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Enjoying the sunshine with a swim!
When the sun is out, it’s so much fun to play and swim in our very own island-sized playground!
This lovely little girl was frolicking and having a grand time swimming in the shallow waters of downtown San Pedro’s beach. Her mother looked on from a little shade under a coconut tree.
La Gaviota – oh the sailing possibilities!
If you’re on the beach by the Central Park, chances are you’ll see her docked, her sails down as she bobs along the gentle waves.
I bet a sailing adventure on this boat would be amazing! I managed to talk to captain Luis Nuñez, who teased me with the many fun escapades offered onboard La Gaviota (Spanish for seagull).
He rhapsodized about this tour he is offering (for slow season). La Gaviota anchors and guests get to enjoy four snorkel stops. Coral Gardens first, then off the coast of Caye Caulker for a quick peek at the manatees that frequent the area. Of course, a tour of Hol Chan Channel and Shark Ray Alley cannot be missed.
“I provide everything: food, drinks, snorkel gear, everything. We don’t even do a beach barbeque. It’s all on the water.” Well…umm…sign me up?! “Honestly, guests just need to show up in their bathing suits and bring sunscreen/suntan lotion.”
Valentin Camp Incident
Earlier on Friday, October 3rd a group of Guatemalan nationals, some armed with rifles, shotguns and machetes, entered into Belize in the area of Valentin Camp where the Government of Belize is constructing a conservation post. They communicated their intention to destroy the conservation post but retreated back across the border after various verbal exchanges with our military.
The BDF has since quickly deployed re-enforcement and is firmly and completely in control of the area, and construction of the conservation post continues. Our Foreign Ministry has communicated to Guatemalan authorities our outrage at this blatant armed incursion by Guatemalan civilians. Both Guatemalan and OAS officials have been dispatched to the Guatemalan village to try to de-escalate tensions in an area well known for lawless behavior. Guatemalan authorities have been asked to do all in their power to dissuade civilians from any further such actions as the Belize military will carry out its mandate to protect the sovereignty
and territorial integrity of Belize.
Rugby Belize comes to San Pedro
Rugby Belize is expanding its reach across the country and now they have made it to San Pedro. As of Tuesday, September 30th, Martin Dawson is one of four organizers across the country for Rugby Belize. Founded by Tony Gillings, Rugby Belize is an organization aimed at promoting and officiating the sport in the country. It is introducing the sport of rugby sevens for youth to become engaged in a more healthy and beneficial lifestyle. Currently, rugby sevens is in the process of being recognized as an official sport by the Belize National Sports Council. Dawson will be in charge of the organization and administration of the San Pedro Rugby Club.
San Pedro Supports Poppy Appeal Fundraising Dinner
Everybody on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize knows that Jamila Janmohamed is at the heart of fundraising efforts for the Poppy Appeal. She has managed to significantly increase the amount of money donated towards the cause every year.
Over the weekend Jamila once again hosted a fundraising dinner at El Fogon restaurant that included a four-course Indian dinner which its proceeds all went towards the Poppy Appeal.
Her guests enjoyed a fantastic dinner that included a vegetable samosa, a spicy lentil soup (Daal), Beef Rogan Josh with Aloo Gabi and Pilau Rice and a Mango Kulfi. She is a master in the kitchen and her friends and supporters did not think twice to sign up for the dinner.
Letters: San Pedro Junior Collage Donates to Roman Catholic Church
Please allow us a space in your prestigious Newspaper for the following: On September 19, 2014, San Pedro Junior College joined the George Price Centre for Peace and Development in commemorating our National Day of Prayer and Service.
We identified a non-profit organization, in this instance, the Roman Catholic Church, to donate our proceeds of the Bar-b-que Sale that we did for the purchase of a new keyboard. We need to mention that on this occasion, the Lion’s Club agreed to assist us in this endeavor as part of their community service. The following was the final breakdown of our fundraiser: Bar-b-que sale--$1040.00; Lion’s chicken ceviche sale--$87.00; Lion’s Bingo--$453.00. Our grand total of this first ever SPJC Community Service was $1,680.00.
Tourism Cooperation Agreed Between Mexico And Belize
Today, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation of Belize and the Secretariat of Tourism of the United Mexican States on “Cooperation in the Field of Tourism.”
Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation of Belize and Secretario Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States, signed the MOU during the closing session of the “VIII Meeting of the Belize-Mexico Binational Commission” held on October 2 and 3 at the Ramada Hotel in Belize City, Belize.
The objective of the MOU is “to develop and strengthen the cooperation between the Parties (Belize and Mexico) in the field of tourism, based on equal rights and mutual benefit, in compliance with their respective national legislation and international commitments undertaken by the Parties.”
Armed Guatemalan Nationals Enter Belize with Intention to Destroy Conservation Post
On Friday, October 3, 2014, a group of Guatemalan nationals, some armed with rifles, shotguns and machetes, entered into Belize in the area of Valentin Camp where the Government of Belize is constructing a conservation post. They communicated their intention to destroy the conservation post but retreated back across the border after various verbal exchanges with our military.
A press release from the Government of Belize stated that the Belize Defence Force (BDF) was quick to deployed re-enforcement and is firmly and completely in control of the area; construction of the conservation post continues.
Misc Belizean Sources
AMBASSADOR OF R.O.C. TAIWAN VISITS SAN PEDRO (21 photos)
On Sunday, September 28, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, His Excellency Mr. Benjamin Ho, and his wife, made an honorary visit to San Pedro along with representatives of the Central America Trade Office (CATO), SpeedTech Energy and Sunmed Medical Group where they met with Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Councilors inside the San Pedro Town Council.
As part of their visit, representatives of both SpeedTech Energy and Sunmed Medical Group made a presentation of their products and services they offer and how it could be beneficial for San Pedro Town.
NATIONAL SERVICE DAY 2014 (57 photos)
On September 19, in honor of National Service Day, the San Pedro Town Council visited the schools in San Pedro and presented each student with an exercise book, pencil and sharpener as a token. The students were filled with joy as they received their gift.
Chikungunya and Ebola Briefing
The Ministry of Health is hosting a Press Briefing on Chikungunya and Ebola on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. The update will take place at the Central Health Region in Belize City.
The release does not say if Chikungunya or Ebola are present in Belize. Chikungunya has been detected in other Central American Countries.
The Belize Tourism Board along with other hoteliers will be attending CATM in Costa Rica this upcoming week. (4 photos)
Picture of the Week
with Hillyboo Lara, San Pedro Ambergris Caye. The "hoos" are here!
A Team that sticks Together, WINS Together
The Corozal's People United Party Convention held yesterday proved a milestone VICTORY for David "Dido" Vega and his Team of six Councillors. People from across Corozal's spectrum showed up in very large numbers to vote for David "Dido" Vega, Ruben Cruz and both their team of 12 councilors contesting for the Mayoral candidacy and councilors respectively.
We extend our sincere congratulations to David "Dido Vega", Zeni Perdomo, Mia Dee Rancharan, Yvette Sanker-Riverol, Orlando Iglesisas, Esteban Pasos and Enrique Vargas.
A special congratulations to Ruben Cruz and his team, Canaina Dominguez, Chaldy Vasquez, Eddie Palma, Shannon Duncan, Josue Aaron, Perez and Rigo Vellos who all now are expected to join their strategies to reinforce Team Dido to unseat long standing Mayor, Hilberto Campos in the upcoming March 2015 municipal elections.
Lands & Survey Department Officials Conduct
Land Regularisation activities across Belize
The Ministry of Natural Resources & Agriculture informs the general public that Lands & Survey Department Officials will be conducting Field Inspection Sweeps and Consultations throughout the country during the week commencing Monday 6th October, 2014.
Field Inspection Sweep – Belize District
The Ministry of Natural Resources & Agriculture informs the general public that Lands & Survey Department Officials will be conducting Field Inspection Sweeps throughout the Belize District during the week commencing Monday 6th October, 2014.
Killing of Belize lawman by suspected Guatemalan poachers prompts public protest
The Belize Peoples Front on September 30, 2014, headed by its leader Nefretery Nancy Marin, the first woman to lead a political party in Belize, led a broad cross section of non government organizations in the biggest protest ever organized against Guatemalan encroachment onto Belizean territory, which culminated in the killing of a Belizean lawman by suspected Guatemalans who had illegally entered Belizean territory on September 24, 2014.
Belizean lawman Daniel Conorquie was killed in the line of duty by suspected Guatemalan poachers who have had unfettered access to prized Belizean plants and timber through a very porous border complicated by an "adjacency zone" policy.
Suite Spot: El Secreto, Belize
From Miami, it will take you two-hours by jet; 20 minutes in a puddle-jumper; a five-minute golf cart ride; and 30 minutes on a water taxi to get here.
But El Secreto, a rustic-luxe clutch of villas on the Belizean outpost of Ambergris Cay, is worth it.
Blissfully isolated on a jungle-fringed beach, you’ll laze in a hammock on the porch of your villa, rising only to wander to the oceanfront restaurant for ceviche served in a conch shell, or to sip a frozen mojito on the sand as the afternoon sun turns the sea to molten silver.
At which point you’ll understand why this Caribbean “secreto” is definitely one worth sharing.
Cayo Tour Guides Association recommendations for Caracol & Chiquibul
There was a stakeholder meeting over the weekend to discuss the future of the archeological reserve and the #Chiquibul national park. At the meeting was Belize Tourism Board, NICH, the Institute of Archeology, the Tourism Police Unit, the San Ignacio Police Department, the Friends for Conservation and a selected few of the Cayo Tour Guides Association (CTGA).
A few of the suggestions are already taking place such as clearing the underbrush and building an outpost. The opening of the site will be determined sometime this week.
However, the recommendations of the CTGA are listed below
1. There is a need to increase the military on the entire route toward Caracol and also at the site. They have to be on the route strategically from 7am. In this way we would be able to access the site for better tourism activities such as ornithology and botanical tours (This may mean that instead of 2 week shifts, one week shifts might be the best option for the defense personnel)
BDF Swarm Valentin Camp Area, Tour Guides Talk With NICH
When we left you on Friday night, things were very tense at the Belize/Guatemala border after some 40 armed Guatemalans from La Rejoya Village confronted the Belizean Military and threatened to burn down the Valentin Conservation Outpost, which was under construction. Well, at this time, the Belize Defence Force remain on high alert.
7News has confirmed that since the confrontation on Friday morning, the BDF has increased the number of soldiers at the Valentin Camp. Things have cooled down considerably, and according to our sources, there have been no further confrontation between the military and the Guatemalan civilians. The increased deployment will remains in place indefinitely.
Noted Teacher And Coach Stabs Wife, then Kills Himself in Seine Bight
The small southern village of Seine Bight is recovering from the shock of a public stabbing and suicide after a well-known resident allegedly killed himself after putting his common-law wife in the Hospital.
33 year-old Byron Castillo viciously attacked and stabbed the mother of his two children, 34 year-old Nichole Swazo on Saturday afternoon in broad daylight. A few minutes later, they founding him hanging from the ceiling of his house.
He died shortly after he was discovered, either from the hanging attempt, or from allegedly drinking poison. The problem is that this entire incident caught Seine Bight residents off-guard because Castillo was a career educator at the St. Alphonsus Primary School, and so, that has led them to condemn his actions, but not his character.
City Man Killed By Two On Bike
And while there was deadly drama in Seine Bight - Belize City saw another weekend of gun violence. It started on Friday night when two men were shot at the corner of North Front and Pickstock Streets. It happened at around 8:00 when 32 year old Harrison Smith was shot as he rode his bicycle, while 23 year old Eustace Lewis was injured.
The shooters were described as two men on bicycles - who, according to police, seemed to have a plan:..
Raphael Martinez, Police Press Officer
"Harrison Smith was riding his bicycle along North Front Street when 2 gun men riding on separate bicycles; one coming from the direction of Pickstock, that would be up stop and the other from the direction of North Front Street who fired several shots at him causing his fatal injury. Harrison Smith received several apparent gunshot wounds to the body and again unfortunately just after about 9:45pm he succumb to his injuries.
Family, Friend of Accused Men Say They Have Airtight Alibis
But the families and friends of those three arrestees say they have an airtight alibi.
Bart Lucas's older sister claims that he was at Chon Sing restaurant with friends when the shooting happened and that she has security footage to prove it. She and a friend who asked to appear off camera told us more:..
Voice of Friend
"Another bogus charge once again from the police department. The reckless police department who not go out and do their proper investigation. Friday with some shooting with some guys Harris and another gentleman, we were in a restaurant underneath camera with a police officer."
"Could you name the restaurant sir?"
Was Lincoln Sabido Lured To His Death?
The city's other murder happened on Saturday night. Lincoln Sabido was killed less than a block from his home on Moya Street in Belize City. It happened just after 10:00 when his family says the 30 year old got a text message from a female to come to the corner of Flamboyant Street. But when he went out there, he was shot multiple times. He was rushed to the KHMH but died on the way. His family didn't want to talk today - and police say they have no suspects.
Sabido had been charged twice for two separate murders in 2007 and 2008 - but got off both times. In May of this year, he was back before the court - accused of robbing a Chinese grocer.
Notably, the weekend's other murder victim, Harrison Smith was charged for murder in 2006.
Machete Men Maim Two In Cayo
There were two cases of maim over the weekend in the Cayo District. The first occurred on Saturday in Teakettle at around 6:30 where 24-year-old Aldo Moro was walking out of a store in the village and heading to his vehicle when Shaylon Santos walked up and viciously chopped him across the left hand and to the head in a single motion. The chop to his hand was so severe, that it severed the limb completely. Moro struggled to his car to get away - while police had to come back and get his hand, which had been left on the scene. Shaylon Santos is in custody and will be charged for attempted murder and maim. The two reportedly had an old beef.
Major Drainage Project For City
In all the major road works in the city - one major intersection has been left untouched. That's Cinderella Plaza which connects a cluster of heavily trafficked paved roads - but remains rough and unpaved. And that's because it has been designated as a site for a drainage canal. That's been holding up the paving - for too long it seems.
But, finally today, a ceremony was held to signal the start of road and canal construction in the area. Mayor Darrell Bradley discussed the scope of the project and how it will enhance climate resilience in Belize City.
Darrell Bradley, Mayor, Belize City
"It will going to be very extensive. As I mentioned, it will involve primarily the construction and the clearing of the Douglas Jones Canal. That will not require the digging up of the street. They are going to connect that canal under Freetown Road, the area of Freetown Road that is at the intersection, and then it's going to go through Cinderella Plaza here, and then it's going to go on the section of Baymen Avenue that we haven't completed and then it's going to go out Calle Al Mar and out to the Caribbean Sea. And this is why we haven't finished these areas of infrastructure.
Mayor Says BML Matter Well In Hand
And while we had the mayor, we just had to quiz him on something else. Today it was the more than 40 BML workers who were charged for littering. Their case is scheduled to go back to court tomorrow - even though an undertaking was given to drop all charges. Today, the mayor said, "what charges?":..
Darrell Bradley, Mayor, Belize City
"My understanding is all of that was already done. I gave instructions for that to be done a long time ago, but the procedural aspects of it have to be implemented by our people on the ground, our prosecutors and enforcement officers. So that's something that we had already resolved that we were going to do, and we're working with BML to coordinate the transition, and we're also working with them in relation to finishing up the scope of their contract before we move into a new system."
"We paid them two hundred thousand dollars. That balloon payment was the last day of September, which I think was Thursday or Friday. And we paid them two hundred thousand out of three hundred and fifty thousand we were supposed to pay them and this week we're going to pay them the remaining one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. We're supposed to make a next payment the end of October."
Another Allegation Of Brutality
Last week was tough for the police department - 6 police officers were criminally charged - and two were charged disciplinary for various acts of abuse and dishonesty.
But, tonight the complaints of police brutality continue. According to Michael Lorenzo Herrera, on Thursday night while walking to his neighborhood store, he was stopped by police officers who began to beat him on the street. He was then taken to the police station where he spent 48 hours under lock down. He says it is nothing new and he and his brothers are being targeted by one specific officer.
Michael Lorenzo Herrera
"While walking down the street, 2 men rush at me telling me to lay down. They didn't ID themselves, I didn't lay down because I couldn't see who it was. They flash their light at me when they got closer and I saw a police officer Castellanos and a soldier in his car. The man grab me on my shirt, burst off my rosary. The other one came behind my foot and got me on the ground to lay down. They start to kick me and handcuff me, out my hand in a position that the handcuff, any movement I do this handcuff gets tight on my hand and it grip into my bone. At the same time they pick up me my sister came and I told my sister to hurry call my mom because the men were beating me.
River Sickly White In Gracie Rock Again
In May of this year villagers of Gracie Rock complained about the Sibun River becoming milky white. Months later, it is still happening. In this riverside community where residents depend on river water for almost everything, it is now been taking a toll on their livelihood. They want answers; they want to know why the river which has always brought them life, now looks so sickly:..
Phillip Clarke - Chairman of Gracie Rock Village
"What happen is that we have a situation in Gracie Rock, we have a construction company or a quarry company that's washing some stones up river in a place called Bonanza. What happen is that buy the stones and they take the stones and take the water from the river, wash the stones and the after that the water just return back in the river and it creates a white milky stuff that comes in the river and what it does after a while it settles down at the bottom of the river and all the fishes that were supposed to hatch in the dry season, now the eggs are all covered. So I don't know if we will have any fishes coming next dry season."
Credit Union Making Pitch To Youths
When you think about youths and money, saving doesn't readily fit into that equation. But through the Credit Union's efforts to cater to the financial needs and spending patterns of youths, saving can become an integral part of their lives. Credit Unions countrywide concluded a Strategic Marketing Workshop focusing on the theme of "re-positioning the local credit union movement to better serve youths today and for the future." One of facilitators of the workshop, Virgil Patrick discussed how they plan on attracting the younger crowds.
Virgil Patrick, Facilitator
"First thing has to be an ideological shift in the credit union's position. About 50 years ago it was really important for credit union to lend to marginalize people and therefore they provided savings on their and they really encourage thrift.
The Last Call For The Bar?
When the Senate meets on Wednesday, it is expected to pass the Legal Profession Amendment Act - signaling the end for the Bar Association as we know it. Once the bill is assented to by the Governor General - the Bar will no longer be able to collect compulsory fees from attorneys - and membership in the association will no longer be mandatory for those attorneys.
Some view it is a day to be rude, while others say, who cares?
Whichever way, the end of the Bar Association in its original incarnation it is at hand - and so Thursday's exchange in the House of Representatives could be seen as a kind of eulogy for the Bar Association as we once knew it. And, like a drunken thief who had done wrong by everyone including his own mother - even those who defended the bar couldn't find that much good to say about it:..
Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
"Nobody cares you know, nobody out there cares about what's going on with respect to lawyers and the Bar Association of Belize."
Still Celebrating Carnival
And while it seems no one's cheering for the bar, there's still praise coming in for carnival designers.
The results for the Designer of the Year and Carnival Road March Song competition are in. For designer of the year Marina Welcome of Jump Street Posse took the designer of the year title for the junior band category while David Matus of Erotic Mas Band garnered designer of the year for the senior band category.
And Ernestine's "Carnival Di Come" won the prize for most played, most requested and most popular song for Carnival 2014. All 3 winners received $1,000 each.
Chiquibul, Another Return
(Originally posted January 30, 2013) Tonight we go back into our archives for another look at the Chiquibul. The vast and rugged forest covers almost 8% of Belize's landmass - and is complex and intriguing in every imaginable way - from its ecosystem to its security risks. One year ago, Janelle Chanona and Codie Norales went deep into the wilds of Chiquibul, where no camera had been before. Here's the story:..
Posted (January 30, 2013)
Over the years we've taken you into Chiquibul more than a few times. And that's because the vast forest - more than four times the size of Barbados - is the pristine protected area where Guatemalan poachers go to gather Xate, hunt wildlife, extract timber, and now, pan for gold. We've visited many parts of this rugged hinterland, but we've never gone to the extremely remote Ceibo Chico - which is the current flashpoint area for Guatemalan gold panners.
3 men arraigned for murder of Harrison Smith
Three murders in three days…on Thursday, twenty-seven year old food vendor Gerald Palmer was shot and killed on Grants Alley by a lone gunman who opened fire on him during [...]
Lincoln “Corn” Sabido is waylaid and killed on Flamboyant Street
The weekend’s second murder took place on Saturday night. Another man, well-known to the law, who also twice beat the murder rap lost his life in a hail of bullets. [...]
Still no arrests in murder of food vendor, Gerald Palmer
As we said earlier in the newscast, twenty-seven-year-old Gerald Palmer, a food vendor of Belize City, was shot and killed on Thursday night during a nationwide power outage. He was [...]
Teakettle man loses his left hand in a chopping incident
There was more violence over the weekend. A vicious chopping incident in Teakettle Village on Saturday evening has left one man short of a left hand. Twenty-four-year-old Aldo Moro was [...]
21 year old loses finger in machete assault
Later that night, twenty-one-year-old Edel Diaz, a resident of Salvapan, lost his left index finger when he was also attacked by a machete-wielding assailant. Diaz, who works as a [...]
Update on San Valentin where armed Guatemalans threatened B.D.F. soldiers
On Friday, the nation was shocked and outraged at the news that a gang of armed Guatemalan civilians came across the border and confronted BDF personnel. The incident happened at [...]
P.U.P. Leader speaks on Guatemalan-built military facility on Hunting Caye
The Coast Guard’s Forward Operating Base, located on Hunting Caye, remains a point of much contention. Last week, the news broke that the base, funded by the US, is being [...]
Charges dropped against more BML workers
A flood mitigation project is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, which is a good thing because the City Council seems to be chronically cash-strapped. A significant portion of [...]
Teacher stabs ex-common-law wife multiple times before taking his life
A terrible domestic tragedy in the quiet village of Seine Bight has left a woman clinging to life, while the man who viciously stabbed her took his own life. At [...]
16 year old girl reportedly raped in the city
From the south to the city where a young girl is claiming she was raped. The sixteen year old minor of Belize City reported to police last Friday that while [...]
Businessman robbed by a gang of 8 men
Belizean businessman, Ignacio Villanueva, was attacked on Sunday by a gang of eight men. Villanueva was on Wagner’s Lane shortly before midnight, when he was targeted. The fifty-one year old [...]
$20 Million project launched to address flooding in the city
This morning, the Belize City Council broke ground on a twenty-million dollar project designed to relieve the perpetual problem of flooding in Belize City. It’s called the Flood Mitigation Infrastructure [...]
An art exhibition created by primary school students
Fifty-five primary school students took part this summer in an art program sponsored by the Taiwanese Embassy and the National Institute of Culture and History. The arts program is taught [...]
Jalacte: a look back at the incursions 10 years ago
Jalacte is a remote southern community in the Toledo District and, for many years, was off the beaten path for most Belizeans. While its inaccessibility placed it out of reach [...]
Sports Monday with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. The 24th Women’s National Softball Championship reigned supreme insdie Roger’s Stadium yesterday. 7 teams had started the campaign but [...]
Tortilleria Chico's Choco Cup Finals A Success
After 14 Sundays of intense football, only four teams made it to the finals of the Tortilleria Chico’s Choco Cup which took place yesterday in the Corozal District. The grand finale was witnessed by a crowd of spectators who cheered for their favorite team.
Glenford Marvin – Chairman
“Well it was a lot of fun yesterday, it was the grand final for Tortillery Chicos Cup six a side, it has taken three months and it was a success final with a lot of people out here in support to their kids yesterday.”
At the end of the matches Mexico from San Andres took home fourth place while Holland from Santa Rita took third. And crowned as first place winners was Team Belize from San Pedro Village. Second place was taken by Brazil from San Antonio Village.
Conch Season Is Officially Opened
Conch lovers rejoice! The delectable mullosk is now ready to grace your tables once again since the Department of Fisheries signalled the official opening of the season as of October 1st. Conch harvesting yields an estimated $11 million annually into the country’s fisheries industry, a significant revenue earner for traditional fishermen. The season will run from October 1st until June 30th of 2015.
It is estimated that a total of over 1 million pounds will be harvested this year.
According to the Belize Fisheries Department, only persons with a commercial Fishermen’s License are allowed to catch conch for commercial purposes. To protect the industry, the Fisheries Department is encouraging establishments to purchase conch for consumption from the local market and to request a legal commercial Fishermen’s License from the supplier. In addition, they are also encouraging fishermen to abide by the law as it relates to legal size of conch to ensure the sustainability of the Strombus gigas species. The legal size of a conch allowed for harvesting is seven inches in length.
Rotaract Assisting In Education
Education is not getting cheaper in our beloved country and whatever assistance rendered to those with limited financial resources is more than welcomed. One such assistance was rendered over the weekend by the Orange Walk Rotaract Club. It has been several years since the club members have worked on this project and this year, Azalia Torres, Secretary of the club said they managed to aid more students. Over the weekend they handed them a small grant to help them pay for their education.
Azalia Torres – Secretary, OW Rotaract Club
“It’s been the biggest amount of grants that we have been giving so far since we started Rotaract in 2008 when we were re-chartered every year we’ve been giving four grants, two years ago we gave ten, last year we gave nine and this we will give thirteen, six of them was actually the Club of Rotaract Orange Walk from the funds of our kiki bar during Fiesta Rama and the other seven actually matched by the business community of Orange Walk, we choose these students from four categories; academics, leadership, technical, arts and sports and these are students from different highs schools here in Orange Walk.
Residence Of San Jose Nuevo Palmar Elects New Lands Committee
The conflict surrounding land in San Jose Nuevo Palmar has been resolved and villagers are content with the results of the process that began earlier this year. As we have been reporting, there were problems at the village with the Lands Committee there as they have been accused of mishandling money from sales of land in the village and not accounting for it. The issuance of land was also a problem as the rule in the village, since it was founded, was that descendants of the founders would be the first and only ones able to obtain land in the village. This was not happening and these issues gave rise to contention between the past lands committee and village elders and leaders. On Sunday however, after intervention from government, which is the lands trustee for the village, an election was held to elect three of seven members into a new committee. Chairman of San Jose Nuevo Palmar, Orlando Balam, says he and village descendants are content with the process and results despite the long drag.
Team Dido Wins Convention For PUP Mayoral Candidate
The People’s United Party held a massive convention in Corozal Town yesterday to elect their Mayoral Candidate and councilor candidates that will contest the upcoming Municipal Elections in March of 2015. Two teams met in the political ring, one led by Ruben Cruz and the second headed by David Dido Vega. While the both teams went head to head and foight a good fight at the end there could only be one mayoral candidate and six councilor candidates. Our news team was in Corozal yesterday and covered the convention from beginning to end. Here is that story.
The peace and quiet that distinguishes Corozal Town on a Sunday morning was interrupted this weekend as it was convention day for the People’s United Party.
Police Discovered Marijuana Plantation In The Honey Camp Area
Orange Walk Police have arrested and charged one male person for the cultivation of Marijuana and Drug Trafficking over the weekend. According to authorities, an anti-drug operation was launched around midday on Friday some 10 miles south east of Orange Walk in the vicinity of the Honey Camp area. The operation yielded police 118 marijuana trees, standing about three feet in height. Further checks were made in the area where 226 grams of suspected cannabis was also found. At the time of the raid, one Belizean Laborer, 54 year old Jose Ack was in the area. Ack was arrested and charged for the cultivation of Marijuana and Drug Trafficking.