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DPP Will Take Up COLA Private Prosecution of Penner
A week from today, COLA is going to Belmopan Magistrate's Court with their private prosecution against Elvin Penner. And the news tonight is that DPP Cheryl Lynn Vidal will be joining them. That's what came out of a phone call today - after COLA formally wrote to the DPP asking her to share any evidence she has from the Penner investigation to help with their private prosecution. DPP Vidal has invited COLA and its new private attorney Kareem Musa to meet with her next week Tuesday to go over what they have put forward. Thereafter, she has committed to appear with them in the matter on Thursday. It's a great step towards legitimacy for COLA's private prosecution, which they filed themselves without the benefit of an attorney.
And Cayo Northeast Representative Elvin Penner will also be summonsed to appear - since the charges are against him. Specifically, COLA accused him of 2 offences; one, for making a statement which he knew to be false..in a nationality certificate, and for vouching the fitness of an applicant to receive a Belizean passport contrary.
Stevedores Stage The Fried Chicken Strike of 2014
We're calling it the Fry Chicken Strike, that's what 15 stevedores did last night at the Port of Belize. A Seaboard vessel with 95 containers was waiting to unload. The gang goes on at 6:00 pm and can take as much as 24 hours to finish a shift - after which they take home a sizeable pay cheque.
But last night they refused to work - and that's because they got served this: pasta salad, barb-que chicken and a dinner roll. The stevedores said they wanted New Asia Fried Chicken and nothing else.
The Port Management - which is responsible for feeding the stevedores - wasn't about to provide that, so the stevedores went on a spontaneous and complete strike. They refused to work on even a single container, and when the usual turkey sandwiches were brought at midnight, they refused that as well. It's not until this morning until we are told - chicken tacos were brought that they agreed to start working. All told, they struck for 12 hours, from 6:30 pm to 6:30 am - and seriously delayed the offloading of the biggest cargo ship to Belize - which just had to wait.
Student Who Was Knocked Down Is Improving
Last night's we told you about 8 year-old Kyeisha Joseph, who was knocked down in the road in front of her school, Our Lady of the Way, in Ladyville. Well this evening, the family told us that she is doing much better.
We're told that she is on an oxygen tank that the doctors say will help her nose heal, which was smashed when she was hit by the vehicle. Presently, the doctors don't have any surgeries scheduled to treat her broken collar bone, and her fractured skull. They are monitoring her to ensure that the swelling on her brain goes down.
The family tells us that she was in intense pain last night, but the doctors have helped her to manage it. Everyone is hoping for a full recovery.
Alleged Child Predator David Wendel Thompson's Belizean Wife?
This is David Wendel Thompson - with and without hair. He is the 48 year old US middle school teacher accused of trying to set up sexual rendezvous with 13 and 15 year old girls in Belize via Facebook. His school in Tampa Florida is currently on Spring Break - and it seems Thompson wanted to use his break to come to Belize - where he has visited 6 times since 2011.
But, information obtained by 7News shows that he may have been coming to Belize for more than just illicit pleasures - this marriage notice says that he's married to a Belize woman form Dangriga!
It says that David Wendel Thompson of Seffner, Florida, married 21 year old Claudine Crusita Montes of Dangriga Town. That arrangement makes his recent attempt to entice under age girls in Belize even more troubling.
Chainsaw Swazo Pleads Guilty To Impersonating Finnegan
In December of 2012, it made the news when Mesopotamia Area Representative Michael Finnegan accused Goldburne "Easy Glen" Adolphus, and James Swazo, aka the "Chainsaw Man" of trying to hustle business persons in his name by impersonating him. Well, though Swazo denied the allegation to 7News, in Magistrate's Court today, he admitted to doing it on one occasion.
Swazo, who was arraigned on December 24, 2012, for two counts of obtaining property by deception, presented himself before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer today for trial. But, before the matter could proceed, Swazo changed his plea to guilty for one of the charges. In that instance, Finnegan claims that someone called Salvador Habet Jr., pretending to be him, and asked Habet for $450 for a party for some workers who painted Albert Street.
BREAKING: Kidnapped Woman Found Dead
Tonight, 7News have confirmed with police sources that they have found a body of a female inside of a vehicle in Bullet Tree today.
At this time, information is sketchy, but solid reports to us are that a woman was believed to have been abducted this afternoon, and that her family received texts from her known cellular phone number in which a ransom money was demanded from them for her safe return.
Information to our newsroom is that police have been combing the Cayo District trying to find the young woman, and that search has led to discovery of a body. At this time, it is unconfirmed if the two incidents are linked, and because police have not released all the details because it is a very preliminary report they're receiving, we cannot release names or show you any who the woman is who is believed to have been kidnapped.
What Did PM Barrow Write To Sir Manuel?
"Quite generous" is how former two term Prime Minister Sir Manuel Esquivel described Prime Minister Dean Barrow's letters to him. He added that the letter had no rancor, but when asked if it suggested any reconciliation, he said, plainly, "That ship has sailed."
So that should be the end of this episode, where Sir Manuel and his wife Kathy have made a clean break with the Barrow Administration. Going forward, he is expected to continue to play some role in the UDP - however diminished.
But one commentator with some political experience feels Esquivel was major-ly disrespected. Former PUP Minister Godfrey Smith in his Flashpoint column today writes that Manuel Junior Herredia should have gone to meet Sir Manuel and his daughter Laura at Sir Manuel's house because he is the party's only statesman.
Bowen Says A Boycott Will Only Hurt Its 900 Employees
On Tuesday, the Unions called for a Friday boycott against Bowen and Bowen in support of the 13 employees who were fired. Well, Bowen and Bowen has responded, and it is pleading with the public not to support the union in the action on Friday because it will not only not affect their company, but their employees and business partners.
A press release from the company says, Quote "It is important to remember that Bowen & Bowen Ltd. is one of the largest single employers in Belize…. a small group of former employees continue to act in a manner which affects the livelihood of over 900 of their former co-workers."
PASCO Made Progress On HIV In Belize
USAID AND PACSA today officially closed a 5 Year Project in Belize. During that time, the group worked with the National AIDS Commission and its local counterparts to strengthen the national and institutional response to HIV in Belize. PACSA's representative from Guatemala discussed the meaningful progress made:..
Giovanni Melendez, Programme specialist HIV/ADS - USAID Guate.
"This program is a regional program covering 7 countries and in the last 5 years we had been implementing actions in Belize related to: 1) Strategic information, to collect, gather and to encourage data related to HIV/AIDS."
Joan Burke, Vice-Chair National AIDS Commission
"There were 22 persons trained in monitoring and evaluation, so we have now 22 persons who we can call upon when we want to embarked on the monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects."
BFLA Says It Will Work Past Catholic Church Blacklisting
And while they are talking about progress made with HIV Awareness, the Alliance against AIDS and other groups just got taken about 20 steps back when the Catholic School Management blacklisted them - saying the NAC, BFLA, UNIBAM and the Red Cross can't enter any of their over 200 schools talking safe sex, condom use or family planning.
On that subject we also got a chance to talk to Joan Burke, she's the executive director of the BFLA which was singled out for particular censure from the Bishop. His letter to the schools says that BDLA and the Planned Parenthood movement which funds them, quote, "promote "sexual rights" for children as young as 10 years of age..and in particular their right to abortion without parental notification."
Today we asked Joan Burke about how they plan to move forward with such a significant accusation against her organization:...
Joan Burke, Executive Director - BFLA
"We will not allow what was put out there regardless by who it was put out there by. We will not allow that to deter us from the work that needs to be done. We cannot continue or we should not allow certain individuals or certain values and positions to deny others who are in need and deserve certain services - we should not deny them that and I will be the first to accept that we collectively have failed along the way.
PUP Names New Senators, Sharp As Machetes
It's been 2 year since the last general election, and two years since senators were appointed. And now the PUP is changing their lineup. Senators Collet Montejo and Karen Bodden are being replaced by Anthony Sylvester and Jason Patrick Andrews - who are both candidates in the next general election. Today they were introduced at a press conference at the party headquarters in Belize City:..
Hon. Francis Fonseca, Opposition Leader - PUP
"I am pleased to say that our senators have been we believe very effective. We are very proud of the work that they have done over the past two years, but we believe it is time for us to give others in the Party and opportunity to speak on the national stage."
Senator Lisa Shoman
"I feel particularly pleased today because I feel like I have been given two new sharp shiny swords with which to cut through some of the rhetoric that comes out in the senate."
Rebuilding The Referendum Effort
In April of last year, the Guatemalans made it official on their Government website, that there wouldn't be the planned Referendum on whether or not their claim to Belize would be taken to the ICJ. Since then, the Belize Foreign Ministry has been trying to rebuild a relationship with that country, in hopes that both sides can reach critical mass to get to a bi-national referendum going sometime in the not too distant future.
As we told you, 2 months ago, Foreign Ministers Wilfred Elrington and Fernando Carrera signed a new diplomatic initiative in Washington DC in the presence of OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza. That initiative is called the Road Map and Plan of Action.
Today, the Belize Referendum Unit and Foreign Affairs CEO Alexis Rosado held a sit-down with the media to give an update on the referendum front. It was an hour-long conversation, but here's a short excerpt where Rosado explained what the new initiative seeks to do in the short term:
Venezuelan Ambassador Pledges Petrocaribe Will Continue
And keeping the focus on diplomacy, the Venezuelan Ambassador today held a sit down with the media. As we've been reporting there's been three weeks of sustained unrest in that country, and so far there have been 30 related deaths. The protests continue, but today in an 80 minute press conference, the Ambassador made the case that it's all a US funded conspiracy to produce a coup -but it's about to be brought under control.
H.E. Yoel Perez Marcano, Venezuelan Ambassador to Belize
"It was a well plan strategy. The violent street actions and the result was death, resources being destroyed and the objective was to provoke public conflict that would justify the intervention of international organization as the Organization of American States - in a special way the intervention of the government of the United States of America."
Okeke Takes On Cultural Icon TV Ramos
For the last nine months Steven Okeke has been off the media - that is because he has been busy working on his latest major work. It is a monument of Thomas Vincent Ramos - cultural icon and founder of the Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize.
And this time, there's no fuss no fight...well, not yet at least.
Okeke says The monument has been endorsed by the Mayor of Dangriga Town Council along with the family of TV Ramos. Today the media was invited to the unveiling.
Stephen Okeke - Sculptor
"I choose Mr. Ramos just like I have made selection for other very important Belizean heroes. This is the center of Garifuna Settlement day, this is what is celebrated every year and yet there is no insignia, there is no monument. Don't tell me about the dummy that they had there in Dangriga - there is no monument to signify the greatness of this man, the achievement of this man. So much is made off is name; people made money off his name, people celebrate off his name, in New York is celebrated all over the United States and I thought it's an embarrassment somehow and I don't blame people for not have done it, but it's an embarrassment that this is not there."
Hon. Herman Taking Heat, Opens Computer Lab
This afternoon Wesley Lower School had the official opening of its computer lab - which was made possible with the help of Area Representative Herman Longsworth. Minister Longsworth donated 10 refurbished desktop computers to assist the student's growth in technology. Longsworth - who's currently facing a stiff challenge from Phillip Willoughby told us, he is only giving back to the people he serve.
Longsworth says he will be donating computers to James Garbutt Seventh Day Adventist School and Calvary Temple Primary School in the near future.
Teryl Takes A Turn As a Painter
There is a new art exhibit that was opened today at the House of Culture. It features works from 4 local artists: Terryl Godoy, aka 'Man at Work'; Fred Trejo; Eduardo 'Papo' Alamilla; and Sam Gonzalez.
Over the years, we've featured Godoy wearing various hats as a painter and a musician, but today, we attended the exhibits and caught up with him, where he expressed respect for the other 3 artists whose works are being displayed alongside his own. Here's what he told us about why you would appreciate their work:
The exhibition runs until the end of March, and some of the works will be available for purchase.
Smuggled Cigarettes In Mexico
We've reported extensively on the fierce jostling for supremacy in Belize's export cigarette market. It is a huge multi-million dollar enterprise, selling - or smuggling - cigarettes form Asia, mostly China, out of the Free Zone sin the North and West and getting them into Mexico.
Well tonight Mexico is reporting a major bust with contraband cigarettes from Belize. A Mexican newspaper reports that on 14 March, authorities seized more than 14 million contraband cigarettes, the largest seizure on over a year. They intercepted the cigarettes in a trailer containing 402 thousand cartons of cigarettes. The brands are Bronco, D & J, Royal, Gold Seal Supreme manufactured in Vietnam, India, Paraguay, China and Canada. The vehicle operator, 42 year old Juan Ramirez Sanchez, submitted false invoices for air conditioners - but only cigarettes were inside.
News reports say they were smuggled into Mexico through the border with Belize.
Price of Sub-Standard LPG Going Up
Last night we told you that government is trying to negotiate a deal where it can import LPG, or "butane" from Mexico. The idea is to stabilize the price, the quality and the supply.
But in the meantime it's business as usual for the central American importers who keep jacking up their prices even though their product is mostly propane - in a ration not approved for sales to homes and restaurants.
The new piece increase puts the LPG from Central America at 128 dollars per hundred pound cylinder - same as the price for higher grade butane imported from México.
Canaan And The Mayor
Our next story is about a school career day at Canaan high. Now we don't usually cover these, but this one had a big time guest speaker. Monica Bowden found out more:..
Independence resident found dead in Bullet Tree
There is breaking news tonight, and it is a tragedy which is devastating a family from Independence. Less than an hour ago reports circulated that Kayla Pandy had been kidnapped [...]
Aracely Cahueque returns to court for three counts of abetment to murder
The trial of twenty-two year old Aracely Cahueque continues to grip the nation’s attention. Cahueque, a beauty queen, is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder of eighteen year [...]
Prosecution’s main witness refuses to testify
While Dyer remained missing, Cahueque presented the infant to her ex-boyfriend. But according to defense attorney, Dickie Bradley, that is because Cahueque told him that she was allowed to (Quote) [...]
Chief Forest Officer says rosewood operation was part of amnesty program
On Wednesday, we reported on a container of rosewood detected near Trio Village in southern Belize. The operation was suspect because it is widely believed that despite a moratorium placed [...]
Cooperative agreement to be established between Belize and Guatemala forestry officials
Illegal logging, as well as the prohibited trade of rosewood, across both sides of the Belize/Guatemala border has grown to become an international matter for the governments of both countries. [...]
School girl recovering following traffic accident in front of her school
On Wednesday morning, eight year old Kyeisha Joseph got on her bus in Double Head Cabbage and headed for school in Ladyville. She got off her bus in front of [...]
The private prosecution of Elvin Penner
Just before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin ordered the Commissioner of Police to carry out a criminal investigation on the former minister of state, Elvin Penner, for his involvement in the [...]
Will new P.U.P. senator and Lisa Shoman buck heads on UNIBAM issue?
On Wednesday, News Five reported on the appointment of two new P.U.P. Senators. According to Party Leader Francis Fonseca, the official notification has been sent to Governor-General Sir Colville Young. [...]
Attorney Anthony Sylvestre and Standard Bearer Patrick Andrews are new PUP senators
With that issue on the political backburner for the time being, the P.U.P. is concentrating on forging ahead in unity, or as much unity as possible in any political party. [...]
Former Chief Magistrate Margaret Gabb McKenzie hospitalized
News Five has learned that former Chief Magistrate Margaret Gabb McKenzie is hospitalized, and has been so since last Friday. A family member told News Five that McKenzie started having [...]
Honduran woman charged for immigration offense
A pregnant Honduran woman, who back in December 2013 was charged with using a falsified document, was today before the court for trial after a bench warrant was issued for [...]
GSU descends on San Pedro to fight a crime wave
Early this morning, members of several high-intensity, elite units of the Police, B.D.F. and Coast Guard descended on the island of San Pedro. It is part of an operation to [...]
Belize’s Referendum Unit continues education campaign on territorial dispute
The matter of whether the unfounded Guatemalan claim over Belize’s sovereign territory should be adjudicated in the International Court of Justice was to have been decided during joint referenda on [...]
The official closing of USAID/PASCA Project in Belize
Stakeholders in the fight against HIV/AIDS, a cross-section of government, as well as other non-governmental organizations, including the National AIDS Commission, gathered at the Biltmore this morning to review the [...]
An update on the current state of affairs in Venezuela
The Embassy of the Republic of Venezuela held a press conference this morning to update the local media on the current state of affairs of that country, in the wake [...]
International Day of Forests celebrated with 2-day forum
March twenty-first has been proclaimed as the International Day of Forests by the United Nations General Assembly and it is celebrated by bringing awareness to the importance of the various [...]
Meet the artists at the House of Culture
A group of four Belizean artists, including well-known painter Terryl Godoy, launched a two-week art exhibit at the House of Culture today. The formal unveiling was done before an audience [...]
Stephen Okeke creates a bust of Thomas Vincent Ramos
Thomas Vincent Ramos, founder of Garifuna Settlement Day, is widely regarded as one of our many national heroes. While he is remembered during the month of November when Garinagu in [...]
Healthy Living looks at cervical cancer and screening
Cervical cancer continues to be the leading cancer related death among women in Belize. Over the years this has spurred several pap smear campaigns countrywide. According to Gynecologist & Oncologist, [...]
Helpage Center Opens To Entertain The Elder People
The Zenobia Meggs Helpage Center, on Stadium Street, was opened this afternoon and inside was a number of men and women enjoying some good old games. The event is part of an initiative taken up by the Help Age Center to provide senior citizens with a space to socialize and entertain their minds. Here is a look at what it was like for day one of an afternoon shared with friends.
Dalila Ical – Reporting
It was another warm afternoon but today at the Zenobia Meggs Helpage Center, the ambience was one of laughter and enjoyment.
For these approximately twenty senior citizens, it was the first afternoon spent together playing Bingo and Dominoes. At first glance it’s just another gathering organized by the center, but President Arcelia Leiva says there is more than meets the eye.
Initial Stage For Tourist To Flow In Southern Part of Mexico Including Belize
The National Chamber of Commerce, Canaco, in Chetumal and the Consulate of Belize in Mexico, are currently working on a project to attract tourists to the south of Quintana Roo. The target population are foreign tourists such as North American, Canadians and Europeans.
The lead representative of local merchants in Chetumal, Ligia Sierra told the Mexican press that through agreement they hope to sign with Belizean authorities on getting foreign tourists to spend a few days in the southern part of the state. They are therefore putting together an attractive package for tourists and this is to include trips to some of the main attractions such as Bacalar, Mahahual and archaeological zones, which will encourage overnight arrivals in the capital city.
Sierra indicated that they are targeting these visitors and local tourists who travel the state to visit Belize’s islands. No agreement has been signed yet but talks have been initiated with the Belize Consulate. Sierra adds that there are already three tour operators in the city that can handle the supply of tour packages that are expected to include; transportation, lodging and recreation. Sierra says they have been trying to put this project together for many years and believe that as soon as next month they may be defining steps to finalize it and start implementation.
Gifts Of The Queen To Go On Display
This weekend, a selection over 70 colorful gifts to the Queen from Commonwealth nations is to go on display as part of the build-up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The items to be exhibited include a tapestry from Botswana, a shell collage from the Bahamas, a coconut calabasa bowl from Dangriga, Belize, an Inuit wall hanging, a batik from St Kitts and Nevis, among many others.
Many of the items were presented to the Queen in traditional ceremonies by indigenous people during more than 200 visits she has made to Commonwealth countries during her 62-year reign.
San Antonio Government School Receives Donation From Rotarians
Today approximately 11 primary Schools in the Corozal District became the proud recipients of much needed equipment donated to them by a group of Rotarians who call themselves the “Resource Centre International Mission.” Today Reporter Victor Castillo caught up with group in the Village of San Antonio as the equipment’s were installed for use.
Amber Fisher - Director Rotary Club Ohio
“This is the 7th mission to Belize, this is a project called Resource Centre International but this is my first time on a project in Belize, I brought my daughter along, and we really wanted to go and help and to see what we could do to help the schools throughout the country and we are very fortunate to have Carmen with us who knows about the different school districts so our hope is to get resources to schools that they can use to improve their education or facility education in particular we are hoping that the students are able to use the resources to learn to read and I can emphasis the importance enough the importance of reading, it starts at school and it is important to have it reinforced in homes so we brought a lot of books, computers, educational software and we are hoping that these resources assist you and assist the schools in Belize to achieve their goals.”
Minister Of Education On A Countrywide School Tour
A few weeks ago Minister of Education Patrick Faber took a lot of heat from teachers. The relationship between the boss “per say” and the employees is not a good one but despite that fact Faber continues with his countrywide tour meeting with teachers and students of Rural Schools. The Minister and his entourage travelled further north today as he visited the Santa Clara/ San Roman RC School in the Corozal District as part of his National school tour. Reporter Victor Castillo was on hand to capture the event and filed the following report.
Victor Castillo – Reporting
Shortly after ten this morning, Minister Patrick Faber arrived at the Santa Clara / San Roman RC School grounds where students stood and welcomed him with a huge applause. Faber is on a country wide school tour visiting with faculty and students from several education institutions. Among the gathered were Education officer for the Corozal District, principals, chairlady of the school’s PTA, and parents. After the short ceremony we caught up with Minister Faber who shared with us the motive and the objective of his tour here in the northern part of the country.
Immigration Offense Result in 4K Fine
Fifty-one year old Jesus Contreras, a building contractor who is a naturalized Belizean originally from Honduras, was fined a total of four thousand dollars today by Magistrate Dale Cayetano after he pled guilty to four counts of employing a person not in possession of an employment permit. Contreras was ordered to pay forthwith, in default one year imprisonment. When he was asked by Magistrate Cayetano if he had anything to say before sentence is passed, Contreras said that a pastor asked him to build a church and he asked the four men to help him and he was not making any profit. Magistrate Cayetano told him that he should build God church in the right way. Immigration officers charged Contreras when they went to construction site on Faber’s Road yesterday and found the men, all of them Honduran nationals, working without work permits.
UB Student Kidnapped and Ransom Demanded
The body of a female has been discovered in the Bullet Tree Area of the Cayo district. We have no confirmation on who it is at this time but the family of Kayla Burgess are hoping and praying that it is not her. Kayla, a UB student was reportedly...
Ex Bowen & Bowen Employees Explain Why Support Boycott
Bowen and Bowen ex employees were on Rise and Shine this morning to give their side of the story as to why and how they were fired from their posts. The unions have joined with the ex employees to ask the public to boycott Bowen and Bowen products tomorrow...
PUP Replaces Two Senators
The Opposition People’s United Party has chosen to replace two of its three allocated Senators after two years’ service. They are Karen Bodden of Belize City and Collet Montejo of Santa Elena, Cayo. Their replacements are Belmopan standard bearer and youth worker Patrick Andrews and Belize City lawyer Anthony...
COLA Requests the DPP for Files of Investigation on Mr. Penner
COLA-Citizens organized for liberty, had written a letter to the DPP, the Commissioner of Police and the Auditor general, requesting all pertinent files relating to the Elvin Penner Passport scandal as they pursue prosecution of Penner in the courts. COLA says they also invited the DPP to join the...
Minors Ensued in Fight End up Getting Stabbed and Detained
A fight between two minors yesterday in Orange Walk Town left one of them hospitalized with stab wounds to the left forearm and abdomen. According to police reports, on Thursday, March 19th, at around 1:00 p.m. 16 year old Kenny Perez, Belizean Construction Worker, was walking along with two...
Massage Therapist Mr. Kevin Lee Completes Sentence; Back to Freedom
It’s probably been a year since you heard the name Kevin Lee – the massage therapist who was convicted last year of aggravated assault of an indecent nature, after thousands of videos surfaced of his clients being secretly videoed as they undressed in his clinic. Well he is back in...
Mr. Deon Bruce Still Fighting Against Extradition
In January of this year Deon Bruce was ordered to face extradition to the United States on murder charges. But he continues to fight the case. Today he appeared before Supreme Court Justice Courtney Abel with a new attorney in his corner. Audrey Matura-Shepherd takes over the case from...
Xunantunich Visitor Center Becomes a Reality
Xunantunich is an Ancient Mayan archaeological site in the West of Belize, in Socouts Village, Cayo District. It is one of Belize’s most visited Mayan ruins and so has become a very crucial site for the tourism industry. As of yesterday, the Xunantunich site has a new Visitor’s Center....
Dan and Luke at War
Operatives within the People's United Party have launched an attack against one of their own. Friendlies of Luke Espat this week highlighted that there are 12 lots which belong to DALT Limited which are being auctioned off by Atlantic Bank which held the properties as surety for Alfonso Salvador Silva and Daniel Silva.
Immediately after the intention to auction was circulated via e-mail in came sabelotodo to rescue his nephew. What he did not know is that with him coming to the rescue it did more harm than good. Hector Silva categorically stated that "There is no such Closure, Twelve lots ? Man o Man ! What a foolish campaign strategy, The Daniel Silva I know, does not only own twelve lots but, TWELVE multiplied by TWELVE and carry this number to the TWELVTH TIMES. The Daniel Silva I know owns many businesses that are doing SO GOOD, I once more advise his detractors that this stupid kind of propaganda will not help the instigators of these OLD TRICKS. ( follow my advise )"
A Beautiful Day, A New Bar in Boca Del Rio, San Pedro…Is it BC’s?
Great photos from a stroll around town, plus.... Here’s the scoop from the owner/former BC’s Bartender himself…
He originally thought of working with Charlene or buying the beloved BC’s name and palapa himself but it was way beyond his budget. So…he decided to open his own beach bar. That will be opening in the next week or two. This is NOT BC’s Beach Bar. This bar is going to be called…
Sandy Toes Beach Bar. Very very cute.
Mangrove experts urge restoration, regeneration of organic coasts
When Ulva Takke heard that a foreign-owned firm planned to set up an iron ore mine on the tiny island of Bangka in the province of North Sulawesi, she joined forces with other residents in a protest that went all the way to Indonesia’s supreme court.
Takke owns a scuba-diving business on the 4,800-hectare (ha) island, which is populated by fewer than 3,000 people and supports a small tourism industry, as well as fishing, aquaculture and agriculture.
Although the community won its appeal against the mining project, news reports indicate that the company is still preparing to begin work, a move that could put pristine habitats at risk, including lowland tropical rainforest, mangroves, freshwater sago swamp and coral reefs.
“If so, it’s going to be a big disaster,” Takke said. “Livelihoods of traditional fishermen and coconut harvesters will be destroyed and many people will be displaced.”
Takke was among more than 100 delegates debating solutions to the threats faced by Indonesia’s mangrove forests at the Restoring Coastal Livelihoods conference hosted at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) by Indonesia’s Mangrove Action Project (MAP) and the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP).
Former boxer dies after street fight
A Rogers Park man has been charged with murder and hate crimes after allegedly punching and killing a man during a fight.
Michael Tingling, 59, died Wednesday afternoon after he tried to protect his teenaged daughter.
Police say Joseph Firek, 59, made obscene gestures towards the 15-year-old girl as she and her father, Tingling, left her school in the 72000 block of N. Clark Street.
Tingling stepped in to protect his daughter and Firek allegedly shoved him and then punched him in the chest and made racial comments.
Tingling and his daughter fled and walked into a nearby business, where the former boxer from Belize collapsed and was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.
Tingling died a short time later.
Chelsea Handler Has a Boytoy at Turtle Inn
CHELSEA Handler brought a “Latin or Italian” boytoy to the The Turtle Inn in Belize.
The late night host went to the resort for Valentine’s Day and raised some serious hell.
“The more they drank, the louder they got,” a guest reveals.
“We heard them going at it all night. When I woke up the next morning, Chelse and her guy were at the bar and she was sitting on his lap, drinking and kissing him.”
The source adds that the duo “looked so wasted” and even started making out with the unidentified guy in someone else’s hammock.
Rainforest Fund to Celebrate Its 25th Anniversary
The actress Trudie Styler and her husband, the pop singer Sting, will be joined by more pop stars – Paul Simon, James Taylor, Dionne Warwick, Ivy Levan – as well as a trumpeter, Chris Botti, and an opera singer, Renée Fleming, in the biennial Revlon Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on April 17.
The Rainforest Fund, which Sting and Ms. Styler founded in 1989, began as an organization meant to both campaign for environmental preservation and to help the indigenous people who live in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. It has since expanded to include projects in 23 countries, including Belize, Cameroon, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, , Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. A spokeswoman for the organization said that the fund has raised $35 million.
Central America Offers Something For Everyone
There are seven countries in Central America, all smashed into a thousand miles of land between Mexico and Colombia. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says among those seven countries, you can find just about anything you want, from adventures in the wild to full-service resorts.
Why Central America?
Central America is a culturally-rich place that will give you a different perspective on the world. And, Brumley says, there’s something for everyone.
“It’s a perfect place for people who love bird watching, who love culture, who love snorkeling,” he said. “In places like Costa Rica, the kids can go ziplining, canyoning and snorkeling in the morning, and grandparents can go on a nice beach walk, or sit by the pool, or go bird watching.” (Not to limit anyone’s options, we suppose the kids can sit by the pool and the grandparents can go canyoning, too, if they’re so inclined.)
Navigating Through Airport Security – Twelve Tips For Trouble Free Travel
Finally! Your travel day is here. Time to load up the bags and get to the airport. But before you go, have you best prepared yourself to run the airport security gauntlet? One of the more stressful parts of air travel is navigating the sometimes daunting, sometimes overwhelming, airport security check points.
However, careful planning and strategically packed carry-ons can help minimize the angst that airport security screening processes often cause. So before you fly again, arm yourself with these twelve tips for trouble free navigation of airport security check points.
Three Belize Getaways
The best places to scuba-dive in the ever-evolving and always spectacular Central American country
Any experienced scuba diver will have Belize on their shortlist of the best diving destinations in the world. It's home to the largest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere, there are hundreds of islands ("cayes," as they are called locally) that dot the 240-mile coastline and give visitors an abundance of diving opportunities. While there are picturesque white-sand beaches, luxury shopping and vibrant culture on land, there is just as much happening underwater.