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Defiant – Part V:
Now that they were together, it was hard to envision how much tug and pull of emotions were spent over the years. They had their share of issues, worked long hard hours and hardly had time for each other sometimes, but they got along. At the end of a long day, they lay together in the silence of the dark night and felt that connection that had frayed, barely hung on, been stretched to the point of almost breaking. It was still there, being nurtured and growing stronger every day.
They knew it would never be like new again, but they would live the rest of their lives making sure they worked on keeping it together, strengthening and working on that which had taken such hard work…
The San Pedro Sun
BWSL addresses water pressure problem in Boca Del Rio
Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL) is extending the main water line to neighborhoods in the Boca Del Rio area. Work on the streets commenced about a week ago and residents have been experiencing inconsistent water availability.
According to Aaron Locke, BWSL district manager, the new pipe lines that are being installed are necessary to improve water service in the area. Residents of the Boca Del Rio area have often complained of low water pressure. The replacement of the pipe line will aid this problem and provide much needed water pressure to residential homes.
Miss SPHS “Night of Stars” Gala
The Miss San Pedro High School (SPHS) pageant committee held the first ever “Night of Stars” Gala on Friday, May 17th at Caprice Bar and Grill. The evening was designed to officially present the seven contestants for the 2013 Miss SPHS Pageant that will take place on Saturday, June 1st. Present at the event was current Miss SPHS Arlethe Lima, Miss San Pedro Naiely Puc and Miss Chiquitita Zillah Flota. Vying for the honor to represent SPHS were contestants Veronica Choc, Isolene Bailey, Amari Duncan, Janelle Tillet, Reyna Chavez, Vivianie Duran and Chelsea Muñoz.
The event was a first for SPHS. Pageant organizer, Renison Crawford, said that the reason for this gala was to give an opportunity to the contestants to introduce themselves to the community. “I wanted to make the pageant more prestigious, and give the girls the confidence to appear in public. This is the first time that we are having such an event and we are looking forward to improving it and make it an annual event.”
BTB announces New Developments In Overnight And Cruise Sectors
There is fantastic news to report in the Tourism travel industry. Hot on the heels of the release of record breaking tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2013, new flights and cruise calls to Belize were announced for the final quarter of the year.
Starting in November, Delta Airlines will be adding another Saturday flight from Atlanta to Belize. Delta currently deploys seven flights a week (one flight per day) to Belize, increasing its total number of flights to eight per week (twice on Saturdays). This is an additional 596 seats per month, and will be a permanent addition to Delta’s schedule to Belize. In addition, American Airlines will be increasing its Dallas to Belize flights from three weekly flights to seven flights per week (one flight daily), providing a total of six hundred additional seats in the month of October. BTB’s Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, Alyssa Carnegie, commented, “This is fantastic news. The Tourism Industry is doing so well that even the airlines have seen a need to increase flights, and these flights are being increased during a time that was generally considered to be a slow time for travelling by air. It shows amazing growth and more opportunities for the industry and Belize.”
Mexican Tourism Delegation “I Discovered Yucatán” Visits Belize
Hotel representatives and travel agents of the Mexican state of Yucatan, visited Belize on Thursday, May 9, 2013, promoting Yucatan as part of the Tourism Delegation called “I discovered Yucatán” organized by The Yucatan Tourism Board.
With this event, prepared for Belizean tour operators, travel agents, media, and tourism stakeholders, the Yucatan Tourism Board in coordination with hotels, travel agents and tour operators from Yucatán, strengthened the promotional strategies of the Yucatan tourism service providers and at the same time promoted Yucatan and the city of Merida as an ideal and affordable destination for Belizean travelers.
The Mexican delegation held a meeting with six travel agents, two regional operators, the Belize Ministry of Tourism, a Belizean airline and representatives from different Belize media houses, as well as the Ambassador of Mexico, Mario Velazquez.
With these actions, the Yucatan Government, through the Yucatan Tourism Board continues its efforts to promote that Mexican state and to consolidate its commercial partnerships to bring more visitors to the state.
San Pedro Cancer Society Anniversary Banquet
The San San Pedro Cancer Society requests the pleasure of your company at our first banquet celebrating three years of serving the community of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Please RSVP by May 29, 2013
Washington University to Conduct Blood Drive in San Pedro
San Pedro Blood Drive
Washington University of Health and Science Medical School
Belize Blood Bank
Dr. Giovanni Solarzano
Time: 8am – 3pm
Date: Saturday May 25, 2013
Place: Washington University of Health & Science Medical School
(Across from SAGA Humane Society and in front of Pedro’s Inn)
Refreshments will be provided
For questions call WUHS office at: 226-2682 or Sarah Thompson at 601-0345
*No appointment necessary
San Pedro Old Houses Still Standing Strong
The reason why very few people are building wood houses nowadays is that the lifespan of wood is cut very short by the devastating woodlice. Carpenters argue that the trees are cut when they are too young and immature and are therefore non-resistant to the lice. Another factor that makes this lumber durable is that it is all mahogany which was abundant and cheap at the time.
Not so Years Ago in San Pedro. It would seem that only when trees had reached their full size that they were cut and processed into lumber. This lumber was cut into siding, flooring, 2 by 4, 2 by 6, 2 by 8, 2by 10 and even 2 by 12 for steps. As you take a walk around San Pedro you can appreciate some of these homes that were built in the 1930’s or 40’s and are seventy five plus years.
Placencia Tops Belize National Tourism Awards 2013
Taking home seven awards out of the eleven that were handed out at the 12th Annual Belize National Tourism Awards 2013 on Saturday, May 18, was the village of Placencia, Stann Creek, Belize, including the top Destination of the Year Award.
The Belize Tourism Board and the Minister of Tourism, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr., stepped out of the ordinary this year and invited over 230 guests, including industry stakeholders and government officials, to semi-formal, all-white, beach party at Bannister Caye located nine miles east south east of Belize City. The caye is only a 2.8 private island that boasts 600 feet of white coral sand beach and surrounded by crystal clear turquoise blue water.
Special invited guests and award nominees were whisked away to Bannister Caye on board party boats where everybody enjoyed cocktails while enjoying DJ music and a fantastic sunset behind Belize City. Upon arrival to the private islands, guests were greeted by the soothing music of the Pantempters Steen Pan.
Hosting the evening’s award ceremony were Indira Craig and William Neal with musical performances by Aurelio Martinez and Tanya Carter; gourmet hors d’ oeuvres and signature cocktails were created by Belizean chef Sean Kuylen.
Repairs Commence on Sir Barry Bowen Bridge, San Pedro
The east pedestrian walk way of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge had been closed for over a year now and after inspection of the bridge that took place in April of 2012, work has finally commenced today Tuesday, May 21, 2013, on the much needed repairs.
Upon inspection of the bridge a year ago, it was deemed that the entire support structure is in good condition and not in the brink of collapsing. Immediate repairs are needed on the pedestrian walkways and main vehicle lanes which have corroded due to the climate conditions on the island.
Contractor and engineer of Medina’s Construction stated that simple and routine maintenance is key in extending the life span of the bridge.
The bridge was closed to traffic this past Sunday, May 19, and is open to pedestrians only, during the entire period of renovations. San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero estimates a time frame of two weeks for the complete overhaul and asks the public for patience and cooperation.
Misc Belizean Sources
AF Surgeon Helps Belizean Boy get 'New Hand'
An Air Force surgeon deployed here performed surgery on a 4-year-old Belizean boy May 2, to improve the usability of the boy's hand.
The boy, Isai Carrillo, underwent surgery May 2 to correct syndactyly, otherwise known as hand fusion, in his right hand. The surgery took three hours and consisted of separating the fused unit into fingers using skin grafts from his abdomen. The hand that was once fused now has three fingers.
This operation will give the boy more of a pincher mechanism, said Lt. Col. Matthew Talarczyk, a plastic surgeon from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
"It could mean having ease opening up a door," Talarczyk said. "(It will help with) very little things that can mean a lot in terms of functioning."
Talarcyzyk and his surgical team at the plastic surgery clinic here performed the operation as part of U.S. Southern Command exercise, New Horizons. New Horizons gives U.S., Canadian and Belizean servicemembers an opportunity to train jointly in an exercise setting to prepare for future challenges.
Preservation of the Garifuna intangible cultural heritage
The Garifuna communities, spread over Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, have kept alive their common language, oral traditions, music and dances. Although still practiced on various occasions, these are changing considerably, as the Garifuna language is less often spoken. On May 18, 2001, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed the Garifuna language, music and dance as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.
The safeguarding project focuses mainly in the preservation of the Garifuna language through language revitalization, lexical expansion programs and the promotion of teaching, learning and practicing. It will also develop an inventory of Garifuna art forms (such as songs, music, dances and related customs, etc.) and promote regional Garifuna festivals with a view to confronting the erosion of the Garifuna culture in the heart of modern day communities.
Photos: SIR BARRY BOWEN BRIDGE REPAIRS
The repairs at Sir Barry Bowen Bridge repairs have begun!
Photos: CEMETERY AT SOUTH AMBERGRIS CAYE
Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Councilor Severo Guerrero over look the compound of the new cemetery located in the southern region of Ambergris Caye.
VIDEO: Belize on the Balancing Act
Belize is featured on the Balancing Act again as the BTB's Laura Esquivel-Frampton answers the hyperactive host's questions. Dr. Jaime Awe is on there too, and they show Caracol and other Cayo sites.
Belize Documentary Field Film Course
The NMSU students had a great time in Cayo. They've uploaded some great shots. Can't wait for the documentaries to come out.
"NMSU film student are the first international students to take course, design by Emmy award winning natural history film makers Carol and Richard Foster, in Collaboration with local artist film maker Daniel Velazquez and award winning film maker Illana Lapid, film professor at New Mexico State University"
Mother's Month Celebrations
The SISE Town Council had their big Mother's Month celebration at the Cayo Welcome Center Sunday. Mothers got food and great entertainment. There was even a dancing contest.
IA's Great Antiquity Campaign
If anything good comes out of the discussion of the destruction of Noh Mul by the greedy, it'll be that the Institue of Archaeology's Anti-Looting campaign gets more attention. They've been going around the country, and were at the Benque HoC's International Museum Day celebrations last week, educating the youth on antiquities There's a lot of key information in their latest article.
"Along with looting comes the destruction of ancient monuments. A monument is any old building, erections or other non-portable objects left behind by ancient civilizations such as the Maya or other historic people such as the colonizers of Belize. Legally, any building over one hundred years is considered a monument. Both monuments and antiquities are legally protected by law under the National Institute of Culture and History Act, Chapter 331 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000."
National Song Competition 2013
The National Celebrations Commission, in conjunction with Atlantic Bank, is getting ready for the September Celebrations and is having a call to artists for this year's National Song Competition. There are 2 categories you can enter: The Belize Song and the Carnival Song. They should promote culture and the Belizean way of life. You can enter as a solo, duet, or group. Good luck to all!
Toaster Oven Bread Pudding
This dish was requested by my viewer Shelley Olsen. No matter what your disability is, I want you to be able to create these awesome menus. This bread pudding is the 1/2 recipe to the Belizean Bread Pudding. It is decadent and rich and gelatinous.
Belize Travel and Trade Show 2013
Belize comes to southern Florida Saturday June 29, 2013. 10am - 6pm. Fort Lauderdale Convention Center
The Ministry of Industry and Commercial launches first Business Development Center in Honduras May 17, 2013 – CENPROMYPE Area: Economic
On May 16, the Presidential Appointee, holders of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (SIC) and the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation (SEPLAN) of Honduras, authorities of the Regional Centre for the Promotion of MSMEs (CENPROMYPE ), the HED of USAID and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) launched the first Enterprise Development Centre for MSMEs (CDEMIPYME) in Choluteca, which will serve the Gulf of Fonseca.
During the event, Ms. Ingrid Figueroa, Executive Director of CENPROMYPE appreciated the efforts and commitment of the Honduran Government to join this regional initiative that aims to bring a model of care that is based MSME sector in public- private-academia. He said that at present, the region has 16 SICA and Care Centres MSME under the SBDC model and expected, later this year, have at least 25 operating centers.
Bi-national Border Bridge Opens
The much anticipated Bi-national Border Bridge between Mexico and Belize opens unceremoniously late last week. The Mexican Government had dispatched personnel from the Mexican Army to Belize to assist the Belizean government in the construction of a stretch of approximately 500 meters of highway that is located on the Belizean side of the northern border in the Santa Elena area of the Corozal District connecting the new bridge.
Belize and Mexico signed an agreement for the construction of the bridge back in June of 2005 when the then-President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, visited Belize. The Mexican government agreed to finance the construction of the bridge, 500 meters of road from the bridge into the Belizean territory, and the access road from the bridge to the Subteniente Lopez community in Santa Elena located in the state of Quintana Roo. Those projects were completed since 2008.
VIDEO: Chocolate making in Toledo
Our team took yet another trip to the Toledo District to learn about chocolate and this time, they visited Cotton Tree Chocolates. Take a look at our Chocolate feature to see what they learnt.
P.S. Pay keeeeen attention!
KHMH: A Dozen Dead Babies, Families Wrestle with Grief, Rage
A dozen dead babies in less than 3 weeks – that’s what the KHMH, Belize’s National Referral Hospital, is contending with tonight, and the public uproar is enormous – as it should be, because the loss of life is, honestly, unimaginable.
As we reported last night, the culprit is believed to have been a bacterial infection, that descended on the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit like a plague. The babies in that unit are typically the sickest, most vulnerable patients in the hospital, most of them are premature – and all of them were seriously ill, meaning they can hardly breathe on their own, much less fight an infection.
And that’s what created the conditions for a devastating and rapid loss of a dozen newborns. And while the KHMH investigates what went wrong, the families are getting ready for funerals or trying to recover from them. We spoke to two grieving parents today.
Jules Vasquez reporting
Harrison Sutherland - Father of 8 day old baby died at KHMH
"I'm just sad for my baby, really sad because so much babies have died just like that, it's sad."
Harrison Sutherland and Kelcey Young are an 18 year old couple. Their baby Imari was born premature at 7 months on Mother’s day but died 8 days later.
Another City Carjacking
Another well-known Belize City woman was carjacked last night. Less than an hour after Ann-Marie Williams’s car-jacking made the news – Jackie Roe, the manager of Hofius was car-jacked.
It happened at around 7:15, as Roe was leaving the parking lot of the Great House on Cork Street. Reports are that she was with family and about to get out of her 2012 Toyota Hilux when two men dressed in dark clothing strode up. One of them put a knife to her side and demanded her keys and phone. She handed them over, and they both jumped into her vehicle and sped off.
The crime is notable for its brazen-ness, but also for the area where it happened; it’s in the shadow of the Radisson complex and there are a number of security guards around at all times between the Radisson and the Great House.
Today, Roe declined comment and the vehicle has not turned up.
Man Escapes Remand By Producing Gun License
38 year-old Chinese Businessman Chao Gui Cao, a resident of Hattieville, dodged jail time today after police took him to court on firearm offences for his licensed weapon.
According to police, they stopped him at the checkpoint at mile 4 on the Western Highway on Saturday evening. When they searched on his vehicle, they officers discovered his 9 millimeter pistol.
The officers believed that the weapon was unlicensed, and they refused to accept his explanation that he did have a license. As a result, they charged him with keeping an unlicensed firearm, and keeping unlicensed ammunition.
He was arraigned today before Magistrate Cayetano, and his attorney, Anthony Sylvester, was able to provide an authentic document from Belmopan Police which proved that he was not breaking any law.
Cain Caught With Gun
But one man who police believe does deserve to be jailed for firearm offences is 25 year-old Daniel Cane, a resident of Sandhill Village.
Police say that on Sunday at around 10 p.m., Cain was riding his bicycle on Iguana Street, and when he allegedly saw their mobile patrol vehicle approaching, he threw an object on the ground and tried to ride away. The officers detained him, and took him to the area, where they discovered that it was a 9 mm pistol, which was loaded with 11 live rounds of ammunition. He was charged with keeping and unlicensed firearm and keeping unlicensed ammunition, and he was arraigned yesterday before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges, but because it’s a gun offence, he was automatically remanded to prison until July 11, 2013.
Attorney General Vs. President Of The Bar In Supreme Court
Today in the chambers of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, it was decided that a lawsuit filed by Wilfred Elrington, the Attorney General and Minster of Foreign Affairs, will have its day in court against Eamon Courtenay, the President of the Bar Association.
The lawsuit originates from a previous case in which Elrington was sued by 2 Americans who had majority shareholdings in a company along with him. In that case, the Americans sued Elrington for a breach his duties to the company because he also acted as its lawyer.
They were represented by attorneys Eamon Courtenay and Priscilla Banner, and after the case was decided before Justice Legall, Elrington felt that he was entitled to costs because he was forced to defend against the lawsuit, even though he was reluctant to do so.
His premise was that Courtenay and Banner did not have to authority to represent the company to sue him because he also was a director. According to him, there were certain procedures which needed to be followed for a unanimous board decision such as that could be reached.
Rios Montt Genocide Conviction Thrown Out
Last week we told you how former Guatemalan President Efrain Rios Montt had been sentenced to 80 years in jail by a Human Rights Court for genocide of his own people. Well, now, Guatemala’s highest court, the Constitutional Court has thrown out the conviction and ordered that Rios Montt’s trial should restart from the point where it stood on 19th April. That’s when Rios Montt’s lawyer was kicked out of the courtroom – leaving Rios Montt temporarily without a legal defence. So, now, all the testimonies and witness statements heard from that point onwards will have to be delivered again along with the closing statements from both sides.
We should note that in Guatemala it is not unusual for such matters to be endlessly tied up in court.
Summer School Classes Suddenly Cancelled At SJCJC, Students Left In Limbo
This morning the students of St Johns College Junior College were told to go home after their summer classes were abruptly cancelled. It caused quite an uproar between students and administration. That is because if there are no summer classes, these students will have to make up those courses during the normal school year, which means additional time at school and for some, even a setback for their graduation date. In a press release sent out by the Junior College today it stated that the shortfall in class numbers but more significantly the shortfall in the student payments and school collections are prescribed polices on cancellation of classes.
But for the students who have paid for their summer classes or have started a payment plan with the institution, this morning’s sudden news came as a shock and also a disappointment. We spoke to one of them:
Increased Airlift To Belize
Last night, we told you about the 12th Annual Tourism Award Ceremony, which was held at Bannister Caye on Saturday.
But one thing that didn’t make it into the story is when Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia Jr, in his opening address at the ceremony, took the opportunity to announce that they expect an increase in overnight tourism arrivals due to an increase in flights by Delta Airlines.
Here’s are the details:
Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. - Minister of Tourism
"I would like to take the opportunity to announce a rather new exciting addition to our existing airlift. As of December 21st, 2013, Delta Airlines will commence its year round non-stop service from Los Angeles to Belize City round trip. This service will be bookable as of May 25th and will make available 693 new seats to Belize each month. In the first instance this flight will be weekly on Saturdays but will give us the long sought after non-stop West Coast service. What is more it will allow for one stop same day service to Asia and Australia. This announcement serves as a testament of the commitment of my government and the work of the BTB and it's aviation development committee to open up new and meaningful opportunities for Belize."
Does He Need Counselling?
The Police Senior Command says it is looking into a situation where a police constable posted a picture of himself on Facebook in uniform, apparently in a police station pointing a gun at his own head. We’re blurring his face because as a police spokesperson told us, they are not sure if the case calls out for counseling or disciplinary action. The spokesperson said the senior command is not taking the case lightly but wants to hear from the officer first, to find out if the constable has a genuine problem –requiring therapy, or if he just got caught up in a Facebook failure. Police are said to be coming up with a policy on media in general, including social media.
Searching For Sharks Out At Halfmoon
Rachel Graham of the Wildlife Conservation Society is doing a transect of a portion of Belize; Southern waters. She’s trying to find out what species use the waters and what for. It’s a major research project and an ongoing one. We caught up with her west of long caye in southern Belize this weekend where she said she is looking for the big fish, and even found some dolphins willing to go along for the ride.
Rachel Graham - Wildlife Conservation Society
"This is our second day of our annual monitoring effort for Marine Mega Fauna, we include sharks, rays, turtles and any other large fish that we may come across. We have several people going along and swimming for about a kilometer and counting everything that they see and also taking down their sizes and the sex of the animals. We're also doing Fishries Independent Longline Survey whereby we actually bait for catch, tag and then release sharks that we catch.
Landy Burns Rejects McAfee Claim
As we told you last week, John McAfee’s estate at the Tower Hill Bridge in Orange Walk burned down – reportedly when a forest fire got out of control. The houses were up for sale. But in the weird and wacky world of Mcaffee – there are no accidents – and this event has given him another international platform to air his conspiracy theories. The Mail Online, a British newspaper states that, quote, “McAfee said that he has a private investigator working on the case who could prove that Landy Burns, the political representative for the town of Orange Walk East, was behind the fire.” Now Burns is only a divisional care-taker for the UDP, not a representative, and today he called us to say that the suggestion is ludicrous.
"I've read in a number of international newspapers that John McAfee says that he has hired an international investigator and he expects that this person will investigate his house. He's saying that he believes that the arson investigation done by his Private Investigator will turn it to your name because he says you're behind what he thinks is an arson of his home in Tower Hill bridge."
How many babies died at the K.H.M.H.?
The most contemptible act of gross negligence is coming out of the nation’s referral hospital. Since last Friday, News Five has been reporting on a number of babies that have died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital due to infections. After persistent queries, just before Monday’s newscast, the K.H.M.H. made the shocking admission in a [...]
P.U.P. demands resignation of Minister of Health
The People’s United Party, in the wake of the ongoing K.H.M.H. fiasco, has issued a release demanding the resignation of Pablo Marin as Minister of Health. The opposition is also calling for the immediate dissolution of the Board of Governors of the hospital. The deaths of twelve newborns at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, since [...]
Thousands of Mayan artifacts deserted at Chaw Hiix
Noh Mul might be for all intents and purposes no more, but the public outrage both locally and internationally has lingered. And that is why the Mayan site of Chau Hiix (pronounced hish), located within the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, has been thrust into the news after reports of bulldozing and private development on top [...]
Hofius Manager, Jacqueline Roe, robbed of Hilux
Over the weekend, the executive director of the women’s commission, Ann-Marie Williams, was robbed of her vehicle on Saturday night and tonight, another well-known businesswoman reports that her vehicle was also stolen. The manager of Hofius Belize Limited was robbed at gunpoint on Monday night at about seven. Jacqueline Roe had just parked her 2012 [...]
Who should be held accountable for baby deaths at K.H.M.H.?
And tonight’s question is: Who should be held accountable for the recent deaths of twelve babies at the K.H.M.H.? Doctors or Management. Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post your vote on our e-poll at channel5belize.com. You can also send an email with your comments to email@example.com.
Bulldozing Mayan mounts in Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Earlier we told you about the thousands of artifacts that were found discarded in plastic bags in Crooked Tree. News Five tried to reach Dr. John Morris, or in his absence any director of the Institute of Archaeology this afternoon, on this deplorable situation but we were told that no one was available. While we [...]
More Indian nationals caught being trafficked through Belize
A third group of illegal Indian nationals has been captured in the west as cases of human trafficking continue to increase. The seven nationals are part of a larger group that has been coming illegally across the western border in the past two weeks. On Monday, the group was intercepted in Esperanza and police moved [...]
Man who helped youth report assault is now threatened
A sports instructor, employed at Nazarene Primary School, is tonight abstaining from work, following an incident during which he reportedly came to the aid of a student, who had allegedly been sodomized by a teacher. According to San Ignacio police, thirty-six year old Eddie Pinelo, who has since been remanded to prison, was arrested and [...]
Lost in translation; businessman busted for his own weapon
Thirty-eight year old Chao Gui Cao, a prominent businessman of the Hattieville area, was arraigned today in court for the possession of a nine millimeter firearm and live ammunition which were found on him at the four miles checkpoint on the George Price Highway on Saturday night. In the presence of his attorney, Anthony Sylvester, [...]
After attacking security guard, culprit threatens to kill and drink blood
A Sand Hill man is accused of attacking a KBH security guard who was on duty at the Belize Flour Mill last Saturday. Thirty-seven year old Ralph Middleton was arraigned today for one count of Harm upon KBH Security Guard, Jesus Angel Cruz, and one count of using threatening words, being “Ah wah kill yuh [...]
Mother and wife of injured B.D.F. rushes to Barbados to be at his side
On Monday’s newscast we told you the tale of a Belize Defense Force Soldier attached to the Caribbean Defense Pact’s Regional Security System in Barbados. Warrant Officer Andre Gabb was stabbed to the heart by the conductor of a taxi service who was upset that foreigners come to his country and do what they like. [...]
Attorney says Gender Policy is mischievous on sexual orientation
The Revised Gender Policy 2013, a product of the National Women’s Commission was updated to identify and examine inequities experienced by men and women while suggesting ways to correct gender disparities. The implementation of the policy has caused alarm in several sectors of society. One of the presenters at the launch of the document, Adele [...]
Moody’s update on Belize quite moody; country may renege on debts
Three weeks ago, the Moody’s Investors Service reported that the government’s bond rating of C-A-A was likely to remain the same for the next four or five years because of the two debt defaults in the past seven years coupled with the country’s low debt tolerance and weak ability to service external debt. Moody’s put [...]
Kangaroo Court? Ex-Guatemalan dictator’s 80 year sentence overturned
Eighty years in prison, was the sentence handed down last week to Guatemala’s ex-military dictator, Rios Montt, for ordering the deaths of one thousand seven hundred and seventy-one Ixil Mayas between 1982 to 1983. But Guatemala’s constitutional court has thrown out the conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity. The court ruled that the trial [...]
Police Recovers Stolen Service Revolver in Southern Belize
Punta Gorda Police has retrieved a stolen nine millimeter pistol. Correspondent Paul Mahung has the details. PAUL MAHUNG “The 9mm was spotted with a male fourth form student of the Toledo Community College on a school bus on Monday, May 13 by an adult who as a concerned c...
More Indians Caught Illegally Entering Belize
It seems like illegal entry of Indian Nationals is becoming a trend in the Cayo District as yesterday a vehicle with illegal Indian Nationals was intercepted in the Cayo area. Correspondent Elaine Berry reports. ELAINE BERRY “On Monday, May 20 at about 4:05pm, Polic...
80 Year Old Sex Offender Deported To The US
There are reports that an eighty year old sex offender who is wanted in the United States was arrested yesterday in the City of Belmopan. Love News understands that the man identified as Lyle Sutton, an American National visited the US Embassy in Belmopan yesterday to check on so...
Robbery, Carnal Knowledge and Attempted Murder Reported in Dangriga, Cayo and Ladyville
The crime wave continued in Ladyville where a seventeen year boy of the village reported that at around 9:00 pm while he and his friend were riding pass the basketball court, his brother-in-law stopped in his black car and told him to put the bike and his trunk and that he would give t...
Woman Says She Was Raped In Ladyville
Police are investigating a reported rape in Ladyville. A thirty eight year old Belizean domestic reported that on the sixteenth of May at 5:30 pm, she went to an area in Ladyville off Plunkett Road when she saw a man dressed in a white undershirt, brown shirt and long jeans pans ...
Sudden Death of Newborn Investigated In Belize District
A one month old baby died yesterday and his passing has been classified as a sudden death. According to police reports, the visited the home of twenty one year old Leondra Sutherland in Ladyville village yesterday around 2:25 am and she reported that earlier in the morning, her o...
Business Manager Robbed of SUV and Cell Phone
The Manager of Hofius Belize Ltd reported that she was robbed in Belize City. Jacqueline Roe a resident of Ladyville told police that around 7:10 pm last night she inside her eighty thousand dollar Gold 2012 Toyota Hilux at the Smokey Mermaid Restaurant Parking Lot loc...
Belize Tourism Board Seeks To Make Benque Viejo Town, A Tourism Destination
Last week the Belize Tourism Board officially launched the Benque Viejo del Carmen tourism plan, website, travel guide and heritage tour. BTB says that Benque Viejo is the second largest entry point to Belize unfortunately it does not benefit from the inflow of visitors. BTB is now loo...
Secondary School Student In Northern Belize Wins Logo Competition
Bishop Martin High School in Orange Walk Town is back in the news and once again it is good news. One of its students won a logo competition held by the Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities. A total of twelve entries were submitted from seven different high...
Salvadoran National Charged For Displaying An MS13 Gang Tattoo
Twenty-eight year old Salvadoran national Pedro Elizar Caliz, a member of MS 13 gang, was fined $300.00 today by Senior magistrate Sharon Fraser after he pled guilty to a charge of displaying gang membership. Caliz must pay the fine by June 30. If he defaults on payment he will serve t...
Chinese Businessman Freed After Being Locked Up For Licensed Firearm and Ammunition
Thirty-eight year old Chinese businessman Chao Gui Cao, who was arraigned today on charges of kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license, was freed of the charges when they were dismissed by magistrate Dale Cayetano. Magistrate Cayetano dismissed the charges after Cao’s at...
Premature Babies Dying in the Belize City Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the KHMH
Marion Ali, Reporting The deaths of at least a dozen premature babies over the past few weeks at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, supposedly because of cryptic infectious bacteria, have prompted a series of investigations into the circumstanc...