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The San Pedro Sun

Wick-Ed Candles bring exotic scents to life
One young man's school project has given him the opportunity to start a business of his own. When 18-year-old Hector Trejo was tasked with developing a product to be presented at the 2014 Corozal Junior College Business Expo, he decided to create something unique to his San Pedro community that would also be in high demand in the business market. Just what is that makes Wick-Ed Candles so unique? Well the candles are made of 100% soybean wax and are environmentally friendly. Each candle is hand crafted and takes about half an hour to prepare. To add that island touch, the candles come in a coconut shell, with a sea shell for a pedestal. They come in a variety of 'Wick-Ed' scents including Brazilian Sweet Orange, Clean Cotton, Butter Run, Cinnamon Bun, Coconut Cream, Midnight Jasmine, and Vanilla Cream. All are utterly heavenly!

Hol Chan gears up for the 9th annual Reef Week from May 10th to 17th
On Tuesday May 13th, Hol Chan Marine Reserve officials will release Ellen, the stranded sea turtle that was brought from Placencia in March, into its natural habitat. This will be witnessed by a contingency of media personalities, aimed to create awareness of the importance of protecting the endangered Loggerhead sea turtle in Belize. On Wednesday May 14th, primary school students from Caye Caulker and San Pedro Town will participate in the annual Reef Week Trivia Competition. Schools from both islands have been invited to submit the names of two students for the competition. The competition will test the participants' knowledge about the reef. Activities will then continue on Thursday May 15th with the annual Marine Fair starting at 9:30 AM at the San Pedro Central Park. The main highlight of the Marine Fair is the "Art from Trash" and Nature Photograph competitions with the participation of students from San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker Village. In addition, several organizations have been invited to set up educational booths to target the local populace about the work they do to help protect the reef and the environment.

Dennis "Chinky" Palacio murdered on Seaweed Street
On Saturday, April 26th at about 11:30PM, police visited the residence of 84-year-old Belizean Businessman of Seaweed Street in the San Juan Area where they saw the body of a dark complexion male person dressed in a white T-Shirt and Khaki 3/4 short pants identified as 43-year-old Dennis "Chinky" Palacio, Belizean Laborer of San Juan Area, San Pedro Town lying face down with four gunshot wounds: one wound to the left side of the lower back, two wound to the right upper back near the shoulder and one wound to the right finger.

Tropic Air announces addition of King Air Aircraft to its fleet
King Air Tropic 3The King Air is a pressurised, air-conditioned, high-speed, twin-engine, jet prop aircraft. Its pressurised cabin is designed for high altitude and high-speed (250 mph) flights. "Its two abreast seating in a 12 passenger configuration will also allow for the higher level of executive seating that our passengers are asking for" said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. "We were pleased to introduce the modern glass cockpit Cessna Caravan to Belize, and now we are pleased to once again raise the bar of air comfort for our passengers with the King Air"

Ambergris Caye registers second murder for 2014
43-year-old Dennis "Chingy" Palacio, a laborer of San Juan Area of San Pedro Town is the second murder for the year 2014 on Ambergris Caye. The incident occurred on Saturday April 26th, sometime around 11:20PM on Seaweed Street, not too far away from Palacio's apartment room and a short distance away from the San Pedro Police Station. While neighbors said they believe that Palacio's death is drug related, Berry said the victim was no stranger to local police. "Palacio was known to police since he always had run-ins with the law. However at this time we do not have any information to suggest that his death is drug related." Palacio's shooting death is just one of three shooting incidents in a span of three days on the island. "We are very much concerned about these shooting. We hear gunshots everyday in the San Juan Area and it is something that worries us. While I cannot go into details at this time, we are working with the Police in looking at ways to address these issues," said the Mayor of San Pedro Town, Daniel Guerrero.

Ambergris Today

North Ambergris Caye to Have Paved Road Soon!
The San Pedro Town Council is working diligently at repairing roads for the entire island and is currently being assisted by the Ministry of Works in upgrading the roads on Northern Ambergris Caye. Belize's Ministry of Works provided the Town Council with a grader and truck to work on improving the streets on the island. A total of 80 linear yards of white mal (dust from crushed rock - clay like texture) is being placed from Grand Caribe to Indigo Resort. Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nu�ez confirmed to Ambergris Today that the Town Council is in the process of signing agreements for the road of North Ambergris Caye to be paved; paperwork should be finalized in the next couple of weeks.

Belize Tourism Board Announces New Board of Directors 2014 - 2016
Belize Tourism Board's Board of Directors 2014-2016: *Einer Gomez, Acting Chairman * Herbert Haylock, Belize Tourism Industry Association Representative * Doug Thompson, Belize Hotel Association Representative * Gaspar Guerrero, Local Airline Sector Representative * Neil Bradley, Cayes & Outer Islands Representative * Glen Eiley, Southern Region Representative * Rosendo Urbina Sr., Northern Region Representative * Gamayel Babb, Legal Expertise * Christy Mastry, Project Management and Planning * Tracy Panton, CEO, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation

Italian Fashion Designer Roberto Cavalli Visits Belize
You know when word of Belize has gotten around in the elite social circle of celebrities when Roberto Cavalli arrives in Belize! Yes, the mega Italian fashion designer from Florence, who is known for exotic prints and for creating the sand-blasted look for jeans arrived in Belize over the weekend and is vacationing somewhere in the country. Only a select few know of his whereabouts. Of course his post on Instagram created quite a stir amongst his followers in Belize and fans of his designs/products. Many are very excited to learn that the picked Belize as a vacation destination.

Mother Beats Daughter over Naughty Facebook Posts - My Reaction
- by Ryan Acona - A disciplinary method that is loved by some people but despised by many is spanking. It is sort of an old fashioned method but still used a lot in certain countries. It is becoming less popular here in Belize, but there are still some parents who practice it. The reason parents spank their children is because they believe it will teach them discipline and will put their child on the right track. Although, in my opinion, it is a quick fix for a problem that should be dealt with differently. In a recent response to a video about a mother who beat her daughter for posting a 'dirty' photo onto her Facebook wall I talked about how the video made me sick because the mother beat her daughter over 70 times with a belt. Now, there were many people in the comments of the original video and my video commentary who agreed with the actions of the mother. In my opinion, I don't believe we should beat other humans unless it is self-defence and definitely we shouldn't beat a child to scare them into doing as you say.

Pic of the Week: Everything is Better Under a Palapa in San Pedro
Featured in this week's Pic of the Week is the palapa at Rojo Beach Bar, in North Ambergris Caye. There is always something going on at Rojo Beach Bar as it has garnered the popularity of being a very social spot both day and night. Their cocktails are amazing, food is superb and the staff is one-of-a-kind!

Flashbacks: Where is the end of San Pedro Town?
If you are wondering where the end of the town is you would have to go all the way up north to Boca Del Rio Bridge, cross it and then continue up north to as far as Tranquility Bay Resort. This is how expanded San Pedro Town is. However, many years ago this Flashback pic indicates the end of the village of San Pedro. A post was planted right in the middle of Barrier Reef Street in front of Milo's Hotel and the San Pedro Cemetery. This was and still is a cul de sac and beyond that was Paradise Hotel. The post indicated to the few drivers in San Pedro that they could not drive beyond this point. Notice how respectful and cooperative the people of San Pedro were- one single pole in the middle of the street and that was enough to stop traffic. Take note that there is space for a large vehicle to pass through, but they didn't. This is only part of the story. Take note of the grass on the street, the snow white sand, the absence of the majestic Belize Bank, the almost total absence of vehicles and people walking on the middle of the street. This "was" San Pedro- unsophisticated, romantic and inviting.

25 Years Ago: Fearless Men of the Sea in Ambergris Caye Part 2
My next guest is a man who challenged the sea for as long as he lived and truly left a mark in the annals of San Pedro. He was born and raised near the sea and by choice he made the sea his living. As a young man, Alan Forman was a fisherman like most of the young men in San Pedro. Alan learned the art of hand line fishing, trolling, and casting the nets and even the seine. Being a neighbor to my dad, Alan was an avid companion on our short trips outside the reef to do sport fishing. This was particularly so during the month of May and June during the summer vacations. It was on these trips that I learned to bait a hook and troll for barracuda. There are two ways to catch a loggerhead turtle or green turtle and even the hawksbill turtle. The first way is to strike it with a harpoon as I saw Alan do many times. The next and more thrilling was is to dive for it. Alan waited on the bow of our boat as my dad followed the turtle. He waited for the turtle to surface for air and as it was going down, he dove head on and captured it and maneuvered it to the surface. Once close to the boat my father fastened a rope to the front fin and then tied the second one. Both men then pulled the turtle inside the boat.

Misc Belizean Sources

FISHING REPORT: Week of April 20th- April 26th, 2014
Wow, the fishing was good, with tarpon eating often and permit available and biting daily. Pretty good weather all week helped the cause, as did a contingent of talented anglers here at the lodge. We had great fun with the Rio Fly Line and Smith Optics folks who were down testing gear and shooting some promotion photos and video.

About Ecology Project International (EPI) EPI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to addressing critical conservation issues through field-based partnerships between local experts and high school students. We engage adolescent youth from local communities and visiting youth from other regions in applied conservation as they learn about and help protect threatened species and habitats. Through EPI's programs in the U.S. and Latin America, teens are inspired and empowered to engage in conservation efforts at home and worldwide. About this position The Belize program manager is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of EPI's Belizean educational programming and operations. The Belize program manager ensures the successful delivery of a field-based, academically rigorous, environmental education program for Belizean and visiting international teenage students. The program manager will also develop in-country programs to allow for continued engagement with Belizean alumni. S/he will provide program leadership and strategic vision (both programmatic and development), and will work in conjunction with EPI's program operations director and other senior staff to ensure a fiscally and legally sound program.

Corozal is NOT your garbage dump
We took this photo of an illegal dump site located about 1/8 of a mile from the northern border along the Philip Goldson Highway in Santa Elena and about 300 yards from the Corozal Free Zone fence. As far as we know, this particular area has been used as a dump site for some time now. We are sure those in authority have driven past it, as it is very obvious and unsightly. It is riddled with trash, especially Mexican beer bottles and the rest of it labeled with Mexican trash. It is a shame that the first and last impressions you get leaving our beautiful town is this eye-sore at the border. We ask the health department and the proper authorities to please take care of this unhealthy and unsightly garbage situation now.

Prime Minister Departs Country
The Office of the Prime Minister informs the general public that the Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow will depart the country today, April 28th, 2014 to accompany his wife, Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow for her medical checkup.

Cayo International Film Festival
The Cayo Film Festival was this weekend, and it was another impressive cultural event at the Cayo Welcome Center. They screened the documentaries from the Belize Documentary Film Field Course, along with Kurse a di Ixtabi, it's documentary, Creative Kaos, and many more. "Check this out! First ever CAYO FILM Festival. Great job Daniel Velazquez! Short films from Richard and Carol Farneti Foster and Ilana Lapid's NMSU's Creative Media students are being shown - as well as other films like Charles Britt and Roni Martinez' Scarlet Six project, Isabelle Paquet-Durand's wildlife medicine clinic, and Matt's feature-length "Curse of the Ixtabi". "

Western Ballaz vs Tiger Sharks
Cayo came out in force for the Western Ballaz on Saturday night. The SHC auditorium was packed with fans wanting to see another great game. They got what they wanted. The Ballaz came on strong, having a 10 point lead for some of the first half. The Tiger Sharks slowly came back during the second half, and in the last few minutes they took the lead. The Western Ballaz lost, 75 - 70, but the fans really made it the best game of the league so far. Thanks to Adma Photography for the great pictures. More pictures are on the way.

National Tapir Day at the Zoo!
Friday May 2nd at 10:30am

Belize's refugee children
By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez Lord hear my prayer for Belize's children They are refugees of several wars For which few can prepare or defend them Hailing from predatory environs trying to consume them Violence, incest, drugs, pedophiles and people trying to rape them Born to unskilled parents to fend for them Who scarcely have time to play with them Some don't have the know how to read to them Lord, hear my prayer for Belize's children! Young female teachers trying to teach at risk young men and women The underserved and poverty stricken The ministry has to equip teachers with new techniques to engage them To get past the trauma and trust issue affecting them The dons and cartels are recruiting them Courting, enticing and vying to get loyalty from them No wonder our country is such peril and mayhem Lord, hear my prayer for Belize's children

National Training Program for Protected Areas Management
UB's Environmental Research Institute has teamed up with the Protected Areas Conservation Trust to have another National Training Program for Protected Areas Management. The first class, Research and Monitoring 1, starts tomorrow. Thanks, PACT! In related news, PACT is doing a call for concepts for large grants right now.

FCD Chiquibul Telethon
Friends of Conservation and Development, which helps preserve the Chiquibul National Forest, is having a telethon to raise funds to help with their efforts at keeping it pristine. It'll be on Saturday, May 17th. Check out the dark video they put together for it. They need more patrols and better equipment to protect it from the motley crew of poachers, xateros, loggers, miners, and oreros.

Power interruption
8:00am to 12:00noon on Tuesday, April 29: Mile 8 to Mile 35 Philip Goldson Hwy and all villages along Old Northern Hwy including Ladyville, Lord's Bank, Harry Flowers Estate, Los Lagos, Maxboro, Sandhill, Double Run, Salt Creek, Crooked Tree, Grace Bank, Gardenia, Biscayne, Santa Ana, Saint Anne, Corozalito, and Maskall. BEL to install lightning arrestors on distribution system along Philip Goldson Highway.

Are you swimming in debt and don't know how you're ever going to pay it off?
Well, you're not alone. If you're looking for some easy ways to cut down your debt then you probably need to follow on some of these advices: 1. Create a Budget: The first step to solving your debt problem is to establish a budget. You can use personal finance tools or make your own simple Excel spreadsheet that includes your monthly income and expenses. Then scrutinize those budget categories to see where you can cut costs. If you don't scale back your spending, you'll dig yourself into a deeper hole. 2. Pay the most expensive debt first: If you have credit card debt, sort it out from highest to lowest, then tackle the card with the highest rate first. By paying off the balance with the highest interest first, you increase your payment on the credit card with the highest annual percentage rate while continuing to make the minimum payment on the rest of your credit cards. Limit your credit card debts to a minimum. I have seen many of my friends here in Belize fall victims to credit card overspending.

resident's message says Belize Chamber of Commerce (BCCI) was founded in 1920 and that it represents, directly or indirectly, over 900 businesses. Membership report shows a bar chart that indicates total membership in 2013 at around 280. The President was Ms. Kay Menzies, past president Mr. Emil Mena, V.P. Industry Mr. Alen Reimer, V.P Commerce Mr. Alberto Young and V.P. Services Mr. Rishi Mungal. Secretary Ms. Ashanti Marin, Treasurer Mrs Claudette El Ters, and councillors Mr. Daniel Gutierrez, Mr. Nikita Usher, Mr. Carlo Habet, Mr. Israel Marin, and Mr. Douglas Bowen. CEO was Mrs. Kim Aikman with a staff of 14 persons. Guest speaker was Mr. Alvin Henderson, who is managing director and shareholder of Royal Mayan shrimp farms. His speech was tagged "Defining Belize's Competitive Space in a Global Marketplace".

Leading Belize eco resort Green Globe certified
"We are honored to be re-certified and recognized by Green Globe as a leading Belize Eco-Resort," said Cathy Alchin, General Manager at Xanadu Island Resort, situated on the beach in San Pedro, Ambergris, Belize. "Our efforts to preserve and uplift Ambergris Caye and the community of San Pedro are at the core of what makes Xanadu Island Resort a favorite among eco-conscious travelers." For years, Xanadu Island Resort has demonstrated a firm commitment to sustainable operations and environmental awareness. Construction of this eco-resort began in the summer of 1998. These days, owners Judy and Ivan Sheinbaum are highly excited about the achievement of their paradise. "Though our many initiatives and upgrades we have reduced our impact on the environment to Green Globe`s highest standards," commented Judy Sheinbaum. "We signed on to Green Globe to ensure that we are utilizing best practices globally, and setting benchmarks for continual environmental improvements year after year."

Channel 7

Raul Jr. Crashes; Girlfriend And Son Dies
A mother and child are dead tonight - victims of a terrible traffic accident this evening on the Northern Highway. It happened at around 4:30 when Raul Magana Jr was driving a Toyota Landcruiser at mile 27 in Biscayne. He was headed to Belize City and had a blowout, which caused him to lost control of the vehicle. It flipped violently - landing in a ditch on the side of the road. His girlfriend Elisa and his 4 year old son Raul Jr were killed by the impact on the spot. Magana survived and was conscious on the scene. He was taken to the KHMH where he is receiving treatment at this time. An eyewitness told us off camera what she saw:.. Voice: of eyewitness "We heard that the vehicle tire burst and the vehicle lost control, it spin around about 3 times and after that he lost control and vehicle flipped. When the vehicle flipped, the lady and the baby fell out."

Man Who Lived In Attic Killed On San Pedro
And while those are the late breaking details of that double fatality on the Western Highway, we have two murders to report tonight. The first one happened at around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night, where 43 year-old Dennis Palacio was killed in a street-style execution on San Pedro. Police have no leads at this time, and are hoping that members of the public come forward to assist them in their investigation. But while that is the aftermath of Palacio's murder, our news team went out to the island to find out what may have motivated it in the first place. Daniel Ortiz reports: Daniel Ortiz reporting At about half hour before Midnight on Saturday, 43 year-old Dennis Palacio, aka "Chingy", was killed on Seaweed Street in the San Juan area.

Family Dispute In PG Ends In Murder
And the weekend's second murder happened in Punta Gorda town. It was the result of a family dispute. 69 year old Norman Benguche Jr was stabbed three times in his back, allegedly by his step son 24 year old David Branson. It happened on Sunday morning at around 9:30 while Benguche was having breakfast on the verandah of his house. Branson picked up a knife that was on the table and stabbed the man - nearly three times his age - three times in the back. Branson was rushed to the PG Hospital in critical condition. He died at 10:30 am. Branson is being held pending charges for murder.

Vill Coup? US Capital Sympathizer Removed As Alcalde
For months, we've been reporting on the controversy surrounding the activities of US Capital Energy - which wants to drill for oil inside the Sarstoon Temash National Park. You might have thought that there was universal opposition to the company, but it's not so clear cut and right now there is a mighty struggle for control of the political landscape of the southern villages. Tonight we'll show you 2 Alcaldes and a chairman from the buffer communities who are in support of the oil company. We'll get to that shortly, but first, opponents of the oil company have been on a take no prisoners campaign for the past week to eject those village leaders who got too chummy with US Capital. The first leader who became a target of that agenda was Valentin Makin, the first Alcalde of Conejo Village. According to a release from the village sent by SATIIM, The charge against him is that he "betrayed his community" when he signed a letter on behalf of the entire village saying that they granted "unequivocal free, prior and informed consent for US Capital Energy Belize Ltd to continue its work and drilling on Maya Customary Lands." We're told that the community invoked Maya Communal Law and forcibly removed him because he wasn't representing the best interest of the village. In his place, they elected Eufemio Makin, to replace him as the new First Alcalde and the new leader. Today 7News got an opportunity to speak with Valentin Makin, and he told us that the only letter he signed was for the company to upgrade their main road, which he didn't see as anything he wasn't supposed to do. He told us that he is in the process of seeking legal advice because he believes his removal from office was unlawful.

2 Alcaldes + 1 Chairman Says SATIIM Is Not Their Lead Speaker
That opportunity to speak with Valentin Makin and the other Alcalde came after they had a sit-down meeting with the Prime Minister today at Old Belize. Those who attended reported to us that the meeting with the Prime Minister went well, and they had a productive discussion on many issues facing the communities of the south. Another topic that they wished to earnestly discuss was that Greg Ch'oc has reportedly been misleading the public when he suggested that he represented Mayan Communities and their best interests. Here's how they explained why: Joaquin Cucul - Resident, Conejo "Since Satiim was organized about 19 years ago nothing has been done in the village of Conejo. The village of Conejo is separated right now, so will he stand up and say that he is fighting for the Maya people. He is not fighting for us the Maya people; he is fighting for his own self."

Village Leaders Well-Oiled?
And in our last piece of news from the Mayan Communities in the South, the Alcaldes who spoke with us today say that they are in support of US Capital Energy because the company has been helping their villages improve their standards of living. They explained that the drilling in the South will also help to improve their lives with the access to jobs: Daniel Ortiz "Do you have any kind of ties to US Capital which would suggest that your opinion is not objective?" Joaquin Cucul - Resident, Conejo "I just want to clear - this is the situation: we are seeing development of this company started, so we are appreciating it, but since Satiim is there for such a long time and there are no developments, only separating the people. We don't like that anymore, so we need development and we need jobs. If Satiim would give us jobs for 19 years I don't think this would be a bigger problem. Mr. Ch'oc is delaying the Maya people of getting jobs."

Former Government Minister Passes
Former PUP Minister and commissioner of police, Maxwell Samuels passed away today. It happened this afternoon around 3:20 pm at the Belize Healthcare Partners where Samuels had been hospitalized over the weekend for a pulmonary embolism. According to family member he had a blood clot from his leg had travelled up to his brain causing a coma. He died of that embolism this evening. After a long term as Commissioner of police form 1981 - 1986, Samuels had a successful career as a politician where he represented Belize Rural North - and was an undefeated three term representative - the only person to do so in that division. He served variously as Minister of Immigration, Communications, Transport and Public Utilities. He was also deputy leader of the PUP for 10 years starting in the mid 90's.

Mayor Still Undecided On Political Future, And So What If He Is
On Friday night's newscast - you heard the Prime Minister say that the door had officially been closed on any possibility of Darrell Bradley running for mayor. That's because the deadline to submit names to that had long passed - and Bradley still hadn't made up his mind. So what's Bradley's reaction to that? Well, like the man himself, it's complicated. But today, he had a surprisingly candid interview with 7News where he said, basically, his mind still isn't made up - and so what if it isn't?.. Mayor Darrell Bradley "Whether or not I am going to run for mayor again, the jury is still out - I don't know. That is the reality and that's the honest response: I don't know. If you are telling me now that there was a statement made in relation to the door is close, then the door is close. That is the leader of this party and he makes those decisions, I don't. You ask me if I want to run for mayor, yes I want to run for mayor, but there are certain problems in relation to the structure of a municipality which I have elucidated which causes me a division and I told Jules this earlier. When you are dealing at City Hall, one of the things that kind of frustrate me substantially is that you are trying to push behind all of the problems that came before you and you are trying to pull the city forward in terms of a clear vision. That's a very frustrating job.

BTL And Belize Communication Worker's Union: 1st New CBA In 15 Years
For the first time in 15 years, BTL's management and its union, the Belize Communication Workers have signed a new collective bargaining agreement. And it was a negotiation that went very smoothly, and with a minimum of agitation. At the end of it, the union even heaped praise the controversial new chairman of the executive committee Anwar Barrow. All that tells you that it was a win, win, win for the BTL workers - who, it is generally agreed, have some of the best benefits in Belize. And, they just got more. At a press conference today to sign and celebrate - Barrow outlined what was agreed to in the new deal:.. Anwar Barrow, Chairman - Executive Committee "Including in the benefits to be received under the terms of this new CBA is a 4% increase in salary each year for the next 3 years and increase in certain subsistence and lodging allowances and increase in the burial grant allowance, a new paternity grant, but most importantly an increase in the company's contribution to the employees' pension scheme and the provision of 4G service to all staff members."

PM And Wife Head To Texas For Medical Check-up
And while his son Anwar is holding things down at BTL -Prime Minister DEAN BARROW has departed for Houston on personal leave. An official release says that he is going on personal leave to accompany his wife, Kim for a medical checkup. He returns on Sunday, May 4th., and during his absence, John Saldivar, will act as Prime Minister from 28th April to 2nd May, which is when Deputy Gaspar Vega returns and he will act as Prime Minister until May 4th.

Security Guard Remanded For Weapon
He may be a security guard, but 34 year-old Mauricio Perez is at prison tonight after he was taken to court for allegedly having an illegal firearm in his possession. According to police, on last Tuesday, they went to his work place. He's a security guard, but according to police, he didn't have licenses to carry a 9mm pistol with 7 live rounds of ammunition. That's what they reported caught him with, while he was on duty. Perez was charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm, and keeping unlicensed ammunition. He was arraigned before the Chief Magistrate where he pleaded not guilty, but was remanded to prison. He'll he be taken back to court on June 17.

Man Sentence To 2 Years For Touching 8 Year-old
38 year-old Edelmiro Oliva is at prison tonight after he was convicted of indecent assault in the Magistrate's Court. His 8 year-old female victim testified that on July 18, 2013, her baby sitter went out, and Oliva took the opportunity when they were alone to touch her inappropriately. Oliva, who was represented by attorney Simeon Sampson, took the stand and denied the crime after reviewing all the evidence against him, Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith found him guilty and sentenced him to serve 2 years in prison.

Lucas Magnus Gets Voters Minimus Support
Luke Espat, he's one of the most colourful characters in Belizean business and politics. But when he threw his hat into the ring as a a political candidate in Cayo Central, even his own cousin Julius Espat told him, "stand down, primo." But the man called Lucas Magnus didn't listen; he felt this was his time - and that the door had been opened in Cayo central where he expected to have an endorsement as the PUP standard Bearer. He declared his candidacy early, in August for a convention that was months away. Things were going well until former three term Cayo Central Rep, and the PUP Sherriff of Cayo Dan Silva declared his candidacy. Smart money says Luke should have pulled out right there. But, ever the fighter, he hung in - going against conventional political wisdom - all the way to a showdown yesterday in Cayo. It was the convention for Cayo Central and 7News was there for all the hype:.. Jules Vasquez reporting After 5:00 pm -t he line still going strong In terms of signage, shirts and slogans, Luke Espat had out Dan Silva by far. But like the slogan says Dan is still the man, and as unimaginative as that may have seemed it had appeal to the voters who gathered outside Santa Elena RC School.

Mayor Wants You Labor on Labor Day
Thursday is Labour Day - a holiday for all you hard workers. But - for the third year running Mayor Darrell Bradley wants you to work! It's called "Labour for Belize" one of the flagship programmes of his council where scores of people, firms and companies sign up to do community work on that holiday. He explained today that it's about giving back:.. Mayor Darrell Bradley "We are trying to do service projects on this day, but we are also trying to raise awareness about ownership of our city. The city will work, but it will only work if every single person really takes ownership of their responsibility to make the city work and to clean up their space. We work in Belize City, we live in Belize City, but this is our home and we need to come together as a community at times like these to really partner to show that we are invested in the space and to show that we want to uplift the space, so part of it is public awareness. Its not nice spending a holiday when you could be in your bed picking up trash, but its showing that because you love the city."

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Channel 5

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Dan Silva trashes Luke Espat in Cayo Central Convention
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P.U.P. mourns the passing of Max Samuels
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Dr. Louis Zabaneh's abrupt departure from Galen
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Belize City man guilty of Aggravated Assault of an Indecent Nature
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Foreign Ministry investigating murder of Belizean in Melchor
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Conejo Alcalde removed after he secretly supported US Capital
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PUC approves increase in water rates
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14 year old drowns in San Ignacio
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Prisoner attempting to escape is shot
A prisoner is tonight hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital recovering from a gunshot wound. According to the Kolbe Foundation, Trial Farm resident and inmate Marcos Gomez was attempting [...]

A fire dangerously close to a gas station
A fire dangerously close to a Belize City gas station caused a scare over the weekend. The blaze left one man homeless and caused damages to a house nearby. The [...]

Rural Belize Police Department engaging the youths
The Police Department is fighting crime by targeting those believed to be most vulnerable, the youths. Through its cadet corps, Rural Belize District police officers are making a positive impact [...]

Sporting Highlights with James Adderley
Good evening I'm James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. Week 11 in NEBL Basketball brought a battle royal to San Ignacio where 2 teams with identical records of 9 [...]


The Dark Side In The Community Of Shipyard
The problem in Shipyard is more complex than it appears however, since the structure of the community; the larger part of it, is fixed on the strict rules of the religion. That religion reflects those of other denominations but there are several exceptions and differences. While it is founded on the belief in the mission and ministry of Jesus, parts of the religion is viewed as radical. They follow the teachings of Menno Simons, who lived from 1496 to 1561. The Mennonite communities are generally viewed and accepted as a peaceful people due to their commitment to pacifism. This is how they have basically been viewed within Belize, but where there are rules, these rules are inevitably broken and this is where tensions begin to run high. Following the altercation between the two groups of men last week, a group of men who have been excommunicated from the church for breaking the rules have turned to the media to talk about what they say is the hidden side of the community, a side that paints a rather disturbing picture. Dalila Ical reports. Dalila Ical - Reporting Pete Penner - Concerned Citizen "These people call themselves a follower of him but, if that guy would comeback today and look at this religion he wouldn't have not part of it. That guy was a follower of Jesus but like in any religion after an amount of years it is going to fade away and become a manmade religion."

BSI Holds SugarFest As A Form To Bring The Industry Together
Midway into the 2013/2014 Sugar Crop Season, milling and production have been exceeding the expectations of stakeholders in the Sugar Industry and in honor of the achievement a first ever Sugarfest was held at BSI Field in Orange Walk over the weekend. Our news team was there and filed the following report. Dalila Ical - Reporting As the economic bloodline in the North, the Sugar Industry is one of Belize's most essential driving economic forces. On Saturday, one of the industry's biggest stake holders proved that apart from sugar and molasses, there are other financial avenues to explore in the industry as a throng of nortenos took their families to savor the first ever Sugarfest. It was a family affair that sweetened the weekend of many as there was plenty to do, see, eat and drink at the BSI Field. The event was organized by BSI/ASR and there is no doubt that organizers were more than pleased with the outcome, according to the company's Financial Director, Belizario Carballo Jr.

Dan Silva Elected As Standard Bearer For Cayo Central
And turning to the political scene, yesterday the people's United Party held its convention to elect a Standard Bearer for the Cayo Central constituency at the Santa Elena RC School. Two well-known businessmen contested yesterday's convention, Dan Silva and Luke Espat. While much controversy surrounded the convention, at the end of voting a total of 1,933 votes were cast, 1,426 in favor of San Ignacio resident Daniel Silva who emerged victorious since his opponent Luke Espat obtained 487 votes. There were 19 spoilt ballots. We understand that after the convention Luke Espat appealed for unity in the party and pledged his support to the newly elected Standard Bearer of the PUP. Silva will face Rene Montero in the next General Elections.


Chamber Has New Executive
A new board and council have emerged from the 94th annual general meeting of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry that was held last Thursday, April 24 at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City. In the presence of one hundred members of the BCCI, of the ten nominees put forward, five councillors were elected, namely, Daniel Gutierrez, Nikita Usher, Linda Thornton, Karen Lewis and Sue Courtenay. While the councillors were elected, Chief Executive Officer for the BCCI, Kim Aikman explained how the board members were installed. KIM AIKMAN "We had over one hundred members who came out to participate in the electoral process. Our board runs every two years - that is at the Councillor level but at the Officer level there is a continuity succession plan which is embedded in our constitution, so, you churn up towards being the president; so, the officers were not elected but the councillors were. Once you come in at the councillor level and you churn up to be either the president or the three vice presidents that we have of industry, commerce and services and then we have a treasurer and a secretary. We go very closely with our constitution, Chapter 308 of the Laws of Belize, we have what we call a nominating committee and members are drawn from the general membership and suggested to the nominating committee. That committee normally puts together a slate that is circulated to the general membership for them to vote. The entire voting process is reconciled by PKF Belize, our auditor - they reconcile the financial membership list and their ballot papers."

Murder on La Isla Bonita
Two men are in custody at the San Pedro Police Station following a murder that occurred on the island on Saturday, April 26, 2014. It was just after eleven o'clock when 34-year-old, Dennis Palacio, a laborer of the San Juan Area was standing alone in front of the Arceo residence, leaning on their fence, when he was approached by a gunman dressed in a black t-shirt and red pants. Preliminary investigations have revealed that four of the five shots that the assailant fired caught Palacio, causing him to die on the spot. Palacio received gunshot wounds to the lower and upper back, near the left shoulder and on his right hand. According to police, Palacio was known to hang out regularly where he was shot but the motive of the shooting is uncertain. Police are continuing their investigations.

Prison Inmate Shot While Attempting to Escape
He was serving time for theft inside the Belize Central Prison but currently, he is inside the confines of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, under police guard, after being shot on the compound of the prison. Marcus Gomez, who was serving time for the crime of theft, reportedly attempted to escape from the facility this morning. Love News spoke to the Chief Executive Officer at the Kolbe Foundation, Earl Jones, who updated us on their preliminary investigations. EARL JONES "At about 10:15am, an inmate, Marcus Gomez of the Orange Walk District attempted to escape from the Belize Central Prison. Prison officers immediately responded and were able to apprehend Gomez within the compound. However, received a gunshot wound to his buttocks and was transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The inmate was serving a 12-month sentence for theft. I'm still trying to get together the reports of the incident. I haven't really received the reports of the officers to confirm what led them to the belief that the inmate was trying to escape. The police have been called in as by right they should be informed; they have been called in to do what they have to do with their forensics people."

Oceana Office Relocates to Capital City
Oceana has had its Belize headquarters in the old capital since its establishment in the country in 2009. However, via a press release from the Oceana office, we have been informed that the main office has been relocated to the City of Belmopan on Hibiscus Street, in the vicinity of the US Embassy. The release states that the move came following considerations on the proximity and access they would have to government officials as well as it being a centralized location for maintaining and cultivating national public support for its campaigns. The office of Oceana Belize can now be reached via telephone at 822-2797. Belize's Vice President for Oceana is Janelle Chanona, who took over the reins of the organization from Audrey Matura Sheppard in early 2014.

Security Guard Goes To Prison on Ammunition Charges
Thirty-four year old Mauricio Perez, a security guard employed by K and B Security firm, was charged with kept ammunition without a gun license when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Perez pled not guilty to the charge. He was remanded into custody until June 17. The incident occurred on April 22. The police reported that when they searched Perez at his workplace they found a black magazine that contained seven live rounds of nine millimeter caliber ammunition in it. Perez was unable to produce a license for the ammunition so he was arrested and charged. Perez attorney, Nazira Myles, said in court that her client's constitutional right was violated because he was held in custody from April 22 without being charged.

Barry Gets Remanded After Discharging Firearm in Public
Twenty-one year old Barry Johnson, a construction worker of Welch Street, was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and discharging a firearm in public when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Johnson pled not guilty to the charges. He was remanded into custody until June 17. The incident occurred on April 24. Mark Anthony Jones, the caretaker for Roger's Stadium, reported to the police that while he was at his workplace at the corner of Hicattee Street and Dolphin Street, Johnson took out a firearm and fired several shots at him.

Stevedore Gets Two Years for Touching Minor’s Rear
Thirty-eight year old Edelmiro Oliva, a stevedore charged with aggravated assault of an indecent nature on an eight year old girl, was sentenced to two years today by Chief magistrate, Anne Marie Smith after he was found guilty of the charge. The incident occurred on July 18, 2013. The child testified in camera that when her babysitter went out, Oliva sucked her nose and caressed her buttocks. Oliva testified and denied that he committed the offence. Oliva was represented by attorney, Simeon Sampson.

Former PUP Minister Dies
Love News has been reliably informed of the passing of a stalwart of the main opposition, the Peoples' United Party. 74-year-old, Maxwell Ewing Samuels passed away around four o'clock this evening at the Belize Healthcare Partners in Belize City. Samuels had been grounded in the Belize Rural North constituency throughout his political career and had served in various capacities particularly law enforcement where he served as Commissioner of Police from 1981 to 1986. He also served as Minister of Communications, Transport and Public Utilities. Up until the time of his death, he continued serving the party as an advisory body for the Belize Rural North constituency.

Father Survives; Mother and Son Succumb in Traffic Accident
Police are investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred at mile 27 on the Philip Goldson Highway in Biscayne Village, Belize District just after four o'clock this afternoon. Reports are still sketchy at this time but Love News understands that a family of three was traveling in their Toyota Landcruiser at the time when they suffered a blow out on the highway. The driver, Raul Magana Jr., owner of Don Raul's Quick Cash was still alive upon the arrival of the paramedics and was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital while his girlfriend, Lissa and their 4-year-old son succumbed at the scene. We will have more on this incident in Tuesday's newscast.


Serve the Son, for He is the Refuge
Our verse for the week is taken from - Psalm 2:12: "Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all those who take refuge in Him."

San Pedro Man Shot and Killed
A man in San Pedro was shot and killed on Saturday night. 43 year old Dennis Palacio, a Belizean Laborer of San Juan Area, San Pedro town was reportedly leaning on a fence of a residence facing Seaweed Street when a male person approached him and fired five shots...

Mother and Child Die in Traffic Accident
There was a fatal traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway this evening. The accident happened at mile 27 shortly after 4 0'clock this afternoon. Reports are that a mother and her young child perished in the vehicle while the driver of the vehicle is in critical condition. Raul...

American Fugitive Captured in Roaring Creek
An American fugitive wanted for several criminal offences including felony and attempting escaping a police officer on a motor vehicle was apprehended in Roaring Creek Village, Belmopan. According to reports, on Thursday April 24th, at about 6:00 pm, police received information about a suspicious man in the area of...

Jose Batres' Death; Natural Causes or Foul Play?
33 year old Belizean tour guide Jesus Manuel Batres, resident of Valley of Peace, Belmopan passed away sometime after 9:00 pm on Sunday, April 27th. Police say when they visited the village of Valley of Peace, they found Batres' body lying face up at the entrance of a board...

Stepson Stabs Stepfather in PG
A stepson allegedly stabbed his stepfather while at the dining table. On Sunday, April 27th, at about 10:25 a.m. 69 year old Norman Benguche Jr, a resident of Punta Gorda, passed away at the Punta Gorda Hospital after suffering from three stab wounds to the upper left side of...

14 Year Old Drowns
A fourteen year old boy drowned over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, San Ignacio Police visited the Macal River area between the Hawksworth Bridge and the board bridge where the body of 14-year-old Johnahan Requena was seen lying face up on the side of the river. Police say that...

Prime Minister Reassures Community after Spike in Murders
Seven murders in ten days made the news last week. It's enough to strike fear in any community, but the beleaguered Belize City Southside has seen more than its fair share. Earlier last week, we told you about the Police's establishment of a semi-permanent command post in the Jane...

BTL Concludes Negotiations with BCWU on Collective Bargaining Agreement
Earlier this month, Belize's state-run telecommunications company, Belize Telemedia Limited, concluded negotiations with the Belize Communication Workers Union (BCWU) on a collective bargaining agreement which we are told was 15 years in the making. Today the two sides put pen to paper in Belize City and Chairman of BTL's...

Security Guard Charged for Unlicensed Gun Magazine
The nature of the job of a security guard often involves - hopefully without injury or fatality - the use of a firearm. However, a Belize City security guard was read charges in court today for unlawfully possessing a gun magazine that was surplus to his job requirements. 34...

Two Years for Stevedore Charged with Indecent Assault
Thirty-eight year old Edelmiro Oliva, a stevedore charged with aggravated assault of an indecent nature on an 8 year old girl, was sentenced to 2 years in prison today by the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith after he was found guilty of the charge. The incident occurred on July...

Lifeless Body of Man Pulled from River
The lifeless body of a man was pulled from the mouth of a River in the south. Dangriga correspondent Harry Arzu has the story. Harry Arzu- Correspondent for Plus News from Dangriga "At about 11:00 this morning, Audric Felix Palacio was retrieved from the mouth of the Fresh Water...

Clarification Sought on Writ of Mandamus
News that the Government and specifically Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie intended to file an appeal of the writ of mandamus granted by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin in March outraged supporters of the effort to oust and shame ex-Minister of State Elvin Penner. On Friday, the Prime Minister clarified...

Dan Silva Beats Luke Espat at the Polls
San Ignacio businessman Daniel Silva won the Cayo Central convention on Saturday. Over one thousand nine hundred voters turned out for the PUP convention where Silva and Luke Espat were contenders. At the end of the ballot counting, Silva won by a huge margin with 1,426 votes. Daniel Silva-...

Consequences to Face after UNIBAM's Tainting of Belize in the OAS?
Recently, executive director of United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), Caleb Orozco, and a compatriot visited the Organization of American States (OAS) to complain about Belize as a country that violates human rights against homosexuals. Reactions at home have been one of shock, but the Prime Minister said that this...

Prisoner Shot in Attempted Escape
An inmate of the Belize Central Prison, Marcus Gomez, was shot today during an escape attempt. Gomez had to be hospitalized after he was shot in the buttocks. According to reports, the incident happened around midday today when Gomez, who was serving a 12-month prison sentence, was attempting to...

Maxwell Samuels Dies Following Induced Coma
Maxwell Samuels died today at the age of 74. Samuels was a former commissioner of Police, the first Compol after Belize's independence and he was a former member of the House of Representatives under the PUP for Belize Rural Central. He was Minister of Transport, Public Utilities and Communications....

The Reporter

Belize seeks technical advice from Trinidad over oil find
The Government of Belize has issued a formal request to the Trinidadian prime minister for assistance in extracting the hard-to-reach oil discovered a month ago in northern Belize, Prime Minister Dean Barrow said Friday. Barrow told reporters that he has reached out to prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to ask her to authorize a team from Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (Petrotrin), the 21-year-old state-owned oil company that operates that country's single petroleum refinery, to travel to Belize and advise Maranco Limited of the optimal extraction methods to employ. "I thought that perhaps their experts would be able to advise us; give us a better handle on what exactly it would take to get at the oil�.[that is] lodged in rock formations that are not very porous," he said.
Although Bissessar is yet to respond, Barrow said he expects a favorable response from Belize's "sister Caricom country", and he went as far to say that he suspects that Bissessar's government may even choose to "finance the mounting of the mission to Belize" themselves.

Patrick Jones

Family dispute ends in murder in Punta Gorda town
A family dispute in Punta Gorda town has left one man dead and his step-son accused or murder. The victim has been identified as 69 year old Norman Benguche Senior, a resident of New Road in PG. Police say that on Sunday morning, they visited the Punta Gorda hospital where they saw Benguche suffering from three stab wounds to the upper left side of his back and in a critical condition. Benguche died around 10:25 am on Sunday while undergoing treatment. Preliminary investigation by police reveals that Benguche and his step son, a 24 year old man, were involved in a family dispute.

Citrus growers approve SSB buy-in to CPBL
This weekend in the Stann Creek Valley there was a meeting of the Citrus Growers Association. The growers discussed the recent agreement forged by the Government with the CGA's Investment Company Limited and Banks Holdings Limited of Barbados, in conjunction with lenders Heritage Bank and the Social Security Board, to quiet concerns of cash flow into Citrus Products of Belize Limited (CPBL), which has been hamstrung by almost constant quarrels between the two leading shareholders. CPBL chairman and SSB representative Doug Singh updated us on the results of the meeting, confirming that the growers approved of the deal as required in ICL's articles of association, leaving only SSB to do the same on its Board and Investment Committee. And what of the fate of Dr. Henry Canton, the controversial Chief Executive Officer of CPBL? Well, growers were told that officially, he is to be let go, but the details of his departure are not yet finalized.

New president for Galen University
Last week, president of Galen University Dr. Louis Zabaneh resigned. Douglas Singh, a man who wears many hats among which is chairman of Galen's Board of Trustees, was reported to be his successor. But while he confirmed today that he is assisting in the transition process, he said that he is not the man to succeed Dr. Zabaneh. Singh told reporters that that person is former president and founder of the university, Cypriot Andreas Charalambous. With the confirmation of University of Belize president Dr. Cary Fraser's departure, both major universities have lost their respective president in one fell swoop.

Marijuana decriminalization moving forward
From the time when he was Minister of Police and Public Safety, Douglas Singh has led the charge to a consideration of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. He said today that the effort is moving forward, but it will have to do so without him as he is now quite busy. According to Singh the committee is gathering information from interested parties including the trade unions. Singh says Belize hopes to beat Jamaica to the punch on the decriminalization issue by the end of the year.

BTL signs collective bargaining agreement with BCWU
Following on from the conclusion earlier this month of negotiations between Belize's state-run telecommunications company, Belize Telemedia Limited, and the Belize Communication Workers Union (BCWU) on a collective bargaining agreement which we are told was 15 years in the making, today the two sides put pen to paper in Belize City. Chairman of BTL's Executive Committee, Anwar Barrow, said the agreement represents a positive step forward for union-management relations, which he admits have not always been the best. Moreover, he said, it is a commitment to the future of the company which is represented in its employees. They can now work harder, he said, knowing that they are working for the best company in Belize.

Belizeans to pay more for water
Belizeans will pay about seven cents more for water, as the decision of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Belize Water Services had asked for 16% and initially got 6.4%, but objected on a basis of a certain section of the revenue being wrongly calculated. An independent expert has been appointed and his report was recently submitted. The PUC has now decided to up its rate of increase to 6.9% for all consumers except in Caye Caulker. the Public Utilities Commission has planeed a press briefing for Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm in Belize City.

Former MP passes away
Former government Minister and member of parliament for Belize Rural North Maxwell Samuels, 74, has died. Samuels, who served as Commissioner of Police from Independence to 1986, died late this afternoon in Belize City. Samuels was elected to the House of Representatives on a People's United Party ticket in 1998 and served as a minister in the Cabinet in various portfolios, including Immigration, Transport and Public Utilities. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Prison inmate shot, allegedly while trying to escape
An inmate of the Belize Central Prison, situated in Hattieville village, Belize District had to be hospitalized today following a mid-morning shooting incident. The inmate has been identified as Marcus Gomez who was serving a 12-month prison sentence. According to prison officials, Gomez was attempting to escape, but prison officers intervened and apprehended him on the compound. It is not certain what exactly transpired, but during the apprehension, Gomez was shot in the buttocks. He was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for treatment, under police guard.


All you can eat breakfast Buffet at Coco Beach Resort
Coco Beach Resort is 3.5 miles north of town and about a mile north of us at Grand Caribe. The roads were in great shape and it did not take us long to get there. I had been onsite before but never to their restaurant which was really nicely designed inside. The breakfast buffet at Cocoblanca restaurant is served from 7:00am - 11:00am, we caught the tail end of it but there was still a good selection to choose from and we all enjoyed fresh made fully loaded omelets from the omelet bar. After breakfast we decided to head out to the pool bar for another drink and enjoy the view. They have such a fantastic pool there and I love their out door seating.

Barbecued Pork Two Ways or How To Ship A Pig's Head in Belize
Pork, I think, is Belize's most delicious meat. When I first had a thick cut pork chop in San Pedro, it was a bit of a revelation. One, because I had been a vegan for the previous year while living in the states. (I found my diet WAY too restrictive when I moved to Belize and my relapse to cheese and then a bit of seafood and then�soon became full blown. It's not easy when there is not a sushi joint and a Whole Foods supermarket on your block. Also not easy when you order vegetarian at a local restaurant and you get chicken.) My friend invited me to Carlos & Ernie's Runway Bar just south of the Tropic Air terminal. A great view of the planes landing and taking off, a very cool bar with some great bartenders and one serious BBQ operation. My friend from Belize City, who is a bit of a nut in the very best way, jokingly suggested that he send me the pig head. On a plane. To San Pedro. A PIG'S HEAD.

Sandwich Bread
In this video, I show you a quick and easy recipe for homemade sandwich breads. You'll never want to buy sandwich bread or buns at the store again after you taste how great these one are.

The best thing about Belize
It took me a while to figure out what it was that people liked the most about visiting Belize. Some of you may think it's the beautiful Cayes, where the Caribbean waters wash ashore to sandy beaches and the cool shade of palm trees. That suggestion sounds likely, after all, Ambergris Caye, Belize's most popular destination has consecutively been named the best island of the world but thousands of TripAdvisor users. Or how about the interesting culture of the Maya, with their amazing food, bizarre religious practices and fascinating ancient ruins. Others may say the beauty of Belize lies in the great adventures: diving the Blue Hole, swimming with whale sharks, exploring caves that hold sacred Mayan relics and sacrificial remains, jungle expeditions, spelunking or discovering unique wildlife creatures. Again, these suggestions are all serious contenders but of course the answer is never quite that simple. The best thing about Belize is its people and the way of life. It's the manner of how everyone finds ways to connect with each other. A day doesn't go by without someone telling you "Gud Ma'ning" or "Tek Care". You may think that's not a big deal but it is proven that something as little as a smile from a stranger can set off a chain of positive feelings. As humans we yearn kindness and when we receive it, we are more likely to reciprocate it and in the end, feel better about ourselves.

Way Pass Time to Flush Out Erwin Conteras
Several serious reports have surfaced alleging that Erwin Contreras, Minister of Trade, Investment, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection and Representative for the Cayo West constituency has been involved a number in illicit activities. Research shows that Contreras has amassed considerable wealth since becoming a minister of government in 2008. Contreras' estate now includes a radio station and large tracts of land in the Cayo area and reportedly several heads of cattle. Recently his involvement with a Lord Neil Benjamin Gibson, purportedly a philanthropist and a major businessman has been cause for major scrutiny. Turns out Benjamin is a major whackadoo who has conjured all he says he is in his head. Best information shows that Gibson purchased his title as "Lord".

International Sources

Whole Pig Heads Are Now a Thing
Just when you thought "nose to tail" couldn't get any nose-to-tailier, just when you thought "whole animal" couldn't get any wholer, just when you thought offal couldn't get any more offalian, just when you thought paleo couldn't get any more paleotic and just when you thought chefs had run out of ways to offend vegans -- whole pigs' heads are staring up snoutily from platters at trendy restaurants nationwide. For instance, Craigie on Main in Cambridge, MA serves a confit-and-roasted milk-fed pig's head with Peking pancakes, spicy pumpkin sambal, and boudin noir-hoisin sauce: That's right, my multicultural friends: Sambal (the pride of Yogyakarta) and boudin (bonjour, bayou!) -- and the flesh is cut from that hulking skull to stuff crepes � la mu shu pork. Eating entire porcine heads is not itself exactly new. For many centuries a roasted whole boar's head, tusks and all, was a classic English Yuletide dish. (The Hog's Head Inn in the Harry Potter series references that.) The menu for a christening feast held in a Norfolk house on January 2, 1682 included as its main course: "A whole hog's head souc'd with carrots in the mouth, and pendants in the ears, with guilded oranges."


Video: HARPER'S BAZAAR INTERIORS May/June 2014 Issue : First Lady Kim Simplis' Belize, 5min.
Take a look Behind- The-Scenes at HARPER'S BAZAAR INTERIORS: KIM SIMPLIS' BELIZE April 2014 Photo shoot produced by Harper's Bazaar International Style Editor LUIGI IRAUZQUI and be part of this breathtaking pictorial adventure: from the tropical Central American jungles to the turquoise waters of the Belizian Caribbean Sea. A design, architectural and touristic journey of a lifetime hosted by the First Lady of Belize Kim Simplis-Barrow: from Creole and Victorian Colonial architecture seafront hotels to picturesque thatched Balinese inspired beach Cabanas to uber luxurious private boutique resorts, Belize has it all in terms of luxury, comfort and amenities. With 175 miles of unbroken barrier reef, Belize is rustic, breathtaking, full of Caribbean flavor and adventure but also sophisticated, exclusive and surprisingly glamorous. HARPER'S BAZAAR INTERIORS captured the essence and magic of Belize for it's annual TRAVEL ISSUE on stands May 2014.

Video: Belize Rendezvous Caye, 5min.

Video: Belize 2014 - Tikal/Zoo/Xunantunich/Hol Chan/Shark Ray Alley/Blue Hole - GoPro, 10min.
San Ignacio, Guatemala, Tikal, The Belize Zoo, Xunantunich, Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye, Hol Chan, Shark Ray Alley, The Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, The Aquarium - GoPro 3+

Video: Buceo en Belice, Ambergris Caye, 4min.
Scuba diving

Video: Brandi Paige - Baby, You Got Me (Music Video), min.
this is my new music video to one of my brand new songs called "Baby, You Got Me". It has a very laid back, Caribbean, jazzy, acoustic feel to it. Song was written by Brandi Paige and produced by Allan Von. It was filmed in St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Belize. . . and it has a mermaid surprise at the end! Thanks to Marty O'Farrell for the underwater film work! Check it out!

Video: Relaxing Views & Sounds of Placencia, Belize, 4min.
I hope you will enjoy this postcard of a few first-person perspectives in Placencia, Belize during my trip in early 2014. My family and I enjoyed our stay at the Tradewinds Cabanas. The sounds of the crashing waves and singing birds right outside our windows was truly mesmerizing. I can't wait to go back to the

Video: Belize Blacktip Reef Sharks, 11min.
I was lucky to go on the Belize Blue Hole 3-tank dive trip with the AMIGOS DEL MAR Dive Center in San Pedro on Ambergris Cay in Belize. I recommend that you call these guys to take you on any of their trips. A delicious hot lunch was served on a park island sanctuary for the Red Footed Booby between dives. They are great people providing a fun-filled and safe adventure for all of their guests.

Video: Belize Study Abroad, 14min.
A documentary I filmed in Punta Gorda, Belize. Focusing on the effects of study abroad both negative and positive, and the impact it has on the communities with which we visit.


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