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The San Pedro Sun

Canadian National burglarized of over $25,000 worth in goods
52-year-old John Webber, Canadian Construction Worker and Insulator living in San Pedro, has reported to the San Pedro Police that his home had been burglarized and over $25,000 worth of goods are missing. On Wednesday, July 2nd Webber stated that between Thursday, June 26th and Sunday, June 29th his home was broken into and a [�]

Local Government awards Top PSE Scholars
On Friday July 4th, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr., Area Representative and Minister of Tourism and Culture, along with Caye Caulker Chairman Wayne Miller, awarded top Primary School Examination (PSE) scholars from San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker Village. Recipients of the awards were Shanelle Palma from San Pedro Roman Catholic School and Chelsea Rodriguez from [�]

Ambergris Today

Miss Mexico Contestant Announced for Costa Maya Festival
Elisa Espinosa Gomez has been chosen to represent her country as Miss Mexico Costa Maya at the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant that will be taking place during the International Costa Maya Festival in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize on Thursday, August 7, 2014. At 24 years old and standing 5' 6" tall, Elisa Gomez has dark brown eyes and dark brown hair. She is a marketing student, loves doing crossfit, travelling, watching movies and spending time with friends and family. Elisa has held the title of Se�orita Universidad de Guanajuato 2011 and Nuestra Belleza Guanajuato 2012.

Mayor's Sneak Peak of Town Council Financial Report
Following several requests from private citizens to have a financial report of 2012 to 2014, the San Pedro Town Council finally invited Elito Arceo, Standard Bearer for the PUP, and Giovanni Solorzano, Mayoral candidate for the PUP, to view the financial report in his office. The media comprising of Ambergris Today, Reef TV and San Pedro Sun as well as Town Councilor's legal advisor Estevan Perera were also invited to have a glimpse of the hard copy and ask a few questions before the aforementioned candidates. Arceo and Solorzano were welcome by the Mayor and told to have a few minutes to look at the document and not to take notes or photographs. Mayor Daniel Guerrero mentioned that the public would have an opportunity to appraise the financial report either on Monday, July 14, 2014 or Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Thank You Letter from the San Pedro AIDS Commission
The San Pedro AIDS Commission, a group of local volunteers who works hand in hand with those that are affected and/or are infected with HIV, take this opportunity to send thank you to all those who helped us during LobsterFest 2014. Thanks to your contribution, in whichever way it was, and thank you to all who stopped by our booth. We are happy to say that because of our efforts combined with your support we were able to walk away with the prize for BEST BOOTH. It is because of generous people/businesses like you that the San Pedro AIDS Commission continues to provide assistance to those who need it. I also take this opportunity to thank the members/friends who worked hard to ensure that we had a very attractive booth with very delicious snacks and great drinks�.You all know who you are. To all of you Muchas Gracias.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Power interruption, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Friday, July 11, Placencia Peninsula
Roberts Grove to Turtle Inn, including Placencia Lagoon Estate. BEL to replace utility poles carrying high voltage lines in the area.

Belize Zoo Summer Camp
The Belize Zoo had their 21st annual Summer Camp last week, and 30 lucky students learned a lot about the nature and history of Belize. Thanks, TBZ! "For the 21st year running, TBZ hosted its summer conservation camp. 30 teenagers from all over the country took part in a week long exploration and appreciation of the natural world. Our campers and camp counselors walked the Zoo in the day and night, canoed the Sibun River, climbed the temples of Lamanai, explored the painted caves of Runaway Creek Nature Reserve, and received amazing presentations from some of our great colleagues in conservation. TBZ thanks all parents, colleagues, sponsors, and campers that made Conservation Camp 2014 a superb experience. And, to our 2014 campers, we say 'Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not!'"

The San Pedro Junior Sailing Club put on a great regatta this last weekend for the 5th regatta of 6 for the National Series leading up to Nationals in Placencia in November. 55 kids from around the country came and sailed for two days in 6 races. The San Pedro Junior Sailing Club did exceptionally well, placing six in top ten. The next regatta is at St.George's Caye over the holiday August 30, 31 and Sept 1. All are welcome to attend. As it stands presently San Pedro Junior Sailing Club have won first place in all five regattas this season amoungst their team racers. They are practicing with intensity and passion almost daily. Next month August 15th, 16th and 17th with the full support of Town Board, Mayor Danny Guerrero, Gabby Nunez in charge of San Pedro Sports Counsil and all of the Town Counsil Board members. San Pedro will host the first ever International Invitational Regatta in the Boca Del Rio Park.

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Travelport and Tropic Air Sign Global Distribution Agreement
Travelport and Belize's Tropic Air have unveiled a new global distribution agreement. Agents connected to Travelport's three brands: Galileo, Worldspan and Apollo, will now be able to access and sell Tropic Air's services. We are pleased to offer our inventory to Travelport's extensive network global travel agents," said Steven Schulte, CEO, Tropic Air. "Travelport's innovative tools and technology offer us an efficient and economic distribution solution, on both a regional and global level. We look forward to continuing to develop our relationship with Travelport in the coming years." Tropic air, Belize's biggest airline currently links 16 destinations in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The airline also charters flights to more remote location throughout Belize. "Tropic Air provides valuable flight services for travelers in Belize and nearby Central American countries," said Jonathan Sutter, senior director, Americas, Travelport. "The addition of Tropic Air's flight and fare inventory to Travelport's systems is a content advantage for our subscribers and is indicative of our continued commitment to provide our customers with unparalleled air content."

Scarlet Six Checks Chiquibul
The Scarlet Six have been in the Chiquibul to check up on some of the scarlet macaws. Cuteness follows. "The S6 Crew came out today after two weeks of monitoring in the depths of the Chiquibul. Good and bad news. BAD first - One chick which is the furthest out of our protection grid was poached. GOOD - Two chicks at Scarlet Creek are almost ready to fledge, these would be the first for the season, while another two fully developed, follow close behind."

Channel 7

Another Body Found On Honey Camp Road
Another body has been found on the Honey Camp Lagoon Road in Orange Walk. At this hour, police are dis-interring human remains on a farm on the Honey Camp Road - the property is a short distance from where Ramon Cervantes Sr.'s body was found buried in a shallow grave. Details are sketchy at this time, but we understand that it may belong to a woman who has been reported missing. Reports say that under questioning from Orange Walk Investigators, one of the men who are detained in connection to the Cervantes murder, gave them information that this other body is located in a similar grave.

OW Residents Demand Charges For Cervantes Sr.
Today, Orange Walk residents again gathered outside of the Town Court House to see who will be charged for the abduction and murder of 71 year-old Ramon Cervantes Sr. But, again, they waited in vain; no one was arraigned - no alleged perpetrators exposed. This afternoon, we spoke with one of the concerned residents about why she felt it important to keep watch. She says that she's doing it because the police need to know that they take Cervantes' murder very seriously, and they are demanding justice. She added that police need to release the identity of the alleged mastermind, a deportee who has reportedly absconded to Mexico: Elizabeth Mejia Perez, Concerned Resident "It's an innocent man they killed. They should have started to poster the man picture all over so that people can see how he looks, that's it."

City Man Slain; Did His Street Life Catch Up?
Last night there was a murder at the far end of Holy Emmanuel Street in the Lake Independence Area last night. The area is very dark and at 10:30, fire came from the muzzle of a handgun: 13 shots were fired in an execution where the shooter or shooters took no chances. Still, family members say their target Leon Burgess survived for 30 excruciating minutes before an ambulance came. His family told us what it was like for this working man who was trying to turn the corner on a violent life:.. Monica Bodden reporting Leon Burgess and his girlfriend lived in this small plywood shack off Holy Emmanuel Street. Today it is marked with bullet holes from the shots that tore through last night: Voice of: Common Law Wife "What woke up is because I started hearing the sound of bullets passing my ears, so he got up and I ask him what happen and he just nodded his head on the side and watch me like..... And he just laid back down in a position like he was watching the TV and I ask him what it is but he was not answering me and he was getting stiff. I just jumped on top of him telling him to answer me.

Police Looking For Burgess' Killer
And police haven't made any arrest for that first murder, nor do they - at this time - have anyone detained for last night's murder. Today Sergeant Ismael Westby from Precinct Two CIB briefed the media on what police know so far about the case:.. Sergeant Ismael Westby - Crimes Investigation Branch "Last night 7th July, 2014, sometime around 12:25pm police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they found the lifeless body of Leon Burgess of a Street at the back of Holy Emmanuel area with suspected gunshot wounds to the upper back and to the head. Initial investigations reveal that Leon Burgess was at his premises along with his girlfriend where some shots rang out and as a result he received the said injuries whilst inside the said house. Our investigations also revealed that during this incident the scene was process and 6 expended shells were recovered from the scene along with 2 slugs. The matter is under investigation."

Slain Youth's Family Remanded For Gun Bust
Tonight an entire family from Giles Street in the Lake Independence Area is on prison remand ager police found a firearm in their house yesterday evening. But, as we reported, it wasn't during a routine search; police found the gun during the repass after the funeral for 17 year old murder victim Myron Smith. They arrested the entire grieving family: Myron's mother, sister, father, and brother. Today, they were all taken to court and remanded for possession of an unlicensed firearm and 13 rounds of ammunition. Now, we stress, there are two sides to this story, but we start with the police account: Sergeant Ismael Westby - Crimes Investigation Branch "This is an incident where police were on normal routine patrol sometime around 5:25pm on the 7th July, 2014, and they saw a person running off the street into an open yard and went upstairs to a wooden house and police pursued the person. The person was found hiding inside a bathroom. As a result police conducted a search in that house where they discovered a 9mm pistol and it is not license and everybody who was inside that house were detained, arrested and charged with reference to that incident."

BWS 6 Still Fighting Their Termination
The BWS 6 - they are the employees who were fired from the water company in February of 2013. Don Gillett, Colin Morrison, Charlette Barnett, Michael Novelo, Journett McKoy, and Mark Menzies were fired - officially - for redundancy, but they say it was really victimization, a purging of the ranks after emails and letters were circulated around about sex scandals happening within the company. Today their wrongful termination suit went to trial before Justice Michelle Arana. When arguments broke at noon, the attorney for Mark Menzies, Senior Counsel Said Musa, told us about the suit:.. Rt. Hon. Said Musa, Attorney for Terminated BWSL Employee "The company is maintaining that they were release on grounds of redundancy, when in fact their clear ascertian is that they terminated wrongfully based on some investigations that the company people were carrying out concerning letters that were circulating attacking staff members and they were being accused, investigated and as a result they were wrongfully terminated."

Embattled Sugar Season Closes; All Quotas Met
At a half hour before news time tonight, the 2013-2014 sugar cane grinding season came to a close. The final amount delivered was estimated at 1.213 million tonnes of cane, which produced approximately 123 thousand tonnes of sugar. So, despite a rocky start to the season, the expected quota of 1.2 million has been exceeded, and this afternoon, 7News spoke with some of the cane farmers and factory owners about how the last few hours of delivery played out: Belizario Carballo, CFO - BSI "Up to this evening at 6 when the crop ends we have expect to have received 1,213,000 tonns of cane and we would have with that cane produce close to 123,000 tons of sugar. I think it has been a very good crop. I think that from all the indications we have had a good crop. We were certainly not expecting to have been able to take in this amount of cane given the very late start. As the country knows it was very unusual for the crop to start at the end of January when in fact the crop normally starts at the end of November or the first week of December."

Who's Developing Goff's Caye?
Goff's Caye - it's a small and well-loved island just about 7.6 miles from Belize City. It's national land and is one of the few places where regular Belizeans can go for an island picnic or beachfront recreation. And on weekdays, it's also a major tourist attraction for cruise ship visitors. And that's why eyebrows went up when survey pegs appeared on the island last week. What even more puzzling is that the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute - which has been managing the Caye since 2002 - doesn't know anything about it! Today, Director of the Institute CHANTEL CLARK SAMUELS told 7News that they are quote, "working on trying to find out who gave the individual authority to start the survey," end quote. She says that any structure planned for the Caye would have to pass by her office and the Ministry of Natural Resources. She couldn't speak for the ministry and we couldn't speak with them.

H. E. David Wu's Farewell To Belize
Taiwan's Ambassador to Belize David Wu's four year tour of duty in Belize has come to an end and he is leaving on Saturday. He is going to New Zealand - and as a sendoff he invited the media to lunch today. He says leaving is such sweet sorrow:.. H.E. David Wu, Taiwan Ambassador to Belize "In the past four years and three months I really enjoyed my work in this beautiful country. We have a very good partnership with the government of Belize, but also many Belizean people treat me as a very good friend. There are so many people who I do not know their names, they greet me in the streets, the supermarket, in the places we went and this is really an amazing experience. It's a very unique country because we enjoy the support, the friendship and the goodwill so much. I will remember this beautiful country always." Wu also commented on the recent trafficking in persons report that the US Government compiled on Belize. It referred specifically to certain Asian establishments where human trafficking is a concern. Wu said that in fact Taiwan and Belize plan to sign a cooperation agreement against Human trafficking shortly:..

Court: Couple Threw Weed Out The Window
An ex-common-law couple, 39 year Jaime Pernillo and 42 year old Martha Alfaro, have to come up with $10,000 each after they were convicted of drug trafficking in the Magistrate's Court today. The bust occurred on September 15, 2012. The ex- couple was traveling in a pick-up truck on the Burrell Boom /Hattieville Road when a police vehicle pulled up beside them and retrieved a bag containing the cannabis that was thrown out of the truck. The total weight of the drugs was 456 grams - or 1 pound. Pernillo testified and denied that the cannabis belonged to him. Alfaro also testified and denied ownership of the cannabis. But the police officers who were in pursuit testified that they saw the bag of cannabis being thrown from the passenger side of the truck where Alfaro was. Pernillo said that he asked Alfaro where she got the cannabis from and she told him that she got it from the Belize Zoo.

Rt. Hon. Musa Remembers Ramon Cervantes Sr.
There are dozens of murders in Belize annually, but Ramon Cervantes Sr is one of the biggest we've ever reported on. And that's because he is the first businessman and community leader in memory to have been abducted, possibly held hostage and then killed - and not just shot, apparently tortured in particularly gruesome fashion. Reliable sources tell 7News that he was found handcuffed, with his eyes taped closed, four ribs broken in a shallow grave on an abandoned farm. It is a cruel end, and a most unbecoming one for a three time candidate for the PUP, former opposition senator and Orange Walk Mayor. Today his former political colleague Said Musa told us how he remembers Ramon Cervantes Sr. Rt. Hon. Said Musa "It a very shocking thing that has happened to Mr. Ramon Cervantes, I mean to be abducted, to be kidnapped and murdered and in the course of his murder he was badly beaten up, tortured in fact. It should shock the conscience of the nation because here this man was a public figure for many years, a mayor, actually he was a school teacher for many years and a senator as well. And now his son is running, he is in the political arena. I knew Ramon very well from my previous years in politics, under Mr. Price in particular. He was always a very gentle man, very quiet, a quiet disposition, a very honest hard working Belizean and the whole thing is very shocking to me."

Channel 5

Breaking News – Another Body Found In Shallow Grave Near Honey Camp
The brutal murder of Ramon Cervantes Senior from Orange Walk Town is shrouded in mystery and up until tonight no one has been charged.� But there is breaking news tonight [...]

Orange Walk Police Tightlipped on Details of Ramon Cervantes' Murder
It is exactly one week since seventy-one year old Ramon Cervantes Senior was reported missing, and three days after his decomposed body was discovered in a shallow grave on a [...]

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Attorney Said Musa Says They Are Suing for Damages
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Former P.U.P. Party Leader Remembers Ramon Cervantes Sr.
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Residents Surround Courthouse Demanding Justice for Cervantes' Death
More than three hundred residents gathered this morning in front of the Orange Walk magistrate as they waited to get a glimpse of the alleged murders of 71 year old Ramon Cervantes Sr. Up until news time, the crowd had grown smaller but no arrests had been made as the police awaits instructions from the DPP's office. Orange Walk police however updated the media on the ongoing investigation into the disappearance and eventual murder of the former mayor. Northern Regional Commander of the Police, Superintendent Joseph Myvette told us an onsite post mortem was conducted at the site the body was discovered. SUPT. JOSEPH MYVETTE "What happened is that the police work generally continues so there have been a lot of detentions for other crimes as well. So I would not want to say that all of those detentions are in relation to this case, there have been a lot of other people that have been detained in relation to other cases."

16 Families/61 Persons Homeless Following Fire on Ambergris Caye
It was a blaze that lit up the western portion of the Boca del Rio area on Ambergris Caye just after eight o'clock last night. Renee Trujillo and cameraman, Luis Munoz travelled to the island to get the full story on last night's fire on the island that left over five dozen people homeless. RENEE TRUJILLO REPORTING "On these grounds once stood eight structures that accommodated sixteen families in the western part of the Boca del Rio area in San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye�..but last night just after eight o'clock all that would, literally go up in flames as an inferno consumed the homes, leaving 61 persons homeless. During our trip to the island to view the aftermath of this disaster, we met with the Officer in Charge of San Pedro Police Station, Superintendent Luis Castellanos." SUPERINTENDENT LUIS CASTELLANOS "Last night about 8:45pm we received information from a concerned caller that there was a fire in the Boca Del Rio Area, the western Part; the street there is called Conch Street. We responded along with the Fire Department and they immediately went into action to try to extinguish the fire. On arrival there was one building which the upper flat is of wood and the lower part is of concrete, that was already engulfed in flames when we arrived."

Police Detains Family,Including Minors For Crack
Three adults and 2 minors were charged with 2 counts of drug trafficking when they appeared today before Magistrate Dale Cayetano. The adults were 56 year old Salvadoran national Abdulio Torres, 43 year old Salvadoran national Noe De Jesus Martinez and 34 year old Myra Lopez. The minors were a 14 year old boy and a 12 year old girl. Torres wanted to plead guilty to the charge. But a not guilty plea was entered for him after he said that he does not sell crack cocaine, he only smokes it. The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 4. The police acting on information they received went to a 2 storey house on Antelope Street Extension and when they searched a room upstairs they found 1.2 grams of crack and 1.5 grams of crack in two places. The police reported that they also found almost $10,000 U.S. currency at the house. At the time Only Martinez, Lopez and the minors were at the house. Torres was not at home.

Immigration Nabs Kenyan Man At Airport With Wrong Passport
Twenty-three year old Adannur Abdullah, a Kenyan national who came to Belize with a Namibian passport, was fined $1,000 today by Magistrate Dale Cayetano after he pled guilty to using a document he is not entitled to use. Abdullah was ordered to pay forthwith, in default 6 months imprisonment. A deportation order was made out for him to be sent back to Kenya either after he has paid the fine or served the time. Abdullah, a student of business management, was busted on Saturday, July 5, when he arrived at Phillip Goldson International Airport via an Avianca flight from El Salvador. It was discovered that the passport was not his. Abdullah said he bought the passport for $2,000 U.S. currency for a man in Kenya. He said that he planned to go to the United States.

Woman Gets Caught Smuggling Cannabis in Prison
Twenty-five year old Natasha Lewis, a mother of a 4 year old girl who allegedly attempted to smuggle 109 grams of cannabis into Belize Central Prison, was charged with drug trafficking when she appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Lewis pled not guilty to the charge. She was released on a bail of $5,000 and her case was adjourned until September 1. The incident occurred on Friday, July 4. According to police reports, Lewis went to prison to visit an inmate and give him a package that contained a pair of tennis shoes and some food. When a search was conducted on the tennis shoes it resulted in the discovery of the cannabis hidden under the soles of the shoes. As a result, Lewis was taken into custody and charged. The cannabis was labelled as exhibit.

Teenaged Robber Gets Chopped on the Job
A teenager remains hospitalized at the Corozal Community Hospital following an attempted robbery. Police believe the teenager was one of two men who held up a business and injured a man. Police say when they went to AA Fried Chicken on the Santa Rita Road they saw one person with a cut wound to his right hand and knee and another with a chop wound to the left side of the head and right eye brow. According to the 27-year-old businesswoman, two men with warm caps and rags tied around their faces and armed with a machete entered the establishment and demanded money. She said one of the men chopped her son in the head and he struggled with the culprit causing him to drop the machete.

Shooting Victim Refuses to Cooperate With Investigators
Orange Walk police sure have their hands full as tonight we report to you a shooting incident that occurred in that municipality on Saturday morning outside a popular night club.. Superintendent Joseph Myvette gave us the details. SUPT. JOSEPH MYVETTE "We have also received information of a shooting that occurred early yesterday morning on Aurora Street near a night club. One person received three gunshot injuries and the police have made efforts to get to the bottom of this crime. The victim is not cooperating with the police in that regard. He is stable. At this point in time we do not know the motive. The Information gathered is that there was a fight and thereafter one person received gunshot injuries and was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital."

Soldier Gets Run Over Following Bar Altercation
A traffic incident allegedly involving members of the Belize Defense Force, who were socializing at a bar near the Central Park in Orange Walk Town has left a soldier injured. Love News understands that on Saturday night, a fight ensued between two soldiers and a civilian and somehow during the altercation a pick-up truck ran over one of the soldiers. The man was transported to the Northern Regional Hospital and was treated. His condition is not known and this morning police did not have information to share with the media.

Motorcycle Collides into Pick-Up Truck; Cyclist Dies
A man from Trinidad Village is dead following a fatal road traffic accident Saturday morning in Orange Walk. Northern Regional Commander of the Police, Superintendent Joseph Myvette gave us the details. SUPT. JOSEPH MYVETTE "Police learned that one 32 year old Marvin Tillett of Trinidad Village was riding a motorbike from a north to south direction and after passing the BSI junction he collided into a white Tacoma pickup driven by Rolando Silva which was coming in the opposite direction. As a consequence Mr. Tillett sustained severe head and body injuries and is believed to have died on the spot. The motorcycles helmet was found a few yards behind the vehicle while the motorcycle was some 71 feet from the pickup. The driver of the pickup, Rolando Silva, is detained and blood samples were taken from both Silva and the deceased Marvin Tillett. We have also submitted the evidence we have in relation to that matter to the DPP pending her directive."

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A fatal traffic accident at mile 56 on the Phillip Goldson Highway has claimed the life of one man from the village of Trinidad, Orange Walk District. 32 year old Marvin Tillett, who was driving a motorcycle, died on the spot. We hear more from Officer Commanding the Orange...


Missing ca�ero, 71, found in shallow grave
Four days after Ramon Cervantes, Sr., 71, was reported missing, his family had their worst fears realized after his body was found Saturday night, partially decomposed, buried in a shallow grave near the Honey Camp Lagoon in the Orange Walk District. Cervantes, affectionately known as "Don Ramon," according to police reports, had been bludgeoned to death. Last Tuesday afternoon, July 1, sometime between midday and 4:00 p.m., the well-known ca�ero disappeared from his cane field on the San Roman Road - also in Orange Walk - where he had apparently been spraying herbicide on some parts of the field, leaving behind tell-tale signs which caused his family to believe that he had been kidnapped in broad daylight. Except for a few short and unusual conversations that he reportedly had by phone with his son, PUP Orange Walk North standard-bearer, Ramon Cervantes, Jr., Tuesday afternoon, Cervantes, Sr., had not been seen or heard from since - until around 9:00 p.m. this past Saturday, July 5, when Orange Walk police received an anonymous tip that led them to a deserted property off the San Estevan Road, where they made the heartbreaking discovery.

Woman busted trying to smuggle weed into central prison
A Belize City woman is facing a charge of drug trafficking after she was busted at the Belize Central Prison on Friday, July 4, when she attempted to smuggle 109 grams of cannabis into the facility. Natasha Lewis, 25, an unemployed of 133 West Canal Street, appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, who arraigned her on the single charge of possession of an illegal drug with intent to supply to another for the purpose of drug trafficking. After pleading not guilty to the charge, Lewis attempted to explain in court how she ended up on the wrong side of the law. She said that basically, she was set up. Lewis said that she was going to the prison to visit a friend, when a man she knew asked her to take a package for someone in the prison for him.

66 fire victims homeless in San Pedro
Sixty-six people, members of thirteen families, are homeless after a massive blaze last night in the Boca Del Rio area of San Pedro burned seven buildings, completely destroying five of them and partially destroying the other two. The San Pedro Fire Department told Amandala that they responded to a call from police at about 8:30 last night, about a fire on Conch Shell Street, in the Boca Del Rio area of San Pedro. When they arrived at the scene, they saw a building burning. The firefighters quickly went into action, but strong winds carried the flames to the surrounding buildings, and they became ignited. The water they carried in their truck was expended in about two minutes, but the firemen quickly accessed water from the lagoon, which was their open source, and they threw water into the area of the blaze. We were told they brought the fire under control in about an hour and 30 minutes, and the fire was completely put out in about two hours.

Flooding cuts off part of Toledo at Barranco junction and Jacintoville
Thursday night thunderstorms caused extensive flooding roughly 8 miles out of Punta Gorda Town on the Southern Highway, in the vicinity of the Jacintoville Bridge near its junction with the road to Barranco. The waters initially rendered the road impassable and buses were delayed until around 9:00 that morning. Smaller vehicles were able to cross at around 10:00 a.m. and by noon Friday, the waters had receded. PGTV's Wil Maheia shared with us a video clip of the flooding, which showed a man in a canoe wading alongside the buses that were making their way through the flooded waters. Maheia told Amandala that the area in question is very prone to flooding but this time, the waters seemed higher than usual, registering 10 feet above normal flood stage, he indicated. Area residents reported that thunderstorms caused heavy rains Thursday night, resulting in the Friday morning flood. They reported flooding at the Emil Road and Columbia Road junction. The flood also affected the San Felipe Road and Santa Ana.

Pickup and motorcycle collide in OW, 1 dead
A horrific traffic accident that took place in Orange Walk in the wee hours of last Saturday has left one person dead, while another is facing charges for allegedly smashing into the victim, who was driving a motorcycle. According to police, Rolando Silva, 44, a businessman of the Los Lagos community in the Belize District, was driving a white Toyota Tacoma pickup with license plates OW-C-18848 towards Orange Walk Town at about 12:55 a.m. on Saturday, July 5, when, upon reaching a curve near Mile 56 on the Philip Goldson Highway, he unwisely attempted to overtake another vehicle and slammed head-on into a red and grey Meilun Cyclone motorcycle, being driven at the time by Marvin Wilfredo Tillett, 32, of Trinidad, Orange Walk District. When police responded, they observed Tillett's body lying in the middle of the highway with what appeared to be two broken legs, an open wound in the center of the abdomen, and another open cut wound on his right leg, while his motorcycle, with license plates MC-2504, was completely wrecked, and the bumper of the pickup was completely broken off and its hood and front windshield smashed.

BTL says Internet problems "under control"
Officials of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) told Amandala today that Internet connectivity has for the most part normalized, after customers last week experienced a series of Internet shutdowns which temporarily halted some business operations, most notably those who depend on a connection to the web to serve their customers. Those businesses range from Internet cafes to businesses which rely on e-mail and online payment systems for business transactions. Thankfully, our checks with several business establishments today indicated that things were largely back to normal. Whereas the company reported having received hundreds of daily complaints at the height of what they said were cyber-attacks out of China and Hong Kong last week, Lisbeth Butler, BTL's manager for customer services, told Amandala this evening that the complaints have substantially lessened. Customers have told us that they experience problems accessing Internet using 4G connections today, and Butler confirmed that they experienced problems with the 4G network for about an hour this morning.

Editorial: Rod of Correction
The formation of the Rod of Correction (ROC) a few weeks ago is an unprecedented occurrence in the history of Belize. A large number of activist groups, the most prominent of which are Belize's leading trade unions, came together to address serious national matters. These organizations are unhappy with the Government of Belize's handling of issues such as the Elvin Penner case, the BGYEA dispute, the SATIIM controversy, illegal rosewood extraction, the pharmaceutical situation, and so on. ROC was joined last week by APAMO, the powerful environmentalist group. On the face of it, ROC appears so large as to be unwieldy. Our sense is that at this point it represents merely the coming together of the leaders of these organizations to consult with each other. It appears that there is a united front on many important issues which have been in the news for some months. As it presently exists, ROC has major potential for impact on Belize's public life.

From The Publisher
The Mexican dictator, Porfirio Diaz, who ran Mexico from the late nineteenth century until the early twentieth, once famously pitied Mexico for being "so far from God and so close to the United States." Belize is pretty close to the United States, the greatest economy in the world since World War II, and the vast majority of us Belizeans have always looked at our proximity to the United States as a blessing rather than a curse. The late Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, following in the historic footsteps of his own country's Sim�n Boliv�r and Cuba's Jos� Mart�, believed in a future for the Americas (Central and South) and the Caribbean where the United States was not the bully boy on the block, and where the nations of the Americas and the Caribbean could work together towards a future where they decided their own destiny and were able to resist being dictated to by Washington.

Cane farmers "struggling," BSCFA chairman says
Alfredo Ortega, chairman of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA), told Amandala today that ca�eros continue to grapple with horrible roads, worsened by weekend rains. Ortega said that some road repairs were done on the main arteries, but the majority of the roads are in terrible shape, causing delays in delivery. "Farmers are struggling," Ortega said. He informed us that sugar cane farmers are now being paid BZ$43.04 on deliveries, which is 80% of the first estimate issued in November. They are hoping to add more to those receipts after negotiations with the management of the Belize Sugar Industries (BSI), as part of their bid to BSI for additional sugar payments for bagasse used in cogeneration to supply power to their factory and the national grid.

Tubal turns a new leaf
Founder refutes rumors that school will close down; says that rather, they are seeking a fresh start In the face of rumors of its dissolution, Amandala understands that the Tubal Trade and Vocational Institute at Mile [...]

CARICOM discuss Belize-Guatemala roadmap and reparations from Europe
Leaders endorse new 5-year Strategic Plan to build resiliency Belize's Foreign Minister and Attorney General Wilfred Elrington represented Belize at the 35th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, convened [...]

Pickup and motorcycle collide in OW, 1 dead
A horrific traffic accident that took place in Orange Walk in the wee hours of last Saturday has left one person dead, while another is facing charges for allegedly smashing into the victim, who was driving [...]

Nightclub altercation leads to gunshots
An early morning shooting which happened near a popular night club in Orange Walk Town yesterday has left one person hospitalized. Although police have limited information with regards to the incident, it is known that the [...]

Northside resident shot on southside
A 21-year-old Kelly Street resident is currently admitted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in stable condition following a shooting incident that occurred near a Chinese restaurant on Dean Street. Police reported that Shane Fisher, 21, [...]

Man claiming to be Minister's security guard pleads guilty to weed possession
A Belize City man who said he is employed as a security guard for a Minister of Government, but who failed to identify which minister he supposedly works for, pleaded guilty to possession of 5 grams [...]

"Yes" is "no" when the girl is under 16
A man, 20, is in police custody pending charges of unlawful sexual intercourse after he took advantage of a girl, 14. On Friday, the girl and her mother, both Guatemalans residing in Corozal Town, went to [...]

Man claiming to be Minister's security guard pleads guilty to weed possession
A Belize City man who said he is employed as a security guard for a Minister of Government, but who failed to identify which minister he supposedly works for, pleaded guilty to possession of 5 grams [...]

A family of 5 is arraigned on drug trafficking charges
A Belize City family of five, including two minors, ages 12 and 14, spent their weekend in lockdown at the Queen Street Police Station after a police search of their Antelope Street Extension home yielded two [...]

1958 B.E.C. football team
Snap shot from the past – 1958 B.E.C. football team Belizean elder Walter Bradley dropped by our sports desk this morning to provide the above picture and information for our sports fans. As "cheerleader" for the [...]

FFB President's Cup
FFB President's Cup Week 8 results Two games each were played on Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6, in Week 8 of the FFB President's Cup tournament. On Saturday, at the Carl Ramos Stadium in [...]

Belize National Darts Team
Belize National Darts Team to Tampa, Florida for Americas Cup at the Caribbean Classic The Belize Darts Federation proudly presents the National Team to represent Belize in Tampa, Florida from July 12 to the 20 at [...]

Belize Bank wins
Belize Bank Blazers wins 6th Charles Solis Memorial Tournament The VI Charles Solis Memorial Tournament was held yesterday, Sunday, at Rogers Stadium with 4 teams – Esperanza Wolverines, Camalote Blazers, Belize Bank Blazers and Lord's Bank [...]

GOB's investment committee affirms position on NCL, Stake Bank and Puerto Azul
BNE and Ara Macao proposals up for scrutiny Cabinet's Investment Subcommittee met Friday and affirmed its position on three multi-million-dollar tourism investment projects: Norwegian Cruise Line's Harvest Caye development, Puerto Azul and Stake Bank, amid continuing [...]

Ambassador David Wu completes his tour of duty in Belize
H.E. Ambassador David Wu has completed his tour of duty as Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize and will be departing Belize on July 12, 2014. Ambassador Wu arrived in Belize in April [...]

Sugar season climaxes, but bagasse talks unresolved
BSI's proposal is a slap in the face of cane farmers: BSCFA vice chair The delayed 2013-2014 sugarcane crop season is scheduled to wrap up next Tuesday, July 8, and while the indication that the harvest [...]

Deon Pitter wins seat as CWU Trustee
Deon Pitter, aka Ras Pitter, won Saturday's election held by the Christian Workers' Union to fill the vacant post of trustee on the union's executive board. Pitter, a stevedore, was one of the vocal union members [...]

Vehicle collisions on the Philip Goldson Highway and in San Pedro
Two persons are alive but hurt after they were involved in two separate motorcycle collisions in the city, and in San Pedro. In the Belize City, Fredrick Evans, 68, of Ladyville, a teacher at the Belize [...]

The Opposition suffers casualties from the Auditor General's preliminary report
The Elvin Penner immigration scandal that cost the United Democratic Party government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow a huge chunk of credibility has now spilled over into the Opposition People's United Party, stripping the PUP of [...]

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Ex-BWS employees sue utility company over termination
Mark Menzies, Don Gillett, Colin Morrison, Charlette Barnett, Michael Novelo and Journett McKoy are former employees of Belize Water Services Limited (BWS) let go by the company last February. They claim they were unfairly fired over alleged involvement in a circulation of malicious and salacious letters alleging poor [�]

Ex-Prime Minister Said Musa remembers Ramon Cervantes
As police continue the hunt for his killers, Ramon Cervantes, Sr., 71, is being remembered by all who knew him. The former Senator and former Mayor of Orange Walk Town appears to have been killed by those persons who removed him from his canefield on the San Roman [�]

Another youth from Youth Apprenticeship Program murdered
For the second time in as many weeks, a youth graduated from the Youth Apprenticeship Program has been murdered in Belize City. 25 year old Leon Burgess of Sybil Reyes Street in the Lake Independence area, according to police, was at home around 10:25 pm on Monday and [�]

Taiwanese ambassador bids farewell to press
The Ambassador of the People's Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, H.E. David Wu, ends his four year tour later this week. Today he hosted the local press to a farewell luncheon, and gave his final interview. After repeating his best wishes for Belize, the talk turned to [�]

Family arraigned on firearm charges
Seven persons, two of them minors, were remanded to Belize Central prison today after they appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser and were arraigned on charges of kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. They are 52 year old Alrick Smith, 47 year old Sandra Casey, 22 [�]

Pair fined for unwanted cannabis
An ex-common-law couple, 39 year Jaime Pernillo and 42 year old Martha Alfaro, were both fined $10,000 today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser after she found them guilty of drug trafficking for 456 grams of cannabis. They were given until October 31 to pay. If they default on [�]

Body being unearthed in Orange Walk
Unconfirmed reports are that a body has been found near where that of Ramon Cervantes, Sr. was discovered over the weekend off the Honey Camp Road in Orange Walk. Very preliminary information suggests that it may be the body of a female. We will continue to monitor this [�]


20 Ambergris Caye families displaced
On the evening of July 6th, 20 Ambergris Caye families were displaced by a big fire in Boca Del Rio area. Of the 8o people who lost their homes, the eldest was 74 and 32 were children from 6 weeks - 18 years old. At least 4 families have reported being affected by water damage. Thankfully it was not worse with all the wood buildings in the area. No one was seriously injured, 2 were attended to by poly clinic, a baby and man who hurt his wrist. Most who were left homeless are currently staying with immediate family members and friends. 2 families who had no other option are taking shelter at R.C. school assisted by Mayor Daniel who was able to borrow beds for them and San Pedro Town Council has been helping them with food. The San Pedro Fire department declared 7 buildings consisting of 20 apartment rooms were completely destroyed. The cause of the fire has not been determined. All of the inhabitants were rentals and none of buildings were insured. As you will see from the pictures below there was nothing left beyond ashes, building skeletons and twisted pieces of zinc roofing .

Day Two Of the Free Veterinary Clinic In Sarteneja, Belize And Then�MANATEES!
Sunday morning, I wrote all about the long, exhausting, amazing first day of the free clinic in Sarteneja, Belize. Two veterinarians from Quebec, planning to return to small villages (Hopkins, Sarteneja and RedBank) in Belize ON A VOLUNTEER basis, twice a year to fix pets, to deworm and de-parasite and de-pest them�and to hopefully get people maybe thinking about dogs and cats in a different way. IMG_7649 The kids were really the most exciting part of the experience. Talking about how to be gentle with puppies (the boy above is comforting his crying pup who just woke from surgery) or how dogs feel scared or hungry or tired or just showing them how to hold a cat without being scared�meeting a handful of local teenagers who want to be vets�it was VERY cool. These vets and those who help coordinate them coming down are doing a pretty great thing. Here's our whole group. The clinic is organized by (I hope I get this right) Fondation Aide Veterinaire Internationale and the Hopkins Humane Society.

Belize Athletes for the Commonwealth Games Announced
With the 2014 Commonwealth Games on the horizon, host Glasgow is busily ironing kilts and preparing venues while the National Olympic Committee confirms the events and names of athletes who will be contending. Get ready Belize! Yes, sports lovers, it has been announced that Belize will compete in five events at the games, ably represented by Katy Sealy in the Heptathlon and Kaina Martinez in the 100-meter and 200-meter female races. Mark Anderson will represent Belize in the mens' sprints, with Brandon Jones in the male triple and long jumps, and Kenneth Medwood competing in the 400-meter hurdle. In Cycling we have Giovanni Lovell and Joel Borland contesting the road and time trial events, while Gregory Lovell and Chaa Creek's very own Ron Vasquez will compete in road discipline. Andrew Wigmore has his sights on the men trap shooting prize, while Tyrone Tun will compete in the table tennis men's singles. Last but certainly not least, Kent Gabourel will participate in the triathlon. All in all Belize will have 12 athletes competing in the Games, accompanied by six coaches and officials, all under the guidance of the Chief of Mission, Patrick Henry.

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LA Belizean Fish Market, A Central American Seafood Gem
Quick: what's the capital of Belize? If you said "Belmopan," you're right. You're also most likely in the top 1% of world geography nerds. I bring this up only to illustrate a point: most people don't know much about Belize, the small Central American country about the size of Massachusetts. Its people, like most people from small nations, are proud and fierce, and Dean (he demurred to give his last name), the proprietor of Belizean Fish Market and Restaurant, is no different. Belizean cuisine is a big amalgamation of all the different respective ethnic cuisines of Belize -- you'll find Latin American influence (tamales and panades -- the Belizean equivalent of the empanada), Mestizo influence (garnaches, fried corn tortillas smothered in beans, onions, and cheese) and Kriol influence (the "boil up" -- a combination of boiled eggs, root vegetables, fish, pig tail, and boiled cake, made from pressed cassava root).


Video: Night Snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve Ambergris Caye, Belize, 5min.
Using a new type of green LED Fishing Light to attract fish AND to show the snorkelers the boat location. Light is available at

Video: Belize 2014 - Casa Redonda, Golf Carting in San Pedro, and Boating to Lamanai, 8min.
A trip with family and freinds to Belize, Ambergris Caye, San Pedro

The feature highlights the 2014 Reunion in Los Angeles, California of the legendary Belizean women of softball who won gold in the 1974 Central American & Caribbean Games and also won Bronze in the 1979 Pan American Games where they defeated the United States 2-1 in a spectacular match that placed the country Belize among the greats in sports, and demanded the attention of the international community. The celebratory event which marked 40 years of softball greatness in Belize and the Belizean diaspora, was graced by the attendance of the legendary Belizean softball players like Doreth Martinez, Margaret Usher, Lorna McDougal, Joan Garbutt, Beulah Gillett, Elaine Smith, Beverly 'Bunny' Rhamdas, and Deborah Theus-Sanchez. An historic moment that saw these Belizean greats meet again for the first time since some 20 years ago.

Video: All Day Cook Out Ambergris Caye, Belize - Spear fishing then eat your catch!, 15min.
Great time thanks to Suya Tours in San Padro.

Video: Iguanas da grande figueira de Belize, 5min.

Video: The Trembles in Belize, 9min.
our vacation to the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye in Belize. Entirely filmed on a GoPro Hero 3+ black edition.

Video: Belize scuba diving/snorkeling, 4min.
Just a short video of some scuba diving and snorkeling I did while in Belize.

Video: Belize Bush Doctor, 12min.

Video: Diving the Canyons Reef off San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 12min.
Great dive! Highly recommended. Went with Belize Pro Divers. GoPro 3 Video.

Video: Fishing off Ambergris Caye, Belize, 10min.
We caught a bunch of Spanish Mackerel and Jack Fish in a little over 2 hours!

Video: Modern pirates in Belize, 9min.

Video: Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Marine Reserve off Ambergris Caye, Belize, 4min.
Fun snorkling trip with family and friends!

Video: Diving Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Ambrergris Caye, Belize, 5min.
Had a great time diving with Belize Pro Divers in San Pedro.

Video: Belize Rough Cut 1080, 3min.
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