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UCF bar owner killed in Belize
A UCF bar owner was found dead in Belize.
Police have named a suspect in Gregory Faull’s murder, John McAfee of McAfee anti-virus. Faull’s bar is Tailgater’s Smokehouse at UCF, where the news has saddened his patrons.
Patrons say Faull would go table to table in his restaurant and really get to know the people who went there, like Steve Vladyka.
“You know, he’d always sit there and talk to us and he would always come out and spend time to talk with the customer,” Vladyka said.
Faull was found laying in his own blood Sunday near San Pedro.
Faull was shot in the back of the head and police have identified a suspect -- John McAfee. He’s the 67-year-old founder of McAfee anti-virus.
“My heart goes out to his wife. She would also always come over," Vladyka said. "She was a real nice lady and would always come over and talk to us and they always seemed happy together.”
Vladyka says Faull loved offshore fishing quite a bit, which could explain the attraction to Belize.
Family of Orlando man killed in Belize 'shocked'
The family of a longtime Orlando resident found shot dead in Belize is "shocked and saddened" by his slaying, the family said in a statement.
"We are shocked and saddened by the murder of Gregory Faull, a loving father, son and brother who will be remembered as an independent, hard working man full of initiative and a love of adventure," it said.
Police in the Central American nation said Monday they are looking for John McAfee -- the founder of the antivirus software company McAfee Inc. -- to question him about the slaying. McAfee lived next door to Faull, 52, who was found with a gunshot wound to his head inside his two-story home north of San Pedro, a town on the island of Ambergris Caye.
"Losing Greg leaves a hole in our hearts and our lives. We urge law enforcement authorities in Belize and internationally to bring those responsible to justice quickly," Faull's family said.
According to the statement, Faull founded a successful construction business, Gregory V. Faull, General Contractor Inc., which worked on commercial projects at Disney World and other theme parks. He later built a bar on the campus of the University of Central Florida, the first on-campus restaurant with a liquor license.
Latin American leaders call for international drug review after Colorado and Washington marijuana votes
Leaders from Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica met recently to discuss the implications of Colorado and Washington’s votes last week to legalize marijuana in their states.
The meeting highlights the tricky balance of power that hangs between state governments, the U.S. federal government and international governments. The relationship between the U.S. state and federal governments is complicated enough without getting international concerns involved—the Obama administration has intervened in California to shut down that state’s medical marijuana pharmacies despite being legal on a state level, and they’ve yet to say how they’ll handle Colorado and Washington fully legalizing consumption by anyone 21 years or older. Throw international concerns into the mix and it really gets complicated.
Marijuana is currently illegal in Mexico, where the U.S. backs a massive war on drugs that has killed 60,000 people in rencent years with collateral damage spreading to civilians far beyond the cartels. With American demand driving Mexican supply, it seems decriminalizing both consumption and production like Colorado and Washington just did could prove a pathway to end the madness.
The Global Commission on Drugs announced last year that the drug war had failed and called to decriminalize drugs worldwide. Replacing black markets with legitimate markets would eradicate drug crime and governments’ military-grade wars on cartels. There’s no reason Colorado and Washington should have to get any pot from Mexico when they can grow it right there at home.
Clock ticks on Belize debt restructuring
Latin America is no stranger to sovereign debt restructurings, boasting a long and inglorious history of governments reneging on their creditors. The latest is Belize, which defaulted on its international debts this summer.
Belize’s $547m bond due in 2029 constitutes just over half of the country’s total indebtedness, presently at about 70 per cent of the country’s $1.4bn gross domestic product, according to central bank figures.
The bond is itself the product of a past debt restructuring in 2006-07, which consolidated the country’s international debts into one instrument. However, the bond included provisions for its payments to increase over time, and earlier this year the coupon rose to an annual 8.5 per cent.
Belize’s government – headed by prime minister Dean Barrow – decided that the coupon increase was too painful, given its forecasted Bz$75.2m ($38m) budget deficit in 2012-13, and started preliminary restructuring talks with its creditors.
SLIDESHOW: Garífuna life in Belize
A thriving Afro-Caribbean community
Despite being declared endangered by the United Nations in 2001, the Garinagu -- one of the smallest cultural groups in Belize -- has managed to sustain its traditions through music, dance, food and worship. The Garifuna people are descendants of Carib Indians (South American natives who settled on the Caribbean island of St Vincent) and West Africans who were said to have escaped from Spanish slave ships in 1635 and made the island their home. Resistant to the arrival of the British to St Vincent in 1763, the Garinagu fought attempts to use their land for sugar cane plantations and many were killed or imprisoned. Those remaining were exiled to Honduras and eventually migrated by dugout canoe along the Central American coast, reaching Belize in 1802. Today, Garinagu communities make up only 4% of Belize’s more than 325,000 people, and most can be found along the country’s southern coast in the towns of Dangriga and Punta Gorda and the villages of Hopkins, Barranco and Seine Bight. (Lebawit Girma)
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Since he was born and raised in Monkey River he was very knowledgeable and his personality just made the whole tour come alive.