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November 10, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

Sailing Adventures – they are what you make it!
Sailing is what you make of it. When I sat down to try and write about what sailing means to me, it was hard to find the right words. I think back to the times I’ve lounged atop a catamaran or an old-school sailboat, and the memories are varied – and sometimes quite fuzzy, if you get my drift! Somewhere along the years, sailing has gone from being a non-stop party to something almost therapeutic for me. As I’ve made clear before, I’m not a born island girl. Growing up with mountains and hills to climb, and jungles to explore, sailing was not exactly available to me. I did spend many years on this gorgeous island, and would often play on the beach with my local friends, getting boat rides to and from the various picnic spots along our beach. But always further out beyond the standard shallows, were these magnificent vessels that seemed to have wings, and floated gracefully across the turquoise seas I had come to love. Getting on board one of them was always my dream, and to be able to do so now feels like such a treat. That little girl dreaming onshore would be so happy to know that yes, the wind really blows my curly hair every which direction. Yes, the sun does seem to shine harder on the boats, and their ‘wings’ make a beautiful sound going up, then carry us to new and exciting places each and every time.

Wolfe’s Woofer: Cursing
“Are you taking Davin out for ice cream this week?’ Melody asked. “I thought I would pick him up from school on Thursday,” I told her. “We’ll either go for ice cream or frozen yogurt, whichever he wants.” “Good. I want you to talk to him for me.” “Why? What’s up?” “His teacher tells me

Police Report
Possession of Controlled Drugs *On Friday, October 31st at 10:45PM San Pedro Quick Response Team (QRT) conducted a search at the apartment room of 22-year-old Gregory Lopez in Swan Street, San Pedro Town which led to the discovery of two separate transparent plastic bags containing a green leafy substance suspected to be cannabis, amounting to

Cabañas family freed of charges
Police have dropped criminal charges on six out of the seven culprits that were arrested for the possession of a pipe on Friday, October 17th. 21-year-old Alexis Alvarenga pleaded guilty to the charge before the San Pedro Magistrate Court on Monday, October 27th. With the culprit identified, Prosecutor Corporal #1037 Allan Woods, dropped all charges

Doctor Love
Dear Doctor Love My girlfriend and I have been together for five years and we were planning to get married. When we had been together for a year we had a big disagreement and split up for a while. While we were apart I got another girl pregnant so I have a four year-old son […]

Ambergris Today

Letters To The Editor: Roca Family Seek Support for Ailing Mother
My name is Kenia Roca and I am looking for sponsors like yourselves to share our family story. To help us in finding financial support from people who can help our family in such difficult time. Today I would like to ask if you could please share this heartfelt letter from a daughter in search for help to save her 55 year old mother (Reina Elizabeth Martinez). My story is as follows: The past few days have been extremely hard for my sisters, brothers myself and the rest of the family in Belize who have dealt and seen my mother's deterioration over the recent months and past few years. After battling cancer, managing her life with diabetes and recently diagnosed with kidney problems.

hPic of the Week: Early Fisherman Gets the Biggest Catch
Early morning fishermen head out to sea in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize to get a heads start on fishing activities and making it to their favorite fishing spot early and on time. The morning sun is at its most glorious and boastful state.

Caribbean Villas Holds Grand Opening of Hotel Renovations
Caribbean Villas Hotel has undergone a few changes as the resort went under renovations during the off season in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. This past weekend the hotel held an inauguration social on Friday, November 7, 2014, to celebrate the great new atmosphere at the resort. Invited guests were the first to view the rooms that were built alongside the north end of the property on a four-story building that includes an elevator. The rooms are very cozy, giving off a nautical look that blends in with the natural surroundings of the hotel which sits beachside about a 15-minute walk from downtown San Pedro.

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Morning Coffee Cafe At Consejo Village Library
After a four year hiatus, Consejo Village Library is re-commencing their monthly "Morning Coffee Cafe" beginning Sunday, November 16th from 8-11:30 a.m. in Consejo Village. Cost is $5 BZD for a bottomless cup of coffee/tea and a hearty slice of pie or cake. Everyone is welcome. Please spread the word. All proceeds benefit CVL for needed upgrades and repairs. Future monthly dates will be announced soon.

The Reporter

Former US Navy SEAL talks about bin Ladin’s capture
The former Navy SEAL who says he fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden says he doesn’t care if people do not believe him. “The most important thing that I’ve learned in the last two years is to me it doesn’t matter anymore if I am ‘The Shooter.’ The team got him,” Robert O’Neill said in an audio interview. The killing of bin Laden will go down in history, O’Neill said. “But I don’t care if I’m ‘The Shooter,’ and there are people who think I’m not. So whatever.” The audio interview follows an interview published this week in The Washington Post, in which O’Neill publicly identified himself as the SEAL who killed the leader of al Qaeda in 2011.

Cave tubing rivals quash beef
Well known cave tubing rivals, Yohnny Rosado and Vitalino Reyes put their differences aside and ended their well-documented public feud with a handshake and a hug during a FECTAB press conference. Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) President, Geovannie Brackett led the call for the two long-time rivals to bury the hatchet and unite for a common cause affecting both tour operators. “When things buck and things get tight even enemies become great friends,” Brackett said. “I would like to ask you to show Belize’s government and the system that we can come together as Belizeans. You see they want us to kill each other, they want us to kill each other while they get rich, while families and friends sign big contracts, multi-million-dollar contracts, but we can come together my brothers,” Brackett charged. Rosado and Reyes chose to set aside their differences for the sake of offering a united effort on behalf of the best interests of their businesses, which they say are at risk of being shut down due to new, unfair regulations imposed by the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH).

Patrick JonesPJ

Cool weather heading into the new week
A weak cold front crossed the country on Sunday evening and with it came a slight increase in moisture. The general forecast for Belize and her coastal waters heading into the work week is for cloudy skies with sunny breaks on Monday. A few showers and periods of light rain will occur mainly over coastal and southern areas on Monday morning. Winds over the open sea and along the coast will be westerly to northwesterly at five to fifteen knots. The sea state will be choppy. After overnight low temperatures of 68 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast, 63 degrees Fahrenheit inland and 60 degrees Fahrenheit up in the hills, the mercury will rise to 81 degrees Fahrenheit along coastal areas on Monday.

The November 9, 2014 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Accused Female Crack Peddler Arrested:
    A female villager of St. Mathews village, Cayo, was found in possession of 14.4 grams of suspected crack cocaine, was formally arrested and charged for possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply. Acting upon information received on Thursday, October 30, a female was escorted into the police station in San Ignacio Town where she was told that she would be searched for drugs. Telling the police that a search would be unnecessary, the detained reached into the left side of the brassier she was wearing and pulled out a transparent plastic bag containing 14.4 grams of suspected crack cocaine. She was further searched by a female police corporal who found nothing else incriminating.
  • Man Charged For 0.8 Grams Of Weed:
    A Santa Elena man was arrested and formally charged for the possession of less than a gram of weed. On Tuesday, November 4 at around 10:50 am, a team of San Ignacio policemen, on routine foot patrol in San Ignacio, came upon a male person in conversation with three Caucasian males on Burns Avenue. The male person was approached and informed that he would be searched for drugs. In his right front pocket, police found a transparent zip lock bag containing what appeared to be marijuana.
  • Editorial: The Time To Stand Up For Your Nation is NOW!!!:
    The trumpet of the nation has sounded, heed the call. We are all invited to descent upon Belmopan on Tuesday, November 18 to show our support for the unprecedented development taking place across the nation. National development occurring for the first time in Belize include the first National Bank of Belize, a revived Development Finance Corporation of Belize as well as the many social justice programs benefiting tens of thousands of Belizeans in the form of School Subsidies, Food Pantry, Boost, Christmas and other Cheers as well as the housing loan write offs and the announced December mortgage payment for all Belizeans with housing loans up to one hundred thousand dollars held at all financial institutions in Belize.
  • The Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s 3rd Annual Christmas Expo Extravaganza!:
    December 6th and 7th should already be locked on the calendars of everyone looking for good deals and merry steals this Christmas season! Kick off December with the Chamber as we host our 3rd annual Christmas Expo Extravaganza at the Ramada Belize Princess Hotel Kings Room on Newtown Barracks in Belize City. Festivities start at 9:00 am and go straight through to 6:00 pm on both days.
  • Waitress Allegedly Held At Gunpoint:
    Two men are in police custody pending investigation into a robbery report which occurred on Tuesday, November 4, in the Santiago Juan Layout area of San Ignacio. Acting on information received police visited J and K Restaurant on Flamboyant in San Ignacio, where Martha Pineda, 21, waitress, reported that at around 10:00 p.m., while she was alone in the restaurant, Waitress Allegedly Held At Gunpoint an unmasked male person of dark complexion, slim built, about five feet five inches in height, wearing a black sweater and black short pants, entered the restaurant and held her up with what appeared to be a pistol. The complainant informed that the man placed the gun to her neck and led her to the bathroom and locked her up therein.
  • Ringworm:
    Ringworm is a skin infection due to a fungus. Often, there are several patches of ringworm on your skin at once. Causes Ringworm is common, especially among children. However, it may affect people of all ages. It is caused by a fungus, not a worm like the name suggests. Many bacteria and fungi live on your body. Some of these are useful, while others can cause infections. Ringworm occurs when a type of fungus called tinea grows and multiplies on your skin. Ringwork can affect the skin on your: * Beard -- tinea barbae * Body -- tinea corporis * Feet -- tinea pedis (also called athlete's foot) * Groin area -- tinea cruris (also called jock itch) * Scalp -- tinea capitis Ringworm can spread easily from one person to another. You can catch ringworm if you touch someone who has the infection, or if you come into contact with items contaminated by the fungus, such as combs, unwashed clothing, and shower or pool surfaces.
  • GOB Signs Grant:
    The Government of Belize and World Bank Sign Grant for “Management and Protection of Key Biodiversity Areas in Belize” Project Belmopan. November 6, 2014: The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank) and the Government of Belize signed a Grant Agreement on November 5, 2014 for US$6.9 million. The grant is provided by the Global Environment Facility and is being administered by the World Bank. This large grant was approved for a five-year project entitled “Management and Protection of Key Biodiversity Areas in Belize”, which will be executed by the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development.
  • Ride for Octavia Waight Center:
    Challenge Gobie Foundation – Charity Bike Ride for Kitchen Expansion Project, Octavia Waight Centre, home for the elderly in Belize – November 23, 2014 The Octavia Waight Centre, a non-profit organization and home for the elderly, in San Ignacio, Belize is in need of a new kitchen. The Centre’s mission is to provide the elderly with an environment that enhances dignity and self-esteem, as well as, physical and mental well-being. The home currently houses 28 senior citizens, whose ages range from 60 to 106 years old and two days per week they provide meals (on-wheels) for 24 senior citizens who live in the communities of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. With an expanded and upgraded kitchen the Centre will be able to provide more options for nutritious meals to the in-house residents and expand the meals-on-wheels service to 5 days per week and for more persons.
  • Hon. Rene Montero and Your UDP Government at Work!:
    Photo essay.
  • History of the Garifunas:
    As a true melting pot of various cultures, Belize has woven bits and pieces of many ethnicities to make what we know as our beautiful country. With many cultures coming in, tradition and custom sometimes disappear as the days go by. However, a group that is not going silently is the Garifuna. With November 19th, being their special day and designated a national holiday, Garifunas countrywide live up to this year’s theme of Proudly empowering our children in their Garifuna heritage. On May 18th, 2001, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed the Garifuna language, music and dance a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity. Belize’s very own Andy Palacio, celebrated musician and singer was honored with the title of Artist for Peace by UNESCO. With much history, culture, tradition, song, food, religion, the Garifunas have certainly left their mark in Belize. For that, we feature them in this week’s Our Belize Community.
  • Did you know…:
    The Garifuna Settlement Day holiday was created by Thomas Vincent Ramos in 1941? Thomas Vincent Ramos lived from September 17, 1887 to November 14, 1955 where he passed away in his Stann Creek home at the age of 68. Ramos was born in Puerto Cortes, Honduras but later moved and spent most of his life living in Belize. He worked as a school teacher and was known for being a Civil Rights Activist with primary concern being the lack of health and financial facilities to aid the Garinagu living in Dangriga. He formed the Carib Development Society as a way to help the sick and render financial aid to bury their dead.
  • Brazilian Footballer Adriano Charged with Drug Links bought a motorbike in 2008 and:
    Former Brazilian football international Adriano has been charged with links to a drug lord in Rio de Janeiro. Prosecutors said that Adriano gave a drug dealer a motorbike that was used in criminal activities. The Brazilian striker had a successful career in Italy, winning titles with Inter Milan. But off-field problems and injuries cut his career short. Adriano, 32, had been negotiating a comeback with second division French club Le Havre. The allegations first emerged in 2010.
  • Bul Under Canto’s B:
    A man from San Antonio Village, allegedly caught hiding under a bed, was today arrested and charged for burglary. On Monday, November 3, 2014, Rosarita Canto, 53, Belizean domestic residing in San Antonio Village, reported to police that at about 9:30 pm on Saturday, November 1, 2014, she encountered a man hiding under a bed in her room. In a statement to the police Canto informed that, accompanied by her daughter and son-in-law, she was in the lower flat of her two storey wooden house in San Antonio Village, Cayo.
  • STAR Humor
  • Your Weekly Horoscope and Lucky Numbers
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Public Notices


Belize Association of Houston Family Fun day
Do you live the Houston area and find yourself missing some Belizean style party time? The Belize Association of Houston has you covered, their annual Family Fun Day will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Stein Family Park. Mouth watering Belizean food like rice n beans and stew chicken, tamales, garnaches, dukunu and more. Door prizes sponsored by Belize Freight. Sharron Williams, Belizean Immigration Lawyer on-site for free consultation. Blood donor drive for cancer patients DJ will be jamming hometown music. Playground for kids. Covered Pavilion BYOB. If you are interested in supporting their cause, the Belize Association of Houston would welcome your contribution and BAOH has their 501 (c) (3) status for tax deductions. Please feel free to contact them by email at:

Traveling from San Pedro to Placencia, Belize: It May Take 7 Hours But I Love the Journey
Friday was a traveling day. San Pedro, Northern Cayes, Belize, to the Placencia Peninsula in the south. Just about 100 miles as the Tropic Air Cessna flies but a little trickier if you are taking the true budget route. 10am San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi from San Pedro to Belize City. $47bzd round-trip IF you have the membership card. (WELL worth the $10bzd fee. Good for one year and you get your 13th trip free.) It leaves right from the center of town.

Slow Down, Simplify, Stay Healthy in Belize
I sit on our deck and gaze out toward the Belize Barrier Reef, not 300 yards away, in the Caribbean Sea. The postcard-perfect, white sand and the green palm trees quickly give way to shimmering strips of blue and green—colors of the sea determined by a brilliant sun, azure sky, and sea grass and sand on the ocean floor. There is one other color that catches my eye: the dry gray mud that spackles my legs and feet. “Here I am, at 64 years old,” I think, “and every day I get to pedal my bicycle through mud puddles.” I can’t begin to tell you how happy that makes me feel. In the nine months since my wife, Rose Alcantara, and I moved from the San Francisco area to Ambergris Caye in Belize, hardly a day has passed that we haven’t pedaled somewhere, rain or shine. Bicycles, you see, are simply the easiest way to get around.


Video: See Belize’s Beautiful Eco Lodges, 3min.

Video: Orvis Fly Fishing Belize 2014, 5min.

Video: Belize - An #UnBelizeable Experience, 8min.
Thanks to the following for making this trip possible: CoCo Beach Resort Belize and Robin Gillett Tropic Air/Mayan Island Air Xuanantunich Mayan Village Tour (Guide Senior) Tuff E Nuff Tours (and Guide Keino and water taxi entertainment "The Breeze") Chukka Cave Tubing and Zip Lining Woohoo Lounge, Chicken Drop Caye Caulker

Video: Belize, 4min.
In October/November 2014 we visited the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye in Belize with our friends to celebrate our anniversary. We stayed at the Victoria House Resort, explored the town of San Pedro, snorkeled the barrier reef and shark ray alley, and relaxed in paradise!

Video: Hopkins Belize Humane Society, 2min.
Spay and Neuter day at the HBHS.

Video: Orvis Woodbridge Belize fly fishing 2014, 5min.

Video: Ross Kemp On Gangs - Belize, 45min.

Video: Drive Through - Bullet Tree, Belize, 4min.

Video: Belize 2014, 4min.
In October/November 2014 we visited the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye in Belize with our friends to celebrate our anniversary. We stayed at the Victoria House Resort, explored the town of San Pedro, snorkeled the barrier reef and shark ray alley, and relaxed in paradise!

Video: Drive Through - San Ignacio to Santa Elena and back, Belize, 5min.

Video: Casey Coy's Chattle (11/2/14) [Traveler's Century #50 Belize], 15min.
The end of a three week trip through five Central American countries found me in Belize, much of which was in the water and underwater (plus the end of El Salvador).

November 9, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

SPHS students witness inspiring presentations from Our World Project
Larry and Debbie Heimgartner have returned to the island along with Jenny Morrison and Sarah MacKenzie as part of the ‘Our World Project.’ The Heimgartners have been coming to San Pedro Town for years,working along with San Pedro High School (SPHS) students to promote acting through plays. On Tuesday November 4th, the Heimgartners and the two actors made separate presentations with two different audiences at the SPHS. Morrison, who is a dancer with the London Ballet Company, is also an actress. In the last British television series of Downton Abbey, Morrison played the role of a maid. She has also acted in a play in Los Angles California USA called Our World – 1 in every 4. She also played a fairy in the new Snow White and the Huntsman film released in the summer of 2012.

Observing Dia de los Finados in San Pedro and Merida, Mexico
On Saturday November 1st, tradition once more came to life in San Pedro Town as residents celebrated their dearly departed in the Dia de los Finados celebration. Also known as Dia del los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the holiday is traditionally celebrated in the Mestizo, Maya and Garifuna cultures and is observed over two days, November 1st and 2nd. This year marked the third year that the San Pedro Cultural Committee has revived the tradition on Ambergris Caye. The festivities were observed at the Friendship Park, located next to the Roman Catholic Church, where the grand candle-lit altar showcased pictures of loved ones that have passed on. Draped in white cloths, decorated with hibiscus, rosaries, and a statue of the Holy Virgin Mary, the altar served as a beautiful memorial of the souls believed to have gathered with their loved ones on the sacred day. Families gathered before the altar and made offerings to the souls and shared with each other, stories and fun memories of their departed loved ones. After addressing the gathering, the priest also blessed the altar and explained the significance of the day to those in attendance. Chairman of the Cultural Committee, Councilor Mito Paz, also gave a brief message on the importance of the day as it pertains to the community of San Pedro. Following the brief messages, a traditional plate of tamales, tamalitos, pan de muerto, crema de coco, and maja blanca was blessed and enjoyed by the many that gathered to dine with their loved ones.

Smile Clinic hosts first of eight dental clinics
The San Pedro Smile Dental Clinic at Holy Cross Anglican School has been in operation for the past six years and each year, they host several dental missions on Ambergris Caye. Between the 27th to the 31st of October, the clinic hosted the first of eight dental clinics for the 2014/2015 school year. The fist mission saw two volunteer dentists from the United States of America (USA), who with the aid of volunteers on the island, attended to approximately 125 students. Head of the Smile Dental Clinic on Ambergris Caye is Doctor Mark Johnson who indicated that the two volunteer doctors are his past classmates. Dr. Johnson explained that for the most part, some of the dental patients are repeat patients while there are a few new ones this year. “We are trying to teach children that it is healthy to visit the dentist and they don’t have to wait until they have a pain. They should have their teeth checked and cleaned by the dentist two times a year,” said Dr. Johnson.

San Pedro PUP committee launches Manifesto for upcoming municipal election
The People’s United Party (PUP) executive committee in San Pedro Town released their manifesto (political mandate) should they get elected in the next municipal election slated for March 2015. The manifesto launching took place on Monday November 3rd at their local headquarters located on Pelican Street. Present to witness the release of the manifesto were members of the local executive, including PUP town council candidates and Orange Walk Mayor Kevin Bernard. The manifesto documents address 15 points that are relevant to issues affecting the island. The areas, including ‘Cleaning House’ through transparency and accountability, Taxes, Streets and Infrastructure, Master Plan for Housing and Planning, Garbage Disposal, Sports and Youth Activities, Social issues and Women’s Affairs, Technological Advancement in Administration, Bridge, Traffic, Development and Protection of the Environment, Partnership with the People, Safety, Education and Health.

The Reporter

Protests in Mexico after claims of Guerrero student deaths
Hundreds of protesters in the Mexican state of Guerrero have attacked government buildings in the capital, Chilpancingo, burning cars. They accused the government of involvement in the murder of 43 students in the town of Iguala in September. The protest came after the attorney general said gang members had confessed to the killings. He said the students were killed by the criminals acting on police orders. Mexican Attorney General, Jesus Murillo Karam said three alleged gang members had claimed the students were handed over to them by police. They said some were already asphyxiated and they shot the others dead, before setting fire to all the bodies. The suspects from the Guerreros Unidos drug gang were recently arrested in connection with the disappearances. Mr Murillo warned that it would be difficult to identify the charred remains and that authorities would continue to consider the students as missing until DNA tests confirmed the identities.

Man murdered in Belize City
A man was reportedly shot and killed on Saturday morming. The imcident happened sometime before 11 a.m. on Mahogany Street. The victim, whose name we have not cofirmed with police, was shot in the forehead. He reportedly walked with a cane.

Mexico cancels China contract for high-speed train line
Mexico has abruptly cancelled a $3.75bn US contract awarded on Monday for a Chinese-led consortium to build a high-speed passenger rail link. President Enrique Pena Nieto said he wanted to avoid “any doubts about the legitimacy and transparency” of the bidding process. Mexico has forged closer links with China, while Mr Nieto is going to Beijing on a state visit next week. The tender for the 130-mile rail link is being re-opened. Mexico’s communications and transport ministry said the new auction would start from mid-November and be open for about six months. The contract was scrapped after lawmakers accused the government of favouring China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC). Rival bids by Germany’s Siemens, Canada’s Bombardier and France’s Alstom were considered.

FECTAB complains about new regulations
The Federation of Cruise Tourism Association of Belize (FECTAB) at a press conference on Friday complained about new regulations being implemented by NICH, which they say are hurting their business. The main concern expressed by many FECTAB members and tour operators is a regulation, which stipulates that no person under 48-inches in height can do the cave-tubing activity that so many tour guides have come to earn their living on. According to Vitalino Reyes, tour operator of, “They never communicated to us and said you know what, effective so and so we’ll be implementing this law or this regulation or this standard of forty-eight inches.” Reyes said this is hurting his business because many families travel with their children and will not go cave tubing if their kids cannot go along with them. Reyes also said that they have taken children along regularly without any incident.

Matron Roberts holds health fair
The Matron Roberts polyclinic held its third annual health fair on Friday with informative boths and testing available. Matron Roberts Administrator, Alexy Rosado said they had a total of 17 booths offering a wide variety of useful health information to the public. This year’s theme, “Good to go from head to toe,” indicates that health is about both mental and physical wellness, Rosado said. Organizations including the cancer society, BCT, BCVI, the blood bank, HECOPAB and public health all had booths on Friday. Rosado said some of the testing available included glucose and hypertension testing.

The Belize Times

Gapi Attacks! – Wanted Fugitive Manuel Castillo says murder of Don Ramon was a political hit
The political climate in Belize is very tense, in particular in the Orange Walk District, where new revelations regarding the disappearance and murder of Ramon Cervantes Sr. have placed residents at the edge of their seats and have made certain politicians nervous. On Wednesday November 5th afternoon, as the family and friends of the late Don Ramon gathered for a memorial service at the family farm near the scene of the most-tragic July 1st kidnapping, the family broadcasted an audio recording of a phone conversation they had with Manuel Castillo, a wanted fugitive who was named by the Police as the prime suspect in the murder. That phone call received at 8:23pm on Wednesday October 8th revealed the explosive allegation that Don. Ramon’s murder was part of a shocking political plot. The call had been answered by Mrs. Vilma Cervantes at her family home. She recognised the voice of the caller as that of Castillo, with whom their family is well-acquainted as he was their next door neighbour.

Barrow – the REAL Malignant Tumor! – PUP Legal Team chastises PM’s violation of the constitution
On Tuesday, PUP Leader Hon. Francis Fonseca, Deputy Leader Hon. Julius Espat and the members of the legal team preparing to challenge the Barrow Administration’s illegal borrowing and spending of $228 MILLION dollars obtained as a loan through the ALBA/Petro-Caribe programme addressed the media. The legal team which consists of Senior Counsels Andrew Marshalleck, Magali Marin-Young, Eamon Courtenay, Godfrey Smith and the Party’s legal advisor Anthony Sylvestre Jr. explained why the Prime Minister is guilty of violating the constitution and laws of Belize.

Schakron for Belize City Mayor!
Firebrand community activist, Yolanda Schakron, has confirmed that she will be contesting the March 2015 Municipal Elections in Belize City as the People’s United Party’s Mayoral Candidate. Schakron, a no-nonsense activist who has stood up many times to the oppression of the UDP Government, said her decision to run for Mayor was in response to the tremendous support and encouragement she has been receiving from many city residents. She explained that residents have been clamouring for better leadership in Belize City, and have expressed total dissatisfaction with the current Belize City Council led by UDP Mayor Darrell Bradley, someone who spends most of his day dealing with private legal matters in Court.

Sedi’s vehicle mauls woman on Western Highway
A speeding late-model luxury vehicle assigned to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington knocked down and killed a young woman as she crossed the Western Highway at Mile 8 on Tuesday morning. The woman, 31 year old Elisa Hunter, was an employee of Belize Recycling Company. She left her Antelope Street home in Belize City and boarded a bus which dropped her in front of her work site at 9:00am on Tuesday. The bus moved off and Hunter remained at the road side, preparing to walk across. But as she crossed the highway, an incoming 2015 Toyota Prado being driven way above the prescribed speed limit within a village, swept her off the road.

Think About It
The Opposition may need to buy air time on radio and TV to carefully explain this national scandal surrounding the violation of Belize’s Constitution and the Finance & Audit (Reform) law by the government. Certainly, a full throttle Press Conference is called for. Never in the history of Belize has any government been so facey to be spending millions upon millions of dollars for over two years without any approval. There has been no approval from the National Assembly and total disdain for the laws and the people of Belize in further violation of the Finance & Audit laws. It is unheard of and smacks of the worst kind of lack of accountability and transparency. It is a massive violation of all the proper procedures and safeguards over public funds that out laws and our people are entitled to know are being scrupulously obeyed. But it has taken place. Since September 2012 the government has been using public funds of over one hundred million dollars in violation of the constitutional and legal safeguards. Having sworn their oaths of Office to obey and uphold the constitution and laws of Belize, the honorable gentlemen have violated even their sacred oath to Almighty God.

A Chopper to the Rescue?
By G. Michael Reid In a press conference held last Thursday in Belize City, PM Barrow announced that his government would be buying “either two refurbished helicopters for $4.1 million or a completely new helicopter for $5.68 million, pending final inspection of the refurbished models.” It was not revealed whether the price was to be in US or Belize dollars but with new helicopters being priced at anywhere between “eight to 12 million US dollars for one helicopter”, it is safe to assume that we are talking about United States currency here. According to the PM, the money to buy these helicopters will be coming from the Petro Caribe fund which is from all reports, bursting at the seams. Despite the fact that the management of these monies is currently being challenged in court, the UDP continues to spend with reckless abandonment and with absolutely no accounting. It seems that PM Barrow, Central Bank President Glen Ysaguirre and Financial Secretary Joe Waight have been accounting to each other but no one else is getting a clue as to how this money is being spent. Petro Caribe money is not a gift from anyone. It’s the proceeds from an astronomical tax being imposed on fuel. While the price of oil has been dropping precipitously on the world market and pump prices are falling everywhere else in the world, Belizeans are still being gouged for almost twelve dollars per gallon at our pumps. Forget the tiger; this man is putting a bukut in our tank.

Editorial: GUILTY!!
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is a guilty man. He looks guilty, he talks guilty and he is behaving guilty. Asked by the media to answer a simple, straight-forward question, Mr. Barrow’s eyes opened wide and he started stuttering and stammering. He evaded the question and instead launched into his usual personal and political verbal attacks. The question from the media was why did he not seek prior approval from the National Assembly in 2012 before taking and spending 36 million dollars. In 2013 he took out 152 million dollars and spent it. And in 2014, so far, he has taken and spent 40 million dollars. None of these monies were approved and none has been accounted for. These represent a massive betrayal of public trust and violation of the laws governing the borrowing of loans and spending of such borrowed money.

Nazarene & Ladyville Tech boys win basketball games
The Nazarene High School and Ladyville Technical High School boys both posted big wins in the Central Division high school basketball tournament on Saturday morning. The Nazarene High School boys outlasted the Maud Williams High School boys 45-43 on Saturday afternoon. Chervin Tench scored 10 points, while Gregory Theus and Kenard White added 9 points apiece to lead 23-18 at the half. Trey Gentle added 8 points and Gerald Smith and Justin Hower added a bucket apiece. The Ladyville Tech boys blew out the Sadie Vernon Technical High School boys 57-23. Jason Ellis led Ladyville with 11 points, while Rashid Bethran added 10 points, and Raheem Hendy scored 8 points. Dedron Baptist added 7 points, Degron Joseph scored 6pts, and Khalil Noralez added 5pts.

Brodies Ping Pang, Crushers & Brodies Killer Spin win 2014 Bros. Habet team table tennis champs
The Brothers Habet team table tennis tournament held by the Belize Table Tennis Association concluded at the Belize Elementary School auditorium on Sunday, with Brodies Ping Pang winning the 1st Division, the upstart Crushers won the 2nd Division championship, and Brodies Killerspin won the 3rd Division. In the 1st Division finals, Brodies Ping Pang won 5-3 against the Hurricanes with Tyrone Tun winning all 3 games vs Carlos Cui and Sen Sen, and 3-1 vs Hector Lopez, while Billy Musa Jr blanked Sen Sen 3-2 and handled Hector Lopez 3-2. Hurricanes’ Carlos Cui won 3-0 vs Kareem Michael and 3-1 vs Billy Musa, while Hector Lopez edged out Kareem Michael 3-2. Team Cuz gave the Hurricanes the easy bye into the finals by forfeit in the playoffs. Ping Pang won 5-1 vs the Racqueteers who had settled for 3rd place. Billy Musa won 3-0 vs Mike Rivero and Arturo “Tux” Vasquez, while Tyrone Tun had won 3-0 vs Ernesto Rivero and 3-1 vs Mike Rivero. Yasser Musa edged out Ernesto Rivero: 3-2. Racqueteers’ Arturo Vasquez blanked Yasser Musa: 3-zip.

South Zone athletes dominate track & field meet
Southern Zone athletes topped the medal count at the “Teck We Ah Go Teck It To Them” open national track & field meet organized by Body 2000 in partnership with the Sunrise Rotary Club at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex in Belize City on Saturday. Junior 100m Shanicka Augustine – 1st place (12.25 seconds) Faith Morris – 2nd place (12.90 secs) Leticia Nunez – 3rd place (13.73 secs) Junior Triple Jump Shanicka Augustine – 1st place (11.73m) Ashantie Carr – 2nd place (10.40m) Jestine Blanco – 3rd place (9.50m)

Illegal Land Grab in San Pedro
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, October 27, 2014 The UDP Government has proven to be the worst caretakers and managers of public land in Belize. This is because instead of making land available for the poor and needy, they parcel it out for themselves, their families and political cronies in greedy style. Cases ...

AMAZING GRACE – Are You a Servant or Slave?
My teenage daughter has recently become quite fascinated with acquiring body piercings, tattoos, and excessive jewelry. She’s calmly accepted most of the objections my wife and I have outlined, explaining why she’s not allowed to employ these forms of body ‘art’- at least not while she lives under my roof ...

We need an old-school politician like Menino!
By Rayford Young Thomas Michael Menino, who insisted a mayor doesn’t need a grand vision to lead, then went on to shepherd Boston’s economy and shape the skyline and the very identity of the city he loved through an unprecedented five consecutive terms in City Hall, died Thursday. He was 71 ...

Hon. Dolores supports community development groups
Belize District, October 28, 2014 In October Hon. Dolores continued to donate to the feeding program by Word Of Faith Church and Pastor Cardinez which assists students of the Hattieville Government School. She also kept her commitment to the Ladyville Senior ...

Ayó Da Nabi Reflection for Paul Nabor
Reflection for Paul Nabor Saturday, Nov 1st, 2014 | St. Peter Claver Church |Punta Gorda | Belize by yasser musa Good morning. In preparation for this moment I tried to consult widely with friends, students, artists, poets, musicians, anthropologists, ...

Rural Poverty – Waste Not, Want Not
By Hilaire A. Bennett A $67.5 million agreement was signed by Prime Minster Dean Barrow with the European Union for the purpose of rural poverty alleviation. Prior to this, some $33 million was given in this regard as part of the ...

BYM OW East sworn in
Orange Walk, October 31, 2014 The swearing in for Belize Youth Movement Orange Walk East Executive took place on Friday, October 31, 2014. The Executive members include President Alejandro Marin, Vice-President Daniel Chavez, Secretary Avianey Quetzal, Assistant Secretary Jennifer Torres, Treasurer Joshua ...

By Dolores Balderamos Garcia On June 24 and 25 this year the Group of Women Parliamentarians of the Americas held the “6to Encuentro Anual Del Grupo De Mujeres Parlamentarias,” the Sixth Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians. This meeting took place in Mexico City, and I have recently received the ...

By Francis W. Fonseca On September 6, 2005 in Jamaica the PetroCaribe Energy Cooperation Agreement was signed by several Caricom Nations including Belize. And on June 9, 2006 Belize entered into a Joint Venture agreement with Venezuela forming ALBA Petro Caribe Belize Ltd. These were initiatives of the then PUP Administration of PM ...

Justice, finally!
Dear Editor, I find it appalling that it took putting more than one victim for Brian Charlesworth to finally be given the sentence he deserves. These Pedophiles should not be allowed the opportunity to harm children time after time. Charlesworth was convicted for the third time for Carnal Knowledge, giving rise ...

Stepping up the fight on Dengue
Dear Editor, Dengue is a serious disease plaguing our country. This disease is thought to have spread mainly as a result of unsuccessful vector and disease inspection, as well as poor public health infrastructure, population growth, and the increase in national and international travel. The main vector of dengue is the ...

Professional Engineers write Commissioners of Police and Transport over frustrating checkpoints
Dear Commissioners: Kindly consider the following statements/suggestions relating to the operations of Police Check-points: The public’s perception is that their primary purpose is the examination of the status of licenses and insurance of vehicles using the road in order to fine those motorists that are not up-to-date with these two targeted items. ...

More Security for Southern Belize
Dear Editor, I take this opportunity to express my personal concern regarding what has happened recently in the village of Hopkins where a female teacher was killed and her husband was brutally beaten almost to death. This is the second time such an incident has taken place at the same spot ...

Patrick JonesPJ

Suicide reported in Santa Rosa, Stann Creek
A family from Santa Rosa village, Stann Creek district, is today mourning to death of a loved one. 20 year old Ervilio Shal, died early this morning in what appears to have been a suicide. According to one of his brothers, Shal arrived home around 7 o’clock […]

FECTAB warns Government over treatment of operators
Tired of being sidelined by policies and decisions they say hamper their ability to do business, members of The Federation of Cruise Tourism Associations of Belize (FECTAB) are silent no more. They have come out fiercely assaulting the policy articulated by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), Ministry of […]

Matron Roberts clinic hosts health fair
Under the theme “Good to Go From Head To Toe”, the Matron Roberts Polyclinic II on Magazine Road in Belize City hosted a health fair with participation from various stakeholders. For more on the fair and the services offered by Matron Roberts which is one of the oldest […]

Appeal Court reduces damages for Christine Perriott
The Court of Appeal closed its final session for 2014 yesterday in Belize City. Judgment decisions were handed down in several already decided cases including criminal appeals for Lavern Longsworth, Krismar Espinoza and Vincent Tillett. On the civil side, the big story is a long-awaited judgment for Christine […]


Belize’s Kardashian Does Central America: Episode Six – Panama & Finn’s Return
Our Kardashian is now back in Belize. Working behind the bar at the gorgeous Rojo Beach Bar and taking gorgeous pictures… Not a bad view from your work station… We followed him all the way through Central America…with his buddy Danny and without.

“Just Can’t Get Enough” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Out on the veranda, yes the western, lagoon facing one, this morning with the ‘must have’ mug of black coffee. Didn’t make it out there though until 06.20 hours. Much, much later than usual. And not feeling at all my usual chirpy, full of zest self. Reason? The dreaded Belikin. Cause? The Grand Opening of the forty-eight room extension at Caribbean Villas Hotel. Knowing that this was going to be a popular and well attended – it was an Open Bar (read FREE) event – Rose and I set off early from home. Belize timing (equals late) was not going to apply for us. And we arrived bang on time. Within minutes I had a beer in my hand (the first of far too many I somewhat regret to report).

International Sourcesizz

Hurricanes didn't cause collapse of Mayan civilization
The ancient Maya, ferocious hurricanes and — wait for it — stalagmites. ... How can you go wrong with this story? Scientists thought a prolonged drop in hurricane activity helped push the region into drought from 800 to 950 A.D., when the Mayan civilization collapsed, but recent research shows that might not be the case. Researchers from Skidmore College analyzing an ancient stalagmite found hurricane activity during that period was not much different from earlier or later centuries. How did they reach that conclusion? To learn about the rainfall and floods at the time of the Mayan collapse, geophysicist Amy Benoit Frappier and her team went to a cave in Mexico and found a single, ancient stalagmite that provided clues about floods in the ninth and 10th centuries. Precipitation was important back then, as the Maya — living on the Yucatán Peninsula in present-day Mexico, Guatemala and Belize — depended on seasonal rainfall, partly from tropical storms and hurricanes, Frappier said. Hurakan, one of their creator gods, gave the hurricane its name.


Video: Island Expeditions - Dream Makers Belize, 5min.
Outfitting stimulating and challenging trips to the wild and wonderful places since 1987, Island Expeditions leads the way in Adventure Travel with over a dozen combinations of tried and true multi-sport and natural history itineraries to choose from.

Video: Belize, 4min.
For our 1 year anniversary we visited the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye in Belize. We stayed at the Victoria House Resort, explored the town of San Pedro, snorkeled the barrier reef and shark ray alley, and relaxed in paradise!

Video: Belize 2014, 5min.

Video: A Day In The Life, 3min.

Video: The Advancement of The U.S. Webster Proposals In Belize!, 24min.
In this radio show feature, Bilal Morris of BREDAA (Belize Rural Economic Development of Ageiculture through Alliance) analysis on radio station KPFK in Los Angeles on November 8, 2014 presented how the United States Government advanced its foreign policy agenda for Belize called the Webster Proposals initiated in 1967 by the Kennedy Administration to make Belize a part of Guatemala. The recent series of events that has unfolded in Belize in relation to the Guatemala oligarchy aggression to annex the country of Belize, has shown considerably evidence that the Webster Proposals continued to be implemented by the U.S. government, and its British and Israeli backed alliances. The feature underscores the building of a so-called Belize Coast Guard base by the U.S. military,The Southern Command using Guatemalan illegal workers without consulting with the Belize government, the murder of the black Belizean tourist policemen, Danny Conorquie, who was executed by Guatemalan bandits committing robberies in the Mayan resort of Caracol without no outcry from the OAS nor compensation for the killing, the continuous encroachments by Guatemalan illegal loggers in the deforestation of Belize's natural forest reserves in the Southern District of Toledo near the porous Belize / Guatemalan border, and the systematic eliminations of the black Belizean population through black on black crimes committed against each other by black Belizean men in Belize City since the advent of the U.S. so-called War on Drugs in the 1980's. Here Morris's analysis connects the dots that shows how the age old U.S. foreign policy agenda has continued to play out in Belize's current affairs, and its continuous push to make Belize a part of Guatemala through the aforementioned aggression against Belize and the Belizean people.

Video: Youth Sunday in Belize at the 1st Wesleyan Holiness Church, 14min.

Video: Evening Action! Belize City Municipal Airport, 7min.
Evening Action! Belize City Municipal Airport

Video: Spotlight Belize 1998 Visit, 11min.
This spotlight is on my very first visit to Belize in 1998, exactly ten years after my marriage to my favorite Belizean! This trip is highlighted by visiting Elaine's father and the Suazo siblings, her many aunts, uncles, cousins and favorite neighborhood spots. Salud!

Video: Come Away To Belize With Me, 4min.
by Jerry Jeff Walker

Video: Down In Belize, 4min.
by Jerry Jeff Walker

Video: Chong Honeymoon | Belize 2014, 8min.

Video: Belize City to Altun Ha, 5min.
Quick trip from Belize City to Altun Ha ruins via Northern Highway.

November 8, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

Get your beach bag essentials for a fabulous day!
With so many shopping options in San Pedro Town, you are sure to score on some delightfully unique essentials. First on the must-have list, a beach bag of course! On our hunt for beach-side booty our first stop takes us to 12 Belize. Located at the second floor of the Mama Vilma Plaza on Tarpon Street, we find the beginnings to our bountiful bag. Not only do we discover a nice BIG (is better) bag, but also a super cute embroidered “dry bag” that is perfect for protecting items you don’t want to get wet OR you can use it for putting a wet swim suit inside to keep other items dry, a great idea! Another must? 3 in 1 Bug Blocker! Why take chances that the skeeters are out? This lotion works as a repellent, SPF 45 sunscreen and moisturizer all in one! Perfect!

Miguel Hernandez charged for rape
41-year-old Miguel Hernandez has been arrested and charged for the rape of a minor that occurred on Thursday, October 9th. The initial report indicated that the 14-year-old minor was walking home at around 10:30PM when a grey van being driven by Hernandez pulled over and offered her a ride. But the man did not take the minor home. Instead, he drove to a store on Coconut Drive and purchased a bottle of rum, coke, ice and plastic cups and attempted to give alcoholic beverages to her. The minor refused and at which time Hernandez had sexual intercourse with her against her will.

Kelly Eugene Taylor’s death ruled as ‘undetermined’
The body was inspected and showed no signs of injuries or a violent attack. The body was transported to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II where he was pronounced dead by natural cause by Doctor Maria Briceño at 7:49PM. The body has since been transported to the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital in Belize City for a postmortem examination. The postmortem examination certified the cause of death as “Undetermined” due to the advance stated of decomposition the body was found in. It was also noted that the deceased had a structurally pathologic heart with severe athermanous of coronary arteries and aorta with chronic pericarditis. The US Embassy has been contacted and are making arrangements with the family. No foul play is suspected.

Views from the Alley
A quick walk-through or bike ride down the alley by the local primary school gives you quite the eyeful. I’m not talking about the graffiti on the walls, although the sight I’m hinting at is a welcome one after reading some of the ‘artwork’ on those cement walls. Breaking through to hit the very (southern) beginning of Barrier Reef Drive often gives you an eyeful. Docked boats, sunshine bright on the water, and sometimes, just a flat horizon. Or foamy white crests showing you where the reef is…these views are great from wherever you catch them, and for me, it starts the morning just right!

San Pedro Red Cross airs Vampire Commercial to inspire blood donation
“We wanted to do a scary fun commercial to tie in Halloween and our upcoming blood drive. Telenovela stars Josh Nuñez and Horacio Guerrero were willing to play good guy-bad guy once more for a great cause. We also had some great set help, wonderful zombies and our very own Shirlee. Last-minute volunteer Matt Hoy ran with our vampire vision and we all worked together to create a masterpiece. The public response to our commercial has been amazing,” said Norton. A blood drive will be held on Saturday, November 8th at the San Carlos Clinic on Pescador Drive. The blood drive is being sponsored by DigiCell and Tropic Air and hosted by SPRC and the Belize Blood Bank. “SPRC is working hard to increase our blood supply for locals and tourists of Ambergris Caye. Donating blood is a simple process that can save lives. A single unit of blood (475 mL or 1 pint) taken during a donation which is about 8-10% of the total in your system. Your body keeps on replenishing blood all the time, whether you give blood or not, so this amount is quickly replaced. After you donate, the blood is then delivered to Belize City by Blood Services and equally allocated there for use by Ambergris Caye,” said Norton.

Preliminary results reveal three positive cases of Chikungunya in Belize
The Government of Belize through the Ministry of Health has released preliminary results which confirm three positive Immunoglobulin (IgM) antibody tests for Chikungunya (Chik V). The preliminary tests were conducted following a Chik V surveillance investigation in the Las Flores Area of Belmopan City in the Cayo District in which three individuals tested positive in a quick test. The three individually tested have confirmed that they had stayed with relatives that had Chik V in El Salvador, but it was after their return to Belize that they began showing symptoms. “Out of the 11 screened, we had three reactive, and now we are sending it for confirmation…we are finding these preliminary tests positive from Las Flores, we have a lot of people traveling to El Salvador, and as you know, Salvador has a lot of cases,” said Dr. Michael Pitts, Belize’s Director of Health Services Chik V is an infection caused by the Chikungunya virus which is transmitted to humans the same was dengue fever is: by virus-carrying Aedes mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti). It causes an illness with an acute febrile phase lasting two to five days, followed by a longer period of joint pains in the extremities, pains that may persist for years in some cases. The incubation period of Chik V ranges from two to 12 days. The majority of those infected will develop symptoms including a fever up to 40 °C (104 °F), severe joint pain along with muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue, rash and even partial loss of taste.

Ambergris Today

UK Band Pays Tribute to Belize with Song
They are a UK band from London that visited Belize and fell in love with the country, like everybody else who visits the Belizean Jewel. The band members got inspired from their adventures and experiences traveling throughout the country that they decided to dedicate a song to Belize. Like San Pedro, Ambergris Caye has Madonna’s ‘La Isla Bonita’ song to identify itself with; Belize might have Wayward’s song ‘Belize’ to go by. The song may not have the typical sounds that make up the rhythms of typical Belizean music, but it’s very catchy and pleasing to the ears. It’s an electronic song that is soothing, like lounge music.

House moving on Ambergris Caye
"Don't look now, but there's a house coming up behind you!"

Belize Receives $6.9Mil Grant to Protect Forest Reserves
Government of Belize and World Bank Sign Grant for “Management and Protection of Key Biodiversity Areas in Belize” Project - The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank) and the Government of Belize signed a Grant Agreement on November 5, 2014 for US$6.9 million. The grant is provided by the Global Environment Facility and is being administered by the World Bank. This large grant was approved for a five-year project entitled “Management and Protection of Key Biodiversity Areas in Belize”, which will be executed by the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Home Depot in Chetumal to open soon
The Corozal Daily spoke with the management and staff of Home Depot in Chetumal and they are officially announcing their grand opening next week Thursday November 13th.

Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic Auction Nov. 29
San Ignacio Hotel, Caracol Room. Saturday November 29th, 7pm $75 per person

Missing Person
Name : Joeth Pratt aka "China" Height: 5'5" Weight: 130 lbs Age: 38 years Ethnicity: Creole Distinguishing Marks: small tattoo under the right eye, scar on her left cheek, tattoo on her neck and arms. Joeth is a truck driver for Cisco Construction and was last seen in the Medina Bank Village Area of Toledo on Wednesday November 5, 2014. Anyone seeing Joeth is asked to please call the nearest police station or 610-1681

St. Terese RC School in Burrel Boom
Standard 5 and 6 students, teachers and parents of St. Terese RC School in Burrel Boom soaked up the history and culture of Corozal Town today. It was a pleasure to showcase and educate our fellow Belizeans on Corozal's rich history.

Corozal Youths to receive awards
The Department of Youth Services will be celebrating its annual Youth Awards for outstanding youth in different categories throughout the country of Belize. This year, we are pleased to announce that 3 of our Corozal nominations have won either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place country-wide. Vianca Neydi Bautista getting the Youth in Academic Excellence Award, Adrian Anderson getting the youth in leadership award and the Corozal Junior College Eagles receiving the environmental group award! CONGRATULATIONS!!! We will be travelling to Belize City tonight and they will be receiving their awards at the Ramada Hotel at Princess.

7th Annual Artisan Fair
The U.S. Embassy is hosting its 7th Annual Artisan Fair in Bemopan on November 18th. The fair will feature art vendors from all over Belize, and we will have a special emphasis on women entreprenuers this year. Please come out and join us!

Belize Mission 2014 (7 photos)

Channel 7

Monchie Asks Police to Investigate DPM for Conspiracy to Murder
Yesterday, we showed both sides of that explosive allegation against Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega. He is being accused of being the mastermind behind the murder of Ramon Cervantes Sr, in a political conspiracy to target his son, Ramon Cervantes Jr, Vega's political opponent in Orange Walk North. That allegation comes from a phone call made to Ramon Sr.'s Widow, Vilma on October 8. The caller claimed to be Manuel Castillo, the man wanted by police for Ramon Sr's murder, who is also the main suspect in Sonia Maribel Abac's murder. The Cervantes family released the phone call to the media on Wednesday, and Vega responded with an emphatic denial in both English and Spanish. Today, the family officially handed over the telephone call to Orange Walk police. They want all allegations made in the phone call to be investigated - basically asking police to find out if the Deputy Prime Minister was involved in a murder conspiracy.

Christine's Six Figure Award Cut Down by 65%
The 2014 sessions for the Court of Appeal ended today and there were several long awaited judgments passed for both criminal and civil cases. One of the main civil cases was the case with former Secretary General of the Belize Communications Workers Union, Christine Perriott who was fired by the then owners, the Ashcroft Alliance in 2007. In 2010, she was vindicated when the Supreme Court found that she had been wrongfully terminated - and was granted compensation of over $350,000 thousand dollars. By then BTL had been taken away from Ashcroft and nationalized. The effect of that was that those who had been fighting the Alliance shoulder to shoulder with Perriot in 2007 - were now running BTL - such as her former lawyer, Lois Young Barrow who, by 2010, was BTL's attorney.

Fisheries Officer Under Suspicion Gets Transferred
On Thursday, the San Pedro Sun broke a sensational story based on a leaked internal memorandum from San Pedro police. The document dated 16th October is directed to the Head of the Fisheries Department and it directly implicates a fisheries officer for being involved in drug trafficking. The officer in question was assigned to the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve on northern Ambergris Caye. The memo says that he used his fisheries vessel to transport the beachcombers who look for wet drops on the north end of Ambergris Caye. The police say he was also caught with a drug dealer who had three pounds of marijuana and fifteen thousand dollars in cash and charged with drug trafficking. The police conclude that he poses a serious security threat to the reserve because reports say he is wanted dead by the Mexican cartel. Very serious allegations, and while the report is dated mid October - the fisheries Director says it wasn't emailed to her until Tuesday of this week. Today the CEO in the Ministry told us they have acted on it:..

Man Convicted of Stealing From His Own Brother
48 year-old Luke Antonio Nicholas is out tonight after spending 6 months in jail while awaiting trial for stealing from his own brother. His family punished him because they were sure that he did the crime, and so when he returned to court today, he finally confessed. His brother, Bruce Codrington, told police that between May 3 and May 21, 2014, someone broke into his garage in Hattieville and stole 2,150 dollars' worth of property. Police investigated the theft and eventually charged Luke Nicholas with handling stolen goods after all the items were recovered from his possession. He was arraigned in Magistrate's Court, and he was offered bail of $3,000, which he couldn't meet after pleading not guilty.

Appeals Court Tells BCB GOB Is Entitled To Costs
Today the court of appeal also handed down a judgment relating to the ongoing dispute between the Ashcroft Alliance and BTL. This one was an appeal in relation to the 50 million dollar case having to do with the Arbitration award. The issue before the court was cost because BCB holdings contended that the Caribbean Court of Justice was not clear on whether the government was entitled to costs. BTL's attorney Michael Young explained: Michael Young, Attorney, BTL "There was an appeal in relation to a major case of the government and the Ashcroft Group; the 50 million dollar case having to do with the arbitration award, this has to do with the issue of cost and as far as the BCB holdings were concerned, the order made by CCJ was not clear or in any event that the government was not entitled to its cost and so that has been the difference between the parties and it has gone to the Court of Appeal and the Court of Appeal has decided that the government is entitled to its cost in relation to that case before the supreme court and the the proceedings of the court of appeal."

Ringing Of The Salvation Army Bells Mean Christmas Is Here
For some, it is a bit too early to start preparing for Christmas. That's not the case for the Salvation Army which launched its annual Christmas Kettle Appeal today in front of the First Caribbean Bank. Every year the Salvation Army launches this initiative to raise funds for needy families throughout the country. Regional Commander for the Salvation Army Joliker Leandre spoke to us about the target he plans to meet and the impact these funds will have on families. This event is held every year on the first Friday in November.

SICA Comes Up With Regional Position On Climate Change
Today the Ministry of Forestry and Fisheries chaired a regional SICA meeting of C-CAD, the Central American Commission on the Environment. According to the CEO - much of the discussion focused on climate change and coming up with a regional position:.. Adele Catzim-Sanchez, CEO - Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries, Sust. Dev. "Meeting to discuss several critical issues. Well you know the important topic on the table right now is climate change. We are working on a collective SICA country position that will be advanced at the next conference of parties for climate change that will take place in December in Lima, Peru. It's the first time that there's been an attempt to have a coordinated and consensus document that would be advanced by SICA countries as a SICA position." The ministers also discussed institutional strengthening for C-CAD and a draft strategic plan for the environment for Central American Countries. And while Belize is leading SICA, we're also the base of the Caricom Climate Change Centre in Belmopan. And heading into the world climate change talks in Peru next month - there is a report that the CARICOM countries are prepared to walk out of if rich countries are not prepared to agree on a deal that will reduce the impacts of climate change on the region.

The Bagasse Impasse Explained (Sort Of)
Last night, we showed you our interview with the CEO of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association. He discussed with us that the start of next crop season should not be affected the unresolved commercial agreement. What he did tell us is that the discussions about bagasse, that old issue that the cane farmers and the factor owners still can't resolve, is much more contentious, and it could affect the industrial relations. The last time both sides met for negotiations was October 9. The Association's CEO says that at that meeting, they got a clear picture of where BSI wants to go, which the Association is not too happy about: Oscar Alonzo, CEO - BSCFA "First of all they still keeping the formula for the payment of bagasse within the agreement and basing it on fiber. And they have indicated adamantly that that's it and it's not negotiable. We have to accept payment and not only that - that payment will no longer be for this crop, it will be for the next crop. So those are positions that we find have become much more drastic."

Teaching Kids Lessons About Health
Today primary and high school students had the opportunity to learn more about healthy practices at the Matron Roberts Polyclinic 2 Health fair. It was all about providing information on how to live a healthier - even if you're a kid. Polyclinic Administrator, Alexy Rosado told us more about the event. The theme for this year is "Good to Go From Head To Toe".

FECTAB Fuming Again - this Time Against NICH
We haven't heard from FECTAB - the Federation of Cruise Tourism Associations of Belize - in a while, almost a year to be exact. That's when they held a press conference that ended with Yohnny Rosado crying - that's how emotional it was. But, since then, the organization has taken a lower profile - as the principals try to look after their business interests - which has become a priority since Carnival Cruise Line is on a mission to undersell them. But now, they say that they can't even survive in the margins of the industry because of a new policy handbook that NICH put out. They explained it all at a press conference at the Radisson this morning - and 7News was there:.. David Almendarez, Fantasea Belize "We are meeting because of the unfair conditions that we feel we the native Belize at the Nohoch Che'en Archaeological site."

BTB Says Its Been In Dialog With FECTAB
Today we asked both NICH and BTB for a comment and we got a call from the Tourism Board's Valdemar Andrade, the Tourism Board's Director of Cruise and Regional Initiatives, BTB. He told us they have been engaged in dialogue with FECTAB so he was surprised that they held a press conference when a meeting has been planned for Monday:.. Valdemar Andrade, Director - Cruise Initiatives, BTB "We had engage NICH who had then invited them to a meeting the coming Monday right here which they had not responded and so we had an agreement from them to engage in that meeting to try to find a resolution to this matter. In my opinion we don't have the benefit of that meeting and I think it would have been good for us to be able to have that meeting. I think for the mere fact that NICH schedule a meeting saying I am open to hearing your side on this matter and that we can engage and find a resolution or a solution." Jules Vasquez "They are saying that these polices were produced or the policy was produced without adequate consultation with the stakeholders and it in fact illustrates an ignorance of how things actually operates in the caves."

Cop Convicted For Traffic Offence
Today in court a police corporal and his brother were found guilty for a traffic offence. The case dates back to Boxing Day of 2012, when ASP Antonio Rosado stopped a vehicle driven by mailman Lloyd Dyer with his brother police Corporal Edward Castillo in the passenger seat. The insurance on the car was expired and when the ASP ordered them to exit the vehicle so that it could be impounded, Corporal Castillo refused the ASP's order and took over the wheel. He then ordered his brother to get back into the car and sped off. But they were eventually charged with one count each of obstruction, one count each of drove motor vehicle not covered by third party risk insurance, while Corporal Castillo was additionally charged alone with the little used offense of "rescued a person to be charged for an offense" - basically taking his brother from the scene.

Tonight's teacher profile is about Claudette Reyes, a standard one teacher at St. John's Primary. After 29 years in the job, you might think that she was born to teach - but the life story of this 16th of 18 children is not that simple. She grew up tough - but learned a valuable life lesson from a mother who said if it meant spending her last dollar - she would keep her daughter in school. She tells the profile that teaching is her way of paying back for that commitment to education:.

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Cervantes Family Hands Sensational Recording to OW Police
A recorded phone call between widow, Vilma Cervantes, and alleged murderer, Manuel Castillo, continues to dominate the news and shock the nation. In that call, Castillo tells Cervantes that a [...]

CIB Investigating Allegations, Says C.E.O. Lovell
So we’re a little confused. Is the investigation into the Cervantes and Sonia Abac murders, opened months ago, now closed? If so then when was it concluded and why wasn’t [...]

DPM Vega Requests Additional Police Security
And while the Cervantes family walked into the Police Station today unescorted, News Five has been informed that additional security has been provided for Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega and [...]

Tour Operators Protest New Cave-Tubing Regulations
FECTAB held a press conference this morning and as expected, there was some drama to the proceedings because archrivals were sitting at the same table united in a common cause. [...]

Tour Rivals Bury the Hatchet
A FECTAB press conference, as we have come to learn, is never quite complete without its share of histrionics.  This morning, archrivals Yhony Rosado and Vitalino Reyes, proprietors of [...]

Internal Police Memo Fingers Fisheries Officer in Drug Trafficking
On Thursday, the news broke of an internal memo from Assistant Superintendent of Police Henry Jemott, Deputy Coastal Executive Officer, to the Head of the Fisheries Department. The memo is [...]

RTA Victim Yanie Cu Receives Assistance
In August, Benque resident Yanie Cu was badly injured in a collision with a government vehicle being driven by Deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura. In October, News Five ran [...]

Still No Tourism Police at Caracol
Caracol reopened on October twenty-seventh after being closed for an entire month. There was much hype about enhanced security protocols – beefed up B.D.F. presence and Tourism Police presence ramped [...]

Women and Child Knocked down on George Street
Often you hear about the irresponsibility of taxi drivers that operate ‘dollar vans’ in the Lake Independence area. Dangerously at times, the vans would stop in the middle of the [...]

Perriott Loses Big in Appeals Court
In 2007, Christine Perriott, former general secretary of the Belize Communications Workers Union, who was employed as a technician at Belize Telemedia Limited, was released from her job over allegations [...]

Salvation Army Launches Annual Kettle Appeal
It’s that time of the year and red kettles will be popping up all over the city for the Salvation Army’s annual Kettle Appeal to raise funds for its community [...]

SJCU Celebrates 68th Birthday
The St. John’s Credit Union has been in existence for over sixty years and today across from its headquarters on Basra Street in Belize City, the lending institution celebrated its [...]

Cop’s Drivers’ License Suspended for Traffic Offence
A police corporal and his brother, who is employed at the post office, were both convicted on Thursday morning in the courtroom of Magistrate Dale Cayetano. While the men escaped [...]

Matron Roberts Hosts Annual Health Fair
The annual health fair at the Matron Roberts Polyclinic Two took place today. The fair is dedicated to encourage Belizeans to live a healthy lifestyle. As the saying goes, prevention [...]


Resident of Dangriga Blames Fire Station For The Extent Of Damage To The House
A house was destroyed by fire in Dangriga. Correspondent Harry Arzu has the details. HARRY ARZU “Officials from the fire department reported that they responded at about 7:24pm to a call of a fire that was in progress in the second road side area of Dangriga. They responded quickly and began fighting the fire. After it was all over, the elevated wooden structure measured 24×30 turned to rubble. Reports indicate that the owner of the house, police officer Desmond Ramos, was on the veranda of the house when he suddenly heard a loud sound that came from inside the kitchen. Preliminary investigation from the fire department revealed that the cause of the fire resulted from a leak in the butane gas tank. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in due time and prevented it from spreading to nearby homes. The estimated cost of the house and its contents is said to be $45,000. An eyewitness who lives in the area, Peter Reyes, said that there needs to be some improvement and upgrading of the firefighting equipments.”

Municipal Service Regulation Focuses On Politicizing and Hiring Country Wide
Officials of Dangriga and Punta Gorda Town Council participated in consultation sessions on municipal service regulation yesterday. Correspondent Paul Mahung reports. PAUL MAHUNG “The one day event was coordinated in Punta Gorda by Anthony Fuentes.” ANTHONY FUENTES “The objective of the municipal service regulation is to ensure consistency across all nine Belize municipalities. The regulation focuses on the politicizing and the hiring process; it also focuses on ensuring that there are standards across all nine municipalities. What is occurring presently is that the committee is using these consultation to ensure that all the councils are knowledgeable to what is in the regulation. So the month of November is used for consultation. Following the consultation is the review by the 7th of December. Each town council should pass this bill and from there it would go to the house of representatives where a negative resolution will be passed. The negative resolution is for 40 days so if there is any objection to what is in the regulation then that will be able to be questioned. From the negative resolution, it will go to the house and then the bill will be passed. Today is very important for the Punta Gorda town council and Dangriga for the Mayor, Gilbert Swazo, is in the municipality.

Police Continues Investigation In Corozal Home Burglary
Armando Apolonio, 40yrs Belizean Postal clerk of Santa Rita road, Corozal Town, reported between 8:00am on Friday 31st October 2014 and 6:45pm on Thursday 6th November 2014, his house was broken into. The following items were stolen from his home: (1) Gateway mini laptop valued at $800.00bcy, (2) DVD Players a Daewoo brand valued at $400.00bcy and another brand unknown valued at $300.00bcy, A pair of gold earring circular in shape with small diamonds attached to it valued at $300.00bcy, an assortment of DVD’s and Cd’s valued at $150.00, (2) pack of Fruit of the looms boxers valued at $40.00bcy, (2) pack of Hanes brief valued at $30.00bcy, (2) pack of under shirts valued at $40.00bcy, (2) body wash valued at $16.00bcy, (1) LG Smart Phone valued at $150.00bcy, (2) Samsung cell phones valued at $100.00bcy; all to a total value of $2,266.00bcy. Corozal Police are investigating.

Mother And Son Charged With Drug Trafficking
Two persons were charged with drug trafficking for 205.7 grams of cannabis when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. They are 52 year old Rose Reneau and her son, 34 year old Mark Staine. They plead not guilty to the charge and they were each offered a bail of $5,000. Their next court date is January 8, 2015. Police reported that at about 5:20 p.m. yesterday, acting on information they received, they went to Reneau’s house on Consuelo Street and executed a search. They said the search resulted in the discovery of the cannabis in a black plastic bag in the bathroom. Reneau and Staine, who were at the house at the time, were arrested and charged.

Not Guilty To Guilty; Luke Antonio Nicholas Charged For Thieft
Forty-eight year old Luke Antonio Nicholas, charged with handling stolen goods for several items that were stolen from his brother, changed his plea from not guilty to guilty when he was brought today before Magistrate, Herbert Panton. Because it was his first offense, Magistrate Panton sentenced him to the 6 months. He has served as a remanded prisoner and was released. On May 21, 2014, Nicholas’ brother, Bruce Codrington, went to Hattieville Police Station and reported that between May 3 and May21, his garage , made of zinc and 30 by 30 feet in size, was burglarized. He said that items that were stolen included one drill press, valued at $1,000, one vehicle jack, valued at $400, one mechanic press, valued at $500 and 12 sheets of red galvanized zinc, valued at $150. Police conducted an investigation, which resulted in the recovery of the drill press and the zinc. Nicholas, who told the police where the drill press and zinc were, was charged with handling stolen goods. Nicholas was offered a bail of $3,00 but he was unable to meet bail. Today in court he told Magistrate Panton that he was working with his brother at the time the burglary was committed and he has promised his brother not to do it again.

Drug Trafficking Charges Rejected Against Brazilian Footballer
A judge in Rio de Janeiro has rejected charges of drug trafficking against Brazilian footballer, Adriano. Prosecutors said on Tuesday he had allegedly bought a motorbike and given it as a gift to a known drug dealer in the Rio shanty town where he grew up. But the judge, Maria Tereza Donatti, said the case was dismissed because there was not enough evidence to uphold the accusations. Adriano, 32, could have faced a lengthy prison sentence if convicted. He had denied the allegations, which first emerged in 2010. Brazilian police said he had bought the motorbike in 2007 and registered it in the name of the mother of drug dealer, Paulo Rogerio de Souza Paz, known as Mica. The bike was used for drug trafficking in one of Rio’s shanty towns, or favelas, then controlled by Comando Vermelho (Red Command), a powerful criminal gang. The Brazilian striker had a successful career in Italy, winning titles with Inter Milan. But off-field problems and injuries cut his career short. He has reportedly been negotiating a comeback with second division French club Le Havre.

Salvation Army Starts Donations For Projects Next Year
This time around, every year, you’ll be seeing the Salvation Army officials posted at nearly all street corners singing Christmas music and collecting donation to carry out projects for the following year. It’s the Red Kettle Appeal and it was launched this morning in front of the offices of First Caribbean Bank in Belize City. According to the Regional Commander for the Salvation Army, Major Joliker Leandre, their target is one hundred thousand dollars. “Our target every year is $100,000. Unfortunately last year, we fell short of about $10,000. This year, we already have a shortage of $15,000 because one of our main sponsors of our agreement with them ends this year. However, we are very confident that God will always provide for his children. We got less of the income, but our target is still the same in terms of reaching out to the people. We cannot decrease the number of persons we can assist because funds don’t come in; we have to find ways and mean to reach out to as many people as possible during this time. We have over 500 families that will receive food parcels during the course of the Christmas period throughout Belize. We also have 2,500 children across Belize city that will receive gifts and also a Christmas treat and apart from the yearly program that we run. We are relying on the public and they have proven to be faithful over the years, they have been supporting us and we have the confidence that they will do the same this year. Those who are not yet on board, we encourage them to come on board because there is room for everyone.”

Students And Professors From The USA Complete Three Day Working Visit In Toledo
A number of doctoral students and professors of Prairie View University in the USA have completed a three day working visit to UB Toledo. Correspondent Paul Mahung tells us more. PAUL MAHUNG “UB Toledo campus administrator, Roy Pollonio, spoke of highlights of the working visit.” ROY POLLONIO “The doctoral students facilitate all the workshop sessions covering topics such as strategies to accommodate special needs students, improving partnerships between schools and the local community and positive alternative forms of discipline. The workshop was well attended by approximately 100 teachers and intern selected from various primary schools throughout Toledo. The visit and all activities associated with the visit were indeed mutually beneficial to all of us both the team from Prairie View University and our teachers of the Toledo district. The folks from Prairie View University certainly got a cultural experience, they became more familiar with teaching methods and the challenges associated with education in the Toledo district while our teachers developed new skills, for example more awareness and skills in meeting the needs for students who are described as special needs students and also the whole important concept of improving the partnership between the schools and the local community. So it certainly, it was mutually beneficial to all of us.”

CEO In Ministry Of National Security Ponders Proposal Relating To BINARQ
In a recent press conference, Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, told the media that as it relates to BINARQ- the Guatemalan Company contracted to build the Forward Operating Base at Hunting Caye- cabinet decided that Government should take over the construction. This was a result after much public outcry and after GOB ordered a stop order on all works. The project was being originally funded by the US Corp of Engineers and two options were given; either let the plan proceed as scheduled or GOB would find the monies to finish the base. The latter was chosen, but BINARQ, still interested in completing the project, began discussion with GOB. One of the conditions that GOB must obtain is that BINARQ, hire Belizeans to finish the works. Today, we got the update from the CEO in the Ministry of National Security, George Lovell.

Three Men Detained For Stolen Generator
A six thousand dollars generator was stolen from 54 year old Eduardo Aguilar and he wants it back. Aguilar reported to San Pedro police that between the hours of 1 am and 6 am on yesterday morning, his Red and Black Briggs 8 Stratton Generator was stolen from a building located on Angel Coral Street. Aguilar reported that the building was recently bought by his family and when they purchased the building, they also bought the generator that was in the building. He also stated that after buying the building they were working on it doing repairs and a wall off the building was brought down. It is suspected that the culprits who took the generator used the opportunity to gain access to the generator. Police have detained three men pending investigations.

Land Dispute Goes to Trial
The land dispute involving Bernadette Pickwood, Maude Williams and Marvin Castillo, commenced trial this morning in the court room of Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin. As we have been reporting, Pickwood feels as though a piece of land located at the corner of Chetumal and Albert Hoy Streets was unfairly taken away from her from the Lands Department and given to Williams and Castillo. After more than twenty years, Pickwood realized that works were being done on the land that she had been holding a lease for. Pickwood successfully got an injunction to stop all works and after a fail attempt of settling the matter out of court yesterday, the trial began this morning. Pickwood’s attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, spoke to the media. “It doesn’t mean that from now to November 27th there wouldn’t be our own form of mediation. The court always encourages that and we as attorneys, we know we need to be amenable by that because while you go to the court there are certain things that you can solve and I must say that the Ministry of Natural Resources which is in between the two parties is also amenable and the other parties so we can’t say how it will go but it’s just a safe guard because it would be difficult that if our mediation doesn’t work that my client has to fly back into the country to deal with this.

Court Of Appeals Rules Against Rene Villanueva Sr. and Jr.
Rene Villanueva Senior and Rene Villanueva Junior lost a major court battle today at the Court of Appeal. The Villanueva’s borrowed monies from Development Finance Corporation to build Cahal Pech Club in San Ignacio. After some troubles, DFC sought to get their monies back and they used the courts to do so. The Supreme Court ruled partially in DFC’s favor but that ruling was appealed by the Villanueva’s who were today represented by Senior Counsel, Michael Young. MICHAEL YOUNG “They had borrowed some money from DFC to purchase the Cahal Pech property and then some difficulties arose and ultimately the DFC sued them for over $900,000 and that was defended by them. They were partially successful in their defense at the Supreme Court level in that the claim was for $900,000 plus thousand dollars and the court only awarded $400,000 on the basis of a defense called stopper that the DFC was not entitled to collect the whole thing. The judgment having been made against them for the $400,000 there was an appeal against that judgment because the Villanueva’s felt that the whole amount should not be enforced against them because of an arrangement that had been entered between the Villanueva’s and DFC. So that is what went to the court of appeal, but they were not successful in that regard. So on a whole, they were partially successful in their defense and in fact ultimately in ended up just about 50% of what the DFC was originally claiming.”

San Pedro Police Investigates Burglaries on the Island
A flat screen television was stolen from inside Almond Deli in San Pedro Town. According to police reports, 24-year-old Abel Riverol reported that he had left Almond Deli located on Tarpon Street, sometime around 8 o’clock on Wednesday night. He said he had properly secured the establishment by locking the main door with a padlock. The following day he was called and informed that that the Deli had been burglarized and stolen was his 28 inch Toshiba flat screen television valued at $900. Police investigations continue.

Deputy PM Responds to Allegations of His Involvement in Cervantes’ Death
Yesterday the family of Ramon Cervantes Senior who was murdered in July, dropped a bombshell on the nation when they produced an audio recording in which the alleged mastermind of the kidnapping and murder of Cervantes, Manuel Castillo accused Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega and senior police officers of being behind his murder. The office of the Deputy Prime Minister issued a press release condemning the allegations. Shortly after Cervantes’ body was discovered, rumors started circulating about Vega’s involvement. On July 11, reporter Arturo Cantun put the question to Vega. ARTURO CANTUN “I don’t want to come across as disrespectful but there are a lot of rumors that they are pointing fingers to the DO in the death of Mr. Cervantes and while this has not been said by the Cervantes family we just want some clarity on that.” GASPAR VEGA “I don’t know where they came with that from. I really don’t know. My conscience is clean I hear a lot of rumors that I rather not repeat because I am not the type that likes to gossip and I don’t entertain gossip. I know that I am not involved in something like that. At the end of the day God knows best.”


Hon. Gaspar Vega refutes allegations
On Wednesday earlier this week hundreds of residents of Orange Walk Town and the surrounding communities gathered solemnly at the Cervantes’ family farm where they expected to mourn for the slayed Orange Walk hero. Instead the Cervantes family dropped a huge bombshell when they revealed an explosive phone call conversation. The recorded conversation is allegedly between Vilma Cervantes the widowed wife of Ramon Cervantes Sr. and a man claiming to be Manuel Castillo, who makes a startling accusation. According to the recorded voice, the man claiming to be Manuel Castillo says he was not involved in the killing of Ramon Cervantes Sr. He said that the murder was a hired hit, paid for by the Deputy Prime Minister of Belize. Here is what he said. Alleged Vioce of Manuel Castillo “I will send you some evidence that. It’s the _____, the _____. There is a ____ involved. There are about seven persons there in Orange Walk and on top. Do not trust the police officers because the same ‘pinches’ police officers, there are eight ‘pinches’ police officers.”

Mexicans say Belizean police have not asked for cooperation in finding Manuel Castillo
Manuel Castillo has been on the run since then and police said at that time they believed that he had fled to Mexico. One would have expected that Belizean police would have touched base with their Mexican counterparts to be on the lookout for Manuel Castillo. However, according to Diario Por Esto de Quintan a Roo, a Mexican newspaper, in its headlines for this weekend, it states that Belizean police has made no attempt to get Mexican cooperation on finding Castillo. While that is the headline in the Mexican newspaper, the fact is that Castillo is posted on Interpol’s international wanted list on the internet. The Cervantes family has gone on record saying that it has been suspicious of possible police involvement in the murder after police issued handcuffs were discovered on the elderly man’s corpse, and if it is true that police did not try to get the Mexican authorities in on the case even though they believe Castillo is in their country, it would most likely cast even more suspicion.

Dangriga Fire Fighters and Leaking Hoses
An overnight fire in Dangriga gutted a small two story wooden structure and an eyewitness says they fire fighters need to upgrade their equipment. We hear more in this report from Dangriga Correspondent Harry Arzu. Harry Arzu – Dangriga Correspondent “This is what is left of this two bedroom house, that was destroyed by fire last night, here in this municipality. Officials from the Fire Department reported that they responded at about 7:24 p.m. to a call of a fire that was in progress in the second road side area of Dangriga. They responded quickly and began fighting the fire. After it was all over the elevated wooden structure, measuring 24 by 30, looks like this, and it’s entrance turned to rubble.

Rise and Shine Telethon on November 15th
Here’s a reminder that on Saturday November 15th, Rise and Shine will be holding its annual fundraising telethon to keep the programme on the air. We thank all our viewers and supporters and look forward to hearing from you on or before the date. That is Saturday November 15th.


Elisa Hunter Perez dies in traffic accident
Nicaragua national, Elisa Hunter Perez, 31, of the Antelope Street Extension area of Belize City, died after suffering massive head and body injuries when she was knocked down by a vehicle that was transporting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, from Belize City to Belmopan, at about 9:00 Tuesday morning. Hunter Perez was taken, in a critical condition, to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where she fought for her life for two days, but she died at about 8:30 last night, Wednesday. On Tuesday morning, Hunter, who worked in the Mile 8 area at the Belize Recycling Company on the George Price Highway, took a bus from Belize City to Mile 8, and on arrival in the area, near her workplace, she got out of the bus and was walking across the highway when she was knocked down by an oncoming vehicle, that was travelling to Belmopan from Belize City.

Cartel vibes in Sugar City!
A memorial service for popular cañero, businessman and former senator, Ramon “Don Ramon” Cervantes, Sr., 71, of Orange Walk Town, who was kidnapped and murdered in early July, 2014, was held yesterday, Wednesday, at the cane field next to where he was last seen alive. While the atmosphere was somber as hundreds of supporters, mourners and concerned residents of Orange Walk Town gathered at the site to pay their respects, nothing could have prepared the attendees for what happened at the memorial: the Cervantes family played a phone recording in which the alleged mastermind of Cervantes’ murder put a significant twist on the murder, for which three people have already been charged in court. The alleged mastermind, who police say is Manuel “El Pelon” Castillo, 37, who has fled the country, allegedly had a phone conversation with Ramon Cervantes’ wife, Vilma, and he pinpointed a sitting politician and “eight” police officers, including a high-ranking officer, calling them by name as being the actual instigators behind the patriarch’s murder, which, according to Castillo, had the involvement of a major Mexican criminal gang.

Guatemalan, Salvadoran acquitted of 2005 murder
Two foreign nationals, a Salvadoran and a Guatemalan, were freed today in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court after having spent 10 years in prison for a murder that happened in July 2004. Salvadoran national Carlos Rene Granillo, 38, and Rene Lopez Morentes, 28, a Guatemalan, were both acquitted of murder in the courtroom of Justice Antoinette Moore after it was revealed that the men had been badly beaten to coerce them into giving caution statements in the case. After the accused men made that disclosure while taking the stand, their attorney, Senior Counsel Simeon Sampson, also submitted that the statements were not given voluntarily by Granillo and Morentes due to the improper conduct of the police.

San Pedro businessman remanded to jail for allegedly raping girl, 15
Miguel Hernandez, 30, a businessman of the DFC area of San Pedro, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl, who is also a resident of the DFC area. He was taken to the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, where he appeared in front of Magistrate Sherigne Rodriguez, who arraigned him on the charge and ordered that he be remanded to jail until December 30. The allegation is that he gave the girl rum and coke to drink, and subsequently raped her. The incident occurred on Thursday, October 9, in the area near Corona Del Mar Hotel, located on Coconut Drive in San Pedro. On Thursday, October 9, the girl and her mother went to the police, where the girl reported that on that day, she was in the Escalante area, walking towards the beach when Hernandez, whom she knows, drove up in a vehicle and offered to give her a ride home. The girl boarded the vehicle, and he then drove to a nearby store where he bought a quart of rum and two pints of Coca-Cola with ice, and some plastic cups. He then poured rum and coke into a cup and gave it to the girl to drink. After giving her several drinks, he took her to an area near Corona Del Mar Hotel, where he raped her. The girl was taken to the San Pedro Polyclinic, where she was examined by a doctor who certified that she had been raped.

News anchor recovering from road traffic accident at the KHMH
Irene Sanchez, 22, of Orange Walk Town, a news anchor of CTV3 News Belize, is in a serious but stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where she is being treated for internal injuries she sustained as the passenger in a car that was involved in a fatal road collision on Sunday, in which civilian court prosecutor Ryan Martinez was killed Police reported that they visited an area between Miles 5 and 6 on the Philip Goldson Highway where they saw a cream-colored 4-door Lincoln MKZ car with extensive damages about 20 feet off the highway, lodged in some mangroves in the vicinity of the Haulover Bridge. Upon closer inspection, they saw Ryan Martinez, 24, of Marage Road, Ladyville, and Irene Sanchez, 22, of San Lazaro, Orange Walk, trapped inside the mangled wreck. Equipment had to be used to extract them.

Dengue burdens productive population on Southside Belize City
Latest data received today from the Belize Ministry of Health indicate that up to October 2014, roughly 350 cases of dengue have been diagnosed in the Belize District, with 82% of those cases being concentrated in Belize City. A further analysis of the Belize District cases reveals that 65% of those cases were diagnosed in persons living on the Southside of Belize City, particularly locations in the Collet, Port Loyola, and Lake Independence electoral divisions. Today, we got a chance to look at detailed demographic data, which revealed that fifty-four percent (54%) of those cases were females, with the youngest patients being babies less than a year old and the eldest being persons in their 80s. However, most of the dengue cases have been affecting the productive age population, ages 15 to 44, and this year has seen a spike in hemorrhagic cases—although no deaths have been reported to date.

Rotary Belize donates house to needy family
At about 10:30 this morning, the Rotary Club of Belize built and handed over a house to a needy family: Katherine Thomas and her three sons. Thomas and one of her sons are physically handicapped and are each confined to a wheelchair. The physically handicapped son is also mentally challenged. The house, which was constructed at an approximate cost of $30,000 by the Rotary Club, was built on the family’s plot of land which is located in the Jane Usher Boulevard area. Emotions were high when Katherine Thomas was wheeled in and given a tour of the house for the first time, and tears of happiness streamed from her eyes, as she was wheeled to the different areas of the house — the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. She was accompanied by her three sons. Thomas said, “I can’t describe it; I just feel good that it’s my home. I own a home. Due to all the help I got, I really appreciate all the help and from everyone. I can’t even imagine to think I would end up with my own home.”

King of the Hill (Singles) 8-Ball Tournament – Top 4
The King of the Hill (Singles) 8-Ball Tournament second round concluded, and now the top four players are ready to rack ‘em up. It all started with 32 players, after which it was down to the top 10, and now there are the top 4 players closer to the top of the hill, as they continue to climb with their shooting skills. So, yes, 28 dropped off the hill, and it’s going to be the best man who will reach on top on Sunday, November 9, at 2:00 p.m. at Mike’s Cue Club in Belmopan. To reach the top four, it was truly competitive. Here’s more: From the top 10, no player was guaranteed a spot in the top 4, as everyone appeared to be shooting the lights out. Two players made the top 4 by winning 4 of their 5 games. They are: Elder Paredes and Erwin Woodye, Jr.; so they qualified outright. Then there were four players who had won 3 of their 5 matches; and, since there was a tie in the number of matches won, a tie-breaker was put into effect with the individual racks won and lost.

FFB announces training sessions for National “A” Team
In preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qualification, which is scheduled to commence in March 2015, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is calling the following players for training sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays of each week, starting November 10. All players should be at the FFB Headquarters at 8:30 a.m. The players called 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; Devaun Zuniga; Geon Makin; Gerri Trejo; Jamil Cano; Jordi Polanco; Hassan Lucas; Tyrone Pandy; Ashley Torres; Devon Makin; Shannon Flowers; Trevor Lennon; Andres Makin;

Table Tennis – 6th Annual brothers HABET Team League concludes
After 2 1/2 months of intense competition, the 2014 6th Annual brothers HABET Team League finally came to an end this past Sunday, November 2, at the BES Auditorium. The competition began in the morning with the first round of the KNOCKOUT competition in all three divisions. In Division One, Brodies Ping Pang and Racqueteers met in the first semifinal, with Brodies Ping Pang advancing to the Finals with a score of 5-1. Team Cuz defaulted to Hurricane, sending Hurricane straight to the Finals. In the Finals, Brodies Ping Pang won over Hurricane, 5-3. The final result of the 1st Division was as follows: 1st Division: 1st – BRODIES PING PANG; 2nd – HURRICANE; 3rd – RACQUETEERS

Cricket Corner: Rancho’s shining star
I’ve written a lot of articles about cricket, and who plays best. I was paging through some pictures the other day, and I came across a picture of a man that I do not remember as a cricketer, but I have seen him following Western Eagles Team of Rancho Dolores ever since I was a boy growing up. This man, an excellent man, I must say, is no other than Mr. EULALIO SMITH (LALLY SMITH) of Rancho Dolores Village in the River Valley. As I said, I have not seen him play the game; but he has sons that have played the game and were very good at it. One is VALENTINE (Tiger Jones) Smith, one of the three fastest and most powerful bowlers in the River Valley. (The next two were Alfred Banner of Surprise in Lemonal and Charles Adolphus (deceased) of Brilliant in Crooked Tree.)

Editorial: The money and the soul
Belize’s first ever Ministerial Cabinet was sworn in after the March 1961 general election. The People’s United Party (PUP), under the leadership of Hon. George Cadle Price, had won all 18 of the 18 seats contested for the House of Representatives. Mr. Price became First Minister. He named his Ministers. Albert Cattouse. Alexander “Sandy” Hunter. Gwendolyn Lizarraga. Wilson MacMillan. C. L. B. “Lindy” Rogers. Louis Sylvestre. Fred Hunter. Hector Silva. Santiago Perdomo. David McKoy. All have returned to the dust from which we all come, except for Fred Hunter and Hector Silva. Along with longevity comes responsibility. That responsibility involves the passing on of valuable historical information to Belize’s younger generations. Fred Hunter and Hector Silva call Belize’s talk shows from time to time, and their counsel is appreciated and respected. They have been doing this for years, but they have never, ever mentioned 1963, Louis Sylvestre, Emilio Awe, $750, and a contract for a feeder road in the Sibun area.

From the Publisher
After having only one Leader for a forty-year period (Mr. George Price, from 1956 to 1996), and only two Leaders for a fifty-two year period (Mr. Price was followed by Mr. Said Musa, 1996 to 2008), the People’s United Party (PUP) has now had four Leaders in six years (Mr. Musa, Johnny Briceño, Mark Espat, and Francis Fonseca). The multiplicity of PUP Leaders in recent years suggests organizational instability. In Belize’s major political parties, two factors are of paramount importance at the leadership level, and these are personality and philosophy. Mr. Price’s personality was a dominant one inside the PUP. Even so, in retrospect it may be accurate to say that an electoral death knell was sounded at the PUP’s May 1983 national convention when there was a philosophical clash involved with the powerful post of party chairman. The PUP’s entrenched, corrupt right wing won that clash over the party’s new, reformist left wing. The PUP then proceeded to lose the Belize City Council for the first time in their history, in December of 1983, and then went on to lose their first general election ever, in December of 1984.

Letters: Fight dengue – form small groups to help citizens clean their yards
Dengue is a serious disease plaguing our country. This disease is thought to have spread mainly as a result of unsuccessful vector and disease inspection, as well as poor public health infrastructure, population growth, and the increase in national and international travel. The main vector of dengue is the domestic mosquito, Aedes aegypti. This mosquito breeds in artificial containers that hold water, and in areas where the water is stagnant. Dengue is seasonal and generally relates to warmer, more humid weather. Increased rainfall, humidity and temperature can influence the life cycle of the vector and virus, thus increasing the transmission potential. I know we have put measures in place to educate the public on how to eradicate the breeding of these mosquitoes. These measures include advertisements on the television as well as press conferences with representatives from public health.

Letters: A little black boy from Southside Belize City
Please allow me to address this letter to the youth of Belize. In this article, I will mention my living conditions when I grew up in the Southside Belize City, how I obtained an education, and lastly I will list 5 key elements our youth could do to improve their level of education. First I must mention that my dad was a single father with 5 children. My family once lived on Pen Road Extension in a two- bedroom board house with no light or water. Heretofore, this house is still visible 25 meters from the main road. In addition, whenever it rains the entire area was flooded and had to use pallets as our bridge. Nope, this is not the 80s I am referring to, but to be precise it was the late 90s. In 1997 my sisters and I attended Gwen Lizarraga High School since it was what my dad could have afforded.

Villager captured man accused of raping stepdaughter, 6
The stepfather of a 6-year-old girl is in police custody after he allegedly raped the girl at their home, in a village in the Orange Walk District. The little girl was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital, where she was treated. The incident occurred on Sunday. The child had been left alone with her stepfather, 37, who, after raping her, ran away. When the girl’s mother returned home, she found her young daughter injured.

Fake taxi operator remanded for rape
Eric Giovanni Gonzalez, 31, a salesman of the Duck Run 1 area in Spanish Lookout, Cayo District, was remanded to the Belize Central Prison, on a charge of rape by the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court last Thursday, October 30. Police charged Gonzalez with rape on Tuesday, October 28, after he was identified by a woman, 20, as the man who raped her on the morning of June 9 in his car in a track off the George Price Highway, in the area of Rumors Resort, Cayo District. The woman reported to police that on Monday morning, June 9, she went to the junction of Joseph Andrews Drive and Bullet Tree Road in San Ignacio Town to get a taxi to go home, and got into a car that was parked at the taxi stand.

No arrest yet for the shooting of San Pedrano
No one has been arrested as yet for the shooting of Ivan Aldana, 27, of San Pedrito, San Pedro, due to a lack of cooperation by the victim. San Pedro police said that their investigation led to a man in San Pedro, who was detained, but there was no cooperation from Aldana, who did not provide any statements on the basis of which an arrest could be made, and so, the suspect was released from custody. So far no other person has been arrested or any other suspects detained. The shooting incident occurred at about 10:00 Saturday night, October 18, while Aldana was standing by a bar in San Pedrito.

BDF presses ahead with conservation posts to curb illegal activities
Belize Defence Force (BDF) Commander David Jones told Amandala today that BDF soldiers and police are already manning the newly established conservation post at Valentin near the Belize-Guatemala border, and they are pressing ahead with the construction of two new conservation posts at Caballo and Cebada—all in an attempt to curb illegal logging and other illicit activities which have been rampant inside the Chiquibul Forest. Jones expects the next phase of construction to be a challenge; however, he is hopeful that those new posts could be completed even before year-end. The major challenge stems from the fact that while there was a pre-existing road leading to Valentin, making transportation of construction materials easier, the other two sites have no access roads.

FIU case against the two Bahamians facing U.S. indictment begins in Magistrate’s Court
Two Bahamian men who have been named in a United States federal indictment for allegedly being involved in a money laundering and securities fraud scheme, appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court today, where their trial on a charge brought by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) began. On September 12, 2014, the FIU charged Kelvin Leach, 34, and Rohn Knowles, 29, with attempting to leave Belize without declaring U.S. $6,000 in cash, which is more than the prescribed BZ$10,000 allowed by law. The two men had chartered a plane to fly them to their native Bahamas, and were apprehended at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA). The FIU case is being prosecuted by attorneys Leni Ysaguirre and Sheena Pitts, who told the court that they intend to call nine witnesses.

Crude oil tank bursts into flames in Shipyard
A potentially disastrous fire started at a fuel storage facility at Shipyard in the Orange Walk District today due to a small electrical spark which led to a frightening experience and thousands of dollars in losses for the company. Fire officials in Orange Walk said that at around 10:00 a.m., smoke was seen billowing from a crude oil refinery tank at Belfuel Company in the Camp 6 area of Shipyard, a Mennonite community in the outskirts of that municipality. The fire that engulfed the tank, which reportedly contained about 600 gallons of crude oil, soon spread to another 600-gallon tank before moving on to a larger 10,000-gallon fuel tank, at which time firefighters from the Orange Walk Fire Service arrived on the scene to assist the employees of the facility who had been battling the blaze for some time without success.

Post-mortem says Ricardo Itzab died of traumatic shock
Late yesterday evening, a post-mortem was conducted on the body of Ricardo Alfredo Itzab, 24, who was murdered over the weekend in Concepcion, Corozal District. According to police pathologist Dr. Mario Estradabran, Itzab’s death was caused by “traumatic shock due to multiple liver and left kidney injuries as a consequence of gunshot wounds.” As we had previously reported, on Saturday, November 1, at around 1:30 a.m., Itzab, Miguel Gamboa and Oscar Herrera, all of Concepcion, were walking on the highway heading towards their homes between Miles 76 and 77 on the Philip Goldson Highway when they were approached from the opposite direction by a lone bicycle rider.

Controversial Petrocaribe motion won’t cure illegality, Opposition PUP says
The controversial Petrocaribe Motion, which the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) says is being illegally introduced by the Barrow administration to cover what they allege is the illegal spending of nearly quarter-million-dollars under a loan agreement with Venezuela, is scheduled to be returned to the House of Representatives for ratification on Tuesday, November 18. Opposition attorneys say, though, that this will not legitimize the spending of those funds because the Finance and Audit (Reform) Act requires prior approval of any loan of $10 million or more. At a press conference held on Tuesday, November 4, the Leader of the Opposition People’s United Party, Hon. Francis Fonseca, said that far from complying with the law, the Petrocaribe motion “seeks to ratify illegal borrowing and spending since September 2012,” a move which he says has defeated and frustrated the intent of the act which was put in place to provide for better public finance laws.

Sexual abuse of our children
I believe any person in their right sense is disturbed by these news of little children being sexually abused in Belize. Anyone sexually assaulted, be it male or female, and even adult is rather very disturbing news, and the fact that a person is of the age of maturity does not make it any less distressful. However, we all recognize that for a child, it means a terrifying way to lose their innocence, especially at the hands of a person they trust. It seems that stepfathers are the number one culprits in these matters and thus it means that mothers need to be more vigilant and discerning when getting into these relationships simply because sexual abuse is not usually by a stranger, if ever, but by a person the child develops trust in. Now in my adult life I am amazed at how many females I know that have come forward to admit that as a child they were sexually molested. Their perpetrators range from their father, stepfather, uncle to their neigbor … But still the number one category is the stepfather. The other alarming fact for me to deal with is that they suffered this abuse at very tender ages of four or six, unlike my belief that these men would be attracted to them when they start to develop at ages twelve or thirteen.

The Reporter

Petro Caribe Fund under Fire! PUP says it’s operating illegally

In a sharp rebuke to the PUP for filing a court action calculated to disrupt Government use of Petrocaribe funds for development, an official statement from the Government Press Office called the PUP a party “on the wrong side of history working against the upliftment” of Belize. It charged the […]

Judicial review on Penner delayed
The procedure for judicial review by the People’s United Party against the Elections and Boundaries Department has been delayed for about a month. The petition is about the ruling of the Elections and Boundaries Chief Elections Officer to disqualify a number of persons who had […]

PUP wants to stop waste Accountabiity is important, PUP leader says
The legal claim filed against the government of Belize in relation to the use of Petrocaribe funds is about ensuring GOB’s compliance with Financial Orders and Regulations, PUP leader Francis Fonseca said this week. . Fonseca said the claim is not about the past […]

CARICOM heads strategize fight against Ebola
The Caribbean Community Heads of Government have agreed to a regional response to the possible threat of an Ebola virus outbreak in member states. The CARICOM heads of government met this week in Port-of-Spain Trinidad, and formulated a plan themed “Stop Ebola There and Here.” […]

Veterans celebrate 100 years!
This year marks the hundredth anniversary of World War I and this week is being recognized as Veteran Week in commemoration of those who sacrificed their lives in both World Wars I and II. The Scarlet Poppy is a symbol and tribute to all those who lost their lives in […]

BTB village arts expo a success
The Belize Tourism Board said this week that the third annual Village Arts Expo received favorable public turnout throughout the day. The event, held at the Fort George Memorial Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday November 1, gathered 175 artisans from 44 […]

Chetumal looks for trade opportunities in Belize
The Chetumal Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and the Embassy of Mexico visited Belize this week as part of a trade mission. The Institute of Mexico in Belize City served as the meeting venue onWednesday, and was aimed at identifying potential buyers for Chetumal’s products […]

BTL wants Channel 5 back!
Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) is seeking the return of Great Belize Productions Limited as well as $10 million it alleges its former owners illegally used to finance the television production company and to buy shares in it. The now state-owned telecommunications company faces an appeal […]

Early in 2012, shortly after being elected to a second term, the Government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow set out to re-organize the petroleum industry in Belize to take full advantage of the generous concessionary terms being offered by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela through Petrocaribe. Petrocaribe is an oil […]

Stunning accusations! Senior minister and police officers accused of murder and cover up
The family of the late Ramon Cervantes Sr., on Wednesday released a recorded phone conversation, purportedly made by the prime suspect in his murder, 37-year-old Manuel Mendez Castillo. The call was made to Cervantes’ widow, during which the caller sought to clear Mendez Castillo […]

Woman hit by GOB’s SUV dies Foreign Minister witnesses accident
Elicia Hunter, the 31-year-old woman who was knocked down by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington’s 2015 Toyota Prado, died at the KHMH on Wednesday night. Minister Elrington was in the vehicle at the time of the accident, which occurred on Tuesday morning, November 4 on […]

Scotiabank to close over 120 branches! Belize not affected
The restructuring of more than 120 Scotiabank branches announced this week will not affect Belize branch employees or customers, the bank’s Belize Country Manager, Pat Andrews explained. While the bank is employing cost-saving measures in Belize, such as shortening business hours in Spanish Lookout, none […]

Patrick JonesPJ

First offender sentenced for handling stolen goods
A Belize City man who took advantage of his brother’s generosity was spared further punishment in the Magistrate’s Court today. 48 year old Luke Antonio Nicholas, charged with handling several items stolen from his brother Bruce Codrington of Hattieville, Belize District, changed his plea to guilty before Magistrate Herbert Panton […]

Police bust woman and her son with marijuana
52 year old Rose Reneau and her son, 34 year old Mark Staine, pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges today. This follows their arrest when 205.7 grams of cannabis were found at Ms. Reneau’s residence on Consuelo Street on Thursday. Around 5:20 pm on Thursday, police acted […]

Dahjah Casimiro is the New Miss Garifuna Dangriga 2014/15. Adüga Ba
Eight energetic, creative, beautiful, and talented young ladies graced the audience at Fr. Marin Parish Hall on Saturday November 1st, 2014 in beautiful Dangriga to showcase their Garifuna culture. The tightly contested pageant was coordinated by the National Garifuna Council, Dangriga Branch Queen’s Committee. The contestants had to […]

Toledo health officials alert for Dengue and Chik-V
Ministry of Health personnel today held a press conference in Punta Gorda town to announce that there is a high alert in the Toledo district for Chikungunya and Dengue. Both disease are mosquito-borne. During the media event which was held at the Red Cross meeting room in PG, […]

Salvation Army Red Kettle Appeal launched
The sounds of Christmas bells amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Belize City is traditionally the first signal that Christmas is approaching. Today, that signal was launched as the Salvation Army church kicked off its Red Kettle Christmas Appeal. It is the church’s single largest fundraising effort and the launch of the 2014 Kettle Appeal was held this morning in front of CIBC First Caribbean International Bank on Albert Street in Belize City.


Forecast: Busy Weekend in San Pedro
The old saying when it rains it pours is often applicable to our lives in San Pedro. There is always so much going on at once and this weekend is no exception. As much as I wanted to go to trivia last night, I passed in favor of getting extra rest for tomorrow’s blood drive hosted as a collaborative effort by San Pedro Red Cross, the Cancer Society and Belize Blood Services. Also happening in tandem with the blood drive is a Pap Smear and Immunization Campaign at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez S. P Polyclinic II on November 8, 2014 — with Gobhealth Belize and Miguel Perez. To find out more about the Campaign, check the San Pedro Poly Clinic Facebook page. Another reason to take last night off is that I know the private grand opening party tonight at Caribbean Villas is going to be good and I’m not going to want to leave early. Cindy said the food will be awesome and Matt is DJing – I can’t wait.

Healthier and Happier in Caribbean Belize
After years of working hard, I’ve traded Michigan’s four seasons for Belize’s two (wet & dry)…and I’m loving it. Now, I’m enjoying Belize’s year-round greenness, the chance to be by the water all the time, and the joy I’ve found in simplifying my life. In Michigan, I worked for 20 years as a consultant for our state’s educational department. Before that, I worked for Michigan State University. When I left, I gave away a closet-full of suits and I’m reveling in the freedom of wearing a t-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops for nearly every occasion. No more ironing, no more dry cleaning, and no more bundling up for me!

ReefCI launch ‘Belize Lionfish’ at TIDE fish festival
Check us out: Now you can spear them, eat them and wear them! Plus, help empower and employ local ladies.

How to pick a place to stay in Belize-or any another country...
There is nothing better (vacation wise) than showing up at a hotel, the first day of vacation, and LOVING the place you are staying. I know I have picked the right one when I immediately picture myself having coffee on the porch, checking emails at the breakfast bar, having dinner on the patio, walking around the grounds, etc. I have always been overwhelmed when I try to pick somewhere to stay in another country. I think most of us may stay where someone we know has recommended, and that is why Trip Advisor and such sites are great. But, they don't tell the whole story, and unfortunately, a lot of the "feedback" and reviews on a lot of sites are total bunk. Also, if you search for a hotel in a certain area, you might be looking at hotels in a 30 mile radius, which can have a huge impact on your experience. Here is what I have found to be the most helpful way to narrow it down, without becoming information overloaded which will happen in about 15 minutes of googling a place to stay in a certain city.

International Sourcesizz

S&P Switches to Positive on Belize Outlook
New investment in sugar and nontraditional agricultural products is raising economic growth prospects in the export sector, which will likely improve Belize's external liquidity, says S&P, affirming their 'B-/B' sovereign credit ratings on Belize and revising the outlook to positive from stable. "The positive outlook reflects our view that new foreign direct investment in Belize's export sector is raising the country's economic growth prospects and that this growth will support Belize's external liquidity over 2014-2017."

Volunteer helps monkeys and manatees
Bottle-feeding a calf doesn't sound that spectacular to Kiwis used to lamb and calf days - unless it's a manatee, and you're feeding it in tropical Belize. Victoria University graduate Anna McKenzie-Pollock spent her September feeding the sea creatures in the Central American country, while volunteering at Wildtracks, which mostly rehabilitates monkeys and manatees. The 22-year-old, who studied biology, ecology and biodiversity, is currently employed as a ranger at Wellington Zoo. She was granted paid conservation leave for her stint in Belize. The majority of animals at Wildtracks have been orphaned, injured, or are pets that have been confiscated. Whenever possible, they are prepared for a return to the wild. "I had been wanting to do something overseas, to give back to conservation, and I just love monkeys, so wanted to find somewhere I could work with them." McKenzie-Pollock worked 12-hour days sourcing and preparing food for the animals, feeding them, providing enrichment and scrubbing down manatee pools.

A 12-Year-Old's Expert Tips on How to Book a Family Cruise
Hi. I’m Charlie. I’m 12 years old, and I’ve taken nine cruises on five different cruise lines. You might think cruise ships are pretty much the same, but they’re not. If you want your kids and yourself to enjoy a family cruise as much as possible, here’s my advice. 1. Get a cabin that’s on a higher deck toward the stern. Everything that’s interesting for kids and families is always at the back of the ship. So get a cabin that’s very close to the aft staircase and no more than three or four decks below the pool, buffet, and kids’ club. If your room is at the front of the ship, you’ll spend most of the day walking back and forth across the ship, and if your room is on a low deck, you’ll have to wait for the elevator.

Travel Well for Less: How to Save on Accommodations
Ever wonder why someone else always seems to get a better deal for their hotel or travel accommodation than you do? Well, there are lots of ways to score discounted (or even free) accommodations these days. We've done it ourselves in both our personal travel and for our work for International Living. Ditch the hotel. An apartment in Puerto Vallarta, a villa on Belize's Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye, a hacienda-style home in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador... the list is endless. Instead of spending big on expensive hotels, think about opting for a flexible and affordable residential lodging for your next vacation. This option is particularly smart for extended families or groups as you can split the costs. And if you like the comfort and convenience of having more space and also your own kitchen (saving you even more money on restaurants) then a vacation rental is for you. Sites we've used with great success include VRBO and AirBnB.

On the south-west border of Mexico, Belize is home to 3 of the 4 atolls in the Western Hemisphere. In the Lighthouse Reef atoll, the farther west, you can find one of the most extraordinary spot on the planet: the Great Blue Hole. This is the largest natural sinkhole, with phenomenal dimensions and a singular story. This almost perfect shaped circle reaches a diameter of 300m and goes 124m deep. From a bird’s eye view, it offers a spectacular sight with this incredible deep blue spot standing out against the turquoise blue of the lagoon of the Lighthouse Reef.


Video: Heather + Mark, 9min.
Video by Island Films. Location: Victoria House, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Video: Adventures in Belize, 3min.
This is a compilation of videos taken by Jason Lee during his trips to Belize. He traveled to various resorts such as Slickrock, Mystic River and Blackbird Resort. Slickrock Adventures is a private island resort located in Belize, 35 offshore on an atoll that is a Marine Reserve. Slickrock Adventures specialize in adventure sports such as sea kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, kiteboarding and much more. Mystic River Resort jungle lodge, located in the jungle of Belize, 7 miles from the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, is the best place to find the perfect something – or nothing – to do. Blackbird Caye Resort is located on the Turneffe Atoll, 25 miles off the coast of Belize City, Blackbird Caye Resort is nestled within a 2-mile long private, white sandy beach.

Video: Island Expeditions Dream Makers Belize, 5min.
Leading the Way in Adventure, Since 1987, Island Expeditions is Belize's premier tour operator. Leading sea kayaking, snorkeling, SUP, whitewater, basecamp, maya ruins, zip line, trips in Belize. SHOW MORE

Video: Come Away To Belize With Me, 4min.
Jimmy And The Parrots

Video: San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 6.5min.
Drive through San Pedro and over the bridge, new road construction. Golf carts and more golf carts, now that's how to live.Video a bit shaky due to roads. SHOW MORE

Video: Los Salones, Crown Land Since 1977, now privately owned, 5min.
This is a project that I just came across that my good friend and Belizean brother Elito Arceo and I did a few years ago- I had the privilege of spending many amazing days with Elito over the years and am so honored that he would choose to count me among his friends- This video brought back some great memories for me Elito- I remember shooting this and cutting it like it was yesterday- No one loves Belize more than me, accept maybe Elito:)

November 7, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

Sanpedrano Isaul Coba makes the U-17 National Football Team
16-year-old Isaul Coba, better known in the island as “Chapo”, was selected to represent Belize as part of the Under-17 (U-17) National Male Football Team. The team travelled to Costa Rica on Sunday, November 2nd to participate in the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) U-17 Qualifiers. The qualifiers will determine the teams that will represent the region at the 2015 Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) U-17 Championship. The UNCAF U-17 Qualifiers is divided into two triangular tournaments. Belize is participating in the first tournament alongside the U-17 male national teams of Costa Rica and El Salvador. The tournament runs from Tuesday, November 4th to Friday, November 8th with each team playing two games. All tournament games are played at the Estadio Edgardo Baltadano in Liberia, Costa Rica. Belize faced off against Costa Rica in the first game of the tournament which ended in a 3-1 loss for Belize. The second match will be met on Thursday, November 6th, and will see Belize facing off against El Salvador. The last match is between Costa Rica and El Salvador on Saturday, November 8th.

SP Police brings to light a “serious security risk” at Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve
The letter ended by warning the Department and higher-ups of the Ministry of National Security to have Carballo removed from his post and for the department to carry out their own internal investigation and to “act swiftly” to prevent an unfortunate incident. Up to news time, the officer was still working and remains attached as staff member at the reserve. Readers may recall that earlier this year, head of the Tourism Police Unit had written to the Ministry of National Security about the security risk at the Caracol Archeological Site. That letter went unaddressed and it was not until the murder of Tourism Police Danny Conorquie, that authorities addressed the issue. The letter in which Carballo has been signaled out was also sent to the Officer Commanding Belize Police Eastern Division, the Commissioner of Police, Chief Executive Officer and the Minister at the Ministry of National Security. When contacted by The San Pedro Sun, both the officer Commanding Belize Police Eastern Division, Deserie Phillips and the Minister of the Ministry of National Security’s secretary stated that they were unaware of the letter.

Community effort leads to new building at the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School
The construction the two story 65-foot by 30-foot concrete building, had an estimated cost of $290,000 and accommodates four class rooms. The first floor of the building was financed by the Caye Caulker Village Council, the community and Heredia, while the second floor was financed by Atlantic Bank Limited and the Belize Roman Catholic Diocese. Heredia donated $20,000 towards the project. CCRC would like to extend a big thanks to the 2010-2013 Caye Caulker Village Council, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr., Immer Grajales, Seaside Cabañas, the Chinese community in Caye Caulker, the Belize Roman Catholic Diocese and Atlantic Bank Limited.

Ambergris Today

Queen Conch in Caribbean Not Placed in Endangered List
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has congratulated member states after a US government review of the status of the Queen Conch keeps the region’s conch fishery alive. The review follows a petition to have the Queen Conch listed as threatened or endangered. On Monday, November 3, 2014, the National Maine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Department of Commerce, USA, concluded that the “queen conch is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range nor is it not likely to become so within the foreseeable future”. Executive Director of the CRFM Mr. Milton Haughton noted: “The CRFM is extremely pleased by this outcome and takes this opportunity to commend all the countries and stakeholders across the region that invested time and effort in working with the CRFM Secretariat in providing the detailed scientific and resource management information that assisted the United States authorities in arriving at their determination that the species is neither threatened or endangered.”

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Commentary: Why are Belizeans more loyal to their political parties rather than to their country?
When I was a child growing up in British Honduras, which is now Belize, all the citizens of our country were indoctrinated to be loyal to the King or Queen of Great Britain and nobody else. In our schools we were told to sing “God Save The Queen” at most ceremonial events. The People’s United Party was formed because most Belizeans were not satisfied with the way the British Crown were treating them. In studying Belize history this was nothing new because this was the way it was prior to the Battle of Saint George’s Cay in 1798. The British Crown was friends with the Spanish Crown and was hesitating to grant Belize colony status to avoid aggravating the Spanish. One of the British kings was married to a Spanish princess during those years that they were occupying Belize with the consent of Spain to cut logwood and mahogany. It was the residents of Belize that got irritated with the British Crown and declared war against the Spanish then later demanded colony status.

Government of Belize and World Bank Sign Grant for “Management and Protection of Key Biodiversity Areas in Belize” Project
Government of Belize Press Office

Cops and the youths who respect them
Twice a week some of the youths of Seine Bight Village gather together with police officers of both Seine Bight and Placencia. They have been recruited into the cadet corps. The Placencia Sub Formation’s Community Policing Officer, Claudius Cardinez says that the ages of the youth ranges from 8 to 17. “ We are still recruiting and we hope to get at least 50 members by end of November.” Cardinez says "There is so much we want to do for the youth of these communities."

Mangroves Corozal Bay
An Environmental Message from the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development. A short infomercial written by the kids of the village of Sarteneja to highlight the importance of mangroves to their beautiful local marine environment - the Corozal Bay.

Congratulations to Corozal Junior College Eagle’s Club
They receive the “Environmental Award” in Belize City. All those involved deserve this recognition. Congratulations from the Corozal Daily! Keep up our environmental awareness alive!

From the Commodore
To all our friends, club members and parents of our sailors. Thank you for coming to our Oktoberfest party. It wasgreat to see many new faces at this event. You all got to meet our young sailors (two were missing). This weekend is the Placencia Regatta for the title ofNational Champions. There will be two groups of sailors participating;advanced and beginners. We will betaking five sailors to this event. Fortwo of them it will be their first Regatta. They are really excited. For Christopher Young this will be his last race in anOptimist. It now becomes more urgent toget Laser boats. We have two other youngpeople waiting for Lasers already. Is there anyone out there that can help uswith this? A new Laser boat will cost usaround $6000USD!

Belizeans spend over $300,000,000.00 (three hundred million dollars) across the Mexico border every year
A Trade Mission to Belize by CANACO SERVYTUR CHETUMAL, the Chamber of Commerce of that city lead by Javier Aguilar, Head of Investment-Institute of Mexico was held yesterday in Belize City at the Mexico Institute. Approximately 19 Mexican companies from Chetumal Quintana Roo visited their Belize counterparts to identify trade, investment and business opportunities. Products being offered included: honey, edible and non-edible groceries; food for animals (pets, chicken, pigs, horses and fish); tools and hardware (every segment in the industry); ceramic tiles (clay) for floors, bathrooms and kitchens; electrical, plumbing and construction supplies (paints, concrete admixtures, sealants, steel); auto parts; office supplies, stationery and furniture; administrative and athletic uniforms, sports equipment, bicycle sales and parts, screen printing and embroidery; accessories for cell phones, cellphones and tablets; security cameras and devices, alarms and electric fences; medical equipment and accessories. Representatives from the Universidad Interamericana para el Desarrollo (UNID) in Chetumal also participated in this mission too, providing information about their broad array of EDUCATIONAL programs and opportunities for Belizean students.

The Coffee Bar
Say Hola to the new business in San Pedro Town The Coffee Bar and get your fixer upper

The Split at Caye Caulker: Closed as Of November 1st. What is Going On?
But the Lazy Lizard at the Split has been closed since the weekend. And there are RUMORS galore. Today Channel 5 and Channel 7 news (the two main Belize news channels) have been summoned to Caye Caulker for an update. And this is what I’m hearing. Let me put it in bullet points so I can keep it straight. But first: NEW MANAGEMENT = Jim Lynsky working with the owner of the property. OLD MANAGEMENT = Immer Perez, Caye Caulker local and manager of the spot for the past 5 years? SO today the Lazy Lizard at the Split is closed and locked. The news channels are on the island to get the story from Immer about what’s happening…and when this POPULAR bar will re-open and who will run it?

Ya'axche Strategic Planning Sessions 2014 (7 photos)
Education & Outreach Coordinator, Julio Chub explains how the Maya Golden Landscape will look in the next 25 years.

Channel 7

Deputy Prime Minister Denies Murder Conspiracy Allegation
Yesterday, an explosive and unprecedented allegation was made against the Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega. We can say his name, because he has responded in a statement which will air tonight on 7News. The statement says, quote, "I continue to sympathize with the tragedy of the Cervantes family. But their grief cannot entitle them to seek to wreck now me and my family. I was not and could not have been involved in any way with Mr Cervantes's death. All who know me know that I would be utterly incapable of such a horrible thing. It hurts and angers me that a recording from the person the police have stated to be the principal murderer, and who ran away to avoid justice, should be used now to endanger me and my family."

Cervantez Family Claims Re-visited
And so, now that Deputy Vega has addressed burning hot public issue, we can speak more freely about the press conference held yesterday at the Ramon Cervantez family farm in Orange Walk. The Cervantes family produced a recording which claims to show that Manuel Castillo - the alleged mastermind behind the Cervantez murder - is confessing that the entire hit was set up by Deputy Vega. Now, it is hard for us to go on the basis of a voice recording - especially when we aren't familiar with the voice and cannot say definitively that it is Manuel Castillo's. But, we can't disregard the story either; it is compelling and has some elements, which can't be ignored. Tonight Daniel Ortiz touches upon those elements as he looks at the outline of the story:..

31 Year Old Mother Dies After Being Hit By Foreign Affairs Vehicle
31 year old Elisa Hunter died yesterday evening at 5:00 pm. She's the 31 year old who was knocked down at mile eight and a half on Tuesday morning. The single mother was going to her work place at the Belize Recycling Company when a vehicle assigned to Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington knocked her down. Hunter was flung violently across the pavement - we'd say as much as 40 feet - and was listed in a critical condition. 32 hours after the accident, she succumbed to her injuries. That happened at 5:00 yesterday and today we met the devastated family of the Central American Immigrant trying to hold things together under very difficult circumstances: Ersi Hunter, Sister of Deceased "Only a miracle we expected, and the miracle never reached." Jules Vasquez reporting That was the miracle needed to save 31 year old Elisa Hunter's life after she was knocked down at mile eight and a half on Tuesday.

Lazy Lizard Will Close Due To Dispute
For the past 6 days, residents and visitors of Caye Caulker may have noticed that the Lazy Lizard Bar and Grill, at the Split has been closed. And anyone who's been to Caye Caulker will know that it's not for a want of business. With all the traffic at the Split, the Lazy Lizard enjoys a constant flow of business. But it's now closed, and no one can say for how long. That's because the bar owner, who is a lease-holder, is in a battle with the landowner. While they try to fight it out in court as to who's rights are being breeched, thousands of dollars in revenue is being lost daily. So today, the bar owner decided to make his case to the media as to why his business is supposedly being ruined by the landowner.

Lots of Litigation Over Belize's Cruise Future
This year nearly one million cruise tourists are expected to arrive in Belize - and experts in the field say that numbers like that are pushing the limit of Belize's Cruise infrastructure. We're talking about the Fort Street Tourism Village - which is still tendering in Cruise passengers from their ships anchored 8 miles out of the Belize harbor. All the industry experts acknowledge that the Belize District needs a proper berthing facility where the cruise ships can just pull up to the mainland - rather than have their passengers tendered in. That's been the prevailing wisdom for almost 10 years now, but nothing has happened. When the Stake Bank legislation was passed in the National assembly earlier this year with bi-partisan support….well, everyone thought that finally things would change. But, since then Government has been deliberately dragging its feet on the Stake Bank Cruise Docking Facility Development Bill and has not brought it into force.

Female Inmate Assaulted, Corporal Investigated For Not Protecting Her
A police corporal is being investigated after a female prisoner was sexually assaulted in the prison bus. The female alleged that two weeks ago, she was being taken from court to the Belize Central Prison when two male inmates assaulted her. 21 year old Kevin Bodden and 29 year old Jareth Crawford were both arraigned last week for one count each of sexual assault. At the time, Magistrate Herbert Panton questioned how it was that the female prisoner could make such allegations when the prison van is separated with one section for females and the other for males.

Go Home, Yankee!!
A 53 year old American man who has been living in Belize illegally - has been told to leave Belize. Joseph Michael Schmeltzer, who is originally from Los Angeles, California was taken to court where he was read a single charge of deemed a prohibited immigrant. He appeared before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser in Court #2 where he was unrepresented. Schmeltzer who appeared disoriented told the Senior Magistrate that all he wants to do is remain in Belize. But that won't happen; the immigration department made a request for a removal order, so Schmeltzer will be put on a plane home by the end of the week. He was living in Belize illegally since September after arriving in country on June 2 2014 via the San Pedro seaport. Undeterred by this outcome, Schmeltzer says that he will be coming back to Belize as he likes the country and wants to spend more time here.

Inconclusive For American Found Dead
There's no conclusive cause of death for an American found dead in a San Pedro apartment. On Monday evening at 6:00, San Pedro Police Personnel visited Vista Del Mar Apartments room number 1 at the south end of the town where they found the lifeless body of 63 year old Kelly Eugene Taylor in a chair with his passport beside him. The landlord saw his door open and found him in that state. The Montana resident had just returned to Belize on Sunday 2nd November 2014. Police found no signs of violence, and a postmortem held on Tuesday found the cause of death to be "Undetermined" due to the advanced state of decomposition. But the pathologist did note structural abnormalities in his heart.

Sugar Crop Still Uncertain
At the beginning of October, when we last reported on the state of industrial relations between the the Belize Sugar Industries and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, there was major concern that a commercial agreement still couldn't be worked out to govern the sugar crop season for 2014-2015. That's because, as we've told you extensively, the factory owners and the cane farmers cannot agree on a payment for bagasse, which would have been included in the commercial agreement. Since both sides have not been negotiating, there is the very real concern that there could be yet another late start for the crop. That issue is on everyone's minds since the unresolved bagasse issue contributed to last year's late start, when the farmers refused to deliver their cane. Yesterday, we stopped in at the cane farmers association, and the CEO told us that the unresolved commercial agreement should not force a late start, from the farmers' perspective. Here's how he explained it:

No Settlement, Pickwoads Go To Trial
Last night on the news we told you that the Pickwoad family and the Ministry of Natural Resources were trying to reach a pre-trial settlement on a disputed piece of land in Belama Phase 1. Well, tonight we can there will be no settlement and the matter went to trial today before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. Five witnesses testified: Bernadette and Bernard Pickwoad, building contractor Mauricio Ortiz and Maud Williams and Marvin Castillo Jr. But the Pickwoads' attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, told the media today that a settlement can still be reached: Audrey Matura Shepherd, Attorney for Pickwoad family "From now until November 27, there will be our own form of mediation. The court always encourages that and we as attorneys, we know that we need to be amenable by that because while you go to the court, there are certain things that we can solve and I must say that the Ministry of Natural Resources which is in between the two parties is also amenable and the other parties, so we can't say how it will go.

Man Says "A Dread" Chopped Down His House
Last night at 11:00 we got a call that a house had fallen down on Freetown Road in Belize City. We found it strange because there were no strong winds blowing and the cold front rain had not started yet. The house was on some ten foot stilts and it just collapsed. So, what caused it to come down? Well at around midnight, disoriented resident Kevin Rowland stood on the street side and told us that someone chopped his house down!: Rowland says he has no family in Belize and hopes someone can help him get a new house.

A Prize For Being Bookish
The Belize Book Industry Association today honored the 2 winners of the Belize Literary Prize 2013. Belizean Journalist, Kalilah Enriquez garnered 1st place with hershort story "Barrel Reach" while Economist Jorge David Awe's "Theophilo's Living Room" came in 2nd. The Belize Literary Prize Book was launched this morning with both stories at the House of Culture. 2nd place winner Jorge Awe discussed his inspiration and writing process as a Belizean writer living abroad.For 1st place Enriquez who lives in Jamaica received $1,000 and 2nd place got $500. The book is available at the House of Culture and The Image Factory.

Two Sides Of The Vega Allegation
As we told you at the top of the news tonight - Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega has issued a statement denying the allegations made against him. The explosive and unprecedented allegation that he orchestrated a hit on Ramon Cervantez Sr. have been in the public domain yesterday - and today Vega addressed them head on. As we close tonight - we've put together the allegations and counter allegations. Vega's name is blocked and beeped out of the transcript we edited this morning because we had not gotten a comment form him - but now that we have, it's fair to present both allegation and denial. We do so now, in brief:.. Manuel Castillo: That's why I tell you. They casted, they are casting the blame on me because they think that I was dead. But I am not dead. I am alive. Now yes I will take care of the problem, I will take care of it. Because even if I have to go back again, to do things that I should not do...because this minister paid a lot of money for, for the death of...It wasn't for your...that's why I tell you. The young men made a mistake. They went and grabbed your husband. It was your son that they wanted to kill. Him. It's him they wanted to kill. Monchi. It's Monchi that they wanted to kill. They made a mistake and they killed your, your, your, your husband.

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Cervantes Recording Revisited
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DPM Vega Refutes Allegations
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Woman Hit by AG’s Vehicle Dies
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Victim’s Sister Awaits Promised Assistance from AG Elrington
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The Split at Caye Caulker Under Dispute
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Scotiabank Undergoes Massive Downsizing
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Mediation Fails in Pickwoad Land Dispute
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BBBFF Takes Control of Local Gym
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American Nation to be Shipped Back to the US
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BBIA Announces Winners of Belize Literary Prize
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Kalilah Enriquez & Jorge Awe Honoured at BBIA Awards
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Caye Caulker Police Need New Barracks
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Rotary Launches Annual Christmas Raffle
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Healthy Living Looks At Male Sterilization
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Woman Knocked Down By Minister Driver Passes
Thirty one year old Elisa Hunter who sustained major head and body injuries after she was knocked down near mile 8 on the George Price Highway on Tuesday, died around 5:00pm yesterday at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. As we reported, Hunter had just a-lighted a west-bound passenger bus around 9:00 Tuesday morning and was in the process of crossing the highway, when she was knocked down by a black 2015 Prado assigned to Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington. Police say Minister Elrington was in the vehicle at the time of the incident, but the vehicle was being driven by 25 year old Amir Garcia, the Minister’s driver. Since the incident, a notice of intended prosecution has been served on Garcia. The Foreign Ministry says that Elrington visited Hunter on Tuesday and that he had promised to ensure that all appropriate assistance is provided to her. Elrington is also quoted as stating that he regrets the unfortunate traffic incident.

Workshop Held On How To Deal With Grieve
A group of missionaries are in Belize to conduct workshops on how to deal with grief. The group is from 26:12 Ministry. 26:12 was established under Foundation Management Services which provides outstanding resources and comprehensive training to hospice and home care agencies. Through the group, members have beenable to serve many within their communities and others in other countries around the world. Beckie Hinze is the Executive Director and says that 26:12 ministry has been supporting the Belize Hospice and Palliative Foundation for six years now. Their current visit is focused on assisting curch leaders with a one day workshop to help spiritual leaders to equip people in churches to deal with grief. That workshop was held yesterday in Orange Walk Town.

Two Charged For Robbery In Corozal
Corozal Police have charged two men for burglary and handling stolen goods following their investigations into a report made by an American resident of Consejo Village in the Corozal District. Twenty one year old Adan Eduvies Cantun, a Belizean laborer of Corozal Town and twenty three year old Jason Edward Magana, Belizean Laborer of Paraiso Village, were jointly arrested and charged for burglary and handling stolen goods. Authorities found the duo in possession of one BTL modem, one Hometech iron and a coffee maker. Both men appeared before Magistrate Hurl Hamilton where Cantun pled guilty and was sentenced to seven years in prison. However, the charges against Magana were withdrawn. The incident was reported by 61 year old Robin Gill who said his house was burglarized between the thirtieth of October and the second of November while he was out of the country.

COM Speak On Payment
In other news within the sugar industry, the final average cane price for the 2014 crop has been released. This is the third and final payment for sugar cane to farmers for the last cane crop. New Chairman of the Committee of Management Ezekiel Cansino spoke on the payments. “Tenemos en un average de $67.52 por tonelada pero esto varea según la calidad de cana o el TC/TS en que quedamos por grupo y tenemos una variación tal vez de $7 con el más alto y con el más bajo; San Estevan grupo A vienen siendo en primer lugar que van a estar recibiendo $11.16 y el más bajo con $9.36 ese es el tercer pago.” Dalila Ical – Reporter “Este pago es algo que esperaba los caneros o esperaban un poco más?” Ezekiel Cansino “Pues yo creo que los caneros haya fuera esperaban un poco más pero ya revisando los últimos semanas de entrega vimos de que caímos bastante y pues esto es lo que estamos consiguiendo ahorita.”

BSCFA Continues To Tackle Child Labor
Following the change in management, the next step has been to keep the work flow on the several matters at the association, including meeting the requirements by FLOCERT to correct noncompliance that were identified earlier in the year. Among the biggest problems is child labor. Chair of the Committee of Management Ezekiel Cansino says that they continue to hold workshops tackling this issue. Since Monday members of the BSCFA have been in training on child labor with fairtrade representatives and consultants. “Podemos recordar que el Child Labor es uno de los none-compliance que tuvimos este ano y por eso hemos conseguido una suspensión y vinieron dos personas una señora de Alemania y uno de Costa Rica siempre de la organización de Fair Trade nos están dando entrenamiento sobre el tema y cómo podemos mitigar o que programas podemos hacer para mitigar este problema que tenemos acá, es un problema que no solo existe aquí en la industria cañera sino que es un problema que existe otra ves de todo el pis de Belice y esperemos que podamos salir adelante con este entrenamiento y después vamos a pasarlo a los branches adonde se identificó el Child Labor.”

CZL Police Investigate Hit And Run Accident
Corozal police are investigating a hit and run incident of a resident from the Xaibe Village. Fifty seven year old Eliseo Nicholson reported that on Tuesday around 5:00a.m. while riding his Beach Cruiser bicycle on the outskirts of Xaibe Village, on an unnamed road, he was suddenly knocked down from behind by what appeared to be a White 4-door car, which was travelling from behind him heading in the same direction. As a result he was thrown off the bicycle onto the roadside where he momentarily lost consciousness. He was later assisted by his family to the Corozal Police station where he was then taken to the Corozal Town Community hospital for treatment as he was complaining of pain to the back and left leg. The bicycle received a broken rear wheel and damage to the frame; it is valued at $200.00.

Ranger Stationed At Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve Under Investigation
San Pedro police are closely monitoring a ranger stationed at the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve after the Department outlined a serious security risk concerning his rogue-like behaviour in a letter dated October 16th, the San Pedro Sun Newspaper is reporting. In the letter, the police officer points out that Fisheries Officer Roberto Carballo has been closely monitored and has even confessed to having individuals working for him as playadores (drug beachcombers) who wait for wet drops (drugs that wash up on the beach). The letter states that Carballo confessed to have individuals he brings from Corozal to walk the beachside in search of illegal drugs, also known as ‘wet drop,’ which is then turned over to him. Mr. Roberto Carballo has further confessed to being involved in numerous criminal activities,” stated the letter addressed to the Head of the Fisheries Department.

BSCFA, COM Elects New Chairman
As of last Thursday the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association has seen a change in the members of the Committee of Management and. The committee will serve for the term starting November 1st 2014 to October 31st 2015. Today we spoke with the new chairman of the Committee, Ezekiel Cansino on the changes. “Como es el acta de que un ano es para Corozal y un ano es para Orange Walk entonces este ano le toca a la división de Orange Walk para tener el Chairman del Comité de manejo y con el apoyo de los nueve directores de la división de Orange Walk me nominaron y acepte la posición de Chairman del Comité de manejo y tenemos también el Vice-Chairman que es del lado de Corozal, el señor Geovanny Loria, el secretario el señor Esteban Villanueva, el tesorero quedo el señor Eledino Escaraga y los dos consejeros que son los chairman divisionales de parte de Corozal el señor Ramón Aban y por parte de Orange Walk el señor Marciano Novelo.”

Officer Placed On Desciplnary Charge For Involvement In Cervantes' Case
During the conversation between the man alleging to be Manuel Castillo and Vilma Cervantes, the caller is heard stating that Ramon Senior was not the target, instead it was Ramon (Monchie) Cervantes Junior, the P.U.P’s Standard Bearer for Orange Walk North that was the alleged target. All that transpired yesterday is still very fresh in our minds, and while the public sentiments vary, there is still no evidence that proves that the man, who made the call on the night of October 8th, is Castillo. While there is still more information to digest and then some, today another revelation was made when authorities issued an updated release on the case of Ramon Cervantes Senior whose badly decomposed body was found buried in a shallow grave on a farm located in the Honey Camp Area on July 5th, 2014.

Residents Show Support To The Cervantes Family
Yesterday the purported truth behind the disappearance and death of Ramon Cervantes Senior surely took many by surprise as the allegations are very disturbing. It certainly jerked many reactions and the matter is at the top of conversations across the country as the police and even a government official was named in the entire recording of the conversation between Ramon Cervantes’ wife, Vilma Cervantes and Manuel Castillo, who police are seeking for the homicide. A few hours following the revelation, government responded with a press release condemning the allegations and warning the media to desist from further divulging any of the information presented or face legal action. And as we disclosed earlier the police department has also responded to the allegations with their own release. At the time of the presentation though, the news caught the public by surprise and several rose to express their support to the Cervantes Family. Here is a look at their response to the daunting news.

Ramon Cervantes Jr. Clarify Why They Went Public
The information shared by the Cervantes family is daunting. But how much of it is true? The truth is that the revelation has compounded the speculations surrounding the death of Ramon Cervantes Senior. Given the circumstances, what will the family do? According to Ramon Cervantes Junior, their decision to go public with the recording is in following with his intention of remaining transparent on the case. Viewers may recall that Cervantes Junior was vocal about the good collaboration between the family and the police at the start of the search for his father but this relationship shifted sharply following the discovery his body. Since then, Cervantes Junior maintains that police have not been forthcoming with the progress of the case. “Right after the burial of my father and the arrest of the three guys that cooperation has been diverted, the whole attitude had change and after that is like we lost communication as I mentioned in my previous statement ever since those initial days the police have not been informing us of any status of the case.” So will the family pursue the case given the recent allegations? Here is what Cervantes Junior told the audience and the media.

SSEDAT II Program Comes To An End
Today, the La Inmaculada Credit Union held a culmination ceremony for beneficiaries in the Small Scale Enterprises Development in Agriculture and Tourism 2 project (SSEDAT2). The program was one implemented by the LICU and financed by the European Union under the Accompanying Measures for Sugar Program. General Manager at LICU, Yolanda Gomez says this project was the continuation of the first but focused primarily on entrepreneurship and capacity building of these micro and macro enterprises. Yolanda Gomez – General Manager, LICU “We managed to assist 18 micro an small enterprise and we conducted numerous trainings and field trips and we assisted quite a lot of people with training, with marketing skills, with a showcase so that the artisans can display their products, we assisted people like seasonings, we assisted the people like the Mariachi group because we believe that promoting culture, promoting tourism diversifying as a result of the challenges we are going through from the sugar industry that is what the EU put aside a portion of this funding to help with diversification and entrepreneurship and today we close off our project and we did a handing over ceremony as we handed over tents, banners to create more publicity and for more marketing purposes.”

PUP Leader Weighs In On Recording Released By Cervantes Family
In attendance at the conference held by the Cervantes Family this afternoon were several high ranking officials of the People’s United Party, including Party Leader Francis Fonseca. Given the nature of the information shared with the public, the media asked Fonseca for his position on the matter. His reaction, according to him was shock and sadness, stating that he hopes the country does not travel a road to political violence. “I’m not in a position to determine the truth of what was said it was a tape recording and I was here to give my support to the Cervantes family obviously what we heard on the tape is very disturbing and very shocking and very alarming and don’t believe any citizen of Belize would want to believe that our country is heading to that direction and that would be a very, very, very sad and tragic day for all of us as Belizeans citizens so I certainly don’t want it to be true and I don’t want it to be true but we have an obligation to investigate it, the police have an obligation to investigate it and to look into it and to find out the truth not only to Mr. Cervantes and his family but to the Belizean people given what it has been disclose so we are continuing to demand justice for Don Ramon and for his family.”

Is Marco Tulio Mendez Stepping Down From Area Rep Position?
There are reports that the current Orange Walk East Area representative Marco “Tulio” Mendez may be stepping down and not contest the next general elections. At the conference held today by the Cervantes Family, Party Leader Francis Fonseca spoke on the allegations. “Doctor Marco Tulio has been getting medical treatment and he just returned from Guatemala a few days ago his doctors have been given him some advice and I have discussed with him but a final determination on whether or not he will be fit to continue to run, to continue to be the standard bearer for the People’s United Party, you know he is the area representative for the Orange Walk East and he will serve out his term but whether or not he will be fit and able to run is a matter that will be determined by his doctors.”

Youth Week Get Underway In Orange Walk
As part of Youth Week being celebrated in municipalities across Belize, today the Orange Walk Youth Department hosted a Role Model Forum for students from both high schools. The aim was to give young persons the guidance, friendship and support needed through presentations from role models in the community. One such role model we spoke with was Olga Urbina Gough. Olga Urbina-GOUGH – Role Model “The youth that are here which are different high schools of Orange Walk, somebody on their society to look up to, I am honored and humbled to have been asked by these groups to be a part of this panel and I think it is important that we talk to them about their experience, how e got to where we are and jut to inspire them to want to do better.”

Sensational Allegation Made Against Prominent Politician By The Cervantes Family
The abduction and subsequent murder of seventy-one year old Ramon Cervantes Senior in July this year shocked the entire northern part of Belize. Months after, while there hasn’t been much progress in the case, there is another shocking revelation made this time by the deceased’s family. In a conference held not only with the media but hundreds of people including family and friends, the Cervantes family released a recording of a call between Vilma Cervantes, wife of the late Cervantes and the man police have tagged as the mastermind behind the kidnapping and homicide, Manuel Castillo. The alleged contact between the fugitive and the family is in itself an unforeseen event but a recording of their conversation reveals even more shocking allegations into the death of Ramon Cervantes Senior. Dalila Ical Reports.

Alleged Conversation With Pelon Reveals Ramon Sr. Was Not The Target
The information shared with the people who attended the conference and the media was a lot to absorb at the moment. The family received the call since October 8th and as we mentioned before, the family was informed that Cervantes Senior was not the target of the abduction but his son. He, Ramon Cervantes Junior responded to that allegation that the hit was on his life. “It’s not only sad for me to the point where we have gotten as a nation is very worrying as a nation I have only one live and I think our whole country is in danger our tradition of peace and cooperation with one another and our social fabric is in danger as per my life as a God feared man I know that my life is in danger and the lives of my family and friends and those close to me because clearly I am marked for death by very rich and powerful people but we have to go on because it is God to decide my destiny not man.”


Pickwood’s Attorney, Matura Speaks Of Land Dispute
The land dispute involving Bernadette Pickwood, Maude Williams and Marvin Castillo, commenced trial this morning in the court room of Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin. As we have been reporting, Pickwood feels as though a piece of land located at the corner of Chetumal and Albert Hoy Streets was unfairly taken away from her from the Lands Department and given to Williams and Castillo. After more than twenty years, Pickwood realized that works were being done on the land that she had been holding a lease for. Pickwood successfully got an injunction to stop all works and after a fail attempt of settling the matter out of court yesterday, the trial began this morning. Pickwood’s attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, spoke to the media. AUDREY MATURA-SHEPHERD “It doesn’t mean that from now to November 27th there wouldn’t be our own form of mediation. The court always encourages that and we as attorneys, we know we need to be amenable by that because while you go to the court there are certain things that you can solve and I must say that the Ministry of Natural Resources which is in between the two parties is also amenable and the other parties so we can’t say how it will go but it’s just a safe guard because it would be difficult that if our mediation doesn’t work that my client has to fly back into the country to deal with this.

Michael Young Represented The Villanueva’s In Court Of Appeal
Rene Villanueva Senior and Rene Villanueva Junior lost a major court battle today at the Court of Appeal. The Villanueva’s borrowed monies from Development Finance Corporation to build Cahal Pech Club in San Ignacio. After some troubles, DFC sought to get their monies back and they used the courts to do so. The Supreme Court ruled partially in DFC’s favor but that ruling was appealed by the Villanueva’s who were today represented by Senior Counsel, Michael Young. MICHAEL YOUNG “They had borrowed some money from DFC to purchase the Cahal Pech property and then some difficulties arose and ultimately the DFC sued them for over $900,000 and that was defended by them. They were partially successful in their defense at the Supreme Court level in that the claim was for $900,000 plus thousand dollars and the court only awarded $400,000 on the basis of a defense called stopper that the DFC was not entitled to collect the whole thing. The judgment having been made against them for the $400,000 there was an appeal against that judgment because the Villanueva’s felt that the whole amount should not be enforced against them because of an arrangement that had been entered between the Villanueva’s and DFC. So that is what went to the court of appeal, but they were not successful in that regard. So on a whole, they were partially successful in their defense and in fact ultimately in ended up just about 50% of what the DFC was originally claiming.”

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ensures Assistance to Victim Of Traffic Accident
The Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, regrets the unfortunate traffic incident which occurred early yesterday near Mile 8 on the George Price Highway, resulting in Ms. Elicia Hunter sustaining severe injuries. Ms. Hunter has been hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City where Minister Elrington visited her yesterday. The Minister is being kept updated on her situation and has promised to ensure that all appropriate assistance is given to Ms. Hunter during this difficult time.

Dennis Molina Sr. Teaches B.AS. Staff Importance Of Defensive Driving
For the past three decades, Dennis Molina Senior, has been teaching hundreds of Belizeans about defensive driving. It’s driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others. That lesson was thought to the staff of the Belize Audubon Society over the weekend. DENNIS MOLINA SENIOR “I have been teaching this course for over 26 years and they have shown a lot of benefit to the people that I teach, they have started an attitude they have situated themselves with the conditions and its benefit to people because when there are drivers on the road. Of course when I was doing the course, some of the people said ‘well the people they meet on the side do not drive like them’ but there is a difference to a defensive driver, they stand out in the crowd, they stick out like a sore thumb. People who are aggressive and offensive drivers cannot continue like that, they make a show but they are not driving defensively at all. A defensive driver gives up his right as a matter of courtesy, those who do not do not drive defensively and will not do such things. They fell like it is not good or helpful to anyone, while a defensive driver will realize that these behaviors and practical knowledge benefit everybody, benefit all persons.”

Councilor In Charge Of Dangriga Town Council Speaks Of Sanitation And Environment Issues
A resident of Dangriga called in to Love FM’s morning show to complain that the garbage was not being picked up in that municipality. According to Councilor in charge of sanitation and environment at the Dangriga Town Council Howard Melendrez, the situation should be back to normal by early next week. Howard Melendrez “The Dangriga town council apologizes to the residents of Dangriga for the inconvenience caused due to the garbage situation in town. The council is cognizant of the fact of how irritable it is not to have the garbage picked up. The compactor has been out of commission since last Tuesday and the works department of the Dangriga Town Council immediately transition into plan B which is to have the Kenworth, which is the dump truck and the trailer, to do the garbage pick up.

Court Arguments End In Case Involving BTL, GOB And Ashcroft
Today arguments concluded inside the court rooms of Court of Appeals Judges, Justice Minnet Hafiz-Bertram, Christopher Blackman and Dennis Morrison. As we reported yesterday, Belize Telemedia Limited is looking to recover in excess of ten million dollars from its former directors. The case was first heard in the Supreme Court which ruled in BTL’s favor and now that ruling is being appealed. The focus of the suit is Great Belize Production Limited, which was once a subsidiary of BTL. For the common folks, the web of ligation’s surrounding BTL and GOB has become confusing and so today Government’s attorney, Michael Young, gave the media a brief history of the case and what his argument was.Sequence 01.Still009 Attorney Michael Young “What happened is that just before the government took over BTL, the board as a matter of fact on a Sunday did certain things. What had happened was that when the company was controlled by the Ashcroft group, they had been financing Great Belize productions which is Channel 5 and had financed it up that point up to some $5million dollars and they had on top of the financing they had provided for the purchase of shares in Great Belize productions for another $5million; so BTL had expended around $10million dollars in relation to Channel 5 and the acquisition of shares in relation to that company.


Traffic accident victim dies in hospital
29 year old Elisa Hunter was knocked down on Tuesday morning near her workplace, the Belize Recycling Company at Mile 8 on the George Price Highway. She spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday in hospital, but was never able to make a full recovery, and died on Wednesday evening around 5:00 p.m. Her sister Ersi Hunter describes, through tears, the suffering of her departed sister and the grief of those she leaves behind. [Translated] “When I talked to her when the accident happened, I went to her and told her I was going to take care of her daughter until the day I die. That is what I promised my sister. While she was talking, she told me that she was in a lot of pain, but I didn’t know that all her insides were shattered. We called the Ambulance, but after 45 /60 minutes there was still no sign of an ambulance. My sister hugged me and was pleading for help, and the Ambulance wasn’t showing up.”

Orange Walk police say no other party responsible for Cervantes murder
On Wednesday we reported on the released recording of a telephone conversation, purportedly with wanted fugitive Manuel Castillo and the wife of the murdered 71 year old Ramon Cervantes Jr. In that conversation, the person claiming to be Manuel Castillo, told Mrs. Cervantes that the murder of her husband was the result of a contracted hit on her son, Ramon Cervantes Jr., but the hired killers got the wrong Cervantes. The man made incredible claims that implicated a Minister of Government and senior police officials. On Thursday, the Orange Walk Police said that police investigation has proven so far that no other party, apart from wanted person Manuel Castillo and his accomplices, are responsible for Cervantes’ murder. Additionally, P.C. 743 Javier Alvarez who apparently sold a Police Service handcuff to wanted fugitive Manuel Castillo has been placed on disciplinary charges; (2) counts for Prejudice to Good Order and Discipline and has been interdicted from duty since 26th September, 2014.

House collapses in Belize City
A Belize City man suffered a frightening experience on Wednesday night, when the house he resides in on Freetown Road suddenly collapsed. Kevin Rowland says he believes the house was deliberately knocked down by a suspicious character he saw lurking in the area moments before it fell. He gives his account of what happened. “My young lady come and call me tonight. Me and she may have a conversation, because she told me a lee problem what she do go through and thing. I went in. I listen to her and thing. All of a sudden we may reason together and thing, and we hear a noise downstairs. When she tell me she heard a noise, I hear it too, but I never pay it no mind.

Senior citizen’s ATM card stolen, thousands withdrawn
A 73-year-old Belize City woman reported to police that sometime between Tuesday 14th October, 2014 and Monday 3rd November, 2014, her Atlantic Bank ATM card was stolen from inside her house, and that several withdrawals were made. The total amount of cash stolen from her account is $5,320.00. Police are seeking a person whom they believe can assist in this investigation.

Hit and run incident in Xaibe
57-year-old Eliseo Nicholson of Xaibe Village, Corozal District, reported on Sunday November 2 at about 0:500 a.m., while riding his Beach Cruiser bicycle on the outskirts of Xaibe Village on an unnamed road, he was suddenly knocked down from behind by what appeared to be a White 4-door car, which was travelling behind him heading in the same direction. As a result, he was thrown off the bicycle onto the roadside where he momentarily lost consciousness. He was later assisted by his family to the Corozal Police station where he was then taken to the Corozal Town Community hospital for treatment as he was complaining of pain to the back and left leg. Police investigations continue.

The Guardian

PUP attempt to stop the country’s transformation
The People’s United Party remain adamant that they will, by any means necessary stop the transformation that is taking place across the country. Sensing that the government’s proper use of the Petro Caribe financing facility will be their demise, they have concocted a scheme to take the matter to court in an attempt to stop government from using the Petro Caribe finances to develop Belize. They called a press conference and huddled together in the hopes that their warm bodies would give them hope that somehow their injunction against government would be successful. The two, Julius and Francis seemed like Siamese Twins joined at the hip. It looked eerily confusing to see these two so close together. Espat must have been thinking the same thing that Fonseca was thinking: keep your friends close and your enemies even closer. And while they sat together for comfort and distrust, they said they were not attempting to stop the government spending. Well slap me silly! What then would be the purpose of the injunction? The hairbrained idea was concocted by Julius (probably to prove that Francis will follow just about any idiotic idea)and now the PUP finds itself in a quandary.

Heat comes down on Public Sector Workers Trust
Pensioners say: “they are not paying us any attention so we will have to pursue the legal route”. Still not being able to respond to public officers and retirees who had their wages frozen between 1995 and 1997 it seems the trustees and protectors of the Public Sector Workers Trust are now trying to play catch up. On Wednesday November 5, the PSU called a meeting with some of its members (we are not certain if these people are actual beneficiaries since there is no actual listing of these) at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall. Some 75 persons, mostly pensioners, showed up and when the protectors and trustees tried to explain what the money would be used for the proposals were soundly rejected by those gathered. The meeting started at 5:30p.m. and it carried along in a contentious atmosphere up until almost three hours later ending at 8:15p.m.

BDF Commander going to inspect helicopters for border patrol
The Government of Belize intends to purchase the country’s first helicopters; therefore, the Ministry of National Security is preparing a team of engineers to travel to Miami, Florida along with Brigadier General David Jones, Commander of the Belize Defense Force, to inspect Bell 206 helicopters that are on the Government’s radar. Since the British Government pulled out its helicopters being used by the British Army Training and Support Unit in Belize (BATSUB) in 2012, the Government of Belize has been calling on allies to provide air support for its troops. Requests to the Governments of the United States, Taiwan, Canada and others seem to have fallen on deaf ears. The only time air support is provided is when the United States uses its helicopters in joint missions to destroy marijuana plants in Belize – like in 2013 when the Chinook and Blackhawk helicopters were used in three operations to destroy over $30 million worth of marijuana plants in Belize’s jungles. The same kind of air support has not been provided to assist the BDF in patrolling our borders and protecting our natural resources.

Louis Wade holding campaign financing fundraiser?
Plus TV’s Louis Wade has Western Caucus PUP supporters giddy after he announced on his morning show that he will be holding a fundraiser on November 15. They have been waiting for a while to get a signal from Wade that he intends to contest the next General Elections for the PUP in Cayo North and finally they are appeased. Wade is holding a public telethon in order to raise funds. He has been the most anti-government media personality outside of Vibes Radio but needs money to continue that doom and gloom campaign because mainstream advertisers have drawn a line in the sand and walked away from Plus TV. Business owners were once fascinated with the television station which profiled as a faith based organization. Their programmes once featured positive entertainment and the news shed light on events happening in the Cayo area that no other media house was covering. This was something Belizeans had been waiting for and advertisers were excited to support. The station’s popularity grew and soon after it drew national following.

The Battle Over Channel 5
The Court of Appeal has reserved judgement in the case brought by BTL against the former Directors of the company when Lord Michael Aschroft had direct ownership and controlling interest in the Nation’s Telecommunication company. They’re battling over the ownership of Channel 5, officially known as Great Belize Productions. Readers may remember that on August 23, 2009,1 day before the Barrow Administration first nationalized BTL, the former board members held a Sunday meeting, and started divested BTL’s ownership of Channel 5. They divested the Channel 5 company from BTL and distributed the shares to 3 international companies, Overseas International Thames Ventures Limited, and Katalyst Developments Limited. By transferring the shares out, those former directors transferred ownership from BTL to these new business entities.

Ministry of Health awaits Chikungunya confirmation tests
On Friday, October 31, the Ministry of Health announced that they are awaiting the results of samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) laboratory in Trinidad after IGM antibody tests conducted on three samples at the Central Medical Laboratory were confirmed positive for Chikungunya. The samples were collected a week earlier in the Las Flores community in Belmopan. According to Ministry of Health officials the detection in that area was not surprising since residents of that area frequently travel to and from El Salvador which is know to have Chikungunya.

Deputy Prime Minister Libeled during Cervantez press conference
Hon. Gaspar Vega, Deputy Prime Minister, learned of a Ramon Cervantes family press conference broadcast today by a certain media house. At that press conference a voice recording was played containing the most outrageously false and defamatory allegation against the DPM. Hon. Vega condemns those that caused the recording and allegations to be played, and those that carried the broadcast. The DPM warns that no other media house should carry or in any way further circulate the reprehensible libel against him. He has already consulted his lawyer who will take action against anyone that ignores this warning.

Paul Nabor, the King of Paranda laid to rest
The People’s United Party remain adamant that they will, by any means necessary stop the transformation that is taking place across the country. Sensing that the government’s proper use of the Petro Caribe financing facility will be their demise, they have concocted a scheme to take the matter to court in an attempt to stop government from using the Petro Caribe finances to develop Belize. They called a press conference and huddled together in the hopes that their warm bodies would give them hope that somehow their injunction against government would be successful. The two, Julius and Francis seemed like Siamese Twins joined at the hip. It looked eerily confusing to see these two so close together. Espat must have been thinking the same thing that Fonseca was thinking: keep your friends close and your enemies even closer.

Training for new Police Sergeants in Belmopan
A two week training course began on Tuesday of this week for newly promoted police sergeants at the National Police Training Academy in Belmopan. Important thrusts in the course were to impart knowledge and skills regarding police topics and to develop their capacity in building a cohesive team. Facilitation towards the course in Belmopan is now being provided by the Institute of Professional Development and the Ministry of Public Service. Commandant of the National Police Training Academy Anthony Rosado told the Guardian that the two week course at the National Police training school will also focus on developing supervisory skills for the Sergeants. According to a release from the Human Rights Commission of Belize (HRCB), the Sergeants were provided training on Tuesday regarding Human Rights and International Human Rights Standards. Sergeants were given a brief history of human rights, introduced to the international human rights instruments applicable to policing and the UN code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officers.

Another Family Gets House from Rotary
“Service Above Self” is the Rotary way and the organization continues to live true to its motto. On Wednesday, November 05, the Rotary Club of Belize handed over the keys for a new house to Katherine Thomas and her three sons. Rotary partners with Hand in Hand Ministries to donate at least one house each year to a needy family. To qualify for a house an individual has to go through an application process. They must attend meetings and services with the Christian based group and be active in the ministry. They also have to identify a piece of property to place the house.

San Antonio Road gets hotmix
The road leading from Orange Walk town to San Antonio village is getting nearer to completion, this week contractor for the paving of the 5.9 kilometers of road began to surface the road with hotmix. After months of preparatory work filling and preparing the sub-base, contractor Emir Hernandez began to do the final work of pouring the hotmix on the road. After completing the road, which is being financed by the European Union, it would have cost 2.24 million Euros. Work on the road is expected to be fully complete within the next couple of weeks.

Santa Elena Town has a brand new park
Santa Elena Town in the Cayo District now has new attractions for a more relaxed environment. The Orange Orchard Park by Bradley’s Bank in Santa Elena Town was completed this week and now sports a variety of wooden and metal amenities to keep the young occupied. The newest park within the Cayo Central Division now features swings, see-saws, slides and a variety of colorfully painted swinging bars. Adults will now be able to sit comfortably under a shed at the Orange Orchard Park while their children are occupied with play or choose instead to sit by the tables that have been built within the park. Along the perimeter of the Orange Orchard Park there is also a concrete foot path.

Murder in Concepcion
The quiet northern village of Concepcion in the Corozal District was the scene of an execution-style murder, reminiscent of the gang slayings which happen very regularly in Belize City. In that shooting, 24 year-old Ricardo Alfredo Itzab was fatally shot. It happened sometime before 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 1 when Itzab was walking home with his friends, Miguel Gamboa, and Oscar Herrera, all of whom are residents of the village. They were heading home from a bar, and when they arrived at a location between miles 76 and 77 on the Northern Highway, they were targeted. A lone bicycle rider, who was dressed in dark clothing, wearing a mask over his face, pulled out a weapon and fired a single shot in their direction. Itzab was injured by that bullet which hit him in the right side of his chest. Immediately as Itzab went down, the masked assailant sped off and escaped, leaving Itzab’s companions to seek help for him.

Food Vendor Busted with Weed and Pipe
A local food vendor of the King Street area spent at least one night on remand at the Belize Central Prison after police allegedly busted her with 0.8 grams of weed and a three and a half inch pipe fitted for smoking drugs. Kimberly Oshon, 30, was arrested by police on Monday, November 3, and taken before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser to face one count of possession of a control drugs and one count of possession of a pipe. She pleaded not guilty to both charges and was offered bail in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same amount. She was unable to meet bail on time and was transported to prison at 4:30 p.m.

Four Charged for Firearm Connected to Albert Hoy St. Robbery
Burton Claire, 20, Gavan Claire, 19, Kyle Carter, 19, and James Swazo, 39, are at the Belize Central Prison on remand for keeping a .38 Special revolver and ammunition without a gun license. There was an armed robbery at a Chinese Grocery Store on Albert Hoy St. in the Belama area on Thursday, October 30. Three men entered the shop demanding money. One was armed with a chrome handgun and another went behind the cash register and took out $741. The men then ran into a waiting green Geo Prizm and drove out from the area. Quick police response resulted in the men being tracked and captured on Coney Drive. Inside the vehicle were four men along with the loot and a .38 Special loaded with four rounds. They were arrested and taken to the Queen Street Police Station.

Man accused of attacking his neighbor with machete
A dispute between two men who are neighbors in the Maskall village has led police to charge one of the two parties involved. 63 year old Edward Solis, a resident of Maskall, who is a restaurant and bar owner apppeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser in where he was arraigned on a single count of aggravated assault with a machete upon Dorian Arnold, who is his next door neighbor. In court, Solis, pleaded not guilty to the charge and while there was no objection to him being granted bail, the court prosecutor, Kennard Clark asked the court to please set some form of condition to Solis’ bail since the facts indicate that both men are neighbors and are allegedly feuding. The facts says that Solis has his bar located across the street from the victim.

Hon. Herman Longsworth opens Technical Evaluation Meeting of CODICADER
The Hon. Herman Longsworth, Minister of State with direct responsibility for Sports, on Monday 3 November, 2014, officially declared open the Technical Evaluation Meeting for Consejo de Istmo Centroamericano de Deporte y Recreación (CODICADER) on the Juegos Deportivos Centroamericanos Estudiantiles de CODICADER at the Banyan Bay Resort Conference Room in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. The Technical Meeting is being held as part of Belize Presidency Pro-Tempore of Sistema de la Integración de Centroamericana (SICA) under its Secretaria de la Integración Social Centroamericana (SISCA), which is one arm of the organisation. Sistema Integracion de Centroamericana (SICA) is made up of two branches, the political which is 60 years old and the social which is much younger and includes CODICADER which is 22 years old.

Volunteers from both Belize and Guatemala meet in Cayo
Volunteers from both Belize and Guatemala met on Sunday, October 26, at the Rumors Resort Hotel at the periphery of San Ignacio Town to lay the ground work for future collaborations with 4 theWorld, a Non-Profit organization now operating in both Countries. Present for the meeting was the Assistant Mayor of San Andres in Peten, Guatemala, Hector Giron as well as 4theWorld Guatemala Director Jose Cunil. Executive Director of 4theWorld Robert Keith Froom was also present to give an overview of operations in Guatemala and how future projects in Belize will be undertaken. 4theWorld is now looking for volunteers in Belize, to assist various visiting teams from the United States, who will be coming to Belize early next year to work on community projects. Teachers in Belize are also being invited to get in contact with 4theWorld to do assessment needs in their communities so that it can work on projects in those communities, which would normally last for two years.

Can Drones Patrol Western Border?
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), also referred to as an unpiloted aerial vehicle and a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. This is the definition ascribed to what we commonly refer to as Drones. The uses of Drones are many and varied. They are used by the military to deliver aid in dangerous areas, special covert operations and even to carry ordnance (bombs). They are used by various intelligence gathering organizations including spying on enemies. Increasingly they are being employed by civil non-military organizations such as the Police, Fire Departments and real estate agents. In San Jose,the third largest city in California, and the tenth largest in the US, the Police Department is using Drones in its crime fighting efforts. Its Bomb Squad’s uses the UAV during bomb investigations when needed due to terrain obstructions to enhance officer and public safety.

Ebola Update 2 - Ministry of Health Updates on Ebola Activities
The Ministry of Health continues to carry out activities aiming at containing any possible threats of Ebola in Belize. 1. The Ministry of Health has ramped up a series of coordinated activities in conjunction with the Customs and Excise Department, the Immigration Department and the airlines for further strengthening at the Phillip Goldson International Airport (PGIA). 2. A meeting was held with the airlines and personnel from the Airport Concession Company to agree on the implementation of new procedures for passenger arrival. A flow chart for processing of passengers is in use as a guide for Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) who are now being rotated at the International Airport. 3. Training continues on infection control procedures for a wide cross section of persons at the International Airport.

Government officials and various private sector representatives are in meetings with science and technology experts from Korea to develop a comprehensive science and technology strategy for the country of Belize. The first meetings took place on Monday, November 3, at the launch of the 2014 Belize-Korea Knowledge Sharing Program. Senator Joy Grant and Dr. Colin Young travelled to Korea shortly after the establishment of the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology and Public Utilities in 2012. During that visit, Minister Grant and C.E.O. Young forged a partnership with Korea for knowledge sharing and technical assistance that has already provided dividends for Belize with the formation of the country’s National Transportation Masterplan in 2013.

Tulio Mendez on the way out
Doctors have advised Marco Tulio Mendez that he should not run for the next general elections. Mendez is suffering from an undisclosed illness and it appears it is so severe that doctors have urged him not to run. While health may be a reason for Mendez to not run again, the reality is that during his tenure as a representative for Orange Walk East he has done absolutely nothing for the constituency. Health reasons are just now becoming the excuse. Our question is, what happened to Mendez when his health was not a concern?

Mexican Trade Mission to Belize
Since Prime Minister Barrow made an official visit to Mexico in October of 2010 there has been a number of trade missions between the two countries. The latest mission was organized by the Chetumal Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism and the Embassy of Mexico. On Wednesday, November 5, Mexican Government officials, entrepreneurs and representatives of business associations met with their Belizean counterparts in an effort to improve trade relations. The objective of the mission is to identify potential buyers and suppliers of a variety of products and services as well as to find investment opportunities. To achieve this objective an open day was held at the Institute of Mexico on Wednesday. Products discussed include: honey, edible and non-edible groceries; animal feed; tools and hardware supplies; ceramic tiles; electrical, plumbing and construction supplies; auto parts; office supplies, stationery and furniture; administrative and athletic uniforms, sports equipment; bicycles and parts; screen printing and embroidery; accessories for cell phones, cellphones and tablets; security cameras, alarms and electric fences; medical equipment and other accessories.

Central Region High Schools Basketball competition continues at the Bird’s Isle
The Central Region Secondary Schools Basketball Competition continued on Monday 3 November, 2014, with two games at Bird’s Isle. In the female game, St. Catherine Academy defeated Ladyville Technical by the score of 26-22. And in the male game it was Gwen Lizarraga High School winning over Nazarene High School by the score of 54-49. The competition continued on Saturday 1 November with four games on the schedule for the day. In the first of two female games played, Maud Williams blanked Pallotti High School by the score of 32-0. The top scorer for Maud Williams High School was K. Bailey with 11 points. In the second female game it was Wesley College winning over Ladyville Technical High School by the score of 33-21. The top scorers for Wesley College were K. Terry with 8 points and S. Neal with 7 Points. Meanwhile, the top scorer for Ladyville Technical was B. Noralez with 8 points.

Belize Defence Force wins again in Belikin Cup Tournament
The Premier League of Belize Belikin Cup Opening Tournament continued over the last weekend with a number of games on the schedule. On Saturday 1 November, 2014, at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence Village, the host team Texmar Assassins blanked Paradise/Freedom Fighters by the score of 3-0. The goals for Texmar Assassins were scored by Norman Pipersburgh in the 4th minute of play, Luis Torres in the 75th minute of play and Kendis Hernandez in the 77th minute of play. Out at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, Police United and Verdes FC played to a 2-2 draw. The visiting Verdes FC got on the scoreboard first when Nahgib Guerra in the 12th minute of play gave his team a 1-0 lead. The lead was further extended when Gilroy Thurton scored his team’s 2nd goal of the game in the 33rd minute of play for a 2-0 lead.

Belize High School of Agriculture to host National High Schools Volleyball championship
The National Secondary Schools Sports Association National Volleyball championship will be played on Friday and Saturday November 7 – 8, 2014 at the Orange Walk Multi- Purpose Complex. This year’s games are being hosted by the Belize High School of Agriculture and will feature 4 Female and 4 Male teams representing each of the four regions. The schools that have earned the rights to represent their respective region in the championships are from the North female Muffles College and male San Pedro High School. From Central Region in female it will be St. Catherine Academy and male St. John’s College. From the Western Region in both female and male it will be the Belmopan Comprehensive School. And from the south in female it will be Stann Creek Ecumenical College and in male it will be Toledo Community College. The Official Opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday 7 November, 2014 and it is expected to begin at 2:30. Immediately following the ceremony the first game will commence at 3:00pm.

20 Years for pedophile
Brian Charlesworth, 45, will spend the next 20 years in prison because he was convicted of sexual assault upon a minor as a repeat offender. On Wednesday, October 29, Charlesworth was convicted by a jury of nine, five men and four women, for having sexual intercourse with a female minor, 6. The trial began before Supreme Court Justice Troadio Gonzalez on the week of October 20. Prosecutor Kileru Awich called five witnesses, including the minor who at the time of the offense was only six-years-old. The child is now nine-years-old and she gave a vivid description of what transpired on an October night in 2011 when Charlesworth allegedly had sexual intercourse with her. In his defence, Charlesworth claims that he was not the one who had sexual intercourse with the child because he was never at the scene. He says he was at home at the time but has no alibi witnesses to corroborate his version of the story.

Salvadoran and Guatemalan teenagers acquitted of murder
Two men, a Salvadoran national Carlos Rene Granillo, 28, and an 18 year old Guatemalan, Rene Lopez Morentes, who were accused of the murder of an American woman who was killed in Indian Creek, Cayo in July 2004 are free after they were both acquitted from of the charge of murder. The men were charged in 2004 for the July 25, 2004 murder of American national, Mary Jane Blondell, 73, who was stabbed twice to the neck during a home invasion/burglary at her home in Indian Creek Village Cayo District. The trial of the men which began on Monday, October 27, concluded on Tuesday, November 4, before Supreme Court judge, Antoinette Moore in the Belmopan Supreme Court. During a voidaire, which lasted 7 days, it was concluded that the men were badly beaten to give caution statements. The police had claimed that the men had willingly given the statements. As a result of the voidaire, Judge Moore did not accept the caution statements by the men.

San Pedro Bar Owner Free from Aggravated Assault Charge
The owner Los Compadres Bar in San Pedro Town, Tanisha Tucker, is now a free woman after spending more than four years trying to clear her name from a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm upon her employee. The employee was 17 at the time of the alleged incident and was working for Tucker as a waitress at the bar. She reported to police that at about 8 a.m. on July 22, 2010, Tucker visited her apartment and the two exchanged words. She said she told Tucker she was going to stop working at the bar and this made her mad. Tucker allegedly pulled out a gun, placed it at her temple and threatened to kill her and her family. Tucker was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. She was remanded at the Belize Central Prison for five months before she was released on Supreme Court bail.

Busted with .38 gun
A .38 firearm loaded with six live rounds of ammunitions was found at a home in the Gungulung area of Belize City and police have arrested two adults and two minors aged 13 and 14. The group of four including 21 year old Lloyd Parchue, a resident of #16 Croton Lane in Belize City along with 25 year old Michael Flowers, a Sales Clerk of CET Site in the Gungulung area and the two minors were escorted to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court to be arraigned. They appeared at 4 before Magistrate Dale Cayetano where they were read two offenses, one count each of kept firearm without a gun license and one count each of kept ammunitions without a gun license.

US Elections
Obviously anything that happens in our huge northern neighbour affects Belize and Belizeans. Changes to Trade or Immigration policy have immediate consequences to other countries including Belize, while shifts in social principles have a more diverse but still potent outcome on the wider stage. Belizeans are bombarded with more US news and politics than local issues through our television viewing. The US mid-term elections which took place this week are therefore of great importance in Belize. The results are not yet in as I write this piece but all indications are that the Republicans will make significant gains and gain a majority in the US Senate. It is not clear if this will make the gridlock in Washington worse or if it will encourage some compromises to get things done.What is clear is that the majority of US voters are not enthusiastic about national politicians or politics though they often have a soft spot for local leaders. They also decry the impact that big money has on election results citing the billions of dollars pouring into the campaign from lobbyists and special interests. On a smaller scale these same sentiments can be found in Belize about the Belizean scene.

Patrick JonesPJ

Pickwoad land case goes to trial
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin today began hearing arguments in the trial of Belizean-American Bernadette Pickwoad and the Ministry of Natural Resources over a disputed property in Belize City. The trial had been scheduled to begin on Wednesday, but both sides applied to the Chief Justice to postpone until […]

New house for Belize City family courtesy Rotary
On Wednesday the Thomas family of Victoria Street relocated to their new home on Jane Usher Boulevard. The $35,000 22-by-30 structure was donated by the Rotary Club of Belize. Katherine Thomas is 36 years old, wheelchair-bound and a mother of 4 including a son with cerebral palsy. Ms. […]

House collapses in Belize City
A Belize City man suffered a frightening experience on Wednesday night when the house he resides in on Freetown Road suddenly collapsed. Kevin Rowland, who lives alone but was entertaining a female friend when the house fell, says he believes the house was deliberately knocked down by a […]

Belizean journalist wins prize for short story
Belize has established a prize for the best writers in the nation, the Belize Literary Prize, through the Belize Book Industry Association. With a rich literary tradition featuring the likes of Zee Edgell and Zoila Ellis, Sir Colville Young and Evan X Hyde, the Belize Literary Prize was […]

Traffic accident victim, Elisa Hunter, dies in hospital
29 year old Elisa Hunter was knocked down on Tuesday morning near her workplace, the Belize Recycling Company at Mile 8 on the George Price Highway. She spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday in hospital but was never able to make a full recovery and died on Wednesday […]

Belize Media Group marks first anniversary
The Belize Media Group, the company which operates this website and news service, is marking its first anniversary with some phenomenal success. Twelve months after going live on the web, the website has grown to be among the leading sources for news in Belize and about Belize. Since the start […]

Deputy Prime Minister denies involvement in Ramon Cervantes murder
Deputy Prime Minister and Orange Walk North area representative Gaspar Vega this evening issued an official statement formally denying involvement in the July murder of Ramon Cervantes, Sr., 71. On Wednesday afternoon the family of Don Ramon Cervantes, at a memorial event in Orange Walk Town, aired a […]


Meet Me on The Dock: Some of the Docks of San Pedro on ONE GORGEOUS DAY
Yesterday was one of the most beautiful days ever. I’m sure it was a combination of many factors – the low humidity, the bright sunshine, the perfect temperature and the fact that it has been grey and cool for the last couple. It all came together to equal gorgeous, San Pedro perfection. Docks that I think make San Pedro unique and beautiful. In fact, I now prefer sunning and swimming on a dock than just about anywhere. Sure you can lay on a white sandy beach – we’ve got those two – but the sounds of the water, the boat traffic going by, the smell of the wood, usually a heron or two…I’m telling you. Docks are where it’s at. And almost every resort has one.

Belize showcases Caribbean Music!
We were interested to hear that the 6th Edition of the Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase in Belize was launched November 4 at the Leo Bradley Library in Belize City, this year focussing on the music from thirteen Caribbean countries. With a variety of films, documentaries and animation, including a much-heralded biographical documentary of Calypso Rose, it promises to be as entertaining as it is interesting. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – Belize is much more than just a pretty face. Sure, the country is (justly) known for its stunning beauty and abundance of warm smiles, but travellers are often happily surprised by how much more is going on these days. The art scene is very much alive – check out the Belize Arts Gallery homepage at for a quick tour of just a few of the movers and shakers on the arts scene. With Garifuna, Maya, Mestizo and so many other cultures represented artistically, it’s no wonder Belize offers such a rich, heady brew for the arts aficionado.

Belize Pay Scale as of 2009
Belize Draft Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for fiscal year 2009/10: APPENDIX D NEW PAY SCALE 1 6816 x 456 – $15,480 Job Title:- Caretaker/Office Assistant (Educ) Domestic Helper(Hum. Dev/Fire) Janitor (I/Tax – Bmp) Office Assistant Records Clerk Records Keeper(I/Tax/Treasury) Records Room Attendant Teacher (B.N.S.E.) Messenger/Copist NEW PAY SCALE 2 8244 x 504 – $17,820 Job Title:- Accounts Clerk (Police) Apprentice Dispenser Attendant (Male/Female) Caretaker Caretaker/Orderly (G.G) Caretaker/Janitor Caretaker/Office Assistant

My Cousin Cindy Shows Me How to Make Enchiladas Casserole
Someone's in the Kitchen with Barbara!!! I'll show you how to make a delicious, scrumptious enchiladas casserole with my cousin Cindy via Facetime. We really had some fun in the kitchen and this dish is spectacular.

Capturing the Wild: Jaguars in Belize
The native inhabitants of Suriname referred to him as a God. He is the third largest cat in the world after the tiger and the lion. The Native American called him ‘yaguar’ which means ‘he who kills with one leap’: the jaguar. The jaguar (Panthera onca) can be found in 18 Latin American countries. Today they are mainly concentrated between Southern Arizona and New Mexico to Northern Argentina, but are extinct in EL Salvador and Uruguay. Males measure around 1.8 m (6 feet) long and can weigh up to 113 kg (250 lb). Females are usually smaller and lighter (100kg). They can reach sexual maturity at about two years of age, males at around four. Female jaguars can have a litter of 1-4 cubs at the time which, they would defend fiercely (even against their own father). Most jaguars have an orange colour coat with distinctive black spots which are unique to each individual and can be used by humans to identify individuals.

International Sourcesizz

Costa Rica rallies past Belize in U-17 qualifying
Jonathan Martinez struck twice from the penalty spot and Costa Rica rallied for a 3-1 win over Belize on Tuesday in the opening match of Central American qualifying for the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship at the Estadio Edgardo Baltodano Briceño. The Ticos sit first in Triangular I and will be idle until Saturday, when they face El Salvador. On Thursday, Belize will need at least a draw against the Salvadorans in order to avoid elimination. "We know how difficult these type of games can be," Costa Rica head coach Luis Fernando Fallas said after the match. "(Belize) is a team that also knows how to play, which is fast and that cost us, but we got the three points thankfully.” Alvin Sifontes gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in just the second minute of play. "I think the players did not understand the message that we were giving them for ten months,” expressed Fallas, adding, “Then we get a surprise at the beginning.” It took until the second half for Costa Rica to equalize and go ahead, as Martinez converted penalty kicks in the 64th and 72nd minutes.

Belize: guida al paese degli atolli corallini e delle incredibili rovine Maya
Il Belize è noto per vantare la seconda barriera corallina più lunga del mondo. Patrimonio dell’Unesco dal 1996, la protezione di questo santuario naturale garantisce la sopravvivenza di un ecosistema unico. Tra i cayers (isolotti da sogno) che costellano le coste del Belize vi segnaliamo quelli più noti di Caye Ambergris (a cui Madonna ha dedicato la canzone La Isla Bonita) e Caye Caulker; le coste di quest’ultimo sono quasi completamente ricoperte da mangrovie e godono dell’ombra offerta dalle palme da cocco. Sulla costa orientale troverete siti facilmente raggiungibili per immersioni, snorkeling e pesca. Ad Ambergris invece potrete fare immersioni subacquee spostandovi a est del principale centro abitato di San Pedro. Come accennato, abbondano anche le antiche vestigia del patrimonio Maya. Altun Ha, per esempio, è un must da visitare se volete conoscere qualcosa di questa affascinante cultura. La maggior parte dei templi risale al 550, 650 d.c. Tra di essi vi segnaliamo: il tempio della tomba verde, luogo dove venne ritrovata la tomba del re sacerdote e il tempio della Massoneria Altare che raggiunge i 60 metri sopra il sito. Qui è stata trovata una testa di giada di 15 cm. rappresentante il Dio Sole Kinich Ahau.

Meir Ruhman, 1932 – 2014
Meir Ruhman, of Tehachapi and Los Angeles, passed away on Oct. 19 at the age of 82. He had been ill for several months. He was buried in Los Angeles. Meir was born in Romania. When he was seven years old his family relocated to Central America, settling in British Honduras (now Belize). The family became British subjects and learned English and Spanish simultaneously. Meir's father opened a textile store in the capital city, Belize. Meir enrolled in public school at the age of seven and graduated from high school nine years later by passing Britain's Cambridge Overseas Examination and earning a distinction in English. Ultimately he became fluent in four languages and literate in two alphabets. By growing up in his father's shop, he developed an aptitude for business. At the age of 18 he left home to sojourn for four years in the infant state of Israel. He spent two years on a collective farm (kibbutz) where he learned to appreciate an agricultural life, and two years in the Israeli Air Force as an armament mechanic. In so doing he discovered an aptitude and interest in mechanics.

Life Story: How home proved crucial in the animals' battles for survival
For most of us humans, home is where we feel safe. Tonight’s episode of BBC One’s Life Story showed us that for animals, too, home means safety – and a whole lot more besides. Over the 60 minutes we were in turns transported to the plains of Zambia, a Caribbean island, the Rockies, Fiji, the Australian rainforest and Senegal. We were up-close-and-personal with hunting dogs, ants, chimps, fish, goats and crabs – creatures who, just like us, regard home as a place of safety. There were comical scenes on a beach near Belize where crabs on the lookout for a new home actually arranged themselves into a queue according to size and exchange properties... just like a housing chain! Each crab moved into the shell vacated by the one in front. For them, being without a shell home was a death sentence as a ‘naked’ crab would soon cook in a strong sun.

Fortis Inc. Released Third Quarter Results
Fortis Inc. ("Fortis" or the "Corporation") (FTS) released its third quarter results today. "The third quarter was a period of significant transition for Fortis," says Barry Perry, President, Fortis. "We closed the acquisition of UNS Energy, announced a strategic review of Fortis Properties and implemented our new organizational structure." Non-Regulated Fortis Generation contributed $4 million to earnings, compared to $8 million for the third quarter of 2013. The decrease was associated with decreased production in Belize, due to lower rainfall.


Video: GMOs&Sustainable Farming in Belize Reportage, 37min.
from PGTV News Network. Maybe the Belize Grain Growers (Association) and their supporters should be made aware of this.

Video: Belize's SHEKINAH Dance Ministry, 6min.
Belize's SHEKINAH Dance Ministry Presenting "Los Muros Caeran" and "Grande y Fuerte" #2014.

Video: Belize 2014, Part I, 5min.
Our week in Belize - Matachica Resort, Ambergris Caye - diving, fishing, & adventures.

Video: Belize and Mexico- GoPro Diving Adventures, 5.5min.

Video: Starfish Island Belize C.A, 4min.
Short walk around video of Starfish Island Belize.

Video: Manatees in Belize!!, 2min.

Video: Belize Coastal Zone Management, 1min.

This episode of "THE OUTDOORSMAN" was filmed near an island 36 miles east off the Belize coast in the Caribbean ocean. Buck McNeely & his Son Max are joined by Polly Alford & Drake Dawson to experience some spear fishing on the reef then enjoy some sport fishing for Tuna, Dorado & Sharks. This is Island adventure at its finest. Featuring underwater footage.

Video: Water in Belize, 6min.
This was a photo essay for a summer study abroad program through Colorado State University. Summer 2013.

Video: Rio Blanco Falls, Belize, 1min.
In southern Belize, 6 miles south of San Antonio, just past the village of Santa Cruz. An easy, mile-long hike through a jungle path takes you right to the falls. Also hike a trail that follows the river upstream another mile and see an old, dilapidated swinging bridge.

Video: Barrera de arrecifes de Belize, 3min.

Video: Backpacking Belize, 5min.

Video: Placencia belize landing, 1min.

November 6, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

BTB recognize private aviation as a growing market
BTB says that they are also liaising with industry partners to coordinate and financially support a familiarization trip for Mr. Parker. They also took the opportunity to encourage any other private flyers with an interest in Belize to approach them. According to the BTB, they are always looking for ways to expand Belize’s tourism capabilities and open their doors to additional travelers. In addition to extending private aviation to Belize, BTB says that they are doing everything in their power to invest time and money into the best mix of tourist-related options for Belize. BTB did not indicate by when they intend to unveil their plans, or at what level of planning they currently are to encourage and enable private planes to come to Belize en masse.

CONCACAF hosts seminar in San Pedro
Representatives from the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) held a four day training seminar about beach soccer for island coaches and players. The seminar commenced on Thursday, October 30th and ended on Sunday, November 2nd with a beach soccer marathon. The seminar was aimed at preparing Belize to participate for the first time in upcoming Central American Football Union (UNCAF) Beach Soccer Tournament to be held in El Salvador from Wednesday, November 12th to Monday, November 17th. The seminar entailed both theory and practical training and saw the participation of several football players, coaches and sports coordinators. According to member of the San Pedro Sports Committee (SPSC) Hector “Tito” Alamilla, the seminar is very beneficial to the growth of football in the island.

Ambergris Today

Flashbacks: Saying Good Bye To Our Childhood Home in San Pedro
In our circle of affairs we normally focus on ‘Welcomes’ rather than Good-byes. However, this one is very close with personal attachments. We are seeing the demolition of The Perez family home and La Popular tortilla factory in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. This was the first Nuñez Nest Home for 23 years, the property of Angel Nuñez, former Principal of San Pedro High School. Editor of Ambergris Today, Dorian Nuñez, moved into this home when he was only one year old. Perlita was born in Belize City and entered the same home when she was two days old. With the need for expansion the third level attic was built for a dormitory of the bosses. Fifteen years later the ground floor was enclosed to accommodate two apartments for rent. This house survived Hurricane Keith in the year 2000 and just after that The Nunez’s negotiated a sale to the Perez Family. By then the Nunez’s had relocated to the San Pablo Subdivision where today they sit back and see their first family home being demolished to make way for a new adventure. No tears, but it does hold special memories for Angel and Ligia Nuñez as well as for their children Dorian and Perlita. We believe that with the rapid rate of development on the island, many residents of Ambergris Caye have experienced the same situation.

Belize Minister Visits Traffic Accident Victim After Hit in Highway
A press release form the Government of Belize Press Office stated that the Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, regrets the unfortunate traffic incident which occurred early yesterday, Tuesday, November 4 2014, near Mile 8 on the George Price Highway, resulting in Ms. Elicia Hunter sustaining severe injuries. Ms. Hunter has been hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City where Minister Elrington visited her yesterday. The Minister is being kept updated on her situation and has promised to ensure that all appropriate assistance is given to Ms. Hunter during this difficult time.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

A house for a well deserving family.
Every year the Rotary Club of Belize builds a house for a needy family.The Rotary will hand over a new house to Katherine Thomas and her 3 sons at 10 a.m. on Wednesday Nov 5th. at the end of Jane Usher Blvd. This is another reason to support the Rotary. It helps to fortify families.

Minister Elrington Visits Traffic Accident Victim
Government of Belize Press Office

Press Release from Office of Deputy Prime Minister
Hon Gaspar Vega, Deputy Prime Minister, learned of a Ramon Cervantes family press conference broadcast today by a certain media house. At that press conference a voice recording was played containing the most outrageously false and defamatory allegation against the DPM. Hon. Vega condemns those that caused the recording and allegations to be played, and those that carried the broadcast. The DPM warns that no other media house should carry or in any way further circulate the reprehensible libel against him. He has already consulted his lawyer who will take action against anyone that ignores this warning.


Channel 7

Cervantes Family Accuses A Politician of Patriarch's Murder
This afternoon a wave of political sensation rippled across the country – when LOVE FM’s live broadcast of a press conference aired a sensational claim: that a prominent politician had orchestrated the murder of Orange Walkeno Ramon Cervantez Sr.Now, to be clear up front: we will not disclose the name of the politician who was implicated because we have no compelling proof against him. All that we have is the recording of a phone call made on October 8, 2014 in which the allegation is made. We know what is claimed – and who they say is claiming it; but we don’t know for sure who is on the phone call. And so while we will not delve into the sensational claim, it is a matter of significant public interest because – even without proof – it would seem to notch up the country’s political temperature, and, for those who believe it, it also changes the tone of our political discourse. Still, there are more questions than answers and we put those to Cervantez this afternoon:

Marco Tulio Mendez Stepping Down Too?
And while that entire event is a political riddle – there has also been some riddling over the PUP Area Representative for Orange Walk East, Marco Tulio Mendez. He is a first time representative who won in 2012, but credible reports including those broadcast on PUP friendly media in Orange Walk says he is stepping down as standard bearer, and will not offer himself as in the next general election. Yes, it’s similar to what is happening with PUP Cayo North Representative Joseph Mahmud – but in this case, it’s for health reasons. Today Party Leader Francis Fonseca told the media that the decision will be made pending medical advice from Mendez's doctors:…Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "Dr. Marco Tulio has been getting medical treatment, he just returned from Guatemala a week ago. His doctors has given him some advice. A final decision on whether or not he would be fit or able to continue to server as the standard bearer for the PUP. You know he is the area representative for Orange Walk East and he will serve out his term. But whether or not he will be fit or able to run again is a matter that will be determined by his doctors. He has brought that to my attention, we had a discussion about it but no final decision has been made.”

Parents Demonstrate In St. Matthews Village
And turning now from politics, we go to St. Matthews Village, where parents staged a protest this morning. They say their kids at the village’s government school are being cheated out of a decent education because government hasn’t paid the teachers. Today Monica Bodden joined them on the front line: Laura Santos - Parent "My concern is my daughter is in infant I. According to the teacher, she hasn't gotten paid since September. My concern is that my daughter is not learning anything. I took her home 3 days consequently, Thursday, Friday and Monday. On Tuesday I brought her and I left her in the other classroom. They are 60 students in one class room, what will they learn? They're not learning anything. The teacher cannot give them individual attention. Yes she can give them sitting work but she cannot give them individual attention. There is too much children in the class room, we need out teachers here at school.” Santos is a parent whose 5 year old child attends St Matthews’s primary school. Her daughter is an infant 1 student.

Accused Murderers Get Off In Bmp Supreme Court
38 year old Salvadoran Carlos Rene Granillo and 28 year old Guatemalan Rene Lopez Morentes were acquitted of murder yesterday when they appeared before Supreme Court Judge Antoinette Moore in Belmopan.In July 2004 they were accused of the murder of 73-year-old American Mary Jane Blondell. The allegation was that the men entered Blondell's home on the Hummingbird Highway on July 25th, 2004, robbed her and then raped and stabbed her in the throat. But after a 7 day trial within a trial to deal with the admissibility of their confession statements, the judge directed the jury to acquit them of the charge. She found that the caution statements they gave were not voluntarily given; evidence shows that they were beaten and forced by police to give these statements so both were ruled as inadmissible.

The Battle Over Channel 5 Continues, This Time At Appeals Court
For the past two days, attorneys for the Ashcroft Alliance and BTL have been battling it out in the Court of Appeal. This time they are fighting over ownership and control of Channel 5. The tv station was owned by BTL up until August 23, 2009, the day before Telemedia was nationalised. That’s when the board of directors – in a Sunday meeting – decided to divest BTL of Channel 5 – and then spun its ownership into three international companies: Channel Overseas Investments Limited; Thames Ventures Limited; and Katalyst Developments Limited. That represents a 10 million dollar loss to BTL, and the company – now under national ownership – says the Ashcroft Alliance directors are personally liable for the loss.Michael Young - Attorney for BTL "What happened is that just before the government took over btl, the board did certain things. What had happened is that when the company was controlled by the Ashcroft group they had been financing great Belize productions which is channel 5 and they had financed it up to 5 million dollars.

Pickwoad Vs Maud Williams/Marvin Castillo
One year ago – we started reporting on the controversey surrounding the case of the Pickwoad family on one side, and Maud Williams and Marvin Castillo on the other. They are the relatives of former Ministry of Natural Resources CEO Beverly Castillo – and the allegation was that they ended up with the Pickwoad’s land in Belama phase one through the use of insider influence at the Ministry.The Supreme Court granted an injunction stopping development on the property pending the trial pitting the Pickwoad’s against the ministry. That trial has started but today it seemed that both sides were talking compromise. Bernard Pickwoad – who represents the family – hinted at it:.. Bernard Pickwoad, Family Representative "It was adjourned until tomorrow, so we will reserve comment until after that." Reporter "You want to see a settlement reached?" Bernard Pickwoad "We want what is properly and rightfully ours."

Rotary Gifts A Needy Family With A New House
Today in Belize City, a family of 5 was granted a gift that will change their lives forever: a new home. An official ceremony was held today at Katherine Thomas' brand new 2 bedroom house near Jane Usher Boulevard. For this family, it was a blessing to be able to hold the keys to their new home. 7news captured this special moment today.36 year old Katherine Thomas and her 4 children have been living in this small wooden shack on Victoria Street for over a year now. Although she doesn't have much, she still calls it home. Katherine Thomas, Recipient "Well this is my home, where I am located right now." But today marks the beginning of a new life. This will be their new home. It is quite an emotional and overwhelming experience for this family as they are taken on a tour through their house. Equipped with new beds for the boys; And kitchen appliances and utensils.

Hon. Elrington Visited Accident Victim
Last night we told you all about the terrible accident involving Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington’s driver and Elisa Hunter, the 31 year old who was crossing the Western Highway at mile eight to get to her work place at Belize Recycling Company.She was flung to the pavement and suffered multiple serious injuries. Today, a government press release announced that Elrington is being kept updated on her situation and has promised to ensure that, quote, “all appropriate assistance is given to Ms. Hunter during this difficult time.” We take that to mean, her medical bills will be covered. His driver ahs been served with a notice of intended prosecution.

PUC: It's Too Early To Discuss RFP Proposals
Last week, we showed you how the discussion on the initial review of the request for power, made by the Public Utilities Commission heated up between the Prime Minister and COLA President Geovannie Brackett, who also wears the hat of journalist. He specifically addressed the concerns of SUBSIDIARY OF the Guatemalan Company Green Tropics submitting a proposal. Brackett also questioned the PM on his son, Anwar Barrow, his reported connection to Southern Renewable Energy, and the negative inferences that might be drawn about the transparency of the evaluation process. PUC Chairman John Avery has been following how that discussion has been going, and yesterday after making an appearance on the WUB Morning Show, we asked him for a reaction. He said that any discussion about these proposals is pre-emptive and counterproductive at this stage:

Chetumal Chamber Of Commerce Visits
Belizeans know all about buying from Chetumal, from the subsidized prices of ISSTE to the high end at Liverpool. Estimates are that Belizeans spend over 300 million dollars across the border annually. Well today, the Chetumal Chamber of Commerce came looking for even more opportunities. A Trade Mission came to look for import export opportunities. President of the Chamber of Commerce in Chetumal, Victoria Siera explained:…Javier Aguilar - Head of Investment, Institute of Mexico "What we have here is around 20 different companies from Chetumal. Either searching for products and services or to offer products and services they have in Chetumal. These companies are within the Chetumal Chambers and Commerce. They are very interested to get to know their counterparts her in Belize as well as business opportunities in this amazing country." Victoria Siera - President, Chamber of Commerce, Chetumal "I believe there is an imbalance in the situation but we have been working in Chetumal as well as working in the field of tourism to foster that exchange that we should have, we are one region. On that note, we have spoken to the representatives from Tropic about Chetumal and the tourism operations and there has always been special tourist packages offered to Belize but Belize has never done it, so that it one part of it. And as you mentioned with the Belizean businesses, this event can help with that process of balancing the market. We are open to Belizean businesses, they have many products and services to offers and import to Quintana Roo."

Surviving Life-Threatening Gunshot Injuries
In March of this year, 19 year old De’Zhaun Humes was shot five times on Jane Usher Boulevard. Since then, he has been in an epic fight for his life, but the teenager found the will to live – surely due in no small part to the fact that his little sister, eight year old E’yannie Nunez was murdered as she slept in her house in September of 2011. Today, Monica Bodden found him still in the fight, and getting closer to recovery, 7 months after he was shot:..The family of De’Zhaun Humes is currently in the process of raising funds for his surgery in Belize and travel expenses abroad. On November 27 they will be having a turkey dinner sale at the family residence. If you would like to assist Humes in any way, he can be contacted at telephone numbers 6-3-6-0-8-7-1 or 6-0-0-8-8-7-2. You can also make donations to Atlantic Bank account number 2-1-1-5-1-7-5-9-9.

Channel 5

Cervantes Family Releases Shocking Recording
Tonight’s headline is one of the most incredible, disturbing and frightening we’ve carried. It contains an allegation that very senior persons put out a hit on an Orange Walk resident. [...]

Ramon Cervantes Jr. Was Allegedly the Target
Today, it was a very sombre gathering which listened to that explosive recording released by the Cervantes family. The call came in on the night of October eighth. Vilma Cervantes [...]

P.U.P. Leader Shocked At Allegations
P.U.P. Party Leader Francis Fonseca was present at the memorial today to give support to the family. The release of the recording came as a surprise to him as well, [...]

Elisa Hunter Remains Critical At the K.H.M.H.
Traffic accident victim, Elisia Hunter remains in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. This morning, she underwent surgery and is recuperating. Hunter was flung into the air on [...]

Parents Protest in St. Matthews
Things came to a head this morning in the village of Saint Matthews located on the George Price Highway. For days, the government school has been without some of its [...]

P.U.P. May Lose Another Area Representative
There are two stories coming out of Orange Walk tonight. The first is a serious allegation about who put a hit on Ramon Cervantes Senior. A recording has been broadcast [...]

Court of Appeal Reserves Judgment in Telemedia Case
The Court of Appeal has reserved judgment in the case against Great Belize Productions, formerly a subsidiary of Belize Telemedia Limited.  On August twenty-third, 2009, the day before B.T.L. was [...]

Pickwoad family land dispute under mediation
The case against the Ministry of Natural Resources, filed by Bernadette Pickwoad, resumed this morning in the chamber of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin.  The suit follows a claim of wrongful [...]

2 foreign nationals acquitted of 2005 murder
A Salvadoran national and a Guatemalan teenager, who were both accused of the murder of U.S. national, Mary Jane Blondell in Indian Creek, Cayo in July 2005, are home free [...]

Rotary Club of Belize donates house to Belize City family
A Belize City family today received keys to a new home on Jane Usher Boulevard thanks to a donation from the Rotary Club of Belize.  The Thompson family has for [...]

Mexican Embassy holds trade mission to Belize
The Chetumal Chamber of Commerce, Service and Tourism in partnership with the Embassy of Mexico held a trade mission to Belize today where they aimed to identify potential buyers and [...]

Shooting victim, De’Zhaun Humes, recovers
Back on March fourteenth 2014, nineteen year old Jane Usher Boulevard resident, De’Zhaun Humes was gravely injured after he was shot five times to the body by an unknown gunman [...]

De’Zhaun Humes needs traveling expenses for surgery
A bullet lodged on Humes’ cervical spine has paralyzed him, but doctors from the U.S. are offering to remove the bullet for free. The estimated cost of the surgery is [...]


Man Accused Of Raping Step Daughter
There is a disturbing report to make tonight coming out from the Guinea Grass Village. While police say they are investigating and remain tight lipped, we have been reliably informed that a child has been treated and recovering from her injuries sustained while her step-father allegedly raped her. This is not the first time that the accused has seen the police station due to complaints, but this time after hurting the girl so badly, he absconded. Since then, a man hunt and a reward to locate him was organized by community members and concerned residents. This morning the alleged rapist, whose name we cannot disclose so as to protect the identity of the child, was caught and handed over to police.

P.U..P Questions Governments Spending Of Petro Caribe Funds
Last week we told you about a claim that was filed by the People’s United Party on a motion for an Order of Mandamus to force the Government of Belize to reveal how exactly it is spending of the Petro Caribe funds. Well today the PUP held a press briefing to explain the legal recourse they have taken against the Government. Party Leader Francis Fonseca says that while they value and appreciate the benefits to the nation and economy, they are obligated to ask questions and get answers. "The loan motion seeks to ratify and confirm what in our view is illegal borrowing and spending by this UDP government since September 2012. The manner in which the borrowing and spending has been conducted is contrary to the intent of the act and has defeated and frustrated the intent of the act which is to provide for better provisions regulating public revenue and expenditure. When the line between the Petrocaribe fund and the UDP coffers is blurred, we in the PUP have a responsibility to question and challenge the use of those funds."

Belizean Detained In Mexico For Indecent Exposure
A forty one year old Belizean male is reportedly in police custody in Cancun, Mexico for indecent exposure. According to the Mexican press, on Monday about two in the afternoon, forty-one year old Jean Coseve entered into a residence in Region 90 in Cancun City without permission.

Man Investigated For Burglary After His Finger Prints Are Found At The Scene
One person is tonight under police detention at the Corozal Police Station pending investigation into a burglary report in Consejo village. According to Officer in Command of the Corozal Police formation Andrew Ramirez, Adan Cantun finger prints have matched those collected at the scene. Cantun has since been detained pending investigation.


Cervantes family releases recording with alleged mastermind of father’s murder
71 year old businessman Ramon Cervantes Sr., who was also a former Pup senator and Mayor, was kidnapped and murdered in July of this year. His body was found buried in ashallow graveon an abandoned farm on the road to Honey Camp Lagoon, six miles due east of Orange Walk Town, some five days after his disappearance. It was a high profile case, complete with suspicion about possible police involvement, since the body was found with police issued handcuffs on Cervantes’ hands. Cervantes’ family, especially his son, Ramon Cervantes Jr. had told the media that even though 22 year-old Guatemalan Noe Daniel Avila, 19 year-old Belizean Angel Antonio Cardenas, and 28 year-old Belizean Mateo Pott Jr. were jointly charged with the kidnapping and the murder, they still had a lot of unanswered questions and were not all together pleased with the way the investigation was conducted. The alleged mastermind of the kidnapping was identified as one Manuel ‘El Pelon’ Castillo, but he had fled the country and is still at large.

Press Office issues warning on Cervantes allegations
Late Wednesday evening, a press release from the Government press office was issued. We read it verbatim. “Hon Gaspar Vega, Deputy Prime Minister, learned of a Ramon Cervantes family press conference broadcast today by a certain media house. At that press conference, a voice recording was played containing the most outrageously false and defamatory allegation against the DPM. Hon. Vega condemns those that caused the recording and allegations to be played, and those that carried the broadcast. The DPM warns that no other media house should carry or in any way further circulate the reprehensible libel against him. He has already consulted his lawyer who will take action against anyone that ignores this warning.”

Minister Elrington regrets traffic incident
On Tuesday we reported on the traffic accident which involved Minister Wilfred Elrington. The minister was being driven by his driver Tuesday morning, when at mile 8 on the George Price Highway around 9 am, the vehicle hit 31-year-old Elisa Hunter who was attempting to cross the highway. On Wednesday, via press release, The Minister says he regrets the unfortunate traffic incident which resulted in Ms. Hunter sustaining severe injuries. The release says, “Ms. Hunter has been hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City, where Minister Elrington visited her yesterday. The Minister is being kept updated on her situation and has promised to ensure that all appropriate assistance is given to Ms. Hunter during this difficult time.”

Patrick JonesPJ

BTL wants back Channel 5
The civil appeal of Channel Overseas Investments Limited, Katalyst Developments Limited, Thames Ventures Limited, Great Belize Productions Limited and several former directors of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) continued before the Court of Appeal this afternoon. The two sides traded arguments over whether the defendants can be sued for […]

Opposition says PM Barrow may face criminal sanction over Petrocaribe
The People’s United Party alleges violations of the Finance and Audit Reform Act by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow, in relation to a belated loan motion before the House of Representatives. That Loan Motion comes up for debate when the House of Representatives meets on […]

Bernadette Pickwoad and Castillo family seek settlement in land dispute
The case of Belizean-American Bernadette Pickwoad and the Ministry of Natural Resources was slated for trial this morning in the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. But it has been put off to Thursday as the two sides seek a last-minute negotiation to settle the matter. Back in […]

Yolanda Schakron is the PUP’s Belize City mayoral candidate
Her last – and first – campaign for a seat in the House of Representatives in 2012 ended in tears and heartbreak as she was denied the opportunity to run for elected office over concerns about her nationality. But businesswoman and community activist Yolanda Schakron, is the People’s United Party’s […]

Cervantes patriarch memorial spawns threat of libel suits
A memorial service for the late Ramon Cervantes Sr, businessman of Orange Walk Town who was murdered on July 1st 2014 was held today at a field next to where he was last seen alive. The memorial drew a large crowd that included hundreds of supporters, mourners […]

Fatal hit-and-run incident in the Toledo district
Police in the Toledo district are looking for a hit-and-run driver who killed a man on the Southern Highway.43 year old Juan Caal, a Guatemalan national, was found dead on the side of the Southern Highway between miles 23 and 24 around 9:15 pm on Tuesday.He had been knocked down and sustained fatal head and body injuries.The area where the body was found is between Indian Creek and Big Falls villages. According to the deputy commander of PG police Inspector Ernel Dominguez, preliminary investigations reveal that Caal was riding a green Nankon bicycle towards Big Falls village when he was knocked down and killed by a vehicle that did not stop to render aid.


‘Workin’ for a Livin'” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
I think when I wrote the last edition I must still have been in a state of euphoria (for euphoria read “too much alcohol in the system”) because I failed to mention a couple of fantastic (I’m so easily pleased these days!) things that happened to me around my birthday.The first thing came as a complete surprise to me – a birthday present. Something I didn’t expect and a gift that I didn’t know existed.A gift voucher for Estel’s Dine By the Sea. Still trying to work out why they thought this would be a good present for me!Now the other thing has been in the offing for some considerable time. In fact I first considered it around a year ago but thought better of it. A year on and my perspective has changed. So what is it, you’re thinking.Well, I’ve bought in to a local business and have entered the world of estate agents (realtors for non UK readers).Under the Qualified Retirement Program I can’t actually work in Belize but nothing precludes me from owning or part owning a business and after being retired for around two and a half years I was starting to miss being involved in a business. Sad isn’t it.

Record Breaking Weekend and Belize Weather in November
There you have it – my record of 10 party places in 3 days. Thankfully during all that time we were not rained out much. The fast downpour Friday night could not keep Sara and I from ducking away from Lola’s and heading for the taco stands. My Homer Simpson burger was worth getting a little wet – we were smart enough to pack raincoats. So far the Belize weather for the month of November has brought northeast winds and a few cool windy days with a mix of clouds and sunshine. As the day has gone on, it has warmed up a bit. November is a transitional period and I consider this fall-like weather with some cooler temperatures and some chances of rain. Click to learn more about Belize in November. Our past few cool days are still warm to travelers and for those of us who are acclimatized, they make perfect napping weather. There is nothing like being able to siesta with a warm fuzzy blanket.

6 Cool (and Mostly Free!) Things to Do in San Pedro Belize
Many visitors go to Ambergris Caye to marvel at the sea life in its natural habitat, but San Pedro Belize also offers numerous other opportunities to experience local flora and fauna without venturing into the deep blue seas. Below are 6 things to do that happen daily or on an ad hoc basis, so you can catch them anytime during your San Pedro vacation. They are also mostly free, and are an affordable supplement to expensive diving or snorkeling excursions. 1. Tarpon Feedings 2. Crabs Crossing the Road at Night 3. Feeding the Eels 4. Catching Hermit Crabs 5. Watching the Crocodiles 6. The Chicken Drop

International Sourcesizz

Say Goodbye To Stress…This Is Ambergris Caye, Belize
It’s another languid, relaxing Sunday on Belize’s Caribbean coast. Settling in a at Estel’s Diner on the beach, we order our favorite breakfast—huevos rancheros with homemade salsa. Then it’s back to a blissful reverie, gazing out over the mesmerizing Caribbean Sea. Sitting here, I wiggle my toes into the diner’s soft, warm, sand floor—no shoes needed…The scene outside is idyllic. Rays of sunlight skitter off the sparkling surface of the calm sea… Local children giggle, frolicking in the clear, tepid waters… Several friends, out for a Sunday morning beach walk, stop by to share the latest island gossip…This is a typical Sunday in Belize. Here—especially on the small island of Ambergris Caye—Sundays are dedicated to R&R. Sometimes my husband and I head north to lounge on a beach, or join a catamaran trip to snorkel at Mexico Rocks, or Hol Chan Marine Park. But most Sundays we join friends at a popular beach bar BBQ. After indulging we settle in to enjoy the rocking tunes of a local band. It’s our chance to brush up on our West Coast Swing moves while cooled by the ocean breeze… There’s always free live music playing somewhere in Belize. We seldom need to pay for live entertainment.

Athletes, coaches from Belize share stories of sports, homeland
Kenroy Usher remembers the time he and his mother encountered an unusually forthcoming stranger on the streets in Belize.Usher was only 10 then – and a good boy – but the unfamiliar woman apparently felt compelled to issue a dire warning. Within a few years, she said, the boy will join a gang. By the age of 15, he will have fathered a child.By the age of 25, his life of violence and crime will leave him incarcerated or, most likely, dead.“In Belize,” said Jeremy McCulloch, a police detective in that small and poor country, “young males are an endangered species.”Fortunately, the woman’s bleak prediction proved wrong.Determined not to become a statistic, Usher began watching the Chicago Bulls and superstar Michael Jordan. Wanting to “Be Like Mike,” he hit the cracked cement basketball courts of his country and became a two-time hoops MVP before “retiring” to lead sports programs for youth, offering other young men the same path to a good life that he himself traveled.“Sports have changed my life,” Usher said Wednesday morning to a packed Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center.

CARICOM representatives join emergency communications workshops on Ebola
Caribbean Community health representatives participated Wednesday in a communications workshop in Barbados about the threat of possible Ebola cases in the region, which has remained free of the disease so far.Health-care and communications professional from CARICOM member-states gathered to learn skills and strategies to better communicate regarding Ebola, influenza, dengue fever and Chikungunya.The workshop, which ends Thursday, was organized by the Pan-American Health Organization and the World Health Organization.The workshop follows this week's conference of CARICOM leaders in in Trinidad and Tobago to draw up a 10-point plan against Ebola.Heads of state and government agreed to strengthen health systems, including training, equipment, laboratories and containment, and enlist the participation of airlines in the region in transporting response teams and blood samples for testing.

EU Gives Caribbean $25 Million to Improve Disaster Management
Several Caribbean islands will share a 20-million-euro ($25-million) grant from the European Union to strengthen their national disaster-management programs.The funding will be disbursed over the next five years, the Antigua and Barbuda Government said Wednesday in a statement.It is expected the EU aid will be used to strengthen critical infrastructure to make it more resilient in the face of natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.“The flash-flooding which occurred in St. Vincent and the Grenadines as well as St. Lucia last December should be a wake-up call for the Caribbean. It should send the signal that the region should be prepared, not only for the hurricane season, but for any disaster-related eventuality,” said the head of the EU delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Mikael Barfod.The grant will be divided among: Antigua and Barbuda; the Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominica; the Dominican Republic; Grenada; Guyana; Haiti; Jamaica; Suriname; St. Lucia; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; and Trinidad and Tobago.

A fraction of the global military spending could save the planet's biodiversity
A fundamental step-change involving an increase in funding and political commitment is urgently needed to ensure that protected areas deliver their full conservation, social and economic potential, according to an article published today in Nature by experts from Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Queensland, and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).The paper, The performance and potential of protected areas, comes ahead of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 – a once-in-a-decade global forum on protected areas opening next week in Sydney, Australia.According to the authors, allocating US$45 - $76 billion to protected areas annually – just 2.5% of the global annual military expenditure – could help adequately manage those areas, ensuring their potential contribution to the well-being of the planet is fully met."Protected areas offer us solutions to some of today's most pressing challenges" says Dr James Watson of the Wildlife Conservation Society and The University of Queensland and lead author of the study. "But by continuing with 'business as usual', we are setting them up for failure. A step-change in the way we value, fund, govern and manage those areas is neither impossible nor unrealistic and would only represent a fraction of what the world spends annually on defense."


Video: The Birds of Belize DVD Version 10 - Main Body - 301 Species, 50min.
This is the main portion of the newest version of The Birds of Belize DVD. It now represents 301 species, filmed entirely in Belize, and includes improved footage of many species already included in previous versions. Most of the species included also have songs or calls with the video footage. The DVD itself can be selected by Plate as illustrated in the field guide "Birds of Belize" by H. Lee Jones. ALL proceeds from the sale and distribution of this DVD go to Belize NGOs and for education in Belize. The new DVD will be available from select lodges and organizations in Belize in 2015 and is available on eBay now for shipment to US addresses only. Enter the eBay website and search for "The Birds of Belize DVD"

Video: PetroCaribe projects, min.
Since the resurgence of the PetroCaribe program in 2012, the Government of Belize under the stewardship of Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow has embarked on a massive undertaking to transform Belize. The projects are numerous and the progress is visible countrywide. Transforming Belize....A Government for All!

Video: Belize MASTERVimeo, 21min.
UNCW Communication Studies

Video: Belize Sailfish, 7min.
Sailfish caught aboard the Boca del Toro Belize Game Fish Association Blue Water Classic Tournament November 1, 2014

Video: Octopus at Holchan Marine Park Belize November 5,, 1min.

Video: Belize, 13min.

November 5, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

Tropic Air: expanding tourism in Belize with additional Cancun flights
On Saturday, November 1, Tropic Air opened a new chapter in its long history of providing new and innovative travel options for Belize when flight 6621 took off from Cancun, Mexico piloted by Belizean pilots, captain Alberto Ancona and co captain Wally Nuñez. The arrival of flight 6621 and its passengers at 8:15pm at the Phillip Goldson International Airport marked the launch of an entirely new venture into scheduled night time operations to and from our country. This flight, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, is in addition to Tropic’s daily Cancun – Belize flight. It will, for the first time, allow same day connections from Europe to Belize via Cancun. This is a travel option that has been long sought by the tourism industry. The flight is being marketed in conjunction with Germany’s Condor Airlines, a Thomas Cook affiliate.

San Pedro runners compete in 5K and 10K Run
On Saturday November 1st, San Pedro athletes gathered to partake in the island’s first 5K and 10K Run. The marathon saw the participation of 29 runners, who all came out ready to face the challenge, that kicked off near the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge in Boca del Rio. For the 5K run, participants raced from the starting point along the town’s main roads to The Belize Yacht Club and back, while the 10 K runners raced on to Victoria House then made their way back to Boca del Rio. The race proved to be one of endurance, as each runner made their way along the allotted path, some visibly feeling the burn, while others carried on with ease.

Ambergris Today

Street sweeper is back
The street sweeper is back in action after being out on repairs for quite some time. We caught it early this morning on Sea Grape Drive.

San Pedro PUP Seven Presents Manifesto 2015-2018
After some delays and setbacks, the San Pedro People’s United Party 2015 municipal councilor candidates presented their Manifesto for 2015-2018 in a very casual setting to the media of Ambergris Caye on Monday, November 3, 2014. But no fanfare was needed for the party to officially present their manifesto that is very concise, clear and to the point. That is exactly what Mayoral candidate Dr. Giovanni Solorzano expressed as he described the party’s manifesto as one that addresses key issues and points out various areas that need urgent attention in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. “Our manifesto is very concise as we do not want to make so many promises that we cannot keep and eventually disappoint the people on the island,” commented Dr. Giovanni Solorzano. “Obviously there are many more areas we will address and work on, but the main areas that are pointed out in our Manifesto are of major priority and the ones the group believes that we can productively and properly manage within the term that may be granted to our party come election day.”

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Expanding Tourism in Belize with Additional Cancun Flights
On Saturday, November 1, Tropic Air opened a new chapter in its long history of providing new and innovative travel options for Belize when flight 6621 took off from Cancun, Mexico piloted by Belizean pilots, captain Alberto Ancona and co captain Wally Nuñez. The arrival of flight 6621 and its passengers at 8:15pm at the Phillip Goldson International Airport marked the launch of an entirely new venture into scheduled night time operations to and from our country. This flight, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, is in addition to Tropic’s daily Cancun - Belize flight. It allows, for the first time, same day connections from Europe to Belize via Cancun. This is a travel option that has been long sought by the tourism industry. The flight is being marketed in conjunction with Germany's Condor Airlines, a Thomas Cook affiliate. The flight's schedule allows for connections to Condor's flights to and from Frankfurt, Munich, London and Manchester in Cancun, and opens up other convenient travel opportunities to our passengers. In addition to Condor and Thomas Cook, it is now possible to connect from other airlines such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Iberia, Air France, Aerolineas Argentinas, LAN, Aeromexico, Air Canada and Westjet. Passengers arriving in Belize City on this new flight will have onward connections to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye available on those service days. Tropic Air wishes to acknowledge the help of the Belize Airport Concession Company (BACC), The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Immigration and Customs, and the Belize Tourism Board for making this new service possible.

Tropic Air discount domestic travel for November 19th
On the 19th of November, we are giving everyone 75% OFF their domestic travel that day (sorry BZE itineraries are excluded). This special is available though our website ONLY (enter promo code: DRUM), and must be booked prior to 11/17/14. Seats are limited and other conditions do apply so be sure to see press for details. Go Celebrate Belize!

BTB Village Expo
Corozal was well represented at the 3rd annual BTB Village Expo in Belize City this past Saturday. Thank you to our participating artists! (12 photos)

Corozal National Hardware Store closing
A local iconic business established in September of 1981 by the “Rosado” family has announced that it is closing its doors for good. The hardware store was opened in 1981 by a young and aspiring entrepreneur Andy Rosado and his father, both of Corozal Town. In speaking with Andy Rosado and his wife this morning, the National Hardware Store located on 4th Avenue has been in business for 33 years and started as a very small family operated hardware store outgrowing its potential over time. However, he admits that over the past four years his business’ level playing field has shifted towards over saturation of hardware businesses by Asian/Oriental immigrants to Corozal. Many of these immigrant business owners are given trade and business licenses to operate in Corozal without proper consultation with the local business community. We note that another local business which has suffered the same fate recently was the iconic "Idelmar" that was located on 7th Avenue.

Belize Celebrates the Life of Paul Nabor (12 photos)

Eldrington car causes injury
Government Protocol vehicle transporting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sedi Eldrington knocks down and injures woman crossing the George Price Highway this morning. An unidentified female was knocked down near Mile 8 on the George Price Highway. Shortly before 9am, the woman got off the bus and attempted to cross the highway to get to work at the metal recycling plant. When crossing, she was hit by a Government PROTOCOL vehicle transporting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sedi Elrington. The woman is said to be visibly suffering from head injuries & broken legs. She was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. The driver of the government issued vehicle is Amir Garcia. According to Minister Elrington, the driver tried to avoid hitting the woman but in the end they couldn't avoid it. Minister Elrington was on his way to Belmopan for Cabinet meeting at 10am.

Expo Milano 2015 – Signing of Country Participation Contract
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (sixth from right), and Mr. Filippo Ciantia Africa, Non official Participants, Cluster and Best Practices Director, Participants Division, Expo 2015 (seventh from right), with representatives of CARICOM Member States and the CARICOM Secretariat, following the signing of country participation contract for the Community’s participation in Expo Milano 2015, Thursday 30 October, 2014

Help Save a Life by Donating blood to the San Pedro Blood Drive
Being organized by the San Pedro Cancer Societ, the Belize Red Cross, San Carlos Medial Center and the Belize Blood Bank! This Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9AM to 3PM at San Carlos Medical Clinic on Pescador Drive. Please Help Us Spread The Word!

Training on International Human Rights Standards for Policing
Recently promoted Sergeants of Police from all over Belize participated on a training on International Human Rights Standards for Policing offered by the H.R.C.B. today Tuesday November 4th, 2014. We thank the Commandant of the Academy for the invitation extended to our organization. We see one of our Corozal officer in the mix. Congratulations to all!

Festival Hispanidad y Mestizaje
The Corozal Organization Leading Cultural Heritage and Art (COLCHA) will be continuing with the event Festival Hispanidad y Mestizaje which was postponed in October due to weather. Please join us this Saturday at the Corozal Central Park for a musical concert featuring local and international musical artists. the event begins at 7 p.m.

Oct 26 - Nov 1 2014 Fishing Report
Well, we have had some weather, and that certainly made it tough to see the fish on the flats. However, everyone went out no matter what – and made things happen. Some days were really wet. It’s these times that anglers realize Mother Nature will prevail – it’s what you do with it that makes it your experience. Thank you to all of our return guests this week! Matt and Diane, Phil and John, George, Judy and Tim, Keith and Susan. Jeremy thank you for being a great trip leader, and we look forward to working with you in a few weeks, Joe, when you return. We are moving into our “winter” season. The air is brisk in the morning and the fish are moving around a bit. Our migratory tarpon have moved out and will return next May. It’s so much fun to watch the seasons change. Snook are out on the flats and on the beachside. The “snapper run” is also happening on the beach side. Traditionally November can be a big “slam” month. We’ll see. We will be celebrating El Pescador’s 40th anniversary this month. I have a feeling we are in for some fun surprises. Fish on!

United is offering cheap nonstop round-trip flight from Houston (IAH) to Belize (BZE) leaving Nov 8th returning the 10th or 11th. Price is $340. No other dates available. This is a great price for an extended weekend in Belize. Flight Details: Availability: Leave November 8th return Monday the 10th or Tuesday the 11th. Documentation: Passport required. Departure and Destination Airports: IAH – BZE Example Dates: (Priceline) Nov 08 – Nov 11 Carrier: United Fare Basis Code: LINTERNET Fare Class: L Mile Accrual: 100% Stopover component: CPM: 8.81 (3860 miles) Full Route: iah-bze-iah

Channel 7

Hon. Elrington's Driver Knocks Down a Woman
Tonight, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington's driver has been served with a notice of intended prosecution for knocking down a 31 year old woman at mile eight on the Western Highway. It's the type of accident that we report all too often: she had just gotten off a bus and was dashing across the road when she was hit by the 2015 Prado. She survived, and 7News arrived on the scene before the ambulance. We warn you, though, that our story does contain some graphic images - and so if you are sensitive to that, you might want to tune out for the next 6 minutes. We pick up the story just after 9:00 am:.. Jules Vasquez reporting When we arrived on the scene at mile eight and a half 20 minutes after the accident, Elisa Hunter's panicked sister was cradling her begging her to remain conscious. She did remain conscious and co-workers could not even pull her sister away. That's where she worked with her sister - and was crossing the street to get there - when this happened. Freddy Orellana, Supervisor - Belize Recycling Company "I have a year here and she is working for over a year, so I know her pretty well. Everyday this is her normal road."

PUP Determined To Block Petrocaribe Spending
Last week Wednesday, we told you how the PUP filed a lawsuit against the Barrow Administration in an attempt to block the Government from spending any more of the Petrocaribe Money. To hear the Prime Minister tell it, that's an invitation for his government to heap condemnation on the PUP, first, for mismanaging Patrocaribe when they started the programme in 2007, and, second, for blocking a programme that's currently spending millions on national infrastructure projects. The Barrow Administration has already stuck back with pro-Petrocaribe ads which air on this and other newscasts - and we even hear that UDP supporters will protest against the opposition at the next House Meeting on November 18th. So while the UDP is gathering forces to fight for Petrocaribe, the PUP is responding by crystallizing its opposition to the Government loan motion for 114 million US dollars, the current total draw down of Petrocaribe funds - which is pending approval before the House of Representatives. Here's how the PUP explained its position at a press conference held this evening: Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "The loan motion seeks to ratify and confirm what in our view is illegal borrowing and spending by this UDP government since September 2012. The manner in which the borrowing and spending has been conducted is contrary to the intent of the act and has defeated and frustrated the intent of the act which is to provide for better provisions regulating public revenue and expenditure. When the line between the Petrocaribe fund and the UDP coffers is blurred, we in the PUP have a responsibility to question and challenge the use of those funds."

These Kids Are The Tops!
Today, the Ministry of Education released the full list of all the students who excelled May-June 2014 CSEC and CAPE Exams. The most outstanding Belizean student for CAPE 2014 is Paul Sylvester from the St. John's Junior College. He received five grade 1's and one grade 2 while Siian Rancharan, from St. John's College is the most outstanding candidate for the CSEC exam. He received 14 grade 1's and 2 grade 2's. Yan Cattouse of St. John's College came in 2nd for the CSEC exam with 14 grade 1's, 2 grade 2's and 1 grade 3. Also for the CSEC exam Angelica Lopez from St. Catherine Academy will receive the Subject Group Award in Humanities, Simran Hotchandani, also from St. Catherine's academy will receive Subject Group Award in Business Studies while Clint Foreman from Independence High School will receive Subject Group Award in the Sciences and Rick Rhaburn from Edward P. Yorke High School will receive the Subject Group Award in Technical/Vocational.

Teenager Shot, No Known Reason
A teenaged boy was shot yesterday through Fredrick's Alley. It happened at around 6:00 yesterday evening when a 15 year old minor was walking home and was shot to the right shoulder. He told police he doesn't know who shot him. He is currently admitted in a stable condition at the KHMH. According to residents from around the area, the teenager had just moved around the neighborhood and isn't known to be involved in any gang activities. They strongly believe it may have been mistaken identity.

The case of Titan Securities continues to be argued at courts high and low. Today, Bahamians Kelvin Leach and Rohn Knowles, were before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer for attempting to leave Belize without declaring $10,000 dollars in Belize currency. According to the FIU on September 12, both Leach and Knowles were found at the airport with $6,000 US dollars each. This morning, the two Bahamians trial began in court #2 where FIU prosecutors intend to call 9 witnesses. Today 2 of those witnesses were called - the first being Nigel Carter, from the Civil Aviation Department. HE testified that the Air Traffic control received communication from an aircraft which was making attempts to enter Belize at the PGIA but was refused because it did not meet all their requirements.

Living Life With a Positive
from Latin America and the Hispanic Caribbean that focus on providing services and support to infected youths. Today coordinators held a closed door meeting at the Ramada with some of these youths on forming advocacy groups. We don't have footage of the meeting since it was closed door - but Courtney Weatherburne did find out more from the organizers:.. Eric Castellanos "The activity that we are having today and tomrow is the first national assembly of HIV positive young people and what we are doing is that young perons living with HIV and the supporters, other young people that supports young people living with HIV have come together and they will be working on identifying proirty areas to work on an advocacy plan and to get started a national movement of young persons living with HIV."

PUP Announces Mayoral Candidate for City (Finally!)
Since the end of August, we've been waiting for the PUP to announce who the party's Mayoral Candidate for the Belize City is. That deadline was pushed to the end of October, and now, it's 4 days past that self-imposed deadline. And so today, the PUP announced what everyone knew about a month ago: their candidate for mayor is Yolanda Schakron. So, what's with all the secrecy, when pretty much everyone we already knew who it was going to be? That's what we asked PUP leader Francis Fonseca. Here's what he had to say: Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "I said a very long time ago that we would make the announcement at the end of October. I made that very clear a long time ago. We have now passed, so you have every right to chastise me - we are passed the end of October and yes again that is an announcement that we will make hopefully later this week. We have finalize our team. We have finalize our slate, yes so our mayoral candidate will be Mrs. Yolanda Schakron. We have finalize the 10 other members of that team and we will make that announcement very shortly."

PUP Leader Gives His Version of Hon. Mahmud's Decision
So, while the party gets ready to go into election mode for Schakron and her other aspiring councillors, they must also fill the gap left by Cayo North Area Representative Joseph Mahmud. As we told you, Mahmud announced last week that he will not be running as a PUP Standard Bearer in the next general elections. Today, we asked the Opposition Leader about it, and he told us that the Western Caucus of the party is already making preparations to replace him: Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "I did receive a letter from Mr. Mahmud indicating that for personal reasons he was no longer going to seek re-election. I have accepted that letter and we have put in place a committee of the western caucus that will lead an effort to find a new candidate, a new standard bearer for Cayo North. So that process in underway and I hope that that will be completed by the end of the year, but if not certainly in early January. We've had many good people come forward. We have some exciting candidates both male and female who are interested and the party as I said will pursue a process and our objective is to find the best possible candidate to represent the people of Cayo North. It is a division we won in the last election and we have every confidence that we can retain that seat in the next election."

Belizean Man Accused Of Indecent Exposure in Cancun
There is a disturbing report coming out of Cancun involving a man identified as a Belizean. According to the newspaper "Diario Respuesta," the man, identified as 41 year old Coseve Jean broke into a home in region 90 in Cancun on Monday afternoon and dropped his pants exposing his genitals to a young girl who was on the inside. One of the members of the household, a 54 year old woman then informed a police patrol M-615 that a pervert entered her home and exposed himself to her younger sister and then refused to leave. That is when the authorities arrived and captured 41 year old Jean. According to the newspaper dated today, he slept in the cells of Municipal Public Security Secretariat.

Cancer Society Got Burgled
Every year the Belize Cancer Society hosts a Christmas event for children and adults around the country who are battling the deadly disease. At the event, gifts are handed out to cancer patients as a loving gesture for their courageous fight throughout the year. But this weekend burglars didn't consider that Christmas is right around the corner. The gifts that the organization spends all year collecting were stolen from inside their Mercy Lane office. Today we found out how the thieves got in and the toll they took on the Christmas gift drive: Heather Reneau- Senior Administrator, Belize Cancer Society "When we came Monday morning we actually had a conference rental and we came in early in the morning to get ready for that rental and that's when we discovered that our office had been vandalized. As you see our entrance here as we walk up the ramp we immediately notice that our front window burglar bars were ripped open and the bench we keep at that window was pulled all the way to the front, so we knew that somebody had to be at the building - something was wrong.

Corporate Interests, NGO's Learn How To Massage The Media
Today a US media facilitator held a star studded media and video symposium in Belize City. It was an opportunity for NGO's and big business to learn from local media personalities, journalists and producers, basically, how to massage their media messages - so that they can break into the weekly paper or the evening news. It's an interesting strategy, trying to crack the media code - and we found out how it works:.

The Case Against Cops
The court case for Armani Bailey against two Belize City police officers started today at the Raccoon Street police station. He is the 19-year-old man who accused Constables Larry Sutherland and Wayne Trapp of attempting to drown him inside a garbage container at Belizean Beach - 4 miles out the city on the Western Highway. Both officers have been charged with one count of being uncivil when on duty, and Sutherland was additionally charged with prejudice to good order and discipline when he allegedly harmed Bailey. This morning Armani Bailey testified against the 2 officers for almost 3 hours. After leaving the police station, his aunt JP Grace Flowers spoke with 7news. JP Grace Flowers, Aunt of victim "The case started this morning at the Raccoon Police Station. My nephew already testified, but it adjourned until a further date. I just want the public know that whenever the police they abuse you or beat you for nothing, go and make a report because up to now e are getting some kind of satisfaction.

Music of The Caribbean Showcase in Belize
The 6th Edition of the Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase in Belize was launched last night at the Leo Bradley Library and continues at this hour. This year, it focuses on music from 13 Caribbean countries. The Chair of the Coordinating Committee of the Traveling Showcase discussed the details: The showcase officially opened last night with a documentary from Nicaragua. The showcase continues tonight until the 14th at both the Leo Bradley Library and the Bliss Center from 4 in the evening to 7.

Hon. King Still Claims Crown
And before we go tonight - we always enjoy real time news responses, and we caught one from UDP Lake I Representative Mark King on Facebook just now. Responding to Yolanda Schakron's boast that she would have beaten him in the General Election, King says, quote, "Well I defeated her and her brother together, and will now ensure that I will be the cause of her mayoral loss in Belize city council elections as I will bring out the most votes in the city.." Big talk, and by March we'll know if he can back it up.

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Minister’s Vehicle Hits Woman on George Price Highway
A thirty-one year old woman is tonight clinging to life at the K.H.M.H. after she was struck by a government vehicle. The accident happened at just after nine this morning [...]

Minister Says Accident was Unavoidable
Elisa Hunter was rushed to the K.H.M.H. and when we checked this afternoon, she was in surgery. We understand that she sustained head and body injuries, and from what is [...]

P.U.P. Explains Suit Against PM for Petrocaribe Monies
The People’s United Party has lashed out at government for hundreds of millions of dollars of Petrocaribe funds received from Venezuela, and an unconfirmed amount spent with no official accounting. [...]

Attorney Explains Illegality of Loan Motion
Senior Counsel Andrew Marshalleck is one member of the team which includes Senior Counsels Magali Marin-Young, Eamon Courtenay and Godfrey Smith. With the politics out the way, Marshalleck spoke of [...]

Attorneys Say Case is Far From Frivolous
In response to the claim filed, government has unleashed a storm of political ads accusing the Opposition of being unpatriotic, and boasting of the largesse of the governments with hundreds [...]

Ministry of Finance Announces Significant Drop in Price of Diesel
The price of oil on the world market continues to drop, as it has been doing for some time. It’s been a source of confusion and consternation with consumers who [...]

Is the Government using the Petrocaribe Funds for Political Mileage?
And tonight’s question is: Do you believe the government is using the Petrocaribe Funds for political mileage? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post [...]

MoE Releases CSEC/CAPE Results
There are smiling faces tonight in respect of the results of regional exams taken months ago. The Ministry of Education has released the results of the CSEC and CAPE that [...]

P.U.P. to Select Replacement for Joseph Mahmud in Cayo North
Two weeks ago, P.U.P. Cayo North Area Representative Joseph Mahmud threw in the political towel. His resignation came as a surprise to observers, but insiders tell us that the decision [...]

Yolanda Schakron is Belize City Mayoral Candidate for P.U.P.
And while there’s no decision in Cayo North, Fonseca has chosen the team which will contest municipal elections in Belize City. It’s actually no surprise, since Yolanda Schakron has made [...]

Appeal Hearing Begins in Case of Telemedia Supreme Court Judgment
Great Belize Productions Limited was once a subsidiary of Belize Telemedia Limited through a trio of overseas companies. By the time the Government took over B.T.L., the companies had been [...]

Belize Cancer Society Burglarized
Thieves are becoming even more brazen and heartless. The office of the Belize Cancer Society on Mercy Lane has been burglarized and thieves made away with a small amount of [...]

Trial of Bahamians Wanted for Securities Fraud in the U.S. Begins
Two Bahamian nationals living and working in Belize as stockers were today back in court for the offense of Failure to Declare ten thousand dollars in cash without first reporting [...]

Contraband Cigarettes in Melchor – Did it Come from Belize?
Late last week in the area of La Ceibita, Melchor de Mencos, more than a hundred cases, with eight hundred and eighty-one thousand cigarettes were confiscated by the Guatemalan police. [...]

Fisheries Department Says the Conch is Not Endangered in Belize
Fisher folks are celebrating a decision taken by the United States not to enlist the queen conch as threatened or endangered species. The petition was made by WildEarth Guardians in [...]

A Meeting for Youths Living with HIV in Belize
A two-day meeting started today at the Royal Room of the Ramada Belize City Princess to address the issue of HIV and Youths. Hosted by the Collaborative Network of Persons [...]

Tribunal Begins in Case of Alleged Police Brutality
In early September, an allegation was made by a popular Justice of the Peace, Grace Flowers of Belize City, that her nephew, Armani Bailey, was picked up by a group [...]

Musicians Honor Paul Nabor with Tribute
On Monday, we reported extensively on the farewell to the iconic parandero Paul Nabor, who was laid to rest on Saturday in Punta Gorda. There were flowing reflections for the [...]


Woman Knocked Down By Minister's Vehicle
A traffic mishap has left one Belizean female worker recovering from her injuries at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after she was knocked down around 9am this morning. According to the police situation report, police responded to a traffic accident in the vicinity of mile 8 on the George Price Highway where they saw 31-year-old Elisa Hunter of a Belize City address on the side of the Highway suffering from head and body injuries.

Road Infrastructure Work Almost Complete In Corozal
In June of this year, we told you about the major road repair project that kicked off in Corozal Town. As we reported, Central Government had allotted 4.4 million dollars to “concrete” one mile of the Philip Goldson Highway in Corozal starting from in front of the Social Security building right up to Santa Rita Hill. The good news tonight is that a portion of the road has been completed and was open to vehicular traffic for over a week. We spoke to the foreman of the project who told us that the project is half way complete and has employed over 100 men who have been working around the clock for the past four months. And if you happen to live in Corozal or driving through, you might have noticed that the road that is now being cemented is almost by the Corozal bus Terminal. Today reporter Victor Castillo visited the area and spoke with one of the supervisors, who informed us that approximately 45 % of the project has seen progress. With 55 % of the project remaining, it is said that the project should see its completion by early March of 2015.

Driver Runs Right Onto Pile Of Dirt,Transport Department Request Caution
This morning, while workers were busy on the road project in Corozal they were temporarily interrupted as the driver of this black jeep drove pass the “men at work” sign and drove up on top of this pile of dirt located at the junction of 7th Avenue and 3rd street south. Luckily no one was injured. Senior Traffic Officer Richard Quan today cautioned drivers to be a little more careful especially in areas where works are being carried out.Richard Quan – Senior Traffic Officer“Progress brings problems and the government of Belize and the Town Council are doing some major works on the streets so we are asking all the drivers to please drive with care, look out for the signs and respect the signs.”Victor Castillo – Reporter“I know that there has been a few of the signs that has been broken by drivers or even Corozalenos in a whole but what is the penalty?”

Environmentalist Deal With Climate Change
Climate change continues to be a priority for environmentalists and even a number of governments. More information being released though indicates that the Caribbean countries are among the first to feel the effects of climate change. In an article published on November third on the Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change the UN warned that small islands in the Caribbean will be the first territories in the region to suffer the effects of rising sea levels due to climate change. The predictions as reported before are grim; Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program, Achim Steiner, said climate change threatens the Caribbean’s tourism industries and, eventually, their “very existence”. The report indicates that sea-level rise will have an “immediate impact in economic terms” on the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and Steiner added that the Caribbean’s tourism infrastructure is 99 per cent along the coastline. In a clearer synopsis Steiner explained that small island nations are sometimes only six to thirteen feet above sea level therefore their very existence is being threatened. Coral reefs are dying leaving countries more vulnerable to the impact of more intense hurricanes and other extreme weathers.

Tropic air announces New flight To Mexico
Tropic Air, the San Pedro Town-based local airline today announced that it has started to offer night flights into Belize from Cancun, Mexico. According to a press release from Tropic Air, the first flight – Flight 6621 – arrived at the Phillip Goldson International Airport from Cancun, Mexico at 8:15 pm on Saturday, November 1. The Tropic Air statement said that the maiden night-time flight, with Belizean pilots, Captain Alberto Ancona and co-Captain Wally Nuñez in control, “marked the launch of an entirely new venture into scheduled night time operations to and from our country.” The flight's schedule allows for connections to Condor's flights to and from Frankfurt, Munich, London and Manchester in Cancun, and opens up other convenient travel opportunities to our passengers. Tropic Air currently operates a fleet of 15 aircraft to 16 destinations in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

Murder Victim Dies Of Traumatic Shock
Over the weekend Corozal reported its 6th murder case. Yesterday when we left you, officials from the Corozal Police department were in Belize City and awaited results of a post mortem examination that was conducted the body of 24 year old Ricardo Itzab. According to Pathologist Doctor Mario Estradaban Itzab’s cause of death is due to "Traumatic shock due to multiple liver and left kidney injuries as a consequence of gunshot wounds." As we previously reported, on Saturday morning around 1:30 am, Ricardo Alfredo Itzab, Miguel Gamboa and Oscar Herrera all of Concepcion Village were walking on the highway heading towards their homes between miles 76 & 77 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, when they were approached from the opposite direction by a lone bicycle rider. The bicyclist fired a single gunshot in their direction and hit Ricardo Itzab on the right lateral chest area which exited the left lower back. Up to news time police are still investigating and are clueless on who the triggerman is.

Orange Walkeneo Claims Negligence At Northern Regional Hospital
An Orange Walk resident is left concerned following an experience at the Northern Regional Hospital and claims negligence on behalf of the medical staff there. Carlos Molina says that he took his mother in for medical attention on Monday of last week. She was experiencing severe pain in her stomach area and after running some tests, doctors found she had stones in her gall bladder and at the mouth of her intestines. The remedy was surgery. According to Molina this is where his already bad experience got compounded as his mother was only taken for surgery at a private clinic yesterday. Molina says his mother waited all week before the family was told that the Northern Regional Hospital lacked a certain tube to carry the surgery through. Here is what he told us this morning when he visited our studio.


Habet Takes Failed Recall Petition to the Courts
Also before the courts is the case brought against Current Cayo North East Area Representative, Elvin Penner by his political opponent, Orlando Habet. There was a recall petition carried out in Cayo North East, but a bulk of necessary petitions was rejected by the Elections and Boundaries Department. So Habet’s move to have Penner recalled failed and now they are taking the matter to court because they feel that the Chief Elections Officer unfairly disqualified a number of voters. As we said the matter is before the courts for judicial review and today, a pre-trial session was scheduled but that did not happened because certain things were not in order as explained by Attorney, Michelle Chebat. “Unfortunately there are still some matters that need to be complied with to ready the matter for trial and so today what happened is that additional directives were given. The original trial dates that were set for the 25th and 26th of November have been vacated so that we can get the matters in order. We come back to court on the 25th of November for further pre-trial. ”

Dawson’s Family Believes Foul Play Was Involved In Mr. Dawson’s Death
A well-known mechanic and bus driver of rural Belize is dead and the family is now anxiously awaiting the post mortem examination to be conducted as they believe that something had gone awry between last night and this morning which led to his death. Meanwhile investigators are saying that an investigation is being conducted but so far they have no reason to believe that the incident is a case of homicide. Love News spoke with the Officer in Charge of the area, Inspector Frederick Gordon. “Sometime around 6am, the police were called to 19 miles Sand Hill where a body was seen in the area beside a vehicle. We found the person, he was lying face down on the side of the road beside his vehicle. There was a sidekick that was right beside him with his engine on and lights on in the vehicle. After we process the scene and check the body, it was noticed that the body had no sign of injury at all.” Renee Trujillo “Now I know the investigation is still in its infancy stage but so far what can you tell me that the police have learnt about Mr. Dawson and his last whereabouts?”

Man From Gardenia Found Dead
A well-known bus driver from rural Belize was found dead early this morning. With the story, we join Renee Trujillo. Renee Trujillo “A well-known mechanic and bus driver of rural Belize is dead and the family is now anxiously awaiting the post mortem examination to be conducted as they believe something had gone awry between last night and this morning which led to his death. Sixty one year old Gilbert Dawson of Gardenia Village left his home around four o’ clock yesterday evening with two friends. Little did he know that when he left he would not return. We spoke to one of his friends he was with yesterday Ismael Requena.” Ismael Requena “Myself and my compadre Mr. Armstrong went to his home, we visited his home and were socializing for two hours at his house after which we decided then to come to Sandhill at Everyday Supermarket where we socialized again for about an hour and then I left both of them out there until about six and then I went home. This morning at about five thirty his daughter Geraldine called me and said that they found her dad dead. I immediately got up and went to look for Mr. Armstrong because I know he was the last person with him. Mr. Dawson dropped off Mr. Armstrong because we live in Sandhill, Mr. Dawson lives in Gardenia Village.”

PUC’s Quest To Supply Belize With Enough Energy, Stucked at Second Phase
Last week much hoopla was made over Cohune Energy Limited’s proposal to the Public Utilities Commission. The proposal did not make it to the third phase in the PUC’s quest to find a proposal that would supply Belize with enough energy. COLA sent a release expressing support for the project and questioning the PUC and the procedure implemented in short listing the proposals. While Minister of Energy, Science and Technology and Public Utilities, Joy Grant, would not specifically speak about Cohune Energy limited, she did, however; assure that proper procedures were followed. Joy Grant “I will not discuss any individual project that would not be right, the process is still ongoing. However I just want to say that this is a three part process, first we had over 50 applications and we did the first screenings based on very clear criteria and the projects that came forward that could not meet the requirements were taken out. The second phase was a very detailed analysis of the projects, there is a team, one person from the ministry, one from BEL and one from PUC and we spent over 100 hours looking at those proposals and coming up with an initial ranking. The third phase is the negotiation phase whereby BEL taking the lead with these principles from these companies will sit down to look at what they are proposing right now as a cost of energy to a national grid and whether they are able to procure the financing to implement these projects. So that is the next phase that will happen. As I said, the PUC put out over 10 page document when they had their press conference which detailed how the analysis was done and why they came up with the first six projects that they identified.”

BWU’s Workers’ Union Plead to BSI/ASR For Raise
Belize Workers’ Union representatives met with BSI/ASR representatives last Thursday to start discussion for a salary increment. According to the BWU’s president, Richard Tillett, the union is asking BSI for a 15% raise. “We decided that we put forward a 15% raise to start with to give them that to take back to the company. Normally, we believe in profit you know because if the company does not make a profit we would never ask for a raise. That is the position we are taking.” Arturo Cantun “So right now, what is the profit that you are asking a raise on?” Tillett “From the time ASR took over, we never got a financial report but they never gave us that so we are just judging by the amount of sugar that is made for the time of the crop.” Tillett told Love News the Belize Workers Union wants the raise to be for one year and from there negotiate for the following years. The reason for this is that the sugar market is unstable at the moment and the employees do not want to be bound to a long term agreement. Tillett explained that BSI has hesitated to provide the BWU with a financial report for them to base their request for a raise.

Payment of Bagasse; BSI And BSCFA Unable to Sign Commercial Agreements
In related news about the sugar industry, BSI and BSCFA are still to reconvene to continue talks for the signing of a new commercial agreement. As we start the month of November with dry weather all indications are that the crop season will start in the next three weeks. But before the first cane truck drives into BSI compound, both BSI and BSCFA see it imperative for the signing of a new commercial agreement. Arturo Cantun reports. Arturo Cantun “BSI and BSCFA have not been able to sign a new commercial agreement for several factors. These include a formula for the payment of bagasse and the length the commercial agreement should regulate the relationship between the two.” Javier Keme “To big reasons why it is not a direct buy and sell agreement; One is because of the system we have been operating for decades up to now. We have been under a revenue sharing system. This means that we share the expenses of all the process from the field to the mill, from the mill to the market where our sugar goes which in our case is Tate and Lisle in London. We share all those expenses and losses through this chain of trading. So if we are sharing expenses and losses we have this right to be a co-owner of the product as we have been up to now. On our side, we have no doubt about it.

Near Catastrophic Fire Reported in Shipyard
A fire at a crude petroleum refinery facility in Shipyard community, Orange Walk district, almost turned catastrophic this morning. Arturo Cantun reports. Arturo Cantun “Information to Love News is that around 10 am Peter Qrueca the facility care taker noticed fire coming from camp five and upon making closer inspections he detected that one of the fuel containers was on fire.” Peter Qrueca “I was not there at the moment the fire started, but when I saw smoke from a distance I ran there and tried to out the fire. We could not out the fire so we called the fire department from Orange Walk and they put it out. I think there was an electrical shortage that started the fire. The fire started around 10am and by 12 noon the fire was out. The fire was big and there were not many people in the vicinity but the ones who were close by got frightened.”

Young Woman Undergoes Surgery For Osteosarcoma
Originally from Orange Walk Town, 22 year old Ladeni Osorto, found herself in the house of Neva Burks in Amarillo City, in Texas, USA. A few weeks ago, Osorto says, that she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, the most common type of bone cancer. In her quest to obtain treatment, Doctors in the US, found out that Osorto did not have bone cancer but rather that a tumor was growing on her left knee. Back when Osorto’s parents noticed a lump growing on Osorto’s knee, they immediately sought medical attention in Mexico and Guatemala. The medical expertise was not available in Belize and through Tim Tam’s The Word at Work, Osorto found her last hope in Amarillo City. There she received treatment. She underwent some tests which suggested that the tumor will eventually spread to the rest of her body and kill her. Lademi soon underwent surgery and had her left leg, up to mid-thigh, amputated. She will be using a prosthetic leg provided for her by the good folks at Amarillo City.

Accident Leaves One Dead And Another Injured
An early morning traffic incident has claimed the life of a court prosecutor. We join Reporter Leigh-Andra Gentle for the details. “A road traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway has left twenty-four year old Ryan Martinez dead and a female passenger hospitalized. Yesterday morning around two forty, Ladyville Police responded to the accident which was quarter mile away from the Haulover bridge. Love News spoke to the Officer in Charge of Ladyville, Inspector Frederick Gordon” “Sunday morning, sometime after two forty am, police from Ladyville responded to an accident just about quarter mile away from the Haulover Bridge going from Belize City towards Ladyville where a grey Lincoln was seen. The person who was trapped appeared to be dead behind the steering wheel. It appears that it is speeding but we cannot confirm anything at this time, until our investigation then we can say for sure exactly what happened. The gentleman appeared to receive chest injury. The driver Ryan Martinez and the passenger, a female received injuries. Why she got less injury I suspect is because of the airbag that released during the time of the accident.”

GOB and BGYEA In Mediation Process
It’s been quite some time that we have reported on BGYEA’s land issue. The matter is before the courts and today was set for case management. Today BGYEA’s attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd and GOB’s new attorney, Rodwell Williams, were ordered to re-visit the court’s order. In this case, both parties were told to participate in a mediation process. Audrey Matura- Shepherd “When I last updated you all on this matter the court had ordered mediation and we should have gone to mediation by the 16th of September, however that never happened. For different reasons it didn’t happen, one of them being that the government changed their attorneys so all though Mr. Hawk is holding brief right now we got a notice that the new attorney is Mr. Rodvell Williams, senior council. So Mr. Hawk was waiting for further instruction from his client meanwhile we sent in the names we had suggested we would want as a mediator. The court told us today that there is absolutely no way they will allow a court order that they had issued for mediation to be disobeyed and so they extended the time for mediation. We’ve been given up to the 28th of November to go to mediation. The court has since appointed a mediator so that is no excuse not to go to mediation because it’s important, if the court orders that you settle something and deal with it you do.

Belize And Korea Launched Their Knowledge Sharing Program
Belize and the Republic of Korea launched the Knowledge Sharing Program today. The program has been specifically designed to assist Belize in the Science, Technology and Innovation field. Through the program, both countries are working on a road map for the establishment of a Belize/Korea Science, Technology and Innovation Institute. Minister Joy Grant spoke to Love News. Joy Grant “We have a shortage in our country of science technology, engineering and math graduates but this is not unique to Belize, it’s actually even in developed countries that they are finding that there is a shortage. So what we want to do is two things. However, we must first get the students at a very young age. We decide probably at standard six, what are the subjects you want to study but if they are not even exposed to the importance of these subjects then they won’t chose that path so we need to get to the students and explained what are the prerequisites needed for them to study in these areas but we also need to track the training of people we know even at this point in time Belize needs for the advancement of the country. For example one industry in Belize says that they need scores of engineers of engineering technicians, we don’t have those persons but if we had an institute and we knew what the demand was then we could provide those people to serve.”


Minister’s vehicle knocks down woman
There was a traffic accident on the George Price Highway on Tuesday morning involving a Minister’s vehicle; a 2015 Prado. Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington was being driven to Belmopan by his driver, 25 year old Amir Garcia. Sometime around 9 o’clock,  31-year-old Elisa Hunter attempte...

15 year old shot in Belize city
A 15 year old boy was shot in Belize City on Monday night. According to police reports,just after 6 Monday evening, a 15-year-old male minor was shot to the right shoulder, while walking through Fredrick Alley in Belize City on his way home. He was transported to the K.H.M.H for treatment...

PUC discusses requests for energy generation
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has been grappling with public disapproval over aspects of the 2013 Requests for Proposals for Energy Generation, which seeks to double Belize’s current capacity for electricity generation over the next 15 years. Of the eight projects delivering firm capacity se...

Two Men Walk free of a murder charge after 10 years in prison
Two men walked free from a murder charge on Tuesday, for an incident that dates all the way back to 2004. Carlos Granillo, a Salvadoran National, and Rene Lopez Morentes, a Guatemalan National, had been arrested and charged for the murder of Mary Jane Blondell, an American Retiree who lived on a sec...

Group charged for unlicensed revolver
Two men and two minors were charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. 21 year old Lloyd Parchue, 25 year old Michael Flowers, and two male minors aged 13 and 14, pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Dale Cayetano, and they were remanded into custody until February 4.On Monday...

Teachers of St. Matthews Government School plan to protest
Plus News has received information that the teachers of St. Matthews Government School in St. Matthews Village are having a planned protest at the school grounds Wednesday morning. Their motive we are told is to stand in solidarity with four teachers, who allege they have not received payment for ov...


Ryan Martinez, 24, killed in traffic accident
The life of a young civilian prosecutor came to an abrupt end when his vehicle spun out of his control and collided with a tree in a marsh off the Philip Goldson Highway just past the Haulover Bridge yesterday, Sunday, November 2, at around 2:40 a.m. Police reported that they visited an area between Miles 5 and 6 on the Philip Goldson Highway where they spotted a cream-colored 4-door Lincoln MKZ car with extensive damages about 20 feet off the highway, lodged in some mangroves in the vicinity of the Haulover Bridge. Upon closer inspection, they saw Ryan Martinez, 24, a civilian prosecutor of #25 Marage Road, Ladyville, and Irene Sanchez, 22, of San Lazaro, Orange Walk, trapped inside the mangled wreck.

“The Agitator”, Yaya Marin-Coleman, protests the Queen Street “Piss House”
City goers who passed in front of the Precinct 3 Queen Street Police Station today might have noticed well-known activist Yaya Marin Coleman, along with fellow activist Samiyyah Andrewin-Miranda, displaying placards denouncing the terrible conditions at the infamous “Piss House”, which is the name Belizeans use to refer to the station’s holding cells, situated on the ground floor of the police station. The very unsanitary “Piss House” is appropriately named – the cells reek of urine, and have reeked of urine for decades. No Commissioner of Police or Minister of Police, under any political administration, PUP or UDP, has seen fit to change the policy regarding the human needs and rights of those detained, or redesign the cells so that they can no longer be called, with absolute truth, the “Piss House.” Marin-Coleman has turned her attention to what she described as a “violation of people’s human rights” and an eyesore even for the police officers who are tasked with guarding the cell block from time to time.

Gilbert Dawson, 61, found dead on Sandhill feeder road
Gilbert Dawson, a mechanic and resident of Gardenia Village, left his home sometime yesterday evening and had been socializing with friends in Sandhill. Around 8:00 this morning, Monday, a resident from the Mile 19 community on the Old Northern Highway found Dawson lying face-down on the road, apparently dead on a Sandhill feeder road. In a police press release, Dawson’s death was classified as a “sudden death.” That classification, however, may be incorrect in the absence of a post-mortem result. Inspector Frederick Gordon, the officer commanding Ladyville police, told Amandala tonight, “A post-mortem has to be done to confirm the cause of death.”

Pedophile gets 20 years
On Wednesday, October 29, a nine-member jury in the Supreme Court of Justice John “Troadio” Gonzalez voted 7-2 to convict Brian Charlesworth of one count of carnal knowledge. Justice Gonzalez had set today, Friday, as mitigation and sentencing date for Charlesworth, who had been convicted on two previous occasions for sexual offenses. Justice Gonzalez imposed a 20-year sentence, stipulating that the sentence is to run consecutive to any other sentence that Charlesworth is presently serving. Prior to the sentencing, however, Charlesworth, 45, appeared upset and argumentative in the courtroom. Charlesworth told the court that he wanted the judge to give him back the time he had served. Charlesworth, still upset with the verdict, blurted out that he thought that the justice system was unfair.

Puzzling murder in Concepcion
Corozal police have reported that they have no suspects, nor do they know the motive, for a puzzling murder that occurred just before daybreak this past Saturday, November 1, in the quiet village of Concepcion, Corozal District. Authorities said that at about 5:15 a.m. on Saturday, they went to the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk and observed the body of Ricardo Alfredo Itzab, 24, a resident of Concepcion, with an apparent gunshot wound to the right lateral chest area and an exit wound in the left lower back. Investigators later found out that Itzab, Miguel Gamboa and Oscar Herrera, all of Concepcion, had been walking in a westerly direction between Miles 76 and 77 on the Philip Goldson Highway, heading towards their homes when they were approached from the opposite direction by a lone bicycle rider dressed in dark clothing and wearing a mask, who fired a single gunshot in their direction, causing the fatal injury to Itzab.

Drilling surpasses 6,800 feet inside Sarstoon Temash
Dr. Colin Young, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology and Public Utilities, informed Amandala today that US Capital Energy was drilling to depths of 6,850 feet at last report, October 30, 2014, but there is no official information indicating whether there is a commercial supply of oil at the well’s location inside the Sarstoon Temash National Park (STNP). Young said that the company faced a setback about two weeks ago when one of its drill bits broke in the well. He said that the company resumed drilling last week, and the specs of the drilling equipment indicate that they could drill as deep as 10,500 feet.

Marijuana: A Tale of Two Worlds
Several states in the continental United States of America have turned the sale of legal marijuana, primarily for medical use, into a multi-million dollar industry. Next week voters in three states, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., will decide whether marijuana will be legalized in their localities. A few months ago, the government floated the idea of decriminalizing a small amount of marijuana, but the proposed policy met with stiff opposition, mostly from church leaders. The decriminalized policy, however, is not completely dead; it is merely resting in the bureaucratic infrastructure that will activate it, if the courage is found for Belize to step up and keep pace with the ever-changing world. In Belize, the regime of laws and penalties that exist to prevent marijuana use could be frighteningly harsh and appears ancient. Here’s an illustration of this point: Someone convicted on a drug trafficking charge for a half pound of marijuana that would sell for $100, would be at risk of going to prison for three years, besides a mandatory minimum fine of $10,000, or both a fine and imprisonment.

Semipro football on Wednesday – F.C. Belize vs Verdes
In K & N U-12 Football Tournament games played at the Barracks on Saturday, November 1, Belize drew, 2-2, with Elite Promos. Elvis Cabral and Albert Burns, Jr. shook the net for Belize, while Jordi Espejo and Daniel Grijalva netted for Elite Promos. Then Trial Farm dropped Young Strikers, 1-nil, on a goal by Kevin Matute. And in the last game of the day, Real Madrid clipped Yo Creek by a 2-1 margin. Upcoming games at the Barracks: Saturday, November 8 2:00 p.m. – Trial Farm vs Real Madrid 3:00 p.m. – Elite Promos vs Young Strikers 4:00 p.m. – Yo Creek vs Belize O.W. Town Council Female 9-A-Side The Orange Walk Town Council Female 9-A-Side football tournament is also taking place at the Barracks in Orange Walk with 4 teams participating, namely Guinea Grass, Chan Pine Ridge, Carmelita and Stadium Street Road Runners. They are competing in a home-and-away series for a first prize of $500.00, 2nd prize $300.00, and 3rd $100.00.

FFB Wrongdoing?
To: Amandala Sports Editor Please assist me to publish this in the next issue of the Amandala. FFB President, My confidant, mentor and faith-oriented colleague. You have reminded me of Saul, who gave David a job, after which he tried to kill him, after seeing his ambition and wonderful production; similarly, you also reminded me of Cain, who got rid of Abel because he was greatly praised/rewarded by God for his ambitious production. My punishment, like David and Abel, came in the form of an illegal suspension for ambitiously reviving the wonderful game of football in the Toledo District, like never before. Mr. President, you came to Toledo to endorse a Competitions Committee, for which I was offered chairmanship, because you and your executive members had realized that competitions at the local level were non-existent. The committee immediately began to function passionately to the best of its ability to initiate the revival of the sport at the senior level where the stakeholders, especially the players, started benefiting, not only by playing locally, but also by playing with teams at home such as Georgetown Ibayani, Red Bank Napoli, Toledo United, and against Georgetown Ibayani in that village for the celebration of Georgetown Day.

National U-17 Male team to Costa Rica
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is proud to present the Belize National U-17 Male Team who will represent Belize in the 2014 UNCAF U-17 Elimination Tournament which will be held in Liberia, Costa Rica from November 4 to 8. This tournament is the qualifier to CONCACAF U-17 Championship which will be hosted at San Pedro Sula, Honduras from February 27 – March 15, 2015. (UNCAF – currently in qualifiers; North – Canada, Mexico, USA; CFU- Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago) The tournament will be played at Edgardo Baltodano Birsceño Stadium (natural grass). The tournament schedule is as follow: The Belize Delegation will leave on Saturday, November 1, from the FFB Headquarters in Belmopan at 12 noon.

Editorial: A story goes with it
Today’s editorial is a modest effort. It is the immediate story of two generations of a Southside Belize City family which, on the Hyde side, began in 1795 with the mating of a Scotsman and a “colored” woman, and the birth of a son. This was a relatively wealthy family in the beginning, even after the Scotsman returned to Great Britain in 1830 and spent the rest of his days in London. The family fell on hard times during the 1840s, however, so that when the fourth generation son, Absalom Bartlett Hyde, was born in 1853, he became a blacksmith and a machinist. It is said that Absalom’s youngest son, James Bartlett Hyde, had to purchase the Hyde family home at the corner of Regent Street West and West Canal from the business magnate, Robert Sydney Turton, who was James Bartlett Hyde’s employer and into whose hands the home had fallen.

From the Publisher
Parents who sent their children to Roman Catholic primary schools in the 1950s were getting a leg up on life for their kids. If these children went on to Catholic high schools, it appears to me that their success rate in the United States was very high. Now this was in the aftermath of World War II, and British Honduras was going through significant changes that our people were not fully conscious of at the time. In the first place, many Belizean men were returning home from years of work in United States-influenced Panama, and they had become much more worldly where things like loose living, gambling, and aggressive politics were concerned. In the second place, Belize’s richest native, Robert Sydney Turton, had been trading with American companies for some time, and he had decided that British Honduras should fight for self-government and independence. (The word for that in the anti-colonial lexicon was “self-rule.”) Hence, he entered his personal secretary, George Cadle Price, in the election politics of the colony. Mr. Turton would die, in 1955, before Mr. Price became Maximum Leader of the pro-U.S. People’s United Party (PUP) in 1956, but the die had been cast.

Time for police officers to have life insurance benefits
The death of Police Officer Danny Conorquie gives the current members of the Belize Police Force the golden opportunity to demand a life Insurance and benefits package from the Government of Belize, which is long overdue. In 1975 on November 19, my squad-21 brother and friend, PC 431 Francis Bermudez, better known in Dangriga as “Govna,” died at the Belize City Hospital at a very young age. He was working at the Criminal Investigation Branch in Belize City with me before I got transferred to Orange Walk. Most officers at the time rated him as one of the top criminal investigators in that branch. After his death and funeral, the then Commissioner of Police, Esmond Willoughby met with his sister and father and gave them a check for about $2,000.

Cleandra Casimiro will represent Hopkins in Miss Garifuna National
Five lovely, intelligent and proud Garifuna young women vied for the title of Ms. Garifuna – Hopkins in the annual pageant held at Palmetto Grove Lodge in the traditional seaside Garifuna village on Saturday, November 1. They are Aliyah Augustine, Shaineal Enriquez, Cleandra Casimiro, Ruth Nunez and Maria Matthews. “After a job well done by all, introducing themselves in Garifuna, displaying their Garifuna dancing skills, eloquently answering questions posed on issues affecting the Garifuna community, and elegantly strutting their Garifunadüaü, Ms. Cleandra Casimiro was crowned Ms. Garifuna – Hopkins 2014 -2015,” said Uwahnie Martinez, the lodge’s owner. The runner-up was Shaineal Enriquez, while third place went to Ruth Nunez.

Tower Hill/Chan Pine Ridge Airstrip inaugurated
The unveiling of the newly renovated and renamed Tower Hill/Chan Pine Ridge Airstrip took place yesterday onsite on the Tower Hill/Chan Pine Ridge Road in the Orange Walk District. The once white marled and decrepit pavement, which serves as the only transit point for air arrivals to Orange Walk Town, was also renamed after one of the most prominent natives of “Sugar City”, former Mayor of Orange Walk, and the late Ambassador to Guatemala, Alfredo “Fred” Martinez. Yesterday at the official ceremony, Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia Jr., in addressing the audience of government dignitaries, Belize Tourism Board (BTB) officials and members of the Belize Airports Authority (BAA), spoke about the airstrip and the fitting reason for its name change.

“Paranda King”, Paul Nabor, buried with honors in PG
An official state funeral for renowned Belizean musician and parandero, Paul Nabor, was held last Saturday, November 1, at the St. Peter Claver Church in Punta Gorda, Toledo, where he had lived for most of his adult life. The funeral service for the 86-year-old musical icon, who was born under the name Alfonso Palacio, started at 11:00 a.m. and ended almost two hours later with hundreds of adoring fans and admirers in attendance, in addition to a host of family, friends, government representatives and dignitaries such as Governor General Sir Colville Young and Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Francis Fonseca. The ceremony was replete with recollections from a repertoire of highly regarded musical artists including Aurelio Martinez, who flew in to Belize from Spain earlier this week for the interment. Nabor’s only child, Marie Martinez, who came in from the United States, sentimentally spoke about her father, who was affectionately known by most of his colleagues as “Nabi”.

CARICOM wants to join Tomlinson CCJ case against Belize and Trinidad
The CARICOM Secretariat has filed an application with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), to maintain a “watching brief” in the proceedings and to make submissions in the case lodged against member countries, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago, by LGBT activist Maurice Tomlinson of Jamaica, challenging the immigration laws of the countries. This has been confirmed by the CCJ, which explained that CARICOM’s request—which will be served on the parties to the proceedings and ultimately determined by the Court—is further to CCJ Original Jurisdiction Rules. According to the CCJ, “an application for a ‘watching brief’ can be made by parties who may have a particular interest in the court proceedings and may wish to be present, and or make independent submissions to the Court in relation to the particular subject matter.”

Inflation and imports up; exports down
Latest information released by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) indicates that inflation for the first nine months of the year, January to September 2014, reached 1.3%, with inflation for September amounting to 0.7%, when compared to the same time last year. Whereas there was a small price fall reported for food items, especially items in the bread and cereal category, which saw a price fall of 1.2%, vegetable prices, which the SIB says had been continually rising since last year, decreased by a notable 2.1%. Meanwhile, home rental prices continue to edge upwards with prices being 2% higher than last September in every city and town, except for Corozal Town. “Insurance premiums were also higher in comparison to last September, with health and motor vehicle insurance up by 3.3 percent and 6.1 percent, respectively,” the SIB further detailed. September prices were especially higher in the western twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, while they were lowest in Corozal, which showed a negligible increase of 0.2% when compared to last September.

Belize experienced rising poverty amid “boom” for the Americas
The challenging economic outlook for the Americas was the subject of an economic forum held in Canada that has just concluded. José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), analyzed the economic outlook for the countries of the region in the coming years, in his comments at the 8th Annual Meeting of the International Economic Forum of the Americas held at Royal York Hotel in Toronto on Monday, October 27, and Tuesday, October 28, 2014, which focused on the theme “Rethinking Growth.” Insulza said that the period from 2002 to 2012 was a boom time for most of the region, which, he said, “allowed us to grow more in one decade than in the previous two decades put together,” and during which nearly 70 million people were lifted from poverty. However, during this same decade, Belize experienced rising poverty. As Amandala reported back in January 2010, over 50,000 Belizeans, particularly in the Southside of Belize City and in Toledo, had plunged into the depths of poverty between the country assessment of 2002 and the most recent study done in 2009, a span of seven years. In 2009, 41.3% of the Belizean population (or 142,000) was classified as poor, versus under 90,000 in 2002.

USA rejects petition to put Queen Conch on endangered species list
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has congratulated member states after a US government review of the status of the Queen Conch and its decision to reject a petition to have the Queen Conch listed as threatened or endangered. On Monday, November 3, 2014, the National Maine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Department of Commerce, USA, concluded that the “queen conch is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range, nor is it not likely to become so within the foreseeable future”. Executive Director of the CRFM, Milton Haughton, noted: “The CRFM is extremely pleased by this outcome and takes this opportunity to commend all the countries and stakeholders across the region that invested time and effort in working with the CRFM Secretariat in providing the detailed scientific and resource management information that assisted the United States authorities in arriving at their determination that the species is neither threatened or endangered.”

Another attempt to find Chik-V index case
The Ministry of Health announced today that it has confirmed three positive antibody tests via the Central Medical Lab in Belize City for Chikungunya from samples collected early last week during their investigation of a suspected case of Chikungunya from the Las Flores community. “These three positive IgM samples along with another sample will be sent next week Monday for further testing and confirmation by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Laboratory in Trinidad,” the Ministry said. The Ministry has had trouble trying to determine whether a Salvadoran woman who had been clinically diagnosed with Chikungunya, or Chik-V, a viral disease transmitted by mosquitos, in her home country more than a month ago had actually contracted the virus, due to inconclusive test results overseas.

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Patrick JonesPJ

PUP discusses Petrocaribe loan motion court case
The People’s United Party (PUP) called a press briefing this afternoon to address its plans to sue Prime Minister Dean Barrow over a belated motion to gain National Assembly approval for over $230 million in loans borrowed under the Petrocaribe program dating back to 2010. According to PUP […]

PUC calls discussion on requests for energy generation premature
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has been grappling with public disapproval over aspects of the 2013 Requests for Proposals for Energy Generation which seeks to double Belize’s current capacity for electricity generation over the next 15 years. PUC Chairman John Avery seemed surprised at the level of discussion […]

Titan executives back in court
The case of Kelvin Leach and Rohn Knowles for failure to declare excess currency on departure began trial before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer today with 2 witnesses testifying. Leach and Knowles, executives with Titan International Securities which is involved in a billion-dollar fraud case in the U.S., were […]

Channel Overseas challenges Telemedia over Channel 5
A group of overseas companies is suing Belize Telemedia Limited over their handling of a matter to do with the acquisition of the company by Government. If that sounds familiar, that is because it is. But in this case, Channel Overseas Investments Limited; Thames Ventures Limited; and Katalyst […]

Group charged for unlicensed revolver
Two men and two minors were charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. 21 year old Lloyd Parchue; 25 year old Michael Flowers, and two male minors, 13 and 14 pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Dale Cayetano and they were remanded into custody until February […]

Orange Walk man accused of raping a 6 year old girl
Each time the media reports on the sexual abuse of children, the crime seems to get more depraved and sickening. Today, Orange Walk police are reported to be investigating a disturbing report of the rape of a 6 year old girl. And the alleged perpetrator is believed […]

SUV gets stuck in dirt on Corozal town street
Infrastructure work is continuing in the municipality of Corozal, and today one motorist had some anxious moments when his SUV became stuck on a pile of dirt. It happened at the junction of 7th Avenue and 3rd Street South. It is not certain if the driver mis-judged the […]

Woman knocked down on the George Price Highway
Thirty one year old Elisa Hunter sustained head and body injuries this morning when she was knocked down near mile 8 on the George Price Highway. According to police reports, Hunter had just alighted a west-bound passenger bus around 9 o’clock this morning and was in the process of crossing the highway, when she was reportedly knocked down by a black 2015 Prado assigned to Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington.

Burglary reported at Belize Cancer Society officer
The Belize Cancer Society, with offices on Mercy Lane in Belize City, was targeted by burglars this past weekend. The break-in was discovered on Monday morning around 7:34 am when the director of the Belize Cancer Society arrived at her workplace and found that the office had […]

Tropic Air introduces night flights from Mexico to Belize
The San Pedro-based local airline Tropic Air, today announced that it has started to offer night flights into Belize from Cancun, Mexico. According to a press release from Tropic Air, the first flight – Flight 6621 – arrived at the Phillip Goldson International Airport from Cancun, Mexico […]

Shooting in Belize City leaves teenager injured
A fifteen year old boy was the victim of a shooting incident in Belize City last night. The child whose name has not been released by the police, was walking to his house around 6:08 pm on Monday when he was shot to the right shoulder. The […]

BGYEA and Government given more time for mediation
The case of the Government of Belize and Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) returned to court on Tuesday. When last we left it Justice Courtney Abel had scheduled mediation between the parties. BGYEA wants to go through with a project to plant corn in what Government claims […]


Expanding Tourism in Belize with Additional Cancun Flights
On Saturday, November 1, Tropic Air opened a new chapter in its long history of providing new and innovative travel options for Belize when flight 6621 took off from Cancun, Mexico piloted by Belizean pilots, captain Alberto Ancona and co captain Wally Nuñez. The arrival of flight 6621 and its passengers at 8:15pm at the Phillip Goldson International Airport marked the launch of an entirely new venture into scheduled night time operations to and from our country. This flight, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, is in addition to Tropic’s daily Cancun – Belize flight. It will, for the first time, allow same day connections from Europe to Belize via Cancun flights. This is a travel option that has been long sought by the tourism industry. The flight is being marketed in conjunction with Germany’s Condor Airlines, a Thomas Cook affiliate.

An Hour at the Museum of Belize in Belize City – Charles Lindbergh in Belize?
Saturday afternoon I took the boat ride over to Belize City to attend the big national arts & craft show in Memorial Park. I had a bit of time after lunch and stopped into the Museum of Belize. Housed in a beautiful building (now) that was the Belize City prison for the 1850s to 1993! And you can see from this photo by Tony Rath – that when it was operational as a “correctional facility” it wasn’t so well maintained… I’d only been to the museum once! When my friend Tanya and I met up to see the pretty spectacular “Crown Jewel of Belize” – The Jade Head of Altun Ha. An amazing 10lb jade carving…really breathtaking.

Service Vacations and Volunteering in Belize
How do you picture a Belize vacation? Lounging on the beach on Ambergris Caye? Snorkeling off Glover’s Reef? Exploring the Mayan ruins near San Ignacio? How about working with Belizeans to provide care to the needy, medical help for the sick, and protection for fragile ecosystems? If you think that all of these sound good, then consider volunteering during your stay. Service vacationing has boomed in popularity over the years, and with some research and good planning you can enjoy Belize’s beauty while making connections with its people and environment. Below is a list of a few prominent organizations that offer short and long term opportunities. Some are free, some you will have to pay for, some are for professionals, but all are ways to experience Belize and give back as well.

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Yucatán’s Naval War with Belize
Arturo O’Neill de Tyrone y O’Kelly, the Governor and Captain-General of the Intendencia of Yucatán, moved a substantial fleet of warships against a rabble of British woodcutters. They had been squatters too long in territory that clearly belonged to the King of Spain. Arturo O’Neill, scion of an ancient and distinguished Irish dynasty, had gone to Spain as a young military cadet. He progressed through the ranks in the royal army, achieved promotions to general and field marshal, demonstrated abilities as an administrator and diplomat, and received important political appointments in America. He became Governor of Yucatán in 1792 while also serving as Governor of West Florida. An Irishman in the service of Spain may seem strange, but it was not unusual — let us mention only Juan de O’Donojú y O’Ryan, the last Viceroy of New Spain; Alejandro O’Reilly, Governor of Spanish Louisiana; and Bernardo O’Higgins, a leader of Chilean independence. English and Scottish woodcutters, called Baymen, had been active on the coasts of Yucatán since around 1630. They were essentially poachers, little better than the pirates with whom they were often allied, cutting and shipping valuable hardwoods out of the tropical forests.

Award given to top student
;For some high school students, having a 95% average in the International Baccalaureate program is no reason to rest. Hannah Zhang, who recently graduated from west Edmonton's Lillian Osborne high school, was honoured Tuesday with a Michael A. Strembitsky Award of Excellence for her tireless community work as well as her academic achievements. Zhang arranged an international service trip, in partnership with a Belize literacy program, to do some hands-on work erecting a playground in Belize City. "That was really cool, because they actually used a recycled Canadian playground and brought it over there and helped them set it up. We were in Belize for two weeks and that was such a great experience," she said. Zhang also helped a speech pathologist work with children with autism to develop their communication and social skills.

UNG biology classes to explore Central American ecosystems
In what will be the first study abroad opportunity for biology students at University of North Georgia (UNG), two groups will head separately to Belize and Costa Rica next summer to study the native flora and fauna. The program in Costa Rica will also be open to trustees of the UNG Foundation Inc. and UNG alumni. They will experience the same course as students but will also have access to other activities. "Trustees and alumni going to Costa Rica will have the opportunity to see firsthand the impact the trip has on our students, plus $500 of their total trip expense will be used to cover a portion of the students' expenses," said Dr. Mike Bodri, dean of UNG's College of Science & Mathematics. "The entire group will be staying at the University of Georgia field station, which is not far off the beaten path and also has great access to a cloud forest reserve."

How To Retire Overseas In 9 Simple Steps
It can be easy to overcomplicate the idea of retiring overseas, but, the truth is, in many ways, it's not much different than making a move within the States. In some respects, you could say it's easier. What makes it difficult is that you're working from a blank slate. You don't retire to a new country for practical purposes (well, other than to reduce your cost of living). You retire overseas for fun and adventure, a real life change. With that as your agenda, you could go anywhere, and choosing a specific place to move to when you're operating without any restrictions whatsoever can seem overwhelming. Here, therefore, is a 9-step program for thinking this through and making a plan:


Video: Belize Camping Experience - Greg Wood, 5min.
Belize Camping Experience Follow Up Program in Orange Walk With Comedy Illusionist Greg Wood

Video: Palapa Bar and Grill, Ambergris Caye Belize, 6min.

Video: (Yurumein) Garifuna Settlement Day, 14min.
At the center of Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations is the reenactment of Yurumein. Yurumein is the Garifuna word which means Homeland, it is a public reenactment of the epic journey of the Garifuna people from their homeland in St. Vincent to the shores of Belize The Yurumein is re-enacted in every major community where the Garinagu reside and presents itself as one of Belize’s prominent cultural celebrations. Other cultures of Belize have come to appreciate this annual celebration and it in fact contributes to our collective understanding of the Belizean identity. It is only hoped that the knowledge of Yurumein will be passed on to younger generations of Belizeans and thereby allow Garifuna Culture to remain an integral part of the Belizean way of life.

Video: Belize - Sopadilla Cayes - Oct 2014, 4min.
Birthday sailing trip from Rio Dulce Guatemala to the Sopadilla Cayes in Belize. Las Sirenas 46' catamaran

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SPHS Male Volleyball team-Back to back Regional Champs!
On Saturday October 25th, San Pedro High School’s (SPHS) male volleyball team once again captured the title as the Northern Regional Male Volleyball champs. The female and male teams,along with coach Erick Santizo Nuñez ,traveled to Corozal Town on Saturday October 25th, where they competed against teams from the country’s northern division. According to coach Nuñez this is the second consecutive year the boys have won at the regional level. The tournament was held at the Corozal Community College grounds, where the eight competing teams assembled to see who would come out on top. Participating teams included the male and female teams from New Hope High School, EscuelaTechnica de Mexico , Muffles College and San Pedro’s very own SPHS. The SPHS boys managed to rise above the competition, capturing first and qualifying for the National competition, however the girls did not share in that victory.

Ambergris Today

Pic of the Week: Rocky Point Ambergris Caye, Belize - A View from Above
Took some stunning aerial images of Rocky Point at the northern-most tip if Ambergris Caye, Belize which borders Mexico during my fliight to Cancun, Mexico in September via Tropic Air. Rocky Point is the area where the land actually meets with the coral reef of the Great Barrier Reef of Belize. The land sticks out far enough that the coral reef formations are actually fringing the beach of the island. The beach area at Rocky Point is littered with dead coral that has accumulated throughout the years due to the closeness of the coral reef, hence the name of the area which is within a protected reserve.

Islanders Participate in San Pedro 5K & 10K Run
Belizean triathlete and Ambergris Caye sports advocate, Kent Bob Gabourel, held the first San Pedro 5K and 10K Run over the weekend to promote fitness and health among island residents and in part to raise funds towards his group’s participation in a full and half marathon taking place at the end of the year in Placencia, Belize. Close to 30 residents, including athletes and fitness enthusiasts, registered for either the 5K or a 10K run that took place on Saturday, November 1, 2014, starting at the Boca del Rio Park. The response from the community was great and with sponsorship, the event could provide participation trophies to all the attendants including cash prizes to the winners of the race.

Belize Ministry of Health Updates on Ebola Preparation Activities
The Ministry of Health continues to carry out activities aiming at containing any possible threats of Ebola in Belize. 1. The Ministry of Health has ramped up a series of coordinated activities in conjunction with the Customs and Excise Department, the Immigration Department and the airlines for further strengthening at the Phillip Goldson International Airport (PGIA).

San Pedro Red Cross Campaigns for Blood Donation
The San Pedro Belize Red Cross is working hard to increase the blood supply kept on reserve at the Blood Bank in Belize. This blood is available in case of an emergency for locals and tourists of Ambergris Caye. Read the full story about our Recent Blood emergency and how we worked as a team to save a life. Most recently, San Pedro Red Cross had an extreme blood emergency where someone experiencing liver failure was flown to Belize City and required five pints of blood immediately. It was not an easy task to assist the patient as the blood bank closes at 3:00pm on Fridays and does not reopen till Monday. With teamwork and fast action, the San Pedro Red Cross was able to save a life.

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2014 Village Expo (12 photos)
Since its inception in 2012, this expo has grown significantly, from the number of participating artisans, to the variety of authentic Belizean products that are showcased from all around Belize.

At about 5:15 a.m. on November 1st, Corozal Police visited the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk Town where they saw the body of 24-year-old Ricardo Alfredo Itzab, Belizean of Concepcion Village, Corozal District, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Initial investigations revealed that between 1:00 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on November 1st, Itzab and two other male persons of Concepcion Village were walking on the highway heading towards their homes between miles 76 and 77 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, when they were approached by a lone bicycle rider, dressed in dark clothing and wearing a mask, who fired a single gunshot in their direction causing injuries to Ricardo Alfredo Itzab.

Channel 7

Fire At Fuel Refinery in Shipyard
A catastrophe was averted this morning in the Orange Walk District when a fire at a crude oil refinery was contained. At around 10:00, smoke was seen billowing from the camp five area of Shipyard - which is a Mennonite community. That's the location of a primitive crude oil refinery, which buys oil from BNE and converts it into diesel fuel suitable for use in heavy equipment. But today, there was a short on one of the electrical switches, and that ignited a fire in a tank with 300 gallons of crude. The problem is that it was right beside three more tanks with Diesel. Fortunately, through the joint effort of workers and the Orange Walk Fire Department, it was contained to the single tank, which burned for about two hours before it subsided. No one was harmed. A fire truck was deployed from Belize City was well but in the end it was not needed. Fire teams were assisted by the ready availability of an open source of water.

Mechanic Found Dead On Side Of Sandhill Road
Ladyville Police are awaiting a post mortem result for a man who was found dead on a feeder road off the northern highway at mile 19. At 5:30 this morning, 61-year-old Gilbert Dawson was found dead in the bush outside of his Geo Tracker - on which the lights were still on and the engine running. We spoke to a friend who was called to the scene - he told us what he saw:.. Ismael Requena, Friend of Gilbert Dawson "Mr. Gilbert Dawson is my personal buddy and we did go to his house myself and my compadre, Mr. Armstrong and we were socializing for about 2 hours and then we decided to come to Sandhill. Actually he said that he wanted to purchase telephone credit and we stop at Every Day Supermarket at 19 miles and we socialize again for a little while there and then I left both of them there around 6pm yesterday. Then this morning I received a call from his daughter telling me that they had found him dead through a road by 19 miles and so I immediately went to the scene and when I reach there I saw his vehicle still running, the lights on, the door open, parked and the body thrown in the nearby bushes."

Weed Bust: Man Pleads Guilty But 9 Still Jointly Charged
Tonight, 9 Belize City residents are facing drug trafficking charges after police seized marijuana, which was found at a house where they were all hanging out. Acting on intelligence, Police visited Arthur Smith's Victoria Street residence on Saturday where they found 81.6 grams - or 2.87 ounces - of marijuana. Present at the time of the search were 65 year old Arthur Smith, 19 year old Tarique Grant, 28 year old Patricia Grant, 19 year old Aaron Cruz,20 year old Michael Graham, 22 year old Jason Gentle, 51 year old Austin Grant and 32 year old Steve Lucas, and a 15 year-old boy. Because of the discovery, 9 nine persons were charged with drug trafficking, and they were all arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer today. Arthur Smith wanted to accept guilt explaining that he had the drugs, not for sale, but as pain relief for his injured spinal chord. The police prosecutor refused to accept that plea explaining to the court that only the DPP's Office can make such a call. He added that he would have to consult with the DPP to accept such a plea since the deviation of the penalty between drug trafficking and drug possession is large.

Men Killed Coming From Concepcion Bar-room
In Belize City, we often hear of shootings where a masked gunman pulls up on a bicycle - and opens fire on his target. Well, it happened again this weekend, except it wasn't in Belize City; it was in the village of Concepcion in the Corozal District. At 1:15 am on Saturday, three men were walking home from a bar. They were walking on the Northern Highway near mile 74 when a masked gunman in dark clothing rode up on them and opened fire. He shot 24 year old Ricardo Itzab - and killed him. At this time, police do not know the motive for the murder - nor has any suspect been detained.

Fatal Accident Claims Life of 24 Year Old
Tonight, the family of 24 Ladyville year-old resident Ryan Martinez continues to mourn his death after he was killed in a traffic accident near the Haulover Bridge on Sunday morning at 2:00 am. According to police, it happened in the early morning hours where Martinez and 22 year-old Irene Sanchez from Orange Walk were traveling in a Lincoln MKZ car. They were heading toward Ladyville, and just as they crossed the bridge, the driver lost control of the vehicle, wrapping it around a tree with a few mangroves around. Both Martinez and Sanchez were trapped in the vehicle, and had to be rescued by emergency personnel. Sanchez made it to the hospital where the doctors were able to save her life; Martinez's injuries were to severe, however, and it is believed that he died on impact or shortly after.

God Save The Queen Conch!
For lovers of conch ceviche, conch soup and conch fritters, October to June are the bests months - because that's when conch season in open. But for conch fishermen there real reason to celebrate tonight because the industry which earned 11 million Belize dollars in export earnings last year - was saved from destruction when the United States rejected a petition to list the queen conch as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The petition was submitted by WildEarth Guardians in 2012 - they said that the conch was in danger of decimation. Caribbean countries as well as those in Central and South America rejected that completely, and in Belize's case, proved how a management regime is keeping the queen conch viable. Today the US National Marine Fisheries Service announced that, quote, "Based on the best scientific and commercial information available…we have determined that the species does not warrant listing at this time. We conclude that the queen conch is not currently in danger of extinction….nor is it not likely to become so within the foreseeable future."

Benquenos Observed Finados Yesterday
On Friday night, Belize City saw hordes of trick-or-treaters swarming the streets, especially on the North Side. Aside from that, the weekend saw Halloween fairs and parties. Indeed, in 2014 Belize has embraced Halloween like never before, mainly because it's fun to get dressed in a costume and for the kids it is a great chance to stock up on sweets by the basket-ful. But while those are commercialized acts of bringing in All-Saint's day, in western Belize, they go deeper: with the cultural and religious practice called Finados. Courtney Weatherburne traveled to Benque Viejo yesterday to find out how Finados is observed. Courtney Weatherburne reporting Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten.And while that's what the Bible says, in Benque Viejo the dead are never forgotten and their rewards come every year on November second with Finados - a religious and cultural observance. That's why these women are praying this morning - to give thanks for the arrival of the souls of their loved ones.

Mexicans Have Dia De Los Muertos
And in Mexico, Finados is widely known as "Dia De Los Muertos." The beliefs and rituals to commemorate the day are similar, but in Mexico it is a more festive and celebratory occasion to welcome back the dead. We found out more today when we visited the Mexican Institute. Marcelino Miranda, Press Officer, Mexican Embassy "One of the main characteristics of this celebration in Mexico that is very rooted all around Mexico is that syncretism of pre-Colombian cultures and the catholic European faith. The way which Mexicans celebrate is not only mourning the dead ones, it's also a matter of joy because according to this tradition, the dead ones come to this life or to this world to visit family, relatives and friends. That the reason Mexicans throw a party because we try to treat the visitors." Traditional Mexican drinks, foods and artifacts are also placed on the altar.

Ya-Ya's One Woman Protest
Ya-Ya Marin Coleman has perfected the one woman protest - and she's proven her determination by going at it consistently without fanfare. Today she was in downtown Belize City protesting against the Eastern Division main police detention cell block - which has a well-deserved unsavory name. Now, it's had that name for decades, but YaYa says it has to change:.. Yaya-Marin Coleman - Activist "I've been into the Queen Street Police Station a number of times and just walking into the first floor, the stench is unprofessional/unbelievable. I am sure my sentiments are similar to many Belizeans for all holding cells at police stations and precincts in this country to be refurbished to professional standards - that they are patrol by officers regularly. So those people in those holding cells have an opportunity to use the bathroom when they need to."

Funeral For A King
The Official Funeral for the man known as the King of Paranda Paul Nabor was held on Saturday in Punta Gorda town. Fans and followers from all across the country - as well as the head of state, the leader of the opposition and a government minister converged on PG Town for the event. But, this weekend, it was more than just a funeral; it was as also a celebration of the music man's life with a star studded tribute concert. We start first with the Official Funeral, which was carried live on Channel 7. In case you missed, it, we put together a few important bits together. Daniel Ortiz has that story: Daniel Ortiz reporting Paul Nabor's casket arrived at the Saint Peter Claver Church at around 10:20 on Saturday, delivered by BDF Soldiers.

Tribute To Nabor Was Spirited
And while there were those sad and somber moments, there was also celebratory music, of course. NICH organized 3 days of tribute concerts culminating in an all-star event on Friday night at the PG Sporting Complex. Daniel Ortiz was backstage with the artists as they came off center stage: The concert continued well into the early morning hours of Saturday.

Don't Sleep Too Hard
Corozal police are issuing a warning to residents after a daring burglary and home invasion over the weekend. The thieves got into a home and made off with a substantial trove of items including jewelry. Superintendent Andrew Ramirez told us more: Supt. Andrew Ramirez, OC - Corozal Police Station "The burglary had occurred at a residence here in Corozal Town. The culprit/s actually manage to enter he house with the victim and family inside the house, did what he or they had to do; stealing items totaling to a very handsome figure and these victims were asleep. It is very regretful in relation to how to tend sleep too hard. Again we always venture to people that you must always try get a dog around so that that animal can basically be an alarm to you." Police have made no arrests but -they have circulated a list of the stolen items to pawn shops.

Channel 5

Siian Rancharan and Paul Sylvester Top CSEC/Cape
  The results of the CSEC and CAPE exams taken in May and June are in. There is word about who are the outstanding Belizean students in the regional exams.  [...]

Corozal Resident Killed in Ride-By Shooting
Turning to crime, there was a murder early on Saturday morning in the peaceful village of Concepcion, Corozal. Twenty-four year old Ricardo Alfredo Itzab was shot and killed as he [...]

2 Die in Separate RTAs
There is more tragic news to report…both coming out of Rural Belize District. It includes a sudden death and a fatal traffic accident. Around two-thirty on Saturday morning, twenty-four year [...]

Police Investigate Sudden Death in Sandhill
The Ladyville police were also called out to mile nineteen on the old northern highway this morning. There, on the right hand side of the road, a vehicle belonging to [...]

Fire at Belfuel Company in Shipyard, Orange Walk
Disaster was narrowly averted today after Fire Department personnel managed to extinguish a blaze in Camp Six, Shipyard in the Orange Walk District. The fire occurred at the Belfuel Company [...]

Legendary Parandero Laid to Rest
On Saturday, in Punta Gorda, the man dubbed the King of Paranda was laid to rest at the age of eighty-six. Paul Nabor’s send-off was spectacular, and aside from the [...]

Penner Recall Petition Faces Further Delay
One year after it was revealed that he facilitated the issuance of an illegal Belizean passport to a jailed South Korean fugitive, disgraced Elvin Penner remains area representative of Cayo [...]

BGYEA Back in Court
The case of the Government of Belize and Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) returned to court. When last we left it, Justice Courtney Abel had scheduled mediation between the [...]

Parties Still Awaiting Mediation Session
BGYEA has halted activity in the area as an act of good faith, but the two parties are yet to sit around the mediating table. According to Matura-Shepherd the grassroots [...]

9 Persons Charged for Drug trafficking
  Nine persons, including a sixty-six year old resident, along with his fifteen year old grandson, were hanging out at the home of the elderly man on Gentle Avenue, Belize [...]

A Final Tribute to Paul Nabor
Earlier, we showed you the beautiful and poignant church farewell to the legendary parandero Paul Nabor. But for the undisputed king of paranda, that was only one stop on his [...]

Yaya Protests Inhumane Conditions at Queen Street PD
When last we heard from activist, Yaya Marin Coleman, she was protesting solo in front of the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan for awarding a contract to a Guatemalan company to [...]

Mexican Institute Hosts ‘Day of the Dead’
Dia de los Muertos is a truly Mexican tradition that has spread to other countries; the event was celebrated today at the Mexican Institute.  Day of the Dead, as it [...]

Boxing, Basketball and Cycling in Sports Monday
Good Evening, I am James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   Let’s jump in quickly to the Belize City High School Basketball Torunament so we head to Bird’s Isle [...]


Man From Rural Found Dead In Sandhill
A well-known bus driver from rural Belize was found dead early this morning. With this story, we join Renee Trujillo. Inspector Gordon “This morning sometime around 6, the police was called to 19 miles Sand Hill where a body was seen in the area beside a vehicle. When we found the person he was lying face down on the side of the road beside probably his vehicle. The vehicle was beside him with the vehicle on and the lights on in the vehicle. After we processed the scene and checked on the body, the body had no signs of injury. The police are inquiring his last whereabouts as the investigation is underway. In respect to the investigation, we learned that he was within the area with some neighbors and I understand drinking last night. We understand that he was drinking up to about 2AM or 3AM this morning. I also understand that he regularly visits the house where he left from this morning where they found his body. Our investigation shows that he was alone at the time. There are no signs of tampering with the vehicle, everything looks intact.”

Training Session for Newly Promoted Police Sergeants
A number of newly promoted Police sergeants are participating in a two week training session. Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story. Fem Cruz “An opening ceremony was held this morning at the National Police training academy in Belmopan to commence a two week training course for newly promoted police sergeants. The facilitators are from the Ministry of Public service, The Institute of professional development and the police department. ASP Anthony Rosado, commandant of the National Police training academy, spoke to Love News about the training.”

Search of Abandoned Lot Yields Marijuana
On 1st November, 2014 at 2:45p.m., Belize City Police conducted a search in an abandoned lot located on Eve Street, Belize City. The search led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 63 grams of green leafy vegetable substance suspected to be cannabis. No one was in the immediate area. The drugs was labeled and deposited as found property.

Court Prosecutor Perishes in Traffic Incident
One man is dead following a traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Police says on Sunday morning just before three o’clock they responded to the scene of a traffic accident between miles five and six on the Philip Goldson Highway. They saw a cream colored Lincoln MKZ four door car about twenty feet off the highway in the mangroves with extensive damage. Trapped inside the vehicle was 24-year-old Ryan Martinez of Marage Road in Ladyville. Traveling along with Martinez was 22-year-old Irene Sanchez of San Lazaro Village. Initial investigations are that they were traveling from Belize City to Ladyville when the driver lost control of the vehicle and ran off the highway hitting a tree. Sanchez was taken to the Karl Heusner memorial Hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

Saturday Morning Murder in Northern Belize
On Saturday morning Corozal Police visited the Northern Regional Hospital where they saw the body of 24-year-old Ricardo Alfredo Itzab of Concepcion Village, Corozal District, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Initial investigations revealed that early that morning Tzib and two other male persons of Concepcion Village were walking on the highway heading towards their homes between miles 76 and 77 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, when they were approached by a lone bicycle rider, dressed in dark clothing and wearing a mask. The masked man reportedly fired a single gunshot in their direction causing injuries to Ricardo Alfredo Itzab. As a result, he was rushed to the Corozal Community Hospital then transferred to the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk Town where he died. Police continue their investigations.

Festivities Planned for National Youth Week In Cayo
Young people across the country are involved in activities in connection with youth week being celebrated this week. Correspondent Fem Cruz reports on some of the events happening in the West. Fem Cruz “This week is being celebrated as National Youth week under the theme ‘We desire leaders becoming the change Belize needs’ Priscilla Salah, officer in charge from the youth department Western Region, spoke to Love News about the different activities planned for the Cayo district.” Priscilla Salah “During this week, it is important that we celebrate Youth Week to highlight your involvement in school, sports and community development as well as it gives an opportunity for organizations to promote and engage youth to become more actively involved in the positive contribution to their communities.

House Search on North Side Yields 9 Arrests
On 1st November, 2014 at about 6:30p.m., Belize City Police conducted a search at the residence of Patricia Grant located at Gentle Avenue, Kings Park Belize City. Present at the time of the search were Tariq Grant, Steve Lucas, Jason Gentle, Cleveland Lopez, Arthur Smith, Patricia Grant, Aaron Cruz, Michael Graham and Austin Grant. The search led to the discovery of 81.6 grams of suspected cannabis. All persons were escorted to the police station and charged for drug trafficking.


Murder in Concepcion
Ricardo Alfredo Itzab, A 24 years old Belizean unemployed man of Concepcion Village, Corozal, was gunned down on Saturday in the wee hours of the morning.Initial police investigations revealed that sometime around 1:00 am and 1:30 am on Saturday November 1st, Ricardo Itzab and two others of the sam...

Fatal Traffic Accident in Stann Creek
At 6:55a.m. on Sunday, 2nd November, 2014, Police responded to a motor cycle accident in the banana farm area located on the outskirts of Bella Vista Village, Stann Creek District, where they saw 30-year-old Juan Emilio Gutierrez Avendaño, a Salvadoran laborer of Cowpen Village, Stann Creek Distric...

Fatal traffic accident on Philip Goldson Highway
There was another fatal traffic accident on Sunday. It happened after 2 o’clock the morning between miles 5 and 6 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, in the vicinity of the Haulover Bridge. A Lincoln 4 door car skidded some 20 feet off the highway and hit a tree in a mangrove area...

Senior Found Dead Beside His Car
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man, whose body was found lying near his vehicle On Monday morning at mile 19 on the old Northern Highway. Police responded to the scene at around 7:50 am on Monday, where the body of 61 year old Gilbert Dawson of Gardenia Village...

Police make drug busts
Police made several drug busts over the weekend that lead to the arrest of several individuals. At around 6:30 pm on Saturday November 1st, Police conducted a search at the residence of Patricia Grant located at Kings Park, Belize City. The search lead to the discovery of 81.6 grams of cannabis. As ...

Empty lot drug and gun find
On Sunday November 11 at about 11:30 am, police conducted a search in an empty lot located on Victoria Street, Belize City, which led to two separate black plastic bags under a piece of plywood. One of the bags contained 222 grams of weed, while the other had in a 9mm pistol and an empty magazine. N...

Belmopan Market Vendors Still Disgruntled!?
On Thursday the Mayor of Belmopan announced that the Tuesday/ Friday Market Vendors are to finally go back to the Civic Center Parking lot on Tuesday, after more than a year of being shifted around. The Vendors were further informed that, despite the previous arrangement that they would have to pay ...

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Fuel containers fire extinguishedPenner recall petition trial to take place first quarter of 2015
One year after he was first found out, Elvin Penner remains area representative of Cayo Northeast, no longer politically aligned with the United Democratic Party and shunned in the halls of the House of Representatives. Save for an attempt at recall, he cannot leave until 2017 and may […]

Track and field meet grooms athletic stars
Health and Fitness Club 2000, formerly Body 2000, hosted a regular national athletics meet at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex in Belize City in conjunction with the Rotary Sunrise Club of Belize this past Saturday. Boasting the only synthetic track in the country, the still-incomplete stadium is being […]

Activist protests “inhumane” jail cell conditions
Activist Yaya Marin Coleman has begun an intended weekly protest against the conditions in police station holding cells countrywide. This morning she was in front of Queen Street Police Station in Belize City. It is the oldest and most infamous jail in Belize, called “piss house” because of […]

Nine charged for drug trafficking
Despite attempts by at least one person to plead guilty, nine residents of Belize City are accused of drug trafficking for 81.6 grams of cannabis. Police searching the residence of 65 year old Arthur Smith on Gentle Avenue on November 1 found the cannabis in Smith’s boxers shorts. […]

Concepcion village man murdered
A man was murdered in the quiet village of Concepcion in the Corozal district early on Saturday morning. The victim has been identified as 24 year old Ricardo Itzab. According to police reports, Itzab and two other men were walking on the Phillip Goldson Highway in Concepcion village between […]

Fuel containers fire extinguished
A major disaster was averted today in Shipyard community, Orange Walk, after a couple of large capacity fuel tanks caught on fire this morning. The incident happened in Camp 5 and reports from Orange Walk say that the fire broke out around 9 am. On arrival at […]

Activist protests conditions at police holding cell
Activist Yaya Marin Coleman has begun an intended weekly protest against the conditions in police station holding cells countrywide. Queen street police station the site of the protest, is the oldest and most infamous, called “pisshouse” because of the collection of urine and fecal matter on the floor […]

Fire reported at fuel storage facility in Shipyard
Reports from northern Belize say that there is a fire at fuel storage facility in Shipyard community, Orange Walk district. Details are still sketchy, but information received say that a small electrical spark may have ignited the fire which has been burning since around 9 am today. According to someone who passed by the area around midday today, the fire is still burning at BELFUEL COMPANY LTD in Camp 6, Shipyard. According to the person was passing by the area, it appears that one of the large containers, believed to contain crude looks to be on fire.

All Souls Day celebration takes place in Maya communities
Maya communities across the southern part of Belize celebrated All Souls this past weekend as part of the traditional Maya culture. November 1st and November 2nd are important dates in the Maya Culture, days when the memory of loved ones who are departed are especially celebrated. These two dates, according to tradition, are when the souls of dearly departed loved ones are welcome back to the homes and communities. According to Mr. Martin Choc who has been practicing this tradition for years, over the course of these two days, an altar is prepared with favorite food and drinks of those who have died.


6 Reasons Why Christmas in Belize is Winter Wonderland
As temperatures drop in northern climes, the tropics naturally start looking inviting – just ask the countless birds making their way down to Belize right now. Many people find the November to December weather in Belize to be close to perfection. Belize has one of the most consistent year round temperatures to be found anywhere, with a yearly average of about 84° F (29°C), and annual humidity staying around the 85 per cent mark. Rather than being a time for hibernation, winter in Belize is the time to get out and do things. The warm but not sticky-hot weather suits all kinds of outings, and with the influx of visitors, there are plenty of activities on offer. Whether you’re looking for aquatic adventures like diving, snorkelling and swimming in turquoise Caribbean waters or canoeing along meandering jungle rivers like the Macal, or taking inland excursions though Belize’s vast protected forests and national parks, visiting the numerous Maya archaeological sites, or enjoying activities such as birding, horseback riding, hiking, exploring Maya ceremonial caves or just relaxing in a hammock, Belize will give you a whole new appreciation of winter.

Death is a part of life. In fact, in some Mesoamerican cultures, life is described as a dream, and what happens after death is the person’s awakening from that sleep. In Christianity today, we are led to believe that if we do good things and follow Christ, we will go to a beautiful upper world we call heaven. To the ancient Maya, life and death is represented by the corn god planting the corn, and directly behind him is the death god breaking that corn plant. The ancient Maya believed that when someone passed away, they came upon a river waiting for them. On the river was a canoe with two paddler gods, one in the front and the other in the back, and your place would be in the center. They would then paddle you into a cave and then to your afterlife. In the Yucatan, the Maya believed that you fell down into the opening of a sinkhole that lead the soul to the afterlife. The Maya also described the afterlife, Xibalba, as two places: a place of eternal rest and a place of fright, giving us reason to believe in a heaven and a hell as Christianity describes it, the difference being that for the Maya, both places are under the earth.

There is PLENTY To Do in Belize in October – My Recap
October is the slowest of the slow season. The heart of the hurricane season. But I’ve said it many times…if you can find a cheap ticket (or even if you can’t), October is a fantastic time to visit. Here are some of the things I did this October. A recap just in case you missed it. My October in Belize. October 1st is the official start to the conch season – one of San Pedro’s favorite foods. Here’s the fishing fleet in Belize City at the mouth of the Belize River. Favorite breakfast/lunch spot Estel’s Dine By the Sea re-opened after a few weeks off for renovations and vacations. THANK GOD! And the weather around here? Was just glorious.

“Hang On In There Baby” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye,Belize.
Hello there. Yes ,I am still alive and kicking (figuratively speaking, of course). I’ve just taken some time out from producing editions. I’ve basically been doing the same type of stuff that I’ve covered in many editions (maybe too many). I’m still getting up early and enjoying a couple of hours (my ‘me time’) out on the veranda with a mug of black, unsweetened instant coffee and my iPad. I’ve made the trip to ‘Town to enjoy early morning Early enough? Look hard at the clock and you’ll see it’s at 06.45 hours for breakfast at Estel’s Dine By the Sea at a time of the day when the deck is relatively empty and I can enjoy the peacefulness and the view! On the way to and from ‘Town I’ve watched progress on the laying of the cement road north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge

The November 2, 2014 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Complainant Does Police Work:
    A 31 year old man of Duck Run 1 was today arrested and charged for rape allegedly committed almost five months ago. It was shortly after 7 o’clock on Monday morning, June 9, 2014, when a 20 year old female visited the San Ignacio police station and reported that she was raped. In a statement to the police the complainant informed that at around 5:30 am that morning, at the junction of Joseph Andrews Drive and Bullet Tree Road in San Ignacio Town, she board a parked red car which she believed was a taxi for a ride home. The complainant alleges that on the way to her destination the male Hispanic driver diverted into a dirt road on the left side of the highway near Rumors Resort. He allegedly drove a short distance into the road, locked the doors and had sexual intercourse with the complainant without her consent.
  • Did The Police Plant The Bullets?:
    Three men from the western village of Unitedville, charged for keeping ammunition without a license, today walked free of the charge. The charge against the three Belizean laborers identified as Eric Elrington and Edwardo Olivera, both 27 and Robert Leiva, 18, stems from a May 23rd search, by the police, at Elrington’s house in Unitedville. The search according to the police resulted in the discovery, on a table in the kitchen, of an ammunition box allegedly containing seven live rounds of point 22 bullets. All three men were instantly detained and transported to the police station in San Ignacio where they were later arrested and jointly charged for keeping ammunition without a license. The men pled not guilty to the charge and, in accordance with the law, were remanded to prison.
  • Editorial: The PUP Is Bad For Belize:
    Writing with the firm belief that Belizeans are conscious, informed and unwaveringly committed to improving the national standard of living as the nation’s infrastructure is undergoing unprecedented development; we will save the details of the latest display of blatant selfishness by the leadership of the opposition People’s United Party (PUP). The Petro Caribe Agreement between Belize and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela came into existence under the Musa/Fonseca government during the latter part of 2006. The delivery of fuel from Venezuela, under the agreement caught the PUP government totally unprepared in 2007. It was a fiasco. When the first shipment arrived the government had no storage facility. The product remained in the harbor for several days costing taxpayers around 15 thousand dollars per day. It was a nightmare until Shell Belize Limited was eventually threatened to provide its facility to store the produce.
  • Boy Accused Of Burglarizing Bar:
    A 14 year old boy was today taken to court on a burglary charge. In a statement to the police on Sunday, October 19, Rigoberto Gonzalez, 41, Belizean businessman residing in Blackman Eddy village informed that sometime between the11:00 pm closing time on Saturday, 18 October and the 10 o’clock opening time the following day, Sunday, October 19, his bar in the neighboring village of Buena Vista, was burglarized. The missing items includes 24 cases of Belikin beers and stout, 2 cases of Heineken beer, 2 cases of Guinness stout, 15 cans of Monster energy drink, several packs of assorted brand cigarettes, 5 USB flash cards and 160 dollars in cash, all at a total of two thousand two hundred and ninety seven dollars.
  • Incomplete Case File - Attempt Murder Charge Dismissed:
    the presiding magistrate, an attempt murder charge goes down the drain. The incident occurred over 19 month ago in Santa Familia Village, Cayo. At around 11:15 pm on Saturday, March 16, 2013, San Ignacio police responded to a call from the San Ignacio Community Hospital regarding a male patient undergoing emergency medical treatment for chop wounds to the left side of the head as well as to the middle, ring and small fingers of the right hand. Police investigations revealed that the patient, identified as Kent Rivera, 22, Belizean laborer from Santa Familia Village, was socializing at a Chinese restaurant in the village when an altercation erupted between Rivera and a male Hispanic person identified by Rivera as Cain “Chino” Quewell.
  • Letters:
    Dear Editor; Recent developments at Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio has many asking ourselves and others: “Is Sacred Heart College engaged in religious discrimination?” While all forms of discrimination is explicitly prohibited by the education rules, a recent incident at Sacred Heart College, San Ignacio, smells of the practice of religious discrimination. A few months ago the President of the college, Dr. Eve Aird tendered her resignation to move on to greener pastures. The post became vacant and was advertised internally. An application, submitted by the serving Academic Vice Principal, Mr. Karim Juan, was the only sent, as requested, to the Board of Directors, in conformity with the deadline.
  • Hypertension:
    Hypertension (HTN) or high blood pressure, sometimes called arterial hypertension, is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated. Blood pressure is summarised by two measurements, systolic and diastolic, which depend on whether the heart muscle is contracting (systole) or relaxed between beats (diastole). This equals the maximum and minimum pressure, respectively. There are different definitions of the normal range of blood pressure. Normal blood pressure at rest is within the range of 100–140 mmHg systolic (top reading) and 60–90 mmHg diastolic (bottom reading). High blood pressure is said to be present if it is often at or above 140/ 90 mmHg. Hypertension is classified as either primary (essential) hypertension or secondary hypertension; about 90–95% of cases are categorized as "primary hypertension" which means high blood pressure with no obvious underlying medical cause. The remaining 5–10% of cases (secondary hypertension) are caused by other conditions that affect the kidneys, arteries, heart or endocrine system.
  • High Milk Diet 'May Not Cut Risk of Bone Fractures':
    Drinking lots of milk may not lower the risk of fracturing bones, a study in the British Medical Journal suggests. The research, conducted in Sweden, showed women who drank more than three glasses a day were actually more likely to break bones than those who had less. The researchers cautioned that their work only suggested a trend and should not be interpreted as proof that high milk consumption caused fractures. Milk has been recommended as a good source of calcium for many years but studies considering whether it leads to stronger bones and fewer fractures have had conflicting results.
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International Sourcesizz

My trip started as a passenger on a plane so small a child might consider it a toy. I arrived in St Ignacio, Belize, alone but for the pilot and Nigel, my fantastic guide from Gaïa Riverlodge where I’d be staying. Nigel was happy to indulge my craving for food culture by almost immediately stopping at a roadside stand in Santa Helena where an older woman was making tortillas. We again then stopped for the sun-dried peanuts in the small town of San Antonio and once more to show me his favorite spot for rice & beans. To clarify rice & beans is a Sunday supper ritual in Belize where rice and beans are cooked together with coconut milk. Not to be confused with the seemingly similar but in-fact very different beans & rice where the beans and rice are cooked and served separately. This resort is about as off the grid as you can get. Find it on Google maps and you’ll see “Panti Forest Reserve” and “Ridge Forest Reserve” for miles and miles.

Crestview doctors to perform boy’s corrective surgery at no cost — if he can get here
A team of doctors can perform surgery that restores Julio Chi's ability to fight infection, eat and swallow food. The 4-year-old toddler just needs the means of getting to them. Julio and his mom live in Belize, where they met Crestview pediatrician Dr. Joseph Peter and his Operation Medical Care partners. Peter's annual missions provide free medical services to the Central American nation's impoverished residents. “His mother walked a long way to come and see us,” Peter said. “This boy had no opportunity to see a doctor” in Orange Walk, his home community.

Biology classes to explore Central American ecosystems
In what will be the first study abroad opportunity for biology students at University of North Georgia (UNG), two groups will head separately to Belize and Costa Rica next summer to study the native flora and fauna. In Belize, Dr. Nancy Dalman, head of the Department of Biology, and Jill Schulze, assistant dean of the College of Science & Mathematics, will be teaching a course on tropical reef ecology. Dalman said that the trip to Kalibash Caye will offer much to students besides the scholarly applications. "Studying in these locations will offer several advantages to our students, most notably the chance to study unique habitats and ecosystems outside of the classroom," Dalman said. "But it will also integrate them into a new world where they will witness an entirely different way of life, including the focus on sustainable practices. It's important to me that our students have the same opportunities I did, such as expanding their horizons and experiencing different cultures while studying abroad."

CARICOM to Address Approaches to Ebola, Chikungunya
The Caribbean Community will meet this week in Trinidad and Tobago for a special session to address members’ ongoing efforts against the Chikungunya virus and measures to keep Ebola out of the region. Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar will host Tuesday’s gathering of heads of state and government and ministers of foreign affairs and health, CARICOM said in a statement. Seven CARICOM member-states, including Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, have barred entry to travelers from the West African countries where Ebola has killed nearly 5,000 people since March.

‘Raising Shrimp’ a Finalist in Blue Ocean Film Festival
A second documentary film, “Raising Shrimp,” from executive producer Ted Caplow at Fish Navy Films and featuring aquatic ecologist Andy Danylchuk of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named an official selection of the highly regarded Blue Ocean Film Festival this year, where it will be screened on Thursday, Nov. 6 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The 50-minute film was shot along the Texas Gulf Coast, where shrimp trawling vessels drag heavy chains across the sea floor and in mangrove ecosystems that provide shrimp nursery habitat. It visits ocean-based shrimp farms and laboratory shrimp-rearing facilities in Texas, Belize and China.

Anniversary for the godfather of Afrobeat
Round-up of albums from around the world, along with Tony Allen's latest release. Riding in top spot in the charts is Aurelio Martinez with his album Landini. The Honduran musician performs music from the Garifuna people of Honduras and Belize. Since Andy Palacio passed away a few years ago, he's been the sole Garifuna musician performing internationally. This new album sees him return to his roots in Central American village life to the rhythms and dances he grew up with; some of his songs are deeply melancholic, while others which celebrate the Punta style championed by Palacio are foot-tapping up-tempo dance numbers.

The grand bonefish
One of the most glamorous sport fish in the world is Bonefish, and I fell out of love with those as well. I had fished for Bonefish from the Seychelles off the coast of Africa, Belize, Mexico and the outer Islands in the Bahamas. I just could not take catching another two to four pound Bonefish out of a school of 100 to 200 Bonefish anymore. They all did the same thing and fought the same way. I just couldn’t do it anymore. It got to the point I could only do it for about two hours, and I wanted to go look for something else to catch. Of course, that is why God created Permit. I fell back in love with Bonefish after deciding to give Bonefish one last try. I had heard about Grand Bahama Island and the big Bonefish that resided on its flats. Bill Klyn of the Bonefish Tarpon Trust had told me that the biggest Bonefish in the Western Hemisphere were on Grand Bahama Island.

Candice Accola and new husband Joe King 'honeymoon in paradise' on Belize private island
The Vampire Diaries star Candice Accola and new husband Joe King didn't waste a second in jetting off to Belize for their romantic honeymoon. The newlyweds, who tied the knot in a beautiful New Orleans ceremony less than two weeks ago, have shared a series of touching shots of their idyllic break as husband and wife on the private five-star island and resort in Belize, Cayo Espanto.


Video: Can you Belize it?, 1min.
Cave tubing, ziplining, fin in Belize!

Video: GoPro Video of our vacation to Ambergris Caye & Cayo District of Belize, 33min.
Video chronicling our excursion to the amazing country of Belize! We hiked the rainforests, visited Mayan Ruins and ancient cities, snorkeled and scuba dove with sharks and drank until we dropped! What an unforgettable trip! SHOW MORE

Video: The Earth - A Living Creature 720p (The Amazing NASA HD Video), 1.5min.
OUR EARTH IS A LIVING ORGANISM...TREAT IT SO!......AMAZING NASA recreation of our planets life ... We've all seen images of extreme weather from space. But none of those could prepare us for this video just released by NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio. Using real data, this simulation's volume-rendered clouds depict seven days in 2005 when a category-4 typhoon developed off the coast of China.

Video: Belize, 6min.

Video: 2014 Snorkeling BelizeGallows, 5min.
Snorkeling boat in Belize on Oct 29th, 2014. Carnival Magic cruise

Video: Visiting Corozal Town --- Miss America Belize Group visits The Soberanis...., 11min.

Video: Belize 10/2014 Cave Tubing, 3min.

Video: Belize Diving -- Nurse Sharks, 2.5min.
Encountered a shark feeding while diving. Completely against what the other dive company was doing. Feeding sharks is wrong.

Video: Belize 2014, 3min.
Zip Lining Belize (part of Belize Dreams Tours)

Video: The Real Story Behind Harmonyville, 80min.
Dickie Bradley Special

November 3, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

Ministry of Health Update on Chikungunya Surveillance Activity
The Ministry of Health can at this time share preliminary results on samples taken during an active Chikungunya surveillance investigation done in the Las Flores area of Belmopan. Today, the Central Medical Laboratory confirmed three positive IgM antibody tests for Chikungunya from samples collected early last week as a consequence of an investigation of a suspected case of Chikungunya from the Las Flores community. These three positive IgM samples along with another sample will be sent next week Monday for further testing and confirmation by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Laboratory in Trinidad. The Ministry will provide updates as it becomes available.

Your Beliefs and Attitudes and How They Affect Your Health
Every person has beliefs about the world and their purpose in the world. Someone may believe the world is a friendly place or a not-so-friendly place. Someone may believe that their opinions matter and that they can have a positive impact in people’s lives. Or an individual may believe that they are powerless and that there are too many obstacles to overcome, that there is too much to do and too short of time to do much more than pay the bills and have food to eat. You may even say, “I don’t have time to worry about my health!” Or, “I know I can’t get HIV because I’m not like those people that have it:” While everyone has a right to believe as they wish, it is important to reflect on your beliefs to determine if your beliefs are impacting your health.

Over 10 thousand dental patients to benefit from Belize Mission Project 2014
Over the next two weeks over 88 dental specialists, nurses and volunteers will see at least ten thousand patients in Belize as part of the Belize Mission Project 2014. The first set of 42 American dental care givers arrived on Saturday October 25th and started their clinics on October 27thin various parts of Belize. This is the 22ndyear that the team of dentists are coming to Belize headed by Dr. Frank Whipps of the Belize Mission Project. One of the larger groups is on Ambergris Caye where they are expected to conduct dental work on patients at the San Pedro Lions Club. The group consists of dentists, physicians, audiologists, dental hygienist assistants and a variety of other medical professionals. “The first group will be in Belize from the 27th to the 31st of October and the second group will be in the country from the 3rd to the 7th of November. We will have clinics all over Belize; as far north in Corozal, far south in Placenica and far west as Cayo. We go into the little villages providing free dental clinics to the general public. Last year we treated over ten thousand patients and this year we intend to see more,” said Dr. Whipps.


Consultation On Municipal Employees Regulations Carried Out In O/W
Development in the various municipalities is among the priorities in all constituencies but development is not as fast coming as we’d hope but nonetheless the efforts are there. In an effort to making this happen, government is teaming up with the various municipal teams across the countries to ensure that projects are carried through. Eugen Palacio, Director of Local Government, speaks of an initiative being carried across the country. Eugene Palacio- Director Of Local Government “It come about of the need to have one regulation so that we could have the employees of all the councils guided by that regulation, the need came about because at separation; when the employee and have termination or have retirement benefits different pieces of legislation, different contracts that they claim, that they should be benefitted from and so you have for example people say well I am governed by the labor law, or I am governed by the GWR along with some other piece of regulation and it causes confusion all over the country so we are trying to put a second regulation that will govern them all and the initiative...

CZL Police Line Up For Inspection, Good Cops Awarded
As is protocol, every end of the month officers attached to the Corozal Police Formation line up for inspection in front of the Corozal Police Station and this month was no exception. Today, over 40 police officers were individually inspected by Superintendent Andrew Ramirez, Officer In Charge of the Corozal Police Formation, with the objective of maintaining officers well attired and well-presented while on, and off duty. For this particular inspection, nine officers in rank and file were granted a day off for carrying out the rules and regulations of the department.

Celebrating Hanal Pixan
It originated from the Mayan Culture and is celebrated every 31stof October and 1st and 2nd of November. The Mayans believed that death was simply another form of life. Hanal Pixán, which means “Food of the Soul”, is celebrated to remember friends and relatives that have passed onto the afterlife. Roy Rodriguez – Retire History Prof at CJC “It goes directly to the Mayans even before the Mestizo came in to play a role here so an it has to do with the Maya preoccupation with the dead and the Maya strongly believe that the dead influence their live and because of that they would have to be in harmony with them.” And when Roy Rodriguez, Retire History Professor at Corozal Community College says to be in harmony with the dead, it means that the living is obliged to set up an altar in their respective homes. But what is the real significant behind the setting of the altar and the offering set for them? We asked Rodriguez.

Keeping The Culture Of Hanal Pixan Alive
As we have mentioned before, the 31st of October and the 1st and 2nd of November, are very unique days in the Maya calendar as it marks the celebration of Hanal Pixán or Food of the soul”. In this 21st century the celebration of the Hanal Pixán is very rare and according to Coordinator of the House of Culture in Corozal Town, Deborah Wilkes, the culture is actually disappearing. With that in mind, the Corozal House of Culture, in collaboration with NICH, organized two lectures for students on the importance of the Hanal Pixán and the importance of keeping the culture alive. Debora Wilkes - H.O.C “Today we are honoring the Maya tradition of Hanal Pixan so our objective today was to reach out to our community and to our educational institutions and promote the tradition and honored as well so toady we have two lectures on and one this morning with Mr. Roy Rodriguez and this evening at 1:30 we have another lecture, calling out students from our local community and engaging with them on the celebration of the duly departed, I see they are engaged and I believe this is a dying tradition here or at least in Corozal Town and this morning lecture Roy was very much engage with the students and they were standard three so they are on the young side for comprehending all of this but they were very much interested, questions were being asked throughout the lecture, it is their heritage and the House of Culture is trying to bring that back and this celebration is something that goes one on the opposite side of the border, in Mexico is very much alive and this is our ancestry and our ancestors and so in Corozal I think it is very important to bring back such a tradition as this.”

Tower/Hill Chan Pine Ridge Inaugurated
The unveiling of the newly renovated airstrip located at the Tower Hill/Chan Pine Ridge road was officially inaugurated today. The once white marled, dilapidated stretch was the only transit point for air arrivals to Orange Walk and whilst the numbers of tourist arrivals to our shores are steadily increasing, the need for an internationally accepted standard airstrip was pertinent. Today among several government dignitaries, BTB officials and members of the Belize Airports Authority, the newly upgraded airstrip and its name change was unveiled today. Elodio Aragon Jr. – OW EAST, STANDARD BEARER “This airstrip will go a long way to improving the safety of all those who come to Orange Walk and to all those who use it, over time the use of this airstrip has been constantly growing not only by those living in Orange Walk or doing business here but also to the many Belizeans and tourist that use it every day.”

Chick-V Makes Into Belize
The Ministry of Health announced today that 3 persons tested positive for Chikungunya after preliminary IgM antibody tests confirmed that revelation. As we’ve been reporting, Chikungunya is an illness caused by a virus that spreads through mosquito bites. Today, the Central Medical Laboratory confirmed three positive IgM antibody tests for Chikungunya from samples collected early last week as a consequence of an investigation of a suspected case of Chikungunya from the Las Flores community. Here is what with Director of Health Services, Doctor Michael Pitts from the Ministry of Health, had to say about the situation. Dr. Michael Pitts, Director of Health Services "Out of the 11 we had 3 reactive by the screen and now we are sending it for confirmation. I will tell you it is heading in the direction that we think it would go because the population, we are finding these preliminary tests positive from Las Flores where we have a lot of people traveling to Salvador and as you know Salvador have a lot of cases. We have increased our level of activities in terms of house to house inspection and spraying in the area."

The Reporter

Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC
The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100, if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says in a stark report that most of the world’s electricity can – and must – be produced from low-carbon sources by 2050. If not, the world faces “severe, pervasive and irreversible” damage. The UN said inaction would cost “much more” than taking the necessary action. “Science has spoken,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side.” The IPCC’s Synthesis Report was published on Sunday in Copenhagen, after a week of intense debate between scientists and government officials.

Taiwan works with international community to fight Ebola
Taiwan is stepping up its preparatory measures to protect its citizens against the spread of the Ebola virus. The Taiwan embassy says that Taiwan is densely populated with a significant amount of international passenger traffic and that having experienced major disease outbreaks such as SARS, H1N1 and H7N9, it takes extreme caution to guard against the spread of communicable diseases. “When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the current Ebola outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on August 8, we immediately established a Task Force for Ebola Virus Disease Response to monitor the latest developments and reinforce the implementation of Ebola prevention measures”, the embassy said in a press release. One of the measures that Taiwan has taken is heightened border protocols that were instituted during the post-SARS period. These include fever screening checkpoints at all entry ports, . For the current Ebola outbreak, broadcasting announcements on all arriving international flights, and urging passengers who had been in Ebola-affected West African countries within the past 21 days to contact the quarantine officer at the airport.

Patrick JonesPJ

Cool weather heading into the new week
A high pressure ridge in our area is maintaining cool and mostly dry weather conditions over the country. The general forecast for Belize and her coastal waters is for variably cloudy skies and cool temperatures. Periods of rain can be expected at sea and extreme southern coastal areas of the country. Winds over the open sea and along the coast will be northerly to northeasterly at ten to twenty knots. The sea state will be choppy to moderate. Low temperatures tonight will range from 70 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast to 64 degrees Fahrenheit inland. It will be a chilly 61 degrees Fahrenheit up in the hills.


An Afternoon in Belize City: BTB’s 3rd Annual Village Art & Crafts Expo
I walked to San Pedro town yesterday morning to go to the bank and then decide whether I’d head over to Belize City or not. The Belize Tourism Board was holding their 3rd Annual Arts & Crafts Expo in Memorial Park and Belize City is an easy hour and a half boat ride away from San Pedro. I had time. I always love getting Indian Food for lunch. Let’s do it. I boarded the 10am San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi and could not have been MORE pleased to see this sign for the first time. FREE WI-FI on the water taxi! This, to me, is life changing. Christmas in November… I walked right over to the Craft Show with artisans from all over Belize. Slate carving from Cayo. Planters…art from coconuts… One of the most creative and beautiful things I saw…butterfly wing art. The wings are taken from a butterfly farm. NO not from live butterflies…from those they find on the ground…

Work, Live and Play in Diamante Beachfront Suite
Diamante is a luxury beachfront development in San Pedro Belize. It is a mix of classic and contemporary in design. It offers prospective homeowners a chance to buy a full strata condominium that is in perfect proximity to the town of San Pedro Belize and all the things that it has to offer. Aside from having one of the most coveted locations on Belize real estate, it is also designed in luxury and built with the utmost attention to structural integrity and energy efficiency. Its construction is paramount, given the exposure to the elements in this idyllic seafront location. Designed with luxury in mind, and to be built with utmost attention to structural integrity and energy efficiency, Diamante will have five stand-alone buildings are made up of two and three bedroom condos, all with 10-foot ceilings, granite countertops, high end appliances, and private balconies. Every unit of this Belize resort will feature floor to ceiling double insulated windows that offer unparalleled views of the Belize Barrier Reef and the Caribbean Sea, which lies directly ahead.

First pictures of the renovation!! Ready for high season :)
We are done with Sol! Our first "real" guest after the renovation comes tomorrow! Here are the first pictures of the new resort. We are really proud of it, and have spent the last two months working harder than we ever have (after a total of 8 months of planning and working!). These pictures were taken this morning, and of course it rained so they are a rough draft, but I couldn't wait any longer :) The sidewalk will be stained terra cotta but that is one of the only big changes that will take place over the next few months. These are in order from when you arrive at the Placencia Sidewalk. You can click for a larger view. Standing on the sidewalk, looking at the property, the Sea beyond it.

International Sourcesizz

Belize reports suspected chikungunya cases
Belize is only one of two Central American countries yet to report a confirmed autochthonous, or locally acquired chikungunya case to date (Honduras being the other); however, this may have changed as at least three confirmatory tests are pending awaiting results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) head office in Trinidad. 7 News Belize reports that Dr. Michael Pitts, Director of Health Services said in an interview: “Out of the 11 we had 3 reactive by the screen and now we are sending it for confirmation. I will tell you it is heading in the direction that we think it would go because the population, we are finding these preliminary tests positive from Las Flores where we have a lot of people traveling to Salvador and as you know Salvador have a lot of cases. We have increased our level of activities in terms of house to house inspection and spraying in the area.”

Milwaukee County Zoo sends jaguar to meet mate in San Antonio
If B'alam were on eHarmony or, his dating profile might look like this: Single, spotted male, seeking companionship. Loves destroying toys, hanging out on his favorite log and dining out on dead rats. Instead of Tinder or OKCupid, B'alam is relying on the matchmakers in charge of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan Program, which sent him last week from his home at the Milwaukee County Zoo to the San Antonio Zoo. His potential mate, a year-old female named Arizona, is coming from the zoo in Seattle. While Stella was born in captivity, Pat came from the wild. He was a "problem" jaguar in Belize. But instead of killing him, authorities in that Central American country took him to a local zoo and eventually transferred him to Milwaukee. Because Pat's genetics are from the wild, his offspring are higher up on the list of desirable jaguars at American zoos.


Video: Belize Maruba 2014 World Tour, 2min.
Belize was just an amazing experience! Viv and I got to experience many outdoor activities. (Horse back riding, zip lining, snorkeling, cave tubing and more

Video: Belize Blue Hole, 4.5min.
Belize Blue Hole at 40 Meters

Video: USA Belize 2014, 7min.

Video: Belize Turtle 2, 1min.

Video: JoTiGiMa in Belize 2014 Compleet Movie, min.
Complete film van Jo(han), Ti(ne); Gi(lbert) en Ma(arten in Belize, oktober 2014. Duurt wel ruim 35 min, samenvatting van de best off volgt. Complete film by Jo (han), Ti (ne); Gi (lbert) and Ma (arten in Belize, October 2014. Lasts well over 35 min, summary of the best off follows.

Video: Belize Camping Experience at Fountain of Life, 51min.
Belize Camping Experience shared at Fountain of Life on Sunday Morning, on November 02, 2014.

Video: September part 1 September, 2014, 5.5min.
In and around San Ignacio and Belize City, Belize C.A. Visiting the local market in San Ignacio, eating delicious foods from the market and local cafes and meeting the people of Belize.

Video: Feeding Tarpon at Sunset Grill San Pedro Belize, 4min.
March 2012 Feeding tarpon in San Pedro, Belize.

Video: Diving in Hol Chan and Shark Alley in Belize, 4min.
Hol Chan is one of the most amazing dive spot in Belize. In one dive you can se a lot of StingRay, turtles, sharks and moraies.

Video: Pat Bennett: Belizean Softball Player & Legend!, 27min.
The tenth episode in a video documentary series called Belizean Legends that will profile the legendary Belizean softball player and gold medalist Pat Bennett who played on the Belize national selection that won the gold medal in the 1974 Central American & Caribbean Games in Santa Domingo. Bennett discusses her softball career in Belize with Belizean Legends host Bilal Morris and revisits highlights of the game where Belize won its first gold medal in an international sports competition, and the homecoming reception that the Belize national team received from Belizeans and government alike. In this episode, Bennett who is also one of the best Belize Softball archives ever, expressed the pitching talent behind the two best Belizean pitchers at that time who helped claimed that gold medal---the natural curve ball of Isolene Heath, and the fast pitch and power of Linda Lewis who pitched the game to victory for Belize. Bennett who was also the president of the Belize Softball Federation also presents highlights of the Belize softball Bronze Medal Team that beat the United States in the 1979 Pan American Games before they won the Gold in Mexico City in the Junior Softball championships that same year. Here Bennett underscored the physical conditioning of the Belize national selection at that time, especially their ace pitcher Margaret Usher whose many strategies as a pitcher was a factor against beating the best in the world at that time the U.S national team.

November 2, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

Beautiful Paseo de las Animas last night in Merida
The weekend is full of Dia de los Muertos festivities.

San Pedro Lions turn 39
The San Pedro Lions Club on Ambergris Caye celebrated their 39th anniversary on Saturday October 25th. The celebration took place at the Lions Den and included a short ceremony as well as a turkey dinner and dance. As part of the celebration, the Belize Lion Zone 59 also hosted their Cabinet Meeting on October 26th. The San Pedro Lions Club was established on October 25, 1975 with a total of 36 chartered members, some of whom are still an active part of the club. Speaking at the event, President of the San Pedro Lions Club Rigoberto Kumul said that it is the unselfish dedication and community commitment that has kept the Lions Club strong. President Kumul reminded the invited guest that the San Pedro Lions Club has grown with the island, from a fishing village to a town. He said the club has been with the community in the good and bad times, in times of progress and in times of disaster and also during the most important times of Ambergris Caye’s development.

Bart’s Bash Official Results: Belizean Sailors Shine
No one expected it. No one in the world expected Belize sailors all to finish among the top 15%, and place 4 in the top 50,in the biggest regatta of all time. On September 21, 2014,twenty-eight Belizeans were among 16,780 skippers of all ages, all over the world, and in all sorts of sailboats, participating in Bart’s Bash, a regatta that the Guinness Book of World Records accepts as the largest regatta in history. It was held in memory of a beloved champion sailor and philanthropist, Andrew “Bart” Simpson and in support of The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Bart lost his life at age 37, practicing aboard Sweden’s 72-foot America’s Cup catamaran that cartwheeled in preliminaries on San Francisco Bay on May 8,2013. Thenames of all the skippers in this memorial to his lifewill be recorded in the Guinness book’s on line edition.

Mayor’s Cup kicks off
Football action is back on in San Pedro with the Mayor’ Cup five-a-side football tournament. The first round of games in the tournament were held from Friday, October 24th to Sunday, October 26th at the Honorable Louiss Sylvester Arena. The ten participating teams will be facing off in a series of matches that will determine the champions of the Mayor’s Cup and receive the coveted first place prize of $1,000 cash, a trophy and individual medals. The first game day was held on Friday, October 24th starting at 7PM and saw two matches being played. First to take to the field was Warriors FC versus FC’ Aluminum Fabricators. Both team were composed of well seasoned player who definitely played a memorable match but in the end it was FC’s Aluminum Fabricators that took the win with a 2-1 score. Next up was Venecia del Caribe FC against Swampedrito Lazy Boys. Don’t let the name fool you, the Swampedrito Lazy Boys sure know how to play and easily defeated Venecia del Caribe FC in a 3-1 point game.

Dress A Girl Around the World reaches out to Belizeans
“Imagine a world where every little girl owned at least one dress.” That is the imagination of a group of American women at the Dress A Girl Around the World Foundation, that brought one of its members to Ambergris Caye. The member of the foundation tagged along with the Belize Mission Project 2014 and during her stay in Belize, she distributed over 350 dresses and other small items. The Dress A Girl Around the World Foundation is based in the US but has members in various countries including Canada, United Kingdom, Poland and Costa Rica. It was established in 2009 after founding member Rachel Eggum Cindar returned from Uganda, where she was a part of an empowerment project for ladies called Smile Africa. Sewing with African ladies pushed Cindarto start a new initiative and now the Dress A Girl Around The World has gained much public support.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Orchids native to Belize at Caves Branch Botanical Garden
what an amazingly beautiful set of photographs. don't miss these..... Work in progress- we organized most of the pictures of orchids that bloomed in Caves Branch Botanical Gardens. We did our best identifying them. We hope that it will help other orchid enthusiasts with identifications of plants. We also hope that if you will notice our mistakes in identification, you will comment.

Orchids non-native to Belize at Caves Branch Gardens
This album has a lot of orchids that non-native to Belize, but cultivated for their beauty. Please help me with the proper identification of them:

A report coming out of Belmopan, yesterday reveals that the Ministry of Health can at this time share preliminary results on samples taken during an active Chikungunya surveillance investigation done in the Las Flores area of Belmopan - Belize. The Central Medical Laboratory confirmed three (3) positive IgM antibody tests for Chikungunya from samples collected early last week as a consequence of an investigation of a suspected case of Chikungunya from the Las Flores community. These three positive IgM samples along with another sample will be sent next week Monday for further testing and confirmation by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Laboratory in Trinidad. The Ministry will provide updates as it becomes available.

Hanal Pixan display and lectures today at the House of Culture
have been well attended! It is so wonderful to see our younger generation engaged and interested in this Maya tradition; a vital link to our cultural heritage. We want to recognize Miss Ayonie Briceno and her students of Our lady of Guadalupe School, winners of last years' altar competition, as they once again display their altar along with supporting information. Thank you to our lecturer Roy Rodriguez for his in depth talk on Hanal Pixan. (10 photos)

Breaking News
Early morning reports coming to the Corozal Daily is that there has been a murder in the peaceful village of Concepcion in the Corozal District. An official update will be posted as soon as we receive it.

Miss World Belize 2014 Press Release
Miss World Belize Ltd would like to introduce MISS RAQUEL ALEJANDRA BADILLO of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize District who was designated as the new titleholder for Miss World Belize 2014. She will join more than 120 other delegates at Miss World 2014, which will be the 64th edition of the Miss World pageant and will be held on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 2pm at ExCeL’s ICC Auditorium in London, England. Miss Badillo, a 5’7”, 21 year-old model and former valedictorian, is presently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Decision Sciences. She speaks fluent English and Spanish, and is a former TV hostess. Her first pageant was at the age of 4 years old. She is a former Miss San Pedro (2009). Raquel’s hobbies include dancing, paddle boarding, reading, swimming, and learning new technology. She loves the outdoors, jogging along the beach and keeping up with the latest trends and beauty tips. She also has special talents as a skilled dancer with 9 years’ experience, specializing in Salsa dancing. Miss Badillo describes herself as, “a strong and determined woman always striving for a better version of herself.” Miss Raquel Badillo is expected to arrive in London on November 20th.

Barry's BDay Bash, Nov 6th
Thursday November 6th, Wahoo's Lounge and Jaguar's Temple Club Re-Opening Music by: Melody Man Escobar Punta Prezident Natalie Arceo Barry Castillo Ell Ess D $1000 Chicken Drop!

The Reporter

Paul Nabor laid to rest at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Punta Gorda
Belize’s Paranda king, Paul Nabor, was laid to rest in Punta Gorda on Saturday following an official funeral. His casket, draped with the Belizean flag and carried by members of the Belize Defense Force, bore a picture of the beloved musician at his head. A number of his close friends spoke at his funeral service at St Peter Claver Catholic Church. Among them was Yasser Musa, under whose stewardship as Director of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) Nabor came to international prominence. On Friday night, a line-up of Garifuna artists, including Aurelio Martinez of Honduras and The Garifuna Collective, entertained Nabor’s fans at ab tribute in his memory at the PG Sports Auditorium.

San Pedro Blood Donor Clinic
Saturday, November 8at 9:00am - 3:00pm.San Carlos Medical Center, Pescador Dr.


The Belize Times

Clueless Darrell!
The mishandling of the Belize Maintenance Limited matter and the inhumane treatment that subsequently ensued when 70 workers were thrown behind bars for simply fighting for their daily bread is perhaps the single most telling act of the type of person that Darrell Bradley is. The wanton termination of security officers so that the council could “privatize” its security services is equally reflective of the lack of compassion and the heartless soul that is managing our city. But aside from the fact that this Mayor is completely out of touch with the real struggles and pains of our people, Bradley is also obscenely incompetent when it comes to managing our city’s affairs and its finances. For one, the streets have no drains, which mean they are actually pools. Those streets, which he promised would last for “decades” are now falling apart right beneath our very feet. Bradley was so eager to claim credit for these poorly built streets, that he shunned all other councilors for the fame and the glory.

Barrow lied about lower fuel prices – World oil prices have stumbled, but not in Belize
It is estimated that the fuel consumption in Belize is around 4% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or roughly $100 million dollars. This is approximately 10% of the national budget. Fuel cost is therefore directly linked to the prosperity of an economy. An abnormally high fuel price depicts a sluggish or dormant economy. Such an economy will contain major social decadent and high crime rates. A reasonable and low fuel cost will indicate an economy that is progressing. In the case of Belize we are a sluggish economy with abnormally high fuel prices at the pumps. Fuel is the life blood of the productive sector, which is Belize’s export sector that earns the bulk of the foreign exchange/US Dollars from exporting primarily raw material. For example the high cost of fuel increases the delivery cost of sugar cane to the Tower Hill factory. The fuel prices form a portion of the operation cost for the cane farmer. Higher fuel bill means cane farmers have less money to take home. Fuel and fuel products are considered critical components for the operation of many of the major industries in Belize such as the Citrus, Tourism, etc. Fuel is the equivalent to the cog in the wheel.

Barrow hides behind cheap rhetoric!
The Barrow Administration’s response to the Opposition’s demand for accountability, transparency and upholding of the law was the best that could come from a Government that has no credibility and has lost the confidence of the public. That response came in the form of cheap rhetoric which Prime Minister Dean Barrow is famous for. This week, on behalf of the Opposition People’s United Party Hon. Julius Espat, who chairs the Public Accounts Committee, filed a claim before the Supreme Court seeking the Court’s intervention in what has been deemed as illegal borrowing and spending by the Barrow Administration. At the start of October, the Prime Minister Barrow presented a loan motion before the National Assembly seeking approval for the borrowing of BZE$228,614,712 through the ALBA/Petrocaribe program.

The Shepherd has lost his flock! – Roger Anthony charged for weekend shooting on Banak Street
Known boss of the Mayflower Street “Ghost Town Crips” gang, Roger Anthony, has been charged along with 23 year old Kendis Flowers for a shooting that occurred on Banak Street over the weekend. The Meighan family residence was the target of the shooting shortly after 10:00pm on Sunday, October 26th. No one was injured in the assault, but the Meighan house suffered damages due to the barrage of bullets. Anthony and Flowers were detained by the Gang Suppression Unit shortly after. Anthony was allegedly found with a 9mm handgun, reportedly near the vicinity of the shooting. Somehow, he fractured the heel of his foot and when he was taken to Court on Monday morning, he appeared in crutches. Anthony and Flowers were charged before Magistrate Herbet Panton for the crimes of Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault and Damage to Property.

Wheel and come again Mayor!
By G. Michael Reid As we close out October and head into the last two months of 2014, most people are beginning to think about Christmas. We stop first however to pay tribute to our Garifuna brothers and sisters and celebrate their arrival to our shores over two hundred years ago. While many of us are preparing for the seasons ahead with much hope and anticipation, for the 170 workers of Belize Maintenance Limited (BML), the remaining months of this year brings with it an atmosphere of apprehension, anxiety and uncertainty. In early January of next year, City Council’s contract with BML expires and Mayor Darrell Bradley has stated categorically that he will not renew that contract. With City Council elections scheduled for just a couple months after this contract expires, Mayor Bradley is faced with a difficult situation. It is unlikely that these low-paid sanitation workers will just go quietly into the night as was made obvious by their actions in August. At that time, BML employees, faced with the prospect of layoffs and after weeks of not getting paid, staged an impromptu protest in front of City Hall. It resulted in arrests and detention for about 50 of those employees but the point was made. As a result, PM Barrow was forced to intervene and after pledging payments for the remainder of the contract, he promised workers that their services would be picked up by the City Council following the expiration of the contract. Workers were advised at that time however, to not put much hope in Mr. Barrow’s words given the man’s “highly evolved propensity for deceit” and his track record as it relates to promises.

Editorial: Mayor wants ANOTHER $20 MILLION!
The Mayor of Belize City wants another twenty million dollars to do street works. He has already spent twenty million dollars on what he claims are 100 cement streets and has been spending some five million on infrastructure. Those are not the only spending. Memorial Park took almost two million dollars. Battlefield Park was around one and a half million dollars. Two million dollars is presently being spent to renovate the Commercial Center to provide new offices for the Mayor and his invisible part-time city councilors. None of these expenditures are justified and those places represent huge waste of monies. There are also persistent reports of over-priced work, lack of accountability and corruption in the construction of these public facilities. The Mayor has made no secret of his desire to run in general elections. For this he has repeatedly stated his intention to do so for Caribbean Shores, despite that the elected area representative in that constituency is from the same party and has not suggested he will be stepping down. The Mayor has gone further and announced his election committee was already canvassing for him.

Jada’s & Carmelita Caribbean Queen take it to the wire in softball finals
Team Jada’s and once undefeated Carmelita Caribbean Queen will go at it for one last time in a game 3 of the 2014 Orange Walk women’s softball championship finals at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk Town. Jada’s won game 2 by hammering the Caribbean Queen 16-4 by mercy rule in the 4th inning of Game 2 of the on Sunday afternoon. Game 3 of the championship series is set for Sunday, November 2. San Narciso’s Red Orchids won 3rd place by the San Narciso Golden Strikers’ default.

Triple Bs sting Sugar City girls 8-2
The Triple B’s of Belmopan and DFC Gentle Touch of Esperanza are one win closer to advancing to the finals, after winning their games in the FFB President’s Cup national women’s football semi-finals. Triple B’s crushed the Sugar City Girls 8-2 at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk on Sunday. Jinelle Pot opened the scoreboard for the Triple B’s against goalie Rocio Bobadilla in the 13th minute. Naileny “Nene” Manzanero scored for Sugar City on national team goalie Idania Ramirez in the 20th minute, but the Sugar City defenders Karen Garcia, Samantha Carlos, Myra Miranda and Sheyla Pena couldn’t keep the Belmopan girls out of Bobadilla’s area. Yamili Herrera assisted Sabrina Eiley as she scored goal #2 in the 31st minute.

Westrac blasts Bullet Tree 3-1
Westrac of Spanish Lookout ran over Bullet Tree FC 3-1 in the Cayo 1st division football tournament held at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio last Saturday evening. Westrac took an early 1-0 lead when defender Luis Arevalo put the ball past Bullet Tree’s goalie Robin Rodriguez in the 4th minute of play. A Westrac defender then inadvertently hit the ball with his hand within the 18s and the referee ruled penalty. Goalie Axel de la Rosa had no say as Elvis Pinelo made no mistake with the execution, converting for Bullet Tree to tie the ball game 1-1 in the 9th minute of play. Westrac brought on their top striker Freddy Herrera to relieve Jessie Montepeque, but it was still a 1-1 ball game at the half.

AMAZING GRACE – The Pleasure Cruise Ship
Today, the threat of the Ebola virus hangs over our thoughts like a heavy black cloud waiting to rain down death and destruction. Though this may sound a bit exaggerated, no one can ignore the subtle hint of panic that is sweeping across the globe; uniting nations, languages, and people in a frenzy of fear. Statistics point a finger at Ebola for 4,555 deaths already, and the World Health Organization (WHO) proposes that this figure is actually an underestimation of the lives the virus has taken. The UN’s health agency has recently declared an international public health emergency, a fitting and official precaution to prepare for this crisis. Just lately, Belizeans felt their own brush with death when it was reported that a ‘special’ couple was docked on a cruise ship in our waters. One member of the couple had been in contact with one of the nurses who had cared for an Ebola patient. Anyone who has been in close contact has been cautioned to quarantine themselves until the predetermined time for the virus to manifest itself had collapsed. This particular couple, however, eager to begin their honeymoon hopped on a cruise ship and sailed around the world to our beautiful country. To make matters worse, the US government was allegedly pressuring our leaders to bring these people into our country, allow them to board and airplane and fly them to the United States. What an uproar this caused in Belizean public opinion and justifiably so!

Barrow’s empty promises to Cayo North East – The “Millions and Millions” never came
On the First Week of October 2013, PM Dean Barrow travelled to Cayo Northeast for the first time to hold a political rally in defence of corrupt former UDP Minister Elvin Penner who had just been exposed for selling out our patrimony. Barrow pleaded to the residents not to sign the Recall Petition that sought to remove Penner as area representative. In a low attempt to buy support, Barrow publicly stated that the Government had “millions and millions” in their coffers, and that they would immediately begin to experience “unprecedented development” with those “millions” in the area. Well, today it is clear that Barrow’ promises were cheap and empty. The roads from Bullet Tree to Santa Familia, Santa Familia Proper, Santa Familia to Billy White, Billy White Proper and Billy White to Duckrun One are in a deplorable and messy condition. The Ministry of Works scraped off all the stony material from the top of the road and have now exposed the mud (black clay) and thus the ease with which large craters are formed.

Did the Police protect Patrick Faber?
Domestic Violence officials have revealed that the process of investigating reports of domestic abuse was severely disregarded in the case of alleged abuse involving Minister of Education Patrick Faber and a female friend at his Lord’s Bank home last month. On Saturday September 6th Faber was accused by a close lady friend of grievous assault while she attended her birthday party hosted at his house. The woman, who was celebrating her 25th birthday, told Police in an initial report that Faber got angry at her when he saw her using her cell phone around 3am that morning. She said Faber went ballistic and grabbed her from her hair and pulled her off the bed, and dragged her to the corridor outside of the house. She reported to the cops at the nearest Police Station in Ladyville that Faber punched her twice to the right side of the face. The report spread like wildfire throughout the weekend, but by Monday morning Faber did damage control when he informed the media that the report had been withdrawn. He claimed that “…it is only public if there is an issue with the police. There is no such issue any longer”.

By Dolores Balderamos Garcia In pondering on our Party’s Social Justice and Reform Agenda recently, I have realized that there is so much work to do. I am speaking here especially about the working conditions of women and as well the pressing need for meaningful reform of our social security rules and regulations so as to genuinely benefit those most in need. At this time I am forced to recall the late Mr. Rudolph Bowen of Ladyville. Mr. Bowen had suffered a severe stroke, and not one but two doctors had certified that he was unable to work. Having been employed for umpteen years at Batsub, the British Army Support Unit, Mr. Bowen had paid all his social security contributions. During the course of his employment with Batsub, he had suffered an eye injury and was therefore receiving a very small disability payment. It was after he retired that he was hit by the stroke. When Mr. Bowen applied for invalidity benefit which, although not a huge sum, would have provided him with significantly more so that he could pay for his medications and provide for himself and his wife, he was turned down flat. Due to a stupid technicality that a contributor cannot double dip, in his hour of need there was unbelievable refusal, despite the fact the Social Security could well have removed the disability payment and replaced it with the greater invalidity benefit. ...

By Francis W. Fonseca The People’s United Party joins the Belizean Nation in mourning the passing of the Legendary, iconic Garifuna Parandero Paul Nabor. Paul Nabor was a proud Garifuna Man and a truly gifted musical artist. His music was soothing, spiritual, uplifting and inspirational. Just like the man, it reflected a spirit of resistance, pride and humility. Paul Nabor spent his life in Southern Belize, primarily Punta Gorda, which is where he took his last breath. He was a man of the land. He loved working the land, planting his own ground-food, and using the wood from trees to build. I had the honor of meeting Mr. Nabor and speaking with him on several occasions, but my lifelong memory of him will be the time we spent together along with the great Andy Palacio in 2007 in the village of Barranco, Toledo.

It has not even been a week since the news broke across the land that Paul Nabor had died in Punta Gorda. On hearing of his passing my initial thoughts were of Nabor the man, and the way he existed in this world. The thoughts in my head flowed to the pace of Adrian “the doc” Martinez’s Baba. Then my mind drifted to Santiago Cal’s iconic image of Nabor off the coast of Pene his hometown in a dory. It is a black and white image. The man and the sea. What is it about hearing of death that realigns the soul? Andy Palacio’s Lidan Aban (Together) played in my heart as I tried to reignite the special moments. Three more images rushed in – Paul in Malaysia with his big hat, Paul and Andy arms stretched in unity on the stage at the re-opening of the Bliss in 2004 and of course the rainy night in Belize City at the Brodies parking lot when Paul danced on stage in front of thousands in 2007.

Letters: Raise your voices for better housing
Government’s decision to pay the December interest amount for persons who have house mortgage loans of up to $100,000.00 leaves the poor people of this country, who cannot qualify for mortgage loans, out in the cold to continue suffering in inadequate housing in Belize City and every municipality in this nation. With this plan the lion share of the money will be used to pay the mortgage interest for political cronies and others who have always paid their mortgage interest without any assistance from the Government of Belize. At the same time, hundreds of residents of Port Loyola and other divisions who cannot qualify for mortgage loans, and live in far from adequate and often heartbreaking housing situation, will not receive even a copper from Government to improve their housing condition for the pascua. With the administration’s Christmas giveaway, the bigger your house mortgage loan is the more money you will receive. The smaller your house mortgage loan is the less money you will receive, and those who cannot afford a house mortgage and are forced to live in slum housing will get nothing, nada, no Christmas gift to improve their housing situation.

Letters: Nepotism in Belize
Yes, I know what you’re saying, “this topic again?” but if I may have just five minutes of your time, maybe I can bring another perspective to this topic. We are all fully aware of one of the biggest acts of nepotism in this country when Prime Minster Dean Barrow assigned his son Anwar Barrow as the Chief Executive Officer of Belize Telemedia Limited on April 1st, 2014. Or how about the situation with Minister Gaspar Vega simply giving lands to family members, while many have waited in line (figuratively speaking) for years and years; not hours but years just for a little piece of land. He even had the audacity to call his family “not normal”, unlike regular Belizeans. To make matters worse, Minister Mark King himself said publicly that UDPs come first, then the Belizeans and then finally “PUPs”. How about appointment of Minister Contreras’ daughter as the Director of Drug Inspectorate? When it was made public of exactly what the ministers did, everyone was making a big deal out of it and it was the main topic on every media source in the country. However, as of today it seems as though all these situations were handled with proper “regulations” and no one seems to cares anymore. What happen to all those who wanted to see a change? We need to stand up!

Letters: Los Tambos Chairman wants bar license revoked
I write to you on behalf of the Los Tambos Village Council to address a most serious concern in our village—that of the establishment of a ‘Bar’ in our small and until recently, quiet, peaceful and uneventful community and village life. I also inform you that the Los Tambos Village Council has met in a public meeting with the villagers and separately with the churches to discuss the problems arising in the village in relation to said ‘Liquor License” granted to operate a ‘Bar’ and to sell Liquor. The following has arisen after the above meetings: That the village was quiet and peaceful until such licence was issued and the establishment open for business. That the establishment is too close to the government primary school and to two churches. That the said establishment also has a Trade License and so operate a grocery store That the school children run across from the school during recess and after school hours to buy snacks and drinks and encounter unfavourable and potentially threatening and dangerous situations with ‘Bar’ clients. That recently, it is alleged, that a murder in the village occurred where those involved had been drinking at said establishment. It was agreed that signatures from residents of the village be picked up declaring their support for the closing of this ‘Bar’ and the withdrawal of the liquor licence.

Does Anwar Barrow have interests in PUC energy project?
The Public Utilities Commission will this week announce its selected candidates which it has chosen to pursue energy projects in Belize. Among the companies who have approached the PUC, is Southern Renewable Energy, which was represented at a PUC consultation meeting by no other than the special golden child of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Anwar Barrow, among others. Three of the company’s projects have been considered among the top five. Is this special treatment? The BELIZE TIMES wants to know what are Barrow’s interests in Southern Renewable Energy. Does he have shares in this company? With PM Barrow at the helm of Government, his son Anwar Barrow has risen to prominence. He was gifted executive positions in Belize Telemedia Limited, named to Government Boards and has his fingers on multiple business deals throughout Belize.

Patrick JonesPJ

Paul Nabor is laid to rest in Punta Gorda town
At the cemetery, wreaths were laid at Nabor’s tomb by Governor General, Sir Colville Young, Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca, Senator Lisel Alamilla and President of NICH Dianne Haylock. Following the traditional church service at the grave side, a Garifuna spiritual rights ceremony was held, before the tomb was sealed. Dispite overcast skies and a slight drizzle, Belizeans from across the nation turned out for today’s funeral.


My Halloween Day in San Pedro, Belize – From Crossfit to Frozen Custard
After my morning bloggin’, I started my day as I normally do – at Crossfit. But this day was a costume workout. Nothing says Halloween fun like doing push-ups and power thrusters in make-up, wigs, masks and polyester! And I stopped by briefly. It had just POURED rain and drying out the haunted house would take a while… It was right behind the relatively new AquaVista Suites. But my mind was on one Halloween treat in particular. A mini hot fudge sundae at DandE’s Frozen Custard Shop. Oreo cookie. Perfect. Thanks Eileen.

International Sourcesizz

Book Review: A Boy and A Jaguar
I love reading books that take my breath away with a combination of an inspiring story and intriguing illustrations. Another book I can add to that list of favorites is “A Boy and A Jaguar” by Alan Rabinowitz and illustrated by CaTia Chien. This true story revolves around the life of conservationist Alan Rabinowitz who, as a young boy, goes to the zoo to see and communicate with the animals there. At the zoo he feels comfortable and can escape from the difficulties he faces at school because of his issues with stuttering. His gift for “speaking” to the animals eventually leads him in adulthood to a life of adventure and notoriety, even leading to the title of “the Indiana Jones of Wildlife Preservation.” As a child, while at the Bronx Zoo, he has an encounter with a jaguar, where he looks into her eyes and promises her and all animals “if I can ever find my voice, I will be their voice and keep them from harm.”

Lit-urday: Children's Edition: A Boy and a Jaguar
Five new releases, fun for kids and their handlers. A true story lends its own weight, but when it features a bond between a struggling boy and a wild animal, it’s especially poignant. Alan Rabinowitz weaves a narrative of how he found his calling as a zoologist and conservationist, but it’s particularly interesting because it has parallel lessons that even a small child can understand. See, the narrator has a stutter, and his only solace is regular visits to speak – with newfound confidence – to a jaguar at the Bronx Zoo. Through the years, paced quickly to keep the attention of littles, the balanced mix of poetry and prose is punctuated with a scientist’s eye for straightforward information. The boy, grown, brings his life’s path full circle to stand before a panel in Belize, advocating for a protected area dedicated to jaguars. The whispered sentiments at the end teeter just on that edge of creating a lump in the throat and a satisfied smile, and the paintings are smooth and natural, with all creatures’ features sketched out for optimal kid interest.

Atriz de “Diários de um Vampiro” passa lua-de-mel em Belize
Candice Accola, a atriz da série “Diários de um Vampiro”, e o marido, Joe King, estão a usufruir de uma romântica lua-de-mel no luxuoso resort de Cayo Espanto, em Belize. Os recém-casados, que disseram o “sim” numa bonita cerimónia em Nova Orleães há duas semanas, partilharam uma série de imagens das férias idílicas nas redes sociais. Numa foto pode-se ver o casal a desfrutar de um passeio de iate. Noutra imagem partilhada vê-se o resort, a foto que foi captada do helicóptero que os levou ao local.

Contempler les temples du Guatemala
On se sent tout petit au pied de cette pyramide de six étages. Se savoir en Amérique Centrale, cerné par le Mexique, le Belize, la mer des Caraïbes, le Honduras, le Salvador et l'océan Pacifique est déjà intimidant, mais face au Tikal, les visages fraîchement dorés par le soleil sont voués à rester pâles. Et ce n'est pas le seul vestige maya qu'abrite le Guatemala. Loin de là ! Passée la visite de ce site monumental, s'ensuit la découverte de Ceibal et la maison de « Maximón » dont les charmes reposent davantage sur la nature qui les enveloppe. En avant pour un séjour d'exception placé sous le signe de l'histoire et de l'archéologie. Difficile de discerner ne serait-ce qu'un tronçon d'horizon. Le site de Tikal est peuplé de plantes de toutes espèces. Cette abondance végétale est l'une des caractéristiques du Guatemala. Le toponyme dérive d'ailleurs du nahuatl - l'un des dialectes les plus répandus en Amérique latine - Cuauhtemallan a savoir le « lieu rempli d'arbres ». Si le regard donne raison à cette traduction, force est aussi de constater que la végétation s'est vue, au fil des années, contrainte de cohabiter avec quelques infrastructures. Entre les troncs hirsutes se dessine la silhouette pyramidale d'un temple imposant. Voilà le bâtiment principal de Tikal, l'un des centres culturels majeurs de la civilisation maya, apparue dans la région environ mille ans avant l'ère chrétienne.


Video: Snorkeling the Blue Hole of Belize, 6min.
Snorkeling the reef surrounding the famous Blue Hole off the coast of Belize with Amigos del Mar.

Video: Happy In Belize 2014, 6min.
This video is about Happy In Belize 2014.

Video: Snorkeling the Shallows of Half Moon Caye, Belize, 4min.
Snorkeling the shallow reefs surrounding Half Moon Caye off the coast of Belize with Amigos del Mar. The island has beautiful beaches and waters that are full of life. SHOW MORE

Video: Parrot Fish Plays Dead - Half Moon Caye, Belize, 1min.
While snorkeling the shallow reefs surrounding Half Moon Caye off the coast of Belize, we observed a parrot fish that ingeniously hides under rocks or holes and holds its breath hoping the camera will soon disappear. Please note that no animals were injured in the making of this video.

Video: Snorkeling Lighthouse Reef, Belize "The Aquarium" and "The Wall", 6.5min.
Snorkeling "The Aquarium" and "The Wall" of the Lighthouse Reef off the coast of Belize with Amigos del Mar. We saw turtles, eagle rays and some hungry Bermuda Chubs. SHOW MORE

Video: Green Eel. Belize 2014, 3min.
Green Eel being recorded at Belize's reef.

Video: Belize 2014 Avant Première Close Grey Reef Shark Encounters, 16min.
Film van enkele dichte grijze rifhaai ontmoetingen in Belize at Lichthouse Reef in oktober 2014. Film of some close Gray reef Shark encounters in Belize at Light House Reef in October 2014.

Video: Rick's belize Tarpon, 4.5min.
Tarpon fishing in Belize.

Video: Rick's Bonefish in Belize, 4.5min.
Nice Bone in the Lagoon.

Video: Butts Up Ziplining - Belize, 3min.
Cool ziplining.

Video: A walk through the San Ignacio market- Belize, 4min.

November 1, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

Belizean footballer Colville Richard injured during football match
Belizean footballer Colville Richard playing in the United States with the Huston Hurricanes Football Club (Canes) has been off the field for over a week. That’s because he was seriously injured during his fourth football game on Wednesday October 15th and has been medically advised to remain off the field for at least six weeks. The 24-year-old right winger is a former football player from Ambergris Caye who was drafted to play at one of the top Texas Football clubs earlier this year. Richards got injured during the game between the Hurricanes and Austin’s Real Cuauhtémoc in which the Hurricanes won by two goals to nil. Speaking to The San Pedro Sun, the injured footballer said that his injures came during a slide tackle from the left side. “I had pushed the ball in front of me and all my weight was on my left leg so when the tackle came in high, it caught me on the knee joint,” said Richards adding that “It is a very unfortunate incident and I don’t believe it was intentional.”

Paws Up for Saga’s Halloween Spooktacular Party!
It was a festival of ghosts, monsters and adorable pups at the Halloween Spooktacular Party hosted by Saga Humane Society. The 11th annual event was hosted at Carlo and Ernie’s Runaway Bar on Sunday, October 26th and saw pet lovers and pets alike come out in their most creative costumes. Patrons enjoyed fabulous raffles, silent auctions, great food and drink, smooch the pooch booth, and even gotten their hands read by a psychic dog. All proceed made from the event went towards Saga. Of course the highlight of the day was the pet costume contest. Tasked with making the hard decisions of the day was Miss San Pedro 2014/205 Michelle Nunez and island telenovela star Josh Nunez. Pet owners creatively dressed their furry friends and even had props to compliment their costumes. From princesses to skeletons and even a nurse, each doggie flossed their costume with pride. Prizes were awarded for the best kisser, best owner/pet lookalike, best trick, best costume, cutest and scariest.

Ambergris Today

Halloween Trick or Treat Fun in San Pedro
School children were out by the hundreds in their Halloween costumes all this week, enjoying the all-time childhood favorite event of 'Trick-or-Treating'. Most schools on the island hold their Halloween parties and Trick-or-Treat events and the children visit designated businesses and households that have special goodies in stock for them. Today, Friday, October 31, 2014, the students from Isla Bonita Elementary School were out and about in downtown San Pedro and dropped by the office of Ambergris Today to get their ice pops, locally known as 'Ideals' in Belize. Scroll down to view all the Halloween fun in San Pedro.

Raquel Badillo to Represent Belize at Miss World Pageant 2014

Castillo's Hardware Donates Towards Island Marathon
Castillo's Hardware presented a check of $1,000 yesterday, Thursday, October 30, 2014, to triathlete Kent Bob Gabourel towards his 5K & 10K Marathon event that will take place on Saturday, November 1, 2014, in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Kent is an avid triathlete who is working hard in promoting the sport in San Pedro and participates in various events around the country along with his small group of athletes who have joined him. Kent told Ambergris Today that the donation will go towards the participation at the Placencia full and half marathon that will take place on December 7, 2014. He, along with nine other young athletes from San Pedro, will be competing in the marathon. The money will go towards covering the expenses of traveling and registration.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Chan Pine Ridge Airstrip
This morning, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Civil Aviation Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. announced during the inauguration of the newly renovated Chan Pine Ridge Airstrip that the airstrip has been named in the honour of the late Ambassador H.E. Alfredo Martinez. Ambassador Martinez was posthumously awarded the Order of Belize - the highest order - at the September 2014 Tribute to Belizean Patriots. He served the people and Government of Belize in numerous diplomatic capacities, his last being as Ambassador of Belize to Guatemala.

Remembrance Day - 11 November
You should be aware that this day will be commemorated at 8 am in Memorial Park in Belize City. Stephen Evans is chairman of the Royal British Legion, and is organising participation. I'm sure there will be some members coming from Cayo. Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month," in accordance with the Armistice, signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. ("At the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.) World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.[1] The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on 7 November 1919 as a day of remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I.

Ministry of Health Update on Chikungunya Surveillance Activity
The Ministry of Health can at this time share preliminary results on samples taken during an active Chikungunya surveillance investigation done in the Las Flores area of Belmopan.

Channel 7

Chikungunya in Belize
It was only a matter of time - and now Chikungunya has been confirmed in Belize. We can't say 100% sure because the tests still have to go to Trinidad for confirmation, but the Ministry of Health has confirmed that three tests coming out of Las Flore sin Belmopan have tested positive in the CARPHA approved test. When we say CARPHA approved, we're referring to the test administered by the Ministry of Health - and the one approved by the Caribbean Public Health Agency. This evening, the Director of Health Services told us that - he still wants absolute confirmation: Dr. Michael Pitts, Director of Health Services "Out of the 11 we had 3 reactive by the screen and now we are sending it for confirmation. I will tell you it is heading in the direction that we think it would go because the population, we are finding these preliminary tests positive from Las Flores where we have a lot of people traveling to Salvador and as you know Salvador have a lot of cases. We have increased our level of activities in terms of house to house inspection and spraying in the area."

Serial Predator Gets 20 Years For Raping Child
45 year-old Brian Charlesworth who was convicted of raping a 6 year-old girl, will spend 20 years in jail. That's the sentence that ustice Troadio John Gonzalez handed him today at his mitigation hearing. This is his second conviction for carnal knowledge - and other details of his criminal record show that he is a pedophile and a sexual predator. Charlesworth's former employer testified and told the court that as far as he knows, Charlesworth is of good character. In passing sentence, Justice Gonzalez noted that based Charlesworth's criminal history, he is a convicted pedophile or child molester, and so he cannot get a sentence less than 12 years. That's because in 2001, Charlesworth was convicted of carnal knowledge, and he was sentenced to 12 years in jail for that. He is also serving 3 years for indecent assault, an offence for which he was convicted last year.

Customs To Get New Comptroller
There will be a new Comptroller of Customs. After 10 years and ten months years in the job, Gregory Gibson is demitting office. Gibson who is long past the age of retirement was on a contract which ahs come to an end. Financial Secretary Joe Waight today confirmed to us that the next most senior customs officer, Emil Grinage is awaiting confirmation from the public service commission to take over as Comptroller. Reports to our newsroom say that Grinage will take over on November tenth - but Waight could not confirm. Waight did point out that Grinage himself is only about a year from the retirement age of 55.

How The Cops Caught Robbers
Last night, we told you how the Eastern Division Strike Team caught a car load of robbers who had just pulled off an armed robbery at a Chinese Store on Albert Hoy Street in Belama Phase 3. The police caught 4 men in a GEO Prizm on Coney Drive, and also got the stolen loot totaling $741.00 dollars and a loaded 38 revolver.

GOB Says Conorquie Compensation Could Set Precedent
The Government of Belize is trying to reach a final settlement with the family of special constable Danny Conorquie as compensation for his death in the line of duty. Yesterday, the Prime Minister told the media that they haven’t settled on a final figure – but what Conorquie gets could set a precedent for other law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty:…

DCP Segura Won't Take Responsibility For Cu's Bills, GOB Will
28 year old taxi driver Yanie Cu was very seriously injured when Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Segura crashed into his taxi 10 weeks ago. Now Cu cannot walk – and has become dependent on his family, which is forced to beg for assistance to maintain him and pay the medical bills. All this because Segura has refused to accept responsibility for the accident. So will government pay? That’s what the media asked the Prime Minister yesterday:…

Police Lament Leslie Logan Sr.'s Cutting Remarks
But there’s no such tidy ending for the family of Leslie Logan Jr. 10 days ago, we showed you what his family had to say about the investigation into his killing. His father, Leslie Sr. who is a retired police officer with over 30 years of experience in the Department, harshly criticized Orange Walk Police claiming that they mishandled the inquiry.

PM Says Petrocaribe Suit is An Opportunity To Attack PUP
Last night you heard the Prime Minister speak boldly about why he thinks the PUP’s challenge to his government’s Petrocaribe spending is going nowhere. But he says not only is he not bothered by the Supreme Court challenge, he actually welcomes it because it gives his government a chance to graphically remind the PUP about how they managed the programme during their term:…

Fin Sec Says Petrocaribe Spending Legit
In his interview the Prime Minister pointed the media to the Financial Secretary Jose Waight – as proof of transparency and accountability in how the Petrocaribe funds have been spent. Now, Waight is usually buried beneath his numbers and rarely speaks with the media, but he did yesterday and told us that his office is preparing a supplementary budget – just for Petrocaribe - to take to the House:..

Tower Hill Named After H.E. Fred
Two days ago we told you about the newly refurbished and fully functional Tower Hill airstrip in Orange Walk but what we didn't tell you is that a part from upgrading the actual physical layout it was also renamed after one of the proudest sons of Sugar City, the late Ambassador to Guatemala and former Mayor of Orange Walk Alfredo Martinez. Yesterday at the official ceremony, Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia Jr. spoke about the reason why this name change was more than fitting.

Police Opening Up
Community policing – it gets a lot of lip service – but not much else…. Today though, in an effort rebuild confidence. The Public Relations Unit for Police invited the media to see it in action at an open day. 7News attended

UDP Licks Chops Over Cayo North
As we’ve been reporting, the PUP area representative for Cayo North is stepping down – leaving the area wide open. This would seem to put the PUP which is currently in the driver’s seat at a distinct disadvantage – since their current area representative is walking away form the party – and it’s not on the best of terms. The UDP is seizing on the opportunity to claim back an area that the party has traditionally been strong in. The Prime Minister commented yesterday:…

Tonight's teacher profile is about Roxanne Encalada, a teacher from Corozal - who was never supposed to amount to much - in fact she wasn't even supposed to go to high school. But with determination and good grades, she made it - and she tells us how she did it in tonight;s profile:

Nabi And Andy
For the past week, we’ve been discussing the importance of Paul Nabor as a parandero and a cultural icon. But he was also a pivotal cultural figure in a paradigm shift in Garifuna music. Paul Nabor led Andy Palacio and Aurelio Martinez from Punta to Paranda to record the greatest albums of their careers. In Andy;s case, it was Watina, and tonight we look at their relationship through the eyes of friends:

Nabor's Last Song?
And we end the news on that note tonight….remembering Nabor and Andy Palacio, and the unique bond they shared. We leave you with a performance of his that's never been seen in Belize before. IT was filmed in Hopkins in 2012 or 2013 - and has Nabor singing a song that he never recorded. In it he tells the world that he supported Andy and did not wish him ill in anyway - that's after rumours said he had put obeah on Andy. Ugly stuff, but as you'll see Nabor disposes of it beautifully - and blesses it with hot stout. Enjoy, and join us back here on Monday…

Channel 5

MoH Still Awaiting Confirmation of Chik-V
Is Chik-V in Belize?  The virus is prevalent in neighboring Central American countries and the Caribbean and in reality it is more a matter of when, not if, it reaches [...]

20 Years for Convicted Child Predator
  Forty-five year old Brian Charlesworth has been convicted twice before for sexually abusing minors. Today, the pedophile secured jail time for another conviction of a sexual nature, which makes [...]

Female Inmate Alleges sexual Assault in Prison Van
  There is a disturbing report of the sexual assault of a female prisoner at the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville. The woman, who is serving a five-year jail term [...]

Belize City Men Arrested for Brazen Robbery
There was a daring robbery in Belize City’s Belama Phase Three on Thursday evening.  The broad daylight robbery happened at about four, and the target was Guan Fa Shop, a [...]

Was Leslie Logan Jr.’s Killing Justifiable Force
On September nineteenth, thirty year old Leslie Logan Jr. was shot by a Chinese proprietor after an armed robbery at Hung Yun Store. Logan had already jacked around five hundred [...]

OW Police Reopen Investigations
The comments of the highly respected career Police Officer who retired as second in command of the Orange Walk Police Formation did not go unheard. The allegations he made against [...]

PM Barrow Says Petrocaribe Spending is Aboveboard
On Thursday, the Ministry of National Security hosted a press conference to speak on important security issues. But the hungry lot that the media is, we also wanted to know [...]

Financial Secretary Says Detailed List of Projects to Be provided Soon
Financial Secretary Joe Waight, who really is responsible for accounting for how the money is spent, supports the Prime Minister’s position. He says that not only will they release details [...]

Belizeans Prepare to Lay Parandero to Rest
Renowned parandero, Paul Nabor, passed away at his home in Punta Gorda on October twenty-second after suffering a massive stroke, his third. Tonight the nation prepares to lay this legendary [...]

Belize City Mayor Defends Infrastructure Project
The Mayor of Belize City can boast a total of about one hundred and thirty streets cemented and upgraded in what has been an unprecedented city infrastructure program. That makes [...]

Memorial Park to Be Opened…AGAIN
More than one year ago, the Government of Belize proudly opened the newly upgraded, spiffy Memorial Park in Belize City. It boasted modern booths for vendors, in an architectural style [...]

Cayo Police Bust Woman With Crack
  There is also news coming from the west. San Ignacio Police are reporting a drug arrest in that municipality while officers were on mobile patrol in Santa Elena Town. [...]

CEMO Prepares for Ebola Outbreak
In the event of national disasters or catastrophes, the National Emergency Management Organization, NEMO, is expected to take the helm. But when those disasters are confined to Belize City, the [...]

Eastern Division Hosts Open Day Events at all Precincts
Coming off weeks of almost incessant reports and allegations of Police brutality, most of them against the Gang Suppression Unit, some good news was overdue, and we got it. The [...]

B.T.B. to Host Village Arts & Crafts Expo
The third annual Village Arts and Crafts Expo organized by the Belize Tourism Board will be held this Saturday at the Memorial Park in Belize City. Over a hundred and [...]

Mind as Medicine Workshop in the City
A mind as medicine workshop will be held on Saturday at the Center for Yoga and Healing Arts. “Mind as Medicine” is a concept developed by Health Education, Doctor Mark [...]


Stolen Vehicle Found At Customs Compound In Corozal
Tonight there is good news to report on a vehicle that was reported stolen from 34 year old farmer Joel Ruiz from the village of Patchakan in the Corozal District. It’s a complex issue since the vehicle was found at the Customs compound yard in the village of Consejo in Corozal. So the question arises, how did it reach there? Today reporter Victor Castillo caught up with leading detective Corporal Fernando Valladarez of the Corozal Police Department, who revealed more on their findings. Cprl. Fernando Valladarez – CIB“On Tuesday the 20th day of October 2014 sometime around 2:30pm one Joel Ruiz, he is a Belizean cane farmer of Patchakan Village Corozal District visited the CIB office where he reported his 1995 GMC Sonoma pickup stolen as a result CIB personnel conducted an investigation into the report from the time the report was made CIB personnel from Corozal went into the area and did the necessary canvasing and during certain information was received that actually led us to the Customs Department based in Consejo Village Corozal District where it was learnt that the said pickup was impounded as it had been found with some contraband goods.”

Liquid Petroleum Gs Goes Up By $2.00
As of tomorrow housewives and restaurant owners will need to dig deeper into their pockets to purchase a hundred pound cylinder of butane as Government announced today a $2.00 increase in the commodity. The new controlled price per 100 pound cylinder for LPG imported by Belize Gas Limited and Western Gas Company Ltd from Mexico shows Belize City and Corozal residents paying $115.00, Belmopan and San Ignacio residents will pay $117.00, Orange Walk residents will pay $116.00, Benque Viejo $118.00, Dangriga $119.00 and Punta Gorda $120.00.

The Passion Of A Make-up Artist In Orange Walk
Halloween approaches and each year more people within our northern community play dress up and celebrate the occasion. Now, while some argue it’s just a simple way of commercially exploiting the public, the fact remains that people, especially children, have a lot of fun during this time. And while more people join in the celebration of Halloween, the occasion also gives rise to opportunities for a few artistically inclined persons who are sought out for special effects makeup. Tonight we feature one such artist who lives here in Orange Walk Town. Her name is AnnMar Ayala and she has been a makeup artist for well over ten years. We caught up with her today as she prepared two young ladies get into their character this Halloween.

BTB To Hold Annual Village Arts And Craft Expo
This Saturday will mark 3 consecutive years that the Belize Tourism Board will host its annual Village Arts and Craft Expo. Over the years, the event has catapulted into a premier event where local resources and skills are used to stimulate employment. We spoke to Destination Planning and Development Coordinator, Clyve Myers, who says the event is geared at improving the cohesion between the craft and tourism sector. Clive Myers – Destination Planning and Development Coordinator, BTB “The Village Expo is an opportunity for us to provide joint marketing and promotional efforts for the tourism and craft sector in tightening our awareness and appreciation for the artisanal culture amongst tourist and the Belizean public, we have approximately 175 artisans that will be participating this year and it takes place at the Belize City memorial park starting at 9am and it finishes about 5pm in the evening we are excited to say that we have about 44 villages from across the country that will be participating and definitely there will be food and drinks for sale out there, we will have Pen Cayetano and Super Furia band that will be giving us live entertainment so definitely on Saturday it is a family event and we are inviting all young and old to come out it is an early Christmas shopping for your love ones so definitely is will be sunny and bright day.”

No Update On Chikungunya Case From CARPHA
There is still no confirmation emerging from the CARPHA Headquarters in Trinidad and Tobago as it pertains to the blood test samples of suspected Chikungunya cases that surfaced in the Las Flores Area of Belmopan last two weeks. Still, as of late his evening, there is no confirmed case of Chik-V in Belize, just two confirmed cases of Dengue and they are being treated accordingly. Meanwhile the Ministry of Health continues to prepare in case the virus should hit Belize. MOH is currently coordinating activities in conjunction with the Customs and Excise Department, the Immigration Department and the airlines for further strengthening at the Phillip Goldson International Airport. Meetings are also being held with the airlines and personnel from the Airport Concession Company to agree on the implementation of new procedures for passenger arrival.

BDF Will Receive Two Helicopters
Today the Ministry of National Security held a press conference in Belize City where Minister of National Security announced that GOB will purchase 2 BELL 206 helicopters for the Belize Defense Force in order to enhance security in areas that are hard to reach.John Saldivar“Since BATSUB was downsized in 1994 and the helicopter support that they used to provide was pulled, the military in Belize has been faced with serious challenges to carry out its functions in the remote border regions. This has led the B.D.F. to make repeated submissions for the acquisition of this most needed asset over the years. When I took office of Minister of National Security, we revived this attempt to acquire helicopters and the prime minister and the National Security Council strongly supported this move. We were in discussions with the British, the U.S., the Canadians and the Taiwanese; however, none of these have borne fruit. Recently, the opportunity presented itself where we can now acquire these helicopters.”According to the Prime Minister of Belize they are looking at a cost of 4.1 million dollars for 2 refurbished helicopters.

Comedian/Illusionist Entertains Young Students Of Orange Walk
Belize Camping Experience continues to expand its reach to children all over Belize, and that means that they are also bringing their services to children here in Orange Walk Town. The nonprofit organization began its work with children in Belize providing camping experiences to specifically at risk children. Over the years, they worked towards reaching out to more children and only this year they held their first camp at the BSI Staff Club compound. It was a success, but it seems that the work does not end when camp week closes. Today members of the organization along with a special invited guest visited children at Trial Farm Government School to not only share the messages of the church but also entertain them.Josie Gongora – Children’s Program Director, BCE“From time to time we have special guest like what you seeing today is what Mr. Greg is good and he is coming from Canada to entertain, he is a comedian and illusionist and what he does he makes us laugh and we have him visiting the different schools and having all teacher and students with their mouths wide open but what he does is very beautiful because he makes us laugh but he also shares the gospel message to the teachers and to the students that are present.”

US Tells GOB Its Either The Guatemalans Or Build Operating Base Yourself
The construction of a Coast Guard forward operating base on Hunting Caye was brought to an abrupt stop in the first week of October after the US Southern Command issued a stop order.The move came after word got out that the forward operating base was being built by Guatemalans. At the time the contract was awarded under the status force agreement 2007, there was an agreement that the US government, who is funding the project, could use any contractor to build the operating base. So the US awarded the contract to the Guatemalan company BINARQ, an international company that works in various countries and has done similar projects in the region. But when the noise started the U.S ordered the construction to stop in order to review the situation. But when they got back to GOB the news was not good. John Saldivar“We have been advised by the US Army Corp of Engineers that at this point there are only two options for Belize. One, that the construction of the forward operating base continues under the existing contractual arrangements with BINARQ and no change in their workforce configuration. Option two is for the government of Belize to complete the construction of the forward operating base. These two options were presented to Cabinet on Tuesday by my ministry and Cabinet has made a decision to go with option two which is for the government of Belize to continue and complete the construction of the forward operating base.”

BNLS To Hold 6th Travelling Caribbean Film And Synopsis In Corozal
The Belize National Library, Corozal Branch in conjunction with the Film Media Arts Unit of the National Institute of Culture and History will be hosting the 6th Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase program and Synopsis in Corozal tomorrow. This year the Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase is made up of 27 documentaries and 3 short animations that represent 13 countries throughout the Caribbean. Elena Castaneda Vivas, Senior Library Assistant told us what the public can expect. Elena Castaneda – Senior Library Assistant.“Tomorrow the Belize library service and information system in collaboration with the film our student of nature will be hosting its sixth travelling Caribbean film showcase program on synopsis and we are inviting the general public to come out at the central park, we are planning to show the film “Rumbo de la Rumba” at 5pm.”


Ministry of Health says tests confirm Chikungunya in Las Flores
Plus News broke the story early last week that preliminary Chikungunya tests taken by at least two Las Flores Belmopan residents were positive. The Ministry of Health has only today, issued a press release confirming PlusNews’ story. According to the release, “The Ministry of Health can at this time share preliminary results on samples taken during an active Chikungunya surveillance investigation done in the Las Flores area of Belmopan. Today, The Central Medical Laboratory confirmed three positive IgM antibody tests for Chikungunya from samples collected early last week as a consequence of an investigation of a suspected case of Chikungunya from the Las Flores community. These three positive IgM samples along with another sample will be sent next week Monday for further testing and confirmation by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Laboratory in Trinidad.”

Convicted child molester given twenty years in prison
A spotted record with previous convictions for carnal knowledge and indecent assault led to a 20 year prison term for 45 year old Brian Charlesworth, convicted this week of carnal knowledge. It is his second time following a conviction in 2001, for which he was given a 12 year prison sentence. Brian Charlesworth is also serving a three year sentence for indecent assault following a conviction last year. The current case concerns a six year old female child who was assaulted by Charlesworth between January and October of 2011. A jury voted 7-2 in favour of conviction on Monday.

Arrests made for Belize City robbery
20 year old Burton Claire, 18 year old Kyle Carter, and Jareem Claire were arrested in connection to a robbery. A 19 year old Chinese student, reported that on the evening of Thursday October 30, while at the family shop namely Guan Fa Shop located in Belama Phase III, Belize City, three dark complexion men entered the establishment, one of whom pointed a chrome revolver at them and demanded money. The other man went behind the counter and took all the cash from the cash register and escaped.

Belize People’s Front launches “Love Belize Campaign”
Every Political Party and third party is rounding up their supporters for the upcoming municipal elections, which are to take place in less than 5 months. But the Belize People’s Front says they are saving their efforts for the big race in 2017. Nancy Marin, Leader of the BPF, was on Rise and Shine yesterday where she introduced a new initiative called the “Love Belize Campaign”, which is aimed at raising Patriotic Belizeans. We spoke to Nancy Marin after the show where she explained the campaign, and the efforts being made to unite the third parties under a single umbrella. Nancy Marin – Leader of BPF “We’re trying to encourage Belizeans to love Belize, be more patriotic, participate more, to not sit down and wait to be invited or to be called upon, to stand up and give to Belize what you have to give, your talents, your opinions, your thoughts. Follow the rules. Follow the laws of the country. Pay your taxes. Do things that Belize needs you to do, and not wait.

Belize Business Network promotes Belmopan as Tourism Center
Richard Smith is running next year as an independent candidate in Belmopan for the March 2015 municipal elections. As a part of his political mandate, he is rounding up Belize entrepreneurs, in an effort to breathe life again into Belmopan businesses, by tapping into the tourism industry. Today, a handful of Belizean entrepreneurs were invited to an extensive meeting in Belmopan. The purpose of the meeting was to establish a network of information between various businessmen and women in Belmopan- The Belize Business Network. BBN for short. Richard Smith – Independent Candidate “Belmopan Business Network is to create a Belmopan Business Awareness. There’s a lot of organisations that are advocating for business, but it is out there for everybody and a lot of small businesses get run over. For example, if you go to, if you go to tripadvisor,, and type in ‘Belmopan hotels’, it will bring you five hotels at Belmopan and a bunch in San Ignatio, etcetera, under the name of Belmopan.

Government to buy helicopters for military
It has been a dream of the Ministry of National Security and the Belize Defence force for several years and now it is a reality: the people of Belize will now benefit from at least one helicopter to be bought from a leading provider, Bell. The plan is to buy either two refurbished helicopters for $4...

Belize may take over Hunting Caye construction
Guatemalan company BINARQ was appointed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Southern Command to build the Forward Operating Base at Hunting Caye, but after criticism by the Belizean people, the project was suspended. On Thursday, Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, gave an update on th...

Belmopan Market Vendors are Coming Back Home.
The Tuesday and Friday Market Vendors endured over a year’s worth of inconvenience after the Belmopan City Council, in April 2013, decided to move them from the Civic Center to the Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds to allow for the renovation of the Civic Center. Stock Revenues went significantly d...

No longer one woman protest; joined by UB students
YaYa Marin Coleman, Belizean Activist advocating for the robust protection of Belize’s borders, has been marching solo every Thursday for the past four weeks. On Thursday she was joined by a handful of 3rd year students from the University of Belize, enrolled in the Social Work Program. Social Wor...

COLA asks PUC to delay decision on Energy Proposals
On Thursday, Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) issued a statement on the ongoing Requests for Proposals for Energy Generation (RPFEG), facilitated by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). COLA calls on the PUC to delay its reported decision, which is to be announced on Friday, in...

Mischievous taxi driver to be sentenced
Next Monday, November 3, 41 year old Kenrick Croft will be given his sentence for committing a mischievous act against a 12 year old female student. The taxi driver from Double Head Cabbage, Belize District, pleaded guilty on Thursday before Magistrate Stephanie Gillett, and was remanded into custod...

Corozal fisherman caught with undersized conch
Fifty year old Angelito Villamil, a fisherman of Sarteneja, was fined a total of $2,360 on Thursday by Magistrate Albert Hoare, after he pled guilty to the possession of 93 undersized conch. Mr Villamil was fined $500 plus $20 for each conch, which put the total fine to $2,360. Angelito Villamil has...


Yet another San Pedro cop busted; this time for theft
Another policeman has been arrested and charged by the San Pedro police – for theft; the cop’s comrades took him to court like a common thief. Police Constable Dean Perez was taken before the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court yesterday, where he appeared in front of Magistrate Sherigne Rodriguez on a charge of theft. He was arraigned, after which he was granted bail of $2,000 and ordered to return to court on Friday, December 5, and was ordered to stay away from, and not to interfere with, the complainant. Police claim that on Sunday morning, October, 5, PC Perez stole $600 and a cellphone valued at $400 from the home of a man, Jose Hernandez, in San Pedro, where he had gone to conduct an investigation. Inspector Henry Jemott, Deputy Commander of San Pedro police, reported that PC Perez went to Hernandez’s home to conduct an interview to confirm Hernandez’s identity. When Hernandez gave Perez the identification documents that were in his wallet, the constable took the wallet, which also contained $600 cash.

Build yu own base!
In the wake of public outcry concerning the employment of a Guatemalan-based construction company, BINARQ, S.A., which was contracted in 2011 to build a Forward Operating Base (FOB) at Hunting Caye – the southernmost point of Belize – for the Belize National Coast Guard (BNCG), the US Army Corps of Engineers, who were funders of the project, gave the Government of Belize (GOB) two choices with regards to the continuation of the suspended project – let the Guatemalan company finish the job, or complete the job yourself. GOB, who chose the latter option in the name of nationalism and dignity, called a press briefing today at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City to inform the nation of the circumstances, and of their plans in terms of the completion of the FOB, the construction of which has since been halted in the face of public objection, based on Belize and Guatemala’s territorial differences, to the Guatemalan company and laborers chosen to carry out the project.

Pedophile, 45, convicted of carnal knowledge of child, 6
A jury of five men and four women deliberated on a carnal knowledge indictment for almost five hours in the jury room of Supreme Court Justice John “Troadio” Gonzalez before returning to the courtroom with a split 7-2 guilty verdict late this afternoon. On Friday, Justice Gonzalez will sentence Brian Charlesworth, 45, after he has heard from character witnesses in the mitigation part of the case, which began on October 21. Three witnesses had testified in the case against Charlesworth, which began on November 24, 2011, when the now 45-year-old was first arrested and charged with carnal knowledge of a child who was six years old at the time the incident occurred.

Alleged Hilux thief nabbed; cops searching for mastermind
What is believed to be a high-end vehicle theft/smuggling ring which was concentrated in the Belmopan area finally has been busted by authorities in that municipality, who have implicated an employee of a prominent car dealership as a functionary in the thievery, while the mastermind, a Belmopan-based mechanic, who is believed to be on the run, is presently being sought by investigators. Four government-issued Toyota Hilux vehicles went missing without a trace in the past three months, but in the most recent incident, the fifth, which took place last Thursday, October 23, the crooks bungled in their efforts to heist another late model Hilux from the Institute of Archeology’s Belmopan office, and as a result provided an opportunity to Belmopan police, who have been zealously investigating the series of embarrassing thefts, to finally crack the case via the arrest of a key accomplice. He has been identified as Hector Armando Monterosa, 22, a resident of St. Matthews, Cayo District, who was employed as a maintenance worker at the Belize Diesel and Equipment Company in Belmopan.

BDF to get helicopters for border reconnaissance
Senior personnel from the Ministry of National Security along with Prime Minister Dean Barrow today at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel made the announcement that the Belize Defence Force (BDF) is to get two helicopters to detect and curb illegal incursions into Belize and curtail marijuana cultivation near Belize’s western border, specifically, the beleaguered Chiquibul National Park, which has fallen victim to years of pillaging and desecration by Guatemalans, who ravage the heavily forested area for gold, xate, logwood, exotic animals, etc. National Security Minister John Saldivar explained that the resolution is the culmination of efforts, research and discussions over the past six years, which have now reached the point of becoming a reality. Saldivar said, “Since BATSUB was downsized in 1994 and their helicopter support subsequently pulled, the BDF has been faced with serious challenges in carrying out its functions in the remote border regions. This has left the BDF to make repeated submissions for the acquisition of this most needed asset over the years.

PUP Petrocaribe lawsuit “unpatriotic attempt to play politics …” – PM Barrow
A team of heavyweight lawyers of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), including Senior Counsels Andrew Marshalleck, Eamon Courtenay and Godfrey Smith, this week filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of Belize against Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow, the Government of Belize and Alba Petrocaribe (Belize Energy) Limited, a joint venture company formed by Belize and Venezuela, calling on the court to stop the Barrow administration from spending proceeds of the concessionary financing deal through which Belize has gotten over US$100 million on credit from Venezuela for social programs. Julius Espat, PUP area representative for Cayo South and chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, told Amandala that the lawsuit was filed by the PUP legal team on Wednesday—an action which the Barrow administration has described as an “unpatriotic attempt to play politics with a breakthrough program that is of vital national financial and developmental importance,” which “in truth has nothing to do with the law.”

Belizean sailors shine in Bart’s Bash Regatta
Twenty-eight Belizeans were among 16,780 skippers of all ages, from all over the world, and in all sorts of sailboats participating in the Bart’s Bash, a event that the Guinness Book of World Records accepts as the largest regatta in history, which was held on September 21, 2014 in memory of champion sailor and philanthropist, Andrew “Bart” Simpson, and in support of The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Although it has taken the regatta’s volunteer committee in the United Kingdom (UK) 5 weeks to compile the results, it proved to be worth the wait for the Belizean skippers who performed commendably, and thus, established a name for themselves within the international sailing community.

Gwen Liz males, females win in 2014 CSSSA Basketball tournament
The 2014 Central Secondary School Sports Association (CSSSA) Basketball tournament started off today at the Bird’s Isle where Gwen Lizarraga High School (GLHS) went up against Maud Williams High School (MWHS) in both the male and female games. GLHS blew out MWHS by 23 points in the male game which ended 50-27. GLHS’s top scorers were Rene Myvett (11 pts) and Devantae Middleton (8 pts), while Kenroy McKoy and Selwyn McDonald of MWHS finished the game with 11 and 7 points respectively. Gwen Liz was also victorious in the girls’ game whereby they outscored Maud Williams High School by three times as much in a game that ended 36-12.

BBBFF Prez responds to accusations by bodybuilder
This morning at the Coastal Zone Management Authority’s conference room on Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City, the Belize Body Building and Fitness Federation (BBBFF) held a press conference to clear the air regarding assertions which were made by at least two members of the federation, one of whom included two-time Bodybuilding Champion (2013 & 2014) Clinton Tucker. Last Thursday, October 23, Tucker, who has been a bodybuilder and boxer for over 20 years, told Amandala that he is currently displeased with the way that things are playing out in the sport, and that he wants the BBBF President, Stanley Moody, to step down from his post because, according to Tucker, Moody is not acting in the best interest of the athletes of the BBBF by treating them “unfairly” and “taking them for granted”. Tucker’s argument is that as bodybuilders, they do a lot of investments and make many sacrifices to develop and tone their muscles and bodies in preparation for the competitions just to realize that the person at the helm of the discipline does not have the love of the sport and its athletes at heart.

Editorial: Respect, Havana
Cuba has sent 165 doctors and other medical personnel to West Africa to help fight the spread of the ebola virus, which has overpowered the medical facilities and personnel of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. This is an absolutely extraordinary gesture, because the ebola virus has proven to be so dangerous to those who attempt to comfort and heal ebola patients. Those brave Cubans who have travelled to West Africa are putting their own lives in danger, and the Cuban government may even be endangering the island population. So extraordinary is this Cuban initiative that the leading newspaper in the United States, the superpower which has been a sworn enemy of the Cuban government for more than fifty years, The New York Times, has felt it necessary to editorialize its praise for Cuba. The United States government, which refused the offer of 1200 Cuban doctors after Hurricane Katrina smashed New Orleans in 2005, has now indicated its willingness to work along with Cuba to fight ebola, and the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, has recognized the magnificence of the Cuban gesture in West Africa.

From the Publisher
There was a period, probably for most of 1971 and 1972, when the UBAD Party was influenced by the Black Panther Party, an organization which had been founded and had its headquarters in Oakland, California, but which had spread to all the major American cities. In fact, the Black Panthers had even spread to the United Kingdom, which was experiencing a serious race problem, and also to the Caribbean, especially Trinidad. The Black Panther Party gained national and international attention in the late 1960s because they confronted the police forces in American cities in a way the American police had never been confronted before. The Panthers represented a position which was diametrically opposed to the non-violence and willingness to be brutalized which had been characteristic of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the civil rights struggle of the early and middle 1960s. The Black Panthers were armed and committed to self-defence by any means necessary.

Letters: Applauds Clinton and Yaya, calls for Belizean patriotism
The present situation in our country in regard to the strong American influence upon our people is quite alarming. Not only are the Yankees deciding who will build our military base, but they are also influencing our children to think that the American way of life is the best lifestyle. There is a mentality amongst our Belizean culture and people that whatever the Americans produce and manufacture is of better and superior quality than other similar items that are produced elsewhere. Our youth have provided themselves with an identity based on the way they dress, speak, and behave connected with a strong aspiration to be like the American role models that are displayed on American propaganda. If a youth is not wearing a Jordan slippers or Nike tennis, then he is not up to time with style. A Belizean youth will more readily relate what is the latest news with Drake and Beyonce than provide an example of Belizean folkloric music. A Belizean adult is more informed with Obama’s policies than he is informed of what is happening around us in Latin America and the Caribbean. We have simply become acquiesced to the American influence.

Letters: VIP requests Integrity Commission information
We have written several letters to your office over the last five years requesting information that in accordance with the Prevention of Corruption Act should be public knowledge. To date we have not received any response or acknowledgement from your office. We respectfully remind you that in accordance with section 6, (1) subject to subsection (2), the Commission shall, not later than 31st March in each year, make a report to the National Assembly of its activities in the preceding year and the report shall be tabled in the National Assembly not later than 31st May of the same year. Our investigation has shown that the last report of the Integrity Commission, published in the Belize Gazette of 22nd April, 2010, was for a 2008 disclosure of the Hon. Carlos Perdomo. We have spoken with several elected persons who acknowledged receipt of their disclosure packet from out from your office.

New KHMH DMS, Dr. Lisa Johnson, discusses vision for hospital
For the first time in its 19 years of existence, the medical staff of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) will be managed by a female Director of Medical Services in the person of Dr. Lisa Johnson, who replaces Dr. Adrian Coye, the former Director who was appointed as the new KHMH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) three weeks ago. Amandala understands that Johnson, who had also applied for the post of CEO, was offered the job as the second most senior staffer at the country’s flagship hospital after a close vote at a meeting of the KHMH board of governors that was held on Friday, October 10, 2014. Today, she took the opportunity to introduce herself to the public which, according to Johnson, will be served with the utmost empathy at the KHMH while she is in charge as Director. She said, “Sometimes you get caught up in the moment as you are dealing with patients and you try your very best and I will tell you that most, if not every doctor and nurse, as they are dealing with a patient, and not necessarily a trauma patient but every patient, have a stake in how that patient does, and they are very much engaged, and not only engaged, but are extremely empathetic to the situation that we find our patients in.

Entrepreneur discusses potential economic impact of cohune oil project
Belizean entrepreneur, Rudolph Castillo, has designed a power generation and cohune oil production project, an outline of which has been presented to the Public Utilities Commission in a proposal to supply 30 megawatts of power to the national grid, which was ranked 7th among 37 new projects from 22 companies which hope to make the final cut of designated enterprises that will be chosen to feed 75 megawatts of power (including 15 megawatts from wind and solar sources) into the national grid over the next 10 years. According to Castillo, owner of Cohune Energy Limited, the cohune palm, of indigenous origin, is resilient and probably the most solid and valuable crop in Belize, and unlike hydro projects, which rely on natural water cycles, it is a potential energy source that is able to withstand hurricane, drought and climate change effects.

After 1 year, still no arrest for brutal murder of Canadian woman
Today, exactly one year since she was killed, police still have no leads into the murder of Canada national, Patricia Lynn Nichiporowich, 57, a resident of Consejo Shores, Corozal District, who died after she was stabbed about eight times and her throat was slashed in her Consejo Shores home by a killer or killers who invaded her home between 5:30 and 6:30 Tuesday evening, October 29, 2013. Nichiporowich’s neighbors told police that they heard screams for help coming from the house, and they became concerned. They began to honk their horns, but saw no one exit the house. They went to see what was happening, but the bottom of the 2-flat concrete house was properly secured with burglar bars, with the only access to the upper part of the building being a stairway, well-secured by a burglar-barred door.

Au Le: Pen Cayetano reflects on 32 years as artist and musician
November marks the commemoration of the mass arrival of the Garinagu to Belize in 1823, and cultural icon, Pen Cayetano, 60, is planning two major events to highlight the value of Garifunadüoü – the richness of his culture. At 3:30 p.m. this Friday, October 31, Cayetano will host Au Le: This is I, an exhibit of 23 oil paintings at the Gulisi Garifuna Museum, located at Mile 2 on George Price Drive in Dangriga. The artist told Amandala today that he will be showcasing what he has accomplished since he began creating art and music for the country of Belize about 32 years ago, both here in Belize and abroad. Some of the paintings are historical, such as his paintings featuring boats like the Heron H and OCL which used to transport Belizeans to and from places like Dangriga, Belize City, Placencia and even Guatemala. Cayetano said that there have been no more boats like those since the 60s or 70s.

Chik-V test of possible index patient in Belize sent to CDC in Atlanta
Belize has still not been able to confirm via lab tests whether Maria Alvadaro, a Salvadoran woman visiting Las Flores, Belmopan, Belize, who was clinically diagnosed with Chikungunya, actually had the disease. Dr. Marvin Manzanero, head of the Epidemiology Unit in the Ministry of Health in Belize, told Amandala today that samples from tests which were inconclusive in Belize were sent for further testing at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the regional referral facility in Trinidad and Tobago. However, CARPHA notified Belize health officials this evening that they had sent the samples for further testing at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, USA.

Lab results for possible index case of Chikungunya in Belize still pending
Two family members in Las Flores, Belmopan, can breathe a sigh of relief after official tests conducted by the Ministry of Health have confirmed that they have not been stricken by Chikungunya (Chik-V), an emerging mosquito-borne disease that first showed up in the Americas in late 2013. The tests conducted by the Ministry of Health confirm that the two women in fact had dengue, although a rapid test conducted at a private lab in Belmopan had showed a positive result for Chikungunya for one of the patients. This has led Health authorities to underscore the fact that rapid tests done at local labs are unreliable. Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Head of Epidemiology Unit in the Ministry of Health, said that these tests have a sensitivity of less than 30%. The Chikungunya virus has been sickening thousands across Central America and the Caribbean, and Health authorities in Belize say that two persons who traveled to Belize from El Salvador had tested positive there, based on clinical assessments only.

Mayor Bradley having second thoughts about hiring BML workers
Two months after approximately 170 sanitation workers currently employed by the Belize Maintenance Limited (BML) were assured that they would be hired by the Belize City Council (CitCo) when their employer’s contract expires in January 2015, Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley is seemingly pondering the viability of such a move, citing the substantial financial burden that will fall squarely in the lap of what Bradley described as a Council that would become further strapped for revenue. In an interview with the media yesterday outside the Belize City Supreme Court where he had been defending a client in his role as attorney, Bradley admitted his concern that taking on all those employees will unsustainably flood the Council’s workforce and excessively increase its expenditure. He said, “One of the biggest things that is concerning me is working very closely with the transition to the new regime after BML’s contract is expired, and I think that that is something that should cause members of the public some concern because it’s causing me some concern, to find out how we will incorporate 170 people into our system.

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Garifuna Collective entertains crowd at tribute to Paul Nabor on Friday night
The Garifuna Collective was one of a number of bands entertaining the crowd gathered at the Punta Gorda Sports Auditorium for a tribute to the late Paul Nabor at this hour. The tribute preceeds the funeral on Saturday for Belize’s greatest parandero who died after he suffered a stroke in the latter part of October.

Uruguay starts registration of marijuana clubs
Uruguay has started registering cannabis growers’ clubs as part of the government’s plan to legalise the drug. Uruguay has started registering cannabis growers’ clubs as part of the government’s plan to legalise the drug. Licensed clubs of up to 45 members will be allowed to grow a maximum of 99 plants each year. In August, growing up to six plants of cannabis at home became legal. Uruguay legalised the production and sale of cannabis last December and the government hopes to sell it from pharmacies in the new year. The new law allowed citizens and legal residents of Uruguay to register to legally grow marijuana at home, with a limit of six plants per home and 480 grams per year.

Special Envoy leads Belizean Delegation at regional teenage pregnancy summit
Belize’s Special Envoy for Women and children Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, led the Belizean delegation to the first Summit of Wives of Heads of State Governing and Governors of the Central American Integration Systems. The SEWC also spoke at the conference which was held in Tegucigalpa Honduras on Thursday, October 23 under the theme “Partnership for the prevention and action in the light of the pregnancy in adolescence.” The summit, hosted by the First Lady of Honduras in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization, was geared towards giving priority to teenage pregnancy and related issues on the agenda of the Wives of the Heads of SICA Governments.

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Why GOB owes compensation to family of Danny Conorquie
On Thursday Prime Minister Dean Barrow confirmed that an offer to the family of late Special Constable Danny Conorquie has been made and is being offered. The exact figure is not known but we are told it is on the low end of six figures, and takes into account his youth, both in age and status with the Police Department, future potential earnings and heroic nature of death. Today we spoke with attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley who reminds that this is no benevolent gesture like that offered to a Guatemalan family after their patriarch died – it is a tacit acknowledgment of the Government’s negligence of security procedure at his workplace, the Caracol Archaeological Site that caused the conditions leading to his death.

Steven Buckley compensation waits on criminal trial verdict
Earlier this week we featured the story of Steven Buckley, the construction worker shot in the head by a senior police officer during a vehicle stop on Kraal Road in April of 2010. The officer, 46 year old Inspector of Police Dennis Lopez, faces charges of attempted murder and grievous harm of Buckley, aggravated assault of two companions Marlon Myers and Alfonso Juarez and dangerous harm. Buckley, along with three other companions, was traveling in a vehicle belonging to his employer when they were pulled over by police on mobile patrol. What should have been a routine stop and search ended with Buckley’s shooting and the Police Department coming under increasing criticism for use of excessive force.

Convicted pedophile given twenty years in prison
A spotted record with previous convictions for carnal knowledge and indecent assault led to a 20 year prison term for 45 year old Brian Charlesworth, convicted this week of carnal knowledge. It is his second time following a conviction in 2001 for which he given a 12 year prison sentence. Charlesworth is also serving a three year sentence for indecent assault following a conviction last year. The current case concerns a six year old female child who was assaulted by Charlesworth between January and October of 2011. A jury voted 7-2 in favour of conviction on Monday.

Paul Nabor’s body taken to his home for a “wake”
A small crowd, including Garifuna drummers and a police escort accompanied the casket carrying the body of Paranda King Paul Nabor from the morgue at the Punta Gorda town hospital this afternoon, to the fallen icon’s home. The afternoon rain did not stop residents of the town from stopping to see the procession along the main streets. A wake will be held tonight and an official funeral on Saturday, November 1 at the St. Peter Claver Church will mark a final send off for the Nabor.

Yellow Ginger fest underway in Punta Gorda
A first of its kind Yellow Ginger Fest is being held today in Punta Gorda town. The event is organized by the East Indian Council in collaboration with the National Institute for Culture and History and coordinated by Lourdes Coleman. According to Coleman, today’s Yellow Ginger Fest is part of a series of activities held at the end of every month to promote the East Indian culture and history. Among the highlights of today’s event are cultural performances, displays and speeches by community leaders. Of course traditional East Indian food such as Tacari Conch, beef liver Tacari will be on sale during the Yellow Ginger Fest.


It’s in You to Give San Pedro
I got a call from a friend late Friday afternoon that we had a blood emergency on our hands. One of their dear friends had gone into liver failure, had been flown to Belize Health Care Partners hospital in Belize City and was in need of 5 pints of blood asap. He wanted to know what to do – how could they get her blood? If need be, he was ready to find five people to head to the city to donate. I assured him that we had at least 80 pints in our reserve and, since she was an island resident, she was eligible for some of that blood. After getting her details down, I immediately got on the phone and started calling all of our board members who were eligible to sign off on blood. None of them were at their desk to do the paperwork and one did not answer their phone. I quickly sent out an email with all of the info so that the paperwork could be done by the first person who got to the form. Up till now all our blood requests had been in advance for planned surgeries and not an emergency so this was a good but intense learning experience for everyone.

Wine & Food Industry Event At Banyan Bay Misses a Serious Melon Opportunity
Yesterday evening, Madisco held a wine & food sampling event at Banyan Bay Resort in San Pedro. Madisco is mainly a food & beverage distribution company for stores and restaurants and part of a much larger group – The Roe Group of Belize. The group, I just discovered, owns a huge number of companies in Belize from insurance to hotels – take a look. Madisco did an event in Placencia at Robert’s Grove a few weeks ago – and I (a little randomly) attended that one. So when my friend Chef Sean (of the Sittee River Curve Bar & Restaurant) let me know they’d be in San Pedro last night? I thought I’d attend again. Sure technically this was an “industry event” – for actual customers of Madisco who received actual invitations – but…what the heck. I’m the…media? And I’m all about the carved watermelons.

Four Reasons Belize Is A Top Destination For Retirees
When looking to retire in style, you should consider Belize as it offers a host of benefits to the average person. In fact, Belize is quickly growing in popularity as more and more retirees are checking out this top destination. Here are four reasons why Belize is a top destination for retirees. A better way of living: In Western nations, people often place a lot of their time and effort into making more money. While it’s understandable in some ways, not everyone in the world is all about making cash. Yes, in Belize, people actually take the time to enjoy life, check out the Maya sites and spend time with family. For this reason, if you are looking to retire and enjoy a slower pace of life, you should seriously consider Belize as you can sit back, relax and enjoy time with family and friends, all at your own pace.

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St. Simon’s in Oakville reaches out to students in Belize
Oakville’s St. Simon’s Anglican Church hopes residents will bring their appetites to its annual spaghetti dinner Saturday (Nov. 1) to help raise funds for its next missionary trip. The local parish is hosting the dinner in support of its fourth trip to Holy Cross Anglican School in San Pedro, Belize in July 2015. Every other summer, the parish’s youth team, accompanied by adults, leads an expedition to Holy Cross to lend a helping hand. The team previously visited Belize in 2009, 2011 and 2013. “We believe in helping our neighbours. It doesn’t matter if it’s your neighbour next door or if it’s somebody who’s thousands of kilometres away. We should all be helping when we can, and who we can,” said Robyn Michell, church youth leader.

A Passport to Guatemala’s Mayan Past
Starting around 1500 B.C., the Maya established one of the dominant civilizations in Mesoamerica. At its height, the empire stretched from southern Mexico to parts of Honduras and El Salvador, with its center in present-day Guatemala. Skilled at agriculture, astronomy and mathematics, the Maya built stepped stone temples, palaces, cities that held tens of thousands of residents. But for reasons that are not understood, their civilization went into decline even before Spanish conquistadors arrived in the early 16th century; urban centers were abandoned to the jungle and many traditions vanished. Our guide, Manuel, described Tikal’s history along the way—its wars with rival communities like Caracol in Belize and Calakmul in Mexico, and its rulers with fanciful names like Ah Cacao. The Maya built an incredibly advanced civilization, but some of their customs were chilling; bloodletting and human sacrifice played an important role in their rituals, the guide told us. He avoided the main paths, instead taking us on circuitous trails through the jungle so he could save some key areas, such as the ceremonial center known as the Gran Plaza, for last. He knew the best vantage points and showed us countless mounds that remained unexcavated. We spotted monkeys, bats, a huge ant colony and various exotic plants; Manuel had seen jaguars on previous visits, but we had no such luck.

From motmots to tomtits: discover the world’s best birdwatching
I’ve been to Panama twice and plan to go to the Darien region next time. I’ve also been to Ecuador twice – including the Galapagos Islands – and there are still more areas to discover. Southeast Arizona is also fantastic. I’ll also be visiting the Everglades next month and returning to Belize in Spring – it’s not only very birdie: I’ll be doing some scuba diving as well. @MsBoice The wonderful Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Had a great time watching some fledgling owls deal with their “first steps” and their empty-nester mother – from about three meters away. @FollowsummerGG

Consumers and retailers urged to stick with Fairtrade sugar as poorest farmers face crisis
The Fairtrade Foundation is calling on UK consumers and businesses to continue buying Fairtrade cane sugar, even if the recent crash in sugar prices within the EU means they could save a couple of pence a bag by switching to non-Fairtrade. The not-for-profit organisation says that the price crash puts the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of sugar cane farmers and workers in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries at risk, and is the first sign of a crisis that could push 200,000 people into poverty. Fairtrade will also be contacting Neven Mimica, who is due to take office as EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development within the next few days, to alert him to the crisis and urge him not to turn his back on sugar cane farmers and communities across the former Commonwealth and other developing nations, to whom the UK has historic obligations. The dramatic drop in sugar prices took place after the European Commission released additional supplies of domestically-produced beet sugar onto the European market, and after it was confirmed that from 2017, a reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will end the limit on the amount of domestically-produced beet sugar that can be sold in the EU. There have also been anecdotal reports that large EU sugar companies have been aggressively targeting the UK market.

Hallan representación del inframundo en Teotihuacán
Arqueólogos del INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia), han encontrado una ofrenda mortuoria que cuenta con más de 50,000 objetos. El hallazgo fue encontrado en la zona arqueológica de Teotihuacán dentro del túnel localizado debajo del Templo de la Serpiente y la Pirámide del Sol, descubierto en 2003. Los investigadores creen que este túnel, de 138 metros de largo y 18 metros de profundidad, es una representación metafórica de cómo los teotihuacanos concebían el inframundo.


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