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The San Pedro Sun
Official inauguration of the much anticipated San Pedro Police Barracks
Vacation Rentals on Ambergris Caye
Due to the recession and past over-development 2014 has seen only a net increase over 2012 of approximately one hundred rooms/units. However with the uptick in the economy, we are seeing nearly 300 more rooms under construction with about 100 of these to be opened in time for the high season this December. Most of the new units are north of the river and are on the high end of the amenity scale. Some of the older condos are seeing a decrease in the number of rooms in the rental pool, as long-term owners who bought the units as an investment are now retiring and occupying their units.
For 2014 I found 1,896 units on the island. A unit is a guest accommodation that can range from a single room to a five-bedroom villa.
Jazz in Belize
Belizean music fans will now have opportunities over the course of the next 12 months to enjoy the genre. The first show of the Belize Jazz Fusion Culture Concert Series, (a year-long sequence of shows featuring a list of standards and contemporary musical renditions fused with Belize’s cultures in jazz style), is scheduled for Saturday, August 16th, 2014 at the Biltmore Best Western Hotel’s Riverwalk Room starting at 7:00 p.m., promises to be a treat.
Billed as The Belize Jazz ‘N Culture Show, the 2 hour showcase features an ensemble of 2 guitarists, 2 keyboardists, a full drum section (including a Kriol drummer), a 4 member horn section (saxophones, flute, trombone, trumpet), a 2 member string section (violin, cello), all backing eight vocalists (4 senior, 4 junior).
The show is being produced under the aegis of the Music Industry Association on Belize by the Belize Music Agency in partnership with the Belize Music Development Foundation and the Belize Society of Composers, Arrangers and Producers. One of the project’s objectives is to raise the standard of Belizean musical performance through the regular presentation of well-rehearsed shows to our music cognoscenti. A second objective is to train aspiring musicians in a structured setting and create a path for their possible ascension to professionalism.
Police Report: Caye Caulker resident charged with Rape
On Saturday 9th August, 2014 at about 5:50 a British national tourist who was staying at Caye Caulker Village on vacation from United Kingdom, England visited the Caye Caulker Police station and reported that on Saturday 9th August, 2014 shortly after midnight she and six tourist friends left a private island at Caye Caulker Village en route to San Pedro Town in a skiff driven by one Captain Pops. Complainant stated that the said Pops had taken them on a day tour on Friday 8th August, 2014 and thereafter they went to a private Island where they had a party and they consumed alcoholic beverages. Complainant stated that upon their arrival at San Pedro Town at about 1:00am the Captain parked the skiff near a pier but she along with a male tourist and the Captain remained inside the boat as she felt sick. The other tourists left the skiff and went within San Pedro Town. Complainant stated that shortly after the male tourist went unconscious due to alcohol consumption or drugs and that is when Captain Pops approached her and assaulted her sexually. A struggle ensued between them and as a result “Pops” had sexual intercourse with her against her will inside the boat. She had multiple scratches and bruises all over her body and complained of pain to her lower abdomen.
San Pedro Police Youth Cadet attend 17th National Youth Cadet Corp. Summer Camp
Police Constable Juan Choc Community Officer and Woman Police Constable Veralina Rivas have just attended the 17th National Youth Cadet Corp. Summer Camp that was held from July 19th to 26th in Benque Viejo del Carmen with eight local San Pedro cadets and the other cadets from around the country. The cadets that attended from the San Pedro group were: Derwayne Meigha, age 11
Zailan Reneau, age 12
Francis Auila, age 10
Jake Anderson, age 10
Luis Edwards, Age 10
Daylon Meighan, age 9
Jamal Polanio, age 10
Jabel Martinez, age 11.
The camp involved lectures on decision making and peer pressure as well as exercises in team building. They experienced field trips to ancient ruins Xunantunich and Cahal Pech, Spanish Lookout’s Western Dairies and the cave system Che Chen Ha. They practiced foot drills and earned badges such as fitness award, family living award and citizenship award. Badges are needed to get promoted within the ranks of the cadet program. They were also separated into different groups to interact with different children to learn about different cultures.
Belize City Youths Dive Into the Wonders of Belize
Belize City Youths Dive Into the Wonders of Belize with Visit to the Great Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye Natural Monuments
Nature is often used as a part of social programs to help youth from becoming engaged in at-risk behavior. In a country like Belize, this type of approach has proven both effective and essential. Within that context, between August 10th and August 11th 2014, through the joint efforts of the Wake Up Belize Morning Show, OCEANA and the Belize Audubon Society, fourteen (14) boys from some of Belize City’s toughest neighborhoods made their first trip to the Lighthouse Reef Atoll to visit picturesque Half Moon Caye and the iconic Great Blue Hole.
Belize Earns A Host Of Top 100 Readers Choice Awards
The August 2014 “Scuba Diving” magazine has outlined Belize as the “Central American paradise” who “earned a host of 2014 Top 100 Readers Choice Awards.” Belize earned Readers Choice Awards for the Caribbean and Atlantic’s best overall destination, big animals, wall diving, and underwater photography.
Some of the highlights from the three-page spread include mentions of our barrier reef “bowing only to Australia’s great one.” It also talks about the wall dives that can be done along the atolls, which “turn into an underwater Lollapalooza.” Also among the highlights was Gladden Spit which placed in the top 5 list for “best big animals in the Caribbean and Atlantic region.” Apart from our “big animals,” Belize was also recognized for its “macro critters.” Belize, known for some of the most authentic experiences, was also pointed out as a destination for tours from luxury yachts, to explorations through the jungle and to the archaeological sites. Capping off the notable highlights was our Great Blue Hole, which is described as a “landmark that warrants crossing off a list.”
Misc Belizean Sources
The Annual Belize Expo 2014
Register your Booth today - The Annual Belize Expo 2014 - Coming in September - Sponsored by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Ministry of Education to create training program for call center industry: Promises of 2,000 BPO jobs in 2 years!
The Ministry of Education has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Trade and Investment to create a training program for the fast growing call center industry. This will lead to 2,000 new jobs over the next two years!
Garvey, Fard Muhmmad and Selassie
By Abdulmajeed K Nunez
In 2010 Prince Ermias Sahle Haile Selassie
Visited Belize City and a Rastafarian brother was kissing his feet reverently
He pulled his feet and said ‘astagfiruallah’ repeatedly
When someone asked please translate those words for me
He explained they meant God forgive me
And then explained that his grandfather was a practicing Muslim
Then in the interim everyone was dumb stricken
Garvey was influenced by Duce Muhammad
And said if the Garveyites were to chose a religion
The resounding consensus was that they were to be Muslims
I urge you too, my brother, to let go of fanaticism
Let's looks look at the lives of these men and learn their lesson
In everything there is some good due to divine wisdom
We are all connected by Abraham, the father of monotheism
A tribute to Orlando Carrasco Sr by Chris Considine for his memorial service on Caye Caulker
A tribute to Orlando Carrasco Sr by Chris Considine for his memorial service on Caye Caulker August 9, 2014
ORLANDO CARRASCO SR.
WELCOME TO YOU ALL
I FEEL BLESSED IN TWO WAYS TODAY. ONE THAT YOU'VE ASKED ME TO SPEAK HERE TODAY AND TWO: THAT I KNEW ORLANDO CARRASCO SR. IT WAS INDEED ONE OF THE GREAT HONORS OF MY LIFE.
WHEN I THINK OF MY FRIEND ORLANDO, THE DESCRIPTIONS ARE TOO NUMEROUS TO BELIEVE FOR JUST ONE MAN
A COCONUT HARVESTER...IN BELIZE AND ON THE COAST OF MEXICO, IT WAS HOW YOU MADE A LIVING BACK THEN
A LOBSTERMAN AND FISHERMAN.......FROM A TIME WHEN A BARRELFUL WAS ONLY WORTH A COUPLE DOLLARS...A MAN WITH FORESITE THAT HELPED TO ORGANIZE THE CAYE CAULKER CO-OP THAT CHANGED SO MANY LIVES ON THIS CAYE....
SAN JOAQUIN FIESTA
Friday August 15th is the Inaugural Ceremony along with the Coronation of Miss San Joaquin Fiesta 2014 and a Cultural Presentation by Raices de Yucatan - Retoños de Belice comes alive.
At 10:00 p.m. dance with "Techno Band" along-side DJ Gaby & DJ Star. Come out and enjoy with the entire family. Techno Band will be performing its latest songs & the duo DJ Gaby & DJ Star will be blazing the night with their amazing state of the art light show.
Corozal Town Council Website
The Corozal Town Council has a website that you might find very useful. There are sections for the Mayor's message, the councilors, mission, code of ethics, finances, the local planning working group, departments, and a contact form. Corozal.com is very pleased to promote this helpful website and we encourage all in Corozal to take advantage of the information.
There is also a Corozal Town Council Facebook page where you can find pictures of current projects and information. Be aware there is a Corozal Town Council Facebook page that does NOT seem to be official.
Corozal Recyclables "Green" Park Competition
Corozal Town Council announces a Recyclables "Green" Park Competition, September to December, 2014
Students need to utilize recyclable/reusable items to create artwork and structures for a designated, environmentally friendly park.
Great prizes for participating schools. Competition will run from September to December, 2014. For more information:
Feast of Finger Pointing For Champion's League Foul Up
The CONCACAF Champions League is the most prestigious event for top football clubs in North, Central American and the Caribbean. But every year, the Belize Premier League’s top football Club has to sit it out because there’s no FIFA certified field in Belize. But, this year was supposed to be different – because of the two million dollars spent to renovate the FFB Stadium in Belmopan. But, the project failed to meet the standards set by FIFA inspectors, and so Belize now faces the embarrassment of being replaced by a Costa Rican Team in the Champion’s League.
The decision came down yesterday, and the team to take the place of the Belmopan Bandits will be Herediano, which participated in the tournament for the last 4 years. They’re making their fifth appearance, while the Bandits must brood over another missed opportunity.
Sports Minister Blames FFB
Vicente said he would implore every high office to intercede on the FFB’s behalf – including the Prime Minister. But, he won’t have much luck going to the Minister of State with responsibility for Sports, Herman Longsworth. Today, Longsworth told us squarely that the FFB is to blame:..
Hon. Herman Longsworth
"I am extremely concerned, I am very very disappointed. We were all told that the field would be ready. FFB told us that they would have had this field ready. We were expecting that it would be ready and i'm disappointed that it is not, i'm very disappointed."
"Does the blame fall on the FFB?"
FFB President Vicente On Defensive
And while Sports Minister Herman Longsworth is putting the blame on the FFB - President Ruperto Vicente is not having it.
We put this question directly to him today, but he deflected, saying that it’s his efforts, which have brought Belize closer to the Champions League than ever before:
“I've never shied away from responsibily, I take responsibility in this case is to ensure that we have a facility that is adequate enough and ready for our teams to participate in Champion's League. I have done my best. I have taken the monies that FIFA give to Belize, and I have said to FIFA we need a good stadium, we need good lighting, we have lights right now. We need good locker rooms, we have air conditioned locker rooms, we have twelve showers, five bathrooms. We need good bleachers, well numbered, properly numbered, we have that. We need a good pitch and we presented all of that to FIFA. I have done my part, I have done what I believe would have gotten us into Champion's League and i've fought with CONCACAF. When CONCACAF said in May Belize would not participate, I stood up and I said to CONCACAF, if you don't give us the opportunity, I will not participate in any other tournaments this year.
Commercial Center To Get Major Renovation
If Belize city can ever be said to have a skyline, the Commercial Center at the foot of the swing bridge would have to be a part of it. Over the years, the hulking structure has gone from one of those famous bloated contract white elephants to a part of the municipal administrative superstructure, in other words, a bunch of ragtag city offices with vendors on the ground floor.
But, change is on the way…Today, ground was broken for the renovation of the Commercial Center. It’s is part of a large scale initiative named “The House of Culture and Downtown Redevelopment project” funded by the Taiwanese government. Mayor Darrel Bradley held an on site press conference to outline the grand scale and vision of the project. Courtney Weatherburne has the story:..
"We are all familiar with the commercial centre in downtown Belize City, 22 years after it was first built is run down and delapidated. Thing is you probably never notice how run down its become because it has become such a permanent part of the landscape, but the mayor wants to change that reality by transforming the center into a rubust eye catching metropolitan center"
Ecuador Foreign Minister Wants Friendship With Belize
The Foreign Minister of Ecuador Ricardo Patino led a 13-person delegation to Belize for a one-day visit today. As the second smallest country in South America, Ecuador is looking for partners with similar interest. But when we say Ecuador is small, that’s only in a South American context. For example, they are building 8 hydroelectric dams and a 12 billion dollar refinery. That’s big money business, but today their Foreign Minister explained why they came to partner with Belize:…
Ricardo Patino, Foreign Minister, Ecuador
"We know about the great development that Belize has had in the last years and we want to deepen our relation with out brother countries such as Belize. Which is why we would like to develop relations with smaller countries in Latin America and the Caribbean because we sure this is the only way that we can all develop together. We can work together in tourism, in trade, in many other subjects. We know that you have teaching centers of English as a foreign language, so we would like for our teachers, our Ecuadorian teachers to come here and study in your centers so they can teach English back home. We would like to invite the people of Belize maybe for next year if they could come to the university and see and be apart of the all development we are having there and the students can also study in our university."
Why Did He Break Hon. Dolores' Glass?
It didn’t make the news yesterday, but someone broke the glass door of Dolores Balderamos-Garcia’s law office on Queen Street on Tuesday morning.
No one knows for sure why a man broke the glass but – it happened just feet from the police station, and police detained a man shortly after.
22 year-old Jorge Jimenez was charged with damage to property, and he was arraigned today before Magistrate Herbert Panton. He pleaded not guilty, and was granted bail of $500. He will have to return to court on October 21.
Jailed For MS-13 Tattoo
Tonight, Victor Gama, a Fresh Pond Resident, is at prison tonight after he pleaded guilty to displaying gang signs in public.
On Monday, just before midday, Police Constable Shane Pook was on foot patrol in Burrell Boom when he saw Gama. When the officer searched him, he saw that the top 3 buttons of his shirt were undone. When he took a look, he recognized the MS-13 Gang insignia tattooed on Gama’s chest. The officer then arrested and charged him with displaying gang insignias in public.
Gama was arraigned before Magistrate Herbert Panton today, and he pleaded guilty to the charge. He told the court that he got the tattoo while he was drinking. Magistrate Panton then sentenced him to serve 6 months in Prison.
German Vega Vehicle Flipped
German Ignacio Vega, brother of the Deputy Prime Minister, Gaspar Vega, is making news tonight after his company’s truck had a traffic mishap on the Western Highway, just outside of Belmopan.
It happened at around 7 this morning when the driver of the truck, which was loaded with groceries belonging to the German Vega and Sons Company, was travelling between Mile 46 and 47.
He lost control of the vehicle after a blow-out, and ran off the road. The vehicle then ended up overturning in a ditch. This caused a major bottleneck in the traffic moving through the Belmopan area.
Diabetes Prevention Better Than...
Yesterday, we told you about the Caribbean Diabetes Initiative and the Belize Diabetes Association of New York which has teamed up to send 23 specialists to Belize for 3 days of clinics and a symposium. But they aren’t here to heal the diabetes afflicted as much as they are to preach prevention. Courtney Weatherburne found out more:…
"In the 2013 study conducted by the International Diabetes Federation,over 24000 Belizeans suffer from diabetes. It is an alarming figured and what is even more unsettling is that the numbers are growing. Lisel Hope, the president of the Caribbean Diabetes Initiative explains that education is key to arresting the epidemic."
Lisel Hope, President of the Caribbean Diabetes Initiative
"We really want to help the people of Belize with diabetes at even those at risk for diabetes. So we're here to help inform, educate the community about the risk factors for diabetes and actions that they can take to prevent diabetes from happening. And also those who already have diabetes we hope to help them manage their diabetes. In addition to that we are here with medication, so we hope to treat and screen people maybe you don't even know they have diabetes. Lastly we would like to also help work with the healthcare providers by providing educational seminars for them as well."
Minor Guates With Gun In Chiquibul
Two Guatemalan minors were found with a rifle in the Caracol Archeological Reserve on Monday.
A joint B.D.F and Friends for Conservation Development patrol came upon 4 men sitting around a fire in the reserve at 10:40a.m. As the team approached, two ran away but they were able to capture the 2 others. They found a .22 rifle loaded with a magazine and thirteen live rounds as well as a plastic bag containing forty .22 live rounds. Both minors ages 15 and 17 of Nuevo Nacimiento of el Paraiso Petén, Guatemala were charged for keeping and firearm and Ammunition without a Gun License.
Family Robbed In Belmopan
Terror struck a family in Belmopan on Tuesday when they were robbed of over $10,000 in valuables at gunpoint.
At 3:00 pm, 28-year-old Rory Guity along with his family went to take an afternoon swim at the river near the Rivera Area but just as they were getting ready to leave, they were approached by a gun man who pointed a gun to Guity’s wife’s head who was holding her 3-month-old son. The man told her to hand over all valuable items and they did. The Guity’s were robbed of $10,300 worth of items including cellular phones and jewelry. Police are seeking three men from Roaring Creek Village as investigations continue.
BNE Gets New General Manager
The Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust welcomed their new general manager Victor Alegria on Monday. Alegria replaces Sharon Ramclam who left for the Ministry of Natural Resources where she is the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture. Alegria has a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Belize and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida.
Tried To Bribe Cop For Weed, Ended Up In Jail
19 year-old Belize City resident Rene Castillo would only have had to pay a fine if he only fessed up to having a weed joint on him. But, he decided to try and bribe a police officer out of being charged for it, and he’s now at the Belize Central Prison because of that.
The encounter happened this morning at around 9:20 on Pelican Street, a stone’s throw away the Raccoon Street Police Headquarters. Police Constable Manuel Chub saw him walking on the street, and decided to stop and search him. The officer found 2.5 grams, a negligible quantity which is less than an ounce – of weed, and the officer intended to charge him with drug possession.
Castillo tried to convince him not to bring the charge, and he offered to pay the officer $50, because he’s never been in trouble with the law before.
New Deputy DHS Appointed
The Ministry of Health has had a vacancy for a new Deputy Director of Health Services. It’s a very senior post and the Public Service Commission has been interviewing qualified persons. And that’s why it raised eyebrows yesterday when an inter departmental mail was sent out from the Ministry of Health saying that Dr. Marvin Manzanero had gotten the job.
The email congratulates him and announces that it is effective yesterday.
It raised eyebrows because the as far as anyone knows, the Public Service Commission was still reviewing candidates and making deliberations. They meet again next week.
What Is Yoga Dance?
Ashanti Garcia a 24 year old yoga instructor, is hoping to break barriers and bring something new to Belize with her 1st annual Airbender Yoga Dance Show. The show is scheduled for the end of August, and Ashanti is making a call to performers to join the Yoga Dance Show. Now, if you don’t know what yoga dance is – neither did we(!) and so we sent out intern Robin Schaffer stopped into her studio to find out what it’s all about.
Ashanti Garcia – Owner, Airbender Yoga
"We have this evolution of meditation with his called moving meditation and that is also slow but then you have other styles of yoga like ashtanga and vinyasa and this is constant movement going from one pose to the next with the breathe moving, moving, moving. So you choose which style suits you best and the you bring that to the table for performance."
Teaching Road Safety To The Young
You only have to watch the news regularly enough to know that road traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of death in Belize. Standard safety measures such as putting on seat belts are widely ignored and drunk driving, sadly, is a kind of aberrant cultural practice.
With all that, it’s not surprising to learn that Belize traffic fatality rates are the highest in the region. The road safety unit is trying a number of approaches to curb this, from highway upgrades to public education campaigns.
This week, they’ve been holding workshops for teachers held under the Road Safety Curriculum Consultancy Project. The sessions will equip teachers with the skills to educate their students about the importance of road safety measures. The facilitator explained that even if the students aren’t old enough to drive the lessons are important:
Sports Camp For Albert
For the second year in a row, children in the Albert Division were able to partake in a sports summer camp funded by the national sports council. The summer camp catered to about 120 children, all of whom received certificates today for football, basketball or softball. They also received school bags with supplies, and sense of pride in participating:…
Kaydion Pelayo –attended summer camp
“I feel good that I complete it. I learned that you should have respect and responsibility.”
“What are some of the techniques that you learned during playing football?"
“I learned around the world and how to juggle.”
Search for Kevin Carcamo Turns Up Blood in Freetown Sibun…
There are new developments to report on tonight in a mysterious case involving the disappearance of forty-three-year-old Kevin Carcamo. The Hattieville chairman, a linesman employed with Discoverseis, went missing on [...]
Woman Vicious Stabbed By Common-Law Husband…
A victim of domestic violence was stabbed at her workplace this morning. Suzette Pavon is an employee of Bowen and Bowen; she was cut at least once to the neck [...]
Man Charged for Murder in Kimmie’s Bar Arson…
In June, a twenty-three year old mother of three died in the flames which destroyed Kimmie’s Bar, located on Newtown Barracks in Belize City. Today, the man police believe [...]
Police Seek Suspect in Crooked Tree Home Invasion…
The harrowing experience of fighting for dear life in a desperate attempt to ward off a knife-wielding intruder is a memory that will forever remain etched in the consciousness of [...]
Was Nunez Unfairly Detained by Police?
Charlys Nunez, who also goes by the name Ninja, is known for his dancing skills having competed in many of Channel Five’s entertainment shows such as Duets, Superstar and Masters [...]
Imer Hernandez Gets Another Contract…$2 Million!
On Wednesday at his press conference, Prime Minister Dean Barrow boasted at length about the infrastructure projects being carried out across the country. He spoke about works in all districts, [...]
Couple Charged for Arthur Saldivar’s I-pad…
An Orange Walk couple who owns a bakery in Ladyville were today in the Belize Magistrate’s Court where they were read a single charge of handling stolen goods. Fifty-four [...]
Justice Stakeholders Hold Mediation Forum…
The Supreme Court is advancing mediation as an option to reach early settlement in civil case matters. The court believes that mediation is a win-win situation since it would reduce [...]
Measures in Place to Deal With Cases Backlog…
The Bar Association of Belize has been most critical about the delay in judgments for cases, primarily blamed on an overwhelming backlog. Supreme Court Justice Courtney Abel says mediation will [...]
Mediation Association on the Way…
Like any other organization that’s serious about its work, the mediators who are trained in civil matters are seeking to structure themselves as one unit. Like attorneys, these mediators want [...]
G.O.B. Plans To Open Technical Institute…
The Government of Belize has stated that very shortly it will be looking at the training call centre employees to feed a fast-growing business processing outsourcing industry. But G.O.B. is [...]
Barton Creek caretaker charged for unlicensed firearm…
The San Ignacio police formation on Wednesday conducted a search at the home of Rojelio Hernandez who is a caretaker of Upper Barton Creek. In the ceiling of the upper [...]
Belizean Sergio ‘Yeyo’ Thompson Fights in Chetumal…
Mexican boxing sensation Sergio Thompson, popularly known as Yeyo, is taking on Adones Aguelo in a big ticket bout on Saturday in Chetumal. Thompson, whose father is Belizean, has an [...]
Lord Rhaburn To Be On Commonwealth Heritage Track…
Belizean cultural music made it today at an incredible sixteen-day pop-up festival celebrated at the River Clyde in Scotland where the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are coming to an end. [...]
Costa Maya Delegates Touch Down in Belize…
Delegates from Central America and Mexico are now in San Pedro for the annual Reina de la Costa Maya Festival. The pageant is one of the main events of the [...]