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The San Pedro Sun

Soca Superstar Machel Montano visits San Pedro
39-year-old Trinidadian soca superstar, Machel Montano is in San Pedro enjoying the island before his big concert in Belize City. Machel, along with his entourage were spotted having lunch at Elvi’s Kitchen on Friday, September 19th. While in San Pedro, Machel is looking forward to experiencing the island’s top attraction, snorkeling. Machel is well known across the world for his energetic and up beat rhythms.This will be his third visit to Belize; his first performance was back in 1998. Machel also made a performance in 2005 as a UNICEF Youth Ambassador. The King of Soca will be the featured performance at the first ever Belize Soca and Jazz Festival, scheduled to take place on Independence Eve, Saturday, September 20th at Hour Bar. Machel will be delighting the crowd with top hits like “Ministry of the Road” and “Epic”.

SPTC visits island school as part of National Service Day
The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) celebrated the 3rd Annual National Service Day by visiting the island schools and giving the students a small gift. National Service Daye is held in honor of National Hero and Father of the Nation, Right Honorable George Cadle Price who believed that serving other brings happiness to oneself. Activities commenced a day early on Thursday, September 18th with Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nuñez along with Councilor Mito Paz and United Democratic Party (UDP) Town Council candidates Gary Grief and Hector “Tito” Alamilla visiting all pre-schools. The cuties received the gift of an exercise blank, pencil and sharper, basic tools needed in school. The children were delighted for the visit and happily received the school supplies.

OMG, It’s Froyo!
I am pleased to announce that San Pedro Town has a new delicious addiction, FROYO! YoMama offers a variety of frozen yogurt flavors (my personal favorites being mango and coconut) topped with an array of delicious treats. The topping bar consists for everything from rice crispies to fresh fruits and of course chocolate chips. Feel free to mix and match flavors, or keep it simple, whatever pleases your taste buds. The price of you froyo is determined by the weight.

Eight aspiring bartenders graduate from Flair and Mixology Course
On Tuesday, September 16th, the Belize Institute of Mixology (BIM) graduated its first class of eight students from an introductory bartending course. Luis Velasquez, founder of BIM, along with award winning Mixologist Fermin Cho, held the course in an effort to improve bartending skills in Belize’s Tourism Industry. The course taught participants basic flair and mixology skills, including cocktail preparation and garnishing. Bartending Course Institute of Mixology Kama Lounge-2A short ceremony was held at the end of the course to recognize those that completed the course. The proud graduates are Justin Alamina, Karissa Young, Cindy Vigna, Shahina Godoy, Javier Briceno, Abriam Lopez, Alfredo Tun and Pablo Mendoza. Each participant received a certificate of completion.

Ambergris Today

Belize’s Isla Bonita Telenovela Available for Purchase Online
After a very successful premier on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize, the first episode of the country’s first telenovela (soap opera) is now available for purchase via Vimeo-On-Demand and online streaming from anywhere in the world! Island residents have one last chance to catch Episode 1 of the Isla Bonita Telenovelas this weekend at the Paradise Theater in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Showing dates and time include Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7p.m. ($15 adults, $12 children). Don't miss it! After the final weekend showing in San Pedro, it is expected that the telenovela showings will move inland with venues and dates to be announced shortly. It has been announced that it will show next week at the Bliss Institute of Performing Arts theater in Belize City. Visit The Isla Bonita website to purchase Episode 1 online; your rental supports the production of future episodes. http://www.islabonita.bz/

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Perspective of our Past Historical Lecture Series
One week from today the House of Culture begins the annual Perspective of our Past Historical Lecture Series. Join us Thursday September 25th at 7 pm as we capture the historical essence of Belize's premier fishing village- Sarteneja with historian Mr. Jorge Verde.

National Service Day
Happy National Service Day! Today we celebrate the life of George Price by giving back to the community in which we live. They are cleaning up around the George Price Centre. "Some volunteers coming out and started National Service Day with a blast!!! Special thanks for the Boy Scouts in Belmopan for a wonderful flag raising ceremony and volunteering their time and energy in helping to make the Centre more beautiful!!! "

Belize Weather Patterns
It may come as no surprise that the weather is very complex and variable.. . . . Belize comes under the influence of about five different weather patterns at different times of the year. There are the ITCZ flare-ups that can bring heavy rains, between around June to September. . . . .We also get the so called "Tropical Waves" which bring wet and windy conditions in from the Caribbean. . . . .We get Cold Fronts coming down from the North, mainly between late October, through into early April. . . . . It may appear odd, but typically, for much of the year, our prevailing wind is from the SW, that is from the Pacific, over Guatemala, OK that is a higher level wind, not the surface wind, except in the early morning, and sometimes late at night, which has been called the "Tiger Wind" by some old Belizeans, because it appears to start up in the evening, coming down from the Mountains.

Ambassadors Arrive in Belize for Independence Celebrations
Three visiting ambassadors and two high commissioners have arrived in Belize for the Independence Day Celebrations. They are H.E. Mrs. Beata Wojna, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland; H.E. Mr. Kim Byong-Seop, Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea; H.E. Mr. Munjed Saleh, Ambassador of the State of Palestine; H.E. Ms. Sandra Grant-Griffiths, High Commissioner of Jamaica and H.E. Ms. Clare Kelly, High Commissioner of New Zealand. (7 photos)

NATIONAL SERVICE DAY
Today we celebrate NATIONAL SERVICE DAY and NATIONAL COLOURS DAY to commemorate the Father of the Nation and National Hero, Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price.

Belize turns 33 this weekend - 9/21/2014 (48 photos)
Independence celebration in our small village today.

Connecting Homes, Improving Lives Launched
An official launch ceremony was held on Thursday, September 18 for the Connecting Homes, Improving Lives project, an initiative geared at improving the quality of life of Belizeans via the installation of 1,000 free service entrance connections for low-income Belizean households. A service entrance is the basic infrastructure required for getting safe and proper connection to power supply from Belize Electricity Limited (BEL). Connecting Homes, Improving Lives arose out of a tripartite venture in 2011 between the European Union (EU), the Government of Belize (GOB) and BEL with a grant contract funding the electrification of over 40 rural communities in the country through the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of Countries (ACP) – EU Energy Facility II Grant Funds. At the end of the process, more than half of residents were unable to take advantage of the electrification in their community, as they could not afford the cost of installing a service entrance, which normally runs from $800 to $1,200 dollars.

Benque Children's Rally
There were a lot of parades yesterday, and Benque had their Children's Rally. They have a video of the Alvin Young Nazarene High School jamming during the event.

Channel 7

Saldivar Stunned by Coye Suit, Gives Emotional Interview
Claim number 518 of 2014 - that's the number of the lawsuit Melonie Coye and her attorney Eamon Courtenay have filed against Arthur Saldivar. She makes a claim for nine hundred and four thousand, seven hundred and forty dollars - which she says he was supposed to take to her home on June 12th, 2013 - but never did. The filing says, Saldivar, quote, "refused to return the monies…and instead has since kept it for his own use." Now, we've been reporting on this pending lawsuit for over a month - and it was finally filed yesterday. So, it didn't exactly catch us off guard. But, very surprisingly, it does seem to have caught Saldivar on his heels. Today, his agents called us for an interview where he expressed, shock, disappointment, sadness, and yes, even tears, that it had come to this. We're sure you're saying, "tears?" That can't be Arthur Saldivar! After all, he's always so brassy, bold and often arrogant in his TV appearances. But today he showed a much more human side. It seems the weight of the lawsuit, combined with the symbolism of National Service Day, which is commemorate the passing of PUP founder George Price, had Saldivar in a pensive mood. And he shared his thoughts with us:

Church Gets Injunction Against Alkaline
Jamaican dancehall artist, Earlan Bartley, who is better known as Alkaline, landed in Belize yesterday for a concert in Cayo and Dangriga. He's supposed to be the next big headline event for the 20th Night. But, tonight, the concert is in jeopardy because of a late move to pull the venue. The concert was scheduled to be held at Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio. That's a Catholic run school, and Alkaline's often outrageous, violent and sexually explicit lyrics caught the ear of the Catholic Church in Belize. Today, a Press Release was sent from the office of Bishop Dorick Wright and the Catholic Diocese of Belize City and Belmopan. In the release, the Bishop strongly condemned the decision to have such a concert on the grounds of a catholic school, calling it, quote, "...a serious error in judgement." End quote.

Is Your Belizean Flag Fake?
Every year on Independence eve, we hoist the Belizean Flag marking another year of nationhood. But when the flag goes up tonight, look at the coat of arms closely - the men on it should look brown and black. If they don't - then that means even officialdom has been overtaken by the fake flag syndrome. Fake flags, you say? It's real, alright, and Courtney Weatherburne has been investigating:.. Inez Sanchez and the late Everal Waight won $500 dollars as a team in 1981 for coming up with the flag design. So do you want to know if your flag is real? Well, as you have heard from the designer, one man should be black and the other brown. The 'yellow' man should have no place on the Belizean flag.

Chinese Businessman Kills Robber In Orange Walk
An alleged robber was killed in Orange Walk Town this afternoon. It happened at 3:05 pm right in front of the Town Hospital - in plain view of dozens of drivers and pedestrians. Eyewitnesses say that a Chinese business owner shot a man as he was riding off - allegedly from a robbery. The businessman had a nine-millimeter pistol and shot the alleged robber right off his bicycle on the wide intersection in front of the hospital. Eyewitnesses confirm that after the man went tumbling off his bike, the business man then walked up to him on the ground and shot him twice more. The man lay gasping on the ground and the Chinese man then started to kick him in the head. He then walked off - and an ambulance came - but as the emergency technicians. put him in the stretcher he took his last breath.

National Hero Price Remembered On Nat'l Service Day
Today is National Service Day - the day established to mark the passing of National Hero George Price in 2011. All across Belize, civic-minded citizens, groups and companies engaged in different forms of public service - in the truest spirit of Mr. Price. The PUP started the day with their annual wreath laying ceremony at his burial site on Lord's Ridge Cemetery. He was remembered by his followers and his family:.. Henry Usher, PUP Chairman "This the 3rd anniversary of the passing of the Rt. Hon. George Price, our uncle and Susie's brother and in this anniversary as in every year we must reflect in what we are and who we are as a country and what want to achieve going forward." Rt. Hon. Said Musa "And as he said in one of his poems 'Little people have tried and turned away, nation building is task for giants and you little people who are here with us today will one day become giants when you become nation builders.'"

PUP Back-Pedals On Protest - Money Problems?
And while the party Celebrated the life and service of George Price, they turn their attention to next week when they celebrate the anniversary of the party's founding - which happened at the Price family home. To commemorate the day, the party will have a National Party Council meeting in Belmopan. Weeks ago, plans were being made for a mass protest against the UDP government. Our reports said that that party wanted to bus in a crowd of ten thousand, with a budget well over one hundred thousand dollars. Then, because money was scarce that was pared down to one thousand from each of the four caucuses countrywide - and now, it's just an NPC meeting with 7 persons from each division.

PUP Supports Anti Crime Initiative, Not GSU
And while we had Fonseca this morning, we also asked him about his views on crime and government's decision - in the face of so much controversy - to bolster the numbers of the officers in the Gang Suppression Unit. Fonseca says he supports getting tough on crime, but not doing it with the GSU:.. Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "Gang violence is a serious problem. Crime and violence obviously is ravaging our society particularly south side of Belize City, so we consider that a very serious matter and as I have always said to Mr. Barrow both publicly and privately when we meet the People's Unity Party is here to support this work of the government in fighting crime, but we have to review the functions and performance and role of the GSU as it presently exist and I believe we need to replace it with another security force which can begin anew and regain the confidence and trust of the Belizean people." And this evening on 7News, Fonseca surely got some good news when he heard that Arthur Saldivar would, quote "not be doing anything to harm his party." And so now the PUP won't be going through trials and tribulations - but, you never know. While Saldivar was contrite and emotional today, he could be back truculent and belligerent tomorrow. We spoke to his party leader this morning - before the Saldivar reversal - about the what if's: what if he runs independent, and what if he challenges the party executive. Here's what Fonseca had to say:..

"Robbery" Charged, Along With Other Prominent Gang Figures
The biggest news this week has been the spree of shootings, which happened on Wednesday night, believed to be retaliation by George Street for the death of Cyril McFoy Robinson, the father of Brandon Tillett, known as "BT", one of the affiliates of George Street. Well tonight, one of the major players of the George Street Gang is at prison tonight after he was charged with firearm offences. We told you on Monday that at the end of Juveey on last week Saturday, shots were fired at the corner of Douglas Jones Street and New Road. Police say that 28 year-old Kareem Lopez, better known as Robbery, was the trigger man. He was charged with discharging a firearm in public, and he was arraigned today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith.

Five Years For Firearm
Rafael Usher is at prison tonight serving out a 5 year sentence after he was convicted of firearm offences today. The incident occurred around 10:20 p.m. on June 3, 2011. Two police officers testified that they responded to a report of shots being fired on Matura Street and while they were on Gill Street they saw Usher riding a pink beach cruiser bicycle coming towards their vehicle. They said that when they spotted Usher and searched him they found a sawed-off shotgun tucked his waist. It had one cartridge in the chamber, and when the officers continued to search him, they found another cartridge on one of his pockets. They subsequently charged him with keeping a prohibited firearm, and keeping prohibited ammunition.

Community Service Means Removing Graffiti
Earlier on, we told you about National Service Day. Well, the Belize City Police Eastern Division along with the Belize City Council and students of Wesley College did their part by painting over graffiti on walls around the city neighborhoods. We caught up with the 30 students, 18 police officers and 15 Belize City council staff members through Majestic Alley. Douglas Hyde - Eastern Division Public Relation Officer "The police department specifically eastern division along with Wesley College, along with the Belize City Council have partnered today for National Service Day and one of the efforts that we literally embarked on is to have the young people which is 30 of them along with police officers, we have 18 of them and 20 members of the staff of Belize City Council to paint over all graffiti's in Belize City and we've literally look at all the areas, hot spot areas and basically we are going to cover these graffiti's with beautiful colors and the idea of this is to continue this work, not only today but after this to have a competition within the neighborhoods of doing moral, showing or depicting positive messages in the area of positive graffiti's and pictures within their area."

Children Learn Nationalist Lessons At School Rally
And while the high schoolers were doing national service, the primary schoolers were at the Annual Children's Day Rally at Birds Isle. It was postponed last Friday as a result of the rain but the children were ready to go today - and why not, it's a holiday and a chance to get out of the classroom. But, more than just a fun outing, Dr. Carol Babb said the event is impactful:.. Dr. Carol Babb "It has been very successful over the years. We've been having it for many years, more years than I can remember, but we get the children together and we try to focus on important topics such as patriotism; the focus this morning was on patriotism. We want to instill in these young people the love of country and we talk to them about ways that they can demonstrate patriotism." "This morning I must tell you that they were extremely attentive. We never once had to ask them to be quite. We also had this young man who is a motivational speaker, a 12 year old - Anthony and he really engaged them and he inspired them and he motivated them and I look at their faces and I saw them watching intently and so I believe we are making some impact on the way that we want them to go."

Mayor Makes Plans For City Celebrations
And while children got to wave their flags today, on Sunday, Belizeans all across the country will get to celebrate independence. In Belize City that means an all daY street fest after the official parade. The mayor told us what to expect.

Mayor: Sale Of Alcohol Not Prohibited
And while the Independence Day Bram should be a fun filled event, some vendors are not too happy. That is because they applied for a license to sell liquor at Sunday's event but were denied and told liquor will only be sold at the Pier One Bar or a Bowen and Bowen Bar inside the BTL park. Today the Mayor told 7news news that's not the case. He explained. The Independence Day Bram starts at 11am on Sunday morning and ends at 6pm.

NICH Celebrates Video Stars
And to coincide with the celebrations, for the past month and a half, NICH has been hosting a competition where patriots create and post a 3 to 5 minute video illustrating their love for country. It's an interesting social experiment where the contestants make use of youtube and Facebook to market themselves and earn views and today, the NICH's Institute of Social and Cultural Research announced the winning 4 entries. Today, we spoke with each of winners and the contest organizers. Here's what they told us: Janessa Teck won $1000 for her first place entry, while Vanessa Edwards won $700. Kyraan Gabourel won $500 for his third place entry, and he also won viewers choice because he got the most views on Facebook and YouTube.

ACC Raises Its Flag
And while those 3 contestants showed the most outstanding form of patriotism with technology, the Anglican Cathedral College has been consistently displaying their love of country for the past 31 years - they started one year after independence. They made number 32 today with their flag raising ceremony, and we stopped by to see their Independence Rally. Here's what the Anglican Bishop told us about the event: Bishop Phillip Wright, Chairman, Board of Governors - ACC "Every year we've done it, probably for last 32 years since we came into existence as ACC and I think it's a fairly simple way in trying to instill in the students a sense of patriotism, but also the fact that we have a lot of reasons to celebrate and give God thanks for a beautiful land he has given us." Daniel Ortiz "Tell us about today's particular event, some of the things which were different from last year and years before?"

Channel 5

Interim Injunction to Stop Alkaline Concert at Sacred Heart College Granted
Late this evening, representatives of the Roman Catholic Church rushed to the Supreme Court seeking an interim injunction to stop a concert that is planned for this Independence holiday weekend [...]

Promoter Says Show Must Go On
The promoter behind the Alkaline concert is Martin Castillo of Marine Sounds. Castillo was taken by surprise at the church’s stance and late this evening when we contacted him by [...]

Orange Walk Bandido Shot Dead By Store Owner
A man who robbed a store in Orange Walk at gunpoint is tonight at the Northern Regional Hospital morgue after he was fatally shot by the proprietor. That man, Leslie [...]

Brandon Tillett in Court for Attempted Murder
    Following a spade of violence in which three persons were murdered in a matter of hours on Wednesday, the Prime Minister met with the police top brass and [...]

Kareem Lopez, aka “Robbery,” remanded for causing public terror
  Police are holding a third person behind bars presumably to stop further mayhem on the streets. He is Kareem Lopez, aka Robbery, who was charged today for causing public [...]

Is the P.M.’s Position on Enforcing Anti-Gang Laws a Double Standard?
Reeling from an explosive surge of gangland violence which resulted in three murders and multiple casualties in a matter of hours, Prime Minister Dean Barrow on Thursday announced that Police [...]

Audrey Matura-Shepherd on Preventative Detention
Preventative Detention – the proposed amendment to the constitution was the cause of fiery debate, controversy and contention. So much so that Prime Minister Dean Barrow backed down from the [...]

George Price Remembered 3 Years Later
The Father of the Nation, George Price was remembered today across the country. September nineteenth, the day on which he passed away three years ago, has been set aside as [...]

National Service Day is celebrated
The Eastern Division of the Belize City Police Department, Wesley College and the City Council partnered today to clear graffiti from walls and fences and to clean garbage from certain [...]

Francis Fonseca Says Throwing Money at Crime Problem Won’t Work
This morning, the leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca, was asked about the current crisis as it relates to crime. While Fonseca says the opposition is ready to work with [...]

P.U.P.’s Decision to Oust Arthur Saldivar Stands, Says Party Leader
As you know, the P.U.P. will be seeking a new standard bearer for Belize Rural North. Arthur Saldivar was removed on Wednesday after serious allegations were made against him and [...]

Penner and Saldivar Juxtaposed, Fonseca Says It’s Absolutely Crazy
Francis Fonseca also responded to a comment made by the Minister of Immigration, Godwin Hulse, who likened the Penner passport scandal to the Arthur Saldivar debacle. Fonseca says that Hulse’s [...]

Why does the Police Department Wait for D.P.P.’s Office Before Charging Criminals?
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is severely backlogged with a number of criminal cases.  In fact, the bottleneck has seen files proceed through to the courts at [...]

Why Aren’t Known Gang Members Charged for Gang Affiliation
P.M. Barrow during that press conference also conceded that the police department, as well as the local media, is very much familiar with the names of well-known gang members and [...]

Children’s Rally Draws Thousands
The annual Children’s Rally was to be held last week Friday in Belize City, but due to the inclement weather it was postponed. That is until today, when primary school [...]

ACC Raises Flag in Honor of Independence Day
Back in 1982 on September twenty-seventh, St. Hilda’s and St. Michael’s high schools in Belize City amalgamated to become the Anglican Cathedral College located on downtown Albert Street in Belize [...]

Belize at 33: Sedi Elrington Looks Back
The thirty-third anniversary of Belize’s independence will be officially celebrated in Belmopan on Sunday.  With the nation’s birthday less than four days away, we asked Minister Sedi Elrington to reflect [...]

LOVE FM

Five Years for Firearm and Ammunition Charges
Rafael Usher, charged with kept a prohibited firearm and kept ammunition without a gun license, was found guilty of both charges today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Usher was sentenced to three years for the firearm and five years for the ammunition. The sentences are to run concurrently, so he will only serve five years. The incident occurred around 10:20 p.m. on June 3, 2011. Two police officers testified that they received information of a shooting on Matura Street. They said that while they were on Gill Street and were proceeding to Matura Street, they saw Usher riding a pink beach cruiser bicycle coming towards their vehicle. They said they stopped Usher and when they searched him they found a sawed-off shotgun in the waist of his pants. They said they also found a cartridge in the shotgun and another cartridge in the pocket of his pants. Usher testified and denied that he had the shotgun and cartridges. He said the police found the shotgun and cartridges in an open lot.

Robber Shot By Business Owner
A robbery this afternoon in front of the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk Town ended when a store owner fatally shot one of two robbers. Arturo Cantun reports. ARTURO CANTUN “A young man of creole descent is dead after he tried to rob Hung Yun Store on Otro Benque Rd. in Orange Walk Town. The robbery happened around 3:15 this afternoon when the Chinese store had at least three patrons shopping. “ ARTURO CANTUN “Details of what exactly happened are still sketchy but so far LOVE NEWS understands the two men were in store pretending to do some shopping. As one of the customers exited the store, the robber of creole descent approached the counter, pushed the female shop attendant, open the cash register, took and undisclosed amount of money and handed it over to his accomplice. The other robber, who is of Hispanic descent, then quickly ran out of the store and fled from the scene on a bicycle.” LOVE NEWS spoke to an eye witness who was in the store two minutes before the shots rang out and explains the two robbers were inside the store while he was shopping.

PUP’s Leader Opposes Museum Concept
The social media has been a forum where concerns, complaints and opinions are penned regarding several issues ranging from politics, social ills, economics to personal matters. This past Tuesday, Love News brought to you the statement of disapproval documented by the former President of the National Institute for Culture and History, Yasser Musa regarding the project of having the House of Culture on Regent Street in Belize City be turned into a cultural museum. Musa, who can be considered a cultural activist, was quite vocal on the matter, calling the idea, “mentally sick” and “a retrograde, racist and disturbing development”. Musa ended his statement by calling on the People’s United Party to, “reject the project for its rank disrespect to our resistance heritage.” Well, today, Fonseca told the media that they are in agreement with Musa. FRANCIS FONSECA “I completely agree with Yasser. I think it’s a foolhardy decision. I have not obviously been briefed on the project by the Government or by the Ministry of Tourism or Culture but certainly I know as a former Minister of Culture that, that is not the direction in which we want it to take. Culture and the museums, we had plans for the museums and establishing a better National Museum but that is certainly not the direction of somehow honoring the glory of the Baymen which seems to be at the center of this project.

American Charged For Excess Time in Belize
22-year-old American national, Kalen Nessel, who apparently fell in love with Belize and violated the conditions of his visitor’s permit, was fined $1,000 today by Magistrate Dale Cayetano after he pled guilty to failure to comply with the conditions of his visitor’s permit. Nessel was ordered to pay the fine forthwith and a removal order was granted for his deportation to the United States. Nessel paid the fine. He said he was not aware that his visitor’s permit was up. He promised to return to Belize. Nesssel arrived in Belize on July 1 and he was given a permit to stay until July 30. He was at the Phillip Goldson International Airport yesterday getting ready to fly home when two immigration officers, acting on information they received went to the airport and Nessel and his passport were handed over to them. When the officers checked Nessel’s passport they found that he had not renewed his permit.

Belize Listed as A Major Drug Transit And/Or Producing Country
Belize is one of four CARICOM countries named among several Latin and Caribbean major drug transit and or major illicit drug producing countries. The other countries are Jamaica, Haiti and the Bahamas. According to a statement from the White House, a country’s presence on the list is not a reflection of its government’s counternarcotic efforts or level of cooperation with the United States. But it said that the reason major drug transit or illicit drug producing countries are placed on the list is the combination of geographic, commercial, and economic factors that allow drugs to transit or be produced, even if a government has carried out the most diligent narcotics control law enforcement measures. The other countries listed are Afghanistan, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

John Doe Found Dead on Highway
Orange Walk Police are asking for assistance in identifying the body of a man found yesterday on the San Lorenzo Road. According to reports sometime around three o’clock yesterday afternoon Police responded to reports where they saw the dark complexion male person with injuries to the head and body. The body was found on the shoulder of the road in the bushes. He was dressed in a grey and black Polo shirt with the logo Air Jet. He was wearing a khaki pants and white Nike tennis shoes. He has a white beard and curly grey brown hair with no identification card or distinguishing marks. The body was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital Morgue. Police believe he was the victim of a hit and run incident.

Opposition Leader Says Money Is Not The Solution
In response to the rise in gang violence and the multiple shooting incidents that have transpired over the last 48 hours, the Prime Minister, Dean Barrow joined the high ranks of the Belize Police Department in a press briefing in an attempt to restore some sense of security in the citizenry via the revelation of steps that the Government will be taking in order to tackle the surge in street violence. One of the revelations included the increase in budget for the Police Department….for some it may seem as a way towards alleviation if not elimination but not for the Opposition Leader, Francis Fonseca, who told the media today that money will not solve the crisis. FRANCIS FONSECA “Throwing more money at the problem does not seem to be working. Again we do not seem to be dealing with the root causes of crime. There are initiatives that we support in terms of trying to provide employment for some of these gang members. There are initiatives like that, that we support but throwing more money at the problem does not seem to be working. Again investing more in education, we believe in investing more in some of these social programs but again the root causes are what we have to address.”

Graveside Visit and Remembrances of Uncle George
Officials, supporters, members of the People’s United Party along with students of St. Martin’s de Porres Primary School gathered at the grave site of the late Right Honorable George Cadle Price this morning for a wreath laying ceremony. Today marks three years since Price, Belize’s first Premiere and Prime Minister passed away. According to the current leader of the PUP, Francis Fonseca, the party has put more focus on remembering the country’s great leader. FRANCIS FONSECA “We have put a greater effort into organizing our tribute to Mr. Price. So that is a part of it but I also think it’s a reflection of the times we are living in. Increasingly people are remembering and reflecting on the leadership of Mr. Price and remembering how much he stood for unity in our nation at a time in 2014 when we seem to be so divided on so many issues. So I think that even in our own party and the wider society there is a sense of longing for George Price’s leadership, his commitment to Belize that seems to be lacking today in 2014. I think that in and of itself generates more interest, more people wanting to come out, wanting to pay tribute to Mr. Price and so I think that is what you see but as I said we have placed a greater emphasis on organizing this activity that people come out and pay respect to our great leader George Price.”

Tracey Says He Didn’t Assault Cop Nor Did He Escape
Twenty-seven year old Robert Tracey, who was released from prison less than a month ago, was charged with several offences when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. The charges included assaulting a police officer, possession of controlled drugs and escape form lawful custody. Tracey pled not guilty to the charges. He was offered a bail of 500 dollars and his case was adjourned until November 7. The incident occurred yesterday in the “Gungulung” area of Belize City.Police Constable Howard West reported that Tracey assaulted him when he accosted Tracey and Police Constable Eber Depaz reported that Tracey escaped from him. The police also reported that Tracey had two grams of cannabis in his possession. Tracey said that nothing of what the police alleged occurred.

PUP Will Have Standard Bearer Installed for BRN By Year’s End
The removal of Arthur Saldivar as Standard Bearer for the Belize Rural North came as a shock for many as the news hit the media this past Wednesday…..but by now, the news has sunk in for many and the People’s United Party has now thrown the matter behind them and is looking to forge on and put their house back in order in the Belize Rural North. Today, Fonseca was asked to comment on Saldivar’s statements being made following his removal including, that he, Fonseca is unfit to be the party leader. FRANCIS FONSECA “Anybody who is removed will not be happy with the leader and so I have no comment on that. We did what we believe is in the best interest of the People’s United Party at this time and ultimately we believe in the best interest of Belize and that decision was taken not just by Francis Fonseca, that decision was taken by the National Executive of the People’s United Party and that decision stands. We have work to do and we have to get rid of a UDP government that is destroying this country and that is what we are focused on and we will not allow anyone to divert us from that objective.

Catholic Bishop Condemns Alkaline’s Upcoming Concert in Belize
The announcement of Alkaline’s visit to Belize began circulating some months ago, particularly among the youths and the Dancehall followers. Well, after much anticipation by his fans, the dancehall artist is in the country and is getting ready to perform in San Ignacio at the Sacred Heart College’s auditorium. While his presence and upcoming performance is not an issue for many, the Bishop of the Catholic Church fired a release out to the media houses earlier today. His point of contention was the fact that Sacred Heart College, which falls under the umbrella of the Catholic Diocese had rented out its facilities to a dancehall artist, saying, “this event presents a grave moral danger to the socially fragile and impressionable youth of the college and those from all over Belize who will attend.” The Bishop’s release continued saying that he had done some research on the World Wide Web and was shocked at some revelations.

Winners of Patriotic Belize Facebook Video Competition
A special awards ceremony took place today in recognition of the three winners of the: Patriotic Belize Facebook Video Competition. The purpose of the competition was for people to express and demonstrate their love for Belize in a creative manner through a social network. Director for Institute of Social and Cultural Research, Nigel Encalada spoke of the details of the competition. “In terms of the details the competition was a simple concept, social media is where everybody meets currently and so we thought that a way of trying to form an experiment to see if people would use social media to demonstrate patriotism and love for country so we came up with the idea along with BTB and the National Celebrations commission that people could make entries on Facebook using any art form.

New Painting Project As Part Of Service Day
In related news, the Police Department worked in collaboration with Wesley College and the Belize City council. Police Public Relations Coordinator Douglas Hyde, explained the initiative. PPRC DOUGLAS HYDE “We’ve identified places in Belize City in communities that have graffiti. What we have done is with the thirty persons from Wesley College, twenty staff from Belize City Council and eighteen police officers, we’ve collaborated along with the community to paint over these graffiti and we’ve used the color white first as the base of it and next week and the week after we will be using beautiful colors to beautify the community and by the end of October what we want to do is throw a community competition where these same graffiti specialists as we call them, will be invited to instead of doing negative graffiti, we want them to send positive messages through the graffiti itself. This will be awarded with first, second and third place for showing best skill of positive message in their community. The idea is definitely doing community service today and so the police along with Wesley College students and the Belize City Council staff decided to take advantage of the National Service Day and of course to come and cover these graffiti as part of the service of doing things and volunteering.”

Saldivar’s Removal Debated on Social Media
Following yesterday’s announcement of the removal of Arthur Saldivar as the Belize Rural North Standard Bearer for the People’s United Party there has been a wave of expressed conflicting emotions not only on the ground in the rural constituency but also on the social media. While some active members on the social page has expressed their approval on the move carried out by the People’s United Party, the harsh criticisms seem to far outweigh the voices of approval….some saying that the opposition party acted in desperation to prove to the public that they have reformed….while one PUP stalwart, wrote, “Some in the PUP call yesterday’s event political reform, I see it as the beginning of political deform in the PUP. The move yesterday can best be described as cannibalistic”……a posting on the social media page also spoke of Saldivar as being the party’s sacrificial lamb…..