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Joint Press Release from the Governments of Belize and Guatemala
1. The Governments of Belize and Guatemala deeply regret the death of Guatemalan national Tomas Desdicho Ramirez, 26 years old, resident of the village of San Marcos, Municipality of Dolores, Department of Peten, Guatemala, in the afternoon of Saturday 29 March 2014, that occurred in the Chiquibul Reserve, Belize, in an incident involving the Belize Defence Force.
2. Both Governments express their condolences to the family of the deceased Guatemalan citizen Tomas Desdicho Ramirez.
3. The Prime Minister of Belize and the President of Guatemala have been in telephone contact on the regrettable incident. The Prime Minister assured the President that his government will investigate the facts relating to the incident, and should it be found that there is culpability by persons involved they will be brought to justice in accordance with the law. The Government of Belize is committed to full transparency in this process and offered to share the reports with the Government of Guatemala.
The Senate debates and approves $1 billion budget
After two days of vigorous debate over the General Revenue Appropriation 2014/2015 Bill (The Budget) at the sitting of the House of Representatives, it was sent to the Senate on Thursday March 27th for debate and ratification. First on the agenda was the swearing in of the two newly appointed People’s United Party (PUP) Senators Attorney Anthony Sylvestre and Patrick Andrews. After the short ceremony, the Senate Budget Debate got underway in which members of the lower house of parliament put out contributions that discussed the state of the country. Senator Lizarraga also detailed that the constant borrowing under the Barrow Administration has increased the national debt left by the PUP. “In 2008 Mr. President, we owed externally $1.9 billion. Today, we owe $2.16 billion, added to the $404 million we owe locally…It converts to approximately $7,300 per every man, woman, and child in Belize…calculated differently Mr. President, this trend has led to every registered person that is an employer or employee in Belize today, owing $25,000.”
Belize fails to attend the Twelfth Session of the Rio Hondo Basin Commission
Mexican authorities are seeking international assistance to address the run off of dangerous chemicals and pesticide from agricultural farms into the Rio Hondo located along the borderline of Northern Belize and Mexico. This decision was taken after Belize failed to send a delegation to the Twelfth Session of the Basin Commission for the Rio Hondo (Commission de Cuenca del Rio Hondo) and according to the Mexican counterparts, has been absent in several instances.
The consultation, which had members of both the Mexican and Guatemalan Environmentalist Agencies in attendance, addressed the mass of chemicals and pesticides that are being deposited into the river. These chemicals, which are used for farming and agriculture purposes, are altering the pH Balance of the Rio Hondo, resulting in the possible poisoning of river dolphins and manatees. In the past few months three dolphins and two manatees have been found dead on the shores of Chetumal Bay in the state of, Quintana Roo. According to news repots from Mexico, the death of these creatures is being attributed to chemical poisoning.
Possible Relocation of the New San Pedro Cemetery
It was opened in late 2013 as the new location of the San Pedro Cemetery due to congestion at the old cemetery located in the heart of downtown San Pedro, but now that new cemetery might just be moved to a new site. The little bit of uneasiness from the community is that there are already six bodies that would have to be exhumed and relocated to the new cemetery, if this happens.
According to San Pedro Town Mayor Daniel Guerrero the Government acquired land for the cemetery has not been paid for and in the meantime the owners of the land, Holiday Lands, do not want the cemetery there anymore because of a big development project to spring up in that area. Therefore, Holiday Lands has offered a free piece of land in exchange for the present new site in which the six bodies have already been put to rest. News of this second new cemetery leaked out when a caller to the Reef TV Morning Show posed the question to Mayor Danny, who was caught by surprise. Mayor Guerrero explained that indeed the offer/proposal has been made and that government, in consultation with The San Pedro Town Council, is considering the exchange because government does not have the money to pay for the acquired land made some years ago. The Mayor’s reasoning for accepting the deal would be that tax dollars will be saved with the acceptance of the exchange deal and that the cemetery would be closer to town.
From Dream to Reality: The Inspiration Center Launches
Years of planning and hard work became a reality on Thursday, March 27, 2014, as The Inspiration Center was launched at a ceremony on its grounds. Special Envoy for Women and Children and Chairperson of The Inspiration Center Board of Directors, Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow, delivered an emotional speech recounting the journey leading up to today’s event and thanking all those who contributed to its success. “I am eternally grateful that there have been so many supporters who recognize the significance of providing optimal health care, recreational outlets and other opportunities for development for this vulnerable population,” said Mrs. Simplis-Barrow.
Caramba Restaurant Keeps Things Fresh and New
Every year around August, Caramba Restaurant closes for about two weeks during the slow season and takes advantage of the time off. But the time off could hardly be considered “time off” because when the restaurant reopens there is always something new about the place, be it the food, the bar or the dining area; Caramba is always evolving.
That ‘something new’ I am talking about can be as subtle as a new paint color or as big as the addition of a new stylish bar. However, what always remains constant from Caramba is the food. It is fitting that their slogan says, “Where the food always speaks for itself…”. This year the restaurant kicked it up a notch by introducing a new menu filled with amazing new dishes and revamped old favorites.
The menu has been simplified a bit, but it is still heavy on the seafood options that are a big draw for the restaurant. New options like Crab Stuffed Jalapeños, Crab Cakes, Stuffed Flank Steak, Fish or Shrimp Tacos, Savory Soups (Sopa de Lima), Hearty Subs like the Pibil (Pulled Pork) Sub and Sandwiches have been mixed in with the old favorites like the classic Fried Chicken, Fish Fingers, Quesadillas, Fajitas and Burgers.
Discovering the Village of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
This is a picture of the beach of San Pedro in the late 1960’s when tourists were beginning to discover the village of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. It was not yet known as Isla Bonita but the very few hotels advertised as “Welcome To Paradise…No Shirt, No Shoes, Problem”. This was the mood set by The Ambergris Lodge of George Stefanco upfront, followed by Lily’s Coral Beach Hotel, Conch Shell Coral Beach Hotel and Paradise Hotel in the background. At this time the cemetery was just on the outskirts of the village just before Paradise Hotel. These were among the first to set the pace for what was to become La Isla Bonita, The Number One Island in the World!
Message for US Citizens on Absentee Voting
Your vote counts! Did you know that many recent U.S. elections have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by military and overseas voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.
Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2014 U.S. elections:
Registering to Vote:
Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).
-Even if you have voted by absentee ballot in the past, you must complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to vote in the 2014 elections. The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories. It allows you to register to vote and to request absentee ballots for all regular, primary, run-off, and special elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) during the course of the year it is submitted in.
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FISHING REPORT: Week of March 22-30, 2014
The weather brought in big tides and incredible fishing. Like I said, we had a lot of wonderful stories go on this week. Stories and memories that will last lifetimes. Rob asked me, “What makes this work? What makes El Pescador work?” There are a lot of things that could be said to answer that question. But the one thing we do know is that witnessing dreams come true is a good thing to be around. We give out pins to honor the angler’s achievements, but this pin represents so much more. It was great to see several of our fishing friends this week. Greg was able to come up from Roatan and fish with Biill. They were chasing tarpon between telling tales with a few Belikins thrown in. Bill you’re family at EP. As I head out to chase fish in cold waters, my job share partner Ed is starting his week with a few tarpon under his belt. Everyone is thrilled to see you back Ed. Have a great six weeks sharing your passion for fly fishing with the staff and guests of El Pescador. And Happy Birthday!!!
Body found at Orange Walk primary school
Classes were abruptly dismissed today for children attending the Guardian Angel Roman Catholic School in Guinea Grass village, Orange Walk.
That is because the body of a man was found this morning in one of the bathrooms at the school.
The name of the man is being withheld at this time, pending the proper notification of his family.
Reports from the village say that a female teacher went to open the bathroom and that was when the body of the man, a resident of the same village, was found.
Belize and Guatemala issue join statement on Chiquibul incident
The governments of Belize and Guatemala have issued a joint statement on the death Guatemalan national Tomas Ramirez, 26, inside the Chiquibul Reserve in western Belize.
The incident involved Belize Defence Force soldiers and happened on Saturday afternoon. In the joint statement, the governments of Belize and Guatemala expressed condolences to Ramirez’ family.
Furthermore, the joint statement says that both Prime Minister Dean Barrow and President Otto Fernando Perez Molina “have been in telephone contact on the regrettable incident.”
According to the statement, Prime Minister Barrow “assured the President that his government will investigate the facts relating to the incident, and should it be found that there is culpability by persons involved they will be brought to justice in accordance with the law.”
A commitment was made by Belize to “full transparency in this process and offered to share the reports with the Government of Guatemala.”
Belize’s Culture & Economic Development
1. the total of the inherited ideas, beliefs, values, and knowledge, which constitute the shared bases of social action
2. the total range of activities and ideas of a group of people with shared traditions, which are transmitted and reinforced by members of the group: the Mayan culture
Below are generalizations of a sub-set of aspects of Belize culture that impact our rate and quality of economic development.
In Belize, most things are left for “later”. If it is not life threatening it can be done later. This attitude is very pervasive, and results in procrastination, latency, last-minute rush, and in creole “hurry-com-up”, which means something that is hastily, and normally incompletely or inadequately done. This manifests itself in many ways in daily life, not in the least of which is frequent late arrival for work, meetings or invitations known popularly as “Belize time”. This laid back attitude has its advantages and disadvantages relative to peaceful co-existence of so many mixed races, but in economic life, this lack of urgency hinders our pace of development in more ways than we care to accept.
Guinea Grass village man found dead in school bathroom
The discovery of the body of a man in the girls’ bathroom at the Guinea Grass Roman Catholic primary school in Orange Walk is not the way that students and teachers intended to start their Monday.
Thirty year old Asael Gomez was found semi-nude just after 8 o’clock this morning by a girl who had gone to use the facility.
Soon a crowd of nearly 200 people, including students, flocked to the area to watch in shock and disbelief. According to the aunt of the deceased, Gomez was last seen on Saturday morning and the family member says he had been drinking since Friday night.
Meeting held to discuss staff issues at St. Ignatius High
A meeting was held today at the St. Ignatius High School in Santa Elena town to try and resolve internal issues. The meeting involved Belize National Teachers Union president Luke Palacio, BNTU advisor George Frazer, Principal of the High School Vanessa Neal, Maria Zabaneh from the Catholic Schools […]
Charges for City man after wild shooting
Friday afternoon in Belize City felt for a bit like the wild, wild west as a group of young men engaged in back and forth shooting in a mile-and-a-half span of the Old Capital. Amazingly, when it was all said and done, only one person had been actually […]
Man accused of rape in Ladyville charged
This morning, Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith remanded 51 year old Eugene Reneau to the Central Prison after police charged him for rape. According to Police around 2:30 in the morning of Friday, March 28, they went to a swampy overgrown area ten feet from the roadside on the […]
UB girls hold off boys in relathon
The women of the University of Belize (UB) denied their male counterparts a win on Sunday in the annual battle of the sexes that takes place on the George Price Highway. The UB Relathon – a portmanteau of relay and marathon – features teams of men and women […]
Keion Robateau wins Junior Cross Country Cycling race
Sunday was a day of sports in the City, beginning with the finish of the 15th annual Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic. 20 young men from several cycling teams kicked off from the San Jose Succotz Ferry and rode for 70 miles to Leslie’s Imports. For the most […]
10th Day of Healing held in Taylor’s Alley
On Saturday the Day of Healing initiative came to Taylor’s Alley, a community whose very name has become a byword for violence. It was conceived around this time last year as a way for communities affected by violence to promote peace among rival gangs. It is one reason for […]
Hector Lyons robbed and killed
Cemetery Road resident Hector Dean Lyons failed to live to see his 57th birthday, today, after he was shot dead on West Canal Sunday night. Police found him seated on the same steps he was sitting on while talking to a friend around 7:25 p.m. A single gunman […]
Fire destroys building and vehicles in Corozal
An early morning fire on Sunday has destroyed a warehouse in Corozal and the estimated damage caused by the blaze has been put at over a million dollars. Around 5 o’clock on Sunday morning, personnel of the Corozal Fire Department responded to a call of a fire at […]
Police investigate murder in Sarteneja; two men are being questioned
Corozal police are looking for one person who they believe can assist them greatly in their investigation of the second murder of the year in the coastal village of Sarteneja. The body of retired American national, 77 year old Dennis Frank Waltz, was found inside of his warehouse […]
PUP seeks judicial review of Chief Elections Officer’s rejection of signatures
March 31, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The People’s United Party (PUP) has gone to the Supreme Court seeking judicial review of the decision of the Chief Elections Officer to reject hundreds of signatures from a petition to recall Elvin Penner. Last year, the Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai rejected 337 signatures from thousands that were […]
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Joint IDS/Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (2014-15)
The Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (with funding from DFID) and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom. Full details of the scheme can be found in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme 2014 Prospectus.
The University of Sussex is offering one award for candidates from any eligible:
Commonwealth Country with an offer of a place on MSc in Climate Change and Development.
A list of eligible Commonwealth countries can be found on page 28 of the CSSS 2014 Prospectus.
Belmopan Bandits vs Toledo Diplomats
The Belmopan Bandits traveled to Toledo to play the Diplomats on Saturday. The won 86 to 41. Congratulations, Bandits!
In related news, the Bandits host the Dangriga Warriors this Thursday, April 3rd. The lost against the Western Ballaz last week. More pictures from that match here.
Paint Up a Storm Artist List
The Cayo Welcome Center will be the place to be this Saturday, as artists excelling in everything from dance to music to writing to performing arts come out for this year's Paint Up a Storm. It'll be fun for the entire family.
Statistical Institute of Belize Releases its Consumer Price Index, February 2014
February 2014 External Trade Indicators
In addition, SIB also released its February 2014 External Trade Indicators.
US, Belizean workers lay groundwork for New Horizons construction
U.S. and Belizean workers made final preparations at construction sites in Belize March 28-30 in preparation for new facilities at four schools and one medical clinic in the country.
Construction professionals from both countries will work together at each site to build additions to the schools and hospital as part of the New Horizons Belize 2014 exercise. Preparing for this exercise has required extensive coordination from representatives of both countries.
"We've been working on this particular exercise for over a year now," said Master Sgt. Craig Hunter, New Horizons construction superintendent, responsible for coordinating with Belizean construction workers and overseeing U.S. manpower at each of the construction sites. "We've done countless hours of planning back at the unit in order to make sure we have all the materials, the tools and the contracts set up well ahead of time to make sure that once we hit the ground here in Belize we can get started with our construction projects."
Belize, European Union Hold Talks
The government of Belize held talks on Monday with the European Union in Belmopan.
The “European Union Political Dialogue” aimed to “engage in discussions on issues of mutual interest and share information on the actions and initiatives that both Belize and the European Union are undertaking in the economic, social and political areas,” according to a statement from the government of Belize.
It was held under the Cotonou Agreement, which provides the framework for the European Union’s relations with scores of developing countries.
High on the agenda were issues relating to economic and political developments, border issues, unreported and unregulated fishing, visa arrangements, crime and security, human rights, climate change and others, according to Belize’s government.
19-year Air Force IDMT provides care to service members in Belize
A Sulphur, La., native is leading a team of medical technicians as they provide care to U.S. service members deployed to Belize in support of New Horizons 2014.
A 19-year independent duty medical technician and the lead medic in Belize, Master Sgt. Tara Harrison is charged with ensuring U.S. Air Force members receive the best medical care possible as they assist the Belizean government in building schools and hospitals throughout the country.
In addition to providing Air Force members care, Harrison is also working with medics and corpsmen from other U.S. service branches to ensure all medical teams are working cohesively in the joint service environment.
New Horizons is an annual event coordinated amongst U.S. Department of Defense service members, the U.S. Embassy and the host nation government to conduct civil engineer and medical training. The training benefits U.S. forces as they are offered an opportunity to practice deployment and joint training procedures.
Grand Belize Casino Hotel to open Santa Elena, Belize operation
The Grand Belize Entertainment Group said it has been granted a gaming license and secured the location to operate the former Golden Princess Casino in Santa Elena, Belize.
Grand Belize Casino Hotel said it plans to operate approximately 500 slot machines, 20 table games, a brand new 50-room hotel, over 20,000 square feet of events space, and multiple first class food and beverage offerings.
The Casino Hotel will be co-branded with The Grand Belize Interactive division´s Online Casino. Guests will be able to redeem rewards and promotions at Grand Belize Casino Hotel and through Grand Belize´s Online Casino.
The Grand Belize Entertainment Group is known for developing and executing strong, focused branding that differentiates the firm from the competition. For more information visit www.grandbelizeentertainment.com.
By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez
Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock
COLA standing up for social justice
So their stance is supposed to be without malice
Let me be candid
COLA's initiative should be commended
But this system is not to be trusted
UDP acted in unity with the PM’s malady
Knowing the mandamus would fail
Ensuring that in the meanwhile they could cover their trail
But it was already known that this would be the strategy
UDP does not want to stain their hands politically
They need to maintain they slim majority
They’ve know full well like Zinaida
They could have fired Penner
However that’s not an option at this juncture
It’s all a pappy show!
Females Win UB Relathon
Congratulations to the UB female relathon team! They defeated the male team, and this is the 3rd year in a row.
"Females Win 36th Annual UB Relathon. 6 hours 29 minutes is the cumulative time that it took UB’s speedy females to reach the Engineering Department in Belize City, winning the 36th Annual UB Relathon on Sunday, March 30, 2014. The females started in Belmopan at the Market Square, while the males began in front of the Police Station in San Ignacio but both embarked on their journey at 8:30 a.m. The females ran with a singular goal in mind: 3-peat as champions. Their effort paid off when they crossed the finish line at 2:59 p.m. The males tried their best to win and closed the 20 mile handicap to only 3miles but fell short and finished 18 minutes later. "
Mayflower Bocawina National Park Documentary
The Mayflower Bocawina National Park had a documentary made about it. While it seems to jump around between the topics, it's still worth a watch, especially if you want to learn more about the place that holds the longest zipline in Central America.
"Explore the wonders of the Mayflower Bocawina National Park in this documentary film! The Mayflower Bocawina National Park was filmed from May to August 2013 by Duarte Dellarole for his Ecotourism BSc. degree internship. The goal was to promote the most recent National Park in Belize and show how Ecotourism plays a fundamental role in the conservation of protected areas. The film you are about to watch shows the work that Mama Noots Bocawina has been developing in the area, the activities that they offer in the park and information on the wildlife and plants that can be found in this protected area."
Women's Fair Pictures
The Women in Arts Fair was Saturday at the Cayo Welcome Center. Crystal Paradise got some good pictures of the event.
"San Ignacio had a special event over the weekend, it was the “Women’s Fair”. Women from all over the country had the opportunity to share their work and at the same time we had the opportunity to buy some of their unique art pieces. The San Ignacio Welcome Center was a colorful place to be shopping for handmade jewelry, hand died clothes, clay pots, weaved baskets, handmade aromatic soups, and different sized and colors t-shirts. The event was organized by the San Ignacio House of Culture."
Voice of the West Elocution Competition
The Rotary Club of San Ignacio has been busy lately. Not only did they bring the flash mobs to Cayo, but they are having their annual Voice of the West Elocution Competition at 6:30pm this Thursday at Hode's.
"We are getting ready for the Voice of the West competition for the high school students in Cayo, 42 students to be exact. I found out this event was a staple on Sept 10 back in the day, until the Independence Day celebrations became more about the politicians than the people. Join us at Hode's, 6:30 this Thursday night. Voice of the West rocks!"
UB at La Ruta Maya
One last set of La Ruta Maya pictures, courtesy of the University of Belize. The Black Jaguars and Lady Black Jaguars paddled, and had a great time in the process.
Faces of the friendliest people on earth: Belizeans
From the moment you arrive in Belize – whether you are an adventure traveler, part of a family trip or in the country for a relaxing beach vacation – Belizean people and culture make you feel as welcome and comfortable, like nowhere you’ve ever visited.
You may or may not know that Belize is referred to as a “Melting Pot.” The definition of the term used in this context relates to the many cultures & people inhabiting the tiny Central American country, with a population of an estimated 351,115 citizens.
With such a diverse population, it is inevitable to meet and greet some very unique faces in this little paradise that was once a British colony.
The major ethnic groups that can be found in Belize are Maya, Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, East Indian, Chinese, Arab, and Mennonites. We are truly a melting pot of colorful personalities!
There also are a number of expatriates in Belize from Canada, Europe and the United States – and many of them retire here. A blending of cultures has resulted in one of the happiest and most peaceful countries in the region and a widespread reputation as one of the world’s friendliest population.
We are delighted to present you with the beautiful faces of Belize:
Belize - European Union Political Dialogue
Government of Belize Press Office
Another Pageant win for Belize at the 29th Annual Miss International Pageant at the University of South Florida.
Belizean Beauty Ambassador, Jacinta Gomez, has won the coveted title of Miss International 2014 at the University of South Florida (USF). The Miss International Pageant was launched in 1984 by The Caribbean Cultural Exchange at the University of South Florida to promote multicultural diversity.
According to the Annual Miss International Facebook page, "The Pageant provides a superb opportunity for young women to share their unique cultures and educate the members of the USF community about their area of the world. It serves as a forum for the voices of female students to be heard as they address contemporary and important issues which are personally important to them, their communities, and to their countries at large. Through this experience, the goal of promoting multicultural diversity at USF is achieved.
Kite making workshop at Corozal House of Culture.
Sunday, April 13 1pm - 5pm
National Assembly Clerk, Eddie Webster Questioned on a Murder for Hire Report
There has been bad blood among Dangriga UDPs leading up to the convention to select a standard bearer for that constituency and it seems that bad blood has boiled over!
NBZLive has confirmed that Clerk of National Assembly, Eddie Webster was in police custody for questioning regarding a murder for hire report which was lodged sometime on Friday. It is unknown whether Webster was picked up or if he volunteered to go in based upon police request.
No one is talking as the UDP would much prefer that this stayed out of public domain however we’ve been reliably informed that the alleged hit man is Jermaine “Mouse” Miranda.
Miranda who is no stranger to police allegedly reported that he was contacted by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Eddie Webster and offered BZD$5,000.00 to shoot and kill former Mayor of Dangriga and current UDP standard bearer, Frank “Papa” Mena.
Video: Belize 2014 Iguana Squad
4min. Mission Trip to Sarteneja, Belize with Conway's First Baptist Church and First Nazarene Church from Conway, Arkansas
Video: Belize C A 2014 Movie
6min. Short clips from our trip to Belize Central America, March 2014
Video: Belize - Dolphins
Video: You better zipline to Belize it!
Video: You better zipline to Belize it! part 2
Video: Belize - An Introduction to Neotropical Birds
A selection of pictures taken by our guide Yeray Seminario in the beautiful Central American country of Belize. Enjoy!
Video: Hiking 'The Outlier' in Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary
7min. Hiking 'The Outlier' a 1,800ft peak in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve, Belize.
Video: Swimming with whale sharks
Video: DOLPHIN ATTACK!
We decided to make a run out to Glovers’s Reef on a friend’s catamaran for a couple of days of SCUBA diving. There wasn’t a lot of planning involved. It was afternoon and the drinks were flowing in anticipation of one of those life-altering sunsets over the water. An idea started a conversation that quickly led to consensus: let’s do it.
Gear was gathered; bathing suits and sunscreen were grabbed; an ice chest was filled; and we were off. Conversation on most dive trips centers on past underwater experiences and undersea adventures to come. We were under sail about an hour east of Royal Belize enjoying the sun and the conversation when this happened…
Video: Mooring in Belize at Hatchet Caye Resort
1min time lapse. Mooring in Belize with Hatchet Caye Belize. Our mooring balls and pier for docking make visiting our island a breeze! Come refuel, restock and relax for a few days as you enjoy all our resort amenities.
Video: Belize Scuba Diving - Shark feeding frenzy
4min. Scuba diving in and around the blue hole with Wilkes and Buckley - shark feeding frenzy - go 'dores
Bad Card's Street Style Execution
There are 3 KILLINGS to report tonight. 2 of them are being treated as murder, and the third is a fatality resulting from an armed encounter between Guatemalan civillians and the Belizean military.
We start first with the murder of Hector "Bad Card" Lyons who was shot to death last night in Belize City. Lyons was just a few hours away from his 57th Birthday, but instead of planning a celebration, his family, is now preparing for his burial.
Daniel Ortiz has been following the story, and here's his report:
Daniel Ortiz reporting
57 year-old, Hector Dean Lyons, better known as "Bad Card", lay dead on the steps of this house at the on West Canal Street, the last place he was seen alive before still unknown man mercilessly gunned him down.
We understand that he was talking with a friend on those steps, usual behavior, since he was known to be very sociable.
Guatemalan Killed Inside Chiquibul: Joint National Press Release Issued
Belize and Guatemala are moving ahead with a second round of confidence building measures, but a major wrench was thrown into the works this weekend when Belizean law enforcement killed a Guatemalan civilian. It happened on Saturday in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, a reported 3.4 kilometers or 2 miles within Belize.
According to police, on Saturday afternoon, the BDF were leading a joint patrol along with Forestry officers and police. They were 4 miles north of Rio Blanco and some 2 miles within Belizean territory when they saw a group of armed Guatemalan civilians. The police ordered them to stop, but they report that the men opened fire at the law enforcement personnel who returned fire, fatally injuring 26 year old Tomas Desdicho Ramirez, a resident of the Guatemalan village of San Marcos, in Peten, Police say the other men ran off and the Belizean lawmen recovered a 12 gauge pump action shotgun from the deceased and 6 ounces of marijuana. They also recovered one live 12 gauge and 5 expended cartridges. Again, based on that physical evidence it would suggest outlaw behaviour and provocation of Belize's armed forces - which is consistent with recent history.
A Plot to Kill UDP's "Pawpa Mena"
Our next story is so crazy, that if we hadn't confirmed it, you might think we were joking. But we're not: Dangriga police are investigating a claim that the Clerk of the National Assembly Eddie Webster hired a man to kill UDP standard bearer for Dangriga Pawpa Mena. First off, let us just say that Webster, who is a prominent UDP from Dangriga has flatly denied the story. But he was asked to go into Dangriga police for questioning on Friday which he did.
The claim is made by a man named Jermaine Mouse Miranda - who has a long rap sheet with 6 criminal convictions including harm and aggravated assault. But he told police that on March 5th or 6th, he was walking on Penn Road in Dangriga Town where Webster lives. He claims that Webster called him over to his verandah and made the proposition.
Now, Webster told us that he doesn't even know Miranda and that the charge is completely baseless. Mena told us that it also makes no sense to him and that he doesn't think Webster would do such a thing. Mena says he would rather not make it an issue and has not taken any additional security measures.
Mayor Darrell Bradley Didn't Resubmit His Name
Friday was the deadline for UDP mayoral aspirants to put in their names - and the news tonight is that mayor Darrell Bradley has not put in his name - meaning he won't run for mayor, unless, of course, he changes his mind again - which he has been known to do. That happened in February when the mayor told the media at a prime ministerial press conference that he would run - and by the time the press conference was over, he told us he had mis-spoken.
But not meeting the deadline is bigger than mis-speaking at a press conference, and it will be interesting to see if mayor Bradley changes up again. In the meantime we are told three other UDP councilors and past councilors have put in their names: Deputy Mayor BQ Pitts, Former Deputy Dion Leslie, and former Councilor Leila Peyrefitte.
American Expat Killed In Sarteneja
Corozal continue to investigate the murder of American Retiree 77 year-old Dennis Frank Waltz, who was found dead inside his warehouse in Sarteneja Village.
At around 5 p.m. on last week Friday, his body was discovered by residents, who realized that he was missing for at least a day and a half. They found his motorcycle on the outskirts of the village, and when he didn't show up at his house, the villagers started to worry about him.
They visited his warehouse, and they picked up on a foul smell ,which gave them the suspicion that someone was dead inside. They called police, when they responded, the warehouse entrance was pried open, Waltz's body was found on the ground. He had suffered gunshots to the chest, the mouth, and the top of his head.
Man Found Dead In Guinea Grass
This morning at around 8, Orange Walk Police had to retrieve a body from the latrine of the Guinea Grass RC School in the Orange Walk District. Because of the discovery, classes had to be cancelled so that Police could take over the compound to preserve their crime scene.
The body was later identified as 30 year-old Orange Walk resident Asael Gomez, and the last time he was seen alive wason Saturday morning, where his relatives saw him drinking. Inside the bathroom, investigators found his knapsack, a cellular phone, and a machete. Seen in the footage here, the commotion of the discovery, drew a huge gathering of residents wanting to know what had happened.
Police are having a bit of difficulty at this stage because there were no apparent signs of violence on the body, except for a gash on his head. At this time, the authorities suspect that Gomez was intoxicated, and wanting to use the bathroom, he somehow found his way onto the school's compound. That's where he may have tripped, hit his head, and died as a consequence. At this time, police are treating it as a sudden death, until the results of the post mortem are in.
Inside the Fort Street Tourism Village
Over the years, we've aired dozens of stories about the area outside the Fort Street Tourism Village. A good 90% of them have been negative. And how could it be otherwise, with dozens of tourism industry service providers outside the gates jostling for the same crumbs? And the reason they get the crumbs is because that's how it's set up - the Tourism Village is a full service stop that tries earnestly to be all things to its guests. Now, new management is trying to change the character of the village to make it more upscale. We got rare access to the facility last week Wednesday on Cruise Day to see how they manage thousands of guests. Jules Vasquez reports:..
Jules Vasquez reporting
Every time you see ships in the harbor - that means thousands of visitors will have to pass through the tourism village, on a crowded day - like a Wednesday - more than 12 thousand may pass through - most of them, 70% going on pre-booked tours, some just choosing to walk the city or walk around the terminal.
Remanded For Wild Mahogany Street Police Chase
Last week, we told you all about that wild police chase that sent bystanders fleeing for cover on Mahogany Street. Well, tonight, one man, 22 year-old Marquin Drury, is at prison because police say that he was one of the men firing shots.
Joshua Lewis reported to the police that during that chase, he was shot by Drury who pursued him in an Astro van. As we told you, Police pursued the van in a high speed chase on Mahogany Street, but the driver of the van managed to get away from the police mobiles, and he was not caught by police when he reached his home on Santa Barbara street.
Well, police have since charged Drury with grievous harm and use of deadly means of harm. He was arraigned today before the Chief Magistrate, who remanded him to prison until May 29, his next court date.
Police Caught Him Raping A Woman?
51 year-old Eugene "Portion" Reneau is at prison tonight after he was taken to court today because he allegedly forced himself on a woman and raped her.
Police say that they caught him in the act on last Friday morning at around 2:30 a.m. They received a tip about an assault happening at mile 10 and a half on the Northern Highway, and when they responded, they saw Reneau in swampy water. When the officers ordered them to get out, the woman reported to them that Reneau placed a knife to her throat and threatened that if she didn't have sex with him, he would kill her. Fearing for her life, she complied, and that when the officers saw them, he was forcing himself on her.
Police arrested and charged Reneau for rape. He was arraigned today before the Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith, who denied him bail, and remanded him to prison on May 28, his next court date.
PUP Sues E&B For Rejecting Penner's Recall Petition
On Thursday, we showed you the arraignment of UDP Cayo Northeast Area representative Elvin Penner, who was criminally charged by Geovanni Brackett Nedal McLaren of COLA, who launched a private prosecution.
Well, as we told you, the PUP made a failed attempt to recall Penner in January because they couldn't meet the referendum threshold by getting the required number of signatures belonging to voters of the Cayo Northeast Constituency. Well, that move to unseat Penner has emerged again because the PUP are challenging the decision of the Chief Elections Officer reject over 300 signatures. They filed the application for judicial proceedings today at the Supreme Court, and 7News spoke with them outside.
Lisa Shoman, Attorney
"I am filing the application on behalf of Orlando Habet and 4 other applicants for judicial review of the decision by the chief elections officer to reject 337 signatures and therefore report to the Governor General that there were not enough signatures for the referendum recall to be held. At this stage what we are asking for is application for leave for judicial review, so this is the leave stage. It's the first step towards getting judicial review."
Lime In Shortage
On hot days like we've been having recently, there's nothing more refreshing than a tall, cold glass of lime juice. But, good luck finding that nowadays because limes are scarce, and the ones you can afford are tiny and bitter. Monica Bodden went to the market today to find out why:..
Monica Bodden reporting
The price of lime has climbed to an all-time high - we were told due to the damage of crops.
Maria Cowo - Market Vendor
"Right now because of the rains the lime got scarce, so when it comes in it comes expensive, so we have to sell it at least for 75 cents for one and we buy wholesale $55 per hundred. That why we have to sell it expensive because there is no lime."
Police Officer Charged By Fisheries
On last week Thursday, 7News told you about the bust the Fisheries Department made of the men who were fishing for hicatee turtles. Well, they have charged a police officer for those out-of-season fisheries products.
That officer is 53 year-old Special Constabl Goldburn Seguro, a resident of Freetown Road, was charged with 4 fisheries offences of illegal possession of Hicatee Turtles. He was arraigned today before Magistrate Hettiee Mae Stewart where he pleaded not guilty and was granted bail. He must return to court on May 15, 2014
Those Top Table Tennis Players
On Friday's news we told you about the 3rd Annual DUTCH LADY Primary Schools Tournament.
64 students from 7 primary schools participated in 250 matches. At the end of it, Top seed junior player Latrell Solis from St. Joseph made it to the finals by defeating Desire Amagula, Jaylen Nicholson and Luis Bardalez.
Solis won the FINALS by a score of 3-1 over Bardalez..
Amiri Hoare took 3rd place with Jaylen Nicholson taking home the 4th place trophy. All top 4 players are from St. Joseph
Missing Child Came Home
Last week we told you about 15 year old high schooler Noemi Polanco who went missing from home on St. Luke Street, in Belmopan. Well, tonight we're relived to report that the child turned up at home on Friday in good condition.