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Here is an update on Tropical Depression #5 which formed from the area of disturbed weather in the west central Atlantic last evening... Stay informed and BE PREPARED!

Tropical Depression #5
Atmospheric conditions will become favourable for strengthening of TD # 5 as it approaches the Windward Islands and enter the eastern Caribbean. The NHC forecast track moves the system WNW to just south of Jamaica by next Monday afternoon as a hurricane; while the GFS model 850 mb level vorticity projection (Figure 2) has the vorticity maximum center or Low slowing down and moving towards the southern or central Yucatan coast by 12:00pm on Thursday, August 9, 2012.

All interests in the eastern, central and western Caribbean should continue to monitor the progress of TD # 5 as it moves generally WNW during the next 24-48 hours.

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The San Pedro Sun

Tropic Air increasing non-stop flights to San Pedro Sula
Tropic Air announced today that it will be increasing its non-stop service between Belize City (International) and San Pedro Sula, Honduras from three (3) to five (5) times a week effective November 4, 2012. This is a direct result of the increasing demand and the support that our customers have given to the service (launched earlier this year). Starting November 4th, Tropic Air will serve the route on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Not only will these new frequencies allow for more options for our passengers, but it will also allow for an increase in trade and business related activities between the two countries. “When we inaugurated our San Pedro Sula service earlier this year, we promised the people of Belize and Honduras to add service as we saw the route grow” said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “Our passengers have responded and supported us, so it was a natural fit to add more service days…..we hope that soon it might even be daily .” The flight schedule for the San Pedro Sula (SAP) is as follows:

Delegates enjoy San Pedro as they gear up for the 2012 Reina del la Costa Maya Pageant
The eight beautiful delegates for this year’s Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant have been in Belize for the past week travelling and enjoying some of what our country has to offer as they rehearse and gear up for the big night on August 2nd. Miss Esthefany Maolyth Pineda Perez of Honduras, Miss Karen Elena Jordan Beitia of Panama, Miss Mariela Aparicio from Costa Rica, Miss Ivey Jellisa Alvarez Hunter of Nicaragua, Miss Alessandra Manzur Franco of Guatemala, Miss Natalia Villanueva of Mexico, Miss Nathaly Jazmin Mena Arauz of El Salvador, and Belize’s very own Miss Karen Jasmine Middleton have all been taking in the scenery and enjoying activities in various locations throughout the country and right here on La Isla Bonita, San Pedro. They’ve played with lizards at The San Ignacio Resorts’s Iguana Project, visited ancient Mayan Temples, walked along the bottom of the ocean in Ambergris Caye and dined at some of San Pedro’s best and most popular restaurants, while making new friends and new memories that are sure to last forever.

Former town council’s final report presented
On Thursday, July 26th Mayor of San Pedro Town, Daniel “Danny” Guerrero presented his first official public report to the resident of Ambergris Caye. The public meeting called by Mayor Guerrero, was to report to the islanders on the financial status of the council upon taking office. Members of the council also took the opportunity to highlight some of the work being done since taking office as well as to report on some of the projects they are working on. According to Mayor Guerrero, after taking office the council decided to embarked on assessing the council and report on the findings . The report on the financial affairs was conducted by council employees and was not an independent report as promised by Guerrero during a Mayoral Candidate’s debate held on January 18th. “I don’t want to get into the witch-hunting. I believe that what has happened in the past is of the past,” said Mayor Guerrero when asked if any irregularities were noted and if any action will be taken against the past town council. He elaborated by stating, “For us to really focus on working and producing for the community we don’t want to focus on the past… I don’t really want to go to the past. I know the media wants to know and that’s good. When people ask for a report and you look around at the empty chairs you want to know where the people are that were crying for a financial report. But not because they are not here we will not do one, I can guarantee the residents that under our term, we will be audited for our term in office by the Auditor General’s Office. I am not interested in what was done under the previous administration because whatever happened is gone and we cannot do anything. But to be honest with you I still applaud the ex-mayor Elsa Paz, my cousin, for a great job because she did a very, very good job for San Pedro.”

34 San Pedro kids receive PADI Open Water Certifications
34 kids between the ages of 10 and16 from the various primary and secondary schools around San Pedro received their Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Open Water Diving certification on Friday night, July 27th. The certificates came at the end of a two week summer camp offered by the San Pedro Tourist Guide Association (SPTGA) in conjunction with Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) and PADI. At the graduation ceremony parents joined excited and enthusiastic students as they prepared to receive their certificates. Prior to the award ceremonies, Everett Anderson shared a delightful collage of photos, in the form of a movie – depicting the students’ journey to certification. Diving Instructors and Establishments were issued with special certificates of appreciation, followed by the issuing of the Certificates of Completion to the students. The program is a yearly program being offered. Following this, the kids are expected to remain active, volunteering with programs such as reef monitoring, reef surveys and mangrove reforestation. Special thanks go out to PADI instructors: Manuel Uribio, Roberto Gonzalez, Steve Bowen, Roberto Castillo, Rudy Duran, Jody Martinez, Felipe Ancona, Adolfo Ayuso, Everette Anderson, Enes Ramirez, Phillip “Billy” Leslie and Roberto Canul.

San Pedro Police Report: July 18 – 24, 2012

Ambergris Today

Captain's Casino Has Full House of Costa Maya Queens
Monday, June 30, 2012, Captain Morgan’s Retreat & Casino was the place to be for the Saga Humane Society annual fundraiser inside the Captain’s Casino. The lovely Costa Maya delegates helped raise funds by posing for some memorable pictures with the attendees. Sorry followers, but I’m a tad busy to write more on this cool experience with my new six beautiful friends, but the video explains it all. YOU ARE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO WATCH THE VIDEO…ENJOY!

Belize Launches Jasmine Alert Child Kidnapping Emergency Warning System
The tragic kidnapping and murder of 16-year-old Jasmine Lowe hit hard the hearts of Belizeans across the country and her death initiated a movement to address the issue of kidnapping and abductions of children. On Tuesday, July 31, 2012, the Jasmine Alert system was launched in Belize that involves a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, and its aim is to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The Jasmine Alert should instantly mobilize the entire nation to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of any abducted child 17 and under. Organizers hope that the initiative will elicit a unified nationwide response. The system is named after Jasmine Lowe of Santa Elena, who went missing and was later found dead less than two months ago.

Miss San Pedro 2012 Beauty Contestants Announced
Four beautiful young ladies have taken on the challenge to participate in this year’s Miss San Pedro Pageant; they are Naiely Puc, Darcie Zepeda, Ashley Rhaburn and Adriana Haylock. These four beautiful young ladies will take center stage on Saturday, September 1, 2012, as they vie for the coveted title of being San Pedro’s Beauty Ambassador – Miss San Pedro 2012. Ambergris Today had the opportunity to sit and chat with the excited young ladies; meet the lovely contestants of this year’s Miss San Pedro Beauty Pageant:

BTB Donates Motorcycles to Tourism Police Unit
The Belize Tourism Board is proud to furnish the Tourism Police Unit (TPU) this week with three brand new motorcycles; two Honda CG125 Storm motorcycles and one Suzuki ZS125 motorcycle, to be utilized for effective policing within tourism destinations. With tourist arrivals to Belize on the rise, visitor safety has taken on even greater significance. Kevin Gonzalez, Director of Destination Planning at the BTB stated that, “The donation is only a small token of appreciation for the support provided to the tourism industry by the Tourism Police Unit.” He also noted that the increased presence and visibility of TPU patrols will create an added sense of visitor security in Placencia, Corozal and Belize City.

Misc Belizean Sources

Donations for student
I hardly ever ask for help but when i do i always do so to help someone in real need. I young 21 year old, who is on honor roll needs to continue education. The person cannot pay to attend the second year of 6th form because the mother is battling with stage three cancer. The person comes from a single mother home and has 3 other siblings. I know that we have generous people who are in the position to help. I personally believe that as a society, should not allow the family's problem to stop this young intelligent person, not to have an education. It is my hope that you can open your heart and help in any way possible. I have a copy of the person report card, and the fees the person needs to pay at the institution. If you need further information and want to help, please call me at (501)634-1171 or (501)662-0143. If you need to get in contact directly with the person i can give you the number.

Training on combating trafficking in persons held in Belize
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) held a training workshop on trafficking in persons (TIPS) on July 12, 2012. This tourism service provider activity was geared towards providing and expanding the technical capacity building of key anti-trafficking stakeholders in Belize in support of the ongoing national response. Trainers Diana Shaw, Raymond James Mossiah and Maria Vega educated 37 tourism stakeholders on key trafficking concepts, the impact of trafficking on tourism destinations, the code of conduct for the protection of children (, the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), the roles and responsibilities of tourism stakeholders and the referral mechanism. “We are extremely happy to partner with the BTB and BTIA for such an important workshop. We were pleased with the attendance and the fact that participants expressed their satisfaction with the material presented. They are now more aware of the issues involved with human trafficking,” noted IOM project coordinator Diana Shaw. “We hope this training builds a platform from which BTB and BTIA can continue to expand sensitization efforts and get more tourism stakeholders involved in the response. Trafficking in persons is a very serious offence that can severely tarnish the image of the destination and put the livelihoods of so many tourism stakeholders at risk.”

D!rty Jok3s Dub Steppin at Meluchi's
D!rty Jok3s, Dub Step artist, was at Meluchi's, and he really hyped it up. A full night of dancing to electronica, trance, techno, house, D & B, and Dub Step.

2013 Special Envoy Yearly Planners
Order your 2013 yearly planners now. The Special Envoy for Women & Children has teamed up with McNab Design, and are selling them for only $45, and they are for a great cause. They raised $28,000 last year, and want to double that this year. Order yours at [email protected] or call at 223-1942. "The books will be 7" x 9", full colour hard cover with a thick double loop wire coil. Inside the first 1-3 pages will include a description of the Inspiration Center, the project towards which the proceeds of this journal are being donated... The remaining pages will be customized with the dates of the year and blank pages for meeting notes."

BAS Adult Photography Camp
The Belize Audubon Society had their Adult Photography Camp. They went to St. Herman's National Park to learn how to use their cameras. Looks like they had a great time, as always. "From our conference, and the Fort George Area in Belize City, we traveled to Belmopan City, and St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park, where the campers had the opportunity to hike in the jungle and caves whilst learning how to use their cameras. To summarize this camp in one word, 'fun!' Thanks to all our participants, and thanks to the kind and continuous support from Mr. Lacelle Tillett and S&L Tours. A big thank you also goes out to Neko, our caving tubing guide at St. Herman's."

Call for Cayo Artists
The San Ignacio House of Culture is calling for local Cayo artists to participate in the Cayo Art Collection. The deadline for registration is the 16th of August, and the dates of the exhibit are from August 23rd until September 6th. You can contact them at [email protected], or at 824-0783.

Channel 7

"Pitta" Says Port's Faulty Equipment to Blame For Fatality
Yesterday, we told you about the fatal accident at the Port of Belize that caused one stevedore to lose his life and left another in the KHMH. Today we spoke to Deon Ras Pitta who survived the fall into the hold of a cargo ship. He explained just what happened and how faulty equipment contributed to the fatal mishap: Jules Vasquez Reporting Deon Ras Pitta was smiling and in good spirits when we visited him at the hospital today. That is a long way from yesterday when he plummeted 30 feet into the cargo hold of a ship - and was injured by a spreader. Worst than all that, he had to watch his longtime co-worker die: Deon "Ras" Pitta - Stevedore, Survived Accident "It's sad. I feel grateful that 'Jah' had my back. I am very sad that I lost my brethren, and the only thing I can say is that the Father had my back. I could have been dead too."

Policeman Will Be Charged For Knocking Down 91 Year Old
Last night, 7News told you about 91 year old Robert Griffith who was knocked down and killed on the Northern Highway. As we reported, Griffith went to the Buca Shell Gas Station to purchase a few items. When he was walking back to his house, he was hit by a Honda Accord. The force of the impact flung Griffith onto the pavement, which caused him to suffer severe injuries to the forehead, shoulder, right arm and left knee. He died as a result of the injuries. According to police, the driver of the vehicle was Police Constable Tyrone Sutherland, and he has been served with an notice of intended prosecution. Well, the case hasn't progressed any further than that because the lead investigator hasn't filed any formal charges.

CYDP Laborer Remanded
22 year-old Gushany Wagner, a CYDP Laborer of Taylor's Alley, is spending his second night on remand after he was accused of pulling a firearm on another man. 28-year-old Clarence Slusher reported to police about 8:40 p.m. on Monday, he was socializing with his uncle through Taylor's Alley when 2 men approached them. One of the men reportedly punched Slusher on the jaw and the other pulled out a firearm, pointed it at his chest and threatened him to keep quiet. Police investigated the report and they charged Wagner with aggravated assault and wounding. He was taken before Magistrate Dale Cayetano yesterday, when he pleaded not guilty to both offences. Because assault was allegedly committed with a firearm, Wagner was ineligible for bail, and was remanded him to prison until his next court date, which is set for September 13.

PUP: UDP Ministers Have a Friend & Family Plan for Land
Last Friday's House Meeting ended with the Prime Minister doling out a blistering address, cataloguing the assorted land holdings of Florencio Marin Juniour. It was a pre-emptive strike because the PUP planned to have a press conference today to discuss the lands holdings of the friends and family of two UDP ministers. So, the PUP press conference, ledy by Marin Juniour was put in the unenviable position of starting out at a deficit - with Marin having to explain away his alleged ownership of hundreds of acres of lands - and in particular, 128 parcels of land in the village of San Jose Palmar. Here's how he countered the PM's allegations and then went on his own offensive: Jules Vasquez Reporting These are the lands that show up in the Land Department computer system when you enter the name Florencio Marin Junior. It shows over 128 pieces of land allegedly held in San Jose Palmar. But he says it's not so, and he brought the Chairman form San Jose Palmar to back him up Hon Florencio Marin - PUP Deputy Leader "I think that this is where the Prime Minister's credibility completely went down the drain because he never emphasized this just one time. He said it 3 times in his presentation that I have properties in the Nuevo San Jose Palmar. First of all, again, that is false.

Bus Conductor Accused Of Sex With 13 Year Old
19 year-old Giovanni Ramos, a bus conductor from Ladyville, is in jail tonight because he is accused of the carnal knowledge of a 13 year-old female. The minor reported to police that the incident took place on July 3, 2012 at around 7:30 p.m. Ramos who reportedly interacted with the minor regularly when she caught his bus, allegedly took her to a house on Dean Street and had intercourse with her. A doctor certified that the minor was carnally known, and as a result, police began to investigation. Today, he was taken before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, where he was arraigned on a single count of carnal knowledge. Because the offence is an indictable one, no plea was taken, and Ramos was remanded to prison until October 2, his next court date.

Study: Belize Internet Among Slowest, Most Expensive In Region
A recent survey of the Caribbean shows that internet speeds in Belize are among the slowest and most expensive. First, Belize was one of only three countries still offering speeds of less than one meg; in Belize the lowest speed that you can purchase is 128k - only Dominica is lower with 64k. Second, the price for 256k in Belize - 51 US dollars monthly would buy you 1 Megs in Anguilla. 1 Meg is about 300% faster than 256K. Third, the maximum speed available in Belize is four megs - when in many other territories it is eight or nine megs. And the survey shows that in Belize, you'll pay the second most in the region, 436 US dollars for those four megs - when you can get twice that, 8 megs in the Bahamas for just 70 US dollars. The survey has been picking up a lot of traction and angry comments on FACEBOOK, and we today asked a top BTL executive why Belize is at the highest price point, for the lowest speed: Jules Vasquez "Belize's prices are among the highest, and the bandwidth is among the lowest; why is this?" Dr. Dionne Miranda - Customer Services Manager, BTL "To be honest with you, Jules, the demand for higher speeds has been really great.

Rotarys Annual Play
Annually, for the past eight years, the community of Rotarians has staged a play. Since 2004, it has become an annual fundraising event. And now it's that time of year when these Rotarians will be hitting the stage once more at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts as the cast will be performing "Children Children". Two Rotarians stopped by our station today to tell us more about the event and what the monies will be used for. Maria Coye - President, Rotary Club of Belize "This is another play that we are going to repeat because we did this play in 2005, a tremendous success, so we decided to repeat the play again because it's funny. It's going to be all comedy. It's all family oriented, so you can bring out your entire family to the play. It's going to be on the August 2, tomorrow night. Friday, August 3, and Sunday, August 5. It's going to be at the Bliss at 7:30 p.m." Sandra McKay - Secretary, Rotary Club of Belize "The name of the play is Children, Children, It was written by Joan Andre Hutchinson and Austin Cook from Jamaica, and back in 2005 or 2006, we got a hold of the script, and asked their permission to perform it. It was suggested to us to use own Rotarians in the Rotary Club to play the parts in the cast. It was a tremendous success; It was our first production.

Miss Earth, Meet Mr. Mayor And His Mahogany Trees
Belize City Mayor Darryl Bradley joined the contestants of Miss Earth Belize this afternoon in a tree planting ceremony in front of the Sandlighter's Promenade. Mayor Bradley told the media that the council supports these young ladies in promoting a healthy environment: Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City Council "Well, Miss Earth Belize Pageant really contacted the City Council, and they invited us to participate in this tree planting ceremony with the contestants, and the Miss Earth is really an international pageant that really tries to promote respect and love for the environment. The City just jumped on the opportunity to just come out to this public space and to really be with these very lovely, talented and intelligent young women to promote a respect for the environment by planting trees. We planted 20 trees in City today, and it really just adds to the public space of Belize City. The city will continue its responsibility. The trees were donated, and we will ensure that we maintain them. It's going to add a nice feel for this particular area of Belize City, which is an area that we want to develop anyway." Monica Bodden "Are you guys plant more trees around the City?" Darrell Bradley "Yes, we do actually.

Another Worrying Dispatch From South
High level meetings were held yesterday in Washington to discuss - among other things - the BDF's recent shooting death of a Guatemalan who was illegally logging in Belize. But - while one man has died - it doesn't mean that the incursions have stopped. The Colombia forest continues to be preyed upon by poachers. According to the Ya'axche Conservation Trust, the situation in the south is rapidly escalating. Ya'axche reports that recently on a joint patrol with the BDF, four soldiers accompanied four Ya'axché rangers to the border of the Bladden Nature Preserve and the Colombia River Forest Reserve - which is considered a hostile area. On the second day of the five day patrol, the patrol heard shots fired at increasingly frequent intervals as they progressed towards Baldden. A short while later Ya'axché's rangers came face to face with a Xatero, carrying a 16 gauge shotgun, who quickly escaped as he recognized the presence of BDF support. Upon reaching the camp just inside Bladden one of Ya'axché's rangers then came upon another Xatero on the perimeter of the camp; he was also carrying a 16 gauge shotgun. With that, the patrol including BDF Soldiers had to retreat and return to base. In a recent report, Ya'axche says four soldiers are not enough and there is a need for a greater deployment of manpower to patrol this region.

Late Evening Murder In City
And before we go tonight - there is bad news to report. Shots were fired on Linda Vista Road in the Lake Independence Area at around ten minutes to seven. Our team is just back from the scene and we can report that the shooting has resulted in a fatality. We do not have a name at this time - and the body is currently being processed by the scenes of crime team. We'll have more details of this murder tomorrow - it is the fifth in the city in just five days.

Channel 5

P.U.P. Press Conference on land grab and alleged corruption
From time to time we have reported on alarming land transactions at the Ministry of Natural Resources. The allegations have centered on what is considered ministerial abuse in the sale of huge acreages of prime land to family members or highly connected party supporters at rock bottom prices. Recently, we reported on a long list [...]

P.U.P. Village Chairman exonerates Corozal Southeast Area Rep.
Well this morning, the P.U.P. called a press conference on the statement made by the prime minister. The main star was village council chairman Orlando Balam who was brought in from the north to clear up the mess of land purportedly issued in San Jose Nuevo Palmar, to Florencio Marin Jr.  Balam exonerated the Corozal [...]

Marin says he’s not a land hog
But who’s telling the truth? Marin Junior, who has been at the center of the controversy, called into question the prime minister’s integrity following remarks made during the special sitting in which P.M. Barrow accused him of land grabbing.  According to Marin, he declared all of his assets before the Integrity Commission when he was [...]

Opposition Leader blasts Lands Department for alleged nepotism
Also taking the podium at Independence Hall, was Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca, who condemned the blatant nepotism which he alleges is taking place at the Ministry of Natural Resources.  Fonseca charged that the entire Lands Department is littered with family and friends of Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega who have been appointed to key positions [...]

Price of fuel at the pump goes up!
A huge drop of thirty dollar in butane prices took effect on July twentieth; that was good news for cooks, but tonight there’s bad news at the pumps for drivers. And the next time you head to the gas station you will feel the punch in your pockets. At midnight on Tuesday, an increase in [...]

B.D.F. soldier detained for handling stolen goods
A high ranking Belize Defense Force soldier was detained on Tuesday in Punta Gorda. The arrest went under the radar because the attention was focused on two other law enforcement officers—PCs Modesto Cucul and Federico Tush who were being arraigned in Court for murder. The B.D.F. Captain Ian Cuno of a regular battalion; was wanted [...]

Ya’axche Conservation Trust confronted by Guatemalan bandits in Forest
The pillaging of our protected national parks by Guatemalan nationals was brought to the forefront recently because of the magnitude of the damage caused by the border incursions.  On July twenty-third, the Ya’axche Conservation Trust attempted to carry out a five day patrol inside the Columbia River Forest Reserve and Bladen Nature Reserve, in southern [...]

Guatemalans panning for gold in Chiquibul without resistance
In a related story, it has now been confirmed that about three hundred Guatemalans have been illegally panning for gold which they sell way below market value.   The Friends for Conservation and Development, which co-manages the Chiquibul National Park, says that while they are doing their part, particularly with the joint forces unit, they believe [...]

Superbond payment on near horizon; recent report worrisome
From gold to Superbond; a coupon payment of forty-six million dollars is due on the twentieth of August and the eyes of credit agencies are on Belize to see if it will be met. Bloomberg BusinessWeek today described Belize’s notes as the worst performers in emerging markets this month since the dollar bonds fell by [...]

Bus conductor driven to prison for carnal knowledge
A nineteen year old bus conductor has been remanded to prison for allegedly having sex with a thirteen year old girl. Vista Del Mar resident, Giovanni Ramos, appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer this morning and was charged with Carnal Knowledge for an incident that reportedly occurred on July third. No plea was taken and [...]

Are firefighters ready to pass the test?
Earlier this week, a group of fire fighters were undertaking table top training to move up the ladder in fire fighting. Well today, they went out to the Western Highway to put theory to work and to test their tactical skills in case of a fire. The media was invited but alas the exercise had [...]

The Next Superstar transformed by Facebook
The Bliss Centre was teeming with talent on Tuesday night as this station’s latest entertainment show entered its second week of competition. Contestants in Group B performed in each category of dance, vocal, instrumental, and drama. They impressed the live audience when they brought their A game to the stage.  Those who did not make [...]

Rotary Fundraiser will include Caribbean Play
The Rotary Club of Belize is well known for its involvement in numerous projects that assist children and needy families; particular the Gift of Life Program. But as a charity organization, their initiatives depend heavily on fundraising efforts. One of the main events is the Rotary’s annual play, and the curtains open on Thursday night [...]

Costa Maya beauties in town for pageant shown Live on 5!
Music, Latin beauties and fashion will be everywhere inside the grounds that host the annual Costa Maya Festival.  So if you head out to La Isla Bonita on Thursday, the premiere night will showcase a beauty pageant among competing queens from the region.  The entire weekend  will be saturated with diverse cultural activities from all [...]

City Hall’s summer camp is open
Still looking for something to do for the summer? You can head on out to the Yarborough field for the next four weeks. The Belize City Council has officially launched its own annual summer camp for students. The councilor with responsibility for sports, says that this year’s camp will be a bit different, however, it [...]


Rotaract Orange Walk Raises Funds For Educational Grants
Without a doubt Fiesta Rama 2012 proved to be a huge success for the Orange Walk Town Council, the business community- especially those who took part in the business expo and various organizations who were out on the three day event selling numerous products. One organization that took the opportunity to raise funds during Fiesta Rama is the Orange Walk Rotaract Club. Today Rotaract member Ginnel Ozaeta told CTV3 News the money raised will be used for a special project. Ginnel Ozaeta, Rotaract “We do it every year for our educational grants that we have and the summer program that we have and also our bag drive, so we need to raise funds to give back to our community, we did very well and the weather I guess was in appositive side effect and it was good, it didn’t rain and also we have to give thanks to our sponsors Luis Cuello and Raul Cuello from the L&R group of liquors and also the Town Council for the booth and the liquor license and so forth. This year we were aiming for five grants and we made enough money for us to be able to have those five grants and usually we give four and this year we said and our president is pushing the fact that we need to do bigger thing this year right so apart from those five grants that Rotaract will be giving we also came out to the community to ask so that the businesses could match us one and we also got them and we thank the businesses that helped us with those five grants and this year we will giving out more grants.”

Riding More Than 12,000 Kilometres For Environmental Awareness
At the top of the newscast we told you about 26 year old Alan Hernandez who is riding all the way to Tierra de Fuego in Argentina for peace. Hernandez left Mexico City on May 8th and rode into Belize today with two other friends who are also riding to South America. But 26 year old Roberto Vivero and Roberto Cervantes are not riding all the way to South America on bicycle for world peace; they are riding for social and ecological consciousness. In other words they are promoting the negative effects that fuel has on the environment. The men left Cuernavaca Mexico about three months ago and met Hernandez in Chetumal Quintana Roo where they all agreed to ride together. Vivero and Cervantes call their project “Muchila Rodante”. Like Hernandez, Vivero and Cervantes planned their ride from last year. The duo expects to complete their journey in five months when they arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Case Of Alleged Mafia Boss Adjourned Until Tomorrow
Alleged Slovakian mafia boss Karol Mello, was arrested by Belizean Authorities more than 2 weeks ago in San Pedro. Mello’s attorney, Godfrey Smith, has been trying arduously to have his client set free and so far has managed to stall his expulsion to Slovakia. On July 16th, the Minister of Immigration signed Mello’s expulsion order but Smith was able to obtain an injunction to block the extradition. Smith has since filed a habeas corpus application to the Supreme Court and yesterday that matter was heard before Justice Oswell Legall. But in court yesterday government’s attorney, Senior Crown Counsel Magali Perdomo, informed Justice Legall that she was not prepared to go forward with the application and asked for an adjournment. Based on the request a two days adjournment was granted by Justice Legall which means that Mello will be back in court tomorrow. In court Smith argued that his client has been held for 20 days without explanation as to why he was detained in the first place. Mello has been living in San Pedro since 2010 and is allegedly wanted in his home country, Slovakia, for the double murder of a woman and a child. Smith; however, went on record to say that Mello’s record in Slovakia is clean.

Children Sing Their Way To More Than $3,000 Worth In Prizes
There is a new show in town that will surely keep you glued to your television. On Sunday, during Fiesta Rama 2012, Fiesta F.M Radio launched their new karaoke competition “Buscando Una Estrella Infantil Cantando Karaoke”. The name says it all, it is a Karaoke competition organized for children between the ages of 8 and 12 years. Similar to La Voz Karaoke, the competition will consist of text voting and you the viewers, along with a panel of three judges, will decide who will be named the winner of the event. On Sunday, 9 of the 10 participants were officially introduced to the audience. As each competitor took to the stage they wowed the audience with their talent and proved that they have what it takes to be in the competition. The competition will officially kick off this coming Sunday at Gala Lounge starting at 4:00pm. In the mean while; though, if you would like your favorite participant to win the title of the most popular singer, then send your text message to 2588. To vote for Joselyn Eck, send the number 1 to 2588, to vote for Danny Pena text the number 2 to 2588, to vote for Shanika Bull text the number 3 to 2588, to vote for Samsung Pop text the number 4 to 2588, to vote for Byron Munoz text the number 5 to 2588, to vote for Mcbride Pop text the number 6 to 2588, to vote for Yadelli Novelo text the number 7 to 2588, to vote for Estrella Diaz text the number 7 to 2588 and to vote for Ayana Rudon text the number 9 to 2588. All text messages are 50 cents inclusive of GST. Remember that to vote, simply text the number of your favorite contestant to 2588, using Smart phones only. Voting ends at midnight on Friday. As mentioned the “Buscando Una Estrella Infantil Cantando Karaoke Competition” is organized by Fiesta F.M Radio. But behind all the hard work there is one main purpose- to expose the hidden talent that exists among the future leaders of the north.

Jasmine Alert Launched In Belize
The murder of 13 year old Jasmine Lowe sent shock waves across the country creating mix emotions among Belizeans. The death of the 13 year old student from Santa Elena Town once again proved that the children of Belize are not safe and that predators are just waiting for the right moment to make their deadly move. In effort of keeping our children safe the Jasmine Alert Program was launched yesterday in Belize City in memory of Jasmine Lowe. According to the Program Director of Jasmine Alert, Patrick Menzies, the program will see the involvement of law-enforcement agencies, business community, media, telecommunication companies and transportation agencies. Patrick Menzies- Program Director Jasmine Alert “The main idea behind the alert and the main reason for the alert is so that Belizeans on a whole can join with law enforcement and help apprehend perpetrators, but the most important part isn’t just the apprehension but to be able to rescue our children early, in many police department waiting for twenty four hours be able to start looking for missing individuals, however the new policy is that it is immediate thing and we have accepted the fact that within three hours of any abduction or kidnapping are the most critical therefore that is how the Jasmine alert works is that we are looking at the first three hours as being the most critical so we are immediately jumping on these thing and notifying the public.” The public will be notified when a child goes missing via Smart and BTL text messages and various other forms in order to ensure the safe and quick recovery of the victim.

Mexican National Defies All Odds And Rides For Peace
Peace- it’s something that most of us would like to see prevail across the world, especially here in Belize. And while some of us have lost hope, one man hasn’t. His name is 27 year old Alan Omar Hernandez from Mexico City. In hope of spreading the message of peace, Hernandez’s aim is to ride for more than 12,000 kilometers across Central America and South America. His project is called, Kilometros de Paz, or Kilometers for Peace. Hernandez left Mexico City on May 8th of this year and this afternoon he set foot in Orange Walk Town. Our news team caught up with Hernandez and asked him about his journey for world peace. Have you ever imagined what it would be like to ride more than twelve thousand kilometres across more than 10 countries, not to mention across an entire continent, on bicycle? Well, for 26 year old Mexican National, Alan Hernandez, that’s the goal he is trying to accomplish. Hernandez, a member of Rotary International, left Mexico City on May 8th of this year and this afternoon he entered Belizean territory through the Santa Elena Border and rode to Orange Walk Town where he met with Mayor Kevin Bernard. Hernandez is riding for peace and calls his project “Kilometro de Paz”.

Santa Martha Day Celebrated In Orange Walk East
Santa Martha Village, situated in Orange Walk East, has over 800 residents. The village is located in a remote area, excluded from much of the urban happenings and this weekend while most Orange Walkenos took part in the annual Fiesta Rama, residents of Santa Martha celebrated Santa Martha Day. The festivity came to a halt many years ago, but this year the Santa Martha Village Council with the assistance of Orange Walk East Area Representative Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez, brought the event back to life. Over the weekend residents of Santa Martha Village witnessed the resurgence of Santa Martha Day. The celebration of Santa Martha Day disappeared many years ago due to a number of reasons, but this year residents of the village brought the event back to life thanks to the sponsorship of Orange Walk East Area Representative Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez. Hon. Marco Tulio Mendez, Area Representative O/W East “Este es un actividad que no se había llevado acabo por muchos anos, no a esta cantidad o magnitud de actividades durante todo el día mas solo se hacia como una misa para ese día pero esta ves se hizo mucho mas del mas allá cuales tuvo participación de toda la familia y de todo el pueblo.”


Ground broken for YWCA project in Belmopan
Ground breaking ceremonies were held this morning in Belmopan for the Young Women’s Christian Association of Belize’s new National Enterprise Development Center. The facility will be located on Trinity Boulevard in the nation’s capital. The project is being undertaken under the Belize Rural Development Project at a cost of just over one point seven million [...]

Tress planted around Belize City
The Mayor of Belize City has been engaging over the past few weeks in finalizing the much-touted municipal bond and also in the getting the streets that are in the worst shape an upgrade. But this afternoon he squeezed in some time for the Miss Earth Belize Pageant, which leading up to this year’s stage [...]

Diabetes Association gets generous donation
The Belize Diabetes Association today received a donation of glucometers. Over two dozen of the digital testers for persons living with diabetes were handed over during a brief ceremony at the ITVETT compound in Belize City. The glocumeters were handed over by Love TV’s Patrick Jones and receiving the donation was the president of the [...]

Accusations and counter-accusations over land
Politicians have used the famous “Land hog” term to attack each other in the House of Representative. At last week’s House Sitting, Prime Minister Dean Barrow singled out a member of the opposition who he claim owns vast amounts of land in particularly the two northern districts. The PM quoted from documents that state that [...]

Former government worker seeking accident injury compensation
A former employee of the Ministry of Health is appealing for assistance to help him meet ongoing medical bills. Phillip Dolmo was driving a government vehicle which was involved in a head on collision near the Haulover Bridge on the Northern Highway in February of 2003. Cuban doctor Leidys Garcia-Lopez lost her life in the [...]


PUP leaders come forward on land grab allegations
For several weeks now the People’s United Party has been documenting and presenting alleged questionable land trans...

Injured Stevedore recounts what caused fatal accident at Port
“Ras” Pitta speaks for the first time after been injured at Port. Yesterday we reported to you that Stevedore Ian M...

Jasmine Alert launched
The Jasmine Alert is now activated and ready to save young lives. The Jasmine Alert Child Abduction/ Kidnapping War...

Karol Mello's attorney says he is unlawfully being detained
At the end of our newscast last night we shared that alleged Slovakian mafia boss, Karol Mello has been incarcerate...

YWCA breaks ground for development centre
The Young Women’s Christian Association today held a groundbreaking ceremony in Belmopan, for the YWCA National Ent...

SSB has new CEO - Richard Flowers
The Belize Social Security Board has a new CEO at its helm. He is Richard Flowers. Flowers a certified Public Accou...

Results of various polls on marijuana decriminalization
Ever since the Government of Belize’s Ministry of National Security dropped a bombshell that it had authorized a co...

Another blow to the Superbond
An article in Bloomberg business week has cited Belize’s bond notes as the worst performers in emerging markets in ...

Tropical depression forms in Atlantic Ocean
we remind you that Tropical Depression number 5 has formed in the Atlantic Ocean. At 3:00pm this afternoon TD5 was ...


Return to Mayflower Bocawina National Park
Since failing to reach the top of Antelope Falls in June due to a tight time schedule, we were determined to get back to Mayflower Bocawina National Park, near the villages of Silk Grass and Hopkins in the Stann Creek District, as soon as possible to finish the hike. We also wanted to visit the town of Punta Gorda in the Toledo District of southern Belize for the first time. So we decided to combine both goals into a week-long adventure. On our first trip to the park, which we got to via taxi from Hopkins, we'd discovered an eco-resort right within the confines of the park, Mama Noot's. We hadn't read about it in any of our resources prior to visiting the park, but once we found it, we knew it would be a much more convenient place to stay to hike the falls as well as indulge in our passion for birding. So, we booked three nights to allow plenty of time for hiking, birding, exploring, and relaxing. There is also a new zip-line onsite, but we didn't take advantage of it. It looked like fun, but would have been an additional expense, and we really preferred the hiking and birdwatching.

Belize Honduras and Costa Maya with Saga
Good evening everyone, hope you are had a great day. It was a super hot one today, did not check the temp but I can guarantee that it was a multiple rise down day. After I got enough work done, I took a nice long walk so I could shoot pictures and listen to music. 3 favorites on my to do list especially now that I have added some new tunes to my list – Led Zepplin, Van Halen, Queen, The Wanted, Rhianna and Nicki Minaj. My portable ipod shuffle speaker that I got from on eBay is still holding out great, I would be lost without it. Thanks again to golfbam0160 for selling at a great price and fast shipping to my Montana Weatherman so it could get here.

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Watchful Shrimp, Defending Their Territory
Many species of sponge are quite painful to touch. The chemicals they exude can sting or itch for days. Others can leave dozens of tiny glass needles, called spicules, that make up their skeleton embedded in your fingers. Although others in our group prefer to wear gloves while dissecting sponges, I find them too restrictive. Needless to say, my hands will likely ache for the rest of the week, full of spicules, cuts and fire worm hairs. When we finally locate a Synalpheus shrimp, we delicately grasp it with forceps and place it in an individual plastic drinking cup to avoid damaging fights with others. After each piece of sponge is visually inspected, it is dipped in freshwater for a few seconds. If a Synalpheus manages to escape visual identification, it typically snaps its major chela, or snapping claw, after being immersed in fresh water. By the end of a session, maybe hundreds of shrimp each rest in its own plastic cup, occasionally snapping. We then return the coral rubble, and all the other creatures we found inside it, to the ocean. In Caribbean Reefs, Social Shrimp Disappear
We are now fully shifted into Plan B mode. The social shrimps that we came searching for, that have dominated these reefs for at least 20 years, are gone. Scrambling to shift course, we put together a hasty plan to document the change quantitatively. Yesterday morning we began carrying out that plan, collecting 10 bags of coral rubble from the first of six reefs to be sampled and spending the afternoon in the rustic lab, sorting out our quarry. The diving is sublime — idyllic seascapes of coral boulders over brilliant white sand and turtle grass, swaying soft corals and rope sponges, mounds of finger coral in the bright shallows. Fish are plentiful, shoals of grunts and surgeonfish flowing over the reef contours, even a sea turtle foraging over the top of one reef. Back at the lab it’s a laborious process getting under the surface, into the little-known center of biodiversity within the reef structure. But we’re rewarded by a constant stream of small surprises: bizarre undulating flatworms, a rainbow-colored sea slug, a tiny octopus that flashes iridescent color changes like a hallucination. And then there is the abundance of small shrimp...

Belize Celebration Season Begins Early for 2012
Belize’s “Celebration Season” got off to an early start this year with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Hol Chan, the Caribbean nation’s first national marine park, The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s marketing administrator Larry Waight announced today. “We usually begin what we call our celebration season in September, a big month in which we celebrate the Battle of St George’s Caye, Belize Independence Day and, closer to home, the birthday of Belize’s first eco-resort, Chaa Creek,” Mr. Waight said. “But this year the celebrations started a bit earlier with so many people joining in observing Hol Chan Marine Reserve rounding the quarter of a century mark, and, with the Maya 2012 celebrations creating more of a buzz as we near the December 21st Winter Solstice, it looks like the momentum is going to continue into the new year. You can already feel the festival spirit,” he added. Hol Chan, Maya for “little channel” located near Ambergris Caye on the World heritage-listed Belize Great Barrier Reef, is one of Belize’s most popular Caribbean attractions. Officially recognised in July 1987 and extended to incorporate Shark Ray Alley on August 31, 1999, it has since served as a model for marine conservation in the region. Independence Day is Belize’s biggest, most enthusiastically celebrated holiday, commemorating the small English speaking country’s entry as Central America’s newest sovereign nation on September 21, 1981. St George’s Caye Day on September 10 observes the battle of St George’s Caye in 1798, when predominately British settlers known as the Baymen and their slaves repelled a Spanish invasion in what is regarded as the defining moment in Belizean statehood. “September’s a huge month here, and is the traditional start of the holiday season, followed by Pan America Day October 12 and Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19. From there on in the party doesn’t stop until after the New Year, and this year we have the huge Maya Winter Solstice on December 21, 2012, which has been the subject of a Hollywood blockbuster film and countless Internet postings,” Mr. Waight said. “And now, with Hol Chan being celebrated as another example of Belize’s sustainable approach to tourism, the party is beginning earlier than usual,” he added.

New World Oil & Gas prepares for first Belize well after striking driller deal
New World Oil & Gas (LON:NEW) is getting ready to drill its first well in Belize after it struck a deal with drilling group ThermaSource International. The AIM quoted explorer is farming out a 5 per cent stake in each of three wells to ThermaSource. In return it has agreed a cut price contract for the drilling work – which sees daily drill costs reduced by a quarter. New World says it is still in talks with oil and gas firms operating in Belize – with the aim of further reducing costs, for the mobilisation and de-mobilisation of the rig. A drill rig is being mobilised immediately and the first well is being scheduled for October. "The Farm-Out Agreement and drilling contract with ThermaSource are significant milestones in the development of New World as a leading, diversified oil and gas exploration company, and we are delighted to announce that we are on target to commence drilling at Blue Creek in October 2012,” said chief executive Bill Kelleher.

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