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Police News: Cattle Theft, Robbery and Drug Trafficking
On Sunday September 8th police visited the Municipal Airstrip in Belize City where a package which was to be sent from Belize City to San Pedro was inspected. In this package were some old broken phone chargers. The chargers were opened and one of them contained a transparent plastic bag containing two pieces of hard creamy substance suspected to be crack cocaine. The suspected crack cocaine was taken to the station where it was weighed and it amounted to seven point three grams. It was sealed and labeled as found property.
Marlon Meza, a Belizean salesman of Hill view Area, Santa Elena Town, Cayo reported that at about two o’clock Sunday afternoon he was at a shop in St. Mathews Village delivering goods along with two other persons. Meza said they were approached by two men of dark complexion who had what appeared to be a pistol. The man reportedly robbed them of their personal belongings and one thousand four hundred Belize dollars. Police investigation continues.
Weather Bureau Warned of Torrential Rains; City Council Ignored Warning
Torrential rains fell over Belize City and other areas of the country over Sunday night and it caused severe flooding in low-lying areas of the old capital. A number of streets in the city were impassable for a few hours on Tuesday night but by this morning, the water had dissipated. Weather forecasters predicted the torrential rains.
Dennis Gonguez, Chief Meteorologist
“A broad area of low pressure exists over the northwestern Caribbean; the centre of this system is presently over the Orange Walk District. Since the system is over land, there’s no potential for it to develop further. We had some rainfall amounting to 2 – 21/2 inches over the northern parts of the country; we had forecast the amounts of rainfall indeed.”
But while the Met Service warned of the rains that caused some residents to experience flooding into their homes, CEMO had not activated a plan of action because they did not expect so much water in so little time.
Dangriga Mayor Refuses to Comment on Civil Suit Against Town Council
The Dangriga Town Council has been taken to court for allegedly not paying its bill. According to information received, the Dangriga Town Council was sued in the Dangriga Magistrate court sometime last week for an undisclosed amount of money that the council allegedly failed to pay for the delivery of a back hoe that was reportedly ordered from Houston, Texas. It is reported that the lawsuit was taken out by a Belmopan Businessman after an attempt to collect monies that he spent to ship the equipment from Houston, clear it from Customs and further delivered to the Dangriga Town Council failed. Mayor of Dangriga, Gilbert Swaso, would not comment on the matter since the case is still before the court. Swaso along with the plaintiff is schedule to appear in court on Friday September 13th.
Stolen Firearm Found In Pit Among Excrement
Police have recovered a firearm believed to be that of murdered taxi driver Daniel Aguirre. Today 29-year-old Noel Alexander Torress of Antelope Street Extension in Belize City was charged for kept firearm without a gun licence, kept ammunition without a gun licence and one count of handling stolen goods. Torress pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to five years for kept ammunition and five years for kept unlicenced firearm and one year for handling stolen good. His sentences will run concurrently. 49-year old Miguel Dominguez was also charged with the same offences however he pled not guilty. 41 year old Blanca Araceli Dominguez and a 16 year old minor were charged with kept firearm without a gun licence and kept ammunition without a gun licence; both pled not guilty.
New Ambulance Allows for Better Emergency Response in Western Belize
The San Ignacio Hospital now boasts a new ambulance. The new ambulance was debuted yesterday during the St. George’s Caye Celebrations in that municipality. The ambulance which came as a donation from the Florida Hospital Adventist health system is a major upgrade for the hospital which prior to this donation had no ambulance. Area Representative Elvin Penner also chipped in by shipping the ambulance to Belize and according to Doctor Dennis Borland and Deputy Regional Hospital Manager for the San Ignacio Hospital, Myra Pullido, the ambulance will greatly benefit the community on a whole.
DR. DENNIS BORLAND
“This ambulance is something that the San Ignacio Hospital has needed for a long time. They needed to have their own ambulance because every time you hear people talking about not having access to an ambulance; so, working with the Seventh Day Adventist Health system in Florida, we were able to get them to donate an ambulance and the hardest part was getting it to Belize; so, with the help of Minister Elvin Penner we were able to get all the paper works done and get it into Belize and hand it over to the San Ignacio Hospital.”
PUP Area Representative Says He Will Not Sit in PAC Meeting
On the 4th of September, the Public Accounts Committee met at the National Assembly into highly anticipated meeting called by the Chairman of the Committee, Julius Espat. Although Espat wished to have the committee review the most recent auditor general’s report, things didn’t go as planned when instead a move from the other members of PAC had them looking at the Auditor General’s report for 2003 to 2004 and from 2004 to 2005. Espat then adjourned the meeting, but it proceeded with the rest of the members. A next meeting of the PAC is scheduled to take place on Monday the 23rd of September, but Espat when speaking this morning on Love FM and Love TV’s morning show, said he will not take part in it for reasons of illegality and that matter of illegality was explained by Attorney, Senator, and Lisa Shoman.
JULIUS ESPAT, Chairman, PAC/ SENATOR LISA SHOMAN, Attorney
“We are of the opinion that we cannot participate in something that is illegal and unconstitutional and a blatant violation of the standing orders. The government wants to go over the Auditor General’s report from 2003/2004 which has been done already and this was chaired by John Saldivar and Erwin Contreras, who by the way are now members and who by the way is now putting himself as pro-tem Chairman; do you see how dictators work?”
CTV3 News Celebrates 11 Years Of Keeping Northenos Informed
On this day, exactly 11 years ago, this very studio saw the birth of CTV3 News. Thanks to innovative thinkers and the management of Centaur Communications Corporations Limited pooling resources to acquire equipment, the first CTV3 newscast was aired. All of that transpired on a Wednesday evening with the leading story being a September 10th black party on Price Avenue. It was no easy task but the small staff at that time was adamant to get the news going. Since September 11th 2002 we’ve covered hundreds of stories and have grown to become the northern districts’ most reliable, educational and informative source of local and national news.
Our very first anchor was Mr. Adrian Leiva, with reporters Aldo Cansino and Rio Lau. Through the years, our news anchors have been Adrian Leiva, Paulita Nuñez, Ashanti Armstrong, Victoria Hill, Leo Carballo, Dalila Ical, Stephanie Acosta, Carmelita Perez and I Negril Crawford.
Mother Of Three Speaks Out For Assistance
A family of five from the village of San Pablo is tonight pleading to the public for assistance. Leorcadea Arcurio is the mother of three children and wife to Marcial Arcurio. Today she told us she is having a difficult time in finding money to feed her children since her husband fell terribly ill approximately seven years ago.
The aftermath of the severe illness has created a domino effect as he is unable to work and provide for his family. Doctors diagnosed Marcial Arcurio with Post-epiglottis and as a result he has completely lost the ability to speak. But that is not all.
Marcial was also diagnosed with “lack of concentration due to illness” and as a result was certified as incapable for work. Leorcadia says her husband has searched for employment several times but has been turned down because of his condition. The situation has now taken a turn for worst as two of the couples children are attending high school and the family is in a financial constraint. Based on this reason Leorcadia decided to plead to the public for assistance.
What It Takes For Classes To Be Cancelled During Rainy Weather
This morning, local radio stations and our very own Despierta Belice were flooded with calls of concerned parents questioning if classes would be cancelled due to the inclement weather. With only 180 school days allocated to complete the school year’s curriculum, students are urged to make all efforts to attend classes on a daily basis.
Having in mind that the month of September marks the peak of the hurricane season, the Ministry of Education is well aware of the parent’s concerns to send their children to school during the rainy weather, after all their health comes first.
But at the same time, the Ministry of Education would like parents and students to bear in mind that the decision to cancel classes does not necessarily fall on the hands of the school’s management. Today we caught up with District Education Officer for Corozal, Jahmor Lopez, who explained to us the procedures to call off classes for the day.
And It Was The Tenth Day Of September O/W Mayor And DPM Talk Unity
It was the tenth day of September yesterday and despite the inclement weather, Belizeans countrywide took part in the official ceremonies to celebrate the Battle of Saint Georges Caye. Here in Orange Walk, ceremonies took place at the Orange Walk Central Park where the Orange Walk Town Council paid tribute to the Baymen with all the traditional trimmings.
The day started with the arrival of councilors and Mayor of Orange Walk Kevin Bernard followed by the arrival of the Deputy Prime Minister of Belize Honorable Gaspar Vega who carried out the inspection of the guard.
We must note that this year, during the speeches, there was no chest beating. In fact, we can safely say that for the first time in many years, the 10th of September was not about red or blue; it was about being patriotic and remembering those who fought for Belize. As Belizeans celebrated the 215th Battle of Saint Georges Caye, both Mayor Kevin Bernard and Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega carried a message of unity.
Chula Vista Residents Under Water, Mayor Campos Says There Is Not Much The Council Can Do
Intense and continuous rainfall, especially along northern and coastal areas for the past days, has caused localized flooding. With the ground saturated and no proper drainage system in place, flood waters in Corozal Town is now finding its way into people’s back yard and if the rains continue it will eventually invade several homes. Victor Castillo reports from Corozal.
Victor Castillo - Reporting
Chula Vista Area, located within Corozal Town, is just one of the areas that often falls victim to flooding during the hurricane season. While the residents claim that the area is a peaceful one to live in, their main concern is the rapid flooding that they experience during the heavy rains.
The scenario was no different today when we visited the area. The heavy downpour over the last few days has left its mark once more as streets are filled with water, finding its way into people’s homes.
The situation has proven more difficult for children who need to find their way to school and have to waddle through the flooded waters to do so.
Belmopan Police One Step Closer In Identifying Aguirre's Killer
On Saturday morning the body of popular karaoke singer Daniel Aguirre was found inside his taxi car burnt beyond recognition. The vehicle was discovered in an isolated area some four miles off the George Price Highway in the village of Teakettle. Since the dreadful discovery was made Belmopan police have been working overtime in order to solve this latest crime. And tonight, all indications are that authorities are one step closer to capturing Aguirre’s killer or killers as they have been able to recover his 9mm firearm which he was in possession of on the night of his murder.
Reports are that one of the suspects police initially detained for Aguirre’s murder directed them to a residence located in the Arizona Area of Teakettle Village. When police arrived at the scene they confronted one Miguel Dominguez who told officers he wanted no problems with the law and out rightly confessed that he threw a gun in a pit latrine located in the same yard.
Contractor General investigating SIF and Dangriga Town Market Project
The 1.3 million dollar project that is the renovation of the Dangriga Town Market has been making progress, but PlusNews understands that works will soon be halted. The project being spearheaded under the Social Investment Fund as part of the Belize Municipal Development Project. And we have been informed...
Police officer shot dead by fellow cop
Police in Belize City have confirmed the passing of one of their own in a bizarre incident over the weekend. According to official reports, Police Constable Glen Wayne Grant, 32, attached to Precinct One on Euphrates Avenue, was riding his bicycle going home from a function on Central American...
Popular performer and taxi man murdered
Belmopan Police is currently investigating an apparent murder whereby a well know Taxi Operator was burnt to death in his Taxi cab. While the body of the individual has not been positively identified as yet, evidence has been pointing to 37 year old Daniel Aguirre. If confirmed, Daniel Aguirre...
Police Commissioner reports reduction in crime
While they mourn a fallen brother, the Police Department took the opportunity to do a little “bigging-up” of itself for reducing the crime rate across the country and particularly in the old Capital. There have been no murders reported in the City in exactly two months and last month’s...
Police Commissioner speaks on three cases of inappropriate force leading to death
We have been following the attempts of the Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal to force action from the Police Department with regard to three open cases in which Police are accused of inappropriate force leading to death. These are the cases of Kevin Kelly,...
Honduran arrested for murder of Nigel Neal in Roaring Creek
Last week Friday we told you about the broad daylight murder of 34 year old Nigel Neal. Neal was lay waited and gunned down in front of his residence in the village of Roaring Creek. Neal had communicated with his mother, Alice Burgess that he believed there was a...
Man charged in Corozal for possession of cannabis
Police have arrested one man after allegedly discovering weed in his vehicle. Last week Friday, Corozal Police were on mobile patrol on 7th Avenue when they pulled over a Nissan car being driven by Israel Rancharan. An initial search on the vehicle turned up nothing incriminating; however, Mr Rancharan...
BTV encounters armed Guatemalan military officials
The group of patriots, naming themselves Belize Territorial Volunteers and headed by Wil Maheia, had a disturbing encounter on Sunday September 8th, at around 9:30 a.m. In mood of the September Celebrations the group of volunteers decided to go to the Belize/Guatemalan border; something...
PAC schedule public hearings in Belmopan
For the past couple of weeks, we have been updating you on the new developments of the Public Accounts Committee, which seemed to be evolving into a very heated dispute. However, the fire seems to have cooled between government members and opposition leaders within the Committee, at least for...
Belize Female Youth National Team placed fourth in the Central American Volleyball Championship
The performance level of sports in the country is quickly gaining altitude; and of course, volleyball is no alien to this equation. On Friday September 6th, the Belize Female Youth National Team placed fourth in the Central American Championship held in the city...
Belmopan celebrates Independence with various events
Plus TV sat down the Assistant Events Coordinator at the Belmopan City Council, where she talked about the Council’s September Celebrations calendar. Now we bring you those events scheduled to take place after the 10th, St. George’s Caye Day. On the agenda for the 13th, a Children’s Rally will...
Caye Caulker Chronicles
Scuba Sensation boat and engine stolen
Last night masked thieves stole the dive boat belonging to the Scuba Sensation dive shop located on Front Street,
The boat, also named “Scuba Sensation” was stolen along with the 200 Yamaha engine of it.
The boat was later found., but without the engine!
If anybody knows of a 200 Yamaha that is for sale or any info on this stolen engine, please call 6004700 or slip a note under SCUBA SENSATIONS DIVE SHOP’S door.
If you heard or saw something of the sort, so as to lead us to the recovery of the engine, please also let the good folks at Scuba Sensations as well as the police know.
Letter to the Editor: Biologically Appropriate Technology or GMO
Biologically appropriate technology is designed to do no harm to the environment – the air, water and soil in which we, and all animals, depend on for life. It is working with nature, not against it. It is learning from and respecting nature.
An example of biologically appropriate technology would be energy, produced on site where needed, from renewable sources.
Interestingly, energy is an area where humans have made some serious wrong turns and where we should have learned that we must be very careful about who is telling us what and why.
Having been an environmental journalist turned anti-nuclear/pro-renewable energy activist, I am seeing similar patterns in the debate over GMO corn as existed in the nuclear debate. The parallels lie in how the public was sold on nuclear power back when there was controversy and concern that nuclear power might not be “ biologically appropriate technology.” Touted as being “safe, clean, and too cheap to meter” by the industries that financially benefited, nuclear energy turned out to be an expensive environmental nightmare, costing trillions, and many lives. We still do not have a clue as to how to safely deal with the waste which must be monitored in some cases for 250,000 years, and Fukushima is an ongoing out-of-control environmental disaster contaminating water daily with ionizing radiation that flows to the open sea.
Real Honeymoon: Belize
I don’t know about you, but this week’s Real Honeymoon makes me want to book a trip to Belize as soon as possible. Matt and Agnes split their vacation time between the jungle and the beach, and the result was an exciting but very relaxing honeymoon that was perfect for these super busy lawyers. Read all about their incredible Belizean honeymoon below:
When and where did you honeymoon?
The night after our wedding, we caught a redeye flight to Belize and got there the following morning. We were there from June 17 through June 24. This is technically the beginning of the “off-season” and rainy season, but it ended up being the perfect time to go, because the weather is still really great, prices are lower, and it’s a lot less packed but still vibrant. We spent the first 3 nights at the Lodge at Chaa Creek, an amazing resort in the jungles of the Cayo district just a few miles from the Guatemalan border. Then we headed back to the Caribbean Sea where we spent the next 4 nights relaxing on the beach at Victoria House on Ambergris Caye.
Chaa Creek Remembers 9/11
Although years have passed since that dreadful day in September when the previously unthinkable happened, the pain is still fresh in the minds and souls of so many people around the world. Even here in Belize, surrounded by Mother Nature’s beauty and the serenity that come with it, we can’t help but be affected each year when the events of that day come rushing back.
All we can do is attempt to join the rest of the world in reaching out to the survivors, families and everyone affected by that tragedy with feelings of love and any sense of comfort and support that comes with knowing that even in the most remote parts of the world, people are thinking of you and wishing you as much peace and closure as possible.
“Friends” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
With it being a public holiday in Belize yesterday to celebrate and commemorate the battle of St George’s Caye and needing to recover from my exertions (I am getting older!) of the previous day I decided that it would be a ‘blog free’ day for me (and you if you were waiting for an edition to be published!).
From the time (around 05.00 hours for those of you that ‘like’ this kind of detail) I got out on to the veranda it had the ‘feel’ of being ‘one of those days’. You know the type. Rainy. Overcast. Dull. The kind of weather that might encourage you to grab a book and go back to bed.
Well I didn’t go to those lengths but I might just as well have done because I couldn’t even muster up the enthusiasm (or energy) to go in to town to watch the celebrations. Fortunately not everyone is as easily influenced by weather conditions as I am and you can get a very good ‘feel’ for what the parade was like from the edition that San Pedro Scoop published.
Amish Sausage Balls
Cookin Time: 30 min
Whut Y'all’ll Neet:
1 pound Itlian sausage, casyun' removet
1/2 cup plane breed crumbs
1/4 cup finelee choppet onion
1 egg, beete
2 teespoons vegetabull earl
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup lite brown sugar
Sleep at the base of a Maya temple
Glamping has taken on an ancient air in Guatemala, where a few lucky couples can make camp and dine at the base of a Maya temple each year.
The Ka’ana Resort’s Maya City To Yourself package includes an entire evening exploring the ruins of Yaxha, located on Guatemala’s border with Belize. The exclusive experience starts at dusk when daily visitors clear out, and an archaeological guide leads the couple on a private tour through the ancient city. It was once the third largest in the region, and possibly first settled as far back as 1,000BC.
More than 500 structures still stand throughout the city, and the guide details their different functions. There is a Mesoamerican ballcourt, for example, where sporting events and feasts took place, as well as sculpted monuments dedicated to deities and kings. The tour ends with a hike to one of the tallest temples to watch the sunset over Lake Yaxha.
The night continues at the base of one of the city’s classic tiered temples with a table set for a traditional dinner, cooked by a trio of women from a neighbouring Maya village. The menu changes seasonally, but is always centred around corn, such as handmade corn tamales, corn tortillas and a corn-based drink called atole, along with plenty of fresh vegetables. As the evening winds down, a private tent is set up with open views of the torch-lit plaza, though couples can also choose to climb another temple for after-dinner drinks. The pair also has access to a private butler should any needs arise during the night.
US energy company must suspend oil exploration until Government of Belize obtains free, prior and informed consent of Toledo’s Maya and Garifuna peoples, says new report
USCapital Energy Belize, Ltd must suspend its oil exploration immediately in Toledo, and resume activities only if the Belizean government obtains the free, prior and informed consent of the Maya and Garifuna peoples who live in the area, says an international rights organisation in a new report.
‘Toledo District, Belize, is the ancestral homeland of indigenous Maya people and Afro-descendant Garifuna people. Under human rights law, the government of Belize is obliged to protect and ensure Maya and Garifuna land rights. Private businesses operating in the area also have a duty to respect these rights,’ says Lucy Claridge, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) Head of Law.
‘The government of Belize must halt oil exploration in Toledo without further delay, and delineate and title Maya and Garifuna lands,’ Claridge added.
Where in the World Are Americans Investing Dollars
If the last several years have taught us anything, it’s that our economic system is more volatile than ever. Trillions of dollars were lost in the last credit crisis. Now, numerous economists and finance experts are predicting the implosion of the dollar and U.S. economy in the next three to five years.
According to George Melloan of the Wall Street Journal, "It is unlikely that Americans themselves will escape the inflationary consequences of the current Fed policy."
This is why some of the world's most influential and wealthy individuals have gradually been transitioning their investments out of the dollar — and sending their money to beautiful Belize.
Nestled between Mexico and Guatemala, this former British colony offers a distinct Caribbean spirit, and is very close to the United States—only a one-hour flight from Miami, two hours from Dallas or Houston. As TripAdvisor.com notes, “Forty percent of this English-speaking paradise is protected park and nature reserve land. Enthralling Mayan ruins await amid rainforest canopies. Awe-inspiring scuba diving and eco-adventures are on offer along the world’s second-longest barrier reef. The 1000-foot-diameter Blue Hole is so big and so blue that it can be seen from outer space.”
AFAR Belize Guide Video
VIDEO: Diving the Blue Hole in Belize
The Great Blue Hole is a large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 70 km (43 mi) from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, over 300 m (984 ft) across and 124 m (407 ft) deep.It was formed during several episodes of quaternary glaciation when sea levels were much lower. Analysis of stalactites found in Great Blue Hole shows that formation took place 153,000; 66,000; 60,000; and 15,000 years ago.As the ocean began to rise again, the cave was flooded.The Great Blue Hole is a part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage Site
Six CARICOM countries put on Watch List for human trafficking
Even as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments, during the past year, have seemingly made efforts in addressing human trafficking, the United States says many of them have still not done enough in tackling the issue.
In this nexus, in its 2013Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, the US Department of State placed six CARICOM countries - Barbados, Guyana, Haiti, St. Lucia, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago - on its Tier 2 Watch List.
Another four - Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Jamaica, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines - have been listed on the Tier 2 List. Belize is regarded also as a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour and that a common form of human trafficking is the “coerced prostitution of children, often occurring through parents pushing their children to provide sexual favours to older men in exchange for school fees, money and gifts”.
Lost In An Underwater Cave, Dont Let This Be You
It's a terrible tragedy when an open water diver swims into an underwater cave and doesn't make it out alive. It happened recently to a honeymoon couple in Mexico. They hired a guide for a cavern dive. He ended up taking them into a cave and all 3 died. Choose your guides carefully and don't feel pressure to go anywhere you are not comfortable with. There is nothing in any underwater cave worth dying for- Be smart and safe!! I hope this short film sends a strong enough message to anyone thinking they dont need cave training to dive in the caves.
250 Million Reasons You Should Register Your Photo Copyrights
We recently spoke to PhotoAttorney.com’s Carolyn Wright and former ASMP President Richard Kelly about the importance of registering your copyright regularl
Why Gursky's Photo of the Rhine is the World's Most Expensive Photo
The art world was abuzz last week after Andreas Gursky's photograph Rhein II sold at auction for a ground-breaking $4.3 million. The print may be Plexiglas