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World No Tobacco Day 2012 Awareness Campaign
Today the Ministry of Health and the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World No Tobacco Day. Although the day is recognized every year on May 31st, the Ministry will be conducting an awareness campaign today and tomorrow, June 1st at various health centers across the country. This year the theme is "Tobacco Industry Interference." According to Mr. Amelio Matura, Acting Director, NDACC, the campaign will focus on the Ministry's present campaign, activities and statistics in relation to tobacco use and other harmful drug use. WHO explains that "the campaign focus is on the need to expose the tobacco industry's brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control because of the serious danger they pose to public health." The NDACC will have display booths today at various health centers across the country including Punta Gorda, Dangriga, Orange Walk Town and Corozal Town. San Pedro will have a World No Tobacco Awareness Walk later this evening. Tomorrow, June 1st, Caye Caulker village will have a short ceremony and health fair at the Central Park.

Message on World No Tobacco Day from UN Secretary General
This year's World No Tobacco Day comes at a time when the tobacco industry is taking ever more aggressive steps to undermine efforts to reduce the global menace of tobacco. While governments and the international health community try to implement effective measures to contain tobacco use and protect the health of people, their efforts are being aggressively opposed by an industry whose products kill people. Tobacco kills by causing cancer, heart disease and respiratory diseases. It is one of the leading preventable risk factors for non-communicable diseases. Every year, about 5 million people die because they use tobacco. Another 600,000 people die from exposure to second-hand smoke. Tobacco takes a pervasive, heavy toll. It hinders development and worsens poverty.

Caribbean Nutrition Day 2012
The Ministry of Health joins all countries of the Caribbean in the celebration of Caribbean Nutrition Day 2012. This year the focus is on 'Wellness in the Workplace', hence the theme, 'Healthy Eating and Active Living: Create an Enabling School/Work/Community Environment.' The Ministry encourages all organizations to take steps to establish and promote a healthy workplace. Simple activities for the workplace can include organizing wellness committees to highlight and promote healthy lifestyles, having a daily challenge to increase the consumption of vegetables or fruits, conducting health assessments or presentations, and providing healthy snacks for the staff members. Studies have shown that Belizeans are not consuming enough vegetables and fruits which are known to provide many nutrients including vitamins and minerals; they also improve the body's overall state of wellness.

Update on Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow's condition
Mrs. Barrow remains in the Intensive Care Unit at a Miami hospital receiving treatment for complications with her heart and fluid in her lungs. She is showing signs of improvement and is strengthening. It is expected that Mrs. Barrow will be transferred from the Intensive Care Unit to a regular hospital room in the next couple days. Prime Minister Dean Barrow remains by her side in Miami and is scheduled to return to Belize over the weekend. The Prime Minister and his wife thank everyone for the continued prayers and support.

Photos: San Pedro Leo's Club chartered with 20 members
A special ceremony was held at the San Pedro Lions Den for the charter of a San Pedro Leo Club and the installation of its Charter members. The event took place on Saturday May 26th and had in attendance members of the sponsoring San Pedro Lions Club as well as special guests from the Belize City Lions Club. The official charting ceremony and installation of Charter members was conducted by the Belize Lions Zone 59 Chairman Dr. Glenn Espadas. Speaking at the event Dr. Espadas explained the importance of the ceremony. He then conducted the Chartering and Installation of the membership as well as the Installation of the first board of the Leo's Club. During the ceremony he presented the Leo's Club with a Certificate of Organization which should be displayed permanently at their meeting place. "We must support and guide them and we must love them. The relationship of both clubs is that of a friendship. We want the best for them and we will respectfully work along with them in service on an equal basis," said Dr. Espadas. He went on to say that "Leo, you bring a fresh energy to our every endeavor. You all refresh our service mission and we hope that you will grow into becoming Lions."

New Horizon SDA School hoping for support to build more classrooms
Last March, The San Pedro Sun reported on the help and assistance given to the New Horizon 7th Day Adventist School by volunteer students and teachers from the Arlington 7th Day Adventist Church in Dallas, Texas, USA. In addition to offering counseling and free ear clinics for children of the school and community, one of the major tasks the volunteers did to benefit the school was to help renovate one of the few classrooms that the school has to accommodate its 320 students. The support could not have been more welcomed because the classroom that the volunteers helped to renovate and reinforce was close to collapsing on top of its weak and rotting foundation. The students worked together and practically rebuilt the entire ground floor of the classroom to ensure that it is now safe to be used for the students. Principal of New Horizon, Mr. Miguel Hernandez is ever so grateful for the help that the students gave to the school, however he also wants to let people know that there is more needed to help the school accommodate the growing number of students and he is hoping that the Ministry of Education can step in and continue the assistance needed to improve the conditions at the school.

Kylie Alamilla wins NEMO Quiz Contest during NEMO week
Under the theme "Preserving Life and Property", a quiz contest was held at the San Pedro Lion's Den on Tuesday May 29th at 10AM and Kylie Alamilla of the Standard 4 class at San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) dominated the competition. Schools from both Caye Caulker and San Pedro were invited to participate, but due to unforeseen circumstances, Holy Cross and New Horizon SDA had to drop out of competition. In the end, Albert Gordon and Guillermo Nu�ez of Isla Bonita Elementary and Kylie Alamilla of SPRCS battled it out at the Lion's Den.

Festival of Arts in San Pedro
The District Education Office of the Belize Rural South under the direction of the Ministry of Education held its annual Festival of Arts on Thursday May 24th. The festival is held yearly encouraging, "art is expression, art is education; let's keep it alive". The festival was hosted at the Angel Nu�ez Auditorium at the San Pedro High School Grounds and saw the participation of seven education institutions on the island. The participating institutions were; San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS), San Pedro Dance Academy (SPDA), Isla Bonita Elementary School (IBES), Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES), Holy Cross Anglican School (HCAS), Saint Peter's Elementary School (SPES) and New Horizon SDA School (NHSDA).

Ambergris Today

Not Guilty - Men Free of San Pedro Double Murder Charges
Four men, Brionne Swift, Victor Garnett, Frank Edwards, and Gabriel Salazar became free men after they were acquitted before Justice Herbert Lord of the June 2009 double murder of James Swan and Edward "Bro Lee" Gutierrez. The death of Swan, Gutierrez and Saldivar made headline news in all media house when their bodies were found about 20 miles North of San Pedro Town in January of 2009. It was believed that the gruesome murders were all drug related.

Update on Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow Recovering in Miami Hospital
Mrs. Barrow remains in the Intensive Care Unit at a Miami hospital receiving treatment for complications with her heart and fluid in her lungs. She is showing signs of improvement and is strengthening and it is expected that Mrs. Barrow will be transferred from the Intensive Care Unit to a regular hospital room in the next couple days. Prime Minister Dean Barrow remains by her side in Miami and is scheduled to return to Belize over the weekend.

Early Rainy Season Drenches San Pedro
For about two weeks now we have been getting a lot of rain and the onset of an early rainy season has put a toll in some of the streets on the island. We have even experienced some storms with winds up to tropical storm conditions; it has been a rough couple of weeks. Ambergris Today took a ride around the island to see how bad the street conditions were and was quite surprised to see that they aren't as bad as other times. Now we are not saying that the roads are beautiful and don't have pot holes or mud but let's be realistic we live on an island and when it rains the sand will turn into mud!

Misc Belizean Sources

Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic Opens
The Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic is open, and while there's still work to do, they are saving animals most every day. The Xray machine they purchased with the Heska grant is working well. They have bumber stickers and water bottles for fundraising. Best of luck, BWCN! "The BWCN is fully functional. They have a nice clinic in Central Farm, and are already doing surgeries almost every day. Beautiful location."

National Festival of Arts Opening Pictures
The NFoA is in full swing, and Cayo is there in numbers. Here are some pictures. "Art is everywhere. We all have creativity inside us it's just a matter of finding it. CAYO represented very well at the National Festival of Arts 2012."

Slow Cooker Rice & Beans
Rice and Beans is one of Belize's staple dishes. Many have trouble making this dish because they don't know the correct temperature or liquid to solid ratio. In this video, I teach how to make this dish in the slow cooker or Crockpot from start to finish. This recipe is so simple, even a child can make it.

Belize Mega Bingo Results For (30 May, 2012)
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The Top 5 Computer Stores in Belize
Our government and our people are trying the best to keep up with technology and that is something worth celebrating. They have come up with ingenious ways of keeping up with technology but one member remains at the top of my admiration list -- the computer stores. I am not sure what their profits are but let me tell you that they are the number one cause for our country being at least three quarter way down the food chain -- with countries like the USA and Japan ruling the technology kingdom of course. We must thank those wise businessmen that took the heavy risks when opening these type of businesses here in Belize. If it isn't for them how can the other organizations in Belize be able to survive? So in order to show my appreciation I have come up with a list of the Top 5 Computer Stores in Belize. Keep in mind that this list is in no specific order. If you have any other stores that you think belong here kindly add them under the comments section. 1. Fultec Systems: Tel#: 223-3226 Email: [email protected] 2. GS-COM: Tel#: 223-5128 Email: [email protected] 3. PC.COM: Tel#: 822-1504 Email: [email protected] 4. Pross Computers: Tel#: 822-0656 Email: [email protected] 5. SigerTronic Systems: Tel#: 223-3600 Email: [email protected]

The Top Most Romantic Places in Belize
Am I an expert in romantic weddings or honeymoon getaways? Nope. Matter of fact, I have never been married. But that doesn't inhibit me from seeing how magical Belize is for romance. The advantage I have is that I have been all over Belize and have worked in the tourism industry for years. I have seen couples on vacation glowing with affection for each and openly expressing how fortunate they were to travel to Belize. Here are six places I recommend for a unforgettable romantic vacation. Victoria House, Roberts Grove Beach Resort, The Lodge at Chaa Creek, Matachica Beach Resort, Hamanasi Resort, Cayo Espanto

Barrier Reef Sports Bar Fri. afternoon Jam sessions
Everyone is invited to the Barrier Reef Sports Bar Fri. afternoon Jam sessions. They run from 3 to 6PM every Fri. rain or shine. Last boat back to San Pedro is 6:15PM from right in front of the bar. We have had amazing musicians from Cuba, Canada, Argentina, France, Sweden and the states.... at that is just in the past 30 days! Come join the fun. Play, sing, dance or just listen with an ice cold beverage. We supply instruments including drum set, bass, guitars and keyboard or bring your own instrument. See you there.

Benny's Kitchen has a new website
Benny's Kitchen has a new website, and the Cayo Scoop scooped it! Kevin Rosado did a great job on their new, free website. They have their Trip Advisor link there, so review them if you've been there. Check out their site on the Best of Cayo.

Baby Toucan at Lower Dover Lodge
Lower Dover Jungle Lodge has a toucan nest in a Bullet Tree with a baby toucan in it. How awesome is that? That cute little bird is going to be world famous. Hope it doesn't go to his beak. "We were never able to confirm baby birds in the nest, until today, one year later, in the exact same Bullet tree! There is a saying around here on the most copied blog in Belize� 'No bird pic no bird proof.' These are the pictures of the baby bird sticking its head out of the nest taken this morning. This was easily one of the most memorable bird sightings and all around nature experiences ever witnessed at Lower Dover."

Education Week Celebrated at the SIPL
The San Ignacio Public Library celebrated Education Week in May. They visited St. Francis Xavier primary school, and also hosted students from local schools.

National Festival of Arts Cayo Highlights
The NFoA is getting some really amazing talent. Here are some pictures from Cayo's and Corozal's displays of talent. Thanks to the Institute of Creative Arts for making this all happen.

Channel 7

57 year old burn victim Joseph Usher has succumbed to his injuries at the KHMH sometime this morning. Over the past couple weeks Usher was fighting for his life in the intensive care unit at the KHMH - after he was allegedly doused with fuel and then lit on fire by his neighbor. The incident happened on May 13 in his yard at the corner of Antelope Street and Central American Boulevard. Usher was walking through another neighbor's yard to enter his own when he was set on fire. He received severe burns to his head, back, chest, and both arms. Today his family still doesn't know why someone would want to set their loved one on fire. And what makes it even worse is that Usher's family strongly believes that the hospital is partly responsible for his death. They told us more today:.. Josephine Usher, Daughter of the deceased "I received a call from one of the nurse from the hospital about after 2pm. The nurse told me to come in early because changes have been made with my father. So I called my sister and my aunt and we all went to the hospital, when we reach there the doctor told us that he had passed. They didn't want to tell us over the phone." "I am upset because three weeks ago when my dad was in the hospital we went there and we were told that we cannot see him due to the nature of his burnt. We were allowed to stay a short distance from the door and watch me from there on his bed."

Tonight, Kim Barrow remains in the intensive care unit at a Miami hospital as doctors try to stabilise her heart - which, according to a report in today's Guardian, had lost over 80% of its function. But the news tonight is that after a few days of being in critical condition, she is improving and gathering strength. According to an official press release, that Mrs. Barrow will be transferred from the Intensive Care Unit to a regular hospital room in the next couple days. That official release was sent out this morning to dispel a widely disseminated text message saying she had died. But, according to all accounts, it had been touch and go since Sunday when she had to be rushed to the emergency room. That was because she had developed fluid in her lungs which was complicated by an irregular heartbeat. The Guardian reports that her heart muscle was weakened by the radiation treatments she has been receiving and so, those are now being suspended for six months. That's how long it will take for her heart to fully recover. The Prime Minister and their daughter are with her in Miami tonight and he is scheduled to return to Belize over the weekend.

A man was shot last night in Belize City - in the middle of a city-wide blackout. According to reports it happened in the Collet Area - in a street near the Cemetery. Around 11:22, in the pitch black of a blackout night, a gunman fired a shot into the dark which caught 52 year old Domingo Teul in his hands. He was taken to the KHMH and is in a stable condition. By all appearances, the gunman did not target Teul; they just fired idly into the dark.

And if you are wondering what caused the very inconvenient three hours blackout late last night, BEL says strong winds caused a piece of equipment to make contact with energized lines at the Magazine Road Substation in Belize City - causing a blackout at 9:51. Linesmen had to work in the rain to fix it, and power was restored to Belize City at 12:31 a.m. today. At 11:49 p.m. another interruption on the system triggered an outage in the area from Mile 8 to Mile 35 along the Northern Highway including all villages along the Old Northern Highway. That was repaired by 2:15 a.m.

27 year-old Shandoy Jeffords was convicted of manslaughter and burglary today for the gruesome July 2005 killing of Antonio Almendarez, the 50 year-old security guard who was posted at Fido's Restaurant and bar. Police believed that Almendarez's assailants went to the club to burglarize the place, but they had to kill the security in order for them to escape with more than $18,000 dollars. In December 2008, Jeffords was slated to be the crown's main witness against his alleged accomplices, Bernard "Dragon" Williams, Austin "Colombia" Mungia, and Luis Lalin, but in November 2008, these men were acquitted of murder because Jeffords refused to show up to testify. Several weeks later, he was arrested and charged with manslaughter. The prosecution in this case, represented by Crown Counsel Shamilla Williams, was able to get Jeffords' signed confession statement admitted as the only solid piece evidence against him. In this statement, Jeffords allegedly told the investigating officer that on July 25, 2005, a man he knew as "Dragon" asked him to accompany him on a "move". Jeffords said that he went reluctantly, and at the closing of the club, they ambushed the security guard. Jeffords said they then used to security guard's handcuffs to restrain him, but he was making too much noise, so "Dragon" pulled a crowbar which he used to club the security guard 4 times in the head. They also put duct-tape on his hands, feet and mouth. Jeffords said that he got scared, and that's when he left because "Dragon" was considering if he should slit the guard's throat or not. Jeffords then met back up with "Dragon" later, and they left, but he did not know that the guard's throat was cut.

Not much has been heard since last year October, when 42 guns were stolen from the BDF Price Barracks Compound. But, quietly on December the 23rd., Deputy Commander of the BDF, Colonel (Cornel) Javier Castellanos was summarily discharged from the BDF. No press release was issued, no public announcement made, in fact Castellanos himself says he was never told why he was discharged or given a chance to defend himself. The Security Services Commission cited a Court of Inquiry which found him in gross dereliction of duty based on an "investigation". That investigation found that Castellanos was in charge of camp security and tasking field officers on security checks. The allegation is that Castellanos assigned security arrangements to a junior officer who ignored the order - and thus no one was watching the armoury when the guns went missing. Well now, Castellanos is appealing his dismissal to the Belize Advisory Council. His attorney Godfrey Smith says that he was dismissed without any specific charge or any allegation of wrongdoing being brought against him, without giving him a chance to rebut any allegation against him and without being given any real reason for his discharge.

It's been a while since we've heard from BGYEA, the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association. Well, today President Nigel Petillo gave us an update. He says things at Harmonyville are moving along at a crisp pace, and on Saturday members are being asked to show up at the lands department in Belmopan to get their land papers, signed sealed and delivered. There are a total of one thousand and forty one acre plots - about 300 of the landowners have received their lease documents and will get their purchase price letters shortly. Another 300 have signed their documents and are awaiting their lease papers while the final third is being asked to come out on Saturday, because if not the train will move on without them. Petillo explained:... Nigel Petillo, President of BGYEA "So far about 1/3 of the population at Harmonyville has already receive their lease document in their hand. They have a lease paper that say that piece of one acre is in your name. We are going to the next step to ensure that we get title so that no individual, no foreigner, no government and nobody that come in can take that land from you."

Lindsey Garbutt moved on from the Ministry of Tourism right after the elections, and now he's taken over the chairmanship of the Port Authority. The new Board convened its first meeting today at the Cancer Center on Mercy Lane this morning. Present was the CEO in the Ministry of Transport Dwight Tillett. Another interesting appointment in the Ministry of Transport is on the Transport Baord, where former Social Security CEO Merlene Bailey Martinez has been named the Chairperson.

Over a hundred healthcare professionals attended a Cancer Symposium that was held in Belize City today. The symposium is a collaboration between the Belize Cancer Society, the Belize Cancer Center Treatment in Dangriga, the Medical and Dental Association and the Ministry of Health. Its main focus today was to promote cancer awareness and preventative measures, lifestyle issues and environmental factors. 7news spoke with President, Belize Cancer Society, Laura Longsworth. Laura Longsworth, President, Belize Cancer Society "It's really important because we have a number of our patients, our community members who either receive treatment locally or receive treatment abroad. So we brought our health professionals together with support of our international partners and key persons to really present this state of the art management of cancer." "The overall objective is really making sure that our health professionals understand that this is a partnership and we want to build a partnership to promote cancer awareness and preventative measures that must be taken, lifestyles issues and other environmental practice that must be address as well as understanding how to manage our patients receiving treatment for cancer."

Traditionally the rainy season starts in June, but this year the showers came early, and it's been raining pretty much non- stop for the past 10 days. And it's not just been long spells of showers, the rain has also been especially hard, and the numbers show that the rainfall is well above average. The average rainfall for the month of May varies from district to district. According to the Belize Meteorology office, the averages for the month of May are usually 4-5 inches for Belize, 3-4 inches for the Northern and Inland areas, 6-7 inches for the Southern areas near Dangriga, and 7-8 inches for southern areas near Punta Gorda. Last year - which was a drought year - the rainfall was below average, but this year it has taken a drastic increase for the month of May. Last year's 0.38 inches increased to 16.4 inches for Belize, and 0.29 inches increased to 6.7 inches for the Northern Areas. The inland areas increased from 1 inch last year to 4-5 inches this year. Last year, the Dangriga area received 1.6 inches of rainfall, but this year it received between 5 to 8 inches. Finally, last year's 2.9 inches for the Punta Gorda Area increased by almost 6 times to 11-12 inches of rain for 2012. Across the board, the amount of rainfall has exceeded the average rainfall for the month of May. Still, the 16.4 inches for the Belize district, however high that may seem, does not pass the recorded historic high which was a whopping 24.65 inches of rainfall in 1986.

Today May 31st is World No Tobacco Day, and an awareness campaign is being conducted today and tomorrow at different health centers throughout the country. This year the theme is "Tobacco Industry Interference", and Tyronne Chimilio explained why the theme was chosen and what activities will be conducted during the campaign. We caught up with him at the NDACC, where he showed us an educational video that was created for World No Tobacco Day. Here is an excerpt from the video: Tyronne Chimilio, District Coordinator - NDACC "The excerpts that I have shown you - that is geared towards entertainment which is entertainment along with education and we had members from the Youth Advocacy Movement which is the youth arm of the Belize Family Life Association. The escape is informing one of their friends of tobacco smoking in preventing him even from start to smoke cigarettes." Robin Schaffer "Can you explain the theme for me?" Tyronne Chimilio, District Coordinator - NDACC "The theme is geared towards the publicizing of cigarette tobacco smoking and its dangerous to the health and is part of the things that we want to continue to emphasize to the public that tobacco smoking is bad for the health. So it's a competition that is basically taking place with us convincing people not to smoke, against the tobacco which is emphasizing the sale of their products."

Tonight, we note the passing of master of the stage, Bob Reneau. Reneau was a true artistic legend, known as an outstanding musician, singer, playwright and producer, artist, composer, and choreographer. He passed away on Wednesday at the age of 92 while at a hospice in Chicago. Many of his students and Belizeans in the arts had the privilege of collaborating with him on the production and presentation of some of his outstanding renditions such as "The Holy City"; " It's a Good Day"; and " Sons of Honduras". His early productions included drama, music, and dance and so did his later productions such as: ""Breggin Tuba", "Wedding Bells for Kettiebell" and many more. Many of his past students valued his commitment to originality and to uniqueness. Althea Sealey spoke about the importance of Being Bob:.. Althea Sealey "I have a whole treasured moment of memories inside of me from Mr. Bob. As a matter of fact he was the man who brought out whatever you all see in me, he is the one who brought it all out." "I started with him at the age of 8 years old and spent a good 15 years with him before he had left - migrated to the United States and I continued on with Majorie Bradley and Leonie Henry and now I continued it on with sharing it with my dance company."

In 2009, a Flowers Bank festival was held to honor the memory of the Flowers Bank Negroes- 14 men who - as the legend goes - case the deciding votes in 1797, to stay and fight for the colony under the threat of Spaniards and thus set the course for Belizean history. This year the 4th annual Flowers Bank Festival will not only honor these 14 men but it will also depict many cultural and historical practices that have been observed in Belize through the launching of a permanent exhibit in Flowers Bank. Today we caught up with Shari Williams, communications officer for NICH, who told us more about the Festival and the exhibit to be launched. Shari Williams "The entire reason behind the festival is to honor the 14 men from Flowers Bank. History tells us that there were 14 men from Belize River Valley who made the deciding factor in whether we were going to run and hide or whether we were going to stay and fight for the battle of St. George's Caye during the battle of St George's Caye." "The entire festival is honor these 14 men, but in addition to that we wanted to foster an appreciation for the people of the Belize River Valley area as well as to learn about how the river has contributed and carved Belize as a nation. The highlight this year is the opening of a new exhibit. It's a permanent exhibit that is going to be along the river valley but they are going to officially launched it this weekend."

NICH is gearing up for this year's September celebrations with its annual theme competition. Belizeans are invited to enter a theme of no more than 10 words to be used for the September celebrations. Shari Williams, the communications officer for NICH explained to us what they are looking for and explained how you can enter. Shari Williams "At this time we are inviting people to submit themes for this year's celebration. This year will mark the 214th Anniversary of the Battle of St. George's Caye and the 31st Anniversary of Independence. We encourage everybody from near and far to submit themes. The theme can no more than 10 words; it can be about anything, this year we are celebrating the Maya culture. 21st September is the International Day of Peace and you can talk about contribution to Belize's development from various cultural groups and you can talk about anything - aspirations for Belize as a nation. At this time we are encouraging people to submit their themes and you can email it to [email protected] or you can drop it off here at the House of Culture or at any of the district town councils."

Today a still shocked Betty Rowland claimed the $110,000 lotto jackpot. After taxes, Rowland will be walking away with a whopping $93,500. She told us today that although she usually spends anywhere between 15 to 20 dollars on lotto tickets, this time it just took 1:.. Robin Schaffer "Everyone wants to know what will you do with the money?" Betty Rowland "Well, certainly a new house and some for education." Robin Schaffer "How did you pick the winning numbers?" Betty Rowland "Actually it was by quick pick. This time I bought just one ticket. At first I couldn't believe that I won." Afterwards it finally sank in that I win. I started to check the ticket again with the numbers. The winning numbers from her quick pick were 08, 17, 20, 22, 28."

We've all heard the story of Rodwell Williams who was shot in May of 2010. Indeed, the attempted murder of the Prime Minister's Law Partner has been one of the most covered stories in recent memory. And while a great deal has been said, very little has been heard from Williams himself. In fact, with the exception of his emotional testimony in court - which only a handful of courtroom observers saw - we don't really know the full story of what happened that night. Tonight, for the first time, he'll share it all, in granular detail. He's the subject of tonight's "I Am Belize" Profile. We'll warn you, it's quite a bit longer than usual, but it's the kind of story we very rarely get to hear- an account from a man who was knocking on death's door. He tells us how he survived an execution attempt.

Channel 5

Prayer Service for Kim Simplis Barrow
At this time, a healing service is taking place at St John's Cathedral for the wife of the Prime Minister, Kim Simplis Barrow, who is in Intensive Care Unit at a Miami Hospital. Simplis Barrow is receiving treatment for stage three breast cancer and last weekend she experienced complications when fluid was detected in her [...]

San Pedro resident talks his way to Guilty of Manslaughter charge
The trial concluded today against a witness turned suspect, twenty-two year old Shandoy Jeffords. Jeffords is one of four men who were accused of killing fifty year old Antonio Almendarez on July twenty-fifth, 2005 during a Burglary at Fido's Restaurant and Bar in San Pedro. In 2007, Jeffords was the prosecution's main witness when Luis [...]

Hand in window gets you 3 separate counts in prison
Also at court, a man who was allegedly caught inappropriately touching a woman through her window is tonight behind bars and facing three criminal charges. Forty-four year old Ladyville resident, Winfield Mortis, appeared before Senior Magistrate Frazer late Wednesday evening and was arraigned on charges of Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Assault of an Indecent Nature and [...]

Health Symposium garners awareness for cancer month
Cancer Awareness has become part of the national dialogue since the diagnosis of Kim Simplis Barrow. Throughout this month, a number of activities have been held to build awareness of the disease that afflicts men, women and children from all walks of life. Last weekend thousands participated in a walk from Ladyville to Belize City [...]

2 weeks after being lit on fire, Joseph Usher dies while receiving treatment
For two weeks, fifty-nine year old Joseph Usher was fighting for his life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Earlier this morning, he lost that battle and succumbed to severe burns to the head, back, chest and both arms. At around ten-thirty p.m. on May thirteenth, Usher was inside his sister's yard at the corner [...]

Renowned musician and artist, Bob Reneau, passes away
A legend in Belizean arts also passed away on Wednesday in Chicago. Bob Reneau was truly the definition of an artist; he was a talented singer, dancer, painter, playwright and producer, composer and to many, he was a teacher. Before he moved away, his students and other Belizeans in the arts had the privilege of [...]

Belize River Valley resident wins the Lotto!
A thirty-four year old mother of one from the Belize River Valley is the happy winner of the latest Lotto draw. Betty Rowland was listening to the live draw as the numbers eight, seventeen, twenty, twenty-two and twenty-eight were called for the jackpot of one hundred and ten thousand dollars. Even though she heard it [...]

Blackout in the Belize District
If you experienced loss of power on Wednesday night, then you were in the Belize District. It wasn't industrial action caused by tensions between the electricity company and its union; the outages were caused by the weather. The first unplanned power outage occurred at nine-fifty-one p.m. and the entire City was cast into darkness. The [...]

Do you know the Flowers Bank fourteen (14)?
Elsewhere in the valley, a grand festival is held annually in Flowers Bank Village to celebrate fourteen men who changed the course of Belize's history. On June first 1797, the men swayed a vote to stay and fight for Belize and have become known as the Flowers Bank fourteen. So this weekend, all the fun [...]

Flowers Bank Festival will be awesome
The festival promises to be fun for the entire family; but it is also an educational event. Rhaburn is especially inviting students to attend and win prizes for answering questions about Flowers Bank and its history. And, through a partnership with the Institute for Social and Cultural Research, an important exhibit is also being launched [...]

Put your lights out for World No Tobacco Day
Statistics show that over thirty-five percent of deaths in Belize are attributed to tobacco and use of the substance also ranks high among the youth population. These statistics have since moved the Ministry of Health and the National Drug Abuse Control Council on an intense anti-tobacco initiative, the Belize Youth Advocacy for Smoke Free Schools. [...]

The Year of the Maya in Caracol
Earlier this year Channel Five's William Neal and Alex Ellis headed west to the Caracol Mayan site to witness the splendor of the spring equinox of the astrological Mayan calendar, which ends in December 2012. The event, the first of four coordinated by NICH and the B.T.B., was held at the base of Kaana. Our [...]

Highlights of the Festival of Arts
The National Festival Arts, which celebrates the creativity of primary and high school students, started on Wednesday at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. Decked out in colorful and creative costumes, over a hundred students from Cayo and Corozal congregated at the Bliss and took over the stage in dance, drama and singing. We [...]

Healthy Living explores Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is incurable and can affect people of all ages. Although the causes of rheumatoid arthritis are not known; the options for treatment have improved. Early intervention can minimize the effects of the condition. This week's Healthy Living tells us more about Rheumatoid Arthritis.   Marleni Cuellar, Reporting It is one of the most [...]


Eighteen days ago, fifty-six year old Joseph Usher was set on fire, allegedly by an enraged next-door neighbour who grew jealous over Usher's close friendship with his common-law wife. It happened just as Usher was walking through the neighbour's yard and was heading ...

A man was found dead in his home in Dangriga on Wednesday. Police are now trying to figure out how he died. Correspondent Harry Arzu reports. HARRY ARZU "Dangriga police have discovered the body of a man in his house located in the Sabal community area of...

It is the eve of the start of the Hurricane Season and already there have been two named storms. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favor a near-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this season. Accor...

The tension keeps rising between the Orange Walk Town Council and vehicle vendors who occupy parking space on Park Street by the Central Park. It all started after vendors occupying space in the area received a letter from the Orange Walk Town Council informing them of a new fee of thi...

The Belize Cancer Society in collaboration with the Belize Cancer Center in Dangriga, the Medical and Dental Association and the Ministry of Health hosted a Cancer care Symposium at the Whitfield Tower in Belize City. Attending the symposium were healthcare professionals, physici...

Belize's special Envoy for Families and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow continues to receive medical treatment in Miami, Florida. A statement from the office of the Prime Minister was issued this morning, following widespread rumors of her death. The official statem...

The impending sale of majority shareholding in Belize Sugar Industries Limited continues to be the subject of discussion, particularly in the north. Love FM's Arturo Cantun reports:

The Land and Surveys department in collaboration with Land information center and Protected Areas Conservation Trust held a National Consultation to discuss the draft National Spatial Data Infrastructure Policy. Spatial Data also referred to as GIS is viewed as one of the most po...

Members of Local government including the Foreman of the San Pedro Town Council Samuel Gonzalez will be travelling to San Salvador next week to participate in a training course in solid waste management. Love News spoke with Gonzalez who told us of his interest in alternate methods of ...

Since its construction in 1995, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has been both lauded and degraded in the court of public opinion for incidents that have occurred within its walls. But even in the face of criticisms that have come its way, the hospital has made continuous strid...

A Prayer Service for the Healing of Mrs Kim Simplis Barrow is planned for Thursday May 31at St. John's Cathedral beginning at 6:00pm. The main celebrant will be Bishop Philip Wright. The public is invited to come out and be a part of the special prayer service. ...

Belize will have participation in Carbon Expo 2012 in Germany. The Carbon Expo is a leading international trade fair and knowledge sharing platform for carbon investments, and clean technologies. The event will bring together project developers, service providers, buyers and sell...

Arturo Cantun reporting� "The European Union signed agreements today to assist the Belizean economy particularly by pumping Euros into the sugar industry in the north. The financial boost goes to cane farmers in the form of loans for a replanting program and as w...


Lengthy jail sentence for rape convict
An Orange Walk man was given a long jail sentence after he was convicted of the crime of rape. In a sentence handed down in the Corozal session of the Supreme Court, twenty year old Isaac Chan Junior was sentenced to eight years in prison. The rape happened on September 17, 2011, and Chan was [...] 0 Sale of majority shares in BSI gets full support
The impending sale of majority shareholding in Belize Sugar Industries Limited continues to be the subject of discussion, particularly in the north. Love TV's Arturo Cantun reports.

Cancer symposium held in Belize City
The Belize Cancer Society in collaboration with the Dangriga-based Belize Cancer Center, the Medical and Dental Association and the Ministry of Health today hosted a Cancer care Symposium in Belize City. Attending the symposium were healthcare professionals, physicians and nurses and other people from the health field. President of the Belize Cancer Society is Laura [...]

Doctor says cases of lung cancer continues to increase
It was Kim Simplis, wife of the Prime Minister who just weeks before she herself was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer, said at a cancer forum � quote "When I hear the word "cancer" it is not numbers or percentages which come to mind� rather it is the faces of those, who on a [...]

Improved morgue services at the KHMH
Since its construction in 1995, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has been both lauded and degraded in the court of public opinion for incidents that have occurred within its walls. But even in the face of criticisms that have come its way, the hospital has made continuous strides to remain a respectable medical institution in [...]

Teenager charged for murder of businesman
Police have arrested and charged 18-year-old Anthony Carballo Jr. for the murder of 48-year-old businessman Jerminie Ellis McNab. McNab was shot and killed just after seven o'clock p.m. on Thursday May 17 at his business establishment, Mobile Hardware Store at the corner of Curassow Street and Central American Boulevard. McNab was shot three times to [...]

Kim Simplis' health shows signs of improvement
Belize's special Envoy for Families and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow continues to receive medical treatment in Miami, Florida. A statement from the office of the Prime Minister was issued this morning, following widespread rumors of her death. The official statement however, says that Mrs. Barrow remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, [...]

Prayer service for Kim Simplis Barrow
And speaking about prayers the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese is at this hour celebrating a special prayer service in honor of Mrs. Barrow. Love TV's Marion Ali reports.

Lengthy jail sentence for rape convict
An Orange Walk man was given a long jail sentence after he was convicted of the crime of rape. In a sentence handed down in the Corozal session of the Supreme Court, twenty year old Isaac Chan Junior was sentenced to eight years in prison. The rape happened on September 17, 2011, and Chan was [...]

Murder case ends in acquittal
Four men charged with murder were today acquitted of the charge in the court of Justice Herbert Lord. 31-year-old Brionne Swift, 25-year-old Gabriel Salazar, 25-year-old Frank Edwards Jr and 25-year-old Victor Garnett were charged with the murders of 26-year-old Elias Edwards Gutierrez and his brother-in-law 25-year James Swan also known as James Edwards. Swan and [...]


Minister Faber lays out bold educational plan
The Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, last night invited stakeholders a town meeting to ...

NEMO awards winners of quiz and poster competition
Awards were given out this morning at the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) to students who partici...

NICHE organizes family weekend at Flowers Bank
This week the National Institute of Culture and History has put together an entire weekend fill with fun and knowle...

Dangriga resident found dead inside parent home
Ervin Petillo was found dead in his bed room yesterday afternoon about 2pm. Petillo who is in his early 40's and li...

False rumour surfaces on Kim Simplis Barrow's battle with Cancer
A malicious rumour surfaced today on facebook claiming that the first lady had died. It was an outright and nasty l...

Four acquitted of 2009 double murder charge
Victor Garnett, Frank Edwards, Brionne Swift, and Gabriel Salazar were acquitted before Justice Herbert Lord of the...

Belize to participate in Carbon Expo 2012 in Germany
The Government of Belize led by the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development in collaboration wi......

The Guardian

In Belize City, 8 Streets paved in less than 100 days
It's been just over two months since the UDP took office at the Belize City Council, under the leadership of Mayor Darrell, and already there has been significant progress being done by the Council. Mayor Bradley came to office with a clear vision of what work the council needs to implement and with that vision he came up with a 100-day strategy.

Cancer Awareness at an All Time High
This year's Cancer Walk was the biggest since its inception in 1996. The month of May is celebrated as Cancer Awareness Month and this year's theme is "Prevent and Control Cancer: Together We Can Do It".

Police receives Patrol Bikes & Machine to destroy Confiscated Guns
A brief ceremony was held at the Queen Street Police Station on Monday, May 28, in which the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) handed over a hydraulic shear to the Belize Police Department. The hydraulic shear will be used for the destruction of old, surplus and confiscated weapons.

Shyne to Release New Album in July
Moses Michael Leviy, the artists known as Shyne, signed a multimillion dollar record deal with Island Def Jam Records in February of 2010. L.A. Reid flew all the way to Belize to sign the contract because "Shyne deserves that much". At the time, Reid said that his desire to sign Shyne was not just because of the great "artiste" he is but also because of the great man Moses had become. Reid promised a huge comeback.

Minister Rene Montero addresses Graduating Class
Commencement exercises for Eden Seventh Day Adventist High were held on Sunday, 27th May 2012 at the High School Compound in Santa Elena, Cayo. Minister of Works & Transport, Hon. Rene Montero was the guest speaker and focused his speech on "Reaching the Pinnacle of Success", and the motto "Guided by Spirit of God". Minister Montero stressed that students must dream before they can achieve. He also told them that the choices they make now will affect their entire life. Therefore, he urged the students to choose a career of service to the country, fellow men, and above all, service to God. He encouraged the students to remain focused and committed and pointed out that education is the foundation on which a nation is built and that the Diploma they are receiving is just the beginning of a career of opportunities. He ended by congratulating the graduating class of 2012, teachers and faculty of Eden High School saying it is one of the largest graduating classes in the 22 years of the high school's existence. Twenty eight students received Diploma in Business and the rest in Academic Studies. Other speakers included the Principal Erodito Pineda and the Director of Education.

Upgraded Morgue at KHMH for Increased Capacity
It was a proud moment for managers and staff members at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on Wednesday May 30th when it officially opened its new morgue facilities to the public.

Minimum Wage Increased
The minimum wage has been increased for people working in the citrus industry as well as for those working as domestics labourers and shop assistants.

Failed Cut and Paste Attorneys
The Guardian had predicted from last week that the Cut and Paste Attorneys, Anthony Sylvester and Said Musa would have been unsuccessful in their bid to have an election petition heard at the Supreme Court, and we were right.

Conflict Resolution Workshop hosted by Restore Belize and U.S. Embassy
Restore Belize is once again collaborating with the United States Embassy in an effort to reduce violence in Belize. Over a dozen individuals are participating in a conflict resolution workshop at the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education Training.

BTL & Restore Belize brings Messengers of Hope
On Thursday, May 24, over six hundred students from across Belize City gathered inside the Queen's Room of the Princess Hotel and Casino to listen to the testimonies of four foreigners that overcame great adversities and are now living successful lives. BTL and Restore Belize collaborated to host a motivational rally featuring Roy Juarez Jr., Pamela S. Perkins, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch and Bert Oliva.

Minister Patrick Faber Holding Town Hall Meetings
Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, is holding a series of town hall meetings from Tuesday, May 29, to Thursday, May 31. Stakeholders of the education system are expected to attend meetings in San Ignacio, Belmopan and Orange Walk. The first meeting was held at the CET building in San Ignacio on Tuesday, May 29. The second meeting was held at the Belmopan Civic Center on Wednesday, May 30, and the third meeting will be held at the Gala Lounge in Orange Walk on Thursday, May 31. All meetings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Minister Faber maintains his point that education is everybody's business and as such all school managers, principals, teachers, parents, students and other interested persons are asked to attend.

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Charged for killing Jason Canto
On Thursday, May 10, two men entered Dale's Barber Shop located on East Canal and opened fire on those inside. As a result of the shooting, Jason Canto received several gunshots,which claimed his life. Also hit during the incident was one of the establishment's barbers. During the gunfire, one of the patrons opened fire on the men hitting him. The gunman was hospitalized and after receiving treatment was taken to Magistrate's Court on Tuesday May 29th. Norman Slusher, 23, a resident of #15 Tigris Street ,appeared before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Frazer where he was charged with a single count of murder of Canto. No plea was taken and Magistrate Frazer explained to him that no plea was taken since the charge is an indictable offense and he will be tried at the Supreme Court if there is sufficient evidence to do so. He was then remanded to the Belize Central Prison until June 29. On Thursday, May 10, at about 7:55p.m., Jason Canto was gunned down when two men walked into Dale's Barber Shop and one of them who was armed with a firearm, opened fire inside the barbershop. Canto was fatally wounded, while the barber, identified as Adriel Pelayo was shot to the upper portion of his left leg. A local businessman, who was at the barbershop and was armed with his license 9 mm, fired back at the gunman and managed to injure one of them. He was later identified as Norman Slusher. Slusher was hit to the lower right side of his abdomen and once in his right leg. Both men involved in the shooting were able to escape after the shooting. Slusher was later found by police in house on Bishop Street where he had sought refuge.

Attempted to Commit Suicide with a Gas Tank
Alleged wounds inflicted by Marciano Mendez on May 24, 2012 Marciano Mendez, 34, a diver working in San Pedro Town, is likely to face charges, after he attempted to set his common-law-wife's house on fire. The house is situated on San Narciso Street in Orange Walk Town. During the attempt, Mendez sustained burn injuries in the right arm and side. Reportedly, he remains in a stable condition at the Northern Regional Hospital under police guard. At around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, the police came to the house to arrest Mendez following a report made by his common-law-wife, Evangelina Correa, 41. Correa had reported to police that Mendez had beaten her earlier that day. Instead of giving in, Mendez resisted the arrest threatening to commit suicide. According to police, when they arrived they saw him seated in the kitchen around the table. He then stood up, grabbed a knife and placed it to his neck threatening to take his life away, if he was not allowed to speak with Correa.

Teenager charged with murder of businessman, Jerminie McNab
On Wednesday May 30th, 18-year-old Anthony Carballo, Jr. was arraigned before Magistrate Sherigne Rodriguez on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting death of businessman, Jerminie McNab. In court, Carballo was unrepresented; no plea was taken and he was remanded to the Belize central Prison until July 12. On the night of Thursday, May 17, Jerminie McNab was at his business place, Mobile Hardware located at the corner of Currasow and Cemtery Road, when three men stormed into his store. Reports are that one of the men had an exchange of words with McNab and that's when he was shot. McNab was behind his counter and was shot three times to the chest from close range. After being shot, he fell to the ground and died. When police found McNab, he was lying face up in a pool of blood. The men managed to escape with McNab's firearm, leaving him for dead.

Brian Brown remanded to Prison
On Friday May 25, Brian Derrick Brown, 35, appeared in Belize Family Court to answer to charges after police found a number of illegal items at his home. Brown was escorted to the Belize Family Court where he was read eight criminal charges. Bail was denied and he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until June 25. In court, Brown was read 7 charges which are drug related. Among the charges are possession of a pipe, marijuana and cocaine. The eighth charge was for a bullet proof vest which was found at his home. On May 16, 2012, police visited Brown's home where they forced open his sliding metal gate. Once inside, police conducted a search even though he wasn't there. Police first searched a bedroom where they found two amounts of cash which were $325.75 and $2,427.00. They then went into a bathroom where they claimed they found a transparent plastic bag with a chalk-like substance weighing 17 grams. They also searched a China closet where they claimed they found $142.50 in Belize currency as well as $1,800 in US currency.They also conducted a search of another bedroom where they also found $437.90 as well as a black bag which contained $27.00 BZ in coins. Well over $7,000 in cash as well as a bullet proof vest, a GSG sign, a police handcuff and other items were found. On Wednesday, May 23rd, one week after the search, Brown, with the assistance of his attorney, Dickie Bradley surrendered to police.

Human Trafficker appealing Conviction
On Monday May 28, 41-year-old Yolanda Garcia appeared in Magistrate's Court to appeal a decision handed down on February of this year where she was convicted of human trafficking. Garcia, a Honduran woman and the owner of Sirenita's Bar located on Regent Street West, was convicted of human trafficking of a 17-year-old minor, who was employed at the bar as a waitress. The conviction came after the minor testified in court that Garcia told her that she had to engage in sexual activities with the men at the bar while working. Garcia was found guilty and sentenced to 12 months in jail. Garcia's conviction for the crime of human trafficking was the first for Belize City but the second to have occurred around that time. The first was the conviction of 54-year-old Santa Elena Town resident, Narcisa Orellana who was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, a week earlier. Since her incarceration, Garcia, who began to serve her one year jail term in February, has appealed the conviction. On Monday, her bail application was heard before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. The bail application was made by her attorney, Mansel Thurton, but was met by strong objections by the DPP Cheryl Lynn Vidal. She submitted that Garcia is not a Belizean and has no ties to Belize.

Henry Jacobs charged for Murder
On Monday May 28, 22-year-old Henry Jacobs appeared in Magistrate's Court where he was arraigned on charges for the murder of 49-year-old Brian Welch, aka "Yanki" or "Oregon". Welch was shot and killed while in the company of two friends on the night of Sunday, April 29th in a yard on Faber's Road in Belize City. Jacobs, a fisherman of Faber's Road was in police custody since Tuesday of last week. He was arraigned in Court #1 before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. He was represented by attorney, Hubert Elrington. There, he was read a single charge of murder. No plea taken since the offense is indictable and bail could not be offered. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until July 5th. 49-year-old Brian Welch, who was a resident of the Burrell Boom/Hattieville Road, was walking in the company of two male friends on the night of Sunday, April 29, in the Faber's Road area. When upon reaching the intersection of Central American Boulevard and Faber's Road, he was shot and killed. Welch ran for his life up Faber's Road with the gunman setting chase after him. He ran into a yard and fell near a swampy area after being hit by a hail of bullets. His attacker walked over to him and emptied his gun on him.

Cop and His Brother granted Bail After Being Accused of Stealing Hilux
On Tuesday May 29th, Police Constable, Marvin Wade, who was remanded to prison a week earlier along with his brother 32-year-old Jason Wade, and 24-year-old Herwin Godoy appeared in Magistrate's Court. The three men were escorted from the Belize Central Prison and were represented in court by attorneys Arthur Saldivar and Brian Neal. In Court, disclosure was granted to them and Saldivar made a submission that after a preliminary look at it, in his view, there was not overwhelming evidence against his clients. The prosecution raised no further objection in the matter against the men but noted that the police investigation into the stolen vehicle is ongoing and that the disclosure granted to them was only partial. The men were then granted bail in the sum of $20,000 and are due back in Court on July 30

Jury acquits 4 men of murder
On Wednesday, May 30, a jury of 9 women and 3 men found Brionne Swift, Victor Garnett and Frank Edwards Jr., and Gabriel Salazar not guilty of murder 25-year-old James Alexander Edwards Swan and 26-year-old Eduardo Elias Gutierrez, whose bodies were discovered in a shallow grave on February 3, 2009, four days after they were killed. The trial concluded in the courtroom of Justice Herbert Lord when the men were all unanimously found not guilty for the crimes of murder and its alternative, manslaughter in the shooting death of the men. In the murder, Swan was shot once to the head while Gutierrez was shot once in the arm and according to the post-mortem, he was beaten with a blunt object, which caused injuries to his stomach and destroyed his organs. While Swift, Garnett and Edwards were free to leave the court room after the acquittal, Salazar was further detained due to a pending charge still before the court.

Karl Heusner remanded to Jail
Karl Heusner, a resident of #7 Berkeley Street, Belize City, appeared in Magistrate's Court on Monday May 28th after being busted with a .38 revolver loaded with 5 rounds of ammunition as well as 113 grams of marijuana. The bust was made on Saturday May 26, inside a home after police claim he was seen running into to escape from being caught by them. Heusner was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate's Court before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Frazer. He was read one count of keeping a firearm without a gun license, one count of keeping ammunition without a gun license and one count of drug trafficking. Heusner pleaded not guilty to all charges but due to the nature of the offenses, he was denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until July 30.

Interoffice Basketball Competition opens at Bird's Isle
Jamal Kelly scored 15 points for Tuff e Nuff against CYDP The 2012 Interoffice Basketball League Competition opened on Friday May 25, 2012, at the Bird's Isle in Belize City. This year's competition is featuring a total of 10 teams. The teams are Alamilla's Furniture, Belize Telemedia Ltd., Caye Caulker, Conscious Youth Development Programme (CYDP), Kolbe Foundation, Quan's Trading/Kephawn's Pawn Shop, Maria Chang, Police Department, Tuff e Nuff Tours and Youth for the Future (YFF).

Primary Schools Softball Competition Winding Up
Calvary Temple's Adler Romero rounding third base The 2011-2012 Belize City Primary Schools Softball Competition came to an end on Friday May 25, 2012, at Rogers Stadium with 4 games on the schedule.

Belize City Female All Star Softball Games set for June 10
The Belize City Softball Association is pleased to inform the public and all softball fans that the 2012 All Stars games will be played on Sunday June 10, 2012, at Rogers Stadium commencing at 10:00 am. The day will involve two games played between the players selected, a softball throwing contest, a Home Run Derby and some activities for the fans. The highlight of the day will be the presentation of trophies for the period 2008-2011.

Primary Schools Football Competition opens
The 2011-2012 Belize City Primary Schools Football Competition opened at the MCC Grounds on Monday May 28, 2012. This year's competition features 8 schools in the girls' competition and 17 schools in the boys' competition. The schools that are participating in the girls' competition are Holy Redeemer, Queen Square Anglican, Muslim Community, St. Ignatius, Hummingbird Elementary, Belize Elementary, Calvary Temple and St. Luke Methodist. Meanwhile, the schools in the boys' competition are Unity Presbyterian, St. Martin De Porres, St. John Vianney, Wesley Upper, St. Ignatius, Queen Street Baptist, Holy Redeemer, Queen Square Anglican, St. Mary's Primary, James Garbutt SDA, St. Luke Methodist, Muslim Community, Ebenezer Methodist, Hummingbird Elementary, Belize Elementary, New Horizon Academy and Calvary Temple. In the first girls' game of the competition, Muslim Community School won over St. Ignatius School by the score of 2-0. The goal scorers for Muslim Community were Mikayla Ramclam and Shanika Waller. In the first of two boys' games played, Hummingbird Elementary School defeated New Horizon Academy by the score of 4-0. The goals for Hummingbird Elementary included the two by Adrian McIntosh and the one by Rhiki Alegria and Enrique Martinez. In game two, James Garbutt SDA won over Muslim Community School by the score of 2-0. The goals for James Garbutt SDA were scored by Hubert Frazer and Michael Martinez.

Common sense is a tricky concept because what appears to be so obvious at first glance, and hence, suitable to be termed common sense, turns out to be based almost entirely on custom and culture. It is obvious to me that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west but accepting the accumulated knowledge of centuries, I accept that in fact the earth rotates around the sun. I do not in my heart believe that huge metal planes can fly and yet I frequently board them in one place and disembark in another without a qualm. In personal matters, the relativity of common sense becomes even clearer. It is only recently in Western societies that the poor were considered to be worthy of any thought at all. An infamous Victorian hymn sums up the prevailing concept that the poor should accept their God-ordained station in life. The first verse is relatively bland with "all things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all." However, subsequent verses make clear that, "The rich man in his castle, the poor man at his gate, God made them, high or lowly, and ordered their estate.". It is this same acceptance of the status quo that not only allowed the slave trade to flourish but even justified it with selective Biblical quotations. In many societies, even up to the present day, marriage was seen as a formal arrangement between families to strengthen alliances and consolidate wealth with no thought to personal choice or preferences. The expectation that powerful and successful men would have multiple sexual partners is not new and is even endorsed in the writings of the oldest monotheistic religions of Judaism and Islam where concubines and multiple wives are the norm. It is possible to base laws on "common sense" but we should never pretend that this represents anything more than reinforcing cultural norms.

Caye Caulker Chronicles

Calvin is the "go to" hand-made jewelry guy!
If you're looking for one-of-a-kind jewelry hand-made of semi-precious stones such as hematite, jade, turquoise, amber, etc. then Calvin is the person you need to speak to. Calvin can be found at his street side stand adjacent to Habaneros Restaurant on Front Street. If you stop by, tell him the Caye Caulker Chronicles sent you.

Toucan Canoe & Kayak Rentals
Allie Johnstone, proprietor of Toucan Canoe & Kayak Rentals, is a paddle professional. Allie has participated in the women's division in the absolutely grueling 3-day annual La Ruta Maya Canoe Race held annually in Belize, winning several medals and trophies. Ask her about the when next you see her. She is a true professional who now offers and sometimes leads kayak and canoe tours. Stop by her "office" on the beach near the arts and crafts stands on the way to the Split. Don't forget to mention that the Caye Caulker Chronicles sent you.

The Reporter

EU grants YWCA $1.75M for rural women
The Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) of Belize is about to start a $2.185 million training programme to help rural women and young people. They will do so with a �700,000 grant (BZ$1,750,000) from the European Union and BZ$435,000 from the Government of Belize under the Belize Rural Development Project II. YWCA Secretary General Sonia Lenares signed an agreement to this effect with Paola Amadei, the European Union's Ambassador to CARICOM and Ambassador Yvonne Hyde, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Finance at the Y.W.C.A. headquarters on St. Thomas Street. The project, expanding economic opportunities through entrepreneurship and marketing development, is intended to reduce poverty by improving the way of life for marginalized rural women and young people, so they become more productive, earn more income and create employment by developing their own enterprises. Project director Mrs. Regina Campbell explained that the project will target under-privileged women and young people in the rural Belize, especially Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo, because although the number of women in the work force is only about half the number of men, they are twice as likely to be unemployed. The same is true for young people, 14 to 24

EU funds $7.25 Million for GOB's Climate Change project
Belize will establish a Climate Change Office with �2.9 million (US$3.6 million) in funding from the European Union and BZ$750,000 in counterpart funding from the Government of Belize. The office aims to develop a resilient water sector and enhance climate change governance as part of a wider EU Climate Change Project entitled "Enhance adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change in national policies". Her Excellency Paola Amadei, Head of Delegation for the European Union, signed the financing agreement during an official visit on Tuesday, May 29. The project will help to strengthen the National Climate Change Office, which is providing economic, social and environmental expertise to meet the Government's objectives.

Belize's "Zoo Lady" honoured
The dynamic Founding Director of The Belize Zoo, Sharon Matola, was once again honoured for her extraordinary contributions to wildlife conservation this year, by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in the USA. Every year, the Cincinnati Zoo hosts a set of lectures called the Barrows Conservation Lecture Series, where internationally renowned scientists, conservationists and nature explorers are invited to coment on their work in this prestigious program, with one of the invitees being chosen for the annual Zoo Wildlife Conservation Award. Past recipients have included Jane Goodall, Ted Turner, Alan Rabinowitz, and Robert Kennedy. The 2012 nominee was none other than Belize's own "Zoo Lady," Sharon Matola. As part of her acceptance, Matola was invited to present in the Barrows Lecture Series, which she accepted without hesitation. Her talk, entitled, "Thinking (and playing) out of the box: Conservation Strategies That Rock!" she stressed the importance of engaging the public, community members and stakeholders, and doing so in fun and creative ways, in order to help them embrace any biodiversity conservation effort. With almost 30 years of conservation work in Belize, Matola had many innovative techniques, experiences, triumphs and trials to share with a captivated audience, but among the highlights, were her instrumental involvement in Harpy Eagle and Jaguar conservation, which were specially noted in her award nomination.

Modest pay raise for those who need it most
Minister of Labour Godwin Hulse has raised the minimum wage for all classes of manual workers from $3.10 per hour to $3.30 cents per hour in most cases. The 6.4 percent pay increase is seen as largely symbolic, but it will put $8.00 a week more in the pockets of those workers who need it most. The raise will apply immediately to domestic workers, unskilled workers in the citrus industry employed in picking fruit, transporting and cleaning, and for shop assistants.

Beryl cuts soggy path across U.S. southeast
Tropical Storm Beryl cut a soggy path across the U.S. southeast on Monday after swirling ashore in Florida at near hurricane strength. The second named storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season lashed the East Coast from north Florida to southern parts of North Carolina, and created a risk of flooding inland, even after it was downgraded to a tropical depression late Monday morning. "The main concern with slow moving Beryl continues to be very heavy rains which are expected to occur from northern Florida to southeastern North Carolina during the next day or two," the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in an advisory late Monday afternoon.

HIV infections down 7.4%
The number of new HIV/AIDs infections reported last year is 226, down by 7.4% from the 244 reported in 2010, and a whopping 50% cut from the 457 spike reported in 2004, according to a Ministry of Health statistics report released this week. The stigma and discrimination resulting from testing HIV-positive have always discouraged many from getting tested, so these figures represent only the tip of the iceberg resulting in an underestimation of the total number of infections, as health workers can only hazard a guess of how many more are infected who have not been tested.

Emergency polio plan needed
Tackling polio has entered "emergency mode" according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative after "explosive" outbreaks in countries previously free of the disease. It has launched a plan to boost vaccination in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the only countries where the disease is still endemic. Experts fear the disease could "come back with a vengeance". The World Health Organization says polio is "at a tipping point". There have been large outbreaks of the virus in Africa, Tajikistan and China has had its first cases for more than a decade. Bruce Aylward, head of the WHO's polio eradication campaign, said: "Over the last 24 months on three continents - in Europe, in Africa and in Asia - we have seen horrific explosive outbreaks of the disease that affected adults, and in some cases 50% of them died. "What it reminded people is that, if eradication fails, we are going to see an huge and vicious upsurge of this disease with consequences that it is very difficult even to foresee right now." In the global fight against polio, Pakistan is the key battleground, with the highest number of cases in the world. Nearly 200 children were paralysed here in 2011 - the worst figures in 15 years. And the Pakistani strain of the virus has crossed borders - causing outbreaks in Afghanistan and China.

Moen Stars & Rebels enter volleyball playoffs
The Moen Stars and the Rebels men both won through to the championship finals at the Belize Elementary School auditorium last Thursday and Saturday. They will challenge defending champions Lady Jaguars and the Jaguar men, each by winning the playoffs series of the Belize District Volleyball Association's Division 1 tournament The Moen Stars have dominated the third ranked SQ Stars in three sets in both matches. Shelmadine Cacho and Sherlene Johnson led their attacks, with the help of Tahera Ahmad and Precelia Hoare, while Kayla Dawson and Emma Hoare blocked, received and set the ball to win the first set 25-8. Sherika Burton, Jahshema Saunders, and Leandra Betson led the counterattack aided by Brianny Staine and Clara Sabal blocking and receiving, and Xiomara Quan setting the ball for them to hammer a kill. Krystal and Krystie Bevans took the court in the second set and the SQ Stars won many rallies, before the Moen Stars won 25-18. Nayala Tun reinforced the SQ Star's defense in the third set, but the Moen women prevailed 25-18.

Sugar City Girlz win national championship
Sugar City Girlz won the 2012 National Women's Football Championship competition organized under the auspices of the Football Federation of Belize, despite a 2-4 loss to the Pumas of Dangriga in the second game of the finals. The finals were played at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga on Saturday afternoon, May 26. The Pumas came out storming to avenge their 4-1 humiliation by the Sugar City Girlz in Orange Walk the week before. Nykemah Kuylen and Dorita Ramos led the offensive supported by Ashanti Velasquez and Sheyanne Castillo on the wings and Evelyn Nunez, Karissa Alvarado and Bernadine Gonzalez at midfield.

Belize's oil & Haiti's oil
On Wednesday, May 16, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, during his three-day visit to Belize, told The Reporter that one of the Commonwealth Secretariat's goals is to help ensure that Belize's petroleum fiscal regime achieve the fairest and most equitable returns for the Belizean people. Sharma said, "We're getting very strong on natural resources management with member states, and as far as the petroleum sector is concerned, we've already given an expert who prepared a report on the potential and how the management of the revenue can be done in the most responsible way."

Fisherman remanded to jail on gun charges
Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer has remanded Belize City fisherman Karl Heusner Jr., of #7 Berkeley Street, to the Belize Central Prison after he pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of a loaded 0.38 calibre pistol and 113 grams of marijuana, and drug trafficking. Heusner was unrepresented by an attorney when he appeared in the Belize City Magistrate's Court on Monday, May 28. Magistrate Frazer set July 30 for his next court appearance. Officers of Gang Suppression Unit on patrol found the pistol, from which the serial number had been filed off when they searched Heusner in the Wagner's Lane area on Saturday, May 26. Police reported that what appears to be cannabis fell from his pocket when they caught him after he tried to run away when he saw the patrol vehicle. One of the officers spotted Heusner, who appeared to be acting suspiciously. Heusner is no stranger to police and is believed to be an affiliate of George Street Gaza. The Amendments to the Firearm Act require that bail for any firearm and ammunition charge be obtained by applying to the Supreme Court.

Norman Slusher, 23, charged for Jason Canto's death
Norman Slusher, 23, a construction worker of #15 Tigris Street, was remanded to the Belize Central Prison earlier this week charged with Jason Canto's murder. Canto was ambushed as he sat in a barber's chair at Dale's Barber Shop on West Canal Street in Belize City around 7:45 on Thursday night, May 10. Police say two men of Creole descent entered the barber shop from a side door and opened fire, killing Canto where he sat.

Runner's astonishing journey from Big Issue seller to Olympic flame carrier
JUST three years ago, Joel Hodgson was sleeping rough on the steps of a police station. Today, the 24-year-old is preparing to carry the Olympic torch. Born in Belize in Central America, adopted by Scottish parents and brought up in Renton, Dunbartonshire, Joel's life has already been an amazing rollercoaster. And, in another twist, he is now training to run for Belize at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. In July, the former Big Issue seller, who now works for one of London's top law firms, will proudly carry the Olympic torch through the capital. And last week he discovered he could play an even bigger role at the Glasgow games and line up with some of the world's best athletes - including world record holder Usain Bolt - in the premier athletics event, the 100m. Joel has come a long, long way since being born in Belize.


From Crime to Creampuffs
Everyone has a different timeline, a unique story of why they decided to move to Belize and how their move went down. Our first time traveling to Belize was filled with firsts and a life changing vacation in may ways. It was our first trip together outside the country, a great test of our relationship and marked Paul's first tropical travel experience. Equally as important, it was a potential dealbreaker for me and for the first time I was not afraid to say it. I had long known at some point in my life I was determined to live at least six months of the year in the tropics but would prefer go full out year round. Of course I did not know Ambergris would be the place, but I knew from a young age I was a beach girl and was confident in laying it out on the table. Read how my childhood family vacations shaped my desire for a tropical move in my 2009 Christmas in the Tropics post. It was Love at first sight with the friendly people, golf carts, walking everywhere, laying in hammocks reading books, swimming weather in January and the colorful island vibe. I remember by the end of our trip not wanting to go home so bad that I started to get a sore throat. My body was literally rebelling against the act of going back to winter in Canada.

Traveling Central America is Not Always Easy or Cheap: Belize to Panama!
The distance between Belize City and Panama City is only 825 miles. Shorter than New York City to Miami (a 1.5 day bus trip on Greyhound bus for $109USD). Shorter than London to Rome (a 2 hour $100USD flight on something called Monarch Airlines). Granted those are much more frequently travelled routes...but how hard can this trip be? How expensive? It's really not THAT far. Here are the routes I considered: The train: I have read Paul Theroux's book "The Old Patagonian Express" where the author takes trains from Boston to Argentina in the late 1970s. This transit option through Central America no longer exists. Apparently most of these railroads were decommissioned in the 1980s and 90s and service has totally stopped in Nicaragua and Guatemala. Oh well...the author makes most of the actual ride sound pretty hellish anyway. (By the way, GREAT book.) The bus: It should be cheap, right? Slow but cheap. And you would have the option to stop as much as you want. I could take care of most of my bucket list right here, right now! This would be the cheapest route. Water Taxi from San Pedro to Belize City, 1.25 hours - $30 BZD Bus from Belize City to Santa Elena/Flores, 5 hours and $40BZD and then Santa Elena to Guatemala City, $44 BZD, 9 hours Here is the crazy/exciting part: Tica Bus provides a bus service from Guatemala City to Panama. $127 USD ($254 BZD). Guatemala City to El Salvador, 4 hours (overnight in San Salvador), El Salvador to Nicaragua, 12 hours (overnight in Managua), Managua to San Jose, Costa Rica (12 hours), then drive ALL NIGHT long for 15 hours to Panama City. (This blog describes that last leg pretty well...I Like Going Places. Border crossings sound like hell). OH LORD. So what's the total price of this trip of a lifetime? A trip I can sit around and laugh about in 20 years? $368BZD or $184USD. Plus any overnight costs in Guatemala, San Salvador and Managua. All the super cool stamps in your passport are free. can stop as much as you want. Intriguing. And something I thought about seriously... The plane: By far the most expensive. There is only one airline that takes you from Belize City to Panama City, through San Salvador, TACA. Prices range from $600 to $700 US dollars round trip over the next few weeks and the flight takes a few hours. I'm leaving on Saturday, flying to San Jose, Costa Rica and will flying back from Panama City just in time for Lobsterfest 2012. In between, I'll have lots to report back about...

A Regal Plume of Feathers Sighted at Chaa Creek
Each individual species of bird has it's particular intrigue, personality and specific distinctions that separate it and make it different from all other birds. In the case of the Yellow Throated Euphonia its movements are quick and erratic. The movements almost seem like involuntary twitches but upon closer observation one realizes this rapid movement of head jolts and posture changes is very much intended. With its regal yellow breast and heightened alertness this magnificent bird exerts an air of control and vigilance over its surroundings. The yellow- throated euphonia reaches a size of approximately 11 centimeters. Their habitat is from the midlevel to the canopy of the rainforest and they are also found in open areas with scattered trees, including villages, towns and along the edges of broadleaf forests. They greatly enjoy perching on flowering and fruit trees.

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Belizean Iraq veteran to deliver York's valedictorian speech
This year's York College valedictorian took the long road to graduating with his chemistry degree and after overcoming many challenges, he is still looking for more. Tony Wan, 25, served two tours of duty in Iraq as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, achieving the rank of corporal, before enrolling at York. The Flushing native said he decided on military service when he was a junior at Benjamin Cardozo High School. "Seeing my family's financial situation and I wanted to be more independent, I thought it would be the best to take care of myself financially," he said. After heading to the U.S. Marine Corps base in Camp Lejeune, N.C., Wan was deployed twice to Iraq, where the young man was confronted with firefights, improvised explosive devices and the death of one of his friends. Wan said the transition back to civilian life seemed daunting at first, especially entering a collegiate setting where he feared he would not be able to relate to those around him. "I had been hearing from a lot of friends that they were having a difficult time adjusting, like just holding back their thoughts and not screaming their heads off at fellow students or teachers," he said. Those fears were assuaged during one of his first visits to the college. "While I was still in the military I came home to check out schools. I went to St. John's and to York and when I got to York the first person I saw was Dr. [Emmanuel] Chang," said Wan, who was interested in the college's Physician Assistant Program. "He was doing something else and he dropped that to help me. I knew this was where I wanted to be." "There were a lot of different professors and students who were very open-minded. Even though they were unfamiliar with what I went through, they were willing to accept it," he added. After three years in college, Wan is graduating with a 3.99 grade-point average, which represents another of the veteran's major accomplishments. "It's ironic. It took me three tries to pass chemistry in high school and now I will be applying to medical school after majoring in chemistry at York," he said. Wan, who was born in Belize to Chinese immigrants, came to the United States when he was 3. He is the first person in his family to go to college and is interested in studying neurology in order to help veterans and others who suffer from nerve damage and neurological disorders.

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