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Editorial: Can’t Wait to GO to the Costa Maya Festival!
How exciting, it’s the Costa Maya time of year on La Isla! Every year we look forward to this fantastic festival of pageantry and performers! Soon our streets will be super busy with guests visiting from the mainland and abroad while our restaurants and bars enjoy a boost in business for a few days. Other businesses will prosper as well; usually there’s not a golf cart to be rented or a room to be had during the three-night extravaganza, all good for our local entrepreneurs. Inside the Saca Chispa field where the stage is set and the carnival is situated, there are local vendors who cater to the hungry guests or sell merchandise.
It is an event we save up for and dress up…decked out in our best we go to the festivities excited to see familiar faces, mix and mingle. The Costa Maya Queen pageant is always a favorite, and of course the concerts beg for dancing and merriment. It’s all worth looking forward to, and this year there is something new that many of us have been wanting and waiting for…for YEARS…it’s a brand new LADIES ROOM!!!! Yeah, finally we woman-types can relieve ourselves with dignity! No more picking through soaked floors littered with tissue in our pretty new shoes, no more asking someone to hold the door for us while taking care of business and hopefully no more waiting in endless lines when nature calls! Sure the pageant will be awesome, sure the bands will be great and oh yes the food, fun and libations will be abundant, but what I am really excited about are the new bathrooms at Saca Chispa! Thank you San Pedro Town Council from the females of San Pedro!
Human poaching threatens successful 2012 turtle nesting
This year marks the fourth consecutive year that turtle monitoring is being conducted on the northern beaches of Ambergris Caye. Monitoring of the turtles is done during the turtle nesting season which runs annually from May through November. This year however, nesting started a few weeks earlier than expected and with the season at the midway point, already more nests have been found than in 2011.
The monitoring of turtles is conducted jointly by the staff of the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve and National Park and Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR). Marine Biologist for HCMR Kira Foreman told reporters during a field trip on Friday July 27th that not only did the nesting season kick off early but there is also a large increase in the amount of nests found as compared to figures over the past three years. “This season seems like the best so far in terms of the amount of nests found,” said Foreman. As of July 31st, 65 turtle nests have been documented with approximately 14 nests already hatched. For 2011, a total of 43 nests were found during the entire nesting season.
Local tour guides caught fishing inside the Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Just after celebrating their 25th year of existence, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) was the target of illegal fishing. The reserve, which is one of the most popular snorkeling sites on the island – and fast becoming increasingly popular for divers – is credited to bringing much needed income into the Belize Economy; and owed to its protected status, is home to a wide variety of Marine life.
According to Miguel Alamilla, Manger of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, five individuals were caught illegally spear fishing at the Reserve on Tuesday night, July 28th. After various reports of illegal fishing in the area, the team of rangers and volunteers left to the reserve around 11PM. Alamilla stated, “We had received several reports of illegal fishing happening around that time and before we got to the marine reserve we saw lights out there. Somebody was flashing lights and we knew they were inside the protected area so we proceeded to check. Since it was night we had to be very cautious.”
Legends win Local Football Tournament
After about 10 weeks of competition, the local football tournament is over and Team Legends has claimed the first place trophy. The competition was jointly sponsored by Shalom Church, the San Pedro Town Council and the Caye Caulker Water Taxi, and it saw nine teams start in the competition, leading to the final first, second and third places. The top three winners took home trophies, medals and cash prizes. Winning the opening Marathon back in June Legends started their winning streak pretty early. Legends also won the SP Belize Express football tournament earlier this year, and after weeks of playing, now has the bragging rights as champion of the Shalom, CCWT and SPTC Football Tournament.
Held on Sunday July 29th at the Ambergris Stadium, the games were scheduled to start at 1:30PM. Going up for third place was supposed to be Harmouch and Nairi. However, after a 45-minute wait on Team Nairi, officials named Harmouch third place winners by default. A little after 3PM it was time for Legends and Belizean Shores to go head to head for first and second place.
Kent and Eric dominate at Fiesta Rama Duathlon
San Pedro Athletes Eric Donis and Kent Gabourel dominated at Fiesta Rama’s Duathlon in Orange Walk this past weekend. The tournament took place on July 28th and saw competitors from across the country taking part. The games were organized by the Belize National Triathlon Association and comprised of a 2.5 mile run, followed by a 5 miles biking and ending with a second 2.5 miles run. Eric Donis took first place in the Elite Open (biking on racer’s bike) while Kent “Bob” Gabourel took first place in the Beach Cruiser open. In the overall, Eric took first place with a total time of 48 minutes and 25 seconds, while Kent ranked second with a total time of 50 minutes and 13 seconds. The boys from San Pedro would like to take this opportunity to thank their sponsors Gabi Nuñez and The San Pedro Town Council for their continued contribution and support.
The athletes are gearing up for the annual Lionman competition scheduled for early September as part of the September Celebrations, and they are looking for team members as well as sponsors. Persons interested in learning more about the Lionman tournament or how they can become sponsors or even a member of the San Pedro Team may do so by contacting Kent at 604-9013. The San Pedro Sun congratulates both young men in performing exceptionally and doing us proud.
Starting Tonight; The International Costa Maya Festival At La Isla Bonita!
For the 21st consecutive year, the International Costa Maya Festival will be captivating visitors that are being lured to La Isla Bonita, Ambergris Caye for four days filled with liveliness. Charming beauty queens of Mexico and Central America, along with vibrant cultural activities, music, food and drinks will intrigue audiences at this year’s San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival. The Festival will be taking place from August 2nd -5th, 2012.
“The week of the festival is the most colourful and busiest week on the island. Costa Maya is a grand event that is enjoyed by all those that attend,” shared Dorian Nuñez, member of the Costa Maya Festival Committee. “If you have not been to one, maybe it is time to join your friends in San Pedro, Belize for a week of fun-filled entertainment.”
Introducing the Miss San Pedro 2012 contestants!
The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) along with Miss San Pedro 2011-2012 Yakarelis Hernadez are both making final preparations for the 2012 Miss San Pedro Pageant. This year, four beautiful and talented young ladies will be vying for the coveted Miss San Pedro crown. The Miss San Pedro Pageant will take place on Saturday, September 1st at the Saca Chispas Football Field starting at 7PM under the theme “Beauty of today, reflecting the Maya splendor of yesterday.”
The four young ladies vying for the Miss San Pedro title are Naiely Odalis Puc, Darcie Zepeda, Ashely Rhaburn and Adriana Haylock.
Five Arrested and Charged for Illegal Fishing at Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Alamilla stated that the rangers conducted random spot check on the area at about midnight and caught five persons fishing in the area and were immediately arrested. The five caught fishing illegally in the protected area were Isaul Coba, Melvin Montesino, Guillermo Valdez, Michael Melvin Kuhn and Roan Gonzalez.
“We will continue to work hard in protecting the area and we are still monitoring similar cases and those who are caught will be penalized to the full extent of the law,” stated Miguel Alamilla.
The five were presented with their charges on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, and are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. They are liable to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, or to both such fine and imprisonment.
Partners for Belize Render Free Clinics in San Pedro
A group of doctors and nurses from Cincinnati, Ohio, were here in beautiful San Pedro as part of mission trip to provide dental services for adults and children, dermatology, general health evaluations and treatment for prolonged and chronic pain free of charge. Clinical services were carried from Friday, July 27, 2012 to Tuesday, July 31, 2012.
In speaking with John Kirby, Director/Organizer of the mission group, he stated that it was the first time the group had been to the island rendering their medical services, but have been having opening clinics in other parts of the country.
Humane Dog Eradication to Commence
The San Pedro Town Council and Saga Humane Society just announced that the first roundup of stray dogs is only days away. They are asking dog owners to please keep all pet dogs confined to their property or tethered. Please share this with your friends and neighbors as well. Also leash laws need to be observed.
If a dog is captured it will be held at the Saga compound for three days. Once the pet dogs are claimed, fees will be charged for its return. You can reclaim your dog on Tuesdays from 9a.m. to 12p.m. or on Wednesdays from 1p.m. to 5p.m. The fee will be lowered if you agree to spay or neuter your pet. If unclaimed, the dog will be humanely euthanized through a process approved by the veterinarian at Saga.
Please, if yu have a dog and you care about it, keep it safely fenced or tied inside your property. Use a collar and rope of at least 8 feet and give your dog shade and water. Please walk your dog on a leash and clean up after your dog in public spaces. You can make the difference, San Pedro! Let's have a clean community and happy dogs too!
Costa Maya Beauties Visit Cahal Pech Maya Site In Cayo
The San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival kicks off tonight, August 2, 2012, in Ambergris Caye, Belize with the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant, one of the biggest draws of the festival. To entice you even more to attend the festival here are official pictures of the eight delegates at a photo shoot that took place at the ancient Maya Temple of Cahal Pech, located in San Ignacio, Cayo District.
The delegates had one session with their casual wear and one session in their bikini.
Kevin Lyttle Arrives in San Pedro
Soca Star Kevin Lyttle arrived one day before his performing night on Maya Island Air to enjoy the best of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Ambergris Today’s Gerry Badillo met up with Lyttle upon his arrivals and got the chance to interview and inform him about San Pedro, Belize. Lyttle is excited to showcase his upcoming performance on the International Costa Maya Festival; he will be performing live at the festival Friday, August 3, 2012.
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VIDEO: Island Divers Belize-Lionfish Team Diving
Local Diving for Lionfish, Belize Barrier Reef
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A Variety of our team photos, enjoy viewing and visit us on Facebook. We're a team, we're a family...we are one! Join us on a dive! Photography by Michael Davis, Discover Belize Now.
Chic Sunglasses for Cayo
Humorus post of the day. Ka'ana has come up with a pair of chic sunglasses for Cayo. The leonard matte tortoise shell acetate sunglasses that have the name of 'Illesteva.' Cool. Funny. Has anyone worn them on Xunantunich?
"On the western side of Belize, you will find the Cayo District spreading over 2,000 square miles of luscious landscape. This area shows an incredible wealth of interest and activities for tourists and is also the gateway to Guatemala and the incredible ruins of Tikal. The Mountain Pine Ridge is often named the main attraction of the area, but the Cayo District also includes many great Mayan ruins, the towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, the border town of Benque Viejo and the lush valley between the scenic Mopan and Macal rivers."
Belize Bird Rescue: Stork Storkers Club
Feelgood story to start the day. The Belize Bird Rescue successfully captured and relocated the Jabiru stork that was on the runway at the Philip Goldson airport, causing problems for landing planes. It was a concentrated effort, and was met with success. Great work!
"Cue the Belize Wildlife Conservation Network (BWCN) response team (pause for ooo’s and aaah’s) We are ready to spring into action at a moments notice, just like Spiderman. So, armed with nets, gloves, cages, crates and blankets, plus numerous representatives from Belize Forest Department, Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic, ISIS, Belize Humane Society and Belize Audubon Society, we launched ourselves at Belize City."
Coco or Taro Cake
Coco as it's known in Belize, is a form of wild yams. In other parts of the world it's called Taro. In this video Joe shows us how to make one of his favorite childhood cakes or pudding from these wild yams. It was my first time making this dish and first time tasting it. I found it to be gelatinous, warm, sweet and downright delicious.
Belize Mega Bingo Results For (01 August 2012)
Straight Line 100.00 Each (6 Balls)
2 35 75 21 46 58
Y 125.00 Each (18 Balls)
2 35 75 21 46 58 18 4 49 11 55 56 9 33 39 13 52 26
L 175.00 Each (22 Balls)
2 35 75 21 46 58 18 4 49 11 55 56 9 33 39 13 52 26 50 12 3 23
Inside World 1000.00 Each (24 Balls)
2 35 75 21 46 58 18 4 49 11 55 56 9 33 39 13 52 26 50 12 3 23 10 30
Letter X 750.00 Each (25 Balls)
2 35 75 21 46 58 18 4 49 11 55 56 9 33 39 13 52 26 50 12 3 23 10 30 68
A Murder Story Like No Other: No Hidden Faces, No Apologies
When we left you last night, it was with the bad news that another man had been killed - the fifth in the city in four days. It happened on Linda Vista Street - which connects Lake Independence to the Western Highway.
It is a murder like too many others, senseless violence among young black southside males. But our story on it is unlike any other, because it's straight up: no one hides their face, no one apologizes for the conduct of others and the intended target tells us simple and plain how he dodged death - even when it came from the hand of his own cousin. Daniel Ortiz has this report:
Daniel Ortiz reporting
At around 7 last night, 7News arrived on the scene to find the body of a man lying in the street. The police already had the area cordoned off, and the Scenes of Crime personnel were already at their work.
They eventually brought a member of the public close by to identify him, and this woman burst out in tears of hurt and rage - the distress visible.
While processing the scene, the authorities discovered a firearm, which you see the man photographing to the far right of your screen - more visible with the number 3 marker right next to it.
When they finished, the body was removed and taken to the morgue, ending this terrible scene. But, we didn't find out until today that the deceased allegedly went to Linda Vista Street to try to murder 28 year-old Mark Godoy.
He spoke to us from his sick bed in the KHMH, where he was recovering from gunshot injuries he received from that attack.
Will Karol Mello Have His Day In Court
Alleged International Gangster Karol Mello was back in court today for his Habeas Corpus hearing to determine if the Government of Belize had unlawfully detained Mello.
The Slovak national and permanent resident of Belize is fighting an expulsion order and has been detained for 22 days, pending a resolution to his case.
His attorney Godfrey Smith ultimately seeks to block an expulsion order which was issued on July 16.
Today, both sides tried to convince Justice Legall on whether or not Mello should be expelled without first being given a chance to tell the court his side of the story.
Here's what we found out:
Daniel Ortiz reporting
Just before the start of the "Habeas Corpus" hearing, the international fugitive, Karol Mello, was escorted to an adjoining room in the Supreme Court, where he was held under guard and excluded from the entire proceedings.
According to Mello's attorney, Godfrey Smith, he doesn't speak a word of English, so his wife, Susanna, attended the hearing and consulted Smith on his behalf.
Hon. Gaspar Vega: No Apologies For "Giving" Land To Family
Last night on the news, you heard the PUP making the case that two UDP Ministers, Gaspar Vega and Rene Montero had given their family members lavish parcels of land easily and inexpensively.
Today, we caught up with Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega in his role as Minister of Agriculture. He was in Blue Creek for a Cattle Sweep - and, thus, had the misfortune of being the first public official to stage an impromptu press conference under a cattle shed. But no matter the circumstance, he was obliging, and remarkably candid about land that he "gave" his relatives. It's a little long, but bear with us, it's worth it - here's how his exchange with Jules Vasquez went:...
"You have set up what they called a friends and family program to bestow your friends and family with pieces of land. How do you respond to that?"
Hon. Gaspar Vega, Minister of Natural Resources
"Jules, I don't know if you have the list."
Hon. Gaspar Vega, Minister of Lands
"Maybe we can work with the list."
"Let's go to the list. Diana Rosado who they say is your daughter."
"Fawda" Henry Saves The Day
Armed robberies occur too regularly in Belize City, and today, one man decided to take it upon himself to get involved and stop a thief. The good citizen is no other than Phillip "Fawda" Henry, who has been featured in this newscast several times for his out-spoken behavior. Well today at around midday, he put his big talk into deeds when he stopped an armed man from getting away with robbery.
Here's how he explained it:
Phillip "Fawda" Henry
"It happed not in front of me but I would say about 25 yards away when I saw people on the bridge was looking towards Lion King - I was sitting trying to eat my food before I ran a taxi job out there when I heard people saying that a little girl was being rob. When I heard that it was a little girl, I think about my program with safety, so I saw about 20 people running behind this guy who was running down from the bus terminal towards Amara Avenue. That's when I set chase after him. I don't know if this guy was armed but I wanted to catch this guy because he robbed a little girl. I saw the abuse from a distance - that he was abusing this little girl around her neck grabbing her clothes. He had a huge butcher knife in his hand. I thought of my safety at the same time but I went with force and it happens that I ended up winning. I citizen arrest this guy, I brought down another predator who was in the streets robbing our children of their daily lives - their cell phones and money."
Child Alleges Stepfather/Grandfather Molested Her
There is a highly disturbing case of sexual abuse to report tonight.
A 51 year old grandfather, and a 41 year-old stepfather are currently in prison after they were taken to court today for allegedly sexually abusing their 11 year-old daughter.
We cannot give you their names or publish their picture to protect the identity of the child. But according to the child, the abuse occurred between the months of June 2011 and June 2012. The child told police that her 51 year-old grandfather and her 41 year-old stepfather had intercourse with her regularly between those months.
Police investigated the report and they charged the 51 year-old man with incest, and the 41 year-old man with carnal knowledge. Both men were arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer today, but no plea was taken because both charges will be treated as indictable.
Profiles Comes Back
The I Am Belize Profiles returns tonight after a 4-week break.
Tonight’s profile is about is about Devon Daly, SJC High school graduate who won a full basketball scholarship to Lake Superior State University.
But, Daly had to balance his love of basketball with his education in order to be allowed to continue to play.
Here’s how his family’s rigid rules helped to train him to appreciate success.
Bulls In Blue Creek Ready For Export
For many years - we've heard talk of exporting cattle to a Mexican market that's hungry for as much beef as Belize can produce.
But, the hold-up has always been making the cattle fit for export. And what do we mean by that? Well, Mexico has very strict standards for livestock imports - meaning that every head of cattle they import has to be certified to be disease free - which means that they have been tested and traced, basically form birth to confirm that they are contaminant free.
And anyone who knows anything about Belize will know that generally, "we noh work soh."
Except that in this case, we've had to learn how to. And leading the way is BAHA which has teamed up effectively with cattle exporters in the private sector to conducts a cattle sweep - an immense exercise which will document and certify every exportable head of cattle in Belize.
It started this week in Blue Creek and we went to that Mennonite commune at Belize's northwestern edge to find out more:..
Jules Vasquez reporting
It's called a cattle sweep and it's not a business for the squeamish or easily startled - only cowboys and cattle-dogs can stay cool.
While cattle may shudder at the thought, cattle-men - gathered here in Blue Creek today get weak-kneed and woozy just thinking about the prospects:..
John Carr - Cayo Cattle Owner
"This is just the most important thing that ever happened."
Dirty laundry list of U.D.P. family names in land grab
By now you know of the persistent reports of a crazy ‘land grab’ at the Ministry of Natural Resources involving relatives and close associates of the Deputy Prime Minister. When it came up in the House during the recent budget debate, the Prime Minister deflected the report by claiming that Corozal Southeast Representative, Florencio Marin [...]
Gaspar Vega not scared of scandal and puts faith in God
The Prime Minister did not address directly the land amassed by the Vegas, nor did he indicate if his government would reprimand the Minister or condemn his actions. While the PM has some of the land is bought from private hands, for most people the land transactions stink to high heaven, and whether by luck [...]
Viva Las Vegas! Deputy P.M. gave family prime land
When we checked out today, the price of land in San Pedro, it is verifiable that the price paid by the Vega clan is chum change in which ever area the land is situated. In fact, the most conservative estimate for crown land in underdeveloped areas would be at least four times more. This morning [...]
Victim or not? Murdered man found with weapon
There was another murder in the Old Capital; it is fifth in the past five days and believed to be in retaliation of the Sunday night murder of Stephen Flowers, an alleged gang associate. Around seven o’clock, nineteen year old Tevin Ferguson was shot at multiple times in the Lake Independence area; he died on [...]
Alleged Slovakian mobster attempts to stop expulsion
Karol Mello, an alleged Slovakian mobster, who reportedly fled to Belize in 2010 to evade trial for murder, remains in police custody tonight following his detention in San Pedro on July eleventh. His attorney, Senior Counsel Godfrey Smith, argues that Mello is being unlawfully detained since charges are yet to be brought against him. In [...]
Belizean “charmer” cons women in Mexico
There is a Belizean making headlines in neighboring Mexico. He is so sweet he had to be arrested for charming his way into the lives and the property of several women. According to reports, Roger Zedillo Orlando Hernandez, a twenty nine year old Belizean, told women that he came to see a sick sister in [...]
Guatemalan nationals convicted of resort robbery
Two Guatemalan nationals who have terrorized a western community were convicted today. Jeronimo Cortez Gonzalez and Marcos Javier Chiquin Molina have been sentenced to five years for two counts of robbery, aggravated assault, conspiracy to robbery, and unlawful imprisonment of several employees at a resort. The conviction stems from a 2002 incident at Black Rock [...]
A grandfather and a stepfather accused of carnal knowledge
There are disturbing allegations of sexual assault coming out of Mahogany Heights tonight where a fifty-one year old grandfather and a stepfather have been accused of carnally knowing a minor. According to the relatives of an eleven year old girl, both men were having intercourse with the child during the past year. The alleged sexual [...]
Former B.D.F. still trying to get his job back
Former Deputy Commandant Javier Castellanos remains a private citizen despite a recent decision taken by the Belize Advisory Council to have him reinstated in the Belize Defense Force. The judgment reverses the decision of the Security Services Commission in which Castellanos was wrongfully terminated from the B.D.F. in the wake of a break-in at the [...]
SMART customer wins a free trip to U.S.A.
A San Pedro resident is the winner of a free trip for two to the US or Caribbean as well as spending money. Aloya Campos got lucky in the annual Summer Getaway promotion, done by SMART in collaboration with American Airlines. Campos, who has been a SMART customer since the service was launched in San [...]
Lacey’s Literacy Sumer Camp ends with improved grammar
Peter Lacey is on a mission to improve literacy among Belize’s children and he’s doing it through an annual summer camp for primary school students. This year, over two hundred kids participated in the city and for the first time, the camp was extended to Orange Walk where over a hundred students took part. Five [...]
YWCA breaks ground for new facility
For over a year, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) has been working toward a National Resource Center to be established in Belmopan. With financial assistance from the European Union, the YWCA took a major step toward accomplishing that goal with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, to begin the construction of the National Enterprise Development [...]
Weather system heading this way
There’s a first weather system to be heading this way for the hurricane season. According to a NEMO advisory, Tropical Storm Ernesto is moving at twenty-two miles per hour and slowly making its way into the Caribbean. While it is not posing a direct threat to Belize, NEMO says it’s monitoring the situation. There’s more [...]
Kids get Healthy Living tips at camp for diabetes
Belize Diabetes Association is establishing a registry of all children and youths afflicted with diabetes to determine how many are living with the condition. While it is not known how many youths have been affected, there are symptoms that parents and guardians can look out for including frequent urination. This week a group of more [...]
Former Government Employee Seeks Compensation Following Road Accident
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 doc...
YWCA Holds Ground Breaking Ceremony 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 unde...
Rotary Club of Belize Prepares for Weekend Play
The Rotary Club of Belize will be presenting a Jamaican play at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts tomorrow. The purpose of the play is not only to entertain, but also to raise funds to aid the Rotary in their yearly projects. Love News spoke with the secretary of the...
Garifuna Language to be Introduced to Schools in Toledo
Preparations are being made to introduce the teaching of the Garifuna language and arts and craft in two Toledo schools. Correspondent Paul Mahung has the story. PAUL MAHUNG Toledo Correspondent Love FM “Teachers and other stakeholders of the upcoming i...
Superbond under keen scrutiny
Belize’s foreign debts, collectively known as the super bond continues to maintain keen scrutiny in the international financial media outlets. A report appearing in Bloomberg Business Week today says that Belize’s dollar bonds fell by two point five percent in the month of July. It is the most, according to the report among the fifty two emerging-market countries that are tracked by an index operated by JP Morgan Chase and Company. The report notes that the yields on the super bond climbed one hundred and forty five basis points, or 1.45 percentage points to twenty-point-zero eight percent this month as the country nears its second restructuring in five years. The latest restructuring exercise is being led by Ambassador Mark Espat, who this afternoon told Love News that he expects to release Belize’s official position on the debt restructuring exercise late next week. Prime Minister Dean Barrow is on record as saying that his government is looking for more lenient payment terms on the amalgamated foreign debts as the interest rates are stepped up to a punishing eight point five percent this year.
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 Belize Diabetes Association Anthony Castillo.
Castillo told Love News that the glucometers will be handed out on Friday to children who are attending the annual summer camp for children living with diabetes
Rotarians to take to the stage at the Bliss
The Rotary Club of Belize will be presenting a Jamaican play at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts tomorrow. The purpose of the play is not only to entertain, but also to raise funds to aid the Rotary in their yearly projects. Love News spoke with the secretary of the Rotary Club of Belize Sandra MacKay who told us more about the play.
President of the Rotary Club of Belize, Maria Coye explained exactly how the Rotary will use the proceeds of the play.
The play will commence tomorrow at 7:30pm. It will continue to show throughout the week on Friday and on Sunday at the same time. Tickets can be purchased at Mala’s on New Road, at the Bliss Center or from any Rotarian at fifteen dollars for regular tickets, thirty dollars reserved and fifty dollars for premium tickets.
Fire fighters fail simulated exercise
A simulated fire exercise was held this afternoon in Belize City. [VO starts here] The event was designed to test the response of the National Fire Service and the way they manage an emergency scene. Among the participants are nine lead fire fighters from around the country who are taking part in a five-week training exercise, which is part of their professional development and career enhancement initiative. This afternoon’s fire drill was conducted at the Belize Foam Factory at mile two and a half on the Western Highway. It was suppose to test the response to a fire in which employees were trapped inside the burning building. But as our news team arrived on the scene, it became clear that the exercise did not go as planned. [VO ends here] Senior officer Ted Smith was in charge of today’s fire drill. And Love TV’s Patrick Jones put it to the veteran firefighter that the exercise was a big failure.
According to Smith, they will now head back to the classroom to reevaluate what went wrong and give the exercise another try early next week. Fire Chief Francis Thomas told reporters at the scene that the exercise left a lot to be desired; but he is not discouraged.
The five-week lead fire fighters training exercise is being held at the National Fire Service headquarters in Belize City.
Tropical Depression 5 forms in the Atlantic
Before we leave you this evening, the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre this evening stated issuing advisories on Tropical Depression number five of the 2012 Hurricane Season. Forecast models are predicting that the Depression will strengthen into Tropical Storm Ernesto by tomorrow. As it makes a west-northwesterly track through the Eastern Caribbean, the Tropical Storm is expected to strengthen into Hurricane Ernesto by the start of next week and should be in front of Belize by Monday afternoon. Love News will continue to track the development and progress of this tropical system.
MORE FM’s Summer Slam ends
Summer activities are taking place around the country for children and young people. One of the most anticipated events, the annual Summer Slam, which is organized by our sister network More FM has ended after just over a month of keen competition featuring teams of young people. Anita Hamilton is the chief organizer of Summer Slam, 2012.
The grand Prize for the red team is three thousand dollars. Second place went to the Yellow Team which walked away with a package that includes three cell phones, courtesy of Cellular World. Hamilton says that she is already looking forward to the tenth anniversary edition of Summer Slam which is anticipated to be bigger and better than the previous nine competitions.
Suspected hit man shot and killed in foiled operation
Linda Vista Street was the scene of an early evening shooting. Last night at around 6:45pm, 28 year old Mark Godoy ...
Victim of alleged hit speaks out about violent ambush
While Tevin Ferguson never made it out alive, Mark Godoy, the suspected target did. Godoy, a construction worker of...
Municipalities getting a slice of the BMDP pie
The Belize Municipal Development Project – initiated by a thirty million dollar loan from the World Bank, is aimed ...
Slavokian national Karol Mello in court for second time this week
Slovakian fugitive Karol Mello appeared before the Supreme Court this morning for an application for a writ of habe...
Chairman adds his two cents on land grab accusations
The UDPs publicizing of the “excessive” land acquisitions by PUP stalwart Florencio Marin Jr. was aired yesterday. ...
League of senior footballers on the horizon
Popular footballers Nelson Moss and Roy Cadle, of Roaring Creek, dropped by Plustv to inform us about a special exh...
Belizean and Guatemalan diplomats meet on death of Guatemalan
High level meetings between Belizean and Guatemalan diplomats were held yesterday in Washington to discuss the rece...
University of Belize celebrates 12 years in education
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Veteran BDF Soldier killed in Belize City
42-year-old Wayne Madrill has been serving his country in the Belize Defense Force band for over twenty years. The Belize City resident was walking with a friend on Cemetery Road at about fifteen minutes to three on Saturday morning, July 28th, when a gunman approached and opened fire. While his friend escaped unharmed, Madrill was not so lucky. He was struck by a bullet and fell to the ground. According to reports, when Madrill fell to the ground the gunman walked up to him, stood over him and fired another bullet to the head. Madrill died on the spot.
Police investigation into this murder is ongoing. According to Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer, Madrill is not believed to have been the intended target. However, that did not stop the gunman from finishing off his deed and now, Madrill’s family as well as the community want to know why he was killed.
Police detained the friend that was walking with Madrill as part of their investigation. Meanwhile, the family is getting ready to bury their loved one, who will receive military honours when he’s laid to rest on Friday.
Clive Medwood killed on His Birthday
Clive Medwood celebrated his 23rd birthday on Monday, July 30th. For most, 23-year-olds a birthday is a joyous and festive occasion in which one celebrates the prime of their youth. However, according to his sister, Medwood said that he was not feeling his birthday. He decided to go home with his family and listen to music. It was about 10:45 p.m. and as Medwood was looking through CDs in an attempt to hype himself up for the last hours of his birthday, members of his family dove to safety as gunshot sounds rang out inside the house. He had only been at home for about a half an hour before a gunman snuck up near the window, pushed a handgun through the wooden louvers and opened fired. Clive Medwood suffered from gunshot wounds to the left side of the head. He succumbed to his injuries at 7:37 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31st.
Medwood was a field employee of the Belize Water Services Limited. He is known as a hard worker who bothers nobody. While family and friends try to cope with the loss, police continues to investigate.
Oscar Gonzales, 22, offered Bail of $8,000 in the Supreme Court
Oscar Gonzales, 22, who had been remanded for being in the illegal possession of a firearm and a live round of ammunition, was granted bail of $8,000, when he appeared on Thursday, July 27th, in the Supreme Court.
There were no objections to bail but with the condition that he is to report on every Monday to the Queen Street Police Station.
On June 14th, 2012, police searched a house on Ordonez Street. There they discovered a sawed-off shotgun and a 16 gauge cartridge.
Present at the time of the search were Delon Hinds, 21, Oscar Gonzales, 22, Rasheem Garnett, 19, and three minors.
Gonzales and Garnett were jointly charged with keeping a prohibited firearm and keeping ammunition without a gun license.
Policeman knocks down and kills Elderly Man
Police Constable Tyrone Sutherland has been served with a Notice of Intended Prosecution after he knocked down and killed a 91-year-old man.
Police report that at 9:20am on Tuesday, July 31st, Sutherland was driving a 1989 Gold Honda Accord between Miles 2 and 3 on the Northern Highway, when he accidentally knocked down 91-year-old Robert Griffith, a retiree of a 2 ½ miles Northern Highway. Griffith sustained injuries to his forehead, shoulder, right arm and left knee. He was transported to the KHMH where he succumbed to his injuries at 1:20pm whilst undergoing treatment.
Bernard Linarez granted Bail for Toledo Credit Union Robbery
Bernard Linarez, a police officer, charged in connection with the June robbery of the Toledo Teacher’s Credit Union Branch, was granted bail when he appeared in the Supreme Court, on Friday, July 27th.
Linarez had been arraigned in the Dangriga Magistrate’s Court for the offense of abetment to commit robbery, on June 6th, 2012. Justice Herbert Lord offered bail in the sum of $1,000 and imposed a number of conditions. Linarez is report to the Independence Police Station every Friday of the week, between the hours of 8:30 a.m., and 4:40 p.m., and he must also not interfere with the prosecution’s witnesses.
On Monday, June 4th, 2012 at around 8:48 a.m., Independence police responded to a robbery in progress at the Toledo Teacher’s Credit Union Branch (TTCU),in Bella Vista Village, Stann Creek District.
The manager at the Credit Union had reported that sometime between 8:30a.m., and 8:45a.m., he was inside the building along with other employees. Twenty customers were also inside the building when three armed men entered and held up the employees.
Mason Patnett granted Bail of $10,000 in Supreme Court
When Mason Patnett, 25, a resident of Ladyville, appeared in the Supreme Court, on Thursday July 27th, Justice Hubert Lord granted him bail for charges of drug trafficking, in the sum of $10,000 plus a surety of that amount or two sureties of $5,000 each.
Attorney, Richard Dickie Bradley had appeared on behalf of Patnett and had submitted in the bail application hearing that Patnett was an innocent passenger, who had hitched a ride to Belize City from Cayo, when the police stopped the vehicle, searched it and found the drugs, in the wheels of the vehicle.
There were no objections in Court and bail of $10,000 was granted to Patnett, who had been initially arraigned in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court, on June 4th, 2012, on charges of drug trafficking.
On July 1st, at around 8:10 p.m., police were manning a vehicular checkpoint, on the Western Highway, when they stopped a Jeep Cherokee with two occupants, the driver, Hugo Casteneda, 27, and Patnett.
A search of the tire compartment situated at the rear of the vehicle led to the discovery of a crocus sack containing a large quantity of suspected cannabis.
Both men were searched and police found a combined $2,000 on them, along with 7.26 kilos of cannabis.
Jose Mendez granted Bail
A number of bail applications were before the Court, on Thursday, July 27th. One of these included the case of Jose Méndez, who had been charged in May of this year, in relation to a small gas tank explosion in Orange Walk Town.
Jose Méndez appeared in the Supreme Court at around 1:30 p.m., accompanied by his attorney, Richard Dickie Bradley for bail hearing.
Bradley had made submissions on his behalf as to why he should be granted bail.
Méndez had been charged for wounding and arson after he had attempted to set the house of his common-law wife on fire, in Orange walk Town.
Reportedly, Méndez and his wife had gotten in an argument, where it was alleged that Méndez had hit her causing bruises in her face, eyes and hands.
Orson Andrews loses appeal for 2011 conviction
On Thursday, July 26, Orson Andrews lost his appeal against his 2011 conviction. Andrews had been convicted for keeping a firearm without a gun license.
In Court, Andrews’ attorney, Anthony Sylvester, submitted that the Magistrate should have not accepted the guilty plea entered by Andrews. Sylvester also argued that there was no proof that the object found was a firearm, and that Andrews had been told by an officer to declare himself guilty under duress.
In response, Prosecutor, Kaysha Grant submitted, that once a person enters a guilty plea to any offense, there is no further need for the prosecution to prove the elements of the offense.
She also added that the magistrate was satisfied that the object was a firearm.
Charges of Unnatural Crime withdrawn against Somerset Missionary
Somerset Missionary, Bryan Sears, 36, accused of three counts of unnatural crime against three Sarteneja brothers in 2011, is a free man, after those charges were withdrawn in Corozal Town, on Thursday, July 27th.
This was after, the teen boys and their mother wished to no longer proceed with the case. Moreover, the alleged victims said that they had never reported the incident to the police, so the prosecution had all charges withdrawn against Sears.
According to police, on October 8th, 2011, at 3:40 p.m., the mother of the boys, a 49-year- old Guatemalan who resides in Corozal District, along with her three teen sons ages 16, 14 and 13, had reported that on October 1st, at around 7:00 p.m., they were at Sears’ home in Sarteneja Village.
The teens had alleged that on different occasions Sears had had forcible sex with them.
On October 9th, 2011, police arrested and charged Sears with three counts of committing an unnatural crime.
The news of the alleged sodomy had made headlines both locally and internationally, after one of the teens had reportedly gotten drunk and had gone to a villager and close family friend to confess that he and his brothers had allegedly been sodomized by Sears.
Sears was remanded to prison and later granted bail, but one villager told us, that they never saw Sears in the village after the incident.
After the incident, Sears had also found himself in trouble again with the law after he was allegedly found in possession of crack cocaine in a car in Orange Walk Town. For that offense, he was also granted bail.
Criminal and Civil Suits dismissed against Two Cops
On Monday, July 30th, two police officers 46-year-old Sgt. Jose Ortiz, and 41-year-old PC Leonardo Yama, both of Belize City, appeared in Magistrate's Court to answer to charges of wounding.
Back in November 2011, they were accused of beating up Gabriel Casey, a bailiff at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court.
The case had been set for trial for quite some time but the men's attorney, Dickie Bradley had indicated to the court from April of this year that the officers have been negotiating with the virtual complainant to try and settle the matter out of court.
On Monday, both men appeared before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Frazer where they were told that the charge of wounding was struck out as Casey had requested no more court action in the matter. Casey, in a letter to the court, indicated that he no longer wants to proceed with the matter against the men as he has been compensated. The figure for compensation was not released but the men were told that they were freed from the charges. They were also told that the civil charges were also struck out.
Bail set at $8,000 for Special Constable accused of Discharging a Firearm in Public
On Thursday, July 26, police special constable, Michael Waight, 37, appeared in the Supreme Court represented by his attorney, Anthony Sylvester, for his first bail hearing. Waight had been denied bail in the Magistrate’s Court about a week ago for charges of discharging a firearm in public, aggravated assault, threatening words, and keeping a firearm without a gun license.
Bail was offered and set at $8000. Conditions attached to the bail are that he must report to the Burrell Boom Police Station every Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Waight must also appear in Court on every adjournment date and he is not to interfere with the prosecution’s witnesses in the case.
The accusations against Waight stem from a confrontation between him, Heron Molina and Cheryl Escobar that transpired at the Burrell Boom Village Football Field, on June 30.
According to the allegations, Waight is accused of committing aggravated assaults upon Cheryl Escobar and Heron Molina.Additionally, Waight is accused of threatening to kill both Escobar and Molina.
150 Children at Citco Sports Camps
Over 150 Belize City youths are spending their summer days on a sporting court or field thanks to the Belize City Council and friends. Every year the council holds a summer sports camp and Councilor Bernard Pitts was responsible for it this year. The first year councilman has not disappointed the kids.
Fallen Novelo’s Empire
The empire that was once the Novelo's has finally collapsed in totum. The Sunday, July 29th edition of the Amandala Newspaper features a two-page spread of public auctions that are to take place on August 6th and 7th. The auctions will feature 18 properties that once belonged to the Novelo family. The family members listed include David Novelo, Antonio Novelo, Hipolito Novelo, Emil Novelo, and Belitur, which is a company also owned by the Novelos.
Police to receive Raise in Pay and Allowances
People outside the Belize Police Department were wondering why it is that Corporal Eldon Arzu, President of the Police Association, and Sergeant Edlin Lorenzo, Vice-President of the Police Association, were not supported by more police officers during their media blitz against the Commissioner of Police. It is simply because this is no time to do so. Under the United Democratic Party administration, Belizean police officers are being treated better than they have ever been and the love continues.
Summer Camp with a Purpose
Participants of the Belize City Council Summer Sports Camp
Through the collaboration of the Belize City Council and other sponsors, Councilor with responsibility for After-school Programs and Health, Dr. Alain Gonzalez, has organized a summer camp for youths in Belize City. The camp has been running from July 16th and will go up until August 10th. According to Gonzalez, the camp is designed to offer youngsters instruction in computer technology, arts and health education. The children are also afforded the opportunity to interact with guest speakers from law enforcement organizations such as the Police and the Belize Defence Force.
BTB Donates Motorcycles To Tourism Police Unit (TPU)
Belize City, Belize - Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 – 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.
Laura Dunn Street in Collett getting upgrade
For months the residents on Laura Dunn Street in the Collett division have had to struggle as they waded through water as the street was in need of repair. It was very much a pleasant surprise to those living on the street when work crews arrived in the area and began to work to fill a large puddle that was in the middle of it.
The work being done is through the area representative Hon. Patrick Faber and he promises that other streets with similar problems in his constituency will be likewise attended to.
Mayor Bradley plants Mahogany Trees with Miss Earth Delegates
The Mayor of Belize City, Darrell Bradley planted several mahogany trees along with delegates of the Miss Earth Belize Pageant on Wednesday, August 1st. The trees were planted near the Sand Lighter's Promenade next to the Princess Hotel.
Summer Camp for Diabetes
Justin Jerez is like any ordinary 13-year-old, and just by looking at him you would think he is the picture of good health, but the reality for this teenager is that he has to be living with diabetes. Justin says that in January of this year, he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes Since his diagnosis, he says, "my family treats me like the king in the house". But the condition is anything but regal; Justin is quick to admit that since the diagnosis, his life has been changed. Everyday, he has to test his blood sugar levels at least three times; he tests before every meal, after every meal and after doing exercise. He says if he is not mindful of his blood sugar level, it can dip so low to cause him to have blurry vision and eventually faint. To avoid this, he needs to keep track of his blood sugar and when it goes too low he says he needs to eat a sweet.
And keeping track of the blood sugar level goes hand in hand with proper nutrition. For Justin, a meal is not one that can be consumed from anywhere and, he says that in order to manage his diabetes, he prefers to eat at home where his parents give him healthy food.
While Justin has the basic idea of how to manage his diabetes, he along with over 30 other youngsters and teenagers from across the country are participating in the Belize Diabetes Association's 2nd annual Diabetes Youth Camp. According to Anthony Castillo, President of the Association, the camp is specifically tailored for children living with Type 1 diabetes. Through the camp, the children learn to take care of themselves since it will be a condition they will have to live with for the rest of their lives.