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Couple's fight Nearly Turns Deadly, One man Clings To Life
Bar Brawl Leaves One Man Without Teeth
Corozal police are also looking for one Tony Gutierrez of Calcutta Village who is wanted for grievous harm. This is after he allegedly attacked 28 year old Rafael Uk, Belizean mason of San Joaquin Village in Corozal, and caused all of his front teeth to fall out.
Uk told police that at about 12:00midnight on May 4th 2013, he visited Elito’s Bar, bordering the entrance of San Joaquin Village and Calcutta Village, where he met Tony Gutierrez whom he has known for the past four years, socializing with 4 other male individuals in front of the bar.
According to Uk, as he approached the group, Gutierrez threw a pint bottle at him hitting him on the mouth knocking out all is his front teeth. To avoid any further confrontation Uk left the area and headed to the Corozal Community Hospital where his injury was certified as grievous harm.
Chinese Establishment Robbed In Broad Daylight
There was a broad daylight armed robbery in Corozal Town this morning. Chang Li Bar and Game Room located on 4th Avenue was robbed by a lone gunman who entered the establishment with one thing on his mind, to get some quick cash.
According to an eye witness, who spoke to us off camera, she and three other customers were inside the business when the robber, described as being of fair complexion, barged into the game room brandishing a 9mm pistol and demanding money from the proprietor.
Fearing for her life and for the life of her customers, the owner of the establishment handed over approximately $200.00 in cash to the assailant. Satisfied with the proceeds, the robber made good his escape on one of the customer’s bicycle. CTV3 News understands that police are looking for one person for questioning.
Libertad Residents Attacked By Killer Bees
On April 16th, 2013 a four year old Mennonite boy from the community of Little Belize in the Corozal District lost his life after he was stung by Africanized bees. Enrique Thiessen and his five year old brother Pedro Thiessen were playing on an open lot located behind the family’s back yard when they were attacked by the bees. Both boys were stung multiple times on the face and head and while Pedro recuperated from the bee stings, Enrique did not survive the attack as he succumbed to the vicious stings moments after arriving at the Northern Medical Plaza.
Tonight there is another bee attack to report, this time in the Village of Libertad in the Corozal District. Luckily, all of the seven victims stung by the killer bees, including a minor, managed to survive the attack and are presently recuperating at the Corozal Community Hospital. According to one of the victims, 37 year old Melisa Suazo, who spoke to us off camera, she was on her way to her cousin’s house at around 3:00pm yesterday when she was stung all over her body by the bees.
Minutes later, Paul Morales Sr. and his son Paul Morales Jr. were attacked a couple feet away. In the process of assisting the victim’s, some residents of the village were also stung several times. We understand that two puppies were killed by the bee stings.
Sea Breeze Hotel Falls Victim To The Hands Of Robbers
The Sea Breeze Hotel located on 1st Avenue Corozal Town was burglarized on June 1st 2013. Owner of the hotel, 63 year old David Gyuan Lawrence reported to police that at about 11:00am on Saturday he returned to his hotel and upon entering the main door of the lobby he noticed a machete and a plastic jar where he use to keep his coins, thrown on the floor.
As Lawrence checked the rest of the residence, he noticed that the burglar or burglars got into his room located on the second floor of the building and stole one Naval Binoculars valued at $300.00, one cell phone valued at $120.00, one cash box valued at $60.00 and containing $160.00 in cash, two jars containing a total of $75.00 in coins and one clock valued at $40.00.
Total value of stolen items amounted to $755.00. Tonight police are looking for Austin Sutherland of San Andres Village in the Corozal District for questioning.
Jasmine Lowe Program In Need Of Financial Assistance
One year ago, a 13 year old student from the Cayo District went missing after she left her father’s house in Santa Elena town. A search led to the gruesome discovery of the decomposing body, 3 days after she was first reported missing, in the bushes near a farm on the Cristo Rey Road. Jasmine Lowe, a vibrant teenager, was very much involved in scouting activities and was preparing to participate in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations which were held in Belmopan at the time. Twenty-eight year old businessman, Bert Vasquez, who also goes by the name Bert Haylock, was charged with the single charge of murder following a series of allegations from other young girls in the area who claimed that they had been offered money by Vasquez for them to get inside his vehicle. This case drew the public’s attention and prompted many concerned citizens to take action by taking part in a number of peaceful demonstrations as Lowe’s alleged murderer was taken to court.
COLA Says Pablo Marin and His CEO Must Go
The Nation’s referral hospital is under fire tonight as no one has taken responsibility for the deaths of 13 newborns at hospital in the first 20 days of May. Seven of the babies died from the outbreak of a bacterium named “enterobacter cloacae” at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit while the other six died of prematurity and other related conditions.
The topic has drawn much attention as little to no disclosure has been offered to parents of the 13 infants. Amidst the investigations that have been carried out, many organizations have weighed in on the issue, but there is one particular group that has been very vocal. Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action “COLA” issued a release on Wednesday May 10th 2013 where it called for the removable of the Minister of Health Pablo Marin and his CEO Peter Allen.
And it seems that COLA is not backing down. In a press conference held yesterday, COLA agreed to hold a peaceful demonstration tomorrow in front of the KHMH in Belize City. Joining COLA tomorrow will be a number of other organizations including BelizeCan.
And The First Storm For The Season Is Named Andrea
The first tropical storm of what is predicted to be a busy 2013 Atlantic hurricane season formed over the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday. Tropical Storm Andrea formed in the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico and forecasters expect the storm to bring heavy rains to Florida before moving up the East Coast.
The National Hurricane Center announced the development this afternoon, as it issued a tropical storm warning for Florida's western coast from Boca Grande to the Ochlockonee River. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the next two days for a broad area between Flagler Beach, Fla., and Surf City, N.C.
The last issued report from the the Miami-based National Hurricane Center indicated that Tropical Storm Andrea was swirling over the east-central gulf, about 310 miles (500 km) southwest of Tampa, Florida and packing maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (64 km), the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.
Couple's fight Nearly Turns Deadly, One man Clings To Life
Fifty two year old Herman Oliva is tonight clinging to life at the Northern Regional Hospital after he was allegedly stabbed by his common-law-wife.
Details into the incident are still sketchy but CTV3 News understands that yesterday at around 2:00pm, Oliva and his common-law-wife, Carmen Zetina, were drinking on 5th Avenue near the Income Tax Department in Corozal when they started arguing.
Reports are that Zetina broke a pint bottle and stabbed Oliva on the lower side of the abdomen. The Belizean unemployed of Altamira Corozal, was rushed to the Corozal Community Hospital and later transferred to the NRH where he is presently admitted and being treated for internal bleeding. As for Carmen Zetina, she has been detained by Corozal Police pending investigations.
Several Residents Lean On Media To Urge Authorities on Bridge Repairs
Over the past weekend the skies opened up and the rains have been causing mobility problems in some areas. The Belama Phase IV area in Belize City is one of those areas and today the residents of that community called our News Centre to help them expose their problem.
The people there say that the only two means of entering and exiting their area pose risks. The bridge that they built over crocodile infested water started to fall apart on Tuesday and crossing it has now become dangerous. Meanwhile, the street that runs parallel to the bridge is inundated and impassable to small vehicles.
The residents are appealing to the relevant authorities to assist them. They say their situation is urgent because their children need to cross the bridge every day to go to school and they feel that bringing their plight to the media will help them see fast results.
OLIVE MAE BENNETT
“Yesterday the bridge broke down, I nearly fell down and I hurt myself. All the people in Belama are walking in the muddy water and every day I have to walk in water. I don’t know when they will fix the bridge.”
Man Found Guilty After Stabbing Another At A Bus Stop
Jaime Cardenas was today convicted by a nine member jury in the Supreme Court sitting in Orange Walk Town for the offence of dangerous harm.
He was tried before Justice Herbert Lord for the May 29, 2009 stabbing of Rene Escarraga. Escarraga was stabbed in his upper abdomen at a bus stop in Orange Walk Town.
Sentencing has been adjourned to June 27th. The Crown was represented by Crown Counsel Shanice Lovell and Sabita Maharaj and the accused was represented by attorney Richard Dickie Bradley.
Guatemalan Injured In Chiquibul Forest Reserve
Love News has confirmed that a Guatemalan was shot during an encounter with members of the Belize Defense Force. The incident happened in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve late on Monday evening and sketchy information that we have is that the victim, said to be a 21 year old man identified only as Sacasa at this time, is currently undergoing surgery at the Western Regional Hospital after he was taken there this afternoon. Details of where exactly in the Chiquibul reserve, the particulars of the victim and how the incident transpired are now under investigation.
Belize’s Former BHC Compensated
John Yapp- he is the former British Commissioner of Belize who was fired after he was accused of touching the bottom of a senior politician’s wife. The incident allegedly occurred in 2008 and Yapp had entered into a legal battle with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, FCO. Last month, the High Court ruled that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was wrong to suspend him from his post as High Commissioner with immediate effect and today the judge approved an agreed order whereby Yapp will receive three hundred and twenty thousand pounds in damages. The FCO will also pay Yapp’s legal cost bills which totals to one hundred and fifty thousand pounds which have yet to be finally assessed and could be much greater than that.
The court found that the sexual misconduct allegations to be baseless; however, for Yap, the accusation had destroyed his career.
CURRENT: Sexual Orientation Resolution raised at OAS Assembly in Guatemala
OAS meeting in Guatemala right now. Serious developments with a binding treaty being negotiated right now at the Organization of American States GA in Guatemala. some of the worse parts below. We need to get as many countries as possible to oppose this or to delete the many harmful provisions and references...
SEXUAL ORIENTATION trumping RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: A worldwide Chronicle
EUROPEAN UNION *Europe’s top human rights court ruled that equality laws and safety concerns trumped religious freedom in three cases where British Christians were sacked or sanctioned for expressing their beliefs at work. (January 2013). *European Parliament published the brochure, which recommended not to use the words ‘Missus’ and...
PUP favours withdrawal of Gender Policy in current form after Opposition Leader meets with Church Leaders
Leader of the Opposition the Hon. Francis Fonseca and Deputy Party Leader of the PUP Hon. Julius Espat met this morning in the City of Belmopan with leaders of the wider Christian Community from within the Cayo District. The subject at hand; the controversial National Gender Policy of 2013. ...
Norwegian cruise line proposal denied
It’s a “No” to development on the island of Crawl Caye for cruise ship visitation. The Cabinet after meeting on Tuesday and listening to the report of its subcommittee on investment agreed to refuse Norwegian Cruise Lines permission to go ahead with their grand proposal for development on the...
Four charged for Murder and Attempted Robbery
Four persons were charged in Belmopan Magistrates Court this evening for Murder and Attempted Robbery of 43yr old Isabel Ballona. On Sunday June 2nd shortly after 12am, Belmopan Police visited La Choza Bar in West Belmopan where they found two male persons suffering from gunshot wounds. 43yr old ISABEL...
Family of floating dead cop suspect foul play
Last night, we told you about the discovery of a former cop who was found floating in the Belize River on Tuesday morning. 24 year old Maurice Duce, a resident of Belize City, was retrieved from near the Haulover Bridge later that afternoon, after which a post mortem examination...
Guatemalan national shot by Belizean patrol officer in the Chiquibul Forest
Guatemalan national 27 year old Edgar Alexander Sacasa was shot on Monday afternoon by a Belizean patrol officer in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. A team of patrol officers stumbled upon a plantation and a thatch structure in the Caballo camp area and while they were securing the area, Sacasa...
Doctors from Mexico assist KHMH investigation
Belize is getting some help from the international community after the unfortunate deaths of a dozen babies at the KHMH’s NICU. A Mexican physicians group is currently in the country collaborating with local authorities to produce a diagnosis on neonatal health. The Government of Belize, through the ministries of...
Mexico promotes increased trade with Belize
There is another initiative being carried out with Mexican counterparts, as a delegation of Mexican business persons are on a visit to Belize to promote trade and identify potential buyers and suppliers of various products and services. And today, the Mexican Delegation met with local government officials and representatives...
Football stadium not up to standard for CONCACAF games
Tonight, word coming out of the FFB is that the premier league of Belize Champion02, the Belmopan Bandits, will not be participating in the CONCACAF Champion league 2013-2014. This comes after CONCACAF’s stadium inspectors determined that the local stadium still does not meet the minimum standard requirements for the...
Why even Straight Men should welcome the Gender Policy
There are many men who feel threatened by the words “gender policy”. To them it conjures up a world where women will displace them as the top dogs. Instead of competing with only half of humanity, they have to compete with all of humanity.
There are also many who feel threatened by any mention of gender equity, seeing it as part of a larger “homosexual agenda”. This irrational fear is partly explained by the well-documented association of homophobia with homosexual arousal in straight men (see article “Is Homophobia Associated With Homosexual Arousal” by Henry E. Adams, Ph.D., Lester Wright, Jr., Ph.D. and Bethany A. Lohr, University of Georgia, in Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol. 105, No. 3, pp 440-445.) In summary, studies indicate that all men are aroused to some degree by sexually explicit material of any kind. However, self- reported homophobic straight men show more arousal to homosexual material than self reported non-homophobic straight men. The implication is that the homophobia, described as the fear, anxiety, discomfort and aversion, that some straight men feel towards homosexuals is the result of repressed homosexual urges that the person is either unaware of or denies. In simple terms this means extreme homophobic attacks often stem from a man’s insecurity about his own sexual identity. Other less insecure men might feel a need to oppose homosexuality in order to clarify their own heterosexual identity. Yet, other men and women see homophobia as a means of publicising their attachment to religious and cultural traditions.
$67.9 Million for Cane Farmers - Sweet Sugar Season!
It has indeed been a sweet sugar season for cane farmers as Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI) is reporting that sugar production this year was at an all-time high. Cane farmers now stand to receive almost 70 million dollars from the sale of sugar in the international market.
Original estimates had it that the price of sugar would have fetched $45 per ton and cane farmers received their first payment based on that estimate. That figure has now been updated and BSI is projecting that sugar will be sold at $63 dollars and potentially more. This translates to a massive windfall for cane farmers, who were expecting second payments, based on the original projection of $45. The payment structure for farmers is done in three payments with the first being 85% of the projected sugar price and is paid at the time of sugar cane delivery. The second payment which is 10% of what is owed to the farmers will come on the 25th of June. The third and final payment is made one month before the start of the crop.
Guatemalan Poachers pressure Wildlife in Chiquibul
The Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) has released its findings from research focusing on the effects of poaching on game species in the Chiquibul Forest. According to FCD, “Guatemalan xateros and poachers have been penetrating deeper and deeper into Belizean wilderness areas and they pose the highest threat to the population of species.”
From the month of October 2012 to March 2013, a four-man team from FCD conducted its research along 12 transects, covering a total of 384 km, including the Caracol Archaeological Reserve. The aim of the study was to determine the diversity of terrestrial game species; calculate the relative abundance of each game species recorded and; evaluate the impact of illegal hunting on the relative abundance of targeted species.
During the research, a total of 1,022 individuals of 24 different species were recorded where the most abundant species were squirrels, quash, collared peccary, crested guans, and keel-billed toucans. The study revealed that abundance of game species from the western border to the interior of the study area was even, meaning that more than likely, game species are targeted throughout the entire Chiquibul forest, and are impacted by poaching, independent of how far these are from the border. The research also concludes that hunters have been targeting large-bodied species, leading to a severe reduction on abundance of targeted species and have begun to target smaller individuals as well as non-traditional game species such as the keel-billed toucan.
Telethon to complete Inspiration Center - Work Well Underway
Belize’s Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis-Barrow, guided a tour of the Inspiration Center construction site on Tuesday, May 28th. The Inspiration Center is a rehabilitation facility that will provide therapy for children with disabilities from 0-16 years of age.
Mrs. Barrow was accompanied on the tour by Evan Cowo, Director of CARE-Belize. CARE-Belize will manage the center upon completion. Services that will be offered at the center include physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy and psychological care. According to Mrs. Barrow, there will also be recreation, sports, arts and culture, and disability awareness programmes at the center. She said that many of the services that will be offered at the center are not currently available in Belize so, the opening of the center will greatly benefit Belizeans living with special needs.
Belize has ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the goal is to reach full inclusion of people with disabilities in our public institutions and activities. Cowo says that the Inspiration Center will be a place of reverse inclusion. Though it is primarily for children with special needs, “normal” children will be welcomed as well. The center will also serve as a community center with after-school programmes for children from surrounding communities. Cowo says that soon people may look at this practice as an effective model of inclusion. The center is located at 1 ½ Mile on the George Price Highway.
Paul Steven Martinez to stand Trial for Murder
On Friday, May 24th, 20-year-old Paul Martinez appeared in Magistrate's Court before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith, who committed him to stand trial for the murder of 18- ear-old Raheem Smith who was killed on Thursday, July 19th, 2012.
Martinez, who was unrepresented, chose not to challenge any of the police witnesses’ evidence they had against him. Instead, he told the court he wants the matter to be sent up to the Supreme Court for trial.
With that, the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith told him that he will have to answer to the charge of murder in the next session of the Supreme Court scheduled for September 16th.
Paul Martinez was accused of stabbing Raheem Smith, 18, on Thursday, July 19th, 2012, after they allegedly had an argument about a bicycle. A fight ensued in which Smith ended up punching Martinez to his face. According to witnesses, they saw Martinez leave the area and return with a long knife which he used to stab and kill Smith.
Second Attempt on the Life of Cayo Cop
Some quick moves and a similar proportion of good luck saved the life of a man in the Cayo District. 29-year-old Oswald Young was at his house in Unitedville Village in the Cayo District on Thursday of last week when seven shots were fired in his direction. Three bullets then pierced the mahogany door in front of him, in rapid succession. At the time, Young was in the living room sleeping in a sofa chair, facing the mahogany door on the east side of his house. Young was injured on the chin; he threw himself on the ground to avoid from being shot again. He then heard footsteps running down the stairs. As a result, Young was taken to the hospital where a slug was removed from his chin.
Young’s house is a board structure and twelve feet off the ground. Young’s nephew was sleeping on the veranda of the house at the time and was able to recognize two people in the yard and the one person who was shooting at the building.
$500 Fine for breaking Surveillance Camera
On Tuesday, May 28th, Honduran national, Paula Franco was ordered to pay a fine of $500 for damaging a surveillance camera.
Franco appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano where she wasted no time and pleaded guilty to the offense of damage to property for a $350.00 surveillance camera which was property of businessman, Carlos Mendoza. Franco was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $5 cost of court by November 31st, 2013. She was additionally ordered to pay compensation of $350 to Mendoza. In default, a distress order will be issued.
Gun bust at Lord Ridge Cemetery
On Tuesday, May 28th, 20-year-old Lindon Hinds, and a 17-year-old minor appeared before Magistrate's Court before Senior Magistrate Sharon to be charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Before the charges were read however, the charges were dropped against the 17-year-old and Hinds alone was left to face the charge.
In court, Hinds pleaded not guilty to both charges but due to the nature of the offences bail was not offered and he was remanded to prison until July 16th.
According to police officers, they were on mobile patrol in the Lord Ridge Cemetery area when they saw two men inside the cemetery. When the officers were spotted, one of them men ran off and was seen throwing an object in the area. Police set chase after the fleeing suspect, who was caught and taken back to the area where he was seen throwing the object. A search of the area resulted in police officers finding a .38 Smith and Wesson firearm with no serial number, which was loaded with 6 live rounds.
Jamil Richardson succumbs to Gunshot Injuries
30-year-old Jamil Richardson died on Monday, May 27th, after a two-month long battle for his life. Richardson was one of two men shot by an unknown gunman on March 29th. According to a police report, Richardson was at #99 Vernon Street when a gunman approached them from Partridge Street Extension and opened fire. He was shot in both ankles and the left side of his upper back. He became paralyzed due to the gunshot injuries he received and was frequently visiting the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for treatment. His last visit was on Sunday, May 26th, when he went in complaining of pain. He succumbed to his injuries at 6:42 a.m. on Monday. Police have not made any arrest in the shooting. 25-year-old Dennis Molins was also shot at the time of the incident. He received a gunshot wound to his left leg. Police investigation into the murder of Richardson continues.
Man charged for Year Old Murder
On Friday, May 24th, police arrested and charged, 24-year-old John Lorencio Martinez, with the crime of murder.
Martinez, who was unrepresented, appeared before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith where he was read a single charge of murder in the February 22nd, 2013 killing of Ernest Daniel Savery. No plea was taken and he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until June 24th.
On February 22nd, 2013, Ernest Savery was gunned down at around 10:00 in the night just a stone's throw away from his home. He was shot once to the stomach and was rushed to the KHMH where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
64-year pleads guilty to drug Trafficking
64-year-old Egbert August Usher, a resident of George Street, Belize City appeared in Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, May 28th where he was charged with drug trafficking. He was taken before Magistrate Dale Cayetano, where he was arraigned for having in his possession 121 grams of cannabis. He pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking but guilty to possession; however, he was told that the charge before the court was drug trafficking and not possession so his plea was rejected. He then pleaded guilty to drug trafficking.
Huge Turnout for Cancer Walk
Despite a bleak weather forecast, Belizeans turned out in record numbers to support the 2013 Cancer Walk. This year’s event was the biggest since its inception in 1996. The month of May is celebrated as Cancer Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Cancer: Did You Know? Get The Facts.”
Ministry of Health advises Public on a Voluntary Recall of Supplement
The Ministry of Health announces the voluntary recall of the nutritional supplement Benefiber Powders. The recall is for specific batches and is related to a relatively high number of complaints by consumers. These include a lack of odour, lack of flavour, bad dissolution and the presence of particles among others. The US-based manufacturing facility of this product has extended the recall to Belize simply as a cautionary action.
It is important to note that the company has emphasized to the Ministry of Health that there has been no evidence of any adverse effects or complaints relating to the use of this product.
Groups present Business Plans to Financial Institutions in Cayo
A well-thought out effort to get Belizeans to promote their business plan began Tuesday at the Rumors Resort Hotel at Mile 1 1/2 on the Benque Viejo Road. Brought together by the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) in cooperation with the Center for the Promotion of Micro and Small Enterprises in Central America and the Dominica Republic (CENPROMYPE) several business groups were able to make their business plans know to seek approval for implementation.
Several financial institutions such as Atlantic Bank, Scotiabank and The Belize Bank were invited to Rumors to review the business plans set out by several aspiring groups. One such group was the Cayo West Women In Business whose range of jewelry originates from coconut shells and Guanacaste seeds. The Cayo West group is composed of some fifteen members and have come up with unique designs on seeds, marketing particularly to tourists at the entrance of the Western Border. Another group making their business plans known was the San Antonio Women’s Group. This organization produces some two hundred chickens every six weeks but cannot fulfill the demands for chicken from a large consuming market. The San Antonio Women’s Group seeks sustainability in their business model and to do so they would like to acquire poultry processing equipment.
Swearing-in of Members of the Elections and Boundaries Commission
A Swearing-in Ceremony was held this morning at Belize House, Belmopan, for members of the Elections and Boundaries Commission.
Public Complaints change Gender Policy
’s Commission launched the Revised National Gender Policy on Thursday, May 16th. The policy addresses the major challenges that are faced by women, men and children in Belize today. The five areas of focus are health, education and skills training, wealth and employment generation, violence reduction and power and decision making. Since the launch of the document, religious leaders of the country have raised issue with certain declarations in the policy.
One of those controversial declarations was made in the section where the policy focuses on wealth and employment generation. Bullet 5 on Page 31 of the document says that Government is committed to “Amend existing legislation to legalize and regulate the sex work industry. Develop and implement alternative economic skills training programmes and other support services for men and women who wish to retire from sex work activities.”
Oceana gives Oil Companies Carte Blanche
On Tuesday, April 16th, Justice Oswell Legall issued an injunction against the Government of Belize that prevents it from carrying out the provisions of the Production Sharing Agreements with Island Oil, Miles Tropical Energy, Petrol Belize Company Limited, Princess Petroleum Belize Limited, Providence Energy Belize Limited and Sol Oil Belize Limited. Government had already terminated contracts with four of those companies; so, the injunction only affects Princess Petroleum Limited and Providence Energy Belize Limited, which have contracts that extend to October 2015. On Tuesday, May 28th, the Government of Belize applied for a stay of execution on the injunction at the Belize Supreme Court.
PUP losing more than ever
The dogs were out this weekend trying to maintain their stongholds in PUP territories but as much as they barked and bit, they were simply unsuccessful at retaining two of those village councils that they had held from time immemorial. The PUPs have been consistently been able to secure village council victories in Hattieville in Belize Rural Central for over 50 years and in San Felipe in Orange Walk South for decades.
First Leg of Ride across Belize complete
The Ride Across Belize had a successful first leg completed on Wednesday, May 29th. The ride took off from Corozal and made its way to Belize City arriving at around 12:15p.m. Over 100 riders participated in the first leg and the goal is to raise 60 thousand dollars for the Red Cross' soup kitchen and the Belize Hospice Care Foundation.
On Thursday, the riders will make their way to Cayo, on Friday it goes to Dangriga and the last leg takes place on Saturday heading to Punta Gorda.
Conch Season closed
Minister of Fisheries Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Honorable Lisel Alamilla, declared the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) season closed on Thursday May 23rd. The season was closed after the four registered and active fishermen cooperatives have filled their quotas for conch meat. The closure comes in accordance with Statutory Instrument 54 of 2012 which allows for the minister to close the conch season after quotas are met by the various cooperatives.
While the season closure prohibits anyone from harvesting or capturing any conch, Restaurant operators and the general public are given an 8 day grace period ending on Friday May 31 during which conch in their possession should be consumed or disposed of.
Any person found in possession of the Queen Conch after Friday May 31st will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Developments At Help Age Belize
During the last twelve months, Help Age Belize has been involved in a number of activities to improve the services rendered to the aged at its nine branches countrywide. Even with all the improvements, Help Age continues to be in need of assistance from the general community.
Above Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season predicted
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an above normal Atlantic hurricane season for 2013 with the likelihood that the season could be very active. According to the organization, there is a 70 percent probability that there will be up to 20 named storms. Of those, between 7 to 11 are expected to become hurricanes with 3 to 6 of those being major storms.
Saint Martin’s Credit Union holds Annual General Meeting in Cayo
The Saint Martin’s Credit Union Limited SMCU held its sixty fourth Annual General Meeting on May 24th, 2013 at the Octavia Waight Center Auditorium in San Ignacio Town. Hundreds of SMCU members turned out to hear about the most recent developments at their cooperative and long-standing financial institution.
Louisiana Government School Girls and Faith Nazarene Boys are National Primary Schools Basketball Champions
The 2012-2013 National Primary Schools Basketball championships came to an end on Friday, May 24th, 2013, at the Bird’s Isle in Belize City.
In the girls’ championship game, Louisiana Government School from Orange Walk Town representing the Orange Walk District defeated Holy Redeemer School representing the Belize District by the score of 22-13. The top scorer for Louisiana Government School was Yasel Sutherland with 8 points while the top scorer for Holy Redeemer School was Zaria Jenkins with 7 points.
At the end of the championship, Yasel Sutherland of Louisiana Government School was named the championship’s Most Valuable Player.
UB Jaguars lead in Belize Rural Softball Competition
The 2013 Belize Rural Softball Competition continued on Sunday, May 26th, out in Butter Cup Village with four games on the schedule.
In the first game played, Easy Does It defeated the host village Butter Cup Uprising by the score of 14-3. The winning pitcher was Margaret Hendy and the losing pitcher was Trecia Flores.
In game two, Mel’s United edged Lord’s Bank Sunrise by the score of 13-10. The winning pitcher was Annett Morey and the losing pitcher was Alma Gabourel.
In the third game of the day, Ladyville Rising Star defeated Arrows Reloaded by the score of 21-4. The winning pitcher was Sherett Williams and Christine Bracket was tagged with the loss.
In the final game of the day, UB Jaguars won over Village Gyal by the score of 18-1. Herlette Clarke and the losing pitcher was Angie Smith.
The competition will continue on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 at 9:00 am in Ladyville. In the first game Lord’s Bank Sunrise will go against Ladyville Rising Star. In game two, UB Jaguars goes up against Arrows Reloaded. In game three, Mel’s United will see action against St. Paul’s and in the final game of the day, Easy Does It will go up against Village Gyal.
Camalote United maintains Lead in Miley Garcia Softball Competition
The Miley Garcia Softball Competition continued on Sunday, May 26th at the Las Flores Softball pitch in Belmopan.
In the first game played, Camalote United blanked Esperanza Wolverines by the score 7-0. The winning pitcher was Francine Salazar and the losing pitcher was Shareeni Soberanis.
In the second and final game, Belmopan Capital City Emeralds won its first game of the 2013 campaign when it defeated Las Flores Shooting Stars by the score of 18-13. Dana Mae King was the winning pitcher and the losing pitcher was Guadalupe Chicas.
The Cayo Softball Association will be hosting its All Stars games on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013, out at the Denbeigh Fuller Softball Stadium in Camalote Village. The All Star Games will feature East against West.
Sports Consultants holding Public Discussions
The Caribbean Sport and Development Agency, the Trinidad and Tobago-based organisation that was hired by the National Sports Council to write the National Sports Policy, among other things, will be holding public discussions with sports fans and the public on what the Belizean populace would like for the National Sports Policy to be.
The public discussions will continue on Wednesday, May 29th at the Belmopan Convention Hotel at 6:30 pm in the City of Belmopan; on Thursday, May 30th, at 6:30 pm at the Punta Gorda Sports Complex in Punta Gorda Town and then on Friday, May 31st, at 6:30 pm at the UWI Open Campus Auditorium on Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City.
The National Sports Council is extending an invitation to the public to participate in the discussion process.
“The Jewel in the Heart of the Caribbean Basin” The Challenge: Let’ s Start Thinking Outside of the Box
Belizeans, if we really want to make our country, as the late Sefe (God bless) used to say on Radio Belize, “The Jewel in the Heart of the Caribbean Basin”, we need to start making some changes to what we do. Sefe used to say that every day and yet we remain a rhinestone in the Caribbean Basin. We urgently need to move from rhetoric to action or we will not become the Jewel we wish to be.
There is no doubt that Belize has the natural resources to become a major economic player in the region. We have seen American, English, Canadian, and Caribbean strategic investors advantageously pursue Belize’s potential in all sectors. Until the recent nationalizations, we Belizeans have sat on the bleachers and allowed them to do so, at times assisted them to do so. We have seen the results; either the resources have been exhausted and what remains is of little value or the strategic investor has had his bellyful and moved on. Almost all the time the profits from our resources are siphoned outside of Belize and all we got was a job and the loss or degradation of the natural resource.
Son-in-law Behind Bars After Pulling a Gun at His Mother-in-law
On Monday May 29th, Herbert Charles, 30, appeared in Magistrate's court to answer to charges after he was accused of pulling a gun on his mother-in-law.
42-year-old Durrita Perteau, a resident of the Pickstock Hutment of Belize City, reported to police that on Saturday, May 26, she was assaulted by Charles, who she claimed pulled a gun on her.
Charles, was arraigned on a single charge of aggravated assault with a firearm upon Perteau. He pleaded not guilty to the offense and was denied bail and remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until July 13.
“2nd Young Belizean Entrepreneur Wins Growing Up CEO Award”
For two consecutive years, Youth Business Trust Belize received a message stating, "Congratulations! One of your entrepreneurs has been selected for the 2009 Growing Up CEO Program!" Ricardo Gongora, a second year student at St. John’s College Junior College, was this year’s lucky recipient.
As a winner, Ricardo was invited to a three-day Inner City 100 Summit May 19- 21, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. During the Summit, he was exposed to some of the fastest growing companies in America, and had the opportunity to develop relationships with Inner City 100 winners, gain access to world class business education and advice as well as getting to meet national business and civic leaders.
$600,000 donation from Project C.U.R.E. to KHMH
First Lady of Belize Kim Simplis-Barrow handed over 600 thousand dollars worth of medical equipment to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s management on Tuesday May 26, 2009.
Simplis-Barrow says that the donation came after she approached Project C.U.R.E. with a list of needs from the KHMH. Being a member of the International First Ladies’ Club, last year she attended a luncheon during which she approached Project C.U.R.E. which is the world’s largest donor of medical equipment. The total donation adds up to a handsome two million dollar figure with the first donation of a 40 foot container coming to the KHMH.
CEO at the KHMH Dr. Gary Longsworth explains that the bulk of the donation which includes a laparoscopic equipment and supplies which includes camera/video for all scopes. Also included in the donation are central percutaneous lines, casting supplies, stockinettes, web rolls, plaster, fiberglass, cast shoes, neurosurgery packs and supplies, and surgical power drills just to name a few.
Caye Caulker Chronicles
Belize Postcards in Print, Digital or Wallpaper
There have been lots of pictures taken throughout the years of our country and the different scenery but can rarely find a good quality photo to use as a wallpaper or for print. Now you can purchase them here www.belizepostcards.com. Demian Solano is a professional photographer and is the owner of Idea Lab Studios in Belize.
Check out the website and keep a part of our beautiful country wherever you go.
“Meet the Candidates” forum set for June 12!
Wed. June 12, Caye Caulker Community Center
Hurricane season is here!!
Yes we are indeed right smack bang at the beginning of this 2013 Hurricane Season!! This title to this period of the year fills most tourists with terror to travel to our parts and therefore every other customers questions relate to weather!! Obviously for those persons who have saved their hard earned cash for the past year on a holiday in the Caribbean, sunshine is a must and we understand that. But this ‘hurricane season’ period often deters customers from traveling to Belize at this time of the year and this, due to many years of experience, I feel is harsh!!
When you do your research as to the seasonality of Belize we are actually ‘sub tropical’ climate, tempered by trade winds. Our dry season has been calculated to be from February to May would be for those who require 100% guarantee of sunshine, to be the perfect time to be in Belize – however, dry weather is indicative of high winds which makes snorkeling and scuba diving tricky, never mind that picture perfect hairdo!!!
For those of us who live on this tropical island year round, we would have to agree that at anytime of the year we can receive a ‘rainy patch’. These periods are merely a few days – they are generally a respite from the the sunshine, an opportunity to cool off and perhaps even enjoy your ‘skin blanket’ at night!! Rain, even if forecast otherwise, never lasts for more than three days in a row (and these instances are really narrowed down to perhaps two or three times a year - There is probably no scientific fact to prove this, but in our experience it is always the case). Days remain largely sunny, rainfall more often occurs during the night time period than the day and occasionally the morning or evening. PERFECT FOR TOURISM THROUGHOUT THE YEAR!!
CARIBBEAN GROWTH FORUM – Belize National Chapter, Launch Workshop
Mennonite Gurls A'ken Cook: Voted Bes Breed Glute a'loose
Accordin t'mah critics thishere is thar favert breed. It wuz a unanimyus vote.
Mah oldest granddaughtr commented on hoe good it smelled and I offerd hern a slice t'aste and she sed, “Nanna, thishere is rilly good ! and I’m yer bes critic becawz I DO ett glute!”
I’m nairy shure whut t'difference is n' thishere loaf, maybe it is t'cokunut earl as well as ingredient amounts tweeked jes rite.
I have bee reedin about cokunut earl and t'wide range uf benefits it offers so I have bee a'trine t'incerporate it more into mah bakin'.
Amish Pickled Beets
Chillin' Time: 8 hr
Cookin Time: 1 hr 10 min
Whut Y'all’ll Need:
10 fresh red beets
2 teespoons salt, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup apple cidr vinegar
1 cup watr
Whut T' Do:
Cut t' leefy tops off t'beet stems, leevin 2 inches uf stem. N' a large saucepun, place beets n' enough watr t'covr. Add 1 teespoon salt and brang t'a bawl ovr medium-high heat. Reduce heat t'medium, covr, and cook 1 hour, er until fork-tendr.
5 Things to Do in Belize Besides Diving
It’s no secret that Belize’s primary claim to tourist fame is its barrier reef, the second largest in the world after Australia’s, where abundant marine life attracts top divers and anglers from around the world. But over the past few years, it has become clear that the “Jewel” of Central America offers a whole lot more, particularly for those seeking inland adventure, history and culture. Non-divers shouldn’t dismiss Belize by any means.
1963: Nora Parham, the only woman hanged in Belize
Belize, B. Honduras, June 5. — Nora Parham, aged 36, the East Indian mother of eight sons, was hanged today for the murder of the man with whom she had been living.
So ran a minute, page-10 wire story in the London Times* from the British Central American possession soon to become self-governing as the country of Belize.
The unfortunate subject of the story was the first, and remains to date the only, woman put to death in Belize.
But she’s very much more than a bit of trivia.
A domestic violence victim hanged for murdering her batterer — who just happened to be a cop — Parham remains a lively source of controversy down to the present day.
Nora’s position as the victim in an abusive marriage, combined with serious doubt about whether she truly killed her husband at all, have given her enduring appeal. There’s a going campaign to issue her a posthumous pardon. In fact, there was a going campaign before she died to issue her a humous pardon, opposed by a governing party paper on the grounds that “sympathy” ought not “change court rulings.”
Seaweed Farming Takes Off in Belize
An environmentally damaging fishing operation has been replaced with seaweed aquaculture in Belize. The move will ensure the health of the environment on which the country relies for its eco-tourism.
“Belize is such a small country that everything is interdependent, and we all depend on the health of our pristine environment. So to see this fishing trawler converted from an environmentally destructive to an environmentally sustainable business is great news," Chaa Creek owner Lucy Fleming told Caribbean News Now.
“It also seems to be a symbol of the direction Belize is moving in,” she added.
Ms Fleming was referring to the recent hand-over of the “Northern II,” a former deep sea bottom trawler, by the international environmental organisation Oceana to the Placencia Producers Cooperative Society, to be used in a new seaweed farming venture.
To Belize and back again
Twenty-five-year-old Jonathan “Jay” Schulz has not set foot on U.S. soil in more than two years. He has given up his car, reliable Internet and air conditioning, and has missed several birthdays and weddings to live in Belize, where he works with special education children in several Methodist schools.
Schulz is a member of the Peace Corps and has lived in a small village in Central America since March 2011. It is in the Toledo district of the country, which Schulz said is the southernmost and “poorest.” Between 800 and 1000 people live there.
Schulz graduated from Milton High School in 2006 and from Carthage College in 2010, with a degree in special education/elementary education.
Life for people in Belize is a mixed bag. Schulz said the population of around 330,000 is a cultural blend of Creole, Maya, East Indian, Mestizo, Garifuna, Mennonites and Asian. Some live in thatched houses without electricity or running water living from paycheck to paycheck. He said others live in “nice” houses with a roof, utilities and a television.
Family of 7 Takes on Poverty in Belize During Year-Long Mission Trip
Inspired by a news story she saw when she was 14, Julie Kuhnert and her family realized her lifelong dream to help those less fortunate than themselves by leaving the comfort of home and serving as missionaries in Belize.
Julie Kuhnert shares her story helping children and alleviating poverty in Central America.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve taken on?
A: In 2011-2012, we decided to take our five kids to the Central American country of Belize to spend a year of missionary service. While there, we worked to improve education, provide opportunities for children in the arts and we worked with grassroots programs to help alleviate poverty.
With very little money to our name and no specific organization sponsoring us, we spread the word, asked for support from our community, and walked away from the "securities" of home. We trusted that by following our heart and listening to the call, our family would be taken care of.
Mexico to review migratory flow
Mexican officials are preparing a program to sort the migratory flow along its southern border, which will involve working with the Guatemalan and Belizean governments, Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong said.
“We do not know how many migrants from Central, South America and other continents enter our country,” he said. “We don’t know their destinations and don’t know what happens to them, so we cannot ensure their human rights.
The government will focus on the border between Belize and the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, where crimes against migrants have become well-documented.
Osorio Chong said the initiative, which will use the Navy to patrol the southern border, is “part of national security.” He also stressed it is imperative Mexico and neighboring nations work together.
The National Human Rights Commission has documented nearly 20,000 migrant kidnappings in a year and a number of attacks ranging from robbery and extortion to rape and murder at the hands of criminal gangs.