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The San Pedro Sun
Wolfe’s Woofer: How To Make Money
“Hi, Grandpa.” I was seated on the deck of the Holiday Hotel drinking coffee and reading my book when Melody came walking down the beach. She was carrying little Grayson while Davin tagged along behind. “Hey, sweet boy,” I said to Davin. “Where are you off to?” “Mom’s going to the gallery and I have […]
Doctor Love: Jealousy and Relationships
Readers, please send your letters. They can be emails, formal letters or handwritten notes. They are edited solely for grammar and spelling. Also, they are sometimes edited for length. Dear Doctor Love, I met my husband when we were in high school. We have now been together for ten years. I have never given him […]
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The Nautilus Live is in Belize
The Nautilus Live is in Belize now exploring the deep reefs.
"We are exploring off the southern point of Glover Reef to investigate a series of "bumps" we located in our multibeam bathymetry data. These features may be rocky substrate ideal for corals 8 hours 9 min ago"
Principals, teachers prepare for road traffic safety workshop
As part of the initiative to imcorporate road traffic safety in the school curriculum, principals and teachers will engage this week in workshops in Belize City and Belmopan.
The project is designed to, through education and strategic interventions, curb the rate of traffic fatalities, primarily as they relate to the youth population.
The training will take place on Wednesday August 13 at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development on Price Centre Road in Belmopan, and on Thursday at the IT VET building on Freetown Road in Belize City.
Stabbing leaves man critical
Belmopan police have detained two suspects following a stabbing on Friday night that has left Germaine Leslie, 34, a resident of Dangriga Town in a critical condition.
The incident happened near the New Capital Restaurant area around 11 p.m. while Leslie was staying at a friend’s house.
Reports are that a man gained entry to Leslie’s friend’s apartment room and attacked him during which Leslie suffered the imjuries to his chest, leg and knee.
Guerillas attack oil field in Colombia
Rebels in Colombia have attacked the Tibu Oil Field in the north-west of the country near the border with Venezuela.
The two main left-wing rebel groups in Colombia – the Farc and the ELN – are known to operate in the area.
Power stations, oil fields, pipelines and roads have seen damages in actions consistent with the guerrillas.
Armed men reportedly approached a team working at the oil field on Friday and threatened the workers before detonating explosives that damaged part of the facility.
The country’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, 62, was sworn in on August seventh – one day before the attacks.
The Belize Times
Darrel Bradley Must Resign!!!
Darrel Bradley is a major Mayoral mess! He has proven to be worse than Ms. Underdeposits, Zenaida Moya. At least she ran the city without Dean Barrow babysitting her along the way. Not Darrell. He brought shame and disgrace unto himself and more unnecessary burden unto poor Belizeans, with his terrible handling of the recent dispute between the City Council and the sanitation company Belize Maintenance Limited over the Council’s refusal to pay for sanitation services. The result of this was the shameful mistreatment and jailing of sanitation workers after they protested in front of the Mayor’s office on Monday morning. Then Barrow did the unexpected-usurped the Mayor’s power and responsibility. This is equivalent to stripping him bare for the world to see and laugh at him. Bradley hung his head low as the Prime Minister Dean Barrow spun and juggled through the ugly situation created by the Mayor and turned it in favour of his own political fortunes at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. Barrow, who seems to never know what his UDP politicians are doing, was dead set on teaching Bradley another tough lesson: that he is the boss.
SEDI GONE MAD – TIME TO GO!!
The normally mouthy and opinionated Wilfred Sedi Elrington was nowhere to be seen or found following the public disclosure of a US Office of Inspector General’s notice declaring that his brother, Dr. Glen Elrington, is a wanted fugitive.
The allegation against Glen Elrington is that he may somehow be involved through his medical business interest in Michigan, USA, in medicare or Medicaid fraud. He has thus far denied any such involvement.
Alfredo Kuylen elected as PUP Mayoral Candidate for Benque Viejo del Carmen
On Sunday August 3rd 2014 a delegate convention was held in Benque Viejo del Carmen town to elect its mayoral candidate for the People United Party. Mrs Elisa Guerra and Mr Alfredo Kuylen were the two candidates.
After the counting of votes ended, Mr. Kuylen was elected as the PUP Mayoral Candidate. He will join the team of Councillors candidates which include Mr. Antonio Ochaeta Jr., Mrs. Clemencia Araceli “Colocha” Martinez, Mr. Victor Manuel Mendez, Mr. Edgar Cocom, Mr. Juan Salas and Mr. Salvador Iglesias.
The economics of Barrow & Bradley
By G. Michael Reid. In his 1936 book “The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money”, British economist John Maynard Keynes presented the theories that formed the basis for what was to become the popular economic strategy that bore his name. The whole concept of Keynesian economics is quite complex, and not being an economist I will not claim to fully understand, nor will I attempt to explain. Suffice to say, Keynes (rhymes with brains) felt that it was not only government’s responsibility but in government’s best interest to create jobs, even if those jobs were meaningless.
Keynes economics took traction during the Great Depression and served as the standard economic model for many of the developed nations up until and around the time of the oil embargo and resulting stagflation of 1973. The advent of the global financial crisis in 2008 caused resurgence in Keynesian thought and interestingly enough, 2008 was also the year that saw the emergence of Dean Oliver Barrow as Prime Minister of Belize.
Editorial: Darrell Bradley’s Legacy
The television images of over forty sanitation workers being arrested and locked up in overcrowded and unsanitary cells at the Queen Street Police Station in Belize City from Monday morning until Monday night was ugly. The charge: littering and some other frivolous misdemeanors. It was heavy handed Police behavior by UDP Superintendent Edward Broaster. The workers could have been issued summons and sent home.
The sanitation workers, former City Council employees absorbed into the workforce of Belize Management Limited, were protesting in front of the City Council office Monday against the insensitive statements to their only means of livelihood
The aggression to their jobs had been coming fast and furious from the mouth of Mayor Darrel Bradley; who let it be known is ending BML’s contract come January and has not shown concern in the least bit with what happens to the over hundred workers at BML. No doubt, the Mayor would then go on a hiring spree to take on two to three hundred new workers in time for the March 2015 City Council elections. Not to mention using the seventy eight thousand dollars weekly that the Mayor claims he spends on BML.
Orchid Girls stop Arrows Reloaded 16-14
The Burrell Boom Orchid Girls spanked Bermudian Landing’s Arrows Reloaded 16-14 in the Belize Rural women’s softball competition at Sand Hill Village on Sunday afternoon.
Kelsey Robinson led the Orchid Girls’ attack with 4 runs, while Sabrina Campos and Lynese Alvarez scored 3 runs a-piece, Rebecca Nicholson and Kristy Terry scored 2 runs apiece while Arneek Baptist and Mardy Nicholson scored a run each.
Arrows’ Malthia Garbutt and Turcia Ferguson scored 3 runs apiece, while Dian Baldwin and Georgia Joseph scored 2 runs each and Cindy Mae Lodge, pitcher Shana Avilez, Trecia Joseph and Marilee Garbutt scored a run apiece.
Sagitun & All Stars win in FFB President’s Cup football
Sagitun and the Belize District All Stars both posted big wins in Week 11 of the FFB President’s Cup football competition over the weekend; while Benque United and San Antonio FC also won by default.
In Ladyville, the Belize District All Stars hosted Roaring Creek United for 4-2 blowout. Brian Martinez scored first for the hosts in the 3rd minute, but Roaring Creek’s Kenney Williams equalized in the 5th minute. Delroy “Thinman” Andrews scored Belize District’s 2nd goal in the 14th minute, but again Orin Reneau equalized for the visitors in the 31st minute for a 2-2 draw at the half.
In the 2nd half, Albert Thurton headed in the 3rd goal to finish a free kick by Andrews in the 48th minute. Belize’s midfielders Dalton “Chicken” Cayetano, Jason “Paxon” Young and Mark “Kelo” Leslie looked for more goals, but it was Brian Martinez who delivered the coup de grace in the 89th minute for the 4-2 win.
BDF & Scotiabank win in BDVA interoffice volleyball
On Saturday, the Scotiabank crew dueled with the S.Q. Dragons’ Alex Evans, Antonio Quan, Peter Quan and Fenton James who won the 1st set: 25-18 with Sherlene Johnson and Karen Quan receiving and setting the ball. Veteran captain/coach Lupita Quan and Nelissa Ramirez joined the party but Scotiabank won the next 2 sets: 25-21 and 15-13.
The BTL squad put up a valiant fight, but the Belize Bank Bulldogs’ Adrian Garbutt, Chris McGann, Francis Arzu and Curtis Bradley spiked their game with Judy Hoare and Kimberly Burns helping to receive and set the plays to win the 1st set 29-27. BTL bit back, taking the next 2 sets: 25-15 and 15-10.
Police Dept Crosses the Line!
The BELIZE TIMES condemns the actions of the Police Department towards our media colleague Albert Vaughan. Officials of the Department, under manipulation from its political bosses, arrested and imprisoned Vaughan who was doing journalism work during Monday’s sanitation workers’ protest on North Front Street.
Furthermore, the BELIZE TIMES also condemns the Police’s abusive and illegal behaviour of searching through Vaughan’s cellular phone and deleting pictures that were in his digital camera. A dangerous line was crossed!
We demand that the Police end this charade against Vaughan and apologise for the illegal actions and abuse of authority.
Hon. Dolores assists Western Paradise Summer Camp 2014
Belize Rural Central Area Representative Hon. Dolores Balderamos Garcia donated food to Mr. Leon Palacio, Camp Director of the Western Paradise Summer Camp ...
PUP Patchakan Executive Sworn In
This past Sunday, August 3, 2014, the People’s United Party (PUP) Patchakan Village steering committee along with the PUP Standard Bearer for Corozal North David Castillo held a meeting with party supporters. The meeting was well attended as the number of supporters almost doubled the numbers of all general meetings in the past years.
The supporters arrived in numbers and expressed that the only hope for Patchakan Village and Corozal North is David Castillo and the PUP. Following a brief address from the Standard Bearer, in which he spoke about his vision that includes the development of industries and creation of jobs in the area, the PUP Patchakan Steering Committee was officially sworn in by the Chairman of the Northern Caucus, Hon. Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez.
Mayor Bradley is Manuel Barrow!!
After spending $50 million dollars on a concreting project without a penny being publicly accounted for, Mayor Darrell Bradley seemed baffled, lost and hopeless by the recent surge in gang violence and senseless killings that is ...
AMAZING GRACE – The Tomorrow Syndrome
For many people, ‘tomorrow’ is more than just a term describing the day after today. “I’ll do it tomorrow” has become synonymous with “This is never going to happen”. Time is short and to-do lists are long so it only makes sense that certain tasks are pushed to the back ...
HOME ECONOMICS – The building of a vibrant youth-oriented economy
By Richard Harrison
The population of Belize in July 2013 was estimated at 334,297 persons.
Of this, 56.9% or 190,215 persons were under the age of 24, and 35.8% at the age of 14 or under.
A youthful and vibrant economy should be seen, felt, heard, smelt and tasted with the vast majority ...
CitCo and Police trample on the rights of BML and its employees
By Gilroy Usher, Sr.
The treatment of Belize Maintenance Limited (BML) and its employees by the Belize City Council and the Police for standing up for their rights is totally unfair, distasteful, and appalling.
On Tuesday forty-one employees of the company were taken to Court for taking part in a protest in ...
In my perspective… Life is so unfair, but for some it’s never been better!
By Rayford Young
My recent visit to Belize was probably the most enjoyable and I was able to do quite a lot of traveling and enjoyed the beauty of our Country. After so many years I was able to visit Chetumal and boy, what a change from the days when I ...
SCALES OF JUSTICE – Dangerous for Belize
By anthony sylvestre
We are happy that our hardworking resilient brothers and sisters at BML will no longer be persecuted. For persecution was what they were being subjected to ever since they were hauled off en-masse from the bus near the Queen Street Police station a little after 9:00 a.m. Monday ...
WOMAN IN THE HOUSE – A Seine Bight/Lord’s Bank Wedding
By Dolores Balderamos Garcia
On Saturday, August 2, 2014 Franisha Thomas of Lord's Bank and Albert Augustine of Seine Bight tied the knot in an exquisite wedding Mass and ceremony at Saint Alphonsus RC Church in Seine Bight Village on the Placencia Peninsula. It was a very festive and gala affair. ...
REFLECTIONS ON THE PUBLIC SQUARE – Cold and Dangerous
By Francis W. Fonseca
The cold heart and heavy hand of the UDP Government was on full display this past Monday in Belize City where workers of Belize Maintenance Limited Co. (BML) once again took to the streets to protest against Mayor Darrel Bradley and the UDP Belize City Council for ...
Four shooting incidents, two fatal, in 12 hours rock Belize City
The Old Capital saw another flare-up of violence at the start of this weekend, which sent a total of six persons to the hospital in twelve hours, two of them dead.
Mauricio Rodriguez was injured in an incident in the Belama Phase IV area on the Northside around 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Rodriguez is stable as of last report at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
Around 4:15 a.m. Saturday, at the corner of Gibnut Street and Central American Boulevard, Raheem Crawford was shot in the stomach and died in surgery two hours later, while companion Kevin Faber was shot in the leg and treated and released from the hospital.
Five hours later, one Joshua Gallego was shot in the elbow and left arm in the Racoon Street Extension area. He was taken for treatment at the KHMH.
Nello Player, TR Shine repeat as National Song Champions
The Memorial Park hosted a record crowd attending the sixth annual National Song Competition Final on Saturday night in Belize City.
The 15 finalists impressed all present with the range of their performance and enthusiasm for creating the soundtrack of the upcoming September Celebrations.
But only six prizes were available, and after three hours of competition three familiar names appeared at the top. Nello Player (full name Kernelle Parks) was named Belize Song Category champion in the Senior Division, besting Ernestine Carballo with his song “Real Belizean.”
In the Carnival category, it was Ivan “TR Shine” Burgess who beat Carballo to top prize with “Borderline,” exhorting Belizeans to defend our borders.
The August 10th, 2014 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE
This Week's Stories:
- Novelo Caught In The Act:
A man caught carrying
a washing machine on his
shoulder in the early hours of
the morning on Monday, July 28,
was arrested, charged and denied
Police on mobile patrol shortly
after 3:00 am on Monday, July
28, in the Bradley’s Bank area of
Santa Elena town reportedly
came upon a male person of
Hispanic decent carrying a
washing machine on his shoulder.
When questioned he was unable
to provide a reasonable response
for his action. He was detained and transported to the police
station in San Ignacio along with
the PL Laundromat brand, 6 kilo
washing machine. The detainee
was identified as Armando
Novelo, 24, Belizean mason
residing in the Hill View Area of
Santa Elena Town.
- Police Holds
Over one hundred residents of
San Ignacio, Santa Elena and
surrounding villages gathered
today at the Welcome Center in
San Ignacio Town to listen to the
police report on the local crime
situation and citizen security
plans. The meeting was called by
the Officer Commanding the
San Ignacio police formation,
Superintendent of Police,
Sitting at the head table with
Supt. Thompson and likewise
addressing the gathering were Thompson’s deputy, Inspector
Reymundo Reyes; Assistant
Commissioner of Police, Aaron
Guzman in his capacity as the
Officer Commanding the Cayo
(Police) District; Julian
Sherrard, Chair of the People’s
Coalition of Cayo; neighborhood
watch Chair, Ernie Braun and
retired Superintendent of Police
Rudoplh Orio currently serving
as the National Coordinator
for Citizens On Patrol (COPS)
- Editorial: Who Is Lying? Who Is Telling The Truth?:
If there is any truth in the most
recent allegation, against the PUP
Standard Bearer in the Belize
Rural North constituency
regarding impropriety involving
large sums of missing money
from a client, then the accused
might just be in for very rough
While we sit on opposite sides of
the political divide, for the sake of his
sanity, his political aspirations and
indeed his entire well being, we wish
him no ill. The allegations against
him however are extremely
serious in nature given that, in
months just past, he portrayed
himself as the vanguard for all
that is right. Even more serious
is that at one juncture in his life
he was aspiring to become the
leader of the political party to
which he belongs, an aspiration
that, who knows, he might still be
harboring in the back deep
recesses of his mind.
- Garcia Accused of Burglarizing
His Sister’s House:
The Cristo Rey village home of
Jeffery Gonzalez was reportedly
burglarized between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August
6. In making the report to the
police, Gonzalez informed them
of the prime suspect being his
brother-in-law, Selvin Garcia,
also residing in Cristo Rey
The police visited the scene
where they observed that entry
was gained by breaking the
lock on the front door. In his
statement to the police
requesting court action, Gonzalez
itemized the missing property
as a gold engagement ring
valued at $900, a black Cannon
brand digital camera valued at
$400, an Apple brand iPod
valued at $400 and a black
Gucci brand wrist watch valued at
$600, all for a total value of
- Ebola: Global Experts Begin
Emergency Talks At WHO:
Global health experts at the
World Health Organization
(WHO) are meeting to discuss
new measures to tackle the Ebola
The meeting is expected to last
two days and will decide whether
to declare a global health
On Wednesday, a man
suspected to have contracted
Ebola died in Saudi Arabia. If
confirmed, this will be the first
Ebola-related death outside of
The virus has killed nearly 900
people since February in West
The outbreak began in February
in Guinea, and has since spread
to Liberia, Sierra Leone and
- Roni B Releases New CD:
Belizean producer Rubio
"Josh The Code" Tzib will
be Releasing a new CD under
his record label RVM records
on Saturday, 9 August 2014 at
Costa Maya in San Pedro Town.
The tittle of the CD is "K.O.B
The Gold Edition" highlighting
Josh The Code as the producer,
engineer and composer.
The Album is a compilation
of various talented artist from
the beautiful country of Belize,
artists such as Roni B
T-Romeo del Sentimeinto,
Osky la Ultima Pieza,
Cholin el Pirate, El Toro
Ferros and Blondy D Melody.
Also debuting in the album are new artists such as Alex
and Brian and Frequency 3.
- The Ultimate Father:
I’ll never forget the moment
when my husband held each of
our children in his arms the first
time. The almost instant and
complete adoration for each
child was remarkable! As the
children grew, I continued to
marvel at the evidence of my
husband’s love for each of them.
His profound love for every child
has helped shape them to become
godly young men and women.
As I study Scripture and see the
many references to God as being
our Father, I read time and time
again where the Bible uses
“Father” in a context where it
stresses God’s loving care,
provision, discipline, and
suggests the way we are to
address God in prayer. God, as
our Father, clears the way so that
we can come to Him and have a
deep and rich relationship with
Him. He desires that!
- Facebook Sued By 25,000 Members:
A data privacy campaigner has
signed up 25,000 people to a
"class action lawsuit" being
taken against Facebook.
Max Schrems alleges that the
way the social network monitors
its members' activity on and off
the site puts it in breach of EU
As part of the claim, he also
alleges that the company
co-operated with Prism, a US
Facebook has previously
denied knowing about Prism
before it was mentioned in leaked
US government documents.
The company has, however,
acknowledged complying with
national security requests from
US government agencies.
Facebook has not commented
on the wider case being brought
Chikungunya is an infection
caused by the Chikungunya virus.
It causes an illness with an acute
febrile phase lasting two to five
days, followed by a longer period
of joint pains in the extremities;
this pain may persist for years in
The disease is transmitted
similarly to dengue fever. It
is transmitted to humans
by virus-carrying Aedes
mosquitoes. Specifically, there
are two species of mosquitoes,
A. albopictus and A. aegypti, that
are extrinsic hosts (vectors) of
chikungunya virus. The strain of
chikungunya spreading to the
US from the Caribbean is most
easily spread by A. aegypti. There
is concern that this strain of
chikungunya could mutate to
make the A. albopictus vector
more efficient. If this mutation
were to occur, chikungunya
would be more of a public health
concern to the US.
- Protecting The Chiquibul:
Friends of Conservation
and Development (FCD), a
non-profit organization charged
with the responsibility to protect
the Chiquibul Reserve in the
Mountain Pine Area of the Cayo
District, today held closing
ceremonies for European Union’s
ECP-FLEGT project 2013-2014
at the Rumors Resort on the
western outskirts of San Ignacio
During the ceremony Rafael
Manzanero, FCD’s Executive
Director and his team received
special commendation for the
wonderful work they do in the
In his presentation Manzanero
informed that the major
challenges confronting FCD in
the Chiquibul are illegal logging,
the illegal panning for gold and the
extraction of the exotic Xate
- Venezuela To Close
Colombia Border Each Night:
Venezuela says it will close its
border with Colombia at night from
Monday, to try to stop large-scale
smuggling of petrol and food.
The government says that tonnes of
goods - produced in Venezuela and
heavily subsidised - are sold in
Colombia at much higher prices.
The shortage of many staples in
Venezuela's western border area this
year led to anti-government protests.
The border closure was agreed with
the Colombian government.
President Nicolas Maduro
discussed the measures with his
Colombian counterpart, Juan
Manuel Santos, at a summit on 1
The 2,200km-long (1,360 miles)
border will be closed between 22:00
local time and 05:00 every night.
Cargo vehicles, including vans and
lorries, will be banned from crossing
from Venezuela to Colombia between
18:00 and 05:00.
- USB 'Critically Flawed' After
Bug Discovery, Researchers Say:
Cyber-security experts have
dramatically called into question the
safety and security of using USB to
connect devices to computers.
Berlin-based researchers Karsten
Nohl and Jakob Lell demonstrated
how any USB device could be used
to infect a computer without the user's
The duo said there is no practical way
to defend against the vulnerability.
The body responsible for the USB
standard said manufacturers could build in
But Mr Nohl and Mr Lell said the
technology was "critically flawed".
It is not uncommon for USB sticks
to be used as a way of getting viruses
and other malicious code onto target
Most famously, the Stuxnet attack
on Iranian nuclear centrifuges was
believed to have been caused by an
infected USB stick.
- Attorney Authur Makes Money
Allegations Agianst Melonie:
Attorney Arthur Saldivar is
making national headlines - after his
former client Melonie Coye
accused him of making off with nine
hundred thousand dollars of her
money that was recovered from the
Central Bank. Saldivar said he did no
such thing, but her new attorney
Eamon Courtenay is filing suit against
Saldivar to get the money back.
Saldivar says that he did not take
her money, but that he is owed 1.6
million dollars in fees. He explains that
the allegation came as a shock, and
where he speculates as to what may
be behind it:..
Arthur Saldivar. Former
Attorney - Melonie Coye
"In terms of the latest round of
cases I have not been paid not a
dime. So when I heard of this news
it came as a shock, a real shock
to me. The allegation itself is
somewhat to me some justification
or rationale that perhaps my
former client is using to justify not
returning funds that may not be
hers. I don't know. That's the only
thing I can conjure up at this
- US Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State Visits Belize:
The Embassy of the United
States of America in Belize
today informed of the visit of US
Deputy Assistant Secretary of
State for the Bureau of International
Narcotics and Law Enforcement
The release informed that on
Monday, August 4, 2014, the embassy hosted Luis Arreaga,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of
State for the Bureau of International
Narcotics and Law Enforcement
Affairs (INL) who
spent two days in Belize, visiting
key locations in Belize City
on the first day and travelling to
western towns of San Ignacio and
Benque Viejo on the second day
prior to crossing the border into
Guatemala in continuance of the
- STAR Humor
- Your Weekly Horoscope and Lucky Numbers
- Letters to the Editor
- Public Notices
Video: Belize video 2014, 3min.
We stayed on the island of Caye Caulker for a few days heres what went down.
Video: Wonderland is Around You, 2min.
Video: Belize Mission Trip - May 2013, 8min.
from Mpact Ministries
Video: Motorcycle Riding in Belize, 15min.
Video: Photographs of Belize,Land of the Maya, 20min.
Journey to Belize and Guatemala, and learn more of the ancient Maya Indians.
Video: Ramon's Village, San Pedro, Belize, May 24th-29th, 2014, 4min.
Video: Sailing Belize, 40min.
2012 - Sailing Southern Belize on a Moorings 4600
Video: United 737-824 takeoff from Belize, 5min.
Video: Belize 2014! EF TOURS, 10min.
Video: KT Belize Black Hole Drop 08 09 14, 5min.