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Today's Belize News: January 4, 2013 #454590
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This Week's Stories:

  • No Arrest Yet In The Murder of Rene Vera:
    As the community records yet another murder with homosexual overtones, an arrest is yet to be made while the Christmas plans of the victim’s family was shattered and the remains of yet another productive male person was committed to the earth from whence it is said to have come. Funeral services for Rene Vera, 36, Belizean laborer formerly of a Bishop Martin Street address in Santa Elena, Cayo was held at the Sacred Heart Church in San Ignacio, on Thursday, December 27. The body was laid to rest inside the Carmen Memorial Cemetery in Santa Elena.
  • Introducing The Nation’s New Ombudsman, Mr Lionel L. Arzu:
    Mr. Lionel L. Arzu, has been officially sworn in as the new Ombudsman for Belize. This took place in brief ceremonies this morning in the presence of the Governor-General of Belize, His Excellency Sir Colville Young. Mr. Arzu leaves behind his post as a teacher at Julian Cho Technical High School in the Toledo District, where he resides. Prior to this, he served as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Belize, Toledo Campus; Project Coordinator for the Meso-American Project, and numerous other posts within the agricultural sector.
  • Questioning The Appointment Of The New Ombudsman Of Belize. Is It Really Because He Is A Garifuna?:
    This is the first time a Garifuna person in Belize has been appointed as Ombudsman and we should be proud of this especially given the fact that the chances for a Garifuna to be appointed to a post like this in Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala is slim to never. I suspect that because he is a Garifuna someone is questioning whether he will be able to handle the responsibilities of the office. This did not occur when Paul Rodriguez, a former Mayor of Belize City, was appointed as the first Ombudsman of Belize. We likewise did not see it happen when Cynthia Pitts was similarly appointed until the recent expiration of her contract. I do not know Mr. Lionel Arzu but reviewing at his academic credentials, given the necessary support, he should have no problems doing the job.
  • Rotary Project “Literacy Alive” Brings Professional Laminators To Cayo Schools:
    Literacy is one of the most important preconditions for a successful life. Being able to read enables a person to take part in everyday and business life and make a good living. Consequently learning to read belongs to the most important objectives in primary schools throughout Belize. The educational success however depends on several factors like the talent of as kid as well as his or her social and language background. Equally important are the literacy related capacities of the teachers as well as the methods and materials that are used to teach reading.
  • Ten Life-Changing Facts About Anger:
    “Yes, I was angry. And I was a little afraid. After all I’ve not been free in so long. But, when I felt that anger well up inside of me, I realized that if I hated them after I got outside that gate, then they would still have me. I wanted to be free so I let it go.” ~Nelson Mandela upon leaving prison after 27 years of confinement Frustrated, impatient, raging… aaarrrrrrgh! Yes, it’s normal to feel angry – you are human, after all. But if anger causes problems in your life – if it interferes with your health and happiness – then consider these 10 life-changing facts. Get curious about anger, and you just might discover an untapped well of vital energy that improves your life circumstances and wakes you up to the whole of life.
  • Benque Viejo Christmas Bash:
    Program under the leadership of Captain Samuel Bruce since 2008; participating with the Community Policing Effort of Police Sub-Formation Benque Viejo, produced a spectacular event for the residents, with their annual Christmas Bash for the community of Benque Viejo. Located at the spacious multipurpose community park on Mr. Bruce’s property, the party had all the trimmings; Stone constructed community center, 3-tents, chairs, DJ kahlib sound system, bathroom facilities, electric & water supply, two football courts, volleyball court, running track, BMX Bike track, and swimming pool under construction.
  • Cayo Central Christmas Football Cup:
    On September 19, 2012, eight teams from Santa Elena Town participated in a football marathon held at the Santa Elena football field, to kick off the Cayo Central Christmas Cup Sponsored by the Hon. Rene Montero, Area Representative for Cayo Central And Minister of Works & Transport. This past Sunday was the Finals for the competition and the Trapiche Team and the Hill view team played an exciting and competitive game and exhibit discipline and excellent sportsmanship. At the end of the day Minister Rene Montero was present to issue the first place trophy along with a cash prize of $500.00 to the Trapiche Team, the winner of the competition.
  • US Requests Colombia Urabenos 'gang leader' Extradition:
    Prosecutors in the United States have requested the extradition of one of Colombia's most wanted drug dealers, detained two months ago in Argentina. Henry de Jesus Lopez Londono, known as Mi Sangre or My Blood, is the alleged leader of the Urabenos gang, which operates in northern Colombia. Argentine media reported that he was due to be released on 2 January unless there was a formal extradition request. Lopez entered Argentina with a false passport, police said. The 41-year-old Colombian posed as a Venezuelan businessman, travelling for work.
  • Bolivia Takes Over Ownership Of Two Spanish Owned Electricity Companies:
    Bolivia has brought two Sanish-owned electricity supply companies under state control. President Evo Morales accused the subsidiaries of the Spanish company, Iberdrola, of overcharging consumers in rural areas. Mr Morales said rural households had been paying three times more for their electricity than people in urban areas. The left-wing president has previously nationalised oil, telecommunications and energy-generating companies. "We had to see that the quality of electricity service is uniform in rural as well as urban areas," Mr Morales said. He added that his decree was in line with the South American country's constitution, which says that the public interest is above private interests when it comes to the supply of energy.
  • How Indian Women Are Treated:
    People have called her Braveheart, Fearless and India’s Daughter, among other things, and sent up a billion prayers for a speedy recovery. When the unidentified woman died in a Singapore hospital early on Saturday, the victim of a savage rape on a moving bus in the capital, Delhi, it was time again, many said, to ask: why does India treat its women so badly? Female foetuses are aborted and baby girls killed after birth, leading to an an appallingly skewed sex ratio. Many of those who survive face discrimination, prejudice, violence and neglect all their lives, as single or married women.
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The San Pedro Sun

Electricity rate go up by 16.8%
It may be possible that citizens will have to allocate more money toward their electricity bill. Electricity rates are going up by almost 17 percent in 2013. The rates will be going from 41.6 cents to 48 cents per kilowatt hour a total of 16.8 percent. According to the Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), John Avery, this increase is a must to sustain electricity for the population. Due to low rainfall levels this year paired with an increase in cost of power production Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) was forced to buy power from out of Mexican neighbors at 32 cents higher than the price BEL sell to the public. John Avery, Chairman ofPUCsays "The power from BAL (Belize Aquaculture Ltd) was at 73.96 cents per kilowatt hour. So basically BEL was selling at an average of 41.61 cents; meaning that they were losing 32 cents every time they sold 1 kilowatt hour of energy from BAL. From their diesels, the average price was 59.48 cents, from it was [...]

Ambergris Today

Belize’s Brand Position and Tourism Number Worldwide
Belize is in position number 148 for Trade and in position number 114 for Tourism, winning 21 positions in Trade and losing 2 positions in Tourism. These numbers come from Bloom Consulting that just recently announced the release of the 2012 Bloom Consulting Country Branding Ranking©, now even more accurate with the incorporation of Online Search Demand (OSD). The 2012 Bloom Consulting Country Branding Ranking© is a thorough study measuring the effectiveness of each country’s brand strategy, separately evaluating the trade and tourism country brand strategies, and comprising of 160 and 161 countries respectively. The ranking relies on hard facts, which include the economic performance and the economic growth of countries. For tourism these are represented by the annual intake and the annual growth rate of global tourist receipts. For trade these are characterized by the annual intake and the annual growth rate of global FDI inflow. This hard data is accompanied by soft facts, thereby measuring the economic impact of each country’s brand strategy.

A ‘Local’ Restaurant Filled with Flavor
One such restaurant that provides a distinct local flavor and one that concentrates more on home cooked meals is Local’s Restaurant and Bar, located on Coconut Drive across the Tropic Air Terminal. The restaurant is much of an “In & Out” establishment that provides fast (not necessarily fast food) great tasting meals for those on the go. At Local’s Restaurant you have the option of dining on the picnic style benches or at the high top counter that surrounds the bar. We opted for the bar and were served some of their top drinks such as the Miami Vice, Tequila Sunrise, Margarita and Rum Punch. Great drinks to try especially on a hot day on our sunny island! Hey, after a busy day the restaurant turns into a local hangout to enjoy some cocktails or cold beers, where there is also a karaoke night and special celebrations.

Channel 7

There's A New Top Cop!
Tonight there are major, major changes in the command of the Police Department - and from what we've heard, it's caught quite a few persons off guard. The announcement came out about an hour ago and the headline item is that Commissioner of Police David Henderson is out as Top Cop. Henderson who was already past retirement leaves the post of Acting Commissioner of Police and takes up the job of Director of the National Forensic Science Service. And so who will be the top cop now? Deputy Allen Wyllie is promoted to the post of Acting Commissioner of Police. And his Acting Deputy will be Elodio Aragon Jr. - who moves on from Officer Commanding Eastern Division to take up the Deputy Post with additional responsibility for Operations. Assistant Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura will take Aragon's place as the boss of Eastern Division. Senior Superintendent Desiree Phillips moves from Commander of Community Police to one of two posts of Deputy Officer Commanding Eastern Division. The other Deputy Commander will be Senior Superintendent Marlon Allen who moves from his post at Head of Special Branch. The other big move is for ASP Marco Vidal - he moves from the Head of the Gang Suppression Unit - which he created, back to Special Branch - where he first earned his name.

Grenade Found In "Gaza" Turf!
And while there are changes at the top - the war continues on the ground. Last night we told you about the New Year's Night Shootings in the downtown area of Belize City that left one man dead and another on life support. As we told you in the news - reports to us said that the shootings were a kind of retaliation against the state - after certain gang elements had been locked up on New Year's Eve for so-called Crime Prevention. Well, today a press release from the Gang Suppression Unit said it plainly - they described it as, quote, "the deliberate murder on January 1, 2013 of two non - gang members perpetrated by the George Street Gang." We presume they mean one murder and another shooting, because the other persons Marco Valle was critically injured by a shot to the head, but not murdered.

Molotov Cocktail Found in GSU Turf
And the GSU says George Street isn't only packing grenades, there are also home-made explosives. On New Year's Day, at around 10:30 a.m., GSU personnel searched an abandoned building at the corner of Bishop and Far West Streets. That search led to the discovery of 2 Molotov cocktail bombs in a black plastic bag along-side the chain-link fence. According to the GSU, the bombs were manufactured using pint bottles filled with pellets, nails and metal shards - to be released as shrapnel - and a liquid accelerant. The GSU says it believes that the cocktails were intended to be used against the security forces patrolling in the George Street area. They say the house is in the generally controlled area of the gang.

Random Shooting Victim Valle Clings to Life
And, the news tonight is that one man in his 20's is detained pending charges for the murder of Orlando Williams. He is well known to police and had previously gotten off a murder charge. He lives in the same general area where Orlando Williams did. We understand that his brother is also being detained in connection with the other New Years Day shooting. That victim Carlos Valle remains in a critical condition tonight. He remains on life support in the Intensive care Unit at the KHMH. He was shot in the temple as he drove his motorbike on Regent street near the Belize Bank on Sunday night. The father of 5 had gone to buy food when the shooter rode up and shot him in the head.

Were Men Shot Because They Are "Spanish"?
Valle was shot seven minutes before Orlando Williams - and police believe the shooting area related deliberate acts of retaliation against the state. It is the very definition of senseless - so much so that it seems to defy comprehension: shooting two working men, one 45, the other 48 years old who just happened to be on the streets when gunmen wanted to see someone dead. Orlando Williams and his family grew up in the same neighborhood that out studio is in - and we were struck by the chilling tragedy of his death. For context on these very crazy crimes, we look back at that night:.. It is probably one of the most affecting images I have seen in two decades covering the news: Dennis Williams holding his dead brother, Orlando's limp hand, imploring life from a body that had none left. The tragic scene playing out under a streetlight's sickly yellow glow, a huddle of neighbors in the shadows at the corner of Dean and West Canal, a few dozen feet from where the brothers grew up.

Violence Anthropologist Explains Why "Spanish" Men Might Have Been Shot
So, was the shooter or shooters deliberately targeting men of Spanish descent? It's a deeply disturbing possibility - but one we must report on because it's what information to the police suggests. Indeed, the possibility of such random barbarity almost boggles the mind and we asked violence anthropologist Dr. Herbert Gayle to decode it for us. Gayle did the comprehensive study on violence in Belize in 2010 - and today we called him in Jamaica to ask about this disturbing pattern where innocent persons are targeted - possibly based on their ethnicity. Gayle said that globally it's not too uncommon - and he explained what he calls the "Combatant Frame." Dr. Herbert Gayle, violence anthropologist "It's a group of young people feel state-terrorism, they feel that the state has slaughtered them for a special oppression and had used force on them unfairly then they are likely to act upon persons who are within our country to be outside of what we called the combatant structural frame of war, in other words they would no attack another gang to prove a point because they would already assume that the state does not care about gang members.

Police Recover Cash From BTB Robbery; Suspect Awaits Charges
Last night we told you about the drama at the BTB headquarters. At about 4:30, two men - one armed with a knife - the other with a gun - went into the office and held up the cashier. Police today confirmed that they did grab the cash pan with $1,732.00 dollars before they dashed out. But the security guard was on hand and he shot one of them. That man is Clarence Lamb from the nearby Jump Street area where he is known as "Monkey Man." Yesterday when we arrived on the scene he was slumped on the ground - after he was shot in the calf with the Security's issued.38 pistol. The other robber escaped, but not with the money. Police searched the area and recovered two cash pans, one which contained $300.00 dollars in cash and the other which contained $1,432.78 in cash - which is the sum total of what had been stolen. Lamb has been hospitalized and he is expected to be charged as soon as he is well enough to appear in court. His accomplice is still at large.

Furor At Tourism Village Over Barred Gates
And, very strangely that robbery at the BTB on Regent Street- had a strange spinoff effect on the Tourism Village across the harbour mouth on Fort Street. This morning the Tourism Village Management closed the gate at Terminal Two - after they heard the Belizean operators outside just talking loosely about the robbery at BTB the day before. That somehow got misinterpreted as a discussion about a possible jacking at the tourism Village, which led to the gate closure. It caused quite uproar. That's because dozens of taxi-men and tour operators line up there to link with their guests or recruit tours - and when the gates don't open, they don't make any money. We found out the real situation this morning:.. Cecil Gill - Rents scooters "Before we had the gates open and the tourists would come out and we had an opportunity to solicit and get our jobs. Today, out of the blue all the gates are closed. We don't know why. Information that I have gotten from an officer is that there is a new management team here."

UB Students Say They Will Boycotts Registration Over Increased Fees
Tomorrow is orientation and registration for over 500 new students at the University of Belize. They will have to pay a $150.00 registration fee, because the government - which used to pay it - has been forced to discontinue the subsidy. The University's Student Government says the new students will have to pay $550.00 dollars in registration fees - where current students only pay about $185.00. For months the student government has been making the rounds to say the imposition of the fee on new students is unacceptable. But nothing has happened - and tomorrow is registration day. Today the President of the Student Government along with a former president and a fellow president held a press conference to say they will resist the new fee: Hope Amadi "Each student will be paying almost $360 additional per semester, where can we find that money. Tomorrow we have new students coming in for orientation and registration. We are not registering; I am not registering. If the fees remain the same way i am not registering and I am urging students that the fees should not increase show solidarity - do not register." "Everybody keeps asking the same question over and over; Hope if the Minister doesn't change, what are you going to do, what are you guys going to do? Don't worry, our actions you will see but we won't say it and we better keep it that way."

Man Pleads Guilty to Ammo Possession; Family Still Remanded
Tonight, 51 year-old Patrick Samuel Gordon is spending the first night of a 3 and a half year sentence in prison, and his family is on remand because of a round of prohibited ammunition which was found in his house. According to the GSU, at around 7:20 a.m. this morning, they conducted an operation at his house, located at #17 Windmill Area of Hattieville. According to the officers, Gordon was caught inside one of the rooms of the upper flat of the house smoking weed. Also present were his common-law wife, Karen Gillett, and her daughters, 25 year-old Rondean Gillett, 18 year-old Sheridean Gillett, and a 17 year-old minor, who all live at the same residence. A search of a bedroom accessible by all occupants led to the discovery of 1 round of 40 mm ammunition found in a carton box among some documents.

Three Years For Four Ounces
And while that man will spend 3 ½ years in prison, 52 year-old year-old Michael Avilez will spend 3 years for drug trafficking. According to police, they busted the Ladyville Resident on August 14, 2012 with 114 grams - or 4.02 ounces - of marijuana which was inside his pocket. The officers searched him on Central American Boulevard and charged him with drug trafficking. He was arraigned in August where he initially pleaded not guilty and was granted bail. Today was scheduled for the start of his trial, but he changed his plea before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. As a result, he was sentenced to spend 3 years in prison.

Men Beaten Up In Police Sweep
Yesterday we told you about the brazen hold up that happened at the Belize Tourism Board. Shortly after that incident, police swarmed the entire area- as they were looking for the second suspect in the hold up. Today 3 men claimed that while all that was happening, a team of officers came to their worksite and began beating them for no apparent reason. Here's their story of police brutality. Marlon Yorke, Claims Police Brutality "This happen like around 4:30 but from yesterday morning we've been back there working digging out a trench for Mr. Young so he can build up a sea wall. We've been back there all day and as 4:30 came we got ready to clean up, eating the rest of our food, drinking our water and talking. We saw the CIB truck came on the other side and they turn back here not knowing that they came for us. As we were walking behind the curve there were so many BDF and police with guns who came up to us and told us to get down on the ground and put our hands up. We got down and I am the first one they search and they search everybody else. When I got up I saw a BDF flying over me. When they were finish we told them that we were working for Mr. Young and they and they wanted to know if anyone else was here - they did their search of the area."

PROFILES: Kaina Martinez
It's a new year for the I am Belize Profile series and this year they're focusing on inspiring stories. The first is from Kaina Martinez - the sprinter who represented Belize at the London Olympics. But this Seine Byte girl has done much more than that in a life filled with athletic excellence. Now, don't adjust your TV sets, this week's version is in Black and White, but her story is full of colour:..

Will Cordel Return As a PUP Candidate?
It's been months since we've heard from Cordel Hyde, the politician. In February, the three-term incumbent stepped down as PUP Lake - Independence Standard Bearer citing the illness of his son Cory, who passed away in September. But a "From the Publisher" article in the Amandala last week penned by Cordel's father Evan X Hyde says quote "Cordel has never announced publicly that he is seeking to become the PUP Lake Independence candidate in the next general elections but this is the sense I got from him about three months ago." So will he run? Well, according to reports Hyde has held preliminary meetings with former Leader Said Musa to discuss the possibility of a return. Musa has been quoted as telling a journalist that it is a matter that the party will have to decide on. But it is complicated because the PUP now has a hard right wing comprising the Western and Southern Caucuses who - we are reliably informed - would be staunchly opposed to such a reconciliation. And then there's the fact that on March 13th , still brooding over the General Election loss, the party did issue a statement saying that Mark Espat and Cordel Hyde had "effectively resigned" from the party and quote, "by their actions, Mark Espat and Cordel Hyde can no longer hold any position in the Party nor run for any seat on a PUP ticket."

The Lowdown On Bze's Nat'l Football Selection
Last night, we promised to show you the new national team which was selected by a committee appointed by the new Football Federation of Belize Executives. Unfortunately, we experienced some technical difficulties, but tonight, we present you with an in-depth look at that press conference which announced the new team. We start first with the announcement of those players, and the comments that national team's coach made about their talents and readiness. Here's how that went: Onan McLean, Vice Chairman, National Teams Committee "Woodrow West, goal keeper; Frank Lopez, goal keeper; Ian Gaynair, defense; Deon McCauley, forward; Elroy Smith, defense; Harrison Roches, forward; Devon Makin, midfield; Andres Makin, midfield; Tyrone Pandy, defense; Ashley Torres, midfield; Dalton Eiley, defense and captain; Delon Torres, midfield; Leovaldo Mendez, midfield; Russell Casanova, forward; Elroy Trapp, defense; Jeremy James, midfield; Cristobal Gilharry, midfield; Shannon Flowers, defense; Trevor Lennon, midfield and Evan Mariano, forward." Leroy Sherrier, Head Coach "I was here 10 years ago and this time I come back and we have better players now, we did good 10 years ago and I think we will do better this time."

Channel 5

Grenade found in Church
At news time tonight, George Street, one of the City’s most dangerous neighborhoods, is under increased vigilance by security forces. On Wednesday night a gun and ammunition were found on the premises of the Church of God on West Street and at noon today, the GSU combing through the church, found a live grenade. The [...]

Major shakeup in police top brass
Just before news time, major changes were announced by the Ministry of National Security to the high command of the police force. Firstly, the ministry says this will bring about greater efficiency. The most substantive changes include the promotion of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie to Acting Commissioner of Police, replacing David Henderson who [...]

Mexican national on trial for arsenal in Corozal
A Mexican national is under trial in the Corozal Magistrate Court; but the serious drug related and ammunition charges he faces have faded into the background. Attorneys for Zurisday Villasenor Mendez are instead arguing the legality of the appointment of a Cayo Magistrate who has been deployed to the north to preside over the trial. [...]

Unbelievable! 5 year old a victim of aggravated assault?
There are allegations of a heinous crime against a five year old girl in the Capital. According to Belmopan Police, the five year old accompanied by her mother made the report that her stepfather fondled her on Wednesday just after they came home from a visit at his relatives on New Year’s Day. Since the [...]

Lamb detained following botched B.T.B. robbery
Twenty-two year-old Clarence Lamb, one of two Belize City men involved in an unsuccessful attempt to rob the Belize Tourism Board’s main office on Wednesday afternoon, is expected to face charges for his role in the botched heist.  It is reported that Lamb entered the building, located at the corner of Regent and South streets, [...]

Update on recent murder
A Belize City man is in police custody tonight in connection with the New Year’s Day murder of forty-five year old Orlando Williams.  Williams was gunned down a short distance away from home shortly after nine o’clock on Tuesday night, as he stood conversing with another man near the corner of Dean Street and West [...]

Chamber says slew of increases has business community on the edge
Electricity rates are going up by sixteen point eight-seven percent; that is the latest in a slew of increases that the business community is facing. According to the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the increases are putting the business community on the edge and businesses under serious financial pressure.  Kay Menzies, the president of [...]

Government subsidy for UB comes to an end
Aside from the increase in rates hitting the business community, university students are also facing a fee increase. That has prompted action by the National Student Government of the University of Belize. Its President, Hope Amadi, told the media today that they are urging incoming students, preparing for enrolment during the second semester, to boycott [...]

Nation Builders tell UB students not to register
In solidarity with the UB student government are other members of Nation Builders, including Micah Goodin of St. John’s College Junior College.  While not affected by the decision to terminate the subsidy, Goodin joins the fight on behalf of future UB students graduating from SJCJC.   Micah Goodin, President, SJCJC “My name is Micah Goodin [...]

City Hall says its setting standards for the graveyards
The Belize City Council has announced that it will take over from undertakers the construction of graves at public sites such as the Lord Ridge Cemetery and Eternal Gardens. Deputy Mayor Dion Leslie confirms that on December seventeenth, all undertakers and funeral homes were advised that the council would assume many of those responsibilities.   [...]

114 grams of marijuana in pocket; of course he is guilty
He is the first man to plead guilty to a serious offense this year; tonight fifty-two year old Ladyville resident, Michael Avilez is spending his first night of a three year sentence in jail.  This morning in the Court of the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith, Avilez took a guilty plea even before any witnesses [...]

Runaway girls need to be found
On Wednesday we told you about three teenage girls, minors who fled from the Youth Hostel on the George Price Highway. They alleged that at least one girl was regularly stomped several times on her torso when she misbehaved and all three were allegedly subjected to emotional abuse by employees of the Hostel. The Director [...]

Corozal man says he’s a victim of abuse
A Corozal man is also claiming that he was the victim of abuse, but at the hands of a police officer. Heraldo Lara says that he was inquiring about his father at the hospital at around eight o’clock on the night of January first when he was confronted by three officers, including Juan Tun who [...]

George Street Gang under pressure from GSU
On Tuesday, the George Street Gang came under pressure from the GSU. The unit found two Molotov cocktail bombs in a plastic bag alongside a chain link fence. According to the GSU, the bombs were manufactured by using pint bottles partially filled with pellets, nails and metal shards and a liquid accelerant to be used [...]


Police News
A burglary has been reported at the headquarters of the Belize National Coast Guard. It happened sometime between December twenty eight and December thirtieth. According to police, someone entered the engineering section of the building located on the upper floor and stole ...

Park Rangers In Cayo District Held Up At Gunpoint
And while police have apprehended one of two suspects in the armed robbery of the BTB office on Regent Street, in Cayo, two men were also victims of armed robbers yesterday. According to police reports, two park rangers were held up and robbed around seven thirty last night in the Bart...

Police Releases Details on Robbery at Tourism Office
Police have released details of the armed robbery of the Belize Tourism Board office on Regent Street late on Wednesday afternoon. According to the official police bulletin, two men, one armed with a firearm and the other with a knife, entered the office around four thirty yesterday af...

Five Year Old Raped in Belmopan
Allegations of rape against a minor have surfaced in Belmopan. Correspondent Fem Cruz has the details. “A five year old child in the Salvapan area of Belmopan City accompanied by her mother visited the Belmopan Police Station and reported that on Tuesday night, January ...

Thursday, January 3 ------- Belize City Man Gets 21st Conviction
Fifty-one year old Patrick Gordon, a.k.a. “Pato”, who had 19 convictions, got two more today when he pled guilty to kept prohibited ammunition and smoking cannabis. He was sentenced to 3 years for the ammunition and 6 months for smoking cannabis. Magistrate Dale Cayetan...

Police Corporal Charged With Obstruction
Thirty-three year old police corporal Edward Castillo, who allegedly obstructed Assistant police Superintendent Anthony Rosado, was charged with obstruction when he appeared today in the number four Magistrate’s Court. Castillo was also charged with receiving a person for a...

Suspected Robber Claims Police Abuse
Twenty year old Micshak Flores, an unemployed of Arlington Drive, who the police believe was one of two persons involved in the robbery of nineteen thousand five hundred and ninety five dollars. was charged with robbery when he appeared today in the number four Magistrate’s Court...

Nurse Robbed at Health Clinic in Belize City
Thirty-three year old Denfield Lemoth, a laborer of 20 Racoon Street who allegedly entered the office of public health nurse Pauline Griffith at Cleopatra White Health Center, was charged with burglary when he appeared today in the #4 magistrate’s Court. Lemoth pleaded not ...

First Murder Reported for 2013
It did not take long before the first murder was recorded for the New Year. It happened at around 9:45 on New Year’s night on Dean Street near its junction with West Canal in Belize City. 45 year old Orlando Williams lived in Mexico but came to work in Belize as a con...

Tourism Office Held Up
The normal business flow at the Belize Tourism Board was interrupted this afternoon, when the Government entity came under assault. Love News understands that sometime around 4:30 this afternoon a dark skinned man entered the BTB office on Regent Street and pointed a gun at the c...

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Armed robbers hit BTB headquarters
The year 2012 went down in history as the most violent in the history of the country. And it appears that the criminals have not gotten the memo that it is a new year. The latest criminal activity took place this afternoon on Regent Street at the headquarters of the Belize Tourism Board. Love TV’s Natalie Novelo reports.

Youths volunteer in Placencia
Two youths of Placencia have put their artistic talents into fruitful voluntary service for their community. Our Toledo correspondent Paul Mahung has the story.

Two people injured in road traffic incident in Roaring Creek
Another News Year’s Eve traffic incident, this time in the Cayo district has left two people injured. Correspondent Fem Cruz has the details.

Youths charged for assault in Georgeville
Two men from Georgeville village have been charged for an assault in that community. Our Cayo correspondent Elaine Berry has the story.

First baby for 2013 born to Ladyville couple
It has become a yearly tradition … the feting of the first baby born for the New Year. And in 2013, the citation goes to a couple from Ladyville village in the Belize district. Love TV’s Natalie Novelo reports.

Police say suicide; family claims foul play in death of elderly man
An elderly man reportedly died on New Year’s Eve on the job site and while the death certificate states that his injuries are congruent to those associated with a fall, his family believes otherwise. Seventy four year old Hector Hylton, a supervisor at Lopez Mechanic and Garage behind Bandag Tires on Central American Boulevard, died under circumstances that his daughters say are strange. One of them, Deltrude Hylton, told reporters this evening that they have reason to believe that foul play was involved in her father’s death. Deltrude Hylton says that the family also has issues with the company with which her father was employed over his social security payments and they will weigh their legal options after they lay their father to rest.


Change in Police High Command for Greater Efficiency
News reaching our news room minutes ago from the Police press officer is that there has been a Change in Police Hig...

Grenade found in Church yard
GSU finds grenade under Church of God Church. It is the last place that one would think to find a grenade but today...

Security guard prevents robbery at BTB
Yesterday we reported briefly on an attempted armed robbery at the offices of the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) in Bel...

Independent tour operators protest closed gates at Tourism Village
Early this morning at around eight there was a commotion outside terminal two at the Fort Street Tourism Village in...

Bandits default in payment to Police Officers
Information reaching plus news is that Police attached to the Belmopan formation have not and will not be receiving...

Belize is one of the top 10 places to retire
Live and Invest Overseas has named Belize location as one of the top 10 places to retire for 2013. The article was ...

Police seek step-father after allegation of rape
Police is seeking a 29 year old male person from the City Belmopan in connection to recent allegations of rape agai...

15 year-old runaway found having sex in a bar
In other disturbing news from the City of Belmopan; reports reaching our news room today, is that a 15yr old minor ...

Death on job site was an accident
Early Monday afternoon, Police were called to the Control Room of Lopez Equipment Company which located on Pine Str...

Armed robbery and burglary in PG
PG Police visited Hicatte Lodge, which is situated on Boom Creek Road where a businessman who resides at the same a...

Laptop and cable stolen from Coast Guard
A member of the Coast Guard and a resident of Belize City reported that sometime between 2:00pm on Friday the 28th ...

Items missing after house party
A 26 year old resident of Button Wood Bay Belize District reported that on Wednesday the 26th of December at about ...


A Tale of Five Cities: La Casa Lorenzo in Merida, Mexico
In yesterday's post we'd just arrived at our bed and breakfast for the next three nights, La Casa Lorenzo. It's a beautiful colonial home in Merida's Centro district, in the St. Ana neighborhood. I have been fascinated by the colonial architecture of Merida since seeing a couple of episodes of House Hunters International. While plain at the street-side, the wonders that often lurk behind the doors can be breathtaking, so I was excited to be staying in one of these beautiful homes. Larry, the host and owner, recently bought and remodeled the home into a bed and breakfast, adding lovely guest rooms furnished in antiques and with colorful Mexican tiles. Our room was charming and comfortable, and we happened to be the only guests staying for the three nights we were there, so it was really quiet and private -- perfect. I loved the carved wood bed, armoire, and shabby chic quilt! Cute and convenient sink nook Huge shower with great Mexican tiles Cool door and nice cane rocking chair There's an outdoor bar/kitchen area for guests' use with a fridge, microwave, and sink. Larry made and served us a welcome margarita that was very welcome indeed! He also provided maps and lots of good information on places to see, things to do, and good restaurants to try during our visit to Merida. Very helpful!

Time flies when you are having fun
Today marks our 7th year of living on Ambergris Caye. While I have never said it was forever, I can honestly say I still love living here as much as I did when we first made our move to Belize. I will also say living on a tropical island has changed the scope of where I could and could not live forever, tacoboy agrees on both counts. We both enjoy the different pace of things although surprisingly island life always seems to be too busy too fast and too much going on at the same time, that is one thing we did not expect. We are getting better at scheduling in time for us and were planning to do something tonight but Paul got a last minute call that he has to do trivia tonight, good thing he decided to take the day off this morning.

The Great Kiskadee
The Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) is a large striking bird whose name is derived from its call which sounds very much like French for “What are you saying” …”Quest-ceque dit,” or kis-ka-dee. The Great Kiskadee is found from Texas, USA to Argentina and is common in Bermuda, where it was introduced in the 1950s. The Great Kiskadee lives in open woodlands, streamside thickets, groves, orchards and parks. In the tropics it occurs widely in many semi-open habitats, usually avoiding dense unbroken forest. It is a permanent resident throughout its range and does not migrate. Chances are you will hear this bird before you see it. During the heat of the day, while most birds are silent, the kiskadee will draw your attention by calling its name constantly while perched from a telephone wire or on a roof. This robin-sized bird is about ten inches in length. It has black and white stripes on the crown and sides of its head. It has a white line above its eyes. Its chest and undersides are a bright yellow and its throat is white. Its back and wings are brown and its bill and legs are black. Its bright pattern is unique in North America, but in the tropics several other flycatchers look almost identical.

The Only Way Is Up
First of all I want to say a big thank you to the Mystery Blogger for filling in for me yesterday because I spent most of Tuesday at the dentist in Belize City. Hopefully the Mystery Blogger will fill in again over the next two weeks when I have to visit the dentist for follow-up appointments. Rose and I spent a good part of the morning poring over the plans for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize to see how we could make best use of the ‘spare’ space in the south-west corner of the Ground Floor for another en-suite bedroom. This included researching bed sizes and culminated in Rose sketching out how we would like to use the space ( she is much better at this than me and is spatial which comes in handy for this type of thing). We finished around lunchtime, had a bite to eat and then drove to the site to see what progress had been made, recheck our planning thoughts for the additional en-suite and meet Daniel Camal, our building contractor, to find out if our plan could be accommodated. When we got there we could see straight away that the guys had been busy laying the concrete blocks.

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Chávez Cancer Imperils $7 Billion Caribbean Oil Funding
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s battle with cancer threatens $7 billion of subsidized oil exports that help prop up Cuba’s economy and contain inflation in Caribbean nations from Jamaica to the Bahamas. Chavez, hospitalized in Havana after a fourth operation, sent Cuba $3.6 billion of oil in 2011 through the Petrocaribe program that serves 70 million people across Central America and the Caribbean. Cuba failed to make discoveries in the first offshore drilling effort since 2004 as Repsol SA, Petroliam Nasional Bhd. and Petroleos de Venezuela SA reported dry wells. While Chavez’s avowed “political father” Fidel Castro used guns and medicine to spread his socialist revolution abroad, the Venezuelan leader relies on the world’s biggest oil reserves. If Chavez’s successor ends the funding, Caribbean economies still struggling to bolster tourism after the 2008 financial crisis would face further budgetary strains. “Everyone loves Chavez here,” Salvador Rivas, head of unconventional energy at the Dominican Republic Trade and Industry Ministry, said by telephone Dec. 21. “We are trying to buy more and more Venezuelan oil because terms are very good.” The 58-year-old former paratrooper, who suffered renewed complications from a respiratory infection following surgery last month, created Petrocaribe in 2005. The alliance’s members can buy oil from state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA, at market prices, paying as little as 5 percent upfront and the remainder over 25 years at 1 percent interest rate.

Planned new Belize free zone only for the elite
in Spanish.... I had to scan it, as the Novedades' site does not have individual links for their articles...

Unsung Heroes: Local volunteers support mission work in Belize
The office of Dr. Joe Smiddy is stacked high with cardboard boxes. They’re full of medicine for Belize, says Smiddy, the medical director for Body and Soul Ministries, a Kingsport-based charity that sends about 300 people a year to the tiny Central American country, which is situated between Mexico and Guatemala on the Caribbean Sea. "Belize has a very primitive national health organization run by the government," said Smiddy, also a pulmonologist who practices in Kingsport. "They do not have most of our major specialists: There’s no pulmonologist in the country, there is no psychiatrist, there is no allergist, so it’s a very poor country with very primitive health conditions." Body and Soul Ministries started 15 years ago, when a man named Ralph Digman packed up his family in an old school bus and drove to Belize to help the poorest of the poor. The Rev. Frank Waldo, the current president of Body and Soul, helped to build the organization. But the ongoing effort wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers, said Smiddy. A group from the Kingsport area - often about 20 people - travels to Belize each month.

Papaya power
A wintertime display of vibrantly colored, fresh papayas can brighten a shopper’s day and inspire thoughts of warm, sunny days or lush tropical isles. Any time is a good time to sell tropical fruit, but a display of ripe papayas provides a psychological lift for shoppers on a gloomy winter day, says Eric Crawford, president of Fresh Results LLC, Sunrise, Fla. The company sources tainung papayas — also known as formosa papayas — from Belize, and it plans to begin offering maradol papayas from Mexico this spring. Although papayas are available year-round, January is a good time to promote them as production increases, says Melissa Hartmann de Barros, director of communications for HLB Specialties LLC, Pompano Beach, Fla. HLB handles tainung papayas and golden, or solo, papayas. It sources golden papayas from Brazil and Jamaica, and tainungs from Mexico and Guatemala.

Best Diving and Snorkeling in Belize
Tiny Belize’s mainland beckons with lush jungle canopy, palm-tangled Mayan ruins, and diverse wildlife. Still, this Central American jewel is best known for its snorkeling and diving sites along hundreds of cayes, atolls and a 185-mile barrier reef – second in size only to Australia’s. Abundant sea life and colorful corals fill the turquoise waters, are easily accessible and welcome divers and snorkelers of all experience levels. Dive tours generally last 2 hours or less, other tour options include live-aboard dive boats, which offer week-long trips featuring 2 to 3 daily dives. From the busy north of Belize to the sleepy south, here are our choices for the best marine meanderings. Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark-Ray Alley Located in the north of Belize and visible from the southeastern shore of Ambergris, the country’s largest caye, Hol Chan and Shark-Ray Alley may be Belize’s most popular dive and snorkel spots. Crowds can be problematic, but at a mere 30 meters deep and with Finding Nemo-esque underwater views, the positives outweigh the negatives, especially for diving newbies and snorkelers. Hol Chan opens to deeper waters beyond the reef, so divers and snorkelers will be greeted with an eruption of vibrant fish, nurse sharks, rays, turtles and the occasional dolphin. The eponymous sharks and rays are the site’s biggest attraction, and you’re guaranteed an adrenaline rush stroking the stippled hide of a nurse shark streaking by (but never touch the corals). Night dives reveal a completely different world of bioluminescence, glowing green moray eels and parrotfish dozing in protective mucus cocoons.

Caye Caulker, Belize
Caye Caulker is a very small, yet popular island destinations that can be found off the coast of Belize. It sits about 1 mile to the west of the internationally renowned Barrier Reef with an estimated population of 1400 residents. Most of the people that live on Caye Caulker are of Creole, Mestizo and Garifuna descent. It’s also a favorite destination amongst backpackers and other travelers in search of an affordable holiday since the island has low prices when compared to the other cays. The one downside to the island is that it doesn’t have the amazing beaches that the other cays have but it’s affordable, has lots of bars and restaurants and is close to the Barrier Reef which works in it’s favor. Activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving are the most popular activities here and some of the most popular diving sites are Spanish Bay, the Barrier Reef and Caye Chapel. You will also find tour operators here that will take you to other diving sites which are a bit further away such as the amazing Blue Hole and even Turneffe Atoll.

Belizo Zoo – One Woman’s Dream To Save The Endangered Jaguar!
There is no doubt about it that Sharon Matola is passionate about what she does: saving lives one at a time. The lives of animals that is. The biologist and environmentalist is the founder and director of The Belize Zoo, which is currently the only zoo in the country. Getting to the zoo’s current state was certainly no easy task, but Matola’s determination and passion towards saving the indigenous species of Belize was steadfast. No person was going to stand in her way. The Baltimore native acquired an early interest of the natural world, attracted to anything from dogs, cats, birds, and even insects. Matola even recalls training a squirrel, by teaching it to sit on her knee and eat peanuts out of her hand. Today, a squirrel is a minuscule critter for Matola to handle for she has gained much experience working with large, exotic animals including pumas and jaguars. In 1981, she joined a traveling Mexican Circus for graduate study purposes where she trained to be a lion tamer. Matola was able to learn useful skills in handling the large cats from her Romanian trainer. He gave her clear forewarning of the many scars she would receive and bear but a willing and fearless Matola endured through it for a year.

As Surpresas de Belize
Tem menos de 300km de comprimento e 313 mil habitantes, menos que Santos, nossa cidade natal. E também é um país super recente. Até 1981 era uma colonia britânica, chamada British Honduras. Por conta dessa herança, é o único país da América Central onde a língua oficial é o inglês. Sua construção mais alta são ruínas maias de mais de 1000 anos de idade (pirâmide de Caana, no síto arqueológico El Caracol, com 42m de altura). Mas apesar das ruínas Maias, o maior destino turístico de Belize está nas águas, com a segunda maior barreira de corais do mundo, atrás apenas da Grande Barreira de Corais Australiana. E também pelo "Blue Hole", um enorme buraco de mais de 120m de profundidade, conhecidíssimo no meio de mergulhadores, mas muito pouco fora desse meio. E lá também fica a tal da "Isla Bonita", cantada pela Madonna. Porém nada disso nos havia animado a passar por lá e Belize não estava em nosso roteiro inicial. Acabou entrando pois nos demos conta de que passar por lá era a melhor forma de irmos de Yucatán, no México para Tikal, Guatemala. Tínhamos ouvido pouca coisa a respeito desse pequeno país da América Central, sabíamos apenas que é um destino muito procurado por mergulhadores - o que ainda não é nosso caso. Mas não podíamos imaginar que iríamos ser abduzidos pelas belezas de suas águas caribenhas.

Guatemala/Belize: helping resolve the territorial dispute
One of the priorities of the British Embassy in Guatemala City is to work with the government of Guatemala to resolve its territorial dispute with Belize. We also work closely with the British High Commission in Belmopan. There have been some recent developments. Read on the find out more about them, the current status, the UK’s interest and role, and some of the history to the dispute. Current status In March 2000 the governments of Guatemala and Belize re-started talks to end their long-standing territorial differendum through the Organisation of American States (OAS). And in December 2008 they signed a Special Agreement setting out their agreement to allow their territorial dispute to be submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for independent arbitration. On 9 September 2010, Guatemala’s Congress approved the holding of a referendum on the referral of the dispute to the ICJ, and now Guatemala and Belize have agreed to hold it simultaneously in both countries on 6 October 2013. Meanwhile both have put into force positive measures to strengthen bilateral relations. For example, in 2009 a Partial Scope Agreement was agreed that liberalises trade for more than 70 Guatemalan products and removes other physical barriers to trade, as well as allowing Belize to export duty free to Guatemala fish, tropical fruits and some industrial equipment. Belize supported Guatemala’s successful candidacy to be elected non-permanent member of the UN Security Council during 2012/13. Belizean and Guatemalan Ministers continue to meet bilaterally, and at meetings of regional fora, working together on a range of issues.

Jem Volunteer Abroad in Belize
This was honestly the best decision i have ever made. It was difficult to start but everything is worth it after seeing the kids smile at you… How happy you make them. Even simply by just being there makes all that difference in their lives. The caregivers there were also amazing, so friendly and down to earth, but of course you have to initiate the conversation but after that they are amazing. This experience had opened my eyes to da developing countries, despite of what the western side of the world looks there is countries out there that are very under developed. Countries that have rich resources but has not been able to be cultivated. The children was the best part of the deal. They are very fun loving kids who really just want and needs love and attention. They all have different stories but at the end of the day they have all this love and dont have much people to share it with. Im thankful that i had the chance to experience their love and it does know NO BOUNDS… They love you unconditionally. That why it was very difficult to leave the kids behind. As i was leaving i felt that i left my heart with the kids. I feel now that I am back in my home country i feel like a stranger. I feel like my heart and home is back wherever those kids are. They were by far the best things that ever happened to me.

A Clear And Present Danger
After the April raid on my property in Orange Walk I went on the offensive. I had asked for a simple apology and had received none. I was pissed. They had shot my dog, destroyed my property and stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of things that I valued. They have still not been returned. I purchased 75 cheap laptop computers and, with trusted help, installed invisible keystroke logging software on all of them – the kind that calls home (to me) and disgorges the text files. It also, on command, turns on, and off, the microphone and camera – and sends these files on command. I had the computers re-packaged as if new. I began giving these away as presents to select people – government employees, police officers, Cabinet Minister’s assistants, girlfriends of powerful men, boyfriends of powerful women. I hired four trusted people full time to monitor the text files and provide myself with the subsequent passwords for everyone’s email, Facebook, private message boards and other passworded accounts. The keystroke monitoring continued after password collection, in order to document text input that would later be deleted. So nothing was missed… I next collected my human resources for the complex social engineering I would have to do. I arranged with 23 women and 6 men to be my operatives. Eight of the women were so accomplished that they ended up living with me. It was amazingly more efficient and they were easily convinced to check up on each other. One was so accomplished (Marcia) that she became a double agent and nearly got me killed: These men and women were given simple training on how to access and load software on someone’s computer while they slept, or ate or made long phone calls etc. It’s dead simple if you’re sleeping with someone – “Hey Babe, can I borrow your computer to check my email?” – A little more complex if you’re not – but not much. They were also shown dirt simple phone tricks, like borrowing a person’s phone to make a call and then resetting auto-delete of sent texts. No-one ever checks these things after setup, so all the sent texts are now available to the person borrowing your phone to call their boyfriend to make up a story so they can sleep over with you. Due to the nature of the call, the operative clearly needed privacy during the call – hence ease of access to changing your settings and reading your sent texts And I taught them other tricks. When my teams were assembled, I targeted the two National phone companies for engineering. It was imperative for me to be able to hear people’s phone conversations, or at the very least to know with whom they were in contact. This social engineering exercise was the easiest. I used myself as the decoy in this operation. I approached numerous employees of both companies with the offer to buy the information that I needed. I knew this would raise flags and lead to failure. I did this in a manner that would not get me arrested but would ensure that my enquiries reached the appropriate ears – ears belonging to people who definitely did not want me to learn anything. People then knew I was after information and, as they would naturally think, I would use “buying” as my technique. Both companies eventually gave me information, which I purchased, but it was, as expected, garbage. While I was negotiating all of this, my team was working its way through the lower ranks of Phone Company employees and had locked onto a number of key players who had access to the technical processes involved in tapping phones and delivering lists of phone contacts. The team had contact information for appropriate wives and husband of these key players, knew the names of the employees’ drug providers (if any), names of respectable family members, and names of all the other “side interests” of the targets. Being “pillow talk” masters, they also knew, and had verified, every secret thing the persons had ever done. Phone Project complete.

John McAfee Pimped Out 29 ‘Pillow Talk Masters’ to Spy on Belize: Here’s What He Found
The law of diminishing returns: it’s the bane of bath salts enthusiasts and fabulist storytellers the world over. Sure, that first hit was good; but it takes an increasingly potent dosage to deliver a thrill that approaches your very first time. Fortunately, global media icon John McAfee appears to understand this phenomenon. (We’re not saying that Mr. McAfee is necessarily pioneering a new form of reality entertainment, but we’re not saying he isn’t, either.) In his latest missive, posted under the title “A Clear and Present Danger,” he claims to have hired 29 “pillow talk masters” to spy on Belize officials, and in so doing uncovered links between the Central American nation and the terrorist organization Hezbollah. Ever since Mr. McAfee’s first titillating blog posts after the murder of his neighbor Greg Faull, the story spun by the antivirus pioneer has never failed to get weirder. In the first chapters of the saga, he told tales of clever disguises and held forth on his experiences in sex tourism. In what seemed like his pièce de résistance, two Vice journalists embedded with Mr. McAfee, published a photo of the fugitive that outed his hiding place. Which seemed to beg the question, would Mr. McAfee do next to maintain our interest. Well, here’s a summary of Mr. McAfee’s latest bid for our attention: After Belize police raided Mr. McAfee’s home in April, he purchased 75 cheap laptops, loaded them with keystroke monitoring software, and gifted them to various Belize officials. He hired 23 women and 6 men as operatives, and sicced them on Belize’s two national phone companies. “These men and women were given simple training on how to access and load software on someone’s computer while they slept, or ate, or made long phone calls etc. It’s dead simple if you’re sleeping with someone …” “Eight of the women became so accomplished that they ended up living with me.” Throughout the operation, he emailed the Belize prime minister Dean Barrow, asking for an apology for the police raid. “A simple apology, in the early stages at least, would have stopped this whole affair.” With no apology forthcoming, Mr. McAfee says he dug into Belize’s National Security and Immigration ministries, which he alleges were knee-deep in a human-trafficking schema. A surprising number of the new arrivals to Belize, Mr. McAfee says, were Lebanese men. It should be noted here that for our man behind the curtain, it’s a thin line between spymaster and pimp. A phone call with an operative posted to Mr. McAfee’s site begins with, “How is my favorite tart today?” and ends at, “Why don’t you come home, because I miss your ass anyway.” (The recording is appended to the bottom of this post.) Frankly, after listening to that, we got a little distracted from the allegation that started all this. “Belize is clearly the central player in a larger network whose goal is to infiltrate the U.S. with individuals having links to terrorist organizations,” claims Mr. McAfee. The scheme involves the Zeta drug cartel, which, ominously, may be helping Hezbollah transport “something similar, in weight and size,” to the drug packages the cartel slips into the U.S. Luckily for us, Mr. McAfee managed to infiltrate a Hezbollah camp. Lucky, because he’s promised to write about it at a later date.

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