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The bus had a cardboard sign in the front with the word “Benque” scribbled on in blue marker.
Celestino slept most of the way, only waking up when another man sidled up to his seat and sat down. He had on a straw hat, with a long-sleeved shirt rolled to the elbows, and his pants were held up by suspenders. The man’s forearms and hands had been browned by the sun, but it did not have the sheen of dark ash like his skin did. A farmer – someone who spent his hours in the sun, skin burning to a golden and on to a burnished brown as the years went by.
WEEKLY WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR BELIZE
Valid: Monday-Monday, Nov. 12- 19, 2012
Here is the Weekly Weather Outlook. To date this winter season 2012-2013, we have had two cold front passages over Belize. On the average we get about 12 cold fronts crossing Belize.
A moist east-northeasterly airstream is producing rain and light to moderate showers mostly over the seas and coastal areas of the Belize, Stann Creek and Toledo districts this morning. The rain clouds have spread inland over the Cayo, southern Orange Walk and Toledo districts by noon, as indicated by the latest IR satellite images.
An active frontal boundary in the Gulf region of the southern USA will drift southwards over the next 24 to 48 hours, but the southern portion of this cold front will weaken and dissipate as the upper level support ceases, and the surface continental high stops advecting cold air southward, as it shifts to the NE.
A backing in the low level flow over Belize and the NW Caribbean is expected by the next 48 to 72 hours, as the cold front and the building high pressure ridge edge southwards in the central Gulf by Wednesday; however by Friday the flow will be returning to a drier easterly airstream. Thus, we can expect the moist, unstable airflow to remain over the region through Wednesday and early Thursday, drying out as we move into Friday and the holiday weekend.
No tropical cyclone is expected to form over or move into the Caribbean region during the next five to seven days.
Rainfall rates over the sea and coastal regions of Belize will be ranging from 0.25-0.50 of-an-inch Monday through Wednesday in moderate showers and periods of rain. Daily rainfall accumulations will be less over the rest of the country, with daily totals of only 0.10-0.25 of-an-inch, generally. The rains will diminish over all districts and coastal water later on Thursday through the holiday on Monday, except for localized heavier showers over southern coastal areas late Sunday through Monday.
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Coconuts – the heart of Caribbean cuisine and culture
How can you conjure up an image of a tropical paradise without including the quintessential coconut tree? Graciously lining white sandy beaches, the swaying sentinels stand tall, armed with clusters of green or yellow coconuts while casting fronds of shade below them. Although the coconut palm is a gorgeous testimony to tropical adaptation, with its leaves designed to endure brutal winds and its long, thin trunk pliable enough to bend with the breeze, it is its fruit that is truly remarkable.
The coconut is considered a tropical drift seed, designed to survive for months, even years at sea.They are very buoyant and their thick, protective shells are impervious to salt water. During their long voyages they can cross entire oceans, perhaps colonizing the shores of a coral atoll or isolated volcanic island. Sea dispersal is a hit-or-miss method; after a long, perilous journey, other dangers await the vulnerable seedlings. They may perish in the parched sand without adequate moisture or be quickly devoured by ravenous land crabs. But when they are successful in finding a place to plant their roots, the results are beaches lined with custodial coconut trees that help sand from eroding while providing habitat for many shore critters.
Found throughout the tropics and sub-tropic areas, the coconut is known for its great versatility, and has been cultivated and harvested for centuries. Coconuts are different from other fruits because they contain a large quantity of “water” which is not only nutritious but delicious, and when immature the tender pudding-like insides are devoured like candy.When mature they still contain some water and can be used as seednuts or processed to give oil from the kernel, charcoal from the hard shell and the fibrous husk can be used for making products such as floor mats, brushes and mattress. The oil and milk derived from it are commonly used in cooking and frying and coconut oil is also widely used in soaps and cosmetics.
US National murdered on North Ambergris Caye; John McAfee wanted for questioning
A US National was murdered on Ambergris Caye sometime between the night of Saturday, November 10th and Sunday November 11th on northern Ambergris Caye. The police are yet to make an arrest but are looking for John McAfee, who they believe may be able to assist them in their investigation. The incident took place in the Mata Grande area some six miles north of San Pedro Town and the victim has been identified as 52-year-old Gregory Viant Faull, a retired American of state of Miami, Florida USA. Faull was found by a housekeeper inside his living room with an apparent gunshot wound to the back of his head.
According to Police Press Officer Rafael Martinez, 39 year old Laura Tun, a housekeeper of the Boca del Rio area of San Pedro Town arrived at around 7:20AM at Faull’s residence to conduct routine house cleaning. Tun reported to police that after she entered the house, she noticed Faull in a motionless state and lying on the floor of the front living room.
International travel writers visit El Secreto, Ambergris Caye’s newest luxury resort
El Secreto Resort will no longer be a “secreto” after the new resort hosted a visit from five international travel writers and photographers. The group arrived on November 1st and during their stay, they explored the many activities available for visitors to the island. Representatives from Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Caribbean Living Magazine, Robb Report Exceptional Properties, Nylon Magazine and Recommend Magazine were the five international magazines that were invited to experience “El Secreto” and in addition, get to know more about Ambergris Caye and Belize.
One of the first things the group of five did was to do a flyover over the Great Blue Hole with Maya Island Air. The Blue Hole is a sink-hole cave believed to have been formed when the walls of a cave collapsed. The marine destination is considered one of Belize’s biggest gems, sitting right beside Halfmoon Caye in the Halfmoon Caye Marine Reserve and National Park. Following their flyover, the group was transferred to San Pedro Town and eventually to El Secreto.
While on Ambergris Caye, they had the opportunity to snorkel at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and at Shark Ray Ally, one of the most visited marine parks in the country. They were given a tour of the downtown area of San Pedro while visiting some of the popular local spots. The group also had the chance to dine at one of San Pedro’s most popular restaurants, Elvi’s Kitchen.
Eric Donis – San Pedro’s Ironman
The country is filled with young aspiring individuals. They dream big and work hard towards accomplishing their goals. San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, is no different. As you walk the streets you come across hopeful musicians, artists, athletes and entrepreneurs. This week, The San Pedro Sun takes the opportunity to formally introduce our readers to a young man who has inspired many with his ambitions and amazing athleticism. At the young age of 17, Eric Donis has already accomplished much, having athletically competed both locally and internationally and represented very well – bringing home countless trophies and medals.
International Travel Writers Visit El Secreto Resort Belize
Members of the group included travel writers and photographers from Caribbean Living Magazine, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Nylon Magazine, Robb Report Exceptional Properties and Recommend Magazine arrived on November 1. Maya Island Air gave the group the VIP treatment once they arrived at Belize Phillip Goldson International Airport and gave them one of the most scenic flights to Ambergris Caye. They were whisked away for a private aerial tour of Belize’s Great Barrier Reef before flying to San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye.
Island Resident Murdered on Northern Ambergris Caye
An official Police report stated that on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at 8:00am, acting upon information received, San Pedro Police visited 5 ¾ miles North of San Pedro Town where they found the body of a male person lying face up in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper rear part of his head, presumably dead. The man was identified to be that of 52-years-old, Gregory Viant Faull.
The report stated that investigations revealed that on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at 7:20am Laura Tun, 39-year-old, Belizean housekeeper of Boca Del Rio Area, San Pedro Town, went to the house of Mr. Faull to do her daily chores when she saw him laying inside of the hall motionless. Faull was last seen alive around 10:00pm on Saturday, November 10, 2012.
San Pedro Diabetes Association Holds First Awareness Walk
The San Pedro Diabetes Association held its first ever Diabetes Awareness Walk on Sunday, November 11, 2012. The newly formed group has started working hard in creating awareness of diabetes and helping those with the illness.
The walk commenced at 6:30am from Central Park, headed south of the island to Victoria House and came back to the park where breakfast was served to those who participated. Throughout the walk posters with information were carried and leaflets were handed to passers-by.
November is the month established as diabetes awareness month and in many parts of the world many organizations carry out month-long series of activities aimed at raising diabetes awareness and calling for urgent action to tackle the diabetes epidemic.
San Pedro High School Shines In CSEC Exams
Every high school in the country tries to excel in various areas like academics, sports, Math Olympiad, Science Competition, among others. However, the biggest test of high accomplishment for any school must be in their success in the external examinations given to the graduating class - CXC now called CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Examination Council). This final exam given to the seniors just at graduation time is a rigorous course of study in as many as 13 subjects.
How do these examinations help students? Success in these examinations helps them to determine the course of studies they wish to pursue at Junior College level. Additionally, success in certain examinations will allow them to pursue these courses at advanced level in junior college. Furthermore, success in more than six subjects in CSEC enables a student to obtain a scholarship at junior college or sixth form.
Island Tree Climber of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
If you need fresh coconut water, Coconut Leo is there. If you need something hung on a tree, Coconut Leo is there. Island residents have come to know Coconut Leo as the 'Go-To" guy on the island if you need something done way up high on a tree. He has mastered the art of climbing coconut trees that locals have started to hire Leo for his skills, for lets say, if they need something hung high up on a tree like rope lights, spot lights and business signs. It's a skill that has proven profitable for Leo as he makes his living selling coconut water, treating tourists to a show and helping locals getting the job done.
Flashbacks: The Highly Respected Sergeant Orillo
The good thing about Orillo is that he did not mince matters. He called a queen ‘a queen’ and dealt with the devil with authority and conviction. He picked up any child on the street and took him directly to school. During a curfew he picked up any violator and applied the due punishment. Anybody sagging his pants on the street would immediately raise it when he saw Orillo and those who did not were stopped and ordered to tuck in their shirts and wear their pants appropriately. He purposefully raised some pants to an embarrassing level that the person would never sag again. Orillo crawled through bushes to catch a suspected drug user. He patiently hid behind corners to catch the dealers of drugs and other criminals. Nine o’clock meant nine o’clock for the closure of stores and 12 meant exactly 12 when it came to closing a bar establishment. If a fight ever broke out at a dance after 12 midnight, that was the end of that event, and everyone had to clear the area after his command.
Dorian’s Angels Try on Rubi Moon Unique Clothing Line
The Angels are always out looking for the most unique, interesting, adventures and best of the best business on the island. This time around the Angels found a very unique and fashionable place to visit, Rubi Moon Clothing.
Rubi Moon’s owner, Anke Doehm, was happy to host the Angels, Perlita and Sofie, and showcase to them her own personal line of clothing. Rubi Moon Clothing items are all designed by Anke and she has them made in Bali, Indonesia.
Anke, along with her husband David and their four adorable children, moved to our beautiful island in June and opened up their business. RubiMoon offers beachy, girly designs that are handmade from all-natural cotton and rayon which can best be described as comfortable island wear. With a focus on beauty, quality and affordability, RubiMoon was created by Anke Doehm to make the outfits she'd imagined for herself and her four daughters.
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Living in Punta Gorda, Belize
Lots of tourists to Belize never make it to little Punta Gorda. It’s just a bit too far off the beaten path for most folks. PG, as it’s called, is way down in southern Belize. It’s small (only about 5,500 people), and—although it’s right on the Caribbean—there isn’t much beach.
Yet it’s one of my favorite places in the whole country. And if you love nature, it probably will be one of your favorites, too… Sea and sky seem to go on forever here. And inland is lush green jungle, just waiting to be explored.
The pace is slow and relaxed, too… and in laid-back Belize, that’s saying something. Driving into town, for instance, you may well pass small fishing boats heading toward a dock, or children splashing in the shallow water near shore. In the main square, policemen often direct traffic with a languid hand or a nod. Nobody seems in a terrible rush.
Punta Gorda is short on cultural amenities, but it’s heaven for adventure tourists. Want to fish? There are plenty of folks to take you—this is still a fishing village. What about snorkeling or diving offshore in the nearby Sapodilla Cayes? Punta Gorda is the jumping-off point. Ditto for jungle trips.
So far, only a few expats live here full-time. Some run small hotels that cater to the tourist trade. Others work for themselves or volunteer. Some have married locals.
Fall Fashion Show Runway Pictures
They first round of Fall Fashion show pictures have been released. Add!ction and Davina rocked the catwalk!
"The first Add!ction runway at the "Fall Fashion Show 2012". Thanks to all my photographers and pretty models ♥"
Cayo Welcome Center Almost Finished
The Cayo Welcome Center is almost ready for its grand opening bash. The French Bakery has moved to the CWC, and Thai Island is fully operational, and has some amazing Thai food.
The SISE Town Board are looking for performers for the grand opening celebrations. Contact Mike Salazar at 632-3918 for more information.
Bullet Tree Falls Film School Subjects
Daniel Velazquez is preparing for next Spring's film school, which will be happening in Bullet Tree Falls. Sandro is in there, as is the Bullet Tree Falls Women's Group, and many other interesting people.
"raw footage of subjects for documentary. Bulletree Falls, Cayo Belize Central America"
Rotary Club Dream Raffle
The Rotary Club of Belize is doing a dream raffle for a 2013 Isuzu D-Max truck. Win your dream truck. There are only 1000 tickets to be sold, so the odds are quite good. The drawing will be on December 22nd, just in time for Christmas. Good luck!
Seven Minute Fluffy Frosting
This is a simple, satiny frosting that spreads very easily on all types of pastry. Although it starts off as a plain white color, it can be any color with a little bit of dye.
Danza Revelation - An Intense 2 Week Fitness Workshop for Belizeans
Danza Revelation comes home for Christmas for an intense 2 week workshop like no other.
Register before the 10th for steals on special offers and rates.
Dates: December 10th-21st Monday-Friday 5:30-6:30 AM
McAfee On The Run; Police Say He's "Prime Suspect" In Murder Of US Citizen
Tonight, Belize is making major international headlines because the controversial US and British citizen John McAfee is wanted for questioning in connection with a murder.
It happened north of San Pedro sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning. The victim is McAfee's neighbor - and as we found out, they weren't friendly neighbors.
Here's more in our lead story:...
Jules Vasquez reporting
This is the home in the Mata Chica Area of Northern Ambergris Caye where 52 year old American Gregory Viant Faull lived.
When the maid got there yesterday morning at 7:20, she found him dead:
Raphael Martinez - Police Press officer "On Sunday 11th November 2012 - San Pedro police visited the residence of 52 year old Gregory Viant Faull of 5 .75 miles north of San Pedro Town. His housekeeper of Boca Del Rio area of San Pedro reported that at 7:20 am she arrived at Mr. Faull's home where she found him in a motionless state lying in a pool of blood. The police were called and the scene was processed - where one 9 mm expended shell was recovered. The body has an apparent gunshot wound to the back of the head."
Accused Robber/Killers To Court
Last week Thursday, 7News told you about 54 year-old Dennis Williams, the man who was killed at his workplace Three Stars Quality Chicken when he tried to foil a robbery. Well tonight, the men who police believe were the assailants are in prison after they were taken to?court.
They are 18 year-old Stephan Jenkins, a resident of Cemetery Road and 18 year-old Ashton Thompson, a resident of Mayflower Street. As we reported, Williams was working when 4 men entered the compound and tried to rob the place. He fought with one of the armed men, but Williams ended up getting shot.
The police quickly responded and caught Thompson and Jenkins in the general area. They also recovered a black Taurus brand 9mm pistol which was loaded with 3 live rounds ammunition, which they believe was the murder weapon.
Thompson and Jenkins were arrested and charged with murder and Jenkins was charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm and keeping unlicensed ammunition.
Both men were arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer. They were remanded to prison until December 13. But, that's police's version of the events that implicated these men.
The Pitfalls Of Challenging A Pastor
On Friday the Baptist Association of Belize sent out a press release disclaiming alleged child predator Julio Garcia - saying he is not the Pastor of Franks Eddy Baptist Church, as had been claimed in Tuesday's news.
Well, it isn't something we just made up. That's what villagers told us when we went there, and it's also what they told police. So, today, we checked back with the villagers - they were firm in their position: Julio Garcia was introduced to them as Pastor. But in a small community, such as this one, terrible incidents like this one have far-reaching consequences.
It has created a rift between the villagers whose daughters were targeted - and who chose to go public - and those villagers who don't believe the allegations.
We didn't find the community as cooperative as when we first followed the story, but the mother of the 11 year-old victim spoke to us on what she has been experiencing since she last spoke with us.
Here's what she had to say about Garcia being introduced as the new pastor, and what her daughter and her family has been experiencing:
Voice of Mother - Her Child Was Abused
"This is serious of them - they want to say that this man is not a pastor but when they brought this man here they told all of us in the church that they bring his as a pastor. If he was not a pastor why did they put this person like that not knowing him well. I don't know what are they saying this because if you go and ask all the members of the church they will tell you that this man was a pastor."
Waste Control Pickets City Hall
Could Belize City be facing another garbage crisis? That seems to be a distinct possibility after Belize Waste control went on a go slow today.
The company which collects the city's garbage says it cannot afford to pay a full complement of staff because the city owes them half a million dollars in arrears.
So their workers picketed city hall today - and here's what the assistant manager told us about why they had to do it:...
Employee of Belize Waste Control
"We are protesting this because the mayor owe us money that we worked the whole year for."
"Sir, how long have you nor been able to receive any money?"
Employee of Belize Waste Control
"This is from August this year 2012."
"How are you surviving right now without being paid?"
Employee of Belize Waste Control
"We haven't got paid for a whole week; we need our monies right now."
Employee of Belize Waste Control
"We work hard and we have to care of our family."
Public Finance A Private Matter?
The Public Finance Committee met today in Belmopan - the first time in a very long time - and we're talking years! Chairman of the Committee and Opposition member Julius Espat made much of the meeting - and invited all and sundry to attend. But, it was an anti-climax because he didn't get the approval of the entire committee for a public hearing. And when the government members who comprise the majority got there - they shut down the public hearing.
Observers and media were ushered out - and the meeting proceeded behind closed doors with only the six members. It was over quickly - and we spoke to key members as they left - about the conduct of the meeting:..
Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security
"It was adjourned because we couldn't agree on the agenda. The chairman had proposed an agenda which the rest of us did not agree with. It was also adjourned because the chairman did not agree with the minutes of the last meeting which I was not present but which the members from the government side agree is the minutes of the meeting. He wants an opportunity to review the transcript - all these meetings have been recorded, so we have adjourned to give him an opportunity to review the transcript and satisfy himself that the minutes are accurate."
"We understand that you made a move to have the public accounts committee meeting this afternoon to be closed to the public. Can you tell us why you decide on that?"
PM In Mexico With Counterparts
And while that is domestic politics, today Prime Minister Dean Barrow was focused on international politics. He was in Mexico City along with his Honduran and Costa Rican counterparts Presidents Lobo, and Chinchilla where they were hosted by President Felipe Calderon.
According to international news reports, the leaders called Monday for a review of anti-drug policies after two US states voted to legalize marijuana.
The declaration suggested that the votes last week in the US States of Colorado and Washington to legalize recreational marijuana would make it more difficult to enforce marijuana bans.
The leaders asked the OAS to come up with a report on the impact of last week's vote in Colorado and Washington.
Drug Trafficker To Jail
33 year Linsford Logan, a resident of Taylor's Alley, is spending the first in of 3-year sentence after he was convicted of Drug Trafficking in the Courtroom of Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer today. ,p> According to police, On Friday, November 9, at 9:25p.m., several BDF officers were on mobile patrol on Orange Street, Belize City. They stopped and searched Logan, who was with a group of young men in the Taylor's Alley area. They discovered that he had 2.3 grams of crack, Cocaine packaged off in 3 small parcels, in his possession. As a result, he was escorted to the Queen Street Police Station where he was charged with Drug Trafficking. ,p> Logan pleaded guilty to the charge when he was arraigned today, and it was discovered that he had 3 prior convictions for drug-related offenses. ,p> As a result, Senior Magistrate Frazer was forced to sentence him to spend 3 years in prison. Additionally, he must pay $10,000 by December 31, 2012, or he will spend an additional 3 years in prison.
Accidents On Highway within City Limits
There were two accidents on the western highway between Saturday night and Sunday morning. In the first, a vehicle ran over a horse at mile two and a half on the western highway.
The horse had been seen on the road for at least a day - but no one did anything. And so, in the night, the inevitable occurred when a vehicle crashed into the horse.
Here's what it looked like:... Raphael Martinez - Police Press officer
"The first happened at 3 o' clock in the morning on the 11th November where police visited the area between mile 3 and 4 on the George Price Highway near the Belize Waste Control area - there they saw a silver 2000 Dodge Caravan extensively damage. It is reported that that vehicle was traveling towards Belize City when upon reaching on front of the Belize Waste control area it collided into a brown horse that was on the highway. The horse died on the spot and the driver escaped with minor injuries."
The second incident offered a mile away on the western highway - on Sunday morning. A vehicle ran off the road and snapped a lamp-post. Police explained what happened:..
Raphael Martinez - Police Press officer
"At approximately 12:57 am police visited that area and they saw a white 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor extensively damage. It is reported that Santiago Chicas received a right front tire blowout in that area which caused him to lose control of his vehicle and subsequently hitting a light post. Mr. Chicas received minor injuries and he was served with Notice of Intended Persecution pending the outcome of the investigation."
Haylock's Bus Will Be Back
And because of an accident 11 days ago, Haylock's bus remained under suspension tonight. The suspension should have ended last Friday with an inspection at the city's bus terminal, but the bus line only presented of its 9 buses, the suspension continued and they were asked to return this morning with all 9 buses.
Those 9 buses lined up in the terminal's compound as they were thoroughly inspected one by one to see if they were road worthy and if their documents were up to date.
After the inspection was completed, the Commissioner of Transport- Crispin Jefferies told the media that the bus line passed its inspection.
Crispin Jefferies, Commissioner of Transport
"Haylock had two runs, one out of Belama and the other out of Lord's Bank. The two runs had him using approximately 4 buses per run. At the Friday's inspection only 5 buses were presented. That was unsatisfactory and we asked him to return today to continue the investigation when all 9 buses that he has currently on the run would have been presented. That was done, we are satisfied that the buses are road worthy, there might be some interior matters related to the condition of the seats that we've asked him to address but other than that they are fully insured, fully covered, mechanically sound and are able to operate. He has passed this inspection and we'll be looking at others to do the same."
Tonight John McAfee is the prime suspect for the murder of his neighbor in Belize, and that has made the computer software pioneer the subject of headlines all across the United States.
And that's because McAfee is also hiding out somewhere in Belize. He's been talking to Joshua Davis from WIRED Magazine who is doing an extended feature on McAfee.
These article is now posted on the WIRED Magazine website along with these pictures which were taken for the article just last week in Belize.
As we noted at the top of the newscast McAfee denies any involvement in the murder - and feels that whoever shot Faull may have actually been looking for him. He is quoted as saying, "I thought maybe they were coming for me. They mistook him for me. They got the wrong house."
Davis adds a compelling detail to the story. He says that while he was interviewing McAfee over the summer, quote, "McAfee showed me his 9mm Smith & Wesson revolver, and I observed 9mm Luger ammunition sitting on his dining room table."
Noteworthy because police found a single luger brand 9 mm expended shell at the murder scene. Davis also quotes McAfee as saying this afternoon:
"Under no circumstances am I going to willingly talk to the police in this country," McAfee adds, quote,
"You can say I'm paranoid about it but they will kill me, there is no question. They've been trying to get me for months. They want to silence me. I am not well liked by the prime minister. I am just a thorn in everybody's side." McAfee ends that little tirade by adding that he has no plans to leave the country because, quote, "I like it here…It's the nicest place on earth."
McAfee tells WIRED that while police searched his property on Sunday afternoon he hid by burying himself in the sand with a cardboard box over his head so he could breathe.
He remains in hiding tonight….
Mechanic And Boat Captain Accused Of Handling Stolen Boat Engine
A man got back his stolen skiff and engine - and the accused persons are a boat captain and a mechanic. Russell Gongora's vessel called "Rayannie" went missing between 8 on Saturday night and 7 on Sunday morning. Gongora found the Skiff with no engine tied behind the River Bottom Bar located on Regent Street West.
Police went looking for the 200 horsepower two stroke engine valued at ten thousand dollars, and other equipment. They found it at a residence in Belama.
They have arrested and charged 36 year old Boat captain Napoleon Vicente, 36 year old Mechanic Holis White and 27 year old Mechanic Andy Codd - all for the crime of Theft and handling Stolen Goods.
On the Importance Of Remembering
Every year, all countries of the Commonwealth set aside one day in November to remember the veterans who fought or participated in World War I and II.
On Saturday, The Belize Ex-servicemen's League held the observance at the Memorial Park, and 7News attended. The President of the League, in his speech to the gathering of local and international officials, underscored the importance of the ceremony for the younger generations, who may have not even know what these men and women gave in the name of honor and country. Here's an excerpt of what he had to say:
Bernard Adolpus - President, Belize Ex-Servicemen League
"Remembrance Day 2012: Love of country, loyalty, honor, sacrifice, duty; they obeyed the call of duty, as they did. So must we. Each year, citizens of the Commonwealth countries, such as Belize, and our sister CARICOM states, turn to the simply poppy as the most easily identifiable expression of remembrance and sacrifice done for the Crown and country. This generation, when we think of a loved-one lost or wounded by war, the poppy has become an emblem of gratitude, hope and preservation. And its haunting beauty still can fill us with an abundance of silent resolve. This opportunity is taken to reflect on the 1015 Belizean men and women who volunteered for the war effort, of which some were accepted in the following units: in the military, 242; the Royal Canadian Air Force, 1; RAF, 16; the Indian Army, 2; the Royal Navi, 2; the King's Regiment, 2; the Forestry Unit; 600, ammunition workers, location: Manchester; the Nursing Service, 16; cooks, 9; and the Royal Engineer, 2, among others. History reveals that Belizeans served and participated in both wars: 1914-1918, and 1939-1945. It also includes the Korean War: 1950 - 1953, and some of you fought in the Vietnam War: 1955-1975."
Entrepreneurs At A Young Age
We've been reporting a lot on the importance of small businesses and that enterprising spirit in a small economy.
Well, today students at Grace Primary showed they have the dreams to fuel start-ups and the knack to pull it off. Monica Bodden visited their festival:..
Monica Bodden reporting
The street in front of Grace Primary School was turned into a street festival - with mini stalls set up in rows and music blasting in the atmosphere.
Under the stalls were students who played the role of young business men and women - selling a variety of products.
Customers could have gotten just about anything - from fruit smoothies, to cupcakes, to fry chicken and even jewelries and souvenirs. But this wasn't just a fun day for the students - instead it was an educational event to instill in these youngsters the importance of entrepreneurship from an early age.
It's all a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week - an international initiative that introduces entrepreneurship to young people across the globe.
It first started in 2008 and since then more than 10 million people from 102 countries have taken part in entrepreneurial-related activities during the week.
The Belize Youth Business Trust is the official host of this week's event.
Francisco Rosales - Marketing Officer, Youth Business Trust
"Today is the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week and it's a global event celebrated every November and Youth Business Trust Belize as the official host of Global Entrepreneurship Week is hosting a week full of activities to celebrate and promote Entrepreneurship in Belize."
Antivirus pioneer, John McAfee, main person of interest in San Pedro Murder
It is by any stretch a huge story tonight which the international media has been following aggressively all day. It involves John McAfee, the US founder of McAfee anti-virus software, who has made Belize his home for years. McAfee’s house in Carmelita, Orange Walk, you will recall was raided by the GSU in May, but [...]
Man accused of sexually abusing minor not an ordained minister
On Friday, the Baptist Association released information on Julio Cesar Garcia who had been posing as a pastor in Frank’s Eddy Village and has been charged with the carnal knowledge of an eleven year old school girl. The Association says that Garcia is not the pastor of Frank’s Eddy; neither is he a registered pastor [...]
Auditor General absent from Anti-corruption PAC meeting
In Belmopan, the Public Accounts Committee was convened this afternoon but the meeting ended with a whimper. There was a huge hullabaloo prior to today’s meeting because of recent reports presented by the Auditor General, which show gross irregularities in government expenditure for 2010-2011. The chairman of the committee is Julius Espat, the area representative [...]
Mounting garbage debt for City Hall
The Belize City Council is reportedly under dire financial straits. A twenty-million dollar bond for the improvement of city streets is yet to be launched. Still yet, works have been ongoing on various streets which have been stressing out the City’s finances so much so that it is acutely in the red. Earlier today, employees [...]
Alleged victims of medical malpractice lawsuit against Northern Regional
Two of the women who claim to have been victims of medical malpractice at the Northern Regional Hospital have started the process of taking legal action. Magdalena Chable and Sally Coh who are both from Orange Walk told News Five today that they met with a lawyer and are initiating a multi-million dollar lawsuit after [...]
Suspension lifted for operation that caused child to be flung from bus
A formal inspection of a fleet of nine buses, belonging to Godwin Haylock Senior, concluded this morning at the Novelos Bus Terminal, following a brief suspension in the wake of a near-fatal traffic mishap on October thirty-first. The incident, which almost claimed the life of nine year-old Martin Noble, a primary school student, who was [...]
Only 1 P.U.P., but former P.U.P. standard bearer removed from party meeting
As we reported on Friday there is a turf war in the Corozal Bay where the former opposition standard bearer Gregorio “Papas” Garcia was removed at a sudden closed door meeting on Saturday. The constitution of the People’s United Party is explicit that elections for the constituency’s executive must be held only with prior notice, [...]
Did a senator pass with uncustommed goods?
Julius Espat is not the only member of the National Assembly in the news tonight. A government appointed senator also is. On Sunday, the Senator allegedly ignored a custom and ADU check point along the Northern Highway. According to our sources, the senator’s vehicle is believed to have been loaded with uncustommed goods. One unconfirmed [...]
Vehicle and horse and vehicle and lamppost collide
Two men are lucky to be alive in separate traffic accidents in which the vehicle they were driving was extensively damaged and they escaped with minor injuries. A vehicle travelling towards Belize City slammed into a horse crossing the road. The horse died shortly after, and the driver received abrasions from the impact. In the [...]
Recent high school students graduate to murder charge
Turning to the courts, two eighteen year olds who recently graduated from High School are facing a possible future in prison. Ashton Steve Thompson and Stephan Devon Jenkins were charged today for the murder of fifty-four year old Dennis Anthony Williams, who was killed during a robbery attempt at Three Stars Quality Chicken on Vernon [...]
2 stabbed on George Price Drive in Dangriga
Two Dangriga men are tonight in stable condition at the Southern Regional Hospital following separate stabbing incidents on George Price Drive in the Culture Capital. Before dawn on Sunday, Elroy Quiñonez was stabbed by Austin Williams while in the company of another person. According to reports, Quiñonez was stabbed once to the back. But while [...]
Grace Primary School gets down to business
Global Entrepreneurship Week is celebrated every year in November; the Youth Business Trust of Belize is the official host. This year, YBTB has a week full of activities to celebrate and promote entrepreneurship, but the principle of a viable and sustainable business can be taught at an early age. YBTB, in collaboration with the Grace [...]
Sports Monday highlights with James “Jah over all” Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. Week 11 of the PLB Season saw Police United play host to Verdes FC inside the FFB Stadium in a pivotal ballgame for both 1st division football clubs. Some 8 minutes in, Julio Ayala sends this probing pass into the box. Police keeper, Charlie [...]
Haylock Buses Are Back on the Road following Traffic Accident
Two weeks ago ten year old Martin Noble fell out of the back of a Haylock Bus that was traveling northbound from Belize City. The child suffered a severe head injury and since then, Haylock’s Bus was placed on suspension. Today, that company underwent a full inspectio...
Another Upset in the Peoples United Party
There seems to be division within the People’s United Party up north, to be specific within the executive and supporters of Corozal Bay. Love News understands that last week PUP Roberto Pasos called for the election of a new executive for Corozal Bay. This is after so...
Separate Traffic Accidents Reported
There were two traffic accidents over the weekend and one of them involved a horse, which was killed. No one was injured in either incident. Police Press Officer, Raphael Martinez, gave the details this morning. RAPHAEL MARTINEZ Police Press Officer Belize Polic...
Weekend Traffic Accidents Reported
There were two traffic accidents on the George Price Highway on Sunday morning. Both incidents occurred not too far away from each other just outside Belize City in a short time frame from each other. The first incident which occurred around 1:30 a.m, involved a Gray Van wh...
Department of Youth Services Holds Dinner Gala
The Department of Youth Services on Friday night held a Dinner Gala for youth workers and youth agencies at the ITVET compound on Freetown Road in Belize City. The Gala was in commemoration of Youth Work Week 2012 which was celebrated this year under the theme “Connecting C...
Baptist Association Condemns Pastor Sexual Misconduct
Earlier this week, forty six year old Franks Eddy resident Julio Cesar Garcia, widely reported to be a Baptist pastor was arrested and charged for carnal knowledge after an eleven year old girl accused him of having sexual intercourse with her on two separate occasions. Since the...
Two men, 36 year old boat captain Napoleon Vicente and 36 year old marine mechanic Hollis White, who were charged with handling stolen goods for a Yamaha 200 horse power engine yesterday, were brought back to court today and charged this time with the theft of the engine, a skiff and several item...
Fisherman Convicted and Sentenced For Manslaughter
Thirty-eight year old Alvaro Gregorio, a fisherman of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye who was convicted of manslaughter last week, was sentenced to six years today by Justice Troadio Gonzalez. Justice Gonzalez said that the sentence is to take effect from today’s date. Gregorio w...
Residents of Sarteneja Detained Pending Drug Related Charges
Two persons from Sarteneja Village in the District of Corozal are tonight sitting in a cell pending charges related to drug offences. At around midday yesterday, November 11th, Corozal Police were on routine patrol when they arrived by the house of Ceferenia Flores of said village. Upon pulling up close to the house, Officers noticed a young man run towards the back door of the house throwing out a transparent plastic bag which only travelled approximately five feet from the door.
When officers retrieved the bag in the presence of a sixteen year old minor and a twenty-seven year old Honduran National, officers found twenty-six small parcels wrapped in white paper weighing a total of 81.5 grams of suspected cannabis along with nine small parcels wrapped with white paper weighing 1.3 grams of suspected crack cocaine.
But if that were not enough, Police officers conducted a further search of the home which yielded an additional 32.5 grams of suspected cannabis wrapped in a green plastic bag which was taped underneath a plastic chair. As a result of the search, both persons were arrested and taken to the Corozal Police Station to face to drug charges.
Have You Seen Yuri Daniel
Tonight, Mexican police from the City of Chetumal along with their Belizean counterparts are seeking your help in finding a twenty-six year old female that has been missing since last week Monday, November 5th. Twenty-six year old Yuri Daniel of a Colonia Solidaridad address of Chetumal, Quintana Roo, was reported missing by her friend Andrea Ancona Gonzalez. Gonzalez reported to State police that Yuri Daniel left their home situated on Naranjal and 24th of November Streets in the Colonia Solidaridad and said that she would be heading to Corozal to see her three children whom were staying with her grandmother.
But after making checks with Daniel’s grandmother, the grandmother stated that Daniels never arrived to see her three children or her and that she had no clue as to her whereabouts. Daniels is said not to be carrying with her a telephone and is described to be of five feet two inches in height and of dark complexion with long black hair. Yuri Daniel is also said to have a tattoos on both her feet and also has a scar on her left calf.
Reports to our news room indicate that this is not the first time a similar incident has been reported of Yuri Daniel. Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is asked to call their nearest police station.
Anti Virus Guru John Mcafee Wanted For Murder Investigation
An American National was murdered on Sunday morning on La Isla Bonita. Official police reports state that on November 11th, at about 8:00am, San Pedro Police visited 5 ¾ miles north of San Pedro Town where they observed the lifeless body of 52 year old American retiree from the State of Florida, Gregory Viant Faull, lying face up in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. Faull’s body was discovered by his 39 year old house keeper Laura Tun, about forty minutes earlier on the upper flat of the building located alongside the beach in the Mata Grande Area. A single Luger brand 9mm expended shell was found on the first stair leading up to the upper flat of the building. There are no signs of forced entry but one laptop computer and an I-phone have been reported missing. No motive has been established so far, but San Pedro Police is following several leads.
One of those leads is getting hold of antivirus pioneer John Mcafee, who with his fame alone has caused this murder case to be on international headlines. Mcafee is wanted by Corozal Police for questioning and according to the San Pedro Sun, quote, “The Head of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) of the Belize Police Department Unit Mark Vidal confirmed to The San Pedro Sun that they are looking for McAfee as part of the murder investigation,” end quote. The San Pedro Sun is also reporting that residents of the same area stated that Fuall had a misunderstanding with Mcafee and that the misunderstanding may have escalated. We understand that the misunderstanding involves heavily armed security forces which have been terrorizing the neighbours. The matter was taken to the San Pedro Town Council just recently. Mcafee’s residence, which is right next to Faull’s home, was searched by authorities and McAfee was not present during the time of the search. According to Assistant Superintendent of the San Pedro Police Station, Vienne Robinson, John McAfee is being sought in connection to the murder. Robinson told FOX News that one person has been detained as a suspect.
Just last week, McAfee donated 40 Stun guns, numerous batons, 60 assorted brands and types of pepper spray along with handcuffs, flashlights, metal detectors and many other items to the San Pedro Police Station. Police investigations continue into this matter.
Educating The Public On Diabetes
The burden of diabetes is increasing globally, particularly in developing countries like Belize. It is a condition that develops when the pancreas does not manufacture enough insulin, the hormone produced to regulate the amount of glucose or sugar in the blood. Back in 2009 Diabetes was Belize’s number one killer, killing 103 persons that year alone. In 2010, the percentage of Belize’s adult population that is living with diabetes was recorded at 7.9%
In efforts of reducing the number of persons living with diabetes, many groups across the country have taken it upon themselves to create awareness to this disease and here in Orange Walk, one such group is the Rotaract Club of Orange Walk Town. This past Saturday, the Club held a Diabetes Fair and Clinic at the Central Park geared towards educating the public on diabetes and to offer free diabetes check-ups.
Hipolito Novelo - Reporting
It’s a silent killer, locally dubbed “sugar” and as of 2009 approximately 40,000 Belizeans are said to be diabetic. That number translates to roughly 13% of the population. A person becomes diabetic when insulin, the hormone responsible of regulating sugar in the blood, is not produced in enough quantities by the pancreas. The causes of diabetes are complex, but are in a large part due to rapid increases in weight and physical inactivity.
In an effort to create awareness of the deadly disease, Rotaract Orange Walk, hosted a one day awareness campaign at the Orange Walk Central Park. Apart from informing the public of the disease Rotaracters also provided free checkups.
One resident that visited the tent was Matilda Patt. Patt’s blood sugar level stands safely at 102 and she also took the opportunity to converse with the doctors that were present.
BMHS Holds 10th Annual Food Fest
The Fort Cairn’s Market Square came alive this past weekend with an extravaganza of foods. Students from the different Form levels of Bishop Martin High School came together along with their teachers to hold their annual Taste of Orange Walk Food and Extravaganza Expo.
The day’s activities commenced with a short parade from Shell 1-Stop, up Belize/Corozal Road, into Queen Victoria Avenue and ending at the Fort Cairn’s Market Plaza. The parade consisted of the various cultural groups that took part in the cultural presentations on the main stage at the Market Plaza.
Students and teachers joined forces in efforts of selling the allocated quota of 900 tickets for plates of food. Vice Principal Lorelie Torres says that the day proved to be an overwhelming success.
Lorelie Torres, VP BMHS
“Most of them are being attracted by the turkey dinner and the pork pibil and the dirty rice and baked chicken.”
Hipolito Novelo – Reporter
“What is your feedback when it comes to the deliciousness of the food and to the amount?’
Lorelie Torres, VP BMHS
“A very good feedback and the customer seem to be pleased with the amount of the food and the taste of the food and they also get a complimentary juice as well.”
Hipolito Novelo – Reporter
“If everything goes successful will that be $9000.00 that you will make today?”
Lorelie Torres, VP BMHS
“Yes, but we have to take out some of our expenses because not everything is donated and we thank all of our sponsors in our community for and the businesses places that sponsored us and we thanked them very much but yes we do have some expenses to incur and after that we will have our net profit.”
Consultation For Second Phase Of BMDP Takes Place
By now, most of you have been familiarized with the Belize Municipal Development Project which is financed by the Government of Belize through a $30 million loan from the World Bank which is channeled through the Social Investment Fund to the different municipalities across the country. Here in Orange Walk Phase One of the project is half way completed with the successful paving of two of the four streets earmarked for the upgrades. Phase two of the project is scheduled to commence shortly but those heading the project wanted to see community participation. According to the project directors, approximately $1.6 million has been allocated for Phase II of the project and last week Friday, November 9th, a consultation meeting was held at the central park of Orange Walk Town in efforts of getting the public’s feedback on which projects to tackle next with this financing. According to the Project Coordinator, Ernest Rhaburn, the project focuses on three components: Small Scale Infrastructure Investments; Technical Assistance and Capacity Building for municipalities, and Project Management/Administration.
Ernest Rhaburn, Project Coordinator
“The major objective of this project is to improve access to basic municipal infrastructure and the second objective is to enhance municipal management in selected towns, by basic municipal infrastructure we are talking about streets, public buildings, drains, cemeteries, whatever that is under the control of the town council, those infrastructure need to be upgraded, rehabilitated, improved, and in some cases new infrastructure need to be develop and or constructed but as mentioned earlier it is up to you to decide which of those. Second targeted objective has to do with enhancing with the management of the entire municipality.”
Also present at the consultation were representatives of the Ministry of Local Government who highlighted the three perquisites that the Town should meet in order for phase two to take place.
San Pedro ‘s new and improved airstrip
The newly rehabilitated airstrip in San Pedro is being renamed. Love TV’s Natalie Novelo reports.
Ministry of Agriculture hosted a workshop in Stann Creek District
Farmers in the Stann Creek District today took part in a workshop that was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture. Our Stann Creek correspondent Harry Arzu reports.
Traffic accident in the Roar Creek Village
A man remains hospitalized following a traffic accident. Correspondent Fem Cruz has the details.
Discussing social Intervention strategies
The technical discussions on how Belize, with the financial backing of the World Bank, is going to fill the gaps and improve on its delivery in its social programs are at centre stage this week. For the next two days, the technical experts in the relevant Government Ministries are fine-tuning an existing partnership between the two entities to make the systems in place more efficient. Locally, the Ministries of Education, Human Development and Finance have been the ones at the core of the transformation, and Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, said that it will take willpower to make that meaningful change.
Anthony “Boots” Martinez
The BOOST program, which the World Bank has applauded as a good social policy, has, according to the Minister of Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, Anthony “Boots” Martinez, played its part in keeping a significant part of the population fed.
Joseph Waight, Ministry of Finance
Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Joseph Waight, says that while the resources are scarce, efficiency plays a key role in stretching those resources across wider spectrums.
While the local resources are few, Mansoora Rashid, who is the World Bank’s Social Protection Sector Manager, says that those same shortages have forced countries like Belize to become innovative.
Accused policemen back in court
Two police officers charged with murder are to return to court early next year in Punta Gorda. Correspondent Paul Mahung has the details.