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The San Pedro Sun

Mayors from across the country were at Las Terrazas
on Ambergris Caye as part of the monthly Belize Mayor's Association meeting. This month, the Mayor of San Pedro Town Daniel Guerrero hosted the Mayors from the various municipalities across the country. At the meeting several areas of mutual concerns were discussed.

Tropic Air announces increased service to Merida, Mexico
"Since commencement of the route, we have been working closely with our partners at the Yucatan Tourism Board and in the Merida tourism community on building traffic. We are now excited to be increasing our service in response to their feedback, support and enthusiasm", said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. "Clearly Merida has [�]

Basil Jones Summer Camp provides educational fun for children
Camp Basil Jones is in its second week of their youth education summer program taking place at Camp Basil Jones Educational Center located in Bacalar Chico Reserve. The program aims to provide an educational summer experience for children, and is divided into four individual camps spread over four weeks which started on Monday, July 7th [�]

Where are they now? Flashback Friday: Maritza Rivas!
Still in the spotlight: 2009's Reina de la Costa Maya winner Maritza Rivas went from the crown to in front of the cameras as a morning show host in her home country.

126 children become reef experts as part of Coral Reef Ed-Venture summer camp
The 15th annual Coral Reef Ed-venture Summer Camp came to a close on Wednesday July 9th during a special graduation in which 126 children were recognized. The camp was organized by students from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, United States of America (USA), with assistance from Hol Chan Marine Reserve on Ambergris Caye. The participants [�]

Ambergris Today

Belize Tourism Board Donates $5k to San Pedro Fire Victims
The devastating fire on Sunday, July 6, 2014, in the Boca Del Rio Area gutted a total of seven buildings displacing 16 families with about 88 persons including children and adults in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The island community, including local authorities and NGO's, immediately came together to assist the families in need. On Thursday, July 17, 2014, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr, presented a check of $5,000.00Bze on behalf of the Belize Tourism Board to the San Pedro Red Cross towards the relief fund for the fire victims. On hand to receive the donation was Chairman of the San Pedro Red Cross, Mr. Eiden Salazar Jr. and Treasure, Mr. Frank Panton. The Belize Tourism Board Staff also donated food items, clothing and toiletries which were handed over the San Pedro Red Cross to be distributed to the fire victims. Andrea Polanco, Alexander Smith and Miguel Martinez of BTB were also present for the handing over of items.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Finally, your hard earned tax dollar at work on 7th Avenue Corozal (main highway)
Many commuters will be inconvenienced due to the detour/one lane access, Due to dust and other impurities caused, many merchants will be inconvenienced during this time. Apologies to everyone affected. This project is long overdue.

Our hat's off to Archaeologist Dr. Jaime Awe from the Corozal Daily and the entire community of Corozal. We had the opportunity to meet and speak with Dr. Awe on several occasions, while the restoration of Santa Rita archaeological site was ongoing last year. Jaime was the lead archaeologist in that particular restoration. Dr. Jaime Awe: "My decision to resign was based solely on my personal desire to do the true things that I am most passionate, and that is research and teaching archaeology. Belize archaeology is not just a job, it's my life." The Corozal Daily was called that day to cover a story with Ms. Rosita Mai and Archaeologist Cynthia Robins to discuss a proposal to map out and unearth the archaeological site of Aventura in Corozal in the San Joaquin area.

Forms for farmlands within the Barranco area
Dr. Joseph Palacio, the Chairman of the Barranco Village Council, together with the Secretary Dr. Francis Arzu this morning handed to the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister a total of 39 filled in application forms for farmlands within the Barranco area. The Honourable Deputy Prime Minister graciously accepted the applications and ascertained that initial processing will be finalized within one month. There was also discussed further cooperation in the near future between the government and the village council with focus on land use and tenure. The handover took place after the officers of the Barranco Village Council had met with the Honourable Prime Minister several weeks earlier, when we outlined specific plans to increase the involvement of the villagers in agricultural development together with the sustainable exploitation of natural resources surrounding the village.

A Successful Island Restaurant in Belize
We're both 50 years old, we live on a Caribbean island, and we love running our restaurant," says Jackie Feldman, who-along with her husband, Adam- moved to Ambergris Caye, Belize, three years ago. "We have great friends and our family regularly visits to share our experiences. Isn't that what so many folks dream about?"

Stalactites and Skeletons in Belize's Maya Underworld
If you've ever yearned for your own Indiana Jones-style adventure, be sure to add Belize's most infamous cave to your bucket list. ATM-full name Actun Tunichil Muknal-is your ticket to the ancient Maya underworld, or Xibalba. Also known as the "cave of the stone sepulcher," it's near san Ignacio in the Cayo District, and it's where the Mayas of old performed their sacred rituals long before Europeans came.

David Smith Muzic Cover Concert
David Smith is having a fundraiser at the Destiny House in Belmopan tomorrow. The proceeds will go towards getting him to the Reach Out Music Festival, and to the Child Development Foundation. "On the 19th of June David Smith Muzic and his team in collaboration with IHeart Generation is hosting a Cover concert called 'A Night of Covers' at the Destiny House in Belmopan City. This is part of their fundraising efforts to raise the needed funds to produce and take his music ministry to the world. Concert time is 7 Entrance fee $5.00. A percentage of all proceeds will go towards Cdf Belize & their fight against CSEC"

Broad Reach Assisting Cornerstone
Feelgood news of the day. Cornerstone has teamed up with the visiting Broad Reach interns. They spoke at the youth camp at SHC, and had a health clinic at Coronation Park. Thanks, Broad Reach and Cornerstone! "Interns from Broad Reach assisting Cornerstone Foundation on it's Awareness day at the youth Camp Being held at Sacred Heart College Campus, it was a day filled with education and fun activities for all the youths involved hope they gained some valuable information that can help them go a long way. Thanks a lot to the Broad Reach group."

July 7 - July 13 2014 Fishing Report
It was a fairly quiet week here at the lodge with just 2-6 boats going out daily. Lots of repeat guests made it a fun and easy week. Fishing really picked up as the winds calmed.

Channel 7

Oscar Lambey Stabbed To Death
The headline story of our newscast last night was about a murder in Belize City, and tonight we unfortunately must report on the killing of another city resident which happened less than 24 hours later. He's 27 year-old Oscar Lambey, an avid church-goer, and preacher in training. His body was discovered near the compound of the Ephesus Seven-day Adventist Church this morning, just before 7. Police believe that he was stabbed and killed in the early hours of the day, and that robbery may have been the motive: Insp. Santiago Ciau - OC, CIB, Precinct 3 "Police visited the Ephesus Seven Day Adventists Church and Primary School compound situated on Wilson Street, Belize City. Upon arrival there police saw the lifeless body of a fair-skinned, Creole, male person lying face up on the ground about ten feet behind the school. This person was dressed in a red long sleeve shirt and a long, blue dress pants with a pair of dark socks. The person had one apparent stab wound to the upper left side of the chest and three stab wounds to the upper left side of the back. He was identified to be Oscar John Lambey, twenty-eight-years-old. Date of birth 17th June 1986, Belizean unemployed of #2930 Street Belize City. Police investigation so far reveal that Mr. Curtis Richards, the watchman for the said compound for the Seven Day Adventists Church and Primary School was doing his routine compound check at 6:35am. In that he came across the body if Oscar John Lambey. He immediately informed some persons in the immediate area who then called the police to the scene."

Police Get Big Gun Off The Street
While police continue to investigate Lambey's murder, and all the others that have been happening in the City, they've also increased their patrols and other operations. On one such intelligence-led operation, police ended up making an important weapons bust. That firearm is a military-grade weapon which used to be part of the arsenal of the Guatemalan armed forces. Today, the officer who led the operation told us more about that gun they took off the streets: ASP Calbert Flowers - Deputy OC, Police Precinct 2 "As a result of the recent violence in Belize City, particularly in the south side, the Precinct two police officers have stepped up their operations and patrol. As a result of the operation, about three o'clock this afternoon, a search was conducted on an abandoned lot, an open lot, in the Faber's Road area where this Galil, a five point six-two assault military type rifle was discovered hidden in bushes. We know that these weapons are produced in Israel, their origin is Israel and they were used a lot in the Guatemalan army up to 2008 when they were stopped used by the military in Guatemala. We believe that this weapon belonged to some of these gang members in the south Side of Belize City."

Police Crack Down On Quality Of Life Crimes
Residents of the City have also felt the effects of the police crackdown to get control of the recent outbreaks in gang violence and other crimes. Persons who've been committing bike violations, and other small petty offenses may have recently found themselves getting charged by police. Though they are minor, and are considered quality-of-life crimes, the Deputy Officer Commanding Police Precinct 2 says that the police need to show the public that they are serious about upholding the law: ASP Calbert Flowers - Deputy OC, Police Precinct 2 "These are crimes that are in our laws, on our books and we are just starting to enforce them. These are petty misdemeanor offences that have been overlooked for quite some time. We have been trying all different approaches to try to combat this violence, this crime in Belize City. So we are approaching them from the smallest offence up to the largest. We won't overlook anything at this time. So we want to warn the public that riding a bicycle on a sidewalk is an offence, riding a bicycle contrary to traffic, without light, without bell, without brake, is an offense. And the police will continue to do this operation to target these people. We know that some innocent people will be inconvenienced, but we urge people to come on board and do the right thing."

Bruce Sanchez Alleges Financial Mismanagement Within Education Foundation
Last night, we gave you but a small excerpt of our interview with Bruce Sanchez Sr. one of the senior members of the Board of Directors of the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation. The Foundation was founded as a non-profit organization in memory of the late Ariel Rosado. Its main business is to provide needy scholars with funding to finish their education, and it's main source of revenue is donations from members of the public. At this time however, there are serious allegations of financial mismanagement coming from Bruce Sanchez Sr. He was the appointed as the Vice President of the Board, and his son, Bruce Jr., the Treasurer. But, they discovered financial transactions done by President Alvaro Rosado which they believe are questionable, and so, for months, they've been boycotting the Foundation and its board. The problem is that in doing so, the Sanchez men are directors of the Rosado Memorial Foundation's bank account. This means that whenever the board wanted to make any transactions, they needed the signature of the Sanchez's.

Rosado Foundation Board Rebutts
As you've heard, the allegations he's made against Dr. Rosado are very serious. So, we held off on airing them yesterday because we want to get a response from Dr. Rosado himself. That came by way of a press conference called by the entire Board of the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation. Backed by his colleagues Dr. Rosado fielded all questions and responded to the wholesale accusations of financial mismanagement and misappropriation. Here's what he said about those cheques that Sanchez Sr. showed the press: Dr. Alvaro Rosado - President, Board of Dir., Ariel Rosado Foundation "The cheque that Mr. Sanchez showed, if I remembered right he showed two cheques; one cheque was made out to Miss Shelly Bradley. Ms. Shelly Bradly is the secretary for the Belize Sailing Association and we were required to get life jackets for the sailors that are on our scholarships. Ms. Bradley, because of her knowledge of sailing agreed to purchase the life jackets for us. When I took the cheque to the Sanchez's for her the Friday to get the jackets the Friday for the sailing session on Saturday, Mr. Sanchez refused to sign the cheque.

Will The Rosado Foundation Keep Donor Confidence?
But with all that has been discussed, it begs the question, how much damage has been done to the good work of the Foundation so far?

Charged For Taking A Man's Car Without Permission
Forty year old Winfield Tasher, a construction worker of Chetumal Street, who allegedly stole a 1992 Toyota car, was charged with theft when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. The incident occurred between March 6 and March 7, 2014. The complainant, 34 year old security guard Chika Essel, a naturalized Belizean originally from Nigeria, reported to the police that on march 6 ,Tasher came to his house and asked to rent his car for $40 per day to use for taxi service. Essel said he refused and when he returned home from work the following day he discovered that his car was missing. Essel claimed that his car has a value of $4,000.

Court: Morris Didn't Steal Cop's Gun
33 year old Karim Morris, who was charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license for a .38 revolver and 4 rounds of ammunition, which were stolen from a police constable, was acquitted of the charges today by Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart. The gun was stolen from PC White in March 2011, after White was shot a Belama sub station. Police had recovered the gun and ammunition from a bushy area near the river at Belama Phase 3. The allegation was that Morris and another man, Eldon Smith, had taken the police to where the gun and ammunition were hidden. Smith was charged jointly with Morris but Smith was acquitted about 2 months ago. Morris had called one witness, his girlfriend, who testified that he was elsewhere when the firearm and ammunition were recovered.

Trying to Burgle A Neighbourhood?
20 year old Keron Swasey and 19 year old Christopher Gillett, charged with burglary, were found guilty today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Swasey, who did not appear in court for trial, was found guilty ex-parte. The burglary occurred on February 17, 2012, at a house located at 1C Faber's Road owned by Emily Stanley. The house was unoccupied at the time and the items that were stolen included 6 aluminium louvres windows and wash basin. Police constable Gabriel Cano testified that based on information he received he detained Gillett and Gillett admitted that he participated in the burglary. He also testified that Gillett took him to a house at 20 Caesar Ridge Road where he recovered the stolen items.

Behind The Prison Gates
"Behind the Prison Gates", it might sound like the name of a feature film, but it's actually an intellectual discussion being conducted to the issues of inmates who are housed at the Belize Central Prison.

SSB Awards 55 New Scholarships
Today, the Social Security Board held its 13th Scholarship Award Ceremony, where 55 deserving Belizeans from all across the country were recognized as recipients for this year. These recipients were chosen from 311 applications, and today, we got a chance to greet one of them. He's a young man from the north who has fought hard to keep his dream of education going despite the challenges in his family life Once the scholarship is given, the candidates must maintain certain standards in order to retain it. They must maintain a certainly high level of academic performance, and they must maintain exemplary behavior.

A Future Football Football Club's Summer
Belize City Children have been attending the Future Football Club Summer Camp all this week, where the organizers used football as a means of outreach to them. The main personality in the summer camp has been inviting us to drop by and see his operation in action, since day one of this year's camp. So today, we obliged and got an opportunity to see the participants enjoying the competition of the sport, which Edon Rowley told us has worked out well, despite the financial challenges: The Future Football Club Summer Camp organizers wished to thank the Belize Bank, BTL and the entire hosts of generous sponsors who made this year's camp possible.

Katy Sealy Is Belizean
And before we end tonight, we must make a small clarification. We told you about Katy Sealy, athlete representing Belize at the Commonwealth Games. She also gets the distinct honour of bearing the Belizean Flag at the Opening Ceremonies. As we told you, she's British Born, with Belizean parentage, but today, we got a few calls from the National Olympic Committee, who wants to be more specific. So, we add that she's the holder of Belizean passport, and she and her parents visits the country regularly. She was chosen because she's represented Belize twice before in the Central American Championships. During those times, she won bronze, silver and gold medals.

Channel 5

Evangelist murdered near foot of Adventist Church
There are thirteen more days to go in the month, but July has already turned out to be a bloody one. There have been nine murders so far and early [...]

A major bust: cops retrieve military rifle from city streets
Police made a major bust at around three o'clock this afternoon that will provide some relief to residents in the city. Officers retrieved an Israeli-made military type assault rifle from [...]

Police crack-down on petty crime offenders in the city
Going into the weekend, the Belize City Police Department conducting a crack-down in the city of what is known as quality of life crimes due to a wave of violent [...]

Man claims he was handcuffed and badly beaten by his wife
The following story is about what is known about woman fum fum. A Ladyville resident came to our studios to allege that his wife of one year handcuffed and beat [...]

Ariel Rosado Foundation responds to allegation by former member
The Rosado family struck back today on allegations made by a co-founder of the Ariel Rosado Memorial Foundation. The board of directors hosted a press conference this afternoon to clarify [...]

Alvaro Rosado explains signatures on cheques
Rosado also set the record straight on how it came to be that he and his wife began signing checks on behalf of the foundation.   Dr. Alvaro Rosado, Founder, [...]

B.S.C.F.A. to meet on Sunday to discuss B.S.I. proposal on bagasse prices
The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association is meeting on Sunday at the Escuela Secundaria Mexico school grounds to discuss, among other issues, a position on a recent counterproposal made by [...]

Vice Chairman Alfredo Ortega comments on bagasse formula
According to Ortega, they have requested to see BELCOGEN's books in order to come up with a practical formula but that request has fallen on deaf ears.   Isani Cayetano [...]

Court prosecutor, Joseph Nunez, gets bail
A civilian court prosecutor spent twenty days behind bars, but luckily for him, he is out on bail tonight. Forty year old Joseph Nunez was imprisoned after he was found [...]

2 found guilty of burglary
Also in the court, nineteen-year old Christopher Gillett and twenty year old Keron Swasey were found guilty of the offense of burglary this morning.� Gillett was present in court and [...]

S.S.B. awards 55 scholarships to deserving students
Fifty-five scholarships were awarded this morning to worthy students based on criteria of academic performances as well as financial needs. The recipients came from all over the country and converged [...]

Belize Cancer Society California provides prosthetic breasts
Antonette Pilgrim, of the Belize Cancer Society of California, is currently in the country. She spoke to News Five today about a month long series of activities involving cancer awareness [...]

B.T.B. donates to fire victims in San Pedro
Earlier this month, there was a massive fire on San Pedro, in the Boca Del Rio area of the island. The inferno gutted up to eight structures within three properties [...]

Mexican Theatre stages "Peque�a Batallas" in Belize
Our friends at the Mexican Embassy have organized a special treat for the Belizean public to enjoy a unique opportunity of quality theatre. At this time, the visiting Mexican theater [...]


Standard Four Student Goes Missing In Orange Walk Town
For the past few weeks we have been telling you about an Orange Walk Family who is frantically trying to locate their loved one who went missing approximately three weeks ago. This week, the family is no closer to knowing the whereabouts of Luz Clarita Carrillo, a standard four student of Louisiana Government School who was last seen on the 24th of June as she left for school. Tonight the family is extremely preoccupied as they have received a note that has gripped them in fear. Maria Lucia Carrillo - Guardian of missing child "Last week they came and brought me a paper that my daughter is being kidnapped."

Comissioner Of Transport Launches Investigation On Mexican Taxi Operators
Yesterday we told you about trouble that was brewing for the Belizean taxi drivers at the Old Belize Chetumal border, where they are up in arms because Mexican taxi operators are invading their territory and affecting their business. And while we promised you the Transport Departments side, when we spoke with Chief Transport Officer, Crispin Jeffries, he was unaware of the situation but said that he would immediately launch an investigation since Mexican taxi operators cannot operate in Belizean soil without permits. Jeffries was unable to confirm if the Belizean taxi operators have permits to operate in that area also.

Manatee Calf Handed Over To Wild Track For Rehabilitation
A manatee calf that was orphaned and rescued near the beach in Old Belize today is now at his new home, the Wildtracks Manatee Rehabilitation Centre in Sarteneja Village. Chief Coordinator of the Belize Manatee Conservation Program, Jamal Galvez, says they were informed of a stranded calf this morning and immediately a team from the Coastal zone was sent to rescue the mammal which they handed over to the rehab specialists, WildTracks. Jamal Galvez - Program Coordinator, Belize Manatee Conservation "The guys from coastal zone went out there and retrieve the animal and from there we transported it to Orange walk where we transferred it to Representatives from Wild Tracks who will rehabilitate the animal she is very skinny, may have been away from his mother for a couple days or not eaten much so the most important thing right now is to give some fluid to the animal and see how is going to react these guys have done very good work in terms of rehabilitation and we are leaving it in their hands and we are hoping for the best for the little guy noh.

Major Project at Northern Border
If you have been traversing near the old Northern Border recently, you may have noticed that major works are being carried out in the area. We understand that the two major companies constructing in this area are Imer Hernandez Development Company and RJB Company. And what are they constructing? Well we understand that its two impressive roundabouts which are being constructed not only to beautify the port of entry into Belize but also to have a better control of the traffic. One of the Roundabouts will be located adjacent to the Northern Border and the other at the intersection heading to the cargo area.

MOT Donates Cheque To Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch
On the night of July 7th, sixteen families were left homeless after a fire swallowed five buildings and destroyed three others located on Conch Shell Street in the Boca Del Rio Area of San Pedro Town. As a result of the inferno, the families comprised of 66 adults and 32 children lost everything and had to move in with other family members or in a shelter. In order to assist the fire victims, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., presented a cheque of five thousand dollars to the Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch.

Belize Participates In Dart Competition
After 4 rounds in the 20th Caribbean Cup and 7th Americas Cup Dart Tournament in Florida, tonight the National Belize Dart team is in last place with 7 total points. Leading the competition is Bahamas with 34 points and the host team Florida is in second place with 21 points. The competition kicked off on July 12th and will see great matches between countries until the July 20th. Belize is among the countries that are participating with a delegation of 15 dart players from around the country. The tournament is being held at the Mainsail Hotel in Tampa, Florida, USA with the aim of promoting the sport of professional darts, create a memorable experience for the participants and attendees, engage in the culture of the host country, and support local charities.

Child Labor, A Major Non Compliance By The Association
Amongst the four major non-compliances faced by the BSCFA are child labour in the harvesting fields and the misappropriation of fair-trade funds, approximately 78 thousand dollars. We asked Ortega how the association plans to deal with the Child Labour in the fields issue since it's practically part of Belize's culture. Screen_Shot_2014-07-17_at_7.58.01_PMAlfredo Ortega- Vice Chairman, BSCFA, Committee of Management "Son los cuatro mayores y como t� sabes el est�ndar es de Fairtrade ven muy de cerca el punto de labor y esto de child labour que nos pusieron eso es uno que m�s nos llev� al camino de la suspensi�n las cuales tenemos que trabajar fuerte pero no quiere decir solo con eso sino tenemos que trabajar con todos los incumplimientos."

BSCFA Taking Legal Matters As A Result Of Suspension
At the top of the newscast we told you about the six months suspension faced by the BSCFA after they were audited by FLCOERT about three weeks ago and fell in non-compliance. While Vice Chairman for the BSCFA Committee of Management has told us what corrective measures will be taken for the suspension to be lifted, he also told us how the suspension affects the association and cane farmers on a whole. Alfredo Ortega- Vice Chairman, BSCFA, Committee of Management: "Bueno ya se puso reglamentos fuertes desde el momento que se supo se suspendi� a la persona y despu�s se le dio la terminaci�n de su trabajo, ya se ha puesto medidas dentro el sistema que va a estar detectando si alg�n dado caso llegara a suceder otra vez la cual estamos buscando de haiga una reducci�n en todo ese tipo de problemas ya se sabe de qu� debemos de ser m�s vigilantes en todo esos pasos especialmente adonde se refiere a las finanzas pero tambi�n todo el panorama de la administraci�n porque si descuidamos un lado puede ser de que ese lado nos afecte entonces ya se puso medidas y ya estamos trabajando dentro esas medidas y estamos viendo adonde necesita reforzar m�s para que as� la vigilancia sea a�n m�s fuerte es esas �reas. Nos pone a reflexionar tambi�n de tener una oportunidad de ser certificados bajo el comercio justo peo al mismo tiempo tenemos que ver de ser vigilantes a los cumplimientos de los est�ndares de FlOW y tambi�n de nuestro propio est�ndar interno as� es de que eso nos da esa luz de que tenemos de ser m�s vigilantes y parados d�a tras d�a en cumplir las leyes y las reglas que tienen FLOW tanto como tiene la organizaci�n pero no solo en el lado de la administraci�n sino tambi�n en las actividades que se hacen a nivel de campo por los caneros."

The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association has been suspended by FLOCERT for six months, that's the amount of time the association has to get its act together or face de-certification for the second time since they became certified by Fair Trade. Approximately three weeks ago the BSCFA was audited by FLOCERT and that audit resulted in 8 non-compliances, four of them major. While the BSCFA immediately wrote a letter to FLOCERT outlining the measures that would be taken ne to address the non-compliances, FLOCERT went ahead and suspended the association who received the bad news yesterday.


Positivity Booms From PM’s Business Forum
The third Annual Prime Minister's Business Forum 2014 commenced today at the Biltmore Hotel. It's a forum in which the Private and Public sector are brought in one room to discuss the Developments of Belize's Economy. It's basically a discussion session in which the Government of Belize shares what it has been doing to promote growth and an opportunity for the private sector to make suggestion on how to achieve maximum results. Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, gave the keynote address. RT. HON. DEAN BARROW "There are now multiple programs for SME development including the Small Business Development Centre. In this context the all-important issue of access to credit has received our full attention and substantial credit facilities are available for SME's at both the National Bank and the DFC with the latter, having just secured a $20 million dollar loan from Social Security, principally for this purpose. The national export strategy is completed and is now being put into operation accordingly. A new entity called Export Belize is being launched to help exporters with market accessibility and market readiness. The National Free Zone Authority is also being revitalized and will help to work through infrastructure issues at the Corozal Free Zone and generally CFATFC requirements. Then a medical tourism strategy is being worked on and we should soon see the creation of the first Medical Tourism Association. Finally we have institutionalized the Cabinet sub-committee on investment to deal especially with the increasing interest of larger investors in-coming to Belize.

The Reality of Adolescent Pregnancies in Belize – Part 1
In 2012 there were one thousand three hundred and forty teenage girls who gave birth, with the majority coming out of the Belize District��that figure increased in 2013 to one thousand three hundred and seventy three with the majority of girls coming out of the Cayo District. In ratio to the country's population, it may not be what one would call a staggering figure, but adolescent pregnancy is an issue that should raise a red light, not only because a teenager may not be fully prepared to enter motherhood but also because any young girl engaged in sexual intercourse under the age of 16, is illegal. In our quest to find out more on the topic of adolescent pregnancy, we visited Joan Burke, the Executive Director of the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA). For you to have clear understanding of what it is that BFLA is mandated to do, we asked Burke to explain. JOAN BURKE "We recognize that BFLA is not an island. So firstly we network with other partners in our advocacy. We advocate for laws and policies that are friendly towards young persons including adolescents. Laws must exist that will protect young persons and protect the rights of young persons and also if those rights are violated, we have to look at what is the course of action to be taken on the violators? When it comes to the legal environment, we must ensure that we hold what we call those duty bearers accountable for the protection of children and adolescents, whether it has to do, if its rape, incest because the law as it exists, states that a person can consent to sex at the age of 16 so any person under 16 who becomes pregnant, that should be considered rape because that person cannot consent."

Well Known Man to the Police Murdered on His Way Home
At about 6:30 this morning, 27 year old Lionel Sampson was gunned down on Gravy Street. Sampson was heading home and neighbors say that they heard two men arguing and thereafter gunshots rang out. Five expended nine millimeter shells were found on the scene. It is believe that Sampson died on the spot. Sergeant Ismael Westby, of Precinct Two told the media this afternoon, that his team is collecting all evidence necessary. SERGEANT ISMAEL WESTBY "At this present moment we have two persons detained for questioning in respect to the said incident and that is how we are looking at this angle in this investigation." LOCAL REPORTER: "Can you say more or less if you have enough evidence against these two persons that perhaps one or both of them will be charged for this homicide?" SERGEANT ISMAEL WESTBY "At this present moment it's premature to look at evidence. The evidence has to be gathered upon any investigation and at this moment that is what we are doing. We are investigating and trying to get any evidence in order to say whether the persons we have detained are linked to the murder of this morning. The victim has been a person that is well known to the law and had been charged with many crimes and also who have been involved in different gang activities in the past."

Primary School Teacher Writes Story Book For Children
A young Belizean teacher has put out a children's story book based on the life of a hicatee named Herbert. The official presentation of her writings was done this morning inside the Image Factory on North Front Street in Belize City. The book's author, 26-year-old, Gianni Martinez explained to Love News what the story plot entails. GIANNI MARTINEZ "From Flowers Bank to Burrell Boom, where the animal is going through many obstacles just like we face in our everyday lives and we know that pollution is something big in our country so the animal faces pollution, he faces the crocodile that wants to eat him, he also faces the La Ruta Maya race that we know happens every March. It's a lot of obstacles along the way until he finds a home." While the book took an estimated three hours to be written, the compilation of the artworks took about a year to be completed. According to Martinez, the publication of the book came about when her story was heard by an American woman during a summer camp in Belize.

Stabbing Incident Between Prison Inmates
An inmate of the Belize Central Prison was stabbed by another inmate on Wednesday. Police say when they went to the prison they saw 23-year-old Jamal Ariola suffering from multiple stab wounds. Ariola told authorities he was in the prison yard talking to Giovanni Ramirez when he felt a stab to the left side of his chest. He said Ramirez stabbed him multiple times with a pointed steel "bora". Ariola was taken to the medic center for attention. His injuries were classified as wounding. Ramirez remains at the prison pending charges.

Sanchez Says Rosado Is To Blame
Yesterday, the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation gave out thirty scholarships. The foundation was established in memory of cyclist Ariel Rosado who died in a traffic accident in 2011. But tonight, there is a cloud of doubt if the foundation will keep on existing. That's because the President of the Foundation and the father of Ariel Rosado, Doctor Alvaro Rosado is in a legal battle with one of the founding members of the foundation, Bruce Sanchez Sr. As we reported last night, according to Dr. Rosado, Sanchez refused to signed check for the foundation to meet its goals. Dr. Rosado said yesterday that Sanchez is holding the foundation hostage. Today, Bruce Sanchez Sr. held a press conference to defend his name. DR. ALVARO ROSADO "Dr. Rosado keeps saying about the board, that he has a board. When he ran into trouble with the bank he went and he opened a second account with a bank only he and his wife that is named Ariel Rosado Scholarship Fund. So he left the one that was with me and my son and with him and his wife because he ran in problems with the bank and he opened a second one and he only put himself and his wife, he didn't put anybody from the board and I will further show you what his intention is by doing that. We have checks that he signed; we have five here that we will show that only he and his wife signed and the account was set up for either him or his wife or me and my son to sign on each side, that is how the account was set up.

Belize Boasts Increase in Tourists Arrivals
The Belize Tourism Board is reporting that tourist arrivals are up by eleven point eight percent for the first half of this year. The overnight sector saw a seven point one percent increase in June over the same period last year. The second quarter saw an increase of fourteen point six degrees contributing to an overall increase of eleven point eight percent for the first six months. March was the month with arrivals that is 30 thousand 754 arrivals. This is an increase of seven point four percent when compared to March 2013. The month with the highest increase when compared to 2013 was April, which saw an increase of20 point seven percent which represented a total of 21,028 arrivals. Cruise tourism also saw an increase. For the first half of this year, cruise passenger arrivals are at 527,037 visitors showing an increase of almost 37 percent. Overall, Belize saw over 142,000 more visitors in 2014, when compared to the first half of 2013. There have been 57 more cruise ship calls in 2014 than there were in 2013 through the same time period.The largest market for travelers to Belize continues to be Americans followed by Europeans and Canadians.


Early morning murder in Belize City
Around�6:20�Thursday morning , Belize City’s latest murder took place on Antelope Street Extension. The victim has been identified as 28 year old Lionel Sampson. Reliable but unconfirmed information to PLUS News is that he was shot in the head. Lionel Sampson was pronounced dead on arrival at the Karl...

Kolbe inmate stabbed multiple times
There was a stabbing incident at the Belize Central Prison on Wednesday. 23-year-old Jamal Ariola, a Belizean inmate at the Belize Central Prison, was stabbed multiple times.� He reported that at about 10 o'clock Wednesday morning, he was in the prison yard talking to his friend, Giovanni Ramirez. Jamal...

Belikin truck targeted in brazen daylight robbery
There was a brazen daylight robbery of a Bowen and Bowen truck in Belize City on Thursday. It happened around 11:30 am on Oleander street not far from the Mahogany Street Police Station. The driver and sideman of the Belikin truck were approached by armed robbers. We understand that...

Man acquitted of chopping up man during dispute over horse
Another man is free of the charge of murder after he was set free by Justice Denis S. Hanomansingh in the Dangriga session of the Supreme Court.� He is 40-year-old Andres Bol, who was accused of chopping up Luis Maas sometime between June 19 and 20 of 2011� in...

Crooked Tree woman gets heavy fine and confined for crack cocaine
A Crooked Tree Domestic is behind bars after she chose to plead guilty to the offense of drug trafficking. Police found 1.2 grams of crack cocaine hiding in a tube like container under her left breast when they conducted a search inside her home in the village.��� Racquel Gomez...

Literacy Camp in the Capital
Over 150 children from the Mountain View area are attending an annual camp in the capital city of Belmopan.��The camp focuses on literacy; teaching kids to read well. Students who attend the camp get a lot of one and one assistance courtesy of several volunteers; some high school volunteers...

Dissension in the ranks at Ariel Rosado Foundation
The Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation presented 17 high schoolers and 10 primary school children from the Belize, Cayo and Corozal Districts with scholarships yesterday.� However, the foundation isconfronting a break with key founders Bruce Sanchez Sr. and Jr., who according to president Dr. Alvaro Rosado, have a different...

Prime Minister hosts business forum with private sector
For the last few years the administration of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who also has responsibility for finance and economic development, has made a concerted effort to reach out to the private sector, to hear and address its concerns on the progress of the national economy. The result is...

BTB donates to fire victims
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr, presented a cheque of five thousand dollars to the Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch, in aid of the residents affected by the fire. The cheque, as a part of the Belize Tourism Board's contribution, was presented along...

New Taiwanese Ambassador arrives in Belize
Belize’s new Ambassador from the Republic of China (Taiwan) landed at the Philip Goldson International Airport Thursday morning. His Excellency Benjamin Ho says it is a sort of homecoming for him, having been in Belize more than two decades last. He speaks for the first time to reporters. Benjamin...

San Ignacio woman celebrates 106th birthday
Camila Espinosa of San Ignacio, Cayo, celebrated her 106th birthday on Thursday. The momentous occasion was celebrated in grand style at the Octavia Waight Helpage Center in Cayo, where Camilla has been living for the past ten years.� Luis Pullido told us more about the event. Luis Pulido –...

Mexican actors bring play to Belize
The Mexican Embassy in Belize has invited the Grupo Elenco de Yucatan to stage a one-act play titled “Las Pequenas Batallas”, written by Oscar Palacios. Actor and director of the play, Miguel Garcia Minaburo, told us more. Miguel Garcia Minaburo – Actor and Director “It takes one hour.� It’s...

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BSI makes offer to BSCFA
The country continues to watch closely what the cane farmers will decide to do when they are briefed by their representatives on the proposal from the factory owners, BSI/ASR, on the payment for bagasse. But even though the deadline for a signed agreement has come and gone, BSI is still trying negotiate with the farmers in good faith. In a letter from Belizario Carballo, the Chief Finance Officer of BSI, which is addressed to the Committee of Management of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA), he writes that the factory owners want to end the discussion on a payment for bagasse positively even though the deadline has passed. As we reported in our last issue of the paper, BSI's offer on the table right now for a payment for bagasse is 51 cents per tonne of sugar delivered. The cane farmers association is not prepared to accept an offer which is less than $4 per tonne. In the letter, Carballo notes the big difference in the two offers but urges the association to remind the farmers that the offer takes into consideration 3 things. First, BSI made the biggest investment in the country's private sector of $130 Million to establish the Belcogen Power Plant. The shareholders who made that investment have yet to see a return on that major financial risk that they've taken. Secondly, Carballo reminds that Belcogen has been operating at loses for the past few years.

Renan Briceno Jr. walks from Murder charge
The murder trial against Smart Marketing Director and Promoter, Renan Briceno Jr., 35, ended on Wednesday July 16 in the Courtroom of Justice Troadio "John" Gonzalez. The case was one of trial by judge without a jury. Prosecution, Shanice Lovelle and Porsha Staine of the DPP's office called 16 witnesses, but their main witness is now deceased. Albert Fuentes aka "Long John" an associate of the George Street area was one of four men killed in January 2013 inside their apartment, their throats were cut, making it impossible for him to appear to testify in the trial against Briceno Jr. Back in 2011 Fuentes told police that Briceno had shot and killed his friend, Dale Tillett. With that sole witness being unable to testify for the crown, at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, Justice Troadio Gonzalez did a skeleton sum-up of the case where he rejected the series of events claimed by the main witness' statement. He also accepted the testimony of Briceno Jr., who he described as being credible and one that could not be shaken even after cross examination by the prosecution.

Goff's Caye Lease Cancelled
Under the last administration of the People's United Party almost every single transaction at the Lands Department was suspect. This was so because that department was the go-to place if a racket needed to be run. We are not certain how that kind of operation played out in the issuing of a lease to the northern portion of Goff's Caye, but we do know that it was under a PUP administration that in 2001 a parcel of land was carved out of the caye for a private individual. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources that portion of land was surveyed in September 2001. Thereafter a lease approval under reference BZ-R-516/2001 was granted in May 2002 for a term of fifty (50) years to Mr. Ramon Cervantes. The Ministry adds that while the lease was granted with no option to purchase there were no provisions preventing the lessee from constructing permanent structures on the Caye. It also stated that while there was objection by the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute to the issuing of the lease (they are responsible for Goff's Caye) it still went ahead. Moving forward 12 years later, it appears that the lease holders tried to make a move on Goff's caye and survey pegs were placed on the islet. That raised the attention of concerned individuals who took pictures and brought it to the attention of the media who unraveled the entire fiasco.

James Rhaburn Charged for Spam's Murder
Police have arrested and charge James Edward Rhaburn, 41, for the murder of Michael Richard Ysaguirre, 50, better known as 'Spam'. Rhaburn and Ysaguirre are fishermen of the Conch Shell Bay area who allegedly got into a fight on June 26 during which Rhaburn severely battered Ysaguirre and hit him in the chest area with an object made of fiber glass (believed to be a 'hook stick'). Ysaguirre died a couple days after the brawl, on June 28. Rhaburn was arrested by police and appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano on Friday, July 11, where he was read a single charge of murder. He was represented by Richard Bradley and since the charge will be dealt with on indictment, no plea was taken. Magistrate Cayetano ordered that Rhaburn be remanded at the Belize Central Prison until his next court appearance on September 15. Yssaguirre is the brother of former Belize City Major, Zenaida Moya. The family says he died because of a punctured heart.

71-Year-Old to Stand Trial for Unnatural Sex
Burrell Boom's David Popper, 71, of Riverside area will stand trial in the October session of the Supreme Court for committing an unnatural crime upon a 23-year-old man in April of 2013. The victim reported to police that he visited Popper at his home in the Riverside area at about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013, where Popper offered him a drink. The man said he took the drink and after drinking he suddenly lost consciousness. He said he later woke up and saw Popper standing up next to him, but he lost consciousness again. It was not until 5 hours later that he woke up at his mother's home, where police came to detain him because of an allegation of assault Popper made against him. Police took him into custody where he slept for eight more hours before he woke up in the cell and had to use the toilet. He used the toilet and realized that he was passing blood. He alerted the officers who took him to seek medical attention. The doctor who examined him certified that he had been sodomized.

Man dies in Cayo as a result of traffic accident
A laborer from Esperanza Village in the Cayo District has died as a result of a traffic accident. Thirty five year old William Lopez was riding a bicycle in Esperanza Village on the left hand side of the road and was heading in the direction of Central Farm last Friday night at about 9:00 pm. In doing so, William Lopez was hit by a red in color Chevy Silverado truck with license plate BVO-000595 driven at the time by Belizean businessman from Arenal Road in Benque Viejo Town, Imer Hernandez. According to investigators, a vehicle that was heading in the opposite direction of Imer Hernandez was driving with a high beam, which caused Imer Hernandez to hit bicyclist William Lopez.

Burglar Gets 7 Years after Caught in the Act
He was caught burglarizing the home of photographer Vicente Vernon and for that 21-year-old Jason Cawich gets to call the Belize Central Prison home for the next seven years. Vernon of #14 Regent Street West reported to police that at 2:05 a.m. on Friday Morning, July 11, he was sitting down in front of his computer when he heard a noise coming from his bathroom. He went to check what was going on and saw a Hispanic man inside his house who he did not know. Vernon subdued the man and called police to the house. Police responded and detained the man who was later identified as Cawich. Vernon went to check on his belongings and noticed that some expensive equipment was missing. Those include a Cannon digital camera valued at $2,500, a black Canon bag valued at $100, a black cooler valued at $400, a black Safari video valued at $350, a black and white tripod valued at $250 and a black and white Canon film camera valued at $125. Total value of the items missing is $3,725. Vernon went to check outside the house by the door which Cawich used to enter and found all the items outside.

Alleged kidnapper of Mormons held in Melchor - was heading to Belize
The sub-station of the municipality of Melchor De Mencos, Pet�n, pursuant to an arrest warrant, has detained a suspected kidnapper in the district Fallabon in that jurisdiction. According to Guatemalan police agents, the capture was made when the alleged criminal had an intention to leave the Country with destination to Belize. The catch is the result of coordination between Interpol Guatemala, the task force against kidnappings and officials of the local police station in Melchor. The detainee is 23 year old Magandy Magyver Arriaza Choc, alias "Picachu," who was held by the Court in the first instance due to drug trafficking and crimes against the environment in the Department of Izabal, on March 3 of this year and also for the crime of kidnapping. The task force reported that Magandy Choc was part of a structure that has already been dismantled, which was dedicated to kidnapping Mormon missionaries in the northern area of Guatemala. Belize is also host to Mormon missionaries.

Remanded for Attempted Murder
Tevin Palmer, 18, is in jail after he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison for the attempted murder of Shawn Fisher. Allegations are that on Saturday, July 5, Palmer approached Fisher in front of Kick Down Fence fried chicken shop on Dean Street and opened fire at him. Fisher was shot once to the left side of his abdomen and once to his left buttocks. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police arrested Palmer on Friday, July 11, and he was taken to the Belize City Magistrate's Court on Monday, July 14. Palmer was unrepresented when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer. He was read three charges: one count of attempted murder, one count of wounding and one count of use of deadly means of harm upon Shawn Fisher. No plea was taken since the matter will be tried at the Supreme Court. Due to the nature of the offenses, bail was denied. Palmer will be remanded at the Belize Central Prison until his next scheduled court appearance on August 29.

Busted with Weed in Most private hiding spot
Individuals smuggling drugs into the Belize Central Prison are getting craftier every day. On Thursday, July 10, prison officers busted a smuggler with a most unusual stash spot. 25-year-old Quinn Melinda Arnold from the Conch Shell Bay area went to visit a male friend at the prison and was searched by a female prison officer. The officer informed Arnold that she was going to conduct a strip search upon her. Arnold told the officer she had her menstruation; however, that did not stop the search from proceeding. The officer found a bag of weed stashed inside Arnold's vagina, covered by a pad. Arnold was handed over to Hattieville police who took her to the station and weighed the weed in her presence. The weed amounted to 10 grams; therefore, Arnold was charged with drug possession. On Friday, July 11, Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart remanded Arnold to prison after she pleaded guilty to one count of drug possession. She is set to reappear in court on Thursday, July 17, for sentencing.

Change in Police Ranks
One hundred and sixty-eight officers from the Police Department had the distinguished honour of being officially promoted after the department held a ceremony to formalize their distinction from the rest of officers who were at their rank. After today's ceremony, there were 97 new corporals, 28 new sergeants, 29 new inspectors, 2 new assistant superintendents, 4 new superintendents, 3 new senior superintendents, 4 new assistant police commissioners, and 1 new deputy commissioner of police. Some of the most significant changes as a result of these promotions is that Miguel Segura is now the Deputy Commissioner of Police. He was the head of the Eastern Division, and he will now be succeeded by Assistant Police Commissioner Desiree Phillips. Alford Grinage, the Officer Commanding Police Precinct 1 in Belize City is now a Senior Superintendent. Ralph Moody, the former Officer Commanding Cayo Police, is also a Senior Superintendent. Aaron Guzman, the commander of the Western Region; Joseph Myvette, the Commander of the Northern Region; and Robert Mariano, the Commander of the Southern Region, are all new assistant commissioners of police.

Marcel's Madness
Marcel Cardona fell off the political scene as quickly as he made his appearance but it seems that this one-time politician wants to make a resurgence. At least that is what it appeared like on Saturday when he held an impromptu demonstration at the Police Station in Orange Walk. The problem with his demonstration is that it was not appreciated. Maybe in Cardona's mind he must have thought he was doing something grand but in the minds of residents of Orange Walk, he was doing a disservice to a well respected diplomat, born and bred in that town. While Cardona paraded like an idiot in front of the police station, it was a solemn and somber atmosphere everywhere else across the town. There must have been some effect of the Supermoon which was taking place on that very day that did not allow Cardona to process what was happening (it has long been proven that the moon's size has a direct effect on people who have mental problems). People in Orange Walk take death very seriously and for him to have just broken the already injured spirits of Orangewalkenos was not appreciated. Calls from the people of Orange Walk proved this to be true.

Belize's Southern Animal Farm
"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others" George Orwell's Animal Farm We all know the plot. Old Major a boar gathers the animals of the Manor Farm for a meeting in the big barn. He tells them of a dream he has had in which all animals live together with no human beings to oppress or control them. He tells the animals that they must work toward such a paradise and teaches them a song called "Beasts of England," When he dies only three nights after the meeting, three younger pigs-Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer-formulate his main principles into a philosophy called Animalism. They rebel and defeat farmer Jones and rename the farm - Animal Farm. Napoleon, the pig that emerges as the leader of Animal Farm after the rebellion, takes control and starts to act like humans do- sleeping on a bed and drinking whiskey. He trains nine puppies and turns them into his personal attack force. He makes alliances with the humans and starts acting like one, wearing clothes and walking upright. When the common animals peep inside the house where Napoleon is consorting with humans they cannot tell the difference between animals and humans. They query his behavior, and Squealer who is Napoleon's propagandist makes all sorts of excuses on his behalf telling them that napoleon is looking after their best interest despite the fact that they are in effect hungry and cold. Eventually the animalism philosophy is dropped and its seven guiding principles are replaced by one�"all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others".

Denny brings Water where there was none
It has been 10 years since residents in an extension area of San Estevan village in the Orange Walk Central constituency have been asking for potable water to be brought to their homes without any response. Not being one to see his people suffer in this manner, UDP Standard Bearer Denny Grijalva this week made that request a possibility. With the assistance of Belize Water Services Limited and its Chairman Alberto August, the residents were facilitated with material enough to stretch 1000 feet for them to be connected to the water system in the village. The manpower to put down the pipes was provided by residents and the village chairman while Grijalva provided the heavy equipment for the trenching to be done. Truly this is the kind of proactive measure which Denny is known for that will have him secure a seat in the House of Representatives.

Belize Establishes Diplomatic Relations with Indonesia and Palestine
Belize officially established diplomatic relations with Palestine and Indonesia in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations during a ceremony in Mexico City on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. On behalf of the Government of Belize, H.E. Oliver del Cid, Ambassador of Belize to Mexico, signed Joint Communiqu�s with the Ambassador of Palestine in Mexico, H.E. Munjed Saleh, and the Ambassador of Indonesia in Mexico, H.E. Hamdani Djafar.

Eulogy for H.E. Alfredo Martinez
With the passing of Alfredo Martinez, Belize has lost a worthy and true man, a person we can all feel proud of and celebrate as a commendable example of a Belizean we hope there were more of. I first met Fred in 1993, when he came to Mexico to replace me as Belize's ambassador; I found him to be an amiable fellow, cheerful and gregarious. But I really got to know him in and after 2000, during the Facilitation Process and its aftermath. He was the representative of the Opposition in the Negotiating Team, and he was an exceptional representative of his party and, most importantly, of the State and people of Belize. In Fred I had an intelligent, savvy and cool man, always willing to learn and to approach matters with an open mind. He played an important part in helping us achieve the tremendous gains we made as a team with other worthy Belizeans during that difficult and tortuous process. Sometimes I wondered whether I had missed something, and that Fred had trained as a lawyer and not told anyone. In our meetings with international lawyers, Fred was on top of the game, asking critical questions and making comments that would have made the best lawyers proud.

European Union donates vehicles to Ministry of Health Vector Control Unit
Today the Ministry of Health hosted a presentation to the media of eleven (11) Toyota Hilux 4 X 4 Pick-up trucks at Belize Diesel & Equipment Co. Ltd. compound in Belmopan. This comes as part of a Contribution Agreement from the European Union to improve and upgrade the Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health. The transportation vehicles will be used to assist the health workers of the program in interventions, surveillance, treatment and compliance of vector control efforts in both the urban and rural communities across the country. The vehicles have a total value of BZ$720,000.

Learning from the Past
If the possibility of a contempt of court charge was non-existent we would have long commented on the only possible outcome of the criminal proceeding against Elvin Penner. Given this condition, we hold our pen for the "I told you so" imminent finale of this circus. What we find interesting in this matter however is at least two "firsts" that it presents in the history of our nation. It is the first time that any Prime Minister of Belize has ever publicly announced the banning of an area representative from ever serving in the party he leads. It is also the very first time that any serving area representative is before a criminal court of law on a matter relevant to the ministerial portfolio that individual held. The work commenced earlier this week and equipment will remain in the community in an effort to try to remedy as many of the streets as possible. At this time only streets that can take scraping are being addressed since material to fill up streets are not yet available however Castillo says she is looking at ways in which this can be done.

Los Lagos gets some love
After years of neglect the residents of Los Lagos are receiving much needed attention as UDP Standard Bearer for the Belize Rural Central constituency Beverly Castillo, has been able to mobilize resources to upgrade the streets in that community. According to Castillo, the streets in Los Lagos have been in desperate need of maintenance and at this point she has been able to get equipment to alleviate the pot-hole ridden community. The work commenced earlier this week and equipment will remain in the community in an effort to try to remedy as many of the streets as possible. At this time only streets that can take scraping are being addressed since material to fill up streets are not yet available however Castillo says she is looking at ways in which this can be done.

The Police Officer is your friend says New Police Superintendent
As one of the first police officers to be promoted in the past two months, Police Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson has now become the Officer in Charge of the San Ignacio Police Formation, bringing in a new management style to policing. Since the first of last month, Dinsdale Thompson has been attempting to take community policing to a new level, which is nothing new since he had served the community of San Ignacio and Santa Elena from 2008 to 2010. "I strongly believe that without the community we cannot function as a police formation and we want to see San Ignacio and Santa Elena, continue to become one of the most safer[sic] tourist destinations," says Dinsdale Thompson. So far, Thompson has met with the Police Special Constables, who on a daily basis are volunteering on the Cayo frontlines to reduce crime. On Wednesday of last week, he also met with the People's Coalition of Cayo PCC, another group that seeks to further good community and police relations in the furtherance of a lower crime level.

Blatantly PUP
It is now a given fact that Louis Wade is a political pawn and a PUP sycophant. Day in and day out he pulls out his big screen and tries to imbue his audience with PUP propaganda. It has now gotten so ridiculous that he is connecting dots where they don't even exist and he is casting aspersions and innuendos for no reason. Someone needs to tell Wade that at the rate and manner in which he is attacking the government he is bound to have an aneurysm. He has so fallen away from his original path that his is now but a meandering soul that has lost his way.

TRAILBLAZER: Belize's First Female Architect!
Trailblazer Tuesday's brings you Belize's first female architect Ms. Esther Ayuso! Belize's first trained female architect, Esther Josefina Ayuso , was received as a small bundle of joy to Belizean father Oscar Ayuso and his wife Josefina Ayuso nee Medero one late November morning in 1958 in Caracas, Venezuela. Her father returned to Belize with his young family and Esther settled into her Belizean life. She graduated from St. Catherine's Academy eager to move her adult life forward. Training in her professional area of interest was not available to her in Belize so Esther went to Venezuela where she had family support and completed a five-year technical undergraduate degree in architecture at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas.

Going down the wrong path
On Friday July 11 2014, Ramon Cervantez Jr. called Plus TV to dispel any notion that neither he nor his recently deceased father held any lease to a portion of Goff's Caye. That call translated into an impromptu interview between the caller and the host of Plus TV. Mr. Cervantez expressed certain concerns regarding the recent murder of Ramon Cervantez Sr. and the progress of the ongoing investigation. It became very apparent that the host of Plus TV had a foregone position with regards to this case, and tried very hard to get Mr. Cervantez to align with his perspective. Plus TV is insinuating that our local crime fighters need to be overseen by a private investigator. How can we claim to be Belizean and yet at every turn we put down our very own? What was very disturbing was his suggestion that should Manuel Castillo be caught by the police, that more than likely he will be killed to silence him. It sounds as if though he has information relating to this case that he should share with the police. Mr. Cervantez's concerns are addressed below.

National U-20 Male Football Team in El Salvador
The Football Federation of Belize is being represented by the National U-20 male Football Team of Belize at the UNCAF U-20 qualifier for the 2015 New Zealand World Cup, which is taking place in El Salvador from July 17-29, 2014. The team left the country on Monday July 14, from the FFB Headquarters in Belmopan. The players selected to represent the country are Norman Anderson, Edmond Pandy, Darren Myers, Randy Duke, Darroll Lambey, Collin Westby, Eduardo Gongora, Naim Wilson, Dorwin Logan, Eridito Guillen, Marcus Lewis, Clinton Dawson, Geon Makin, Gerri Trejo, Jamil Cano, Jordi Polanco and Hassan Lucas. The Technical Staff is led by Head Coach - Edmond Pandy, Assistant Coach - Dennis Serrano, Physiotherapist - Thomas Rivas, Doctor - Elfryn Reyes and Equipment Manager - Herbert Trapp Jr.

Elements lead in Belikin 8 Ball National Tournament
The Belize District Billards Association Belikin 8 Ball National Tournament entered the fourth week of the second round of competition on Sunday July 13, 2014. In the game played at the Catracha Bar, the host team Catracha defeated Lion Kings won by 4 games to 1. The tournament is played on a five match base; each match is played on a best to five racks.

Belizean athletes to XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
The Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association, the sole authority for the Commonwealth Games in Belize, has announced on Thursday July 3, 2014, the names of the athletes and officials that will represent Belize at the XX Commonwealth Games scheduled for July 23 - August 3, 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland. The Belizean Contingent is scheduled to leave the country on Sunday July 20, 2014, on Delta Airlines via Atlanta and Amsterdam before arriving in Glasgow on Monday July 21, at 11:30 am. While in Glasgow, Scotland, Team Belize along with the other 69 nations and territories will live in the Commonwealth Games Village that is built on a 35 hectare site on the north bank of the River Clyde, in the Dalmarnock area of Glasgow's east end. The athletes that will represent Belize in Athletics (Track and Field) are Kaina Martinez in the 100m and 200m events, Katy Sealy in the Heptathlon, Mark Anderson in the 100m and 200m events, Brandon Jones in the Men's Long Jump and Triple Jump and Kenneth Medwood in the 400m Hurdles. The coach of the Athletics team is Fredrick Evans while the Delegate is Kay-De Vaughn.

San Antonio FC leads the FFB President's Cup Tournament
The Football Federation of Belize President's Cup Tournament continued on Saturday July 12, 2014 at the Ricalde Stadium in Corozal Town between the leagues's leading San Antonio FC and the visiting Benque DC United. At the end of the game it was the home team, San Antonio FC that blasted the visiting Benque DC United by the score of 5-1 for the victory. The goals for the host team San Antonio FC were scored by Russel Cassanova in the 3rd, 5th and 84th minutes of play, Darnell Mossiah in the 47th minute of play and Ian Daniels in the 58th minute of play. For the visiting Benque Dc United, the only goal was scored by Danilo Escobar in the 10th minute of play.

Health Hookup
Back to basics - Washing Hands The history of medicine is a peculiar one. In the 18th/19th century one could argue that a large number of advances in medicine occurred as a result of data mining. Keys to the advancements were based on observation and the gathering of data. The basic concept of washing hands lead to a reduction in the spread of an infection was first proposed in 1847. Before it was proposed, the researcher had to have noticed that hand washing, or the absence of hand washing, was the key difference between the numbers of people dying on the obstetric ward. Before a physician can treat you, they must know what they are treating, and this is determined by gathering data. In the past week I've been called to consult on several cases presenting with the same symptoms of nausea, mild diarrhea, vomiting and lethargy (feeling tired). The overall presentation has been so mild in most cases, that the patients were able to attend to their daily activities, including work. While employers may find the news of their employees being able to continue working, as it reduces sick days and lost work time, as a positive occurrence, in the grand scheme of things one can argue that it may be counterproductive.

Ariel Rosado Memorial Foundation in Turmoil
A day that should have been joyful for parents of the late Ariel Rosado was overshadowed by a cloud of uncertainty hovering over the future of the scholarship foundation. On Wednesday, July 16, thirty students were awarded scholarships through the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation. Thirty is a huge milestone because the family had hoped to be able to provide twenty scholarships annually when the foundation was launched at the end of January 2012 and in just two years and a half they are able to provide thirty. Dr. Alvaro Rosado says, "We have been attracting more support from sponsors and as a result the number of scholarships we are able to provide has increased every year." He says seventeen of the scholarships are for high school students. High school scholarships cover fees, tuition and books. Ten of the scholarships are for primary school students to take sailing lessons. Three are two year scholarships to Galen University. Of the thirty scholarship recipients, seven are new to the program as the scholarship pool has expanded from 27 to 30 and 4 recipients from last year have graduated. Galen University is the largest donor to the Foundation. Each scholarship from Galen is valued at approximately $60,000 annually.

Youth Talks - Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Facebook
Social media are Internet sites where people interact freely, sharing and discussing information about each other and their lives. Often times, information that is shared can be viewed by many individuals whether you approve of it or not. That's the power of social media. We can gain access of the most random material to the most secretive data. One of the most popular social media that captures the attention of a large population of youths is Facebook. Many times we fail to realize that the main reason why youths are inactive in their community is because they are too busy staring at a white and blue page on their cellular phones or computers. We can tackle this problem at heart if we simply eliminate this distracting factor. Do you know anyone who has stopped using Facebook and it's got you thinking of reasons to quit Facebook? Some people couldn't imagine their lives without Facebook, but everyone has pondered the thought at one time or another. Here are excellent reasons to quit Facebook, gathered from observation, which might actually convince you to delete your account too�

Youth Talks - A Friend or a Wolf?
There is no doubt that since internet was invented, the world experienced a change. In today's society we have advanced with technology due to the need of internet. We have various types of Social networks from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Viber and Snapchat to name a few. This has made communication so much easier and quicker than before. We can Facetime, Skype and video call with someone far away or nearby and have a conversation face to face via the camera. Communication has become so easy that it has brought positive and negative impacts. This has allowed for individuals to have close communication with friends and family members that live far. Some have met their loved ones via a social network while others have met their worst nightmares and even deaths. Whether the situation is good or bad, teenagers are the most vulnerable ones to these types of situations. Teenagers are the ones who have more access to the internet and these social networks. The danger is not the internet itself but the way it may be used. Almost everyone, who has an account for a social network or even a cell phone, has a "Chatting buddy" or "texting buddy". This is a name referred to someone who we constantly talk to. Sometimes you may know this "buddy" but other times it's someone you don't even know.

Ramada Princess Hands Over TV Sets to Social Homes
If one man's trash is another man's treasure then how many can benefit from a hotel's "trash"? In May of this year, the Princess Hotel officially became known as the Ramada Belize City Princess. That is because the Turkish owned Princess International Limited signed a marketing agreement to use the internationally acclaimed Ramada brand. As part of the agreement, Princess agreed to invest in a complete upgrade of its services and facilities. The hotel staff must be trained continuously to keep up with international standards. The 160 plus rooms are being redecorated to reach Ramada standards. The redecoration includes the insertion of better quality tables, towels, linens and bathroom materials including soaps, shampoo and other sanitary products. Television sets have been replaced in each room by new models of high definition LED systems. Therefore, the hotel has over 160 television sets that it will no longer use and the question presented to Sudi Ozkan, Chairman of Princess International, was what to do with the old television sets.

"Sunnyside" - A tribute to "Sunny" Pitterson
Written by Edd P. Usher Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00 "Sunnyside" - A tribute to "Sunny" Pitterson By: Edd P Usher A rainbow arose on the "Sunnyside" some 80 years ago A brethren "Zebedee Pitterson" loaned to us, dwelt with us a leader, a worker, a helper, a brother, a master baker, a businessman, a gift. But now, after only a while, a short time, He is gone, he has left. A vacuum remains, an emptiness abides, a vacancy exists. The Southside mourns!

Desperation Squared
I make it a point to steer clear from commenting on the different practices and traditions of the several religious denominations that exist in Belize today. This is because many scholars hold firm the opinion that religious intolerance between differing faiths has sparked the most appalling conflicts in our world's civilized history; several of these deadly conflicts continue without abate even to this day. That said, and I say this tongue in cheek, I will risk one comment here on a ritual which I thought was pretty uncommon and bizarre, especially coming from a nationally recognized organization who participated in this ceremony. Last week Wednesday January 15 the leadership of the People's United Party went to sing "happy birthday" songs at the tombstone of the late Rt. Hon. George C. Price, and then later went on to sponsor a press conference at Independence Hall, evoking the former PUP leader's name several times during the in-house political rally.

Failing Grade
Imagine teachers in Belize entering their classrooms one morning to find them half empty. The Ministry of Education does not have any information to explain the empty classrooms but enquiries reveal that a letter had been sent to the various Managements informing them that students would be attending rallies on designated Fridays to learn more about their rights. The rallies are being organised by a group of concerned parents who have read reports showing that high repetition and drop-out rates can be largely attributed to poor teaching and school administration. The Management Authorities appear ineffective in weeding out poor teachers, the Teachers' Union mandate is to protect teachers and so the full brunt of this institutional failure falls on parents and students. Some parents therefore decided to take matters into their own hands and hold sessions in every district to teach the students and their parents how to monitor the quality of the education they are receiving, rate their teachers and school administrations as well as report instances of inappropriate or inequitable behaviour and poor educational practices.


Cane farmers to meet on BSI "ultimatum" this Sunday
Last Tuesday, July 8, the delayed 2013/2014 sugar season concluded with all sugar milling targets having been met, but still, it is certainly not a jubilant time for local sugar cane farmers who are currently in limbo as it relates to their proposed cut of the bagasse profits. The farmers plan to congregate in San Roman Village in Corozal this Sunday, to discuss a number of issues, including what steps will be taken to address the troublesome bagasse negotiations. The cane farmers deliberately delayed the start of the crop season in order to pressure the factory owners, Belize Sugar Industries/American Sugar Refineries (BSI/ASR), to come to the table to work out a reasonable quantum of payment for bagasse, the much-valued sugar cane by-product, and those discussions were supposed to be completed by the end of the crop season last Tuesday. However, the unsettled bagasse issue continuously hovers over the embattled industry, since the farmers and factory owners still can't agree on a final price for bagasse payments.

6 years for $100 crack cocaine !
A Crooked Tree woman was sentenced to 3 years in prison and fined $10,000 after she pleaded guilty to one count of drug trafficking for 1.2 grams of crack cocaine when she appeared before Magistrate Stephanie Gillett in the #8 Magistrate's Court late this afternoon. After Magistrate Gillett read the charge of drug trafficking, she asked Raquel Elizabeth Gomez, 35, to enter a plea. Gomez, who catches and sells fish for a living, said "guilty." Gillett asked her if she knew what it was that she was pleading guilty to. Gomez replied, "This is the first time I am coming to court." After the court prosecutor read the police facts of the charge, Gillett took a five-minute adjournment, telling Gomez to think about what she would say when the court resumed.

Lionel Sampson, 28, shot to death 6:25 a.m. Thursday
Shortly after 6:25 this morning, officers from Precinct #2 Police Station on Racoon Street visited Gravy Street, located in the Iguana Street Extension area, and near an earthen drain they spotted the body of a man riddled with bullets in the upper body. The victim was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where a doctor pronounced him dead on arrival. He has been identified as Lionel Sampson, 28, a resident of 31 Iguana Street Extension. A spokesman for Precinct 2, Sergeant Ismael Westby, told reporters this afternoon that after crime scene technicians had processed the scene, they recovered five expended .9mm shells. While no arrest has been made in connection with the city's latest homicide, Westby confirmed that police have detained two persons for questioning.

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Renan Brice�o, Jr., not guilty of murder
Justice John "Troadio" Gonzalez, at 2:07 p.m., delivered his ruling in the trial of Renan Brice�o, Jr., who was indicted for the January 5, 2012 murder of Dale Tillett, 19, who was gunned down at Palm Island nightclub. In the courtroom after the 6-day trial were six members of Brice�o's family, including his father and second cousin, Hon. Johnny Brice�o, and six members of Tillett's family, including his mother. Brice�o's attorney was Ellis Arnold, S.C., and the prosecution was led by Crown Counsel Shanice Lovell, assisted by Portia Staine. In less than ten minutes after the court marshal announced the arrival of "his Lordship the Judge," it was over, as the judge delivered, in skeleton form, the not guilty ruling in Brice�o's murder trial without jury. "Stand up, Mr. Brice�o," Justice Gonzalez said, "this court has found you not guilty of the charge of murder. I am dismissing you. You are free to go."

Dr. Alvaro Rosado vs Bruce Sanchez, Sr. and Jr.
The Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation awarded an unprecedented 30 scholarships to various students yesterday, but while that might be a hallmark of their achievement, the organization is undergoing worrisome internal difficulties which have gone all the way to court, subsequently resulting in the freezing of its accounts. The foundation's president, Dr. Alvaro Rosado, father of the late cyclist Ariel Rosado, is currently in a legal battle with former treasurer, Bruce Sanchez, allegedly because of conflicting ideas which caused Sanchez, one of the signatories, to refuse to sign the foundation's checks. Yesterday, Rosado gave his side of the story, reiterating that the main purpose of The Ariel Rosado Foundation is to provide funding for educational scholarships and sporting activities to encourage Belizean youths to develop healthy minds in healthy bodies; however, he had not been seeing eye-to-eye with Sanchez.

"A giant trust-building exercise"
Roughly 300 persons from the private and public sector met at the Biltmore in Belize City this morning for Business Forum 2014, hosted by the Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, under the theme, "Strengthening Partnership for Growth". The forum is being held against the backdrop of a 0.4% slump in the country's economy for the first quarter of 2014. At the forum held in 2012, Kay Menzies, co-chair of the Economic Development Council for the private sector, had said that the cost of business is way too high. Today, she told us that they still find that to be the case, and so they continue to stress the need for tax reform and, where possible, the reduction of processes for doing business.

Editorial: Israel, Palestine; Guatemala, Belize
No one in the Belizean media has been reporting about the latest conflict between Israel and Palestine, in which more than two hundred Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed and many more hundreds wounded by Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza, all this before one Israeli casualty was recorded. Since many experts think that if a third world war were ever to break out, such a war would begin because of the raging hostility between the Israelis, on the one hand, and the Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims, on the other, the question is why the Belizean media is so silent. It is clear that the present conflict is a one-sided affair, although the Israelis, possessed of the most military firepower in the region, have always succeeded in portraying themselves to the rest of the world as overwhelming underdogs. Israel receives $3 billion annually in military assistance from the United States - planet earth's superpower, and Israel is itself a full-fledged nuclear power, capable of delivering nuclear warheads anywhere in the region. Because of their Christian religions, which are originally derived from the Jewish writings of the Old Testament, and because Israel has also succeeded in portraying itself as fulfilling Old Testament prophecies in the Holy Land, Belizean scholars, writers, and journalists are unable to assess developments in the Middle East correctly and comment on them from a nationalistic Belizean standpoint.

From The Publisher
A thousand years ago, Great Britain, France, and Germany were not nation-states as such, but rather they were territories where various barbarian tribes roamed. Monarchies emerged in England and in France, and these monarchies began to wage wars against each other. The monarchies consisted of kings, supported by so-called nobles and high-ranking bishops and clerics. England and France are separated by a mere twenty-six miles of the English Channel, and although both the English and the French peoples paid religious allegiance to the Pope of Rome until things changed in the sixteenth century, these were the two peoples whose wars against each other were for the centuries before that the most important conflicts in the European sphere of things. In both the world wars of the twentieth century, however, the British and the French were allies against the Germans. When it was exactly that the twentieth century Germany we saw had emerged out of their collection of barbarian tribes, I cannot say. As a "British subject" attending high school and sixth form in British Honduras, I was taught mostly British, and some European, history. The traditional enemies of the British, who were my colonial masters, were first the French, and then, beginning in the sixteenth century, the Spanish.

From Wellington C. Ramos
From the time I played football in my country of Belize, I have known you to be a passionate supporter of football. Back in those days you were also a football commentator and continue to contribute a lot about the past and current players in your newspaper. I am of the opinion that the quality of football being played in Belize today has deteriorated considerably. When having conversations with my contemporaries, they are all in full agreement with my assessment. Yet, we have not given up hope and we feel that the establishment of a Belize Hall of Fame as part of our current football league BPFL's structure would assist towards achieving our goal. I would like for you to use your influence as a writer and newspaper owner to promote this idea if possible. I am also planning to write a letter to the President of the league, Mr. Ruperto Vicente, and the Minister of Sports, Honorable Patrick Faber, in reference to this matter.

Re: the gun law
Your "From The Publisher" column of Sunday the 13th July, 2014 was read with great interest. Therein, you chronicled powerfully the grave injustices the existing gun law is having on Belizeans and how this law is further eroding the confidence our people have in the system and governance in our country. As pointed out, whatever may have been the intention of the law, it is now clear to all that this law is "an ass". The specific provisions of the law which have caused this draconian and dragnet cruel effect on our people is a combination of an amendment to Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act in 2008 (Act No. 5 of 2008 - enacted immediately after the UDP came to power) and an amendment to the Firearms Act in December, 2010 (Act No. 28 of 2010). We wish to point out, however, that the record will show that the Opposition members at the time (both in 2008 and 2010) voted against these legislations and indeed, in December, 2010 when the most recent draconian of these legislations were debated in the House of Representatives, the present Leader of Opposition, Hon. Francis Fonseca, condemned the Amendment to the Firearms Act and cautioned the government of the negative adverse effect it would have on our people.

Manuel "El Pelon" Castillo on Interpol's wanted list
Belizean-born fugitive, Manuel Mendez Castillo, 37, also known as "El Pelon", who is currently wanted by Belizean authorities in connection with two recent murders, has been put on the wanted list for the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), who issued a bulletin for his arrest on its website yesterday. Castillo, who is a deportee previously residing in the Orange Walk District, is believed to have fled to either neighboring Guatemala or Mexico, along with his pregnant common-law wife, 25-year-old Avicela Duran. Castillo has been fingered as the mastermind behind the brutal killings of Ramon Cervantes, Sr., 71, and Sonia Maribel Abac, 46, who were both believed to have been kidnapped and violently slain by Castillo and/or his associates in Orange Walk within the past few weeks. Cervantes, Sr., a popular businessman and former mayor of Orange Walk Town, was abducted from his cane field on July 1, and his remains were discovered in a shallow grave near Honey Camp several days later, on July 5.

Inmate escapes death in prison
Jamal Ariola, 23, an inmate of the Belize Central Prison, escaped death after he was stabbed repeatedly in the prison's compound with a sharpened iron tool, called a bora, by a fellow inmate, Giovanni Ramirez, at [...]

Belikin truck held up at corner Oleander and Peter Seco Streets
The security guard for a Belikin delivery truck was held up at gunpoint by three masked robbers at about 10:30 this morning at a Chinese store at the corner of Peter Seco and Oleander Streets. As [...]

Fisherman faces aggravated assault charge for knocking out man with 2'x4'
A Belize City fisherman pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated assault this morning when he appeared before Magistrate Herbert Panton, who arraigned and released him on a $1,000 bail plus one surety in the [...]

Still no arrest 5 years after vicious murder of ex-policeman
Five years after he was gunned down on Central American Boulevard, no one has yet been arrested and charged for the vicious murder of ex-policeman Clarence Raymond Leslie, 30, of Mahogany Street in Belize City, and [...]

Convict breaks out of OW holding cell
Orange Walk police are currently in the process of locating a runaway fugitive who disappeared from a holding cell at the Orange Walk Police Station in the wee hours of this morning and subsequently escaped into [...]

1 jailed, 1 fined for burglary and handling stolen goods
The trial of two men who were facing charges of burglary and handling stolen goods in the San Ignacio Magistrate's Court, for an incident which occurred in 2009, was concluded on Friday by Magistrate Narda Morgan. [...]

Belize City man viciously attacked in Toledo
The assailants sliced the victim's ear almost in half A Belize City resident who went to visit his relatives in the village of San Antonio, Toledo District, this past weekend was allegedly cornered and mauled by [...]

Orange Walk police recapture "Mateo" Bull
He eluded authorities early Tuesday morning while being held at the OW police station A convicted criminal who made a dash for freedom while being held at the Orange Walk Police Station in the wee hours [...]

Foul play in sudden death of Corozal man, say police
A post-mortem conducted on the body of Adrian Esquivel, 31, of Corozal Town, certified that his death was caused by acute lung failure due to acute pulmonary edema as a result of peritonitis. The autopsy was [...]

$1,000 fine for woman who tried to smuggle weed into prison in her vagina
A woman who pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled drug – 10 grams of marijuana, on Friday, and who was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until today, Tuesday, appeared before Magistrate [...]

Football flashback
"Football flashback" corrections - Brodies, not BEC; "Paps" Hamilton, not Frankie Clarke; MCC, not BEC field Wow! Guilty on all 3 counts. Our apologies; but our main interest was in trying to stir up the memories [...]

Lilly White says thanks
Lilly White says thanks, and birthday celebration game "First, I want to thank all the people that supported my event on 9/7/2014 at Holy Redeemer playground - Comex Paint Store; Anna's Lunch Box; Habet Brothers; Price [...]

Belikin 8-Ball
Belikin 8-Ball Tournament in Toledo The Toledo Belikin 8-Ball Tournament continued over the weekend. Game one saw Beyonce hosting Assassins on Friday, July 11. Assassins won that game, 5-zip, in a much contested game. Winners were [...]

Cricket Corner
NOT UNTIL THE NEXT TIME On Saturday, I traveled to Crooked Tree in order to assist in officiating the remainder of the semifinal game between Brilliant and Excellence, who is last year's champion of the Harrison [...]

Belize's Evan Mariano
Belize's Evan Mariano unhappy with Houston Hurricanes Things seemed bright for Belize national team player Evan Mariano a few weeks ago when we received word that he had travelled to Texas to take up a contract [...]

Bamboo energy proposal replaces cohune
PUC chair says solar power may come online as early as 2015 Belize's energy demand continues to rise and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is pressing ahead with its review of 22 proposals from both local [...]

Health is one incentive for creating a litter-free Belize
Littering public places is prohibited by law Poor garbage management can create a health crisis. Belize City residents, who suffered respiratory ailments in 2009 due to the hellish burning of the now redesigned dumpsite just outside [...]

Eastern Division gets new Commanding Officer
The United States Embassy 2014 Woman of the Year, Acting Commissioner of Police Dezerie Phillips, is now the new Commanding Officer of the Belize District Police (Eastern Division), the police high command announced today. ACP Phillips [...]

Guns and guts� we have them all!
I do not know how many people see the juxtaposition of two developing situations in this country�. But if they don't, I ask that you hear me out as I illustrate. This way our nation has [...]

BDF back on city streets!
Uncontrollable crime forces soldiers to partner with police in trying to control the deadly violence This afternoon, Inspector Calbert Flowers, Deputy Commander of the Precinct 2 Police, told Amandala that the BDF is now attached to [...]

NBA gifts 60 official balls to youth in Belize
Belizean students participating in the Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship camps, which are being held in Belize City for the past two weeks by the Ministry of Education and its U.S. partners: Peacework, a U.S. NGO, and [...]

Belize draws 29.3% more tourists for first half of 2014, with peak in March
Belize continues to draw more tourists to its shores, with overnight tourist arrivals up 11.8% and cruise tourist arrivals up 36.9% for the first half of 2014, according to data released this evening by the Belize [...]

"Hanky panky" prompts KHMH audit
Over $500,000 used to purchase 2 x-ray machines Belize's flagship medical institution, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), will soon be the site of a rigorous assessment by a team from the Audit Department following the [...]

Case against Noh Mul plunderers set for October
The willful, wholesale destruction of the largest natural Mayan monument in northern Belize made international headlines in May of last year when it was discovered that a construction company owned by current UDP Orange Walk Central [...]

KHMH staff excluded from GOB pay raise
The long awaited salary adjustment for teachers and public officers from the Government of Belize (GOB) will come into effect this month, and will be retroactive to April 1; however, Amandala understands that the over 600 [...]

Two die in separate road traffic accidents
Two men lost their lives in two separate road traffic accidents on Friday night. One of the accidents occurred on the George Price Highway, and the other on the Southern Highway. The accident victims are William [...]

166 police officers promoted; some transferred
The Police Department has promoted and transferred a number of police officers. A hundred and sixty-six officers were promoted across the whole structure of the department. The promotions were awarded to the deserving officers yesterday at [...]

Guatemala gold panners captured in Chiquibul
Four Guatemala men who were captured illegally mining for gold in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve in the Cayo District were remanded to the Belize Central Prison today, until they pay a fine of $1,005 each, and if they cannot pay, they will remain in the Belize Central Prison for 6 months, after which they will be sent back to their country. The men were charged with illegal entry into Belize, and they were taken before Magistrate Narda Morgan at the San Ignacio Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, and prosecuted by officers of the Immigration Department. The four men were captured by a BDF-police composite patrol in Chiquibul Saturday morning while the unit was patrolling the area.

The Belize Times

KHMH Under Investigation Again - Board terminates CEO & Director of Finances
On the heels of multiple Auditor General reports exposing major financial irregularity at the Ministry of Health's Southern Regional Hospital and Central Health Region, a new investigation has commenced over the spending of over half a millions dollars at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. KHMH has seen its fair share of controversies over the past six years - starting from the pharmaceutical hustling fiasco which saw doctors go on strike to the outbreak of an infection which killed 13 babies - but this time something seems to have broken the camel's back, however. The Board has decided to terminate instead of automatically renew the services of Chief Executive Officer Francis Gary Longsworth and Director of Finances Carlos Perrera. Perrera, we are told, was fired and has already exited the hospital leaving under a heavy shadow of scandal following allegations of mismanagement of the hospital's financial affairs. Longsworth will be leaving in September.

Get it right!
Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all. ~ Maximilien Robespierre To suggest that our little Belize is in trouble would be grossly understating things. The crime situation has once again ratcheted up to alarming proportions and dead bodies have been turning up everywhere. Already considered one of the most murderous cities in the world on a per capita basis, things seem to only be getting worse and with no solution in sight. Normally when things get to this point, the Prime Minister would call all the gang leaders together, treat them to a big luncheon, beg for consideration and spread some money around. To be fair, this has at times met with some success but most pundits seem to agree, it is neither wise nor sustainable. While the government has approached the gangs with a velvet glove, it has approached the general populace with an iron fist. Shortly after assuming office in 2008, the Government passed an amendment to the Firearms Act which mandated immediate incarceration for anyone found in proximity to any unlicensed firearm or ammunition. This includes anyone found in any house, vehicle, building, yard, church, etc., where an unlicensed gun and ammunition is found. From its inception, the law has been met with widespread criticism and condemnation. The Opposition objected and back then, Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition warned that "the changes could potentially lead to abuses and inequity". As is usually the case however, the ayes had it and the law was placed on the books.

False promises� broken dreams! - Why the UDP lies about building sports facilities
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup coming to an end, two very important issues have become apparent to those countries with hopes and dreams of someday participating in the most-prestigious global football competition. The first is that it takes extremely skilled players to play at this level and it starts with serious investments in sports facilities, adequate development programmes and training. That said we can all recognise how far behind we are with a Government like the Barrow Administration that considers sports a non-priority. This is a perfect time to take stock of Belize's sporting capacity and to look at those monumental failed UDP promises that have been languishing with time.

More Violence in Belize City – 28 year old Lionel Sampson gunned down in cold blood
Belize City, July 15, 2014 On Thursday morning, 28 year old Lionel Sampson became the latest victim of gun violence in Belize City. Sampson, who is reportedly affiliated with the Jerusalem Bloods Gang, was fatally shot early Thursday morning on Antelope Street ...

BEL shuts down Belmopan
Belize City, July 14, 2014 Government-run utility companies are taking turns at Failure. First it was Belize Telemedia Limited whose internet service went down for several days after their security system was breached by "hackers". The business community suffered thousands of dollars ...

GOB evicts San Ignacio Fire Department!!
San Ignacio, July 15, 2014 The Government seems to be waiting on disaster to strike in the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, as they continue to neglect the urgent need for up-to-standard fire fighting equipment. It is a disgrace ...

Faith Noel wins San Pedro regatta
San Pedro, July 6, 2014 Faith Noel of San Pedro Junior Sailing Club (SPJSC) won the Optimist "White" sails class and Alanis Badillo of the Caye Caulker Sailing Club won the "Green" sails class when the San Pedro Sailing Club held ...

Rising Stars vs. City Boys in SMART Mundialito finals
Belize City, July 12, 2014 The Ladyville Rising Stars will challenge the City Boys in the 2014 SMART Mundialito championship finals as both squads posted big wins in the semifinals at the Yabra green in Belize City ...

Belize Jaguars compete in U-20 football
Belize City, July 12, 2014 Belize's young football Jaguars, the National U-20 team, left Belize on Monday, July 14 to represent the country in Central American Football Union's (UNCAF) U-20 qualifiers to be held in El Salvador from July 17 - ...

Hon. Dolores supports Sports Camps in Belize Rural Central
Belize District, July 16, 2014 In support of the development of sports and positive activities for young people, Hon. Dolores Balderamos Garcia has given support to various summer activities in Belize Rural Central. Hon. Dolores visited Rising Star's Annual Football Summer Camp ...

No Vision-UDP Style – Political Chairman blocks innovative agriculture show
San Narciso Village, Corozal District, July 14, 2014 Two years ago the Corozal South West Agriculture Committee based in San Narciso village, with the assistance of Area Representative Hon. Ramiro Ramirez, revived the Corozal Agriculture Show which had been ignored and ...

Of this and that�
CRACK IS SCARCE There is a trend. Every time murder spikes. It is a joke. Nobody pays attention. Five people are murdered. GSU steps up. They do not find the murderers. What they find is a lot of "found property". It is normally weed. A few guns. We should ask ...

This Mound is Noh Mul
By Kate Usher Even as I sit here, in front of this computer I am picking bits of limestone out of my wet hair. I close my eyes and try to let the moments ...

AMAZING GRACE – Water Walker
I've always considered myself a 'two feet on the ground' kind of person. I think things through thoroughly before I begin an endeavor. I believe in getting good counsel, be it from the Constitution of the Kingdom of God or from an expert in a particular area.� And nothing is ...

HOME ECONOMICS – The Threat of Losing Preferential Markets
By Richard Harrison Belize is a relatively poor ex-British-colony in the Caribbean Basin of Central America...with a very low population density of around 14 persons per acre of land. A population of around 350,000 on a land mass of little over 5 million acres. It imports three times the value of what ...

Landy Habet assists Billy White with drainage works
Billy White Village, July 14, 2014 Over the past weekend, PUP Cayo North East Standard Bearer Orlando "Landy" Habet assisted the Billy White village council with the cleaning of drains and ...

Over 150 children participate in PUP OW Central Summer Camp
Orange Walk Town, July 14, 2014 There were over one hundred and fifty happy faces at the closing of the 2014 Orange Walk Central Summer Sports Camp held at the Orange Walk People's Stadium on Friday July 11th. For one week, children ...

By Francis W. Fonseca The UDP Government of Dean Barrow is a Government without purpose or direction. It is a Government without a Plan. A government that lives from day to day reeling from crisis to crisis. No wonder then, that Belize is in a crisis. Ask yourself the following questions: What is this UDP ...

Patrick JonesPJ

Man found stabbed to death in Belize City
This morning there was a fatal stabbing incident in Belize City, about exactly 24 hours after yesterday's shooting death of Lionel Sampson on Antelope Street Extension. The deceased is one Oscar Lambey, whose body was found in an abandoned lot on Wilson Street in Belize City around 6:00 [�]

Audit report on Central Prison to be released
The Death Penalty Project, based in London, has been working to give legal assistance to persons accused of serious crimes, particularly those under the death penalty. Its attorneys have worked on some of the biggest criminal cases in Belize's history. While there is no one currently on death [�]

Ariel Rosado Foundation Board clarifies issues
There has appeared a sudden rift between members of the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation, formed to honor the life and legacy of cyclist and attorney Ariel Rosado. Ariel's parents, Drs. Alvaro and Dorla Rosado, are embroiled in something of a legal feud with Bruce Sanchez Sr., and [�]

Taxi operator accused of stealing rented car
A dispute over a 1992 Toyota car lost on the Philip Goldson Highway has landed in the Magistrate's Court. Security guard Chika Essel, 34, a naturalized Belizean-Nigerian, accuses 40 year old Winfield Tasher, construction worker and by his account a taxi operator, of stealing his vehicle after Essel [�]

Youth convicted for burglaries
In separate cases of burglaries, Belize City youths Keron Swasey, 20, and Christopher Gillett, 19, were handed differing sentences. Swasey failed to appear in court for the separate burglary charges he faced, and when the authorities catch up to him he faces a total of eleven years in [�]

Man acquitted of stolen firearm charges
In March of 2011, P.C. Nigel White was shot in the Belama Police Substation on Chetumal Street, now Precinct Four Headquarters. Four men were charged for attempted murder, robbery and keeping firearm and ammunition without a gun license. Two of the men accused of the latter, 33 year [�]

Fire guts building on Prince Street in Belize City
There was a fire tonight in Belize City. The blaze happened at a house on Prince Street in the area between Albert Street and East Canal. According to reports, the fire broke out sometime between 8:30 pm and 8:45 pm. Shortly thereafter the fire service was notified [�]


Placencia's Robert's Grove Goes All Out for the 9th Annual Belize International Film Festival
Life is fun sometimes. And being invited to the 9th Annual Belize International Film Festival�just invited�is good times. But four days of movies shown on the beach, opening and closing parties, accommodations, red carpets, international press and the beautiful village of Placencia? What is not to love? Yesterday, I met the "party bus" at the Ramada/Princess Hotel in Belize City for the 4 hour ride to The Inn at Robert's Grove on the Placencia Peninsula. Full of actors, staff, press, entertainment�this bad boy had the music pumping and the Belikin Galaxy beers flowing.

The Garifuna Collective: A Heroic Welcome Home!
Those tireless Belizean music and cultural ambassadors who form the Garifuna Collective landed back home last Tuesday (15 July 2014) after another successful overseas tour. The latest tour, running from Germany to Serbia with a big showing at the prestigious "Summer of Antwerp" festival, drew crowds from all over Europe, attended by faithful fans and many others getting their first taste of what has been hailed as some of the most unique, refreshing sounds coming out of the Americas. The tour supported the European release of the Collective's most recent album, Ay� (Goodbye), which the UK's Guardian newspaper described as starting "with a lilting farewell to (Andy) Palacio, and eases into rousing, soulful songs driven by guitars and the distinctive rhythms of the Garifuna hand-drums, with strong vocals from Lloyd Augustine and Desiree Diego, and a dash of dub and funk."

International Sourcesizz

Can Drones Fight Illegal "Pirate" Fishing?
Conservationists test unmanned aerial vehicles in Belize and California. Aquamarine waters and an abundance of marine life make Glover Reef off the coast of Belize a popular diving spot. But soon the azure sky above this barrier reef may be filled with the buzzing of drones, sent to combat the illegal fishing that plagues the region. An estimated 20 percent of all fish hauled in around the globe are caught illegally, through a combination of fishing in restricted areas, subverting quotas and seasonal limits, and using banned gear. The fish are shipped around the world and sold to existing markets, where most buyers have no idea that the food they are purchasing is stolen goods. The problem is especially acute in Belize, where hundreds of incidents have been reported over the past few years, according to Julio Maaz, who serves as a fisheries coordinator in Belize with the U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society.

2014 Copa Centroamericana Schedule Released
There is great news for those who are still pumped up about Costa Rica being the biggest cinderella of the World Cup. Everyone will be able to see it back in action as early as September, because it is one of the seven countries competing in 2014 Copa Centroamericana. The Central American Cup will be played between Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Belize. This will be the first time in 13 editions that the tournament will take place in the United States. Of course the USMNT is not part of Central America and will not be competing in the tournament, but this is a great opportunity for US soccer fans to see the talent other CONCACAF teams have to offer. Another benefit of the cup being held in the US is the amount of Central American natives and new generations who reside in the US. Only Costa Rica and Honduras make it to the World Cup, and it will be great to see these other teams compete among them. Those who live or wish to travel to Washington D.C., Dallas, Houston or Los Angeles will be able to watch this action first hand. The Copa Centroamericana is not just an exhibition tournament, because these teams are battling to qualify for other tournaments. The results will tell which four UNCAF teams will earn the berths for the 2014 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Not only will those four teams earn a berth for the Gold Cup, but also the champion of the tournament will qualify for the 2016 Copa America Centenario. There is a lot at stake for these teams.

Swimming at the top of Maya paradise
My wife and I were staying at a beach-bungalow resort in Hopkins Village, Belize, which is about halfway down the Belizean coast. Our bungalow was a mere 44 paces from the ocean. We spent our first two days reading novels on beach chairs, napping in hammocks and swimming in the ocean. Sometime during the afternoon of our second day, my wife turned to me from her beach chair and said, "You'll never believe this: but I'm kind of bored." Now that is a good problem to have. So when we awoke on our third day in Belize we were buzzing with restlessness; with adventure and exploration foremost on our minds. The place where we were staying, Jungle Jeanie's by the Sea, is a wonderful little collection of raised cabanas spread among the palm trees. It also has a common area which serves as its office and guest dining room. And it has wi-fi. So it's the place where everyone who's staying at Jungle Jeanie's gathers to eat, drink and swap stories about their day's adventures.


Video: GUEST DEPARTURES: Our Week at Turneffe Atoll's Blackbird Resort, 4min.
Blackbird Caye Dive Resort is located in the heart of Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve. The largest and most bio-diverse atoll system in the western hemisphere.

Video: American Airlines Belize arrival, 6min.
Arriving from Miami International Flight: AA2476 Aircraft:Boeing 737-823(N878NN) Seat No: 21E.

Video: American Airlines Belize departure, 2min.
Departing Philip SW Goldson International Airport for Miami International Airport. Flight no: AA2440 Aircraft: Boeing 737-823(N930AN) Seat no: 23E

Video: Voices In My Head, 11min.
Electroacoustic sounds, music, and video animation. Sounds and images collected from the rain forest in Belize, in 2004.

Video: 2014 Belize Vacation Part 3: Glover's Atoll, 6min.

Video: Manatee (SeaCow) Found In Belize Barrier Reef, 1min.
I was Scuba Diving When suddenly a Manatee Came out of Nowhere and I Decided To Film it!

Video: Week 1 Lieve en Bas Reis Belize Tikal, 8min.
Een sfeerimpressie van onze eerste week reizen!

Video: GoPro in Belize Central America, 3min.
Videos taken in Ambergris Caye, San Pedro town in Belize all the videos were captured from my GoPro:Hero 3+

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