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Valid:Sunday, June 17 until Monday, June 25, 2012

Expect more showers and thunderstorms this week, especially on Thursday and Friday.

An upper level trough swinging eastwards from the Gulf of Mexico is interacting with a trough of low pressure over the NW Caribbean. This atmospheric pattern will persist until Wednesday, favoring more showers. Meanwhile, a surface low will move over Belize and Yucatan during the next 48-72 hours, generating more showers and thunderstorms over most districts this week.

Substantial influx of moisture was forced northward ahead of an upper level trough moving slowly eastward from the Gulf of Mexico and a surface trough of low pressure extending from the Bahamas to the NW Caribbean. This resulted in heavy and widespread showers and thunderstorms across Belize this weekend, generating localized floods. Satellite imagery revealed that the bulk of the rainfall was concentrated over southern districts and the coast. Rainfall total in the range of six (6) inches was accumulated at the International Airport over the weekend. Other localities in the South accumulated in excess of six inches over the weekend.

During this week we can expect the showery weather to persist. A surface low is moving slowly WNW towards Belize from just offshore NE Honduras. This low will cross Belize late Wednesday and will move over northern Yucatan and the southern Gulf of Mexico by Thursday and Friday.

Daily rainfall accumulations will range from 0.50-1.50 inches on Sunday through Wednesday over most districts, but will increase to 1.00-2.00 inches per day on Thursday through Saturday, mostly over central and northern areas. Daily rainfall totals on Sunday through Monday will be ranging from 0.50-1.25 inches, especially over the central and NE areas of the sea and the mainland. Expect higher rainfall in the higher terrain this week.

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The San Pedro Sun

New Xunantunich Ferry On the Horizon
On Friday June 8th 2012, Tracy Panton, CEO of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, signed a contract for BZ $142,130.16 with Mr. Liam Stewart of Cayo Steel Works for the construction of the new Xunantunich ferry. The new ferry will retain much of the characteristics of the iconic hand-cranked ferry which has faithfully served tourists and local visitors for over 3 decades. The ferry currently transports around 50, 000 visitors a year and up to 300 visitors a day on peak days, with the assistance of the strong arms of the Institute of Archaeology ferry captains! Funded through the Sustainable Tourism Program (STP) the new ferry will have a larger capacity to assist visitor flow, incorporate improved safety measures and include motorized assistance to the traditional hand-crank operations. Cayo Steel Works Ltd. was incorporated in Belize in 2001, and has vast experience as a local supplier and manufacturer of steel engineered products. Mr. Stewart is excited to be selected for this project and has his materials ready to go, with completion and final installation of the ferry anticipated within 3 months.

Coral Reef Ed-Ventures is Back!
If you would like to learn about the coral reef, become a coral reef expert and have fun with us and your friends, come to the Coral Reef Ed-Ventures program! Sponsored by Smith College and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Advanced Program Who: Students ages 12 and above (or with prior experience). When: June 18th – June 22nd, 4 – 6 pm Where: San Pedro High School Movie Night at the Lion’s Den When: Tuesday June 19th at 7:00pm. All are welcome. Free snacks and drinks! Youth Program Who: Students ages 7 – 12 When: July 2nd – July 13th Where: The RC School There will be a graduation at the end of the programs for all students and family members to attend. Graduation will be on July 12th at the Lion’s Den. Everything is free and fun! Permission slips will be available at the library across from the RC School and at the Hol Chan Office! We look forward to seeing you there!

San Pedro High School Graduation 2012
64 students received diplomas at Saturday’s graduation ceremonies at the Rafael Angel Nuñez Auditorium, 18 of who wore green honor roll ribbons. Topping the class and presenting the Valedictory address was Emilie Adelina Gomez while Kelsie Camille Santos offered the Salutatory Address. The graduation ceremony began shortly after 5pm, with the graduates marching down the aisle to take their seat for the graduation mass and ceremony. Family and loved ones gathered to witness with pride, the graduation ritual of the students who have worked hard for four years to achieve their high school education. Masters of ceremonies for the event were fellow graduates, Glenn Rudolf Gillett and Miss Fatima Solani Graniel. The main address at the event was given by guest speaker, District Education Officer, Dr. Candy Armstrong, followed by the valedictory address by Miss Emilie Adelina Gomez and the rose ceremony by Nirsa Leilani Sanchez. Also addressing the graduates was Principal Emil R. Vasquez and the vote of thanks was given by Mr. Giovanni Ismael Kay.

Tuff E Nuff leading the pack in interoffice basketball
Tuff E Nuff Tours of San Pedro is on top of the table in the 2012 Interoffice Basketball Tournament. With nine games played so far they are clear ahead of the rest, winning eight and losing on only one occasion, earning seventeen of a possible twenty points and putting them three points clear of the competition. Their latest victory was celebrated last Sunday, June 17th, with a 63 to 49 win over Team Police, reinforcing their dominance over the tournament so far and already securing them a spot in the playoffs. The performance of the team so far is in line with player/couch Rico Black’s comments that they “have a good chance of winning the competition this year.” Next up for Tuff E Nuff is the Youth for the Future Team (YFF) who they play on Thursday, June 21st. Since they have already clinched their spot in the playoffs that game will only determine their seed in the post season and who they will be playing against once playoffs get underway.

San Pedro Police gear up for Police Week
Police Week will be celebrated in Belize from the 24th to the 30th of June under the theme “Let’s Unite and Continue to make Belize Safe.” As such, the San Pedro Police Department is gearing up for the week’s activities and has issued their official calendar of events. On Sunday June 24th, the Police Department kicks off activities with their annual ecumenical church service at Living Word Church. The service starts at 10:45AM and will be open to the entire public. Immediately after the service, police officers will then be invited to a lunch by the local pastor of the church. A similar service is being planned simultaneously countrywide. On Monday June 25th, members of the SP police department will be visiting hot spots and meeting with community members. They will be distributing flyers to encourage people to partner with the police in an effort to reduce crime. T-shirts will also be distributed to members of the community.

Ambergris Today

New Xunantunich Ferry to Serve Maya Site
On Friday June 8th 2012, Tracy Panton, CEO of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, signed a contract for BZ $142,130.16 with Mr. Liam Stewart of Cayo Steel Works for the construction of the new Xunantunich ferry. The new ferry will retain much of the characteristics of the iconic hand-cranked ferry which has faithfully served tourists and local visitors for over three decades. The ferry currently transports around 50, 000 visitors a year and up to 300 visitors a day on peak days, with the assistance of the strong arms of the Institute of Archaeology ferry captains! Funded through the Sustainable Tourism Program (STP) the new ferry will have a larger capacity to assist visitor flow, incorporate improved safety measures and include motorized assistance to the traditional hand-crank operations. Cayo Steel Works Ltd. was incorporated in Belize in 2001, and has vast experience as a local supplier and manufacturer of steel engineered products. Mr. Stewart is excited to be selected for this project and has his materials ready to go, with completion and final installation of the ferry anticipated within 3 months

San Pedro High at 40, Celebrates 36th Graduation
FORTY YEARS OF EXCELLENCE was the theme of San Pedro High School graduation exercises on Sunday, June 16, 2012. The R. Angel Nuñez Auditorium was full to capacity as 62 seniors marched the green carpet for the 36th Annual Graduation Exercises and Fortieth Anniversary. After the Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Rev. Father Arturo Añonuevo, Emcees Fatima Solani Graniel and Glenn Rudolf Gillett led through the proceedings by inviting honor student Kelsie Camille Santos to the podium for the salutatory address. On an interesting note Graduate Kelsie Santos did not receive one single demerit for her entire four years at SPHS. Principal Emil Vasquez and Martha Guerrero, chairlady distributed diplomas to 62 graduates and then many academic and athletic awards to students and graduates. A few teachers, as well as board members, received awards for outstanding and/or long service to the institution. Education Officer Candy Armstrong was the invited guest speaker.

The Very First Graduation, Class Rings and Prom
Before 1971 nobody had heard or participated in a graduation ceremony in San Pedro. There were no kindergartens, no high school, no Junior College, no university. Of course, there was the San Pedro R.C. School but the farewell/leaving criterion was simply to reach the age of 14. Some kids reached the age of 14 in Standard IV or V and that is when they left. Others reached Standard VI at the tender age of 12 or 13 and they were compelled to repeat that class until the legal age to leave. At the end of the school year, the teacher gave out report cards and there were no more promotions because that was the end of the formal education system in San Pedro. Girls started to do house keeping and boys went into fishing. Only a selected and fortunate one or two ever got to go to high school and they graduated from Saint John’s College in Belize City. I was one of those few fortunate kids graduating in 1967.

Flashbacks: Teacher Marthita Leslie a Pillar in Education
Can’t really tell what year they graduated from the San Pedro R.C. School but here we can appreciate Miss Lucy Trejo and Miss Marthita Leslie’s Infant one class of the only primary school on the island in early 1970’s. Young, energetic and intelligent Mrs. Leslie’s trademark has always been the infants where her principals had the confidence that she would give them the best foundation in Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (the three R’s). It worked both ways as Marthita begged her boss to allow her to remain in the infants section and parents begged her also for her to be with their young children. She must have done a great job with her students because today we find a lot of them holding important positions in the community. Indeed Marthita Leslie has been a pillar in education in San Pedro. A bit difficult to tell all their faces but if you recognize any feel free to identify them on the comment box below. The R.C. School was founded sometime perhaps in the 1920’s and still going strong today.

Secrets To Life: Love Like Water -By Chris Emmanuel
Sometimes I don’t like love, nature, source, God, what that means to you. It’s like a friend or family member who gets under your skin. You know, that boss you just have to put up with-who knows everything! You say, “Lord give me strength,” every time he/she talks. Like rainy days when you planned a sunshine event. Or your kid’s bad behaviors just before you leave the house and YOU have to drive them somewhere. Finally you get underway and to school, you threaten to leave them saying,” I’m not coming back. “Get out!” Slam!! The car door. They smile at you as you drive off. They know you are lying, and then you curse them and laugh till you cry. Sometimes it’s hard to like love. But real love has to be stronger than like. It has to withstand, quick emotions, raging outburst, outlast stormy dark thoughts to rise to the truth of what is. Real love is cultivated through time into a place that accepts another as they are. Eventually unconditionally all that is, this is to love what is. Like water, real love can wash the dirty parts of any body. Making them clean. And water won’t argue how you use it. Who can love like water?

Pic of the Week: Dancing with the Sharks and Rays
Actress and Ocean Activist Kate Walsh enjoyed snorkeling Belize's Barrier Reef and Marine Reserve sites during her visit on World Ocean’s Day. She visited Belize to work along with Oceana to help raise awareness on both of Belize’s majestic Barrier Reef and fragile marine ecosystem, as well as Oceana’s call to protect it by having offshore exploration and drilling banned from Belize’s Seas. Here are some of the great captures taken by photographer Tony Rath as Kate enjoyed the underwater wonders of Belize – at Shark Ray Alley, Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Marie Carroll & Phil Rigby Nuptials
On Saturday, June 16, 2012, two amazing people tied the knot in a surprise wedding at Casa Caracol. The beautiful ceremony took place on the beachside, accompanied by their friends and family. After the ceremony the nuptials and their guests celebrated inside Casa Caracol with delicious food by Mango's Restaurant and entertainment by Gino and Derrick Baños. Congratulations to Marie and Phil!

Misc Belizean Sources

Sailing Regattas Promise Viewers Some Colorful Spectacles During Lobsterfest
On the final weekend of Lobsterfest - June 23 and 24 - the San Pedro Sailing Club’s junior racing squad and their Belize Sailing Association (BzSA) cohorts from the mainland will compete in the first two international regattas ever held in Belize. Thirteen junior sailors from Guatemala’s ASOVELA* racing association will put BzSA’s nascent 11-month-old racing program to its toughest test yet. About fifty children all told, are expected to compete over the weekend. Come see how our skippers fare in boats sponsored by Ambergris Lakes Villas, Caribbean Villas, Catamaran Beach Bar, Palapa Bar & Grill, Palo Alto, Playa Blanca, and San Pedro The Belize-Guatemala International Friendly Regatta is on Saturday the 23rd. It will begin close offshore at Central Park at 10 am. And continue throughout the day., Since the race course for these small boats will be quite close to shore and quite short in both time and distance from spectators, The races should be very easy and exciting to watch and understand. On Sunday, June 24, the team from Liberty Children’s Home will join the others, and friendly racing will continue during the San Pedro Sailing Club Regatta. It begins at 9 AM at Caribbean Villas, Where viewers can be close to the action again and where food and beverages are available.

Great Belize Video
The Benque House of Culture posted this. The best thing about this great video, which has random shots from all over Belize, is the Belizean music in the background. Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective are in the background for the first half. Cayo is all over the video, and the first picture is in Cayo. Xunantunich is at the end.

DCM Engineers new website
DCM Engineers has a new website. Good job, Nancy Escalante and Yuribeth Sarceno. Should be uploading more websites this week to the Best of Cayo.

Cayo's Motocross Pictures
Pictures from Cayo's Motocross, which is held every few months at the Peter August race track in Santa Elena.

Xunantunich Getting New Ferry
Xunantunich is getting a new ferry! The classic hand cranked ferry, that's been in 1000's of pictures and videos, is being retired after 3 decades. "The new ferry will retain much of the characteristics of the iconic hand-cranked ferry which has faithfully served tourists and local visitors for over 3 decades. The ferry currently transports around 50, 000 visitors a year and up to 300 visitors a day on peak days, with the assistance of the strong arms of the Institute of Archaeology ferry captains! Funded through the Sustainable Tourism Program (STP) the new ferry will have a larger capacity to assist visitor flow, incorporate improved safety measures and include motorized assistance to the traditional hand-crank operations."

Scarlet Macaw Documentary Film Stills
Another great documentary is on the way from Daniel Velazquez. In this documentary film, he follows the group that monitors the Scarlet Macaws in the Chiquibul National Park. Great shots of nesting Macaws and some tapir too. Can't wait to see this one.

Black Rock Lodge
Black Rock Lodge got a good mention on the web. They have some amazing reveiws on Trip Advisor, and are ranked number 3 in hotels. Beautiful spot. "Have you heard of Black Rock Lodge? I hadn’t until I did a little research into the best hotels for budget travelers in the San Ignacio area... It’s a small, off the grid hotel in the San Ignacio area of Belize that offers locally grown food, has a hydropower system and also uses solar power electricity. How cool is that?"

Channel 7

Doctor Killed, Found Partially Nude. No Forced Entry
If you have been to the emergency room at the KHMH, there is a fair chance that you might have been treated by Dr. Ivan Garcia. But, tonight his colleagues in the E-R are in a state of shock after the Doctor they worked with for nine years was found dead in his home this morning; he had been murdered. Monica Bodden was on the scene and she has this report:.. Monica Bodden reporting Around 9:30 this morning, the body of Doctor Ivan Garcia lay dead inside his 2 story concrete home in Belama Phase 1- Police along with a team of crime investigators processed the crime scene thoroughly -in this quiet residential neighborhood. A number of doctors gathered outside Garcia's home this morning- still in shock and in disbelief - as they patiently waited for the body of their fallen colleague to be removed from inside the house.

Mass Shooting Injures 4, Kills 1; Target Says Shooters Need "Practice"
And while the murder of a doctor is making the headlines tonight - the disturbing crime pattern continued this weekend in the city. Seven persons were shot - four of them in a single incident. It happened on Neal Pen Road - which has recently flared up as a hotspot. As we found out today - the community is surrounded by violence because former neighbors and friends have now become bitter rivals at very close range. Here's the story: Jules Vasquez reporting Today police and BDF patrolled Maksall Street and Neal Pen Road - establishing a visible presence in the embattled neighborhood - and at the Living Hope Preparatory School. That's because the area is red hot: five people were shot between the school and the basketball court in less than 24 hours.

Man Survives Execution Attempt In Cayo
A man survived an execution attempt in San Ignacio Town today. Cecilio Gregorio was shot to the head at point blank range, but the bullet only grazed his head. Gregorio owns and operates Cecilio's Mechanic Shop on Third Street in San Ignacio. This morning at around 11 - two men arrived at the shop on motorcycle asking for him. One remained outside on the motorcycle while the other went inside looking for him. He found Cecilio washing his hands, and as the mechanic turned around - he was facing the shooter who reportedly had a 38 revolver pointed at him. Cecilio raised his hands and the shooter asked no questions and fired at him. He was reportedly only five feet away, but somehow he missed and grazed the left side of Cecilio's head and hit him in the shoulder. Cecilio fell backwards, and the gunman jumped on the motorcycle and they sped off. Civilians in the area pursued and saw the pair heading for a well-known unregulated border crossing close to San Jose Succotz. They are believed to have gone across the border into Guatemala - and police have very low expectations of catching them. Police are reviewing a surveillance camera from a gas station on the bullet tree road where the motorcycle driver is believed to have filled up before going on the hit. Cecilio Gregorio is in a stable condition at the KHMH.

Ex-Wife Says Machete Man Had A Torrid Temper When Drunk
Two men are in the KHMH recovering after being viciously chopped this weekend. It happened in Ladyville and 7news was at the crime scene on Saturday:.. Jules Vasquez reporting On Saturday morning, police were at the bungalow home off Perez Road in Ladyville where Antonio Cowo and Rudolfo Sanchez were chopped up. The scenes of crime team recovered the machete that 36 year old David Melendez allegedly used in the chopping. A trail of blood followed outside the house, and inside, blood was everywhere splattered and daubed over the appliances. Melendez was found sleeping in this bed, surrounded by the blood of his associates. The signs of violence - however extreme - came as no surprise to his ex wife and mother of his two children: Gladys Perez, Ex Common-Law Of Accused "Three months he and I separated because he is a violent person when he is drinking. I don't know what really happened here because he and I are not together anymore. The only thing that I can say is th

Missing Cayo Teen Found In Benque
A 13 year old girl was reported missing in San Ignacio today - but the good news tonight is that she was found about 45 minutes ago and is in the company of her fmaily. Alarms went off - because she went missing after a visit to the grocery store this morning. But, acting on information they had, her family found her this evening in Benque Viejo. In related news, reports from Cayo police are that police have detained an adult male who they believe has been driving around soliciting children and plying them for sexual favours. It's a sensational story and the Officer Commanding in Cayo, Senior Superintendent Chester Williams confirmed that they have a person in custody and have impounded his car. We'll have more on this tomorrow.

Quick Police Work Nabs Robbers In Cayo
Tonight Cayo Police have 2 men in custody, and they are held pending charges for the Last week Friday morning's robbery of a Chinese businessman in San Ignacio. One of the men accused of the robbery was recently employed at the establishment, and in fact, he quit earlier in the day. According to police, Jin Huang Mad, a 50 year-old businessman was at his establishment called Chen's Super Store when 2 men with handkerchiefs over their faces stormed in. The men robbed Mad at knifepoint of $200 in cash, a laptop computer, and assorted phone cards. Quick police response led to the detention of the 2 assailants, along with the recovery of all the stolen items - all done by 2 in the afternoon. Those men are Gian Espat of Santa Elena, who quit his job at the store the very same morning of the robbery, and 20 year old William Ralda a Guatemalan.

Doctors Speak Up For Murdered Colleague
As we reported at the top of the newscast - today the KHMH lost one of its Doctors to murder. Indeed, it is a sign that the crime epidemic is reaching all sectors of society - now entering even the professional ranks. But while noting that - we note also that Dr. Ivan Garcia was not killed as a result of the usual gunplay that causes most of Belize's murders: he was strangled to death, apparently by someone who did not use forced entry to get into his home. Nonetheless, his professional colleagues provided a dignified professional overview of his career and an emotional statement on the circumstance of Garcia's death. Here are some excerpts:.. Dr. Adrian Coye "In summary this morning we were informed of the very tragic and untimely passing of our colleague, he is Dr. Ivan Garcia Gomez. He has been working for this hospital in the accident and emergency unit for the past 9 years and has always been an excellent physician and colleague, someone to rely on. We are truly saddened by his loss. He is originally from Guatemala, he has a family. We have benefitted and shared with his wealth of experience, the Belizean population has benefitted from the gift of his talents and we are truly sorry for his untimely passing. Our sympathies to his family. We have no expectation of this, in our eyes he is an absolute professional and very caring individual and very dependable. He has really done a great service in our time. We have no problems foresee. I cannot say beyond that."

PUP Shakes Up Executive, Purges "Bricenistas"
The PUP is shaking up things on its National Executive. The new post-election configuration has a few points of note. First, it installs five deputy leaders. They are Florencio Marin Jr., Carolyn Trench Sandiford, Michael Espat, Julius Espat and Dolores Balderamos Garcia. Second, it removes Lisa Shoman as the Party's Communications Director and replaces that post with four regional communications directors. We know that Shoman - as UNIBAM's attorney - had encountered inter-party resistance for taking on that client. The regional communications director for the East - meaning the Belize city media Center - will be former leader Said Musa's son, Kareem. We note that it also purges the executive of all remaining John Briceno loyalists, including the former leader's brother Jaime Briceno, Narda Garcia and Servulo Baeza. The new executive was confirmed by the PUP's National Party Council on Saturday, June 16th.

Berne's Back With A Brand New "Dileeyu"
Berne Velasquez may be the hardest working man on the local showbiz scene. We've shown you his work in movies, documentaries and music videos - but now he's going back to what made him famous in the first place, music. He's releasing his latest album called "Dileeyu Reloaded" - which sounds a lot like his last album which was just called Dileeyu. He explained how it's the same, but different:.. Berne Velasquez "Pretty much what I am doing in Belize right now is promoting my new album "Dileeyu Reloaded." This is the CD right here. The "Dileeyu Reloaded" is what we called the revamp portion of the "Dileeyu" project; as I have moved 10,000 of the last project, instead of pressing up another 10,000 of that project; what I did was added more songs to it, remixes, hype tunes that have been playing on the radio like "Do the Dance" - the song that I performed and steal the show with at spring break 2012 in Cancun on the beach. I also put "Who da the Pa" on this new album. This is a song where we talk about Supa G, Conciego, Taprik, Lova Boy and there is something on this CD for everybody, so I hope the people would find me deserving of their support as I continue to use my music to teach, inspire, uplift, motivate and encourage."

Frustrated Citizen Cleans His Own Storm Drain
Last week we told you all about the City Council's plan for its first hundred days in office - but that didn't include cleaning all drains. And that's because even if Mayor Bradley and his round table stayed up nights working on all the clogged drains in the city - they still wouldn't even be halfway done after a hundred days! The drains have been the victims of chronic neglect and no one knows that better than Carlos Diaz. He lives right next to a huge storm drain - and when it rains, his entire neighborhood floods. It's been raining a lot lately - and despite all best efforts - he hasn't been able to get the city council to come and clean out the drain. So in a mixture of frustration and civic duty, he decided to do it himself today. He told Monica Bodden why:..

Channel 5

Guatemalan Doctor murdered
The spate of violence continues to spiral; in June so far thirteen murders have been recorded but since the beginning of the year, the loss of human life stands at seventy-one. In tonight’s newscast, there are two murders to report; seven others were shot since the weekend. The madness started on Friday night, but the [...]

K.H.M.H. doctors hold vigil for slain colleague
In light of Dr. Ivan Garcia Gomez’s murder, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital called a short press conference to brief the media on the death of their colleague. Doctor Ivan Gomez, known affectionately as Doctor Garcia, was a member of the K.H.M.H. family for nine years. The institution issued an emotionally charged statement, addressing the [...]

Shots fired into a group; one dead, several injured
In the Old Capital, a group of eight persons came under gunfire at about seven o’clock on Friday night. It all happened on the verandah of a school on Maskall Street. The group, including a sixteen year old female minor, was hanging out at the Living Hope Preparatory School when gunmen rode up and unleashed [...]

Several individuals shot during violent weekend
Four hours after the murder of Joseph Myers, shots rang out again; this time on Faber’s Road Extension. Twenty-three year old construction worker, Byron James, was walking home when a man fully dressed in black fired several shots at him, hitting him on the right side of his abdomen and right arm. The violence spread [...]

Cayo mechanic shot by Guatemalan assassins
Shortly after ten this morning a Cayo resident was shot during what appears to be an assassination attempt. Cecilio Gregorio, a mechanic, was confronted by two men who were pretending to look for a job, one of them pulled out a gun and fired two shots at him. Luckily, he survived. According to Senior Superintendent [...]

Rain on coastal areas cause damage to road
The coastal areas of the country were inundated by inclement weather. In the south of the country, the Sittee River went above normal levels, while the Kendal crossing was under water. A section of the Southern Highway, which lacked culverts, was also washed away. The highway is being repaired and the Kendal is now passable. [...]

Flooding in Ladyville and Lord’s Bank
In the Belize District, in the first week of June, days of nonstop rains caused flooding in several parts of the country including the River Valley, where farmers lost their crops and Belize Rural Central, where a Ladyville School had to cancel classes for two days. Well today, Our Lady of the Way R.C School [...]

Carnal Knowledge of 7 year old by 14 year old
In a disturbing report from Belmopan, a seven year old girl has come forward to report that she was the victim of ongoing sexual abuse in 2011. According to the little girl, it started last February when she was at a neighbor’s house watching television with her brother and a friend. The child told police [...]

Chopping in Ladyville; is a woman’s affection the cause?
There is other crime news; a chopping incident in Ladyville shortly after midnight on Saturday has left two men wounded. According to reports, thirty six year old David Melendez was drinking with two friends when he pulled a machete and chopped them; Leonel Antonio Cowo was chopped about four times to the hand and has [...]

Family of accused murderers says they’re innocent
As we reported earlier in our newscast, three persons were arrested and charged for Friday night’s shooting on Maskall road that claimed the life of Joseph Myers and left three others injured. Late this afternoon, the trio; brothers: twenty-eight year old William Vasquez and twenty-five year old Clinton Fitzgibbon Harris along with their cousin, twenty-nine [...]

Maritza Santos’ family wants murder suspect returned to Belize
It’s been almost nine months since nineteen year old Maritza Santos was murdered, allegedly during an argument with her boyfriend twenty-six year old Michael Silva in the Kontiki area of San Ignacio. Reports are that Silva hit Santos on the head with a blunt object and then attempted to end his own life by ingesting [...]

Police nabs Cayo robbery suspects
San Ignacio, in addition to being a tourist destination, appears to also be attracting criminals. Senior Superintendent Chester Williams told News Five that police and community cooperation has led to the quick detention of suspects and the recovery of items from a recent robbery of a local Cayo business.   Via Phone: Sr. Supt. Chester [...]

Public Service Day celebrated across the country
There are about thirteen thousand persons on the government payroll; beginning today and for the rest of the week, the Public Service Commission is staging Public Service Week to highlight their work. The activities kicked off this morning at the Charles Bartlett Hyde Building, where the mayor was the main speaker. News Five’s Delahnie Bain [...]

Veteran Sportscaster exciting sports update
Good evening. I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   The rains over the weekend played havoc with the sporting schedule forcing cancellations and postponements in most advertised activities and in fact, only the Interoffice Basketball League demonstrated signs of life here in the metropolis. So we take you out to Big Bird’s Isle [...]


Residents of Teakettle village in the Cayo district are taking proactive measures to keep their children safe. At a meeting held late last week, a number of proposals were put forward by the villagers themselves. Gilbert Andrews organized the meeting, and he today gave Love...

A Workshop for children with special education is being held at the National Resource Center four Inclusive Education in Belize City. The one week workshop by Bridgewater State University in partnership with the Ministry of Education started today. Dr. Mary Connor is one of...

A number of persons were shot in Belize City over the weekend, one fatally. Today Police Press Officer, Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood briefed reporters on the fatal one that turned out fatal on Maskall Street off Pen Road on Friday night.

Residents of Hope Creek and Sarawee villages in the Stann Creek district are on high alert for flooding. That is because the level of the North Stann Creek River was on the rise this morning. Officials from the National Emergency Management Organization, NEMO are also keepi...

On Friday June 8th, CEO of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Tracy Panton signed a one hundred and forty two thousand one hundred and thirty Belize Dollar contract for the construction of a new Xunantunich Ferry to be funded by the Sustainable Tourism Program, STP. Projec...

A doctor was discovered murdered in his home this morning. Doctor Ivan Garcia, who works with the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, was found sometime around seven this morning inside his house a 2113 Guava Street in the Belama Phase two off the Northern Highway in Beliz...

Plans are well underway for this year’s the annual Belize Defence Force volunteers’ battle camp. Our Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung has the details. PAUL MAHUNG, Reporter “BDF Volunteer Battalion, second in command, Major James Petillo, conf...

Residents of Dangriga participated in a candlelight vigil on Thursday night. Correspondent Harry Arzu has the details. HARRY ARZU, Reporter “Youth for The Future and concern citizen of Dangriga joined in the rest of the country in a candle light vigil in ...

The safety of children will be the focus of a community meeting scheduled for tonight in the village of Teakettle in the Cayo district. Residents of the village are being asked to come out and share ideas on how to keep their children safe, particularly with classes about to break for ...

FEM CRUZ, Reporter “One Two Three a four days development training course for police officers, which started on Tuesday, will conclude today Friday here in the City of Belmopan at the Police Training Academy. The purpose for this training course was to refresh the minds...

Cane Farmer’s Day is being held today in Orange Walk Town. A number of businesses have come together and set up booths at the Cane Farmers Association compound to celebrate the important day set aside to honor the men that labor in our sugar production industry. Love ...

Three days after a terrifying incident in Ladyville village, a concerned parent is calling on authorities to do something about what has been described as an attempted assault of a young boy. The father, who asked us not to release his name, told Love News that he was on his way ...

PAUL MAHUNG, Reporter “Activities are held in Punta Gorda in connection with Blood Donors Week. The activities are highlighting the important role of blood donors and their invaluable contributions in saving lives. Medical technician at the Punta Gorda Hospital, T...

Today the National Aids Commission is concluding a capacity building and institutional strengthening workshop with several partners in Orange Walk. Dalila Ical has the story. DALILA ICAL, Reporter “Individual member agencies, government departments, nongovernme...


Turmoil in Athletics governing body inches toward resolution
The turmoil within the governing body for athletics in Belize continues to inch towards a resolution, even as our athletes continue to burn up the track in regional competitions. The in-fighting dates back to October of last year when a group of disgruntled members of the Belize Amateur Athletics Association moved to overthrow the president, Ian Gray. But Gray would not be displaced so easily and he put up a fight. That fight ended up all the way at the confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean. They sent down an arbitration panel in February of this year, and on Thursday of this week, the arbiter issued its verdict. Embattled president of the Belize Amateur Athletics Association Ian Gray sat down with reporters this afternoon to explain what the arbitration decision is. Gray says that under the directives of the arbitration panel, he will now seek to empanel the ad hoc committee of past presidents to oversee the way forward. Gray is confident that despite the best efforts of his detractors, the sport of Athletics must not be made to suffer just to satisfy the egos of a few people.

Convict gets appeal
An appeal by Earl Clare Jr. who was convicted of drug trafficking for about 47 pounds of cannabis and was sentenced to three years and fined $10,000.00, was allowed by Justice Adolph Lucas. Justice Lucas quashed the conviction, set aside the sentence and ordered a retrial. He said he allowed the appeal because the magistrate did not say what the standard of proof she used to arise at her decision, whether it was beyond a reasonable doubt or on a balance of probability. Clare was offered a bail of $10,000.00. Clare was convicted in the magistrate court on January 11, 2012. His sentence of three years was to run consecutively with a sentence of three years in default of payment of the fine. Clare’s common law wife was charged jointly with him but she was acquitted during the trial after the evidence showed that she was not at the apartment when the cannabis was found and she had no knowledge of it. Clare was represented by attorney Dickie Bradley at the appeal hearing and at the trial.

Duo acquitted of attempted murder
Two men, 39 year old Lance Welch and 19 year old Jermaine Matura, charged with two counts of attempted murder, were acquitted of the charges today in the court of Justice Herbert Lord. Welch and Matura were charged with the attempted murder of Glen Burgess and Keon Francis. The prosecution’s case fell apart when Burgess took the witness stand and said that he could not recall what had happened around 8 p.m. on April 6, 2009 and Francis made himself unavailable. Because the evidence was insufficient Justice Lord directed the jury of nine to return a formal verdict of not guilty. But although Welch and Matura were acquitted of the charges they were not freed. Welch is serving time for money he owes the court and Matura is remanded on a charge of murder. According to the allegation, the two men were standing on Kraal Road when shots were fired at them. They were unhurt. But two cousins, who were minors at the time, were shot in their hands. The cousins, who were innocent bystanders, testified and said that they did see who shot them. Welch and Matura were not represented by any attorney. Crown Counsel Thalia Megan Francis represented the prosecution.

Celebrating the cane farmers
Cane Farmers Day was celebrated today in the Northern District of Orange Walk. A host of businesses of the public and private sector came out to set up informational booths at the Cane Farmers Association Office compound in support of celebrating the men that labor our sugar production industry. Vice Chairman of the Committee of Management of the Belize Cane Farmers Association, Alfredo Ortega said this is the second year in which they are celebrating Cane Farmer’s Day. Ortega says there are currently five thousand three hundred and thirty six registered cane farmers, that is excluding the family members of the cane farmers who usually contribute to the workforce, the cane cutters and the truck drivers. Chief Executive Officer of the Cane Farmers Association Oscar Alonso says they have fared excellently during this year. During a ceremony held this morning Chairman of the Committee of Management of the Belize Cane Farmers Association, Ramon Aban addressed the public by outlining some of the achievements of the Association. He met with Love News to explain why shortages of sugar occur in the country of Belize. Guest speakers at this morning’s ceremony were former PUP leader Johnny Briceño and Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega. Minister of Labour and local government, Senator Godwin Hulse was also present during today’s event.

Water color exhibit underway at House of Culture
The Government House art gallery has been the venue for countless displays and exhibitions. And tonight there is one more to tell you about. It is being mounted by an artist out of Belmopan, who today sat down with students in Belize City to explain and demonstrate the joys of painting. Love TV’s Patrick Jones and video journalist Tevin Chan report from the House of Culture. Chaing’s exhibition which is titled: Ethereal will be open to the general public from 8 am to 4:30 pm daily until July sixth. Lucky Chiang has been painting for the last three decades. This is his second exhibition at the House of Culture.

Peaceful demonstration against crime in Cayo
A peaceful demonstration was held today in San Ignacio town. Love TV’s Marion Ali and video journalist Brian Castillo were there and bring you the following report.

Orange Walk man murdered in Yo Creek
A man from Yo Creek village in the Orange Walk district is dead following what appears to be a fight between friends. Love TV’s Natalie Novelo and video journalist Myles Gillett went to the village to bring you the following report.

Pharmacist accused of inapproprate behavior with minor
Police in Benque Viejo del Carmen have arrested and charged forty-seven year old pharmacist Cesar Mendez, for the crime of Aggravated Assault of an Indecent Nature. The charge follows a report by a twelve year old minor, who in the company of an older relative, reported to the police, of Mendez starts here) that on three occasions in April, Mendez allegedly performed sexual acts with her. The girl claims that the incidents all happened after Mendez befriended her on the ever-popular Facebook in March of this year. After he sent her the friends request and she accepted, the girl maintains that they chatted frequently and that Mendez invited her to his pharmacy. It was here at the pharmacy on Church Street in Benque Viejo Town that the girl alleges the sexual acts took place. In her report to the police, the child claims that the accused took her to a small room at the back of the business and that was where they had romantic engagements, each time going a bit further than the first. In none of her reports, however, did the child say that Mendez had sexual intercourse with her. On one of the occasions, the girl claims that Mendez made certain requests of her but she refused and went home. Love News understands that while the police have charged the pharmacy owner, they are now looking to gather the evidence against him.

Home invasions reported in Santa Elena town
While Officer Commanding the Cayo Police, Senior Superintendent Chester Williams says that crime is not on an increase in that community compared to the same period last year, overnight there were at least a couple home invasions there. Love News understands that one of the home invasions occurred here in the Bradley’s Bank area of Santa Elena Town. As the officer said, the attack is under investigation.

An appeal for an end to the bloodshed
The impact of crime is taking a toll on virtually every facet of life in Belize. One segment of the community that is particularly hit hard is the children, many of whom are victims of the spiraling crime wave themselves. Tonight, one standard five student from Grace Primary School Nazeem Segura is appealing for an end to the senseless bloodshed. Segura recently participated in a poster competition on children’s rights and won a prize for his submission.


Mayhem on Maskall Street
Wild west gun action in street in Belize City causes injury and death. On Friday (June 15), at about 7:15pm Police ...

Doctor found dead in his home, Police suspect foul play
In a string of gun violence and choppings another act of murder is now under investigation. This morning while our ...

Man dies in Maskall Street shooting
Joseph Myers one of the shooting victims succumbed to his injury while undergoing treatment. Despite attempts to ge...

School gets caught in the rivalry crossfire
Weekend shootings target two students including the fourth female to be shot within a two weeks span. The question ...

Chens Super Store robbed, three arrested
Chinese Businessman, 50year old JIN HUANG MAD, reported that on June 16 at 10:30am his business place, Chens Super ...

Teen, 13, missing after trip to store has been found
A report to our newsroom is that another young girl has gone ‘missing’ in the San Ignacio Area. 13 year old Michela...

Mechanic shot in San Ignacio
A shooting incident took place this morning in San Ignacio. Shortly after 10 am this morning mechanic Cecilio Gegor...

Man injured in Palm Dale Drive shooting
Police visited the KHMH on Saturday where they saw Paul Burgess, 21yrs suffering from gunshot wounds to the left up...

All out brawl: Cops, civilians and BDF
A series of fights broke out yesterday at a softball game in Ontario Village. According to information reaching plus news the first incident took place when police on duty at the game approached some young men from the village who were drinking and smoking. The police reportedly told the young men that such activity cannot take place at the grounds, an argument ensued and one of the men got in a fight with the police and beat him up.

14 year old accused of rape
It’s a hideous case of carnal knowledge between minors. On Friday June 15, a 7-year old female child accompanied by......

Queen of England's prestige appointments
In a News Release from Belize House in Belmopan, the Office of the Governor General announces that Her Majesty the ...


Rain rain go away
Welcome to Rainy Season in Belize, we have been getting more than our fare share of rain the past few days. It is unfortunate for those on vacation and those who are scheduled on the 2012 lobsterfest crawl events schedule. I texted Cowboy for a rain report will add it later if I get one, after the two weddings at Grand Caribe yesterday I am sure it is a slow moving morning up there. Update on Maureen and Tracy’s volunteer vacation: In spite of the rain Tracy has been working hard in San Mateo every day to get the first waste water garden built – hopefully this week. Maureen took the water taxi to Chetumal to look for supplies for the liner needed. After the fact they found out that pond liners are an available option on the mainland, anyone have any details on where to buy and cost?

Visiting Panama City, A Recap: Where I Stayed, What I Loved (AKA While I'll be Back REALLY Soon)
I know that you guys think I like everything...but I don't. If I don't enjoy a meal or a bar or a place, I generally just gloss over it or I don't say anything at all. No need to do that with Panama City...I LOVE this city. I really let me count the ways. First, quickly, the place I stayed in. We had 4 nights planned in Panama City and wanted more of an apartment. Originally we planned to do some cooking there (I soon realized that I LOVE the food in this town...I wanted to eat out EVERY meal). You might not always think of it but (often thought of as a site for luxury or long-term rentals) has some cheap, daily offerings. It next hurts to look... We found Casa Congrejo. $50USD a night for the three of us, a private bathroom (with a shower you could park a car in), a huge room, a TV, A/C, great Wi-Fi, a common kitchen and lounge and a fantastic area of town.

The Cost of Living in Belize 2012
According to a poll survey done by News 5, 88% (592) of the total voters (1,088) say that the cost of living in Belize has increased in the past four years -- the other 22% (77) say that the cost of living has decreased. This specific poll survey has grasped my attention because of the high number of people claiming that the cost of living has increased in Belize. Can you imagine if we interviewed the entire population of Belize? I can already picture the results by doing some ratio analysis -- the results are out of this world. The results are scary because this is just telling me that people are finding things more expensive and less affordable. I am not sure if things are going to get better in time but the numbers don't lie. I would like to ask for your feedback so I can continue studying about the cost of living in Belize. Do you think that the cost of living has increased or decreased in the last year, in Belize?

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Kate Walsh's environmental mission in Belize
American actress Kate Walsh's recent visit to Belize to raise awareness of the Belize Great Barrier Reef and coastal marine life was one more example of the environmental organisation Oceana's commitment towards assisting Belizean efforts to protect their rich marine heritage, the Lodge at Chaa Creek's environmental studies coordinator said today. Speaking from the Chaa Creek Natural History Centre, Joe Awe praised Oceana's ongoing efforts to bolster local environmentalists' efforts. "Oceana has been a very good friend to Belize over the years and with little fanfare or recognition has been working with Belizean organisations to address some of our most pressing concerns. "For example, Oceana was instrumental in helping local environmentalists have the incredibly destructive practice of trawling banned from Belizean waters, and even assisted in purchasing the remaining trawlers so that they could be repurposed.

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