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Guatemalan man stabbed to death in the city
There has been relative peace in the City streets, but that was broken over the weekend when two stabbing victims succumbed to injuries. We start with the most recent murder, [...]
Security guard dies after almost a week of being in a coma
In the other homicide…Kevin Anthony Jex was remanded on Friday for the attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm upon former security guard of Brown Sugar [...]
Forgery at the Ministry of Housing involving thousands of dollars
There is word tonight that police are looking for a staff member of the Ministry of Housing. The officer allegedly forged the signature of the Minister of Housing on vouchers [...]
First meeting on the immigration bills is postponed
At the last sitting of the House of Representatives on November first, the government tabled three amendment bills following public outcry in the immigration and visa scandal. The bills include [...]
Deputy P.U.P. Party Leader maintains no participating in PAC hearings
When the government turned down the restructuring of the Public Accounts Committee, the Opposition walked out and the hearing continued by the committee made up only of Government ministers. [...]
U.S. Missionary couple fined for failing to declare over $50,000
An American couple, a Pastor and his wife, were detained by the police and taken to court for failing to declare some twenty-eight thousand U.S. dollars, that’s a little under [...]
Julius Espat says recall efforts one step closer to becoming a reality
When we caught up earlier today with the P.U.P. Deputy Leader, Julius Espat, he told us that the recall effort of U.D.P. Cayo Northeast area representative Elvin Penner is one [...]
The United Nations’ Global Gender Gap Report 2013
A recently issued report by the United Nations shows that in respect of important indicators, Belize has regressed. The Global Gender Gap Report 2013 provides a comprehensive overview of current [...]
B.S.I. responds to BSCFA on bagasse
The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association is making its media rounds this week. BSCFA, as you know, wants to get a slice of the pie in respect of millions of [...]
Fired employees of BWS demand settlement for unlawful dismissal
Since their dismissal from the Belize Water Services Ltd. in early February, a group of five former employees, including Don Gillett, Colin Morrison, Charlette Barnett, Michael Novelo and Journett McKoy, [...]
BWS Workers Union failed to support former employees during investigation
Furthermore, the terminated employees say they are aggrieved by the fact that the Belize Water Services Workers Union, to which they were all members serving in various capacities, failed to [...]
Former employees want individual compensation
The group is seeking individual compensation from BWS since it is unlikely that they will be reinstated if the court finds the company guilty of wrongful termination. Their lawyer, Senior [...]
Missing Dangriga teen returns home
A Dangriga family is tonight breathing a sigh of relief that their loved one is alive. Seventeen-year-old Hansel Garcia had disappeared some three weeks ago, following a threat on his [...]
Whistle blower on visa hustle to appear on Dickie Bradley Show
Later tonight on the Dickie Bradley Show, Alverine Burgess will be making an appearance. You have heard her voice, but tonight Burgess will face Dickie Bradley one on one with [...]
Veterans Day celebrates the life of 3 Belizeans
Today is being celebrated as Veterans Day, in honor of those who served in the armed forces during the World Wars. Major conflicts of the First World War were formally [...]
James Adderley and the weekend sporting activities
Good Evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. For a 2nd week in a row, the seasonal rains has played havoc with the sporting scene across the [...]
Will The 2013/2014 Crop Open On November 25th?
Will the 2013/2014 Crop season commence on November 25th as scheduled? Well, that’s a question we can’t answer because according to the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, if the Belize Sugar Industries Limited does not set a date for renegotiations to resume on the Bagasse issue, cane farmers will not deliver cane to the factory.
On Sunday the BSCFA hosted is Annual Division AGM at the CJC auditorium in Corozal Town where several topics were laid on the table for discussion including the resolution not to commence crop on the 25th of November.
“Bueno hasta en estos momentos sigue parado no hemos conseguido nada de BSI todavía para que nos podamos juntar con ellos, lo que hemos hecho esta semana le mandamos una carta al chairman de sugar board para que asi pueda ver esa intervención de sugar board para que si se puede continuar esta negociación con BSI.”
Tensions Rise Between BSI And BSCFA As The Miller Says "We Own The Bagasse"
And while the BSCFA has been knocking on every legal door for a bigger audience on the Bagasse issue, today we have a breakthrough to report as the Belize Sugar Industries Limited responded to the matter through a press release. It’s a step closer to an actual interview with the executives, but it’s a response that won’t sit too well with the BSCFA.
The release starts off by stating that BSCFA, through the airwaves, has painted BSI as unfair at the same time claiming that their cause is morally right. In efforts of bringing certain points to the attention of the public, the release states that the cane purchased and delivered to the sugar mill includes; water, sugar, fiber (bagasse), mud etc and that the cane becomes BSI’s property, responsibility and risk.
This is confirmed by the long standing historical position that BSI alone (1) undertook and financed the cost of the storage and disposal of bagasse, (2) BSI was responsible for and had to manage the environmental challenges of the bagasse and (3) BSI faced and dealt with the risk of claims and liability for the storage and disposal of bagasse both in respect of possible statutory liability and regulation and private claims.
Five Minors Charged For San Fran Burglary
Five minors between the ages of 16 and 17 were charged this morning at the Orange Walk Magistrates Court for the burglary at San Francisco Roman Catholic School, or we should say for the first burglary that occurred at school. CTV3 News understands that three of the minors pled guilty to the charge of burglary while two pled guilty to the charge of handling stolen goods.
They are being accused of the burglary of seven flat screen computer monitors and other items that were stolen from the schools computer lab between the 3rd and 4th of November.
Since all of the accused are minors, the Magistrate ordered that the Human Development Officer do a report and make recommendations to the court before sentencing is passed. In the meanwhile the minors were released on bail and will return to court next month. While these five minors have been charged and most of the stolen items were recovered, no one has been arrested for the second burglary that took place at the school on the night of November 7th.
PUP In Full Support Of Senator Shoman
Last week we told about the special senate meeting that was held in Belmopan City to bring across three bills of national importance. Chief among them was the hot button issue in the Immigration Scandal which brought forward a motion from Senator Lisa Shoman on a Senate Inquiry for the appointment of a Special Selected Committee. But that motion was thrown out the room by the UDP senate. Here is that fiery exchange between Opposition parties.
Karen Bodden, Opposition Senator
“I no longer trust that what is being called an administrative investigation will do what a real investigation is supposed to do that is, reveal the truth and allow the law to take its course, and that is what Belizeans are asking for. We are fatigued by all this smoke and mirrors and we are asking for the respect that we deserve. We are asking for a thorough investigation. We are asking for the chips to lie where they fall. No area representative is above the law.”
Arrested And Charged For Stealing Liquor
Tonight two women from the Orange Walk District are waiting to be tried before the Corozal Magistrates Court after they were arrested and charged for the crime of theft.
Over the weekend, on Saturday to be specific, 27 year old Irma Lopez, Belizean domestic of Guinea Grass Village Orange Walk District and 30 year old Lourdez Lopez Belizean domestic also of Guinea Grass were arrested and charged for the crime of theft after they were caught stealing from Ueta Club of Belize located at the Corozal Freezone.
Reports coming from the Secretary of Ueta, 21 year old Melanie Chable, indicate that she was at the store when three women of Hispanic descent entered the store with their large handbags and walked to the liquor section.
Weekend Murder Claims Father of Young Girl
28 year-old Guatemalan labourer, Edgar Geobany Slazar Velasquez left home early on Saturday morning to go to work. But that would be the last time that his family would see him alive. That’s because sometime over the course of Saturday, he met up with friends and went socializing. The partying took them, according to police, to a bar on Coney Drive, where shortly after one on Sunday morning a fight broke out on the street in front of the establishment between Salazar’s group and another group of men. Salazar and his friends reportedly ran, but he group of attackers caught up with him and in the process, he suffered a stab wound, possibly from a broken bottle, to the right lower back which claimed his life fifteen minutes later. Genaro Sho, a relative, told Love News that Salazar’s co-worker called the family to check on him when her wait for him to show up at work resulted in bad news.
“She was waiting for him after nine because normally he would reach a few minutes to ten but then he had to ride to Sixth Street from Faber’s Road to get to his work. He migrated here about seven to eight years ago, around 2005; he was a hardworking man and that is what I know about him because he is like a brother to me; we live at the same place.”
Prisoners Protest Within Prison Walls
Reports are that there was a small protest at the Belize Central Prison at around ten-30 on Sunday night.
Love News understands that prison officials were summoned to the Tango eight section of the facility to transfer an inmate to another section. According to Prison Chief Executive Officer, Earl Jones, Moses Guzman, who was due in court today on a charge of aggravated assault, became unruly and had to be taken to another area for his own safety when he angered a few other prisoners in the Tango eight section.
But while he was being transferred from there, Jones says, Guzman became so disruptive that other prisoners thought that he was being abused and they started a ruckus, demanding that he be left alone. He was eventually taken away and the prisoners quieted down. Jones denies reports that there was any harm or injury inflicted during the incident.
BSI Says Cane Farmers Should Not Expect Returns When They Made No Investments
For the past few weeks we have been reporting on the standoff between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and the Belize Sugar Industries Limited as it pertains to the bagasse issue. As we have been reporting, BSCFA is requesting that BSI pays for the bagasse that is produced during the production of sugar. The BSCFA is not taking no for an answer and has pledged to take industrial action by the start of the new cane season which is November 25. Well, today BSI sent out a press release saying that the BSCFA has no investments to lay any claims on bagasse. BSI explains that the cane purchased by BSI and delivered to the sugar mill includes: sugar, water, fiber or bagasse, mud, etc. henceforth BSI says that the cane becomes its property, responsibility and risk. BSI says that for 30 years prior to 2010 BSI dealt with the bagasse and its disposal at substantial cost, amounting to approximately BZ$20 million without any contribution from the BSCFA. The release further states that it was BSI that conceived the idea of the building of a power generation plant as a means to dispose of the bagasse and accordingly, BSI created a subsidiary company, Belcogen, and designed, financed, built, commissioned, managed and operated the co-generation plant that would supply the sugar mill with all its steam and electricity requirements and supply electricity to Belize Electricity Limited. No contributions from the BSCFA were made or offered with respect to this significant investment and BSI says that it is not reasonable or just for the BSCFA to expect a return where it has made no investment. The release says that the disposal of the bagasse through the co-generation plant benefits the overall sugar processing operations and therefore all sugar cane farmers and discussions with the BSCFA to date on a new agreement have resulted in tentative agreement on substantial matters.
Report Is Out on Belize’s Gender Gaps in Economics, Politics, Education and Health
The Global Gender Gap Index Report for 2013 has been released. While Belize has performed well in areas such as Health Services, overall we rank 107 among 136 countries. In economic participation we made it to number 80, in educational attainment our score is 103 and the worst is political empowerment where we ranked third to last at 133, from 136 countries in the study.
In 2006 The World Economic Forum introduced the Global Gender Gap Report with the objective of providing an outline of the magnitude and scope of gender based disparities around the world. The report looks at gender gaps on economic, political, education and health areas providing a ranking for effective comparison across regions of the worlds.
We will have more detailed review of this report later in the week.
Former Employees of BWS Maintain Innocence Following Termination
Back in March of this year we told you about seven employees who were fired from the Belize Water Services Limited. And as we told you last month, six of the former employees have filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court against BWS claiming that they were wrongfully terminated. The workers were told that their post had been redundant however they believe they were fired because they were accused of disseminating scandalous information within the company. This morning the fired workers, Don Gillett, Colin Morrison, Journet McKoy, Michael Novelo and Charlette Barnett updated the media on the situation.
“Our terminations were unfair and unlawful. The company is trying to cover the unfairness and unlawfulness of what they did by saying our terminations were done because of redundancy due to restructuring of BWS. The company did not follow the law or the collective bargaining agreement on redundancy; beside this, the company put out a memo admitting that the terminations were not because of redundancy but because of the investigations of scandalous letters that have been circulated in the company. The company’s CEO Alvan Haynes told the court, in his statement that he misrepresented the reason for the terminations in the memo to the other employees. The company has shown itself to be dishonest in its actions thus far. The judge has advised both parties for the third time to iron out a settlement; if no agreement is reached by the next court date then the case will be tried, in which instance we are ready and willing to see the process through to the end; we are in for the long haul and have nothing to hide.”
The story behind Ambergriscaye.com
I know Marty because he runs Ambergriscaye.com, the largest resource for information on Belize. The website is massive; it ranges from recommendations on things to do, where to go, photos, early history, economics, real estate and published research studies to name a few.
I decided to interview Marty because I hope more people realise the great service he has done on pioneering tourism in Belize. Also, I’m sure many people believe that running a high-quality website is guaranteed passive income, and on the contrary, it’s a lot of hard work. Here’s his story, I hope it provides good insight.
Miss Earth Belize On a Serious Mission – Chaa Creek
Brion Young, assistant manager of Chaa Creek’s Belize Natural History Centre said that while the Miss Earth International Pageant may appear to be an unusual way to raise environmental awareness, Miss Earth Belize’s departure for Miami on November 9 to participate in this year’s Manila Pageant can only contribute towards spreading the message of environmental sustainability.
According to Belize’s Amandala newspaper, Amber Reneé Rivero is the formal Environmental Ambassador of Belize after being crowned Miss Earth Belize on August 24, 2013, and on Saturday, November 9, she departed the country for the first leg of her journey.
Remembrance Day In Belize
Remembrance day (also know as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) commemorates the sacrifices and calamities of all the commonwealth countries in World War I and World War II.
On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, on the eleventh month, Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car in the forest of Compiegne, France. The fighting officially ended at 11:00 a.am.
The armistice between the Allies and Germany – also known as the Armistice of Compiègne after the location it was signed – was an agreement that ended the fighting in the First World War. It went into effect at 11 am on 11 November 1918, and marked a victory for the Allies and a complete defeat for Germany, although not technically a surrender. The Germans were responding to the policies proposed by American president Woodrow Wilson in his Fourteen Points of January 1918.
“Right Back Where We Started From” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Regular readers may (or may not) have wondered where I have been. Had I given up this blogging lark? With our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize had I decided that it was time to call it a day.
No, far from it. I have still been getting up early. Still taking my mug of black coffee on the veranda ((more often than not on the first floor veranda on the lagoon side because it has provided cover from the frequent (seems more like constant though) rain that we have been experiencing)) along with the iPad.
Think about writing an edition but then the thought of completing our orders from stores in the States for the stuff that we want to ship to Belize for our new home under the “QRP” has taken over. And I mean TAKEN OVER.
I mentioned in a previous edition that, having chosen what we wanted, we had experienced difficulty in getting the online stores to accept payment by our credit and debit cards because we do not have a US address.
10 facts about the Lionfish in Belize!
1. The Lionfish has venomous spines. However, the Lionfish is not poisonous. And, there is a difference! Venom must be injected into the bloodstream to inflict harm but it is harmless if eaten or drunk. Poison has to be absorbed or ingested to cause harm. The venom of a Lionfish is found in the dorsal, anal and pelvic fins and it is not deadly to a healthy human being. However, if a fin pricks you, you will endure intense pain, swelling and in some cases blistering and if not treated properly, infection.
2. Of course, prevention is always better than cure! To avoid a sting, make sure you are properly trained to spear a Lionfish. It is also a good idea to take your PADI Peak performance buoyancy course prior to you Lionfish hunting dive. If you do get stung, the best way to treat the sting is by putting the inflicted area in very hot water, as hot as you can bear! And, take antihistamine and strong painkillers with anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen.
T' Frugal Mennonite: T' Frugal Kitchin: Chicke an' Yalla Rice
I neetet ta make a quik meal las nite wit t'ingredyints I had un han'. N' t'fridge I had a package o'chicke thighs an' n' t'cupboard a package o'Vigo yalla rice. Yep, time fer chicke an' yalla rice, one o'DD’s favert meels.
CHICKEN AND Yalla RICE
1 pkg. chicke thighs
1 pkg. yalla rice
1/4 peece o'garlic clove
1 tablespoon lime juice
3 tablespoons olif' earl
ret pepp'r flakes ta taste
salt ta taste
Poach t'chicke: Place chicke n' saltid wat'r an' brang ta a bawl. The cov'r pot wit lid, turn off heat an' leeve fer un hour. Remoov chicke frum pot an' alloe ta cool. Wen cool remoov skin an' tear chicke into pieces. Dispose o'skin an' bones. Reserve broth fer anoth'r recipe.
Destination Eating in Belize: Maya Beach Hotel & Bistro
Last year the Belize Tourism Board awarded the Maya Beach Bistro, Belize’s “Restaurant of the Year” for the second time. The 2012 awards were pretty much swept by businesses on the Placencia Peninsula and caused a good amount of controversy throughout Belize. Was it a fix? Well…you can be the judge of that.
But after visiting the area twice in the last few months and eating as many dishes and desserts as I could at the Maya Beach Bistro, I am here to put one dispute to rest.
Maya Beach Bistro IS the best restaurant in Belize.
Creative contemporary Caribbean? I’m not exactly sure what category the food would fall into and honestly, I don’t really care. I just know that this food is so incredibly beautiful looking and tasting. It is served in a elegant but homey beach bistro and the hosts are fantastic. In my uneducated estimation, the owners, Ellen and John are doing everything right.
How wet is San Pedro Town?
Mayor Daniel put things in perspective the other morning when he facebooked something along the lines that we should not be complaining about all the rain we are getting and how wet it is here. Our brothers and sisters affected by the massive typhoon in the Philippines are the ones who are really suffering.
While this true definitely puts things in perspective, after driving around taking pictures yesterday I could not help but think of San Mateo and how most of the people there are living in cold, wet conditions right now surrounded by contaminated water – ugh. Hopefully one day we can hep fix that area once and for all.
I was hoping the blue skies this morning were a sign of shifting weather conditions sadly not so. It has still be raining off an on all day, and I am about to get wet on my way to town. Hoping it will hold off a bit so I can at least get to the main road to catch a cab if not be able to walk it all the way.
These pictures show just how wet San Pedro town and back roads of San Pablo area are right now. For some of them it was raining hard enough to have my bingo waterproof camera bag on so the quality is not the best as I could not keep the viewing area dry no matter how much I wiped it off.
Gaia Riverlodge is Now Run Entirely on Hydropower
GAÏA Riverlodge, located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve of Belize, has long been a top eco-conscious resort (it was formerly the Five Sisters Lodge) but thanks to a new hydropower energy system and a few other environmentally-friendly upgrades, the resort and its jungle cabanas have pretty much topped all other green resorts out there.
Using the nearby Five Sisters waterfalls as their energy source, the GAÏA Riverlodge is now run entirely by hyrdopower energy, eliminating the need for electricity. But don't worry, the hotel does have a back-up system, an eco-friendly one too that's battery-powered. The GAÏA Riverlodge is also cultivating an on-site vegetable garden which will bring fresh, or "hyper-local" as they call it, produce to the lodge's restaurants. Awesome.
MayaBags: Where Fashion Meets Fair Trade Artistry
MayaBags is where high-end fashion meets fair trade artistry at the end of a dusty road off the air strip in Punta Gorda, Belize. Shoppers approaching the combination workshop and store might encounter a Maya woman in a pastel colored dress weaving on the front porch, working steadily on hand made details with an artist’s eye passed down from her ancestors for millennia, creating beautiful purses that have been sold in Barney’s department stores for seven years and recommended by style icon Rachel Zoe.
Judy Bergsma, owner and founder of MayaBags, and a Texas native and New York resident, decided to turn her background in visual design into an effort to help lift Maya families in southern Belize out of poverty and to develop an income generating alternative to slash and burn farming, one purse at a time. Ms. Bergsma, spoke with us via email about finding inspiration in the rain forest, a typical day in the life of a modern Maya woman, and the bus schedule in Belize.
IDB's Multilateral Investment Fund, Audubon Unveil $2.6 Million Bird Ecotourism Partnership to Support Economic Development, Biodiversity Conservation
In a novel regional program that uses bird-watching to create sustainable jobs in communities while simultaneously protecting biodiversity and natural resources, the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group and the National Audubon Society today announced a $2.6 million agreement to achieve a niche, high-value sustainable birding tourism program in the Americas.
"We are very pleased to partner with the National Audubon Society on this program," said Carrie McKellogg, chief of the MIF's Access to Basic Services and Green Growth unit. "Audubon's powerful network and expertise in birding and conservation, the MIF's innovative approaches to capacity building of micro and small businesses, and our shared interest in the sustainable management of natural capital all combine to create to build what we believe will become a powerful model for conservation-minded community development."
"It's win-win," said David Yarnold, president and CEO of the National Audubon Society. "The MIF's deep expertise in ecotourism and our extensive network and reach will help us engage local communities to create much-needed jobs in bird-rich areas for birders -- who typically have a very light 'eco-footprint.' At the same time, the partnership will provide a sustainable way to conserve natural habitats for endangered migrating and non-migrating birds and other wildlife."
Project locations in Belize, Guatemala, Paraguay and The Bahamas were selected by 'layering' globally significant Important Bird Areas for conservation over economic maps with priority being given to sites with basic tourism infrastructure and potential for growth.
Audubon will build on partnerships with local organizations, including Belize Audubon Society, Asociación Vivamos Mejor and Wildlife Conservation Society in Guatemala, Guyra Paraguay and the Bahamas National Trust.
Tribute: Garifuna legend Sidney Mejia
By Wellington C. Ramos
Sidney Phillip Mejia Jr. aka “Mej” was known for his brilliance as a storyteller, poet, writer, musician, Garifuna activist, organizer and humanist. He was born on 27th July 1956, in Belize City, Belize, along with his twin sister Sidonie Mejia, to Carrie Edna Castillo and Sidney Mejia Sr. He attended Sacred Heart Primary School and Austin High School, which later closed, and was subsequently transferred to the new Ecumenical High School, where he graduated in 1975. In the summer of 1977, Sidney immigrated to Los Angeles, California, to join his mother and siblings. That year he enrolled as an English major at Long Beach City College. Sidney later migrated to New York City, where he resided up until 1982. When he returned to Los Angeles, he formed a musical group “The Brotherhood” and started composing several songs that would later become international hits. His determination led him to form another musical group with the name “Chatuye”. This group changed the course of Sidney’s life with its music. They produced international hits such as, “Ahmuti’, “Leh Hesebei Bu”, “Gagard-Magarda”, “Gumanana” and several other songs. While managing his band he was still writing his poems and telling his stories.
Bahamas trails Caribbean in renewable energy index
Head of The Bahamas Renewable Energy Association has called on the government to “stop delaying” advances in renewable energy generation in this nation, in response to a new report indicating that The Bahamas ranks 26th out of 27 countries in the region for its “progress and prospects” in relation to renewable energy investment.
The 2013 CREF-Castalia Renewable Energy Island index was revealed in October to hundreds of energy sector stakeholders from throughout the Caribbean and beyond at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum, which was hosted this year in Aruba.
The results show that The Bahamas has not only failed to gain ground with respect to its competitiveness as a jurisdiction for actual or planned RE generation, but it has in fact lost competitiveness simply by being overtaken by other Caribbean nations by dint of its inaction.
In the 2012 CREF-Castalia Renewable Energy Island index, The Bahamas was ranked second to last out of 22 countries assessed. In the 2013 index, 27 countries are ranked, and The Bahamas again places second from the bottom.
English-Speakers Wanted…from Spain to Mexico
My profession has taken me all across the world, experiencing unique journeys…attending world famous events…and meeting fascinating people. And I got paid to do it.
I have rung in the New Year at Hogmanay in Edinburgh, danced up a storm at Seville’s April Fair, and was awed by the beauty of Buddha’s birthday celebrations in South Korea. I have ridden camels through the Sahara desert, liberated baby sea turtles in Mexico and swam with sharks in Belize.
Teaching English is a fun gig. Your days are never the same and you interact with interesting people of varying backgrounds. My students have come from all walks of life: a sous chef from Italy, Bedouin camel racers from Saudi Arabia, Japanese university students, Korean toddlers, Colombian engineers, and Mexican musicians.