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Today's Belize News: September 27, 2013 #473486
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The San Pedro Sun

Tons of garbage washes up on Caye Caulker beaches

Feliz wins Saga’s Central American Cook-Off
Saga HS would like to give a sincere Thank You to El Fogon and every person involved in making Cook-Off Central America on September 19th a festive and successful night. On the newly paved Trigger Street, country flags made for a celebratory atmosphere for a block party all provided by gracious hosts El Fogon. Money raised will be used for the October SNIP-a-thon when Saga will be hosting visiting vets to provide over 300 FREE spay/neuter for low income island residents. All eight countries of Central America were represented with impressive entries into this month’s contest. After all the votes were counted Feliz Bar’s was the 1st prize winner for Pollo Encebollado – (Nicaragua). 2nd prize winner went to El Fogon for Tamales – (Belizean). 3rd prize Croquetas de Res con Queso – (Costa Rica) to Carolina Caldweld. The other delicious dishes were Pupusas (Salvador) from Pupuseria Tipico Salvadoreño Restaurant, Chicken Quesadillas (Mexico) – Faride Lima, Stuffed Plantains w/cream (Honduras) – Letty Hernandes, Patacones – (Panama) Carolina Caldweld, Bollos (Guatemalan tamales) – Patricia Rosalez.

Elvin Penner involved in fraudulent Passport
On Thursday, September 19th a press release issued from the Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s Office demanded the resignation of Minister of State, Elvin Penner. The demand for his resignation came following a passport scandal which surfaced after information was revealed that Penner had facilitated a passport for wanted South Korean National, Kim Won Hong, who has been in a prison in Taipei, Taiwan since July 13, 2013 awaiting extradition. The issue surrounding the passport is that Won Hong did not meet the standards to legally obtain a Belizean passport. Won Hon is not a Belizean national nor has he ever visited Belize. Additionally the fraudulent passport was issued on September 9, 2013, while Won Hong remains in prison in Taiwan. Won Hong’s passport picture and application were both signed by Penner. This obviously raised suspicion at the Taiwanese Government level, who then alerted the Government of Belize. The passport was immediately seized by the Taiwanese Government and is currently held under their watch as part of their investigation.

Kent “Bob” Gabourel wins National Beach Cruiser Cycling Race
On Saturday September 21st renowned island athlete Kent “Bob” Gabourel, travelled to Punta Gorda Town along with fellow island cyclists Charles Garay, Michael Rowland, Perry Staine and Keith Noralezto compete in the Annual National Beach Cruiser Cycling Race. The race comprised of 13 laps in total, each lap stretching a bit over two miles for an average of 34 miles in total. According to Gabourel, this was the first beach cruiser race he’s competed in off the island, and while the mountainous and hilly terrain did impose a bit of difficulty he managed to complete the allocated laps in record time. By the end of the 34 mile stride Gabourel managed to secure 1st place along with a trophy, while fellow islanders Charles Garay placed 3rd, Michael Rowland placed 5th, Perry Staine placed 6th and Keith Noralez placed 7th.

Ambergris Today

Sneak Peak at 2014 Belikin Calendar
The 2014 Belikin Calendar is complete, according to Belikin, as this week the company released this video of behind the scenes of the making of the calendar. It’s a sneak peak of the highly anticipated Belikin 2014 Calendar filled with great imagery of beautiful Belizean women shot in picturesque locations throughout the country. “Take a quick look at what it takes to put together the most anticipated calendar of Belize,” says Belikin. The launch of the calendar is scheduled for October 26, 2013.

The Making of the 2014 Belikin Calendar
Behind the scenes of the 2014 Belikin Calendar. Take a quick look at what it takes to put together the most anticipated calendar of Belize. Photographer: Leonardo Meléndez Photographer Assistants: Efrain Gomez, Nefi Gomez Makeup: Vanessa Awe Makeup: Carole Goudreau Jewelry Provided by: Kaj Expressions Design: Javize McGann Editor: Shelley Stonesifer Project Director: Juan-Carlos Cuéllar Project Coordinator: Anellie Paredes Creative Assistant: Gilvano Swasey Video: Island Films Video Assistant: Raul Chamorro

Potential Inconvenience from Construction Traffic Expected over Weekend
Press Release, Sustainable Tourism Project (STP), September 26, 2013 - The public is hereby informed that over the weekend of Friday, September 27 and Sunday, September 29, 2013, two ton dump trucks will be utilizing the roadways between port and the southern end of San Pedro Town, and the site of the new Sunset Boardwalk and Water Taxi Terminal at the Saca Chispas Football Field. The trucks will transport large loads of fill material and some temporary public inconvenience through traffic congestion, noise and dust is expected. Please be assured that every effort will be made to minimize disruption to normal traffic flow and any inconvenience caused. We thank you for your patience and support in our ongoing partnership to uplift and revitalize this area of San Pedro Town. Questions or concerns may be addressed to the STP office, 168 Newtown Barracks, Belize City (Tel 223-2654) the San Pedro Town Council, or the site office, at the Saca Chispas football field.

Patriotic Celebrations Continue in San Pedro at Isla Bonita Elementary
The Isla Bonita Elementary School (IBES), in an effort to increase awareness in our history and patriotism, continued with projects this week to do just that. At a general assembly on Wednesday, September 26, students of Standard V and VI were dressed as various patriotic national heroes of Belize and talked about these individuals to the assembly. Later that day both Standards V and VI had presentations with the entire class in which they showed the events leading up to September 21, 1981 and subsequently re-enacted the ceremony of the flags and George Price’s first address the free, sovereign, independent nation of Belize. This presentation was judged by retired principal, Mr. Angel Nunez, and Standard V won over standard VI with scores of 59/60 to 58/60 points respectively.

25 Years Ago: Belize Independence Day Parade in San Pedro
While Belize City had the biggest parade ever on September 21, 1981, San Pedro Village also celebrated with its few hundreds. The Midnight ceremony on Sept. 22 at Central Park was a huge event and by nine in the morning of September 21 the revelers were ready to show their happiness and their true colors. The reigning queen, Dalinda “Daly” Guerrero, Miss San Pedro 1981 who was crowned on September 10 of that year did all the honors. And then there were musicians on foot and a make shift musical group. The small stage at the town square was beautifully decorated with green palms of coconut trees. No flags, no backdrops, no glitter- only a stage to reflect a colorful event. Master of ceremonies Angel Nunez introduced the village chairman, to deliver the first Independence address. Then the hundreds took to the streets. The revelers were there in the hundreds, including men, women and school children. There was no float for the queen; she headed the parade greeting the people at their homes. There were no floats nor golf carts to line up the streets, only people dancing their soles with the rhythm of a make shift band of guitars, accordion and drums. There was no rum, no DJ’s, and no give-aways, not even promotional T-shirts- only happy men women, and children singing and dancing and repeating in unison: “Que Viva La Independencia!”, “Que Viva George Cadle Price!”, Que Viva San Pedro!” Of course the main chant was that of “Que Viva San Pedro”

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Corozal Residents Complain of illegal Dump Site
Residents of the Dominguez Layout housing site on the outskirts of Corozal Town and the community of San Antonio today complained to the Corozal Daily of an illegal dump site in their area that is severely affecting the health of their communities. The Corozal Daily immediately visited the area and one of the things we noticed that a family of eight including small children live just 100 yards from this noxious dump site. According to Marcelina Chulin and her husband who own the house we visited, that they have tried tirelessly to stop the dump truck belonging to the Corozal Town Council from continuing the practice of dumping in the area. Because there are two routes to the dump site, Chulin stated that another sanitation company from Ranchito has been seen dumping their garbage as well and it is out of control.

Belize Territorial Volunteers ( BTV ) Intro Vid
The Belize Territorial Volunteers hosted a press conference on September 25, 2013 to introduce their new logo and to share their strategic plan for future expeditions to the Belize/Guatemala border.


The enemy within
By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez Let’s start from the beginning The cancer is spreading, people hungry and begging But because of their conditioning no one is moving and no one is helping Dog eat dog this is what’s happening With the bay men’s logwood cutting then squatting Isabela and Ferdinand’s enriching We being too inviting then the Christian indoctrinating Blacks against blacks segregating Children of the British ruling The unions championing Credit union started down south then closing Now look what Jayne Us-Shaft is doing There is an enemy within Religious brain washing they call that educating With fathers sodomizing and sister aborting whilst indocutriniting The political exiling, dollar beer drinking, marijuana flooding...

Teens Belize and 24 Cents
Feelgood news of the day. Donate a shilling if you can. "Kenny Jacobs will be 24 years old on November 4th, 2013. It is in this respect that he is conducting a fundraising drive for the Teens Belize Organization. He is asking for the public’s support by donating .24 cents towards the Organization’s General Fund. Teens Belize Organization has been in existence since July 30, 2006 and along with its corporate partners, has invested over $30,000 in the positive development of young people across the nation. Teens Belize currently has 4 major programs: the Miss Top Celebrity Pageant, the Personality of the Month Award, THE LOOK model feature, and Graduation Recognition, among many other activities. You can deposit your donation of .24 cents to Scotia Bank Account # 4000822. For those in Toledo, you can drop off your donation at Coleman’s Café, or you can give to Kenny Jacobs directly. Charlyn Flowers, Miss Top Celebrity 2013 will be collecting in Belize City. Other Collection Agents coming soon."

Garifuna Collective Prepares for European Tour
Musical Interlude. The Garifuna Collective has rested up after their North American tour, and are leaving tomorrow to start their European tour. They received amazing reviews up north, and no doubt they'll do very well in Europe, and have a great time doing it. Here they are on Open Your Eyes. "Garifuna Collective performing Ubóu live in studios. they leave on their 2 week European tour today."

SISE Public Library Poetry Night
Another successful poetry night at the San Ignacio Public Library. This should be a monthly event. "The San Ignacio and Santa Elena Public Libraries held their second poetry night last night at the San Ignacio Public Library. Featured poets included Ms. Melba Marin, Ms. Natalie Williams, Ms. Nanette Taylor and Mr. Jim Arnold amongst others. An Open Mic at the end wrapped up the evening."

Flavors of Belize Magazine
Flavors of Belize's 2013 edition, which you might have seen around at some of the Belize Tourism Board displays at various events around Belize, is online. Tanya McNab always does a great job from the articles to the photography. Cayo starts on page 44. Check it out. "In 2009, McNab Publishing Ltd., launched Flavors of Belize - The Magazine, Belize's first comprehensive culinary periodical."

First Belize Medical Tourism Forum
BELTRAIDE, in collaboration with Compete Caribbean, will be developing and implementing a “Belize Medical Tourism Association”. This implementation requires the assistance of the private and public institutions/departments for the successful execution of the Belize Medical Tourism Sector Strategy, which was completed by Mr. Massimo Manzi, who is presently the Executive Director of PROMED in Costa Rica. Mr. Manzi has conducted his first mission to Belize in August 2013 to assist in the development of the association. During that time several meetings with relevant members of the banks, credit unions, airline companies, and insurance companies were conducted to sensitize them about the consultancy, discovering ways to support the association, and acquiring special rates or packages for the medical tourism developers and clientele.

The 5th Management Consulting Symposium
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with, Trinidad & Tobago Coalition of Service Industries (TTCSI) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH commenced the 5th Management Consulting Symposium at the Hyatt Regency, Trinidad on September 10, 2013. The meeting of over 75 CARIFORUM Management consultants and consulting firms from Europe, South America and Africa will conclude on September 12th 2013.

Italian Astronaut Tweets Aerial Photo of Belize’s Coral Reef
Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency just tweeted a stunning and beautiful aerial photo of Belize’s coral reef. According to his website, he is currently orbiting Earth and it is his first spaceflight and the fifth long duration mission for an ESA astronaut. The flight opportunity has been provided by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in agreement with NASA.

VIDEO: Belize City Center Demolition Job

Channel 7

"Citizen Kim": A Penner Production
Tonight Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley is in Jamaica attending a CARILED Conference, and BQ Pitts Jr is the acting mayor. That's because Deputy Mayor Eric Chang remains in Taiwan. But while there's been lots of rumors that Chang is detained in Taiwan - to the best of our knowledge - and we have checked with multiple sources - he is not. In fact, 7news has confirmed that from when Chang left in early September, he told the Council he would be back on October the third. But what we do know is that Chang is in hot water, because according to multiple, highly placed and reliable sources, he brokered the deal for Won Hong Kim to get a Belizean passport. We have also heard reliably that Chang has suggested that he could face some threat because the passport has now been revoked. We note, however, that other friends tell us he remains calm and relaxed with his family in Taiwan and plans to return to the country as scheduled next week. And while Chang has been indirectly implicated in the passport scandal for "Citizen Kim", unlike Elvin Penner, his name isn't on any signed document. As we showed you last night, on September 2nd, 2013, Penner signed the application for Won Hong Kim and he vouched that he had known him for three years as a friend. And another of Penner's friends, former UDP San Ignacio Mayor Alfonso "Ponchis" Cruz co-signed the application as Justice of the Peace, while Penner's employee, his driver picked up the passport.

OW Town Council Money Frozen; Unable To Meet Payroll
Will the Orange Walk Town Council be able to pay its workers tomorrow. That is a matter of some doubt tonight because the Belize Bank has frozen the council's bank account. The source of the problem is a one hundred and eleven thousand dollar overdraft which the PUP town council says it inherited from its UDP predecessors. Earlier this year, the Belize Bank converted the figure to a non performing loan - and notified the government which was the guarantor. Government appears not to have addressed the issue and today the Town Council was informed that all its accounts have been blocked. Now, this comes after extensive unanswered requests to the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Local Government and the Prime Minister. Via telephone, Orange Walk Mayor Kevin Bernard told us that the council is facing an immediate crisis. Kevin Bernard, PUP Mayor - Orange Walk Town "We are at the stage where our account has been blocked. We have funds in our account but we cannot operate because we cannot do anything." "As of today we were able to operate but what will we do tomorrow? How do we pay our workers? How do we provide the services to our people after tomorrow because we need to pay our payroll? Tomorrow payroll reach our operation staff. That is nothing less than $14,000.00. We need to make those payments."

David Gegg's Discovery Expeditions Now In Receivership
He's one of the power players in the cruise tourism industry but David Gegg's Discovery Expeditions has gone bankrupt. 7news has confirmed that Bob Garcia was appointed as receiver on September 20th. Today, Garcia would not comment when we asked him whether he had taken on new staff. David Gegg blazed into the public spotlight in December of 2012, when the Department of Sales Tax issued a committal warrant for him because he had tax arrears of over three hundred thousand dollars. He paid fifty thousand dollars and managed to avoid being committed to jail. But his accountant Sheffield Eck told the court that he had advised Gegg to file for bankruptcy to clear up his debts because the profits from his two companies are less than what is reported due to unbudgeted and unforeseen expenses. That other company is Cruise Solutions Limited - which, we understand remains in operation. Through Cruise Solutions, Gegg has contracts with at least one major cruise line and it is felt that with the rise of Norwegian in Harvest Caye, he enjoyed an inside track.

Arrest For OW Student's Stabbing Death
Yesterday, 7News told you about the murder of 18 year-old Darrell Wade Jr., the student of New Hope High School who was stabbed to death on Tuesday evening just before 4 o'clock. Well, the man who police believe was his assailant, Keith Gaynair, and who a resident of Palmar Road, has been arrested and charged with murder. As we told you, Wade was walking on Stadium Street along with 3 students after classes, and the stopped at a food stall. He was approached by 2 men, one of whom he allegedly had an exchange of words with. Immediately after that, this assailant pulled out a knife and stabbed him 3 times: 1 once in the back, and twice in the chest.

Rio Hondo Flood Halting
Yesterday, 7News took you to 3 of the 4 villages in the Orange Walk District which are in the vicinity of the Albion Islands, which is very flood prone. We showed you the rising water level due to the floods caused by the Rio Hondo. NEMO continues to watch these 4 villages of Santa Cruz, San Antonio, Douglas and San Roman, and today, the Regional Director of NEMO in the north told us that as of this afternoon, they found that the water level has stopped rising. Via telephone, he explained that they will remain active to help the commuters of these villages, until the roadways are cleared: Elodio Aragon Sr. - Regional Director, NEMO Orange Walk & Corozal "This morning I spoke to the chairpersons of each village and all of them are agreeing that the river - it hasn't completely stop, but since yesterday it went up one inch. They believe that by tomorrow it supposed to stop rising. Once it stops rising then we have to continue to maintain the operations we have out there which are the boats and everything because the other phase will be for the river to go down."

PLB Now Has A Belikin Cup
The Premier League of Belize Belikin Cup was launched today. It's a little short notice because the season starts on Saturday. And, for the top league, it's two months later then the FIFA stipulated timeline. But, that's because it's hard to organize a season without money and the league has had been busy looking for a sponsor. They locked in Belikin and launched today. The sponsorship is worth eighty thousand dollars in cash and in kind, and today league organizers were jubilant at the partnership with the beer giant:... Sergio Chuc - Senior Vice President, FFB "We have a product here that is highly sought of - that the people of Belize are supporting it. We saw the country of Belize in the last couple months come together, everybody following the National A Team when we represented Belize at the Gold Cup. I think that for FFB to be strong we need a professional top league and that is why I am here asking to support for the top league of Belize." "I see this as a wonderful marriage between Belikin and PLB and I could see it bearing a lot of fruits for both parties."

Island Of Garbage Washes Onto Caye Caulker
This morning residents of Caye Caulker and San Pedro woke up to find mountains of shredded garbage washed up on their shorelines. Residents of Caye Caulker say it came from the east of the island, but it piled up on the shore in ugly disarray. It's an eyesore for sure, but our experience suggests that this is the same kind of refuse that has been known to wash up on the coasts of Placencia and Punta Gorda in the past. In those cases, the garbage, piles of it came from Honduras, which seems to be the same case here. Typically, such islands of garbage can be seen floating on the sea, and a change in the winds could bring them on shore.

Man Paralyzed After Falling On His Neck
Tonight, 48 year-old Karen Ogaldez, a housewife of Silk Grass Village is facing a serious criminal charge after police say that she pushed a drunk man down, and he fell and broke his neck and ended up paralysed! According to police late last Saturday night, 40 year-old George Morgan was at a bus stop, reportedly under the influence of alcohol, when he was pushed by Ogaldez. He fell and broke his neck, and he was rushed to the Southern Regional Hospital. The doctors managed provide him with treatment, but he was admitted in a paralyzed state. As a result of police investigations, they charged Ogaldez with Grievious harm.

Gaynair Gives Back To A Fan
Ian Gaynair has emerged as a celebrated international football celebrity - and, now, as he prepares for the opening match of the Premier League of Belize, he's showing that he still has his feet on the ground. Today he made a surprise appearance at Grace Primary School where he had a birthday gift for one of his young fans. He told us why he made the visit:.. Ian Gaynair "I am here because I got a call at my work from this young lady telling me that she has her son and that today is his birthday and that he always wanted to meet me. She let me talk to him on the phone." "I sat down and think about it and I thought that I could blow his mind - do something that I would want someone do for me. I told him on the phone that I would buy a gift for him, but I was going to give him on Sunday because his mom was going to take him to watch me play at MCC since my season opened back. I thought about it and today was his special day - buy a gift and bring it for him so he could feel good."

Supa G's Una Noche Mas
A year ago, well-known Punta Rock artist, Supa G, stopped by 7News to promote his 14th album. Well, the General is back again, tonight, and he's announcing to the public that he's releasing #15. What's different about this one is that it is his first full Spanish cross-over CD, complete with 11 songs, aimed at capturing the Latin American music lovers at home and from the neighboring countries. Here's how he explained "Una Noche Mas", and why you will enjoy it even if you don't understand a word of Spanish: Supa G, Punta Rock artist "I am releasing a brand new album "Una Noche Mas." It's my first Spanish Punta album because all the countries in Central America around us speak Spanish. I thought that was one of the best ways to get to these Latin people that may not really listen to the English or Creole Punta album that I have done. This is one of the best ways to do it in their language."

This morning the organization of insurance companies made a donation to the KHMH under the hospital's Adopt-A-Ward Program. The 20 thousand dollar donation is to assist in refurbishment and expansion of the Asthma Bay in the Accident & Emergency Room. The expansion which totals seventy thousand dollars will be completed in three phases. We found out more:.. Sandra McKay, President - ORINCO "Organization of Insurance Companies have been looking at the needs that exists here at the Karl Heusner Memorial and we have really been walking the property to see where the pressing needs are and in observing what happens in the asthma bay currently which is really a corridor. It's not a room. You would observe children getting treatment as the same time as adults; its near to the accident and emergency area where trauma cases could be coming in and it affects the persons who are accessing treatment." "We decided that's where we want to contribute because we were told that one of the projects at Karl Heusner has on paper is to do a specific room, renovated and catering only to asthma patients."

SIF Scandal Going To The Capital
Tomorrow all the attention will turn to Belmopan where there's going to be a House Meeting. And those who are discontented with the failed SIF project at the Dangriga Market are also going to be looking at the capital. In fact, they will be on the ground protesting. The mayor of Dangriga along with jilted investor Lyndon Bailey are going to protest against SIF - but in front of the House of Representatives. Yesterday in Dangriga they explained their frustration:.. Lyndon Bailey "This sign is saying that "SIF we caught you red-handed, so it is the time for you to pay us." You were the one that got us into this mess. If you were forthcoming with the truth, the market would have been finish and we would have been out of here and the people of Dangriga would have enjoyed their new market." "If you can see that so many of these people were removed from SIF - so there was a problem starting from SIF and then along with the contractor."

Channel 5

Documents from the Immigration and Nationality Department confirm Elvin Penner’s involvement in passport scandal
Documents proving that former Minister of State Elvin Penner participated in every step of the current passport scandal have surfaced. Those documents are the nationality certificate and the recommender declaration [...]

Did Penner commit an act of deception; forging a document for monetary gain?
Tonight, former Minister of State Elvin Penner has removed himself from scrutiny even as calls for his head continue to saturate the public arena. Government bureaucrats at the highest level [...]

To recall or not to recall…political will to determine a stay in office
To recall or not to recall…that is the question. Or at least it’s the political issue. That option remains open to the Opposition which hasn’t said much at all on [...]

Near fatal accident at the Belize City Center as wall section collapses on worker
The dismantlement of the Belize City Center commenced earlier this week with a workforce of almost a hundred able men tearing down what was once the premier venue for sports [...]

Should Elvin Penner be allowed to continue as representative for Cayo Northeast?
In light of his dismissal from Cabinet over the passport scandal, should Elvin Penner be allowed to continue as representative for Cayo Northeast? Send your comments and responses using your [...]

Orange Walk Town Council’s Belize Bank account frozen
The Orange Walk Town Council is in a serious quandary. Early this morning, its accounts at the Belize Bank were frozen…as in the Council cannot access even a dollar. Here’s [...]

Discovery Expedition goes into receivership
There are unconfirmed reports reaching our newsroom tonight that Discovery Expeditions, a local tour company belonging to Belize City businessman David Gegg, has gone into receivership.  The insolvency of the [...]

NCL says it’s picking up support from residents of Stann Creek and Toledo
Despite strong objection from the Belize Tourism Industry Association, particularly from six of its past presidents, regarding the introduction of cruise tourism to southern Belize, Norwegian Cruise Line has been [...]

Kevin Burgess behind bars following domestic dispute
A Ladyville resident is tonight behind bars following a domestic dispute with his common-law-wife. Thirty-three year old Kevin Burgess is accused of stealing three hundred dollars from the mother of [...]

While his brother-in-law is charged for aggravated assault with a knife
While Kevin Burgess was before the court for a domestic dispute regarding his common-law wife, on the flipside of the coin, his brother-in-law was also before the court to answer [...]

Gone too soon…Erron Golanche, dead at twenty-five
A funeral service for twenty-five year old Erron Golanche was held today at the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church in Belize City. Golanche was killed in a traffic accident last [...]

The Garifuna Collective tours Europe
Keeping the Garifuna culture and music alive…that is the mission of the Garifuna Collective who for the past couple of years have been performing various styles of Garifuna music locally [...]

Healthy Living looks at importance of discipline for toddlers
Tonight on Healthy Living, we have teamed up once again with the National Committee for Families and children and the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children to [...]

Re: Today's Belize News: September 27, 2013 [Re: Marty] #473487
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Minister of Local Government Has No Immediate Solution for OW Town Council
While we had Minister Hulse to talk Immigration and Nationality, we also got him to respond to Mayor Kevin Bernard’s comments. He said that Orange Walk, like any other municipality, has been receiving its subventions. Senator Godwin Hulse, Minister of Local Government “The way it works is that the town council presents its own budget, under the law, they present it to the ministry for the further to the Ministry of Finance and the National Assembly. Of course, annually, there is a subvention allocated to each town council and that allocation they have had; as a matter of fact, not only have they had that but many times the councils have had an advanced allocation and that is as far as it goes; any extra monies they need, they need to make a request to the Ministry of Finance. WE have been talking to the Orange Walk Town Council to see how they can sort this matter out.” MARION ALI “Can you say how much subvention they get each month?” SENATOR GODWIN HULSE “Well, I would have to look it up and I hate to hazard numbers, I am getting too old for that and people hold you to numbers but each council gets their subvention including the Belize and Belmopan City Councils.”

Bank Freezes Accounts for Orange Walk Town Council
The Belize Bank accounts of the Orange Walk Town Council have been frozen and that’s because the town council is in debt of over one hundred thousand dollars. The present town council did not racked up that hefty debt but it was the doing of the previous town council under the mayoral term of Phillip Del la Fuente. The root of it is an overdraft facility that was passed on to the present council immediately after winning the March 2012 municipal elections. But that’s not all, after maxing out the overdraft facility, Mayor Kevin Bernard says that the previous town council neglected to pay monies to Social Security on behalf of its workers which totals to a sum over about fifty thousand dollars. But there is more, Bernard says that the previous administration neglected to pay Income Tax for sixteen months since 2010. With all those other debts, the Orange Walk Town Council has been unable to make good on what it owes to Belize Bank. But the bank wants no excuses and after several letters sent back and forth, today Belize Bank froze the council’s account leaving it cash-strapped. Mayor Bernard met with interested parties in Belmopan this afternoon but before entering the meeting, Mayor Bernard offered a lengthy explanation to Love News.

Cabinet’s Green Light Pending to Start Stake Bank Project
The Environmental Compliance Plan (ECP) for “A Cruise Tourism Development Project on Stake Bank Caye and a Residential Development on North Drowned Caye” was signed last Thursday, September 19, and developer, Mike Feinstein, of the Feinstein Group of Companies, now awaits the final green light from Cabinet to commence operation of these mega-tourist projects which promises to revolutionize tourism in Belize. Two weeks ago the National Environmental Appraisal Committee (NEAC) met to review the projects and consider two main environmental concerns standing in the way of the ECP, one, the fuel lighters which will be used to refuel cruise ships, and the other, the impact of a proposed causeway which passes through the Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary, a habitat for manatees. NEAC is mandated to examine proposed projects and offer its advice to the Department of the Environment (DOE) on the compliance of the project. The purpose of an ECP is to ensure that best practice measures are instituted in a project that would prevent, control and mitigate the environmental degradation that may arise from the project.

Police News
Forty year old Karne Ogaldez from Silk Grass has been charged with Grievous Harm on a man identified as forty year old George Morgan. According to reports, Morgan was socializing at a bus stop in Silk Grass Village around 2:00 O’clock on Sunday morning, when he was reportedly pushed by Ogaldez. Morgan reportedly fell on his neck. When Police arrived at the scene not long after, they saw Morgan lying motionless on the ground apparently under the influence of alcohol. He was transported to the Southern Regional Hospital and later to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he was admitted in a paralyzed state. Police have formally arrested and charged Ogaldez. Last night, police conducted a search on a public transport vehicle that was travelling from Benque Viejo Town to the City of Belmopan, and it proved fruitful. In there they discovered a black plastic bag containing fifty five grams of suspected cannabis and a box containing three hundred and eighty eight grams of suspected cannabis under a seat. Since no one claimed the items they were deposited as found property.

Immigration Minister Says Nationality Section Being Investigated
While the news has spread like wildfire of the resignation of Elvin Penner as Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration and Nationality, and the suspensions of three Immigration Officers in the passport section, very little has been reported if any employee of the Nationality section will or has been sent home for the issuance of passport to South Korean national, Kim Won Hong, today the Minister in Charge, Senator Godwin Hulse spared us an interview. Minister Hulse explained that the person at the top of the Nationality Ministry, Elvin Penner has been forced to resign and investigations into more involvement by others continue. SENATOR GODWIN HULSE “The highest person in the nationality section already got not only suspended but fully removed from the job and that is Minister Penner, the minister who actually signs nationality certificates.

One Man Down After Few Days Into Demolition of City Centre
The demolition of the Belize City Centre is only two weeks along but already there is a serious injury to report. Reports are that sometime around four this afternoon the work crew was taking down one of the many slabs of siding that made one of the walls of the structure when it fell on top of one of the labourers. Egbert Jones was crushed and suffered injuries to his arms, stomach and legs. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he remains tonight.

BSI Says No Payment for Bagasse?
Negotiations between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and the Belize Sugar Industries resumed today in Orange Walk but were then immediately suspended. The negotiations are in relation to a new commercial agreement between BSI and BSCFA and in relation to a payment to cane farmers for the use of bagasse by BSI and Belize Cogeneration Energy Limited, BELCOGEN. According to the association, to date provisional agreement has been reached in relation to some areas of the new commercial agreement. But in the case of the payment of bagasse, the association says that BSI’s negotiating team is firm in not making any payments and so the association has requested in writing that BSI’s negotiating team submit BSCFA’s proposal for payment of bagasse to BSI’s principals with the hope that BSI’s negotiating team be instructed to negotiate some payment for the bagasse. When both parties met today, BSI still did not respond in writing to BSCFA’s request. As a result, BSCFA requested a suspension of these negotiations, and also requested that BSI submit a response to BSCFA’s request by this Friday to determine if and when negotiations would resume.

Discovery Expeditions in Receivership
There is news tonight that Discovery Expeditions Belize has gone into receivership. The company which its logo suggests has been operating since 1972 and is spearheaded by its President and CEO, David Gegg, has fallen in the hands of Receiver for Atlantic Bank, General Robert Garcia. Although there are allegations that Atlantic Bank is owed in the millions, we haven’t been able to confirm. Garcia was also the receiver of the Novelo’s Bus Line and the Nova Shrimp farm which were closed off after some time. The company’s faith in the hands of a receiver is said to be causing discomfort with employees who are worried about their fate. Love News has come across a letter written by the Receiver, General Garcia and addressed to the Tourism Industry Partners. It reads quote “Please be informed that Discovery Expeditions Belize Limited was placed in Receivership by the bank on September 20, 2013” end quote. If further states quote “Discovery Expedition values your custom and will continue to provide all its services, whilst working also to enhance its product. In the Interim, the bookings, payments for services etc, remain the same, except that cheques are to be made out to Discovery Expeditions Belize Limited (In Receivership)” end quote. The letter closes by explaining that partners will be notified in due course if any other changes take place as the company seeks to improve itself. We will continue to follow up on this story and have more for you in tomorrow’s news report.


LICU Promotes Tourism In O/W By Training Future Tour Guides
Twenty-two persons sat through the first ever Tour Guide training program facilitated by La Inmaculada Credit Union and the Ministry of Economic Development over the past three months. After all...

DEMO CZL Addresses Dump-site Problem
Another cause for concern is the dump site on the Consejo road used primarily by residents of Consejo Village. The incessant rains experienced during the past few days have not...

Finally, Works Underway On Consejo Road CZL
A sigh of relief is what residents of Consejo Village are breathing as their plea was heard by the people in government. The nine mile stretch of road, regularly used...

O/W Police Confiscate Drugs, One Man Arrested
Tonight, a resident of Trial Farm Village is sitting in a square cell wondering what the faith of his future will be. Yesterday, September 25th, Orange Walk police were on...

Undisclosed Amount of Cash Robbed From Store At CZFZ
Information reaching our newsroom this evening indicates that a robbery occurred inside of the Free Zone today sometime around 1:30. Unconfirmed reports allege that the incident occurred at the Delamo...


SIF and Financiers return to Dangriga Town Market
The saga of the Dangriga Town market project continues as SIF representative Ernest Raymond met with Mayor of Dangriga Gilbert Swazo to discuss a possible handing over of the project. You may recall that SIF removed previous contractor Kennard Smart of K&G Construction for being unable to move ahead...

Public Accounts Committee meets in the Capital
The Public Accounts Committee continued its public assessment of the Annual Auditor General reports on Wednesday. Again, the representatives from the Opposition – that is the Chair the Hon. Julius Espat and the Hon. Rodwell Ferguson were absent and so the Hon. John Saldivar was presided over the meeting...

Hon. Julius Espat comments on PAC Meeting
PlusNews has confirmed that Julius Espat is out of the country but we managed to make contact with him on Wednesday and asked him about his take on the PAC meeting aired live on television earlier. He said that “at the end of the day the people of Belize...

Minister accused of unwanted sexual advances in Taiwan
Belize has had to face a few international embarrassments of late. We can think of the SIF scandal which resulted in representatives of the IDB coming to Belize for an investigation into the Dangriga Market Rehabilitation Project. We can also think of the firing of Elvin Penner as Minister...

Coast Guard Officer reprimanded over incident involving visiting Prime Minister
Belize seems to be reeling from one embarrassment to another. The Dominican media houses are having a field day with Belize over the detention of that country’s Prime Minister by the Belize Coast Guard. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit gave a pleasant address at Belize’s Independence Day official Ceremonies on...

Man detained for murder of Darrrell Wade
Police have issued details on the murder of an 18 year old of Orange Walk Town who was killed on Wednesday afternoon. According to police reports, on Tuesday September 24th at 3:45pm, 18 year old Darrell Wade was walking on Stadium Street, Orange Walk Town along with three students...

Two detained following aggressive robbery in PG
66 year old Fabian Martinez of Punta Gorda Town entered the Punta Gorda Town Police Station early Wednesday morning, at around 2 a.m. the elderly man had duct tape on his neck, both hands and legs. Martinez told police that at 11:30pm on Tuesday September 24, he was at...

More works are planned for Belize Infrastructure Limited
The private company of BIL (Belize Infrastructure Limited) sparked much controversy earlier in the year, especial when the opposition leader, Hon. Francis Fonseca described it as “a vehicle for the Government of the day to hustle“. Nevertheless, the private company is moving forward full throttle. Works have already begun...

Government to forgive some DFC loans
The Prime Minister, in his Independence Day address, claims he has an Independence gift for indebted borrowers of DFC. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow- Prime Minister of Belize “Perhaps then, this is the time to announce what I hope will be an annual feature: an Independence Day gift! As part...

Minister of Immigration comments on passport scandal
On Wednesday the Minister in charge of Immigration, the Hon. Godwin Hulse broke his silence on the recent Passport scandal. Minister Hulse called into Krem TV’s Wake Up Belize Wednesday morning to speak on the investigation. Hon. Godwin Hulse- Minister of Immigration “This matter, as you know, is under...

Political Parties Celebrate Anniversaries
Later this week, Belize’s two main political parties are marking the anniversaries of their respective foundations. The United Democratic Party was formed on September 27, 1973 from a merger of three parties, the National Independence Party (NIP), the People’s Development Movement (PDM) and the Liberal Party,...

The Guardian

Thousands of Jobs with Millions in Infrastructure Development
Fresh off the success of the Southside Poverty Alleviation Project, which employed thousands of Belize City residents and resulted in crime falling to its lowest point in a decade, the Government of Belize is being even more aggressive in its effort to keep Belizeans employed and continue growing the economy. In his Independence Day address, Prime Minister Barrow announced investments of more than $100 million in infrastructural development across the country. Prime Minister Barrow said, “As a driver of economic development [investment in infrastructure] has now become the principal implement in this Administration’s toolbox.” Projects Prime Minister Barrow announced include the construction of Lake Independence Boulevard, a new Civic Center in Belize City and new sporting facilities in every district town countrywide.

More Write Offs and $80 Million more for DFC
In his Independence Day address to the nation, Prime Minister Barrow announced that the Government of Belize will write off another $6.22 million in loans from the Development Finance Corporation as “an Independence Day gift”. Public gifts have become a regular feature announced in Prime Minister Barrow’s Independence Day, Christmas and New Year’s addresses. Previous gifts include loan write offs, tax exemptions, lowering of utility rates and new social assistance programs. In this latest gift, government will forgive the debts of 361 Belizeans. According to Prime Minister Barrow, most of the loans are from the mortgage program with a few from the education and productive sectors. He says most of the loans have already been foreclosed upon and the DFC has seized and sold the borrowers’ collateral. However, the sale of the collateral was not sufficient to cover the debt; therefore, the borrowers are still on the hook for the balance and are being “hounded by lawyers and bill collectors”. Individuals benefiting from this new debt relief initiative should be receiving notification letters soon.

Julius come to Work!
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) began its work in earnest on Monday, September 23rd. After all the back and forth and the jumping up and down that Julius Espat was doing, the UDP members of the committee proved that the committee can actually do legitimate work. The first two days of meetings proved this. With the guidance of Hon. John Saldivar who was selected as the Pro-tem Chairman of the committee, on Monday the Auditor General’s report for financial years 2003/2004 and 2004/2005 were discussed. Then on Wednesday the Auditor General’s report for year 1st April 2008 to 31st March 2009 were looked at. Based on the information that was presented by those interviewed there were quite a number of issues that have become evident. In the two days of discussions, it is clear that there are deficiencies in the system which need to be addressed. Among these deficiencies is the fact that proper inventories of government assets are not properly kept. Also, it appears that the Auditor General’s office is understaffed and is not properly prepared to handle the audits in the prescribed time frame that is given for these to be done. Another issue that came out is that at time the Auditor General does not have all the information which is required to conduct a proper audit of some government departments.

Editorial: Institutions Vs individuals
We should not be surprised when individuals behave badly (although we may be saddened) because as human beings we are all subject to a variety of influences and temptations. Individuals who are found guilty of bad behaviour face a variety of sanctions depending on the severity of the wrong. However, we should not judge an institution on the basis of wrongdoing by individuals but reserve judgement according to the response by the institution and those in authority. It is therefore hardly surprising when revelations surface indicating that individuals in government, either as employees in the public service or as politicians, behave badly. Indeed, these individuals, because of their occupation, are especially vulnerable to temptation. They are often in a position to make decisions that can fundamentally affect the lives of others and to benefit personally from these decisions. Naturally, those whose lives may be affected will try to gain the best possible outcome for themselves and this frequently involves offering some inducement to decision makers. The inducement may be something simple such as reminding decision makers about ties of kinship or friendship or it may be a more direct invitation to accept monitory or other rewards, including trips, gifts and sexual favours. It is obvious to outsiders that such actions are corrupt but those involved will often try to excuse their actions as being within the norm. The judgement issue for the public is not however about the individuals, who should be dealt with as the law dictates, but rather how the institution handles these revelations. This is not something peculiar to Belize as shown by the following examples:

Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s Independence Day Address
Your Excellency, the Governor-General, Sir Colville Young, and Lady Young; Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica and our Independence Day Guest of Honour; My Lord Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin; and other Justices of the Supreme Court; Hon. Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca, and Mrs. Fonseca; Hon. Ministers of Government and Members of the National Assembly; Your Worship the Mayor of Belmopan, Mr. Simeon Lopez, and Mrs. Lopez; My Lords the Bishops of the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches of Belize; Superintendent of the Methodist Belize/Honduras District; President of the Evangelical Association of Churches; Other members of the Clergy; Excellencies of the Diplomatic Corps; Members of the Consular Corps; Special guests; Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen; Fellow Belizeans.

United Democratic Party at 40
The birth of the United Democratic Party on the 27th September, 1973 was the result of a merger of three parties involved back then in the gargantuan task of opposing the seemingly unbeatable and powerful People’s United Party – ruling party of the day. For 23 years before that, the PUP had dominated Belize’s political scene virtually unopposed.

Civic Center Demolished
The sound of mauls thumping on concrete and pry bars ripping zinc has become the mainstay of the area surrounding the Belize City Center. The building is being demolished after it was deemed unfit to carry on the function it was built to do. According to project manager at the site, Reina Gonzalez, the main columns rising from the foundation are rotten at the very end. Because of this, the structure is unsound and needed to be demolished. Now 90 men and women from Belize City and about 50 percent of them from the Back-A-Town area are putting their manpower and sweat into tearing it down.

El Salvador Military Symphonic Orchestra performs in San Ignacio Town
Members of El Salvador Military Symphonic Orchestra Having performed in Belmopan and other parts of Belize, the El Salvador Military Symphonic Orchestra played a number of classical and marching tunes on Tuesday night of this week at the Cayo Welcome Center. Present for the musical night was the Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, John August, as well as the Ambassador of El Savador to Belize, Rolando Roberto Vizuela Ramos.

Zero Tolerance! Investigation Continues into Passport Scandal
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development, NEMO and Immigration is investigating the issuance of a Belize Passport to South Korean, Kim Won Hong. Won Hong is detained in Taiwan and wanted in South Korea for embezzling millions of dollars. It was brought to Prime Minister Barrow’s attention on Tuesday, September 17th, that a Belize Passport was issued to Won Hong on September 9th. However, he was in a Taiwan Prison at the time and had been there since August. There is also no information to prove that Wong Hong had ever been to Belize.

National Bank attracts over 400 Applicants in first 5 days
Chairman of the National Bank, Hon. Joy Grant told the Guardian that within the first 5 days of the opening of the bank, it saw over 400 persons come in to get application forms. "We know there is a lot of interest and enthusiasm is still very high, stated Hon. Grant. She explained that as persons come in to the bank, because it is a development bank, the focus is on education. That education involves explaining to applicants and advising them about the size of a loan that they are able to take on and working on tailoring their needs based on their incomes. "It is not a 'yes' or a 'no' but rather we explain how big a house they can build," stated Grant.

PUP Venom on Young Minds
The capacity of the People's United Party to spew venom and lies has reached an all time low. The Guardian Newspaper has received numerous complaints by irate parents who say their children were taken advantage of by the PUP. Apparently the PUP secretariat induced some schools to send their Standard 6 classes to their headquarters under the guise that they would do a presentation on "the road to independence." Instead of the children being truly taught about what the road to independence was like, they were bombarded with all manner of lies.

Woman in charge of a Big project
Seeing Reina Gonzalez at the project site as the Belize City Center is being taken down, you would think that she is out of place. In Belize we don't generally associate women with being involved in these types of heavy work. But not only is Gonzalez at the right place, she is actually in charge of the project.

School Bus Run Situation Toledo
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) wishes to clarify the situation with respect to some School Bus Operators in Toledo who have expressed dissatisfaction with payment or non-payment for runs conducted during the first few weeks of school.

Dwight Flowers Sentenced to three years for Sexual Assault on Minor
Dwight Flowers, 53, a construction worker of Belize City, was convicted on one count of aggravated assault of an indecent nature on Monday, September 23rd. Flowers appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith to answer to accusations by a 15 year old girl. On March 24th of this year the girl reported to police that Flowers fondled her breast. The girl said that Flowers did it before but she did not report the incident. After he touched her breast the second time the girl was extremely annoyed and told her older brother. He then took her to the police station where they made a formal report. Flowers was then arrested and charged.

Man Attacked and Killed in San Ignacio Town
On Monday, September 23rd, at about 1:30a.m., Jorge Tzib, 28, was walking from a North to West direction in San Ignacio Town when he was attacked and killed. At the time of his death Tzib had on a red and blue in color knapsack on his back. Jorge Tzib, who is a laborer from Shawville in San Ignacio Town, fell to his death somewhere between the Red Cross Building and the Office ‘Gurus’ Building on Joseph Andrews Drive. At the time of the attack, Tzib was also dressed in a short black pants and a grey in color sleeveless shirt. His body was found lying on its left side on Joseph Andrews Drive and he was barefeet. On closer inspection, Jorge Tzib was found to have stab wounds on the left side of his ear as well as under his right ear and a slit throat. Police are investigating the apparent murder.

High Speed Chase Leads to Bust of 2.5 Kilos of Marijuana
Mason Patnett, 26, of Vista Del Mar and 32-year-old parolee Ryan Tillett of Ladyville Village appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Monday, September 23rd,to answer to a charge of drug trafficking. According to police report, on Saturday, September 21st, officers were conducting a vehicle checkpoint at the entrance to La Democracia at Mile 31 on the George Price Highway when a vehicle with two men inside drove through the checkpoint without stopping. A mobile unit assigned to the checkpoint set chase after them. Officers report that one person exited the vehicle near mile 23 and threw a black plastic bag into the bushes. The individual then got back into the vehicle and the driver drove off. Police were able to catch up with the vehicle at Mile 15 on the George Price Highway. The two men were arrested and taken to Mile 23 where the object was thrown. There police found a black plastic bag which contained green leafy like substance suspected to be marijuana. The men were taken to the police station where the marijuana was weighed and amounted to 2,545 grams. The men were identified as 26-year Mason Patnett and 32-year-old Ryan Tillett. Both were charged with the offense of drug trafficking.

Ghost Town Boss Charged for Association with Criminal Gang
The alleged leader of the Ghost Town Crips, Roger Samuel Anthony, was deported to Belize from Pennsylvania, USA on June 27th of this year and on Independence Day he was arrested and charged with the offense of associating with a criminal gang. Anthony left Belize with at least one case before the court. On February 15th he was arrested and charged with associating with a criminal gang. He pled not guilty to the charge and was granted bail. He fled the country sometime after but was later captured and deported to Belize. Upon his arrival, he was issued a compliance letter ordering him not to associate with any criminal gangs. However, on Saturday, September 21st, he was found associating with members of the Ghost Town Crips on Lakeview Street in Belize City and was arrested and charged for that offense. Anthony appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Monday, September 23rd. He was represented by attorney Kareem Musa and pled not guilty to a single charge of associating with a criminal gang. There was no objection to bail and Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer offered it in the sum of $600 plus one surety of the same amount.

Basketball Firms’ Competition enters Knockout round
The Belize District Basketball Association Firms’ competition will enter its knockout round on Thursday, September 26th, 2013, at Bird’s Isle. In the first game on the schedule at 7:30 pm will feature Belize City Council against PUC/CBA/Fisheries. In game two, BTL will see action against Ready Call Centre. On Friday, September 27th, 2013 in the first game at 7:30 p.m. Heritage Bank will go up against Courts and this will be followed by Belize Bank against Central Health. The competition will then enter the Quarterfinal round on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 with two more games on the schedule.

Barney Brown captures cycling test race
The Belize Cycling Association held its second test race on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 on the Boom-Hattieville Circuit. The event saw the participation of some 30 riders with 23 of them completing the course. At the end of 1:59:23 Barney Brown of Scotiabank was the first rider to cross the finish line. He was then followed by Joel Borland of Telemedia Cycling Team, Robert Liam Stewart of Benny’s Megabytes was the third rider to cross the finish line and he was followed by Julio Cesar Ozuil of Depredadores and then he was followed by Henry Moreria who is unattached to round of the top five finishers. The other riders to finish in the next five positions include Angel Tzib who is also unattached, and he was followed by Roger Troyer of Belikin Western Spirit Cycling Team, Giovanni Lovell of Telemedia Cycling, Byron Pope of Benny’s Megabytes and then Nissan Arana of Depredadores.

Primary schools football competition opens countrywide
The 2013-2014 National Primary Schools Sports Programme calendar has commenced countrywide with the annual Football Competition. Here in Belize City, a total of six (6) girls team and seventeen (17) boys’ teams are participating in the Football Competition. The schools in the girls’ competition are St. Luke Methodist, Queen Square Anglican, Belize Elementary, Holy Redeemer, Ephesus SDA, and James Garbutt SDA. In the male competition the schools are St. Luke Methodist, James Garbutt, Belize Elementary, Holy Redeemer, Ephesus SDA, Unity Presbyterian, St. Martin De Porres, St. Ignatius, Salvation Army, Queen Street Baptist, Ebenezer Methodist, Wesley Upper, Queen Square Anglican, St. Joseph, St. John Vianney, St. Mary’s and Trinity Methodist. The regular season in Belize City commenced on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, with three games on the schedule. In the only girls’ game on the schedule, St. Luke Methodist went up against Belize Elementary School. In the first of two male games, St. Luke Methodist saw action against Belize Elementary and in the second game Unity Presbyterian went up against St. Martin De Porres.

XXIII National Women’s Softball Championship this weekend
The Belize Softball Federation will play host to the XXIII Edition of the National Women’s Softball Championship which is scheduled for Friday, September 27 – September 29, 2013, at Rogers Stadium the home of softball in Belize. As the premier female sports in the country, the Belize Softball Federation has dedicated this year’s National Women’s Softball Championship to the survivors of cancer especially breast cancer. The Baden’s balls that will be used in the championship are pink in colour and carry the logo of the Cancer Awareness Foundation. The ceremonial first pitch will be a dual pitch the first time that this will be done in the country and this honours will be given to Mrs. Philippa Griffith-Bailey, ISF Hall of Fame Member, immediate past Treasurer of the Belize Softball Federation, the only Women in Sports Commissioner in the country and she will be joined by a representative of the Cancer Society.

Rio Hondo Floods Orange Walk Communities
Residents of Santa Cruz, San Roman, San Antonio and Douglas Village in the Orange Walk District have had to adjust their daily routine to cope with an extremely wet September. The country has not seen an extended period of dry days since the month started and all communities along the banks of the major rivers are on flood alert. The communities of Santa Cruz, San Roman, San Antonio and Douglas have been dealing with flash floods for several days and the water from the Rio Hondo River has covered the road leading to the villages and cut them off from the rest of the country. Residents of those communities are very familiar with flooding and have not allowed the inconvenience of nature to keep them from continuing their daily routine. The residents start their day about an hour earlier. The National Emergency Management Organization has been in the area since Thursday, September 19th. Units of the Belize Defense Force River Patrol and Belize National Coast Guard are operating in the area. They have combined their resources along with civilian assistance to move residents across the water in boats and unto waiting buses. Elodio Aragon Sr., NEMO Coordinator for the North, explained that students are transported first and a free bus has been provided for them. After the students cross the water, the boats are available for individuals heading to their place of employment. After those priority groups are transported, other residents are assisted. Residents of communities along river banks must remain alert as the National Meteorological Service is forecasting more rain in the upcoming days. The forecast for Thursday and Friday is for “isolated showers and isolated thunderstorms” and for Saturday the forecast is “a few showers and isolated thunderstorms inland and North”. Meaning, more rain is likely to pour down on the Rio Hondo River.

Caye Caulker Chronicles

Legends of Belize Book Release
GrisDismation is an independent studio established by Artists GrissyG and Dismas to produce unique Art and Animations that entertain, inspire and fascinate. Their creative magic includes producing Fine Art in a variety of mediums from watercolors, acrylics, wire, sculpey and original Artistic Animations exclusively for exhibitions,presentations, licensing, merchandising and sales of fine Art prints. Original Artistic Animated shows produced by GrisDismation include Ongher, Time Box, and MasBot, which appeal to a wide audience from children to adults. Ongher is a light-hearted comedy about a modern day clown who lives life much like the rest of us but with a comedic twist just for a good laugh. Time Box is an adventure of epic proportions as friends Zelfo, Melvasi and Buggd travel the time dimensional universe to find Buggd’s home. MasBot, Man Android System Bot is a Science Fiction adventure that explores the technological unknown.

Eradication Of Dogs
The eradication of dogs began on the early morning of September 25th and unfortunately a few house dogs were poisoned as well. The owners are upset and are holding the Village Council responsible claiming that no date was given on the eradication of dogs and what they have done is wrong. The Health Department conducted the eradication with the assistance of the Village Council and Police Officers. The eradication is done if and when the Health Department gets too many complaints on stray dogs. Even if dogs have collars they are still considered a stray. In many countries around the world ‘Dog Laws’ exist and consequences are given if they are broken or requirements are not met. We in Belize do have a DOGS ACT which can be found in Chapter 153, Revised Edition 2000 Here are a few laws taken from the above revised edition.

Garbage patch finds its way to Caye Caulker
A patch of garbage stretching for several ugly yards found its way in the seas near Caye Caulker. A boater in the area took these photos. Where did this garbage come from? According to sources, a lot of garbage has been finding its way on to the East side of the island this week. The garbage included syringes and yards of plastic waste. Update: There are SEVERAL patches of garbage floating in the sea all over the front of the island, not just one.

The Reporter

Facing shortages, Venezuela takes over toilet paper plant over toilet paper factory
When you’re running low on toilet paper and getting desperate, what do you do? If you’re the Venezuelan government, you take over a toilet paper factory.

Brazil’s president Rousseff attacks US over spy claims President Dilma Rousseff: “The argument that illegal interception…is intended to protect nations against terrorism is untenable”Continue reading the main story Related Stories Brazil president calls off US trip Brazil and Mexico probe NSA claims US agency ‘surveillance leviathan’
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has criticised the US over allegations it carried out electronic espionage.

Charting a way forward for Belize sports: Belmopan Active Youths win US$100,000 grant
The Belmopan Active Youths (BAY), a youth organization established in April 2012 has received US$100,000 in grant money from the United States Embassy in Belmopan. The money is to be used to establish a project for drug prevention among young people of Belmopan and surrounding communities over the next 10 [...]

In acquitting Menjivar, Judge found GSU acted as trespassers
The Central District of the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling on Monday, when Justice Denis Hanomansingh dismissed a nine count indictment of attempted murder against Miguel Angel Menjivar.

Man gets three years for fondling his daughter’s breast
A 56-year-old man, who inappropriately touched his daughter, was found guilty of aggravated assault of an indecent nature on Monday and sentenced to three years in prison.

Afternoon nap aids children’s learnings
Getting young children to take an hour-long nap after lunch could help them with their learning by boosting brain power, a small study suggests.

Dramatic’ drop in global HIV infections
The number of HIV infections and Aids-related deaths has fallen dramatically, according to a UN report. Death rates fell from 2.3 million during its peak in 2005 to 1.6 million last year, says UNAIDS.

Barney Brown wins Burrell Boom bypass race
Barney Brown of the Scotiabank team, won the second test race organized by the Belize Cycling Association on Sunday, September 22.

Camalote Blazers win Miley Garcia softball championship
Camalote Blazers won the 2013 Miley Garcia women’s softball championship, by a 5-0 victory over Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy in the third game of the finals organized by the Cayo Softball Association at the Denbeigh Fuller Stadium in Camalote last Sunday, September 22.

The Belize Times


Isla Mujeres, Mexico: An Alien Albino Turtle, An Island Made Only of Plastic Bottles and A Look Around
When guide books refer to both San Pedro, Belize AND Isla Mujeres, Mexico, they often start with a phrase like “Once a sleepy fishing village…”. But I don’t think that is all these two islands have in common. GRANTED, I’ve lived in San Pedro for almost 7 years and I’ve been on Isla Mujeres for about 24 hours but I went all over the place today and got a decent feel for it. This island has an excellent vibe, gorgeous beaches and some killer food and one MAJOR difference to San Pedro: they get about 1 MILLION visitors a year. ONE MILLION! Here’s my look around. I’m saving the eating for another post since it is SO good, it deserves to stand alone. Here’s a map that I took inside a golf cart rental shop (similarity #1) to give you the general layout. The island is less than 5 miles long and about 1/2 mile at it’s thickest. Most of the population (listed at about 13,000 though it seems like SO MUCH more) lives on the left side of the map or the north part of the island called El Centro. Here is a map to show the isla in relation to it’s HUGE sister, Cancun.

International Sources

Mexican fishermen push for sustainable lobster harvest
Mexico's government took steps this month to protect fisheries in the Caribbean region in response to requests from fishermen who are pushing for more sustainable lobster harvests. Four marine sanctuaries covering 133 sq. kilometers (51 sq. miles) were created under an agreement betweeen the federal government and fishermen who belong to four cooperatives. The Agriculture, Ranching, Rural Development, Fishing and Food Secretariat published the agreement creating the sanctuaries in southeastern Mexico in the Official Daily of the Federation on Sept. 12. The Andres Quintana Roo, Banco Chinchorro, Jose Maria Azcorra and Langosteros del Caribe fishing cooperatives requested the creation of the sanctuaries in Quintana Roo state. Area fishermen agreed to stop working the waters in the protected areas to give marine life time to recover as part of an effort to maintain long-term production. "My son is 11. He did not see the number of lobsters I was able to see," Gerardo Velazquez, a member of the Vigia Chico cooperative in Punta Allen, told Efe. Fishermen have agreed not to take lobsters that are less than 13.5 centimeters (5.3 inches) long or females carrying eggs.

Ship’s crew march for independence day
SAILORS from Portsmouth-based HMS Lancaster took part in an independence day parade in Belize. Dressed in tropical No 1 uniforms the sailors marched around Belmopan, the capital, along with servicemen from the Belize Defence Force. Cheered on by local schoolchildren the 20 sailors marched four miles through the city. HMS Lancaster was anchored off Belize City for four days. The Type 23 frigate is on a six-month deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean. Her task is providing security to the region, along with conducting counter-narcotic operations. The sailors were welcomed to Belize with a reception by the Governor General, which concluded with a midnight flag lowering ceremony. Midnight marks the time the Union Jack was lowered for the last time in the country in 1981. Commander Steve Moorhouse is the commanding officer of HMS Lancaster.

Belize charge d'affaires now ambassador to Taiwan: gov't
Cherie Nisbet, former charge d'affaires at the Embassy of Belize in Taiwan, was recently promoted to the Central American ally's ambassador to Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced yesterday. Nisbet presented a certified copy of a letter of credence to Foreign Minister David Lin on Sept. 16, announced Florencia Hsieh, deputy director-general of MOFA's Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, yesterday. She will soon present the official letter of credence to President Ma Ying-jeou to officially assume the post of ambassador to the R.O.C., Hsieh said. Nisbet took up the Belizean Embassy's charge d'affaires post in August 2011.

Not All Is Good With Norwegian Cruise Lines Future Belize Port
"Our ships will be going somewhere else, unless we can figure out a way to make the experience better." Colin Murphy, Norwegians Vice President, Destination & Strategic Development, following the rejection of their proposed purchase of Crawl Caye in southern Belize for development as a cruise port. TROUBLE IN PARADISE: Dirty tricks and bully boy tactics in the Tropics? Norwegian Cruise Lines announced the purchase last week of the 75 acre Harvest Caye off the coast of southern Belize, and their intention to create a cruise port and eco-friendly private island two miles south of the tiny fishing village of Placencia, along with a mainland hub for land-based tours. The project is apparently set to generate local jobs, so you could be forgiven for wondering why there is local, and very vocal, opposition.

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