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Edward Barahona charged with Murder
San Pedro police have officially charged a man of an Escalante Area of San Pedro Town for the weekend murder of 25 year old Byron Espat-Estrada. The accused killer is 33 year old Edward Barahona, and he is no stranger to Police. Espat, a boat captain of the San Pedrito Area, San Pedro Town, was stabbed multiple times inside Daddy Rock Nightclub situated off Barrier Reef Drive near the Central Park.
According to Police, based on information they received, searched the home of Barahona, where they found a shirt with what appeared to be blood. The shirt was taken for forensic testing, and if the blood matches that of Estrada, police will be using it as part of the evidence during the trial. Barahona was detained for questioning as part of the investigation. Police also gathered statements from several witnesses who were inside the club at the night of the incident. Barahona was then taken to Belize City for a group parade where he was placed in an area with other persons and was positively identified by the witnesses, confirmed San Pedro Police.
Bistro Mestizo hosts and wins 2013’s first Saga cook-off
The Saga Humane Society in San Pedro held its first cook-off of the new year, and hosting the ever-popular event was Bistro Mestizo. The event is organized monthly to help raise money which directly assists Saga in offsetting operational expenses for the island’s only humane society. Wednesday, January 23rd saw 13 competitors, showcasing their signature appetizers served for hungry and enthusiastic attendees.
Appetizers ranged from mini pizzas to brochette to fish ceviche, all tempting and delicious. For the minimal contribution of $10, those in attendance got to sample all the food and cast a vote for the favorite entry. It did not take much for attendees to cast their votes, and by the end of the night, host restaurant Bistro Mestizo won with their fish ceviche appetizer. Danny Cann placed second with his Tuscan brochette with bacon and third place was captured by Elizabeth Bertfche for her ham and cheese poppers. The proprietors of Bistro Mestizo decided to donate their prize, an MP3 player, to a cancer victim to use while travelling and recovering from treatment.
United Airlines Magazine Features Belize
Belize has received the prestigious honor of being featured in the February 2013 issue of the United Airlines in-flight magazine, Hemispheres. Belize was chosen for the “Three Perfect Days” article, and is also featured on the cover of the magazine.
To capture the full authentic Belizean experience, the twelve page spread features a myriad of adventures and gives readers a peek at just what sets Belize apart; the people, culture, food, and landscapes are just a snapshot of what makes Belize the ideal tourist destination. Joe Keohane and Al Argueta take readers on a journey into the heart of Central America, Belize.
El Secreto Offers Pillow Menu in Belize
We know that you have all heard about restaurant menus for food, drinks and desserts, but have you ever come across a pillow menu? There is one resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize that is offering a pillow menu to its guests as part of its great service and excellent accommodations. El Secreto resort might be the only resort offering this service in the country.
Although it might seem a bit excessive to order specific pillows, the luxury to indulge in the perfect pillow and have an even better night’s sleep is ideal. It is definitely something that you can get used to.
A pillow menu is a list of available pillows provided by a hotel to guests, usually free of charge. El Secreto is the only resort we have heard that does this in Belize. The resort allows guests to make an alternative pillow choice. Some common pillow alternatives are memory foam, feather core, and hypoallergenic.
Teachers Peaceful Demonstration in Belize’s Capital City
Schools in San Pedro closed down yesterday, Tuesday, January 29, 2013, as island teachers joined fellow members of the Belize National Teachers Union in Belmopan in a national demonstration. Thousands of teachers gathered in Belmopan in the national demonstration, this is the first mass mobilization by teachers on the issue of salary adjustments and there is a potential for strike action if they are unable to reach agreement with government.
At around 9:30 a.m. the parade moved off from the Belmopan Comprehensive School, heading for Independence Hill, in the capital city of Belmopan, Cayo. It was massive, as thousands of teachers sang and marched down the road in solidarity and unity of purpose; even the U.D.P. Mayor of Belmopan and retired educator Simeon Lopez came out with his flag to add his support to the movement.
Major Donations for Isla Bonita All-Star Marching Band
Since November of last year a committee of enthusiastic parents and residents has been raising funds for the Isla Bonita All Star Marching Band. This band is getting ready to attend the Governor General’s Annual Marching Band Fest on March 23 under the fine guidance of Band Master Mr. John Thompson. The band is comprised of young boys and girls from Isla Bonita Elementary, San Pedro R.C. School, Holy Cross Anglican School, St. Peters and San Pedro High School.
The Committee along with members of the marching band have so far held several raffles, a radiothon, two dollar drives with music, two parade-athons with music, sales at Island Invasion, sales at the San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade, and collection of fees from all members.
Recently several generous and major donations have brought the Isla Bonita All Star marching band closer to its goal of attending the Band Fest scheduled for March 23, 2013 in the city of Belmopan.
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Short video on nassau grouper protection in Belize
VIDEO: Good advice (crime in Belize) PART 2
Apart from all the humor, this really happened. I know you guys enjoyed the the punch lines and what's not, but apart from that, this is a rough story of what actually occurred to me. Like, I said in the video, my goal is not to bash down police in general, but to shed light on the injustice that happens every single day; some police abuse their authority. I've heard, read, and know of situations like this; I never thought it would one day be me experiencing it. And if could happen to me, it can happen to you. I know I said in the video that I will take court action, however I've decided to forgive him and let God be my vindicator. ;)
Belize Grows in Popularity as Spring Break Destination
Belize is becoming increasingly popular as a new Spring break destination with more and more students wishing to mix exotic adventure with the annual ritual of sun, fun and partying, according to The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s Bryony Fleming.
Ms Fleming, the Belizean eco-resort’s food and beverage manager, said that she has noticed a trend towards more adventure and activity-focussed Spring break vacations.
“There has been a definite increase in enquiries about Spring Break options here in Belize and I’m sure word of mouth and social media are driving much of the interest we’re seeing in recent years,” Ms Fleming said.
In the past, the most popular Spring break destinations were the beaches of Florida, especially Daytona Beach, and Fort Lauderdale, as well as South Padre Island in Texas. However, since the 1990s Mexico has become increasingly popular, with Cancun hosting huge and often raucous groups of revellers.
More recently, Ms Fleming said, more and more people are discovering neighbouring Belize, with its pristine rainforests, uncrowded Caribbean coastline, hundreds of tiny islands and the Belize Great Barrier Reef, the world’s second largest.
“I think we’re seeing a growing trend where younger people are looking to combine a bit of adventure and healthy activities with their partying. They’re realising that drinking and dancing are all well and good, but let’s face it, you can do that anywhere. With a Belizean Spring break, you get to let off steam and still go home having had a real adventure, something exotic and unique that will stay with you forever,” she said.
Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Adventure Company & Jungle Lodge Launches Facebook Contest
Belize Internet Marketing & Website Design announces the “Picture your Adventure in Belize” Facebook Contest for Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch, an adventure company and jungle lodge located at Mile 41.5 on the Hummingbird Highway in Belize, to serve as a way of interacting with past and potential guests in a fun and rewarding way.
For the first time ever, Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch is holding the “Picture your Adventure in Belize” monthly Facebook contest which begins in February 2013 and ends on January 31, 2014 to give past and potential guests a chance to experience Belize in a fun and adventurous way that can also prove to be educational.
To enter the contest, the contestant must click on the “Win” tab on our Facebook page and submit a picture of themselves at Caves Branch Jungle Lodge or of them doing something adventurous.
They can ask their friends and families to “Vote” for their picture. The most popular picture for each month’s submissions wins the prize.
Every month a winner will be selected. The winner will receive a 3 night’s stay at Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Jungle Lodge for two in one of the jungle suites. If upon arrival, a Belize tree house is available – the winner’s accommodations will be upgraded. The winner will receive 2 single day adventures, all meals and drinks and accommodations for the 3 nights.
The contest will recognize a total of twelve winners during 2013. Winners will be featured in Blog posts and on the Facebook Page.
Mexico presents in Belize the art exhibition “Jazz and more”
The Embassy of Mexico invites the general public to the opening of the art exhibition “Jazz and more” by the Mexican artist Enrique Hernandez on January 31st, 2013 at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City.
This exhibition, which includes 23 works of art, facilitates communication and mutual understanding between Belizean and Mexican artists, especially those who live and work in the South of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.
Enrique Hernandez is a Mexican artist who showed interest in drawing and painting since his early childhood. At the age of 16 he enrolled at the Mexican Art School of Advertising and Artistic Drawing. Hernandez worked as a designer and illustrator in various advertising agencies and participated in several collective painting exhibitions.
In 1985 he moved to the city of Chetumal, Mexico and worked as a set designer, radio and TV host, producer, and director for the Quintana Roo Broadcasting Institute. He is also an entrepreneur in the field of music recording.
The artwork of Jerry Nisbet
Pencil Artwork of San Pedro Town back in 1993. How nostalgic. Artwork by Jerry Nisbet. My Dad preferred pencil art over all others. this is a familiar sight for most Belizeans. It is a picture of the "main" street San Pedro 1995 he reproduced in pencil.
Belize Senior Women’s Volleyball Team won Bronze at the World Champ Qualification Tournament
Group G, in Panama City.
St. Martin's CU and Heritage Bank Team Up
Saint Martin's Credit Union, Cayo's best choice for banking, has teamed up with all the other CU's and Heritage Bank so their debit card can be used at all the locations throughout Belize. They are calling it Network One. You can find all the locations here: http://smcubelize.com/atm-pos_service
"Yes, it Works! Now all Major Credit Unions and Heritage Bank card holders are on One Network."
Rotaract Visits Octavia Waight
The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio visited the Octavia Waight Centre Sunday, where they distributed dental supplies to the older generation. Thanks, Rotaract! If you're interested in joining, they meet Wednesday nights at Hode's.
Cayo Highlighted in Hemispheres Magazine
Cayo gets an amazing write up in the latest edition of Hemispheres Magazine. Caracol, Rio Frio Cave, and MPR get a great write up. Blancaneaux Lodge is where the author stayed. The Flavors of Belize cookbook got a great mention in the article too.
"The crown jewel of the Cayo region is Caracol, a sprawling ruin that once
was one of the most powerful cities in the Mayan world. At its peak there were maybe 150,000 people living here, roughly half the present population of Belize, and the whole city was clad in plaster. It was mysteriously abandoned 1,200 years ago and rediscovered by a logger in 1937. As you explore, a hummingbird mistakes your orange backpack for a giant flower; a howler monkey erupts in a nearby copse, scaring you out of your wits. Skirting a coal-black fire ant hill with great care, you encounter what’s left of a middle-class Mayan residence. Under it is a tomb in which archeologists made an extraordinary discovery: skeletons with flatened foreheads and jade inlaid in their teeth."
FFB Will Keep Coach, Resignation Was All A Mix-Up!
On Monday, 7News told you about the troubling news circulating about Leroy Sherrier's abrupt departure as the coach of the Belize National Team.
It came as a surprise to the football community because after all, he just led the National Team to its first qualification for the Gold Cup, the best performance in Belize's history.
And the team was very vocal about their support for the coach, believing that a change would cause instability.
The executives from the Football Federation of Belize were also aware of that issue, and while trying to mend fences with the coach, they found that electronic mischief had caused a major miscommunication.
A bogus letter was sent to the FFB, which falsely claimed that Coach Sherrier owed 50,000 US dollars to the courts in the US. And then Sherrier had also agreed to have his performance reviewed. So, when he saw that FFB President Vicente arrived back in Costa Rica, and found that this letter had been sent to them, he thought the Vicente came to fire him.
Drunk Canadian Man Dies After Head Injury While In Police Custody
A Canadian man died yesterday after receiving a head injury while in the custody of Cayo police over the weekend.
But the Police say 35 year old Jeffrey Donald Furgula caused his own eventually fatal head injury when he slipped and fell due to drunken-ness.
Officer in charge of San Ignacio, Superintendent Ralph Moody told us that they picked up Fergula on Saturday night in the Savannah Area and he was very drunk.
He told us via phone they took him into custody so that he would not be harmed or taken advantage of - but on Sunday, police say he brought harm to himself:
Supt. Ralph Moody (Via Phone) - OC, San Ignacio Police
"He was picked out and escorted to the San Ignacio Police Station. This male person appeared to be under alcohol. He was processed, that is to say that his items were taken away. We questioned him as to his name and nationality, but could not respond to those due to the condition of his drunken state. He was locked up in a cell on that same date, and on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at about 7 a.m., police officers saw the body of the male person who was picked up in the Savannah area, lying down in the cellblock in a motionless manner. We received information that he fell inside of the cellblock and caused injuries to his forehead. He died this morning."
Confession From Nicoli Rhys Thrown Out
Yesterday, 7News told you about Nicoli Rhys, the man who is standing trial in the Supreme Court for the brazen execution of Andre Trapp in June of 2010 in front of the Magistrate's Court. Well, there are major developments to report on tonight, because the case against him is on very unsteady ground.
First, a total of 7 witnesses from the Prosecution's case have completed their testimony, out of a possible 11. That seventh witness was one of the responding officers who claimed to have heard Rhys when he allegedly gave an oral confession to being the gunman, when police arrested him near the scene.
And the admissibility of that important piece of evidence was tested today before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, where Rhys took the stand and gave his version of how the events unfolded.
Nowhere in his testimony did he ever admit or accept that he gave police any oral confession. In addition to that, Chief Justice Benjamin ruled that the oral confession inadmissible because the officer did not properly place Rhys under arrest, nor was he cautioned about his rights.
Into The Chiquibul Wild
Over the years we've taken you into Chiquibul more than a few times. And that's because the vast forest - more than four times the size of Barbados - is the pristine protected area where Guatemalan poachers go to gather Xate, hunt wildlife, extract timber, and now, pan for gold. We've visited many parts of this rugged hinterland, but we've never gone to the extremely remote Ceibo Chico - which is the current flashpoint area for Guatemalan gold panners.
And so, on Friday, special correspondent Janelle Chanona and Cameraman Codie Norales left out before dawn to head into the wilds of Chiquibul. Tonight, they'll take us to areas where no camera has been before in part one of a two part series on the Ceibo Chico and the grueling journey to get there. Janelle Chanona reports:
In any other part of Belize, a tractor is a standard piece of farm equipment. But in the Chiquibul Forest, it's a life line. The machine has turned a gruelling two day hike into an arduous six hour journey.
Lady Cop Accused Of Extorting Money And Margarita's
36 year-old Woman Police Officer Jenny Tanner, a resident of Caye Caulker, is out on bail tonight after a Canadian National accused her of extortion.
According to police, Christopher John Graham, a dive master reported that on December 11, 2012, he was driving an overcrowded golf cart on Caye Caulker when he was stopped by Tanner, and asked to produce his driver's license.
He said that when he told her that he had none, Tanner told him if he paid her $100 and bought her two Margarita's, she would not charge him for any wrong doings. Graham said that he agreed and gave her $100, and he then took her to a nearby restaurant and bought her the 2 drinks.
After doing so, he went and reported the matter to police, and requested court action against the officer. Police investigated the report, and they charged tanner with extortion. She was arraigned today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith.
She pleaded not guilty, and was granted bail of $2,000, which she was able to meet. She must return to court on February 28.
Pedestrians Forced To Use Long-Abandoned Overpass
In the one year since the Darrel Bradley led council was elected - Belize city has gone through lots of traffic changes.
It's been a tough 11 months, but also gratifying as potholed streets have been transformed into first class concrete roadways.
But more than just transforming the streets, the council has been trying to regularize the flow of traffic - and that meant eliminating the pedestrian crosswalks at one of the city's most persistent bottlenecks - the Belcan roundabout - or Flag Monument, as it is also known.
It's a major change for pedestrians - and Monica Bodden found out the logic behind the move:
Monica Bodden Reporting
For the first time since it was built 16 years ago people are using the pedestrian overpass.
But that's only because they are being forced to - after the city council removed the pedestrian crosswalks when they cement-paved the first 100 yards of the northern highway.
The First Building Block Of A Belizean Baseline For DNA
There's an interesting project starting tomorrow and it's led by the National Forensic Service. They are collecting DNA samples for a project called the Belize Population Genetic Study.
The project is being led by the University of North Texas and it hopes to establish a baseline for DNA markers in Belize
Diana Bol of Forensic Services explained that this is the first step towards setting up a system for DNA testing:
Diana Bol - National Forensic Science Services
"Majority of the countries here in the region, they already have this study done. What it does is that it tells your background, to tell how rare a person's profile might be so that you can connect them in the future. However, this particular study will not be recording the information such as names, address, or anything like that to link any person. It is purely to get an entire profile of the country of Belize based on anonymity."
Belize's First Business and Investment Magazine
Over the years, you've probably heard about the Destination Belize Magazine - that's the standard bearer for all things having to do with Belize tourism. Well, now BELTRAIDE has the same sort of publication to promote trade in Belize.
It's Belize's First Business and Investment Magazine called "INVEST BELIZE". The inaugural edition was launched today and we found out more about it:
Michael Singh - CEO, Ministry of Trade
"It's a milestone. It's something that we've been working on for probably about 8 months, and the whole concept of coming out with a publication that highlights Belize's investment opportunities, success, and giving information is something that investors can look at, perhaps when Belizean business people are traveling, government officials, they can hand out to show what Belize is all about."
Damian Solano - IDEALABS, Publisher: "Invest Belize"
"The magazine focuses on Belize business. I think for a long time, Belize has been promoted internationally but mainly as a tourist destination. There hasn't really been any real push in getting information out there about Belize as a business or investment destination. And that is what this magazine aims to cover. So, what you find in the magazine, in this inaugural edition, are some success stories, of some successful business ventures that are currently in Belize.
Mexican Artist With A Jones For Jazz
The Institute of Mexico is opening its first Art Exhibition for the New Year tomorrow night. It is entitled "Jazz and more" by the Mexican artist Enrique Hernandez. Hernandez lives in Chetumal and today we found out why he's got a jones for jazz.
Marcelino Miranda - Press Officer, Mexican Embassy
"The Mexican Embassy is inviting the public to attend the first exhibition that the embassy is presenting for this year. It's going to be on Thursday at the Institute of Mexico, and the title of the exhibition is "Jazz and More". This is by the Mexican artist, Mauricio Hernandez, who not only an artist, he is always a designer. He's presenting not only is talent, but also the different techniques that masters very well. And I think that for the general public, and especially for those who love music, this will be a wonderful opportunity to look at this splendid exhibition that includes different works of musicians, music instruments, and especially jazz. They will also see, like I said, the different techniques like oil on canvass, acrylic, and also water colors. The exhibition includes 20 different pieces, and this exhibition was previously presented in Chetumal at the Museum of Mayan Culture. And now, the Belizean public will have an opportunity to have a look at this exhibition at the Institute of Mexico in Belize. It will remain open for 2 weeks here, and then, it going to be taken to the George Price Center in Belmopan for another 2 weeks. The entrance is free, and I think that this a very good opportunity for families to bring their children, young people as well, for those who've haven't had an opportunity to enjoy an exhibit. This is going to be good. This is a good opportunity to see what artists are doing on the other side of the border."
National Team soccer coach back with team
Costa Rican Coach Leroy Sherrier Lewis is back in the game after less than four days off the playing field and after leading the national football team to a historic win against Nicaragua in the Copa Centro American Games. That’s the latest word that the Football Federation of Belize’s President Ruperto Vicente, handed down via [...]
Team recounts highlights of Copa Centro Americana Games
Now that the coach is back, the other big hurdle the federation is facing is one of financing. The F.F.B. has confirmed that preparation for and attendance at the Copa Centro Americana Games carried a price tag of a quarter of a million dollars and getting ready for the Gold Cup in July, will cost [...]
Minister tells N.T.U.C.B., ‘at this time finds not available’
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize and the representatives of the Belize National Teachers Union, the Public Service Union and the Association of the Public Service Senior Managers will meet with the government on Friday in Belmopan. They will sit down with Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the government’s ministerial committee which includes, Patrick [...]
Numerous voices at protest on the hill
Tuesday’s demonstration staged by the B.N.T.U., the P.S.U. and the A.P.S.S.M. was a show of force. Thousands of teachers converged on the usually quiet capital city to send a message to the powers that be—they want a salary adjustment and respect. And if the government did not quite get the message from the masses that [...]
Sudden Death: Canadian mortally injured in cell
An internal investigation has been launched by the police on the death of a Canadian national after spending a night in a holding cell in the San Ignacio Police Station. Reports are that when Jeffrey Furgala was picked up by police and taken to the station on Saturday night, he was intoxicated. He was placed [...]
Minister pulls brakes on City hall
The current Belize City Council is no doubt one of the most active councils when it comes to infrastructural development. The twenty million dollar bond it floated last year has made it possible for many street upgrades across the city. The council plans to pay the bond with the funds that it should collect from [...]
Rosewood cache found
There was a scare earlier today that another container or possibly two of rosewood had been detected up north. The report is that the containers were discovered in Carmelita, Orange Walk. When we checked, we were told that a team from the Ministry of Forestry will be deployed to Carmelita on Thursday to confirm the [...]
How do Mayas feel about ICJ Referendum?
The Referendum on whether to forward the Belize/Guatemala dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has made it necessary to examine judgments by the court involving territorial dispute. In November 2012, the ICJ ruled on a dispute involving Colombia and Nicaragua that shows the ICJ ruled to compromise, which did not settle well with [...]
Busted! Illegal immigrants caught
Two Honduran nationals are spending quality time at the Kolbe Correctional Facility after they were caught last Friday in Belize City as they were passing through on their way to the USA. The men, twenty-eight year old Manuel de Jesus Zuniga Ramirez and twenty-four year old Eliseo Romero Garcia, were apprehended by Immigration officials [...]
After police released him, he robbed a soldier
A Belize City man has been returned to the Kolbe Correctional Facility for an extended stay of seven years. Twenty-nine year old Clarence Grant, a resident of Ontario Village in the Cayo District, appeared today before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith, where he was found guilty of robbery and handed his sentence. Grant was [...]
Cop extorts tourist on golf cart
A Tourism Police Officer stationed in Caye Caulker is out on bail tonight after she was charged with a single count of extortion for an incident which occurred in December, 2012. Jennie Tanner has been on interdiction since December, after Canadian Dive Master Christopher John Graham alleged that he was shaken down for a [...]
Invest Belize: new magazine for foreign investment
A glossy new publication was officially launched today. It is being published by Idea Labs and commissioned by Beltraide. Invest Belize, as it is called, is geared exclusively to attract foreign investments that has dipped significantly in the past years. At the presentation today, Minister Godwin Hulse said the first issue won’t disappoint. News Five’s [...]
Canadian Author gives lesson on bullying at Belize Elementary
The students from the Belize Elementary School this morning welcomed special guests all the way from Canada. Award winning author, Victor Lethbridge, made a special presentation to the eager students portraying signs of social issues affecting youths through story-telling. Duane Moody reports. Duane Moody, Reporting It was a day filled with fun activities for [...]
Exhibit launched at Mexican Embassy
From story-telling to the art…on Thursday, the Mexican Embassy is opening an art exhibition entitled, “Jazz and More.” The pieces displayed in canvass, acrylic and water color paintings focus on music by the Mexican artist, Enrique Hernandez. Hernandez, who has been painting for twenty-five years, is also a media personality in Chetumal. Domingo Rodriguez, [...]
Prime Minister Will Meet With Unions
On Tuesday the leaders of the Belize National Teachers Union, the Association of Public Service Senior Managers, and the Public Service Union, marched with their memberships atop Independence Hill in Belmopan. Their plight is an unresolved matter over salary adjustments that ...
Woman Police Constable Charged For Extortion
Thirty-six year Jenny Tanner, a police officer attached to Caye Caulker Police Station, was charged with extortion when she appeared in court today. Tanner pleaded not guilty to the charge. Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith offered her a bail of $2,000.00 She stipulated that $500.00 of...
Seven Years In Prison For Robbing Soldier
Twenty-nine year old Clarence Grant, a fisherman of Ontario Village charged with the robbery of $300.00 from BDF Lieutenant Zane Duhaney, was sentenced to seven years today after he was found guilty of the charge. Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith, who imposed the sentence, stipu...
Evangelical Churches Invite Public To Public Worshipping
The Belize Association of Evangelical Churches has issued a statement on the crime situation in Belize. The statement came after the Association’s quarterly meeting on Monday and started by denouncing what the churches called, quote, “the hideous quadruple murders tha...
Belize Makes It In United Airlines Magazine, Hemispheres
The little third world country that once couldn’t find itself on the map of the world, Belize, is now the place that everyone’s talking about. The latest milestone for the jewel is being featured in the February 2013 issue of the United Airlines in-flight magazine, &l...
BDF Prepares For Big Events At The Weekend
And while the BDF is investigating an alleged rape case involving two of its members, it is also preparing for two big upcoming events. This weekend, the Force will hold its annual BDF Day and that follows the change of command on Friday. Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Ortega w...
Investigations of Rape and Sexual Harassment Ongoing Within The Belize Defense Force
In late December Love News broke the news of a number of reports of alleged sexually-related offences made by female soldiers within the Belize Defense Force against male soldiers dating back over the past couple years. One of the alleged incidents happened only two months ag...
A Hero's Welcome For Belize's National Team
Yesterday evening Belize welcomed back the stars of the most successful National A-Selection Team ever put together. They have been dubbed the Jaguars and it has its reason as the team made Belizeans proud at the UNCAF Copa Centroamericana by winning against a world class football team and qualifying for the Copa Oro to be played later this year. The tournament was held in San Jose Costa Rica and Belizeans all around the world ensured the watched Belize’s performance. Even though Belize placed fourth, the entire country couldn’t be prouder and that was displayed in Belize City yesterday. The team members were greeted by loud applauses and cheer and we were there to capture all the excitement. Reporter Elmer Cornejo and Cameraman Jesus Melgar filed the following report.
A huge sign welcoming the National Football Team could not begin to describe how proud the country is of the performance of the jaguars at the UNCAF CentroAmericana Tournament in Costa Rica. Supporters and fans where already waiting at the Brodies parking lot in Belize City for the team that gained recognition and respect for Belize in the football world to arrive. But by 4:15 the bus carrying the stars arrived and one by one the players exited the bus. They were immediately welcomed with by a roaring applause and cheers as each one took their place at the head table in front of Belize’s media.
Minister Faber says government subsidy for UB will not be reinstated
The salary adjustment being requested by teachers is not the only hot button issue on the plate for Minister Faber. The students of the University of Belize are also not happy that a government subsidy which had been in place for years was cancelled this year. The student government held a demonstration on Monday to express their view that the subsidy should be reinstated. Today Minister Faber told Love News that he heard their call loud and clear … but reinstating the subsidy is not going to happen.
And while Faber is confident that a negotiated settlement of the salary adjustment for teachers and public officers will be reached, the same cannot be said about subsidy for the University of Belize. Minister Faber says on that issue, there is not much to talk about.
Minister Faber told Love News that he has indicated to the UB students that he is prepared to meet with them but they have not yet responded on when they will be taking up that offer to sit down and dialogue.
Minister of Education comments on teachers demonstration
And while teachers demonstrated in Belmopan today, Cabinet was meeting just a stone’s throw away from where thousands had gathered on the plaza in front of the National Assembly building. One of the Ministers in that meeting was Education Minister Patrick Faber, who told Love News this afternoon that he supports the teachers’ right to demonstrate.
Faber says he is confident that an amicable solution will be worked out.
The negotiation process will continue on Friday when both sides are scheduled to meet.
Teachers hold massive demonstration in Belmopan
Thousands of teachers from all over the country today converged on the nation’s capital for a massive demonstration. Initial estimates are that over two thousand teachers traveled by bus and private vehicle for today’s event in Belmopan. The teachers demonstrated to send a strong message to government that they are serious about wanting a salary adjustment. Love TV’s Marion Ali and video journalist Brian Castillo had front row vantage point and file this report.
Apart from the teachers, today’s demonstration has the support and active participation of public officers, the student government of the University of Belize and civil society groups. One such group is the Teens Belize Organization which this morning issued a statement saying, and we quote: “the Teens Belize Organization hereby ushers its full support to all the good Teachers & Public Servants of Belize. Our Teachers & Public Servants deserve better treatment, better wages, and better working environments,” end of quote.
Challenge Gobie Foundation receives donation
Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis Barrow has teamed up with partners to raise funds for the construction of an intensive pediatric ward to lessen the need for young Belizeans to have to travel abroad. Today the initiative got a major boost as Hoover Company made a donation of $50,000.00 to the Challenge Gobie Foundation to be used toward the effort. Anand Poornananda of the Hoover Company explained why the donation was made.
Eva Gabourel of the Challenge Gobie Foundation received the donation and said it will go a long way in achieving their goal.
On hand for the short handover ceremony was Kim Simplis Barrow, the special envoy for women and children. She said she is looking forward to the completion of the project.
To get more information on the work of Challenge Gobie Foundation in its quest to raise the necessary funds for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit you can log on to their Facebook page.
Canadian companies recruiting workers in Belize
Actyl International is a company that is recruiting Belizean workers to enter the workforce in Canada. Dr. Linda West, President of the company spoke with Love News.
West said after workers qualify, air fare and housing will be taken care of by the employer. She said they have received over a hundred applications since Monday. The company had previously held recruitment drive in Belize City.
Actly International has its headquarters on Barbados Street in Belmopan. Dr. West said they will be accepting applications up until Friday.