, 18, is in jail after he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison for the attempted murder of Shawn Fisher. Allegations are that on Saturday, July 5, Palmer approached Fisher in front of Kick Down Fence fried chicken shop on Dean Street and opened fire at him. Fisher was shot once to the left side of his abdomen and once to his left buttocks. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police arrested Palmer on Friday, July 11, and he was taken to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Monday, July 14. Palmer was unrepresented when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer. He was read three charges: one count of attempted murder, one count of wounding and one count of use of deadly means of harm upon Shawn Fisher. No plea was taken since the matter will be tried at the Supreme Court. Due to the nature of the offenses, bail was denied. Palmer will be remanded at the Belize Central Prison until his next scheduled court appearance on August 29.

Busted with Weed in Most private hiding spot
Individuals smuggling drugs into the Belize Central Prison are getting craftier every day. On Thursday, July 10, prison officers busted a smuggler with a most unusual stash spot. 25-year-old Quinn Melinda Arnold from the Conch Shell Bay area went to visit a male friend at the prison and was searched by a female prison officer. The officer informed Arnold that she was going to conduct a strip search upon her. Arnold told the officer she had her menstruation; however, that did not stop the search from proceeding. The officer found a bag of weed stashed inside Arnold’s vagina, covered by a pad. Arnold was handed over to Hattieville police who took her to the station and weighed the weed in her presence. The weed amounted to 10 grams; therefore, Arnold was charged with drug possession. On Friday, July 11, Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart remanded Arnold to prison after she pleaded guilty to one count of drug possession. She is set to reappear in court on Thursday, July 17, for sentencing.

Change in Police Ranks
One hundred and sixty-eight officers from the Police Department had the distinguished honour of being officially promoted after the department held a ceremony to formalize their distinction from the rest of officers who were at their rank. After today’s ceremony, there were 97 new corporals, 28 new sergeants, 29 new inspectors, 2 new assistant superintendents, 4 new superintendents, 3 new senior superintendents, 4 new assistant police commissioners, and 1 new deputy commissioner of police. Some of the most significant changes as a result of these promotions is that Miguel Segura is now the Deputy Commissioner of Police. He was the head of the Eastern Division, and he will now be succeeded by Assistant Police Commissioner Desiree Phillips. Alford Grinage, the Officer Commanding Police Precinct 1 in Belize City is now a Senior Superintendent. Ralph Moody, the former Officer Commanding Cayo Police, is also a Senior Superintendent. Aaron Guzman, the commander of the Western Region; Joseph Myvette, the Commander of the Northern Region; and Robert Mariano, the Commander of the Southern Region, are all new assistant commissioners of police.

Marcel’s Madness
Marcel Cardona fell off the political scene as quickly as he made his appearance but it seems that this one-time politician wants to make a resurgence. At least that is what it appeared like on Saturday when he held an impromptu demonstration at the Police Station in Orange Walk. The problem with his demonstration is that it was not appreciated. Maybe in Cardona’s mind he must have thought he was doing something grand but in the minds of residents of Orange Walk, he was doing a disservice to a well respected diplomat, born and bred in that town. While Cardona paraded like an idiot in front of the police station, it was a solemn and somber atmosphere everywhere else across the town. There must have been some effect of the Supermoon which was taking place on that very day that did not allow Cardona to process what was happening (it has long been proven that the moon’s size has a direct effect on people who have mental problems). People in Orange Walk take death very seriously and for him to have just broken the already injured spirits of Orangewalkenos was not appreciated. Calls from the people of Orange Walk proved this to be true.

Belize’s Southern Animal Farm
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” George Orwell’s Animal Farm We all know the plot. Old Major a boar gathers the animals of the Manor Farm for a meeting in the big barn. He tells them of a dream he has had in which all animals live together with no human beings to oppress or control them. He tells the animals that they must work toward such a paradise and teaches them a song called “Beasts of England,” When he dies only three nights after the meeting, three younger pigs—Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer—formulate his main principles into a philosophy called Animalism. They rebel and defeat farmer Jones and rename the farm – Animal Farm. Napoleon, the pig that emerges as the leader of Animal Farm after the rebellion, takes control and starts to act like humans do- sleeping on a bed and drinking whiskey. He trains nine puppies and turns them into his personal attack force. He makes alliances with the humans and starts acting like one, wearing clothes and walking upright. When the common animals peep inside the house where Napoleon is consorting with humans they cannot tell the difference between animals and humans. They query his behavior, and Squealer who is Napoleon’s propagandist makes all sorts of excuses on his behalf telling them that napoleon is looking after their best interest despite the fact that they are in effect hungry and cold. Eventually the animalism philosophy is dropped and its seven guiding principles are replaced by one…”all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”.

Denny brings Water where there was none
It has been 10 years since residents in an extension area of San Estevan village in the Orange Walk Central constituency have been asking for potable water to be brought to their homes without any response. Not being one to see his people suffer in this manner, UDP Standard Bearer Denny Grijalva this week made that request a possibility. With the assistance of Belize Water Services Limited and its Chairman Alberto August, the residents were facilitated with material enough to stretch 1000 feet for them to be connected to the water system in the village. The manpower to put down the pipes was provided by residents and the village chairman while Grijalva provided the heavy equipment for the trenching to be done. Truly this is the kind of proactive measure which Denny is known for that will have him secure a seat in the House of Representatives.

Belize Establishes Diplomatic Relations with Indonesia and Palestine
Belize officially established diplomatic relations with Palestine and Indonesia in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations during a ceremony in Mexico City on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. On behalf of the Government of Belize, H.E. Oliver del Cid, Ambassador of Belize to Mexico, signed Joint Communiqués with the Ambassador of Palestine in Mexico, H.E. Munjed Saleh, and the Ambassador of Indonesia in Mexico, H.E. Hamdani Djafar.

Eulogy for H.E. Alfredo Martinez
With the passing of Alfredo Martinez, Belize has lost a worthy and true man, a person we can all feel proud of and celebrate as a commendable example of a Belizean we hope there were more of. I first met Fred in 1993, when he came to Mexico to replace me as Belize’s ambassador; I found him to be an amiable fellow, cheerful and gregarious. But I really got to know him in and after 2000, during the Facilitation Process and its aftermath. He was the representative of the Opposition in the Negotiating Team, and he was an exceptional representative of his party and, most importantly, of the State and people of Belize. In Fred I had an intelligent, savvy and cool man, always willing to learn and to approach matters with an open mind. He played an important part in helping us achieve the tremendous gains we made as a team with other worthy Belizeans during that difficult and tortuous process. Sometimes I wondered whether I had missed something, and that Fred had trained as a lawyer and not told anyone. In our meetings with international lawyers, Fred was on top of the game, asking critical questions and making comments that would have made the best lawyers proud.

European Union donates vehicles to Ministry of Health Vector Control Unit
Today the Ministry of Health hosted a presentation to the media of eleven (11) Toyota Hilux 4 X 4 Pick-up trucks at Belize Diesel & Equipment Co. Ltd. compound in Belmopan. This comes as part of a Contribution Agreement from the European Union to improve and upgrade the Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health. The transportation vehicles will be used to assist the health workers of the program in interventions, surveillance, treatment and compliance of vector control efforts in both the urban and rural communities across the country. The vehicles have a total value of BZ$720,000.

Learning from the Past
If the possibility of a contempt of court charge was non-existent we would have long commented on the only possible outcome of the criminal proceeding against Elvin Penner. Given this condition, we hold our pen for the “I told you so” imminent finale of this circus. What we find interesting in this matter however is at least two “firsts” that it presents in the history of our nation. It is the first time that any Prime Minister of Belize has ever publicly announced the banning of an area representative from ever serving in the party he leads. It is also the very first time that any serving area representative is before a criminal court of law on a matter relevant to the ministerial portfolio that individual held. The work commenced earlier this week and equipment will remain in the community in an effort to try to remedy as many of the streets as possible. At this time only streets that can take scraping are being addressed since material to fill up streets are not yet available however Castillo says she is looking at ways in which this can be done.

Los Lagos gets some love
After years of neglect the residents of Los Lagos are receiving much needed attention as UDP Standard Bearer for the Belize Rural Central constituency Beverly Castillo, has been able to mobilize resources to upgrade the streets in that community. According to Castillo, the streets in Los Lagos have been in desperate need of maintenance and at this point she has been able to get equipment to alleviate the pot-hole ridden community. The work commenced earlier this week and equipment will remain in the community in an effort to try to remedy as many of the streets as possible. At this time only streets that can take scraping are being addressed since material to fill up streets are not yet available however Castillo says she is looking at ways in which this can be done.

The Police Officer is your friend says New Police Superintendent
As one of the first police officers to be promoted in the past two months, Police Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson has now become the Officer in Charge of the San Ignacio Police Formation, bringing in a new management style to policing. Since the first of last month, Dinsdale Thompson has been attempting to take community policing to a new level, which is nothing new since he had served the community of San Ignacio and Santa Elena from 2008 to 2010. “I strongly believe that without the community we cannot function as a police formation and we want to see San Ignacio and Santa Elena, continue to become one of the most safer[sic] tourist destinations,” says Dinsdale Thompson. So far, Thompson has met with the Police Special Constables, who on a daily basis are volunteering on the Cayo frontlines to reduce crime. On Wednesday of last week, he also met with the People’s Coalition of Cayo PCC, another group that seeks to further good community and police relations in the furtherance of a lower crime level.

Blatantly PUP
It is now a given fact that Louis Wade is a political pawn and a PUP sycophant. Day in and day out he pulls out his big screen and tries to imbue his audience with PUP propaganda. It has now gotten so ridiculous that he is connecting dots where they don't even exist and he is casting aspersions and innuendos for no reason. Someone needs to tell Wade that at the rate and manner in which he is attacking the government he is bound to have an aneurysm. He has so fallen away from his original path that his is now but a meandering soul that has lost his way.

TRAILBLAZER: Belize’s First Female Architect!
Trailblazer Tuesday's brings you Belize's first female architect Ms. Esther Ayuso! Belize’s first trained female architect, Esther Josefina Ayuso , was received as a small bundle of joy to Belizean father Oscar Ayuso and his wife Josefina Ayuso nee Medero one late November morning in 1958 in Caracas, Venezuela. Her father returned to Belize with his young family and Esther settled into her Belizean life. She graduated from St. Catherine’s Academy eager to move her adult life forward. Training in her professional area of interest was not available to her in Belize so Esther went to Venezuela where she had family support and completed a five-year technical undergraduate degree in architecture at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas.

Going down the wrong path
On Friday July 11 2014, Ramon Cervantez Jr. called Plus TV to dispel any notion that neither he nor his recently deceased father held any lease to a portion of Goff’s Caye. That call translated into an impromptu interview between the caller and the host of Plus TV. Mr. Cervantez expressed certain concerns regarding the recent murder of Ramon Cervantez Sr. and the progress of the ongoing investigation. It became very apparent that the host of Plus TV had a foregone position with regards to this case, and tried very hard to get Mr. Cervantez to align with his perspective. Plus TV is insinuating that our local crime fighters need to be overseen by a private investigator. How can we claim to be Belizean and yet at every turn we put down our very own? What was very disturbing was his suggestion that should Manuel Castillo be caught by the police, that more than likely he will be killed to silence him. It sounds as if though he has information relating to this case that he should share with the police. Mr. Cervantez’s concerns are addressed below.

National U-20 Male Football Team in El Salvador
The Football Federation of Belize is being represented by the National U-20 male Football Team of Belize at the UNCAF U-20 qualifier for the 2015 New Zealand World Cup, which is taking place in El Salvador from July 17-29, 2014. The team left the country on Monday July 14, from the FFB Headquarters in Belmopan. The players selected to represent the country are Norman Anderson, Edmond Pandy, Darren Myers, Randy Duke, Darroll Lambey, Collin Westby, Eduardo Gongora, Naim Wilson, Dorwin Logan, Eridito Guillen, Marcus Lewis, Clinton Dawson, Geon Makin, Gerri Trejo, Jamil Cano, Jordi Polanco and Hassan Lucas. The Technical Staff is led by Head Coach - Edmond Pandy, Assistant Coach – Dennis Serrano, Physiotherapist – Thomas Rivas, Doctor – Elfryn Reyes and Equipment Manager – Herbert Trapp Jr.

Elements lead in Belikin 8 Ball National Tournament
The Belize District Billards Association Belikin 8 Ball National Tournament entered the fourth week of the second round of competition on Sunday July 13, 2014. In the game played at the Catracha Bar, the host team Catracha defeated Lion Kings won by 4 games to 1. The tournament is played on a five match base; each match is played on a best to five racks.

Belizean athletes to XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
The Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association, the sole authority for the Commonwealth Games in Belize, has announced on Thursday July 3, 2014, the names of the athletes and officials that will represent Belize at the XX Commonwealth Games scheduled for July 23 – August 3, 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland. The Belizean Contingent is scheduled to leave the country on Sunday July 20, 2014, on Delta Airlines via Atlanta and Amsterdam before arriving in Glasgow on Monday July 21, at 11:30 am. While in Glasgow, Scotland, Team Belize along with the other 69 nations and territories will live in the Commonwealth Games Village that is built on a 35 hectare site on the north bank of the River Clyde, in the Dalmarnock area of Glasgow’s east end. The athletes that will represent Belize in Athletics (Track and Field) are Kaina Martinez in the 100m and 200m events, Katy Sealy in the Heptathlon, Mark Anderson in the 100m and 200m events, Brandon Jones in the Men’s Long Jump and Triple Jump and Kenneth Medwood in the 400m Hurdles. The coach of the Athletics team is Fredrick Evans while the Delegate is Kay-De Vaughn.

San Antonio FC leads the FFB President’s Cup Tournament
The Football Federation of Belize President’s Cup Tournament continued on Saturday July 12, 2014 at the Ricalde Stadium in Corozal Town between the leagues’s leading San Antonio FC and the visiting Benque DC United. At the end of the game it was the home team, San Antonio FC that blasted the visiting Benque DC United by the score of 5-1 for the victory. The goals for the host team San Antonio FC were scored by Russel Cassanova in the 3rd, 5th and 84th minutes of play, Darnell Mossiah in the 47th minute of play and Ian Daniels in the 58th minute of play. For the visiting Benque Dc United, the only goal was scored by Danilo Escobar in the 10th minute of play.

Health Hookup
Back to basics – Washing Hands The history of medicine is a peculiar one. In the 18th/19th century one could argue that a large number of advances in medicine occurred as a result of data mining. Keys to the advancements were based on observation and the gathering of data. The basic concept of washing hands lead to a reduction in the spread of an infection was first proposed in 1847. Before it was proposed, the researcher had to have noticed that hand washing, or the absence of hand washing, was the key difference between the numbers of people dying on the obstetric ward. Before a physician can treat you, they must know what they are treating, and this is determined by gathering data. In the past week I’ve been called to consult on several cases presenting with the same symptoms of nausea, mild diarrhea, vomiting and lethargy (feeling tired). The overall presentation has been so mild in most cases, that the patients were able to attend to their daily activities, including work. While employers may find the news of their employees being able to continue working, as it reduces sick days and lost work time, as a positive occurrence, in the grand scheme of things one can argue that it may be counterproductive.

Ariel Rosado Memorial Foundation in Turmoil
A day that should have been joyful for parents of the late Ariel Rosado was overshadowed by a cloud of uncertainty hovering over the future of the scholarship foundation. On Wednesday, July 16, thirty students were awarded scholarships through the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation. Thirty is a huge milestone because the family had hoped to be able to provide twenty scholarships annually when the foundation was launched at the end of January 2012 and in just two years and a half they are able to provide thirty. Dr. Alvaro Rosado says, “We have been attracting more support from sponsors and as a result the number of scholarships we are able to provide has increased every year.” He says seventeen of the scholarships are for high school students. High school scholarships cover fees, tuition and books. Ten of the scholarships are for primary school students to take sailing lessons. Three are two year scholarships to Galen University. Of the thirty scholarship recipients, seven are new to the program as the scholarship pool has expanded from 27 to 30 and 4 recipients from last year have graduated. Galen University is the largest donor to the Foundation. Each scholarship from Galen is valued at approximately $60,000 annually.

Youth Talks - Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Facebook
Social media are Internet sites where people interact freely, sharing and discussing information about each other and their lives. Often times, information that is shared can be viewed by many individuals whether you approve of it or not. That’s the power of social media. We can gain access of the most random material to the most secretive data. One of the most popular social media that captures the attention of a large population of youths is Facebook. Many times we fail to realize that the main reason why youths are inactive in their community is because they are too busy staring at a white and blue page on their cellular phones or computers. We can tackle this problem at heart if we simply eliminate this distracting factor. Do you know anyone who has stopped using Facebook and it’s got you thinking of reasons to quit Facebook? Some people couldn’t imagine their lives without Facebook, but everyone has pondered the thought at one time or another. Here are excellent reasons to quit Facebook, gathered from observation, which might actually convince you to delete your account too…

Youth Talks - A Friend or a Wolf?
There is no doubt that since internet was invented, the world experienced a change. In today’s society we have advanced with technology due to the need of internet. We have various types of Social networks from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Viber and Snapchat to name a few. This has made communication so much easier and quicker than before. We can Facetime, Skype and video call with someone far away or nearby and have a conversation face to face via the camera. Communication has become so easy that it has brought positive and negative impacts. This has allowed for individuals to have close communication with friends and family members that live far. Some have met their loved ones via a social network while others have met their worst nightmares and even deaths. Whether the situation is good or bad, teenagers are the most vulnerable ones to these types of situations. Teenagers are the ones who have more access to the internet and these social networks. The danger is not the internet itself but the way it may be used. Almost everyone, who has an account for a social network or even a cell phone, has a “Chatting buddy” or “texting buddy”. This is a name referred to someone who we constantly talk to. Sometimes you may know this “buddy” but other times it’s someone you don’t even know.

Ramada Princess Hands Over TV Sets to Social Homes
If one man’s trash is another man’s treasure then how many can benefit from a hotel’s “trash”? In May of this year, the Princess Hotel officially became known as the Ramada Belize City Princess. That is because the Turkish owned Princess International Limited signed a marketing agreement to use the internationally acclaimed Ramada brand. As part of the agreement, Princess agreed to invest in a complete upgrade of its services and facilities. The hotel staff must be trained continuously to keep up with international standards. The 160 plus rooms are being redecorated to reach Ramada standards. The redecoration includes the insertion of better quality tables, towels, linens and bathroom materials including soaps, shampoo and other sanitary products. Television sets have been replaced in each room by new models of high definition LED systems. Therefore, the hotel has over 160 television sets that it will no longer use and the question presented to Sudi Ozkan, Chairman of Princess International, was what to do with the old television sets.

“Sunnyside” – A tribute to “Sunny” Pitterson
Written by Edd P. Usher Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00 “Sunnyside” – A tribute to “Sunny” Pitterson By: Edd P Usher A rainbow arose on the “Sunnyside” some 80 years ago A brethren “Zebedee Pitterson” loaned to us, dwelt with us a leader, a worker, a helper, a brother, a master baker, a businessman, a gift. But now, after only a while, a short time, He is gone, he has left. A vacuum remains, an emptiness abides, a vacancy exists. The Southside mourns!

Desperation Squared
I make it a point to steer clear from commenting on the different practices and traditions of the several religious denominations that exist in Belize today. This is because many scholars hold firm the opinion that religious intolerance between differing faiths has sparked the most appalling conflicts in our world’s civilized history; several of these deadly conflicts continue without abate even to this day. That said, and I say this tongue in cheek, I will risk one comment here on a ritual which I thought was pretty uncommon and bizarre, especially coming from a nationally recognized organization who participated in this ceremony. Last week Wednesday January 15 the leadership of the People’s United Party went to sing “happy birthday” songs at the tombstone of the late Rt. Hon. George C. Price, and then later went on to sponsor a press conference at Independence Hall, evoking the former PUP leader’s name several times during the in-house political rally.

Failing Grade
Imagine teachers in Belize entering their classrooms one morning to find them half empty. The Ministry of Education does not have any information to explain the empty classrooms but enquiries reveal that a letter had been sent to the various Managements informing them that students would be attending rallies on designated Fridays to learn more about their rights. The rallies are being organised by a group of concerned parents who have read reports showing that high repetition and drop-out rates can be largely attributed to poor teaching and school administration. The Management Authorities appear ineffective in weeding out poor teachers, the Teachers’ Union mandate is to protect teachers and so the full brunt of this institutional failure falls on parents and students. Some parents therefore decided to take matters into their own hands and hold sessions in every district to teach the students and their parents how to monitor the quality of the education they are receiving, rate their teachers and school administrations as well as report instances of inappropriate or inequitable behaviour and poor educational practices.


Cane farmers to meet on BSI “ultimatum” this Sunday
Last Tuesday, July 8, the delayed 2013/2014 sugar season concluded with all sugar milling targets having been met, but still, it is certainly not a jubilant time for local sugar cane farmers who are currently in limbo as it relates to their proposed cut of the bagasse profits. The farmers plan to congregate in San Roman Village in Corozal this Sunday, to discuss a number of issues, including what steps will be taken to address the troublesome bagasse negotiations. The cane farmers deliberately delayed the start of the crop season in order to pressure the factory owners, Belize Sugar Industries/American Sugar Refineries (BSI/ASR), to come to the table to work out a reasonable quantum of payment for bagasse, the much-valued sugar cane by-product, and those discussions were supposed to be completed by the end of the crop season last Tuesday. However, the unsettled bagasse issue continuously hovers over the embattled industry, since the farmers and factory owners still can’t agree on a final price for bagasse payments.

6 years for $100 crack cocaine !
A Crooked Tree woman was sentenced to 3 years in prison and fined $10,000 after she pleaded guilty to one count of drug trafficking for 1.2 grams of crack cocaine when she appeared before Magistrate Stephanie Gillett in the #8 Magistrate’s Court late this afternoon. After Magistrate Gillett read the charge of drug trafficking, she asked Raquel Elizabeth Gomez, 35, to enter a plea. Gomez, who catches and sells fish for a living, said “guilty.” Gillett asked her if she knew what it was that she was pleading guilty to. Gomez replied, “This is the first time I am coming to court.” After the court prosecutor read the police facts of the charge, Gillett took a five-minute adjournment, telling Gomez to think about what she would say when the court resumed.

Lionel Sampson, 28, shot to death 6:25 a.m. Thursday
Shortly after 6:25 this morning, officers from Precinct #2 Police Station on Racoon Street visited Gravy Street, located in the Iguana Street Extension area, and near an earthen drain they spotted the body of a man riddled with bullets in the upper body. The victim was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where a doctor pronounced him dead on arrival. He has been identified as Lionel Sampson, 28, a resident of 31 Iguana Street Extension. A spokesman for Precinct 2, Sergeant Ismael Westby, told reporters this afternoon that after crime scene technicians had processed the scene, they recovered five expended .9mm shells. While no arrest has been made in connection with the city’s latest homicide, Westby confirmed that police have detained two persons for questioning.

Renan Briceño, Jr., not guilty of murder
Justice John “Troadio” Gonzalez, at 2:07 p.m., delivered his ruling in the trial of Renan Briceño, Jr., who was indicted for the January 5, 2012 murder of Dale Tillett, 19, who was gunned down at Palm Island nightclub. In the courtroom after the 6-day trial were six members of Briceño’s family, including his father and second cousin, Hon. Johnny Briceño, and six members of Tillett’s family, including his mother. Briceño’s attorney was Ellis Arnold, S.C., and the prosecution was led by Crown Counsel Shanice Lovell, assisted by Portia Staine. In less than ten minutes after the court marshal announced the arrival of “his Lordship the Judge,” it was over, as the judge delivered, in skeleton form, the not guilty ruling in Briceño’s murder trial without jury. “Stand up, Mr. Briceño,” Justice Gonzalez said, “this court has found you not guilty of the charge of murder. I am dismissing you. You are free to go.”

Dr. Alvaro Rosado vs Bruce Sanchez, Sr. and Jr.
The Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation awarded an unprecedented 30 scholarships to various students yesterday, but while that might be a hallmark of their achievement, the organization is undergoing worrisome internal difficulties which have gone all the way to court, subsequently resulting in the freezing of its accounts. The foundation’s president, Dr. Alvaro Rosado, father of the late cyclist Ariel Rosado, is currently in a legal battle with former treasurer, Bruce Sanchez, allegedly because of conflicting ideas which caused Sanchez, one of the signatories, to refuse to sign the foundation’s checks. Yesterday, Rosado gave his side of the story, reiterating that the main purpose of The Ariel Rosado Foundation is to provide funding for educational scholarships and sporting activities to encourage Belizean youths to develop healthy minds in healthy bodies; however, he had not been seeing eye-to-eye with Sanchez.

“A giant trust-building exercise”
Roughly 300 persons from the private and public sector met at the Biltmore in Belize City this morning for Business Forum 2014, hosted by the Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, under the theme, “Strengthening Partnership for Growth”. The forum is being held against the backdrop of a 0.4% slump in the country’s economy for the first quarter of 2014. At the forum held in 2012, Kay Menzies, co-chair of the Economic Development Council for the private sector, had said that the cost of business is way too high. Today, she told us that they still find that to be the case, and so they continue to stress the need for tax reform and, where possible, the reduction of processes for doing business.

Editorial: Israel, Palestine; Guatemala, Belize
No one in the Belizean media has been reporting about the latest conflict between Israel and Palestine, in which more than two hundred Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed and many more hundreds wounded by Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza, all this before one Israeli casualty was recorded. Since many experts think that if a third world war were ever to break out, such a war would begin because of the raging hostility between the Israelis, on the one hand, and the Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims, on the other, the question is why the Belizean media is so silent. It is clear that the present conflict is a one-sided affair, although the Israelis, possessed of the most military firepower in the region, have always succeeded in portraying themselves to the rest of the world as overwhelming underdogs. Israel receives $3 billion annually in military assistance from the United States – planet earth’s superpower, and Israel is itself a full-fledged nuclear power, capable of delivering nuclear warheads anywhere in the region. Because of their Christian religions, which are originally derived from the Jewish writings of the Old Testament, and because Israel has also succeeded in portraying itself as fulfilling Old Testament prophecies in the Holy Land, Belizean scholars, writers, and journalists are unable to assess developments in the Middle East correctly and comment on them from a nationalistic Belizean standpoint.

From The Publisher
A thousand years ago, Great Britain, France, and Germany were not nation-states as such, but rather they were territories where various barbarian tribes roamed. Monarchies emerged in England and in France, and these monarchies began to wage wars against each other. The monarchies consisted of kings, supported by so-called nobles and high-ranking bishops and clerics. England and France are separated by a mere twenty-six miles of the English Channel, and although both the English and the French peoples paid religious allegiance to the Pope of Rome until things changed in the sixteenth century, these were the two peoples whose wars against each other were for the centuries before that the most important conflicts in the European sphere of things. In both the world wars of the twentieth century, however, the British and the French were allies against the Germans. When it was exactly that the twentieth century Germany we saw had emerged out of their collection of barbarian tribes, I cannot say. As a “British subject” attending high school and sixth form in British Honduras, I was taught mostly British, and some European, history. The traditional enemies of the British, who were my colonial masters, were first the French, and then, beginning in the sixteenth century, the Spanish.

From Wellington C. Ramos
From the time I played football in my country of Belize, I have known you to be a passionate supporter of football. Back in those days you were also a football commentator and continue to contribute a lot about the past and current players in your newspaper. I am of the opinion that the quality of football being played in Belize today has deteriorated considerably. When having conversations with my contemporaries, they are all in full agreement with my assessment. Yet, we have not given up hope and we feel that the establishment of a Belize Hall of Fame as part of our current football league BPFL’s structure would assist towards achieving our goal. I would like for you to use your influence as a writer and newspaper owner to promote this idea if possible. I am also planning to write a letter to the President of the league, Mr. Ruperto Vicente, and the Minister of Sports, Honorable Patrick Faber, in reference to this matter.

Re: the gun law
Your “From The Publisher” column of Sunday the 13th July, 2014 was read with great interest. Therein, you chronicled powerfully the grave injustices the existing gun law is having on Belizeans and how this law is further eroding the confidence our people have in the system and governance in our country. As pointed out, whatever may have been the intention of the law, it is now clear to all that this law is “an ass”. The specific provisions of the law which have caused this draconian and dragnet cruel effect on our people is a combination of an amendment to Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act in 2008 (Act No. 5 of 2008 – enacted immediately after the UDP came to power) and an amendment to the Firearms Act in December, 2010 (Act No. 28 of 2010). We wish to point out, however, that the record will show that the Opposition members at the time (both in 2008 and 2010) voted against these legislations and indeed, in December, 2010 when the most recent draconian of these legislations were debated in the House of Representatives, the present Leader of Opposition, Hon. Francis Fonseca, condemned the Amendment to the Firearms Act and cautioned the government of the negative adverse effect it would have on our people.

Manuel “El Pelon” Castillo on Interpol’s wanted list
Belizean-born fugitive, Manuel Mendez Castillo, 37, also known as “El Pelon”, who is currently wanted by Belizean authorities in connection with two recent murders, has been put on the wanted list for the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), who issued a bulletin for his arrest on its website yesterday. Castillo, who is a deportee previously residing in the Orange Walk District, is believed to have fled to either neighboring Guatemala or Mexico, along with his pregnant common-law wife, 25-year-old Avicela Duran. Castillo has been fingered as the mastermind behind the brutal killings of Ramon Cervantes, Sr., 71, and Sonia Maribel Abac, 46, who were both believed to have been kidnapped and violently slain by Castillo and/or his associates in Orange Walk within the past few weeks. Cervantes, Sr., a popular businessman and former mayor of Orange Walk Town, was abducted from his cane field on July 1, and his remains were discovered in a shallow grave near Honey Camp several days later, on July 5.

Inmate escapes death in prison
Jamal Ariola, 23, an inmate of the Belize Central Prison, escaped death after he was stabbed repeatedly in the prison’s compound with a sharpened iron tool, called a bora, by a fellow inmate, Giovanni Ramirez, at [...]

Belikin truck held up at corner Oleander and Peter Seco Streets
The security guard for a Belikin delivery truck was held up at gunpoint by three masked robbers at about 10:30 this morning at a Chinese store at the corner of Peter Seco and Oleander Streets. As [...]

Fisherman faces aggravated assault charge for knocking out man with 2’x4’
A Belize City fisherman pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated assault this morning when he appeared before Magistrate Herbert Panton, who arraigned and released him on a $1,000 bail plus one surety in the [...]

Still no arrest 5 years after vicious murder of ex-policeman
Five years after he was gunned down on Central American Boulevard, no one has yet been arrested and charged for the vicious murder of ex-policeman Clarence Raymond Leslie, 30, of Mahogany Street in Belize City, and [...]

Convict breaks out of OW holding cell
Orange Walk police are currently in the process of locating a runaway fugitive who disappeared from a holding cell at the Orange Walk Police Station in the wee hours of this morning and subsequently escaped into [...]

1 jailed, 1 fined for burglary and handling stolen goods
The trial of two men who were facing charges of burglary and handling stolen goods in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court, for an incident which occurred in 2009, was concluded on Friday by Magistrate Narda Morgan. [...]

Belize City man viciously attacked in Toledo
The assailants sliced the victim’s ear almost in half A Belize City resident who went to visit his relatives in the village of San Antonio, Toledo District, this past weekend was allegedly cornered and mauled by [...]

Orange Walk police recapture “Mateo” Bull
He eluded authorities early Tuesday morning while being held at the OW police station A convicted criminal who made a dash for freedom while being held at the Orange Walk Police Station in the wee hours [...]

Foul play in sudden death of Corozal man, say police
A post-mortem conducted on the body of Adrian Esquivel, 31, of Corozal Town, certified that his death was caused by acute lung failure due to acute pulmonary edema as a result of peritonitis. The autopsy was [...]

$1,000 fine for woman who tried to smuggle weed into prison in her vagina
A woman who pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled drug – 10 grams of marijuana, on Friday, and who was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until today, Tuesday, appeared before Magistrate [...]

Football flashback
“Football flashback” corrections – Brodies, not BEC; “Paps” Hamilton, not Frankie Clarke; MCC, not BEC field Wow! Guilty on all 3 counts. Our apologies; but our main interest was in trying to stir up the memories [...]

Lilly White says thanks
Lilly White says thanks, and birthday celebration game “First, I want to thank all the people that supported my event on 9/7/2014 at Holy Redeemer playground – Comex Paint Store; Anna’s Lunch Box; Habet Brothers; Price [...]

Belikin 8-Ball
Belikin 8-Ball Tournament in Toledo The Toledo Belikin 8-Ball Tournament continued over the weekend. Game one saw Beyonce hosting Assassins on Friday, July 11. Assassins won that game, 5-zip, in a much contested game. Winners were [...]

Cricket Corner
NOT UNTIL THE NEXT TIME On Saturday, I traveled to Crooked Tree in order to assist in officiating the remainder of the semifinal game between Brilliant and Excellence, who is last year’s champion of the Harrison [...]

Belize’s Evan Mariano
Belize’s Evan Mariano unhappy with Houston Hurricanes Things seemed bright for Belize national team player Evan Mariano a few weeks ago when we received word that he had travelled to Texas to take up a contract [...]

Bamboo energy proposal replaces cohune
PUC chair says solar power may come online as early as 2015 Belize’s energy demand continues to rise and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is pressing ahead with its review of 22 proposals from both local [...]

Health is one incentive for creating a litter-free Belize
Littering public places is prohibited by law Poor garbage management can create a health crisis. Belize City residents, who suffered respiratory ailments in 2009 due to the hellish burning of the now redesigned dumpsite just outside [...]

Eastern Division gets new Commanding Officer
The United States Embassy 2014 Woman of the Year, Acting Commissioner of Police Dezerie Phillips, is now the new Commanding Officer of the Belize District Police (Eastern Division), the police high command announced today. ACP Phillips [...]

Guns and guts… we have them all!
I do not know how many people see the juxtaposition of two developing situations in this country…. But if they don’t, I ask that you hear me out as I illustrate. This way our nation has [...]

BDF back on city streets!
Uncontrollable crime forces soldiers to partner with police in trying to control the deadly violence This afternoon, Inspector Calbert Flowers, Deputy Commander of the Precinct 2 Police, told Amandala that the BDF is now attached to [...]

NBA gifts 60 official balls to youth in Belize
Belizean students participating in the Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship camps, which are being held in Belize City for the past two weeks by the Ministry of Education and its U.S. partners: Peacework, a U.S. NGO, and [...]

Belize draws 29.3% more tourists for first half of 2014, with peak in March
Belize continues to draw more tourists to its shores, with overnight tourist arrivals up 11.8% and cruise tourist arrivals up 36.9% for the first half of 2014, according to data released this evening by the Belize [...]

“Hanky panky” prompts KHMH audit
Over $500,000 used to purchase 2 x-ray machines Belize’s flagship medical institution, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), will soon be the site of a rigorous assessment by a team from the Audit Department following the [...]

Case against Noh Mul plunderers set for October
The willful, wholesale destruction of the largest natural Mayan monument in northern Belize made international headlines in May of last year when it was discovered that a construction company owned by current UDP Orange Walk Central [...]

KHMH staff excluded from GOB pay raise
The long awaited salary adjustment for teachers and public officers from the Government of Belize (GOB) will come into effect this month, and will be retroactive to April 1; however, Amandala understands that the over 600 [...]

Two die in separate road traffic accidents
Two men lost their lives in two separate road traffic accidents on Friday night. One of the accidents occurred on the George Price Highway, and the other on the Southern Highway. The accident victims are William [...]

166 police officers promoted; some transferred
The Police Department has promoted and transferred a number of police officers. A hundred and sixty-six officers were promoted across the whole structure of the department. The promotions were awarded to the deserving officers yesterday at [...]

Guatemala gold panners captured in Chiquibul
Four Guatemala men who were captured illegally mining for gold in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve in the Cayo District were remanded to the Belize Central Prison today, until they pay a fine of $1,005 each, and if they cannot pay, they will remain in the Belize Central Prison for 6 months, after which they will be sent back to their country. The men were charged with illegal entry into Belize, and they were taken before Magistrate Narda Morgan at the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, and prosecuted by officers of the Immigration Department. The four men were captured by a BDF-police composite patrol in Chiquibul Saturday morning while the unit was patrolling the area.

The Belize Times

KHMH Under Investigation Again – Board terminates CEO & Director of Finances
On the heels of multiple Auditor General reports exposing major financial irregularity at the Ministry of Health’s Southern Regional Hospital and Central Health Region, a new investigation has commenced over the spending of over half a millions dollars at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. KHMH has seen its fair share of controversies over the past six years – starting from the pharmaceutical hustling fiasco which saw doctors go on strike to the outbreak of an infection which killed 13 babies – but this time something seems to have broken the camel’s back, however. The Board has decided to terminate instead of automatically renew the services of Chief Executive Officer Francis Gary Longsworth and Director of Finances Carlos Perrera. Perrera, we are told, was fired and has already exited the hospital leaving under a heavy shadow of scandal following allegations of mismanagement of the hospital’s financial affairs. Longsworth will be leaving in September.

Get it right!
Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all. ~ Maximilien Robespierre To suggest that our little Belize is in trouble would be grossly understating things. The crime situation has once again ratcheted up to alarming proportions and dead bodies have been turning up everywhere. Already considered one of the most murderous cities in the world on a per capita basis, things seem to only be getting worse and with no solution in sight. Normally when things get to this point, the Prime Minister would call all the gang leaders together, treat them to a big luncheon, beg for consideration and spread some money around. To be fair, this has at times met with some success but most pundits seem to agree, it is neither wise nor sustainable. While the government has approached the gangs with a velvet glove, it has approached the general populace with an iron fist. Shortly after assuming office in 2008, the Government passed an amendment to the Firearms Act which mandated immediate incarceration for anyone found in proximity to any unlicensed firearm or ammunition. This includes anyone found in any house, vehicle, building, yard, church, etc., where an unlicensed gun and ammunition is found. From its inception, the law has been met with widespread criticism and condemnation. The Opposition objected and back then, Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition warned that “the changes could potentially lead to abuses and inequity”. As is usually the case however, the ayes had it and the law was placed on the books.

False promises… broken dreams! – Why the UDP lies about building sports facilities
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup coming to an end, two very important issues have become apparent to those countries with hopes and dreams of someday participating in the most-prestigious global football competition. The first is that it takes extremely skilled players to play at this level and it starts with serious investments in sports facilities, adequate development programmes and training. That said we can all recognise how far behind we are with a Government like the Barrow Administration that considers sports a non-priority. This is a perfect time to take stock of Belize’s sporting capacity and to look at those monumental failed UDP promises that have been languishing with time.

More Violence in Belize City – 28 year old Lionel Sampson gunned down in cold blood
Belize City, July 15, 2014 On Thursday morning, 28 year old Lionel Sampson became the latest victim of gun violence in Belize City. Sampson, who is reportedly affiliated with the Jerusalem Bloods Gang, was fatally shot early Thursday morning on Antelope Street ...

BEL shuts down Belmopan
Belize City, July 14, 2014 Government-run utility companies are taking turns at Failure. First it was Belize Telemedia Limited whose internet service went down for several days after their security system was breached by “hackers”. The business community suffered thousands of dollars ...

GOB evicts San Ignacio Fire Department!!
San Ignacio, July 15, 2014 The Government seems to be waiting on disaster to strike in the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, as they continue to neglect the urgent need for up-to-standard fire fighting equipment. It is a disgrace ...

Faith Noel wins San Pedro regatta
San Pedro, July 6, 2014 Faith Noel of San Pedro Junior Sailing Club (SPJSC) won the Optimist “White” sails class and Alanis Badillo of the Caye Caulker Sailing Club won the “Green” sails class when the San Pedro Sailing Club held ...

Rising Stars vs. City Boys in SMART Mundialito finals
Belize City, July 12, 2014 The Ladyville Rising Stars will challenge the City Boys in the 2014 SMART Mundialito championship finals as both squads posted big wins in the semifinals at the Yabra green in Belize City ...

Belize Jaguars compete in U-20 football
Belize City, July 12, 2014 Belize’s young football Jaguars, the National U-20 team, left Belize on Monday, July 14 to represent the country in Central American Football Union’s (UNCAF) U-20 qualifiers to be held in El Salvador from July 17 – ...

Hon. Dolores supports Sports Camps in Belize Rural Central
Belize District, July 16, 2014 In support of the development of sports and positive activities for young people, Hon. Dolores Balderamos Garcia has given support to various summer activities in Belize Rural Central. Hon. Dolores visited Rising Star’s Annual Football Summer Camp ...

No Vision-UDP Style – Political Chairman blocks innovative agriculture show
San Narciso Village, Corozal District, July 14, 2014 Two years ago the Corozal South West Agriculture Committee based in San Narciso village, with the assistance of Area Representative Hon. Ramiro Ramirez, revived the Corozal Agriculture Show which had been ignored and ...

Of this and that…
CRACK IS SCARCE There is a trend. Every time murder spikes. It is a joke. Nobody pays attention. Five people are murdered. GSU steps up. They do not find the murderers. What they find is a lot of “found property”. It is normally weed. A few guns. We should ask ...

This Mound is Noh Mul
By Kate Usher Even as I sit here, in front of this computer I am picking bits of limestone out of my wet hair. I close my eyes and try to let the moments ...

AMAZING GRACE – Water Walker
I’ve always considered myself a ‘two feet on the ground’ kind of person. I think things through thoroughly before I begin an endeavor. I believe in getting good counsel, be it from the Constitution of the Kingdom of God or from an expert in a particular area.  And nothing is ...

HOME ECONOMICS – The Threat of Losing Preferential Markets
By Richard Harrison Belize is a relatively poor ex-British-colony in the Caribbean Basin of Central America...with a very low population density of around 14 persons per acre of land. A population of around 350,000 on a land mass of little over 5 million acres. It imports three times the value of what ...

Landy Habet assists Billy White with drainage works
Billy White Village, July 14, 2014 Over the past weekend, PUP Cayo North East Standard Bearer Orlando “Landy” Habet assisted the Billy White village council with the cleaning of drains and ...

Over 150 children participate in PUP OW Central Summer Camp
Orange Walk Town, July 14, 2014 There were over one hundred and fifty happy faces at the closing of the 2014 Orange Walk Central Summer Sports Camp held at the Orange Walk People's Stadium on Friday July 11th. For one week, children ...

By Francis W. Fonseca The UDP Government of Dean Barrow is a Government without purpose or direction. It is a Government without a Plan. A government that lives from day to day reeling from crisis to crisis. No wonder then, that Belize is in a crisis. Ask yourself the following questions: What is this UDP ...

Patrick JonesPJ

Man found stabbed to death in Belize City
This morning there was a fatal stabbing incident in Belize City, about exactly 24 hours after yesterday’s shooting death of Lionel Sampson on Antelope Street Extension. The deceased is one Oscar Lambey, whose body was found in an abandoned lot on Wilson Street in Belize City around 6:00 […]

Audit report on Central Prison to be released
The Death Penalty Project, based in London, has been working to give legal assistance to persons accused of serious crimes, particularly those under the death penalty. Its attorneys have worked on some of the biggest criminal cases in Belize’s history. While there is no one currently on death […]

Ariel Rosado Foundation Board clarifies issues
There has appeared a sudden rift between members of the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation, formed to honor the life and legacy of cyclist and attorney Ariel Rosado. Ariel’s parents, Drs. Alvaro and Dorla Rosado, are embroiled in something of a legal feud with Bruce Sanchez Sr., and […]

Taxi operator accused of stealing rented car
A dispute over a 1992 Toyota car lost on the Philip Goldson Highway has landed in the Magistrate’s Court. Security guard Chika Essel, 34, a naturalized Belizean-Nigerian, accuses 40 year old Winfield Tasher, construction worker and by his account a taxi operator, of stealing his vehicle after Essel […]

Youth convicted for burglaries
In separate cases of burglaries, Belize City youths Keron Swasey, 20, and Christopher Gillett, 19, were handed differing sentences. Swasey failed to appear in court for the separate burglary charges he faced, and when the authorities catch up to him he faces a total of eleven years in […]

Man acquitted of stolen firearm charges
In March of 2011, P.C. Nigel White was shot in the Belama Police Substation on Chetumal Street, now Precinct Four Headquarters. Four men were charged for attempted murder, robbery and keeping firearm and ammunition without a gun license. Two of the men accused of the latter, 33 year […]

Fire guts building on Prince Street in Belize City
There was a fire tonight in Belize City. The blaze happened at a house on Prince Street in the area between Albert Street and East Canal. According to reports, the fire broke out sometime between 8:30 pm and 8:45 pm. Shortly thereafter the fire service was notified […]


Placencia’s Robert’s Grove Goes All Out for the 9th Annual Belize International Film Festival
Life is fun sometimes. And being invited to the 9th Annual Belize International Film Festival…just invited…is good times. But four days of movies shown on the beach, opening and closing parties, accommodations, red carpets, international press and the beautiful village of Placencia? What is not to love? Yesterday, I met the “party bus” at the Ramada/Princess Hotel in Belize City for the 4 hour ride to The Inn at Robert’s Grove on the Placencia Peninsula. Full of actors, staff, press, entertainment…this bad boy had the music pumping and the Belikin Galaxy beers flowing.

The Garifuna Collective: A Heroic Welcome Home!
Those tireless Belizean music and cultural ambassadors who form the Garifuna Collective landed back home last Tuesday (15 July 2014) after another successful overseas tour. The latest tour, running from Germany to Serbia with a big showing at the prestigious “Summer of Antwerp” festival, drew crowds from all over Europe, attended by faithful fans and many others getting their first taste of what has been hailed as some of the most unique, refreshing sounds coming out of the Americas. The tour supported the European release of the Collective’s most recent album, Ayó (Goodbye), which the UK’s Guardian newspaper described as starting “with a lilting farewell to (Andy) Palacio, and eases into rousing, soulful songs driven by guitars and the distinctive rhythms of the Garifuna hand-drums, with strong vocals from Lloyd Augustine and Desiree Diego, and a dash of dub and funk.”

International Sourcesizz

Can Drones Fight Illegal "Pirate" Fishing?
Conservationists test unmanned aerial vehicles in Belize and California. Aquamarine waters and an abundance of marine life make Glover Reef off the coast of Belize a popular diving spot. But soon the azure sky above this barrier reef may be filled with the buzzing of drones, sent to combat the illegal fishing that plagues the region. An estimated 20 percent of all fish hauled in around the globe are caught illegally, through a combination of fishing in restricted areas, subverting quotas and seasonal limits, and using banned gear. The fish are shipped around the world and sold to existing markets, where most buyers have no idea that the food they are purchasing is stolen goods. The problem is especially acute in Belize, where hundreds of incidents have been reported over the past few years, according to Julio Maaz, who serves as a fisheries coordinator in Belize with the U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society.

2014 Copa Centroamericana Schedule Released
There is great news for those who are still pumped up about Costa Rica being the biggest cinderella of the World Cup. Everyone will be able to see it back in action as early as September, because it is one of the seven countries competing in 2014 Copa Centroamericana. The Central American Cup will be played between Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Belize. This will be the first time in 13 editions that the tournament will take place in the United States. Of course the USMNT is not part of Central America and will not be competing in the tournament, but this is a great opportunity for US soccer fans to see the talent other CONCACAF teams have to offer. Another benefit of the cup being held in the US is the amount of Central American natives and new generations who reside in the US. Only Costa Rica and Honduras make it to the World Cup, and it will be great to see these other teams compete among them. Those who live or wish to travel to Washington D.C., Dallas, Houston or Los Angeles will be able to watch this action first hand. The Copa Centroamericana is not just an exhibition tournament, because these teams are battling to qualify for other tournaments. The results will tell which four UNCAF teams will earn the berths for the 2014 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Not only will those four teams earn a berth for the Gold Cup, but also the champion of the tournament will qualify for the 2016 Copa America Centenario. There is a lot at stake for these teams.

Swimming at the top of Maya paradise
My wife and I were staying at a beach-bungalow resort in Hopkins Village, Belize, which is about halfway down the Belizean coast. Our bungalow was a mere 44 paces from the ocean. We spent our first two days reading novels on beach chairs, napping in hammocks and swimming in the ocean. Sometime during the afternoon of our second day, my wife turned to me from her beach chair and said, “You’ll never believe this: but I’m kind of bored.” Now that is a good problem to have. So when we awoke on our third day in Belize we were buzzing with restlessness; with adventure and exploration foremost on our minds. The place where we were staying, Jungle Jeanie’s by the Sea, is a wonderful little collection of raised cabanas spread among the palm trees. It also has a common area which serves as its office and guest dining room. And it has wi-fi. So it’s the place where everyone who’s staying at Jungle Jeanie’s gathers to eat, drink and swap stories about their day’s adventures.


Video: GUEST DEPARTURES: Our Week at Turneffe Atoll's Blackbird Resort, 4min.
Blackbird Caye Dive Resort is located in the heart of Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve. The largest and most bio-diverse atoll system in the western hemisphere.

Video: American Airlines Belize arrival, 6min.
Arriving from Miami International Flight: AA2476 Aircraft:Boeing 737-823(N878NN) Seat No: 21E.

Video: American Airlines Belize departure, 2min.
Departing Philip SW Goldson International Airport for Miami International Airport. Flight no: AA2440 Aircraft: Boeing 737-823(N930AN) Seat no: 23E

Video: Voices In My Head, 11min.
Electroacoustic sounds, music, and video animation. Sounds and images collected from the rain forest in Belize, in 2004.

Video: 2014 Belize Vacation Part 3: Glover's Atoll, 6min.

Video: Manatee (SeaCow) Found In Belize Barrier Reef, 1min.
I was Scuba Diving When suddenly a Manatee Came out of Nowhere and I Decided To Film it!

Video: Week 1 Lieve en Bas Reis Belize Tikal, 8min.
Een sfeerimpressie van onze eerste week reizen!

Video: GoPro in Belize Central America, 3min.
Videos taken in Ambergris Caye, San Pedro town in Belize all the videos were captured from my GoPro:Hero 3+

July 18, 2014


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Specials and Events

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The San Pedro Sun

The perfect pairing for rice and beans: Stewed Chicken!

Countries of the Americas hold national consultations to make universal health coverage a regional priority
Washington, D.C., 16 July 2014 (PAHO/WHO) - The countries of the Americas are holding national consultations to discuss the way forward to reach universal health coverage, with the support of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). National health authorities and other health sector actors are participating in the dialogues, which will help shape […]

Costa Maya Festival® presents Miss Guatemala!
The beautiful Keyla Bermudez is the final contestant for Reina de la Costa Maya. She hails from Livingston, Guatemala, and is Miss Guatemala World.

Senior Ambassador Alfredo “Fred” Martinez laid to rest with full state funeral
The Government of Belize honored deceased Senior Ambassador His Excellency Alfredo “Fred” Martinez with a full state funeral. The 60 year old diplomat died on Wednesday July 9th in Guatemala City after ailing for a few weeks and up until the time of his death, Martinez was Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala. Martinez was buried on […]

Ambergris Today

Miss Guatemala Contestant Announced for Costa Maya Festival
Keyla Bermudez has been chosen to represent her country as Miss Guatemala Costa Maya at the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant that will be taking place during the International Costa Maya Festival in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize on Thursday, August 7, 2014. At 22 years old and standing 5’ 7” tall, Keyla Bermudez has black eyes and dark brown hair. She is a Student of Public Accounting and Audit., loves reading and dancing. Keyla participated in the Miss Guatemala Pageant and won the title of Miss World Guatemala 2014.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Las pequeñas batallas
The Embassy of Mexico invites the general public to the presentation of the play in Spanish "Las pequeñas batallas" by the theater company "Elenco". Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy this magnificent play by Mexican playwright Oscar Palacios, performed by actors Miguel García-Minaburo and Brayan Albor, under the direction of Miguel Carrillo. This play reflects on family issues and leaves a positive message for their solutions. The theater company "Elenco" was founded in 1989 and has successfully played in several theatres in Mexico. They have also been involved in the regional theater of the Yucatan Peninsula. Elenco has staged in children's plays and has participated in many festivals during their 25 year long career.

Community Policing Initiative for Cayo
With its new management team now consolidated, the San Ignacio Police Formation will be holding a very important public meeting at the Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio Town on August 6th to inform the public on crime statistics and other matters relating to community policing. All are welcome to this important interface between the Police and the Community. Members of the Cayo Neighborhood Watch Association CNWA, People’s Coalition of Cayo PCC and Police Special Constables are also being invited to this meeting.

International Costa Maya Update
Starting this Friday, July 18, 2014 - Miss Photogenic competition featuring the 8 delegates of Miss Costa Maya 2014. Voting will be done on Facebook. The top 3 winners will receive a gift basket each, which will feature art from local artist Mirza Perez of Azrim Kreashans, among other gifts. Stay tuned for more information. Empezando este viernes el 18 de julio, en Belize Pageant Updates: La competencia de Miss Fotogénica con las 8 delegadas de Miss Costa Maya 2014. La votación se realiza en Facebook. Las 3 primeras ganadoras recibirán una cesta de regalo cada una, que tendran arte de artista beliceña Mirza Perez de Azrim Kreashans, y también otros regalos. Estén atentos para más información

Navy Medicine Works in Belize
U.S. Navy medical professionals are traveling to rural areas with local doctors and nurses in Belize, Central America, to help with the patient load and observe how the local medical system operates. “These clinics get out and see the rural villages that don’t really have access to healthcare,” said Lt. Cmdr. Tim Whiting, a public health nurse assigned to Naval Medical Center Portsmith. “We’ve been able to tag along on these mobile clinics to get out and see what’s actually going on out in these villages, and how they do healthcare out there.” The mobile clinics are sponsored by the Belize Ministry of Health. The Belize healthcare professionals pack up a truck with medical equipment and travel out to remote locations. “Today we were very stationary,” said Whiting. “Some of the other mobile clinics will be very mobile – lots more house calls. This is our fifth mobile clinic that we went on today, and they’ve all been very different.”


Progress with the restoration part of the Historical Mural Preservation and Promotion Project
Underway at the Corozal Town Hall this week. (4 photos)

SPORTS CORNER - Let's continue to support Sports and Body Building fitness in Corozal
Rigo Vellos of Corozal has been accumulating many accolades in his Body Building career. He currently holds the Mr. Belize title. He is hosting the 1st Annual Spartan Fitness Club Bodybuilding Classic on July 19th (Saturday) at the Civic Centre - Corozal. Bring out the entire family.

Channel 7

Lionel Sampson Killed On Early Morning Walk
Last night, we showed you the comments from the Police Minister John Saldivar, who took a swipe at the media. He suggested that the press is responsible for the negative perception surrounding the current crime situation in Belize City. But that perception became real for the family of 28 year-old Lionel Sampson early this morning, when gunmen attacked him will he was on a morning walk. Police say that he was Racoon Street extension his assailants shot him multiple times in the upper body. Officers from Precinct 2 have been investigating his murder, and this afternoon, they briefed the media on the information they have so far:

Robbers Went For Security Guards Gun; Left Bowen Employees Along
Police from Precinct 2 had to respond to another crime in their area when 2 men ambushed a security guard who was guarding a Bowen and Bowen truck. The Bowen employees stopped to make a delivery at one of the shops on Haulze Street, in the Lake Independence area, a short distance away from the Mahogany Street Police Sub-Station. With the police nearby, and their own dedicated guard with them, the delivery team may have believed that they were secured. But, reports say that in an approximate 10-minute operation, armed masked men singled the security guard out, forced him to the ground and gun-point and relieved him of his service weapon, which belongs to his security firm. Police arrived shortly after, and set chase after the men. The officer from Precinct 2 shared more details with us today:

Meet The New OCED
That's great police work today, a few hours before the newly promoted Assistant Police Commissioner Desiree Phillips granted a media encounter in her new post as Officer Commanding Eastern Division. Today, she sat down with us in her office and discuss the current situation in Belize City, and recent spike in crime. Here's what she told us: Reporter "What are the proposals under your command that you foresee trying to bring this back down and have people feel comfortable in coming back to Belize City because we are already hearing people saying once again I am afraid to come to Belize City." ACP - Desiree Phillips - New OCED "Well you know to be honest with you a lot has to do with all the sensitization by the media spilling things over, but realistically speaking the truth of the matter is that things are not as bad as it may seem. You may or may not want to agree with me but that's the reality and I have been involved in different meetings with the different gang groups over the past few months and some of the things that we have been doing it has been working. We will continue to build on those things. Like I said it's nothing new, it's just a matter of building on what we have been doing and doing more of what makes successful; doing more of what works. With respect to the high visibility presence in the streets, that will definitely continue. We will definitely be imploring on intelligence lead policing of course. We will be re-strategizing our efforts, but of course we remain focus."

Money Fight Inside Non-Profit Foundation
Last night, we showed you the 3rd Annual Award Ceremony for the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation. That happened yesterday, and this time around the foundation handed out 30 scholarships, twice the number it gave when it started back in 2011. Viewers may remember that the foundation was created in memory of the late Ariel Rosado, a prominent cyclist, who was killed in a traffic accident. The non-profit organization's business is to give worthy candidates an opportunity to finish their education, but what wasn't revealed until earlier this week is that the founders of the organization are now embroiled in litigation. Yesterday, we got some brief commentary from the Chairman of the Foundation's Board, Dr. Alvaro Rosado - who is also Ariel's dad. Here's how he explained his grievance with the Sanchez Father and Son, the other half board's management:

PM 3rd Business Forum
Today, the Prime Minister and the Government of Belize hosted it's 3rd Annual Business Forum. As we've featured in our news before, the purpose of this gathering is to bridge the gap between the public and private sector. Today's agenda was all about how this partnership can help to develop Belize's Economy, and at the Opening Ceremony Prime Minister Dean Barrow took the opportunity to remind the attendees that his Government has been working diligently toward this goal. Here's an excerpt of his keynote address: Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize "On the productive sector side we did put substantial initial emergency funds into sugar and made sustained and ultimately successful attempts to attract a heavyweight investor to buy over the BSI mill and avert industry collapse. Of course a second major investment in sugar leading to the construction of a new factory in the west is now well underway.

Man Accused of Inappropriate Relations With Underage Female
Tonight, 23 year-old Caye Caulker Resident Luis Alberto Barrera continues to face a sexual assault charge after he allegedly took advantage of a 15 year-old girl. Police say that the young lady and her mother visited the station on Monday afternoon and reported that this man has been having intercourse with her for the past six month on 5 different occasions at different locations in the village. A medical examination was conducted on her which certified that she was carnally known. Police have since investigated the girls report, and they've charged Barrera with 5 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse. He has since been arraigned at the San Pedro Magistrate's Court.

The New Taiwanese Ambassador, H.E. Ho
On Tuesday, we told you about the new Taiwanese Ambassador, Benjamin Ho. He's replacing Ambassador David Wu, who's served in Belize for 4 years. Well, Ambassador Ho and his wife arrived at the PGIA this morning to a group of Taiwanese Belizeans who made sure to stop in and greet the new diplomat. We met him at the airport and spoke about coming back to Belize in an official capacity, after so many years: Benjamin Ho, new Taiwanese Ambassador "Like a boy away from home so many years and come back you can imagine how excited I am to be back."

Heredia Jr. Helps Fire Victims
Last week, we told you about the blaze on San Pedro Town which left 16 families comprising 66 people and 32 children homeless. They've since been getting assistance from the Belize Red Cross and other persons of goodwill in the form of relief, but today, the Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia Jr., who is also their area rep, chipped in. That assistance came by way of a $5,000 cheque to the San Pedro Branch of the Belize Red Cross The BTB staff also donated boxes of clothing, food items and toiletries

Kaina's Ready For Glasgow
For the past 6 months sprinter Kaina Martine has been abroad getting pro-level coaching to become a world-class athlete. She became the first Belizean to earn a full athletic Scholarship, studying at Texas A and M Kingsville. She's back in Belize, making final preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which is only a week or so away. On Tuesday, we got a chance to speak with her, and we asked if that coaching in the US will help her on the goal to a medal in the Glasgow games. Here's what she told us:

British Born Belizean Flag-bearer
Kaina Martinez is one of 12 athletes who will Represent Belize. But the representative who will take the Belizean flag and fly it at the games for the rest of the world to see will be British Born Katy Sealy. A release from the National Olympic Committee says, "At an Executive Meeting held by the National Olympic Committee on Saturday, July 12th, heptathlete Katy Sealy was selected as the flag bearer for Belize at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremonies." As we've told you Sealy is a 23 year-old British Citizen, who has Belizean parentage. She lives in Eastern England, and she has been training for years as a heptathlete.

Novellas In Real Life?
Right now, there is a group of theatre actors from Mexico who are in Belize, and they're making final preparations to put on a show in Belize. Their production is called "Las Pequenas Batallas", and if you haven't guessed it by now, the dialog is all in Spanish. So, if you're fluent in the language, the Mexican Institute wants you come out and enjoy the production, should be a treat. After all, it's theatre in Spanish. We went to the Mexican Institute for a preview and spoke with the actors about what you should expect:

Channel 5

Another Brazen Early Morning City Execution in the City
The area of the Raccoon Street Extension is quickly becoming a hotspot in the south side of Belize City. Four shootings, three of which ended in murder, have occurred in [...]

Robbers Steal Security Guard’s Gun on Oleander Street
A daring mid-morning robbery during which a Bowen & Bowen delivery truck was held up in the Lake Independence Area, but instead of money, the robbers went after the service [...]

Prison Stabbing Leaves Inmate with Superficial Wounds
Twenty-three-year-old Jamal Ariola, an inmate of the Belize Central Prison, was the victim of a stabbing incident on Wednesday morning when a fellow prisoner stabbed him multiple times with a [...]

Internal Battles at the Ariel Rosado Memorial Foundation Boil Over
The Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation prided itself on Wednesday when it granted thirty scholarships to deserving students. But an internal problem at the Foundation has gone public and the [...]

Bruce Sanchez Accuses Alvaro Rosado of Financial Hanky Panky
Sanchez Senior also provided copies of two cheques that were deposited into Alvaro Rosado’s personal account and showed some receipts to substantiate payments made without his knowledge. While the Sanchez’s [...]

Public and Private Sectors Meet on Economic Development
Today, the Belize Biltmore Plaza was the site of a very high-profile, high-powered economic forum, under the theme – Strengthening Partnership for Growth. It’s the third of its kind, an [...]

Trade and Investment C.E.O. says GOB is Growing Jobs
The latest statistics on unemployment in Belize, released a few weeks ago by the Statistical Institute, shows an increase in joblessness in the districts. The only increase in employment was [...]

OSH Bill Under Discussion by Economic Development Committee
In January 2014 the Occupational Safety and Health Bill was tabled in the House of Representatives. For the unions who pushed the bill, the road was a long one, and [...]

B.S.I. Says Farmers’ Demands Unreasonable
The Belize Sugar Industries Ltd. and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association remain at odds over the proceeds of bagasse which is being used by BELCOGEN to generate the energy [...]

B.S.I. Ready to Make Bagasse Payment…but on its Terms
A meeting of the B.S.C.F.A. will be convened on Sunday, when the membership will decide on the proposal offered by B.S.I.  Meanwhile, Carballo told News Five today that once B.S.C.F.A. [...]

Overnight and Cruise Arrivals Up in First Half of 2014
There’s good news coming out of the tourism industry tonight. According to the latest figures from the B.T.B., overnight and cruise arrivals have gone up in every month this year [...]

New Eastern Division Commanders Speak on Crime
Assistant Commissioner of Police Dezerie Phillips is the second woman to take the helm of the Eastern Division. Her new posting was announced last week, and she joined fellow officers [...]

Andres Bol Acquitted of 2011 Murder
Wednesday’s acquittal of Renan Briceño Junior for the murder of Dale Tillett was followed today by the acquittal of forty year old Andres Bol. Bol was set free by Justice [...]

Local Author Releases New Book
The Adventures of Herbert, the Hickatee is the newest publication to be released by a local author. Gianni Martinez is a teacher in Belize City. Her story centers on the [...]

Solid Waste Management Revisited
The Belize Solid Waste Management Project is in full swing at the moment. It addresses various processes, including the creation of waste, collection, transfer and disposal, as well as the [...]

Popular Songstress Releases New Video
Roxana Alcoser is well-known for her melodious voice; she sings with the popular family band Super Furia from Orange Walk Town. The band has released hit songs on patriotism during [...]

Healthy Living Looks at Gestational Diabetes
There aren’t statistics available in Belize about how often women develop gestational diabetes. In the US, though, it is estimated that as many as one in ten women will develop [...]


BSCFA Responds To BSI's Letter
Approximately two weeks, that is the amount of time the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association has to respond to the proposal made by the Belize Sugar Industries Limited for 51 cents payment per ton of bagasse. Via a letter sent yesterday to the BSCFA, addressed to the Chairman of the Committee of Management, Leonardo Cano, BSI makes it known that the offer for payment for bagasse made during the negotiations will remain open through 5:00 p.m. on Friday 1st August 2014. This is after the agreement signed on January 13th 2014, became null and void after both parties were unable to reach an agreement on the negotiations of bagasse before the end of the crop season. While the BSCFA did not respond to the letter yesterday, they certainly did not keep quiet today.

Castillo Also Sought By Mexican Police
Mexican Authorities are also the heels of Castillo. Castillo’s picture is circulating in ten municipalities of Quintana Roo where it is believed he might have absconded along with his common-law-wife Avicelie Duran. The 37 year old is being sought by the Federal and State Police and the Mexican Army and Navy.

Court To Decide If Novelo Gets Back His Land
Earlier in April of this year, we reported on Jose Novelo’s leased land that he claims he had been developing for over 30 years which was given to someone else, in this case, his relative Everisto Novelo. The mix-up prompted an immediate investigation on the hands of the Lands Department. And while the investigation proved that Jose was indeed the true developer of land, he had already taken the matter to court. In an interview with Channel 5, Lands Commissioner Wilbert Vallejos said they were planning on returning the land to Jose Novelo, but with the matter before the court, they will just have to wait and see the outcome of that case. We spoke to Jose Novelo this afternoon who too says that they will wait after July 28th, which is the date set for their 3rd hearing in court. We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.

BSI/ASR Meets One On One With Cane Farmers
As you heard at the top of the newscast, the relationship between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and Belize Sugar Industries Limited is currently navigating in turbulent waters. The main cause of contention is the payment per ton of bagasse. On one hand we have BSCFA asking for $10.00 per ton of bagasse and on the other we have BSI offering 51 cents per ton. With none of the parties backing down, the sugar industry finds itself under a dark cloud. Both entities have given their side of the story to the media. But here is a first for BSI. The company has been having one on one session’s with cane farmers, bringing to the table their case when it comes to the bagasse issue.

Ministry Of Health Receives Eleven New Vehicles
Presently the Ministry of Health, particularly the Vector Control Unit is doing everything in its power to keep Belize free from the Chikungunya disease that has spread throughout the Caribbean and claimed the lives of hundreds. The unit has also been reinforcing the awareness of the Dengue virus since the same species of mosquito that carries the Dengue virus is carrier of the Chikungunya Disease. Today their job has been made a bit easier as they now have access to more transportation to move around. As part of a Contribution Agreement from the European Union to improve and upgrade the Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health, today 11 Toyota Hilux 4 X 4 Pick-up trucks were handed over to the Vector Control Unit.

Rotaract To Hold Fourth Annual Bag Drive
For many families, the beginning of a new school year proves to be a financial burden especially in these hard economic times. In that light, the Orange Walk Rotaract Club is lessening the burden of those obligations for the upcoming school year with its 4th annual school bag drive. Rotaract’s Secretary, Azalia Torres, says this year the drive is being carried out under the name “Kind Hearts Bag Drive”. She encourages the public to take part in the drive which primarily assists needy children. Azalia Torres – Secretary, Rotaract, OW “This year we named it “The heart’s kind bag drive” and what we are doing is collecting school bags used and new and as well as school supplies like pens, pencils, exercise blanks, erasers anything that a child would need at the beginning of the school year; we ask the community, usually A&R would donate to us school supplies and last year we donated 100 bags total to the area of San Francisco School and now this year we want to double that we want to give out 200 bags.”

New Ambassador To Belize To Arrive On Thursday
Tomorrow the new Ambassador of (China) Taiwan to Belize is expected to arrive in the country. His Excellency Ambassador Benjamin Ho, will succeed His Excellency David Wu, who left the country on Saturday. It’s not the first time that Ho will set foot in Belize. From 1994 to 19 98 he served as Belize’s First Secretary and Senior Specialist.

Mathew "Mateo Bull" Recaptured By Police
Yesterday we told you about a prisoner who escaped from his holding cell at the Orange Walk Police Station. But that prisoner’s freedom did not last long as tonight, he is back in police custody. We understand that Matthew ‘Mateo’ Bull was recaptured when police got information that he was staying in a house in Trial Farm Village in the Orange Walk District. Police have also detained a female person who we understand will be charged for aiding and abetting a criminal.

Manuel Castillo Makes INTERPOL List Of Most Wanted
And while we are on the topic of Manuel Castillo, the United States Interpol has received word that Castillo is wanted in Belize to serve his sentence so his profile has made the international wanted list. INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 190  member countries. Their role is to enable police around the world to work together to make the world a safer place. Interpol’s high-tech infrastructure of technical and operational support helps meet the growing challenges of fighting crime in the 21st century.

BSCFA Representatives Discuss Cane Quality
While representatives of BSI/ASR have been making their rounds with cane farmers discussing the bagasse issue, so have the BSCFA only because they are touching a different topic. Field officers, the Cane Quality team and members of the Sugar Cane Production Committee under the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association met yesterday morning at the San Estevan Lion’s Club to discuss the strengths and weaknesses that were noted over the crop season. Primarily the group is trying to work out the kinks as it pertains to cane quality for the upcoming cane season. Alfredo Ortega– Vice Chair, BSCFA “To see how best we can have a better relation with the different test groups at the branch level so that we can reduce the incidents in regards to the quality of cane that is being brought to the mill.”


Bruce Sanchez holds Ariel Rosado Foundation Hostage
Today thirty young men and women were awarded scholarships by the Ariel Rosado Foundation. We’ll have that later but first we’ll tell you about the latest difficulties the foundation is currently facing. The President of the Foundation and father of the late Ariel Rosado, Dr. Alvaro Rosado, taking the former Treasure, Bruce Sanchez, to court. Sanchez, along with his wife, is a signatory to the Foundation’s bank account which has now been frozen. According to the President, Dr. Alvaro Rosado the main purpose of The Ariel Rosado Foundation is to provide funding for educational scholarships and sporting activities to encourage Belizean youths to develop healthy minds in healthy bodies. But the Sanchez had conflicting ideas and they refused to sign cheques. DR. ALVARO ROSADO “We have been having problems with Mr. Sanchez. Apparently what their idea was about the foundation was not our idea. We tried to work it out for a year and a half. They have decided to boycott the foundation so we have had to make a claim in court, asking them to free up the bank account. In the meantime, the foundation has found other ways to provide money to pay for the scholarships that we’re giving. But at this point in time, there is a bank account that was frozen with the majority of the money that we have collected so far.

Fairtrade Inspection Committee Suspends Belize Cane Farmers
In other news from the Belize Sugar Cane Farmer’s Association, LOVE NEWS has received unconfirmed but credible reports that the BSCFA has been suspended by Flo-Cert which is the inspection and certification body for labelled Fairtrade products. The suspension is for six months, the time given by the inspection body for the association to get its act together and address the eight non-compliances it has on its report card following an audit conducted in April this year. When we spoke with Alfredo Ortega three weeks ago, he mentioned two of the non-compliances: one was underaged children working in the fields and the other is misappropriation of approximately 78 thousand dollars.

Main Opposition Party Moves Against Gun Laws
Yesterday we told you about the Smith Family who says they are the latest victim of Belize’s Gun Law. The family of five was sent to jail after a young man, who was carrying a hand gun and running from police, barged into their home. The young man was caught and all those inside the house were arrested for firearm charges. After spending some days behind bars, 47 year old Sandra Casey, 22 year old Leon Smith, 19 year old Tamika Smith, 20 year old Rashida Brooks, 52 year old Alrick Smith and a 16 year old boy were release under the directions of the Director of Public Prosecution. However, the law in question remains the same. The People’s United Party has been demanding that the Government of Belize amend the law. Communications Officers for the PUP’s Eastern Caucus, Attorney, Kareem Musa, says that the prosecution plays an important role. KAREEM MUSA “The prosecution I think has big part to play whenever a family is brought before a Magistrate’s Court because if you have an instance where seven family members are brought to court, one individual is willing to own up to that and actually pleads guilty the prosecution, in my opinion, has a duty and obligation to ensure that the others are released.

Farmers Say Negotiations Have Turned to Ultimatum
On Tuesday BSI issued a release urging cane farmers to accept the proposal they made of 51 cents as payment for bagasse for every ton of cane delivered to the BSI factory. Today we got comments from BSCFA who views the release as utmost disrespect from their partner in the industry. Arturo Cantun reports. ARTURO CANTUN REPORTS “In a release issued yesterday by BSI, the milling company advises that for the benefit of the industry, farmers should accept the fifty one cents as the quantum for bagasse per ton of cane delivered. BSI further tells farmers that the offer remains open until Friday August 1. BSCFA spokesperson Alfredo Ortega told us today that the farmers view this latest position as total disrespect as BSI basically is giving them an ultimatum.” ALFREDO ORTEGA “I believe that this is a huge form of disrespect to the farmers and to the Association because they are not giving that opportunity of negotiating that fifty one cents and above because we have presented to them our formula from the very first day since we started negotiating with them. They look upon it and look upon it and just look upon it until the twenty-fifth of march when they came out with their own formula which is the one where, they have again, they have said, take it or leave it, which we don’t see that as a form of acting in goodwill or negotiating something that will be beneficial for both sides.”

Health Minister Weighs in On Latest Issues at KHMH
While the CEO in the Ministry of Health could not give us concrete answers regarding the transfer of Melinda Guerra and the suspension of Nasley Sommerville and while he did tell us that these decisions are made unilaterally by the public service, the minister of Health, Pablo Marin did contradict that statement by the CEO, saying that it was the ministry that issued a letter of recommended action to the public service. PABLO MARIN “As you know and we have it on record, as things like this happen again, the audit committee was asked to go in. We did send a letter asking Public Service to do certain transfers and there is where it bucks. There is nothing else that we can do; Public Service is the ultimate. Whenever we are going to hire someone, although we have the opening, it has to go to Public Service and if they say, ‘no, you can’t hire this person’, that is where it bucks. Though I am the Minister of Health, it is the board’s decision. The good thing is that we have a good relationship with the chair and with the board that whenever things happen like this buying of the x-ray machines, she will come directly to us, what are you going to do , what do you think. We do give advice; this is what is supposed to happen. With the CEO I have put it on record, I do believe that we need to change the CEO (Dr Gary Longsworth), I said it on the National Assembly and that’s where it stands.”

11 New Vehicles for Belize’s Fight Against Vector-Borne Diseases
The Vector Control Unit in the Ministry of Health became more equipped today as the Pan American Health Organisation came through with eleven motor vehicles via some funding from the European Union. The 2014 Toyota Hilux pickup trucks comes at a time when the unit seems even more determined in working towards a healthier and productive population particularly as they relate to vector borne-diseases. On hand at today’s handing over was the Technical Advisor in the Vector Control Unit, Kim Bautista. He explained how the vehicles will be put to use.MOH Vehicle Donation 2 KIM BAUTISTA “The eleven vehicles will be supporting and strengthening our surveillance of malaria and dengue in Belize. The vehicles that are being handed over today will go directly to the Vector Control Units in the six districts and so we should see a direct strengthening of surveillance in the communities as well as other activities such as ULV Spraying of fogging activities. The project currently includes an additional six ULV machines, each one of those machines comes at a cost of $10,000 USD and so that should bring the total amount of fogging machines in the country up to 22 which will give us the ability to not only fit all the regions with at least 2 machines per district including the islands but it will also allow us to have in stock in terms of emergency equipment in the event of a natural disaster. “

Caye Caulker Chronicles

R.I.P. Mr. Tony Vega, Sr.
(from July 6) Condolences to the family of Mr. Tony Vega, Sr. The elder Mr. Vega is one of the founding fathers of the nation’s premier fishing cooperative, the Northern Fisherman’s Cooperative, which saw its humble beginnings on the island of Caye Caulker. Mr. Vega was also one of the tourism pioneers on the island. He helped to develop the tourist industry in its infancy. Several of his descendants are still giants in the industry to this day. Mr. Vega was 98 years old. R.I.P. to this giant of a man.

Patrick JonesPJ

Escaped convict back in lawful custody in Orange Walk
Orange Walk resident Matthew Bull’s run for freedom earlier this week was short-lived as he was taken back into custody, less than 24 hours after his escape. Bull, a resident of Trial Farm, was convicted on Monday for the crime of aggravated assault with a firearm committed […]

Orange Walk performers to represent the north in National Song Competition
The northern regional elimination for the national Song Competition was held tonight in Orange Walk town. The event, which was staged at the Fort Cairms Market Plaza, featured performers from Corozal and Orange Walk. It was sponsored by Atlantic International Bank. A total of 6 performers took to […]

Police pick up suspect in early morning murder in Belize City
Police say their quick response to this morning’s murder of Lionel Sampson in Belize City led to the apprehension of a suspect fleeing from the scene on Antelope Street Extension. According to Police this person has been identified as one of the shooters. However, police continue their investigations […]

Mexican actors bring play to Belize
Writing and performing plays in Belize is practically a lost art, but on occasion foreign productions play to local audiences. The latest import comes courtesy of the Mexican Embassy, which has invited the Grupo Elenco de Yucatan to stage a one-act play titled “Las Pequenas Batallas”, written by […]

Prime Minister hosts business forum with private sector
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who also has responsibility for finance and economic development, has made a concerted effort to reach out to the private sector, to hear and address its concerns on the progress of the national economy. There is now an office dedicated to public-private sector dialogue […]

New Taiwanese ambassador arrives in Belize
The Republic of China (Taiwan’s) new ambassador to Belize landed at the Philip Goldson International Airport this morning. His Excellency Benjamin Ho says it is a sort of homecoming for him, having been in Belize more than two decades last. The former First Secretary and long-time diplomat says […]

Dissension in the ranks at Ariel Rosado Foundation
The Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation is confronting a break with key founders Bruce Sanchez Sr. and Jr., who according to president Dr. Alvaro Rosado, have a different vision in mind for the future of the Foundation. Dr. Rosado said on Wednesday that for some time now they […]

Stabbing in the prison yard leaves inmate wounded
An inmate of the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville village was the victim of a stabbing incident. 23 year old Jamal Ariola was stabbed multiple times on Wednesday morning while he was in the prison yard. Police say Ariola was stabbed to the chest, hand, back and […]

Early morning murder in Belize City
A shooting incident in Belize City this morning has left one man dead. The victim has been identified as 28 year old Lionel Sampson. A brief statement released by the Police Press Office says that the murder happened around 6:20 am on Antelope Street Extension. According to […]


As an expecting mother, the first thing you pay attention to when moving somewhere new is the state of healthcare of that area. I have lived in Canada, China, the USA, and now Belize, and the services, care and quality of equipment all vary greatly. After I got pregnant last December while living in Seattle, our first task was to see a doctor for the initial checkup. After a few extremely short appointments and tons of paperwork, we got our first ultrasound (no blood work yet), which to my surprise cost a pretty penny, and decided to see what our options were. With the multitude of business opportunities that we saw here in Belize, we decided to move down to Ambergris Caye, and have our baby, which is due early fall, in the country. From our first visit to Belize Medical Associates, we were pleasantly surprised at how fast and affordable everything was. Without an appointment, we got to see an OB/GYN, get an ultrasound, blood work, and have the results explained to us by our doctor all within four hours. As great as this sounds, the hospital is located in Belize city. We are on Ambergris Caye island, which is quite a ways away. You can either take a water taxi, which takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes, or you can fly, which takes 20 minutes (flights also only operate during daylight hours).

One Beautiful Day At The Beach at Ak’Bol Yoga Resort
Completely unrelated (but hoping it continues), yesterday was ABSOLUTELY gorgeous. And I went up north with my friend Jamie…just about 1.5 miles to one of my favorite spots to lay out and swim. Ak’Bol Yoga Resort. The entrance from the parking lot. The view south to the Palapa Bar.

Archaeology News from Belize: Thank you Dr Jaime Awe!
Like many people in Belize, especially those of us with an interest in Maya culture, history and archaeology, the news that Dr Jaime Awe was stepping down from his post as the Director of the National Institute of Culture and History’s Institute of Archaeology (IA) came as a surprise. No one, and we do mean no one, has done as much for archaeology in Belize as Dr Awe. Working tirelessly and passionately, Dr Awe makes Belize’s rich Maya heritage come alive for a countless number of students, writers, observers and ordinary citizens. From the early days of Chaa Creek when it seemed like every time a hole was dug another ancient Maya artefact was unearthed, Jaime was there to ensure that any excavation was conducted professionally and sensitively, and every find was identified, catalogued and preserved. Fortunately, Dr Awe lives nearby in Cayo, but he would still take time out from a very busy schedule to be where and when he was needed.

10 Breathtakingly Beautiful Attractions in San Ignacio Belize
A trip to San Ignacio Belize would not be complete without planning a visit to each of these breathtakingly beautiful attractions. #1 Barton Creek Cave One of the largest river caves in Belize, Barton Creek Cave consists of giant passages covered with numerous large speleothems over a navigable river and these features of the cave have made it a popular cave tour in the Cayo District. #2 Cahal Pech Maya Ruins Cahal Pech means “place of ticks” in modern-day Maya, and refers to the fact that the surrounding area was once used as pasture land. However, this was the royal acropolis-palace of an elite Mayan ruling family who lived here during the Classic period. Cahal Pech was settled around 1000 BC and abandoned by 800 AD.

4 Things to do in Dangriga Belize
If you love culture and not crowds then Dangriga is the place you have to visit. Located at the end of the Hummingbird Highway, Dangriga is the capital of Belize’s Stann Creek District and is home to the Garifuna, a cultural and ethnic group who are descendants of shipwrecked slaves and native Caribs. The town is a suitable base to explore the following Belize tours: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1986 as the first jaguar reserve in the world. Covering approximately 150 square miles of tropical forest, the park lies at the foot of Victoria Peak, the highest peak of Belize’s Maya Mountains. Hike through the jungle, splash by the waterfall, or float down the river under a sky of birdsong and green canopy.

International Sourcesizz

Tikal, toads and tarantulas
Wifi isn’t all that it’s cut out to be. The past couple of weeks I have been adventuring through Guatemala and Belize with the promise of good wifi, the kind of wifi that gets columns back to the states. Unfortunately, wifi didn’t always find it’s way into the backroads, swamps and highlands that lay before the McKale family summer vacation. The first backroad took us to Tikal. Tikal is one of the largest pre-Columbian Mayan archaeological sites in Latin America. It is located in the Peten region in the northeast portion of Guatemala. Tikal is a National Park and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It is tucked, almost hidden, in the middle of a jungle, a perfect setting for my four inquisitive boys, wife, niece and mother-in-law. Tikal was the capital of a Mayan state that became one of the most powerful, interacting with the great and powerful Teotihuacan in Mexico. The monumental architecture dates back to the 4th century BC and reached its peak during the Classic Period from 200 to 900 AD. All Mayan cities, marked by cohesive military, economic and political structures, came to an abrupt end in 900 AD.

The Mexican Drug Cartel Threat in Central America
Guatemalan President-elect Otto Perez Molina told Mexican newspaper El Universal on Nov. 9 that he plans to engage drug cartels in a “full frontal assault” when he takes office in 2012. The former general said he will use Guatemala’s elite military forces, known as Los Kaibiles, to take on the drug cartels in a strategy similar to that of the Mexican government; he has asked for U.S. assistance in this struggle. The statements signal a shifting political landscape in already violent Central America. The region is experiencing increasing levels of crime and the prospect of heightened competition from Mexican drug cartels in its territory. The institutional weakness and security vulnerabilities of Guatemala and other Central American states mean that combating these trends will require significant help, most likely from the United States. From Sideshow to Center Stage Central America has seen a remarkable rise in its importance as a transshipment point for cocaine and other contraband bound for the United States. Meanwhile, Mexican organized crime has expanded its activities in Mexico and Central America to include the smuggling of humans and substances such as precursor chemicals used for manufacturing methamphetamine. Substantial evidence also suggests that Central American, and particularly Guatemalan, military armaments including M60 machine guns and 40 mm grenades have wound up being used in Mexico’s drug conflict.

Easy Living in Hopkins Village, Belize – Photo Essay
Hopkins Village is one of the only true villages left with the Garifuna culture as the main culture of the town. All is located along the beach and finding the restaurants and other cool things to do is part of the fun here. Chilling and learning how to play drums with the local boys of the area

Belize Proves "Good Things Come In Small Packages"
The ex-British colony, lodged between big brother Mexico to the north, the jungles of Guatemala to the south and west, and nestled on the world's second largest barrier reef to the east, offers a wide range of exploration to satisfy all travelers. Belize may pack in more flora, fauna and diverse natural beauty per square mile, than any nation on the planet. Roughly 60% of Belize is forested. For many visitors a trip to the Belizean rainforest is the trip of a lifetime. Bring your binoculars to the jungles of Belize as it is a bird watcher's paradise. There are over 600 different bird species, roosting high above in the majestic forest or along rivers and lagoons. If you're lucky, you just might catch a glimpse of Belize's national bird, the keel-billed toucan, or Belize's national animal, Baird's tapir. Although, many times elusive, keen eyed eco tourists, can view: spider monkeys, howler monkeys, peccaries, coatimundis, gibnuts, and other animals that never been seen or even or heard of by the tourist. On rare occasions, one can even view the nocturnal jaguar. The country is also home to 4,000 species of tropical flowers, including 250 kinds of orchids.

Placencia, Belize – The Town is the Main Attraction – Photo Essay
All of Belize is known for their amazing diving and beaches. Yet I didn’t know much about the adorable town of Placencia, most of which is only to be discovered by foot. Colorful Caribbean style houses are so cute. This is one of the local restaurants here. The main supermarket of the town

Caye Caulker’s The Split, Belize – Photo Essay
The Split in Caye Caulker happened when a Hurricane destroyed this island years ago and split it into two parts. Now it is a great swimming area, with one of the coolest restaurants in town. Plus a killer sunset! What more do you need, cold beer and great location.

The Best Hotel in Hopkins, Belize – Jaguar Reef
Hopkins has officially become my favourite place in Belize. But before I explain it to you guys, just check out the video (and wait for the last 10 seconds, the view will blow you away!): It’s low key, small, runs at a snail’s pace and is just outright beautiful. I had come straight from Belize’s island paradise, Caye Caulker, so it was a long day to get all the way to Hopkins. Boat from the island to Belize City, then a jump on a run-down bus to Dangriga, via the Capital; then a taxi the last 20 miles. It was evening before I finally made it to Hopkins.

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins; Day Trip from Hopkins, Belize
During my amazing stay at the Jaguar Reef Lodge, I wanted to get out to explore the country. Too much time on a beach drives me buts, luckily Jaguar Reef run loads of tours so it was time to get my exploring hat on. Chichen Itza was still buzzing around my head, it was so beautiful but you can’t help but be a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of tourists, so when the staff at the Jaguar Reef Lodge told me they were running a day trip to Belize’s best ruins, like Chichen Itza without the people they said, I was in. Xunantunich is a 2 hour drive from Hopkins, the tour ran directly from my hotel to the spot via another set of small ruins at Pacbitun, then lunch (complete with wifi, I’m an unapologetic addict) and back again for late afternoon.

Snorkeling Tour on Ambergris Caye, Belize – Photo Essay
Our private tour man awaits us for the snorkel day with fish and sharks. We headed to Hol Chan Marine Reserve where some of the best snorkeling near Ambergris Caye can be experienced.


Video: Opening a Green Coconut in Belize with Coco Jack!, 14sec.
We get asked all the time if Coco Jack works on green coconuts as well. Yes it does! It works best if you slice away part of the husk first, but we have even seen people "Jack" all the way through the green shell. While Coco Jack was designed specifically for Young Thai Coconuts, depending on the coconut, it can make opening the whole green ones a breeze!

Video: Belize Shark Adventure and Attack, 10min.
Shark dives in Mexico and Belize with Playa Scuba Dive Center

Video: Partnerships Matter: Mobile Medicine in Belize, 1.5min.
U.S. Navy medical professionals are in Belize working with local doctors and nurses. The doctors and nurses are traveling into rural areas to provide medical care.

Video: 2014 Belize Vacation Part 2: Hopkins/Sittee River/Bocawina National Park, 3min.
Hopkins/Sittee River/Bocawina National Park - Ziplining

Video: Los Cayos de Belize, 6min.
Snorkeling in Hol Chan, Marine Reserve in Cay Ambergris, Cay Caulker and San Pedro Island in Belize.

Video: A five day sample vacation on Sailing Catamaran Orion in HD, 50min.
Come along with us on a typical vacation aboard the 90ft charter catamaran Orion. Take note- we are shark tagging, wake boarding, snorkeling and best of all . Here is a short version of the 50 minute sample vacation aboard Orion in the British Virgin Islands. Be sure to change to 720 or HD in settings for best qual. Belize Charter Specialist Belize Sailing Vacations is a Belize based, family owned full service Belize yacht charter business sailing Belize and Guatemala si.

July 17, 2014

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The San Pedro Sun

Two films to screen in San Pedro for Belize International Film Festival on July 20th
Two films are scheduled to be screened on Ambergris Caye as part of the lined up of films for the 9th edition of the Belize International Film Festival. The events started on Wednesday July 16th in Belize City and culminate on Sunday July 20th with the annual awards show. As part of the events, on Saturday July 19th, two films will be screening at the San Pedro Central Park. According to local event coordinator on Ambergris Caye, Jorge Aldana, the films will be open to the public (free) starting at 7:30PM. The first to be screened is a five-minute Mexican film entitled Xochimilco 1914. The historical piece depicts an animation of the December 4th, 1914 encounter between Mexican revolutionists and now heroes Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata. The film visually explores the words of these revolutionists. The 2010 short film is directed Esteban Azuela, Mar Soler, Carlos Gamboa and Luis Nuñez.

Belize Sotheby’s donate uniforms to San Pedro Cadet Corps
On Wednesday July 9th the San Pedro Police Cadet Corps was the recipient of uniforms courtesy of Shane and Britney McCann of Belize Sotheby’s International Realty. For the cadets, the uniforms couldn’t have come at a better time, as they will be attending the National Police Youth Cadet Camp at Mopan Technical High School in […]

Crazy Canucks Trivia Night rakes in funds for Ambergris Caye Elementary School
Crazy Canucks Beach Bar has certainly redefined the meaning of partying for a cause with its Saturday night trivia contest. On Saturday, July 12th they managed to raise $350 by auctioning a box of Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies, and the funds were donated to Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) to provide tuition funding for […]

GOB clarifies lease over portions of Goff’s Caye
The Government of Belize has issued a clarification on the status of Goff’s Caye situated off the coast of the Belize District. This follows concerns expressed by several Belizeans over survey pegs that were observed on portions of the small island. Goff’s Caye has been a caye of choice for many Belizeans who picnic on […]

Ambergris Today

Tropic Air Announces Increased Service To Merida, Mexico
Tropic Air announced on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, that effective November 1, 2014, it will increase its flights to Merida, Mexico from three times weekly to daily. “Since commencement of the route, we have been working closely with our partners at the Yucatan Tourism Board and in the Merida tourism community on building traffic. We are now excited to be increasing our service in response to their feedback, support and enthusiasm", said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “Clearly Merida has the potential to be an important part of our network, and a source of growing business to Belize and beyond. We want to do everything we can to allow that relationship to develop”.

Beloved Fr. Maurice Murray Passes Away
It is very sad to announce the death of a beloved priest, Father Maurice Marchand Murray. Fr. Murray was head priest at the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church in Ambergris Caye for quite a few years and many were blessed to have been baptized, received Holy Communion and even married by him. Father Murray was eventually transferred from Ambergris Caye to the St. Peter Parish in Punta Gorda, Belize where he served for eight years. Fr. Murray fought a long battle of lung cancer and succumbed to his illness on Friday, July 11, 2014. Fr. Murray dedicated his life to the preaching of God’s Word and described himself as a humble servant of the people.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA Para su publicación inmediata
Bridgetown, Barbados, 12 de junio de 2014. La diseñadora de joyería beliceña Khadija Assales pudo haber levantado algunas cejas con su colección elaborada notoriamente voraz a partir de los restos del Pterois o pez león, pero ella también tuvo éxito en crear conciencia sobre el efecto devastador que las especies carnívoras han estado teniendo en los ecosistemas acuáticos de Belice y el resto de la región del Caribe. Assales lanzoó su línea de joyasPez león como parte del pabellón de diseño caribeño durante el Festival Literario Calabash en Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica desde mayo 30 hasta junio 01. El proyecto Diseño El Caribe fue la creación de la Agencia de Desarrollo de las Exportaciones del Caribe (Caribean Export) en el patrocinio del Festival de Calabash. Fue concebido como un medio para mostrar el talento rico y variado que la región tiene para ofrecer, mientras que la apertura de un nuevo mercado para los empresarios creativos que no pueden ser de otro modo capaz de tomar ventaja de la oportunidad que ofrece Calabash.

Letter: Garinagu, reparations and CARICOM
On December 10, 2013, CARICOM released a statement regarding the pursuit of reparations from former colonial powers. In the statement, it stated that CARICOM member nations would each “set up national committees on reparations, to establish the moral, ethical and legal case for the payment of reparations…to the nations and people of the Caribbean Community, for native genocide…” The legal firm from whom they sought advice, the Leigh Day law firm from England, had won for the first time ever, a ruling for the case to go forward, in court, for Kenyans, against the government of Great Britain, for the atrocities they suffered during the colonial period, for torturing the Kenyans. The key here seems to be they won a ruling to go forward in court for what occurred during the colonial period at the hands of the British. Armed with this reality it seems the Caribbean Community took that as ammunition for the fight for reparations for atrocities committed during slavery and to the native people of CARICOM countries, during colonial times.

Srta. Flor de la Feria 2014
The Benque Fiesta's big weekend is just about here. Last week was the crowning of Seniorita Flor de la Fiesta. Congratulations Shelsee Hernandez, aka Srta. Frangipani, for wining the crown! D Russell Photography captured some great pictures of the event. In related news, Cave Garden, Benque's hot spot, will be having bashes on Friday and Saturday.

Benque Fiesta Grand Football Match
It's Benque Fiesta time again, and this Saturday, the Grand Football match will be taking place. Starting at 2:30pm, Arenal plays Arenal. The Verdes host La Furia de Sayaxche for the main match at 5:oopm. Go, Verdes!

Today the Ministry of Health hosted a presentation to the media of eleven (11) Toyota Hilux 4 x 4 pick-up trucks at Belize Diesel & Equipment Co. Ltd. compound in Belmopan. This comes as part of a Contribution Agreement from the European Union to improve and upgrade the Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health. The transportation vehicles will be used to assist the health workers of the program in intervention, surveillance, treatment and compliance of vector control efforts in both the urban and rural communities across the country. The vehicles have a total value of $720,000 BCY. Chief of Operations, Vector Control Unit, Mr. Kim Bautista shared that the vehicles will be a great addition due to the limited mobility that they now face. The vehicles will also help to carry out the timely interventions, including the control of mosquitoes which directly spread vector control diseases such as Dengue, Malaria, and Chikungunya. Dr. Gerardo de Cosio, PAHO/WHO representative for Belize mentioned that they are indeed glad to once again partner with the Ministry of Health towards the goal of a healthier community.

WANTED by Belize Police Authorities for the murder of Ramon Cervantes Sr. and Sonia Abac.
Let's put Manuel Castillo where he belongs!

Ministry of Health Receives Vehicles through Grant from the European Union

Nemo's 1-Day Disaster Preparedness Summer Camp!
Sign up your kids at Nemo's 1-Day Disaster Preparedness Summer Camp! Lots of fun activities for the children!

Hey Everyone! It's an Art in the Park Weekend this Saturday July 19th 2014; Bring out the family and come have a great time! Courtesy: Corozal Organization Leading Cultural Heritage and Art

Manuel Villamors' historical mural
The Corozal House of Culture in collaboration with the Corozal Town Council has begun the restoration, preservation and promotion project of Manuel Villamors' historical mural. Under the direction of Mr. Villamor; this masterpiece will undergo touch ups before being properly sealed and preserved for the enjoyment of generations to come! Today, commercial artist Benjamin Cal began the touch up process.

Man in custody "Jumps Ship"
Mathew Bull who was charged for aggravated assault with a firearm committed against an Orange Walk resident escapes from lawful custody around 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday after a routine check of his cell block was made. Orange Walk Police are no saying much on the escape but are asking the general public to assist in the apprehension of Bull. In Corozal, please call the Corozal Police Department at 402-0022 for any information leading to his recapture.

National Football Team Heads to El Salvador
Best of luck to the U-20 Belize National Football team as they compete in this year's UNCAF qualifying tournament! They play El Salvador tomorrow, and starting on Monday, will rotate through the other Central American countries, playing every 2 days. Go Belize! "The Belize U-20 National Football Team ready to leave the country to participate in the UNCAF Under-20 qualifying tournament, to be held July 17-29, 2014 in El Salvador."

Yoga and Pilates by Sera
Yoga classes are now being offered 3 days a week in Cayo. Sera has expanded her schedule. Classes are still every Tuesday at 9:00am at the Soul Project. The new classes are Mondays at 6:00pm and Thursdays at 9:00am at JJ's. "So very excited to start the new schedule and try out our new location next week!!"

Cayo Arts Collection Launch
The Benque House of Culture is launching the Cayo Arts Collection Friday at4:00pm. There will be live musical entertainment at Centennial Park after the launch. It's a great way to get in the spirit and celebrate the Benque Fiesta. "Celebrate Benque Fiesta within a strong art cultural presentation this Friday July 18th at 4:00 pm the opening of the Cayo West Arts Collection at your Benque HOC and following join us at the Centennial Park for the first bi national Culture of Peace Project OAS with live music entertainment."

The latest UB Bulletin is a special graduation edition. There's a heartwarming story about Ceejay Young, who's working on his Bachelor's degree in Tourism Management. His journey of learning to deal with his 'diversabilities' is truly an inspiration to all. They also have an article about the new president, Alan Slusher, and his qualifications and expectations for the bright future of the University of Belize. His graduation address which focuses on lifelong learning is well expressed, and definitely worth a read.
The latest UB Bulletin is a special graduation edition. There's a heartwarming story about Ceejay Young, who's working on his Bachelor's degree in Tourism Management. His journey of learning to deal with his 'diversabilities' is truly an inspiration to all. They also have an article about the new president, Alan Slusher, and his qualifications and expectations for the bright future of the University of Belize. His graduation address which focuses on lifelong learning is well expressed, and definitely worth a read.

Channel 7

Renan Briceno Acquitted of Murder; Victim's Family Disappointed
After 2 and a half years on remand, Renan Briceno, nephew of Orange Walk Central Area Rep, John Briceno, managed to walk out of court a free man after Justice Troadio Gonzalez found him not guilty in a trial without jury today. It's very significant ending for Briceno and his family, but the family of the man he was accused of killing, 19 year-old Dale Tillett, was beside themselves with disappointment at the outcome of his case. The prosecution, led by Crown Counsels Shanice Lovell and Portia Staine has been calling witnesses to testify against him. Their key piece of evidence against him came from Albert "Long John" Fuentes, who you will remember, was killed last year January in the George Street mass murder. He couldn't testify, but the crown managed to get his written testimony in evidence. Fuentes said in his statement that he and Tillett went to Palm Island and he went outside. He said that on Saturday, December 31, 2011, while he was waiting for Tillett to come out he heard gunshots.

Minister of Health & CEO React To News Of KHMH Audit
Yesterday, we showed you our extended coverage of interview with the Chairman of the KHMH Board, Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, in which she revealed the Auditor General's office is being called in to investigate the recent purchase of X-Ray machines which is costing the hospital several hundred thousand dollars. The board is trying to ensure the hospital is getting value for money, and today, we got a reaction from the Minister of Health and his CEO, Dr. Peter Allen, about the revelation in which mismanagement of public funds is suspected once again. Here's what they told us: Mike Rudon - Channel 5 News "Is it troubling to you that this is yet another audit in a round of audit, which have uncovered some troubling things? Is this a matter of concern to you as CEO in the Ministry of Health?" Dr. Peter Allen - CEO, Ministry of Health "Well, of course it's of concern, but I'm very proud of the fact that when we see things that are of concern, we take an appropriate response. Certainly, as you can see, there is never any attempt to hide or cover these things up, and indeed, in the case of Karl Heusner, we hope that there is nothing wrong, but we will await the results of the investigation that will be done an independent and official body, the Auditor General's Office."

Melinda Guerra Is Still Being Transferred; No Public Service Hearing Scheduled Yet
But, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Public Service, and the Auditor General's Office is already dealing with the audit of the Central Health Region where $85,183.49 is believed to have been mismanaged. The main person implicated in that audit is the Central Health Region's Manager, Melinda Guerra. Yet, there are works to transfer her from that post to another senior post. The audit's revelation hasn't stopped the process and today, we asked the CEO if it is still wise to make such a move: Mike Rudon - Channel 5 News "In terms of the Central health region, can you give us an update on the status on Melinda Guerra? The last we had heard she was to be moved to take over the Western Region as the manager, is that still in the works?" Dr. Peter Allen - CEO Ministry of Health "Well you know, I'm not entirely sure because transfers, of course again, do not come under the purview of the Ministry of Health but under the per view of the Ministry of the Public Service, so you best address that question to the Ministry of Public Service. Our recommendations remain the same."

Nasley Is Awaiting Her Public Service Hearing
But Nasley Sommerville, the Administrator of the Southern Regional Hospital, was also implicated in another Audit report where just over 366 thousand dollars was embezzled from the hospital's Maternal and Child Health account. Still, as far as we know, there have been no criminal charges, and the Public Service's Commission hasn't held a tribunal on her case yet. Today, we brought that issue back to the CEO, and he told us that he's been trying to verify what the status of the case: Dr. Peter Allen - CEO Ministry of Heath "In fact not the same in the south, where the officer particularly implicated in the south has always proclaimed her innocence and were of course being threatened with various lawsuits by people who say we should not have conducted an audit or conducted an investigation, but we are determined to do the right thing, but we are also determined that the appropriate authority will the ones to make the final decisions." Mike Rudon - Channel 5 News "In the south, we understand that Nasley Sommerville is still on suspension, what's her status?"

Hundreds Of Thousands of Public Funds Gone; Will We Get it Back?
But put together, in those 2 audits alone, it would suggest that just under a half a million dollars from the Ministry of Health was mismanaged or misappropriated. If this other audit into the KHMH's purchase reveals that the transaction was dubious, that would take that number up to almost million dollars in public funds. Today, we asked the CEO about the steps being taken to try to retrieve them, and he told us that the Ministry is doing all that it can: Daniel Ortiz "What is the activity that will take place to retrieve these funds, which have been mismanaged?" Dr. Peter Allen - CEO Ministry of Health "Unfortunately, it's not under our authority, that will be for the courts to decide." Renee Trujillo - LOVE News "Tax payers and the public out here, they are hearing about all these financial discrepancies being founded out and investigations being carried out, and we all know investigation can take a lengthy period of time, what system is being put in place to avoid a reoccurrence of these financial mismanagement in all institutions, the south, the central and the Karl Heusner."

Big Police Promotions; New Criteria; Police Minister Swipes At Media
Today, over 160 officer within the Police Department got a promotion to a higher rank. It's been in the works for months now, and we'll get to the process that the Department used to assess which officers were eligible for promotions and which ones weren't. But, first, we take you to a section of the Commissioner of Police's Speech in which he announced that 10 officers were promoted because of great police work: Allen Whylie - Commissioner of Police "I want to also mention that of all the officers here, there were also 10 officers, who were given special promotion by the commissioner of police after consultation with our senior officers that make up the policy board. 3 of those officers were promoted due to heroism, the acts of bravery that we consider to be heroism. One of them was involved with an assailant after a robbery had taken place in a banking institution here in Belmopan, he single-handedly caught the robber, he was injured in the process, the robber was injured in the process, we have 2 others from Belize City who like wise going about their duties witness a shooting, they responded fearlessly, pursued the shooter, located him, recovered the weapon, identified him, he was arrested and charged, he pleaded guilty to some of the charges, the victim died, the charge has been upgraded, just last month the preliminary inquiry cause to that matter was submitted and it has been sent up to the Supreme Court. There are 7 other officers who are being promoted due to their, what we consider dedication to duty, they are always there, they are always performing to their maximum, and I make no apologies for promoting these officers, we have got to encourage people to be professional throughout their tour of duty and their time and to do the best "

OC's Ranked Up
Among those officers who got promoted today was Miguel Segura. He's been moved up from the rank of Assistance Commissioner of Police to Deputy Commissioner of Police. It's an important promotion for Segura, who has been running Eastern Division past 18 months. It is widely accepted as one of the most difficult jurisdictions to police because of the Belize City Gang landscape. Today, we asked him and his boss, Commissioner Whylie, about his qualifications for Deputy Commissioner of Police. We also met his colleague Alden Dawson who gave us a reaction to his own promotion: Miguel Segura - Deputy Commissioner of Police "With 28 years into this business, is commitment. Basically the rank of a deputy is to assist the commissioner, the terms of references is to assist in the policing plan, the direction for where the department wants to go, and in times act in his absence and also other task that may be given time to time, but it is in support of the office of the commissioner." Daniel Ortiz "Sir is it any different from the management aspects of O.C.E.D. in many ways, we know that Eastern Division is one of the toughest police jurisdictions to police" Miguel Segura - Deputy Commissioner of Police "Indeed, I will more or less have a national perspective now instead of when I was O.C.E.D, I had the Belize judicial district under my command, now I have to look at the whole national policing aspect, so the commitment and the challenges is to look at from a holistic national approach."

Police Bosses Confident In The New OCED
Deputy Commissioner Segura's replacement in Eastern Division is the newly promoted Assistance Commissioner of Police Desiree Phillips. Today, we got a chance to ask the two bosses, as well as one of the officers she's commanding if she's up to the job of taking on the jurisdiction. Here's what they had to say: Daniel Ortiz "Are you confident in your replacement Ms. Phillips?" Miguel Segura - Deputy Commissioner of Police "Very confident because of the history, the experience, the commitment that she has there is now two questions about it." Daniel Ortiz "Does her new rank affect the relationship between Eastern Division and Police Precinct 1?" Alden Dawson - OC, Police Precinct 1 "No of course not, I have been working with Ms Phillips for many years as a matter of fact I have been with the department for 25 years. All those years, I've known Ms. Phillips, she was the deputy under Ms. Segura as O.C and I work well with all officers. It's all my colleagues, I have no problem with her being the O.C."

Gino Peck Is Now A Sergeant
Among those 168 officers who were promoted was Gino Peck. He's moved up in rank from Corporal to Sergeant. Now, viewers may remember that he was charged with gun offences, and he was convicted in the Magistrate's Court. His prosecution was perceived as creating a rift in the relations between the police department and the elite team, the Gang Suppression Unit – and its former commanding officer, Marco Vidal. Still, through extraordinary circumstances, he managed to dodge jail time for a firearm conviction, with the support of the Department and certain sectors of the public. That happened at the end of January, and senior observers who understand the workings of the police department, tell us that whether or not he should have been prosecuted and convicted for those charges, the conviction should have been a barrier to his promotion, since it happened less than a year ago. Today, we asked his boss about that. We also got a chance to speak with Gino himself, about that firearm conviction, and its effects on him as a police officer trying to move on:

ComPol Insists No File For COLA; Investigation Ongoing
And Commissioner Whylie has rarely been granting press encounters, and so today – while we had the opportunity - we asked him for an update on the investigation of the passport scandal. Here's what he had to say: Daniel Ortiz "How has it progressed since the last time you've spoke with the media" Allen Whylie - Commissioner of Police "Well I know that the file was returned by the DPP to the Head National Crime Investigation Branch, he has a team of senior officers who are continuing that investigation, the instruction that he have indicated to me from the DPP was to continue the investigation, they are continuing, they are trying to comply with the guidance that she gave to them." Daniel Ortiz "Now sir, the one issue the COLA keeps on bring up is the letter you wrote to their attorney, in which you told them that you couldn't release the details of that investigation, you couldn't release the file to them because it's on ongoing matter, why is it so a matter of disclosure that they can't get a hold of this file."

ComPol Discuss His Officers, Whose Names Were Called In Cervantes Investigation
And one other matter that the press took the opportunity to ask the Commissioner about was the Cervantes Investigation. All through the inquiry into the murder of 71 year-old Ramon Cervantes, we've been hearing reports of police officers who may have been implicated in his abduction, torture, and killing. Still no police officer has been charged, even though members of the Orange Walk community have been demanding it. We asked the Police Commissioner about the links that the officers in question reportedly have to the case. Here's how he responded: Reporter "Mr. Cervantes was on the media sharing his own concerns with the pace of the investigation as well as the fact he had to go beyond normal means to be able to get charges read, but the main question I have to ask is his concern regarding 2 police officers that were detained, what information do you have, because even the general population is saying that these are officers of the state, involved, brought in for questioning of the handcuffs, what information do you have clarifying to the release of these two officers."

Health Minister On The Exit of Carlos Perrera
And we take a break from the police promotion ceremony, and continue with our discussion on the current urgent matters at the KHMH. As we've told you, Director of Finance Carlos Perrera was terminated by the KHMH Board. The Audit Team which will investigate the purchase of those X-Ray Machines will look into a section of his tenure at the Hospital's Finance Department. We asked his Minister, Pablo Marin, about the political implications of his vacation from that post, given that Perrera was his political colleague. Mike Rudon - Channel 5 News "Carlos Perrera is your political colleague, what is your feeling, he has been for months now at odds with the board, there has been a lot of reports of unauthorized trips of discrepancies in finance, what's your feelings towards that politically."

CEO Gary Longsworth Will Be Invited To Reapply
And about the other senior post which will open up, we asked both the Minister and his CEO about the decision to seek candidates for a new CEO of the Hospital. First though, he corrected us that Gary Longsworth isn't actually leaving. His contract isn't being renewed, but when the Board advertises for candidates for the job, they will also accept his application amongst them: Renee Trujillo - LOVE News "Did the board consult you as CEO or Minister Marin when considering not to renew Dr. Longsworth's contract and if so, how long in the making was this decision." Dr. Peter Allen - CEO Ministry of Health "Well, I sit on the board as a representative of the Ministry of Health, and I know that these have been discussions, but as far as I aware, Dr. Longsworth is well thought of by the board and is welcome to apply, but the board has decided from some time ago that the end of this contract period, it would be appropriate to advertise and give everybody and opportunity to apply for this important position including of course, Dr. Longsworth."

Health Ministry Support KHMH Staffers For Pay Raise
And finally from the CEO for tonight, we asked him about the decision of the Chairman of the KHMH Board to intervene on behalf of the public officers working inside the hospital. He says that the Ministry supports her decision to request that pay increase at the end of the month, and hopes that the government looks favourably upon it: Dr. Peter Allen - CEO Ministry of Health "The Ministry's position is that the staff of KHMH server an extremely important purpose in our nation health system, they are central to it, and we believe, that they will be entitled to raises in staff that would be commensurate with the salary raises that other officers are receiving through the kind agreement of the Ministry of Finance, so we will be supporting the board in its request for those increases."

Mayor Simeon Lopez's Vehicle Stolen?
Tonight, Belmopan police are investigating the theft of the vehicle belonging to the Office of the Mayor of Belmopan. It was being used by current Mayor Simeon Lopez, and yesterday afternoon he parked it in front of his office at the Belmopan City Hall. He told us today that when he finished his duties, someone had managed to drive off with the vehicle, even though he had the keys: Simeon Lopez - Mayor, Belmopan City "We believe it was stolen, and I have already reported that to the police, so it is in the hands of the police right now, I believe it was stolen." Mike Rudon - Channel 5 News "Could you give us the circumstances which lead to the disappearance of this vehicle." Simeon Lopez - Mayor, Belmopan City "I don't know, it's very abnormal because I usually park my vehicle, I arrived at the work site about 1:30 p.m. Yesterday, because I had an appointment with a journalist from the Reporter. So I parked the vehicle where I usually parked it, which would be the administration building of the city hall, I went inside, the journalist was already there so I invited him into my office and we had the interview and the little discussion until almost 2:30 I believe.

Vector Control Unit Gets New Mobiles
Today, our opportunity to get interviews with the Minister of Health and his CEO came at a handing over ceremony for a donation from the European Union. That donation was eleven Toyota Hilux 4 X 4 Pick-up trucks at Belize Diesel & Equipment Co. Ltd. compound in Belmopan. This comes as part of a Contribution Agreement from the European Union to improve and upgrade the Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health. We asked the donors and the recipients about it today: Dr. Gerardo De Cosio - PAHO/WHO Representative "For the vector control unit, and we are doing through a collaborative agreement with European Union to support Belize in the strengthening of all the vector borne diseases control activities in the country. Basically they will be working on prevention and control and fogging activities." Kim Bautista - Chief of Operation, Vector Control "Total value of the project is some 865,000 Euros, 750,000 Euros directly through the European Union, the balance of the funds coming through counter parts funding, meaning Ministry of Health, and PAHO. The 11 vehicles will be supporting, strengthening and the surveillance of malaria and dengue in Belize. The vehicles that are being handed over today will do directly to the Vector Control Units in the 6 Districts, so we should see a direct strengthening of surveillance in the communities as well as other activities such as ULV spraying or fogging activities"

Ariel Rosado Foundation Awarded 30 Scholarships
Today, the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation celebrated its 3rd annual awards ceremony. When it was launched in 2011, 14 scholarships were issued, but today that number more than doubled to 30 scholarships in total: 10 for primary school, 7 for high school and 3 for Galen University. We spoke to Dr. Alvaro Rosado who told us more about the foundation: Dr. Alvaro Rosado "The foundation now expects to plateau off at 30 scholarships a year and we will be exerting our efforts and energy and whatever other resources we have in the establishment of a resource centre where students can come in, have access to computers, the internet, while their being supervised in study sessions." Reporter "Will you say that the foundation is meeting its objectives and goals and is that attracting more sponsors?" Dr. Alvaro Rosado "We certainly are, as a matter of fact, just yesterday we manage to get another dedicated scholarship so our decision to plateau might not very well hold because we might get more sponsors that will have to give more scholarships but we certainly are attracting more attention now from the sponsors and we appreciate it, we want to thank them all, if it wasn't for the sponsors we wouldn't be here."

Trying to Make Belize's Road Safer
Today, the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation celebrated its 3rd annual awards ceremony. When it was launched in 2011, 14 scholarships were issued, but today that number more than doubled to 30 scholarships in total: 10 for primary school, 7 for high school and 3 for Galen University. We spoke to Dr. Alvaro Rosado who told us more about the foundation: Dr. Alvaro Rosado "The foundation now expects to plateau off at 30 scholarships a year and we will be exerting our efforts and energy and whatever other resources we have in the establishment of a resource centre where students can come in, have access to computers, the internet, while their being supervised in study sessions." Reporter "Will you say that the foundation is meeting its objectives and goals and is that attracting more sponsors?" Dr. Alvaro Rosado "We certainly are, as a matter of fact, just yesterday we manage to get another dedicated scholarship so our decision to plateau might not very well hold because we might get more sponsors that will have to give more scholarships but we certainly are attracting more attention now from the sponsors and we appreciate it, we want to thank them all, if it wasn't for the sponsors we wouldn't be here."

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Renan Briceño Junior’s acquitted of murder in Supreme Court
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Ministry of Health supports removal of Carlos Perera and Gary Longsworth
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Minister of Health says he is behind the special audit at the K.H.M.H.
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Smith Family speaks on being detained for firearm
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Manuel Castillo, accused of the murder of Ramon Cervantes Sr., wanted by Interpol
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A new fleet of vehicles for the Ministry of Health
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Still no answers on the alleged misuse of funds Southern Regional Hospital
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C.E.O. Peter Allen speaks on Central Health Region administrator
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Tour guides become certified first responders
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Residents up in arms over deplorable condition of Santa Familia Roads
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Public Commentary on Verdict of Felicia Chen
This past Monday, twenty-two year old Felicia Chen was sentenced to eight years in prison for the manslaughter of her three children.  In May of last year, Chen got off [...]

Promotions within the Police Department
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Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation issues 30 scholarships
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Internal Problems within the Ariel Rosado Foundation
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Health Officials Give Usual Run Around Regarding Missing Monies
With so much happening within the nation’s largest medical facility, many questions are being raised as to the management’s capabilities but more so on the ministry’s strategies or systems of monitoring. We say the ministry because one would think that after having the first scandal of financial mismanagement break in the latter part of 2013 at the Southern Regional Hospital involving over three hundred and fifty thousand dollars, the powers that be would have immediately stepped in to put measures in place at the other facilities to ensure that there was no such reoccurrence……but that was not the case as weeks later following the uncovering of questionable expenses at the Southern Regional Hospital, discrepancies popped up within the Central Health Region involving around ninety thousand dollars. Now, today, July 16, some months and hundreds of thousands dollars later, the media finds itself once again before the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Peter Allen, posing questions on some financial irregularities founded….this time at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. The fact that an investigation is underway, for many taxpayers, may not be deemed acceptable at this point because as caretakers of the health system and funds allotted to such, it is fair to conclude that a closer eye would be kept on the public purse.

His Sexual Advances on A Man Leave Him Wounded
A 54-year-old, man who allegedly made a homosexual advance at another man, was severely beaten on his head with a piece of wood 2 inches by 4 inches. The blow rendered, Walter Dawson of a Kraal Road address, unconscious with a wound requiring 10 stitches. The retiree, Dawson reported to the police that at about 6pm on July 10, he was at Myrna’s Club, formerly Eden Rock Club, located at 10 Queen Charlotte Street in Belize City, when 57-year-old, Ernest Meighan struck him on his head with a piece of wood for no apparent reason. As a result, police detained Meighan and charged him with aggravated assault. The charge would have been a more serious one had Dawson accepted a medico-legal form that was offered to him by the police. With the form the doctor who examined and treated him would have been able to classify his injury. Mieghan pled not guilty to the charge when he appeared today before Magistrate Herbert Panton. He was released on a bail of $1,000 and his case was adjourned until September 11. According to Meighan, who resides at the same address where the incident occurred, Dawson approached him and offered to perform oral sex on him and he told Dawson to wait and he picked up the piece of wood and lashed Dawson.

Interpol Wants Castillo
Manuel Mendez Castillo is still on the run and he is not only wanted by Belizean Authorities but also by Interpol. That’s because it is believed that Castillo has absconded to either neighboring Guatemala or Mexico. The thirty seven year old fugitive is wanted for the kidnapping and murder of Ramon Cervantes Sr. and the murder of SoniaAbac. Police believe that Castillo was the mastermind behind Cervantes’ kidnapping and murder. Castillo was deported from North Carolina in 2004 for drug offences. He was caught with a weapon and authorities believe that Martinez had the intent to kill. He once was again deported from the USA but not before serving some time behind bars for illegal entry. Castillo is believed to be in the companion of a young woman. He has a tattoo of Jesus Christ on the left arm and a tattoo of several images on the right arm. He is of Mestizo decent and is about 5 foot 9 inches in height. If you spot Castillo, you are asked to call 911 immediately or crime stoppers at 922-TIPS. Police believe that Castillo is armed and dangerous.

Briceno Deemed Not Guilty of Murder
32-year-old, Renan Briceno Jr. is a free man tonight. He was acquitted of the 2011 murder of Dale Tillett by Justice John Troadio Gonzalez in a trial without jury. After hearing the not guilty sentence, Briceno rushed out of the courtroom, made his way to the back entrance to avoid the cameras, got into a waiting car and left. His father Renan Briceno Sr. and his uncles John Briceno and Jaime Briceno who attended the trial declined to give any comments as did his lawyer Ellis Arnold. The mother of 19 year old Dale Tillett was in court as well. She did not take the judgment too well, crying as she made her way out of the courtroom. Briceno was on trial after he was charged for the murder of Tillett who was shot to the head on December 31, 2011 at Palm Island nightclub.


Historic police promotional ceremony in Belmopan
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Renan Briceno acquitted of murder
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Compol refutes allegations of police involvement in Cervantes murder
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Update on Belmopan Mayor’s stolen vehicle
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COMPOL says by law, COLA can’t get evidence from police yet
Elvin Penner is headed back to court in just eight days, on July 24th. The ex minister is being prosecuted by COLA for his alleged involvement in the facilitating of a Belizean Passport for an incarcerated criminal in Taiwan. But COLA needs evidence and they say they have been...

Vector Control Unit receives 11 new Hilux trucks
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Belizean footballers head to U-20 UNCAF qualifiers
The U-16 Belize football selection, the Baby Jaguars, made a name for themselves at last year’s UNCAF U-16 Championship as they held their own against some of the top countries in the region. Now is the time for the under 20 Jaguars to show what they’ve got at the...

Sixth annual Youth Summer Camp opens in Belmopan
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Missing teenager found
We also have an update on the missing teenager, 13 year old Delita Roca of Willows Bank village. Police say the child was found at a Belize City residence on George Street. She was removed by the Domestic Violence Unit into the custody of the Department of Human Services....

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Ariel Rosado Foundation gives scholarships
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Sprinter Kaina Martinez gets ready for Commonwealth Games
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Corozal taxi operators complain of unfair treatment at the border
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Belizeans represented in International Darts competitions
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Renan Briceno Jr. acquitted of murder
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The Enemies of Industrial Growth in Belize
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Government undertakes families relocation project in rural Toledo
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Remanded man escapes from Orange Walk holding cell
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Scooperazzi in Action: Tracking T.I. and Tiny to San Pedro, Belize and My Past Brushes with Fame
Yesterday, my friend Jamie (who is visiting for two weeks) and I were planning a trip up north…to get some sun at a favorite dock and do a bit of swimming. But then I received a message at about 1:30pm, from a Facebook friend in Belize City…T.I. and Tiny were AT THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. They had landed in Belize and they were boarding a Tropic Air flight to San Pedro. Let’s stop right here. For those who are saying…Who are T.I. and Tiny? I’d be glad to explain. To those who are a bit…cough, cough…older. Or don’t like rap (or popular) music or those who cringe at reality shows. T.I. (real name Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.) is a rapper from Atlanta who has had a pretty big career. For the past 10 years, he’s recorded with Destiny’s Child (you know Beyonce, right?), Rihanna (“Live Your Life”, Jay-Z and Kanye West (or Mr. Kardashian)… He’s had big hits on his own like “Bring ‘Em Out” – I think that’s the first song that I heard. It was the song Yankee Stadium played (and maybe still does) when ARod came up to the plate.

Belize: A Leader in protecting the marine environment!
A new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society praises Belize’s sustainable fisheries programs and shows how the country’s no-take zones not only help valuable species such as lobster, conch, and fish recover from overfishing, but may also help re-colonize nearby reef areas. The Society’s “Review of the Benefits of No-Take Zones” cites research from no-take areas around the world. Written by Dr Craig Dahlgren, an expert in protected marine areas and fisheries management, the report is especially relevant now that signatory countries of the Convention on Biological Diversity are being required to protect at least 10 percent of their marine territory. The report specifically acknowledges Belize’s success in protecting the marine environment and working towards the sustainability of local fisheries. “Belize has been a leader in the region for establishing marine protected areas and has a world-renowned system of marine reserves many of which form the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site,” Janet Gibson, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Belize Program reports. “It’s clear that no-take zones can help replenish the country’s fisheries and biodiversity, along with the added benefits to tourism and even resilience to climate change.”

Meet Belizean Artist Inga Woods
Inga Woods is a young Belizean artist that comes from a family of five sisters. She spent her early childhood at a farm in Southern Belize and the rest of her life at construction campsites throughout the country. Since she was constantly moving from place to place, she grew accustomed to not having many friends and making the most out of whichever environment she was in. In her spare time she would get scraps of metal that were abandoned near workshops or pieces of junk by her house and try to make her own inventions. Being surrounded by many hard working labourers and seeing their pride in accomplishing a rough task and the genuine joy they had in what they did, made her strive to find her own happiness. Fortunately after searching for a while she found her joy…in art.

13 Things You Will Only Find in Belize
There are a lot of things that define Belize, and most of the most cool can mostly be seen here. There are more superlatives in this article than an article about superlatives. Xunantunich and ATM are magnificent, and fry jacks are supreme.

Pretty in Pink (and it’s not who you think!) – Belize Weddings
Every couple does it differently and this is one of the things that makes our work as wedding photographers in Belize so interesting and fun. Some couples come to Belize to elope, to get away from it all and enjoy a small and intimate wedding on the beach. Other couples plan a big party and think out all the details. This wedding was thoroughly planned, with much excitement, good taste and love and we are so pleased that we are able to share it with you.

Licensed San Pedro Vet
“The Truth” was asked which vet in San Pedro is licensed. That would be Dr.Baptist at Saga Humane Society.

International Sourcesizz

Belize's lobster, conch, and fish populations rebuild in no-take zones
A new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society shows that no-take zones in Belize can not only help economically valuable species such as lobster, conch, and fish recover from overfishing, but may also help re-colonize nearby reef areas. The report—titled "Review of the Benefits of No-Take Zones"—represents a systematic review of research literature from no-take areas around the world. The report was written by Dr. Craig Dahlgren, a recognized expert in marine protected areas and fisheries management. The report comes as signatory countries of the Convention on Biological Diversity countries are being required to protect at least 10 percent of their marine territory.

Navy divers are in Belize for Southern Partnership Station '14
Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2) are in Belize working with divers from the Belize coast guard service as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014. “Today we took the coast guard divers out,” said Navy Diver 2nd Class Robert LaFrance, a MDSU 2 diver. “We got to know each other’s work habits a little bit.” The divers traveled about 12 miles from shore and dived in crystal-clear water. The clear water makes it easier for groups of divers to stay together and watch each other’s techniques. “This group of Coast Guard divers just graduated PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors),” said Senior Chief Navy Diver Russell Ciardiello, master diver for MDSU 2 Company 2-1. “For the most part, they don’t have any dives since their certifications. It went really well; couldn’t have asked for a better operation.” The MDSU divers will be traveling and diving in four different countries during the Southern Partnership Station mission, and they will be working with divers at each stop.

Trading Suspended on Mysterious Company Worth $4 Billion Despite Making No Money
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suspended trading Friday of Cynk Technology Corp., a mysterious social network operator whose stock price skyrocketed, despite having no members, no revenue, and no assets. The SEC ordered the stoppage because of "concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace and potentially manipulative transactions in Cynk's common stock." Cynk's stock jumped 23,067 percent in the past month from just a few pennies to $13.90, making the company worth more than $4 billion. The surge began in May, after closing at 6 cents on the 15, and then jumping 3.650 percent to close at $2.25 on June 17. The company's background is just as baffling. Its most recent SEC filing, by Cynk's lone employee Marlon Sanchez, listed its headquarters at an office building in Belize City, Belize, but its suite does not exist, the building secretary told Bloomberg. And its website, (plastered with pictures of celebrities it offers to buy contact information for) appears to have been registered by the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Domains By Proxy.

Stunning Photos Of Sharks And People Document A Vulnerable Species
This place has all the ingredients of shark paradise: Rich ocean currents, a bountiful food supply, and remoteness. Historical accounts of ships sailing these waters tell of an ocean so full of sharks that one could walk on their backs across the sea; of hammerheads the size of whales and schools of reef sharks so vast that, seen from underwater, they blocked out the sun. But my first sight as I descend is not of a shiver of sharks but of a massive gill net draped over a reef like a deflated balloon. A purple triggerfish beats its winglike fins but is going nowhere, the net ensnaring it in a deadly embrace. I take a few photographs to document the scene then cut the fish free with my dive knife. In just one hour I observe a dozen nets drifting in and out of view, as the current relentlessly propels me past steep walls, over coral gardens, and around undersea pinnacles. The underwater landscape is majestic but seemingly absent of sharks and other big fish.

From Belize to Switzerland, five ice creams worth the trip
AMBERGRIS CAYE, Belize, July 16, 2014 – Okay, I admit it. For a guy, I love ice cream. So sue me. I’d rather eat it than sip a fancy merlot, eat hoity-toity food or swill back a couple of cold ones. At times, I try and sneak some out of the freezer before dinner, a habit of which my wife is quite adept at discovering. The telltale signs of drops on my t-shirt or the bit I didn’t quite clean at the corners of my mouth are dead giveaways. Like a skilled prosecutor, I usually break under the cross-examination. Still, my theory is that I am not alone and that there are millions of you out there who have the same obsession. Along with magazines like Cigar Aficionado, why isn’t there an Ice Cream Aficionado? Well, I for one am going to do my part in revealing my all time top five list. The downside? You might have to spend a small fortune to travel to some of these places and put on a few pounds in the process, but how can you put a price on memories like these? 1. DandE’s Frozen Custard and Sorbet: Middle Street; San Pedro; Ambergris Caye, Belize My top choice is a tiny little hole in the wall in Ambergis Caye, Belize. It was a hot day and the name DandE’s caught my curiosity. “Care for a taste?” asked the lady with a wicked little smile behind the counter as she held out a little spoon with a sample. “Looks ordinary,” I thought, as I slipped it into my mouth. I’m sure at that moment my pupils must have dilated and a previously unknown part of my brain designed just for taste moments like this suddenly came alive. “What is this?” I asked excitedly. “Soursop,” she replied, handing me another sample.

Have a new bikini bod to flaunt? Visit Belize, you won’t be disappointed
Looking to go slow? That's Caye Caulker's motto. As the rastafarian Bob Marley beats engulf the island,you will find many locals playing the drums on the road-side or the beach and you are welcome to break into a jig. We suggest, you go diving for sure and then move at a leisurely pace (as the motto says) by checking-in at the Lazy Lizard Bar and order a Lizard Drink. Definitely, take the manatee tour at Swallow Caye. Manatees can be seen year-round in this protected area.

Bird-based tourism a sustainable development tool for The Bahamas
A select Bahamas National Trust (BNT) team recently participated in a project kick-off meeting hosted by National Audubon Society (NAS) and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), aimed to educate all parties involved about bird-based tourism as a sustainable development tool. Internationally known Audubon is partnering with local NGO’s in Belize (Belize Audubon Society), Guatemala (Asociacion Vivamos Mejor and Wildlife Conservation Society), Paraguay (Guyra Paraguay) and The Bahamas (Bahamas National Trust) to establish stronger bird-based tourism programmes throughout these countries. “Bird-based tourism is not new in The Bahamas,” said Karen Panton, BNT Director of Finance & Operations who traveled along with Predensa Moore, BNT Science Research Officer to Belize for the meetings. “However, this project will act as a catalyst to bring all the stakeholders together to participate in creating a national nature tourism product. We want to extend its impact; to help Bahamians particularly in the family islands to better prepare and benefit from targeting and participating in nature tourism.”

While lionfish has been turning up on menus across Belize’s coast, the Pirate’s Treasure Restaurant, connected to a series of bungalows called the Pirate Villas, is the only restaurant in Belize that serves lionfish as its only fish. “Ninety percent of my customers order lionfish,” owner Jason Gilbertson told us, “so I had to get rid of snapper.” Gilbertson is an Atlanta transplant whose Belizean girlfriend, Maresha Reid, is the restaurant’s head chef. Her specialty: piña colada lionfish, which despite sounding like a very unserious dish, is actually quite wonderful. The fish has a sweet caramelized coating from spending a night in a marinade of piña colada before being flambéed (Reid uses the whole drink, according to Gilbertson). Its flesh is firm but still moist, and surrenders willingly to the bite. At the same time, its flavor only differs in degree but not kind from other edible fish, making it an ideal ingredient for experimentation. Jason gave us a lift back to San Pedro in his golf cart—the island’s de facto transportation. His dog Pirate, part pit-bull and part Labrador retriever, lay at his feet. As he navigated the cart around puddles in the dirt street, I asked him how he obtains the lionfish, since no other restaurant in San Pedro I had approached was currently serving it.

Student among winners of Caribbean-wide tech competition
The winner of the competition was William Mahler from the University of Belize, who won a trip for two to attend Canto 2014 in the Bahamas plus hotel accommodation, one tablet and US$1,000. The third place went to Allison Arnaez from St Paulus School, Suriname, who was awarded a smartphone plus US$250 and in fourth place was Andrea Gutierez from St Andrews Anglican School, Belize, who won a smartphone. Speaking about the change in format to video, Canto secretary general Regenie Fraser stated: “The objectives of the reformed competition included: encouraging the youth to utilise their ICT tools such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops etc in a positive way; educating the general populace about broadband, its uses and impact and sharing the mission of Canto through popular outreach mechanisms such as social networks.”

With all of the sub-posting on social media seemingly out of their systems, rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle are back on good terms. The couple traveled to Belize together to celebrate Tiny’s 39th birthday. On Tuesday, the Family Hustle stars were spotted arriving at Belize’s international airport, before jetting off to the island of Ambergris Caye. Sources claim the lovebirds are staying at a lavish resort in the island’s San Pedro city. T.I. ADDRESSES MARITAL ISSUES ON 'THE WORST' REMIX Tiny posted a picture on Instagram of long stem roses, balloons and flower petals laid on the floor in a heart shaped design, with the caption:


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Video: Vacation Souvenir Haul - Cozemel, Belize, Honduras, Costa Maya, 16min.
We recently went on a cruise vacation and purchased some cool souvenirs. Come take a peak!

Video: Movie Hidden Valley Inn Belize 2014, 6min.
Short film: Vacation at Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve, Cayo, Belize, Central America. Exclusive, private waterfalls, Maya sites, caving adventures, zip-lining canopy tours, birding, nature...all from a 12-room luxury estate and lodge.

Video: Succès Voyage - Au Fur et A Mesure - RTL TVI - Face à Face - Charlotte Bault - Voyage Belize, 14min.
Succès voyage présente son nouveau Concept de voyage Au Fur et A Mesure sur le plateau de RTL Belgique en compagnie de Charlotte Bault. De belles images du Belize pour illustrer ce reportage.

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July 16, 2014

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A view from the top with Tropic Air
It’s always a treat when the flight via Tropic Air takes passengers on the reef side. You can clearly see where the deep blue meets the Belize Barrier Reef, and the waters take on the multiple hues of blues and greens that beckon you to jump in and swim (NOT from the plane…be cool!).

Rapper TI vacations in Belize
Belize is a nice getaway for well-known celebrities, and today Tuesday July 15th, American rapper, record producer, actor and entrepreneur Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., better known by his stage name TI arrived on Ambergris Caye. The rapper along with his wife Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris née Cottle, arrived shortly after 3PM via a chartered Tropic Air flight from the Belize Phillip Goldson International Airport. While he would not say much, TI told The San Pedro Sun that “I just came [to Belize] for a vacation.” Belizean fans who had lined up along the fence at the Tropic Air terminal and those that waited for him at the lobby shouted “Welcome to San Pedro TI.”

Team Belize heads to UNCAF qualifiers for 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
The Belize Under-20 (U-20) National Male Football Team has left for El Salvador to participate in the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) U-20 qualifiers for the next Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) U-20 Championship. The games will be played from Thursday, July 17th to Tuesday, July 29th and has the participation of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The venue of the tournament matches will alternate between the Estadio Cuscatia in San Salvador and the Estadio Las Delicias in Santa Tecla. Each of the seven participating teams will face each other once, with the top four teams progressing to the CONCACAF U-20 Championships scheduled for January 9 to 25, 2015. The UNCAF finalist will face the four finalists of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) U-20 qualifiers and U-20 national teams from Canada, United States of America and Mexico who qualify automatically. The CONCACAF U-20 Championships will determine the representatives to the 2015 FIFA U-20 Wold Cup in New Zealand.

Doctor Jaime Awe resigns as Director of the Institute of Archaeology
Doctor Jaime Awe announced that he has resigned as the Director of the National Institute of Culture and History’s (NICH) Institute of Archaeology (IA). The surprising announcement came during the 12th Annual Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium held on Tuesday, July 1st to Friday, July 4th. His resignation will take effect on Thursday, July 31st, but he will still remain active in Belize’s archeological studies. According to 60-year-old Dr. Awe, the job as Director has become strenuous and he no longer feels fit to do the job effectively. “My decision to resign was based solely on my personal desire to do the true things that I am most passionate, and that is research and teaching archaeology. Belize archaeology is not just a job, it’s my life,” said Dr. Awe. He did indicate that he will still be involved in the IA but to a lesser magnitude. “We have very capable archaeologists that can assume the position of Director and of course I will still be involved in IA, giving as much support and assistance as needed.”

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Youth Cadet Corps Boasts New Uniforms
With the kind sponsorship of Belize Sotheby International Realty the members of the San Pedro Police Cadet Corps Program are proud to boast new uniforms this week. The San Pedro Police Department reinstated that cadet program earlier this year after it was dormant for close to four years. San Pedro Police Community Officer Juan Choc has been assigned to run the program and conduct positive activities that will teach discipline, instill civic pride and create a positive atmosphere for the youths involved to become productive citizens on the island.

Flashbacks: Mother Nature Decorated Weddings In Ambergris Caye
A wedding is a wedding, now and then; it includes a bride and a groom, “padrinos”, and maids. Yes there is an exchange of wedding rings and a cake and if fortunate some pretty clothing. The one big difference of weddings of the past from those of today was the décor. You are well aware that there are fancy and expensive decorations today…well, you know how that is. This Flashback clearly shows that not even the chair for the bride and groom are dressed in fine white fabric. It was Mother Nature that was responsible for the decorations of a ball room- whether coconut palm trees, the beach, sea, reef, or even the lagoon with a magnificent sunset. Mother Nature was sure not to fail. So it was at Marino’s Club Roof Top where the majority of the weddings were celebrated in the 1960’s.

Rapper T.I. and Wife Tiny Spotted in San Pedro, Belize
Celebrity Spotting in Belize – Rapper T.I. and his wife Tiny arrived in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye at 3:30p.m. today Tuesday, July 15, 2014, and caused a commotion at the Tropic Air terminal building where his fans waited to see and take pictures of the celebrity couple. Pictures on social media gave away T.I. (Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.) and Tiny’s (Tameka Harris née Cottle) arrival at the Belize Phillip Goldson International Airport and work quickly spread that he was en route to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Their fans quickly flocked to the San Pedro airport to catch his arrival. T.I. arrived on board a Tropic Air flight and was quickly whisked away on taxi to a pier where he and his wife were taken to an undisclosed resort on North Ambergris Caye.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Life On A Caribbean Island: Just $1,300 A Month
Two years ago Duane and Judy Allen moved full-time from Tampa, Florida, to Ambergris Caye, Belize. “I always wanted to live right on the beach, but not in a condo,” says Duane. “I wanted a home, and space around me to roam. For years I scoured Florida’s coasts, looking for an affordable property. But everything was out of reach.” As luck would have it, Judy’s sister and her family had moved to Ambergris Caye before “Temptation Island” put it on the map… Judy notes, “We chose San Pedro because we had been visiting my sister and her husband since they moved to Belize about 23 years ago. We fell in love with the island through those many visits.” Duane started checking out the island’s beachfront property and found that it was still affordable. In 1999 the Allens snapped up a stunning beachfront lot south of town, in an undeveloped area. They weren’t yet thinking about retirement. But since Judy’s sister’s family was already living on the island, the Allens moved up their schedule and built their house in 2004. Judy’s sister and family live in the downstairs unit. The Allens live upstairs. At first they came for vacations, before finally retiring full-time.

YWCA Belmopan Summer Program
The YWCA of Belmopan has started their Summer Program, but there is still space open. Call 822-0472 for more information. The sessions will go through August 8th. "Spaces are still available for this new summer camp program! Send you kids to a fun and learning environment. We need to support our Belmopan children's programs. Contact them today for all the details!"

Another great success story from Belize Bird Rescue!
Finally got pics of our entire white-front family. We still don't know where they nested, but wherever it was, it was perfect! The parents are totally comfortable close to our camera, but the babies fly off before we can get too close. Great survival instincts.

Belize Duck Race
The Belize Duck Race is coming. You could win $1,000,000. It's a fundraiser for the community projects that the Rotary Club of Belmopan is undertaking. It'll happen on November 29th, at the Hawkesworth Bridge. "The Rotary Club of Belmopan is holding the first ever annual Belize Duck Race on Saturday, November 29th, 2014, in San Ignacio, Cayo District. The Rotary Club of Belmopan will use the funds from this event to continue its efforts towards community projects and existing initiatives focused on children’s health. Yellow rubber ducks will be dropped into the Macal River from the Hawkesworth Bridge, San Ignacio, Cayo at approximately 11:30AM and will race down to the Low Lying Bridge. The day of the race will be an exciting, fun day with something for the entire family."

Belize Maps Book Launched
Cubola Productions launched a new book entitled 'British Honduras, the Invention of a Colonial Territory' at the BAAS. Dr. Odile Hoffman's book explores the development of Belize, and uses some classic maps to do so. Cubola has a few pictures from the launch. "Thanks to all of you that were present at the launching of British Honduras: the invention of a colonial territory. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Thanks to everyone who purchased copies of the book, as it helps to make our commitment to publishing in Belize a reality."

Tropic Air Announces Increased Service to Merida
Tropic Air announces today, that effective November 1, 2014, it will increase its flights to Merida, Mexico from three times weekly to daily. “Since commencement of the route, we have been working closely with our partners at the Yucatan Tourism Board and in the Merida tourism community on building traffic. We are now excited to be increasing our service in response to their feedback, support and enthusiasm”, said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “Clearly Merida has the potential to be an important part of our network, and a source of growing business to Belize and beyond. We want to do everything we can to allow that relationship to develop”. This increase in service will also allow the people of Merida to make easy connections to Roatan, San Pedro Sula, Flores, and 11 destinations within Belize. Merida is Tropic’s second destination in Mexico and its fifth international route, and was inaugurated in March of this year.

Channel 7

Auditor General Called In At KHMH
Last night, we told you about the reports reaching or news room that Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, the national referral medical institution was in a short-term cash flow crisis following massive pay-outs to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars which were made last month. Our information was that there were 2 X-ray machines which were acquired from an Orange Walk based business which was paid without invoice or contract. Well to set the record straight, Chair of the KHMH Board, Chandra Nisbet-Cansino granted an interview to the media in Belmopan this afternoon. She discussed to topic with us, explaining that the amount of money paid out is of concern that the board, so the Auditor General's Office is being called in to ensure that the hospital is getting value for money:

Carlos Perrera Is No Longer At KHMH
The audit team going in will be reviewing a period of financial management during the tenure of the former Director of Finance Carlos Perrera. As we told you a few weeks ago, Perrera is no longer at KHMH, and that it was a board decision. Today, we asked the Chair, and she explained the nature of his departure: Mike Rudon, Ch 5 "Could you tell us the manner of his leaving the KHMH?" Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, Chairman, KHMH Board "What I can tell you is that Mr. Perrera is no longer at the KHMH and we have advertised the post. We have received some applications and we will review those next week."

The Details Of CEO Longsworth's Departure
They're advertising for Perrera's replacement as well as the post of Chief Executive Officer, because as we told you last week Friday, the Board has decided not to renew Dr. Gary Longsworth's contract, which expires in September. Since 2008, Dr. Longsworth has been a part of the hospital's management, but the accomplishments of his tenure is forever overshadowed by the deaths of 13 neonatal patients in the care of the hospital, which happened last year. Board Chair Nisbet-Cansino told the media today that the statutory body decided that it was time to start exploring new options for the post of CEO: Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, Chairman, KHMH Board "Dr. Longsworth submitted a request for an extension of his contract. However the Board had decided from the last renewal that at the end of this present contract which I believe will be in September - which we will advertise the post and anyone is free to apply."

Will KHMH Workers Get That Salary Adjustment?
We're just one pay check away from that 6% pay raise which the Government promised to teachers and public officers, which will be retroactive to April 1. So, all teachers and public officers are looking forward to that increase in their pay, but it seems that it's not as simple for the employees of the KHMH. Because hospital is run a statutory body, the current reasoning seems to be that they are not entitled to that raise. Today, the Chair of Board spoke with us about the intervention they've made with the Government to get a clear picture as to why those public officers working for the hospital might not be eligible for that raise: Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, Chairman, KHMH Board "I don't have all of the information. I am made to understand that a discussion was made with the union and the members of those who will be receiving the increase. I understand that they actually and I stand to be corrected here that the unions actually ask that the K.H.M.H. staff be excluded because that will increase the amount, because remember that there is a certain amount that is being divided by a certain amount of employees. We have about six hundred employees on staff. So the fact is yes, they are not included in the automatic increase of public officers, we were made aware of that pretty soon after the decision was made or after the meeting was held. So the board took the initiative to write to the Ministry of Finance that the staff of K.H.M.H. be included in the increase."

The Smith Family Rages At That Gun Charge
It made big news when the entire family of the late Myron Smith, who was murdered, ended up in prison last week after police searched their house on Giles Street while they were holding a repast in his memory. The cousin of Alrick Smith, Myron's dad, complained that if police looked into the matter closely, they would have found out that they should have all be swept into police custody, locked down, charged and remanded. But it did happen, and today, when they were released from court after the charges were dropped, they were furious. They gave an interview to Monica Bodden who waited for their court hearing to finish. Here's what they had to say about what they called unfair treatment under the gun law:

BSI's Olive Branch To The Caneros
A week ago, the 2013/2014 sugar milling season finished favorably with all quotas met, and even with a little surplus. All things considered, it was a good year, but there is still the shadow of that unsettled bagasse issue hanging over the heads of the principals of the industry. As it has widely been reported, the farmers delayed the delivery of the cane to force the factory owners to the negotiating table to discuss a payment for bagasse. After a stalemate, a breakthrough was made when an agreement between both sides was signed. The agreement was that the season would start and go to completion with an understanding that a final agreement would be reached by the end of the season for a bagasse payment.

$11 Mill In Unpaid Bills to KHMH
As we told you at the top of the news, the Board of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has asked the Auditor General to come in and look into the expenditures from its Finance Department. They're trying to ensure that the recent purchases of 2 X-Ray Machines represents value for true value for money. But while that's the Hospital's newest financial concern, what is also of importance to them is that the public, whom they serve, owes them unpaid hospital bills to the tune of some 11 million dollars. That's important because the hospital receives referral for most emergency and trauma cases, and those complex medical procedures which the smaller hospitals around the country are not equip to handle. Today, Chairman Chandra Nisbet-Cansino told us that the outstanding bills represents a loss of revenue which affects the level of service that the hospital can provide when there are spike in violent crime, as has recently been affecting areas of Belize City:

Renan Awaiting Murder Trial Verdict
Renan Briceno, nephew of Orange Walk Central Area Rep, John Briceno, has stood a full trial without for murder, and tonight, he's waiting for Justice Troadio Gonzalez to deliver his verdict. For the past month, the prosecution, led by Crown Counsels Shanice Lovell and Portia Staine has been calling witnesses to testify against him, and today, both the prosecution and defense closed their case. The case will conclude when Justice Troadio Gonzalez will deliver a verdict after reviewing all the evidence from both the crown and the defence.

The Origin Of That Goff's Caye Lease
Last week, we told you about the situation which was developing on Goff's Caye where an unauthorized survey was being conducted, where the unknown individual seemed to have plans to develop the property. The problem is that Goff Caye is crown land and one of the national cayes protected under the Coastal Zone Management Authority. Today, it remains a major tourist attraction, but in 2001, the Lands Department granted a lease to Ramon Cervantes. But if it's supposed to be protected and managed by the CZMAI, why then was a lease granted to an important piece of crown land? That's what we asked Lands Commissioner Wilbert Vallejos to explain to us today. Here's how Cervantes managed to get rights to that land:

That Lands Mix-Up On San Pedro
And while we had the opportunity, asked Vallejos about that governmental mix-up which caused Tropic Air and Brett Feinstein to now have to sue each other to find out who owns a piece of property on San Pedro. As we've told you, Feinstein has the title but Tropic Air had already started work on a multi-million-dollar project on their leased land. Now, that has been halted by an injunction. Hopefully, there is room for compromise, but there are complications because there is very valuable property and quite a bit of money already in the ground. When we asked Lands Commissioner Vallejos about it, he told us that while he can't speak freely because of the ongoing court case, it's because there was a duplication error:

Harmonyville's Unique Buffer Zone Size
And in our last story from Vallejos for tonight's news, we asked him about that other high profile land case that is in the courts at this time. We're of course talking about Harmonyville in which BGYEA wants to use the buffer zone. One issue which their attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, keeps hammering home in our interviews with her is that the road reserve, which makes up this buffer zone is substantially larger than other road reserves of well establish communities. She makes the point that Harmonyville is the only housing community with such a huge restriction on the amount of land used to separate the community and the highway. We asked Vallejos about that, and while he concedes, he notes that in the planning stage, this buffer zone had to have gotten the approval of the BGYEA principals or else the project wouldn't have gone through:

Prosthetics To Demonstrate Exams
The president of the Belize cancer society in California is in Belize this month donating items and promoting awareness. Arlette Pilgrim is helping to set up cancer boutiques where hats, prosthetic breasts, and clothes are being donated to women diagnosed with cancer. She stopped by our studio to tell us more about these cancer boutiques: The Belize Cancer society in California also has 15 nebulizers to donate.

She Got Fined For Smuggling Weed
After spending 3 night's on remand awaiting her sentence, 24 year-old Quinn Melinda Arnold is out after making a partial payment on her court fine for trying to smuggle weed into the prison. As we reported, The Conch Shell Bay resident went to prison to visit an inmate on Thursday. As was procedure, a female prison officer told her that she had to be searched before she entered. She stripped down and allowed the officer to search her, but when the officer told her that she had to check all body cavities, she told the officer that she was menstruating. Still, that didn't stop the officer from doing her job thoroughly, and she discovered a bag of weed in the cavity her privates.

Pan Got Light Late Last Night
When we left you last night, Belmopan was in a Black out because a damaged power transformer. BEL work crews had been doing their best to fix it, and a few minutes after our newscast ended, they got power back up. The company notes that power supply was restored to the City of Belmopan at 8:12 p.m. But that's almost 13 hours of no electricity, and it cause inconveniences to the production within the capital city. Nevertheless, the customers bared with the company, and BEL is now thanking customers for their patience. If you want to know when there is problems with your electricity supply when a black out like this happens, BEL asks that you should visit their office and update their phone database so that you can receive information and updates by text message.

Restaurateur Brawling With Patron?
Twenty-five year old David Heredia, the manager of a resort in Caye Caulker, was charged with wounding and common assault when he appeared yesterday before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Twenty-three year old Shannon Martinez, an employee of Belize Auto zone who was with Heredia, was charged with aggravated assault. They pled not guilty to the charges and Martinez was released on a bail of $1,000 while Heredia was released on a bail of $3,000. They are to return to court on September 8. They incident occurred on July 10 at Chops Restaurant and Bar, located on Newtown Barracks. According to the allegation, Heredia caused a wound to security guard Darwin Fraser Jr and assaulted the waitress, Martha Lopez. Martinez is alleged to have thrown a metal chair at Lopez.

The New Taiwanese Ambassador
A week ago, we told you about the departing Taiwanese Amabassador, His Excellency David CK Wu. He left the country on Saturday, but the Taiwan has already chosen his replacement. Meet His Excellency Ambassador Benjamin Ho. He will succeed Wu, and is expected to arrive on Thursday. Ambassador Ho comes with quite an impressive Resume. He graduated from the Soochow University in Taiwan in 1974 with a Bachelor's Degree, and earned his Master's Degree from the National Cheng Chi University in Diplomacy and International Law in 1977. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 1982.

Int'l Film Writers Arrive For BIFF
As we told you last week, Belize International Film Festival is back for the 9th go round. They've got films from across the globe, including 5 from Belize. Two of those international film makers arrived in Belize this evening, and they spoke with us about the opportunity to have their work screened here: The Festival will begin tomorrow, and ends on July 20th with a closing awards banquet.

The Garifuna Collective Returns; Great Memories In Europe
The Garifuna Collective returned today from their European tour where they entertained thousands with songs from their latest album "Ayo". After traveling through several different countries all across Europe, they seemed glad to be back home. It's their second major tour in that part of the world, and when they landed at the PGIA today, We caught up where they told us about the tour's success. The Garifuna Collective already has shown lined up in Belize and is working on its next album. As we've told you, this is the group's second European tour.

Police Preparing For Those New Ranks
While passing through Belmopan today, we couldn't help but notice that there were quite a number police officers at the Police Training Academy. We're informed that they're preparing for an important ceremony where those officer up for promotion will be officially given their new rank. We'll be there tomorrow for that, and we'll tell you all about it.

Delita Is Safe
And as we close our newscast tonight, we report that police have located 13 year old Delita Roca, the young lady from Willows Bank whose family was worried sick about her. Police sources tell us that she was picked up this morning from a house on George Street in Belize City by the Domestic Violence Unit, and escorted her to the Queen Street Police Precinct.

Channel 5

KHMH Board Calls In Audit Department…
There have been some major developments at the nation’s largest referral hospital lately. Notably, the K.H.M.H.’s Director of Finance, Carlos Perera was fired two weeks ago. The C.E.O., Dr. Gary [...]

Former Finance Director Carlos Perera in the Hot Seat…
And since the Finance Department will be under scrutiny, so will the former Director of Finance Carlos Perera, the man who orchestrated the purchasing of those x-ray machines. Perera’s name [...]

KHMH Board does Not Renew CEO’s Contract…
When the results of the investigation do come out, it is likely that C.E.O. Gary Longsworth will no longer be a fixture at the institution. That’s because by September he [...]

No Salary Adjustment for KHMH Staff…
There’s a lot of movement in the health giant, certainly at the highest level. And with the investigation, there are suggestions that there may be more. But tonight there is [...]

Smith Family Remanded Last Week…DPP Drops Charges!
Last week Tuesday, the entire Smith family including a cousin, who is the mother of a baby, and two minors, ages sixteen and seventeen years, were all remanded to the [...]

Should Felicia Chen Get More Than Eight Years for Killing Her Three Children?
Tonight question is: Do you think Felicia Chen should be spending more than eight years in jail for the manslaughter of her three children? Send your comments and responses using [...]

Missing 13 Year Old Found by Police…!
A teen went missing last Monday; while she was located early this morning, there is a grim side to her story. Her mother is troubled because she has seen symptoms [...]

Attorneys Present Closing Arguments in Briceno Murder Case…
The trial without jury against thirty-five year old Renan Briceño for the 2012 murder of Dale Tillett came to an end today. This morning, Justice Troadio Gonzalez heard closing arguments [...]

Lands Commissioner Says Survey on Goff’s Caye is Illegal!
Two weeks after survey pegs were discovered on Goff’s Caye, signalling some sort of planned development, there is still no clue who placed the pegs there. The Ministry tried to [...]

CZMAI CEO Says Rangers Discovered Survey Pegs…
Goff’s Caye is one of the most popular and accessible public beaches to Belizeans so when rangers detected the survey pegs in June, it immediately raised eyebrows.  So who is [...]

CZMAI Did Not Give Authorization for Survey
We further quizzed the CZMAI on the survey and there was one possible explanation coming from C.E.O. Gillett. That is that someone, whose identity is still a mystery, may be [...]

Lands Commissioner speaks on Novelo Land Dispute!
In April 2014 Orange Walk resident Jose Novelo came to the media for help after a lease to a piece of land he had claimed and farmed for over forty [...]

Vallejos Blames Incompetence and Corruption for Problems in Lands…
The Novelo incident is not an isolated case, and it seems that not a week goes by without some land dispute or the other in some corner of the country. [...]

New Taiwanese Ambassador Arrives July 17th…
The arrival of a new Taiwanese Ambassador is expected later this week; he will to succeed Ambassador David Wu who departed over the weekend after a successful diplomatic tour in [...]

Garifuna Collective Back from Extended Tour…
Preeminent Belizean musicians, the Garifuna Collective is back from an extensive tour of Europe.  During their travels, the group performed from a vast catalogue of World Music which spans several [...]

If you can sing it…bring it!
Shortly at the Bliss, the curtains will be drawn for another round of competition in If You Can Sing it, Bring It. In the double elimination format, two will not [...]


DPP Directs for Family of Five to Be Released From Prison Following Firearm Charges
The anguish and turmoil were evident in his voice and in his facial expressions as he and his family were released from the Belize Central Prison today after being on remand since last Tuesday, July 8. 52-year-old, Alrick Smith of a Giles Street address in Belize City had only just laid his 17-year-old son to rest last Tuesday and was engaged in a conversation with a next door neighbour when the arrival of police officers in pursuit of two young men would change his life in a way he never thought. Love News visited Smith’s home today where he told us just how the incident unfolded that had five persons in his home sent to prison, a few hours after his son’s funeral. ALRICK SMITH “The crowd had already left because it was around 5:30pm. I was just here with my family trying to cool off and a couple of young men were in the yard cooling off. There was a little one and he was the first time I had seen him and then other one I knew him. From the moment the police jumped out of the vehicle and told them to freeze I came up stairs and I met them when they already had a young man kneeling down in the center of my hall and they had the other one in the bathroom. The police told him, ‘you won’t run away from me that easily because I know you, you have something’. I asked him what he meant by something; he said weed so I told him ‘ok just search my house’ When they came in they started searching and when they saw the gun I felt like fainting.”

Hospital’s Finance Officer: Terminated not Resigned
Another high ranking official at the KHMH was let go recently. That person is the former Finance Director, Carlos Perrera. Perrera had come under scrutiny by the Board of Governors. Today the Chairman, Chandra Nisbet Cansino, told the media that several decisions made under Perrera’s term ad Financial Director is being looked at. CHANDRA NISBET CANSINO “Mr. Perrera is no longer at the KHMH and we have advertised the post and have received some applications and we will review that next week. There have been concerns yes; some of the questions have been answered, some of them have not, so we mutually agreed to terminate his employment.”

No Salary Increase for Hospital Staff
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has more than 600 employees who are considered to be Public Servants. But Love News understands that those employees will not receive any sort of wage increase as bargain by the Unions and the Government of Belize. Chairman, Chandra Nisbet Cansino, explained why. CHANDRA NISBET-CANSINO “I am made to understand that a discussion was held with the unions and the members who will be receiving the increase. I understand that they actually, and I stand to be corrected, that the Unions actually asked that KHMH staff be excluded because that would increase the amount, because remember that it is a certain amount that is being divided between a certain amount of employees. We have about six hundred employees on staff. So that fact is yes, they are not included in the automatic increase for public officers. We were made aware of that pretty soon after the meeting was held and so that board took the initiative to write to the Ministry of Finance to ask that that staff of Karl Heusner be included in the increase.”

KHMH CEO’s Contract Will Not Be Renewed
At the top of the newscast we told you about Carlos Perrera who has left the KHMH and Dr. Gary Longsworth who is on his way out as the CEO. Previously two people had resigned from the KHMH Board of Governors. The Chairman, Chandra Nisbet Cansino, shared that one post has been filled and they have yet to find a suitable person to fill the vacant post. Nisbet Cansino shared the difficulties the board is facing in running the hospital. Doctor Gary Longsworth will no longer be the Chief Executive Officer of the KHMH. Longsworth had requested his contract to be renewed but that request was denied by the KHMH Board of Governors. Today, Chairman of the Board, Chandra Nisbet Cansino told us why the board took that decision. CHANDRA NISBET CANSINO “He has been with the Board for I think two contract periods and an extension and I think it’s time for us, as a Board, to look at the available options that we have out there in the general population and that is the reason for opening it up for applications.”

Hospital Pays Over 500K for X-Ray Machines; Audit Requested
An intensive audit will be conducted shortly at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City following the revelation that two very large sums have been paide out for x-ray equipment. The finding raised eyebrows among members of the Board of Governors and thus a letter was sent to the Ministry of Finance yesterday requesting that an audit be done and that revisions into the procurement of two x-ray machines be done. Records show that one machine cost the medical institution more than a hundred thousand dollars while the other was acquired for the sum of just over four hundred thousand dollars. The machines were purchased without invoice from an Orange Walk based business. In addition to the questions raised regarding the machines, others arose when it was found that the two hundred thousand dollars subvention that the hospital receives monthly was not covering their expenses…so much so that the KHMH found itself in dire straits when there was uncertainty as to whether the payroll for June would have been met. As a result of all this, the Board of Governors wrote to the Ministry of Finance seeking their intervention and assistance via a financial audit. The Chairman of the Board of Governors at the KHMH, Chandra Nisbet Cansino, told us what the hospital’s current financial status is and what are the discrepancies found.

Police Issues Public Alert for Escaped Convict
LOVE NEWS has learnt that a convict escaped from a holding cell at the Orange Walk Police station. Mathew “Mateo” Bull appeared in court yesterday for the crime of aggravated assault with a firearm and was convicted and sentenced to one year in prison. Bull was subsequently placed in a detention cell at the Orange Walk police station where he was to stay the night and be transported to the Central Prison today. But around 2 this morning, when police conducted a check of the cells they noticed Bull was missing. It is believed that Mathew Mateo Bull ripped through the manhole of the cell door and freed himself. Police is now asking the public’s cooperation in locating 31 year old Bull who is described as of creole decent, slim built with a low haircut. Police reminds the public that it is a crime to aid and abet a criminal.

Duo Gets Violent in Chap’s Restaurant
Twenty-five year old Darwin Heredia, the manager of a resort in Caye Caulker, was charged with wounding and common assault when he appeared yesterday before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Twenty-three year old Shannon Martinez, an employee of Belize Auto Zone, who was with Heredia, was charged with aggravated assault. They pled not guilty to the charges. Heredia was released on a bail of three thousand dollars while Martinez was released on a bail of one thousand dollars. They are to return to court on August 8. The incident occurred on Thursday, July 10 at Chaps Restaurant and Bar, located on Newtown Barracks. According to the allegation, Heredia caused a wound to a security guard and assaulted a waitress at the restaurant and bar. It is also alleged that Martinez threw a metal chair at the woman.

Judge Scheduled to Deliver Verdict on Wednesday in Briceno’s Murder Trial
After hearing closing argument today from counsels for the defense and the prosecution, Justice John Gonzalez, set tomorrow, July 16, to give his verdict in the trial of 32 year old Renan Briceno, charged with the murder of 19 year old Dale Tillett. It is a trial without jury. Tillett was shot and killed around 8 p.m. on December 31, 2011 at Palm Island nightclub, located at mile 2 on Phillip Goldson Highway. The main witness, Albert Fuentes, aka “Long John”, was unable to testify because he was killed in January, 2013. But a statement Fuentes gave to the police was admitted as evidence. Fuentes, in the statement, said that he and Tillett were at Palm Island and he went outside and he was waiting for Tillett when he heard gunshots. He said he saw Tillett fly up into the air and as he landed on the ground, Briceno stood over and fired a shot.

Still No Agreement on Bagasse Payments
The Belize Sugar Industry advises cane farmers to accept payment of bagasse on a quantum not accepted by caneros for the benefit of the industry. Arturo Cantun has the details in the following report. ARTURO CANTUN REPORTING “Today marks seven days since the 2014 sugar crop delivery season ended with more than 1.2 million tons of cane milled by BSI. While the sugarcane quota was met, the other objective that was not accomplished was a settlement of a new commercial agreement between BSI and BSCFA, which includes payment for bagasse. On January 13, this year BSI and BSCFA agreed to negotiate certain items in the commercial agreement, including a payment for bagasse, and both agreed to negotiate and finalize a new agreement by the end of the crop delivery season.

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Garifuna Collective back from European tour
The men and women of the Garifuna Collective have come back home from their latest international tour. They touched down at the Philip Goldson International Airport and we spoke to band manager Al Ovando, who says they were all over Europe from Germany to Serbia, promoting the culture […]

Road Safety Curriculum tested with teachers
Traffic accidents have become a fact of life in Belize, with so many vehicles, so few public roads and many variables in play. But what if they could be prevented or at least lessened? That is the chief objective of the Belize Road Safety Project, which includes as […]

Patrick Menzies attacks Foreign Minister on OAS statement
July is Constitution Awareness Month in Belize. Patrick Menzies, the spokesperson for the Alliance of Church Leaders and Ministers of Belize, a splinter evangelical group that seeks the removal of the revised gender policy by Government, has been “Occupying Belmopan” for a full month. But on Monday they […]

Renan Briceño to learn his fate in murder trial
Former marketing executive for SMART, 34 year old Renan Briceño Jr., will be told on Wednesday whether he is guilty of the murder of 19 year old Dale Tillett. Tillett was shot to death in the parking lot in front of Palm Island Nightclub on the Philip Goldson […]

Latest marijuana smuggler to Hattieville given fine
25 year old Quinn Arnold of Conch Shell Bay Road in Belize City had a short stay at the Hattieville Central Prison after pleading guilty last Friday to possession of a controlled substance before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart. Today she was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000, […]

Couple charged for incident at bar
Manager of Caye Caulker’s Anchorage Resort, Darwin Heredia, and employee of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle store on Cemetery Road, Shannon Martinez, 23, were read separate charges before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer over the same incident, in which a waitress was attacked at Chaps Restaurant and Bar on the Newtown […]

Russell Roberts pushing gun law amendments
The recent case of the Smith family remanded to prison on firearm charges has once again raised public outcry about the application of laws relating to use and possession of firearms. Today we spoke with activist Russell Roberts, the founder of the organization known as FIST- Fighting in […]

Six members of Smith family released from firearm charges
Last week, seven persons, two of them minors, were remanded to Belize Central prison after arraignment on charges of kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. They are 52 year old Alrick Smith, 47 year old Sandra Casey, 22 year old Leon Smith, 19 year old Tamika Smith, […]

Fair weather conditions setting in
The rain clouds have begun to roll away and a dryer airflow is starting to set it. This means that most fair weather conditions will prevail over the country heading into the second half of the week. The general forecast for Belize and her coastal waters is for cloudy skies at times with isolated showers or thunderstorms. Winds over the open sea and along the coast will be easterly at ten to twenty knots. The sea state will be choppy to moderate. High temperatures today will be around 89 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast; 94 degrees Fahrenheit inland and a comfortable 78 degrees Fahrenheit up in the hills.


Going Off-The-Grid On Ambergris Caye, Belize
Most of us live by or visit the area within a few miles of San Pedro town – and for the most part, you can see, or walk, from sea to lagoon in that area (by the plane on the map.) The island seems like a tiny slip of a thing. But as you move farther north, the island stretch out from east to west, much of it completely unpopulated, some of it marshlands, or mangroves or even jungle as you get closer to the Bacalar Chico area in the north. Yesterday, I went up to a friend’s house in the Grand Belizean Estates area of Ambergris Caye. Here is a map, that looks like it was found buried for 50 years, of the area.

Six iconic Belizean Animals from Chaa Creek’s Nature Reserve
After last week’s blog post detailing the arboreal antics of the Belizean kinkajou we’ve been asked to say more about some of the many other species that call Belize home. We’re happy to comply, as within Chaa Creek’s 365 acre private nature reserve alone lives a collection of exotic wildlife that Noah himself would find amazing. So the problem is, where to start? We decided to begin with some of the more iconic Belizean animals that are known to inhabit forests, rivers and paddocks surrounding Chaa Creek, and wanted to give a cross section that shows the diversity of species that contributes to interdependent web of life around us.

Caribbean Export Awards €2.9 Million to Firms in CARIFORUM
he Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has announced the awarding of BBD 8,081,874.06 (€2,992,287) to firms and Business Support Organisations (BSOs) across the region via their flagship programme the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS) as part of the Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP) funded by the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) on July, 11 2014. Caribbean Export published the Call for Proposals for both the Accelerated and Regular Procedures grant facilities under the DAGS on January 17, 2014 with a deadline for submission of application on March 7, 2014, receiving a total of 341 applications from across the region of which 136 firms and BSOs were awarded grants. On Friday the Agency disclosed that sixteen of these grants being awarded were to firms in Barbados with a cumulative value of BDS 1,003,543.80. The full list of grant awardees can be found on the Agency’s website.

Creating an Ecosystem for Enterprise, Innovation, and Research Development in Belize The Compete Caribbean Program now invites eligible Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the Services to develop a comprehensive development strategy and implementation plan for ENOVA@UB, where dynamic private-public partnerships interactions forms an ecosystem for enhanced economic competitiveness and innovation thought in the areas of 1) Entrepreneur/Business/Export development, 2) Innovation, and 3) Research & Development. by forwarding a copy of their Expressions of Interest demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. Please visit our website ( to obtain a copy of the full Terms of Reference for this consultancy.

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Belize's lobster, conch, and fish populations rebuild in no-take zones
A new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society shows that no-take zones in Belize can not only help economically valuable species such as lobster, conch, and fish recover from overfishing, but may also help re-colonize nearby reef areas. The report—titled "Review of the Benefits of No-Take Zones"—represents a systematic review of research literature from no-take areas around the world. The report was written by Dr. Craig Dahlgren, a recognized expert in marine protected areas and fisheries management. The report comes as signatory countries of the Convention on Biological Diversity countries are being required to protect at least 10 percent of their marine territory.

Navy divers are in Belize for Southern Partnership Station '14
Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2) are in Belize working with divers from the Belize coast guard service as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014. “Today we took the coast guard divers out,” said Navy Diver 2nd Class Robert LaFrance, a MDSU 2 diver. “We got to know each other’s work habits a little bit.” The divers traveled about 12 miles from shore and dived in crystal-clear water. The clear water makes it easier for groups of divers to stay together and watch each other’s techniques. “This group of Coast Guard divers just graduated PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors),” said Senior Chief Navy Diver Russell Ciardiello, master diver for MDSU 2 Company 2-1. “For the most part, they don’t have any dives since their certifications. It went really well; couldn’t have asked for a better operation.” The MDSU divers will be traveling and diving in four different countries during the Southern Partnership Station mission, and they will be working with divers at each stop.

Trading Suspended on Mysterious Company Worth $4 Billion Despite Making No Money
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suspended trading Friday of Cynk Technology Corp., a mysterious social network operator whose stock price skyrocketed, despite having no members, no revenue, and no assets. The SEC ordered the stoppage because of "concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace and potentially manipulative transactions in Cynk's common stock." Cynk's stock jumped 23,067 percent in the past month from just a few pennies to $13.90, making the company worth more than $4 billion. The surge began in May, after closing at 6 cents on the 15, and then jumping 3.650 percent to close at $2.25 on June 17. The company's background is just as baffling. Its most recent SEC filing, by Cynk's lone employee Marlon Sanchez, listed its headquarters at an office building in Belize City, Belize, but its suite does not exist, the building secretary told Bloomberg. And its website, (plastered with pictures of celebrities it offers to buy contact information for) appears to have been registered by the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Domains By Proxy.

Belize present at London fisheries improvement summit
Representatives from the EU-sanctioned nation were present at the meeting, set up to explore investment opportunities for improving fisheries ....

SCUBA Diving Belize
Belize was considered by many divers to be a Western Hemisphere water paradise decades before it became the oh-so-trendy destination it is today. Exceptional diving is plentiful from end-to-end of the 190-mile-long (300km) Belize Barrier Reef, which extends from the northern tip of Ambergris Caye to the Sapodillo Cayes in Belize’s southernmost region. Belize is located on the Yucatan Peninsula approximately 250 miles south of Cancun. It borders Mexico to the north, the Caribbean to the east and Guatemala on the west and south. The country offers all ranges of diving from shore diving, in shallow water, to the plummeting depths of the famous Blue Hole. Barrier reefs found here offer superb diving for beginners, including Hol Chan Marine Park, located a few miles south of Ambergris Caye.

Here's The Real Story Behind The Founding Of CYNK, The Mysterious Penny Stock With The Surge That Shocked The Internet
A pair of brothers have been tied to the mysterious social networking company with the stock that surged 25,000% since its inception - and one of them has a history of involvement in questionable businesses. CYNK was founded in Nevada by a businessman named John Kueber in 2008. The company appears to be dedicated to a website called Introbiz that purports to help people connect to celebrities and business leaders for a fee. However, CYNK does not appear to have ever had assets, revenue, or more than one employee. Because of the company's mysterious dealings, its astronomical rise made international headlines. CYNK's surging stock also drew the attention of the SEC, which halted trading in the stock last Friday citing "concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace and potentially manipulative transactions in CYNK's common stock."


Video: Garifuna Boy Dancing Jankunu, 1min.
Watch As this 14 year old performs a dance which is 100s of years old. The Jankunu dance is one of those unique traditions that truly help to keep the world diverse and Interesting.

Video: Jankunu | Ancient Afro Caribbean Art Form, 1min.
There are many stories about the origin of this ancient art form. Which ever way Jankunu is an ancient African art that survived slavery and colonialism not because of resistance but because it is beautiful.

Video: Belize, 14min.
My boyfriend and I traveled to Belize this past November and stayed at the Jaguar Reef Lodge. We highly recommend it and can't say enough great things about the place and the people. It's my first real experimentation with iMovie, so just enjoy it for what it is.

Video: Ministy of Trade for Belize on Capitalizing on their Wellness Industry, 3min.
Michael Singh, CEO at the Ministry of Trade and Investments for Belize, said that they are working towards expanding their capacity within the medical tourism industry. In Belize they already have an established sector of homeopathic healthcare. Singh said that they take wellness for granted, but that could be their selling point to get involved within the industry.

Video: This Time Tomorrow (Belize), 15min.
FPC's mission trip to Belize.

Video: Belize Celebrates World Cup 2014 - Germany's Victory Over Argentina, 1min.
On Sunday, July 13, Argentina conceded to Germany with a 1-0 loss. Most Central and South American countries supported Argentina during this match, but there was a handful of Germany fans in Ambergris Caye, Belize. Immediately following the match, a local parade, consisting mainly of golf carts, drove around the island, showing their support for the European victors. All is well, but there seemed to have been one lost fan stuck in the entourage of Germany fans.

Video: Transkaribik 2013 13 Lamanai, Belize, 6min.
Sehr interessante Begegnung mit der Kultur der Mayas. Sehr entlegen und wenig touristisch erschlossen.

July 15, 2014

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The San Pedro Sun

My Beautiful Belize takes an adventure! Just a teaser until our Sept/Oct issue!
#backroadbelize adventure a WILD success! Monkeys, check! Birds, check! Jungle, check! Great accommodations, check! Pooltime, check! Rivers, check! Critters, check! Awesome villages, check! Read all about it in the Sept/Oct issue of My Beautiful Belize! (10 photos)

San Pedro Police’s six month report
With 2014 already half way finished, Officer in Charge of San Pedro Police Luis Castellanos has issued crime statistics for June 2014 and reports on the island’s crime activity over the past six months. According to Castellanos, major crime on the island is now under control and there seems to be a healthier relationship between […]

New Officers at the San Pedro Police Force
As of June 2014, the San Pedro Police Department has two new officers. They are Sergeant Delfin Zuniga and Corporal Lenancio Bol. The San Pedro Sun is pleased to introduce them to the community. Sergeant 615, Delfin Zuniga is originally from Dangriga and has 17 years of experience in the police force. “I joined the […]

Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation celebrates 2 ½ years of service to Belize
Press Release – The Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation – July 8, 2014 - The Board of Directors of The Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation is proud to celebrate two and a half years of service to Belize and congratulates all those who made this milestone possible. The Foundation has reached its first plateau with […]

Wolfe’s Woofer: Is Anyone Home?
“Did you take your guitar over to Dale’s house?” Sherry asked. “Yes, but he wasn’t home.” “You had better try to get over there today. You can’t play it until he replaces the bridge on it and we have to work tomorrow.” “OK,OK, I’ll go.” I drove over to Dale Wallace’s house but there was […]

Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor: On behalf of the neighbors and property owners on School Master Drive and Shad St, San Marco, I would like to thank BEL and BWS for installing electric lines and laying the proper water line on those streets. Also, a thank you to Mayor Guerrero for understanding the importance of the request for […]

Doctor Love: Celebrities and Wedding
Readers, please send your letters. They can be emails, formal letters or handwritten notes. They are edited solely for grammar and spelling. Also, they are sometimes edited for length. Dear Doctor Love, Last week my friend and I were walking on the beach in San Pedro. At about the same time she and I realized […]

Ambergris Today

Coral Reef Ed-ventures Celebrates 15 Years in Belize
The Coral Reef Ed-Ventures was in San Pedro for its 15th terrific year of coral reef programs. Smith College/Hol Chan Coral Reef Ed-Ventures is an educational summer program that teaches children about reef ecology and conservation. This year’s team of student teachers from Smith College consisted of: Kayla Clark, Kiara Gomez, Riley Gage, Clara Rosebrock, Victoria Dunch and Elena Karlsen-Ayala. The Smith student teachers and school children, aged 7 to 11, participated in a two-week, inquiry-based program to learn about coral reefs. There was also a one-week program for youth aged 12 and older, during which the students produced a final project to share with their community. During the second week the students went on a glass bottom boat trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve to see the corals, sea grass and animals that they had learned about. Students also enjoyed a presentation from the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) on crocodile habitats and also had a presentation on conservation done by Judy Waight, Education Outreach Officer, Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage.

Pic of the Week: Experience Belize as Mother Nature Intended
The slogan “No shirt, No shoes, No problem” is epitomized by this picture of three Belizean boys having fun in a hot summer afternoon. A dory and a paddle, of course, the placid, warm Caribbean Sea is all that Belizean kids need to have a whale of a time. And it is not only Belizean kids, but hundreds of international tourists who come to Belize to throw away the neck tie as well as the shirt, exchange the shoes for dive fins or bare feet, and forget the problems of a fast paced society to engage in the relaxing, slow paced ambience of Belize. Come and exchange your car for a dory and experience Belize as “mother nature intended".

25 Years Ago: The Development of the San Pedro High School
There was a time when only two or three young men or ladies from San Pedro had the fortune to attend high school in Belize City. In the 1960’s I can count the students who had this wonderful opportunity- youngsters like Pedro Salazar, Betito Marin, Artemio Cardenez, Daniel Alamilla, Gonzalo Heredia, yours Truly Angel Nuñez, Manuel Heredia, Wilfrido Nunez, Nando Trejo. On the ladies side it was Cruzita Salazar, Ilda Guerrero, Iraida Staines, Isela Gonzalez. See not even 20 in a ten-year period. Then in 1971 San Pedro’s first high school was founded under the name of St. Peter’s College. It included two teachers and 25 students. The building used was the community center which had a water tank on the ground floor and a concrete first floor with a wood floor. In the first year there was only one classroom and then every year as the school grew, another classroom was built. The second one was the enclosure of the downstairs and the third was a hardboard (celotex) structure with celotex windows and door.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters over Ambergris Caye
While we visited Ambergris Caye on Saturday, several of these Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters were seen hovering over the reef. These helicopters are American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopters. Their primary roles are troop movement, artillery placement and battlefield resupply. They have a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks. With a top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) these helicopters are faster than contemporary 1960s utility and attack helicopters. The CH-47 is among the heaviest lifting Western helicopters. Its name is derived from the Native American Chinook people.

The Corozal Predators basketball team will be hosted in Campeche, Mexico in an exchange program on July 25-26th. The team officials and players will be conducting a raffle to win 3 brand new items. Each raffle ticket will be sold for $10.00 and the winning number will be from this Sunday’s lotto draw. This is a great and worthy cause and we thank you in anticipation. For info call or text 632-1638.

Israel “Rally” Alpuche of Corozal Town, a former minister of government between – 1984 to 1989 – passes at the age of 71.
“Don Rally” as we fondly and affectionately called him, had been battling with complications of diabetes for some time now. He silently passed away yesterday morning around 7 o’clock at the Corozal Community Hospital. Israel Alpuche served as Minister of Energy and Communication in the mid-1980’s. During his tenure as Minister of Energy and Communication, he was instrumental in negotiating an agreement for the supply of electricity to Belize from Mexico, and also oversaw the expansion of telecommunication services in Belize. Many times, the Editor of the Corozal Daily would sit down with Don Rally in his backyard and reminisce on his political career and the future of Corozal. He was always eager to mince conversation with us and have a good laugh. The giant of a man will certainly be missed by our community. At the time of his passing, Don Rally was still serving his community as Justice of the Peace and Commissioner of the Supreme Court. Don Rally was a wealth of information and wisdom.

Here's What Happened When We Tried Calling The CEO Of CYNK
From rags to riches - Interpol seeks Belizean self acclaimed artist "The Lieutenant" Javier Romero from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Read full story.

Belize Participating in Commonwealth Games
Belize is going to the 20th Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland. 12 athletes and 6 coaches are leaving tomorrow to go participate in 17 events at the games, which will be held from July 23rd to August 3rd. Best of luck! Go Team Belize!

Flor de la Feria Pageant
Congratulations Shelsee Hernandez, aka Srta. Frangipani, for winning the Señorita Flor de la Feria pageant! The pageant also had performances by Grupo Folclorico de Casa de la Cultura de San Juan de dios and Orquidea Negra. Let the Benque Fiesta begin. "The 47th Benque Festival 2014 is a cultural extravaganza, showcasing the social and religious traditions of Belize’s Mestizo community; visit Cayo District’s Benque Viejo Del Carmen (July 7th – 20th), and get acquainted with all things Belize!"

Cayo Dazzles Sweet Violet Bride
Cayo is prominently displayed in the latest issue of Sweet Violet Bride. The beautiful Destinee Arnold models wedding dresses at Hidden Valley Inn, the Belize Zoo, and Cahal Pech Archaeological Site. Celia Grace, the wedding gown designer, had an 'eco and voluntourism photo shoot' here in Belize. The pictures and article start on page 29.

Horse Camp at Banana Bank
Banana Bank is currently hosting their Summer Horse Camp. The kids are having a great time practicing their riding skills. They have a great video of one of their trail rides. "Horse camp started July 9th and it has been alot of fun even though some campers have to come later...."

Team Belize lives to see another day! Congratulations on your achievement in the face of many challenges. Today's team match went down to "the wire", as we say in darts... Team Belize edged out team brazil for that final spot in the Americas cup... This round got us fashioned and ready for the Caribbean cup!!! TEAM BELIZE!!! (4 photos)

Channel 7

Felicia Chen Gets 8 Years For Killing Her Babies
23 year-old Felicia Chen, the young mother who admitted in Supreme Court that she drowned her 3 babies was given a 24-year prison sentence by Justice Troadio Gonzales. That's the decision that the judge delivered today after 4 days after deliberating on how much time she should spend for committing the triple manslaughter. As we told you, as we told you, Chen decided to forego a lengthy trial for 3 counts of murder by pleading guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. She and her attorney told the court that she was diagnosed with severe depression. She also plead for leniency saying that in addition to her depression, she was destitute, abused and forced to prostitution, and that she had a breakdown when she heard voices who convinced her to kill her babies.

Grandfather Killed Uncharacteristically; Unintended Street Slaying
And while she grieves and continues contemplate the killing of her children, the Mendoza family is grieving the loss of a husband, a father, and a grandfather who was mercilessly shot in the head on Saturday night. Just before 11, 59 year-old Julio Mendoza was playing dominoes with his friends on Raccoon Street Extension when a gunman ran pass and shot him in the head. He clung to life for another 6 and a half hours, but in the end, he succumbed to his injury at the KHMH. Mendoza was a law-abiding citizen and parent, so at this time, investigators believe that it was a case of mistaken identity. Today, the Deputy Officer Commanding Precinct 2 briefed the media on Mendoza's fatal shooting:

Cashier Shot In Publics Robbery
Mendoza's shooting was one of two which happened in Belize City this weekend. Resident's may have noticed that it rained quite a lot yesterday, but that didn't stop 2 men from robbing the Publics Clinic and Pharmacy on West Canal Street, and shooting the cashier because she refused to give them the money. Police say that at around 11 on Sunday morning, 23 year-old Fatima Figueroa was working at the cash register for the P-Clinic and Pharmacy when 2 men entered through the front door. One of them was armed, and that man pointed the gun at her and demanded that she open the cash register. When she refused to comply, the man shot her in the left side of her abdomen. Shortly after, the men robbed a 38 year-old teacher of her sling purse which contained her $400 in cash, her cellular phone, her keys, and her passport, and her son's passport. The men then ran out of the business place and rode off on bicycles.

Noh Mul Case Will Start Next Time
In May of last year, the media uncovered the mauling of the Noh Mul archaeological site in which a company was scrapping it for road fill materials. Even more startling than that was the revelation that UDP Standard Bearer for Orange Walk Central Denny Grijalva was implicated in that scandal because it was his business, De-Mars Stone Company, which was accused of the crime. A few weeks later, Denny Grijalva, and his wife Emelda Grijalva, who represented as Managing Directors for De-Mars Stone Company, Javier Nunez, their foreman, and excavator driver Emil Cruz were all marched to court on charges for it. It's been 14 months since that revelation, and today, all accused persons went back to court ready to stand trial.

A Fatal Accident & A Fatal Hit And Hit A Run
Police continue to investigate two traffic accidents which killed 2 people over the weekend. One of the drivers for the one of the incidents is a controversial figure he's been featured in the news before. The first one happened just before 9 on Friday night. 35 year-old William Lopez of Esperanza was riding his bike in the village, and he was heading in the direction Central Farm. That's around the time when a red Chevy Silverado Truck, which was being driven by 46 year-old Imer Hernandez, a business man from Arenal Road. Hernandez reported to police that he was driving toward San Ignacio when a vehicle coming from the opposite direction temporarily blinded him with its high beams. Lopez is believed to have died shortly after the accident when he suffered massive injuries to his head and body.

Police Say He Shot A Man With A Sawed Off
Eighteen Tevin Palmer, an unemployed of 61 King Street, who the police alleged shot 21 year old Sean fisher, was charged with attempted murder when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Palmer was also charged with wounding and use of deadly means of harm. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on July 5, but Palmer was not detained until Friday, July 11. Fisher reported to the police that he was on Dean Street, across the next side from "Kick Down Fence", when a person dressed in full black whom he recognized as Palmer, approached him and pointed a sawed-off shotgun at him and fired a shot. Fisher said that he was shot in his abdomen and the left side of his buttocks. Fisher was taken to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where the doctor who examined and treated him classified his injury as wounding.

Big Questionable Pay-outs At KHMH?
The KHMH Administration is doing some deep digging into its accounts after massive unauthorized pay-outs were made to suppliers in early June. 7News has received reports that the disbursements amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars and it has left the institution with a short-term cash flow crisis where it is having difficulty meetings its regular payments. Credible reports say the investigation includes queries into the acquisition of two X-Ray machines from an Orange Walk based business which sells furniture. These were reportedly paid for without invoice or contract - and the bill was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. It's so serious that the hospital may have to commission an audit to get to the bottom of it. We'll keep following the story.

Protesting For Ramon and Sonia
All last week, the news was dominated by the kidnapping, torture and murder of 71 year-old Ramon Cervantes Sr, and the discovery of 46 year-old Sonia Abac's bod. Well, this weekend, it was all about the state funeral for the late Ambassador Fred Martinez. We'll tell you about that later, but for effect, some 70 or so residents from Orange Walk stood and waited for the Government Representatives and the Prime Minister to pass by in the funeral procession to stage a protest on behalf of the deceased residents and their high profile murders. One of the protesters spoke with our colleagues from CTV 3 News, and explained its importance:

The Real Dangers Of Leptospirosis
For the past few months, we've reported a few times on the Leptospirosis - the dangerous infection caused by exposure to rats. But, ut stories so far have been clinical and remote with health technicians talking in the abstract about suspect cases. But, on Friday Monica Bodden got a chance to look the illness in its eye - after she linked up with a Belize City man who was knocking on death's door after a serious case of leptospirosis. Here's her story:.. Monica Bodden reporting After spending 16 days in a coma, 30 days in the hospital and given a 50/50 chance of survival, 21 year old Nigel Augustine is happy to be home. Monica Bodden "So you don't remember nothing that happened?" A month ago Augustine's health quickly deteriorated after he was infected with the deadly disease called leptospirosis.

Goff's Caye Lease Was Cancelled
Last week we told you about a lease on Goff's Caye that was approved to Ramon Cervantes. Well, today we called the commissioner of lands, Wilbert Vallejos, to ask him about this lease. While he declined our request for an interview, he did tell us that the lease has been cancelled. We are still unable to confirm which Ramon Cervantes held the lease.

Where's Delita Roca?
Today, a Willow's bank family is worried sick about the disappearance of their daughter and loved one, 13 year old daughter Delita Roca. The last time Delcie Roca saw her daughter was on Friday when the minor was picked up by the police for allegedly stealing a gold chain. She was released on Sunday, and then went missing. Her mother Delcie Roca told us today that her daughter must be found urgently since she is not only diabetic but also pregnant. Delcie Roca - Mother of missing child "I can't tell you what is happening to her right about now because I don't even know where she is. I can't find her and she is 13 years old, Delita Roca with a belly - pregnant. I really want to know if anybody has her, just release my child or whatever they can do for me to ease my pain because I am in a lot of pain. This will make the second time that she did this and I don't know what she is doing this for because she not really hungry. I sell chicharon out there, I am a business person, they don't need to do me this - it really hurt and painful. I have no idea, she is a minor, she is only 13 years old and whoever is encouraging and harboring her at their place, I don't know what to do."

Bze and Palestine Initiate Diplomatic Relations
Right now in the Middle East, the Palestinian territory is being bombarded by Israel, but the embattled state has a new friend in Belize. Formal Diplomatic Relations were established with the state of Palestine during a ceremony in Mexico City on Wednesday, July 9th. Ambassador of Belize to Mexico Oliver del Cid, , signed Joint Communiques with the Ambassador of Palestine in Mexico, Munjed Saleh. Ambassador del Cid noted f the cultural links between Belize and Palestine and that the establishment of diplomatic relations is a step forward for the international political system. In 2009 Belize signed a visa waiver memorandum of understanding with Israel but in 2011 voted at the United Nations to formally recognize Palestine as a sovereign and Independent state.

Gold Panners Arrested Inside Chiquibul
And more closer to home, San Ignacio police have detained four Guatemalan males after they were caught panning for gold in the Chiquibul. The news comes out of yesterday's Prensa Libre and local authorities have confirmed it. The four are residents of Monte Olivos in Dolores, Peten - and they include 14 year old - along with three men, ages, 25, 30 and 48. Police are expected to charge them for illegal entry - which will result in jail time unless they are unable to pay a fine. And while border encroachments continue, so too do the efforts to stop them by creating awareness on the Guatemalan side of the effects of these incursions on the Chiquibul forest. 7News has learned that last week, a great stride in this direction was made when a high level Guatemalan delegation visited Chiquibul and Caracol. The group - pictured here - included Guatemala's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, senior OAS officials, and parliamentarians from Guatemala.

Mike Segura: Acting Deputy Commish
For the past 18 months, Assistant Police Commissioner has been the officer commanding Eastern Division, one of toughest policing jurisdiction, but tonight, the Police Department is announcing that he has inched up the ranks once again. The Department says that Miguel Segura is now acting in the capacity of Deputy Commissioner of Police. He will be replaced by Senior Superintendent of Police Dezerie Phillips as the who took over from Asst. Commissioner of Police

PM Left For Medical Reasons
Prime Minister Dean Barrow attended the official state funeral for Ambassador Fred Martinez on Saturday, and yesterday, he left the country for medical reasons. He's expected to return to the country on Wednesday, but until that time, Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega will be acting as Prime Minister.

No Electricity In Pan Today
If you normally work in Belmopan, but you're a commuter, you must have realized that the power has been out in that city for the entire day, and still continues to be in a blackout at this time. Belize Electricity explains that the power interruption is the result of a damaged power transformer. Inclement weather during the course of the day presented challenges for the work crews, however, they continue with corrective action to restore power as soon as possible. The company continues to work on restoring power to the City of Belmopan, following an unscheduled power interruption at 7:00 a.m. today. The Company projects that power supply will be restored to the area by midnight.

Patrick Menzies Calls Out Hon. Elrington
Patrick Menzies is fast becoming known that type of activist who - shall we kindly say - agitates with strong messages, but who often lacks the numbers to flex. Today, he organized protest of 5 - including himself - to call out Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington. Menzies claims that Elrington made a controversial public statement which could be interpreted as a subtle support for the LGBT agenda. He invited the media out and explained his latest grievance: Patrick Menzies - Lead Protester "We are out here for two reasons; one is to bring awareness to the constitution awareness month that we are doing in Belmopan at the national assembly plaza. On Wednesday will be 30 days. We are having a special meeting at 10am to bring awareness to that, but #2, most Belizeans don't know that Minister Elrington or Minister of Foreign Affairs said at the OAS when they were discussing de-criminalization of homosexuality the LGBT, he said specifically that he supports - he said that 'we supports all' the principles of the OAS. We like to have a stronger OAS. Fine with the strong OAS, but we have a problem with all the principles. They were there to de-criminalization homosexuality. That is a crime in Belize. How can the Minister of Foreign Affairs representing a nation that says that homosexuality is illegal? How can he say in an international body that we support all of its principles - that is a complete oxymoron; how can you support all the principles, but we don't support gay? It's completely wacko. We want Belizeans to realize that Minister Elrington needs to either retract what he said or change jobs."

An Artistic Take On The Noh Mul Mauling
Earlier on in the news, we told you about the start of the Noh Mul trial in Corozal town. Well, whether by coincidence or design, a group of artists from the Image Factory made a timely art intervention at the Noh Mul site in the Orange Walk District on Saturday. A total of nine artists and poets led by Yasser Musa visited Noh Mul which is near Nuevo San Juan village. They produced three works of art on site. The first is called Naked at Noh Mul by Micah Vernon where the artist posed in front of the damaged main temple with a well-placed sign saying "Welcome to Las Vegas." The second piece by Kate Usher was named "Bury My Credentials" and the third by Yasser Musa is called Landing on Nohmul by Yasser Musa. He told our colleagues at CTV-3 about the idea behind the art intervention:..

Ambassador Fred Got The State's Good Bye
The state funeral for Ambassador Fred Martinez was held on Saturday in Orange Walk. Now, there are many official funerals, but state funerals don't happen that often: National Hero George Price's one was in 2011, and before that you'd probably have to go back to 2003 for Agripino Cawich - who was a sitting Area Representative at the time of his passing. So, Fred Martinez's funeral was a big deal, first because he was a senior diplomat not a sitting minister of representative, and second because of the slight novelty factor: Martinez was cremated in Guatemala - so his would be the first state funeral without a flag draped coffin - instead, it would be a flag draped urn.

The World Cup Finished This Weekend
Tens of thousands of Belizeans watched the World Cup final on Sunday all across the country - and they saw Germany edge out Argentina one- nil in an extra time thriller. The game was live from Maracana stadium in Rio De Janeiro where 74,000 fans crowded into the celebrated stadium. Victory was clinched with a goal in the 112th minute of extra time, followed by a hearty celebration for the Germans who won their fourth World Cup. Wherever or however you watched it - whether on Channel 7's FIFA feed, Univision or ABC - it was made by possible by Channel 7, our main sponsor BTL and the Cable Television Operators Association. That's because 2014 marked the first time that a Belizean broadcaster had to pay for the rights for the World Cup so that it could be seen all across the country.

Channel 5

Felicia Chen gets 8 years in prison for drowning her 3 children at Belizean Beach
On Saturday, April twenty-seventh, 2013, a young mother exited a bus at the mile four checkpoint, walked her four small children into the sea at Belizean Beach and held three [...]

59 year old man is senselessly murdered while playing dominoes
There was one murder over the weekend and the victim lost his life senselessly. Fifty-nine year old Julio Mendoza was hanging out on Raccoon Street Extension, as he routinely did, [...]

Cashier at Publics is shot during a brazen robbery
Police are looking for two persons in connection with a broad daylight robbery which turned near fatal for a cashier of Publics on East Canal on Sunday. Just before eleven [...]

Interpol asking pointed questions about C.E.O. of CYNK
Interpol and federal agencies are asking very pointed questions about Belizean Javier Romero; the President, C.E.O., Secretary, Treasurer and Director of Cynk Technologies…a five billion dollar social networking company – [...]

PM out of country for medical treatment
The Office of the Prime Minister announced earlier today that the PM Dean Barrow left the country on Sunday for medical attention. He is scheduled to return on Wednesday from [...]

Residents mount impromptu demonstration over water in Santa Familia
San Ignacio Police had to be called in to keep the peace in the small community of Santa Familia on Sunday, as villagers massed near the community centre. They’re concerned [...]

B.D.F. soldiers back on city streets to curb crime
While several persons have been detained for questioning in reference to the murders and shootings that occurred in the past week, there have been no charges levied against anyone. The [...]

4 Guatemalan farmers caught gold panning
A delegation of Guatemalan parliamentarians was in the country last week visiting the Chiquibul. But on the heels of the visit, the Prensa Libre is reporting that four residents of [...]

Dezerie Phillips is the new Commander of Eastern Division
Among the few women to rise to the top of the force is Dezerie Phillips. The department announced today that the Senior Superintendent of Police, with effect July third, is [...]

Jaime Awe stepping down as Director of the Institute of Archaeology
Renowned Belizean archaeologist Doctor Jaime Awe is stepping down from his post as Director of the Institute of Archaeology, a distinguished title he has held for almost fifteen years.  As [...]

2 men committed to stand trial for unnatural crimes
Two men, who were unrepresented at their Preliminary Inquiry, will have to answer to indictable offenses at the Supreme Court. They are seventy-one year old David Popper, a resident of [...]

18 year old charged for the attempted murder of Shawn Fisher
Police have also arrested eighteen year old Tevin Palmer of Belize City and charged him with the attempted murder of Shawn Fisher. Today, Palmer appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer [...]

2 fatal accidents over the weekend
There are two fatal traffic accidents to report tonight. The first fatality occurred on Friday night in Esperanza Village, Cayo District.  Thirty-five year old William Lopez was riding his bicycle [...]

A state funeral for deceased Ambassador Fred Martinez
A state funeral was held on Saturday afternoon for Ambassador Fred Martinez who died on Wednesday morning in a Guatemala hospital. Martinez served in Guatemala for ten years and was [...]

Occupy Belmopan takes Belize City condemning Foreign Minister
Occupy Belmopan, an initiative led by activist Patrick Menzies, began in the nation’s capital several weeks ago.  The peaceful protest at the foot of the Assembly Building, involving a group [...]

Artists stage creative interventions at Noh Mul
The case against U.D.P. standard bearer Denny Grijalva and others was adjourned again today in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court. Grijalva is being charged in connection with the destruction of Noh [...]

Blackout in Belmopan
Belmopan fell into darkness and a number of government offices as well as companies had to curtail business because of a blackout that continued throughout the day.  The government owned [...]

Weekend sport highlights with Kaya Cattouse
In football news, the Smart Mundialito Semi-finals were played on Saturday. In the first game, City Boys defeated Brown Bombers in sudden death penalty kicks…Cyril Jones of City Boys scored [...]


Latest Homicide: Wrong Place at the Wrong Time?
Belize City police are investigating yet another murder. This time the victim was Fifty nine year-old Julio Benedict Mendoza. Mendoza was shot to the head on Friday night while at a residence on Racoon Street Extension. Both the Family and Police believe that he was not the intended but simply he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Love News reporter Hipolito Novelo has the story. HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING “The murder happened at about ten o’clock on Friday night and the victim has been identified as 59 year old Julio Benedict Mendoza. Mendoza was socializing with a group of friends at a resident on Racoon Street Extension. The group was playing dominoes when suddenly they heard gun shots and saw two gunmen running after two other men through the yard. George Carr, a police officer who was off duty at the time, recounted how it all unfolded.”

Ambassador Alfredo Martinez Laid To Rest in His Hometown
Ambassador Alfredo Fred Martinez was laid to rest this past Saturday in his home town Orange Walk. Following a two hour mass and official remembrance at La Inmaculada Church, the Urn with his ashes was placed for eternal rest at the New Cemetery in Orange Walk Town. Arturo Cantun was among those who were present for the state funeral. ARTURO CANTUN “Ambassador Fred Martinez was no usual ambassador and it was evident Saturday afternoon by the number of dignitaries from within the government, the opposition and diplomatic corps who convened at La Inmaculada Church to celebrate the life of a great man. At one thirty in the afternoon members of the Belize Defense Force escorted the urn with his ashes from his sister’s home on Orchid Street to the Church.

Publics’ Cashier Robbed and Shot
A woman was shot on Sunday morning during a robbery at Public’s Fruit and Vegetable in downtown Belize City. Just around eleven o’clock yesterday morning, 23 year old Fatima Figueroa was working cashier duties at the shop when two dark-complexioned men came in and pointed a firearm at her, demanding that she opens the cash register…..but Figueroa refused and it is at that point that she was shot. One of the customers who asked to remain anonymous and distorted her voice told us what happened. WITNESS “There was a man standing by the door and he was searching that man and he took away the man’s money and phone. The other one by the cashier told the cashier about two to three times to open the cash register because they wanted the money but she just refused and she didn’t open it so someone was coming to buy and when they saw the customer coming they shot the girl and went out. One had a cap really low so he could hide his face and the other one has a wave cap covering his eyes.”

Judge Says 8 Years For Killing Her Three Children
Twenty-three year old Felicia Chen was sentenced today for the killing of her three children after she pled guilty to the lesser charge of man slaughter. Justice John Gonzalez told Chen that she will serve eight years for each of the three counts of manslaughter but will run concurrently. That means that Chen will serve a maximum of eight years. Justice Gonzalez gave his reason for the sentencing; we were at court this morning and here is the story. HIPOLITO NOVELO “Twenty three year old Felicia Chen, the woman who drowned three of her children was sentenced to 8 years in jail by Justice John Gonzalez. This comes after Chen pled guilty to three counts of the lesser charge of manslaughter on Thursday. She pled guilty of taking her four children, one of which managed to escape, to Belize Beach on Mile 4 on the George Price Highway on April 27th 2013 and drowning them. Before passing down his sentence, Justice Gonzalez considered several mitigating factors as explained by Chen’s attorney, Leslie Mendez.”

Police Suspects Hit and Run in Recent Fatality
Police in southern Belize finds dead body on the highway. Harry Arzu updates us on the investigation. HARRY ARZU REPORTS “34-four-year old, Marshall Salam, a resident of San Roman Village in the Stann Creek District, was found dead on the Southern Highway between miles 26 and 27 on Saturday, July 12 at about 6:30am. Police here confirmed to Love News that based on their preliminary investigation, they believe that Salam is the victim of a hit and run incident. Near his body was a blue beach cruiser bicycle that was damaged along with remnants of a motor vehicle. Salam was last seen on Friday night at about 9:30pm. Police here are asking the public to assist them to solve this latest fatal incident.”

Capital City Suffers 17-Hour Power Outage
Residents of the City of Belmopan are being placed on alert as the power outage which set in around seven o’clock this morning will continue up until around midnight tonight. Manager of Corporate Services at the Belize Electricity Limited, Dawn Sampson, told Love News that a work crew was dispatched immediately following the outage. DAWN SAMPSON “Approximately 7am today we lost power supply to the entire City of Belmopan. We immediately dispatched our work crews to the substation in the area where we identified that there was a failed power transformer. So what is taking place as I speak, crews are in the field replacing that damaged equipment and at this point in time we are projecting that the power should be restored by mid-night. It is a lengthy process but I can assure you that the work crews are doing their very best to restore the power as soon as possible.”

Teenager Remanded to Prison on Charge of Attempted Murder
18-year-old, Tevin Palmer, an unemployed of King Street who allegedly shot 21 year old Sean Fisher, was charged with attempted murder when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Palmer was also charged with wounding and use of deadly means of harm. No plea was taken because the offences are indictable. Neither could the court offer him bail because of the nature of the offences. Palmer was remanded into custody until August 29. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on July 5 but Palmer was not detained until Friday, July 11.

Changes in Belize Police Department
There have been some unnoted changes within the Belize Police Department over the last few weeks particularly, involving the senior ranks and postings of officers. With perhaps, the biggest jurisdiction to be responsible for is the Eastern Division of the Belize District. Effective July 3, 2014, Senior Superintendent Dezerie Phillips became the head, replacing Assistant Commissioner of Police, Miguel Segura. Segura has been elevated and is now acting in the capacity of Deputy Commissioner of Police. Love News understands that there have been other changes around the country including the movement of Superintendent Ralph Moody as the Officer in Charge of San Ignacio to the Stann Creek District where he is now the Regional Commander of the southern formation.

Medical Reasons Urge PM to Leave Belize
Medical reasons have forced the Prime Minister, Dean Barrow to depart Belize over the weekend. It is uncertain as to what the medical urgency was but according to a release from the Government Press Office, the country’s leader will be away until Wednesday, July 16. In the interim, Deputy Prime Minister, Gaspar Vega will act as Prime Minister.

Patrick JonesPJ

Minor charges in armed robbery in Corozal; police seek one more
Police in Corozal have laid four criminal charges against a 17 year old boy who tried to rob a fast-food establishment in that northern municipality. When he appeared in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court today, and with his mother present, the boy was read charges of one count of […]

Orange Walk residents stage demonstration
After the funeral service for Ambassador Alfredo Martinez on Saturday, a group of Orange Walk residents staged a demonstration at footsteps of the Sandy Hunter library, in front of the Police station. With placards and signs in hand, over 70 protesters took to the picket line denouncing […]

Belmopan plunged into darkness; BEL works to restore electricity
Belize Electricity Limited is projecting that electricity supply will be restored to Belmopan by midnight. The nation’s capital was plunged into blackout at 7 am today due to a “failed power transformer at the substation serving the area.” According to a statement released by the government-owned BEL […]

Family seeks missing pregnant and diabetic teenager
A 13 year old appears to have run away from her family in Belize City. Delita Roca was last seen on Friday after being detained by Police for a chain-snatching in Ladyville. After police there released her on Sunday, she did not return home. We spoke to her […]

Supermarket cashier shot and customer robbed at Public’s
A woman cashier at a popular Belize City supermarket faced down a pair of robbers on Sunday and escaped with her life, though her person was injured. 23 year old Fatima Figueroa is in stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital recovering from gunshot wounds to the […]

Elderly man murdered in Belize City
59 year old Julio Benedict Mendoza was playing dominoes at a yard on Racoon Street Extension around 10:45 on Saturday evening when death came looking for him. Police responded to shots being fired in the area and found Mendoza severely wounded from a gunshot to the head. He […]

Man charged for attempted murder
18 year old Tevin Palmer of King Street in Belize City is accused of attempting to murder 21 year old Sean Fisher on July 5 of this year in the Dean Street area. He appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer and was read charges of attempted murder, […]

Eight years for Felicia Chen on manslaughter charge
This morning, Supreme Court Justice Troadio Gonzalez sentenced 23 year old mother Felicia Chen to a total of 24 years in prison for the deaths for her three children. Chen drowned Thomas, Trinaya and Triana Teul in the Caribbean Sea at Belizean Beach in April of 2013. However, […]

Belize City man stabbed in Toledo district
A stabbing incident on Saturday afternoon in the Toledo district has left a Belize City man hospitalized in stable condition. The victim has been identified as Joaquin Rodriguez. Police say that Rodriguez told them that he was in San Antonio village, Toledo around 2 pm on Saturday when […]

Priest who served at St. Peter Claver Parish dies in the USA
The municipality of Punta Gorda is mourning the passing of Roman Catholic priest Fr. Maurice Marchand Murray. News of the death of Fr. Murray, who served at the St. Peter Parish in PG for close to eight years, was received over the weekend. He died after a long […]


Watching World Cup final in Belize
Worldwide TV’s were tuned in to see the final world cup match and San Pedro Belize was no exception, there was no shortage of bars to watch the game from. I was considering going to Caribbean Villas with Paul for the game till our downstairs neighbors mentioned they were having a small party and I decided that was a better option. I love private pool parties and it does not get any better than your neighbors planning a delicious barbecue social right in your own backyard. As I was doing my Sunday morning errands before the party, I saw a few Germany fans cheering their team on. No Argentina flags that morning, I did see a big one going down Middle St. the other day.

Ashley’s Cost of Living in Belize City, Belize
I met Ashley last summer in San Pedro. Last year, she got a job with a Not-For-Profit Organization operating just outside of Belize City and was planning her move there. She’s now settled in the city and she was GENEROUS enough to read my Cost of Living yesterday for San Pedro and send me her own. Though the city is only 10-15 miles away, in many ways, it’s a different world. Take it away Ashley… Living in the city can be A LOT cheaper than living in San Pedro; however there are a few things to remember. This is a city, not a town. You can’t walk everywhere and frankly, I wouldn’t ride a bike here either (I’ve seen countless bikers get hit by cars) and therefore; need a car or prepare to blow your budget and lots of time for that matter, on bus and taxi rides. Let me break it down: all prices in Belize Dollars.

My Cost of Living in San Pedro, Belize
Moving to another country is a big deal. No matter how you look at it. And estimating how much day to day life is really going to cost is tough. When I started blogging a few years ago (September 2011), I wrote a post called How Much Does it Really Cost to Live in Belize. Just a listing of expenses, my expenses, in the most expensive spot in Belize – Ambergris Caye. Here is an update. It’s a guide, a loose guide, to how much it might cost you to live in San Pedro. Hopefully it helps. Monthly rent: $1700 bzd. This is on the expensive/very expensive side. I live in a second floor condo unit at Royal Palm ( with a large kitchen, washer/dryer, one bedroom, one loft and two bathrooms. It’s 3 or 4 back from the beach. Could I find cheaper? Yes. But I like the distance from town (about 2 miles south) – it’s nice and quiet. And I like that there is security. I am, at some point, planning to move closer to town (for blogging purposes) and hope to go cheaper.

Belize’s Budding Environmentalists are Happy Campers
Yes, once again Belize’s young environmental activists are taking to the woods to learn about the natural world and how to protect it through environmental sustainability, responsible travel and hands-on instruction in areas such as Maya organic farming practices while getting a deeper appreciation of Belize’s rich natural and cultural heritage. Oh, and did we mention fun? There will be lots of that during the weeklong Eco-Kids educational summer camp sponsored by The Lodge at Chaa Creek. Each year Mick and Lucy Fleming sponsor 24 young Belizeans to take part in what some have described as the educational adventure of a lifetime. And if this sounds like an exaggeration, consider:

“Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
As the number of World Cup games during the final week of the tournament decreased I started to get a few things done. I spent some early mornings (starting around 07.00 hours) weeding the front garden and I gave the dock a protective coat of weather shield. “Honest, I’m not sunbathing. There’s a paintbrush in my hand!” “No comments about lying down on the job please.” Rose and I watched the two semi- final games at Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar & Grill and Rose won a prize for guessing that Germany would beat Brazil.

Most Secluded Belize Beaches Worth Visiting
With its magnificent coastline hugging the Caribbean Sea with more than 200 islands, Belize offers stunning beaches that you can go to by plane or boat from Belize City. Most of these beaches remain to be a secret, discovered only by anglers and dive enthusiasts who venture off the beaten track. Here are some of the most beautiful little-known, secluded plots floating up the turquoise waters of Belize. Half Moon Caye Prepare to gasp at the paradisiacal views of Caribbean waters and a crescent-shaped beach made up of magnificent white sand, dotted with coconut palms. Half Moon Caye’s no-frills, untouched beach is also a protected turtle-nesting site. The other half of the caye is made up of littoral forest, home to a protected red-footed booby sanctuary. Whenever you are done gasping and frolicking hike go over to the forest side and climb the observation tower and bird watch above the canopy.

Foot Power: Gung Ho Bikes team surprises itself in Belize
The folks at Gung Ho Bikes in Manchester Township have accomplished some amazing feats over the years, and it has been my pleasure to report them to our local community. In 2014, the crew of Jay and Penny Zech, Doug Hershey and Rob Kinsley have been busy again. The Gung Ho quartet traveled to Belize to compete in a grueling, four-day event called the Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge. The race took place from Feb. 13-16 and it was a true test of endurance. Competitors got to experience an amazing wilderness adventure that included caves, rivers, waterfalls and ancient ruins. Athletes were tested on their mountain bike, trek, canoe, stand-up paddleboard, and map-reading skills as they traveled more than 250 miles of the Cayo district of Belize.

12 Reasons Belize Should Be The Next Country You Visit
#1 Because Belize has roughly 386km of coastline and many coral reefs, cayes and islands on the turquoise Caribbean Sea. #2 Because Belize offers world class scuba diving. The Blue Hole for example, is one of the most popular destinations for scuba diving. #3 Because Belize is a wonderful destination for bird watchers. Belize for example is home to some 618 species of resident and migratory birds. #4 Because Belize is home to a number of ancient Maya cities like Caracol, Altun Ha, Xunantunich and Cahal Pech.

Students find renewed purpose in Belize
Service beyond self—in addition to a top-quality education, it’s what Mount Mercy strives to instill in all students. Life-changing experiences in the small country of Belize have opened the eyes of graduates and undergraduates alike, in a beautiful example of service beyond self in action. “So, when are you going to go?”

10 Steps to Having a Fearless and Fabulous Beach Wedding – Belize Weddings
Wedding Photography in Belize - Detination Belize Wedding PhotographerThere must be something about Conch Creative that attracts the most fearless and fabulous weddings and we’re certainly not complaining. So, what makes a wedding both fearless and fabulous? 1. Have a great hair dresser, with great hair spray. Barefoot beach weddings are undoubtedly wonderful things but the salt air, humidity and wind can be the ruination of even the most fabulous hair style. 2. Think about details. Details can make or break fabulous events and photographs.

The July 13th, 2014 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

International Sourcesizz

Belize's lobster, conch, and fish populations rebuild in no-take zones
A new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society shows that no-take zones in Belize can not only help economically valuable species such as lobster, conch, and fish recover from overfishing, but may also help re-colonize nearby reef areas. The report—titled "Review of the Benefits of No-Take Zones"—represents a systematic review of research literature from no-take areas around the world. The report was written by Dr. Craig Dahlgren, a recognized expert in marine protected areas and fisheries management. The report comes as signatory countries of the Convention on Biological Diversity countries are being required to protect at least 10 percent of their marine territory.

Navy divers are in Belize for Southern Partnership Station '14
Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2) are in Belize working with divers from the Belize coast guard service as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014. “Today we took the coast guard divers out,” said Navy Diver 2nd Class Robert LaFrance, a MDSU 2 diver. “We got to know each other’s work habits a little bit.” The divers traveled about 12 miles from shore and dived in crystal-clear water. The clear water makes it easier for groups of divers to stay together and watch each other’s techniques. “This group of Coast Guard divers just graduated PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors),” said Senior Chief Navy Diver Russell Ciardiello, master diver for MDSU 2 Company 2-1. “For the most part, they don’t have any dives since their certifications. It went really well; couldn’t have asked for a better operation.” The MDSU divers will be traveling and diving in four different countries during the Southern Partnership Station mission, and they will be working with divers at each stop.

Trading Suspended on Mysterious Company Worth $4 Billion Despite Making No Money
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suspended trading Friday of Cynk Technology Corp., a mysterious social network operator whose stock price skyrocketed, despite having no members, no revenue, and no assets. The SEC ordered the stoppage because of "concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace and potentially manipulative transactions in Cynk's common stock." Cynk's stock jumped 23,067 percent in the past month from just a few pennies to $13.90, making the company worth more than $4 billion. The surge began in May, after closing at 6 cents on the 15, and then jumping 3.650 percent to close at $2.25 on June 17. The company's background is just as baffling. Its most recent SEC filing, by Cynk's lone employee Marlon Sanchez, listed its headquarters at an office building in Belize City, Belize, but its suite does not exist, the building secretary told Bloomberg. And its website, (plastered with pictures of celebrities it offers to buy contact information for) appears to have been registered by the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Domains By Proxy.

NCS seniors share Belize with community
Students of the Newcomb senior class arrived in Belize in mid April to no plumbing, electricity or technological amenities. #Annually the graduating class is afforded the opportunity to take a trip continentally or internationally that correlates with their Nations Of The World course. #Students fund raise all four high school years to earn the monetary means for their trip, with help in the form of a stipend from the school board. This year’s trip, to Billy Hawk Caye, Belize, was spearheaded by teacher Autumn Goerner. Upon their return, the students chose to present their trip experiences with the community that supported them. #On June 21 the community was invited to attend as the seniors presented their trip video, a compilation of their experiences. Each student picked a topic to cover while in Belize for their video, interviewing locals, learning history and speaking with island professionals. Rebecca Marra chose the topic of native animals in Belize. Marra visited the Belize zoo where she photographed the baboon sanctuary.

JAVIER ROMERO: I'm Not Actually The CEO Of CYNK And I Never Received One Dollar In Compensation
Since mid-June, a mysterious penny stock called CYNK Technology has surged an astonishing 25,000%. On Friday, in response to the meteoric rise in CYNK's share price, the SEC halted trading in the company until July 24. The SEC's statement announcing the halt attributed it to "concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace and potentially manipulative transactions in CYNK's common stock." At the height of this trading frenzy, CYNK was technically worth over $5 billion on paper. However, filings show the company had no revenue or assets. It's also a mystery who is really behind the company. Business Insider has had several conversations with a Belizean man named Javier Romero whose name and career history match descriptions of one of CYNK's CEOs. Though Romero eventually admitted there was a "proposed transaction" where he was allegedly supposed to purchase CYNK shares, his conversations with us were highly unusual. They were peppered with contradictory information and denials he knew anything about the company.


Video: Belize Sun Dancer Liveaboard, 6min.

Video: A Jesus Mission - Belize, 2min.
A Jesus Mission is going on a trip to Belize this fall, would you like to join?

Video: Belize 2014: just try looking inside..., 7min.
Vacation to Belize: Xunantunich, Actun Tunichil Muknal, Ambergris Caye, Belize Barrier Reef.

Video: Fire Ball Dance in San Pedro, Belize, 3min.
Hey Y'all this what you all are missing out here in San Pedro Fire Ball Dance. I video this clip in San Pedro while hanging outdoor. Its was a great dance who wouldn't try this.

Video: Belize Sharks and Rays - 5 min video, 5min.
This is a short video compilation of sharks and rays from my GoPro camera. The clips were all taken during our recent Sun Dancer II SCUBA live-aboard trip from Belize City to Lighthouse Reef and Turneffe Island.

Video: Belize Sea Turtles Video - 4min Version, 4min.
This is a short collection of video I took during our SCUBA live-aboard trip on the Sun Dancer II off Belize (28 June - 5 July, 2014. Great times!

Video: Belize Shark Dive with Klaus, 7min.
Ambergris Caye, Belize

July 13, 2014

This news synopsis will be a bit more condensed than usual for the next several days due to time constraints.


Click for our Daily Tropical Weather Report.

Specials and Events

Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5 and CTV 3
Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and the Dickie Bradley Specials

The San Pedro Sun

Belize Sotheby’s International Realty participates in luxury real estate conference
Belize Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate firm based in Ambergris Caye, Belize recently participated in an orientation conference held for companies that have recently joined the Sotheby’s International Realty® network of residential real estate brokerages. The firm became a Sotheby’s International Realty […]

Police Barracks are almost complete
The San Pedro Police Department will soon be handed a new two storey wooden building complete with eight living quarters for our island officers. The construction of the new barracks was a project coordinated by a handful of businesspeople on Ambergris Caye and headed by Mukul Kanabar. After months of fundraising and slow but constant […]

San Pedro Preschool graduates 60
San Pedro Preschool was the final preschool to hold commencement exercises. Their ceremony was held on Sunday, July 6th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium starting at 4:30PM. Giving the welcome address was Luna Gonzalez, Ivanka Faber and Manuel Alamilla. The cuties serenaded guests with three songs the diplomas were issued out by Andrea Nuñez and […]

Land dispute between Tropic Air and Construction Depot Limited still not settled
There is still no breakthrough in the land dispute between Tropic Air and Construction Deport Limited. On Thursday June 12th, an injunction was served on part of the construction being done by Tropic Air on a land that they have a lease to on Ambergris Caye. The injunction was served by Construction Depot Limited, claiming […]

Two San Pedranos place in Free Style Swim Competition
On Sunday, July 6th the first ever, open-water, free-style swim competition was hosted in Belize City. Organized by Denise Diaz, a swim instructor with 10 years’ experience, the 350 meter swim and saw the participation of the country’s top swimmers. Taking first place was 15-year-old San Pedrano, Kian Ancona. In second place, and also from San […]

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Police seize over $10,000 and 70 pounds of weed
Police made several drug-related busts over the weekend resulting in over 70 pounds of marijuana, 2 grams of crack cocaine, a little less than $10,000 and eight arrests. The first bust happened last Friday just after 2:00 p.m. when police who had set up a checkpoint between mile 15 and 16 of the George Price Highway noticed a vehicle that turned around before approaching the checkpoint. Police pursued the vehicle and found it abandoned in the parking lot of a Hattieville supermarket. Police found 24-year-old Geovanni Requeña and 26-year-old Ellis Requeña inside the store with the key for the vehicle and a search of the trunk revealed two sacks of marijuana totalling 32,470 grams or 71.5 pounds. Both men were charged with drug trafficking. The second bust happened around 2:30 p.m. that same Friday after officials at the Belize Central Prison caught 25-year-old Natasha Lewis attempting to smuggle in 109 grams of marijuana to an inmate.

BAY Talent Show
The Belmopan Active Youths are having a Back to School fundraiser on Thursday, July 17th, at the George Price Center. Looks like they have a diverse line-up of talent coming to perform. "It's gonna be GOOD! Support the Belmopan Active Youths' Back-to-School Fundraiser! Help us help others!"

Rotaract Club Commended
The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio was commended by St. Ignatius for all the support they gave the school. It might be a little dated, but the message remains, and they ended it so perfectly: 'We encourage you to keep moving forward and continue to assist in building a strong foundation for the schools in our community.'


Ramon Cervantes Jr. speaks out over father’s murder
Three persons have been officially charged in the kidnapping and murder of former senator and Mayor Ramon Cervantes Sr. However, there are still unanswered questions and the family of Ramon Cervantes say they are not entirely satisfied with the investigation.

Ramon says family does not own a Caye
The Lands Department had issued a release on Thursday in regard to the Goff’s Caye survey pegs that were found on that island. Those survey pegs caused concern since Goff’s Caye is one of the last Belizean small islands that is not privately owned and numerous Belizeans use the...

Shooting reported on Lizarraga Avenue
Police are investigating the fourth shooting incident in as many nights in Belize City; however this one took place on the Northside. Around 8:45 in the evening on Thursday, Godfrey Jones, Darrel Mayen and Christopher Mayen were socializing in front of Christopher Mayen’s residence when two men entered the...

Police lay murder charges in death of ex-Mayor’s brother
        41 year old fisherman James “Fada” Rhaburn faces murder charges two weeks after the death of 50 year old Michael “Spam” Ysaguirre, a fish cleaner, on June 28.  MichaelYsaguirre is the brother of former Mayor of Belize City Zenaida Moya. Between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m....

Red-handed burglar given seven years plus one in prison
21 year old Jason Awich will spend the next eight years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary. Mr Awich admitted to breaking into the home of Vincent Vernon on Regent Street West around 2:00 a.m. Friday morning where he attempted to steal a camera and camera equipment. Mr Vernon was...

Candidates gearing up for Belmopan Municipal Elections
          The 2015 Municipal elections are right around the corner. With less than 8 months away, political parties are starting to introduce their candidates.  Recently, the Peoples United Party has announced the support of their elected candidate Jose Chacon, while the United Democratic Party has...

PUC launches innovation programme for young entrepreneurs
On Friday, The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) launched its Innovation Programme Belize, under which it will hold an annual competition for young aspiring Belizean entrepreneurs and innovators. This year’s competition touches on mobile application development. A workshop for 45 selected participants from around the country to be held in...

New Belized-based company could be Securities Scam
The International Business world is wondering if Belize has a new Multi-billionaire or a new scam artist. That is because a new company called CYNK Technology, which lists its address in Belize, climbed in US Stock Markets from a grand total of $39.00 in assets to a valuation of...

Days of Healing moves on to Kelly Street
The Days of Healing Movement suffered a massive setback with the death of Tulio Caceres on the Friday before their Father’s Day event in the Mayflower Street area. And there has been even more hurting rather than healing since, as the violence in the City’s streets have claimed as many as...

Le Petit Art School Offers Classes In Belmopam
        Le Petit Art School is coming to Belmopan. The art school is a program that aims to teach children – ages 5 to 14- the foundations of painting and drawing to spark creative reasoning and harbor a passion for arts. Ruth Budram owner and manager...

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Woman tries to smuggle marijuana into Belize Central Prison in her vagina
One of the surest tickets to a stay in the Hattieville Central Prison, it seems, is attempting to smuggle marijuana past its tight security. But that hasn’t stopped many people from trying. The latest attempt led to a guilty plea from 25 year old Quinn Arnold of Conch […]

Belize City man critical after shooting
A Belize City man is in critical condition in hospital after being shot in the head this morning. The victim has been identified as 59 year old Julio Mendoza, who was attacked on Racoon Street Extension and rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. A single gunman approached […]

Belize-based company suspended by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has suspended a Belize-based company, CYNK Trading, after news surfaced that it may not be all that it appears to be. The company experienced a powerful surge on stocks traded on the U.S. market since June – approximately 25,000%, raising its […]

Doctor and businessman targeted in scam
Police are expected to bring charges against a woman who tried to ensnare two well-known Belize City professionals in a scam. Lee Mark Chang, the former political candidate and manager of Chon Saan Palace Restaurants, was contacted on Wednesday via text message from someone claiming to be Dr. […]

Toledo Alcaldes discuss Neighbourhood Watch initiative
Two new policing initiative could soon be implemented in the Toledo district. These are the Neighbourhood Watch program and the Citizens on Patrol/Special Constables initiative. A meeting was held today at the Punta Gorda Sports Auditorium which had the participation of Alcaldes from rural communities in this district […]

TIDE summer camp wraps up in Toledo district
Hundreds of children from the Toledo district took part in the 2014 summer camp sponsored by the Toledo Institute for Development and the Environment, TIDE. It is the biggest summer camp in the southern part of the country, and this year there were 6 different camp sites, including […]

Police may be close to solving fatal hit-and-run incident in Toledo
Police in Punta Gorda town say they are actively pursuing the driver of a vehicle that knocked down and killed a man on the Southern Highway on Sunday night. Twenty four year old Francisco Coy sustained fatal injuries and died on the spot. A minor who was also […]


13 Stunningly Beautiful Places in Belize You Need to Visit Before You Die
Great selection of sites and pictures from around Belize. Cayo rules the list, of course. ATM, Caracol, MPR, Xunantunich, and Barton Creek Cave are all on there.

International Sourcesizz

Belize's lobster, conch, and fish populations rebuild in no-take zones
A new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society shows that no-take zones in Belize can not only help economically valuable species such as lobster, conch, and fish recover from overfishing, but may also help re-colonize nearby reef areas. The report—titled "Review of the Benefits of No-Take Zones"—represents a systematic review of research literature from no-take areas around the world. The report was written by Dr. Craig Dahlgren, a recognized expert in marine protected areas and fisheries management. The report comes as signatory countries of the Convention on Biological Diversity countries are being required to protect at least 10 percent of their marine territory.

Navy divers are in Belize for Southern Partnership Station '14
Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2) are in Belize working with divers from the Belize coast guard service as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014. “Today we took the coast guard divers out,” said Navy Diver 2nd Class Robert LaFrance, a MDSU 2 diver. “We got to know each other’s work habits a little bit.” The divers traveled about 12 miles from shore and dived in crystal-clear water. The clear water makes it easier for groups of divers to stay together and watch each other’s techniques. “This group of Coast Guard divers just graduated PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors),” said Senior Chief Navy Diver Russell Ciardiello, master diver for MDSU 2 Company 2-1. “For the most part, they don’t have any dives since their certifications. It went really well; couldn’t have asked for a better operation.” The MDSU divers will be traveling and diving in four different countries during the Southern Partnership Station mission, and they will be working with divers at each stop.

Trading Suspended on Mysterious Company Worth $4 Billion Despite Making No Money
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suspended trading Friday of Cynk Technology Corp., a mysterious social network operator whose stock price skyrocketed, despite having no members, no revenue, and no assets. The SEC ordered the stoppage because of "concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace and potentially manipulative transactions in Cynk's common stock." Cynk's stock jumped 23,067 percent in the past month from just a few pennies to $13.90, making the company worth more than $4 billion. The surge began in May, after closing at 6 cents on the 15, and then jumping 3.650 percent to close at $2.25 on June 17. The company's background is just as baffling. Its most recent SEC filing, by Cynk's lone employee Marlon Sanchez, listed its headquarters at an office building in Belize City, Belize, but its suite does not exist, the building secretary told Bloomberg. And its website, (plastered with pictures of celebrities it offers to buy contact information for) appears to have been registered by the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Domains By Proxy.

History of Chocolate
For every child and even most adults, chocolate is a much sought-after treat. Despite threats of ‘It will rot your teeth’ adults can never put children off chocolate. But do you know how chocolate came into being? Did you know that chocolate dates back to 1900 BC? The cacao tree from which chocolate is made out of is native to Mesoamerica. Mesoamerica is an area stretching from modern day central Mexico to Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and northern Costa Rica. It is said that various people from Mesoamerica such as the ancient Mokaya people, fermented, roasted and ground cocoa beans to make chocolaty drinks. But unlike today’s various chocolate drinks that we enjoy, back then chocolate was served as a bitter, frothy liquid, mixed with spices such as chilies, wine or corn puree. It is said that the origins of the word chocolate probably comes from the Classical Nahuatl word xocoltl which means bitter water, and entered the English language from Spanish.


Video: Belize Lamanai Trip 7-2014, 13min.

Video: Nightmares of Nature in Belize, 28min.
Naomi, the nightmare of nature, filmed an episode in Belize. She spent some time at the Belize Zoo, and did the Black Hole Drop while here. Warning: if you watch the video, it will make you dumber. "Naomi Wilkinson investigates the jungles and ancient temples of tropical Belize in search of more natural nightmares. She meets the mini but mighty peccary, a peculiar pig-like creature with a rather nasty temper, spends the night at a deserted Mayan temple, to witness the terrifying screams of a mysterious jungle animal, and she descends into a deep, dark cave on the trail of the notorious whip spider, one of the creepiest creatures on Earth."

Crocodiles are a protected species. To learn more about crocodile conservation and preservation in Belize visit ACES- American Crocodile Sanctuary on Facebook. In addition to world class scuba diving in the most bi-diverse atoll system in the western hemisphere, Turneffe Atoll Mraine Reserve is home to the largest population of crocodile in Belize.

Video: Belize Mission Trip 2014, 18min.
Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Richmond, Va) mission trip to Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize.

Video: Belize Lamanai Trip 7-2014, 12min.

July 12, 2014

This news synopsis will be a bit more condensed than usual for the next several days due to time constraints.


Click for our Daily Tropical Weather Report.

Specials and Events

Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5 and CTV 3
Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and the Dickie Bradley Specials

The San Pedro Sun

Diamante Belize hosts Service Industry Appreciation Night
On Saturday, July 5th Diamante Belize hosted a Service Industry Appreciation Night at Fido’s Restaurant and Bar. The event was held to honor all persons working in the tourism industry. “We at Diamante Belize want to thank each and every single one of you for making our island the #1 Island in the world!” said […]

State Funeral to be held for H.E. Ambassador Alfredo Martinez
It is with profound sadness that the Government of Belize and the Martinez & Agnelli families announce the untimely passing of H.E. Ambassador Alfredo Martinez. Ambassador Martinez passed away in Guatemala City on Tuesday , 8th July 2014.He was predeceased by his parents Eduardo Martinez Sr. and Celia Ayuso de Martinez and one brother Jose […]

12 athletes to represent Belize in Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
A delegation of 12 athletes and six coaches are scheduled to leave the country on Monday July 14th to participate in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The XX Commonwealth Games is set to take place in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23rd to August 3rd, 2014 and 70 nations including Belize will take part and compete in […]

National News: Police charge 3 and seek 1 in murder of former Senator
3 people have been charged for the murder of Ramon Cervantes Sr., and 1 is being sought in connection with the investigation. The discovery of the body of Sonia Maribel Abac is also being linked to the suspects.

Island Time Beach Bar opens
Those seeking a quiet getaway on the beach, with a tropical palapa setting and a bounty of refreshing drinks and tasty food can now rest easy. Island Time Beach Bar is open for business and is offering all that and more! Owners Ruth and Graham Verralls have taken over the spot previously housing Sandbar/Fido’s 2, […]

Opposition invited to review SPTC finances
Mayor Guerrero invited PUP members Elito Arceo & Giovanni Solorzano to review the finances of the SPTC for the period of March 2013 to March 2014.

Ambergris Today

Belize Tourism Industry Association Holds Successful 29th Bi-Annual General Meeting
The Belize Tourism Industry Association held its 29th Bi-Annual General Meeting on July 9, 2014 at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza. BTIA members, dignitaries, industry partners and invited guests, were all part of another successful event held by the Association under the theme, "Promoting Sustainable Development in the Tourism Industry of Belize." The meeting recapped the progress of the BTIA throughout the past six months, as well as highlights several issues currently affecting the industry. BTIA President - Herbert Haylock, noted ... "There is a lot to get done, to get into and to accomplish for your Association. Our plate is full, but we have room for more. We need everyone on board. Everyone! Fully committed and fully engaged! He continued further, stating..."There is need for greater order in our tiny country. We lack discipline, we lack willingness, we lack a truly shared vision embraced by both public and private sectors."

Fire Victims Receive Donations from Community
The devastating fire on Sunday, July 6, 2014, in the Boca Del Rio Area gutted a total of seven buildings displacing 16 families with about 88 persons including children and adults. The Community of San Pedro, including the San Pedro Town Council, National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), Belize Red Cross, San Pedro Lions Club and other NGO’s were quick to plan a radiothon and other activities to help out the families in need. The San Pedro Town Council quickly found shelter for two families who didn’t have any relatives to stay with and the San Pedro Lions Club was quick to act and opened the doors to the Lions Den on Monday, July 7, 2014, for people to make food and clothing donations for the fire victims.

There is No Such Thing as Too Much Lobster in Belize
Lobster season is BIG in Belize; big enough that there are three different festivals at three different destinations in the country that celebrate the opening of the season. You would think that the lobster season of Belize is closed for over half of the year for the country to make such a big deal about the opening season; well it is just closed four months. Expect to pay up to $25US for a lobster dish at most restaurants on the island and even close to $40US for a surf & turf dish that includes lobster. So most people take advantage of attending at least one of the lobster festivals in Belize because that’s where one can eat lobster at reduced prices. Restaurants offer special deals and even go out of the way to create amazing lobster dishes that they don’t and will not have on their regular menu for the rest of the season.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

FISHING REPORT: Week of June 29th – July 6th, 2014
Well, once again we welcome back our friends! V, Nigel, Tom and Giles…thank you for the fun you put into your fishing and also all the smiles you bring to us. Ellen and Marty – thank you for celebrating your 30th wedding anniversary here! Jeff – it’s great to see you and I really hope you get your fish with Captain Emir. Jay and Amber – we are so excited about our future angler – stay healthy and happy. And to all of the Powell family – it’s great to see you here again, and I love how you love to relax! The wind has slowed down – but don’t jinx us. As we think about all that went on this week – smiles come to our faces. Fishing stories….let’s keep them coming!

Stakeholders consultation workshop RE.: Curriculum Consultancy
Project: The Belize Road Safety Project Component: Road User Education and Awareness Sub-component: Curriculum Development Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Contact: Ines Paquiul at 203-1389/203-6970/822-3517 or E-mail DATE: July 15, 2014 LOCATION: Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute Office TARGET AUDIENCE: for Northern Districts and Belize City, Curriculum officers (DECs), QADS, Teacher Training Institutions, NCE, NCTVET, Department of Transport/Police/Municipalities Traffic and Training Team

Belize Establishes Diplomatic Relations with Indonesia and Palestine (5 photos)

Tribute in Guatemala for H.E. Ambassador Alfredo Martinez (4 photos)

Cultural Attache of the Consulate of Belize in Argentina made a courtesy visit to San Pedro
On Friday, July 4, Mr. Omar Nuske from the Consul of Belize in Argentina and Prof. Lic. Beatriz Ramirez from the Cultural Attache of the Consulate of Belize in Argentina made a courtesy visit to San Pedro Town where they met with Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nuñez, Councilor Gabriel Nuñez, Superintendent Luis Castellanos and the Police Department. Mr. Nuske and Ms. Ramirez were very excited to be in Belize and are very interested in promoting San Pedro and the entire country of Belize in Argentina as a vacation or recreational destination. — with Gabriel Nunez Sr. and 2 others.

Mr. Ismael Badillo, San Pedro new town inspector
The San Pedro Town Council would like to extend a warm welcome and at the same time introduce you all to Mr. Ismael Badillo, our new town inspector. Mr. Badillo is a well known man in San Pedro and has been working for the Tourism Industry for over 20 years now. Mr. Badillo will be inspecting all establishments with a Trade or Liquor License to ensure everything is in order and to make sure all businesses are abiding by the law. Welcome Mr. Ismael Badillo!

Summer Art Workshops
The SISE House of Culture will be having 3 Summer Art Workshops. They'll cover arts and crafts, percussion and drumming, and theater. Contact them for more information. "Summer Arts & Crafts Workshop - To register contact SISE HOC, Tel no.824-0783"

2014 BAAS Symposium
NICH had the Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium last week at the SIRH, and they had a great turnout for the seminars and lectures.

Flor de la Feria Pageant
Who will win it all? The Flor de la Feria pageant is tomorrow night at the Cancha Marshalleck, starting at 7:00pm. The Benque Marimba Academy will be playing, and Orquidea Negra will be performing, along with many others. The winner will represent Belize at the Miss Teen Americas, in El Salvador. "Our show will be a great one! With special performances from the Benque Viejo Marimba Academy, Orquedia Negra Dance Co., Grupo Folklorico Internacional San Juan De Dios From Peten, Guatemala, Belize Body Builders and the spectacular presentations by our candidates."

In Bloom at Cave Garden
In Bloom will be playing at the Cave Garden tonight. Benque is getting a good dose of rock today.

Cayo Classifieds - Issue 24
This week's Buy and Sell Weekly Classifieds. They highlight the birding in Belize, and Caracol is on that list.

Channel 7

Cervantez Jr Critical Of Cops
Since, Wednesday, we've been telling you about the 3 men charged for the kidnapping and murder of Ramon Cervantes Sr. Tonight, 9 days after Cervantes was first abducted from his far...

Sonya’s Family Says Police Should Have Acted Sooner
And so, what's happening with the case of the other Orange Walk Resident, 46 year-old Sonia Maribel Abac? Her body was discovered on Tuesday evening, but the actual removal from chos...

City Shootings Spill Over to Northside
This week we have been reporting on a rash of gang related shootings on the South side of Belize City. Last night the violence spilled over to Lizarraga Avenue on the North side with 73-y...

KHMH CEO Longsworth Moving On
Dr. Gary Longsworth's six year tenure as CEO of the KHMH is coming to an end. 7News has learned that the KHMH Board of Directors decided at its meeting yesterday not to renew his contrac...

Jaime Awe Leaving NICH
And another very senior person in the statutory sector of the government is moving on. Last week at the Archaeology Symposium Jaime Awe, the Director of the NICH Institute of Archeology, ...

Man Remanded For Allegedly Killing Mayor Moya’s Brother
8 days ago, we told you about the murder of 50-year-old Michael Richard Ysaguirre, the brother of Former Belize City Mayor, Zenaida Moya. Well tonight, the man who police believe is his ...

Chon Saan Celebrates 40
You may know Chon Saan Palace as a Chinese restaurant that can turn out a $6.50 fry chicken as easily as it can a deep fried salt and pepper hogfish. But the strength of the restaura...

Carried Weed Into Prison In A Private Place
25 year-old Quinn Melinda Arnold tried to smuggle weed into prison, and tonight she's on remand at the very same facility because she was caught in the act. The Conch Shell Bay residen...

CYNK Trading Halted By SEC, But Belize Connection Intriguing
Last night we told you about the international business buzz created around the soaring stock of a dubious tech company called CYNK, claiming to be based at the Matalon Building in B...

Scammer Used The Good Doctor’s Name
Tonight, police continue to detain a woman, who allegedly tried to run a scam by impersonating a well-known doctor from Belize Medical Associates. It happened on Wednesday when Lee Mark ...

21 Year Old Awich For Burglary
Twenty-one year old Jason Awich, a resident of 14 Santa Barbara Street, was sentenced to 7 years today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser after he pled guilty to the charge of burglary. ...

PUC Wants To Create IT Culture
In an era where smartphones are vibrating in the pockets of every other person you run into, most of us are no strangers to mobile applications - - apps for short. And while many Belizeans ...

Former Minister and Area Rep Rally Alpuche Passes
Tonight we note the passing of former UDP Minister and Area Representative Israel Alpuche. The 71 year old died around 7:00 this morning at the Corozal community hospital, from complication...

Channel 5

Belize Named in Billion Dollar Securities Scam
The internet and news outlets, including CNN, have been abuzz since Thursday and today about a company called CYNK Technology and its networking site Introbiz whose address was traced to [...]

Cervantes Says Police Are Moving Slow in Murder Investigation
Ramon Cervantes Senior was abducted on July first and killed on July second, beaten to death with a stick before being buried in a shallow grave. The men Police believe [...]

Grieving Son says his Father’s murder was a hit…
A glaring concern expressed not only by Cervantes Junior but by residents of Orange Walk is that the three men arrested – Noe Gonzalez, Mateo Pott and Angel Antonio Cardenas [...]

No Arrests and Few Leads in Belize City Murders
There was one shooting on Thursday night and going into the weekend there is concern that the gang violence could flare up. Tonight, the Belize Defense Force soldiers are back [...]

Two Men shot Down in Belize City
The gun violence continued on Thursday night when at around eight forty-five shots rang out on the usually quiet Lizarraga Avenue in the King’s Park Area. Neighbours told News Five [...]

Rhaburn Arraigned for Murder of ‘Spam’
On June twenty-eight, Michael ‘Spam’ Ysaguirre succumbed to injuries he reportedly received following an altercation near the Conch Shell Bay Fish Market.  While it was initially ruled as a sudden [...]

Minister of Lands Says They Will Cancel Goff’s Caye Lease
Who placed survey pegs on Goff Caye and what’s the plan for this beautiful, eminently accessible piece of Belizean paradise just eight miles from the mainland? That’s the million dollar [...]

Tour Operator Outlines 2002 Plan for Goff’s Caye
But while Minister Vega is focused on pointing political fingers at the previous administration, he may have to do some more digging to find out who is actually surveying Goff’s [...]

Cervantez Says He’s Not Surveying Goff’s Caye…So Who Is?
And it might have been, but it never happened. Wanting to do things the right way, Cervantes sought approval from the Belize Tourist Board and got it. But then he [...]

Remains of Ambassador Fred Martinez Arrive in Belize
The ashes of former Ambassador Alfredo ‘Fred’ Martinez were returned to Belize today, following a cremation in Guatemala City where he succumbed earlier this week. Ambassador Martinez, a preeminent figure [...]

KHMH CEO Speaks About ‘Product of Conception’
On June thirtieth a discarded fetus was discovered under a hospital bed in the observation room in the Accident and Emergency Ward. It caused a stink, both literally and in [...]

KHMH Director of Finance Carlos Perrera is GONE
And there was other significant news from CEO Longsworth – Director of Finance Carlos Perrera is no longer at the KHMH. The controversial Perrera has been under sustained fire from [...]

Rotary Club Donates Medical Supplies to the KHMH
Today the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital received a much needed donation of medical supplies from the Sunrise Rotary Club in Belize. It’s the result of a collaboration between the local [...]

Woman Charged for Trying to Smuggle Weed into Prison
Twenty-five-year-old Quinn Arnold, an unemployed of Conch Shell Bay, pleaded guilty to the offense of possession of a controlled drug, after being busted attempting to smuggle weed into the Belize [...]

PUC Launches Mobile App
Innovation Program Belize, an annual competition for young, aspiring Belizean entrepreneurs and innovators, was launched this morning during a press conference held by the Public Utilities Commission.  The inaugural session [...]

Trio of Athletes Represent To Belize in Miami
A trio of young athletes who have completed the Smart Football Summer Camp has been selected to represent Belize in Miami at an athletic training camp in the days ahead.  [...]

Jovaunn Ramos Anticipates Making Belize Proud
According to Jovaunn Ramos, despite being nervous he is expecting to do well in Miami.   Jovaunn Ramos, Summer Camp Participant “Well very nervous because it’s the first time and [...]


Police Finds Disembowelled Corpse in Southside Belize City
Police are also investigating the murder of 29-year-old Davee Dwayne Copius of Jane Usher Boulevard. Copius was found partially nude and disembowelled in the “Dyke” area on Faber’s Road Extension yesterday afternoon. His body was seen floating down in the lagoon. When it was retrieved Police say it had a cut wound to the neck measuring about six inches in length and a large cut wound to the abdomen, from the collar bone down to the bottom of the stomach. His family saw him last on Monday evening and they have no idea who would want to kill him. Here is that story. HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING “Yesterday afternoon at about 3 o’clock police visited the Dyke’s site on the Faber’s Road Extension. A ghastly discovery was made; the lifeless body of 29 year old Daviee Dwayne Copius was seen seminude and disemboweled. His niece, Latifah Sherman, told us that Copius was last seen on Monday evening.”

Mastermind Behind Kidnapping Still At Large
For three days residents of Orange Walk gathered in the vicinity of the Magistrate‘s Court trying to get a glimpse of the men who Police believe brutally murdered Ramon Cervantes Senior. On Wednesday they finally got their opportunity as the accused were escorted from the Police Station to the Magistrate’s Court. 22-year-old Noe Gonzalez, 28-year-old Mateo Pott and 19-year-old Angel Antonio Cardenas were read a charge of murder for Cervantes’ death. The men were also read charges of keeping an unlicensed fire arm and unlicensed ammunition. Today the men were back before the court this time they were read a charge for kidnapping. No plea was taken as the offence is indictable. They were remanded until their next court date on August 13. And although Head of Crimes Investigation Branch ACP Russell Blackett told the media on Tuesday that they believe Cervantes’ murder and that of Sonia Abac is connected, no charges have been laid in the Abac murder as yet. Still at large is Manuel Castillo who Police believe is the mastermind behind the operation.

Elderly Man Succumbs After Being Hit on Highway
A 66-year-old, man of Indian descent passed away last night at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City after he was knocked down on the Philip Goldson Highway between miles two and three. The incident happened just after four o’clock yesterday evening when Mohan Thani, of a Barrack Road address, was leaving the office of Belize Electricity Limited and attempted to cross the highway. Reports are that Thani may have had a misjudgement in timing and proceeded to cross the road but he never made it to the meridian safely as a 2008 Mitsubishi Galant, driven by 26-year-old, Alexander Mejia came, heading north and knocked him to the pavement. Thani was taken to the hospital for treatment but he died just after seven o’clock last night. Investigations are ongoing into this traffic incident.

Murder on the Rise: Another Young Man Slain
“Quick Response Team was called out to the corner of Baldwin and Custard Apple Streets on Wednesday afternoon…..there they found the lifeless body of 35-year-old, Dwayne Hilton. Hilton was gunned down at about 6:30 yesterday evening just a few yards away from his house. His sister, Dawn Lambey, a nurse, rushed to the scene just to find out that her brother was killed.” DAWN LAMBEY “They heard the shooting and they said, ‘Mom, a shooting’. I came up and looked down the street. They said it was a possibility of being at the end of the yard, the end of the street. I went and saw somebody come out and said, ‘Help! Help!’ because I am a nurse. He was lying face down, I saw the person, I didn’t even recognize him until they turned him over and it was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s my brother’, you understand me? Because that yard, I did not expect him to be in. He was nothing more than two or five minutes there so there would have never been a chance for me to think he would have been in that yard.”

Mother Accused of Killing Children Pleads Guilty
Twenty-three year old Felicia Chen, charged with the murder of her 3 children, pled guilty to 3 counts of manslaughter when she appeared today before Justice John Gonzalez. Twenty-three year old Felicia Chen, charged with the murder of her 3 children, pled guilty to 3 counts of manslaughter when she appeared today before Justice John Gonzalez. Justice Gonzalez has deferred sentencing until Monday, July 14. Crown counsel Sheneiza Smith, who represented the prosecution, said that the reason why the Crown accepted the guilty pleas was because the findings by the psychiatrist was that Chen was suffering from diminished responsibility.


Dwayne Hilton is murdered in latest spate of Gang violence
35 year old Dwayne Hilton is the latest murder victim in Belize City. He was at a residence not far from his home at the corner of Baldwin and Custard Apple Streets in the Fabers’ Road Extension area around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night when gunshots sounded from the end...

Decapotated body in pond identified as Davee Dwayne Copius
The site of the BWS pond/dyke site behind Fabers’ Road Extension is not far from the troubled hotspot of Jane Usher Boulevard and is known for hiding stashes of firearms, ammunition and drugs, and one or two dead bodies. Yet another was discovered around3:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. We were...

Men arrested for Cervantes Murder are additionally charged for kidnapping
As we told you yesterday, three men were charged for the murder of well known Orange Walk business man Ramon Cervantes Sr. They are 28 year old Matteo Pott, 19 year old Angel Cardinez and 22 year old Noe Gonzalez all of Trial Farm Village. There was an upheaval...

Felicia Chen pleads guilty to manslaughter other three children
Next Monday, July 14, Justice Troadio Gonzalez will sentence 23 year old Felicia Chen, the mother who killed three of her four children by drowning last April at Belizean Beach. Chen appeared in court with attorney Leslie Mendez today and pleaded guilty to three counts of the lesser charge...

Bernardez pleads guilty to fondling 3 year old and gets 3 years
A man who fondled a 3 year old girl in the dark of night will spend the next three years in prison. Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer handed down the sentence to 23 year old Stanwell Bernardez who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of an indecent nature. Bernardez was spending...

Court approves Belize Times to pay $20,000 for libel of Minister Hulse
One year ago, People’s United Party organ the Belize Times printed an article that alleged that Senator Godwin Hulse  had acquired a 100-acre parcel of land in the Belize River Valley since joining the Cabinet and went on to make certain charges and negative comments. The article was not...

Red Cross assists San Pedro families who lost all in huge fire
A devastating fire in the Boca del Rio area of San Pedro Town on Sunday cost several families their homes. The leading humanitarian organization in Belize, the Belize Red Cross, has sprung into action through its local branch and working with other organizations. With more here is Director General...

Orange Walk residents hold candle light vigil for Peace
Over 300 hundred residents of Orange Walk participated in the candle light vigil held yesterday evening at the Banquitas house of Culture in Orange Walk Town and held a special prayer service in memory of the victims of these recent heinous crimes. The event...

Princes Hotel donates used TV sets to Charity
Earlier this year the Princess Hotel and Casino in Belize City rebranded as the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel, joining the Ramada group of hotels as an affiliate. As a part of that process the hotel is remodeling all of its 160 rooms which includes replacing television sets. Beginning...

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Murder charges for fisherman accused in slaying of ex-Mayor’s brother
41 year old fisherman James “Fada” Rhaburn faces murder charges two weeks after the death of 50 year old Michael “Spam” Ysaguirre, a fish cleaner, on June 28. Ysaguirre is the brother of former Mayor of Belize City Zenaida Moya. Between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. on June 26 […]

Red-handed burglar given seven years plus one in prison
21 year old Jason Cawich will spend the next eight years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary. Cawich admitted to breaking into the home of Vincent Vernon on Regent Street West around 2:00 this morning where he attempted to steal a camera and camera equipment. Vernon was […]

Shooting reported on Lizarraga Avenue
Police are investigating the fourth shooting incident in as many nights in Belize City; however this one took place on the Northside. Around 8:45 in the evening on Thursday, Godfrey Jones of Lizarraga Avenue, Darrel Mayen of Teacher Street in West Landivar and Christopher Mayen of Lizarraga Avenue […]

Days of Healing moves on to Kelly Street
The Days of Healing Movement suffered a massive setback with the death of Tulio Caceres on the Friday before their Father’s Day event in the Mayflower Street area. And there has been even more hurting rather than healing since, as the violence in the City’s streets have claimed […]

PUC launches innovation programme for young entrepreneurs
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is looking for young aspiring Belizean entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in a competition that may, down the road, make them a lot of money and name recognition. But the Innovation Programme Belize, according to PUC Chairman John Avery, is about starting to […]

KHMH receives medical supplies from Rotary in Canada
The Rotary Club of Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada, today formally handed over medical supplies to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) through the local Sunrise Club of Belize City. A 40-foot container arrived in country ten days ago containing various items including sterilizing material, suction tubing, dialyzer […]

Weather Bureau says to expect some rain this weekend
An approaching Tropical Wave will bring with it an increase in moisture this weekend. Skies will be cloudy at times tonight and on Saturday. A few showers and isolated thunderstorms along coastal areas tonight and in the morning will move inland on Saturday afternoon. Winds over the […]

Former minister Israel Alpuche passes away
Former minister of government in the Esquivel administration – 1984 to 1989 – Israel Alpuche, 71, has died. According to family members, Alpuche passed away around 7 o’clock this morning at the Corozal community hospital, from complications due to diabetes. Alpuche, affectionately known as Rally, served as […]

Belize establishes diplomatic relations with Indonesia and Palestine
Belize has established diplomatic relations with Indonesia and Palestine. The formal establishment too place in Mexico City on July 9, and according to the Government Press Office, is in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Belize’s ambassador to Mexico Oliver del Cid signed the joint […]

Galen University expands its academic reach; enrollment grants offered
Belizeans wishing to pursue higher education in two non-traditional sectors are being offered an opportunity to do so without having to leave Belize. Galen University, the country’s premier private university, is offering an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Tourism Management and an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Economic Development. The […]

Belize City businesswoman reported missing
UPDATE: 12:15 pm: The Police Press Officer has sent out a email asking that the missing person’s report for Florence Arthurs be disregarded as she is not missing. Here is the text of the email message: “Ref missing person report sent earlier 11.07.14. Please disregard as she is not missing.” Friday, July 11, […]


Mysterious Construction at the Split in Caye Caulker on One BEAUTIFUL DAY in Belize
Yesterday was summer perfection on Ambergris Caye. The high winds have died down, the sun was HOT and bright and if you were not busy sweating (or working), you were in the water. Lots of kids on summer break were. Though I have not been over to the caye yet about this news, here is what the gossip mill is churning up. Officially, this construction is to reinforce the sea wall. Unofficially, some think there is a new owner who plans to build a more “touristy” establishment that will not let villagers in so freely. (This area is really the main public beach in Caye Caulker.)


Video: Belize Snorkeling - June 2014, 8min.
Snorkeling 2nd largest barrier reef in the world in Belize and a beach break at Water Caye.

Video: Flavours of Belize - Sorrel Ribs, 5min.

Video: Flavours of Belize - Conch Fritters, 9min.

Video: Geezz Louise Episode 5 Belize, 4min.

Video: Belize sailing 2014, 13min.

Video: Belize, 11min.
Our family trip to Belize thanks to my amazing in-laws! All Gopro Hero 3+ black edition footage Ambergris Caye, San Pedro Lamanai, Hol Chan, Shark Ray Alley and more.

Video: Matt's Belize Trip 2014, 15min.

July 11, 2014

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The San Pedro Sun

Fire victims receive help, but more is needed
All 16 families affected in a massive fire that left 66 people homeless on Sunday July 6th are beginning to receive help. On Wednesday July 9th, members of the Belize Red Cross and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) handed over donations to each family household. According to Vice Chairman of NEMO – San Pedro Branch and Mayor of San Pedro Town, Daniel Guerrero, each family was given basic items. Those items included mattresses, blankets, stove with a butane tank, a set of pots including other kitchen items, mop, broom, and buckets amongst other items. Mayor Guerrero and the island’s NEMO Coordinator Jeromey Tim-rose Augustine handed over the donations to the fire victims.

Licensing programme for captive parrots is launched
Do you have a captive parrot? Few people realise that all parrots in Belize are protected by law, which means it is illegal to take them from the wild, or to keep them in our homes. Belize Forest Department recognise that many people in Belize have birds that have become part of their family, and as such, has launched a licensing programme for these captive parrots. Owners must comply with minimum standards of care relating to cage size, perches, food and general health. Application forms and details of the minimum standards are available at San Pedro Public Library, or you can download them from Once your application is lodged with the Forest Department, a representative will visit your home to check on your bird and its conditions. They will have a lot of applications to process, so please be patient. Be aware that these licences are for birds already in captivity, so don’t go and get a new parrot and then apply!

San Pedro Lions and Leo’s Install New Board Members
On July 5th the San Pedro Lions Club installed their new Board of Directors for 2014-2015. The San Pedro Leo’s Club also installed their new board, along with four new members to their club. The evening event kicked off with a social hour at 7PM at the Lions Den, where members and invited guests had the opportunity to mingle. The ceremony followed an hour later with Lion Bobby Lopez serving as the Master of Ceremony. After the national anthem, Lion Ruben Trejos greeted the audience with the Welcome Address and Lion Abel Guerrero led the Invocation. Lion Marina Kay presented the new Leo’s Board of Directors, with new Leo President Vivel Rodriguez, Vice President Randy Rivero and Secretary Aline Rodriguez each pledging to uphold the responsibilities that come with their prestigious positions. Four new Leo members were also sworn in by Lion Kay; Viviani Duran, Kirsty Arnott, Jordi Azueta and Ravey Azueta.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Junior Sailing Club Continues Reign in National Regattas
Taking top place in the green fleet for novice sailors were Alanis Badillo (CCSC) in 1st Place, Harrison Cadle Jr. (CCSC) in 2nd Place and Rashawn Gonzalez (SPJCS) in 3rd Place who all scored 14 points each. Twenty three novice sailors raced in the green fleet. Rounding out the Top 10 in the novice races were:Trent Humes (BCSC) 4th Peter Joo (PSC) 5th Glenford Barrera (CCSC) 6th Angel Pol (CCSC) 7th Gabbi Knox (SPJCS) 8th Christian Ferrell Jr. (PSC) 9th Malik Jones (CCSC) 10th The two-day regatta held in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye was the 5th National Ranking Regatta of the 2014 Sailing Season and acts as a qualifier for the National Champions Regatta (BIZ14) scheduled for November 8 and 9. Congratulations to the San Pedro Junior Sailing Club on their impressive winning streak and to all the young sailors who do a fantastic job in competitions around the country of Belize.

J Boog to Perform at the International Costa Maya Festival
The International Costa Maya Festival is proud to announce another artist in the performance list at this year’s festival – J Boog. He will be performing along with Island Invasion on Friday, August 8, 2014, after a live musical presentation by the Garifuna Collective. It is a night you don’t want to miss as it will be full of great artists and the very best in music. J Boog (born Jerry Afemata, Long Beach, California) is an American reggae and R&B vocalist and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California and based in Hawaii, he released his first solo album Hear Me Roar in 2007, which peaked on Billboard's Top Reggae Albums at #8. In 2011 he released his first EP, J Boog which peaked at #19 on the Top Heatseekers chart and reached #3 on Top Reggae Albums. His next album Backyard Boogie reached #1 on the reggae charts for 2011, 2012, and 2013, and in July 2013 his Live Up! (EP) reached #18 on the Top Heatseekers chart.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

SACNW Neighborhood Cleanup on Sunday
This Sunday, July 13 we will be holding a SACNW Neighborhood Cleanup along with the San Pedro Cadets (student volunteer organization). We will start by gathering in front of Black Orchid Restaurant at 8am where everyone will be assigned to a group. Remember to bring water, bug spray, gloves, and sunscreen. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes. After the cleanup, Black Orchid will provide a complimentary breakfast to all those who participated. Thank you Judyann and Tom!

Senior Steps Summer Camp
The Senior Steps Summer Camp starts next week at the George Price Centre. Contact the CPC for more information.

Book on early Maps of Belize launched
A book filled with representations of the early Maps of Belize was launched last week Thursday in the Bedran Hall of the San Ignacio Resort Hotel in the Cayo District. The book which encompasses maps during a 120 year period, from 1783 to 1902, offers a startling glimpse of the dynamics involved in the early history of Belize. The launching of the book was made to a captive audience, which was set to coincide with the end of a presentation by Dr. Diane Chase at the 12 Annual Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium that was being held at the same venue in San Ignacio Town. The Guardian spoke to Dr. Odile Hoffman to discover more about her Monograph entitled, British Honduras: The invention of a colonial territory. According to Dr. Hoffman, work started on the book in Belize about 4 years ago, where visits were made to the Belize Archives in Belmopan. The Geographer at the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in Paris then discovered from her visits that there were many maps that were not in Belize. Hoffman then proceeded to the well organized archives of London where she found “marvels in documentation.” Much of the cartographic archives on early Belize are also now in Spain, France and recent maps are now in the United States of America. But early and more detailed maps on Belize that are now in foreign countries are still not accessible, because they are very expensive to have rights to view them, reports Dr. Odile Hoffman. But thankfully now, both National and International researchers as well as the general readership will be able to view the early representations of Belize in Dr. Odile Hoffman’s book, published by Cubola Productions from Benque Viejo del Carmen.

Tender Notice – Road Map and Action Plan for the Establishment of a Caribbean Regional Financial Services Institute
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) requires the services of an independent consulting firm to develop a Roadmap and Action Plan for the establishment of a Caribbean Regional Financial Services Institute. The Consultancy will build upon and is a reflection of the work being undertaken by the Task Force for the Promotion and Protection of the Caribbean Financial Sector (TFP-CFS) which was established by CARIFORUM Ministers. Moreover, this consultancy will facilitate the implementation of the decision of the Meeting of Ministers responsible for Financial Services in CARIFORUM held December 9, 2013 The consultant will be required to: Review and build on existing work for the development of a regional financial services institute in the Caribbean; Identify existing regional and international best practices and assess their applicability to developing a Regional Financial services Institute in the Caribbean; Develop a road map and action plan for the establishment and functioning of a Regional Financial Services Institute

Conditions of Lease- North-eastern Portion of Goff’s Caye

Channel 7

Felicia Chen Pleads Guilty, Tells Court Why She Drowned Her 3 Kids
In April of last year, 23 year-old mother Felicia Chen did the unthinkable: she drowned her 3 babies. Well tonight, she is at prison awaiting sentence after she pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to killing her children. The guilty plea was accepted today before Justice Troadio Gonzalez, when Chen, who was to start standing trial for 3 counts of murder told the court that she wished to forego a trial and accept responsibility for her actions. Instead of pleading guilty to murder, however, she was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. Crown Counsel, Sheneiza Smith told the court that the prosecution was willing to accept her plea for manslaughter based on the findings of the Ministry of Health psychiatrist. He certified that Chen was suffering from depression, and so, she was only partially responsible, and therefore is entitled to a defence of diminished responsibility because of her actions.

Kidnapping Charges for Cervantez Sr.'s Alleged Killers
Last night, we showed you, 22 year-old Guatemalan Noe Daniel Avila; 19 year-old Belizean Angel Antonio Cardenas, and 28 year-old Belizean Mateo Pott Jr. who were jointly charged with the murder of 71 year-old Ramon Cervantes Sr. Well, they were also formally charged and arraigned today in Orange Walk for the charge of kidnapping. Since his disappearance, the family and the wider public had speculated that Cervantes was kidnapped, and then killed. Police had refused to class his disappearance as a kidnapping the entire time, but with these formal charges, it's starting to put together a picture of what happened. But, as old questions finally get answered, new ones keep emerging, especially, the Tuesday evening discovery of 46 year-old Sonia Abac's body. We've been closely following the two cases, and today, Daniel Ortiz tried to coherently piece together what is known. Here's his report:

Wednesday Murder in City May be Related To Tuesday Shooting
Last night we told you about the murder that happened at 6:30. Tonight we can confirm that the victim is 35 year old Dwayne Hilton. He was at the corner of Baldwin Drive and Custard Apple Street, just one block from his home when a gunman walked up to him and shot him four times in his shoulder and chest. One the bullets is believed to have punctured his heart and he died almost instantly. His family came upon the scene not knowing, not suspecting that it was him. Today his cousin told us about their collective shock. She asked to appear off camera:.. Voice of: "Sean" - Cousin of Dwayne Hilton "I was so shocked I had to sit down because I didn't even believe it and when I went by the house I still didn't believe that he was that person lying down on the ground.

Police Grappling With Crime Cluster
But so far, police have not been able to contain a gang war that has gripped certain areas of the city. The problem for law enforcement is that there is splintering within the gangs, and some are pushing into new areas - and police, it seems, have not been able to keep up. It's relevant because as Hilton's cousin pointed out - he was killed a short distance from where Edwin "Drive" Flowers was shot in the yea don Tuesday night. Today precinct 2 police told the media that they think Hilton was the target - and that the Tuesday and Wednesday night shootings are related. ASP Calbert Flowers, Ag. OC, Precinct 2 "Our investigations so far is leading that the gunman was indeed targeting Mr. Hilton. The shooting where Edwin Flowers got shot and where Hilton got shot is very close proximity to each other. We are looking at that angle to see if indeed they are related."

Identity Confirmed For Murdered Man Found At Sewage Ponds
And as you heard in that interview, when Dwayne Hilton was murdered, police were nearby - right at the Faber's Road sewage ponds known as the Dyke area. They were there with the body of an unidentified man who was killed in particularly cruel fashion: cut from neck to navel. He was identified last night when his grandmother watched the news and heard the description os his tattoo: he is 29 year old David Dwayne Copious from Jane Usher which is right next to the sewage ponds. His family last saw him on Monday evening. His niece told us they too are shocked because he was not known to be involved in gang activity:.. Latifah Sutherland, Niece of deceased "My granny sent me a text last night after 11 saying that it was my uncle because of the stuff that they said they found on the body and the tattoo. And according to her, she didn't see him from Monday and he is not a person that would stay out. If he stays out one night, he would not stay out for two nights - he would have come home."

Police Ratchet Up Gang Response With Patrols, Mediation
Police are following a few leads, but have nothing substantial so far on what has to be classed as an unusual murder. And even though it is in an area of high crime activity at the moment, police do not believe the Copius killing is related to the shooting of Edwin "Drive" Flowers or Dwayne Hilton:.. ASP Calbert Flowers, Ag. OC, Precinct 2 "So far we have nothing to indicate the reason why anyone would want to kill this individual. We are still in the process of recording statements and interviewing people and hopefully we can come up with a motive. So far there is nothing telling us why this person was killed. We know he live in the Jane Usher Boulevard area and the Jane Usher area is one of concern for us at this time."

Times Will Pay Hulse and Lawyer 20K
Twenty thousand dollars, that's how much the Belize Times will have to pay Godwin Hulse and his attorney Michael Young for libel. The case results from an article the Time ran in July of 2013 which was headlined "Godwin Hustler" and alleged that Hulse had acquired 100 acres of land in the Belize River Valley. But, in the settlement, the Times accepts that the allegation is untrue and unfounded and retracts the allegation. The paper must also publish the same, including an apology to Hulse. That's the statement of settlement that was read out in the Chief Justice's courtroom today. Hulse's attorney Michael Young told us how the twenty thousand dollars was arrived at:..

Man Pleads Guilty To Fondling, Gets 3 Years
23 year-old Stanwell Bernardez, a construction worker of Antelope Street Extension, is spending the first night of a 3-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to fondling a 3 year-old girl. It happened at about 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The child's mother took her to the Police Station, where she reported that a few hours earlier, her common-law husband allowed Bernardez to sleep over at their house after a night of socializing and drinking. She said that she got up at around 1, and she went into the living room, where she found Bernardez with her daughter. She said that she took the child to bed with her. At next morning, the child complained to her that Bernardez touched her inappropriately on her private parts. A doctor classified her injuries as harm, and police subsequently arrested and charged Bernardez with aggravated assault of an indecent nature.

Belize Makes US Stock News, But Outfit Seems Shady
Belize was trending in US business news today because of the soaring stock of a dubious tech outfit which claims to be headquartered at the Matalon Building in Belize City. Various articles from CNBC, Bloomberg News and other outlets took note of CYNK Technology and its social networking site Introbiz, which offers users the, quote, "ability to socially connect to individuals such as celebrities, business owners, and talented IT professionals..." CNBC notes that "CYNK's stock was valued at less than ten cents in June, and rocketed to over $20 dollars at one point on Thursday morning. It adds that the company's stock gained nearly 25,000% in 16 trading days, giving it a market cap of over $5 billion dollars."

Red Cross Relief From Red Cross
On Monday, we told you about the blaze on San Pedro which destroyed 5 houses and damaged 3 others. It has left 16 families comprising 66 people and 32 children homeless, and to try to help these families survive this very challenging time, the Belize Red Cross has chipped in to offer aid. The San Pedro Branch immediately went out to provide assistance and up to to date, they've transported over 700 pounds of relief supplies to the affected families. Today the organization's Secretary General explained more about it today: Lily Bowman, Director-General, Belize Red Cross "This is led by our San Pedro Branch which has been very active and very quick to respond from the very beginning. The headquarters has been sending out relief items which will be distributed today, but before that they were carrying out their assessments, and in collaboration with the Mayor, the Town Council, the Lions Club and NEMO of course, they have been gathering supplies and taking care of those people."

There Is A Lease On Goff's Caye
On Tuesday we told you about survey pegs which appeared last week on Goff's Caye. It has caused concern because Goff's Caye is managed by the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute - and is one of the last small islands in the Belize District that is open for public use and enjoyment. The pegs would seem to suggest that this public caye is being lined up for private profit. Coastal Zone has told us they don't know anything about it, but suggested that the Lands Department might. They sent out a press release today saying that there is a 50 year lease, but it was issued 12 years ago, in 2002. The release says that the northeaster portion of the caye was surveyed in 2001, and a 50 year lease was approved to Ramon Cervantes. the terms of the lease would allow the construction of permanent structures on the Caye.

ROC Wants to Meet The DPP, COMPOL
The Rod of Correction met again today at the BNTU National Headquarters, but this time there was no scrum of media lined up outside waiting for interviews. Instead, the ROC issued a press release saying it has taken the decision to request meetings with the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl Lyn Vidal and the Commissioner of Police, COMPOL Whylie. They want to talk with these senior officials about COLA's private prosecution of Elvin Penner which the ROC has agreed to lend its unequivocal support to.

Remembering Don Ramon and Sonia
At the top of our newscast, we showed you the additional charges that police brought against the men for the abduction and murder of Ramon Cervantes Sr. For a crime that has sent that community reeling, it's a start towards a return to normalcy, but the leaders believe that they must go through a healing process after losing a leading light in the community. That's why a candlelight vigil was held in the Town last night for both Cervantes and Sonia Abac. Our news team stopped in and spoke with a few of the participants about it: Yvette Torres, Candle Light Vigil Attendant "Its purpose is to show our unity as a community as we stand firm together whereby we are going through a great loss in our community and its time for us as a community to come out and show that we are united and we must take a stand in what we believe in."

Ramada Donates Old TV's
2 months ago, we told you about the rebranding effort that Princess Hotel in Belize City went through. It's now known as the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel, going back the days when it was under the Ramada Hotel Group's management. The move was done so that the Princess Hotel chain can join the Wyndham Hotel Chain, so as to tap into that international customer base. As part of the process Princess has to get up to speed with the standards for Wyndham Hotels, meaning that their 160 rooms have to be renovated. Part of that process is replacing their old "big box" televisions with flatscreens. They now have these 160 old school TV's for which they have no use, so what to do with it? Well, the management decided to donate to several charity organizations. The media was invited to a breakfast press briefing to announce the brand new second hand donation. We stopped in and spoke with the Hotel's manager. Here's what he told us:

Channel 5

Orange Walk Trio Arraigned for Ramon Cervantes Murder
There is a development in the murder of Orange Walk’s Ramon Cervantes Senior. At around eleven a.m. this morning, accused murderers twenty-two year old Noe Daniel Gonzalez, twenty-eight year old [...]

Dwayne Hilton Ambushed and Gunned Down In A Yard Near Fabers Road
The Faber’s Road Extension has been the scene of two vicious murders and a shooting in a span of twenty-four hours. Edwin ‘Drive’ Flowers, one of the leaders of the [...]

Davee Copius Is Disemboweled Then Dumped In Sewer Pond Behind Dike
Hours before the murder of Duane Hilton, police made a gruesome discovery. A body was found floating in an open sewer lagoon, it was horribly gutted and already decomposing. The [...]

Felicia Chen Returns to Court With New Lawyer
Felicia Chen, the young mother who drowned three of her children at Belizean Beach in April 2013, returned to court this morning. At her previous appearance she was unrepresented and [...]

Orange Walk Murders Revisited
The foundations of the Orange Walk community have been shaken by the recent violence and malicious conspiracy. Even as Police have been able to recover two bodies of persons abducted [...]

Candlelight Vigil Held In Memory of Slain Orange Walkenos
On Wednesday, the first step to getting justice for the families of Ramon Cervantes Sr. and Sonia Maribel Abac was taken, with the formal arraignment of Noe Gonzales, Mateo Pott [...]

Goff’s Caye Surveyed, Is Development Next?
Last week there was some consternation and concern when survey pegs appeared on the much used and much loved Goff’s Caye. It may not be a world heritage site, but [...]

Belize Times Versus Godwin Hulse
The Belize Times and Alberto Vellos have settled with Minister Godwin Hulse in respect of allegations made on July third of last year by the newspaper. At the time the [...]

Stanwell Bernardez Sentenced to 3 Years for Child Molesting
A three-year old girl was molested while inside her home and the man who police say did it, pleaded guilty today in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court for the offense [...]

Elderly Man Knocked Down And Killed In Belize City
Sixty-seven-year-old Mohan Thani, a Belizean businessman of Indian descent, was knocked down and killed on Wednesday evening as he attempted to cross the Phillip Goldson Highway near Belize Electricity Limited.  [...]

Humanitarian Organizations Provides Disaster Relief for Fire Victims in San Pedro
At around eight p.m. on Sunday, July sixth, a massive blaze in the Boca del Rio area of San Pedro destroyed eight homes, displacing sixteen families. They lost everything, all [...]

UNICEF Hosts Two-Day Seminar to Address Violence Against Children
A two-day workshop organized by UNICEF to provide participants with a greater understanding of the role that communication plays in individual and social behavior change, with a focus on violence [...]

Rod Of Correction Seeks Audience With DPP
COLA’s private prosecution of former minister of state Elvin Penner for the illegal issuance of a passport to a South Korean fugitive picked up some support from the Rod of [...]

Ramada Princess upgrades rooms and donates outdated goods
Today several Belize City based organizations received donations from the Ramada Belize City Princess. Two months ago the Princess entered into a partnership with the Ramada, owned by the international [...]

Smart Football Summer Camp Concludes At ITVET
Fans of the beautiful game will be passionately rallying behind their favorite national teams in the upcoming World Cup Finals on Sunday.  In Belize, a team of young athletes are [...]

Healthy Living Takes a look at food poisoning
Summer is here! It’s hot, it’s humid and many families need very little excuse to spend some time outdoors. Unfortunately, bacteria also loves hot and humid conditions. This is part [...]


Soldiers Called in For Reinforcement on the Streets
With the spike in gun violence resulting in the shooting murder of many in Belize City, the Belize Police Department has requested the assistance from the Belize Defense Soldiers. Today CEO in the Ministry of National Security Retired Colonel George Lovell confirmed that BDF will be placed back on the streets to deal with the recent spate of crime. COLONEL GEORGE LOVELL “There have been some couple shootings within the last few weeks and we also had incidents in San Pedro. The police currently have an intake that is at the Police Training Academy that will come out late September or November. The Commissioner of Police did ask if he can get some assistance to beef up the numbers just for a very short time, not to have the BDF back in the streets in the numbers and on a permanent basis as they once were. So we have been dialoging with the Belize Defense Force and yes there will be a few soldiers going back on the streets to assist the police to try and bring back the situation to a normal standard.”

Fire in Northern Belize Leaves 10 Homeless
There was a fire in the Finca Solana Area in Corozal town last night. According to Station Officer at the National Fire Service, Orin Smith, no one was injured. ORIN SMITH “On Tuesday, July 8 2014 at approximately nine thirty pm the Corozal branch of the National Fire Service had received and responded to the call of a structural fire in the Finca Solana area in Corozal Town. On arrival at the scene one ply board structure was seen destroyed by fire and another structure on the same property was seen fully engulfed in flames. The NFS got into operation and put out those fires.” LOCAL REPORTER: “Was anyone injured in that fire?” ORIN SMITH “No one was injured in either of these fires.” LOCAL REPORTER: “Can you tell us how it started?” ORIN SMITH “Investigation is still ongoing and the cause of the fire, originated in a twelve by sixteen structure; one of two on the property. The second structure was eighteen by twenty.” Approximately ten persons lived in the structure.

Decomposing Body Found with “D-Dog” Tattoo
A man was murdered in Belize City sometime this week and police need your help to find out who he is. His body was found floating in the “Dyke” area of Jane Usher Boulevard where human excrement are dumped. Officer Commanding Precinct 2, Alford Grinage confirmed to Love News this evening that the man was murdered. The reason has not yet been determined and neither has his identity. The body is partially decomposed and police are giving two hours for anyone to identify the body. If they do not get an identity, because of the state of decomposition, the body will be buried. ASP Grinage shared some distinguishing features that may help to identify the body.

Belize’s Ambassador Passes In ICU in Guatemala
The deaths of two prominent Belizean men, who served their country in two different spectrums, are undoubtedly great losses to this nation as both Ambassador Alfredo Martinez and Businessman Zebedee Pitterson were constructive and ambitious men in their own right who contributed to the development of Belize with Ambassador Martinez working on protecting our nation’s sovereignty and Pitterson feeding the poor children in schools………Ambassador Alfred Martinez passed away just after ten o’clock last night, inside the Intensive Care Unit at a hospital in Guatemala City. His hospitalization came after a long term battle with what Love News has learnt to be a chemical imbalance in his system. Even with the challenges of being ill, Ambassador Martinez continued being committed to his work for Belize, as was explained by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, who met with the media just after midday today inside his Belize City office on Coney Drive.

Assumed Leader of PIV Gang Shot in Forehead
The gun violence continued last night and police expect some sort of retaliation for the shooting of thirty one year old Edwin Flowers who is currently hospitalized. Police say about eight thirty five last night they went to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they saw Flowers suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the forehead, two to the left arm and one to the left upper chest. According to the Police, Flowers was with his common-law wife on his verandah at dark complexion male person wearing a grey t-shirt came out from behind some bushes and fired several shots at him. On the streets Flowers is said to be a leader of the P-I-V gang and his shooting may be a linked to a rise of gang rivalry. Deputy Commander of Precinct 2, Assistant Superintendent Calbert Flowers, told us they are putting measures in place to deter any sort of retaliation.

Home Invasion Traumatizes Single Elderly Woman
An elderly woman was the victim of a home invasion in Dangriga. Quick police response led to the alleged perpetrator being shot. Correspondent Harry Arzu reports. HARRY ARZU “The home of 88 year old Dimples Westby who lived alone and was confined to a wheelchair was burglarized early this morning at about 2:30 while she was watching television. Police here told Love News that they responded to a burglary in progress at number 769 Sibun Street this morning and upon arrival they observed the front door of this concrete bungalow house opened and also noticed the lights in the house were turned on. Furthermore they observed a male person inside the house with a black mask on his face standing in front of the senior citizen. They reported that the intruder was armed with a knife in his left hand extended toward Westby who was visibly in fear.

A Guardian For The Hungry Children Dies
As we mentioned earlier, Zebedee Pitterson passed away on Tuesday morning just after seven o’clock as he was hospitalized inside the Belize Healthcare Partners in Belize City. The 82-year-old entrepreneur has been ailing for some time now. Love News sat down with his wife, Alvia Pitterson, who explained what the pains were like for her husband and what led to his sonny ALVIA PITTERSON “I understand he couldn’t catch his breath and he started to feel weak so my son took him there but he was asking him before anything because he looked like he didn’t feel good and he refused to go, refused completely and when night came up he wanted to go. Every sickness raises more in the night and then they did took him but it was too late, like it was too late because at first it looked like he was surviving, like he would have come home but then he turned for the worse because he started to vomit. He was building his blood vigorously both with natural things and with iron pills and different types of vitamins that they gave him. He didn’t want to go to the doctor because he was so sure that his blood level was up but……he must could have felt it; that he was weak but he slept little later in the morning, he was tired and that was because his blood was weak. He didn’t want to accept it; he didn’t want to feel that way.”

Body of Missing Woman Found; Family Gets Closure Months Later
The body of a woman was found in Dubloom, on the Honey Camp Road in Orange Walk. It has been an unprecedented turn of events in the last eight days in Orange Walk as first we reported on the disappearance of well-known businessman Ramon Cervantes. On Tuesday evening, Love News was the first to report that police were searching for another body near the same farm where Cervantes’ body was found. Arturo Cantun has the details.


Remains of another body unearthed in Orange Walk
On Tuesday evening Orange walk police returned to the site where they had located the shallow grave of Ramon Cervantes Sr. We reported in Tuesday’s newscast that based on information police received from one of the individuals detained in the Cervantes investigation, police decided to search the area again.  They...

Men arraigned in Ramon Cervantes murder
For the third day in a row people of Orange Walk Town and the neighbouring communities gathered in front of the court in Orange Walk to get a glimpse of the people in police custody who are believed to be responsible for the gruesome murder of Ramon Cervantes Sr....

Belize’s man in Guatemala, Fred Martinez, dies
On the heels of Ramon Cervantes Sr.’s tragic passing last week comes the death of another prominent citizen from Orange Walk. He too was a former Government Senator and former Mayor of Orange Walk Town. But more than that, he was, for the last eleven years, Belize’s man in...

Home invasion in Dangriga
      There are reports of a home invasion in Dangriga. Correspondent Harry Arzu has the story. HARRY ARZU “The home of 88 year old Dimples Westby who lived alone and was confined to a wheelchair was burglarized early this morning at about 2:30 while she was watching...

Fire in Corozal destroys two homes
There was a fire in Corozal Tuesday night and two families lost their homes.Two plywood houses located on a lot in the Finca Solana Area, Corozal Town were totally engulfed in flames. The houses, one measuring approximately 12 feet by 16 feet and the other 20 feet by 22...

Child lights curtain ablaze, house burns
There was another fire; this time in Hattieville. On Tuesday morning, July 8 at about 8:55a.m., the house at # 174 Ysaguirre Boulevard, Hattieville was engulfed in flames. The residence was that of 54-year-old Belizean Eloise Hyde. According to Hyde, that morning she sent her two grandsons downstairs in the...

Shootings continue in Belize City
More shots were fired in Belize City Teusday night and a 31 year old man is recovering from wounds received. 31-year-old Edwin Flowers, Belizean construction worker of Neal’s Pen Road, was admitted to the KHMH for gunshot wounds to his forehead, arm and chest. He was shot at least...

National Awards for “Du Di Rait Ting”
        We have been following the Police Department’s honors for high school students who have met the requirements for the “Du Di Rait Ting” program. Today the national awards were held. We hear more from Acting Commander of Community Policing, Inspector Dehanne Augustine. Inspector Dehanne Augustine...

BWS denies terminating workers over gossip
Six former workers of Belize Water Services Limited are suing their ex-employer alleging wrongful termination, however the company claims it has had a long-standing restructuring plan in place that began to be seriously implemented in 2012 after a rate cut of over 7% from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC)....

Traffic Accident on the George Price Highway
      Shortly before our newscast Wednesday evening there was a traffic accident on the George Price Highway right in front of the Harmonyville community. The accident involved a white Toyota pick up truck driven at the time by Shawn Fuller of Belmopan.  According to Fuller, who was...

Baker and unsung hero Zebedee Pitterson dies
Owner of Sunnyside Bakery in Belize City Zebedee Pitterson died Tuesday night at the age of 83. He began his business in 1949 after apprenticing at several local bakeries and Sunnyside – which was actually going to be called “Suntan” Bakery – has lived on through hurricanes and fires, good...

Christian teams continue work of charity and service in and around Belmopan
        A group of Student Doctors and Lecturers from Busk College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Harrogate Tennessee, are at the Good Samaritan Clinic of Body and Soul Ministries in Roaring Creek, providing free medical services and medication to residents of Roaring Creek and the neighbouring communities....

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Body of missing Orange Walk woman unearthed near Dublum Bank
Two and a half months after she went missing, the remains of 46 year old Sonia Abac was unearthed from a grave in the Dublum Bank area of Orange Walk on Wednesday. Reports are that police were led to the site on a farm adjacent to where […]

Man pleads guilty to fondling baby girl
A man who fondled a 3 year old girl in the dark of night will spend the next three years in prison. Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer handed down the sentence to 23 year old Stanwell Bernardez who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of an indecent nature. Bernardez was […]

Felicia Chen pleads guilty to manslaughter
Next Monday, July 14, Justice Troadio Gonzalez will sentence 23 year old Felicia Chen, the mother who killed three of her four children by drowning in April, 2013 at Belizean Beach. Chen appeared in court with attorney Leslie Mendez today and pleaded guilty to three counts of the […]

Davee Copius comes to gruesome end
The site of the BWS pond/dyke site behind Fabers’ Road Extension is not far from the troubled hotspot of Jane Usher Boulevard and is known for hiding stashes of firearms, ammunition and drugs, and one or two dead bodies. Yet another was discovered around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. […]

Dwayne Hilton murdered and another injured in shooting
35 year old Dwayne Hilton is the latest murder victim in Belize City. He was at a residence not far from his home at the corner of Baldwin and Custard Apple Streets in the Fabers’ Road Extension area around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night when gunshots sounded from the […]

Godwin Hulse settles with Belize Times over libel
The Belize Times, an organ of the People’s United Party (PUP), must pay Senator and Minister of Labour, Local Government, Immigration and National Emergency Management, Godwin Hulse, the sum of $15,000 as part of a settlement over a case of libel. The newspaper must also, in a half-page […]

Belize Red Cross to assist San Pedro fire victims
A devastating fire in the Boca del Rio area of San Pedro Town on Sunday cost several families their homes. The leading humanitarian organization in Belize, the Belize Red Cross, has sprung into action through its local branch and working with other organizations. Director General Lily Bowman says […]

Ramada Princess donates TV sets to charitable organizations
Following its rebranding as the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel, the former Princess Hotel and Casino has undertaken a remodeling of its 160 rooms to Ramada standards. This includes replacing 160 Philips brand television sets to LCD screens. The hotel decided to donate the equipment to several civil […]

Orange Walk men charged for kidnapping
Three men who were arraigned on a charge of murder and firearm related charges on Wednesday were back in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court this morning. 22 year old Noe Daniel Gonzalez Avila; 28 year old Mateo Pott, Jr; and 19 year old Angel Antonio Cardenas were […]

Belize Times to pay Senator Godwin Hulse thousands
The Belize Times will pay $15,000 and retract an article accusing Senator Godwin Hulse of inappropriate behavior in 2013. The final settlement was arrived at this morning in the Surpeme Court. Details coming shortly.

Why I Chose the Brand Name “Verena’s”?
The Belizean food company VERENA FOODS made its first sale on November 8, 2002…..the first birth date of my daughter DANAI VERENA HARRISON. The name VERENA comes from my grandmother VERENA LISBEY, of San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize. It is a name of Latin origin, and signifies INTEGRITY….or TRUE. VERENA FOODS is engaged in processing, packaging […]

The Threat of Losing Preferential Markets in Belize
Belize is a relatively poor ex-British-colony in the Caribbean Basin of Central America…with a very low population density of around 14 persons per acre of land. A population of around 350,000 on a land mass of little over 5 million acres. It imports three times the value of what it exports….and most of what it […]


Help Boca Del Rio Fire Families
The San Pedro Belize Red Cross have been getting out of country inquiries on how to help the Boca Del Rio fire families. Checks can made out to the Belize Red Crossand sent to Belize Red Cross #1 Gabourel Lane Belize City, Belize. Donations can also be sent by money gram or western union in name of Belize Red Cross. Please make a note for San Pedro Fire victims along with your donation. Headquarters will process everything in Belize City and then send donations to San Pedro Branch. Additional contact information for Belize Red Cross: Tel:501-2273319/2273617 Fax:501-223-0998 Skype: BelizeRedCross Between back and forth between Reef Radio, Dollar Drive on the street, Lions Den and Tropic Air Cargo yesterday was a very busy and very worthwhile day. The telethon raised over 18.348.00 still waiting for final total and continuing to take cash and food donations. Everyone is working together to rebuild the lives of 20 families/80 people from the ground up and all help is appreciated.

Now That’s Progress: The New Diamante Beachfront Suites in San Pedro, Belize
Two things recently caught my eye about the new Diamante Suites that are going up at the very southern edge of town in San Pedro. First, this announcement last week: Free beer? In San Pedro? This could cause a riot. Sure it’s slightly gimmicky but it’s also super smart and well…pretty fun. A Saturday night. Get all the tour guides, the taxi drivers, the waiter, the bloggers together for a bit of a party. No matter how you look at it, that is good times and smart promotion for your project. They’ve got some pretty snazzy marketing ideas that have caught my eye over the last few months.

How to Better Manage Your Cash Flow
These four steps will help you keep track of the money coming in and out of your growing company. Cash is king when it comes to the financial management of a growing company. The lag between the time you have to pay your suppliers and employees and the time you collect from your customers is the problem, and the solution is cash flow management. At its simplest, cash flow management means delaying outlays of cash as long as possible while encouraging anyone who owes you money to pay it as rapidly as possible. Measuring Cash Flow Prepare cash flow projections for next year, next quarter and, if you’re on shaky ground, next week. An accurate cash flow projection can alert you to trouble well before it strikes.

International Sourcesizz

Tech Company That May Not Exist Is Worth $5 Billion
Bubbles are filled with air, so it is only fitting that in our new tech bubble we buy companies that are mostly made of air. One of the hottest stocks in the universe right now is a social-networking company called Cynk Technology, ticker symbol CYNK. As of Thursday morning, the stock had soared more than 30,000 percent in less than one month, shooting from 6 cents on June 16 to $18.21 Thursday morning, taking Cynk's market value from about $17 million to more than $5 billion. That makes it worth more than HuffPost parent company AOL or JetBlue, both valued at about $3 billion. Cynk is headquartered in Belize, but was incorporated in Nevada in 2008. Its main contact number is in a Miami area code.

Mexico strengthens southern border against agricultural threats
Mexican authorities have invested MXN286.1 million (US$22 million) across five checkpoints along the country’s southern borders with Guatemala and Belize. In a release, the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) said the five stations would focus on the inspection, mobilization and import of agricultural products to protect the nation from exotic pests and diseases that are not yet present in Mexico. With MXN185.8 million (US$14.3 million) , the lion’s share of the funds have gone to the checkpoints Huixtla and Suchiate II in the state of Chiapas, bordering Guatemala.

If You See a Chance, Take It
SOME PEOPLE HAVE ALL THE luck. And if you were Amy Trina on March 30, you definitely had it. That’s because she was fishing Abergris Caye out of San Pedro, Belize when she hooked into a fish that some anglers spend a lifetime trying, often unsuccessfully, to catch. Remarkably, she wasn’t even in Belize to fish. Instead she’d travelled from Montana to participate in a six-day, hardcore yoga camp called Akbol. She’d packed a rod and gear, but she hadn’t even seen a fish to cast at while briefly patrolling a nearby beach. But she ran into fellow fly fishers at a bar one evening and copped an invite to fish the following day, with the assistance of a local independent guide, Darryl Smith. Smith had seen permit the day prior and he ran Trina to that particular flat. They weren’t there long before she spotted 30-some fish moving her way. She cast and got a chase, but the fish didn’t grab.


Video: CAX Broadreach, 4min.
Belize and Costa Rica adventure. Filmed and Created by Sydney Weinkle

Video: Spearing Lionfish with ReefCI in Belize, 3min.
Lionfish are an invasive species in the Caribbean. ReefCI are working hard to rid the reef of them, and we helped too. Working in Tom Owens Caye, Belize.

Video: Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2hrs.
94th Annual General Meeting

Video: Belize Beach - Dangriga Town, 5min.
The one in this video is at the river-month in Dangriga Town. It has a nice little sand bar where the Pelicans and Seagulls are. It was a cloudy day but still good for taking video. The Sand would sparkle when the water wash over.

Video: Babylon Warriors-@ Belize Cayefest 2014, 5min.

Video: 2 Sharks & a ray on the wall in Belize, 2min.

Video: Belize Turtle 2014, 2min.

Video: Falling in Love with Belize at Turneffe Island Resort, by Florian Weiss, 2min.

Video: Fly Fishing at Turneffe Island Resort Belize, 7min.

Video: Coconut Man of Plascencia, Belize in the Streets of San Ignacio Weaving a Water Bottle Holder, 23min.
1:33 Comes to sit and start weaving 1:48 Says who he is 6:00 Says Belikin Beer company has liked his design 6:31 Shows dexterity in the hands 7:56 One of our hosts (Michelle) starts selling his product to the public 8:24 Another of our hosts (Roger) makes an appearance 10:04 Michelle says that she's earned a dollar from advertising the product 10:33 Coconut Man asks Roger if he's from Canada, Roger says that he lives here (in Belize) with a completely unsurprised face 12:13 Talks about his experience seeing the Queen of England 12:42 Michelle shows some dance moves 13:00 The shape of the water bottle holder takes form 15:04 "It's good to be nice, but it's nicer to be good" 15:21 Tells us about his life aspirations 16:09 Talks about Belizeans and their relations to Art

Video: Catholic Mission Trips 2014: Archbishop Carroll Alumni in Punta Gorda, Belize, 4min.

Video: Underwater Diving in Belize, 3min.
Underwater B-Roll. Video by Petty Officer 1st Class Brett Cote | Fleet Combat Camera Pacific | Date: 07.07.2014. B-roll of divers from MDSU 2 diving with their counterparts from the Belizean counterparts in Belize as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014.

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