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A Look at Ernest ‘Jawmein’ Meighan
Ernest ‘Jawmein’ Meighan is a name known to thousands particularly when it comes to the cycling races…..Renee Trujillo sets out to find out more about this Belizean, who worked tirelessly to build his legacy in the cycling arena. “Residents of Belize City and cycling enthusiasts around the country were distraught at the news that circulated on Saturday morning of the murder of a legend in the cycling arena, 43-year-old, Ernest Dwayne ‘Jawmein’ Meighan. For those who were not close to him, it was undoubtedly an unexpected turn of events but sadly, Meighan was on pins and needles as his life was threatened just days prior to his murder. The expended shell has been recovered and friends and family members are trying to cope with the tragedy and untimely death of this man, who has been dubbed a wonderful father, friend, athlete, son and worker. One of those who attest to the goodness of Meighan, is his confidante, father figure, friend and employer, Santino Castillo.”
Reshuffling of Top Brass in the Police Department
And while we are on the topic of the Belize Police Department, tonight we can tell you that there is a reshuffling that is in the process within the precincts in Belize City.
It is not sure what the motive is behind this reshuffling that is taking place and we had hoped to get more details on this from the brief that was scheduled with the Belize Police Department. But be that as it may, we can confirm to you that the head of GSU, Superintendent Linden Flowers is being moved to Precinct Four and will be replaced by Inspector Mark Flowers. We can also confirm to you that David Chi is being moved from Precinct Four to Precinct One while Alden Dawson is being moved to Precinct Two. As well, Alford Grinage has been named as the Deputy Officer Commanding the Eastern Division.
Police Gives Media Hard Time with Information
Today several media houses were informed of a briefing that was to be conducted at Precinct Two by the Belize Police Department. It was anticipated by the reporters, particularly since there was much gun violence in the Belize District this past weekend. So, the reporters gathered in front of the station on Raccoon Street awaiting the senior officers to give them the go ahead to go in and get a briefing…..but instead all they got was a message delivered by Sergeant Roberto Novelo, saying that during the briefing there will only be one case discussed and that is the attempted murder case on Brian Clare. The reporters were, naturally, dissatisfied with the condition and so the powers that be at the Belize Police Department sent away the reporters with just that – one story. It is indeed a difficult task for the media houses as crime has no schedule and when weekend incidents happen as what did over the weekend, our service to deliver these stories to you are at the mercy of the police, who has a press office that only work on weekdays.
Weekend Shootings in Belize City Adds to Urban Violence
The weekend bloodbath started around eight thirty on Friday night in Belize City when a 25-year-old Belizean construction worker was shot. According to reports to Love News, Mauricio Rodriguez was met at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital by police officers who found him being treated for gunshot wounds to his left shoulder and right buttocks. Investigations conducted revealed that Rodriguez was in the Belama Phase Four area on Apollo Street, socializing in a yard with three men when gunshots were fired and Rodriguez was injured. Rodriguez, who resides on Green Street, has been listed as stable. Police recovered 9mm expended shells at the scene and are seeking two men in connection with this incident. Investigations are ongoing into a shooting incident that occurred last night after nine o’clock where 23-year-old, Stacey Shalene Williams of a Kraal Road address in Belize City was rescued by police officers. Reports are that Stacey got into an argument with her uncle Raymond Flowers who reportedly was demanding that she give him food. When she refused to offer him food Flowers reportedly got angry and armed with a shiny metal object attempted to assault her, however, her other uncle managed to restrain him.
More Violence in the City Leaves Gallego Injured
The violence persisted over the weekend, when about six hours after Crawford was murdered, a resident of a Racoon Street address in Belize City, 21-year-old, Joshua Jerome Gallego, also known as Shaggy, was shot to his left forearm. Apparently, Gallego was walking on Antelope Street heading towards the Central American Boulevard when he was approached from behind by a man dressed in a white shirt. That man reportedly fired two shots at him, causing the injury to his left arm. This incident occurred just before ten o’clock this past Saturday. Gallego was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released for his injury. Investigators believe that this shooting may be gang related as well. Their investigations continue.
Honduran National Found Chopped to Death
A Honduran national lost his life this past Saturday after he was chopped multiple times to his head and body whilst at a boatyard on the George Price Highway. Reports are that just before nine o’clock on Saturday morning, police visited the scene and found 42-year-old, Jose Portillo bleeding from his injuries. Police are seeking the boat yard’s watchman, Armando Sosa, who they believe can assist in the investigation
Birthday Party Ends with Three Injured From Gunshots
Police in Hattieville are investigating a shooting incident that occurred during a birthday party in the village this past Saturday night. Reports are that three persons were injured just after four o’clock on Sunday morning on Ysaguirre Boulevard in Hattieville Village, Belize District. While two of the three persons only received superficial injuries from bullet fragments, the deejay took a direct hit. 40-year-old, Gregory Leslie of a Belize City address sustained injuries to his hand and abdomen while 26-year-old, Kevin Staine of Hattieville was injured to the back of the head and Police Corporal Orlando Bowen attached to the Ladyville sub-formation was grazed to the hand. Love News spoke to the young lady whose birthday was being celebrated.
Suspected Murderer Ends Up Dead; Recently Deported Youth Shot
Investigators are speculating that the murder of Meighan may be connected to last week’s killing of 16-year-old, Chryslin Gladden, whose body was found in the cemetery on the morning of August two…..but word on the street is that it just may be linked to the August 9 murder of a young man at the corner of Gibnut Street and Central American Boulevard. We rejoin Hipolito Novelo with the details of the Crawford murder.
“20-year-old, Raheem Crawford and his cousin, Kevin Faber were making their way home on Gibnut Street in the wee hours of Saturday morning. The duo had just attended a party and had called it a night but they were not aware they were being monitored.”
PHILLIPA LONGSWORTH, Grandmother
“They waited for him at the lane of Gibnut Street and the first one that was shot was Kevin in the back of his neck. After that he fell and then they shot my grandson Raheem Crawford.”
Murder of Top Cyclist Shakes the Citizenry
It was one gunshot and one expended shell recovered by the police at the crime scene on George Street….but the news of this well-known cycling legend shook residents to the core. Here is Hipolito Novelo with the story.
HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTS
“A legend in the cycling world was executed on Saturday morning.”
“Words can’t explain the loss I have for Jawmein.”
“With tears dripping from his eyes, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Santiago Castillo remembered the last moments he shared with 43 year old Ernest “Jawmeighan, Meighan. Meighen was executed, cold heartedly, at about 11:30am on Saturday. He was on George Street when his killer, described to be a young man wearing a white t-shirt, lurked up behind him, aimed the gun at Meighan’s head, and fired the single fatal shot.”
Police shoot man who was trying to harm his own niece
On Sunday August 10th, police officers shot Raymond Flowers, as he was reportedly chasing after his niece with the intent to harm. According to reports, at around 9:30 on Sunday night, 23 year old Stacey Shalene Williams got into an argument with her uncle Raymond Flowers, who allegedly demanded she give him food. When she refused to give him food, Mr Flowers reportedly got angry, and attempted to assault her with a shiny metal object. However, her other uncle reportedly managed to restrain him. Stacey Williams further reported that her uncle chased after her with a knife, and so fearing for her life she ran to a police booth located near Supal Street, Belize City, and reported to the two police officers posted there at the time that her uncle was trying to kill her. As a result the police pulled out their firearm and reportedly ordered Mr Flowers to freeze and drop his weapon, However, he reportedly continued to advance. As a result, police fired a single shot injuring Raymond Flowers on the left leg and left hand. He was admitted at the hospital in a stable condition.
Man found dead at boatyard
A watchman is under suspicion of murder, following the discovery of a dead body on Saturday morning. Around 8:54 a.m., police responded to a report at a boat yard at Mile 7 3/4 on the George Price Highway, where 42-year-old Jose Portillo, an Honduran national, was seen with multiple chop wounds to his head and body. He was transported to the K.H.M.H, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police are seeking the boat yard’s watchman, Armando Sosa, also an Honduran national, who they believe can assist in the investigation.
Numerous weekend shootings in Belize City
There were a number of other shootings in Belize City this weekend. According to police reports, at around 8:30 on Friday night, 25 year old Mauricio Rodriguez, a Belizean Construction worker, was socializing in a yard in Apollo Street in the Belama phase 4 area, Belize city, along with three other men, when gun shots rang out. As a result, Mauricio sustained gunshot injuries to the left shoulder and the right buttocks. He is enlisted at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in a stable condition. Police have since recovered nine expended shells from the scene as investigations continue.
On Saturday morning, around 9:45 a.m, police found 21-year-old Joshua Jerome Gallego, aka “Shaggy,” of Raccoon Street, Belize City, suffering from one apparent gunshot to his left forearm. Joshua Gallego was walking on Antelope Street, in the direction of Central American Boulevard when a man, dressed in a white shirt, approached him from behind and fired two shots at him, causing his injury. Police suspects the motive to be Gang Rivalry, as investigations continue.
Corozal man wanted for aggravated assault
Police in Corozal are looking for a man following a report of an aggravated assault. Rosendo Guy is believed to be responsible for threatening to kill another man with a machete and then firing three shots in a yard where the man had taken refuge. According to police, […]
Santi Castillo remembers Ernest Meighan
Belize continues to react to the death of two-time Cross Country champion and KREM Classic champion, Ernest “Jawmeighan” Meighan, who was ruthlessly gunned down late on Saturday morning. He was a local hero, a cyclist whose style and humble demeanor transformed him from simply great to legendary. The man […]
Man found dead at boatyard
A watchman is under suspicion of murder following the discovery of a dead body on Saturday morning. Around 8:54 a.m., police responded to a report at a boat yard at Mile 7 3/4 on the George Price Highway where 42-year-old Jose Portillo, Honduran national, was seen with multiple […]
Abetment and attempted murder charges for pair
Twenty-nine year old Indira Mejia, a self-employed resident of Orange Walk Town, was charged with abetment to commit murder when she appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Chief Magistrate Smith did not take a plea because the offence is indictable. The prosecutor objected to bail […]
Media houses scolded over juvenile reporting
Following the publication in certain media of the name and photograph of a murder suspect last week, there has been backlash. In separate press releases, the National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) and the Magistracy have reminded local media houses that per the law, neither the name, […]
Police reassure public after weekend crime
In a rare move, the Police Department has issued a press release seeking to reassure the public after another tough weekend on the City’s streets. It begins by “expressing deepest condolences to the families and friends grieving the loss of their loved ones as a result of the […]
Seventy two new soldiers for Belize Defence Force
Not everyone has what it takes to call themselves soldiers of Belize and of the Belize Defence Force. On Friday the national army’s ranks swelled by 72 from an initial recruit intake of 100. But it was noted that 68 persons left the training before its end in […]
Mostly warm weather this week
Relatively moist and unstable conditions are starting to set it and will influence our weather in the days ahead.
The general forecast for Belize and her coastal waters is for cloudy skies with sunny periods this afternoon. Tonight and tomorrow morning skies will be cloudy.
Winds over the open sea and along the coast will be easterly to northeasterly at five to fifteen knots.
The sea state will be choppy.
Tears … Chaos … Responsibilities
I was listening to the talk shows and I will say this and please understand that Belize is at a very bad place and so I believe we need to keep things real.
People die everyday and sometimes it seems that one life is recognized more than the other and that is part and parcel of the problem we have in Belize.
A great cyclist died and yes the country lost a great cycling ambassador by all accounts.
There are those who want to blame the media, there are others blaming the gangs and there are others blaming the GOB and the lack of justice. I think the blame falls squarely on us.
The Costa Maya Festival Packs Up and Trying to Capture A Super Moon
Yesterday was the official end of what is called the largest festival in Belize – the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival. Music, a super pageant of Central American beauties in some surprisingly tiny bikinis, food, rides…
(I would be remiss not to mention a bit of buzz around San Pedro regarding the lack of sponsorship for the official festival by Belize’s beer company, Belikin. Belikin did sponsor some of the beach parties but has always been one of the main sponsors of the festival. This year? They were markedly missing.)
Purple Haze? No Jimi, it’s just a bunch of Purple Martins
People around Belize have been wondering why powerlines and tree branches are suddenly weighted down by masses of striking steely blue-black or blue and light grey birds.
Is this something out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie? Should we be running for cover or trying to appease the invaders with bowls of seed?
Nah, not to worry – the Purple Martins are back in town, bigger and more numerous than ever this year.
Every year flocks of Purple Martins migrate from North America to warmer climes in the Amazonas regions of Ecuador and Brazil, and Belize is one of their favourite stops along the way, something that tells us these avian travellers are smart.
But we digress.
Belize is in the martins’ migratory flight path, and given the vast tracts of pristine wilderness here they tend to stop and refuel, taking advantage of the abundance of insects that inhabit Belize’s forests.
“Safe & Sound” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
I may not have written an edition for a little while but thought you might like to know that I’ve still been going through basically the same routine.
Up before the sun rises out on the veranda, the western one on the first floor that faces the lagoon, with my mug of black (instant, with no sugar) coffee and the iPad (an Air for those of you that might be interested).
I’ve continued to enjoy the relative quietness -there are the sounds of the leaves swooshing (if there’s a breeze of course), the lapping of the water, the birds chattering, the fish jumping out of and then re entering the lagoon, the snarling and grunting of racoons when they fall out with each other. Oh, and the occasional barking of dogs when they are spooked by something. The early morning sounds that let you know that another day is about to begin but it’s quiet, very quiet.
10 Jaw-Dropping Photos That Might Convince You to Visit Portofino Beach Resort in Ambergris Caye
A haven of romance, relaxation, luxury and adventure awaits you at Portofino Beach Resort in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Here are ten photos that will compel you to pack your bags and visit this elegant Belize resort right now:
Top 10 Romantic Things to do in Belize
Way back in 2010 I published the Top 10 Things To Do In Belize. Since then a lot has changed, and it’s time to update the list! So, without further ado:
The Top 10 Romantic Things To Do In Belize – Part 2
10. Private Water Fall For The Day: Making it’s second appearance on my Top 10 List, renting a private water fall is still one of the most romantic things you can do in Belize – or on earth, I dare say. You and your ‘other half’ will be have an enchanting waterfall in the jungle all to yourselves. This uber romantic day also includes lunch and a bottle of wine. The waterfall flows into a swimming hole before continuing on it’s way, and feel free to swim as free as can be in the water – you’re all alone. The private waterfall rents for only $175 usd per day and lies on the property of a spectacular boutique resort.
The September Celebrations Calendar of Events 2014
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Belize
Belize is known as a hidden jewel. Belize is a small country in Central America not known by many. However, in recent years tourism has become a primary source of revenue for the tiny country once commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret”. Today, Belize is no secret and if you haven’t visited Belize – it should be on your bucket list. Here are 10 interesting facts about Belize.
BEST POTATO SOUP EVER!
In large pot, boil potatoes in water 10 minutes. Drain and set aside. In sauté pan, cook bacon until crisp. Drain bacon fat and place on paper towel over plate to drain more. Add onion and celery to bacon pan over medium-high heat until celery is tender, about 5 minutes. To the large potato pan, add milk, water, bullion, salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture is very hot, about 8 minutes, stirring often. Do not let mixture boil. In small, heavy saucepan melt butter. Add flour and mix well. Cook over medium-low heat until mixture bubbles, stirring 2 to 3 minutes to make a roux. While constantly stirring soup, add roux slowly until soup is thick and creamy, about 4 minutes. Stir in parsley, reserved potatoes, and cream. Garnish with cheese, bacon bits, onions or all three. Serve hot!
Ambergris Caye northern road
The road going North of the bridge is officially started. It has been graded all the way from Belizean Shores/Coco Beach area to almost the police sub station in Tres Cocos. It is moving quite quickly.
5 Times Sharks Needed Our Help and Amazing Humans Did the Right Thing
Sharks have remained in the oceans for over 400 million years. This means that they are so well adapted to their oceanic homes that they have been able to survive five mass extinctions! As apex predators, sharks are a keystone species of the ocean, as they keep prey populations in check and even keep important habitats–such as sea grass beds–healthy.
“So what?” You may think. “Sharks don’t benefit me, so why should I care?”
Well, contrary to what movies such as Jaws may make you believe, sharks are crucial for the long-term survival of humans. They are ecologically beneficial as well as economically profitable to humans. Research has proven that, without plenty of sharks, fishing industries will collapse. For example, when shark populations experienced a heavy decline in the North Atlantic, cownose ray populations boomed. These rays decimated the shellfish industry by devouring an excessive quantity of clams, oysters and scallops. The industry and its workers suffered economically as a result. In Belize, a reduction in shark populations led to a domino effect, which eventually decreased the health of coral reefs. Without sharks to keep grouper populations in check, grouper fish killed off the parrotfish that play an important role in maintaining the health of coral by eating algae off of the reefs.
Casting Call for Caribbean Music, Model & Talent Showcase
PTG Marketing & Modeling Agencyis poised to launch a new and exciting talent scouting event specifically designed to bring global attention to the vast talent pool in The Bahamas and the Caribbean dubbed, Music, Model & Talent Showcase of the Islands, MMTS.
In this vein, a Casting Call goes out to residents in New Providence between the ages of 5 to 65, males and females to attend a free auditioning session at Mario’s Bowling Palace, Tonique Williams Darling Highway on Saturday, August 16, 2014 beginning at 11 am sharp.
The casting, which will also take place throughout The Bahamas and the Caribbean, is the prelude to the inaugural week-long conference scheduled for July 13 to 19, 2015, at the Meliŕ Nassau Beach Resort on the new multi-billion Bahamian Riviera at Baha Mar.
Losing Maya Heritage to Looters
Deep in the jungle in the north of Guatemala, along deep-rutted 4x4 tracks, the pyramids of the great Maya city of Xultún are hidden under heavy vegetation and oddly symmetrical hills. But crudely cut tunnels in the sides of the hills signal a modern intrusion.
The tunnels are the work of "huecheros"—the local slang term for antiquity looters, derived from the Maya word for armadillo. On a building overlooking an ancient plaza, the looters scrawl a message, brazen and taunting: "We, the huecheros, stuck it to this place."
Almost every pyramid in the sprawling site has a looter's tunnel on at least one side. Most of the hieroglyphic panels, the pottery, and the jade from tombs here have been raided and sold on the black market to wealthy foreigners. One of the tallest pyramids—a majestic building that slices high in the air like the Temple of the Great Jaguar—was actually cut in half by looters, making it look like a giant stone napkin holder.
Xultún is part of an international trade in Maya antiquities that spread across much of the region in the 1980s and '90s and has scraped away what little opportunity was left to modern scientists to understand the people who once lived here. This amputation of cultural history—in many ways stretching back to the conquest of the New World—has left us with far more questions than answers about the Maya.
Video: Belize, 5min.
Video: Wild Puma (Cougar, Mountain lion) in Belize jungle cave caught on trail camera, 1/2min.
In the deep tropical jungles of Central America, Belize, I caught this Puma on camera.
Video: NCL Belize Project, 4min.
Oceanside Solutions surveying island project and doing sand research study for beach restoration.
Video: Jael August - My Belize Official Video, 4min.
The official Video for My Belize from Jael August the 2013 Junior winner of the Belize National Song Competition
Sponsored by: Atlantic International Bank Ltd.
Produced by: Belize National Song Competition
Video: Belize Day in Chicago - Interview with Debbie Schell, 3min.
Cyril Uruwei, publisher of Belize In America, interviews Ms. Debbie Schell at the 34th annual Belize Day in the park event in Chicago.
Belize In America (BIA) is an online, multimedia news and entertainment magazine that showcases the richness and cultural diversity of Belize; while highlighting the personal and professional success stories of our BELAM (Belizean American) brothers and sisters throughout the United States.
Video: Community Based Rehabilitation at Hillside, 7min.
Using the Community Based Rehabilitation model, Hillside Health Care International provides free medical care and services to the people in the Toledo District of Belize. Check out this video created by our UW Doctor of Physical Therapy students to learn more. Contact Caroline, our director of development via email, at [email protected], for more details about becoming involved with us!
Video: Jennings Underwater Belize 2014, 7min.
chelsie and kyla scuba certification adventure underwater in Belize
Video: Belize 2014 Basketball Camp, 4min.
Belize 2014 Basketball Camp - partnering with Fishers of Men
Video: GoPro Belize Vacation, 8min.
10 Days in Belize: 5 Days in San Ignacio and 5 Days on Caye Caulker. 100% Shot on the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition
Video: Reefs of Belize, 4min.
The fish and coral reefs beneath the waves of Belize.