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He could see his hands as they lay knotted together on his lap. The chair he sat on was lined with soft pillows, and he was comfortable under the shade of the tree that let only the faintest dots of sunshine through. The shadows of the leaves and branches played slightly across the towel that draped over his knees. Even when the sun was out in full force, there was some air stirring that kept him cool. Or maybe it was being old and frail, when warmth was a precious commodity.
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SJCJC Male and Female Teams, SPJC and WJC move on to represent the North and Central at ATLIB National Volleyball Competation
The Angel Nuńez Auditorium was the venue for the 2012 Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize ATLIB Northern and Central Regional Volleyball Tournament. Six male and two female teams competed for the chance to represent the regions at the nationals scheduled for November 10th at the Falcon Field in San Ignacio Town. In the female division, two teams competed but automatically qualified to move on to nationals as they were the only two female teams competing to represent the regions. In a game dominated by St. John’s College Junior College, Wesley Junior College girls couldn’t seem to catch a break. After two sets, SJCJC were named the winners with scores of 25-5 and 2510.
The Island Academy brings in a howling Halloween weekend!
Every year, The Island Academy gets into the Halloween spirit and has students dress up and show their creativity with fabulous, scary, original, funny and pretty costumes. On Friday, October 26, the staff (dressed as Where’s Waldo) lined up the troops and got them under the big palapa to show off their costumes. Four judges were tasked with choosing the top costumes, and they had a hard time indeed. There was a Tata Duende, there were scary witches, and pretty maidens and fairies and even a Jaguar queen! Spaghetti and meatballs caught this reporter’s eye, as did the amazing hulk, tootsie roll, Justin Beiber/Beaver and Teacher Jeff’s mini me.
Best Halloween Parties Hosted by San Pedro Holiday Hotel
San Pedro knows how to rock a banging Halloween party and The San Pedro Holiday Hotel has proven to be the best venue for the greatest Halloween bash on the island of Ambergris Caye. The hotel celebrated its annual Halloween Bash on Saturday, October 17, 2012, with a packed house full of revelers from all around the country and tourists alike.
The famous Halloween Orange carpet was rolled out for the event and the street traffic outside the Holiday Hotel almost came to a full stop because of the crowd that gathered outside to witness the costumed participants arrive.
$50,000US Donation for San Mateo Streets in San Pedro
Residents from the San Mateo Sub-division on North Ambergris Caye will be jumping for joy after learning that the San Pedro Town Council received a generous donation from Bay Trust International Ltd. for the maintenance and work on the streets of San Mateo.
Minister of Tourism - Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Deputy Mayor Severo Guerrero Jr., and councilors were on hand to receive a grand check of $50,000US to be strictly used for the development of San Mateo roads.
“We are very grateful to Mr. Glen Wilson of Bay Trust International Ltd. for this donation,” stated Mayor Daniel Guerrero to Ambergris Today. “The council has been working arduously in having this street in San Mateo in good accessible conditions and Mr. Glen saw this and decided to help with a good amount of funds towards this project.”
Alleviating Sewerage Conditions at RC School
San Pedro RC School has been receiving many complaints from parents because of the present conditions in which the bathroom facilities are in. They are constantly expressing their frustrations on the morning shows and to the school’s administration. Last week the San Pedro Town Council took the first steps in remedying the situation at the school.
Councilor Gabriel Nuńez, responsible for public utilities, explained that it was one of the campaign promises that Mayor Danny and his councilors had set in their manifesto to fix. Councilor Gaby stated that they had to work on the south end of Barrier Reef Drive and destroy the cobble stone streets in order for Belize Water Services Ltd to connect the school to a proper sewer system.
Saga's Annual Halloween Fun!
Saga Humane Society held its 9th annual Halloween party on Sunday, October 28, 2012, at the San Pedro Central Park. There was lots to eat and drink and the dog costume competition was at its best! There were dogs dressed as bee's, men in black and other adorable costumes. Pet turtles joined in the fun in this year's Halloween party and they dressed up too. Prizes were given to Best Couple (dog and owner), Best Couple (dog and Owner) and Most original. Congratulations to all the winners!
Misc Belizean Sources
BSI Information Bulletin to All Employees
Belize Sugar Industries Group
Information Bulletin to all Employees
BSI Group Executive Management Team
The ASR transaction is now complete and we are now engaged in aligning BSI’s operational and business systems with those of ASR. As part of this process the BSI Group executive management team’s roles are as follows:-
Following the change in shareholder Board representation, Joey Montalvo has relinquished the title of Managing Director but will continue as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the BSI Group. He is responsible for the leadership and management of the BSI Group and for implementation of the overall organization’s strategy and the policies of the Board.
VIDEO: Canyonlands - The San Pedro Barrier Reef
The Belize Barrier Reef off Ambergris Caye is characterized by fascinating spur-and-groove canyon formations, home to numerous species of marine life.
This video is part of the "Colors of the Caribbean" DVD, shot and edited in Belize 2006
Chaa Creek Welcomes New Belize Air Service
A new air service linking Belize’s San Ignacio Town to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye is a welcome addition to local transportation that will help travellers get the most out of their Belize vacations, The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s business manager, Peter Tonti, said today. Mr Tonti was speaking in response to the Belizean airline Tropic Air’s announcement that an inaugural service linking Western Belize to the popular Caribbean island destination will begin on December 10, 2012. He said the new, fast connection will be a boon for those Chaa Creek guests who wish to add a Caribbean island experience to their rainforest and Maya culture adventures.
“Belize has always been unique in offering travellers the ability to combine a Caribbean island holiday with inland attractions such as ancient Maya temples and the natural beauty of our rainforests, the Maya Mountains and pristine jungle rivers. Now, with Tropic Air’s new service, Chaa Creek’s guests can have breakfast in a beautiful rainforest setting, explore an ancient Maya city, and still be on time for an afternoon lunch on a Caribbean beach at San Pedro, all in the same day and moving at the leisurely pace Belize is famous for,” Mr Tonti said.
According to Tropic Air, the new service will run between the Maya Flats airstrip located midway between San Ignacio Town and Benque Viejo del Carmen on the Guatemalan border, and the domestic airports at San Pedro and Belize City.
Forget 2012 Doomsday, Chaa Creek is Preparing for 2013
Dismissing predictions of a 2012 apocalypse, The Lodge at Chaa Creek, located in Belize’s “Heartland of the Maya” reports that it is already receiving bookings for its popular all-inclusive Belize vacation packages for 2013.
“It’s pretty ironic that while some people on the other side of the planet are promoting doomsday scenarios based on the so-called Maya prophesies surrounding 2012, those of us living in the Maya heartland are preparing for 2013, just as the ancient Maya no doubt would be,” marketing administrator Larry Waight said today.
“Members of our large Maya staff and the local Maya farmers are all preparing for 2013 as if it’s just another year. Doomsday is definitely a foreign concept,” Mr Waight said.
“Certainly the 2012 Maya Winter Solstice celebrations will be huge, and most Maya people regard December 21 2012 as a very significant date, but you don’t get any feeling that the end of the world is approaching around here. In fact, it’s quite the opposite as we all get ready to celebrate,” he said.
Mr Waight was speaking in response to fears fuelled by Hollywood films such as 2012 and various internet sites that the completion of the 13th Bak’tun on the Maya Long Count calendar, which takes place on the Winter Solstice this year, signals the end of the world.
While the apocalypse theories have been almost universally debunked by Maya scholars, archaeologists, researchers and the Maya themselves, a small number of groups and individuals continue to speculate that ancient Maya astronomers did predict that the world would end on December 21, 2012.
Music in the Schools Program has received sponsorship
Sir Colville Young’s Music in the Schools Program has received sponsorship from the Government of the Republic of China, Taiwan in the training of the Toledo Community College and Delille Academy in the southern part of the country. The project aims to introduce music both in theory and practical skills to students of Toledo and Dangriga so as to produce a marching band for each of the schools.
Lamanai Series Two- The Outpost, The New River "journey by boat"
A scenic 26 mile boat ride up the New River is the easiest way to get to Lamanai. For the aware "birder" it may be the most productive of rare and unusual sightings Belize has to offer as you travel through miles of virgin river fauna, viewing majestic trees with overhanging air plants and colorful Orchids.
Lionfish Hunt ,Sponsored Dive, Ambergris Caye, Belize
A typical LionFish Hunt, diving thee canyons along the outside of the Belize Barrier Reef.
Add!ction at SHC Fair
Gabriela Barrera's Add!ction line, along with Davina's clothing line, was represented at Sacred Heart College's Business Expo this weekend. Their Fall Fashion Show is Saturday, November 3rd, at the SIRH's Bedran Hall. Tickets are $10.
"Some pictures of our little booth at the shc fair. (Add!ction and Davina's clothing)"
Green Iguana Conservation Project
The Green Iguana Conservation Project, listed as number 1 on things to do in San Ignacio on Trip Advisor, is going strong. Humberto Requena really is the iguana whisperer. You'll get a quick medicinal trail tour on the way there, and you'll be able to taste the termites. Thanks go out to the San Ignacio Resort Hotel for creating a project that does so much for the endangered green iguana.
Cayo Comic Book Clinic
This evening, at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, there will be a comic book clinic. The Concrete Park Comic Book Clinic starts at 5:00pm. Thanks, NICH!
"Come out to the Comic Book Clinic today at 5:00 PM. For more information call the Institute of Creative Arts firstname.lastname@example.org"
Halloween Block Party pictures
Ms. Shalue Butcher captured some great moments during the Serendib and Mr. Greedy's Cayo Block Party. The fairies made an appearance too. What an amazing Halloween party it was.
"Celebrated Halloween 2012 with an amazing block party sponsored by Greedy's, Serendib, Town Council, Aguada and many other great businesses in Belize. Great Music, Cold drinks, Yummy Food all in a wonderful enviornment. Kudos to the organizers!!!! See you next year!"
Xunantunich Closing for New Ferry
Xunantunich, one of the most popular Mayan ruins in Cayo, will be closed from today, Monday the 29th, until noon on Thursday, November 1st, for the installation of the new ferry. Thanks for the improvements, NICH!
Mr. Greedy's and Serendib Block Party
The Halloween block party sponsored by Mr. Greedy's and Serendib was awesome! Thousands of people showed up on Burns avenue to partake in the Halloween festivities, and see the winners of the costume awards. And there were some great costumes there too.
Belize Mega Bingo Results For (27 October 2012)
Straight Line 100.00 Each (9 Balls)
7 37 20 39 52 58 31 53 68
Y 125.00 Each (14 Balls)
7 37 20 39 52 58 31 53 68 28 26 4 14 12
Inside World 1000.00 Each (17 Balls)
7 37 20 39 52 58 31 53 68 28 26 4 14 12 33 50 46
Letter X 750.00 Each (23 Balls)
7 37 20 39 52 58 31 53 68 28 26 4 14 12 33 50 46 23 16 3 47 10 63
T 150.00 Each (25 Balls)
7 37 20 39 52 58 31 53 68 28 26 4 14 12 33 50 46 23 16 3 47 10 63 74 42
Why I made the switch from DigiCell to Smart [COMIC]
Summer 2012 - Tommy Bahama in Belize
Filmed on the beaches of Belize.
Man Killed On Busy Street, 5th City Murder in Four Days
On Friday night a 30 year old man was killed in Belize city, making it five murders in the city in four days. Joseph Hector Almendarez was killed in a very deliberate fashion; he was shot 7 times after a trio of gunman fired 9 times at him at close range.
It happened on a busy street at an active time of night. Monica Bodden found out more:..
Monica Bodden reporting
30 year old Hector Conorquie was violently gunned down on Mahogany Street.
It happened just before 8 o'clock on Friday night- while Conorquie was walking towards the direction of Western Avenue.
According to police 3 men passed him and began shooting. As many as 9 shots were fired- 7 of them hitting him. Conorquie was rushed to the KHMH - but was pronounced dead only minutes after.
Raphael Martinez - Police Press Officer
"On Friday October 26, at about 8:20 pm Police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they saw 30 year old Joseph Hector Almendarez of 6866 Electric Avenue Belize with apparent multiple gunshot wounds to the body. Initial investigations revealed that Almendarez was walking on Mahogany Street towards the direction of Western Avenue when upon reaching the junction with Administrative Drive 3 male persons reportedly of creole decent pass him and fired several shots at him causing the fatal injuries. Joseph Hector Almendarez was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he succumbs to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 8:15 pm on the same date of the 26th October."
Murderous Machete Assault In Hopkins
Tonight a 36 year old women and her two young children are in the Southern Regional Hospital recovering from a savage machete attack. It happened in Hopkins on Saturday evening when a man went crazy on the family - and then killed another unrelated person with a deadly machete.
We found out more in Hopkins today:..
Jules Vasquez reporting
Hopkins, it's a sleepy seaside village and an emerging tourist hotspot, but on Saturday evening at ten past five - it became the scene for a cruel machete murder.
This is where 36 year old Olivia Coc and her 2 children, a girl aged 13 and a boy aged 5 were ambushed and viciously chopped….
Edwin Castillo, rendered assistance to child
"The little boy came out of the bushes and yelled out help! help!"
"This is the little 5 year old boy?"
"Yes the 5 year old boy yelled help. We slow down, we almost knock him down - we told him to get in the vehicle."
"Was the 5 year old bleeding?"
Did Long Standing Family Dispute Cause Killing In OW?
There was also another murder, which occurred in Guinea Grass Village in the Orange Walk District. According to police, at around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, 56 year-old Manuel Cruz and another person were socializing in front of Bai Li Chinese Shop.
They were allegedly approached by one Fidencio Camara, a resident of Guinea Grass, who stabbed Cruz 9 times: 8 to the left side of the back, and 1 to the center of the chest. Cruz also suffered 2 cut wounds to the right hand just behind the elbow. Cruz died on the spot.
They have since detained Camera for questioning in relation to this murder; no formal charges have been laid as yet. Our colleagues at CTV3 are reporting that 56 year-old Manuel Cruz and the Camara family has a long history. Cruz's family told CTV3 that Cruz was charged and convicted in connection with the death of the suspect's father, Leopoldo Camara.
Camara was killed on December 6, 1981, and Cruz spent 7 years in prison for his death.
Accused Armed Robbers To Courts
On Friday's newscast, 7News told you about the 3 men who robbed Moon Grocery store on Coney Drive and caused the dangerous incident on Belize City's Northside. Well, police have charged 2 persons in connection with that robbery. They are 19 year-old Lloyd Parchue and a 15 year-old minor.
According to police, the owner of the establishment reported that at around 1:40 p.m. on last week Friday, she was inside her business place along with her daughter, when 2 dark complexioned men and a fair complexioned man entered.
The owner said that one of the men pulled out a firearm and pointed it at her, while one of the other men emptied her cash register of $2,400 in cash, and robbed her and her daughter of a smart flip phone and a $1,500 IPhone 4.
Quick police response led to chase of all 3 of the men from the scene of robbery, and while on Sun Dial Avenue, the armed assailant opened fire on the mobile.
Why did Police Fire In Hospital/School Zone
So, what happened to the third man who police detained from that robbery? Well, police say that he is 30 year-old Gregory Bowen. He was only a suspect who was detained for questioning but according to police, because of his actions he is now facing an attempted murder charge.
Police Press Officer, Raphael Martinez, told the media more about how Bowen shoved the police officer from the back of a moving police mobile.
Raphael Martinez - Police Press Officer
"Marcelino Sam, 29 years old police officer attached to the Caribbean Shores sub division/Eastern division Belize City reported that on Friday 26th October at around 1:50 pm he was on mobile patrol. He responded to a robbery report during which he detained one Gregory Bowen, 30 years old laborer or Croton Lane Belie City. As a result Gregory and his bicycle were placed in the pan of the mobile patrol. Sam also sat in the pan of the mobile patrol and whilst they were traveling around the corner of Princess Margaret Drive and Coney Drive, Gregory Bowen reportedly pushed the bicycle with both hands hitting Marcelino Sam on the feet causing him to lose his balance and fall off the vehicle. As a result Sam received abrasions to both elbows, knees and the back of his head. Sam was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he is listed in a critical but stable condition. Police have since detained Gregory Bowen, 30 years old of Belize City for this incident."
Seven Shots Fired In City; Target Lives To Tell
There was another shooting incident this weekend; luckily it did not result in any fatalities.
Today, the Police Press Officer told the media more about the incident, in which the gunman fired as much as 7 shots at his target.
Raphael Martinez - Police Press Officer
"There was a shooting incident on Sunday 28th October. Police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they saw Leron Audinette, 28 years old of Belize City suffering from apparent gunshot wound to the left thumb. Initial investigations revealed that around 6:25 on Sunday 28th October he was walking alone on Brown Street Belize when a dark complexion male who he identified riding on a bike on Brown Street suddenly stop his bicycle on the corner of Brown and La Croix Boulevard pointed a hand gun in his direction and fired several shots causing his injury. Police have retrieve 7 - 9mm expended casing from that area and are seeking a Belize City man for questioning."
As noted in the interview, police are looking for one man.
Even The Church a Target For Robbers
Tonight, 29 year-old Ronald Gill, a carpenter of Belize City is at prison after he was taken to court for allegedly burglarizing the Mount Olive 7-day Adventist Church on Fabers Road.
According to police, Michael Caine, the Deacon of the church, reported that between 8:30 p.m. on last week Thursday, and 12:00 a.m. the next day, the church was broken into, and the culprits managed to steal 2,790 dollars' worth of electronic and audio equipment. They gained entry into the church by cutting the lock on the front door.
Police investigated the report, and they were able to recover all the stolen items, which were stored in a vacant room of an apartment across the street from the church.
As a result, police arrested and charged Gill with burglary, and he was taken before Senior Magistrate Frazer today, where he pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The prosecution did not offer any grounds for bail to be denied, but Senior Magistrate Frazer was particularly appalled by the crime saying, quote, "Not even the church is safe."
With that, she denied Gill bail, and remanded him to prison until his next court date, which is set for December 18. Police say that they are looking for a second culprit in connection with this burglary.
Delivery Man Busted By GSU With Weapon
23 year-old Ronald Joseph Michael, a part-time delivery man of Lovely Lane, is in prison tonight after police allegedly busted him with a firearm on Friday.
According to the GSU, they were on patrol and while on Giles Street, they saw Michael and another person walking at around 4:55 p.m. Michael allegedly began to act suspicious, and as a result, the officers detained and searched him. They allegedly found a black 9 mm pistol, which was had 4 live rounds in the magazine in his waist.
As a result, Michael was formally arrested and charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm, and keeping unlicensed ammunition. He was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, where he pleaded not guilty to both charges. Due to the nature of the offences, he couldn't be granted bail, and he was remanded until December 11, his next court date.
According to the GSU, they believe Michael is a member of the Victoria Street Bloods Gang. And on Saturday, at around 9:20 am, GSU personnel conducted a search on an open lot on Nurse Findley Crescent where a black plastic containing 248 grams of cannabis was found. No one was in the area and the drugs were labeled and deposited as found property. The GSU believes that the package belongs to a local peddler who lives on that street.
Citrus Upheaval: CGA Demonstrates Against CPBL
The Citrus Products of Belize Limited - CPBL -commenced delivery of fruit last week - but the Citrus Growers Association - which represents about 400 growers is not participating.
They object to the opening of the plant and have suspended delivery of fruit because they say CPBL is acting illegally - by opening before agreeing on a price with the farmers.
Now, to understand just how strange this is, you'd have to recall that the Citrus Growers Association owns what should be controlling interests in CPBL - except they don't control the company.
That is a tangled tale of corporate intrigue - but the bottom line tonight is that the factory is in operation - and the single largest growers group - representing the most small farmers is not participating.
We went to Belmopan and CPBL in Pomona today to find out why:..
Jules Vasquez reporting
Today the CPBL factory at Pomona was taking delivery of grapefruit as normal - but it was not a regular day - because the factor was opened under protest from the Citrus Growers Association which represents that majority of the growers.
They held a press conference in Belmopan at the George Price Center to say they will demonstrate against the factory's opening.
Sagicor Sponsors Science For Secondary School Students
High school principals from across the country gathered last week to take part in a sensitization workshop on the Sagicor Visionary Challenge - which is a science competition for high school students throughout the Caribbean.
It is a competition where students get to come up with ideas to make their school and community more sustainable using science, technology, engineering and math. Facilitator of the workshop Doctor Maya Trotz spoke to us more about the competition.
Doctor Maya Trotz
"It's something that we are doing with Sagicor, the Caribbean Science Foundation and the Caribbean Examinations Council."
"Are there any particular topics?"
Doctor Maya Trotz
"Anything goes. It's up to the creativity of students; you say what would you do to make your school cleaner or healthier or more fun; make you learn more, make you want to stay in school and so better and then they come back with ideas and things that they can do and they would have to show how they would use science and technology, engineering and math to solve that and to do it in such a way that they engage the rest of the students or they have community participation. Will they check to see that's its feasible. Did they have an implementation plan? Someone might be interesting in supporting this project that they have this idea for? Its regional but we also have a national competition where we want every high school to have at least one team. For this first year we expect high schools to have many teams. We are trying to get that excitement with the most teachers and students and we are going to have a national competition - a national fair which would be like a national science fair."
Man chops children, their mother; then kills a stranger
Three brutal murders have occurred over the weekend. We start our coverage in the peaceful and quiet village of Hopkins, located approximately twenty-five minutes from Dangriga Town. But on Saturday evening that tranquility was shattered by a chopping incident that took the life of a Cayo resident employed by Hamanasi Resort. Twenty-five year old Abelino [...]
Stabbed to death in Guinea Grass, Orange Walk
In an otherwise peaceful section in the north of the country, another person was murdered. Fifty-six year old Manuel Cruz was viciously killed in Guinea Grass Village on Sunday morning, while socializing at a local bar. Cruz and another unnamed man were standing in front of Bai Li Shop on the main road when he [...]
Murder in Belize City
A life was also lost in Belize City, a place that knows violence all too well. The violent spate of shootings across the city that killed four men last week continued well into the weekend with two more falling victim to gun violence in the Lake Independence area. On Friday night, shortly after eight o’clock, [...]
Lake Independence Murder; no motive established
Thirty year old Gregory Bowen was charged with attempted murder this morning when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith, following an incident on Friday during which he allegedly shoved a bicycle on a police officer, causing him to fall out of the pan of a moving vehicle. Bowen, one of five men pursued [...]
Citrus Growers Association implements strike action
A crisis in the sugar industry was averted by the outstanding loans being paid by the new owners of the Belize Sugar Industries operation. But while the agricultural industry has closed the book on one problem, another festering situation is about to explode in the Pomona valley. The Citrus Growers Association (CGA) says the citrus [...]
Citrus Growers aim for Banks Holdings and C.P.B.L.
The CGA has also been bucking heads with C.P.B.L.’s minority shareholder, Banks Holdings of Barbados, which it says is responsible for the chaos in the industry. According to the CGA, BHL has created a situation where C.P.B.L., a hundred and sixty-five million dollar company is operating without a chairman and without proper fiduciary oversight by [...]
MLA betrayed by one of its own; environmentalists support Maya Leaders
For years the discontent has been evident among the growers regarding the management of an industry in which they feel powerless as owners of a product. The sentiment is also shared in the south of the country where the Mayas feel their authority as owners of communal land is being disrespected. Their discontent grows from [...]
No confessional from burglar who stole from the church
An Adventist Church is the latest target of burglars. In court today, twenty-eight year old Ronald Gill was charged for the Burglary, in which speakers, amplifiers and related equipment valued at two thousand, seven hundred and ninety dollars were stolen. Gill pleaded not guilty and while the prosecution did not object to bail, it was [...]